Jonah Berman

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07/31/02    News

Smithsonian Tours With Latin Jazz

Jazz occupies a relatively small niche in the larger music world, and within that pocket, Latin jazz represents perhaps an even smaller community. This fall, a new exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service looks to change that...

07/30/02    News

Joshua Redman Gets Elastic

It's hard to believe that it was 11 years ago that Joshua Redman burst onto the scene, winning the Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition and landing a major record label deal with Warner Bros. Since then, Redman, 33, has been one of the busiest jazz artists...

07/29/02    News

Matt Dennis Dies

Singer, songwriter and pianist Matt Dennis, who composed the standards “Angel Eyes” and “The Night We Called It a Day” and who worked with Tommy Dorsey as an arranger and vocal coach passed away June 21 in Riverside, Calif. He was 88. Born in Seattle on...

07/27/02    News

Soweto Kinch Wins White Foundation Competition

Since 1999, when the Monk Competition stopped handing out recording contracts to its winners, up and coming jazz musicians have had their ears perked up, looking for new competitions where they can score a contract. One such musician is Soweto Kinch (pictured...

07/26/02    News

Stan Kenton Newsletter Moves to Web

A somewhat controversial bandleader, Stan Kenton (pictured)was into change, updating styles and creating new sounds. Were he around today, it’s likely he would approve that his biggest fan publication, The Network , will cease to be a printed publication...

07/25/02    News

Classical Jazz

In the past, classical music purists often assumed jazz artists had no knowledge of Western classical music, and were therefore inferior musicians. The image of the classical-music ignorant jazzman has long since been proven wrong, from Ellington pouring...

07/24/02    News

BMI/Charlie Parker Composition Winner

On July 11 bassist and composer Noriko Ueda (pictured) was named the winner of the BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize for her piece “Castle in the North.” The award, which was given at the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop’s annual showcase concert...

07/23/02    News

Recent Deaths in Music

The music community has suffered several losses in the past several weeks. Alan Lomax (pictured), a musicologist who made thousands of recordings of traditional folk, blues and jazz musicians, died on July 19 in Sarasota, Fla.; he was 87. On July 13, jazz...

07/22/02    News

Sarah Vaughan Boxed

How is it that a singer who entered the Apollo's amateur night on a whim went on to become one of the most famous vocalists in jazz history? Perhaps it’s because the 19-year-old happened to be Sarah Vaughan, who possessed one of the most soulful and identifiable...

07/19/02    News

Etta James Burns Down House on DVD/VHS

Etta James will be starting fires in homes throughout the country this fall. No, the singer has not begun a career as an arsonist, but if the title of her upcoming release is any indication, fans will be feeling the heat, so to speak. On August 6, Burnin...

07/18/02    News

Herbie Hancock on TechTV

Piano legend Herbie Hancock has always been at the forefront of electronic experimentation in jazz, and his longstanding love of gadgetry is well known. It's appropriate then that Hancock will be spotlighted this week on TechTV's AudioFile program, a 30...

07/16/02    News

JazzReach's Fresh Air Fest

On July 20 and August 14, JazzReach Performing Arts and Education Association will present the Fresh Air Jazz Festival II, a series of live performances benefiting Fresh Air Fund Children, an organization that works with underprivileged children and gives...

07/15/02    News

New Jimmy Scott Movie, Book

Little Jimmy Scott is not so little anymore. No, the petite singer didn’t have a growth spurt recently, but on July 17 Scott will turn 77. The singer will celebrate his birthday with an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl as part of a Billie Holiday tribute...

07/13/02    News

Ray Charles, What a Doll

This fall, Ray Charles will be making appearances in retail stores throughout the country. Well, not the man himself, but an animatronic likeness. The Ray Charles Animatronic Doll will hit stores in September, and it will be full of robotic swing and soul...

07/12/02    News

RCA Continues Bluebird First Edition Reissues

The RCA Victor Group continues its Bluebird First Editions series with three new reissues. The latest releases include Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's Djangology , Louis Armstrong's Louis Armstrong and His Friends , and Lonnie Liston Smith's Astral...

07/11/02    News

Adelaide Hall Bio Out in August

British author Iain Cameron Williams' new biography of singer Adelaide Hall, recently released in the U.K., will hit U.S. bookstores this August. Published by Continuum International Publishing Group, the biography is entitled Underneath a Harlem Moon...

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