ColaJazz Fest coming to Midlands May 1-2

COLUMBIA – The 2021 ColaJazz Fest will be coming to the Midlands Saturday, May 1-2, at the Koger Center for the Arts. A #supportlocal themed night will showcase Columbia’s best in jazz with artists who have struggled through the pandemic. Four diverse bands will take to the stage at The Senate on Saturday, May 1. [...]

Jazz Standard Presents Fred Hersch Trio

JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, is keeping the music alive with “The Flip Side Sessions”, a virtual concert series broadcasting fully-produced, pre-recorded shows every Friday from March 26-May 14, 2021. Co-sponsored by The Boston Beer Company and Davos Brands. All shows are recorded from the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) [...]

Forget labels, we’re all one, says Grammy nominee Jon Batiste

By Sarah Mills LONDON (Reuters) - American musician Jon Batiste says he set out to break the confines of genre in his new album, mixing styles and working with the likes of gospel singer Mavis Staples, guitarist Cory Wong and author Zadie Smith. The award winning jazz musician from Louisiana last week released “We Are”, [...]

Indonesia’s jazz giant — still cool and still playing

JAKARTA -- Idang Rasjidi sits alone in the middle of the night, having been driven from his recording studio by one of the frequent and ferocious rainstorms in his adopted hometown of Bogor. Although he describes himself as "tired," the 67-year-old Idang is still a driving force in the infectious beat of jazz in Indonesia. I'm [...]

San Jose Jazz set to debut new jazz venue in downtown

San Jose Jazz is opening what it calls a state-of-art venue for jazz music in downtown San Jose. It’s a pop-up video recording and performance venue called the SJZ Break Room, which will make its debut next month as part of the SJZ New Works Fest 2021 that runs April 29 to May 8. It [...]

Nina Simone, Mary Lou Williams Celebrated in Healdsburg Jazz Event

For Women’s History Month, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival presents Convergence, a virtual concert event celebrating iconic musicians Mary Lou Williams and Nina Simone through an imagined depiction of their first meeting. The concert recounts a fictitious meeting of Williams and Simone in a lobby in Paris. When their paths cross, both artists are about to [...]

Athens Jazz Festival adapts with virtual programming, performance

The 2021 Athens Jazz Festival is taking the stage March 22-27 virtually this year due to COVID-19. Two main guests are presenting clinics and performing with OU students and faculty: Bria Skonberg, a trumpeter, singer and songwriter and Carl Allen, a drummer and educator. Performing music over Zoom and Microsoft Teams is not the traditional [...]

Fair Grounds Race Course To Host New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival In 2021

NEW ORLEANS  Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (“Fair Grounds”) announced today its renewed commitment to hosting the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (“Jazz Fest”) presented by Shell Oct. 8-17, 2021. The announcement comes following a year when Jazz Fest was rescheduled from its customary April/May dates and was eventually forced to cancel amid [...]

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