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National Endowment for the Arts Statement on the Death of NEA Jazz Master David Baker
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National Endowment for the Arts Statement on the Death of NEA Jazz Master David Baker

Washington, District of Columbia -It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of David Baker, recipient of a 2000 NEA Jazz Masters award, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. A true jazz renaissance man, David Baker was activ …

Indiana University mourns David Baker, distinguished professor and jazz legend
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Indiana University mourns David Baker, distinguished professor and jazz legend

Bloomington, Indiana -The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is deeply saddened to announce the death of David N. Baker, distinguished professor of music and Jazz Studies Department chair emeritus, at the age of 84.Baker died peacefully Saturday, March …

Rez Abbasi
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Rez Abbasi

New York, New York -Voted #1 Rising Star Guitarist in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll and placed in the "top-ten Guitarists" in 2015's poll, Rez Abbasi continues to push boundaries. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, removed at the age of four to the vastness of Sou …

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Formally Approved by UC Board of Regents
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UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Formally Approved by UC Board of Regents

Los Angeles, California -The University of California Regents voted today to formally establish the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and campus officials named an interim dean for the first music school in the UC system. Judi Smith, dean and vice provost …

Cyrille Aimée's Let’s Get Lost, Release Date January 22, 2016
Cyrille Aimée's Let’s Get Lost, Release Date January 22, 2016

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan -Let’s Get Lost, Cyrille Aimée’s second album for Mack Avenue Records, brings to light a different side of the radiant singer. After two years of dazzling audiences around the world with the joyful repertoire of It’s A Good Day, Aimée ref …

2016 NEA Jazz Masters: Recipients of Nation’s Highest Award in Jazz Announced
2016 NEA Jazz Masters: Recipients of Nation’s Highest Award in Jazz Announced

Washington, District of Columbia -The National Endowment for the Arts will honor four jazz leaders – three musicians and an advocate – with the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters award for their significant accomplishments in the field. This year’s honorees range from fiery saxophoni …

Mississippi Blues Commission Designates B.B. King Secretary of State of the Blues
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Mississippi Blues Commission Designates B.B. King Secretary of State of the Blues

Jackson, Mississippi -The Mississippi Blues Commission has designated music legend B.B. King as Mississippi’s Secretary of State of the Blues. One of the most renowned musicians in the world, King passed away in May of 2015. Mississippi is the first and …

Rhythm Is My Beat: New Book Published on Charleston Native and Rhythm Guitarist, Freddie Green
Rhythm Is My Beat: New Book Published on Charleston Native and Rhythm Guitarist, Freddie Green

Charleston, South Carolina -The Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI), a project of the College of Charleston’s (C of C) School of the Arts, Arts Management Program, in partnership with the Jazz Studies Program, Department of Music, Avery Research Center for African Ame …

Erroll Garner's The Complete Concert By The Sea To Be Released On 60th Anniversary Weekend September 18, 2015
Erroll Garner's The Complete Concert By The Sea To Be Released On 60th Anniversary Weekend September 18, 2015

New York, New York -Featuring 11 Previously Unreleased Tracks, Bonus Announcer Commentary, Never-before-heard Interviews With the Garner Trio Immediately Following the Concert and Produced by Geri Allen and Steve Rosenthal Iconic Jazz …

Papers of Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner Donated to Pitt
Papers of Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner Donated to Pitt

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -Extensive collection of music, audio recordings, awards, photos, and correspondence is a gift from Garner's late manager The professional materials of Pittsburgh-born jazz pianist Erroll Garner—a brilliant virtuoso who was one of t …

Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band Premieres on Public Television in April 2015
Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band Premieres on Public Television in April 2015

Boston, Massachusetts -Filmmaker Carol Bash’s documentary Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band brings to the screen one of the most innovative yet unsung jazz pianists, composers, and arrangers. “Trailblazer,” “pioneer,” and “awesome,” are some of …

Multi-Grammy Winning Producer Quincy Jones Recognized By France's Ministry Of Culture
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Multi-Grammy Winning Producer Quincy Jones Recognized By France's Ministry Of Culture

Paris, Île-de-France, France -Multi-Grammy winning producer, arranger and composer Quincy Jones was recognized for his musical contributions and the enrichment of France's cultural inheritance when he was promoted to the rank of "Commandeur" of the Order of Arts &amp …