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It's that time of year again ... time to enjoy yet another of the great bluesman/guitarist Buddy Guy's fine blues concerts at Toronto's Massey Hall.
On 2nd lead guitar is Ric Hall, maybe better known as 'RicJaz Guitar' to some ... a favorite of this writer and others over the years ... having seen him perform onstage with Buddy Guy on several occasions indoors and outdoors throughout the years. Whatever the occasion, he always gives 110 per cent in his blues renditions whenever called upon by Buddy to solo or accompany him on high-intensity rhythm blues guitar.
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the most prestigious Africa gathering. The two days event (Friday 30 March and Saturday 31 March 2012) is a huge international success hosted by the Cape Town's International Convention Centre (CTICC) and features 40-acts performances. There will be bands performing at the Free Community Concert at Cape Town's Greenmarket Square.
15-Track Album Features Dom Flemons of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Canadian Singers Allison Russell & Ndidi Onukwulu, Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Professor Louie And John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful.
The Uptown Strut Showcases The Original Composition "If Wishes Were Gold" and Includes Reinterpretations of Songs by Sly Stone, Ray Charles, Jimmy Cliff, Minnie Wallace, Charlie McCoy, Bessie Smith and Louis Jordan.
On Friday, March 23rd at 10pm, the first evening of the 2012 Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest, there will be a special concert at the Crowne Plaza Reading hotel ballroom with the group JaZz in P!nk.
The 2012 Signature Music Series at Berklee wraps up an extraordinary season on Friday, March 30, with An Evening with Kirill Gerstein: Rhapsody in Blue. The Russian-born pianist will perform the world premiere of new works by Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, commissioned by Gerstein as part of his 2010 Gilmore Artist Award. The jazz-inspired program also features the original 1924 jazz band version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with a 25-piece ensemble that includes faculty and an 8-piece student string section. Gary Burton, Anat Cohen, and Eugene Friesen are special guests. Produced by Gerstein and directed by professor Phil Wilson, "An Evening with Kirill Gerstein: Rhapsody in Blue" is being recorded for future release internationally on the Myrios Classics label.
Internationally recognised for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, extremely appreciated by the International Clarinet association, "Luciano has established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet" according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain. His latest album "Partenope" is receiving praises in three continents (BBC Radio, Jazzradio.com, CRN Australia nationwide, in Brazil and South America, RTE national broadcaster of Ireland and radios around Europe) including a number of interviews for the press and on radio.
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.