Jazz

  1. Peak Records Partners With eOne Music

    May 11, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Peak Records has entered into a new alliance with eOne Music. Under terms of the pact, eOne will provide marketing and distribution for the Los Angeles-based contemporary jazz/urban AC/pop label. Peak most recently spent 10 years with the Concord ...

  2. Zim Ngqawana, Preeminent South African Jazz Musician, Dead at 52

    May 10, 2011 11:41 AM EDT Zim Ngqawana, widely considered one of South Africa's pre-eminent contemporary jazz composer and performer, has died. The saxophonist and flautist suffered a stroke May 9 and today the 52-year-old was taken off life support at a hospital in J ...

  3. Jason Moran, Brad Mehldau Trio, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock Win ECHO 2011 Jazz Awards

    May 05, 2011 10:00 AM EDT BERLIN - Nine US-jazz acts will receive the German ECHO 2011 Jazz Award . Among the winners are Jason Moran, the Brad Mehldau Trio, Bobby McFerrin, Lee Ritenour and Herbie Hancock. The award ceremony in 27 categories will be held on June 17, 2011 ...

  4. Cuban Jazz Documentary To Accompany 'Ninety Miles' Album

    April 25, 2011 4:27 PM EDT With musical documentaries garnering buzz at this week's Tribeca Film Festival, the final touches are being placed on a candidate for next season's film festivals. "Ninety Miles," which chronicles a journey to Cuba by the vibra ...

  5. Dot Records Founder Randy Wood Dead At 94

    April 14, 2011 7:00 AM EDT The founder of Dot Records who helped introduce black rhythm-and-blues to white audiences in the early rock era has died in California. Randy Wood was 94. His son, John, tells the Los Angeles Times that Wood died on Saturday at his La Jolla home f ...

  6. VARIOUS ARTISTS -- "THE SMITHSONIAN ANTHOLOGY"

    April 01, 2011 1:47 PM EDT Created to replace the Smithsonian's out-of-print 1973 jazz overview, a 47-member committee has curated a package that speaks best to academics looking for a compact jazz encyclopedia. The approach is chronological, the canon largely unchan ...

  7. Esperanza Spalding Beats Bieber, Drake for Best New Artist Grammy

    February 13, 2011 11:28 PM EST In a shocking upset, jazz artist Esperanza Spalding won best new artist at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 13), beating out widely agreed-upon favorites Justin Bieber and Drake as well as Mumford & Sons and Florence & the Machine. ...

  8. Esperanza Spalding, Best New Artist Nominee, Plays Pre-Grammy Show

    February 11, 2011 3:56 PM EST Esperanza rocks the Spaghettini (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage) It was anything but a regulation Thursday night at a popular Seal Beach jazz spot. Standing center stage, speaking quietly to her band members at the Spaghettini Italian Grill & ...

  9. Newport Jazz & Folk Festivals Go Nonprofit

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST The founder of the celebrated Newport jazz and folk festivals is taking them nonprofit in an effort to make sure the events he's been producing for six decades live on after he is gone. George Wein, 85, said Tuesday he has established a new n ...

  10. Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Sonny Rollins To Headline New Orleans Jazz Fest

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST The annual New Orleans Jazz & Music Heritage Festival today announced its 2011 line-up with a diverse slate of headliners that includes Arcade Fire, Sonny Rollins, Kid Rock, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Mellencamp, the ...

  11. Billy Taylor, Jazz Musician, Dies at 89

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Billy Taylor, a leading jazz musician and composer who introduced the genre to wider audiences as a TV broadcaster, teacher and booster of new talent, died Tuesday in New York of heart failure, age 89. The Kennedy Center for the performing arts in ...

  12. Don Cheadle: The Time Is Right for a Miles Davis Biopic

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Don Cheadle is hoping Hollywood jumps aboard the Miles Davis train. The Iron Man 2 actor helped shape the screenplay for a Davis biopic in which he would star as the legendary jazz trumpeter and musical innovator. Herbie Hancock has reportedly bee ...

  13. Jazz Singer Abbey Lincoln Dies

    August 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Abbey Lincoln, a jazz singer and songwriter known for her phrasing, emotion and uncompromising style, died Saturday in New York at age 80. She had been declining in health for the past year. Her death was confirmed by friend and filmmaker Carol Fr ...

  14. Al Jarreau Discharged From Hospital

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. jazz singer Al Jarreau was discharged from hospital in the French city of Marseille on Sunday after being treated for heart palpitations, and plans to resume his tour in Germany on Tuesday, officials said. Jarreau, 70, collapsed during a conc ...

  15. Al Jarreau In Critical Condition In France

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. jazz singer Al Jarreau was in a critical condition in hospital in France on Friday (July 23) after collapsing on stage the previous evening, hospital sources said. The 70-year-old singer collapsed during a concert in Barcelonnette in the sout ...

  16. Rachel Portman, Terence Blanchard Honored by BMI

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rachel Portman was honored with the Richard Kirk Award and Terence Blanchard received the Classic Contribution Award at BMI's annual Film/TV Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 19. The Richard Kirk Award is given to composers wh ...

  17. Jazz Pianist, Composer Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones, whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said M ...

  18. Francisco Aguabella Funeral To Be In Culver City

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Funeral services for Francisco Aguabella, the master conguero whose death was announced this week, will take place today (May 14) at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Calif. Aguabella died May 7 in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He ...

  19. Folk Music Singer Susan Reed Dies At 84

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Susan Reed, the cabaret singer whom Life magazine saluted in a l955 cover story as the leading lady of the folk music era, has died. She was 84. The singer, who regularly performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los ...

  20. Jazz Briefs: Baked Potato Jazz Club, Jeff Lorber

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Larry Carlton, the Yellowjackets, Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts and Patrice Rushen are among the lineup of acts who will perform at the 40th anniversary of Los Angeles music institution The Baked Potato Jazz Club . The two-day celebration from May ...

  21. Norah Jones, Phil Collins, Massive Attack To Play Montreux

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Phil Collins will play an exclusive pre-festival concert before the 2010 Montreux Jazz Festival featuring Roxy Music, Massive Attack, Norah Jones and a host of big jazz acts, festival organizers said on Thursday (April 29). Former Genesis singer a ...

  22. Portman, Blanchard To Be Honored At BMI Film & TV Awards

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rachel Portman will receive BMI's Richard Kirk Award for outstanding career achievement and Terence Blanchard will receive the Classic Contribution Award at the performing right organization's annual Film & Television Awards on May 1 ...

  23. Concord Group Acquires Rounder Records

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Concord Group, which owns Concord Records, Concord Jazz, Fantasy, Stax, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty, Telarc, Peak, Heads Up, Prestige, among others, announced it has acquired Rounder Records. Forty year old Rounder’s roster includes Alison ...

  24. Paul Kuhn To Receive ECHO Jazz Honor

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The pianist and band leader Paul Kuhn will receive the ECHO Jazz award for lifetime achievement. Kuhn will receive the award on May 5 at the inaugural awards ceremony at the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum. The German Phono-Academy, the cultural instit ...

  25. Afro-Cuban Singer Perez Grillo Dies Aged 94

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Afro-Cuban music pioneer Graciela Perez Grillo has died in New York City at age 94. Perez Grillo was known as the First Lady of Latin Jazz. Her best-known songs include "This is Graciela," "Intimate and Sentimental" and "T ...

  26. German Jazz Player Peter Herbolzheimer Dies At 74

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Peter Herbolzheimer, a musician and big band leader who helped promote jazz in Germany, has died at 74. The head of the German Music Council, Peter Ortmann, told the ddp news agency that Herbolzheimer died Saturday in Cologne following a long illn ...

  27. Diana Krall Snags 2 ECHO Jazz Awards

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Diana Krall has won two awards in the inaugural German ECHO Jazz awards. The ceremony has 31 categories and will be staged on May 8. The German Phono Academy, the cultural institution of BVMI, announced the winners, revealing that Krall has won fo ...

  28. Herbie Hancock To Be Feted At Revived NYC Jazz Festival

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jazz legend Herbie Hancock will be feted at a belated 70th birthday bash at Carnegie Hall that will highlight the revival of a major summer jazz festival in the Big Apple. The pianist, who turns 70 on April 12, will be joined by comedian Bill Cosb ...

  29. Chick Corea, George Benson Line Up For Playboy Jazz Fest

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Chick Corea Freedom Band, George Benson and the Manhattan Transfer are among the headliners for the 2010 Playboy Jazz Festival. Now in its 32nd year, the annual festival will be held June 12-13 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Serving onc ...

  30. Bebo Valdes To Be Honored At Premios De La Musica

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Cuban-born pianist Bebo Valdes is to receive the honorary Latin music award at the 14th Premios de la Musica gala to be held in Madrid on March 4, the managing committee of the Spanish Academy of Music Arts and Sciences announced. Valdes, 92, has ...

  31. Sade To Take No. 1 On Billboard 200 Next Week

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Expect the smooth sounds of Sade to overtake the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 album chart next week, as industry sources project the group's new effort "Soldier of Love" could sell between 375,000 to 400,000 by week's end on ...

  32. Sade To Perform At 2010 ECHO Awards

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sade has confirmed a March 4 TV performance at Germany's ECHO Music Awards. The R&B act, led by singer Sade Adu, will perform the title track of its new studio set "Soldier of Love" (RCA/Sony Music) in front of an expected audie ...

  33. Year-End Chart Analysis: Voices Carry On Jazz Charts

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST More than a decade after his death, The Chairman of the Board remains a heavy hitter on the charts. Frank Sinatra occupies two slots within the Top Traditional Jazz Albums chart for 2009: “Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love” (Frank Sinatra Enterpris ...

  34. James Brown, Beach Boys added to Grammy Hall of Fame

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Recording Academy has added songs by James Brown, Bob Marley, the Beach Boys, Louis Armstrong and others to its Grammy Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of titles in the collection to 851. The latest batch of 25 recordings added to the l ...

  35. EMI, Norah Jones Join Hulu

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Hulu has partnered with EMI to offer a Norah Jones channel on the site. The deal will, at a later date, add content from other artists on EMI's labels including Virgin, Capitol and Blue Note. The joint online venture between NBC, Fox and ABC ...

  36. Latin Recording Academy Announces 2009 Lifetime Awards

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Latin Recording Academy will honor Cuban percussionist Candido Camero, samba icon Beth Carvalho, Argentine rock pioneer Charly Garcia, world music artist Tania Libertad, romantic singer Marco Antonio Muñiz and Christian preacher/artist Juan Ro ...

  37. Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dave Brubeck just wishes his mom could see him now: On Dec. 6, the same day the jazz composer and pianist turns 89, he'll be among the leading artists feted at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors Gala. Dignitaries from President Barack Obama on do ...

  38. Jazz Vocalist Chris Connor Dies At 81

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chris Connor, a smoky-voiced jazz vocalist who had numerous hits during a career that spanned more than 50 years, has died. She was 81. Connor, who performed with several big bands and also had an extensive solo career, died of cancer Aug. 29 at C ...

  39. DaBet Music Signs Ugandan Artist Saba Saba

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT DaBet Music has signed a deal with the Ugandan hip-hop artist, singer/songwriter and human rights activist Saba Saba in which DaBet will provide exploitation and collection services. The agreement includes an option for future songs written and pr ...

  40. UMGI Acquires Sinatra's Reprise Catalog, Ex-US

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has acquired international catalog rights, outside North America, to the Reprise label recordings of Frank Sinatra. A total of 38 albums, plus a number of proposed new releases, are covered by the new, long-term agreement bet ...

  41. Bebel Gilberto Goes 'All In' With Verve

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Time spent in Jamaica, a new marriage and a deal with Verve are the driving factors for Brazilian vocalist Bebel Gilberto's fourth record, "All In One." The twelve song set - due September 29 - features a host of different producers ...

  42. Society of Singers Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In celebration of its 25th anniversary this year, the Society of Singers is hosting a benefit concert featuring Manhattan Transfer. The Sept. 11 concert will be staged at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif. The nonprofit organization— ...

  43. Playboy Stages 31st Annual Jazz Festival

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Whether you like your jazz straight ahead, New Orleans, funky or Latin style, there was something for everyone at the 31st annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 13-14 at the Hollywood Bowl). Comedian Bill Cosby was back again as host of the two-day e ...

  44. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Wayman Tisdale Tribute, Stix, The Roots

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Phil Perry will replace the late Wayman Tisdale as part of Norman Brown’s Summer Storm lineup at the upcoming Playboy Jazz Festival (June 13-14; Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles). The veteran soul singer/songwriter will join guitarist Brown, saxopho ...

  45. A Bittersweet Adios For WNUA

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After several days of rumors, change has indeed come to Clear Channel's WNUA/Chicago, which dropped smooth jazz after 22 years and flipped to what is being billed as "Spanish Hot AC" as "Mega 95.5." The news broke late Thu ...

  46. Orchard Signs Recording, Services Deal With Wynton Marsalis

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard has announced an exclusive recording and services agreement with jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. The deal will cover co-production of new studio recordings; marketing of live recordings; design and implementation of social networking an ...

  47. INgrooves Signs Telarc, Heads Up

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor INgrooves announced a deal with labels Telarc and Heads Up International, divisions of Concord Music Group, for territories worldwide excluding the United States and Canada. The Telarc and Heads Up catalogs include jazz artists ...

  48. Fontana, Savoy Label Group Sign Distribution Deal

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fontana has signed an exclusive distribution deal with the Savoy Label Group (SLG), which includes 429 Records, Denon Classics, SLG Records, and Savoy Jazz. Artists on the 429 Records include Dr. John, Little Feat, Cracker and Gin Blossoms. Classi ...

  49. Earl Johnson Draws ‘Juicy’ Recognition

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Earl Johnson Jr.’s debut album, “Juicy,” has netted the pianist/composer nominations in two separate competitions. Johnson counts three nods—including jazz group/artist of the year—in the fifth annual Los Angeles South Bay Music Awards (April 27). ...

  50. Ornette Coleman To Direct Meltdown Fest

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jazz musician Ornette Coleman has been revealed as the artistic director for the South Bank Centre's 16th annual Meltdown Festival in London, running from June 12 to 21. Coleman, a saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer, is renowned ...

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