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Known as the most famous jazz bassist , Charles Mingus (1922-1979) was above all the most inventive and dynamic jazz composer of his time. He belongs to a particular class , that can only be described as " Mingus ".

Jacob Collier is recognized as one of the world’s most distinctive, inventive and prodigious young musicians. Based in London, UK, Jacob has been inspired by many sounds – his music combines elements of Jazz, A cappella, Groove, Folk, Trip-hop, Classical music, Brazilian music, Gospel, Soul and Improvisation (to name a few), which culminate to create the world of "Jacob Collier."

01 January 2016

The aristocrats

The Aristocrats are what some may consider a virtuous musical powerhouse, consisting of axe-wielding extraordinary, Guthrie Govan, drummer Marco Minneman and bassist Bryan Beller. Each musician of this morbidly talented trio clearly posses an outrageous ability to both improvise as well as compose catchy, off-tempo and ever-progressing jams.  “More fun than fusion has any right to be.” – Rhythm Magazine (UK)

Milcho Leviev, the Thessaloniki-based «godfather of Balkan jazz» turns 76 on December 19, 2015.

Sosa has created a magnificent and deep view of what is often called "world jazz." Imbued equally with Thelonious Monk and Chopin, as well as other pianists from Bach and Satie to Duke Ellington, Cecil Taylor and Randy Weston, Sosa has, in his quest to unite the African traditions, created a new form of music.

07 December 2015

Jazz Icon Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck, a jazz icon who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as “Take Five" and “Blue Rondo a la Turk," died 3 years ago on December 5, 2012.

Voice workshop & and concert with Eleni Valenti ( Pantelis Benetatos on the piano) on December 2, 2015 at 19:00 at PHILIPPOS NAKAS CONCERT HALL - 41 HIPPOCRATOUS STR., ATHENS - 210 3634000 -  entrance free

23 November 2015

Omar Sosa interview

Since he emigrated from Cuba in 1993, Omar Sosa ( 7-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer)  has forged a distinctive musical path, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his Afro-Cuban roots. Jazzonline had a little chat with him before is performance at Gazarte on December 12, 2015.

In US, the birthplace of jazz, new listeners are not engaging with jazz music as much as they did in the past and jazz album sales have been dropping - in 2014 they amounted to only 2% of all music album sales. After the turn of the century interest in jazz seemed to have waned, perhaps because many long-time enthusiasts have not engaged much with the advent of digital releases or with the newly emerging trends that cross the boundaries of different music genres.

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