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

Friday, October 21, 2016

USA: Richard Sussman-The Evolution Suite ( Zoho 2016)

Richard Sussman | The Evolution Suite 

Journey To The Unforeheard: Only the very best music made by humankind over the last four or five centuries creates an instantly-identifiable language all its own that profoundly touches our hearts while reaching for the stars.

We live in an age of inclusion and integration that generates global imperatives to work together socially and artistically -- above and beyond any boundaries and limitations of style, genre, category or culture.

Pianist, arranger and composer Richard Sussman has been passionately exploring the inner and outer frontiers of contemporary musical expression for the past five decades. I first met Richard when he brought his
adventuresome and hard-swinging hard bop Quintet into my San Francisco jazz club Keystone Korner in the late 1970s.

Since that unsung era of exciting modern jazz exploration and development in the 1970s and early 1980s, Sussman has continued to be an active and integral member of a whole generation of musical innovators -- almost all of whom are quite amazingly still working very productively on the cutting edge of contemporary jazz music -- along with Jerry Bergonzi, John Abercrombie, Richie Beirach, Michael Fomanek, Jeff Williams, Dave Liebman, John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Gene Perla, Larry Schneider, and so many others.

SOUTH AFRICA: Africa Plus-Africa Plus(2016)

Africa Plus | Africa Plus 

Africa Plus is an eclectic genre-crossing band whose parameters are expanded beyond whats expected from a drums, piano & bass trio. The band crafts its repertoire from innovative original music as well as creative renditions of covers by some of Africa’s greatest pioneers of jazz. Africa Plus continue to quarry and explore the same principles that inspire them, exploring infinite musical forms through the unprecedented exploratory power of jazz.

Their self-titled debut album “Africa Plus” was recorded live at The Orbit, Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 May 2016.

USA, NYC: John McLean Quartet Featuring Alex Coke, Paul Bollenback and Ed Howard at Cornelia Street Cafe on November 10 2016

John McLean Quartet
Tuesday, November 10 2016
Cornelia Street Cafe´
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014
$10 cover/$10 minimum
Reservations 212-989-9319
Paris based jazz singer John McLean makes a rare New York appearance,
celebrating Life, Love and The Blues with a stellar quartet.
Featuring  Alex Coke (John’s brother!) on tenor sax and flute,
Paul Bollenback on guitar, and Ed Howard on bass.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

USA: Jazz Journal OCTOBER 2016


Mike Mainieri The vibes player, veteran of encounters with Paul Whiteman and Buddy Rich but better known as the leader of Steps Ahead, talks to Mark Gilbert about a new big band recording of some Steps Ahead classics

Profiles Pianist John Pearce thanks Geraldo for a sound musical education; guitarist Pierre Dørge is inspired by strangeness and contrast; pianist Florian Hoefner credits his early trumpet experience with giving his melodies harmonic strength

Julius Watkins Gordon Jack surveys the career of the first man to draw proper jazz solos from the French horn’s 11 feet of tubing

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce seems to be alone in appreciating both Ellington and Kenton

The charity gig Simon Spillett asks what it says for jazz when the life-changing Massey Hall concert can be got for 99p at the British Heart Foundation Richmond

Book & DVD Reviews Books: Herbie Hancock: Possibilities // Music In The Air: The Selected Writings Of Ralph J. Gleason // Music Of Azerbaijan, From Mugham To Opera DVD: Rhythm ’N’ Bayous: A Road Map To Louisiana Music

Obituaries Bobby Hutcherson; Louis Stewart; Toots Thielemans; Rudy Van Gelder

Record reviews We review 73 CDs of new and reissued jazz.

USA: Martin Wind’s “20th Anniversary Quartet” Jazz at Kitano, Friday and Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2016

Martin Wind’s “20th Anniversary Quartet”
Martin Wind (bass), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Jim McNeely (piano) and Matt Wilson (drums)

Jazz at Kitano
Friday and Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2016
66 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
Phone(212) 885-7119
Tickets & Info

It’s been 20 years since Martin Wind moved to NYC to study Jazz composition and performance at New York University. During his time as a graduate student he studied with Mike Richmond, Mike Holober, Jim McNeely, Tom Boras and Kenny Werner a.o.

Even before achieving his Master’s Degree he started teaching at NYU and has been on the faculty for more than 19 years.

Just a couple of weeks into his first semester Martin was asked to play in the “house band” to back up incoming guest artists in the program’s Master Class series run by Dr. Dave Schroeder, who moved on to being appointed head of the NYU Jazz department in 2003.

In that role he got the chance to share the stage with artists such as Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, Joey Barron, Mike Manieri, Michael Brecker, George Garzone,
Dave Douglas, Phil Markowitz, and many others.

Since his beginnings at NYU Martin has become an integral part of the NYC jazz scene and has performed at most major clubs and concert venues both as a leader, as well as a sideman supporting pianists Don Friedman, Bill Mays, Dena DeRose, Jim McNeely, Bill Cunliffe, Ted Rosenthal, as well as the bands of Matt Wilson, Ken Peplowski, Anat Cohen, Scott Robinson, Ann Hampton Callaway, Mark Murphy, James Morrison, John Scofield, Duduka da Fonseca, Philip Catherine, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and many others.

In his “20th Anniversary Quartet” Martin brings together three musicians that had a major impact on his development especially during his first few years in NYC.

Ingrid Jensen (trumpet)
“I used to love Mondays as a student: we’d rehearse with the NYU jazz orchestra until about 8:45 pm or so; afterwards I would walk over to “Visiones”, where Maria Schneider’s band used to play every week – imagine that! I loved hearing that group and started zoning in on some of the band’s wonderful soloists: saxophonists Rich Perry, Rick Margitza or Scott Robinson, pianist Frank Kimbrough, guitarist Ben Monday, and especially Ingrid Jensen on trumpet.
There was (and still is!) something in her sound that just hits me, that touches my soul. She is always searching, willing to take chances, allowing herself to be vulnerable…
I ended up inviting her and Rich Perry to form the frontline for my first CD recorded in New York, the 1999 release “Family” (A-Records/Challenge NL).”

Jim McNeely (piano)
“Fortunately master pianist, composer and arranger Jim McNeely was still on the faculty during my year and half as a student at NYU. Obviously I knew some of his work and had already experienced him conduction and playing with the WDR Big Band while being a classical bass student in Cologne, Germany.
Jim would put up sign-up sheets for any students who wanted to spend time with him one-on-one. I did not need a second invitation: I put my name in as often as I could, and as a result we ended up playing piano and bass duos for hours.
He also encouraged me to apply for the BMI composer’s workshop, which he led at that time together with Manny Album and Michael Abene.
I will always remember Jim’s class “Jazz Orchestra” as the best structured, researched and most beneficial college course of my student carrier!
Since our early years we’ve played together in duo, trio and tentet settings, as well as part of the rhythm section of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.”

Matt Wilson (drums)
“I met Matt on a gig out in Connecticut somewhere with the late singer Carla White and guitarist Ron Affif, and it’s fair to say that no other musician has shaped me more over the past 20 years than him.
Through him I learned to believe that I belong here, that I have what it takes to become part of the NY scene.
During the recording session for the before-mentioned album “Family” Matt, pianist Bill Mays and I shared music together for the first time; an extremely productive period with several wonderful albums on the Palmetto label and many tours were the result. Matt also recommended me to singer and pianist Dena DeRose, who we still record and perform with frequently.
Since the passing of bassist Dennis Irwin I’ve also been holding the chair in Matt’s group “Arts and Crafts”. He is a great leader and the most welcoming musician I’ve ever met!”

The band will be revisit a few selections from “Family”, as well as new compositions that Martin Wind intends to record, soon. 


Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:30 pm
425 Lafayette St (bet. E. 4th St & Astor Pl)
New York, NY 10003

With special guests:
Melissa Stylianou- Voice &
Chico Pinheiro-Guitar
Sam Minaie-Bass & Alex Kautz-Drums

Tickets & Info

"...She's stretching the very notion of jazz singing, pushing past the diva pleasantries into a sound that's bold, thrilling and effortlessly global.”" NPR

Born in Mexico City and currently based in New York City, celebrated Magos Herrera has one of the most distinctive voices on the Latin American jazz scene.

She is known for her beguiling rhythmic scatting and deeply captivating singing. Herrera is an accomplished singer-songwriter who is extremely popular throughout Mexico and Latin America. Her career highlights include releasing eight acclaimed albums; collaborating with artists such as Javier Limón, Lionel Loueke, John Patitucci, Aaron Goldberg, Fito Páez, Gregoire Maret, Tim Ries, among others and hosting TV and radio programs. A Grammy nominee for best jazz album in 2011, Herrera is also a spoke person for the UN campaigns "UNITE" to stop violence against women and  "He For She" to promote gender equality and has received "Berklee's Master of Latin Music Award" award in recognition of her contribution to the development and exposure of Latin American and her original music in a contemporary context around the world.

Magos singing "My love for you" at Montreal Jazz festival