Archive for December, 2014

Acclaimed Norwegian Improvising Ensemble ATOMIC, Releases “Lucidity” & Announces North American Tour In Support

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Acclaimed Scandinavian Collective Ensemble, ATOMIC, Set to Release Their Eleventh Record, Lucidity (Jazzland)

Atomic to Embark Upon An Extensive North American Tour In Support of The Record

Exclusive Stream of Tracks From Lucidity on 
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Since their inception in 2000, the Scandinavian ensemble, ATOMIC, has garnered widespread notoriety not only for being a clear antidote to fellow Norwegian improvisers on labels such as ECM, but, moreover, for creating a completely unique and identifiable sound altogether, one which seamlessly marries both the American and the European Free Jazz traditions. Since they are equally indebted to the music of Archie Shepp as they are to Derek Bailey, it should come as no surprise that ATOMIC uses those traditions as sources of inspiraton and not as restrictions on their creativity.

No strangers to the touring circuit, ATOMIC were on the road almost as soon as they were formed, and since 2000, they have extensively toured throughout Europe, Japan and the US. They have released 12 CD’s including their 2010 releases Theater Tilters Vol 1 & 2– in conjunction with their 10 year anniversary–and There’s a Hole in The Mountain in 2013.Atomic’s newest release, Lucidity is their thirteenth and is set for a mid-March release onJazz Land Recordings.

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Singer Joanna Wallfisch Releases “The Origin of Adjustable Things” via Sunnyside Records, March 3rd, 2015

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

London-Born, New York-Based Singer & Composer
Joanna Wallfisch Releases
The Origin of Adjustable Things (Sunnyside Records)

An Extraordinary Duo Project with
Acclaimed Pianist Dan Tepfer
Featuring Wallfisch’s Searching Originals & Imaginative Covers of Tim Buckley, Radiohead And More

Album to Be Released on March 3rd, 2015
via Sunnyside Records


Stream Tracks from The Origin of Adjustable Things

“Wallfisch, a daring young jazz singer who relocated from London to New York
not quite a year ago continues to make her presence felt…”
Time Out New York, (August 2013)

“Wallfisch’s soaring and expressive voice combines with superb playing from
Big Apple musicians to create a fascinating and original set of songs.” – AllAbout Jazz

Hailed by the great Fred Hersch as “a real discovery – a first-rate musician in every way,” British vocalist Joanna Wallfisch has built an impressive profile since her move to New York from London in 2012. She takes a bold step forward in her creative journey with The Origin of Adjustable Things, a stark and expressive duo album with rising piano master Dan Tepfer. In the mysterious poetry of her lyrics, the freshness of her harmonic choices and the expansiveness of her sonic palette, Wallfisch sets a high bar as she and Tepfer explore a musical universe of their own making.

Of the album title, Wallfisch recalls: “It first appeared when I was waterskiing with my family, looking at this rope, and I thought, ‘I wonder what the first of adjustable thing was.’ It was a whimsical question, and I love where it can lead you in your imagination. A song is an adjustable thing, music is an adjustable thing. It’s down to the listener to interpret it, so the interpretation too is adjustable.”

Wallfisch commands attention right away with the lilting 7/8 meter and wordless percussive line of “This Is How You Make Me Feel,” interweaving and harmonizing with Tepfer’s piano in an inventive dance. “This album is very much a result of the personal and musical connection we share,” says Wallfisch of Tepfer, who served as engineer on the main recording session as well.

Wallfisch also relates how working with Tepfer has “opened my eyes to certain things, the biggest being the very many ranges of expression within my voice, and allowing myself to be more vulnerable. The stage, to me, has always been a place of composure, confidence and assuredness. I’ve since let myself explore vulnerability and I’ve been surprised not only by how effective it is, but how natural it feels to be a little more open and raw, not only onstage but also in my writing.”


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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Music Industry Veteran Katherine McVicker Launches New Firm, Music Works International Packed With Top Talent

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Music Industry Veteran KATHERINE McVICKER Launches New International Booking Agency Packed with Top Talent

Includes 2015 Grammy Nominees: Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Jason Moran, Lalah Hathaway, & Ruthie Foster, Plus Stars Lizz Wright, Kurt Elling, Vijay Iyer, Joshua Redman, Richard Bona, The Gloaming, Justin Kauflin, and Martin Hayes.


For nearly three decades, the name Katherine McVicker has been synonymous with quality, integrity, creativity, reliability, and a steadfast commitment to the artists, managers and presenters she works with.

After 28 years of booking world renowned artists, Ms. McVicker’s new venture, Music Works International (MWI) will focus on international booking, ranging from Ireland to Russia, through Turkey, Greece and the Middle East and extending through  Africa.  McVicker is best known as the European agent for dozens of artists including Norah Jones, Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, McCoy Tyner and The Bad Plus, to a name a few.

(Renowned Singer Dianne Reeves, Music Works International Client)



Thursday, December 4th, 2014



The most surreal moment was when I was at the table between Quincy and Clark, seeing their relationship after 70 years…[that] brought everything home to me. Quincy is one of those students! I’m one of those students!” – Justin Kauflin

Protégé” by Tad Friend of The New Yorker

The New York Times Arts & Leisure Interview With Justin Kauflin

Justin Kauflin and Quincy Jones’ Appearance on NBC’s The Today Show

A.O. Scott of The New York Times Review of Keep on Keepin’ On

Review of Keep on Keepin’ On in  The Wall Street Journal 

“Tradition” is an overused word in jazz—tradition is important, but the continuum of jazz is far more important because it’s not just about where the music’s been but where it is going. Two people that symbolize the continuum are pianist Justin Kauflin and his mentor, iconic trumpeter Clark Terry. Directed by Alan Hicks, the film Keep On Keepin’ On is all about this: Terry’s tremendous influence upon jazz history, and Kauflin, an up-and-coming pianist with remarkable technique and highly sensitive ears, harnessing a wide swath of influences—including he tutelage of Terry—to come through trials as a veritable champion, symbolizing the aforementioned tradition moving forward. Keep On Keepin’ On is not just about Terry—it’s about two noteworthy individuals whose talent, warmth, and giving natures reinforce each other through life’s struggles as they make beautiful music together and separately.

Terry is unto himself a virtual “school” of jazz. He is among the first true jazz educators; having taught and/or mentored Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Wynton & Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Helen Sung, singers Dianne Reeves and Jackie Ryan, and drummer Terri Lynn Carrington. To composer, arranger, and conductorQuincy Jones, both Terry and Kauflin are especially important. Terry imparted much knowledge to the young Jones, then embarking on his musical journey as a trumpeter. Later, in the spirit of giving (and the aforementioned continuum), Jones, when established as leader of his own big band, employed Terry as featured soloist in his band.

As if to complete the circle, Kauflin—who met Jones via Terry—joined him on his2013-2014 Global Gumbo World Tour, showcasing the wealth of talent Jones has begun to mentor and develop over the last five years. Bringing us to the present: Of Kauflin, Jones has said, “Simply a beautiful cat…you can feel it in every note he plays.” The multiple GRAMMY-winning Jones produced Kauflin’s second album as a leader and debut for Jazz VillageDedication.


Fresh Cut Orchestra’s Debut Release “From The Vine” (Ropeadope) Showcases Philly’s Best

Monday, December 1st, 2014

FRESH CUT ORCHESTRA Releases Debut Album,
From The Vine (Ropeadope Records),
February 17, 2015

Originally Brought Together By A Commissioning Grant
From Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Arts Center,
Represent Present & Future of
Philadelphia’s Thriving Jazz Scene

Late-December East Coast Pre-Release Tour Dates


Philadelphia houses one of today’s most dynamic yet under-appreciated jazz scenes. Luckily the Fresh Cut Orchestra offers a remedy: For an introduction to the next generation of talent in a city that produced figures like John Coltrane, The Heath Brothers, The Brecker BrothersChristian McBride and the Eubanks family, tune into this burgeoning large ensemble. It’s led by three improvisers and composers on the rise—trumpeter Josh Lawrence, bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall—and all of its 10 members are local leaders.

The Fresh Cut Orchestra’s debut release, From the Vine, features all original music, and it has a far-reaching, panoptic quality. The album dips into various soundscapes and grooves, deftly migrating from ephemeral to slicing, which bespeaks the bandleaders’ range of experiences: Lawrence has performed with Erykah BaduBoyz II Men and Orrin Evans; Fraticelli with Matisyahu, Taylor McFerrin and Mark Guiliana; and Marshall with Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Dave Douglas.

“Our vibe was just spot on from the beginning,” Lawrence says of the ensemble, which arose out of a commission in 2012 and has worked steadily around Philadelphia ever since. “Everybody in this group is a leader of some project, and we all play in each other’s bands, so there’s a lot of camaraderie onstage. And that’s been translating to the audience. A lot of the music we’ve written is pretty complex, but everybody in the group is so top game that it happens pretty easily. In this situation it’s almost ESP-like, because we’ve been working together in so many formats.”


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