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Jackie McLean

John H. Armwood Jazz History Lecture Nashville's Cheekwood Arts Center 1989

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Netflix premieres Nina Simone documentary trailer – watch | Music | The Guardian

"As well as exploring Simone’s dynamism as a performer, the documentary is set to shed light on her mental health issues and struggle with bipolar disorder. Her passion for politics and association with the African-American civil rights movement are also highlighted in the film."

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ornette Coleman, Saxophonist Who Rewrote the Language of Jazz, Dies at 85 - NYTimes.com

"Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 85.

The cause was cardiac arrest, a family representative said.

Mr. Coleman widened the options in jazz and helped change its course. Partly through his example in the late 1950s and early 60s, jazz became less beholden to the rules of harmony and rhythm while gaining more distance from the American songbook repertoire.

His own music, then and later, embodied a new type of folk song: providing deceptively simple melodies for small groups with an intuitive, collective musical language and a strategy for playing without preconceived chord sequences. In 2007, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his album “Sound Grammar.”

Monday, May 18, 2015

Review: ‘Night and Day,’ Vincent Herring’s New Album - NYTimes.com

The alto saxophonist Vincent Herring projects his sound in a strong, centered beam, and even his most intense moments suggest a controlled combustion. You could chalk that up to experience — Mr. Herring, 50, has been playing seriously since his teens — but it probably has as much to do with disposition. There’s footage of him with Horace Silver’s band in the 1980s, sounding like he does now, slashing but calm.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Four Brothers: Quartet made up of prestigious jazz musicians and lifelong friends to headline UNC/Gr | GreeleyTribune.com

"Williams laid the groundwork for a community of jazz musicians in New York who supported each other, found each other gigs and played as often as they could together. Now Smith and three of those accomplished jazz musicians will form the so-called National Pastimes Productions All-Star Quartet to honor Williams and Mulgrew Miller on the final night of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, which opens April 16 and runs for three days. "