2020 NEA Jazz Masters Announced By The National Endowment For The Arts

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2020 recipients of the most prestigious award in jazz – recognized as an NEA Jazz Master. The newest NEA Jazz Masters to be inducted are Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell, Reggie Workman, and Dorthaan Kirk. Kirk also is receiving the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for […]

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NPR “Jazz Night In America” Interviews Saxophonist Joe Lovano

One of the most fascinating concerts of the recent season of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art of Jazz Series was that of Joe Lovano. Many may not know Lovano is a native of another city on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland. We all had the chance to see Lovano perform, hear him offer wisdom […]

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Kenny Burrell Facing Homelessness And Financial Hardship

There has been a recent stream of news regarding a statement from Kenny Burrell’s wife regarding recent financial hardship. The couple suffered from mismanaged medical claims and increasing medical bills. Although they have some recourse, it has left them in dire straits. A full statement is made here by Katherine Burrell on the Go Fund […]

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NPR Interviews Jazz Guitarist George Benson

Stephen Kallao of NPR interviews NEA Jazz Master and 10-times Grammy winner, George Benson. On NPR’s World Cafe, the conversation covers Benson’s latest album “Walking to New Orleans”, a tribute to two rock and roll legends – Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. Enjoy listening to this enlightening interview with the prominent jazz guitarist. George Benson […]

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Celebrate “April Is Jazz Appreciation Month” And Nat King Cole

In April of 2001, Jazz Appreciation Month was founded by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  The annual celebration shine a light on the heritage and contributions of jazz to American History. This year, Jazz Appreciation Month is focused on jazz beyond borders.  Recognizing how our truly American art form has been exported and […]

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JazzNotes Vol 2: Jazz In The News

Links to stories about jazz in the news featuring Dave Liebman, Nat King Cole, Bill Frisell, Charlie Parker, and the Diva Orchestra. For a New Live Recording, Dave Liebman Heads Back Out ‘On The Corner’ Dave Liebman’s legacy seemingly coalesced in an enthralling full-circle moment on Feb. 6, 2015, at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley. Along with […]

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Laila Biali, Robi Botos, and Andy Milne Win 2019 Juno Awards In Jazz Categories

The 2019 Juno Awards winners in the jazz categories were announced at the annual Juno Gala Awards presentation on Saturday, March 16, 2019.  Including the three-primary jazz categories.  Winners announced included Laila Biali, Robi Botos, and Andy Milne. Laila Biali took home the award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her self-titled album, Liali Biali.  […]

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Ira Gitler, Jazz Critic And Historian Passes At 90

The highly-regarded jazz critic and historian, Ira Gitler, died on Saturday at the age of 90. While his last years were spent in a nursing home, Ira Gitler devoted a lifetime to jazz advocacy. Championing the music and capturing jazz history as it unfolded. In 2017, Gitler was recognized as a recipient of the National […]

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JazzNotes: Jazz In The News

Stories about jazz in the news featuring Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Newport Jazz Festival. Verve and Impulse! Launch Vital Vinyl Jazz Reissue Series Paul Sexton – Verve and Impulse! Records have launched their new Vital Vinyl series with UMe, celebrating… Ella Fitzgerald’s Long-Undiscovered ‘Ella At The Shrine’ On Wide Release Paul Sexton – […]

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JazzTimes Announces 2018 Readers’ Poll Results

JazzTimes Magazine released the results of its 2018 Reader’s Poll. In this poll, JazzTimes readers pick their favorite artists, groups, festivals, venues, and more. Voting took place online and ballots were collected during the first week of January 2019. Readers weighed in with their votes in a number of individual, group, and other categories. Notable […]

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