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Best of Jazz Music 2017

Best of Jazz Music 2017



Jazz is a music genre that originated in African American communities of New Orleans, United States,[1] in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime.[2] Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African American and European American musical parentage with a performance orientation.[3] Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music.[4] Although the foundation of jazz is deeply rooted within the black experience of the United States, different cultures have contributed their own experience and styles to the art form as well. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".[5]

As jazz spread around the world, it drew on different national, regional, and local musical cultures, which gave rise to many distinctive styles. New Orleans jazz began in the early 1910s, combining earlier brass-band marches, French quadrilles, biguine, ragtime and blues with collective polyphonic improvisation. In the 1930s, heavily arranged dance-oriented swing big bands, Kansas City jazz, a hard-swinging, bluesy, improvisational style and Gypsy jazz (a style that emphasized musette waltzes) were the prominent styles. Bebop emerged in the 1940s, shifting jazz from danceable popular music toward a more challenging "musician's music" which was played at faster tempos and used more chord-based improvisation. Cool jazz developed in the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, smoother sounds and long, linear melodic lines.

The 1950s saw the emergence of free jazz, which explored playing without regular meter, beat and formal structures, and in the mid-1950s, hard bop emerged, which introduced influences from rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues, especially in the saxophone and piano playing. Modal jazz developed in the late 1950s, using the mode, or musical scale, as the basis of musical structure and improvisation. Jazz-rock fusion appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s, combining jazz improvisation with rock music's rhythms, electric instruments, and highly amplified stage sound. In the early 1980s, a commercial form of jazz fusion called smooth jazz became successful, garnering significant radio airplay. Other styles and genres abound in the 2000s, such as Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant (born 1989) is an American jazz vocalist.[1][2][3][4][5] She was the winner of the first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010,[6] releasing her first album, Cecile, shortly thereafter. Her second album, WomanChild, was released in 2013 on Mack Avenue Records. In 2014 Salvant was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Salvant won four categories in the 2014 Down Beat Critics Poll: Jazz Album of the Year, Female Vocalist, Rising Star–Jazz Artist and Rising Star–Female Vocalist.[7]

Her third album, For One to Love, was released on September 5, 2015, to critical acclaim from the New York Times, The Guardian, and Los Angeles Times.[8][9][10] It won her the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2016.

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Jon Snell and Chris Merz at Jazz Central, August 2
  –  August 2, 2017
Snell completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Iowa where he received the Purple and Old Gold Award for Conspicuous Achievement in Music, given to only one student from the graduating class. He studied jazz piano with Bob Washut and ...
San Jose Jazz Summer Fest: What you need to know
  –  August 2, 2017
Details: 8 p.m. Aug. 12; Sobrato stage. Robert Glasper Experiment: Don’t miss the chance to witness one of jazz music’s most exciting groups, which scored much critical acclaim (as well as a pair of Grammy Awards) with the hip-hop/soul-influenced ...
Jamiroquai headlines at Black Sea Jazz Festival
  –  August 2, 2017
“We have slowly moved from jazz to more light music, which seems to fit the atmosphere better, it’s also lowered the age of our visitors, which gave us the ability to bring in more dynamic musicians,” Giorgi Kereselidze, the director of Eastern ...
Young Miami Jazz Saxophonist Makes It To Newport Jazz Fest
  –  August 2, 2017
As part of that award, he will be playing at this year's Newport Jazz Festival. The 23-year-old Cuban American grew up in Miami, went to the New World School of the Arts and graduated from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. The award is ...
Past Monroe jazz fest guitarist dies
  –  August 2, 2017
He also was a composer, with his credits including theme music for ABC’s “Nightline,” “One Life to Live” and ESPN NCAA College Basketball, said Jazz Times. His most high-profile theme was for CNN Headline News. Loeb is survived by his wife ...
This Week In Jazz, Featuring Herbie Hancock And Chick Corea's Elektric Band
  –  August 2, 2017
$25 plus minimum and surcharge. Named after a notorious Southern Louisiana swamp rat, Nutria is a New Orleans-based band that explores explores jazz, chamber music, and the traditional musics of the African diaspora and Eastern Europe. The band plays 8 and ...
The 25th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival
  –  August 2, 2017
“The goal with the festival is to keep the [blues and jazz] part that everyone loves and expand it to other things such as poetry, performance, theatre, and other kinds of music. To become a true community arts festival.” Erie’s favorite weekend ...
Lancaster started jazz musician's path to bright lights, Big Apple
  –  August 2, 2017
LANCASTER - From Lancaster to the bright lights of New York City. That's the path jazz pianist and vocalist Robert Lepley's life has taken. He started playing music here at age 4 with his mother, Lois, who was a violin teacher and choir director at the ...
Live on the Waterfront performers pay homage to French jazz and chanson
  –  August 2, 2017
Music fans in Thunder Bay, Ont., will get a taste of classic French jazz and chanson this evening, as Martin Blanchet performs at Live on the Waterfront with his quintet Café Paris. Blanchet is a bassist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra ...
ADDING MULTIMEDIA Natixis Global Asset Management Awards Seventh Annual George Wein Jazz Ambassador Scholarship to R.I. and Mass. Students
  –  August 2, 2017
The firm awards two $5,000 scholarships annually to two aspiring college-bound musicians as part of its broader commitment to music education and to fostering the next generation of jazz musicians and fans. The scholarships are named in celebration of ...
The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: July 2017
  –  August 2, 2017
Psychedelic jazz ensemble The Heliocentrics cobble together influences ... Sunshine Makers perfectly captures the theme of the 1960s counter-culture flick with music that compels the body to dance, even as it forges a strong cerebral connection.
How to Write and Teach Jazz Bass Lines
  –  August 2, 2017
She is a member of the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA ... Megan Cleary will be presenting on her topic “How to Write and Teach Jazz Bass Lines” at the 2017 NAfME National In-Service Conference this November in Dallas, TX!
Hello Lady: Izzy Bizu is Coldplay’s jazz-pop counterpart this Friday at Gillette
  –  August 2, 2017
While Bizu’s panache errs closer to jazz, and Coldplay’s mainstream game has always been pop/rock, there are some stylistic ties between their tunes, as Bizu describes. “Both ours and Coldplay’s [music] can be is euphoric but also has ...
Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival headliner discusses hometown roots
  –  August 2, 2017
Despite leaving the City of Homes to pursue a career in music, Sarah Elizabeth Charles - vocalist, pianist and soon-to-be Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival headliner on Aug. 12 - said her own roots to her old neighborhood and childhood mentors remains as ...
LIVE: Jazz Pianist Marilyn Crispell, Solo Performance at Newport Jazz Fest
  –  August 2, 2017
In a career spanning almost 40 years, Jazz pianist, composer, and music educator, Marilyn Crispell reaches another landmark achievement this weekend when she makes her first appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival. Recipient of three New York Foundation ...
Religion and all that jazz
  –  August 2, 2017
The festival's theme is “European jazz – Moroccan music” and it is a joint EU and Moroccan Ministry of Culture initiative. Below is a video featuring some of the 'Fourth world music' that is created at the festival by culturally diverse musicians who ...
Jazz Pensacola on Aug. 21 part of Seville Quarter’s 50th anniversary celebration
  –  August 2, 2017
Attendees can also purchase 50/50 tickets for a cash drawing. The winner gets half, and Jazz Pensacola gets half to benefit its music program. Jazz Pensacola is a non-profit organization of business and professional people, musicians, teachers, students ...
Newport Jazz Fest is coming to Newport this weekend! Here’s the full lineup
  –  August 2, 2017
More than 300 established and emerging jazz artists will take over Aquidneck Island when ... This year’s festival features more than 50 sets of non-stop music on four stages at historic Fort Adams State Park and a Friday evening performance at the ...
2017 Terminal Jazz Series continues Wednesday, August 9th
  –  August 2, 2017
Join us for a special evening of jazz music: $5 admission, free parking, refreshments available, kid friendly. Event runs from 6 PM – 9 PM. You can pay at door or purchase tickets online at
Litchfield Jazz Festival celebrates returning musicians, newcomers Aug. 5-6
  –  August 2, 2017
Litchfield Performing Arts’ mission is to educate and inspire young people to be confident, creative, expressive individuals through challenging programs in jazz music and the performing arts and to share the passion and magic of the arts with the wider ...
Newport Jazz Festival Final Line Up
  –  August 2, 2017
2017 Newport Jazz Festival® Takes Over Aquidneck Island August 4 ... This year’s festival features more than 50 sets of non-stop music on four stages at historic Fort Adams State Park and a Friday evening performance at the International Tennis ...
San Jose to turn into jazz heaven during Rahsaanathon 2017
  –  August 2, 2017
For four days, San Jose’s premier jazz cafe turns into the Church of the Kirk. The fifth annual Rahsaanathon, which celebrates the life and music of the multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, is set for Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 3-6, at Cafe Stritch.
Jazz trumpeter Ilya Serov swinging his way through summer in the studio
  –  August 2, 2017
A year later, he was named Best New Artist at the Hollywood International Music Awards. Although the new session consists of big band, swing and straight-ahead jazz, Serov is also an imaginative alchemist who experiments with contemporary jazz, R&B ...
You know Jazz Alley - but do you know the man behind the club?
  –  August 2, 2017
If you're a fan of great, live music, then chances are you've been to Dimitriou's Jazz Alley. And if you haven't, you're missing out. The jazz club is a Seattle institution, but it's really legendary across the west coast for its amazing ambiance and the ...
The Jazz Standard, New York City - programme for September 2017.
  –  August 1, 2017
Although many know Eubanks primarily from playing foil to Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, he remains one of the modern titans of jazz guitar, and is well equipped to assume the role, adding his own considerable talents to the music. Sparks will fly ...

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