The past, present and future of “In Movement”

In the mid-60’s, a young Jack DeJohnette attended a John Coltrane concert at a Chicago music venue. At the time, DeJohnette was a young talented composer, drummer and pianist and was making…

Count Basie Theatre to keep its name for another century

The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, will continue to keep its name for another century thanks to a new agreement struck between the nonprofit organization that runs the theater…

Carla Bley, with the passing of time

On May 6, Carla Bley celebrated her 80th birthday. Five days later, on May 11, her latest album Andando el Tiempo was released on ECM Records. Produced by Manfred Eicher, the album…

Man who stole money from Cecil Taylor jailed

Noel Muir, a Long Island contractor who lived next door to pianist Cecil Taylor, has pleaded guilty to larceny after stealing nearly $500,000 in prize money from the free-jazz legend.   Muir…

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Vibraphonist Joel Ross

Even if you’re a casual jazz fan, it would be hard to ignore the buzz around Joel Ross. Just 23 years old, the vibraphonist recently released his debut album as a leader, KingMaker, and it is already being hailed by pop and jazz critics as one of the best albums of the year.

Rosemary Clooney – “Tenderly”

Rosemary Clooney, a riveting vocalist and charismatic performer whose career spanned music, television and film, was born on this day (May 23) in Maysville, Kentucky, in 1928. Clooney rose to prominence in…

Previously unreleased Sun Ra music out now
Sun Ra – “Space Is The Place”

Herman Poole Blount — better known as the cosmic space-jazz keyboard guru Sun Ra — was born on this day (May 22) in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1914. Though official biographies lead us…

Fats Waller – “A Handful of Keys”

On this day (May 21) in 1904, the toweringly influential stride pianist Fats Waller was born in New York City. Waller, whose incredible skill on the keyboard was matched only by his…

Jazz Chart Update: Week of May 20

Bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding nabbed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Jazz charts with her new album 12 Little Spells, while over in the Jazz Week radio charts, pianist Eric…

NEA Jazz Masters Announced: Meet the Class of 2020

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the four newest recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Vocalist Bobby McFerrin, avant-garde legend Roscoe Mitchell, bassist Reggie Workman and jazz radio pioneer…

Jon Batiste – “What A Wonderful World”

Jon Batiste is one of jazz’s greatest ambassadors. As the bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert show, he brings a fun, all-encompassing brand of jazz to an increasingly wide audience.…

JAZZIZ Not What You Think: Jeff Sedlik & Tom Legoff on Photographing Jazz Legends

Our Spring 2019 issue celebrated our 35th anniversary by taking a look back at some of the iconic photos that have appeared in the pages of our magazine. In today’s episode of JAZZIZ Not What You Think, publisher Michael Fagien sits down with two of the photographers behind those shots — Jeff Sedlik and Tom Legoff — to talk about the fascinating back stories that went into capturing those moments on film.

Betty Carter – “Open the Door”

Betty Carter (Photo: Jack Vartoogian/DL Media, Inc.) Betty Carter, a charismatic singer who imbued her songs with drama and exuberance, was born on this day (May 16) in Flint, Michigan, in 1930.…

Year By Year: Five Essential Jazz Albums of 1963

Jazz may not have an official yearbook, but it does have a vast and well-documented discography. ‘Year by Year’ is our attempt to bring you the most noteworthy albums of each year,…

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