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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave.  His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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Best Contemporary Jazz Album Nominees

1. Deep Into It by Larry Carlson
2. Speaking of Now by the Pat Metheny Group
3. Uberjam by the John Scolfield Band
4. Mint Jam by the Yellowjackets
5. Faces and Places by Joe Zawinul


Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominees

1. For Ella by Patti Austin
2. Ask A Woman Who Knows by Natalie Cole
3. Etta Jones Sings Lady Day
4. Live in Paris by Diana Krall
5. Brazilian Duos by Luciana Souza


Best Jazz Instrumental …
**ADDED SHOW**
Tuesday, February 11 & Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 8:00pm & 10:30pm
2003 Grammy Nominee Dave Valentin & His Quintet with Dave Valentin, flute; Bill O'Connell, piano; Ruben Rodriguez, bass; Robbie Ameen, drums; Milton Cardona, congas
Tickets: $20.00 at table / $10.00 at bar


Sunday, February 2, 2003 - 12:30pm & 2:30pm
East Meets West Jazz Brunch
Miki Hayama
Tickets: $19.50, includes brunch and 1 drink


Monday, February 3, 2003 - 8:00pm & 10:30 …

29.01.2011

Mongo Santamaria Dies

Published in News Story
Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría, passed away at 3:00 A.M., Saturday February 1st. After suffering three strokes he was disconnected from life support at Miami's Baptist Hospital. He died surrounded by his family and leaves the most influential conga playing legacy in history. …
Jack Maher, who served more than three decades as publisher of respected jazz magazine Down Beat and its parent company, Maher Publications, has died. He was 78.

Maher died Friday at Good Samaritan Hospital in suburban Downers Grove. The cause of death was not specified.

``Jack Maher was a cheerleader, a taskmaster, a visionary, a curmudgeon when he wanted to be, and your grandfather when he wanted to be,'' said longtime Down Beat staffer Frank Alkyer, whom Maher appointed last year as his …

CRESCENT MOON/COLUMBIA TO RELEASE "TRUMPET EVOLUTION" ON MAY 6 GRAMMY AND EMMY WINNING MUSICIAN¹S MOST AMBITIOUS ALBUM TO DATE PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST TRUMPET PLAYERS OF THE 20TH CENTURY AND BEYOND - FROM KING OLIVER TO WYNTON MARSALIS

ALL 19 TRACKS ON CD WERE EXCLUSEVELY CHOSEN BY SANDOVAL, THEN EACH WERE TRANSCRIBED, RE-ARRANGED AND RECORDED BY SANDOVAL WITH GUIDANCE FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER QUINCY JONES

On May 6 Crescent Moon/Columbia Records will release "Trumpet Evolution" the n …

29.01.2011

Nina Simone Dead at 70

Published in News Story
Jazz and blues singing legend Nina Simone, 70, has died at her home in Southern France, the news agency Agence France-Presse reported on Monday. The agency quoted a statement from Ms. Simone's manager.Clifton Henderson, who was at Simone's bedside at her death, said she died of "natural causes" in her sleep after a long illness. He refused to provide the name of the town where she lived.

"She inspired other singers to do what they believed in," Henderson said, saying the musician would also …

The battle against online downloading of music over the Internet has now become a war of words. Or at least a few well chosen ones. The Recording Industry Association of America, which claims the practice of swapping MP3 files is costing them millions in lost revenues every year, has now begun tracing song titles to send ominous notices to users of services like Kazaa and Morpheus through a pop-up window.

"It appears that you are offering copyrighted music to others from your computer," it r …

29.01.2011

Elis Regina

Published in Artist Biographies
Temperamental and moody, capable of fits of extreme generosity that could quickly turn into moments of rage-filled paranoia, Elis Regina was one of the most ferociously talented singers to emerge from Brazil. A perfectionist who was frequently dissatisfied, Regina drove herself and members of her band relentlessly, leading to her being dubbed "hurricane" and "little pepper" by musicians and music journalists. Her tempestuous nature aside, she commanded the respect of Brazil's leading songwriters …
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