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June 2006    At Home

Marion Meadows

It’s true that musicians aren’t exactly famous for their physical prowess—thankfully, you can make great music without spending hours at the gym. But saxophonist Marion Meadows doesn’t follow convention. The Heads Up recording artist has nine albums, including...


May 2006    News

Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis: In New Orleans, It Takes a Village

Since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast last August, numerous organizations have held fundraisers to help the city get back on its feet. As expected, many jazz and music-oriented organizations came to the forefront to help displaced New Orleans...

04/25/06    News

Monk Awarded Posthumous Pulitzer

The 90th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were announced last week and Thelonious Monk was awarded a posthumous Special Citation “for a body of distinguished and innovative musical composition that has had a significant and enduring impact on the evolution...

04/24/06    News

Photographer William Gottlieb Dies

Photographer William Gottlieb died at his home in New York today. He was 89 years old. The world-renowned photographer was called “The Great Jazz Photographer” in a 1990 issue of Modern Photography , while the New York Times commented that Gottlieb had “the...

04/20/06    News

Dr. Billy Taylor Steps Out of Retirement for One-Off Concert

Dr. Billy Taylor, what are you doing? The good man retired from performing in March 2005, though continued to keep busy with his roles as artistic director for jazz at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and his artist-in-residence position at the University...

04/17/06    News

Stanford Jazz Festival Announces Dates, Performers

The massive Stanford Jazz Festival, which runs June 24 through Aug. 5, announced its line up of more than 100 artists and 30 concerts for this year’s festival. Highlighted performances include concerts by Jimmy Heath (pictured) and James Woods; Regina Carter;...

04/12/06    News

Herbie Hancock DVD to Be Released

To follow up his 2005 album Possibilities , pianist Herbie Hancock will release the DVD Herbie Hancock: Possibilities April 18. The DVD chronicles his life and features footage of the Miles Davis Quintet, along with the making of Possibilities , which included...

04/11/06    News

Cape May Jazz Festival Announces Dates, Performers

This year’s Cape May Jazz Festival will be held April 21-23 in Cape May, N.J. and will honor Little Jimmy Scott featuring Little Jimmy Scott and Jazz Expressions, Hugh Masekela (pictured), Billy Paul, Mike Stern, Carmen Lundy and Greg Skaff with special...

03/22/06    News

Narvin Kimball, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Founder, Dies

Narvin Kimball, the last founding member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, died March 17 at his daughter’s home in Charleston, S.C., at age 97. The band’s vocalist and banjo player, Kimball continually received standing ovations for his rendition of “Georgia...

03/21/06    News

JFA Hosts Annual Night in Harlem Concert

The Jazz Foundation of America’s fifth annual A Great Night in Harlem concert will take place May 4 at the Apollo Theater, hosted again by Bill Cosby. The JFA has set a goal to raise $1.5 million through corporate donations and proceeds from the gala to...

03/20/06    News

Trumpeter Raphe Malik Dies at 59

Trumpeter Raphe Malik died March 8 at age 57 in Guilford, Vt., after a long illness. Malik excelled at high-energy free jazz, and is remembered for his work in Cecil Taylor’s various 1970s and ‘80s bands. Born Laurence Mazel in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 1 1948...

03/18/06    News

Telluride Jazz Festival Dates Announced

The dates for the annual Telluride Jazz Festival have been set for Aug. 4-6 in Telluride, Colo. In its 29th year, this year’s festival schedule has yet to be set, but already, many performers have been confirmed. Featured performers include Herbie Hancock;...

03/17/06    News

Prestige to Release Rudy Van Gelder Remasters Series

Prestige will release 10 remastered CDs next Tuesday as part of its Rudy Van Gelder Remasters series. Van Gelder, the original engineer on the sessions, remastered the 10 discs and new booklet essays were commissioned for the packages and appear alongside...

03/15/06    News

Jamie Cullum Adds Tour Dates

Still promoting the hell out of his last album, Jamie Cullum has tacked on an additional month or so of touring to his scheduled March tour . Catching Tales came out in October and Cullum began touring in support of it earlier this month. Come May, he’ll...

03/13/06    News

JALC Announes 2006-07 Season

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced its 2006-07 season last week, which will kick off Sept. 14 with the three-day Coltrane Festival. JALC’s 20th year of programming will also see world premiere compositions, international tours by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra...

03/10/06    News

Woody Allen to Kick Off Rochester Jazz Festival

They announced their festival dates waaaay back in November and the organizers of the Rochester Jazz Festival still won’t announce performers until April 6. But those tricky people have blessed us with this: Headlining the fifth annual festival will be the...

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