Saturday, February 16, 2019

Jazz Knowledge Update

Jazz History Books & Articles

Jazz and Postwar French Identity: Improvising the Nation. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016. 290 pp. Elisabeth Vihlen McGregor,
Martin Guerpin Université Paris Saclay, Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (SHS), Faculty Member


On Narrativity and Narrative Flavor in Jazz Improvisation 
Tyler Friedman Marquette University, Philosophy, Graduate Student

CANADA, Prince Edward Island: Grahame Rhodes-Giant Steps (2018)

 CD launch party at The Pourhouse in Charlottetown on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Any discipline must evolve or die and such is the case for jazz trombone. Grahame Rhodes believes the only limits are those of the imagination. In this fourth CD Grahame has tried to extend the possibilities of jazz trombone and invites you to be the judge. With Don Thompson piano, Neil Swainson bass and Terry Clarke drums. 

Grahame Rhodes is a veteran jazz improviser, having performed with Duke Ellington, Toshiko Akioshi, Hubert Laws, Rob McConnell, IanMcDougall, Terry Clarke, Jane Bunnett, Ed Bickard, Bruce Cassidy, Doug Riley, Paul Horn, Jay McShann, and many more. 

The Grahame Rhodes Jazz Experience has performed at jazz festivals all over the world - Newport, Montreaux, Amsterdam, Boston, and Toronto


The Internationally acclaimed Freddy Cole Trio featuring 4-time Grammy Nominee Freddy Cole continues the Cole family tradition of music excellence with a rare appearance at Atlanta’s Southwest Arts Center on Sunday, April 14th at 2:30 PM 915 New Hope Rd, SW 30331. 
The Trio’s concert is part of the Nat King Cole Centennial Celebration and is sponsored by Royalty Productions.

Date: April 14
Time: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost: $35. – $45.

Royalty Productions
Phone: (315) 838-5524
Sweet Lu Music, LLC
Phone: 4045937761

Friday, February 15, 2019

GERMANY/:Wolfsburg : Alexander Hartmann Monday Blues 18.02. Newman's Bar / The Ritz Carlton Hotel

Die neue Eventreihe unter meiner musikalischen Regie im The Ritz Carlton Hotel Wolfsburg . Monday Blues....jeden 3. Montag um 19 Uhr. Andreas Dahle Git/Voc Peter Schwebs Kontrabass Alexander Hartmann Sax

FRANCE: Sylvain Luc, Marylise Florid ‎– D'une rive à l'autre(2019)

Avec Marylise Florid et Sylvain Luc, embarquez-vous pour un voyage poétique à travers les genres musicaux, de Bach aux courants contemporains du sud, de l'Espagne au Brésil. Les deux guitaristes maîtrisent comme personne l'art de l'expression des sentiments, avec délicatesse, élégance et sensibilité. 'D'une Rive à l'Autre' nous propose une étonnante mosaïque où se mêlent ouvres du répertoire, compositions originales et improvisations libres menées en duo. ' Marylise Florid et Sylvain Luc forment un duo idyllique, d'une grande pureté, d'une musicalité rare, d'une osmose réciproque et profonde. Ils nous offrent ici un opus merveilleux de sensibilité et de beauté. Une véritable médecine musicale pour guérir nos maux de l'âme'. Richard Galliano

Thursday, February 14, 2019

BRAZIL: Brazilian Guitar Sensation - Diego Figueiredo


FRANCE/CUBA: Que Vola ? - Que Vola ? (No Format! 2019)

Listen/Download "Nganga": Watch the music video for Calle Luz: Join the Nø Førmat! family: New Album "¿ Que Vola ?" out 25 January, 2019 ► FOLLOW ¿ QUE VOLA ? Facebook: Instagram: ► FOLLOW NØ FØRMAT! Instagram: Facebook: Twitter: You Tube: _ Composed by Fidel Fourneyron Adonis Panter Calderon (percussion) Ramon Tamayo Martinez (percussion) Barbaro Crespo Richard (percussion) Elie Duris (drums) Thibaud Soulas (double bass) Bruno Ruder (Fender Rhodes) Fidel Fourneyron (trombone) Aymeric Avice (trumpet) Hugues Mayot (tenor saxophone) Benjamin Dousteyssier (alto & baritone saxophone) Animation by Felix Von Liska

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

UK: Rosie Turton- Rosie's 5ive(2019)

London based trombonist and composer Rosie Turton is one of the up and coming voices on the UK jazz scene. Expressing herself through a variety of different musical outlets, from composing and playing with septet Nerija (Domino Recording Co), Sun Ra space influenced Where Pathways Meet to recording with Jitwam and Hollie Cook. After exploring the eclectic music scenes of London and New York to the Himalayas of India, Rosie’s ‘5ives’ release with Jazz Re:Freshed showcases her individual and unique voice as a performer, composer and producer. credits released January 11, 2019

 Rosie Turton - Trombone Johanna Burnheart - violin Maria Chiara Argirò - piano/wurlitzer Twm Dylan - bass Jake Long - drums Ben Hayes - synthesizers (Orange Moon) Luke Newman - vocals (stolen ribs)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

USA: Chris Potter-Circuits (2019)

For more than two decades, Chris Potter's limitless creativity, effortless virtuosity and vibrant sense of swing has wowed critics, musicians and fans alike, who cite him as one of the most influential saxophonists and inventive improvisors of the modern day.His new album, Circuits is immediate and uplifting, rooted in a strong sense of groove and intense improvisation. Featuring an all-star band of 23rd year keyboard and Blue Note Artist James Frances, drum virtuoso Eric Harland and bassist Linely Marthe. Blending a vibrant sound world of electronics, memorable hooky melodies and surprising turns of phrase, Circuits is sure to delight both the dedicated Potter fans and new listeners alike.

Monday, February 11, 2019

USA/CANADA: Saxophonist/Composer Quinsin Nachoff Traces the Shadow of the Sun on the Second Release by his Innovative, Genre-Eclipsing Band Flux

Saxophonist/Composer Quinsin Nachoff Traces the Shadow of the Sun on the Second Release by his Innovative, Genre-Eclipsing Band Flux

Path of Totality, out February 8, 2019 on Whirlwind Recordings, features David Binney, Matt Mitchell, Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood melding jazz and classical music with an arsenal of vintage electro-acoustic instruments

4.5 stars.  "Path of Totality is a stunning, deep dive of an album, the sort of music in which one could spend hours submersed." - J.D. Considine, DownBeat, February 2019

"Pure, bracing, thought-provoking musicŠcliche-and convention-free."
-Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen, reviewing Flux's debut concert

Neither Toronto nor New York, the two cities that Quinsin Nachoff calls home, offered prime viewing conditions as the moon eclipsed the sun in August of 2017. But Nachoff, who has long drawn inspiration from the scientific wonders of the universe, couldn't help but be moved by this rare astronomical phenomenon - and to find a degree of solace in it. After all, here was a shadow large enough to blot out the face of the sun, darkening the Earth and then moving on. In the Path of Totality could be found hope that this, too - whatever "this" might be in the moment, whether political, personal or environmental - will indeed pass.

That faith in change is at the heart of Flux, the name that Nachoff has bestowed upon his remarkable group, which returns on February 8, 2019 with its second release, Path of Totality, via Whirlwind Recordings. Flux is an ensemble, and Nachoff a composer, that thrive in the spaces in between genres, styles and inspirations. At its foundation Flux is a quartet, though at times on this album a quintet and sometimes more, employing a vast array of instruments and a vivid palette of musical colors to create something that is consistently surprising as its shape morphs from moment to moment over the course of these six epic-length pieces.

In saxophonist David Binney, Nachoff has a frontline partner with a keen-edged tone and a refined ear for texture, having integrated electronics into his own work as an artist and a producer that expand and mutate his sonic environments. Matt Mitchell is a rigorous boundary pusher, a pianist and composer who astutely avoids obvious choices in favor of pressing fervidly into the unexplored. Kenny Wollesen couples a similarly adventurous instinct with a passion for the playful, as reflected not only in the eccentric arsenal of invented instruments known as "Wollesonics" but in the buoyant swing he maintains even in his most complex and abstract rhythmic excursions. The new addition this time out is Nate Wood, who alternates and at times shares the drum chair with Wollesen, lending the band an urgency and avant-rock propulsion familiar from his work with Kneebody.

While that combination of voices would offer a wealth of possibility for any composer, Nachoff was handed an even larger palette by Canada's National Music Centre, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Canadian music through exhibitions, performances and educational programs. As one of the NMC's first Artists-in-Residence, Nachoff was granted access to the Centre's extensive keyboard collection, an enormous resource of both acoustic and electronic instruments.

"They really want this to be a living collection," Nachoff says. "So I spent three weeks at the NMC exploring the keyboards and synthesizers in their new, state-of-the-art building, then another two weeks writing during an artists' residency in Banff."

Raised in a household where electronic music was not only heard but composed, Nachoff has long been spurred to follow his own, more acoustic path, but the NMC's collection proved too tempting to resist. Both Mitchell and producer David Travers-Smith have a field day with the array of instruments, particularly on the stunningly pointillistic "Splatter," recorded at the NMC. Beginning with Mitchell's Baroque-by-way-of-Sun-Ra solo harpsichord improvisation, the tune progresses through a cosmic haze carved by jagged rhythms before the erratic horn melody intrudes, gradually building in density before breaking apart into stark fragments.

In a sense that arc could be seen as the portrait of the universe in miniature, though a model of the stellar regions was more directly a source for "Orbital Resonances," the album's closing track. Based on the intersecting pathways of orbiting bodies in space, the tune places the members of Flux into interrelated motion, crafting a piece from the accumulated sound of singular identities. Nachoff is an artist that takes the idea of "experimentation" quite literally. He's taken his interest in science beyond simple inspiration, working directly with Dr. Stephen Morris, a physicist at the University of Toronto, to translate experimental data into musical form.

One early result is "Bounce," whose percussive outbursts and heady call-and-response are built on the mathematical model of a bouncing ball. The conceptual is ultimately subsumed by the poignant, however, as the massive swell of a 1924 Kimball Theatre Organ from the NMC collection overwhelms the piece, turning into a requiem for a pair of recently lost influences, Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor - the latter of whom Nachoff was honored to record with on the 2007 release Horizons Ensemble. Another compositional inspiration, John Cage, provided the spark for "Toy Piano Meditation," which takes the late pioneer's "Suite for Toy Piano" as a starting point and fuses Cage-ian ideas with the entrancing melodic/percussive turns of Balinese gamelan.

Of course, no album that names itself for a momentary darkness shrouding the planet can help but comment on our current political reality, and "March Macabre" does just that, with a healthy dose of bleak humor. Wollesen's "march machine," a wooden board outfitted with a row of clomping clogs, provides the marching beat that opens the piece on a totalitarian note. By the end, through the blissful improvisation of tap dancer Orlando Hernández, the lockstep has been broken and individual freedom restored.

"We went on tour for the first Flux record the day after Trump got elected and I was concurrently going through the process of becoming a US citizen," Nachoff recalls. "We were all in shock. We didn't know what to think, what to say to people. 'March macabre' was the first piece I wrote after that, and the Russia scandal inspired me to tie in elements from Shostakovich or Prokofiev -- composers who worked under a strict authoritarian structure but were still able to overcome this and make really interesting music."

Quinsin NachoffNYC-based saxophonist and composer Quinsin Nachoff has earned a reputation for making "pure, bracing, thought-provoking music" that is "cliché-and convention-free" (Ottawa Citizen). Since moving from his native Toronto to New York City, Nachoff has made a habit of freely crossing borders: his music moves fluidly between the jazz and classical worlds and manages to be soul-stirring at the same time that it is intricately cerebral. His passions reach into both the arts and the sciences, with concepts from physics or astronomy sparking inspiration for exhilarating compositions. As a saxophonist, Nachoff's playing has been described as "a revelationŠ [p]arsing shimmers of Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and Mark Turner" (DownBeat). He was a semifinalist in the renowned Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxophone Competition and has been nominated for numerous Canadian National Jazz Awards. His diverse ensembles include Flux, the Ethereal Trio, Horizons Ensemble and FoMo quartet as well as the Pyramid Project.


USA: 2019 Grammy Winners Jazz Section

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
“Emanon” — The Wayne Shorter Quartet

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Don’t Fence Me In” — John Daversa, soloist. Track from: “American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom”

Best Jazz Vocal Album

“The Window” — Cécile Mclorin Salvant

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

“American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom” — John Daversa Big Band featuring DACA Artists

Best Latin Jazz Album

“Back to the Sunset” — Dafnis Prieto Big Band

Sunday, February 10, 2019

USA/BRAZIL Helio Alves Quartet Jazz at Kitano Saturday, February 23rd Sets 8 & 10:00pm

Helio Alves Quartet
Saturday, February 23rd
Sets 8 & 10:00pm

Jazz at Kitano
66 Park Avenue, East 38th St
New York, NY 10016
Reservations Recommended

Helio Alves: Piano
Vic Juris: Guitar
Peter Washington: Bass
Duduka Da Fonseca: drums

“Alves has sublety, musicality and a extraordinary facility for improvisation…” “…exceptional melodic improviser…”
-Roberti L. Doerschuk, DownBeat Magazine

"Alves is a pianist whose instincts are lush and romantic and expansive-and driven by an inner pulse.”
Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the early '90s, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, Rosa Passos and Sadao Watanabe, to name but a few.

USA: Bob Holz -Silverthorne(2019)

Drummer Bob Holz returns with ''Silverthorne''! Jazz fusion artist Bob Holz delivers world class tunes on his new release, ''Silverthorne''. Holz shows why he's considered one of the top drummer/composers in the world today on this incredible recording! The interplay between Bob Holz, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Ada Rovatti, Ralphe Armstrong, Brandon Fields and Billy Steinway culminates in one of the best albums of 2019!

Saturday, February 9, 2019


PERFORMERS: R. Scott Morning - trumpet Neil Welch - tenor saxophone Rich Pellegrin - piano Evan Flory-Barnes - bass Chris Icasiano - drums Mizzou New Music Ensemble (6-7): Erin Spencer, flute Jeremiah Rittel, clarinet Britney Stutz, violin Korin Wahl, viola Rachel Czech, cello José Mart'nez, percussion Taylor Burkhardt, percussion Rich Pellegrin, conductor (6) Stefan Freund, conductor (7) All compositions by Rich Pellegrin

 For his third OA2 recording, composer/pianist Rich Pellegrin presents his decade-old quintet performing five enigmatic compositions - from the raw intensity of "Trial" to the mystical, inscrutable hues of the title cut, "Down" - along with an extended alternate version of "Down," recorded with a contemporary classical ensemble at the University of Missouri - the Mizzou New Music Ensemble. Together, eleven diverse musicians create a radiant texture of interweaving lines, extending the vital, collaborative focus for which the band is already known.

USA: Bill Frisell Headlines the 8th Les Paul Festival Concert at Ramapo College, NJ Saturday, February 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bill Frisell Headlines
the 8th Les Paul Festival Concert
at Ramapo College, NJ

Saturday, February 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Guitarist Bill Frisell will headline the Les Paul Festival Concert on Saturday night, February 16, 2019 in the Sharp Theater at Ramapo College. Often hailed as one of the most distinctive and original improvising guitarists of our time, Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 35 years and 250 recordings, including 40 of his own.

“It's hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he's found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness." -- The New York Times

"Frisell is a revered figure among musicians -- like Miles Davis and few others, his signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

Described as being “at the very epicenter of modern American Music" (BBC), Frisell's recording catalog has been cited by Downbeat as "the best recorded output of the decade."

Recognized as one of America's 21 most vital and productive performing artists, Frisell was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist in April 2012. He is also a recipient of grants from United States Artists, Meet the Composer, and National Performance Network. Currently Frisell is the Guest Curator for the Roots of Americana series at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Resident Artistic Director at San Francisco Jazz.

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8 p.m. 
Sharp Theater, Ramapo College

Tickets: $30/27/24. No discounts.

Box Office (201) 684-7844
All ticket sales are final. No exchanges. No returns.

Sponsored by The Les Paul Foundation. Presented by Ramapo College Music Program, the Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, the School of Contemporary Arts, Ramapo Music Club, and the Mahwah Museum

Friday, February 8, 2019

USA: David Silliman and Friends Jazz Quintet Friday, February 15, 2019 7:30 PM William & Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall

Described by Daily News writer Greg Thomas as “…the man with four hands,” percussionist David Silliman moves from the cajon, to drum set to a huge array of percussive instruments surrounding him in creating his signature sound. He is bringing his “friends” including his wife on Friday, February 15, 2019 to play at a 7:30pm concert on the stage of the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, SUNY Orange.

Each musician of the David Silliman and Friends jazz quintet brings his/her expertise in playing while together creating a cohesive sound that allows the individuals to shine. An appreciation of each other’s talents fuels the energy within the group.

David Silliman is known for his versatility as his career has found him accompanying song stylists Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, and Blossom Dearie as well as being the rhythmic force when playing with electric harpist Edmar Castaneda. He also is comfortable playing with the New Jersey Symphony or in the pit of a Broadway show.

Likewise, Marshall Gilkes plays his trombone with diverse musical ensembles such as the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Edmar Castañeda chamber jazz ensembles, Latin jazz as well as big bands, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Pianist George Dulin has played in several genres of music including free jazz, classical, rock and film music, in trios and big bands, as well as playing concertos with orchestras in music festivals plus Birdland, The Bluenote, Smalls, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Even though the main focus of bassist Morrie Louven’s musical life is jazz, he toured the world for many years with pop icons Engelbert Humperdinck, Barbra Streisand, The 5th Dimension, and Paul Anka. In addition, he has performed with The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He plays his beloved Rogeri contrabass, circa 1713.

The vocals for this versatile group are provided by Saundra Silliman who works with her husband, but more often with Tony Cimorosi's NY International band.  She has performed in musical theatre at BAM and Ford’s Theatre. Her sound has been influenced by R & B, Funk and Gospel music. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times states, “Saundra Silliman may be the best-kept secret in jazz.”    

Come for a concert seasoned with the sounds of many cultures, performed by five musicians at the top of their games.

All tickets are $10 and will be available in the box office starting at 6:15pm the evening of the concert. Online purchase with a $ 2.50 service charge for each ticket is available All students are admitted free.

In addition, earlier that day, on  Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11am  onstage of the theatre, David Silliman will present a master class entitled Drumset, Cajon & Percussion Plus! He will demonstrate each piece and explain its origin, sound, and purpose. This master class is free and open to the public.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891
Information is available through the website at
Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues  (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY.                                                                                                                            


USA/BRAZIL: Fabio Zanon - Solo Guitar Recital - BMF Classical Music Concert Series

Brazilian Music Foundation

Tickets $ 35 ( general admission )



One of the dominant figures in the international classical guitar scene is Fabio Zanon, pre-eminent guitarist as well as a teacher, chamber player, conductor, author, and broadcaster, is performing an all-Brazilian recital at the Opera Center in New York on February 16th, 2019. Presented by the Brazilian Music Foundation, as part of its Classical Music Concert Series, the program will include works by Villa-Lobos, Edino Krieger, and Francisco Mignone’s Etudes for guitar. This program is part of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Villa-Lobos’ death.

The National Opera Center of America
330 Seventh Ave / 28-29th St
7th Floor - Marc Scorca Hall
New York City, NY 10001

Executive Director: Madalena Sousa
Artistic Director: Max Barros

About Fabio
A dominant figure in international classical guitar, he is also known as a teacher, chamber player, conductor, author, and broadcaster. Mr Zanon has been a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 2009; he has also been a regular teacher at the Master Guitars Alicante in Spain since 2014. In 2008 he was an artist-in-residence at the Royal Stockholm Conservatoire in Sweden and has been a teacher-in-residence at the Lisbon-Estoril International Festival since 2011. He has taught master classes at most prestigious schools in the USA, Canada, South America and Europe, including Juilliard and Gnessin.

First prize at both the Guitar Foundation of America in the USA and the Francisco Tarrega Competition in Spain in 1996 propelled Mr Zanon’s career. Prior to that he had already been a top prize winner in competitions in Alessandria (Italy), Toronto and Havana.

As a soloist Mr Zanon has played in over 50 countries, at venues including Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Weill Hall at Carnegie and 92nd Street Y in New York, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Philharmonic in St Petersburg, Les Invalides in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro Opera House, Amazonas Theatre, Sala Verdi in Milan, and KKL in Lucerne to name a few.

He has played over 40 concertos, many of them as world premieres, with orchestras such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, RTÉ Symphony in Dublin, Israel Chamber Orchestra,
I Fiamminghi, Evgeni Svetlanov State Orchestra in Moscow, and Salzburg Chamber Orchestra.

Mr Zanon has recorded for labels such as Musical Heritage, Decca, and BIS and is now an exclusive GuitarCoop artist.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2019 Update: Örjan Hultén Orion(Sweden)-Album: Minusgrader

Örjan Hultén Orion(Sweden)- One for Britten
Album: Minusgrader
Label: Artogrush
A new album from Swedish saxophonist Örjan Hultén and his band, permeated with the spirit of modernity and tradition mixed in fresh compositions unified by a shared sense for improvisation and interplay.  Subtly and energetic Minusgrader recreates a common musical universe rich in rhythmically and melodically twists where the saxophone engages the listener, leading the way with strong creative vision.

Personnel: Peter Danemo, drums, Örjan Hultén, saxophones, Torbjörn Gulz, piano, Filip Augustson, bass

Home Catalog About Us Contact "IT WAS THE ARTICULATION and focus in this recording which first drew my attention; and indeed, Minusgrader, from Swedish saxophonist Örjan Hultén and his Orion quartet, has only continued to charm with its sparky animation and romantic lyricism – an evenly-balanced conversation glistening with individual flecks of personality along the way" Read Adrian Pallants full review at London Jazz News here

USA: Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra featuring Carolyn Leonhart Appearing at Birdland Sunday, February 10th 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra
featuring Carolyn Leonhart
Sunday, February 10th 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Birdland Jazz Club
315 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

Celebrating the release of two CD's,
“Without a Trace” and “Portraits and Places."
    Scott’s CDs and arrangements may be purchased at
    Digital downloads available at
Band Camp, Amazon, and iTunes.
Selected Reviews:
Downbeat Magazine: “Reeves arrives at his sound – modern metric ideas, sweetly stacked harmonies that move in surprising directions, atypical musical alliances – by utilizing the full scope of his playing experience.”  (Suzanne Lorge)
London Jazz News: “His new release, Without a Trace, contains originals and standards, colourfully orchestrated, with an intimate, club-like ambience. These pieces really are ‘composed’…there is always a feeling of forward travel.” (Nigel Waddington)
New York City Jazz Record: “This is an excellent example of both modern big band music and the arranging of Reeves.” (Scott Yanow)
Jazz Times: “Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra is a wonder…hot compositions…a sizzling band…an assemblage of brilliant artists…the music is exciting, even thrilling.”
(Travis Rogers)

All About Jazz: “Reeves is a resourceful writer with…a keen ear for melody, harmony and counterpoint, his arrangements scrupulously burnished and invariably engaging.” (Jack Bowers)
Stereophile: “Within the highly specialized, invaluable, economically endangered discipline of composing and arranging for large jazz ensemble, a new badass has arrived. Reeves’s touch is always deft and light, his designs traced in fine lines.” (Thomas Conrad)
Personnel for this event is:

Scott Reeves - director, composer/arranger, alto trombone
Vocalist - Carolyn Leonhart
Saxophones - Vito Chiavuzzo, Jay Brandford, Tim Armacost,  Rob Middleton, Terry Goss
Trumpets - Seneca Black, Nathan Eklund, Chris Rogers, Andy Gravish
Trombones - Matt McDonald, Jason Jackson, Matt Haviland, Jennifer Wharton
Rhythm - Jim Ridl (piano), Todd Coolman (bass), Andy Watson (drums)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2019 Update: Dave Rudolph Quintet(USA)- Resonance(2019)

Dave Rudolph Quintet(USA)-Atonement
Composer: Dave Rudolph
Album name: Resonance
CD store
Acoustically speaking, resonance is a condition that is created when sound is reflected between two objects and sets up a type of synchronous vibration, reinforcing the initial sound. The CD Resonance is a collection of musical explorations which focus on the concept of musical pairings and achieve this effect in different ways. The compositions sometimes present melodies between two instruments simultaneously or alternately, and scale down the instrumentation at key points to allow for improvised duets.
“My personal concept of resonance is that it is a significant connection that happens when someone reflects a better version of yourself back to you,” continues Dave. “Musically I wanted to make that happen with a lot of musical dialogue and interaction.”

NORWAY/BRAZIL/MOZAMBIQUE: Freedoms Trio - World Jazz Rock

Freedoms Trio - World Jazz Rock

Dear friends,

Freedoms Trio just came back from California where we performed at the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim as part of their official selection and also took the chance to record a nice outdoor performance in the Hollywood hills. We want to share some of the recorded material with you and hope you will enjoy it. :-)

Freedoms Trio features three musicians from three continents, three world artists on their respective instruments; guitarist Steinar Aadnekvam from Norway, bassist Rubem Farias from Brazil & drummer/singer Deodato Siquir from Mozambique. The band is based in Stockholm, Sweden and tours continuously worldwide & are available for booking for 2019 / 2020.
See our concert calendar at
Freedoms Trio in Hollywood
Freedoms Trio at NAMM 2019
FREEDOMS TRIO is a 'world jazz rock' group uniting three musicians from three continents. The band has released 2 albums with Losen Records (Oslo), most recently in 2018. The new album "Freedoms Trio II" has been praised by critics internationally and notably guitar legend Robben Ford strongly endorses the 'Freedoms Trio' in the new album liner notes. The band tours continously and has performed more than 120 concerts across Europe since 2015. "Mr. Aadnekvam dominates the rarefied space afforded to top-flight virtuoso guitarists. This music is, however, also informed by thunderous rumble of bass and drums, all of which makes it a uniquely expressive group.” - World Music Report (Canada) "Familiar in its aesthetic-groove-minded world-jazz but rare in the quality of the musicianship." - Jazztimes (UK) "Young genius, bursting with creativity." - Jazz Podium Magazine (Germany)
Want to know more ? Visit our website !

Monday, February 4, 2019

USA: Adam Hawley New Single Today+VDAY Shows in ATL, Durham & Richmond!

New Single+Catch Adam This Winter/Spring!

Tour Update!

So excited to announce Adam's single "Just Dance feat. Dave Koz" is going for adds today!!  We are very excited, the first two singles off of "Double Vision" went #1, so fingers crossed :)!!!

Also Adam is heading out Valentine's Weekend for three incredible shows with Sax phenom Marcus Anderson!  You can catch them at St. James Live in Atlanta February 14, Rhythms Live in Durham Feb 15, and in Richmond, VA at the Tin Pan on February 16!!  Also just added are two shows with another sax great Nelson Rangell at Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati on March 15 and Tangierin Akron on March 16.  Check the dates below.

Tour Dates:
February 14 - St. James - Atlanta, GA
February 15 - Rhythms Live - Durham, NC
February 16 - The Tin Pan - Richmond, VA
March 15 - Ludlow Garage - Cincinatti, OH
March 16 - The Tangier - Akron, OH
March 17 - Martini Blu Festival - Galveston, TX
March 24-31 - DK Cruise Week 1 - Australia
March 31-April 7 - DK Cruise Week 2 - Australia
April 10 - Benefit Concert - Singapore
April 12-14 - Smooth Hot Jazz - Madrid, Spain
April 28 - Seabreeze Jazz Festival - Panama City, FL

More tour dates are added all the time, click here to catch a show.

The New Album:
Adam's second album "Double Vision" is rich with new grooves and star-studded features including Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Julian Vaughn, Marcus Anderson, Darren Rahn, & Kat Hawley.  The album has achieved #2 on the Amazon Sales Chart, Top Ten on iTunes, Top 25 on the Billboard Jazz Album Chart, and two #1 singles on Billboard!!

Where to Purchase:
Digitally: iTunes
Physically: Amazon
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