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    Nicholas Payton – Drip


    Nicholas Payton, more than just a big name in contemporary jazz, is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger, essayist, and social activist. Payton released his 26th recording as a…

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    Cortex – French Fusion Jazz


    My son, now a freshman at college, asked me if I’d heard about a French jazz band called Cortex. I said I had not and he shared a link…

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    Wayne Shorter on Jazz


    [Wayne Shorter passed away today, March 2, 2023. He was 89 years old. This is one of my favorite quotes from the legendary jazz musician, originally published on the…

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    Jazz Musicians on Cameo


    After seeing Gerald Albright post about him being on Cameo, I did a little research into other contemporary jazz musicians who might be available on the service. Cameo provides…

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    Top 10 30 Years Ago – March 22, 1992


    Years before I launched ContemporaryJazz.com, I maintained a personal top 10 “Jazz and New Adult Contemporary” chart of my own. It was based on what I liked and what…