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  • Jazz Foundation of America’s Loft Party to Feature All-Star Lineup October 11, 2017
    The Jazz Foundation of America will present “A Night of Soul,” its annual Loft Party at Hudson Studios in New York City on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. In keeping with the “Soul” theme, the lineup includes Gladys Knight, Nona Hendryx, Soul Banned (featuring Ray Parker Jr., Ronald Bell, Mix Master Mike, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, […]
  • Tyshawn Sorey Named MacArthur Fellow October 11, 2017
    The MacArthur Foundation has announced 24 new MacArthur “Fellows” for 2017, including the musician and composer Tyshawn Sorey. On its website, the foundation praises the “genius grant” recipient, 37, for “assimilating and transforming ideas from a broad spectrum of traditional and experimental idioms into musical creations that celebrate alternative musical modeling within the improvisation-composition continuum.” […]
  • Drummer and Singer Grady Tate Dies October 10, 2017
    “No one ever made the beat sing and the melody swing with any more poetry and power than Grady Tate. Our music never had a better friend, and neither did I.” – Todd Barkan, jazz record producer The drummer and vocalist Grady Tate, a veteran of hundreds of jazz recording sessions, died on Oct. 8, […]
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  • Pittsfield CityJazz Festival to Celebrate Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th Birthday September 30, 2017
    The 13th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival will be held Oct. 6-15 and includes a centennial tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, as well as performances by the vocalist Samirah Evans with saxophonist and fellow New Orleans native Charles Neville. The event is produced by Berkshires Jazz, which earlier this year saluted three other jazz figures who were […]
  • Exhibit of Herman Leonard Photographs Opening in Los Angeles September 26, 2017
    On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the exhibit “Herman Leonard: Pillars of Jazz” will open at the 1st Street Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles. The exhibit, which will run through the end of the year, will feature over 40 of Leonard’s iconic images of jazz musicians – including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, […]
  • First Russian Jazz Conference Planned for November in St. Petersburg September 25, 2017
    The Ministry for Culture of Russia, the VI St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum and the Igor Butman Music Group are working together to present the first Russian jazz conference – Jazz Across Borders (JAB) – to be held November 17-18, 2017 at the State Academic Chapel in St. Petersburg. Jazz Across Borders will be held […]
  • October Revolution Festival to Debut in Philadelphia September 21, 2017
    The arts and music presenter Ars Nova Workshop, in partnership with FringeArts, has announced the finalized lineup for the October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music to be held in Philadelphia, Pa. on October 5-8, 2017. Among the artists slated to appear are: Anthony Braxton; Sun Ra Arkestra; Art Ensemble of Chicago; Tim Berne’s Snakeoil; […]
  • Diana Krall Announces 2018 North American Tour Dates September 20, 2017
    In support of her recently released Turn Up the Quiet album for Verve, pianist and singer Diana Krall will be adding another leg to her tour of North America.  The tour includes 19 dates, starting with a performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on January 30 and ending at the Capitol Theatre in Port […]
  • Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival Returns to Boston on Sept. 30 September 19, 2017
    The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival returns to the streets of Boston on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  The free festival, which is curated by drummer, producer and Berklee faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington, takes place from noon to 6 pm on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston’s historic South End neighborhood.  Headliners […]
  • Quincy Jones Announces Plans to Create Streaming Video Platform for Jazz & Beyond September 14, 2017
    Producer Quincy Jones, in partnership with TV producer Reza Ackbaraly from France, has announced plans to launch a new subscription video-on-demand platform called Qwest TV – which will present interviews, concerts and documentaries to be viewed online via tablets, computers, smartphones and perhaps television.  The press release describes the musical focus as jazz and beyond […]
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