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At the age of 13 Kamasi Washington decided to begin a life long quest of the many wonders to be found in music. He made this decision one night when after a rehearsal at his home his father left his soprano saxophone lying on the piano and left Kamasi with an uncontrollable curiosity of all the beauty he’d just heard come from it. So he took father’s horn, and even though he didn’t know anything about the saxophone, in fact he’d never even touched a saxophone, and played Wayne Shorter’s “Sleeping Dancer Sleep On”, his favorite song at the time. Kamasi was shocked he had been playing drums, piano, and clarinet for years but he’d never played the saxophone

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Article: In Pictures

Kamasi Washington, Trombone Shorty and George Clinton Kickoff a New Season of Outdoor Music

Read "Kamasi Washington, Trombone Shorty and George Clinton Kickoff a New Season of Outdoor Music" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


The jny: New York City summer music season kicked off with a series of extravagant concerts that turned out large crowds to the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park and Central Park SummerStage presentations. The comfortable temperatures and low humidity created perfect conditions for outdoor events. Perhaps, the crowds were also buoyed by a collective sense ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos

Read "Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine.The winners of the New Jersey Jazz Society's new Juried Scholarship Competition are:$1,000 prize for PerformanceTrumpeter Liam Sutcliffe, Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Studies Program$1,000 prize for Composition Vocalist Jimmy Waltman, Princeton University Program in Jazz Studies$500 prize ...

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Article: Book Review

Ugly Beauty: Jazz In The 21st Century

Read "Ugly Beauty: Jazz In The 21st Century" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Ugly Beauty: Jazz in The 21st Century Phil Freeman 250 Pages ISBN: 978 1 78904 632 8 ZerO Books 2022 There is a scene in Douglas Adams' book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Pan Books, 1979) where a computer named Deep Thought is about to reveal the answer ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ravel, Chopin & Debussy for Jazzheads

Read "Ravel, Chopin & Debussy for Jazzheads" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the second part of this week's exploration of jazz inspired by classical music, we focus on projects in tribute to the works of three composers that have influenced scores of jazz musicians, Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin and Claude Debussy. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng ...

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Article: Album Review

Cameron Graves: Live From the Seven Spheres

Read "Live From the Seven Spheres" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Since bursting on to the scene full-birthed as part of the West Coast Get Down collective spotlighted on Kamasi Washington's truly epic debut, The Epic (Brainfeeder, 2015), fire-balling pianist Cameron Graves, even when entertaining his inner Chopin, comes at the listener with a force and fury that blows the doors in, windows out, senses to smithereens. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Art of the Arranger

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This week, large ensembles and horn sections arranged Don Sebesky for Freddie Hubbard, Mary Lou Williams for the Twelve Clouds of Joy, Quincy Jones for The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra plus arrangements by Miho Hazama, Melba Liston, Kamasi Washington and more. Then, jazz and spoken word from Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Darius Jones. Then, new ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

David Krakauer, Julie Sassoon, Maximilian Hering, Kamasi Washington & More New Releases

Read "David Krakauer, Julie Sassoon, Maximilian Hering, Kamasi Washington & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


If you need certainties to anchor your life in these confusing times, purchase the latest album by David Krakauer and you'll find that there are a few things that never fail to bring joy. The same goes for the heart-warming, and leg warming, old school soul and funk that is featured on this playlist, and the ...

Article: Book Review

Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century

Read "Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ugly Beauty Phil Freeman 250 pagine ISBN: #978-1-78904-632-8 Zer0 Books 2021 Critico musicale da tempo presente nelle riviste musicali e nei blog statunitensi e inglesi (The Wire, Down Beat, Jazziz, The Village Voice, Stereogum ecc...) Phil Freeman si occupa sia di jazz che di metal (è stato capo ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kamasi Washington

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kamasi Washington

All About Jazz is celebrating Kamasi Washington's birthday today! At the age of 13 Kamasi Washington decided to begin a life long quest of the many wonders to be found in music. He made this decision one night when after a rehearsal at his home his father left his soprano saxophone lying on the piano and ...


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