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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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Wynton Marsalis

The family matriarch of perhaps one of the greatest New Orleans jazz families died this week at the age of 80. Dolores Ferdinand Marsalis died of pancreatic cancer after a long battle, according to her jazz pianist husband Ellis Marsalis. Dolores Marsalis was the mother of sons Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo , Mboya Kinyatta…

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Last week, critically acclaimed artist and multitalented musician and producer Brandon Williams stopped by Atlanta’s City Winery to play some music from his debut album for an excited crowd. The night began with an opening set by Atlanta’s own Brenda Nicole Moorer, who primed the crowd with songs from her recently released album Brand New…

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It’s June 3, 2017, and it’s Josephine Baker’s 111th birthday. We are celebrating the St. Louis-born Creole Goddess with this tribute. Baker, who’s illustrated in today’s Google Doodle. Google says, “With her kohl-rimmed eyes and exotic costumes, Josephine Baker pounced onto the global stage in the 1920s, becoming a Jazz Age icon and one of the first…

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The Chicago Sinfonietta ended their 2016-2017 season with an unbelievable show on May 15 at the Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center and it was incontestably grand season climax. The show’s theme, “Rightness in the Rhythm,” celebrated a century of the eclectic mix of jazz and symphony.  And what a mix it was!  Melodic tunes filled…

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There was a time in America that music was divided into popular and race music. But at the very start of the Grammys, the role of Black artists could not be denied. In 1958 the iconic singer Ella Fitzgerald was the first Black artist to win a Grammy. Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917, …

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Renown jazz, pop and R&B singer Al Jarreau recently canceled his 2017 tour due to exhaustion. He passed away this morning, Sunday, Feb. 12 at age 76. The seven time Grammy Award-winner who gave us hits like “We’re In This Love Together,” “Mornin’” and the theme song to the TV show “Moonlighting” was reportedly the only vocalist…

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Incredibly talented. Classically trained. And capable of singing opera in seven languages all describe music phenom Bilal. Bilal Sayeed Oliver is a creative and unique artist with an immense range of talent that it makes it difficult to categorize his sound. Having attended New York’s New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he received…

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Shirley Ann Bryant of Detroit has a new approach to being an artistic dance director. No stranger to jazz, flapper dresses, and paired swing routines, she is well versed in the types of dances that were wildly popular during the Black Bottom era in Detroit. Inspired by that time period, Bryant developed the musical production…

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Rnbuntapped has built a platform for emerging R&B artists across the country to perform in Atlanta, GA. They created an environment where millennials can enjoy watch new artists perform with live music, great food and drinks, at Suite Food Lounge, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. To celebrate their one-year anniversary, they featured some…

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Natalie Cole

The new year got off to an inauspicious start after it was announced that Natalie Cole had died at the age of 65. The daughter of jazz great Nat King Cole passed due to congestive heart failure after years of battling health issues. Celebrities and prominent friends of Cole used social media to send their condolences. Check…

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