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  • Jazz Her Way: Nancy Wilson In The 1960s

    Night Lights Classic Jazz
    David Brent Johnson
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Wilson's records blended big-band and small-group elements with pop orchestration and doses of soul that could be both big-city hip and suburban cool.
  • James Brandon Lewis - Days of a Freeman (Okeh, 2015)

    Music and More
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:11 pm
    James Brandon Lewis is an up and coming saxophonist who turned quite a few heads with last years album Devine Travels, and proceeds to explore another angle by adding elements of spoken word and hip-hop to his music. The spoken word sections are nostalgic reflections on life and spirituality, and the funkiness is brought through his compositions and the support of the extraordinary electric bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and omnipresent drummer Rudy Royston. After a spoken introduction, “Brother 1976” develops a funky feel with the trio moving through the music as Royston sets an excellent…
  • Mosaic Records To Release Mother Of All Lester Young Box Sets

    Night Lights Classic Jazz
    David Brent Johnson
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    The most comprehensive portrait of Lester Young in his prime that's ever been assembled.
  • Terri Lyne Carrington Makes A Musical 'Mosaic,' With A Focus On Women

    Jazz : NPR
    NPR Staff
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The drummer, composer and bandleader's latest album, The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul, is part of her ongoing effort to showcase women in jazz.» E-Mail This
  • CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: London Gypsy Jazz Venue Needs Your Support

    Jazz Music News
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    Londona€(TM)s home of Gypsy swing, Le QuecumBar: The Hot of Club of London, has in the face of adversity come up with ambitious plans to take the top spot of becoming the UKa€(TM)s favourite live music venue and jazz club. e: Le QuecumBar was established from a dream and a glass of wine on the banks of the Seine in France, and since then, for 13 years ita€(TM)s been showcasing the music of the maestro, m: Django Reinhardt and other musicians from the vintage era, seven nights a week! Le Que has become a hot spot for regular customers and tourists from all over the…
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    Jazz Music News

  • CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: London Gypsy Jazz Venue Needs Your Support

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    Londona€(TM)s home of Gypsy swing, Le QuecumBar: The Hot of Club of London, has in the face of adversity come up with ambitious plans to take the top spot of becoming the UKa€(TM)s favourite live music venue and jazz club. e: Le QuecumBar was established from a dream and a glass of wine on the banks of the Seine in France, and since then, for 13 years ita€(TM)s been showcasing the music of the maestro, m: Django Reinhardt and other musicians from the vintage era, seven nights a week! Le Que has become a hot spot for regular customers and tourists from all over the…
  • RECORDING: Trio \ Def (Drouin/Eagles/Froman) Release Debut Album

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Groove-laden tracks, textural scenarios, and multi-hued passages are all front and center on (Drouin/Eagles/Froman)a€'the debut album from m: trio \ DEF. The cooperative threesome of bassist Marc-Andre Drouin, guitarist m: Wayne Eagles, and drummer m: Ian Froman digs deep, delivering music thata€(TM)s alternately menacing and disarming, barbed and beautiful, and patient and restless. High-octane jams, earthy encounters, and airy ideals all come to the fore at one time or another as this band takes flight on this compelling date...
  • BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Bennett

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:59 pm
    All About Jazz is celebrating Tony Bennett's birthday today! Tony Bennett turns 80 this year and amidst the tributes, honors and accolades, the world\'s most down- to-earth living legend is celebrating this milestone the same way he essentially lives his life: enjoying each moment to the fullest, weathering the storms with good cheer and optimism, and connecting to people everywhere through the magic of his music and the power of his art. "Mr. Bennett... Read more...
  • MUSIC INDUSTRY: Apple Music Streams Just 4% of Spotify's, Says Indie Distributor

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Since Apple isn't sharing and any stats provided during a 90 day free trial would be suspect, we have no real idea how well Apple Music is doing. A Tim Cook says "millions and millions"A and one report claims that 10 million have signed up for a free trial. But signing up and using Apple Music are two different things, as stats from one indie music distributor suggest...
  • VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six from Trombone Shorty

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today, we check in on the New Orleans multi-instrumentalist and singer Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, who's returning to St. Louis next weekend to play on Saturday, August 8 at Ballpark Village. Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue have been playing here once a year or so since 2008, turning up most recently last September as one of the headliners for LouFest in Forest Park. If you're not familiar with his back story, you can glean the essentials from the video showcase posted here before his November 2013 show at the Old Rock House...
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    Wynton Marsalis New

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Academy All-Stars LIVE at Castleton Festival

    24 Jul 2015 | 11:38 am
    This weekend, catch the Jazz at Lincoln Center Academy All-Stars – an octet led by Wynton Marsalis featuring: Marcus Printup (trumpet), Ted Nash (saxophone), Vincent Gardner (trombone) , Helen Sung (piano), James Chirillo (guitar), Rodney Whitaker (bass), and Ali Jackson (drums) – in concert on Livestream. Part of the inaugural season of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy – a two-week summer institute for advanced study in jazz performance – Summer Jazz Academy participants, some of the nation’s best high school jazz musicians, will also appear in…
  • Jazzed up about music education, Marsalis comes to Castleton

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:22 am
    Wynton Marsalis is a superstar in the jazz world: He has won nine Grammys, was the first jazz composer to win a Pulitzer Prize and has even graced the cover of Time magazine. Like many superstars, he’s also divisive. Some critics contend that he’s more entertainer, or populist, than artist. Critics, however, have not stopped Marsalis, who at 53 still retains the aura of the boy-whiz trumpet player and composer, from becoming one of the most recognized jazz artists in the world — and a tireless force for education. Last week, the Castleton Festival, in Rappahannock County, Va., welcomed…
  • Marsalis and JALC in warm surroundings in Skokie

    11 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has performed often in the Chicago area since 1992, the year of its first national tour – when it was called the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and presented a compelling all-Ellington program in Orchestra Hall. But never has this formidable ensemble played the intimate space it visited on Friday night. The opportunity to hear the band, led by Wynton Marsalis, in the close confines of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (which seats a little over 800) not surprisingly drew a capacity audience to the first of two sets. For those…
  • Aspen Ideas Festival closes on a high note

    5 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    The Greenwald Pavilion was nearly filled to capacity on Saturday as Aspen Ideas patrons watched Jon Batiste and Wynton Marsalis take the stage at the final discussion of the week-long festival. Batiste and Marsalis began the final discussion with a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner”, followed by “America, the Beautiful”. At other points, the duo played jazz and blues standards and discussed race. “In our country, our greatest challenge is for us to be together in spite of our history,” Marsalis said. Marc Freidberg a thirty-four year resident of Aspen and first-time Ideas…
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sony Launch Blue Engine Label

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:22 am
    Jazz at Lincoln Center has teamed up with Sony to create a new label, Blue Engine Records. Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis made the announcement at JALC’s performance complex in New York City during a July 1 launch party. Blue Engine will release a mix of new live and studio recordings, as well as drawing from a library of hundreds of archival recordings dating back to the organization’s founding in 1987. Marsalis described the venture as another way of fulfilling its mission to promote jazz worldwide. About a half-dozen releases are planned for the label’s first year,…
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    Commander Trombone

  • Mississippi Goddam

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
  • Larry McCabe’s Irish American (Full Album!)

    19 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    Larry McCabe A while back, I wrote about Larry McCabe’s EP, Irish American. I am pleased to say it’s now a full length album, and it is — as we say in the trades — completely bad-ass. As I write this, I’m quite certain that Larry would say that this recording project — in addition to being an education — has been a labor of love. (Of course, all recording projects are an education when the artist is truly involved, but I’m digressing.) To the point, love shows in the music, which ranges from hard rocking — O’Diddley, for example…
  • “Bone Masters” with Paul the Trombonist

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Trombonist Paul Nowell seems to exist in the weird intersection of trombone playing, education, clowning, employing a large stuffed banana as a sidekick, and constantly repeating a joke about tuna fish, tuning, or something like that. Possibly the most edifying of Nowell’s various forays on the internet is his recurring YouTube show called Bone Masters, in which he plays host to the trombone-famous. Through the magic of green screen, Bone Masters is often set against a pleasant tropical or nature scene, the pleasantness of which is possibly destroyed by all the tromboning (of course,…
  • Lawrence Brown with Duke Ellington in Montreal 1964

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    Sure — there are lots of things on the internet that you probably wouldn’t want to see, and many things that you’d probably want to un-see. Yes, as time goes on, they’ll be more and more demand for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [iTunes] technology. What’s posted here, however, likely won’t fall into that category: It’s a 1964 performance by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in Montreal for a Canadian TV program called Le Jazz Hot. Many of the Ellington stalwarts are here, including Cat Anderson, Harry Carney, Johnny Hodges, and trombonist Lawrence…
  • Dizzy and the Group on Jazz 625, 1966

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Dizzy Gillespie’s 1966 group, featuring James Moody (saxes, flute), Kenny Barron (piano), Christopher Wesley White (bass), and Rudy Collins (drums), on the BBC’s Jazz 625 program. The show was hosted by Humphrey Lyttelton. The previous year, the same group played the 3/27/65 Charlie Parker Memorial concert at Carnegie Hall. Here as there, Diz and the band are in great form. A few years earlier, Dizzy ran for president of the United States — you’ll see an audience member with one of the Dizzy Gillespie for President balloons.
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  • Guinga And Maria João In Ystad

    Doug Ramsey
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:11 am
    The international character of the Ystad Jazz Festival was enhanced—dramatically—in a concert by the Portuguese singer Maria João and the Brazilian guitarist Guinga. They performed in the venerable St. Mary’s Church on Ystad’s main square. João calls on folk music, avant-garde classical, Portuguese fado and other sources, but she is most often described as a […]
  • Ystad Festival: Rad Trads. Linnea Hall.

    Doug Ramsey
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:25 am
    The Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival is compact and tightly scheduled. In this ancient town on the Baltic shore at Sweden’s southern tip most of the concert sites are within easy walking distance of one another. Still, it would be possible to hear all of the festival’s music only at the price of sleeplessness and exhaustion. […]
  • The Ystad Festival Is Underway

    Doug Ramsey
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    The Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival is into its third full day. The concerts are scheduled so tightly that this is my first chance to break away to post a report. The weather in southern Sweden has alternated between rain, overcast skies and sunshine. During a break in the clouds, the courtyard of the ancient Per […]
  • Weekend Extra: Johnny Hodges

    Doug Ramsey
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Thanks to Michael Cuscuna and Mosaic Records for the reminder that yesterday, Johnny Hodges (1906-1970) would have celebrated his 109th birthday. Hodges’ alto saxophone (and in his early career the soprano sax) were so closely associated with Duke Ellington’s orchestra, it is easy to assume that’s where he started. In fact, he left his native […]
  • Recent Listening: JD Allen, Katie Thiroux

    Doug Ramsey
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    JD Allen, Graffiti (Savant) Intrepid as ever in his power, cohesiveness and brevity of expression, tenor saxophonist JD Allen returns to the trio format that gives him all he needs as a soloist and a composer. Allen, bassist Greg August and drummer Rudy Royston are once again alone together in an album that has obstacle […]
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  • August beginnings to our local jazz (Live jazz in ROC, July 30-August 5)

    Greg Bell
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Get it? Well, anyway, there is some live jazz out there in the heat we're experiencing, including at the Park Ave Arts Festival down the street from where I live. Putting up the Don't Park Here/Park Here signs for my street tomorrow evening, in fact.  Help me get the word out about Jazz@Rochester. Let those you know who love hearing live jazz in and around Rochester about the site and join us here or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. If you prefer, sign up to get the posts via email by clicking on the image of the site coming out of the envelope in the middle column. You will not…
  • Closing out July with jazz gigs in Rochester ... (Live jazz in ROC, July 23-29)

    Greg Bell
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Do you love a new jazz CD you've heard been listening to recently? Would you like to write a guest CD review for Jazz@Rochester?  Please click on the Contact Us button above and let's talk about sharing it with my readers.... Help me get the word out about Jazz@Rochester. Let those you know who love hearing live jazz in and around Rochester about the site and join us here or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. If you prefer, sign up to get the posts via email by clicking on the image of the site coming out of the envelope in the middle column. You will not get spammed (I'm…
  • Summertime in Rochester and live jazz is running hot and cool (Live jazz in ROC, July 16-22)

    Greg Bell
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    I know there is more out there, but this time of year it's hard to keep track.  Please help me get the word out about Jazz@Rochester. Let those you know love live jazz in and around Rochester about the site and join us here or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. If you prefer, sign up to get the posts via email by clicking on the image of the site coming out of the envelope in the middle column.  After the "fold" (if there is one) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. Let me know if I missed anything.  Check back later in the week for…
  • The dog days of summer? (Live jazz in ROC, July 9-15)

    Greg Bell
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    I suspect that a lot of live jazz gigs around Rochester  in the next week are at festivals in the area or beyond (other than the Corn Hill fest here in Rochester, which I've included), or private gigs.  As always, if you know of something I've missed, drop me a line (click on the Contact Us button above). The XRIJF folks are hoping you'll take their survey about this year's festival before they close it this Friday. I hear from those who have that one question is about whether you'd still get a Club Pass if Kilbourn Hall concerts were separately ticketed events. You…
  • Back to your regular programming ... live jazz throughout the year in ROC (July 2-8)

    Greg Bell
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Image by Studio MIchaelino Now that we've reached the first Wednesday after the Rochester International Jazz Festival is done, it's back to your regular programming here on Jazz@Rochester.  If you want to check out my posts from the festival, click on the Category XRIJF 2015 in the middle column. I'll head over to Havana Moe's (like every afternoon during XRIJF, as the image to the right attests) to try to write a wrap up post sometime soon with my thoughts on this year's festival, but feel free to talk about it in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook. Please…
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  • Jesus Is On The Main Line by Areosmith

    12 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    I just love this old gospel song, and I love how Areosmith does it, nice and traditional. I bet you did not expect that...
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme by Samauraiguitarist and Gagne

    11 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    "Ever wonder what the theme to Fresh Prince would've sounded like if Will came from down in the Mississippi delta?"Well Samuraiguitarist and Jeff Gagne did, and I like their cover version. 
  • Wedlock Is A Padlock by Laura Lee

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:26 pm
    I like the play on words, in the title of this song.
  • Cool Pic - Louie, Paul and the Duke

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    This picture of Louis Armstrong, Paul Newman and Duke Ellington made me smile.  I saw it @ AmericanBluesScene on Facebook
  • Thoughts On Taylor Swift.

    8 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Would someone please tell Taylor Swift, that if her music is not on Spotify, then I probably want be listening to her.And I say that realizing that she is not aiming her music at people in my demographic (50 somethings who mostly listen to blues music), but I have listened to her music in the past.  Posted her music in some of my other blogs, and even promoted some of her albums.  I really liked her earlier music.Her songs, before this last album, were in some of the playlist that I subscribe to, and I got to hear some of that music.  Too much like pop music for me though.Her…
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    3 Aug 2015 | 4:47 am
    A fairly well-known (now obscure?) pop song from 1951 is the text for my mellow sermon for today: This ten-inch Decca recording — more than fifty years old now — which I guard tenderly — is the music of my childhood that has never disappointed me. Another issue: And just because the photograph of Louis and Gordon turned up on eBay ( I know nothing about the  photograph below it) here it is once again: Since my dear friend Ricky Riccardi is in New Orleans for the 2015 Satchmo Summerfest, I asked his permission and checked with his legal staff and was allowed a one-time…

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:51 am
    When you encounter beauty, when you experience art, you know it. When my San Francisco jazz friend Barb Hauser visited New York for Christmas of 2004-5, she brought me the disc you see above.  She had been at some of the recording sessions and thought I would like the music.  Barb was only slightly incorrect in this: I loved the music.  I was then writing reviews for The Mississippi Rag and I believe I asked Leslie Johnson if I could review this. Hearing Melissa Collard sing was a seriously life-enhancing experience. Melissa has an easy rock to her rhythm, where nothing is forced.  She…

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:26 am
    From the JAZZ LIVES Collection (currently on display in the JAZZ LIVES kitchen) I’d love to have this Gang in my neighborhood: paying tribute to Adrian Rollini, they make beauty, not violence.  This session took place at the 2014 Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party, and the “New York Gang” evoked five classic recordings with connections to Rollini from 1928 to 1934.  They were Frans Sjostrom, bass sax / leader; Morten Gunnar Larsen, piano; Jacob Ullberger, guitar; Nick Ball, drums; Duke Heitger, trumpet; Lars Frank, tenor saxophone; Kristoffer Kompen, trombone. IF I HAD YOU (if…

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    To some, Fraunces Tavern at 54 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan is most famous as the spot where George Washington held a farewell dinner for his troops in 1789.  Others like it because of their wonderfully extensive beer list and straightforward food — nice servers always, too.  Also, it’s a fine place to bring the family if you’re coming or going to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty. For me, it’s a little-known hot spot of rhythm on Saturday afternoons from 1-4. I came there a few months ago to enjoy the hot music of Emily Asher’s Garden Party Trio [plus…

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    If you have been living a normal life away from the computer — normal for a warm late July — and have been sitting by the pool rather than following this thread, I understand. Here and here are the first two chapters of this saga, including leisurely uplifting versions of WHEN YOU AND I WERE YOUNG, MAGGIE; THAT DA DA STRAIN; IF WE NEVER MEET AGAIN. These performances happened on September 19, 2014, at the Allegheny Jazz Party  — whichwill happily take place this year from September 10-13, at the very comfortable Inter-Continental Hotel on Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland,…
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    Music and More

  • James Brandon Lewis - Days of a Freeman (Okeh, 2015)

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:11 pm
    James Brandon Lewis is an up and coming saxophonist who turned quite a few heads with last years album Devine Travels, and proceeds to explore another angle by adding elements of spoken word and hip-hop to his music. The spoken word sections are nostalgic reflections on life and spirituality, and the funkiness is brought through his compositions and the support of the extraordinary electric bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and omnipresent drummer Rudy Royston. After a spoken introduction, “Brother 1976” develops a funky feel with the trio moving through the music as Royston sets an excellent…
  • Amir ElSaffar - Crisis - (Pi-Recordings, 2015)

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Trumpeter and vocalist Amir ElSaffar’s album Crisis by his Two Rivers Ensemble chronicles his continuing exploration of the juncture between jazz and music of the Middle East. The ensemble consists of Nasheet Waits on drums, Carlo DeRosa on bass, Tareq Abboushi on buzuq (a long-necked lute), Zafer Tawil on oud and percussion and Ole Mathisen on saxophone. “Introduction - From the Ashes” leads off the album with heavy drums as the group comes blasting out sounding vital and immediate with the strings and brash horns accompanied by emotional singing. Strings and percussion usher in “The…
  • Albert Mangelsdorff - Albert Live in Montreux (MPS Records, 2015)

    1 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff was considered a major innovator on his instrument, not just on the European free improvisation scene but also worldwide. He performed in a wide range of settings from solo to big band with some of the finest musicians of the era. On this live recording from the 1980 Montreux Jazz Festival, drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson and bassist J. F. Jenny-Clarke join him. “Dear Mr. Palmer” starts off with bleats of brass and bass as the band joins together for some thoughtful interplay. Blasts of trombone build choppily unaccompanied in open space. The bass and drums…
  • 2015 Downbeat Reader's Poll Ballot

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Downbeat Magazine’s Reader’s Poll follows its usual format of using a web-based survey, where they suggest a large number of musicians per category and than allow for write-in votes. Results should be published in their November issue.Hall of Fame: Thomas ChapinJazz Artist: Matthew ShippJazz Group: Henry Threadgill’s ZooidBig Band: Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star OrchestraJazz Album: Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth – EpicenterJazz Re-Issue: Sonny Rollins w/ Don Cherry - Live at the Village Gate 1962 (write-in)Trumpet: Rob MazurekTrombone: Jeb BishopSoprano Saxophone: Sam NewsomeAlto…
  • Charles Gayle Trio - Christ Everlasting (ForTune Records, 2015)

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Charles Gayle, tenor saxophonist and pianist, has long been one of the most fascinating figures on the New York City free jazz scene. Moving from Buffalo to New York in the early 1970's, he fell on hard times, enduring lengthy stretches of homelessness for the next twenty years. He began recording regularly in the late 1980's playing torrid free jazz influenced by his extreme evangelical Christianity. This album was recorded live at a Polish jazz club in 2014 and has Gayle supported by Ksawery Wojcinski on bass and Klaus Kugel on drums. What is particularly interesting is the mix of music,…
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    Casa Valdez Studios

  • Kevin Sun's Jazz Blog

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:37 am
    Kevin Sun has an interesting article on Mark Turner on his blog A Horizontal Search, as well as an archive of great transcriptions. Transcriptions
  • Jimmy Mosher live recordings

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
  • Bob Mover/George Colligan live

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
  • The Pocket Herb- the genius of Herb Pomeroy

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    The teacher who had the biggest influence on me during my time at Berklee was Heb Pomeroy. I was quite fortunate to play in his Concert Jazz Orchestra for three years, as well as a few semesters in his Line-Writing band and his small combo. Herb was a true master composer, arranger, educator, improvisor and band leader. His influence of how modern Jazz harmony, composition and arranging can not be overstated. For instance, for many years the Altered Dominant scale was called the Pomeroy scale. Unfortunately I never took any of Herb's composition and arranging classes, which I have always…
  • Doug Webb Clinic

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    I posted Doug Webb's substitutions a while back, but never got around to editing the audio from the clinic. I figured that I should just post the raw audio tracks, or I'd never get around to editing the tracks. There is a lot of great information here, but it is kind of long. Near the end of the clinic Doug Plays through the entire page of his substitutions, which is really fantastic.(Click for a larger version)Doug Webb improv clinic- part 1Doug Webb improv clinic- part 2
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    The Jazzcat

  • Click and Listen to The Jazzcat’s July 25th show on 89.9 FM KCRW!!

    14 Jul 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Hello Beautiful Jazz People! Once again back on the air at 89.9 FM KCRW.COM sitting in for Bo Leibowitz spinning a menagerie of sonic brilliance by many unsung heroes of the music! Click Picture above for 3 fantastic hours of JAZZ!!!! It is an intentional, mental foray into brain, body and sound; spontaneously crafted from organic creativity leading you down the black hole of euphoric ponder. An experience, not just songs played on the radio. What does it all mean? I won’t even know until after the nebulous sonnet has concluded. I’m just sayin’ tune in for a great…
  • Make Music Los Angeles Mass Appeal Events today!!!!!

    21 Jun 2015 | 12:59 am
  • Make Music LA Concerts June 21st All Over Los Angeles!!!!

    20 Jun 2015 | 7:58 pm
  • Listen to the 3 Hour Tribute to Ornette Coleman with The Jazzcat and Bo Leibowitz on KCRW

    11 Jun 2015 | 9:06 pm
     Click on any picture above to listen to the 3 hour tribute to the Great Ornette Coleman Bo Lebowitz and LeRoy Downs spinning a musical tribute to one of the most daring, path carving, brilliant innovators in Jazz, Mr. Ornette Coleman. His inspiration has lead many on the search inside themselves for true, honest,original  sound! The Texas Blues! May his soul rest in peace! If you missed,  click on pictures up top and join us again! Originally broadcast @ 3AM  Friday Night / Saturday Morning on 89.9 FM KCRW.Com  on Strictly Jazz!!   Bo Leibowitz and LeRoy Downs trading sets, sharing…
  • LeRoy Downs Hosting Munyungo Jackson’s Jungle Jazz at The Blue Whale!

    4 Jun 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Saturday June 6th Jungle Jazz At The Blue Whale     Euro Zambrano, Karen Briggs, Jimmy Haslip With your host LeRoy Downs
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  • JazzWax Turns 8!

    Marc Myers
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Eight years ago today, I launched JazzWax. At the time, my dear friend Terry Teachout insisted I start a blog, so I did. Back when Terry and I had free time, we used to meet periodically on Saturday mornings to listen to jazz for several hours. When I took Terry up on his challenge, I decided to blog six days a week, an unheard of pace at the time, but I've kept that promise to myself and to readers ever since. For the first three years, I could squeeze time out of my schedule and interviewed every jazz great I loved and could get my hands on, starting with Louie Bellson in September 2007.
  • Weekend Wax Bits

    Marc Myers
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    For openers this weekend, here's Oscar Peterson in October 1964 on the U.K.'s Jazz 625 TV show (dig Ray Brown!)...   In the Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed TV actress Susan Lucci on why she lives so close to her childhood home in Garden City, N.Y. and the traumatic event that changed her life (go here). I also interviewed Dr. Phil on the song he listened to when he was homeless in Kansas City (go here). Louis Armstrong radio. WKCR-New York will be presenting a 24-hour special playing the music of Louis Armstrong on Tuesday, August 4. The date was chosen as a result of the…
  • Shelly Manne: Speak Low, 1962

    Marc Myers
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    As you know, I often like to end the week with perfection—a video of music that completely knocks me out. Well, I'm still on a Shelly Manne kick. Here's drummer Shelly Manne and His Men (tenor saxophonist Richie Kamuca, trumpeter Conte Candoli, pianist Russ Freeman and bassist Monty Budwig) playing Speak Low on Oscar Brown Jr.'s Jazz Scene USA in 1962...         Related StoriesInterview: Mrs. Shelly Manne 
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    St. Louis Jazz Notes

  • Music Education Monday: Standard tunes every jazz musician should know

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:52 pm
    If you spend any time at all around jazz as either a musician or a listener, it won't be long before you read something or hear someone discussing "jazz standards" or just "standards." Which in turn may prompt one to ask, what is a standard, and why are they important? Simply put, a "standard" is a composition that gets played, recorded and/or requested frequently enough that professional musicians are expected to know it, preferably by memory.A standard may have originated as part of a Broadway show or movie, as with much of what's often called "the Great American Songbook." It may have been…
  • Miles on Monday: More Newport box set reviews, Glasper remixing Miles, and more

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    If it's Monday, that means it's time for the latest in Miles Davis-related news: * This past weekend's Newport Jazz Festival commemorated the 60th anniversary of Davis' first performance at the event with a variety of performances and special events, and radio station WBUR in Boston interviewed the festival's impresario George Wein (pictured, with Davis) about his experiences with the trumpeter. * Also on the Newport front, as promised last week, here are links to more reviews of the recently released box set Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: "So instead of being…
  • Sunday Session: August 2, 2015

    2 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    Wayne ShorterFor your Sunday reading, here are some interesting music-related items that have hit StLJN's inbox over the past week:* Maria Schneider, nature poet of jazz (Boston Globe)* Air Canada Refuses Cello as They Were ‘Not Told in Advance’ (The Violin Channel)* What you need to show to carry an instrument on an aircraft (Slipped Disc) * From vrrrramp to snikt: exploring sci-fi's most iconic sound effects (HopesAndFears.com)* The next Web standard could be music notation (CreateDigitalMusic.com)* The Tragedy of iTunes and Classical Music (The Atlantic)* Frank Zappa's Family Plans…
  • Recently on Heliocentric Worlds

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    It's the first of the month, and that means it's time once again to check in with StLJN's sibling site Heliocentric Worlds, where every day we post a different online music video, drawing on genres including jazz, blues, soul, funk, classic rock, prog rock, experimental, and more. The most-viewed videos added to the site last month were: Buddy Tate - Live at the Molde Jazz FestivalThe Spinners - Live on SoundstageHerbie Mann - "Memphis Underground"Sunnyland Slim - "I Ain't Gonna Be Worried No More"Joni Mitchell - "Big Yellow Taxi"Other recent posts have included video featuring performances…
  • StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six from Trombone Shorty

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    Today, we check in on the New Orleans multi-instrumentalist and singer Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, who's returning to St. Louis next weekend to play on Saturday, August 8 at Ballpark Village.Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue have been playing here once a year or so since 2008, turning up most recently last September as one of the headliners for LouFest in Forest Park. If you're not familiar with his back story, you can glean the essentials from the video showcase posted here before his November 2013 show at the Old Rock House. Today, though, you can see some more recent…
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    Jazz Blues Florida - Florida's Online Guide to Live Jazz & Blues in at JazzBluesFlorida.com

  • Internationally Acclaimed Jazz & Blues Artist Longineu Parsons Now Booking 2015-16 Concerts, Festivals & Events

    Jazz Blues Florida
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    View as webpage.Longineu ParsonsWorld Class Artistry & Entertainmentin Multiple Presentation Formats! - Longineu's REAL Jazz Experience!- 21 Blue - Blues for the 21st Century- Tribute to Louis Armstrong- Cotton Club Revue- Tribute to The Adderley BrothersNOW BOOKING FLORIDA, USA, AND INTERNATIONAL CONCERTS, FESTIVALSAND CORPORATE EVENTS THROUGH 2016CONTACT & BOOKINGSTribal Recordshttp://www.tribaldisorder.comEXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATION byBlade Agencyhttp://www.bladeagency.comCharles Steadham, Responsible Agent Phone: (800)367-1700Promotional distribution to our…
  • Gil Anthony's Blues Power Top 30 for August 2015

    Jazz Blues Florida
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    BLUES POWER w/ Gil Anthony (2013 Keeping Blues Alive Award Winner)TOP 30 - AUGUST, 2015WWNT, DOTHAN AL WVVL, ENTERPRISE, ALWQTL, TALLAHASSEE, FLEvery SUNDAY AND MONDAY, 6-11PM CDT, STREAMING LIVE AT GILANTHONYBLUES.COM1. Ghost Town Blues Band. Hard Road to Hoe. GTBB2. Sugaray Rayford. Southside. NiomySue Rec3. Cash Box Kings. Holding Court. Blind Pig4. James Harman. Bonetime. Severn5. Tad Robinson. Day Into Night. Severn6. Billy Price/Otis Clay. This Time for Real. Vizztone7. Victor Wainwright*. Boom Town. Blind Pig8. Kentucky Headhunters/Johnny Johnson. Meet Me in Bluesland.
  • Jazz & Blues Florida August 2015 Edition Posted - Where to go to be in the know!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:26 pm
    View as web page.Real music.Made by real people.In real places.Yes, another month is upon us! Come and see who is playing what, where, when and with who! Articles cover: Amy Hart, Arturo O'Farrill, Don Mopsick, The Duffy Bishop Band, Jimmy Daniel, Joel Zoss, Louis Abbott, Mike Lanigan – Swingin Harpoon, Steve Kirnsner (from Heidi's Jazzclub!) , Taj Mahal and Tom McCormick.Go to our main website: www.JazzBluesFlorida.com and click on the cover or the links to open this month's edition. All the ads are linked, so just keep clicking!And, summer may be upon us, but the Florida festival season…
  • Jeff Jensen Band This Sunday in Gainesville FL - The most exciting concert happening in all of Florida!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    North Central Florida Blues Society -The weekend isn't overuntil SUNDAY NIGHT!Sunday, August 2, 2015, Doors 6pm, Show 7pmJEFF JENSEN BANDw/ Bridget Kelly Band OpeningHigh Dive210 SW 2nd AvenueGainesville FL 32601highdivegville.com (352)872-5949TICKETSOn August 2, the North Central Florida Blues Society brings you another Quarterly Concert. The Jeff Jensen Band has youth and energy but also the chops and understanding usually only expected from older performers. Jensen is known for his collaborations with Brandon Santini and Victor Wainwright as well as for taking his audience on a…
  • Marty Stokes Band August Calendar - Good times and great music!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Marty Stokes BandMusic you can FEEL...not just hear.New CD with 10 hot, original tunes -"Leavin' Blues"2013 & 2014 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGEPEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNERS FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA!Marty Stokes Band – NOT an acoustic show!UPCOMING SHOWSFriday, Aug 7, 2015 ~ 7:30-11pmBert's Bar & Grill4271 Pine Island Rd NWMatlacha, FL 33993MAPbertsbar.us   (239)282-3232Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 ~ 7-10pmNemo's42 Mid Cape TerCape Coral, FL 33991MAPFriday, August 14, 2015 ~ 9pm-midnightGeorge and Wendy's Corner Grill2499 Periwinkle…
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  • NEWS: Eberhard Weber Jubilee Concert including Metheny premiere to appear on CD

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Pat Metheny. Theaterhaus Stuttgart January 2015Photo Credit Ralf Dombrowski. All Rights ReservedSebastian writes:It is confirmed that a single ECM disc, "Hommage à Eberhard Weber", a recording of part of the 75th birthday jubilee tribute concert to the Grman bassist,, which was held in Stuttgart in January, will be coming out on CD, with a release date in September. Weber has not been able to play the bass since suffering a stroke in 2007. (Source Universal Germany - in German*)The concert had Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Jan Garbarek and Paul McCandless as guest soloists. Mike Gibbs directed…
  • NEWS: Orlando Le Fleming Romantic Funk Album pledge campaign including bassist offers

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    British-born bassist Orlando Le Fleming (b. Birmingham, 1976), moved to the US in 2003 and now lives in Brooklyn. He worked for a number of years in Jane Monheit's band. One current regular group is the OWL trio with Brit expat saxophonist Will Vinson and Norwegian-born guitarist Lage Lund. Having issued From Brooklyn With Love in 2010, he is about to record a second album of his own compositions entitled Romantic Funk, with a heavyweight New York group: Ari Hoenig on drums, Seamus Blake (saxes), Frank LoCrasto (keyboards), Greg Tuohey ( guitar). There will also be guests: drummer Lenny…
  • CD REVIEW: Steve Davis – Say When

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Steve Davis – Say When (Smoke SSR-1505. CD Review by Peter Vacher)Trombonist Steve Davis stands tall on today’s New York jazz scene: a first-choice sideman for important projects, as adept in small group play as he is in big band situations. He has a c.v. second to none yet is happy to cite fellow-trombonist J.J. Johnson as a key influence on his playing, writing and ‘on my overall approach to the music’. Clearly still in awe, his sextet having performed a J.J. programme some time back, Davis has now chosen to record these interpretations of Johnson’s music, with six of the eleven…
  • PREVIEW/INTERVIEW: Rye Jazz Festival 2015 (27-31 Aug.)

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival takes place over 4 days and 5 nights, 27th-31st August 2015 in the pretty town in East Sussex, two miles from the Channel coast, and known as "the medieval gem of the Cinque Ports," and one of the best preserved medieval towns in England. Festival Director Ian Bowden spoke to Alison Bentley. London Jazz News: You’ve been promoting music for 15 years, working with people like Amy Winehouse and Dionne Warwick. What made you think of starting a jazz festival? Ian Bowden: I’ve been going to Rye for 25 years, and love it. My passion is history and…
  • NEWS: Current round of Help Musicians UK Career Development Bursaries closes Sep 18th

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:29 am
    The poster boys for this round of the Help Musicians UK Career Development Bursaries, for which applications close on September 18th, are drummer Moses Boyd and bassist Max Luthert. Here is what the bursaries - for UK-based musicians in the age range 21-30, or 5 years after formal education  -  are about: "These bursaries can be used to fund opportunities which will have a significant impact on your artistic development at a crucial point in your career. Grants will range from £500 to £2,000. Activities could include: Participation in masterclasses, academies and short…
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  • MilesDavis.com Gets A Much-Needed, Long Overdue Redesign

    Jeff Hyatt
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    The official website for Miles Davis finally gets a long-overdue redesign that delivers the proper online platform to help bolster the digital aspirations of the Miles Davis Brand, all the while presenting the fans a nice portal to learn about the jazz icon. Continue reading →
  • New York Film Fest Announces Don Cheadle’s ‘Miles Ahead’ as Closer

    Jeff Hyatt
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:23 pm
    It’s official. The New York Film Festival has announced the film that will be playing as the Closing Night Feature at this year’s 53rd festival, beginning this fall. The film is Don Cheadle’s directorial debut, Miles Ahead, in which Cheadle plays legendary musician Miles Davis. We posted a first look photo last year, and have … Continue reading →
  • Cinematographer Roberto Schaefer Talks ‘Miles Ahead’ Project

    Jeff Hyatt
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    Roberto says Miles Ahead, which was shot in Cincinnati, Ohio, was a tough but terrific experience. About two-thirds of the picture was shot with Arri Alexas. A few scenes in tight spaces, like car interiors, were done with a Canon C500. Continue reading →
  • Worn Free Launches New Miles Davis T-Shirt Line

    Jeff Hyatt
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The shirts and sweatshirts come in eight different unique designs celebrating the late jazz trumpeter’s legacy. Continue reading →
  • Miles Beyond the Biopic: Don Cheadle Riffs on a Jazz Legend

    Jeff Hyatt
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Don Cheadle has managed to accomplish something no one has been able to pull off in two decades: serve up a bigscreen tale of jazz great Miles Davis. Continue reading →
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    JazzWorldQuest - Jazz News With A Global Perspective

  • USA: Mack Avenue SuperBand Returns with New Release, Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival - 2014 Available September 18 on Mack Avenue Records

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Mack Avenue SuperBand Returns with New Release,Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival - 2014Available September 18 on Mack Avenue Records "Excitement is in the air throughout, from the rhythm section's uplifting grooves to crowd-pleasing solos by all hands." - JazzTimes  Stream Tracks from Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival - 2014Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival - 2014 documents the third incarnation of the Mack Avenue SuperBand, an all-star ensemble of bandleaders from the superb roster of the Motor City jazz label. Once again, this powerhouse congregation joined…
  • GERMANY: Urs Leimgruber / Jacques Demierre/ Barre Phillips ‎– 1↦3⊨2:⇔1 (Jazzwerkstatt 2015)

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
     1 Humming Hubs 2 Hosses Held 3 Glorious Gusts 4 Wark!http://issuu.com/jazzwerkstatt/docs/jw_156_rs_urs_leimgruber_1_3_2_1_ex?e=0/13829256
  • SWEDEN: Filip Augustson - Viva Black (Found You Recordings 2015)

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    01.Desperadon! (07:23)02.Glissando Para Juanes (02:44)03.Flying Flyers (05:57)04.Ituri (04:14)05.The Butterfly Left the Flower (For Kenny Wheeler) (06:31)06.Stuff By Stuff (05:10)07.Repetitivo Acrimasa (04:34)08.Viva El Ritmo (03:54)09.Tensta Tango (06:14)10.Triss I Tra (04:57)Personnel: Filip Augustson: double bass; Eva Lindal: violin; Christopher Cantillo: drums.Found You Recordings
  • ITALY: Jazz Colours: SOMMARIO Ago-Set 2015 (Anno VIII, n.8-9

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    SOMMARIO Ago-Set 2015 (Anno VIII, n.8-9)      4 - Highlights  8 - Steve Coleman, il naturalista della musica16 -  Luc Ex, alta creatività a basso amperaggio22 -  John Hollenbeck, nuovi standard dalla musica pop27 -  Han-earl Park, al ritmo afasico della chitarra31 -  jazz&arts: Martina Botta, storie di jazz da raccontare34 -  Recensioni CD  Focus on: Ellery Eskelin "Solo Live at Snugs"  I 5 dischi imprescindibili di Frank Gratkowski41 -  Black&White: Jack DeJohnette "Made in Chicago"(e inoltre: Ingrid…
  • CUBA: Inaudis Paisan y la Estudiantina Invasora - Aguanta Ahi ( Plaza Mayor Company 2015)

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    1. Mil Congejas (3:35)02. El Son de Santiago (5:49)03. El Dia Que Dios (5:25)04. Aquella Boca (2:03)05. Que Noche Tan Linda (2:54)06. Cajon de Muerto (3:26)07. En Falso (2:36)08. Ya Nunca Mas (2:51)09. El Chivo (5:14)10. Canta Pajarito (2:34)11. Triste Lucha (4:38)12. Flor de Venganza (4:50)
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    Free Jazz Lessons

  • Check Out Our Online Jazz Piano School Redesign

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    I’m pleased to announce that Freejazzlessons.com site has has been completely redesigned! My goal has always been to provide the best learning environment possible to up your jazz piano game. So, we’ve made the pages are a lot cleaner looking, the lessons are now easier to read, and overall it’s just a better learning environment. (Do you like it? Please let me know what you think of it in the comments area?) Here Is My Favorite Part Your time is important. So, i’m excited to let you know that the free version of the site now loads 5x faster. Plus, The Premium Jazz…
  • The 7 Day Piano Practice Challenge & New Jazz Piano Courses

    17 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Hey jazz piano fans. We have a ton of things to talk about today so make sure you read this whole article. The 7 Day Piano Practice Challenge Update It’s now been 7 days since we started the 7 day piano practice challenge. In my last article I revealed the story of how I overcame some challenges I was facing earlier in the year with getting regular practice in. (If you ever struggle to find practice time perhaps you can relate?) Apparently the story really resonated with the jazz piano community here. Over 110 people joined in on the practice strategy and challenge I used to overcome…
  • How To Build Better Piano Practice Habits

    10 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Today I want to teach you about a really useful piano practice technique that I’ve started using in my life. I’ve found a lot of benefit from it in both my music and in my personal life. It’s easy and I think you’ll really enjoy it as well once you start using it too. (We’re also going to talk about a special piano practice challenge at the end of the article too that I think you’ll love.) Why I Developed This Piano Practice Habit Earlier this year as Freejazzlessons.com kept on getting more friends and fans I found my life was getting more chaotic.
  • Jazz Theory 101 – How To Play Chord Extensions

    25 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Do you want to learn more about jazz theory and jazz harmony? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s jazz theory lesson we’re going to explore a very important concept called chord extensions. 1. After watching and reading this lesson you’ll understand how to make all your jazz piano chords sound much more beautiful. 2. You’ll also have a greater understanding of what all those #’s mean (9’s, 11’s 13’s etc.) when you seem them on chords in a chord chart. To get started learning how to add all those beautiful color notes take a few minutes and watch the video…
  • Jazz Theory Cheat Sheet: The ii V I In All 12 Keys

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    As you continue to develop your jazz theory skills you’re going to want to make it a goal of being able to instantly play a ii-V-I chord progression in all 12 keys. Since you’ll hear the ii V I chord progression in so many great jazz tunes it’s vitally important that you learn how to play it quickly. It’s for that reason that many players (including myself) will practice a lot of musical concepts they learn (new voicings, patterns etc.) in context of a ii V I chord progression. This type of practice will help you take new pieces of jazz vocabulary you learn and…
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