Wednesday, May 31, 2017

USA: Dave Bass Gigs


The debut of the purely instrumental Dave Bass Quintet will be at Sacramento’s newest jazz venue Mangos Jazz Club! Admission is $10.
Reservations are strongly recommended to 916.723.5517 or
Burgertown is a restaurant inside of Mango’s, and the food is great!

The Dave Bass Quintet includes Dave (piano) Carlos McCoy (sax/flute), Ben Kopf (bass), David Frazier (conga/perc), and Tim Metz (drums).

For more info: and
7/4:  Cunha Big Band
The Clubhouse / Carmichael, CA
7/15:  Dave Bass Sextet w/ Special Guest Jeff Chambers
Antiquite Maison Privee / Sacramento, CA
7/20:  Dave Bass Quartet
Roseville Sun City Outdoor Amphitheater / Roseville, CA    


USA: To Commemorate Keystone Korner's 45th Anniversary, Producer Todd Barkan Hosts 3 All-Star Bay Area Shows July 7-8

Keystone Korner's 45th Anniversary
To Be Marked July 7-8
By 3 Bay Area Shows
Hosted by Former Keystone Proprietor
Todd Barkan

Charles McPherson, Gary Bartz, Azar Lawrence
Among Those in the All-Star Lineup
Set for Performances in
Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, & San Francisco

May 26, 2017


Keystone Korner marquee The great pianist/composer Mary Lou Williams referred to Keystone Korner as "the Birdland of the Seventies." Art Blakey, Miles Davis, and Stan Getz all agreed that Keystone Korner was "the best jazz club in the world." Producer and former Keystone proprietor Todd Barkan feels strongly that "the club most definitely had a transformational effect on the jazz scene of its day. The consistent inspiration and intensity of the classic live recordings made there continue to provide a living legacy we can all be proud of."
On Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8, Barkan will host an all-star Bay Area Celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the iconic North Beach jazz club Keystone Korner in Santa Cruz (Kuumbwa Jazz Center), Half Moon Bay (Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society), and San Francisco (Pier 23 Café). 

Gary Bartz Charles McPherson, Gary Bartz (pictured left), Azar Lawrence, Benito Gonzalez, Mel Martin, Denny Zeitlin, Ray Drummond, Kenneth Nash, Juini Booth, Calvin Keys, singer Kenny Washington, Akira Tana, and Atsuko Hashimoto are among the artists who will be featured during the three performances.
Photographers Brian McMillen, Tom Copi, and Kathy Sloane are preparing a special Keystone Korner slide show to be enjoyed at all three venues. 
Charles McPherson "Keystone Korner was a place that I really liked to play, especially because it was a real jazz club operated by a clubowner who actually loved the music," remembers the legendary saxophonist Charles McPherson (right). "It makes all the difference in the world in terms of setting the proper tone, vibe, and intimate and relaxed relationship between the musicians and the audience." McPherson worked regularly at the Keystone during its storied eleven-year run (1972-1983) and headlined its final week from July 6-11, 1983, along with the George Cables Trio.
"It's all about remarkable crossings," reflects bassist Ray Drummond, who played an integral role in opening the new North Beach jazz club on July 7-8, 1972, as an anchor of the Michael White Quartet with Ed Kelly and Kenneth Nash. "I met Susan, my wife of over 44 years, there. Keystone Korner was -- much like Bradley's back in New York City -- an absolutely indispensable part of the true jazz community. All kinds of musicians from all over the world looked forward to playing there. A very magical time and place, a big part of my life in this music."

Todd Barkan As a 25-year-old piano player, Todd Barkan (left) tried in late June 1972 to get a gig at the original Keystone Korner for the Latin jazz band he was working with at the time, Kwane & The Kwan-ditos. Then-clubowner Freddy Herrera told him that "I really don't think your group will work for this room, but I am trying to sell this little joint and buy a much bigger rock venue in Berkeley. Why don't you buy this place so you can hire your own band?"
Barkan recalls that "I only had a little over $8,000 to my name at that time, but, to make a long story much shorter, I wound up buying the club for $5,000 down plus $400 a month until the total of $12,500 plus interest was paid off. It cost another $750 to transfer the beer license to my name. Two major benefit concerts at the Oakland Paramount Theater later -- first with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and Elvin Jones, then with the bands of George Benson and Grover Washington, Jr. -- and we managed to buy a hard liquor license and a little full-service kitchen with which we could well serve all ages of jazz lovers."
From its humble origins as a rock 'n' blues bar serving keg beer next to a police station, Keystone Korner became a home away from home for a full spectrum of creative jazz players ranging from Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Randy Weston, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, George Benson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Azar Lawrence, Illinois Jacquet, Betty Carter, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Pat Martino, Jimmy Smith, Eddie Harris, Joe Henderson, Mongo Santamaria, Les McCann, Grover Washington Jr., Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Phil Woods, George Coleman, Billy Higgins, Esther Phillips, Tete Montoliu, Flora Purim & Airto, and Toots Thielemans, to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gary Bartz & NTU Troop, Tony Williams Lifetime, John Abercrombie, Lonnie Liston Smith, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, Henry Threadgill, Arthur Blythe, Sun Ra, and The Art Ensemble of Chicago.
"The fact that I was able to share so many bright moments with the Bay Area's jazz community is one of the most wonderful blessings of my life in this music," Barkan continues. "I could not any more deeply appreciate the generous opportunity that Tim Jackson, Barbara Douglas Richling, and Flicka McGurrin and all the participating artists are providing for me to try and share a bit more with one of the best audiences that ever graced our music." 
Friday, July 7, 7:00 pm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz
Tickets: $30/35

Saturday, July 8, 2:00 pm, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
311 Mirada Drive, Half Moon Bay
Advance: Adults $45/35, Students $25 (25 & under with ID)
Door: Adults $50, Students $30
Saturday, July 8, 7:00-11:00 pm, Pier 23 Cafe
On the Embarcadero at the foot of Greenwich, San Francisco
No advance tickets / $10 cover charge 

Keystone Korner Slide Show 
Keystone Korner Slide Show
with "Rhythm-a-ning" performed at Keystone (1976) by
Dexter Gordon, Max Roach, Bobby Hutcherson, & George Cables. 

Interview with Todd Barkan by Sylvia Levine Leitch for JazzTimes

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USA: Join Lauren Kinhan's Kickstarter Campaign for new CD of Standards

On the heels of her successful crowdfunding for her rave reviewed  Circle in a Square
in  2014 , Lauren (long time member of New York Voices) is at it again with a stunning new project celebrating the early years of 
 the divine Ms. Nancy Wilson

Be a part of making independent music possible!    Join the fund today.

Campaign closes June 4th!
if we don't reach our goal, we don't get funded
There is still so much to do!  Mastering, Artwork, Manufacturing, Licensing, Marketing and Promotion

  Fund Here

I'm blazing into the great crowdfunding world again, asking you to join us in producing my latest solo outing, A Sleepin' Bee - The Nancy Wilson Sonnet. We dove into her early years,

focusing on predominantly her collaborations with Cannonball Adderley and George Shearing. With a smattering of other gems, we gathered 11 songs, moved some meters and shapes around, transcribed nuggets of inspiration from the band and formed our own little Wilson universe.

Andy Ezrin co arranged the music with me over the course of 2016. At the top of 2017, 8 time Grammy Award winning Engineer, Elliot Schiener, and I were presented with a wonderful chance to record the music at my alma mater, Berklee College of Music's Shames Family Scoring Stage, as part of an educational exchange. Suddenly everything had to be pulled together in 2 weeks. Lucky for us, Matt Penman, Jared Schonig, and Ingrid Jensen joined Andy, Elliot and I in the race to Boston. When opportunity knocks...........answer!!

The video picks up the story from here.........
Won't you answer our knock...?

Please join us  
There are many incentives, simple and grand.  Pre ordering your copy helps, underwriting the musicians helps, and better still, spreading the word HELPS! 

Follow this link to read more and become engaged with the project and goal.

2017 came in like a steamroller, I'm following the karma and momentum, your faith and fuel will help get us the rest of the way.

This campaign closes on June 4th!!  It doesn't move forward if we don't reach our goal. 

Lauren, Andy Ezrin, Elliot Schiener, Matt Penman, Jared Schonig and Ingrid Jensen

Most Gratefully and Humbly Yours,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

USA: Sylvia Brooks' The Arrangement Live at Catalina Jazz Club

USA: Posi-Tone Newsletter - May 26, 2017

new music release:

Walt Weiskopf "Fountain Of Youth"

A veteran sounding so fresh.

Today is the worldwide release of "Fountain Of Youth," the new album by Walt Weiskopf, featuring a top-notch band of seasoned musicians. Thanks for listening!
Saxophonist Walt Weiskopf unleashes a wellspring of creativity for his fourth release for Posi-Tone on the aptly entitled "Fountain of Youth." Also along with Weiskopf for the journey are a familiar crew of accomplished collaborators including vibraphonist Behn Gillece, pianist Peter Zak, bassist Mike Karn, and drummer Steve Fidyk. With a program of exciting original compositions and a few tasty covers, the whole session swings into action and shines with bright moments. Weiskopf has clearly advanced to another level of compositional mastery and effortless virtuosity with this tour-de-force performance. This new album clearly encourages us to enjoy the wondrous discovery of sounds and secrets from this "Fountain of Youth.” 
Album release shows:

June 9th at Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ
June 10th at The Django, New York, NY
June 29th at Rochester Inter. Jazz Fest., Rochester, NY
June 21st & 22nd at Smalls Jazz Club, New York, NY

You can also see Walt all summer with Steely Dan

check out what the press is saying:


USA/ITALY: |TEMA|Lionel Loueke Trio on tour. February 23 - March 3, 2018


LIONEL LOUEKE ON TOUR Dates available: April 1-25, Summer 2016

Listen "Aziza Dance"


At the end of 2016 Blue Note released GAÏA, the remarkable rock-infused new album from acclaimed Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke. On GAÏA, Loueke reunited with his longtime trio featuring bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth for a session produced by GRAMMY-winning producer and Blue Note president Don Was that was recorded live in the studio with an intimate audience in attendance.“I always wanted to record this trio live” says Loueke of the sessions, which were captured at Sear Sound in New York City. “We were all in the same room with a small audience, no headphones, no isolation and no overdubs of course. It has a real live feel. It was a very special event.” The musical dialogue on GAÏA pertains to the nature of the Earth and man's effect on it, an urgent message at a time when the warning signs of global warming have become undeniable. In Greek mythology, Gaïa is the personification of the Earth, the mother goddess who birthed the planet and the entire universe. "She would be angry,” Loueke states bluntly. “We have not taken good care of her child.”


Monday, May 29, 2017

USA: SIMONE WEISSENFELS Appearances in New York June 2017

appearances in New York 
June 2017
168 7th Street (Brooklyn, NY)

1st set (8 pm)
Keir Neuringer / Simone Weissenfels 
Keir Neuringer . saxophone
Simone Weissenfels . piano

2nd set (9 pm)
Simone Weissenfels . piano
Jonathon Haffner . saxophone
Ben Stapp . tuba
Dalius Naujokaitis . drums

A celebration of the life and art of Connie Crothers
Greenwich House Music School
Renee Weiler Concert Hall
46 Barrow Street • New York City
(doors open at 7pm)

this concert is free to the public 

Simone Weissenfels will appear on this program playing a solo set

David Arner (solo piano) 
Ursel Schlicht (piano), Andrea Wolper (voice), Ken Filiano (bass) 
Mark Gabriele (solo piano) 
Tom Thorndike (piano) with Nick Lyons (alto sax), Joanna Sternberg (bass), Roger Mancuso (drums) 
Simone Weissenfels (solo piano)
Carol Liebowitz (piano), Bill Payne (clarinet), plus special guests 
Aaron Johnson (solo alto saxophone) 
Paula Hackett (poetry) 
Kazzrie Jaxen & Virg Dzurinko (two pianos)

reception to follow concert

Simone Weissenfels is one of Germany’s most versatile artists in contemporary music and improvisation. Since the 1980s she has been active in experimental, jazz, and classical music circles as an improviser, composer, organizer, and educator, working throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. In addition to her collaborations with visual artists and actors, she has performed with Gilsela May, Willi Kellers, Connie Crothers, Juini Booth, Marco Eneidi, Elliott Levin, Lol Coxhill, John Sinclair, Ian Smith, Daniel Carter and many other influential musicians. Simone has played jazz festivals in Nickelsdorf, Berlin, Leipzig, Bochum, Nanjin, Columbus (Ohio), and has toured the US, UK, Taiwan, Switzerland, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Ukraine and throughout Germany. Her ensemble multiboxx perfomed at the International Festival in Nanjin, China in 2004 and she also led one of the first youth exchange projects of young Chinese and German musicians in Nanjing and Shanghai from 2006 through 2008. This international ensemble performed the premiere of her composition “lullaby for K.” in Nanjing, and also in Leipzig at the International Bach-Fest in 2008. She teaches piano at the world-famous Thomanerchor (The St. Thomas Boys Choir) in Leipzig.

“This music is the best improvised piano I’ve heard (yet) this year . . . totally engaging and full of the muse . . . I give it a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as making it the “PICK” of this issue for “best improvised piano work.”
—Dick Metcalf/Improvijazzation Nation

ITALY: New Release: "Pianeti Affini" (by Giovanni Falzone Quintet)

NORWAY: Mari Boine - See The Woman (2017)

01. Today Starts Now
02. Chasing Myself Into Reality
03. See The Woman
04. Some Say I Got Devil
05. Happily Ever After
06. 2-4-6-7-8-9 In One
07. Yes
08. Teepee Room
09. This Is My Heart
10. Twin Soul
11. Adine & Isak
12. Crowded Streets Of Blue

Backing Vocals – Sofia Karlsson (tracks: 5)
Bass – Thobias Gabrielsson
Cello, Backing Vocals – Linnea Olsson
Drums, Arranged By – Lars Skoglund
Guitar, Kantele – Johan Norberg
Keyboards, Piano, Arranged By – Robert Elovsson
Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Percussion, Bass, Arranged By, Recorded By,Mixed By – Tobias Fröberg
Piano – Martin Hederos
Vocals, Arranged By – Mari Boine

Sunday, May 28, 2017

USA: Big Band Mondays with the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra

Big Band Mondays with the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra

Big Band Mondays with the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra

Join Glenn Crytzer and his 14 Piece Orchestra for the music of the Jazz Age and Swing Era every Monday at Kola House. You'll feel as if you've stepped back in time to an old New York supper club as the band serenades you with the music of artists like Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and more, as well as new compositions and arrangements by Crytzer, written in the vintage style.

For vocal-jazz lovers, singers Dandy Wellington and Hannah Gill appear with the band on alternating weeks, as well as occasional vocals from bandleader Glenn Crytzer and/or special guest vocalists.

Kola House boasts and outstanding menu, a full sound/lighting set up, and a large, wood dance floor for those who wish cut a rug.

Kola House
408 West 15th St.
(15th and 9th Ave, 1 block from A/C/E/L trains at 14th St. Station)

Every Monday Evening 7:00pm-10:30pm

Event prices
NO COVER CHARGE!! $20 food/drink minimum at bar. $35 food/drink minimum for table service (table service has better seating in the front rows).

Reservations recommended, but not required.

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Twitter: glenncrytzer
Instagram: glenncrytzer

ITALY: Andrea Cantieri - Night Sparks (2017)

Night Sparks
01. Summer Wind
02. Halleluja I Love Her So
03. Who You Are
04. Woman I Don't Love
05. Englishman in New York
06. My Baby Just Cares for Me
07. The Colour Inside
08. The Night Will Explode
09. The Look of Love
10. Bye Bye Blackbird

Voce Andrea Cantieri
pianoforte Seby Burgio
piano elettrico e hammond Alessandro Garofalo
contrabbassi Filippo Di Pietro, Claudio Nicotra e Alberto Amato
basso elettrico Filippo Di Pietro
chitarre jazz, acustiche ed elettriche Franco Presti
Batteria Enzo Augello
sax tenore soprano contralto baritono clarino e flauto Marcello Leanza
trombe Lino ZImbone
trombone Nando Sorbello
violini e viole Adriano Murania
violoncello Alessandro Longo

ITALY: NUSICA.ORG ON TOUR: summer concerts



26th May 2017 // XYQuartet // Venezze Jazz Festival (Rovigo)

Nicola Fazzini (alto sax)
Alessandro Fedrigo (acoustic bass)
Saverio Tasca (vibes)
Luca Colussi (drums)


2nd June 2017 // Luigi Vitali & Luca Colussi // Giardini di Ca' Bembo, Zattere (Venezia)

Luigi Vitale (vibes)
Luca Colussi (drums)

17th June 2017 // XYQuartet // Rai Radio 3, Piazza Verdi (Milano)

Nicola Fazzini (alto sax)
Alessandro Fedrigo (acoustic bass)
Saverio Tasca (vibes)
Luca Colussi (drums)


28th June 2017 // Hyper + // Toronto Jazz Festival (Toronto)


Nicola Fazzini (alto & soprano sax)
Alessandro Fedrigo (acoustic bass)
Nick Fraser (drums)


1st July 2017 // Hyper + // Vancouver Jazz Festival (Vancouver)

Nicola Fazzini (alto & soprano sax)
Alessandro Fedrigo (acoustic bass)
Skye Brooks (drums)


6th July 2017 // XYQuartet // Sile Jazz, BHR Hotel (Quinto di Treviso, TV)

Nicola Fazzini (alto sax)
Alessandro Fedrigo (acoustic bass)
Saverio Tasca (vibes)
Luca Colussi (drums)


7th July 2017 // Andrea Massaria & Bruce Ditmas // Sile Jazz, Villa Guidini (Zero Branco, TV)
Andrea Massaria (guitar & effects)
Bruce Ditmas (drums)

8th July 2017 // XYQuartet // Paesaggi Sonori, Corropoli (Teramo)

Nicola Fazzini (alto sax)
Alessandro Fedrigo (acoustic bass)
Saverio Tasca (vibes)
Luca Colussi (drums)