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The Winners Of The 2019 All About Jazz Top Venues Poll

The Winners Of The 2019 All About Jazz Top Venues Poll

BY MICHAEL RICCI
April 18, 2019

All About Jazz's first ever readers poll is in the books with nearly 4,000 of our 191,000 members casting votes for their favorite places to hear live jazz. For those keeping score, that's somewhere in the ballpark of a 2% turnout. Good, but not great, though we knew the challenges going in: it was our first poll, it required a sign up or sign in, and we had to overcome the dubious perception of internet polls. Regarding the latter, I ......

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Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares Music Video "Oshun" From The CD Aguas

Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares Music Video "Oshun" From The CD Aguas

BY OMAR SOSA
April 18, 2019

Following the October 2018 release of their acclaimed CD, Aguas, Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares are set to showcase their third music video, “Oshun," in support of the recording. Aguas is a beautiful and very personal album, reflecting the perspectives of two generations of Cuban artists living outside their homeland, interpreting their Afro-traditions in unique and subtle ways. The album is dedicated to water, and especially to Oshun, the Goddess of Love and Mistress of Rivers in the Lucumí tradition ......

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A Focus on Paul Bley

A Focus on Paul Bley

BY BOB OSBORNE
April 18, 2019

This week we focus on the work of master pianist Paul Bley, including examples of the ground-breaking music he created with Jimmy Giuffre and Steve Swallow. During the rest of the show we feature some fascinating recent releases and some other classic cuts. Playlist James Brandon Lewis “Sir Real Denard" from An Unruly Manifesto (Relative Pitch) 00:00 Paul Bley “There Will Never Be Another You" from Early Trios (Fresh Sounds) 09:52 Jimmy Giuffre “The Five Ways" from ......

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Anoushka Shankar: Music Makes the World a Better Place

Anoushka Shankar: Music Makes the World a Better Place

BY NENAD GEORGIEVSKI
April 17, 2019

Esoteric, eclectic and prolific, the Indian sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar has mapped out an intriguing artistic path by delivering intriguing music that has veered between the modern and the traditional. Her ambitious, progressive and multicultural musical world view has been growing exponentially from a record to record and has taken her on a path of creating music without borders. For the past 20 years, she has been crossing border after border and culture with culture, and most of the ......

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Singer/Actress Cristina Morrison Highly Anticipated New Release Impredecible - Voces De Mujer

Singer/Actress Cristina Morrison Highly Anticipated New Release Impredecible - Voces De Mujer

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
April 17, 2019

Featuring guest vocalists: Lena Burke, Mirella Cesa, Magos Herrera, Barbara Mendes and Consuelo Vargas The inventive, exciting and passionate singer Cristina Morrison has released Impredecible, Voces De Mujer, (Unpredictable: women voices), an impressive re-interpretation of classic Latin American standards featuring magical pairings of vocal duets with Latin jazz arrangements by Misha Piatigorsky. Known as the Baronesa, Cristina Morrison is a beautiful, talented and versatile singer, songwriter, actress and producer. She has a dark and smoky voice, sings in several languages, ......

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Those from the Norte: pLoo at Café Casa da Música

Those from the Norte: pLoo at Café Casa da Música

BY ARIAN BAGHERI POUR FALLAH
April 17, 2019

Jazz and its many conformations rarely denote the multiplicity of sub-genres as such. Paulo Alexandre Pereira da Costa's pLoo attests this sharply enough to warrant its listeners a view entire and aggregate, and in the same extent, select and irregular, of jazz and its current praxis in Northern Portugal. The quintet, made up of wind and string players led by Costa on drums, is capable of derailing tableaus so obscurely, as in Bêbado das onze and Pong, that tracing them ......

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Wójciński-Szmańda Quartet, Dustin Laurenzi and More

Wójciński-Szmańda Quartet, Dustin Laurenzi and More

BY MAURICE HOGUE
April 17, 2019

The underlying theme in this episode appears to be ensembles of varying sizes and styles. From Sweden, trumpeter Goran Kajfeš' quartet Tropique blends elements of groove, trance, improv, African with a Don Cherry on top in the new Into The Wild, while another quartet, the Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet from Poland, knocks down the walls of same-same with power balanced with spacy contemplation. You'll also hear trios of different plateaus: bassist Stephan Crump, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and pianist Cory Smythe, Wojciech Jachna-Grzegorz ......

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Dorothy & George Jacob: Putting Bray On The Jazz Map

Dorothy & George Jacob: Putting Bray On The Jazz Map

BY IAN PATTERSON
April 16, 2019

Twenty years is old for a car and really old for a dog, but in jazz festival terms twenty years is perhaps not so long in the tooth. For a jazz festival twenty years means established, with the major storms of the early years weathered, a brand that people recognize and a heap of good will from the local community. Bray Jazz Festival (view 2019 events), having come through a few tempestuous patches and made a good many ......

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Daniela Soledade Wants To Bring Bossa Back

Daniela Soledade Wants To Bring Bossa Back

BY CARY GOLDBERG
April 16, 2019

Daniela Soledade is a new and compelling voice on the Brazilian musical landscape, one both fresh on the ears and blessed with authentically deep roots. Her family line includes her father Paulinho, an artist-producer whose resume includes work with Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil. Delving yet deeper, her grandfather Paulo helped create Brazilian music foundations, writing with Tom Jobim and others in the pioneering phase of bossa nova. “I grew up in Rio,” Daniela explains, “in a family of musicians, ......

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Take Five With Walter Smith III

Take Five With Walter Smith III

BY WALTER SMITH III
April 16, 2019

Meet Walter Smith III: From a young age, Walter began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in Houston with another saxophonist. I took a solo on “Blue Bossa." It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?" Although it may appear Smith is a new voice on the scene, he is widely recognized as an adept performer, ......

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Oz Noy: Fun With Fusion

Oz Noy: Fun With Fusion

BY JIM WORSLEY
April 15, 2019

From Israel to jny: New York City to the inner sanctum of our brains, Oz Noy has engaged us along his journey with his commanding depth and flavorfully diverse sound. He is most often referred to as a guitar wizard. As much as that is true, it doesn't convey the level of artistry and compositional complexities that are both the foundation and pillars of strength that have propelled Noy into the spotlight in the jazz fusion arena. His most recent ......

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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

BY BIMHUIS
April 15, 2019

Allison Miller is regarded as one of the leading jazz drummers of today. With her Boom Tic Boom 'family' she presents her latest album Glitter Wolf, described by the band itself as 'a celebratory genre-busting organic mash up of Bach, clave, klezmer and Jazz Messengers.' American jazz magazine Downbeat includes her in the top 20 of current jazz drummers. Allison Miller is hailed for her melodic drum style, but also for her talent as a composer, songwriter and ......

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Live From New York: Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson, Dave King & Harold Mabern

Live From New York: Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson, Dave King & Harold Mabern

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
April 14, 2019

Broken Shadows The Village Vanguard March 26, 2019 Following their residency at The Village Vanguard, two-thirds of The Bad Plus remained in the club for another week, teaming up with saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed to form Broken Shadows. This quartet is dedicated to the music of Ornette Coleman with a faint streak of Berne's mentor Julius Hemphill. The roots of this group came out of Spy vs Spy (Elektra, 1989), John Zorn's ......

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Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The 17th Independent Music Awards With The Song Dedicated To Larry Coryell

Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The 17th Independent Music Awards With The Song Dedicated To Larry Coryell

BY ROMAN MIROSHNICHENKO
April 13, 2019

Multi-Award winning guitarist, bandleader and producer Roman Miroshnichenko was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) today as a Nominee in The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs). Nominated for the Best Instrumental Song Category Roman's composition “Song For Godfather Of Fusion" was dedicated to one of the greatest guitar players of all time Larry Coryell. The winning projects were selected by blue-ribbon panels of top recording artists that included: Robert Smith, Tom Waits, Gloria Gaynor, Todd Rundgren, Lee Ann ......

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Take Five with Lukas Gabric

Take Five with Lukas Gabric

BY LUKAS GABRIC
April 12, 2019

About Lukas Gabric Saxophonist, musicologist, and composer Lukas Gabric began his musical education at the Conservatory of Carinthia in his native country, Austria. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New School University in New York, a Master of Arts from the City College of New York, a postgraduate Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, and is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. Mr. Gabric was selected ......

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The Patricia Barber Trio 2019 Higher Tour Moves Through U.S. Into Canada

The Patricia Barber Trio 2019 Higher Tour Moves Through U.S. Into Canada

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
April 12, 2019

American Composer/Songwriter, Jazz Singer/Pianist Patricia Barber Trio—Higher (ArtistShare)—First Release in Six Years! 2019 Higher Tour Moves Into Canada The Patricia Barber Trio featuring Patrick Mulcahy and Jon Deitemyer Internationally acclaimed American composer singer/pianist Patricia Barber is back with a new recording- HIGHER- on ArtistShare, her first since the critically celebrated Smash (Concord, 2013). Higher marks Barber's return with another form-shattering collection of original material. Following pack houses recently at Scullers (Boston), The Side Door (Old Lyme, CT) and ......

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Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris at the Detroit Public Library

Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris at the Detroit Public Library

BY TROY DOSTERT
April 12, 2019

Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris Detroit Public Library Detroit, MIApril 7, 2019 Detroit-based jazz fans have become well-acquainted with pianist Michael Malis and saxophonist Marcus Elliot, both of whom are fixtures among the up-and-coming generation of musicians in the city, playing in all kinds of configurations and in wide-ranging, cross-stylistic endeavors. As the duo Balance, they've worked together for several years, releasing a very promising self-titled CD back in 2017 that reveals the ......

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Pat Metheny at The Space at Westbury

Pat Metheny at The Space at Westbury

BY MIKE PERCIACCANTE
April 12, 2019

Pat Metheny The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY April 4, 2019 Pat Metheny is considered as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in jazz history. His musical canon is extensive. His playing fuses elements of modern, progressive, Latin jazz, blues, swing, improv and, of course, jazz fusion. Metheny counts Wes Montgomery, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Weather Report, the Beatles, Steve Reich, James Taylor, Bruce Hornsby, Cheap Trick, and Joni Mitchell among his influences. ......

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Brad Mehldau, Sarah Tandy, Billy Mohler & More

Brad Mehldau, Sarah Tandy, Billy Mohler & More

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
April 12, 2019

A catching-up session with gorgeous new and upcoming releases, featuring tons of fascinating debut albums that reassure us about the future of jazz (special mention for Billy Mohler's Focus, Sarah Tandy's Infection in the Sentence, Terraza Big Band's One Day Wonder and the Heartland Trio's eponymous album) hand in hand with new works by established masters like Wayne Horvitz, Brad Mehldau and Huw Warren. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ......

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Watch the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert from the Kennedy Center at All About Jazz or Jazz Near You!

Watch the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert from the Kennedy Center at All About Jazz or Jazz Near You!

BY MICHAEL RICCI
April 11, 2019

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will honor the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters at a tribute concert held in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, hosted by Jason Moran. The concert will also be available via a live webcast at both All About Jazz and Jazz Near You. On Monday, April 15, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. ET, All About Jazz will present, in its entirety, the tribute concert including remarks by ......

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