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.

(Photo: Mathieu Bitton)

Blue Note Jazz Fest Napa Exhibits ‘Black Radio’ Curatorial Vibe

The drive up to the Blue Note Jazz Fest Napa on the last weekend of July, through winding roads and sunbaked hills, was an experience unto itself. The asphalt pathways are lined…

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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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    Norah Jones and Christian McBride perform at the sixth annual Jazz Set benefit concert.

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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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    “This is right up my alley,” Marc Johnson said of a Gary Peacock cut.

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    Drummer/bandleader Nate Smith describes the lows and highs of touring.

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    “People gave me so much in this business, I just want to give something back,” Bob Stroger said about playing with younger musicians.

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    “Careers were launched and lives enhanced thanks to Howard’s vision,” said Amanda Blevins, Vail Jazz executive director.

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    The DownBeat Readers Poll is now open!

    DB Readers Poll Is Now Open!

    The 87th annual DownBeat Readers Poll is open for voting. A time-honored tradition, it’s the longest-running poll in…

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