Jazz Near You now represents today's events on a map with pin drops highlighting their locations. Though there's still plenty of development work ahead, we're starting to move beyond foundational programming for the website, which is freeing us up to experiment with new features like mapping your way to jazz events," enthuses Michael Ricci, Jazz Near ...Read More
Jazz Near You now offers two ways to import local jazz events into your iCal, Google, Yahoo or Outlook calendar. To import multiple events, go to Jazz Near You, drag your mouse over SUBSCRIBE, then select ICS. jazznearyou.com > SUBSCRIBE > ICS To import a single event, go to an event detail page, click Add to ...Read More
All About Jazz is celebrating Bobby McFerrin's birthday today!
Bobby McFerrin is one of the natural wonders of the music world. A ten-time Grammy Award winner, he is one of the world\'s best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, a world-renowned classical conductor, the creator of Don\'t Worry Be Happy", one of the most popular songs of the ...Read More
Look, I'm not going to lie to you. Nobody ever just woke up one morning and thought, Of all the things possible in the vastness that is life, what I'd really like to do is play smooth jazz 250 nights a year." It just doesn't work that way. It's not something you can plan for—it's all ...Read More
All About Jazz is celebrating Bix Beiderbecke's birthday today!
As a boy, Bix Beiderbecke had a few piano lessons, but he was self-taught on cornet and developed an unorthodox technique by playing along with recordings. His family disapproved of his interest in jazz and sent him to Lake Forest Academy in 1921, but the opportunity to ...Read More
All About Jazz is celebrating Ornette Coleman's birthday today!
Early on in his career, alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman, recorded an album entitled, The Shape of Jazz To Come. It might have seemed like an expression of youthful arrogance - Coleman was 29 at the time - but actually, the title was prophetic. Coleman is the creator ...Read More
All About Jazz is celebrating Dick Hyman's birthday today!
Throughout a busy musical career that got underway in the early \'50s, Dick Hyman has functioned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances and well over 100 albums recorded under ...Read More
TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 2 1 George Cables Icons and Influences (HighNote) 318 283 +35 7 58 1 5 2 3 2 Helen Sung Anthem For A New Day (Concord) 302 255 +47 8 56 2 6 3 4 3 Dianne Reeves Beautiful Life (Concord) 271 254 +17 ...Read More
All About Jazz is celebrating Anthony Ocaña's birthday today!
Dominican/Spanish composer and guitarist. Today he is one of the major exponents of contemporary guitar and also an innovator with the instrument. He performs concerts for 6 & 10 string guitars, guitars processed through delays and loops. From an early age, he began studying music in his ...Read More
All About Jazz is celebrating Wes Montgomery's birthday today!
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States (where he also died of a heart attack in 1968), Montgomery came from a musical family, in which his brothers, Monk (string bass and electric bass) and Buddy (vibraphone, and piano), were jazz performers. Although Wes was not skilled at reading ...Read More
All About Jazz is celebrating David Fiuczynski's birthday today!
Iconoclastic and prolific jazz-rock guitarist David ‘Fuze’ Fiuczynski, a jazz player who“doesn’t want to play just jazz”, has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero, who continues to deliver with music that is unclassifiable, challenging and invigorating. An innovative musician who has ...Read More
All About Jazz is celebrating Bobby Shew's birthday today!
Bobby Shew, (born March 4th, 1941, Albuquerque, New Mexico) began playing the guitar at the age of eight and switched to the trumpet at ten. By the time he was thirteen he was playing at local dances with a number of bands and by fifteen had put ...Read More
All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Garrison's birthday today!
Bassist Jimmy Garrison was the anchor in the classic John Coltrane Quartet, from 1961-\'66, which recorded all of its well-known albums on Impulse. Garrison\'s big, blunt sound, steady time and inventive counter lines were an elemental ingredient in the sound of that famous group. He actually fitted ...Read More
All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie Lockjaw" Davis' birthday today!
Eddie Lockjaw Davis was one musician who provided a link from the big band era through to the soul jazz phenomenon of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Davis developed one of the most unmistakable tenor sax sounds in post war jazz. With a full bodied ...Read More