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8 from 1988 – Playlist Online! »

Take a step into the past with these eight tracks from contemporary jazz releases that came out in the year 1988! Hear music from Kim Pensyl’s first series of sketches, Al Jarreau feeling so good, David Benoit taking every step along the way, and David Sanborn missing someone so far away. It’s one of a […]

Ramsey Lewis Releases 80th Recording »

Ramsey Lewis has pulled out his Fender Rhodes and enlisted his Electric Band for his 80th recording. Ramsey, Taking Another Look features Lewis’ favorite tunes including a new edit of the original “Sun Goddess” recording featuring Earth, Wind & Fire and a new rendition of the Stevie Wonder penned “Living for the City”.

Top of the Charts – July 2006, 2001, 1996, 1986 »

Here’s the top-selling contemporary jazz albums, according to Billboard magazine, in mid-July of years past. 25 years ago: Larry Carlton, Alone/But Never Alone 15 years ago: Quincy Jones, Q’s Jook Joint 10 years ago: Brian Culbertson, Nice and Slow 5 years ago: Wayman Tisdale, Way Up Amazon.com Widgets

New Contemporary Jazz Discussion Area! »

The ContemporaryJazz.com group on Facebook has been upgraded! Come join the community and discuss the music you love, post pictures, add links, and more. Today’s topic, the always popular: what are you listening to right now?

Amazon vs. iTunes: June Jazz »

There seems to be a higher-than-usual number of contemporary jazz recordings coming out this month. Here’s a quick breakdown of what the latest music costs at iTunes vs. the Amazon MP3 shop.   Amazon iTunes Pat Metheny What’s It All About $8.99 $11.99 Michael Franks Time Together $6.99 $9.99 Corea, Clarke & White Forever $15.00 […]

Pat Metheny Introduces What’s It All About »

Available June 14.

Love for Japan: A Charity Project founded by Bluey (Incognito) »

New Grammy Category Reorganization Eliminates Contemporary Jazz »

It’s going to be a lot tougher for modern jazz instrumentalists to get recognition starting next year. The number of categories to be recognized at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2012 will drop from 109 to 78. You can check out the Recording Academy’s press release for the reasons but here’s what is of […]

Top Names Assemble for Jazz for Japan Benefit Recording »

Jazz For Japan is a benefit album recorded in two days by 25 of the top jazz musicians in the world benefiting the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. The recordings took place last week in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Legendary and Grammy nominated performers include: Kenny G, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, […]

Roy Ayers Project Documentary »

The Roy Ayers Project is first and foremost a documentary, produced by digital media professionals, telling the life, music, and philosophy of the great Roy Ayers. It is also art, talented artists who use their gifts to express themselves through canvas, murals, and other mediums capturing the spirit of Roy Ayers. It is also performance, […]