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Esperanza Spalding Wins Smithsonian Magazine’s Ingenuity Award

December 6, 2012

Bassist, vocalist, composer and bandleader Esperanza Spalding has won a Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in the category of performing arts.

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Romain Collin

May 30, 2012

Visionary pianist and composer Romain Collin shares his current playlist choices…

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November 2010

November 19, 2010

Next Generation Jazz Festival Now Accepting Applications The Monterey Jazz Festival’s 7th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival will feature some of the nation’s most talented middle school, high school, conglomerate, and college jazz musicians and vocalists. The Next Generation Jazz Festival will take place in Monterey, Calif., April 1 – 3, 2011. The competition is […]

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Amina Figarova

September 24, 2010

Amina Figarova has been earning recognition not only as a captivating pianist, but also as, “among the most important composers to come into jazz in the new millennium” (Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes). A native of Baku, Azerbijan, Figarova studied classical piano before switching to jazz after a 1988 trip to the Moscow Jazz Festival. She then […]

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Jeff Lorber

July 9, 2010

A key figure in fusion and contemporary jazz for over 30 years, keyboardist/composer Jeff Lorber draws upon his background in RB, rock, and other idioms to create a musical voice that’s distinctly his own. With the Jeff Lorber Fusion, he toured the world in the ’80s and scored a Best RB Instrumental Grammy nomination for […]

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Ali Jackson

March 24, 2010

A prodigious talent since childhood, Ali Jackson is one of jazz’s premier drummers, as well as a leading advocate of jazz/music education. A long list of credits includes performances and recordings with the likes of Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redmond, and many others. Currently the drummer for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, […]

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Spryo Gyra

September 5, 2007

Since the mid-#149;70s, Spryo Gyra’s infectious and danceable take on pop-jazz has made them one of the more successful practitioners of the genre. Skillfully incorporating aspects of RB, rock, and Caribbean music into their sound, the band’s music is lively, infectious, and (significantly) very accessible albums such as Morning Dance, Freetime, and In Modern Times […]

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