Jazz Buzz

By Michael Hartley CFP® | Curated by the Venice Institute for Performing Arts

'Jazz Is The Mother Of Hip-Hop': How Sampling Connects GenresWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Why do hip-hop producers gravitate toward jazz samples? For a mood, for sonic timbre, for a unique rhythmic component. Swing is a precursor to the boom-bap. "If you're a hip-hop producer that wants a lot of melodic stuff happening," pianist Robert Glasper says, "you're probably going to go to jazz …

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Nnenna Freelon On Piano Jazz

Internationally hailed as one of the greatest vocalists to come along in decades, Nnenna Freelon exudes both class and sophistication. Her soulful style consists of fresh interpretations of classic standards. A six-time Grammy nominee, she also starred in the critically acclaimed 2014 show <i>Georgia</i> …

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Ella Fitzgerald: A 'puritan in bohemia'

Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. She was a pioneer of the scat singing style and her ‘Songbook’ albums are an essential part of the American music canon.<p>This month would have been her 100th birthday, and the singer Mica Paris is releasing an album …

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Music 101 | Jazz

The Benny Goodman Trio<p>Improvisation<p>By Loren Schoenberg, Conductor and Saxophonist<p>To many, composed music and improvised music seem to be opposites, …

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Mose Allison On Piano Jazz

One of the most original and provocative musicians in jazz, pianist Mose Allison (1927 - 2016) was heavily influenced by the blues. The Mississippi native drew inspiration from Sonny Boy Williamson, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk to create bluesy jazz flavored with his own …

Chuck Berry Jams Out "Johnny B. Goode" with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, John Lennon & Bruce Springsteen Open Culture

The King of Rock and Roll is dead, and, no, I don’t mean Elvis, but Chuck Berry, who proclaimed himself at every opportunity the rightful sovereign. …

The Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Panama City Beach, Florida, Hosts Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz<p>The 19th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival – recently acclaimed as being the ‘Best Jaz …

Muldrow Meets MingusWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

At a glance, Georgia Anne Muldrow isn't the obvious pick to create an interpretive tribute to the bassist and composer Charles Mingus. She was born in 1983, four years after Mingus died at 56. Her music stands well outside the jazz perimeter, aligning more with the Afrocentric current that flows …

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A Jazz Age Exhibition With a Syncopated Sweep

To grasp the history behind “The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s,” a new exhibition opening next month at the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s design museum, there is far more to study and experience than just the 400 pieces of art, furniture and textiles on view.<p>There is the museum’s …

Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81

Misha Mengelberg, a Dutch pianist and composer who approached the jazz tradition with an adventurous spirit and an antic sense of humor, died on March 3 in Amsterdam. He was 81.<p>His death was announced by the Instant Composers Pool, the Dutch experimental jazz collective that he helped found in …

Grammy Award-Winning Latin Jazz Flutist Dave Valentin Dies At 64

Dave Valentin became one of the pre-eminent flutists in Latin jazz. He was known for his creative combination of fusion, pop and R&B.<p>He won a Grammy in 2003 for best Latin jazz album for "The Gathering," by the Caribbean Jazz Project. Vibraphonist Dave Samuels was also featured on that …

Obituaries

Joey DeFrancesco On Piano Jazz

Joey DeFrancesco was only 20 years old when he was Marian McPartland's guest on <i>Piano Jazz</i>. Hailed as the new hero of the organ, his stint with Miles Davis brought the classically trained keyboardist national attention. He has since gone on to release more than 30 albums and has earned multiple …

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HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY TO JAZZ - born (...?) 26th February 1917

Today February 26th 2017 marks - by one contestable and contentious definition (*) - the centenary of jazz, in that it is the anniversary of the very …

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Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio played Kumble Theater (pics, setlist)

Jazz great and master of the Hammond B3, <b>Dr. Lonnie Smith</b> was just named as one of the the NEA’s 2017 Jazz Masters — the nation’s highest honor in …

Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller and Phronesis/Engines Orchestra for 25th EFG London Jazz Festival

The first names have been announced for the milestone <b>25th anniversary</b> of the <b>EFG London Jazz Festival</b>, which takes place from <b>10 to 19 November</b> at …

DownBeat News

News The Latest From Around The Music World<p>Dot Time Records Discovers Previously Unreleased Armstrong Recordings<p><b>By DownBeat</b>   I  Feb 27, 2017   2:45 …

The 50 Greatest Live Jazz Albums

For many of us, when it is played live is the best way to hear jazz. The unbridled spontaneity of brilliant musicians at the very top of the game, …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Atlanta

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 …

Orchestras

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 …

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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> …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 20th-century musicians. In this century‚ however‚ her music has grown in stature‚ and one can now hear echoes of her influence …