Monday, April 30, 2012

ROMANIA: The first edition of the "ART FACTORY YOUNG " AWARDS

Art Factory International Cultural Association and Florin Raducanu Pedagogy Art Factory Project in partnership with Tinerimea Romana(The Romanian Youth) - National Arts Centre presents Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 19.00 at the "Tinerimea Romana" Concert Hall Bucharest, Romania, the first edition of the "ART FACTORY YOUNG "  AWARDS  for young jazz and classical Romanian musicians.

Prizes will be awarded for "jazz composition", "jazz arrangement-orchestration ", "international collaboration in 2011", "concert activity in 2011,"  "youngest jazz musician" along with other prizes with the purpose to encourage young talents with outstanding results in both classical music and jazz.

website: Florin Raducanu @ Facebook
website: Florin Raducanu @ MySpace
website: Florin Raducanu @JWQ

Paul Booth - Trilateral (Pathway Records 2012)

At 33 saxophonist Paul Booth started noticing the number 3 illuminated everywhere as he toured internationally …. the idea for a trio album started forming, which gave him the freedom to work with a range of musicians, and stretching the instrumentation employed. 3 trios x 3 tracks each.

First call was touring confrere New York drummer Clarence Penn who brought in Matt Brewer on bass for 4 hours in the studio and they immediately hit their stride exploring the harmonic and melodic ideas possible with this lineup. The form of the second trio,ran with Paul’s love of Hammond B3 organ developed over his years of touring with Steve Winwood, and a get-together in a UK studio in what has become Paul’s core trio, with Ross Stanley onorgan and Andrew Bain on drums. Trio 3 was an opportunity to work with Phil Robson on guitar and Adriano Adewale on percussion, both of whom had been in Paul’s bands over the years, but they had never tested their range of possibilities as a trio.
Pathway Records

" The leader's mix of Michael Breckerish postbop virtuosity and languidly hot ballad-playing is very attractive." John Fordham

ITALY: DAVE DOUGLAS & KEYSTONE @ Young Jazz Festival 12

Giovedì 24 Maggio a Foligno in occasione di Young Jazz Festival 12
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New Release From Labor Records: Michael Sahl And Eric Salzman - "Civilization And Its Discontents"

Michael Sahl And Eric Salzman
"Civilization And Its Discontents"
(Labor Records LAB 7089)

Civilization & Its Discontents a music-theater comedy words and music by Michael Sahl and Eric Salzman performed by Quog Music Theater (Karl Patrick Krause, Candice Earley, Paul Binotto, and William Parry; with Michael Sahl, keyboards, and Cleve Pozar, drums and percussion)

original recording from National Public Radio

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Alexander Stewart - All Or Nothing At All (2011)

Jazzwise, (Peter Quinn), September 2011

Judiciously mixing standards, ingenious reworkings of pop classics, and a memorable original...this debut album is a remarkably assured calling card.
Can you swing a Smiths tune? Young Alexander Stewart proves it can be done...his impressive debut album.
A razor-sharp group...a soft Latin account of Young at Heart and an understated All the Way are among the highlights.

The Observer, (Dave Gelly), September 18, 2011

Alexander Stewart is a singer to listen out for. Sounding astonishingly mature for his 23 years...he makes it all sound easy.

Sinan Cem Eroglu -Tesaduf (Ahenk Music 2012)

Kaval is a traditional folk music instrument and generally is used in folk music, but on this album, kaval is used in a new way. Eroglu combines microtonal sounds and melodies of Anatolian folk music with harmony structure and improvisations of jazz.

Sinan Cem Eroglu’s debut album “Tesaduf” has been released under the label of Ahenk Music. Kaval is a traditional folk music instrument and generally is used in folk music, but on this album, kaval is used in a new way. Eroglu combines microtonal sounds and melodies of Anatolian folk music with harmony structure and improvisations of jazz. His compositions and arrangements are played with piano, guitar, double bass, drums, and percussion in his album. Sinan Cem Eroglu played kaval, classical guitar, fretless guitar, electric guitar, kopuz, six-stringed baglama on this album. Also important musicians are guest like Akin ELDES, Cemil TATLIPINAR, Cenk ERDOGAN, Ediz HAFIZOGLU, Erkan OGUR, Genco ARI, Kagan YILDIZ, Yilmaz YESILYURT and Yinon MUALLEM.

Producer: Sinan Cem EROGLU
Executive Producer: Sercan YILMAZ – Ahenk Müzik Yapım
Recorded and Mixed by Yılmaz YESILYURT – Stüdyo Yekare, Istanbul
Mastering: Michael Schwabe (Monoposto)
Photos: Emre BOZBOGA

Sinan Cem EROGLU: Kaval, Classical Guitar, Fretless Guitar, Electric Guitar, Kopuz, Six-stringed Baglama
Electric Guitar Solo (2, 4): Akin ELDES
Bass guitar (4): Cemil TATLIPINAR
Classical Guitar (1): Cenk ERDOGAN
Drums (2, 3, 4, 5): Ediz HAFIZOGLU
Fretless guitar (5, 7): Erkan OGUR
Piano (2, 5): Genco ARI
Double bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 6): Kagan YILDIZ
Percussion (1, 7): Yilmaz YESILYURT
Kanjira (1): Yinon MUALLEM

Compositions (1, 2, 4) and all arrangements: Sinan Cem EROGLU
Composition (5): Erkan OĞUR


Festival international de jazz de Saint-Louis : des artistes d’Afrique, d’Amérique et d’Europe attendus

Saint-Louis, 28 avr (APS) - La 20-éme édition du Festival international de jazz de Saint-Louis, prévue du 23 au 28 mai, sera marquée par les prestations d’atistes américains, européens et africains, dont le saxophoniste camerounais Manu Dibango, annoncent les organisateurs dans un communiqué reçu à l’APS.

Charles Aznavour, auteur-compositeur franco-arménien, est attendu à la prochaine édition de ce festival de jazz, qui sera lancé par l’Ensemble lyrique du Théâtre national Daniel Sorano. La cérémonie d’ouverture se tiendra en présence du ministre sénégalais de la Culture et du Tourisme, Youssou Ndour.

Le festival accueillira aussi l’artiste-chanteur sénégalais Habib Faye et l’Orchestre national du Sénégal.

African Jazz Roots, une expérience inédite née de la rencontre de musiciens sénégalais et français qui se sont fait connaître du public, sera de la partie, avec une prestation dénommée ‘’les racines africaines du jazz’’.

Les percussions, la flûte peulh, la kora, la batterie et la contrebasse seront au menu, avec Ablaye Cissokho, Simon Goubert, Ousmane Bâ et Babou Ngom.

La Guinéenne d’origine grecque, Elisabeth Kontomano, revient au festival, en compagnie de son fils qui sera au piano pour de ‘’belles envolées solo‘’, avec sa ‘’voix unique‘’, après un passage bien apprécié il y a deux ans, indique le communiqué.

Une autre grande diva, la chanteuse, guitariste et compositeur Denise Reis, de nationalité brésilienne, retrouvera le Festival international de jazz, qu’il a honoré de sa présence en 2010.

Y sera aussi le bluesman italien Roberto Ciotti, qui interprétera ‘’un répertoire richement varié de sonorités suaves et mélodiques, dans une ambiance festive et colorée‘’.

La virtuose allemande Mike Herting, pianiste de renom, proposera son ‘’magnifique projet Global Music Orchestra Trio‘’.

Le talentueux saxophoniste américain Devin Phillips sera aussi présent, tout comme New Cool Collective, un groupe néerlandais.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

APRIL 30 - International Jazz Day

Launch of International Jazz Day: Paris, France, 27 April 2012
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock will kick-off the first annual International Jazz Day with a full day of events including live performances, Master Classes, and discussions featuring Marcus Miller, Barbara Hendricks, Hugh Masekela, Dee Dee Bridgewater, plus much more.
New Orleans, United States of America, 30 April 2012
Special sunrise concert in the birthplace of jazz, in the margins of the famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, with Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Kermit Ruffins, Bill Summers, Treme Brass Band, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Dr. Michael White, Luther Gray, Roland Guerin, and other special guests.  
New York, United States of America, 30 April 2012
Co-hosted by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, this special evening concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall will feature performances by Angelique Kidjo, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela, Shankar Mahadevan, and many more. 

ROMANIA: Sibiu Jazz Festival 2012

2012 Program


    Jazz parade - noon
    20:00 Recitals:
    • Loungerie II
    • Peter Sarosi & Azara
    Jam session: UNIT (Cotton) Club, 23:30


    Jazz parade - noon
    Jam session: UNIT (Cotton) Club, 23:30


    Jazz parade - noon
    Gala and awarding the contestants.
    • Miegymas (Hungary),
    Jam session: UNIT (Cotton) Club, 23:30


    Jazz parade - noon
    20:00 Recitals:
    Hadar Noiberg "Persian Love Story" (Israel)
    Jazzpospolita (Poland)
    Ulrich Drechsler Quartet, "Drum'n bass hip-hop" (Austria)
    Jam session: UNIT (Cotton) Club, 23:30


    Jazz parade - noon
    20:00 Recitals:
    Dream of the Elephant Orchestra "Roots of Heaven" (Belgium)
    Mixtuur "Back To Africa" (Belgium, Burkina Faso, South Africa)
    Jam session: UNIT (Cotton) Club, 23:30


    Jazz parade - noon
    19:00 Recitals:
    Harold Lopez Nussa Quintet "Siempre Cuba" (Cuba)
    Chano Dominguez Quartet "Flamenco Sketches" (Spain)
    Jam session: UNIT (Cotton) Club, 23:30


    Jazz parade - noon
    19:00 Recitals:
    Joo Kraus Quartet "Songs from Neverland" (Germany)
    Ron Carter Quartet "Dear Miles" (S.U.A.)
    UNIT (Cotton) Club, 23:00
    Recital VAN Band (Hungary)
    Jam session


    Jazz parade - noon
    21:00 Recitals:
    • Mario & The Teachers (Romania)
    • Irina Popa (Romania)
    Jam session: UNIT (Cotton) Club, 23:30

Florian Hoefner - Songs Without Words (OA2 2012)

New York-based pianist Florian Hoefner, best known in his native Germany through tours with the group Subtone, brings his unique brand of modern jazz to New York City with "Songs Without Words." Using many of his contemporaries in the New York jazz scene, the two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award presents a set of original compositions with appeal to a wide span of music fans and jazz lovers alike.
OA2 Records

Mike Ruby - tenor and soprano sax
Florian Hoefner - piano
Sam Anning - bass
Peter Kronreif - drums

Dayna Stephens Quartet-Today Is Tomorrow (Criss Cross 2012)

A Bay Area native, tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens makes his auspicious debut on the Criss Cross label with Today Is Tomorrow - a soaring, lyrical, deeply swinging collection of originals and jazz classics (Hoagy Carmichael's Skylark, Joe Henderson's Black Narcissus). As a 2003 graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute, Stephens had the opportunity to work with the likes of Dave Holland, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, who helped strengthen his complex sensibility as a composer and improviser. In recent years Dayna has appeared with the likes of Carlos Santana, Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard, Gretchen Parlato and many others. Joining Stephens on Today Is Tomorrow is a stellar cast, featuring Aaron Parks on piano and the sturdy rhythm section of Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Donald Edwards on drums. Supplementing the lineup are Julian Lage, one of the jazz scene's most exciting newcomers on guitar, and Michael Rodriguez, a fiery trumpeter with credits including Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Stephens pilots them through the set with finesse and heart, proving himself a player quickly on the rise.

GREECE, ATHENS: Arranging Lena Platonos's music for solo piano. Featuring Savina Yiannatou Spyros Manesis – Portraits of Lena

Spyros Manesis – Portraits of Lena:
Arranging Lena Platonos's music for solo piano

Athens Premiere, May 13 2012,  Michael Cacoyannis Foundation.
Featuring Savina Yiannatou, voice.

“…Listening to the CD and to all the arrangements was a moment of glory for me –It feels indeed as, through refined imagination and phenomenal piano theme development, he was interpreting non-existent verses. I want to wish him success in his career and state how lucky I am that he took the initiative to interpret and arrange my work.”
Lena Platonos, Athens 9.12.2011

Pianist Spyros Manesis, known in Greece from his work with various jazz projects, presents now his new project for solo piano inspired by Lena Platonos's music. In this project, Spyros fashions a special interpretation of this important composer/songwriter's music, and creates bridges between her original recordings and his own musical world, in which the classical/romantic tradition exists together with the jazz idiom. While arranging these works for piano Spyros was asking the following questions:  How close can “Sabotage” be to Thelonious Monk's music or the “Cadence of Spring” to the stride tradition?  Does the lyricism alter when in the “pop” style compared to when it is in a classical/romantic style? Does the music retain its importance without its lyrical counterpart?

Apart from these thoughts, Spyros explores the sonic range of the piano (dynamics, textures, registers) experiments with the form, reharmonizes the original pieces and uses improvisation techniques in order to build up the development, always keeping a dialectic relation to the original works and their features, such as lyricism, minimalism, dynamic extremes and melancholic images.

Spyros Manesis belongs to the new generation of Greek jazz musicians, He studied in Greece and Holland and is now active throughout Europe. His relationship with Lena Platonos's music began when he first listened to the albums “Sabotage” and “Karyotakis – 13 songs” as a teenager. Later, with TRIOISM, he made an arrangement of “Galazia kithara” that was included in their album released in 2008.  In 2009 he decided to arrange a series of Lena Platonos's songs, which was his Masters Research Project at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under the title “DEVELOPING OUR OWN SONGBOOK: Arranging Lena Platonos's music for solo piano”, which received enthusiastic accolades. Recently, he has finished recording eight songs, soon to be released in an album.

At the concert at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, he is collaborating in a few songs with Savina Yannatou, whose voice is so much associated with the original recordings. The great vocalist which is characterized by unique stylistic flexibility will re-approach Lena Platonos's music, this time through improvisation and the jazz idiom, as she collaborates with the pianist.
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

Zhivko Petrov - It’s a dream (2012)

Jazz pianist Zhivko Petrov has promoted his latest album entitled It’s a dream and recorded with his trio JP3. 

Rumbaito is a track from It’s a dream, Zhivko Petrov’s latest album. In recent years, he’s become one of the leading jazz pianists in Bulgaria. He’s performed with Beloslava, Kameliya Todorova, Maria Ilieva, Vasil Petrov and Orlin Pavlov – well known jazz performers on the Bulgarian stage. In the meantime, Zhivko Petrov acquired the name of a talented composer. He grew up in a family of musicians and he started playing the piano at very young age. First he graduated from the music high school and later on from the music academy both in Sofia.
A few years ago he founded the JP3 trio together with Veselin Veselinov – Eko – contrabass and Dimitar Semov – percussions. Veselin Veselinov – Eko is one of the most prominent jazz contrabass players while Dimitar Semov has participated in some of the leading jazz bands in Bulgaria (RADIO BULGARIA)

Randy Hoexter Group - Fromage(Rhombic Records 2012)

Most jazz musicians feel the need to do a "standards" recording at some point in their career. Most choose much-beloved classics or perhaps less-known, but nonetheless well-regarded material.
In my case I chose to do songs that perhaps haven't gotten a lot of respect in the jazz community- or any community, for that matter. Most people understandably dismiss these tunes as "cheesy" and don't give them a second thought.

In this recording we will do our best to give these tunes some "love."


Randy Hoexter: arrangements, piano, handclaps
Jimmy Haslip: bass
Sam Skelton: saxophones, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute
Trey Wright: guitar
Tom Knight: drums 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11
Dave Weckl: drums 4, 5, 8
Mike Barry: trumpet 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 11
Gordon Vernick: trumpet 7, flugelhorn 3, 8
Eric Alexander: trombone
Angie Driscoll: vocals 2, 9
Kit Chatham: congas, djembe, cajon
Eric Sanders: triangle, shaker


1. Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves - Bob Stone

This was a number one hit in 1971 for Cher, telling the story of a young woman and her family traveling the south with some kind of medicine show. It most famously mentions picking up a boy south of Mobile, Alabama, which is somewhat unlikely since Mobile is on the Gulf Coast. Both the odd spelling of "Gypsies" and the ampersand are original to the title.

Despite the questionable lyrics and production, the Cher recording is quite nicely arranged, featuring some interesting chimes and harpsichord. It is also one of the only tunes in this collection that had a bridge or interlude. The obvious choice here was to go with the "Gypsy" theme to a greater degree than the original, featuring some Spanish motifs and Flamenco percussion. For the same reasons, I chose to use a variation on the "Caravan" chord changes for the solo section.

2. You Light Up My Life - Joe Brooks

Easily the biggest hit in this collection, this song was number on the charts for eleven weeks in 1977. The song was originally used in a movie with the same title, which was not very successful. However, when Pat Boone's daughter Debbie released it it was wildly popular. A very sentimental tune, it has been performed by artists as diverse as Robert Goulet, punk rocker Patty Smith, Jean Carn, and Whitney Houston. (not that surprising)

Along with a few others, this song arguably paved the way for the "power ballad" formula songs of the 80s performed by artists like Air Supply, Houston et al. It features a pleasant chord progression and melody, albeit hampered by an out-of-tune piano and flute as well as other production issues. Nonetheless it attracted several Grammy nominations.

My approach on this was to get far away from the sentimental sound by going with a drum-heavy and rhythmically intense treatment. Originally a waltz, I added a beat to the first of every pair of bars to create a 7/4 feel, like an asymmetrical "tripping" groove, with frantic James Brown-esque accents. A grinding bass/guitar ostinato rounds out the arrangement.

3. Delta Dawn - Larry Collins, Alex Harvey

Originally a hit by Tanya Tucker, A cover of this song was to be recorded by Barbra Streisand (!) but she rejected it and the chart-topping Helen Reddy was brought in, riding high after her hit with "I Am Woman." The Australian singer did her best American accent, and the song shot to number one in September, 1973. Bette Midler was also attracted to the tune and recorded it around the same time.

Another deep-south-flavored "story" song, It chronicles the mental illness of a beautiful southern belle known as Delta Dawn. Apparently jilted by a fiance, she drifted into mental illness and wandered the streets. As common as it is for lovely young ladies to have trouble replacing boyfriends, her story is nonetheless poignant, perhaps striking a note with attractive, lonely women across America.

From a compositional standpoint, this song is quite spare; there are two back-to-back verses followed by many choruses, with the verse theme never to return. My version, among other changes, brings back the verse for a recap, as well as doing some theme development. In an attempt to capture the sadness of this girl, I chose a high piano figure to support the verse, and a generally gentle time feeling. Rather than a southern gospel feel, I chose a sort of modified Bossa Nova because of its romantic and tragic overtones. Towards the end I layered several themes in order to highlight the confusion and circular thoughts that I imagine preoccupied poor Delta's mind.

4. Muskrat Love- Willis Alan Ramsey

A 1976 hit by the Captain and Tennille, this song is about the courtship of two muskrats, Susie and Sam. It included synthesized squeaking sounds of the amorous rodents, possibly because actual muskrat mating sounds were unavailable at the time.

I made the bass line out of the melody hook and removed the last beat to create a sort of latin-rock groove in 7/4. Decidedly darker and more sinister than the gentle original, this version highlights the fact that muskrats are actually quite feisty and often fight one another in fierce territorial disputes.

5. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes

Another giant hit song, and one that seems to press a button with almost everyone, this ode to infidelity was the last number one hit of the 70s. With the sensitive opening line, "I was tired of my lady" (pronounced "laydeh") we find a disenchanted lover looking for some "escape" in the personal ads while his partner sleeps. They exchange letters, arrange to meet, and in one of pop music's most famous payoffs find they are cheating on each other... with each other! An odd sort of happy ending, but nonetheless memorable. It also triggered a resurgence in the popularity of tropical drinks.

It seemed obvious to go with a "Caribbean" groove on this one, with a healthy dose of percussion and an active bass line. The slide guitar melody interlude from the original is used as an intro figure.

6. I've Never Been to Me - Ron Miller, Kenneth Kirsch

Written from the vantage point of a world-weary jet-set woman who has lived the glamorous life at the expense of having a family, this bit of advice to a frustrated, bored housewife was a number one hit in the UK and a number three in the USA. The narrator gives a number of examples of her exciting life, such as being "undressed by kings" and "moving like Harlow through Monte Carlo" while pining for her unborn children. A spoken word section in the middle (is this ever a good idea?) drives home the point that paradise is "that man you fought with this morning, the same one you will make love to tonight." Strangely, this sentimental and mellow song manages to include the word "whoring" in the lyric.

Musically, most of the power-ballad arranging techniques are in evidence, so I chose to go with a more energetic latin/jazz feel with a swing chorus.

7. Seasons in the Sun - Jaques Brel, Rod McKuen

A pop version of "Le Moribond," (The Dying Man) by Jaques Brel, this song was a number one hit in 1974 for Terry Jacks. Apparently it was to be recorded by the Beach Boys, but for one reason or another, they chose not to finish it, leaving Jacks to release it.

What appears to be a suicide note set to a catchy pop melody, This song has been covered by a number of artists, including Nirvana and Bad Religion.

My arrangement opens with a brief quote from the "Spring" concerto of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" (for obvious reasons) and then proceeds to the main song. The inspiration for the repeating ostinato bass line was the strangely out-of-place tremolo guitar riff that opens the original recording. I chose to repeat the chorus twice in order to experiment with different treatments.

This was probably the most difficult track to perform due to the fast tempo and some unusual rhythmic variations.

8. Yummy Yummy Yummy - Arthur Resnick, Joey Levine

A staple in the "bubble gum" genre, this lighthearted tune blended two of of everyone's favorite pastimes: junk food and sex. Featuring somewhat nonsensical lyrics and a deliberately (I hope) nasal lead vocal, the song evokes a childlike quality that contrasts with its lusty overtones. A hit for the Ohio Express, it reached number four on the charts in 1968. Another bubblegum group, 1910 Fruitgum Company, also released a recording of the song in the same year, followed with a version by Julie London a year later.

Again, a gentle bossa nova and lush harmony seemed to be the antidote to the manic and somewhat rough-edged original. Though the tempo is quite close to the original, this mellow style makes the song feel slower. Soprano sax lends an elegant and plaintive note.

9. Honey/Dies Irae - Bob Russell/Trad.

Another pop song about death, This tune goes the "sentimental" route in describing the loss of a beloved wife or girlfriend, referred to only as "Honey." Bobby Goldsboro had a number one hit with this tune in 1968.

The recording features an "angelic" soprano voice drifting in and out and a substantial number of verses. Also distinguishing this song is the use of a very small number of melody notes and lot of melodic repetition. This song also lacks any kind of bridge. Despite any perceived shortcomings, this song has been covered by a number of artists, including Dean Martin, Jim Nabors, Tammy Wynette and Andy Williams.

The verse melody of this song seemed to cry out to be used as a latin montuno, or rhythmic piano figure, due to the heavy repetition of the main theme. I also chose to weave in "Dies Irae" or Day of Wrath, a Catholic requiem chant from the middle ages, due to the morbid subject matter. Decidedly not sentimental, Dies Irae, full of terror and suffering, seemed like a suitable antidote to the soft original. Considered a bit "heavy" for todays Catholics, it is no longer used in the liturgy. There are nineteen verses.

10. Billy, Don't Be a Hero - Mitch Murray, Peter Callender

A catchy, light song about a young man getting himself killed at war, this tune was nearly simultaneously released in the UK by Paper Lace and in the States by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods. Exactly what a "Heywood" is has long been debated. Paper Lace was also known for their next single, "The Night Chicago Died," which could have also been in this collection, except that it didn't seem fair to feature the same writers twice.

In order to rectify the apparent mismatch between the happy music and the subject matter, I chose to go with a dirge-like military funeral feeling, and some dark harmony. A somber drum cadence carries throughout, and a pensive bass solo is featured.

11. Canon - Hoexter/Pachelbel

Anyone who has attended a wedding knows this one. Apparently much of Pachelbel's music was lost, and this composition was rediscovered in the early 20th century. It was written sometime around 1694. Pachelbel was arguably a one-hit wonder of the baroque period, so his music probably belongs here.

The Canon is built on a repeating figure called a ground bass, in this case constantly cycling through eight bass notes throughout the piece. Melody figures appear in one voice, then are repeated in the two other voices, all of which are violins.

The lack of a strong theme other than the chord progression made this difficult to arrange as a jazz tune.. I chose to keep the eight-note bass pattern while experimenting with meter structure based on 5 and 3-beat measures. Bits of the original lines appear, but this arrangement is best thought of as a new piece, or as an homage.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Red Hill Quartet - Analog Man in a Digital World (2012)

The Red Hill Quartet is an eclectic Los Angeles based jazz group comprised of top musicians from varied backgrounds who have come together to create the music they want to play. The members bring the influences of African, Indian, and Middle Eastern music while being solidly entrenched in the jazz tradition. This unique blend has generated enthusiastic response from traditional jazz audiences as well as those who never considered themselves jazz fans. For this reason, the band has been very successful in reaching younger music fans. The band has been playing clubs, concerts, and festivals in the Los Angeles area and has just released a new CD, Analog Man in a Digital World.

The band is based in Echo Park, an old hilly area northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Over the years, it has been home to many artists, musicians, and social and political activists. During the 1920s and 30s, the press came to call it Red Hill because of the perceived subversive activities of its residents. Over the years it has continued to nurture the spirit of art in all its humanistic expressions. The band is privileged to be based in this unique setting and draws its name and inspiration from the area and its artistic environment.

Harvey Lane - Tenor, Soprano, and Flute
Along with musical partner Ricky Luther, has led jazz groups in Los Angeles for many years. He has a big, open sound and plays with a great deal of passion. Album credits include releases on Atlantic/Atco, Varese Sarabande, and Aim Records.

Ricky Luther - Vibes, Keyboards
The most prolific composer in the band, Ricky's unconventional compositions provide much of the canvas the band uses for its musical images. His driving solos and unique approach to harmony add a great deal of texture to the sound.

Mark London Sims - Bass
The newest member of the band and one of the busiest bass players in Los Angeles, Mark's music covers the range from African to hip-hop, reggae and straight-ahead jazz. His compositional skills have brought a new flavor to the band's sound and can also be heard on a number of film scores. He has also lead the Art of Sound Composition workshop as part of the Artist Mentor program at the UCLA Hammer Museum. Mark has played with such diverse luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Don Cherry, Albert Tootie Heath, L. Shankar, Bennie Maupin, and Nels Cline.

Leonice Shinneman - Drums, Tabla, percussion
A former faculty member at California Institute of the Arts, Leonice's virtuosity in classical Indian music lends fire and rhythmic texture to the band. His jazz playing is characterized by quickness, sensitivity, and the ability to provide whatever feel is necessary to enhance the compositions. Leonice's versatility has given him the opportunity to work with such diverse artists as Indian music legends L. Shankar and Zakir Hussein, as well as Sting, Gino Vannelli, Rufus Wainwright and Frank Zappa.


They play original tunes almost exclusively, many written by vibraphonist Ricky Luther. If I had to categorize their original material, I’d venture to say that it’s a sort of post post-bop mélange of shifting modes and altered modes, topped off with memorable melodies and underpinned by an unwavering commitment to swing.

The arrangements offered plenty of room for all the players to stretch out and develop solos thematically without being self-indulgent. Thankfully, the band demonstrated respect – without condescension – for its audience by framing bass and drum solos with chordal downbeats signaling the start of a new chorus. And, in another demonstration of the band’s generosity, you can hear complete versions of a couple of their tunes on their website.

They opened their set with a Luther tune called “Squeezer Floyd,” a luscious exploration of the above-mentioned modes in 6/8 time. I’ve been a sucker for the churning, rolling rhythms of 6/8 time ever since I cut my teeth on Mingus’ “Better Get It In Your Soul” and Coltrane’s “Afro Blue,” so I was hooked after four bars. Luther wrings a ton of mileage out of his vibes, filling out the middle with richly textured comping and soloing as if he were born with mallets in his hands. Lane was quite the high-fly act, delivering adventurous yet organic variations on the melody on his soprano sax. Bassist Sims laid down the bottom with a terrific, warm tone, alternately walking and punctuating with propulsive rhythmic counterpoint. And drummer Shinneman provided the glue that held it all together, utilizing his prodigious chops to both complement and spur on his bandmates.

Later in the set, the band launched into a jazz interpretation of “March of the Lion,” from French late-Romantic composer Saint Saens’ musical suite, “The Carnival of the Animals.” A stately, haunting melody that shows just how much emotion and depth you can get out of Dorian mode, the tune showcased Shinneman playing tablas. Now, there are a lot of guys out there who play at playing the tablas, but Shinneman demonstrated a virtuosic command of tone and phrasing.

They closed with a blistering post-bop tune composed by saxophonist Lane entitled “Mobeus Trip.” By this time the sun had gone down and Lane was shivering and his teeth were chattering. But I never would have guessed it from the heat coming off the bandstand.


GERMANY: Düsseldorf’s Jazz Rally turns 20 and is Biggest Ever

With 92 concerts on 35 stages, the 20th Düsseldorf Jazz Rally breaks all records. Three days of international jazz-related performances turn the city and “longest bar in the world” into an amazing annual jazz destination and has enthusiasts hopping from venue to venue – all on one ticket. This year, Irish singer-songwriter Rea Garvey, Estonian-American conductor Kristjan Järvi and American jazz trombonist Jiggs Whigham are among headliners; Kyle Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood) performs, and even the city’s most famous musician – German composer Robert Schumann from the Romantic era – gets involved in a special “classic jazz” performance. 

Düsseldorf’s Jazz Rally turns 20 and is Biggest Ever

With 92 concerts on 35 stages, the 20th Düsseldorf Jazz Rally breaks all records. Three days of international jazz-related performances turn the city and “longest bar in the world” into an amazing annual jazz destination and has enthusiasts hopping from venue to venue – all on one ticket. This year, Irish singer-songwriter Rea Garvey, Estonian-American conductor Kristjan Järvi and American jazz trombonist Jiggs Whigham are among headliners; Kyle Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood) performs, and even the city’s most famous musician – German composer Robert Schumann from the Romantic era – gets involved in a special “classic jazz” performance.

Music lovers at the 20th Düsseldorf Jazz Rally, May 25-27, will be dazzled by the two decade old quality program, style and unique format. Visitors can “hop” from concert to concert on one ticket, and this year’s program is a record total of 92 concerts in 35 venues, featuring concerts in styles that range from “jazz pure” to funk, soul, blues, and rock. More than 300,000 visitors are expected.
Jazz legend Klaus Doldinger is a patron of the event and also performs twice during the festival. Other headliners include Irish singer-songwriter Rea Garvey, Estonian-American conductor Kristjan Järvi and American jazz trombonist Jiggs Whigham. Moreover, genre stars like Nils Landgren, Candy Dulfer, and the New York Voices are regular performers at the festival, as are Jan Delay, Clueso, and “Die fantastischen Vier” (the Fantastic Four). Several artists from the US will be part of the program, including Kyle Eastwood, actor Clint Eastwood’s son.
For the first time this year, the festival includes two talent searches, one for young jazz musicians and the other for bands. The winner of the band contest will open the legendary Friday-night opening event located at Airport Hangar 8 at Düsseldorf International Airport. In fact, the 92 concerts will take place on a dazzling variety of stages such as train stations, rustic breweries and 5-star hotels. Most are in walking distance from each other and turn Düsseldorf into one large jazz venue for the weekend.
Düsseldorf’s Tonhalle, a planetarium-turned-concert space, is the location of one of the most unusual concerts in the festival. In collaboration with Schumann Fest 2012, two jazz orchestras will perform a “classic jazz” concert and give Schumannfest a jazzy note.
Düsseldorf has what’s known as the “longest bar in the world” – rows and rows of pubs and restaurants in the city’s historic old town, more than 260 of them, and bar-hopping might as well have been invented here. All year long, visitors and locals alike enjoy the short distances from bar to bar, and on many nights, the old town seems like one big party place for eating and drinking. It was a natural step to offer the same options and convenience for jazz lovers.
Jazz lovers can advance-purchase the “Jazz-Rally-Button,” an all-access event pass, for € 29 – 35, which grants admission to all scheduled concerts. Day passes are available for € 29.
Düsseldorf Jazz Rally is organized by “Destination Düsseldorf”, an association of about 150 local businesses and organizations.
The city’s tourism office, Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH, offers special Jazz Rally travel packages, including hotel nights and breakfast, free local transportation, and a city information package. For more information on hotel packages, visit
For more information about Jazz Rally 2012, visit
Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US cities, as well as convenient connections to many European cities and beyond.

Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit
Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany’s third largest, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit


ARIFA featuring AYNUR at TURKEY NOW FESTIVAL, April 2012 Bimhuis Amsterdam & Lantaren Venster Rotterdam


Gábor Bolla-Find Your Way(ACT 2012)

“You always try to find new things. It’s a really long journey…” On his ACT-Debut “Find Your Way” young Saxophone star Gábor Bolla deals with all his musical influences supported by a terrific band. Gypsy Jazz, Bebop, Soul: Together they screen and rebuild their material and discover new musical dimensions on an outstanding level.

Line Up:
Gábor Bolla / tenor & soprano sax
Robert Lakatos / piano, keyboards
Lajos Sārközi / violin
Heiri Känzig / bass
Jojo Mayer / drums


Journalist Dan Ackerman mixes retro jazz, funk, rock, and bossa nova in his new music album, "The Futurist"

On his fourth album of eclectic, original music, radio DJ turned technology journalist Dan Ackerman explores Brazilian jazz, retro funk, and instrumental indie rock.

The bossa-nova-tinged 'The Futurist' is the fourth album from former radio DJ turned journalist Dan Ackerman. Inspired by his love for classic Brazilian jazz, from Antonio Carlos Jobim to Sergio Mendes, the album lays bossa beats over indie jazz rock, with plenty of Rhodes organs and slinky basslines.
Like his previous albums, 'The Futurist' is a mix of instrumental and vocal tracks, combining influences from jazz, funk, and soul, with lo-fi singer-songwriter rock, creating an eclectic mix of songs that recall artists from Steely Dan to Beck.
'The Futurist' is available now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, RDIO, and other online music stores. CDs are available exclusively through Amazon.
About Dan Ackerman
When he's not recording his unique brand of music, New York native Dan Ackerman is best known as a longtime reporter and columnist, covering consumer technology topics. He's a semi-regular TV news talking head, and has written about music, games, and gadgets for CNET, Men's Journal, SPIN, and other publications.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Adam Bałdych & The Baltic Gang - IMAGINARY ROOM(ACT 2012)

On "Imaginary Room" one forgets every violin stereotype and gains an impression of why Bałdych is nicknamed "Evil" - because of his "devilish" virtuosity, expressiveness and variability. His all-star Band dedicates itself to Bałdych's latest compositions and provides amazingly inspirational energy for both, breath-taking solos as well as compelling melodies.
Line Up:
Adam Bałdych / violin
Jacob Karlzon / piano
Lars Danielsson / bass, cello
Morten Lund / drums
Verneri Pohjola / trumpet
Marius Neset / saxophone
Nils Landgren / trombone (on 05 & 08)

Napa Valley’s St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery Hosts Special Outdoor Concert

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery, a Napa Valley family-owned winery, is announcing a special outdoor jazz concert for April 29.

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery, Napa Valley's premier vineyard that is well known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends, will be hosting a special outdoor concert honoring the winery’s French heritage. On April 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., St. Supéry invites the community to an afternoon filled with French jazz, French food and wine tastings of its estate-grown Bordeaux wine varietals.
“Come to the winery in Rutherford for an afternoon of world-class jazz featuring the French group, ‘The Ronchin Jazz Band,’ a tasting of our Estate Sauvignon Blanc and truffle popcorn,” Jenna Bergna of St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery said. “Our gift to you for joining us that Sunday afternoon at the winery.”
St. Supéry worked with the Napa Valley Opera House and the Napa Valley Jazz Society to bring The Ronchin Jazz Band to St. Supéry for the event and to produce the concert. The band was first assembled in 1999 at the music school in Ronchin, France, a tradition that continues today. The school assembles a band of 20 musicians, including students, teachers and a few “external” musicians who are not associated with the school. The concert at St. Supéry is free. Tickets for wine tastings and food can be purchased at the event for $10 per four tickets.
“We’re pouring additional selected tastings from St. Supéry’s portfolio for our guests to enjoy alongside delicious French small bites like croque monsieurs, gougéres, and warm ham and brie baguettes,” Bergna said.
To attend the event, visit For more information about the event or St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery, call 707-963-4533, view the winery on the web at or visit 8440 St. Helena Highway in Rutherford.
About St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery
Step into St. Supéry’s family-owned winery in the heart of Napa Valley and experience the best Sauvignon Blanc of the wine country. Surrounded by an estate vineyard, St. Supéry is recognized for its Bordeaux varietals and blends. Visit the vineyard to enjoy delicious wine tastings, learn about its wine club, experience a birds-eye view of a working winery or stroll through its fine art gallery. St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on a few major holidays.

International Jazz Day to be Celebrated with All-Star Concerts in Paris, New Orleans and New York

International Jazz Day to be Celebrated with All-Star Concerts in Paris, New Orleans and New York
Video Streams of all 3 Concerts Live on Jazz Day and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
On Friday, April 27, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock will kick-off the first annual International Jazz Day with a full day of events including live performances, Master Classes, and discussions featuring Marcus Miller, Barbara Hendricks, Hugh Masekela, Dee Dee Bridgewater, plus much more. Please visit for complete details.
The day will conclude in a concert of jazz luminaries including: Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Swan Berger, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Igor Butman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gerald Clayton, Klaus Doldinger, Dominique Fillon, Antonio Hart, Barbara Hendricks, Nicole Slack Jones, Manu Katché, Eric Lagnini, Bireli Lagrene, Jean Felix Lalanne, Nguyen Le, Lionel Loueke, Michel El Malem, Tania Maria, Hugh Masekela, Marcus Miller, China Moses, Michael Rodriguez, Isphar Sarabski, Ben Williams, and many others. John Beasley will serve as Musical Director.
The concert will be streamed live at and
The inaugural International Jazz Day will be celebrated by millions worldwide on Monday, April 30, and will begin with an all-star sunrise concert in New Orleans' Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz and culiminate with a sunset concert at the United Nations. Presented by UNESCO in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day will encourage and highlight intercultural dialogue and understanding through jazz, America's greatest contribution to the world of music.
Herbie Hancock will be joined in New Orleans by jazz luminaries Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Kermit Ruffins, Treme Brass Band, and Jeff 'Tain' Watts and many more.
The sunrise concert from Congo Square is open to the public and begins at 7am (8am EDT), and will be video streamed live at Jazz Day and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
We invite students and schools from around the world to join in the celebration of International Jazz Day and play "Watermelon Man" along with Herbie Hancock live from Congo Square, New Orleans at 8:15am EDT on April 30, 2012. Sheet music and an MP3 is available to download on Please video your performances of "Watermelon Man" and upload them to and title them:International Jazz Day - Watermelon Man. Please include tags: JazzDay, April30, IntlJazzDay, HerbieHancock. Let us know the link and the musicians and where you performed and for how many people on this form. We'll post your videos and your photos on
International Jazz Day culminates at the United Nations with an all-star sunset concert. Joining Herbie Hancock are: Tony Bennett, Terence Blanchard, Richard Bona (Cameroon), Dee Dee Bridgewater, Candido, Robert Cray, Eli Degibri (Israel), Jack DeJohnette, Sheila E., Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Zakir Hussain (India), Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Lang Lang (China), Romero Lubambo (Brazil), Shankar Mahadevan (India), Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela (South Africa), Christian McBride, Danilo Pérez, Dianne Reeves, Bobby Sanabria, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Hiromi (Japan), and others. George Duke will serve as Musical Director. Confirmed Co-Hosts include Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Quincy Jones.
The concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall begins at 7:30pm EDT and will be video streamed live at Jazz Dayand Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
In addition to viewing the concerts from Paris, New Orleans and New York at created as an informational portal for jazz education resources and the site where you too can inform and show the world your jazz events and educational activities on April 30th. There are instructions and forms located on the site. After April 30th, hundreds of videos will be on display on
To stay up to date: follow us on twitter @intljazzday with hash tag #jazzday;
Thanks for being part of this history making event!

"Upper West Side Story," New CD by Guitarist Bobby Broom's Trio With Dennis Carroll & Kobie Watkins, To Be Released by Origin Records May 15

The Trio's Fifth CD, & Their First New Recording Since 2009,
Features All Broom Originals

April 26, 2012

Bobby Broom Upper West Side StoryBobby Broom's new CD, Upper West Side Story, is the guitarist's tenth album in as many years -- the culmination of a golden period of prolific creativity and steady artistic growth. Five of those recordings have featured his jazz trio with bassist Dennis Carroll and drummerKobie Watkins, who've worked as a unit since 1997. Origin Records, Broom's longtime label, will release the CD on May 15.
Providing an intimate look at Broom's musical personality and the trio's fully developed group chemistry, the original compositions on Upper West Side Storyare described by Broom as "an ode to where I'm from." They reflect a wide range of influences across a spectrum of genres while always remaining deep in the tradition of the modern jazz guitarist. Included is the first studio recording of Broom's "D's Blues," a live video of which has been a fan favorite online for several years.

"I purposely waited to make a record of all originals," says Broom. "I feel that can be sort of a run-of-the-mill thing to do -- that everyone is doing it. But, you know, I've been out here 30 years now and people need to know who I am beyond my guitar sound and style. This album reveals more of me."

"In my twenty years of playing with Bobby," says bassist Carroll, "I've always felt that his style of playing melds the feelings of all-American blues with an urban hip soulfulness that really speaks to the progression of jazz."

"B is one of the great guitarists and musicians of this generation," adds drummer Watkins. "Playing with him and this trio has meant so much for my development and prepared me to have intelligent musical conversations."

 Bobby Broom Trio
Dennis Carroll, Kobie Watkins, Bobby Broom  

For the last two years, Broom has also been working with the young drummer Makaya McCraven, who is heard on three tracks of the new CD. "Playing with Bobby," says McCraven, "you always have to dig deeper. His depth in vocabulary allows the music to go anywhere with ease."

The CD cover photo was shot on 95th Street and West End Avenue, a very short walk from Broom's childhood home at 95th and Columbus. Though Broom, 51, has now lived over half his life as a Chicagoan, he was born in Harlem and raised on the Upper West Side. He attended the High School of Music and Art, made his Carnegie Hall debut at 16 with Sonny Rollins, and debuted as a leader on record at 21 with Clean Sweep (GRP). Broom remains a New Yorker at heart.

The move to Chicago came in 1984, after which he continued to tour with Rollins (1982-1987, 2005-2010), joined forces with Kenny Burrell & the Jazz Guitar Band, played briefly with Miles Davis, and performed and recorded with local leading lights such as Charles Earland.

"Broom has one of the few truly recognizable styles among modern guitarists, and one of the most satisfying solo concepts in mainstream jazz," critic Neil Tesser has written in the Chicago Examiner.

Bobby BroomAfter recording the all-star blowing sessionModern Man in 2001, Broom commenced his series of trio albums with Stand followed bySong and Dance (which Pat Metheny called "one of the best jazz guitar trio records I've ever heard"), The Way I Play, and 2009's Plays for Monk. He also remained busy with the Deep Blue Organ Trio, the group he has co-led with Chris Foreman and Greg Rockingham since 2000. Their fourth album Wonderful!, a Stevie Wonder tribute, was a #1 JazzWeek album shortly after its summer 2011 release. Deep Blue has toured as Steely Dan's opening act on several occasions in recent years.

As jazz finds itself in a more academic period ushered in by programming and institutions,Bobby Broom and his trio(s) continue to operate from jazz's natural standpoint -- the black music aesthetic in rhythm and the blues, and the distinctly urban-American-influenced jazz strain that continues to thrive and evolve from each generation to the next via recordings and tutelage on the stage. Broom and his bandmates have come by their perspective having worked with many of jazz's Golden Era legends, who taught that listeners will respond to music they can understand and feel.

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