Edward Kane

Edward Kane

The awarding of the 2005 NEA Jazz Masters Awards to a distinguished class of musicians provided some of the highlights of the 32nd annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) held in Long Beach. This years honorees included Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Smith, Slide Hampton, Paquito D'Rivera, Artie Shaw, Shirley Horn and, as Jazz Advocate, George Wein. Additionally, the NEA used the occasion to announce an ambitious new curriculum integrating the study of jazz into Americ …
Julie Lynn Burrell was born in Houston, Texas on July 16, 1963. She died April 25, 2006. Julie is survived by her parents, Thomas G. "Gil" and Kathryn "Katy" Burrell; her brother, John and wife, Joyce Burrell, and niece Mandy, of Manor, Texas; her uncle, Ed Grimm and wife, Ellen Park of Sinton, Texas; special friends, Teresa Pegarari of Covina, California, Steve Craddock of Austin, and numerous other friends and musicians.

She attended Pilgrim Lutheran School in Houston; Redeemer Lutheran Sch …

It has been more than a decade since James Carter burst on to the jazz scene, literally blowing away fans, critics and musicians alike with his powerful saxophone. Carter's ninth CD as bandleader is the brand new Live At Baker's Keyboard Lounge. The album was recorded at the famous jazz club in Detroit--by reputation, the oldest existing jazz club in the world--and features a stellar lineup of guests including fellow saxophone greats David Murray, Johnny Griffin and Franz Jackson.

The …

29.01.2011

Percy Heath

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
A Love Song is the fine new CD from legendary bassist PercyHeath on Daddy Jazz Records and, shockingly, the octogenarian’s band leading debut. Brother to saxophonist Jimmy and drummer Albert"Tootie" Heath, it is no hyperbole to say that Percy has worked with the most important jazz artists of the last sixty years--there's simply no more accurate way to describe a career that includes dates with the likes of Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Miles, Trane and Ornette alongside his long tenures with both t …
Poncho Sanchez’s latest Concord Picante release Out of Sight is one of the year's most fun CDs to listen to. Poncho is almost certainly the hardest working man in Latin Jazz, so it is only appropriate that the new album finds him paying tribute to James Brown, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business--and to classic R&B more generally. Helping him on this date is a number of true soul legends like Ray Charles, Billy Preston, Sam Moore and former James Brown horn men Fred Wesley and Pee We …
29.01.2011

Roger Burn

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
A frequent lament about the contemporary jazz scene is that the working jazz group seems to be something of an endangered species, that a group that one might hear on a particular date is just as likely to consist of an ad-hoc collection of talented musicians as it is a practicing ensemble. The L.A-based Shapes, however, is very much a group, their debut album The Last Farewell the product of nearly two years of the same musicians collaborating. Consisting of original music written by the …
29.01.2011

Kenny Burrell

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Kenny Burrell has been an inescapable force in the world of jazz and popular music for the last half-century, having released close to a hundred albums under his own name and played on countless sessions with everyone from Ray Brown to James Brown.

Mr. Burrell has also distinguished himself in the realm of academia. For the past twenty-five years he has been affiliated with UCLA, teaching the guitar and a course of his own devising called Ellingtonia, the first university course on Duke Elli …

Chick Corea easily rates as one of the greatest and most prolific artists in jazz history, whether the measuring stick is applied to the number and quality of his recordings or to the number of styles with which he has experimented and mastered during his long career. In his fifth decade at the pinnacle of jazz, Chick Corea’s recent CDs and performances show that age has done nothing to slow him down or dull his creative abilities and impulses. Chick’s forthcoming album on Chick’s own Stretch Re …
Marian McPartland is a true jazz legend. Since emigrating from England in 1946 with her American husband, the late cornetist Jimmy McPartland, Marian has accomplished more than we have space to even touch on. The nimble 82 year old pianist is not one to rest on past achievements, however, and has just released Live at Shanghai Jazz, on Concord Records, as well as four CDs taken from her popular National Public Radio series, Piano Jazz.

Live at Shanghai Jazz is a trio date recor …

It would be hard to overstate the importance of Roscoe Mitchell’s contributions to jazz and improvised music over the last forty years. One of the first and most potent voices to emerge on saxophone in the wake of the free jazz innovations of Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler and the rest of the movement, Mitchell helped found Chicago’s legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1964. Best known as a charter member of the well-loved Art Ensemble of Chicago, Roscoe’s mo …