Monday, December 31, 2012

ARTICLE: Did the American songbook kill jazz?

The whole record industry, of course, is ailing, but jazz has a special place in the infirmary. In 2011, jazz recordings made up a hair over 3 percent of albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan — and that’s counting watered-down forms like “smooth jazz.” The year before, the numbers were significantly worse. In fact, jazz record sales are so low that a pro forma Christmas record by Michael Buble — who sings over a wash of elevator music and is only a jazz artist by generous definition — made up almost a quarter of the total jazz sales in 2011, creating the illusion that the music had experienced a huge growth spurt. (The 11.1 million jazz albums that sold last year mean that, all things being equal, for every person who bought just one jazz record, 27 did not. Similarly, for everyone who bought two jazz records, 54 people purchased nothing.)
 Full article by SCOTT TIMBERG/

Maikel Garcia - Para Suerte Mia (2012)

Jazz fused with hot Cuban rhythms and heart inspiring lyrics, Maikel Garcia's debut album is creating a new Latin Jazz sensation across the Americas.

On his debut album, Maikel's Latin passion, his depth of knowledge of both jazz and Afro-Cuban music and his ability to fuse funk with latin jazz rhythms takes you on a soulful ride from ballads like "Estar Presente" to the carribean beat of "Me Quiero Divertir". He's dreamed of this collection of high energy tunes for years and now he's sharing them with you on "Para Suerte Mía.

Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze - Amanke Dionti ( Motema 2012)

"The music that German-born and New York City-based trumpeter Volker Goetze and Senegalese vocalist and kora player Ablaye Cissoko create, transcends both geographic and musical boundaries.  When the duo first came together for their 2008 debut, Sira, their collaboration resulted in a unique musical synthesis that fused the timeless tradition of the storyteller/griot with a modern perspective.  On their Motema Music debut, Amanke Dionti (May 8), Goetze and Cissoko have once again set out on an spiritual sonic journey, one that ranges from the desert and coast of West Africa to the urban landscapes of New York and Paris and which addresses themes of our ancient spiritual roots, and our hurried, dehumanized modern strife.  In the tradition of the griot, Cissoko attempts to mend our souls with music, and with Goetze as his partner and champion, he succeeds, as their recordings are truly soul soothing." - motema

BOOK: Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History

Here is the illustrated history of Miles Davis, the world’s most popular jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and musical visionary. Davis is one of the most innovative, influential, and respected figures in the history of music. He’s been at the forefront of bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz-rock fusion, and remains the favorite and best-selling jazz artist ever, beloved worldwide.
He’s also a fascinating character—moody, dangerous, brilliant. His story is phenomenal, including tempestous relationships with movie stars, heroin addictions, police busts, and more; connections with other jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Gil Evans, John McLaughlin, and many others; and later fusion ventures that outraged the worlds of jazz and rock.

United Jazz + Rock Ensemble Second Generation -Wolfgang Dauner United 2 (Timba 2012)

The fans surely didn’t expect that: after the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble had done their farewell tour in 2002, everyone had assumed that really was the end of the famous formation. So the surprise was all the bigger and better when there were new signs of life, albeit with a major change of generation. The team was much younger: only Wolfgang Dauner and Dave King were still there out of the original line-up. Yet although the team has changed, the group still breathes the spirit of the founding generation; their love of experimentation and discovery is still there and the reformed ensemble wants to go onstage in concert halls and at jazz festivals from early 2012. The UJRE will be the highlight of this year’s Jazz Lights in Oberkochen. Another appearance is planned for May in Stuttgart, at the SWR Broadcasting Corporation’s summer festival; the SWR will be sponsoring and promoting the live event. Wolfgang Dauner has now been highly active on the scene for more than fifty years. Stuttgart’s great son first got talked about in the 1960s with the avant-garde group Et Cetera and their first record releases; later he became well known as the leader of his own bands and as an influential jazz musician alongside Jean-Luc Ponty, Sugar Cane Harris or Larry Coryell. For many years he was duo partner to Albert Mangelsdorff and Charlie Mariano. His LP “A Jazz Tune I Hope” with Albert Mangelsdorff, Eddy Gomez and Elvin Jones was a musical highlight. Today, at 76, Dauner the pianist and composer is as active as as he always was. At an age when others are enjoying their retirement he’s not thinking of stopping. So he took on the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble’s new project with his usual youthful élan.Termidor Musikverlag & Timba Records

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Matt Herskowitz-Upstairs (Justin Time Records 2013)

A beautifully captured recording of an intimate live performance by a distinguished performer in varied genres. Reflects a wide range of songs, including Matt Herskowitz s original compositions, his arrangements of classical pieces, and his favorite jazz covers.
Justin Time Records 

As a follow up to 2010’s acclaimed Jerusalem Trilogy on Justin Times Records, pianist-composer Matt Herskowitz showcases the art of solo piano on Upstairs, recorded before a live audience in the intimate setting of Montreal’s Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill. Drawing on his classical training and his deep love of jazz, Herskowitz presents an artful blend of musical styles with direct nods to Michel Petrucciani, Dave Brubeck, George Gershwin, J.S. Bach and Robert Schumann along the way. “I wanted the choice of pieces to reflect a broad range of what I do, including my own compositions, arrangements of classical pieces, and my favourite jazz covers,” writes Herskowitz in the liner notes to Upstairs

Miles Davis-Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol 2(3 CDs/ 1 DVD)(Legacy 2013)

LIVE IN EUROPE 1969 lives up to the Miles Davis Bootleg Series mission of presenting live performances that are previously unreleased, have previously only been bootlegged, or are very rare. This new set is the first collection of Miles's Third Great Quintet, the "Lost" Band of 1968-1970 with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette at their peak (they were never recorded in the studio). The album captures the short-lived quintet in three separate concert settings, starting with two full-length (one hour-plus) sets at the Antibes Jazz Festival in France, in Stockholm as part of "The Newport Jazz Festival In Europe," and completed with a stunning 46-minute performance at the Berlin Philharmonie, filmed in color

Salvador Trio-Tristeza (Mr. Bongo Worldwide 2013)

Wicked jazzy bossa from 60s Brazil a crackling early classic from pianist Dom Salvador ... music that s mighty sweet, and very seductive, and the whole thing s right up there with some of the best bossa trio dates of the time. --Dusty Groove
A rare 1966 trio recording by piano legend Dom Salvador. Features Edison Machado (drums) and Sergio Barroso (bass). Tracks include an uptempo version of João Donato s Lugar Comum ( Índio Perdido ).

Alex Sipiagin-Overlooking Moments (Criss Cross 2013)

A very prolific member of the Criss Cross family, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin has logged in nine releases as a leader for the label over the span of 12 years. He is also a vital member of the all-star collective Opus Five, that group's most recent effort being the critically acclaimed Pentasonic(CRC 1351). For his tenth session at the helm, Sipiagin has delivered his most freewheeling recital to date. An integral member of the trumpeter's inner circle since his 2000 debut, Steppin' Zone (CRC 1202), the always exciting Chris Potter fills out the front line on saxophones. And for the first time, Sipiagin has opted for an ensemble sans piano or guitar. With frequent collaborators Scott Colley on bass and Eric Harland on drums, the results over eight original compositions are as fresh and contemporary as they come.

Gwilym Simcock Dates 2013

Gwilym Simcock
Gwilym starts off the new year with an exciting concert at King's Place on 2nd Januarywhere he will be playing interpretations of Bach with his colleagues Tim Garland on reeds, Yuri Goloubev on bass and Asaf Sirkis on drums and percussion. This is part of a new series of "Bach Unwrapped" concerts and the series is kicking off with Gwilym's quartet with The Orchestra of St John.
You can also catch him solo at both Bath (23rd)and Oxford (28th) universities, and with his wonderful trio Lighthouse at Walton on Thames.
Trish ClowesOn 22nd January he will be appearing with Trish Clowes, the new BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, with her nonet at the Pizza Express before he heads off to Europe for a series of solo concerts and a new project with French saxophonist Celine Bonacina and French bassist Michel Benita.
On 19th February, you can hear Gwilym perform with US bass virtuoso John Patitucci with the London Symphony Orchestra. Alongside Mark Anthony Turnage Gwilym will be premiering a new orchestral work specially written for the LSO. This will be a really special evening not to be missed!

02/01/2013 Kings Place, Hall One London at 7.30pm

Bach Unwrapped With Orchestra of St John

20/01/2013 Riverhouse, Walton on Thames at 7.30pm


22/01/2013 Pizza Express, Dean Street, London at 8.30pm

Trish Clowes' Tangent Nonet feat. Gwilym Simcock and Thomas Gould

23/01/2013 Bath Spa University at 7.30pm

Solo piano
Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St. Loe BA2 9BN

28/01/2013 St John's College, Oxford at 7.30pm

Solo Piano
OXFORD: St. John's College Auditorium
St Giles,Oxford,OX1 3JP

30/01/2013 Zurich, Switzerland, UhrKirche Neumünster at 8.00pm

With pianist Iiro Rantala

02/02/2013 Langenau, Germany, Bahnhof at 8.00pm

Solo Piano

03/02/2013 Bad Hofstein, Austria, Sagewerk at 8.00pm

Solo Piano

09/02/2013 Lyon, France, Opera de Lyon at 8.30 p.m.

with Celine Bonacina and Michel Benita

19/02/2013 St Luke's London at 8.00pm

MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE A Prayer out of Stillness

Gwilym Simcock piano
John Patitucci double bass
LSO String Ensemble
Mark Anthony Turnage

Saturday, December 29, 2012

BELGIUM: SORIN ZLAT TRIO © jazzhoeilaart 2012

A surprising fusion of styles, cool jazz, bebop, latin jazz,classical,contemporany and a repertoire comprising pieces of standard jazz and personal compositions, enabled the Sorin Zlat Trio band to gain recognition on the jazz scene.The band has had an impressive artistic path, with numerous prices won in national and international jazz festivals and concerts held in country and abroad(Spain,Turkey,Hungary,England,Italy).In 2009 the trio won the Grand Prize at international Jazz Festival Targu Mures,"Best band award at the international Jazz festival "Targu Mures" 2010, "Grand Prix" at the international Sibiu Jazz Festival 2010 and "Grand Prix" Festival Europafest "Bucharest International Jazz Competition" 2011.In 2011 Sorin Zlat Trio reached between the four finalists of the Getxo jazz contest 2011 in Spain, with three other bands from Denmark, France and Spain, where he won the audience award for best band and best soloist.

Buone Feste con il nuovo album di Roberto Olzer in formato flac 24 bit /88.2khz


Per Acquistare in formato cd rispondi a questa  mail ( Euro 15.00 + spese di spedizione ) 
Prima di fornire qualche piccola informazione sul nuovo lavoro di Roberto permettetemi di scrivere due righe di auguri di Buone Feste a tutti voi. Per chi ci segue sa che gli ultimi anni non sono stati proprio una passeggiata ma se è possibile, sotto molti aspetti, questo è stato il peggiore di tutti. Da un punto di vista personale la perdita di mio cugino Franco Ratti ( fondatore di Ird spa e dell'Appaloosa Records ) è stato un qualcosa di devastante sul piano umano ancor prima che lavorativo. La crisi di mercato che se possibile è stata ancor piu' acuta degli anni scorsi penso che non devo star qui a spiegarla a nessuno. Eppure anche in questo anno siamo riusciti non solo a sopravvivere ( nonostante  database creati ad arte a Wall Street che hanno depredato il nostro paese eludendo ogni possibile imposta in terra lussemburghese con la complicita' di molte italiche realta'  )  ma a trovare nuovi motivi di speran za. Il Digital Store sta trovando sempre piu' consenso sia tra voi ( chi ascolta un brano in alta definzione non torna piu' indietro ) sia tra gli addetti ai lavori e le nuove etichette che si sono aggiunte alla nostra avventura  ne sono la  conferma. Gli artisti poi ne sono entusiasti. Infatti finalmente c'è la possibilita' di ascoltare la musica con la medesima dinamica e qualita' da loro voluta, apprezzando fino in fondo anche le piu' piccole sfumature. 
Altro motivo di sorriso siete stati voi. Vi sarete accorti che in questo ultimo mese e mezzo non mi sono fatto  sentire molto... il fatto è che si era  in giro per l'Italia per concerti e questo ci ha dato la possibilita' di incontrare tantissimi di voi. Siamo stati da Palermo fino a Cormons, da Torino fino a Bari... un mese intensissimo ma che mi ha donato il vostro sorriso e di questi tempi, credetemi, non è poco. 
Il 2013 sara' pieno di novita' che riassumo in due righe ( ci sara' tempo in futuro per approfondire ). Innanzitutto dal 1 gennaio tornera' on line lo store tradizionale con migliaia di titoli immediatamente disponibili e una nuova veste grafica. Vi siete gia' accorti inoltre dell'intenso utilizzo del social network musicale che ci permette, in maniera del tutto legale, di promuovere artisti che per scelta o semplicemente sfortuna stanno ai margini dei grandi circuiti commerciali. Il digital store ormai è una realta' consolidata. Mentre la grande novita' del 2013 è l'acquisizione dell'etichetta Appaloosa Records con oltre 40 anni di storia che speriamo di poter riscoprire e continuare insieme. Insomma, come detto , un 2012 dalle molteplici s fumature... dolore e difficolta' contingenti da una parte, voglia di ripartenza, progetti e nuove opportunita' dall'altra'..... insomma la Vita. 
Noi abbiamo deciso di viverla accettando tutte le sfide che questo tempo di grandi mutamenti ci pone davanti... e sono sicuro che anche voi farete altrettanto.... ed è con questa speranza  che auguro a tutti  un sereno Natale e buone Feste !!!! 
La newsletter tornera' con la "vecchia" intensita' dal 2 di Gennaio 2013 !!!! 
Ed ora, spero che mi perdonera', ecco la presentazione del nuovo e bellissimo album di Roberto:
Roberto Olzer, pianoforte
Yuri Goloubev, contrabbasso
Mauro Beggio, batteria

Roberto Olzer è senza dubbio uno dei pianisti italiani dell’ultima generazione che negli ultimi anni si è segnalato per originalità sia nel tratto pianistico che compositivo. Dotato di un linguaggio moderno e personale che si esprime tendenzialmente in maniera dolce e suadente. Nuance classicheggianti, padronanza del linguaggio swing ma al contempo grande tensione verso orizzonti nuovi. Da anni sideman tra i più richiesti del panorama nazionale. In questo disco è supportato magistralmente da una delle ritmiche più affermate: il contrabbassista russo Yuri Goloubev e il batterista Mauro Beggio.

Swing University Winter 2013 Term Jan 7- Mar18

Swing University Winter 2013 Term Jan 7- Mar 18
Jazz at Lincoln Center
January 4th, 2013 6:30PM 
Irene Diamond Education Center 
Time Warner Center 
60th and Broadway, 5th Floor    
The instructors for the 2013 Winter term will be in attendance discussing their upcoming classes and answering questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information and to RSVP, email

From novice to afficionado, Swing University has a class for you.

Resolve to learn something new in the New Year and give yourself the gift of knowledge. Learn about jazz from the musicians who make the music and the scholars who have mastered it.

Classes start Jan 7 and are held on weekday evenings at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Irene Diamond Education Center.

Winter Term 2013 Classes Include:
Discography with Ed Berger
Dizzy Gillespie with Boo Frazier
Jazz 101 with Ben Young
Jazz 201 with Phil Schaap
Jazz 301 with Phil Schaap
After Coltrane, Before Jazz at Lincoln Center with Larry Ridley

Visit for more information.

Swing University Winter 2013 Term
Dates: Jan 7- Mar 18
Course Times: 6:30pm- 8:30pm except for Jazz 301 which is from 6:30pm-9:30pm
Venue: Irene Diamond Education Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th and Broadway, 5th Floor NYC
Venue Address w/cross streets: Jazz at Lincoln Center, Time Warner Center, 60th and Broadway, 5th Floor NYC
Venue Telephone Number: 212-258-9922
Instructors include: Phil Schaap, Boo Frazier, Ed Berger, Larry Ridley
Cost: $150- $250 per course
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Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677

ITALY, Napoli: Bonaccorso–Taufic–Bosso @ Trianon

At the Trianon, while continuing the success of the traditional Cantata dei Pastori Peppe Barra, on stage until next Wednesday, January 2, the schedule includes the jazz trio Bonaccorso-Taufic-Bosso Thursday, on January 3 to 21. The latest artistic endeavour of the bassist Rosario Bonaccorso uses the ancient theme of the journey, a theme very familiar to the Sicilian musician. The band includes trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso and Brazilian guitarist Roberto Hasbun Taufic.

Giovedì 27 dicembre su Radio Uno verrà trasmessa il concerto degli Shampoo registrato al Teatro Trianon lo scorso 14 novembre
Al Trianon, il nuovo anno con il trio jazz Bonaccorso-Bosso-Taufic mentre continua il successo della «Cantata dei Pastori» di Peppe Barra
Al Trianon, mentre continua il successo della tradizionale Cantata dei Pastori di Peppe Barra, in scena fino a mercoledì 2 gennaio prossimo, si annuncia il concerto del trio jazz Bonaccorso–Taufic–Bosso giovedì 3 gennaio alle 21.
L'ultima proposta artistica del contrabbassista Rosario Bonaccorso porta in sé l'antico tema del viaggio, tema ispiratore al quale è molto legato il musicista siciliano. Compagni di tour il trombettista Fabrizio Bosso e il chitarrista brasiliano Roberto Hasbun Taufic.

The 13th Annual Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Is Set to Bring Education, Entertainment and Cultural Awareness January 17-26, 2013

The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is central Florida’s premier celebration of African American heritage and was voted as one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The 13th Annual Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival takes place in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 17-26, 2013. The festival celebrates Tampa Bay’s rich African-American history.The 10-day festival features succulent local cuisine, hand-made, one- of-a-kind ethnic collectibles and crafts as well as African American exhibits, culturally-focused lectures, a street festival and much more!
Festival highlights include: The Heritage Movie Night features Dr. Calvin Morris, the associate director and national coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Operation Breadbasket (the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition) at the Tampa Theatre; The Heritage Gala features Stogie Kenyetta and is held at the Straz Performing Arts Center; The 2-Day Heritage Street Festival includes the sounds of Con Funk Shun; Klymaxx, Eric Darius, Paige in Full, DeAndre Brackensick and Nathan Mitchell and is held at Curtis Hixon Park; the Heritage Leadership Luncheon hosted by Dr. Shirley Sherrod at the University Community Center; The 7th Annual Heritage Golf Classic Fundraiser held at Quail Hollow Golf Course and the Heritage Living Exhibit featuring Harry and Harriett Moore.
Many festival events are FREE to the public and require pre-registration on the official Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival website ( An overview of the festival’s signature events include: 
  • Jan. 16th | University Lecture Series with Herm Edwards | USF Marshall Center Ballroom | Featuring Herm Edwards.
  • Jan. 18th | Heritage Gala | David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts | 6:30-9:30pm | Featuring Stogie Kenyatta as "Paul Robeson" and hosted by Fox 13 anchor, Denise White.
  • Jan. 19th | Old School Saturday | Curtis Hixon Park | Featuring performance by Con Funk Shun, Klymaxx and Deandre Brackensick, along with delicious food & merchandise vendors and “unique” Villages.
  • Jan. 20th | Gospel-Jazz Sunday | Curtis Hixon Park | Featuring performances by Eric Darius and Nathan Mitchell along with many talented live performing artists and groups.
  • Jan. 21st | 7th Annual Heritage Golf Classic Fundraiser | Quail Hollow Golf Course | 8:30 a.m. | Join us for fun afternoon of golf. All funds raised go towards the Festival’s scholarship fund.
  • Jan. 22nd | Heritage Living History Exhibit |Kotler Art Gallery | 7-9 p.m. | Featuring Harry and Harriett Moore and their pioneering civil rights efforts.
  • Jan. 23rd | Heritage Leadership Luncheon | University Area Community Development Center | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Featuring Dr. Shirley Sherrod leading a discussion on local and national current events.
  • Jan. 24th | Tampa Theatre Night | Tampa Theatre | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Featuring Dr. Calvin Sylvester Morris for a viewing and discussion of “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement.”
The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is central Florida’s premier celebration of African American heritage and was voted as one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Please join us for these exciting and historical events as we celebrate the heart and soul of Tampa Bay. For more information about Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival and a full list of events visit the website or contact William Sanders at 888.224.1733 or 813. 525.2539.
About The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is a ten-day cultural event that features speakers, musicians, artists, poets and craftspeople locally and nationally. The Festival takes place January 17-26, 2013 in Tampa Bay. Festival activities occur during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. Each day of this ten-day experience provides both children and adults with an opportunity to increase their awareness of African and African-American culture and history. This event promotes diversity and cultural sensitivity within the Tampa Bay area community. 
Tampa, FL (PRWEB) December 28, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

JazzWorldQuest: Latest additions to the WebPlayer playlist

Sebastian Pecznik(Argentina) - Farewell Nonino

Haja Rakotonimanga(Madagascar)-Inona izany?

Capitao Corisco(Brazil) - Girias do Norte

DON & RAY(Germany) -  Jamento

Panama Jazz Festival 2013

The Artist Roster Includes:

Herbie Hancock
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Ruben Blades
Susana Baca
Bill Frisell
John Patitucci
Brian Blade
Danilo Perez

The Venues:
ATLAPA combines the cultural and artistic inheritance of a town with the most advanced technology to give as resulting, an impressive convention, congresses and fairs center, with excellent facilities and services for events of world category. In this majestic complex of 8 hectares with a total capacity of more than 10,000 people with a beautiful theater / auditorium with a capacity of 2806 people and a hall of 34,445 square feet, free of columns.

City of Knowledge
The City of Knowledge is the cornerstone for development based on innovation, entrepreneurial culture and sustainability. In 1994, Panamanian industrialist Fernando Eleta Almarán proposed the creation of a Socratic Square, a center for knowledge exchange, in the so-called Reverted Areas, and turning what was then the Panama Canal College into the University of the Americas.

El Panama Hotel
Hotel El Panama with a dominant location in Panama City, is the perfect site to achieve a successful business, along with enjoying your leisure time.


Panama Jazz Productions 
Edificio 224, Oficina P1-A 
Ciudad Del Saber 
Clayton, Ancon, 
Ciudad de Panama, Republica de Panama. 
Teléfono: (507)317-1466   
Patricia Zárate 
Executive Director 
Po Box #7 
Wollaston MA 02170 
Tel: 617-934-4949  
Gail Boyd International 
New York, NY 
Tel: 212-777-5714  
Yariela Gonzalez
National Coordinator
Elizabeth Stoiaken 
Auditions Coordinator 
Paul Demanche 
Clinics Coordinator   
Yuri Namkung 
Classical Music Program Coordinator 
For More Information: 

Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services
 T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:

Jazz Superstars Rick Braun and Richard Elliot Turn Up the Heat in Detroit this Valentine's Day

This will be the first premier jazz concert of the year featuring two legendary contemporary jazz artist and hosted by one of Detroit's own. You do not want to miss this one.

Valentine’s Day is about love and romance. Trumpeter Rick Braun and sax man Richard Elliot promise to make this Valentine’s Day even hotter. Circle February 14th on your calendar because that is the date the hit men will deliver a cool-jazz treat in what will be the first premiere smooth jazz event of the year.
With 24 solo albums between them and a massive catalog of chart-topping radio hits, the thrilling collaboration between Braun and Elliot has been one of the top shows to ever tour the country. They have toured together for years and have made guest appearances on each other’s records. “We’ve had so much fun playing together live that it was time for us to get together musically,” declared Elliot. “We have different approaches yet they are complementary.
Teaming up with Family Circle Productions, a local production company, the event will be hosted by Detroit’s own jazz saxophonist Deon Yates with special guest, Lansing, MI saxophonist Phil Denny.
On Thursday, February 14, 2013 Yates will be hosting “Valentine’s with R n R,” at 8 p.m., at The Scottish Rite Cathedral inside the Masonic Temple 500 Temple Avenue Detroit, MI 48201. Tickets on sale now at the Masonic Temple box office, all Ticketmaster outlets.
Yates began his career performing for Detroit mayor Coleman A. Young while still a student at Remus Robinson Middle School on Detroit’s eastside. Yates collaborated with chart topping smooth jazz guitarist Nick Colionne, vocalist Maysa Leak (Incognito), and Detroit “Soul Trumpeter” Lin Rountree to complete his debut national album, “Spotlight.” This latest project solidifies his place in the jazz world following in the footsteps of his mentor and Sax Dakota endorsement mate Richard Elliot.
“The purpose of the concert is to show that good things can be found in and still come out of the city,” said Yates. “Not only do we want to bring names to the city, we want to introduce the city to some of the, sometimes unrecognized, talented artist from the region.”
Family Circle Productions Inc. is an independent media services and production company located in Detroit, created to provide affordable media services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations to help them compete in today’s media market without breaking the bank. For more information on the concert, Deon Yates or Family Circle Productions, click here or call 313-468-1327.
Detroit, (PRWEB) December 28, 2012

Giulia Valle Group - Live (2012)

01. Intro 3:23
02. Drama 'n' Bass 12:20
03. Xuxi 12:55
04. Libélulas 5:21
05. Break a Loop 7:51
06. Un sueño 7:15
07. Laberinto 12:06
08. Berenice 4:38
09. Chacarena Búlgara 4:33

Giulia Valle (double bass, lead), Martí Serra (tenor sax & soprano sax), Gorka Benítez (tenor sax & flute), Marco Mezquida (piano, keyboards), and David Xirgu (drums).
Recorded live at Jamboree Club, Barcelona, on June 1st, 2012

Frederic Borey - The Option (2012)

Featuring: Frederic Borey (ts, ss & as), Inbar Fridman (g), Camelia BenNaceur (p, Rhodes), Florent Nisse (b), Stefano Lucchini (d)


01. My Home
02. The Option
03. Lo Zio
04. Earth Complains
05. The Tightrope Walker
06. Endless Trail
07. Mr. J.H.
08. Still Raining
09. No Nap
10. Olinka

Thursday, December 27, 2012

JazzWorldQuest Proposals: Sebastian Pecznik(guitar)/Argentina

Sebastian Pecznik(guitar)/Argentina
Hello, my name is Sebastian Pecznik. I am an Argentinean Guitar Player & Composer.
As you may see, i am an artist Sponsored & Highly Recommended by both the Argentinean Ministry of External Relations & the General Direction of Cultural and Artistic Affaires, declaring all my Concerts & Tours of "High Artistic & Cultural Value"
On 2012, year of the 20th commemoration of "ASTOR PIAZZOLLA"s death, SEBASTIAN PECZNIK recorded his latest album "PIAZZOLLA by PECZNIK" to promote a new & special program dedicated to the great master of Tango, Classical & Argentinean music, after the great success of the previous four European Tours (that included Ukraine´s "Koktebel Jazz Festival" (2011 & 2012) - "Art Club 44" ( Kiev 2011) - Germany´s "Short Film Festival" (Berlin 2011) - "The Mendelsshon Musseum Foundation" (Leipzig 2010 & 2012) - "Le Maison Argentine" (Paris 2010 & 2011) - "Count St Diego House of Culture" (Cantabria 2010) - "Radio Netherlands" (Amsterdam/Hilversun 2010), among many other auditoriums, concert halls & petit cafes of top level)!!!
Sebastian Pecznik will be performing all over the world this amazing & emotional program with short stories and the wonderful music of the Argentinean genius "Astor Piazzolla".
In case of interest, I could send you my latest solo guitar album "TANGO SENSATIONS & OTHER MOMENTS OF THE DAY" or more material and my c.v, this can be done from Argentina or through my contact in Spain.
Thank you very much in advanced, sorry for the inconvenience, and i hope you enjoy it.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Kindest & Best Regards.
Musician website: WWW.SPMUSICA.COM.AR

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Latest addition to the JazzWorldQuest Free Mp3 List: Sebastian Pecznik - Farewell Nonino

Sebastian Pecznik
Musician: Sebastian Pecznik
Track: Farewell Nonino
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Musician websiteAlbum: Tango Sensations & Other Moments Of The Day
Year: 2010

Sebastian Pecznik is an Argentinean Guitar Player & Composer.

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Hal Galper Trio – Airegin Revisited (Origin Records 2012)

“...the high level of integration and communication the trio displays is rare and quite thrilling to experience...”

Following up on what's been called the veteran pianist's finest recording to date, 2011's "Trip the Light Fantastic," Galper and his trio offer another exhilarating set of music, further defining the very personal "rubato" style of collective performance they've developed over the last six years. From an intimate "Embraceable You," to the closing, high-flying take of Sonny Rollins' "Airegin," Galper, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop, display a singular group aesthetic, fully grounded in the language of bop while always in pursuit of new possibilities.

"Bishop's drums sizzle and detonate unpredictably; Johnson's bass rumbles; and the piano notes careen with a scintillating, headlong freedom..." - All About Jazz
Origin Records

Frank Wess & Johnny Coles - Two At The Top 2CD (Uptown Records 2012)

(2-CD set) Frank Wess describes the 1983 Uptown studio recording Two At The Top with Johnny Coles by saying, ''That's one of the best efforts I ever did.'' Wess and Coles first appeared together for Uptown on the Philly Joe Jones Dameronia album, To Tadd With Love. Their collaboration as sidemen with the drummer morphed into Two At The Top and they subsequently appeared live with the quintet at Sweet Basil in New York City as well as Yoshi's in Oakland, CA. Disc one presents the original Rudy Van Gelder recording with one new tune (Tadd Dameron's A Blue Time) and 5 unissued alternates. Disc two features a live set from their 1988 date at Yoshi's backed by an outstanding West Coast rhythm section - Two At The Top indeed!
Studio personnel are saxophonist Frank Wess, Trumpeter Johnny Coles, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Reggie Johnson and drummer Kenny Washington. The live disc features trumpeter Johnny Coles, saxophonist Frank Wess, pianist Smith Dobson, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Donald 'Duck' Bailey.

Irene Reid - The Queen of the Party (Savant 2012)

From her days singing with the Count Basie band as a replacement for Joe Williams, to her Indian summer of renewed popularity, Irene Reid always lived up to her moniker, The Queen of Uptown Blues. Like Dinah Washington & Esther Phillips, Irene had a church background and never lost that divine intensity or power to convey the emotions in a lyric. Her most notable post-Basie gig was playing the wicked witch on Broadway in "The Whiz." Here is a program featuring Irene, the Charles "Mighty Burner" Earland, Eric Alexander and the rest of the crew doing what Irene did best: the Uptown Blues.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Matthieu Boré - Roots (BONSAI MUSIC 2012)

Jelly Roll Morton wrote, ''Any music can be played in jazz, since you know how to do it. No matter what you play but the way you play it.'' This famous quotation describes the music of French jazz vocalist Matthieu Bore and the direction of the repertoire of his new album, Roots, perfectly. The album includes a mix of original works and pop standards in a fascinating blend that is easy on the ear. Bore reworks an array of hits from the 80s (favorites of his youth) such as ''Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go'' (George Michael) and ''Girls & Boys'' (Prince), giving them a Rhythm 'n Blues and soul-jazz sound.

Mimis Plessas & Christos Rafalides - We Two (Emarel Music 2012)

It was a great honor and pleasure to have Mimis Plessas, Evi Siamanda, and Christos Rafalides here at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The two full houses of enraptured listeners gave both their performances standing ovations.
Mimis Plessas is one of the most lyrically compelling composers of our age, and Evi Siamanda has a radiantly expressive voice that found new dimensions of feeling in all the material she explored with Mimis on piano and the creative virtuosity of Christos Rafalides on vibes.  A night we will all remember and treasure.
Thank you for all you do. --Todd Barkan, Programming Director / Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola / Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York
When Christos asked me if we could play something together, I responded favorably. But after listening to his version of a tune I love, All The Things You Are , adapted to a 7/8 time signature, I told him without hesitation: Son, with your talent, the only thing I can play with you is chess. This is how the legendary Mimis Plessas describes his first meeting with Christos Rafalides. In the music world two artists performing or recording together is something that happens all the time. Nothing more trivial nothing more usual than a duet. But on rare occasions two artists click together so well; the match is so perfect, that the duet becomes anything but usual, anything but trivial. It s a perfect match. It s magic. 
Mimis Plessas and Christos Rafalides were born in the same corner of the world about half a century apart. They walked the same hills, swam the same waters and listened to the same sounds. At some point or another they both  sat on the same bar stools of jazz clubs in the village and  performed on the same stages. Just at different times. So, when the two got together,  Mimis Plessas hitting the first note on the piano and Christos Rafalides on the vibraphone, amazing music emerged music composed so brilliantly, that although originally arranged for traditional instrumentation and vocals, it retains all its freshness and fervor in these brand new interpretations. 
We Two, the first encounter of two outstanding virtuosos. We Two, talent that bridges generations, music that transcends time. We Two recorded so that we too can feel the magic.
Stelios Taketzis
New York, December 2012