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Donald Byrd: Fancy Free

Donald Byrd: Fancy Free

Mention the 1970s to jazz fans and many will think of the jazz-rock fusion movement. Bands then that united jazz and the rock guitar and other electric instruments included Tony Williams Lifetime, Chick Corea ad Return to Forever, Miles Davis, Weather Report, Larry Coryell's Eleventh House and the Mahavishnu Orchestra to name just a few. But ...


Donald Byrd: Fuego

Donald Byrd: Fuego

Trumpeter Donald Byrd first came to New York from Detroit in 1955, when he was 22. While studying for a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Byrd played in pianist George Wallington's quintet at the Cafe Bohemia. In the late 1950s, Byrd recorded five hard-bop albums with alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce before signing with ...


Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs

While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...


Mondo Jazz: Walking

Read "Mondo Jazz: Walking" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Welcome to the first Mixcloud podcast on All About Jazz. It contains the first episode of Mondo Jazz, a new radio show devoted to international jazz airing every Wednesday night from 10 PM to midnight on Radio Free Brooklyn.

Mondo Jazz is dedicated to the proposition that jazz is a language that originated in ...


Jazz Musician of the Day: Donald Byrd

Jazz Musician of the Day: Donald Byrd

All About Jazz is celebrating Donald Byrd's birthday today!

Trumpeter Donald Byrd was born in Detroit in 1932, his studies at Wayne State University (1954) were interrupted by military service, during which he played in an Air Force band. He then attended the Manhattan School of Music (MA in music education). At the same time ...


Tomas Fujiwara: The More the Better

Read "Tomas Fujiwara: The More the Better" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara is a man on a mission. With recent and upcoming projects too many to list, he's one of the most widely recorded and in-demand drummers in contemporary creative jazz. Somehow he found the time to talk with All About Jazz right after a sound check in preparation for his Triple Double sextet's headlining ...


Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms

Read "Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms" reviewed by Jim Worsley

So the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Occasionally, if one is so fortunate, you can get a whole lot more.

From the beginning just knowing that I was going to have the opportunity to see and hear Ron Carter play was about seeing a legend. Of course you hope to hear some ...


The Dan Banks Quintet: Two in a Box

Read "Two in a Box" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Two in a Box, British pianist Dan Banks' quintet revisits a Golden Age in jazz when hard bop was king and record labels like Prestige and Blue Note delivered the latest sounds to an astute and appreciative audience. Without mimicry, Banks reimagines the indomitable spirit of such masters as Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons, ...


Newport Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Timothy J. O'Keefe

Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
August 5, 2017

The soggy, gray blanket that was the Newport sky wrung itself out on the crowd that had gathered for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, but the good news was it only rained on ...

Jared Hall: Hallways

Read "Hallways" reviewed by Paul Rauch

It has been a long road for trumpeter/composer Jared Hall. That road has been a path cloistered in jazz education, starting in his native Spokane, WA studying with Dan Keberle at Whitworth University, to his masters completion at Indiana University under David Baker.

At that point, Hall had a decision to make, in terms ...