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With a new Miles Davis companion guide right around the corner from release later this month on eBook format and a physical paperback edition following shortly thereafter, there is a lot to be excited about. In the weeks leading up to its release other Miles Davis goodies have been uncovered and released such as a new "Miles Davis Bitches Brew Live” CD available from Columbia/Legacy Recordings and a newly uploaded rare 1969 interview from the “In A Silent Way” era. The eBook “Miles: The Companion Guide To The Autobiography” which is tentatively slated for a late February release this year in Apple’s iBookstore (for iPad), Amazon’s Kindle...
Monday Night: Live at the Green Mill II Exactly what jazz fans of all ages have been waiting for ! Patricia Barber ( www.patriciabarber.com ) has just released yet another stunning album, "Monday Night: Live at the Green Mill, Volume 2." From the first heart-humming tones of "Triste," to the last, lingering note of "Summertime," this 9-track album (currently available in MP3 and FLAC format) holds the listener suspended in time, awash in a sea of emotion. "Like JT," a powerful, yet artful piece of piano work; "Blue Bossa," a waterfall of vocalizations blended with delicate melody; "Sm...
Canadian jazz flutist Bill McBirnies recent release Mercy has been nominated in the USA for The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs) in the best Jazz Album category.   Although based in the USA the IMAs are international in scope with submissions from 70 countries across five continents.  Both the IMA nominees and winners are determined on the basis of artistic merit and this year's judges in the Jazz category will include McCoy Tyner Arturo Sandoval and Lee Ritenour.   The IMA also provides a Vox Populi jukebox featuring a “People's Voice” poll where you can listen to all of the nominees and vote for your favourite at t...
"Back in the Dayz - Airborne Anthology" takes you onboard a magical and musical journey to a motivating, high energy, intensely creative, yet peaceful serenity of island passion and complex urban emotion where the compassion of Airborne raises up the spirit of humility and reflects the empathy and moral obligation we as people of dignity must adhere to. Inspiring compositions of depth and character by a world class jazz group. Airborne the proclaimed "Musical Peacemakers" of Contemporary Jazz formed in 1988 celebrates years of recordings, jazz festivals, gigs, and the whole ups and downs of being musicians. The members have toured Europe,...
Multi-talented Philadelphia Jazz Prodigy Ernest Stuart Releases Self-Produced Debut CD “Solitary Walker” March 15, 2011 Trombonist Has Played with Grammy Award-winning Artists “The Roots” and “Vanguard Jazz Orchestra” From humble beginnings to headlining Philadelphia and New York City clubs, Ernest Stuart is a multi-talented trombonist who’s played alongside The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Branford Marsalis, Billy Paul, The O’Jays, Charles Tolliver Big Band and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, among others. Stuart’s heavily awaited debut CD, Solitary Walker, rolls out nationally on March 15, 2011 at a SRP of $15.00 and i...
Jazz bass legend Stanley Clarke is thrilled to win 2011 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album with his most recent CD, The Stanley Clarke Band, on the Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, and the Roxboro Entertainment Group label. He was also nominated in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Performance, “No Mystery.” Clarke is especially pleased because he feels that this album’s music is fresh and different from just about anything he’s done before. He realized early on in the recording process that the range of collaborative material he was creating with fellow band members would allow him to venture to new l...
For Immediate Release  Contact: Paul Collins Phone: 816.377.1950 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jmood Records ™ Announces the release of The Roberto Magris Quintet New Cd “Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan Vol. 1 Kansas City, Missouri, February 4, 2011- Jmood Records™ is pleased to announce the highly anticipated release of the Roberto Magris Quintet New Cd entitled Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan Volume 1. This is Roberto Magris’ third successful release on Jmood Records, with a number of scheduled releases on the Jmood Record label. Jmood Records is located in one of the...
Hawaiian Jazz crooner, Paul Shimomoto, has won the Jazz Album of the Year award in the 15th Annual Hawaii Music Awards for his work on “All That Hawaiian Jazz” (Oct. 2010). The award is Paul’s second, consecutive Hawaii Music Award; his previous CD, “Sentimental Alibi” (Dec. 2007), won the award for Best Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year in the 11th Annual Hawaii Music Awards. Both efforts were self-produced under Paul’s own label, Leo Hano Records. A complete list of this year’s winners can be found at: http://www.thehawaiimusicawards.com/theHawaiiMusicAwards/2011_WINNERS_LIST.html “All That Hawaiian Jazz” features nine tracks all...
The Song Project, a jazz duo out of Brooklyn, NY known for their forward-thinking and out-of-the-box approaches to music and technology has released a web page optimized for the iPad and iPhone in celebration of this Valentines weekend.  They present a bit of dry humor with some choice quotes by Rosanne Barr to Plato and offer an original composition and a hauntingly beautiful version of My Funny Valentine. http://vday.thesongproject.net Their industry first product they coined as the "applum" - iPhone App + Album (where digital meets vinyl) - is innovating the way music is distributed and offers the music consumer a...
Los Angeles, Calif. — She has one of the signature voices of her generation. That natural gift has always guided Tracy Nelson’s soul; indeed allowed her to both write and seek out the deeper songs regardless of niche or genre. A fierce singer of truth, a fountain of the deepest heartache, she is an ultimate communicator and has regularly destroyed audiences across decades of performing. Rolling Stone asserted, “Tracy Nelson proves that the human voice is the most expressive instrument in creation.” With Victim of the Blues (Delta Groove), her 26th album in just over five decades, she has circled fully, back to the original music from South Si...
Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology out March 29th, 2011 Seven years in the making, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology' will be released by Smithsonian Folkways on March 29th 2011. The six-CD box set traces the turning points of this 20th-century tale through its legendary innovators and exemplary exponents: Armstrong Ellington Basie Parker Gillespie Davis Hancock Corea Coltrane and many more. The set opens with Scott Joplin's 1899 "Maple Leaf Rag" and spans the entire century closing with Tomasz Stanko's 2003 "Suspended Night Variation VIII." As the successor to the original 1973 milestone 'Smithso...
Brooklyn, NY, USA, January 23, 2011 Frequent finalist in major U.S. jazz piano competitions and internationally performing jazz pianist Ayako Shirasaki has launched her new website, www.ayakoshirasaki.com . The website features everything Ayako related. Biography, News, Schedule, Discography store-implemented, Video & Media. Fans of her music can now listen to tracks in the site-wide music player as well as checking the latest news about her performances and upcoming releases. According to the ever changing Internet the new website now also offers direct links to social media as facebook, twitter etc. Visitors of the website are...
Check out the new video of the Marcus Shelby Orchestra live in concert, presenting snippets of an electrifying performance at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, CA. It features the music of Shelby’s acclaimed project, “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” For Marcus Shelby, history breathes music. Over the past decade, the San Francisco bassist/composer has created a series of captivating large-scale works that illuminate the accomplishments, spiritual fortitude and tribulations of African-Americans. In his debut recording for Porto Franco Records, Shelby delivers his breathtaking meditation on the Civil Rights movemen...
On Friday, February 18th, renowned "folk-jazz" saxophonist Daniel Bennett and legendary 8-string "groove" guitarist Charlie Hunter will team up for a special double bill performance at the Triad Theatre (www.triadnyc.com) to benefit New Yorks Abingdon Theatre Company. The Triad is located on New York City's upper west side (158 West 72nd Street). This is an all-ages event. Half of all proceeds will go towards New York City's Abingdon Theatre Company. The double bill concert starts at 9:30pm and tickets are $15 in advance. All advance tickets must be purchase at www.smarttix.com. For more ticket info call (212) 868-4444. Guitarist Charlie...
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. On January 25th, Shanachie Entertainment will release The Road… , Keiko Matsui’s first new recording in four years and a follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 South African inspired Moyo . This new self-produced opus (and 22nd album released in the United States) exhibits Matsui’s profound affinity for melody while effortlessly transcending boundaries; borrowing from such diverse idioms as jazz, classical, rock, blues, world music, tra...
(Darien, CT – Jan 11, 2011) On February 15, 2011 Lancia Media Factory will release “Little Big Horn” by the legendary baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. Recorded in 1981 with a first-rate ensemble and originally released on GRP Records, the album features six Mulligan compositions written for big band, small combo, and vocal performance – all featuring his distinctive melodic approach to arrangement and improvisation. The tracks on “Little Big Horn” exemplify Gerry’s career-long tradition of innovation by exploring new writing styles while maintaining the intuitive sense of melody that makes his music so accessible. “People alway...
A new blog designed to promote UK Jazz Vocalists has been established by British Vocalist, Debbie Winter. The aim of the blog is to post interesting news and reviews on the vocal talent within the UK. The site will review CDs, post interviews and act as a promotional forum for UK based artists.  It aims to promote those vocalists writing original material as well as those who sing the standard repertoire. Debbie Winter is a British Vocalist who recently released her EP of original tunes based on the paintings of Edward Hopper. She is also a keen writer and who enjoys using her written skills to promote talent. The site was published...
1/7/2011 - Peoria, IL - David Hoffman approaches music from several perspectives. Traveling the world as trumpet soloist/arranger with the legendary Ray Charles, and his extensive experience in the world of Jazz formed an artistic platform, that enhanced his performance on stage and in recording projects. His current environment plays an important role in the inspiration behind his passion for music and nature to gently flow together. Having played with Ray for the last 13 years of his illustrious career, Hoffman moved back to his Midwest home, located in a converted rural Congregational Church, living and making music in the recording stu...
Progressive Jazz Fusion artist Anders Helmerson just became the latest member of a very select group of musicians who have penned a song to their beloved instruments, which in addition to being functional, have a sentimental appeal. Helmerson recently released "Yodas Dance" which is how he fondly refers to his lead keyboard. Blues extraordinaire B.B. King made his guitar "Lucille" the focus of a hit song in 1985. In fact there's even a Facebook group called "Musicians Who Name Their Instruments." Though most would think "Yoda's Dance" might refer in some way to Star Wars it doesn't. But there's still bit of irony related t...
B.J. Jansen and T.C. the 3rd have teamed up to release their new Album featuring the Uptown Jazz Collective on Artists Recording Collective. The new release (ARC-2260), "She Do What She Do," features original compositions, standards as well as spoken word performances. They have dedicated the album to the memories of Trudy Pitts (T.C.s late Mother) Sid Simmons Andy McCloud Charles Fambrough James Moody Abbey Lincoln and Dr. Billy Taylor. The album features the musicianship of T.C. the 3rd (Vocals) B.J. Jansen (Baritone Sax) Marcus Persiani (Piano) Mike Boone (Bass) Kenneth Salters (Drums) Jonah Jonathan (Bass) Emmanuel Harold (Dru...