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    Geri Allen (1957–2017)

    Pianist Geri Allen Dies at 60

    Geri Allen, a pianist, composer and educator with boundless technical facility and a far-reaching vision of jazz, died…

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    Wadada Leo Smith topped three categories in the DownBeat Critics Poll: Trumpet, Jazz Artist and Jazz Album (for America’s National Parks).
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    Vocalist Bobby Carcassés, percussionist Yaroldy Abreu and bassist Esperanza Spalding perform Spalding’s composition “I Adore You” in Havana on April 30. The BET network will broadcast the concert Sunday (June 18) at 2 p.m. EST.
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    Herbie Hancock will teach his first ever online class exclusively with MasterClass.
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    The 2018 class of NEA Jazz Masters includes Dianne Reeves, Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen and Pat Metheny.
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    Matt Wilson's new album Honey And Salt will be released August 25 on Palmetto Records.
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    Charles Lloyd will release his new album, Passin' Thru, on Blue Note Records July 14.
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    Gary Clark Jr. will close out the Chicago Blues Fest on June 11.
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    Summer Jazz: Latin Jam Session

    Summer his here and the heat is rising. Here’s a playlist of recent Latin-jazz releases to help you release some steam.…

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    Wadada Leo Smith was named Musician of the Year in the 2017 Jazz Journalism Awards.
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    Ambrose Akinmusire will release A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note) on June 9.
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    Dan Tepfer (left) and Aaron Diehl perform at the Greenwich House Music School in New York on April 27.
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    Trumpeter Sean Jones’ new album, Live From Jazz At The Bistro, will be released May 26.
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    Louis Hayes during the Serenade For Horace recording session in 2016.
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    Dr. Lonnie Smith will headline the 17th CUNY Jazz Festival, which runs May 4–5.
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    Herbie Hancock performs at the International Jazz Day “All-Star Global Concert” in Havana, Cuba, on April 30.
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    Herbie Hancock (left) and Igor Butman shake hands after their performance during the International Jazz Day 2015 Global Concert at UNESCO on April 30, 2015, in Paris, France.
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    Wayne Shorter performs during the April 19 press conference, at which headliners for the 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival were announced.
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    Tomeka Reid has been named a "Jazz Hero" by the Jazz Journalists Association.
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    Regina Carter will release Ella: Accentuate The Positive, a tribute to vocal legend Ella Fitzgerald, on April 21.
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    Orrin Evans is among the headliners scheduled to perform at the Philadelphia Jazz Festival, which runs April 23–30.
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    Joss Stone will appear as a headliner at the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, which runs from June 23—July 1.
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    Dee Alexander performs at the Women In Jazz Leadership Initiative concert in Chicago on March 10. (Photo: Lauren Deutsch)
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    Taj Mahal (left) and Keb' Mo' will release a duo album, TajMo, on Concord Records on May 5.
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    Wayne Shorter performs during the April 19 press conference, at which headliners for the 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival were announced.
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    James Cotton (1935–2017)

    James Cotton Dies at 81

    Blues harmonica master James Cotton died on March 16 of pneumonia at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He…

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    Tommy LiPuma (1936–2017)

    In Memoriam: Tommy LiPuma

    Tommy LiPuma, legendary record executive and producer, died March 13 in New York after a brief illness. He was 80 years…

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    George Clinton will perform at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, which takes place Aug. 11–13.
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    Diana Krall has recorded a new rendition of “Blue Skies” for her forthcoming album, Turn Up The Quiet, which will be released on May 5.
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    Gary Burton and Makato Ozone. Burton has announced that his current U.S. tour will be his last.
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    Misha Mengelberg (1935–2017)

    Misha Mengelberg Dies at 81

    Pianist Misha Mengelberg, a towering figure in the world of free-jazz, died in Amsterdam on March 3. He was 81.

    Early…

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    Linda May Han Oh will release Walk Against Wind on Biophilia Records on April 14.
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    Pat Metheny will appear at the Kennedy Center as part of the DC JazzFest on June 12.
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    Dr. John
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    Louis Armstrong
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    Jimmy Greene will release Flowers—Beautiful Life, Volume 2 on Mack Avenue Records April 28.
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    Larry Coryell (1943–2017)
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    The members of Hudson (clockwise from top right) are Larry Grenadier, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette and John Medeski.
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    Wadada Leo Smith is the organizing force behind the CREATE Festival, a two-day celebration of creative music that will take place in New Haven, Connecticut, April 8-9.
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    Jon Hendricks (left) will be on hand at St. Peter's Church to witness the world premiere of his vocalese re-scoring of music from the 1957 LP Miles Ahead on Feb. 17 in New York.
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    New album releases from Lee Konitz (left), Eddie Palmieri and Thundercat will enliven the season's jazz offerings.
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    Eddie Palmieri, who turned 80 on Dec. 15, will release Sabiduria, his first album since 2006, on Ropeadope Records on April 21.
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    Trombone Shorty has signed with Blue Note Records. He will release his debut album for the label in April.
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    Eddie Gomez (left), Eliot Zigmud and Bill Evans form the trio featured on On A Monday Evening (Fantasy Records), a new album of unreleased material recorded at the University of Wisconsin in 1976.
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    Lee Konitz's Frescalalto will be available digitally on Feb. 10.
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    Thundercat will release, Drunk, his third studio album, on March 10.
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    Kurt Rosenwinkel will release Caipi, his debut album on Heartcore Records & Razdaz Records, on March 10.
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    Noah Preminger began writing music for his new album on Election Day (Nov. 8), and he will release it digitally on Inauguration Day (Friday, Jan. 20).
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    Nat Hentoff (1925–2017), seen here interviewing Quincy Jones

    Remembering Nat Hentoff

    Journalist Nat Hentoff, who wrote extensively on jazz and social issues, died Jan. 7 in his Manhattan home at age 91.…

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    Hamiet Bluiett has suffered numerous health setbacks.
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    Pianist Ellis Marsalis has a new double album.
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    Mike LeDonne is the founder and organizer of the Jazz Legends for Disability Pride concert, which will take place Jan. 5, 2017, in Manhattan.
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    Keith Jarrett
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    Billy Childs
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    Maria Schneider, ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award Winner
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    Billy Childs will release a new album for Mack Avenue Records on March 24.
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    Tony Bennett
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    Cameron Graves
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    Maria Schneider
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    Fred Hersch was nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album
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    Tony DeSare

    Yuletide Music Roundup

    Once again it’s time to deck the halls with boughs of holly. That means it’s also time for DownBeat’s appraisals…

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    Lester Young (left, with saxophone) and Count Basie (at piano) are featured on The Savory Collection, Volume 2—Jumpin’ At The Woodside: The Count Basie Orchestra Featuring Lester Young, a new set of recordings from the National Jazz Museum In Harlem
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    Marc Copeland (left), Drew Gress, John Abercrombie and Joey Baron will release a new album, Up And Coming, on ECM on Jan. 13.
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    Jeff Coffin (left) and JEN President Caleb Chapman will perform at the JEN Scholarship Concert on Jan. 7 in New Orleans.
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    Béla Fleck & The Flecktones (top) and Chick Corea’s Elektric Band will join forces for a multi-city tour from Aug. 5–21, 2017.
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    Among the titles scheduled for release on Record Store Day is saxophonist Ben Webster’s LP Gone With The Wind (ORG Music), which has been long out of print.
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    Vocalist Dianne Reeves is the recipient of a 2016 USA Fellowship Award.
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    Mose Allison (1927–2016)
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    The album cover for Russell’s 2014 album, Life Journey

    Pianist Leon Russell Dies at 74

    Leon Russell, a pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader who worked in many genres, died on Nov. 13 in Nashville,…

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    Victor Bailey (1960–2016)
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    Maria Schneider topped three categories in the 2016 DownBeat Readers Poll.
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    Art Pepper (left) and Warne Marsh were collaborators during the 1950s, and again in the 1970s.
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    Critically acclaimed vocalist José James is among the performers scheduled to appear at BRIC JazzFest, which runs from Oct. 8–15 in Brooklyn.
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    Keith Jarrett
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    John McLaughlin will embark on his final tour of the United States from November–December 2017.
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    Wadada Leo Smith, whose double album America’s National Parks comes out Oct. 14, is among the artists who have fall releases.
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    Tierney Sutton will release The Sting Variations on BFM Records on Sept. 9.
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    Sting, seen here at a performance in Bucharest, will release 57th & 9th on A&M Records on Nov. 11
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    Brian Lynch will release Madera Latino, which explores the music of Woody Shaw through a Latin filter, on Sept. 25.
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    Chick Corea will celebrate his 75th birthday year with a tour of the U.S., Europe and Asia, culminating in an 80-day residency at the Blue Note in New York.
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    Miles Davis
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    Ted Nash
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    Rudy Van Gelder, in a scene from the CD/DVD release Perfect Takes (Blue Note)
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    Wadada Leo Smith will release America’s National Parks on Cuneiform Records on Oct. 14.
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    Shirley Horn
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    Frank Sinatra with the Jan Savitt Orchestra at the Strand Theater in New York, 1945.
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    Toots Thielemans (1922–2016)
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    John Scofield in a still from a video on the making of Country For Old Men (Impulse!/Verve).
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    Derrick Hodge’s sophomore album, The Second, will be released Aug. 26 on Blue Note Records.
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    In last year’s Readers Poll, pianist Chick Corea was voted the Jazz Artist of the Year. Will he repeat this year? Only our readers can decide.

    DownBeat Readers Poll Now Open

    Votes are pouring in for the 81st Annual DownBeat Readers Poll, which opened on July 1. Readers will vote in 34…

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    Kamasi Washington topped three categories in the DownBeat Critics Poll, including Jazz Album of the Year, for his three-disc set, The Epic.
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    Steve Coleman (left) and Jonathan Finlayson perform at the historic Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, D.C., as part of the DC Jazz Festival on June 14.
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    Dr. John (pictured) is among the performers who will salute producer Tommy LiPuma on June 23 as part of the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland.
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    Terence Blanchard is among the artists featured in Blue Note New York and Rivet Music’s virtual reality concert app.
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    The hardest-to-find titles sold on Record Store Day are the limited-run/regional focus releases. The LP Dark Territory, by Dave Douglas’ band High Risk, is limited to 600 copies.
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    The Last Word On First Blues, the first-ever box set of Ginsberg’s singer-songwriter recordings, is due out May 20 on Omnivore Recordings (Photo: Courtesy omnivorerecordings.com)
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    Caetano Veloso (left) and Gilberto Gil will release Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live on April 8 via Nonesuch Records. (Photo: Courtesy of the artists)
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    Branford Marsalis (left) and Kurt Elling will release the album Upward Spiral via Marsalis Music/OKeh Records on June 10. (Photos: Courtesy DL Media)
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    Chico Freeman will release Spoken Into Existience, his first domestic release in nearly a decade, on May 13 (Photo: Marcel Meier)
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    Robert Glasper (pictured) will partner with journalist Ashley Kahn to teach a course on Miles Davis at New York University in September (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)
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    Jeff Beck (seen here in Australia in 2014) will release a new album on July 15 (Photo: Courtesy jeffbeckofficial.com)

DownBeat's archives entries:

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    Louis Armstrong was elected into the DownBeat Hall of Fame via the 1952 Readers Poll.

    DownBeat Hall of Fame

    Legends in jazz, blues and beyond can be elected into the DownBeat Hall of Fame by way of the annual Critics Poll…


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