Tuesday, April 6, 2021

JazzWorldQuest.com-Track submission for The JWQ Showcase 2016


Did you release a Jazz or World Music Album in 2016?

“The JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2016” is a digital collection of mp3 tracks from albums released in 2016 by jazz musicians and labels freely available for download on JazzWorldQuest.com
To see the previous editions visit  JWQ Showcase 2013JWQ Showcase 2014 and JWQ Showcase 2015

List of featuring musicians participating so far:
Joseph Patrick Moore,  Florin Raducanu, David Ellington, Robin Menuett Trio, Colin D’Cruz, Bob Thompson Band, Russ Hewitt, Bill Mentz, Kenn Smith, Ted Borodofsky and Southern Jazz, Kajetan Borowski Trio  
If you are an unsigned or independently signed artist and you’d like to be included in “The JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2016” please fill up this form

Thursday, September 29, 2016

USA: Macy Gray's Stripped Debuts at #3 on the Billboard Jazz Chart

Macy Gray Debuts at #3 on the Billboard Jazz Chart

Iconic Singer Returns to Her Roots for
Chesky Records Debut

Get 20% off Stripped from Macy Gray
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- Associated Press
"Gray's patented purr-and-growl vocals thrive in the intimate setting and the well-chosen repertoire...she really does sound at home in this setting."

- Salon
 shows Gray singing a range of material in an intimate, after-midnight style, backed by an understated bass-drum-guitar jazz group...the closest she's come to making a Billie Holiday album."Stripped"

- Billboard 
"An album that is reintroducing us to Gray."

- Vulture 
"A collection that revisits songs from Gray's complex and rich career, performed now as if she were on the marquee at a local jazz club in the '30s."

- ELLE Magazine 
"The iconic R&B singer sounds just as sultry as ever."

- Vogue 
"Macy Gray is back and better than ever."

Multi-platinum artist Macy Gray released her critically acclaimed jazz-infused album Stripped on September 9th via Chesky Records, a gorgeous stripped down record that debuted today at #3 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. The intimate offering was recorded live on high resolution audio in a decommissioned Brooklyn church around one binaural microphone and features new original songs, intriguing covers, and stunning new arrangements of her classic hits as she makes a return to her original jazz roots.

Paired with an awe inspiring jazz ensemble and recorded over the course of just two days with no overdubs, Stripped gives Macy's voice the space and freedom to truly shine. Though Gray is a multi-platinum pop artist, she thinks of herself as a jazz singer. She brings that intimate, late-night feel to Stripped with the subtly searing new tune"Annabelle" and "The Heart," while turning "I Try" into a glimmering study in muted guitar, anchored by an authoritative upright bass. It's one of five previously recorded songs that Gray and her ace band reinterpret. "Sweet Baby" becomes taut and urgent, "Slowly" unfolds into a slow-burner, "The First Time" has a torchy elegance, and "She Ain't Right for You" bobs along on an airy reggae backbeat. She sings with an aching sensitivity on a cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" and draws from a very different sensibility for the other cover: Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters."

Stripped features drummer Ari Hoenig (Joshua Redman), trumpeter Wallace Roney (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), guitarist Russell Malone (Diana Krall), and bassist Daryl Johns who met Gray just one day before recording began. Together, they even wrote one of the album's new tunes, "Lucy," on the spot during the recording sessions.

Macy Gray was born and raised in Ohio, and moved to California for college. She began singing in her 20s and released her multi-platinum debut On How Life Is in 1999, winning a Grammy for “I Try.” Gray is also a skilled actresss and has had small roles on several TV shows as well as movies, including Training Day with Denzel Washington and Shadowboxer with Cuba Gooding Jr. Additionally, she's made cameo appearances as herself in films like Spider-Man (2002) and television shows like Ally McBeal. In 2012, she appeared in the film The Paperboy with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman which was released at the Cannes Film Festival. Gray was also a contestant on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars in 2009.

Track List:
01) Annabelle
02) Sweet Baby
03) I Try
04) Slowly
05) She Ain't Right For You
06) First Time
07) Nothing Else Matters
08) Redemption Song
09) The Heart
10) Lucy
Stripped is available for purchase on AmazoniTunes, and HDtracks.

For more information, please contact:
Missing Piece Group

Erik Andersen (erik@missingpiecegroup.com)
Michael Krumper (michael@missingpiecegroup.com)

USA: Shirley Horn - Live At The Four Queens Live (Resonance 2016)

Live At The Four QueensThe first Shirley Horn release in nearly 10 years! Captured Live at the 4 Queens Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on May 2, 1988 featuring Horn's trio of over 20 years - bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams. This deluxe CD includes a 56-page book with rare photos, plus essays and interviews by acclaimed author James Gavin, vocalist and friend Sheila Jordan, Horn s manager Sheila Mathis, daughter Rainy Smith, former Verve Records producers Jean-Philippe Allard & Richard Seidel, Resonance producer Zev Feldman, Washington D.C. jazz radio DJ Rusty Hassan and others. This 52-Minute set was originally recorded by KNPR Las Vegas for the syndicated weekly radio program called 'Monday Night Jazz' at the 4 Queens and boasts re-mastered audio from the original tapes. Music lovers of all kinds will be lucky when they pick up this CD. 

CANADA/CUBA: KoSA Cuba One-Week Study Program and the Havana Drum Festival

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Dr. Jolán Kovács
Phone: 514-482-5554

KoSA Cuba One-Week Study Program and the Havana Drum Festival
Montreal, September 8th, 2016 – KoSA is returning to the culturally important destination of Havana, Cuba for the 15th annual edition of KoSA Cuba; a week long Study Program within the Havana Fiesta Del Tambor.  This year’s trip will take place on March 5 – 12, 2017.
KoSA Cuba is an experience like no other. In a thrilling one-week program, intrepid music explorers will experience intensely fulfilling days of hands-on classes, workshops, concerts, lectures, cultural visits and the exciting activities of the Havana’s Fiesta Del Tambor ( Havana Rhythm and Dance festival ). Conga, bongo, timbales, bata, drumset and other instruments will be studied as participants are immersed in Cuban rhythms, music and culture. All instruments are provided, and and participants will be studying, working and playing with Cuba’s top international artists.
The capital city of Havana is scenic, historical and renowned for the richness of its Cuban Culture, folklore and music. An incredible variety and depth of knowledge has been passed through the generations, maintaining centuries old African-based traditions. Havana is also the cultural Mecca of the Caribbean and a hotbed of new and contemporary creative music. All of this—and more—will be featured during The Fiesta del Tambor, a growing national percussion competition with associated clinics and concerts.  The KoSA Cuba experience includes active participation in all these activities, and participants will learn and play along side their Cuban contemporaries. Each evening will feature electrifying concerts in Havana’s classic theatres and featuring Cuba’s top artists in music and dance.
This year, KoSA Cuba’s faculty will include Cuba’s most recognized artists, including Giraldo Piloto and his band Klimax, Julio Lopez Sanchez, Jean Roberto San Cristobal, Panga, Enrique Pla, Yaroldy Abreu, Adel Gonzalez and special guests. Seminars in the history and development of Cuban music will be led by respected ethnomusicologist Dr. Olavo Rodriguez .The entire workshop experience will be facilitated by international recognized artist, Aldo Mazza.
For more information, please visit www.kosamusic.com or call 1-800-541-8401.

aldo mazza


register now: CUBA ! one week study 

JOIN US IN HAVANA this winter: March 5-12 , 2017, one week  INTENSIVE WORKSHOP & Fiesta Del Tambor ( Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival) in collaboration with Giraldo Piloto

US legal travel- University academic credits available


KoSA DVD available at www.kosamusic.com -9 lessons with the Masters 

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."
— Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827, Composer

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

USA: Latest News from Walt Weiskopf - Vol. 7, September-October 2016

Volume 7, Sept.- Oct. 2016

Fall is in the air and once again, another summer has flown by. And just when you think you're all caught up and ready for the new season, there's an entirely new list of "to-do's" on your plate. At least, this is the case for me as we approach the cooler weather. But I welcome it...and I hope you do too!

More Instructional Videos!

Over the summer, my brother Joel accompanied me once again as I hit the recording studio to create two new instructional play-along videos. This time, the videos emphasize chords and scales. If you check them out, my goal was to demonstrate sound and use of each chord in a straightforward and understandable way, through transcribed and viewable examples.

I hope that you find the information presented to be concise, plentiful and hopefully a lot of fun while you begin to practice your chords and scales.

Check out my play-along videos here:

Playing with U.S. Airmen of Note

Late last year, I was invited by musical director Tyler Kueblerto to participate in the live concert recording of the U.S. Airmen of Note's 2016 Jazz Heritage Series radio broadcasts. In recent years, I’ve had the honor of performing with the West Point Jazz Knights and the Navy Commodores, so the invitation to perform with the Airmen of Note was a crowning achievement for me.

Although the album is now mixed and mastered for public listening, sadly, the album is not for sale commercially. It is provided to Armed Forces Radio Stations around the world for broadcast. Nonetheless, I encourage you to learn more about the U.S Airmen of Note by following their Facebook page. They are extraordinary!

Steely Dan - Last Leg of Tour to Hit Beacon Theater

As we approach the fall season, I also approach the last leg of what has proven to be an incredible three-legged tour with Steely Dan this year.

Starting October 8, we hit the state of New York for two concerts - one in Rochester and one in Syracuse. Then on October 12, we begin a nearly three-week residency at the Beacon Theater in NYC.

The shows at the Beacon will be "album shows," which means that we will present the classic Steely Dan albums live, in sequence. For fans (and the band), this will be a lot of fun because this allows the band to get deeper into the book than we typically do in a usual summer show (which still has a ton of music nonetheless).

So if you buy a ticket for a Beacon show, get ready to hear the music from "Aja," start to finish....just for openers!

Be sure to check out our tour schedule, as it's always possible that more shows could be added. I hope to see you there!!
Steely Dan 2016 Tour Dates

New Album & More Music Gigs

Earlier this year, my latest album, "The Way You Say It," hit the airwaves with much success. This month, I find myself once again recording yet another album, and for the forth time, with Posi-Tone Records. As we speak, I am currently in-studio with incredible musicians, making some pretty incredible music. I won't give too much away, but suffice it to say, I am having fun!

Starting in November, and through the remainder of the year, I will be performing the new material from said new album, as well as some music from previous releases. Check out my Website for dates and locations. I hope to see you there.
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USA : Larry Coryell--Barefoot Man: Sanpaku(2016)

Barefoot Man: Sanpaku 

Jazz guitar icon Larry Coryell, one of the most respected and celebrated guitarists of his generation, offers this brand new album of seven original compositions! In addition to Coryell's signature guitar playing, this album features the talents of award-winning pianist Lynne Arriale, longtime Coryell collaborator John Lee on bass, Dan Jordan on saxophone and flute, and drummer Lee Pierson! Coryell continues to draw massive audiences everywhere he plays, both Stateside and abroad, including upcoming gigs at the Maui Jazz Festival (Sept 10), Ingolstadt Blues Festival in Germany (Oct 28), and the prestigious Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland (Oct 30)!

USA : ¡YO! Jim Self & the Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band CD release concert (Feat. the music of Francisco Torres)

 ¡YO! Jim Self & the Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band
CD Release Concert
(Feat. the music of Francisco Torres)

Sunday, October 9, 2016
 at 7:30 PM - 10 PM
The E-Spot Lounge (Upstairs at Vitello's)
4349 Tujunga Ave. Studio City, Ca. 91604
Call for reservations (818)769-0905
www.vitellosjazz.com and click on “Buy Tickets”

A New Latin Jazz Release
¡YO! Jim Self and the Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band (Featuring the Music of Francisco Torres)

Jim Self: Tuba/Fluba
Francisco Torres: Trombone
Ron Blake: Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Rob Hardt: Tenor and Soprano Saxes/Flute
Andy Langham: Piano
Rene Camacho: String Bass
Joey De Leon: Timbales, Batá, Shekere
Giancarlo Anderson: Congas
George Ortiz: Bongos

Jim Self, a veteran L. A. Studio Musician on over 1500 movie scores, has released his 13th solo CD (that was his tuba that projected those ve galactic tones as the Voice of Mothership in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”). His Innerplay CD was a Jazz Times top 50 in 2005, and the 2006 Downbeat Critics Poll recognized him as a “Rising Star”.
For this one he has brought together a “who’s who” of young West Coast Latin Jazz Musicians (most of whom are on the great Poncho Sanchez Band). Foremost is trombonist/composer/arranger Francisco Torres who produced and wrote much of the music.
The CD and song title came from a search for Jim’s last name in Spanish. To his amazement, Self is translated as Yo (ego). In Hollywood the word is a greeting or acknowledgement between studio musicians, as in “Yo cats”.
The tunes include originals by Jim and Francisco, and four Latin Jazz standards – a mix of Mambos, Cha Chas, an Afro 6/8, and a Bolero. Outstanding solos are by Ron Blake and Jim Self on Cal’s Pals, Rob Hardt and Andy Langham on Sweetest Blue, Francisco Torres on Quiero Llegar and For Charlie. Bassist Rene Camacho and percussionists Joey De Leon, Giancarlo Anderson and George Ortiz are the heartbeat of this wonderful band. And wait ‘til you hear the FLUBA! (Encognito and Morning)
From Jim:
In the back of my mind, I always wanted to play in an Afro-Cuban band, but that world is not a place where you would expect to see or hear a tuba. In the late 80s, I got to tour Japan with the Marty Paichm Dektette and Mel Torme, recording 2 CDs in the process. Afterward I created a seven-piece jazz group – the Tricky Lix Band. Carl Jefferson released our CD on the Concord label. This CD uses the same horns and an authenic Latin rhythm section.
Latin Jazz is upbeat, happy and full of love and life. All of the guys in the Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band are great jazz soloists, and I am honored get to play with them. They made me an honorary Latino! ¡YO! 
1. Cal’s Pals – 6:27 – Comp. Eddie Cano, Arr. Francisco Torres Solos: Ron Blake, Jim Self, Rob Hardt (Tenor),
Joey De Leon
2. Poinciana – 4:35 – Comp. Nat Simon, Arr. Curt Berg Solo: Jim Self (Tuba)
3. For Charlie – 5:00 – Comp. & Arr. Francisco Torres Solos: Francisco Torres, Jim Self, Giancarlo Anderson
4. Encognito – 6:30 – Comp. Jim Self, Arr. Francisco Torres Solos: Ron Blake, Jim Self (Fluba)
5. Sweetest Blue – 5:54 – Comp. & Arr. Francisco Torres Solos: Rob Hardt (Soprano), Andy Langham,
Joey De Leon (Bata)
6. Quiero Llegar – 5:37 – Comp. & Arr. Francisco Torres Solo: Francisco Torres
¡YO! – 6:10 – Comp. Jim Self, Arr. Francisco Torres Solos: Jim Self, Andy Langham, George Ortiz
8.Old Arrival – 6:14 – Comp. Tito Puente, Arr. Francisco Torres Solos: Francisco Torres, Andy Langham, All 3 Percussionists
Morning – 6:29 – Comp. Clare Fischer, Arr. Bill Cunlie Solos: Rob Hardt (Flute) Jim Self (Fluba),
Dog Tags – :06 Solo: Stanley the Basset Hound

“Jim Self has brought a fresh new approach to Latin Jazz with his tuba. Very seldom do you hear this combination in jazz, much less Latin Jazz. If you love good music, you’ll love this.”
—Poncho Sanchez, Latin Jazz Legend

“You want ‘tasty’, check out the head on ‘Poinciana’
and Jim’s incredible playing throughout this trend- setting recording. I LOVE it.”
—R. Winston Morris, Tuba Legend
Jim Self and the Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band ¡YO!
Basset Hound Records
114-2 Category: Jazz (Latin)
Street Date: June 3, 2016
Produced by Francisco Torres and Jim Self Recorded and Mixed by Talley Sherwood

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