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Jazz Hero Bruce Lundvall Dies at 79

Bruce Lundvall

I got a call one day—back in 1984—out of the blue from the President of Elektra Musician Records while in the kitchen of my one-bedroom apartment. That apartment was the corporate office of my start-up magazine that I called JAZZIZ. The phone number in the magazine was my home phone and the caller was Mr. […]

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Myra Melford’s Big Show in Chicago

Myra Melford

Earlier this year, pianist and composer Myra Melford released Snowy Egret, a CD on the Enja/Yellowbird imprint that features accompanists Ron Miles, Liberty Ellman, Stomu Takeishi and Tyshawn Sorey. Concurrently, Melford celebrated a retrospective of her career at The Stone NYC, reconvening past bands from her prolific career. In a similar spirit, Melford recently rearranged […]

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Miles Davis at Newport, The Bootleg Series Continues

miles davis

Here’s an interesting piece of news: On July 17, Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4. The four-CD box set tracks eight Davis performances spanning 20 years in Newport, Rhode Island, New York, Berlin and Switzerland. The 296-minute program includes nearly four hours of previously unreleased material. The […]

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Celebrating the AACM at the Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced the complete lineup for the 37th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, which will take place in Millennium Park and at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street) from September 3rd until the 6th. Additionally, the festival is partnering once again with Pianoforte Foundation for […]

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New Music from Maria Schneider

Maria Schneider

Guitarist, harmonica player and ace whistler Toots Thielemans turned 93 on April 29. To mark the occasion, composer and bandleader Maria Schneider (pictured above with Thielemans) is offering her fans a downloadable copy made in August 2014 of Thielemans performing alongside her and Ivan Lins’ band on Schneider’s arrangement of Lins’ “Lembra de Mim.” Schneider […]

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Branford Marsalis Reissues His Version of A Love Supreme

Branford Reissues

It’s been 50 years since the release of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. To commemorate the occasion, the Branford Marsalis Quartet will reissue Coltrane’s A Love Supreme: Live in Amsterdam on May 26. The CD/DVD will come out on Marsalis Music via OKeh Records. It’ll include a full performance of Coltrane’s masterpiece by the Marsalis […]

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Esperanza Spalding Unveils New “Persona”

Esperanza Spalding

Bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding has announced spring and summer tour dates for her new project, Emily’s D+Evolution. According to a press release, Spalding’s latest endeavor will delve “into a broader concept of performance” that incorporates the musician’s interest in theater, poetry and movement. Emily’s D+Evolution will perform new material that, according to Spalding, […]

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Terence Blanchard’s New Album Released

Terrence Blanchard

Blue Note Records just officially announced the release of trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s new album, Breathless, on May 26. According to the press release: “With his new quintet, The E-Collective, Blanchard journeys into an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues colors. The album is a statement piece with the title referencing […]

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Benson In the Big Easy

George Benson

Here at JAZZIZ Magazine, we’re thrilled to co-sponsor the 17th Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Gala, which will take place on April 23rd at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in the Big Easy. It’s going to be a fabulous night. Not only will the great guitarist George Benson be headlining the event—which officially kicks of […]

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