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During the final performance of the Barbados Jazz Festival on January 17 at Farley Hill National Park, music fans were once again treated to world class Barbadian and international talent. Appearances included Warren Hill, Babyface, Arturo Tappin (with a special appearance by Toni Norville), Marisa Lindsay and Alex M.

Tappin, a Barbadian contemporary jazz saxophonist, expertly delivered the goods to his home crowd. Toward the end of the concert, he stepped into the massive audience and played …

The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will feature a variety of jazz and blues greats with a total of 500 artist, performing on eight stages at the Monterey Fairgrounds.

Hardliners Include Harry Connick, Jr., Dianne Reeves, Freedom Band with Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes,Ahmad Jamal, Roy Hargrove Big Band and Billy Childs with the Kronos Quartet.

As well, the festival will include many international jazz groups and musicians, such as Septeto Nacional de Cuba, L …

The new CD from multi-Grammy nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon, Homefree, hits stores today (CD & digital) via Concord Jazz Records.

The new album is Freelon's 7th Concord release and is a soulful, swinging album that Freelon calls her "home brew." The collection is comprised largely of contemporary interpretations of classic American Songbook tunes as well as a new original (the witty, playful and poignant "Cell Phone Blues" composed by the singer) and spirited ar …
With a voice that can caress or confront, embrace or exhort, Gregory Porter exhibits
such an incredible degree of vocal mastery that no less a jazz luminary than Wynton
Marsalis has gone on record to call him "a fantastic young singer," which makes the
fact that Water (out on May 11 from Motema Music) is his recording
debut even more impressive.

A debut release it may be, yet Water flows with a sense of
timelessness that reflects the seasoned talent …


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Gregg Rolie Releases "Rain Dance Live" July 18th

If you like jazz, and rock with a latin essence, the Gregg Rolie Band has a CD for you! Gregg Rolie’s Rain Dance Live is well worth adding to your collection, particularly if you’re a follower of Santana, and Journey. Gregg Rolie was a founding member of both legendary groups, and the good vibes continue here, with the voice of Black Magic Woman's self titled band leader himself.

Tracks include Jingo (bop bop) Goi …

The 12th Annual Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Fest will be happening this coming Friday through Sunday, September 10, 11 & 12, 2010. It begins the day before on Thursday, with a Gala blues extravaganza called the Beggars Blues Banquet. This Gala features most of the bands from the Shuffle, sitting in with each other, in a huge blues explosion onstage. This writer has been present at several of these Galas and they’ve always been mind-blowing!

New York City ~ The Jazz Network Worldwide opened its doors in January of 2008 where creator Jaijai Jackson, jazz radio personality and daughter of legendary jazz bassist "Chubby" Jackson took on the challenge of launching a social network primarily for the Jazz industry to network worldwide.  With no real experience running a website much less, understanding what it constituted, Jaijai tightened her bootstraps and ‘dug in’ to create a platform that would garner relationships that would be re …

Los Angeles, CA-Dark Horse Records is set to release a limited edition deluxe box set entitled Ravi Shankar George Harrison Collaborations which honors the sitar master's 90th birthday.

Releasing October 19th, Collaborations is a 3 cd and 1 dvd uniquely numbered limited edition box set (the cds come in replica vinyl jackets). All compositions were composed by Ravi Shankar and produced by George Harrison over a period of 20 years. The dvd is a rare concert performance of the Ravi Shankar's …

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Internationally acclaimed musician Delfeayo Marsalis Tours the U.S. with His Original Theatrical Jazz Production

Sweet Thunder Honoring Duke Ellington and William Shakespeare

Major U.S. Tour Will Stop in 36 Cities and Towns from January 19 to May 6, 2011
Featuring Marsalis, Actor Kenneth Brown, Jr., and Jazz Octet

Simultaneous Release of Sweet Thunder CD on Troubadour Jass Records < …

BARBARA JEAN - CD Album: Sweet Jazz / Swing Barbara Jean is a singer/songwriter from New York whose ballads and solid swing tunes provide the perfect vehicle for her mellow voice and direct delivery. "Sweet", is a fine collection of original material and runs the gamut from soulful ballads to cool swing. Born into a musical family (her mother was a cellist and her sister, an accomplished pianist) she began her professional music career as a bassist in Phoenix - country, pop, rock and roll. After …
Norway - Considered the holy grail of Chet Baker recordings by many collectors around the world, the new CD released by Norway's Hot Club Records titled TELEMARK BLUE features Chet Baker's last studio sessions, in Paris February 1988, just three months before his untimely death. It was his first jazz & poetry album, and a remarkable meeting between two great poets. The sessions feature a collaboration between Baker and renown Norwegian poet Jan Erik Vold, and includes guitar legend …
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