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2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

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Twenty years is a remarkable milestone for any activity, let alone one that comes with the wear and tear of a high-profile jazz festival that every year strives to up its own ante, like the Winter JazzFest. From January 11 to 18, 2024, fans, musicians, promoters and other industry people from around the world ...

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Why Hard Bop?

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When trying to investigate jazz, all the classifications and categories can be a bit confusing. What do they mean when they say “hard bop?" How is it different from other types of jazz? Although a definition of the music may not necessarily enhance your listening enjoyment a little historical perceptive may be helpful for the jazz ...

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Article: Live Review

Leavenworth Jazz Festival 2023: A First Breath of Mountain Air

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Leavenworth Jazz Festival Leavenworth, WA May 5-7, 2023 The one-hundred-and-twenty-mile journey from the city of Seattle, to the village of Leavenworth, WA is one of perilous beauty and wonderment. Once arriving in the town of Monroe at the foot of the Cascade Mountains, Highway 2 east rises majestically over the Cascade summit ...

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Seattle Jazz Fellowship: How One Week Told the Story of a Jazz Nonprofit's First Year

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When jny: Seattle-based trumpeter Thomas Marriott announced the founding of a new 501(c)3 nonprofit to support the local jazz scene in his hometown, both the enormity of its possibilities and its challenges merged front and center in the collective mind of the Seattle jazz community. Over the past decade, the city had lost its ...

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2023 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

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The fact that New York City's Winter JazzFest (WJF) is back to in-person performances may very well be among the most meaningful signs, at least for jazz die-hards, that life is returning to normal. The overall number of concerts may not be as high as in the past, with the 170+ performances of 2020 ...

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Seattle Jazz Fellowship Presents: Orrin Evans & the Captain Black Big Band

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The Seattle Jazz Fellowship, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by trumpeter Thomas Marriott, was created in response to the loss of viable jazz stages showcasing the vibrant resident jazz scene in Seattle. While local jazz musicians and fans alike mourned the downfall of longtime resident haunts such as the New Orleans club and Tula's Jazz Club, Marriott ...

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Seattle Jazz Fellowship: A New Beginning For Live Resident Jazz

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The local jazz scene in Seattle has been vibrant and at times prolific over the last one hundred years. The city hosted the only fully integrated jazz club scene in the 1920's and '30s, inspiring Black musicians from the south to escape Jim Crow, and find a place to not only engage in the bustling club ...

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Coltrane's Progeny: Giant Steps for Late Beginners

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For many listeners, the name John Coltrane is synonymous with the tune “Giant Steps." Whether or not you happen to agree with the proposition that this was the “greatest" or most important composition Coltrane ever recorded—for some, it would be “My Favorite Things," and for still others, “A Love Supreme." This is not an attempt, largely ...

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A Tale of Two Genres: The Surprising Similarities in the Development of Jazz and Classical Music

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Jazz and classical music are two of the most monumental achievements in human history. Together, they encompass a range of expressive capability that is simply astounding, giving voice to the human experience from centuries past to the present and in doing so, enriching our lives immeasurably. This is more remarkable when one considers that they have ...

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Article: Readers Poll Results

Musical And Lyrical Sophistication In Jazz And Other Genres

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This scatter graph (directly below) shows the results of an All About Jazz Readers' Poll that was conducted during portions of 2021. There were almost 400 participants who rated these genres on their “musical and lyrical sophistication" on a 10 point scale. No instructions were given on the definition of “sophistication"—the participants were free to use ...


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