Posted by Hash Varsani // August 27, 2012
Since its creation in 1987 the Jazz Journalists Association, a non-profit organization of approximately 300 members – professional journalists, students, industry associates and supporting institutions – has dedicated itself to the promotion, divulgation and appreciation of jazz. Each year, starting from 1997, they have awarded the JJA Award, a prize to excellence in both music and journalism. Here’s the list of winners of the 2012 JJA Awards, the most prestigious distinction in jazz music.
Category: Jazz Journal // Tags: Ambrose Akinmusire, Anat Cohen, award, Ben Williams, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, ECM, Gary Burton, Gary Smulyan, Gary Versace, Gretchen Parlato, Horace Silver, jazz, Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Award, Joe Lovano Us Five, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider, Miles Davis, Mingus Big Band, Nicole Mitchell, Poncho Sanchez, Regina Carter, rudresh mahanthappa, Sonny Rollins, Toots Thielemans, Vijay Iyer, Wycliffe Gordon // 4 Responses
Posted by Hash Varsani // May 16, 2012
Alto saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa took a little time out with us just before performing at the 26th April Jazz Festival this year. We spoke about his music, collaborations and improvisation.
The first of many musicians who’ll be Taking The Stand at Jazz Club Jury.
Posted by Hash Varsani // May 15, 2012
Rudresh Mahanthappa is a talent that some will love, some will like and others will simply miss out on. Samdhi, performed at April Jazz 2012, was received with mixed responses from the audience. The Avant-Garde nature of the offering is not for everyone admittedly, but the catalog of work including his latest, Samdhi, in addition to where the direction of his music is heading, is not to be missed. Leave preconceptions at home, experimenting live is engrossing and the core of improvising set at heady levels.
Posted by Hash Varsani // March 28, 2012
April Jazz 2012 is upon us again and this year holds a fantastic line up of the some of the best performers in the world. Patti Austin, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Jan Garbarek, Avishai Cohen, and whole host of jazz luminaries means Finland is full of talent at April Jazz.
Category: European, festival, Finland // Tags: avishai cohen, Espoo Big Band, Finnish jazz, Jan Garbarek, jazz festival, Jo Stance, Patti Austin, rudresh mahanthappa, Trilok Gurtu, Verneri Pohjola // Leave a response