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    “Within our uniquely limited instrumentation, we can get people loud and excited,” Kahil El’Zabar says of his 50-year-old Ethnic Heritage Ensemble.

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    “I really respect people who could learn this vocabulary and find a way to express it in a way that is so unique,” Nduduzo Makhathini said of the late pianist Don Pullen during his live Blindfold Test.

    Blindfold Test: Nduduzo Makhathini

    Much powerful and resonant music has emanated from South Africa and, in part due to the reprehensible cultural scatter…

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    Calligram founders Geof Bradfield (left) and Chad McCullough are dedicated to putting out physical product.

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    A great Chicago blues night at SPACE, from left, Mike Wheeler, Roosevelt Purifoy, Cleo Cole, Bob Stroger, Billy Boy Arnold, Dave Specter, Sheryl Youngblood, Tad Robinson, Julia Miller, Larry Williams, Dick Shurman and Elbio Barilari.

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    DeJong (right) backstage with Ornette Coleman in 2008.

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    “Johnny O’Neil has such charisma, when he sits at the piano he commands attention,” observed pianist Sullivan Fortner, his duet partner at this year’s Detroit Jazz Fest.

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    Winners, judges and members of the supporting octet at this year’s Bridges Composition Competition.

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    ​“The way I keep myself being original is by not listening to other recorded music,” Pascoal says.

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    “Remember to be a warrior, not a worrier,” Shorter said, 10 days prior to his passing on March 2.

    Wayne Shorter: The Final Interview

    Sadly, the formative giants of jazz are passing the torch and joining the ancestors. But such cliché and dwelling on…

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    Kenny Garrett and Ron Bruner perform at the 2021 Detroit Jazz Fest. Garrett will be celebrated this summer, too.

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    “There was a time I decided I was not a composer, only an improvisor, and I find that very difficult to do with one hand,” Jarrett says. “Jumping off a cliff takes two hands and two feet.”

    At Home with Keith Jarrett

    Keith Jarrett can do more with his right hand than most pianists can with two. As he pulls the protective cloth from…

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    Hijas del Jazz Orchestra performed at this year’s Panama Jazz Festival.

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    Avreeayl Ra (left) with Ed Wilkerson during a recent Elastic Arts’ Homeroom series show in Chicago.

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    “Often, the vibraphone can create this abstract, mellow mood,” says Marsalis, shown here with journalist Michael Jackson.

    Blindfold Test: Jason Marsalis

    Drummer/vibraphonist Jason Marsalis, in town with the New Orleans Groovemasters, took time for a listening session and…

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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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    The Avishai Cohen Trio, from left: Elchin Shirinov, Cohen and Roni Kaspi.

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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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    Ernest Dawkins received a commission from Jazz Road to orchestrate his reflections on his long-lost roots with America’s South.

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    Edmar Castaneda performs at the eighth-annual Chicago Jazz String Summit.

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    Danilo Pérez has turned his music into a family-driven, relentless mission to unite the world.

    Danilo Peréz: A Global Love Affair

    Large buzzards, called Gallinazos in Spanish, glide between the skyscrapers of downtown Panama City. They hover like…

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    A Time For Healing band members, from left, Isiah Collier, Justin Dillard, Corey Wilkes and Kahil El’Zabar.

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    Danilo Pérez discusses the upcoming Panama Jazz Festival.

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    Altoizm is Greg Ward, Sharel Cassity and Rajiv Halim.

    Altoizm Flies High in Chicago

    As the track and field Olympics played out in a stadium full of robots in Tokyo, the alto sax olympics convened for a…

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    Artist-in-resdience Dee Dee Bridgewater performs with pianist Bill Charlap.

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    Jerry Bergonzi’s new album, The Seven Rays, was partially inspired by his interest in philosophy.

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    Drummer Billy Martin (left), keyboardist John Medeski and bassist Chris Wood all have recording projects outside of their trio.

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    Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah performs Sept. 29 at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago.

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    Jason Stein, bass clarinet (clockwise from top of photo); Matt Ulery, bass; Rob Clearfield, piano; Quin Kirchner, drums; Nick Mazzarella, alto sax; Nick Broste, trombone; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Dustin Laurenzi, tenor sax; and Nate Lepine, tenor sax.

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    Bandleader Roy Hargrove recently finished a two-week stint at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase.

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    David Sanborn’s roots are laid deep in the blues—he played with Albert King when he was 14—and he also came up around avant-gardists in his hometown of St Louis.

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    Nick Mazzarella (left) and Tomeka Reid perform at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, which took place Sept. 23–24 in Chicago.

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    Gwilym Simcock at Hyatt jam session with Macy Gray, Montreal, 2013.

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    27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. (left), Alvin Carter-Bey, Larry Wade and Michael Callier

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    Greg Ward (left) with Preston Jackson outside The Whistler in Chicago April 23.

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    Branford Marsalis (left) and Kurt Elling pose for a photo at the Chicago Symphony Center, where they performed with Marsalis’ quartet on Jan. 27.

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    Former First Lady Laura Bush (left), President George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama at the Sept. 24 opening ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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    Matana Roberts at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago

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    Melissa Aldana poses outside the Jazz Showcase in Chicago during her residency at the club May 5–May 8.

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    Ran Blake

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    Benny Sharoni performs at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, Illinois, on April 9.

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    Rudresh Mahanthappa (left) with Stefon Harris at the Symphony Center in Chicago on Feb. 26

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    John Scofield (left) and Joe Lovano perform material from their album Past Present (Impulse!) at SPACE in Evanston, Illinois, on Feb. 5


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