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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II

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Part 1 | Part 2

Part 1 of Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands looked at the roots, drivers and challenges of the travelling groups who brought jazz music to the non-urban areas of the Southern Plains, through one-night-stands, in often impromptu venues. A black phenomenon, often misappropriated by white musicians, promoters, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Gil Scott-Heron Tribute, "Roots of American Music" Performances by Aloe Blacc, Otis Clay, Lenny Williams, Swamp Dogg

Gil Scott-Heron Tribute, "Roots of American Music" Performances by Aloe Blacc, Otis Clay, Lenny Williams, Swamp Dogg

It may be the final week of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, but the festival isn’t winding down when it comes to exciting performances. This week, Lincoln Center celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the landmark Soul at the Center, highlighted by Valerie Simpson’s first tribute to her late partner, Nick Ashford, since his passing. The pair ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Former All About Jazz Contributor Martin Gladu Publishes Biographical Essay On Calvin Lampley

Pianist Teddy Wilson’s concert appearances with Benny Goodman in 1935 and Quincy Jones’ employment as a corporate executive at a major label in 1964 appear to be foremost references in the popular music literature on the integration of African Americans. Yet the pioneering accomplishments of lesser known figures are often neglected in favour of the more ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Penang Island Jazz Festival: Penang, Malaysia, Dec 1-4, 2011

Read "Penang Island Jazz Festival: Penang, Malaysia, Dec 1-4, 2011" reviewed by Ian Patterson

8th Penang Island Jazz Festival
Penang, Malaysia
December 1-4, 2011
For small, independent jazz festivals heavily reliant on private sector sponsorship, it can be a jungle out there. In the case of the Penang Island Jazz Festival, sandwiched between the Straits of Malacca and tropical forest, this is literally true. Monkeys, civet and leopard ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Diane Monroe: Bridging Diverse Musical Worlds

Read "Diane Monroe: Bridging Diverse Musical Worlds" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Listening to Diane Monroe play jazz violin--whether solo, duo, or in a group--what's immediately evident is how great an improviser she is, fitting seamlessly with the music and the group, breathing and moving with the music. Only then does it become clear that she possesses the precision, complexity, and technique of a classical concert violinist. Indeed, ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Remembering William Marcel "Buddy" Collette

Remembering William Marcel "Buddy" Collette

By Ed Hamilton Saxophonist and flautist Buddy Collette brought color to white TV game show orchestras, before Martin Luther King fought for civil rights in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott. He paved the way for the hiring of musicians of color into all-white TV and film orchestras: Clark Terry, J.J. Johnson, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Benny Golson, ...