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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Aaron Rimbui: Nairobi to New York City

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Kenya is noted for an extraordinary array of musical offerings yet its jazz scene has historically been quite slim. However, Nairobi-born pianist Aaron Rimbui may change that dynamic. Drawing on the musical traditions of Kenya and East Africa, Rimbui has established a singular and absolutely arresting approach to jazz piano.

With several ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Los Cabos Jazz Experience 2018

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Life Luxe Jazz -The Los Cabos Jazz Experience
Norman Brown, Boney James, et al.
Los Cabos, Baja California, Sur, Mexico
November 1-4, 2018

Life Luxe Jazz -The Los Cabos, Jazz Experience took place at the Pueblo Bonita Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort November 1-4. The first annual Life Luxe Jazz ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Tribute to Art Porter Jr.: Reflections of a Grateful Art

Read "Tribute to Art Porter Jr.: Reflections of a Grateful Art" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

During the early to mid '90s, soprano and alto saxophonist-composer Art Porter, Jr. was charting a blazing course on the contemporary jazz soundscape. The 35-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas native had recorded and released four albums for Verve Records. He had been a guest on the albums of such titans as keyboardists Ramsey Lewis; Jeff Lorber (who ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Simpson: Out of A Dream

Read "Out of A Dream" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Some records not only desire your attention, they demand it. Think of Miles or Trane or Mingus and think of just puttering around the house as the music plays. It can't be done. The grandmasters of jazz made music that required it be heard and not merely listened to.

Out of A Dream is ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Maxwell Enlists Eclectic Lineup For Caribbean Cruise

Maxwell Enlists Eclectic Lineup For Caribbean Cruise

Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, Joe, Chrisette Michele, DL Hughley and more have been invited for the inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas, May 3-10, 2015. Phoenix, Arizona: On May 3, 2015, platinum soul star Maxwell will launch the maiden voyage of his own seven-day Caribbean cruise featuring a stellar lineup of R&B and contemporary jazz artists. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Rick Braun Dances To The Top Of The Billboard Chart

Rick Braun Dances To The Top Of The Billboard Chart

The jazz-funk trumpeter’s “Can You Feel It” album hits the streets as the rapidly rising “Get Up And Dance” is ready to sashay off with the No. 1 singles crown. Sherman Oaks, CA: Back with his first contemporary jazz foray in five years, trumpeter Rick Braun appears to be wasting no time in his quest to add more ...

NEWS: RECORDING

For Jonathan Butler, Living His Dream Is Now A Breeze

For Jonathan Butler, Living His Dream Is Now A Breeze

The singer-songwriter-guitarist’s “Living My Dream” album is released today as “African Breeze” storms the Billboard Smooth Jazz Singles chart. Sherman Oaks, Calif. (23 June 2014): Last year’s struggles serve as the theme of the material two-time Grammy nominee Jonathan Butler wrote and recorded at the House of Blues studios in Los Angeles for “Living My Dream,” which ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Rick Braun Feels Like Getting Up And Dancing

Rick Braun Feels Like Getting Up And Dancing

Chart-topping trumpeter returns July 8 with “Can You Feel It,” his first contemporary jazz album in five years; “Get Up and Dance” starts the party at radio Sherman Oaks, CA: It’s been five years since trumpeter-flugelhorn player Rick Braun released an album full of the funky R&B contemporary jazz grooves that made him one of the genre’s ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Arizona Jazz Festival Bodes To Be A Souled Out Weekend

Arizona Jazz Festival Bodes To Be A Souled Out Weekend

Parade of Grammy winners and R&B legends set to join a stellar jazz slate March 7-9, including Ne-Yo, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, The Isley Brothers and Gladys Knight Phoenix, AZ: With thousands of old school and new school R&B and contemporary jazz fans from across the U.S. flocking to Phoenix twice a year for the Arizona Jazz ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jazz Jackpot: Jazz And Soul Stars To Light Up The City Of Lights

Jazz Jackpot: Jazz And Soul Stars To Light Up The City Of Lights

Las Vegas Jazz Festival slated for September 27-29, 2013 headlines Charlie Wilson, India.Arie, Jeffrey Osborne, Euge Groove, Kem and Anthony Hamilton Phoenix, Arizona (8 August 2013): More than 24 contemporary jazz and R&B high rollers promise to make the Las Vegas Jazz Festival a winning bet. Tickets are now on sale for the 3-day music and lifestyle ...