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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 …

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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, …

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Grammy-winning jazz superstar Gary Burton to retire, play final concerts in March

Superstar jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton of Fort Lauderdale says this definitely is it: Beginning Wednesday, he’ll perform 13 final concerts in eight …

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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 …

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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 …

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Influences: Smbd

SMBD aka Simbad released a new EP on the label this weekend past, three tracks of moody synth explorations with a nod towards space and time.<p>The …

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Keeping Jazz Alive: Tyler Reese, Guitar Virtuoso

Keeping Jazz alive is what Tyler Reese does. He is a guitar virtuoso, with wide experience in live performance, writing, production, and studio …

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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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Horace Parlan Dies at 86

1 of 4 Next<p>Horace Parlan, a hard-bop pianist and composer with an angular yet gospel-infused style heard on albums by luminaries including Charles …

Obituaries

Mercedes Benz Colombo Jazz Festival: Second edition of the fest is bigger, better

If ever there was an idyllic setting for holding a jazz festival, the organisers of the Mercedes Benz Colombo Jazz Festival found it. This was the …

Festivals

Hank Williams Helps John Scofield To A Grammy

Amid the headline-dominating achievements at the 2017 Grammy Awards of Adele, David Bowie, Chance The Rapper and others, some may have missed that …

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We Must Hold Chris Brown—and All Our Music Idols—Accountable for Abusing Women

Brown is just the latest in a long line of women-beaters, from John Lennon and Miles Davis to Ozzy Osbourne and James Brown, who have not been properly judged for their heinous actions.<p><b>“The point is, stop defending these assholes and always blaming the woman. It’s sad & sick, & is why women don’t</b> …

Miles Davis

This Week in Fiction: Zadie Smith on Inhabiting the World of Billie Holiday

I<i>n this week’s story, “Crazy They Call Me,” you inhabit the world of Billie Holiday, writing the story from the singer’s perspective. Can you remember when you first heard Billie Holiday’s music and what it meant to you?</i><p>I would have been very young. She was always played in my house—both my parents …

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Experimental Pop Band Aquaserge Combines Dance Music Grooves with Free Jazz-influenced Improvisation

Initially based in a farmhouse-recording studio in the countryside near Toulouse, France, experimental pop band Aquaserge operated for several years …

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Jazz: “I Called Him Morgan” a must-see jazz film

<b>Lee Morgan</b> was one of the most expressive jazz artists of the 1960s and early ’70s. He made riveting music on his trumpet that managed to be both …

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Oakland’s last underground jazz club, Birdland Jazzista, bids farewell

OAKLAND — Many of the self-proclaimed “jazz cats” that frequent the Birdland Jazzista Social Club on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard reminisce about …

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#SuzyLFW: Marques'Almeida - Celebrating Diversity

The Portuguese design duo captured the raw, youthful and multiculturalism of London.<p>敬请期待中文版<p>Indigital<p>‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free' - …

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The mysetrious origins of jazz

The anniversary of the first jazz recording 100 years ago also marks the beginning of debates that are still ongoing, writes Christian Blauvelt.<p>The five members of the band took the lift to the 12th Floor of the Victor Talking Machine Company’s building on 38th Street in New York City. They were …

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Two Lazy Orange and White Cats Watch as Their Human Prepares Homemade Ramen

Jun Yoshizuki of Jun’s Kitchen is a very talented cook who always prepares food with his beloved longhaired orange cat named Kohaku, made room for …

Miles Davis

Ernesto Vega, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Composer, Educator.

His first international performance was in 2003 when the multitalented Chilean musician Carlos Masa invites him to participate of two CDs for the …

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The Rhythm Changes: Kamasi Washington Interviewed

Los Angeles jazz virtuoso in conversation...“I just love rhythm,” <b>Kamasi Washington</b> tells a crowd packed like sardines around his circular stage in …

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So It Is: a Cuban-inspired album from the astounding Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Announced today: So It Is, a new album of Cuban-inspired jazz from the monumentally amazing Preservation Hall Jazz Band (previously), due out on …

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The First Jazz Recording Was Made by a Group of White Guys?

Just as events were unfolding in the White House that would solidify public support for entering the war in Europe, a group of five white musicians …

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Nina Simone :: A Very Rare Evening

Nina Simone would have been 84 this week — as such, fans the world over have been celebrating the iconoclast’s deep and dynamic catalog. Incredibly, …

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2017 Tribeca Film Fest opening w/ Clive Davis documentary premiere/concert at Radio City ft. Aretha Franklin & more

A documentary about music biz icon <b>Clive Davis</b> is opening the 16th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival , with a gala premiere at <b>Radio City Music Hall</b> …

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"Music is Power and Medicine" - Robert Glasper on His Upcoming Afropunk Debut

This weekend, <b>Robert Glasper</b> will make his <b>Afropunk</b> debut at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater. He’ll also serve as music director for the two-day …

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[Premiere] A Solo Jazz Pianist Gets Overtaken by a Fractal Universe in This Gorgeous Music Video - Creators

Jazz and algorithms join forces to create some wild fractal forms in a new music video from jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan. It's for his song "The Cave of Rebirth" and is taken from Hamasyan's upcoming album <i>An Ancient Observer</i>, released on Nonesuch Records.<p>Premiering today on Creators, the video was …

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How to Write Jazz Music

Like most forms of music, jazz has its idiosyncrasies; but don’t let that put you off. It is, in fact, just another way of presenting the same notes, …

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Jazz On Film And The Problem Of The Mad Creative Genius

It's been a good year so far for jazz at the movies. <i>La La Land,</i> a modern-day love story in the style of Jazz Age musicals, has a heap of Oscar nominations. Elsewhere, in a much quieter affair, the documentary film <i>I Called Him Morgan</i> — based on the story of jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan — will open …

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'Santiago' takes Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Cuba and back

What happens when musicians from one of the must musically fertile spots on the planet collaborate with peers from an equally vibrant cultural melting pot?<p>Something like “Santiago,” the first track from the venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s forthcoming album, “So It Is,” inspired in large …

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