Gerald Wilson Passes

Gerald Wilson

Bandleader, composer and multi-instrumentalist Gerald Wilson died on September 8 at the age of 96. He had been diagnosed with pneumonia two weeks before his passing. The following statement was released on September 9 by the National Endowment of the Arts Public Affairs Office: “It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the […]

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Mezzrow Opens in the Village

Mezzrow

Mezzrow, a new jazz piano room, opened in New York’s Greenwich Village on September 3. The listening room and lounge, located at 163 West 10th Street, will regularly feature some New York’s finest jazz pianists. First up was Johnny O’Neal, who christened the venue’s classic 1923 Steinway on opening night. Mezzrow is owned and operated […]

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Roberto Fonseca Set to Tour

Roberto Fonseca

The Grammy-nominated Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca has announced fall tour dates. He’ll be accompanied by bassist Yandy Martinez and drummer Ramsés Rodriguez. Fonseca’s latest album, Yo, blends traditional acoustic instrumentation with cutting edge electronic. The disc pays homage to Cuba’s African roots while updating the country’s rich musical lineage. Released last year on the […]

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Sean Jones Joins Berklee College of Music

Sean Jones

Berklee College of Music has named trumpeter Sean Jones chair of the college’s Brass Department. Jones succeeds trombonist Tom Plsek, who served as chair for 25 years. Jones, a widely acclaimed composer and trumpeter, recently released his seventh album as a leader, im•pro•vise never before seen, on Mack Avenue Records. “Sean Jones brings an amazing […]

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Chris Botti’s 10th Annual Holiday Residency

Chris Botti

Once again, Chris Botti will spend much of this year’s holiday season at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. From December 15, 2014 through January 4, 2015, the famous trumpeter will play two shows a night at the iconic venue. This will be the 10th consecutive year that Botti has spent his […]

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Charlie Haden 1937-2014

Charlie Haden

Charles Edward “Charlie” Haden, the great bassist, bandleader, compose and educator, died in Los Angeles on July 11 at the age of 76. He passed peacefully in the presence of Cameron, his wife of 30 years, his son Josh and his triplet daughters Petra, Rachel and Tanya. Charlie Haden, who began singing before the age […]

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Miles on Film

Miles Davis

Actor Don Cheadle has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo, the world’s largest global crowd-funding platform. Cheadle is seeking additional production funds for his feature film directorial debut, Miles Ahead. The film tells the story of a few days in the life of Miles Davis, played by Cheadle, as he bursts out of his silent […]

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Living the Dream

Billy Porter

It’s been nearly a decade since Pittsburgh-born vocalist Billy Porter released a solo album. Since then, much has changed for the award-winning artist. Perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning role as Lola in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Porter’s musical background is based in gospel, soul and R&B. He released his first self-titled […]

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Jim Hall Tribute

Jim Hall Tribute

From Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, the Blue Note Jazz Club will present “Playing for Jim Hall, which will celebrate the life and music of the late, great jazz guitarist Jim Hall. The tribute was programmed in conjunction with the Hall Family (Jane, Hall’s wife, and Devra, Hall’s daughter and manager) and friends. […]

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