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Kazzrie Jaxen: The Impulse of Creation

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You can walk around in life and still discover something new each day. Maybe it's something that has just appeared, like a flower that has suddenly bloomed, or maybe it's something that has been there all along, like a stone at the side of the road. It's the same thing with music, it can be discovered ...


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Mary Lou Williams: Into the Zone of Music

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Few musicians have embraced the entire history of jazz like Mary Lou Williams, and at the same time shaped its development compositionally and instrumentally. She brought jazz into contact with classical music and played spiritual jazz before it became hip, but she was also a treasured teacher and mentor. Mary Lou Williams was born ...


Article: Book Excerpts

Misty: The Music of Johnny Mathis

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The following is an excerpt from the chapter “Songs for the Season: The Christmas Albums" from Jakob Baekgaard's Misty: The Music of Johnny Mathis (Sonicbond Publishing, 2022). Songs for the Season: The Christmas Albums Every music genre deserves to be treated with respect, but that isn't always the case. Christmas music seems to incarnate both ...


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'Misty: The Music of Johnny Mathis' by Jakob Baekgaard

'Misty: The Music of Johnny Mathis' by Jakob Baekgaard

Few singers have been able to change with the times like Johnny Mathis. Although his fame rests on his massive popularity in the '50s and '60s when he competed with Elvis and Frank Sinatra and outsold almost anyone, Mathis has remained relevant through the decades and no other crooner is as technically skilled or able to ...


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Michael A. Levy: From Piano to iPad

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It is a common perception that artists do their most innovative work when they are young and then gradually lose the spark of innovation in favor of a refinement of an already established artistic expression. There are, however, many artists who remain curious all their life and never stop being interested in the interplay between emerging ...


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Cheryl Richards: Another Spring, Another Song

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It can be hard to find new things to say in old songs, but after many years of singing the standards, some singers are still able to discover the secret of a song. Cheryl Richards is a shining example of a singer who has been able to prove the relevance of the standards for a modern ...


Article: Live Review

Aarhus Jazz Festival 2022

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Aarhus Jazz Festival Various Venues Aarhus, Denmark July 9-16, 2022 With around 283,000 citizens, jny: Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark, and the role of playing second fiddle doesn't suit a city that tends to be overshadowed by its big brother, the capital jny: Copenhagen. Or so you would think. ...


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Jakob Sørensen: A New Path for the Nordic Sound

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For a long time, jny: Copenhagen has been considered the jazz capital of Denmark and the myth of the storied Montmartre club has continued to flourish while the ILK collective has kept the avant-garde spirit alive. But Copenhagen isn't the only place in Denmark where musical scenes can thrive. For some time, jny: Aarhus has manifested ...


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Barbara Carroll: Barbara’s Piano

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Every record is a moment in time, but also a musical portrait of the artist who creates it. When Barbara Carroll released the Verve album, Barbara, in 1958, it would mark a watershed moment in her personal and musical life. Her husband and close collaborator, bassist Joe Shulman, died of a heart attack the same year ...


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Hazel Scott: Swing and Silence

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Ahmad Jamal is often credited with creating a new spacious sound in jazz. He had a tingling sense of touch on the piano that let each note ring profoundly and famously inspired Miles Davis to explore the effects of silence and space. It was a sound equally admired and belittled as cocktail jazz because of its ...


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