Helen Merrill – A Restless Musical Soul

I had a dream that the jazz gods, for reasons unknown, looked upon me with disfavor (perhaps they read and disliked my jazz articles). A trial was held and I was found guilty. In sentencing me, the “judge” (Milt Hinton), issued an edict that henceforth I am banned from listening to all jazz recordings or […]

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Pasquale Grasso To Release “Be-Bop!” Prior to Buffalo Concerts With Samara Joy On June 23 and June 24

Guitar Virtuoso Pasquale Grasso Pays Tribute to Bird and Diz on Be-Bop!Available June 17 on Sony Music Masterworks | Pre-Order Now Following the extraordinary success of guitar virtuoso Pasquale Grasso’s digital showcase series, which launched in 2019 and includes Solo Standards, Solo Ballads, Solo Holiday, and tributes to jazz royalty Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Sony Music Masterworks is set […]

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2022 Jazz Awards Announced by Jazz Journalists Association in Performance, Writing, and Publishing

The 27th annual poll of jazz journalists honors jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan for lifetime achievement. The Jazz Journalists Association considered close to 300 jazz musicians, journalists, media makers, recordings, books, documentaries, podcasts, and photographs that were nominated for the 2022 Jazz Awards. In an announcement on May 3rd, the association revealed the winners as voted on […]

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Jazz Legend, Herbie Hancock, to be Awarded, George Peabody Medal

Jazz legend, Herbie Hancock, a 14-time Grammy-winner, and advocate for using culture and the arts to advance peace will receive the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America.   The George Peabody Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the Peabody Institute and has been presented annually since 1980. “It is a true […]

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Ethan Iverson Interview: A Jazz Journey from the Bad Plus to Blue Note

(On April 8th, as part of the Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic Series, Buffalo gets a special visit from two masterful jazz artists. Ethan Iverson and Tom Harrell. In this exclusive JazzBuffalo article, series producer Bruce Eaton interviews Ethan Iverson ahead of his upcoming concert.) BE: It was many years and millions of miles […]

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Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Eliane Elias, Esperanza Spalding, and Ron Carter Win In 64th GRAMMY® Awards Jazz Categories

The 64th GRAMMY® Awards announced the 2022 winners in the Jazz categories.  The winners were announced prior to the televised event scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd. Nominations were announced in November 2021 and winners were revealed today. Here are the winners in each of the Jazz and Instrumental categories followed by songs/videos: 1 – From […]

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Celebrate “April Is Jazz Appreciation Month” With Special Concerts

In April of 2001, Jazz Appreciation Month was founded by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  The annual celebration shines a light on the heritage and contributions of jazz to American History. This year, Jazz Appreciation Month will explore the cross-pollination of Afro-Caribbean music and jazz leading into the formation of Latin jazz. Since […]

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Campbell Brothers Find Meaning in the Music of Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’

Campbell Brothers

Authored By Jeff Spevak, WXXI News Tradition isn’t built overnight. It took a few decades for Rochester’s Campbell Brothers to learn the tradition of the sacred-steel sound, which dates back to the 1930s and House of God services. Soaring, crying guitar strings, mimicking the human voice, and an insistent groove accompanying the words of the Black […]

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Jazz Night In America Produce Stirring Tribute To Jazz Legends We Lost In 2021

In the past year, the effect of Covid-19, natural causes, aging, and health-related issues all contributed to the worldwide jazz community experiencing the loss of over 50 departed legends. In the JazzBuffalo community, 2021 saw the loss of three jazz icons with roots in Buffalo. NEA jazz master Dr. Lonnie Smith, legendary bassist Arthur “Juini” […]

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Buffalo Musicians Create A Musical Christmas Tribute To Tony Bennett

The recent concert featuring Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga that aired recently on CBS evoked an avalanche of emotions. It was heralded as the final concert performance Tony Bennett would ever give. Afflicted by advancing Alzheimer’s disease and aging into his late 90s, his performance that evening was a remarkable moment in music history. Tony […]

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