Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Alessandra Maestrini e Mirna Rubim: "O Som E A Sílaba" estréia dia 14 de Março no Rio!

COMÉDIA MUSICAL "O SOM E A SÍLABA" CHEGA PELA PRIMEIRA VEZ AO RIO DE JANEIRO E ESTREIA NO DIA 14 DE MARÇO NO TEATRO XP INVESTIMENTOS

O espetáculo faz curta temporada no Rio de Janeiro, de quinta a domingo, somente até o dia 21/04
Ingressos já estão à venda a partir de R$25

Um dos musicais nacionais mais celebrados e premiados chega pela primeira vez ao Rio de Janeiro. A partir desta quinta-feira, 14 de março, o público carioca poderá se divertir e se emocionar com a comédia musical “O Som e a Sílaba”, no Teatro XP Investimentos (Jockey Club Brasileiro). O espetáculo, vencedor de 5 estatuetas e com 23 indicações nas principais premiações do país, conta com texto e direção do genial Miguel Falabella e foi especialmente concebido para as divas Alessandra Maestrini e Mirna Rubim, duas das maiores vozes da atualidade.

Ingressos já estão à venda pela internet (www.eventim.com.br) e pela bilheteria oficial (sem taxa de conveniência - Teatro XP Investimentos, Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 1110B – Leblon - deterça a domingo). “O Som e a Sílaba” é apresentado pelo Ministério da Cidadania e Porto Seguro, com realização da Maestrini Produções, conhecida por sempre deixar sua marca registrada de sensibilidade e bom humor em todos os projetos que realiza. Em sua essência, o slogan que retrata bastante o espetáculo: “porque a vida pode ser profundamente espirituosa!”

"O Som e a Sílaba" trata da relação entre Sarah Leighton (Maestrini) e Leonor Delise (Rubim), duas mulheres muito diferentes. A primeira, jovem e com dificuldades em se enquadrar na sociedade, porém completamente única, por conta do diagnóstico de Síndrome de Asperger. Sarah é uma Savant: possui um autismo altamente funcional que, por um lado, lhe permite habilidades em algumas áreas, entre elas números e música; e que, por outro, faz com que ela se comunique com o mundo de uma maneira inusitada, gerando situações hilárias. Já a segunda, uma diva internacional da ópera com mais de 50 anos que, por acasos da vida, se tornou professora de canto. Direta, elegante, refinada e aparentemente bem resolvida. Aparentemente.

“A maioria dos savants conhecidos é homem.” Diz Sarah. “Os homens querem ganhar em tudo sempre!” responde Leonor. “Nós estamos sendo cobradas até hoje por causa daquela maldita costela...”

Com diálogos e situações divertidas entre duas pessoas de universos tão distintos, acaba nascendo das diferenças uma cumplicidade; uma transforma a vida da outra, até que o público se pergunta: quem, de fato, está ensinando a quem?

"O Som e a Sílaba" celebra o mistério e a singularidade da mente humana, com um texto engraçado, comovente e cheio de afeto.

O belíssimo repertório inclui obras de Giacomo Puccini, Charles Gounod e Leo Delibes. Jóias como as árias Vissi D’Arte, da ópera "Tosca" (1899), Oh Mio Babbino Caro, da ópera "Gianni Schicchi" (1918), e Quando M’en Vo, de "La Bohème" (1896), de Puccini; Je Veux Vivre, de "Roméo et Juliette" (1867), de Gounod; e Duo de Fleurs, da ópera "Lakme" (1883), de Delibes.

Em torno dessa montagem, repleta de momentos extraordinários, reuniu-se uma equipe de categoria que constrói uma verdadeira pintura viva: o elegante cenário ficou nas mãos de Zezinho Santos e Turíbio Santos; a luz sensível de Wagner Freire complementa os premiados figurinos de Ligia Rocha e Marco Pacheco que, juntamente com o visagismo de Wilson Eliodoro, materializam os cativantes personagens do musical. O Som e a Sílaba conta com o design de som de Mario Jorge Andrade, que leva a experiência auditiva do espetáculo, com todos os números musicais cantados ao vivo pelas atrizes, para um novo patamar de excelência.

O espetáculo vem acumulando estatuetas e indicações nas principais premiações do país (Bibi Ferreira, Reverência, Aplauso, Broadway World Brazil Award, Prêmio Destaque Imprensa Digital, Prêmio Musical Cast):

Prêmios recebidos no total - 5
- 2 melhor roteiro original - Miguel Falabella
- 1 melhor direção - Miguel Falabella
- 1 melhor atriz - Alessandra Maestrini
- 1 melhor figurino - Lígia Rocha e Marco Pacheco

Indicações no total - 23
- 4 indicações a melhor produção / melhor musical / melhor musical brasileiro - Maestrini Produções
- 4 indicações a melhor texto - Miguel Falabella
- 5 indicações a melhor direção - Miguel Falabella
- 5 indicações a melhor atriz - Alessandra Maestrini
- 2 indicações a melhor elenco - Alessandra Maestrini e Mirna Rubim
- 1 indicação a melhor atriz coadjuvante - Mirna Rubim
- 1 indicação a melhor iluminação - Wagner Freire
- 1 indicação a melhor figurino - Lígia Rocha e Marco Pacheco

FICHA TÉCNICA

Texto e direção: Miguel Falabella
Elenco: Alessandra Maestrini e Mirna Rubim
Design de luz: Wagner Freire
Design de som: Mario Jorge Andrade
Figurinos: Ligia Rocha e Marco Pacheco
Visagismo: Wilson Eliodorio
Cenário: Zezinho Santos e Turíbio Santos

Produtora comercial: Carla Schvaitser
Direção de produção: Deco Gedeon
Direção de marketing: José Vinicius Toro
Assessoria de imprensa: Motisuki PR - Regis Motisuki e Vitor Deyrmandjian Rosalino e Nobre Assessoria - Aline Nobre e Lucas Pasin
Apresentação: Ministério da Cidadania e Porto Seguro
Realização: Maestrini Produções
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O SOM E A SÍLABA 

Temporada: de 14 de março a 21 de abril de 2019
Local: Teatro XP Investimentos 
Endereço: Jockey Club Brasileiro - Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 1110B - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
Sessões: Quinta a domingo
Datas e horários: Quinta a Sábados às 21h; Domingos às 20h; 
Classificação etária: 14 anos
Capacidade do teatro: 362 lugares + 2 PNE

BILHETERIA OFICIAL – SEM COBRANÇA DE TAXA DE CONVENIÊNCIA
Bilheteria Oficial do Teatro - Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 1110B - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
Telefone Bilheteria: (21) 3807-1110
Horários de funcionamento: terças, das 13h às 17h; quartas a sextas, das 17h às 21h; sábados, das 13h30 às 21h; e domingos, das 13h30 às 18h. Fechada às segundas.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Lou Caputo's Not So Big Band live in NY!

Join us for another spectacular evening of swinging jazz you’ll never forget this coming Tuesday evening, March 5 at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the New York City Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway), when saxophonist Lou Caputo brings his swingin’ Not So Big Band to the stage.  There are 2 shows:  8:00 and 9:30 p.m. The ensemble was voted Best Big Band/Jazz Orchestra last December in the 40th Annual Jazz Station Awards, conducted by Brazilian historian Arnaldo DeSouteiro. 

Lou Caputo, a native of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has been a professional musician for over thirty years. He has done almost every kind of job that a musician can be asked to do. A multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, clarinets and flutes) he has performed in show bands with the likes of Lou Rawls, Frankie Valli, Shirley Basey, Jack Jones, Bobby Short, Frankie Avalon, and a host of others. As well as the many of the famous Motown acts like the Temptations and the Four Tops. Aside from this he has performed along side of Salsa legends like Candido, Bobby Sanabria and Lou Perez.

However, playing jazz is really closest to Lou’s heart.  He has had the opportunity to perform with people like trumpeter Richard Williams, pianists Duke Jordon and Jaki Byard, drummers Walter Perkins and Mousey Alexander (in his short-lived big band), vocalist Joe “BeBop” Carroll and Dakota Staton, bassist Chris White (including a Carnegie Hall appearance).  He has spent time in the Glen Miller band under the direction of Clem DeRosa as well as the Harry James Big Band.  He has had the good fortune to record with jazz legend Dr. Billy Taylor on guitarist Ray Rivera’s album Night Wind

Lou has had the pleasure of performing in the Richie Cole Octet.  Another high point is playing Birdland with the Ellington Band under the direction of Paul Ellington and Jack Jeffers.  Through the years Lou has appeared in many of the area’s leading jazz clubs as both a leader and side man.  He also played for former President Bill Clinton on the occasion of Clinton’s 50th birthday.

Admission is 15.00, 10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.
For more about the NYSAJE and other acts at "Jazz Tuesdays", check out www.jazzbeat.com   
Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.
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Jazz Tuesdays is funded in part from the Wilbur, Dorothy & Frances Rose Davis Family Fund, the Hunt Family Fund, the DeChristopher Family Trust, and Dr. Margie Baker, Jazz Vocalist & Educator

R.I.P.: Ira Gitler

R.I.P.: Ira Gitler, aged 90. Born on December 18, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY; died February 23, 2019 in NYC, NY.

One of the all-time most important jazz writers. I had the honor to work with Ira on several projects. He wrote liner notes for albums I produced (among them Ithamara Koorax's "Love Dance" and "Bim Bom - The Complete João Gilberto Songbook") and we were the writers invited to do the liner notes for the CTI/Rudy Van Gelder CD Collection issued in Japan in 2009.

For me it was a dream come true, 'cause I grew up reading "The Encyclopedia Of Jazz In The Seventies" that he co-wrote with Leonard Feather, another brilliant jazz historian, as well as 700-plus of notes he wrote for CTI (Tamba 4, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, Nat Adderley, J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard), Prestige (Coltrane, Miles, Monk, Chet, Getz, Sonny Rollins, Mal Waldron, Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon), Blue Note (Art Blakey, Horace Silver etc), Candid (Claudio Roditi), Metronome, New Jazz, Atlantic, Savoy, Muse etc.

A former editor of DownBeat, Ira also wrote the lyrics to Horace Silver's "Filthy McNasty", recorded by Eddie Jefferson) and produced countless reissues. The dream of all the great jazzmen was to have an album annotated by Ira Gitler! He loved jazz and lived jazz 24 hours a day. When died this Sunday, he was listening an Art Tatum record and wearing a DownBeat T-shirt.
https://www.wbgo.org/post/ira-gitler-influential-and-impassioned-jazz-critic-historian-and-advocate-dies-90

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

R.I.P.: Urbie Green (1926-2018)

R.I.P.: Urbie Green, aged 92, one of the world's greatest trombone players. Born Urban Clifford Green on August 8, 1926 in Mobile, Alabama. Died on December 31, 2018 in Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown, Pennsylvania.

I grew up listening to Urbie's miraculous performances on such Antonio Carlos Jobim's albums as Stone Flower, Tide, Wave, The Wonderful World and Matita Perê.

The first one I heard was Stone Flower (1970), when I was 7 yo; and, from the moment he started playing in the opening track (Tereza My Love), I fell in love with his warm & velvery tone and subtle phrasing. It was really love at first sight.

A few years later, when I heard the tracks Rancho das Nuvens and Nuvens Douradas, two haunting moments from Matita Perê (1973), I wanted to marry him.

Not even in my wildest dreams I could imagine that, two decades later, I would be selecting Urbie's tracks for compilations I produced for CTI and Verve, as well as supervising not only several reissues of Stone Flower but also of the first CD reissues of his two splendid solo albums for CTI: The Fox and Senor Blues, both arranged by my friend David Matthews and produced by Creed Taylor.

Not to mention that Urbie's killer version of Stevie Wonder's Another Star was featured on my best-selling compilation CTI Acid Jazz Grooves.

Urbie recorded over 500 dates with people like Frank Sinatra (more than 20 albums, among them the extremely underrated LA Is My Lady, on which he can be watched soloing with unparelled aplomb on its video version titled Portrait Of An Album), Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Claus Ogerman, Bill Evans, Leonard Bernstein, Woody Herman, Louis Armstrong, Barbara Streisand, Billie Holiday, Gene Krupa, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett, Herbie Mann, Ella Fitzgerald... the list goes on and on. PS: not surprisingly, he was the favorite trombonist of both Jobim and Claus Ogerman.

Monday, December 31, 2018

The 40th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2018

40ª Edição do Prêmio Jazz Station! Os melhores do jazz em 2018!
The complete results of the 40th Jazz Station Awards!
Os resultados da 40ª edição do Prêmio Jazz Station!

These are the complete results of the 40th Annual Jazz Station Awards conducted by jazz journalist, record producer, jazz historian & jazz educator Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Mr. DeSouteiro is a voting member of NARAS-Grammy, as well as of the Jazz Journalists Association-NY and the Los Angeles Jazz Society. He has produced over 530 sessions, according to the All Music Guide website. Throughout his career, he has worked with João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Donato, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Dom Um Romão, Ithamara Koorax, Luiz Bonfá and many other jazz and Brazilian music greats. For more details and a small bio, please check:

https://jazzstation-oblogdearnaldodesouteiros.blogspot.com/2018/12/arnaldo-desouteiro-2018-bio.html

Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, Wayne Shorter, Steve Gadd, Carlos Franzetti, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eddie Daniels, Lou Lanza, Andrea Brachfeld, Lou Caputo and The Manhattan Transfer are among the top artists of the year.

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O Prêmio Jazz Station - criado em 1979 por Arnaldo DeSouteiro, jornalista, historiador e produtor brasileiro, fundador da gravadora JSR e da empresa Jazz Station Marketing & Consultoria, com sede em Los Angeles - chega ao 40º ano, contemplando os artistas que mais se dedicaram no panorama jazzístico internacional em todo o mundo. Membro votante do Grammy, da Jazz Journalists Association-NY e da Los Angeles Jazz Society, entre outras instituições, DeSouteiro já produziu mais de 530 sessões de gravação, segundo contabilizado pelo site All Music Guide.

Além de trabalhos para selos como Verve, Milestone, Sony e CTI, Arnaldo DeSouteiro traz no currículo roteiros para shows e especiais de TV de João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfá, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione, Bjork, Eumir Deodato, Diana Krall, João Donato, Doris Monteiro e Wanda Sá, sendo também convidado frequentemente para atuar como parecerista em empresas privadas, instituições governamentais e festivais de jazz nos EUA, Brasil, Europa e Ásia, além de professor convidado em universidades.

Atendendo aos pedidos dos leitores, que desde 1979 acompanham essa votação que se iniciou no jornal Tribuna da Imprensa, incluímos – após os nomes de todos os colocados em cada categoria – os títulos dos trabalhos pelo quais os artistas foram avaliados.

Para variar, foram necessárias várias semanas para a preparação de todas estas listas, reouvindo os discos, checando fichas técnicas e, às vezes, reavaliando opiniões. Tudo isso com o objetivo de fornecer o mais fiel possível retrato do cenário jazzístico em 2018, a partir de bases reais de análise.

O que significa, por exemplo, que artistas que não lançaram novos trabalhos este ano, seja como líderes ou sidemen, tornaram-se, por mais geniais que sejam, automaticamente inelegíveis.
Tal critério explica a ausência de feras como Herbie Hancock e Gene Bertoncini que, apesar de terem realizado muitos shows, não lançaram novos trabalhos em 2018.

Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, Steve Gadd, Wayne Shorter, Lou Lanza, Eddie Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Carlos Franzetti, Lou Caputo e o grupo Manhattan Transfer estão entre os artistas que brilharam em 2018.

Vários discos premiados em 2018, com atraso, pelas revistas especializadas, não aparecem na nossa lista por uma simples razão: constaram da relação de 2017.

Aí estão os resultados completos:
2018 Acoustic Piano: 1. Carlos Franzetti (“Ricordare” – Sunnyside); 2. Danilo Perez (“Emanon” w/ Wayne Shorter – Blue Note); 3. Fred Hersch (“Live In Europe” – Palmetto); 4. Roberto Magris (“Live In Mami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery” – Jmood Records); 5. Anne Sajdera (“New Year” - Bijuri); 6. Bill O’Connell (“If Not Now, When?” w/ Andrea Brachfeld – Jazzheads); 7. Kenny Werner (“Fire” w/ Dave Liebman – Jazzline); 8. Kenny Barron (“Concentric Circles” – Blue Note); 9. Brad Mehldau (“Seymour Reads The Constitution” – Nonesuch); 10. Richard X Bennett (“Experiments With Truth” – Ropeadope)
2018 Electric Piano: 1. Dominique Vantomme (“Vegir” – MoonJune); 2. Gary Husband (“Live In San Francisco” w/ John McLaughlin – Abstract Logix);  3. Jim Ridl (“Subtle Disguise” w/ Joe Locke – Origin); 4. Taber Gable (“Vision Ahead” w/ Jonathan Barber – Vision Ahead Music)
2018 Organ: 1. Dr. Lonnie Smith (“All In My Mind” – Blue Note); 2. Larry Goldings (“Toy Tunes” – Pirouet); 3. Jared Gold (“Reemergence” – Strikezone); 4. Joey DeFrancesco (“You’re Driving Me Crazy” w/ Van Morrison – Exile/Legacy); 5. Sam Yahel (“Diamond Cut” w/ Tia Fuller – Mack Avenue)
2018 Keyboards: 1. Vasil Hadzimanov (“Live At Home” w/ Dusan Jectovic – MoonJune); 2. Dominique Vantomme (“Vegir” – MoonJune); 3. Chick Corea ("Chinese Butterfly" - Stretch); 4. Jan Gunnar Hoff (“Jan Gunnar Hoff Group Featuring Mike Stern” – Losen Records); 5. Cameron Graves ("The Message" w/ The Stanley Clarke Band - Mack Avenue); 6. Kevin Hays ("Steve Gadd Band" - BFM Jazz); 7. Jason Lindner (“The Buffering Cocoon” w/ Now Vs Now – Jazzland); 8. Jim Ridl (“Subtle Disguise” w/ Joe Locke – Origin)
2018 Acoustic Bass: 1. Ron Carter (“Golden Striker – Live At Theaterstübechen, Kassel” – In & Out); 2. Eddie Gomez (“Sir” with David Matthews & Steve Gadd – Paddle Wheel); 3. Brian Bromberg (“Thicker Than Water” – Mack Avenue); 4. John Patitucci (“Emanon” w/ Wayne Shorter – Blue Note); 5. Mark Perna (“Cannonball” w/ Richie Cole - RCP); 6. Harvie S. (“If Not Now, When?” w/ Andrea Brachfeld – Jazzheads); 7. Dave Holland (“Fire” w/ Dave Liebman – Jazzline); 8. David Finck (“Ricordare” w/ Carlos Franzetti - Sunnyside); 9. Adi Meyerson (“Where We Stand” – A:M Records); 10. John Hébert (“Live In Europe” w/ Fred Hersch Trio – Palmetto); 11. Arild Andersen (“Desert” w/ Yelena Eckemoff Quartet – In-Akustik); 12. Chuck Bergeron (“Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery” w/ Roberto Magris Sextet – Jmood)
2018 Electric Bass: 1. Stanley Clarke (“The Message” w/ The Stanley Clarke Band – Mack Avenue); 2. Mark Egan (“Dreaming Spirits” – Wavetone); 3. Tony Levin (“Vegir” w/ Dominique Vantomme – MoonJune); 4. Brian Bromberg (“Thicker Than Water” – Mack Avenue); 5. Marcus Miller (“Laid Back”- Universal); 6. Steve Swallow (“Singular Awakening” w/ Michael McGinnis – Sunnyside); 7. Pera Krstajic (“Live At Home” w/ Dusan Jevtovic - MoonJune); 8. Jimmy Johnson ("Steve Gadd Band" - BFM Jazz)
2018 Drums: 1. Steve Gadd (“Steve Gadd Band” – BFM Jazz); 2. Eliot Zigmund (“Ricordare” w/ Carlos Franzetti - Sunnyside); 3. Adam Nussbaum (“That’s Right!” w/ Brad Goode Quintet - Origin); 4. Jack DeJohnette (“Fire” w/ Dave Liebman – Jazzline); 5. Jeff “Siege” Siegel (“King of Xhosa”- ARC); 6. Maxime Lenssens (“Vegir” w/ Dominique Vantomme – MoonJune); 7. Mauricio Zottarelli (“Heart of Brazil” w/ Eddie Daniels – Resonance); 8. Asaf Sirkis (“Rumah Batu” w/ Dwiki Dharmawan – MoonJune); 9. Carlos Ezequiel (“Circular” – Tratore); 10. Reggie Quinerly (“Words To Love” – Redefinition Music); 11. Peter Erskine (“Desert” w/ Yelena Eckemhoff – In-Akustik);12. Brian Blade (“Emanon” w/ Wayne Shorter – Blue Note); 13. Pedja Milutinovic (“Live At Home” w/ Dusan Jevtovic – MoonJune); 14. Jonathan Barber (“Vision Ahead” – Vision Ahead Music); 15. Lilian Carmona ("The First" - Selo Sesc)
2018 Percussion: 1. Airto Moreira (“Viva Airto” w/ Fotografia Sonora - Tratore); 2. Fred Berryhill (“King of Xhosa” w/ Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet – ARC); 3. Lenny Castro (“Thicker Than Water” w/ Brian Bromberg – Artistry Music); 4. Luisito Quintero ("Chinese Butterfly" w/ The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band - Stretch); 5. Roberto Quintero (“Back To The Sunset” w/ Dafnis Prieto Big Band – Dafnison); 6. Efrain Toro (“If You Really Want” w/ Raul Midón & Metropole Orkest – Artsitry Music)  
2018 Vibes/Marimba: 1. Joe Locke (“Subtle Disguise” – Origin); 2. Warren Smith (Uh Oh!” w/ Lou Caputo Not So Big Band – JazzCat 47 Records); 3. Jorge Rossy (“Bud” w/ Rossy & Kanan Quartet – Swit Records); 4. Warren Wolf (“Live At Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen” - Storyville); 5. Steve Nelson (“Beloved Of The Sky” w/ Renee Rosnes – Smoke Sessions)
2018 Miscellaneous:  1. Paul McCandless – oboe/English horn ("Desert" w/ Yelena Eckemoff Quartet – In-Akustik); 2. Dale Turk – tuba (“Uh Oh!” w/ Lou Caputo Not So Big Band – JazzCat 47 Records); 3. Arjun Bruggeman – table (“Dreaming Spirits” w/ Mark Egan – Wavetone); 4. Dhafer Youseff – oud (“Sounds of Mirrors” – Anteprima Productions); 5. Luciano Biondini - accordion ("A Novel Of Anomaly" w/ Andreas Schaerer - ACT); 6. Michelle Kinney - cello, drones ("Life Of" w/ Steve Tibbetts - ECM); 7. Anouar Brahem - oud ("Blue Maqams" - ECM); 8. Derek Di Perri – harmonica (“Liver” w/ Slivovitz – MoonJune)
2018 Acoustic Guitar: 1. Peter Sprague (“My Shining Hour” w/ Jennifer Lee - SBE Records); 2. Federico Diaz (“Memorias de Otro Tiempo” w/ Emilio Teubal Trio – Not Yet Records); 3. Maurizio Brunod (“Nostalgia Progressiva” w/Boris Savoldelli & Giorgio Li Calzi - Caligola Records); 4. Pete McCann (“Pay For It On The Other Side” – McCannic Music); 5. Shane Theriot (“Dreaming Spirits” w/ Mark Egan & Arjun Bruggeman – Wavetone); 6. Rick Vandivier (“Under One Roof” – Avatar Productions)  
2018 Electric Guitar: 1. John McLaughlin (“Live In San Francisco” – Abstract Logix); 2. Pete McCann (“Pay For It On The Other Side” – McCannic Music); 3. Michel Delville (“Vegir” w/ Dominique Vantomme – MoonJune); 4. Dusan Jevtovic (“Live At Home” – MoonJune); 5. John Scofield (“Combo 66” – Verve); 6. Mike Stern (“Jan Gunnar Hoff Group Featuring Mike Stern” – Losen Records); 7. George Cotsirilos (“Mostly In Blue” –OA2 Records); 8. Lupa Santiago (“2X2” – Origin); 9. Shane Theriot (“Dreaming Spirits” w/ Mark Egan & Arjun Bruggeman – Wavetone); 10. Flavio Silva ("Break Free" - FS)
2018 Flute: 1. Andrea Brachfeld (“If Not Now, When?” – Jazzheads); 2. Jamie Baum (“Bridges” – Sunnyside); 3. Dave Liebman (“Fire” – Jazzline); 4. Nester Torres ("Jazz Flute Traditions" - Mochermusic); 5. Lou Caputo (“Uh Oh!” – JazzCat 47 Records); 6. Tony Gairo ("Scenes From An Italian - The Billy Joel Project" w/ Lou Lanza - LL); 7. Charles Lloyd (“Vanished Gardens” – Blue Note); 8. Tenderlonious (“The Shakedown” w/ The 22Archestra – 22a)
2018 Clarinet: 1. Eddie Daniels (“Heart Of Brazil” - Resonance); 2. Ivan Barenboim (“Memorias de Otro Tiempo” w/ Emilio Teubal Trio – Not Yet Records); 3. Don Byron (“Random Dances And Atonalities” w/ Aruán Ortiz - Intakt); 4. Marty Ehrlich (“Trio Exaltation” – Clean Feed); 5. Anat Cohen (“Live In Healdsburg” w/ Fred Hersch – Anzica); 6. Tony Gairo (“Scenes From An Italian – The Billy Joel Project” w/ Lou Lanza)
2018 Trumpet: 1. Brian Lynch (“Live In Mami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery” w/ Roberto Magris Sextet – Jmood Records); 2. Brad Goode (“That’s Right!”); 3. John Eckert (“Uh Oh!” w/ Lou Caputo Not So Big Band – JazzCat 47 Records); 4. Giorgio Li Calzi (“Nostalgia Progressiva” w/ Boris Savoldelli & Maurizio Brunod); 5. Miroslav Hloucal (“New Year” w/ Anne Sajdera); 6. Terence Blanchard (“Live” – Blue Note); 6. Paolo Fresu ("Carpe Diem" - Tûk Music)
2018 Flugelhorn: 1. Feya Faku (“King of Xhosa” w/ Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet – ARC); 2. Bill Mobley (“Seeking Higher Ground” w/ The Maguire Twins – Three Tree Records); 3. Paolo Fresu ("Carpe Diem" - Tûk Music)
2018 Trombone: 1. Reggie Watkins (“Cannonball” w/ Richie Cole - RCP); 2. Peter Hedrich/Jiggs Whigham (“New Hope” – Mons Records); 3. Nils Wogram (“Work Smoothly” w/ NDR Big Band – Nwog); 4. Mitch Butler (‘Unbroken” w/ Tiffany Austin – Con Alma Music)
2018 Soprano Sax: 1. Wayne Shorter (“Emanon” – Blue Note); 2. Lou Caputo (“Uh Oh! – JazzCat 47 Records); 3. Dave Liebman (“Fire” – Jazzline); 4. Joel Frahm (“Where We Stand” w/ Adi Meyerson); 5. Dave Anderson ("Melting Pot" - DA); 6. Michael McGinnis (“Singular Awakening” – Sunnyside); 7. Tia Fuller (“Diamond Cut” – Mack Avenue); 8. Dave MacMurray (“Music Is Life” – Blue Note); 9. Gregory Tardy (“Seeking Higher Ground” w/ The Maguire Twins – Three Tree Records); 10. Julian Argüelles (“Tonadas” – Edition Records)
2018 Alto Sax: 1. Richie Cole (“Cannonball” - RCP); 2. John O’Gallagher (“Pay For It On The Other Side” w/ Pete McCann – McCannic Music); 3. David Binney (“Circular” w/ Carlos Ezequiel – Tratore); 4. Lou Caputo (“Uh Oh!” – JazzCat 47 Records); 5. Steve Coleman (“Live At The Village Vanguard Vol.1” – PI Recordings); 6. Dave Anderson ("Melting Pot" - DA); 7. Miguel Zenón (“Yo Soy La Tradición” – Miel Music); 8. Godwin Louis (“Vision Ahead” w/ Jonathan Barber – Vision Ahead Music); 9. Jan Feco (“New Year” w/ Anne Sajdera - Bijuri); 10. Maceo Parker ("It's All About Love" - Leopard); 11. Lorenz Hargassner (“Audrey” w/ Pure Desmond – Edel); 12. Maria Faust (“Machina” – Stunt); 13. Sam Braysher (“Golden Earrings” w/ Michael Kanan – Fresh Sound)
2018 Tenor Sax: 1. Wayne Shorter (“Emanon” – Blue Note); 2. Dave Liebman ("Fire" - Jazzline); 3. Joshua Redman (“Still Dreaming” – Nonesuch); 4. Dave MacMurray (“Music Is Life” – Blue Note); 5. Don Braden (“Earth Wind And Wonder” – Creative Perspective Music); 6. Sergio Galvão (“2x2” – Origin); 7. Jonathan Gomez ("Live in Miami" w/ Roberto Magris Sextet - Jmood); 8. Rich Perry (“People And Places” w/ Sam Javitch Quartet – SJ); 9. Charles Lloyd (“Vanished Gardens” – Blue Note); 10. Matt Parker (“Experiments With Truth” w/ Richard X. Bennett – Ropeadope); 11. Norbert Stein (“We Are” w/ Pata Messengers – Pata Music)  
2018 Baritone Sax: 1. Lou Caputo (“Uh Oh!” – Jazzcat 47 Records); 2. Lisa Parrott (“Experiments With Truth” w/ Richard X. Bennett (Ropeadope)
2018 Male Singer: 1. Boris Savoldelli (“Nostalgia Progressiva”- Caligola Records); 2. Kurt Elling ("The Questions" - Okeh); 3. Lou Lanza (“Scenes From An Italian – The Billy Joel Project” - LL); 4. Freddy Cole (“My Mood Is You” - HighNote); 5. Tony Bennett (“Love Is Here To Stay” w/ Diana Krall – Verve); 6. Van Morrison (“You’re Driving Me Crazy” w/ Joey DeFrancesco – Exile/Legacy); 7. Milton Suggs (“Words To Love” w/ Reggie Quinnerly – Redefintion Music); 8. José James (“Lean On Me” – Verve); 9. Raul Midón (“If You Really Want” – Artistry Music); 10. Gregory Generet (“2 Of A Kind” w/ Richard Johnson – Afar Music)
2018 Female Singer: 1. Tiffany Austin (“Unbroken” – Con Alma Music); 2. Anna Luna (“Urubú” – AL); 3. Elisabeth Melander ("Reflections Of A Voice” - Prophone); 4. Jennifer Lee (“My Shining Hour” – SBE Records); 5. Diana Krall (“Love Is Here To Stay” w/ Tony Bennett – Verve); 6. Gabriele Tranchina (“Of Sailing Ships And The Stars In Your Eyes” – Rainchant Eclectic Records); 7. Judi Silvano (“Lessons Learned” – Unit Records); 8. Cécile McLorin Savant (“The Window” – Mack Avenue)
2018 Vocal Group: 1. The Manhattan Transfer (“The Junction” - BMG)
2018 Instrumental Group: 1. Wayne Shorter Quartet (“Emanon” – Blue Note); 2. Brad Goode Quintet (“That’s Right!” - Origin); 3. Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet (“King of Xhosa” – ARC); 4. Roberto Magris Sextet (“Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery” – Jmood Records); 5. Dave Chamberlain’s Band Of Bones (“Picadillo? Yes, Madly!” – BB Productions); 6. The Maguire Twins (“Seeking Higher Ground” – Three Tree Records); 7. Steve Gadd Band (“Steve Gadd Band” – BFM Jazz); 8. Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet (“Diablo Em Brooklyn” – Saponegro); 9. Emilo Teubal Trio (“Memorias de Otro Tiempo” - Not Yet Records)
2018 Big Band/Jazz Orchestra: 1. Lou Caputo Not So Big Band (“Uh Oh!” – Jazzcat 47 Records); 2. Wolfgang Schmidtke Orchestra (“Monk!” – Jazzwerkstatt); 3. NDR Big Band (“Work Smoothly” w/ Nils Wogram – Nwog); 4. Dafnis Prieto Big Band (“Back To The Sunset” - Dafnison); 5. Zurich Jazz Orchestra ("Three Pictures" - Mons); 6. Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band (“West Story Reimagined” – Jazzheads); 7. Jim McNeely & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band: “Barefoot Dances And Other Visions” (Planet Arts); 8. Orrin Evans and The Captain Black Big Band: “Presence” (Smoke Sessions); 9. John Daversa Big Band (“American Dreamers – Songs Of Hope, Music Of Freedom” (BFM Jazz); 10. The Count Basie Orchestra (“All About That Basie” (Concord)
2018 Composer: 1. Wayne Shorter (“Emanon” – Blue Note); 2. Chick Corea ("Chinese Butterfly" - Stretch); 3. Roberto Magris (“Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery” – Jmood Records); 4. Emilio Teubal (“Memorias de Otro Tiempo” – Not Yet Records); 5. Yelena Eckemoff (“Better Than Gold And Silver” – L&H); 6. Dwiki Dharmawan (“Rumah Batu” – MoonJune); 7. Adi Meyerson ("Where We Stand" - AM); 8. Sam Javitch (“Peoples And Places” – SV); 9. Richard X Bennett (“Experiments With Truth” – Ropeadope); 
2017 New Talent: Adi Meyerson – bass & composer (“Where We Stand” – AM Records)

The Best Jazz Instrumental Albums

Wayne Shorter: “Emanon” (Blue Note)
Carlos Franzetti: “Ricordare” (Sunnyside)
Dominique Vantomme: “Vegir” (MoonJune)
Lou Caputo Not So Big Band: “Uh Oh!” (Jazzcar 47 Records)
Mark Egan & Arjun Bruggeman: “Dreaming Spirits” (Wavetone)
David Matthews, Eddie Gomez & Steve Gadd: “Sir” (King Records)
Richie Cole: “Cannonball” (RCP)
Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet: “King Of Xhosa” (ARC)
Roberto Magris Sextet: “Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery” (JMood Records)
Brad Goode Quintet: “That’s Right!” (Origin)
Lilian Carmona: "The First" (Selo Sesc)
The Maguire Twins: “Seeking Higher Ground” (Three Tree Records)
Carlos Ezequiel: “Circular” (Tratore)
Adi Meyerson: “Where We Stand”(AM Records)
Dwiki Dharmawan: “Rumah Batu” (MoonJune)
Anne Sajdera: “New Year” (Bijuri Records)
Emilio Teubal Trio: “Memorias de Otro Tiempo” (Not Yet Records)
Sergio Galvão/Lupa Santiago/Clement Landais/Franck Enouf: “2X2” (Origin)
Dusan Jevtovic: “Live At Home” (MoonJune)
Yelena Eckemoff: “Better Than Gold And Silver” (L&H)
Richard X Bennett: “Experiments With Truth” (Ropeadope)
Pete McCann: “Pay For It On The Other Side” (McCannic Music)
The Verve Jazz Ensemble: “Connect The Dots” (Light Groove Media)
Slivovitz: “Liver” (MoonJune)

The Best Vocal Jazz Albums

The Manhattan Transfer: “The Junction” (BMG)
Boris Savoldelli: “Nostalgia Progressiva” (Caligola Records)
Kurt Elling: “The Questions” (Okeh)
Tiffany Austin: “Unbroken” (Con Alma Music)
Lou Lanza: “Scenes From An Italian – The Billy Joel Project” (LJ)
Elisabeth Melander: “Reflections Of A Voice” (Prophone)
Jennifer Lee: “My Shining Hour” (SBE Records)
Gabriele Tranchina: “Of Sailing Ships And The Stars In Your Eyes” (Rainchant Eclectic Records)
Anna Luna: “Urubú” (AL)
Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco: “You’re Driving Me Crazy” (Exile/Legacy)

Best Historical Albums/Special Projects/Reissues/Box Sets
John Coltrane: “Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album” (Impulse!) CD/Vinyl
Sonny Clark Trio: “The 1960 Time Sessions” (Tompkins Square) CD
Randy Brecker Quintet: "Live 1988 - Sweet Basil" (MVD Visual/Gazell) DVD + CD
Gary Burton: “Take Another Look – A Career Retrospective” (Mack Avenue) CD
Richie Beirach: “Inborn” (Jazzline) CD
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: “After The Fall” (ECM) CD
Bill Warfield Big Band: “For Lew (Soloff)” (Planet Arts) CD
João Donato: “A Mad Donato” (Discobertas) Box Set CD/Vinyl
Charles Mingus: “Mingus Ah Um / The Stereo + Mono Versions” (Columbia/Green Corner) CD
Eliane Elias: “Music From Man Of La Mancha” (Concord) CD
Airto/Deodato: “Fingers/In Concert” (CTI/Vocalion) SACD
Joe Farrell: “Joe Farrell Quartet/Outback/Moon Germs” (CTI/BGO) CD
Joe Farrell: “Penny Arcade/Upon This Rock/Canned Funk” (CTI/BGO) CD
Grant Green: “Slick! Live At Oil Can Harry’s” (Resonance) CD/Vinyl
George Benson: “Body Talk” (CTI/Vocalion) SACD
Various Artists: “Norman Granz – The Founder” (Verve) CD