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Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone at Stuttgart Jazz Open 2018

Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone at Stuttgart Jazz Open 2018

BY PHILLIP WOOLEVER
July 22, 2018

Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone Schlossplatz Stuttgart Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany July 19, 2018 The Stuttgart Jazz Open was seeking special things to commemorate the festival's 25th anniversary edition. With a double bill featuring Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone, that goal was accomplished to the delight of a dancing, sellout crowd. Cullum is one of the most dynamic players in any genre. His two-hour extravaganza showcased why he remains one of the ......

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Stunning Originals Featured On Pianist Michika Fukumori's Piano Images - Solo Project Produced By Steve Kuhn

Stunning Originals Featured On Pianist Michika Fukumori's Piano Images - Solo Project Produced By Steve Kuhn

BY HOLLY COOPER
July 22, 2018

Michika Fukumori, a native of Japan, has been living in jny: New York City since 2000. A soulful pianist, she was drawn to the U.S to study jazz and become involved in the New York jazz scene. Piano Images (Summit Records, June 22, 2018) is her third CD release since coming to States. The CD is a solo project, featuring Fukumori on piano playing mostly stunning original compositions as well as several of her favorite jazz standards. Fukumori has played ......

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Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

BY JOHN EPHLAND
July 21, 2018

The setting was Systems Two, a well-known, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn. The sessions, occurring over five days in May (7-11) 2017, were set up to record Cuban pianist/composer Elio Villafranca's sixth album, the elaborate and thoroughly rehearsed double-CD Cinque (artistShare), the music previously performed in shows at Lincoln Center in 2015. Present at Lincoln Center and at Systems Two was a well-coordinated team of musicians, including Steve Turre (trombone, conch shells), Greg Tardy (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Vincent ......

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Making The John Coltrane Jazz Festival in High Point

Making The John Coltrane Jazz Festival in High Point

BY LA-FAITHIA WHITE
July 21, 2018

John Coltrane was born in Hamlet North Carolina on September 23, 1926. When Coltrane was a young child his family moved to the town of High Point, North Carolina where he spent the first seventeen years of his life at 118 Underhill Street. Coltrane showed academic potential at Leonard Street School. Among his classmates he was known as a shy boy who was neat as well as a sharp dresser. Coltrane's situation changed drastically in the winter of ......

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Expressive Vocalist Christine Hitt Releases "Magical Kite," Produced By Geoffrey Keezer

Expressive Vocalist Christine Hitt Releases "Magical Kite," Produced By Geoffrey Keezer

BY HOLLY COOPER
July 21, 2018

For vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Christine Hitt, music is a family affair. Her father was a band director and her mother was a piano teacher and professional vocalist. Hitt married a trumpet player, and two of her three sons appear on Hitt’s newest CD, Magical Kite. Hitt’s warm voice can express a rich tapestry of tones, and she sings ballads and swing tunes with equal facility. The selection of songs on Magical Kite, from standards to gospel to bebop, reflects Hitt’s ......

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Prog Ensemble 41POINT9 Premieres Second Video "These Four Lands" From Forthcoming Album

Prog Ensemble 41POINT9 Premieres Second Video "These Four Lands" From Forthcoming Album

BY WILLIAM JAMES
July 21, 2018

Prog ensemble 41POINT9 is premiering their second video titled “These Four Lands” from their forthcoming album Mr. Astute Trousers on Sonic Perspectives! The band has two albums being released internationally on September 21, 2018. One is the brand-new sophomore release Mr. Astute Trousers and the other is a remixed and remastered version of their debut album Still Looking For Answers. The band has been busy creating a series of high quality concept videos to help get word about the album ......

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Sitting In It, Low Blow, Always a Bridesmaid

Sitting In It, Low Blow, Always a Bridesmaid

BY MR. P.C.
July 20, 2018

Sitting In It Dear Mr. P.C.: Is there an “etiquette" as when to accept and when to decline joining a band on stage when invited? --Getting Uneasy Each Sit-in Time Dear GUEST: First, the obvious: If you're better than the band, sitting in makes them look bad but makes you look good. If you're worse than the band, sitting in makes them look good but makes you look bad. That means the ......

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Download the All About Jazz Musician Starter Guide

Download the All About Jazz Musician Starter Guide

BY MICHAEL RICCI
July 20, 2018

Home to over 100,000 musician pages and representing the largest database of its kind on the internet, All About Jazz is also a platform that supports jazz professionals worldwide. In an effort to help our professional community (musicians, label owners, publicists, presenters, and promoters) maximize the benefits of our growing platform, we'll publish a series of how-to guides outlining our various services. Our first—for musicians—explains how to establish a presence at All About Jazz by claiming & updating a musician ......

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SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

BY ARTHUR R GEORGE
July 19, 2018

Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. It moves a million dollars worth of tickets in the first week its box office opens; some shows sell out to members even before ......

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George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz

George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz

BY DOUG HALL
July 19, 2018

Last summer, in June of 2017, I had the privilege and opportunity to interview George Wein, founder and producer of the seminal Newport Jazz Festival. At 91, he was just in the process of supporting and transitioning the new artistic director Christian McBride into this demanding and critical role for the future of the Newport Jazz Festival, to ensure the continuation of the legacy. The impact of this festival has been historically felt by the jazz community for its breadth ......

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Take Five with Isaiah Stewart

Take Five with Isaiah Stewart

BY ISAIAH STEWART
July 18, 2018

About Isaiah Stewart Since the release of his debut album Life Games in 2000, Isaiah Stewart has emerged as a unique indy voice in contemporary urban jazz-funk. Seeking to carry on classic “old school" jazz/R&B traditions, the versatile drummer's hard-grooving yet fluid music has led to a total of five albums and nearly 10 million downloads and streams worldwide. Isaiah's new album Summer Beat features multi-Grammy jazz icons Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato and Tom Scott, along ......

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Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces New Title Sponsor

Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces New Title Sponsor

BY JEAN DALMATH
July 18, 2018

John Nugent and Marc Iacona, co-owners of RIJF, LLC and co-producers of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, one of the world’s leading jazz festivals, announced today that CGI Communications will be the festival's new title sponsor. “CGI will succeed Xerox Corporation, which has been the festival’s title sponsor since 2009,” said Marc Iacona, festival co-producer and executive director. “We thank the Xerox team for 10 years of outstanding partnership and are grateful for all their support that engaged our fans ......

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WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems

WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems

BY ENRICO BETTINELLO
July 18, 2018

A forgotten gem from the extensive and multi-colored discography of Don Cherry is available again, courtesy of the French label WEWANTSOUNDS [yes, their name is uppercase only!]. Home Boy, Sister Out, produced by Ramuntcho Matta, was originally released in 1985 on Barclay Records. It was distributed in France and Germany only and was never reissued until now. Funky and fourth-world tinged, with strong influences from the new wave scene of those years, this amazing record reflects not only ......

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Sidney Hauser:  Justice and Jubilation

Sidney Hauser: Justice and Jubilation

BY PAUL RAUCH
July 17, 2018

The hiring of young saxophonist Sidney Hauser, to fill the second alto saxophone chair with the prestigious Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra may seem like a musical sidenote to the history of this 17 piece ensemble that was formed in 1995. But considering the marginalization of women instrumentalists in jazz over the course of the genre's history, Hauser's appointment is impactful, and represents only the second full time appointment in the history of SRJO. While the hiring of a ......

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Paul Simon To Release New Album – In The Blue Light – On September 7 Coinciding With Final Leg Of Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour

Paul Simon To Release New Album – In The Blue Light – On September 7 Coinciding With Final Leg Of Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour

BY MICHAEL RICCI
July 17, 2018

“This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right, or were odd enough to be overlooked the first time around. Re-doing arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics that didn’t make their meaning clear, gave me time to clarify in my own head what I wanted to say, or realize what I was thinking and make it more easily understood.”—Paul Simon, July 2018 Legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer Paul Simon will release his 14th studio album—In The Blue Light—on ......

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Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
July 16, 2018

If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and perfectly balanced. Take Michael Leonhart, an artist blessed by nature with a superior talent that was nurtured by a musical family. His ......

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11th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Sunday, September 16 From 2-6 PM — Marc Ribot And The Jazzbeens To Headline

11th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Sunday, September 16 From 2-6 PM — Marc Ribot And The Jazzbeens To Headline

BY JAMES KEEPNEWS
July 16, 2018

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill…The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I’ve seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids’ show.” —Nate Chinen, New York Times “The lineup seems to get better every year at the Red Hook Jazz Festival, held on two successive Sundays at the Urban Meadow. ......

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Ella Fitzgerald sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book

Ella Fitzgerald sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book

BY MARK BARNETT
July 16, 2018

Getting StartedIf you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. Background The Great American Songbook--songs written from the 1920's to the 1950's by giants such as Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin brothers--has inspired jazz musicians and singers for generations, supplying the raw material for endless improvisation. In listening to jazz, a good rule of thumb is “Know the song and you're halfway there." ......

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Soft Machine Announce New Album "Hidden Details" & World Tour Dates, With First North American Dates Since 1974

Soft Machine Announce New Album "Hidden Details" & World Tour Dates, With First North American Dates Since 1974

BY WILLIAM JAMES
July 15, 2018

In support of their forthcoming new album, British music legends Soft Machine will embark on their first North American tour since 1974 in October 2018, followed by the second North-American leg of the tour in January/February 2019. In concert, their set list will include material from all parts of the band's repertoire from 1970 onwards, but this is emphatically not a nostalgia act resting on its laurels. Last weekend Soft Machine played their first two shows in North America since ......

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Audioguide: Norway in a Nutshell

Audioguide: Norway in a Nutshell

BY EMILY JONES
July 15, 2018

Every year around 30 jazz promoters and journalists from Europe and the USA make a pilgrimage to the city of Bergen in the west of Norway to experience Nutshell. Established by the various organisations who export Norwegian music, Nutshell showcases the best Norwegian jazz of the moment amidst the incredible scenery of fjords and mountains that the country is famous for. The showcase programme was curated by drummer Gard Nilssen and dovetails with Bergen's longstanding Nattjazz Festival, offering a taste ......

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