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Jason Moran Wins DownBeat Critics Poll
Jason Moran scored a triple-crown victory in the 59th Annual DownBeat Critics Poll, winning honors for Jazz Artist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year and Pianist of the Year. More »

Joe Lovano (left), David Liebman and Ravi Coltrane


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NEA Jazz Masters Announced
The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the recipients of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Award. More »

Gary Burton, Danilo Pérez Spark Twin Cities’ Community-Wide Fest
How can you tell when you’ve got a festival with heart? You know, the kind that keeps people coming back, where a sense of community (even among visiting tourists) emerges spontaneously? More »

Sonny Rollins Honored by JJA
Sonny Rollins was named Musician of the Year and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year at the annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, presented on June 11 in New York. More »

Amy Winehouse’s Dad Releases Jazz Record
Mitch Winehouse, the 60-year-old father of pop singer Amy Winehouse, has released his first record, Rush Of Love… and it’s swing in the Sinatra tradition. More »

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Bill Evans, The Sesjun Radio Shows (Out Of The Blue/Naxos)
During the past few years, the archives of The Netherlands’ Sesjun Radio have been opened and DownBeat has been thrilled to review its …
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Ed Reed, Born To Be Blue
(Blue Shorts Records)

For those not familiar with the music of Ed Reed, he’s a jazz singer from California who made his “debut” in 2007 with Ed Reed Sings Love Stories
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The New Gary Burton Quartet, Common Ground
(Mack Avenue)
Things are happening in the world of the vibes with great young players like Stefon Harris, Jason Adasiewicz and Chris Dingman (and that's just …
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Frank Sinatra,
Ring-A-Ding Ding!

(Concord Records)

After achieving huge success with Capitol, Frank Sinatra founded his own label, and his initial recording for Reprise was Ring-A-Ding Ding!, …
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Erik Friedlander, Bonebridge (SkipStone Records)
For cellist Erik Friedlander, Bonebridge is a trip down memory lane. His father, Lee, was a photographer who took the family on assignment with him …
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Monty Alexander,
Harlem-Kingston Express: Live!
Musical marriages can be difficult. Monty Alexander, however, has the chops and the spirit needed to unite seemingly disparate genres. …
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By Aaron Cohen
Ernie Krivda,
Blues For Pekar
The irascible, outspoken and often hilarious Voice of Cleveland, Harvey Pekar, may be best known as the author of a long-running autobiographical narrative depicted in the comic …
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By Bobby Reed
Jake Shimabukuro,
Peace Love Ukulele

(Hitchhike Records)

The DownBeat Editors’ Picks column is a forum where we occasionally shine a spotlight on a “Beyond” artist whose music cannot be easily categorized. …
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By aaron cohen
David Kastin, Nica’s Dream
New York tabloids and vindictive gossip columnists had a field day in 1955 when Charlie Parker died in the residence of the Kathleen Annie Pannonica “Nica” de Koenigswarter, who became known as …
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Plug-in Play
Universal Audio has released the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in for the UAD-2 platform. The plug-in captures all eight reverb programs available in original 224 firmware version 4.4, including every tunable parameter …
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Boppin’ Beats
Gon Bops’ new line of Mariano series congas and bongos are constructed from sustainable …
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Pocket-sized Tuner
Meisel’s new MPT-70 Pocketuner is less than 2 inches in diameter and will tune any instrument. It’s fully chromatic and features a range from B0–B7. The tuner has a built-in stand and keychain, as well as a large display …
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Three’s Company
AER has expanded its Bottom Line series of electric bass combos with the Amp Three. Based on a 200-watt power amp, Amp Three employs a pair of 8-inch bass speakers. The smaller speakers enhance …
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Roll On Up
Ace Products has introduced the RocknRoller Multi-Cart, the working musician’s best friend. The innovative gear-transporter transforms into eight different …
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Motema Records

Detroit Jazz Festival


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Classic By Nat Hentoff // March 7, 1956
Pres: One Of Jazzdom’s Greats Reminisces, Evaluates And Chats
On a recent Saturday afternoon at his home in St. Albans, Long Island, Lester Young was alternately watching television and answering questions. Eight-year-old Lester Young Jr. had gone to the movies.
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