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Duke Ellington

By the time of his passing, he was considered amongst the world’s greatest composers and musicians. The French government honored him with their highest award, the Legion of Honor, while the government of the United States bestowed upon him the highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He played for the royalty and for the common people and by the end of his 50-year career, he had played over 20,000 performances worldwide. He was The Duke, Duke Ellington. Edward Kennedy Ellington was born into the world on April 29, 1899 in Washington, D.C. Duke’s parents, Daisy Kennedy Ellington and James Edward Ellington, served as ideal role models for young Duke, and taught him everything from proper table manners to an understanding of the emotional power of music

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Idris Ackamoor: An Afro-Futurist Odyssey

Read "Idris Ackamoor: An Afro-Futurist Odyssey" reviewed by Chris May

In summer 2020, Idris Ackamoor will release Shaman! on Britain's Strut label. It is his third album with the post-2015 incarnation of his 1970s band, The Pyramids. It reunites Ackamoor with flautist Margaux Simmons, with whom he had co-founded The Pyramids in 1972. Ackamoor's route to Afro-Futurist jazz began in the US in ...

Ryan Porter: Coming to you Live from Paris

Read "Ryan Porter: Coming to you Live from Paris" reviewed by Aaron Paschal

Los Angeles trombonist, Ryan Porter is set to release his first West Coast Get Down live album entitled Live in Paris at New Morning. In this interview, Porter talks about his experience performing on his first European tour, recording the live album, his relationship with Roy Hargrove and the importance of Social Ambassadors. New ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anthony Coleman: Catenary Oath

Read "Catenary Oath" reviewed by John Sharpe

Catenary Oath presents a 2018 solo recital by pianist and composer Anthony Coleman, recorded at Jordan Hall in the New England Conservatory in Boston where he also teaches. The album, available as a limited edition LP or digitally, contains a mix of originals and standards all given deeply personalized interpretations by the pianist. Coleman's profile has ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Alice Coltrane: In the Spirit

Read "Alice Coltrane: In the Spirit" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in December 2002. Alice Coltrane walked out onstage, joining an ensemble led by her son Ravi on a recent and historic night at Joe's Pub. The bassist Darryl Hall played an immediately recognizable four-note line and the group (also featuring drummer E.J. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection

Read "Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

It is difficult to describe the impact of pianist and composer Matthew Shipp without descending into hyperbole. A core figure in the now-legendary David S. Ware Quartet, a bandleader with a staggering recording output, a groundbreaking curator for the influential Blues Series of Thirsty Ear Records, Matthew Shipp has also more recently broken new ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brain Salad: Brain Salad

Read "Brain Salad" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hell-bent on establishing a jazz fusion group in Nashville, eager to perform not only its smart original music but also the complex works of such high-profile raconteurs as Hiromi, guitarist Mike Stern and Herbie Hancock, Nashville bassist Ben Griego sent the call out through Music City's flourishing jazz underground in the summer of 2018. Brain Salad ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeremy Udden: Three in Paris

Read "Three in Paris" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il poco più che quarantenne sassofonista statunitense Jeremy Udden presenta questo lavoro registrato a Parigi nell'agosto del 2018 alla testa di un trio nel quale è accompagnato da due eccellenti musicisti: il contrabbassista francese Nicolas Moreaux, notevole tecnica e collaborazioni importanti, e lo storico batterista americano, da decenni attivo in Francia, John Betsch. Una formazione, il ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joe Lovano, Earl Bostic, GoGo Penguin and More

Read "Joe Lovano, Earl Bostic, GoGo Penguin and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Modern jazz legend Joe Lovano talks about the new COVID-19 world and so much more as we tailor our hour of jazz around his sound. We also profile the Kansas City group Guitar Elation and new material from GoGo Penguin. Dig. Playlist Joe Lovano “Seeds of Change" Trio Tapestry (ECM Records) 00:00 Host talks ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sun Ra Arkestra: Live In Kalisz 1986

Read "Live In Kalisz 1986" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In December 1986, the Sun Ra Arkestra performed at the 13th International Jazz Piano Festival in Kalisz. The Arkestra was making its first ever appearance in Poland and the historic occasion was duly recorded for posterity. The tapes, however, languished in a basement, unloved and forgotten, until they were unearthed over three decades later. Thanks to ...


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