Thursday, November 30, 2017

USA: Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights In Jazz New York’s Announces its 46th Season

Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights In Jazz
New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series

Announces its 46th Season

Four exciting 2018 concerts you won’t want to miss!
Plus, surprise special guest at all shows.

Long-time favorites and first-timers will jam together all season long, at this popular jazz concert series.

Guitarist Russell Malone 2018 Honoree

All Shows At
Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

Box Office 212-220-1460
In four stellar concerts featuring some of the brightest lights in jazz today, 2018’s Highlights In Jazz series brings together a multitude of beloved jazz musicians spanning generations and styles. You’ll hear unforgettable performances from nonagenarians Jimmy Heath, Bucky Pizzarelli and Dick Hyman, youthful sensations Dominick Farinacci and Peter and Will Anderson, and mainstream mainstays including Russell Malone, Steve Turre, George Cables, Houston Person, and many more.

Gathering top musicians across generations and genres is a hallmark of Highlights In Jazz, and a goal of producer Jack Kleinsinger. “All-star jams are my stock-in-trade--bringing musicians together to play with people they don’t play with every night of the week. The audience gets to hear something different from what they’ll hear in the clubs,” Kleinsinger notes. “We’re blessed to have so many great musicians in New York, and I like to include a variety of younger artists and veterans.”

Surprise special guest are another trademark of every concert in the series, from the very first Highlights In Jazz presentation in the early 1970s. There’s always at least one unannounced top-flight musician scheduled to appear, plus there are often special guest who surprise even Kleinsinger. “I’ll see someone in the audience and bring them up, or sometimes someone will come backstage to say hello and I’ll ask them to play. Once, Gerry Mulligan was in the house, and he walked up the aisle to the stage, playing his horn.”

Jack Kleinsinger’s 
46th year

The new season kicks off with the Highlights In Jazz 46th Anniversary Gala, featuring the Bucky Pizzarelli Trio with guitarist Russell Malone, and bassist Martin Pizzarelli. Acclaimed vocalist Kevin Mahogany and his band share the bill at this all-star show.

At 92 years old, guitar virtuoso Bucky Pizzarelli has a lot of musical history under his fingers: He’s played with renowned favorites including Benny Goodman, George Barnes, Stephane Grappelli, Frank Sinatra, the Tonight Show band, and Paul McCartney. Bucky Pizzarelli was on the bill of the very first Highlights In Jazz concert way back in the 1970s, and has returned to the series many times since. Throughout his career Bucky remained in the top-rank of most in-demand studio musicians, but for this seasoned pro, playing for an audience is the ultimate pleasure.

Joining the maestro on stage at 2018’s Highlights In Jazz season opener will be fellow guitarist Russell Malone, a six-string master in his own right. Russell credits Wes Montgomery and George Benson as early influences, but has such a distinctive style you’d never mistake him for anyone else. With more than a dozen albums as a leader, Russell has shown he knows his way around standards and originals. This versatile guitarist has performed with Ron Carter, Sonny Rollins, Dianne Reeves and other jazz icons.

Featured bassist Martin Pizzarelli proves the apple didn’t fall far from the talented family tree: He is Bucky Pizzarelli’s son and renowned guitarist John Pizzarelli’s brother.

Long recognized as among the top vocalists in jazz today, thanks to his expressive baritone voice, Kevin Mahogany knows his way around everything from swing to bop to blues to ballads. He’s proved his range over and over at clubs and festivals around the globe and on albums, as he turns his creativity to interpreting Motown hits, paying tribute to Charles Mingus, or exploring tunes inspired by the timeless pairing of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

You won’t want to miss this event!

Thursday, February 22, 2018- 8 P.M.
  • Highlights In Jazz - 46th Anniversary Gala
-Bucky Pizzarelli Trio with Russell Malone and Martin Pizzarelli
-Kevin Mahogany
Plus surprise special guest!

 Mark your calendar for other concerts scheduled for the 2018 Highlights In Jazz season:

Thursday, March 22, 2018- 8 P.M.
  • The Millennials Meet The Masters
Featuring saxophonists Peter and Will Anderson, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Buster Williams, trombonist Steve Turre, and pianist George Cables, plus surprise special guest!

Thursday, May 10, 2018- 8 P.M.
  • Dick Hyman and Friends
Pianist Dick Hyman, trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon, bassist Jay Leonhart, saxophonist Ken Peplowski, drummer/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, and surprise special guest!

Thursday, June 21, 2018- 8 P.M.
  • Salute to Russell Malone
Guest of Honor: guitarist Russell Malone, plus saxophonists Jimmy Heath and Houston Person, drummers Lewis Nash and Willie Jones III, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Luke Sellick, and surprise special guest!

In producing the Highlights In Jazz series, Jack Kleinsinger is living the dream. Early on, he booked legendary jazzmen such as Buddy Rich and Dizzy Gillespie, “I idolized these guys growing up, and never dreamed I’d work with them, I never thought this would happen,” Jack reveals. To this day, “That feeling is still there. It doesn’t get any better than this for a fan.”

Schedule subject to change without notice.

Visit the The UNF Jack Kleinsinger Highlights in Jazz Archive

All Shows At

BMCC TRIBECA Performing Arts Center 
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

By car take FDR Drive south to end, through underpass onto West Street, 
north to Chambers.
By Subway take 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C, E, J or M train to Chambers or N, R to City Hall stop. Walk west on Chambers.
Box Office 212-220-1460
Ticket Prices
$45.00 (student rate with valid ID)
or by mail order.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the box office.
You are now able to use your credit card at the Tribeca PAC Box Office located on 199 Chambers Street, or by calling (212) 220-1460 and now online at

Please send a check made payable to: Highlights In Jazz

Please mail orders to:
Highlights In Jazz 

7 Peter Cooper Road, Apt. 11E  New York NY 10010
(Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope)

Highlights in Jazz Media Contact
Jim Eigo
Jazz Promo Services
272 State Route 94 South #1
Warwick, NY 10990-3363
Ph: 845-986-1677 / Fax: 845-986-1699
Cell / text: 917-755-8960
Skype: jazzpromo

USA: Chris Thile-Thanks for Listening (2017)

Thanks for Listening

Thanks for Listening is a collection of new studio recordings, produced by Thomas Bartlett, of ten songs originally written as Songs of the Week on A Prairie Home Companion. Thile manned almost all of the stringed instruments on the album and is joined by guest singers Sarah Jarosz, Gaby Moreno, and Aoife O'Donovan. "Right now, with how easy it is to be the talker on social media, how hard it is to maintain focus or give something enough attention to appreciate it, we're in a place where listening is a precious commodity," says Thile. "Thanks for Listening is a celebration of people who haven't switched off, despite being given every reason to do so."

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

USA: Houston Person-Rain Or Shine (2017)

Rain Or Shine 

The soulfully expressive tenor saxophonist, Houston Person learned his craft in the 1950s, a time when some of the earliest pioneers of jazz saxophone -- Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster -- were playing. Like Sonny Rollins and a handful of others, Person is an eloquent messenger who is rooted in traditional blues, church music, Broadway love songs and the mimicking of a singer's tonal palette and phrasing. His blues feel led to a renaissance among acid-jazz clubbers years later, and his sound has become uniquely characterful: an idiosyncratic edit of all he has learned, expressed in shrugging hoots, briefly cantering bop sprints, spacious and softly blown ballads. With his long-time friend and colleague, cornetist Warren Vaché and guitarist Rodney Jones, Person's burnished sophistication, assured elegance and poise are again on display giving listeners an object lesson in unfussy, no-gimmicks music-making.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

NORWAY: Aalberg | Kullhammar | Zetterber | Santos Silva-BASEMENT SESSIONS VOL.4 (THE BALI TAPES) Clean Feed 2017

Espen Aalberg  drums, percussion | Jonas Kullhammar  saxophone, flute | Torbjörn Zetterberg  bass | Susana Santos Silva  trumpet
All musicians also play gamelan

The fourth volume of the series “Basement Sessions” have again (like the previous “Vol. 3”, with Jørgen Mathisen as special guest) an addition to the trio formed by Jonas Kullhammar, Torbjorn Zetterberg and Espen Aalberg, the name of the drummer showing this time upfront because the compositions have his authorship – the extra element now is the Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, presently living in Stockholm, as the other musicians here. Once again, the “mutated hard bop” concept followed by the band is in full application, but there’s a substantial difference confirming the subtitle “The Bali Tapes”, and not only to confirm that the recording was done in Indonesia: all the musicians play gamelan instruments besides their own, and among Aalberg’s pieces one is a Javanese traditional tune. There’s no contradiction of the new proceedings with the post-Coltranean identity of the project – faithfull to the spiritual explorations put in music by the late saxophonist, what we find here is a group ritual diving deep into the inner soul of jazz and the souls of everybody involved, with a mercurian drive and a lyricism that, in the middle of all the fire going on, keeps astonishingly elegant. The Swedish scene keeps surprising us with unexpected ideas put into old formats with aspects yet to discover, and Santos Silva shows, once again, that there’s no boundaries for creativity. A must listen, must have record of the present day European jazz.
Clean Feed

Monday, November 27, 2017

CANADA/Crowdfunding: François Carrier Saxophonist⎜improviser⎜composer

Francois au Café Olimpico 


I am asking for your support and generosity to fulfill my numerous artistic projects.

I’ll use the funding for

The funds raised will allow me to finance many of my musical and artistic projects. Among other things, this money will be used to hire various professionals, like a graphic designer to create a vinyl box set and a photo book. Part will be used for my living expenses.

Let me introduce myself

Truly creative, deeply intuitive, visionary, absolutely eccentric, totally inhabited by the arts, always amazed and eternal optimistic, I play as I breathe.
Here is a recent review from my latest album :

“Carrier’s tone is extraordinarily beautiful for a free jazz performance. Such is the imperturbable sound of a self-possessed musician.”
Click here for full review → AllAboutJazz 

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USA: Helio Alves Qt Terraza 7 (12/3) Club Bonafide (12/3) with special guests Chico Pinheiro & Edu Ribeiro

Helio Alves Quartet
with special guests
Chico Pinheiro & Edu Ribeiro
@ Terraza 7
40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst, NY 11373
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
10:30 pm
Tickets & Info

Sunday, December 3, 2017 7:30pm Club Bonafide
Tickets & Info

Helio Alves / Piano
Chico Pinheiro / Guitar
Edward Perez /  Bass
Edu Ribeiro / Drums

“Chico Pinheiro’s acoustic and electric guitar strains easily meld the Brazilian saudade with North American swing, and craft a cross-cultural musical world of dulcet passion and nuanced detail. ”
Downbeat Magazine

“Alves has sublety, musicality and a extraordinary facility for improvisation…” “…exceptional melodic improviser…”
-Roberti L. Doerschuk, DownBeat Magazine

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the early '90s, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, Rosa Passos and Sadao Watanabe, to name but a few.

USA: Matt Mitchell's A Pouting Grimace & Jen Shyu's Song of Silver Geese Available Now/Pi Recordings 2017

Matt Mitchell's A Pouting Grimace & Jen Shyu's Song of Silver Geese Available Now


A Pouting Grimace is the audacious new release from pianist/composer Matt Mitchell, whose prior release Vista Accumulation (Pi 2015) The New York Times calls “a bold signature” that “simmers with deep intensity.” Not only is he one of the most in-demand pianists in jazz – Mitchell plays in bands such as Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse, the Dave Douglas Quintet, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Jonathan Finlayson’s Sicilian Defense, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Birdcalls, and David Binney’s Quartet -- he has established himself as a composer of bold distinction. Substantial in scope, the album, which features twelve musicians: five woodwinds, four percussionists, harp, bass, and the leader on piano, Prophet 6, and electronics, weaves an intricate web of off-kilter rhythms and logical frenzy. Produced by the acclaimed guitarist/composer David Torn, the work is completely beyond genre, a daring tour de force that headily mines the interstice between precision-plotted compositions and the thrill of improvisation.
Highly regarded among the jazz cognoscenti, Mitchell is a first-call for musicians seeking a pianist able to deal with the most demandingly complex material. He is a charter member of saxophonist Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, who just released their fourth album, Incidentals, and Mitchell also interpreted Berne’s compositions on FØRAGE, released earlier in 2017. He also appears on Morphogenesis (Pi 2017), the latest from saxophonist Steve Coleman, who said of Mitchell: “Matt possesses a technical command of his instrument and ear for tonal resources that only a few keyboardists in New York have. I appreciate his open and creative attitude towards music, which he never approaches in terms of categories or styles. He’s a great example of the 21st-Century musician: versed in the musical lessons of the past, present, and poised to help move the development of this music forward.” Percussionist Dan Weiss, who played on Vista Accumulation and has worked extensively with Mitchell said: “He is a rare breed of musician in that he has no leaks. His improvising is true and creative, his composing is innovative, his technique is astounding.”
The intrepid new release takes Mitchell’s music to a whole other level, featuring ensemble pieces that burst with intricate detail interwoven with solo electronic interludes. The idea was borne out of his desire to try composing music with a fresh instrumental palette, one heavy on the convoluted interlocution between the various woodwinds and percussion. Each of the group compositions is derived from a kernel of an idea – listen carefully and you can probably figure it out. While entirely plotted out, the compositions leaves room for frequent and varied layers of improvisation, all in service of the overall arrangements. Dan Weiss says of the project: “This music is very important to the lineage of composed/ improvised music. The orchestral palette, harmonic nuance, rhythmic precision and complexity, and hauntingly beautiful textured melodies make this recording highly innovative and unlike anything we've have heard before.”
Producer Torn describes his experience: “As the project proceeded, there grew out of all-that an increasingly strong undercurrent and vivid sense of wonder, dread and simple excitement in me, even, eventually... awe: awe, in light of both Matt's clear vision actually getting birthed into this world and our real adventure with its passage. What a remarkably rich piece of work this is, from a truly remarkable man, bending music, sound and time -- so gorgeously and so necessarily idiosyncratically -- in order to speak and feel true and affect thusly, as he must certainly gotta do."
Musicians, instrumentation and exegesis in Mitchells own words:
1.     bulb terminus [1:11]: Mitchell (electronics) - thrust into a dream like state, an encoded prequel to the main event which is its own curious event/environment, you think you’re stuck then you’re whisked away
2.     plate shapes [8:12]: : Mitchell (piano, Prophet 6); Cass (bass); Gentile (drums, percussion); Smith (vibraphone); Brennan (marimba); Irabagon (sopranino sax); Schoenbeck (bassoon) -- exploration of varying momentums within a fixed grid, repetition breeds semi-familiarity, entire paragraphs uttered simultaneously, mutating mantras
3.     mini alternate [5:32]: Mitchell (piano); Cass (bass); Gentile (drums, percussion); Smith (tanbou, glockenspiel); Robinson (bass sax); Kono (oboe); Weiss (tabla) --a slice from brim, inverted and gridlocked, the illusion of forward motion really coming from circular motion, attempts to rescue ultimately fall back into the centripetal motion, concluding with a zoom in or out
4.     brim [6:50]: Mitchell (piano); Cass (bass); Gentile (drums, percussion); Brennan (vibraphone); Smith (bongos, glockenspiel, timpani); Weiss (tabla); Andrews (harp); Webber (flute); Kono (oboe); Irabagon (soprano sax); Schoenbeck (bassoon); Robinson (contrabass clarinet); Sorey (conductor) -- the primordial genetic broth of the whole record, everything on all other tracks generated from the material here. associations with multiple definitions of brim intended; margins and the sense of overflowing; palimpsest, chant, kaleidoscope
5.     deal sweeteners [1:27]: Mitchell (electronics) -- an electronic brim-based bonus gloss to close out the first half, an attempt to explain that fails to explain
6.     squalid ink [0:15]: Mitchell (electronics) -- half remembering what came before and  presaging what is to come in a jumbled last gasp of the old guard
7.     gluts [4:28]: Mitchell (piano); Cass (bass); Gentile (drums, percussion); Webber (alto flute); Schoenbeck (bassoon); Andrews (harp) -- a ballad, an attempt to lovingly massage an unusual density of information into lyrical spaces…two trios eventually coming together, false starts/false endings
8.     heft [4:16]: Mitchell (piano, Prophet 6); Cass (bass); Gentile (drums, percussion); Robinson (bass sax); Irabagon (sopranino sax) -- a foreboding processional, an ill-meaning weight, a portent coming to pass, a quizzical aftermath
9.     sick fields [9:11]: Mitchell (piano); Cass (bass); Gentile (drums, percussion); Brennan (marimba); Smith (percussion, timpani); Weiss (table); Andrews (harp); Webber (bass flute); Kono (English horn); Robinson (contrabass clarinet); Sorey (conductor) -- inexorable and inscrutable, a severely fragmented space containing broken mis-remembrances of what has come, failed attempts to find solace, dissipation, evaporation, more false starts, resignation
10.  ooze interim [5:07]: Mitchell (electronics) -- a zero gravity reminiscence of the final moments, mutated thought loops overlapping nonsensically temporarily to infinity

  • Matt Mitchell - piano, Prophet 6, electronics
  • Kim Cass - upright bass
  • Kate Gentile - drums, gongs, percussion 
  • Ches Smith - vibraphone, glockenspiel, bongos, timpani, gongs, Haitian tanbou, percussion
  • Dan Weiss - tabla
  • Patricia Brennan - vibraphone, marimba 
  • Katie Andrews - harp
  • Anna Webber - flute, alto flute, bass flute
  • Jon Irabagon - sopranino sax, soprano sax
  • Ben Kono - oboe, English horn
  • Sara Schoenbeck - bassoon
  • Scott Robinson - bass sax, contrabass clarinet
  • Tyshawn Sorey - conductor
1.      bulb terminus (1:00)
2.      plate shapes (8:20)
3.      mini alternate (5:30)
4.      brim (6:50)
5.      deal sweeteners (1:20)
6.      squalid ink (0:20)
7.      gluts (4:15)
8.      heft (4:15)
9.      sick fields (9:00)
10.   ooze interim (5:00)


Sunday, November 26, 2017




Appearing At
SETS: 8 & 10 pm

cover: $32 (+ $20 minimum)


Frank Kimbrough - piano

Dean Johnson - bass

Jeff Hirshfield - drums

Jazz at Kitano
66 Park Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 885-7119 Tickets & Info
The Richmond Times said "she is compared to Ella....and deserves it!"

The New York Times:   "Vocal virtuosity"

Stephanie Nakasian has been touring and recording for over 37 years, much of the time with her late husband/jazz piano great Hod O'Brien who passed away last november.  She has 13 CDs as a leader and has co-authored two books - one on jazz and one on singing technique.  She made her singing debut touring for two years with Jon Hendricks and Company and has appeared as a headliner in major festivals and venues around the world including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Moscow Performing Arts Center, Northsea Jazz Festival and multiple appearances for the THE LOS ANGELES JAZZ INSTITUTE.  She has appeared on 10 shows with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band on Public Radio's Riverwalk series and on public television with Hod and with Clark Terry.  

USA: Lucky Peterson - Tribute to Jimmy Smith (2017)

Tribute to Jimmy Smith
On this album, Lucky Peterson pays tribute to his mentor, jazz legend Jimmy Smith. Fittingly, Peterson performs on Smith's favorite instrument, the Hammond B-3 organ. Peterson's style is anchored in blues with the beat of jazz, the groove of rhythm 'n' blues and the energy of rock 'n' roll. For this recording his virtuoso sidemen include guitarist Kelyn Crapp and drummer Herlin Riley.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

USA: David S. Ware Quartet- Renunciation (2017)

David S. Ware: tenor saxophone
Matthew Shipp: piano
William Parker: bass
Guillermo E. Brown: drums

Renunciation presents the momentous final US performance by David S. Ware's revered Quartet. The entire performance – from the band introduction to full real-time applause is here – live at Vision Festival XI on June 18, 2006 at the Orensanz Art Center in New York City. Featuring three brand new compositions (the beauty ballad Ganesh Sound, the epic Renunciation Suite centerpiece, and the condensed encore), this concert and exquisite recording thereof shows the Quartet at yet another height of their powers. A magnificent performance by one of the greatest Jazz bands the world will ever know, and which was indeed their very last in the country which birthed them.

"The work of jazz titan David S. Ware seems to grow more refined, more ambitious, and more majestic as time moves on. Renunciation, featuring Ware's formidable quartet, is taken from a 2006 live date and contains seven compositions, each of which glows, morphs, startles, and seemingly reinvents the sonic stratosphere. Ware and company... more
released October 20, 2017


Fred Delplancq Quartet performs "Strange Atmosphere" from the new album Horizons, out November 17, 2017 on Hypnote Records. Fred Deplancq / saxophone Vincent Bruyninckx / piano Sam Gerstmans / double bass Toon Van Dionant / drums

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Friday, November 24, 2017

USA: Oscar, With Love Out Today on Mack Avenue Records

Oscar, With Love
Out Today on Mack Avenue Records

Standard CD package: 3-CD digipak + 24 page booklet
Deluxe CD package: 3-CDs in deluxe hardback 100+ page book

 In 2015, a special 3-CD set, Oscar, With Love, was released to observe the 90th birthday of jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson (1925-2007). To honor her late husband, Kelly Peterson assembled some of the most celebrated jazz artists in the world to perform and record on the luminary's prized personal Bösendorfer Imperial piano, and then released the recordings as a deluxe collector's edition, featuring an extensive 100+ page commemorative book, and as a standard 3-CD digipak package. 

Today, Mack Avenue Records is set to re-release this project, shortly before the 10-year-anniversary of Peterson's passing. A new deluxe limited edition 5-LP vinyl set is also due for release in 2018.

The set showcases Oscar Peterson as a composer and includes the world premiere of several pieces he wrote but never recorded; the compositions were retrieved from Peterson's library for the project. Most of the music on the recording was written by Peterson, or for him by some of his closest musical friends including Chick Corea's "One For Oscar." It is these friends and colleagues who performed on the recording: Monty AlexanderLance Anderson, Kenny Barron, Robi Botos, Bill Charlap, Gerald Clayton, Chick Corea, Benny Green, Hiromi, Oliver Jones, Justin Kauflin, Michel Legrand, Ramsey Lewis, Audrey Morris, Makoto Ozone, Renee Rosnes, and Dave Young. 

USA: Jerry Granelli With Robben Ford, Bill Frisell And J. Anthony Granelli Dance Hall

Featuring guitar greats Robben Ford and Bill Frisell, the material on "Dance Hall" reflects Jerry Granelli’s deep gratitude to the artists who originally wrote and recorded these great songs, and at this point in his life the sheer joy of playing the drums. “The key was not doing covers, but finding songs that were personal to my journey. We kept it as open and spontaneous as possible; it’s about the joy of finding the freedom in the form.”

USA: Jazz Passengers - Still Life With Trouble EPK

The Jazz Passengers announce the release of "Still Life With Trouble" in March 2017 - their 30th anniversary release on Thirsty Ear Records (North America + the rest of the world) Enja/Yellowbird Records (Europe, Japan) 

This film was directed by Douglas Sloan and produced by the amazing team at Icontent Films. Musicians: Roy Nathanson – Saxophone, Voice, Poetry Curtis Fowlkes – Trombone, Voice Bill Ware – Vibraphone, Rhodes, Voice Brad Jones – Bass, Voice Sam Bardfeld – Violin E.J. Rodriguez – Percussion, Drums, Waterphone, Voice Ben Perowsky – Drums Marc Ribot – Guitar on Wake Up, Again! Still Life With Trouble Production: Produced and Engineered by Hugo Dwyer Executive Producers – Peter Gordon, Werner Aldinger Recorded at Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY Second Engineer - Adam Tilzer Additional Recording at La Sous-Sol de Roi Mixed Out Back Where the Horse Used to Live Cover photo – Ruth Leonard Mastering by –Christoph Stickel

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Kris Defoort’s Diving Poet Society Veronika Harcsa (voice), Guillaume Orti (saxophone), Kris Defoort (piano), Nicolas Thys (bass) & Lander Gyselinck (drums) In Kris Defoort’s Diving Poet Society two brilliant musicians join the heart of the Kris Defoort Trio, into a new musical adventure. Together they explore fresh compositions injected by the inspiring poems of Peter Verhelst, a unique, stubborn writer embracing life with all its ‘dark’ mysteries.

Balancing between improvisations, composed material & instant orchestration, it is the eternal search for this one magical, unknown moment. Five musical poets communicating the joy of diving into an ocean of unlimited colours, words & sounds.

 Aubergine Artist Management in co-production with Concertgebouw Brugge & Budapest Music Centre (BMC). With the support of Flanders State of the Art. Label: W.E.R.F. Records

Kris Defoort piano    
Nicolas Thys contrebasse      
Lander Gyselinck batterie    
Guillaume Orti saxophone alto     

Veronica Harcsa chant

FRANCE: Samuel Strouk, album Silent Walk // 1er extrait Lands

Samuel Strouk
1er album Silent Walk
Disponible chez Fo Féo Productions / Universal Music
A l'écoute de Silent Walk, l'album du guitariste Samuel Strouk, imaginez des paysages vierges, jamais découverts par l'homme, qui vont, au fur et à mesure se déflorer, s'ouvrir à nous, et devenir familiers. A travers l'émotion et la sensibilité dégagées par cette musique, l'auditeur va s'immiscer avec grâce dans ces territoires imaginaires.
Samuel Strouk propose un jazz atmosphérique singulier et prégnant, où la rigueur de l'écriture et de l'interprétation font bon ménage avec l'incertitude de l'improvisation, et où la notion rythmique se réinvente entre swing et rubato.
L'album intitulé Silent Walk, empreint d'un grand lyrisme et d'une sensibilité à fleur de peau, a été confectionné par Samuel Strouk, à la manière d'un peintre, ou d'un cinéaste, avec un sens inné de la narration. Cela aboutit à un projet musical inclassable, qui ne ressemble à rien de connu.
Avec Silent Walk, Samuel Strouk défriche tout en finesse un monde sonore aux mille reflets aux lisières du jazz, du classique, de la world, et de la musique contemporaine, à découvrir avec le premier extrait Lands.
Pour écouter et diffuser la vidéo de Lands :
A 36 ans, Samuel Strouk est un guitariste, un compositeur, un arrangeur, et un directeur musical, déjà connu et réputé dans le milieu de la musique classique et des musiques improvisées (actuelles et traditionnelles). En tant que compositeur, son carnet de commande est bien rempli après la réussite de différents projets ambitieux, qui ont suscité de belles réactions : un double concerto pour violoncelle et accordéon, un quatuor pour cordes et guitare, « La Saison Eternelle » pour orchestre, violon et violoncelle, où se mêlent les langages de Vivaldi et de Piazzolla, « Poems » où se juxtaposent un orchestre à cordes et une rythmique pop ou « My Romantic Lebanon » qui met en avant un violon solo au sein d’un orchestre à cordes et d’un combo jazz.
 Samuel Strouk, de plus en plus implanté dans le monde du jazz, est aussi depuis cinq saisons, le directeur artistique et le programmateur du festival de jazz de Maisons-Laffitte qui a lieu tous les ans au mois de juin. Il était donc temps que ce brillant diplômé en guitare classique et en musique de chambre, enregistre enfin un disque sous son nom, en tant que leader, guitariste, et compositeur, proposant un jazz atmosphérique singulier et prégnant, où la rigueur de l’écriture et de l’interprétation font bon ménage avec l’incertitude de l’improvisation, et où la notion rythmique se réinvente entre swing et rubato.
L’album intitulé « Silent Walk », empreint d’un grand lyrisme et d’une sensibilité à fleur de peau, a été confectionné par Samuel Strouk, à la manière d’un peintre, ou d’un cinéaste, avec un sens inné de la narration. Cela aboutit à un projet musical inclassable, qui ne ressemble à rien de connu, et qui rendrait fou de jalousie Manfred Eicher (le patron du label Ecm) par le soin apporté à l’architecture sonore et à la gestion de l’espace, du temps, et du silence….. 
Pour ce premier album sous son nom, le guitariste Samuel Strouk a formé un quintette où il est entouré de ses deux compères : l’accordéoniste Vincent Peirani et le violoncelliste François Salque, ainsi que du contrebassiste Diego Imbert et du clarinettiste Florent Pujuila (souvent à la clarinette basse).
Cinq instruments fortement empreints de lyrisme, aux sonorités graves et feutrées, qui proposent une riche palette de timbres et de couleurs, où mélodies, harmonies et rythmes s’interpénètrent avec bonheur au service d’une musique habitée, dense, et contrastée. La musique de « Silent Walk » exprime l’idée d’un voyage intérieur où l’on perçoit des images mentales, comme si l’on assistait à la projection d’un film imaginaire, et puis cette « Marche Silencieuse » évoque aussi une revendication du mélange de genres. Il s’agit de tracer une troisième voie entre le monde de la musique classique et celui du jazz.
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USA: Carl Bartlett, Jr. - PROMISE(2017)

PROMISE! - Carl, Jr.'s sophomore Jazz CD: Official CD Release Party on Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ JAZZ at KITANO (Manhattan, NYC), featuring The Carl Bartlett, Jr. Quintet.

"PROMISE!, as was Hopeful before it, is a must have for serious and casual Jazz listeners alike. It should be a no-brainer addition to the playlists of On Air and Internet Jazz Radio Stations around the world." - Rich Keith, Pure Jazz Radio

Carl Bartlett, Jr. - 1st Place Winner in the USA

(2nd in the world) in the prestigious

2015-2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Jazz Category, out of 18,500 entries from 120

countries worldwide!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

USA: Dave Stryker meets the Brazilian Trio Fri Nov 24 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm Jazz At Kitano

Dave Stryker
Meets the Brazilian Trio
Friday, November 24th
Sets 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Jazz At Kitano

Winner of the Hot House Magazine 2017
Fans Favorite
"Best Guitarist" Award

• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Helio Alves -piano
• Nilson Matta – bass
• Duduka DaFonseca – drums

Jazz At Kitano
66 Park Ave at East 38th
NYC 10016