Seth Walker set for Van Dyke Performance Space / Greensboro News & Record


Seth Walker worked with his parents on his most recent album. "It's amazing, how music does heal, it really does. It really was a beautiful thing to do that together," Walker said. Walker's music has a traveling accent. It follows him around from place to place, and he's been to a lot of places. The N.C. native has called Austin, Nashville and New Orleans home, but he got his start in life in the tiny community of Altamahaw-Ossipee, population 543. "It's right out there outside Elon, 20 miles outside Greensboro. I live right on the county line between Guilford and Alamance counties" he says. Walker will perform at the Van Dyke Performance Space in Greensboro on June 1. READ THE FULL Greensboro News & Record ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px}
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Sony Classical signs Francesco Tristano


Sony Classical announces the exclusive signing of Francesco Tristano, a musician as acclaimed for his performances of Bach in the concert hall as for his electronic dance music in clubland. His first album, featuring the award-winning Canadian pianist and songwriter Chilly Gonzales, will be released in September 2017. Born in Luxembourg in 1981, Tristano began to learn the piano at the age of five. Inspired by his mother, who encouraged him to listen to a wide range of music, including Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner, Vangelis, Pink Floyd and Ravi Shankar, he soon developed an insatiable appetite for cross-genre experimentation. "One sees boundaries only when one feels them. Music is free by definition – there aren't any boundaries attached to it," he says. Tristano moved to New York to study piano at the prestigious Juilliard School, graduating in 2002 and gaining his master's degree a year later. It was at this point he became fascinated by the opportunities in techno music. During the day he would lead his ensemble The New Bach Players through readings of baroque music, and at night he would soak up the house and techno beats of the city's edgiest clubs. He has concentrated his core-classical energy on the music of Bach and around twentieth and twenty-first century composers with huge success. His recording of Ravel's Piano Concerto and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5 with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra has been widely praised. The Guardian called his recording of the complete works of Berio ‘impressively assured' and also hailed his live performance with Alice Sara Ott of Stravinsky's two-piano arrangement of The Rite of Spring at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall ‘ferocious and unflinching'. Tristano has also continued to experiment with synthesizers, sampling and other forms of digital and electronic manipulation, and created projects based around the music of Bach and John Cage (‘bachCage') and created piano arrangements of techno classics. He frequently collaborates with musicians from the world of jazz, club, and popular music, such as Carl Craig, Derrick May and Michel Portal, and appears as a live performer in the world's largest and most popular clubland venues. In an interview in The Guardian he explains his hopes for music. "Perhaps the 21st is the century where musical styles blend, borrow and ultimately become irrelevant. Or maybe we have to come up with a new series of labels or genres: acid classical, acoustic disco, dixieland techno...? I don't see the point. Let the music speak for itself." Francesco Tristano commented on his new contract with Sony Classical:
"I am thrilled to share with you my signing and partnership with Sony Classical. We are looking forward to the release of my first solo piano album since 2012 in the Fall: Piano Circle Songs - a collection of new piano songs, also featuring Chilly Gonzales. Stay tuned. Peace." p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px}
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MIM: string workshop for students presents - An Afternoon with Mark O'Connor


String students are invited to participate in a special workshop led by Grammy-winning bluegrass artist Mark O'Connor on Thursday, June 8, 2017 between 1-5p at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix AZ. String pedagogue and founder of the O'Connor Method, O'Connor will offer insights into performance and playing techniques for student musicians at any level. Following the workshop, students will have the opportunity to tour MIM and enjoy the museum's galleries. String students and their teachers/chaperones participating in the workshop will be admitted free of charge. Space is limited, so students must register in advance.  A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O'Connor's creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin, Stephane Grappelli. Working with classical violin icons Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Yehudi Menhuin and Pinchas Zukerman, he absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied and participated in. With his body of work including 45 feature albums of mostly his own compositions, Mark O'Connor has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. The workshop is also open for general museum guests to observe with paid museum admission. SEE THE MIM PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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Diana Krall - Turn Up the Quiet reaches #1 at JazzWeek


Diana Krall's 'Turn Up the Quiet,' released on Verve Records, finds the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and singer most determinedly the bandleader. She has chosen the repertoire, conceived the ensemble arrangements and gathered three distinct bands for these sessions. "Turn Up The Quiet" is a co-production with Tommy LiPuma, producer of many of Krall's most acclaimed albums, including, "All For You", "The Look Of Love" and "Live In Paris". The record was once again peerlessly engineered and mixed by Al Schmitt at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California. "Turn Up The Quiet" begins with the trio of Diana, bassist, Christian McBride and guitarist, Russell Malone, who take a marvelous ride through "Blue Skies". This line-up returns near the close of the record to be at the very heart of Johnny Mercer's "Dream" which is also graced by one of the album's most beautifully chosen orchestrations by Alan Broadbent.   Diana Krall - Turn Up the Quiet is #1 at JazzWeek. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL CHART
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Bill Frisell, A Portrait - plays Seattle International Film Festival / KEXP Radio review


You may very well have passed Bill Frisell on the streets of Seattle, and not even realized you were in the presence of one of the most admired and emulated jazz guitarists of our time. The Bainbridge Island-based musician has worked with such household names as Bono, Brian Eno, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, yet, he himself maintains a low profile, humble and soft-spoken, letting his music do all the talking. It's for this reason that Bill Frisell, A Portrait is long overdue. It took a filmmaker from Australia - director Emma Franz - to get the Grammy Award-winning guitar genius talking. At one point, while filming Frisell on the streets of New York City, passersby keep stopping to stare, puzzling who this smiling man is. Frisell politely laughs, joking to Franz, "Little do they know, I'm one of them." The documentary has no real narrative, letting the interview clips drive the film. Franz spent five years interviewing bandmates and collaborators, capturing some final interviews from drummer Paul Motian (who sadly passed in 2011) and guitarist/teacher Jim Hall (who sadly passed in 2013). There are also clips with saxophonist Joe Lovano, drummer Joey Baron, composer Mike Gibbs, pianist Jason Moran, and the list goes on and on. As an artist whose career spans nearly 50 years, it may be fair to say he's worked with hundreds of musicians, and it's not surprising that each and every one confirms: he is the nicest guy in music. Franz also shares footage from several rehearsal sessions, live performances at sold out venues, and practice sessions as Frisell collaborates with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, led by composer Michael Gibbs (who is, incidentally, a former teacher of Frisell's at Boston's Berklee College of Music back in the mid-70s). Bill Frisell, A Portrait - screened at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 23.  READ THE FULL KEXP: Seattle REVIEW p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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New Classical Tracks talks with Simone Dinnerstein about Mozart in Havana


p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} New Classical Tracks is a Syndicated Feature airing Nationally on Classical 24 & Statewide on Minnesota Public Radio. Listen to Julie Amacher's Feature with Simone Dinnerstein.

READ THE TRANSCRIPT - What if Mozart went to Havana? Simone Dinnerstein decided to find out. "I think that Mozart seemed like a person who liked to have fun and liked musical puns and camaraderie," Dinnerstein says. "His music is so full of joy and life force, and that is something that is really true of Cuban musicians." Simone Dinnerstein made her first trip to Cuba at the invitation of Solomon Mikowsky. "He is a Cuban pianist, a piano teacher who I studied with from when I was nine until I graduated high school," Dinnerstein says. "And in 2013, he created this piano festival and invited me down. And that's how I first met the Havana Lyceum Orchestra." You returned in 2015 to perform with the orchestra. What made you want to return to also make this recording, Mozart in Havana? "After that first experience I definitely wanted to go back. And Solomon invited me to go play the Mozart concerto with the orchestra. And I thought, you know, that sounded great. I didn't know … I didn't know what their orchestra was going to be like. And I got there and I heard them rehearsing a Mozart overture, and they were just amazing. I mean, the sound was just fantastic and so beautiful. They have a collective sound. So, it was really inspiring, and very exciting to play with them." I was curious why Mozart was the chosen repertoire. As you mentioned, Solomon invited you to come to Havana to play a Mozart concerto. Why was Mozart the composer that brought you together? "This Havana Lyceum Orchestra is affiliated with the Salzburg Mozarteum. And so they have a tradition of studying Mozart and playing Mozart, and they've gone to Salzburg and worked with the musicians there. And those musicians have also come to Havana. So that was one reason, of course, and the other reason was that … I mean, that concerto just happened to be the one that Solomon asked me to play, the A major, 488, when I went over there. But they played it so incredibly well that that's what I wanted to record. I wanted to record Mozart with them, and I've wanted to record these two concertos for quite some time, and they just were a perfect collaborator on it." Is there a moment in these concertos that was especially meaningful for you that I could highlight for listeners, a little story behind one of the movements? "We were talking about the woodwinds earlier, and there are some really beautiful exchanges with them. Like the end of the slow movement of the C major. There's a beautiful duet with the oboe and the piano. I would say like in the last minute of the of the movement. And I've always felt … whenever I've performed this piece, you know, I always try to connect visually with the with the oboist and in general with the wind players … Sometimes it can be hard to see them because they're sitting far back. But we were set up so that I could see everyone very well … the wind players really wanted to connect with me, and in fact, sometimes they'd ask me to play for them so they could hear how I was playing it so that they would make sure to be playing it in the same way. And I just felt that that came together so beautifully at the end. I felt like we were really talking to each other, first the oboe and myself and then the flute joins in as well. And it just it was true chamber music." What did you learn about yourself from this experience? "That's a good question. I think that for me it was extremely inspiring to work with the players there and the conductor. And I had had a very strong vision of how I wanted these pieces to sound. And I guess I learned that with enough practicing and enough rehearsing, that can actually happen. Like it's possible for an orchestra and a pianist and a conductor to all work together to create a sort of unified depiction of a piece of music. I think that that's something that I always hoped to do and I felt like that really happened with this recording." To hear my full conversation with Simone Dinnerstein, and more about Mozart in Havana, look for New Classical Tracks on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Also, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of this week's featured CD on New Classical Tracks. Winners will be drawn at random. Be sure to enter by 9 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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Nicola Benedetti receives 2016 queen's medal for music / The Strad - CLASSIC fM


Violinist Nicola Benedetti has been awarded The Queen's Medal for Music 2016. Established in 2005 at the suggestion of composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who at that time was Master of The Queen's Music, the UK medal is awarded annually to ‘an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation'. Benedetti, who was presented with the medal by The Queen at Buckingham Palace yesterday, is the youngest ever recipient of the award. The nominations are overseen by a committee under the chairmanship of current Master of The Queen's Music, Judith Weir and then submitted to The Queen for approval. ‘It is such an honour to receive the Queen's Medal for Music and to join such an esteemed list of recipients,' said Benedetti.  READ THE FULL Strad ARTICLE SEE CLASSIC fM PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre}
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Stephen Edwards - Requiem For My Mother airs on Kentucky Public TV


Requiem For My Mother by acclaimed composer Stephen Edwards was a ground breaking event, staged in one of the most beautiful and sacred places in the world, the Basilica of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Rome. Featuring the 160-voice Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, including their 60-member children's choir, and the 50 piece City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Candace Wicke, the 11-movement work commemorates Edwards mother, and her influence on him – both personally and professionally – from his first music lessons as a child to his career as a professional film score composer. "I wrote Requiem For My Mother as a remembrance for my mother, Rosalie Edwards, whose passion for music transformed my life and was my constant inspiration. I began the Requiem as a way of dealing with my deep sense of loss at my mother's death in 2006" Edwards said. Requiem earned high praise from acclaimed composer John Williams, who calls the work "heart-felt and honest," and "a touching tribute to a Mother from a loving son." CLICK TO SEE Kentucky Public TV PAGE
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Simone Dinnerstein interview with Classic 107 - Winnipeg


Simone Dinnerstein's new Sony Classical album, Mozart in Havana, may be the pianist's most ambitious to date. A testament to music's ability to cross all cultural and language barriers, for the recording, Dinnerstein collaborated with the virtuosic Havana Lyceum Orchestra to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto Nos. 21 and 23.  In one sense, Mozart in Havana is a return to Dinnerstein's origins as a musician. Her connection with Cuba started early with Solomon Mikowsky, a Cuban émigré who became her piano teacher when she was nine. Mikowsky would tell stories of his childhood in Cuba and the country's many musical influences. Dinnerstein recalls, "I learned so much from Solomon, and one thing was that a musical culture is not something you have to be born to but something you can choose." Classic 107 - Winnipeg, Michael Wolch spoke with SD about the new album. Listen to the attached interview
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  Interview with Classic 107's Michael Wolch

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sarah McLachlan featured on KRCB - Women In Music


Join host Laney Goodman tonight on KRCB: Rohnert Park CA - Women In Music with NYC singer/songwriter Rachel Sage and Boston area singer/songwriter Catie Curtis. Americana/roots with 5-time Grammy Award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter and a classic from 1997 with Amy Grant. Roots/rock with a single from Heart featuring Sarah McLachlan, and new music from California singer/songwriter Tricia Freeman. Then we'll finish up the hour with the latest from LA electronic artists, DJ Celeste Lear with a cover of the Rolling Stones "20,000 Light Years from Home," and Nashville, TN electronic trio Venus Hum, featuring Annette Strean. SEE THE KRCB: Rohnert Park CA - Women In Music PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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New York piano lovers hear two keyboard lions at Carnegie Hall / The New York Times


New York piano lovers hardly knew what to expect over the weekend from two keyboard lions approaching winter. Was this to be a wallow in nostalgia? In melancholy? Happily, it turned out to be neither. Murray Perahia, 70, played at Carnegie Hall on Friday evening, and Maurizio Pollini, 75, followed there on Sunday afternoon, but there was little need to dwell on the past in a resplendent here and now. Each was to devote much of his recital to music in minor keys, yet the works were of such emotional richness, depth and complexity that no simplistic notions of major as happy, and minor as sad, could intrude. You might even argue that the minor mode forms the basis for the whole of musical Romanticism, as Mr. Perahia suggested with pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, and Mr. Pollini with a program of Chopin. READ THE FULL New York Times REVIEW p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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GroundUp Music Festival to return in 2018 / ShowTheShow


After a successful launch in 2017, three-time Grammy Award winning jazz and funk ensemble Snarky Puppy will return to Miami, FL next February 9-11, 2018 for their second annual GroundUp Music Festival. This past year's festival included an insanely talented group of musicians, including David Crosby, John Medeski's Mad Skillet, Charlie Hunter Trio featuring saxophonist Jeff Coffin, The Lee Boys featuring Roosevelt Collier, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Laura Mvula, Shelly Berg, Terence Blanchard, as well as Bokanté, a side project spearheaded by Snarky Puppy's Michael League. A true GroundUp family affair, Snarky Puppy will be playing one full, extended set each night of the festival, and while we do not have an official lineup to announce yet, one can rest easy knowing Snarky will be enlisting another spectacular cast to fill out the festival. SEE THE ShowTheShow PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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Top 10 Albums for May

Diana Krall :

Turn Up The Quiet

The multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer Diana Krall's highly anticipated new album Turn Up the Quiet will be released on May 5th by Verve Records. The first words Diana sings are, "Lately, I find myself out gazing at stars". Minutes later, the same voice asks, "Isn't It Romantic'", with such tenderness that it is hard to disagree. "I have thought about these songs for a long time. Being in the company of some of my greatest friends in music allowed me to tell these stories just as I'd intended. Sometimes you just have to turn up the quiet to be heard a little better." 9 NEW  245 TOTAL SYND: CBC, All Jazz Radio, Jazz Radio Berlin,Jazz Radio BCN Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami, Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, Denver, Detroit, Austin, San Diego, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Memphis, Sacramento, Orlando, San Antonio, Long Island NY, Berkeley CA, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Memphis, San Antonio, Louisville, Knoxville, Madison WI, Hartford CT., Boulder CO, Long Island NY, Sata Fe, Wichita, Reno, Omaha, Tampa, Honolulu, OR(Statewide), KS(Statewide), WV(Statewide), SD(Statewide), VT(Statewide), Toronto, Vancouver, Berlin, Barcelona INTER: Canada, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, South Africa Online: Jazz From Gallery 41, MOJA, all music, billboard, T&C, Downbeat, salt peanuts, People Magazine, Straightnochaser, bebop spoken here, tedgioia.com, ginalovesjazz.com, Urban Cinefile, Green Arrow Radio, jazzradio.com, Jazz Views, The Jazz Breakfast, Quisqueya FM, jazzradio.net, Psychedelic Baby Magazine, Jazz Radio BCN, Vintage Vinyl News, HamiltonJazz.com, Woman's World, BroadwayWorld.com, Guru, Radio Valencia, Phase Global Radio, Jazz Weekly, Jazz Spotlight On Sinatra, Radio Free Amsterdam, Jazz & Blues Report, jazz From Gallery 41 62 JazzWeek ADD's p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
Regina Carter :

Ella: Accentuate the Positive

A hundred years after her birth, the ever-eloquent Ella Fitzgerald continues to teach us lessons.  Regina Carter has chosen this moment to celebrate the First Lady of Song's infectious and inclusive artistry with unabashed joy.  "Accentuate the Positive, I thought was the perfect title considering the mood of the country and the world right now," Ms. Carter says.  "We need some positive vibes." Ella:  Accentuate the Positive, out April 21 from Okeh/Sony Music Masterworks 14 NEW  168 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, Jazz Happening Now, All Jazz Radio, Modern Jazz Today Direct: SiriusXM, Jazz Journalists Association Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Miami, Portland, Cleveland, San Diego, New Orleans, Austin, Denver, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, San Antonio, Memphis, Louisville, Berkeley CA, Knoxville, Madison WI, Long Island NY, Boulder, Wichita, Omaha, El Paso, Honolulu, SC(Statewide), Toronto, Vancouver, Berlin, Barcelona INTER: Canada, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Germany, South Africa Online: Jazz Weekly, Soulandjazz.com, MOJA, Jazz From Gallery 41, Party 934, The Jazz Intersection., anima Jazz, Radio Universidad, Tomajazz, Sun Music, tedgioia.com, MTV, GreenArrow, KUHS, jazzradio.net, Radio BCN, MTV, Global Roots and Culture, Radio Valencia, Violinist.com, Dirty Dog, Quisqueya FM p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} 58 JazzWeek ADD's p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px}
Charlie Watts meets The Danish Radio Big Band :

LIVE in Copenhagen

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts returns to his love of jazz for a live album of big band classics, originals and Rolling Stones covers. Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band has been released on Impulse! / Verve. Before the Rolling Stones were a known entity in the early 1960s, Charlie Watts had a day job that took him to Denmark. While he was there, he entrenched himself in the jazz and blues scene, sitting in with bands big and small, keeping his passion for music alive while he earned his living. Fast-forward fifty years to 2010: Charlie Watts got together with the Danish Radio Big Band and rehearsed for four days, presenting a concert at the newly opened Concert Hall of Denmark in Copenhagen that was broadcast on Danish National Radio. 8 NEW  141 TOTAL SYND: WFMT Jazz Net, Radio DeLuxe, All Jazz Radio Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Detroit, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Baltimore, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Long Island NY, Albuquerque, Boulder CO, Louisville, Knoxville, Madison WI, Hartford CT, Omaha, Reno, Honolulu, Toronto, Vancouver, Berlin INTER: Canada, Italy, Spain, Germany, South Africa Online: RollingStone, Best Classic Bands, Straightnochaser, MOJA, Party934, Green Arrow Radio, Jazz Weekly, all about jazz, jazzradio.net, JazzRadioBCN, anime Jazz, PopCultureClassics.com, tedgioia.com, Jazz Views, KUHS p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} 46 JazzWeek ADD's
Somi :

Petite Afrique

Pulsing with Harlem's rhythms and sonic ambiance, Somi's Petite Afrique is an homage to her New York City upper Manhattan neighborhood, and one of the Meccas of the African diaspora.  In the village of Harlem, along west 116th Street from Malcolm X Boulevard to Frederick Douglass Boulevard, African immigrants build American lives. Populated predominantly by a Francophone, West African and Muslim community, this is a strip of Harlem that locals call "Little Africa" or "Petite Afrique:" a thriving corridor of hair shops and shea butters, bistros and self-taught tailors.  Many of these working class residents - immigrants-cum-citizens - are now taxi drivers zipping other New Yorkers through the city they've called home since the 1980s.  12 NEW  178 TOTAL SYND; UnderCurrents, PRI/Jazz Happening Now, Modern Jazz Today(CAN), All Jazz Radio(SA), ABC(AUS) Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis, Miami, Portland, Minneapolis, Denver, St. Louis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Detroit, Baltimore, Austin, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, Tucson, Louisville, San Antonio, Long Island NY, Knoxville, Reno, Madison WI, Boulder CO, Tulsa, Hartford CT, Honolulu, OR(Statewide), KS(Statewide), VT(Statewide), WV(Statewide), MS(Statewide), Toronto, Vancouver, Hamburg, Barcelona, Melbourne INTER: Canada, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia, Australia, South Africa Online: Green Arrow Radio, Jazz From Gallery 41, Soulandjazz.com, MOJA, SoundRoots, KUHS, Troonradio, Jazz Weekly, Jazz & Blues Tour, CBFWebRadio, Rhythms Magazine, DianaFM, all about jazz, Party 934, Sun Music, Quisqueya FM, Jazz & Blues Report, The Olisa Blogazine, Global Roots and Culture, anima Jazz p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} 34 JazzWeek ADD's p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica}
The Cranberries :

Something Else

The Cranberries are set to release Something Else, a new album which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the band features re-worked renditions major hits, as well as brand new material. The album is due out April 28 via BMG on digital and CD formats, and includes seminal Cranberries songs like "Linger," "Zombie," "Dreams," and "Ode To My Family"... re-recorded in orchestral and acoustic arrangements. The album is now available for pre-order.  18 NEW  61 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Echoes, WoodSongs, Acoustic Cafe Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Portland, Denver/Boulder, Albuquerque, Madison WI, Birmingham AL, Wichita KS, Knoxville TN, Charlottesville VA, Northfield VT, Stevens Point WI, Gallup NM, Astoria OR, Grand Rapids MN, BC-Canada Online: Consequence Of Sound, The Eclectic Chair, GreenArrow, billboard, Paste, Baeble p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px} All Press secured by Leo Lavoro@theendrecords
BJ Leiderman :

BJ

"Our theme music was composed by BJ Leiderman" is a common refrain heard by many public radio listeners across the country. Who is BJ Leiderman' He's the award-winning composer of some of the best-known theme music on National Public Radio. For almost four decades, Leiderman's melodies have graced programs including Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, Science Friday, Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!, and the Stump The Chumps theme from Car Talk. And now, BJ is finally breaking his silence with his long awaited debut CD - BJ. Produced by Eric Sarafin a.k.a. Mixerman and backed by the incomparable Athens, Georgia-based Randall Bramblett Band, the album also features Béla Fleck on three of the tracks. 20 TOTAL SYND: NPR: Weekend Edition Sat Direct: MOOD Markets include: Boston, Baltimore, Detroit, Albuquerque, Austin, Madison WI, Knoxville, Wichita, Albany NY, MI(Statewide) INTER: Italy Online: VEER, art&seek, anima Jazz
Cast Albums :

Dreamgirls - Original London Cast Recording

Masterworks Broadway proudly announces the release of the highly anticipated Original London Cast Recording of Dreamgirls.  The new double album will be available via online retailers and streaming services April 28 (preorder live April 14), with the 2-CD set following May 12. Recorded live in its entirety at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End, the album captures the on-stage exhilaration of the original cast, the 14-piece band and audience. Dreamgirls' legendary score features the unforgettable songs "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "I Am Changing," "Listen" and "One Night Only." The Dreamgirls Original London Cast Recording is produced by composer Henry Krieger and mixed by Andy Bradfield. The cast recording features Amber Riley as Effie White, Liisi LaFontaine as Deena Jones and Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell Robinson - making up the soulful singing trio ‘The Dreams'; JoeAaron Reid as Curtis Taylor Jr, Adam J. Bernard as Jimmy Early, Tyrone Huntley as C.C. White, Nicholas Bailey as Marty and Lily Frazer as Michelle Morris.  The ensemble includes Michael Afemaré, Jocasta Almgill, Callum Aylott, Hugo Batista, Samara Casteallo, Chloe Chambers, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Joelle Dyson, Kimmy Edwards, Candace Furbert, Nathan Graham, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Gabriel Mokake, Siân Nathaniel-James, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards, Noel Samuels, Durone Stokes and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.
Miles Mosley :

UPRISING

Mosley's debut solo album UPRISING features his genre-defying and otherworldly core six-piece band The West Coast Get Down collective, and is available on Verve digitally NOW. The album will be available on CD on May 19th and on vinyl July 14th. Released on April 7th UPRISING has garnered praise from critics and fans alike. Entertainment Weekly called UPRISINGone of "13 new releases you need to hear now," while the first single "Abraham" was named one of NPR's ‘Top 100 songs of 2016." Having debuted at #4 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart and also reaching #2 on the iTunes Jazz Album Chart, UPRISING showcases the dynamic range of genres and expression that encapsulates Mosley's magnetic force that defies categorization. 25 NEW ADD's Markets Include; San Francisco, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Madison WI, Bridgeport CT, Cupertino CA, Spindale NC, Erie PA, Springfield PA, Beaumont TX, Girdwood AK, Honolulu, Vancouver INTER: Canada, Italy Online: GreenArrow, anima Jazz, Soulandjazz.com, Jazz From Gallery 41, Jazz Times 5 JazzWeek ADD's
Helene Grimaud :

Perspectives

Grimaud's challenging, eloquent artistry runs throughout Perspectives, a personal selection of highlights from her Deutsche Grammophon catalog that offers a strong flavor of the pianist's penetrating insights into landmarks of her instrument's repertoire. The double-disc album, scheduled for release on 7 April 2017, embraces the composers and compositions that have left the deepest impressions on her soul. It features both extracts from monumental concertos by such titans as Beethoven, Brahms and Bartók, and transcendent solo scores by Bach, Mozart and Chopin among others. Each disc is rounded off by a delightful "encore" – Brahms's Waltz in A flat and Sgambati's arrangement of Gluck's "Dance of the Blessed Spirits," respectively – both pieces enjoying their first CD/streaming release on this album. 19 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24 Direct: MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Wash DC, Minneapolis, AL(Statewide), SC(Statewide), Canada Online: AccuRadio
Joep Beving :

Prehension

In advance of Dutch composer and pianist Joep Beving's second album Prehension on Deutsche Grammophon, comes a short film by Iranian-Dutch artist Rahi Rezvani that captures Joep's distinct musical world. Joep says of this video, "I met Rahi Rezvani by chance some years ago. Little did I know then that this encounter would result in the great collaboration we have today. It is a privilege to work with someone who manages to translate my musical world into images and stories so seamlessly." Beving has become a one-man success story  after – writing, recording and releasing his debut album Solipsism which has been streamed nearly 60 million times globally. "I call it ‘simple music for complex emotions,'" says Joep, summing up its universal appeal. "The world is a hectic place right now and I feel a deep urge to reconnect on a basic human level with people in general. Music as our universal language has the power to unite." 18 NEW  21 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Echoes Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD, Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland, Albuquerque, Barcelona INTER: Canada, Spain Online: Musicas Imaginadas, Radio Despi p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial}
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