Jazz News


Curated articles and news from All About Jazz
FILTER Results

News

'Rise Up' Calls For Social Change And Convincingly Urges The Listener To Act Now

'Rise Up' Calls For Social Change And Convincingly Urges The Listener To Act Now

BY LYDIA DUDLEY
December 3, 2023

Lydia Salett Dudley is a major musical force. She leads Jazz Xpressions, a versatile group based in Raleigh, North Carolina that frequently blurs the lines between creative jazz, grooving r&b and gospel music. Her latest recording, Rise Up, is the result of a grant for female jazz bandleaders from Chamber Music America that included a mentorship with the masterful singer Carmen Lundy. Blessed with a beautiful voice, a creative spirit, and a purposeful style, Lydia Salett Dudley is in prime ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

'El Trio - Live In Italy' with John Beasley, José Armando Gola, Horacio El Negro Hernández available on January 19, 2024 on Challenge Records

'El Trio - Live In Italy' with John Beasley, José Armando Gola, Horacio El Negro Hernández available on January 19, 2024 on Challenge Records

BY GLENDA RUSH
December 2, 2023

El Trio Live in Italy featuring John Beasley on piano, José Armando Gola on double bass and Horacio El Negro Hernández on drums. “El Trio touring in Italy in the summer of 2022 is about ‘eat, music, love’.” Three friends on stage letting the music play them. “To our godfather Chucho Valdés who has inspired each of us, given us a helping hand along the way, and put us up on stage alongside him. We are eternally grateful.” Street Date: ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

All About Jazz Top 10 Songs: November 2023

All About Jazz Top 10 Songs: November 2023

BY MICHAEL RICCI
December 1, 2023

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the songs featured in November, these ten represent our reader's favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here. Enjoy! Top Songs La Flor de la Canela Edward Simon From: Femininas 3:46 Never Let Me Go Javon Jackson From: With Peter Bradley 6:32 ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Bonzo Squad Smashes The Norm With New Christmas Album

Bonzo Squad Smashes The Norm With New Christmas Album

BY ANDREW VOGT
November 30, 2023

An annual tradition that started seven years ago as a gift to the band, bassist Andrew Vogt arranged a batch of Christmas songs for the group to play, fitted snugly on top of existing Bonzo Squad music. This February, they took that music into Rax Trax Studios and recorded it for future holidays, when they are all too fat and lazy to fit into their elf costumes. The result was A Very Bonzo Christmas an eight-track album chock-full of holiday ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

The first names for jazzahead! 2024 are announced: Maite Hontelé (and mambo!) at the Gala Concert

The first names for jazzahead! 2024 are announced: Maite Hontelé (and mambo!) at the Gala Concert

BY MICHAEL RICCI
November 29, 2023

Let there be joy... and energy... and mambo! The 2024 jazz trade fair and festival will take place from April 11 to 13. jazzahead! goes mambo- and presents the first names for its next edition in 2024. Dutch trumpet star Maite Hontelé and the internationally renowned Dutch youth jazz orchestra NJJO (Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest) – and more guests still to be announced – are booked for the Gala Concert, which will take place on Saturday, 13 April 2024 at ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Announces 2024 Winter Jazz Performances Including Max Roach Centennial Celebrations, All-Star Musical Exploration Of Peggy Lee-frank Sinatra, And More

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Announces 2024 Winter Jazz Performances Including Max Roach Centennial Celebrations, All-Star Musical Exploration Of Peggy Lee-frank Sinatra, And More

BY APRIL THIBEAULT
November 28, 2023

Thursday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. Max Roach Centennial: The Drum Also Waltzes Documentary Film Screening + Panel Discussion Celebrate Max Roach’s centennial with a screening of the new documentary Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes at The Newark Museum of Art. Afterwards, a panel discussion will include Max’s son Raoul Roach and the film’s director / producers Sam Pollard and Ben Shapiro. Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes explores the life and music of the legendary drummer, composer, bandleader ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Keying Up The City: World-class Jazz Pianists To Illuminate Manhattan At The Second Annual NY Jazz Piano Festival!

Keying Up The City: World-class Jazz Pianists To Illuminate Manhattan At The Second Annual NY Jazz Piano Festival!

BY CHARLES CARLINI PRESENTS
November 27, 2023

The pulse of jazz will reverberate through the city that never sleeps as the Second Annual New York Jazz Piano Festival takes center stage from January 12 to 16, 2024. This much-anticipated event will showcase an exceptional array of world-class jazz pianists at iconic Manhattan venues. Organized by the visionary talents of Jim Luce and Charles Carlini, this year's festival promises an unforgettable celebration of jazz, uniting renowned musicians, jazz enthusiasts, and the city's vibrant cultural scene. Over four days, ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Italian Prog Legends Syndone To Release New Concept Album 'Dirtythirty'

Italian Prog Legends Syndone To Release New Concept Album 'Dirtythirty'

BY WILLIAM JAMES
November 23, 2023

Sit down, make yourself comfortable. This is the story of an artistic journey, a 30-year parable. Listen. Immerse yourself. Eliminate all distractions; let the music speak to you, like it used to do. DirtyThirty is the culmination of a class struggle, of the utopian ideal of those who stubbornly cling to a model of the world that still embraces thought, wonder and the courage of art. Syndone is a vision, a nine-album journey, the desire to make a mark in ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Jazz Detective Launches Never Before Released Cal Tjader Live Sets Recorded In The 1960s At The Penthouse Jazz Club In Seattle

Jazz Detective Launches Never Before Released Cal Tjader Live Sets Recorded In The 1960s At The Penthouse Jazz Club In Seattle

BY MICHAEL RICCI
November 22, 2023

THIS IS THE FIRST OFFICIAL RELEASE OF PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED LIVE CAL TJADER MUSIC IN NEARLY 20 YEARS! Transferred from the original tape reels and mastered for vinyl by Bernie Grundman, Cal Tjader: Catch The Groove – Live at the Penthouse 1963-1967 is presented as a 180-gram vinyl limited edition 3-LP SET and will also be available as a Deluxe 2-CD set and as a digital download. LP Release Date: November 24th CD Release Date: December 1st The deluxe package includes ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Tyreek McDole Wins 12th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition

Tyreek McDole Wins 12th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition

BY APRIL THIBEAULT
November 22, 2023

As part of NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival and Year-Round Centennial Celebrations Honoring Sarah Vaughan As part of NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) today announced Tyreek McDole as the winner of the annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. This marks the second time a male vocalist won in the contest’s 12-year history. Hosted by WBGO Radio’s Pat Prescott, Sunday’s“The SASSY Awards” presented the Top Five Finalists on the iconic NJPAC ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Multi-Instrumentalist Julian Calv Releases A Cover Of The Moondog Song 'Encore' (Originally Titled 'Utsu') Through Deko Entertainment

Multi-Instrumentalist Julian Calv Releases A Cover Of The Moondog Song 'Encore' (Originally Titled 'Utsu') Through Deko Entertainment

BY WILLIAM JAMES
November 19, 2023

Percussionist Julian Calv was a music major who recently graduated from Moravian University in Bethlehem, PA. He now resides in the art community of Windsor, VT. Calv can occasionally be seen on Church Street in Burlington, VT, busking much in the way Moondog, aka the Viking of Sixth Avenue, did in NYC during the '50s and '60s. Calv has studied every aspect of the avant-garde musician’s creative life. In addition to composing and performing, Moondog’s life included the invention of ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Single Review: Alexia Gardner Finds New Meaning In Her Cover Of Soul Classic 'Stand By Me'

Single Review: Alexia Gardner Finds New Meaning In Her Cover Of Soul Classic 'Stand By Me'

BY ALEXIA BENZ GARDNER
November 19, 2023

With her latest album, Feeling the Love, Songs of My Mother, Songs of My Father, Alexia has reinterpreted some canonical songs from music history that have meant the most to her. British-Jamaican singer Alexia Gardner and her band, with Hyuna Park on piano, Martin Pizzarelli on bass, George Gray on drums, and Linus Wyrsch on tenor saxophone, have shared ‘Stand By Me,’ the latest single from her new album, Feeling the Love, Songs of My Mother, Songs of My Father. ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Drummer-composer Reggie Quinerly Explores The Possibilities Of Afro-Latin Jazz With The January 19 Release Of 'The Thousandth Scholar' On Redefinition Music

Drummer-composer Reggie Quinerly Explores The Possibilities Of Afro-Latin Jazz With The January 19 Release Of 'The Thousandth Scholar' On Redefinition Music

BY TERRI HINTE
November 18, 2023

The rich straight-ahead jazz of Reggie Quinerly gets an Afro-Caribbean spin with The Thousandth Scholar, to be released January 19on hisown Redefinition Music. Quinerly’s fifth album finds the drummer/composer seasoning his musical recipes with what Jelly Roll Morton called “the Spanish tinge,” a sometimes-subtle Latin flavor that he achieves without sacrificing his distinctive soulful sound—and with the help of an ace quartet including pianist Manuel Valera, bassist Matt Brewer, and percussionist Samuel Torres. The form of the quartet, featuring both ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Pianist Joshua Bowlus Spreads Christmas Cheer With New Music

Pianist Joshua Bowlus Spreads Christmas Cheer With New Music

BY JOSHUA BOWLUS
November 17, 2023

With a long overdue follow-up to his debut album in 2014 (What a Wonderful World), Joshua Bowlus collaborates again with vocalist Linda Cole to create a fresh offering of Christmas classics. This time, about half of the tracks feature Linda while the rest are instrumentals. The album cover showcases Joshua sitting at a grand piano full of wrapped gifts, as if the piano itself was a sleigh and the gifts contain the joyous music which will abound. Joshua has surrounded ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Soul Train Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Nicole Henry Heads Uptown For Special Holiday Concert On Friday, December 8, 2023

Soul Train Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Nicole Henry Heads Uptown For Special Holiday Concert On Friday, December 8, 2023

BY CHERYL DUNCAN
November 17, 2023

CITY COLLEGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH NICOLE HENRY International recording artist Nicole Henry will bring in the holidays at Aaron Davis Hall on Friday, December 8, as City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) presents a special concert with the powerhouse jazz vocalist. The 7 p.m. concert will feature holiday favorites and familiar classics by the singer who is celebrated for her fluency with the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, popular music and more. The ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Inaugural Guitar Masters Festival To Showcase World's Finest Guitarists In New York City

Inaugural Guitar Masters Festival To Showcase World's Finest Guitarists In New York City

BY CHARLES CARLINI PRESENTS
November 16, 2023

Charles Carlini Presents is thrilled to announce the launch of the first annual Guitar Masters Festival, set to captivate music enthusiasts and guitar aficionados alike from April 26th through 29th, 2024. This four-day extravaganza will showcase some of the very finest guitarists from around the world at various premier venues across New York City. Renowned impresario and esteemed guitar maven, Charles Carlini, the visionary behind “Charles Carlini Presents,” has curated an illustrious career dedicated to the celebration of guitar mastery. ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Singer/Songwriter Kristen Lee Sergeant Gives Museumgoers a Soundtrack for Manet

Singer/Songwriter Kristen Lee Sergeant Gives Museumgoers a Soundtrack for Manet

BY MICHAEL RICCI
November 15, 2023

An “unauthorized" audio guide is shaking things up for art goers at Metropolitan Museum in New York City, centered around an exhibit that features an artist who was no stranger to scandal himself. Kristen Lee Sergeant, an NYC based singer/songwriter, had been writing songs inspired by Manet's artwork since seeing an exhibit at the Getty years ago. When the Met announced the arrival of the “Manet/Degas" exhibit this fall, she recorded demos of the songs that corresponded to the paintings ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

From Ragtime To Early Jazz – Celebrating New England Conservatory’s Ragtime Legacy On Tuesday, November 21 At Jordan Hall

From Ragtime To Early Jazz – Celebrating New England Conservatory’s Ragtime Legacy On Tuesday, November 21 At Jordan Hall

BY ANN BRAITHWAITE
November 14, 2023

The Gunther Schuller Society and New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Musical Arts and Jazz Studies departments will honor the birthday of the most transformative figure in NEC’s history with From Ragtime to Early Jazz, the Gunther Schuller Legacy Concert on Tuesday, November 21. Directed by CMA co-chair Hankus Netsky, From Ragtime to Early Jazz celebrates the 50th anniversary of Schuller’s 1973 Grammy Award-winning The Red Back Book recording which re-introduced chamber orchestra arrangements of Scott Joplin’s music originally published around 1912. ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

Bill Bruford 'One Of A Kind' 12” Vinyl Edition Available on November 24, 2023

Bill Bruford 'One Of A Kind' 12” Vinyl Edition Available on November 24, 2023

BY WILLIAM JAMES
November 14, 2023

This definitive vinyl re-release is re-issued on Bruford’s own Winterfold Records, was overseen personally by Bill Bruford and ,astered from the original tapes recorded and mixed by Stephen W Tayler in 1979. Bill Bruford is the original drummer in YES and was a long-term member of King Crimson. The band Bruford recorded this album in 1979 and it went on to achieve critical acclaim and commercial success. Bruford's One Of A Kind 12” vinyl reissue will be available November 24, ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz

NYC-Based, Russian Born Drummer Tima Volozh Will Release 'Jubilee' On December 1

NYC-Based, Russian Born Drummer Tima Volozh Will Release 'Jubilee' On December 1

BY CARY GOLDBERG
November 11, 2023

On December 1, Russian-born, NYC-based drummer Tima Volozh will release Jubilee, his debut recording. The album’s genesis can be traced to the benefit concert that he organized in March 2022 as a response to the war in Ukraine, where he assembled musicians who shared his concern for the situation. Citing Paul Motian as one of his major influences, Volozh first interacted with Brad Shepik and Jerome Harris while conducting his research into Paul Motian’s music – the subject of his ......

SOURCE: All About Jazz