NEW RELEASE “TOKYO ADAGIO” FEATURES LATE BASSIST CHARLIE HADEN WITH PIANIST GONZALO RUBACABA

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NEW RELEASE “TOKYO ADAGIO” FEATURES LATE BASSIST CHARLIE HADEN WITH PIANIST GONZALO RUBACABA by Matt Micucci Shortly after the first anniversary of bassist Charlie Haden’s death, Impulse!, the legendary jazz label that was reactivated by the Universal Music Group last year, has announced the release of the album Tokyo Adagio. Tokyo Adagio features Charlie Haden […]

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BASSIST AND LEADER OF LEGENDARY LIGHTHOUSE ALL STARS HOWARD RUMSEY DIES, AGED 97

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BASSIST AND LEADER OF LEGENDARY LIGHTHOUSE ALL STARS HOWARD RUMSEY DIES, AGED 97  by Matt Micucci The great bassist Howard Rumsey passed away at the age of 97 of an unreported cause on July 15 in Newport Beach, Calif. Rumsey was best known as the band leader of the legendary Los Angeles group named Lighthouse […]

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DON CHEADLE’S MILES DAVIS BIOPIC TO CLOSE THIS YEAR’S NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

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DON CHEADLE’S MILES DAVIS BIOPIC TO CLOSE THIS YEAR’S NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL by Matt Micucci The much awaited new biopic on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis was announced as the closing film of this year’s New York Film Festival, which takes place from the 25th to the 11th of October 2015. The […]

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THE RICHMOND JAZZ FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE EAST COAST WITH A STAR-STUDDED LINE UP

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THE RICHMOND JAZZ FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE EAST COAST WITH A STAR-STUDDED LINE UP by Matt Micucci The Richmond Jazz Festival returns in the River City for the sixth year in a row. It will run from August 6-9 at a number of locations including Hardywood Brewery, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Hippodrome […]

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BRITISH JAZZ PIANIST JOHN TAYLOR DIES AGED 72

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BRITISH JAZZ PIANIST JOHN TAYLOR DIES AGED 72 By Matt Micucci On June 17, 72-year-old British jazz pianist John Taylor died suddenly after suffering a heart attack while performing live at the Saveurs Jazz Festival in Segré, a village in Western France. He was resuscitated on the spot, but died later in the hospital. Taylor […]

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NEW BOOK ON LIFE OF BRITISH JAZZ COMPOSER, MIKE TAYLOR

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NEW BOOK ON LIFE OF BRITISH JAZZ COMPOSER AND CO-SONGWRITER FOR CREAM – MIKE TAYLOR By Matt Micucci In January 1969, a man known as Mike Taylor drowned in the River Thames near Leigh-on-Sea, UK. Despite having had a brief but intense career as a jazz composer, pianist and recording artist in the British scene […]

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GENES & JAZZ: A FUSION OF MUSIC WITH THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

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GENES & JAZZ: A FUSION OF MUSIC WITH THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD By Matt Micucci Harold Varmus and Jacob Varmus – father and son. Harold is the Nobel Prize winning geneticist who helped unlock the biological mechanism behind cancer. Jacob teaches at the New York Jazz Academy and can often be found on the bandstand playing […]

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THE GEORGE WEIN IMPRESARIO AWARD

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BERKLEE PRESENTS UMBRIA JAZZ FESTIVAL FOUNDER “THE GEORGE WEIN IMPRESARIO AWARD” By Matt Micucci The year 2015 marked a special milestone – the 30th year of collaboration between the Berklee College of Music and the Umbria Jazz Festival (Perugia, Italy) on the Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics. The clinics are part of the Berklee on […]

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Montreal, Day 3

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Well, here I am, still in Montreal, still having a big heap of fun. Sadly, I’ll be leaving for my home in central Pennsylvania tomorrow morning. But before I go, I have one more evening of music ahead. On the agenda tonight is a Janis Joplin-influenced blues and R&B singer named Joss Stone. You’ve probably […]

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