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Jacques Schwarz-Bart

Undoubtedly Jacques Schwarz-Bart shares this vision put forth by the writer Patrick Chamoiseau, “The contemporary melting pot of cultures and ethnicities has created a worldwide phenomenon of “creolisation”.. This New York based jazz saxophonist, praised by major American soul artists, raised by a Black Guadeloupean mother and a French Jewish father-, grew up between Switzerland and Guadeloupe… The son of two award wining novelists, Jacques followed an original and sinuous path that speaks volume about his identity. He was born in the suburbs of Pointe a Pitre on December 22nd 1962. In those days, it wasn’t proper to speak Creole, and playing Gwoka drums was left to Negroes from the woods, “fat heels Negroes”, who kept alive the spirit of the runaway slaves, the Maroons, and celebrated their African Heritage

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Listeners' Favorites

Read "Listeners' Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Time for tunes that moved you from Shows 361-370. Our concerts in Baton Rouge clearly resonated with you. Many of the most commented upon tracks featured artists that performed in Baton Rouge this Winter and Spring. Works for me. Just because you may be out-of-town shouldn't phase you though. We tally all of our listener comments ...

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Etienne Charles, Newk & More

Read "Etienne Charles, Newk & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Etienne Charles plays Baton Rouge and, to mark the occasion, we track several selections from his forthcoming release, Carnival: The Sound of a People, Vol. 1. We also continue with our Sonny Rollins chronological celebration with tracks from his collaboration with the Modern Jazz Quartet. Pois não! There's more--classics & 21st century music. Enjoy the show! ...

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Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Multicultural Identity, Authenticity and Sound.

Read "Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Multicultural Identity, Authenticity and Sound." reviewed by Leo Sidran

In this podcast episode, saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart explains why he never fit neatly into any one category. He says, “I knew early on in my life that I could not go down a regular path. It would be hard for other human beings to totally accept me the way I am." From the very ...

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2019 Winter JazzFest: The Out of Towners

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest: The Out of Towners" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Read Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide while listening to this program. New York may have the highest density of daily jazz performances in the world, but they mostly feature the countless, and very busy, musicians that belong to the local scene. The Winter JazzFest has traditionally offered a very welcome opportunity to ...

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2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest—New York's premiere jazz festival—has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

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Art Ensemble of Chicago, Federica Michisanti and other great new releases

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, Federica Michisanti and other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Sometime ago everybody kept saying that the CD was dead. Judging by the growing number of new records that keep coming out at an increasing pace, the CD is still alive and kicking! Intrestgingly, as the number of new jazz albums continues to grow, this has not been at the expense of the average quality of ...

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Jazzy Christmas - Creole Christmas

Read "Jazzy Christmas - Creole Christmas" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

I canti natalizi si sono trasformati nel tempo da inni prettamente religiosi, derivati da laudi o ninne-nanne in onore a Gesù bambino, a pop song strutturate sul modello Tin Pan Alley, che celebrano il Natale in un'ottica secolarizzata, mantenendo i valori di amore e fratellanza. La relazione tra jazz e canti di ...

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Ajoyo: Ajoyo

Read "Ajoyo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Multi-reed player Yacine Boulares has picked up, and left behind, musical footprints literally all around the world. He was born in North Africa (Tunisia) but grew up in Paris, where he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and jazz performance at the National Conservatory and New School for Jazz. As a Fulbright scholar, Boulares continued his musical ...

Music’s Where You Find It

Read "Music’s Where You Find It" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Ajoyo Ajoyo Ropeadope 2014 Multi-reed player Yacine Boulares has picked up, and left behind, musical footprints literally all around the world. He was born in North Africa (Tunisia) but grew up in Paris, where he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and jazz performance at the National Conservatory and New School ...


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