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Profiles

Catch up on the careers of the music’s greatest and latest artists.

Diana Krall: Three into One

By the conclusion of her performance at this year’s North Sea Jazz Festival, Diana Krall left each member of the audience with the impression that she was singing and playing the piano solely for them. During the three-day Dutch musical marathon, easily the most comprehensive assembly of jazz talent known to man, I had the … Read More “Diana Krall: Three into One”

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Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw is one of England’s top male vocalists who, at age 33, recently took his jazz chops to Los Angeles and wowed both audiences and critics alike. “I’m truly amazed at how warmly I was received on the west coast tour,” he said from his London home. “It sort of gave me a mischievous … Read More “Ian Shaw”

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Max Roach Remembers Tony Williams

The recent, unexpected death of master drummer Anthony Williams came as a terrible shock to his family, friends, and music lovers everywhere. On Thursday, February 20, Williams, after complaining of stomach pain, was admitted to the hospital for gall bladder surgery. On Sunday, February 23, while recuperating from surgery, he apparently suffered a fatal heart … Read More “Max Roach Remembers Tony Williams”

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Frank Foster: Xpanded Mission

Tenor saxophonist Frank Foster may be as old as he looks, to paraphrase one of the new tunes on his new quartet recording, but there’s no musical generation gap 
separating him from the younger players he’s teamed up with in his latest career phase. Long associated with the Count Basie Orchestra-first as a player and … Read More “Frank Foster: Xpanded Mission”

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Ken Peplowski: Spin Control

Name a style of jazz—bop, trad, big band, avant garde, even toss in some 20th century classical stuff. Reedman Ken Peplowski has listened to it, studied it, and probably played it. His tastes are truly diverse, and yet he’s able to keep his identity in any
situation or setting. The secret? “I can honestly say that … Read More “Ken Peplowski: Spin Control”

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Lee Konitz: On His Own Terms

Great jazz can be like a flurry of snowflakes. No two solos, or phrases, are alike, and the subtlest inflections attached to each note are one-of-a-kind. The greatest jazz players—the innovators—are also one-of-a-kind. Lee Konitz is this kind of player, a professional improviser on the alto saxophone for 50 of his 70 years. He has … Read More “Lee Konitz: On His Own Terms”

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