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    ​Albert “Tootie” Heath (1935–2024) followed in the tradition of drummer Kenny Clarke, his idol.

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    Benjamin possessed a fluid, round sound on the alto saxophone, and he was often most recognizable by the layers of electronic effects that he put onto the instrument.

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    ​Vijay Iyer (left) and Nicole Mitchell perform music by Andrew Hill at Harlem Stage’s Gatehouse on March 1.

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    From left: Mike Bindraban from Good Music Company moderates a panel on the universality of jazz with Nduduzo Makhathini, esperanza spalding and Shabaka during Jazz Congress.

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    McCann’s deep roots in gospel and the blues gave his music a gritty, earthy quality and a large supply of soulful licks.

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    EFG London Jazz Festival brought three acts of its popular “Moment’s Notice” performance series to Enjoy Jazz on Oct. 9.

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    Gayle (1939–2023) became a force in free-jazz after decades of indigence.

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    The collective trio ​New Jazz Underground consists of saxophonist Abdias Armenteros, bassist Sebastian Rios and drummer TJ Reddick.

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    Davis (1930–2023) was remarkable for his ability to adapt to seemingly any style.

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    “I definitely want to find a way to put together different disciplines in the arts going forward,” Fava says.

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    Brötzmann worked with nearly every major name in free-jazz within Europe.

    Peter Brötzmann: 1941–2023

    Peter Brötzmann, a German saxophonist and clarinetist whose music charted a provocative, uncompromising new course for…

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    The crowds were as welcome a sight as the diverse lineup of artists who appeared on the 19th annual D.C. Jazz Festival’s multiple stages.

    DC Jazz Fest Triumphs

    It was weeks off its usual schedule, cut back to a single weekend, yet the D.C. Jazz Festival, which held its 19th…

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    Carr Keys performs with vocalist Christie Dashiell.

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    The music on Monty Alexander’s new live album, Love You Madly, was recorded in 1982.

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    The George Coleman Quintet In Baltimore, a concert recording from 1971, is in essence a blowing session helmed by the saxophonist.

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    The Nels Cline Singers has occupied the space between free-jazz and indie rock since guitarist Nels Cline formed the group in 2001.

    Nels Cline Double-Sizes The Singers

    He’s perhaps best known as a member of the band Wilco. But those with a fuller picture of Nels Cline’s career know…

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    Bassist Luke Stewart is among the 25 artists DownBeat thinks will help shape jazz in the decades to come.

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    Dan Weiss’ Natural Selection appeals to the drummer’s penchant for conceptual continuity.

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    Art Hirahara’s latest album, Balance Point, includes original compositions and one Duke Ellington tune.

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    On his new album, Ambrose Akinmusire includes original compositions that pay tribute to Roscoe Mitchell and Roy Hargrove.

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    Color Of Noize is what someone makes of it,” says bassist Derrick Hodge while discussing his new Blue Note release.

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    Mark Guiliana performs during Winter Jazzfest, which ran at various venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn between Jan. 8 and 18.

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    Willie Jones III has worked on a pair of releases for the newly established Night Is Alive imprint, helmed by Kathy Moses Salem.

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    Joe Lovano’s Trio Tapestry—with pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi—perform Nov. 13 at Guimarães Jazz in Guimarães, Portugal.

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    Saxophonist Matana Roberts has been working on the multipart COIN COIN project since at least 2011. Its latest installment COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis is out now.

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    Drummer and bandleader Antonio Sánchez recently performed music touching on the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border in Canada at the International Festival de Jazz de Montreal.

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    Steve Gadd performs June 27, the opening night of International Festival de Jazz de Montreal.

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    Georgia Anne Muldrow performs June 8 at a CapitalBop showcase during the DC Jazz Festival.

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    Todd Barkan, who owned the original Keystone Korner in San Francisco, stands outside the new Keystone Korner Baltimore.

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    Sunny Sumter, DC Jazz Festival executive director, speaks Wednesday at The Pillsbury Law Firm Conference Center in Washington D.C., detailing the event’s programing.

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    Pianist Jason Moran (left), flutist Cleve Guyton, cellist Noah Jackson, trumpeter Terence Blanchard and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington perform April 15 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.,during the 2019 NEA Jazz Master tribute honoring Stanley Crouch, Bob Dorough, Abdullah Ibrahim and Maria Schneider.

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    Pianist Amy K. Bormet founded the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011. The festival returns March 10-31.

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    ​At New York’s Winter Jazzfest on Jan. 12, Allison Miller co-leads an ensemble with pianist Carmen Staaf at Subculture.

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    Saxophonist and 2018 Kennedy Center Honoree Wayne Shorter delivers a speech Dec. 1 at a State Department dinner in Washington, D.C.

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    Maceo Parker heads up the “no jazz” portion of Zürich, Switzerland’s Jazznojazz festival.

    Jazznojazz Fest Celebrates 20 Years

    Johannes Vogel had a vision for Jazznojazz from the moment in 1998 when the Zürich newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, then the…

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    Joe Chambers (right) leads M’Boom in a Sept. 13 performance at the City Winery in Washington D.C. during the 33rd Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s jazz concert.

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    Selim Selçuk performs on the second night of the Vitrin Contemporary Turkish Music Showcase at the Zorlu Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

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    Selim Selçuk performs on the second night of the Vitrin Contemporary Turkish Music Showcase at the Zorlu Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

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    Drummer Justin Brown’s leader album features two keyboardists.

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    Pharoah Sanders performs June 10 at City Winery during the DC Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.

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    Rez Abbasi’s Invocation performed Saturday at Zinc Bar as part of 2018’s Winter Jazzfest.

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    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee speaks at a Dec. 13 press conference in Washington, D.C. Looking on are, from left, Herbert Scott, Executive Director, Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation; and Aaron Myers, Chair, Board of Directors–Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation.

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    Mike Stern’s latest album, Trip, was released Sept. 8.

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    Edmar Castañeda

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    Amina Claudine Myers performs at The New School’s 12th Street Auditorium on Jan. 6 during Winter Jazzfest.

    WJF Artists Address Social Justice

    For all its eminence on the New York scene—the first jazz festival of the year, with over 150 acts across a dozen…

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    Guillermo Klein celebrates the 20th anniversary of his band, Los Guachos, with the release of Los Guachos V (Sunnyside), the group’s sixth album.


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