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  • Dwike Mitchell On Piano Jazz

    Jazz : NPR
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Known for his duo work with bassist and French-horn player Willie Ruff, the pianist forms a new duo with Marian McPartland to perform "Don't Worry 'Bout Me."» E-Mail This
  • BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mike Mainieri

    Jazz Music News
    AllAboutJazz.com
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Mike Mainieri's birthday today! Primarily recognized as an award-winning, jazz vibraphonist, Mike Mainieria€(TM)s equally remarkable talents as producer, arranger, and composer have contributed to shaping the cutting-edge in music. Throughout his fruitful careera€'now spanning almost five decadesa€'Mike has collaborated with the worlda€(TM)s most formidable jazz playera€(TM)s produced numerous albums, and discovered a host of innovative, young talent... Read more...
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Launches Blue Engine Records

    Wynton Marsalis New
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    New York, NY – June 30, 2015 – Jazz at Lincoln Center, dedicated to entertaining, enriching and expanding a global community for jazz through performance, education and advocacy, today announced the formation of Blue Engine Records, a new platform to make its vast archive of recorded concerts available to jazz audiences everywhere. The label will release new studio and live recordings as well as archival recordings from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performance history, which date back to 1987 and are part of the R. Theodore Ammon Archives and Music Library. From the institution’s founding…
  • The Great Columbia Jazz Purge: Coleman, Evans, Jarrett, And Mingus

    Night Lights Classic Jazz
    David Brent Johnson
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:03 pm
    In 1971 Columbia Records signed four of modern jazz's greatest artists. Within two years all four were gone. What happened?
  • Jammin’ Jazz returns

    ContemporaryJazz.com
    John Hilderbrand
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    I still miss having XM72 – Beyond Jazz on my XM radio (though it lives on as MOJA Radio). One of the most popular shows on that channel was Jammin’ Jazz, a weekly party by Michelle Sammartino featuring groovy jazz, jazzy jambands, and any high-octane jazz Michelle could find. Here’s the message she sent out last week: Hiya Folks! Remember me? Your friend in MOJA, Michelle Sammartino! You are getting this email because you were on my mailing list from the old XM days on Beyond Jazz (XM 72) and/or the mailing list for MOJARadio! And I have some BIG NEWS!!!! Jammin’ Jazz…
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    Jazz : NPR

  • Dwike Mitchell On Piano Jazz

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Known for his duo work with bassist and French-horn player Willie Ruff, the pianist forms a new duo with Marian McPartland to perform "Don't Worry 'Bout Me."» E-Mail This
  • Jazz Lives At Duke Ellington's Resting Place

    Anastasia Tsioulcas
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    See young jazz musicians honor their departed elders at a cemetery that's more like a hall of fame.» E-Mail This
  • Jimmy Greene Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The saxophonist's latest album is dedicated to the memory of his 6-year-old daughter, killed in the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. His quartet performs the genre-spanning music in concert.» E-Mail This
  • The Sound Of Twin Danger: Frank Sinatra Meets The Clash

    NPR Staff
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Singer Vanessa Bley and former Sade collaborator Stuart Matthewman make up the new cocktail jazz band Twin Danger, which has been causing a scene with its self-titled debut and live shows.» E-Mail This
  • Tierney Sutton On Piano Jazz

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:43 am
    The Grammy-nominated singer performs a set featuring several of Frank Sinatra's signature numbers.» E-Mail This
 
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    Jazz Music News

  • BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mike Mainieri

    AllAboutJazz.com
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Mike Mainieri's birthday today! Primarily recognized as an award-winning, jazz vibraphonist, Mike Mainieria€(TM)s equally remarkable talents as producer, arranger, and composer have contributed to shaping the cutting-edge in music. Throughout his fruitful careera€'now spanning almost five decadesa€'Mike has collaborated with the worlda€(TM)s most formidable jazz playera€(TM)s produced numerous albums, and discovered a host of innovative, young talent... Read more...
  • MUSIC INDUSTRY: 4th Of July Musica€'lots of It

    AllAboutJazz.com
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Rifftides staff devoted a meeting to choosing a piece of music to bring you on this most American of holidays. After what seemed like hours of discussion, we bogged down in disagreement. Feelings may not have been running as high as in the Greek referendum campaign, but failure to reach a compromise had everyone on edge. We had a four-way tie. No one was giving in. Finally, the senior vice president for internal affairs came up with a plan that broke the tension. a€oePlay them all,a€ she said...
  • MUSIC INDUSTRY: An Annual Rifftides Independence Day Reminder

    AllAboutJazz.com
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." a€'Benjamin Franklin "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." a€'Abraham Lincoln...
  • MUSIC INDUSTRY: American Association of Independent Music Turns 10

    AllAboutJazz.com
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    It's a great time to be indie; and its primary U.S. advocate, theA American Association Of Independent Music, turns 10 tomorrow. A A2IM can take more than a little credit for bringing indies together to force Apple Music to pay royalties during free trials. But over the years, A2IM has done much more...
  • PERFORMANCE: Chris Washburne and Syotos CD Celebration Tour Begins July 29 at Smoke!

    AllAboutJazz.com
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Chris Washburne and SYOTOS kick off their CD Celebration Tour with special guest Brazilian piano virtuoso Andre Mehmari on July 29 at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club. July 29 at 7:00pm e: Smoke Jazz and Supper Club CD Release Gig! 2751 Broadway, NYC 10025 Additional Dates Thursday, July 30 The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College - Spiegeltent 2015, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, 8PM...
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    Wynton Marsalis New

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Launches Blue Engine Records

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    New York, NY – June 30, 2015 – Jazz at Lincoln Center, dedicated to entertaining, enriching and expanding a global community for jazz through performance, education and advocacy, today announced the formation of Blue Engine Records, a new platform to make its vast archive of recorded concerts available to jazz audiences everywhere. The label will release new studio and live recordings as well as archival recordings from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performance history, which date back to 1987 and are part of the R. Theodore Ammon Archives and Music Library. From the institution’s founding…
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center and Sony Music Team Up for Blue Engine Records

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    Jazz at Lincoln Center has shelves upon shelves of recordings from concerts it has presented since its founding in 1987, including a studio recording featuring the pianist Chick Corea, a musical Mass with a gospel choir written for the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York and concerts with the saxophonists Sherman Irby and Ted Nash. Now, that organization, together with Sony Music Entertainment, is bringing that archive, as well as new studio and live recordings, to the public through the creation of its own label, Blue Engine Records, to be announced on Tuesday.
  • Wynton Marsalis awarded 2015 Marian Anderson Award

    16 Jun 2015 | 1:51 am
    Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Wynton Marsalis, the jazz and classical musician, composer, and arts advocate, is the recipient of the 2015 Marian Anderson Award. Marsalis, winner of a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and honored with the National Medal of Arts, joins other recipients of the medal, including Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy Jr., and 2014 winner Jon Bon Jovi. He will accept the award at a gala concert Nov. 10 at the Kimmel Center. Marsalis, 53, was born in New Orleans, son of the jazz pianist Ellis. He has raised more than $3 million…
  • In ‘Bessie’ the Empress of the Blues Finds New Audience on HBO

    19 May 2015 | 4:24 am
    In the opening minutes of ‘Bessie,’ the HBO biopic about blues legend Bessie Smith premiering Saturday, May 16th, the titular character absorbs the warmth of a single spotlight with an air of faint applause surrounding her. Draped in the glamour of the roaring 20s and with a life far from her Chattanooga roots, Bessie never seems to escape the pain of an ever haunted past and like any artist of her time she channels that struggle in brilliant performance. Her life cut short in 1937 at the age of 43, Smith never lived to see the rise of modern-day celebrity with motion picture…
  • Wayne Shorter Goes Solo With the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    15 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    When the saxophonist Wayne Shorter has come through town over the past 15 years or so, he has generally been with his quartet, a group that plays soul-drilling, gonzo-Zen interventions on about 50 years’ worth of his music. There is much open space in these performances, much insight and mystery, a settling into a zone between direction and indirection. Apart from Mr. Shorter’s stature as a small-group composer in jazz — the best, pretty much — the alert and unscripted way the quartet operates has for many listeners represented a current ideal for how jazz works and what it can…
 
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    ContemporaryJazz.com

  • Jammin’ Jazz returns

    John Hilderbrand
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    I still miss having XM72 – Beyond Jazz on my XM radio (though it lives on as MOJA Radio). One of the most popular shows on that channel was Jammin’ Jazz, a weekly party by Michelle Sammartino featuring groovy jazz, jazzy jambands, and any high-octane jazz Michelle could find. Here’s the message she sent out last week: Hiya Folks! Remember me? Your friend in MOJA, Michelle Sammartino! You are getting this email because you were on my mailing list from the old XM days on Beyond Jazz (XM 72) and/or the mailing list for MOJARadio! And I have some BIG NEWS!!!! Jammin’ Jazz…
  • Playlist: 1991 Contemporary Jazz

    John Hilderbrand
    13 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    I’ve posted the fourth in my series of top contemporary jazz recordings of past years. This one is eight of the best-selling artists in 1991, including the debut recordings from Fourplay and Candy Dulfer, some serious funkiness from David Benoit and Eric Marienthal, the Crusaders produced by Marcus Miller and more! Click the image below to immediately listen and spread the word! Thanks for those who have submitted such nice feedback through 8tracks!
  • New Nelson Rangell

    John Hilderbrand
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Nelson Rangell is a guy whose playing I’ve always loved. He’s strong on the sax and fantastic on flute and piccolo. He’s released two albums independently this year. Red features him on sax on mostly original compositions in the familiar contemporary jazz mode. Blue has him on flute and piccolo in a variety of songs and styles. Bob James guests on a few tracks. Nelson tells you about it in his first blog.
  • Playlist: 8 from 1990

    John Hilderbrand
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
    I’ve posted the third in my series of top contemporary jazz recordings of past years. This one is eight of the best-selling artists in 1990, including the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Sample, Dave Weckl and more. Click the image below to immediately listen and spread the word! 1990 Contemporary Jazz from contemporaryjazz on 8tracks Radio.
  • First look: Cheadle as Miles

    John Hilderbrand
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in Cheadle’s Miles Ahead movie. Check out the full picture and a new interview with the actor.
 
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    Commander Trombone

  • Larry McCabe’s Irish American (Full Album!)

    wiley
    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

    wiley
    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

    wiley
    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

    wiley
    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.
  • Yamaha Slide Oil Redux

    wiley
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Not so long ago — well, maybe it was pretty long ago, I did a little write-up on Yamaha Slide Oil. Give it a look, I’ll wait. Why do I bring it up? Well, there’s a good article about this Yamaha mixture at The Reforming Trombonist that is well worth reading, both because of the Yamaha stuff and a certain other lubricant.
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    Rifftides

  • 4th Of July Music—Lots Of It

    Doug Ramsey
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    The Rifftides staff devoted a meeting to choosing a piece of music to bring you on this most American of holidays. After what seemed like hours of discussion, we bogged down in disagreement. Feelings may not have been running as high as in the Greek referendum campaign, but failure to reach a compromise had everyone […]
  • An Annual Rifftides Independence Day Reminder

    Doug Ramsey
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. –Benjamin Franklin America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. –Abraham Lincoln Happy Fourth of July
  • Recent Listening: Dave Bass, Tiempo Libre

    Doug Ramsey
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Dave Bass, NYC Sessions (Whaling City Sound) In the 1970s when pianist Dave Bass thought that a broken wrist had ended his career, he dropped out of music and into law school. Eventually, he became deputy attorney general of California. Through the years Bass continued to play, but not publicly until he agreed in 2005 […]
  • Monday Recommendation: George Cables

    Doug Ramsey
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:46 pm
    George Cables, In Good Company (High Note) The “Company” of the title refers to more than Cables’ trio members, bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis. It alludes to four fellow pianists whose compositions he plays in addition to two of his own in this relaxed collection. At 70, Cables reflects the values of the […]
  • Weekend Extra: It’s The Heat

    Doug Ramsey
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Here in the deep interior of Washington State, we are in our third day of heat above 100° F (43.3° C). Today’s predicted high is 110°. Public health officials are urging people to seek air conditioning, walk slowly, drink lots of water, be cautious when cooling off in the rapidly flowing rivers and think twice […]
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    Jazz@Rochester

  • 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…
  • Tie a toe-tag on it ... the 2015 XRIJF is no longer with us

    Greg Bell
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Can't believe it! Nine days have already passed. Like almost every other of the nine days of the Rochester International Jazz Festival provided me both new sounds and great experiences I started out at Montage with the Renee Rosnes Quartet. The Montage is often the venue I finish the jazz festival at, as it often has some of the high energy acts that I sometimes want to close out the festival.  I wanted to hear Renee Rosnes and the early show fit my schedule.  Renee brought a stellar quartet with her, including bassist Peter Washington and saxophonist Jimmy Greene, and drummer Lewis…
  • From Kurt Rosenwinkel's guitar to feeling the air pulse from Ikebe Shakedown's base, Day 8 of XRIJF was a study in contrasts ....

    Greg Bell
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    As I start preparing to go down to Gibbs Street for the final day of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, I'm thinking back to last night as a study in contrast. I started out in Kilbourn Hall with the ethereal mastery of the Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, with a stellar band including a second helping of Eric Revis on bass, Aaron Parks on piano, and Alan Mednard on drums. Not too familiar yet with Rosenwinkel, I found his use of a headset mike to channel vocalizations through his guitar added to the music. It was understated, not cheesy in the Frampton "do you feel like…
  • Hymn to the 7th Day of the Rochester International Jazz Festival...

    Greg Bell
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    To start out Thursday, Day 7 of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, I caught Dave Douglas High Risk early to make sure I heard this new project for a trumpeter I have been following for awhile. I caught most of their great, high energy set, accented with the electronics of Shigeto in addition to Douglas, Mark Guiliana and JT Maron. Douglas is one of those artists who is always bringing new projects. He is also a pioneer in bringing his (and others') music out himself, starting the Greenleaf Records label years ago, serving his diverse and creative approach to his music and…
  • A sweet Suite to Afro-Cuban Jazz... Day 6 at the XRIJF

    Greg Bell
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Last night was one of those nights at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival where, for me, it was impossible to see all of the shows that I wanted to check out due to timing. I didn't have a "middle" point between my 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm concerts. All the acts I was hoping to catch were clustered around those times. So between 7:00 and 9:00 pm, I just floated around hearing this and that, and spent some time at Havana Moe's. Good enough for me.... Started out at Jazz Starts Here noontime series with my buddies in Paradigm Shift. Got some sun while I listened to their groove-filled…
 
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  • 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…
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan Tee Shirt

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Stevie Ray Vaughan - T-shirts - Band* Officially Licensed Music T-shirt * Brand New Never Been Worn Merchandise * 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt * High Quality Manufactured Apparel T-shirt Waist Up Photo Of Stevie Ray Vaughan Holding Guitar With Red Stacked Logo Why Pay Those Ridiculous Concert T-Shirt Prices, When You Can Buy From Us? We Have The Largest Selection Of Shirts Anywhere Around! Most Of Our T-Shirts Are 100% Cotton, Preshrunk And Machine Washable.Rockabilia Tees and stuff @ Amazon.com
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    JAZZ LIVES

  • LOUIS, ETERNALLY

    jazzlives
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:03 pm
    I know that the physical remains of Louis Armstrong changed their form in 1971, but I believe that his living presence remains all around us: not only in musicians, but in anyone amplified by and aware of his loving joyous spirit. But the musicians give us the most evident vibrating proof. Marc Caparone, cornet, with High Sierra at the Suncoast Jazz Classic, recorded in 2014 by Cine Devine: Bent Persson, trumpet; Petter Carlson, piano, last month, recorded by Claes Jansson: Duke Heitger, trumpet; Dalton Ridenhour, piano; Sean Cronin, string bass; Darrian Douglas, drums, April 18, 2015,…
  • SHE TAKES A STAND: MISS IDA BLUE and THE YERBA BUENA STOMPERS (June 27, 2015)

    jazzlives
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    In a nice way, Miss Ida Blue is a strong-willed person.  Definite rather than ambivalent.  And it comes through in her singing, with this 1938 song a particularly fine example. I’M GONNA LOCK MY HEART is firmly associated with Billie Holiday in her early golden period, and Billie made the song multi-layered.  The message of the lyrics is, if taken seriously, rather bleak: my heart has been broken and so I am never falling in love again.  But the song itself is curiously jaunty, in the best pop tradition: I will sing about my woes in a swinging way, because you and I really know that…
  • SOLACE IN SWING (June 26, 2015)

    jazzlives
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    Though it’s a fickle age, beauty can always rescue us if we know where to look. And how to listen.  This spiritual panacea is brought to us by James Dapogny, piano; Mike Karoub, cello; Rod McDonald, guitar; Kurt Krahnke, string bass. Recorded by Laura Beth Wyman on June 26, 2015, at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fats Waller’s declaration of high fidelity: Irving Berlin’s celebration of bliss (here with a little DROP ME OFF IN HARLEM nuance at the start and a little Spanish binge on the bridge): How lyrical, how sublime.  I feel so much…
  • EDDIE CONDON, BUD FREEMAN, and THE CREATION OF JOY

    jazzlives
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Eddie Condon, Bud Freeman, and I go ‘way back, although those two gentlemen would not have noticed me all that much.  I only saw Eddie once at close range, in the summer of 1972, and at several late concerts; I saw Bud once at a Newport in New York tribute to Eddie. But I have been following both men since I was a youth in suburbia, when department stores had record departments and there was always a reason to walk to the one nearby or tag along when my parents, who loved to shop for what I think of as home-trivia, went to one that I couldn’t walk to. I started collecting Louis…
  • “IF LOVE IS A TRANSACTION, CAN IT BE GIVEN FREELY?”: WHERE ALL THE RIVERS GO TO SLEEP (NYMF, July 18-19, 2015)

    jazzlives
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    I first met jazz pianist / composer / singer Jesse Gelber in the early part of 2005, when he was playing a Sunday brunch gig deep in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and was impressed by his music, his wit, and his imagination.  Soon after I met his wife, Kate Manning, and heard her beautiful focused singing.  We’ve crossed paths infrequently in the last decade, but I am pleased to be able to tell you about their musical — set in the early part of the last century, in New Orleans, in Storyville. Kate has written the book and lyrics; Jesse, the music and story.  I didn’t know when I…
 
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    Music and More

  • Sonny Rollins Quartet With Don Cherry - Complete Live at the Village Gate 1962 (Solar Records, 2015)

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:11 pm
    After a period of transition when Sonny Rollins left the jazz scene to re-examine his life and music, famously practicing under the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn so he wouldn't disturb a pregnant neighbor, he reentered the music world in the early 1960's with a fresh conception and a desire for new challenges. To that end, he cut a widely praised album with guitarist Jim Hall appropriately titled The Bridge, and a fascinating album with his childhood idol Coleman Hawkins. Rollins had been listening hard to Ornette Coleman's revolutionary and controversial free or harmolodic jazz. Intrigued…
  • Dave Douglas - High Risk (Greenleaf, 2015)

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:42 am
    Trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas returns to a format that he has explored on a few occasions in the past, that is the melding of jazz and contemporary electronic music. Shigeto on electronics, Johnathan Maron on bass and Mark Guiliana on drums join him on this album. “Molten Sunset” opens the album with shimmering synth and trumpet and “dry” sounding drums. The bass and spinning electronics lay a foundation for the processed brass to arc overhead. There are electronic and acoustic beats front and center on “Household Item” developing a funky texture that is more adventurous…
  • Jack DeJohnette - Made in Chicago (ECM, 2015)

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    For the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival, drummer Jack DeJohnette put together a supergroup of his colleagues who were founding members of the AACM collective. Joining him are Henry Threadgill on alto saxophone and flute, Roscoe Mitchell on sopranino, soprano and alto saxophones, recorder and flute, Muhal Richard Abrams on piano and Larry Gray on double bass and violoncello. The leadoff track, “Chant,” opens with piano and saxophone building and developing the music slowly. A second saxophone with a raw tone builds the tension further as the saxophones take flight and swirl around one another.
  • The John Coltrane Quartet Featuring Eric Dolphy - So Many Things: The European Tour 1961 (Acrobat Records, 2015)

    24 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    This is a four CD set of the John Coltrane Quartet on tour in Europe in the late fall of 1961 with special guest Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone, bass clarinet and flute. Coltrane alternates between tenor and soprano saxophone, and the band is rounded out with McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Let’s get the preamble out of the way first: these are relatively muddy sounding radio broadcasts that have been floating among bootleg collectors for years. Another caveat up front is that Acrobat Records’ quality control is not exactly stellar: the first disc of…
  • Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder, 2015)

    22 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Much has been made of saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s association with hip-hop luminaries on records and on tour, but his jazz pedigree is equally strong. Graduating from UCLA as well as Gerald Wilson’s big band prepared him for just about everything. He uses all of those influences and his own style on this appropriately titled three CD jazz band plus choir and strings extravaganza.  The opening  “Change of the Guard” features heavy saxophone and McCoy Tyner influenced piano, with choir and strings that recall Alice Coltrane’s early 70’s Impulse Records recordings.
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    JazzWax

  • Weekend Wax Bits

    Marc Myers
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    I'm told we lost two more jazz greats over the past weeks—bassist Hal Gaylor (above) and French organist Eddy Louiss, who also was an early-'60s member of the vocal group Les Doubles Six of Paris. Here's Gaylor with his trio in 1961 playing Carl Perkins' Grooveyard...   Here's Louiss and the Multicolor Feeling Orchestra in 2011...   Here's Louiss (far right) with Les Double Six of Paris...   In the Wall Street Journal this week, my "House Call" interview with author Rinker Buck (go here), who in 2011 bought a covered wagon and three Percheron mules and set out to re-trace…
  • Armstrong and Bernstein, 1956

    Marc Myers
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    On July 14, 1956, Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars participated in the Guggenheim Concert at Lewisohn Stadium in New York. The stadium was on the campus of City College in Manhattan (and was razed in 1973). This was the first concert by the New York Philharmonic to feature jazz musicians, with the Dave Brubeck Quartet performing during the first half followed by Armstrong. Here's Louis Armstrong and His All Stars with conductor Leonard Bernstein performing St. Louis Blues. The famed song's composer, W.C. Handy, was in the audience...         Related…
  • Aretha Franklin: Amsterdam 1968

    Marc Myers
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:18 am
    In May 1968, Aretha Franklin was in her prime when she performed in Amsterdam during her first tour abroad. She was there to promote her new album, Lady Soul, after switching to Atlantic Records. Aretha and the Sweet Inspirations, her backup singers, were placed on a stage crowded with musicians and fans with little security down front at the city's famous Concertgebouw. There, she performed for a near-hysterical audience that had no problem throwing what appear to be flower petals in her face as she sang. All Aretha had to control the massive crowd was the force of her voice, which she used…
 
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  • So What: Local News, Notes & Links

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:05 am
    Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest:* Jazz St. Louis has planted a Rose outside their box office, as a photo of the late Barbara Rose (pictured) has been hung there for all visitors to JSL's recently renovated headquarters to see. Rose, who started the "Just Jazz" series at the Majestic Hotel that eventually became Jazz at the Bistro and subsequently led to the incorporation of Jazz St. Louis, was celebrated along with JSL's other founders at a luncheon held Tuesday at the Bistro. You can see more pictures from the "Founder's Day" event on Jazz…
  • Jazz this week: Happy birthday, USA!

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    As one of the USA's indigenous art forms and greatest gifts to the world, jazz ought to be a big part of our nation's birthday celebration.In reality, Independence Day activities tend to emphasize pop or explicitly patriotic music, and some presenters in and around St. Louis actually go dark for the the holiday weekend. Fortunately, if you're looking for live jazz and creative music over the next few days, StLJN is here to help. Let's go to the highlights...Thursday, July 2Saxophonist Jim Stevens and his band return to Hammerstone's; and pianist Ptah Williams, guitarist Eric Slaughter and…
  • "Sinatra at 100" to play July 23 through August 9 at Kranzberg Arts Center

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    The St. Louis Big Band and singer Joe Scalzitti will present "Sinatra at 100," a show paying tribute to the centenary of Frank Sinatra's birth, starting Thursday, July 23 and continuing through Sunday, August 9 at the Kranzberg Arts Center. Incorporating tunes such as "New York, New York," "Come Fly With Me," "Fly Me To The Moon," "Night & Day," "Blue Skies," and more, the show tracks the singer's career chronologically, starting with his early hits and continuing through the performances at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas that helped make Sinatra (pictured) and his "Rat Pack" pals into…
  • Recently on Heliocentric Worlds

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:05 am
    It's the start of a new month, and so it's time once again to check in on StLJN's sibling site Heliocentric Worlds, where every day there's a different music video posted online, drawing on genres including jazz, blues, soul, funk, classic rock, prog rock, experimental and more. The most-watched videos added to the site last month were: Ornette Coleman - "Times Square" Jerry Lee Lewis - Live in Orlando B.B. King - Live at the JVC Jazz FestivalCurved Air - "It Happened Today"Anthony Braxton - "Composition No. 19" Other posts during June featured videos with performances by the Quincy Jones Big…
  • Music Education Monday: Master classes with pianists Chick Corea and Kenny Werner

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    This week for "Music Education Monday," you can check out video master classes from a couple of prominent keyboardists. Chick Corea is one of the best-known pianists in jazz, having served his apprenticeship with Miles Davis and played free jazz with Circle before co-founding the seminal jazz-fusion band Return to Forever. His extensive catalog as a composer and bandleader includes recordings with various acoustic and electric groups and as a solo pianist, so his experience pretty much runs the gamut of modern jazz styles. Kenny Werner may be less well-known to the general public than Corea,…
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    Jazz Blues Florida - Florida's Online Guide to Live Jazz & Blues in at JazzBluesFlorida.com

  • Miami Jazz Cooperative's Rent Party Mondays - Presenting Miami's Top Artists

    Jazz Blues Florida
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Every Monday nightsomething special happens in the Gables!UPCOMING RENT PARTYSJuly 6, 2015Sound of Vision(back by popular demand)Scott KlarmanOrlando MachadoValerio Cantori SOV is better known in Broward and Palm Beach Counties but when they appeared at an MJC Rent Party in February, the MJC audience was blown away by the caliber of playing and wonderfully unique sound.  We have had many requests to bring SOV back and we listen to our audience!July 13, 2015LEGENDS TOGETHERMike Gerber and Ira SullivanJuly 20, 3015COLE PORTER TRIBUTEled byJAUI SCHNEIDERJuly 27, 3015SAMMY…
  • Marty Stokes Band - The celebration starts tonight at Bert's and ends at Aces Sunday!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    Marty Stokes BandWorld-class blues with adistinctiveSouthwest Florida flavor...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, July 3, 2015 ~ 7:30-11pmBert's Bar & Grill4271 Pine Island Rd NWMatlacha, FL 33993MAPbertsbar.us   (239)282-3232Sunday, July 5, 2015 ~ 5-9pmAce's Live Music4343 Palma Sola Blvd. Bradenton FL 34210 MAPAcesLiveMusic.com (941)795-3886Friday, July 10, 2015 ~…
  • Swingin' Harpoon - Swingin' it LARGE around the state for good times and great music!

    Jazz Blues Florida
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    Swingin' Harpoon& The Mercenaries of RhythmFighting the good fightfor the freedomof the blues!Music AND Entertainment -Great music andgood times!SUMMER TOUR STOPSFriday, July 3, 2015 | 7:00PMFathom’s Steam Room and Raw BarCarrabelle, FLWednesday, July 8, 2015 | 8:00PMThe Funky BiscuitBoca Raton, FL Thursday, July 9, 2015 | 7:00PMEnglewood on DearbornEnglewood, FLFriday, July 10, 2015 | 7:00PMGilbert's Resort & MarinaKey Largo, FLSaturday, July 11, 2015 | 10:00AMAm Vets post 550Zephyrhills, FLSAVE THE DATE!Saturday, August 29, 2015Swingin' Harpoon HostsThe InauguralGreater…
  • Groveland's Celebration of the Holiday Weekend to Include Concert by Jeff Kashiwa

    Jazz Blues Florida
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Celebrate the 4th w/Two Days of Music, Fun, Food & Fireworks!July 4: Featured Artist  - Smooth Jazz Superstar - Jeff Kashiwa at 7:30pmuntil the Fireworks!Groveland’s July 4th Celebration6-11pm, July 3 & 8qm-10pm July 4. atLake David Park450 S. Lake Ave, Groveland, FL 34736  (5 miles West of Clermont)mapgrovelandfireworks.com   This is a family fun festival with a terrific “kids zone”. Food trucks, Arts & Crafts Vendors, an air conditioned trolley ride to sample many local restaurants, incredible fireworks show put on by our…
  • Danny Burger...(Allen Kanovsky knows where the music is, and who is making it!)

    Jazz Blues Florida
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Submitted by Al Kanovsky 07/02/15…sat quietly at the kit. Some of the folks who know him well call him "pots & pans."It's Wednesday night and that's the night for Danny Burger's Showcase. He is surrounded by family members. No, not his family. The Orta's. Mike on keys, brother Nicky on bass and Nicky's wife Debbie handling the vocal chores. JAZZophiles filled most of the tables and all of the bar. I was joined by the love of Mike's life, Luz Marina SalAzar. A short while later Rick Katz (MiamiJAZZ Co-op) would arrive. Nearby were Babette, Bill, Capt. Bob, JoJo, Ron & his daughter.
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  • FESTIVAL ROUND-UP: Suedtirol Alto Adige 2015, 30th June

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    Matthias Schriefl. Suedtirol Jazz Festival 2015Photo Credit Ralf Dombrowski All Rights ReservedSuedtirol Jazz Festival Alto Adige 2015(Bolzano. 30th June 2015. Festival Report by Alison Bentley)This is the second part of Alison's round-upOne of Jazz Festival Director Klaus Widmann’s aims was to bring an international feel to Suedtirol Alto Adige, in the mountains of Northern Italy. People there speak two languages (German and Italian) and every town has two names. Saxophonist Tom Challenger’s Brass Mask added a New Orleans carnival feel, allied with modern jazz.The sense of anticipation…
  • CD REVIEW: John Law's New Congregation - These Skies In Which We Rust

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    John Law's New Congregation - These Skies In Which We Rust(33 Extreme. 33Xtreme006. CD Review by Adrian Pallant)For almost thirty years, classically-trained British pianist John Law has been pushing on the door of jazz creativity, forming and reshaping his own particularly diverse routes through an impressive catalogue of ensemble and solo piano releases.The last decade has seen a consolidation of his considerable compositional and performance strengths – including collaborations with Sam Burgess, Yuri Goloubev and Asaf Sirkis – to create a memorable clutch of albums from his Art of Sound…
  • FESTIVAL ROUND-UP: Suedtirol Jazz Festival 2015 - 29th June

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    Laura Jurd's Human Spirit at Schloss FahlburgSuedtirol Jazz Festival (Various Locations in Alto Adige, Northern Italy. 29th June 2015. Report by Alison Bentley)This is the first of Alison's reports.The town of Bolzano (Bozen) was full of British musicians walking round with a slightly glazed look, staring at the mountains and muttering words like, ‘beautiful’ and ‘stupendous’. Bolzano and neighbouring towns, nestling in the mountains of South Tyrol, were hosting ‘UK Sounds’ this year in a variety of extraordinary venues. In the garden of the Parkhotel Laurin, amongst the palms and…
  • PHOTOS: 2015 Suedtirol Jazz Festival

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    Matthew Bourne Suedtirol Jazz Festival 2015Photo Credit Ralf Dombrowski All Rights ReservedThis is a holding page for some great photos by Ralf Dombrowski. Others have been integrated into our written coverage by Alison Bentley. LINKS 29th June report30th June reportPerhaps Contraption. Suedtirol Jazz Festival 2015Photo Credit Ralf Dombrowski All Rights Reserved
  • CD REVIEW: John Russell, Phil Durrant, John Butcher - Conceits 1987/1992

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    John Russell, Phil Durrant, John Butcher - Conceits 1987/1992 (EMANEM 5036. CD Review by Geoff Winston)The playing on Conceits is marked out by sensitivity and restraint combined with dynamic invention. Recorded almost 30 years ago by the improvising trio of saxophonist, John Butcher, guitarist, John Russell and Phil Durrant, who played violin and trombone, it retains a freshness and maturity that stands the test of time. The original vinyl album was put out in 1988 and launched the ACTA label. Devoted primarily to improvisation, ACTA was set up by Butcher, in association with Russell…
 
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    JazzWorldQuest - Jazz News With A Global Perspective

  • USA/ITALY:The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra-Home Away (Neuklang Records 2015)

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Ayn Inserto - composition & conductorTrumpets: Giorgio Caselli; Luca Giardini; Giacomo Uncini; Samuele Garofoli; Jeff ClaassenTrombones: Massimo Morganti; Carlo Piermartire; Luca Pernici; Pierluigi BastioliSimone La Maida - alto sax,soprano sax, flute, clarinetMaurizio Moscatelli - alto sax, flute, clarinetFilippo Sebastianelli - tenor sax, clarinetAntonangelo Giudice - tenor sax,clarinetMarco Postacchini - baritone sax, bass clarinet, fluteLuca Pecchia - guitarEmilio Marinelli - pianoGabriele Pesaresi - double bassMassimo Manzi - drumshttp://www.ayninserto.com
  • ITALY: Black Coffee - Punto D'incontro ( GBMUSIC 2015)

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    01.Overjoyed 02.Bern Que Se Quis (e po' che fa) 03.Casa Pre-fabricada 04.Inutil Paisagem 05.All Of Me (Disse Alguem) 06.Fragile 07.Tell Him 08.Gigi 09.Three Little Birds 10.Samba e Amor
  • FRANCE: Vincent Courtois- WEST ( La Buissonne 2015)

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    WEST by Vincent Courtois
  • USA: Wayne Wallace-Intercambio (2015)

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    IntercambioFor Wayne Wallace, Intercambio doesn’t refer to a trendy idea or an optimistic gloss on difficult international relations. In his creatively charged body of music, intercambio, or cultural interchange, is a soul-deep communion, an ongoing and never ending intra-family conversation between the extraordinarily rich African Diaspora cultures of the United States and Cuba (and various Caribbean cousins). The fifth release by the twice Grammy-nominated Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, Intercambio adds an enthralling new chapter to the dialogue. The album is slated for release on…
  • CROATIA: Matija Dedic- Ligherian Rhapsody (Piano Solo Improvisation) (Workin' Label 2015)

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    "Ligheryan Rhapsody", the new album by the croatian pianist and composer Matija Dedić that arrives at his first solo work after fifteen years of intense recording activity. The idea of the album was born spontaneously by some piano improvisations during recording sessions while he was working with other projects. After three successive improvisation’s sessions the music takes shape in eleven piano solo songs that would make the track list. The compositions appear as a deep reflection on improvised music, the world in which the author perceives the existence to its full expression, and at…
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