Norman van den Wildenberg

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Great names for 2nd Red Light Jazz Festival in Amsterdam

July 3, 4 and 5, the second edition of Red Light Jazz will take place in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is back on the list as a real jazz city with a rich tradition. All festival venues are located in and around the famous Red Light District of Amsterdam. The central theme of this year’s festival is New York; …

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St. Germain is back after 15 years

St. Germain is back! 20 years after the release of ‘Boulevard’ and 15 years after his last album ‘Tourist’, the influential St. Germain is back with a new studio album, to be released on October 9, 2015. The first single is ‘Real Blues’. St. Germain (Ludovic Navarre) is a big name in the world of …

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Marcus Miller travels the world on ‘Afrodeezia’

Marcus Miller traveled to Morocco, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Los Angeles to make his Blue Note debut Afrodeezia. The album was inspired by Miller’s role as a UNESCO Artist For Peace and spokesperson for their Slave Route Project. Special guests including rapper Chuck D., vocalist Lalah Hathaway, keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeters Etienne …

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Robert Glasper returns to trio on ‘Covered’

10 years after making his Blue Note debut & following 2 GRAMMY-winning volumes of his Black Radio R&B albums, pianist Robert Glasper returns to his acclaimed acoustic jazz trio with bassist Vicente Archer & drummer Damion Reid for his new album, Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio recorded live at Capitol Studios), out June 16. The …

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NEA Jazz Master and new album for Charles Lloyd

More than 50 years into an already legendary career, 2015 is shaping up to be a momentous year for Charles Lloyd . The esteemed saxophonist and composer will be awarded an NEA Jazz Master honor celebrating his remarkable career as well as recognizing his creative brilliance in the pantheon of such other living and vital …

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Xavi Torres Vicente Trio wins 2015 Keep an Eye Jazz Award

In a packed Bimhuis (Amsterdam, Netherlands) the all Conservatorium of Amsterdam students Xavi Torres Vicente Trio yesterday night won the 2015 Keep an Eye Interational Jazz Award. Runner-up where Tamara Lukasheva Quartet (Cologne). The jury, Jules Buckley (composer, director, co-founder of the Heritage Orchestra), Gerry Godley (a.o. director of the Leeds College of Music), Tineke …

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March 27 in history: Sarah Vaughan born in 1924

Today, March 27th, would have been the birthday of Sarah Lois ‘Sassy’ Vaughan. Described by music critic Scott Yanow, Vaughan was having “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century”. Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald are being called the biggest female jazz singers ever. Sarah Vaughan began her solo career as …

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More names for North Sea Jazz 2015

The North Sea Jazz Festival 2015 is near. One month before revealing the full program and timetable of the Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival 2015, the festival releases a number of known new names today. Added to the program include amongst others Jamie Cullum, Selah Sue and Emili Sandé, who makes her first …

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Happy Birthday George Benson

Today George Benson, born on March 22, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, celebrates his 72nd birthday. Benson, a 10-times Grammy Award winner, musician and singer-songwriter, started his musical career at the age of 21 as a jazz guitarist. Benson’s way of playing the guitar is similar to that of, among other Django Reinhardt. Benson became famous …

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Paolo Conte inducted into Viënna Walk of Stars

Pianist and singer, Paolo Conte, was inducted into Vienna’s Walk of Stars last Tuesday. The Italian placed his hands in the wet cement imortalizing his name along sideother notable artists like Randy Crawford, Roger Hodgson, Yello, Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum, Paul Anka and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Paolo Conte, now 78, had several hits throughout his …

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