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Singer-songwriters Amanda Taylor (left) Sara Gazarek, Johnaye Kendrick and Erin Bentlage have formed the vocal group säje.

(Photo: Lauren Desberg)

Premiere: Watch A Video For ‘Desert Song,’ The Debut Single By Vocal Group säje

For some vocalists, the impulse to collaborate with like-minded artists can result in transcendent music. A case in point is the new vocal group säje, formed by…



Trumpeter Avishai Cohen’s Quest For Tranquility

Drummer Jimmy Cobb Dies at 91

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Lynne Arriale Trio

Chimes Of Freedom
(Challenge)


Swamp Dogg
Sorry You Couldn’t Make It
(Joyful Noise)


Wayne Escoffery
The Humble Warrior
(Smoke Sessions )


Naama Gheber
Dearly Beloved
(Cellar)


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Amina Figarova Edition 113

Persistence
(AmFi)

Childish Japes
The Book Of Japes
(Self Release)

Cathlene Pineda
Rainbow Baby
(Orenda)

Peripheral Vision
Irrational Revelation And Mutual Humiliation
(Step3)

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Lee Konitz (1927–2020)

(Photo: Jimmy Katz)

Lee Konitz And Melodic Invention

On the afternoon of May 4, when Lee Konitz was informed of his induction into the DownBeat Hall of Fame, he was not at his Manhattan apartment, his house in rural Poland or the apartment he keeps in Cologne, Germany.

Instead, the 87-year-old alto and soprano saxophonist was in a London hotel room, preparing to play a few hours hence at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in a quintet with trumpeter Dave Douglas, guitarist Jakob Bro, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Jordi Rossy. The band would play Douglas’ arrangements of tunes by Konitz and pianist…