Katherine Silkaitis

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02/10/06    News

Fred Hersch to Embark on Solo Tour

Merely a day after he releases his third album on Palmetto, Fred Hersch Live at the Bimhuis on Feb. 21, pianist Hersch will kick off a national tour with a date at New York’s Adelphi University and a weeklong solo engagement at New York’s Village Vanguard...

02/09/06    News

Grammy Award Winners Announced

The Grammy Awards were held last night, and while U2 may have dominated most of the categories, the jazz fields were open to a wide array of winners. A full list of awardees is available at the Recording Academy's website , but here are the jazz winners...

02/08/06    News

Second Edition of Steve Lacy's Findings Issued

Steve Lacy’s Findings: My Experience With the Soprano Saxophone , originally published in 1994, is now available in an expanded second edition. The practice and theory book covers rhythm, improvisation, composition, transcription and other topics, and the...

01/20/06    News

R&B Singer Wilson Pickett Dead at 64

R&B legend Wilson Pickett – the man behind classics including “Mustang Sally” and “Land of 1,000 Dances” – died yesterday of a heart attack in a hospital in Reston, Va., near his home in Ashburn. He was 64. Known as “Wicked Pickett,” he was not as widely...

01/18/06    News

Blue Note to Release Lena Horne CD and DVD

Two Lena Horne releases will reach stores on Jan. 24, a collection of previously unreleased recordings and a concert DVD, both on Blue Note. The album, titled Season of a Life , was compiled by Horne’s longtime guitarist and musical director Rodney Jones...

01/16/06    News

Sarasota Jazz Festival to Be Held April 2-9

Jazz festival season is approaching, with dates for Cape Town, Panama and Nebraska already announced, and now the 26th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival is set to join the pack. The festival will take place in Sarasota, Fla. from April 2-9 and will feature performances...

01/14/06    News

Jaco Pastorius Big Band to Release Sophomore Album

While Jaco Pastorius died nearly 20 years ago, his legend and memory is as strong as ever. Heads Up will release the second album by the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, The Word Is Out , on March 28, the follow-up to 2003’s acclaimed Word of Mouth Revisited . The...

01/13/06    News

ECM to Release Paul Motian Band Album

ECM is set to release Paul Motian’s ninth album as leader for the label Jan. 24. The album, Garden of Eden , was recorded in New York in 2004 and features Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby on saxophones; Jakob Bro, Ben Monder and Steve Cardenas on guitars; and...

01/12/06    News

Jamie Cullum to Tour U.S. in March

Jamie Cullum has a busy year planned already, beginning with a headlining tour in March. The tour will begin March 1 in Seattle and conclude March 30 in Boston, with a performance at Austin’s South By Southwest Music Festival also thrown in. Cullum is touring...

01/11/06    News

Dreyfus Founder to Be Honored at IAJE Conference

Dreyfus Records founder Francis Dreyfus will receive the International Association for Jazz Education’s (IAJE) Lifetime Achievement Award tomorrow evening at the IAJE’s 33rd Annual Conference in New York City. Dreyfus began his career in music in his native...

01/10/06    News

JALC's Middle School Jazz Academy Presents Free Concert

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy will present their free Showcase Concert Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. The one-hour concert will feature the talent of 13 students from 5th-8th grades, representing four of New York City’s five boroughs...

01/09/06    News

Drummer Mike Smith Dies

Jazz drummer and longtime Washington, D.C. resident Mike Smith died Jan. 2, although the benefit concert planned to pay his medical bills will go on as planned tonight (see ”John Abercrombie, Drew Gress to Play Benefit Concert for Mike Smith” ). While his...

01/06/06    News

Singer Lou Rawls Dies of Cancer at 72

Lou Rawls, the Chicago-born crooner known for his velvety baritone, died this morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 72. Rawls was hospitalized last month for treatment of brain and lung cancer. While Rawls was talented enough to cross...

01/06/06    News

Iridium Announces Winter and Spring Schedule

New York’s Iridium Jazz Club announced it’s winter and Spring schedule, up through March. The club will feature performances from musicians including the Bad Plus, John McLaughlin and Jimmy Scott. January highlights include the Ed Palmero Big Band Plays...

01/02/06    News

Guitarist Bill DeArango Dies

Guitarist Bill DeArango died Dec. 26 at the A.M. McGregor Nursing Home in East Cleveland at age 85. He had suffered dementia for about eight years and had been in the nursing home since 1999. DeArango was one of the last links to the bebop era of the 1940s...

12/29/05    News

Filmmaker Palfi Shoots Self

Jazz filmmaker Stevenson J. Palfi died at his home in New Orleans on Dec. 14 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 53. Family members told the Times-Picayune that Palfi had been severely depressed since Hurricane Katrina damaged most of his property...

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