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Marcus Miller: Music a reflection of revolution, a link to the past

Marcus Miller: Music a reflection of revolution, a link to the past

Sep. 12 |   We are pleased to present part-two of our interview with world-class bassist Marcus Miller. He performed with his band at the Dakota on Sept 11-12. His new album is Renaissance on Concord Records.   MSR: As it’s been referenced in the...

Hot headliners hit the Selby Ave. music festival

Hot headliners hit the Selby Ave. music festival

Aug. 29 |   It is with great pride and pleasure to announce, it’s time to kick back and enjoy one of the best free music festivals in the upper Midwest. I’m talking about the 2012 Selby Ave. JazzFest happening on Saturday, September 8, 11 am — 8...

Ben Williams: Rising star bassist mixes classic and new sounds

Ben Williams: Rising star bassist mixes classic and new sounds

Aug. 22 |     Bandleader and bassist, Ben Williams is on his way to the Dakota on Sept 4 and 5 with the Pat Metheny Unity Band. He’s also well on his way to carving out a beautiful career. He won the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition...

‘The Wheatley’ reinvents itself as needs evolve

‘The Wheatley’ reinvents itself as needs evolve

Aug. 22 |   Director Milon talks about what holds communities together   By Robin James Contributing Writer   The Phyllis Wheatley Community Center (PWCC), also affectionately known as “The Wheatley,” is widely known and respected as a source...

Ravi Coltrane’s Blue Note debut arrives right on time

Ravi Coltrane’s Blue Note debut arrives right on time

Jun. 27 |       Saxophonist, composer and bandleader Ravi Coltrane’s debut recording for Blue Note Records, Spirit Fiction, was released on June 19. I believe that’s cause for celebration. You may recall reading the news about Coltrane’s...

Rich summer music menu: Bill Frisell, Rachelle Ferrell, Cassandra Wilson

Rich summer music menu: Bill Frisell, Rachelle Ferrell, Cassandra Wilson

May. 30 |   I was scanning the magazine newsstand the other day and picked up a copy of the June issue of Ebony magazine. It’s their music issue. I open it up, and who is the first person I see? It’s Esperanza Spalding. So, I read the blurb about...

Summer Jazz festivals blend new and old school talents and genres

Summer Jazz festivals blend new and old school talents and genres

May. 16 |   The summer festival season is upon us. Would you believe there is a complete listing for over 175 festivals? Yes, folks, it’s the truth. Just take a look at the 2012 May issue of DownBeat magazine. Both fans and musicians are gearing up...

MSR talks with New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield

MSR talks with New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield

Apr. 4 |   By Robin James Jazz Columnist    Irvin Mayfield (IM) recently spoke with MSR. Among the topics: the music of New Orleans, jazz vocalists that interest him now, his leadership as artistic director of Jazz at Orchestra Hall, and his upcoming...

Spring starts strong with jazz bandleader concerts

Spring starts strong with jazz bandleader concerts

Apr. 4 |     It’s springtime, and romance is in the air. So, lately I got to thinking… Why is the music of New Orleans so romantic? Go check out Irvin Mayfield at Orchestra Hall on April 6 at 8 pm and find out. If you can’t make the gig,...

New music from Lionel Loueke, Grégoire Maret, Branford Marsalis

New music from Lionel Loueke, Grégoire Maret, Branford Marsalis

Mar. 14 |     Among all the emails, press releases and newsletters received, believe it or not, there is real news. Below is just a sampling of the mix. With so much competing for our attention these days, it helps to plan your free time and make...