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Album Review: Gregory Porter, Nat King Cole Me | Music Review | Album

Music Review/Album: 20 Nov 2017, 12:26 <br>Edwin McFee<p>Album Review: Gregory Porter, <i>Nat King Cole & Me</i><p>An underwhelming effort from the Jazz-Pop …

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Q&A: Guitarist John McLaughlin on not being fusion, the future of jazz and more

Virtuoso guitarist John McLaughlin is embarking on a farewell-to-the-USA tour, joined by Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring. Ahead of the tour …

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An interview with pianist Marcus Roberts on the eve of the release of his latest album "Trio Crescent: Celebrating Coltrane"

Marcus Roberts Trio : <i>Trio Crescent: Celebrating Coltrane</i><p>For the now fifty-four years old Marcus Roberts, it’s been over thirty years since the pianist made his auspicious debut as one of the young lions of jazz along with Wynton Marsalis. Then, barely in his twenties, he joined Marsalis’ band …

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Coming to San Francisco: Meet ‘the brightest young light in jazz piano’

Meet Joey Alexander, the 14-year-old artist that SFJazz describes as “the brightest young light in jazz piano.”<p>It’s a sentiment shared by Quincy …

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A dream and a dagger: Jazz singer Cecile McLorin Salvant sings with grace and fire

When jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant takes the stage Saturday at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, she won't be trying to sing as her …

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Kamasi Washington: Your favorite rapper's favorite jazz man

The Los Angeles sax player with the expansive vision plays Union Transfer on Nov. 25.

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Let Us Now Praise Pharoah Sanders, Master of Sax

In A.B. Spellman’s essential 1966 book, <i>Four Lives in the Bebop Business</i>, Ornette Coleman said the following: “The best statements Negroes have made, …

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Jazz and Classical Treasures from the Digitized Catalogue of ECM Records

The ECM sound is a trademark of the times, crystalline and reverberant, conveying both the intimacy of live performance and the warmth of a concert space.<p>One of the defining sound-worlds of the past half-century of recorded music is the distinguished repertory of ECM Records, which was founded by …

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How Grover Washington Jr. Defined And Transcended 'Smooth Jazz'WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

One way or another, you've heard Grover Washington Jr.'s saxophone. Perhaps on "Mister Magic" or another of his instrumental hits, like "Winelight." Or on "Just the Two of Us," the smash hit featuring Bill Withers. What Washington's sound represents is soul, plain and simple, though it's often been …

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Ronny Jordan: A pioneer of Acid Jazz, a Staple of Smooth Jazz

A fan told me the other day, 'Ronny your music is timeless.' I take great pride in that, and I like to think of my music as timeless.<p>This month marks …

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Herbie Hancock Now Teaching His First Online Course on Jazz

A quick update to something we first mentioned last June. On Masterclass, jazz legend Herbie Hancock is now teaching his first online course on jazz. …

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Songs We Love: José James, 'Better Off Dead'

José James, the eclectic, groove-minded jazz singer, has made no secret of his fondness for Bill Withers. There's a medley that James has been singing in concert for years, linking Withers' despondent anthem "Ain't No Sunshine" with an upturning grace note, "Grandma's Hands."<p>Gradually a few other …

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A letter to jazz legend Sarah McLawler

Last year I sat down to write a letter to jazz legend Sarah McLawler.<p>I wanted to tell her how much I loved the records she cut for Brunswick and King …

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Watch Van Morrison Perform At The Americana Honors & Awards

This past September at the 16th annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony in Nashville, the Americana Music Association handed out a number of prestigious awards for Album of the Year (<i>A Sailor's Guide To Earth</i> by Sturgill Simpson), Artist of the Year (John Prine), Emerging Artist of the Year …

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Influential Jazz and Classical Label ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalogue to Streaming Outlets

Huge news for fans of Keith Jarrett, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, Arvo Pärt, John Abercrombie, Vijay Iyer, and countless other seminal jazz, …

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Free improvisation: still the ultimate in underground music?

Pioneered in the 1950s by musicians breaking the rules of jazz and composition, free improvisation is still as difficult – and potentially transcendent – as it ever was. A Guardian documentary takes you inside its world<p>default<p>“There are people that hear it once and think: never again!” says Evan …

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Blue Note Records Introduces New Biannual Box Set Subscription Series

Blue Note Records have announced the release of <i>Blue Note Review: Volume One - Peace, Love & Fishing,</i> the inaugural edition of a stunning new …

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TVD Radar: Unreleased Ella Fitzgerald Live Album, Ella At Zardi’s, in stores 12/1

<b>VIA PRESS RELEASE</b> | <b>Verve Records and UMe will close out their year-long celebration of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial with the ultimate</b> …

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ONLY NY Honors Jazz Legend Miles Davis With a Limited Edition Collection

Trumpeter, bandleader and composer Miles Davis is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music. …

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The Cosmos Is Still Catching Up to Pharaoh Sanders' Earliest Records

Anthology Recordings is reissuing three of the spiritual jazz great's first albums, released in a prolific stretch in the late 60s and early 70s that has provided a spark for the genre's greatest minds ever since.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey US.</i><p><i>“‘</i><i>Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the</i> …

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John McLaughlin on his final US tour and playing with Miles Davis

John McLaughlin is in the midst of his final U.S. tour, but he will never forget the lesson he learned from his mentor and friend, Miles Davis, when he first played with the jazz legend in America in the late ’60s.<p>“The first gig I did with him was the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor,” the …

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Tedeschi Trucks Band, "Midnight In Harlem"

Tedeschi Trucks Band is an anomaly in today’s music industry, a group with a horn section and backup singers that actually mixes and masters its …

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Blue Note Review

Side A<p>1. Lady Gabor (Live from Royce Hall) – Charles Lloyd & The Marvels<p>Charles Lloyd (flute), Bill Frisell (guitar), Greg Leisz (pedal steel …

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Revered Bay Area jazz teacher sets out with all-star band

As one of the Bay Area’s elite jazz educators, heavyweight saxophonist/composer Dann Zinn has mentored more than enough talent to staff an all-star …

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Helen Borgers, legendary DJ at K-Jazz in Long Beach, dies at 60

Helen Borgers, the legendary DJ on KKJZ (K-Jazz) for 38 years, died Sunday after complications from surgery. She was 60.<p>Friends said Borgers will be …

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A GOOD AGE: Jazz masters keep Dixieland alive in Duxbury

The Dukes of Winsor's are keeping the Dixieland jazz tradition alive at the 1803 Winsor House Inn in Duxbury.<p>.embed-container { position: relative; …

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The 25 Best Female Jazz Singers Of All Time

Ever since jazz was born at the dawn of the 20th Century, women have been – and continue to be – a minority in what is a largely male-dominated …

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Club Habana’s Miguelito Valdes adds a Cuban twist to Canadian classics

<b>Club Habana Celebrates Canada’s 150+</b><p><i>Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. | Vancouver Playhouse</i><p><b>Tickets and info:</b> from $32, at brownpapertickets.com, Highlife Records, …

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Mulo Francel: Mocca Swing review – utterly disarming

(Act)<p>Best known as a member of world music band Quadro Nuevo, Mulo Francel is a German saxophonist and composer with a unique approach to jazz. His tone, on a variety of saxophones plus clarinet, is sweet and gentle, his compositions lyrical and playful by turns, and the total effect utterly …

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