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Chicago Jazz Festival Announces Full Lineup
The 33rd annual Chicago Jazz Festival has announced the complete schedule for its Sept. 1–4 event. Headliners include Roy Hargrove, Cassandra Wilson and a saxophone summit featuring Joe Lovano, David Liebman and Ravi Coltrane. Trumpeter Orbert Davis will be this year’s artist in residence. More »

Joe Lovano (left), David Liebman and Ravi Coltrane


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Jazz Journalists Association Hosts Nationwide Awards Webcast
The Jazz Journalists Association will present its
15th annual awards gala as a live-streamed video on June 11.
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New Documentary Chronicles,
Celebrates Gospel

The documentary Rejoice And Shout distills 200 years of gospel history and 10,000 hours of vintage performance footage into a 115-minute film. More »

Dave Grusin Goes App
Composer Dave Grusin has released his recent An Evening With Dave Grusin (Heads Up) as a CD, Blu-ray disc and iPad app. More »

New Orleans Interview Archive
Goes Online

The Association For Cultural Equity (ACE) has made available a series of interviews that Alan Lomax conducted in 1949 with elders of New Orleans jazz and Creole music. More »


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1 By Bobby Reed
Eliane Elias, Light My Fire (Concord Picante)
June has arrived. That means it’s time to find a “summer album”—a disc that will go into heavy rotation for road trips, beach walks and other outdoor festivities. The latest release from …
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Béla Fleck & The Flecktones,
Rocket Science

(eOne Music)

Béla’s got the band back together again, and it’s kicking. The buzz for Rocket Science, has been that for the first time in 20 years the original Flecktones would be reunited.
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Freddie Hubbard,
Pinnacle: Live & Unreleased From Keystone Corner
(Resonance Records)
About a year ago, George Klabin, the head of Resonance Records, said he was going to expand the label a bit and start producing interesting reissues to go with his his strong lineup …
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Sean Jones,
No Need For Words

(Mack Avenue)
Sean Jones is a burner. He plays with the power and swagger that so many of the great trumpet heroes have mastered. Here on No Need For Words, …
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By Bobby Reed
Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…, Season 1 & 2
(Video Services Corp./MVD Entertainment Group)
The recipe for an insightful TV interview includes an inquisitive host and an environment that’s conducive to revelatory dialogue.
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By Aaron Cohen
Adam Cruz, Milestone
(Sunnyside Records)

During the past few years, Danilo Pérez’s trio has been a great showcase for drummer Adam Cruz, particularly when he challenges the pianist’s shifting rhythms.
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By Aaron Cohen
Booker T. Jones,
The Road From Memphis

One of the defining sounds of Southern r&b during the 1960s was Booker T. Jones’ organ—probably as much as any of that region’s celebrated vocalists.
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By Bobby Reed
Ella Fitzgerald,
’S Wonderful: Ella In Japan

(Hip-O Select)

Young singers on TV competitions like “American Idol” or “The Voice” could learn a lot by studying the oeuvre of the great Ella Fitzgerald, whose vocal mastery was a rare combination …
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By aaron cohen
Sorry Bamba,
Volume One, 1970–1979

(Thrill Jockey Records)
In 1970s Mali, singer/bandleader/flutist Sorry Bamba was the point man for a new national music. Coming from the culturally rich city of Mopti, Bamba directed the Kanaga Orchestra …
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By aaron cohen
Treme: The Complete
First Season

(HBO Home Video)
Treme became a landmark when it first aired on HBO in 2009, partially for its funny, heartbreaking and sometimes infuriating depiction of jazz musicians …
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Zildjian Rarities
Collectible and prototype cymbals from the Zildjian vault and sound lab are now available for a limited time at dealer locations worldwide.
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Trumpet Tone
Studio 259 Productions has published Vincent Cichowicz: Long Tone Studies, compiled by Mark Dulin and Michael Cichowicz. A legendary educator and famous classical trumpet performer, Cichowicz …
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Strong Stretchers
Levy’s Leathers has launched the Stretch Strap with printed designs. The rubber and polyester webbing of the 2½-inch guitar straps was developed by …
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Lady In Red
Focusrite has introduced the Scarlett 8i6, an eight-input, six-output USB 2.0 audio interface.
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Vibrant Stands
Ace Products has introduced Strukture music stands. They’re made from heavy-duty aluminum but are designed to be lightweight. Available in seven colors and featuring …
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Motema Records


University of the Pacific




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Classic By Dan Morgenstern // June 22, 1972
Perceptive Person:
An Interview with
Tenor Saxophonist Houston Person
Quiet as it’s kept, Houston Person is among the most steadily employed players on the jazz scene. “We haven’t been off for the last three years,” he says, without a trace of smugness.
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