“Universe” Documents Landmark Compositions By Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, And Wallace Roney

In 1966 a landmark suite of orchestral jazz was written for Miles Davis and set to be recorded by The Miles Davis Quintet. That moment would never happen. The quintet broke up and the compositions were lost for 50 years…until they were finally recovered by Miles’ only protégé, Wallace Roney–the one man Miles would trust […]

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12 Global Jazz Live Streams To Watch This Weekend (June 18 – June 22)

While in different parts of the world, live jazz is beginning to happen in physically and socially distanced environments, the majority of jazz is being performed via live streams. In fact, more are appearing. Fabulous and unique live streams as well. For the full listing of jazz live streams happening this weekend as well as […]

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Sean Jones Speaks On Preserving The National Legacy Of Jazz During COVID-19

“Every time you lose a legend, you lose a library.” The jazz world has been hit especially hard by the global coronavirus pandemic. We have lost jazz heroes and jazz legends. Such as Wallace Roney and Lee Konitz amongst the dozen of losses. Sean Jones, the Grammy award-winning trumpeter and composer, in this moving 5-minute […]

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Sonny Rollins Talks Pandemic, Protest, And Jazz In Interview With The New Yorker

(Photo Credit: Christopher Anderson / Magnum) “The main thing is do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” the saxophonist Sonny Rollins says. “Sure, everybody knows it, but nobody lives by it.” At the age of eighty-nine, the legendary Sonny Rollins still packs a punch with insightful commentary. Rollins has lived through […]

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12 Global Jazz Live Stream To Watch This Weekend (June 11 – June 15)

The Jazz Live Stream movement continues to expand. Some are taking what they have learned and charting new directions. We also welcome new additions, such as the Village Vanguard, to the growing list of live streams available. The jazz live streams have been a silver lining for many jazz fans. They have provided the opportunity […]

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How The NYC Police Used The Cabaret Card To Keep Jazz Musicians Of Color From Performing

The NPR program, Jazz Night in America, recently produced an excellent 9-minute video, narrated by jazz artist Christian McBride, that provides an exposé on the infamous use of the cabaret card. The cabaret card was issued by the New York City Police Department from 1940 to 1967. The cabaret law was a requirement that all […]

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Village Vanguard To Stage Comeback With First-Ever Live Streaming

On February 22, 2020, the Village Vanguard, the world’s oldest continuously operated jazz club, celebrated its 85th year in the basement at 178 7th Avenue South in New York City. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York City severely. Causing the venerable club to have to shut it doors on March 16th. Forcing the club […]

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Jazz In Film – Mondays And Thursdays In June On TCM

by Roger Fristoe – TCM Both jazz and the movies emerged as American art forms at the end of the 19th Century and flowered in the 1920s. Not for nothing was that era called The Jazz Age! Once sound appeared in movies, the two forms melded; noted by the first major “talkie,” The Jazz Singer. Since […]

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10 Plus Global Jazz Live Stream To Watch This Weekend (June 4 – June 8)

Despite the prospects of opening in various parts of the country, the live streaming of jazz continues as the primary means of seeing and hearing live jazz. We are getting consistent streaming now from clubs such as Blue Note and Dizzy’s Club as well as newcomers as well. For the full listing of jazz live […]

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12 Plus Global Jazz Live Stream To Watch This Weekend (May 28 – June 1)

The prospect of reopening is something to be positive about. Yet, we still face the reality that returning to houses packed with jazz audiences for jazz concerts is a long way off. The silver lining is we continue to see, however slight, improvements in live streams. More exceptional jazz is appearing online. This week, Smalls […]

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