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'Canada's gallery' embraces its creative future Special

Toronto - The McMichael Gallery is home to some great artwork painted by the Canadian Group of Seven. It's broadened its scope with live music concerts, a photography exhibition, and an upcoming art installation with the former "Naomi Campbell of the art world."
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 1 comment

Review: Mandy Barnett shines on 'I Can't Stop Loving You' tribute CD Special

Jazz and country singer Mandy Barnett released her latest studio album "I Can't Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson." It is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Cracker Barrel's official website.
Digital Journal Report by Markos Papadatos - 2 comments

What makes a jazz musician tick?

Baltimore - With jazz maestros, some areas of the brain that typically process language are highly active, according to a new study, which was carried out at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Rockit! Herbie Hancock appointed Harvard professor of poetry

U.S. jazz musician Herbie Hancock has been appointed as the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. He is the latest in a long line of poets and artists to be appointed to this honorary post.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Marian McPartland dies at 95

Marian McPartland, a jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show “Piano Jazz,” has passed away at the age of 95, NPR reported Wednesday.
In the Media by Amanda Byas

Jazz icon George Duke dies; the hiphop community reacts

Los Angeles - Legendary jazz musician George Duke died Monday August 5 in Los Angeles, California from complications due to chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 67.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 3 comments

Great music festivals coming up in Spain for summer 2013

The famous Benicàssim and Sonar music festivals are over, but there is still so much more to come. Spain offers a huge variety of music festivals from Indie rock, to flamenco, to jazz, to classical, and everything else in between this summer.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Yvette Dance Studio of Performing Arts showcases dance students Special

Cranford - Coming off a successful spring recital, the Yvette Dance Studio of Performing Arts showcased the work of its student dancers in a free event held at Lincoln Avenue Elementary.
Digital Journal Report by Michael Krebs

Op-Ed: The top five films, tunes of Frank Sinatra's legendary career

New York - If you shook the hand of Frank Sinatra then you shared something special with others who experienced that same treat. Sinatra passed away on this date 15 years ago at the age of 82, but his legendary status lives on.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 6 comments

Op-Ed: 98 years of Lady Day and the top 10 Billie Holiday jazz tunes

Philadelphia - Billie Holiday, an American icon and legendary jazz singer, was born on Apr. 7, 1915. Unfortunately, Holiday, also known as Lady Day, passed away at the age of 44 in New York City. The music lives on.
In the Media by Andrew Moran

Kenny Ball, jazz trumpeter, dies aged 82

Jazz trumpet player Kenny Ball, and leader of Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, has died aged 82. The British musician was famous worldwide for his rendition of "Samantha" and "Midnight in Moscow".
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 2 comments

Jazz vocalist Solitaire Miles gets into the Swing Special

Chicago - Listen up, music fans, you will enjoy the sounds and style of Solitaire Miles who, with her sultry, strong voice, brings tunes of the 1930's and 40's to clubs in Chicago, jazz albums, and beyond.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 2 comments

Grammys packed with performances, from Rihanna to Elton John

Los Angeles - The Grammy Awards always make sure to pack the show with performances. This year is no different. It is usually a visual delight for the senses as well as the ears.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones performed at Super Bowl VI Special

New Orleans - As Super Bowl returns to New Orleans, we look back at a local halftime show artist who has since risen to fame and built an international career.
Digital Journal Report by Aili Maria

Op-Ed: ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ – Best renditions of classic jazz tune

Toronto - "Baby, it's cold outside." These aren't just the words of your significant other observing how cold it is today, it's also the wonderful tune from the golden era of jazz. With winter making its way through much of North America, let's sing this tune.
In the Media by Andrew Moran

Op-Ed: RIP Dave Brubeck, you were one of the jazz greats

An American jazz icon passed away today at 91. Dave Brubeck, best known for his classic song Take Five, was one of the most brilliant pianists I ever saw at Toronto's annual jazz festival.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 6 comments

Soul singer Terry Callier has died

The U.S. soul-jazz singer and musician Terry Callier has died aged 67. Callier was better known in recent years for his work with Massive Attack and Beth Orton.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Review: Diana Krall's swinging new album Special

Canadian singer Diana Krall has released a new album 'Glad Rag Doll', which sees the singer move into swing territory and serves up a collection of beautifully interpreted standards.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Jazz concert lights up Celebration Square in Ontario Special

Mississauga - A Canadian jazz concert held under a starry sky seemed to have brought out the romantic in everyone in Mississauga. For one couple in particular, who fearlessly got up to dance in front of the crowds, it was all about the music (and love).
Digital Journal Report by Alexandra Christopoulos

Jazz returns to Bourbon Street Special

New Orleans - New Orleans' Bourbon Street is returning to its original music one club at a time as rhythms of authentic New Orleans jazz float through the summer air.
Digital Journal Report by Aili Maria - 2 comments

New Orleans Helsinki Connection releases 'Paradise On Earth'

New Orleans - It’s been eight years since their debut album 'At Last' and now another collaboration from this diverse ensemble is once again ferrying jazz lovers to a better understanding of musical intimacy.
In the Media by Aili Maria

Jazz FM listeners 'treated' to sounds of porn during broadcast

In a radio show, aptly titled "Funky Sensations" U.K. jazz fans heard "sounds of porn" playing in the background of the music.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 4 comments

Leroy Jones Quintet finds new home at Café Istanbul

New Orleans - Leroy Jones, the New Orleans born and bred trumpeter who enjoys world-wide esteem with critics and audiences alike, will start performing at Café Istanbul on a regular basis with his Quintet.
In the Media by Aili Maria

Jazz musician Sam Rivers has died

The innovative jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer Sam Rivers, who worked with Miles Davis among others, has died over the holiday weekend.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Jazz vocalist Sophie Berkal-Sarbit must be heard Special

Toronto - ‘Tis the season to be hungover and ‘tis a reckless journalist who skeds an interview for 9.a.m. Especially with rising jazz vocalist Sophie Berkal-Sarbit who comes on as bright eyed and bushy tailed as one of Santa’s reindeer.
Digital Journal Report by Lenny Stoute - 1 comment

The beat goes on for jazz singer Barlow Special

Toronto - Emilie-Claire Barlow channels the spirit of the 60s on her latest album, The Beat Goes On. But that doesn't mean she's leaving the classics behind.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 2 comments

Winehouse, Bennett duet to be released in aid of Amy's foundation

One of Amy Winehouse's last recordings - a duet with jazz legend Tony Bennett - is set to be released in aid of her foundation, which was recently set up by her father, Mitch.
In the Media by Christopher Bates - 1 comment

Swinging inside the Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival Special

Toronto - The 23rd annual Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival swung, jumped and jived into town. One of the most popular summer festivals in the city showcased a variety of jazz genres and bands, while also providing a glimpse of other artists.
Digital Journal Report by Andrew Moran

Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

Amy Winehouse shot to fame with two critically acclaimed albums, got hooked on booze and drugs, and died before she had time even to reach her full potential. Sadly, this story is nothing new.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 6 comments

Lunch date at the Jazz Festival in Toronto Special

Today at Metro Hall in Toronto a free concert by jazz pianist Chris Donnelly took place. As Donnelly played a quiet crowd gathered watching during the lunch hour adding culture to their meals.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins
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Herbie Hancock in concert at the Nice Jazz Festival 2010
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Herbie Hancock in concert at the Nice Jazz Festival 2010
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George Lake Big Band
George Lake Big Band
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Crowd gathering in Hart Plaza.
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The Bad Plus  from left  Dave King  Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson. They offer a jazz-trio interpre...
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The Bad Plus, from left, Dave King, Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson. They offer a jazz-trio interpretation of “The Rite of Spring,” Stravinsky’s ballet score.
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Ejecting a smelly passenger delayed a recent Air Canada Jazz flight out of Charlottetown  PEI.
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Ejecting a smelly passenger delayed a recent Air Canada Jazz flight out of Charlottetown, PEI.
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New Orleans Helsinki Connection s  Paradise On Earth
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New Orleans Helsinki Connection's "Paradise On Earth"
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Music at the grand opening of the Olea Hotel gave the event and even more festive atmosphere. Marla ...
Music at the grand opening of the Olea Hotel gave the event and even more festive atmosphere. Marla Harvey provided vocals, while Jenell Sennett, Ben Rivera and Aaron Scott accompanied on bass, guitar and percussion.
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Photo of jazz legend John Coltrane
Photo of jazz legend John Coltrane
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George Lake Big Band swingers
George Lake Big Band swingers
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Marian McPartland at St Joseph s Villa school for disadvantaged children - Rochester  N.Y. 1975
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Marian McPartland at St Joseph's Villa school for disadvantaged children - Rochester, N.Y. 1975
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A still from Spirit Seeker. Gutierrez listened to Coltrane’s work repeatedly while working on the book. “Non-stop,” he confirms. For part of the time, he even meditated, which lead to a clarified approach to his own art-making.
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Trumpeter Leroy Jones  photo by Andreas Rogocz.
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Trumpeter Leroy Jones, photo by Andreas Rogocz.
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Gilad Atzmon
Gilad Atzmon
Gilad Atzmon
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Dave Brubeck playing at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival
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Dave Brubeck playing at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival
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Hot Club Detroit play to a shivering crowd  emulating Django Reinhardt to perfection.
Hot Club Detroit play to a shivering crowd, emulating Django Reinhardt to perfection.
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Scott Kinsey Group play in Hart Plaza  using an eclectic mix of vocoder  Middle Eastern samples and ...
Scott Kinsey Group play in Hart Plaza, using an eclectic mix of vocoder, Middle Eastern samples and jazz.
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Stan Douglas, "Hors-champs", 1992. Two-channel video installation with stereo sound, 13:20 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York. Image courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York © Stan Douglas
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