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MSM Announces 2015-16 Performance Season
04.09.2015 Among the 2015-16 JAZZ highlights, this month will see MSM participate in the Savassi Festival New York, with its focus on the vibrant instrumental music of Brazil (MSM's participation in the festival will include two master classes as well as a performance by the MSM Jazz Philharmonic featuring guest soloists Dave Liebman, saxophone; Gilson Peranzzetta, piano, accordion; and Cliff Korman, piano. InOctober, Justin DiCioccio will lead the MSM Concert Jazz Band's Maiden Voyage Suite: A Tribute to Herbie Hancock, read more

The Ridgewood Guild Jazz Fest
04.09.2015 Join us at Memorial Park at Van Ness Square in Ridgewood NJ on Sunday, September 13th, 12-6PM for an afternoon of "Women in Jazz" Opening the festival is Sharel Cassity's "Elektra" Band Sharel-sax, flute, effects Ingrid Jensen-trumpet, effects Shamie Royston-keys Linda Oh-electric & upright bass Allison Miller-drums. read more

Time Remembered - An Introspective Journey With Bob Albanese
04.09.2015 For his first collaboration with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Willard Dyson, esteemed pianist Bob Albanese offers Time Remembered, an interior exploration through memory. The recording, on Mayimba Music / Sony, is a reflective and restorative tableau of thoughts and feelings, a work of passion intensified by the untimely deaths of Albanese's mother, along with a mentor and close friend. "It's a record which I hope will awaken a listener's private muse, " Albanese says. "The tunes are standards and portraits derived from my personal history." This musical journey was recorded in a night-long studio session. read more

César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz "No Limits For Tumbao" CD Release
03.09.2015 It could be said that "Tumbao" is for Latin music what the swing is for Jazz. Do you know the Duke Ellington tune: "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing"? So, how about "if it ain't got that tumbao"? I hope you've got the idea now. This album adds new ingredients to the mix of Venezuelan music, Cuban music, and jazz I've been doing for a number of years – for example, Changüí and Nengón, Cuban folkloric genres that both originated in the eastern part of the island. The first has a great rhythmic complexity, but a strong danceable spirit. read more

Eric Alexander “The Real Thing” CD Release
03.09.2015 More than one jazz critic has claimed that listening to tenor saxman Eric Alexander unfettered and at length, is one of the greatest treats in jazz. This imposing improviser is reunited here with his mentor, the veteran pianist Harold Mabern and joined by another hot favorite, the legendary and amazing guitarist Pat Martino on three of the eight tracks. Add in the still stunning engineering of Rudy Van Gelder and the swing engendered by bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth and you have a formula for excellence, read more

Joyce Moreno / Kenny Werner - Poesia: The Beauty of the Ballad
03.09.2015 "A Brazilian treasure" teams up with one of America's "most literate and visceral pianists" in this balladic duet of passion and spirit: the Joyce Moreno and Kenny Werner PIROUET album Poesia. The above quoted kudos from Down Beat and Keyboard magazines only hint at the richness of these two exceptional musicians. Impressive credentials, but how did the two bridge the 5000 mile gap between Rio and New York? First, Kenny Werner has had a love affair with Brazilian music since the early 70's read more

Fughu: European Tour Kicks Off on September 17
03.09.2015 Prog metal gauchos from Buenos Aires, Fughu are coming to Europe later this month for their first European tour. The band that opened for Dream Theater at the Luna Park in 2008 will play in Vienna (Austria), Subotica (Serbia), Novi Sad (Serbia), Belgrade (Serbia), Szeged (Hungary), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Bielsko-Biala (Poland), Wroclaw (Poland), Poznan (Poland), and Berlin (Germany). The Argentinians will be joined by Polish post/prog rock band Abstrakt on select dates. For the full tour dates check below. read more

blues and rock news

Nikki Hill Bridges AC/DC And Staple Singers On Ripping New Album 'Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists'
29.08.2015 On October 16th, the North Carolina-bred and New Orleans-based Nikki Hill will release her new album 'Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists' via Deep Fryed Records. Buoyed by her band's roaring boogie that's equal parts Staple Singers and AC/DC, the new album sees Nikki exude a self-assured swagger as her fiery rasp preaches the rock & roll gospel: late nights, hot licks, and intoxicating love. read more

A Genuine Lost Classic: Scott Fagan's Bewitching 1968 'South Atlantic Blues'
29.08.2015 Scott Fagan's debut album, 'South Atlantic Blues, ' is a genuine lost classic - a mystical, mythical and deeply soulful masterpiece. Recorded when Scott was just 21 years old, virtually homeless and with pennies to his name, it was released in 1968 on Atco Records but remained obscure, confounded by a series of frustrating near-misses. read more

Alex Gavaghan - "Binman In Love" (Freaksville Music)
23.08.2015 Recorded with long time studio collaborator Keith Thompson, Binman of Love is The Cubical lead guitarist Alex Gavaghan's fantastic debut solo effort. In contrast to the telecaster blues mayhem of the aforementioned Liverpool five-piece, the songs held herein are on the whole more melodic in essence and hark back to the frantic early days of Merseybeat and the dreamy balladry of Dion, Shannon, Hyland and co. read more

MonkeyJunk Shines On New Stony Plain Records CD
18.08.2015 Stony Plain Records announces a September 25 release date for Moon Turn Red, the new CD from multi-award winning Ottawa-based trio, MonkeyJunk. Comprised of Steve Marriner (vocals, harmonica, keyboards, baritone guitar), Tony D (lead guitar, background vocals) and Matt Sobb (drums, percussion, background vocals), MonkeyJunk plays an energized mix of swamp blues and funky roots rock 'n' roll. read more

world music news

World's Leading Performer Of Hybrid Sitar/Guitar Tours California
22.08.2015 St. Louis based composer, inventor and recording artist Todd Mosby performs genre-defying music - a blend of jazz, classical, and traditional Indian - for over 35 years. The contemporary acoustic guitarist is the ONLY guitarist worldwide, outside of the royal family in India, whose mastered the 20-stringed Imrat Sitar. Todd makes his second of seven tour appearances - When Music Worlds Collide - at Don Quixote on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm in Santa Cruz, CA. read more

A Most Tranquil Trip: Yoga Faves Drishti Beats
19.08.2015 The Musebox today announced the release of“Journey, ” the chilled out assortment of soothing sounds from saxophonist Ricardo Branco andDrishti Beats, a new wellness company making waves in both the music and fitness worlds. read more

Out Of The Wild Scottish Highlands Comes New Music From Anima
19.08.2015 Sacred Alliance is Anima's latest album, an instrumental journey through mountains, forests and sacred lands, carrying the energy of the sacred alliance that grows as we come into alignment with the Divine and the essence of our soul. It is a ground-breaking collection of music, produced and mastered in native DSD – super high resolution audio. This is a very special album from UK-based group Anima who produce music sensitively attuned to the realms of the Earth, the stars and the essence of being. read more

KLezmer Supergroup The Brothers Nazaroff Revive "Yiddish Pendant To The Anthology Of American Folk Music"
15.08.2015 On October 23, Smithsonian Folkways will release The Brothers Nazaroff: The Happy Prince, a boisterous, high-energy tribute to cult Yiddish troubadour Nathan "Prince" Nazaroff, who recorded the mysterious Folkways 10-inch record Jewish Freilach Songs in 1954. International klezmer supergroup The Brothers Nazaroff, composed of Daniel Kahn, Psoy Korolenko, Michael Alpert, Jake Shulman-Ment, Bob Cohen, and Hampus Melin, breathe new life into the discordant, obscure, jubilant legacy of their Happy Prince. read more


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