The legendary Dave Grusin is enjoying his flowers in the form of a tribute concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The Littleton, Colorado native, CU-Boulder graduate and Academy and Grammy winner is also considered the ultimate multi-hyphenate: pianist-bandleader-composer-arranger-producer-record label founder. The November 17th performance features Lee Ritenour, Randy Brecker, Patti Austin, Jane Monheit,  the New York Voices and others. (SOURCE: NJPAC)

Attention vinyl fans, the next official Record Store Day is set for Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving, November 24.

The big idea is to shine a light on independent businesses in your local community that sell you records and other things that make you happy. So let’s get down to it. What are the gems, the true finds for this coming Record Store Day? Some are Exclusive releases for this event. Some releases may be available after Record Store Day, and some are released in limited run or only regionally.

There are 4 huge pages of releases like Terry Callier’s “Speak Your Peace,” Bill Evans’ “Live in Copenhagen” from 1964, a double LP from Ahmad Jamal “Live at the Penthouse (1966-1968),” a triple LP from Les McCann “Live from Coast-to-Coast” on Resonance Records… oh my!

The website for Record Store Day lists 27 participating outlets between Aurora and Grand Junction, and from Fort Collins to Pueblo.  Pro tip: It’s always a good idea to be BFFs with your neighborhood record store. (SOURCES: Record Store Day)

We’re looking ahead to next January’s Jazz Congress 2024 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. It will be a single day event on Thursday, January 11, with sessions on the legacy of Wayne Shorter, and the role of Artificial Intelligence in Jazz, plus plenty of side meetings and showcases before and after.

Dee Dee Bridgewater will receive the annual Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award from her daughter China Moses and Lakecia Benjamin. (SOURCE: Jazz Congress)

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