(Editor’s note: Frequent JAZZIZ contributor Steve Futterman spent the 4th of July weekend at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. We asked him to share his thoughts and experiences. Here they are.) At the Montreal International Jazz Festival, you enter an alternate universe where music is free, the food is great, [...]Read more >>
In the next few weeks, saxophonist Steve Wilson will be firmly set in tribute mode. On December 10, he’ll join Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble as a guest artist in the Windy City’s Harris Hall for a concert honoring the 50th anniversaries of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, [...]Read more >>
Trumpeter Eddie Henderson (pictured above) and drummer Al Foster are a couple of musicians among many who will perform at the first annual Nublu Jazz Festival in November. For those unaware, Nublu is an smallish, hip venue in Manhattan’s East Village that regularly stages a wide variety of eclectic music [...]Read more >>
The first annual Asian-American Jazz Festival is set to unfold over three days in Los Angeles. Headliners include pianist Hiromi, Filipina singer Charmaine Clamor, Korean jazz quintet Prelude, and the champion of the 2006 London International Vocal Jazz Competition, Filipino Mon David. Those performers will be complemented by an eclectic [...]Read more >>
Omara Portuondo, the lovely Cuban singer and dancer who will turn 80 on October 29, has been granted a travel visa to perform two shows in the United States. A member of the Buena Vista Social Club who celebrated her 60th year as an entertainer with last year’s release [...]Read more >>
James P. Johnson, the father of stride piano, the composer of “The Charleston” and “The Carolina Shout,” and one of the founders of modern jazz piano, lies in an unmarked grave in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Queens, New York. To remedy that unfortunate situation, the James P. Johnson Foundation [...]Read more >>
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