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John Coltrane Documentary, Narrated by Denzel Washington

"Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary" narrated by Denzel Washington, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. More details

James Farm, Featuring Joshua Redman Wins ECHO Jazz Award

James Farm, a collaborative band featuring Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland, won Germany's 2016 ECHO Jazz Award for International Ensemble of the Year. More details

National Endowment for the Arts Names 2017 Jazz Masters

The National Endowment for the Arts has named its 2017 NEA Jazz Masters: the musicians -- Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Holland, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Dick Hyman -- and the jazz historian Ira Gitler. Each will each receive $25,000 and be honored at a tribute concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on April 3, 2017. More details

Henry Threadgill Wins Music Pulitzer For 'In For A Penny, In For A Pound'

Henry Threadgill, a saxophonist and flutist known as one of the most original composers influenced by jazz, has been awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his recording In for a Penny, In for a Pound. The jury described the piece as a "highly original work, in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life." More details

The Last Surviving Original Member of the Legendary Wailers Is Still A Blackheart Man

Bunny is the last living original member of the legendary reggae group The Wailers, which he founded along with Peter Tosh and Bob Marley in the early 1960s. More details

At 80, Carla Bley Keeps Looking Toward The Next Composition

On May 11, Carla Bley celebrated her 80th birthday with a concert in New York. She could have played any of her compositions that have become jazz standards, or a piece from her new record. But Bley did something riskier: an untested piece she'd only just finished. "This was the perfect opportunity to play it," she says plainly. More details

Santana On 'Black Magic Woman,' A Pioneering Cultural Mashup

When Carlos Santana recently reunited members of his original band for a new album and short tour, it was more than a trip down memory lane. The band's members say it was a rekindling of a spiritual connection among a group of musicians who crafted a sound that proved to be not only hugely popular, but was also a pioneering cultural mashup. More details

Taj Mahal receives the B.B. King Award

The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal presented the B.B. King Award to Taj Mahal for his extraordinary contribution to the blues. The Award will was presented to him on stage by Andre Menard, artistic director and co-founder, during the artist's concert...More details


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