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NEWS: RECORDING

BlueMusicGroup.com Gives Away Entire Albums As Free MP3 Downloads

BlueMusicGroup.com Gives Away Entire Albums As Free MP3 Downloads

In the era of Spotify and Pandora streaming subscriptions, jazz and classical downloads have become an ever-less popular form of listening to music. While Compact Disc sales have surged somewhat, streaming is in 2015 the predominant way to consume music. BlueMusicGroup.com—The Small Label With Big Music—has taken bold measures to make their MP3 download items more popular. ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Children's Songs By Chick Corea Recorded By Pianist Mika Pohjola

Children's Songs By Chick Corea Recorded By Pianist Mika Pohjola

Pianist and composer Mika Pohjola has released a new album containing twenty Children's Songs by multiple Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Chick Corea. Children's Songs mainly consists of short songs with simple themes. There is little motivic development in these songs, which rather capture a variety of melodies and moods. Corea, today 73, began writing the first song in 1971. In ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Real Swedish Essential Songs - Beyond Abba - Now Released

The Real Swedish Essential Songs - Beyond Abba - Now Released

A fruitful cooperation spanning twenty years, vocalist Johanna Grüssner and pianist-composer Mika Pohjola release their twenty-five best tracks on a celebration album, Swedish Songs: The Essential Collection. Grüssner and Pohjola have worked closely since the 1990s, when they were students at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. They later performed and recorded on the New York jazz scene, before ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Pianist Mika Pohjola Presents A Stockholm Concert Series

Pianist and composer Mika Pohjola presents a weekly concert series at the Finnish Church (Finska Kyrkan/Suomalainen Kirkko) in Stockholm spanning July and August 2014. The series features notable guest artists from Sweden and Finland, in a duo and trio format, who will perform with Pohjola every Wednesday starting at 11:30 am. They will present music in the jazz and Scandinavian troubadour ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Swedish Children's Classics Revamped On "Nu Ska Vi Sjunga"

Swedish Children's Classics Revamped On "Nu Ska Vi Sjunga"

Swedish singing tradition is alive and well. In the latest of revamped versions of children's classics, vocalist Johanna Grüssner and arranger-composer Mika Pohjola interpret forty songs from the Nu ska vi sjunga (Now We Shall Sing) songbook. The album embraces the rich Swedish singing tradition and is in accordance with the Orff & Kodály method tuned to the natural keys ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mika Pohjola, Dan Loomis, Kyle Struve: Trio Hour

Read "Trio Hour" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Mika Pohjola is a man of many talents. He runs the New York-based Blue Music Group--"the small label with big music." He has collaborated on albums of religious and traditional Finnish, Swedish music, given classical recitals, accompanied vocalists Jill Walsh and Johanna Grüssner and gigged with diverse jazz aggregations.

It would be a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New York Session Group Rides High On "Trio Hour"

New York Session Group Rides High On "Trio Hour"

Pianist Mika Pohjola, bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Kyle Struve played 2005-09 on a weekly basis in Pohjola's studio on East 14th Street in Manhattan. The trio specialized in exploring improvisational concepts based on the framework and form of jazz standards. And this fine outing, Trio Hour, recorded in early 2007, is precisely that: Jazz standards and explorations beyond. The first ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Provinciano By Argentinian Bassist Fernando Huergo Rereleased

Provinciano By Argentinian Bassist Fernando Huergo Rereleased

Argentinian bassist and composer Fernando Huergo rereleases his successful album, Provinciano, on Blue Music Group, now featuring a new mix and master, made for iTunes. Featuring thirteen compositions, most of them from Huergo's creative pen, the album has been praised by the media - All About Jazz says “Huergo triumphantly morphs the best of several musical worlds into this dazzling ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Johanna Grussner: From Scandinavia to NYC... and back again

Read "Johanna Grussner: From Scandinavia to NYC... and back again" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Johanna Grüssner is a truly remarkable young woman. Aged 28, she has emerged as one of the best, most professional jazz singers in the Nordic Area after paying her dues in the toughest environment jazz has to offer; gigging around clubs in New York City, including Birdland, where she sang backed by a big band she ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Jazz pianist Mika Pohjola releases "101 Compositions"

One Hundred One compositions by Mika Pohjola is one of most important musical statements to-date by the Finnish-born New York jazz pianist who also writes classical music. In 2009, Pohjola was cited as one of fifty “most influential pianists since 1990," by Jazz, a 700- page book on jazz history, authored by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux. Pohjola has recorded ...