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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...
Ufa, Russia, born Artur Bayramgalin is an in-demand guitarist on the Russian music scene and performed with many top-notch Russian musicians. Last year he started his solo career with the debut album Interro Island receiving rave reviews and high acclaims by some of the major Smooth Jazz Internet sites. The combination of local music with the smooth jazz style makes Artur Bayramgalins debut album Interro Island unique and unforgettable. With the sophomore album Electric Breezz Artur makes the second step to the American market. Artur categorizes his new album: ”Funk Nu Jazz Smooth Jazz and Fusion are the unique flavors that mix into t...
In our current economic plight in the banking industry, BNY Mellon of New York, well, is doing some pretty cool things. In addition, to actively exploring Far East Exchanges and other activities to stay solvent and increase equity, this investment firms has a strong commitment to the arts. Throughout the year, BNY allocated funds for established and up-and-coming jazz artists. In November, according to a company press release, BNY, though its Jazz Scholarship, gave $5,000 to University of Pittsburgh freshman, Jacob Sacks as the winner of the 2010 Award. Earlier in the year, BNY Mellon recognized jazz legendary drummer, Roy Haynes. BNY...
Los Angeles – Josh Moscov, a writer/publicist for DRUM! Magazine as well as a drummer, has released a video, dedicated to New Orleans’ King Of Funk Guitar, Leo Nocentelli. Moscov, who has played with a number of New Orleans artists, based the video on a live gig that he had the opportunity to sit in with Nocentelli in 1999. The video can be viewed at ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XVI5wmkvI0 “Nocentelli came on stage and immediately ignited the audience with the song, “The Hip,” Moscov said. “The Batiste Brothers are amazing and I was just taken to the outer limits of groove by Nocentelli. That’s why I have wanted to create this dedicatio...
For the past two months on fellow jazz website "All About Jazz”, new publishing house company Marc Antomattei Press (MAP) has released two news stories about plans to release a brand new Miles Davis book in February 2011. You can get updated on the release by visiting one of the following weblinks linking to the original news stories. New Publisher Scheduled To Release New Miles Davis Book (2010-10-31) http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=69216 Miles: The Companion Guide to the Autobiography, Final Cover Reveal (2010-11-26) http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=70909 In this month just in time for the holida...
ianist Monika Herzig has been actively involved in sharing and teaching the rich history of jazz.  One of her current endeavors, The Jazz Legacy of Indiana Project is designed to "raise awareness about the rich jazz legacy of Indiana as well as jazz as a creative means of expression," said Herzig, who is a recording artist with Owl Studios. Herzig notes that the entire project will be documented on video, and a curriculum and documentary will be made available online for interested teachers and students. Support for Herzigs project is provided by ArtsWeek Jazz from Bloomington the Musician's Union and the Life Cycle Project. The proj...
Pioneering station, UK Jazz Radio presents, Victor Unikovskys Rushour at 1:00am every Friday. This innovative show is hosted by the Russian guitarist who is now resident in the UK. Unikovsky is widely regarded as one of the most highly skilled guitarists in Europe. He began playing guitar professionally when he was 15 years old. At the age of 20 he moved to Saint Petersburg to join the Philharmonic Orchestra. His rapid development as both a musician and composer enabled him to collaborate on a range of theatrical productions and extensively tour Eastern Europe. Victor became a resident in the UK in...
The Rudi label was created to bring jazz music to listeners, with a particular focus on improvisation and free experimentation. Apart from improvisation, the label will also present projects involving other types of music: all of them played with absolute authenticity. Rudi Records is aware of the economic risk of such a proposal and of the lack – especially in Italy – of previous measures or efforts that might offer support for a similar project, which is bound to be viewed with a certain wariness by the general public. But RR also believes that it is from just such crises, and especially in the world of music, that many important new direct...