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A unique album of unheard compositions by Jazz legend Oscar Peterson to be offered at Sotheby's

<b>LONDON</b><b>.-</b> In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the birth of one of Jazz history’s greatest icons, Sotheby’s and Warner Music Denmark are …

Family dreams of leaving city for less expensive life in small town

For city-dwellers such as Iris and Ryan, the birth of a first child often prompts thoughts of leaving urban living behind for less-expensive digs in a small town where they will be closer to family.<p>But is it worth the likely drop in income and diminished job prospects?<p>Iris, who is on mat leave with …

Ornette Coleman, influential jazz musician, dies at 85

<b>Ornette Coleman, one of the most innovative musicians in modern jazz, has died at the age of 85 in New York.</b><p>A saxophonist born in Texas, Coleman began his career in the 1950s and later pioneered an unconventional style described as "free jazz".<p>His 1959 album The Shape of Jazz to Come is regarded by …

How Do You Dance to Jazz?

Can you dance to jazz? The crowds at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival thought so, twirling in the aisles of the big canvas tents and …

For Jack DeJohnette, A Chicago Homecoming Brought A Reunion With Old Friends

Drummer Jack DeJohnette is an NEA Jazz Master who's played with everybody. He helped Miles Davis invent jazz-rock in the 1960s and '70s, and he's been the anchor in Keith Jarrett's trio for decades. But DeJohnette's latest album, <i>Made in Chicago</i>, takes the 71-year-old drummer back to his old …

BBC Arts - BBC Arts - Dr Simone will see you now

It's the kind of story that could be dined out on. But the truth was more banal. I was simply reaching for something on the table. She was simply making a point, and punctuating it with whatever was at hand, which happened to be a steak knife. Nearby diners raised their volume and paid detailed …

Melbourne International Jazz Festival: Piano maestros Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock sizzle with spontaneity

<b>MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL</b><p><b>Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock ★★★★</b><p><b>Hamer Hall, May 28</b><p>As far as festival openings go, it's hard to beat: Chick …

AP Interview: Marcus Miller on race, slavery and jazz

PARIS (AP) — Jazz musician Marcus Miller's decades-long resume includes multiple Grammy Awards, work with Miles Davis and even an appearance on a …

Update: Suit Over Ornette Coleman's 'New Vocabulary' Dismissed

<b>This article has been updated on Dec. 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM to reflect the outcome of the suit and to clarify some references. The update is posted below.</b><p>Was it a laudable snapshot of cross-generational jamming, or taking advantage of a jazz titan?<p>That's the question at the heart of a lawsuit that …

Branford Marsalis Quartet’s version of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is reissued

John Coltrane’s seminal album <i>A Love Supreme</i> was released 50 years ago this year. To celebrate the occasion, the Branford Marsalis Quartet’s acclaimed …

Three Jazz Pianists, A Generation After Apartheid

In South Africa, the major art of resistance during apartheid was jazz: a melting pot where folk songs and hymns defiantly mixed with influences from South Asia, America and West Africa. South African jazz's central formula — its equivalent to the 12-bar blues — is a buoyant, four-chord progression …

BB King: last of the great bluesmen

BB King, who died last night, gave this interview during his 2009 farewell tour – telling Mick Brown how he sang his way out of Mississippi's cotton fields<p>BB King sits back on the tan leather banquette, legs splayed, plump fingers resting on his knee, diamond rings sparkling under the light. …

The 2015 Grammys Get Jazz Mostly Wrong, a Little Right

Grammy nominations in jazz are rarely adventurous and usually confusing. Yet this year's slate is intriguing.With the end of one year and the start …

Jazz greats Hancock, Corea announce 1st tour in 37 years

Jazz greats Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock share much in common, but the last time they toured together was 37 years ago.<p>The two artists have now …

Jazz master at work

JUSTIN KAUFLIN, a 24-year-old blind jazz pianist from Virginia, has had an enviable few years. He has won awards, reached the semi-finals of the …

Pianist Vijay Iyer’s Insights On Getting Comfortable With Creative Improvisation

The 2013 MacArthur fellow and jazz musician’s advice for those of us who prefer to stick to a strictly written script–for everything.<p>Vijay Iyer doesn’t have a career.<p>The acclaimed composer and jazz pianist received a 2013 MacArthur fellowship, is set to release his 20th album, “<i>Break Stuff</i>,” in …

Rhythm and Blues: The photographer behind Blue Note records that defined a label

By Nicole Crowder<p>Nicole Crowder<p>Photo editor, In Sight<p>Bio Follow<p>In the iconic portrait of John Coltrane for the cover of his seminal 1957 album “Blue Train,” Coltrane stands silhouetted in deep cerulean blue against a dark background and appears to be sucking on a reed for his saxophone. But …

How Chicago's jazz scene made a champion of Marquis Hill

Earlier this month, a 27-year-old musician steeped in the ways of Chicago jazz won one of the most prestigious jazz competitions in the world.<p>To Marquis Hill, taking top prize in the Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition, which includes a $25,000 scholarship and a major-label recording …

Jazz films explore the hell and joy of musical perfection

"Not my tempo," the bandleader says. The drummer tries again. "Not my tempo!" The conductor counts down one more time, and again the drummer fails. This time the conductor screams, red-faced as a drill sergeant: "<i>Not my tempo!</i>"<p>Rarely has a simple music cue sounded so terrifying as it does in Damien …

Nonesuch Records to Release Label Debut by Pianist Tigran Hamasyan, "Mockroot," in Early 2015 - Nonesuch Records

Jazz May Be Reeling in Terms of Record Sales, But It's Thriving As an Art Form

Jazz is in the midst of a dramatic conversation and a reshuffling these days. There’s a good argument that this has always been the case, that “jazz” …

Miles Beyond the Biopic: Don Cheadle Riffs on a Jazz Legend

Don Cheadle has managed to accomplish something no one has been able to pull off in two decades: serve up a bigscreen tale of jazz great Miles …