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  • CD Review: The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra - Strength In Numbers

    LondonJazz
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra - Strength In NumbersSummit Records DCD 627. CD Review by Frank Griffith)Strength In Numbers, indeed, as this Connecticut born, NYC-based trombonist/arranger's second big band CD shines on many levels. Pete McGuinness nods to the late Bob Brookmeyer, as well as other jazz icons (Thad Jones and Chet Baker) are evident while never overshadowing his well formed individual voice as a writer, trombonist and singer.His wise combination of largely originals with three carefully chosen standards make for a delectable collection that joins together seamlessly. The…
  • Steely Dan On Piano Jazz

    Jazz
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are masters of irony and erudition. The pair perform their Steely Dan hit "Josie" and standards "Mood Indigo" and "Hesitation Blues."» E-Mail This
  • Porter Back On Broadway

    About.com Jazz
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Broadway singer and actor Billy Porter, who's best known for his Tony Award-winning performances as Lola in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, released his new album, Back On Broadway, this week. Porter celebrated the release of Back On Broadway with an appearance on The Today Show, wherein he sang the Kander and Ebb classic "And The World Goes Round."...Read Full Post
  • ALL ABOUT JAZZ / JAZZ NEAR YOU: Download the New All About Jazz / Jazz Near You Media Kit

    All About Jazz News
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Leverage the world's leading online platform for jazz. Advertise across the All About Jazz platform, which includes Jazz Near You and the AAJ Magazine and reach the largest collection of jazz enthusiasts and jazz professionals in the world. Or geo-target your message to reach our local readers. With the first issue of the AAJ Magazine eclipsing 100,000 readers, and our Jazz Near You mailing list topping 135,000 opt-in subscribers, we encourage all jazz advertisers to explore the exciting new media opportunities that AAJ has to offer...
  • A "60 Minutes" Presentation ~ "The Virtuoso: Marcus Roberts"

    Elements of Jazz
    Donna M
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:30 pm
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  • Steely Dan On Piano Jazz

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

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

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    At the KC Jazz Club, Moran sets up two tunes with pre-produced sound montages, including a unique take on "Honeysuckle Rose." Hear Moran's long-running Bandwagon trio play Washington, D.C.» E-Mail This
  • Jazz Journalists Association Recognizes Its Musicians Of The Year

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Longtime friends and collaborators Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter headline the numerous performing artists, ensembles and recordings awarded for achievement in the year 2013.» E-Mail This
  • Marie Marcus On Piano Jazz

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Cape Cod's "First Lady of Jazz" performs a medley of tunes by Fats Waller, her stride-piano mentor, in this session from 1983.» E-Mail This
 
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  • Porter Back On Broadway

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

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

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Former Funk Brother Thom Douvan's new set, Brother Brother, is set to release on April 29. Drawing on a lifetime of playing soul jazz and funk -- including seven years as a member of The Funk Brothers -- Douvon pays tribute to the legendary group of session players who were responsible for the great sound of Motown during its biggest years. Joining Douvon on this record are drummers James Gadson, Michael Barsimanto, Tony Moore, Frank Wilson and the late Ralph Penland (who passed away shortly before the release of this recording), Hammond organists Duncan McMillan and Bobby Pierce and…
  • JJA Announces 2014 Winners

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    The Jazz Journalist Association has announced the winners of their 2014 JJA awards, tipping their hat to Herbie Hancock for the Lifetime Achievement Award and Wayne Shorter as Musician of the Year. Shorter's quartet won the Midsize Ensemble of the Year Award and his album, Without A Net, netted the Album of the Year honors. Also winning acclaim from the JJA is Cecile McLorin Salvant as Up and Coming Artist of the Year and Gregory Porter as Male Singer of the Year....Read Full Post
  • Getting Festy

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    What we call the World's Best Jazz Festival Guide just got better with scads of updates for festivals through the month of June. Check it out. Dianne Reeves will be making the rounds at this year's festivals. Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images
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  • ALL ABOUT JAZZ / JAZZ NEAR YOU: Download the New All About Jazz / Jazz Near You Media Kit

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Leverage the world's leading online platform for jazz. Advertise across the All About Jazz platform, which includes Jazz Near You and the AAJ Magazine and reach the largest collection of jazz enthusiasts and jazz professionals in the world. Or geo-target your message to reach our local readers. With the first issue of the AAJ Magazine eclipsing 100,000 readers, and our Jazz Near You mailing list topping 135,000 opt-in subscribers, we encourage all jazz advertisers to explore the exciting new media opportunities that AAJ has to offer...
  • ALL ABOUT JAZZ / JAZZ NEAR YOU: Promote Your Jazz Appreciation Month Events with Jazz Near You

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Jazz Near You gathers and distributes jazz event information to fans in nearly 250 cities worldwide via the web, email and phone. It's also ready to help presenters and musicians promote their Jazz Appreciation Month events in April. It's free and easy! Professional musicians and presenters can simply add their events. Single and recurring events can be added via our submission form. Events can be uploaded in batches via our file upload service...
  • CONTEST/GIVEAWAY: Enter the "Ed Palermo - Oh No! Not Jazz!!" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    All About Jazz members are invited to enter the Cuneiform Records "The Ed Palermo Big Band - Oh No! Not Jazz!!" giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on May 19th. Click here to enter the contest (Tracking Ed Palermo at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.)...
  • INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Amy Lee

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    All About Jazz is celebrating Amy Lee's birthday today! Jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger Amy Lee has been on the national/ international music scene since 1990. Her newly released solo CD titled USE ME marks her 2nd solo album and is currently being sold exclusively at her website Amy LeeSax.com. The accomplished musicians backing Amy on USE ME have recorded with hundreds of artists including Earth, Wind and Fire, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn, Kenny G... Read more...
  • GENERAL MUSIC INDUSTRY: Indie Labels Speak out Against Negative Effects of Major Labels on Record Store Day

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Earlier this year I wrote about concerns related to major labels' getting into vinyl and sucking up more of the limited time of current vinyl pressing facilities. However that's just one of the problems affecting indie labels and record stores for whom Record Store Day was created. But even if indie shops withdraw from RSD as some are doing, the crunch for vinyl pressing plants seems likely to increase as vinyl's audience grows...
 
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  • A "60 Minutes" Presentation ~ "The Virtuoso: Marcus Roberts"

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

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

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

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

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

  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis Hosts: Christian McBride & Kurt Rosenwinkel

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

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

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

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

    30 Mar 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The following script is from “The Virtuoso” which aired on March 30, 2014. Wynton Marsalis is the correspondent. David Browning and Paige Kendig, producers. Who’s the greatest American musician most people have never heard of? To me, it’s Marcus Roberts. I’m biased because Marcus worked in my band when he was just starting out. But anybody who’s heard him at the piano usually agrees: he’s a fearsome and fearless player, and a homegrown example of overcoming adversity with excellence. Marcus went blind when he was 5 years old. And soon began trying to…
 
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  • Irene Kral

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

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

    Doug Ramsey
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    The Jazz Journalists Association has named 24 Jazz Heroes, recognizing them as “activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz.” Among them is Jim Wilke (pictured on James Moody’s left), whose Sunday Jazz Northwest program we at Rifftides sometimes tell you about. It airs today at 2:00 pm PDT on KPLU-FM, 88.5 in Seattle and […]
  • Other Matters: Ukraine

    Doug Ramsey
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    A film about Ukraine’s position visa vis Russia showed up on YouTube earlier this week. In three days it has attracted more than 115,000 viewers. The film was created and posted by a video artist whose accompanying explanation said that she or he preferred to remain anonymous in order not to distract from the message […]
  • Other Places: Shouldn’t Every Child Have A Chance?

    Doug Ramsey
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:27 pm
    This is an item from Bill Crow’s The Band Room column in the April issue of Allegro, the newspaper of New York Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians. We use it with Mr. Crow’s permission. In the little town in Washington State where I grew up, our local school system had a full […]
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    Jazz@Rochester

  • But wait, there's more ... Exodus to Jazz continues to bring great music to town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    15 Feb 2014 | 8:49 pm
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  • Happy Birthday Kokomo Arnold

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

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

  • STOP THE TRAFFIC TO DIXIE: AFTER HOURS AT THE WHITLEY BAY CLASSIC JAZZ PARTY (Nov. 1, 2013)

    jazzlives
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Something for the dear boy, created in the darkness of the Victory Pub in Newcastle, England, on November 1, 2013: with the sterling assistance of Andy Schumm, cornet; Jeff Barnhart, keyboard; Kristoffer Kompen, trombone; Stephane GIllot, alto saxophone; Jacob Ullberger, guitar; Henri Lemaire, string bass, Josh Duffee, drums. Other luminaries may be there, audible but hardly visible: This is the sort of music so generously offered at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party. Will you be there? May your happiness increase!Filed under: "Thanks A Million", Bliss!, Generosities, Ideal Places,…
  • TODD LONDAGIN’S EXTRAORDINARY RANGE: “LOOK OUT FOR LOVE”

    jazzlives
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:06 pm
    I met and admired the trombonist and singer Todd Londagin several times in 2005 and onwards; he was one of the crew of cheerful individualists who played gleeful or dark music with the drummer Kevin Dorn.  A fine trombonist (with a seamless reach from New Orleans to this century) and an engaging singer, Todd is someone I have faith in musically.  But when I received his second CD, LOOK OUT FOR LOVE, I hardly expected it to be as remarkable as it is. On it, Todd sings and plays (occasionally doing both simultaneously, through an Avakian-like graceful use of multi-tracking . . . even sounding…
  • A RHYTHMIC ECSTASY, 1950

    jazzlives
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    The British Pathe newsreel organization has released 85,000 films to YouTube — they can be found here.  Of course, I went to that channel and entered “jazz” in the search box.  Some of the film footage is silent, which is its own kind of frustration, but this one isn’t: Three and a half minutes of Humphrey Lyttelton and his band, culminating in an ecstatic SNAKE RAG — played for young dancers thoroughly captivated by the music, the rhythm, and their own movement.  No stimulus but rhythm and “ginger pop,” the narrator tells us. At first, I yearned…
  • WHEN THE MUSIC REWARDS YOU: CLINT BAKER’S CAFE BORRONE ALL-STARS (Part Two) APRIL 4, 2014

    jazzlives
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    For a New Yorker in California, it’s always seemed like a long trip from Novato, through San Francisco, down to Menlo Park to enjoy the Friday-night jamborees that Clint Baker has put on for many years, with his “Cafe Borrone All-Stars.” But I’ve had a conversion experience because of the delicious hot music I saw and heard a few nights ago, on April 4, 2014.  And you can share the experience, too. Here is the first part. Clint played banjo and guitar and sang, leaving the front-line responsibilities to men stout-hearted and true: Jim Klippert, trombone, Bill Carter,…
  • IVIE’S BLUES: REBECCA KILGORE, DAN BARRETT, PAOLO ALDERIGHI at MONTEREY (March 9, 2014)

    jazzlives
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Ivie Anderson was a memorable singer whose records with the Duke Ellington Orchestra between 1932-42 resonate in my mind. She’s not immediately known by many jazz fans, which is a pity. But our Becky knows and loves Ivie’s music deeply and well. Here is a gritty sad blues, ROCKS IN MY BED, from Becky Kilgore’s heartfelt tribute to Ivie and the Duke — with delicious playing from Dan Barrett, trombone, and Paolo Alderighi, piano. This performance comes from JazzAge Monterey’s Jazz Bash by the Bay, on March 9, 2014: May your happiness increase!Filed under: "Thanks A…
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    Music and More

  • Dan Weiss - Fourteen (Pi Recordings, 2014)

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

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

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Krokofant is a trio of young musicians that have a great sound that is punishing in an early 1970's King Crimson meets Last Exit kind of way, but the most impressive thing about is is that they have the power harnessed and under control, using dynamics to raise and lower the ferocity and keep the listener wondering what is coming next. The band consists of Tom Hasslan on guitars, Axel Skalstad on drums and Jørgen Mathisen on saxophones. The first five tracks of the LP fly past with the invigorating sense of excitement of open minded musicians setting the controls the cosmos and…
  • That's Not Jazz! The Strypes, Lydia Loveless

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else (Bloodshot Records, 2014) Singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless is as unclassifiable as can be at the moment and its suites her music well. Aspects of country music, particularly the outlaw country of iconoclast Steve Earle are combined with a decidedly punk approach to her uptempo performances.  Combining these disparate influences and you get a musician that is a dynamo of sorts, moving from ballads to rock without skipping a beat. “Really Want to See You” recalls early Lucinda Williams with its rollicking beat and spitfire lyrics, while “Wine Lips”…
  • Jazz: John McLaughlin, Brian Charette

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Recorded live last year at the Berklee School of Music, guitarist John McLaughlin and his 4th Dimension band: Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Etienne Mbappe on bass, and Ranjit Barot on drums and vocals, made a very good album. Proudly fusing jazz with progressive rock and the music of different cultures the music was quite successful. The synths might sound a little odd and the one vocal out of place, but for the most part the band is on fire, particularly the leader who is playing with burning imagination. The Boston Record - amazon.comWidely touring organist Brian Charette is…
 
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  • 10mFan Mouthpieces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Weekend Wax Bits

    Marc Myers
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I spent the past week in London—walking for miles and watching early spring unfold its colorful blanket. The weather was perfect—sunny and in the mid-60s the entire time—which allowed me to enjoy the narrow streets, the architecture, the eclectic food and even the toy-sound of bus and cab engines. Best of all, London was bright green with new foliage and spotted with color (yellows, purples, whites and violets), thanks to the insistent rush of young flowers. But my love for London goes way beyond the flora and the food, which, in my opinion, now tops Paris. I've been traveling to…
  • Sarah Vaughan: Europe, 1958

    Marc Myers
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    In the spring of 1958, Sarah Vaughan and her trio—Ronnell Bright (piano), Richard Davis (bass) and Art Morgan (drums)—were in Europe on tour. Here's They All Laughed, one of Vaughan's most magnificent recordings. [Photo above of Quincy Jones and Sarah Vaughan in Paris in 1958] Dig Ronnell's enveloping chords—which is why he will always remain one of the greatist jazz piano accompanists. And listen carefully to Vaughan's knockout notes... Want more? You'll find lots more Vaughan on the DVD, Jazz Icons: Sarah Vaughan Live in '58 & '64 here.
  • Duke, Ella + Jimmy: France, '66

    Marc Myers
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    In 1966, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald and her trio were on the French Riviera for a series of concerts. What you're about to see and hear is Ella at her very best. Her honey-sass voice, with its enormous range and flexibility, is absolutely superb. Listen carefully to her sing So Danco Samba. Of course, Ellington and his band aren't bad, either. We also get a nice feel for Jimmy Jones, Ella's pianist and musical director. Here's the clip, with a special thanks to John Cooper for sending along the link...
 
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    St. Louis Jazz Notes

  • StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The basics of Basie

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

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

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

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

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

  • Eustis Mustang Music Association to raise funds at Eustis First Friday Street Fest May 2

    Jazz Blues Florida
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    On May 2nd the Eustis Mustang Music Association and volunteering students will be at The Eustis First Friday Street Fest and they will be raising funds by selling canvas art that the students painted. All art is purchased with donation only. There will be an 11x18 Plein Air style painting that was donated by band parent Kate Carney. Kate Carney is a member of The Eustis Art league and her painting is a framed original oil . Kate Carney, A Studio Life is a professional renown local artist who sells her paintings that showcase many things from animals to landscape. Please stop by the Mustang…
  • Jazz Vocalist Paulette Dozier at the MoAFL for Jazz Appreciation Month

    Jazz Blues Florida
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Jazz Vocalist Paulette Dozier, NSU Alumna,Shares an Intimate Afternoon of Timeless Classics to Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month April 26, 2014 ~  2:00PMPaulette Dozier accompained by Howie Schneider on painoNova Southeastern University’s Museum of ArtOne East Las Olas Blvd.Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 moafl.org (954)262-0227  MAPAn enchanting journey through the history of jazz during an afternoon of classics in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month.$10 per person, includes museum admission.Free for museum members.Reservations are…
  • Albert Castiglia Announces Florida CD Release Tour ~ Kick-off in Fort Lauderdale Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Jazz Blues Florida
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    SOLID GROUND is already solidly in the top of the charts.Get to a show, get your copy, and find out why!View as web pageALBERT CASTIGLIAALBERT CASTIGLIASaturday, April 26  ~ 8:00PMDowntowner Saloon, Fort LauderdaleWelcome Albert home from his extensive European tour!Friday, May 2  ~ 8:00PMAce’s, Bradenton  Saturday, May 3 ~ 5:00PMLittle Bar Restaurant, Goodland  Saturday, May 10 ~ 8:00PMBamboo Room, Lake Worth  Sunday, May 11 ~ 2:00PMDubliner Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale  Thursday, May 15  ~ 8:00PMEnglewoods on Dearborn, Englewood Friday, May…
  • Some do it...(and those that don't probably don't read this blog, right, Allen Kanovsky?)

    Jazz Blues Florida
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Submitted by Al Kanovsky 04/17/14...for love. Some do it for money. Some do it for the love of money. Some do it for the money needed for love. JAZZ musicians definitely do not do it for the money. They do it for the love of the genre itself. It takes unequaled dedication to your art. The sacrifice of personal time. Sometimes even the destruction of a comfortable relationship. The rewards are measured in small audiences and smatterings of applause. Last night the Orta brothers Mike and Nicky and Nicky's wife Debbie performed at BJB's on 33d. It was Danny Burger's JAZZ Showcase. And…
  • Blues~n~Groove Weekend to bring internationally acclaimed artists to Mount Dora, Florida May 16-18, 2014

    Jazz Blues Florida
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Under new leadership, Mt. Dora Blues~n~Groove brings award winning artists to sing the Blues in Elizabeth Evans Park and the Community Building the weekend of May 16-18, 2014.View as web pageBlues Music Awards nominee Ana Popovic is but one of several critically acclaimed artists appearing at the sixth annual Mount Dora Blues~n~Groove Weekend. The three-day music festival will feature the Pat Travers Band, Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, Selwyn Birchwood and Big Bill Morganfield as headliners throughout the weekend, May 16-18.Popovic is nominated for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the…
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  • Preview / Interview: Barry Guy New Orchestra at Cafe Oto, 20-22 May

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Barry Guy, London, 2014Drawing by Geoffrey Winston. © 2014. All Rights ReservedPreview: Barry Guy New Orchestra(Cafe Oto, 20-21 May. Preview / interview and drawings by Geoff Winston)Virtuoso bassist and composer, Barry Guy, has been a key figure in the British and European jazz and free improvising scenes for over 40 years. Best known as founder of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra and as a fiendishly inventive improviser in the reknowned trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lytton, and in projects with the likes of Mats Gustafsson and Marilyn Crispell, he brings his Barry Guy New Orchestra to…
  • Led Bib Preview (Tour 22 April - 4 May). Mark Holub writes...

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Mark Holub. Photo: Mapex Drums Drummer Mark Holub writes about the forthcoming Led Bib tour – dates below: With only a few weeks to go till the tour, it's got me thinking about our beginnings and the fact that in 2005, we were one of the first ever bands to play in the new Vortex in Dalston, launching our first album there before the club was even properly opened. We had friends run the bar, which wasn't even there yet, and played on the floor before the stage was built....and looking at the pictures, we were younger....a lot younger! On that same tour I remember playing one of our first…
  • Report: Jeremy Pelt Close to my Heart re-created at Kings Place

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    Jeremy Pelt at Kings Place- Photo credit Melody McLaren (iPhome)Sebastian writes:I'm definitely disqualified from reviewing this one, having been given the privilege of introducing the bands from the stage, but I have to say that this concert, part of the Global Music Foundation's Easter weekend at Kings Place, was special. Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt re-visited his 2003 album Close to my Heart with the arranger of the album David O'Rourke directing a small orchestra, plus a fine trio of Bruce Barth, Duncan Hopkins and Stephen Keogh.In some senses it was a premiere, since the album was done with…
  • CD Review: Vein - Vote for Vein!

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Vein - Vote for Vein!(Unit Records. UTR 4453. CD Review by Eric Ford) Unless you have another CD by Vein, I reckon you're unlikely to have anything else in your collection that's quite like this. In their moments of gleeful irreverence they might bring to mind a Swiss version of The Bad Plus, but there still seems to be affection for the style being parodied and there's never any doubting the seriousness of the work these guys have put in individually and collectively. All members of the trio (brothers Michael Arbenz - piano - and Florian Arbenz - drums / Thomas Laehns - bass ) sound like…
  • CD Review: The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra - Strength In Numbers

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra - Strength In NumbersSummit Records DCD 627. CD Review by Frank Griffith)Strength In Numbers, indeed, as this Connecticut born, NYC-based trombonist/arranger's second big band CD shines on many levels. Pete McGuinness nods to the late Bob Brookmeyer, as well as other jazz icons (Thad Jones and Chet Baker) are evident while never overshadowing his well formed individual voice as a writer, trombonist and singer.His wise combination of largely originals with three carefully chosen standards make for a delectable collection that joins together seamlessly. The…
 
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    JazzWorldQuest - Jazz News With A Global Perspective

  • JazzWorldQuest - Showcase 2013 UPDATED Free Download from world class musicians from Italy, USA, Indonesia, Cyprus, Norway, Serbia, Bolivia, Belgium.

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Featuring 2013 releases from world class musicians from Italy, USA, Indonesia, Cyprus, Norway, Serbia, Bolivia, Belgium. A fusion of genres and STYLES transcending geography and cultures reflecting a world of diversity rich in sounds and colors. Soft Machine Legacy, Roberto Magris, Marbin, EFECTO MANDARINA, Tony Adamo, Maurizio Minardi, Nastazio Gkoumas, Billie Davies, Elliott Ranney, Harlequins Enigma, THE WRONG OBJECT, simakDialog, I KNOW YOU WELL MISS CLARA, DUSAN JEVTOVIC, DEWA BUDJANAand DAVID WRIGHT, GINO  FOTI, NATALIE  JEAN  Download the "Jazzworldquest - Showcase 2013…
  • JazzWorldQuest Play List Update: Hyungjin Choi (Tracks:Toy Soldier and Dreamer from the " Tales of a Dreamer" CD)

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    16 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    About Hyungjin Choi: A native South Korean, Hyungjin Choi is a New York based pianist. She graduated from the prestigious Seoul Institute of the Arts in 2006 and then moved to New York to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where she earned a BFA in performing arts. Hyungjin has recorded and performed actively in many venues across the United States as both a backing player and bandleader / solo artist. She is currently the music director at Onnuri In2 Church in Manhattan and a faculty of the Music School of Westchester and Riverdale Music…
  • Barbara Levy Daniels Appearing at The Metropolitan Room 34 W 22nd St New York, NY 10010 (212) 206-0440

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Barbara Levy DanielsAppearing atThe Metropolitan Room 34 W 22nd StNew York, NY 10010 (212) 206-0440 Wed.,  June 18th 9:30pmwith Special Guests Houston Personand Musical Director/Pianist John DiMartinoCelebrating The Release of Her New CD"Love Lost and Found"  New CD FeaturesBarbara Levy Daniels (Vocals)John DiMartino (Piano and Music Director)Warren Vache' (Coronet)Shinnosuke Takahashi (Drums)Paul Meyers (Acoustic Guitar)Boris Kozlov (Bass)(Bldproductions Inc )Street Date March 4, 2014) Jack Goodstein Blogcriitics"…classics from the Great American Songbook…Daniels…
  • Pianist Ted Rosenthal Pays Tribute to Iconic Composer George Gershwin with "Rhapsody in Gershwin" - Available May 13 via Playscape Recordings

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Pianist Ted Rosenthal Pays Tribute to Iconic ComposerGeorge Gershwin with Rhapsody in Gershwin -Available May 13 via Playscape Recordings"Rosenthal is a pianist of rarest skill, weaving rapid single note lines that span out into rich chordal patterns, parallel octaves and hints of the blues"- The Los Angeles TimesStream Tracks from Rhapsody in GershwinNo living pianist is better equipped to address the music of the iconic composer George Gershwin than Ted Rosenthal, as is amply displayed on Rhapsody in Gershwin, his 15th release as a leader. Fulfilling The New Yorker's…
  • Sonny Rollins's "Road Shows, vol. 3" Due May 6 from Doxy/OKeh/Sony Music Masterworks

    JazzWorldQuest Productions
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Doxy Records to Release"Road Shows, vol. 3,"First Sonny Rollins AlbumUnder New Distribution Agreement withSony Music Masterworks/OKeh,On May 6CD Contains Six TracksRecorded in Japan, France, and the U.S.Between 2001 and 2012Rollins to Participate in a Google+ Hangout, "Sonny Rollins Meets His Fans," May 5 at 12:00 Noon EDT   April 9, 2014    Since launching his Doxy label in 2006 with the Grammy-nominated studio album Sonny, Please, the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins has been turning to his vast archive of his own concert recordings to compile…
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    Free Jazz Lessons

  • How Youtube Jazz Sensation Jacob Collier Creates Music

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

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

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

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

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

  • Toco’s Memoria set for a late-May release

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:41 am
    Italian-based Brazilian composer and producer Toco, who has written most of Memoria (some co-written with singer Nina Miranda and guitarist Stefano Tirone aka S-Tone Inc), provides plenty of summery sounds here, the album to be released next month by nu-jazz label Schema. Recorded in Milan during the latter part of 2013 Memoria presents a variety of featured singers, the vocal group Selton whose 2013 album Saudade featured Arto Lindsay standing out particularly well on ‘Breque bom’. It's a laidback collection of cheerful samba, bossa and acoustic folk flavours styled via acoustic guitar,…
  • Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year finalists announced

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Whittled down from a list of ten names 22-year-old Dumfries drummer John Lowrie; 20-year-old Edinburgh trumpeter Sean Gibbs; 16-year-old Dollar pianist Fergus McCreadie; 23-year-old Dollar drummer Jonathan Silk; and 20-year-old Perth alto saxophonist Helena Kay are the finalists of this summer’s Young Scottish Jazz Musician 2014 competition to be held at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on Wednesday 25 June, the opening night of this year's Glasgow international jazz festival. Read More...
  • Gregory Porter and Pat Metheny among German Echo Jazz winners

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Gregory Porter, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Terence Blanchard, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Enrico Pieranunzi, Antonio Sánchez, and Joshua Redman were the international winners at this year's Echo jazz awards in Germany just announced. Read More...
  • Our Own Decay and Brice/Okiji to play the latest Lume night

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    The latest running of improvised music night Lume tomorrow at the east London café gallery Long White Cloud is a double bill of Nick Malcolm’s improvising trio Our Own Decay featuring the trumpeter plus vibist Corey Mwamba & drummer Simon Roth, plus the duo of bassist Olie Brice and singer Fumi Okiji. Next week it’s the turn of the duo Ti/om and Molino De Otoño, with May nights to include appearances by guitarist Ant Law’s quintet, trumpeter Andre Canniere, and the Lauren Kinsella quintet.
  • Derico&Co added to Sligo Jazz Festival line-up

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Stern/Wooten Band drummer Derico Watson and Impossible Gentleman Steve Rodby’s Derico&Co drum’n’bass night has been added to the programme of the Sligo Jazz Festival, joining The Bad Plus, Alan Broadbent with guest Judy Niemack, and the Christian Scott band in the Hawk’s Well theatre line-up this summer. Read More...
 
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