Thursday, April 5, 2018

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017


The JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017 features songs from albums released in 2017 by independent jazz and world music artists from all over the world: Matija Dedic(Croatia), Roberto Magris Sextet(Italy/USA), Sinouj(Spain), Randy McGill(USA), Diego Figueiredo(Brazil), Florin Raducanu(Romania), Stefano Travaglini(Italy), Itamar Borochov(Israel), Florian Hoefner(Canada), Antoine Fafard(UK), The Steven McGill Project(USA), Bill Mentz(USA), Leon Neal(USA), António Silva Quartet(Portugal), Hayley Lam(USA), Igor Willcox 4tet(Brazil), Daniel Chia(Singapore), Marcin Malinowski(Poland), Sweet Lu(USA), Luis Alas & La Calle Ocho Funk(USA), The Besser Three(New Zealand)

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

USA: New Release From Acclaimed Modern Jazz Singer, Robin Grant

New Release From Acclaimed Modern Jazz Singer, Robin Grant

Sensitive storytelling, in the opinion of many, is the most significant test of a singer. If that is the case, then a song has found a friend in Robin Grant.
A native of Chattanooga TN, Robin has been delighting local audiences for many years. With the upcoming radio release of her first CD, 'Good Girls' there's no doubt she is about to garner international acclaim. Good Girls is a collection of original jazz songs reminscent of the all-time great standards but with a modern flair. 
Robin's soulful stylings may take her listeners back to the great Tinpan Alley days of the 1920's 30's and 40's, but it's with an edgy delivery and sizzle that resonates with the youthful in body & spirit. Her live shows showcase her flaming vocals  throughout her diverse repertoire of all-time-favorites mixed with her popular original compositions.
Robin began her music career at an early age. She developed her performance ability through classical training, by earning her degree in Vocal Performance and by embracing musical theater.  She later transitioned into jazz with the help of her mentor, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks. Middlebrooks is also a native of Chattanooga and toured for many years with Ella Fitzgerald.
Robin's meticulously phrased singing and controlled but inescapable intensity is supported by her talented band, The Standard. Over and over they have proven their ability to captivate and move any audience.
Introducing Robin Grant!
Press Inquiries:
William Grant Jr.

USA: John Raymond & Real Feels-Joy Ride(Sunnyside Records 2018)


John Raymond - flugelhorn Gilad Hekselman - guitar Colin Stranahan - drums Recorded Live at Urban Cowboy (Nashville, TN) on September 18, 2017 Composed by John Raymond www.johnraymondmusic.net www.sunnysiderecords.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/jraymondmusic Twitter: www.twitter.com/jraymondmusic Instagram: www.instagram.com/jraymondmusic

Friday, February 16, 2018

USA; Jon Durant-Parting Is (2017)

Parting Is

A deeply emotional and personal record, Parting Is takes the idea of a solo guitar album and transforms it into a stunning sonic landscape of texture and color. Many of the sounds on the album bear no relationship with traditional guitar, but there are no synthesizers employed at all. Everything is played by Jon Durant on guitars with Durant also playing fretless bass on four pieces.

USA: Saxophonist Benjamin Boone Collaborates with Poet Philip Levine on "The Poetry of Jazz," Due March 16

                                                                                   
"The Poetry of Jazz,"
A Spellbinding Collaboration Between
Saxophonist/Composer Benjamin Boone &
The Late Pulitzer Prize-Winning
U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine,
Set for March 16 Release
By Origin Records
 
Recording Sets New Precedent
For Pairing Jazz with the Spoken Word
With Performances By
Tom Harrell, Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, & Chris Potter
Joining Boone's Core Ensemble
As Levine Recites 14 of His Iconic Poems
Set to Boone Compositions They Inspired

 
January 30, 2018
   
Benjamin Boone Philip LevineMusicians and poets have been inspiring each other for millennia, with collaborations in San Francisco and New York between beat poets and beboppers during the 1950s a particularly memorable recent chapter. On the forthcoming The Poetry of Jazz, which Origin Records will release on March 16, saxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levinemake an invaluable contribution to the jazz-and-poetry canon and set a standard for the genre that will be hard to surpass in the future.
 
Fellow professors at California State University, Fresno, until Levine's death in 2015, Boone and Levine performed their first concert together in March 2012; that fall they decided to lay down some tracks. The Poetry of Jazz features 14 iconic poems by Levine set to compositions by Boone based on the music he heard in their words and their author's delivery.
 
For the recording sessions, Levine was in the studio with the musicians. "He told me, 'Why the hell would I want to be in a room by myself? I do that enough already! Have the musicians there and then that will be fun,'" Boone recalls. "There were always musicians playing live with him. Phil did most tracks in a max of two takes. 'Gin' was the absolute first take."
 
A highly regarded composer who often sets text to music, Boone employs a vast and vivid sonic palette in writing and arranging settings for Levine's words. He recruited an impressive cast of California players, relying particularly on drummer Brian Hamada, bassist Spee Kosloff, and pianist David Aus, who also contributed compositionally.
 
In addition, on the intimate "The Unknowable (Homage to Sonny Rollins)," Boone evokes the inner struggle and beatific quest embodied by the saxophone colossus's famous woodshedding walks on the Williamsburg Bridge, a search that materializes in the thick, sinewy sound of Chris Potter's horn. Tom Harrell delivers a strikingly beautiful statement on "I Remember Clifford (Homage to Clifford Brown)," while the mercurial altoist Greg Osby darts and weaves around "Call It Music (Homage to Charlie Parker)," about Bird's infamous Dial recording session of "Lover Man." On Boone's poignant ballad "Soloing (Homage to John Coltrane)," Branford Marsalis's sinuous tenor lines bring to life Levine's comparison between his aging mother's isolated existence and a Coltrane solo.  

"I wanted to record Phil's poems about Rollins, Brown, Parker, and Coltrane, as well as his poems that created melodies when he read them," Boone says. "We talked a lot about the relationship of music and the voice, and I told him, I don't want to react word by word. The music and the poetry had to be equal and symbiotic."
 
A lifelong jazz fan who was born (1928) and raised in Detroit when it was a proving ground for a brilliant generation of bebop-inspired improvisers, Philip Levine often wrote about jazz and the musicians he loved in his verse. But Boone, an award-winning composer, player and educator, wanted to dig deeper. He drew inspiration not only from the subjects of Levine's poems but also from the musicality of his language and his wry, emotionally restrained recitation.
 
Over the course of his career Levine collaborated with musicians in a variety of settings, but felt the results weren't always salutary, which made the connection with Boone all the more satisfying. He observed that "[Boone's] ability to both hear and 'get' my writing was astonishing... He can tell just where the music needs to carry the moment or the language has to climb over the instruments. His compositions seem to grow directly out of the thrust of the language."
 
Benjamin BooneBorn in 1963 in Statesville, NC, Benjamin Boone grew up in an intellectually stimulating family and could have devoted himself to any number of pursuits. He concentrated on the saxophone and started improvising from an early age, but was also interested in composition. "I learned a great deal about science, literature, visual art, writing, history, politics, and music from my four older brothers," he says. "So I've always gravitated towards interdisciplinary projects like this one, where I can combine playing, composition, literature, and oration to create an artistic statement that addresses history and topics relevant today."
 
Boone traces his fascination with the music of spoken language to a hearing issue "that makes it hard for me to understand words," he says. "When I hear people speak I hear it as music, a melodic line. This fascination with spoken language allowed me to use Phil's voice as an instrument, which makes this project unique."
 
Boone is heralded as a performer and composer in both jazz and new music circles. His compositions have been heard in 29 countries and on more than 25 albums and have been the subject of multiple national broadcasts on NPR. He conducted musical research in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow and is currently spending a year in Ghana performing and composing with African musicians as a Fulbright Scholar.
 
With The Poetry of Jazz Boone has opened up a new literary and musical frontier, and there's more in store. The album features the first half of the 29 poems he recorded with Levine, who addressed his readers in his classic verse, writing "if you're old enough to read this you know what work is."  
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

USA: Bucky Pizzarelli, Russell Malone Plus Acclaimed Singer Allan Harris @ The Highlights In Jazz 45th Anniversary Gala Thurs., Feb. 22nd 8pm




Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights In Jazz
New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series

The Highlights In Jazz 45th Anniversary Gala launches the new season 
Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 8 P.M.
 featuring
the Bucky Pizzarelli Trio with guitarist Russell Malone,
and bassist Martin Pizzarelli.


 Also Acclaimed Singer Allan Harris 


Plus a surprise special guest!

All Shows At
Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

Box Office 212-220-1460
www.tribecapac.org



Mark your calendar for other concerts scheduled for the 2018 Highlights In Jazz 46th season:

Thursday, March 22, 2018- 8 P.M.

  • The Millennials Meet The Masters
Featuring saxophonists Peter and Will Anderson, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Buster Williams, trombonist Steve Turre, and pianist George Cables, plus surprise special guest!


Thursday, May 10, 2018- 8 P.M.

  • Dick Hyman and Friends
Pianist Dick Hyman, trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon, bassist Jay Leonhart, saxophonist Ken Peplowski, drummer/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, and surprise special guest!


Thursday, June 21, 2018- 8 P.M.

  • Salute to Russell Malone
Guest of Honor: guitarist Russell Malone, plus saxophonists Jimmy Heath and Houston Person, drummers Lewis Nash and Willie Jones III, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Luke Sellick, and surprise special guest!

In producing the Highlights In Jazz series, Jack Kleinsinger is living the dream. Early on, he booked legendary jazzmen such as Buddy Rich and Dizzy Gillespie, “I idolized these guys growing up, and never dreamed I’d work with them, I never thought this would happen,” Jack reveals. To this day, “That feeling is still there. It doesn’t get any better than this for a fan.”

Schedule subject to change without notice.


Visit the The UNF Jack Kleinsinger Highlights in Jazz Archive
http://digitalcommons.unf.edu/kleinsinger/

Listen to Randy Cohen's Interview with Jack Kleinsinger


During his 45 years producing the concert series Highlights in Jazz, he has gotten to know many brilliant musicians. Dizzy Gillespie once came by the house and played for his cat. But is jazz, if not dead then relegated to a museum piece? The future of an art form: at BMCC-Tribeca Performing Arts Center with music from Nicki Denner and Anton Denner, both very much alive.
https://personplacething.org




All Shows At

BMCC TRIBECA Performing Arts Center 
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

http://tribecapac.org

By car take FDR Drive south to end, through underpass onto West Street, 
north to Chambers.
By Subway take 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C, E, J or M train to Chambers or N, R to City Hall stop. Walk west on Chambers.
Box Office 212-220-1460
Ticket Prices
$50.00
$45.00 (student rate with valid ID)
or by mail order.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the box office.
You are now able to use your credit card at the Tribeca PAC Box Office located on 199 Chambers Street, or by calling (212) 220-1460 and now online at Tickets.Tribecapac.org

Please send a check made payable to: Highlights In Jazz

Please mail orders to:
Highlights In Jazz 

7 Peter Cooper Road, Apt. 11E  New York NY 10010
(Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope)


http://www.highlightsinjazz.org

Highlights in Jazz Media Contact
Jim Eigo
Jazz Promo Services
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USA: STEVE SLAGLE DEDICATION CD RELEASE THURSDAY FEBR 22nd SMOKE Sets 7PM--9PM--10:30PM

STEVE SLAGLE
DEDICATION CD RELEASE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd
SMOKE

2751 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Sets 7pm--9pm--10:30pm  
Tickets & Info


Next Live Appearance

STEVE SLAGLE QT
SMALLS
FRI-SAT MARCH 9th+10th
Sets 9:30pm +11:00pm

www.smallslive.com
DownBeat Editors Pick January 2018

By Ed Enright

Steve Slagle dedicates each track on his new album to people, places and things that have served as sources of artistic inspiration during his five-decade career as a saxophonist/flutist, composer, educator, arranger and bandleader on the New York scene. Dedication starts with a kick as Slagle (on alto), pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Scott Colley, drummer Bill Stewart and percussionist Roman Diaz conjure the essence of Sonny Rollins on Slagle’s “Sun Song,” a summery blowing vehicle based on a buoyant calypso-like groove. Guitarist Dave Stryker, a frequent touring/recording collaborator with Slagle, joins the group on the angular and driving “Niner” (dedicated to bassist Steve Swallow), and five more tracks. Stryker’s presence on Dedication is deeply felt, notably on the Brazil-dedicated bossa nova tune “Triste Beleza” playing nylon-string acoustic, as well as on his own “Corazon” (dedicated to Joe Zawinul), a ballad that flows with resonant alto vibrato, shimmering brushes, simple bass line movement and rubato strums of cleanly amplified electric guitar. Other subjects of Slagle’s dedication include Jackie McLean (the conga-driven “Opener”), Wayne Shorter (his “Charcoal Blues”), painter Marc Chagall (the guitar/soprano sax dream “Watching Over”), Slagle’s daughter Sophia (the playful, odd-metered swinger “Sofi”) and swing itself (the uptempo romp “Major In Come”). It all adds up to an enjoyable and meaningful collection of fresh, straightahead jazz from some of the genre’s best—and most dedicated—practitioners.




Media Contacts
Jim Eigo
Jazz Promo Services
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Warwick, NY 10990-3363
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