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Ira Coleman was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Raised in Southern France, Ira thereafter lived in Germany for fourteen years. While in Germany, Ira Coleman studied double bass at Cologne’s “Hochschule für Musik” and subsequently came a move to the US to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. “I have very strong ties to Europe,” says Ira who is fluent in French and German. “My mother was Swedish and a famous silversmith and designer, and my father was a painter and graphic artist from Baltimore. The place to go was Paris. My parents met many expatriate artists, writers and musicians.” Among visitors to Ira’s childhood home were Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Charlie Mingus and Chester Himes

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kevin Quinn: Paramedic

Read "Paramedic" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Kevin Quinn may not be a name you are familiar with on the jazz scene yet, but behind the scenes his work as a sound engineer at the ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY, has afforded him the opportunity to work with top jazz musicians such as: Aaron Parks, David Savitsky, Rachel Therrien, Dean Sharp, Sean Wayland, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Terri Lyne Carrington at Royce Hall

Read "Terri Lyne Carrington at Royce Hall" reviewed by Cristofer Gross

Terri Lyne Carrington Celebrating Tina Turner, Nancy Wilson and Joni Mitchell Royce Hall Los Angeles, CA November 9, 2018 In 1998, Terri Lyne Carrington was the second musician to arrive for one of Herbie Hancock's Gershwin's World recording sessions. Joni Mitchell was already there, and while they waited for saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

Read "Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

12 + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival Bayview Beach Resort/Various Venues jny: Penang, Malaysia December 1-4, 2016 A tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, or fear of inviting disaster? The Malaysians are doubtless no more or no less suspicious than folk in most places, but the organizers of the 12th + 1 Penang Island ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

Jazz Appreciation Month 2015

Jazz Appreciation Month 2015

April 2015 is the twelfth observance of National Jazz Appreciation Month. Founded at the Smithsonian Institution in 2002 by the jazz scholar, Duke Ellington biographer and musician John Edward Haase, the celebration is intended, in the words of Quincy Jones, to “…recognize that our indigenous music—jazz—is the heart and soul of all popular music, and that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jean-Michel Pilc: What Is This Thing Called?

Read "What Is This Thing Called?" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jean-Michel Pilc's solo piano recording What Is This Thing Called? might have been titled “Thirty-one Conversations About One Thing." That 'one thing' being his 31 variations on Cole Porter's composition “What Is This Thing Called Love." Why record 31 versions of one song? Maybe ask yourself why Claude Monet created so many paintings of the same ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Antonio Farao American Quartet: Evan

Read "Evan" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist and composer Antonio Faraò has a wealth of experience in jazz, beginning as a youngster in his native Italy and developing through a career that extends over 30 years. Evan, dedicated to his young son, is Faraò's twelfth album as leader. The seven originals and two covers are credited to Antonio Faraò American Quartet. The ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Steve Bailey Named Chair of Berklee's Bass Department

Berklee College of Music announces that Steve Bailey has been named chair of the college's Bass Department. Bailey, six-string fretless bass pioneer, educator, and author, begins his tenure this summer. He succeeds Rich Appleman, who retired in May 2012 after holding the position for 40 years. A partial list of Bailey's extensive recording and performance credits ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

DSO presenst Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater at Orchestra Hall In: "To Billie With Love"

DETROIT, (Oct 20, 2010)—The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater at Orchestra Hall on Fri., Nov. 5, 2010 at 8 p.m. in her tribute to jazz legend Billie Holiday: “To Billie With Love." This 2010-11 Jazz Series performance is sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit, and will feature ...


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