August 13, 2009 Reading about the Barbra Streisand's forthcoming date at the Village Vanguard takes me back to my friend's final word on his admiration for her: a vocalist doesn't have to be a jazz singer to have an influence on jazz musicians.
August 6, 2009 by Felix Contreras
The economy. Health care proposals. Foreign policy. We can read more about all that in other parts of this Web site. So why here on our jazz blog?
Let's just focus on the economy for now.
Drummer Winard Harper. (Richard Ga...
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July 25, 2009 Much of today's best Latin jazz embraces old traditions to create something new. NPR Producer Felix Contreras spotlights five female singers whose sounds borrow equally from Latin music and jazz.
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July 23, 2009 The state of Massachusetts has just made jazz travel much easier. Felix Contreras had an e-mail chat with Michael Quinlin, director of a new Web site and tourism initiative called MassJazz.
July 21, 2009 by Felix Contreras
The (500) Days of Sotomayor (haha) will commence with an Afro-Latin jazz soundtrack. Photo Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
The big news coming over the jazz mojo wire today is of pianist/composer/bandleader Arturo O'Farrill ...
July 17, 2009 by Felix Contreras
Last week we, the Blog Supreme team, sat down with four young jazz musicians from Ecuador here at A Blog Supreme world headquarters.
The quartet was part of a U.S. State Department cultural exchange between the U.S. and Ecuado...
July 9, 2009 by Felix Contreras
Too often these days we find ourselves receiving e-mail newsletters, listservs or forwards we don't actually want. The other day I almost deleted an e-mail from the Darmstadt Jazz News without looking at it.
I'm glad I didn't....
July 2, 2009 Not necessarily the kind of free jazz which Lars likes. I'm talking about jazz concerts that are free of charge.
June 25, 2009 Thelonious Monk and the Baroness Nica de Koenigswarter — who he named the tune "Pannonica" after. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Abrams Image/Harry N. Abrams
June 18, 2009 This week, the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival here in Washington, D.C. presented a lifetime achievement award to New Orleans pianist Ellis Marsalis. The festival organizers put on a special concert featuring Ellis p
June 16, 2009 Michelle Obama kicked off a series of musical workshops Monday at the White House. Middle and high school students from across the country fanned out inside the White House for lectures and performance tips from professional jazz musicians.
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June 15, 2009 The history of jazz in the White House got its start right in the room I stood in just hours ago. In 1962, the Paul Winter Sextet performed in the East Room at the invitation
June 4, 2009 Actor David Carradine was found dead Thursday in a Bangkok, Thailand, hotel room. The actor was best known for his leading role in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. Carradine was in Thailand shooting a movie, one of well over a 100 filmed during a long, eclectic career.
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June 4, 2009 While jazz is mostly a listening experience, it can also be fun to watch. Just ask the folks who put together the Jazz Icons video series.
May 28, 2009 One of my favorite sources for information about Latin Jazz is the Yahoo! Latin Jazz listserv.
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