AKRON, Ohio – The December 2015 ‘Vanity Fair’ issue arrived this week, boasting an exciting “jazz-centric” feature by writer, Will Friedwald, and photographer, Mark Seliger – profiling the many faces of today’s ever-evolving jazz culture.
“Once again, young musicians (whether first exposed via YouTube or one of the myriad high-school programs that have sprouted across the land like clover) are taking the lead and flocking to jazz. But now they’re doing so in a way that’s linked to the genre’s 100-year history and, at the same time, completely unique to the current generation,” says Friedwald.
Among the artists showcased in the VF feature, BLU Jazz+ has presented (or is scheduled to present) eight of them, including: Cyrille Aimée, Dominick Farinacci, Peter & Will Anderson, Gerald Clayton, Matt Ulery, and in the accompanying “The Jazz Youth-Quake” feature, Aaron Weinstein & Sullivan Fortner.
Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot and an array of inspiring responses to the question: “what is jazz?”
|BLU Jazz+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016, 2017)*|
|Committed to the preservation of America's treasured art form of jazz, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF) is a new program developed by the founders of BLU Jazz+ Akron that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike through an ongoing series of special events throughout the year.|