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Matt Criscuolo with Tony Purrone: Nearest Performances
05.03.2015 Matt Criscuolo with Tony Purrone Friday, March 6th and Friday, March 13th 7 PM until 9 PM Matt Criscuolo-saxophone Tony Purrone-guitar Il Café latte 458 West 145th St Btw Convent & Amsterdam 212-234-0202 Matt Criscuolo with Tony Purrone Saturday, March 7 and Saturday, March 21 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm @ Jules Bistro read more

Fred Taylor to Receive George Wein Impresario Award 
05.03.2015 Berklee will present famed jazz promoter Fred Taylor with the college's first ever George Wein Impresario Award on Wednesday, March 11, at Scullers Jazz Club. Named after Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, the award recognizes individuals who bring music to life through their dedication to discovering, mentoring, presenting, and promoting creative musicians and their music.  The concert, titled Berklee Salutes Scullers, is produced by composer, guitarist and Berklee professor Bill Banfield, and includes performances from fellow faculty members  read more

Rare Noise To Release Album By The Spanish Donkey In April
04.03.2015 The sound of Joe Morris' electric guitar, with distortion pedal set on stun and wah-wah pedal fully engaged, colliding with Jamie Saft's droning, microtonal organ and Mike Pride's thunderous free drumming approach to the kit creates a mind-numbing maelstrom on The Spanish Donkey's RAOUL, the improvising trio's debut on RareNoiseRecords. A follow-up to XYX, their 2011 album, which was released on Northern Spy Records. The album consists of three throbbing tracks read more

Rare Noise To Release Album By Cuts In April
04.03.2015 How did renowned Japanese noisemaker Merzbow (aka Masami Akita), Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi follow up their majorly intense statement made on their tumultuous debut album, Cuts, which was released in 2013? By adding another ingredient to the volatile mix, in the person of skronking guitar hero and Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore they've taken things up a notch or two on the Richter scale on their RareNoise Records follow-up recording. With Gustaffson's roaring baritone sax read more

Upcoming Jazz at The Falcon
04.03.2015 Friday March 13 Oz Noy Trio 8:00 Featuring Anton Fig & Will Lee of the David Letterman Band Oz Noy "It's Jazz. It just doesn't sound like it." This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b. Oz was a member of the house band on a top-rated television show in his native Israel for more than two years. read more

Trio 3 - Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman & Andrew Cyrille at The Village Vanguard
03.03.2015 Trio 3 Oliver Lake Reggie Workman Andrew Cyrille Appearing @ The Village Vanguard March 24th thg March 29th A group where music is the leader. The unconventional collaboration of internationally- recognized jazz masters, (Oliver Lake (multi-reeds), Reggie Workman (bass) and Andrew Cyrille (drums), formed to centralize the members creative energies and promote a single governing principle: read more

Svetlana & Delancey5 feat. Wycliffe Gordon at Kitano
03.03.2015 Come celebrate the group's new recording Night at the Speakeasy - and indulge in the Pan Asian cuisine at this intimate sophisticated club penned by NY Jazz Record as "one of the best jazz clubs in NYC". The group will play selections from their new CD Night at the Speakeasy and feature Wycliffe Gordon - trombone, vocals, arrangements - "a one man show unto himself" (Wall Street Journal) With Adrian Cunningham (reeds / vocals), Rob Garcia (drums / arrangements), Ben Patterson (piano), George Delancey (bass). read more

blues and rock news

CHUGGER Announce New Album and European Tour
05.03.2015 Swedish groove metallers, Chugger, will kick a European tour on March 6th, in support of their upcoming album "Human Plague" out on Rambo Music, a division of GAIN Music Entertainment/Sony Music. read more

Sibefor Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Debut Album
04.03.2015 Alternative rock quartet, SiBefor have launched an Indiegogo campaign to support the release of their debut album. The group is seeking €3, 735 to cover costs of recording and releasing the album, and they say their mission is to fill the world with "cool, new music." Based in St. Petersburg, a land already abundant in drama and history, SiBefor is at once otherworldly and mysterious, but grounded in human emotion. There are plenty of comparisons to be made, but there isn't just one which accurately describes the sweet, complex and sometimes raw emotion that is SiBefor. read more

'Rock My Soul' Premieres March 2015 on PBS
28.02.2015 Gospel Legends and All-Star Guests Come Together in Celebration of One of America's Most Popular and Influential Musical Genres Born of fevered rural tent revivals and urban clapboard churches, gospel music was made for the concert stage. Showmanship and virtuosity transformed this music of hope into one of America's most popular and influential musical genres as gospel came of age to inform the creators of blues, rock 'n' roll, R&B and soul revolutions. read more

First annual Nevis Blues Festival premieres April 16, 2015
27.02.2015 Come in from the cold for a dose of island life in a place to get your groove back, at the launch of the Nevis' first annual blues festival, which will be the perfect backdrop to an exhilarating Caribbean experience. The three-night musical event takes place April 16-19, 2015 at the aptly named, Sundowner Stage on Oualie Bay. The line-up features an impressive selection of award-winning and world-renowned artists from Europe, the United States and the Caribbean. read more

world music news

Music from the Mountains of Bhutan by Sonam Dorji Via Smithsonian Folkways
21.02.2015 Music from the Mountains of Bhutan features Kheng Sonam Dorji, a master of the beautiful, yet threatened, traditional music styles of Bhutan. That remote Himalayan country, which measures "Gross National Happiness" alongside standard indicators, opened its borders to tourists and outside influences in 1974. While the opening has brought improved economic conditions, traditional music has suffered according to Dorji, who founded the Music of Bhutan Research Center in order to teach, preserve, and promote the music he loves. read more

Angelique Kidjo: World Music Grammy & New Album
15.02.2015 Angelique Kidjo, the Benin born singer/songwriter is celebrating the win last night of her second "Best World Music Album" Grammy Award for her #1 charting 2014 album Eve, as well as the announcement of her new 429 Records album Sings. Produced by Kidjo and long-time production partner Jean Hebrail, Sings showcases Kidjo's collaboration with the 110 piece Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg, read more

Terra Guitarra Offers American Latin-Style Instrumental Music On Guitars
11.02.2015 In all of human history, being able to light a fire whenever needed was one of the world's most important discoveries. For thousands and thousands of years nothing was as crucial as being able to see at night, cook the food, keep safe from animals of prey, stay warm, and gather around a fire to share stories. So the acoustic guitar duo Terra Guitarra named their latest album Firelight as a tribute to the historical significance of this development by mankind. read more

Superstar talent developer Linda Septien keynotes Cutting Edge 2015
10.02.2015 The Cutting Edge CE announced that talent developer Linda Septien will serve as keynote speakers for its 23rd Annual Cutting Edge CE (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference) which takes place August 27-29, 2015 at the Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center in the New Orleans' Warehouse District. Linda Septien is the foremost authority on vocal technique and vocal branding. Her alumni include branded icons Jessica Simpson, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kacey Musgraves, Beyonce Knowles, Destiny's Child, 10 American Idol, X factor and the Voice finalists, read more


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