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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Atlanta Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Atlanta Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Chinita Tate-Burroughs

Not even the forecast of rain for memorial day weekend could keep thousands of devoted jazz listeners away from the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival held in Piedmont Park.

This year's 41st annual Atlanta Jazz festival highlighted a lineup on Saturday that featured women performers of which included Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Social ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz House Kids: The House that Jazz Built

Read "Jazz House Kids:  The House that Jazz Built" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

When we think of jazz education, we might first think about what's developed at the college level and at music conservatories over the last fifty years or so, and then maybe consider how jazz instruction and jazz bands have flourished at the high school and middle school levels a little more recently. But beyond these settings, ...

John Beasley: Monk'estra, Vol. 2

Read "Monk'estra, Vol. 2" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo il primo volume (Monk'estra vol.1, Mack Avenue 2016), John Beasley amplia l'organico e invita nuovi ospiti per un'altra rivisitazione del pianeta Monk. Galvanizzato dalle ottime accoglienze del debutto, il bandleader presenta nuovi estrosi arrangiamenti dal classico songbook del pianista. In effetti il vocabolario orchestrale monkiano è quasi tutto da costruire se si eccettuano i progetti ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

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The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

Kairos Sextet: Transition

Read "Transition" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Since coming to New York in '99, visionary Cuban drummer/percussionist/educator Dafnis Prieto has been the heartbeat in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdez, Bebo Valdez, Roy Hargrove, and Andrew Hill. He's found the time to be nominated for an '07 Grammy for Best Latin Album, Absolute Quintet (Soho, 2006); win a ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2018 Class of NEA Jazz Masters

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2018 Class of NEA Jazz Masters

Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves, and Todd Barkan now join the ranks of the nation’s highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters. The 2018 NEA Jazz Master recipients were announced this evening at a DC Jazz Festival concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, where Metheny also ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

April Jazz Festival in Espoo, Finland

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April Jazz
Espoo, Finland
April 26-30, 2017

April in southern Finland is a time of rapidly lengthening daylight and often crystalline blue skies heralding spring. This year though relentless gray skies and bitter winds made the appeal of a long weekend of top class jazz an even stronger motivation to ignore the ...

NEWS: EVENT

First Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition Announced

First Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition Announced

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist, Eli Degibri, announced his intention to establish The Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition last month at the Nearness of You Concert, a biennial event held at Lincoln Center to raise money for cancer research in honor of the late Michael Brecker. In front of an audience consisting of President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Panama Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Panama Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Holston

Panama Jazz Festival
Ciudad del Saber, Republic of Panama
January 10-14, 2017

In terms of the number of marquee musicians it features over the course of five days, the annual Panama Jazz Festival is far from being in the big leagues of similar events in Latin American. That, however, only tells part ...