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Donal Fox

Donal Fox is internationally acclaimed as composer, pianist, and improviser in both the jazz and classical fields. His numerous awards include a 1997 Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition, a 1998 Fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), and 1999, 2001, and 2003 nominations for a CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts. Mr. Fox's exciting and innovative "Jazz Duet Series" has included concerts, recordings, and collaborations with Oliver Lake, John Stubblefield, Billy Pierce, David Murray, Elliott Sharp, Regina Carter, Andrew Cyrille, Stefon Harris, Al Foster, Gary Burton, John Patitucci, and poet Quincy Troupe to name a few


Article: Jazz Primer

Thinking Outside The Musical Box

Read "Thinking Outside The Musical Box" reviewed by Donal Fox

What is jazz? It is a state of mind, a spiritual quest for true unfettered artistic expression. A human expression of individual freedom, social freedom and love. Jazz is also about diversity. Diversity is important, isn't it? We expect it in our social lives. We demand respect and honoring in our society as artists and as ...


Article: Interview

Warren Wolf: The Wizard of Vibes

Read "Warren Wolf: The Wizard of Vibes" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Warren Wolf has made his name by playing the vibes, which he does with aplomb. He's as much a virtuoso on the instrument as anyone, even including his jazz elders. That may be, in part, because he was influenced by the sound of Milt Jackson and studied with one of the best in Dave Samuels, while ...


News: Interview

Eric Jackson over the years and at Jazz Week on May 2nd and May 6th

Learning about this music in the early 70s in greater Boston was, in retrospect, an unusual and happy coincidence for me. A friend handed me Volunteered Slavery from Rahsaan Roland Kirk and I was good to go. I got so much of my basic sense of the idiom from FM radio. It is important to note ...


News: Festival

Jazz Week 2011 Marks Fifth Anniversary with Salutes to Eric Jackson, Hundreds of Events in Greater Boston

Jazz Week 2011 Marks Fifth Anniversary with Salutes to Eric Jackson, Hundreds of Events in Greater Boston

With the theme “This Is Jazz," from April 29 to May 8 Greater Boston's Jazz Week '11 celebrates a music that defies definition and recognizes no boundaries. For the fifth straight year, Jazz Week is being coordinated and promoted by the nonprofit JazzBoston, which also marks its fifth anniversary in 2011. More than 200 events at ...


Article: Live Review

Highlights from the 2010 Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Read "Highlights from the 2010 Tanglewood Jazz Festival" reviewed by Rich Bradway

The annual Labor Day Weekend Tanglewood Jazz Festival took place this past weekend at the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Lenox, Massachusetts. Rich Bradway, the new media guru at Boston Symphony Orchestra was our roving reporter capturing highlights from the festival with a handheld and presented new video featurettes on Saturday ...


The Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project

Label: Leonellis Music
Released: 2009
Track listing: Aria; Scarlatti Jazz Suite; Peace; Variations on a Bach Fugue; Libertango; Mr. Syms; Davidsbundler; Variations on Piazzolla's Oblivion.


Article: Album Review

Donal Fox: The Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project

Read "The Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project" reviewed by Greg Thomas

The Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project commences with a short aria in G minor by Domenico Scarlatti, the famed baroque composer of over 550 sonatas for harpsichord. Pianist Donal Fox evinces an elegant pianissimo touch, setting the stage for the title composition, which refracts another Scarlatti theme into a 3/4 romp, with repeating motifs that build tension. ...


Article: Live Review

Tanglewood Jazz Festival 2009, Lenox, MA

Read "Tanglewood Jazz Festival 2009, Lenox, MA" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Tanglewood Jazz FestivalLenox, MassachusettsSeptember 4-6, 2009 The annual Tanglewood Jazz Festival in western Massachusetts has become an intriguing mix of music over the years, its programming taking into account jazz masters, as well as young talent, and projects that are as new or at least a bit different; something that isn't experienced everywhere ...


News: Education

Donal Fox Named Visting Artist at MIT

Donal Fox Named Visting Artist at MIT

COMPOSER-PIANIST DONAL FOX AND WRITER-ACTOR RICARDO PITTS-WILEY NAMED MARTIN LUTHER KING VISITING ARTISTS AT MIT CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Composer-pianist Donal Fox and writer-actor Ricardo Pitts-Wiley have been named Martin Luther King Visiting Artists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the 2009-2010 academic year. Established in 1995, MLK Program participants are appointed for their contributions to ...


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