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Tyrone Hendrix : Jazz in Portland, Or. >>

Tyrone Hendrix has rhythm in his blood. It wasn't until later in his career that Mr. Hendrix turned that innate time keeping ability to jazz. The drummer, who now makes his home in the City of Roses (Portland, Or), is currently at work on his latest album. The young musician is constantly honing his craft and wants to achieve the same level to his craft as Tony Williams, a man Mr. Hendrix admires because of his large vocabulary in the field of jazz

Snarky Puppy

Snarky Puppy and GoGo Penguin: The New Standards of Jazz? >>

What is Jazz, actually? No, you don't have to answer that question because it is an unanswerable one, all be it theoretical one. Throughout its tracable history, the burden of this question has plagued many, mostly those who have tried to answer it in an attempt to exclude somebody else. The argument is about as old as jazz music itself and with the emergence of two new popular acts, GoGo Penguin and Snarky Puppy, that debate has been reenergized once again. Both bands have attained a popularity and complaints about being filed in the jazz genre.

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Brazilian Percussionist Nana Vaconselos Dead at 71 >>

Famed Jazz percussionist Nana Vasconcelos has died of lung cancer in his hometown of Recife, Brazil. The acclaimed percussionist and master of the single-stringed native Brazilian instrument berimbau died on March 9. He was 71 years old and was actually born in the town of Recife. Vasconcelos found a fair measure of fame in attention in the United States as well as Brazil.

Miles Davis

Miles Davis and Chet Baker Come to Life on Film >>

Two of jazz's greatest trumpet players, Miles Davis and Chet Baker, will both be coming back to life in new films due out this spring. Both are set to be played by noted Hollywood actors. In Born to be Blue, due out in theaters March 25, Ethan Hawke portrays the troubled trumpeter of the 50s and 60s Chet Baker. In Miles Ahead, House of Lies star Don Cheadle co-wrote, directed and stars as jazz god Miles Davis.

Sarah Vaughn

Sarah Vaughn to Get Forever Stamp >>

Legendary jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughn was loved and adored by millions of fans. She has sold books and records in the millions. Now, the postal service is honoring the singer who died in 1990 at the age of 66 is being honored with a new postage stamp. To coincide with the new stamp, Resonance Records will be releasing a 2-cd concert, with the cooperation of NPR entitled Sarah Vaughan-Live At Rosy's, New Orleans on March 25.

Friedrich Gulda Improvising

fMRI Study: Brain Chemistry at the Root of Emotional Intent in Jazz Improvisation >>

Humanity has been trying to affix a cerebral explanation to the seemingly ineffable and emotionally complex mechanisms of the musical mind for centuries, and accordingly to the results of an experiment recently conducted at the John Hopkins School of Medicine, a cerebral explanation is exactly what they've arrived at; it's simple brain chemistry. The published findings are called "Emotional Intent Modulates The Neural Substrates Of Creativity: An fMRI Study of Emotionally Targeted Improvisation in Jazz Musicians".

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington Brings the Jazz to the NYC >>

Coming or going, LA based saxophonist Kamasi Washington can do no wrong at the moment. One of the hottest names in jazz at the moment, Washington has put together quite a string of commercial and critical successes that have sent his career rocketing into overdrive. Washington brought the buzz .and the jazz recently back to New York City to showcase to the 1400 gathered what it is and, if it's not, why it should be.

Miles Davis

Book Explores Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew' Period >>

In 1970, jazz legend Miles Davis was at his creative peak. He was about to enter the studio to record one of the greatest jazz albums ever recorded, the provactively titled double album Bitches Brew. Although it would sharply divide the jazz world, due largely to the fact Davis would use scalding electrics to his scintillating style, it became a defining moment for him. Strangely enough, there has never been a book documenting the album that would change jazz, until now. Author Victor Svorinch presents Listen to This: Miles Davis and Bitches Brew.

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Branford Marsalis perform with The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

‘Hamilton’ Wins $100K Award for Historical Drama >>

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Jazz Artists of Charleston

Charleston Jazz Orchestra Opens Season 8 ‘When Swing Was King’ >>

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra is getting ready to kick off their 8th season later this month. The first concert, 'When Swing Was King' features music from iconic genre with special guest Charleston, SC Mayor John Tecklenburg.

Marcus Goldhaber

Symphony Space Extends Marcus Goldhaber Residency for a Third Time >>

It would appear that crowds just can't get enough of Marcus Goldhader's unique vocal residency at Symphony Space's Bar Thalia, Mostly Marcus. The run which pairs the two-time Best Male Vocalist Nominee with a different jazz guitarist and featured vocalist every night has been extended for an impressive third time with the last date tentatively scheduled for June 5.

Miami City Ballet Appoints 'Strictly Ballet' Stars to Corps' 30th Season

Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran Performs with Alonzo King's LINES Ballets? >>

Once again Alonzo King's celebrated LINES Ballets will be collaborating with acclaimed jazz musicians. For four shows in April 2016, iconic tenor saxophonist, Charles Lloyd, will be teaming with pianist and composer Jason Moran and Kings dancers to combine the elegance of jazz with the beauty of ballet. The tour will also consist of another four shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, sans Lloyd and Moran due to their other touring commitments.

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong Museum Opens New Hot Five Exhibit Celebrating Jazz Greats During Black History Month >>

In celebration of Black History Month, the Louis Armstrong House Museum are honoring Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five with an all new exhibit: Hotter Than That –- 90 Years of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five. The Hot Five has been lauded as the most influential band in jazz history and their recordings stayed a favorite with Armstrong throughout his storied career.

Jesse Cook

Jesse Cook's 'One World' CD is a Nice Musical Journey to Behold >>

It's not often that instrumental guitarists can hold my attention, but Jesse Cook is no ordinary guitarist and his newest CD, One World, is no ordinary CD. His music has been described as nuevo flamenco, but listening to the CD, one finds he is not apt to stay in that box for more than a couple measures, much less an entire song. Nevertheless, Cook's flamenco roots are still very much visible. It seems it is his home, and the launching pad with which he begins each journey (song) anew.

Robert Glasper

Nike Commissions Jazz Pianist Robert Glasper for Kobe Bryant Retirement Tribute >>

What do you get for the man that already has everything? His very own theme song, of course. It's being reported that Nike has teamed up with famed jazz pianist Robert Glasper to produce a Kobe Bryant theme song in commemoration of his upcoming retirement from professional basketball.

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