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NEWS: EVENT

Celebrate the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters with the National Endowment for the Arts Free Tickets to the April 15 Tribute Concert Available Now!

Celebrate the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters with the National Endowment for the Arts  Free Tickets to the April 15 Tribute Concert Available Now!

The National Endowment for the Arts will honor the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters—recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz—at a series of free events this April, held in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. These events—a concert with performances by stars of the jazz and music world, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Aaron Parks on Music, Mathematics and Making the Scene

Read "Aaron Parks on Music, Mathematics and Making the Scene" reviewed by Leo Sidran

How does pianist Aaron Parks describe himself? “A bit odd. I play piano, write songs, and take pictures of doors with my phone."

Raised on a small island near Seattle, Washington, Aaron found himself hungry for more creative and intellectual stimulation than his immediate surroundings could offer. He enrolled in college at the age ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mellow Side of the Blue Note Review & More

Read "Mellow Side of the Blue Note Review & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week, we finish tracking Volume 1 of the Blue Note Review, which is now out-of-print. Volume 2 just arrived and you can listen for it in the months ahead. We also feature selections from Sonny Rollins at his first full recording date as a leader from December 1951. But, of course, there's more--see for yourself, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Wayne Shorter Celebration With Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Wayne Shorter Celebration With Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Wayne Shorter Trio and Guests
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
January 3, 2019

Wayne Shorter could not be there but his trio made it. When illness prevented Shorter from making a four-night stand at SFJAZZ, organizers turned the dates into a celebration of his music.

There are few better choices ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jason Palmer: Fair Weather

Read "Fair Weather" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Newvelle Records co-founder, the pianist Elan Mehler is familiar with one of Boston's few long-time, dedicated jazz clubs, Wally's. As he explains in the liner notes for Fair Weather, the club is where trumpeter and North Carolina native Jason Palmer was leading a band for nearly two decades. Palmer has played with leading talents such as ...

Terence Blanchard: Music, Social Justice and Raising Awareness About Violence Against Black People

Read "Terence Blanchard: Music, Social Justice and Raising Awareness About Violence Against Black People" reviewed by Christine Passarella

A few years ago, I was applauding as the cast of Motown was taking their bows on Broadway when I recognized a mother's face sitting across my row. Without question or trepidation, I felt compelled to say something, hopefully comforting, to Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin. In addition to my heartfelt condolences for the ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

2018 Moncalieri Jazz Festival

Read "2018 Moncalieri Jazz Festival" reviewed by Antonio Baiano

The 2018 Moncalieri Jazz Festival took place from November 15 through November 25, featuring Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective, Antonio Sanchez and Migration, Chaise Baird, Charles Altura, Thana Alexa, John Escreet, Orlando le Fleming, Fabian Almazan, David Ginyard, and Oscar Seaton. The festival has run since 2000 in the town of Moncalieri, Italy, right outside of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Petrucelli: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Dustin Mallory

The sophomore effort from saxophonist John Petrucelli is a fresh and timely release of original compositions that were recorded in 2017 at the New Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh. The forthcoming album, titled Presence, pairs a jazz quintet with a string quartet as they perform John's majestic ten-movement suite. The album also features a guest appearance from ...

NEWS: RECORDING

A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music By Bruce Barth

A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music  By Bruce Barth

In June, six members of Temple University’s noted jazz faculty gathered in Bunker Hill Studio in Brooklyn to record eight tracks of new music composed by Bruce Barth. Terell Stafford, director of Jazz Studies at Temple, lead the charge and the result, Family Feeling, is a reflection on the warm camaraderie between Terell Stafford (trumpet); Dick ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bongwool Lee: My Singing Fingers

Read "My Singing Fingers" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Much has been written about the different creative processes engaged between classical and jazz musicians, more specifically, as applied to the collective worlds of jazz and classical piano. New York based pianist Bongwool Lee has an intimate relationship with these perceived differences. Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, she was exposed by her parents to a ...