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Danilo Pérez

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Grammy award winner Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Danilo’s abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters ({{m: Wayne Shorter = 4301}}, {{m: Roy Haynes = 7521}}, {{m: Steve Lacy = 8532}}), Danilo is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz. He has led his own groups since the early ‘90s, and as bandleader has earned three Grammy® nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings

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Article: Interview

Julia Perminova: The Way to Her Star

Read "Julia Perminova: The Way to Her Star" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Originally born in the United States, jazz has become a language that people speak all over the world. For Julia Perminova, a pianist and composer from the Siberian city of Tyumen, now living in Basel, Switzerland, jazz is a native language. Although her music talent was natural, her hard work and true passion have made her ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Carlos Barba

Read "Take Five with Carlos Barba" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Carlos Barba Carlos Barba is an active performer, composer, educator, arranger, improvisor, producer, and multi-instrumentalist residing in El Paso, TX. He has recorded seven full-length albums as leader, two as sideman (Juan Pedro Macias Trio & Gabriel Balderas Quartet), two E.P./minidiscs, and two singles. The Carlos Barba Trio had the opportunity of opening for Antonio ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Richie Cole & Danilo Pérez

Read "Richie Cole & Danilo Pérez" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We celebrate our 750th Episode of Neon Jazz with master pianist & humanitarian Danilo Perez. Following that, we hear from his mentor Dizzy Gillespie. As the show moves one, we listen to some great new music from jazz veterans in Jorge Garcia, Mark Buselli with the Ball State University Jazz Band, Brent Laidler and Kevin G ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Melissa Aldana: Sound, Time, Ideas

Read "Melissa Aldana: Sound, Time, Ideas" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Melissa Aldana is meeting her moment right now. At 33 years old, she's already a quarter of a century into a musical trip that started in Santiago, Chile. Her father and grandfather were both jazz saxophone players in Chile, and she started early, at six years old, on the alto sax. She and her father would ...

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Article: Live Review

Unhinging and Swinging Mythology at the Opera

Read "Unhinging and Swinging Mythology at the Opera" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding Broad Stage Southern California premiere of opera ...(Iphigenia) Santa Monica, CA February 19, 2022 When last I interviewed Wayne Shorter, in his panoramic view-endowed Hollywood Hills home, the ostensible primary subject was his then-new and ambitious three-disc-plus-graphic-novel project, Emanon. But his ever active, creatively restless ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 6: Iberian Beats – Jorge Rossy & Pedro Melo Alves

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 6: Iberian Beats – Jorge Rossy & Pedro Melo Alves" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The music of the Iberian Peninsula is as rich and diverse as any in the world. Its influences are many yet it developed in the pre-global bubble of geography. Early music of the peninsula was impacted by much of the known world in the primeval period and the Middle Ages. The peninsula was isolated by the ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Danilo Pérez

Jazz Musician of the Day: Danilo Pérez

All About Jazz is celebrating Danilo Pérez's birthday today! Grammy award winner Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Danilo’s abundant talents ...

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Article: Highly Opinionated

Jazz Inside And Out: Select Posts from 2013-2015

Read "Jazz Inside And Out: Select Posts from 2013-2015" reviewed by John Goodman


Here's a selection of posts from my now-discontinued blog, Jazz Inside and Out. I started writing it in summer 2013 and persisted for about six years. As 2016 rolled around, like many others I got quite taken over by politics, and my posts reflected that. Readership went up, jazz took a sabbatical. Politics and ...


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