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Duduka Da Fonseca Trio Plays Dom Salvador
22.02.2018 The 3-time GRAMMY nominated drummer Duduka Da Fonseca will be releasing what he considers to be one of the most expressive works of his career playing the compositions of the legendary pianist Dom Salvador with his Brazilian based Trio, featuring pianist David Feldman and bassist Guto Wirtti. "Duduka is a fantastic drummer, he has worked with me and I love the way he plays." Antonio Carlos Jobim, Rio de Janeiro, Spring 94 "Da Fonseca divulges a keen awarness of where Brazilian jazz has been and where it's headed." Todd Jenkins, Down Beat read more

Jason Miles tours Europe with "Kind of New"
21.02.2018 On Feb 25 the Blue Note jazz club in Milan will host the kick off date to Jason Miles 2018 Kind of New European tour. From his groundbreaking work on Miles Davis' masterpieces (Tutu, Music From Siesta & Amandla) to "Kind of New", Jason Miles is committed to pushing the envelope of sonic possibilities. read more

Multi-Instrumentalist Willie Oteri and Dark Matter Horns Release "Evolution"
21.02.2018 One never knows what the multifaceted original Willie Oteri is going to do next, like switching his focus from guitar to saxophone and flute for a series of upcoming releases. Oteri has produced several well received guitar based albums featuring some of the worlds finest musicians including, Scott Amendola, Giko Pavan, Tony Levin, J.A. Deane and others, read more

Drummer Jonathan Barber's Debut "VISION AHEAD" To Be Released 5/11
21.02.2018 Hartford, Connecticut-native Jonathan Barber is proud to announce his arrival with the Friday, May 11th release of his highly-anticipated debut album Vision Ahead. Featuring pianist Taber Gable, guitarist Andrew Renfroe, saxophonist Godwin Louis, bassist Matt Dwonszyk, and vocalists Denise Renee and Sasha Foster (collectively and eponymously known as the album title), Vision Ahead is Barber's product of six years spent cultivating a distinct and immaculately tailored sound with like minded musicians who, together, now present themselves as an undeniable, sonically-solid unit. read more

The Mike Stern Band To Headline the 7th Les Paul Festival
21.02.2018 The Mike Stern Band featuring Teymur Phell and Richie Morales will headline the 7th Les Paul Festival Concert at Ramapo College on Saturday, February 24, 2018 in the Berrie Center's Sharp Theater at 8:00 p.m. The annual festival celebrates Mahwah resident Les Paul's innovative spirit as a musician and technologist by hosting a week of guest speakers and workshops for Ramapo's music students culminating in a concert for the college and regional community. The Les Paul Festival is presented by the Ramapo College Music Program, the Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, the School of Contemporary Arts, the student-run Ramapo Music Club, and the Mahwah Museum. read more

Nilson Matta SAMBA MEETS JAZZ @ Jazz Forum Fri & Sat Feb. 23rd & 24th
20.02.2018 Nilson Matta SAMBA MEETS JAZZ @ The Jazz Forum Friday & Saturday Feb. 23rd & 24th 1 Dixon Lane Tarrytown, New York 10591 914-631-1000 Sets 7pm and 9pm Eric Alexander-tenor saxophone Dave Stryker-guitar Helio Alves-piano Marcello Pellitteri-drums Fabiana Masili-vocals Nilson Matta-bass Performing music from Duke Ellington, Monk, Jobim, Mingus, Toninho Horta, Stanley Turrentine, Noel Rosa and much more music from the American and Brazilian song book. All this mixed with exciting Brazilian and American rhythm combinations! read more

20.02.2018 Abby London-Crawford Presents In Association with The Sanctuary Arts Initiative of Metro Baptist Church AN EVENING WITH TWO EXCITING JAZZ ENSEMBLES SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 7:30pm EDITH LETTNER'S FREEMOTION Celebrating their new album TAKING OFF read more

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21.02.2018 Maybe you can't hold on to a dream, but dreams can trigger strong emotional cross-currents. And so it was for singer Malia on her popular, long-lived "Echoes of Dreams". Released in 2004, the songs on that album form the basis for her new recording, "Ripples". read more

Blues Rock Singer/Songwriter Albert Cummings Lines Up Dates For March Tour
20.02.2018 Having kicked off 2018 on the West Coast with live performances in California then heading East rockin' Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut - Blues Rock and Americana Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Albert Cummings is getting ready for more tour dates this March! read more

They Call Me Mud CD Coming From Mud Morganfield On March 9 Via Severn Records
04.02.2018 Severn Records announces a March 9 release date for They Call Me Mud, the new CD from singer Mud Morganfield, son of the legendary blues icon, Muddy Waters. Produced by Mud Morganfield and Rick Kreher (who also plays guitar on the CD), They Call Me Mud was recorded at Joyride Studios in in Mud's Chicago hometown. Mud penned 10 of the album's 12 songs, with two others coming from his illustrious father's catalog, "Howling Wolf" and "Can't Get No Grinding." A stellar cast of Chicago area musicians adds some authentic, downhome blues touches to the recording, including Billy Flynn on guitar, Studebaker John on harmonica and backing vocals, Sumito Ariyo Ariyoshi on piano, E.G. McDaniel on bass and Melvin "Pookie Stix" Carlisle on drums. read more

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

world music news

New Video from Afrika Mamas: Things Are Happening!
12.02.2018 Afrika Mamas are proud to release their new video 'Lapha KwaZulu' filmed outside Durban in South Africa by Quintin Lee White. 'Lapha KwaZulu' translates as 'things are happening' and is a song about communal living and daily life on a traditional homestead in rural KwaZulu-Natal. read more

Gwyneth Glyn/bendigedig/Nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 'Best Original Track 2018'
08.02.2018 "Gwyneth Glyn is one of the most inspirational and consistent musicians in Wales… A Wow factor release" 5* KEN HUNT, FROOTS MAGAZINE ON Tro It was announced last night that Cricieth based singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn has been nominated for Best Original Track in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The nomination is for the track Cân y cŵn from Gwyneth's album Tro, which released in September 2017 on the new bendigedig label, a partnership between Theatr Mwldan and ARC Music Productions International Ltd. read more

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

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