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Jon Cleary – Occapella (2012)

Jon Cleary is a big enough fan, and an accomplished enough musician, to mix it up on this forthcoming tribute record — which is smartly subtitled “Having Fun with the Songs of Allen Toussaint.”

Ellis Marsalis on the term 'jazz': "Music can never be changed by a name"

Regarded as the preeminent modern jazz figure in New Orleans, Ellis Marsalis would have had a sweeping impact as a musical innovator and longtime educator even had he not parented a series of famous jazz-playing sons

OK, Elton John doesn't make music like he used to; is it too much to ask that he try?

The disappointment isn’t so much that Elton John doesn’t make music like he used to. It’s that he almost couldn’t be bothered to try.

Herbie Hancock calls for International Jazz Day, to be held annually on April 30

The inaugural International Jazz Day on April 30, called by Herbie Hancock as his initial proposal upon being named a goodwill ambassador by UNESCO, will include concerts in New Orleans, Paris and New York. Jazz-related events are also scheduled in several dozen other countries, as well.

Brad Mehldau – Ode (2012)

Time away from the studio has apparently given Brad Mehldau time to compose, and this long-awaited new trio studio release is better for it.

Taurey Butler – Taurey Butler (2012)

There’ve been a host of twists and turns for the well-traveled Butler — though, in many ways, each of these side roads ultimately were necessary for the Montreal-based pianist to get to this place.

Vijay Iyer Trio – Accelerando (2012)

The use of modern rhythms, imaginative arrangements, strong material and just plain, old fashioned butt-kicking virtuosity powers Vijay Iyer’s ‘Accelerando’ to greatness.

Ahmad Jamal – Blue Moon (2012)

With the death of Hank Jones a couple of years ago, Ahmad Jamal might now be considered the dean of jazz pianists, but in all likelihood, he’s long been more influential

Heiner Stadler – Brains on Fire (2012)

For the first time on compact disc, we hear some of the early works of this innovative pianist and (a particular focus here) composer/arranger.

Marcus Roberts headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center event honoring Jelly Roll Morton

A two-day event in May called “The Music of Jelly Roll Morton” will feature Marcus Roberts performing favorites from the Morton legacy as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center series in the Rose Theater.