Pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop Passes at 87

January 21, 2014

Pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop died this month in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 87. He is also survived by his brother the legendary jazz drummer Frankie Dunlop.

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10th Annual Big Band Jam Set for Spring in D.C

The 10th Annual Big Band Jam, selected as one of the “Top 100” event destinations in the United States in 2014 by the ABA Tour Operators of America, is scheduled throughout Washington D.C. and at Blues Alley, from April 17th – 27th. It’s the only jazz festival in America specifically created by kids for kids.

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Berklee Presents First-Ever Spanish Language Program

December 19, 2013

Berklee College of Music presents Berklee Latino, the college’s first-ever program to be taught in Spanish.

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Bobby Jackson, Veteran Jazz Broadcaster, Dies at 57

Bobby Jackson, a longtime, award-winning jazz broadcaster and educator, died Dec. 9 in Cleveland. Jackson, who was 57, died suddenly of undetermined causes, said his wife of 10 years, Lisa-Jean Sylvia.

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NEA Sends $40k Grant to DC Jazz Festival

The DC Jazz Festival recently announced that it has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of its 2014 Festival, which will take place June 24-29, 2014.

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NEC’s Netsky Named to 2013 ‘Forward 50’ List

Hankus Netsky, Chair of NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, cited for being a “mentor (to) generations of Jewish musicians” and “a quiet but powerful force affecting nearly every corner of contemporary Jewish music.”

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Finalists Announced for Grammy Educator Award

A total of 10 music teachers from ten cities across eight states have been announced as finalists for the first annual Music Educator Award(tm) presented by The Recording Academy® and the Grammy Foundation®

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Juilliard Names Marsalis Director of Jazz Studies

The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center recently announced that Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing & Artistic Director and a Juilliard alumnus, will become Director of Jazz Studies at Juilliard beginning July 1, 2014.

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New Boxed Set Celebrates Jazz in French New Wave Films

November 7, 2013

The debut release on Jazz on Film Records, French New Wave, kicks off with the first ever film score written by a serious jazz composer: the pianist John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) on an original recording known under its American cinema release title No Sun in Venice(Sait-on Jamais, 1957).

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Pioneering Basie Band Regular Frank Wess Dies at 91

Influential saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess, who performed with the Count Basie Orchestra throughout the ’50s and ’60s, died last week in Manhattan at the age of 91.

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