Archive for February, 2012

Early Praise for The Vijay Iyer Trio’s Accelerando (ACT Music, March 13)

Monday, February 27th, 2012

 

Album Features Covers of Michael Jackson,
Flying Lotus, Heatwave, Henry Threadgill, 

Duke Ellington & Herbie Nichols

Album to be Featured as NPR First Listen (March 6 to 13), NPR Song of The Day, NPR’s All Things Considered, January Cover of JazzTimes Magazine & Much More

Iyer Tours US in March & April with Trio, As Solo Pianist & With Collaborative South Asian Trio, Tirtha

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Dave Douglas & Greenleaf Music Announce Big Plans for 2012

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

New Artists, New Technologies, New Dave Douglas Quintet Album With All-New Lineup

While 2012 could be the year of the global apocalypse as predicted by the Mayans, trumpeter, composer and label head Dave Douglas and his label Greenleaf Music (GLM) continue to roll full-steam ahead by releasing jazz, post-jazz, and other creative music.  The label’s credo is simply about creativity in musical expression. As a result, GLM’s sound is defined by the artists Douglas chooses to sign, allowing them room to define their own world—new sounds that connect, music that has something personal to say that is unique to that individual, as well as having something universal to offer. GLM believes that what interests listeners is not just the recorded product, but the artists themselves. As such we are interested in making available sheet music, artist commentary, discussion and more.

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Theo Bleckmann Releases Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Out March 13 via Winter & Winter –

New York CD Release
April 7, 2012
Highline Ballroom, NY
8PM (doors open 6PM)

With Henry Hey, Chris Tarry, Caleb Burhans and Ben Wittman

After tackling American maverick composer Charles Ives and receiving a Grammy nomination for it, vocalist Theo Bleckmann now takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop recluse Kate Bush. This project goes beyond merely re-creating Kate’s Bush music, taking it into other realms of sound and interpretation. Bush’s œuvre is indeed mysterious and often enigmatic in nature: unusual song forms, oracular lyrics amd unpredictable meter- and harmony-changes are an anomaly in pop music, making it the perfect vehicle for Bleckmann’s distinctive, interpretive spirit and interest in the unusual. Even though Bush still remains a household name, it is fair to say that her music is not your usual run-of the mill boy-meets-girl/boy-loses-girl fare. Her use of British and Irish myths, her references to psychology, literature and film, her meticulously multi-layered productions and her unusually high voice make her idiosyncratic body of work challenging for other artists to interpret.

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Guitarist/Composer Will Bernard Releases New Trio CD “OUTDOOR LIVING”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Out March 20th, 2012 on Dreck to Disk/A-Train

Groove-Centric Disc Debuts Bernard’s Touring Trio With Wil Blades (B3) and Simon Lott (Drums)

East Coast, West Coast and New Orleans 
Tour Dates Coming Up

The life of a touring jazz musician doesn’t involve a lot of what most people would picture as “the great outdoors.” Guitarist Will Bernard’s groove-heavy new organ trio CD Outdoor Living, however, pays tribute to an entirely different kind of landscape. Roads stretching to the horizon viewed from the windows of a van, the cracked pavement of city streets, motel parking lots – this is the scenery that Bernard brings to light on these nine original tunes.

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The Joel Harrison 7 Performs New York CD Release of SEARCH at Drom

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Saturday March 31, 2012 
9:30 PM

Featuring Donny McCaslin, Jacob Sacks, Christian Howes, Dana Leong, Drew Gress & Dan Weiss

Saturday, March 31

9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 9)

Drom

85 Avenue A, b/w 5th & 6th St

Advance Price $10, Door Price $15

Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

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John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet +1 Performs West Coast Debuts of Songs From What Is The Beautiful?

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Project Commissioned by the University of Rochester’s
Rare Books and Special Collections Department
for the 100th Birthday Celebration of Poet / Visual Artist Kenneth Patchen

UPCOMING SHOWS:

The Claudia Quintet +1
*with special guest Theo Bleckman

February 27 – Yoshi’s, San Francisco, CA (link)
February 28 – Blue Whale, Los Angeles, CA (link)
February 29 – Cal State Fullerton, CA (link)
March 1 – Cal State Fullerton, CA (link) *
March 2 – 560 Music Center, St. Louis, MO (link)

* Cal State Fullerton Jazz Ensembles with John Hollenbeck & Theo Bleckmann

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Widespread Acclaim for Rudresh Mahanthappa’s “Samdhi” & Upcoming Carnegie Hall Debut

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Saturday April 21, 2010

10pm

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

Buy Tickets

Ranked #7 in Jazz Albums of 2011, Denver Post

Ranked #8 in the 2011 Rhapsody.com Jazz Critics Poll

Ranked #9 in Jazz Albums of 2011, Philadelphia Inquirer

Ranked #11 in the 2011 JazzTimes Critics Poll

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Bassist & Composer LINDA OH Releases Sophomore Album

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Out May 22, 2012 on Greenleaf Music

Featuring DAYNA STEPHENS (saxophone), FABIAN ALMAZAN (piano), RUDY ROYSTON (drums)
and special guest: JEN SHYU (voice)

With her debut CD, Entry, bassist/composer Linda Oh asserted herself as a unique new voice on the modern jazz scene. On her follow-up, Initial Here, Oh draws deeply upon her rich cultural heritage and broad range of inspirations to further define her musical autobiography.

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