NEWPORT RI - 1974:  Jazz musician Les McCann performs in concert at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1974 in Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

Les McCann: Jazz Pianist Extraordinaire Whose Music Transcends Time

In the rich tapestry of jazz history, certain artists stand out as true luminaries, leaving an indelible mark on the genre. One such luminary is the incomparable Les McCann, a jazz pianist whose virtuosity, innovation, and soulful expression have captivated audiences for decades.

NEWPORT RI – 1974: Jazz musician Les McCann performs in concert at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1974 in Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

Born on September 23, 1935, in Lexington, Kentucky, McCann’s musical journey began at an early age. Growing up in the gospel tradition, he learned to play the piano in the church, laying the foundation for the soulful and spiritual elements that would later characterize his jazz career.

McCann’s breakthrough came in the early 1960s when he recorded “Les McCann Plays the Truth” and “Pretty Lady,” albums that showcased his distinctive approach to the piano. His playing was a dynamic blend of jazz, blues, and gospel influences, creating a style that was uniquely his own.

One of McCann’s most celebrated albums, “Swiss Movement” (1969), recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival with saxophonist Eddie Harris, catapulted him to international acclaim. The album’s standout track, “Compared to What,” became an anthem of the times, reflecting the social and political turbulence of the late 1960s.

A defining feature of Les McCann’s music is its accessibility. He had a remarkable ability to connect with listeners on a visceral level, infusing his compositions with raw emotion and infectious energy. His performances were not mere recitals but communal experiences that transcended the boundaries of the jazz genre.

McCann’s foray into jazz fusion in the 1970s further showcased his versatility. Collaborations with artists like trumpeter Donald Byrd resulted in albums like “Layers,” where he embraced a more contemporary sound while retaining the soulful core that defined his work.

Beyond his prowess as a pianist, Les McCann was a gifted vocalist, often contributing his soulful voice to complement his instrumental arrangements. His singing added another layer of depth to his performances, creating a holistic and engaging musical experience.

Les McCann’s influence extends beyond the confines of jazz. His impact on soul, R&B, and even hip-hop is evident in the way subsequent generations of musicians have drawn inspiration from his work. His sampling in hip-hop, particularly in the iconic track “Swiss Movement,” speaks to the timelessness of his music and its enduring relevance.

Throughout his career, Les McCann remained committed to the power of music as a force for social change. His compositions often carried poignant messages, and his ability to channel the spirit of the times through his music added a profound dimension to his artistic legacy.

As we reflect on the remarkable contributions of Les McCann, it becomes clear that his music is a timeless testament to the universality of human experience. Whether exploring the complexities of jazz improvisation, infusing soulful melodies, or making a social statement through his compositions, Les McCann’s impact on the world of music is immeasurable. His legacy continues to resonate, and his influence echoes through the chords of jazz, a genre forever enriched by the presence of this extraordinary pianist.

Les McCann’s Unforgettable Newport Jazz Festival Performance in 1974: A Jazz Moment in Time. In the summer of 1974, the hallowed grounds of the Newport Jazz Festival became the stage for a performance that would etch itself into the annals of jazz history. The spotlight fell on the incomparable Les McCann, a maestro at the piano whose virtuosity and soulful expressions resonated through the Newport audience, creating a moment that would be cherished by jazz enthusiasts for years to come.

Les McCann, already a revered figure in the jazz world, brought his distinctive blend of jazz, blues, and gospel influences to the Newport Jazz Festival, captivating the audience with his raw emotion and infectious energy. The festival, renowned for showcasing the finest talents in the jazz genre, provided the perfect backdrop for McCann’s musical prowess to unfold.

The year 1974 was a significant period in jazz, marked by an exploration of new sounds and styles. Les McCann, always at the forefront of innovation, embraced this spirit of experimentation while staying true to the soulful core that defined his work. His performances were not just about playing notes on a piano; they were about creating an immersive experience, a musical journey that transcended the boundaries of genre.

As McCann’s fingers danced across the keys, each note resonated with the rich history of jazz, carrying echoes of gospel melodies and blues rhythms. His vocalizations added an extra layer of intimacy to the performance, creating a connection with the audience that went beyond the confines of the stage.

One can imagine the Newport audience, bathed in the warm glow of a summer day, being transported by the waves of music emanating from McCann’s piano. The air would have been charged with the excitement of witnessing a true jazz luminary in action, a musician whose influence spanned across genres and generations.

The Newport Jazz Festival in 1974 served as a testament to Les McCann’s ability to bridge the gap between the traditional and the avant-garde, offering a performance that was both timeless and contemporary. His setlist likely included a mix of his iconic compositions, perhaps featuring the anthemic “Compared to What” or other tracks that showcased the depth and breadth of his musical artistry.

The legacy of Les McCann’s Newport Jazz Festival performance lives on, not just in the memories of those fortunate enough to be in the audience that day, but in the broader narrative of jazz history. His contributions to the genre, both as a pianist and a storyteller, continue to inspire and influence musicians who follow in his footsteps.

As we revisit that summer day in 1974 through the lens of Les McCann’s Newport Jazz Festival performance, we are reminded of the transformative power of music. It was a moment that transcended time, where the boundaries between artist and audience blurred, and the spirit of jazz manifested in its purest form. Les McCann’s legacy endures, and his Newport Jazz Festival performance remains a luminous point in the constellation of jazz brilliance.

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With her GRAMMY-Award winning and chart-topping album, Linger Awhile, 23-year-old Samara Joy makes her case to join the likes of Sarah, Ella, and Billie as the next mononymous jazz singing sensation recorded by the venerable Verve Records.Her voice, rich and velvety yet precociously refined, has already earned her fans like Anita Baker and Regina King and appearances on the TODAY Show, The Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show w/Stephen Colbert, CBS Mornings, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and more, in addition to millions of likes on TikTok — cementing her status as perhaps the first Gen Z jazz singing star. The New York Times praised the “silky-voiced rising star” for “helping jazz take a youthful turn” while NPR All Things Considered named her a “classic jazz singer from a new generation.” In February 2023, Samara Joy took home two GRAMMYs – Best Jazz Vocal Album and the auspicious Best New Artist award. Samara is still relatively new to jazz. Growing up in the Bronx, it was music of the past — the music of her parent’s childhoods, as she put it — that she listened to most.

She treasures her musical lineage, which stretches back to her grandparents Elder Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, both of whom performed with Philadelphia gospel group the Savettes, and runs through her father, who is a singer, songwriter and producer who toured with gospel artist Andraé Crouch. “Sometimes I catch myself when I’m singing — I’m like, ‘Whoa, that was a dad moment’,” Samara quips. Eventually, she did follow in the family tradition, singing in church and then with the jazz band at Fordham High School for the Arts, with whom she won Best Vocalist at JALC’s Essentially Ellington competition. That led to her enrolling in SUNY Purchase’s jazz studies program, where she fell deeply in love with the music. Though she’s young, she relishes the process of digging through the music’s history.

“I think maybe people connect with the fact that I’m not faking it, that I already feel embedded in it,” Samara says. “Maybe I’m able to reach people in person and on social media because it’s real.” The gatekeepers of the jazz world tend to agree: in 2019, she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and she’s since performed with legends like Christian McBride and Bill Charlap. Legendary late pianist Barry Harris was a particularly important influence and mentor. “You inspired me as well as many others with this fire for teaching and playing that couldn’t be dimmed by anything or anyone,” Samara writes in Linger Awhile’s liner notes, dedicating the project in part to Harris’ memory.

On Linger Awhile, which was produced by Matt Pierson and recorded by Chris Allen at Sear Sound in NYC, Samara is accompanied by esteemed veterans: her former professors, guitarist Pasquale Grasso and drummer Kenny Washington, form the core of the band, which also includes bassist David Wong and pianist Ben Paterson. With ease and a preternatural assurance, Samara swings right alongside them through understated yet powerful renditions of this creative collection of standards. There are burnished, gleaming versions of chestnuts in “Misty,” “Linger Awhile” and “Someone To Watch Over Me,” transporting listeners to some romantic, long-lost supper club.

Those familiar tunes are listed alongside some more unusual, if equally vintage selections:

“Sweet Pumpkin,” a Ronnell Bright tune performed by the likes of Blue Mitchell and Gloria Lynne, and “Can’t Get Out Of This Mood,” which Samara uncovered on a collection of Sarah Vaughan rarities, add a lilting, upbeat bent to the album’s selections. “When I heard the lyrics, I was like, ‘OK, this is positive — it’s not as much about heartbreak,” Samara says of “Mood.” “I liked the way I felt after hearing her singing it, and hopefully I can create the same feeling for people when they hear that song.”

Samara aims for the opposite on a spine-tingling version of “Guess Who I Saw Today,” originally popularized by Nancy Wilson. This gently grieving rendition showcases the young singer’s exceptional control and range, as well as her refined, distinctive style.

Marrying Samara’s interest in classic standards as well as crate-digging is her take on the iconic Thelonious Monk tune “‘Round Midnight” — instead of the traditional lyrics, Samara sings those written by Jon Hendricks, which she had only heard in a vintage TV performance by Carmen McRae. “Those lyrics haven’t been recorded that much — so even though it’s a song that a lot of people know, this is a different take on it,” Samara says. It’s the only song on the album that includes a horn section, including trumpeter Terell Stafford, trombonist Donavan Austin, and finally tenor saxophonist Kendric McCallister, who is responsible for the arrangement, a transformation of Cootie Williams’ original.

A concept that will likely be foreign to Samara’s TikTok following is that of vocalese, a jazz technique showcased across Linger Awhile. “Nostalgia (The Day I Knew)” was the product of a jazz transcription class she took with trumpet master Jon Faddis at SUNY Purchase, in which she took down Fats Navarro’s solo from the original 1947 recording and wrote her own lyrics to that melody — inspired, she quips, by the teen romance novels she was reading. She went through the same process with “I’m Confessin’,” combining that song’s original lyrics with her own, set to Lester Young’s 1952 solo. Especially for a contemporary listener, hearing how seamlessly Samara transforms these instrumental lines into breezy lyrics is astounding. Also included on Linger Awhile is “Social Call,” co-written by vocalese pioneer Hendricks and Gigi Gryce — a fitting, beautiful tribute to those who paved the way for Samara’s exploration of this often-overlooked subgenre.

This past holiday season, Samara released her first collection of holiday music, ‘A Joyful Holiday’ EP. The 6-song collection of seasonal favorites is an extension of her latest album Linger Awhile and features a similar cast of jazz musicians – Pasquale Grasso on guitar, David Wong on bass and Kenny Washington on drums – plus Sullivan Fortner on piano. The tracklist includes previously-released singles “O Holy Night” (performed with multiple generations of her family) and “Warm in December,” in addition to a new recording of Stevie Wonder’s “Twinkle Twinkle Little Me” and both a studio and live version of “The Christmas Song.” The holiday EP is just one more step for the ascendant, 2x GRAMMY-winning vocalist, who has spent the past several months touring all over the world on increasingly larger stages — still shocked to be performing in front of thousands who hang on every word. “I’m still very much a student, even though I’ve graduated,” Samara says. “So this is only the beginning… there is much, much more to come.”

Samara is still relatively new to jazz. Growing up in the Bronx, it was music of the past — the music of her parent’s childhoods, as she put it — that she listened to most. She treasures her musical lineage, which stretches back to her grandparents Elder Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, both of whom performed with Philadelphia gospel group the Savettes, and runs through her father, who is a singer, songwriter and producer who toured with gospel artist Andraé Crouch. “Sometimes I catch myself when I’m singing — I’m like, ‘Whoa, that was a dad moment’,” Samara quips. Eventually, she did follow in the family tradition, singing in church and then with the jazz band at Fordham High School for the Arts, with whom she won Best Vocalist at JALC’s Essentially Ellington competition. That led to her enrolling in SUNY Purchase’s jazz studies program, where she fell deeply in love with the music.

Though she’s young, she relishes the process of digging through the music’s history and learning new standards. “I think maybe people connect with the fact that I’m not faking it, that I already feel embedded in it,” Samara says. “Maybe I’m able to reach people in person and on social media because it’s real.” The gatekeepers of the jazz world tend to agree: in 2019, she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and she’s since performed with legends like Christian McBride and Bill Charlap. Legendary late pianist Barry Harris was a particularly important influence and mentor. “You inspired me as well as many others with this fire for teaching and playing that couldn’t be dimmed by anything or anyone,” Samara writes in Linger Awhile’s liner notes, dedicating the project in part to Harris’ memory.

Samara is accompanied by esteemed veterans on Linger Awhile as well: her former professors, guitarist Pasquale Grasso and drummer Kenny Washington, form the core of the band, which also includes bassist David Wong and pianist Ben Paterson. With ease and a preternatural assurance, Samara swings right alongside them through understated yet powerful renditions of this creative collection of standards.

There are burnished, gleaming versions of chestnuts in “Misty,” “Linger Awhile” and “Someone To Watch Over Me,” transporting listeners to some romantic, long-lost supper club. Those familiar tunes are listed alongside some more unusual, if equally vintage selections: “Sweet Pumpkin,” a Ronnell Bright tune performed by the likes of Blue Mitchell and Gloria Lynne, and “Can’t Get Out Of This Mood,” which Samara uncovered on a collection of Sarah Vaughan rarities, add a lilting, upbeat bent to the album’s selections.

“When I heard the lyrics, I was like, ‘OK, this is positive — it’s not as much about heartbreak,” Samara says of “Mood.” “I liked the way I felt after hearing her singing it, and hopefully I can create the same feeling for people when they hear that song.”

Samara aims for the opposite on a spine-tingling version of “Guess Who I Saw Today,” originally popularized by Nancy Wilson. This gently grieving rendition showcases the young singer’s exceptional control and range, as well as her refined, distinctive style.

Marrying Samara’s interest in classic standards as well as crate-digging is her take on the iconic Thelonious Monk tune “‘Round Midnight” — instead of the traditional lyrics, Samara sings those written by Jon Hendricks, which she had only heard in a vintage TV performance by Carmen McRae. “Those lyrics haven’t been recorded that much — so even though it’s a song that a lot of people know, this is a different take on it,” Samara says. It’s the only song on the album that includes a horn section, including trumpeter Terell Stafford, trombonist Donavan Austin, and finally tenor saxophonist Kendric McCallister, who is responsible for the arrangement, a transformation of Cootie Williams’ original.

A concept that will likely be foreign to Samara’s TikTok following is that of vocalese, a jazz technique showcased across Linger Awhile. “Nostalgia (The Day I Knew)” was the product of a jazz transcription class she took with trumpet master Jon Faddis at SUNY Purchase, in which she took down Fats Navarro’s solo from the original 1947 recording and wrote her own lyrics to that melody — inspired, she quips, by the teen romance novels she was reading. She went through the same process with “I’m Confessin’,” combining that song’s original lyrics with her own, set to Lester Young’s 1952 solo. Especially for a contemporary listener, hearing how seamlessly Samara transforms these instrumental lines into breezy lyrics is astounding.

Also included on Linger Awhile is “Social Call,” co-written by vocalese pioneer Hendricks and Gigi Gryce — a fitting, beautiful tribute to those who paved the way for Samara’s exploration of this often-overlooked subgenre.

The release is just one more step for the ascendant vocalist, who will spend the rest of 2022 touring increasingly large stages — still shocked to be performing in front of thousands who hang on every word. “I’m still very much a student, even though I’ve graduated,” Samara says. “So this is only the beginning… there is much, much more to come.”

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Embark on a Musical Odyssey on the Tour Cuba During Fiesta del Tambor with Jorge Luis Pacheco

Cuba, with its rich cultural tapestry and rhythmic heartbeat, beckons music enthusiasts to join the vibrant celebration of Fiesta del Tambor. For an immersive and enchanting experience, consider embarking on a musical odyssey through Cuba, guided by the award-winning pianist and musician, Jorge Luis Pacheco. As the island comes alive with the infectious beats of drums and the soul-stirring melodies of Afro-Cuban music, Pacheco’s expertise promises an unforgettable journey for those eager to explore the roots of Cuban rhythm.Cuba Travel | Tourism Portal

Fiesta del Tambor: A Rhythmic Extravaganza: Fiesta del Tambor, also known as the Drum Festival, stands as a testament to Cuba’s deep musical heritage. Held annually, this vibrant celebration brings together musicians, dancers, and music aficionados from around the world. The festival pays homage to the diverse percussion traditions of Cuba, showcasing the island’s Afro-Cuban roots and the profound influence of drums on its musical landscape. From traditional rumba to contemporary jazz, Fiesta del Tambor is a sensory feast that captures the essence of Cuban rhythm.

Jorge Luis Pacheco: A Musical Luminary: At the heart of this musical journey is Jorge Luis Pacheco, an internationally acclaimed Cuban pianist and composer. Renowned for his virtuosity and innovative approach to blending traditional Cuban rhythms with modern influences, Pacheco has garnered accolades for his contribution to the global music scene. His mastery of the piano and deep connection to the cultural roots of Cuba make him an ideal guide for those seeking an authentic and profound exploration of the island’s music.

The Itinerary: A Musical Exploration: A tour curated around Fiesta del Tambor with Jorge Luis Pacheco promises an itinerary that transcends the typical tourist experience. From the historic streets of Havana to the rhythmic landscapes of Matanzas and Santiago de Cuba, participants will be immersed in the heart and soul of Cuban music. The itinerary may include visits to iconic music venues, interactive drumming sessions, and intimate performances by Pacheco himself, offering a comprehensive and enlightening exploration of Cuba’s musical heritage.

Cuban Rhythms and Beyond: During the tour, participants will have the opportunity to witness and engage with various styles of Cuban music, from the lively beats of salsa and son cubano to the soulful melodies of Afro-Cuban jazz. Pacheco’s insights into the evolution of Cuban music and its fusion with global influences will provide a nuanced understanding of the island’s cultural identity.

Cultural Immersion and Culinary Delights: Beyond the music, the tour will delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Cuba. From exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites to savoring authentic Cuban cuisine, participants will be treated to a holistic experience that encompasses the island’s history, art, and flavors.

A tour of Cuba during Fiesta del Tambor with Jorge Luis Pacheco is not just a travel experience; it’s a musical pilgrimage. As the rhythmic beats of Cuban drums echo through the streets, and Pacheco’s piano weaves a captivating narrative, participants will find themselves immersed in the magic of Cuba’s music and culture. This journey promises to be a celebration of rhythm, a fusion of traditions, and an exploration of the enduring soul of Cuban music.

  • Enjoy 5 Star accomodations at The Grand Aston Hotel
  • Recieve VIP All Access Fiesta Del Tambor Festival Passes
  • Indulge in a welcome rooftop dinner at paladar La Guarida
  • Tour Old Havana, a world-renowned UNESCO heritage site
  • Experience Cuba’s culinary scene with meals at top eateries including El Del Frente and Cafe Ajiaco
  • Participate in Shopping, private tours, private concerts and more!

Enjoy 5 Star accomodations at The Grand Aston Hotel Recieve VIP All Access Fiesta Del Tambor Festival Passes Indulge in a welcome rooftop dinner at paladar La Guarida Tour Old Havana, a world-renowned UNESCO heritage site Experience Cuba’s culinary scene with meals at top eateries including El Del Frente and Cafe Ajiaco Participate in Shopping, private tours, private concerts and more! EXPLORE ITINERARY Can’t make this trip? Interested in a different destination? Connect with us to learn more about the travel experiences we offer globally and find out where we are headed next! Contact us at 800-747-6042 or EMAIL US.

NOTES ON THE TOUR:
This trip was created to provide meaningful interaction with the Cuban people under “Support for the Cuban people” category.

To maintain authenticity of the places you visit, many are not tourist destinations and are not always available outside of this experience.

Havana, Cuba: March 7 - 13, 2024 | Blue Note Travel

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Harmonizing Vibes: Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC) 2024 Celebrates 15 Years of Authentic Jazz

Calling all jazz enthusiasts to mark their calendars for the Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC) 2024, a festival that has been an influential force in Thailand’s jazz music scene since its inception in 2009. As it gears up for its 15th Anniversary, the TIJC continues to shape the jazz landscape with its authentic identity and unwavering commitment to the art form.

The Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC) is back with its 15th edition, featuring an impressive lineup of Thai and international jazz artists. Join us from January 26-28 at the College of Music, Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom province for a celebration of music education and a vibrant jazz community. Explore performances by renowned artists like Jonathan Kreisberg and Eric Harland, attend a special ‘jazz orchestra’ performance, and support a charitable cause by participating in the auction of a painted piano. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of jazz and be part of a vibrant and inclusive community.

Scheduled to take place from January 26 to 28, 2024, the TIJC 2024 is set to transform the College of Music at Mahidol University into a pulsating hub of jazz excellence. For over a decade, this conference has been a driving force in Thailand’s jazz music industry, earning acclaim for its unique vibes and the welcoming atmosphere that captivates artists and jazz aficionados both locally and internationally.TIJC 2024: Jazz, Education, and Charity

What sets the TIJC apart is its dedication to preserving the authenticity of jazz, providing a genuine platform for jazz enthusiasts to converge, celebrate, and share their passion. As the conference reaches its 15th year, it stands as a testament to the enduring power of jazz and the sense of community it fosters.

The TIJC 2024 promises an immersive experience for jazz lovers, offering a stage where the jazz community can showcase their art, engage in meaningful discussions, and foster connections. With a lineup of talented musicians and a rich program of events, the conference is poised to reaffirm its status as a vital player in the global jazz scene.

Whether you’re a seasoned jazz aficionado or someone looking to explore the genre, the TIJC 2024 invites you to join this celebration of musical diversity and innovation. As the notes of jazz reverberate through the College of Music, Mahidol University, get ready to be swept away by the harmonious vibes of a genuine jazz experience at the Thailand International Jazz Conference 2024.

The Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC) is back with its 15th edition, scheduled to take place from January 26-28 at the College of Music, Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom province. This highly anticipated event aims to bring together jazz enthusiasts and musicians from around the world to celebrate the power of music education and foster a vibrant jazz community. TIJC 2024 boasts an impressive lineup of both Thai and international jazz artists. Among the headliners are the world-renowned jazz guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Eric Harland. These talented musicians will not only be performing but also conducting an all-day music camp, providing a unique opportunity for aspiring musicians to learn from the best. The event will culminate in a stellar performance by Kreisberg and Harland on the final night, leaving the audience mesmerized and inspired. In addition to Kreisberg and Harland, TIJC 2024 will feature a diverse range of performances by jazz artists such as the Kreisberg Quartet, Steven Feifke Trio, Jochen Rueckert, Loop Doctors, Candlelight Ficus, and Gabriele Buonasorte Quartet. Each artist brings their own unique style and musicality, promising an unforgettable experience for jazz enthusiasts of all kinds. One of the highlights of this year’s conference is a special ‘jazz orchestra’ performance. The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and The Pomelo Town jazz band will collaborate to present a unique rendition of jazz music. Thai artists have rearranged the songs, adding their own creative touch to encourage attendees to explore their own artistic pursuits and create original works. This special performance is sure to captivate the audience and showcase the versatility and creativity of jazz music. TIJC 2024 goes beyond just being a music festival. It also aims to make a positive impact on society through its charitable cause. As part of the event, a painted piano by artist Takrit Krutphum will be auctioned. The proceeds from this auction will be used to provide music scholarships for children in remote areas. By fostering a love for music and providing opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible, TIJC is contributing to the development of young talents and creating a more inclusive music community. In addition to the main performances, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy jazz bands from various embassies, including France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, and Taiwan. These international jazz bands will perform on three different stages, adding a touch of cultural diversity to the event and further enriching the overall experience. The Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC) 2024 is an event that brings together jazz lovers, musicians, and educators to celebrate the beauty and power of jazz music. With its impressive lineup of world-renowned artists, special performances, and charitable cause, TIJC 2024 promises to be a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you are a seasoned jazz enthusiast or simply curious about the genre, this conference is a must-attend event for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the world of jazz and be part of a vibrant and inclusive community.

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Immerse Yourself in the Soulful Vibes: Live at The Village Vanguard Radio Show Takes Center Stage

In the heart of The Improv Cafe’, tonight marks a special occasion as the Live at The Village Vanguard Radio Show unfolds, offering an unparalleled experience for music enthusiasts. This unique radio show boasts the distinction of being the world’s first and only all-live radio station with an exclusive live format, where every song played is a captivating live rendition.

The spotlight of tonight’s broadcast is firmly fixed on the historic Village Vanguard, a legendary jazz club that has resonated with the soulful tunes of countless jazz luminaries throughout its storied history. As the radio waves come alive with the vibrant sounds of live performances, listeners are in for a treat, transported to the intimate ambiance of the Village Vanguard without leaving the comfort of their homes.

The concept of an all-live radio format adds an exciting layer to the musical experience. Each note, every improvised riff, and the spontaneous energy of the performers are captured in real-time, offering an authentic and raw connection between the artists and the audience. The result is a dynamic and immersive journey into the heart of live musical expression.

The Improv Cafe’, as the host of this groundbreaking radio show, has curated a playlist that exclusively features live recordings from the Village Vanguard. From the timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces, the range of performances promises to be as diverse and rich as the history of this iconic jazz venue.

What sets Live at The Village Vanguard Radio Show apart is not only its commitment to showcasing live music but also its dedication to preserving the essence of a live performance. In an era dominated by studio recordings and digital manipulations, this radio show serves as a refreshing reminder of the spontaneity and magic that unfold in the live setting.

Listeners can anticipate an array of genres and styles, as the Village Vanguard has been a haven for jazz, blues, and beyond. The eclectic mix of artists who have graced its stage over the years ensures a captivating sonic journey, transcending boundaries and introducing audiences to the timeless allure of live music.

As the hosts at The Improv Cafe’ guide you through this auditory adventure, immerse yourself in the live recordings emanating from the Village Vanguard. Whether you’re a seasoned jazz aficionado or a newcomer to the genre, tonight’s broadcast promises an unforgettable experience, celebrating the spirit of live performances and the enduring legacy of the Village Vanguard. Tune in and let the magic of live music captivate your senses.

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My Funny Valentine – George Coleman Live at Smalls Jazz Club

George Coleman’s captivating performance of ‘My Funny Valentine’ at Smalls Jazz Club. Explore the unique atmosphere of Smalls Jazz Club, a renowned venue in New York City. Learn about George Coleman’s career and his contributions to the world of jazz. Discover the history and dedication of Smalls Jazz Club in preserving the authenticity of jazz music. Immerse yourself in the intimate setting of the club and experience the soulful rendition of ‘My Funny Valentine’ by George Coleman. This blog post highlights the timeless appeal of jazz music and the unforgettable evening at Smalls Jazz Club.Live At Small's Jazz Club | George Coleman Quintet

George Coleman, a renowned jazz saxophonist, delivered a captivating performance of “My Funny Valentine” at Smalls Jazz Club. This legendary venue in New York City has been a hub for jazz enthusiasts for many years, hosting talented musicians from around the world. In this blog post, we will explore the mesmerizing rendition of “My Funny Valentine” by George Coleman and the unique atmosphere of Smalls Jazz Club.

The Artist: George Coleman

George Coleman is a highly respected saxophonist and composer who has made significant contributions to the world of jazz. With a career spanning several decades, Coleman has played alongside jazz legends such as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Known for his lyrical and soulful playing style, he has become a prominent figure in the jazz community.

The Song: “My Funny Valentine” Live at Smalls Jazz Club is Playing Now on the Improv cafe’

“My Funny Valentine” is a classic jazz standard composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. It has been performed by countless artists over the years, but George Coleman’s rendition at Smalls Jazz Club stands out for its unique interpretation.

Coleman’s version of “My Funny Valentine” showcases his technical prowess and emotional depth. His improvisations on the saxophone create a sense of intimacy and vulnerability, allowing the audience to connect with the music on a deep level. The melodic lines flow effortlessly, capturing the essence of the song’s bittersweet lyrics.

Smalls Jazz Club, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is a hidden gem for jazz lovers. With its cozy atmosphere and intimate setting, it provides an ideal space for musicians to showcase their talent. The club has a rich history and has hosted some of the most renowned jazz musicians in the world.

Smalls Jazz Club is known for its dedication to preserving the authenticity of jazz music. It offers a platform for both established artists and up-and-coming talent to perform in front of an appreciative audience. The club’s commitment to the art form has made it a favorite among jazz enthusiasts.

Attending a live performance at Smalls Jazz Club is a truly immersive experience. The intimate setting allows for a close interaction between the musicians and the audience, creating a sense of camaraderie. The energy in the room is palpable as the musicians take the stage and transport the listeners into a world of captivating melodies.

George Coleman’s performance of “My Funny Valentine” at Smalls Jazz Club was no exception. The audience was captivated by his soulful rendition, hanging onto every note as he weaved his musical magic. The combination of Coleman’s artistry and the unique atmosphere of Smalls Jazz Club created an unforgettable evening for all in attendance.

George Coleman’s live performance of “My Funny Valentine” at Smalls Jazz Club was a testament to his incredible talent and the timeless appeal of jazz music. The intimate setting of the club allowed for a truly immersive experience, where the audience could connect with the music on a deeper level. Smalls Jazz Club continues to be a haven for jazz enthusiasts, providing a platform for artists to showcase their skills and preserving the rich history of this beloved art form.

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Exploring the Treasures of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City

Discover the rich history and vibrant performances at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. Explore interactive exhibits, educational programs, and captivating art exhibits featuring jazz legends. Immerse yourself in the world of jazz at the Blue Room, a legendary jazz club, and experience live performances at the historic Gem Theater. Delve into the social and cultural impact of jazz and appreciate the enduring legacy of this uniquely American art form. Visit the American Jazz Museum for a memorable and enriching experience.American Jazz Museum | National Trust for Historic Preservation

The American Jazz Museum in Kansas City is a place filled with rich history, vibrant performances, and a deep appreciation for the art form that has shaped American culture. As the saying goes, “Jazz was born in New Orleans, but it grew up in Kansas City.” It is no wonder then, that in 1997, the American Jazz Museum found its home at one of the most important jazz crossroads in the world – 18th and Vine in Kansas City. The American Jazz Museum is not just a museum in the traditional sense. It is a dynamic space that serves as a hub for performances, exhibitions, education, and research. Visitors can immerse themselves in the world of jazz through a variety of interactive exhibits and engaging programs.

74196-156.jpgOne of the highlights of my visit to the American Jazz Museum was a captivating art exhibit featuring the works of Frederick J. Brown. Brown’s oversized oil portraits of jazz legends such as Big Joe Turner, Thelonious Monk, and Etta James brought these iconic figures to life.

The attention to detail and the vibrant colors used in the paintings truly captured the spirit and energy of the musicians. In addition to the art exhibits, the American Jazz Museum offers a range of educational programs for visitors of all ages. From workshops and lectures to live performances and jam sessions, there are countless opportunities to learn about the history and evolution of jazz. The museum also houses a research library, providing scholars and enthusiasts with a wealth of resources to delve deeper into the world of jazz.

The American Jazz Museum is also home to the Blue Room, a legendary jazz club that showcases both local talent and internationally renowned artists. The intimate setting and the acoustics of the Blue Room create a truly immersive experience for music lovers.

Whether you’re a seasoned jazz aficionado or new to the genre, the Blue Room offers a unique opportunity to witness live performances in an authentic jazz setting. Another must-see attraction at the American Jazz Museum is the Gem Theater, a historic venue that has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz. The Gem Theater is not only a place to enjoy live performances, but it is also a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the 18th and Vine district.

Its beautifully restored architecture and ornate details transport visitors back in time to the heyday of jazz in Kansas City. As you explore the American Jazz Museum, you’ll also come across exhibits that delve into the social and cultural impact of jazz.

From the civil rights movement to the influence of jazz on popular culture, these exhibits provide a comprehensive understanding of the profound impact that this art form has had on society. Visiting the American Jazz Museum is not just a trip down memory lane, but also an opportunity to appreciate the enduring legacy of jazz. Through its exhibits, performances, and educational programs, the museum celebrates the past, present, and future of jazz, ensuring that this uniquely American art form continues to thrive. In conclusion, the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City is a treasure trove of jazz history and a vibrant cultural hub.

From its engaging exhibits to its live performances, the museum offers a truly immersive experience for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re a jazz enthusiast or simply curious about this iconic art form, a visit to the American Jazz Museum is sure to be a memorable and enriching experience. 

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Celebrate the Legacy of Max Roach’s 100th Birthday at The Blue Note in New York

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Max Roach, a legendary jazz drummer, with a special tribute concert featuring the talented musician Kojo Melché Roney. Learn about Max Roach’s influential contributions to jazz and his role in the civil rights movement. Experience the virtuosic playing and unique approach of Kojo Melché Roney as he pays homage to Roach’s iconic compositions. Don’t miss this memorable event that celebrates the enduring influence of Max Roach on the jazz genre.

Honoring Max Roach’s 100th Birthday Featuring Kojo Melché Roney

On the occasion of Max Roach’s 100th birthday, a special tribute concert is being organized to celebrate the life and legacy of this legendary jazz drummer. The concert will feature the talented musician Kojo Melché Roney, who will pay homage to Roach’s influential contributions to the world of jazz.

Max Roach was born on January 10, 1924, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest drummers in the history of jazz. He was known for his innovative playing style, which incorporated complex rhythms and polyrhythms. Roach was also a prominent figure in the civil rights movement, using his music as a platform for social and political activism.

Kojo Melché Roney, a highly acclaimed jazz trumpeter, will lead the tribute concert. Roney is known for his virtuosic playing and unique approach to the instrument. He has performed with some of the biggest names in jazz, including his father, renowned saxophonist Wallace Roney.

The concert will feature a selection of Max Roach’s most iconic compositions, showcasing his groundbreaking approach to rhythm and improvisation. Roney and his band will bring their own unique interpretation to these timeless classics, paying homage to Roach’s musical genius while adding their own artistic flair.

Max Roach’s 100th birthday tribute concert featuring Kojo Melché Roney promises to be a memorable event for jazz enthusiasts and music lovers alike. It is a fitting tribute to a true jazz legend and a celebration of his enduring influence on the genre.

Join us at The Blue Note in New York as we celebrate the life and music of Max Roach, a jazz legend whose impact continues to resonate today. The Blue Note, a renowned jazz club located in the heart of New York City, will be featuring a series of performances dedicated to Roach’s legacy. Max Roach’s career spanned over six decades, during which he collaborated with some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the music of a true jazz icon.

In honor of what would have been his 100th birthday, The Blue Note in New York is hosting a special celebration to commemorate the legendary jazz drummer Max Roach. Known for his innovative playing style and contributions to the genre, Roach remains an influential figure in the world of jazz.

The Blue Note, a renowned jazz club located in the heart of New York City, will be featuring a series of performances dedicated to Roach’s legacy. Throughout the week, talented musicians will take the stage to pay tribute to his groundbreaking work and showcase their own interpretations of his music.

Max Roach’s career spanned over six decades, during which he collaborated with some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. He was a pioneer of bebop and played a pivotal role in shaping the evolution of jazz drumming.

The celebration at The Blue Note will not only honor Roach’s musical contributions but also highlight his commitment to social justice. Roach was deeply involved in the civil rights movement and used his platform to advocate for equality and racial justice.

Whether you are a longtime fan of Max Roach or simply appreciate the artistry of jazz, this event is a unique opportunity to experience the music of a true jazz icon. The Blue Note’s intimate setting provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of soulful melodies and captivating rhythms.

Join us at The Blue Note in New York as we celebrate the life and music of Max Roach, a jazz legend whose impact continues to resonate today.

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New Year’s Eve Live at the Village Vanguard with Dr. Michael White

New Year’s Eve Live at the Village Vanguard. This CD, titled ‘New Year’s Eve Live at the Village Vanguard with Dr. Michael White,’ captures the energy and excitement of the unforgettable night. Dr. Michael White, a renowned jazz clarinetist, leads his band in delivering an incredible performance that embodies the spirit of New Orleans. With a mix of original compositions and jazz standards, this live recording transports listeners to the heart of New Orleans, where the music flows freely and the good times never stop. Don’t miss out on this must-have CD for any jazz enthusiast or fan of New Orleans music.

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When it comes to throwing a party, the people of New Orleans certainly know how to do it right. From the vibrant celebrations of Mardi Gras to the casual backyard crawfish boils, the city is known for its lively and festive atmosphere. And when it comes to ringing in the New Year, New Orleans takes the party spirit to a whole new level.

One event that captures the essence of the New Orleans party scene is the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the Village Vanguard. This CD, titled “New Year’s Eve Live at the Village Vanguard with Dr. Michael White,” perfectly captures the energy and excitement of this unforgettable night.

Dr. Michael White, a renowned jazz clarinetist and bandleader, leads the charge in delivering an incredible performance that truly embodies the spirit of New Orleans. With his band, he takes the audience on a musical journey that combines traditional jazz with the infectious rhythms of the city.

The album features a mix of original compositions and jazz standards, all performed with a level of skill and passion that is characteristic of Dr. Michael White’s music. From the moment the first note is played, listeners are transported to the heart of New Orleans, where the music flows freely and the good times never stop.

What sets this CD apart is the fact that it was recorded live and on the road in New York. This adds an extra layer of excitement and energy to the performance, as the band brings the New Orleans party spirit to a new audience. The crowd’s enthusiastic response can be felt throughout the album, making it a truly immersive experience for the listener.

Each track showcases the incredible talent of Dr. Michael White and his band. The clarinet takes center stage, weaving melodic lines that are both soulful and intricate. The rhythm section provides a solid foundation, with the piano, bass, and drums working together to create a tight and grooving sound.

One standout track is the lively rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” This iconic New Orleans anthem is given new life through Dr. Michael White’s interpretation. The band infuses the song with their own unique style, adding layers of improvisation and infectious energy.

Another highlight is the original composition “New Year’s Eve in New Orleans.” This upbeat and celebratory tune perfectly captures the essence of the holiday and the city’s vibrant spirit. The infectious melody and lively rhythm make it impossible to sit still while listening.

Overall, “New Year’s Eve Live at the Village Vanguard with Dr. Michael White” is a must-have for any jazz enthusiast or fan of New Orleans music. It showcases the incredible talent of Dr. Michael White and his band, as well as the infectious energy of the New Orleans party scene. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the world of jazz, this CD is sure to transport you to the heart of the Big Easy and leave you wanting more.

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Rebirth Brass Band along with Sol Roots & Gordon Sterling play live at The Hamilton Live in Washington DC!

The legendary Rebirth Brass Band takes the stage for a two-night run at The Hamilton Live in Washington D.C. This highly anticipated event will also feature the electrifying funk and soul sounds of guitarist Sol Roots on December 30th, followed by the talented group Gordon Sterling. Don’t miss your chance to see the Rebirth Brass Band, Sol Roots, and Gordon Sterling live at The Hamilton Live. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to secure yours before they’re gone. This is a night that music lovers won’t want to miss, as these talented artists come together to create a truly unforgettable experience. Get ready to dance, sing along, and celebrate the end of 2023 in style with this incredible lineup of musicians.Jazz news: Rebirth Brass Band Perform With Sol Roots And Gordon Sterling At The Hamilton Live

Get ready to close out 2023 with a bang as the legendary Rebirth Brass Band takes the stage for a two-night run at The Hamilton Live in Washington D.C. This highly anticipated event will also feature the electrifying funk and soul sounds of guitarist Sol Roots on December 30th, followed by the talented group Gordon Sterling.

Known for their high-energy performances and infectious blend of jazz, funk, and soul, the Rebirth Brass Band has been a staple of the New Orleans music scene for decades. With their signature brass sound and lively stage presence, they have captivated audiences around the world. Their unique blend of traditional New Orleans jazz with modern influences has earned them a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim.

Joining the Rebirth Brass Band on December 30th is the talented Sol Roots, a fierce guitarist known for his soulful playing and dynamic stage presence. With his deep roots in blues, funk, and rock, Sol Roots brings a fresh and exciting energy to his performances. His virtuosic guitar skills combined with his soulful vocals create a captivating musical experience that is not to be missed.Closing out the two-night run on December 31st is the talented group Gordon Sterling. Led by guitarist and vocalist Gordon Sterling, this band delivers a powerful and soulful performance that is sure to leave a lasting impression. With their unique blend of blues, rock, and soul, Gordon Sterling brings a fresh and modern sound to the stage.

The Hamilton Live, located in the heart of Washington D.C., is the perfect venue to experience these incredible musical acts. Known for its intimate setting and excellent acoustics, The Hamilton Live provides an up-close and personal experience for music lovers. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or new to the New Orleans jazz scene, this is an event that promises to deliver an unforgettable night of music.

Don’t miss your chance to see the Rebirth Brass Band, Sol Roots, and Gordon Sterling live at The Hamilton Live. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to secure yours before they’re gone. This is a night that music lovers won’t want to miss, as these talented artists come together to create a truly unforgettable experience. Get ready to dance, sing along, and celebrate the end of 2023 in style with this incredible lineup of musicians.

Experience the magic of live music and immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds of the Rebirth Brass Band, Sol Roots, and Gordon Sterling. Mark your calendars for December 30th and 31st and get ready for a night of unforgettable performances at The Hamilton Live.

Experience the vibrant arts and entertainment scene in Washington DC at The Hamilton, a historic music venue offering live performances in a warm and intimate setting. With a diverse lineup of performers and a commitment to providing a complete dining experience, The Hamilton is the perfect destination for music lovers and food enthusiasts alike. Book your tickets in advance and make a reservation to ensure a memorable night out in Washington DC.

Washington DC is known for its vibrant arts and entertainment scene, and one of the must-visit venues for live performances is The Hamilton. Located in the heart of the city, The Hamilton offers a unique and unforgettable experience for music lovers.

A Historic Venue. The Hamilton is housed in a historic building that dates back to the early 20th century. Originally a movie theater, it has been transformed into a state-of-the-art music venue while still preserving its original charm. The venue’s architecture and design create a warm and intimate atmosphere that enhances the overall experience for both performers and audience members.The Hamilton Live | Clyde's | American Bars & Restaurants in the USOne of the reasons why The Hamilton stands out is its diverse lineup of performers. From local talent to internationally renowned artists, the venue offers a wide range of musical genres to cater to different tastes. Whether you’re into jazz, rock, folk, or blues, you’re sure to find a show that suits your musical preferences.

Not only does The Hamilton host live music performances, but it also features other forms of entertainment such as comedy shows and spoken word events. This diversity in programming ensures that there’s always something exciting happening at The Hamilton.

Intimate Setting. Unlike larger concert venues, The Hamilton provides an intimate setting for both performers and the audience. With a capacity of around 300 people, every seat in the house offers a great view of the stage. This creates a more personal and immersive experience, allowing you to connect with the performers on a deeper level.

The venue’s acoustics are top-notch, ensuring that the sound quality is exceptional no matter where you’re seated. This attention to detail enhances the overall enjoyment of the performance, making The Hamilton a favorite among both artists and concert-goers.

What sets The Hamilton apart from other music venues is its commitment to offering a complete dining experience. The venue features a full-service restaurant and bar, allowing you to enjoy a delicious meal or craft cocktail before or after the show.

The menu at The Hamilton is diverse and offers something for everyone. From gourmet burgers to fresh seafood and vegetarian options, you’ll find a range of delectable dishes made with high-quality ingredients. The bar also offers an extensive selection of wines, beers, and handcrafted cocktails to complement your meal.

Getting tickets to a show at The Hamilton is easy. You can visit their website or call their box office to check the schedule and purchase tickets. It’s advisable to book your tickets in advance, especially for popular shows, as The Hamilton tends to sell out quickly.

If you’re planning to dine at the venue before the show, it’s recommended to make a reservation. The Hamilton can get busy, especially on weekends, so having a reservation ensures that you have a table waiting for you.

Attending a live performance at The Hamilton is more than just a concert; it’s a memorable experience. From the moment you step into the venue, you’ll be captivated by its historic charm and welcoming ambiance. The talented performers, intimate setting, and delicious food and drinks all contribute to creating an unforgettable night out in Washington DC.

So, whether you’re a music enthusiast or simply looking for a unique and enjoyable night out, make sure to check out The Hamilton in Washington DC. You won’t be disappointed!