Saturday, March 25, 2017

NETHERLANDS: Announcing the Mehmet Polat Trio’s new album ‘Ask your heart'

Mehmet Polat Trio - a spiritual bridge of sounds from the Middle East and Balkans to Africa and Latin America. - You are receiving this email because of your interest in this music and related news. If you want not to receive them anymore, please unsubscribe via the link below.

the Mehmet Polat Trio’s new album
Ask your heart'

On this album you will hear the best selection of my previously unreleased compositions and artistic ideas! I’ve been looking forward to recording these for a long time. My colleagues and I played on this album with full passion and sensibility. - Mehmet Polat
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Preview on Spotify

Official CD presentation concert on March 31st in the BIMHUIS, Amsterdam. Don't miss it!
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Check out some recent concert reviews:

Watching the Mehmet Polat Trio in their Lincoln Center became formidably clear was that these are three of the best musicians in the world on their respective instruments. They push the envelope as far as Middle Eastern and African music go, they do it with gravitas, and virtuosity, and soul, and made good on Polat’s promise to draw the audience into their magical interchanges and improvisations, holding what appeared to be a full house in a near dream-state for over an hour. - New York Music Daily, USA (LIVE at Lincoln Center NYC)

With this music may your soul find peace and joy, the pieces of the Mehmet Polat Trio entice you to dream and almost to meditate. Mehmet Polat Trio's music has the potential to make this world a better place. – Frankenpost, Germany (LIVE at Textilemuseum, Helmbrechts)

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New official clip 'Everything is in you'

Upcoming concerts:

March 31  BIMHUIS, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

April 16  Fermerie, Deventer, the Netherlands

May 26  Mixtree, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

June 10  Urban Culture Days, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

June 16  Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen, the Netherlands

July 9  Achterhoeks Streekfestival, Eibergen, the Netherlands

August 18  Le Pradet "La Bayette" Côte D'azur, France

August 19   Montbrun-Les-Bains, Alpes Provence, France

August 20  Vaison La Romaine, Alpes Provence, France

August 21  Le Brusc Martin Zéde,  Côte D'azur, France

August 22  Le Lavandou,  Côte D'azur, France

August 24  Hyeres Eurosurf, Côte D'azur, France

August 25  Balaruc Les Bains, Languedoc, France

August 26  Gruissan, Aude Pyrénées Orientales, France

August 27  Brassac, Midi Pyrénées, France

August 28  Arvieu, Midi Pyrénées, France

September 15  3 Oever Festival, Gendt, the Netherlands (to be confirmed)


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USA: EC3 & Niki Haris- Time And Rhyme (2017)

Afro-Cuban meets classic standards with new flavor and nostalgic old-school soulful sounds blended together with ear-pleasing appeal. This describes the tastefully done project, Time & Rhyme by EC3 and Niki Haris! EC3 is (time) and Niki Haris is (rhyme). These two seasoned and diverse artists are bringing together a rich, unique combination of music for listeners who loves jazz, classic standards and Afro-Cuban music! EC3, is a accomplished Drummer who has performed with the Las Vegas Symphony, the Caesars Palace Orchestra, Harrah's Reno and Tahoe Orchestras. Was also Music Director for Songstress, Loretta Holloway for 12 years; opening for Jay Leno, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg and host of other greats! EC3 CDs: My Romance with Rhythms, Her Eyes at Sunset, It's All About the Rhythm, My Rhythmic Point of View and Time & Rhyme. Niki Haris is a multi-talented artist with music and film credits. She's the daughter of legend, jazz pianist, Gene Harris. Niki has been touring and recording for 18 years with Madonna and also worked with other artists such as Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Patrice Rushen, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston and much more! Her vocal film work and is also featured on soundtracks of DreamWorks, The Big Green, Coyote Ugly Disney's, Anastasia and Fox series, Dark Angel. EC3 has been a station favorite since his 2011 release, Her Eyes at Sunset. We're looking forward to the upcoming release of Time & Rhyme the collaboration of EC3 & Niki Haris daughter of legendary pianist, Gene Harris and featured performer with Madonna for the past 18 years! Kory Cook Music Director Jazz 91.7FM KRTU San Antonio, TX EC3 & Niki Haris has a chemistry that is pleasing to the musical soul. A must-have for the jazz heads! Bob Baldwin The NewUrbanJazz Lounge

USA: "Change of Address," New Quintet Session from Baritone Saxophonist Jared Sims, Set for April 14 Release

Baritone Saxophonist Jared Sims
Celebrates Return to West Virginia
From Boston
With New Quintet Session
"Change of Address"

Ropeadope Records Will Release the CD,
Sims's 5th Album as a Leader,
April 14

CD Release Shows Scheduled for 
4/14 James Street Gastropub, Pittsburgh;
4/27 The Bitter End, NYC; 4/28 Third Life Studio, Boston

March 16, 2017

Jared Sims Change of Address After two decades in New England, where multi-reed virtuoso Jared Sims made his mark as an instrumentalist, bandleader, educator, and all-around musical provocateur, Sims celebrates his return to West Virginia with Change of Address, his fifth album as a leader. On the new CD, which will be released April 14 by Ropeadope Records, Sims sticks to his favorite instrument -- the baritone sax -- in the company of an airtight, organ-dappled quintet.

Change of Address commemorates Sims's homecoming to his alma mater, West Virginia University in Morgantown, which has named him Director of its Jazz Studies Department 20 years after he earned his own jazz studies degree there.
The music on the album is notable for instilling the jazz-soul tradition with an up-to-the-minute sensibility and is deftly interpreted by the leader, joined by an intriguing collection of players for whom he wrote its tunes, Ellington-style. They include the wife-and-husband team of organist Nina Ott and bassist Chris Lopes (a longtime crony of guitarist Jeff Parker), and a pair of young Boston-area veterans in guitarist Steve Fell and drummer Jared Seabrook (older brother of guitar provocateur Brandon).
Among the highlights on Change of Address are "Ghost Guest 1979," which showcases a full range of textural effects from Fell and seamless interaction between bass and Hammond B-3; the sprightly, wide-open "Lights and Colors"; and "Forest Hills," inspired by the Boston neighborhood in which he lived.
Jared Sims Sims (b. 1974) started playing the baritone in the fifth grade in his hometown of Staunton, Virginia, but only became dedicated to this most colossal of saxes after bringing a tenor to a class at the New England Conservatory (NEC) and having his instructor chide him he would never be great on it because he would be following in the footsteps of too many legends.
Far from taking offense, Sims took his teacher's words to heart. "There are a lot of gold standards on tenor," he says. "I was trying to find a way to move past those influences. Playing the baritone felt really natural to me. I felt like I could do something personal and interesting with it." A compelling example of this is Sims's "Seeds of Shihab," a tribute to baritone great Sahib Shihab, which like the other tracks on Change of Address luxuriates in the brawny, bottom-rich sound of the instrument.
Sims attended his first jazz concert, by Michael Brecker, in tenth grade, and saw the World Saxophone Quartet perform the following year. His fascination with the saxophone went "over the top" after he spoke with members of the WSQ following the show.
At WVU, he had a strong saxophone teacher in David Hastings, who schooled him in traditional styles. At NEC, where he played clarinet in addition to baritone, alto, and tenor, he tried to catch up to all the kinds of music he hadn't been exposed to, including Third Stream, under the wing of distinguished faculty members Gunther Schuller, George Russell, and Ran Blake.
Sims went on to study for his doctorate in classical music performance at Boston University, where his lecture recital was on the modern Italian composer Luciano Berio and his solo Sequenza pieces. He also did research work on Igor Stravinsky, Charles Ives, and American popular music.
While in Boston, where he earned a reputation as a "saxophone colossus," Sims roomed for four years with standout baritone saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase, a cog in Either/Orchestra, who turned him onto Shihab. One of his mentors at NEC was Allan Chase, with whom he continues to play in a band, Blow-up!, dedicated to the music of bebop baritone legend Serge Chaloff (they recorded in March 2017). He also played in numerous Boston-based bands including the Afro-Latin group Mango Blue (in which he continues to perform); the organ funk outfit Akashic Record; Blueprint Project with guitarist Eric Hofbauer, and the jazz-rock quartet Miracle Orchestra. The list of artists he has collaborated is an eclectic one and ranges from the late Bob Brookmeyer, Han Bennink, Matt Wilson, Dave Liebman, and Anat Cohen to the Temptations, 10,000 Maniacs, and Oasis's Noel Gallagher.
Sims made his recording debut as a leader with the trio effort Acoustic Shadows (2009). He followed it with another three-man outing Convergence (2011), the collective quartet album The New Stablemates (2012), and Layers (2016), on which he overdubs himself playing saxophones, clarinets, and flute on tunes by Ellington, Monk, and Mingus.
Jared Sims will celebrate the release of Change of Address at the following engagements: 4/14 James Street Gastropub, Pittsburgh; 4/27 The Bitter End, NYC; 4/28 Third Life Studio, Boston (with same personnel as the CD).  

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Friday, March 24, 2017

USA: Posi-Tone: Today is the worldwide release of the new Champian Fulton album "Speechless" featuring Adi Meyerson on bass and Ben Zweig on drums.

new release:

Champian Fulton "Speechless"

A stunning performance by Champian Fulton

Today is the worldwide release of the new Champian Fulton album "Speechless" featuring Adi Meyerson on bass and Ben Zweig on drums. Thanks for listening!

Pianist Champian Fulton unleashes her creativity to spellbind the audience until they are "Speechless.” With her first date for Posi-Tone, listeners are invited to sit back and dig the mesmerizing sounds as Fulton bravely embarks on her first ever record of entirely instrumental performances. With an amazing program featuring her own original compositions, Fulton delivers a tour de force demonstration of her pianistic prowess. This trio date is also highlighted by the solid harmonic foundation of bassist Adi Meyerson and the bombastically explosive metrics of drummer Ben Zweig. With a straight forward, swinging and soulful presentation that covers a wide variety of styles, sounds, and moods, Champian Fulton succeeds in delivering a stunning revue that will certainly leave every listener "Speechless" and bring bright moments to jazz fans everywhere.


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ITALY: CAM JAZZ NEWS : North American Release: Americas (Bruno Canino - Enrico Pieranunzi)


Bruno Canino piano
Enrico Pieranunzi piano

"Two beautiful pianos, tuned with exactness and played with the kind of hemispheric understanding that very quickly permits the illusion that just one voice is heard, in gentle dialogue and contention with itself. The mood is unashamedly romantic but without the awkward leap from mere feeling to metaphysics that sometimes characterises American romanticism. There is no excluded middle here and the real drama and fascination of these pieces is that there are indeed two men performing. We cannot see them and do not need to see them."  (Brian Morton)

POLAND/USA: Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet- December Avenue (ECM 2017)

Four years after the landmark album Wislawa, the great Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's New York Quartet returns with another masterful recording, December Avenue. Always an insightful bandleader, Stanko here encourages spirited improvisation to flower around his characteristically melancholic and soulful themes, and all players are presented to best advantage. New band member Reuben Rogers originally from the Virgin Islands and perhaps best-known for his work with Charles Lloyd is a splendid addition to the team, establishing a profound understanding with Cuban-born pianist David Virelles and Detroit drummer Gerald Cleaver. JazzTimes, reviewing the band in concert, reflected on the strengths of the individual players: Stanko has never had a piano player like Virelles. When his moments came, he configured his own lyrical domain within the world of a Stanko song. For that matter, Stanko has never had a bassist and drummer like Rogers and Cleaver, with their hard edges and their volatile energy.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

USA: You're invited to the US premiere of the jazz documentary I CALLED HIM MORGAN

The life and untimely death of acclaimed hard bop trumpeter LEE MORGAN is the subject of an astounding new documentary that Esquire magazine calls “an instant classic.” Morgan, whose hit song “The Sidewinder” crossed over to the pop charts, played with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and recorded 25 albums for Blue Note Records. In 1972, he was killed by his common-law wife during a gig at Slug's in NYC.
The US premiere of I CALLED HIM MORGAN, which will feature a post-show discussion with director KASPER COLLIN, writer GARY GIDDINS and musicians PAUL WEST and LARRY RIDLEY, takes place this Friday March 24 at 6pm at Lincoln Center, NYC.

Additional screenings take place throughout the weekend.

Click here for tickets to the US premiere (just $14) or to other shows during the film's run at Lincoln Center. (Click here for tickets to the film in other US cities.)

USA: Dominic Miller-Silent Light (2017)

Born in Argentina to an American father and Irish mother, guitarist Dominic Miller was raised in the U.S. from age 10 and then educated there and in England. Now he lives in France, though he has toured the globe for the past three decades. Aptly, Silent Light Miller's ECM debut, featuring him solo and with percussion accompaniment has a very international feel, with the Latin influence strong in such pieces as Baden (dedicated to Brazilian guitarist-composer Baden Powell). Le Pont has an early 20th-century Parisian air, while Valium evokes Celtic tunes in the vein of Bert Jansch and Fields of Gold is a hushed instrumental take on one of Sting's best-known ballads. Miller has long been known as Sting's right-hand man on guitar and co-writer of the worldwide hit Shape of My Heart, among others. Miller has also worked with the likes of Paul Simon, The Chieftains and Plácido Domingo. The guitarist's playing has prompted praise from Simon, who points out, in a liner note to the album, that Miller has a beautiful touch, with a fragrance of jazz and English folk.

CANADA: Ingrid & Christine Jensen-​Infinitude(Whirlwind Recordings 2017)


 Ingrid Jensen - trumpet, effects, kalimba and melodica
Christine Jensen - alto & soprano saxophones
Ben Monder - guitars
Fraser Hollins - double bass
Jon Wikan - drums

Infinitude – the concept of boundless possibility – is at the center of the music of Ingrid and Christine Jensen. Over the past twenty years or so, as trumpeter and saxophonist respectively, the West Canadian sisters have each shaped prolific careers in contemporary jazz, collaborating with influential names such as Clark Terry, Maria Schneider and Terry Lynn Carrington, working with large and small ensembles, and responding to various commissions to compose for jazz orchestras around the globe.
Whirlwind Recordings

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Best Afro Jazz  - Afrima Awards 2016
Best Live Album - SAMA Awards 2016
Dludlu is recognized as one of the best african jazz artists in nowadays.

An explosive concert showing the power of this exceptional composer, violinist and singer, leading a breathtaking multicultural band.
(Nigeria / UK)
Impossible not to be amazed by the highest quality of a true jazz singer, composer and arranger, who wastes charisma and elegance on stage.
Over 60 years of an international career among the legends of his time, he is one the most important Jazz trombonists of the history.
By far the most representative Brazilian percussionist/composer alive today. A remarkable concert, rich in ethnic sonorities and rhythms .
Said by Toots Thielemans as the most impressive jazz harmonica player of its time, with a trajectory of big brazilian awards like Grammy and TIM Music.

JazzWorldQuest Playlist Update: Sally Night-Supa Doopa

Sally Night - Night Time Band with Kirk Lightsey, Buster Williams and Billy Hart
Country: United States

Label: Venus Records, Japan


Song name:: "Supa Doopa"
Composer:: Sally Night (aka Sally Knight) Music & Lyrics its the first song I wrote inspired by my Mentor and Drummer Bobby Durham who told me " if i can write songs so can you, just concentrate and get on with it !"

Album name:: NIGHT TIME

Year of release:: 2015

Upcoming Shows

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Jacques Brasserie
8:00 PM in New York, NY

Fri Mar 24
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Mon May 01
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UK: Escape Hatch ft. Julian Argüelles-​Roots of Unity(Whirlwind Recordings 2017)


Julian Argüelles - tenor and soprano saxophone
Ivo Neame - piano
Andrea Di Biase - double bass
Dave Hamblett - drums

A piano trio who have been honing and roadworking their craft over the past few years, Escape Hatch now release their debut album Roots of Unity on Whirlwind. A collaborative concept birthed by Milan-born double bassist Andrea Di Biase and British pianist Ivo Neame, the line-up is completed by London-based drummer Dave Hamblett, and augmented by guest saxophonist Julian Argüelles
Whirlwind Recordings

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

USA: Vocalist Clint Holmes has an intimate “Rendezvous” with a star-studded jazz collective

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Vocalist Clint Holmes has an intimate “Rendezvous” with a star-studded jazz collective

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jane Monheit, Ledisi, Joey DeFrancesco, Dave Koz, Patti Austin and The Count Basie Orchestra help bring the veteran crooner’s story to life on the album due February 24.

LAS VEGAS (26 January 2017): A song that singer-songwriter Clint Holmes wrote fondly recalling the Sunday afternoons he used to spend with his father at the historic Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo in upstate New York where he was first exposed to jazz serves as the centerpiece of “Rendezvous,” his new album slated for release on February 24 from LL Music. 

“I was twelve and it was a true coming of age moment for me. I had never seen my dad in his world. He worked three jobs and never seemed happy until I saw him in this element. I fell in love with jazz and how cool it felt to interact with the ‘cats’ the way my dad did,” said Holmes, the son of an African-American father and a white British mother who was a classically-trained opera singer. 

With jazz timing and phrasing informing his velvety tenor croon on eleven cuts, including three new songs that he co-wrote, Holmes surrounded himself with a royal herd of jazz “cats” on the collection that was produced by seven-time Grammy winner Gregg Field. The sophisticated session offers a diverse play list that reinterprets modern day and classic pop hits, soulful R&B, theatrical tunes and numbers culled from the Great American Songbook. Field placed Holmes’ voice front and center amidst live instrumentation, sweeping strings and orchestra accompaniment, and sparse piano and vocal settings. The first single shipped to radio stations for airplay is “Say Something,” a duet between Holmes and multi-time Grammy nominee Ledisi. Grammy winner Patti Austin sang, conducted and arranged the background vocals on the track that will also be remixed for dance floors and serviced to club DJs.           

Class and elegance reign on a cunning big band mashup of “I Loves You Porgy”/”There’s A Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon For New York” pairing Holmes and Grammy-winning chanteuse Dee Dee Bridgewater backed by The Count Basie Orchestra. Holmes will join Bridgewater and the famed orchestra on stage at the legendary Blue Note in New York City on February 4 and 5 to perform the showstopper arranged by four-time Grammy winner Gordon Goodwin.    

Stellar contributions proliferate “Rendezvous.” Holmes and Grammy winner Jane Monheit break hearts on a sublime rendition of Cole Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye.” Swinging jazz and blues mingle “At The Rendezvous,” which is illuminated by a storming Hammond B-3 solo from Grammy-nominated organist Joey DeFrancesco. Closing the record with poignancy, Holmes penned lyrics to the sweetly melodic “What You Leave Behind,” composed by contemporary jazz luminary Dave Koz, who embellished the acoustic guitar and vocal track with a gracefully emoting sax solo.           

“Every track does come from a personal place for me and this CD is a ‘rendezvous’ in every sense of the word – a coming together of great and generous artists. The material I selected for the album is specific and biographical while being universal at the same time,” Holmes concluded.   

Holmes burst onto the pop landscape nearly 45 years ago with the million-selling smash “Playground in My Mind.” His enduring and accomplished career as a recording artist, multidimensional showman and consummate entertainer includes tenure as Joan Rivers’ sidekick on her late night television program, a stint as musical feature and event correspondent on “Entertainment Tonight,” and his own Emmy-winning talk/variety show. Along with appearing in marquee musicals across the country, he has written the book, music and lyrics to original shows and cabaret acts. A critically-acclaimed draw in Las Vegas and New York City in recent decades, Holmes concluded an extended run at the Palazzo a short time ago and soon expects to announce a new Vegas residency with a production inspired by “Rendezvous.” For more information, please visit

“Rendezvous” contains the following songs:

“Stop This Train”
“At The Rendezvous” featuring Joey DeFrancesco
“I Loves You Porgy”/”There’s A Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon For New York” featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and The Count Basie Orchestra
“Every Time We Say Goodbye” featuring Jane Monheit
“All Of Me”
“Say Something” featuring Ledisi
“The Perfect Trance”
“My Way”
“What You Leave Behind” featuring Dave Koz