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Buck Hill is a living legend, who has been dazzling audiences for over forty years. Born in 1927, Buck Hill started playing saxophone at the age of 13. By the mid-fifties, he was married with three children and supporting them by driving a cab and delivering mail. Despite the family demands, he continued to practice and perform. He was discovered by Charlie Byrd and became a regular on the local jazz circuit, appearing with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Shirley Horn. In 1957, he appeared on his first recording with Charlie Byrd and later appeared on numerous recordings with Shirley Horn on the Verve label. As a result of the dominance of rock music in the sixties, Buck went back to work for the post office

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Afro Blue: We Shall Overcome

Read "We Shall Overcome" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The vocal group Afro Blue was founded (in 2002) by its director, Connaitre Miller, Jazz Voice Coordinator at Howard University in Washington, DC. Miller's approach to vocal jazz is patterned after that of such celebrated groups as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, the Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, a blueprint that has served Afro Blue well and ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019

Read "Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Cankarjev Dom Jazz Festival Ljubljana Ljubljana June 18-22, 2019 Ljubljana—capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of the EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy—hosts a now six decades old jazz festival. The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana opposite the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

February Birthdays and Snooky @100

Read "February Birthdays and Snooky @100" reviewed by Marc Cohn

It's the monthly jazz birthdays edition of Gift and Messages, direct from our turntables and CD players in mid-city Baton Rouge to you! We salute the late trumpeter Snooky Young on his 100th birthday with one of the rare recordings under his own name, the out-of-print Horn of Plenty. Great listening, along with tenor birthday madness ...

ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

Top Ten Jazz Songs To Listen To While Watching Basketball

Read "Top Ten Jazz Songs To Listen To While Watching Basketball" reviewed by Ken Hohman

Don't let the annoying jibber-jabber of announcers or a deluge of car commercials wreck your game. Turn the sound down and listen to these ten great jazz tracks as you watch your favorite NBA or college team keep the ball alive, jump on the fast break and drive it to the hoop. Basketball was made for ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination

Read "Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination" reviewed by Jazz Beyond Borders

Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz Oxygen for the Ears is a 2012 award-winning documentary film depicting the vibrancy of the jazz scene in the nation's capital. Made in three years by German-born astrophysicist Stefan Immler, the 94-minute documentary shows the city's key role in the past, present and future of jazz and is gaining attention ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Kenny Barron and Ron Carter Awarded for Lifetime Contributions to Jazz

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) will present its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to two of the world’s most renowned jazz artists, Kenny Barron and Ron Carter, at its 8th annual Festival, held June 1-10. Each year the DCJF honors jazz greats for their indelible lifetime contributions to jazz and humanity. Past awardees include Jimmy Heath, Eddie ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

DC Jazz Festival Receives NEA Jazz Masters Live Grant

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) today announced that it has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Live grant for the fifth year. The DCJF was one of 12 non-profits selected to receive a total of $135,000 in funding. NEA Jazz Masters Live grants help bring legendary musicians, writers, producers and scholars ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bill Cosby: If You Could Hear It, You'd Smile

Read "Bill Cosby: If You Could Hear It, You'd Smile" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Bill Cosby is a gentle giant, and not just physically. He is a powerhouse of energy and achievement. He's best known as a standup comedian non pareil. Moreover, his TV shows, such as The Cosby Show, have topped the ratings for many years, and he uses them as a way to promote racial reconciliation and disseminate ...


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