Cary Goldberg

Cary Goldberg

Although he had been enjoying an increasingly successful career as a performer and
songwriter for quite some time on his own terms, 28 year old Shaun Barrowes decided in
2007 to join the hundreds of thousands of contestants hoping to become the next
American Idol. Although he didn’t reach the final level of the competition, Barrowes
did make it to Hollywood, placing among the show’s Final 48, and he says that losing
probably did more than winning could have done to help move him t
Avishai Cohen, who was recently lauded in the Jazz Times review of his latest release, Gently Disturbed, as "among the elite bassists on the scene today," has been officially named as the Artistic Director for the Red Sea Jazz Eilat Festival for 2009.

The announcement was made last week by festival producer Miki Gov and the board representing the Municipality of the city of Eilat in Tel Aviv. Cohen will succeed Dan Gottfried, who has served as Artistic Director since the festival’s inception.

As he readies himself for the July 22 release of his eponymous debut CD on Smooth Sounds Records, saxophonist Curtis Haywood is concretely putting his money where his heart is by donating a portion of his sales to two causes: Feed the Children ( and Self Help Africa ( Haywood will donate 1/12 of the sales price of the twelve-track CD, tied to his original composition, "Rain Song," which fully expresses Haywood’s de
Coinciding with the success of his newest release, Love and Paragraphs (Ultimate
Vibe,) which is currently holding tight to the number two position on the Smooth Jazz
Charts, guitarist Chris Standring has once again assembled a triad of top talent for
the third annual Soul Express tour. Joining Standring for these evenings of funk,
soul and R&B will be saxophonist Everette Harp and vocalist Phil Perry, for a series
of dates that will begin with a July 11 show at the Riverfron

Lucia Pulido, the critically acclaimed Colombian singer whose work is noted for its
fusion of the traditional with the experimental, has signed with Adventure Music,
announced label co-owner Richard Zirinsky, Jr. The label will release Pulido's Waning
Moon on September 16.

Pulido was a featured vocalist on Adventure Music's 2007 release, Contemporary
America. In its review of the CD, The Instrumental Observer said, "Lucia Pulido opens
the disc with her haunting vocals, and s

May 15, 2008 (San Francisco Bay Area)--Sonoma County’s Harmony Festival, a three day "party with a purpose" that melds new ideas, community activism, eco-awareness, spiritual wisdom, visionary art, and conscious music, has invited a very special guest to its 30th anniversary celebration this year: jazz.

New York-based label Motema Music and first time media sponsor Jazziz Magazine will offer festival attendees the chance to kick back at the Ambiotica Lounge at Harmony Hall, from

On May 6, 2008, 23 year old pianist, composer and bandleader Taylor Eigsti will release Let It Come To You, his sixth overall and second Concord Jazz release, marking yet another bold step forward for the Grammy-nominated musician. Let It Come To You is an impressive 11-song collection of imaginatively refreshed standards, creative interpretations of newer works from artists as diverse as Pat Metheny and the pop band Eels, as well as four original compositions.

"I wanted this record to be a c

Pianist Sam Barsh, who until recently has been best known for his work as a sideman for such eclectic jazz artists as Avishai Cohen and Zach Brock and the Coffee Achievers, will release I Forgot What You Taught Me, on February 12 on Razdaz Recordz, the five year-old label founded by the internationally acclaimed bassist/composer and band leader Avishai Cohen and his manager Ray Jefford.

To mark his Razdaz debut, Barsh penned one of his signature rhymes:

After years of chiseling down my sou

Mandolin phenomenon Hamilton De Holanda, recently said to be "widely considered as the best Brazilian mandolin player," by Public Radio’s "The World," has just been nominated for his first Latin Grammy award. The nomination is for his critically acclaimed debut for Adventure Music, Brasilianos, which was released in the summer of 2006.

"I am thrilled to be nominated," said De Holanda, speaking from Rio. "It is a personal honor and it also acknowledges the new generation of young virtuoso

On January 13, 2007, drummer/composer Sean Noonan and Brewed by Noon will premier the first set of twelve compositions commissioned by the American Composers Forum, at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space in Manhattan.

Noonan was awarded the commission by the Jerome Foundation Commissioning Program in 2005, based on his goal of creating original compositions which fuse traditional wandering folk music with concepts from the New York progressive jazz scene. The Commis

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