WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET ANNOUNCES 2013 U.S TOUR DATES INCLUDING APPEARANCES AT CARNEGIE HALL IN NYC & DISNEY HALL IN LA.
Wayne Shorter Quartet, Without A Net
The legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter will make his triumphant return to Blue Note Records after 43 years with the February 5, 2013 release of Without A Net, his searing new album with his long-running Quartet featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade. Shorter has revealed the album cover artwork for Without A Net, which features drawings by Shorter himself. Continue reading →
World’s top jazz artists among the headliners for this year’s festival
The 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival, the world’s largest free jazz festival, will feature the most celebrated names in jazz including: Sonny Rollins; Wynton Marsalis Quintet; Pat Metheny Unity Band featuring Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, and Ben Williams; Chick Corea and Gary Burton with the Harlem String Quartet; and the Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade. Continue reading →
International Jazz Day to be Celebrated with All-Star Concerts in Paris, New Orleans and New York Video Streams of all 3 Concerts Live on Jazz Day and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
On Friday, April 27, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock will kick-off the first annual International Jazz Day with a full day of events including live performances, Master Classes, and discussions featuring Marcus Miller, Barbara Hendricks, Hugh Masekela, Dee Dee Bridgewater, plus much more. Please visit http://unesco.org for complete details.
The day will conclude in a concert of jazz luminaries including: Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Swan Berger, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Igor Butman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gerald Clayton, Klaus Doldinger, Dominique Fillon, Antonio Hart, Barbara Hendricks, Nicole Slack Jones, Manu Katché, Eric Lagnini, Bireli Lagrene, Jean Felix Lalanne, Nguyen Le, Lionel Loueke, Michel El Malem, Tania Maria, Hugh Masekela, Marcus Miller, China Moses, Michael Rodriguez, Isphar Sarabski, Ben Williams, and many others. John Beasley will serve as Musical Director. Continue reading →
PERFORMED AT INDIANAPOLIS’ JAZZ KITCHEN IN JANUARY, PART OF THE REI REAL ESTATE SERVICES JAZZ PREMIERE SERIES
FINAL COMPETITION TO BE JUDGED BY
GERI ALLEN, DANILO PÉREZ, JOHN TAYLOR,
NATE CHINEN AND AL PRYOR
AT JAZZ DISCOVERY WEEK, APRIL 10-17, 2011
L-R) Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, Finalist Aaron Diehl, and APA President CEO-Artistic Director Dr. Joel Harrison, pictured after Diehl's performance. Photo Credit. Mark Sheldon.
American Pianists Association 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz Finalist Aaron Diehl recently performed at Indianapolis’ Jazz Kitchen this past January, as a part of the REI Real Estate Services Premiere Series. The series showcases each of the five Finalists in their own fully-produced set leading up to the finals competition.
Previous performances featured this year’s Finalists: Emmet Cohen (September), Zach Lapidus (November) and Glenn Zaleski (December), respectively. Finalist Jeremy Siskind will conclude the series, with a performance on February 26.
The Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, with its cash prize of $50,000 to the winner of the competition, is the largest prize in the world for a young jazz pianist. According to Dr. Joel Harrison, President/CEO and Artistic Director of the American Pianists Association, the jury heard and reviewed, in anonymous fashion, CDs submitted by 40 pianists nominated for the awards before selecting these five finalists. Judges for the final rounds of the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz are pianists Geri Allen, John Taylor and Danilo Pérez, New York Times music critic Nate Chinen, and Mack Avenue Records Executive Vice-President Al Pryor. Continue reading →
Composer/pianist/arranger Danilo Perez is arguably one of the greatest talents to emerge from South America. With “Providencia,” his current project on Mack Avenue Records Perez brilliantly sculpts a beautiful masterpiece by fusing his deeply rooted lineage of his beloved Panamanian culture and carefully blends it with the complexities of jazz and classical music to inevitably take listeners on a buoyant Pan-American global excursion like you’ve never heard before. —Rob Young
Featuring Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade
at Town Hall on Wednesday, February 9, 8:00 PM
Wayne Shorter Quartet In Concert
Acclaimed Group Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary – First New York City Performance Since 2008
“The most dynamic ensemble in jazz, focused on communion, empathy
and overarching values more so than set compositions.”
—Larry Blumenfeld, Wall Street Journal
Absolutely Live Entertainment, LLC will present the Wayne Shorter Quartet In Concert on Wednesday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall [123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY]. The acclaimed group performs in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of their formation and makes its first New York City appearance since December 2008 – a Carnegie Hall performance that celebrated Shorter’s 75th birthday (produced by Absolutely Live Entertainment). Continue reading →
DANILO PÉREZ HONORED WITH 2010 ASICOM INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Panamanian pianist, educator and social activist Danilo Pérez has been awarded the 2010 ASICOM International Award by the Ibero-American Association of Communication (ASICOM) and the University of Oviedo (Principality of Asturias). ASICOM gives this prize each year to individuals who have made or are making significant contributions in IBEROAMERICA, helping to build and rebuild that historical region through their work and vision.
“It is encouraging and a tremendous honor to be considered for such an important award,” reflects Pérez, who will be honored along with four other prominent individuals on October 8 at 7pm at the University of Oviedo, Spain. Continue reading →
Greeting’s jazz enthusiasts, it’s great to be back this week with the stunning new project “Solo” by modern jazz pianist Vijay Iyer as our featured “Album of the Week.”
As always, there’s another intricate canvas of what’s -cool – and maybe not so -cool- from a optimistic perspective we don’t usually find in the diet of the chromatic pop music culture. The origin of new music featured each week encompasses various branches of jazz, which exudes a wealth of complex and distinctive styles, insinuating textures, immaculate melodies, and relentless rhythms exalted by the definitive voices of creative artists serves up sounds to quench our immutable thirst for quality music.
ACT Music presents Vijay’s most personal statement yet: a kaleidoscopic solo piano album, his first, presents bold originals alongside works by Ellington and Monk, as well as a reverent take on Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.” Release date: August 31, 2010. —ACT Music
“Bursting with both emotion and intelligence, this album is a dispatch from the vibrant forefront of jazz”
—The Utne Reader
“even more compelling than its predecessor… Iyer dives deep to find new twists and turns and harmonic surprises; all of them, however radical, sounding ineffably right, all of them glistening with a sense of revealed mystery… magic, from start to finish.” —All About Jazz
2010 MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR – Jazz Journalists Association Annual Jazz Awards
“Danilo is open to whatever comes, in that zero-gravity kind of way.
When we become weightless, he doesn’t start looking for things to hold on to.”
– Wayne Shorter, 2008
Danilo Pérez, the acclaimed Panamanian pianist, educator and social activist, will kick off the release of his new album, Providencia, with an NPR Music “Exlusive First Listen.”
From August 23-31, NPR Music will make Providencia available for free on-demand listening in its entirety at http://www.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 August 31
Providencia, his debut for the Mack Avenue Records label, crosses streams of jazz, classical and Latin American folk music-which Pérez refers to as “hearing music in three dimensions.” “This record is based on the idea that whatever we do has an impact in the universe,” Pérez says. “The word ‘providence,’ for me, means standing up for the future of the next generation of children.” Continue reading →
Greeting’s fellow jazz aficionados, I’m back in the mix with another tantalizing yet satisfying blend of original jazz that’s shaken and stirred to perfection from the shelves of “Flux Music Essentials.”
If you have ever wondered what the music of Thelonious Monk would sound like if played with a Latin flair (you may have never wondered that before, but now that you have started to read this review, you may well be wondering just that already–kind of like the old psychological trick, telling someone “try not to think about an elephant”), young pianist Danilo Lopez has the answers you have been looking for.
Playing both Monk originals and some of his own compositions, accompanied by bass and drums, Perez spiritedly communicates a zest for music and life that resonates with Monk’s musical personality. This is one of the freshest, most energetic jazz recordings I have heard in some time, and I recommend it highly to all jazz fans, especially to those with a love for the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk. —Karl W. Nehring/Amazon.comContinue reading →