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Note: This post is part of September's Curator's Corner Theme: Anniversaries, celebrating great artistic legacies. The final year of a decade is always an interesting one, culturally speaking, straddling between the ending decade and the decade yet to come. 2009 marks the anniversaries of many great jazz albums. Here are several notable highlights. 1959 (50th anniversary) - Dave Brubeck’s Time Out Brubeck’s album combined odd meters, exotic influence, and the gorgeous sounds of saxophonist Paul Desmond. The album featured “Take Five,” one of the most well-know jazz songs ever, which broke through a rock-dominated market. NPR’s tribute to the album’s 50th anniversary This was a great year for jazz albums; others iconic albums released in 1959 include:
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100 ESSENTIAL JAZZ ALBUMS by David RemnickMAY 19, 2008 While finishing “Bird-Watcher,” a Profile of the jazz broadcaster and expert Phil Schaap, I thought it might be useful to compile a list of a hundred essential jazz albums, more as a guide
The number of blogs on the internet is somewhat overwhelming, but I still enjoy sifting through site after site, searching for the perfect ‘beat’, so to speak (with apologies to Gilles Peterson). It is like walking in the middle of a
by Troy
Behold, she who is…Nina Simone. Nina Simone’s artistry is so vast and expansive that it is often difficult for people to categorize her. She is generally lumped into Jazz, but I put her in the get-inside-you-and-make-you-jive category. Nina Simone is and

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  • New Link by Ellen Priest to Jazz
    San Francisco Jazz Collective
    Top level, creative jazz ensemble performing, composing, funded by a non-profit jazz organization based in San Francisco. Read more on their website. Currently including MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenon. Edward Simon, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Matt Penman, Stefan Harris, Rob ...
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  • New Link by Ellen Priest to Jazz
    Edward Simon
    Edward Simon is a Venezuelan-born jazz pianist/composer, now playing actively with the San Francisco Jazz Collective. He received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for composition. Also works closely with saxophonist David Binney.
    over a 1 year ago

Has The Term Jazz Become To Vague To Mean Anything In Contemporary Music Anymore?

Jazz has always been hard to define/distinguish from other genres because it is so syncretic. Yet the "jazz tradition" is still very real.
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