Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lynette Washington & Dennis Bell Jazz NY - LIVE at the X! (Celebrating the music of Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae & Shirley Horn) (GuavaJamm Entertainment Inc 2012)

LIVE at the X!
(Celebrating the Music of
Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, & Shirley Horn)
Lynette Washington - Vocals
Bruce Harris-Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Bruce Williams-Alto Saxophone
Janelle Reichman-Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Bell-Piano
Noriko Ueda-Bass
Victor Jones-Drums
Produced, Arranged and Mixed by Dennis Bell for City Slicker Productions
LYNETTE WASHINGTON is a native New Yorker with an extensive career in jazz, R&B, and gospel. This is Ms. Washington’s fifth album release. Amongst her many credits, she was the 2005 First Prize Winner of the Jazzmobile/Anheuser Busch Jazz Vocal Competition and was featured on WBGO’s Singers Unlimited Show with Michael Bourne. Ms. Washington has performed in major venues, clubs, and concert halls throughout the tristate area. In 2010 and 2011, she was featured in the jazz series LIVE AT THE X at ArtsWestchester. She has appeared at New York metro area venues, including The River Room, Creole, The Schomberg Museum, BB Kings, Zinc Bar, Solomon’s Porch, Pier 2110, The Brooklyn Museum, The Sculpture Garden in Yonkers, and the off-broadway touring company of Crowns. She was selected by the Jazzmobile Society to pay tribute to Nina Simone at a solo performance held at Harlem Stage (Aaron Davis Hall) in the fall of 2008. Lynette has worked with many well-known artists including Aretha Franklin, U2, Peter Gabriel, Celia Cruz and Clifford Jordan, etc. She was a featured lead singer and musical arranger with New Voices of Freedom, and appeared with U2 at Madison Square Garden, with an album single release on U2 Rattle & Hum. Other credits include TV performances with the Special Olympics Org., the BBC/Virgin Records worldwide telecast, One World, One Voice, a video with Lenny Kravitz, Give Peace A Chance, and the 2002 VMA Music Awards with James Brown and Jimmy Fallon. Her work in television and commercials include Roy Rogers, Nabisco, Pizza Hut, and Toyota. Ms. Washington is Jazzmobile Award winning iTunes Essential Jazz Artist.

DENNIS BELL is a gold and platinum award-winning pianist, producer/arranger, songwriter conductor and music educator. A graduate of the High School of Music & Art, New York University and Queens College (MA), Dennis is the founder and CEO of City Slicker Productions, Mark of Aries Music (BMI) and GuavaJamm Entertainment. Dennis has produced records by Doug E. Fresh, Dave Valentin, New Voices of Freedom, U2, and Touché, amongst others. He was the musical director/conductor for the international tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, and throughout his career has performed and conducted in venues from Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls to Madison Square Garden, with appearances on the Joan Rivers Show, New York at Night, MTV Video Music Awards, and the movie U2, Rattle and Hum. Mr. Bell’s compositions for dance can be heard on the album Musique Pour La Danse Moderne (2008), and includes works performed at The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard), Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, Yale University, LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Ailey II, The Juilliard School (New Dances ‘08), Perry Mansfield (Steamboat Springs, CO.), and University Cal at Irvine amongst others. Additional recordings include Dennis Bell Jazz NY: Live at the Joseph P. Kennedy Center, Then & Now – A Jazz Retrospect of New York City’s High School or Music & Art, a solo album I, MYSELF, & ME, and various TV/radio jingles for Drakes, Hardees, Roy Rogers, and Nabisco. He has performed with Marcus Miller, Buddy Williams, Nick Brignola, Jimmy Owens, Dave Grusin, Buddy Morrow, Sal Salvador, Dave Valentin, Noel Pointer, Steve Jordan, U2, Lenny Kravitz, Celia Cruz, Billy Preston, and a host of others. Mr. Bell is a Yamaha Influential Jazz Artist. 

LIVE AT THE X! was recorded in performance at the ArtsWestchester gallery on January 22nd, 2010 as a part of the NewUrbanJazz concert series. ArtsWestchester presents emerging and established locally-based artists in a showcase of jazz and other performing arts, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Live @ ArtsWestchester is produced by Tom van Buren. The NewUrbanJazz series is co-curated by Bob Baldwin. For more information, visit www.artswestchester.org.
LIVE at the X! was a Jazz page iTunes featured album upon its 11.27.11 release


Gebhard Ullmann - 'clarinet trio 4' (2012) / 'transatlantic' (2012)

'clarinet trio 4' (2012)
jürgen kupke (clarinet) michael thieke (alto clarinet and clarinet) 
gebhard ullmann (bass clarinet)

recorded in berlin in 2011.
(leo records)

'transatlantic' (2012)
gebhard ullmann (bass clarinet & bass flute) 
chris dahlgren and clayton thomas (acoustic basses and objects)
this is the second cd of the bassx3 trio and the first one with the new line-up recorded
in the beautiful chamber music hall of the berlin radio in 2011
(leo records)

website: www.gebhard-ullmann.com
myspace: www.myspace.com/gebhardullmann

USA: Noah Preminger Group at Kitano (Kimbrough, Clohesy, Wilson)

Thursday, Feb 9th 8pm and 10pm sets @ the Kitano

Noah Preminger Quartet:

Frank Kimbrough - piano
Matt Clohesy - bass
Matt Wilson - drums
Noah Preminger - saxophone

66 Park Ave, NY (corner of 38th st)


Monday, January 30, 2012

Lars Danielsson - Liberetto (ACT 2012)

A new dream duo in European Jazz: Together with Armenian pianist Tigran the bassist Lars Danielsson discovers new musical spaces and emphasises the freedom of music between chamber jazz, classic and European folk music.

Line Up: 
Lars Danielsson / bass, cello, Wurlitzer piano on #8
Tigran / piano, vocals on #7
John Parricelli / guitar
Arve Henriksen / trumpet
Magnus Öström / drums & percussion

Happy coincidences can often lead to extraordinary results. No-one could have foreseen that Lars Danielsson and the Armenian pianist Tigran would pair up to form the new dream duo of the European jazz scene, when in fact the two musicians played their first concert together only one week before the scheduled recordings of Liberetto. It was clear from the first note that two musical soulmates had found each other, and despite it happening by coincidence the result of their meeting was all the more intense. Lars Danielsson says: “Tigran sees my music exactly the way I do and he composes music exactly the way I would do myself. For example, his ‘Svensk Låt’ sounds more Swedish than my songs. It was simply fantastic to record this album with him.” (ACT)

Interview with Lars Danielsson

UK: £2m worth of investment to launch the UK’s first outdoor jazz festival.

Jazz FM, Neapolitan Music and Ingenious have unveiled £2m worth of investment to launch the UK’s first outdoor jazz festival.

The Love Supreme Jazz Festival will be a three-day outdoor camping event taking place in Brighton during the summer of 2013 and promises to feature some of the world’s best jazz musicians.

The financial backing for the festival has been realised through Ingenious Entertainment VCTS, which have previously invested in Creamfields, Eighties music festival Rewind Festival and Taste of Christmas, an interactive food exhibition featuring celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The latest share offer aims to raise up to £25m to back other similar events and is open for investments of at least £3,000 until April 5 this year.
£2m backing for new jazz festival / By Paul Williams

UK : Jazz Journal February 2012 issue

Tord Gustavsen Simon Adams tunes into the Norwegian pianist's "abstract lullabies"
 Syd Lawrence andStrictly singer Jeff Hooper keeps swing in his heart; Andrew McCormack and Jason Yardemake it big with a duo
New York
 Is jazz over there? Michael Tucker tests former Sun Ra man Abdul Zahir Batin's idea that "All that creativity in the city, way back then – it's gone"
Critics' Poll 2011 Seven pages reviewing last year's best records. Among the top 10: Jan Lundgren, Bobby Wellins, Michael Garrick, Tommy Smith, Mathias Eick, Lee Konitz, Kurt Elling   
Remembered Ellington drummer and Democrat politician Butch BallardAndré Hodeir, composer and critic who suggested a broad redefinition of "swing"; Walter Norris, pianist on Ornette Coleman's Something Else!!!!;Lucy Ann Polk, singer with Tommy Dorsey and Les Brown; Peter Symes, MoD man who combined his twin enthusiasms for jazz and photography

Jazz Journal 

James Carter Organ Trio - At The Crossroads (Emarcy 2011)

The thing about James Carter is, you never know what he'll do next. He can play in virtually any style, in any company, on any saxophone and various woodwind instruments, and sound equally convincing. And his solos can be just as unpredictable. The first piece here starts out as down-home funk and ends somewhere in outer space. In the course of a dozen numbers he plays four saxophones, from soprano to baritone, plus flute. He has phenomenal control of them all and a wonderful sense of swing, which he deploys with immense joie de vivre. It's exhausting but exhilarating. (Dave Gelly / The Observer)

USA: In the 1960s Trilok Gurtu was refused admission at Berkeley

Gurtu himself recounts the story behind it. "As a young musician, I had applied to the Berkeley College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, but was 'refused admission' because they wanted me to play the American way and world music, and the exotic rhythms of India were not yet accepted on the jazz music scene in the United States in the 1960s. So I refused to bend to their wish and was rejected," he says. (Full interview)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tord Gustavsen Quartet - The Well (ECM 2012)

Tore Brunborg tenor saxophone
Tord Gustavsen piano
Mats Eilertsen double bass
Jarle Vespestad drums
Two years after “Restored, Returned” introduced this line-up and with extensive touring behind them, on “The Well” the four musicians of the Gustavsen Quartet really blossom as a band in a programme of new tunes by Tord. Sax player Tore Brunborg is given an important voice here, his melodic lines combining bluesy sonority and Nordic cry. Gently but effectively propelled by the subtle pulses of drummer Jarle Vespestad and bassist Mats Eilertsen, Gustavsen’s gospel-tinged, unhurried piano playing displays a characteristic warmth and tenderness.


ITALY: VITTORIA in JAZZ. Salerno capitale della musica

Vittoria in Jazz Salerno dal 5 al 26 febbraio 2012
Ddomenica 5 febbraio parte la rassegna musicale "Vittoria in Jazz" al Teatro Vittoria di Salerno. Il progetto, nato da un'idea di Daniele Borrelli e Anna Maria Fortuna, e organizzato in collaborazione con la Pupi&Pupe Management, coinvolgerà i più noti e talentuosi musicisti a livello locale e nazionale, che si esibiranno ogni domenica sera sul palco del locale sito nel centro della movida salernitana. Tutte le domeniche di febbraio quindi il Vittoria Art & Disco ospiterà un evento imperdibile per gli amanti e appassionati del sound jazz: a inaugurare la kermesse musicale domenica 5 febbraio sarà la band campana "6 in Jazz... Omaggio a Lucio Battisti", con Sandro Deidda al sax, Alessandro Castiglione alla chitarra, Guglielmo Guglielmi al pianoforte, Pierpaolo Bisogno alle percussioni, Aldo Vigorito al contrabbasso e Peppe La Pusata alla batteria. Il gruppo omaggerà il cantautore italiano proponendo al pubblico i suoi più apprezzati successi, come Emozioni, I giardini di Marzo e Con il nastro rosa  rivisitati rigorosamente in chiave jazz.(Source

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SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Jazz Festival unveils 2012 musical gems

As previously announced, the rest of the line-up for 2012 is completed by the following artists: James Ingram (USA), Dave Koz with special guest Patti Austin (USA), Mike Stern with special guest Dave Weckl (USA), Virtual Jazz Reality (SA), Brubecks play Brubeck (USA/SA), Ron Carter, Donald Harrison and Lenny White (USA), Andre Petersen Quintet (SA), Atmosphere (USA), Jean Grae (USA), Goodluck (SA), Zamajobe (SA), Zahara (SA), The Jason Reolon Trio (SA), David Sanchez with special guest Lionel Loueke (Puerto Rico/Benin), The Moreira Project (Mozambique) and Alexander Sinton High School Jazz Band (SA).
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Cape Jazz Festival

SPAIN: JAZZ IN Blue on 10th February in Malaga

JAZZ IN Blue is a touring festival beginning on 10th February in Malaga. It stages 25 concerts in some of the major cities in Spain, before culminating in Murcia on 18th May. The three month tour takes in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga, Murcia, Aviles, Valladolid and Santiago de Compostela.The programme features four major recording artists, of which three are signed to the prestigious Blue Note record label; the Erik Truffaz 4tet, the Joe Lovano Quartet Europe, the Robert Glasper Trio and The Bad Plus.

Erik Truffaz is a Swiss-born French jazz trumpeter, infusing elements of hip-hop, rock & roll and dance music into his compositions. He signed with the French EMI label in 1996. Truffaz gained international attention with his second album on Blue Note, ‘The Dawn’, produced together with Pat Muller, Marcello Giuliani and Mark Erbetta. Since then they have produced several Blue Note albums together, such as ‘Bending New Corners’, which became a Silver Album in France. Their 2007 release ‘Arkhangelsk’ is a mixture of pop songs, French chanson, and jazz-groove.

Joe Lovanois an American post-bop jazz saxophonist, alto clarinettist, flautist, and drummer. Since the late 1980s, Lovano has been one of the world's premiere tenor saxophone players earning a Grammy award and several nods on Down Beat magazine's critics' and readers' polls. His live work, specifically ‘Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard’, gained a Down Beat ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ award. In the late 1990s, he formed the Saxophone Summit with Dave Liebman and Michael Brecker (now deceased, replaced with Ravi Coltrane). His latest album ‘Bird Songs’ released last year primarily features the music of Charlie Parker.
Robert Glasper studied piano at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York and began working with artists from jazz, R&B and hip-hop like Mos Def, Q-Tip, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z and Me’Shell Ndegeoncello.

DAVID S. WARE - Organica ( AUM 2011)

1 .Minus Gravity 1 (sopranino) .16.20
2 .Organica 1 (tenor) .24.31
The entire concert performance of March 13, 2010
Park Slope, Brooklyn

3 .Minus Gravity 2 (sopranino) .22.27
4. Organica 2 (tenor) .14.12
The entire concert performance of November 5, 2010
Umbrella Music Festival, Chicago

 Each David S. Ware solo concert performance is a rare and magisterial happening. There were two such events in 2010, and both concerts are presented here in their entirety. The first took place in March at an intimate, invite-only event in Brooklyn; the second took place at the Umbrella Music Festival in Chicago in early November. [Later that month Ware and group recorded Planetary Unknown] In 2010, Ware added the sopranino (pitched one full octave above the alto) to his arsenal, and these concerts were his public debut on the new horn. This is the 2nd volume in a planned series of DSW solo recordings. It is printed in a strictly limited CD edition of 1000.

“Saxophonist David S. Ware’s unaccompanied performance at Elastic on November 5th left the deepest emotional impression [of the Festival],” wrote DownBeat’s Aaron Cohen in his live review of the Chicago set. “His authoritative delivery of bold, stark melodies was reassuringly familiar,” added Signal To Noise’s Bill Meyer in his own review of Ware’s Umbrella Music Festival set, “but the tonality had an exotic Eastern quality. His music was absolutely complete, both at the level of needing no accompaniment but also in the totality of the its emotional, spiritual and physical impact.”

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms - Spacer (Delmark 2011)

Sun Rooms is Jason Adasiewicz's three year old trio featuring Jason (vibraphone), Mike Reed (drums) and Nate McBride (bass). Their debut record Sun Rooms was named by the New York Times (Ben Ratliff) as one of the Top 10 Pop and Jazz Records of 2010. Spacer was written in the winter of 2011 and slowly shaped through a month long residency at a north side Chicago bar, The Whistler. Engineered by Griffin Rodriguez, Spacer documents 8 new tunes by Adasiewicz, one from McBride, and one from Dutch cornetist Eric Boeren. AMAZON.COM

Perico Sambeat - Baladas (Produccions ContraBaix 2011)

Perico Sambeat, el saxofonista del estado con más carrera y proyección internacional, hace un alto en el camino y se fija en un repertorio pausado, melódico y bonito de las baladas que tantas otras veces han atraído a los más grandes saxofonistas de la historia del jazz. Repertorio creado a partir de grandes estándares estadounidenses, pero también latinos e hispanos, sumados a alguno de original. Canciones cortas, donde la melodía, la belleza, la emoción están por encima del virtuosismo técnico. Un directo para degustar, lleno de matices delicados con unos músicos extraordinarios y especialmente extraordinarios para esta música como Javier Colina, Borja Barrueta y Bernardo Sassetti. Un concierto que encantará a los amantes del género, pero que puede aproximarse a neófitos ya todo tipo de públicos por su accesibilidad.
En palabras del mismo Perico Sambeat: "Recuerdo que comencé a amar el jazz a través de su faceta más impetuosa: los tiempos rápidos me fascinaban con su enorme energía. Poco a poco llegué a apreciar esta música en su lado más apacible, disfrutando de la profunda belleza y expresividad que pueden comunicar los tiempos lentos. Tiempo después, ya metido a fondo en este mundo de la música, vi que pese a lo que pueda parecer, es mucho más comprometido para un solista tocar baladas que tiempos rápidos. Realizar un disco con ese tipo de repertorio es algo que ha estado latente entre mis proyectos desde hace años. Mi selección proviene del mundo de los estándares norteamericanos, los boleros cubanos, y la música española. El lirismo, la musicalidad, la profunda sinceridad, son algunas de las virtudes de los músicos que me acompañan en esta ocasión, algunos de ellos antiguos compañeros en este de viaje de la música. La empatía musical que me une a ellos es uno de los más preciados regalos que la vida me ha dado."

FRANCE: DVD : José Fallot - Jazz & Cinéma - Volume 1

La bassiste José Fallot (il joue de la guitare-basse six cordes) et son octet ont créé ce spectacle au Chesnay et l’ont enregistré live le 20 mars 2009 au théâtre de Fontenay-le-Fleury. Le thème général de ce premier volume est le jazz et le cinéma. Sujet pas facile, car, contrairement à une légende solidement ancrée, le jazz et le cinéma ont rarement fait bon ménage, les metteurs en scène préférant de la musique symphonique ou apparentée pour leurs grandes productions (westerns, péplums et autres). Seul, le polar noir et des blockbusters récents ont choisi le jazz, et le mérite de José Fallot et de ses musiciens est grand, d’être allés les débusquer, ces thèmes de jazz. (Michel Bedin)

Havona - Terminal 3 (Rara Records 2011

Secondo album per questa interessante formazione, di cui abbiamo avuto modo di parlare già nel nostro portale (link) , che con questo notevole lavoro intende senza dubbio dimostrare, col giusto metodo, come l’eclettismo sia alla base del loro progetto.

“Terminal 3” è un progetto che sui generi si discosta parecchio dall’omonima opera prima:

Ancora una volta ispirati con decisione ai Weather Report (il brano di apertura è una cover della pastoriousiana “Havona”, da cui il nome stesso della band). Di nuovo sono tempi dispari, stacchi imprevedibili ed un mood solido, gli elementi che dominano nel linguaggio proposto. Nuovamente gli elementi solistici esprimono capacità esecutive, virtuosismo ed un gusto musicale di livello: il basso di Filippo Macchiarelli è finemente tornito nel sound, forse meno improntato alla tecnica rispetto al passato ma più attento alla cura del suono; un suono d’effetto, collimato alla batteria tendenzialmente latin di Luca Luzi in un groove notevole nella ballabilità e nel magnetico coinvolgimento “fisico”. (Recensione Roma in Jazz)

Neil Cowley Trio - The Face of Mount Molehill (Naim Jazz 2012)

A dazzling composer and advocate of pure audacious melody, on The Face Of Mount Molehill, Cowley creates thrilling music defined by powerful rip-roaring riffs punctuated by passages of sheer delicacy. Recorded for the first time with a string ensemble, this album of deeply engaging instrumental music conveys passion and emotion that defy the need for words, looks set to launch the music of Neil Cowley Trio yet further into the listening public's consciousness.

Neil Cowley - piano
Rex Horan - double bass
Evan Jenkins - drums

All songs composed by Neil Cowley (Eagle-I Music Publishing) except 'Meyer' written by Neil Cowley, Evan Jenkins & Rex Horan.
String arrangements by Neil Cowley (T 2, 6, 9, 10, 11 & 12) & Julian Ferraretto (T 4, 8). Neil Cowley & Julian Ferraretto (T 5).
Produced, engineered and mixed by Dom Monks.
Engineering assisted by Helen Atkinson, Robbie Nelson & Patrick Phillips.
Recorded at RAK Studios.
Mixed at Realworld Studios, RAK Studios & Three Crows Music
Mastered at Black Saloon by Mandy Parnel

Leo Abrahams - guitar (T 1, 4, 8, & 9)
Julian Ferraretto - violins (T 2 & 4-12)
Stephen Hussy - violins (T 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, & 12)
Danny Keane - cello (T 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, & 12)
Oli Langford - viola (T 2, 4-6, & 8-12)
Mandhira De Saram - violins (T 2, 4-6, & 8-12)
Giles Broadbent - violins (T 2, 6, & 9)
Miles Brett - violins (T 2, 4-6, & 8-12)
Amanda Drummond - viola (T 2, 4-6, & 8-12)
Ben Trigg - cello (T 2, 6, & 10)
Katie Woodward - cello (T 2, 4-6, & 8-12)
Tilly Cowley - laughter (6)

Naim Jazz

UNIT Asia is an Asian jazz unit formed by five musicians with the aim to “create a new type of jazz music”.

The four-year-old group comprises Japanese musicians Isao Miyoshi (guitar), Hiroyuki Noritake (drums) and Shigeki Ippon (bass), Thai saxophone player Koh aka Mr Saxman and a promising pianist from Malaysia, Tay Cher Siang.
Isao made his debut in 1983 and formed his own guitar trio in 1992. He released his first album Sankichizm in 1995 to critical acclaim. He took part in the Jazz Guitar Summit in Kennedy Centre, Washington DC in 2000 and performed in France and Germany the following year.
Koh learnt to play the Thai flute or khlui from his father and was a saxophone fan in high school. While studying at Chulalongkorn University, he was invited to join the band Boy Thai. He released his first solo album, Mr Saxman, in 2002 which launched the hit song Pavana (My Prayer). He is also a music educationist at Mahidol University and Kasatesart University.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Jazz Quartet EYOT Crowned the Winner of Cannes 2012 MIDEM OFF Competition

EYOT is the Nirvana of European jazz; their sound fusion can best be described as a marriage of Kurt Cobain and Keith Jarrett. They have recently won the 2012 MIDEM OFF Competition, and are open for interviews about their war-singed lives and electrifying music.

EYOT is the winner of the 2012 Cannes, France MIDEM Festival OFF Competition. Click here to see the MIDEM announcement.
Internationally acclaimed jazz quartet EYOT is a winner of the MIDEM OFF Competition in 2012, winner of the Umbria Jazz Balkanic Windows Competition in 2009, video and mp3 of the day on prominent jazz website "All About Jazz", and has been featured at many international jazz festivals, including Nišvill Jazz Fest in Serbia, World of Jazz in Dubai, DOKfest in Munich, Alarma Punk Jazz in Sofia, along with club gigs on regular basis (see a few notable performances below).
Within the chiaroscuro between east and west, good and evil, members of the band EYOT spin a web of hushed tones and howls with their new brand of eastern jazz. All About Jazz did a recent review of EYOT's debut album here: AllAboutJazz Review

USA: Carmen Lundy Returns With All-New Nine Song Collection, CHANGES

Composer and Jazz Vocalist Teams With Legendary Engineer Don Murray and an All-Star Band to Create an Album of Unprecedented Warmth and Depth Carmen Lundy - Changes

Encountering the work of Carmen Lundy can, admittedly, be a bit surprising for the first time listener. In an age of prepackaged, mass-produced beats and slavishly retro stylings, Lundy offers something that's become increasingly rare: utter authenticity.
A unique and adventurous singer, often compared to the likes of Sarah Vaughn, Betty Carter and Billie Holiday, Lundy writes and performs songs with an emotional vulnerability rarely seen in modern jazz. Her life forays far beyond the boundaries of music – she's an acclaimed actress, teacher and visual artist – inform her work with a sophistication and worldliness that consistently defies the expected. The bottom line? A deep connection that, for the singer's legion of fans, makes the release of each Lundy CD more than an opportunity to hear new music – it's an appointment to catch up with a dear friend.

KICKSTARTER: The Center City Jazz Festival A Jazz project in Philadelphia, PA by Ernest Stuart

"Jazz wipes away this dust of everyday life."- Art Blakey
The Idea: On April 28, the Center City Jazz Festival is set to showcase great new jazz in an exciting, youthful, energetic environment, and introduce a new crop of the Philadelphia area's best up-and-coming artists to both jazz aficionados and the jazz curious.  We're going to take jazz out of concert halls and put it into a number of Center City's best restaurants/bars and music venues clustered around Broad Street, all within easy walking distance of each other.  The music will range from hard-bop to groove and from sultry songstresses to hot Latin jazz -- so organize a group of your friends, catch a show or two or three, have a drink, and enjoy some of the best music you haven't yet heard.
The Reason: Philadelphia has a great jazz history and a bright jazz future.  It's up to us to showcase the talent that we have here and bring the simmer to a boil.

Logistics: 16 bands will perform at multiple venues, including Chris' Jazz Cafe and Time Midtown, between 1pm and 8pm, and a headlining act will perform at 8pm. Normal festival tickets entitle their holders to all-you-can-listen access to all events before 8pm and first-come, first-served access to the headlining show.  VIP tickets entitle their holders to guaranteed admission to the headlining show and access to the artists' hospitality sutie during the festival.  The festival will feature the music of some of the brightest musicians on the jazz scenes in Philadelphia and surrounding areas, including NYC. The festival is being presented with an emphasis on the quality of its music and not simply on the names of its participants.
Your pledges will go towards: artists fees, sound system/equipment rental, marketing materials, advertisements, and instrument (drums & pianos) rentals.

Vijay Iyer Trio - ACCELERANDO (ACT 2012)

Surprising interpretations of traditional jazz, vintage and recent pop and funk tunes as well as Iyer's own infectious compositions: One of the most important pianists (The New Yorker) is back with his award-winning trio.

Line Up: 
vijay iyer / piano
stephan crump / bass
marcus gilmore / drums

Accelerando is the follow-up to the Vijay Iyer Trio's Grammy-nominated Historicity – voted the No. 1 jazz album of 2009 around the world, including in the Downbeat critics' poll and by The New York Times

Pianist-composer Vijay Iyer's career has moved on an ever-accelerating arc over the past decade and a half, with the Indian-American artist earning a slew of international honors for his intrepid, multi-hued vision of 21st-century music. The latest chapter of this compelling story in contemporary jazz comes with the Vijay Iyer Trio's Accelerando, an album driven by the visceral, universal, intoxicating experience of rhythm. To be released in March 2012 by the German independent label ACT Music + Vision, Accelerando sees Iyer and his telepathic trio mates – bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore – go both deep and wide. They light up material that ranges from a brace of bold Iyer originals and pieces by great jazz composers (Duke Ellington, Herbie Nichols, Henry Threadgill) to surprising interpretations of vintage and recent pop and funk tunes (Michael Jackson, Heatwave, Flying Lotus). Absorbing and infectious, this is jazz about not only the mind but the body


DENMARK: Vinter Jazz Festival - Bardaro-Villani Reunion, feat. A. Hatholt

Saxophonist and composer Gianni Bardaro meets Universal Music artist Pierluigi Villani, among the most prominent jazz drummers of the italian jazz scene. mostly modern jazz originals with cross-overing shades of mediterranean and scandinavian moods.

Gianni Bardaro - Sax
Andreas Hatholt - Bass
Pierluigi Villani - Drums




Thursday, January 26, 2012

FRANCE: Jacky Terrasson signs with Universal Music France

Christophe Deghelt Productions

NETHERLANDS: Leidse Jazzweek: January 25th till January 29th

Thursday January 26th the Leidse Jazzweek is starting! A big opening concert will take place in De Waag. Bart Wirtz and The Auratones ft. Thijs van Leer will kick off this week where Leiden is all about jazz. 

Tonight Jan van Duikeren's Fingerprint will play in De Burcht during the annual 'Kroegentocht'. The festival spans over 30 bars! Click here for the whole program!

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Sympathetic Strings & Resonant Reeds: A Benefit Concert for Matthew Montfort

Contact: Ancient-Future.Com Records

View Press Release Online with Photos: http://www.ancient-future.com/pr_2_29_12.html

Sympathetic Strings & Resonant Reeds: A Benefit Concert for Matthew Montfort
Financially Supporting his Recovery from a Wrist Injury

Featuring Acoustic Guitar Icon Alex de Grassi, Reed Virtuoso Paul McCandless, Classical Guitar Virtuoso Jon Mendle, Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble, and an Acoustic Guitar Round-Robin with Teja Gerken and Ronnie Ray Padilla

Wednesday, February 29, 7:30 PM
142 Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tix: $20 general, $30 reserved seating.
Info: 415-383-9600
Venue Website: http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/215454935212972/
Press Release: http://www.ancient-future.com/pr_2_29_12.html
Poster (401k pdf): http://www.ancient-future.com/pdf/2_29_12benefit.pdf
Wrist Recovery Donations: http://www.ancient-future.com/donation.html#injury.

Sympathetic Strings & Resonant Reeds Benefit Concert Program

'Sympathetic Strings & Resonant Reeds' is a multi-artist bill featuring sets by acoustic guitar icon Alex de Grassi; Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring Grammy-winning reed player Paul McCandless, Ancient Future percussionist Ian Dogole, and bassist Fred Randolph; classical guitarist Jon Mendle, who has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble; and an acoustic guitar round-robin with Teja Gerken and Ronnie Ray Padilla. There will be some collaborations between the performers as well. For example, Paul McCandless will be adding his resonant reeds in concert with the sympathetic strings of some of the other artists, such as Alex de Grassi, with whom he has a history of performing.

Matthew Montfort
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The concert is a benefit for guitarist Matthew Montfort of the world fusion music band Ancient Future. Funds go to support his recovery from a wrist injury that resulted in the cancellation of several months of performances. Wrist injury recovery donations are also accepted online at ancient-future.com.

Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar (an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar). In 2009, he released his first solo guitar recording, 'Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar,' which debuted at #8 on the ZMR World Radio Chart. He has performed concerts world wide, including at the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona and the Mumbai Festival at the Gateway of India in Bombay. Montfort wrote the book 'Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India,' which has been used by many musicians to improve their rhythm skills. He teaches music privately at his studio in San Rafael, California, and online via Skype.


Alex de Grassi (Acoustic Guitar Icon)
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Though born in Yokosuka, Japan, Alex de Grassi grew up in San Francisco, California, where his grandfather played violin for the San Francisco Symphony and his father was a classical pianist. At age thirteen he learned to play the trumpet but soon taught himself the guitar, the instrument for which he is now famous. He has performed at such notable venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Belfast International Festival, Telluride, and Wolftrap. Alex is the subject of a PBS concert/interview television show, Alex de Grassi: The Artist's Profile, and is both a Grammy Award and Indie award nominee.

Paul McCandless (Reed Virtuoso)
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During a distinguished career spanning three decades, Paul McCandless has brought a soaring lyricism to his playing and composing that has been integral to the ensemble sound of two seminal world music bands, the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, Oregon. A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, McCandless has specialized in an unusually broad palette of both single and double reed instruments that reflect his grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines.

Performing with Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble
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"Parker and friends blend the rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz music with the entrancing, asymmetrical meters of East Indian rhythms resulting in first-class world music." — LATIN BEAT MAGAZINE

Mariah Parker (Composer, Pianist, Santurist)

While completing her degree in music at UC Santa Cruz, Mariah Parker worked with ethnomusicologist Fred Lieberman and Mickey Hart on the 'Planet Drum' project. She has performed in festivals in the US and Europe, and worked with many musicians of note including composer Pauline Oliveros, the late Dumisani Maraire (renowned composer from Zimbabwe). She has studied with jazz great Art Lande and Latin jazz pianist extraordinaire Rebeca Mauléon, and performs regularly with the innovative world music group Ancient Future. She released her first solo recording of her compositions, 'Sangria' (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2017), in February of 2009. Her CD release party and debut of her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble drew a full house at the famous Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland.

Ian Dogole (Global Percussion)

For nearly 30 years, Ian Dogole has articulated his vision of Global Fusion Music as a multipercussionist, bandleader, educator, recording artist, composer and producer. He is a member of Ancient Future, and has recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza el Din, Tito La Rosa, and Alex DeGrassi on a wide variety of percussion instruments, including udu, cajon, hang, African talking drum, kalimbas, cymbals and dumbek. Ian has received numerous grants, including a Jazz Performance Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and grants from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM).

Fred Randolph (bass)

While working on his Masters Degree in Composition at CSU Hayward, Fred Randolph fell under the spell of the bass, captivated by its endless possibilities. An accomplished performer, composer, arranger, and educator, Fred is a first-call bassist for many of the Bay Areas finest jazz ensembles, including the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and Sandy Cressmans Homenagem Brasileira, Marcos Silva, and Frank Martin.

Jon Mendle (Classical Guitar Virtuoso)
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Since making his Carnegie Hall debut at age 19, classical guitarist Jon Mendle is rapidly building a career as a performer, teacher, arranger, and composer. He has since gone on tour with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Jon began studying the guitar at the age of 12, and recently finished his graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory under the tutelage of renowned guitarist Sergio Assad, earning a Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. In 2009, he won the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's biennial Guitar Concerto Competition, playing Heitor Villa-Lobos' Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra. He performed this work with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra in May 2010.

Acoustic Guitar Round-Robin
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This format is well-known to Bay Area acoustic guitar fans. Teja Gerken, an editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, has hosted round-robins at venues such as San Francisco's Bazaar Cafe, the Sleeping Lady Cafe, and Freight and Salvage for over a decade now, performing over 100 shows with over 100 players!

Teja Gerken (fingerstyle guitar)

Born in Germany in 1970, Teja Gerken began his journey on the guitar at the age of six and became a serious student of the instrument after his family moved to California in the mid '80s. Weaving together influences of folk, jazz, classical, and world music, Teja's playing reflects his diverse musical interests. Teja has shared the stage with guitar visionaries such as John Renbourn, Alex de Grassi, Peter Finger, and Henry Kaiser, as well as with his mentors, Duck Baker and Peppino D'Agostino. He has been a featured guest at the International Guitar Night, and in 2004, he participated in a ten-city tour of Hungary.

Ronnie Ray Padilla (guitar, vocals)

A San Francisco Bay Area musician, Ronnie Ray Padilla is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and vocalist whose style spans pop, funk, jazz, afro and several global styles. He has recorded with Billy Young (formerly of Earth, Wind and Fire), Kenneth Nash (formerly with Herbie Hancock, Weather Report and many more), Lion of Juda (Jamaican reggae band), Rocker-T (dance-hall recording artist), and many other artists.

105 Word Radio Announcement

On Wednesday, February 29, at 7:30 PM the 'Sympathetic Strings and Resonant Reeds' concert to benefit pioneering scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort, who is recovering from a wrist injury, will be held at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, California. The show features sets by acoustic guitar icon Alex de Grassi, Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring Grammy-winning reed player Paul McCandless and Ancient Future percussionist Ian Dogole, classical guitarist Jon Mendle who has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and an acoustic guitar round-robin with Teja Gerken and Ronnie Ray Padilla. For more information, call 415-383-9600 or visit www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com.