Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Anna Mjöll All-Star Sextet @ The Baked Potato

LA-based Icelandic Jazz Princess Anna Mjöll leads an all-star sextet this next Friday, August 25, at the Baked Potato. Featuring Mitch Forman (keyboards), Reggie Hamilton (bass), Gary Novak (drums), Dean Parks (guitar) and Luis Conte (percussion).

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Jesse Cook's Concert, Aug 26

Sat. - Aug. 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
DiMenna Center - NYC - Jesse Cook Debut NYC Solo Piano Concert - 
450 West 37th St. (between 9th & 10th Aves.) - Benzaquen Hall - 
doors open 5:30p. - Concert Donation $20.00 General Admission /
 $15.00 Students & Seniors (at door - cash please) 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Liberation Music Collective delivers jazz poetry celebrating heroes of global struggle

The Liberation Music Collective - a socially-conscious jazz orchestra born in Bloomington, Indiana under the direction of bassist/vocalist Hannah Fidler and trumpeter Matt Riggen - releases its sophomore effort "Rebel Portraiture" TODAY (August 17, 2017) via AD Astrum Records. 

The band celebrates the release at 9:30 p.m. tonight at the Jazz Record Art Collective series at the Fulton Street Collective, Chicago.
In the history of civilization, no generation has managed to avoid injustice, hardship, and peril - and every generation suspects that the coming crises are the worst thus far. Nonetheless, those taking the reins in the early 21st century have more reason for concern than most of those who preceded them. Environmental change, expanding income inequality, the rise of nationalism, the collapse of diplomacy - these issues are more than enough to make the bold blanch and the squeamish retreat.

But in the activist musical tradition of such jazz composers as Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and Charlie Haden - whose pioneering Liberation Music Orchestra provides the model as well as the namesake for their efforts - the Liberation Music Collective seeks to do what artists have always done, and what they should always do. They distill the anger and despair to create works that teach and inspire. With words as well as music, they gather up the emotions that attend history's victims and turn them into beacons, focusing listeners' remembrance and galvanizing their resolve. They transform sorrow into hope.

This dynamic undergirds "Rebel Portraiture," the eagerly awaited sophomore effort from the Liberation Music Collective, a contemporary jazz orchestra born in Bloomington, Indiana - under the direction of bassist/vocalist Hannah Fidler and trumpeter Matt Riggen - who interrupted the jazz conversation two years ago with their startling Siglo XXI. That album that fulfilled their mission to form "a socially-conscious big band dedicated to performing original compositions about contemporary issues." Now, on "Rebel Portraiture," they go behind the issues to honor the individuals whose courage and commitment call attention to oppression and injustice the world over.

As author and GRAMMY®-winning producer Kabir Sehgal states in his informative liner notes, "These tracks are tasteful and elegant portraits of those who defied fear and spoke truth to power. Now their stories become 'music to power.'"

In the tradition of the greatest artists in any genre, the LMC achieves this consciousness-raising with grace and grit, creating pieces that can stand on their own regardless of the events that inspired them. Reading about the fallen heroes to whom these performances are dedicated will certainly deepen one's appreciation for the goals and accomplishments of the LMC. But even without the historical overview, "Rebel Portraiture" overflows with musical wonder. The music employs a wide range of influences and resources: African and Arabic music, rap poetry, a 19th-century American hymn, early 20th century classical music, pan-national folk songs - all within the context of the modern jazz orchestra, with sophisticated arrangements by the LMC co-founders Fidler and Riggen.

In "Rebel Portraiture," contemporary heroes rub shoulders with martyrs of history. They include Berta Cáceres - an indigenous environmental activist in Honduras, assassinated in her home in 2016 for her opposition to the Agua Zarca Dam project - all the way back to Giles Corey, put to an agonizingly slow death during the Salem Witch Trials in 17th-century Massachusetts. The LMC reminds us of the fallen we may have forgotten - such as the four students killed while protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University in 1970 - and introduces us to more recent profiles in courage, whose names have already become rallying cries for the causes they championed.

One such woman is Noxolo Nogwaza, a South African LGBTQ+ organizer who was raped, murdered, and left on the side of the road in 2011, by perpetrators who remain unknown. Her death led more than 170,000 people to sign a petition demanding more protection for victims of sexual hate crimes, and trained the world's attention on human rights in that country. Riggen's homage, titled "Ditchside Monument," uses the hint of South African harmonies to craft a memorial that moves from mournful to momentous. Another dedication honors Syrian journalist Ruqia Hassan, whose blog posts reported on deteriorating conditions around the city of Raqqa under the influence of ISIS. She was murdered by the terrorist group in 2015, at the age of 20. In the composition "Iqra," the value of independent reporting like Hassan's is tied to a famous verse from the Quran in spoken word written and recited by Fidler.

The musicians of the LMC live what they believe. For the last two years, a small group drawn from the orchestra has traveled to Ferguson, Missouri - a touchstone of the Black Lives Matter movement - at the invitation of the Center for Social Empowerment and Justice. There they conducted daylong workshops to exchange ideas and share experiences (musical and otherwise) with local residents focused on racial justice. Members of the LMC have travelled together to be part of history in the making - from protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota to the streets of our nation's capital for the Women's March on Washington. These musicians strive to "show up" for the turning points of our era, both musically and personally.

In the two years since their debut, the musicians of the LMC have undergone a dramatic shift in the musical and personal relationships within the band. "I see this as a far more intimate album, in several ways," Fidler says. "The subject matter is much more personal. We're touching very deeply on intimate aspects of people's lives, involving their final actions and the decisions they made." In addition, the musicians have grown closer since Siglo XXI, making the LMC a collective in the truest sense. "That album was literally our first project as a group," Fidler explains. "But now you can really hear the result of two years working together; you can hear the trust these musicians have in each other, and in the music."

This has certainly been the case among the core members of the band, who have continued to create new projects in smaller groupings between public performances by the entire orchestra. Although various members have moved on since 2015, long-term musical relationships in the band have begun to bear fruit-especially because Fidler and Riggen have tailored many of the compositions for the individuals playing it. "So, when we know that our lead trumpet player will be available, we write certain parts that only she can play," Fidler points out - a practice that came to fruition in the music of Duke Ellington, whose 1941 suite Black, Brown and Beige was one of the first jazz works driven by concepts of social justice and racism.

Indiana natives Hannah Fidler and Matt Riggen are both scientist-musicians: Riggen graduated with degrees in jazz and biology, and Fidler completed a double major in jazz bass and neuroscience. They met and bonded over music in the classes and performance groups led by GRAMMY-nominated trombonist Wayne Wallace, who is renowned for his exploration of Latin American musical traditions. Fidler and Riggen formed the Liberation Music Collective in 2015 as a way to channel their sociopolitical concerns into meaningful music. Since graduating from IU, both have moved to Chicago to pursue their careers and to introduce new musicians to their engaging brand of jazz activism.

Dica da noite do Rio: Fosfobox "Lost Frequency"

"Hight Tech Soul…
The House Music of Detroit...
The Techno Music of Detroit...
Simply is … "TECHNO" ... said, the innovator "Derrick May" !

"Desde os distúrbios raciais de 1967, até a cultura das festas underground no final de 1980, a crise econômica de Detroit não impediu o surgimento de um novo tipo de música que trouxe a atenção internacional, totalmente voltada para os seus produtores em sua cidade natal".

A cultura techno assim como a maioria dos gêneros musicais, chegou dentro de uma revolução para reivindicar e que neste caso, Detroit passava por momentos difíceis nesta década citada acima.

A "alma techno" além de ser um comportamento e uma revolução "socio-politico", engajou toda uma geração ao estilo musical e mudou o genero house music com seus timbres mais densos, uma estrutura mais ácida com o uso de sintetizadores e baterias eletrônicas famosas como, TR 303 e 808, chegando nestas soluçoes hoje ouvidas. As batidas 4x4 também ficaram com características "metálicas" que sugerem com colisões em suas máquinas industriais criando assim uma nova textura musical, o "techno music".

"Lost Frequency" vem para resgatar toda essa essência do "high tech soul" de Detroit, escolheu o mais seleto dia da semana e o club mais apropriado para definir sua sonoridade, a Fosfobox Bar Club, convidando artistas que trilham seu caminho seguindo a sua bandeira house music e suas veias latentes que pulsam dentro do techno underground, vertentes de minimal tech, acid e micro house.

Segue o line up cpmpleto para a nossa promeira edição !

Fosfobar :

♦️ Pedro Fragoso b2b Lucas Freitas (Great DJs)

♦️ Fernanda Witis

♦️ Marie-Anne Dayeh Fragozo (RIO ME @MAM #Contest)

♦️ Gabriel Najhar (Me Gusta #Contest)

♦️ Arthur RoughArt (Conception)

Subsolo MAIN :

♠️ Angelo Fracalanza ( Noir Music Official | OFF Recordings)

♠️ District 21 (Feeling Agency)

♠️ Rod B. (Ultra Music Festival | Resistance - Miami)

♠️ Saulo Ferraro (Feeling Agency | relva | Me Gusta)

VIP (até 1h na lista)
R$ 20 (até 1h sem lista/após 1h na lista)
R$ 30 (após 1h sem lista)

Quando se trata de tecnologia em áudio, produção musical e estrutura do techno americano, Rod B. tem muita propriedade para nos apresentar. Formou se em 'Engenharia de Áudio' na #SAE que é a maior faculdade americana especializada em áudio e muito conceituada em todo mundo.

Sua história se resume a parcerias com artistas brilhantes como 'Carl Cox' e em labels importantíssimas da cultura underground como a 'Global Underground' lançando faixas de gênero techno respeitado em todo mundo e nos Top 10 nos maiores sites de download como Beatport.

Para termos uma noção maior e sentirmos o conceito deste artista, há 10 anos se apresenta no Ultra Music Festival em Miami no palco #Resistence.

E com seu projeto MUR Music - Miami Underground Records e Miami Sessions circula o mundo se apresentando nos clubs e festivais mais orientados a cultura eletrônica possível.

Dos países quentes aos países frios, de Ibiza a Slovênia, do México a Amsterdã, da Croácia a Berlin, diretamente de Miami chega ao Rio de Janeiro com sua mão cheia de bagagem e background para se apresentar em nossa Lost Frequency ❉ High Tech Soul ❉ Fosfobox.

Com nomes no mural até 1h é entrada colaborativa.
Link Evento : https://www.facebook.com/events/467655953601590/?ti=icl

#fosfobox #lostfrequency #fosfobar #miamiumdergroundmoviment #miamisessions

Blue Note At The Sea w/ Miller & Corea

Blue Note at Sea, which sails from Ft. Lauderdale, Jan 27Feb 3, 2018 on Celebrity Summit. is the joint production of two iconic jazz organizations Blue Note Records and Blue Note Jazz Clubs along with the world leader in music cruises, Entertainment Cruise Productions. The cruise features winners of 50+ Grammys, 2 Tonys and includes 4 NEA Jazz Masters.
Join Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lalah Hathaway, David Sanborn and many more as we sail to amazing ports of call including Labadee, St. Thomas, San Juan and Cococay. Blue Note at Sea is the ultimate jazz experience for todays jazz fan seeking the best music presented in a luxurious and intimate setting.

For more details, go to www.bluenoteatsea.com/jazzthing

City Parks Foundation announces 25th Anniversary Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

City Parks Foundation announces 25th Anniversary Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Presented by Capital One Bank
August 23 – August 27
Featuring Anat Cohen, Lee Konitz Quartet, Joshua Redman Quartet and more in Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park

City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. The festival is New York City's annual salute to the legendary late saxophonist, featuring storied veteran players as well as young jazz musicians who continue to shape and drive the art form. This year’s festival runs August 23 through August 27 at parks and venues around Manhattan and will include free concerts, artist discussions, a film screening, and for the first time in the festival’s history, a dedicated evening of dance.

"We are thrilled to celebrate 25 years of the beloved Charlie Parker Jazz Festival," said Heather Lubov, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation. "In honor of this milestone we have expanded the program to 5 days, partnered with local institutions on family jazz events and open jam sessions, and are presenting a full evening of dance on the lineup for the first time. We hope all New Yorkers, young and old, jazz aficionados and new fans alike will join us in honoring the legacy of Charlie Parker and jazz in New York City."

The festival kicks off on Wednesday, August 23 at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with “Bird With Strings,” a tribute performance featuring an ensemble of students and veteran jazz players honoring Parker’s 1950 recording, Charlie Parker With Strings.

On Thursday, August 24, the festival heads uptown to Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem for Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed, an added evening of programming in honor of the 25th Anniversary, and the first full evening of dance in the festival’s history. Emmy award-winning tap dance virtuoso, Jason Samuels Smith, and Broadway veterans, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick K. Grant, bring Parker’s music to life through dance in this special performance featuring live music.

The festival continues in Marcus Garvey Park on Friday, August 25 with world-renowned clarinet player & saxophonist Anat Cohen, who will lead a consortium of strings, horns, percussion, and keyboardswith her jazz-folk troupe, and Camille Thurman, a multi-talented saxophonist, flutist and vocalist.

On Saturday afternoon, veteran alto-saxophonist player Lee Konitz, a contemporary of Charlie Parker when bebop came on the scene, will perform with his quartet in Marcus Garvey Park joined by drumming prodigy and pioneering female percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington, one of the most recorded jazz drummers of all time Louis Hayes (who has played with the likes of John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley), and rising vocalist Charenee Wade, a brave new voice on the modern jazz frontier intent on using her gift to address social change.

On Sunday, August 27, the festival travels back downtown to the place where it all began, Tompkins Square Park, home to the inaugural Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in 1993, and located just blocks away from Charlie Parker’s home in the East Village. Joshua Redman, one of the most important contemporary horn players and widely considered to be the top sax man of his generation, will make his Charlie Parker Jazz Festival debut. NEA Jazz Master Lou Donaldson, revered by many as one the greatest alto saxophonists of all time; saxophone virtuosa Tia Fuller, one of the world’s best jazz multi-instrumentalists, full-time professor and one-time member of the all-female band that toured with Beyoncé; and vocalist Alicia Olatuja, who performed with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Obama’s second inauguration and has been in high demand ever since, will also perform to close out the final day of the festival.

In honor of the 25th Anniversary, City Parks Foundation has also partnered with local institutions to present free and open-to-the-public jazz events around the city. Events include an all ages Family Jazz Party with Festival performer Charenee Wade and a “Harlem Speaks” interview with Lee Konitz at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a screening at The New School of the 2016 film, I Called Him Morgan, about the life and tragic death of jazz musician Lee Morgan, live jazz in the gardens at The Harlem Rose Garden and 6BC Botanical Garden, and jam sessions at Gin Fizz Harlem and Ginny’s Supper Club.
The complete Charlie Parker Jazz Festival schedule follows or can be found on the City Parks Foundation website here: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
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City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At CPF, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community development and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives — located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks mean thriving communities.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2017 Schedule
Event Information

Wednesday, August 23
Family Jazz Party with Charenee Wade
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, MN
2:00 PM 
Join Charenee Wade and her band for an afternoon of singing, dancing and music making.
Free w/ RSVP at www.jmih.org, ages 5+

Wednesday, August 23
Harlem Speaks Interview Series with Lee Konitz
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
7:00 PM
Join 90-year-old Lee Konitz for Harlem Speaks, the Museum’s signature oral history interview program. Free w/ RSVP at www.jmih.org

Wednesday, August 23
“Bird With Strings,” in association with The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Auditorium
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Ensemble of students and veteran jazz players to perform a Charlie “Bird” Parker tribute to the 1950 recording of Charlie Parker with Strings. RSVP required at www.SummerStage.org.

Wednesday, August 23
The Shed Open Jam Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Edition
Gin Fizz Harlem
9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
A special edition of New York’s “Top 5 Jam Sessions” for emerging musical talent & musicians. Free, no reservations required.

Thursday, August 24
Jazz in the Garden: Art Baron, in association with Jazz Foundation of America and Ariana’s List
6BC Botanical Garden, MN 
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Live neighborhood jazz performances in the East Village where Charlie Parker lived. Free, no reservations required.

Thursday, August 24
Screening: I Called Him Morgan
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Theresa Lang Student & Community Center/Arnhold Hall
6:00 PM - 7:30PM
Acclaimed documentary on the life and untimely death of celebrated jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan. Free w/ RSVP to charlieparker@cityparksfoundation.org.

Thursday, August 24
Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed
Marcus Garvey Park, MN
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Jason Samuels Smith
Jason is New York City’s very own Emmy-winning, tap dance authority. A highly commended choreographer, performer and humanitarian, Smith has been dancing and spreading joy his whole life. He has accumulated a long list of honors and dance distinctions, including awards from Dance Magazine, American Choreography, and the highly respected Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award. He’s choreographed for television and other media outlets, such as Outkast’s Idlewild, and the hugely popular shows So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. Smith has razzle-dazzled Broadway audiences with his rapid-fire footwork in Bring in Da’ Noise, Bring in Da’ Funk, and starred in another major all-tap revue, Imagine Tap!, as well as played the leading role in Debbie Allen’s breathtaking film Soul Possessed and Dean Hargrove’s award-winning short Tap Heat. JSS continues to astound and amaze spectators all over the world with his solo performances, as well as those with his skilled company. A truly altruistic individual, Smith uses his tap talent and celebrity to actively support many charitable organizations, including Dancers Responding to Aids, Tied to Greatness, Career Transitions for Dancers, Tap Into A Cure, Groove with Me, Move the World and more.

Thursday, August 24
In Bird We Trust
Ginny’s Supper Club
9:00 PM
Jam session celebrating the festival’s anniversary featuring Harlem Jazz musicians & guest DJs. Free - bar, standing / $15 - dinner reservation (call 212.421.3821 or visit www.ginnyssupperclub.com).

Friday, August 25
Jazz in the Garden: Bill Saxton, in association with Jazz Foundation of America and Ariana’s List
Harlem Rose Garden, MN 
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Live neighborhood jazz performances in Harlem near where Charlie Parker performed. Free, no reservations required.

Friday, August 25
Anat Cohen Tentet / Camille Thurman, in association with Jazzmobile
Marcus Garvey Park, MN
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Anat Cohen
There are very few connoisseurs of the clarinet in this world, and Anat Cohen surely reigns supreme amongst these select woodwindists. With a wonderful outpouring of vigorously harmonious tunes, the Tel-Aviv born Cohen leads her gifted team of ten on a jazzy voyage through multiple forms (with tinges of Brazilian, Eastern European, New York and New Orleans traditions). Her band’s blend of jazz and folk truly melds musical rituals from all over the world. Unanimously proclaimed as clarinet queen (the New York Times unequivocally states that she is a “Master”), top Jazz critics and publications rave about her sound. “With the clarinet she becomes a singer, a dancer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing — musically — with the sheer delight of reaching that new place, that new feeling, with each chorus,” according to JazzTimes. Time and again, she is awarded the “Clarinetist of the Year” distinction from DownBeat, JazzTimes and the Jazz Journalists Association. With six solo albums so far, and eight collaborative records, Cohen simply loves to create and play. And one more thing, she’s also an expert saxophonist.
with Musical Director Oded Lev-Ari

Christopher Hoffman CELLO
Stuart Mack TRUMPET
Nick Finzer TROMBONE
Vitor Gonçalves  PIANO & ACCORDION
Idan Morim GUITAR
Joe Martin BASS
Anthony Pinciotti DRUMS

Saturday, August 26
Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade
Marcus Garvey Park, MN
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Lee Konitz Quartet
The Lee Konitz Quartet is comprised of four of the most skillful jazz veterans working today. Under the leadership of Lee Konitz, the group has been thrilling audiences for quite a long time. Konitz, a premiere alto saxophonist, started out in Chicago, where he put a lot of hours into learning his craft. His early work saw him playing with Claude Thornhill Orchestra (arranged by Gil Evans), Stan Kenton’s Orchestra, pianist Lennie Tristano, and the Miles Davis Capitol Orchestra. He would then break out on his own, amassing a staggering list of essential jazz credentials. Adding a touch of international flare to the group is Dan Tepfer, their Paris-born pianist/composer. An improviser at heart, this talented musician has tickled the ivories alongside jazz behemoths of all natures, and has released several hit solo albums. With a keen interest in astrophysics, Tepfer has utilized his computer-science knowledge in conjunction with improvisational techniques to formulate a revolutionary jazz-centric algorithm. The Lee Konitz Quartet’s bassist is Jeremy Stratton, a local jazz hero from New York, who has played over the decades with a multitude of famed ensembles. Rounding out this colossal crew is George Schuller on drums. Schuller is well known in the jazz milieu, with numerous side bands under his belt, including the hit big band from the ‘80s, Orange Than Blue.

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science
For Terri Lyne Carrington, it’s not just about sounding sweet. Along with her band Social Science, the princess of percussion has been melding her uncannily sophisticated drumming and composing abilities with impactful, relevant statements on the pressing social issues of today. With a lush composition of jazz, indie rock, contemporary classical and R&B, all reconfigured under the sweeping swath of freeform improvisation, Carrington is not afraid to mix things up. A revered mainstay in the business, she has a four-decade long career and three Grammy wins to her credit, but is not even remotely content to just coast on by. An activist, educator and warrior for freedom and racial & sex equality, Carrington is nothing shy of remarkable. She began in music as an undeniable drumming prodigy, receiving accolades from People magazine, EBONY and Modern Drummer, at just ten years of age. With oodles of television performances and alliances with humongous names in music, she has wowed audiences all over the world. With eight full length albums out, Carrington perennially brings her passion to the studio as well. Her latest release is a can’t-miss collaboration with a star-studded cadre of top female artists, The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL.

Louis Hayes
Born in Motown, Louis Sedell Hayes came up virtually ensconced in authentic Detroit music stylings. At a young age he discovered the piano, but when his father presented him with a set of drums, his true passion was ignited. Coming up in 1950’s Detroit, surrounded by jazz giants Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell and Doug Watkins (to name a few), Hayes was mentored by the legendary Papa Joe Jones. At only eighteen years old, he moved to NYC and joined the Horace Silver Quintet, skyrocketing him into the critical public eye, with his full drumming talents on display. In the 60’s Hayes became a part of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, further cementing his name into the catalogue of storied jazz percussionists. He would later be asked to play alongside star piano man Oscar Peterson, in a group where Hayes and bassist Sam Jones would become known as the “dynamic duo” of rhythm. As Hayes’ career progressed, he would lead several incarnations of bands under his own name, playing with jazz greats Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Junior Cooke, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon and eventually McCoy Tyner. His shows still explode with energy, as Hayes bangs away with perfect precision.

Charenee Wade
The wonderfully outspoken Charenee Wade is a brave new voice on the modern jazz frontier, intent on using her art form to exact social change. This exquisite improvisational jazz vocalist, composer and arranger is just getting started, too. Her numerous accolades include being named the First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition and being invited to perform her original songs with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her debut album Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson is a stirring tribute to socially-conscious musician/poet Scott-Heron, which also forecasts Wade’s own desire to rise up against the many forms of injustice still plaguing the world of today. Notable tracks include “Song of the Wind,” a heartfelt appreciation of the peace-seeking efforts of her mentors, “A Toast to the People,” a nuanced example of Wade’s deftness at storytelling through vocal dexterity, and “Home Is Where the Hatred Is,” a rousingly powerful jazz number where her dynamic talents are on full display. In addition to providing the gift of her voice to the world, Charenee passes along her love of music as a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City College.

Sunday, August 27
Joshua Redman Quartet / Lou Donaldson / Tia Fuller / Alicia Olatuja
Tompkins Square Park, MN
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Joshua Redman
“Unparalleled among horn players today,” is the way JazzTimes (and a host of other noteworthy publications and critics, in so many words) describe longtime jazz legend Joshua Redman. Often referred to as one of the top sax men of his generation, Redman has worked with some of the most treasured jazz artists of all time, counting McCoy Tyner, Brad Mehldau, The Bad Plus, and Brooklyn Rider. While he has the ability to seamlessly blend into an ensemble and flawlessly synergize with the group, he can just as easily break out into a solo that drops the jaws of jazz fans of all ages. While his globally-successful recorded albums are a delight, many posit that his live shows are simply the stuff of legend. Aside from his stellar saxophone majesty, Redman is a stupendous composer and bandleader. With longstanding friends and collaborators at his side (Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, and Gregory Hutchinson), Redman leads The Joshua Redman Quartet to unprecedented heights of musical innovation. With stylistic motifs that date back to the ‘50s, the Joshua Redman Quartet is still a cutting-edge, thoroughly modern enterprise in jazz celebration.

Lou Donaldson
When someone mentions the greatest alto saxophonists of all time, only one name truly stands out: that of “Sweet Poppa Lou” Donaldson. With origins as the bandleader of Blue Note Records in the 1950s, Donaldson had already established himself as a new voice in jazz at only 25 years of age. As he directed many albums at this time, Sweet Poppa Lou was proud to collaborate with the biggest jazz instrumentalists of the day. With numerous recordings in the bag, Donaldson broke out with 1967’s Alligator Bogaloo, a revolution in the form, as he boisterously showcased his virtuoso status. His long and storied career has garnered him too many achievements to list; but his induction into the International Jazz Hall of Fame and the his naming as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (the absolute zenith of awards in the jazz realm) can not be left unmentioned. His bluesy, unmatched style is still on full display, as he dazzles and amazes crowds with his nimble fingers and crystal clear sound.

Tia Fuller
Tia Fuller is a saxophone virtuosa, a touring artist and full-time professor (at the Berklee School of Music). Having been featured on the cover Saxophone Today, Jazz Education Journal, and JazzTimes Magazine, she is a one of the world’s best jazz multi-instrumentalists. Tia was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé, as part of the I AM..Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour promoting the superstar’s CD’s, where Tia has played in various venues throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD (Me, Myself and I), I AM Yours I DVD (Wynn Theatre) and also appeared on number of major television shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, BET Awards, American Music Awards and Total Request Live, and the 2010 Grammy Awards. She has also performed as the featured soloist with Beyoncé for President Obama at the White House. Tia has recorded four albums with her quartet. The first was 2005’s Pillar of Strength, followed by 2007’s Healing Space, an offering of “melodic medicine.” Her third album, 2010’s Decisive Steps, took the #1 JazzWeek rating for two weeks straight, and nominated for their Best Jazz album. In 2012, she released her 4th album, Angelic Warrior, which received praise from Wall Street Journal, New York Times and numerous jazz publications. Tia’s quartet has performed all over the world at many prestigious venues and she’s received numerous awards, winning Downbeat Critic’s Poll-‘Rising Star’ two years in a row for Soprano Sax (2014), Alto Sax and Flute (2013). Between balancing her teaching and tour life, Tia feels that she is fulfilling her purpose here on this earth, that is to “serve as a light for others.”

Alicia Olatuja
Ever since Alicia Olatuja took center stage at President Obama’s 2nd inauguration, as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, this luminous songstress has been in exceedingly high demand. It wasn’t long before she put together her very own backing jazz ensemble and released 2014’s aptly named Timeless, a testimony to her ageless voice. Reared in St. Louis, with the echoes of venerated blues and jazz artists past coursing through her veins, Olatuja emigrated to New York to complete her Master’s degree in Classical Voice & Opera at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Migrating from strictly opera and musical theater performance, she began feeling her gospel and soul roots, as she shared the stage with legends Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Christian McBride. Shortly thereafter, famed composer Billy Childs tapped Olatuja (praised by the New York Times for her “luscious tone”) for a nationwide tour of original works honoring Laura Nyro. Performing with her own band at virtually every jazz festival under the sun, this velvet voiced woman, with soul to spare, has only just begun to shine.

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Badi Assad no... SESC!

Próximos shows da talentosíssima Badi Assad. No SESC, claro.

Dia 25 - Sexta, 20h - Show '25 anos Carreira' no Teatro Sesc Porto Alegre
Dia 26 - Sábado, 10h - Workshop na Biblioteca Pública do Estado do RS
Dia 26 - Sábado - 17h30 - Workshop - UCS - Caxias do Sul
Dia 27 - Domingo - 19h - Teatro do Sesc Caxias do Sul (Projeto Tum Tum Instrumental)

"E já aproveito para avisar que no dia 1 de Setembro estarei com minha sobrinha Clarice no palco do Sesc Pinheiros ao lado da incrível OCAM (Orquestra de Câmara da USP) com regência de Gil Jardim. Imperdível! Anote aí..."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Marcelo Boccato @ Costellation, in Chicago

This week at Constellation!
3111 N Western Ave - Chicago, Illinois

Joe Dyson (drums), Max Moran (upright/electric bass), and Conan Pappas (keys) from NOLA /
Marcelo Boccato (piano), Tito Carrillo (trumpet), Geof Bradfield (tenor sax), Clark Sommers (bass), and Dana Hall (drums)

Nikki Glaspie (drums), Jessica Lurie (reeds, flute, toys, electronics, vocals), Brian Haas (keys), and Helen Gillet (cello, electronics, vocals)

Sun 8/20 - Frequency Series presents COPPICE
Noé Cuéllar and Joseph Kramer present music for physical modeling and modular syntheses projected as a multichannel sound design with fake air and images.

Wed 9/13 Cooper-Moore
Fri 9/22 Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Xambuca
Sun 9/24 Michael Vincent Waller with R. Andrew Lee & Seth Parker Woods
Fri 9/29 Dave Burrell & Harrison Bankhead
Fri 10/27 Mara Rosenbloom Chicago Ensemble
Sat 11/4 Barry Gifford & Jason Adasiewicz

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ray Obiedo @ San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, tomorrow night!

Anna Mjöll @ Vibrato, this Sunday

If you are in the LA area, don't miss the LAST CHANCE (!!!) to see Anna Mjöll at VIBRATO till end of November!!! Show starts at 8 - call 310.474.9400 for reservations - hope to see you there ... 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Kate Baker/Vic Juris stellar quartet live @ The Deer Head Inn, Aug 11

The great singer Kate Baker and guitar master Vic Juris will be performing with legendary bassist Harvie S (aka Harvie Swartz) and one of Brazil's top drummers, Mauricio Zotterelli, at The Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvannia. This next Friday, Aug 11, from 7-11 pm. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Oaktown Funk @ Empress Theater, Aug 5

This next Saturday night, Aug 5th, don't miss Oaktown Funk with Linda Tillery, Mike Clark, Will Blades, Melecio Magdaluyo & Ray Obiedo appearing @ Vallejo's Empress Theatre at 8pm.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Historical CD of the Month - "Freddie Hubbard: The CTI Years 1970-1973"

Historical CD of the Month 
Freddie Hubbard: "The CTI Years 1970 - 1973" (Hi Hat HH2CD3066, 2-CD set)

When top jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard began recording for the CTI label in the early 1970s, he combined his mastery of bop with forays into fusion and imaginative interpretations of contemporary rock and soul hits, reaching his creative heyday. Something that led him to replace Miles Davis as #1 Trumpeter in the DownBeat polls!

This album looks like a compilation of his CTI studio recordings, but it is not. With more than two hours of music, this unofficial two-CD release showcases Hubbard at the head of several lineups at four different concerts recorded during the period he was signed to Creed Taylor's label. They were broadcasted on different radio stations, and feature Hubbard performing songs from his popular albums "Red Clay," "Street Life," "Polar AC" and the Grammy winning "First Light."

There are incredible performances at Rutgers University 1970, The Jazz Workshop 1972 & 73 and Ebbet’s Field 1973, from broadcasts on WRSU, WBCN and KCUV FM Radio. All tracks digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality. Essential for CTI and Hubbard fans.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (Spring 1970) WRSU-FM
1. Ugetsu (Fantasy in D)
2. Red Clay (Bass Solo)
3. Calypso Fred
The Jazz Workshop, Boston (26th September 1972) WBCN-FM
4. First Light
5. The Intrepid Fox (Drum Solo)

The Jazz Workshop, Boston (26th September 1972) WBCN-FM
1. Mr Clean
The Jazz Workshop, Boston (9th October 1973) WBCN-FM
2. Betcha By Golly Wow
Ebbet’s Field, Denver (30th October 1973) KCUV-FM
3. Spirits Of Trane (Drum Solo)
4. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

Brazilian Music CD of the Month - "Mario Adnet: Saudade Maravilhosa"

Brazilian Music CD of the Month
Mario Adnet: "Saudade Maravilhosa" (Selo SESC)

Produced by Mario Adnet & Antonia Adnet
Executive Producer: Mariza Adnet
Arranged by Mario Adnet
Assistant Music Director: Joana Adnet

Design: Gabriel Leite
Cover Painting: Guilherme Secchin
Photo of the painting: Milton Montenegro
Photos: Daryan Dornelles & Gabriel Pinheiro

Recorded & Mixed by Gabriel Pinheiro @ Biscoito Fino Studios
Mastered by Luiz Tornaghi
Liner Notes: Danilo Santos de Miranda
Featuring: Mario Adnet (acoustic guitar), Marcos Nimrichter (acoustic piano & Fender Rhodes electric piano), Jorge Helder (acoustic bass), Rafael Barata (drums), Leonardo Amuedo & Ricardo Silveira (electric guitars), Armando Marçal (percussion), Cristiano Alves (clarinet), Aquiles Moraes (trumpet & flugelhorn), Everson Moraes (trombone), Eduardo Neves (soprano sax, tenor sax & flute)

On Mario Adnet's hands, always able to update the Brazilian music traditions, the sounds become poetry in form of songs; no matter if instrumental tunes or with lyrics (like happens only once on this new album, on "Valsa do Baque Virado", co-written by João Cavalcanti, the Casuarina man.)

Nine haunting originals and an amazing rendition of Duke Ellington/Juan Tizol's "Caravan" comprise the repertoire. For those not yet familiar with Adnet's skills as arranger, "Caravan" provides a small taste of his fertile imagination, taking that famous jazz classic to the "deserts" of Pernambuco (in Northern Brazil), evoking the Moacir Santos style that he knows so well.

Dance CD of the Month - "The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra feat. Bertrami, Verocai & Malheiros"

Dance Album of the Month
"The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra Feat. José Roberto Bertrami, Arthur Verocai, Alex Malheiros & More" (Far Out FARO 181 DCD, 2-CD set)

Project Producer: Joe Davis
Assistant Producers: José Roberto Bertrami & Alex Malheiros
Arranged by Bertrami, Malheiros & Arthur Verocai
String & Horn Arrangements: Arthur Verocai
Recorded @ Cia. dos Técnicos Studio by Mario Jorge Bruno
Assistant Enginers: Daniel Maunick, David Brinkworth & Magrão
Sleeve Design: Swifty

Featuring: José Roberto Bertrami (piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, Mini Moog, Vocoder, synthesizers), Alex Malheiros (electric bass, electric guitar), Paulinho Black & Flavio Santos (drums), Rafael Rocha & Zero (percussion), Zé Carlos & Fabio Lima (electric guitars), Altair Martins & Jessé Sadoc (trumpet), Johnson de Almeida & Aldivas Ayres (trombone), Ricardo Pontes (alto sax), Zé Carlos Bigorna & Paulo Renato Franco (tenor sax), Paulo Guimarães (flute), DJ Kuku (scratching), Daniel Maunick (drum programming), Mia Mendes & Marcina Arnold (vocals) et al.

One of the most interesting albums on Far Out Recordings' catalog, features the late genius José Roberto Bertrami, Alex Malheiros and Arthur Verocai. This trio wrote most of the tunes, and recorded the basic tracks & the string section (8 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos) in Rio. Some overdubs and the vocals were later added in London.

I vividly remember Bertrami talking enthusiastically about the project ("it's going to be the Brazilian version of the MFSB Sound of Philadelphia!") and showing me some of his songs -- "Don't Cha Know He's Alright," "Freefall," "The Last Carnival" and "Keep Believing" -- when we were on the road back in 2009. Verocai also contributed some strong originals like "A Disco Supreme" (inspired by John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme") and "Mystery." And Malheiros' always perfect bass lines & unlimited sense of groove are the ice of the cake.

Disc 2 includes remixes exclusively, prepared by renowned dudes like Luca Trevise (better known as LTJ X-Perience), Theo Parrish, John Morales, Mark Pritchard, Marcellus Pittman, Jose Carretas and Mark E.

If you love lushly orchestrated disco music from the late 70s, this is for you.

Vocal CD of the Month - "Sabrina Malheiros: Dreaming"

Vocal CD of the Month
Sabrina Malheiros: "Dreaming" (Far Out FARO 161)

Produced, Engineered & Arranged by Daniel "Venom" Maunick for Viper Squad Productions
Co-Produced & Arranged by Sabrina Malheiros
Project Coordination: Alex Malheiros
Executive Producer: Joe Davis
Art Direction & Design: Tyler Askew

Featuring: Sabrina Malheiros (vocals, acoustic guitar), Alex Malheiros (electric bass, electric guitar & Fender Rhodes), Daniel Maunick (synths, scratching & programming), Alfredo Cardim (piano & Fender Rhodes), Flavio Santos (drums), Armando Marçal aka Marçalzinho (percussion), Robertinho Silva (percussion), Renato Franco (flutes), Jessé Sadoc (trumpet), Gilmar Ferreira (trombone), Marcelo Martins (sax & flute), Livia Malheiros, Joe Davis & Henrique Vilhena (backing vocals).

The fourth solo album (counting three studio sessions and a remix project) by the London-based/Niteroi-born nu-bossa star Sabrina Malheiros (the talented daughter of Azymuth's bassist and founding member Alex Malheiros) is a delightful trip through the galaxies of nu-jazz, electronic soul music, r&b, acid bossa and samba grooves. A flawless magical journey guided by Sabrina's creamy, soulful & sultry vocals.

The album starts well with "Bobeira" and keeps growing track by track, reaching its climax on the wonderful "Segredo" -- co-penned by Alex, Sabrina and her husband Daniel Maunick, son of Jean-Paul Bluey Maunick, the Incognito boss --, followed by my other personal favorite moments: an amazing version of Skip Scarborough's 1975 hit for Earth Wind & Fire "Can't Hide Love" (the only track sung in English!), the funkyfied "Primeira" and the glorious samba "Tem Dendê," that sounds better than any other samba recorded in the last decade and includes Sabrina's mother, Livia Malheiros, on the backing vocals. Pure pleasure.

PS: another Sabrina album, "Clareia," is coming out right now in Europe.

Monday, July 31, 2017

R.I.P.: Chuck Loeb (1955-2017)

(born Charles Samuel Loeb on December 07, 1955 in Nyack, New York, USA;
died on July 31st, 2017 in New York, NY, USA)

Completely devastated with the sad loss of my friend, guitarist extraordinaire Chuck Loeb, who died two hours ago after a long battle against cancer. 

Tom Jung (DMP founder) introduced us nearly 30 years ago, and since then I saw him developing a wonderful career. And what a fantastic discography - from Jim Hall to Larry Coryell, from Bob Mintzer to Michael Franks, from Stan Getz to Fourplay! Plus Donald Harrison, Till Brönner, Michel Camilo, Bob Dylan, Joe Farrell, the list goes on and on. 

My deepest condolences to Carmen and all his family. [He was married to singer Carmen Cuesta, father of Lizzy Loeb and Christina Loeb.]

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Jazz Station Gallery - "Cesar Camargo Mariano"

(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Cesar Camargo Mariano & Flavia R.A.C. Mariano)

Strings Attached @ Zinc Bar, tomorrow!

The great jazz impresario Charles Carlini presents the unbelievable reunion of guitar masters Joe Cohn, Vic Juris, Mark Whitfield and Jack Wilkins tomorrow night, July 31, at Zinc Bar (82 West 3rd Street, NYC). Two sets: 9 and 11pm. For reservations, please call: (212) 477-9462.

Filming with Chico Batera

(Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Chico Batera)

                               (Cesar Camargo Mariano & Silvio Cesar)

(Cesar Camargo Mariano, Silvio Cesar, Chico Batera & João Carlos Coutinho)

Filming with Cesar Camargo Mariano

(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Cesar Camargo Mariano and Flavia R.A.C. Mariano)
                        (Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Cesar Camargo Mariano)
                          (Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Cesar Camargo Mariano)
(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Cesar Camargo Mariano & Flavia R.A.C. Mariano)
(Estúdio Célio Martins, in tribute to the great sound engineer)
                                            (Cesar Camargo Mariano)