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AkBank Jazz Festival 2019

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AkBank Jazz Festival
Istanbul, Turkey
October 18-25 2019

I arrived in Istanbul during the world-wide outrage that followed the United States pull-out from Syria and the consequent military intervention by Turkey. The new humongous airport looked rather empty compared to the crowded spaces of the old one; the trip to ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods

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In Part 1 of Women in Jazz we looked at the historical position of women in early jazz. Despite their influence in shaping the art, their talent as composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and band leaders, women have often been token additions; marginalized window dressing in a male-dominated world.

One hundred years after Lil Hardin held ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Birth of the Big Bands 1923 - 1936)

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In the last hour, we listened to the pioneering jazz orchestra of Duke Ellington. Large jazz ensembles, such as Ellington's, soon to be known as “Big Bands," evolved through the 1920s with significant innovations led by bandleaders Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Jimmie Lunceford and Don Redman, and arrangers Carter, Redman, Edgar Sampson and Sy Oliver. By ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Doubling; A History (Of Sorts)

Doubling; A History (Of Sorts)

A recent discussion among jazz researchers centered on the evolution of instrumentation as big bands changed through the decades. The conversation developed into exchanges about not only the makeup of band sections—rhythm, brass and reeds—but also the matter of doubling, in which individual musicians played more than one instrument and sometimes several. In the 1920s and ...

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Swing! / Episode 2 - "Birth of the Big Bands"

Swing! / Episode 2 - "Birth of the Big Bands"

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Episode 2--Birth of the Big Bands Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist" As always, the show is free, absolutely legal, fun for the whole family, and available for listening right now, right here. Welcome back to another episode of Swing! This month we explore the birth of the big bands . . . or, ...