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Joe Louis Walker to Participate in Monk Institute’s International Jazz Day in Osaka

Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker will take part in the Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz’s International Jazz Day in Osaka, Japan on April 30, 2014. Many other artists will also perform, including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and John Scofield. According to the Monk Institute, “The designation of International Jazz Day is intended to […]

James Cotton Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Mississippi Arts Commission

The Mississippi Arts Commission presented blues music icon (and Tunica, Mississippi native) James Cotton with the coveted Governor’s Award For Excellence In The Arts in a ceremony held February 20, 2014 at Belhaven University in Clarion, Mississippi. The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented annually to outstanding writers, artists, performers, craftsmen and educators who have made […]

Chicago Jazz Festival Announce Headliners – Aug. 28-31

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the headliners performing in Millennium Park for the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. The favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), August 28-31, showcasing the […]

Widow of Dave Brubeck, 90, dies

Iola Brubeck, the widow of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, died Wednesday morning in her Connecticut home at age 90, according to Dave Brubeck’s longtime manager-producer-conductor, Russell Gloyd. Dave Brubeck died in December of 2012, a day short of his 92nd birthday. Iola Brubeck had been waging “a brave battle with cancer,” according to a Brubeck […]

Osaka, Japan to Host the Third International Jazz Day

The third annual International Jazz Day will take place on April 30, with Osaka, Japan, serving as this year’s host city. The event will kick off with a daylong series of jazz education programs, performances and community outreach. An evening concert at the outdoor Osaka Castle Park will feature performances by Toshiko Akiyoshi, John Beasley (also […]

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director Academy

May 28-30, 2014 Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ June 27-June 30, 2014 Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center New York, NY Are you new to conducting jazz band? Are you a veteran jazz band director looking for new ways to work with your big band? Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director […]

International Jazz Day 2014

International Jazz Day is April 30, 2014. In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, […]

Congressman Conyers’ New Jazz Bill

We wanted to  inform you about this new jazz bill being introduced by Congressman Conyers; National Preservation, Education and Promulgation Act. Jazz Forward Coalition, the co-presentor of Jazz Connect with JazzTimes, has been consulting with the congressman’s staff to gather comments from jazz professionals. This bill will be introduced to Congress in late March, coinciding […]

2014 Black History Specials

The Big Red Couch – 5 Decades of Black Music Saturday, Feb. 8, 15 and 22 from 9-10pm The Big Red Couch produced and hosted by Peabody Award Winner Jim Luce is a nod to five decades of black music that has shaped popular musical culture all over the world.  Luce mixes tunes like eclectic […]

Jim Hall On Piano Jazz

Widely admired as a gifted and innovative player, jazz guitarist Jim Hall had a career that spanned more than five decades. In a session recorded in 2003, the NEA Jazz Master teamed up with host Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi for “Blue Monk,” and performed solo in “All the Things You Are.” Hall was […]

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