NPR calls Terence Blanchard's E-Collective "a group with quick-flash combustion", praising their track "Dear Jimi" off their new album 'LIVE'. Read a preview here:

Terence Blanchard has always been drawn to a form of lyricism that runs burnished and bittersweet. You can track this mood throughout his career as a post-bop trumpeter, and no less in his dozens of film scores, in and beyond a long affiliation with Spike Lee. That quality of mournful uplift also ri...

KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area praises Dave Holland, calling him "legendary". Read more below and be sure to check out his run of shows at SFJAZZ, starting tonight!

One of the most important musicians to emerge from the British jazz scene during the 1960s, legendary bassist Dave Holland comes to the SFJAZZ Center for four nights of music starting Thursday.
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform for the Queen of England! Read more here from Vanity Fair:

The Queen will be turning 92 on April 21, and in honor of the occasion, there will, naturally, be a large-scale soiree in her honor. And we’re not talking a stately dinner with one or two musical guests and a nice flower arrangement—this is going to be a full-on concert extravaganza.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo speaks with Forbes Africa about their music's message, their success, and their hope for the future. Read a snippet here:

Fresh off winning their fifth Grammy award, South Africa’s legendary music group tells us about producing timeless music.

The New Yorker calls Anna & Elizabeth's new album, 'The Invisible Comes to Us,' "future-facing" and "beautiful". Read the whole review here:

Soundscapes are what Anna & Elizabeth are shooting for on this beautiful album. They sing so-called folk songs, but they use the arsenal of various musical genres—including jazz and avant-garde —to set these songs down in fields of breathy reeds (or, on several tracks, in the mind-bending playin...

Congratulations to Brad Mehldau - his new album, 'After Bach,' debuted as #1 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart and #3 on the Classical Albums chart!

Congratulations to Brad Mehldau, whose new solo album, After Bach, debuted simultaneously at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, his highest career position on that chart, and at No. 3 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart! Another career high: the album debuted at No. 2 on the UK Jazz/Blues...

The Arts Fuse praises Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition for a performance that was "engaging, songful, and intelligent". Read a preview of the rave review here:

Augmented with electronics, which Mahanthappa uses for echo effects as well as to deliver comments during the performance, the group’s efforts are high energy, rhythmically complex, and yet carefully constructed. Mahanthappa’s playing is full of virtuoso flourishes: at one point at the ICA (in a...

Jazz History Online reviews 'Live in Healdsburg' and the intricacies of Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch's duo performance. Read a preview here:

One of the annual highlights of New York jazz is pianist Fred Hersch’s series of duet concerts. Clarinetist Anat Cohen has been one of Hersch’s longtime duet partners, and while their new album “Live in Healdsburg” (Anzic 61) was recorded in California, its artistic success certainly stems f...

Deva Mahal was rated as one of the best bands at SXSW - read a preview here:

Time and time again we’ve heard that one of the amazing things about the annual SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, is the wide-ranging lineup of artists that come to town covering the full gamut of genres. Festival attendees get to discover great new music, including hot new sounds from up-and-...

Jazzmeia Horn is the face of JazzTimes's 2017 Expanded Critics' Poll, but many IMN artists claimed a spot, including Anat Cohen, Joe Lovano, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Jack DeJohnette. See the full list here:

For this annual companion poll to last issue’s Top 50 Critics’ Picks, our regular contributors and critics participated in this survey based on our yearly Readers’ Poll. Voters were asked to focus on artists’ achievements during 2017 rather than assessing entire careers.

Deva Mahal shares her excitement over her new album and her history as a musician in this interview with Reformthefunk. Read a preview here:

Despite being a musician since before she can remember, Deva (pronounced Diva) Mahal is surprisingly humble. Throughout our shoot, she regularly checks in with how people are doing, exclaiming, “it’s so weird to have all these people here for me”. When she hears her voice emerging through the ...

"Music was the greatest gift [our fathers] could give us", says Cherish the Ladies's bandleader Joanie Madden in her interview with Cape Cod Times. Read a preview here:

Transcending distance and time, tradition can link generations and bring a bit of Ireland to a New York neighborhood, 3,000 miles away.

Preview a track from Joshua Redman’s upcoming release, ‘Still Dreaming,’ on Spotify now!

Unanimity (feat. Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade), an album by Joshua Redman on Spotify

"Absolutely to die for" - Jazz da Gama reviews Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch's new album 'Live in Healdsburg.' Read a preview of the glowing review here:

It’s not as if a duet between piano and clarinet has not been done before. […] But now until Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch have moved that very bar impossibly higher with their own Live in Healdsburg. Each artist, worshiping at the altar of originality, has taken it upon themselves to issue this mu...

Check out "Nterini," Fatoumata Diawara's newly released track, on OkayAfrica's playlist: Songs You Need to Hear This Week.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column. Here’s our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.