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    Oneness Of Juju in the studio during the 1970s. A batch of the band’s recordings is being reissued as African Rhythms 1970-1982.

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    Harmonica player Grégoire Maret collaborated with pianist Romain Collin and guitarist Bill Frisell on Americana.

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    Marc Ribot is on the steering committee of the Music Workers Alliance, which is fighting to protect musicians’ rights.

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    Trumpeter Wallace Roney died Tuesday “due to complications of COVID-19,” according to his publicist.

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    Manu Dibango (1933–2020)

    In Memoriam: Manu Dibango

    Manu Dibango, the Cameroonian saxophonist who helped expand African music’s global reach by fusing it with jazz,…

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    Mark DeClive-Lowe performs Feb. 19 at The Star Theater in Portland as part of the Biamp PDX Jazz Festival.

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    Jon Christensen (1943–2020)

    In Memoriam: Jon Christensen

    Jon Christensen, the Norwegian drummer who was the backbone for dozens of ECM releases and was widely considered a…

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    Lyle Mays (1953– 2020)

    In Memoriam: Lyle Mays

    Lyle Mays, the keyboardist who spent a significant portion of his career recording and performing as a member of the…

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    Vocalist Meredith Monk says she’s blessed to be “discovering new things and new ways of producing sound and new ways of putting music together that are very complex little forms” after a decade’s long career.

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    T.K. Blue became music director and arranger for pianist Randy Weston in 1989.

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    Miguel Zenón steered past his most recent release, a lovely tribute to the work of Ismael Rivera, and headed right into muscular post-bop territory during the Angrajazz festival, which ran Oct 3-5 on Terceira Island in the Azores.

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    Barrett Martin’s recent creative endeavors include a book and a related album.

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    Guitarist Nels Cline (left), composer/reedist Anthony Braxton, drummer Greg Saunier and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Ho Bynum recorded Quartet (New Haven) 2014 five years ago. The work only now is being released on Firehouse 12, an imprint based in New Haven, Connecticut.

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    Israeli pianist Anat Fort has issued a pair of new recordings—and has more in store.

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    ​Drummer Kendrick Scott wrestles with self-doubt on his latest album, A Wall Becomes A Bridge (Blue Note).

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    The entirety of Solo provides a deluxe reminder of Michael Rother’s impact on modern music.

    The Solo Path of Michael Rother

    Though his résumé includes a long and varied solo career, Michael Rother’s work often has been discussed in…

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    Pharoah Sanders perform during the first weekend of the Biamp PDX Jazz Festival, which ran Feb. 20–March 3 in Portland, Oregon.

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    McCaslin’s Blow. features vocalists on a number of tracks, a marked departure from his earlier recordings.

    Donny McCaslin: ‘Just Be Brave’

    Onstage at the Star Theater in Portland, Oregon, Donny McCaslin and his band are whipping themselves—and the passel…

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    Rubén Blades collaborates with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on a recent album, Una Noche Con Rubén Blades.

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    Omara Portuondo performs at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival.

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    Eddie Arkin (left) and Lorraine Feather frequently have collaborated on her albums, including Math Camp.

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    Vocalist Johnaye Kendrick performs and teaches in the U.S. Northwest.

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    Saxophonist Ben Wendel has released The Seasons, a cache of music initially dispensed through YouTube, and also is amid another series of videos, Standards With Friends.

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    Ural Thomas and The Pain are set to issue The Right Time (Tender Loving Empire), an album of all-original material, on Sept. 28.

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    Pianist Randy Weston (1926–2018) performs at the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival.

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    Tomasz Stańko (1942-2018)

    In Memoriam: Tomasz Stańko

    Growing up in post-World War II Poland, trumpeter Tomasz Stańko’s first experienced jazz music as a kind of outsider…

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    New York multi-instrumentalist Ben Goldberg likes Steve Lacy as much as Steve Lacy liked baseball.

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    Dan Wilensky plays tenor and soprano saxophones on his new self-released album, Good Music.

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    ​Gregory Agid is based in New Orleans.

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    Arturo Sandoval’s ​Ultimate Duets (Universal) features contributions from 13 guests across 11 tracks.

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    The Last Poets return 48 years after their debut with Understand What Black Is.

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    Pianist Ben Markley’s most recent release is Basic Economy on OA2.

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    Cecil Taylor—shown here performing in Cologne, Germany, in 1987—died April 5. He was 89.

    In Memoriam: Cecil Taylor

    Trumpeter Eddie Gale only made one album—the legendary 1966 Unit Structures on Blue Note—with pianist Cecil Taylor,…

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    Anthony Braxton performs at a 1993 gig that yielded some of the material on Sextet (Parker) 1993.

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    Guitarist Ryan Meagher seems to be settling into his adopted hometown, Portland, Oregon.

    Ryan Meagher’s Fevered Mind

    Finding a few minutes in Ryan Meagher’s increasingly busy schedule to talk about his new album is a unique challenge.…

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    Pianist Ethan Iverson played Geri Allen’s “For John Malachi” at Portland’s Winningstad Theatre during the Biamp PDX Jazz Festival.

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    Born in South Africa in 1939, Hugh Masekela spent 30 years living in exile, before returning in 1990. He lived there for the remainder of his life, maintaining a busy career.

    In Memoriam: Hugh Masekela

    Hugh Masekela, a beloved multi-instrumentalist and activist from South Africa whose long career included a surprise pop…

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    Alicia Hall Moran and Thomas Flippin perform at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in New York.


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