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Pittsburgh’s newest jazz club  Con Alma announces two exciting music series

Pittsburgh’s newest jazz club Con Alma announces two exciting music series

BY MACKENZIE HORNE
September 19, 2019

Con Alma is excited to announce Latin Jazz Sundays and All-Pittsburgh Wednesdays. Starting in September, Con Alma will open its doors every Sunday from 5:00PM-11:00PM. Pittsburgh musicians will perform selections from the Latin music tradition from 7:00PM-10:00PM. The club will spin handpicked Latin vinyl selections on the house turntable between sets. The featured menu will include critically-acclaimed Latin-inspired food and original cocktails. All-Pittsburgh Wednesdays, a new residency series celebrating the Steel City’s place in jazz history, will feature repertoires comprised ......

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Pittsburgh's Con Alma To Host Coltrane And Monk Birthday Celebrations

Pittsburgh's Con Alma To Host Coltrane And Monk Birthday Celebrations

BY MACKENZIE HORNE
September 18, 2019

Con Alma is excited to announce upcoming celebrations in acknowledgment of John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk’s birthdays. An observance of saxophonist John Coltrane’s birth will take place from September 18-September 23. During this special period, Con Alma’s house band, which showcases some of the finest talent in the Pittsburgh area, will perform selections from Coltrane’s prolific discography. In October, the Con Alma house band returns to celebrate the birth of pianist Thelonious Monk. Festivities will kick off on October 11. ......

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Marcus Miller at Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University

Marcus Miller at Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University

BY ROB GARRATT
September 18, 2019

Marcus Miller Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University, Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong September 12, 2019 You gotta feel for Russell Gunn--the trumpet player employed to spend around a half-hour every night being Miles Davis. Of course, as a member of Marcus Miller's band, it's not unreasonable to expect a nightly run through “Tutu," the title track of Davis' 1986 Warners debut--widely dismissed at the time, now held up as an ......

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Chicago-Based Trumpeter Markus Rutz releases Blueprints – Figure One: Frameworks on OA2 Records

Chicago-Based Trumpeter Markus Rutz releases Blueprints – Figure One: Frameworks on OA2 Records

BY MARKUS RUTZ
September 18, 2019

MRM & OA2 Records Announce the Launch of Blueprints – Figure One: Frameworks. Markus Rutz Music (MRM) and OA2 Records are excited to announce the launch of Blueprints – Figure One: Frameworks, the latest jazz expression from Chicago trumpeter/composer, Markus Rutz. With compositions inspired by his mentors in life and music, Rutz has created a two-volume collection of original music and arrangements filled with intrigue, beauty and excitement. Navigating diverse ensemble and stylistic directions, with an array of superb musical ......

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Contemporary / Groove / Jazz Quintet Ikarus's Mosaismic Available On Ronin Rhythm Records

Contemporary / Groove / Jazz Quintet Ikarus's Mosaismic Available On Ronin Rhythm Records

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 18, 2019

A curious thing happens to a band as its sound matures. As the voices of its players continue to fuse ever more seamlessly, their individual styles also come into focus with increasing clarity. In its most literal reading, this is the key idea behind Mosaismic, the title of the third full-length record from Swiss contemporary / groove / jazz quintet Ikarus. The word itself was created from the combination of the words: “mosaic” and “seismic”. Mosaic, of course, implies a ......

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Sam First:  L.A.'s Hottest and Coolest New Jazz Haunt

Sam First: L.A.'s Hottest and Coolest New Jazz Haunt

BY JIM WORSLEY
September 17, 2019

Architecturally designed as a listening room, Sam First has created its own vibe in west Los Angeles. From the time you are greeted and clued in by the doorman, before you even enter the club, there is a sense of something special or unique about to happen. While listening to and watching the Sam Hirsh Quartet play two sets, it was quickly apparent that it was all about the music. The acoustics are sensational, and the ambiance of the room ......

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Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

BY DAVID A. ORTHMANN
September 17, 2019

Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges Con Chapman 218 ISBN: #978-0-19-0655390-3 Oxford University Press 2019 It's difficult to fathom the existence of a jazz musician in the position of a featured soloist of an internationally recognized large ensemble, year in and year out, for decades, making a good living and deriving a fair amount of artistic satisfaction from this endeavor, as well as consistently receiving kudos from peers, critics and ......

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Jimmy Cobb Historic Release Featuring Roy Hargrove - Remembering U - Final Session By Rudy Van Gelder!

Jimmy Cobb Historic Release Featuring Roy Hargrove - Remembering U - Final Session By Rudy Van Gelder!

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
September 17, 2019

Legendary Drummer Jimmy Cobb Still Swinging After All These Years! Remembering U features a guest appearance by the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove and is the final session by legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Album Release Party November 25th at Dizzy's Club A consummate accompanist, unerring timekeeper, outstanding soloist and dynamic leader in his own right, revered drummer Jimmy Cobb showcases his inimitable touch on ballads and his irrepressibly swinging ride cymbal pulse on Remembering U. Accompanied by his working trio ......

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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
September 16, 2019

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Firelight Films Director: Stanley Nelson Run Time: 115 minutes 2019 In addition to his place as a legendary jazz musician, Miles Davis has long been a cultural hero for the African American community and for so many others of varied backgrounds and ethnicity around the world. We all continue to marvel at his creativity, personal independence, and passionate willingness to go to the wall ......

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Jazz from Detroit

Jazz from Detroit

BY TROY DOSTERT
September 16, 2019

Jazz from Detroit Mark Stryker 342 pages ISBN: 978-0472074266 University of Michigan Press 2019 When music journalist Mark Stryker left the Detroit Free Press in 2016, yet another casualty of the ineluctable downsizing occurring at news outlets all over the country, jazz fans throughout metro Detroit feared they were losing a trusted voice, one that had edified listeners across the jazz and classical music spectrum for twenty years. But fortunately, this didn't mean ......

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Respect to Aretha at Barbican Hall

Respect to Aretha at Barbican Hall

BY CHRIS MAY
September 15, 2019

Nona Hendryx, Bettye LaVette, José James, Alice Russell, Zara McFarlane, Antibalas Barbican Hall Respect to Aretha London September 12, 2019 Great artists deserve posthumous tributes worthy of their talent--and sometimes they get them. So far, Aretha Franklin, who passed in 2018, is doing well. The long-delayed release of the 1972 documentary Amazing Grace (Studiocanal, 2019), a film of Franklin recording her Grammy Award-winning album of the same name, while not ......

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Barry Guy's Blue Shroud Band at Aghavannagh Barracks

Barry Guy's Blue Shroud Band at Aghavannagh Barracks

BY JOHN SHARPE
September 15, 2019

Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band Aghavannagh Barracks Wicklow, Ireland August 14-15, 2019 Have you ever wondered what goes into a performance? For some it might just be a quick run through of familiar standards, while for free improvisers any prep at all might be anathema. But for a large ensemble rehearsal is pretty much essential. Even more so when it comprises 14 musicians from nine countries who don't get together on a regular basis, as ......

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Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 2

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 2

BY JIM WORSLEY
September 14, 2019

Part 1 | Part 2 This past February Peter Erskine greeted me at his studio with a warm smile and welcoming handshake. Nearly two hours later we had discussed many aspects of his long and storied career. We talked at length about his experiences with Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul in Weather Report, and his subsequent book, No Beethoven, that chronicles and fuses it in time. Even the amusing aside as to how that title came ......

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Abdullah Ibrahim: The Sound of the Universe

Abdullah Ibrahim: The Sound of the Universe

BY MACKENZIE HORNE
September 13, 2019

Abdullah Ibrahim's cosmology informs his art. While some might look upon him as an overseer at the crossroads between new and old, the tempered pianist stands as a sage, painting swirling rhythms that resemble the spheres of the universe with his compositions. He continues to combine ancient wisdom with the tones of the future; formation and reformation are one and the same for him. He roots his musical practice within tradition, composing with an ethos based on cycles. ...

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2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

BY C. ANDREW HOVAN
September 13, 2019

Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan August 30-September 2, 2019 According to the official count, the 40th edition of the largest free jazz festival in North America drew a record crowd numbering some 325,000. Boasting four stages as part of the festival footprint, there seemed to be a reduction in the total number of performances this year. Furthermore, even a cursory look at the schedule revealed more than a fair share of names that ......

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Alfred Music Releases "The Musician's Lifeline" By Renowned Authors Peter Erskine And Dave Black

Alfred Music Releases "The Musician's Lifeline" By Renowned Authors Peter Erskine And Dave Black

BY DAVE BLACK
September 13, 2019

Alfred Music, the leading publisher in music education since 1922, announces the release of The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional. Written by Peter Erskine and Dave Black, The Musician's Lifeline represents the combined experience and knowledge of the authors gained through their lives in music. In addition, it includes advice from over 150 of the best musicians the authors have the honor of knowing, with topics ranging from sight-reading, learning, listening, auditions, the music business, practice, ......

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Trish Clowes: Sounding Colors, Playing With Gravity

Trish Clowes: Sounding Colors, Playing With Gravity

BY IAN PATTERSON
September 12, 2019

If it hadn't been that day, twenty some years ago when the young Trish Clowes first felt the pull of the tenor saxophone, it would surely have been another. Barely in her teens at the time, Shropshire-born saxophonist and award-winning composer Clowes already played piano, clarinet and sang when she went to see her Dad, an amateur trumpeter, play with the local big band. “When I heard a tenor saxophone feature on “In a Sentimental Mood" I thought ......

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Matthew Whitaker: A New Voice On Jazz Piano

Matthew Whitaker: A New Voice On Jazz Piano

BY LA-FAITHIA WHITE
September 12, 2019

Matthew Whitaker is an American jazz pianist. Blind since birth, he has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and The Apollo Theatre, where aged ten, he opened for Stevie Wonder. Though he is only eighteen years old, multi instrumentalist Whitaker has come a long way to get where he is today, overcoming adversity and dedicating countless hours to honing his craft. Now with his declarative label debut Now Hear This (Resilience Music, 2019), ......

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An Urban Myth: Chris Potter Circuits Quartet feat. Craig Taborn at Porto's Casa da Música

An Urban Myth: Chris Potter Circuits Quartet feat. Craig Taborn at Porto's Casa da Música

BY ARIAN BAGHERI POUR FALLAH
September 12, 2019

Circuits the Record, Circuits the Quartet.The record Circuits (Edition, 2019) makes use of production as a means to architecturally bring to bay today's average, one may say alienated jazz listener, the “grooveland" referenced by Potter merely an excuse and hardly the verdict in this trial. It is a covered walk 'round new-fashioned, urban currents—skintight, monasterial and modern. The quartet Circuits, on the other end, operates in a fully separate way. It does not negate the currents, even if ......

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Kamasi Washington at Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University

Kamasi Washington at Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University

BY ROB GARRATT
September 11, 2019

Kamasi Washington Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong September 6, 2019 The anointed savior of 21st century jazz, Kamasi Washington is all about size, scale and scope. He writes big, brash, hummable themes, punctuates them with gutsy, garrulous, saxophone solos, and embraces weighty spiritual and sociological themes—assembling huge groups playing for peace and unity. His big ideas are presented in unwieldy packages: ......

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