With a full day of music scheduled at this year’s Festival International de Jazz De Montreal, including John Scofield, Richard Bona, Robert Glasper, Terence Blanchard and dozens of others (all on the same day during the second week of the fest), I ran into Ahmad Jamal in my hotel (just [...]Read more >>
EMI’s Blue Note Records has signed jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader Ambrose Akinmusire. The 28-year-old winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition will head into the studio this Fall to record his major-label debut with label mate Jason Moran as co-producer. “Mr. Akinmusire is among the latest to put [...]Read more >>
Herbie Hancock has begun touring behind his latest release, The Imagine Project, which features collaborations between the acclaimed keyboardist and a wide array of musicians from around the world. An album very much about peace, the disc covers 10 tracks and finds Hancock working alongside fellow big-league hitters such as [...]Read more >>
During the 10th annual BET Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, June 27, Esperanza Spalding paid tribute to pop royalty Prince, who received a lifetime achievement award. Spalding accompanied herself on standup bass for a cover of the Purple One’s ”If I Was Your Girlfriend” and also sang with Janelle Monae, Patti LaBelle and [...]Read more >>
Berkshires Jazz, Inc., recently presented its first “Living Legend” award to NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston. Before the pianist played a concert in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on May 29, Berkshires Jazz President Edward Bride presented Weston with an engraved granite plaque commemorating the event. “With his incomparable contributions to jazz, and [...]Read more >>
In late 1930, the cornet of Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke proclaimed in song, “I’ll Be a Friend with Pleasure.” Now, 80 years later, from July 22-25 in Davenport, Iowa, that friendship will be renewed once again during the 39th annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival. This year’s festival in Beiderbecke’s hometown [...]Read more >>
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