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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

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2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multiple Venues
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-June 26, 2018

For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges.

First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

Najee: Poetry in Motion

Read "Poetry in Motion" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

On Najee's 15th studio release, and fourth project for the Shanachie label, the Jamaica Queens, N.Y. native delivers an inviting, feel-good album on which he is joined by such diverse talents as pianist/keyboardist Bobby Lyle, multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer/arranger Barry Eastmond, multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Jean-Paul “Bluey" Maunick, vocalists Will Downing, Maysa and Eric Roberson, and guitarist Blake Aaron.

The ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Ronnie Foster: Emotion, Excitement, Energy, and Passion

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When it comes to jazz history, few would argue that the years between 1950 and 1970 were a golden era filled with exciting music crossing many stylistic genres. From the concert stage to the Chitlin' Circuit, the era was ripe with talented musicians of all persuasions, many of whom have since faded from memory. Rarely is ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Dwight Sills: Creating His Own Space

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After delivering three projects on other record labels, guitarist-composer-producer Dwight Sills decided it was time to start creating an outlet for himself on his fourth and most personal CD yet, Short Stories.

Creating this outlet was not a new concept for the Houston, Texas resident. Most of the eight tunes on this eclectic and ...

NEWS: EVENT

Soulful Sounds Of Christmas Featuring Will Downing & Najee at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT

Soulful Sounds Of Christmas Featuring Will Downing & Najee at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT

Usher in the spirit of the holiday season with Soulful Sounds Of Christmas featuring Will Downing & Najee presented by ACT Jams Productions on December 16 at the Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office at 203-346-2000 or online here. Following the concert, guests ...

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Emmanuel Baptist Church Jazz Vespers Celebrates Women’s History Month March 1st

Emmanuel Baptist Church Jazz Vespers Celebrates Women’s History Month March 1st

On March 1st, Emmanuel Baptist Church Jazz Vespers will kick off Women’s History Month with a special performance by vocal powerhouse Vivian Sessoms. It will take place at its namesake, the historic Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 279 Lafayette Avenue, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Vivian will perform a medley of pieces, including selections that will honor female jazz performers who have been ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Las Vegas Jazz Festival Lineup A Guaranteed Winner

Las Vegas Jazz Festival Lineup A Guaranteed Winner

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Cameo, Keith Sweat, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Eric Benét, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, Will Downing, Brian Culbertson, Euge Groove and more will put the soul into the September 19-21, 2014 music festival. Phoenix, Arizona: Since the roots of jazz are in rhythm and blues, it should be no surprise that a stellar cast of Grammy-winning ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Theresa Grayson Captures Hearts With The Newly Released "Live2love"

Saxophonist Theresa Grayson Captures Hearts With The Newly Released "Live2love"

Houston, Texas: Soul-jazz saxtress Theresa Grayson has the power to grab attention with both her sound and looks, but she will hold your attention with her talent and the dozen songs that comprise “Live2Love,” her sophomore album that was released Tuesday (November 5) on her L2L Records label. Captivating listeners, radio programmers and reviewers with her ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Surveying The Soul Of Pop Music with Saxophonist Theresa Grayson

Surveying The Soul Of Pop Music with Saxophonist Theresa Grayson

Saxophonist Theresa Grayson’s “Live2Love,” a compelling mix of pop gems from past to present and soul-jazz originals, will be released November 5th. Houston, TX: Theresa Grayson wears her passion for soulful pop music proudly. From Aretha Franklin, Hall & Oats, Sade and Tony! Toni! Toné! to Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and John Legend, the saxophonist-flutist mines hits ...

Bob Baldwin: Betcha By Golly Wow - The Music of Thom Bell

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Bob Baldwin

Betcha By Golly Wow: The Songs Of Thom Bell

eOne

2012

New urban jazz keyboardist Bob Baldwin disdains the “smooth jazz" moniker, but that doesn't necessarily mean he isn't familiar with the conventions of the genre. He's got ideas that don't have a thing to do with cranking out infinite ...