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Waterbury native wins Grammy for jazz album

waterbury native

A Waterbury native is now a Grammy Award winner! Nicole Zuraitis, a jazz singer and songwriter won her first Grammy — “Best Vocal Jazz Album” on Sunday night for her album “How Love Begins”. “When I get on stage, that’s where I want to be, I feel the most confident, that’s where I feel to […]

Playing a musical instrument good for brain health in later life

Playing a musical instrument

Playing a musical instrument or singing could help keep the brain healthy in older age, UK researchers suggest. Practising and reading music may help sustain good memory and the ability to solve complex tasks, their study says. In their report, published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, they say music should be considered as part of […]

The Saxophone Master Shabaka Hutchings Is on a Fresh Journey: Flutes

Saxophone Master

The British musician is an artist in residence at Winter Jazzfest in New York this week, playing an instrument group that he first picked up in 2019. As Shabaka Hutchings led a concert tribute to Pharoah Sanders in early December, he returned to a familiar equation: funneling gallons of air through his tenor saxophone, transforming […]

Not Not Jazz

Not Not Jazz

When Miles Davis went electric in the late 1960s, he overhauled his thinking about songs, genres, and what it meant to lead a band. In 1968 Miles Davis let his second quintet dissolve. He no longer needed a small working band, the stable unit of semi-equals that had been customary both to his way of […]

Inaugural Jazz Music Awards

Inaugural Jazz Music Awards

There are country award shows and hip-hop award ones, Latin Grammys and beyond — so why hasn’t there been a televised jazz music award show to look forward to every year? That changes on Jan. 1 when the inaugural Jazz Music Awards hits PBS member station Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) at 7 p.m. Eastern for […]

Best Jazz Albums of 2023

Best Jazz Albums of 2023

The year’s most thrilling albums were made by artists pushing beyond borders, teaming with new collaborators and making bold statements of their own. That thing we keep calling “jazz” refuses to stop overrunning its borders, reworking itself, showing up in new forms identifiable only by the most basic strands of their DNA. All of its […]

How Quantum Math Theory Turned into a Jazz Concert

How Quantum Math Theory Turned into a Jazz Concert

In 2021 an unconventional pair of collaborators embarked on a bold experiment. For two years Steven Rayan, a mathematician and mathematical physicist, and Jeff Presslaff, a freelance composer, pianist and trombonist, prepared to answer one big question: Could they translate a mathematical physics research paper directly into music? Moreover, would their musical creation sound good? […]

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