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29.01.2011

Darrell Diaz

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Veteran Herbie Hancock Future 2 Future Band Music Director/Keyboardist Darrell Diaz will be performing selections from his recently released CD, "Devotion" at Borders Books and Music 1415 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica Sunday the 20th of April. The CD has been critically acclaimed by Mike James of Smooth Jazz and More Radio. …
The Chicago-based independent label 482 Music is proud to announce the May 27th release of Montreal-based drummer/composer/artist Michel Lambert's latest recording, Out Twice (482-1019). Sponsored in part by the Canada Council, this recording is a collection of 11 spontaneously improvised pieces using Lambert drawings as graphic scores, each seeking to combine visual and musical expression into a single, cohesive language. The drawings are on display in the CD booklet and at www.482mus …
A Weekend of great music May 2, 3, & 4 in an incomparable natural environment. This year's eighth annual Big Sur JazzFest features Rene Marie Quartet, Quetzal, Josh Jones Quartet, Vivendo de Pao, Calvin Keys, The Big Sur Natives, and more.

The Main Event on Saturday, May 3rd, includes a full day of music among the redwoods of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (tickets $35). Other venues include; Nepenthe, Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn, Cielo at Ventana, The Big Sur River Inn, and the Henry Miller Li …

The Double-Time Jazz label has just released Obscurity by jazz trombonist, Rick Simerly. The CD also features Eric Alexander - tenor sax, Scott Wendholt - trumpet, David Hazeltine - piano, Lynn Seaton - bass and Steve Davis - drums. A combination of original tunes and jazz standards are featured. For more information and sound clips go to RickSimerly.com or TheJazzArtist.com
The Mili Bermejo Trio, led by Boston-based jazz vocalist, composer and Berklee College of Music Professor Mili Bermejo will perform on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as part of the 8th Annual Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival on Monday, May 5th at 6pm. Joined by bassist Dan Greenspan and pianist Doug Johnson, Bermejo, who was raised in Mexico City and is the daughter of Mexican composer/performer Guillermo Ber …
29.01.2011

Trackman

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"In The Spotlight"

Ron "Trackman" Carter a Master Drummer, and Multi-Instrumentalist keyboard player, songwriter, and arranger/producer has made his mark and clearly falls into the ‘artist deserving of greater exposure category’ says Industry Insider Keith "Red Dog" Napier and Ron Carter's brand new UrbanFunkHopJazz CD "I Want To Jam For Ya" is a clear example why. Ron demonstrates his gift for making funky hip-hop jazz melodies. The Fayetteville, North Carolina native now residing in Charlo …

29.01.2011

Nina Simone Dead at 70

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Jazz and blues singing legend Nina Simone, 70, has died at her home in Southern France, the news agency Agence France-Presse reported on Monday. The agency quoted a statement from Ms. Simone's manager.Clifton Henderson, who was at Simone's bedside at her death, said she died of "natural causes" in her sleep after a long illness. He refused to provide the name of the town where she lived.

"She inspired other singers to do what they believed in," Henderson said, saying the musician would also …

On May 6 Crescent Moon/Columbia Records will release "Trumpet Evolution" the new album by Grammy and Emmy winning trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval. The tracks on this album were chosen personally by Sandoval in tribute to 19 of the most influential trumpet players - from early jazz pioneers such as King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, to his own mentor Dizzy Gillespie, Mexican composer Rafael Mendez, and classical virtuosos Timofei Dokshizer and Maurice Andre. Individually each of "Trumpet Evolution …
Gene Ess brings his award-winning musicianship from a very diverse background. He grew up playing the classical piano, due to his mother being a classical pianist and a well-known piano instructor on the island of Okinawa; his early years were filled with the classical sounds of Beethoven and Chopin. Simultaneously, Gene was receiving a mix of influences: he was exposed to the indigenous music of the island, and - growing up on a US Air Force Base- to the pop and jazz music coming out of the clu …
29.01.2011

Jazz on the Vine

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OSTHOFF RESORT ANNOUNCES CONCERT TICKETS NOW ON SALE

FOR ANNUAL "JAZZ ON THE VINE" FESTIVAL

ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN Fine wines, farmhouse cheeses and jazz both hot and cool. These are the ingredients of the acclaimed "Jazz on the Vine" festival at The Osthoff Resort on the shores of Elkhart Lake in southeast Wisconsin.

As glasses clink, the pure high-C notes of a trumpet or, perhaps, the melancholy wail of the tenor saxophone will drift over the wa …

Presented by the city’s Bureau Of Cultural Affairs, The Atlanta Jazz Festival is celebrating its 26th annivesary by expanding from last year’s 9 days to 26 days of jazz, beginning May 1st, and ending with the free Memorial Day Weekend Concert series. The first 23 days of jazz will be held in a variety of venues throughout the Atlanta area, while the 3 day Weekend Concert Series is held in Piedmont Park, in Atlanta’s Midtown district, featuring a mixture of local and internationally known perform …
JG Productions is pleased to announce that this Saturday, April 26th at 8:30pm Jazz Vocalist Michelle Walker willing be performing an intimate show at New York City's CHEZ SUZETTE (675B 9TH AVE. in Midtown). Michelle's debut CD release "Slow Down" was nominated for both 2002 Best Independant Jazz Vocal recording and Best Debut Album of the year by the Washington Area Music Association.

Mike Joyce music critic for the Washington Post says that M …

Grammy finalist Alex de Grassi is considered one of the worlds top fingerstyle, steel-string acoustic guitarists. Renowned for his impeccable technique, innovative artistry and compelling compositions, de Grasses two decade career has drawn acclaim for his 13 recordings released by Windham Hill, RCA Novus, Tropo Records and other labels, as well as for his live performances as a soloist and within ensemble settings.

His 14th and latest release, Now and Then: Folk Songs for the 21st Centu …

Internationally-acclaimed drummer/ethnomusicologist Tom Teasley is the guru of groove, a crown prince of percussion, and a truly consummate composer-player who magically pulls together disparate parts into a beautiful mosaic of rhythm. On his fourth CD, GLOBAL GROOVALIZATION, the Washington D.C.-based Teasley extends the P-Funk dictum "one nation under a groove" to encompass the entire planet.

What will surprise you is how well these eclectic influences groove together; this is authentic …

Brian Patneaude Quartet releases "Variations" (WEPA Records)
WEPA Records is pleased to announce the release of "Variations", the debut recording by the Brian Patneaude Quartet. Formed nearly one year ago, the quartet consists of George Muscatello (guitar), Ryan Lukas (bass), Danny Whelchel (drums) and Brian Patneaude (saxophone). "Variations" is a collection of nine original compositions by the members of the group which have been molded during thei …
Percussionist Michael Bettine is committed to exploring the energy of percussion. Working with both composed and improvised music, his work strikes a balance between the melodic aspects of such European percussionists as Pierre Favre and Andrea Centazzo, and the anarchy of Lê Quan Ninh and Paul Lytton. Bettine specializes in metal percussion, utilizing a set up of over 80 cymbals, gongs, singing bowls, bell plates, bells, etc.. About Michael, DRUM! Magazine says: "Don't expect to hear burning ri …
29.01.2011

Adamo Goes #1 Again

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Tony Adamo’s song ‘Live For Your Love’ from his CD, DANCE OF LOVE, went to #1 on soundclick.com’s smooth jazz chart 4/25/03. ‘Live For Your Love’ has been doing chart battle with Lee Ritenour’s ‘Dream Away,’ but has now bumped Ritenour’s tune to #2. This tune’s chart life started to grow back in February 2003 going #1 on the top 40 jazz charts at musicbuilder.com; #2 on the Australian charts at mp3.com.au jazz vocal charts; #3 at mp3charts.com, top 40 mp3 jazz chart; and is #5 on soundclick.com’ …
29.01.2011

Carolanne Matteson Jazz Group

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Carolanne is Philadelphia born and raised, daughter of a famous jazz musician, adopted by a Presbyterian minister who ran an inner-city rescue mission, so she was raised, a white-Jewish child in black North Philly. A study in melting pot sociology, her jazz style reflects both her hereditary and her environment.
Her band features Antwane Green on tenor sax, Harley Magsino on double bass, Richard Valdez on congas and percussion and James Steelfine on guitar.
Cafe 828 is an intimate venue …
The Terry Gordon Quintet has released its second C.D., Contemplations, on Flying Gurnard Records.

Contemplations features nine original compositions in a wide range of jazz styles. Throughout the C.D., the quintet reaffirms the distinctive commitment to unpredictability and innovation that has been its hallmark since the band formed in the early 1990s.

With more than 70 minutes of music, Contemplations covers a mixture of jazz styles from bop-oriented mainstream jazz t …

The Playscape Recordings label is proud to announce the May 27th release of its two newest recordings, the Michael Musillami Trio’s Beijing (PSR #J121802) and Peter Madsen’s Sphere Essence: Another Side of Monk (PSR #J010303). Credited with "connecting the dialectics of classical with jazz and the mainstream with the avant-garde," in a recent AllAboutJazz-New York label feature, the quickly growing Playscape label has released more than 20 diverse and acclaimed recordings fr …