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Sharel Cassity & Elektra Present EVOLVE, out April 6th
23.01.2018 Saxophonist and bandleader Sharel Cassity is proud to announce the April 6th release of her fourth album as a leader and the debut release from her ensemble Elektra, Evolve. Comprised of a rich sonic landscape ranging from soul and jazz to rock and electronica Elektra's mission is to create groove based creative music that appeals to a modern audience. read more

Noa Fort - Sister of Anat Fort - Steps forth as a leader with No World Between Us
23.01.2018 Israeli born vocalist, pianist, songwriter, improviser, painter of sounds Noa Fort was recently regarded as "one of New York's more interesting and original artists" (New York Music Daily). She draws inspiration from different musical worlds, integrating her background of classical and jazz piano, jazz singing, and free improvisation into her original music. Fort has sang and played the piano from an early age; she started taking classical piano classes at age 5 and cannot remember a time when she did not sing. However, her life journey took her to other places (she earned her first bachelor degree in Biology, and researching birds in the Israeli desert is one of her most favorite moments out of that experience). read more

Vincent Herring Tonight through Saturday at Birdland
23.01.2018 World-renowned saxophonist and bandleader Vincent Herring is proud to present his internationally acclaimed program "The Story of Jazz: 100 Years" to Birdland, located at 315 W 44th St, New York, from Tuesday January 23rd to Saturday January 27th, 2018. read more

MADELEINE & SALOMON “A WOMAN’S JOURNEY” CD Release Shows Chicago-NYC-Cambridge-Baltimore
23.01.2018 MADELEINE & SALOMON "A WOMAN'S JOURNEY" CD Release Shows NYC-Cambridge-Baltimore Sunday, January 28th 2:00pm Fulton Street Collective ​1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 307 Chicago, IL 60612 Tuesday, January 30th 7:30pm Drom 85 Avenue A New York, NY 10009 Wednesday, January 31st 8:15pm Lilypad 1353 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA 02139 Thursday, February 1st 8pm An die Musik 409 N Charles St Baltimore, MD 21201 read more

Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage Sextet January 25,26,27 & 28 Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
23.01.2018 Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage Sextet January 25,26,27 & 28 Dizzy's Club Coca Cola Broadway and 60th Street 5th Floor NYC Featuring: Fernando Saci, percussion Craig Handy, tenor & flute Fabiana Masili, vocals Jay Ashby, trombone Julian Shore, piano Nilson Matta, acoustic bass read more

Newport Jazz Festival Announces First Wave of Artists; All Tickets On Sale Today at 10:00 am (EST)
23.01.2018 George Wein and Christian McBride today announced the First Wave of artists for the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Investment Managers, which takes place at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino August 3 – 5. read more

Benji Kaplan - Chorando Sete Cores
22.01.2018 If the extraordinary composer/guitarist Benji Kaplan had chosen the cinema as his art, he would undoubtedly be called an auteur – a creator whose vision fully encompasses every element of expression toward the ultimate goal. read more

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Billy Walton Band Debuts Latest Album “Soul Of A Man”
18.01.2018 Having surpassed their goal following a successful PledgeMusic Campaign, the Billy Walton Band have just unleashed their newest LP "Soul of a Man" Friday, 1/12! As they wrap up the remaining U.S. Tour dates before heading across the pond performing in the U.K. through the start of the year along with stops in their home state, NC, and PA - the band that continues to celebrate the famed NJ musical tradition will hit the ground running in 2018 as they celebrate their 10 Year Anniversary! read more

John Mayall’s Trio Unleashes New Three For The Road Live Album On February 23 From Forty Below Records
12.01.2018 Blues Hall of Famer/"Godfather of British Blues" John Mayall will release an album of live recordings titled Three for the Road on February 23 via the Forty Below Records label. Produced by John Mayall and Forty Below Records president Eric Corne, the new album was recorded live in Dresden and Stuttgart, Germany, in March of 2017. read more

Patrick Coman Reflects On The Tree Of Life With New CD
06.01.2018 Roots-based singer/songwriter Patrick Coman announces a February 23 release date for his new CD, Tree of Life, on his For the Sake of the Song label imprint. Produced by acclaimed guitarist Peter Parcek and drummer Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Buddy Miller), who both also play on the new disc, Tree of Life was recorded at Dagotown Recorders in Holden, Mass., and features 11 original songs penned by Coman, plus a cool cover of Leon Russell's "Magic Mirror." read more

Barbara Dane Retrospective Album Out Feb. 16 on Smithsonian Folkways
16.12.2017 On Feb. 16, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release 'Barbara Dane: 60 Years of Hot Jazz, Cool Blues and Hard-Hitting Songs.' The 2-disc retrospective honors the electric folk, blues and jazz history of one of the unsung champions of American music. This career-spanning album, which begins with Dane's first recordings in 1957, offers unparalleled insight into the living legend Bonnie Raitt calls a role model and a hero. Dane's unwillingness to make artistic compromises led her to become an outspoken ally of the labor movement, civil rights and underdogs everywhere. read more

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Daptone Records Goes to Cuba: Orquesta Akokán Makes Blazing Hot Mambo Debut
20.01.2018 Akokán is a Yoruba word used in Cuba meaning "from the heart, " and indeed, every song on the self-titled debut album (March 30/Daptone Records) by Orquesta Akokán feels like a heartfelt gift from the band to the listener. Assembled and led by Cuban vocalist José "Pepito" Gómez, Orquesta Akokán is a big band collective of the finest musicians on the island, both young and old. read more

ARC Music New Release: Spirited South African A Cappella from Afrika Mamas
17.01.2018 'Iphupho' is an all-original and all new album of heartfelt stories, real experiences and sublime harmonies sung by the 6-piece South African group, Afrika Mamas. As much a sisterhood as a musical group, these six women work hard and sing with a palpable strength and sensitivity that is undeniably African and unmistakenly powerful. Afrika Mamas sing practical songs about their lives as single mothers in Durban, South Africa, as women in a heavily male-dominated music scene. Their songs are their stories and the first story starts with the making of this very special album. read more

Avant-Garde Folk Duo Anna & Elizabeth join Smithsonian Folkways
14.01.2018 'The Invisible Comes to Us' is a new album from the pioneering partnership of Anna & Elizabeth. Released on the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label, the record is a spellbinding reconfiguration of ancient folk ballads that sees the duo's immersion in Appalachian music move to a place of boundless experimentation. read more

Las Guitarras De Espaсa Presents: The Chicago-Andalusian Music Project
10.01.2018 The Chicago based ensemble Las Guitarras de Espaсa is pleased once again to kick off the Chicago Flamenco Festival presented by Instituto Cervantes at City Winery Chicago. The ensemble is in residence at the Instituto Cervantes with a mission to reach out to other cultures with diverse and original programs. read more

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