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NEWS: FESTIVAL

Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the complete lineup for the festival’s 17th Edition. The nine-day festival returns to Rochester June 22 to June 30 presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 300-plus shows at 20 venues. The 2018 Festival is presented in three series — ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Boz Scaggs, Jill Scott, And Lake Street Dive Are Final Three Headliners Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Boz Scaggs, Jill Scott, And Lake Street Dive Are Final Three Headliners Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) June 22 to June 30, 2018. Guitarist and singer, Boz Scaggs, will perform on Saturday, June 23. Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter, Jill Scott, will perform on Friday, June 29. Soul pop band, Lake Street Dive, will perform on Thursday, June 28. All shows will take place at Kodak Hall at Eastman ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Read "Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" reviewed by David Burke

Courtney Pine didn't pick up his beloved tenor saxophone for more than a decade, until an album exploring the black British experience demanded it. The multi-instrumentalist eschewed the horn on the likes of Europa, House of Legends and Song (The Ballad Book), his two-hander with pianist Zoe Rahman.

“I spoke to Sonny Rollins about ...

North Sea Jazz Festival 2015: The Roller Coaster Has Taken Off

Read "North Sea Jazz Festival 2015:   The Roller Coaster Has Taken Off" reviewed by Joan Gannij

Jan Willem Luyken, Director of the North Sea Jazz Festival, has a lot to celebrate this year. It is not only the 40th anniversary of the popular festival, it's also the tenth anniversary of their move from jny: the Hague to jny: Rotterdam, and the year that Luyken became director. Described as “the world's largest indoor ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Philadelphia Music Alliance To Celebrate Billie Holiday Centennial As 1st 2015 Inductee On Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame

Philadelphia Music Alliance To Celebrate Billie Holiday Centennial As 1st  2015 Inductee On Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame

jny: PHILADELPHIA, PA: As a special birthday gift to the woman widely considered to be one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century, The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is proud to welcome Billie Holiday as its newest inductee today on the 100th anniversary of her birth in the City of Brotherly Love. Billie Holiday, ...

Mimi Jones: Balance

Read "Mimi Jones: Balance" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Balance is one of three new titles released in February 2014 by Hot Tone Music, the label founded by bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones. “Hot Tone Music was created to give chances to those who may have been overlooked and denied the necessary support and knowledge to develop," Jones explains. “Women are a big part of that group, ...

Raising Vision and Voice

Read "Raising Vision and Voice" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Decades ago, Archie Shepp and Sun Ra were among the first musicians to expand their vision for the human voice beyond the traditional verse-chorus-verse song structure. Today, through digital sampling and other technology, musicians incorporate and manipulate the human voice in ways that even these two iconoclasts might not recognize. At the same time, the profound ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Kosi: Onwards and Upwards

Read "Kosi: Onwards and Upwards" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Akosua Gyebi, known as Kosi, has a voluptuous, mesmeric voice and has just released her first solo album One More Cup Of Coffee on her own label which received positive reviews. Kosi is a songstress who tells stories through her music. In her songs, you find tales of the seedier side of New York, the darker ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Derrick Hodge: Raw, Unabashed Honesty

Read "Derrick Hodge: Raw, Unabashed Honesty" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

Versatility is a trait that any young musician wishes to attain in his/her career. While the ability to seamlessly flow in and out of any musical situation or genre can be attained by spending countless hours in the shed and listening to an array of records, a unique musical environment helps immensely in shaping a young ...

Take Five With Jeffrey Gimble

Read "Take Five With Jeffrey Gimble" reviewed by Jeffrey Gimble

Meet Jeffrey Gimble:
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Gimble grew up going to the gigs of his saxophone-playing father Maynard, who had a popular big band in the '60s and '70s. Despite his natural curiosity for jazz, he was drawn instead to become an actor and musical theater performer and graduated from Houston's ...