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The all-star collective Dinner Party celebrates backstage at Blue Note Jazz Fest Napa. From left: Terrace Martin, Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Dave Chappell, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Chris Dave and Derrick Hodge.

(Photo: Mathieu Bitton)

Blue Note Jazz Fest Napa Exhibits ‘Black Radio’ Curatorial Vibe

The drive up to the Blue Note Jazz Fest Napa on the last weekend of July, through winding roads and sunbaked hills, was an experience unto itself. The asphalt pathways are lined…


Return of the Jazz Cruises



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Orquestra Jazz De Matosinhos

After Midnight
(CARA)


Fil Caporali/ Tom Bourgeois
Moanin’ Birds
(Hypnote)


Charles Goold
Rhythm In Contrast
(La Reserve)


Simon Phillips
Protocol V
(Phantom)


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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella At The Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbook
(Verve)


Tom Harrell
Oak Tree
(HighNote)


The Endeavour Jazz Orchestra New Zealand
Solipsis — Music Of Ryan Brake
(Skydeck Music)



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Albert Ayler

Albert Ayler: The Truth Is Marching In

In a restaurant-bar in Greenwich Village, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was ruminating on the disparity between renown and income. In his case, anyway. Covers of his albums are prominent in the windows of more and more jazz record stores; references to him are increasingly frequent in jazz magazines, here and abroad; a growing number of players are trying to sound like him.

“I’m a new star, according to a magazine in England,” Ayler said, “and I don’t even have fare to England. Record royalties? I never see any. Oh, maybe I’ll get $50…


Growing Up Monk




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