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March 2019 | D'Andre Brothers -- Keeping his hand in the jazz pot, multi-talented bassist, Woody Lingle is live and In The Room!

Dre Brothers

Februrary 2018 | D'Andre Brothers - One of the most highly regarded trombonist of his generation, Ron Westray continues his love, passion, and insight on jazz, while showcasing his dynamic style on the trombone. Ron Westray is In The Room!

Charlton Singleton performs his composition entitled "Crossroads" in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre.

Conversations with International Jazz Trumpeter Charlton Singleton.

July 4, 2018 | D'Andre Brothers  -- Willie Bradley performs the National Anthem after having a successful "growl" at the Carolina Panthers football game.

Jazz News

How do you distill the spirit of the Monterey Jazz Festival into a single band? Considering the ethos of the annual event, the band was designed to be a celebration of diverse international talent, forward-thinking sensibilities and just plain killin' performances. For artistic director Tim Jackson, that was the task at hand in 2018, marking the festival's 60th anniversary.

Lou Donaldson, the alto saxophonist fondly known as "Sweet Papa," tends to characterize his colorfully sprawling life in jazz as the pursuit of a fundamental aim. "I always had my music geared to the people," he says. "'Cause when I played, I listened to what they were giving me the applause for."

This past May, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary, attracting an estimated 475,000 people to its annual celebration of Louisiana music and culture. To mark this milestone, Smithsonian Folkways has released its Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival box set that includes rare live recordings and photographs of the momentous gathering.

Some musicians don't have to expend much effort to achieve radiance. Camila Meza is one of these — a singer-songwriter and improvising guitarist originally from Santiago, Chile, and now a luminous fixture on the scene in New York. Ámbar, her major-label debut, just out on Masterworks, captures the deep synthesis in her music, with a chamber-jazz cohort she calls the Nectar Orchestra.

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