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St. Louis, Missouri (22 August 2011): Anyone who has ever sailed upon The Smooth Jazz Cruise knows why it has earned the moniker "The Greatest Party At Sea." Beginning with the 2013 sailings - January 13-20 and January 20-27 - the week-long music theme cruise to the Caribbean featuring the brightest contemporary jazz stars will officially be renamed The Greatest Party At Sea. George Benson will be the special guest headliner, which will be the first time the iconic guitarist-singer has ever performed aboard a ship.
Vibists Joe Locke and Ed Saindon Duo Vibraphone concert at Berklee College of Music
Well, it's finally done. Nearly four years in the works, Freedom Underground's first full-length album is now all done and ready for purchase, which is where you come in. If you're a fan of Freedom Underground, then we hope you'll trot on over to Amazon.com, iTunes, or Virtuoso Music and Distribution and download either the entire "Between the Funk" album, or feel free to only get the mp3 songs you like. For those old-schoolers among you, the release of the actual hard copy CD is expected to be early this fall. Stay tuned for updates via our newsletter.
Says one Carolina newbie to one Carolina native, “Dang! I knew it would be hot in the Summer down here, but I had no idea that it would get even hotter at night!!” Meteorologically speaking, there is a scientific explanation for this phenomenon.
Los Angeles, CA August 20, 2011 – Chart topping jazz guitarist Richard Smith and internationally awarded, classical guitarist Francesco Buzzurro announced today the release of their upcoming recording, Un Mondo, Due Chitarre. The 10 song collection will be available online and in hard copy starting September 6.
San Jose, Calif., -- Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip, drum/percussion magazines worldwide and online, proved for a second straight year that the company can produce highly successful benefits. DRUM! Night, a benefit in which all of the proceeds were donated to Lincoln High’s music program, was a tremendous success. Held in conjunction with the San Jose Jazz Festival, DRUM! Night sold out and was highlighted by a diverse drum lineup of respected drummers and percussionists. But this was no ordinary festival concert. Rather, DRUM! Night resulted in a six hour-drummer’s event of concert, clinics, lessons, and sideshows.
“Time Together” Is A Tribute To His Beloved Dog Flora. Franks Is Donating Royalties From The Song To Hearts United For Animals
Veteran music publicist Cheryl Hughey has just released her booklet, “Music Promotion for Everyone, Volume 1” in print for retail, library and institutional distribution. Designed to fit the growing needs of music students, this short collection of essays covers the subjects of leadership, salesmanship, marketing, communication skills, roles of industry professionals, appearance bookings and social media.
Hollywood, CA August 16, 2011 – Contemporary jazz guitarist Jeff Richman today announced the release date of his upcoming CD, Jeff Richman and Chatterbox: The Line Up for October 18. The Nefer Records release is Richman's 16th solo project and features Mitchel Forman on keyboards, Joel Taylor on drums and Dean Taba on bass guitar. The new CD is distributed by City Hall Records and songs will be available online at iTunes, Amazon and other music websites.
NYC Bassist/composer Matt Geraghty has recently released his 4th CD "DEPARTURES" propeling his cross pollination of jazz and world music into new territory. Bringing together musicians from Poland, India, Armenia, Russia, Brazil, New York and Chicago Matt presents 12 new internationally inspired original compositions. "DEPARTURES" was recorded in New York City and Avatar Studios.
Guelph Jazz Festival showcases a wide variety of performers from around the world and from our own backyard, some of whom have played the Festival before and others who will be visiting for the first time. We encourage you to learn more about them,
Dave Flippo's FLIPPOMUSIC explores the role of "musical shamans" as they present "Tao Tunes", a musical jazz setting of the ancient Chinese text Tao Te Ching. The original music by Flippo explores over 10 different musical styles and presents some extensive arrangements. Guest Artists: Larry Gray-cello, Neal Alger-guitar, Hamid Drake-percussion.
2011 Tanglewood Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival, September 2-4
Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired with actress Blythe Danner and special guests from the worlds of Jazz, Broadway, and Hollywood to take place September 3 at 2pm
Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, and Lizz Wright Featured in Sing the Truth with all-star band Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Genus, Munyungo Jackson, and Romero Lubambo on September 4 at 8pm
A Latin Jazz Tribute to Cachao with Federico Britos Sextet and John Santos Sextet to take place September 3 at 8pm
Coast to Coast Septet featuring NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb with vocalist Mary Stalings and the Mingues Orchestra with conductor NEA Jazz Master Gunther Schuller to Perform September 4, at 2pm
Festival Opens with Ulysses Quartet (6:30 pm) and the Robin McKelle Quartet and Michael Kaeshammer Sextet (8pm) on September 2
2011 NEA Jazz Masters Life award provides additional Festival Activities including Interviews with Jimmy Cobb and Gunther Schuller (9/3. At 4:15pm), Screening of Charles Mingus "Epitaph" (9/3, at 4:15pm), and Master Class with Jimmy Cobb and Coast to Coast Septet (9/4, at 12:30pm)
Taking place in conjunction with the annual Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival, the Wine and Food Classic returns to Tanglewood September 1-4
Veteran music publicist Cheryl Hughey has just released a new ebooklet, “Music Promotion for Everyone, Volume 1.” Designed to fit the growing needs of music students, this short collection of essays covers the subjects of leadership, salesmanship, marketing, communication skills, roles of industry professionals, appearance bookings and social media.
NEW YORK, N.Y – Conversation overheard at the Rose Club of the Plaza Hotel, New York City, between a fifty-something guy with a suit jacket speaking to a pretty, twenty-something girl in a short black cocktail dress, setting up a mixer, speakers, lights and microphone: Guy – “I’m a road manager for rock & roll bands and I have never seen anybody as dressed up as you setting up gear.” Girl – “Yeah well, that’s what jazz in New York City will get you.” New York City; the Big Apple, the old New Amsterdam, the Place To Be in music and art, is now and probably forever will be Jazz Central. And now bassist extraordinaire Robert Hurst brings his quartet to play four shows at Jazz Standard, one of New York City’s premier jazz establishments. Joining Hurst at these shows will be Lawrence Fields on piano, Rafael Statin on saxophone, and Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums.Watts is widely hailed in jazz circles as the only drummer to appear on every Grammy Award winning record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis. “Tain” has also manned the drum kit behind George Benson, Betty Carter, and Alice Coltrane, among many others. Pianist Fields and saxophonist Statin balance the youthful side of the jazz equation with the veterans Hurst and Watts. Statin, a 21 year old wunderkind, hails from Hurst’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan, attended the Detroit School Of Arts and played with the Detroit Symphony Jazz Orchestra while still in high school. Influenced by everyone from John Coltrane to Kenny Garrett and everything from blues, gospel and funk to Asian-Japanese music, Statin brings a wealth of experience to the quartet that belies his age. Fields, a native of St. Louis, is a graduate of the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he played stand-out shows with the 2006 Berklee Monterey Quartet in that California city’s far famed jazz fest. It is a natural for Hurst, a tenured associate professor in the Department of Jazz and Improvisation at the University Of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to bring these young musicians into his band. Robert’s career has long included an educational aspect, teaching younger players by experience and example what a life in jazz on the road has taught him. Jazz Standard, located at 116 East 27th Street (between Park and Lexington), presents an extraordinary mix of world-class entertainment, pitch-perfect sound and warm hospitality. One of Jazz Standard’s innovations is an earlier start time for sets – 7:30 pm – in order to cater to New York City’s vibrant after work scene. Another enticing feature of Jazz Standard is the award-winning barbecue of upstairs restaurant Blue Smoke that is served at the club, along with their signature specialty drinks, beer, wine and cocktails. The Robert Hurst Quartet will appear Tuesday and Wednesday August 2nd and 3rd, with two shows nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. More information can be found and ticket reservations can be made at www.jazzstandard.com. Admission is $25. For more information on Robert Hurst, please visit www.roberthurst.com Media contact: Mark Gurley, President M&M Booking Ph: (347) 223-8323 Email: markbooksjazz(at)gmail.com # # #
Visionary Japanese Instrumentalist Keiko Matsui Debuts Music Video For The Title Track From Her Album The Road...
Second Leg Of U.S. Tour Runs August Through October With A Special Guest Performance Aboard The Dave Koz Alaskan Cruise
With over a million and a half albums sold and sold out concerts around the globe, keyboardist Keiko Matsui is a citizen of the world and one of the brightest stars in instrumental music.
Earlier this year, Shanachie Entertainment released Keiko Matsui’s The Road…, her 22nd album and a follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 South African inspired Moyo.
Kenyon Carter’s smooth jazz album, Right By My Side, creates a melodic landscape of rhythm and grooves that relaxes and re-energizes the soul. Shimmering with sounds of multiple saxophones, layered percussion, and a groovin’ rhythm section, it’s the perfect instrumental pop album to play as a background soundtrack both at home and in the workplace.
San Jose, Calif., — Mike Portnoy, considered one of the most powerful players in the world, has garnered his first “Drummer” Of The Year” award in Enter Music Publishing’s 16th Annual Drummies reader’s poll awards. Definitely a dream come true for Portnoy, he also took “Best Metal Drummer” and came in second place in the “Progressive Drummer” category. Addditionally, Stanton Moore won "Best Funk Drummer" for a second straight time.
The Jazz Cruise 2012 is getting ready to sail, Jan. 20 through Feb. 5. The Cruise has bern heralded as having the finest lineup of "Straight-Ahead" jazz performers ever assembled.