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Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival
Downtown Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
August 31-September 3, 2018

Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

Randy Waldman's career spans more than 40 years, and he’s performed and toured with many of the biggest names in the jazz, pop and R&B worlds. His work can be heard on hundreds of movies, television shows, and albums. Randy has been Barbra Streisand's pianist and musical director for over 30 years and is featured on many ...

Nils Landgren: Unbreakable

Read "Unbreakable" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The very first album released by German progressive label ACT Records (in 1994) was by the Funk Unit led by trombone master Nils Landgren, recorded Live in Stockholm that summer with Maceo Parker as special guest. Other Funk Unit releases for ACT Records include Paint It Blue (1996), the trombonist's tribute to composer/saxophonist Cannonball Adderley with ...

Take Five with Isaiah Stewart

Read "Take Five with Isaiah Stewart" reviewed by Isaiah Stewart

About Isaiah Stewart

Since the release of his debut album Life Games in 2000, Isaiah Stewart has emerged as a unique indy voice in contemporary urban jazz-funk. Seeking to carry on classic “old school" jazz/R&B traditions, the versatile drummer's hard-grooving yet fluid music has led to a total of five albums and nearly 10 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Multi-Grammy Artists Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato And Tom Scott Featured On New Album By Drummer Isaiah Stewart

Multi-Grammy Artists Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato And Tom Scott Featured On New Album By Drummer Isaiah Stewart

Jazz-funk drummer and worldwide recording artist Isaiah Stewart announces the release of his fifth album Summer Beat, which features trumpeter Randy Brecker, keyboardist Eumir Deodato and saxophonist Tom Scott. Summer Beat is currently available at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and all other popular online retail and music-streaming services worldwide. About Randy Brecker One of the most respected musicians in the ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Isaiah Stewart

MORE THAN 7.6 MILLION LISTENERS WORLDWIDE Isaiah Stewart is a professional ASCAP recording artist whose albums – SUMMER BEAT (featuring Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato, Tom Scott), THRILL RIDE (featuring Jamie Glaser), GROOVE GARDEN, URBAN PLAYGROUND and LIFE GAMES – deliver explosive all-original music that unites the worlds of funk, jazz, soul, hip-hop and rock into one powerful musical experience. Since releasing his debut album 18 years ago, Isaiah Stewart's music has been streamed and downloaded by over 7.6 million listeners worldwide. MADONNA & EMINEM...REALLY? Isaiah's global popularity as a recording artist initially exploded August 2001 when "Midtown Funk," the hit jazz/funk song from LIFE GAMES, hit #15 on MP3.com's overall Top 40, beating out tracks from popular artists such as Eminem, Madonna, Linkin Park, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, The Offspring and Sum 41. At the time, MP3.com was the world's No

Brian Bromberg: Thicker Than Water

Read "Thicker Than Water" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Brian Bromberg specializes in smooth jazz. That's music with rough edges removed. He plays it on basses, upright and electric, and on piccolo basses which are tuned to sound like guitars.

It's all fiendishly clever but Bromberg remains modest. He uses a whole side of the album's cover to thank everyone, including God, ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2

2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

Read "Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988" reviewed by John Kelman

Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

Mural: Shishi's Wish

Read "Shishi's Wish" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Prende il nome dal suo disco d'esordio, questo trio nippo-tedesco-cileno nato a New York nel 2015. Giunto al secondo album, Mural conferma la prospettiva trasversale, spaziando da momenti di marcata concitazione elettrica --una sorta di fusion rivisitata evidente in «Giacomo!» e in «Geronimo» --ad altri acusticamente riflessivi, venati di atmosfere folk.

I tratti costanti ...