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Michael Brecker Competition Continues Legacy of Generous Musician

Michael Brecker used to receive one or two unsolicited cassettes in the mail, every week, from young and aspiring musicians seeking his advice and guidance. Brecker, one of the most influential saxophonists to emerge in the wake of John Coltrane’s death in 1967, was a busy man—he played on close to 1,000 albums in his … Read More “Michael Brecker Competition Continues Legacy of Generous Musician”

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Star Wars Score With a Jazz Twist on May the Fourth

A short time from now in a club far, far away … unless you live near the PATH train … a New Jersey jazz musician’s ensemble is going to reimagine John Williams’ iconic Star Wars score. Saxophonist Anthony Ware, who has performed with Dee Dee Bridgewater, J. Cole, Chinese pop star Khalil Fong, and others, … Read MoreStar Wars Score With a Jazz Twist on May the Fourth”

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Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition Now Accepting Applicants

The Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition is now accepting applications, which are due Mar. 31. The competition, named after the late, influential saxophonist who died at 57 in 2007, consists of three rounds. The final two rounds—the semifinals will feature eight saxophonists—are to take place at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, Israel, running … Read More “Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition Now Accepting Applicants”

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Katie Webster Named 22nd Jimmy Lyons Scholar to Berklee

Katie Webster, an 18-year-old saxophonist from Seattle, has been named the 22nd recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship to Berklee College of Music. She will receive a four-year, full-tuition award presented in conjunction with the Monterey Jazz Festival. Webster is the first female recipient of the Lyons Award. She will begin her studies in Boston … Read More “Katie Webster Named 22nd Jimmy Lyons Scholar to Berklee”

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Wayne Shorter to Release 3-Disc Set with Graphic Novel

Blue Note Records has set Aug. 24 as the release date for Emanon, the first new Wayne Shorter album since 2013’s Without A Net. That live album marked Shorter’s return to the label where he began his recording career in 1964. Emanon, in contrast, is a triple album of original music by Shorter performed by … Read More “Wayne Shorter to Release 3-Disc Set with Graphic Novel”

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Odean Pope Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award

Philadelphia-based saxophonist Odean Pope was presented with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in a ceremony and reception on Oct. 27 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. After the reception, attendees took in a performance by recent Living Legacy awardee Ron Carter and his trio. According … Read More “Odean Pope Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award”

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Chasing Trane to Open Season of Independent Lens on PBS

Chasing Trane – a highly-acclaimed documentary on John Coltrane – will open the new season of Independent Lens on PBS with an airing on Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. EST. The film, written and directed by John Scheinfeld, is narrated by Denzel Washington and features not only many of the musicians who played with the … Read MoreChasing Trane to Open Season of Independent Lens on PBS”

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Kamasi Washington Posts New Music, Announces New Release

Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington recently announced a forthcoming EP, the first release since his acclaimed Brainfeeder triple-album of 2015, The Epic. Titled Harmony of Difference, the six-part suite will come out via the British indie label Young Turks this summer. The music can be heard now in a video installation at the Whitney Museum … Read More “Kamasi Washington Posts New Music, Announces New Release”

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