Norah Jones set for TD Ottawa Jazz Festival?s main stage / Ottawa Citizen

"I really don't like rehearsing. I'm not good at rehearsing … There's not a ton of rehearsing," Norah Jones said in a recent interview. "Don't worry - we'll be prepared," she continued with a laugh. "As long as we all know the material, then the magic will happen." That tour, which began last week in Pittsburgh, Pa. and will end in early August in Anchorage, Alaska, touches down in Ottawa on Tuesday. That's when the singer-songwriter, 40, plays the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival's main stage in Marion Dewar Plaza. What does Jones have against rehearsing? "I like spontaneity and I always have," she said. READ THE FULL Ottawa Citizen ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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Jess Gillam - Rise is the KUSC: Album Of the Week

Jess Gillam is a 20-year-old British saxophonist, known for being one of the most exciting emerging artists in classical music. Her debut album, Rise, is an engaging mix of music originally composed for saxophone and arrangements, with composers ranging from the Baroque period to Michael Nyman and Darius Milhaud, from Britten to Bartok and even some Bowie. Performing on a soprano saxophone, Gillam made a big splash at the popular Proms Concerts in London for the past two years. Jess Gillam - Rise is the KUSC: Los Angeles 'Album Of the Week' for June 24, 2019. SEE THE PAGE
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Avi Avital's Bach is back, with an amazing new recording of the second violin partita and a DVD / WCRB: CD Of the Week

Mandolinist Avi Avital has brought the music he loves into venues of every sort. But his nightclub Vivaldi and his Carnegie Hall Bach have the same loving approach – deeply felt, nuanced with sparkling precision, and phrased with the natural breathing of a singer. While he is one of those performers whose warm and humble presence can win an audience over before he even plays, his technique allows him to communicate with virtually every note. "When I play," he says, "I try to cancel everything. In a way, to disappear. To just become a channel to this music. " Now, Deutsche Grammophon has released a deluxe edition of Avi Avital's 2012 solo album Bach, with Avital and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra playing mandolin arrangements of concertos written for other instruments. New on the release is a gorgeous performance of Avital's arrangement of Bach's Solo Violin Partita No. 2 (which ends with one of Bach's most profound creations, the famous Chaconne). Also included is the opening prelude of Bach's first cello suite (see trailer below). There's also a DVD of two Bach concertos performed in concert. Avi Avital J.S. Bach is the WCRB: Boston 'CD Of the Week'
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There are many 'mamma mia! moments in 'Pavarotti' doc / Closer

Italian operatic legend Luciano Pavarotti's life was as passionate and dramatic as any opera. "He was very romantic, and we had many fights, like all couples," his widow, Nicoletta Mantovani, 49, recently gushed to Closer Weekly in an exclusive interview, on newsstands now. "There was fire in us." When she told him she was flying back to Italy from New York after a big argument, he called the head of Alitalia to stop her from getting on the plane, claiming he'd broken his arm. "I went to him and he said, ‘You see! When you leave me, that's the end of everything!' Then in the middle of dinner, I saw him take away the bandage! We both started laughing and had a fantastic night." There are many more "mamma mia!" moments in Ron Howard's new documentary, Pavarotti. The film captures his larger-than-life personality through rare footage, family interviews and words from the man known as the People's Tenor, who grew large from his beloved pasta yet never seemed to grow old. "One of the greatest advantages of being an artist [is] to be able to always be a child," the star once revealed. But he also never outgrew a fear of not being able to hit the miraculous high notes that led him to be dubbed King of the High C's. "It created a lot of anxiety," Ron told Closer at the film's New York City screening on May 28. "Before performances, he'd say, ‘I go to die.'" p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} READ THE FULL Closer ARTICLE
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Lang Lang inspires students in Seoul with master class commemorating 'Piano Book' / Korea Times

Star pianist Lang Lang is currently staying in Seoul for a couple of concerts and a master class. In commemorating of his latest album "Piano Book," he is scheduled to give a master class to four aspiring young Korean musicians at the 6,500-seat auditorium of SaRang Church in southern Seoul at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.  The event's organizer J&A Music told The Korea Times that it had received free online registrations for attendance of the event, and it is now all booked with students and general audiences who'd like to closely watch the virtuoso pianist's golden tips to be a prominent pianist.  During his visit to Korea, Lang Lang has so far performed at two other occasions; one was held at Club Chroma of Incheon Paradise City on the evening of June 22 as the Universal Music Korea's 16th Yellow Lounge concert, designed to let audiences to enjoy classical music in a more relaxed and free environment. The other concert was held in the afternoon of June 23 at the Lotte Concert Hall, presenting selections from his newest album "Piano Book." READ THE FULL Korea Times ARTICLE
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Placido Domingo supporting Hungarian virtuosos / Budapest Business Journal

World famous tenor Plácido Domingo and Hungarian Minister of Human Capacities Miklós Kásler participated at a press conference marking the commitment to the continued discovery and nurturing of young classical musical talent, both inside and outside Hungary. Domingo has been involved in mentoring several prodigies discovered by the Virtuosos (Virtuosok) TV talent program, and supported by its associated Young Virtuosos Foundation. "Since the very first broadcast of the Virtuosos television show I have been impressed by the talents discovered in Hungary," Domingo told the audience. "The format creates a new and contemporary platform to reach new audiences". READ THE FULL Budapest Business Journal ARTICLE
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Bill Frisell Trio was maybe all-time best RIJF show / Rochester City Newspaper

It's a stunning moment when an artist allows us inside his or her head, to that lifetime-retrospective rattling around in the brain. But that's what happened during the second show from the Bill Frisell Trio on Saturday night at the Temple Building Theater. This is the 18th Rochester International Music Festival. I've covered them all, and I would never pick an all-time best show. But this one would certainly be in the conversation. Frisell opened with an uninterrupted, 55-minute medley of guitar, bass and drums. Fifty-five minutes - that's supposed to be all there is, right? But after a moment's pause, the Bill Frisell Trio went right back to work. Another 25-minute, uninterrupted medley.  READ THE FULL City Newspaper ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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Win 'Pavarotti' tickets to Dublin screening with RTE

To mark the release of the documentary film Pavarotti in cinemas on July 15, RTE is giving you the chance to win tickets to an exclusive preview screening at Odeon Point Square in Dublin on July 2. The makers of the film say: "From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two-time Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard's documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime. Ron Howard takes an intimate approach in telling Pavarotti's story, going beyond the iconic public figure to reveal the man himself.  "Thanks to a partnership with Decca Records and unique access to the Pavarotti family archives, home videos, behind the scenes and extensive live music footage, we see Pavarotti's personal story emerge: from his humble beginnings in Northern Italy through to global superstardom.  Pavarotti opens in cinemas on Monday, July 15
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Elina Garanca's 'Sol Y Vida' is a celebration of love and the long hot days of summer / WFMT: Featured New Release

Deutsche Grammophon has just released Elīna Garanča's newest album: Sol y Vida, a celebration of love and the long hot days of summer. A very personal selection of music from the Latvian mezzo, the album's repertoire ranges from well-known Italian love songs to Spanish and Latin American favorites. She says, "For me, these many-colored songs are a perfect reflection of the highly emotional way of life in the South – there's that almost crazy kind of love, but also a deeply felt sentimentality." For Saturday June 22, Elina Garanca - Sol Y Vida is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release' p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Pavarotti's rare duets with Sting, Bono and James Brown are set to be released for the first time /

Decca Records are releasing six live performances by the late great Italian operatic tenor - whose full name was Luciano Pavarotti - with some of world's biggest rock and soul stars. The special release is to accompany Ron Howard's film about the star - who died in 2007 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 71 - which features never-before-seen footage, concert performances and intimate interviews. The songs are from the 'Pavarotti And Friends' charity concerts, which took place in Modena, Italy - the 'Nessun Dorma' hitmaker's hometown - between 1992 and 2003 to benefit War Child and more. It was there Pavarotti teamed up with U2 frontman Bono for a performance of Schubert's 'Ave Maria'. The Bono and Bocelli tracks will feature on the documentary's soundtrack 'Music From The Motion Picture: Pavarotti'. The rest off the duets will be available on 'Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits', comprised of three discs. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} READ THE FULL ARTICLE
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From coast to coast, the McGill Brothers meet in the midwest to make music / Classical 101

Long before clarinetist Anthony McGill and flutist Demarre McGill launched coast-to-coast musical careers, the brothers were each other's musical inspiration as kids.Jennifer Hambrick interviews Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, about his recording 'Winged Creatures and Other Works for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra' with flutist Demarre McGill, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Allen Tinkham. "I grew up – even before I played an instrument – listening to my brother practice, for a few years actually," Anthony McGill said in a recent phone interview. "And so I learned, probably, what the sound of a wind instrument was because of him." LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW
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Wilhelmina Smith provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about Esa-Pekka Salonen's approach to chamber music / The Rehearsal Studio

This past March Ondine released an album of works for solo cello performed by Wilhelmina Smith. Ondine is based in Helsinki, but Smith is one of the crop of rising American talents. It should therefore be no surprise that the repertoire she prepared for this release was divided between Finnish composers Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho. Those who follow this site regularly probably know by now that I have an interest in the works of both of these composers. I Readers may recall that much of my interest in Saariaho arises from her decision to pursue research into the nature of sound itself by working in Paris at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, or "Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music" in English). Similarly, I have enjoyed a number of opportunities to appreciate Salonen's approaches to composition in both chamber and orchestral settings.  As a result, I am not yet as adequately prepared to discuss the theory and practice behind Salonen's work as I am with Saariaho. Nevertheless, Smith has provided me with an excellent opportunity to learn more about Salonen's approaches to chamber music. I intend to take advantage of that opportunity.   READ THE FULL Rehearsal Studio REVIEW p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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Top 10 Albums for June

Laurence Hobgood :

t e s s e t e r r a

The Laurence Hobgood Trio with string quartet ETHEL "Two impressive things stand out: how enormous his arrangements make the string quartet sound, and how fluidly these seven musicians blend together." - Giovanni Russonello, New York Times  "Hobgood's orchestration definitely brings a classical element to the project, while the trio's shining interactions represent the very idea that jazz improvisation is less about what's being played and more about how it's being played."  - Matt Micucci, Jazziz Magazine    "✩✩✩✩✩" - BBC Music Magazine (May 24, 2019) "Hobgood has produced here an exceptional debut album for the ever-burgeoning Ubuntu Music label, which augurs very well indeed both for the pianist and the record company." - Roger Farby, All About Jazz    "Laurence Hobgood's new album is grounded in a deep and rich musicality that rewards frequent and multiple listenings like nothing I've heard in decades. It is at different times surprising, thought-provoking, nuanced, and always exquisite . . . tesseterra should be on every station and streaming services playlists for years to come."  - Daniel J. Levitin, Author, "This Is Your Brain On Music" "Laurence Hobgood's new album is grounded in a deep and rich musicality that rewards frequent and multiple listenings like nothing I've heard in decades. It is at different times surprising, thought-provoking, nuanced, and always exquisite. What do Debussy, Ravel, Miles Davis and Johnny Cash have in common' They were all superb crafters of melody, harmony and rhythm who decided, as Hobgood does here, to explore texture-driven music, elevating timbre and orchestration to equal standing with their better known musical accomplices. Hobgood is continually pulling rabbits out of hats, getting me to rethink and re-feel songs I've heard thousands of times, shining a light on hidden structure and interplays I had never noticed before. Anyone who can sneak in a few bars of  "I've Found a New Baby" has got me hooked. From meter shifts to harmonic innovation and textural elegance, tesseterra should be on every station and streaming services playlists for years to come." 
Keith Jarrett :

J.S. Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, LIVE

In February 1987, Keith Jarrett recorded, on piano, the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was the first in a series of lauded Bach discs that Jarrett would make for ECM. On March 7, 1987, prior to the release of the studio set, he performed the complete WTC Book I for an audience in upstate New York at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, a venue renowned for its beautiful acoustics. With this release, ECM is presenting an archival live recording of this concert for the first time. When his studio album of the WTC Book I was released, Jarrett's manner in these iconic preludes and fugues surprised many listeners with its poetic restraint, given his renown as a jazz improvisor. But the pianist was deeply attuned to what he called "the process of thought" in Bach; by not imposing his personality unduly on the music, Jarrett allowed the score to shine via the natural lyricism of the contrapuntal melodic lines, the dance-like pulse of the rhythmic flow. These qualities are strikingly apparent in the live recording, with its added electricity of a concert performance.
Chloe Flower :

Get What U Get

After sending shockwaves through the socialsphere following her electrifying performance alongside Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards, high-energy performance pianist Chloe Flower releases her first-ever original single on Sony Music Masterworks. With an original arrangement by Flower, the single "Get What U Get" is co-produced with Tommy Brown (Ariana Grande's "7 Rings", "Thank U, Next"), Anthony "Tone" Jones (Post Malone, Juice WRLD) and her longtime collaborator Babyface. Rooted in classical instrumentation, the song has all of the style and flare of a pop record. Flower recently debuted the song on the Today Show in her first ever solo TV performance. "Get What U Get" is available everywhere now. 
Angelique Kidjo :


On April 19, Angélique Kidjo will release Celia (Verve/Universal Music France), an album that honors Celia Cruz, widely known as "the Queen of Salsa" and the most popular Latin artist of the 20thcentury.  On Celia, Angélique explores the African roots of the Cuban-born Cruz and reimagines selections from Cruz's extraordinary career in surprising new ways, infused with an explosion of sounds and rhythms from Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, America and beyond.  The album includes performances by Tony Allen (Fela Kuti) on drums, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, and British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchins plus his band Sons of Kemet.   
Camila Meza :


Today, multitalented vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist Camila Meza releases her debut album on Sony Music Masterworks, Ámbar. Available now, Ámbar, the fifth studio album from Meza, showcases the Chilean-born talent's ever-evolving artistic sensibility, and finds her reaching new virtuosic and expressive heights as a singer, a stirring guitar soloist, an ambitious songwriter and a producer. Featuring the Nectar Orchestra, a hybrid ensemble with string quartet, with arrangements by bassist Noam Wiesenberg, and pianist/keyboardist Eden Ladin, drummer/percussionist Keita Ogawa, violinists Tomoko Omura and Fung Chern Hwei, violist Benjamin von Gutzeit and cellist Brian Sanders, Ámbar is distinguished by its extraordinarily close attention to sonic detail. Steeped in metaphor, romance and complex emotion, Ámbar is Meza's boldest artistic statement to date, a breakthrough, rooted in the incredible agility and interplay of Meza's state-of-the-art jazz group.
Seth MacFarlane :

Once In A While

Seth MacFarlane will release his fifth album Once In A While (Verve and Republic) digitally, and the physical CD will be available on April 26th. The reflective album, which MacFarlane calls "a collection of wistful, pensive songs," features songs by Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart, and Johnny Mercer. The tracks for Once In A While were recorded alongside the songs for his last album, 2017's In Full Swing- and material for another, future record- in a marathon 2016 session at London's legendary Abbey Road Studio 2, the room in which the Beatles cut the majority of their catalogue. Unlike the hard-charging big band swing of his previous project, the thirteen songs on this album are all ballads that MacFarlane says "deal with longing, lost love, and sadness, infused with fond recollection and a hint of hope." "They're not necessarily sad break-up songs," says arranger Andrew Cottee. "They're more reflective, thoughtful, even philosophical, but they're not all torch songs."
Luciano Pavarotti :


From the filmmaking team behind the highly-acclaimed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, PAVAROTTI is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award winner Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of The Voice...The Man...The Legend. Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world. This cinematic event features history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage and cutting-edge Dolby Atmos technology.  A CBS Films Polygram Entertainment Brian Grazer presentation, PAVAROTTI is an Imagine Entertainment and White Horse Pictures production.  DIRECTED BY: Ron Howard  WRITTEN BY: Mark Monroe  PRODUCED BY: Nigel Sinclair, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Michael Rosenberg, Jeanne Elfant Festa  OPENING IN THEATERS LIMITED ON JUNE 7, 2019 
Radical Face :


"Hello, Hope, it's been a while," go the opening lines of "Dead Ends", the centerpiece of Ben Cooper's latest EP as Radical Face. After giving eight years of his life, creatively and emotionally, to his three-part The Family Tree series -- The Roots (2011), The Branches (2013), and The Leaves (2016) -- Cooper had indeed lost touch with hope. He'd too long grasped ideas and perceptions that held him back from peace. Speaking with a professional finally enabled him to let go, something he's honored by naming his new effort Therapy.  On Therapy, Radical Face has let go of all his past narratives. Instead of an intricate saga, he's kept his parameters simple. Instead of acoustic folk, he's written lush compositions. Instead of his troubled past, he's focused on his scarred present. Unsure yet confident, battered yet resilient, Cooper is taking Radical Face in a poignant new direction. And there's hope there.
Philip Bailey :

Billy Jack from 'Love Will Find A Way'

For over 50 years, Earth Wind and Fire provided the soundtrack to the lives of many.  With award winning albums and chart-topping hits such as "September", "Devotion", "Reasons" and "Keep Your Head to the Sky" EWF have stood the test of time and continue to be a force in music. Philp Bailey, one of the lead singers, also experienced solo success with "Easy Lover" and "Walking on the Chinese Wall." This new album, Love Will Find A Way, has Philip teamed up with some of today's hottest, progressive Jazz artists such as Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, Kamasi Washington, Casey Benjamin, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd and more. The single, "Billy Jack", was written by the legendary Curtis Mayfield and produced by both Robert Glasper and Philip Bailey.
The Stan Getz Quartet :

Getz at The Gate

On November 26, 1961, saxophonist Stan Getz and his relatively new quartet of Steve Kuhn, John Neves, and Roy Haynes performed at New York's Village Gate. The show was professionally recorded, possibly for eventual release, but was soon forgotten and the tape languished in the vaults for almost 58 years. On June 14th, Verve Records/UMe will release the 2-CD, 3-LP Getz at The Gate, which includes every note recorded that night.  This recording and this quartet both serve as a sort of "road not taken" for Stan Getz. Having just returned from living in Europe, Getz assembled a new quartet and was exploring a slightly more modern and aggressive sound with this group. Steve Kuhn had only recently finished playing with John Coltrane's quartet and a more modern music and sound - personified by Coltrane - was gaining popularity.