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Take Five with Tap Dancer Petra Haller

Take Five with Tap Dancer Petra Haller

BY AAJ STAFF
April 18, 2024

Meet Petra Haller Petra Haller, based in jny: London, UK, is a respected figure in the fields of tap dance and music. Honored as a Rising Jazz Artist by Jazzwise Magazine and mentioned as one  of Reader's Digest's “10 Female Jazz Musicians You need to Know" Haller has swiftly risen in prominence in the UK and beyond. Haller's artistic niche includes jazz, free jazz, improvised music and multimedia performances. In 2018, she initially collaborated with pianist Richard Lewis ......

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World-renowned Smoke Jazz Club Presents Album Release Concerts By Charles Mcpherson And Jane Monheit, A Benny Golson Salute, And More During The Month Of May

World-renowned Smoke Jazz Club Presents Album Release Concerts By Charles Mcpherson And Jane Monheit, A Benny Golson Salute, And More During The Month Of May

BY APRIL THIBEAULT
April 18, 2024

SMOKE Jazz Club continues its 25th anniversary season with another month of today’s leading artists in jazz. May kickstarts with a five-night (May 1-5) celebration of Reverence, a new SMOKE Sessions recording by the Charles McPherson Quintet. The Benny Golson sextet heard on the 2008 album New Time, New ‘Tetreunites (sans 95-year-old bandleader) for a special run (May 8-12) honoring one of the last surviving links to the Golden Age of modern jazz. Making her SMOKE debut is vocalist Jane ......

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Lorne Lofsky: Steward of the Canadian Guitar Tradition

Lorne Lofsky: Steward of the Canadian Guitar Tradition

BY JOHN CHACONA
April 17, 2024

Guitarist Lorne Lofsky rocketed to fame when It Could Happen To You (Pablo Records, 1981), his debut release as a leader, was produced by fellow Canadian Oscar Peterson. Lofsky has since toured and recorded with a wide range of musicians from all around the world, including Peterson, but his hometown of jny: Toronto has been his base for more than 40 years. In that time he has witnessed many changes in the scene of that dynamic, cosmopolitan city, and has ......

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Joel Frahm Trio At Scott's Jazz Club

Joel Frahm Trio At Scott's Jazz Club

BY IAN PATTERSON
April 17, 2024

Joel Frahm Trio Scott's Jazz Club jny:Belfast, N. Ireland April 12, 2024 Another sold-out gig. It is not an uncommon occurrence at Scott's Jazz Club. Yet this was no ordinary occasion for Ballyhackamore's award-winning venue. For starters, the Joel Frahm Trio was in the house. Scott's Jazz Club has attracted plenty of outstanding musicians since opening its doors in 2021, but this felt like a cat-got-the-cream event. And there was an extra ......

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Elio Villafranca And The Jass Syncopators Take A Musical Journey From Cuba To New York on Friday April 26, 2024

Elio Villafranca And The Jass Syncopators Take A Musical Journey From Cuba To New York on Friday April 26, 2024

BY CHERYL DUNCAN
April 17, 2024

TRAVEL THE “CROSSROADS FROM CUBA TO NEW YORK” Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators featuring Brianna Thomas head to City College Center for the Arts for a special concert on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators will take the stage at Aaron Davis Hall on Friday, April 26, for a magical musical journey “Crossroads from Cuba to New York.” The 7 p.m. concert, produced and presented by City College Center for the Arts (CCCA), ......

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Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett and Azimuth light up ECM Luminessence reissues

Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett and Azimuth light up ECM Luminessence reissues

BY CHRIS MAY
April 16, 2024

The spring 2024 iteration of ECM's audiophile vinyl reissue series, Luminessence, presents another trio of landmark albums: Jan Garbarek Quartet's Afric Pepperbird, from 1971, Keith Jarrett and Garbarek's Luminessence, from 1975, and Azimuth's Azimuth, from 1977. The combined scope of the music on the three discs (which come with new liner notes) is prairie wide, and chronologically proceeds from howling at the moon to walking in healing moonlight. Jan Garbarek Quartet Afric Pepperbird (1971) ......

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Petr Kotik: Beyond Race, Beyond Genre, There’s Music

Petr Kotik: Beyond Race, Beyond Genre, There’s Music

BY KURT GOTTSCHALK
April 16, 2024

Petr Kotik has walked among giants. To the extent that he is recognized in jny: New York City, where he has made his home for 41 years, it is as an associate of John Cage and Morton Feldman with an apparent fixation on Gertrude Stein. In his Czech homeland, he is held in higher esteem--in part, perhaps ironically, due to his move to New York. But his considerable list of musical relationships also includes the now-iconic composer Julius Eastman and ......

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Gabrielle Stravelli Trio Appear At Birdland on May 6th - New Release 'Beautiful Moons Ago' Streets on May 3rd

Gabrielle Stravelli Trio Appear At Birdland on May 6th - New Release 'Beautiful Moons Ago' Streets on May 3rd

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
April 16, 2024

Acclaimed vocalist & songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli blends musical traditions with a modern, genre-bending sensibility. Her fifth release, Beautiful Moons Ago is her first to feature her trio with pianist Michael Kanan and bassist Pat O'Leary. Over twelve years of collaborating, the trio has developed a deep musical connection that allows for great spontaneity in their performances. Recorded at the legendary Rudy Van Gelder Studio, “Beautiful Moons Ago” mines the jazz and American Songbook repertoire to bring you rarely heard gems ......

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Walter van de Leur: Jazz & Death, Part 2—Dancing With the Devil

Walter van de Leur: Jazz & Death, Part 2—Dancing With the Devil

BY IAN PATTERSON
April 15, 2024

Part 1 | Part 2 Most people would probably take a linear, historical view of jazz in an attempt to understand its complex history. Walter van de Leur, Professor of Jazz and Improvised Music at the University of Amsterdam, starts with death. His book, Jazz And Death: Reception, Rituals And Representations (Routledge, 2023) illustrates multiple ways in which jazz's fascination with death feeds into the narratives and mythologies that surround the music and its practitioners. ...

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Encuentro Music to Release Reginald Policard’s Global Jazz Album  'Boarding Pass' in Label Debut

Encuentro Music to Release Reginald Policard’s Global Jazz Album 'Boarding Pass' in Label Debut

BY RON KADISH
April 15, 2024

Called “the most valued Haitian pianist in the jazz scene”, versatile pianist, author, and composer Reginald Policard has evolved through decades of playing different styles of music such as konpa, jazz, latin jazz and fusion to arrive at his personal style. Together with special guests from all over the world, Reginald brings the musical traditions of Haiti, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and American jazz to Boarding Pass, an exciting and fresh blend of musical cultures, to be released on ......

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Hollywood Jazz Orchestra Play The Grape—Ventura's Only Jazz Club on May 23, 2024

Hollywood Jazz Orchestra Play The Grape—Ventura's Only Jazz Club on May 23, 2024

BY DAVID W PAYNE
April 14, 2024

The Hollywood Jazz Orchestra is coming to The Grape, Ventura's only Jazz Club, Thursday May 23rd @ 7.30 p.m. The 16 piece Hollywood Jazz Orchestra is led by Conductor, Composer, Arranger Charley Harrison, who has also been the Director of UCLA Jazz Orchestra since 2004. Over the years, Harrison has had compositions and arrangements performed by Jazz greats, like Kurt Elling, Cedar Walton, Joe Williams and The Count Basie Orchestra. Harrison says “ We will be premiering new work from ......

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2024 NEA Jazz Masters Honored At Free Events

2024 NEA Jazz Masters Honored At Free Events

BY SILKY SULLIVAN
April 13, 2024

Washington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will celebrate the 2024 NEA Jazz Masters at a series of public events April 11-13, 2024, in Washington, DC, culminating in a free tribute concert on Saturday, April 13. The 2024 NEA Jazz Masters tribute concert will include virtuoso vocalist and pianist Amina Claudine Myers, prolific saxophonist Gary Bartz, Grammy-winning trumpet player and composer Terence Blanchard, and writer and Artistic Director ......

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Albert "Tootie" Heath: Class Personified

Albert "Tootie" Heath: Class Personified

BY R.J. DELUKE
April 13, 2024

This article was first published on All About Jazz on March 9, 2015. Albert “Tootie" Heath is among the drummers who lived--and thrived--during what many call the golden age of jazz, the '40s, '50, early '60s. He's enjoyed the fruits of a varied and historic career, but never stayed put. Just kept working. He admires the musicians of today and the direction of jazz. The jny: Philadelphia native extols hip-hop for its status in today's music world. On ......

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Remembering Albert 'Tootie' heath

Remembering Albert 'Tootie' heath

BY IAN PATTERSON
April 13, 2024

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Fela Kuti MFM Zoom Roundtable Discussion Set For April 19, 2024

Fela Kuti MFM Zoom Roundtable Discussion Set For April 19, 2024

BY SOHRAB SAADAT LADJEVARDI AKA SOSALA
April 13, 2024

MFM Presents “Music Is Essential," a Zoom Roundtable Discussion on the Legacy and Impact of Fela Kuti’s Music and Activism on the African Continent, with Special guests who knew or worked with the godfather of Afrobeat. Date: Friday, April 19, 2024—Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET Venue: ZOOM—Ticket: $5 (up to 100 for sale. Save your seat TODAY!) Get Ticket Zoom host and PR Campaign manager: Adam Reifsteck This event is produced by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi aka SoSaLa (MFM President and ......

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Juliet Varnedoe Jazz Band Release 'Cajun Bleu'

Juliet Varnedoe Jazz Band Release 'Cajun Bleu'

BY JULIET VARNEDOE
April 13, 2024

Innovative New York-based jazz vocalist songwriter Juliet Varnedoe is set to release her debut album Cajun Bleu on April 12th 2024, presenting her imaginative interpretation of Cajun musical traditions. As a producer and songwriter, Varnedoe brings a highly original blend of music that combines New Orleans blues with the French cabaret drama of Juliette Gréco and the lyrical wit of Blossom Dearie. Growing up in Louisiana with a German father and Cajun mother, Juliet’s formative years were filled with sounds ......

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Tony Miceli Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

Tony Miceli Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
April 12, 2024

Tony Miceli Quintet Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA April 5, 2024 Vibraphonist Tony Miceli has a way of drawing talent around him like a magnet. Of course, it's because of his exceptional musicianship, but he also has a knack for creating interesting situations for playing. This time, he brought together four other jazz masters for a retro take on hard bop. Their virtuosity and musical imagination made the set come alive as ......

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Pat Metheny at the Kaufmann Concert Hall

Pat Metheny at the Kaufmann Concert Hall

BY CHRIS DEROSA
April 12, 2024

Pat Metheny Kaufmann Concert Hall (The 92nd Street Y) Pat Metheny's “Dream Box Tour" New York, NYApril 7, 2024 Hello, my name is Chris DeRosa and this is what I heard... Pat Metheny has been at the forefront of jazz guitar for more than 40 years. His career started way back in his University of Miami days (1972), first as a student performing with the famed Concert Jazz Band (CJB) and then ......

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April 18: New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra Presents 'High Life: The Music Of Wayne Shorter'

April 18: New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra Presents 'High Life: The Music Of Wayne Shorter'

BY ANN BRAITHWAITE
April 12, 2024

Legendary jazz composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, who passed away on March 2, 2023, left a monumental artistic legacy. The NEC Jazz Orchestra pays tribute to Shorter with High Life: The Music of Wayne Shorter, the orchestra’s final concert of the season, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 in NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. Special guest Carl Atkins, founding director of NEC’s Afro-American Studies and Jazz Departments, and NEC Jazz Studies Co-Chair Ken Schaphorst lead the orchestra ......

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April 17: New England Conservatory's Contemporary Musical Arts Dept Reimagines Music Of David Bowie

April 17: New England Conservatory's Contemporary Musical Arts Dept Reimagines Music Of David Bowie

BY ANN BRAITHWAITE
April 12, 2024

Hear David Bowie’s music as you’ve never heard it before on Wednesday, April 17 when New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Musical Arts Department pays tribute to an icon of pop culture in The Music of David Bowie, a program curated by faculty member Lautaro Mantilla in collaboration with Eden MacAdam-Somer and Anthony Coleman. For 50 years, David Bowie created a body of work that expanded the boundaries of pop culture, musical styles, gender, sexuality, social justice, protest, and fashion. “In a ......

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