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2018 JJA Jazz Awards winners

May 10, 2018

Congratulations are in order to the winners of the 22nd annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards.   The Jazz Journalists Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the best use of media of all kinds --new and old, online and off-- to tell the story of jazz and develop new jazz audiences) announced the winners of their jazz awards this week, winners included Kurt Elling, Jazzmeia Horn, and NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson.

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“Come rain or come shine,” 83-year-old tenor saxophonist Houston Person still delivers a sound that covers the listener with warmth and soul. That’s the lesson contained in the saxophonist’s newest disc on HighNote Records appropriately titled Rain or Shine.

Kurt Elling | Dec 5 & 6

Nov 17, 2017

GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. An inter-national jazz award winner, he has also been GRAMMY nominated a dozen times. Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth.

We raise the curtain to June with the return of Spring and some new releases that swing. Ku-umba Frank Lacy & the Mingus Big Band release Mingus Sings with the approval of the widow Mingus, Sue. For this outing, Franks leaves his trombone in its case and sings the songs of Mingus, with lyrics penned by Charles Mingus, Elvis Costello, Langston Hughes, Joni Mitchell, Sue Mingus and others to the superlative all star laden  Mingus Big Band.