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Cast Your Vote! All About Jazz Launches Three New Polls

Cast Your Vote! All About Jazz Launches Three New Polls

BY MICHAEL RICCI
October 18, 2019

All About Jazz, one of the web's top music websites and arbiter of all things jazz has followed up it's popular Top Jazz Venues poll with three new polls: Top Jazz City, Fantasy Festival, and Top Record Label. You can learn more about each poll by clicking their respective links. A fully transparent and 100% verifiable system, All About Jazz polls were designed to give voice to our readers while defining a series of benchmarks for the industry. And with ......

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Storytellers Workshop NYC Presented By Songstress Monday Michiru And FoSn, A Series Of Lyric Writing Seminars In NYC

Storytellers Workshop NYC Presented By Songstress Monday Michiru And FoSn, A Series Of Lyric Writing Seminars In NYC

BY MIZUHO UCHIYAMA
October 17, 2019

Songstress Monday Michiru and FoSn presents “Storytellers Workshop NYC,” a series of lyric writing seminars in the Big Apple, kicking off their fall session with four weekly classes (November 4th, 12th, 18th and 25th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.), and ending with a student showcase “Lyricists Lounge” at Club Bonafide on December 8th (3:00 p.m.). About Monday Michiru Born in Japan, Monday’s musical and cultural perspectives were formed not only by her upbringing in both Japan and coastal U.S., but also by her ......

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Rachael & Vilray available now on Nonesuch

Rachael & Vilray available now on Nonesuch

BY MICHAEL RICCI
October 16, 2019

“It’s a special kind of magic when two voices meet and immediately sound like they’ve never been apart. The voices of acoustic duo Rachael & Vilray are magical enough on their own, but when they blend in song the results are utterly sublime.” —Chronogram Nonesuch Records releases Rachael & Vilray—the debut album by Lake Street Dive singer-songwriter Rachael Price and composer, singer, and guitarist Vilray —October 4, 2019. The twelve-song set features ten originals by Vilray, along with two covers ......

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Elio Villafranca Quintet Makes Their Debut At Smoke On October 24-27!

Elio Villafranca Quintet Makes Their Debut At Smoke On October 24-27!

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
October 10, 2019

2019 Grammy Nominee Pianist/Composer/Arranger ELIO VILLAFRANCA Debuts With His Quintet at Smoke NYC OCTOBER 24-27! Smoke Jazz and Supper Club 2751 Broadway New York, NY 10025 Phone: 212-864-6662 Elio Villafranca makes his quintet debut at Smoke with: Greg Tardy: tenor sax/clarinet Bruce Harris: trumpet Gregg August: bass Dion Parson: drums Elio Villafranca leads a stellar quintet with trumpeter ......

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"Solidarity," New CD Due Nov. 8 From Drummer/Composer Jerome Jennings, Addresses Concerns About Political & Social Justice

"Solidarity," New CD Due Nov. 8 From Drummer/Composer Jerome Jennings, Addresses Concerns About Political & Social Justice

BY TERRI HINTE
October 9, 2019

Drummer-composer-educator Jerome Jennings puts the spotlight on his writing chops for Solidarity, his rousing second album as a leader, set for a November 8 release on his own Iola Records. Featuring as its core unit trumpeter Josh Evans, tenor and soprano saxophonist Stacy Dillard, trombonist {{Andrae Murchison, pianist Zaccai Curtis, and Jennings’s friend and mentor, legendary bassist Christian McBride (along with special guests, including saxophonist-flutist Tia Fuller, tenor saxophonist-vocalist Camille Thurman, bassist Endea Owens, and percussionist Carlos Maldonado), the album ......

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Trumpeter Markus Rutz Album Release Concert at PianoForte Studios in Chicago set for October 11th

Trumpeter Markus Rutz Album Release Concert at PianoForte Studios in Chicago set for October 11th

BY MARKUS RUTZ
October 8, 2019

Blueprints – Figure One: Frameworks reveals the heart of an artist and his appreciation for the influences that surround him. Tickets for this exclusive 7:30pm event are available now and directly from Pianoforte Studios. Pianoforte Studios 1335 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 ph. (312) 291-0000 Brice Winston is featured guest on saxophone and on bass is Marcos Varela. “Rutz has a big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing that makes ......

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Experience Ayiti Joins With The Mingus Big Band At New York’s Jazz Standard This October To Support Music Initiatives In Haiti

Experience Ayiti Joins With The Mingus Big Band At New York’s Jazz Standard This October To Support Music Initiatives In Haiti

BY ARE GROUP
October 7, 2019

The New York-based Mingus Big Band will host the non-profit charity Experience Ayiti (XA) during October, to bring awareness and raise funds for XA’s mission in Haiti. The residency will take place at New York’s Jazz Standard on Mondays beginning October 7, followed by each consecutive Monday that month; October 14, 21, and 28. Sets are at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm; for ticket information visit: jazzstandard.com Experience Ayiti was founded by Haitian-American saxophonist Godwin Louis, alongside three fellow musicians ......

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New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

BY MICHAEL RICCI
October 6, 2019

In recognition and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Jazz Studies department and the Jazz Studies program, New England Conservatory is hosting Jazz50, a year- long series of concerts and events. On stage will be the distinguished jazz alumni, faculty, students and special guests offering an incredible array of musical and compositional talent. Performances are to be to held at NEC's acoustically superb Jordan Hall, providing an intimate and versatile setting. And several other performances are scheduled in New ......

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Guitarist Wolfgang Schalk releases Obsession. Available now!

Guitarist Wolfgang Schalk releases Obsession. Available now!

BY WOLFGANG SCHALK
October 5, 2019


Wolfgang Schalk (guitar), Andy Langham (piano), Carlitos Del Puerto (bass), Gene Coye (drums), Luisito Quintero (percussion, voice). Recorded at United Recording, Los Angeles, CA. “Obsession is my tribute to the dedication to music and art. It is also a mantra for the responsibility which comes attached to it. It is something you have in your veins and something that is always with you, no matter what you are doing. And the process itself is about the creating because it needs ......

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Jazz Singer/Sommelier Kristen Lee Sergeant Returns To Boston

Jazz Singer/Sommelier Kristen Lee Sergeant Returns To Boston

BY JOANNE BARRETT
October 4, 2019

Celebrate Kristen Lee Sergeant’s return to the Boston stage with her new DownBeat Editor’s Pick album Smolder at Berklee’s Red Room @ Club 939, Thursday, October 10, 7:00pm. Joining Sergeant will be special guest and Grammy winner Ted Nash, pianist Jeb Patton, and local heavy-hitters Robert Gullotti (drums) and Gregory Ryan (bass). Tickets are $20 general admission and $15, students. Smolder is a journey of fire in which Sergeant’s artfully arranged standards and originals combine to create a story of ......

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Jelgavas Big Band Brings Latvian Music Arranged By American Pianist Michael Abene to DC on October 4th

Jelgavas Big Band Brings Latvian Music Arranged By American Pianist Michael Abene to DC on October 4th

BY LIGA BRIGE
October 3, 2019

On October 4, 2019, Latvia is presenting a jazz concert by the Jelgava Big Band at the Organization of American States on the on the Occasion of 130 years since the First International Conference of American States and in anticipation of the 25th anniversary in 2020 since Latvia is a Permanent Observer at the OAS. Venue Organization of American States 200 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20006 Date: October 4, 2019 Time: 6:30pm ...

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Internationally-Acclaimed Songstress TAEKO New Album Contemplation Release Show: October 10th At Birdland!

Internationally-Acclaimed Songstress TAEKO New Album Contemplation Release Show: October 10th At Birdland!

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
October 3, 2019

Contemplation Album Release Show October 10th at 5:30pm Birdland Jazz Club 315 West 44th St New York, NY 10036 212-581-3080 Personnel: TAEKO: Vocals Theo Hill: Piano François Moutin: Bass Victor Jones: Drums Guest: Sumie Kaneko: Koto Hot House Magazine full page feature (October, 2019) Online Show “Jazz Cafe" to feature TAEKO as its host Jazz singer extraordinaire and entrepreneur TAEKO ......

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Master Drummer Jason Harnell Breaks New Ground With Experimental CD And Multimedia Experience, Total Harnage

Master Drummer Jason Harnell Breaks New Ground With Experimental CD And Multimedia Experience, Total Harnage

BY HOLLY COOPER
October 2, 2019

When Jason Harnell was six years old, his father, Grammy winning composer and arranger Joe Harnell, invited Louie Bellson to their house to hear the budding prodigy play. After playing a 15-minute solo, the legendary drummer handed the sticks to Jason and said, “Your turn.” When Jason finished, an impressed Bellson gave the boy his drum set – replacing the toy kits he had used up till that point. As a world-renowned jazz drummer, educator, composer and bandleader ensembling with ......

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One O'Clock Lab Band Marks Its 53rd Yearly Recording With "Lab 2019," Due Nov. 22 From North Texas Jazz

One O'Clock Lab Band Marks Its 53rd Yearly Recording With "Lab 2019," Due Nov. 22 From North Texas Jazz

BY TERRI HINTE
October 2, 2019

The University of North Texas’s renowned One O'Clock Lab Band maintains its uncanny aptitude for both timeliness and timelessness with the November 22 release of Lab 2019 (North Texas Jazz). The latest installment in an annual series that has continued since 1967, the album features six original student compositions, five of them by members of the 20-piece student ensemble, as well as two standards with new student-penned arrangements. In addition, it offers new work by two of UNT’s jazz faculty ......

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Stockholm Pianist Max Agnas releases Komposition VII on Loumi Records

Stockholm Pianist Max Agnas releases Komposition VII on Loumi Records

BY MICHAEL RICCI
October 1, 2019

Max Agnas’s compositions find surprising and elegant ways to express himself within fairly traditional frameworks. You’ll hear captivating and atmospheric ballads next to rhythmical tunes with jingle-like melodies, often with a twist that puts everything into a new light. Although it’s paradoxical to say about a twenty-year-old, Agnas's playing sounds remarkably refined and mature. Having the quality of very often saying more with less and always letting the music, as opposed to technique or ego, dictate what musical decisions are ......

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All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: September 2019

All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: September 2019

BY MICHAEL RICCI
October 1, 2019

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in September, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here. Enjoy! EDITOR'S PICKS Phat Friday Brandon Robertson From: Bass'd On A True Story 06:12 For The Go Go Lafayette ......

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A Lousy Day in Harlem is a great day for jazz with The Ed Palermo Big Band! Available now!

A Lousy Day in Harlem is a great day for jazz with The Ed Palermo Big Band! Available now!

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 30, 2019

A Lousy Day in Harlem is a great day for jazz with The Ed Palermo Big Band, as the band known for reinventing the music of Frank Zappa turns its attention to a riveting program of Monk, Coltrane, Ellington, and hard-swinging originals, confirming Ed Palermo’s place in jazz’s top ranks of contemporary big band arrangers. In a radical departure, jazz’s state-of-the-art orchestra—The Ed Palermo Big Band—has recorded a thrilling program of…jazz! An ingenious arranger, composer and alto saxophonist, Ed Palermo has spent much of ......

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Jazz Philadelphia Presents 2nd Jazz Summit: October 11 and October 12, 2019

Jazz Philadelphia Presents 2nd Jazz Summit: October 11 and October 12, 2019

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 25, 2019

Center City Philadelphia will be energized with discussion and performance at the 2nd Annual Jazz Philadelphia Summit on October 11 and October 12, 2019 when regional and national jazz luminaries explore the city’s deep jazz roots and discuss its future. Musicians, jazz enthusiasts, advocates, funders, and the arts and culture community are gathering at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the University of the Arts for both high-level discussions and hands-on workshops about the art and business of ......

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The Dreambox Concerts: An Ongoing Series In Honor Of Social-Justice Warrior And Drummer Jim Miller

The Dreambox Concerts: An Ongoing Series In Honor Of Social-Justice Warrior And Drummer Jim Miller

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 24, 2019

Jazz for Justice I am Suzanne Cloud, a longtime jazz singer songwriter and Philly jazz advocate, and I'm partnering with drummer Sherrie Maricle, the leader of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and we are looking to fund The Dreambox Concerts at “Drummers," an intimate venue, that will feature monthly performances by Philadelphia area musicians who have a deep connection to social justice. Each concert (from October 2019 through May 2020) will spotlight a specific social issue in current American life that ......

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A John Coltrane Birthday Salute by Saxophonist Teodross Avery

A John Coltrane Birthday Salute by Saxophonist Teodross Avery

BY TOMPKINS SQUARE
September 23, 2019

In honor of John Coltrane's birthday, Teodross Avery shares an alternate take of Coltrane's “Africa". Another version appears on After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane, released on Tompkins Square in May (2019). The title track (listen here) is the #1 “Top Listened" track of 2019 on All About Jazz. The CD and LP both sold out quickly at source, but can still be found on Amazon and other stores online. Praise for After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane ......

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