International Jazz Day

''To me jazz is a montage of a dream deferred. A great big dream – yet to come – and always yet – to become ultimately and finally true'' – Langston Hughes from Jazz as Communication. Jonathan Butler (above top left, reading then across l-r for …

Published: 30 Apr 2021. Updated: 6 months.

''To me jazz is a montage of a dream deferred. A great big dream – yet to come – and always yet – to become ultimately and finally true''Langston Hughes from Jazz as Communication.

npr.brightspotcdn Jonathan Butler (above top left, reading then across l-r for each row and down), Dianne Reeves, John Beasley, Andra Day, Michael Douglas, Jacob Collier, Ingrid Jensen, Melissa Aldana, A Bu, Herbie Hancock, Angélique Kidjo, Igor Butman, Marcus Miller, John McLaughlin, Dee Dee Bridgewater. Photo: Hancock Institute

Today it is International Jazz Day. A universal language jazz draws us together rather than tears us apart against all odds not only today but every day and makes us all want to see.

Explore the Jazz Day website for all events taking place today to dip into and fully immerse yourself in.

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Dahveed Behroozi, Echos ****

Into the music, Echos. A rhapsody, a thrill, no fear of overstatement. Keith Jarrett-meets-Vijay Iyer on 'Royal Star', a word too here for the Palle Danielsson-like dreaming of the Frisellian bassist Thomas Morgan, their rapport a pas de deux of …

Published: 29 Apr 2021. Updated: 6 months.

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Into the music, Echos. A rhapsody, a thrill, no fear of overstatement. Keith Jarrett-meets-Vijay Iyer on 'Royal Star', a word too here for the Palle Danielsson-like dreaming of the Frisellian bassist Thomas Morgan, their rapport a pas de deux of significance like the ignition of some sort of extra sensory perception. You'd swear there is even a kind of ectoplasm. Connoisseur stuff obviously you will know probably instantly. But it goes all the way through to the last note of the last tune. Pianist Dahveed Behroozi is a child of the 1980s from San José who went to the Manhattan School of Music and later Brookyln College. The drummer in this piano trio for the ages? No less than the Broadbentian, jazz fan cult hero Billy Mintz, a latterday Paul Motian as he cascades and steals away. It is very hard and a fruitless pursuit truth be told because there is no real need to describe the appeal here. And yet that mystery yields thoughts of modality, tonal repose when the ideas unpeel, salted crucially by dissonance, slow, abstract lines (eg 'Chimes Variation' the very best track) that all melt to mean something.

On Sunnyside out on 4 June. Dahveed Behroozi, top