Musicians Gather at MSM to Celebrate the Life of Lew Soloff

Lew Soloff

A celebration of the life and music of Lew Soloff (Feb. 20, 1944-Mar 8, 2015) is scheduled for Monday, June 8, 2015 at the John C. Borden Auditorium, located at the Manhattan School of Music. This event is free to the public and begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:15pm for early seating. Soloff, […]

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Kat Edmonson on Tour


Vocalist Kat Edmonson has confirmed a whole mess of North American summer and fall tour dates, all of which will be played in support her recently release album The Big Picture. That album marks Edmonson’s label debut for Sony Music Masterworks and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom in his Los Angeles studio. The […]

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Roy Nathanson at The Stone


If you see Roy Nathanson on the Q train, head down and pen out, he’s working on a poem. If you see him with his saxophone raised, he’s exulting in song or free improvisation. More and more, the two activities have merged for the 64-year-old Brooklynite. From June 2-7, Nathanson’s residency at The Stone, the […]

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Managing Editor David Pulizzi remembers Bruce Lundvall


The following was written by JAZZIZ Managing Editor David Pulizzi. The handsome fellow I’m with in this photograph is Bruce Lundvall, who died last night at the age of 79 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Bruce was one of the true legends of the recording industry, and while I wouldn’t call him a […]

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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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