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Duduka Da Fonseca 65th Birthday Celebration
20.05.2016 "Duduka Da Fonseca had the flowing beat doing his bidding, making one dance while sitting down. A master of "Brasilient" rhythms, he is equally capable of grooving 4/4 with his great, loosey-goosey swing." Ira Gitler read more

Jazz Academy Miami - Reserve Now For Winter - Filling Fast!
19.05.2016 Coming off a successful initiation this past January, Jazz Academy Miami (JAM) summoned several, world renowned Jazz greats to conduct masterclasses, 1-on-1 sessions and joint performances for the first winter program of JAM, which hosted students from Taiwan, Canada and Europe. Markus Gottschlich is JAM founder and Miami Beach Jazz Festival Artistic Director. read more

Newport Jazz Festival Among Winners of DDCF Leadership Grants
19.05.2016 The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) today announced the five jazz organizations and related festivals receiving grants totaling $1 million through the Leadership Grants Program for Jazz. This new initiative offers flexible funding over two years to support the self-defined, long-term goals of organizations that have demonstrated excellence in and sustained commitment to the field of jazz. read more

Daniela Savoldi | Debut Album "Trasformazioni"
18.05.2016 Trasformazioni is the debut album from Daniela Savoldi and it comes out on June 3 2016 Trasformazioni is the first work of Daniela Savoldi, cello solo. Synthesis of classical influences, pop, jazz, contemporary and oriental, writing music embraces the idea of improvisation overlapping emotions and different moods among them. The real thrust that drives this work is to tell and collect the steps of experiences, finally saying a clear point of crossing. A mixed in crescendo of colors and signs; read more

Nana Simopoulos “Skins” CD Release Party Sunday May 22nd 8pm to 11pm @ Nighthawks
18.05.2016 Nana Simopoulos "Skins" CD Release Party Sunday May 22nd 8pm to 11pm Nana Simopoulos guitar, sitar, vocals Caryn Heilman: vocals, percussion Mary Ann McSweeney: bass Todd Isler: drums Claudia Rahadjanoto: rhythm tap Tiago Grade: vocal percussion @ Nighthawks Restaurant 679 Greenwich St (Corner of Christopher) New York, NY 10014 Skins: An Exciting New Release from Internationally Acclaimed Guitarist/Singer/Composer Nana Nana Simopoulos, the internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and educator, is set to release Skins, her seventh recording, on June 20, 2016. read more

Bernie Mora and Tangent “Transformation” CD Release Sunday, May 29th 7pm @ Dominic's El Paso, TX
18.05.2016 For those listeners who are starved for jazz of the take-no-prisoners, in-your-face angle of perspective, look no further. Just grab a copy of Bernie Mora & Tangent's explosive new CD Transformation, Bernie's second for Rhombus Records. While this may be equally inspired by rock and funk, the instrumental nature of this music read more

Made in New York Jazz Gala May 21
18.05.2016 The Made In New York Jazz Gala became one of the most significant International jazz events in New York, featuring legendary Jazz Artists. > Our prior Gala Concerts included multi Grammy Award winners Randy Brecker and Lenny White. read more

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Shawn Holt and The Teardrops Now Booking Festivals and Events
19.05.2016 Shawn Holt's perfectly titled debut CD "Daddy Told Me" on Blind Pig Records is now in record stores and digital delivery systems everywhere. Shawn Holt is the son of the Legendary Blues Master Magic Slim (Morris Holt). Shawn started playing the blues at the age of 17, when he went on the road with his father and The Teardrops. Shortly after that tour with his father, Shawn realized his genetic destiny and formed his own band. He has been watching, learning and playing the blues ever since. The blues world mourned the passing of Magic Slim (Morris Holt) in the Spring of 2013. read more

Rob Baird's Cathartic, Blues-Battered 'Wrong Side Of The River'
14.05.2016 After a four year hiatus from music, Memphis-born musician Rob Baird releases his "thematic journey from defiance to reflection to the hope for redemption" (NPR) on the 10-track 'Wrong Side Of The River' autobiographical LP, out today (5.13) via Hard Luck Recording Company. read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Returns To NYC's Beacon Theatre This Fall
08.05.2016 This fall Tedeschi Trucks Band will continue their Beacon Theatre tradition of multiple-night residencies for the sixth consecutive year with the greatest number of shows to date. The 12-piece band led by husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have performed at the Beacon Theatre since 2011, read more

Stony Plain Records Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary With Special 3-CD Set Of Music
05.05.2016 Stony Plain Records, Canada's premier roots music label, announces a June 3rd release date for a special 3-CD set, 40 Years of Stony Plain, which includes cuts from its illustrious history of albums, as well as a complete disc of rarities and previously unreleased tracks. read more

world music news

The Boston Conservatory Appoints First Hip-Hop Dance Faculty Position
12.05.2016 The Boston Conservatory has named its first-ever full time faculty position in hip-hop dance. Dancer, choreographer, singer, actor and director Duane Lee Holland Jr. will join the Boston Conservatory's Dance Division and will teach electives for Berklee students beginning in the fall of 2016. read more

Pashmak, "Indigo" EP and EU tour
10.05.2016 Pashmak in Persian means "like wool". It is the name of an Iranian candy, similar in texture to a fabric or a hair lock. Its making is long and complex, but in an instant it melts in the mouth releasing a sweet taste. Their sound is powerful and ever-changing, freely but confidently shifting through electronica, art-rock, indie and folk, studded by wide and diverse influences, exactly like the origins of the band members: one of Iranian descent (lead singer Damon Arabsolgar), one of U.S. descent (Giuliano Pascoe), and two Southern Italians hailing from Sicily (Martin Nicastro) and Lucania (Antonio Polidoro). read more

Melodic Intersect Releases "Looking Back" & On World Tour
10.05.2016 Melodic Intersect is an ongoing world fusion music project that brings together a diversity of musical styles, cultures, and disciplines. Led by the renowned tabla player, Enayet Hossain, it features collaborations from a rotating ensemble of talented musicians thoroughly integrating rhythm and melody from genres such as jazz, Southeast Asian classical, rock, Eastern and Western folk, and many more. read more

Reggae Artiste JAH ROOTI On The Rise With New Single
08.05.2016 "Hush" is the name of the latest Jah Rooti single that everybody is talking about. It's already a favorite in the dancehall and reggae spaces around the world. The song is filled with melodies and a fusion of dancehall, soca, reggae, ragga, and pop to top it off. The song is about a typical touring artiste, who seems not to be able, to spend enough quality times with the love of his life. The tour is now over and after booking his ticket home, Hush is the comforter and the lyrics is the anchor to keep her interest. read more


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