Herbie Hancock's International Jazz Day initiative will be celebrated in two all-star concerts on Monday.
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April 27, 2012 Herbie Hancock's International Jazz Day, veteran bassists profiled and ghost bands carry on.
Cover art detail from Jazz Samba, released 50 years ago today.
April 20, 2012 Five musicians named Doris Duke Artists, jazz as survival and Jazz Samba's 50th anniversary.
The contradictions between art and business are set into relief by the U.S. income tax code.
April 16, 2012 The contradictions between art and business are set into relief by the U.S. income tax code.
Musicians are rallying to raise funds for Dayna Stephens, a beloved saxophonist who suffers from a rare kidney disorder.
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April 13, 2012 Supporting a beloved saxophonist, plus a blogathon, a list of award nominations and a second chance.
Once the home of Washington, D.C.'s "Black Broadway" district, the Howard Theatre is reopening after decades of inactivity.
April 8, 2012 The Howard Theatre, the center of what was once dubbed "Black Broadway," hosted the likes of Duke Ellington and The Supremes for decades, before it was shuttered in the 1970s. This week, the legendary venue will finally reopen.
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Detail from the cover of BBNG2, the new mixtape from controversial Toronto trio BADBADNOTGOOD.
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April 6, 2012 BADBADNOTGOOD makes people angry, Jack DeJohnette is celebrated and a Bill Evans documentary.
Master drummer Billy Hart, 71, released a new album this week.
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March 30, 2012 Jabali Billy Hart releases a new album, Jazz Media Day and a firestorm about a pianist from 1997.
Piano player James Booker is considered a New Orleans legend.
March 30, 2012 An upcoming documentary highlights the life of the man many called New Orleans' best pianist in a hundred years.
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Herbie Hancock plays Kiev, Ukraine in 2010.
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March 23, 2012 Herbie announces International Jazz Day, jazz stars play late night and long-form documentaries.
Christian McBride hosted Soundcheck on public radio station WNYC this week. It isn't the first radio gig for the bassist.
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March 16, 2012 Christian McBride, radio host. Plus, a Portland blog, musicians' finances and too-complicated music.
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March 9, 2012 Clarinetist Don Byron on his New Gospel Quintet, plus Enrico Rava's return and trouble in Harlem.
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March 9, 2012 Byrd played bass for his more famous brother, the jazz star Charlie Byrd, for 40 years. He also supported legends like Teddy Wilson and Coleman Hawkins. Then, when he was 66, he decided to make his own records.
March 2, 2012 New Wes Montgomery discoveries, union protests in New York, and a "radio" roundup.
Shannon Powell performs with the Palm Court Jazz Band at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
February 25, 2012 From his porch in the Treme, the drummer can see where slaves congregated for Sunday drum circles, where Professor Longhair lived and where gospel choirs sing. No wonder he proudly steeps himself in his city's musical tradition.
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It was only a matter of time before someone connected Jeremy Lin to jazz.
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February 24, 2012 A stash of classic BBC performances, Teenie Harris photos and, inevitably, Jeremy Lin.
The contemporary composer Gyorgy Ligeti, pictured here circa 1975, was a jazz fan, it turns out.
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February 17, 2012 On the Grammys, the Swingle Sisters and a certain Hungarian composer's jazz appreciation.
Teaching has become a larger source of income in the last five years for jazz musicians who responded to a recent survey by the Future of Music Coalition.
February 16, 2012 The Future of Music Coalition has released some interesting data about jazz musicians' revenues.
The Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel, a top cabaret and jazz club in Manhattan, has closed.
February 10, 2012 Rudy Van Gelder, Streets the Clown and the closing of a cabaret club.
Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition winner Kris Bowers, a pianist, was one of the first musicians to appear on Piano Jazz Rising Stars.
February 10, 2012 NPR Music will archive the 13-part public radio series, featuring performances and conversations with today's top young musicians. The program is based on the model of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, which is no longer producing new episodes.
The logo for the Center City Jazz Festival — provided it launches.
February 3, 2012 A new crowdfunded festival in Philadelphia, plus Jamal, James and Junebug.
February 2, 2012 "Black Gold," a song about "African American heritage before slavery," premiered on BET last night.
A lot of words have been exchanged about Los Angeles jazz club proprietors lately.
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January 27, 2012 On L.A.'s club scene, Harlem's young musicial residents and the latest BAM discussions.
Tom Harrell, backstage at the Village Vanguard.
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January 20, 2012 On the trumpeter Tom Harrell, plus Jazz Heaven and Are You Listening? (the websites).
Etta James rehearses a song before recording at Fame Studios circa 1967 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
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January 20, 2012 The "Matriarch of the Blues" had grit in her voice that could melt like sugar or rub like salt in a wound. The great vocalist, whose turbulent life broke through in her affecting delivery, has died at age 73.
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Oscar Noriega performs at Kenny's Castaways during Winter Jazzfest 2012.
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January 7, 2012 Night one of the the absurdly overloaded hang featured lots of strings and rock, sometimes at once.
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