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A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat called him "One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet" while Jazz Times identified him as "a figure of international renown." Jazz sax elder statesman Dave Liebman called him simply, "one of the best musicians around," a sentiment shared by the readers of Down Beat in voting him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine's 2008 Readers Poll. A potent improvisor and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark's Jazzpar Prize, Potter's impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over 100 albums

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Article: Interview

Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 1-2

Read "Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 1-2" reviewed by Ian Patterson


"Everybody wants to play with Zakir. He's amazing..." The words were spoken by Herbie Hancock, one of many musicians who paid tribute to the great Indian tabla player and composer Zakir Hussain on the occasion of his Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco Jazz Centre in 2017. In a short film made for ...

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Article: Album Review

Slowly Rolling Camera: Where the Streets Lead

Read "Where the Streets Lead" reviewed by Chris May


You might imagine jazz musicians are well suited to run record companies, for risk taking and creativity are fundamental to both activities. Mostly, however, musician-led labels have unhappy histories. Either the musician is not from the top drawer and their A&R skills suffer accordingly; or they lack the administrative skills to run a business enterprise effectively. ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrew Woolf: Song Unsung

Read "Song Unsung" reviewed by Chris May


Although London-based tenor saxophonist Andrew Woolf has been releasing records since 2012, Song Unsung is the first he has issued under his own name. His debut, which was actually recorded in 2008, was the EP Soma Quartet (Self Produced), made by Woolf, electric guitarist Ryan Williams, double bassist Will Collier and trumpeter Joe Auckland. The disc ...

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News: Event

Adrienne Arsht Center Jazz Roots 2021-2022 Season Schedule

Adrienne Arsht Center Jazz Roots 2021-2022 Season Schedule

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County announces the return of the annual Jazz Roots series to the Center's Knight Concert Hall for the 2021-2022 season offering another incredible cast of jazz All-Stars beginning on November 5th, 2021 with “The Creation"-world premiere performance by legendary pianist Chucho Valdes and the Yoruban Orchestra ...

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Article: Album Review

Johannes Wallmann: Elegy For An Undiscovered Species

Read "Elegy For An Undiscovered  Species" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Supported by the Artemis supergroup members drummer Allison Miller and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen as well as by long-time collaborator Dayna Stephens and bassist Nick Moran, Johannes Wallmann can count himself lucky to have a celebrity packed core band behind him to present six new cuts fresh off the pianist's pen. In addition to the celebrity lineup, ...

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Article: Radio

James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Chalk up another great recording from saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis. Jesup Wagon for Tau Forms marks another step on what seems to be a steady climb to the top of current saxophonists. Like last year's great Live At Willisau, JBL has drummer Chad Taylor with him along with Kirk Knuffke, Christopher Hoffman and the ...

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Article: Radio

Chris Potter Circuits Trio, Aaron Lebos Reality, Zane Carney, Gerald Gradwohl and more

Read "Chris Potter Circuits Trio, Aaron Lebos Reality, Zane Carney, Gerald Gradwohl and more" reviewed by Len Davis


New releases from Chris Potter, Zane Carney, and Gerald Gradwohl, plus Erik Escobar and Aaron Lebos Reality. Playlist Kai Eckhardt “InThe Pocket" from Honour Simplicity:Respect the Flow (Naim) 00:00 Cosmic Farm “Steel Rider" from Cosmic Farm (Tone Centre) 07:44 Aaron Lebos Reality “Goldrush" from 141 Layers of Ikigai (Self Produced) 15:20 Chris Potter Circuits ...

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Article: Album Review

Tim Mayer: Keeper of the Flame

Read "Keeper of the Flame" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Keeper of the Flame, Tim Mayer, a Bostonian who now calls Mexico home, leads a sharp, swinging group of like-minded amigos on a (mostly) octet studio date enriched by Diego Rivera's colorful arrangements. Mayer plays tenor sax on half a dozen tracks, soprano sax on “Bye Bye Blackbird" and “Get Organized," alto flute on “Elusive." ...

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Article: Radio

New releases from Chris Potter Circuits Trio, Benjamin Croft, Michael Whalen, Gerald Gradwohl and much more

Read "New releases from Chris Potter Circuits Trio, Benjamin Croft, Michael Whalen, Gerald Gradwohl and much more" reviewed by Len Davis


New releases from Chris Potter, Benjamin Croft, Michael Whalen, and Gerald Gradwohl and much more. Playlist Chris Potter “Serpentine" from Sunrise Reprise (Edition) 00:00 Benjamin Croft “Far and Distant Things from Far and Distant Things (Ubuntu) 06:30 Michael Whalen “La Hermosa Noche" from Future Shock (Self Produced) 13:01 Vlad Glavcgovski “Possibilities" from Possibilities (Self ...


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