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- Patrick Shiroishi, 'To Kill A Wind-Up Bird'by Lars Gotrich on September 17, 2021 at 11:35 am
"To Kill A Wind-Up Bird," off of multi-instrumentalist and composer Patrick Shiroishi's upcoming solo album Hidemi, layers saxophone and woodwinds in a frantic, yet controlled splatter.
- George Wein, Music Festival Pioneer, Dies At 95by Walter Ray Watson on September 13, 2021 at 6:58 pm
A founder of the Newport Folk Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival — and perhaps the most important jazz impresario of all time — died Monday.
- Phil Schaap, Iconic Jazz DJ And NEA Jazz Master, Dies At 70by Martin Johnson on September 8, 2021 at 5:10 pm
Schaap was one of the leading jazz scholars in America and the genre's foremost evangelist. He died at 70, after a long battle with cancer.
- Makaya McCraven, 'Frank's Tune (AKA De'Jeff's Tune)'by Brian Burns on September 2, 2021 at 1:59 pm
With help from guitarist Jeff Parker and flutist De'Sean Jones, Chicago-based drummer and producer Makaya McCraven modernizes a song from Jack Wilson's album Easterly Winds.
- I Played Jazz With Charlie Watts For 20 Years. Here's What I Learnedby Tim Ries on September 2, 2021 at 7:00 am
A longtime touring member of The Rolling Stones, Tim Ries says his favorite nights were the ones without a show — when he and Watts would sneak into town to play the music they loved most.
- Your Music Saved My Life: Ledisi Talks With Lara Downesby Lara Downes on August 28, 2021 at 4:00 am
The versatile and impassioned singer was ready to throw in the towel until she heard a message in a Nina Simone song that told her, "You're going be fine. I understand how you feel. Keep going."