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In Songwriting, Carla Hassett Looks Home : NPR
27.06.2016 Born in Sao Paolo and now living in Los Angeles, singer Carla Hassett finds musical inspiration in each place she's called home. Hassett, who toured with Sergio Mendes and Billy Idol and lent her voice to the soundtracks of the Rio movies, has a new solo album called +Blue (pronounced "more blue"). It's American and Brazilian with a modern twist, Hassett says: For instance, she sets Carmen Miranda's "South American Way" in a minor key and swaps the original's pep for a sultry summer swing. read more

Jazz at the Maverick Series Continues with Amir ElSaffar, and Two Rivers Ensemble
27.06.2016 Maverick Concerts, the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America, celebrates the start of its second century of Music in the Woods this year. Amir ElSaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble make their Maverick debut in the Jazz at the Maverick series, and offer the first of this summer's "New Century, New Voices" concerts: read more

Karrin Allyson Confirms Concerts Through End Of Year, Will Preview New Songs
25.06.2016 Five-time Grammy nominated jazz singer Karrin Allyson has confirmed concert dates through the end of 2016. The live performances will feature songs from her canon of acclaimed album releases, as well as a selection of new, original tracks. read more

Francesca Lago will Tour in November 2016
24.06.2016 Heading from Milano, Italy, Francesca Lago will be touring europe in November 2016 to promote her amazing album "Mirrors Against the Sun". The record has been released in europe on January 15 via Urtovox (Italy) and T3 Records (Germany). read more

Remembering Zen Matsuura
24.06.2016 My friend Zen Matsuura passed away on Saturday, September 19th, 2015. Zen was the powerful drummer of Commitment, a collective band that was my first jazz experience. Zen was a man of great kindness and immense musical imagination. He listened to each moment of life deeply and responded with goodness, passion, and beauty. We will celebrate his life this Saturday, June 25, 7:30pm. Below is the announcement from Arts for Art with all the info. - Jason Hwang Zen Matsuura was a favorite drummer with Roy Campbell, Jason Kao Hwang, Billy Bang and William Parker. read more

Tessa Souter Trio w/ David Gilmore & Boris Kozlov at the Sidedoor, Old Lyme, CT
24.06.2016 Downbeat Critics Poll 'Rising Star' two years in a row, Anglo-Trinidadian vocalist-composer, Tessa Souter, is "a very special talent with a beautiful voice and a beautiful soul, " says NEA Jazz Master, Sheila Jordan. A protégé of legendary vocalist Mark Murphy - who mentored her for four years, read more

'Our Thing', Roni Ben-Hur, Santi Debriano, Duduka Da Fonseca 'Manhattan Style' CD Release Show
23.06.2016 A New CD from Our Thing - 'Manhattan Style' (Jazzheads) featuring Roni Ben-Hur on guitar, Santi Debriano, bass and Duduka Da Fonseca, drums and percussion. A musical outing by three masters of jazz improvisation. Among guitar trios, the fluidity and interaction of Our Thing is unsurpassed. "Manhattan Style" is the latest collaboration between guitarist Roni Ben-Hur whose roots are in Tunisia and Israel, bassist Santi Debriano who was born in Panama and grew up in Brooklyn, and percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca whose roots are in Brazil. read more

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Jesse Kramer Added To Uncle Dave Macon Days Kick-Off Concert
27.06.2016 Uncle Dave Macon Days Music & Arts Festival is proud to announce they have added Blues artist Jesse Kramer to the Kick-Off Party on July 7. The event will take place at Main St. Music, 527 Main St. in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will headline the concert that will also include a performance by The Glade City Rounders. read more

Country Outlaw Elizabeth Cook's First Album in Six Year- 'Exodus of Venus'
18.06.2016 Bold and brilliant singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook returns with 'Exodus Of Venus' today, her first album since 2010. The new record is a cathartic, defiant response to tumultuous times in her life, overcoming deaths, a divorce and personal hardships. Elizabeth is profiled in today's Wall Street Journal, who describe the record as "an eclectic mix of old-school country, honky-tonk, gospel and rockabilly." read more

The Recording Academy Announces Rule Amendments And Dates For The 59th Annual Grammy Awards Process
16.06.2016 The Recording Academy has completed its annual awards review and established new amendments and key dates guiding the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards process. Among other changes, the updates allow previously ineligible streaming-only works into the process and limit the number of categories in which members may vote. The new guidelines go into effect immediately in the current-year awards cycle. read more

Blues Singer/songwriter Breanna Barbara Debut Out 7/22
12.06.2016 Singer-songwriter Breanna Barbara's forthcoming Mirage Dreams introduces a bold new voice steeped in occult blues (think of it as a Southern Gothic fusion of blues and psychedelia), with songs about losing a parent to an overdose and a New York of empty clubs and sweaty, unairconditioned lofts but also about falling in love and finding an artistic voice. read more

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Following Huffington Post premiere animal rescue enthusiast Amy Raasch releases "kitty Decides" video
24.06.2016 With Cat World Domination Day in full swing, Amy Raasch has released her much anticipated web installation to benefit animal rescue, "kitty Decides." The video was premiered this morning via The Huffington Post (5th article) and marks the start of this weekends CatConLA! Amy will be attending CatCon in full CatWoman regalia and has just been announced to take part in CatCon’s Inaugural Furr-ocious Fashion Face Off. What is #kitty Decides? It’s a retro-electropop novelty tune, a psychedelic video with a kitschy 1960’s aesthetic, and a fun commentary on our cultural obsession with the online feline. read more

21st Annual Summer Solstice Celebration @ New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine June 18th
16.06.2016 Seven-time Grammy -winning saxophonist Paul Winter's 21st Annual Summer Solstice Sunrise Celebration will take place at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St., New York, NY. read more

World Jazz Guitarist/Vocalist Pascal Bokar
14.06.2016 World Jazz Guitarist/Vocalist Pascal Bokar originally from Senegal, West Africa, Recipient of the 2016 DownBeat Magazine "Best CD of 2015" for his recording entitled "Guitar Balafonics" on SUGO Music Records is looking for; Festival dates, Lectures, and private events, read more

Mare e Miniere 2016 - Music, Song, And Traditional Folk Dance Seminars
10.06.2016 After the many concerts held in Carbonia, Iglesias, Ozieri, Villamassargia and Villacidro Mare e Miniere ("Sea and Mines") 2016 comes alive with the Music, Song and Traditional Dances Seminars to be held in Portoscuso (CI) on 27 June - 2 July 2, at the splendid location of "Su Pranu", the ancient "tonnara" (the building in which tuna was worked and packed), read more


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