Various Artists

Elected to the Hall of Fame

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    ​Terri Lyne Carrington curated the opening-night concert of New York’s Winter Jazzfest at City Winery.

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    Linda May Han Oh (left) and Jen Shyu perform at the Asia Society in New York on Jan. 12.

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    The final set of the fest was fronted by trumpeter Russ Johnson, shown here with bassist Ethan Philion.

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    Karl Emil Knudsen, second from left, with members of Papa Bue’s Viking Jazz Band, which recorded Storyville’s first million-selling record.

    Storyville’s Clock Strikes 70

    The oldest and largest independent jazz record label in Europe is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary, and…

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    Amadou & Mariam are among the acts scheduled to perform at the 2023 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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    George Coleman (left) and Eric Alexander are set to perform at Countdown 2023, A John Coltrane Festival.

    John Coltrane Festival Launches

    Countdown 2023, A John Coltrane Festival, starts Dec. 20 and runs through Jan. 8 at Smoke Jazz Club in New York.

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    That’s What Happened captures Miles Davis on the comeback trail of his career in the early to mid-1980s.

    Great New Boxed Sets

    With all the new releases coming out around the holidays, here are a few team DownBeat is digging into right now!

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    Blue Note has unearthed a previously unissued 1967 live recording with Elvin Jones as a leader called Elvin Jones Revival: Live At Pookie’s Pub.

    Great Vinyl

    Three From Blue Note
    Blue Note Records continues to release waves of great sound on vinyl. In its Tone Poet series, the…

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    If you liked Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s classic 1960 recording of Tchaikovsky’s classic fairy-tale ballet, keep an ear out for this new version by drummer-educator Joe McCarthy with his 18-piece band.

    Yule Be Glad

    Santa’s a jolly fellow, but it must be hard for him to be merry when timeworn Christmas music engulfs him like an…

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    Author Richard Koloda spent two decades researching this addition to the legend of free-jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler.

    Jazz To Read By

    When considering what to buy those who are impossible to buy for (guilty, as charged), loved ones can’t go wrong with…

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    Terri Lyne Carrington’s New Standards Live will perform in an evening of varied ensemble configurations.

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    Angélique Kidjo’s Remain in Light will perform at the Portland Jazz Festival on Feb. 17.

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    Tenor saxophonist Binker Golding produced an unexpected new sound with some of London’s finest young players.

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    Hall of Fame ​Kenny Barron has been a model of grace and elegance for more than six decades.

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    Oscar Peterson Trio’s On A Clear Day–Live in Zurich, 1971 (Mack Avenue)

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    Asher Gamedze

    JazzFest Berlin Returns

    JazzFest Berlin returned this year after a two-year, pandemic-induced absence. This year’s 58th edition offered 43…

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    Luciana Souza performs with Vince Mendoza’s Storytellers Big Band at the Angel City Jazz Festival on Oct. 21.

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    Michael League (left) and Michael Lettieri of Snarky Puppy will perform at next year’s GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach.

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    The quartet Third World Love will reunite to open this year’s Red Sea Jazz Festival on Nov. 10.

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    Origin Records was founded by John Bishop, who was a drummer before becoming a label head.

    Origin Records: 25 Organic Years

    Origin Records turned 25 in August. And in typical understated fashion, founder John Bishop says he didn’t go out of…

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    Norah Jones opens Here It Is: A Tribute To Leonard Cohen (Blue Note) with a delicate, wistful rendition of “Steer Your Way.”

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    The opening performance of The Baylor Project’s “We Swing” with guest artist Jazzmeia Horn (left), The Baylor Project’s Marcus Baylor (on drums) and Jean Baylor (vocals), and special guest Dianne Reeves at the inaugural Jazz Music Awards on Oct. 22.

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    Smoke’s Paul Stache and Molly Sparrow Johnson

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    Few festivals proved as valiant as Detroit through the dark days of the pandemic. Pictured: Chucho Valdés and Emmet Cohen.

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    Allison Miller performs with Artemis at the 65th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

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    Vasil Hajigrudev and Hristina Beleva perform as a duo during the European Jazz Network’s September gathering in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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    Horn players Ambrose Akinmusire (left), Chris Potter, Joe Lovano, Ravi Coltrane and others perform during the Remembering Tomasz Stańko concert last month.

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    Gregory Porter is set to take the stage at this year’s Monterey Jazz Festival.

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    Dianne Reeves and Orrin Evans onstage at D.C. Jazz Fest.

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    Samara Joy and Pasquale Grasso will close out the Sept. 24 program with a late-night performance in Rockefeller Chapel.

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    Shabaka Hutchings performs a July 3 set with Sons of Kemet and Nubya Garcia at England’s Love Supreme festival.

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    ​Orrin Evans is scheduled to perform with his trio at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival in mid-September.

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    Vocalist ​Stacey Kent performs at the Ystad Jazz Festival.

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    Drummer Gard Nilssen, this year’s artist-in-residence, performs at Jazzfestival Saalfelden with his trio Acoustic Unity.

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    ​Vocalist Sheila Jordan is scheduled to perform during the JJA Awards Online Bash on Sept. 11.

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    ​Ulysses Owens Jr. will lead his big band in a performance with special guest Marquis Hill at the Detroit Jazz Festival on Sept. 3.

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    Giant Step Arts founders Jimmy and Dena Katz

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    The all-star collective Dinner Party celebrates backstage at Blue Note Jazz Fest Napa. From left: Terrace Martin, Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Dave Chappell, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Chris Dave and Derrick Hodge.

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    An all-star jam during the Blue Note at Sea Cruise.

    Return of the Jazz Cruises

    The pandemic not only shut down clubs, concert halls and festivals, but tours ground to a halt and the urge to travel…

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    The trio ​Acoustic Unity is among the groups slated to perform at Jazz Festival Saalfelden in Austria.

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    ​The Aug. 1, 1942, issue of DownBeat announces the recording ban.

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    Performing at the newly reopened Smoke Jazz Club in New York, from left: Julius Rodriguez, Gerald Cannon, Eddie Henderson, Melissa Aldana and Joe Farnsworth

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    Jon Batiste, the critics’ choice for Jazz Artist and Beyond Artist of the Year as well as Beyond Album of the Year.

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    Black Lives—From Generation To Generation makes a multi-generational plea for equity and equality with artists like Alicia Hall Moran, left, and E.J. Strickland.

    A Generational Plea for Equality

    In September 2020, in the wake of protests that rocked cities across the United States, DownBeat published a cover…

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    The guitar quartet Dither commanded attention with their tight-yet-flexible teamwork at this year’s FIMAV.

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    ​New York saxophonist Nicole Glover (right) and Montreal pianist Taurey Butler on stage during the inaugural Saint-Henri Jazz Week.

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    Dee Dee Bridgewater (right) with the five finalists for the American Pianists Association’s next Cole Porter Fellowship.

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    The Irving S. Gilmore Piano Festival commissioned a piece by Tyshawn Sorey that premiered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, this spring.

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    ​Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is slated to play this year’s Montreal Jazz Festival.

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    Vocalist Sheila Jordan was honored for Lifetime Achievement in the Jazz Journalists Association’s 27th annual JJA Jazz Awards.

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    Bounce pioneers Mannie Fresh and Big Freedia and other guests join Galactic on “Act Like You Know.”

    Take Me to the River: New Orleans

    Anyone who has spent time in New Orleans knows why it is also known as The City That Care Forgot. Between the music and…

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    Wynton Marsalis will receive the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award on June 3.

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    Jamie Cullum’s new holiday album, The Pianoman At Christmas, features 10 original compositions.

    Yuletide Music Roundup For 2020

    As the year 2020 draws to a close, music fans have a bevy of new releases from which to choose to help them celebrate…


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