How is Aurora-bred alto saxophonist Tia Fuller spending Women’s History Month?  With a teaching artist-in-residency for 4th through 8th-grade female music students in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The Mid-Jersey News reports that Tia Fuller also performed in a free concert at the local high school with pianist Alexis Lombre, and drummer Allison Miller. 17-year-old bassist Laura-Simone Martin is the founder of The Queen Amina Music Club.

SOURCE: Mid Jersey News

We’re familiar with mainstream bands, even pop acts headlining jazz festivals. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival famously spotlights the biggest names in rock alongside locals, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass has quite a few solid jazz players at its June experience, and not very many jazz artists at its Labor Day weekend line-up.

And the Blue Note in New York holds its June festival over several dates and at venues around the Big Apple. Their big headliner is Grace Jones. Variety says it’s her first headline gig in a decade. Otherwise, the roster includes a wide breadth of artists and styles, but it’s still rooted in the elements that make jazz interesting – improvisation and musicality.

SOURCE: Blue Note Jazz

A reminder that jazz is not just music. It’s style. It’s flow. And it’s fashion. Case in point: the Stetson hat company is profiling jazz artists as part of a new image campaign. We’re talking fine hats: fedoras, trilbys, homburgs. M-R Magazine reports that Houston Person, vibraphonist Sasha Berliner, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and trumpeter Wallace Roney Jr. are featured wearing bespoke brims against iconic New York City locations.

SOURCE: MR Magazine


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