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Los Angeles-Based Pianist, Vocalist And Composer Adrianne Duncan Offers Songs Beautiful And Broad In Scope, Leading A Top-Shelf Ensemble On New Album 'Gemini'

Los Angeles-Based Pianist, Vocalist And Composer Adrianne Duncan Offers Songs Beautiful And Broad In Scope, Leading A Top-Shelf Ensemble On New Album 'Gemini'

BY ADRIANNE DUNCAN
September 23, 2021

In honing her own creative voice as a jazz pianist, singer and songwriter, Adrianne Duncan also discovered the ideal way to present it: with the devoted group of musicians and friends heard on her inspired recording Gemini. The versatile rhythm section features Duncan on piano with Dan Lutz on acoustic and electric bass and Jimmy Branly, who mixed the album, on drums. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini achieves a beautiful blend with Duncan’s instrument, serving the multifaceted songs with his fine touch ......

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Famed Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Releases 'Sing A Song Of Bird Feat. Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough, Marion Cowings

Famed Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Releases 'Sing A Song Of Bird Feat. Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough, Marion Cowings

BY HOLLY COOPER
September 22, 2021

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro is a favorite among jazz aficionados and musicians alike. That’s why Cedar Walton has said, “Roseanna Vitro, one of my favorite vocalists, sings with a great feeling for jazz. Her readings on major compositions are monumental.” Her outsized talents and passion for the music are matched only by the generosity of her spirit, which shines beautifully on her newest recording Sing a Song of Bird, a celebration of the great and inimitable Charlie Parker. Vitro conceived this ......

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7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest  2021 Edition

7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest 2021 Edition

BY VALERIO PAPPI
September 19, 2021

New website, new rules, new judges, new prizes, new sponsors The 7 Virtual Jazz Club is now in its sixth edition. Jazz artists from around the globe will have the chance to enter the most famous online jazz contest and we're accepting submissions until November 15, 2021. Categories Under 25 Musicians of any nationality aged 25 or younger, with no prior experience with a producer or artistic promotion. Pros & Amateurs All the musicians that do not qualify for the ......

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Rose City Musician, Brian Eaton, Releases An Unexpected & Eclectic Proggy-Jazz, Bass-Centric Project

Rose City Musician, Brian Eaton, Releases An Unexpected & Eclectic Proggy-Jazz, Bass-Centric Project

BY EATIN' RECORDS
September 18, 2021

Musician/Producer and Allegra Drums Artist Brian Eaton released his third full-length album, The Known Space Project, today on his label, Eatin’ Records, available now on digital platforms. Though a bit of a departure from his usual vocal rock sound, Eaton has returned to his jazz/fusion roots. The new instrumental album consists of nine original compositions showcasing the multi-instrumentalist’s diversity as a multi-genre artist and can be streamed or downloaded from here. Duane Williams, who’s featured six tracks from the album ......

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Interview: Renee Rosnes

Interview: Renee Rosnes

BY AAJ STAFF
September 16, 2021

I've always loved Renee Rosnes's piano—on albums and in concert. She appears on stage, politely recognizes the audience and then disappears into a stormy world of musical energy, complex originality and passion. So it was gratifying to have the opportunity recently to interview and write about her new album for The Wall Street Journal's Arts in Review section.  I've known Renee's husband, Bill Charlap, for years and have huge admiration for him. He's a gorgeous, exceptional jazz player and accompanist. ......

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All About Jazz Partners with Sweatshop Studios to create new YouTube Channel and High Definition Video Content

All About Jazz Partners with Sweatshop Studios to create new YouTube Channel and High Definition Video Content

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 15, 2021

All About Jazz—a leading provider of jazz content on the internet since 1995—has partnered with New York-based Sweatshop Studios to produce stunning videos of exceptional quality featuring the very best and brightest in jazz, from emerging talents to established stars. Each video combines performance footage with an interview to give viewers an up-close and personal look at an artist—from the bandstand to the backstage. For a sense of what to expect from an All About Jazz / Sweatshop Studios presentation, ......

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Chelsea Table + Stage: New York's New Hotspot

Chelsea Table + Stage: New York's New Hotspot

BY SCOTT H. THOMPSON
September 15, 2021

Chelsea Table + Stage is New York's newest hotspot for intimate dining and music. Offering a wide variety of American-fare menu items, with curated wine + cocktails, audiences can experience some of the best touring performers in the world featured alongside local emerging artists. Chelsea Table + Stage opens the doors to hospitality, entertainment, and enjoyment every night, featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting, a 10-seat in-theatre bar, lofted VIP mezzanine for private groups, and table seating for the perfect date ......

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Drummer Robert Castelli Releases 'Party At One World Plaza'

Drummer Robert Castelli Releases 'Party At One World Plaza'

BY ROBERT CASTELLI
September 14, 2021

Released during lockdown, Party at One World Plaza continues to garner great reviews and continued radio play on podcasts, internet and traditional radio in Europe, the U.K., Canada and the USA. A drummer and bandleader who writes the music for the band, Castelli says he's trying to motivate the drumming community to be more musical, come out from behind the kit, lead a band and yes, even compose music. Here's just some of what is being said by journalists. “As ......

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11 Day Benefit Event Scheduled to Support 55 Bar, Running September 23rd - October 2

11 Day Benefit Event Scheduled to Support 55 Bar, Running September 23rd - October 2

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 13, 2021

Adored by patrons and musicians alike, 55 Bar is utterly unique in the jny: New York City music scene; an unfussy, inexpensive, dive bar where audiences can watch some of the world’s best jazz and blues musicians from ten feet away. It’s a club where brilliant newcomers can launch their careers and seasoned professionals can workshop new compositions before going out on the road. Regulars include Mike Stern, Leni Stern, Wayne Krantz, David Binney, Adam Rogers, Henry Hey, Keith Carlock, ......

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Renowned Filmmaker/Composer Gabriel Judet-Weinshel Debuts 'Unpinnable Butterflies' Music Project (Due Sept. 24 Via Sonablast!)

Renowned Filmmaker/Composer Gabriel Judet-Weinshel Debuts 'Unpinnable Butterflies' Music Project (Due Sept. 24 Via Sonablast!)

BY ROB EVANOFF
September 12, 2021

Unpinnable Butterflies is the overarching project name for songwriter and film composer Gabriel Judet-Weinshel. When Grammy-nominated producer and composer Scott Healy (American Steel, Ricky Martin, Phoebe Snow) first heard a collection of Gabriel’s demos and agreed to produce the songwriter’s first record for indie imprint sonaBLAST! Records, Gabriel found himself again surrounded by musical luminaries, as Healy assembled an all-star cast of some of New York City’s greatest session players and special guests. His debut, The Exile of Saint Christopher, ......

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Al Ross & The Planets Release Smooth Jazz Single, 'All The Things We Started'

Al Ross & The Planets Release Smooth Jazz Single, 'All The Things We Started'

BY RANDY HAECKER
September 11, 2021

Al Ross and the Planets today service their latest single, “All the Things We Started," to smooth jazz radio. The track appears on the London band's second album, Blue Crystal, which was released in North America by MVD Entertainment on September 10. The new single follows the success of “Faith," a previous track released in July that has enjoyed UK airplay from influential deejays Cerys Matthews at BBC Radio Two and Janice Long at BBC Radio Wales, plus additional exposure ......

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Sacramento-Based Drummer Alex Jenkins Releases 'Tri-Cycle' with Levi Saelua and Alex Reiff

Sacramento-Based Drummer Alex Jenkins Releases 'Tri-Cycle' with Levi Saelua and Alex Reiff

BY ALEX JENKINS
September 10, 2021

Tri-Cycle is Alex Jenkins’ second trio album and features two of Sacramento’s most talented Jazz musicians; Levi Saelue on tenor saxophone/clarinet and Alex Reiff on the upright bass. The new album features seven original songs and two reworks; Led Zeppelin’s “No Quartet” and Dewey Redman’s “Joie De Vivre”. The opening track, “Scarlet Lullaby”, is an original composition by Jenkins and opens with an Afro-Cuban 12/8 feel in 7/4. With a haunting yet beautiful melody, this piece displays a trademark of ......

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JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 13, 2021

JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 13, 2021

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 10, 2021

All About Jazz publishes the weekly JazzWeek Radio Chart. Discover new releases, track chart movement, and learn what is being played on jazz radio stations in the United States. Enjoy!

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Antonio Adolfo Jobim Forever (AAM Music) 361 388 -27 1 47 1 6 2 3 2 Gerry Gibbs Songs From My Father (Whaling City Sound) 360 278 +82 2 50 2 3 3 2 3 The ......

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Songlines To Release Digital Only Re-Master Of Human Feel's 'Speak To It' On September 17

Songlines To Release Digital Only Re-Master Of Human Feel's 'Speak To It' On September 17

BY CARY GOLDBERG
September 9, 2021

Human Feel—Andrew D’Angelo, alto saxophone, bass clarinet; Chris Speed, tenor sax, clarinet; Kurt Rosenwinkel, guitar and Jim Black, drums—was one of New York's most distinctive downtown bands of the mid-'90s, when Songlines was doing a lot of recording in New York. (Jim Black had already been on Dave Douglas’s Tiny Bell Trio, Ellery Eskelin’s Jazz Trash and Ben Monder’s Flux.) Speak to It, their fourth CD, was released in 1996 to critical acclaim, but somehow the band subsequently lost momentum, ......

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Phil Schaap (1951-2021)

Phil Schaap (1951-2021)

BY AAJ STAFF
September 9, 2021

Phil Schaap, a jazz know-it-all, nudnik and tireless fact finder who put all of those skills to work to become one of radio's finest and most passionate jazz authorities, detectives and educators, died on September 7. He was 70. [Photo above of Phil Schaap at WKCR in 1991 by John Abbott, courtesy of John Abbott] Phil was best known in the New York City area for his daily weekday Bird Flight shows that came on before you woke up and ......

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Festival Of New Trumpet Music 2021 announces Brass Without Borders, September 8-15, 2021

Festival Of New Trumpet Music 2021 announces Brass Without Borders, September 8-15, 2021

BY LUKAS FREI
September 8, 2021

A GLOBAL CELEBRATION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY DIVERSITY IN CURRENT MUSIC FOR THE TRUMPET For almost 20 years, the Festival Of New Trumpet Music has embraced innovation and the unheard. Led by Dave Douglas, this small festival defies stylistic categories and presents exciting music centered around the trumpet each year, in previous years at clubs and stages around New York City. The pandemic-related all-digital version of 2020 was the occasion to be able to present trumpeters from all over the world ......

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Gypsy Jazz meets Bluegrass: The Hot Club of Philadelphia double bill with The Cheddar Boys  at The Livingroom’s new location

Gypsy Jazz meets Bluegrass: The Hot Club of Philadelphia double bill with The Cheddar Boys at The Livingroom’s new location

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 8, 2021

Two of Philadelphia’s acoustic music mainstays perform at one of the city’s hidden gems A city staple of the past 20 years, The Hot Club of Philadelphia Gypsy Jazz Band, (HCP) is slated for their first performance at The Living Room at 35 East’s new larger location (35 East Ardmore Ave), on Friday October 1, joined by another local favorite, the “y’allternative” Bluegrass-Country band The Cheddar Boys. HCP will play their blend of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli classics, Klezmer, ......

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How Radio Jingles Are Made

How Radio Jingles Are Made

BY AAJ STAFF
September 8, 2021

The last time I wrote about radio jingles was in 2012, when I interviewed jingle writer Larry Greene in two parts (here and here). I love the sound of great radio jingles. The vocals harmonies are always tight and fresh, and the melodies they sing are meant to be catchy and addictive. The modern radio jingle has its roots in the close-harmony sound of vocal groups like the Four Freshmen and the Hi-Lo's (think “Let Hertz put youuu, in the ......

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San Antonio's Doc Watkins Plans Charity Boxing to Help Local Musicians

San Antonio's Doc Watkins Plans Charity Boxing to Help Local Musicians

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 6, 2021

The idea first came to Doc Watkins back in December. The 40-year-old jazz pianist, bandleader and owner of popular jny: San Antonio live jazz club Jazz, TX, thought it was crazy. That's why he immediately liked it. The idea: Punch back at the Covid-related shutdown that was devastating San Antonio's music community with a charity boxing show. But not with boxers; instead, musicians, bartenders and local business people would be matched up. “I was ......

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Free Webinar for Jazz Musicians: How to build a professional website for your music on September 29th at 1pm EST

Free Webinar for Jazz Musicians: How to build a professional website for your music on September 29th at 1pm EST

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 4, 2021

Have you considered building a new or relaunching an existing website but don’t know where to start? If so, attend the All About Jazz-sponsored Bandzoogle seminar and learn the ins and outs of building a beautiful website that perfectly communicates the essence of you and your music. Join Melanie Kealey from Bandzoogle on September 29th, 1pm EST to learn all about how to build a professional website for your music, including: Why it’s crucial to have your own website; What ......

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