Norman van den Wildenberg

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Al Jarreau 75 years today

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March 12 2015 marks the 75th birthday of singer Al Jarreau. Jarreau is one of the most celebrated jazz-singers. He was the only singer to win 7 Grammy’s (in three different categories), and is know for his exceptional voice. Jarreau is a master in improvisation and scatting, and the ability to imitate instruments. His breaktrough …

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Orrin Keepnews dies at 91

As it has just become known, Sunday, March 1st one of the most influential people in jazz, Orrin Keepnews, has passed away. In 1953 Keepnews founded the Riverside Jazz label that released records by, among others, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderley and Sonny Rollins. Later Keepnews eventually also founded Milestone Records and …

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March 2, the birthday of Larry Carlton

Today it is Larry Carlton’s 67th birthday. Carlton was born in Torrance, California in 1948. He started playing the guitar at the age of six. Carlton is an American jazz, smooth jazz, jazz fusion, blues, pop, and rock guitarist. His playing style was influenced by Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, and B.B. King. The …

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Ilja Reijngoud appointed regular guest teacher trombone Jazz

Ilja Reijngoud is appointed regular monthly guest teacher at the Jazz Department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Ruud van Dijk, director of Jazz Studies: “with Ilja as keystone the Jazzdepartment of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam has definitive a world class trombone department. The team, with among others Bert Boeren, Martijn Sohier and Erik van Lier, …

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Trumpeter Clark Terry passed away at 94

Last Saturday American trumpeter and jazz legend Clark Terry deceased at the age of 94. Terry played the trumpet for Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones and was leading his own combos and the band of the popular TV show The Tonight Show. The trumpeter recorded almost 1,000 albums, most of them with big …

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Maceo Parker’s 72nd birthday

February 14 is not only Valentine’s Days, it’s also the birth day of none other than saxophone legend Maceo Parker. The American was born in 1943 and became known for his collaboration with Parliament (Funkadelic) and James Brown, whos band he joined in 1964. Brown actually only wanted to hire Maceo’s brother Melvin as a …

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Chick Corea winner of two jazz Grammy’s

Last night, the 57th annual Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, hosted by LL Cool J. The legendary Chick Corea has become the big winner in jazz, receiving two Grammy Awards. Corea did win a Grammy for ‘Best Improvised Jazz Solo’ (‘Fingerprints’ of his album ‘Trilogy’) and ‘Best Instrumental Jazz …

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February 5, the birthday of Rick Laird

Today, February 5, marks the 74th birthday of jazz bass player Rick Laird. Laird was born in Dublin, Ireland, and started playing jazz after moving to New Zealand at the age of 16. He played guitar in some New Zealand jam bands and bought himself an upright bass. Laird toured extensive in New Zealand and …

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New names for North Sea Jazz Festival

Tuesday morning, January 27th, festival manager Jan Willem Luyken announced new set of acts that will be performing on the Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival 2015. Among others, following artists will debut on the festival’s 40th edition: Paolo Nutini, Alabama Shakes and Lionel Richie. Furthermore, these acts have been confirmed: Ron Carter’s Foresight, …

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The cherished Gov’t Mule/John Scofield collaboration is out

Fans of both artists and their respective genres will finally be able to get their hands and ears on a very special release: the long-awaited Sco-Mule album. In late September of 1999, John Scofield teamed with Gov’t Mule, then featuring original bass player the late Allen Woody, along with keyboardist Dr. Dan Matrazzo, in Georgia …

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