Featuring: Ambrose Akinmusire -trumpet; Walter Smith– tenor sax; Fabian Albmazon, piano; Harish Ragavan, bass; Justin Brown, drums
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“Gretchen Parlato has proven herself to be exactly the type of driven, inspiring, and creative artist that I knew she would be the first time I met her. She is something special.” – Terence Blanchard
Watch Gretchen’s recent performance with Esperanza Spalding on The View
Acclaimed vocalist Gretchen Parlato will kick off the release of her new album, The Lost And Found, with an NPR Music “Exlusive First Listen.”
From March 28 – April 5, NPR Music will make The Lost And Found available for free on-demand listening in its entirety at NPRMusic.org and through the NPR Music App for iPhone and iPod Touch; a week-long world exclusive, culminating with the retail release of the album on April 5.
Gretchen Parlato’s 2009 sophomore breakthrough, In a Dream, signaled the arrival of an incredibly inventive modern jazz singer. Her follow-up, The Lost and Found, demonstrates that she has staying power. In a Dream garnered international acclaim with Billboard magazine hailing it as “the most alluring jazz vocal album of 2009”; it also made it onto the top year-end polls for Jazz Times, the Boston Globe, the Village Voice and NPR. The Lost And Found shows immediate weight and intensity, exposing a greater dynamic range. “I feel like I stepped out of my own way and allowed myself to be more revealing and vulnerable through the music,” reflects Parlato. Continue reading
From April 6 to 8, five-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten will be in residence at Berklee College of Music. April 6, Wooten will team up with banjo great and Flecktones bandmate Béla Fleck for a master class, and on April 8 he will deliver the keynote at Berklee’s 17th Annual Liberal Arts Symposium. These events are not open to the public. The media can attend by request.
The master class with Béla Fleck takes place Wednesday, April 6, from 1:15 to 3:00 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue. Fleck is at Berklee from April 5-6 for the American Roots Music Program’s Banjo Masters Residency, which brings world-renowned banjo players to the college to give students private and ensemble based instruction.
Berklee’s 17th Annual Liberal Arts Symposium takes place Friday, April 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street. At the event, Wooten will discuss his book The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music. The book is being used in the Berklee Liberal Arts Department’s Artistry, Creativity, and Inquiry Seminar, and it illustrates that musical gifts mirror those from life, and each movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning. Continue reading
GARAGE A TROIS Featuring SKERIK, MIKE DILLON, MARCO BENEVENTO & STANTON MOORE
To Release ALWAYS BE HAPPY, BUT STAY EVIL On April 12
On April 12, Garage A Trois will release Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil via Royal Potato Family. Aptly described by photographer John Margaretten as “a transformative, punkalectic, pornographic seizure of sight and sound,” the modern day post rock/freak jazz supergroup will support the album with west and east coast tour dates in April and May. Garage A Trois, a force greater than the sum of its colossal parts, is comprised of Seattle-based saxophonics master Skerik, Brooklyn sound-sculptor/keysman Marco Benevento, Texas-born punk rock vibraphone hero Mike Dillon and New Orleans funky drummer/beat scientist Stanton Moore.
Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil follows Garage A Trois’ 2009 release, Power Patriot (the band’s debut with Benevento replacing original member Charlie Hunter). In the words of Stanton Moore, “the band set out to capture the highly flammable, rock-driven, avant pop album we all knew we were capable of making.” Recorded at Studio In The Country in Bogalusa, LA (where masterpieces by The Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder and The Wild Magnolias have been cut) with revered engineer/producer Randall Dunn (Cave Singers, Black Mountain, Sun City Girls), Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil is indeed the finest representation yet of the band’s sinewy, fourth-dimensional, polychromatic songwriting. It’s sure to fuel the fire for a growing legion of fans amassing around the most dangerous instrumental band on the scene today. Continue reading
Brazilian phenomenon Céu is returning this Spring to the U.S. for a run of dates in Las Cruces, Miami, New York City, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Céu is truly radiant on stage and her live performances showcase a beautiful blend of Samba, Reggae, Electronica, Afrobeat and Jazz. She captivates her audiences with a laid-back yet mesmerizing disposition, not unlike the wonderfully light nature of her recordings reflected in the title of her album Vagarosa, which translates to “slow, easygoing, and leisurely.”
Vagarosa won Céu widespread critical acclaim, from Brazil to the States to the UK (deemed “the finest Brazilian album of the year” by The Guardian in 2009). The Grammy/Latin Grammy-nominated singer first captivated music fans across the globe with her self-titled debut album in 2007, for which Céu came to be the first international artist featured in Starbucks’ Hear Music™ Debut series. Céu was also handpicked for the Starbucks’ Sweetheart 2010 compilation, which features her recording of Tim Maia’s “Eu Amo Você,” alongside artists including Jose Gonzalez, Spoon and The Avett Brothers. Continue reading
The DeFrancesco Brothers -][- The DeFrancesco Brothers –MP3– [Vectordisc, 2011]
With roots in the Philadelphia music scene, DeFrancesco became synonymous for some groovin’, greasy music with the Hammond B3 at its core. Although the gentics started with Papa John’s father -a wonderful big band saxophone player in his own right-his son Papa John decided on the Hammond organ. he listened and learned the music of all the famous organ cats from the Philly area. His sons, John and Joey, by osmosis, grew up listening to the old man’s records. When their young minds and souls were a clean piece of paper, the sounds of Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff were etched in.
As the sons grew older, Joey continued learning everything there was to know about jazz and the Hammond B3-the players, the repertoire, etc. John being a guitar player continued learning more about the blues, and was heavily influenced by several rock players such as Jimi Hendrix. Both John and Joey have been true to their musical interests, yet occasionally you would find the two of together on a track here and there on a track on a Papa John album, but those teasers were all you got.
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“She now has become entrenched among the ranks of America’s leading composers….For Schneider, the question is no longer whether she can sustain the heights she has attained on earlier recordings; it is now how far her musical journey will take her.” – James Hale, DownBeatMaria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” For the past 20 years Schneider has written primarily for her own jazz orchestra, yet during those years she was pushing boundaries, augmenting the standard 17-piece band with an accordion here, or flamenco cajon there, mixing in Brazilian rhythms and birdcalls with her Midwest sensibilities. In recent years she has definitively embraced more classical forms and orchestras, blending unique sounds in her own recordings that include commissions from Peter Sellars and Vienna’s Mozart Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the American Dance Festival.
Now Carnegie Hall will host the New York premiere of “Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories” with Maria conducting Dawn Upshaw and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on May 13, 2011. It was three years ago that Upshaw, then artistic partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, first brought forth the idea to have the orchestra commission Maria to write a work for voice and orchestra. Maria chose poetry by Brazilian poet, Carlos Drummond de Andrade Carlos, with English translations by Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Mark Strand. Continue reading
Avery Sharpe -][- RUNNING MAN -(MP3)- [JKNM, 2011]
Honesty. Clarity. Dignity. These are words that come to mind when you listen to the music of bassist-composer Avery Sharpe. In an age of ephemeral pop stars and flavor-of-the-month trends, Sharpe is a reminder of the lasting value of steadfast dedication and personal integrity. As the title of one of his tunes asserts, “Always Expect the Best of Yourself.”
Sharpe was born in Valdosta, Georgia and his first instrument was the piano. “I started playing when I was eight years old,” he recalls. “My mother was a piano player in the Church of God in Christ, and she gave lessons to everybody in the family—I’m the sixth of eight children—but it didn’t stick until it got to me.” He moved on to accordion and then switched to electric bass in high school.
Sharpe enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, where he studied economics and continued to play electric bass in gospel, funk, and rock groups. While at UMass, he met the jazz bassist Reggie Workman, who encouraged him to learn the acoustic bass. Sharpe adapted quickly to the big instrument, and within a few years he was performing with such notables as Archie Shepp and Art Blakey. In 1980, Sharpe auditioned with McCoy Tyner and won a spot in the pianist’s group. He worked with Tyner almost continuously for 20 years, playing hundreds of live gigs and appearing on more than 20 records. –BIOGRAPHY
Release Date: 4/12/2011
Visit, http://www.averysharpe.com/ for more information.
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April 9, 2011 – 8:00 p.m. – South Florida JAZZ welcomes the internationally acclaimed band from the Netherlands, the Amina Figarova Sextet led by Europe’s most sophisticated jazz pianist and composer.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is very privileged to present a true international star pianist, Amina Figarova. This concert takes place at the 500-seat Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd in Davie 33314. Tickets are $40 ($30 for South Florida JAZZ members and $15 for students under age 25 with I.D.) and may be purchased from the Broward Center Box Office by calling 954.462.0222 in Broward County; also toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, as well as online at http://www.southfloridajazz.org, the presenting organization’s official Web site. Continue reading