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Giving Thanks & Sharing the Jazz Love!

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We're celebrating Thanksgiving by recognizing everyone who volunteered to help improve All About Jazz this past year. Your contributions were immeasurable and we thank you for your generosity, passion and friendship. The good people who support this website are as cool and as essential as the music itself. Thanks again! Since 1995 At All About Jazz and Jazz Near You, we celebrate jazz every day. We publish new content seven days a week, including articles, news ...


Three Views of Jaco: Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 / JACO: The Film & Original Soundtrack

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It's hard to believe that, despite being gone for 28 years, bassist/composer Jaco Pastorius remains not just an important figure in the world of jazz, but beyond its broadest purview as well. His seemingly sudden appearance on a series of four albums in 1976 demonstrated that this was an artist with virtually no restrictions. In addition to his first contributing to two tracks on fusion supergroup Weather Report's Black Market (Columbia)--leading to his replacing former band bassist Alphonso Johnson through ...


Bill Kirchner: Finding Music's Intimacy

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The extremely accomplished Bill Kirchner--composer, arranger, saxophonist, writer, editor, teacher--enjoys a career anyone would be proud of. He's played with important musicians, led outstanding groups and had his arrangements played by top-shelf musicians and bands. In 1996, he won a Grammy for Best Album Notes for the revered Columbia/Mosaic re-issue Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings. Many of the accomplishments came about despite severe physical setbacks. In 1993, he was found to have a ...


Mark Wingfield: The Continuing Evolution of the Electric Guitar

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I was first introduced to the music of Mark Wingfield through listening to his first duo album with the inventive genius of Massachusetts acoustic mastermind, Kevin Kastning. Although in my gut I suspected it, it was almost impossible, still, to believe when it was confirmed that both players had indeed improvised the entire album. While retaining that just-baked freshness, there was still a grace, presence, flow and assurity presenting itself that one might expect from the delivery of music the ...


Michael Gibbs: Still Pushing The Envelope

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In a career spanning well over fifty years, veteran composer/arranger Michael Gibbs has chalked up a truly impressive range of credits, from Mahavishnu Orchestra to Jaco Pastorius, from Gary Burton to John Scofield and from Kenny Wheeler to Norma Winstone. The Zimbabwe-born maestro has worked with the very best jazz musicians on both sides of the Atlantic, but his expertise is by no means restricted to that field. In an extremely diverse career Gibbs has also collaborated with the likes ...


Ornette Coleman

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June 11th 2015 was one of those momentous days in jazz history that can truly be said to signal the end of an era--it was the day Ornette Coleman died. It is a mark of his stature that, on the day in question, when jazz fans told each other, “Ornette is dead" no-one ever asked, “Ornette who?" As with Elvis or Miles, one name was sufficient. There have been other Colemans, but there was only ever one Ornette...


Stockholm Jazz Festival 2015

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Stockholm Jazz Festival Stockholm, Sweden October 9-18, 2015 The sleeper at this year's Stockholm Jazz Festival, and one this reviewer initially found more a curiosity than anything else, oddly enough was downright riveting, not to mention the first evening's headliner. More in the category of being a name crossover artist along the lines of a Dr. John, Buddy Guy or, dare I say, James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones put on a show that presented ...


Steve Herberman, Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes

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Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our third installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. This installment includes a diverse group of musicians from New York, California, and Washington DC. Meet Steve Herberman Steve hails from Washington DC. I met ...

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