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Danny Federici, the new solo album by keyboardist and accordionist, Danny Federici was released on October 2, 2001 by Universal/HIP-O Records. This contemporary instrumental recording charts new musical territory while echoing the sounds of a simpler, bygone time. Produced by Danny Federici and, with guest appearances by Michael Cates, Nils Lofgren, Todd Parsnow and Juan Van Dunk, this CD is a multicultural experience where modern jazz melodies …

Rez Abbasi Concert

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Rez Abbasi Group performs new music which will feature an eclectic blend of western and eastern sounds. Incorporating the electric sitar guitar along with two soprano/tenor saxophonist, acoustic bass and drums allows Rez this unique texture. New York critic David Adler says "Abbasi is probably the most underrated guitarist in town." …

Cecil Payne - Family Reunion

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Tuesday November 20,2001. Mr.Payne,who now resides in New Jersey,will be joined by his sister Cavril Payne,the Jazz Vocalist for a long overdue re-union. Cecil mentioned that he plan's to play everything from "Bach to Bop"! "I haven't been downtown in a while, I have a lot of good friend's in the Village". Cecil will be bringing copies of his recently released CD on the Delmark label, "CHIC BOOM"."I'm getting ready to make a CD with my sister, I think I'll call it Sibling Rivalry." "I'm going to …
Tale Ognenovski one of the Greatest Instrumentalists and Composers in World Music has been released a brilliant Audio CD, entitled, "Jazz, Macedonian Folk Dances and Classical Music".

Check the unique sample MP3's and buying info at and

This Audio CD is confirmation that he is the greatest clarinetist of all time, demonstrating unique skill, a wealth of invention, amazing …

Tuesday, November 13th
Boston, MA, USA

Telepathy Records is pleased to announce the release of Centric, the debut album from alto saxophonist/composer Pete Robbins, on sale now online at

Produced by Robbins, and featuring eight of his original compositions, the album demonstrates his unique take, as composer and performer, on the familiar jazz quintet format. The result is a dynamic, groove-charged collection of intricate melod …


Jazz Showcase out to Sea

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Fun, sun and seven nights of Jazz at sea? In honor of Chicago's Joe Segel, owner of the oldest Downtown entertainment club for Jazz, the Jazz Showcase and the BeBop Cafe, various Jazz artists were compiled to celebrate Joe's 75th Birthday Bash aboard the m/s Norwegian Majesty,November 4-11,2001.

Check out this star power roster:James Moody, Freedie Cole quartet; brother of legendary Nate Cole, Chicago's own father and daughter; Oscar Brown,Jr. and Maggie Brown; who also d …

This is the 10th time Danielle Blanchard has recorded on a release placed in nomination for a Grammy Award . Blanchard's latest CD, "Jazz Portrait" is nominated in 3 categories: Best Jazz Vocal, Best New Artist & Best Liner Notes.

"Jazz Portrait" contains 10 songs in varied styles with mass appeal. The CD, recorded live in studio, is receiving airplay on NPR jazz programs. …

B r e a k i n g N e w s!

Sotheby's, the Children's Miracle Network and Love Productions present:

A concert to benefit the Children's Miracle Network Love Came, the Songs of Strayhorn, by internationally renowned vocalist, A l l a n H a r r i s

The emcees for the evening are Maurice Dubois from News Channel 4/Today in New York, and Gene Washington, former All-Pro wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and Director of Operations for the National Football League.

Join us and …

"A versatile, lively and sassy singer"  - Geoff Chapman, The Toronto Star

Over the past three years Melissa Stylianou has built a reputation as one of Canada's top jazz vocalists. Her sultry singing, startling range and impeccable yet expressive technique have been commanding loyal home-base audiences in Toronto, across Canada and the United States. Some of Canada's finest musicians regularly play with Melissa. Even Harry Connick, Jr. is a fan after an all n …

Bassist-Composer Steve Tintweiss presents a new series of jazz concerts in New York City's Queens Borough Public Library beginning in December 2001, featuring programs of standards and originals in a new music format.

Artists scheduled to appear include Perry Robinson - clarinet, Lou Grassi - drums, Ric Frank - saxophones & flute, Amy Sheffer - vocals, Steve Tintweiss - 5 string double bass & compositions on Wednesday, December 12th at Jamaica Central …

Gregory Le blanc has been privileged to have played with Stevie Wonder, Al Green, and Ronnie Laws. Also playing with The Whispers who have numerous number hits to their credit. Gregory’s musical skills span the spectrum of music literally from Bach to Rock. Playing with the Oakland symphony for a season, performing the Gershwin melodies

While also a studio musician he has backed up and played for groups such as Wayne Henderson of the Crusaders, Lenny Williams and many various artists. Gregor …


Photos of Jazz Musicians

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After releasing two posters (Sonny Rollins and James Carter), Mephisto has created 15 high quality exhibition photo reproductions at 30cm x 40cm. These reproductions (Brad Mehldau, Steve Lacy, Michel Petrucciani, Dave Liebman, Lester Bowie, Joe Zawinul, Paolo Fresu,Louis Sclavis, Joe McPhee, etc.) are available in the Boutique section of the Mephisto Internet site. …
Severn Records is pleased to release Small-Medium-Large by WPG Trio (due in stores November 13, 2001).

Although the name may not be familiar to you yet, you may recognize the Washington DC-based members as sought after musicians. WPG Trio is a collaboration of exceptional performers drummer Blues Webb, keyboardist Benjie Porecki and bassist Gary Grainger. According to The Washington Post, they are "one of the Washington area's tightest and best jazz bands" as evidenced on their exciting debut …

Merkin Concert Hall’s popular Jazz Breakthroughs series, hosted by noted jazz scholar and WKCR Radio personality Phil Schaap, offers two concerts in December highlighting the invention of today’s jazz masters. On Monday, December 3 at 8 PM, the program features the acclaimed saxophonist Joe Lovano and his Flights of Fancy. Of his recent recording of the same title, Lovano says, "It’s having fun and playing music with a free approach, so every time you play, it’ …
Norman Granz, the founder of Verve Records, died at age 83 on Thursday, November 22nd, 2001 at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.

Granz was one of the most influential executives in the jazz world. He is known especially for founding Verve Records and the Jazz At The Philharmonic concert series. He is also respected for his fight against segregation in the 1940s and 1950s, as he paid performers equal wages and held his concerts only in non-segregated clubs.

Ron Goldstein, President of The …

The 14th annual reunion of the Four Freshmen and international convention for members of the Four Freshmen Society will be held Aug. 8-10, 2002, in Reston, Va.

The convention will include two shows by today's Four Freshmen -- Bob Ferreira, Brian Eichenberger, Vince Johnson and Curtis Calderon. Several former members of the group, including the two original members who are still living -- Bob Flanigan and Ross Barbour -- also are scheduled to attend the three-day affair at the Hyatt Regency Ho …

Released in January 2002, composer & pianist Mika Pohjola's seventh album Landmark with his current working group MikaSonik "is a dedication to the beautiful spirit of New York City" Pohjola says. "There is a certain drive for pushing boundaries here," he explains. "And I would rather say pushing boundaries than breaking rules because the rule, whether it’s an observation, assumption or theory, is from the past. So if you’re breaking the rule the best you can do is come to that state of today. H …

The Birth of NU Jazz

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Jazz is in the process of undergoing a drastic change. Prior to the late 60’s Jazz music was not taken seriously, when compared to Classical music. It was thought of as a party music, played by untrained players. That has definitely changed. Jazz is now the dominant curriculum at most music conservatories and music schools. The Jazz community has done to good a job in transforming public opinion, that Jazz is now seen as a stuffy, staid art form played and listened to by high brow intelle …