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Dolores Ferdinand Marsalis Dies at 80

Dolores Ferdinand Marsalis, the matriarch of a family considered New Orleans musical royalty including husband Ellis Jr. and sons Branford, Delfeayo, Jason and Wynton (and two more sons, Mboya Kenyatta and poet Ellis III), died on July 18 at age 80. The cause per news reports was pancreatic cancer. Born Dolores Ferdinand in 1937 in … Read More “Dolores Ferdinand Marsalis Dies at 80”

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JT Track Premiere: Jazzmeia Horn’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing/Moanin’”

On May 12, Prestige/Concord Music Group will release Jazzmeia Horn’s debut album, A Social Call. The 10-track set features Horn, the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition winner, backed by pianist Victor Gould, trumpeter Josh Evans, saxophonist Stacy Dillard, trombonist Frank Lacy, bassist Ben Williams and drummer Jerome Jennings. The set list comprises songs Horn selected to reflect a … Read More “JT Track Premiere: Jazzmeia Horn’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing/Moanin’””

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Vocalist Al Jarreau Dies at 76

Al Jarreau, the strikingly versatile, technically virtuosic singer who traversed jazz, pop, R&B, Brazilian music and more, died Feb. 12 in Los Angeles. His death was announced in a note from his management addressed to “friends, family and colleagues.” He was 76, and had cancelled his upcoming concert dates and retired from touring on Feb. … Read More “Vocalist Al Jarreau Dies at 76”

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