Jimmy Ponder: 1946-2013

September 19, 2013

Legendary jazz guitarist Jimmy Ponder recenetly passed away, having appeared on over 80 recordings with his unique blend of Wes Montgomery octaves and bluesy roots.

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JJA’s Online Talking Jazz Launches This Week

Jazz presenters, administrators and cultural consultants, arts journalism educators, politicians and other influential public figures, leaders in jazz diplomacy efforts and curators of musicians’ homes turned into museums will be panelists in five free monthly interactive online panels in a series titled Talking Jazz,produced by Jazz Journalists Association.

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Stanford Jazz Wraps up 2013 Season

September 6, 2013

Over 10,000 jazz fans enjoyed the Stanford Jazz Festival this summer, attending concerts by everyone from Herbie Hancock to the magnificent Stanley Clarke Trio and Chucho Valdés.

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Eden MacAdam-Somer Presents Genre-Spanning Program at NEC

New England Conservatory presents Walking Between the Worlds – Stories, violinist and singer Eden MacAdam-Somer’s Faculty Recital on Thursday, September 12.

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JALC Announces ‘Abyssinian’ Tour

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Damien Sneed, and the 70-piece Chorale Le Chateau recently announced the Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour, a “historic hand-clappin’, tambourine-slappin’ celebration” scheduled to take place in performing arts centers and churches in the U.S.

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LA Jazz Society Plans 30th Anniversary Jazz Tribute Awards for Oct. 27

It will be a family affair when the Los Angeles Jazz Society pays tribute to Latin jazz artists Sheila E., her father, Pete, and brothers Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo at the Society’s 30th Anniversary Jazz Tribute Awards Dinner and Concert at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City on Sunday, Oct. 27.

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New Wynton Marsalis Documentary to Air on HBO

August 22, 2013

The HBO Family documentary Wynton Marsalis: A Youngarts Masterclass kicks off the third season of the two-time Emmy®-nominated series, following three promising musicians as they work with the jazz icon.

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Arturo Sandoval to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama will award legendary Latin Jazz artist Arturo Sandoval with the esteemed Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. President Obama will present the award to 16 honorees in a ceremony at the White House later this year.

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Relaunch of Iconic ’50s Jazz Catalog Bethlehem Records Announced

Verse Music Group & Naxos of America recently announced the reissue of iconic 1950s Jazz catalog, Bethlehem Records. Bethlehem Records’ lengthy discography contains over 250 albums that freshly and ambitiously captured an era of music, including West Coast Cool Jazz and East Coast Bop.

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Thelonious Monk Competition and All-Star Concert Set for DC in September

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz recently announced that the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and All-Star Gala Concert will take place at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 16. The 2013 Competition and Gala is made possible through generous support from Cadillac, the presenting sponsor for the weekend.

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