Ted Panken

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    Matt Brewer

    Blindfold Test: Matt Brewer

    Bassist Matt Brewer, 37, is widely respected for the technical wizardry and wide musical scope he has brought to a…

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    Walter Smith III

    Blindfold Test: Walter Smith III

    After almost a full year as chair of Berklee College of Music’s Woodwind Department, 39-year-old tenor saxophonist…

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    Saxophonist Russ Nolan’s new album is titled Sin Fronteras.

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    Eldar Djangirov’s latest album is titled Rhapsodize.

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    “We don’t travel as much as we’d like yet,” Delfeayo Marsalis said. “But the guys in the band are committed to what we’re doing, and it’s taken a while for the concept to evolve.”

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    Art Blakey (1919–1990)

    Art Blakey, the Mightiest Mentor

    No drummer more palpably imprinted their sonic identity and aesthetic principles on the soundtrack and culture of late…

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    Jimmy Heath (1926–2020)

    In Memoriam: Jimmy Heath

    Jimmy Heath, who died Jan. 19 in Loganville, Georgia, at age 93, was a master of multiple components of the jazz…

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    Brian Lynch’s latest big band release is a double album that reflects his love of literature.

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    Remy Le Boeuf has received many commissions in recent years, fueling his work as a composer and arranger.

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    Carla Thomas (left), Dee Dee Bridgewater, Steven Bernstein, Craig Handy and Natalie Cressman onstage at the WBGO gala on Nov. 6 in Manhattan

    WBGO Celebrates 40 Years

    On Nov. 6, Newark’s jazz public radio station, WBGO, marked a milestone by throwing itself a 40th anniversary party.…

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    Guitarist Bill Frisell is now based in New York, following nearly three decades in Seattle.

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    Robert Glasper (foreground) and Herbie Hancock in a scene from the documentary Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes.

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    Kasia Pietrzko performs during the Jazz Forum Showcase in Szczecin, Poland, which ran Oct. 1–3.

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    Kasia Pietrzko performs during the Jazz Forum Showcase in Szczecin, Poland, which ran Oct. 1–3.

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    Mike LeDonne returns to the piano trio format on Partners In Time.

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    Jimmy Cobb, who turned 90 in January, recently issued a new quartet album, This I Dig Of You.

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    Vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant’s new album is titled Smolder.

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    “It’s a blessing to be within this legacy of the music,” Joe Lovano says.

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    The musicians who recorded Hunterones’ Passport include Joshua Hill (left), Adam DeAscentis, Chris Ott, Dan White, John Hubbell, Jon Lampley and Justin Stanton.

    The Global Appeal of Huntertones

    Not so long ago, Huntertones was the hottest instrumental group in Columbus, Ohio, where sousaphonist and trumpeter Jon…

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    A promotional video for Nate Smith’s solo drum collection Pocket Change describes it as an assortment of “beats, breaks and excursions.”

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    ECM founder Manfred Eicher writes that he saw new possibilities in the improvised music of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

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    Francesco Martinelli gives a presentation on his new book, The History of European Jazz, at the 2018 Jazz Fest Sarajevo in November.

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    Drummer Eric Harland teamed with tenor saxophonist Daniel Rovin and bassist Austin White to found the label GSI Records.

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    Enrico Rava (left) and Joe Lovano perform at JAZZMI in Milan, Italy.

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    Pianist James Francies has released his Blue Note debut, Flight.

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    Keyboardist Aaron Parks, bassist David “DJ” Ginyard, guitarist Greg Tuohey and drummer Tommy Crane collaborated on Little Big.

    Aaron Parks Crafts a New Context

    Seventeen years into a distinguished career in the jazz business, Aaron Parks, 34, now focuses on his own projects, and…

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    Chucho Valdés (second from left) at the Rumba Para Bebo concert

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    Tia Fuller’s most recent album is Diamond Cut (Mack Avenue).

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    Marty Ehrlich’s most recent leader date is titled Trio Exaltation.

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    Guitarist Ximo Tébar has a new disc, Con Alma & United, set for release on Warner Music Spain.

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    Maria Pia De Vito’s embrace of the Portuguese language has resulted in the singer making connections between seemingly disparate musical traditions.

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    Pianist Giovanni Guidi maintains a handful of different performing projects and records for ECM Records.

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    BOP Trio, which comprises bassist Linda May Han Oh (from left), drummer Johnathan Blake and saxophonist Chris Potter, recently played Giant Step Arts’ opening event, a two-night run at Manhattan’s Jazz Gallery.

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    Jason Moran’s autobiographical Thelonious Monk homage, “In My Mind,” found him in the company of a relatively large band at Italy’s Umbria Jazz.

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    Jazzmeia Horn channeled Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan at the Umbria Jazz festival during December.

    Jazzmeia Horn Soars in Orvieto

    Just after twilight Dec. 28 on the ground floor of the 14th-century Palazzo del Popolo, when the last note of the…

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    My Point is ... is drummer Willie Jones III’s most recent long-playing album.

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    Luisito Quintero (left), Chick Corea, Steve Wilson, Steve Gadd, Lionel Loueke and Carlitos Del Puerto performed a Sept. 19–30 residency at the Blue Note in New York.

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    Avishai Cohen at the Siena Jazz Summer Workshop in Italy.

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    Charles Lloyd performs during the Funchal Jazz Festival in Madeira, Portugal, on July 15.

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    Kurt Rosenwinkel performs during the Funchal Jazz Festival in Madeira, Portugal.

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    Photos from the Sonny Rollins Archive at the August Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.

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    Chucho Valdés performs at Birdland in New York City as part of a six-night engagement at the venue.

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    Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin recruited tenor saxophonist Chris Potter and other formidable players for the album Moments Captured.

    Sipiagin Soars on New Sextet Album

    The following is an expanded version of an article that appeared in the June 2017 issue of DownBeat:

    Last fall, Alex…

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    Eric Allen and Dave Lisik chronicle the history of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in their new book.

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    The Jazz at Lincoln Center performs an homage to Dizzy Gillespie during the “Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie” concert series, which ran from Jan. 26-28 at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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    Dave Liebman (left) and Joe Lovano pay tribute to their friend and colleague, the late Michael Brecker, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Jan. 25.

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    Joe Lovano (left) and Chucho Valdés (seen here in a publicity photo) performed at Birdland in New York Nov. 22–27.

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    Tia Fuller performed at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival on Nov. 10.

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    Ted Nash’s new album is titled Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom.

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    Chick Corea is in the midst of a lengthy residency at the Blue Note in New York.

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    Steve Cardenas (left), Jeremy Pelt, Allison Miller and Ben Allison (the group’s leader) perform at the BRIC JazzFest in Brooklyn on Oct. 13.

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    Phil Woods (1931–2015) was the subject of tribute concert on Sept. 8.

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    Roy Hargrove performs at the Detroit Jazz Festival on Sept. 3.

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    Somi (left) Toru Dodo and Liberty Ellman perform at the Sochi Jazz Festival on Aug. 4.

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    Randy Weston performs at the Jazz Foundation of America’s annual Jazz Loft Party at Hudson Studios in Manhattan on April 16.

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    Dan Weiss’ new album, Sixteen (Pi), pays tribute to iconic jazz drummers through orchestrated compositions.


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    Lee Konitz (1927–2020)

    Lee Konitz And Melodic Invention

    On the afternoon of May 4, when Lee Konitz was informed of his induction into the DownBeat Hall of Fame, he was not at…

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    Randy Weston at The New School in New York

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    Bassist William Parker is reaching an audience beyond the commercially restrictive categorization he refers to as the “avant-garde ghetto.”

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    Tomasz Stańko


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