Wednesday, February 28, 2018

NETHERLANDS:Sanem Kalfa & George Dumitriu- Dance (2018)

Sanem Kalfa & George Dumitriu | Dance

From subtle and immersive, to explosive and theatrical, the new album DANCE twill be released on May 1st 2018.
Turkish yearning, Brazilian melancholy, Persian wisdom of universal love, and an Italian philosophical perspective of the 4 seasons root the creative explorations of DANCE. A touch of electronics transitions the sound of the album towards a hypnotic dimension, where songs are beautifully crafted by the Turkish-Romanian duo.
The identity of the project is inspired by Rumi, „the prince of sufi poets”, a simple, intimate, honest exploration of music in a rich way melodically and creatively.
Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the duo is known for their intimate and intense performances. Winner of Montreux Jazz Competition presided by Quincy Jones, Sanem Kalfa sings original compositions and arrangements in four different languages - her mother tongue (Turkish), Portuguese, Italian and English. The dialog is portrayed together with poly-instrumentalist and composer George Dumitriu, active in the jazz, contemporary classical and improvised music scenes of Europe.

Sanem Kalfa - vocals, electronics 
George Dumitriu - guitar, viola

“Spiritual and subtle music that walks the landscape of microtonality. An ultimate voicing of fragility. Maybe the most beautiful moment of two invigorating days of InJazz.” -
Cyriel Pluimakers, Jazzenzo

“They make highly surprising and extraordinary exciting music. Their performance showed resourcefulness and overwhelming expressiveness. With voice, strings played in different ways and electronics that deform, loop or decelerate, Kalfa and Dumitriu create their own universe that is magical and impressive, or just moving because of the poetic beauty.” - Roland Huguenin, Jazzflits

“From the first note, Kalfa gave everything and sang from her soul. Dumitriu is continuously looking for new sounds and new ways of accom- panying with guitar as well as viola. Despite the small setup, there was a wall of sound and emotion coming from the stage! “ -
Armand van Wijck, Jazzenzo

“Virtuosity combined with extreme dynamics and expression. Complex music that becomes accessible to everyone thanks to the breath taking perfomance... “- Peter Bruyn, Haarlems Dagblad

"Kalfa and Dumitriu play something very different. Many are susceptible to the mystery and Kalfa uses that; it fits her well and she feels good performing like that."-
Jan Jasper Tamboer, Het Parool

TAIWAN: Jay Hung-110 West(2018)

Jay Hung | 110 West
About 110 West Album:

This is a Jazz album for all listeners to enjoy. It contains some pop into jazz, yet the music does not lose the technique and grooving of jazz.

Many people say jazz is difficult to understand. Why pop music is such a popular genre of music? It is because of its simplicity. It does not have lot of complicated chords, and listeners can easily recognize the melody. On the other hand, jazz music has more depth in technique and chord progressions which can be complicated.

This album uses several Poly Chords, which are often used in European EDM and less used in pop or jazz. Many harmonic elements and grooving are being used in the track “Banana”. Track of “Nostalgic Memory” is a cover of a legendary Taiwanese 1950’s song that has many years of history. It combines Bebop Style and Pentatonic that completely break away the image of traditional style into a whole new perspective.

This album has Jazz / Smooth Jazz / Funk style.
I hope you will enjoy.

About Jay Hung:

- Sought-after keyboard player in Asian pop music industry.
- Graduated in Hollywood, Los Angeles in the Musicians Institute Kit Professional in 1998.
- Educated under Steve Weingart, Carl Schordel, and Rique Pantoja.
- Expertise: Piano / Keyboard/ Music Arranger/ Band Leader /Music Director
- Favorite Music Genres: FUNK/JAZZ/FUSION/POP

Born in Taiwan in 1971, Jay Hung was touched by the sound of the keyboard as a child. He eventually self-studied music on his own. Although his traditional family did not support the boy to learn music, Jay did not give up on his love for music.

In 1996, Jay left Taiwan to Hollywood, Los Angeles for further music education at Musicians Institute (KIT). There he learned Jazz / Funk / Rock and other music elements. He studied under the guidance of great master Steve Weingart and Rique Pantoja; however, their teaching was strict and never taken lightly. After he returned to Taiwan in 2000, he began to work in the professional Asian pop music industry.

Since 2000 - 2017 Jay has done more than 500 concerts, mostly for Hong Kong, Taiwanese, and Chinese top famous artists. His position in the concert is usually Band Leader, Music Director, or Keyboard Player. He also played keyboard in many TV shows in China, including "Chinese Idol". In addition, Jay has arranged more than 300 pop music in Asia.

With the 17 years of professional music experience, Jay feels he now has a strong heart to complete his own creative album.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CANADA: Eric St-Laurent-Mustard Arizona (2018)

Eric St-Laurent | Mustard Arizona
Guitarist Eric St-Laurent proudly releases his 10th album to date, entitled ‘Mustard Arizona’.

The warm acoustic jazz set is a departure for St-Laurent, who has previously favoured more angular settings.

“I’ve never recorded a standards album before but I’ve always listened to, performed and loved the music. I wanted to wait until I had something to add to the conversation.”

Long time Toronto colleagues O’Connor, Fias and Pacanowski shine on the nine songs, diving in the set with total commitment and virtuosity.

Born and raised in Montreal, St-Laurent studied improvisation in New York before moving to Berlin where he toured with both the big and small names of the German and Scandinavian music scenes. Winner of the SOCAN award for Best Original Composition at the Montreal Jazz Festival and The Best Band Award at the Vienne (France) Jazz Festival, he has been featured on over 100 recordings, produced multiple albums, composed scores for short films and theatre, and toured in Europe and North America.

USA: Peter Erskine & The Dr. Um Band- On Call (2018)

(2-CD set) 'On Call' is the 3rd album by Peter Erskine & The Dr. Um Band, a double-CD package with six studio and five 'live' tracks, featuring keyboardist/arranger John Beasley, saxophonist Bob Sheppard, bass phenom Benjamin Shepherd and legendary drummer Peter Erskine. With an album cover that recalls Weather Report's 'Night Passage' album (which featured live & studio cuts), the Dr. Um Band realizes the musical potential of fusion and completes a picture that Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter began painting 50 years ago. From the first track's uncanny and authentic evocation of WR to its thrilling concert cuts, 'On Call' is the album fusion fans have been waiting for. Plus, it swings & sounds great.

Monday, February 26, 2018

USA/BRAZIL: Lupa Santiago / Sergio Galvao / Clement Landais / Franck Enouf -2X2(ORIGIN 2018)

Two widely respected Brazilian musicians, originally meeting and performing together on a 2014 tour, saxophonist Sergio Galvao & guitarist Lupa Santiago developed a quick and exciting rapport, vowing to work more together. Soon after a second tour, Galvao relocated to France where he formed a trio with two dynamic French musicians, bassist Clement Landais and drummer Franck Enouf, making plans to record as a trio in the spring of 2017. By coincidence, Lupa was touring Europe during the same period and the idea to join the trio's recording was born. Meeting in the studio in Normandy on the first day of recording, they brought their compositions and after many jokes concerning soccer, the name for the recording and band came very easily: 2x2. The music presented is fully jazz, but infused with rich experiences and deep influence from their own cultures and travels.

USA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:Michel Camilo- Live in London ( Redondo Music 2017)

MICHEL CAMILO performing ISLAND BEAT from his new LIVE IN LONDON album. Order at
Track Listing: From Within; The Frim Fram Sauce; A Place In Time; Island Beat; Sandra's Serenade; Manteca; I Got Rhythm/Caravan/Sing Sing Sing.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ethiopia:Hailu Mergia- Lala Belu(2018)

The Ethiopian keyboard and accordion maestro's first new LP since his recent career resurgence.

USA: "For Lew," CD Tribute to Lew Soloff by Bill Warfield Big Band, Due March 9 from Planet Arts Records

Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger/Big Band Leader Bill Warfield
Pays Tribute to His Late Mentor,
Colleague, & Friend
Trumpeter Lew Soloff
On "For Lew,"
To Be Released March 9 by
Planet Arts Records
10 Tracks Compiled from
Four Warfield Big Band Albums (1990-2014)
Plus Two Previously Unreleased Songs
CD Release Show at the Zinc Bar, NYC, 
Saturday, March 24


February 7, 2018


Bill Warfield Big Band For Lew

Bill Warfield's career as a trumpeter was launched the moment he heard Lew Soloff's immortal solo on the Blood, Sweat & Tears hit "Spinning Wheel." "It just completely knocked me out," says Warfield, who was 18 at the time and gigging as a pianist, having given up hope of earning a living as a horn player due to dental problems. "I'd never heard anything like it. I decided at that point that I wanted to play the trumpet again."
Eventually, Warfield would get to know, study, and record with Soloff, who died in 2014 at age 71. Warfield's latest album, For Lew, set for release on March 9 by Planet Arts Records, is a tribute to his late mentor, colleague, friend, and inspiration. Compiled from material Warfield recorded with his big band between 1990 and 2014, the album includes ten selections that first appeared on New York City Jazz (1990), The City Never Sleeps (1994), A Faceless Place (2005), and Trumpet Story (2014). Two of the tracks are previously unreleased.
"Lew was such a warm, supportive human being," Warfield says of Soloff. "When he died, it took me a week to get over it. I patterned my playing after him. I wanted to do the gigs he did. I wanted to sound like him. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to be him. I patterned my whole career after that guy. He was a little nerdy guy who would put a horn in front of his mouth and became Superman. He was the guy who got me to take my writing seriously. On the second record I used him on, I used a few other people's charts. Then he pulled me to the side and said, 'Look, your writing is really special. You shouldn't include anybody else's stuff on your records.'"  

Bill Warfield

Five tunes on For Lew are Warfield originals; six arrangements are his. While drawn from four different sessions, each made up of different players, every track is an all-star affair. Soloff is the soloist on one track, "Salsa En Mi Alma," and is heard playing lead trumpet on that song and two others. In addition to Warfield, who solos on three tracks, other world-class instrumentalists among the disc's collective personnel are trumpeters Randy Brecker and John Eckert; trombonist Matt Havilan; saxophonists Dan Block, Andy Fusco, Bob Hanlon, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, and Walt Weiskopf; pianists Ted Rosenthal and Joel Weiskopf; guitarists Vic Juris and Dave Stryker; bassist Mike Richmond; and drummers Tim Horner and Bob Weller.
Warfield followed Soloff's advice and over the past quarter century has created a canon of music for large ensemble that showcases his distinctive composing and arranging style. He counts Hank Levy, Fred Lipsius, Dick Halligan, Mike Abene (who would produce his first two big band albums), Michel Colombier, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Gil Evans, and Bob Brookmeyer, along with Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Webern, Prokofiev, and other classical composers, as influences on his arranging style.
Bill Warfield

Bill Warfield was born in Baltimore on March 2, 1952. He took up trumpet in the fourth grade because, he says, "it looked cool. Because it only had three buttons, I thought it would be easier to play." By the time he was 14, he played Saturday mornings with the orchestra and brass ensemble at the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory School and Saturday afternoons with the Maryland Youth Symphony, as well as with a teenage soul band called Nina and the Marcels.
After recovering from a car accident in which he lost his front teeth, he studied for four years at Towson State with Hank Levy, an arranger noted for his charts for Don Ellis and Stan Kenton who was a key early influence.
Warfield moved to New York City in 1980 and began subbing in the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, playing and arranging for the Bill Kirchner Nonet, and copying music for Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, and others, while earning a master's from the Manhattan School of Music. He toured Europe with Ornette Coleman, having been recommended by Lew Soloff.
Warfield has spent three decades as an inspiring music educator. After stints at the Dalton School in New York, Brooklyn College, Towson State University in Maryland, and the University of North Florida, he joined the faculty at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, in 1996. He continues to teach and direct the jazz program there three days per week.
The other four days are usually spent in back in Manhattan, where he currently directs four bands: the New York Jazz Repertory Ensemble, the New York Jazz Octet (which includes tenor saxophonist Don Braden and pianist Kenny Werner), the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra, and the Bill Warfield Big Band.
The Bill Warfield Big Band will be performing two sets (7:00pm/8:30pm) at the Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village to celebrate the release of For Lew

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

BELGIUM: Diederik Wissels-Pasarela(Igloo 2017)

Diederik Wissels Piano
Thibault Dille Accordion, synthesizers
Nicolas Kummert Saxophone
Emily Allison Vocals
Victor Foulon Bass

In addition to having a name that is now inseparable from the singer David Linx, under his own name pianist Diederik Wissels is also the creator of music that is both sensitive and refined in the tradition of European jazz tinted with classical music. After the superb “Tender Is the Night”, “Streams”, “Song of You”, “The Hillock Songstress” (voted a “shock” by Jazzman magazine) and “From This Day Forward”, this new album probes once again - although in different ways - the mysteries of atmospheric themes drawn from soft-focus melancholy.
Igloo Records

UK: We Out Here-We Out Here(2018)

A primer on London’s bright-burning young jazz scene, this new compilation brings together a collection of some of its sharpest talents. A set of nine newly-recorded tracks, We Out Here captures a moment where genre markers matter less than raw, focused energy. Surveying the album’s running order, it could easily serve as a name-checking exercise for some of London’s most-tipped and hardworking bands of the past couple of years. Recorded across three long, fruitful days in a North West London studio, the results speak for themselves: they’re a window into the wide-eyed future of London’s musical underground. 

The album bottles up some of the vital ideas emanating from that burgeoning movement. A reflection of how London’s jazz-influenced music has reached outward into new spaces, the sound of the record draws from a wide pool. There’s plenty of crossover between each of the groups, too, speaking to the close-knit circles which make up the scene; shared line-ups reflect the mutual cooperation and DIY spirit which are second-nature. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

USA: Quin Kirchner-The Other Side of Time(2018)

Quin Kirchner - drums, percussion, kalimba, sampler, wurlitzer
Nick Broste - trombone
Nate Lepine - tenor saxophone, flute
Jason Stein - bass clarinet
Matt Ulery - bass
Ben Boye - piano on Together...

USA: Harriet Tubman - Araminta (Sunnyside 2017)

The anthroponym Araminta means “lofty” and “protective.” Araminta was also the given name of one of the most important figures in US and world history, abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer J.T. Lewis have proudly worn Harriet Tubman’s chosen name as their eponym for nearly 20 years, reaching for the heights of musical expression while preserving elements of their musical path.

Harriet Tubman’s new recording Araminta is about becoming. It is also about evolution and collaboration. Just as Araminta Ross adopted the name Harriet on her path to legend, Harriet Tubman the band has taken the monumental name for their own partnership and sonic growth. The group’s lengthy association has allowed for an instinctive musical relationship among the members, who have affiliations with music and musicians spanning genres and the globe. Together, their music is a cumulative repository of their musical influences, a sort of transcendental blues.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

GERMANY: VIDEO: DON & RAY rockin´in rhythm - Tipitina

DON & RAY rockin´in rhythm - Tipitina

Tipitina ist ein New Orleans Music Standard, der u.a. auch von Dr. John und Hugh Laurie aufgenommen worden ist. Er wurde von dem Pianisten Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd, besser bekannt als Professor Longhair komponiert. 2011 erhielt Byrd den Grammy Hall of Fame Award für diesen Titel.
Tipitina is a New Orleans Music Standard, performed by many jazz musicians, among them dr. John and Hugh Laurie.
It was composed by pianist Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair. In 2011, Byrd received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for this title.

USA/ITALY: Lello Molinari - Volume 2 (2018)

This past spring I was fortunate to be selected as the recipient of the Hearstudios Recording Residency by Berklee Faculty Development. We spent a week in this fantastic space, recording volume 2 of "Lello's Italian Job" The CD will be released on Friday March 9th

Musica Productions Presents : Lello’s Italian Job ‘Volume 2’ CD release party

Bassist/Bandleader Lello Molinari returns to his Italian roots, reimagines classic repertoire in stunning modern Jazz settings. Lello's Italian Job, Volume 2 features Italian and Italian-American musicians transforming folk and popular songs and classical arias from throughout Italy's rich musical history.

It's often been said that "you can't go home again" - but with his Italian Job project, Lello Molinari proves that old cliché wrong. The acclaimed bassist has not only returned to his Italian roots, but brought with him three decades of experience as a bandleader, an educator, and a virtuosic bassist with his fingers on the pulse of modern jazz. Now he views the unparalleled musical traditions of his homeland through the lens of a lifetime's worth of accumulated musical knowledge, creating something that's both Old World and New, deeply personal while reflecting a profound tradition.

This is Lello Molinari's 5th Cd as a Leader. "Lello's Italian Job" Volume 2. The second installment on a project that started in 2014 when they released this project's first Cd. "Lello's Italian Job" is an exploration of open improvisation and the arranging of Italian music, ranging from traditional folk music, to classical arias, to popular songs through Jazz interpretation. On this Cd there is music from Mascagni, Respighi, Pino Daniele, Renato Carosone and more. Lello plays both Acoustic & Electric Bass, sometime with loops, Dino Govoni plays Tenor & Soprano Saxes, Flute, Clarinet & EWI, Sal DiFusco plays Acoustic & Electric Guitars and Mandolin, Marcello Pellitteri plays Drums and Percussions. Some of the tunes are completely acoustic and some are electric, some are classical pieces, some are straight ahead Jazz tracks, some have a New Orleans feel to it, some are completely improvised and some are through-composed. It will constantly surprise and delight the listener with turns at every corner, and yet there is a homogenous feel to the CD and a specific direction to this project. Lello returns to the RegattaBar, to celebrate the release of his latest CD, where he has appeared many times before and where he recorded his second Cd live "On a Boston Night" released on Accurate Records in 1995.
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USA: Tony Dagradi-Oneness (2017)

For over three decades Tony Dagradi has made his home in New Orleans, performing on tenor and soprano sax with many of the Crescent City's most celebrated artists, including Ellis Marsalis, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, The Meters, Dr. John, James Black, Johnny Adams and Gatemouth Brown. An internationally recognized performer, composer, author, artist and educator, he's often called upon to augment the woodwind section of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. His performing past includes five years as a member of the internationally acclaimed Carla Bley band and appearances with Bobby McFerrin, Mose Allison and Nat Adderly.

Dagradi is most well known for his work with Astral Project, an adventurous quartet made up of top New Orleans players dedicated to playing cutting-edge improvisational music. Over the years the band has performed throughout the world, garnering universal praise as one of the most innovative, compelling jazz bands anywhere.


“Tony Dagradi is the optimal front man. His singing tenor and soprano saxophone style is a compendium of jazz history, blending the verbose blues of CannonballAdderley with more current “outside” trends.”
- James Rozzi, Jazziz

"Tony Dagradi runs harmonic mazes with aplomb. (On tenor, Dagradi is virile and fleet, on soprano he's a pastoral piper - take your pick)."
- Chris Waddington,

“A fiercely compelling improviser (and) an accomplished composer.”
- Bill Milkowski, Downbeat

“…spiritually intense tenor.” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

"Dagradi wrings each note for all its is worth, striving for simplicity as he makes each solo a song unto itself." – Gene Kalbacher, New Jersey Notes

“Dagradi plays with exuberance and power.” – Cadence

“Dagradi’s technique on soprano and especially tenor is evocative and exultant. Like so many tenor players, Dagradi speaks of a period when he was ‘totally immersed in Trane.’ To his credit, the…saxophonist manages to capture the spiritual strength Coltrane so elegantly epitomized.”
- Norman Provizer, Jazziz

“One gets the impression, when listening to Dagradi, of being in the presence of a great storyteller and the music asserts that feeling. More than anything else Dagradi gives the essence of freedom and fire without a feeling of too much looseness. Also, it is important to mention Dagradi’s strong feel for rhythm. He makes it his own, including a great control of dynamics…a highly gifted and uncompromising saxophonist.”
- Tim Price, Saxophone Journal

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

USA/INDONESIA: Indonesian progressive jazz-rock-fusion: CD sale on MoonJune Records:

CDS ONLY (offer valid until March 1, 2018)
Drear Friends in Music
This is a limited availability, limited time special sale of Indonesian artists'  albums (CD format only) on MoonJune. Shipping is $4 (USA), $10 (Canada), $12.50 (the rest of the world) for each bundle.
Yours in Music

USA: Contemporary Jazz with The Black Madonna

Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Student Experimental Theatre (S.E.T.) | Lehman Stages
Lehman College | 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY 10463
Celebrate Women’s History Month with a performance by Mimi Jones and her latest project The Black Madonna featuring Jones, Leonor FalconNir Felder, and Darrian Douglas. Almost all of the pieces in this contemporary jazz concert are composed by Jones, whose music is a fusion of styles including jazz, funk, folk, and rock. more>>

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Lovinger Theatre | Lehman Stages
Lehman College | 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY 10463

AMAAN ALI BANGASH and AYAAN ALI BANGASH, with members of the Bronx Arts Ensemble in a collaboration of classical traditions, join with India’s Ayaan Ali Bangash to perform his original compositions, designed to weave together the cultures of the East & West. more>>

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NETHERLANDS:Mehmet Polat- Ageless (2018)

Announcing my new ud album

Ageless garden

Dear friends and colleagues,

After years of creative processing and tremendous work, my new ud album ‘Ageless garden’ is recorded and available for its listeners.

‘Music has been the best language with which to express my inner world for more than 30 years. And for the last 20 years, ud has been the main instrument on this journey. I composed these ten compositions during different phases of my life as a migrant musician. And I play them on this album through the lens of my vision of today.’

Guest musicians on the album:

Alper Kekec (Turkey) Darbuka, daf and frame drums
Pasha Karami (Iran) Tombak
Shaho Andalibi (Iran) Ney
Yama Sarshar (Afghanistan) Tabla
Zoumana Diarra (Mali) Kora

Save the date! 
Album presentation concert on 21st of February 20.30 in Podium Mozaiek, Amsterdam.
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The album is available on Itunes

Buy via Bandcamp

Buy via Paypal

Available at music stores in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg from 9th of February
(distributed via Xango Music).

Upcoming concerts:

21 Feb Album presentation 'Ageless Garden'
Podium Mozaiek, Amsterdam

03 March  Mehmet Polat Trio  in Dordrecht Jazz Podium DJS

07 March  Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest
Schouwburg Hengelo, Hengelo

16 March Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest
Theater De Vest, Alkmaar

17 March  Mehmet Polat Trio at Amsterdam Jazz Festival
Studio K, Amsterdam

18 March  Improvisation concert with Ecstatic LIVE band Dragonfly
Barbeton, Utrecht

29 March  Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest
Stadsschouwburg Haarlem, Haarlem

03 April  Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest
Theater de Veste, Delft

06 April  Improvisation concert with Ecstatic LIVE band Dragonfly
Barbeton, Utrecht

06 June Improvisation concert with Ecstatic LIVE band Dragonfly
Barbeton, Utrecht

03 - 13 August  Mehmet Polat Trio - 10 concerts in France, CCAS tour. Details tba


Bookings Germany, Austria
and Switzerland

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Bookings Middle East
and North Africa

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