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A Tribute to Shirley Horn: “The Music Never Ends” – The Kennedy Center

On December 11, 2004, some of today's brightest jazz talents come out to pay homage to Grammy® winner and Washington, D.C. native Shirley Horn—whose trademark velvet vocals and smooth piano stylings have been enchanting international audiences for more than 40 years. Read More »

Kicking off the year with a Klugh…

There is nothing like starting off the year with good music and Earl Klugh delivered. I was overjoyed when I found out he was coming to town because I have been enjoying his music for a number of years. Read More »

The Wright Interpretation

The lyrics are so essential to the song. They convey emotion and tells us a story from the singer's perspective. Extraordinarily gifted vocalist/songwriter Lizz Wright brings the lyrics to life. Read More »

Diane Schuur – Midnight

Midnight is the right time for love and good music. On her third release for Concord Records, Midnight, Diane Schuur sets the mood for romance. Read More »

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

For as long as I can remember, Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" has been a part of my holiday season. Read More »

Eric Reed – Merry Magic

Every year during the holiday season, I look for new music to add to my holiday music collection. We only get to enjoy this music for a short time and then it is time to put it away until the next year. This season I am enjoying the second release in the MAXJAZZ Holiday Series: Merry Magic by Eric Reed. ... Read More »

Dianne Reeves – A Little Moonlight

Just the words from "I'm All Smiles" sets the mood for romance but add to that Dianne Reeves passionately singing and scatting this tune and it raises the romance to another level. Read More »

WBGO welcomes Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt Live at J&R Music World, Nov. 15 at 4:00 pm

Picture this: You arrive at J&R Music World on Saturday, Nov. 15 a little after 4:00 pm. You browse through the CD titles, make your selections and stand in line to make your purchase. You have this great jazz tune in your head but can't quite figure out where it's coming from. Then you realize, it's not in your head, it is live music! Read More »

j-notes.com Artist Interview – Jeremy Pelt

Jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt is blazing a trail with his hot new release, Close to My Heart on MAXJAZZ Records. Read More »

46th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Highlights

Here are the highlights from the 46th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (09/19-21) in Monterey, Ca. It is a jazz lover's paradise with over 500 top name jazz artists on 7 stages for 3 days and 3 nights. Read More »