JWQ Showcase 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

FRANCE: Sarah Lancman, nouvel album A Contretemps

Sarah Lancman
Nouvel album A Contretemps
Sortie le 19/01/2018 chez Jazz Eleven
Après le succès d'Inspiring Love, enregistré à New York, la chanteuse Sarah Lancman revient avec un nouvel album : A Contretemps, qui sort le 19 janvier 2018 sur le label Jazz Eleven, et sur lequel elle est entourée d’une équipe  de prestige : avec le pianiste Giovanni Mirabassi (17 disques d’or, Victoire de la Musique,  Django d’or,) qui a joué notamment avec Chet Baker, Steve Grossman, Eliott Zigmund, Glenn Ferris  et tant d’autres, à la contrebasse Gianluca Renzi (Ari Hoenig, André Ceccarelli, Kevin Hays...), à la batterie Gene Jackson ( Herbie Hancock Trio, Diane Reeves, Christian McBride,  Joe Lovano...), et en invité spécial le grand chanteur et trompettiste japonais Toku (13 albums, artiste chez Sony Jazz Japan).
« She’s truly a great new voice for jazz » : voilà ce que Quincy Jones a dit de Sarah Lancman lorsqu’elle a remporté le 1er Prix de la Compétition Internationale Shure du festival de Montreux en 2012. Depuis cette date, Sarah Lancman s'affirme comme l'une des plus émouvantes voix du jazz actuel et confirme son talent avec son nouvel album A Contretemps.
Pour regarder et diffuser le vidéo d'A contretemps :


Mademoiselle chante le jazz et elle ne fait pas semblant. A l’heure où le swing a déserté  les gosiers et où les projets ultra formatés flattent les oreilles, Sarah Lancman fait figure  au mieux d’oiseau rare, au pire de samouraï. Comme ses illustres aînées, les Merrill, Vaughan, Horn ou Simone, elle sait jongler avec les timbres et explorer tout le registre des émotions. Sa voix caméléon monte à la gorge, jouant tantôt d’un petit voile qui électrise, tantôt d’une candeur adolescente qui attendrit. Comme elles, elle chante l’amour, les histoires qui commencent et qui finissent mais sur tout l’amour de créer ensemble et de se donner toute entière à la musique et à ceux qui la reçoivent.
On pourrait croire qu’elle a toujours chanté, pourtant cette parisienne native de Châtelet-Les Halles est d’abord une pianiste, montée à la station Debussy avant de prendre la correspondance Bill Evans. Du piano classique à 7 ans au piano jazz à la Haute Ecole de musique de Lausanne - où elle obtiendra en 2013 son diplôme de Bachelor filière composition - c’est au clavier qu’elle se destine. 
Et le chant dans tout ça ? Une envie qui trotte dans la tête depuis longtemps. Le grand saut, Sarah le fera en 2012 au Festival de Montreux. Elle s’inscrit au Concours International Shure Jazz Vocal, présidé cette année-là par Quincy Jones. Quand le Premier Prix arrive, il est pour elle. Le verdict de Mister Jones est sans appel : « She’s truly a great new voice for jazz. » Cette fois, plus de doute, elle sait qu’elle est sur le bon chemin. Sarah se lance alors dans l’aventure de l’autoproduction pour accoucher au bout de deux  ans d’un premier album de reprises baptisé Dark qui témoigne de ses goûts personnels, de Julie London à Nick Drake en passant par des standards du Real Book.
Un deuxième coup du destin l’attend un soir, dans un bar montmartrois de la rue des Abbesses. Venue écouter une amie chanteuse, elle tombe sur le pianiste italien Giovanni Mirabassi. « Je ne pouvais pas croire que cet artiste que j’admirais depuis longtemps, était là, juste à côté de moi, en train de boire un café au comptoir. Alors je me suis lancée. » Il dit banco. « J’étais justement à la recherche d’une chanteuse et quand on en rencontre une qui a un tel sens de l’harmonie et du swing et qui arrive à émouvoir autant, on ne la laisse pas passer ! »
Ces concerts vont sceller un solide compagnonnage entre ces deux résistants du jazz. Giovanni Mirabassi endosse alors l’habit de coach et de manager, trouve les musiciens, la pousse à composer, co-écrit avec elle.
Après le succès de l’album “Inspiring Love” dont les 10 compositions originales ont été enregistrées à New York et qui est sorti le 18 novembre 2016, Sarah Lancman revient avec l'album "A contretemps" toujours en co-écriture avec Giovanni Mirabassi et enregistré en Thaïlande avec la même « dream team » ainsi qu’un invité spécial : le trompettiste et chanteur japonais Toku. Une belle tournée de concerts s’annonce prochainement.

Prochains concerts :

25/01 - Duc des Lombards - Paris, France 

26/01 - Le Jam - Marseille, France

22/02 - Théâtre du Cheval Blanc - Schiltigheim, France

Tournée au Japon : 25/02 au 4 Mars

12/03 - Scène Sacem - Pan Piper - Paris, France

20/03 - Théâtre des Pénitents - Montbrison, France

29/03: Bal Blomet - Paris, France



SPAIN: Sinouj-Labu (2017)



Sinouj is an Afromediterranean band that mixes musical traditions from the Magreb and the Middle East with contemporary Jazz, Funk, and African Music . Sinouj integrates its Arabic rhythms and modes into a modern vision of Jazz and Funk with a light electronic flavor
The group's sound is marked by its unique combination of the Saxophone and the Oriental Violin backed by an afro rhythm section

Sinouj presents their new album, Labu.

Labu contains 7 original pieces composed by Pablo Hernández Ramos, and it is a continuation of the group’s never-ending search for new paths through the different musical traditions of the Mediterra-nean and Africa, using Jazz and other contemporary urban flavors as the bridge between them. It’s music without borders, without barriers and without prejudices. Labu captures the sound of the 21st century global city and its cultural movements.

The musicians who participated in the making of Labu come from all over the world. Starting with the special guests, we have Munir Hossn (Brazil), Kaveh Sarvarian (Iran), Miron Rafajlovic (Bosnia), and the main members of the band: Larbi Sassi (Tunisia), Akin Onasanya (Nigeria), Sergio Salvi (Italy), and finally Pablo Hernández Ramos and Javier Geras from Spain.

Sinouj’s sound is marked by its unique combination of Eastern, Mediterranean and African modes and rhythms, with exotic sonorous textures ranging from the Arabic violin, the Persian ney, to the Sakara drum from Nigeria, together with contemporary jazz harmonies and instrumentation. Touches of rock, funk and electronic music are also thrown into the mix.

Labu is a journey through musical landscapes that are both familiar and unusual, inviting us to rejoice in the rich diversity found in the band’s search as we are taken along for the ride.
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released November 30, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

ITALY/USA: Roberto Magris: Roberto Magris Sextet Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery(JMood 2017)

A New Window Into Roberto Magris Successful Career As A Composer And Pianist, Featuring Remarkable Moments And Fresh Perspectives To His Own Compositions, Here Arranged For A Brilliant Sextet Which Includes High Caliber Musicians Such As Grammy Award Winner Brian Lynch(Trumpet), Jonathan Gomez(Tenor Sax), Chuck Bergereon(Bass), John Yarling(Drums) And Murph Aucamp(Congas).

This supergroup delivers an unforgettable performance where blues, be bop, Latin themes come together in an exciting natural blend of enjoyable contrasts and balances that made the delight of the audience throughout the show. The spirit is high, all the musicians shine and swing in strong solos or playing together with plenty of virtuosity.

Album spotlights are many and as we can hear being happily appreciated with standing ovations.The breathtaking fluid piano solo on "Standard Life", the trumpet bursts on the opener "African Mood", the sparkling "What Blues" , the elegant melodic "Song for an African Child" with piano and brass section in a fascinating dialogue, the Latin flavored "Chachanada" a showcase of exhilarating solos, "II Bello Del Jazz" with its lively elegant swing and the danceable "Standard Life". Roberto Magris puts his creative stamp on Strayhorn's "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing" played in a rather unconventional way, while the mellow tone of the Rahsaan Roland Kirk "April Morning" finds a perfect spot on the album which ends with the finesse of the " Blues For My Sleeping Baby"

"Live In Miami 2017" Is A Celebration Of Jazz At His Best And A Rewarding Vibrant Musical Experience For The Jazz Fans Who Didn't Have The Chance To Be In The Audience.Track Listing

Tracks:
African Mood, What Blues?, Song For An African Child, April Morning, Chachanada, II Bello Del Jazz, A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing, Standard Life, Blues For My Sleeping Baby

Personnel:
Roberto Magris, acoustic piano, Brian Lynch, trumpet, Chuck Bergeron, acoustic bass, John Yarling, drums, Jonathan Gomez, tenor sax, Murph Aucamp, percussion

http://www.jmoodrecords.com/

JazzWorldQuest The Free mp3 List Update-Mike Thornton



Musician: Mike Thornton
Tracks: And I Love Her, Caravan, Joy Spring, Traffic Jam
Album Name: Step Back
Label: Marsch Music
Year of release: 2016
Artist website: www.mikethorntonjazz.com
CD Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/step-back/210721034
Info about song/album: https://www.facebook.com/iazzdc/

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Free promotional mp3 downloads – jazz and world music

USA, NYC: Audrey Silver at Cornelia Street Cafe Friday, December 15th

 Audrey Silver at Cornelia Street Cafe Friday, December 15th

Friday, December 15th
6pm (one set only)
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
$10 cover/$10 minimum
212-989-9139

Saturday, December 9, 2017

USA/PUERTO RICO: SAMMY FIGUEROA & His Latin Jazz Explosion Appearing at SMOKE Wednesday December 13th 7 PM, 9 PM, 10:30 PM

SAMMY FIGUEROA
& His Latin Jazz Explosion


Back by popular demand!

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Wednesday December 13th


SMOKE JAZZ CLUB
7 PM, 9 PM, 10:30 PM

$15 music charge


Tickets & Info
Reservations: 212 864 6662
Back in September Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion played Smoke Jazz Club on the Upper West Side for the first time.  Sammy’s special brand of sophisticated Latin jazz mixed with his ebullient sense of humor made the evening a wonderful success.

For those who missed the show and for those who came and loved it there’s another opportunity to experience Sammy and his band in this great venue.  Plan on coming for dinner -- Smoke has a great kitchen.

The Jazz Foundation of America’s Puerto Rico fund has been helping many musicians who have lost their income and their homes.  Sammy was born in the Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria’s aftermath has a been a time of great concern to him, his family and his fellow musicians on the island.  On this evening Sammy will offer an autographed CD to all who donate $25 or more.  A representative from JFA will be present to receive pledges and donations.

Sammy will be joined onstage by two brilliant Venezuelan virtuosos Silvano Monasterios (piano) and Gabriel Vivas (bass), Chilean sax master Anibal Rojas, Cuban trumpetist Dennis Hernandez and Puerto Rican drummer Nomar Negroni
 



The Jazz Foundation of America’s Puerto Rico fund has been helping many musicians who have lost their income and their homes.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria’s aftermath has been of great concern to Sammy, his family and his fellow musicians on the island.

Sammy will be fund-raising for the JFA during the show and will offer an autographed CD to all who donate $25 or more.  A representative from the Jazz Foundation will be present to receive pledges and donations.




USA: Jean Louisa Kelly Releases "For My Folks"

  

Jean Louisa Kelly Releases For My Folks 
For Her Family and Her Fans

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Learn and Listen at Jean Louisa Kelly   

You might be aware of Jean Louisa Kelly as Rowena Martin and her moving vocal of "Someone To Watch Over Me" in "Mr. Holland's Opus," or perhaps from "Uncle Buck," or her 6 year stint on the TV sitcom, "Yes Dear." But perhaps you don't know, her deep passion for the American Standard Songbook, which is on clear display on For My Folks, which just hit digital platforms, stores and radio stations across the globe!

This 13-song project showcases a stunning new rendition of her signature song "Someone to Watch Over Me," complete with an a cappella introduction and is dedicated to her parents and fans

The album features moving renditions of timeless gems such as "Singin' in the Rain," "The Man that Got Away," "Danny Boy," and an especially heart-tugging version of "As Time Goes By." Gorgeous and inventive musical arrangements by producer Todd Schroeder and special guest John Lloyd Young (star of "Jersey Boys" on Broadway and on film), who lends a sparkling presence to "For Me and My Gal," round out the delicious album.
Watch Jean Louisa Kelly

About Jean Louisa Kelly

After making her film debut as Tia Russell in "Uncle Buck" (1989) alongside John Candy, she appeared in a wide range of other films including "The Fantasticks" (1995) and "Mr. Holland's Opus" (1995). From 2000 to 2006, she was known for portraying Kim Warner on the CBS sitcom "Yes, Dear." Before attending college, she already had roles in the original Broadway cast of Sondheim's "Into the Woods" (as Snow White). She also took roles in college productions, including with the Barnard College Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Later starring roles in films have included "Landfall"(2001) and "Little Red Light" (2003). Kelly appeared Off Broadway at the York Theatre as the title role in Paul McKibbins and B.T. McNicholl's "The It Girl." She also appeared in the York's "Mufti" series as Lois Lane in "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman." She currently appears as Bernice Pope in the Yahoo production of "Sin City Saints."

Jean Louisa Kelly released an album of children's music called Color of Your Heart in 2013. In 2015, she released a collection of original songs in a five-song EP called Willing


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