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Marcus Miller, winner of the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of 2001, was born in Brooklyn in 1959 and raised in Jamaica, New York. He came from a musical family and was influenced early on by his father, a church organist and choir director, as well as his musical extended family (which included the extraordinary Wynton Kelly, jazz pianist for Miles Davis during the late fifties and early sixties!). He displayed an early affinity for all types of music. By the age of thirteen he was already proficient on the clarinet, piano, and bass guitar and had begun composing music. The bass guitar, however, was his love and by the age of fifteen, he was working regularly in New York City with various bands

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Article: Live Review

Nice Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Martin McFie


Nice Jazz Festival Nice,South of France July 15-19, 2022Deputy Mayor for Culture Robert Roux officially opened the Nice Jazz Festival 2022, together with artistic director Sebastien Vidal, who is also director of TSF jazz radio in France.Nduduzo Makhathini Quartet From the land of Zulu kings in South Africa, Nduduzo Makhathini ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 30-July 4, 2022 Like everything else, the Covid-19 pandemic stopped the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in its tracks. Forced to cancel the 2020 festival, they instead presented a four-day virtual festival online on June 27-30. Another abbreviated ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Marcus Miller

Jazz Musician of the Day: Marcus Miller

All About Jazz is celebrating Marcus Miller's birthday today! Marcus Miller, winner of the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of 2001, was born in Brooklyn in 1959 and raised in Jamaica, New York. He came from a musical family and was influenced early on by his father, a church organist and choir director, as ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gabor Szabo, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Jens Johansson and Tom Coster

Read "Gabor Szabo, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Jens Johansson and Tom Coster" reviewed by Len Davis


We feature Gabor Szabo from his album Macho (1975), Herbie Hancock, Intergalactic Maiden Ballet, Jens Johansson and Tom Coster. Playlist Gabor Szabo “Macho" from Macho (CTI) 00:00 Marcus Miller} &#147;Jean Pierre" from <em>Tutu Revisited</em> (CNLMUSIC) 09:18</li> <li>Herbie Hancock &#147;Just Around The Corner" from <em>Mr Hands</em> (Columbial) 18:45</li> <li>{{m: John McLaughlin “The Unknown Dissident" from ...

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Article: Profile

Christine Kamau: Delivering Afro-Jazz Power

Read "Christine Kamau: Delivering Afro-Jazz Power" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


In the blockbuster film, Black Panther (Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, 2018) the power of and quest for “Vibranium," an all-powerful element, plays a pivotal role. Like a latter day female T'challa (The “Black Panther") and through her music, Kenyan musician Christine Kamau delivers a unique and powerful perspective of her own, melding jazz with its ...

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Article: Live Review

Double Vision Revisited at SFJAZZ

Read "Double Vision Revisited at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Bob James, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium Double Vision Revisited Tour San Francisco, CA January 14, 2022 SFJAZZ celebrated the 35th anniversary release of the seminal album Double Vision (Warner Brothers 1986), by Bob James, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller. The group performed the popular 1987 Grammy-winning ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Article: Interview

Kenny Garrett: The Value of Ancestors

Read "Kenny Garrett: The Value of Ancestors" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Kenny Garrett has always respected the music of his predecessors. He knows its importance. He knows the value of the tradition, knowledge and innovation passed on to new generations of musicians. He's recorded, for example, dedications to John Coltrane (Pursuance, Warner Bros., 1996), as well as Joe Henderson and Sonny Rollins (Trilogy, Warner ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dean Brown, Alain Caron, Tom Coster, Vital Information, Tribal Tech and Marcus Miller

Read "Dean Brown, Alain Caron, Tom Coster, Vital Information, Tribal Tech and Marcus Miller" reviewed by Len Davis


Funky jazz from Dean Brown, Canadian bassist Alain Caron, Vital Information, and power bassist Marcus Miller.Playlist Dean Brown “Take This" from Here (ESC) 00:00 Alain Caron “Slam The Clown" from Rhythm'n Jazz (Cream) 05:51 Tom Coster “Welcome To My Chambers" from Let's set The Record Straight (JVC) 11:42 Vital Information “HighWire" from Come On ...


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