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Linda May Han Oh Releases ‘WALK AGAINST WIND’ on Biophilia Records April 14, 2017

Posted on February 13th, 2017 by admin

Bassist/Composer Linda May Han Oh
Finds Beauty in Exploring Life’s More Challenging Pathways
on Walk Against Wind

Oh’s Fourth Album, Out April 14 on Biophilia Records,
Features Her Stunning Quartet with
Saxophonist Ben Wendel, Guitarist Matthew Stevens,
Drummer Justin Brown

Preview Walk Against Wind on Bandcamp

The art of mime, with its embrace of silence and pure physical expression, may seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for a jazz musician. But in “Walking Against the Wind,” one of Marcel Marceau’s best-loved pieces, bassist/composer Linda May Han Oh found a stunning metaphor for the life of an artist. Linda has chosen to release this album under the name, “Linda May Han Oh” as “May Han” is her birth name and the name “Linda” was given to her at three years of age upon moving to Australia in order to assimilate. Marceau’s graceful but frustrated motion, which also inspired Michael Jackson’s iconic moonwalk, found the legendary mime fighting against invisible but pervasive forces while also embracing the beauty and pleasure to be found in taking the paths in life that offer greater challenges – but also richer rewards.

On her fourth album, Walk Against Wind, Oh explores both the challenges and the rich rewards of an artist’s journey. “Walk Against Wind is about the paths that we choose,” Oh explains. “Sometimes they end up being the harder paths, but in the long run they prove more fruitful.”

The album, due out April 14 via Biophilia Records, is the spiritual successor to Oh’s acclaimed 2013 release Sun Pictures, with returning saxophonist Ben Wendel (Kneebody, Snoop Dogg) joined by guitarist Matthew Stevens (Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding) and drummer Justin Brown (Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton). In addition, keyboardist Fabian Almazan (Terence Blanchard) and Korean traditional musician Minji Park appear as special guests with the quartet, which has been workshopping Oh’s compositions at a variety of New York hotspots including the 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery and Minton’s Harlem.

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David Weiss & Point of Departure Releases ‘WAKE UP CALL’ On Ropeadope Records on 2/17/2017

Posted on January 31st, 2017 by admin

Trumpeter David Weiss & Point of Departure’s
Release Ropeadope Records Debut,
Wake Up Call
To Be Released February 17, 2017

New Lineup Features Weiss on Trumpet & Fender Rhodes,
Guitarists Ben Eunson, Travis Reuter & Nir Felder,
Saxophonists Myron Walden & JD Allen,
Bassist Matt Clohesy and Drummer Kush Abadey

*Pre-Order on Bandcamp*

Trumpeter David Weiss and his revamped Point of Departure ensemble recently signed a deal with Ropeadope and will release their first album with a new configuration of the band February 17, 2017.

Point of Departure was conceived in earnest in 2006 as a result of Weiss’s regular Thursday night residency at the Greenwich Village club, Fat Cat. The regular gig provided Weiss the opportunity to try out many up-and-coming musicians on the scene, in various combinations. By the end of the six month run, Weiss felt he had a fully realized a new band with a unique sound and approach; a harmonically adventurous ensemble with more of a free approach to the music, with the capability to switch grooves from swing to funk to rock in different time signatures on a dime. Weiss and Point of Departure focus on re-examining the work of musicians of that time including often lesser-known repertory works by Andrew Hill, Joe Henderson, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, and music from the unsung Kenny Cox & the Contemporary Jazz Quintet, ultimately giving credence to an unheralded and misunderstood era in jazz – filled with music that brought myriad influences and sounds into new, unchartered territory.

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Noah Haidu ‘Infinite Distances’ out 2/10/2017 on Cellar Live + Upcoming Shows

Posted on December 16th, 2016 by admin

Pianist NOAH HAIDU Reaches New Expressive Heights with Infinite Distances out 2/10/2017 on Cellar Live

Lyrical, intricate album features Sharel Cassity, Jon Irabagon, Jeremy Pelt with two tight, versatile rhythm sections

Haidu’s third outing includes bold originals and a 6-part suite inspired by a passage from poet Rainer Maria Rilke:

“….between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist”

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*Preview album on Soundcloud*

Earning praise from Jazzwise as “unquestionably one of the most confident and impressive of all the new pianists,” Brooklyn-based pianist Noah Haidu returns after his well-received Posi-Tone releases Slipstream (2011) and Momentum (2013) with the expansive and ambitious Infinite Distances. Distances explores a concept inspired by a conversation with saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who quoted the writer and philosopher Rainer Maria Rilke in reference to another musician whom he was very close to, but also quite far from.

With a rich ensemble sound and subtly powerful arrangements, the date features alto saxophonist Sharel Cassity, soprano/tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and an august rhythm section with drummer John Davis and bassist Ariel Alejandro de la Portilla (four of 11 tracks feature Peter Brendler on bass and Mark Ferber on drums).

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2017 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST CELEBRATES 13th SEASON

Posted on December 7th, 2016 by admin

2017 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST CELEBRATES 13th SEASON

With Social & Racial Justice Theme Supporting #BLACKLIVESMATTERS and Other Movements For Social Change

 

Plus Celebrations of Thelonious Monk’s 100th Birthday,

Artist-in-Residence Andrew Cyrille, Pharoah Sanders,

Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Sam Amidon Extended,

Curated ECM Records, NY Hot Jazz Fest & Revive Music Stages & More

January 5-10, 2017

 

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:

– FULL REVIVE MUSIC STAGE LINEUPS ANNOUNCED BELOW

– FINAL TWO-NIGHT MARATHON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

January 6, 2017 Schedule

January 7, 2017 Schedule

CHARLIE HADEN’S LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA TO CLOSE FESTIVAL

January 10, 2017 at (le) poisson rouge

 

– SIX-DAY WINTERJAZZ FESTIVAL PASSES NOW ON SALE

IN SPIRIT OF SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE,
CHARLIE HADEN’S LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA
CLOSES 6-DAY FESTIVAL JANUARY 10th at LE POISSON ROUGE, 
FEATURING ARRANGEMENTS BY CARLA BLEY & ALL-STAR LINEUP
JANUARY 10 at (le) poisson rouge
TWO SETS: 7 PM & 9 PM
 
REVIVE MUSIC RETURNS TO WINTER JAZZFEST
EXPANDING STAGES TO BOWERY BALLROOM
AND NEWLY RELOCATED NUBLU AT STUDIO 151
 
FEATURED REVIVE MUSIC ACTS:
DJ KARRIEM RIGGINS
CHRIS DAVE AND THE DRUMHEDZ + SURPRISE GUESTS
MARCUS STRICKLAND’S TWI-LIFE
ISAIAH SHARKEY
KANDACE SPRINGS
KILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DEVA MAHAL
RUSSEL GUNN’S ETHNOMUSICOLOGY
CATOtheBAND
STEM SOUNDS
MARCUS GILMORE’S ACTIONS SPEAK

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Le Boeuf Brothers – ‘Imaginist’ OUT NOW + NYC Album Release Show at National Sawdust w/ JACK Quartet, Nov. 16th

Posted on November 3rd, 2016 by admin

Le Boeuf Brothers + JACK Quartet Collaborate On New Record, ‘imaginist,’

OUT NOW Via New Focus Recordings/Panoramic Recordings

“‘imaginist’ goes further than most such efforts to tackle the idea of ‘chamber-jazz’ without holding back on either side” – The New York Times

“”One of the most interesting aspects of this music, besides the folksy melodies, extroverted minimalist textures and tangled counterpoint, are those moments of freedom found within each arrangement—chaos under control—which lend a bit of breath and imagination to the otherwise refined and chamber-like ambiance, a tribute to both the improvising prowess of the string players and tasteful restraint of the ‘jazz’ players.” – The New York City Jazz Record

“It’s an artful approach that melds  the innovative saxophone and piano playing twin brothers with the nine-piece chamber ensemble to create a melding of contemporary classical and jazz music” – NextBop

“Imaginist will hold your interest, the music serves both a dramatic and a compositional purpose.”The Wire

Regarded as innovative composers of improvised music, the Le Boeuf Brothers are leading the field with groundbreaking new works on their upcoming album in collaboration with JACK Quartet.  Based on the “Imaginist” poetry movement, they present an amalgamation of fresh improvisatory approaches with an informed compositional aesthetic branching from literature, jazz, and the “new music” community.  Their fourth recording, imaginist, is slated for release October 14th via New Focus Recordings/Panoramic Recordings.

Interpreting the works of pianist Pascal Le Boeuf and saxophonist Remy Le Boeuf, the hybridized 9-piece chamber ensemble includes JACK Quartet, one of New York’s premier string quartets devoted to contemporary classical music, as well as a collection of longtime collaborators including Grammy-nominated tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel (Kneebody), alternating bassists Ben Street (John Scofield, Billy Hart) and Martin Nevin (Albert “Tootie” Heath), and alternating drummers Justin Brown (Ambrose Akinmusire, Thundercat) and Peter Kronreif (Thana Alexa).

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Christophe Schweizer ‘The Broader Picture’ Out Sept. 30

Posted on September 27th, 2016 by admin

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Swiss-German Arranger Christophe Schweizer

Collaborates with Famed WDR Big Band Cologne,

Setting Original Small Group Compositions of BILLY HART

For Full Big Band Complement
The Broader Picture (enja-yellowbird)
Is Out September 30th, 2016

First full-length album dedicated to large ensemble arrangements of Jabali’s original music. Compositions are drawn from “Enchance” (Horizon A&M, 1977), Rah (Gramavision, 1987) & “Oceans of Time” (Arabesque, 1997), among others.

Picture a young musician from Switzerland one sunny New York morning in September 1992, in the basement of The Mannes College of Music.  The ensemble class has just finished a performance of a Bud Powell composition called “Webb City” at the request of their coach, and it’s obvious these five musicians from radically different cultural backgrounds – some of whom will later go on to become well known in different scenes – feel less than at ease playing with each other for the first time.

After a moment of silence, pregnant with uncertainty, the ensemble coach finally declares, “You guys need to learn how to love each other.” You can guess who that teacher was.

Swiss-born, Hamburg-based arranger-composer Christophe Schweizer is of course is just one of hundreds, if not thousands of musicians and fans, that maestro Billy Hart has touched – and continues to touch as an educator and performer.  Schweizer calls Hart’s touch a “generosity of self.”  Over the course of a career spanning over five decades, Hart’s collaborations are perhaps greater in significance, number, and diversity than most living jazz musicians.

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Drummer Franklin Kiermyer Returns With His Most Spiritual Release To Date

Posted on September 6th, 2016 by admin

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Closer To The Sun (Mobility Music) Furthers A Lifelong Practice Of Meditation And Contemplation, Co-Produced by Famed Producer Michael Cuscuna

Kiermyer Presents a New Band with Lawrence Clark (saxophone), Davis Whitfield (piano) and Otto Gardner (bass) – Each Committed to Depth and Openness of Spirit

On his newest album, Closer To The Sun, drummer, composer and bandleader Franklin Kiermyer pursues his singular quest, digging deeper to the roots of transformational music. It was always the feeling of the music that motivated his playing and on this latest offering, his focused spiritual practice leads the music even further. Co-producer Michael Cuscuna remarks, “Franklin went beyond his influences. He found his own way to play drums–his own time concept–his own way of organizing a performance. The music always swings in it’s own way, on it’s own terms.”

Kiermyer’s album Solomon’s Daughter (Evidence, 1994)–featuring Pharoah Sanders, John Esposito and Drew Gress–put him on the map. His subsequent album Kairos (Evidence, 1994) established him as a leader in what one writer called “Ecstatic American Music.” For the next few years, Kiermyer toured with his quartet, appearing at leading venues like Yoshi’s, Sweet Basil and The Montreal Jazz Festival. Soon after, he seemed to virtually drop from view.  From 1997 to 2013 Kiermyer only released two albums and toured rarely. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Jazz Festival Announces New NextGenJazz Stage for 2016

Posted on July 26th, 2016 by admin

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For the 8th consecutive year, The Chicago Community Trust Jazz on the Rooftop stage will be a part of the Chicago Jazz Festival at the Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace in Millennium Park on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4. Presented by The Chicago Community Trust, the Jazz on the Rooftop stage aims to showcase up-and-coming Chicago native jazz musicians alongside the notable regional and national touring acts that attract nearly 150,000 jazz fans. This year, the festival is pleased to present Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links alumni saxophonist John Foster-Brooks, pianist Alexis Lombre, vibraphonist Joel Ross and the Hanging Hearts among the next generation of Chicago jazz greats.

The Chicago Community Trust Rooftop Jazz performances start September 3rd with a showcase of “Young Jazz Lions” featuring some of the most dedicated elementary and high school bands including the Lenart Regional Gifted and Harold Washington Elementary School Jazz Combos, the Jones College Prep Jazz Combo, the Whitney Young Magnet High School Jazz Combo, the Curie High School Jazz Ensemble, the Pritzker High School Jazz Ensemble, and the Kenwood High School Jazz Ensemble. Performances run from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Kris Davis Releases ‘Duopoly’ on September 30th

Posted on July 25th, 2016 by admin

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Pianist Kris Davis Releases Duopoly
A Set of Inspired, Intimate Duos with 8 Seasoned Collaborators,
Out September 30th

Album features originals, covers and free pieces in an inventive palindromic sequence
CD/DVD includes FULL FILM of Entire Album — Davis in duets with

BILL FRISELL, TIM BERNE, DON BYRON, CRAIG TABORN, JULIAN LAGE,MARCUS GILMORE, BILLY DRUMMOND, ANGELICA SANCHEZ
— artists with whom Davis had never before recorded
Pianist, composer and bandleader Kris Davis, just named one of Downbeat magazine’s “25 for the Future,” has made outstanding music in trio, quartet and quintet formats; her most recent output ranges from solo piano (Massive Threads) to an octet with four bass clarinets (Save Your Breath). The next logical step seemed to be duo. After brainstorming with producer David Breskin, Davis was ready to make Duopoly, a series of duos with eight colleagues, all highly regarded and accomplished improvisers. Each duo would play two pieces, one composed and the other free, 16 tracks in all.

“We decided to limit the instrumental palette of the guests,” writes Davis in her booklet text, and so she chose guitarists Bill Frisell and Julian Lage, pianists Craig Taborn and Angelica Sanchez, drummers Billy Drummond and Marcus Gilmore, and reed players Tim Berne and Don Byron. It was only later that the album’s two-part structure emerged, and within that structure, “a symmetrical, palindromic sequence,” Davis writes, “with what [Breskin] calls a ‘mobius twist’ in the middle.” In other words, the players rotate once through and then again in reverse order, with Frisell starting and finishing. The midway shift from structured writing to free improv feels entirely fluid and continuous.

“Additionally,” writes Davis, “the tracks are paired by instrument, for cohesive focus and the suggestive hint (or illusion) of a ‘phantom duo’ between each of the guitarists, pianists, drummers, and horn players.”

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Slavic Soul Party! Celebrates Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Masterpiece, The Far East Suite, with Their Newest Album on Ropeadope Records, Out September 16th

Posted on July 18th, 2016 by Matt

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The past 50 years have seen a lot of borders come down: the Iron Curtain, the European Union, the Cuban embargo, apartheid in the USA and South Africa all come to mind.  But lately we’ve heard talk of reinforcing borders and building walls, watched as refugees from the Middle East pile up on newly reinforced European borders.  Many of these borders – between Macedonia and Serbia, Turkey and Europe, “the east” and “the west”, host culture and “other” – are the very same borders that Slavic Soul Party! has crossed for years.  They’re also many of the same borders crossed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1963, when the US State Department sent the band on a “jazz diplomacy” mission to the Middle East, South Asia, and the Balkans.  50 years ago Ellington recorded his brilliant collaboration with Billy Strayhorn, the Far East Suite in New York City masterfully integrating the sounds they heard into the Ellington band, itself one of the defining sounds of jazz.

Slavic Soul Party! celebrates 50 years of the Far East Suite with a new record that re-imagines the iconic suite as an Eastern European brass band discovering an exotic American sound, reversing the “exotic tinge” and reveling in this subtle, funky, and brilliant music.  The essence of Ellington and Strayhorn’s collaboration is apparent from the first notes – the pulsing, harmonically rich chords of Tourist Point of View – but there’s something clearly different here. The slight of hand that SSP! has achieved with deft arrangements and strong Balkan playing is wonderfully disorienting.  This is music that has taken several trips across the Atlantic, in both directions.  It’s obviously a brass band that has fallen in love with the sound of jazz, but where is this music from? Read the rest of this entry »

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