JWQ Showcase 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

USA: Josh Lawrence - Color Theory (Posi-Tone 2017)

Color Theory
Josh Lawrence brings a full complement of tones and contrasts to his new record "Color Theory." Featuring a powerful line-up fronted by Lawrence's trumpet, keyboardist Adam Faulk, pianist Orrin Evans, and alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis, everything stays straight forward and swinging hard while the rhythm section of bassist Madison Rast and drummer Anwar Marshall keep everything honest and in the pocket. The music is meant to be reflections of the entire spectrum, and the musical program covers several hues and shades with an exciting and evocative presentation of Lawrence's amazing new original compositions. "Color Theory" features an amazing combination of talents and a highlight reel of brilliant performances. Josh Lawrence is a new star on the jazz horizon and his music is sure to bring bright moments to jazz fans everywhere.

USA: Steve Nelson - Brothers Under The Sun (High Note 2017)

Brothers Under The Sun
Vibist Steve Nelson made a big splash as a newcomer in the jazz polls at the end of the '80s just as the vibraphone began to re-emerge as one of jazz's favorite instruments. The cool, drifty, slightly detached sound of the vibraphone will forever be associated with great jazz players like Lionel Hampton, Gary Burton and others, but Nelson has firmly established himself as a leader of top-notch small ensembles that showcase his own personal voice on the instrument. Leading a blue-chip quartet composed of pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lewis Nash, Nelson has put together an imaginative setlist that serves as a tribute to the late pianist Mulgrew Miller, with whom Nelson enjoyed a long and fruitful musical collaboration and friendship. Throughout the date the interplay of the quartet is engaging, the creativity unflagging and the joy in the music making is always apparent. Brothers Under the Sun is a substantial addition to Steve Nelson's far-too-small discography as a leader.


Photo: Chris Drukker

Sings The Music Of Billy Strayhorn



($30 COVER + $10 MINIMUM)


Tickets & Info

“Show me your friends and tastes, and I’ll tell you who you are!  Nancy Valentine attracts great musicians.  As for her tastes, her choices are Strayhornesque!  Most singers fear such demanding tastes.  Nancy, is one of a kind!”
Ray Carman – President – The Duke Ellington Society, (TDES) , New York Chapter
“ A long time ago, I met Nancy Valentine who was just an up-and-coming singer. I encouraged her to check out jazz singing as an artistic option and wow, did she ever follow through! This compilation of Billy Strayhorn compositions is a brilliant choice and she does them so well. And she was very smart to be backed by the “who’s who” of jazz players in New York, i.e., Dick Oatts, Harry Allen, Gary Smulyan, John di Martino, Tamir Hendelman, Joe Magnarelli, Warren Vache, etc., etc. What a great bunch of players!! Congrats, Nancy, and thank you for “following through”!
Bobby Shew – Jazz Trumpeter

“Nancy is a true Strayhorn aficionado.  In all my years in the music business. I know of no one more dedicated to trying to get it right!”
Don Sickler – Trumpeter, Arranger, Producer, Publisher

"Nancy Valentine is a consummate professional with a unique approach in her delivery of lyrics. She is also fun to work with and her singing encompasses perfection and warmth!"
Jim Czak - Engineer - Nola Recording Studios, NYC

"This wonderful debut recording featuring Nancy Valentine, one of our best jazz vocalists, together with a stellar group of outstanding jazz musicians, in their own right, John di Martino;Tamir Hendelman; Harry Allen; Warren Vache; Joe Magnarelli; Dick Oatts; Gary Smulyan; Victor Jones; Kenny (Kenneth) Washington; Dominick Farinacci; Boris Kozlov; Jay Leonhart; Marco Panascia and Tony Jefferson, will do much to bring about a greater awareness of Strayhorn's gifts through the many beautiful arrangements by pianist, John di Martino, who, like Valentine, seems to understand the very essence and sheer brilliance of Billy Strayhorn's compositions!"
Jack Kleinsinger - Highlights In Jazz

"Billy Strayhorn deserves having his music performed with respect and empathy - Nancy Valentine delivers exactly that!"
Joe Lang - Jersey Jazz

"At long last Nancy Valentine has committed her talent and fine, port-wine voice to permanence. Lovesome showcases her comprehensive musicality, with A-list musicians and great new arrangements."
Marilyn Lester - Cabaret Scenes

"I've been waiting for an album like this for 20 years. In 1997, David Hajdu's bio of Billy Strayhorn titled "LUSH LIFE" inspired me to produce an 8-hour tribute to the artistry of this musical genius. And now, 
two decades later, we have this new album of Strayhorn songs by a young, talented and inventive singer! Thank you Nancy Valentine!!! "
David Kenney – Host – Everything Old Is New Again – WBAI 99.5 FM

“Several years in the making, Nancy, together with the beautiful piano work and arrangements by John di Martino and Tamir Hendelman and outstanding, heart-felt performances of Harry Allen; Warren Vache; Joe Magnarelli; Dick Oatts; Gary Smulyan and Dominick Farinacci all superbly supported by Boris Kozlov; Victor Jones; Jay Leonhart; Kenny (Kenneth) Washington; Marco Panascia and Tony Jefferson, have created a riveting and soulful tribute to one of our most iconic creators of classic American song - Billy Strayhorn."
Russ Kassoff – Host -  The Jazz Deli -  WFDUHD2 

"Thanks to Nancy for her tribute to the genius of Billy Strayhorn. Happy to add the cuts on "Lovesome" to our Pure Jazz Radio playlist."
Rich Keith  Creator of Pure Jazz Radio  www.purejazzradio.com

Saturday, June 24, 2017

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USA: Audrey Silver Appearing at The Cornelia Street Cafe Friday, Jun 30 - 6:00PM


WATCH: Audrey Silver - “Getting to Know You"
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
Music by Richard Rodgers

Quotes on Audrey’s new CD, Very Early

“….Silver engrosses with her tales….[a] talent worthy of being picked up by a major label.”
Robert Rusch, Cadence Jazz Magazine

"Very Early...is a pure delight….crystal clear vocals, an excellent song selection and fantastic musicianship makes this an outstanding recording.”
Glenn Daniels, The Jazz Page


USA: "Raise the Marc," CD Produced by Peter Michael Escovedo to Benefit Bassist Marc van Wageningen, to Be Released July 14

"Raise the Marc,"
A Benefit CD by the Marc VW Allstars &
Produced by Peter Michael Escovedo,
To Be Released July 14
Proceeds Will Benefit Bassist Marc van Wageningen,
Who Was Severely Injured January 12
When Struck by an Amtrak Train
In Front of Yoshi's in Oakland

Contributing Artists Include 
Dave Koz, Sheila E., Ray Obiedo, Tony Lindsay, 
John Santos, Pete Escovedo, & Peter Horvath

June 19, 2017
Marc VW Allstars Raise the Marc On January 12 of this year, bassist Marc van Wageningen was struck by an Amtrak train on his way to a Tower of Power performance at Yoshi's in Oakland's Jack London Square. (Marc has been subbing with the renowned funk band since 2002.) The accident was widely reported at the time by CNN and other media outlets. Thankfully, Marc continues to recuperate from critical injuries and is expected to play again.
Multi-instrumentalist and music producer Peter Michael Escovedo organized a benefit concert which took place 10 days after the accident, and also set up sessions at Oakland's 25th Street Recording for a studio album called Raise the Marc. Featuring a long list of top-tier musicians including Dave Koz, Sheila E., Ray Obiedo, Tony Lindsay, Peter Horvath, John Santos, and Pete Escovedo, among many others, the CD will be released July 14 on the producer's Peter Michael imprint. All proceeds will benefit Marc and his family, who have been facing substantial medical expenses.
Marc van Wageningen Born in Amsterdam in 1958 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than three decades, Marc van Wageningen is one of the most sought after bassists on the West Coast. In addition to his work with Tower of Power, he's toured and recorded with Steve Winwood, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker, and many other artists. An ace studio musician called for a vast array of situations, he's played on network and cable television house bands (ABC's The One, The Wayne Brady Show, and VH1's But Can They Sing?). But Marc VW is best known for his ferocious grooves playing funk and Latin music, styles he honed with his late brother, drummer Paul van Wageningen, his rhythm section partner and co-leader in the VW Brothers (Muziek, Patois Records, 2010).
Peter Michael Escovedo Peter Michael Escovedo hails from a prominent Bay Area musical family that includes his father, percussionist Pete Escovedo, as well as sister and famed vocalist Sheila E. Peter Michael has recorded and performed with a long list of stars including Mos Def, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Kenny G, and many others. The producer and the major driving force behind the Raise the Marc project, Escovedo also composed the tracks "Heaven," originally heard on a Sheila E. album but changed here from a funk vibe to a bossa nova, and the closer "Wherever You Go I'll Go."
Saxophonist Dave Koz was available for a mere hour and a half before needing to catch a plane, but in that time he contributed a slice of Oakland funk called "Marcandave," which he co-wrote on the spot with Escovedo, Ray Obiedo, Raymond McKinley, and Peter Horvath and recorded immediately afterwards.
"Oakland in Da House," originally from one of Sheila E.'s albums, captures her band onstage at Yoshi's and is the only song on Raise the Marc on which Marc VW plays.
Also included on the new CD: the ballad "Sorry," written and performed by former Tower of Power lead singer Larry Braggs (who was also the lead vocalist on the VW Brothers' Muziek album); two Ray Obiedo compositions, "Sweet November" and "Awaken"; and the percussion tour de force "Glory," featuring Jesus Diaz, John Santos, Jon Bendich, Juan Escovedo, and Peter Michael Escovedo.
"I am extremely grateful for all of these super-talented musicians and friends," says Marc van Wageningen. "How lucky am I to be part of such a wonderful community. A special thank you to Peter Michael Escovedo who not only produced the CD but also two benefit concerts and a music video. I hope everyone enjoys the music as I did."
Photo of Marc van Wageningen by David Belove
VW Allstars  
VW Allstars "Sacrifice" from "Raise the Marc"
***Pre-order CD here 
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Friday, June 23, 2017

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USA: SOUP & SOUND: Sunday June 25 - Wimberly, Harding, Liebowitz/Lane/Drury


7:30 doors open, soup is on (get it while it lasts)

8:00 music starts
292 Lefferts Ave. (b/n Nostrand & Rogers), Brooklyn

2/5 to Sterling St. B/Q to Prospect Park

BYOB (feel free to bring food or drink to share)

$20 suggested donation

Info 917.828.4951
MICHAEL WIMBERLY hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has recorded, performed, and toured with Charles Gayle, Jean Paul Bourelly, Steve Coleman, Paul Winter Consort, Parliament Funkadelic, the Boys Choir of Harlem, Daniel Schnyder, Borah Bergman, John Blum, Berlin’s Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Vienna's Tonkunstler Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Chamber Orchestra, Vernon Reid, David Murray, Kidd Jordan, Roy Campbell, Cooper-Moore, Sabir Mateen, Henry Rollins, Blondie, Mickey Hart, Teramasa Hino, Onaaje Alan Gumbs, Oluyemi & Ijeoma Thomas. Michael has composed music for dance companies Urban Bush Women, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Philadanco, Forces of Nature, Ailey II, Purelements, Complexions, Ballet Noir, and the National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique. Michael is currently a professor of music at Bennington College, VT.

PAUL HARDING Published works: Hot Mustard & Lay Me Down (En Theos Press, 2003); Excerpts of Lamentation & Evidence of Starlite (Aurius Unlimited, 1993). Selected verse in Black Renaissance Noire (NYU), Transition 112 (DuBois Inst/Harvard), Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Konch, Coon Bidness, Berkeley Poetry Review, and various anthologies. Unpublished manuscripts in both the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, and the Derek Walcott Collection at the Alma Jordan Library, University of West Indies. Awarded Philip Whalen Memorial Grant for poetry and Edith K. Draham Scholarship for fiction. ‘Spoken Music’ performed with legendary Charles Gayle, Ravi Coltrane, Joe Ford, Michael Bisio, and other renowned musicians. Former Earshot Jazz Board of Directors President, former Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Education Director and founder of ULMS Children’s University. Currently teaches critical thinking, reading and writing in the Bronx.

LIEBOWITZ/LANE/DRURY TRIO The trio of pianist Carol Liebowitz, bassist Adam Lane, and drummer Andrew Drury may outwardly resemble the classic piano trio but it’s in fact a collective sonic endeavor where the members are constantly shifting and exchanging roles. Liebowitz and Lane have worked together for many years and both worked with the late, great Connie Crothers. Lane and Drury have played in several groups since they first met as college students in the mid-80s. This is this trio's second performance and this will be a live recording.

SOUP & SOUND is a program of Continuum Culture & Arts, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes the creation of innovative, world class music while supporting the people who create it and the culture that surrounds it. Our scope is local and international.

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USA/SERBIA: MoonJune New Release: DUSAN JEVTOVIC, No Answer. Progressive Jazz for the XXI Century. Feat. Asaf Sirkis & Vasil Hadzimanov

MoonJune Records' new release:
No Answer
VASIL HADZIMANOV acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, Mini Moog bass

Dear Friends in Music

MoonJune Records is proud to announce the new release of one of the most extraordinary musicians on the MoonJune label's roster, Serbian born and Barcelona Spain based guitarist extraordinaire Dusan Jevtovic. Already on his 5 participation  on extended MoonJune's family of similarly minded musos, No Answer is Dusan's third solo album and the second solo album on the label, and his next studio work was already recorded last month again at the magic La Casa Murada in Spain, with Gary Husband, Markus Reuter and Bernat Hernandez, will be released in the first trimester of 2018.

USA: Steve Davis -Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions 2017)

Think AheadIn life as in jazz, you never know what’s coming around the next corner – so it’s always best to think ahead. Trombonist/composer Steve Davis not only offers those two words as a sound piece of advice on his new album, Think Ahead, but exemplifies the art of putting it into action. Think Ahead offers a master class in reacting to the unpredictable from an elite group of jazz all-stars whose ability to create spontaneously borders on the clairvoyant.Smoke Sessions

Thursday, June 22, 2017

USA: David Benoit , Marc Antoine- So Nice! (2017)

So Nice!
The historic meeting of 2 contemporary jazz giants! These trailblazing artists have scored more than 25 #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits, sold over 2 million albums and toured the world over for more than 20 years! A perfect blending of these great artist's instrumental styles, So Nice! Combines the cool grooves of Smooth Jazz with the exotic sensuosity of Brazilian music, and the result is pure magic. Highlights include Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic samba "So Danco Samba," the popular international favorite "So Nice" and eight inspired Benoit/Antoine originals! The rst single, the funky "Caminando," will be worked to the Smooth Jazz format along with extensive touring in support of the album.

USA: Ken Powe - Misinformation Age (2017)


I dedicate this album to my dear mother, who passed away December 2016. The music contained in this album is a reflection of the different moods I feel in life moments living in these times--puzzlement, spirituality, eroticism, indignation...pretty much the full range of being human. The album's title reflects the impact the zeitgeist of a divided country has on an artist, and what results is what you hear as you hit "play" and experience all 12 stages. I use more synths and artificial orchestration in this work than I did in "Conception," but I was very careful to produce something unique and pleasing in doing so. People who know and enjoy my keyboard style will not be disappointed!

USA: ALEXIS PARSONS QUARTET Appearing at Jazz At Kitano Wednesday, July 5th Two Sets: 8p & 10p

66 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
(212) 885-7119
$17 Cover - $20 minimum
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Reservations suggested
"Alexis Parsons" - List of Best CD's of 2012
by DownBeat Magazine - January 2013
"All these songs of love have their anchor in the paradoxical world reflected  by Alexis Parsons’ self-titled series of tomes on the theme of conflicted, difficult arrangements (Self Release; 40:35 ★★★★).

Accompanied by pianist Frank Kimbrough, the bloom’s off as Parsons delivers an unmannered “The Winter Of My Discontent,” followed by a wistful look back with “Hello Young Lovers,” only to be followed up by a rare, upbeat swinger with “Just Squeeze Me.” The mood is melancholic, as the more seasoned Parsons’ breathy, desultory delivery reminds us that love is not a game to be entered into lightly."

By John Ephland - "Sirens of Today" - DownBeat Magazine
"....she deserves as much credit for her storytelling abilities as she does for her singing.  She inhabits these songs as if they represent her very being, making Alexis Parsons an alluring listen from start to finish."

By Dan Bilawsky - All About Jazz 

"...she puts everything on the line with a piano and voice recording that would leave the less experienced artist fully exposed and ripe for a potentially critical cyber autopsy..."

By Brent Black - @

USA: Award-winning jazz guitarist Frank Piombo follows his dream to “Keep It Movin’”

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Award-winning jazz guitarist Frank Piombo follows his dream to “Keep It Movin’”

Passion and optimism permeate the songs he wrote for his fourth album, coming August 4.

VERONA (15 June 2017): It’s been a steady upward trajectory for jazz guitarist Frank Piombo ever since he issued his debut album, “Smooth Reminiscence,” independently in 2010. The New Jersey-based musician sold enough units to be ReverbNation’s No. 1 jazz artist in the Garden State for three straight years while cultivating a growing fan base in the New York Metropolitan area via his live performances. This past April, he hit the red carpet in Hollywood and went home with three statues from the Indie Music Channel Awards for three tracks from his upcoming fourth album, “Keep It Movin’,” providing the perfect launch pad for the new set. Piombo wrote six songs for the disc arriving August 4, and produced and arranged the record with Joe Arminio and Tom Jacobsen.

Perhaps it’s inherent in the culture from which he was spawned, but the Rome, Italy-reared Piombo imbues a sense of quixotic romance and passion into his spirited melodies and sultry grooves on “Keep It Movin’.”  The title track, which won him the Best Male Jazz Artist title at the IMC Awards, is as optimistic and chirpy as they come. Illuminated by Michael Mahadeen’s whimsical flute and sax flourishes, the record opens with the instrumental version garnering international airplay and closes with a vocal rendition featuring empowering lyrics sung by Arminio. The placid “Al Dente (Tino’s Theme)” earned Piombo the Best Easy Listening Song award, a cut on which his cool electric jazz guitar humbly yields the fore to snappy flute, sax and keyboard solos. Piombo & Company ratchet up the tension on “Sunset Beach,” a steamy nocturnal number. That theme continues on “Middle Of The Night,” a track bolstered by Sam Hankins’ heated trumpet explorations that scored the Best Easy Listening Artist victory from the IMC Awards. Nominated for Best Jazz Recording, saxophonist Tony Exum Jr. trades soulful jabs with Piombo on “Rush Hour Funk.” Rich authentic Italian sensibilities mesh with improvisational jazz riffing and a robust R&B beat on the charming “Sogno D’Amore.” Piombo’s crisp guitar etchings thrive in the straight-ahead jazz setting of “Easin’ Up.”                    

“The music I wrote for ‘Keep It Movin’” represents an appreciation for the journey of life – the distant past and present as well as everything in between and the unknown possibilities ahead. The powerful message is remain focused, do what makes your heart smile and inspire others to follow their dream,” said the positive-minded Piombo, who was born in Tripoli, Libya.

Piombo hopes the pre-release accolades earned by his first album since 2013’s “The Night Speaks” will help expose his music to a larger audience. To further his mission, he has a pair of New Jersey concert dates booked in August in support of the album release. Two days prior to “Keep It Movin’’s” arrival, he will take the outdoor stage as part of the Essex County Summer Music Concert Series in Verona on August 2. A couple weeks after the album streets, Piombo will play Trumpets Jazz Club in nearby Montclair on August 19. An outdoor show in Viterbo, Italy is in the planning stages for October. For more information, please visit www.FrankPiombo.com.

“Keep It Movin’” contains the following songs:

“Keep It Movin’” featuring Michael Mahadeen
“Al Dente (Tino’s Theme)” featuring Rod Williams and Michael Mahadeen
“Sunset Beach” featuring Rod Williams
“Middle Of The Night” featuring Sam Hankins
“Rush Hour Funk” featuring Tony Exum Jr.
“Sogno D’Amore” featuring Joe Arminio
“Easin’ Up (Remix)”
“Keep It Movin’ (Vocal)” featuring Joe Arminio

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

USA: Positone Records: new music release: Farnell Newton "Back To Earth"

new music release:

Farnell Newton "Back To Earth"

Another new face on the scene.

Today is the worldwide release of "Back To Earth," the new album by Farnell Newton, featuring some of the top musicians in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for listening!
Everything is coming ”Back to Earth” when trumpet player extraordinaire Farnell Newton steps onto the jazz scene with his first record for Posi-Tone. This hard hitting session also features the inspired playing and cool comping of Greg Goebel on piano, the steady underpinning of Dylan Sundstrom on bass, the bombastic metrics of Christopher Brown on drums, and the inspired playing of wunderkind Kyle Molitor on trombone. Melodies are the message, and all the song selections are definitely straight forward, while always remaining elegantly lyrical and brilliantly evocative of a more modern jazz sensibility. With an amazing combination of talent, brilliant performances, and an exciting program of music, including several amazing new original compositions, Farnell Newton’s latest record "Back to Earth" is sure to bring bright moments to jazz fans everywhere. 
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The McCoy Tyner Tribute Quartet July 4th Explosive Concert

Band personnel: Juini Booth leader/bass, Roy McCurdy drums, piano Benito Gonzalez, Azar Lawrence saxophones, guest jazz poet, Robert J. Carmack …

JULY 4th 2017 8pm- 10PM only


Tixs: $10 advance $12 at door

Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive.(323) 662-0966 (club only)

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