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Songstress Jackie Gage releases debut 'Siren Songs' 3/15
11.02.2016 "With her alluring mix of jazz and 1970's soul, and slow-jam R&B, the 25-year-old Gage is in the process of honing a sophisticated sound that belies her age." - Andrew Gilbert First Orbit Sounds proudly announces the March 15 release of "Siren Songs", the debut album from vocalist and composer Jackie Gage. Channeling torch singers of decades past, the San Jose native marks her arrival with a refined blend of sultry originals alongside newly arranged classic torch songs that showcases her dynamic range with hints of R&B, soul and jazz. A preview of the album can be heard here. Promotional copies will be available mid February. read more

Marlene VerPlanck Jazz Blue Note Brunch Sunday Feb. 21st
11.02.2016 Marlene Verplanck appearing at the Blue Note Brunch Sunday Feb. 21st two shows 11:30am and 1:30pm. Marlene with Jon Weber, Jay Leonhart and special guest, Warren Vache. The Blue Note is Located at 131 W. 3rd St. NYC 10012 What The Press Is Saying About Marlene's New CD "Marlene's innate skill and feeling for the heart of a song allow her to bring warmth and understanding to the often magical worlds created by the lyricists." - Bruce Crowther, Jazz Mostly "..a marvel of elegant phrasing, perfect timing, an elocutioner's enunciation, easy wit and nuance, she invests "Certain People" with grit while mustering the palest aqua on "blue" songs..." - Fred Bouchard, New York City Jazz Record read more

The Stryker / Slagle Band Expanded "Routes" CD Release At Jazz Standard Thur, Feb 11th
11.02.2016 Stryker / Slagle "Routes" smolder, stomp, quietly reflect and encounter joyously the 4 horn charts devised by Slagle. It's an edgy, funky, soulful, angular yet straight ahead expression of some pretty hip music, start to finish, which is how you should approach this one. - Gary Walker, WBGO music director read more

Uri Caine in New Zealand
11.02.2016 Grammy-nominated New York jazz pianist Uri Caine joins the New Zealand String Quartet in Chamber Music New Zealand's 2016 opening concert in Wellington in March. Uri Caine and the New Zealand String Quartet perform at the Michael Fowler Centre on Sunday 20 March as part of the New Zealand Festival. The concert is part of a 10-centre tour by Uri Caine with Chamber Music New Zealand. read more

Laura Ainsworth Signed by GRAMMY-Winning Producer for National Label Debut
10.02.2016 Dallas-based retro jazz singer Laura Ainsworth is back in the studio, cutting a sultry 1940s torch song for her third album, New Vintage. Like her first two releases on her indie label Eclectus Records, Keep It To Yourself and Necessary Evil (available at, it reteams her with renowned pianist/producer Brian Piper and an array of top Texas jazz players. But album #3 marks a turning point for the redheaded chanteuse, whose sequined gowns and long silk gloves are as much a trademark as her silky, three-octave voice that's earned comparisons to such mid-century songbirds as Rosemary Clooney and Dinah Shore. read more

Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2013 by Dinamitri Jazz Folklore & Amiri Baraka
10.02.2016 Rudi Records new album: Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2013 by Dinamitri Jazz Folklore & Amiri Baraka Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2013 Personnel: Amiri Baraka, voice Dimitri Grechi Espinoza, alto sax Simone Padovani, percussions Gabrio Baldacci, electric guitar Giuseppe Scardino, baritone sax Emanuele Parrini, violin Paolo "PeeWee" Durante, hammond, keyboards, live electronics Andrea Melani, drums RRJ1029 Rudi Records 2016 Finally a new chance to hear again the voice of the great late Amiri Baraka. This is a live recordings from the sardinian festival of St. Anna Arresi, read more

Thelonious Monk Competition Winners to Perform At The Tribeca Performing Arts Center
10.02.2016 Monk-in-Motion The Next Face of Jazz BMCC Tribeca PAC is proud to present the talented winners of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. This year's three finalists, outstanding jazz vocalists, will perform with their own bands. read more

blues and rock news

An evening with Keb’ Mo’ at Harris Center
01.02.2016 Three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and contemporary blues artist Keb' Mo' will be performing at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Wednesday, March 9 — a rare treat for the region. read more

Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band - Live From The House Of Soul
31.01.2016 Daptone Records, the fiercely independent label that has been delivering the gold standard for real soulful music for over a decade, is launching a video series of performances by its artists recorded live in the backyard of their Bushwick studio headquarters, affectionately known as "The House of Soul". read more

Bert Berns Enters Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
30.01.2016 The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced that Bert Berns is the 2016 Ahmet Ertegun Award Lifetime Achievement Inductee. The announcement caps an incredible renaissance over the last few years for the songwriter, producer and record label chief, who died in 1967 but has left an indelible mark on music history. read more

Chicago Blues Legend Otis Clay Dies At 73
29.01.2016 MISSISSIPPI-born, CHICAGO-spawned soul singer OTIS CLAY died FRIDAY, JANUARY 15th, of a heart attack, according to his surviving daughter, RONDA TANKSON, a CHICAGO special education teacher whose students include autistic children.. read more

world music news

Excellent World-music Devotional Album Released By Manish Vyas From India
03.02.2016 Manish Vyas, a composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from India, has emerged as a popular talent in world-fusion and devotional music due to his musical studies with some of the most recognized pandits in India, his fame in collaborating with top musicians (Prem Joshua, Snatam Kaur, Deva Premal), and his taking spiritual music to a new level. All of his experience comes to fruition on his new recording, Atma Bhakti (subtitled Healing Sounds of Prayer). read more

Chitravina N. Ravikiran Makes History Setting Music to 1330 Ancient Verses in 16 Hours
26.01.2016 U.S. based musician-composer Chitravina N. Ravikiran, celebrated as the "Mozart of India" by the Wisconsin State Journal and who NPR said, "gave new meaning to the word prodigy, " made history in world music between January 12-14, during his recent trip in Chennai, India. There, Ravikiran set a composing record setting music to 1330 tirukkural verses in 16 hours. read more

The National Music Of The Virgin Islands: Stanley And The Ten Sleepless Knights To Release 'Quelbe!'
16.01.2016 Stanley Jacobs, bandleader of Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights, embraced quelbe music at a young age in the 1940s. "That's all we knew, " says the St. Croix musician about the historically overlooked but more recently revered musical style of his homeland. For him, quelbe was music, and music was quelbe. 'Quelbe! Music of the U.S. Virgin Islands' (out 2/5) is the Smithsonian Folkways debut for this legendary group that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of continuing this old-yet-new dance music. The album's release is part of the Smithsonian Institution's celebration of Black History Month. read more

Asia Society Presents New York Premiere Of Rez Abbasi's Invocation
14.01.2016 Asia Society is delighted to present the New York premiere of Invocation, Pakistani-born jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi's quintet featuring pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, Johannes Weidenmueller (acoustic bass), Dan Weiss (drums), and Elizabeth Means (cello). In this special performance, the group unveils a new project that explores Carnatic classical music from Southern India through the idiom of jazz. read more

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