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Chet Doxas New Album, Rich in Symbols, Out September 1st in Canada and September 8th in the US –

Posted on September 7th, 2017 by Matt

An Exploration of NYC Art World 1975-1985,
Doxas Would Compose Pieces In Front of
Works by Mapplethorpe, Basquiat, Haring

Featuring All-Star Cast of NYC Musicians –
Matthew Stevens (guitar), Zack Doob (drums) and special guests, John Escreet on piano, multi-award winning trumpeter, Dave Douglas
and guitarist Dave Nugent
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Tenor saxophonist Chet Doxas releases new album inspired by NYC visual artists of the 1980s: Rich in Symbols represents the culmination of years of experience in the intensely varied and dynamic career of saxophonist and composer, Chet Doxas. Based on his love of the visual arts, Rich in Symbols is inspired by the art movement of New York City’s Lower East Side between the years 1975-85.

The music that Doxas has composed for this recording and live show was written by ear while standing in front of his favorite paintings in various museums throughout New York City. During the live performance the paintings are projected in HD behind the ensemble as the band performs the corresponding “soundtrack.”
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VIJAY IYER’S LATEST ECM RECORD, FAR FROM OVER, OUT AUGUST 25TH

Posted on September 7th, 2017 by Matt

 Featuring Iyer’s Sextet With Mark Shim,
Steve Lehman (saxophones), Graham Haynes (Cornet, Flugelhorn, Electronics), Stefan Crump (Bass), Tyshawn Sorey (drums), with Iyer on piano
“Rambunctious, furiously funky…. [Iyer’s sextet offers] the sort of head-bobbing drive and invention that has landed Iyer on multiple best-of lists over the years” — Los Angeles Times, June 2017

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Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer’s energized sequence of ECM releases has garnered copious international praise. Yet his fifth for the label since 2014 – Far From Over, featuring his dynamically commanding sextet – finds Iyer reaching a new peak, furthering an artistry that led him to be voted DownBeat Artist of the Year in 2012, 2015 and 2016 and for The Guardian to dub his work the “dizzying pinnacle of contemporary jazz multitasking.” Far From Over features this sextet of virtuoso improvisers – with horn players Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman and Mark Shim alongside rhythm partners Stephan Crump and Tyshawn Sorey – leveraging a wealth of jazz history even as the group pushes boldly forward. The music ranges from the thrillingly explosive (“Down to the Wire,” “Good on the Ground”) to the cathartically elegiac (“For Amiri Baraka,” “Threnody”), with melodic hooks, entrancing atmosphere, rhythmic muscle and an elemental spirit all part of the allure. “This group has a lot of fire in it, but also a lot of earth, because the tones are so deep, the timbres and textures,” Iyer says. “There’s also air and water – the music moves.”

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NICOLE MITCHELL AND HAKI MADHUBUTI RELEASE FIRST ALBUM OF THEIR COLLABORATION LIBERATION NARRATIVES out Sept 29th, 2017 on Third World Press –

Posted on September 7th, 2017 by Matt

In 2014, Mitchell was commissioned by the Jazz Institute of Chicago to write music inspired by the poetry of Haki Madhbuti. Liberation Narratives, the latest release by composer, flautist and conceptualist Nicole Mitchell, will be released by the notable African-American publisher, Third World Press. The founder and director of Third World Press is named Haiki R. Madhubuti. The album features Madhubuti reading his own poetry spanning his entire career from the 1960s to the present. Known formerly as Don L. Lee, he was a protege of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American poet to receive the Pulitzer Prize.

Mitchell and Madhubuti have a deep connection which spans a number of years, starting when Mitchell first moved to Chicago, and sought employment at Madhubuti’s Third World Press. She explains: “When moved to Chicago in 1990, I looked up Third World Press in the phone book and went down to this little storefront off of 75th and Cottage Grove. Here it was — a bookstore, a publishing company and a school all squeezed up in the same building.  The vibe was exciting and I immediately asked to meet the owner, Haki Madhubuti.  I told him I wanted to work there because I believed in what he was doing — he was making a real difference in the community.  He looked at me — I was totally unprofessional and had no degree and no real skills, but he said “OK.”  First I started typing manuscripts and eventually I did the graphic design and book layouts.  I stayed TWP for thirteen years, at the center of one of Chicago’s cultural institutions, and with great mentorship from Haki. This time was core to my development.”
In 2014, Mitchell was commissioned by the Jazz Institute of Chicago to write music inspired by her relationship with Madhubuti which would ultimately form the basis of this album. “Liberation Narratives” was first performed by Mitchell and her Black Earth Ensemble, alongside Madhubuti at La Follette Park in Chicago in April 2014 to

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Vision Festival 22 :: May 28- June 3, 2017 :: Greenwich Village, NYC

Posted on April 4th, 2017 by admin

ARTS FOR ART PRESENTS
Vision Fest 22:
Free Jazz Festival for a Just Future
May 28- June 3, 2017

 Presenting A Full Spectrum of Jazz Today
And Highlighting The Socio-Political Context of
The Music And Its Practitioners

 

 Vision Festival 22 Celebrates the Career of Multi-Instrumentalist,
Instrument Designer, and Educator:
COOPER-MOORE
Performing on Monday, May 29

On Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, Arts for Art officially opens Vision Festival 22 at historic Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. This first night will honor Cooper-Moore for his Lifetime of Achievement.  The renowned multi-instrumentalist, educator and raconteur Cooper-Moore, is an artist whose music has been informed by his own struggle for freedom and who personifies the ideals upheld by AFA.

Born during segregation in Southern Virginia, Cooper-Moore came of age playing his music on piano in church. In his early 20s, he was an active member of the civil rights and peace movements, often aligning himself with radical Catholics such as the Berrigan Brothers in their protests for nuclear disarmament. Upon moving to New York in the late 1960s, Cooper-Moore became a pivotal member of the free jazz movement.  His tenure with the late saxophonist and visionary David S. Ware began in 1970s as part of the Jazz Loft at 501 Canal Street. Cooper-Moore’s primary instrument is the piano, but he has become well-known for the many instruments he has designed and built, most notably the diddley-bow, a long-necked single string bass or dulcimer played horizontally while seated.

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Bryan and the Aardvarks Release ‘Sounds From the Deep Field’, Due Out April 28 via Biophilia Records

Posted on March 6th, 2017 by admin

Bryan and the Aardvarks Look to the Stars for Inspiration on
Sounds From the Deep Field,
Due Out April 28 via Biophilia Records

Bassist/Composer Bryan Copeland Finds His Place in the Universe
From the Hubble Space Telescope, Sci-Fi Films, David Bowie and
Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

Preview Sounds From The Deep Field on Bandcamp

In his classic series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, sci-fi satirist Douglas Adams writes about an unique instrument of torture known as the Total Perspective Vortex: a small shed on a desolate planet that gave those unlucky enough to enter a glimpse of the entirety of the vast universe and, with the use of a tiny “You Are Here” placard, the victim’s infinitesimal place in it, reducing them to madness.

On a much smaller scale and with far less soul-crushing results, bassist/composer Bryan Copeland underwent a series of similar experiences in the lead-up to his new album, Sounds From the Deep Field. Finding inspiration rather than insanity in taking a wide view of the infinity surrounding us, Copeland composed ten vivid new compositions for his long-running, whimsically-named band Bryan and the Aardvarks, each reflecting a sense of awe as well as heady dose of cosmic mystery.

The first of those profound revelations came when Copeland and his wife, during a camping trip through California, encountered the giant sequoias of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, breathtaking groves of old-growth trees that measure up to 20 feet in diameter and tower to over 300 feet tall and can live for thousands of years. “You feel like such a tiny, miniscule thing next to these gargantuan trees,” Copeland says. “I had an existential awakening thinking about our life span compared to those trees, which is just the blink of an eye in perspective.”

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Nicole Mitchell Releases ‘Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds’ on FPE Records May 5, 2017

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by admin

Humanity’s Future Takes Shape on Nicole Mitchell’s
Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
OUT May 5, 2017 (FPE Records)

Featuring Nicole Mitchell (flute), Renée Baker (violin),
Tomeka Reid (cello), 
Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi),
Alex Wing (guitar), Tatsu Aoki (bass),
Jovia Armstrong (percussion), avery r young (vocals)

Blurring the edges between philosophy and mysticism, modern art and radical political critique, the Afrofuturist impulse has been a cultural force since the mid-20th century. That’s when jazz visionary Sun Ra and his Arkestra first touched down on Planet Earth and told humanity that space (outer and inner) is indeed the place.  It’s an impulse that in the new millennium has only grown more diverse thanks to a proliferating number of African-American musicians who use Afrofuturism as a platform to launch their own, unique visions. Among these explorers are cosmic jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, post-everything beat maker Flying Lotus, R&B cyborg Janelle Monáe and dystopian noise-rappers Death Grips.

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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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