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s Spyro Gyra contemplates upcoming milestones to its storied career, it’s tempting to fall back on the Grateful Dead lyric, “What a long strange trip it’s been” to describe it. During that time, they have performed over five thousand shows, released twenty-nine albums (not counting “Best Of…” compilations) selling over ten million albums while also achieving one platinum and two gold albums. These upcoming milestones include 2012, which will be thirty-five years since their first album release and 2014 will be forty years as a band. They show little sign of wanting to slow down either, gaining Grammy® nominations for each of their last four albums. Born in Brooklyn, bandleader Jay Beckenstein grew up listening to the music of Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie, and started playing the saxophone at age seven

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Warren Wolf: Reincarnated

Read "Warren Wolf: Reincarnated" reviewed by Aaron Paschal

Warren Wolf is a Baltimore-born vibraphonist and a member of the SFJAZZ Collective. Reincarnation (2020), his fourth album as leader on Mack Avenue Records, sees Wolf dive into an entirely different side of his musical personality. We got together via ZOOM to talk about his musical influences, how he's staying creative during the COVID pandemic and ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Rescheduled For Oct 2-10, 2020

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Rescheduled For Oct 2-10, 2020

Marc Iacona and John Nugent, producers of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, provided an update today on the status of planning for a rescheduled festival, which is proceeding as previously announced. In a message of hope, Nugent and Iacona said, “Rather than giving up during this time of uncertainty, we are continuing to take a ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces 19th Edition Lineup

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces 19th Edition Lineup

Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the full lineup with a record number of shows for the 2020 nine-day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. Now in its 19th year, the festival will be held June 19 to 27 and present 335-plus shows including more than 100 free shows and 1750-plus artists performing in 21 diverse venues in downtown jny:Rochester, New ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Adds Puss N Boots Featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones & Catherine Popper, And Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise Added To Headliner Lineup

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Adds Puss N Boots Featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones & Catherine Popper, And Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise Added To Headliner Lineup

Tickets are now on sale for two more headliners added to the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival 2020 headliner lineup – Puss N Boots- featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones & Catherine Popper, and Wynonna & The Big Noise. Puss N Boots—featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones & Catherine Popper will perform on Friday June 19. Puss N Boots ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In case you missed it, Part One of my conversation with Jimmy Haslip covered a lot of ground and had a few good laughs along the way. Although we talked about the Yellowjackets, we delved more deeply into why and how he parted ways with the band some eight years ago. Haslip has been producing records ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio

Read "The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There was the Jazz Age, and later, the Golden Age of Radio. There was no golden age of jazz radio unless one considers the brief, ten-year reign of devolution when swing music dominated the airwaves. Think about this: New York City has not had a twenty-four-hour commercial jazz radio station in over ten years; decades longer ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Giants Of Jazz To Headline 2019 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Giants Of Jazz To Headline 2019 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Exciting headline acts have been announced for the 42nd Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland, which takes place over the October Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday, 24th to Monday, 28th October. Headliners Giants of Jazz will join globally renowned artists pushing the boundaries of the musical genre today. The line-up features legendary artists including Grammy Hall ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings

Read "Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Clarinet, harmonica and saxophonist, composer and bandleader and musical globetrotter Dexter Payne is the type of musician who is most often categorized as “difficult to categorize." Profoundly influenced by physical and spiritual journeys through the cultures of America, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Payne's recorded output checks off every box from Mississippi delta blues to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazzkaar 2017

Read "Jazzkaar 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazzkaar 2017 Tallinn, Estonia April 21-30, 2017 Jazzkaar covers most territories. This exceptional 10-day festival presents the best players on the indigenous Estonian scene, imports big-name acts from the USA, and also invites some choice artists from around the rest of Europe. Some shows represent jazz in mainstream mode, whilst ...


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