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NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

KPLU’s Jim Wilke Among Jazz Journalists Association Award Nominees

The Jazz Journalists Association posted their list of finalists for the 2012 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards last week. Nominees in the first 38 categories were chosen by the votes of the Professional Journalist Members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Nominations were made on the basis of work done in calendar year 2011, with the exception ...

NEWS: RECORDING

One Of Louis Armstrong’s Final Performances (and Favorite Recipes) To Be Released This Month

One Of Louis Armstrong’s Final Performances (and Favorite Recipes) To Be Released This Month

Jazz icon Louis Armstrong, always the consummate entertainer, turned a 1971 award ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington DC into an impromptu performance ­despite recent poor health. It was one of his last concerts before he passed away five months later. Joined by longtime band-mates Tyree Glenn and Tommy Gwaltney, Armstrong shows no signs ...

NEWS: OPINION

Enough With The Search For A "Jazz Savior"

Enough With The Search For A "Jazz Savior"

Every so often, a barrage of articles and blog posts come out claiming that jazz has found the musician or musicians that are going to “save” jazz. More often than not, these musicians are achieving some current commercial success and popularity among a broad audience outside of the typical “jazz head” community. The newest jazz savior? ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

How Marilyn Monroe changed Ella Fitzgerald's life

How Marilyn Monroe changed Ella Fitzgerald's life

If asked “Who played an important role in the musical career of Ella Fitzgerald?" you might respond with names like Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, Norman Granz, and Dizzy Gillespie. The name Marilyn Monroe, however, might not come to mind. While touring in the '50s under the management of Norman Granz, Ella, like many African-American musicians at ...

NEWS: EVENT

Clark Terry Fundraising Event Set For April

Clark Terry Fundraising Event Set For April

There is never a shortage of jazz fundraisers going on, but this one is for one of the best in the business. Clark Terry is now home, but ended up having to have both legs removed during his time in the hospital. You can read up on his condition here, and leave him a note here. ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bill Frisell, Scrape to team up for new show in Seattle

Bill Frisell, Scrape to team up for new show in Seattle

Scrape, the exciting 16-piece string orchestra with harp, known for performing the music of inimitable composers Eyvind Kang and Jim Knapp, will be joined by guitar legend Bill Frisell for shows in Seattle and Vashon Island. The orchestra is made up of top professional players. The concerts will take place April 4th & 5th at the ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Skerik continues his collaborative adventures

Skerik continues his collaborative adventures

"I very much believe in a collaborative environment, and trying to get a real band where everyone has an equal say in writing the music, arranging the music and shaping the music. That's always been a real priority for me." —Skerik I had the opportunity to speak to saxophonist Skerik by phone this afternoon, on the ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

In Memoriam: 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, I'd like to take some time to remember some of the great contributors to jazz that passed away in 2011. Here is a short list of some of the wonderful musicians we lost over the last year. Charles Fambrough, 60 Bassist Charles Fambrough died on January 1, 2011. He had ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Groove Notes 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2011

I realize that there are a lot of people who do not care for the word “best" when it comes to music. To those, you may also call this list “Kevin's Favorite Jazz Albums of 2011" if you'd like. Regardless, it is simply my opinion of 10 releases that stood out to me over the past ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Earshot Jazz Festival Reaches Its Peak with Keith Jarrett

Earshot Jazz Festival Reaches Its Peak with Keith Jarrett

I had never seen Keith Jarrett perform live before. I had only heard his wonderful recordings and heard some interesting stories about the demands he has on his audience. The trio, made up of Keith Jarrett on piano, Gary Peacock on bass and NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette on drums, is considered by many to be ...


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