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Jazz Grammy Winners

Jazz artists made their token appearances at the 2002 Grammy Awards, held Wednesday night. Diana Krall looked like Elvis Costello was stepping on her foot as they introduced the song of the year nominees together on the Grammys Wednesday night. Saxophonist Dave Koz (pictured left) led the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. Natalie Cole was a presenter. … Read More “Jazz Grammy Winners”

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Carnegie Hall Discontinues Jazz Orchestra

Carnegie Hall’s new executive and artistic director, Robert Harth, decided to eliminate the widely praised 16-member jazz band (shown left), led by trumpeter Jon Faddis, from its 2002-2003 schedule, and use the money saved to diversify the jazz programming. “It’s really a question of using our resources in that area in a different manner,” Harth … Read More “Carnegie Hall Discontinues Jazz Orchestra”

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It’s Pat! Metheny Group’s Upcoming CD

Guitarist Pat Metheny (pictured left) and his partner in crime, keyboardist Lyle Mays, haven’t tinkered with the formula for the upcoming Pat Metheny Group CD, Speaking of Now (Warner Bros.), but they have tinkered with the Group: new members include trumpeter-vocalist Cuong Vu and bassist-vocalist Richard Bona, though he only plays percussion along with new … Read More “It’s Pat! Metheny Group’s Upcoming CD”

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Contest for Young Musicians Carries Large Cash Prizes

Hey, absurdly talented 17- or 18-year-old jazz musicians! Want to make some cold, cold cash? Sure you do. So read on. You may be undecided as to whether to apply for the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts annual Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) program. Sure, those who earn the all-expenses-paid trip … Read More “Contest for Young Musicians Carries Large Cash Prizes”

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Body and Soul

For many jazz fans, music is good therapy. But for a growing number of health professionals, it’s serious medicine. More than 5,000 music therapists in the United States enter hospitals, hospices and nursing homes to jam with the elderly, sing with the sick and trade fours with the youngsters. Doctors explain that familiar lyrics are … Read More “Body and Soul”

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JazzReach Raises Funds at the Blue Note

On May 21, the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York hosted “Reaching Forth,” a benefit for JazzReach Performing Arts and Education Association, Inc. Saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade provided the night’s entertainment and were joined throughout the evening by special guests organist Sam Yahel and saxophonist … Read More “JazzReach Raises Funds at the Blue Note”

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KoSA Percussion Workshop

KoSA has announced its lineup for its sixth edition of the KoSA International Percussion Workshop. This year’s faculty includes a litany of top drummers including Gordon Gottlieb (Steely Dan), Glen Velez (Paul Winter), Ed Shaughnessy (The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson), Zoro (Lenny Kravitz), Paul Picard (Celine Dion), and many others. The workshop runs July … Read More “KoSA Percussion Workshop”

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Jazz Educators Conference Is Around the Corner

It’s not too late to register for the 28th Annual International Association of Jazz Educators Conference to be held January 10-13, 2001 in New York City. The conference will reflect a program that focuses on the future of jazz, with an emphasis on education and outreach. Over 7,000 jazz educators, musicians, students, enthusiasts, and industry … Read More “Jazz Educators Conference Is Around the Corner”

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