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SFJAZZ Launches New Online Venue – Are You Listening? A place for the conversation of jazz in today’s culture.

Today SFJAZZ is launching Are You Listening (http://www.areyoulistening.me), for the jazz community to engage with one another and to contribute their thoughts, perspectives and financial support for the music. “With Are You Listening, we want to create an online space for the types of conversations that are going to take place in the …

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Stone Quartet Live at Vision Festival CD-2011 Ayler Records

Glenn Astarita Similar to the touring be-bop all-stars of yesteryear, the post-modern sensibilities of today’s improvising musicians often derail semblances of the tried and true. This drummer-less quartet featuring prominent improvisers, generate progressive jazz-based undertones and semi-controlled interactions, largely entrenched within avant-garde type persuasions. Here, the band is captured at …

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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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