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The Jazz Connection

As a 20-year veteran of this magazine, I’ve become a chronic theme hunter. In this issue, which we like to call our Festival Issue because of the comprehensive listings for jazz and blues fests all over the world, there also seems to be an implicit theme of connection-between artists and their audience, between the artists themselves and between the music of various cultures.

Jazz forms the basis for a community that is so diverse no one can ever define it. It’s a notion that runs throughout the issue: from the cover story about two musicians from a tiny country for whom jazz formed a foundation that held through travels across the globe … to a New Orleans trumpeter who believes music should have a message … to a pianist and composer who specializes in cultural amalgams.

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