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Lady Gaga celebrates Tony Bennett's 'legacy of jazz music' on one-year anniversary of iconic singer's death

LADY GAGA CELEBRATES TONY BENNETT'S 'LEGACY OF JAZZ MUSIC' ON ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ICONIC SINGER'S DEATH

Jul 21, 2024, 8:18 AM

Lady Gaga honored her longtime friend and collaborator Tony Bennett and his "legacy of jazz music" on the one-year anniversary of the legendary singer's death.


‘Smooth Sounds by the Sea’ mesh jazz and R&B with cool summer vibes

‘SMOOTH SOUNDS BY THE SEA’ MESH JAZZ AND R&B WITH COOL SUMMER VIBES

Jul 21, 2024, 7:53 PM

The yearly event pays tribute to and celebrates the contributions of people of African descent and the music and culture of America by showcasing a diverse range of live jazz and R&B performances. “This is an outstanding event that brings music to the ...


Don’t call Hiatus Kaiyote 'jazz' — but it is in their artistic DNA

DON’T CALL HIATUS KAIYOTE 'JAZZ' — BUT IT IS IN THEIR ARTISTIC DNA

Jul 21, 2024, 2:02 PM

Hiatus Kaiyote's new album Love Heart Cheat Code is unbound by any one style. Bassist Paul Bender spoke with KNKX about the band's jazz inspiration and the new album.


How award-winning jazz trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni found his voice through music

HOW AWARD-WINNING JAZZ TRUMPETER MANDLA MLANGENI FOUND HIS VOICE THROUGH MUSIC

Jul 19, 2024, 3:09 PM

South African jazz trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni shares with CNN’s Larry Madowo how he found his passion for music at the peak of apartheid resistance. South African jazz trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni shares with CNN’s Larry Madowo how he found his passion for music at the peak of apartheid resistance.


Let the music begin: Former camper opens Litchfield Jazz Festival at gala

LET THE MUSIC BEGIN: FORMER CAMPER OPENS LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL AT GALA

Jul 21, 2024, 2:45 AM

Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer and educator who will perform on the opening night of the Litchfield Jazz Festival on July 26. Festivities for the festival begin at 5:45 p.


Hartford Festival of Jazz brings crowds to downtown Hartford

HARTFORD FESTIVAL OF JAZZ BRINGS CROWDS TO DOWNTOWN HARTFORD

Jul 21, 2024, 4:32 AM

“I love to hear the saxophone, I love live music,” said Jasmine Aiken of New Britain. “I enjoy the singing, the keyboardist, just the environment in general.” The Greater Hartford Arts Council hosted the event. They said it is the largest free jazz ...


Nashville Drummer John Alvey Makes His Leadership Debut With 'Loft Glow,' Set For August 23 Release On Jazz Music City Records

NASHVILLE DRUMMER JOHN ALVEY MAKES HIS LEADERSHIP DEBUT WITH 'LOFT GLOW,' SET FOR AUGUST 23 RELEASE ON JAZZ MUSIC CITY RECORDS

Jul 17, 2024, 11:00 PM

Nashville Drummer John Alvey Makes His Leadership Debut With 'Loft Glow,' Set For August 23 Release On Jazz Music City Records. Posted in “Recording” column. Published: July 17, 2024 @ All About Jazz


GET IN THE GROOVE WITH A FLURRY OF OUTDOOR SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS TO CLOSE OUT JULY

Jul 21, 2024, 10:00 AM

As the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz ends, half a dozen other big Connecticut music festivals are ready to go from Black-Eyed & Bluesfest to Jam at the Dam to the Charles Ives Music


La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2024 will offer new aural adventures

LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY’S SUMMERFEST 2024 WILL OFFER NEW AURAL ADVENTURES

Jul 21, 2024, 8:01 PM

The lineup includes England’s acclaimed Thomas Adès, Tony-Award winning actor Danny Burstein, The Paper Cinema, top-notch musicians and a multimedia extravaganza


Chris' Jazz Café celebrates new generation musicians in Sisterhood of Jazz

CHRIS' JAZZ CAFÉ CELEBRATES NEW GENERATION MUSICIANS IN SISTERHOOD OF JAZZ

Jul 19, 2024, 4:27 PM

Philadelphia has long been known for its rich musical roots. Having created the sound of Philadelphia, music lovers associate the City of Brotherly Love with what is called Philly Soul,


Timeless Tickets: Rain couldn't stop the Bill Bell Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2022

TIMELESS TICKETS: RAIN COULDN'T STOP THE BILL BELL JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL IN 2022

Jul 19, 2024, 10:59 AM

After Bell's death in 2017, he became the namesake for the annual jazz festival hosted by local music nonprofit Polyrhythms. The Bill Bell Jazz & Heritage Festival has been held for 10 years now and will return again Aug. 16-18, 2024.


INTERVIEW: BRITISH MUSIC STAR MAHALIA HOPES TO PERFORM IN CHINA TO BUILD CULTURAL BRIDGES

Jul 22, 2024, 2:08 AM

MONTREUX, Switzerland, July 22 (Xinhua) -- At the just concluded iconic Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, British R&B and neo-soul singer Mahalia said she dreams of performing in China one day and building more cultural bridges with her music.


Opening gala has food, fun, fantastic music

OPENING GALA HAS FOOD, FUN, FANTASTIC MUSIC

Jul 21, 2024, 2:43 AM

In 1999, one of the loyal volunteers at the jazz festival had a dad who was a caterer. He convinced the organizers it would be fun to have a party, with him doing all the cooking on site. So before Diana Krall took the Mainstage for the 3rd annual Jazz Festival,


Trailer for Music Doc 'Not Not Jazz' About Medeski, Martin and Wood

TRAILER FOR MUSIC DOC 'NOT NOT JAZZ' ABOUT MEDESKI, MARTIN AND WOOD

Jul 12, 2024, 8:13 PM

"Music is its own language, it really is." Oscilloscope Labs has revealed an official trailer for a music doc called Not Not Jazz, from filmmaker Jason Miller. After first premiering in 2019, this is finally getting an official VOD release from Oscope,


JAZZ MUSIC

Jul 10, 2024, 12:34 PM

Taylor, Madonna and Beyoncé set off on world-straddling tours in 2023 – but there's a storm on the horizon for the next generation of stars


Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Announces Winners of Jazz Leaders Fellowship

BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF JAZZ LEADERS FELLOWSHIP

Jul 13, 2024, 2:00 PM

The award supports emerging Black women and Black non-binary jazz musicians in New York City to further their projects and careers.


La Jolla Music Society offers performances and education activities at SummerFest

LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY OFFERS PERFORMANCES AND EDUCATION ACTIVITIES AT SUMMERFEST

Jul 21, 2024, 4:09 PM

In association with SummerFest 2024 at The Conrad, La Jolla Music Society will offer 50 free learning and engagement activities


South LA music teacher helped create modern jazz and hip-hop scene

SOUTH LA MUSIC TEACHER HELPED CREATE MODERN JAZZ AND HIP-HOP SCENE

Jul 15, 2024, 10:49 PM

Andrews is the focus of the latest “Lost Notes” episode. Keep KCRW Independent. KCRW is here to provide you with local news, music discovery, and cultural connection. Stay up to date with all things KCRW by signing up for our newsletters! And ...


Composer, cellist couple to perform West Coast premiere of concerto at Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

COMPOSER, CELLIST COUPLE TO PERFORM WEST COAST PREMIERE OF CONCERTO AT CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Jul 20, 2024, 8:23 PM

Written by Santa Cruz-born composer Lembit Beecher for his wife, cellist Karen Ouzounian, “Tell Me Again” is based on their own familial experiences. Beecher was born to an Estonian


TOTAL ENJOYMENT! AT GAIA MUSIC FESTIVAL: JAZZ IN THE VALLEY 2024

Jul 18, 2024, 1:22 AM

Following the successful concerts of the past two years, The Gaia Hotel Bandung is back with the Gaia Music Festival (GMF): Jazz in The Valley, promising more varied and quality shows, with a livelier musical atmosphere.


André 3000 Admits He Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing When It Comes To Jazz

ANDRÉ 3000 ADMITS HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE’S DOING WHEN IT COMES TO JAZZ

Jul 21, 2024, 8:00 PM

Speaking on LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s podcast, "The Shop," the Outkast luminary emphasized that his venture into flute music was not driven by any particular agenda or aspiration to become a jazz artist.


Jazz in the City: 5 things to know about upcoming Mobile festival

JAZZ IN THE CITY: 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT UPCOMING MOBILE FESTIVAL

Jul 20, 2024, 12:59 PM

For more than 20 years, Mobile’s Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival has kept the music going through the hottest part of the summer season. This year it keeps the bar high, with a member of New Orleans’ legendary Marsalis family headlining its centerpiece concert.


WEEKLY FREE JAZZ PERFORMANCES WILL CONTINUE AT VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Jul 17, 2024, 2:12 AM

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) will continue to host weekly free jazz performances, as Dominion Energy has renewed its sponsorship of the popular Dominion Energy Jazz Café.


Marshall Allen and Chucho Valdés included in 2025 class of NEA Jazz Masters

MARSHALL ALLEN AND CHUCHO VALDÉS INCLUDED IN 2025 CLASS OF NEA JAZZ MASTERS

Jul 16, 2024, 2:00 PM

A saxophonist of otherworldly gusto, two pianists of impulsive eloquence and a critic with a pen nearly as sharp as his ears are the latest selections for the the nation's highest honor for jazz.


Q&A: Ed Love, long-time jazz radio host, on his six decades in radio

Q&A: ED LOVE, LONG-TIME JAZZ RADIO HOST, ON HIS SIX DECADES IN RADIO

Jul 21, 2024, 3:01 AM

At 92 years old, Ed Love is still on the air. The jazz radio afficionado has hosted “Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program” on WDET since 1983 and worked in the radio industry for years before that. From his youth in Kansas to his time in the Air force to when he moved to Detroit in 1960 to today, Love has always loved jazz.


Annual ‘Smooth Sounds by the Sea’ R&B and jazz concert set for Sunday on Staten Island

ANNUAL ‘SMOOTH SOUNDS BY THE SEA’ R&B AND JAZZ CONCERT SET FOR SUNDAY ON STATEN ISLAND

Jul 19, 2024, 2:27 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The 13th Annual “Smooth Sounds by the Sea,” a relaxing afternoon of soulful R&B and Jazz is set for Sunday, July 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the historic Alice Austen House in Rosebank. The rain date is Sunday, July 28.


Thriving music scene in Richmond to be highlighted in week-long celebration

THRIVING MUSIC SCENE IN RICHMOND TO BE HIGHLIGHTED IN WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION

Jul 21, 2024, 3:19 PM

Richmond will host a week-long celebration of its thriving music scene Aug. 2-11 at live venues throughout the city.


CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY TO END DEGREE PROGRAMS

Jul 18, 2024, 12:00 AM

California Jazz Conservatory offered associate and bachelor’s degrees ... The focus will now shift to its community music program, Jazzschool.


Music @ Melrose to unite neighbors through jazz performances

MUSIC @ MELROSE TO UNITE NEIGHBORS THROUGH JAZZ PERFORMANCES

Jul 18, 2024, 12:00 AM

it wants to bring neighbors together for a fun event featuring local and national jazz artists. Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Communications Director Chelsea Moran joined Here @ Home to share the details on Music @ Melrose. The community event is ...


Aspen Music Festival and School: Expanding the bounds of classical music

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL: EXPANDING THE BOUNDS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Jul 19, 2024, 11:59 PM

The weekday recitals in Harris Hall this past week stretched the boundaries of classical music. If George Gershwin famously dabbled in jazz for his Rhapsody in Blue a century ago, pianist Conrad Tao took it up a few notches in his new piece inspired by Gershwin.


Live music, food vendors will connect Syracuse ArtsWeek to Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

LIVE MUSIC, FOOD VENDORS WILL CONNECT SYRACUSE ARTSWEEK TO NORTHEAST JAZZ & WINE FESTIVAL

Jul 19, 2024, 5:20 PM

West Jefferson Street will serve as a bridge from the Arts & Crafts Festival to the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival.


R&B on the river, Michigan jazz talent and drinks at the zoo: This weekend in Detroit

R&B ON THE RIVER, MICHIGAN JAZZ TALENT AND DRINKS AT THE ZOO: THIS WEEKEND IN DETROIT

Jul 19, 2024, 10:04 AM

As usual with summer in The D, there are many big things going on, but here are four fun, fresh options you might not know about.


Detroit jazz radio legend Ed Love to be honored at tribute concert

DETROIT JAZZ RADIO LEGEND ED LOVE TO BE HONORED AT TRIBUTE CONCERT

Jul 19, 2024, 2:57 PM

The concert, "Cassandra Wilson: A Tribute to Ed Love with Ralphe Armstrong," will be headlined by jazz vocalist Wilson, who has won Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 1997 and again in 2009. Wilson will perform alongside Detroit natives Ralphe Armstrong, a bassist, and James Carter, a saxophonist.


10 Highlights From Montreal Jazz Festival 2024, Including New Discoveries

10 HIGHLIGHTS FROM MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2024, INCLUDING NEW DISCOVERIES

Jul 17, 2024, 10:17 PM

The organisers of the world’s biggest jazz festival have spent over 40 years perfecting their annual Montreal event and making it accessible to all, with many free gigs.


HEADED TO THE JAZZ & RIB FEST IN COLUMBUS? HERE'S WHAT TO KNOW

Jul 16, 2024, 11:03 AM

One of Columbus' tasty festivals returns this weekend, offering funky music and smoky meats. Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has hosted the Jazz & Rib Fest for more than 40 years ...


Iowa City Jazz Festival celebrates with good food, great music

IOWA CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL CELEBRATES WITH GOOD FOOD, GREAT MUSIC

Jul 08, 2024, 7:44 PM

Jazz lovers enjoyed free music from two stages, showcasing a lineup ranging from Grammy and downbeat award winners to the corridor's top student performers.


JAZZ FESTIVAL SETS MOOD MUSIC TO BOOST GLOBAL EXCHANGE

Jul 19, 2024, 4:23 AM

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Lafayette's newest venue brings jazz and blues to the downtown music scene

LAFAYETTE'S NEWEST VENUE BRINGS JAZZ AND BLUES TO THE DOWNTOWN MUSIC SCENE

Jul 18, 2024, 7:00 PM

Michael Lockett says the new venue in downtown Lafayette has a real "jazz aura." "I can feel it," said the Grammy winner.


Free jazz festival in Hartford runs from Friday night through Sunday

FREE JAZZ FESTIVAL IN HARTFORD RUNS FROM FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY

Jul 18, 2024, 6:39 PM

Music enthusiasts and those who enjoy a good tune or two should get ready, New England’s largest free jazz festival kicks off in Downtown Hartford on Friday. City officials anticipate more than 150,000 people will attend the 33rd annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz over the next three days.


IN-DEPTH: JAZZ IN THE PARK BRINGS MUSIC TO YOUNGSTOWN ALL SUMMER

Jul 09, 2024, 10:10 PM

There’s a lot going on this summer, including Jazz in the Park in Youngstown. Jazz in the Park is a concert series at Wick Park that runs July 7 through September 1 this year. Jeff Green, president of Jazz in the Park,