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What is Jazz?

by LARRY RENI THOMAS Jazz is a term that was given to American classical music around 1900, by the New Orleans aristocrats who after visiting the whorehouses and hearing the black musicians play the sounds of freedom, sought to deny it its dignity when they realized that they couldn’t play …

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Sidney Bechet on Jazz

“No music is my music. It’s everybody’s who can feel it. You’re here… well, if there’s music, you feel it–then it’s yours too. You got to be in the sun to feel the sun. It’s that way with music too.” “Jazz isn’t just me. It isn’t just any one person …

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The Word "Jazz" Will Now Be Racist

Henceforth, please refer to the genre as “Black American Music.” By Victor Fiorillo Last Thursday, while I rocked out in Greenwich Village to the white-people music known as Van Halen, Philadelphia-based pianist Orrin Evans–recipient of the $60,000 Pew Fellowship for the Arts–was a quick ride up the A-C-E in Hell’s …

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Co Streiff – Russ Johnson Quartet “In Circles” CD-2011 Intakt Records

Glenn Astarita American trumpeter Russ Johnson and Swiss saxophonist Co Streiff certainly abide by the press release statements, indicating the musicians’ cross-cultural inferences and recurring use of melody within the progressive-jazz and improvisational realm. Recorded live, sans the final piece “Confession,” the quartet toggles between feathery light grooves and pulsating …

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Terence Blanchard Completes Score for Lucasfilm's "Red Tails" Set For Release January 20th

GRAMMY-WINNING COMPOSER TERENCE BLANCHARD COMPLETES SCORE FOR LUCASFILM’S RED TAILS, SET FOR RELEASE JANUARY 20TH BY TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX Film is Golden-Globe nominated Composer’s 52nd film score and stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Ne-Yo and more   Los Angeles, CA— World-renowned film composer and musician Terence Blanchard has completed …

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