JWQ Showcase 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

USA: The Metropolitan Room and Hot House Jazz Magazine Present The 5th Annual "Fans Decision Jazz Awards" Ceremony, Monday, October 9th 7pm

Metropolitan Room and Hot House Jazz Magazine continue their tradition of honoring new and seasoned NYC Jazz musicians with their compelling awards voted by loyal NYC Jazz fans.  Gwen Kelley, publisher of Hot House and Bernie Furshpan, owner of Metropolitan Room will open and welcome the artists and guests.

The 5th annual "Fans Decision Jazz Awards” night will be hosted by singer, musician, and performer, Antoinette Montague. Montague has worked extensively in the New York area throughout the past decade with such musicians as Bill Easley, Norman Simmons, Winard Harper, Wycliffe Gordon, Frank Wess, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Mike Longo's New York State of the Arts Orchestra. The House band will be the Danny Mixon trio. Mixon’s earlier credits include Joe Lee Wilson and Betty Carter, he then worked with such legendary performers as Lionel Hampton, Joe Williams and Frank Foster.

This ceremony will honor George Wein, NEA Jazz master, Chairman - Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. and Founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, and Lorraine Gordon, co-founder and owner of the Village Vanguard. Jazz greats and younger talents will share the stage.

Our partner, the Metropolitan Room, where our awards ceremony has been hosted in the past, is moving to a bigger and more flexible space; during the several months of extensive renovations, The Triad is sharing its venue.

Special guests and VIPs will be in attendance at the Triad for this colossal event on Monday, October 9th @ 7PM. The Triad is located at 158 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, New York City. The previous events were sold out, reservation is strongly recommended. Call
 (212) 206-0440 or visit www.metropolitanroom.com.

General admission and VIP packages are available.

The oldest jazz magazine in New York, Hot House is the only periodical in the New York metro area devoted solely to previews of upcoming jazz events. Since 1982, Hot House has offered insight and enthusiasm to both longtime jazz fans and newcomers to the scene, inform readers, help promote events and bring an audience to the performances. Today, Hot House is not only in print but also online and on apps.

Metropolitan Room 'is' Cabaret at its most sultry with music to melt the soul.  You'll be taken back to a time of glitz and glamour sprinkled with joie de vivre.  Our shows will enchant and woo you with sultry voices and fabulously captivating stage lights and sound.  Voted #1 Jazz and Cabaret Club by New York Magazine, The Metropolitan Room is one of the most critically acclaimed venues in NYC and is known as the "Home" for big name talents and rising stars. A high-end cabaret and jazz club, the Metropolitan Room brings the best in live music to New York City every night of the week.​

USA: Jeb Bishop / Matthias Müller / Matthias Muche -Konzert für Hannes (2017)


he music presented here was originally supposed to have been a quartet concert, including Johannes ("Hannes") Bauer in addition to the three of us. Matthias Muche and Jeb Bishop had played together some months before in the Spinifex Maximus project, and Matthias Müller and Jeb had met a few years previously when Jeb was in Berlin for a visit. Muche and Müller had an existing duo, "MM2 Session", and the idea was to add the "JB2" duo of Hannes and Jeb to make a quartet, "MM2 + JB2".
When we planned the concert, we knew already that Hannes's health was declining, but we were all hopeful that it could happen nonetheless. Sadly, not long beforehand he let us know that he would not be able to be a part of this performance.
As it turned out, the day of his passing, May 6th, 2016, was the date of the concert. So, of course, we dedicated the concert that evening to him, his memory, and his music.
And this recording of that performance is thus also dedicated to the memory of our colleague and friend, Johannes Bauer, a great trombonist and one of the most distinctive voices in improvised music.
-- Matthias Muche / Matthias Müller / Jeb Bishop

Friday, September 29, 2017

USA: Temenos-Temenos Live Paperhand Puppet Intervention Pre​-​Show (2017)


Danny Abrams : Alto Saxophone
Drew Anagnost : Amplified Cello with Pedals
Denver Carlstrom : Baritone Saxophone, Auxiliary Percussion*
Joe McFale : Drum Kit, Sound Engineering

Thursday, September 28, 2017

CANADA: Florian Hoefner-Coldwater Stories (2017)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

USA; Bob Gluck and Tani Tabbal- At This Time (2017)





“At This Time” is a dynamic collaboration between pianist Bob Gluck and drummer Tani Tabbal. In a series of acoustic and electronic duets, Gluck and Tabbal explore music ranging from Wayne Shorter’s ‘Sanctuary’ to the Chilean activist anthem ‘The People United Will Never Be Defeated.’

Electronic music pioneer Patrick Gleeson observes that Gluck and Tabbal are “especially suited to play together. Bob’s approach to jazz improvisation is in the grand tradition of Art Tatum – floridly melodic, emotional and accomplished. Tani’s approach has been to amplify this ongoing stream of musical ideas in a way that’s both spare and grand.” Gleeson favorably compares the two interwoven sets, acoustic and electronic, that alternate on the recording: “the electro-acoustic pieces exhibit the same high level of accomplishment” as the acoustic.

In many ways, the recording is an artistic reflection on the political struggles of our time. At the center of “At This Time” is an anthem of the Chilean revolution, ‘The People United Will Never Be Defeated’ (Sergio Ortega’s ‘El pueblo unido jamás será vencido’), its title imbued with hope during a challenging time. Gluck and Tabbal offer two varied readings. The first (track 5), ushered in by Tabbal’s cymbals, presents the melody as plaintive and pleading. The second (track 9) begins ominously and spare, the melody emerging in bel canto-voice. The mood dips, anxiously questioning, then rising with cautious hope, gradually unfolding with confidence.

Three tracks interpret repertoire from Miles Davis’ “Lost” Quintet of 1968-1970, the focus of Gluck’s book The Miles Davis ‘Lost’ Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles (University of Chicago, 2016). You’ll find here two versions of the Styne/Cahn classic ‘I Fall in Love Too Easily,’ a favorite of Davis. Track 1 is for solo piano; Track 7, a duet, moves in and out of a rhythmic groove. Listen for Tabbal’s ingenious use of the bass drum and lower tom toms, alternately suggesting a bass line or extending the rhythmic pulse of a piano line. Tabbal accentuates the intense emotional tone with sensitive cymbal play.

Particularly intriguing is Wayne Shorter’s ‘Sanctuary,’ a composition that Pat Gleeson describes as “a mysterious and eccentric piece that can be the graveyard of soloists who try to play it as a melody over a series of chords.” Gleeson affirms Gluck and Tabbal’s strategy: “I’m especially taken with their rendering… Bob’s deconstructive approach relies less on chord symbols and more on exploring Shorter’s elusive melody with shape-shifting scales and responsive musical ideas.”

Themes of hope and despair are explored further during the electronic segments of “At This Time,” Again Gleeson: “The acoustic set would be a hard act to follow and figuring out ways of incorporating electronics in jazz isn’t easy. ‘Resolve,’ for instance (track 2), has the same fluidity and grand scope of the acoustic pieces.” In ‘Resolve,’ spare, ringing phrases lead to sweeps of cymbals and electronic sound clouds. Gleeson offers a narrative for “Bob and Tani’s witty ‘Premonition’” (track 4) in which “a hapless synth ostinato is driven more or less mad by an explosion of rhythmic percussion ideas before giving up and muttering into silence.”

The quiet, reflective ‘Lest it Fade Away’ (track 6) follows the first rendition of ‘The People United’ and features a new kind of multi-touch keyboard, the Roli Seaboard Grand. Here, a musical dialog ensues between Gluck’s pitch-bending harp sounds and wood-block phrases, and Tabbal’s carefully controlled tom-tom patterns and cymbal swells. In ‘Persistence’ (track 8), cymbal rolls are joined by mysterious sustained textures. Gluck’s repeated melodic phrases overlap and unfold, spiraling into a sonic display that evokes the track’s beginning.

The sonic tapestry of ‘Persistence’ leads organically to the second version of ‘The People United’. This is an apt conclusion for a recording that reflects the depth and complexity of a deeply challenging and troubling historical moment.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

USA: Pianist Deanna Witkowski's "Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns" Due Nov. 3

Pianist Deanna Witkowski
 Presents Trio Arrangements of 14 Hymns on
"Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns"
Set for Nov. 3 Release
On Tilapia Records
 
Witkowski Enriches Canon Pioneered by
Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, & Others
 
 

September 21, 2017
 
Deanna Witkowski Makes the Heart to SingGrace, serenity, and rhapsody are on abundant display throughout the 14 songs pianist Deanna Witkowski performs with her trio on Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns, set for release November 3 on Tilapia Records. One would expect this to be the case, given that the source material is not the Great American Songbook, but the centuries-old trove of hymnody used in churches around the world.
 
Witkowski succeeds in offering a luminously lyrical piano trio session interpreting a spiritually charged body of music rarely investigated by jazz artists.Some of the tunes -- like "Kings of Orient (We Three Kings)" -- will be immediately recognizable to secular audiences while others will be as familiar to the choirs and congregations of Protestant churches worldwide as the standards of Porter or Gershwin. Her arrangement of "Hymn to Joy (Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee)," the popular Beethoven melody from his 9th Symphony, rises with the grandeur of an Ellingtonian theme.
 
Makes the Heart to Sing is part of a larger project that includes the publication of a folio of Witkowski's arrangements. "It's an instrumental jazz trio record, but the mission is to get this music played more widely outside of church," she says, "and to bring these jazz interpretations into circulation inside churches. The album is almost a demo for church music directors, and the arrangements are meant for congregational singing."
 
Witkowski is passionate about the primal, transporting power of group singing, and her trio brings a similar collective ethos to the music on the album. She's played with drummer Scott Latzkysince she settled in New York City two decades ago, having moved there with a full-time job as a church music director after earning her degree at Wheaton College in 1993 and working for four years on the Chicago jazz scene. Bassist Daniel Foose is a more recent collaborator. "Scott's playing is so sensitive and responsive to every environment," she says. "Daniel is really soulful and interactive with a groove that's really deep."
 
Deanna WitkowskiWhat's most striking about the project, aside from the sheer beauty of the trio's feel and dynamics, is the seamless way the hymns fit the jazz idiom even asWitkowski pays close attention to the contours and meaning of the text. Most of the tracks clock in under four minutes and focus on the group's irresistibly swinging interpretations of music rather than using the themes as launching pads for extended solos. "Kings of Orient" is set as a waltz whose intensity ebbs and flows and features a Foose bass solo, while "Foundation (How Firm a Foundation)" unfurls with the rolling cadences of a gospel music hit. The aforementioned "Hymn to Joy" adds a taste of laidback funk and soul to the set.
 
The winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Deanna Witkowski has released six critically hailed albums over the past two decades, with each new project revealing a steadily evolving sensibility marked by melodic invention and emotional connection. As an accompanist, she's toured with soul-steeped vocalist Lizz Wright and held down the piano chair for ten years in the Jim McNeely-led BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra. Her projects as a leader feature fellow heavyweights like bassist John Patitucci and saxophonist Donny McCaslin.
 
Witkowski's thoughtful and deeply felt work setting traditional hymns in a jazz context has few precedents. In many ways, her creative identity is built on her gift for gracefully bringing together seemingly disparate elements, though Makes the Heart to Sing flows directly from her longtime work in sacred settings.
 
"Music in a lot of churches is one specific thing, traditional hymns done in a traditional way, or contemporary pop that's not necessarily written for group singing," she says. "But there's this 'folk music tradition' -- hymns -- that everybody knows in most Protestant churches. I always draw on my jazz background when I arrange service music, and hymns are an integral part of the repertoire."
 
Witkowski also has a long-standing relationship with Brazil, and her next project promises to be equally compelling. As a recipient of a prestigious residency fellowship from the Sacatar Institutein Bahia, Brazil, a nonprofit foundation that sponsors creative individuals of all disciplines, she will spend April and May 2018 at Sacatar doing research related to her upcoming composition and recording, the Nossa Senhora Suite. Merging elements of Afro-Brazilian ritual chants and text with new music for her quartet plus four vocalists, each movement of the suite will explore a different Brazilian version of the Virgin Mary, including Nossa Senhora Aparecida, patron saint of Brazil, and Iemanjá, goddess of the seas. 
 
 
Deanna Witkowski Itinerary
 
As bandleader:
11/2 Furman University, Greenville, SC (clinic); 11/4 Erskine College, Greenwood, SC (solo); 11/5a.m. First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC (duo/jazz service); 11/5 p.m. First Baptist Church, Mount Holly, NC (solo); 11/7 NC ArtsMarket, Durham, NC (trio/juried showcase); 11/19 First Presbyterian Church, Rahway, NJ (solo/jazz vespers); 1/21/18 St. John's Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA (trio/jazz service); 2/6/18 Juilliard Jazz, NYC (pre-concert panel speaking on Mary Lou Williams's sacred music); 2/23/18 Chopin in the City festival, Chicago (solo/venue TBD)
 
Choral premieres:
12/3 or 1/17/18 (TBD) ChoralArt, Portland, ME (winning piece in New England Carol Contest);3/11/18 The Colorado Chorale, Denver (newly commissioned work)
 
Residency in Bahia:
4/9-6/4 of 2018 Sacatar Institute, Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil
 
   
Photography: Erika Kapin
 
 
 
  
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NEW ZEALAND: Hanna Wiskari-Griffiths and Tristan Hancock- Hanna Wiskari​-​Griffiths and Tristan Hancock: Threaded Light (2017)



Soprano Saxophone: Hannah Wiskari
Flamenco Guitar: Tristan Hancock

Monday, September 25, 2017

ITALY: Filippo Vignato Quartet HARVESTING MINDS

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Filippo Vignato Quartet HARVESTING MINDS | Cam Jazz 2017 | New Album Trailer


Filippo Vignato Quartet
HARVESTING MINDS
September 22, 2017


 

Filippo Vignato     trombone
Giovanni Guidi      piano
Mattia Magatelli    bass
Attila Gyarfas        drums



"At its best, it has a sound like sunlight coming off beaten metal, or the first comb of honey from the hive. But it also has an awesome power and, played in a variety of alternate positions, an accuracy of articulation rarely achievable on the saxophone. ...You’ll lose hours listening to this record. I’ve lost a few days to it already. But you’ll come out with a new appreciation of the only instrument with the authority to speak not of but for God.”
 

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POLAND: EABS "Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda)" as easterneuropean answer to Jazz Renaissance

I would like to present the debut album of Polish Jazz septet EABS called "Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda”, a dedication to the legend of Polish Jazz - Krzysztof Komeda. The album is released by Astigmatic Records on CD, vinyl & digital, and is also available on streaming platforms. The album has already got support and has been played by Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 6 Music), Lefto (Worldwide.fm) Andrew Jervis (Bandcamp Weekly), Thris Tian (Worldwide Fm), Jean-Claude (If Music/NTS Radio), Dave Koor (Balamii Radio), Anthony Valadez (KCRW Radio) and more.

"The growth in popularity of jazz music in recent years has been described as a renaissance or new chapter for the genre. Attracting new audiences has seen a growth in acclaim for international artists includin​​g Kamasi Washington & The West Coast Get Down collective or BadBadNotGood. This resurgence has also been felt within british jazz scene. Musicians such as Yussef Kamaal, Shabaka Hutchings, Ruby Rushton, Nubya Garcia or Moses Boyd have put a new stamp on jazz music by fusing elements of classic jazz with modern sounds. Polish septet, EABS applies a similar philosophy to their music, blending traditional Polish Jazz with sounds from other genres, thus creating a new and personal interpretation of modern jazz."

You can listen EABS - Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda) on streaming platforms including Spotify, Youtube, Soundcloud, Tidal, Deezer, iTunes, Bandcamp.

Links here:
http://eabs.pl/repetitions

You can buy CD or vinyl on:
http://eabs.bandcamp.com



ARGENTINA: Roma Ramirez-Gracias (2017)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

SWITZERLAND: The Steps-The Steps(2017)



Die Band kam ganz frisch ans Werk und nach nur einer Probe entstanden diese Aufnahmen. Es wurde mit nur einem Stereomikrofon aufgenommen. Die Spontanität und die Spielfreude der Musiker werden dem Zuhörenden gewahr.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

USA/SINGAPORE/MALAYSIA/INDONESIA: TARANA ASIA TOUR 2017

TARANA ASIA TOUR 2017

Oct 13: LaSalle College, Singapore

Oct 13: Artistry Space, Singapore (presented by Ujikaji Records)

Oct 14: RAW Art Space (workshop), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Oct 14: FONO, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (presented by Public School/Resonance)

Oct 15: Live Fact, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Presented by Soundscape Records)

Oct 17: @America (workshop), Jakarta, Indonesia

Oct 18: TBC

Oct 19: Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Presented by YesNoWave)

Oct 20: Bandung International Digital Arts Forum (BIDAF), Bandung, Indonesia

Oct 21: @America (US Embassy Sponsored), Jakarta, Indonesia

Oct 22: Reyog Jazz Festival, Ponogoro, East Java, Indonesia

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USA: Selina Albright's successful "Conversations" makes Christmas Tour with Koz "Possible"Selina Albright's successful "Conversations" makes Christmas Tour with Koz "Possible"

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Selina Albright’s successful “Conversations” makes Christmas Tour with Koz “Possible”

Multi-format radio play, favorable reviews and a busy concert calendar boost the R&B-jazz singer’s debut album.


FRISCO (18 September 2017): It is mid-September yet R&B-jazz singerSelina Albright has already booked her holiday season travel plans thanks in part to a pair of buzzworthy singles at multiple radio formats along with enthusiastic reviews for her debut album, “Conversations,” which was issued on the Golden Rays Music label. Albright was invited to embark upon a 24-city U.S. concert tour as the featured vocalist on the Dave Koz 20thAnniversary Christmas Tour during which the smooth soul singer will share the spotlight with the charismatic saxophonist and his fellow contemporary jazz luminaries David BenoitRick Braun and Peter White. The tour kicks off November 24 in Atlanta and wraps December 23 in Cerritos, California.   

Even before “Conversations” dropped, Albright, who co-produced three songs and wrote the album’s candid and confessional lyrics that she describes as “like my own therapeutic diary,” captured attention and charted at smooth jazz outlets globally with the lead single, “Eat Something,” an empowering mid-tempo R&B ode to self-love that celebrates comfort and security in a romantic relationship by packing on a few pounds. The song, bolstered by slick guitar licks from Kay-Ta Matsuno, immediately connects with listeners – especially women – who called radio stations to request the cut that premiered nationally on SiriusXM Watercolors’ Dave Koz Lounge. “Eat Something” has now crossed over to urban adult contemporary (UAC) radio - including at SiriusXM’s UAC programming – and is gobbling up airplay.  

While the first single continues its chart ascent at UAC radio, smooth jazz programmers have embraced the follow-up, “Possible,” another affirmation of self-acceptance. Albright explains, “I wrote ‘Possible’ with hope of finding that one person who would make me feel loved and accepted just as I am. Now that I’m married to that person, I've found that it’s equally important - if not most important - to accept myself. That’s when the light bulb truly came on for me! My heart and mind opened to new possibilities, and I was able to experience the freedom and fearlessness I was put on this earth to achieve. I believe we all have to peel our own layers of doubt away and be true to ourselves in order to live our lives to the fullest. This is why the (accompanying) music is minimal for much of the song. I needed the focus to be on the message so that listeners could celebrate - not suppress - their zest for life.”

The daughter of multiple Grammy nominee and contemporary jazz sax titan Gerald Albright, Selina grew up in the company of her father’s colleagues, but has relied on the power and grace of her vocal gifts to pave her own way. For more than a decade, she has toured and recorded with a wide array of notables in jazz, R&B and EDM. In recent years, she’s been featured on Benoit’s A Charlie Brown Christmas Tour and is fond of touring during the holiday season.

"I really love touring during Christmas because I see nothing but smiles from the stage. It's as if barriers can finally come down for the season, and we can all relax and focus on what's important: friends, family, love and music!” said the radiant and shapely Albright, who continues her Conversations Tour until the Christmas tour commences. "Dave Koz, Peter White, Rick Braun and David Benoit have been part of my adoptive musical family for years. So for me, the Koz Christmas Tour will be a special reunion when we can celebrate each other's talents while on stage together. This is one tour that I know the people will feel the joy and love in the music! And, of course, music aside, the food enthusiast in me cannot wait to enjoy the local cuisine in each city we visit."

“Conversations” was produced by Chris “Big Dog” DavisJames “JRob” Roberson and Albright, and contains performances by Gerald Albright, White, Matsuno, Randy Ellis and David P. Stevens. Below are excerpts from a sampling of album reviews:     

“One of the brightest new stars in that crossover galaxy somewhere between contemporary jazz and R&B.” – Smooth Jazz Therapy

“Selina blossoms fully as a transcendently soulful, urban jazz/R&B singer-songwriter.” – SmoothJazz.com

“Albright brings her brand of fiery, soul-reaching music right to where you live, keeping you riveted to her charm. This is her debut album, but those of us who’ve witnessed her live knew what to expect when she finally unleashed this beauty.” – The Smooth Jazz Ride

“Albright channels her R&B side that shares her heart on both sleeves. Backed by production from James Roberson and Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis, Albright’s flexible pipes and songwriting unquestionably steals the spotlight.” – The Urban Music Scene

“Selina delivers her own therapeutic diary, in a soft soul and sultry jazz setting.”- Keys & Chords

“Selina pushes the envelope in R and B with a stylish nod to jazz with a really identifiable vocal sound.” – The Hollywood Times


For more information, including a complete concert itinerary, please visitwww.SelinaAlbright.com.

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USA; Sam Gendel- HAT TRICK (2017)


Sam Gendel: alto saxophone, wavedrum, live effects

Friday, September 22, 2017

CANADA: Condition West Recordings-A Tale of Two Trios (2017)

USA:Davida Singer & John Rangel- Naked Romance(2017)


Davida Singer & John Rangel | Naked Romance
"Davida Singer is a love gangster, a trickster. Writing in her honey drawl for all she's worth. Writing with a passion so indomitable it will keep you hungering for one more poem. Like Lorca, she dreams that we are all love singers, poems waiting to be read aloud." Frank London, Grammy Award-winning composer/trumpeter

NAKED ROMANCE is a fusion of poetry and music, featuring poetry and voice by New York poet/performance artist Davida Singer and a jazz and classical-inspired score composed and performed by Santa Fe-based composer/pianist John Rangel. Texts come from Singer's collection of poetry, NAMED ROMANCE AND THEN SOME (Aldrich Press, 2015). Inspired by the poet's experience of living in New York City and Taos, New Mexico, they explore the yearning for connection in an increasingly disquieted and desensitized world, while finding magic in everyday life. The goal of this project is for the two art forms -- poetry and music -- to breathe into one another, with each medium retaining its own integrity and distinct voice.

The multimedia project "Naked Romance" has been performed in New York City, Santa Fe and Taos, with original videos by Swiss visual artist Nicole Schmoelzer.

CHILE:Carlos Saunier- Inminente (2017)



This album corresponds to a set of compositions of instrumental jazz with multiple contemporary influences. Contains elaborate and complex language in quartet format with tenor sax, guitar, electric bass and drums

Claudio Rubio - Tenor Sax
Maxi Alarcón - Tenor Saxo (themes 1 and 3)
Francisco Barahona - Bass
Felix Lecaros - Drums
Carlos Saunier - Guitar and Composition

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, Srdjan 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 Wednesday October 25 at 8:00pm and tickets are on sale now on Carnegie Hall website.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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





 Accord
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