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Best of Jazz Music 2017

Best of Jazz Music 2017



Jazz is a music genre that originated in the 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] Jazz is seen by many as 'America's classical music'.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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".[6]

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 near 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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Honey and Salt
Honey and Salt is an album by musical artist Matt Wilson, released on August 25, 2017.
Passin' Thru
Passin' Thru is a live album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival and in Santa Fe in 2016 and released on the Blue Note Records label in 2017.
A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard
A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard is an album by musical artist Ambrose Akinmusire, released on June 9, 2017.
Academia is a song by musical artist Miguel Zenón, released on February 10, 2017.

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Jamison Ross is an American jazz drummer and vocalist. He is the winner of the 2012 Thelonius Monk Jr. International Jazz competition.[1] Ross released his debut album Jamison on Concord Jazz on June 23, 2015.[2]

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Cécile McLorin Salvant (born August 28, 1989)[1] is an American jazz vocalist.[2][3][4] She was the winner of the first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010,[5] releasing her first album, Cécile, shortly thereafter. Her second album, WomanChild, was released in 2013 on Mack Avenue Records, receiving a 2014 Grammy Award nomination 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.[6] 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.[7][8][9] It won her the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2016.

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Australian Jazz Convention hits Ballarat with traditional tunes
  –  December 27, 2017
Famous jazz pianists Bob Sedergreen and Bruce Gourlay will perform to the Art Gallery of Ballarat tomorrow and Friday from 4pm. A free concert tonight at Alfred Deakin Place will give the public the chance to soak up some music in a relaxed atmosphere.
Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – December 2017
  –  December 26, 2017
They weren’t playing jazz; they were playing chamber music, arranged for jazz instrumentation (saxophone, piano, upright bass, drums). Afterward, I introduced myself to Gentile, who was very nice. We talked about death metal. Her music still isn’t my ...
Top 10 Homegrown L.A. Jazz Artists
  –  December 26, 2017
Los Angeles doesn’t get enough credit as a natural jazz locus. Nonetheless, it has produced some of the idiom’s very finest practitioners. During the 1940s, Central Avenue was one of American music’s most critical creative crossroads, and its ...
A recap of the best jazz albums of 2017
  –  December 26, 2017
In a year when disaster seemed only a tweet away, music seemed more precious than ever. Capable of both providing shelter and uniting us, the sounds on these jazz albums amplify voices, some new, some familiar. The pianist and bandleader released perhaps ...
Wagoner Jazz selected for convention performance
  –  December 26, 2017
Wagoner’s award winning high school jazz band will be a featured performance group at the 2018 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Convention in January. Director Dave Smith said the band will perform at the Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa. This marks the ...
If You Want To Get Into Jazz But Don’t Know How, Start With This Essay Duet
  –  December 26, 2017
I love music, pretty much every type imaginable—just not jazz. Especially not the kind of jazz that jazz types like. You know, the free-form bebop stuff that always sounds like four guys who get paid by the note playing solos to different songs at the ...
Inaugural Hudson jazz Festival at Hudson Hall scheduled for Feb. 16-18
  –  December 25, 2017
The festival opens with the Ara Dinkjian Quartet, an instrumental collaboration rooted in Turkish, Armenian and Macedonian Roma music. The next day’s highlights include an afternoon of jazz solo piano immersion and a free screening of Stephanie Castillo ...
You’ll either love or hate the new Jazz jerseys inspired by the Utah sunset
  –  December 25, 2017
This is the biggest departure we’ve seen from the Jazz’s traditional uniform,s where they’d either use either a music note, a mountain range, or some combination of the two. They’ve also never used these various shades of red. This is the first ...
BRHS Graduate Releases First Jazz Album
  –  December 25, 2017
BRIDGEWATER, NJ - He loves seeing people dance and “move to the groove,” and that discovery made him more serious than ever about pursuing his music – and now Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate Dominic Palombi has released his first jazz album.
Gary Peacock Trio at the Regattabar Jazz Club
  –  December 25, 2017
The critical component of jazz--the requisite attention and scrutiny--contributes to a deeper analysis and appreciation of music, art, culture, and politics and helps me stay engaged and active as a citizen, writer, and music enthusiast. I am also an ...
Lineup Announced for 2018 Jazz Plaza Festival in Cuba
  –  December 24, 2017
Jazz Plaza is organized Cuba’s Ministry of Culture, Instituto de la Musica Cubana and produced by the National Centre for Popular Music represented by director Víctor Rodríguez García. The international headliners were booked in collaboration with ...
Jazz America
  –  December 24, 2017
Each weekend on Jazz America host Russ Davis brings you the best in jazz, present and past. Each week Russ interviews a musician and features music from their latest recordings.
Delefeayo Marsalis Headlines Heart ’n’ Soul of Jazz
  –  December 24, 2017
Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Born in New Orleans, he was destined to a life in music. “I remember my dad (Ellis Marsalis) playing piano at the house, and me lying underneath the piano as a child ...
The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 2017
  –  December 24, 2017
2017 is winding down, but it seems jazz is just warming up for the winter. The holidays bring many young lions back to town where they reconvene with like-minded students and veterans alike, giving us some of the year’s most exciting music.
Holiday jazz series wraps up at City Hall in Huntington
  –  December 24, 2017
HUNTINGTON - The nine-concert "Joy to the World" tour wrapped up Saturday evening in Huntington with one last night of holiday jazz hits at the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium in City Hall. Although pianist and West Virginia Music Hall of Fame member Bob ...


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