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MPS // Part 1: Festival Season on MPS - Live and Festival recordings (Release Date: June 3rd, 2016)
30.05.2016 Dear Media Partners, to get off to a good start of this years festival season we want to spotlight the live recordings of MPS Records catalogue. The first part will be released this friday. Enjoy a summer full of music! The Monty Alexander Trio – Montreux Alexander – Live! At The Montreux Festival read more

Vinyl/LP Sale on MoonJune Records
30.05.2016 Two Indonesian icons DWIKI DHARMAWAN and DEWA BUDJANA featuring some of today's most accomplished jazz and fusion musicians: Jimmy Haslip, Chad Wackerman, Jerry Goodman, António Sanchez, Joe Locke, Ben Williams, Jimmy Johnson, Vinnie Colaiuta, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Larry Goldings. read more

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra - Portraits and Places
30.05.2016 EARLY REVIEWS: Already #22 on the CMJ Top 40 Jazz Chart (4 weeks in a row) A sharp and impressive debut for Reeves and his ensemble. Encore? Yes, please, and ASAP. A keen ear for melody, harmony and counterpoint, and Reeves earns high marks here, as his compositions are sophisticated yet accessible, his arrangements scrupulously burnished and invariably engaging. -Jack Bowers, All About Jazz 4/5 Stars read more

New Documentary from Bret Primack: Passing the Torch featuring Jimmy Heath
30.05.2016 Bret Primack, aka the Jazz Video Guy, has started production on a new film, "Passing the Torch." The documentary, which is being crowdfunded, is a celebration of the sharing of creativity and knowledge from one generation to another featuring the tenor saxophonist and composer, Jimmy Heath, who turns ninety this October, and the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington band, composed of high school instrumentalists. read more

Jane Ira Bloom Early Americans Sun, June 5th 8:30pm Cornelia Street Café
30.05.2016 You never know what American original soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom is going to do next. After the success of her 2014 all-ballads release "Sixteen Sunsets" Bloom shifts into another gear showcasing the kinetic energy of her acclaimed trio playing with the musicians that she knows best on Early Americans (OTL142). It's her first trio album, sixteenth as leader and sixth recording on the Outline label. Her sound is like no other on the straight horn and she lets it fly on every track. She's joined by long-time bandmates Mark Helias on bass & drummer Bobby Previte read more

Avalon Jazz Band at Dizzy's Club Tuesday, May 31st 7:30 & 9:30pm
30.05.2016 We are very excited to be performing for the first time at Jazz at Lincoln Center at the renowned Dizzy's Club! Tatiana Eva-Marie, recently acclaimed as a "rising jazz vocalist" by magazine Vanity Fair and "one of the best young singers around" by the Wall Street Journal, leads the Avalon Jazz Band, worldwide ambassadors of Parisian-style hot and Gypsy jazz reminiscent of Django & Grappelli's Hot Club De France, replete with its iconic technical bravados of guitar and violin. The Avalon Jazz Band continues the tradition with new compositions, read more

Jamie Baum and Short Stories at the Jazz Gallery, 6-4
29.05.2016 NYC based composer/flutist and 2014 Guggenheim Award Fellow, Jamie Baum, known for her award-winning Septet+ (of sixteen years and counting) and long-form compositions, returns to NYC's Jazz Gallery this time presenting her newish group, Short Stories. Inspired by the short but eloquent, harmonically and motivically-packed compositions by such jazz icons as Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, 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

Andreas Šala Releases Play-Through Video for New Song “Hue”
29.05.2016 Andreas Šala, guitarist and composer who plays with bands Subscale, The Ralph and If And When We Die, released a play-through video for the song "Hue" taken from his upcoming solo album Pleasure Dome. Watch the video on YouTube. read more

Extremely Popular World-Fusion Group Deva Premal & Miten Give Us A Concert CD
29.05.2016 The new recording Cosmic Connections Live, which was recorded during the 2014-2015 World Tour by the popular world-fusion group Deva Premal & Miten with Manose, offers an opportunity to experience the transcendent energy of their live concerts. Since they first started recording together in the late Nineties, Deva and Miten have been considered pioneers and leaders in developing a new style of world-fusion music blending ancient mantras with contemporary music elements that has helped bring the transformative, healing power of mantra into the 21st century. read more

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

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