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Holiday Gift Idea: New Book Features Kronos Quartet, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakatmoto, Arvo Pärt, Jon Hassell, Michael Price And The Art Ensemble Of Chicago

Holiday Gift Idea: New Book Features Kronos Quartet, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakatmoto, Arvo Pärt, Jon Hassell, Michael Price And The Art Ensemble Of Chicago

BY MICHAEL RICCI
December 12, 2018

The Moderns vol.2 explores the world’s great avant-garde artists. BADD PRESS announces the launch of The Moderns vol. 2, the second installment of a series dedicated to the world’s great avant-garde artists. Featuring more than 200 reviews and interviews, the book introduces readers to established and emerging music leaders from around the world. “The first volume was so warmly received,” says author Kevin Press. “Since its publication at the beginning of this year, I’ve been sent music from all over ......

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Power Jazz Rock Trio Eddie Arjun Burnin' New Album Transition Release Date: February 1st And World Premiere At City Winery NYC February 1st

Power Jazz Rock Trio Eddie Arjun Burnin' New Album Transition Release Date: February 1st And World Premiere At City Winery NYC February 1st

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
December 11, 2018

Critically acclaimed guitar-driven instrumental power jazz rock trio Eddie Arjun (formally known as ARJUN) release their 5th album, Transition (Pheromone Records), following the success of their album Gravity. Transition continues the artistic evolution of one of New York City's most exciting and original bands, featuring the masterful guitar work and deeply expressive compositions of Eddie Arjun Peters. Transition is an outstanding continuation of Eddie Arjun's bold sound and style, rooted in carefully crafted melodies which tell resonant stories without words. ......

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TRPTK: Breaking Genre Walls

TRPTK: Breaking Genre Walls

BY MARK WERLIN
December 11, 2018

Visitors to the website of TRPTK, an independent music label based in the Netherlands, will find a small but growing number of hi-res recordings in a wide range of musical genres. TRPTK's catalog includes Prokofiev's rarely-performed opera “The Fiery Angel" in an arrangement for cello and piano; new classical music for a violin ensemble; Persian traditional music; classical cello recitals; solo guitar music; new progressive rock, solo ambient piano, solo accordion, French chansons, American songs, Portuguese songs, and cross-cultural contemporary ......

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Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot

Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot

BY DOUG HALL
December 11, 2018

Bessie-Empress of the Blues Tribute The Cabot Beverly, MA December 4, 2018 In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues--Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly renovated 1920's theater venue is turning 100 years old with this fund-raising kick-off event. Smith was performing in the 1920's, establishing a singing career with her distinctive passionate ......

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Michael League: Snarky Puppy's Jazz-Schooled, Grassroots Visionary

Michael League: Snarky Puppy's Jazz-Schooled, Grassroots Visionary

BY MIKE JACOBS
December 10, 2018

Bassist, composer, bandleader, sideman, producer, record label owner, festival head... These are some of the many hats Michael League has acquired since embarking on his musical odyssey at the University of North Texas with a “little" band named Snarky Puppy in 2003. With its Jazz-but-not-Jazz / Music for Brain and Booty ethos, multiple poll wins, Grammy awards, and a worldwide fan base that's still growing, Snarky Puppy is looked upon by many as more of a phenomenon than ......

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"Elemental" Is Anything But Elementary

"Elemental" Is Anything But Elementary

BY KAREN FRIESKE
December 10, 2018

Low-end powerhouse and former Yellowjacket backbone, Jimmy Haslip collaborates with pianist, composer, arranger, and educator Otmaro Ruíz and virtuosic rhythm guru Jimmy Branly for a project that is a perfect mix of composition and broad audience appeal. Mastered by Grammy nominee Rich Breen (Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Peter Erskine, Charlie Haden and more), “elemental" is a current jazz classic bringing elements of old and new to keep fans on their toes. Grammy nominee Otmaro Ruíz (2016), the composer of most ......

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Guitar Legend Scott Henderson Offers 10-Week Course Teaching Basic Steps To Improvisation And General Organization On The Guitar

Guitar Legend Scott Henderson Offers 10-Week Course Teaching Basic Steps To Improvisation And General Organization On The Guitar

BY WILLIAM JAMES
December 9, 2018

Legendary guitarist Scott Henderson will take you through the basic steps to improvisation and general organization on the guitar. Over 10 weeks, you’ll learn to use scales and their modes, chord tones, rhythmic ideas, motifs, and chord voicings, all with the focus on musicianship and artistry. Hi Friends, I’m happy to announce that I’m teaching an online class at Musicians Institute. Stig Mathisen, head of the guitar department, help me put this course together which we’re really proud of. This ......

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Joe Gransden's Big Band At Cafe 290

Joe Gransden's Big Band At Cafe 290

BY MARTIN MCFIE
December 9, 2018

Joe Gransden's Big Band Cafe 290Atlanta, GA December 3, 2018 At a private evening in Atlanta, Kenny Banks played a 1912 Steinway B piano and Joe Gransden played his grandfather's trumpet and a fluegelhorn he has owned since childhood. In between Christmas tunes there was an interesting and enlightening question and answer discussion. Both musicians are highly educated, they play continuously and both have played the White House. Gransden was there just the previous week. ......

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U2 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin

U2 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin

BY NENAD GEORGIEVSKI
December 9, 2018

U2 Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin November 13, 2018 There is a popular adage about the value of perseverance that says it doesn't matter how many time you get knocked down but what matters is how many times you will get back. That certainly applies to the malady that hit U2 during their concert in Berlin during the second concert (01.09.2018) at the start of the last leg of their world tour Experience and Innocence in the ......

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David Johansen at The Space at Westbury

David Johansen at The Space at Westbury

BY MIKE PERCIACCANTE
December 9, 2018

David Johansen with special guests Frankenstein 3000 The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY November 29, 2018 David Johansen made his musical bones in the early 1970s as the lead singer and songwriter in the seminal proto-punk band the New York Dolls. Johansen and guitarist Johnny Thunders wrote the majority of the band's original material. Unfortunately, the Dolls were critical darlings but not a true commercial success. During the band's short first act, ......

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The Multifaceted Mike Seal

The Multifaceted Mike Seal

BY ALAN BRYSON
December 8, 2018

He's an extraordinarily talented guitarist whose musical interests range from jazz and bluegrass to classical music. Mike Seal has been active on the Southern music scene for over a decade and is based in Nashville, Tennessee. His grandfather was a gifted self taught gospel guitarist in rural Virginia, and his older brother, Rob Seal, is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar/mandolin/violin/banjo) who is active on the bluegrass music scene. Mike is married to a professional musician who is also a very accomplished lap ......

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Elio Villafranca's Cinque  Nominated For 2019 Grammy Award As Best Latin Jazz Album!

Elio Villafranca's Cinque Nominated For 2019 Grammy Award As Best Latin Jazz Album!

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
December 8, 2018

2019 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS ELIO VILLAFRANCA- CINQUE BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM Field 10: Jazz Category 35. Best Latin Jazz Album (For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.) Heart Of Brazil Eddie Daniels Back To The Sunset Dafnis Prieto Big Band West Side Story ......

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Joshua Bowlus Trio at The Jazz Corner

Joshua Bowlus Trio at The Jazz Corner

BY MARTIN MCFIE
December 8, 2018

Joshua Bowlus Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 30 to December 1, 2018 As an introduction to his version of “For All We Know," Joshua Bowlus read out the lyrics while clicking his fingers loudly to lead the trio into a slow version of the 1934 tune. “For all we know/ We may never meet again/Before you go/ Make this moment sweet again/ We won't say goodnight/Until the last minute/ ......

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Frost Concert Jazz Band Under The Direction Of John Daversa Releases Concerto For Guitar And Jazz Orchestra By Justin Morell, Featuring Adam Rogers

Frost Concert Jazz Band Under The Direction Of John Daversa Releases Concerto For Guitar And Jazz Orchestra By Justin Morell, Featuring Adam Rogers

BY HOLLY COOPER
December 7, 2018

Jazz is an art form that allows musicians to drawn upon an endless array of stylistic and cultural traditions. While a number of jazz artists have incorporated the sophisticated forms of classical music in their writing and performances, there are few true concerto works for a jazz orchestra and fewer still composed for guitar. On Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra, three master musicians have joined forces to create a project of great beauty and depth. The music is composed ......

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Andrew Rathbun | New Album Out On Steeplechase Records

Andrew Rathbun | New Album Out On Steeplechase Records

BY MATT FRIPP
December 6, 2018

Saxophonist, composer & Toronto native Andrew Rathbun has achieved a rare depth of lyricism, authoritative swing and compositional intelligence in nearly 20 years as a recording artist. Voted as a ‘rising star’ in this year’s Downbeat Critics Poll, he adds to his portfolio of stirring original albums this winter, with the release of Character Study on Steeplechase Records. Joined by Tim Hagan (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano), Jay Anderson (bass) & Bill Stewart (drums), the album showcases a sound rooted in ......

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New Sounds - Walter Smith III, John Escreet and Maisha

New Sounds - Walter Smith III, John Escreet and Maisha

BY BOB OSBORNE
December 6, 2018

Demonstrating the wide variety of music in the jazz world recent releases from Walter Smith, John Escreet and Maisha are featured on this show. With other material, old and new, in between, there is mixed bag of styles, and, sounds on display. Playlist Walter Smith III “Ask Me Now" from Twio (Whirlwind) 00:00 John Escreet “Broken Justice (Kalief)" from Learn to Live (Blue Room Music) 07:01 Al McLean & Azar Lawrence “Simone" from Conduit (Intofocus) 16:06 Maisha ......

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Celebrating the 2018 Super Fans

Celebrating the 2018 Super Fans

BY TESSA SOUTER AND ANDREA WOLPER
December 5, 2018

You've seen them around. They're at all the gigs, their attention focused deeply on the bandstand, as much a part of their local jazz scenes as the musicians and venues. They know and love the music, and musicians love them back. These passionate music-goers are the super fans, and they are an essential part of the concert experience. Each month, All About Jazz focuses the attention back on one of the super fans to find our who they ......

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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids At Black Box

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids At Black Box

BY IAN PATTERSON
December 5, 2018

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids Black Box jny:Belfast, N. Ireland November 25, 2018 Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids filed in from the rear of the Black Box, rattling and blowing an array of exotic instruments--none more so than the leader's didgeridoo-esque horn-pipe. Winding its way to the stage, it engaged the crowd in a call-and-response chant. A pact of sorts was thus sealed between musicians and audience from the off, ensuring that the giving, ......

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Wayne Horvitz: A Musical Portrait

Wayne Horvitz: A Musical Portrait

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
December 5, 2018

This week we focus on the music of Wayne Horvitz with special attention for his latest two releases, The Snowghost Sessions and Those Who Remain. It's hard to condense in two hours the long career and many facets of a composer and pianist of great versatility, but we will do our best to present highlights from his various projects as a leader and side-man. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ......

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The Bebop Channel Launches Aiming to Disrupt Traditional Jazz Media

The Bebop Channel Launches Aiming to Disrupt Traditional Jazz Media

BY MICHAEL RICCI
December 5, 2018

The first television station focused solely on jazz culture launched this week; The BeBop Channel is an OTT channel available at beboptv.com and on Amazon Prime Video. The channel, identified as “Jazz – Hip Hop all Grown Up”, was created out of the realization that jazz lovers are relegated to PBS-style documentaries if they have interest in video programming. The BeBop Channel promotes the overall jazz culture through scripted television series, reality-based shows, lifestyle magazine programming and films—featuring the music, ......

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