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March 21, 2019
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It’s a winter night in Chicago. Buddy Guy is sitting at the bar of Legends, the spacious blues emporium on South Wabash Avenue. He hangs out at the ...
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John Guare’s works include The House of Blue Leaves, Atlantic City and Six Degrees of Separation. His new play, Nantucket Sleigh Ride, is at New York’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center ...
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The American flutist will be on stage at the Sons d’hiver festival on Wednesday. First female president of the AACM, jazz institution in Chicago, she advocates the virtue ...
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Ed Bickert, whose exceedingly modest way in conversation belied a nimble sense of humor, used to tell one story deserving of a permanent place in guitar lore. At ...
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Resonance Records became a leading purveyor of historical jazz recordings thanks to two artists in particular: guitarist Wes Montgomery and pianist Bill Evans. The label, which recently observed its ...
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One of Miles Davis’s finest albums is Miles Ahead: Miles Davis +19, an orchestral jazz recording arranged and conducted by Gil Evans in May and August of 1957. In many ...
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On July 16, 1978, pianist Bill Evans performed at La Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France. He was backed by Marc Johnson on bass and Philly Joe ...
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It’s not quite a secret society or an underground movement, but scattered across the country wherever jazz is played former students of Art Lande are in the thick of ...
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Ahead of his Ireland gigs, Craig Taborn talks about the influences that shaped his style. It’s a sign of a musician comfortable in his own skin that Avenging ...
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It was July 1969, a few weeks before Woodstock. Men had just landed on the moon. After 132 years of French colonialism, Algeria was independent, and 1 million ...
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Chris Potter, “Circuits” He has plugged in before, to excellent effect. But Chris Potter is chasing after a different goal with Circuits, his invigorating new album on Edition Records. ...
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Two of the most dominant and successful hard bop groups of the 1950s were Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet. One wasn’t better ...
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One of America’s first champions of Brazilian bossa nova was Felix Grant. A jazz disc jockey in Washington D.C., Grant hosted The Album Sound on WMAL. His voice had a ...
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Plenty of Cuban women have made their marks on jazz music, from the Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuondo and the salsa legend Celia Cruz to the Queen of ...
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Alice Darr who recorded her first album in 1962. While researching another subject recently, We came across a feature article with a bit more information about the singer ...
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Legendary R&B singers often have their own iconic signatures — those nifty vocal tricks and embellishments that help distinguish them from the pack. Think of James Brown’s high-pitched ...
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Trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison is perhaps best known for providing chrome-tinged obbligatos behind jazz-pop singers. His muted trumpet can be heard playing tightly wound touches on the albums ...
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Michel Legrand, a French pianist who began his career writing arrangements for jazz and pop musicians in the early 1950s before becoming one of the most prolific sophisticated ...
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Betty Carter the adroit and unsurpassable jazz singer, was 61 when she took the stage at Aaron Davis Hall in New York for The Music Never Stops on March 29, ...
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There are probably better uses for a time machine — but if you could drop in on the band room at Philadelphia’s High School for Creative and Performing ...
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