Esperanza Spalding Unveils New “Persona”

Esperanza Spalding

Bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding has announced spring and summer tour dates for her new project, Emily’s D+Evolution. According to a press release, Spalding’s latest endeavor will delve “into a broader concept of performance” that incorporates the musician’s interest in theater, poetry and movement. Emily’s D+Evolution will perform new material that, according to Spalding, […]

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Terence Blanchard’s New Album Released

Terrence Blanchard

Blue Note Records just officially announced the release of trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s new album, Breathless, on May 26. According to the press release: “With his new quintet, The E-Collective, Blanchard journeys into an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues colors. The album is a statement piece with the title referencing […]

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Benson In the Big Easy

George Benson

Here at JAZZIZ Magazine, we’re thrilled to co-sponsor the 17th Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Gala, which will take place on April 23rd at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in the Big Easy. It’s going to be a fabulous night. Not only will the great guitarist George Benson be headlining the event—which officially kicks of […]

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Pat Metheny and the Detroit Jazz Festival

Pat Metheny and the Detroit Jazz Festival

The Detroit Jazz Festival, the world’s largest free jazz festival, has announced that guitarist/composer Pat Metheny will be its 2015 Artist-­in-­Residence. Metheny is the latest in a long line of jazz greats to take the mantle of the prestigious Detroit Jazz Festival Artist­in­Residence Program, which will include different musical incarnations at this year’s festival, as […]

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Back to Brazil

Eliane Elias

Pianist/singer/songwriter Eliane Elias will release a new album, Made in Brazil, at the end of March. The disc marks a musical homecoming of sorts for Elias. In her three-decade-long career as a solo artist, Made in Brazil marks the first time she’s recorded a disc in her native Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981. Elias […]

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Solo Jarrett at Carnegie Hall


Keith Jarrett returns to Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perleman Stage on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 8 p.m. to perform a rare solo-piano concert. The show will feature an entire evening of solo improvisations and will be his only solo concert appearance worldwide this winter. Jarrett’s solo-piano improvisations on ECM recordings such as Solo Concerts, The […]

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Charles Lloyd Returns to Blue Note


Saxophonist and composer Charles Lloyd has signed with Blue Note Records and will release his first album for the iconic label in 30 years with the April 14 arrival of Wild Man Dance, a live recording of a long-form suite commissioned by the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. Lloyd will present the North American premiere […]

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José James’ Holiday Album


Vocalist José James has announced a March 31, 2015 release for his new album Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday, a tribute to the legendary singer in honor of Holiday’s 100th birthday. James celebrates the woman he refers to as his “musical mother” with nine songs written or popularized by Holiday. […]

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Remembering Jeff Golub

Jeff Golub

When the newly blind guitarist Jeff Golub stumbled and fell onto New York City subway tracks where he was clipped and dragged by a train in 2012, New Yorkers came to his aid. When word spread throughout the New York City music community last month that Golub was on his death bed, New Yorkers bought […]

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