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Viljandi Folk Music Festival 2021

Viljandi Folk Music Festival 2021

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
September 25, 2021

Viljandi Folk Music Festival Viljandi, Estonia July 22-25, 2021 Viljandi must be a quiet place in usual times, situated down in the south of Estonia, and emanating a small town vibration. Usually its annual four-day folk festival magnetises a massive gathering, and invites multiple international acts, fully inhabiting an impressive location in the Viljandi Castle Hills. This 28th edition still seemed somewhat busy, when compared to recent times, even with its reduced attendance limit ......

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Electric Violin, Vocal Master L. Shankar Unwraps His First Ever Holiday Album

Electric Violin, Vocal Master L. Shankar Unwraps His First Ever Holiday Album

BY WILLIAM JAMES
September 25, 2021

Celebrate the holidays this year with a little international flavor, courtesy of one of the most widely revered violinists, vocalists and musical geniuses who has collaborated with everyone from Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel and U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and many, many more- Indian-born L. Shankar. Known for his incredibly dexterous playing and his unique singing voice, Shankar has earned accolades from across the musical spectrum and has been recruited to perform live for the world’s most demanding talents. Now, ......

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Free Webinar for Jazz Musicians: How to build a professional website for your music on September 29th at 1pm EST

Free Webinar for Jazz Musicians: How to build a professional website for your music on September 29th at 1pm EST

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 24, 2021

Have you considered building a new or relaunching an existing website but don’t know where to start? If so, attend the All About Jazz-sponsored Bandzoogle seminar and learn the ins and outs of building a beautiful website that perfectly communicates the essence of you and your music. Join Melanie Kealey from Bandzoogle on September 29th, 1pm EST to learn all about how to build a professional website for your music, including: Why it’s crucial to have your own website; What ......

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Sam Cooke: Legend

Sam Cooke: Legend

BY DOUG COLLETTE
September 24, 2021

Sam Cooke Legend Abkco 2021 With a running time of seventy minutes, the documentary on singer/composer/producer Sam Cooke is far shorter than the bonus material included on the DVD of Legend. But in its own way, that's fitting as the late r&b/soul icon's lasting influence, based on his varied career as an artist, entrepreneur and civil rights activist, far outstrips the actual duration of his life. Sam Cooke's greatest ambition was also his greatest achievement, ......

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Ashley Henry: The Beauty Of Inclusive Music

Ashley Henry: The Beauty Of Inclusive Music

BY PAOLO MARRA
September 23, 2021

Pianist and composer Ashley Henry is one of the most interesting talents coming out of the British Jazz scene, which has been commanding growing international recognition. His debut album Beautiful Vinyl Hunter (Universal, 2019) revealed a universe in which grime, r&b and hip-hop coexist with the respect and recognition for the great jazz players of the past. Raised in South-East jny: London amid Afro-Caribbean rhythms and records by Stevie Wonder, Prince and Marvin Gaye, graduated in Jazz Music ......

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Take Five with Gabriel Judet-Weinshel

Take Five with Gabriel Judet-Weinshel

BY AAJ STAFF
September 23, 2021

Meet Gabriel Judet-Weinshel My name is Gabriel Judet-Weinshel. I make music under the project name Unpinnable Butterflies. This is my second solo album as a songwriter, but I've also scored two feature films (the sci-fi thriller picture 7 Splinters in Time and the documentary, for Netflix, From Baghdad to Brooklyn). When I'm not making music, I make films (I also wrote and directed 7 Splinters in Time, which is findable in all the usual virtual places). Film is music; music ......

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Los Angeles-Based Pianist, Vocalist And Composer Adrianne Duncan Offers Songs Beautiful And Broad In Scope, Leading A Top-Shelf Ensemble On New Album 'Gemini'

Los Angeles-Based Pianist, Vocalist And Composer Adrianne Duncan Offers Songs Beautiful And Broad In Scope, Leading A Top-Shelf Ensemble On New Album 'Gemini'

BY ADRIANNE DUNCAN
September 23, 2021

In honing her own creative voice as a jazz pianist, singer and songwriter, Adrianne Duncan also discovered the ideal way to present it: with the devoted group of musicians and friends heard on her inspired recording Gemini. The versatile rhythm section features Duncan on piano with Dan Lutz on acoustic and electric bass and Jimmy Branly, who mixed the album, on drums. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini achieves a beautiful blend with Duncan’s instrument, serving the multifaceted songs with his fine touch ......

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Unscientific Italians: Frisellian Magic

Unscientific Italians: Frisellian Magic

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
September 22, 2021

If Italian film director Nanni Moretti had been born in 1973 instead of 1953, he might well have set the iconic Vespa ride through the empty streets of a languid, mid-August Rome in Caro Diario against a Bill Frisell rather than a Keith Jarrett soundtrack. Because if every era is defined by a limited number of musicians who characterize it with their innovations and sounds, then for jazz fans who grew up musically in the '80s and '90s, ......

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Famed Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Releases 'Sing A Song Of Bird Feat. Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough, Marion Cowings

Famed Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Releases 'Sing A Song Of Bird Feat. Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough, Marion Cowings

BY HOLLY COOPER
September 22, 2021

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro is a favorite among jazz aficionados and musicians alike. That’s why Cedar Walton has said, “Roseanna Vitro, one of my favorite vocalists, sings with a great feeling for jazz. Her readings on major compositions are monumental.” Her outsized talents and passion for the music are matched only by the generosity of her spirit, which shines beautifully on her newest recording Sing a Song of Bird, a celebration of the great and inimitable Charlie Parker. Vitro conceived this ......

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2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

BY JOHN CHACONA
September 21, 2021

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Cain Park September 11-12, 2021 Witnessing the moment-by-moment interaction between musicians is one of the sublime pleasures of attending a jazz concert. There were plenty of opportunities to do just that during the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, but for me the sweetest such encounter didn't occur onstage. It happened between sets on Sunday when the arrival of the shuttle van backstage set off a scrum of embraces, clapping and exclamations of joy. ...

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Satoko Fujii & Jim Yanda: Not So Silent In Their Ways

Satoko Fujii & Jim Yanda: Not So Silent In Their Ways

BY DOUG COLLETTE
September 21, 2021

If it's indeed true that free jazz is an acquired taste, the premise begs the question of whether it's an arbitrary choice or a preference that lies dormant in all musiclovers awaiting only that signal listening experience to pique the natural curiosity and, in turn, awaken an abiding interest to further pursue this arcane field of music. Guitarist Jim Yanda's esoteric collaboration with drummer Phil Haynes and trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Herb Robertson is in stark contrast to more conventional efforts ......

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Syrah Meets Mingus

Syrah Meets Mingus

BY KRISTEN LEE SERGEANT
September 20, 2021

Welcome to Jazz & Juice's season finale article--I hope you've enjoyed our first forays into the fun fusion of jazz and wine learning, and found that the 'knowledge is pleasure' axiom has proven itself true for you. Now, after the patience and restraint of the last segment, we venture into the world of the wild, in both wine and music. WildnessNietzche wrote: “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing ......

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Chico Hamilton: The Master

Chico Hamilton: The Master

BY MAXWELL CHANDLER
September 20, 2021

In celebration of Chico Hamilton's 100th birthday today (September 20, 1921--November 26, 2013). This interview first appeared at All About Jazz in October 2007. An educator, performer, film score composer/actor, drummer and bandleader, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (2004) and Kennedy Center Living Jazz Master Chico Hamilton is still going strong. His always compelling music defies genre and manages to reach new audiences through works like the newly restored Original Ellington Suite (Blue Note, 2000) and ......

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7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest  2021 Edition

7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest 2021 Edition

BY VALERIO PAPPI
September 19, 2021

New website, new rules, new judges, new prizes, new sponsors The 7 Virtual Jazz Club is now in its sixth edition. Jazz artists from around the globe will have the chance to enter the most famous online jazz contest and we're accepting submissions until November 15, 2021. Categories Under 25 Musicians of any nationality aged 25 or younger, with no prior experience with a producer or artistic promotion. Pros & Amateurs All the musicians that do not qualify for the ......

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Sylwester Ostrowski: Music As A Celebration Of Life

Sylwester Ostrowski: Music As A Celebration Of Life

BY EMMANUEL DI TOMMASO
September 19, 2021

Polish saxophonist Sylwester Ostrowski is not only a brilliant musician and producer, but an equally successful cultural promoter. In particular, he is the founder and organizer of the Szczecin Jazz Festival, a celebrated festival he organizes in his native city. As soon as he hit the road after the hiatus forced by the pandemic, we had the opportunity to meet him and talk about his very special projects, dreams and worldviews. All About Jazz: After a long, trying ......

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Some Loose Assemblies 3 at Hundred Years Gallery

Some Loose Assemblies 3 at Hundred Years Gallery

BY JOHN EYLES
September 18, 2021

Douglas Benford, Steve Beresford, Peter Nagel, Emily Suzanne Shapiro, Megan Steinberg Hundred Years Gallery Some Loose Assemblies III London, England September 8, 2021 As with Some Loose Assemblies II, the aim of this third and final concert of the series was to produce real-time cross-fertilisation between different art forms. The curator of the previous evenings, interdisciplinary artist Claire Zakiewicz, was joined as curator and performer by renowned Canadian bass clarinetist and clarinetist Emily Suzanne ......

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Rose City Musician, Brian Eaton, Releases An Unexpected & Eclectic Proggy-Jazz, Bass-Centric Project

Rose City Musician, Brian Eaton, Releases An Unexpected & Eclectic Proggy-Jazz, Bass-Centric Project

BY EATIN' RECORDS
September 18, 2021

Musician/Producer and Allegra Drums Artist Brian Eaton released his third full-length album, The Known Space Project, today on his label, Eatin’ Records, available now on digital platforms. Though a bit of a departure from his usual vocal rock sound, Eaton has returned to his jazz/fusion roots. The new instrumental album consists of nine original compositions showcasing the multi-instrumentalist’s diversity as a multi-genre artist and can be streamed or downloaded from here. Duane Williams, who’s featured six tracks from the album ......

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The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival: The Future is Female, Day 4

The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival: The Future is Female, Day 4

BY PAUL RAUCH
September 17, 2021

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 This is the fourth of four pieces covering the 2021 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Two weeks before the festival, a decision was made to go to a virtual format due to the surge provided by the Delta variant of Covid-19. Three outdoor stages became three soundstages in the ballrooms of the Renaissance Marriott hotel. All sets were run back to back, with no overlap. This made roaming ......

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Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums

BY PETER JONES
September 16, 2021

Considering he reached the ripe old age of 37 before recording an album, Jon Hendricks' jazz legacy is remarkable. Although a singer, in his head he was more of an instrumentalist. When he improvised, he would imitate the tenor saxophone, the flute, the trombone, or the double-bass. His professional singing career lasted from 1932, when he was 11, to 2015 when, aged 94, he recorded some of his own lyrics to a collection of Thelonious Monk tunes (these recordings are ......

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Interview: Renee Rosnes

Interview: Renee Rosnes

BY AAJ STAFF
September 16, 2021

I've always loved Renee Rosnes's piano—on albums and in concert. She appears on stage, politely recognizes the audience and then disappears into a stormy world of musical energy, complex originality and passion. So it was gratifying to have the opportunity recently to interview and write about her new album for The Wall Street Journal's Arts in Review section.  I've known Renee's husband, Bill Charlap, for years and have huge admiration for him. He's a gorgeous, exceptional jazz player and accompanist. ......

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