George Duke’s “Missing You,” from the late keyboardist’s final album, DreamWeaver, has won a Soul Train Award for “Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.” The 2013 Soul Train Awards was held on November 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dave Koz presented Duke’s award to his sons, Rashid Duke [...]Read more >>
The formidable talent of pianist Helen Sung was on full display at the Shanghai Centre Theatre during the 9th edition of the JZ Festival, held in China’s most populous city from September 20 to October 19. Sung was one of many acts to perform at Asia’s largest jazz festival. Robert [...]Read more >>
In 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama, becoming the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean and founding the first permanent European settlement in the Americas. Those events continue to resonate five centuries later as Panama celebrates the landmark anniversary. On his new Mack [...]Read more >>
Following 16 years of entertaining audiences around the world, the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club is set to bid “Adios” with a farewell world tour. The group—which has been touring the globe in different forms and configurations since 1997—will take to the road one final time in 2014–15 with a [...]Read more >>
Vijay Iyer recently recorded his first album for ECM at New York’s Avatar Studio, with Manfred Eicher producing. While Iyer has been recognized predominantly for his fresh approaches to jazz, ECM now proposes to document a broader scope of his work, which will highlight his compositions and multi-media pieces, as [...]Read more >>
On Saturday, December 7, in Manhattan’s Zankel Hall, alto saxophonist, composer, and arranger Miguel Zenón examines the complexities and contradictions of the Puerto Rican experience with his latest work—a multimedia presentation honoring his homeland entitled Identities Are Changeable: Tales from the Diaspora. The evening-length song cycle and video installation—created in [...]Read more >>
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