JWQ Showcase 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

NETHERLANDS/SOUTH KOREA: Saskia Laroo: Jazz meets Hip-Hop" tours South Korea

This coming weekend, our project "Jazz meets Hip-Hop" tours South Korea to perform at: 
Friday, September 22  @ 7:00 PMSaskia Laroo's JAZZKIA+Jazz Meets Hip-Hop @ Boogie Woogie Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Saturday, September 23 @ 2:00 PMSaskia Laroo's JAZZKIA+Jazz Meets Hip-Hop @ Jeonju University, Jeonju, South Korea
Sunday, September 24 @ 7:30 PMSaskia Laroo's JAZZKIA+Jazz Meets Hip-Hop @ KF Cheonggyecheon Music Festival , Seoul, South Korea

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017 : The Steven McGill Project

The Steven McGill Project
CD: Ujamaa
This is what you need!!! Ujamaa, the first recording of all original compositions by The Steven McGill Project. It features a new lineup and some familiar faces. With input from every band member and some exciting scatting by Drummer Gene Stone this is really a nice recording. There are familiar Afro-Cuban sounds, Caribbean sounds, Brazilian sounds, Bebop sounds, even a jazz waltz. If you are looking for something new and exciting you've found it! Relax your mind and get close to the music because you won't want it to stop!

USA/Montenegro: Guitar duo Bulatović-Nikčević set to wow New York City audience as they return to Carnegie Hall on October 25

Guitar duo Bulatović-Nikčević set to wow New York City audience as they return to Carnegie Hall on October 25

Internationally renowned guitarists from Montenegro, Srjdan Bulatović and Darko Nikčević return to Carnegie Hall in a concert produced by LeitmotivArts.

The duo has performed for both national and international audiences for more than 25 years, presenting their original pieces invoking the "languages" of classical and flamenco guitar. While varied in terms of character, style, rhythm and tempo, the original compositions from their most recent album  “Balkan, Mediterranean, Orient”,  which will be performed at this concert, share a common thread of Montenegrin traditional music, movie soundtracks, world music, and popular contemporary movements.

Their return to Carnegie Hall comes following a sold-out debut at Carnegie Hall in 2016 and the release of their latest album to critical acclaim earlier this year.

Danijela Milić, founder of LeitmotivArts's who has produced numerous cultural and music events promoting artists from the Balkans in the United States said announcing the concert:
"Last year’s concert was a dream come true and an opportunity to showcase musicians from Montenegro in the LeitmotivArts series of concerts I produce at Carnegie Hall. The reaction of the diverse international audience, multiple standing ovations and encores are a testament to the quality of the duo’s performance and musicianship that were on display. I cannot wait to see what they have prepared for the upcoming event which promises to be dynamic and exciting.”

The concert at Carnegie Hall is produced by LeitmotivArts with the support of the Consulate General of Montenegro in New York and the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro.

The show is on October 25 at 8:00pm and tickets are on sale now on Carnegie Hall website www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/10/25/0800/PM/Srdan-Bulatovic-and-Darko-Nikcevic-Guitar-Duo/

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

USA: George Caldwell/Bobby LaVell-Accord(American Showplace Music 2017)

Accord: Yesterdays; Double Take; Bye-Ya; Like Someone In Love; Dolphin Dance; My Love For John; Elation; Do You Believe; The Second Time Around; All Of You. (64:00)
Personnel: George Caldwell, piano; Bobby LaVell, tenor saxo- phone; Mike Forfia, bass; John Bacon, drums.

This CD contains seven standards plus 3 original songs. They have a very classic rhythmic riff that makes the music quite infectious. Bobby Millitello is a very well known musician and producer in the Buffalo and WNY area, and he has produced this CD at the legendary Mark Recording Studios in Clarence, NY 

UK: Mike Gibbs' 80th Birthday Celebration FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER - 8:00 PM

Mike Gibbs conductor
Ryan Quigley, Henry Lowther, Percy Pursglove, Nick Smart trumpet
Mark Bassey, Jeremy Price, Trevor Mires trombone
Richard Henry bass trombone
Jason Yarde, John O’Gallagher, Julian Siegel, Alex Garnett saxophone
Jim Rattigan french horn, accordion
Mike Walker guitar
Michael Janisch bass
Hans Koller piano
Andrew Bain drums
Paul Clarvis percussion
An internationally respected composer, arranger and trombonist, Mike Gibbs has worked with many music luminaries, including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel and Bill Frisell. His pulsating compositions blend the colours of Africa, Charles Ives, Messiaen and rock into a unique jazz style. Tonight he celebrates his 80th birthday with an 18-piece big band line-up that reads like a Who’s Who of jazz stars.
Gibbs’ music is full of intriguing inner detail that does not deflect from the ultimate destiny of his pieces. BBC Music Magazine
Turner Sims
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

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CANADA: The Mind Travellin' Band- Wixards (2017)

Lead Vocals & Guitar - Brian Derro
Rhythm Guitar, Bass & Background Vocals on Track 1 - Nic Derro
Drums - Curtis Carriere

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

USA: Debut Vocal Album - Maria Schafer - To Know Love...

With a velveteen voice, charmingly straightforward delivery, and nuanced rhythmic sensibilities, young jazz singer Maria Schafer presents fresh and youthful interpretations of the Great American Songbook in addition to her own modern compositions with hints of jazz, folk, world music, and neo-soul. Having performed for tens of thousands of music lovers across the United States, Canada, Australia, Latvia, and Japan, Schafer's honey-sweet tone, genuine articulation, and elegance on the stage speak well to all audiences whether she's in front of a spectacular big band in an international concert hall or warmly nestled among her quartet in a Los Angeles jazz club.

Now, after spending 2 years mesmerizing fans worldwide as the touring vocalist with the swing era big band The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Schafer returns to her small group roots with her debut solo album, “To Know Love...” out with Marsch Music on 01/19/18. The self-produced collection of Schafer's modern arrangements of jazz standards and Brazilian tunes highlights a conversational prowess best heard on the small stage, with ambitious instrumental combinations ranging from Brazilian duets with guitar, haunting and heart-wrenching numbers with a bass/drums duo, and finally expanding to a hard-swinging quartet number with a delightful twist and a cheeky trumpet solo.

Album personnel: Maria Schafer – vocals, Shane Savala – guitar, Joe Butts – bass, Kyle Sharamitaro – drum, Brad Black – trumpet

Artist website: http://www.mariaschafer.com
Free sneak peek download of Track 8, "Body and Soul": https://mariaschafer.bandcamp.com/track/body-and-soul-2
Album purchase link: https://www.mariaschafer.com/purchase-toknowlove