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George Wein speaks about Newport Jazz Festival’s nonprofit status

Mar 12th, 2011 | By

The Newport Jazz Festival, along with the Newport Folk Festival, will from now on be produced under the rubric of the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a new 501(c)(3) organization. George Wein and his staff will remain in place as the festival producers.

After being held in 2010 as the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival, the Newport organization is returning to its … [read more]



Will Friedwald, Reviewed

Nov 13th, 2010 | By

A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers
By Will Friedwald
Pantheon Books, New York, 2010; 832 pp.; $45.00 hardcover

I recently reconnected, on Facebook, with a former colleague at Fairchild Publications, Mary Lois Adshead. She told me this story:

“One afternoon in the 1970s, my nephew, a precocious adolescent with a few obsessions, including comic books and … [read more]



Mark Miller’s Herbie Nichols: A Review

Sep 23rd, 2010 | By

Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist’s Life
By Mark Miller
Mercury Press, Toronto, 2009; 224 pp.; $19.95 paperback

The jazz world is filled with musicians who have not received the recognition they deserve. But after reading Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist’s Life by veteran journalist Mark Miller, the obscurity surrounding this pianist seems particularly tragic.

Nichols had his heart set on being a … [read more]