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The Twisters Whip Up A Storm

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"After The Storm" is a triumphant return for the Twisters, a band traumatized by when bass player James Taylor was lost in a 2005 accident during a road trip. There was a temptation to dissolve the enterprise, the shock was that intense. But two things made them reconsider. The first was the overwhelming support of their fans and the Canadian blues community; the second was the availability of one of Canadian’s finest standup bass players in Keith Picot.

This band possesses …

Recorded and released in 2006, this 18-piece Big Band features Dick Johnson on clarinet. Dick has been the leader of The Artie Shaw Orchestra since 1983, and this recording is his tribute to Artie.

The CD showcases beautiful new arrangements by Grammy-Winning Robert Freedman and Jay Brandford.

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Clarinet: Dick Johnson

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - December 14, 2006 After a year in exile in Memphis, the 6th Annual Ponderosa Stomp, a music festival that celebrates and pays tribute to the unsung heroes of rock ‘n roll, rhythm & blues, and other forms of American roots music, will return home to New Orleans on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at the House of Blues from 6 p.m. 2 a.m. Already slated to perform at this year’s Ponderosa Stomp: Master arranger Wardell Quezergue and the New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Revue, soul songwri …

Enigmatic figure Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut to have 1 retrospective and 7 other recordings released exclusively on itunes; including the Historic New York Concert with Daniel Carter, one with Joe McPhee, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, a Frode Gjerstad Duo, and LIVE! at Columbia University. Mr. Shurdut is at the forefront of new musics, eluding categorization. His ideas embrace everything from experimental, jazz, contemporary, classical, opera, world, and trance.

Ayler Records most recently …

Jazz pianist Lenore Raphael has been named Artistic Director of a new jazz series, which will begin on Sunday, February 11, 2007. at St. Michael's church & Parish House in New york City. The church has long been involved with many aspects of music and extending it to jazz is an exciting prospect.

Jeff Miller, church General Manager and organist/Choir Master John Cantrell have been excited about the project and asked Lenore to do this because of her experience, not only&nb …

Southern California jazz fans will have a chance to see and hear the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra during a rare West Coast appearance at the Renee and Henry Segerstom Concert Hall of the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

he band was founded in New York City Feb. 7, 1966, at the Village Vanguard Club. From the beginning it was obvious that an exceptional ensemble had been born. Led by Thad Jones, cornetist, composer and arranger, and Mel Lewis, drummer, the original Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchest …

This year’s Presidents’ Day Weekend Newport Beach Jazz Party promises to be better than ever with two of the most influential musicians ever being honored with special concerts Saturday and Sunday nights.

The annual four-day party will be held, Feb. 15 though 18, at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel. Over 70 musicians will be playing at concerts held mornings, afternoons and evenings.

On Saturday night, Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim will be given a tribute. Often called the father …


The 8th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

Affectionately known as Africa's Grandest Gathering, this multi-stage event enables its o …



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FEBRUARY, 2007, the two joint sites will enter in their first agreement wth iTunes for the digital distribution of UNRELEASED, DOWNLOADABLE Woody Shaw & Dexter Gordon recordings!

This is expected to be the - as of yet - most succesful medium for the release their archival treasures.

First up in the catalog is "Invitation", Volume 1 in a new series of live dates with the legendary tenor saxophonist and trumpeter …


Sonny Rollins

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Luckily, it wasn’t cold enough to not feel circulation in our feet waiting outside the Consulate General of Sweden New York. Our hands were warm enough to shake the ones of the man who got us inside early.

Composer Steve Reich looked like the consummate New Yorker baseball cap, three-quarter length jacket with the upturned collar to guard against the chilly air and sensible walking shoes. Yet the difference in him was that he was all smiles.

This was his night, along with jazz icon tenor s …

Little Phil (Rosenberg) has an impressive resume, starting in 1964 as a 14-year old protégé with a Southern band called the Night Shadows. He was immediately recognized as a natural talent, even at that tender age. There was little reluctance putting him with the company of musicians 10 years older. The kid had the goods: persuasive voice, super-eager attitude, and an eye-popping James Brown-type stage persona Most of all, his soulful conviction went far beyond his years and helpe …

Billy "Blue" Strauss is an unwavering veteran bluesman who’s been fronting bands since 1980 and has had his share of "ups-and-downs" along the way. But he has no complaints. When you commit wholeheartedly to this music, the fundamental fact is you always struggle. "Blues In My Room" is a release that’s long overdue, and it succeeds because Blue wields a convincing harmonica and has a tremendous respect for the traditions that underlie the Blues.

This transplanted Long Islander spent a …

Gene Krupa: The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend is a photographc presentation of the life, times and music of "that ace drummer man." With over 200 photographs that span six decades of jazz history, this most visual of performers, the man who made the drums a solo instrument, comes alive like never before. Contributing their own singular insights about Gene are the finest drummers working today, including Phil Collins, Peter Erskine, Kenny Aronoff, Carl Palmer, Neil Peart …

This twinning of two musical genres-Mississippi Blues and east Indian music-often translates into a fascinating hybrid. "Slide To Freedom" on the Northernblues label is an engrossing listen that is concurrently exotic, spiritual, and intriguing. Doug Cox, a multi-faceted instrumentalist and Blues festival organizer, developed an instant rapport with collaborator Salil Bhatt. If that name sounds somewhat familiar, it’s because he’s the son of legendary mohan veena guru V.M Bhatt.

Musicopia, formerly known as Strings for Schools, announces an innovative collaboration between the Appalachia Waltz Trio featuring virtuoso fiddler Mark O’Connor and an ensemble led by jazz violinist John Blake, Jr. Through a hands-on workshop with the Philadelphia School District All-City Middle School Chamber Orchestra and Band, these professional musicians from differing backgrounds and styles hope to inspire Philadelphia youth to create and extend their own cultural journeys through music. …
As the Founder and Director of the International Songwriting Competition, it is my honor and pleasure to congratulate and inform you that your song "Mechanical Man" has won Second Place in the Jazz category in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). We are very proud of your accomplishment and thank you for entering your song into ISC this year.

ISC received almost 15,000 entries from 88 countries throughout the world, so this acknowledgement of your song by ISC and i …
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Monterey Jazz Festival has announced its 2007 lineup, featuring an array of Jazz greats to appear Sept. 21 weekend in Monterey.

Young stars, such as trumpeter Terence Blanchard, vocalist Diana Krall (pictured) and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba will join jazz legends the likes of saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman, pianist Dave Brubeck and band leader-composer Gerald Wilson to name just a few.

These greats and many other stars will appear …

Ruby Flower Records signs with violinist Zoltan Lantos for an album with his quartet "MirrorWorld" planned to be released by the end of the year 2007.

Zoltan Lantos is a violinist of many faces, colors and musical tongues. During his rigorous training at the Music Academy of his hometown, Budapest, he already appeared at the Eastern-European avant-garde scene but shortly after received a degree in classical violin (in 1984) and was now embarking …


Norman Brown -

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Norman Brown - "Stay With Me" OUT NOW: The Peak Records debut from Grammy award winning Jazz guitarist, Norman Brown is available in stores & online now. Released this week (April 24th) on Peak Records (Concord Music Group) after a string of releases for the Motown label and more recently Warner Bros, Norman Brown's new album "Stay With Me" is a collection of 10 urban influenced contemporary Jazz tunes that showcase Norman Brown's inventive talents as a guitarist and all round musician. The …