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Mere Noisemakers

Mere Noisemakers

BY TROY HOFFMAN
July 13, 2024

Drummers used to be predominantly known as mere noisemakers (not musicians) coming out of the Vaudeville-era, where percussionists were seen as background tools. They often carried out sound effect cues, sent from studios to theaters, for silent films. This left drummers with the responsible task of mimicking the sounds of hurricanes, car crashes and thunderstorms from the orchestra pit. Jo Jones, a multi-instrumentalist who played vibraphone, drums and piano, was one of the musicians sanctioned to these pits. He went ......

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45th Annual Tri-C JazzFest

45th Annual Tri-C JazzFest

BY C. ANDREW HOVAN
July 12, 2024

45th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Playhouse Square jny:Cleveland, Ohio June 20-22, 2024 It has become somewhat of a reoccurring quip on social media to lament that so many so-called jazz festivals have booked acts that stray far from the jazz genre to keep these events afloat financially. Cleveland's Tri-C JazzFest has certainly felt the need to consider this strategy, especially considering the scope of the three-day event that takes over Playhouse Square, one of the largest ......

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2024

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2024

BY MARK SULLIVAN
July 11, 2024

Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 30 to July 4, 2024 This year's official announcement of the headliners of the 44th edition of the festival included André 3000, Norah Jones, Hiatus Kaiyote, Laufey, Robert Glasper, and Orville Peck. This diverse group is notable for departing from the traditional jazz styles the festival has been known for (although they could have also mentioned artists like Joshua Redman or Kenny Garrett, who ......

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Son Brings Father's Promised Melody to Fruition

Son Brings Father's Promised Melody to Fruition

BY GREG NATHAN
July 11, 2024

The song “In the Autumn Years" is the title track of a new album being released this Monday by Soaring Music Publications. “In the Autumn Years" is a 70-year-old melody written by Charles Nathan. Charles was recognized in 1953 by BMI with a Certificate of Achievement for the “great national popularity" of his melody from “Say You're Mine Again," which was one of Perry Como's greatest hits. Also in 1953, Charles wrote the music and words of the song “In ......

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Take Five with Bassist / Composer Andrew Vogt

Take Five with Bassist / Composer Andrew Vogt

BY AAJ STAFF
July 10, 2024

Meet Andrew Vogt Chicago-based bassist/composer Andrew Vogt has written original pieces and arrangements for the all-female led ATLYS String Quartet, EDM artist Seven Lions, '80s hit machine Tom Kelly and electric jazz ensemble Bonzo Squad. As a sideman, he has worked with jazz legends such as Randy Brecker, Bob Reynolds, Ernie Watts and Donny McCaslin as well as up and coming new generational talents Woody Goss, Isaiah Sharkey and Makaya McCraven. Vogt's music has been performed across the world, featured ......

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Benny Jones: Jazz History & More

Benny Jones: Jazz History & More

BY THOMAS COLE
July 9, 2024

I was born and raised in the 6th Ward, which is called Tremé these days but these days I live near the Fairgrounds. My father was in the Eureka Brass Band and was very good friends with bot the Humphrey brothers--Willie and Percy. They had all played in different bands together as well as at Preservation Hall; he got around as he was playing the bass drum behind a lot of people. As a member of the union too, he, ......

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Bassist Yosef Gutman Levitt Features Masterful Guitarist Gilad Hekselman On The Rapturously Melodic 'Why Ten?'

Bassist Yosef Gutman Levitt Features Masterful Guitarist Gilad Hekselman On The Rapturously Melodic 'Why Ten?'

BY YOSEF GUTMAN LEVITT
July 9, 2024

In what promises to be a prolific 2024 for the recently formed Soul Song Records, bassist and composer Yosef Gutman Levitt is proud to announce the release of Why Ten? featuring one of the world’s finest jazz guitarists, the renowned Gilad Hekselman. Why Ten? follows up Levitt’s captivating 2023 release Soul Song, an inspired outing with the great Lionel Loueke on guitar. This remarkable showcase finds the Tel Aviv–born, New York–based Hekselman in the company of Levitt on upright and ......

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Budapest Ritmo 2024

Budapest Ritmo 2024

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
July 9, 2024

Budapest Ritmo Szimpla Kert/Akvárium Klub jny: Budapest, Hungary April 11-13, 2024 Due to the musical orientation of its organisers, and its general Hungarian location, the Budapest Ritmo festival tends to feature a Balkan and East European bias, presenting global-ethnic artists from within the region. There are, of course, some exceptions in the programme, one of which was its bejewelled centrepiece, a now-rare appearance by the revered Malian master Salif Keita, ......

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The Curator: Judith Korey

The Curator: Judith Korey

BY B.D. LENZ
July 8, 2024

As jazz moves headlong into the future it becomes even more important to document its rich past. The development of this art form is a mirror to the development of the culture from which it comes and its origins provide an important insight into the current state of both. Thankfully, there are places dedicated to this preservation as well as people who have painstakingly curated and protected these institutions. As important as these collections are in preserving the ......

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Youth Trumpet Scholars Inaugural Event For So Cal Student Musicians, September 21-22, 2024

Youth Trumpet Scholars Inaugural Event For So Cal Student Musicians, September 21-22, 2024

BY HOLLY COOPER
July 8, 2024

Student Musicians to Perform with, Attend Master Classes with World-Renowned Trumpeters Wayne Bergeron, Andrea Giuffredi & Alex Sipiagin! On September 21 and 22, local area trumpet students will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform onstage and attend highly-involved Master Classes with trumpet legends, Wayne Bergeron, jazz artist Alex Sipiagin, virtuoso Andrea Giuffredi and the entire Grammy-winning all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra. This special music-education-oriented two-day gala will be held at the prestigious Barclay Center in Irvine, California. Approximately 50-plus trumpet student ......

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Whiplash In Concert At Barbican Hall

Whiplash In Concert At Barbican Hall

BY CHRIS MAY
July 8, 2024

Multiquarium Big Band Barbican Hall Whiplash in Concertjny:London July 4, 2024 Studying at a music conservatoire can stifle an aspiring young jazz musician, and to inhabit for a moment the world of the Whiplash baddie Professor Terence Fletcher, there are times when one might wish it stifled more of them. But no one, surely, would condone the catalogue of abuse inflicted on the freshman drum student attending the fictitious New York music school ......

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Taiwanese Pianist Yu-Chen Tseng Releases Debut  Album Of Original Compositions - 'Gratitude Voyage: Embarking'

Taiwanese Pianist Yu-Chen Tseng Releases Debut Album Of Original Compositions - 'Gratitude Voyage: Embarking'

BY YU-CHEN TSENG
July 7, 2024

Taiwanese jazz pianist Yu-Chen Tseng recently released his debut jazz album, Gratitude Voyage: Embarking. The album's title reflects Tseng's gratitude to his family and all those who have supported him. This album has attracted considerable attention in New York for its outstanding performance and arrangements, highlighting Tseng's profound musical expertise and distinctive creative style. The album comprises seven original compositions by Tseng, each illustrating his deep comprehension of music and respect for culture. Among them, “Guan-Yin", inspired by the Buddhist ......

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Samara Joy at The Carver

Samara Joy at The Carver

BY KATCHIE CARTWRIGHT
July 7, 2024

Samara Joy The Carver Community Cultural Center Jo Long Theatre San Antonio, Texas June 1, 2024 Samara Joy, 24, describes herself as a rookie despite her numerous awards, including three Grammys and the prestigious Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, not to mention her acclaimed recordings as a leader, all huge hits. “I'm still very much a student," she maintains, humbly. The musicians in Joy's band are also young--not yet big names--but ......

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Introducing Saxophonist Anirudh Chakravarthy

Introducing Saxophonist Anirudh Chakravarthy

BY SANFORD JOSEPHSON
July 6, 2024

This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves' 27-chorus solo on “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival is etched in jazz history. It energized the Newport audience and rejuvenated Ellington's band. So, the prospect of recreating that moment at Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2024 Essentially Ellington competition had to be daunting to 18-year-old Newark Academy tenor saxophonist {Anirudh Chakravarthy}. But he ......

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Is Corinne's Tickled Pink The New Black This Summer?

Is Corinne's Tickled Pink The New Black This Summer?

BY CORINNE MAMMANA
July 5, 2024

Evocative and provocative, Tickled Pink, the latest single release from Corinne, out now and available everywhere, infuses a modern spin on bossa jazz. She flirts with a pop sensibility, as well as her lyrical romantic subject, yet maintains the integrity of the traditional style. The song is both an instant throwback to another time and a modern classic. With just one listen, your toes feel equally buried in the sandy beaches of Rio ’24 or ’64. Corinne is an old ......

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Farahser: Flatland

Farahser: Flatland

BY JOHN CHACONA
July 5, 2024

As Farahser, Torontonians John Kameel Farah, a classically trained pianist, and drummer/producer Nick Fraser roam the frontier where improvised and notated music meet. It is well traveled territory these days, but on their eponymous release these sonic explorers find a borderland between memory and legend, imagination and investigation. Echoes of the Palestine of Farah's ancestors ripple through his spare, often interrupted modal melodies like the faded details of an antique photograph. Fraser's rustles and shivers emerge and recede with the ......

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Richie Beirach: Sea Priestess

Richie Beirach: Sea Priestess

BY SCOTT LICHTMAN
July 4, 2024

Pianist Richie Beirach has been a foundation of the jazz community since the '70s, having released over 70 albums through 2022. His style combines romanticism with a dissonant compositional flair. His music, usually expressed in solo, duet and trio formats, sounds exceptionally intimate. Beirach could create chemistry with most anyone and has collaborated with luminaries such as saxophonist Dave Liebman, pianist Andy Laverne and guitarist John Abercrombie. “Sea Priestess," with bassist George Mraz and drummer Jack DeJohnette, epitomizes the beauty ......

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James Blood Ulmer: Family Affair

James Blood Ulmer: Family Affair

BY IAN PATTERSON
July 4, 2024

Nobody does blues, funk or jazz quite like singer/guitarist James Blood Ulmer. “Family Affair," from Black Rock (Columbia, 1982), is a slow-grooving, soulful delight. Vocalist Irene Datcher's honeyed tones combine with Ulmer's gravelly blues to wonderful effect, while the guitarist's inimitable knotty playing growls and sparks over Amin Ali's churning bass ostinato and drummer Calvin Weston's back beat. Of course, it would not be Ulmer without explosive release, but on an album of searing jazz-funk, angular and punkish, with splashes ......

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West Kowloon Cultural District Presents First 'Jazz Signatures' Concert Series With Acclaimed Us Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s Hong Kong Debut At Xiqu Centre

West Kowloon Cultural District Presents First 'Jazz Signatures' Concert Series With Acclaimed Us Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s Hong Kong Debut At Xiqu Centre

BY ASHLEIGH CHOW
July 4, 2024

The West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD or the District), is thrilled to launch the “Jazz Signatures” concert series, a brand-new programme featuring leading international jazz stars and noteworthy emerging acts in performance at the Grand Theatre of the Xiqu Centre, the flagship performing arts venue of the West Kowloon Cultural District. Getting the series off the ground is Ambrose Akinmusire, the world-renowned American trumpeter, and his quartet who will make their Hong Kong debut on 26 July 2024 (Friday). Tickets ......

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Chicago bassist and composer Andrew Vogt gets back to basics  with full-length album 'Awakening'

Chicago bassist and composer Andrew Vogt gets back to basics with full-length album 'Awakening'

BY MICHAEL RICCI
July 3, 2024

Tracks include genius remake of Beatles’ classic “Eleanor Rigby” Album Release Show + Birthday Party 8-10pm CDT, July 17, 2024 Fulton Street Collective 1821 West Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60622 In the analogue age, it would have been hard for a musician as omni-dimensional as Chicago’s Andrew Vogt to build a credible profile embracing the sweep of genres in which he is active. Back then, music was tribal and monotheistic and binary choices were as complicated as it ......

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