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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Russian Guitar Virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko celebrates his creative life jubilee with "Ascension"

Russian Guitar Virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko celebrates his creative life jubilee with "Ascension"

BY ROMAN MIROSHNICHENKO
July 14, 2018

Ascension was recorded with his long time band and includes Val Chernook on drums and Oleg Kanakov on bass. He is also joined by special guests: Grammy-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat, Argentinian pianist Mario Parmisano, renown Floridian musicians Luis Alicea (drums) and Aron Ferre (keyboards), Danish virtuoso Henrik Andersen and world class percussionist Gumbi Ortiz. Al Di Meola, the legendary guitarist, commented on the release: “Roman’s adventurous complex playing and songs take the listener on a tour de force journey. Carrying ......

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Vocalist Sarah Benasouli Releases Enthralling New Single “thoughts”

Vocalist Sarah Benasouli Releases Enthralling New Single “thoughts”

BY YOU AND WHOSE ARMY MEDIA
July 13, 2018

Sarah Benasouli’s latest track titled “Thoughts” is a refreshing fusion ofjazz and synth play. The single highlights the melodic progressions and changes which are perfectly balanced by Benasouli’s building vocals featuring her adventurous scatting and narrative lyrical tendencies. “Thoughts” accentuates the quartet’s innovative writing style through its catchy hook, creating an impressive intersection between various genres which speaks to the track’s exciting yet simple sequence. Sarah Benasouli’s personal vocal inspirations include icons Ella Fitzgerald and Rachelle Ferrell, both of whom ......

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Multi-Grammy Artists Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato And Tom Scott Featured On New Album By Drummer Isaiah Stewart

Multi-Grammy Artists Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato And Tom Scott Featured On New Album By Drummer Isaiah Stewart

BY ISAIAH STEWART
July 12, 2018

Jazz-funk drummer and worldwide recording artist Isaiah Stewart announces the release of his fifth album Summer Beat, which features trumpeter Randy Brecker, keyboardist Eumir Deodato and saxophonist Tom Scott. Summer Beat is currently available at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and all other popular online retail and music-streaming services worldwide. About Randy Brecker One of the most respected musicians in the world, Brecker is known for performing and recording with Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, James Taylor, Frank Zappa, Steely ......

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Trumpeter Eamon Dilworth's Australian / New Zealand Album Launch Tour Runs From July 26th to August 3rd

Trumpeter Eamon Dilworth's Australian / New Zealand Album Launch Tour Runs From July 26th to August 3rd

BY EAMON DILWORTH
July 12, 2018

Sydney trumpeter Eamon Dilworth (Tijuana Cartel, Ed Kuepper, Low Down Riders) is touring his latest Jazz album Viata across Australia & New Zealand July 26th-August 3rd with Alister Spence & Paul Derricott. Special guests in each city will include Julien Wilson, James Muller & Roger Manins. Eamon is best known for his previous albums with The Dilworths (“Introducing") & Tiny Hearts (“Alluvium”) and has performed with Dale Barlow, James Muller, The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy ......

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Grammy Nominated Pianist Antonio Adolfo Releases “Encontros – Orquestra Atlantica”

Grammy Nominated Pianist Antonio Adolfo Releases “Encontros – Orquestra Atlantica”

BY MICHAEL RICCI
July 11, 2018

Throughout the past 40 years, Antonio Adolfo has had a very busy career as a pianist, composer and arranger. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, his teachers included Eumir Deodato and Nadia Boulanger (in Paris). A jazz pianist since the mid-1960s in Brazil, Adolfo worked with such major singers as Leny Andrade, Flora Purim, Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento and has recorded more than 25 albums as a leader. A major name for decades, his music combines together Brazilian ......

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"Getting Sentimental," Debut Recording By Chicago Jazz Vocalist Gayle Kolb, Set For August 31 Release By Jerujazz Records

"Getting Sentimental," Debut Recording By Chicago Jazz Vocalist Gayle Kolb, Set For August 31 Release By Jerujazz Records

BY TERRI HINTE
July 10, 2018

With the August 31 release of her debut recording Getting Sentimental, Chicago’s Gayle Kolb makes a triumphant statement in song after a stretch of years away from music. Produced and arranged by acclaimed Chicago bassist Dennis Carroll for JeruJazz Records, the album reveals Kolb’s metamorphosis from a former nightclub headliner in jny: Los Angeles, jny: Las Vegas, and her hometown of jny: Chicago into a compelling jazz artist in full command of her material and her gift. Kolb will showcase ......

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Great Aunt Ruth & The Saucy Cats Are Set To Release Their First Ep: "All About The Music In Your Heart"

Great Aunt Ruth & The Saucy Cats Are Set To Release Their First Ep: "All About The Music In Your Heart"

BY GREAT AUNT RUTH & THE SAUCY CATS
July 7, 2018

Kickstarter campaign will culminate in the release of five insightful songs by Kathryn Joy It all began when aspiring singer-songwriter Kathryn Joy met veteran pianist Joel Scott at a jazz bar on a cruise ship somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean. Scott, who had worked with such notables as the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, Marlena Shaw and O.C. Smith, heard not only the enthusiasm of Ms. Joy but saw a great deal of potential in both her ......

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Miriam Ast & Victor Gutierrez Release "Secret Songs" on Mons Records

Miriam Ast & Victor Gutierrez Release "Secret Songs" on Mons Records

BY RUPERT BURLEY
July 6, 2018

2nd July 2018 marks the release of Secret Songs, the new album from German vocalist Miriam Ast and Spanish pianist Victor Gutierrez, released on Thilo Berg’s esteemed label Mons Records. Recently winning the Best Vocalist award at the Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2017 and reaching the semi-final of the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in the same year, Miriam Ast cites artists such as Diana Krall, Sarah Vaughan, Jamie Cullum, Norma Winstone and Kurt Elling as major influences. Initially gaining ......

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Pianist, vocalist and arranger Jeremy Sassoon releases live album from PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho

Pianist, vocalist and arranger Jeremy Sassoon releases live album from PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho

BY RUPERT BURLEY
July 6, 2018

The highly dexterous pianist, first-rate vocalist and expert arranger Jeremy Sassoon presents a vibrant live recording of a sell-out show alongside an exciting band of special guest musicians at Soho’s famous PizzaExpress Jazz Club, the iconic venue in the heart of London’s West End. Fully capturing the charged atmosphere of the evening’s live event, Jeremy Sassoon And Friends Live features a diverse repertoire of songs, including an evocative interpretation of the Glen Campbell classic “Wichita Lineman," performed as a tribute ......

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Jan Hammer To Release "Seasons Pt. 1" On July 20

Jan Hammer To Release "Seasons Pt. 1" On July 20

BY CARY GOLDBERG
July 5, 2018

On July 20, after a nearly 10 year-long hiatus, Jan Hammer—whose extensive body of work has spanned the musical spectrum from jazz to prog to classical to pop—will release Seasons Pt. 1, a compilation of existing musical sketches that Jan developed into full length compositions and selections that were created just for this album. Why the delay? Laughing, Hammer emphatically says, “It’s about time.” “I’ve actually been thinking about releasing something new for 6 or 7 years,” he continues. “This ......

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5th Annual Charlie Parker Celebration: An Array of Musical Performances, Tributes & Education - 10 Days of Jazz from August 16-25, 2018

5th Annual Charlie Parker Celebration: An Array of Musical Performances, Tributes & Education - 10 Days of Jazz from August 16-25, 2018

BY MICHAEL RICCI
July 5, 2018

The Charlie Parker Celebration returns and will celebrate its 5th anniversary. Helping celebrate the 5th anniversary will be a local, multi-talented treasure, who has become a national and international entertainer, while spreading the word of Kansas City jazz. The treasure and one of this year’s Artist-in-Residence is Lonnie McFadden, a singer, trumpeter and tap dancer. Add “producer” to his portfolio. McFadden will do all of the above at this year's Charlie Parker Celebration (CPC) and produce the Celebration’s signature concert, ......

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New On Lenny White's Venture IYOUWE! Norbert And Karen Stachel & LehCats - Movement To Egalitaria

New On Lenny White's Venture IYOUWE! Norbert And Karen Stachel & LehCats - Movement To Egalitaria

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
July 3, 2018

Funky, Soulful Sounds Featuring More Than 30 Players! “Movement to Egalitaria is a line in the sand. Any jazz fusion recordings that are released in the future will be compared to this album. Karen Stachel and Norbert Stachel have delivered an epic and energetic production for the ages. They have poured their hearts and souls into creating something that will stand the test of time- not just because of its brilliant virtuosity—but because this album has vision and ......

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