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Giancarlo Schiaffini and Sebi Tramontana have much in common, in music and not. They are both trombonists and members of the Italian Instabile Orchestra, Tramontana plays in Schiaffini’s Phantabrass and they have often been on stage together on several occasions. They got together in studio, to voice reciprocally their musicality. The Cd Wind & Slap catches them in a moment of dialogue: intense, sincere, and open. The music is a fascinating story they are recounting each other, like a series of tableau one can listen to in a sequence, as movements in a suite. The masterly use of voice as an instrument, similar to a trombone, and th...
From the stirring, gospel-flavored intro of her inspiring reading of Des’ree’s 1994 hit “You Gotta Be” to the final bars of a highly distinctive, ethereal and moody remake of the Depeche Mode staple, “Enjoy The Silence,” Patti Austin has created what is destined to be another musical gem in a catalog that, at last count, consists of seventeen albums and dozens of guest appearances. Sound Advice , Austin’s eighteenth album releasing May 17 via Shanachie Entertainment, showcases this GRAMMY®-winning, internationally-popular entertainer doing what she does best, using her innate ability as a superb lyrical interpreter to touch, m...
25.04.2011

Nasty Jazz DVD Release

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Chicago jazz composer Greg Spero and Artist/Technologist Doug Siefken combine forces on new Long Glance Media release: Nasty Jazz - a technologically innovative, genre-defining Single Panel Fluid Stills® Digital Art and Music DVD designed for flat screen TVs Chicago IL, USA - April, 2011 – Move over the Blues…and move on down the road, Rock ‘n Roll! Nasty Chicago Jazz is now behind the wheel as score to represent the Windy City in a gorgeous Chicago Skyscape art and music DVD release by technology innovators TransLumen Technologies and Long Glance Media. Greg Spero, the Chicago jazz composer respon...
Live From Austin, the latest album from trombonist Ron Westray and trumpeter Thomas Heflin, has just been released on Blue Canoe Records. The album features internationally known artists such as Neal Caine, regular bassist with Harry Connick Jr., Eric Revis, featured bass player with the Branford Marsalis quartet, and drummer Adonis Rose, who toured extensively with Nicholas Payton and Betty Carter. The group also features three of the top jazz musicians in Austin Texas: Elias Haslanger, Peter Stoltzman and David Sierra. Heflin and Westray recorded the album in 2009 while living in Austin, TX. At the time Heflin was completing his doctorat...
Jeff Gaeth’s new CD release Shoestrings' It looks like there's going to be another return to the contemporary/smooth jazz art form from Hawaii saxophonist Jeff Gaeth as he has just released his new CD ‘Shoestrings’ from Puna Records. After several albums from over the years (2005 2008) & dazzling audiences with his live performances Jeff proves his sound still holds center court with this outstanding CD. The album ‘Shoestrings’ consists of eleven original songs from Jeff each providing a combination of his smooth as silk tenor soprano alto Saxes and flutes with his heartfelt melodies lyrical compositions and sensitive...
In celebration of her newest CD, Voice of My Beautiful Country, on Motéma Music, award winning singer-songwriter and trailblazing vocalist René Marie is asking fellow Americans to follow her lead, listen to their inner voices, pull from their own experiences and creatively express to the world what they love most love about their country. They can use poetry, photography, spoken word, video or music, to best display their own “Voice of My Beautiful Country.” Beginning April 5, 2011 and running through May 31, 2011, people across the US will have a chance to participate in the “Voice of My Beautiful Country Cont...
Jazz/World recording artist Kenny Love has released "Voyage To Serenity," the first track from his upcoming full-length compilation release entitled "cAsE sEnSiTiVe," which is slated for release this summer. Kennys musical influences include The Crusaders George Duke Stanley Clarke Herbie Hancock Lenny White and Donald Byrd. "Voyage To Serenity" is available now at the following stores: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/voyage-to-serenity-single/ http://www.emusic.com/album/Kenny-Love-Voyage-To-Serenity-MP3-Download/12461851.html http://www.amazon.com/Voyage-To-Serenity/dp/B004TRMVL6/ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd...
The April 2011 online edition of Jazz & Blues Florida has been posted at www.JazzBluesFlorida.com.  This month’s preview features include: ·Winning Spins: Bill Frisells Sign of Life ·Big Bill Morganfield ·Lenore Raphael ·7Crossing ·Amina Figarova ·Melody of Rhythm with Béla Fleck Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer ·Vincent Herring and Jeremy Pelt ·Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials ·Bonefish Johnny ·John Mooney ·Tab Benoit and the Voice of the Wetlands Allstars Jazz & Blues Florida is Florida’s free online guide to the live jazz and blu...
This collectively lead trio was born a little over a year ago as a project bringing together three of Norways leading jazz musicians on Hammond B3 organ drums and guitar. Jarle Vespestad and Jacob Young belong to the new generation of Norwegian musicians on ECM records. Roy Powell (UK) lives in Oslo with a background in British cutting-edge jazz having played with the Creative Jazz Orchestra and leading American musicians such as Art Farmer Anthony Braxton Vince Mendoza and Mike Gibbs. The Trio's debut CD comes out on PVY Records Corp. March 12th 2011. Compositions by Jacob Young and Roy Powell. Available on iTunes and at CD Baby video
Woodcock Groups trio gives jazz listeners a piece of music works that evoke a great characteristic of eloquence impressive for an artist that has not even released its debut CD to stores until now with Sunset Jazz. This Serbian jazz trio also composes and arranges its music and every song on this ten (10) song full length CD. Woodcock Group’s new debut album Water Stories (Sunset Jazz Recordings) gives jazz aficionados great evidence there are new music artists in jazz that can carry a wide-ranged music of original songs taken as a conceptual the album is now available to pre order at Amazon. The Jazz label is continuing to set up...
April 4, 1968 is a tragic day in our countrys history. It marks the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis TN. Bassist/composer Marcus Shelby whose family is from Memphis TN pays tribute to Dr. King on April 4 with 4 new videos featuring music from Shelby's widely acclaimed CD "Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." This is a very personal project for Shelby who had several family members in the "I Am A Man" march and several who were arrested in the struggles. The videos include "Memphis: I Am A Man" "Soul of the Movement" "We're a Winner" and "Take My Hand Precious Lord." ht...
Make It Happen Entertainment, in association with the Blue Note Jazz Club, is proud to welcome Jazz Saxophonist Dee Lucas to join the ranks of great jazz musicians performing at the Blue Note Jazz Club. Lucas will make his live performance at the Late Night Groove Series at the worlds famous Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City on Saturday April 2 2011. Tickets are $15 and ShowTime is 12:30 a.m. Blue Note Jazz Club is located between 6th and McDougal St. For ticket information please call (212) 475-8592. "It is truly such an honor to be performing at such a prestigious landmark as The Blue Note because many jazz legends that h...
The Bohemian Caverns jazz club celebrates 85 years of operation as Washington DCs home for great jazz music. In its 85 years of operation the Caverns has set the stage for some of jazz musicians legendary musicians and recordings including the Ramsey Lewis Trio's Grammy winning album The In Crowd Live at Bohemian Caverns which was recorded live at the Caverns in 1965. Many Jazz giants played the Caverns including Miles Davis Ella Fitzgerald John Coltrane Louis Armstrong Thelonious Monk Billie Holiday Duke Ellington and many others. Today Bohemian Caverns continues to build upon its long legacy of presenting great live music to Washing...
In honor of April being Jazz Appreciation month, jazz pianist Lenore Raphael has a long tour this month. Starting in North Carolina, she performs Saturday, April 2 at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, North Carolina. Sunday, April 3 finds her at the Cottonwood concert series in Graham, North Carolina. On Tuesday, April 5, Lenore will conduct a jazz master class at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She then continues on to Florida with a concert at the Atlantic Music Center in Melbourne on Saturday, April 9th, a concert at the Steinway Gallery in Coral Gables on Wednesday, April 13th, a concert for the Steinway society of Naples, Flor...
Known for their industry first "Applum" - a complete record delivered solely through the iTunes App Store - New York Jazz trumpeter Mark Rapp and renowned guitarist/vocalist Derek Lee Bronstons jazz group "The Song Project" has partnered with South Carolina Bank and Trust on a return tour of the Carolinas culminating in a performance whose partial proceeds will benefit the Women's Shelter Health Services of Charlotte NC. SC-raised trumpeter Mark Rapp is looking forward to the return tour saying "I love coming home to play for family and friends and the audiences in general are some of the best." Acting as the group's mobility sponsor...
Woodward Avenue Records   Press Release     (Gainesville, Florida – March 22, 2011)  -  Woodward Avenue Records is pleased to announce the signing of guitarist Nate Najar and vocalist Sara Wasserman for the recording of a new single which will be released by Woodward in the early summer of 2011.  Nate Najar will also serve as producer on this new collaboration according to Mark Nordman, President and CEO of Woodward Avenue Records, the Gainesville, Florida based label. “Nate Najar gets to really bring the soul out of th...
Alex and Ani to Help Continue the Legacy of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals Newport, RI, March 22, 2011 – For the first time in the history of the Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®, one corporation will be a sponsor at both events. Rhode Island jewelry designer and manufacturer Alex and Ani will sponsor the Harbor Stage at Fort Adams State Park at the Newport Folk Festival on July 30-31 and at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 6-7, it was announced today by Newport Festivals Foundation, the recently-formed 501(c) (3) organization that produces the two events. Headquartered in Cranston, RI, wit...
06.04.2011

Sean Sullivan

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From blues to bossa to ballads to swing to latin to folk to funk to reggae to bebop, singer/songwriter/guitarist Sean Sullivan always serves up a savory gumbo of grooves from his own distinctive melting pot. The southern-born native New Yorker and Tribeca resident believes family heritage and environment are key ingredients in his ability to cook up myriad musical flavors. “My activist mother was born in West Virginia, of French and Cherokee descent, her father was a Nazarene minister, and his father was a bible-totin’ circuit rider (c.c.rider). In a sense”, Sullivan adds, “I feel as though I carry on preaching in performance.” Add to this ru...
Critically acclaimed New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett is releasing the third installment of his Bear Thompson trilogy on Saturday, Apri 16, 2011. The Boston Globe calls Bennetts music “a mix of jazz folk and trance." The new album is entitled “Peace and Stability Among Bears." The disc features Bennett on alto saxophone and flute Chris Hersch on guitar Jason Davis on bass and poly-meter guru Rick Landwehr on drums. Landwehr is the author of “Drummer's Guide to Odd Time Signatures" (Alfred Music). The album is already creating a buzz throughout the music community. The Daniel Bennett Group has a devoted following in jazz folk and new music...
Migration audio CD released. Sound designer Hamilton Sterling & Grammy-award winner Jimmy Haslip release their audio CD of an ambient-jazz soundscape in six movements – a journey out of Africa to the stars. This 2011 release is a stereo remix of the original surround recording. The CD is available now at Amazon, CDBaby, Abstract Logix, and Helikon Sound. (HE2012) Hamilton Sterling is a sound designer, composer, editor, and musician who has worked on such films as The Dark Knight, War of the Worlds, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Jimmy Haslip is a producer, composer, musician, and a founding member of the jazz fus...