Four Jazz Artists Coming To Buffalo To Keep An Eye On During Sunday’s 2020 Grammy┬« Awards

The 2020 Grammy® Awards will air on Sunday, January 26. In the announcements of winners will be those in the jazz categories. For a full list of the nominees in each jazz categories, revisit the previous JazzBuffalo article announcing the nominations here: 2020 Grammy Nominations Announced There are four jazz artists appearing in Buffalo in […]

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Jazz Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died At The Age Of 93

Jimmy Heath, the legendary jazz giant who performed with many of the historic names in jazz history, including greats such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, has died. Heath’s grandson announced to NPR and other media outlets that Heath passed away from natural causes on Sunday morning at the age of […]

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10 Favorite Jazz Vocal Albums Of 2019

In the past few years, we have seen newcomers and veterans of the art of jazz vocals make their mark in the jazz world. Holding a special place in the hearts of those who treasure the music of jazz vocals. With the exploding preponderance of especially female jazz vocalists, to stand out with a unique […]

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Kamasi Washington 2020 Tour Schedule Includes Buffalo March 1st

Kamasi Washington, the noted jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger will be embarking on a tour at the beginning of 2020. The tour has Washington visiting Buffalo on Sunday, March 1st for an appearance at Ashbury Hall in Babeville. Having toured recently with Herbie Hancock and recently appearing in Toronto, this marks a rare concert for […]

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Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, and Gary Bartz Record Landmark Album To Honor 100th Birthday Of Jazz Icon Charlie Parker

August 29, 2020, will mark the centennial of one of jazz’s most iconic figures, Charlie Parker. The global celebration of Charlie Parker begins with a historic alto saxophone summit bringing together three of modern jazz’s most acclaimed voices.  Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, and Gary Bartz, three of the most heralded alto sax jazz musicians in the last 40 […]

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The 2020 Grammy Nominations In Jazz Are Revealed

The 2020 62nd Grammy Nominations have been announced Wednesday, November 20th.  Including nominations in the Jazz Categories.  A wide-ranging array of jazz music was nominated in categories for improvised jazz solo, jazz vocals, jazz instrumentals, jazz large ensemble, and Latin Jazz.  Nominations are reflective of recordings released between Oct. 1, 2018, and Aug. 31, 2019. […]

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A Conversation With Bruce Eaton Regarding Art Of Jazz

When the closing of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery for its major expansion project was announced, many loyal fans of the gallery’s Art of Jazz series met with sadness the news that the series would go on hiatus for the projected 2 1/2 year construction period.  Having gained an appreciation for the presentation of such artists […]

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South African Jazz Pianist Nduduzo Makhathini Set To Make Debut With Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records, in perhaps its most significant signing in a few years, will introduce South African jazz pianist extraordinaire, Nduduzo Makhathini, to the global jazz community.  The visionary South African pianist and composer is set to release his Blue Note Records debut Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds in the spring of 2020.  By way […]

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On Firm Ground With The Third Incarnation of Jane Bunnett And Maqueque

Jane Bunnett’s enduring Maqueque project has been bringing a fresh new sound to jazz and Latin Jazz alike.  Garnering award-winning recognition along the way.  The ensemble released their third album this past September with new original songs and the introduction of new members of Maqueque.  What is evident is that their sound continues to evolve.  […]

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Elio Villafranca’s “Cinque” Continues To Make Waves In Jazz

Elio Villafranca, the Cuban-born jazz pianist, composer, and arranger continues to make reverberating waves in the jazz universe. Cinque, the sweeping themed album has put Villafranca in the unique category of composers who carry on the Ellingtonesque style of epic music movements. The album received a Grammy nomination in 2018. Since the nomination, Villafranca has […]

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