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Montreal Jazz Fest To Offer Heavy Hitters, Concept Concerts
Producers of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal are celebrating the festival’s 33rd year with a diverse program that runs June 28—July 7. The festival will continue its tradition of presenting classic jazz artists and unique artist configurations.
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Paul Simon Plays Alpha Dog with
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

From its inception, Jazz at Lincoln Center has been both a stellar showcase for exemplary jazz as well as an albatross of financial burdens …
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Byron, Frisell and Iyer Among
Doris Duke Honorees

Clarinetist Don Byron, guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer John Hollenbeck, pianist Vijay Iyer, flutist Nicole Mitchell and vocalist/composer Meredith Monk are among 21 performers named Doris Duke Artists …
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Krall, Haynes and Spalding in
Rochester Lineup

Pianist Diana Krall, drummer Roy Haynes and bassist Esperanza Spalding are among the more than 1,000 musicians who will perform at this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, taking place June 22–30.
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John Conyers: The Congressman of Jazz
John Conyers Jr. has been a member of the United States House of Representative since 1965, with a long list of accomplishments to his name.
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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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1 BY BOBBY REED
Omer Avital,
Suite Of The East
(Anzic)
There are no vocals on bassist Omer Avital’s Suite Of The East, but if you listen closely, you can occasionally hear a member of his quintet make an exclamation of encouragement—or perhaps joy. That’s the sound of musicians having fun. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Clare Fischer Orchestra,
Extension
(International Phonograph)
Composer/bandleader Clare Fischer, who died in January at 83, always had a wide musical palette that took him seemingly everywhere. With his classical training, big band expertise and affinity for Latin rhythms, his career featured collaborations with a diverse array of stellar artists: from Dizzy Gillespie and Cal Tjader to Paul McCartney and Prince. …
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BY BOBBY REED
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Twenty Dozen
(Savoy Jazz)
In light of the recent International Jazz Day festivities in New Orleans, and with the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival currently under way in the birthplace of jazz, this edition of the Editors’ Picks has a Crescent City motif. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Joan Osborne,
Bring It On Home

(Saguaro Road Records)
Singer Joan Osborne is a musician’s musician. The versatile vocalist has collaborated with the Chieftans, the Holmes Brothers, members of the Grateful Dead and the Funk Brothers (Motown’s legendary session players). …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Darius Jones Quartet, Book Of Mæ’bul (Another Kind Of Sunrise) (AUM Fidelity)
Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind Of Sunrise) is the incredibly thoughtful, powerful conclusion to a trilogy of recordings by Darius Jones. That’s the easy way to describe it, but I’m sure not exactly accurate in the composer/alto saxophonist’s grand vision. So let’s elaborate. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Stephane Wrembel, Origins
(Water Is Life Records)

Guitarist Stephane Wrembel has a fascinating background. He was born in Paris, spent formative years in a musical apprenticeship in Fontainebleau, graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music and has been steadily gigging in New York since 2003. …
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BY HILARY BROWN
Various Artists, Treme: Music From The HBO Original Series, Season 2 (Rounder)
Even tenderfeet viewers of Treme—the compelling HBO series set in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina—can get a sense of the Crescent City gestalt from this new soundtrack. Treme: Music From The HBO Original Series, Season 2 is more than merely a pocket guide to New Orleans music. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Marcus Printup,
Homage
(SteepleChase)
Trumpeter Marcus Printup’s tribute to his instrument’s legendary players and composers stands in danger of being overlooked: Even a casual jazz fan would notice that legacy recordings have been released at a constant pace for decades. But it would be a real shame if his Homage were slighted for that, or for any other reason. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Bobby Broom,
Upper West Side Story
(Origin Records)
Guitarist Bobby Broom is one of Chicago’s true musical treasures. He’s lived in the Windy City since the early ’90s, and his influence is felt throughout the Chicago music community. Some may have caught him playing with Sonny Rollins over the years, which is a treat. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Ben Sandmel, Ernie K-Doe:
The R&B Emperor Of New Orleans

(The Historic New Orleans Collection)
New Orleans r&b legend Ernie K-Doe could never be accused of modesty. In one of his many statements of purpose, the singer declared, “You know what the ‘K’ stands for? The king of kings of kings of KINGS!” A bit messianic, perhaps, but during his lifetime, Ernest Kador Jr. created a persona that made such a claim at least worth considering. …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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Steel Core
D’Addario has released the Kaplan Orchestral Double Bass Set. Scaled to fit 3/4-size basses, these medium-tension strings feature a stranded steel core and are optimized for a majority of players. …
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Big Band Sound
RS Berkeley and Drake Mouthpieces have introduced the Benny Carter Legends series alto saxophone mouthpiece. …
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Jingle All the Way
Vater has unveiled its Stickmate Jingle and Shaker models. The Stickmate slides onto a stick, brush or mallet to provide added sound effects while playing. …
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The Voice
The Vocal Performer from Boss is a compact, mobile personal effects processor and looper for singers, rappers, beatboxers and webcasters. …
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Pedal In Place
Pedal Stop keeps your keyboard’s sustain pedal in place during practice, recording or performance. Made of high-grade steel, the adjustable device …
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Motema Records

Savoy

Montreal

ECM

Telluride

Love Productions

DC Jazz Festival

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JFA

American Jazz Museum

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Classic by Nat Hentoff // November 17, 1966
Albert Ayler—The Truth Is Marching In
In a restaurant-bar in Greenwich Village, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was ruminating on the disparity between renown and income. In his case, anyway. Covers of his albums are prominent in the windows of more and more jazz record stores; references to him are increasingly frequent in jazz magazines, here and abroad; a growing number of players are trying to sound like him.
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