Pianist Frank Strazzeri Dies at 84

May 28, 2014

Lifelong jazz pianist Frank Strazzeri died on May 9 in his hometown of Rochester, New York.  Strazzeri enjoyed a long and diverse career accompanying several generations of stars and finding influential work in television and film. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Strazzeri started his career as a nightclub accompanist for touring performers […]

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Jazz In Europe Founder Johan Van Deeg Retires

Due to health reasons, Johan van Deeg will step down as chief editor effective on 1 June 2014 and oversee the transition in ownership to Dutch-based media company, MFM Media. Van Deeg, who has suffered from poor health since early 2013, sought out MFM Media to carry on the Jazz in Europe legacy. MFM’s Media […]

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Charles Gayle Honored for Lifetime Of Achievement from Vision Fest

The nineteenth Vision Festival, Arts For Art has acknowledged Charles Gayle for his Lifetime of Achievement, calling him “one of the greatest saxophone players.” The festival has stated that Gayle is tireless in his commitment to the music, establishing himself in recent years as an elder who refuses to lay back and rest on his […]

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Montreal Jazz Fest Adds B.B. King Award, Honors Diana Ross, Elvis Costello, Terence Blanchard, More

This year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal highlights the exceptional contributions to music made by Diana Ross, Elvis Costello, Terence Blanchard, Paco de Lucía and Ron Di Lauro, as well as the remarkable oeuvre of Jean-Philippe Allard. During this 35th edition of the Festival, our winners will be presented, respectively, with the Ella […]

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NEC Presents Final Youth Jazz Orch Performance

May 16, 2014

New England Conservatory Prep presents the NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra conducted by Ken Schaphorst in a concert featuring a wide selection of music by composers Randy Weston, Ken Schaphorst, Donny McCaslin, Thad Jones, Dizzy Gillespie and more, all performed by middle and high school students in the NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra.  The free concert takes […]

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Eastman Jazz Concerts Get Encores On WGMC

A weekly radio series featuring Eastman School of Music jazz performances through the years premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, on Jazz90.1 WGMC. Titled Jazz@Eastman: Past, Present, and Future, the programs will feature performances as well as works by Eastman faculty, students, and alumni. The series is a collaboration between Eastman and Jazz 90.1 […]

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Jazz Arts Group Announces Winner Of Hank Marr High School Jazz Award

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) has announced Christopher Thompson-Taylor of Cincinnati as its winner of the 2014 Hank Marr High School Jazz Award. This award demonstrates excellence in musicianship and performance amongst Ohio’s young students of jazz. Eight extremely talented high school students auditioned for the $500 cash award and the chance to […]

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Int’l Songwriting Competition Awards Trumpeter Shunzo Ohno

The International Songwriting Competition has awarded its 2014 Grand Prize to jazz trumpeter Shunzo Ohno. Ohno has been described as modest and seemingly shy, and he has overcome health challenges in his life that would have potentially ended any musician’s career. Surviving both a serious car accident in which his teeth and lips were permanently […]

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Matana Roberts Receives Doris Duke Impact Award

Matana Robertsis one of 20 individuals in the first class of Doris Duke Impact Awards, presented by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Roberts, a 2003 graduate of New England Conservatory, will receive an unrestricted cash grant of as much as $80,000. The Impact Awards were announced April 22, alongside the third class of Doris Duke […]

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Fred Ho (1957-2014)

April 18, 2014

After a long battle with cancer, revolutionary baritone saxophonist Fred Ho passed away the morning of April 12th, 2014. Ho was a unique musician, composer, writer, producer, political activist and leader of several music ensembles. For two decades, he innovated a new American Multicultural Music embedded in the swingingest, most soulful and transgressive forms of […]

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