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Bassist-Composer Steve Tintweiss presents a new series of jazz concerts in New York City's Queens Borough Public Library beginning in December 2001, featuring programs of standards and originals in a new music format.

Artists scheduled to appear include Perry Robinson - clarinet, Lou Grassi - drums, Ric Frank - saxophones & flute, Amy Sheffer - vocals, Steve Tintweiss - 5 string double bass & compositions on Wednesday, December 12th at Jamaica Central …

Gregory Le blanc has been privileged to have played with Stevie Wonder, Al Green, and Ronnie Laws. Also playing with The Whispers who have numerous number hits to their credit. Gregory’s musical skills span the spectrum of music literally from Bach to Rock. Playing with the Oakland symphony for a season, performing the Gershwin melodies

While also a studio musician he has backed up and played for groups such as Wayne Henderson of the Crusaders, Lenny Williams and many various artists. Gregor …

29.01.2011

Photos of Jazz Musicians

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After releasing two posters (Sonny Rollins and James Carter), Mephisto has created 15 high quality exhibition photo reproductions at 30cm x 40cm. These reproductions (Brad Mehldau, Steve Lacy, Michel Petrucciani, Dave Liebman, Lester Bowie, Joe Zawinul, Paolo Fresu,Louis Sclavis, Joe McPhee, etc.) are available in the Boutique section of the Mephisto Internet site. …
Severn Records is pleased to release Small-Medium-Large by WPG Trio (due in stores November 13, 2001).

Although the name may not be familiar to you yet, you may recognize the Washington DC-based members as sought after musicians. WPG Trio is a collaboration of exceptional performers drummer Blues Webb, keyboardist Benjie Porecki and bassist Gary Grainger. According to The Washington Post, they are "one of the Washington area's tightest and best jazz bands" as evidenced on their exciting debut …

Merkin Concert Hall’s popular Jazz Breakthroughs series, hosted by noted jazz scholar and WKCR Radio personality Phil Schaap, offers two concerts in December highlighting the invention of today’s jazz masters. On Monday, December 3 at 8 PM, the program features the acclaimed saxophonist Joe Lovano and his Flights of Fancy. Of his recent recording of the same title, Lovano says, "It’s having fun and playing music with a free approach, so every time you play, it’ …
Norman Granz, the founder of Verve Records, died at age 83 on Thursday, November 22nd, 2001 at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.

Granz was one of the most influential executives in the jazz world. He is known especially for founding Verve Records and the Jazz At The Philharmonic concert series. He is also respected for his fight against segregation in the 1940s and 1950s, as he paid performers equal wages and held his concerts only in non-segregated clubs.

Ron Goldstein, President of The …

The 14th annual reunion of the Four Freshmen and international convention for members of the Four Freshmen Society will be held Aug. 8-10, 2002, in Reston, Va.

The convention will include two shows by today's Four Freshmen -- Bob Ferreira, Brian Eichenberger, Vince Johnson and Curtis Calderon. Several former members of the group, including the two original members who are still living -- Bob Flanigan and Ross Barbour -- also are scheduled to attend the three-day affair at the Hyatt Regency Ho …

Released in January 2002, composer & pianist Mika Pohjola's seventh album Landmark with his current working group MikaSonik "is a dedication to the beautiful spirit of New York City" Pohjola says. "There is a certain drive for pushing boundaries here," he explains. "And I would rather say pushing boundaries than breaking rules because the rule, whether it’s an observation, assumption or theory, is from the past. So if you’re breaking the rule the best you can do is come to that state of today. H …
29.01.2011

The Birth of NU Jazz

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Jazz is in the process of undergoing a drastic change. Prior to the late 60’s Jazz music was not taken seriously, when compared to Classical music. It was thought of as a party music, played by untrained players. That has definitely changed. Jazz is now the dominant curriculum at most music conservatories and music schools. The Jazz community has done to good a job in transforming public opinion, that Jazz is now seen as a stuffy, staid art form played and listened to by high brow intelle …
A jazz musician who was found dead in his Queens home on Thursday night was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Jaki Byard, 76, a prolific pianist who once toured Europe with Charles Mingus, was killed by a single bullet that entered through his nose, the New York City Medical Examiner said on Friday.

Paramedics, responding to a 911 call, found Mr. Byard dead at 11:45 PM at the home on Hollis Avenue that he shared with two of his daughters, the police said.

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The staff is friendly and the vibe is perfect for enjoying some of New York's finest jazz musicians, live, Seven days a week.

The waitresses escorts customers to tables, which soon fill up with local aficionados as well as tourists from the world over.

"This is the home of jazz, the traditional jazz" Announces the emcee, whose smile radiates throughout the club. It's Thursday night and Arlene Talley and her new crew are the featured artists. They play an energetic blend of music …

29.01.2011

Denis A. Charles

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"Denis A. Charles: An interrupted conversation" is the story of one man's survival in New York City, from his youth in Harlem right after World War II through his years as a Jazz musician from the 50's through the 90's.

Unknown to the mainstream, Denis A. Charles was a legend on the Avant-Garde Jazz scene.

Born in 1933 in St. Croix, Virgin Islands in a family of musicians, Denis A. Charles started touring with a local band called the Rhythm Makers at age 8. "My father played, I knew my g …

Los Angeles, CA - The National Smooth Jazz Awards LLC would like to congratulate the following Trippin' and Rhythm Recording Artists who have been nominated for the 2002 National Smooth Jazz Awards. The nominations are as follows:

Joe Fuentes - Best New Artist Of The Year

The 2002 National Smooth Jazz Awards will take place at San Diego's Concourse Golden Hall Theater on March 2nd, 2002. …

29.01.2011

Rez Abbasi Group

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Performing original music influenced by western and eastern overtones, the Rez Abbasi Group will once again bring down the house. Considered to be "Probably the most underrated guitarist in town" by New York jazz critic David Adler , Abbasi's music utilizes a variety of textures including the use of his electric sitar guitar. Compositions such as "Hindu-Myth" (influenced by Paul Hindemith) or "Destiny Owes You", are brilliant examples of the kind of subtlety used by Abbasi to create a balance of …
29.01.2011

Farewell To A Friend

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As you all probably already know, my friend Tito Puente passed away last evening. He was a great band leader but most of all he was my friend. I'm going to miss his smile and most of all his infectious laugh. Tito gave me an opportunity 7 years ago to join his band and to develop into becoming his lead trumpeter. I will forever be indebted to him for pushing me to places that I thought that my personal life and playing would never get to. The passing of Tito leaves a musical void that can never …
29.01.2011

The MJA Jazz & Blues Fest

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The mja Jazz & Blues Fest is coming to town

Long Island has had its share of musical events. But for the first time The mja Jazz & Blues Fest. will be held at the Event Center in Lake Grove, L.I, NY. Why is this festival so special? And how is it so different? Well lets say that the Event Center has never hosted a musical event of this nature. With jazz and blues opening up to new audiences all over the world, this event promises to be one of the greatest musical happenings of the 2002 …

Nick Colionne's hot jazz/funk style and showmanship make for a great evening, so come out and enjoy!!! Nick Colionne, nationally recognized jazz guitarist and vocalist, will perform live at the Chicago Fairmont's famed Metropole Lounge during December and on New Year's Eve in their showroom, The Moulin Rouge. For info: 312-565-8000. Be There!!! …
Done in true Russian style, which interprets as wine optional, vodka mandatory, with special pre-concert jazz parties for VIPs, dignitaries, special guests and with utmost security...the Friday and Saturday - free to the public - concert, began at six and lasted well into the night. A large stage was constructed waterfront, and there was plenty to see for all interested spectators. There is a walking promenade near the water with many excellent bistro's, cafes, and full-scale restaurants. Solyan …
Violinist Regina Carter will make history on Sunday, December 30th, 2001, as she plays Paganini’s legendary Guarneri violin in Genoa, Italy at a concert performance at the Teatro Dell’Opera.

This year marks the first time that a non-classical musician has been chosen to perform on the Guarneri. While Carter trained in the classical genre growing up in her hometown of Detroit, MI, she is renowned as one of the leading jazz musicians in the world. In fact, she has won Downbeat Magazine’s Criti …