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Winifred Atwell and her 'other piano': 16 hit singles and a 'blanket of silence', sounding the limits of jazz by George McKay

From Tunapuna, Trinidad, Winifred Atwell (c. 1914-1983) was a classically trained ragtime and boogie-woogie style pianist who gained quite remarkable popularity in Britain, and later also Australia, in the 1950s, in live and recorded music, as well as in the developing television industry. In this chapter I outline her extraordinary international musical biography as a chart-topping pop and television star—innovative achievements for a black migrant female musician which are arguably thrown into more dramatic light by virtue of the fact that Atwell has been and remains a neglected figure in...

Play Together, Think Alike: Shared Mental Models in Expert Music Improvisers
by Clement Canonne

When musicians improvise together, they tend to agree beforehand on a common structure (e.g., a jazz standard) which helps them coordinate. However, in the particular case of collective free improvisation (CFI), musicians deliberately avoid having such referent. How, then, can they coordinate? We propose that CFI musicians who have experience playing together come to share higher-level knowledge, which is not piece-specific but rather task-specific, i.e., an implicit mental model of what it is to improvise freely. We tested this hypothesis on a group of 19 expert improvisers from the...

High Art
by Rashid Booker

“Ethnicity and Musical Identity in the Lyric Landscape of Early Cyprus”, Greek and Roman Musical Studies 2 (2014), 146–76.
by John C Franklin

Jacky Terrasson New Album Released This Week « Take this » - Impulse! Concert at the Olympia Paris, June 9th 2015

Jacky Terrasson
New Album Released This Week
« Take this »  - Impulse!
Concert at the Olympia Paris, June 9th 2015

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« Take This » is Jacky Terrasson’s first album under the prestigious Impulse! Label. In this recording, Jacky reveals every facet of his inspiration in a meandering conversation between post-bop, pop, hip-hop, African, Caribean, and even classical music. With an eclectic line-up featuring American bass player Burniss Travis (Ambrose Akinmusire, Robert Glasper, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Marc Cary), Cuban drummer Lukmil Perez (Tito Puente, Giovanni Mirabassi), Malian percussionist Adama Diarra (Dee Dee Bridgewater, Salif Keita, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Toumani Diabaté) and French human beat box virtuoso Sly Johnson (ex Saian Super Crew, Camille, Eric Truffaz), Jacky Terrasson has opted for a versatile, multifarious approach that exemplifies the protean nature of jazz while retaining its afro-american legacy. Under the artistic direction of Jean-Phillipe Allard, one of the best jazz producers of these last 3 decades (Charlie Haden, Randy Weston, Abbey Lincoln, Stan Getz, Ornette Coleman).

For this special launch concert of his new album « Take This », Jacky Terrasson has invited some close friends to join him on the stage of the Olympia: vocal sensation and, like Jacky, winner of the prestigious Monk Competition  Cecile McLorin Salvant (first discovered on Jacky’s previous album « Gouache », in a very original rendition of John Lennon’s “Oh My Love”), his lifelong friend and musical accomplice trumpeter Stéphane Belmondo (Jacky’s regular duet partner), and fantastic Brasilian guitarist and singer Marcio Faraco.

Jacky Terrasson has been hailed by the New York Times magazine as « one of the 30 artists most likely to change American culture in the next 30 years ». French weekly Télérama described him as the most widely travelled of all jazz pianists, “a piano player of exhilarating happiness, one who can play his audiences straight to euphoria”.  To learn more about Jacky Terrasson

Jacky Terrasson (Piano, Fender Rhodes)
Sly Johnson (Vocal, Beat Box)
Burniss Travis (Bass)
Lukmil Perez (Drums)
Adama (Percussion)

Cecile McLorin-Salvant (Vocal)
Marcio Faraco (Guitar, Vocal)
Stephane Belmondo (Trompette, Bugle)

CARE France
Established in 1945, CARE is one of the largest global humanitarian, apolitical and non denominational networks. In 2013, CARE provided assistance to 97 million people in 87 countries. In emergency situations or through long term aid programmes, CARE cuts poverty off at its roots. Women are at the heart of CARE’s efforts as they play an essential role in the fight against poverty. Women play a crucial part in their families’ wellbeing and can bring lasting change to their communities.
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The Impulse! label
2014 was a year of renaissance for the Impulse! label to which jazz music owes so much. Building on the legacy left by John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Pharoah Sanders and Chico Hamilton, Impulse! is reaching out to discover new frontiers. In 2015, the legendary label will record albums with Jacky Terrasson (Take This), Indra Rios-Moore (Heartland) et Snarky Puppy with the Metropole Orkest (Sylva), as well as the D-STRINGZ trio (Jean-Luc Ponty/Stanley Clarke/Biréli Lagrène) and many more renowned or new artists. That’s the impulse! Renaissance ! For more information on Impulse!:

Booking Tickets at Olympia 9 Juin 2015


Upcoming Jacky Terrasson Concerts :

02/05/15    Arlon - Festival les Aralunaires - Belgique - Jacky Terrasson & Stephane Belmond
  Dizzy's - New York - Jacky Terrasson Take This
14/03/15  Dizzy's - New York - Jacky Terrasson Take This

15/03/15  Dizzy's - New York - Jacky Terrasson Take This
04/05/15    Prague - Suk Hall - Czech Republic - Jacky Terrasson Solo
06/05/15    Seville - Jazz Festival - Spain - Jacky Terrasson Trio
07/05/15    Argenton Sur Creuse - L'Avant Scene - France - Jacky Terrasson & Stephane Belmondo
08/05/15    Basel - Jazz in Church - Switzerland - Jacky Terrasson & Stephane Belmondo
09/05/15    Langres - Theatre - France  - Jacky Terrasson & Stephane Belmondo
13/05/15 Coutances - Jazz sous les Pommiers - France - Jacky Terrasson Take This
29/05/15    Chauvigny - Salle Charles Trenet - France - Jacky Terrasson & Stephane Belmondo
30/05/15    Hamburg - Elb Jazz Festival - Germany - Jacky Terrasson Trio
04/06/15 London - Ronnie Scott's - UK - Jacky Terrasson - Take This
05/06/15 London - Ronnie Scott's - UK  -Jacky Terrasson - Take This

09/06/15 Paris Olympia France  Jacky Terrasson - Take This
21/06/15    Worms - Festival Jazz & Joy - Germany - Jacky Terrasson & Stephane Belmondo
27/06/15    Blet - Festival de Jazz -France - Jacky Terrasson & Stephane Belmondo
01/07/15    Bologna - Italy - Jacky Terrasson Solo
03/07/15    Thionville - Festival Jazz Pote - France  - Jacky Terrasson & Stephane Belmondo
11/07/15    Porquerolles - Festival - France - Jacky Terrasson  Trio
26/07/15    Andernos - Festival de Jazz - France - Jacky Terrasson Trio
20/08/15    Ramatuelle - Festival de Jazz - France - Jacky Terrasson - Take This
25/03/16    Aurillac - Théâtre - France - Jacky Terrasson Solo

Contact Booking: My Buzz Productions - Christophe Deghelt - +33 676 08 54 30

jazzColours -- email-zine di musica jazz (Anno VIII, numero 2 -- Febbraio/2015

SOMMARIO Febbraio 2015 (Anno VIII, n.2)

  4 - Highlights
  8 - Avishai Cohen, squarci di tromba nel buio
16 -  Adam Bałdych, il violino dall'animo baltico
21 -  Stefano Senni, jciakz: si gira!
25 -  jazz&arts: Brunella Marinelli, sinestesie jazzistiche
28 -  Recensioni Cd
  Focus on: Battaglia-Rabbia Aarset "In Memoriam"
  I 5 dischi imprescindibili di Laurent Dehors
35 -  Black&White: Bill Frisell "Guitar in the Space Age"
(e inoltre: Tim Daisy, Francesco Bearzatti & The Bears, Airelle Besson & Nelson Veras, Dino Rubino, Brass Danse Orchestra, Pharoah & The Underground, Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Evans, Guillaume Perret & Electric Epic, Paragon, Swallow-Talmor-Nussbaum, Neil Cowley Trio)
36 -  Eventuali

American Pianists Association's Jazz Fellowship Awards: Semi-Finals on Friday, March 27 // Finals on Saturday, March 28


American Pianists Association's Jazz Fellowship Awards -
Semi-Finals on Friday, March 27
Finals on Saturday, March 28
Competition to be Judged by Amina Figarova,
Bill Charlap, Edward Simon, Billy Childs and Al Pryor
with Emcee Christian McBride & Guest Vocalist Dianne Reeves

NBC News Anchor Lester Holt Named Honorary Chair

(from left to right): Christian Sands, Zach Lapidus,
Emmet Cohen, Kris Bowers, and Sullivan Fortner

On Friday, March 27, the American Pianists Association's Jazz Fellowship Awards presented by REI Real Estate Services Semi-Finals presented by Barnes & Thornburg will take place at The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, IN featuring each of the 5 Finalists over two sets. The five Finalists, in no particular order, are: Christian Sands, Zach Lapidus, Emmet Cohen, Kris Bowers, and Sullivan Fortner.

On Saturday, March 28 the Finals presented by Ice Miller will take place at Hilbert Circle Theatre with each Finalist performing with five-time Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves and the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. The Finals will be judged by pianists Amina Figarova, Bill Charlap, Edward Simon, and Billy Childs as well as Mack Avenue Records Executive VP of A&R Al Pryor. The Finals will be streamed live featuring webcast host Christian McBride at The winner will be named the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz.

The Cole Porter Fellowship, valued at $100,000, includes a $50,000 cash prize (the largest prize in the world for a young jazz pianist), a recording contract with Mack Avenue Records, and career assistance and engagement for two years.

The Mission of the American Pianists Association is to advance the careers of American jazz and classical pianists between the ages of 18 - 30. The Organization was founded in 1979 in New York City and has been in Indianapolis since 1982. Past winners have included Aaron Diehl, Dan Tepfer and Aaron Parks, among esteemed others.  

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"The Music Is the Magic," by Vocalist Lainie Cooke, Due March 17 from Onyx Music Label

"The Music Is the Magic,"
New CD by Vocalist Lainie Cooke,
To Be Released March 17
By Ralph Peterson's Onyx Music Label
Cooke's 3rd CD, Produced by Peterson,
Features Backing by Tedd Firth, Piano;
Luques Curtis, Bass; Myron Walden, Saxophones;
& Ralph Peterson, Drums & Trumpet

CD Release Shows at Vitello's, Los Angeles, March 31,
& The Zinc Bar, NYC, April 8

February 6, 2015

Lainie Cooke The Music Is the Magic
Given the deep jazz feeling and serious vocal chops displayed by Lainie Cooke on her new CD The Music Is the Magic, it's hard to believe that the disc is only Cooke's third. But this masterpiece of vocal jazz, which will be released March 17 by Ralph Peterson's Onyx Music Label, affirms her standing in the front ranks of jazz singers performing today.

"The wisdom, clarity, and nuances possessed by Lainie throughout the recording are most refreshing," comments Peterson in his notes to the CD. "At 73 years young, she has remained relevant as a songstress in the purest sense. I am proud to have produced what I believe is her best work to date."

Peterson, who plays drums and trumpet on the CD and served as its producer and arranger, surrounded Cooke with a superb cast including pianist/arranger Tedd Firth, her accompanist of the last dozen years; soprano and tenor saxophonist Myron Walden; and bassist Luques Curtis. (Tabari Lake substitutes for Curtis on "Mañana.")

Cooke first met Peterson, long one of the most in-demand drummers in jazz, in 1990, but they didn't begin making music together until relatively recently. "Ralph has the ability to lift you to a place musically and rhythmically that you didn't know you knew how to do," she says. "He's always demonstrating something that makes you want to do better." Cooke is the first singer Peterson has produced for his Onyx Music Label.

Lainie Cooke
"Lainie can cook on the kind of standards she prefers -- the Porter-Gershwin-Rodgers & Hart classics that challenge her dramatic bent for story-telling," Harvey Siders wrote in a Los Angeles Daily News review of one of her Southern California engagements. "She has an unerring ear for melodic invention and an instinctive feel for time that allows her to take unusual rhythmic liberties. And her intonation is 'right on.'"

The tunes on The Music Is the Magic spoke to the singer: "If the music is beautiful, wonderful, soars, and has feeling, I'm attracted to it," she says simply. "How I Wish" (aka "Ask Me Now") and "I Have the Feeling I've Been Here Before" ("one of the most beautiful songs in the world," according to Cooke) were inspired by Carmen McRae, a favorite vocalist of hers. The title tune and "Live for Life" both stem from Abbey Lincoln recordings.

Also included are Dave Frishberg's "Our Love Rolls On," Harold Arlen's "Out of This World," and a rollicking calypso treatment of Peggy Lee's "Mañana," long a staple of her in-person repertoire. "By the end of it, the whole audience is singing," she says. "It becomes a joyful experience."

Lainie Cooke

Lainie Cooke broke into show business at age 6 by entering a Minneapolis radio talent contest for young people and won with her rendition of the then-popular tune "Cruising Down the River." At 11, she began appearing two or three times a week as a hostess on a local television game show. Then, at age 12, she won a talent contest and was awarded a trip to New York City. She felt instantly at home.

Cooke has been a resident of the city since she was 20, save for relatively brief periods in Jamaica and California. "I went to New York to find out what I could actually do with all of the stuff that was inside me," she reflects. "I wasn't sure what I wanted to be -- a musical theater performer or a nightclub singer."

After working an office job for a period, she got fingerprinted for a cabaret card and played a few New York clubs, but upon doing her first out-of-town gig in Hartford, Connecticut, she developed an instant distaste for being on the road. Voice-over work, which allowed her to stay home in New York City, became her calling and kept her steadily employed for most of the next 40 years.

Cooke moved to Los Angeles in 1979 and began singing in clubs with such top jazz men as pianist Dick Shreve and bassist Bob Maize but moved back to New York in 1983 and resumed doing voice-overs. She returned briefly to L.A. to record half of her first CD, Here's to Life!(2002, Harlemwood), with Shreve, Maize, and others. New York musicians, including Firth, bassist Cameron Brown, and drummer Matt Wilson, completed the album. Her second CD, It's Always You (2008, Harlemwood), also featured Firth, Brown, and Wilson, as well as saxophonist Joel Frahm.

For her CD release shows, Cooke has scheduled engagements in New York and Los Angeles: 3/31 at the E Spot Lounge Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, with pianist Karen Hammack and her trio; and 4/10 at the Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village, with the same musicians as the CD.

"Words alone cannot do justice to the way I feel about making music with Tedd, Luques, Myron, and Ralph, or how proud I am of this project," says Cooke. "The dictionary defines magic as producing mysterious or extraordinary results. I hope The Music Is the Magic will inspire the same kind of feelings in listeners."

Photography: Janis Wilkins (top), Adger W. Cowans (bottom)

Lainie Cooke: The Journey So Far
"Lainie Cooke: The Journey So Far"

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Tony Levin & Pete Levin: MoonJune Booking announces LEVIN BROTHERS March 2015 Tour

Pete & Tony Levin on tour in March 
with their jazz band
Dear MoonJune Friends

It's my personal privilege to work as a booking representative for two great guys, two legendary musicians, two brothers, Pete and Tony Levin, and their very special project LEVIN BROTHERSTheir self-titled album Levin Brothers was officially released in September 2014 (liner notes by one and only and unimitable Anil Prasad)  by Seattle based Lazy Bones Recordings on CD and limited edition gold vinyl LP with smoky swirls. (The CD includes 14 tracks + 2 bonus cuts exclusive gto the CD)
Please visit Lazy Bones website for more info:


PETE LEVIN - piano
TONY LEVIN - upright bass

For more info, please check Levin Brothers website:

If You are interested in booking Levin Brothers please contact
Few reviews on Levin Brothers album

"... a hearty portion of tightly cohesive songs that merge the best of Bach with the pace of bop."
      – Ira Kantor's, Elmore Magazine (USA)

"... every single cut qualifies as a standout!"
     –  Peter Thelen', Exposè (USA)

"... This is pure jazz, inspired by the music that the brothers heard in the fifties and came to love."
     – Wolfgang Giese's, RockTimes (Germany)

" ... there is a remarkable purity and innocence to this music. THE LEVIN BROTHERS manages to be both serious and playful without ever losing the passion and edge that comes from pairing two masters of their instruments playing a style of music they both love. A terrific album not just for fans of classic jazz, but for fans of music, period."
      – Jason Warburg, The Daily Vault (USA)

"... a player from the Jazz league has teamed up with one from the Progressive league and they both show just how they can swing. 'Cool' doesn’t come close to fully describing this album."
      – Travis Rogers, Jazz Times Magazine
​As a French Horn major, Pete Levin earned a master’s degree from the Juilliard School. In the early ‘70s he switched to keyboards, becoming a synthesizer specialist in the New York City recording studio scene. Over the years, he has graced hundreds of jazz and pop recordings and performances by the likes of Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, Dave Brubeck, David Sanborn, Joe Louis Walker, Don Elliott, Freddie Hubbard, Annie Lennox, Paul Simon, Brian Ferry, Hiram Bullock, Gerry Mulligan, Chuck Mangione, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Dave Stryker, Lenny White, and man y others. He currently leads The Monday Night Orchestra featuring internationally known New York musicians, core alumni members of the seminal freewheeling Grammy-winning Gil Evans Orchestra of the mid and late '70s, reunited recently to celebrate the band's legendary "Monday Night At Sweet Basil" era.

Since graduating from the Eastman School of music, Tony Levin has become the bass and Chapman Stick voice for Peter Gabriel and King Crimson. In addition, he has played on notable recordings for John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Dire Straits, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Peter Frampton, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks, Todd Rundgren, Warren Zevon, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Laurie Anderson, Liquid Tension Experiment, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, Bozzio Holdsworth Levin Mastelotto and many others. Tony has major jazz credentials, having worked with Buddy Rich, Steps Ahead, L'Image, Gary Burton, Chuck Mangione, Herbie Mann, and many others. He currently records and tours with Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Stick Men, and The Crimson ProjeKCt.​

Recently Tony Levin has recorded two sessions for MoonJune Records for the upcoming albums of the Indonesian guitar icon Dewa Budjana, with Jack DeJohnette on drums and piano and Gary Husband on piano, keyboards and drums.