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Last week I had the opportunity to hear the Eleonor England Trio play a pretty dead show at the Elbo Room in San Francisco's Mission Neighborhood. Man. I wasn't sure if it was jazz or a standup routine. One minute they were playing beautifully orchestrated standards with soaring vocals and the next minute the vocalist was improvising lyrics about the surrounding Mission Neighborhood and people were rolling around clutching their sides with laughter. One of the many highlights was when the band s …
As 2003 approaches, Concord Records is gearing up for what will be a year­long celebration honoring the label’s 30-year anniversary-a major milestone for an independent record company. With a diverse roster of distinguished talent, coupled with a steadfast dedication to supporting quality music of all genres, Concord Records has become a true testament to founder Carl Jefferson’s commitment to excellence.

Concord Records, which is co-owned by entertainment legend Norman Lear, has put its cre …


Nat King Cole

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This release just in from EMI publicity:

Make Your Valentine's Day "Unforgettable" with Nat King Cole.

Capitol Records To Release Nat King Cole: Love Songs, 24 Romantic Ballads From The Legendary Performer's Repertoire. In Stores February 11, 2003

(Hollywood, CA - January 24) Just in time for Valentine's Day, Capitol Records will release Nat King Cole: Love Songs on February 11, 2003. This new compilation features 24 of the legendary pop balladeer's most romantic recordings. Included …

TEDDY EDWARDS-world renowned tenor saxophonist, who has been battling cancer these past eight years-will be the honored guest at "A Sunday Afternoon For Teddy" at the Musicians Union this coming Sunday, February 2. The proceeds will go directly to help pay mounting medical costs.

"We were approached by so many of my dad's friends who just wanted to express their appreciation, show their respect, and help out," says Teddy Edwards, Jr. "A friend, Bryon Winston, came up with the idea of having …


Toots Thielemans

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Jazz's brilliant master of guitar and harmonica, Toots Thielemans, is presently on the Blue Note Circuit touring Tokyo, Nagoya, Tukuoka and Osaka, Japan through February 26, 2003. Joining Toots on the tour are Mike del Ferro - keyboards, Bart De Nolf - double bass and Bruno Catellucci - drums.

Be sure to search JazzReview and Thielemans' website for more information on this outstanding performer that has captivated listeners of all ages with his musicial genius. …


Danilo Perez

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One of the most creative and respected young lions of jazz, pianist and composer Danilo Perez, has been named Artistic Advisor of an exciting and innovative new jazz series announced today as part of Kimmel Center Presents 2003-2004 season lineup.

Kimmel Center Presents Mellon Jazz Up Close: Dreaming of Dizzy has been curated by Perez and will feature a series of five exclusive, one-night-only performances dedicated to the legacy of Dizzy Gillespie. All concerts will be held in the Kimmel Ce …


Jaco Anthology

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Including 3 Unreleased Tracks on This 2-Disc Set Due April 22, 2003

LOS ANGELES--Jaco Pastorius is widely acknowledged as the man who forever changed the way the bass guitar is played and viewed. …



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Contemporary Jazz Legends Yellowjackets to perform at the El Camino College Center for the Arts in Torrance, California.

Contemporary jazz legends Yellowjackets (Russell Ferrante, keyboards; Jimmy Haslip, bass; Bob Mintzer, tenor saxophone; Marcus Baylor, drums) perform at the El Camino College Center for the Arts in Torrance on Sunday, March 9. There will be on 90-minute set which starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $24 and $18. El Camino College Center for the Arts is located at 16007 Crenshaw B …

New York, NY - Multi instrumentalist, raconteur, jazz preacher, hipster sage, sightless seeker and American music legend only scratch the surface in describing the sheer force of human spirit that was Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Having passed away in 1977, the music he left behind continues to tell the story 25 years later. Like so many great artists of the 20th century, his legacy grows in stature as his music is discovered by new generations. And as if on cue, every few years the opportunity seems to …
GRAMMY Award-winning Ozomatli (pronounced Oh-zoh-mot-lee) has joined the artist roster at Beverly Hills-based Concord Records. Described as one of the best bands ever to come out of Los Angeles, Ozo has won both critical acclaim and a loyal fan base for its unique blend of funk, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms with social commentary and political rap. Indeed, it was the band’s social activism and ideologies that first piqued the interest of Concord Records’ co-owner Norman Lear.

Ozo’s …