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01/25/06    News

Musicians, Scholars Gather to Discuss New Orleans

Several prominent musicians, scholars and community leaders are scheduled to take part in a conference this week hosted by Columbia University to discuss the cultural rebuilding of New Orleans. New Orleans: Rebuilding the Musical City will be held tomorrow...

01/24/06    News

Kenny G Compilation to Be Released Today

Arista/Legacy Records recently combed over Kenny G’s groundbreaking discography to create The Essential Kenny G , which includes 31 of the soprano saxophonists greatest recordings and hits stores today. The release of The Essential Kenny G coincides with...

01/23/06    News

Ornette Coleman Honored at Berklee

Jazz revolutionary Ornette Coleman can add one more title to the long list of superlatives that ordinarily accompany his name: doctor. Berklee College of Music in Boston awarded Coleman an honorary doctorate of music this week during the school’s annual...

01/21/06    News

Leeds Jazz Conference Planned for Spring

Leeds College of Music will host the Leeds International Jazz Conference, one of the largest European jazz conferences, March 24 and 25. This year marks the 12th year of the conference, which includes workshops, panel discussions, presentations and performances...

01/20/06    News

John Lee Hooker Jr. Signs to Telarc, to Tour

John Lee Hooker Jr., son of the legendary bluesman, has signed to Telarc and is scheduled to enter the studio later this month to record his debut. The album is tentatively titled Cold as Ice and will be released June 27. Even though Hooker has huge shoes...

01/19/06    News

Prestige Founder Bob Weinstock Dies

Bob Weinstock, founder of Prestige Records, died Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla. of complications from diabetes. He was 77. Weinstock was a lifelong jazz fan. As a teenager, he managed a small record shop, which was frequented by many New York jazz players...

01/17/06    News

Jelly Roll Morton Workshop Opens Alan Lomax Symposium

The Library of Congress will host a workshop on pianist Jelly Roll Morton tomorrow at noon in Washington, D.C., at the legendary Coolidge Auditorium, where Morton recorded his famous repertoire nearly 70 years ago. The event kicks off a three-day symposium...

01/07/06    News

Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts to Tour and Teach

Drummer Matt Wilson is scheduled to hit the road this month - quirks and all - for a weekend of performances capped off by a day of educational workshops, all with his acclaimed Arts and Crafts band. The shows are Jan. 20 at Chicago Symphony Hall, Jan. 21...

01/05/06    News

Nebraska to Host Inaugural Jazz Fest in March

The First Annual Nebraska Jazz Festival is scheduled for March 17-18 on the campus of Nebraska Weslyan University in Lincoln, Neb. The festival will feature some of the Midwest’s most accomplished jazz musicians and educators and include two performances...

01/04/06    News

Marsalis and Connick Create Community for Katrina Victims

Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. (pictured) joined Louisiana officials last month to announce plans to build a New Orleans housing community for local musicians who were displaced from their homes by Hurricane Katrina. The community, which is being...

01/03/06    News

Guitarist Derek Bailey, Free-Form Innovator Dies

Guitarist Derek Bailey, whose radical guitar playing revolutionized improvisational music, died Dec. 25 at his home in London of complications from a motor neuron disease, according to The New York Times . He was 75. Bailey grew up playing jazz, but ultimately...

12/27/05    News

Chicago Underground Duo to Release Album in February

Cornetist Rob Mazurek and drummer Chad Taylor add some international flavor to their usual stew of free jazz, electronic burps and avant-pop on the ninth Chicago Underground release. In Praise of Shadows , the fourth album from the group as a duo, is scheduled...

12/26/05    News

Brooks Brothers to Release Exclusive LCJO Album

Next time you go searching the used bins for that rare jazz title eluding your collection, look no further than the nearest mall. Brooks Brothers, the famous men’s clothier, has officially entered Starbucks territory, releasing its second CD in a series...

12/22/05    News

Two Emmy-nominated Duke Ellington films on DVD

Two Emmy-nominated films featuring Duke Ellington and directed by Ralph J. Gleason were released as a single DVD last month. Love You Madly , a 1967 documentary of Ellington’s later years, and A Concert of Sacred Music at Grace Cathedral , the premier performance...

12/21/05    News

Backbeat Books to Release Expanded Edition of Jaco Pastorius Biography

An expanded edition of Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius by Bill Milkowski, is scheduled for release in January, again on Backbeat Books. Originally published in 1995, the book uses photographs, music and interviews to analyze Pastorius’s...

12/20/05    News

Keyboardist Bobby Lyle Signs to Heads Up

Keyboardist Bobby Lyle, who has played with everyone from Sly and the Family Stone to Al Jarreau to Bette Midler, signed with Heads Up International earlier this month. Lyle’s Heads Up debut is scheduled for release May 23, 2006. Lyle’s career has spanned...

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