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The 1st edition of the International Jazz Contest of Granada, organized by the Andalusian Record Companies Association (AEDA) and the Granada International Jazz Festival, has given the Best Jazz Band Award to the Dutch band Edwin Berg Trio & Jorg Kaaij; and the Best Andalusian Jazz Band Award to Aborigen Quartet (Seville). This contest has been established in order to favour the diffusion of the jazz in Andalusia and, at the same time, to project the image of the Andalusian music toward abroad. …
The CD "RACCONTI MEDITERRANEI" by Enrico Pieranunzi with Marc Johnson and Gabriele Mirabassi, produced by EGEA Records has been selected between the best Jazz CDs of the world.

It’s the result of the "Critics Choice" referendum organised by the critics of the prestigious American Jazziz magazine. This referendum, which has reached its twenty years, is certainly one of the best International awards of the International outline: the critics occupied in the voting, have listen to thousand of wo …

Jazz singer JODY SANDHAUS will be singing on November 22. Make sure you come by if you are in the area. She will be performing with The Pete Malinverni Trio. Be sure to make a point of getting there to hear this wonderful singer perform new songs as well as music from her previous two albums. You will be happy you set the date aside on your calendar. …
JODY SANDHAUS will be back singing in NYC. Be sure to make reservations at this intimate new jazz spot in mid-town, NYC. It's a great place to listen and enjoy wonderful French food. Jody is a marvelous singer-just read her reviews on her web site. Have a wonderful evening out listening to great music in the best city in the world. …
Joseph Diamond's new CD Island garden will open the Northwest Airline Jazz Show that will run on all Northwest Airlines starting January 2003. Island garden has been on the Jazz Week Smooth Jazz Charts for over 12 weeks The music is an eclectic blend of latin, smooth jazz and R&B. For more information on Joseph Diamond and to see where he will be performing in the upcoming weeks check his website. …

A New American Songbook?

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Legendary New York born lyricist Fran Landesman augments her already impressive oevre with It's A Nice Thought, a new CD of songs recorded with vocalist Sarah Moule and pianist/arranger Simon Wallace for Scottish jazz label Linn Records (AKD 192

The jazz world's answer to Dorothy Parker, Fran Landesman's acid wit and penetrating insights first emerged in her 1950s collaborations with composer Tommy Wolf. Songs such as Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Talented and hip beyond her years the most exciting jazz star to soar to my attention in a decade
Rex Reed The New York Observer

Too Darn Hot! (Linn Records AKD 198) is Claire Martin’s ninth album for Linn Records. Claire makes a welcome return to her jazz roots with a "dream-team" line-up of UK jazz musicians. Visit to download soundclips and find out more.

This album features many songs from the Great American Song Book: Rogers and Hammerstei …

Since the mid-70's, Hiroshima have established themselves as one of instrumental world music's most innovative and dynamic acts, and their new release promises to be a high point in their lengthy discography.

"We're thrilled to be working with Hiroshima," commented Dave Love, President of Heads Up International. "Their distinctive East-meets-West approach to performance, composition and recording places them in the forefront of the contemporary music scene.

Multi-instrumentalist Dan Kura …

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., USA/ -- One thousand
saxophonists will converge on the Great Wall of China,
June 23, 2003, International Olympic Day.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Gunther Schuller is master
conductor; five-time Emmy Award-winner Mark Watters is
music director. The event, featuring the internationally
recognized Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra, will be
broadcast live throughout Asia by China Central Television
and worldwide via the Internet.

Saxophone players …

In 2002, M2O celebrated the release of their third album, Epiphany. This is another step in their continuing quest to elevate their brand of jazz to a wider audience. This album is a great example of smooth jazz at it's best coming from one of this genre's newest voices. - By Bruce Pleasant, Freelance Writer, Jazz Critic and Jazz musician

The Music

If an art form does not evolve it dies...A purist will want to hear the native format. However, what M2O is doing is no different from what Cha …

Contemporary smooth jazz vocalist Tony Adamo. Caught a major break on John Beaudin's's web site. This is Canada's most respected smooth jazz site. John is the drive time announcer at 103.1 the Breeze in Calgary,Canada. He referred to Adamo as "a refreshing new voice in smooth jazz." and requested an interview with Tony. The interview can be found on …

Return of the Jazz Masters

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Taking care of business at the very edge of the continent, three veteran West Coast musicians, each with roots back East, reunite a year after their live recording for a series of swinging evenings in December. Guitar virtuoso Al Viola, flute legend Sam Most, and bassist/producer Richard Simon get together on three consecutive Tuesdays--December 3, 10, and 17--at the Sheraton Four Points LAX, 9750 Airport Boulevard, from 7 to 11 pm.

Creatively re-shaping familiar tunes, this trio manages to …

The coastal town of Southport, boasts the perfect location for a jazz festival with tree lined boulevards, over 200 restaurants, bars and cafes, top class hotels, the venue could hardly be more suited for such an event. It is also exclusively twinned with the Guiness Cork Jazz Festival (Ireland) Octber 2002 -

This four day festival is a true celebration of all 'jazz' types. The venues play host to almost every conceivable type of jazz from Traditional to Big band, Be …

Following the success of bassist extraordinaire Marcus Miller’s M2, Grammy Award-winning Best Contemporary Jazz Album of 2001, one of the most critically acclaimed recordings of the year, 3 Deuces Records proudly announces the release of The Ozell Tapes: The Official Bootleg. The live double album, the artist’s compilation of the best of his 2002 tour dates, promises to be raw, real and the next best thing to having been there.

This latest recording from the award-winning producer/composer/ba …

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LONGMEADOW, MA - Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the December 3rd release of its three newest titles: George Schuller’s Hellbent, Tom Christensen’s Paths, and Michael Musillami/Mario Pavone’s Pivot. Founded …

On Thursday, December 12, 2002 Shelley Hirsch will perform some solo works and with turntable player Marina Rosenfeld at Location One Gallery. Hirsch will be celebrating her record release The Far in Far Out Worlds of Shelley Hirsch (Tzadik) and Duets with Uchihashi Kasuhisa (Innocence).

SHELLEY HIRSCH is a vocalist, improviser, and composer who can be heard on dozens of CDs. Since 1983, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. H …


Music in December

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December 13th: Janene Higgins and Ikue Mori will perform a live duet of video and music. JANENE HIGGINS' videos and digital media have been presented internationally at numerous festivals and galleries throughout the world. She has developed a unique style for live video performance, utilizing video mixers and Powerbook as performance instruments. This brought collaborations with such artists as Alan Licht, Prema Murthy, Elliott Sharp, and Zeena Parkins. She has performed in many music fe …
Follow-up CD features such hits as Nelly’s "Hot in Herre," Mystikal’s "Bouncin’ Back," Ludacris’ "Roll Out," Erick Sermon’s "Music" and many more

Santa Monica, CA .On December 10, Hidden Beach Recordings will release Unwrapped Vol. 2, the highly anticipated follow-up CD to last year’s breakthrough "Vol. 1" and the company’s next installment of jazzy interpretations of Hip Hop classics. Building on where the first edition left off, Vol. 2 again features today’s top instrumentalists offering i …

REEL SOUND of MUSIC, featuring some of the Best Artist/Bands' Music chosen for their great quality, production value and musicianship, promoted and directed to Licensors has just released the JAZZ ~ Two CD!!

Featuring Great Jazz Music from Top Artists:

"ALABASTER RAIN" - WAYNE GERARD: Internationally known Artist who has performed with the Greats, including Bob James, Dave McMurray, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, Wayne Kramer, David Sanborn, Grover Washington, Geri Allen, …