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“Music is always in motion,” states Jason Marsalis, and whenever he’s behind the drum kit, the music moves with graceful swing and crackling intensity, hurtling away from the familiar into fresh, exciting territory, like a bullet train headed from New Orleans to Chicago and on to destinations unknown. Music in Motion, Marsalis’ second recording as a leader/composer, portrays this express journey from the past and the present to the future of jazz. The fuel? High-grade, premium rhythm, of course, supplied not only by the twenty-three year old drummer, but also by his team of young engineers: John Ellis (tenor sax), Derek Douget (alto & soprano sax), Jonathan Lefcoski (piano) and Peter Harris (bass)

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Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2022: The 43rd Edition Returns to a Live Audience

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2022: The 43rd Edition Returns to a Live Audience" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Detroit Jazz FestivalHart Plaza and Campus Martius jny:Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2022 The main lobby of the Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center was abuzz with greetings and joyful conversation. You could feel the ardent positivity in the room as well as you could feel the near ninety-degree heat and accompanying steady ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz In Marciac 2022

Read "Jazz In Marciac 2022" reviewed by Martin McFie


Le Chapiteau, L'Astrada, Jgo Jazz in Marciac Marciac, Southern France July 22 to August 6, 2022 The 43rd annual Jazz in Marciac festival welcomed a quarter million concert visitors to the 13th century French village of Marciac (population 1,247). Jazz in Marciac comes late and runs long in the European ...

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Article: Interview

Jazz Meets TikTok: Three Artists Share In Their JazzToks

Read "Jazz Meets TikTok: Three Artists Share In Their JazzToks" reviewed by Joseph Vella


The TikTok social media platform was created in 2017 but it wasn't until 2020, with the help of a global pandemic, that the app really took off. It has amassed tremendous growth with over 100 million active users each month--and that's in the U.S. alone. With the bite-sized video format, TikToks can be hugely ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ken Vandermark & Immanuel Wilkins

Read "Ken Vandermark & Immanuel Wilkins" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 746th Episode of Neon Jazz with Immanuel Wilkins and a song off his critically-acclaimed album The 7th Hand. From there, we hear from veteran Ken Vandermark and explore new sounds from Kansas City saxophonist Stephen Martin. We also get into some new music from David Potter, Parlor Social and Sean Fyfe. We conclude ...

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The New Orleans Collection: For All We Know

Label: Newvelle Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Side A: E's Knowledge; Remembering John; For All We Know; Magnolia Triangle; My Funny Valentine/Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen. Side B; A Groove For Bags; E's Sound; Discipline Meets The Family; Beautiful Old Ladies; Orchid Blue.

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News: Event

2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert to Take Place Virtually April 22, 2021

2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert to Take Place Virtually April 22, 2021

Join the celebration of the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters as the National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, presents a virtual tribute concert in honor of Terri Lyne Carrington, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Henry Threadgill, and Phil Schaap (2021 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy). The 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert ...

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Article: Album Review

Ellis Marsalis with Jason Marsalis: The New Orleans Collection: For All We Know

Read "The New Orleans Collection: For All We Know" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Newvelle Records, which was established in 2015, believes that in this digital age there is an opportunity to build a new model for creating and distributing music. Each year, Newvelle releases a series of six albums, exclusively on vinyl, that pairs musicians with celebrated artists, writers and poets. The New Orleans Collection contains four single sleeve ...

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Winter Wonderland; We Three Kings; The Christmas Song; Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Christmas Time Is Here; Skating; North Wind; Little Drummer Boy; Sleigh Ride

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Article: Album Review

Steve Masakowski and the Masakowski Family: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Read "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Holiday Music...with an edge. The holiday season always provides plenty of inspiration for musicians. Jazzers are especially affected, having produced many notable records, beginning, with the Vince Guaraldi trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 1965). That recording provides a convenient jumping off point for discussing the Masakowski Family's Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, ...


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