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May 19, 2015

Kirk Whalum: The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV (DVD)

Outside of Whalum’s magic on tenor and soprano sax (he even plays flute on the delicately fragrant “This is the Day”) and the fabulous piano work of John Stoddart is singer Shelea’s gorgeous and amazing interpretation of “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” It is the best moment of the DVD.

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May 14, 2015

Video Premiere: Cyrille Aimée ‘It’s A Good Day’

Today, the winner of both the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Vocal Competition and the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition continues to reference the music that prompted her to string together pillow cases and climb off her bedroom window as she creates exciting arrangements of beloved songs that range from Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall” to Peggy Lee’s “It’s a Good Day.”

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March 23, 2015

Kevin Eubanks, Stanley Jordan exude everlasting kindness in first-ever ‘Duets’

“It ended up being more laidback and mellow than I thought it would be,” Jordan said, because some of the concepts initially were so upbeat.

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February 12, 2015

12 Young American Jazz Musicians You Need to Know

Many music mavens, jazz fans or otherwise, know of American jazz legends like Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, but a new generation of artists are bringing refreshing new talent to the genre. From the breakout success of artists like Gregory Porter and Esperanza Spalding to up-and-coming talents like pianist Aaron Diehl, we uncover the best young American jazz musicians.

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January 20, 2015

Danilo Peréz Builds a Magnet for Musicians in Panama

Nearly 30 years after he left his native Panama to study jazz composition at Berklee, Danilo Perez has made promoting musicianship in Panama — using music as a springboard, cultural unifier and teaching tool — his life’s work.

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January 05, 2015

SPCR: New Music from Willie Nelson, Jimmy Greene and more

Saxophone player Greene’s daughter, Ana, was one of the 22 children killed in the Sandy Hook school shootings two years ago. She was, as he says in his liner note essay, six years, eight months and 10 days old.

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