Friday, October 31, 2014

Wynton Marsalis with Zé Nogueira - Amphibious (Moacir Santos)

My Brazilian Heart – The Music of Moacir Santos
Jazz in Marciac 2005 Marciac, France
Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sara Lazarus - Morning (Jazz)

The Clare Fischer Orchestra

"Name an area of musical imagination and Clare Fischer’s probably been there, from jazz and classical to pop, rock and R&B. Everything the veteran composer/arranger/pianist does blends skillful craftsmanship with musical credibility" Legendary Music Journalist Don Heckman

Following up on Clare Fischer’s stunning album "After the Rain", this next orchestral compendium features yet more imaginative concert originals as well as a superb blend of stylistic elements across a broad spectrum. Rich performances from veterans of both the classical and jazz genres, such as Bryan Pezzone, Gary Foster, Brent Fischer, Cecilia Tsan and Roland Kato among many others, fulfill the creative vision that both Clare and Brent shared for this momentous undertaking.
In grand Fischer tradition, this album epitomizes the concept of complex simplicity: continuing to amalgamate centuries of orchestral developments into extraordinary yet accessible sonic artistry. There’s no experience quite like hearing the realization of creativity extending through the amazing range of aural colors to be found in orchestral instruments.
Track listing:
Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra; Miniature; Realizacion for String Orchestra; Interlude for Piano; Two for the Road; Weekend In Stockholm; Coming Home; Reflection for Piano; Retrograde Orbits for Vibraphone; Suddenly; A Moment Of Silence

Letter from From Carol Fredette

My new CD "No Sad Songs For Me" was selected for the preliminary Grammy Awards ballot in the vocal jazz category.
If you are a voting member, please consider voting for this recording.
With Sincere Thanks,
Here's a link to the recording: 
Vocals, Carol Fredette
Piano, Helio Alves, Dario Eskenazi, Andy Ezrin
Guitar-Bob Mann
Bass-David Finck
Drums and Percussion-Kevin Wynard
Saxophone and Flute-David Mann
Trumpet-Tony Kadleck
Trombone-Michael Davis
Produced by David Finck for Organized Sound Inc.
"Fredette's delivery is refreshingly direct and expressive throughout; her warm alto conveys the wit and calm of the fully-formed grown-up who knows whereof she sings.  The music on 'No Sad Songs for Me' will delight anyone who appreciates vocal jazz at its highest level and in its most conducive setting." - Dr. Judith Schlesinger,

No matter whether she is getting to the heart of a ballad or swinging her forever off, Fredette respects and finds the essence of each lyric that she sings.  Her voice is full of warmth and intimacy, lending a feeling of knowing worldliness to her singing.  Vocal jazz at the highest level of execution requires a combination of musicality, timing, phrasing, creativity and intelligence.  Carol Fredette has an abundance of these ingredients, and they all shine through on No Sad Songs for Me." - Joe Lang,  Jersey Jazz

Ronnie Scott's ....

Ronnie Scott's is making a birthday gift to jazz fans the world over by announcing the live streaming of soul-jazz superstar Dianne Reeves this Thursday at 8.30pm (GMT)! And as if that isn't enough the club will also be streaming the Late show from rising Japanese trumpet-star and Blue Note recording artist Takuya Kuroda (a key member of Jose James band) at 11.30pm (GMT). Reeves will be performing material from her eagerly anticipated Concord Records release 'Beautiful Life', whereas Kuroda will perform material from his hip, funky and soulful Blue Note debut 'Rising Son'.

Access to the broadcasts is free, instant and direct. Viewers will simply need to log onto the club's website at 8.30pm and 11.30pm BST this Thursday October 30th Calendar

10/30 Thu Benito Gonzalez Quartet at Makeda - 338 George St - New Brunswick, NJ 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Straight-ahead, Cover: $10 or less, New Brunswick Jazz Project presents Pianist Benito Gonzalez Quartet  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (732/848) 

10/30 Thu Carrie Jackson @ 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro,Westfield 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None, Carrie Jackson Trio No Music Cover 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ 732-897-7744  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (908/ ) 

10/30 Thu Jazz Celebration Big Band at Cafe Lava 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Style: Swing/Big Band, Cover: $10 or less, 17 piece Jazz Orchestra featuring vocalist Claudia Perry  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (215/ ) 

10/31 Fri Barbara Rose, Pianist & Vocalist at Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None, Celebrate the American Songbook with piano prodigy Barbara Rose. Barbara’s style as a vocalist ranges from Liza Minnelli to Janis Joplin. Her piano style is reminiscent of Thelonius Monk. Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (732/848) 

10/31 Fri Dave Stryker Organ Trio w/Pat Bianchi,Kush Abadey at Trumpets 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm Style:Jazz/Funk, Cover: over $10,  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (862/973) 

10/31 Fri Greg Murphy at Lorenzo's 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None, Solo Piano PerformanceLearn more  ,  Hear samples , (Other ) 

10/31 Fri OPEN JAZZ JAM AND FISH FRY at 189 Monticello Ave., Jersey City, N.J. 8:30 pm to 12:00 am Style:Jam Session, Cover: None, Musicians , vocalists, dancers, poets and jazz music lovers welcome. No Cover, No Minimum ! Delicious fish sandwiches available for purchase . Learn more  , (201/551) 

10/31 Fri The Sandy Sasso Quartet at The 55 Bar, West Village, NYC. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Style: Vocal, Cover:None, A very hip jazz club in the heart of The Village. Celebrate Halloween night with us. Wear a silly hat to get in the mood. Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (212/ ) 

10/31 Fri The Sensational Soul Cruisers at Crossroads 8:00 pm to 1:00 am Style: Mixed, Cover: $10 or less, HALLOWEEN bash @ Crossroads in Garwood NJ, featuring The Senasational Soul Cruisers; who are an 11 man horn group fronted by four soulful vocalists who pay homage and tribute to classic performers from Otis Redding and the Drifters to Barry White and the Commodores  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (908/ ) 

11/01 Sat Stephen Fuller and John Bianculli at Italian Bistro Bar and Restaurant 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm Style:Mixed, Cover: None, 441 Raritan Ave., Highland Park, NJ (732) 640-1959 Highland Park, NJ (732) 640-1959 Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (732/848) 

11/01 Sat Storm Large, Pink Martini's Vocalist at SOPAC Mainstage 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm Style: Vocal, Cover:Tickets Available, Acclaimed vocalist Storm Large sings the American songbook, Broadway tear-jerkers, rock goddess anthems and some of her own gorgeous originals all delivered with a fierce personal commitment. Learn more  , (Unknown)

Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland

Words by Mimmi Nilsson
Published: 27 Oct 2014 10:59 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Oct 2014 08:59 GMT+01:00

For this week’s My Swedish Career we meet Italian musician Luigi Bozzolan, whose love for jazz led him to move to Sweden, not once but twice. Now lingering in Lapland, he's sharing his passion with students in the frozen north.

Italian Luigi Bozzolan's life revolves around music. He's a pianist, a composer, and a music teacher and moved to Gällivare in northern Sweden’s Lapland just two weeks ago to work at the region's Culture School (Kulturskolan), where pupils aged 6 to 22 learn a variety of performing arts.

His focus is on improvisation, contemporary music, and jazz – genres which are deeply rooted in Sweden's music culture. It was this well-established music scene that was the driving force behind Bozzolan’s decision to move to Sweden for the first time in 2010, when he was based in Gothenburg.

“I think music in Sweden, especially jazz and improvisation, is special. There’s a special sound of improvisation that’s being played in a new way, it’s very avant-garde. This is the main reason why I chose to live in Gothenburg,” he tells The Local.

For three years, Bozzolan studied improvisation at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg under Anders Jormin, a renowned bass player and composer. This was enough time for Bozzolan to make lasting relations with other musicians, some of whom he's still collaborating with today. 
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