JWQ Showcase 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

JazzWorldQuest Update: Jazz Knowledge

 JazzWorldQuest Update: Jazz Knowledge

The End of Art and Jazz (from Philosophyofjazz.net)
Paulina Tendera

Jagiellonian University, Philosophy, Adjunct
Abstract:In the second half of the twentieth century, there was a great deal of talk about a phenomenon known in the art world as “the end of art.” This concept referred to significant, sometimes revolutionary changes in the perception of the work of art and changes in its manner of existence (its ontology). The very notion of the “end of art” was justified and inspired (though not entirely validly) by the philosophy of Georg Hegel. Art critics, wishing to exploit this idea, explained the incompatibility of their own comments with the original thought of Hegel in historical terms: Hegel had written…

CONTINENTAL DRIFT: 50 years of jazz from Europe – Conference Proceedings
Haftor Medboe
Edinburgh Napier University, Music, Faculty Member
Abstract: Following popular exposure in France to the proto-jazz of James Reese Europe and his 369th “Harlem Hellfighters” Infantry Regiment during the latter years of WW1, the jazz bug took hold and, in the period that followed, spread throughout Europe. This new mu- sic from the USA, drawing on the ethno-cultural melting pot of New Orleans, provided a soundtrack to the new order that was forged following the two world wars. Its spread marked the beginning of Europe’s complex relationship to jazz, a music associated vari- ously with exoticism, vice, youth, cultural decay, liberation, US imperialism,…

Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics of Music Illumines A Love Supreme
Jon Avery
Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Emeritus
This is the lecture portion of a multi-media presentation on the use of Schopenhauer’s philosophy of music to understand A Love Supreme.

USA: 1 of 148 Trumpeter/Vocalist Bob Merrill's "Tell Me Your Troubles: Songs by Joe Bushkin, Vol. 1" Set for May 19 Release by Accurate Records

Trumpeter/Vocalist Bob Merrill
Celebrates the Musical Legacy of
Pianist/Songwriter Joe Bushkin with
"Tell Me Your Troubles:
Songs by Joe Bushkin, Vol. 1,"
Set for May 19 Release by Accurate Records

First Volume of Two-Album Tribute Project
Features Rhythm Section of
Howard Alden, Nicki Parrott, & Steve Johns
Plus Guest Appearances by Singer Eric Comstock,
Bucky Pizzarelli, Harry Allen, Wycliffe Gordon,
& Virtuoso Vocal Accompanists
Laurence Hobgood & John Colianni at the Piano

Merrill to Serve as Musical Director
For Bushkin Centennial Concert
At BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC,
Thursday, May 4

April 24, 2017

Bob Merrill Tell Me Your Troubles Coinciding with the centennial of pianist/composer Joe Bushkin's birth, the release on May 19 by trumpeter and singer Bob Merrill of Tell Me Your Troubles: Songs by Joe Bushkin, Vol. 1 (Accurate Records) celebrates the musical legacy of a man who was revered by many of America's foremost entertainers for his wizardry at the keyboard and skills as a tunesmith. He also happened to be Merrill's father-in-law.

Bushkin penned songs with his longtime lyricist John DeVries or the great Johnny Burke in the repertoires of the likes of Sinatra (Joe's "Oh! Look at Me Now" was Frank's first hit), Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole, Benny Goodman, Louis Jordan, and countless others. This first volume of a planned two-album commemorative project pays reverential tribute to Bushkin's oeuvre and its special blend of mood and merriment on contemporary interpretations of 10 songs ranging from the popular to the obscure. The album opens and closes with archival spoken word salutes to Bushkin by Sinatra and comedian Red Buttons.
Cut from the same engaging entertainer's cloth as Bushkin -- not to mention trumpeter-singers like Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Prima, and Chet Baker -- Merrill was already performing crowd-pleasers like "Oh! Look at Me Now" and "Boogie Woogie Blue Plate" (a 1947 hit for Louis Jordan and his Tympani Five) before he met his future wife Christina and bonded with her gregarious father. "These songs have such a timeless, universal appeal," says Merrill. "I really hope the album exposes them to a new generation. Maybe Harry Connick, Diana Krall, Michael Bublé, or even Lady Gaga will give them new life."
Tell Me Your Troubles is full of classic tunes and rediscoveries, charismatic vocals, swinging solos, and sparkling arrangements and presents Merrill at his elegant best, whether showcasing his brass palette of trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn or his smooth Tormé-like vocals, easy articulation, and natural enthusiasm. In addition to the A-List rhythm section of guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Nicki Parrott, and drummer Steve Johns, the album features an illustrious list of guest artists including saxophonist Harry Allen, trombonist/singer Wycliffe Gordon, cabaret star Eric Comstock, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and pianist Laurence Hobgood.

Joe Bushkin and Bob Merrill A previously unreleased performance of "Oh! Look at Me Now!," from Bushkin's final recording session in 2003 with Merrill, Howard Alden, and drummer Duffy Jackson, is one of the album's standouts. "Joe's tempo for the song had increased over the years," says Merrill, "but I suggested we slow it down to the tempo of Sinatra's later version, from the 1957 album Swingin' Affair on Capitol." (Pictured at left: Bushkin and Merrill, 2003.
"I got to spend a lot of time with Joe, always looking over his shoulder, absorbing stuff by osmosis," recalls Merrill, who coaxed Bushkin out of retirement in the early 1990s and performed with him at festivals and clubs such as New York's Tavern on the Green and L.A.'s Jazz Bakery until his passing in 2004 at age 87. He also produced and wrote liner notes for CD reissues of four Bushkin albums, including last fall's release of Live at the Embers (Dot Time Legends) from 1952.

Bob Merrill
Born in Manhattan in 1958, Bob Merrill traces his early interest in jazz to the fact that Benny Goodman lived in the penthouse of the building he grew up in on the Upper East Side. After his father took him to a Tonight Show taping where he heard Doc Severinsen, Merrill devoted himself to the trumpet (Bushkin's second instrument). He studied with William Vacchiano, first trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, and received improv tips as a teen from Red Rodney. Merrill attended both the New England Conservatory of Music (studying with Jaki Byard, in whose Apollo Stompers he played) and Harvard, where he co-founded a jazz concert series at the Hasty Pudding Club and led a house band for such visiting artists as Illinois Jacquet, George Coleman, Lee Konitz, and Warne Marsh.
Merrill released his first album as a leader, Catch as Catch Can, in 1997, the same year he was featured on American Movie Classics leading the AMC Orchestra on the series Gotta Dance! His second album, Got a Bran' New Suit, featured pianist Bill Charlap among others. It was followed by Christmastime at the Adirondack Grill, and then the wildly eclectic Cheerin' Up the Universe (2015), which featured pianist John Medeski and trombonist Roswell Rudd.
On Thursday May 4, Merrill will preside over a Joe Bushkin Centennial concert at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers Street, Manhattan), part of Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights in Jazz series. Featured performers include several from the new CD's cast (Wycliffe Gordon, Eric Comstock, Nicki Parrott, John Colianni, Harry Allen) as well as pianists Ted Rosenthal and Spike Wilner.  

Photography: Pam Setchell

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USA: JD Allen - Radio Flyer(2017)

Radio Flyer 
JD Allen’s previous recording Americana won widespread critical acclaim for it’s ground breaking melodic and harmonic explorations and for its impressive emotional intensity. While that album presented Allen’s ideas with a somewhat contemplative hand, Radio Flyer moves with a more unbridled enthusiasm, testing the possibilities jazz has for individual expressionism and improvisational freedom. With guitarist Liberty Ellman on hand the quartet presents Allen’s seven original compositions bristling with energy while maintaining a cohesive, comprehensive unity of thought and purpose. “JD Allen’s writing for the tenor saxophone is effortlessly idiomatic, embroidered aria-like melodies and singular solo reflections give way to sinuous vocalastics and spirited dances. Textures are harmonically and unbelievably rich, yet never clogged.” – Raul da Gama “The JD Allen Trio is an almost telepathic, three-headed machine...But it’s important to emphasize that Allen himself is the best saxophonist under 60 in jazz, destined to be ranked with John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, and Wayne Shorter. So if you haven’t been paying attention, the time to start is now.” – Burning Ambulance 

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Carol Sudhalter and the Astoria Big Band have launched a fundraising campaign for the computerization and eventual publication of the library of
Charlie Camilleri's big band arrangements. 

To hear a full explanation of this project,
or to make donations, go to this

For direct donations
contact Carol at sudsaxter@gmail.com
or 917 667 5331.

Carol Sudhalter
Director, Mix n Match Music
Director, Astoria Big Band/Astoria Jazz Band


USA: RANDY INGRAM-The Wandering Import (2017)

The Wandering 

2017 release. Pianist-composer Randy Ingram has put himself in a position to reveal more about his musical identity by scaling down to record The Wandering, a sophisticated, personal and enlightening duo album with bassist Drew Gress. For Ingram's debut performance at Mezzrow, bassist Drew Gress was his ideal duo partner. Ingram soon decided to record a duo album with Gress. They performed additional gigs and lined up a date at Brooklyn Recording with engineer Michael Perez Cisneros.

ISRAEL: Avishai Cohen - Cross My Palm With Silver (2017)

Cross My Palm With Silver 
A year after his impressionistic, critically-lauded ECM debut Into The Silence, trumpeter Avishai Cohen s Cross My Palm With Silver introduces a program of new pieces which put the focus on the ensemble, on teamwork, with a quartet of the highest caliber. The adroit, almost telepathic interplay among the musicians allows Avishai Cohen to soar, making it clear why he is one of the most talked-about jazz musicians on the contemporary scene. All of these people together are my dream team , says the charismatic trumpeter of fellow players Yonathan Avishai, Barak Mori and Nasheet Waits, who share his sense for daring improvisation and his feeling for structure. I feel we're in a perfect place with the balance. It's open and there s so much room for the improvisation to take the music any place we can. At the same time the composition is very specific and the vibe is very direct and thought about. As with Into The Silence, Cross My Palm With Silver was produced by Manfred Eicher at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

USA: The 50 Best Jazz Clubs in America

The Best 50 Jazz Clubs In America

Jazz is a true American art form. Some have even called it America’s classical music.
The best way to listen to jazz isn’t at home on your iTunes but at your local nightclub. Jazz, like any other type of music, is best heard live.
Yet, jazz is not like pop and rock music. It’s complex. It’s challenging. You need to go to jazz. Jazz does not come to you.
With that being said, we have complied a list of what we consider The Best 50 Jazz Clubs in America.
The criteria we used to choose these venues includes types of jazz and blues music performed, club ambiance and intimacy, choice of performers, reputation and more.
The following places are not only great places to listen to great jazz and blues, they are also great starting points to introduce yourself to America’s music.
If you’re already familiar with the genre, then the following 50 establishments are the type of jazz clubs you can visit to enjoy a tasty cocktail, a fine meal and some of the best live jazz and blues.

You can see the article here: http://www.clickitticket.com/best-jazz-clubs/

CUBA/CANADA:KoSA Cuba’s annual Percussion Workshop & Havana Rhythm & Dance Festival 'Fiesta del Tambor' celebrating together 16 years of musical magic!

KoSA Cuba’s annual Percussion Workshop & Havana Rhythm & Dance Festival 'Fiesta del Tambor' celebrating  together 16 years of musical magic!

Havana, Cuba, March 23, 2017:  The KoSA Cuba Percussion and Drum camp held its 16th edition from March 5-12, 2017 in the capital city of the extraordinary island of Cuba.  Held annually by its two founders:  Aldo Mazza – a world-touring Canadian percussionist and his musician wife Dr. Jolán Kovács, KoSA Cuba is customarily planned the same week as Havana’s Rhythm and Dance Festival (Fiesta del Tambor) directed and organized by Giraldo Piloto, In fact, KoSA has, for nearly two decades, adopted the beautiful island of Cuba- the cultural jewel of the Caribbean- playing a key role in the music scene in Havana and in particular acting as an important sponsor and collaborator of the Fiesta del Tambor bringing the instrument prizes given to the national contest winners in the categories of drumset timbales, congas and bongos.  

Once again, the KoSA Cuba program was a fascinating discovery for the lucky participants coming this year from Greece, many parts of the US, Switzerland, the UK, and Canada. Although the majority of participants were attending the KoSA event for their very first time, the wonderful thing about KoSA is that those who were alumni students still had plenty of novel things to learn and explore as the history of Cuban music and its people is rich and diverse and cannot possibly be covered nor understood  in one week!    The group’s daily itinerary was seriously intense with highly informative hands-on classes taught by authentic Cuban masters both in percussion and drumset. The distinguished faculty this year included ethnomusicologist Dr. Olavo Alén, percussion greats like Juan Carlos Rojas “El Peje” (a long time drummer for Chucho Valdez, and 2010 Grammy Award winner) and his talented assistant Dayron, Tomas “El Panga” Ramos, one of the top studio musicians in Cuba, and Amadito Valdés (best known for his work with the famous Buena Vista Social Club) gave an engaging introductory clinic on Timbales and his unique style of performing and soloing.  Other star-studded teachers included the talented Yissy Garcia (currently performing and touring with the renown singer Dave Matthews), Oliver Valdès (top studio drummer in Cuba),  Miguelon Rodriguez (highly sought-after drummer in Matanzas), Enrique Pla (the original drummer for the legendary group Irakere) and of course the incomparable Giraldo Piloto founder of the famed group Klimax.  All classes this year were held at the Havana Club – a private beach club belonging long-ago to the Biltmore family.  After a day of jam-packed information, the participants could wind down  either by the beach (which was enticing them just a few steps away) or partake in daily jam sessions accompanied by the very capable bass talents of KoSA Cuba Faculty, Reinaldo Gomez Ruis.  The group also had the chance to bask in the beauty of old Havana, and do some shopping in local markets.  By night, participants were treated to jaw-dropping musical performances in downtown Havana and the party continued to the wee hours of the night dancing and partaking in traditional rumba sessions in outdoor gardens.   In addition, KoSA’s founders and the director of the Fiesta del Tambor welcomed such reputable international talents this year such as Mark Guliana, Will Calhoun, Dafnis Prieto, Marcus Santos, Nanny Assis, and Craig Haynes and not to mention the Norwegian talents of brothers Per Mathisen (bass) and Hans Mathisen (guitar)..  These international superstars wowed Cuban artists and audiences alike on a very special SABIAN sponsored night. And if that wasn’t enough, many of these legends were also “hung out” with the participants of the KoSA workshop joining in on classes learning alongside the fascinating concepts of Cuban music.  

 New this year, all evening concerts of the Fiesta del Tambor, including the special Sabian night, were filmed and will be broadcasted at a future date on drum channel (www.drumchannel.com) so stay tuned!   Cuba is a fantasy come true.  If you haven’t yet attended a KoSA Cuba Workshop, it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE guaranteed! 

KoSA Cuba 2017 Festival and the Fiesta del Tambor was sponsored in part by KoSA Music, Sabian, Gon Bops, Contemporanea , Yamaha, Evans, D’Addario, ProMark ,Pearl,  KoSA Cuba Travel  and Cuba Plus .  Dates for KoSA Cuba Workshop & Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival ( Fiesta del Tambor ) are March 4-11 2018.  For more information , please visit www.kosamusic.com.                        SOURCE: info@kosamusic.com

USA: International Women in Jazz Festival 2017


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

USA: Saxophonist Elan Trotman adds EDM beats to his Caribbean-jazz fusion

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Plugged In: Saxophonist Elan Trotman adds EDM beats to his Caribbean-jazz fusion

The “Electro Sax” album is released as the tropical “Island Gal’” prepares to charm radio.

BOSTON (24 April 2017): Saxophonist Elan Trotman is unwavering in his committed to wave the flag high for Caribbean music, but after releasing six soul-jazz albums and more than ten chart-topping singles that made him a permanent fixture on radio playlists, the Barbados native is “shaking it up” by going electronic on “Electro Sax,” his seventh outing which was released last Friday (April 21) by Island Muzik Productions.

Seeking a “hip radio sound that will reach beyond the masses,” Trotman assembled a creative team of up-and-coming producers – Spardakis, P-Nut, Dr. O and Da Troof - who he met at Boston’s esteemed Berklee College of Music and tasked them with putting a fresh, modern twist on the eleven new tracks that he wrote for the collection. With electronic elements evident in the production of Trotman’s tenor and soprano sax and the adventurous EDM sonicscapes, the result is an energizing, dance-happy mix of impromptu jazz sax licks, kinetic dance beats and festive Caribbean rhythms. Adding nuances to the audacious alchemy are guitarists Wayne Jones, Freddie Fox and JJ Sansavarino, and steel pan player Kareem Thompson. The first single set to seduce radio is the reggae-infused “Island Gal’,” which spotlights Trotman on soprano sax on the cut he describes as having “a sexy vibe to it.” Prince fans will appreciate the balladic tribute “Purple Emotion” that closes the set. The session’s lone cover is a tropical, dance hall take of Walk The Moon’s infectious pop smash “Shut Up and Dance.”  

“’Electro Sax’ is a true representation of where I am at in my career. It’s modern sounding with prominent hints of the island. It’s also about branching out, reaching out by making good music for the masses. It’ll definitely ruffle feathers, but that is part of being an artist - pushing boundaries and perhaps establishing new ones,” said Trotman. “The ‘tropicality’ elements are part of who I am and I’m sticking with it. It’ll always be part of my sound and I believe in it. It is part of my brand and it’s authentic to my (Barbadian) roots.”

Trotman showcases and shares the culture of his homeland at his annual Barbados Jazz Excursion, slated to take place on the Caribbean island for the fourth time in October over Columbus Day Weekend (October 6-9, 2017). The saxman performs and hosts the music festival and golf tournament that benefits his nonprofit Never Lose Your Drive Foundation and the Head Start Music Program in Barbados. Slated to perform this year are R&B and contemporary jazz mainstays Will Downing, Norman Brown, Marion Meadows, Brian Simpson, Jeanette Harris and Julian Vaughn as well as the Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds.
Earning a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music from the government of Barbados, Trotman has lived in Boston ever since. Named the Jazz Artist of the Year on multiple occasions by the New England Urban Music Awards and the Barbados Music Awards, he debuted as a solo artist in 2009 with “This Time Around.” Subsequent albums featured collaborations with Grammy winners Kirk Whalum, Terri Lyne Carrington and Paul Brown as well as Downing, Peter White, Jeff Lorber, Cindy Bradley, Tony Terry and Simpson. Trotman has also guested on Billboard No. 1 hits by Meadows, Simpson, Vaughn, Greg Manning and Cal Harris. He’s a popular draw on the festival and club circuit. For more information, please visit www.ElanTrotman.com

The songs on “Electro Sax” are:

“Happy Place”
“Electro Sax”
“Barbados Breeze”
“Island Gal’”
“Chill Cat”
“Shut Up and Dance”
“Up In The Clouds”
“No Need For Trippin’”
“120 BPM”
“Purple Emotion”


Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling that will leave you amazed and happy. Don't miss this opportunity to discover this incredible artist.

Diego Figueiredo is an extraordinary fast rising star among the world's greatest jazz guitarists. His superb technique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names right now. He has a very unique skills and his concert have been a great success in more than 50 countries around the world.

He has already released 23 CDS, 3 DVDs and a book and he has received awards twice at the “MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL” as one of the greatest guitarists in the world. Diego Figueiredo performs one amazing concert uniting technique and emotion in a fusion of Brazilian music and jazz.

​Diego Figueiredo is a brilliant musician who keeps the tradition of the true essence of Brazilian music and at the same time can be extremely virtuous , modern and innovative.

USA: New Bedford JazzFest

 New Bedford Jazzfest
June 10th, Saturday 2pm Gates Open, music till 730pm

Southcoast Jazz Orchestra (17 piece big band)
The Dino Govoni Quartet featuring vocalist Cassandre McKinley
Gerry Gibbs Trio (#1 album 3 weeks Jazz Charts)
Matthew Hartnett & The Gumbo All-Stars (New Orleans jam)

Also featuring:
UMass Dartmouth Student band and Global Learning Charter School Band
After JazzFest: Greasy Luck Brewery (downtown New Bedford) hosts jam session. Free admission with NBJF ticket 2 stages, full bar, food trucks, NB Art Mobile, regional artists and craft vendors

Box Office: 508-993-0772
Tickets: boxoffice@yourtheatre.org

Monday, April 24, 2017

USA: JJA Jazz Awards Nominations Announced

2017 JJA Jazz Awards Nominations Announced
The Jazz Journalists Association, a non-profit professional organization of writers, photographers, broadcasters, videographers and new media practitioners, today announced nominees for its 21st annual JJA Jazz Awards. Voting members of the JJA address a ballot of almost 200 finalists in 41 categories of excellence in music and music-related media. Jazz Awards winners will be announced online on Monday, May 15, and will receive their engraved statuettes throughout the summer at their performances across the U.S. All nominations can be viewed at www.JJAJazzAwards.org.

Henry Threadgill, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music, acquired the most nominations on the ballot as Jazz Musician of the Year, Composer of the Year, Arranger of the Year, Record of the Year (for Old Locks and Irregular Verbs from Pi Recordings), Multi-Reeds Player of the Year and Flutist of the Year. Threadgill won the 2016 Jazz Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz.

Saxophonist and bandleader Charles Lloyd and pianist and trio leader Fred Hersch tied for second-most nominations. Lloyd is cited for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, Jazz Musician of the Year, Mid-Sized Ensemble of the Year (Charles Lloyd and the Marvels) and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year. Hersch is cited for Musician of the Year, Record of the Year (Sunday Night at the Vanguard from Palmetto), Pianist of the Year and Duo-Trio of the Year.

Other nominees for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz are Muhal Richard Abrams, pianist and co-founder of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), tenor saxophonist and composer Benny Golson, pianist Ahmad Jamal and pianist McCoy Tyner. Other nominees for Record of the Year are A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM Records), by Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith, who are nominated for Duo or Trio of the Year; Madera Latino - A Latin Jazz Perspective on the Music of Woody Shaw (Hollistic MusicWorks), by Brian Lynch, nominated as Trumpeter of the Year, and Time/Life (Songs for the Whales and Other Beings (Impulse!) by Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra (arranged by Carla Bley, nominated as Arranger of the Year).

This year the Up and Coming Musician of the Year category has only three nominees: pianist Joey Alexander, drummer Jerome Jennings, and trumpeter Adam O'Farrill. O'Farrill's father Arturo is a nominee for Arranger of the Year and Large Ensemble (his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra).

The JJA Jazz Awards are the only national honors for media creators and platforms featuring the music. Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism finalists are Ben Ratliff, formerly of the New York Times, and an author; Will Friedwald, author and contributor to the Wall Street Journal among other publications; Ted Gioia, author, blogger and freelancer writer; Kevin Whitehead, author, freelance writer and critic on Fresh Air, and John Szwed, author, anthropologist and scholar, formerly at Yale and Columbia universities.

JJA members, Awards winners and nominees, and their supporters will gather to celebrate the 21st JJA Jazz Awards at a ticketed event in New York City in early June, details to be announced.




USA: Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Chamber Jazz Ensemble Performs at SF International Arts Festival June 3, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                    4/1/2017
Contact: Ancient-Future.Com Records
1-415-459-1892 • info@ancient-future.com

View online with photos and video: http://mariahparkermusic.com/pressReleases/170603_ILCJQ_sfiaf.html

Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Chamber Jazz Sextet at SFIAF
Featuring Paul McCandless (woodwinds), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Jim Hurley (violin), Sascha Jacobsen (bass) and Ian Dogole (percussion)

Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Chamber Jazz Sextet Hi-Res Photo (1 MB, 4.6"x3"):

According to Latin Beat Magazine, "Parker and friends blend the rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz music with the entrancing, asymmetrical meters of East Indian rhythms resulting in first-class world music." Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal says they "fuse Latin rhythms with influences from South America and India with a dash of straight-up American jazz… an intoxicating blend of East and West."  This chamber variation of the ensemble with its emphasis on strings will explore new compositions as well as rearrangements of existing work.

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 6:00 PM
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Gallery 308, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94109
Adm.: $25 gen., $12.50 under 18. Students with ID and seniors, $4 off cover price.
Early bird tickets until March 31 from $12.50.
Venue website: www.sfiaf.org

Poster (3.7MB): http://www.mariahparkermusic.com/pdfs/sfiaf_flyer_060317.pdf
Mariah Parker's Releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records
Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert (New Release)

Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert Cover Hi-Res Photo (1.1MB):

Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert (Ancient-Future.Com AF-20142)

In 2009, Mariah Parker launched her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble with a sold-out debut concert at Yoshi's in Oakland, California. Mariah’s new release for AncientFuture.com records, “Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert,” captures the magic of that first performance, as well as subsequent Northern California concerts at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley and a studio session at Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael. These multi-track live recordings were painstakingly mixed and mastered over a seven-year period by veteran Ancient Future producer Matthew Montfort.

"This is sophisticated stuff, an album of global fusion performed by a group with character, charisma and the confidence that comes across when world-class musicians at the top of their games come together and create magic in the here and now of a live performance." — Marin Independent Journal

"Exuberant, exotic and inventive, Mariah Parker’s talented combo breathes new life into Latin jazz and hints at the interesting journey ahead." — The Progressive Aspect


Sangria Cover Hi-Res Photo (1.9MB, 1500 px sq):

Sangria (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2017)

This debut recording features her original compositions that draw musical inspiration from Brazil, Cuba, Spain, and India, and includes musicians from the bands Ancient Future, Oregon, Sun Ra, and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. Sangria received airplay on over 468 New World, Jazz and Latin jazz radio programs, and earned over 365 reviews and media placements, including two songs that ascended to the Smooth Jazz Now Top 100 Songs of 2009 chart.

Youtube Video of Samba in Seven
Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble performs 'Sol de Barcelona' at the Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley:


Mariah Parker (composition, piano, santur)

Mariah Parker. Hi-res photo for print by Ross Pelton (6 x 4 jpg, 1.8 MB):

Mariah Parker  has been playing music from the time she could reach the keys on the grand piano in her family home. While completing her degree in music at UC Santa Cruz, she worked with ethnomusicologist Fred Lieberman and drummer Mickey Hart on the “Planet Drum” project and became fascinated with the possibilities of bridging musical concepts from different traditions. She has performed her original compositions in festivals in the US and Europe. A gifted composer and band leader, she released her first solo recording of her compositions, “Sangria,” in February of 2009. This release received extensive airplay and critical acclaim worldwide.

“Dazzling…. Parker’s subtle and sensuous sounds reflect exotic flavors of India, the Middle East and Latin America.” — Palo Alto Daily News

Mariah Parker with santur (a Persian manual ancestor to the mechanical piano).
Hi-res photo for print by Ross Pelton (5 x 4 jpg, 1.6 MB):

Paul McCandless (Reed Virtuoso)

During a distinguished career spanning three decades, Grammy-winning woodwind virtuoso Paul McCandless has brought a soaring lyricism to his playing and composing that has been integral to the ensemble sound of two seminal world music bands, the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, Oregon. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, McCandless has specialized in an unusually broad palette of single and double reed instruments that reflect his grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines.

Matthew Montfort (Scalloped Fretboard Guitar)

Recently recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists, Montfort is the leader of the innovative world fusion group Ancient Future, and a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar. In 2012, he was added to the 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists list at DigitalDreamDoor.com, joining luminaries such as Michael Hedges, Chet Atkins, John Fahey, and John Renbourn. Montfort has recorded with legendary world music figures ranging from Bolivian panpipe master Gonzalo Vargas to tabla maestros Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain. He has performed concerts worldwide, including the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra in Spain and the Mumbai Festival at the Gateway of India in Bombay.

Jim Hurley (violin)

Influenced profoundly by South Indian violinist L. Shankar, Jim incorporates styles from bebop to zydeco, European classical to Zairean soukous. He has been musical director and composer for several theater productions, including an entire score in the Balinese gamelan style. His compositions have received widespread acclaim and extensive airplay. Live TV appearances include Saturday Night Live (with Queen Ida) and CNN's Showbiz Tonight (with Dan Hicks). He has toured Europe and Japan and performed at numerous major music festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Sascha Jacobson (acoustic bass)

In addition to leading his own group, the Modern Art Quintet, which plays his original works, Sascha has performed with Rita Moreno, Hugh Jackman, Martin Short, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newman among others. He has served on the faculty at Humboldt State University, Laney College, Golden Gate Bass Camp, and the Sequoia Chamber Music Festival. Sascha is in demand as a performer, composer, and arranger with commissions from the San Francisco Arts Council, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Dance, San Jose Youth Symphony and SF Friends of Chamber Music.

Ian Dogole (global percussion)

For nearly 30 years, Ian Dogole has articulated his vision of Global Fusion Music as a multipercussionist, bandleader, educator, recording artist, composer and producer. He has released seven recordings as a band leader, and has recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza el Din, Tito La Rosa, and Alex DeGrassi. His instrumental array includes drums and melodic instruments from Africa, South America, the Middle East and Asia. He has received numerous grants, including a Jazz Performance Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and multiple grants from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

87 Word Radio Announcement

On Saturday, June 3, at 6 pm, Mariah Parker and her Indo Latin Chamber Jazz Quintet will perform as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The concert features Mariah Parker on piano and santur, Paul McCandless on woodwinds, Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Sascha Jacobsen on bass, Jim Hurley on violin, and Ian Dogole on global percussion. The event will be held at Gallery 308 in Fort Mason.For more information, visit www.sfiaf.org. Admission is $25 general, and $12.50 for those under the age of 18.

USA: A Celebration of Sonny Rollins & His Music Saturday, April 29, 8pm

A Celebration of Sonny Rollins & His Music

Saturday, April 29, 8pm

Voted by Miles Davis as the greatest tenor ever, Sonny Rollins is known for being an inventive saxophonist and an astonishing soloist. Join us as some today’s greats come together to celebrate the man and the music that has inspired so many. While Mr. Rollins won’t take the stage on this night, he is anticipated to attend, and his legacy will be on full display.

Baritone saxophonist & DownBeat Critics' & Readers’ Choice winner 
James Carter
2017 Grammy-nominee saxophonist Ravi Coltrane
NEA Jazz Master (2003) and nonagenarian saxophonist Jimmy Heath 

Visionary composer and tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis
Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano
Purchase College’s own Grammy-nominated trumpeter and conductor Jon Faddis

David Hazeltine, piano
Todd Coolman, bass
Victor Lewis, drums

Additional special guests may be announced or simply surprise audience members the evening of the concert!

Pre-Concert Talk: Join us at 7pm for an informal conversation with our Jazz Series co-curators, Jon Faddis and Seth Soloway. Free with your ticket.


The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Box office: 914-251-6200

Experience. Something. Real.

The Performing Arts Center
735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577

Box office: 914-251-6200
Wednesday – Friday, noon to 6pm, and evenings and weekends before performances

Experience. Something. Real.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

ITALY: Giorgio Occhipinti

La musique composée par Giorgio Occhipinti revendique haut et clair sa libertè artistique. Mèlant musique classique européenne, traditions populaires, free jazz et musique contemporaine, le musicien de Ragusa mélange les genres et les langages dans une musique sans concession, gorgée d force et de violence à peine contenue. La musique est empreinte d’une telle beautè àpre et violente qu’il n’est pas étonnant qu’elle ait séduit ce défricheur de terres inexplorées qu’est Leo Feigin. / Claude Loxhay


pianist & composer

Proposals for concerts
 and studio recordings

USA: Laura Dubin Trio Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival New CD Show @ Club Bonafide 4/30/17

Laura Dubin Trio
CD Release Concert
Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
Sunday, April 30th

Set Times: 7:30-8:30 pm (one set only)
Club Bonafide
212 East 52nd Street
New York NY, 10022
(between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave, closer to 3rd Ave)
(646) 918-6189
$10, plus 2 drink minimum for table service
Tickets & Info

Laura Dubin (piano)
Mike Forfia (bass)
Antonio Guerrero (drums)
Imagine how fulfilling it must be for a musician to grow up under the influence of your hometown’s major jazz festival, travel around the world in quest of musical development, and then return to your hometown to perform at that same festival. Then, take it a step further and imagine delivering a triumphant performance that brings down the house. Well that’s exactly what happened for the remarkable pianist Laura Dubin, fully evidenced with her extraordinary new album, Laura Dubin Trio Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

In the company of her life and musical partner, brilliant drummer Antonio H. Guerrero, and the outstanding bassist Kieran Hanlon, Laura’s trio embodies the essence of synergy and unity of purpose that is essential for jazz and all creative music at its highest level. Each piece is thoroughly conceived and structured to provide a fully conceptual canvas to paint the pictures of adventurous exploration and spontaneity that are at the heart of Laura’s music.

Laura’s consummate skills as a pianist are deeply steeped in the entire tradition of jazz piano, giving her a total command of the vernacular. Combining this with her mastery of the western classical piano tradition, her stunning musicianship is on full display throughout. It’s never in any showy or ostentatious manner, but rather in her being able to deftly apply her flawless technique in the perfect manner to tell the compelling stories she depicts through her artistry.

Guerrero and Hanlon are the ideal partners – not sidemen, but rather collaborators. Guerrero anticipates every nuance of Laura’s playing, dancing a pas de deux with her at all times, while Hanlon provides the thrust and body that buoys the music while also setting it free. Their interplay is marvelous and their solo segments are fully conceived within the musical structure – Guerrero’s often powered by Laura’s support, and Hanlon’s always lyrical and fluid, with his arco playing cello-like in its alluring texture.

The repertoire is truly enchanting – calling upon so much of what has been so influential upon Laura from both the jazz and classical side, not only in terms of the specific pieces, but also connected with those who have been so essential to the development of her own musical vision. The 21 tracks include 27 separate compositions, including ten Dubin originals – all imaginative and beautifully crafted– and a rich assortment of classics from the repertoires of jazz, the Great American Songbook and European classical composers.

Two timeless classical works – Mozart’s Sonata No. 11 “Rondo alla Turca” and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 “Pathetique” – are vividly re-imagined; the Beethoven interwoven with a variety of Songbook themes, and the Mozart an excursion into boogie-woogie, stride, barrelhouse, bebop and swing.

Three more classical works are contained within five medleys, each integrated together seamlessly into a unified whole. A punchy take on Ravel’s Prelude from Le Tombeau de Couperin melds with a Latin-tinged excursion on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s My Favorite Things; an evolved version of Chopin’s Minute Waltz is birthed from a captivating musing on Ellington’s gorgeous Prelude to a Kiss; and a beautifully poignant rendition of Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau blends with the equally exquisite Gershwin masterpiece Our Love Is Here to Stay.

The other two medleys reflect upon another element that is present throughout the album – homage to some of Laura’s deepest inspirations. Three of her favorite Chick Corea pieces – No Mystery/Now He Sings, Now He Sobs/Spain – are combined for a sumptuous feast; and Bill Evans is offered her personal heartfelt tribute with her own composition Waltz for Bill, morphing into an upbeat take on Cole Porter’s It’s De-Lovely.

The spirit of homage continues with a solo jaunt on Fats Waller’s Handful of Keys incorporating stride, barrelhouse, waltz and touches of Erroll Garner and Bach; and three originals – Kelly Green, a sojourn in bouncy blues quite appropriate to its subject Wynton Kelly; Invention for Nina, evoking the spirit of Bach for his great admirer, the glorious Ms. Simone; and a tribute to Laura’s primary influence, Oscar Peterson, in the confident easy swing of Ode to O.P.

Oscar’s influence is also on display in the up-tempo album opener, Steve Allen’s This Could Be the Start of Something Big; Gershwin on tap again for I Got Rhythm with a modern and modal twist; and blazing the proper mode for Michel Camilo’s Latin burner On Fire; while Donald Brown’s New York has the vehement in-your face quality of its namesake in both composition and performance.

Six more of Laura’s originals comprise the remainder of this terrific album, including the up-tempo smoker Green Arrow; the grooving romp Something’s Cookin’ ; the appropriately rumbling and tumultuous Thunderstorm with Laura in McCoy Tyner-ish intensity; and Doc Z, based on the chords of Sonny Rollins Doxy with Laura in the blues mode of Oscar, with a nice touch of Red Garland in tow. Reprised from Laura’s acclaimed debut album Introducing the Laura Dubin Trio (as is Ode to O.P.) are Anxiety, driven by infectious bass ostinatos and the rollicking album closer Barcelona, alternating between scorching and swinging with Laura in that Spanish chord drive in the manner of McCoy on Coltrane’s spectacular Olé.

A splendid expedition from start to finish, this radiant music is marked by another element that is so important – a sense of sheer joyousness in the spirited essence of making music.

For more information, visit www.lauradubin.com

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