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News: Music Industry

Glimmers of hope, turning a corner

Glimmers of hope, turning a corner

This 2021 edition of Jazz Appreciation Month underscored the notion that we can’t take the music or its makers for granted. Especially after the past year: clubs shuttered temporarily or permanently, or forced to present music to their supporters virtually via webcasts because of limited or no live audiences. Musicians without steady gigs or, in some ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Live jazz in times of uncertainty

Live jazz in times of uncertainty

Wednesday, November 4, brought the first live jazz concert that I’ve been able to hear in person in nearly eight months. The last was in early March. This road trip was to Artis Naples, where the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra resumed its concert series last month – with careful attention to pandemic protocols. Rather than perform ...

News: Music Industry

Some good news for a change, near and far

Some good news for a change, near and far

Amid all the economic pain and uncertainty this year for jazz musicians, clubs and festivals due to the pandemic, there is some good news to share. It comes on distant and local fronts, as we continue to await how the “new normal” affects the arts long term. First, from Europe: On September 2, Denmark’s iconic venue, ...

News: Recording

Exploring conflicts between our digital and natural worlds – through music

Exploring conflicts between our digital and natural worlds – through music

Composer, bandleader and NEA Jazz Master Maria Schneider’s creativity knows no bounds. Her stellar music, voiced by her longstanding Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, has drawn on many influences and inspirations throughout her career. Some of her earliest intricate and colorful works were prompted by memories of imaginary monsters conjured up in her Minnesota childhood. A formidable ...

News: Recording

CDs of Note Short Takes

CDs of Note    Short Takes

Taking a closer look at CDs by The 3D Jazz Trio, Artemis, Mayita Dinos, theTNEK Jazz Quintet, and Bernard Purdie, Christian Fabian & Ron Oswanski…. 3D Jazz Trio, I Love to See You Smile (DIVA Jazz) Six years ago when they were backing dancer Maurice Hines’ show Tappin’ Through Life, drummer Sherrie Maricle, bassist Amy Shook ...

News: Music Industry

Remember this date - 66 years ago in jazz history

Remember this date - 66 years ago in jazz history

Yes, it has been 66 years. On July 17, 1954, something happened in Newport, Rhode Island that made an indelible mark on jazz history- and in the scope of popular music presentation as we know it today. Before Woodstock, before Coachella, before Monterey, there was Newport. The first Newport Jazz Festival, actually dubbed the American Jazz ...

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News: Obituary

Thanks, Freddy, for the jazz connection

Thanks, Freddy, for the jazz connection

The fine pianist and singer Freddy Cole died Saturday, June 27, at age 88 at his home in Atlanta. He had been struggling with cardiovascular issues for a while. His manager, Suzi Reynolds, called him Mr. Magic. “He wove a web of sonic beauty with every note and kept listeners silently breathless with his casual, elegant ...

News: Music Industry

Still singing the pandemic blues? Aren't we all?

Still singing the pandemic blues? Aren't we all?

Three months into the pandemic quarantines caused by COVID-19, we have seen our lives changed in so many ways, at least temporarily. And none of us know with any certainty what the “new normal" will be. What's the future for the intimacy of jazz clubs, or large-scale concerts in performance halls, or outdoor jazz festivals that ...

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News: Obituary

Another big loss for jazz

Another big loss for jazz

Drummer Jimmy Cobb, for 29 years the only surviving member of trumpeter Miles Davis' Kind of Blue sextet, died yesterday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91 and had been battling lung cancer. Cobb was the fourth NEA Jazz Master to pass away in 2020. In addition to the seminal Kind of Blue album, he ...

News: Music Industry

International Jazz Day thoughts about our new world of virtual jazz

International Jazz Day thoughts about our new world of virtual jazz

The world at-large- and the jazz world as we knew it and enjoyed it- have changed drastically over the past six weeks because of the pandemic. No near-term end is in sight for the challenges it has caused. Unless they were held prior to early March, none of the 2020 editions of listeners' favorite jazz festivals, ...


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