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Larry Coryell, Pioneering Jazz Fusion Guitarist, Dead at 73

Larry Coryell, one of jazz fusion's pioneering guitarists, died Sunday in his New York City hotel room of natural causes, according to his publicist. …

Music

It’s OK To Like Smooth Jazz

Smooth jazz is a much-maligned genre – and it doesn’t look like that situation is going to change anytime soon. That’s unfortunate because many of …

Jazz

Trudy Pitts On Piano Jazz

Organist, arranger, composer, teacher and singer Trudy Pitts (1932 – 2010) earned a reputation not only for her technical prowess, but also for her ability to convey a wide range of emotions through her playing. Her formal training was classical: She studied piano at Juilliard and Temple …

Performing Arts

A sampling of recent Baltimore-centric classical, jazz recordings

The recording industry, long believed to be on its last legs, isn't quite done yet. For fresh evidence, consider these releases, which provide a …

Music

Marilyn Maye: The Queen Of CabaretWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Marilyn Maye could easily be nominated as the voice of experience: At 88, she's one of our greatest living songbook singers, as well as a jazz-cabaret star of singular achievement. A vocal stylist both sensitive and swinging, with a deep understanding of her chosen tradition, she's had a storied …

The Arts

Kendra Shank On Piano Jazz

After studying visual arts and French literature at the University of Washington, Kendra Shank has been pursuing a successful singing career from Seattle to Paris to New York. Her sensuous phrasing and crystal-clear tone have earned praise from critics and fans alike.<p>In this 2003 episode of <i>Piano</i> …

Performing Arts

Radical Imagination: Jazz And Social JusticeWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

"Our best musicians in the jazz tradition were radical imaginers," Samora Pinderhughes says. A pianist and composer in his mid-20s, he has asserted his connection to that lineage with <i>The Transformations Suite</i>, an earnest and ambitious new work combining music, words and visuals. The piece, which …

Great Guitars of Jazz

Three of the jazz world’s finest guitarists, all on the same stage. Nate Najar, Larry Coryell and Russell Malone, along with bassist John Lamb and …

Jeannie Cheatham On Piano Jazz

Pianist and vocalist Jeannie Cheatham began piano lessons at the tender age of 5. At 13, she became intoxicated by the sounds of jazz. Cheatham toured with such blues artists as Jimmy Witherspoon, T-Bone Walker, Odetta and Big Mama Thornton. In the 1950s she met her husband, bass trombonist Jimmy …

Club of the week: Jazz Cafe Camden

Ever wondered where The Jazz Café in Camden disappeared to last year? No, we didn't either. But we sat up straight and noticed when it reopened this …

Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

<i>Our guide to</i> <i>pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.</i><p><b>Pop</b><p><b>CRX</b> at the Knitting Factory (Jan. 17, 8 p.m.). The singer and guitarist Nick Valensi’s full-time band, the Strokes, is on a temporary break, so he has recently been fronting this quartet, whose debut album, “New Skin,” was produced by Josh …

Music

From the Pitchfork Review: Transfiguration and Transcendence: The Music of Alice Coltrane

A respected yet divisive figure who was scorned by the jazz mainstream for most of her life, Alice Coltrane was one of the most complicated‚ and misunderstood of all twentieth-century musicians. In the twenty-first century‚ however‚ her music has grown in stature‚ and one can now hear echoes of her …

Jazz

Want to Play Jazz Guitar? Start with These Five Songs

<b>PHOTO: Popperfoto | Getty Images</b>: Wes Montgomery<p>When learning how to play jazz guitar, many of us know we need to learn scales, arpeggios and chords, …

Guitar Lessons

Omar Puente, Arun Ghosh and Yazz Ahmed added to Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Fest

Further names have been added to the <b>Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Festival</b>, which runs from <b>13 to 18 March</b> at <b>Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club</b>, including fiery …

Buddy Greco obituary

Singer and pianist who was the consummate club and saloon performer<p>Richard Rodgers’ and Lorenz Hart’s 1937 composition The Lady Is a Tramp has been performed by many singers, but the most widely known version is the 1960 recording by Buddy Greco, who has died aged 90. It encapsulated Greco’s …

La La Land Is Clueless About What’s Actually Happening in Jazz

It’s easy to see why Damien Chazelle's <i>La La Land</i> was such a hit at the Golden Globes. The film is a charming romance of Hollywood nostalgia, one that …

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'It's Better To Be An Outsider': Wolfgang Muthspiel's Global Guitar Odyssey

Mention Austria and music in the same phrase and some people will think Haydn and Beethoven. Others will think of <i>The Sound of Music</i>, with its singing Von Trapp family. In recent years, another musician has been added to this list: Wolfgang Muthspiel, one of the most respected jazz guitarists …

The 30 Most Intriguing Musicians of 2017

The contemporary pop music world can sound mighty bland, but while only a few of the musicians featured here are famous, each has the potential to shake up the genre formulas of the current scene.<p>If you judged the state of contemporary song by YouTube views, you might think that the whole diverse …

Music

2016: The Year in Jazz

The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, …

The Year’s Most Essential Jazz Reissue

Charlie Parker, born in 1920, is the Orson Welles of jazz, the musician who, sparking an artistic revolution while still in his own extreme youth, both rejuvenated the art form metaphorically and turned it into an overt province of literal youth. He made jazz a wellspring of daring innovation and …

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Remembering The Jazz Greats Who Died In 2016

Critic Kevin Whitehead remembers the jazz notables who died this year, including vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, singer/pianist Mose Allison, pianist Paul Bley and trumpeter Paul Smoker.<p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. We lost some great jazz musicians this year including singers …

Glide's Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2016

As 2016 comes to a final close, <i>Glide</i> recently chose its top rock/folk/alt/singer-songwriter albums of the year. However it would be wrong to leave …

Jazz

Miles Davis improvising over LCD Soundsystem is the greatest YouTube mashup you’ll ever see

Mashups are a toughie. To be perfectly blunt, most of the time they’re doing no favours for either song involved. It’s inherently jarring to splice …

DownBeat News

News The Latest From Around The Music World<p>Q&A with Leslie Odom Jr.: Joyful Message<p><b>By Brian Zimmerman</b>   I  Dec 19, 2016   12:40 PM<p>Leslie Odom Jr. …

Wynton Marsalis

The Best Jazz Albums of 2016

It's that time of the year again. Here are my picks for the 10 best new jazz albums of 2016—and the four best historical releases:<p><b>New:</b><br>Henry …

The Specific Jazz Inspired Chord Sequence That Make Christmas Songs Sound So Cozy

In order to find out what makes certain Christmas songs sound so comforting and cozy“, videographer Estelle Caswell of Vox spoke with journalist and …

Study Jazz with Berklee Online

Sample an Online Course from Berklee<p>Our sample courses put you right inside our award-winning online classroom and present actual course content for …

The 2016 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

<i>A decade ago, leading jazz critic Francis Davis corralled 30 jazz writers to create a list of the finest jazz albums of 2006 for the</i> Village Voice<i>. For the 2016 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, Davis has marshaled more than quadruple the forces — 137 voters — to assess the best of an ever-expanding</i> …