Doug Beavers Finds New Sound with Titanes Del Trombón Album Posted 8/10/2015 Doug Beavers—trombonist, arranger and educator—began his recording career in 2007 with Jazz, Baby!, a straightahead, swinging salute to the arrangers of the 1960s. He followed that up in 2010 with Two Shades Of Nude, an adventurous nonet effort.
Blanchard, Hancock, Shorter To Headline Playboy Jazz Festival. Trumpeter Terence Blanchard, pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Wayne Shorter are among the headliners for the 37th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, to be held June 13–14 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The festival will also pay tribute to composer and bandleader Gerald Wilson, who passed away on Sept. 8.
Marquis Hill Wins Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition. Trumpeter Marquis Hill won the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, held Nov. 9 at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. The finals of the competition were part of a star-studded gala that featured performances by up-and-coming jazz musicians, first-call professionals and celebrity guests. Read the rest at http://www.downbeat.com/default.asp?sect=news&subsect=news_detail&nid=2579
Trumpeter Lew Soloff Dies at 71. Lew Soloff, a virtuoso trumpeter and flugelhornist whose career as a distinguished jazz instrumentalist spanned some 50 years, died March 8 from an apparent heart attack in New York City. He was 71
Ramsey Lewis: Perpetually Reaching Out Through Music. In May, Ramsey Lewis will celebrate both his 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the recording of his famed album The In Crowd. The soul-jazz title track was one of 1965’s top hit singles—a remarkable achievement for a jazz artist during the rock ’n’ roll heyday. Recorded by Lewis’ trio with bassist Eldee Young and drummer Isaac “Redd” Holt, The In Crowd is a timeless album that has introduced generations of fans to the world of…
“Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words,” on July 31, 2014, social media feeds blew up with controversy. The piece was a satire that had a faux Sonny Rollins saying, “The saxophone sounds horrible,” and “Jazz may be the stupidest thing that anybody ever came up with,” and much more. Rollins’ friends and fans didn't get the joke and came to his defense with fury, causing an editor’s note saying the piece was “a work of satire.”…
Horn Wins Monk Institute Jazz Vocals Competition. Distinguishing superb scatting from the superfluous kind was part of the task for the expert judges at this year’s Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition. This year’s victor, Jazzmeia Horn of Dallas, demonstrated her talents in traditional singing as well as the more difficult art of scatting.
Jazzkaar Festival Unites American, Estonian Artists. The Jazzkaar festival has been an annual event in Tallinn, Estonia, since 1990, when the Soviet period was coming to an end. Its roots lie in the original 1966 and ’67 jazz festivals, before these were banned by Estonia’s Russian occupiers. Artistic director Anne Erm was involved in those first two 1960s festivals, and has continued her influential role until the present day.
Arianna Neikrug Wins 2015 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition. It remains to be seen what type of career Arianna Neikrug, 22, will have in the jazz world. But it seems certain that the winner of the fourth annual Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition will bring to the genre an element sometimes missing from vocal jazz: grace.
SNARKY PUPPY FRI 1.17.14 / 8PM / LOEB PLAYHOUSE Snarky Puppy brings together musicians from different cultures and traditions—jazz and rock kids from white America and gospel/R kids from black America—to be a leading proponent of the “new fusion” movement. Join Snarky Puppy as it kicks off the 2014 Purdue Jazz Festival! More information at convocations.org