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Freddie Hubbard – A Preface On How We Met

By Benny Green Freddie Hubbard was booked as a special guest with Art Blakey for a reunion with the Jazz Messengers in the Netherlands during the late fall of 1988. He was scheduled to sit-in with the band for a pair of concerts, followed by a scaled-down faction of the band recording a studio album […]

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Commentary 12.19.19

2020 IS THE CHARLIE PARKER CENTENNIAL There are already quite a number of musical projects commemorating the fact that 2020 is the centennial year of the birth of CHARLIE PARKER (who was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas City, Kansas). One particular recording project by Bobby Watson, Vincent Herring, and Gary Bartz (“Bird at […]

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JAN Vol. 1 Recapitulation

VOLUME 1 Check out JAN Vol. 1 using the direct hyperlinks below featuring the writing contributions of David R. Adler, Christopher Burnett and Scott Yanow. Editorials… Commentary: 07.06.17 Brian Landrus The Airmen of Note David Binney Bobby Watson Fred Hersch Commentary: 08.05.17 Top Jazz of 2017 Commentary: 12.25.17 Commentary: 02.25.18 Commentary: 06.04.18 Commentary: 07.15.18 Articles… The […]

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Commentary: 07.15.18

Jazz Artistry Now – During the US military bands’ era which I served as a senior enlisted leader, the study and application of professional personnel leadership and business management techniques was a progressive competency and requirement of the job. Our job as leaders of other professionals was to literally create conditions for success – the […]

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Commentary 06.04.18

ADVERTISING PARTNERSHIPS JAN welcomes advertising partner drummer Bob Holz who is promoting his latest release featuring legendary bassist Stanley Clarke. Find Mr. Holz’s ad in the footer section of each page on the JAN website. Go here to take out your own ad… MUSINGS o When a musician embarks upon the path of jazz artistry […]

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Commentary 02.25.18

Jazz Artistry Now Editorial Commentary 02.25.18 Jazz Artistry Now – As we approach concluding the second decade of the 21st Century, I am coming to another place of appreciation for the information available to humanity via digital technologies and the Internet. The Internet changed the music industry in some of the ways people make money […]

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Commentary 12.25.17

Jazz Artistry Now is happy to announce and pleased to introduce readers to our review staff of Jazz Journalists. JAZZ JOURNALISTS Scott Yanow has written 11 books on jazz, over 800 liner notes, and more than 20,000 recording reviews through the years. His writing has graced virtually all of the top jazz magazines and he […]

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Top Jazz of 2017

Jazz Artistry Now – 2017 marks the 16th year I have submitted a “Top Jazz” recordings list for consideration. PARAMETERS This is the same list submitted to the Jazz Journalists Association and posted to my long-time “Musings In Cb” blog as well. The list contains links to the recordings. Readers are encouraged to listen and […]

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Commentary: 8.5.17

What is music for? Below is an excerpt from a very deep interview with Bennie Maupin. It is a conversation with someone who was living and playing music at a high level during the middle 1950s forward. His perspective is valuable to any of us who were not alive and working during those times. The […]

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Preview: {Open Book} by Fred Hersch

Fred Hersch | Record Label: Palmetto Records – – – Jazz Artistry Now – We are excited about reviewing the pianist, author, educator, Fred Hersch‘s release, {Open Book} coming out on the Palmetto Records label. JAN Review in August by Scott Yanow – Mr. Yanow has written 11 books on jazz, over 800 liner notes, and more than […]