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LONGMEADOW, MA - Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the December 3rd release of its three newest titles: George Schuller’s Hellbent, Tom Christensen’s Paths, and Michael Musillami/Mario Pavone’s Pivot. Founded …

On Thursday, December 12, 2002 Shelley Hirsch will perform some solo works and with turntable player Marina Rosenfeld at Location One Gallery. Hirsch will be celebrating her record release The Far in Far Out Worlds of Shelley Hirsch (Tzadik) and Duets with Uchihashi Kasuhisa (Innocence).

SHELLEY HIRSCH is a vocalist, improviser, and composer who can be heard on dozens of CDs. Since 1983, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. H …


Music in December

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December 13th: Janene Higgins and Ikue Mori will perform a live duet of video and music. JANENE HIGGINS' videos and digital media have been presented internationally at numerous festivals and galleries throughout the world. She has developed a unique style for live video performance, utilizing video mixers and Powerbook as performance instruments. This brought collaborations with such artists as Alan Licht, Prema Murthy, Elliott Sharp, and Zeena Parkins. She has performed in many music fe …
Follow-up CD features such hits as Nelly’s "Hot in Herre," Mystikal’s "Bouncin’ Back," Ludacris’ "Roll Out," Erick Sermon’s "Music" and many more

Santa Monica, CA .On December 10, Hidden Beach Recordings will release Unwrapped Vol. 2, the highly anticipated follow-up CD to last year’s breakthrough "Vol. 1" and the company’s next installment of jazzy interpretations of Hip Hop classics. Building on where the first edition left off, Vol. 2 again features today’s top instrumentalists offering i …

REEL SOUND of MUSIC, featuring some of the Best Artist/Bands' Music chosen for their great quality, production value and musicianship, promoted and directed to Licensors has just released the JAZZ ~ Two CD!!

Featuring Great Jazz Music from Top Artists:

"ALABASTER RAIN" - WAYNE GERARD: Internationally known Artist who has performed with the Greats, including Bob James, Dave McMurray, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, Wayne Kramer, David Sanborn, Grover Washington, Geri Allen, …
On Monday the 25th of November, 2002 from 9pm-12 midnight, award-winning jazz vocalist Eleonor England and Indonesia's jazz pianist Eddy Sambuaga will give a concert "Pre-Release" of blues-informed jazz to be held at the San Francisco's Elbo Room as a fundraiser for their upcoming cd. Their shows have been described as "half jazz, half stand-up comedy". Bassist Steve Fowler is making his debut with the group. Mps are available at

Admission is a slidin …

From This Moment On is the debut CD by emerging Bay Area jazz-cabaret vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt. Ms. Rainbolt sings her first concert in support of her new disc at San Francisco’s fabled Plush Room at the York Hotel on Monday, December 9th at 8:00pm. Accompanying Ms. Rainbolt is an enviable musical line-up including Mike Greensill on piano, Michael Zisman on bass, Dave Rokeach on drums and Noel Jewkes on saxophone, flute and clarinet.

Recorded at San Francisco’s legendary Hyde Street S …


Deborah Davis Sings For A Cure

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Extend your Holiday Fun while giving something back! Join the Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC) and jazz vocalist Deborah Davis in their 6th Annual Benefit Concert for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to be held Monday, January 6th, 2003. Two show’s: 8 PM & 10:30 PM. It’s a night of great jazz and poetry where your $10 cover charge will be donated to the Charity! This is an Annual Event Not To Be Missed. James Weidman - piano, Essiet Essiet - bass & Alvin Atkinson - …
Stability (Linn Records AKD 159) is drummer Clark Tracey’s debut recording for Linn after a series of accomplished but more or less straightahead recordings for other labels.

Given this direct and practical drummer’s roots in the bop and swing traditions of Art Blakey, Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones, it isn’t surprising that this ambitious disc doesn’t represent any tearing up of the jazz past. But if it’s a celebration of the most widely recognized virtues of orthodox jazz, it’s a hea …



Steamboat Springs, CO
November 22, 2002

Pianist and composer/arranger Paul Potyen (poh’ ti-en) has released his new CD, "Mountain Standards Time," on Guacamole Records, the label president announced today.

The new solo piano release by the veteran keyboardist contains twelve classic jazz standards, performed in an understated, elegant manner. "I felt it was time to record some of my all-time favorite tunes in a simple, straig …

The new NYC trio, Core, with Malcolm Hunter, keyboards and vocals, Bill Burtt, bass and vocals, and Peter Runnells, drums, joins acclaimed jazz vocalist Melissa Hamilton in a special evening of jazz and blues at Chez Suzette. Core will be performing original tunes from their brand new CD "Tryin' to Sort it All Out," in the first set at 9pm. Melissa Hamilton, former lead singer of the internationally renowned vocal group, The Ritz will perform in a rarely heard vocal/acoustic bass duo with jazz g …
"Simultaneously off this planet and soothingly pop and indescribable," says WPRB Princeton University Radio’s Dr. Cosmo about STUCK, a NYC-based group with Chisa on vocals, Pat Cahill on Chapman Stick and trumpet, Alex Fortuit on drums and Matt Pavolka on bass. Having broadcast an on-air p-ART-y with two live sets of their signature groovy, jazzy, just-a-tiny-bit-pop fantasies from the WPRB studios just last Friday night, STUCK is now headed for a show at the swanky new club Coda, located at the …
All guests are subject to their availability. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

Tuesday, December 3, 2002: JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW
The Tuesday, December 3rd program begins at 7:30 PM with JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW (2002, Celebrity Ashtray Prod., 77 min.) directed by Matthew Buzzell. For over five decades, jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott has amazed music l …


Jeff Chin Trio

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I recently checked out the Jeff Chin Trio at Shanghai 1930 in the SOMA District of San Francisco. The group is a Trio with Jeff Chin on piano, Ron Belcher on bass, and Billy Johnson on drums. The group even had caught reknown jazz producer Orrin Keepnews's ear as well and he came to check them out that same night which was pretty exciting.

Jeff Chin normally is very heavily informed by R&B and it was very cool to see him do pretty much straight ahead jazz. He has a really lovely touch and is …


Thursday, December 5, 2002

"...years ago they used to call jazz singer Dinah Washington "The Queen of the Blues." Well these days that title could easily go to the dynamic, persuasive Barbara Morrison..." - L.A. Times - Zan Stewart

Los Angeles - Jazz/Blues singer Barbara Morrison will perform in concert at the Lindy Hop/Swing Dance Club LindyGroove in Pasadena at 9:00 PM on Thursday, December 5, 2002. She will …

""Chalk up "Same Time Twice" as a top contender for 2002! Feverishly recommended...""
All About Jazz, October, 2002

Fresh off a coast to coast tour of the Canadian Jazz Festivals and US dates this past summer, modern jazz vibraphonist Matthias Lupri returns this fall with his 3rd CD of original modern compositions entitled "Same Time Twice" on "Summit Records - DCD 337".

Modern original jazz with the sweet sounds of the vibraphone and the forward thinking …

REEL SOUND of MUSIC, featuring some of the Best Artist/Bands' Music chosen for their great quality, production value and musicianship, promoted and directed to Licensors has has Success with just released JAZZ ~ Two CD!!

Featuring Great Jazz Music from Top Artists:

"ALABASTER RAIN" - WAYNE GERARD: Internationally known Artist who has performed with the Greats, including Bob James, Dave McMurray, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, Wayne Kramer, David Sanborn, Grover Washington …
Mike Brignola, long-time baritone saxist and road manager with the Woody Herman Thundering Herd, is in serious condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, WA, following a car accident Nov. 24, 2002. Mike was returning to his hotel following a Herd clinic and concert at Eastern Washington University. According to the Washington State Patrol report, Brignola's car stopped at a stop sign but then entered the airport spur and was struck on the side by a Toyota SUV.

Mike joined the Woody H …


New Music from New York

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Guitarist Rez Abbasi introduces his new trio, "Prana", at the Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC. This group is sure to create a buzz with new compositions of dazzling proportions. These pieces are influenced by Abbasi's origins, that of South Asia, namely India and Pakistan. His incorporation of a hybrid instrument called the sitar-guitar along with the use of drums/tablas, places his compositions in an arena not often heard in jazz today. These textures combined with the colorful sound of an organ, giv …

Eleonor England Trio Review

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Last week I had the opportunity to hear the Eleonor England Trio play a pretty dead show at the Elbo Room in San Francisco's Mission Neighborhood. Man. I wasn't sure if it was jazz or a standup routine. One minute they were playing beautifully orchestrated standards with soaring vocals and the next minute the vocalist was improvising lyrics about the surrounding Mission Neighborhood and people were rolling around clutching their sides with laughter. One of the many highlights was when the band s …