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 [...]

Veronica Lewis Joins the Intrepid Artists Family

Really excited to announce today that Intrepid Artists Int’l has signed Blue Heart Records recording artists, Veronica Lewis for Worldwide Bookings. Veronica is a confident young lady, singer/songwriter and piano phenom, full of Fire and oozin’ with Talent! She has just released her debut Album, “You Ain’t Unlucky.” If you dig the likes of Jerry [...]


"Best Instrumental Composition" for "Sputnik" from Data Lords "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album" for Data Lords "On the whole and in the details, it amounts to the most daring work of Schneider's career, which sets the bar imposingly high. This is music of extravagant mastery, and it comes imbued with a spirit of risk." – Nate Chinen, NPR Music Boundary-defying [...]

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