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Brad Mehldau Trio's New Album, "Seymour Reads the Constitution!," Out Now

Brad Mehldau Trio's New Album, "Seymour Reads the Constitution!," Out Now

BY MICHAEL RICCI
May 20, 2018

Brad Mehldau Trio's new album, Seymour Reads the Constitution!, is out now on Nonesuch Records. The pianist and his longtime trio, which includes drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier, perform three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and one work from the American songbook (Frederick Loewe's “Almost Like Being in Love"). To purchase a copy of Seymour Reads the Constitution!, head to your local record store, iTunes, ......

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Brazilian Pianist Ricardo Bacelar Releases "Sebastiana"

Brazilian Pianist Ricardo Bacelar Releases "Sebastiana"

BY RICARDO BACELAR
May 20, 2018

Brazilian jazz pianist Ricardo Bacelar presents the smoldering romance of Jobim in a collaborative pan intercultural arts video For Brazilians, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s catalogue is as iconic, influential and impactful as George Gershwin’s contributions to the Great American Songbook, making the inclusion of a classic from the legend’s repertoire a must for pianist Ricardo Bacelar’s Sebastiana, the newly-released album heralding the works of Brazilian composers along with celebrating the Latin music diaspora. Bacelar selected “Somewhere In The Hills” and, in ......

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Take Five with Francisco Quintero

Take Five with Francisco Quintero

BY FRANCISCO QUINTERO
May 19, 2018

About Francisco Quintero Francisco Quintero is a guitarist, composer, arranger and producer born and raised in Venezuela. He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2009, where he obtained a degree in instrumental performance, and also holds a master's degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University. He has studied with artists such as Richie Hart, Ed Tomassi, Lin Biviano, Alain Mallet, Mike Stern, Adam Rogers, Peter Bernstein, Fareed Haque, and more, and played with an impressive ......

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The London Saxophone Festival Set for May 21-27, 2018

The London Saxophone Festival Set for May 21-27, 2018

BY RUPERT BURLEY
May 19, 2018

May 2018 sees the launch of the inaugural London Saxophone Festival, a celebration of all things sax, taking place at a range of venues and event spaces across the capital. This week-long series of events will involve performances from world class musicians, educational workshops, film and exhibitions. The festival will feature some boundary breaking players at the very top of their game, and will be a rare chance to witness some of the very best saxophonists in the world perform ......

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Esbjörn Svensson Trio "Live In London" Worldwide Release on ACT Music

Esbjörn Svensson Trio "Live In London" Worldwide Release on ACT Music

BY ACT MUSIC+VISION GMBH+CO.KG
May 18, 2018

The release of this album marks a poignant moment: the tenth anniversary of the tragic and premature death of Esbjorn Svensson on 14 June 2008. During the last ten years after the end of e.s.t. there have been constant reminders of the indelible mark which the band has left on the international jazz scene. Indeed it is hard to imagine a whole generation of currently highly successful young bands all over the world, often attracting an audience of same age, ......

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Alan Hall's Ratatet Addresses Current Turmoil In American Society With "Heroes, Saints And Clowns," Set For Release June 22 On Ridgeway Records

Alan Hall's Ratatet Addresses Current Turmoil In American Society With "Heroes, Saints And Clowns," Set For Release June 22 On Ridgeway Records

BY TERRI HINTE
May 18, 2018

jny: San Francisco Bay Area drummer, composer, and bandleader Alan Hall turned to music when he found himself in the midst of what he describes as “some of the greatest turmoil our country has ever experienced.” In order to cope, he penned the sonic vignettes heard on his new CD Heroes, Saints and Clowns, set for June 22 release on Ridgeway Records. Performed by his genre-bending sextet Ratatet, which was formed in 2014 and made its recording debut in 2016 ......

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Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor

BY JOHN EYLES
May 17, 2018

On April 5th 2018, the world lost pianist, composer, poet and iconoclast Cecil Taylor, at age 89. Taylor was the last surviving member of a generation of players who gave birth to the music variously labelled as avant-garde, fire music or free jazz, although some sources jointly credit Taylor and Ornette Coleman as its originators. A native New Yorker, Taylor received piano lessons by the age of five, taught by his mother. A childhood classical-piano prodigy, he studied ......

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39th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: Indoor program

39th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: Indoor program

BY MICHAEL RICCI
May 17, 2018

As the 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal approaches, the entire city gets ready to plunge back into summer... And not just any old summer: a season of music in the street, major festive, friendly gatherings in the heart of downtown Montréal, wonderful discoveries and essential rendezvous! In other words, Summer the way only Montréal can do it! The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is ......

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Mark Egan- Arjun Bruggeman- Shane Theriot - Dreaming Spirits

Mark Egan- Arjun Bruggeman- Shane Theriot - Dreaming Spirits

BY MARK EGAN
May 17, 2018

On this duo project Dreaming Spirits, bassist-composer Mark Egan joins forces with tabla-percussionist Arjun Bruggeman along with guest guitarist Shane Theriot for a set of music that is at once meditative and invigorating, incorporating drone tones and ambient textures into a compelling world music mix while also leaving room for dynamic improvisation and in-the-moment dialoguing between the players. “I feel like I’ve always heard this music and I’ve always wanted to record this type of project” says the acclaimed bassist ......

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Vocalist Sachal Vasandani To Perform Upcoming Shows In New York And Boston Featuring Music From His Upcoming Album "Shadow Train"

Vocalist Sachal Vasandani To Perform Upcoming Shows In New York And Boston Featuring Music From His Upcoming Album "Shadow Train"

BY ARE GROUP
May 17, 2018

On May 29 and May 30, 2018, Sachal Vasandani will return to New York’s Jazz Standard for a series of shows in support of his latest release on GSI records entitled Shadow Train; he will perform at the Regatta Bar in Cambridge, MA on June 8th for one show. Vasandani’s new album is a showcase of phenomenal musicianship and presents listeners with a repertoire of storied classics that have been masterfully reimagined. The recording will be released later this spring ......

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Linda Sikhakhane: Two Sides, One Mirror

Linda Sikhakhane: Two Sides, One Mirror

BY SETON HAWKINS
May 16, 2018

Though it has not received the level of press attention it warrants, South Africa's Jazz scene of the past decade has experienced an astonishing flourishing of artistry and development. While the scene lost some of its titans like Zim Ngqawana, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, and Bheki Mseleku, it has also found new paths through the efforts of a cavalcade of incredible young talents. These artists, born and/or raised in the post-apartheid era of South Africa, have navigated an amazing balance in ......

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Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community

Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
May 16, 2018

[For almost fifteen years, Philadelphia's Jazz Bridge has been providing funds and services to professional jazz and blues musicians in need. On Sunday, June 3, 2018, Jazz Bridge will hold its annual fundraiser at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing. There will be food, drink, fun, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. The honorary chairperson for the event will be former Mayor Michael Nutter. Duane Eubanks will be providing the music. Jazz Bridge depends primarily on individual donations ......

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Harold O'Neal Releases A Solo Masterpiece - "Piano Cinema"

Harold O'Neal Releases A Solo Masterpiece - "Piano Cinema"

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
May 16, 2018

Piano Cinema is the second solo piano release for Harold O'Neal. He says it is his statement of a signature piano style that he calls by the same name. Release date is May 14, 2018. “Piano Cinema is how I describe my genre of music. It's equally a balance of improvisations and well thought-out compositions. Some pieces were composed and constantly reworked. While others, like 'The Magic Hour', were completely improvised. My goal is to share this vision with the ......

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The 39th Edition Of Montreal's International Jazz Fest starts on June 28th

The 39th Edition Of Montreal's International Jazz Fest starts on June 28th

BY ANN BRAITHWAITE
May 16, 2018

June 28th of 2018 marks the start of the 39th Montreal International Jazz Festival. Recognized as the world's largest jazz festival by the Guinness Book, this 10-day event brings together an international roster of artists that encompass genres beyond jazz. The over 150 performances take place in 16 indoor and outdoor venues in and around downtown Montreal. The highlights include such luminaries as fiery and introspective saxophonist Archie Shepp who appears with his quartet at Maison Symphonique de Montréal on ......

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Add Panache to Your Jazz Performance with PDQ Music

Add Panache to Your Jazz Performance with PDQ Music

BY DAVID KOLINSKI-SCHULTZ
May 16, 2018

PDQ Music is proud to announce the publication of several new musical arrangements for various ensembles including Jazz Ensembles, Big Bands, Brass Quintets, and String Quartets. All arrangements are available at Sheet Music Plus, and feature compositions by a wide range of artists such as Thelonius Monk, Henry Mancini, Billy Joel, Coldplay, and Vince Guaraldi. Arrangements for Jazz Ensembles and Big Bands include jazz standards, new treatments of popular songs from the 1960’s (e.g. “The Look of Love” à la ......

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Indecent Heroes and All That Jazz

Indecent Heroes and All That Jazz

BY PETER RUBIE
May 15, 2018

Bill Cosby's deserved fall from Grace, perhaps more than anyone else's--and there has been a dizzying final reckoning for a bunch of them--has really hit me. I've been trying to figure out why that is and it's not obvious. But I think it's partly about how the accusations against Chuck Close have been handled. The problem is not whether or not these guys should be defended--it's the more profound issue of whether we can or should separate the artist from ......

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Richard Howell "Coming Of Age - Mangaku"  Introducing Elé Salif Howell with Special Guest Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah

Richard Howell "Coming Of Age - Mangaku" Introducing Elé Salif Howell with Special Guest Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
May 15, 2018

"I have the deepest respect for his musical abilities. He walks in the same path as the great ones: Joe Henderson, Don Myrick to be mentioned in the same light. I have a great belief in his talents. He will continue to make contributions in the time to come."—Maurice White-founder of Earth Wind & Fire. Coming Of Age Mangaku Introducing Elé Salif Howell with special guest Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah featuring: Frederick Harris, Charles McNeal, Ravi Abcarian, Danny Armstrong, and ......

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The Matt Anderson Quartet Release "Rambling" On Jellymould Jazz

The Matt Anderson Quartet Release "Rambling" On Jellymould Jazz

BY RUPERT BURLEY
May 15, 2018

Innovative saxophonist and composer Matt Anderson and his quartet release their brand new album Rambling in May 2018 on pioneering UK label Jellymould Jazz, ahead of an extensive national tour. Rambling fuses together a range of distinct musical influences, exploring the common ground between contemporary jazz and folk music, reminiscent of Anderson’s rural upbringing in the North Yorkshire moors. Subtle strains of blues and country can also be detected within the music, as well as echoes of Scandinavian jazz and ......

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Marshall University And The Nu Jazz Agency Announce The Launch Of The  Huntington International Jazz Festival In Huntington, West Virginia

Marshall University And The Nu Jazz Agency Announce The Launch Of The Huntington International Jazz Festival In Huntington, West Virginia

BY JERALD MILLER
May 14, 2018

Marshall University, a leading institution of higher education in West Virginia and the Nu Jazz Agency, announced the dates for the long-awaited Huntington International Jazz Festival to be held in Huntington, West Virginia from June 19-23, 2018. This 5-day Event comprises a multitude of community activities for young and old, from Jazz aficionados to music, art, and literature lovers, culminating in two back to back nights of historical performances from the Marsalis Family Quintet, Arturo O’Farrill & the O’Farrill Family ......

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The 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival:  June 26 to July 17, 2018

The 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival: June 26 to July 17, 2018

BY IKSV MEDIA RELATIONS
May 14, 2018

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Garanti Bank, the Istanbul Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. The festival will once again host leading names and new discoveries from the world of jazz, as well as the stars of contemporary music between 26 June and 17 July 2018. The festival will feature more than 250 names in 27 different venues around Istanbul. The 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival will offer a festival experience ......

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