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'Oldest jazz band' a constant in fast-modernising Shanghai

Shanghai - Li Minsheng is one of the junior members of the "Old Jazz Band" at Shanghai's ornate Fairmont Peace Hotel. He's 76.

Famed Blue Note jazz club opens in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Bossa nova may have largely disappeared from Rio de Janeiro, but its musical cousin jazz is having a moment, with the famed New York-based franchise Blue Note opening here Thursday.

Cuba hosts all-star International Jazz Day concert

Havana - Cuba Sunday hosted the world's annual International Jazz Day concert, with Hollywood star Will Smith presenting the event and musicians Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdes among the performers.

Ivorian drummer boy turned globetrotting virtuoso

Grand-bassam - Paco Sery was a kid banging on tin cans before a job at a Club Med in Ivory Coast opened the way to drumming for Congo's rumba king Papa Wemba as well as Nina Simone and other jazz greats.

Review: The Correspondents ride the crest of a wave in London Special

London - The explosive duo, vocalist Mr Bruce and his able sidekick Chucks, who provides the genre-bending beats - everything from jazz and blues to electro swing and drum ’n’ bass - played the Village Underground in Shoreditch on Friday, October 21.

David Elaine Alt blends classical music with jazz Special

San Francisco - The shift in socio-economic demographics that has occurred in the City over the past decade has not stopped composer-musician David Elaine Alt from pursuing his creative and artistic endeavors.

Op-Ed: Jazz Guitarists make duo performance at Sonoma's Plaza Bistro Special

Sonoma - The dreary weather of Friday was soon forgotten by those who went to see Jazz guitarists Randy Vincent and John Stowell at the Plaza Bistro. They teamed up for a duo performance that evening on May 6.

Ruby Friedman ventures into new territory with her first LP Special

Having released a number of singles and EPs over the last seven years, the nomadic singer and bandleader (of the genre-hopping Ruby Friedman Orchestra) discusses her long-awaited debut album, 'GEM.'

Obama hosts jazz concert at 'Blues House'

Washington - For a few hours on Friday, the White House became the Blues House.Musicians including Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aretha Franklin and Hugh Masekela joined US President Barack Obama for a special concert to celebrate International Jazz Day.

Israeli jazz taking giant steps as talent returns home

Telavi - When saxophonist Eli Degibri left Israel at the age of 18 to study jazz at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, he knew he'd come back home one day.

Op-Ed: Cuba jazz musician snubbed by White House and Voice of America

A controversy over the Obama White House treatment of Cuban jazz musician Paquito D’Rivera has been ignored by the Voice of America (VOA) whose late music broadcaster Willis Conover had played a major role in promoting jazz and artistic freedom.

An update from Australia's favourite Canadian vocalist Ann Vriend Special

The singer/songwriter from Edmonton has enjoyed quite a bit of success with her most recent LP 'For the People in the Mean Time.' She is currently on tour Down Under, which is where Digital Journal caught up with her.

Review: ‘Born to be Blue’ wants you to know there’s more to Chet Baker Special

‘Born to be Blue’ uses a difficult period in real-life jazz musician Chet Baker’s life to present a dreamy reimagining of the man behind the celebrity and legendary heroin addiction.

'The Rochester Mass,' a new concept from organist James Taylor Special

Rochester - Master of the Hammond organ and leader of the James Taylor Quartet (JTQ), English musician James Taylor is preparing to release a groundbreaking project that successfully combines jazz and funk with The Rochester Cathedral Choir.

Jazz vocalist Emi Meyer talks 'Monochrome' CD and Colbie Caillat Special

Jazz vocalist Emi Meyer chatted with Digital Journal about winning a jazz competition, collaborating with Colbie Caillat, and her latest CD "Monochrome."

Review: It's the Peace That Deafens — Superbly good new album Special

London - Ola Onabule, who packs more musical ideas into one song than many artists manage over an entire album, has issued an upbeat set of songs with an world infusion of music layered into jazz. 'It's the peace that deafens' is a harmonious treat.

Diana Krall is spectacular in London Special

London - Diana Krall, touring the world as part of her Wallflower concerts, stopped off in London for a couple of nights to play at the Royal Albert Hall. Digital Journal was wowed at the performance.

Review: Jazz is alive and thriving in a little town like Sonoma Special

Sonoma - One of the reasons why someone like artist Jan Small was pleased to move to Sonoma from San Francisco was because of the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society concerts that go on during the summer.

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.
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Scott Kinsey Group play in Hart Plaza, using an eclectic mix of vocoder, Middle Eastern samples and jazz.
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Buddy De Franco, performing in New York in 1947
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Trumpeter Leroy Jones, photo by Andreas Rogocz.
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