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Multi-Grammy nominated artist, Patrice Rushen has definitely earned the respect she has been awarded by her peers in the music industry. Admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements, Rushen has amassed an impressive list of “firsts”. She was the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the 46th, 47th & 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first woman in 43 years to serve as Head Composer/Musical Director for television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards and the first woman Musical Director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years. Rushen has also been the only woman Musical Director/Composer for the People’s Choice Awards and HBO’s Comic Relief

Article: Album Review

Lakecia Benjamin: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A dodici anni dal debutto funk di Retox e dopo il sentito omaggio a John e Alice Coltrane di tre anni fa (Pursuance: The Coltranes) la sassofonista newyorchese realizza il disco della prima maturità, dimostrando di saper padroneggiare le molte influenze assimilate dall'infanzia. Influenze che partono dalla musica latina che ascoltava nel quartiere di Washington Heights ...

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Article: Live Review

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2023

Read "San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2023" reviewed by Walter Atkins


César Chávez Square San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2023 San Jose, CA August 11-13 2023 This year's 2023 edition of the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest was a magnificent presentation of different musical genres, ranging from local to international artists. Each day of SJZSF 2023 offered a robust and extensively varied ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases by Estrella Acosta, Eddie Henderson, Vanessa Perea, Antoine Drye, Caroline Davis, Allison Au, Birthday Shoutouts & More

Read "New Releases by Estrella Acosta, Eddie Henderson, Vanessa Perea, Antoine Drye, Caroline Davis, Allison Au, Birthday Shoutouts & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases by Estrella Acosta, Eddie Henderson, Vanessa Perea, Antoine Drye, Caroline Davis and Allison Au}, with birthday shoutouts to {{m: Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Troup, Jane Bunnett, Anita O'Day, Barbara Fasano, Lakecia Benjamin, Laura Nyro, Esperanza Spalding, Brenda Earle Stokes and Jodi Proznick, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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Article: Live Review

Miles Davis Celebration at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Miles Davis Celebration at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Music of Miles Davis: A Celebration SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, CA May 25-29, 2023 Music of Miles Davis: A Celebration For four consecutive nights, four different ensembles graced the stage of SFJAZZ Center to present four aspects of the musical legacy of renowned trumpeter Miles Davis The evenings also featured compositions ...

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Article: Album Review

Lakecia Benjamin: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The previous album by saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, Pursuance: The Coltranes, (Ropeadope, 2020) was a multifaceted tribute to the music of both John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane. Her new album takes on societal and human issues with similar diversity but in a more compact and organized manner. It moves from a socially aware mix of soul, R'n'B, ...

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Article: Album Review

Lakecia Benjamin: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


True to her nature, saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin keeps the flame to the dynamite on her smoking follow-up to the wildfire of Pursuance (Ropeadope, 2020), her still hot-to-the-touch dedication to the music and spirituality of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane. Co-produced with maximum female power by Benjamin and Terri Lyne Carrington, the torrential riptide “Amerikkan ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Ain’t But a Few of Us

Read "Ain’t But a Few of Us" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The following is an excerpt from the section “Magazine Freelancers" taken from Ain't But a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Story edited by Willard Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2022). Magazine Freelancers by John Murph John Murph has successfully channeled his voracious appetite for modern music into a keenly social outlook that takes ...

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The Headhunters: Speakers In The House

Read "Speakers In The House" reviewed by Chris May


Although it appears to have been self-released in limited numbers in 2019, this Ropeadope release of Speakers In The House is effectively the Headhunters's first album since Platinum (Owl) in 2011. The band continues to be led and produced by its two Herbie Hancock-era members, percussionist Bill Summers and drummer Mike Clark, who together have kept ...

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Article: The Big Question

What Jazz Is Best For Running?

Read "What Jazz Is Best For Running?" reviewed by Steve Cook


New York City isn't just an epicenter for the music that All About Jazz readers love. It is also home to the largest marathon in the world. With tens of thousands training for the upcoming race, this edition of The Big Question considers: What jazz is best for running? The following reflects on the question through ...


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