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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Julian Pressley: From The Duke To Ornette In His Own Way

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Julian Pressley isn't exactly a household name, but it's a name every jazz aficionado should know. When he plays his alto saxophone, ears perk up because he's playing what they came to hear: music that embodies the legacy. Passionate, quick-witted, and full of new ideas, Pressley stands out in the crowd, a genuine original. Yet you ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

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A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

All About Jazz is celebrating Odean Pope's birthday today!

Odean Pope was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina to musical parents who rooted him in the sounds of the Southern Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia at the age of ten, his lifelong study of music began in earnest and was buttressed by The Graniff School ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bobby Zankel and Odean Pope: Homage to John Coltrane 2017

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Bobby Zankel Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Featuring Odean Pope
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
50th Anniversary Homage to John Coltrane
Philadelphia, PA
July 21, 2017

Fifty years ago, almost to the date, John Coltrane passed away at mid-career. In an all too brief ten plus year ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

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Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
June 16-18, 2017

The complicated logistics and sizable costs associated with free jazz festivals have made them somewhat rarified these days. By its all-encompassing scope and scale, the Detroit Jazz Festival has served as a model for many decades now. But if you want something ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Zankel: The Soul of Jazz - Past, Present, and Future Tense

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

[This is the first of an All About Jazz series of interviews and articles on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues," in which we will explore the current state of jazz around the world. Jazz has ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Monette Sudler Sextet: The Philadelphia Realbook Project

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Monnette Sudler Sextet
Terra Hall, University of the Arts
Jazz Bridge: The Philadelphia Real Book Project
Philadelphia, PA
April 28, 2017

Monnette Sudler is a lauded Philadelphia-based guitarist with all the technique and finesse you could ask for, but she also has a way of moving around the strings ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Ernest Stuart: One Step Ahead

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It ain't exactly jny: Rome, and it's not all roads, but many of them (especially in the jazz world) certainly seem to lead to jny: Philadelphia. It's unavoidable for a city where the music has such deep roots (birthplace of Billie Holiday, home of John Coltrane, hangout of Dizzy Gillespie and Sun Ra among countless others), ...

Sittin' In with the Odean Pope Trio at the Kimmel Center

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Odean Pope Trio
SEI Innovation Studio @ The Kimmel Center
jny: Philadelphia, PA
April 12, 2017

The Kimmel Center's informal Sittin' In program is always about direct connections and communion, but April's exceptional event raised the bar up to the ceiling. Not everyone was even able to sit since the basement theater was packed ...

NEWS: EVENT

Jazz Bridge to Present Concert Series Featuring Legendary Jazz Musicians Pat Martino, Monnette Sudler, Jimmy Heath and More in Celebration of "Philadelphia Real Book" Launch

Jazz Bridge to Present Concert Series Featuring Legendary Jazz Musicians Pat Martino, Monnette Sudler, Jimmy Heath and More in Celebration of "Philadelphia Real Book" Launch

Concerts held December 3, 2016; February 25, 2017; March 4, 2017; April 26, 2017 with concerts starting at 7:00 pm. Jazz Bridge will celebrate the publication of the first Philadelphia Real Book, comprised of original musical compositions of jazz and blues musicians in the Greater Philadelphia area, with an extraordinary concert series spotlighting some of Philly’s finest ...