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Mike Jones turns up the dial at Green Mill

Green Mill owner Dave Jemilo loves to lavish praise on the artists who take his stage, and on Friday night he didn't hold back.<p>"Let's hear it for the greatest piano player in the world," said Jemilo, introducing the return of keyboard whiz Mike Jones.<p>To which Jones responded, "Don't build me up, or …

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Guitar heroes: Vancouver festival to celebrate luthiers and their craft

Linda Manzer remembers it like it was yesterday, even though it happened in 1996. She moved her spray gun slowly from side to side, passing a blue …

Pat Metheny

String Cheese Incident Welcome Eric Krasno, Kamasi Washington and More at Electric Forest

<i>Larry Hulst</i><br>Last night, The String Cheese Incident played their second of four total performances slated for Michigan’s Electric Forest this year, …

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Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Pedrito Martinez Group to close out festival on exuberant note

Pedrito Martinez received his musical education in the streets of central Havana. “There were so many teachers that were my idols,” he says in an …

Letter to Andy Stroud from Nina Simone

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The Marshall Tucker Band | Biography & History

One of the major Southern rock bands of the '70s, the Marshall Tucker Band combined rock, country, and jazz, and featured extended instrumental …

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Shrinking Canada, one landmark at a time

Tiny replicas of Ottawa statues, buildings to be added to growing exhibit<p>Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer is on a mission to shrink this country, one …

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Marshall makes most of main stage jazz fest show

Amanda Marshall hasn’t released album since 2001. She doesn’t have a Twitter account, a Facebook page or a website. But based on her performance …

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Carlos Kalmar creates a crowd-pleaser at Grant Park

The best way to revive a once-popular showpiece is to play it with utmost conviction. And that is what Carlos Kalmar, Conrad Tao and the Grant Park Orchestra did Friday night with Aram Khachaturian's 1935 Piano Concerto.<p>But in the process they also did something rarer, which was to correct a …

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Langston Hughes Creates a List of His 100 Favorite Jazz Recordings: Hear 80+ of Them in a Big Playlist

“Langston Hughes was never far from jazz,” writes Rebecca Cross at the NEA’s Art Works Blog. “He listened to it at nightclubs, collaborated with …

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At 91, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli shows how it's done

It was standing-room-only at the Jazz Showcase on Thursday night, and for two very good reasons.<p>At 91, Bucky Pizzarelli has built a vast and loyal audience among listeners who value the eternal verities of mainstream jazz-swing guitar.<p>At 80, Gene Bertoncini may not enjoy quite as wide a following …

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Fanatics! I Am Listening to Miles Davis as I Write This — Soon You Will Be, Too

<i>[Every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m., Henry Rollins brings an exclusive mix of songs old and new to listeners at 89.9 FM, KCRW.</i> Visit KCRW.com for more …

Miles Davis

Watch: The Jazz Legends Who Fearlessly Fought for Freedom

Jazz has always been one of the soundtracks of black people’s journey toward freedom in America. Artists like Nina Simone and Gary Bartz became the …

Nina Simone

Herbie Hancock to Teach His First Online Course on Jazz

MasterClass is on fire these days. In recent months, the new online course provider has announced the development of online courses taught by leading …

Herbie Hancock

Soundtrack of the City: Chicago Jazz at Ellis

Friday, June 30, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM<p>Ellis (Samuel) Park <br>3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave. <br>Chicago, Illinois 60653 <br>(773) 285-7099<p>Fee: Free<p>Age Range: …

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New Music Friday: 18 releases to hear now

<i>Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. From DJ Khaled’s star-studded 10th album to a bevy of unreleased, Purple Rain-era Prince tracks, here are the week’s most</i> …

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A Pioneering Black Composer Keeps Pushing

Blending jazz improvisation, post-John Cage modernism, funk and the occasional touch of rock, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and its co-founder, Roscoe Mitchell, made good on the ambition of its motto: “Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future.”<p>Mr. Mitchell formed that group in the wake of his …

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Baotou Symphony Orchestra to make NCPA debut

Baotou Symphony Orchestra is set to duet with the China National Symphony Orchestra to debut the symphony Cao Yuan Zhi Ge (Songs from the Steppe) at …

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Apollo Theater: The History behind Harlem’s Entertainment Mecca

BY WALTER OPINDE<p>Since opening its doors on 24th June, 1914, and introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a …

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New Orleans music scene a perfect fit for self-taught musician Larry Warford

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints had a little extra recruiting advantage over the rest of the NFL when it came to wooing guard Larry Warford …

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Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul review – audacious live jazz

(Resonance)<p>In his short life, Jaco Pastorius revolutionised the bass guitar, and lifted the music of key jazz-fusioneers Pat Metheny and Weather Report in the 1970s – but his ambition was to form a big band. This previously unreleased live set captures a blistering two-hour gig from Pastorius’s …

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Still Dreaming: Joshua Redman's Tribute To A TributeWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

When Joshua Redman blew onto the scene in the early 1990s — a saxophonist brimming with intellect and energy, but refreshingly unhurried with his cadence — one salient thing to know about him was that he came from a line of musical descent. His father, Dewey Redman, also played the saxophone …

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PBS’ Independent Lens Announces Season 16 Slate

Despite the fact that President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget calls for the eventual elimination of government funding for public TV, …

John Coltrane

Guitarist Nels Cline On 'Lovers,' An Album 25 Years In The Making

Cline's <i>Lovers</i> is a collection of lushly arranged versions of American popular songs, covers and originals. He says it's a "mood-music record" that isn't "cheesy." <i>Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2016.</i><p>Transcript<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, in for Terry Gross.<p>(SOUNDBITE …

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An Architect's Penthouse in an Unlikely Place

In 1960, in the basement of Kress department store, an Art Deco building in downtown Durham, N.C., activists staged sit-in protests at the whites-only lunch counter.<p>Fifty years later, African-American architect Phil Freelon and his wife, Nnenna, a six-time Grammy-nominated jazz singer, became the …

Pat Metheny

15 Essential Songs you Must Listen to for African-American Music Appreciation Month | Blog | American Masters

Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Duke Ellington (at piano) and Cab Calloway, with trombonist J.C. Higginbotham ad trumpeter Hot Lips Page looking over the …

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Denys Baptiste: The Late Trane review – classy takes on lesser-known jazz gems

(Edition Records)<p>Plenty of John Coltrane’s early tunes have become jazz standards – Blue Train, Giant Steps, Naima, Moment’s Notice and so on – but few of his later works have found themselves in the rehearsal books. British saxophonist Denys Baptiste here attempts to redress this imbalance by …

John Coltrane

The Jazz Drummer Making His Bombastic Solo Debut

Ronald Bruner Jr. grew up in a tough, Crips-plagued Los Angeles neighborhood between Compton and Watts. It was so dangerous, in fact, that he was not …

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Eddie Gomez On Piano Jazz

A two-time Grammy winner, bassist Eddie Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for more than four decades. He has held down rhythm sections and set the groove for some of the heavyweights of jazz — from Bill Evans to Miles Davis to Chick Corea.<p>Gomez's masterful touch and sense of swing shine …

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Run the Jewels and Big Boi Join Danger Mouse in New “Chase Me” Video: | Pitchfork

Danger Mouse has shared a new video for “Chase Me,” his collaboration with Run the Jewels and Big Boi from the soundtrack to the film <i>Baby Driver</i>. The action-packed clip was directed by Andrew Donoho and interpolates scenes from the film, with plenty of explosions, weapons, and car chases. Watch it …

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