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Trombonist Robin Eubanks Releases "More Than Meets The Ear," A Groundbreaking Big Band Album By Eubank’s Mass Line Big Band Out November 27, 2015

Trombonist Robin Eubanks Releases "More Than Meets The Ear," A Groundbreaking Big Band Album By Eubank’s Mass Line Big Band Out November 27, 2015

Multiple DownBeat critics poll winner and electric trombone pioneer Robin Eubanks has covered vast terrain in the course of a 30-plus-year career, but until this year he’d never made a big band album. That changes with the release of More than Meets the Ear (ArtistShare), a groundbreaking collection of Eubanks’ muscular, interwoven compositions. And it introduces ...

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Composer, Arranger, And Pianist Miho Hazama Releases Second Album On Sunnyside Records, "Time River," Out October 2nd, 2015

Composer, Arranger, And Pianist Miho Hazama Releases Second Album On Sunnyside Records, "Time River," Out October 2nd, 2015

Hazama Draws on Her Former Life in Tokyo and Her New One in New York City, Displaying An Ambitious and Nuanced Musical Temperament Time River Features Hazama’s m_unit, a hybrid big band/chamber ensemble with special guests saxophonist Joshua Redman & accordionist Gil Goldstein On her knockout debut album, Journey To Journey, composer/arranger/pianist Miho Hazama marked the transition from the world of ...

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Paul Hemmings, Jazz Ukulele Provocateur, Releases "The Blues And The Abstract Uke" Out October 9th, 2015

Paul Hemmings, Jazz Ukulele Provocateur, Releases "The Blues And The Abstract Uke" Out October 9th, 2015

Beautifully realized trio album with Gaku Takanashi, Rudy Royston plus guests Curtis Fowlkes, Greg Tardy Paul Hemmings has mastered the uncommon and highly compelling art of jazz ukulele. On The Blues and the Abstract Uke (the title clearly a nod to the great Oliver Nelson), Hemmings reveals a richness of harmony, a bell-like tone and a deep, ...

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Adegoke Steve Colson, 40+ Year Veteran Of AACM, Releases "Tones For" (Silver Sphinx Records), His First Solo Piano Album, Paying Tribute To Great Abolitionists – Out November 20th

Adegoke Steve Colson, 40+ Year Veteran Of AACM,  Releases "Tones For" (Silver Sphinx Records),  His First Solo Piano Album, Paying Tribute To Great Abolitionists – Out November 20th

On his first ever solo piano CD, Adegoke Steve Colson takes listeners on an epic journey through historic African-American struggles. Tones For, to be released on November 20th Colson’s own Silver Sphinx label, pays tribute to three icons of the battle against slavery: Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass. The release of the album, Colson’s first since his acclaimed ...

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Dave Douglas Quintet Returns With "Brazen Heart"

Dave Douglas Quintet Returns With "Brazen Heart"

Trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas, one of the most prolific and influential jazz musicians of our time, has created “a body of work [that] reflects an inveterate engagement with the world, taking inspiration from literature, politics, dance and film, as well as jazz and new-music traditions,” writes Nate Chinen of The New York Times. But Douglas also draws from deep ...

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Saxophonist Scott Jeppesen Takes Inspiration From Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World On Second Album, "Wonders" On Oct 23rd

Saxophonist Scott Jeppesen Takes Inspiration From Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World On Second Album, "Wonders" On Oct 23rd

Album Features top Los Angeles players Larry Koonse (guitar), Josh Nelson (piano/keyboard), Dave Robaire (bass), Dan Schnelle (drums) Straight-ahead jazz’s fixation on the past can often lead to stagnation. But on his dazzling new album, Wonders, jny: Los Angeles-based tenor saxophonist Scott Jeppesen attacks the problem in an unlikely way: he reaches way further back. So far back, in fact, ...

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Chicago Drummer/Composer/Impresario Mike Reed Releases "A New Kind Of Dance" (482 Music) – The 6th Album By His Acclaimed Quartet People, Places, And Things - Out Sept 25th

Chicago Drummer/Composer/Impresario Mike Reed Releases "A New Kind Of Dance" (482 Music) – The 6th Album By His Acclaimed Quartet People, Places, And Things - Out Sept 25th

A New Kind of Dance Features Reed's Original Compositons, Alongside Covers of Ellington/Strayhorn, Mos Def & A Traditional Bulgarian Folk Dance Also Features Luminary Matthew Shipp & Thelonious Monk Competition Winner Marquis Hill When drummer, composer and bandleader Mike Reed isn’t playing music he spends much of his time watching others making it. But he also observes ...

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Chicago Jazz Fest Full Lineup For September 3-6, 2015 Program

Chicago Jazz Fest Full Lineup For September 3-6, 2015 Program

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the 37th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. The festival will take place in Millennium Park and at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street), September 3-6, showcasing the very best of jazz music from noon to 9:30pm daily. Additionally, the festival is ...

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Newly Discovered New York Concerts From 1965 By Iconic Reedman Jimmy Giuffre’s 3 & 4 Now Available

Newly Discovered New York Concerts From 1965 By Iconic Reedman Jimmy Giuffre’s 3 & 4 Now Available

New York Concerts Marks First Release of New Label Elemental Music, A Partnership Between American Producer Zev Feldman And Barcelona-Based Distributor Distrijazz, Dedicated to Releasing Newly Discovered Archival or Out of Print Jazz Featuring Joe Chambers, Richard Davis, Don Friedman & Barre Phillips The years between the release of Jimmy Giuffre‘s ground-breaking 1962 albumFree Fall and his return to the ...

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Saxophonist Lenny Pickett Releases Second Album Of Storied 40+ Year Career, The Prescription, With Finnish UMO Jazz Orchestra On Random Act Records

Saxophonist Lenny Pickett Releases Second Album Of Storied 40+ Year Career, The Prescription, With Finnish UMO Jazz Orchestra On Random Act Records

It’s remarkable that The Prescription marks only the second album as a leader for Lenny Pickett, the renowned tenor saxophonist and E-flat clarinetist who was a seminal horn- section member of the pop/funk band Tower of Power from 1972-1981, and has been a member of the Saturday Night Live band since 1985 and its musical director since 1995. A longtime ...