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Huw Warren: Global Music from a Local Perspective

Huw Warren: Global Music from a Local Perspective

BY JAKOB BAEKGAARD
August 20, 2018

Welsh pianist and composer, Huw Warren, has been an important voice on the British jazz scene for many years. With a seemingly endless appetite for music, Warren has both been delving into Brazilian music with singer Maria Pia de Vito and played ethereal folk-inspired jazz music with another singer, June Tabor, in the trio Quercus. He has also worked as Tabor's musical director for many years. Aside from his many gigs as a sideman, Warren is teaching ......

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Georg Breinschmid at Hong Kong City Hall

Georg Breinschmid at Hong Kong City Hall

BY ROB GARRATT
August 20, 2018

Georg Breinschmid & Friends with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall HKS Cool Summer Festival Hong Kong August 18, 2018 Oxymoron, or blasphemy? The very concept of “symphonic jazz" might provoke polarizing opinions in the more faithful fan--but few have spliced orchestral traditions with an improvisational approach quite as brazenly as Georg Breinschmid. The Austrian double bassist was once a member of the esteemed Vienna Philharmonic, before quitting ......

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Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018: The Community Series at Koncertkirken

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018: The Community Series at Koncertkirken

BY HENNING BOLTE
August 19, 2018

Koncertkirken Copenhagen Jazz Festival Copenhagen July 13-14, 2018 It was a flying visit of two days at this year's Copenhagen Jazz Festival with its 1500 concerts during 10 days. But with so many concerts spread over the city even two days demands serious decision-making and crisscrossing town. I was primarily focused on the concert-series of musicians collective The Community at Koncertkirken venue. This article will deal with concerts from that series only. Other concerts ......

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Mark Winkler And Cheryl Bentyne Team Up Again In Eastern Standard Time

Mark Winkler And Cheryl Bentyne Team Up Again In Eastern Standard Time

BY HOLLY COOPER
August 19, 2018

Vocalists Mark Winkler and Cheryl Bentyne go together like champagne and caviar. Bentyne is a long-time mainstay of the iconic group The Manhattan Transfer. She is also a solo performer with over a dozen CDs under her own name. Winkler is a 2018 Downbeat Rising Male Vocalist and a popular lyricist. He has recorded 16 CDs, and his songs have been covered over 250 times by such artists as Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jane Monheit and Bob Dorough. Winkler ......

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Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 1-2

Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 1-2

BY JAMES FLEMING
August 18, 2018

Sligo Jazz Project Various Venues Sligo, Ireland July 24-29, 2018 July 24, 2018 The Garavogue River flows slow and lazy through the centre of town to Sligo Harbour. Mountains stand in the distance out in Yeats country, green and rocky, overlooking the fields on the outskirts of town. Looking over the dull metal roofs of Ballast Quay's warehouses to the land beyond Sligo town, the faeries steal away with one's imagination. And the sounds of ......

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Vocalist And Composer Johnaye Kendrick Releases Flying On Johnygirl Records

Vocalist And Composer Johnaye Kendrick Releases Flying On Johnygirl Records

BY HOLLY COOPER
August 18, 2018

Attending the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in the late 2000s, vocalist and composer Johnaye Kendrick had the opportunity to learn from and work with legendary jazz masters Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Brian Blade. While studying with Blanchard, her class was often encouraged to write original music for their assignments. “I was relatively shy about performing my music while in the program, because it was so personal,” says the San Diego born and ......

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Vocalist Olivia Foschi To Release Sophomore Album Fleeting Windows Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring Acclaimed Producer/Accordionist Gil Goldstein And All Star Line-Up

Vocalist Olivia Foschi To Release Sophomore Album Fleeting Windows Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring Acclaimed Producer/Accordionist Gil Goldstein And All Star Line-Up

BY ARE GROUP
August 17, 2018

Italian-American vocalist Olivia Foschi will release her sophomore album entitled Fleeting Windows on August 24, 2018; the official record release concert is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. that evening at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY. The record was produced by Ulysses Owens, Jr. who plays drums/percussion on all tracks and features Gil Goldstein, accordion/piano/Rhodes; Billy Test, piano/Rhodes; Alex Sipiagin, trumpet/flugelhorn; Daniel Dickinson, bass clarinet/flute/tenor sax/alto sax; Joseph Doubleday, vibraphone; Yotam Silberstein, guitar; and Marco Panascia, bass. Fleeting Windows was driven by ......

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Aretha Franklin, The Lady Soul: 1942 - 2018

Aretha Franklin, The Lady Soul: 1942 - 2018

BY C. MICHAEL BAILEY
August 17, 2018

Soul Music may have been invented by others, but it was properly perfected only when Aretha Louise Franklin departed her modest success at Columbia Records for superstardom with Atlantic Records in 1966. On January 24, 1967, Franklin entered Rick Hall's (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to record, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" with the support of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. This song was released February 20, 1967 with the ......

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Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie

Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie

BY JOHN KELMAN
August 16, 2018

John Abercrombie Open Land: Meeting John AbercrombieMusic Heritage Productions / ECM Records2018 It's almost a year to the day since the world lost John Abercrombie and, for many of his fans, that loss remains something still deeply and palpably felt. A guitarist who managed to be instantly recognizable without relying on many of the signatures that help identify most guitarists--certain approaches to phrasing and melody and specific tonal approaches amongst them--Abercrombie may not have garnered ......

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Pianist Scott Martin CD - Alone At Sunset - Drops August 27th With 50% Of Proceeds To Donation!

Pianist Scott Martin CD - Alone At Sunset - Drops August 27th With 50% Of Proceeds To Donation!

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
August 16, 2018

A New Model For A Record Label Liberian Handshake Jazz Piano & Vocal Driven Liberian Handshake: A connection that began with the snap of a finger. This exuberantly musical greeting discovered visiting Peace Corps volunteers in Liberia, Africa became the namesake of a record label dedicated to supporting charitable causes. Working with a Peace Corps teacher in the rural, seaside community of Grand Cess inspired the goal of establishing a fund to help motivated students attend ......

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First Annual Jazz Industry Day Conference scheduled for September 13 in Philadelphia

First Annual Jazz Industry Day Conference scheduled for September 13 in Philadelphia

BY MICHAEL RICCI
August 16, 2018

A coalition of Philadelphia jazz organizations including representatives from WRTI 90.1 FM, Temple Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Jazz Lives Philadelphia, SOUTH Jazz Kitchen and All About Jazz & Jazz Near You are hosting the first annual Jazz Industry Day at Temple Performing Arts Center on Thursday, September 13th from 11:00am to 6:30pm with an after party scheduled at SOUTH Jazz Kitchen following the conference. The one-day conference will represent a gathering place for musicians, industry professionals, and educators ......

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Dave Ledbetter: Diversity and Unity

Dave Ledbetter: Diversity and Unity

BY SETON HAWKINS
August 15, 2018

Even the most cursory listen to South African music yields an embarrassment of riches in the realm of guitar talents. Indeed, throughout the country's musical history innovative figures have forged a near universe of unique approaches to the instrument, fusing the many musical traditions of Southern Africa with popular styles into a staggering array of styles. Even within this abundance of guitar talents, Cape Town-based Dave Ledbetter nevertheless manages to stand out. A genre-hopping virtuoso whose ......

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Joan Torres And Michael Manring Share The Stage At SFJAZZ on August 23

Joan Torres And Michael Manring Share The Stage At SFJAZZ on August 23

BY JOAN TORRES
August 15, 2018

Inspired by redefining music genres and pushing boundaries, Joan Torres Music presents a one-of-a-kind live performance at the SFJAZZ Center on August 23rd 2018 showcasing the great Michael Manring, The Barely Jazz Ensemble, and the cross-continental Joan Torres’s All Is Fused. The night starts with Manring opening the show, and grows progressively more collaborative as musicians from around the Bay Area synthesize new sounds on stage together for the first time. A final set from Joan Torres’s All Is Fused ......

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Alan Broadbent Trio at the Deer Head Inn

Alan Broadbent Trio at the Deer Head Inn

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
August 15, 2018

Alan Broadbent Trio Deer Head Inn Delaware Water Gap, PA August 11, 2018 Believe you me, it wasn't by choice that I hadn't been to the Dear Head Inn in a few years to take in some great jazz in its secluded setting on a wooded hill near the river at the edge of town in the Pocono Mountains. Despite its rural location, it has a musical history to rival New ......

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From Glen Hall and Gil Evans to Charles Lloyd to Martin Kuchen

From Glen Hall and Gil Evans to Charles Lloyd to Martin Kuchen

BY MAURICE HOGUE
August 15, 2018

Saxophonistically speaking... this episode has an abundance of fine saxophonists lurking throughout, from Glen Hall (with Gil Evans in Gil's last project) to Frenchman Denis Guivarc'h with Hubert Dupont to Jake Wark with Chicago pianist Matt Piet. You want more? David Liebman in No Fast Food, the late Dewey Redman, Matt Nelson with Brandon Lopez, Brad Walker, and two current giants of the horn who are unafraid to speak through their music about injustice, politics and the social condition: Charles ......

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Kika Sprangers: Musical Adventurer In Holland

Kika Sprangers: Musical Adventurer In Holland

BY R.J. DELUKE
August 14, 2018

For a 23-year-old, saxophonist/composer Kika Sprangers is showing strong growth and maturity as a musician in her native land of Holland, busy all year with gigs with both a small group and a large ensemble. Busy both blowing alto and soprano sax, but also busy writing material inspired by a variety of sources. She's only been playing for 15 years, but this year was selected Young VIP of 2018 by jazz programmers in the Netherlands. There are only ......

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Flow Festival 2018

Flow Festival 2018

BY ANTHONY SHAW
August 14, 2018

Flow Festival Helsinki, Finland August 10-12, 2018 Once the fizz and thud of a modern outdoor festival fades, in my case behind numerous trees and double glazing 1½ miles away, one wonders how much art has been expended with such a concentration of energy put out. Flow Festival, based in the steampunk style former power station a mile from downtown Helsinki, has now been on the Scandinavian cultural calendar for 14 years. Judging by the ticket ......

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San Francisco Jazz Singer Noa Levy To Release Her Debut Ep Take Two & Perform A Rising Star Showcase At The California Jazz Conservatory In Berkeley

San Francisco Jazz Singer Noa Levy To Release Her Debut Ep Take Two & Perform A Rising Star Showcase At The California Jazz Conservatory In Berkeley

BY WILLIAM JAMES
August 14, 2018

With a beautiful, rounded voice and a magnetic stage presence, Noa Levy is a unique and charismatic female vocalist and performer who sings across genres—Jazz, Rock, Cabaret, Musicals, and Pop. She has set a worldwide digital release date of August 17, 2018, for her recently recorded debut Take Two EP, a thoughtful collection of Jazz arrangements featuring Noa Levy in a duo format with three different instrumentalists. That same day, Noa will headline her own RISING STAR SHOWCASE at the ......

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Shipp / Lowe / Baker / Ray at Le Poisson Rouge

Shipp / Lowe / Baker / Ray at Le Poisson Rouge

BY KARL ACKERMANN
August 13, 2018

Shipp / Lowe / Baker / Ray Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY August 11, 2018 Bring together Matthew Shipp, Newman Taylor Baker, Allen Lowe and Kevin Ray and you have more than an inspired music event; this is a living history that--by professional extension--covers the study of the earliest American music to the creation of the most modern creative jazz. On August 11, 2018, Le Poisson Rouge in New York's Greenwich ......

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Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff To Release "Better Than Gold And Silver," Her Jazz Settings Of Biblical Psalms, Sept. 21

Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff To Release "Better Than Gold And Silver," Her Jazz Settings Of Biblical Psalms, Sept. 21

BY TERRI HINTE
August 12, 2018

The prolific Russian-born, North Carolina-based pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff adds a sacred dimension to the ambitious series of concept albums in her extensive catalogue her new 2-CD set Better Than Gold and Silver. Due for September 21 release on her imprint L&H Production, it’s the first in a projected series of recordings featuring Eckemoff’s settings of Biblical psalms. The new album includes both vocal and instrumental versions of 10 songs she conceived as works of modern jazz rather than part of ......

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