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May 24, 2019
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The Art Ensemble of Chicago was already six years into an acclaimed career when it had its first extended run at an American jazz club. In honor of the ...
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Well 2000 pieces, 100 tours, numerous jazz standards – Duke Ellington wore the music of African Americans in the world. Miles Davis also adored him and yet did ...
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John Zorn, the prolific and brilliantly iconoclastic composer, realized a dream of sorts last year when he released The Book Beriah — a boxed set of 11 new albums, ...
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As ‘Bolden’ opens in theaters, Dr. Lewis Porter peels back the mythology around Louis Armstrong, a central character in the film. It’s always noteworthy when a feature film ...
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For a while during his captivity, jazz kept Eric Vogel, a Jewish Czech trumpeter, useful to the Nazis—and therefore alive. In 1961, sixteen years after Eric Vogel leaped ...
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One of the last greats of his generation, jazz master Benny Golson talks about Coltrane, Spielberg and “A Great Day in Harlem” as he heads to Minnesota. Benny Golson ...
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The work of jazz pianist Jamie Saft is experimental and sounded powerful. With Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte the New Yorker also plays in Germany. Whether jazz, dubreggae ...
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The trumpeter Etienne Charles stood in a Michigan State University classroom on a recent Tuesday evening — about 2,000 miles north and 50 degrees Fahrenheit south of his ...
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Jazz musicians in continental Europe who emerged in the 1940s held a special distinction. They survived World War II in countries occupied by the Germans. Jazz was used ...
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Some were deeply influenced by modern classical orchestral music. Others such as Johnny Mandel, Manny Albam, Johnny Pate and Oliver Nelson were swayed by the drama and incidental ...
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Few drummers make me smile more than Jo Jones. Jones began jazz drumming professionally in the 1920s and first recorded in 1931 with Hunter’s Serenades. Jones is probably ...
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Jazz and politics go way back. One can argue that Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings in the 1920s were political since they were a daring ...
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Along with saxophonist Michaël Attias and trombonist Joe Fiedler. Joel Ross and Good Vibes, “Ill Relations” Ask any clubgoing New Yorker to name the most exciting young jazz ...
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A few weeks ago I received an email from two ardent Bill Evans fans — James Farber and Larry Goldberg. They wrote to say they had interviewed Evans ...
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In 1967, Creed Taylor launched CTI Records as a subsidiary of the A&M label. Creed had just left Verve, where he headed the jazz label and pioneered new ...
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The 100th anniversary of Nat King Cole’s birth is this Sunday, March 17. Cole was one of America’s most remarkable entertainers. His first jazz-pop career was with his ...
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When many American big-band singers toured Japan and Australia in the early 1960s, musical directors brought along the arrangements rather than 18 to 21 musicians. In some cases ...
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One of our regrets about our college years in Boston during the 1970s is not going to see Meredith d’Ambrosio perform around town. Back then, we was either ...
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In the 60s, the pianist Joachim Kühn was one of the most interesting jazz musicians in the GDR. He uses a music competition in the West to help ...
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Chicago tenor saxophone giant Von Freeman died in 2012, at age 88, but he remains a significant figure in jazz here and beyond. The latest evidence comes in ...
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