Sunday, September 23, 2018

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2013: Pablo Zapata-Servalabari (Spain) Album: Dream Come True

Pablo Zapata-Servalabari
Album: Dream Come True
WebsiteCD Store
Song, Winner Hollywood Music in Media Awards in the jazz genre (2015).Silver medal winner Global Music Awards (2016) Winner best jazz song in Akademia (2016) L.A.

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FINLAND: Joonas Haavisto Trio - Gradation (2018)

Joonas Haavisto - Gradation”Joonas Haavisto is one of the most talented pianists of his generation.” - Der Spiegel (November 2016) ”Joonas Haavisto Trio is one of the best piano trios in Europe.” - Sounds & Books (November 2016) ”Latest masterpiece from the fast rising Nordic Star.” — Jazz Critiques Magazine (March 2016) ”This trio´s real thrill lies in its unique balance and those breathtaking moments in their nuanced playing.” — Toshiaki Uemura, CD Journal (February 2016) ”Every tune sounds excellent!” — Takashi Kubota, Jazz Japan (February 2016) ”Pianotrion taikaa korkeimmalla tasolla. Myös levyn nimi oku on japania. "Sisäinen tila" on siinä ilmaistu vain kolmella kirjaimella. Ja kun kolme mestarillista muusikkoa löytää yhteisen okun, siinä sitä ihastelemista riittääkin.” — Pentti Ronkainen, Keskisuomalainen/Savon Sanomat 5/5 ”Hämmentävän jäntevältä kuulostava kokonaisuus pulppuilee tavalla, joka imaisee vastaanottajan mukaansa. Harmonisessa ympäristössä täyteläinen bassottelu, soljuvat pianovaeltelut sekä irtonainen rytmitys poikivat hurmaavan euforian.” — Juha Seitz, Ilkka/Pohjalainen 5/5 ”Haavistos pianospel känns exklusivt. Hans stycken bjuder på en bred palett av stämningar och stilar utan att splittra helheten, som stöttas av den mångårige trions utmärkta samspel.” — Jan-Erik Holmberg, HBL ”Hiljaisuus ja tilantuntu kasvoivat sen myötä osaksi yhtyeen ulosantia – herkkyys kuunnella kanssasoittajia toi lisäarvoa lähestymistapaan. Upea esitys!” — Matti Komulainen, Turun Sanomat

USA: John Moulder - Decade: Memoirs (Origin Records 2018)

Decade: Memoirs

Exceptional performances and an indelible musical chemistry mark this exciting, breathtaking and intimately personal work by Chicago guitarist/composer John Moulder. With longtime rhythm section mates, bassist Steve Rodby and drummer Paul Wertico, they're joined by two towering British artists - pianist Gwilym Simcock and saxophonist Tim Garland. Recently inspired by meaningful events and cherished individuals in his life, Moulder penned seven new compositions for this highly intuitive band to explore.
'One of the most adventurous, technically accomplished and ferociously committed guitar virtuosos working today. ' --- Chicago Tribune

'Moulder has a distinct and exciting approach that ensures that his albums sound like nothing else out there. ' --- All About Jazz

Saturday, September 22, 2018

FRANCE: Claude Nougaro ‎– Nougaro Jazz(2018)

"Dès 1956, Claude Nougaro et moi avons commencé à écrire des chansons ensemble. Malgré sa jeune expérience, il possédait une syntaxe d'une stupéfiante maturité : rugueuse, incisive, très rythmique, avec une vaste connaissance du langage, un goût aussi pour les onomatopées. Nougaro, c'était moins un auteur qu'un acrobate du verbe, un jongleur de mots. Avec lui, les épousailles de la langue française avec le blues, le swing, le bop semblaient naturelles. C'est moi qui ai convaincu Jacques Canetti, éminence grise du label Philips, de me laisser enregistrer le premier 25cm vocal de Claude sur ce label, avec notamment Le Cinéma, Les Don Juan ou Le Jazz Et La Java. Je suis fier d'avoir contribué à métamorphoser un poète connu des seuls habitués du Lapin Agile en chanteur à succès. Je n'oublierai jamais la formule fétiche de Claude : "Toi et moi, nous suivons la même voie : chanter juste, juste chanter". Michel Legrand

USA: Keith Oxman -Glimpses (Capri 2018)


Keith Oxman joins forces with legendary saxophonist David Liebman for his latest release, Glimpses. The title track was composed by Liebman who plays soprano and tenor saxophones on the recording. They are backed by Keith's regular trio of Jeff Jenkins, Ken Walker and Todd Reid who are featured on previous recordings and perform with him regularly. Highlights include a duo between pianist Jenkins and Liebman on Ellington's In a Sentimental Mood, Oxman and Liebman's interactions on Cedar Walton's Afreaka and Oxman's feature with the trio, the rarely heard I Sold My Heart to the Junkman. Four of Keith's originals make up the remainder of the session.

Friday, September 21, 2018


is releasing

September 7, 2018 official release date
Label's website:
For all publicity inquiries: 
Carla Parisi, Kid Logic Media - e-mail:

is promoting the new album performing live
Sept 9 - Chicago, IL (Reggie's)
Sept 12 &13- New York, NY (The Iridium)
Sept 15- Los Angeles, CA (The Baked Potato) w/ Stu Hamm
Sept 16 - San Diego, CA (Brick By Brick)
Oct 17 - The Woodlands, TX (Dosey Doe)
Oct 18 - San Antonio, TX (Fitzgerald’s)
Oct 20 - McKinney, TX (The Guitar Sanctuary)

Booking contact

Europe, North America
MAXIMUM Booking / Jeff Aug

Central & South America, Asia, Oceania, Africa
MoonJune Music / Leonardo Pavkovic

USA: Madeline Peyroux - Anthem (2018)


Eight albums and 22 years since her debut Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux continues to challenge the confines of jazz, venturing into the fertile fields of contemporary music with unfading curiosity. Peyrouxs new album, Anthem, finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with writers/musicians Patrick Warren (Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Brian MacLeod (Sara Bareilles, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Ziggy Marley) and David Baerwald (Joni Mitchell, David and David, Sheryl Crow), who are also the basic rhythm section players on the album. Together, they cast a sober, poetic, and at times philosophical eye on the current state of the world. Produced and co-written by Larry Klein, the album came to life during the pivotal 2016 US elections, with the writers absorbing a constant stream of news over many months. The consciously not too preachy songs, fuse Peyrouxs, at times political outlook, with glimpses into her personal world. Honed and patiently refined with fellow writers they mix the public with the personal, striking that perfect equilibrium of dark humor and compassion.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

USA: ROBERT GLASPER Announces Unprecedented Month-Long Residency at Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC

Announces Unprecedented Month-Long Residency

at Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC
24 Nights, 48 Shows - October 2018
Featuring Bilal, Terrace Martin, Christian McBride,
Christian Scott aTunde Adujah, Nicholas Payton, Chris Dave, Taylor McFerrin, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott & many more!
Tickets are on sale NOW! 

WHAT:Blue Note Jazz Club New York is proud to announce an unprecedented month-long residency this Fall with Robert Glasper. Running October 2-28, 2018, the 24 night, 48 show residency will bring some of the most talented names in contemporary music to the Blue Note stage, with groups featuring: Bilal, Terrace Martin, Christian McBride, Christian Scott aTunde Adujah, Nicholas Payton, Chris Dave, Taylor McFerrin, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Michael Moreno, Burniss Travis, Walter Smith, Rodney Green, and Justin Tyson, with more names to be announced. Special performances include R+R=NOW, a tribute to Miles Davis "Everything's Beautiful," a tribute to Mulgrew Miller and more. Returning to the Blue Note, the residency honors his massive career and highlights not only the different eras in his musical career, but also the different parts of his community and the impact his collaborators have had on his development and style.    
Tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased HERE. The run will feature two shows each night at 8:00pm and 10:30pm EST.


**8:00pm & 10:30pm EST shows each night**
October 2-7: Robert Glasper with Chris Dave & Derrick Hodge
October 9-10: Robert Glasper: Houston Nights featuring Kendrick Scott, Michael Moreno, Burniss Travis & Walter Smith
October 11-14: TO BE ANNOUNCED
October 16-17: Robert Glasper with Christian McBride & Nicholas Payton
October 18-21: Robert Glasper: Miles Davis Tribute "Everything's Beautiful" with Bilal
October 23-24: Robert Glasper: Mulgrew Miller Tribute featuring Derrick Hodge & Rodney Green
October 25-28: Robert Glasper: R+R=NOW featuring Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson 

WHO:Robert Glasper is the leader of a new paradigm in jazz, with a career that spans musical and artistic genres, winning 3 Grammys and 6 nominations across 5 categories, as well as an Emmy for his song on Ava Duvernay's documentary "13th". Whilst his style consistently defies definition, October 2018 marks a return to one of his first jazz stomping-grounds, as he takes over the Blue Note New York with an unprecedented 4 week celebration of his musical career to date.
Blue Note Jazz Club
131 W. 3rd Street (between 6th Ave and MacDougal St.) 
New York, New York

Ticketing Information:
For all ticket information please visit: or call: 212-475-8592
For all media inquiries, please contact:
Julia Ryan, Publicist/Marketing Manager
Blue Note Entertainment Group

USA: Roger Davidson Quartet with Special Guest Harry Allen Sunday, September 23rd 4 pm @ Jazz Forum

Roger Davidson Quartet
with Special Guest Harry Allen 
Sunday, September 23rd 4pm

Jazz Forum
1 Dixon Place
Tarrytown NY 10591
(914) 631-1000
Event Info/Tickets

Roger Davidson, piano
Eduardo Belo, bass
Graciliano Zambonin, drums
Marivaldo dos Santos, percussion
Harry Allen on Saxophone

CD Release Show
Roger Davidson Quartet With Hendrik Meurkens

Friday, October 12th
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 744-2600
Here's What The Press Is Saying About Roger Davidson's Latest CD ns "MUSIC FROM THE HEART"

"a sweeping set of romantic tunes that reflect both the joyful ecstacy of blooming romance and the quiet romantic moments that add depth and texture to the relationship.” Jonathan Widran.

Positively marvelous piano Roger Davidson...this new release, slated for release in September, 2018, is jam-packed with exuberant original will fall in love”  Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews

"Going beyond Rio to Brasilia and Belo Horizonte with other stops in between, this galvanizing set is enough to open the ears of a new generation to the possibilities of Brazilian jazz”  Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Roger Davidson Quartet With Hendrik Meurkens
(Soundbrush SR1039)
Street Date: September 4, 2018

Roger Davidson-piano,Hendrick Meurkens-vibraphone/harmonica,
Eduardo Belo-bass,Adriano Santos-drums

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

USA: Rebecca Hardiman - Rain Sometimes (2018)

Rebecca Hardiman | Rain Sometimes

Rebecca started her professional career with the Boston based vocal jazz group The Ritz, performing at the 1987 Montreal Jazz Festival as well as jazz clubs throughout the country. While with The Ritz, she recorded a CD entitled The Ritz for Denon Columbia Records. Rebecca moved to Portland Oregon in 1990 and started the vocal jazz group Euphoria, performing throughout the Northwest for over a decade, most notably opening for Mel Torme’ in 1993 at the Hult Center in Eugene Oregon. In 2013 she embarked on a solo career and quickly became a favorite vocalist with jazz musicians. Rebecca’s style is often compared to Ella Fitzgerald, June Christy, and Nancy Wilson. Rebecca is also a co-founder of an annual jazz festival, and has helped develop several jazz venues in the Willamette Valley area in her home state of Oregon. She performs throughout the Northwest, as well as jazz clubs and various venues in New England, Hawaii, and California. Her CD’s include: The Ritz (1987), My Father’s Business (2009) I’ll Remember April (2013), Easy Living (2015), The Merriest (2016), Honoring Ella: A 100th Birthday Tribute (2017). All are available through CD Baby, Amazon and iTunes.

FRANCE: GIGANTONIUM- Jean​-​Brice Godet "épiphanies" (2018)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

USA/RUSSIA: Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff's New "Better Than Gold & Silver" Features Her Jazz Settings of Biblical Psalms

Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff
To Release
"Better Than Gold and Silver,"
Her Jazz Settings of Biblical Psalms,
September 21
2-CD Set Features Both Vocal & Instrumental Versions of
Songs Inspired by 10 Sacred Texts
Prolific Russian-Born Keyboard Virtuoso Is Accompanied by
Tenor Tomás Cruz & Mezzo-Soprano Kim Mayo,
Trumpeter Ralph Alessi, Guitarist Ben Monder,
Violinist Christian Howes,
Bassist Drew Gress, & Drummer Joey Baron
Eckemoff to Perform CD Release Concert
At St. Peter's Church, NYC,
Friday, October 5

August 10, 2018

Yelena Eckemoff Better Than Gold and SilverThe prolific Russian-born, North Carolina-based pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoffadds a sacred dimension to the ambitious series of concept albums in her extensive catalogue her new 2-CD set Better Than Gold and Silver. Due for September 21release on her imprint L&H Production, it's the first in a projected series of recordings featuring Eckemoff's settings of Biblical psalms. The new album includes both vocal and instrumental versions of 10 songs she conceived as works of modern jazz rather than part of the Christian music canon.  
While the album's lyrics -- beautifully sung by tenor Tomás Cruz and mezzo-soprano Kim Mayo -- are word-for-word verses from the King James Bible (the album's title is based on verse 72 from Psalm 119: "The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver"), Eckemoff explains in her liner notes that the music is what she "heard behind the words." What she heard and composed is highly melodic, multilayered, intricately structured jazz that takes full advantage not only of her virtuoso pianism, but also of the distinctive talents of the all-star team of instrumentalists she enlisted for the project: trumpeter Ralph Alessi, guitarist Ben Monder, violinist Christian Howes, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Joey Baron.
Yelena EckemoffThe genesis of Eckemoff's interest in composing jazz settings for sacred texts dates back to her time in her native Moscow, where she and her husband were searching for something to fill the spiritual void around them. They found it in the hymns and religious songs of the city's only Baptist church and its choir and pipe organ; soon, these former atheists were drawn into Christianity and baptized.
Looking for texts with which she could musically commune with her newfound faith, Eckemoff turned to the psalms in a Russian bible, but had trouble understanding its Old Slavonic language. She searched in vain for an English bible in a country that banned religious texts. Eventually an American missionary she'd written to sent her a Bible adapted for people speaking English as a second language.
Years later, having overcome overwhelming odds and emigrated to the U.S., Eckemoff was informed by a minister in her North Carolina hometown that she had been using the wrong version of the Bible. She discovered the King James version was indeed deeper, richer, and more poetic, and its psalms inspired this, her first collection of sacred texts in jazz settings.
Yelena Eckemoff has been composing since she was four years old, her musical impressions taken from her mother, a pianist and teacher. Years of academic studies at Gnessins School for musically gifted children, followed by the Moscow Conservatory, provided a solid foundation in classical music. But as she grew into her teens she developed an interest in other musical styles, like pop, rock, and jazz, although this was a time when jazz recordings were scarce in Russia.
Eckemoff attended Dave Brubeck's legendary concert in Moscow in 1987, a pivotal moment for her and many other Russian musicians. Though she had already started playing jazz before hearing Brubeck, this was one of the first jazz concerts she had attended, and she was so impressed she formed her own band and "tried to play jazz."
Yelena Eckemoff Sextet  
L. to r.: Christian Howes, Ben Monder, Yelena Eckemoff, Ralph Alessi, Drew Gress, Joey Baron   
Stylistically, Eckemoff's writing and playing reference classical music, the blues, jazz-rock fusion, free-jazz and, occasionally, funk. Her recordings this decade have each dealt conceptually with a particular theme. Glass Song (2013), her first project pairing Arild Andersen and Peter Erskine (who surprisingly had never played together before), features songs about rain, melting ice, and clouds. A Touch of Radiance (2014), with Mark Turner, Joe Locke, George Mraz, and Billy Hart, is dedicated to happiness while Lions (2015), featuring Andersen and Hart, captures life in the savannah with songs about those majestic cats and their cubs as well as migrating birds and tropical rains. Eckemoff's previous release, Desert(May 2018), captures musically the mysteries and mesmerizing allure of one of nature's most daunting environments.
Better Than Gold and Silver is an exceptional addition to the lineage of works inspired by religion like Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and Steve Reich's own interpretation of the Psalms, Tehillim. "I've been smitten and humbled by the profundity of the psalms," Eckemoff confesses, "not only as sacred texts, but as a marvelous treasure of the poetic art. I found out for myself that there's a lot to be learned from these verses even in our modern world about the eternal questions of life and death -- what is the meaning of life, what makes people happy, what we leave behind after we die, and where to find strength to go about the daily labors and survive in the face of adversity."
Yelena Eckemoff will showcase Better Than Gold and Silver -- with Tomás Cruz, voc; Ralph Alessi, tpt; Jeff Miles, g; Drew Gress, b; Jochen Rueckert, d -- at a free concert on Friday 10/5, 7pm, St. Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, NYC.  

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USA: Jeremy Manasia Quintet Sutra Book Record Release Event Sat. & Sun. 9/28 & 9/29 @ Smalls

Jeremy Manasia, Jazz pianist and Teacher-in-Training at the Village Zendo,
redefines Buddhist texts through his latest album Sutra Book

Critically acclaimed New York Jazz pianist Jeremy Manasia uses Jazz as a conversation to explore sacred Zen chants

New York, NY – Jeremy Manasia has been student of Roshi Enkyo O'Hara and member of the Village Zendo in Noho for over 15 years. Widely recognized as a masterful pianist in the New York City jazz scene for two decades, Manasia juxtaposes the intentionality of vital texts in the Soto Zen Tradition alongside the impressionistic sound of the piano through his latest album Sutra Book - which will be released by SmallsLIVE Records at the Village Zendo on September 28, 2018

Sutra Book is a groundbreaking work that explores nuanced levels of Zen sacred chants through the lens of Jazz. A first of its kind in the Jazz canon, Manasia pioneers the intersection of Zen texts like Song of the Jeweled Mirror of Awareness, Nenju, and Kon Ro Man, and the complexities of bebop - deftly weaving compositions that further illuminate how Buddhism can resonate in our lives.

According to Jeremy Manasia: “Being so intertwined in the liturgy practice at the Village Zendo, and hearing these melodies over and over, I always felt I would eventually work on a project like this.

A few summers ago, Sensei Joshin O’Hara Sensei asked me if I could record a piano improv version of the Song of the Jeweled Mirror for a slide show. I liked all the places one could go musically with that one simple melody. That was when the spark came to begin writing. I picked the liturgical areas that incorporated melody, not just monotone chanting, and began to find ways to rework these melodic fragments harmonically, and rhythmically. The idea was to create something that allowed the musicians to express themselves freely. This is the most important aspect of the performances in the Sutra Book: it connects the spirit of jazz with the spirit of Zen - a liberated expressiveness.” Founded in 1986 under the leadership of Roshi Enkyo O'Hara and Sensei Barbara Joshin O'Hara, the Village Zendo has created a sanctuary for New Yorkers - many of whom are inspired to authentically continue the Zen tradition while keeping it contemporary and relevant to today’s world. Teachers like Jeremey Manasia exemplify the Village Zendo's diversity and deep commitment to practice.

About Jeremey Tokuyu Manasia: recording artist, composer, bandleader, and educator Manasia has produced six records and 40 Jazz compositions. An international performer, Manasia has worked with many jazz luminaries, including Gary Bartz, Al Foster, Jimmy Heath, Eddie Gomez, Louis Hayes, Javon Jackson, Willie Jones III, Peter Bernstein and Jimmy Cobb. Manasia is a longstanding favorite at the Village Vanguard, Smalls, Mezzrow, Smoke, Dizzy’s and the Iridium. In addition to his 6 releases as a band leader, Manasia has appeared on more than 20 records as a featured artist, most recently “For You” - Javon Jackson, and “Art” - Ayumi Kokestsu. His work has been recognized in several competitions - most notably, Jazz in the Thelonious Monk Competition, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition.


The Village Zendo The Village Zendo is a Zen community in the heart of downtown New York City. Drawing from the traditions of Soto and Rinzai Zen, the Village Zendo was given the Japanese name Dotoku-ji - which means True Expression Temple. The rich diversity of our sangha embodies this namesake as we explore how Zen relates to our daily lives through all forms of the arts, social action, and traditional Zen studies.

To receive a private link for music samples, contact the artist directly at: Jeremy Manasia (646)314-9102

For other press inquiries, please contact May Nazareno, Development Advisor to the Village Zendo, at:

Monday, September 17, 2018

USA, NYC: DARYL SHERMAN with HOUSTON PERSON and JAY LEONHART Wednesday, September 26th Sets 8 & 10 PM JAZZ at KITANO


Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Sets at 8 & 10 pm

66 Park Ave at 38th St
NYC 10016
reservations: 212-885-7119
$18 cover $20 minimum

Manhattan's venerable singer-pianist Daryl Sherman teams with her two illustrious longtime colleagues Houston Person, tenor sax and Jay Leonhart, bass for a fun-filled, high spirited autumnal songfest. She'll also include material from her highly praised new CD "Lost In A Crowded Place."

Lost In A Crowded Place
(new summer 2018 release Audiophile 357)

photo credit to Eric Stephen Jacobs

 “I would have singers study her phrasing on this disc- that wonderful science of balancing song and conversation, adherence to the melody and improvisation. How she does it from song to song, from chorus to chorus …making each song its own complete emotional and intellectual statement like an aural short story…is something quite remarkable.” - Michael Steinman, JAZZ LIVES 

“Daryl: I listened to your album today and enjoyed it very much, all elements. Particularly the first track, your remarkable song, ‘The Land Of Just We Two.’ Lovely piece. Congrats all around.”- Dick Hyman 

“Unique choice of tunes, musicians are super, musical joy…congrats on your 5 star recording!” 
Frank Wilner, WNHN FM 

“Lost In A Crowded Place’ is a marvelous CD. Daryl is in top form, the band sounds great, and the songs she selected are lovely too, some quite rare..the equivalent of 18K gold. Congratulations!” – Carol Sloane 

In addition to being a fine singer who knows how to extract the essence of each lyric, and a wonderful jazz pianist, Sherman is also adept at creating appealing melodies and literate lyrics. “The Land Of Just We Two” is a charmer and her hip lyrics for the Turk Mauro tune “Turkquoise” should find homes in the repertoire of other jazz-oriented vocalists.” – Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz Magazine 

“Ms. Sherman is very much in prime form throughout. She performs superior mostly little-played standards, forgotten gems such as Barbara Carroll’s title song and Louis Armstrong’s “If We Never Meet Again”. Her tender yet quietly expressive voice sometimes hints at Mildred Bailey or Lee Wiley but sounds very much like herself while her piano playing is fluent and creative swing. This highly recommended set is *****!”
Scott Yanow, LA JAZZ SCENE