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JPEC presents Tom Harrell Quintet
& Opener Paul Tynan Quartet
Friday, March 16 @ Glenn Gould Studio
Toronto, ON – Friday, February 24, 2012 -- JPEC's double bill on March 16 will present two generations of trumpet masters. The Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC) - www.jazzcentre.ca - presents the third concert series of 2011/12 at the Glenn Gould Studio.Tom Harrell leads his quintet with Johnathan Blake, Wayne Escoffery, David Berkman and Ugonna Okegwo. Originally a member of the post-bop school;
Alan Broadbent Trio – 2-time Grammy Award winning jazz pianist – Debut Tour in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and England – 23. March to 14. April 2012
"A visionary composer, an extraordinary jazz pianist and a very bright young rising star in the jazz world." — Jon Weber, host of NPR's PianoJazz
French-born pianist Romain Collin introduces an evocatively textured, melodically luxuriant sound on his new Palmetto album The Calling, slated for release on April 24, 2012. Flowing from his singular creative path as a classically trained musician besotted with jazz giants like Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett and Bud Powell, his music is utterly idiosyncratic, yet fully part of a generational zeitgeist informed by indie rock and adventurous pop music. Building upon his highly responsive trio with bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Kendrick Scott, Collin has crafted a ravishing body of music featuring subtly textured flourishes added in post-production. An eagerly awaited follow-up to his acclaimed 2008 debut, The Calling is a quantum leap for Collin, a highly personal statement that embraces the musical currents that move him most deeply.
The Tel Aviv Jazz Festival is one of the most prominent and important jazz events in Israel. It features both Israeli and international jazz luminaries. This 2012 festival will host famous jazz musicians from abroad who will join Israeli artists in original productions and debut performances.
In his latest video and mp3 "Nine Miles of Blu," Tony Adamo runs the voodoo down with legendary drummer Mike Clark (yes the drummer who played with Herbie Hancock back in 1974 on Thrust), and references to being in the middle of a happening jazz scene, tipping his verse to Miles' and Coltrane's "Giant Steps". Guitarist Steve Holman lays down a solid comping on this jazz trio's post-bop, with Clark sparking the track with great rhythmic ideas.
Xeric winner Gary Scott Beatty's "Jazz: The Tiki Room" fiction is featured in the free online magazine MuskegonOnline.NET this month only.
The new edition of Jazz & Blues Florida, Florida's free online source for information on live jazz and blues in clubs, concerts and festivals, is now available. Readers throughoutFloridaand visitors coming from around the world consult this site for information on the vibrant scene to be found throughout the sate.
The New Year finds award winning jazz guitarist, composer Lloyd Gregory's CD, Gentle Warrior, surging up the jazz indie and radio airplay charts with its first single "Haiti." January 9, 2012, Gentle Warrior jumped from 79 to 46 on the "SmoothJazz.com Current Top 50 Indie Chart." It moved from 23 to 18 on the "SmoothJazz.com Radar Chart." The album is on jazz icon Stanley Clarke's new label, Roxboro Entertainment Group, which is distributed by Bungalo Records division of Universal Music Group.
Award-winning local jazz vocalist, Chris Williams has been nominated in the category of Best Jazz for the Orange County Music Awards, to be held March 3 at The Grove in Anaheim.
St. Louis, MO (13 December 2011): It began a decade ago when then 70 year-old Anita Berry became the first person ever to charter a full cruise ship to create The Jazz Cruise featuring over a dozen of the genres' grandest musicians. A St. Louis-based company, Jazz Cruises, LLC was also born and conceived the star-studded The Smooth Jazz Cruise in 2004 under the executive direction of Berry's son, Michael Lazaroff. With both cruises selling out annually, including a second week of The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea that was added this year, Jazz Cruises, LLC blossomed into the world's leading full ship music charter company. 2011 brought unprecedented growth for the company that evolved into Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC, the new corporate moniker that reflects its diversification into music genres beyond jazz.
Project Grand Slam (PGS), the contemporary electric jazz group, has today released their version of the classic Hollies hit, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", with Special Guest Vocals by Joye Hennessey. The song is dedicated to the victims of child abuse, relating to the Penn State sexual abuse scandal.
Bangalore based jazz virtuoso Amit Heri recently set off the season at Jazz Inn, Cavelossim, with some absolutely smoking live jazz, along with local jazzmen Colin D'Cruz on fretless bass and Lester Godinho on drums. The Amit Heri trio made sure the venue lived up to it's name. Each and everyone in the full house made up of tourists from all over the world including a good amount of local jazz enthusiasts, were all in for a treat on par with any jazz club in the world.
The first single from In The Zone explodes at radio as the album garners acclaim
Jay Vonada, of Aaronsburg Pennsylvania, will have his CD “Red Pajamas" released” on Saturday January 21, 2012. The group features Alex Sell on Organ and Kevin Lowe on drums. The group plays a monthly gig at Zola New World Bistro in State College PA.
Grammy winning saxophonist’s reimaged take on the Coltrane/Hartman collaboration will be released on Valentine’s Day
Smooth jazz vocalist Tony Adamo grooves on this latest session with a mix of originals and favorite songs. “Cold Duck Time,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do “and Grover Washington Jr.’s “ Make Me a Memory” share the program with Adamo originals that carry plenty of swing along with lush harmony. He’s backed by ensembles that provide a keyboard-bass-drums-backup-singer kind of texture where a featured singer can push his message and know that his musical partners won’t miss a beat.
The Jay Vonada Trio, based in State College PA, will release their debut CD Red Pajamas on January 21, 2012. The group consists of Jay Vonada on Trombone, Alex Sell on Organ and Kevin Lowe on the drums. The album will feature nine original compositions, seven by Vonada and one each by Sell and Lowe.
The group is featured monthly at Zola New World Bistro in State College which has hosted musicians such as Dan Yoder, Rich Hirsch, Greg Johnson, Steve Bowman, Arthur Goldstein, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Ryan Kisor, among many other musicians.