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29.01.2011

My Best of for 2007

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The following lists are some of my favorites of this past year, listed in no particular order and with no particular preference.

2007 CD’s:

David Virelles Quintet Motion (Justin Time), Joel Miller Tantramar (Artist Share), Chembo Corniel For The Rest Of Your Life (Chemboro), Mike Barone Big Band By Request (Rhubarb Recordings), Mark Weinstein Con Alma (Jazzheads), Freddy Cole With The Bill Charlap Trio Music Maestro Please (Highnote), Tierney Su …

IS JAZZ BLACK MUSIC?, "Where does jazz come from, to whom does it ‘belong’ and is this important?," as advertised publicly by Jazz at Lincoln Center (now on Columbus Circle), polarized some and infuriated many attendees of this "JAZZ TALK," a presentation of the Irene Diamond Education Center, January 31, 2008. As Moderator Lewis Porter, a Professor of Music and author, explained that he purposefully titled the topic as an issue to provoke inquiry and at the same time disavowed the statem …
29.01.2011

JT's Clef Notes

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TJ Tangria Jazz Group (Self 2008)

In an excursion that has brought this trio to their third spin, Tangria Jazz Group has proven to be bold in approach, precise in composition, and progressive in method. Leader Sheryl Mebane (Drummer) has come together with a vision, evolving her multi-directional craft. The result is seven imaginative cuts all with position and complexities purposely designed by a now, seasoned trio.

The keys of pianist Simon Rochester are c …

29.01.2011

Esperanza Spalding

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Billboard’s Faces To Watch DVD series provides background information about burgeoning artists who are on the cusp of coming of age. The company’s DVD on singer/songwriter/upright bass player, Esperanza Spalding is an honest account of this young musician’s rise to become a bona-fide solo artist, told in her own words. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, her mother played a pivotal role in guiding her towards a life in playing music.

Esperanza, which means "hope" in Spanish, recalls l …

Quotes Bar & Grill in the heart of downtown Toronto offers the ideal setting for enjoying outstanding jazz talent in an intimate dining atmosphere. "Fridays at Five" is a time to unwind from the hectic work week and start the weekend off with the outstanding Canadian Jazz Quartet. This relatively new jazz club is located just a few steps below street level at 220 King Street West (right next to the Royal Alexandra Theatre and directly across from Roy Thomson Hall).

There's NO COVER CHA …

I received the following announcement by e-mail on April 16th. I reproduce it here in its entirety.

Dear IAJE Family,

"It is with a great sense of loss that I inform you that despite drastic efforts to cut expenses and raise emergency funds, the IAJE Board has voted to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Federal Bankruptcy Law. I want to thank profusely those who responded with their generous donations and offers of assistance following my last communication. While over 250 individu …

Over the last week, the jazz world has been reeling from the announcement that the International Association of Jazz Educators, a de facto trade organization, is going out of business.

In an e-mail message sent on April 18, the 10,000-member organization, based in Manhattan, Kan., announced that its executive board had decided to file for bankruptcy and that its annual convention, which was to be held in Seattle next year, had been canceled.

The group's demise is a major disappoint …
Concord Jazz have released the new album (CD & Digital) from Jazz piano wonder kid and two-time Grammy nominee Taylor Eigsti titled 'Let It Come To You'. 'Let It Come To You' is Taylor's follow up to his 2006 Concord debut 'Lucky To Be Me' which spent 23 weeks on the national jazz radio airplay charts, peaking at No. 7, and earned two GRAMMY nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and for Best Instrumental Jazz Solo Performance. 'Let It Come To You' is an impressive 11-song collection …

The presentation of your image is just as important as the quality of the music. One of the key ways in introducing your new CD to journalists and radio is through the use of a one-page.

A one-page serves as a combination press release/bio for the new CD. It tells the world what the music is about and how to contact the artist. If you’re not mailing a one-page with every CD, you are missing a key component in your marketing plan. Journalists and radio stat …

29.01.2011

Jazztrenzz's Clef Notes

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You Go to My Head Janelle Monique (Zafe’Musik 2008)

Complex as it may be to exhume logic from the decision to spin classics when the creative mind of this young composer lays dormant, the fact is, Janelle Monique’s debut jewel-box works! Vocalist Janelle Monique’s You Go to My Head penetrates the world of the "diabolically seductive" vocalists of today’s jazz.

The course Ms. Monique takes in breaking bread with these standards is a fine …

29.01.2011

Darrell Katz

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Composer Darrell Katz is widely known for being the director of the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra (JCA), but his compositions go beyond contemporary big band bebop and swing jazz principles. His compositions have the heart and breathing apparatus associated with theatrical pieces, which relate to people’s daily lives in a surreal way. Katz’s latest offering with the JCA is The Same Thing from Cadence Jazz Records, showcases different sources of inspiration including She …

29.01.2011

Noah Preminger

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Saxophonist-composer Noah Preminger makes his debut with his sextet’s release, Dry Bridge Road from Nowt Records. When many jazz musicians believe that modernizing jazz music means incorporating pop culture elements like hip hop, rap, urban, or ska, Preminger takes a look back at old school bop fashioned by the likes of Albert Ayler and Steve Lacy and injects it with a modern slant. The 22-year old Preminger formed his sextet recently, which comprises of trumpeter Russ John …

29.01.2011

Sharing the Joy

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Growing up, both of Holly Yarbrough’s parents were artists. This meant that she had an untraditional, nomadic youth. In lieu of the typical steady friendships, Holly developed a special relationship with music. It was a source of comfort and inspiration with different songs to soundtrack every mood and activity.

After an odyssey which found her singing classical arias and performing and recording with her folk stalwart father, Glenn Yarbrough ("Baby, The Rain Must Fall" 1965) came the …

Europafest: Jazz Highlights was recorded live at Theaterhaus Stuttgart in West Germany in April 1990. The DVD includes performances from such prominent artists in the jazz hemisphere as keyboardist Sun Ra, saxophonist Bob Berg, guitarist Bill Frisell, and saxophonist Archie Shepp showcasing one song played by each performer. The concert spans a wide range of jazz from the upbeat and contemporary pop regions of the jazz outfit Steps Ahead to the avant approach of jazz that saxophonist John Zor …

A sneak preview of a future vocal star and for me a current singing sensation. My first experience with Brazilian vocalist, guitarist and composer Luanda Jones was at Lula Lounge, a Latin club in Toronto. She was the guest artist of a Brazilian Dance company, The Dance Migration, a fantastic show that blended many elements of Brazilian culture, not just bossa nova and Samba but a mix of many traditional forms of music and dance from the various regions of Brazil. When Luanda Jones was featured i …
29.01.2011

Best Of 2008

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The following lists my favorites of this past year. The criteria to make it on the list, it must be a memorable performance, it must feature some soulful playing and as for a CD, it must be one that I want to hear over and over again. The lists of my top picks for 2008 are in no particular order and there is no preference.

2008 CD’s: Artist, Title, Label
Charles Lloyd Rabo De Nube, ECM 13
Sebastian Schunke Back In New York, Connector Records
Lusi/Masciari Q …

29.01.2011

Top Ten of 2008

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As one year slowly fades into memory (sort of--still some unfinished business, alas), lots of writers like/need to share their views on the best (and sometimes worst) of 2008...the following is my take on the jazz/creative music of the year that was:

In no particular order:

1. Saxophone Summit, Seraphic Light Three of the (arguably) finest American jazz tenor sax guys alive-Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, and Ravi Coltrane-pay alternately joyo …

Many of us have dreamed of being onstage performing in front of a huge audience, and having the whole crowd love us. Maybe sitting in with a major rock, blues or jazz star, and having everyone go "Ooh ahh !!!"

Well, dreams like that do sometimes come true, as the late great and thoroughly magical Walt Disney commented decades ago.

Such was the case the other night, when the UK version of America’s Got Talent, called Britain’s Got Talent< …

29.01.2011

The Flip Side

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Jazz Skat Gumbo/Kat Walker (2009)

Jazz Skat Gumbo is a blend of the "feel" that only New Orleans can deliver. Vocalist Kat Walker is the guide through the French Quarter back streets of sound. Ms. Walker’s new CD, Jazz Skat Gumbo, is a collection of select traditional compliments, if you will, performed with gifted New Orleans jazz musicians that grace this honored stage we call New Orleans.

Kat’s gritty vocals are unique and very inviting and when she adds her attitude by scatti …

2009! These are some of my favorites from this past year. They are listed in no particular order. The common thread, they all have a strong jazz sensibility, they’re cd’s that I want to play over and over again. I have also listed fifteen of my favorite live concerts. I urge everyone to get out and support live music.

1.)Mark Weinstein, Omar Sosa - Tales From The Earth, Ota Records

2.)Ayelet Rose Gottlieb - Up To Here \\ From Here, Obliq Sound

3.)Chembo Corniel - Things I Wanted To Do, …

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