New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
Law school creates more than a few challenges. There are hours upon hours of studying, grueling hours interning at law firms, and financial bills that need to find a way to get paid. For many law students the adversity is…
Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave. His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
Pop-influenced contemporary Jazz vocalist Jimmy Demers is set to make his Concord Records debut on September 23rd with Dream A Little a collection of 13 classic songs that have already garnered praise from the likes of legendary songwriter Diane Warren and Grammy award winning arranger Victor Vanacore.
With a string of credits to his name, from backing vocals on albums that include artists from Cher to Garth Brooks, the road …
Concord Jazz will release a live Gary Burton Quartet album, Quartet Live!, on May 26th.
The album features three original members and jazz legends Gary Burton, Pat Metheny and Steve Swallow along with another new member, and perhaps one of the most prominent jazz drummers of his generation, Antonio Sanchez. The 11-song album was recorded live at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, CA.
In celebration of the legendary label’s 60th anniversary, Prestige Records has launched an imeem profile page featuring music from the new Very Best Of Prestige Records CD, which includes jazz legends Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane.
Check out the page, and stream 10 full tracks from the new CD at:
The Concord Music Group released The Complete Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Recordings this week via Fantasy Records.
The sublime 2-CD collection spotlights the iconic song stylist Tony Bennett dueting with legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans from their two albums. Disc 1 combines the originally issued recordings, The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album and Together Again, with two bonus tracks, including a superb version of Cole Porter
Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson released Closer To You: The Pop Side this week via Blue Note / EMI.
Closer To You: The Pop Side celebrates the finest pop covers from Wilson’s seven albums recorded with Blue Note during her lengthy tenure with the legendary label. With her unmistakable voice, Cassandra covers an array of classics from pop / rock legends such as U2 ("Love Is Blindness"), Bob Dylan ("Lay Lady Lay"),
The Concord Music Group will release The Complete Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Recordings on April 14th via Fantasy Records.
The sublime 2-CD collection spotlights the iconic song stylist Tony Bennett dueting with legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans from their two albums. Disc 1 combines the originally issued recordings, The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album and Together Again, with two bonus tracks, including a superb version of
Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson will release Closer To You: The Pop Side on April 7th via Blue Note / EMI.
With her unmistakable honeyed husky voice, she has made intimate and personal statements with jazz, blues, R&B, country and pop. Closer To You: The Pop Side is a new collection of Wilson’s best covers of pop / rock hits, originally recorded by a who’s-who of top musicians, including U2, Bob Dylan, Gle
On March 24, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, trumpeter and bandleader Wynton Marsalis will release his fifth Blue Note recording, He and She an ambitious new album of 22 tracks that combines spoken word and Wynton’s signature Jazz style.
The album is tempered with flashes of humor and plenty of swing centered around the compelling and most elemental of subjects, the relationship between a man and a woman.
Smooth Jazz pioneers The Rippingtons’ new album, Modern Art, is available now for pre-order.
The band’s 18th album is available March 10th via Peak Records (Concord Music Group), and features founder Russ Freeman alongside Dave Karasony, Bill Heller, Rico Belled and Jeff Kashiwa. Also featured is special guest trumpeter Rick Braun.
Modern Art breaks new stylistic ground, incorporating exotic world