Nina Simone and Etta James Live Albums Coming From Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG

Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG have announced the forthcoming releases of Nina Simone: The Montreux Years and Etta James: The Montreux Years on Friday, May 28, 2021. The live albums, which will be available in multiple-format configurations, including double LP and two-disc CD editions, feature sublime collections of the iconic musicians’ finest Montreux Jazz Festival performances, including previously unreleased material, all restored to their [...]

The Undiscovered Dave Brubeck Quartet – Part 1

Dave Brubeck’s tunes and songs dotted the American musical landscape during the second half century of the 20th century and beyond. Brubeck [1920-2012] is perhaps best known as the leader of a “classic” Jazz quartet that performed in venues all over the world from 1956 -1968 and featured the talents of Paul Desmond on alto [...]

The Phil Woods Six “Live” from The Showboat

One of the great advantages of social network topic pages, or focused chat groups or webinars, all to do with the subject of Jazz, is that they can often be a source of new information. I’m not a completist or a discography maven, so, from time-to-time, I really enjoy the “surprise” of catching up to [...]

Jeremy Pelt: Griot – This Is Important! review – a jazz album for everyone

Jeremy Pelt, a trumpet virtuoso who could have dropped without blinking into classic 1960s Blue Note sessions cut years before he was born, has interlaced his familiar mix of agile contemporary bop and elegant ballads with spoken-word passages on African American jazz life, edited from his own interviews with musicians across the generations. Pelt’s inspiration [...]

Jazz From Detroit: Virtual Music Marathon | Detroit, MI Patch – Patch.com

This post was contributed by a community member. Join us for a one-of-a-kind virtual music marathon that celebrates Detroit's landmark jazz legacy hosted by Mark Stryker, award-winning arts reporter and author of Jazz from Detroit. This five-hour online festival experience will feature performances by and interviews with star-studded lineup including Charles McPherson (alto saxophone) with [...]

‘The Democracy! Suite’ reflects modern American challenges

Earlier this year, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet released “The Democracy! Suite” album, which reflects on some of the many challenges the United States has faced over the past year including the raging pandemic, a tumultuous presidential election and a raised awareness of incidents of systemic racism. Artists of all types have channeled [...]

From jazz to hip hop, Afro-South Asian music collaborations reflect imagined, more liberatory worlds

Afro-South Asian (American) musical alliances demonstrate an “other side” of Black life, history, and politics, argues Elliott Powell in his new book, Sounds from the Other Side: Afro-South Asian Collaborations in Black Popular Music (University of Minnesota Press 2020). Powell covers over a half-century of Black and South Asian American musical collaborations, starting from the [...]

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