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NEWS: EDUCATION

New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

In recognition and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Jazz Studies department and the Jazz Studies program, New England Conservatory is hosting Jazz50, a year- long series of concerts and events. On stage will be the distinguished jazz alumni, faculty, students and special guests offering an incredible array of musical and compositional talent. Performances are to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Fred Hersch Trio: 10 Years / 6 Discs

Read "10 Years / 6 Discs" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You might be surprised by pianist Fred Hersch's response to a near-death coma in 2008. Quoting from his memoir Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz (Crown Archetype Press, 2017), “a confrontation with death brings home the preciousness of life... It was the newest, brightest, shining, most surprising, most uplifting feeling I ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York

Read "Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York" reviewed by Arthur R George

That any musician, old cat, young lion, or apprentice anywhere, endeavors in jazz is amazing enough, given the elusiveness of “success." That is even more true in jny: Istanbul, Turkey: not a conventional jazz capitol, far from the African-American roots of jazz, and even beyond the music's major continental domiciles. Yet the tilting cobblestoned streets of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hiromi: Spectrum

Read "Spectrum" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In an interview in 2019, legendary double bassist Ron Carter discussed his solo record All Alone (EmArcy, 1988). He stated that, “I wanted each track to have its own story. It wouldn't sound like the last tune or the next tune." If Hiromi had this mindset going into Spectrum, then in baseball terminology, she hit a ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Jazz from Detroit

Read "Jazz from Detroit" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Jazz from Detroit
Mark Stryker
342 pages
ISBN: 978-0472074266
University of Michigan Press
2019

When music journalist Mark Stryker left the Detroit Free Press in 2016, yet another casualty of the ineluctable downsizing occurring at news outlets all over the country, jazz fans throughout metro Detroit feared they were ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
August 30-September 2, 2019

According to the official count, the 40th edition of the largest free jazz festival in North America drew a record crowd numbering some 325,000. Boasting four stages as part of the festival footprint, there seemed to be a reduction in ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Read "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Firelight Films
Director: Stanley Nelson
Run Time: 115 minutes
2019

In addition to his place as a legendary jazz musician, Miles Davis has long been a cultural hero for the African American community and for so many others of varied ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

50th Anniversary Blue Notes (September 1969) & More

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes (September 1969) & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

First show of the month and that means September Blue Note 50th anniversary celebrations of sessions by Elvin Jones, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and Candido. In honor of Blue Note's 80th anniversary we go way back in the vault to continue our numerical issue 78 rpm retrospective— this time BN-13 from Sidney Bechet. There's 21st century ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kamasi Washington at Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University

Read "Kamasi Washington at Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Kamasi Washington
Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University
Jazz World Live Series
Hong Kong
September 6, 2019

The anointed savior of 21st century jazz, Kamasi Washington is all about size, scale and scope. He writes big, brash, hummable themes, punctuates them with gutsy, garrulous, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fabrizio Sciacca: Gettin' It There

Read "Gettin' It There" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Make no mistake about it, Fabrizio Sciacca isn't merely “gettin' it there." He's already got it here. This debut from the Berklee- and Manhattan School of Music-trained bassist presents an artist with solid intonation, impeccable time, a warm and enveloping tone, and an ear for melody. In short, he has it all.

Leading ...