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NAMM 2018: Korg Believes Their KR-55 Pro Will Be Hard To Beat

<b>Korg has unveiled the new KR-55 Pro drum machine, which features an easy-to-use interface and real recorded drum grooves. Here’s what Korg had to say</b> …

KORG just released a bunch of new stuff – here’s what’s what

Call it KORGmas. Okay, probably don’t call it that. But KORG just released a mess of gear for musicians. Here’s all of it in one place – and what to …

Korg unveils 2018 line-up: new Prologue poly synth, Volca Mixer, drum machine, more

Well, it’s that time of year. NAMM 2018 is just around the corner now and we are already seeing many of the big time music production company’s showing off their 2018 lineups. Arturia has certainly been busy the last few days with the second generation MiniBrute, Mini Brute 2S and RackBrute, not to …

Introducing Artiphon's INSTRUMENT 1, The MIDI Multi-Instrument That Broke Kickstarter Records

For musicians who want to create more than one type of sound on a single instrument, the electronic keyboard has been the standard for many decades. Thanks to the MIDI protocol originally developed in the 1980s, the press of a key on a keyboard can produce the sound of a piano, flute, trumpet, …

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Ornette Coleman 1930–2015: Neil Michael Hagerty & Jennifer Herrema

I don't play jazz so I don't really know where Ornette Coleman stands in that scene. He was one of two sax players who played at John Coltrane's …

Run to the Devil: The Ghosts and the Grace of Nina Simone

So much was going to happen, but before any of it did, there was a little girl in Tryon, North Carolina, who wanted to be a concert pianist. Her name …

Zoe Saldana: 'I Turned Down the Nina Simone Role for a Year'

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Tierney Sutton On Piano Jazz

Earlier this year, singer Tierney Sutton earned a Grammy nomination — her sixth — for Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2014's <i>Paris Sessions</i>. But when Sutton came on <i>Piano Jazz</i> in 2004, she had just released her album <i>Dancing In The Dark</i>, a tribute to Frank Sinatra. With her accompanist Christian Jacobs, …

Using Music to Underscore Three Words: I Can’t Breathe

Inspired by Miles, Coltrane and Hendrix, we offer a ‘Breathless’ effort towards truth in music<p><b>By Terence Blanchard</b><p>I <b>want nothing less</b> than to change …

Five Canadian Artists Playing The Montreal Jazz Festival

Canada produces a lot of top-flight jazz, but if you're not in the country, you'll probably have to head north to hear it. U.S. travel restrictions keep many of the nation's best musicians at home, where they've developed their own sound and scene.<p>Fortunately, Canada has wonderful jazz festivals. …

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30 Jazz Albums Every Man Should Hear

I’ll never forget my first introduction to jazz music. The year was 1999 and I was watching the movie Runaway Bride starring Richard Gere and Julia …

The Blue Dress: How The Viral Light Sensation Would Wreck 7 Classic Album Covers (John Coltrane, Nirvana, The Eagles and More)

The world nearly came to blows over one of the most inane topics imaginable: Was the shirt blue or white? The problem was finally solved this morning …

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Jury Decides Village People 'Y.M.C.A.' Songwriter Has 50 Percent Song Share

After a trial that lasted nearly a month, Victor Willis wins the right to remove a formerly credited French author from 13 group songs.<p>Village People …

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Evangeline Lilly on making history in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'<p>Eric Stonestreet reveals who he texts late at night about brisket<p>Victoria Beckham defends …

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Rebecca Ferguson: How a 'year of loss' inspired her Billie Holiday album

<b>Rebecca Ferguson planned to celebrate the centenary of Billie Holiday's birth by re-interpreting some of her biggest songs. But the project took on personal significance after the singer had a "year of loss and sadness".</b><p>Billie Holiday had one of the most distinctive voices of all time.<p>Her intensely …

Jazz Was Not Meant for the Dinner Table

A funny thing happened on the way to "school," and "dinnertime" got really strange. Let me explain. When I was born in 1949, America's musical academia was paying little attention to jazz as an intellectual endeavor. In fact, there was an open hostility from classical music departments across the …

Reviews of ‘Bird Calls’ by Rudresh Mahanthappa and ‘Intents and Purposes’ by Rez Abbasi

Two new discs revisit and revise Charlie Parker and ’70s jazz rock<p>Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, who is 43, and guitarist Rez Abbasi, who is 49, share more than South Asian and American roots. Each musician is a vital figure on his instrument, the two jazzmen rose to prominence about a decade …

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Brian Simpson: Out of A Dream

Support All About Jazz and Jazz Near You!<p>If you shop at any of the stores below, please initiate your purchase from All About Jazz. When you do, All …

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A video-art reimagining of a Kraftwerk classic, Chet Baker at his most sentimental and a Finnish folk artist takes on jazz<p>Next time you hear an early Miles Davis track, or a gig by Wynton Marsalis, consider Clark Terry – the congenially brilliant former Duke Ellington trumpeter who influenced both, …

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Download the debut EP by jazz saxophonist turned R&B singer Keiya

<b>Another product of Chicago’s rich underground emerges.</b><p>We first heard <b>Keiya’s</b> rich voice on ‘Runaway’, a collaboration with fellow Chicagoans <b>Kywo and</b> …

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The Secret Life of Nina Simone

Before her roaring performance at the 1976 Montreaux Jazz Festival, Nina Simone was a star dimensioned by near bankruptcy and self-imposed exile. A …

Marilyn And Alan Bergman On Piano Jazz

Renowned lyricists and songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman have been the recipients of Oscars, Grammy, Emmys and many additional awards. Their works include "The Windmills of Your Mind" and lyrics for <i>Yentl</i>.<p>On this 1995 episode of <i>Piano Jazz</i>, they collaborate with host Marian McPartland as she …

First Look At Queen Latifah As Queer Jazz Icon Bessie Smith In New HBO Biopic

The first photos of Queen Latifah as jazz icon Bessie Smith in HBO’s <i>Bessie</i> have surfaced—and piqued our interest. The film follows the 1920s singer’s …