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JAZZTOPAD 2018

JAZZTOPAD 2018

BY HENNING BOLTE
February 16, 2019

Jazztopad Festival Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music National Forum of Music, Club Mleczarnia November 21-25, 2018 Jazztopad is the annual Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw, a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, has character, lots of peculiar neighborhoods, populated by many young people from all over the world. Fall is called listopad in Polish and so Jazztopad is fall's jazz, a festival with striking ......

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America At The Paramount

America At The Paramount

BY MIKE PERCIACCANTE
February 16, 2019

America The Paramount The 50th Anniversary Tour Huntington, NY February 8, 2019 America was formed in Britain in 1970 when, shortly after graduating high school, Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley (each the son of U.S. Air Force personnel in London) began to play together. A recording contract soon followed. The band achieved almost instant popularity and produced a folk-rock sound that received significant airplay on many rock radio stations. ......

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Darwin Releases Debut Concept Album Origin Of Species Internationally Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips

Darwin Releases Debut Concept Album Origin Of Species Internationally Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips

BY WILLIAM JAMES
February 16, 2019

Welcome to the near-future: the world of DarWin. An intricate musical fantasy concept that launched in November 2018 in the UK only with the ambitious single release of “Escape The Maze,” followed by the full length album Origin Of Species. The album is now available internationally on all major digital distribution platforms, with an epic cinematic video of “Escape the Maze” available on YouTube, Facebook and iTunes. More DarWin videos can be found on YouTube and Facebook. Who is DarWin? ......

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Brussels Jazz Festival 2019

Brussels Jazz Festival 2019

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
February 15, 2019

Brussels Jazz Festival Flagey Brussels, Belgium January 10-19, 2019 The Brussels Jazz Festival is a relative newcomer, but this ambitious 10-dayer managed to sell out around two thirds of its gigs, and was overall the most successful in attendance for this fifth edition. Concerts are held in the two main studios of Flagey, a 1930s Art Deco radio broadcasting complex in the Ixelles area, just south of the city centre. It was ......

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Blue Note's Tone Poet Series

Blue Note's Tone Poet Series

BY PATRICK BURNETTE
February 15, 2019

With CD-quality streaming a reality for those with butch internet and money to burn, and vanilla streaming the reality for almost everyone else, digital music has never seemed less collectable. Why clutter your Marie Kondo-approved home with jewel boxes when much (though heaven knows not all) of the digital catalogue is available on tap? While compact disc sales crater, however, vinyl rises phoenix-like (a poetic image--please do not expose your records to excessive heat). If you're going to buy a ......

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Rising Israeli Jazz Pianist/Composer Guy Mintus Releases Multi-Faceted And Ambitious New Trio Album, Connecting The Dots

Rising Israeli Jazz Pianist/Composer Guy Mintus Releases Multi-Faceted And Ambitious New Trio Album, Connecting The Dots

BY ARE GROUP
February 15, 2019

New York-based, Israeli jazz pianist-composer Guy Mintus is releasing his new trio album, Connecting the Dots, on February 15, 2019 through France's Jazz Family label. Mintus is a learned, well-traveled and much-honored musician. His awards include the Prix du Public at the Montreux Jazz Festival's solo piano competition, two ASCAP Foundation/Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards and, in 2018, the ASCAP Foundation Leonard Bernstein Award. In addition, the Mintus Trio's debut album, A Home In Between, was selected as a ......

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Pt. 5, Digital Drink Coasters?

Pt. 5, Digital Drink Coasters?

BY B.D. LENZ
February 14, 2019

In the previous installment of this column, I discussed the undertaking of making a record on your own. In particular, how to fund it and how best to spend those funds. Now it's time to talk about what happens once those boxes of CDs have arrived and are cluttering up your basement... Now what? How do you sell these things or will they just become expensive digital drink coasters?Well this is the eternal question and there's no simple ......

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Consider The Source To Release You Are Literally A Metaphor, Their First Album In Four Years, On March 1

Consider The Source To Release You Are Literally A Metaphor, Their First Album In Four Years, On March 1

BY CARY GOLDBERG
February 14, 2019

After releasing several groundbreaking albums and a maintain a multi-country touring schedule, NYC instrumental trio Consider the Source have perfected their global sci-fi fusion sound. This relentless drive has earned them an eclectic audience, ranging from jam-band hippies to prog nerds and metalheads. Their new album, You Are Literally A Metaphor, is the apotheosis of their career thus far. Blending fiery prog-rock maximalism with hooky, anthemic songwriting and traditional music from across Eastern Europe and Asia, Bassist John Ferrara, drummer ......

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American Descendants of Slaves Empowered Through the Arts, Social Media #ADOS, and Activist Preaching

American Descendants of Slaves Empowered Through the Arts, Social Media #ADOS, and Activist Preaching

BY CHRISTINE PASSARELLA
February 13, 2019

The Arts, social media and activist preaching offer platforms for the American descendants of slaves in our times. Where some traditional societal structures have failed African Americans, these ever-evolving creative areas of empowerment and enlightenment can have a tremendous impact. This past December I arrived at New York City Center while waiting for the curtain to rise on the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater--I focused on a particular performance entitled “Members Don't Get Weary." The program included this quote ......

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Jazz Near You Imports GigPress Events for Jazz Musicians

Jazz Near You Imports GigPress Events for Jazz Musicians

BY MICHAEL RICCI
February 13, 2019

Jazz Near You—the web's leading jazz event aggregator—now imports events uploaded by musicians through GigPress—the WordPress calendar plugin. Musicians including trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Donny McCaslin, both GigPress users, now see their dates uploaded to Jazz Near You within 24 hours of uploading them to the Greenleaf Music website. If you are a jazz musician and use GigPress, please send Michael Ricci your website URL. Your Gigpress RSS feed location is typically located here: http://www.yourdomainname.com/?feed=gigpress. States Ricci, “WordPress is ......

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Gourmet At April Jazz Club

Gourmet At April Jazz Club

BY ANTHONY SHAW
February 13, 2019

Gourmet April Jazz Club Espoo, Finland February 8, 2019 You can't judge a book--or a CD--by its cover, but the contents frequently become inexorably associated with the packaging. Visiting the April Jazz Club in early February to see a band called “Gourmet" might suggest tasty fare in leafy spring surroundings. The experience was more of an arctic sonic potpourri, but still very tasty. A potpourri is often a rough mixture thrown together with ......

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Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science at Cologne Philharmonic

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science at Cologne Philharmonic

BY PHILLIP WOOLEVER
February 12, 2019

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science Cologne Philharmonic Cologne, Germany January 26, 2019 When outspoken American artists perform before European crowds, it is always interesting for US expats to observe both the message and its reception, especially in today's politically charged era. In the case of Carrington and her colleagues' passionate national themes, their ideas and presentation were clearly appreciated overall. That's not to say everyone present loved the show, there was some ......

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Quentin Baxter Quintet At The Jazz Corner

Quentin Baxter Quintet At The Jazz Corner

BY MARTIN MCFIE
February 12, 2019

The Quentin Baxter Quintet The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island February 8-9, 2019 Playing his drums with the wooden rims, Quentin Baxter came to The Jazz Corner with his quintet of friends from Charleston, South Carolina. Brett Belinger led them off with a bass solo, picked up by tenor saxophonist Mark Sterbank and trumpeter Charlton Singleton in an original composition delivered in unison. Pianist Demetrius Doctor's strong solos elicited encouraging sounds and smiles from Baxter. ......

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2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast! Part 2

2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast! Part 2

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
February 12, 2019

Last week we dived deep in some of the best new releases of 2019. Two hours were not enough so this week we continue our quest for fascinating new jazz out there... and we'll branch out a bit going into releases that came out at the end of 2018 as well. Many of the albums we're going to listen to are debut albums and quite a few of them are from abroad, especially from the prolific Italian scene. Check for ......

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Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018

Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
February 12, 2019

Jazz Juniors 2018 ICE Kraków Congress Centre/Piec Art Acoustic Jazz Club Kraków, Poland November 29-December 2, 2018 In 2017, the four-day Jazz Juniors competition was merged under the banner of Hitch On, with promises of a full duality for its 2018 42nd edition. Along the way, this didn't quite happen, and now this long Kraków weekender has become simply Jazz Juniors, even though that contestant definition reaches into a prospective entrant's early ......

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Greek drummer and composer Billy Pod releases Drums to Heal Society on Puzzlemusik

Greek drummer and composer Billy Pod releases Drums to Heal Society on Puzzlemusik

BY BILLY POD
February 12, 2019

Drums to Heal Society—contemporary jazz that draws on elements of free improvisation, pop-electronica and rock to create a sound of unified diversity mirroring human experience in modern society. “Billy is an accomplished composer and arranger with both a great command of his instrument and the sensitivity to create authentic music with others.’’ —Tivon Pennicott, Saxophonist for Gregory Porter Drums to Heal Society is the debut release of Greek drummer and composer Vassilis Podaras (aka Billy Pod). The eleven-track album is ......

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61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

BY MICHAEL RICCI
February 12, 2019

And the winners of the 2019 GRAMMY Awards are... 31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only. SOME OF THAT SUNSHINE Regina Carter, soloist Track from: Some Of That Sunshine (Karrin Allyson) DON'T FENCE ME IN John Daversa, soloist Track from: ......

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Sonny Buxton: Mid-Day Saturdays and A Radio Master Class With Strayhorn's Last Drummer

Sonny Buxton: Mid-Day Saturdays and A Radio Master Class With Strayhorn's Last Drummer

BY ARTHUR R GEORGE
February 11, 2019

Sociologist, anthropologist, historian: storyteller, raconteur, entrepreneur and griot, in the guise of a deejay. Registrar, dean, professor: The jazz class of Sonny Buxton is barely concealed as entertainment within his weekly radio program every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time on San Francisco Bay Area FM station KCSM 91.1, streaming live on kcsm.org. At age 81, with a still-strong crisp baritone voice, he's like a garrulous and enthusiastic great-uncle, spinning classic songs with stories that he ......

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Ziv Ravitz Trio Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Ziv Ravitz Trio Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

BY BIMHUIS
February 11, 2019

Ziv Ravitz has established himself as a reference young drummer thanks to successful collaborations with the likes of Avishai Cohen, Mark Turner and Lee Konitz. For years the Israeli Brooklyn-based musician has performed in the trio of saxophonist Will Vinson, who on this tour hands over the reins to him. In early 2019, Ziv Ravitz will release of No Man Is an Island. He recently turned 40 quite--time to offer his own vision, based on his experiences as ......

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Ami Molinelli, Rogério Souza, Edinho Gerber Come Together As Duo Violão + 1 On New Album, A History Of Choro, To Be Released On March 8

Ami Molinelli, Rogério Souza, Edinho Gerber Come Together As Duo Violão + 1 On New Album, A History Of Choro, To Be Released On March 8

BY CARY GOLDBERG
February 11, 2019

On A History of Choro, their first recorded collaboration, guitarist Rogério Souza, guitarist Edinho Gerber, and percussionist Ami Molinelli survey the musical history and evolution of choro, revealing its rhythmic and harmonic permutations and, in the process, create an album that is coherent in timbre and vision while marvelously varied in its nuances. According to Molinelli, “The intention for this album overall was to ensure that each song reflects a different musical style within the genre of choro and to ......

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