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Tony Bennett Duets With Daughter Antonia at Montreal Jazz Fest

Tony Bennett Duets With Daughter Antonia at Montreal Jazz Fest

Tony Bennett has gone through various phases in his career. That's not surprising considering the 85-year-old has been singing since the swing era. He was a young star, a pop singer trying to grow beyond silly pop repertoire, a master storyteller of song, the comeback act who played for the kids on MTV. Now, Tony Bennett ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Peter Brotzmann Honored With Lifetime Achievment Award at Vision Festival

Peter Brotzmann Honored With Lifetime Achievment Award at Vision Festival

German reedist Peter Brotzmann got his start in the '60s, quickly making a name for himself in the European free jazz and avant-garde music scene. Thanks to classic albums like 'Machine Gun,' Brotzmann is best known for conjuring a tone on his tenor sax that is not unlike an ill-tempered V8 engine with straight pipes. But that ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Chuck Lorre Credits Pat Metheny for His Television Career -- Music Appreciation

Say what you will about TV screenwriter and producer Chuck Lorre, who's currently embroiled in the Charlie Sheen debacle now plaguing CBS's 'Two and a Half Men,' but you may not have known that Lorre has humble beginnings as a workingman guitarist. Vanity Card #202 on Lorre's site reveals that an episode of 'The Big Bang ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Lee Konitz at 83: Taking It Slow and Steady on "Live at Birdland"

Lee Konitz at 83: Taking It Slow and Steady on "Live at Birdland"

The latest entry in All About Jazz's Legends series is alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, who first arrived on the scene back in the late 1940s when he played in Claude Thornhill's orchestra. As a teen, he studied with the legendary Lennie Tristano, eventually playing and recording with the master. He was also a member of the ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Chick Corea Plans Month-Long Jam Session for His 70th Birthday

Chick Corea Plans Month-Long Jam Session for His 70th Birthday

It's safe to say that most people who reach their 70th birthday have started to slow down and take it a bit easier than in their youth. But that is certainly not the case for keyboardist Chick Corea, whose early career saw him make his debut as a leader in 1966 and perform alongside Joe Henderson ...

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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Court 'Danger' With Return to Original Lineup

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Court 'Danger' With Return to Original Lineup

It's hard to figure out where to position Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Since their inception in 1988, the Grammy-winning band has been at the vanguard of the newgrass movement, primarily because Fleck started out in bluegrass and is one of the greatest living banjo players. The rhythm section of bassist Victor Wooten and his brother ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Fred Hersch Debuts "My Coma Dreams" Three Years After Falling Gravely Ill

Fred Hersch Debuts "My Coma Dreams" Three Years After Falling Gravely Ill

By now, everyone with a passing interesting in current-day jazz is familiar with the story of Fred Hersch, the HIV-positive pianist who was so ill with pneumonia in 2008 that he was put into a medically induced coma for two months.

Around the time of the release of his 2010 trio ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Moroccan Jazz Singer Malika Zarra Embraces Her Heritage on "Berber Taxi"

Moroccan Jazz Singer Malika Zarra Embraces Her Heritage on "Berber Taxi"

Whether one is improvising, composing or even just playing songs, music is a declaration of self. This is never more apparent than with singer and composer Malika Zarra. Born in Morocco and raised in France, Zarra draws upon her roots to inform her jazz by adding elements of North African chaâbi and well as traditional Moroccan ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

James Farm Takes Seed as New All-Star Jazz Band

James Farm Takes Seed as New All-Star Jazz Band

Yes, many will call James Farm an all-star band. Featuring drummer Eric Harland, bassist Matt Penman, pianist Aaron Parks and saxophonist Joshua Redman, the band certainly has some of the leading lights of today's jazz scene. But to hear Harland and Parks speak about the band's origins, James Farm seems something organically grown rather than a ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Martial Solal Returns to the Village Vanguard for Intimate Show

Martial Solal Returns to the Village Vanguard for Intimate Show

We're the first to admit that we don't follow the European jazz scene nearly as closely as the one here in the US. Part of the reason is that we live in the US and see the artists play more often. Another part of it is we generally like the music in the American jazz tradition ...