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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

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Founded in Chicago in the 1970s by Kahil El’Zabar, the Ethnic Heritage ensemble brings together three talented musicians. Kahil El’Zabar, founder of the Ethnic Heritage ensemble, is an internationally celebrated percussionist and composer and is considered one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation. His music has been featured in several films and theatrical productions. Being a renaissance man, El’Zabar has also held positions as associate professor of inter/disciplinary arts at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln (1987-99), and the University of Illinois/Chicago (2000-04)

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Led By Dr. Kahil El’zabar, Caps 50th Anniversary World Tour With Rare Live Performance Of John Coltrane’s Masterpiece 'A Love Supreme' Presented By Jacaranda

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble,  Led By Dr. Kahil El’zabar, Caps 50th Anniversary World Tour  With Rare Live Performance Of  John Coltrane’s Masterpiece  'A Love Supreme'  Presented By Jacaranda

Saxophonist David Murray Is the Featured Soloist on Original Arrangement of the Work by Miguel de la Cerna and El’Zabar Sunday, February 25, 2024, 4 pm, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, led by founder Kahil El’Zabar, caps its 50th Anniversary world tour with a rare live performance of John Coltrane’s masterwork, A ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Per Texas Johansson, Anke Helfrich & Machine Mass Sextet

Read "Per Texas Johansson, Anke Helfrich & Machine Mass Sextet" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Last show of another year of great music, and I usually try to do something special or different, but I was kind of tapped out for ideas until I happened to come across We'll Rise, a new recording by German pianist and singer, Anke Helfrich. I loved the message she was trying to convey through her ...

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...

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Spirit Gatherer: Tribute to Don Cherry

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Don Cherry; Lonely Woman; Evocation; Degi-Degi; Sketches of A Love Supreme; Bop On; Holy Man; Well You Needn't; The Opening; Harvest Time; Spirit Gatherer.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nitai Hershkovits, Micah Thomas, Koma Saxo, Dexter Goldberg & More

Read "Nitai Hershkovits, Micah Thomas, Koma Saxo, Dexter Goldberg & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This episode is mostly dedicated to the proposition that piano jazz has a beautiful future ahead, if we have to judge it by what emerging pianists like Micah Thomas, Nitai Hershkovits, Dexter Goldberg, Joona Toivanen or Fergus McCreadie are putting on record. Before and after this piano segment, a few more thrilling new albums.Happy ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few Of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 4

Read "A Few Of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Africana to Americana, and beyond, in the final installment of our retrospective of some of the most memorable tunes we got to hear during the first half of the year.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Bill Laurance, Michael League “Round House" Where You Wish ...

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Article: Album Review

Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter: SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree

Read "SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree" reviewed by Chris May


As Shakespeare said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter follow up their Grammy-nominated 2021 album, SuperBlue (Edition), with another sublime blend of jazz and groove. As on the first disc, jazz is represented by Elling, groove by Butcher Brown keyboardist DJ Harrison and drummer Corey Fonville. Hunter, who has had ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Lukas Traxel, Club D’Elf & JuJu

Read "Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Lukas Traxel, Club D’Elf & JuJu" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Spirit Gatherer--Tribute To Don Cherry is a forthcoming album by the esteemed Ethnic Heritage Ensemble that is worth checking out. Don Cherry's son David Ornette Cherry and vocalist Dwight Trible join the Ensemble for a session that captures the essence of one of the most important musicians in any genre. Other new recordings sampled in this ...

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Article: Album Review

Dwight Trible: Ancient Future

Read "Ancient Future" reviewed by Chris May


This adventurous album takes spiritual jazz's premier vocalist out of his comfort zone and into the deep blue yonder. It is a work of extremes, beginning with a storm of avant-rock, funk and electronics and ending by spinning off into abstract space accompanied by a virtual headful of Stanley Owsley's finest. In short, Ancient Future will ...


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