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The sounds of dynamic R&B, Latin, soul, jazz and world music will be heard across Los Angeles during the second annual Verizon Musical Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 6. Featuring Teddy Pendergrass, Béla Fleck, Ozomatli, Al Jarreau, Julieta Venegas and Ray Charles, the seven-day festival will also showcase performances by newcomers Lea DeLaria, Toshi Reagon, Chris Botti, Quetzal, Gerald Clayton and others.

Concerts, including several free events, are scheduled at Royce Hall, Center Theater in Long B …

Christian McBride, only 30 years old, has arguably become the most acclaimed acoustic and electric bassist to emerge from the jazz world in the 1990's. He has worked with a diverse cast of talented musicians, from Chick Corea to Pat Metheny, from Kathleen Battle to D'Angelo, from Diana Krall to Bruce Hornsby, from Quincy Jones to Sting.

Mentored by Wynton Marsalis, McBride rose to the top quickly. As a young musician, McBride toured first with Roy Hargrove’s band, and then, beginning in 1990 …

Bassist Avishai Cohen leads an incredible international band this October 13 at Cheney Hall, in Manchester CT.

The International Vamp Band is a truly international ensemble. Featuring Avishai on piano and electric bass, it includes Eric McPherson on drums (replacing Antonio Sanchez), Yagil Baras on acoustic bass, Avi Lebovich on trombone, flute and vocals, Yosvany Terry on tenor and alto saxophones and chekeré, and Diego Urcola on trumpet and flugelhorn. Their music is a synthesis of traditi …

One of the brightest new trumpet stars to come out in the 1990s, Verve recording artist Nicholas Payton combines references to his New Orleans heritage, the Young Lions’ brand of hard bop, and a warm sound. Born in 1973, in New Orleans, Louisiana, son of a musical family, he has been playing Jazz for over twenty years, since he was only eight.

A lifelong son of New Orleans, Payton is well aware of the shadow of Louis Armstrong. His homage to Satchmo comes not only in his choice of instruments …

Expect innovation, excitement and creativity this Fall at Cheney Hall. Once again, Cheney Hall will host some of the top Jazz acts in the nation. September marks the return after two years of the fabled Milltown Jazz Series-a concert series graced in the past by Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Brad Mehldau and Thomas Chapin.

This time the line up features three outstanding young bands: The Christian McBride Band, Avishai Cohen and the International Vamp Band, and Nicholas Payton and the Soul Patr …

BBC Radios 2 and 3 came together on the 31st July to present the second annual BBC Radio Jazz Awards which were held at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Co-hosted by Jools Holland and Courtney Pine, the event was a star studded affair celebrating the whole spectrum of the jazz genre.

The ceremony featured award presentations by Clive James, Mark Knopfler, Kenneth Clarke and Moira Stewart among other celebrities, and performances by a host of jazz stars, including a show-stopping …

LOS ANGELES, CA - August 9, 2002 -- An exhibition of Skip Bolen's 20 x 24 inch black & white photographs entitled "New Orleans Jazz - Photographs of Jazz Fest and the soul of New Orleans" will be shown from August 9 through October 3, 2002 at Bakery Art Exhibitions, located in the lobby of famous Los Angeles jazz club, The Jazz Bakery.

Shooting primarily in black & white, using only available light with a Leica camera system, Skip Bolen is dedicated to "capturing the moment" of some of today …


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Smooth or spiky, straight ahead or off the planet Linn Records has the sounds that will make you sit up and beg for more!

Linn Records ( is an independent label producing jazz music by thrilling vocalists and instrumentalists. Check out the smokey tones of Claire Martin, five times Best Vocalist in the British Jazz Awards who counts Shirley Horn, Sheila Jordan, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald among her stylistic influences. Her 8 albums for Linn include her seminal debut

An exciting new partnership! Singer Jacqui Dankworth and pianist David Gordon have formed a new duo, performing contemporary versions of standards and distinctive originals.

David is one of the most individual pianists on the UK jazz scene, playing with his own trio and in bands with Christian Garrick, Theo Travis and Pete Oxley among others. His brilliant contemporary style incorporates influences as diverse as Bill Evans, John Adams and Scriabin. He leads the uni …

As the official jazz band of US Army Band, and one of the few remaining professional groups of its kind, the Blues' present-day mission is to promote America's art form: jazz. The Blues pay tribute to the big bands of yesterday by performing the music made popular by such greats as Ellington, Basie, Miller and Herman. The Blues have performed at international jazz festivals throughout the world, and have also performed at the White House and State Department functions and events.


August 20, 2002, Westchester, NY You can get your kicks on Route 66, but when it comes to jazz in Westchester, everyone’s taking Route 133 to the 17 Main Restaurant and Jazz Club in Mount Kisco, New York to hear the Coco Rouzier Quartet belt out great jazz tunes on Friday, September 6th.

Described as a classic jazz sound, the band’s groove is full of loving lyrics and red hot tunes, inviting listeners to experience their traditional sound put to timeless standards such as Route 66, Blue M …

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BCMA ANNOUNCES FALL 2002 CONCERT SEASON LINE-UP(br> BOSTON, MA - The Boston Creative Music Alliance (BCMA) proudly begins its sixth year of presenting creative improvising musicians by announcing its Fall 2002 concert schedule. All concerts are $16 ($12 for students and seniors) unless othe …

Modern jazz vibraphonist Matthias Lupri will be performing new music and music from his latest CD "Shadow of the Vibe". with George Garzone (Chartmaker Jazz CMG5060) with his quintet and saxophonist Felipe Salles:

Matthias Lupri vibraphone, Felipe Salles saxophones, Nate Radley guitar, Thomson Kneeland bass, Luther Gray drums

Friday, Aug 23 - Acton Jazz Club, Acton, Ma
Saturday, Aug 24 - Berkshire Jazz Festival, Ma

Saxophonist Felipe Salles la …

Sunday September 22- Jane Ira Bloom
September 23-25 Performances at various venues
Thursday Blues Night September 26- EROK Trio, Kristina Beaty, Denise LaSalle, Doreen Ketchens
Friday September 27- University of North Florida Student Jazz ensemble with Gina Renee, Ingrid Jensen Quintet, Rene Marie and the Savannah Jazz Orchestra
Saturday September 28- US Army Ground Forces Band, Laura Friedman Quartet, Kim Thompson Quintet, Jazzberry Jam, Rachel Z Trio, CJA AllStars with …
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BOSTON, MA -- On Tuesday, September 17th, the internationally renowned Soul Note label will release Boston-based pianist, composer and Berklee College of Music educator Greg Burk's first trio recording, Checking In, featuring New …

GREAT Jazz Club, Linköping, Sweden Welcomes all jazz and blues friends to the 16th Linköping Jazz and Blues Festival, which takes place on Saturday the 29th of Mars, 2003. Linkoping Jazz & Blues Festival- the biggest indoor festival in northern Europe. …
"A new wave of Cuban jazz musicians are appearing on the horizon. One worth checking out is pianist Tony Perez, who on his sophomore outing as a leader navigates a picturesque voyage that he calls From Enchantment and Timba. . .To Full Force Jazz. Truly, the enchantment is his prodigal piano skill with impeccable chops, well -tempered jazz harmonies, and a classical edge. . . . Perez is a young captain, steering with keen talent and originality through some of the freshest jazz waters in the …
Accordionist Will Holshouser's trio, featuring trumpeter Ron Horton and bassist Dave Phillips, plays the Knitting Factory in New York on Monday Sept 9th (8:00 & 9:30 pm, $8.00 cover, 74 Leonard St NYC, info: 212-219-3055). Their new CD "Reed Song" is on the Clean Feed label (available online through North Country at It features ten original tunes and special guest Kevin Norton on drums.

The New York Times wrote about Will's music, "successfully showcased the range an …

LOS ANGELES Budding entertainers have tried many ways to gain recognition Star Search, Showtime at the Apollo and American Idols just to name a few; however, the 2002 Verizon Music Festival, which comes to Los Angeles September 30-October 6, is the perfect showcase for new talent to share center stage with established artists.

This year’s Verizon Music Festival "emerging talent" artists, who were selected based on their performances, recordings, media attention and indust …

Music served as the background fabric of Susan Lamont's childhood. A native New Yorker, Susan was born and raised in St. Albans, a residential urban Queens neighborhood in the shadow of JFK airport. The youngest of seven children, her household always flowed with music. Her father, an architectural draftsman, was a great lover of choral, Broadway and traditional gospel music. Her mother was an artist/designer who taught art classes throughout her life and passed on her appreciation for art and m …