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  • At The Jazz Corner Of The World: Live From Birdland

    Night Lights Classic Jazz
    David Brent Johnson
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Birdland was known as “the jazz corner of the world,” and from 1949 to 1965 it played host to some of the greatest names on the modern jazz scene.
  • 13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced recipients of its 2014 performing arts grants. Noted composers such as Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake and Randy Weston received a first tier award.» E-Mail This
  • With A Name Like Mingo

    About.com Jazz
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    Mingo Fishtrap is a band that blows a mix of soul, jazz and R&B, straight from the heart of Texas and the mind of New Orleans. Read our review.
  • INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Alan Broadbent

    All About Jazz News
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Alan Broadbent's birthday today! Alan Broadbent was born in Auckland, New Zealand and in 1966, at the age of 19, received a Downbeat Magazine scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1969 he was asked to join Woody Herman\'s band as his pianist and arranger for 3 years. In 1972 he settled in Los Angeles, beginning a musical relationship with the legendary singer Irene Kral (no relation to Diana Krall)... Read more...
  • A "60 Minutes" Presentation ~ "The Virtuoso: Marcus Roberts"

    Elements of Jazz
    Donna M
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:30 pm
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  • 13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced recipients of its 2014 performing arts grants. Noted composers such as Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake and Randy Weston received a first tier award.» E-Mail This
  • First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    One of the world's best jazz drummers is also a singer-songwriter, session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the son of a preacher man. It's all potently distilled for his band of over 15 years.» E-Mail This
  • Steely Dan On Piano Jazz

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are masters of irony and erudition. The pair perform their Steely Dan hit "Josie" and standards "Mood Indigo" and "Hesitation Blues."» E-Mail This
  • Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Metal superstar Robert Trujillo never spoke with the late Jaco Pastorius. But Trujillo is funding a film and a new compilation of demo recordings from his personal bass guitar hero.» E-Mail This
  • Jason Moran On JazzSet

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    At the KC Jazz Club, Moran sets up two tunes with pre-produced sound montages, including a unique take on "Honeysuckle Rose." Hear Moran's long-running Bandwagon trio play Washington, D.C.» E-Mail This
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  • With A Name Like Mingo

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    Mingo Fishtrap is a band that blows a mix of soul, jazz and R&B, straight from the heart of Texas and the mind of New Orleans. Read our review.
  • impulse! Returns!

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Universal Music Group has announced the rebirth of their legendary impulse! imprint with the forthcoming release of Viper's Drag, a "retro-modern opus" from Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9. Scheduled for  a July 15 release in the U.S., Viper's Drag is described as "the happy collision of two perfectly matched musical sensibilities--that of the New Orleans singer/pianist Henry Butler and trumpeter/arranger Steven Bernstein--two students of early jazz with decidedly modern voices." More specifically, the record pairs the New Orleans stylings of Butler -- who's work…
  • Michael Moore On A Mission

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Saxophonist Michael Moore and his Quartet helped Portland bade farewell to music at The Mission Theater with a rousing 90-minute set last Thursday. Read our review. Image by Michael Verity
  • Porter Back On Broadway

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Broadway singer and actor Billy Porter, who's best known for his Tony Award-winning performances as Lola in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, released his new album, Back On Broadway, this week. Porter celebrated the release of Back On Broadway with an appearance on The Today Show, wherein he sang the Kander and Ebb classic "And The World Goes Round."...Read Full Post
  • Amy Lynn Set To Drop Some Glitter

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Though they veer onto the side of classic soul and Motown side of the street, there's enough jazz flowing in the blood of Amy Lynn and the Gun Show to slip them a little love here in our little world of jazz. The New York City-based septet has serious chops, as will be heard by the general public when they release their new set, Don't Trip On The Glitter, on April 29. Lynn, who reportedly digs the Lionel Richie station on Pandora and throws "one hell of a party," is supported by a group that's played with all manner of well-known names from the Radio City Orchestra to Bette Midler to Roberta…
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    All About Jazz News

  • INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Alan Broadbent

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Alan Broadbent's birthday today! Alan Broadbent was born in Auckland, New Zealand and in 1966, at the age of 19, received a Downbeat Magazine scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1969 he was asked to join Woody Herman\'s band as his pianist and arranger for 3 years. In 1972 he settled in Los Angeles, beginning a musical relationship with the legendary singer Irene Kral (no relation to Diana Krall)... Read more...
  • ALL ABOUT JAZZ / JAZZ NEAR YOU: Promote Your Jazz Appreciation Month Events with Jazz Near You

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Jazz Near You gathers and distributes jazz event information to fans in nearly 250 cities worldwide via the web, email and phone. It's also ready to help presenters and musicians promote their Jazz Appreciation Month events in April. It's free and easy! Professional musicians and presenters can simply add their events. Single and recurring events can be added via our submission form. Events can be uploaded in batches via our file upload service...
  • INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Mingus

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Charles Mingus' birthday today! One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona in 1922 and raised in Watts, California, his earliest musical influences came from the church -- choir and group singing -- and from "hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when [he] was eight years old... Read more...
  • EDUCATION: NJPAC and Montclair State University Launch New All-Female Jazz Education Residency for Summer 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Grammy-nominated New Jersey Pianist Geri Allen To Serve As Artistic Director New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), in collaboration with Montclair State University will offer a new, All-Female Jazz Residency as part of NJPACa€(TM)s arts education offerings. The residency will be led by Grammy-nominated New Jersey pianist m: Geri Allen, who will serve as the programa€(TM)s artistic director. Held on the campus of Montclair State University, the residency is a weeklong, program for students ages 14-22 from around the country...
  • CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: Alan Broadbent with NDR Bigband Release "America the Beautiful"

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last year m: Alan Broadbent, jazz pianist, arranger, conductor and composer released his solo album Heart to Heart for which he received the rarely given best rating of 5-stars by Downbeat magazine (USA) and Jazz Journal (UK). This year on Alana€(TM)s 67th birthday on April 23, 2014 his new album together with the NDR Bigband America the Beautiful will see the light of day...
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    Elements of Jazz

  • A "60 Minutes" Presentation ~ "The Virtuoso: Marcus Roberts"

    Donna M
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:30 pm
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums for the Week of 24 March 2014 [JazzWeek]

    Donna M
    23 Mar 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Happy new week! Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the previous week! Do you have any new favorites for 2014 yet? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook. For your viewing pleasure ~ Pianist and composer Scott Bradlee's arrangement of Beyonce's Drunk in Love. Enjoy!         GEORGE CABLES Icons and Influences (HighNote) CRAIG HANDY Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (Okeh) HELEN SUNG Anthem For A New Day (Concord) CATHERINE RUSSELL Bring It Back (Jazz Village) DAVE STRYKER Eight Track (Strike Zone)
  • Top 50+ Jazz Albums for the Week of 17 March 2014 [JazzWeek]

    Donna M
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Here are the top 50+ Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the previous week! Do you have any new favorites for 2014 yet? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook. For your viewing pleasure ~ Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter Tukuya Kuroda:     GEORGE CABLES Icons and Influences (HighNote) CRAIG HANDY Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (Okeh) HELEN SUNG Anthem For A New Day (Concord) DAVE STRYKER Eight Track (Strike Zone) PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP Kin (<-->) (Nonesuch)
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums For The Week of 10 March 2014 [JazzWeek]

    Donna M
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the previous week! Do you have any new favorites for 2014 yet? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook. For you viewing pleasure: Cameroon born, London-based songstress Debra Debs  Fizzy Lemonade. Enjoy!     GEORGE CABLES Icons and Influences (HighNote) HELEN SUNG Anthem For A New Day (Concord) DIANNE REEVES Beautiful Life (Concord) CATHERINE RUSSELL Bring It Back (Jazz Village) HAROLD MABERN Right On Time (Smoke Sessions)
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums for the Week of 03 March 2014 [JazzWeek]

    Donna M
    2 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Here are the top 50 Jazz albums that received the most airplay on US, Canadian and internet radio stations from the previous week! Do you have any new favorites for 2014 yet? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook. For your viewing pleasure - Joel Uriola Latin Jazz Quintet's  Melao!       HAROLD MABERN Right On Time (Smoke Sessions) GEORGE CABLES Icons and Influences (HighNote) HELEN SUNG Anthem For A New Day (Concord) DIANNE REEVES Beautiful Life (Concord) CRAIG HANDY Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (Okeh)
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  • Philly Icon to Perform at Garnet Valley Jazz Night

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    The Garnet Valley Music Department will welcome jazz saxophonist Larry McKenna for a special concert 7p.m., Thursday (April 24) at Garnet Valley High School. The evening will also include performances by Garnet Valley Middle School and High School Jazz Bands, concluding with a special performance by Larry McKenna with his jazz quartet.
  • In Memoriam Herb Wong, 1926-2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Berkeley Unified’s music program lost one of its founding fathers when Dr. Herb Wong passed away Sunday at the age of 88. BHS Jazz was planning to honor Dr. Wong at our annual alumni concert on June 1st, with the City of Berkeley set to issue an award, but now, sadly, it will have to be presented posthumously.
  • Led by Ken Vandermark, Made to Break Pushes the Free-Music Envelope

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    By the time Ornette Coleman released his 1959 album The Shape of Jazz to Come, a watershed moment in the genesis of forward-thinking free music, jazz was beginning to fracture. Some four years after the death of bebop godfather Charlie Parker, fissures started to emerge.
  • Jazz Fest-goers strongly urged to use public transportation

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:15 pm
    As music and food lovers count down the days to Jazz Fest, people are preparing for a parking problem around the Fair Grounds.
  • Pearl Jam slated to play Austin City Limits Music Festival

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    Pearl Jam will headline the Austin City Limits Music Festival set for the weekends of Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-12. The festival takes place at Ziller Metropolitan Park in Austin, Texas near the shores of the Colorado River.
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  • Wynton Marsalis to address Tulane University graduates

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    New Orleans native and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters and deliver the keynote address to graduates at Tulane University’s Commencement 2014, which will be held at 9 a.m., May 17 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. “Wynton Marsalis’ music has captivated audiences worldwide,” Tulane President Scott Cowen said. “But he also speaks with an eloquence, insight and power that I have rarely seen matched. He will definitely have something to say, and play, for our graduates.” The last time Marsalis spoke at Tulane was in 2006 at a…
  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis Hosts: Christian McBride & Kurt Rosenwinkel

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    JLCO premieres new arrangements of McBride and Rosenwinkel’s works Rose Theater, May 23 & 24, 8pm New York, NY (April 10, 2014) – On May 23–24, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents its second JLCO Hosts concerts featuring a collaborating between the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and two of contemporary jazz’s finest artists. Music director Wynton Marsalis and drummer Ali Jackson present the compositions of a pair of Philadelphia-born, post-Boomer virtuosos— bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Associates since the 1980s, both Rosenwinkel…
  • The Woodlawn Cemetery Partners with JALC to Present Free Concert Honoring Jazz Legends

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Woodlawn Cemetery Partners with Jazz at Lincoln Center to Present Free Concert Honoring Jazz Legends. Performance by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on June 11 Features Compositions by Those Memorialized at Woodlawn and Commemorates the Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary and Historic Ties to Jazz Greats Bronx, NY, April 16, 2014—On June 11 at 7:00pm, The Woodlawn Cemetery will partner with Jazz at Lincoln Center to present a free concert, featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, as part of the cemetery’s 150th anniversary celebration. A…
  • The Life & Music of Dave Brubeck Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Over the course of nearly 92 extraordinary years, more than 70 of them spent as a professional musician, Dave Brubeck (1920 – 2012) studied with the composer Darius Milhaud; served his country in World War II; recorded nearly 100 albums as a leader, including the two-million-selling record Time Out; and wrote several hundred songs for a series of quartets. Brubeck spread jazz’s message around the world from the mid-‘50s until not long before his death. He experimented with unorthodox time signatures, polytonality, and extended formats (composing operas, oratorios, chorales, ballets,…
  • Jamming behind the scenes with jazz greats: Wynton and Marcus Roberts

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    What’s it like to hang out with jazz musicians? Just ask 60 Minutes producer David Browning, who teamed up with CBS correspondent Wynton Marsalis this week to report on the remarkable, little-known jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. “Having a rollicking good time with jazz musicians, for me, is really, really easy,” says Browning. “I can’t think of anybody I’d rather hang out with, very frankly. They’re great conversationalists. They have tremendous senses of humor, Marcus and Wynton particularly. So for me, this was the ideal assignment.” 60 Minutes…
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  • Progress Report: The Lundgren Project

    Doug Ramsey
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Rifftides should soon ease back into a normal routine, whatever that is. I have been researching and writing notes for a Jan Lundgren album that will be released sometime this year on the Fresh Sound label. The Swedish pianist recorded it in Los Angeles in January. Producer Dick Bank assigned an essay to include analysis […]
  • Monday Recommendation: George Cables

    Doug Ramsey
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    George Cables, Icons and Influences (High Note) After nearly 50 years during which he himself has become a piano icon and influence, Cables offers a dozen pieces that have affected his approach. They are by, about, or reflect the inspiration of an eclectic assortment of musicians including Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, […]
  • Easter Drums

    Doug Ramsey
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    It was a full day, and the holiday greeting is late, but heartfelt. Happy Easter, everyone. Here’s one of the great sequences from the Fred Astaire-Judy Garland-Irving Berlin film Easter Parade. I hope that it makes you happy. For another great Astaire dance and drum sequence from the Rifftides archive, click here.
  • Irene Kral

    Doug Ramsey
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The previous post was about lilacs, not Irene Kral, but it brought comments clearly indicating that Ms. Kral (1932-1978) is far from forgotten. She is forgotten least of all by her daughters, Jodi and Melissa. Jodi Burnett sent one of the comments. Melissa is seen on the right in her mother’s arms as Irene rehearses […]
  • Other Matters: Lilac Time

    Doug Ramsey
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    The Rifftides staff is up to his clavicle in non-Rifftides deadlines but wanted the readership to know that you are on his mind. He thought you would want to know that in the south forty, the lilacs and tulips are out. Junior Mance, piano; Ray Brown, bass; and Lex Humphries, drums, supply the music by […]
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  • But wait, there's more ... Exodus to Jazz continues to bring great music to town

    Greg V. Bell
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    You may have caught the great Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet recently, but my friend José DaCosta's Exodus to Jazz has more in store for you in coming months. Since our spring and summer schedules will fill up fast, I thought I'd give you a heads up so you can get them on your calendar (they'll be on mine... some of them already are). As of right now, the following concerts remain in the 2014 season (and they are great ones): The Helen Sung Quintet on Friday, May 16th: Pianist Helen Sung has appeared here four times for Exodus to Jazz and is returning in May for a CD…
  • Put a disk on the platter or get out and hear some live jazz in ROC

    Greg V. Bell
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    If you yearn for the days of vinyl or just want some good jazz or other tunes for your iPod or other new-fangled listening device, make sure you get out to Record Store Day this Saturday, especially to Rochester's independent purveyor's of fine vinyl and good sounds, The Bop Shop and Record Archive, which will both be having special events  Hey, do you want to receive these and other postings on Jazz@Rochester in your email?  If so, click on the image with the envelope with Jazz@Rochester coming out of it found at right in the middle panel and follow the directions there to…
  • As we wait for Spring in Rochester, there's some jazz around town to warm your ears ...

    Greg V. Bell
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Back from NJ wondering when Spring will come. Until then, I'm going to put some hot music on the turntable and hope to get out and hear some around town. Jazz 90.1 didn't meet their goal (@$6K short...), so if you can spare a dime ... give it. Give some props to Joelle VanBuren and Derrick Lucas of the station who are being honored in May by the Rochester Media Association for their years of service to the station. Here's the live jazz in and around the ROC for the next seven days: Thursday, April 10, 2014 The David Detweiler Trio @ The Next Door Bar & Grill (Pittsford),…
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    Upcoming shows

  • JazzU with special guest Terell Stafford in St. Louis on 05/23/14

    23 May 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Artist: JazzU with special guest Terell Stafford Date: Friday, May 23rd 2014 - Saturday, May 24th 2014 Time: 9:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: $5; $2.50 for children under 12 Box office: 314.289.4030 Buy tickets More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • JazzU with special guest Terell Stafford in St. Louis on 05/23/14

    23 May 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Artist: JazzU with special guest Terell Stafford Date: Friday, May 23rd 2014 - Saturday, May 24th 2014 Time: 7:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: $5; $2.50 for children under 12 Box office: 314.289.4030 Buy tickets More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Jane Monheit in St. Louis on 05/14/14

    14 May 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Artist: Jane Monheit Date: Wednesday, May 14th 2014 - Saturday, May 17th 2014 Time: 9:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: $33 Wed/Thu; $38 Fri/Sat; $15 students w/ID Box office: 314.289.4030 Buy tickets More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Jane Monheit in St. Louis on 05/14/14

    14 May 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Artist: Jane Monheit Date: Wednesday, May 14th 2014 - Saturday, May 17th 2014 Time: 7:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: $33 Wed/Thu; $38 Fri/Sat; $15 students w/ID Box office: 314.289.4030 Buy tickets Notes: Subscriptions available now. Single tickets on sale August 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
  • Great Guitars 2014: Eric Slaughter & Shaun Robinson with Montez Coleman & Jahmal Nichols in St. Louis on 05/09/14

    9 May 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Artist: Great Guitars 2014: Eric Slaughter & Shaun Robinson with Montez Coleman & Jahmal Nichols Date: Friday, May 9th 2014 - Saturday, May 10th 2014 Time: 9:30pm City: St. Louis Venue: Jazz at the Bistro Address: 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 Country: US Admission: $20; $10 students w/ID; $2.50 for children under 12 Box office: 314.289.4030 Buy tickets More info. Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
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  • Led Zeppelin Tee Shirt

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
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    15 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
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  • Stevie Ray Vaughan T-Shirt

    15 Feb 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Stevie Ray Vaughan T-Shirt5.6 ounce t-shirt made of cotton/polyester blend with 1x1 ribbed crew neck and two-needle hemmed sleeves and bottom with design printed on the front.
  • Happy Birthday Kokomo Arnold

    15 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today is the birthday of bluesman Kokomo Arnold. According to Wikipedia, "Born as James Arnold in Lovejoy's Station, Georgia, he got his nickname in 1934 after releasing "Old Original Kokomo Blues" for the Decca label; it was a cover of the Scrapper Blackwell blues song about the city of Kokomo, Indiana.[1] A left-handed slide guitarist, his intense slide style of playing and rapid-fire vocal style set him apart from his contemporaries.".  Kokomo Arnold @ SqueezeMyLemonKokomo Arnold @ Amazon.comOther Slide Guitar Post @ SqueezeMyLemon
  • Bo Carter, Corrina Corrina

    8 Feb 2014 | 12:21 am
    Sometimes I just need to hear some old time blues music. Here is Bo Carter playing "Corrina Corrina". I used to know I girl named Corrina, she was a pretty young thing. 
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  • BING, PRES, BIRD, 1946, 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:26 pm
    This afternoon, I went on another thrift-shop quest: I search for several rewards, but predictably one is jazz records.  I am most keenly interested in 78s, although vinyl, CDs, home recordings, and cassettes have all surfaced recently. In Petaluma, California, I drove to one of my favorite places, Alphabet Soup Thrift Store on Western Avenue. Once I had assumed the proper posture (hands and knees, for the 78s were in a box on the floor) I saw this: Just finding ten-inch 78 albums is a treat. As an omen, it was hopeful in itself, although Bing albums are common: he sold millions of discs…

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:37 pm
    We had such a good time!  Fine music and warm feelings filled the room when Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi, piano; Marty Eggers, string bass; Danny Coots, drums, played to a full house at the Rossmoor Jazz Club in Walnut Creek, California, on March 11, 2014. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here is the first half of this glorious concert. “Effervescent” and “versatile” are the two words that come to mind when I think of Stephanie and Paolo. While you are admiring the beaming pair, please don’t neglect Marty and Danny — rocking and…

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    A good time was had by all at another happy Friday at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park, California (1010 El Camino Real: 650.327.0830). Yes, good food, cheerful staff, beaming friends, but most of all because of the wonderful music provided by Clint Baker’s Cafe Borrone All Stars. This night they were Clint, trombone and vocal; Leon Oakley, cornet; Robert Young, saxophones, vocal; Jeff Hamilton, keyboard; Bill Reinhart, string bass; Nirav Sanghani, rhythm guitar; J Hansen or Riley Baker [Riley sat in for SWEETHEART and TELEPHONE], drums. You can note the noble associations.  Louis, Goodman,…

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    I’d never heard of John Forrest “Fuzzy” Knight (1901-1976), perhaps because I’d rarely watched Westerns, in theatres or on television. (He had a long career playing the hero’s friend.) But when Jeff Hamilton nudged me towards this short film on YouTube, from 1928, I was immediately captivated by Fuzzy (so nicknamed because of his soft voice). He is s delightfully absurdist comedian, someone who swings from first to last, whose scat singing is hilariously unfettered (I think of both Harry Barris and Leo Watson) . . . and whose habit of singing into the piano is…

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    This video celebrates one of many interlocked triumphs.  For one, the wonderful elastic small group known as the EarRegulars (most often spotted on Sunday nights at The Ear Inn, 326 Spring Street, New York, from 8-11 PM) made their maiden voyage to Europe.  They recorded a CD — something the faithful, like myself, have been waiting for . . . for a number of years) and they performed, as a justly featured ensemble, at the 23rd International Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival. Here’s one of their performances — captured with many cameras in rapt silence (as opposed to the…
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    Music and More

  • Thumbscrew - Thumbscrew (Cuneiform, 2014)

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Thumbscrew is a cross-generational group made up of three of the heaviest hitters on the contemporary improvisational scene. Featuring Mary Halvorson on guitar, Michael Formanek on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. All three of the members of the group are composers, and they decided to write music strictly for this project. The results work very well, developing music that is dynamic with shifting moods from shadowy to very exciting. “Cheap Knock Off” opens the album in excellent fashion, creating knotty musical arrangements with spidery guitar over open-ended bass and drums. The back to…
  • Dave Douglas with Steve Swallow, Jim Doxas and Chet Doxas - Riverside (Greenleaf, 2014)

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Trumpeter Dave Douglas has done many tribute albums during the course of his career, paying homage to the likes of Wayne Shorter and Mary Lou Williams. Here he tips his hat in the direction of influential clarinet and saxophone player Jimmy Giuffre. On Riverside he produces a collaborative album along with Chet Doxas on tenor saxophone and clarinet, his brother Jim Doxas on drums and one of Giuffre's longtime collaborators, Steve Swallow on bass. My favorite performances on the album were “Old Church, New Paint” which was slow and deep, almost hymnal. Douglas' recent…
  • Dan Weiss - Fourteen (Pi Recordings, 2014)

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Drummer and composer Dan Weiss has always had an ambitious streak, but this album takes matters to a whole new level. This is a seven movement suite for a fourteen piece large ensemble with a heady mixture of composed and improvised sections. What is particularly interesting is how he mixes voice as a lead instrument on occasion, with the singers soloing as if they were a trumpet or saxophone. Voices blend, merge and overlap, making for a hypnotic addition to the musical breadth and width. The music builds texture from sections of solo instrumentation all the way up to full…
  • The Bad Plus - The Rite of Spring (Sony Masterworks, 2014)

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    The Bad Plus, Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass and Dave King on drums have long been one of my favorite bands, They are in a continuous state of evolution, from a band known for their cheeky covers of rock songs, to producers of excellent original material, the group is always interesting and surprising. In 2011, the group received grant money and decided to arrange a trio version of Igor Stravinsky's classical composition The Rite of Spring. After touring widely with this piece as the as the center of their performance, they recorded it as a full length presentation. Since I…
  • Krokofant - Krokofant (Rune Grammmofon, 2014)

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Krokofant is a trio of young musicians that have a great sound that is punishing in an early 1970's King Crimson meets Last Exit kind of way, but the most impressive thing about is is that they have the power harnessed and under control, using dynamics to raise and lower the ferocity and keep the listener wondering what is coming next. The band consists of Tom Hasslan on guitars, Axel Skalstad on drums and Jørgen Mathisen on saxophones. The first five tracks of the LP fly past with the invigorating sense of excitement of open minded musicians setting the controls the cosmos and…
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    Casa Valdez Studios

  • 10mFan Mouthpieces

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    The new 10mFan tenor mouthpieces have caused quite a stir in the saxophone community. The SOTW thread started when the mouthpieces were launched is the longest running threads in SOTW history with over 1,600 comments and a quarter million views! The pieces were designed by Mark Sepinuck, who many know by his 10mFan eBay user name. Mark is one of the world's most prolific dealers of vintage horns and mouthpieces and has probably played more vintage pieces than anyone else on planet earth, so he has a unique perspective on what makes a mouthpiece play great. After selling vintage pieces for…
  • Jazz Conversations- a new site by saxophonist Jayn Pettingill

    19 Mar 2014 | 2:40 pm
     Jayn Pettingill, who is an old friend of mine and also a talented altoist, has started writing a very interesting web site called Jazz Conversations.About Jazz Conversations:Jazz, in the last 150 years, has grown into quite a large word, encompassing many genres and subgenres than ever before. It can mean many things to many people: My "Jazz" may not be your Jazz, but there are always points of intersection that mingle, or combust, creating vivid conversation. With many ways to listen to and to play this music, Jazz Conversations seeks to capture some of the music's magic through…
  • Half-Speed Jazz Blog

    19 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Jacob Zimmerman"Half Speed Jazz" is a collection of classic jazz solos played back at half speed curated by saxophonist Jacob Zimmerman and trumpeter Theo Padouvas. The inspiration for this project came from the teaching practices of legendary jazz pianist Lennie Tristano. His method for learning solos involved singing along with the recordings played back at half speed. The authors of this blog believe that listening to a great solo at half speed can illuminate the enduring quality and substance of an improvised performance.New solos are posted every Monday. If you have a great solo you…
  • Diminished ii-V7 substitutions

    19 Mar 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Here is a sheet of diminished substitutions put together by Mario Sandoval, one of my PSU private students, that illustrates different diminished substitutions over a ii-V7 I in the key of of C. 4 Tonic System Click the above graphics for larges versions
  • When Frustration Levels Are High- by Marty Sacks

    18 Feb 2014 | 11:57 am
    When Frustration Levels Are High  My saxophone playing involves a lot of shoulder shrugging. I’ve surpassed my 10,000 hours of practice that Gladwell argues can lead to expertise.  I’ve studied with great teachers (Mr. Valdez included) and tried to incorporate their instruction. But the fact remains that I’m just not that good at playing the sax. It pains me a bit to write such things, but the evidence is there. How do you make peace with the fact that your playing remains stuck at the same level? I’ve spoken with other musicians about this concept and I’ve received…
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    The Jazzcat

  • Jazz Flash Mob in Los Angeles at Union Station on April 30th for International Jazz Day!

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    12 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
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  • Herbie Hancock: Buddhism and Creativity | Mahindra Humanities Center

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    2 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
  • Support Brian Swartz’ Fundraiser for New Album “Portraiture”

    The Jazzcat
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:58 am
    This picture of Brian Swartz was taken at my 40th Birthday party. Brian walked in and said “Happy Birthday LeRoy, here is your gift”. It was sheet music with the title “Down with Downs”. I replied, “What is This?” with a gigantic grin on my face! He wrote a song for me as a gift for listening to my show on the radio, late night on the way home after all of those gigs. I am deeply indebted for that!  Here in 2014, he has composed original music for several people such as Jaco Pastorius, Alice Coltrane, his mother, myself and a few others. Please support…
  • Double M Jazz Salon celebrates the 80th birthday of Horace Tapscott

    The Jazzcat
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Double M Jazz Salon Presents Celebrating the 80th birthday of innovative pianist and composer, Horace Tapscott On Sunday, April 6th at 2 p.m. The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum A tribute band will perform, including Roberto Miranda, bass; Bobby West, piano; Fritz Wise, drums; Michael Session and Tracy Caldwell, alto saxophones and Kamau Daáood, poet. A pre-concert panel discussion of Horace Tapscott’s vast legacy with Music Director Roberto Miranda, is set for 1p.m. A native Texan, Mr. Tapscott organized his first band at the tender age of nine. He was a part of the…
  • The California Jazz Foundation Honors Ruth Price!!!!

    The Jazzcat
    12 Mar 2014 | 10:46 am
    with your host LeRoy Downs Celebrating Ruth Price with Quincy Jones, The Heath Brothers, The Clayton Brothers, Billy Childs, Dwight Trible, John Beasley and more……   Give the Band A Hand Proceeds for the evening support the CJF’s mission to provide assistance to jazz musicians in need in California. Ruth Price Sunday April 6, 2014 Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Downtown 333 S. Figuroa, Los Angeles   4:30 to 5:30pm Silent Auction and Cocktails with Tom Ranier Dinner and performance at 5:30pm        
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  • Leon Sash: 'I Remember Newport'

    Marc Myers
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Arguments over which jazz accordionists are best is pointless. For one, there were too many great ones in the post-war period, so ranking them is like splitting hairs. For another, any accordionist who swings sounds great, making further discussion moot. With that said, one of the greats was Leon Sash, despite the fact that he recorded only a handful of albums.  Born in 1922, Sash lost his sight at age 11. He took up the accordion in his early teens and began working professionally at age 16. His first recordings were a series of 78s for EmArcy gathered on an LP in 1954 called The Master…
  • 7 CD Discoveries of the Week

    Marc Myers
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Terrific new CDs crossed my desk last week from all forms of music—from historic R&B and 1920s jazz to fusion and prog rock. In fact, there were so many I could only deal with seven here. More to follow. Here are my most recent favorites... The "5" Royales—Soul & Swagger: 1951-1967 (Rockbeat). The history of R&B and rock and roll would be incomplete without a careful analysis of the "5 Royales. The Winston-Salem, N.C., group neatly merged gospel, jump blues and vocal harmony in a flurry of hits between 1952 and 1953 that set the stage for just about everything…
  • Weekend Wax Bits

    Marc Myers
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I spent the past week in London—walking for miles and watching early spring unfold its colorful blanket. The weather was perfect—sunny and in the mid-60s the entire time—which allowed me to enjoy the narrow streets, the architecture, the eclectic food and even the toy-sound of bus and cab engines. Best of all, London was bright green with new foliage and spotted with color (yellows, purples, whites and violets), thanks to the insistent rush of young flowers. But my love for London goes way beyond the flora and the food, which, in my opinion, now tops Paris. I've been traveling to…
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    St. Louis Jazz Notes

  • StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The basics of Basie

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    With the Count Basie Orchestra set to close out the 2014 Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival with a concert on Saturday, April 26 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, our mission here today is a simple one: To share performances of a half-dozen of the most famous and enduring arrangements from the Basie band's repertoire.Although the band's appearance here will mark 30 years to the day since Basie himself passed away, a series of musicians steeped in the Count's particular musical ethos has continued to direct them in steady touring and the occasional recording, keeping these songs alive for…
  • So What: Local News, Notes & Links

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short local news items of interest:* There's a new entry on Clark Terry's blog, in which the legendary trumpeter and St. Louis native - who at 93 is physically frail but remains indomitable in spirit - details his recent efforts to "keep on keepin' on."Said blog post also alerted us to a nice feature story about Terry published earlier this year in Allegro, the magazine of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians.* Tomorrow is the annual Record Store Day, and St. Louis music purveyors including Euclid Records, Apop Records, and Vintage…
  • St. Louis DJs selling 10,000 items to benefit local charity on Saturday, April 26

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:23 pm
    If this Saturday's Record Store Day festivities prove insufficient to slake your thirst for vinyl and other music collectables, here's something else to anticipate:  St. Louis radio DJs past and present have donated an estimated 10,000 records, CDs and items of music-related memorabilia to be sold for the benefit of a local charity in a one-day "pop-up sale" on Saturday, April 26. "The Gigantic St. Louis DJ Album Sale for Charity" will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on April 26 at 3137 Locust St. (east of Compton, one block west of The Fountain on Locust). Avid…
  • Peter Martin to perform Saturday, May 17 at benefit for New City School

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Pianist Peter Martin has played some big venues while working with the likes of Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, and the "Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60" tour. And when he's home in St. Louis, Martin can be heard most frequently at the Sheldon Concert Hall, which seats slightly more than 700. Now those who'd like to hear Martin (pictured) in a slightly more intimate setting will have the chance when he plays a benefit for New City School on Saturday, May 17 in the Founder's Hall of the school, 5209 Waterman Blvd in the Central West End. "Jazz It Up - An Evening With Peter Martin" begins at 6:30…
  • Jazz this week: Poncho Sanchez, Catherine Russell, The Cunninghams, and more

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    As Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 continues past the halfway point, the live performance calendar this week in St. Louis includes several touring performers visiting our town, the return of a veteran of Gaslight Square, and the usual variety of activity from local musicians. Let's go to the highlights...Tonight, percussionist Poncho Sanchez and his band (pictured) open a four-night engagement continuing through Saturday at Jazz at the Bistro. One of the standard-bearers for mainstream Latin jazz, Sanchez' group over the years has consistently offered satisfying grooves topped with engaging…
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    Jazz Blues Florida - Florida's Online Guide to Live Jazz & Blues in at JazzBluesFlorida.com

  • Arts Garage Presents The Jazz Professors, Lead by Jeff Rupert, this Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Jazz Blues Florida
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    View as web page.Arts Garage180 NE First Street, Delray Beach FL 33444$25-$35 Adv/$5 more at door. Limited seating.(561) 450-6357  www.ArtsGarage.org MAPBYOW ~ Bring Your Own Whatever!Bottle of wine or other favorite beverage,hor d’oeuvres or munchies,making the cultural experience affordable to all!SEE FULL SCHEDULEJazz Professors | Jazz  Sat 4/26, 8pmTICKETSGrammy winning Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist, a record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, full professor, and Director of Jazz Studies at UCF.
  • Eldar Trio to Perform at Crest Theatre in Delray Beach May 23, 2014 - ONLY Florida Appearance this Season!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:42 pm
    This is show is the ONLY Florida opportunity to see this great talent this season.GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!Marc Freeman PresentsThe Eldar Djangirov TrioFriday, May 23, 2014 Time: 8:00 PMCrest Theatre atDelray Beach Center for the Arts51 N. Swinton AvenueDelray Beach, Florida 33444MAPTICKETS LINKBox Office: 561-243-7922 X1 EVENT INFO LINKWe are proud to present the ONLY Floridaappearance this season by the internationally acclaimed virtuoso jazz pianist EldarDjangirov. He will be joined in this intimate concert performance space by his recording and touring band mates Armando Gola who…
  • Little Jake & The Soul Searchers - Soulfully yours in Jacksonville this weekend and more big shows coming soon!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    'Mr. Excitement’ Little Jakeand The Soul SearchersGet on those dancin'  shoesand burn up some SOUL!Saturday, April 26, 20148:00pm 'til Midnight (doors open 7:30pm)Only $10 cover for the time of your life!Jazzland1324 University BlvdJacksonville, FL 32211 (904)240-1009    jazzlandcafe.com MAP$10 General AdmissionFACEBOOK EVENT~ Upcoming Performances ~12th Annual Gainesville Jazz FestivalSaturday May 3, 2014The Square of Tioga Town Center105 South 128th StreetNewberry, FL 32669(Just West of Gainesville)CLOSING THE SHOW!  ~ 10:00pm - 11:00pm(904)240-1009  …
  • 2014 JUS` BLUES Music Awards Event Announced for July 31 through Aug 2 at Horseshoe Casino and Resort in Mississippi

    Jazz Blues Florida
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Make plans to be at the 14th Annual Jus` Blues Music Foundation Awards Conference July 31st to August 2nd, 2014  as we acknowledge the accomplishments of today's Blues and Soul Music living legends, radio personalities, industry professionals and some of today's brightest artist who continue to expand Blues & Soul music. HORSESHOE RESORT1021 Casino Center Dr, Robinsonville, MS 38664www.horseshoetunica.comRESERVATIONSThe Night Of The Living Legends Awards is honoring Living Legends, the Legendary Blues & Soul artist Blue Lovett & Gerald Alston of the Manhattans, Tutu…
  • Visions of...(burgers, blues, and what else, Allen Kanovsky? - Plenty to take in at The Funky Biscuit!)

    Jazz Blues Florida
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Submitted by Al Kanovsky 04/22/14...The Funky Biscuit's $5 hamburger special danced in my head. A healthy sized burger with and ample side of freshmade french fries, pickle, lettuce, onion and tomato. Top it off with a dyn-o-mite BLUES jam and a couple of musical surprises and you know why I headed to the Biscuit last night. First I called the like-wise chromosome damaged Jimmy Belize to invite him along. Dave Shelley (guitar/vocals) leads the house band on Monday nights. With Dave are BLUES stars Charlie Gaspar on bass, Randy Ridenouer at the drums and Jimmy Powers V playing…
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  • Happy 450th Birthday William Shakespeare with Sir John and Dame Cleo. O Mistress Mine (1961)

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:17 pm
  • Sunday Nights at The Griffin in Whetstone - A Jazz Bar in N20

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Stephen Plumb wrote in to tell us about a jazz bar in N20 called The Griffin. The Griffin is a long established public house on the main drag through Finchley/Whetstone to Barnet - the old Great North Road. The pub is only is a few minutes stroll from Totteridge and Whetstone Station on the Northern Line. The landlord/manager is a guy named Matt Hope who, when not pulling pints and keeping the Brewery's accounts straight, is a time-served trumpeter and graduate of Leeds College of Music. Simply put, the Griffin is a musician's dream; having as it does, a musician landlord. Matt has a number…
  • Report: 2014 La Linea Festival. 3rd April - 2nd May

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    La Linea Festival(Various London Venues. 3rd April-2nd May2014. Report and photographs by John L Walters)As promoter Andy Wood pointed out as he introduced the bands at Koko, his La Linea festival coincides with the onset of hay fever. Though there are undoubtedly a few within the World Music cognoscenti who claim allergies to ‘jazz’ or ‘world-jazz’, it is hard to imagine the broadly ‘Latin’ music in the three gigs I witnessed stirring mind and body without a strong dose of jazz spirit.Ed Motta at the Union Chapel, April 2014Photo credit: John L WaltersEd Motta (above) is a…
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in UK, 20 June to 2nd July - Tour Dates and Barbican Residency

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    Wynton Marsalis in Glasgow 2010.Photo Credit Willliam Ellis .All rights ReservedThe Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis will be in the UK from June 20th  to July 2nd.They will perform seven dates outside London, the programme celebrating the Blue Note Label in its 75th year. The orchestra will then be resident at the Barbican and also be working with the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning Department for the third time with projects in eight East London boroughs.Tour Dates1) OUT - OF - LONDONFriday 20 June | 8:00PM / Harrogate International Festivals Saturday 21…
  • Harold Sanditen previews Open Mic 1st Birthday (24/4), Group Show (4/5), Flyin' High (2 & 3/5) - at Crazy Coqs

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:14 am
    Sebastian interviewed Oklahoma-born cabaret singer HAROLD SANDITEN who hosts the Thursday Late Night Open Mic at Crazy Coqs, by email: Sebastian Scotney: Harold congratulations , you've been running the Thursday late night Open mic at Crazy Coqs. Do you have a celebration planned? Harold Sanditen: Yes - we have our first birthday party on Thursday, 24th April. Doors open at 10 pm when I start taking sign ups for performers, and the music begins at 10.30 on the dot. We normally finish at midnight, but we'll go later than usual, up to 1 am to accommodate all the performers. I have a no…
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    JazzWorldQuest - Jazz News With A Global Perspective

  • Alex García's AfroMantra "This Side of Mestizaje" CD Release Party @The New York City Business Club on Friday, May 2nd 7PM

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Alex García's AfroMantra "This Side of Mestizaje" CD Release Party@The New York City Business Club Friday, May 2nd 7-10 PMFeaturingOle Mathisen-soprano saxMike Eckroth- pianistAriel de la Portilla- bass,Alex García-drums, arrangements and compositions  Ok, listen up everybody. This new CD by AFROMANTRA/Alex Garcia, is so hot, that it burns the delights of all senses. From beginning to end, Alex Garcia and all the members of AFROMANTRA, demostrate once again, that this a very serious group to pay attention to. -  Ivan Acosta Latin Jazz USA  THIS…
  • MoonJune releases the new cd of TOHPATI feat. Jimmy Haslip & Chad Wackerman

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    MoonJune is releasing the new studio album of the Indonesian guitar master TOHPATI featuring JIMMY HASLIP (guitar) and CHAD WACKERMAN (drums). "Tribal Dance" is the 11th album of Indonesian artists on MJR, and the 6th featuring Tohpati.Dear MoonJune Friends in MusicWith Tohpati’s 3rd release (2nd as a trio) on MoonJune, recorded in Los Angeles in September 2013, we see the Beckian progressive metal riffing of 2012’s Tohpati Bertiga ”_Riot_” supplanted by a pairing of compositional dexterity along with the unique guitar voice that is the essence of Tohpati, one of Indonesia's most…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Guitarist OSCAR PENAS Showcases Diverse Cultural Influences with Release of, "Music of Departures and Returns"

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
     AVAILABLE NOW via Musikoz:Guitarist OSCAR PEÑAS Showcases Diverse Cultural Influences with Release of Music of Departures and Returns Featuring Special Guests Esperanza Spalding, Gil Goldstein and Paquito D'Rivera     "Oscar is a beautiful player with a totally unique sense of sound and color in his writing." - Esperanza Spalding"Oscar Peñas has a very well-traveled musical passport. Born in Spain, he sounds like a  citizen of the world, crossing musical borders with quick and sure footing. I have seen his style develop…
  • SPAIN: David Liebman & Ellery Eskelin Quartet en Getxo el 26 de abril

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    DAVID LIEBMAN & ELLERY ESKELIN QUARTET "DIFFERENT BUT THE SAME"DAVID LIEBMAN, saxos tenor y soprano. ELLERY ESKELIN, saxo tenor. TONY MARINO, bajo. JIM BLACK, batería y percusión.26/4/14 Festival de Jazz de Getxo, Homenaje a Pío Lindegaard, Escuela de Música Andrés Isasi de Las Arenas, Getxo, 20:00hDifferent But The Same es el encuentro de dos grandes saxofonistas: David Liebman y Ellery Eskelin. Aunque ambos empezaron sus carreras artísticas en épocas distintas (Eskelin fue incluso alumno de Liebman) hace ocho años decidieron trabajar juntos y hasta la fecha han grabado tres…
  • Florin Raducanu & Friends play Parker, Monk, Coltrane & Music of the World for International Jazz Day at Porgy and Bess Jazz Club, Vienna, Austria, April 30th

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    Florin Raducanu & Friends play Parker, Monk, Coltrane & Music of the World for International Jazz Day at Porgy and Bess Jazz Club, Vienna, Austria, April 30thhttp://www.jazzworldquest.com/florin_raducanu.html
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    Free Jazz Lessons

  • How Youtube Jazz Sensation Jacob Collier Creates Music

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
    As many of the regular readers of this site already know, I love jazz arranging! As jazz pianists, it’s important that you learn how to take a basic lead sheet of a song (just chords and melody) and bring it to life. It’s literally a requirement for the style. That’s why I’m constantly going through jazz standards and reinventing them. It’s such a necessary skill to have that I make it a regular part of my practice routine. The more life you can get out of basic fake book the more expressive you can be! That’s why a good jazz piano lesson is also often…
  • Top 10 Piano Practice Tools That I Use That I Can’t Live Without

    16 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    A lot of people ask me what pieces of gear and tools I use to help me practice piano. I’m very much a 21st century jazz pianist. So, I use a lot of technology to help me improve as a musician. Mixing in technology with my regular mix of self discipline, commitment, and the psychology of learning has been an incredible accelerator for my growth. Not only does technology help me become a better player way more quickly but it helps me create all my products and free blog tips with the 60,000 monthly visitors to this site! It’s a win across the board. So, I decided to write a post and…
  • How To Play Jazz Piano: Chord Substitutions Lesson 1

    23 Feb 2014 | 2:20 pm
    In this jazz piano tutorial we’re going to learn a cool technique that you can use to decorate chords that are held for long periods of time. Click here to view the video on YouTube. This technique will work particularly well over dominant chords but you can eventually apply the technique to pretty much any type of jazz piano chord. The reason we’re choosing dominant chords here is that there are a ton of jazz tunes that feature dominant chords for extended periods of time. For example, you’ll see extended dominants in tunes like There Is No Greater Love, I Got Rhythm,…
  • 2 Ear Training Exercises That Will Help You Hear Chord Progressions More Easily

    17 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    This lesson is the first in a series which presents a method for learning tunes while also developing your ear. The tune “Autumn Leaves” is used as an example. I first learned this ear training method in a masterclass taught by the great alto saxophonist, Phil Woods. Phil sat down at the piano and played the first 8 bars of “Autumn Leaves.” At the end, he smiled and said, “There’s the history of Western music in 8 bars.” He was somewhat joking, but his point was that in eight bars you have harmonic motion from subdominant, to dominant, resolving to tonic both in major and…
  • How To Learn Jazz Songs The Right Way

    2 Feb 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Today we’re going to talk about one of the biggest mistakes that beginner jazz piano players make when they learn jazz standards. By the end of this short lesson you’ll know how to learn jazz songs on a much deeper level. Let’s get started learning (video, notation, and tips below). The Fake Book Dilemma If you’ve recently sat down to learn a jazz standard you’ve most likely used a fakebook. Fakebooks can be a useful tool in certain ways. But, if you’re using a fake book as your ONLY tool for learning a tune you’re making a classic beginner mistake.
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    News - Marlbank

  • Dozens of venues join the Derry jazz trail

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    Next week's City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival features an extensive Guinness Jazz Trail that involves more than 60 venues putting on mostly free-entry jazz and related styles in the city over the five days’ duration of the festival, which begins on Thursday 1 May running up to and over the bank holiday weekend. Curtis Stigers headlines the ticketed events as previously reported appearing in the Spiegeltent at Guildhall Square; and also appearing are bass star Kyle Eastwood; top London jazz singer Cleveland Watkiss known for his work in recent years with Blacktop and Julian Joseph;…
  • June release for Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden duo album Last Dance

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am
      Confirmed for a 16 June UK release there's a new duo album on the way from Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden, ECM has confirmed. A sister album to the intimate Jasmine from 2010, Last Dance, like Jasmine, was recorded at Jarrett’s home studio in New Jersey. The material featured on the album includes ‘’Round Midnight’, ‘Dance of the Infidels’, ‘My Old Flame’, ‘My Ship’, and ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’ as well as ‘Everything Happens To Me’ and ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye.’ Alternate takes of Jasmine tracks ‘Where Can I Go Without You’ and ‘Goodbye’ also…
  • Endresen and Bang to play the MAC

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    The remarkable duo of experimental vocalist Sidsel Endresen and live sampler Jan Bang, seen above performing together in Grenoble, are to appear at next month’s Sonorities Festival in Belfast. The concert takes place in the MAC on 2 May.
  • Neil Cowley Kneel Down video released

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Here's a video for ‘Kneel Down’ the opening track from the as-yet-unreleased Neil Cowley Trio album Touch and Flee. Before the album’s release in June Cowley is working with a group of 30 young people as part of the Nerve Centre’s Music Hothouse programme, in preparation for a live performance in the Craft Village at this year's City of Derry Jazz and Big Festival on Saturday 3 May. The trio will tour this autumn.
  • Max Luthert to debut with Orbital

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Peter Edwards trio and Partikel double bassist Max Luthert is to release his debut album Orbital in the autumn it’s emerged. And, above, you can see the cover of the sextet album, which is to be released by Whirlwind Recordings in late-October. Engineered by saxophonist Derek Nash at his studio Clowns Pocket, and whose own latest Sax Appeal album Funkerdeen is due soon, Luthert is joined on Orbital by flautist Gareth Lockrane, Partikel tenor saxophonist Duncan Eagles, alto saxophonist Séb Pipe, pianist Matt Robinson, and drummer Dave Hamblett.
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