Cary Goldberg

Cary Goldberg

Motema Music, the independent label which has released a continuous succession of
critically acclaimed jazz releases from both well known and emerging jazz artists
including Rufus Reid, Mark Cary, and Lynne Arriale, has signed with Allegro
Distribution for the US and Canada.

"We really feel that Allegro is the perfect match for the next leg of Motema’s
journey," said Jana Herzen, label president. "Like Motema, Allegro is very focused
on the need to stay current, and expa

On his new release, The Broken Arm, cellist Erik Friedlander spotlights his unique
pizzicato playing--higher and more incisive than the bass, warmer than the piano, but
similarly rhythmic and able to freely engage in the give-and-take that is so essential
to the jazz. "While there have been a few groundbreaking practitioners, notably
bassist Oscar Pettiford, the cello has a tenuous connection to jazz, and is still
considered a novelty," explains Friedlander. "The cello is an untap

It would seem that a Senegalese griot singer who plays the traditional West African
21-stringed kora would have little to discuss musically with a German-born, New
York-based jazz trumpeter. But today’s cross-cultural fusions often transcend both
geography and genre, and whether it was fate or design that brought together Ablaye
Cissoko and Volker Goetze, it is we who are the beneficiaries. On October 14 in the
USA and Canada, ObliqSound will release the duo’s album Sira, a stu

Release Event: Nov. 3rd at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center

This November 11th, Motéma Music, the Harlem based record label that is home to Rufus
Reid, Marc Cary, Lynne Arriale and Roni Ben-Hur among other top jazz talent, will
release the first in their new ‘Jazz Therapy’ series of charitable fund raising CDs
produced in association with the Jazz Foundation of America. Jazz Therapy, Volume 1:
Smile, featuring master guitarists Gene Bertoncini and Roni Ben-Hur, will

With a genre-transcending sound that she calls urban, folk & jazz, award-winning
singer-songwriter KJ Denhert’s loyal following has increased with each of the six CDs
she released on her own Mother Cyclone label and her seventh, Lucky 7, released in
tandem with Motéma Music in May 2008. Denhert and her band, The NY Unit, have a twelve
year-long history of dynamic live shows in the US, Italy and the Caribbean. Now, after
a run of over 100 shows supporting Lucky 7, KJ has announ
Although he had been enjoying an increasingly successful career as a performer and
songwriter for quite some time on his own terms, 28 year old Shaun Barrowes decided in
2007 to join the hundreds of thousands of contestants hoping to become the next
American Idol. Although he didn’t reach the final level of the competition, Barrowes
did make it to Hollywood, placing among the show’s Final 48, and he says that losing
probably did more than winning could have done to help move him t
Avishai Cohen, who was recently lauded in the Jazz Times review of his latest release, Gently Disturbed, as "among the elite bassists on the scene today," has been officially named as the Artistic Director for the Red Sea Jazz Eilat Festival for 2009.

The announcement was made last week by festival producer Miki Gov and the board representing the Municipality of the city of Eilat in Tel Aviv. Cohen will succeed Dan Gottfried, who has served as Artistic Director since the festival’s inception.

As he readies himself for the July 22 release of his eponymous debut CD on Smooth Sounds Records, saxophonist Curtis Haywood is concretely putting his money where his heart is by donating a portion of his sales to two causes: Feed the Children ( and Self Help Africa ( Haywood will donate 1/12 of the sales price of the twelve-track CD, tied to his original composition, "Rain Song," which fully expresses Haywood’s de
Coinciding with the success of his newest release, Love and Paragraphs (Ultimate
Vibe,) which is currently holding tight to the number two position on the Smooth Jazz
Charts, guitarist Chris Standring has once again assembled a triad of top talent for
the third annual Soul Express tour. Joining Standring for these evenings of funk,
soul and R&B will be saxophonist Everette Harp and vocalist Phil Perry, for a series
of dates that will begin with a July 11 show at the Riverfron

Lucia Pulido, the critically acclaimed Colombian singer whose work is noted for its
fusion of the traditional with the experimental, has signed with Adventure Music,
announced label co-owner Richard Zirinsky, Jr. The label will release Pulido's Waning
Moon on September 16.

Pulido was a featured vocalist on Adventure Music's 2007 release, Contemporary
America. In its review of the CD, The Instrumental Observer said, "Lucia Pulido opens
the disc with her haunting vocals, and s

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