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Jazz In Town: Remembering With Jazz

Memorial Day is upon us and it is a time to remember all those who sacrificed their lives in service to our country.  It is also a time to remember many family and friends who brought joy into our lives.   Whether somber or festive, jazz is a part of the Memorial Day remembrances and celebrations. […]

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10 Albums Released In 1959 That Changed Jazz Forever

The year 1959 began with news that shook the world. On January 2, 1959, the Soviet Union rocketed the Lunik 1 space capsule into the sky. Awakening a new conscious in the world that included dual aspects of the promise of space travel and an increase threat from the Cold War. The year 1959 also […]

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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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Jazz In Town: First Signs of Summer Jazz Season Emerge

Although the weather and temperatures have not reflected such, the first signs of the summer jazz season are beginning to emerge.  A new summer series is announced and the return of jazz to a popular downtown rooftop patio returns this year.  Plus, the second half of this year will see more international jazz stars stop […]

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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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Jazz In Town: A Jazzy Mother’s Day Weekend

This weekend we take time to honor all the Moms who have made this a better world.  And, there is plenty of jazz to help Moms celebrate their special day.  Including an opportunity to take a drive over to Niagara-on-the-Lake to see two international jazz stars from Cuba. Featured Events From Chicago, the hard-swinging sax […]

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On This Day In Jazz: Horace Silver “Silver’s Serenade” Released In 1963

On this day in 1963, the great modal-style jazz pianist, Horace Silver, released a signature song for the ages. “Silver’s Serenade” was released on Blue Note Records and is forever identified as a Horace Silver anthem song. The song featured Horace Silver – Piano, Blue Mitchell – Trumpet, Junior Cook – Tenor Sax, Gene Taylor […]

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Nietzsche’s Fourth-Annual JazzFest Returns May 8-12.

Nietzsche’s JazzFest began modestly four years ago. Now the festival has grown into a grassroots 5-day jazz festival at the local Allen-street live music dive. The festival emphasizes local, original jazz music, being created right here in Buffalo, NY. Offering jazz in the unpretentious setting of Nietzsche’s with an affordable cover charge. The lineup for […]

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