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From left: Don Byron, Jerry Dodgion and Nicholas Payton
(Photo: Richard Conde)

Jazz Foundation of America Hosts ‘A Great Night in Harlem’
Jazz, blues and pop royalty assembled at the Apollo Theater on May 17 for the Jazz Foundation of America’s 12th annual “A Great Night in Harlem” gala. Produced by Hal Willner, the three-hour show, featuring the Steven Bernstein-conducted Kansas City Band as the event’s house band, was packed with surprises by artists of all ages.
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Pianist Mulgrew Miller Dies at 57
Pianist Mulgrew Miller, a major figure of the post-bop era and dedicated jazz educator, died on May 29 in Allentown, Pa., from a stroke. He was 57. …
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Jazz Titans Lead International Jazz Day Celebration
Herbie Hancock, sitting in the middle of a distinguished panel that included Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper, Al Jarreau, Terence Blanchard, T.S. Monk, …
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Blue Note Records and ArtistShare Form Partnership To Showcase New Talent
Two well-known labels, Blue Note Records and ArtistShare, have formed a partnership with a focus on releasing albums by new jazz talent. …
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Janelle Monáe Soars with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
On Janelle Monáe’s 2010 disc, The ArchAndroid, the singer casts herself within a futuristic story line that brought her back from the year 2719. …
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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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1BY BOBBY REED
David Arnay, 8 (Studio N)
Pianist David Arnay should get plenty of sleep. Apparently his dreams are a goldmine of compositional ideas. Arnay’s new album includes two songs that came to him when he was dreaming: “Old Man Says” (recorded by a quintet) and the appropriately titled “Dream Groove” (recorded by an octet). …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective,
Oye!!! Live In Puerto Rico
(Miel Music)
On Oye!!! Live In Puerto Rico, the great Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective perform a homecoming concert at El Taller Cé, a short-lived performance venue in San Juan, Puerto Rico—Zenón’s birthplace. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Frank Rosaly,
Cicada Music
(Delmark)
Drummer Frank Rosaly has been a key player in Chicago’s thriving jazz scene for the past dozen years—alongside flutist Nicole Mitchell, saxophonist Dave Rempis, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and others—but this stellar disc marks his debut as a bandleader. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Oscar Pettiford,
Lost Tapes: Germany 1958/1959
(Jazzhaus)
One can never have enough Oscar Pettiford. As a bassist and cellist, he wielded a heavy tone that made him an important part of Duke Ellington’s orchestra for three years in the 1940s. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Cécile McLorin Salvant, WomanChild (Mack Avenue)
Cécile McLorin Salvant’s second CD, WomanChild, is illustrated with two types of photos of the supremely gifted vocalist. In the center of the CD booklet is a formal, black-and-white portrait of her with floral-shaped jewelry in her hair—a classic look that points …
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BY HILARY BROWN
Will Calhoun,
Life In This World
(Motéma)
When it comes to musical boundaries, drummer Will Calhoun has very few. On Life In This World, the beat-keeping vertebrae of rock group Living Colour barrels into the realm of hard-bop, teeters on the cusp of prog-rock …
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BY AARON COHEN
David Murray
Infinity Quartet,
Be My Monster Love
(Motéma)
Saxophonist David Murray has made a welcome return to active duty during the past few years. In 2011 he led a Cuban-styled group to interpret the work of a vocal legend (David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole En Español). …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Bill Frisell, Big Sur (OKeh)
Throughout his career, Bill Frisell has captured moments, places and themes as one of the most personal and profound storytellers to ever play guitar. On 1992’s Have A Little Faith, he presented a sweeping masterpiece of American music from Aaron Copland to Bob Dylan to John Hiatt. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Al Di Meola,
All Your Life
(Valiana)
Over the past half-century, countless guitarists have recorded their interpretations of Lennon & McCartney compositions, starting at least as far back as March 1966, when Chet Atkins released Picks On The Beatles. …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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Sax Synergy
Conn-Selmer and Selmer Paris have collaborated to produce model 32 and model 42 (pictured) saxophones. Model 32 combines the affordability of …
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Pitch Perfect
Korg’s Headtune is an easy-to-use clip-on tuner that’s shaped like the headstock of an acoustic guitar (pictured), electric guitar, bass or ukulele, depending on the model. …
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Small Schertler
Schertler has added the Giulia to its Classic series of acoustic guitar amplifiers. Ideal for small venues and home studios, the single-channel 50-watt …
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A Full 360
Aviom’s A360 personal mixer features an advanced 36-channel mix engine that can be used to mix up to 17 mono or stereo channels plus …
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Iron Clad
Tama’s Iron Cobra line has expanded with the introduction of the single-pedal HP600D (pictured) and twin-pedal HP600DTW. …
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Classic by Harvey Siders // October 29, 1970
Chicago: Jazz-Rock Pioneers
Add Chicago to Los Angeles and what do you get—a population explosion? Hardly. Just seven more long-haired, rock-bound, jazz-oriented, folk-influenced, country-tinged musical chameleons.

The group known as Chicago is now Los Angeles-based, although they’re anything but “stay-at-homes.” Despite the fact that five of the seven are married, the group is on the road 99 percent of the time.
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