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Jazz artist Bill Kwan talks New York, musical influences Special

Jazz artist Bill Kwan chatted with Digital Journal about his greatest musical inspirations, aspirations to play in New York, and female duet partners.

Review: Keb’ Mo', Modern Dixieland and BluesAmericana

New Orleans - Keb’Mo’ is a passionate guitarist, singer, songwriter and arranger whose personal modesty and pure passion for celebrating the essence of life through creating music continue to propel his professional music career to new heights of success.

Review: Seven-LP vinyl box set Marvin Gaye Volume One 1961-1965

April 2nd 2015 would have been Gaye's 76th birthday and to celebrate, Universal Music Enterprises and Motown Records are releasing a brand new box set made up of his first seven studio LPs.

Jazz star Buddy DeFranco has died

Buddy DeFranco, the jazz clarinet maestro, who played with Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday and who was a member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame, has died aged 91.

The importance of groovifying: Vancouver Groove Movement Special

Vancouver - In an effort to infuse the rainy city's homegrown events with a bit more soul and swagger, the Vancouver Groove Movement is quickly carving a niche for itself in the DIY party scene and satisfying a demand for eclectic uplifting world music.

Interview with Kate Mullins of The Puppini Sisters Special

The three lovely ladies are about to embark on a UK tour just in time for Christmas. Digital Journal spoke to one of the group's founding members about touring, plans for 2015, and what it's like working with Michael Bublé.

Review: Rejoice! Frank Zappa's Apostrophe (') has been re-released

This classic example of the late singer, songwriter, musician, composer, bandleader and producer at his mind-blowing best, first came out 40 years ago, and to celebrate, the album has now been reissued on vinyl.

Hilary Gardner wows New York audience Special

New York - Out-of-towners and die-hard New Yorkers alike were treated to an exclusive audio tour of the Big Apple last night when acclaimed songstress Hilary Gardner took the stage at the renowned Birdland to celebrate the release of her first CD, "The Great City."

From The Great White North to The Great City Special

New York - Don't miss accomplished New York City jazz singer Hilary Gardner as she celebrates the release of her new CD, "The Great City" Sunday evening October 5th at Birdland.

'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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.
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Five Star Swing - They Swing Like Crazy! - in action at Butterfly World  St. Albans  August 2015.
Five Star Swing - They Swing Like Crazy! - in action at Butterfly World, St. Albans, August 2015.
The Bad Plus  from left  Dave King  Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson. They offer a jazz-trio interpre...
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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Photo of jazz legend John Coltrane
George Lake Big Band
George Lake Big Band
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Jazz performance by Bonnie Turner at Angel Fest. Terra Studios. Fayetteville, Ark. Nov. 13, 2010.
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George Lake Big Band swingers
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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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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.
Herbie Hancock in concert at the Nice Jazz Festival 2010
Herbie Hancock in concert at the Nice Jazz Festival 2010
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Marian McPartland at St Joseph s Villa school for disadvantaged children - Rochester  N.Y. 1975
Marian McPartland at St Joseph's Villa school for disadvantaged children - Rochester, N.Y. 1975
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George Lake Big Band
George Lake Big Band
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Musicians and singers perform at the intimate lounge that is Matsumoto's 2nd Street Jazz in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles.
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George Lake Big Band
Trumpeter Leroy Jones  photo by Andreas Rogocz.
Trumpeter Leroy Jones, photo by Andreas Rogocz.
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Gilad Atzmon
Gilad Atzmon
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Buddy De Franco, performing in New York in 1947
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Sam Rivers in NYC
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