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    Wadada Leo Smith performing at St. Mary’s Church in Pohja, Finland.

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    Percussionist and bandleader John Santos has a foundation in what he refers to as “traditional” music, but he has played and recorded with figures from across the spectrum of Latin music, jazz and rock.

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    Baltimore native Gary Bartz has remained uniquely engaged both musically and politically throughout his lengthy career.

    Gary Bartz Bridges Generations

    Gary Bartz has watched the slow roll of history drag on, first from the vantage point of his childhood home in…

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    Aum Fidelity has issued a 10-disc box set of previously unreleased music by bassist William Parker, titled Migration Of Silence Into And Out Of The Tone World.

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    While recording There Is A Tide, Chris Potter was able to focus on thinking like a producer.

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    Charlie Parker: The Mercury & Clef 10-Inch LP Collection (Verve/UMe) is just one of the releases coinciding with Bird’s centennial.

    Unbridled Bird

    Charlie Parker’s alto saxophone remains one of the most recognizable sounds in the history of recorded jazz, even 65…

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    Recordings of Charles Mingus’ 1964 and 1975 performances in Bremen, Germany, represent two very different periods of the bandleader’s career.

    Charles Mingus Abroad

    Charles Mingus—rightly or wrongly—is frequently characterized as a wildly inventive but frustrated composer, caught…

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    Kuba Więcek is among the 25 artists DownBeat thinks will help shape jazz in the decades to come.

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    Hedvig Mollestad is among the 25 artists DownBeat thinks will help shape jazz in the decades to come.

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    Billy Childs’ work with the Dorian Wind Quintet served as a turning point in his writing.

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    Yazz Ahmed is among the 25 artists DownBeat thinks will help shape jazz in the decades to come.

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    Bassist and bandleader Matt Ulery has been playing outdoor gigs around Chicago recently, a way to retain creative energy during the pandemic.

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    Terence Blanchard—who won a Grammy in the category Best Instrumental Composition for “Blut Und Boden (Blood And Soil),” a work featured in Spike Lee’s 2018 movie BlacKkKlansman—composed the score for the filmmaker’s latest effort, Da 5 Bloods.

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    ​Reedist Tim Berne said he’s rethinking the way he books tours and runs a band in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic upending air travel.

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    The Tao Forms label recently issued its inaugural release, Matthew Shipp’s The Piano Equation.

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    ​Top row from left: Nduduzo Makhathini (Photo: Nailah Makhathini); Brandee Younger and Dezron Douglas at their home in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City (Photo: Courtesy of Artists); Chick Corea (Photo: Toshi Sakurai, Courtesy Chick Corea Productions). ​Bottom row from left: Christian McBride (Photo: R. Andrew Lepley); Stanton Moore at his home in New Orleans (Photo: Lauren Del Rio); Wolfgang Muthspiel and his 4-year-old daughter, Flora, at their home in Vienna (Photo: Courtesy of Artist); Kris Davis (Photo: ©Caroline Mardok).

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    Saxophonist Nubya Garcia performs at the 2018 Melbourne Jazz Festival, one of many large-scale events pivoting online because of the pandemic.

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    While on lockdown in New York, pianist Ethan Iverson has used classic TV themes as a springboard for creativity.

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    Steve Lehman’s Xenakis And The Valedictorian is the first of Pi Recordings’ digital releases aimed at providing assistance to performers who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Saxophonist and educator Rudresh Mahanthappa sees a connection between improvising and cooking.

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    The Aum Fidelity label is set to release its latest entry in the David S. Ware archive series, Théâtre Garonne, 2008, on Nov. 15.

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    The Lisa Wulff Quartett performs May 17 at the Opernhaus during JazzFest Bonn.

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    Janning Trumann 6 performs at jazzahead!, a festival and trade fair in Bremen, Germany, which ran April 25-28.

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    Chicago-based pianist Matt Piet’s set to release a new album with Four Letter Words, a trio that also includes tenor saxophonist Jake Wark and drummer Bill Harris.

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    Joshua Abrams performs Sept. 2 with the Jason Stein Quartet at Millennium Park during the Chicago Jazz Festival.

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    Matthew Shipp (left) and Ivo Perelman perform at the Chicago Jazz Festival in August along with William Parker and Bobby Kapp.

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    Horse Orchestra performs April 20 at Kulturzentrum Schlachthof as part of jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany.

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    Improvising cellist Okkyung Lee is scheduled to play in a variety of different settings at the upcoming Big Ears festival in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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    Drummer and percussionist Milford Graves has embraced unorthodox styles in both jazz and martial arts. A new documentary about his work has set its international debut.


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