Ornette Coleman Passes


With sadness in our hearts, we report that Ornette Coleman, a true jazz trailblazer and innovator, died today at the age of 85. A family member said the cause was cardiac arrest. Tributes to Coleman and obits about him are appearing all over the Web. Here’s a couple takes, the first from New York Times […]

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Ahmad Jamal Honored at NEC


As news, this item is slightly dated, but we thought you still might like to see a photo of Ahmad Jamal receiving an honorary Doctor of Music degree from New England Conservatory President Tony Woodcock. Jamal received the degree at NEC’s 144th annual Commencement Exercises on May 17. During the ceremony, approximately 245 graduating students […]

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ASCAP to Add Four Music Greats to the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams this week announced that ASCAP will add four music greats to the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame on Monday, June 15th, 2015 at 5:00 […]

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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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