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Trouble And Strife

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Trouble And Strife is a band of seasoned veterans that celebrates the blues, and its nucleus consists of Larry Kurtz on harmonica/vocals and Bruce Ley on guitar/piano/vocals. This self-titled effort should satisfy the most discerning blues aficionados. These guys along with one gal bring comprehensive resumes to the table, and it’s clear why so many shared stages with or opened up for some heavy duty names over the years, including Mel Brown, Lucky Peterson, and James Cotton.

Th …

Happy 91st Birthday - Les Paul

By: Paul J. Youngman Jazz Advocate

Tundra Music and owner Ed McDonald ( played host to a guitar extravaganza this weekend June 3rd & 4th at the Thornhill Community Centre. A town just north of Toronto, my hometown actually and a nice place to have a birthday party.

My curiosity was peaked when I saw a press release that mentioned a tribute to Les Paul in honour of his contribu …

This young and very engaging Gatineau, Quebec singer/songwriter and guitarist has exploded onto the Canadian blues scene in the last couple of years, as her poise and talent has brought delight and generated appreciative nods from those been privileged to see and hear her. Roxanne Potvin has surefire musical instincts that enable her to latch onto any musical style or genre make it all sound as convincing as it gets. Her debut Careless Loving on the Northernblues label ( …

Historically speaking, jazz has often served as a springboard for change and a mechanism to highlight any number of community-oriented activities. Although the genre is most commonly known as an art form and a source of entertainment, numerous charitable organizations have used jazz to bring focus to their overall mission. As has been the case, benefit performances have also been used as an entertainment incentive towards helping many of these groups accomplish their goals. Out …

BOSTON, July 6, 2006 -Berklee College of Music and City of Boston ParkARTS present an evening of jazz in Roxbury’s historic Fort Hill neighborhood with Armsted Christian & Peaceful Flight and the Tuffus Zimbabwe Group on Sunday, August 6, starting at 5:00 p.m. The annual Jazz at the Fort concert is free and will be held weather permitting at Highland Park on Fort Avenue. Folding chairs and blankets are recommended. Roxbury Community College will provide parking on the corner of Columbus Aven …

Trumpet & trombone playing brothers Ken & Harry Watters will record a live CD in the next few months (exact dates to be announced).

The new CD will feature the Watters Brothers with lots of special guests, including Kevin Bales (piano), Neal Starkey and Robert Dig" Dickson (acoustic bass), Justin Varnes and Jay Frederick (drums), and Tom Wolfe (guitar). Recording will take place in the fall of 2006 at a venue TBA in the Atlanta area.

Ken & Harry Watters are Summit Re …

Jazz Revelation Records presents the 2nd Annual Kendall Square Concert Series, happening at 300 Athenaeum St., Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. Artists from Jazz Revelation Records and Berklee will perform each Thursday between noon and 2:00 p.m., through August 31. This event is free to the public, with onsite parking and many enjoyable restaurants. Featured artists include Berklee students, alumni, and faculty members.The Kendall Square Concert Series is sponsored by Lyme Properties, BioMed Real …

Legendary Chorus Line Dancers

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"When the music is right the feet automatically work," Elaine Ellis exclaimed with a serious smile, one of 16 of the now 84 to 96 year old "SILVER BELLES" showgirls who's lives are explored in "Been Rich All My Life" (Toots Crackin Productions), a 81 minute Musical Documentary Movie by Cinematographer Heather Lyn MacDonald that opened at New York's Quad Theater, July 21, 2006. This film has a swinging original musical score re-composed purposefully by Pete Whitman to bring t …
Happily, some things change and some remain the same. That’s the headline for the upcoming 2006-7 jazz season in Orange County.

The big change is taking place at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with the opening next month of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, taking its place in the blossoming Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Included as part of the new hall, the Samueli Theater will be the site of this coming Jazz Club season which begins with the Ramsey Le …

Michael Manson Just Feelin’ It

Chicago Bass Player Releases 2nd CD September 12, 2006

Chicago August 15, 2006

With the release of his previous CD, The Bottom Line, Michael Manson joined the ranks of today’s premiere jazz artists.

His first single "Outer Drive" reached the top 10 on the R&R Smooth Jazz. Bass-master Michael Manson moved from sideman to center-stage on his solo debut The Bottom Line

IRIS Distribution, Palmetto Records and BKWLD Announce JAZZOUTLOUD;

Ground Breaking Mobile Store Brings Jazz To Your Phone

SAN FRANCISCO, CA August 9th 2006 -IRIS Distribution, the leading digital distribution company dedicated to the successful marketing and promotion of prominent independent music and video catalogs, today announced a partnership with renowned independent jazz label, Palmetto Records and vi …

Canadian Jazz News Canadian Jazz Quartet to Perform at Giant Steppes Jazz Festival, Mongolia Calgary based jazz ensemble Northern Lights Quartet are about to take the sound of Canadian jazz to far-away Mongolia where they are slated to perform October 5-7th at the Giant Steppes Jazz Festival in Ulaanbaatar.

The quartet will appear alongside fellow headliners, pianist Steve Tromans U-Bop Band (Ulaanbaatar) and pianist Bob Bellows (US) for the Main Stage Concert Thursday O …

Canadian music news Jann Arden, Corb Lund lead the way with four nominations

The nominations for the Western Canadian Music Awards were announced yesterday in Winnipeg. The music and industry awards will be handed out during a ceremony to be held in that city October 22, 2006. Jann Arden and Corb Lund lead the way with four nominations each, while other multiple nominees include Bif Naked, Michael Buble, Hedley, Diana Krall, Nickelback and The Road Hammers. The Winnipeg- …

September 2006 - Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis has his first recording out in a decade. Released on September 12, Minions Dominion is on Troubadour Jass Records and features the last recorded works of drummer Elvin Jones. In the time that they spent together, Marsalis received the wisdom and digested the history that Jones quietly imparted. It comes through in his music and in the work he does with young people; a family trait, it seems. In the liner notes to Minions Dominion, Marsa …

Hollywood, CA - Actress and recording artist, CYNTHIA BASINET (aka c. basinet) known for hits like "Santa Baby" and "Tea for Two" featured in "ENTERTAINMENT: DIVAS, CABARET, JAZZ THEN AND NOW" book, now available thru Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Book excerpt: "Cynthia Basinet is a phenomenon; a mesmerizing woman with an infinity of talents, visions and intriguing entrepreneurial activities. Unquestionably, Cynthia's voice is one of the most strikin …

After two years touring as a tenor with the Voice Messengers (a Paris vocal jazz big band), French guitarist, singer and composer Didier Verna comes back to his primary instrument, the guitar, leading a brand new group: the "@-quartet".

Accompanied by three of the most solicited sidemen from the Paris Jazz scene (Gilles Naturel on bass, Guillaume Naud on piano and David Georgelet on drums), Didier Verna offers a 100% original repertoire of contemporary, melodic jazz, in the vein of Pat Met …


New CD

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Invisible Music Records presents the debut CD of the jazz collective featuring David Wells, Tony Gaboury, and Steve Grover entitled "The Garden Above". This recording features original compositions, standards, and jazz compositions, including a unique interpretation of Sonny Rollins extended piece "The Freedom Suite". The music of this trio is at times spacious, swinging, free, textural, intimate and always melodic.

"The Garden Above" is available at

Legendary bassist Stanley Clarke was presented with this year’s Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday, October 28, at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City, which was the site of the 2006 Bass Player LIVE! weekend bass conference/extravaganza. Presenters of the award to Clarke were solo artist and Flecktones renowned bassist Victor Wooten and funk and jazz bass superstar Marcus Miller.

"There’s no way I would pass on the chance to present this award to Stanley Cl …

The title says essentially all you need to know. Legions of fans had been urging the Duke to release an ultra guitar-drenched release. If that’s you, get this ticket to Guitar Nirvana!

With Guitar Groove-A-Rama, Robillard has shed virtually all excess baggage except bass and drums, save infrequent contributions from sax/keyboard. Even his vocals are de-emphasized on the 14 generous tracks where the master digs deep into his virtuosity "bag-of-tricks".

It’s all abett …

All that jazz is all in the family With guidance from father, a young vocalist finds niche

By Robert Knox, Globe Correspondent | November 2, 2006

Leah Souza of Plymouth is saluted by critics as one of the "freshest faces in contemporary jazz" and already, at age 24, is recognized as a "superb" jazz vocalist. How did she become so successful so young?

"Blessed with good ears," she says.

Souza grew up in a musical family. She recalls the day her father, l …