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11/22/06    News

Movado Announces Award to Celebrate Future Legends

Movado recently announced a new prize aimed at acknowledging budding talents in the arts who are on their way to stardom. The Movado Future Legends award is designed to celebrate young artists who are still studying but on their way to becoming a major influence...


11/19/06    Concerts

Bill Frisell's Unspeakable Orchestra

Bill Frisell is nothing if not eclectic and his albums continue to defy expectation and convention. Long considered one of the most adventurous guitarists on the jazz scene, Frisell incorporates elements of rock, country, blues, world music and Monk-ian...


11/12/06    Concerts

Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood in DC

The line between jazz and rock has always been a fine one. Both are highly performance-based and both value virtuosity and showmanship, yet they tend to remain quite distinct. Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood’s tour-opening performance at Washington, D...


November 2006    Albums

Now I Understand
Club D'Elf

Club d’Elf has been a mainstay on the Boston jazz circuit since 1998, which is why it’s surprising it’s taken the band until 2006 to make it to the studio. Anchored by bassist Mike Rivard, Club d’Elf’s debut studio recording boasts an ensemble of players...


November 2006    Albums

Instrumental Dissent
The Motet

The Motet is notorious for shuffling through band members and collaborators. The group’s founder and primary songwriter, Dave Watts, has even drummed for the Everyone Orchestra. But despite his penchant for variety, Watts recently closed the Motet’s revolving...

10/13/06    News

Illustrated Django Book Surveys Gypsy Jazz Phenomenon

Let’s face it, packing up your guitar and running off to Eastern Europe to join a caravan of gypsies really isn’t for everyone. So why face the harsh life of the road when you can curl up with a book that will practically take you there? Django Reinhardt...

10/04/06    News

Second Annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Hits D.C.

While Washington, D.C. may be best known for its monuments, museums and pandas, it has also served as the stomping grounds of the legendary Duke Ellington. In tribute to the jazz great, Washington D.C. plays host to the second annual Duke Ellington Jazz...

10/03/06    News

John Zorn Makes the Colbert Report

As we reported last month, John Zorn was one of 25 MacArthur Fellows named on Sept. 19. Fellows receive a no-strings-attached $500,000 prize that is designed to fuel their creative endeavors in the future. The three criteria for becoming a fellow are evidence...

09/29/06    News

R. Crumb and classic jazz cohorts release World Musette

Robert Crumb is widely known for his satirical, irreverent and one-of-a-kind illustration style. His best-known work includes characters like “Fritz the Cat,” “Mr. Natural,” a slew of comic strips, and the Keep on Truckin’ drawing; an icon of 1970s pop culture...

09/21/06    News

MacArthur Foundation awards Regina Carter and John Zorn genius grants

One telephone call out of the blue. $500,000 in your pocket, no strings attached. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, huh? Just ask John Zorn (pictured) and Regina Carter, both of whom were among the 25 MacArthur Fellows named Tuesday. The John D. and Catherine...

09/20/06    News

Thelonious Monk Institute celebrates 20th anniversary, announces piano competition winner

The Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz celebrated its 20th anniversary this past week, boasting all-star performances at the anniversary celebration in the East Wing of the White House as well as during the finals of the annual Monk competition at the Kennedy...

09/18/06    News

Shakers n' Bakers fuses Shaker music and jazz

The Shaker religion is most commonly known for the celibacy of its devout followers, its simple and sturdy furniture and, perhaps most of all, its dwindling popularity. But a lesser-known Shaker fact is this: They absolutely loved to get down. Music was...

09/15/06    News

Branford Marsalis receives honorary doctorate from Berklee

Dr. John, Dr. Billy Taylor and Dr. Dre. What do all these names have in common? They are all highly acclaimed musicians who aren’t real doctors! Well, at least not in the medical sense, anyway. Joining their ranks last week was Branford Marsalis. The three...

09/15/06    News

Festival of New Trumpet Music starts tonight in NYC

Kicking off tonight in New York City is the 4th Annual Festival of New Trumpet Music. Curated by Dave Douglas (pictured), Roy Campbell and Jon Nelson, the month-long concert series presents the best and brightest jazz trumpeters performing all over the city...

09/12/06    News

Lieb celebrates 60th birthday with four nights at Birdland

Turning 60 is no small occasion, especially when you’ve been living the jazz life for 40 of those years. Soprano-sax star Dave Liebman celebrates his 60th birthday this week at New York’s Birdland with a musical program stretching over four nights. Wednesday...

06/11/05    News

Michael Wolff to Be Honored as Steinway Artist

Pianist Michael Wolff will join the ranks of Steinway Artists in an invitation-only ceremony at New York City’s Steinway Hall on June 23. Dr. Billy Taylor will host the event, which will feature a performance by Wolff and band mate and tabla master Badal...

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