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Shabaka Hutchings: Black to the Future

Shabaka Hutchings: Black to the Future

BY CHRIS MAY
May 6, 2021

Though he is far too modest to make any such claim himself, most observers agree that saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings is the standard-bearer for the new wave of jazz musicians who have emerged in London since around 2015. Hutchings is a few years older than most of the cohort. He made his debut recording in 2007 while still a student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, on keyboard player Funsho Ogundipe's The Afrobeat Chronicles Vol. 2 (Flying ......

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Global Folk and Fusions

Global Folk and Fusions

BY GENO THACKARA
May 6, 2021

It's a wide world out there, yet as vast as it gets, there are always players finding common ground between its most far-flung corners. Naïsaam Jalal and Rhythms of Resistance Un Autre Monde Les Couleurs du Son2021 Ten years is an impressive tenure for any musical outfit, so Naïssam Jalal pulled out all the stops marking the occasion with her adventurous quintet Rhythms of Resistance. The group has covered substantial ground since forming ......

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Vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell Releases 'Sack Full Of Dreams'

Vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell Releases 'Sack Full Of Dreams'

BY JAZZ BEYOND BORDERS
May 6, 2021

Washington, D.C.-based jazz vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell unveils her new album Sack Full of Dreams with a release in May 2021. On this project, she partners with pianist, arranger and producer Vince Evans and a team of accomplished musicians from the Washington, D.C. area. This second independently produced album reflects a heightened level of artistry and a broadening of repertoire for the already popular vocalist. Liner notes by jazz journalist John Murph sweeten the pot by supplying a wealth of information ......

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Gary Bartz At 80: On Jazz Is Dead, Miles Davis And Why Improvisation Is A Dirty Word

Gary Bartz At 80: On Jazz Is Dead, Miles Davis And Why Improvisation Is A Dirty Word

BY ROB GARRATT
May 5, 2021

It's hard to talk to Gary Bartz about music. Not because he's a difficult or reluctant interviewee--quite the opposite. In fact, the 80-year-old saxophonist is refreshingly unguarded and garrulous when looking back over his formidable six-decade musical career. It's just finding the right words that's the tricky part. Like many musicians, jazz isn't one of them he's a fan of--for the word's pejorative roots as much as its genre pigeonholing. Which is why, as a quick-fast rule, it ......

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The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Part 2

The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Part 2

BY MARK CORROTO
May 5, 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 The entire world was in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis, and of course, that included musicians. Unable to tour and record with their various ensembles, many artists prepared solo projects (some recorded before the virus struck). Most of the music is very personal, as if the artists are asking the listener to consume the music in a socially distant manner, meaning in private. Barry Guy Irvin's Comet ...

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Emmet Cohen: Hail the Piano Player

Emmet Cohen: Hail the Piano Player

BY ZACHARY WEG
May 4, 2021

In a plain, gray building off Edgecombe Avenue in Harlem, pianist, Emmet Cohen, gently hammers on his instrument, head bopping to the drum hits and bass thuds that reverberate along the plant-lined walls of his apartment. Thirty years old and one of the finest piano players to emerge in decades, the Miami-born and Montclair, New Jersey-raised musician is not just the poster man for contemporary jazz, breathing 2020s finesse onto early twentieth century swing, he is a supremely gifted and ......

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Meet Pianist Tyler Henderson and Trumpeter Summer Camargo

Meet Pianist Tyler Henderson and Trumpeter Summer Camargo

BY SANFORD JOSEPHSON
May 4, 2021

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Growing up in Oneonta, New York, Tyler Henderson “noodled around for five years on a piano that a church donated to my family. I learned to play older rock songs by ear--stuff from Chicago and The Beatles. Then, in seventh grade, I heard the Vince Guaraldi Charlie Brown Christmas album (Fantasy, 1965). I was really intrigued. I had never heard music like that before. Then I discovered Bill Evans. He ......

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NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis Announces The Second Season Of The Monthly Online Performance Series, 'Saturday Salon'

NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis Announces The Second Season Of The Monthly Online Performance Series, 'Saturday Salon'

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
May 4, 2021

GRAMMY Award-winning pianist and NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis continues his live streaming ticketed solo performances with a second season of twelve shows announced for 2021. The “Saturday Salon” sponsored by Ariel Investments will take place on the last Saturday of every month and feature a 60-minute performance at 1:00 PM Central Time. Tickets are $20 per show and on sale here. Lewis will provide audiences with an exclusive concert experience streaming on Stageit. The ticketed online platform, StageIt, is ......

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John Pizzarelli: The Metheny Project

John Pizzarelli: The Metheny Project

BY R.J. DELUKE
May 3, 2021

Guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli has been a road warrior in a long career spanning some five decades. He's known for following in the footsteps of his father, the great jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, as a champion of the Great American Songbook working with classic jazz musicians and singers. He eventually became one of those singers that keeps classic works alive: a crooner, at times, who can also play music from well beyond the swing era. He cuts it as ......

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Going Viral

Going Viral

BY MR. P.C.
May 3, 2021

Dear Mr. P.C.: I've read that vocalists are the greatest threat to spread Covid, since they're projecting their voice and all the germs in their throat around the stage and toward the audience. So I had what I think is a brilliant idea: To quarantine all vocalists and make them use their time in lockdown to learn music theory. It would be a brief inconvenience for them but would lead to a much healthier and egalitarian ensemble vibe ......

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The Mysterious Ms. Morel

The Mysterious Ms. Morel

BY RICHARD J SALVUCCI
May 2, 2021

“Never heard of her." —Me “Rings a bell." —Angela Levey “An underground singer." —Terry Gibbs “The mysterious Ms. Morel." —Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives All these descriptions fit a singer from jny: Philadelphia whose memory has almost completely faded. It's true, there are some web sites dedicated to following female singers from the 1950s and 1960s who were never quite household names, but with a few exceptions, Terry Morel has managed to elude even ......

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Helio Alves and Duduka Da Fonseca: The Indomitable Brazilians

Helio Alves and Duduka Da Fonseca: The Indomitable Brazilians

BY NICK CATALANO
May 2, 2021

Undeterred by the pandemic, camaradas Helio Alves and Duduka Da Fonseca continue their masterful musicianship in Gotham boîtes wearing masks as they consistently perform ever-fresh music from the Brazilian archives. Performing at Smalls Jazz Club on April 28 in front of stouthearted souls representing New York's proud jazz patronage while streaming the show for worldwide adherents, they once again displayed their knowledge and command of Brazilian composers and compositions. Both samba stalwarts have fronted various combos in their ......

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All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: April 2021

All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: April 2021

BY MICHAEL RICCI
May 1, 2021

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in April, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here. Enjoy! Top Tracks I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me Fifth Element From: Fifth Element 4:07 Dolphin Dance ...

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The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Pt. 1

The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Pt. 1

BY MARK CORROTO
May 1, 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 The entire world was in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis and of course, that includes musicians. Unable to tour and record with their various ensembles, many prepared solo projects (some recorded before the virus struck) for your listening pleasure. Most of the music is very personal, as if the artist were asking the listener to consume the music in a socially distant manner. Meaning, in private. Michael FormanekImperfect Measures ...

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Live, Eclectic, And Electrifying

Live, Eclectic, And Electrifying

BY MIKE JACOBS
April 30, 2021

Live albums. Love them, hate them, they are definitely a different animal from the studio album. It may be argued--especially with all of the tools available currently--that the “studio" recording is the means by which music can be crafted and honed into the most accurate representation of the artist's vision. And yes, live albums can be often characterized by poorer audio quality, crowd noise, mistakes in performance, meager facsimiles of studio material, etc. but the live album will never go ......

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Popular Virtual Music Series 'Live From Van Gelder Studio' Announces Second Show And Stellar Line-Up Featuring Joey DeFrancesco & All-Star Band On May 15-16!

Popular Virtual Music Series 'Live From Van Gelder Studio' Announces Second Show And Stellar Line-Up Featuring Joey DeFrancesco & All-Star Band On May 15-16!

BY SAM KAUFMAN
April 30, 2021

The legendary Van Gelder Studio, the recording studio home to hundreds of jazz icons from John Coltrane to Herbie Hancock today announced the lineup and date for its second virtual music concert. Live from Van Gelder Studio will take place on May 15th at 9PM EDT with live re-streams on May 16th at 8:00 pm JST for Asian markets and 8:00 pm CEST for European markets. All events will stream directly from VanGelder.live. Tickets can be purchased from the site ......

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Glimmers of hope, turning a corner

Glimmers of hope, turning a corner

BY AAJ STAFF
April 30, 2021

This 2021 edition of Jazz Appreciation Month underscored the notion that we can’t take the music or its makers for granted. Especially after the past year: clubs shuttered temporarily or permanently, or forced to present music to their supporters virtually via webcasts because of limited or no live audiences. Musicians without steady gigs or, in some cases, any gigs for over a year. Or others performing from their living rooms, stoops, driveways and public parks to keep their chops—and sanity—hoping ......

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Connect with All About Jazz / Jazz Near You

Connect with All About Jazz / Jazz Near You

BY MICHAEL RICCI
April 29, 2021

Establish a free presence at All About Jazz and Jazz Near You by creating a page. We offer two types of professional pages: one for musicians and the other for businesses and organizations. Musicians @ All About Jazz A musician can link to their website, Facebook page, Twitter page, Linkedin page, Instagram page, YourTube page, Wikipedia page, etc., from their All About Jazz musician page. Learn more about AAJ's free musician page service here. Businesses @ Jazz Near You Record ......

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Con Alma: Keeping Pittsburgh Jazz Thriving in Trying Times

Con Alma: Keeping Pittsburgh Jazz Thriving in Trying Times

BY C. ANDREW HOVAN
April 29, 2021

Not mentioned nearly enough as a locale that nurtured some of jazz music's most memorable artists, jny: Pittsburgh can boast a jazz history that is unparalleled, especially for a city of its size. Just a partial list of icons that hailed from the area would include Ahmad Jamal, Art Blakey, Erroll Garner, George Benson, and Stanley Turrentine. Over the past several decades, the jazz scene there has continued to thrive under the auspices of such presenters as Manchester Craftsmen's Guild ......

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Shelley Hirsch: Back with a Vengeance

Shelley Hirsch: Back with a Vengeance

BY JOHN PIETARO
April 29, 2021

It took Brooklyn's Roulette performance space to break COVID-19's hold on Shelley Hirsch. Now, it seems there'll be no stopping her. The vocal acrobat, poet and performance artist was a new music original long before “downtown" moved across the East River. An original member of the avant rock band The Public Servants, Hirsch also worked her way through fringe arts circles in jny: San Francisco and then Europe before returning to her native ground in New York City. ......

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