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The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival celebrates Newark author Amiri Baraka’s “Blues People” at 50

The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival celebrates Newark author Amiri Baraka’s “Blues People” at 50

Past and present journeys of all kinds – spiritual, professional, musical and cultural—intersected at the Newark Museum, where poet and playwright Amiri Baraka was honored and musician Craig Harris was featured during NJPAC’s TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival. The celebrated Newark author was there in recognition of his seminal exploration of African-American music and culture, Blues People: Negro Music in ...

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Mingus Speaks

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Mingus Speaks
John F. Goodman
329 pages
ISBN: 978-0-520-27523-2
University of California Press
2013

Many are the books written about bassist/composer and bandleader Charles Mingus--one of the most influential jazz figures of the post-war years. His own autobiographical work, Beneath the Underdog (Knopf, 1971) was a sprawling, boiling stew ...

ARTICLE: DAN'S DEN

Inside the 5th NEA Jazz Masters Awards

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The 32nd class of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters was formally inducted on January 14, 2013. Numbering just four, this was the smallest class since the threesome of 2003. The following year, new NEA Chairman Dana Gioia upped the ante to six and added the new category of the A. B. Spellman ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Legend

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Woody Herman

Blue Flame--Portrait Of A Legand

Jazzed Media

2012

Born on May 16, 1913, Woodrow Charles “Woody" Herman is the subject of this feature-length documentary, produced by Jazzed Media's Graham Carter in association with Al Julian's The Woody Herman Society in recognition of the clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, bandleader and American ...

Tommy Flanagan / Jaki Byard: The Magic Of 2

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San Francisco's famed Keystone Korner shuttered its doors in 1983, but it's getting more press today than plenty of clubs that are still serving up jazz. In the past two years alone, a previously unreleased live recording of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard--Pinnacle (Resonance, 2011)--launched Resonance Records' Keystone Korner Live Discoveries series, photographer Kathy Sloane released Keystone Korner: ...

ARTICLE: DAN'S DEN

Every Now and Den

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It's been so long since the last Den that it should perhaps be renamed, “Every Now and Den." But here I am with some of the events that stand out from the past five months or so, not necessarily in chronological order.

I've never missed the annual Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans, and the August ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Guitarist Tomas Janzon Basks in Bassists

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Guitarist Tomas Janzon Basks in Bassists

Players who lead trios and duos featuring a bassist tend to stick with one. Tomas Janzon is happy with Essiet Essiet, 56, drummer Art Blakey's last bassist.

Yet, “There are so many extraordinary bassists in New York," the Big Apple-based Swedish guitarist tells me, “that I am happy ...

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Shakespeare's Sonnets Sung to a Jazz Beat

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Shakespeare's Sonnets Sung to a Jazz Beat

“If music be the food of love, play on." And while you're at it, set 16 of Shakespeare's sonnets to music, and play and sing them to a jazz beat. Which, by my troth, is exactly what Caroll Vanwelden has done. The comely Belgian pianist wanted to produce ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Jazz Legend

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Woody Herman

Blue Flame: Portrait Of A Jazz Legend

Jazzed Media

2012

Innovation and boundary pushing is often seen as a young man's game, so the obvious question is, how did clarinetist/saxophonist/vocalist/bandleader extraordinaire Woody Herman manage to keep things fresh for virtually his entire half-century run? The answer is so ...

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Final Call to See "Pops" Making Records

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Final Call to See “Pops" Making Records

September, 2012 is final call to catch Genius at Work: Louis Armstrong in the Recording Studio, the currently featured exhibit at the Louis Armstrong House and Museum in Corona, Queens, New York. “Records as well as photographs, scores and other artifacts reveal Armstrong hard at work recording ...