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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Another Rollins’ Road Show

Sonny Rollins

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins has signed a distribution agreement with Sony Music Masterworks and its jazz imprint OKeh Records for the release of his new Doxy Records album, Road Shows, vol. 3. A street date of May 6 is planned. The new CD contains six tracks recorded between 2001 and 2012 in Saitama, Japan; Toulouse, […]

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Mindi Abair’s Wild Heart

Mindi Abair

Saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair’s career has been on the upswing in recent years. In addition to her solo work, she was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends Aerosmith for their 2012 summer tour. […]

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John McLaughlin, Live in Boston

John Mclaughlin

Last summer, guitarist John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension—Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Etienne Mbappe on bass and Ranjit Barot on drums and vocals—toured America. On June 22nd they performed at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. That concert was recorded and is now scheduled for release on March 18th. Asked to describe […]

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