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Jazz legend Ellis Marsalis has died. He was 85. Marsalis passed away in a New Orleans hospital on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and his son Branford told The New York Times his death was due to complications of coronavirus (COVID-19). New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell took to Twitter to pay tribute to the musical “icon.”…

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Jamaica, Queens native Damien Escobar discovered his love for music at an early age.  During his exceptional career spanning more than 15 years, the accomplished violinist has earned a number of awards and garnered recognition from the likes of Oprah Winfrey to President Obama. Escobar’s evolution and sound are embraced across all genres, and on…

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Name: Squallè (Squah-LAY) City: Athens, Georgia Genre: Hip-hop Favorite artists: J. Cole and Meek Mill What does your artist name mean to you? Everything. My “artist name” reflects who I am as an artist and a person. The translation alone is a direct definition that sums up how others view me and my experiences. I learned a…

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Dwele brought his “Winter White Nights” tour to Atlanta during the holidays, headlining four sold-out shows at City Winery. The Grammy-nominated artist, who has performed in London, Asia and across the United States, is a consistent vocalist, and his delivery is always smooth and genuine. He not only is a romantic balladeer but also a consummate storyteller, narrator,…

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One of the most prolific jazz vocalists in the world has died, according to her publicist and manager Devra Hall Levy. Nancy Wilson, 81, died at her residence in Pioneertown, California, after a long illness. She leaves a legacy that includes over 60 albums and singles in a career that spanned more than 50 years.…

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Atlanta is a multi-faceted city when it comes to Black music and culture. Beyond hip-hop it is a city well known for its history of jazz. One of the cornerstones of keeping this tradition alive was jazz musician Theresa Hightower. Sadly it has been announced that Theresa passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, after a…

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August Greene — a hybrid of hip-hop and contemporary jazz featuring rapper Common, jazz pianist Robert Glasper and drummer Karriem Riggins — made their ONE Musicfest debut on Sunday, Sept. 9, in Atlanta. The musicians shared a long working relationship before joining forces and releasing their self-titled debut album on March 9.  They are not a braggadocious…

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Jim Hill, a winner of the United Nations Humanitarian of the Year Award Winner, continues to inspire with his work as an artist, educator and philanthropist. Hill recently brought his Mosaic Master-Pieces collection to Atlanta in honor of Black History Month.  The month-long exhibit launched at the Douglas Stratton Photography Studio with great success. Along with…

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Lowdown Brass Band has been able to merge the jazz sounds of New Orleans with the stylings of Chicago and the grit of hip-hop to create something special. We spoke with Lance Loiselle, the band’s pianist and sousaphonist, about their newest project, Lowdown Breaks, and how they have managed to sustain this musical gumbo over the years.…

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