Monday, January 2, 2017

The year in jazz

My comprehensive compilation of significant jazz happenings across the US and around the globe during 2016 is now posted at All About Jazz. You can read the details here

To summarize: It was a year of triumph and a year of tragedy in the jazz world. It bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz’s place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz and stories about jazz men and women hit the silver screen over and over. 

Pop star David Bowie put his farewell musical ride in a jazz context. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra financing scandal cost the trumpet-playing founder his job. Four young musicians lost their lives in horrible ways. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA Jazz Masters and the jazz world said farewell to five others who were among the many industry-associated musicians and figures who passed away over the past year.

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