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Taj Mahal - guitar, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist Taj Mahal has spent more than 40 years exploring the roots and branches of the blues. Grounded in the acoustic pre-war blues sound but drawn to the eclectic sounds of world music, he revitalized a dying tradition and prepared the way for a new generation of blues men and women. While many African Americans shunned older musical styles during the 1960s, Mahal immersed himself in the roots of his past. "I was interested in the music because I felt something [got] lost in that transition of blacks trying to assimilate into society." He had no intention of repeating what had come before, however, and drew deeply from the wells of the ethnic music of Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Taj Mahal was born Henry Saint Claire Fredericks in New York City in 1942

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Article: What is Jazz?

Tuesday Night Jams at the Owl: A 25 Year Legacy in Seattle

Read "Tuesday Night Jams at the Owl: A 25 Year Legacy in Seattle" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Traditionally, the jam session in jazz has provided an outlet for artistic growth and musical connections, for younger musicians to play with more established artists. The oral tradition that has allowed the music to evolve and grow generationally lives at the community jam session. It is a fertile meeting place and proving ground for both established ...

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Article: Radio

Having A Good Time With Alberta Hunter

Read "Having A Good Time With Alberta Hunter" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthday of legendary pianist and songwriter Alberta Hunter, who returned to the NYC clubs after a twenty year nursing career. Also featured are new releases from composer/arranger Jihye Lee, and vocalists Clare Foster, Aubrey Logan, Alyssa Allgood and Veronica Swift. Other birthday shoutouts include Norah Jones, Tessa Souter, Tina May, Aimee Allen ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley

Read "Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


For our first two-for-one Super Fans column, we present the JazzTwins, Arnold Stanley and Donald Stanley, who got started pretty young (just wait till you see who played at their high school concerts). All jazz Super Fans are VIPs, but these two take things to another level. From invitations to musicians' family dinners to being the ...

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Spring 2020

Read "Spring 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette


Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. David Clayton-Thomas Say Somethin' Linus Entertainment 2020 Circa “Spinnin' Wheel" plus “And When I Die," ...

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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 ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

InterSchool Orchestras of New York and Mingus Dynasty are collaborating to present MINGUS. This concert features never-before-heard full orchestra arrangements of popular Mingus tunes arranged by Earl McIntyre. It will also feature Renée Manning and solo performances by Mingus Dynasty. DATE: Sunday, November 17, 2019 TIME: 6 pm LOCATION: Long ...

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Article: Live Review

ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival

Read "ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival" reviewed by John Ephland


Krannert CenterELLNORA: The Guitar Festival Champaign/Urbana, IL September 5-7, 2019 It takes place every other year; every odd year. Going back to 2005, ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival, held in the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana' one-stop-shop Krannert Center, has been celebrating the works of an amazing array of plectrists from all walks ...

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Article: Album Review

Janiva Magness: Change In The Weather

Read "Change In The Weather" reviewed by Doug Collette


Janiva Magness makes no effort to hog the spotlight as she Sings John Fogerty and as a direct result of her generosity of spirit, Change In The Weather stands even more distinctly on its own terms as a formidable piece of work. In interpreting this selection of twelve songs by the titular leader of Creedence Clearwater ...

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News: Event

Interschool Orchestras Of New York Presents Its Gala Celebration: A Tribute To Howard Johnson on September 18th at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall

Interschool Orchestras Of New York Presents Its Gala Celebration:  A Tribute To Howard Johnson on September 18th at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall

InterSchool Orchestras of New York (ISO) is proud to announce its 2019-2020 gala celebration, A Tribute to Howard Johnson, at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall, September 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The special event will honor the musical legend, who, in his five-decade career, has played alongside luminaries in multiple genres and pioneered the voice of ...


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