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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2011: Days 1-3

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Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 8-10

32th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio
April 28-May 8, 2011

Like most jazz festivals, the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, now in its 32nd year, features a fair share of tributes to jazz legends. Slated this time around were tributes to usual suspects Miles ...

NEWS: EVENT

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University presents: African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University presents: African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston

A book reading and signing with Randy Weston and Willard Jenkins Packed with fascinating anecdotes, African Rhythms is Randy Weston's life story as told to the music journalist Willard Jenkins. It encompasses Weston's childhood in the Brooklyn neighborhood where his parents imbued him with pride in his African heritage, his introduction to jazz, and his early years as a musician ...

NEWS: RADIO

The Jazz Session #123: Willard Jenkins

The Jazz Session #123: Willard Jenkins

Willard Jenkins is a jazz broadcaster and blogger, and a consultant to jazz artists and festivals. Jenkins blog, The Independent Ear is a constant source of news and views about the jazz world. In this interview, Jenkins talks about the diminishing influence of jazz in peoples home record collections and thus in the lives of their ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Gregory Thomas: Ain't But a Few of Us

Read "Gregory Thomas: Ain't But a Few of Us" reviewed by Willard Jenkins

Like most of the participants in our ongoing dialogue with African American music writers, Gregory Thomas has both feet and hands in several camps. Thomas' byline has been featured in numerous publications, including Salon.com, Guardian Observer (London), American Legacy, Africana.com, BlackAmericaWeb.com, Daily News (New York, NY), TBWT.com, Callaloo, The Village Voice, and others. He was the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival D'Essouira Gnaoua Musiques Du Monde

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"When I first heard Gnaoua music I heard Jimmy Blanton in the sound of the hajhouj, I heard the blues... I heard the black church..." The words of jazz master Randy Weston ring true with each encounter of the free Gnaoua Festival in Essaouira, Morocco. Essaouira is a picturesque fishing town of 70,000 inhabitants on the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Thomas: The Messenger

Read "The Messenger" reviewed by Willard Jenkins

For DC-based trumpeter Michael Thomas this initial release is the result of a true labor of love. Not one to wait for a record label to come knocking at his door, Thomas seized the initiative himself, not only starting his own label and releasing his own debut disc, but also developing his own home studio to ...