Friday, July 3, 2015

Rick Swann - I Courted A Wee Girl

NPR Music - You Must Hear This


Jazz Lives At Duke Ellington's Resting Place

See young jazz musicians honor their departed elders at a cemetery that's more like a hall of fame.

Swingin' Harpoon & The Mercenaries of Rhythm

Swingin' Harpoon & The Mercenaries of Rhythm
Fighting the good fight
for the freedom
of the blues!


Friday, July 3, 2015 | 7:00PM
Fathom’s Steam Room and Raw Bar
Carrabelle, FL

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 | 8:00PM
Boca Raton, FL 

Thursday, July 9, 2015 | 7:00PM
Englewood on Dearborn
Englewood, FL

Friday, July 10, 2015 | 7:00PM
Gilbert's Resort & Marina
Key Largo, FL

Saturday, July 11, 2015 | 10:00AM
Am Vets post 550
Zephyrhills, FL

Carlos Santana Interview, Long Island Pulse

This spring has yielded an interesting and supportive interview from our Honorary Board Chair, Carlos Santana. Long Island music writer Michael Block spoke with Carlos about the influence of the Coltrane legacy on his life and the importance of the Coltrane Home Project for the Long Island Pulse. Carlos’ autobiography, a collaboration with the great writer Ashley Kahn a long time supporter of the Home also mentioned the importance of our worthy project.
Carlos Santana serves as a steward for the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills. Image: Courtesy Rubén Martín/ RCA Records
We continue to be thankful for Carlos and Ashley’s efforts on behalf of the home. Please check out the interview and Carlos’ book as they both are great reads.
Wishing you a warm spring from the John and Alice Coltrane Home in Dix Hills!

Coltrane Day


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ariadna Castellanos


Ariadna is a piano virtuoso, composer and currently one of the most prominent and promising stars of Flamenco. Ariadna Castellanos was born in Madrid, Spain where she started piano studies at the early age of six.

When she was seventeen, her talent and dedication for music rewarded her with a full scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music in London. Even though her training was in classical piano, Ariadna was always a Flamenco girl at heart. After graduating from Guildhall she returned to her native Spain where she started to work with various Flamenco Artists as Niño Josele, Jorge Pardo, Agustín Carbonel “El Bola”, Jesús del Rosario and others.

Once in Spain, Ariadna auditioned to enter the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where she became the first Spaniard to be granted the Presidential Scholarship: The highest scholarship given by the college.

Ariadna merges Flamenco & Jazz in order to create a new language, a unique identity. Ariadna blends...
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Barbara Dennerlein ....

Every year jazz musicians from Hannover come together to honor the legendary jazz fan and city marketing manager Mike Gehrke who passed away 11 years ago. The Society of the Friends of Jazz invited not only musicians who live in this city but also from outside for the "Jazz in June" concert on June 12 in the Market Church. Barbara Dennerlein, the awarded "First Lady of the Church organ", was among the artists.

In 2001, when Mike Gehrke initiated the "Jazz and Church Organ" contest, he asked the  Munich-based musician to become member of the jury. Skilled after several years of jazz concerts on pipe organs since 1994, Barbara at that time was going to prepare for her first jazz pipe organ CD "Spiritual Movement No. 1".

In this year, three CD's and uncounted concerts later, Barbara Dennerlein took part in this concert evening - to be exact: two parts: the opening and the finale. The intermediate parts were performances of Herbert Christ (trumpet) and Fraser Gartshore (organ) and the Stephan Abel Quartet with singer Tokunbo Akinro.

The huge interest in the concert - much more tickets were sold than in the last years, the promoters said - was impressive and motivating for the artists, especially regarding the nice summer weather outside. You can find photos from this event on the "Friends of Jazz" website: