Mary Gauthier featured on WMKY's Muddy Bottom Blues

Americana singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier exploded onto the scene in 1999 following her self-released sophomore effort, Drag Queens in Limousines. The album, which garnered her a Crossroads Silver Star and a four-star rating in Rolling Stone, had critics comparing her self-described "country noir" to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine, and, not surprisingly, Lucinda Williams. The success of Drag Queens led to main-stage shows at festivals around the country and multiple tours in Europe. 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} Gauthier's warmly candid treatment of her fringe-dwelling subjects rings true, as it never verges on sentimental; her characters' downtrodden lives are never coldly exploited. Instead, these are people she knows, whom she met after dropping out of her Louisiana high school and stealing the family car at the age of 15, only to find herself in detox at 16 and jailed in Kansas City at 18. Her own wayward path led her to culinary school and, eventually, she opened a successful restaurant in Boston's Back Bay -- Dixie Kitchen -- which she sold after her music career started to take off. Gauthier will be featured on this week's Muddy Bottom Blues Program #85 today - December 2 at 8p ET.  READ Paul Hitchcock's FULL WMKY: Morehead KY ARTICLE
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Diane Schuur backed by Ed Calle - Big Band will close South Beach Jazz Festival / Jazzcorner

Concluding Miami's South Beach Jazz Festival, the incomparable Diane Schuur, backed by Dr Ed Calle's Grammy-winning Mamblue Big Band, will perform at 4 PM on Sunday December 11. The concert will be held in the Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road in South Beach. Tickets are $30 Gen Adm ($45 VIP) at Grammy Award-winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur inspires rave reviews across the globe as the new first lady of jazz. Known to personify the composer's intentions of the Great American Songbook, Schuur swings with heartfelt intensity. Her musical collaborations include the Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano, among countless others. She continues to tour and perform extensively at major concert halls and venues around the world. SEE Jazzcorner PAGE 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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Jake Shimabukuro set for Golden State Theatre / Monterey County Weekly

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro's YouTube channel can keep you engaged for hours, easy. Whether it's the Hawaiian native's spot-on uke interpretation of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," a flawless take on Bach's Two Part Invention No. 4 In D Minor or a soul-satisfying rendition of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," his delivery extends beyond hitting all the correct notes – it's his ability to draw such powerful phrasing out of the minimal, four-string instrument that continues to bring him international acclaim and love from the likes of Bela Fleck, Yo-Yo Ma and Ziggy Marley. Shimabukuro continues to challenge himself. Last January, he invited longtime touring bassist Nolan Verner and session drummer Evan Hutchings to join him in a Tennessee studio. Six days later, they resurfaced with the Nashville Sessions, the 40-year-old ukulele maestro's debut of all-original material and the manifestation of a fresh musical perspective. Approached like a jazz album, the improvised jams, recorded live without preparation or rehearsal, are explorations into unanticipated, but welcoming, musical territory. The result: One of the best records of 2016 and a key Shimabukuro didn't know was already in his pocket, to a door he hadn't unlocked. Now he's more fired up than ever. "I've already been writing because I was so inspired by this last project," he says. "I feel like a whole new side of me is coming out. Nashville Sessions was a springboard for new ideas and I'm planning on getting back into the studio in February to go for round two."  The Weekly found him a week ahead of his Golden State Theatre appearance tomorrow night Dec. 3rd to explore his thoughts more deeply.       READ THE Q&A
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Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and Whatsnext? featured on Worcester Telegram - 'What Your'e Listening To'

Writing about "Resolution," the brainchild of Turkish-born Boston composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, is extremely difficult. By the time you come to the album's sixth track, Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Jazz Orchestra in C - III. Up-tempo Swing, "Resolution," it's easy to become dizzy, lost in a cascade of Middle-Eastern and African-inflected jazz. But it's at this point, with its hauntingly bare piano giving way to solitary saxophone, building into a full swing number and escalating before descending again, that you may realize that you have no idea where this album is going to take you. When it gives way to the percussive "Niyaz" Suite - I. A Jazzed Up Devr-i Revan, it's almost jarring. The effect of moving from the exhilarating and familiar to the spare and (to these ears) unfamiliar is lightly terrifying, a heavy thump in the darkened woods, and then another. Your heart jumps, just a bit. Sanlıkol - a Grammy-nominated composer and CMES Harvard University fellow - knows what he's doing. Every inch of this album seems designed to play against a feeling of being foreign, however you conceive that. A listener familiar with the sections reminiscent of familair American jazz might be startled by the appearance of Middle Eastern instrumentation and sounds. At a guess, a listener more familiar with traditional Turkish music might have the experience in reverse. It scarcely matters. What's important is that Sanlıkol and company manage to weave these disparate parts into a tapestry that both balances them in a sort of harmony, and still retains their inherent visceral excitement. SEE Worcester Telegram PAGE 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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Philippe Sly | John Charles Britton - 'Schubert Sessions' is the WFMT: Featured Release

Collaborators for a number of years, Philippe Sly and John Charles Britton recognize, in these "Schubert Sessions," a way of expanding and reclaiming the Viennese composer's place in popular culture, notably his influence on modern song. They present the opportunity to hear these lyrical masterpieces accompanied by guitar, which was probably the instrument Schubert used in order to appreciate the true effect of these compositions. The Schubert: Alinde (4:29); Du bist die Ruh (3:58) from Schubert Sessions: Songs with Guitar on Analekta is the WFMT: Chicago - Featured Release For TODAY!! Friday December 2. Philippe Sly, baritone; John Charles Britton, guitar     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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Lawrence Blatt's variety of excursions on Longitudes & Latitudes / Jazz Weekly

Acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt takes you on a variety of excursions as he teams up with sensitive accompaniment on his compositions that are subtitled by their geographic position. He has a gentle and patient approach, going solo on "The Places Left Behind" on guitar and "Over The Rainbow" having his ukulele taking you to Lawrence, Kansas. There are delicate accompaniments with bassist Sam Bevan and various guitars, percussion and woodwinds on "IMA" and "A Place In Your Heart" while things get more chamber-themed with clarinet, violin and rhythm on "Flying Over Ellis Island." The whole album has a cozy by the fireplace attitude, no matter where you're stationed. SEE THE Jazz Weekly PAGE
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Johann Johannsson on composing for Blade Runner 2049 & Arrival / iNews

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has a diverse portfolio. His music has soundtracked the war on drugs in Mexico, the early life of Stephen Hawking and, most recently, a mysterious alien invasion. This versatility perhaps derives from his "schizophrenic" music taste: "It goes from black metal to early electronic music from the 1950s." Next up for the composer – who is currently preparing for a tour that will see him play the Barbican Centre in London on December 9 – is the hugely anticipated Blade Runner 2049. This will be the fourth time that Jóhannsson, a Golden Globe winner and two-time Oscar nominee, has worked with director Denis Villeneuve – following Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival. The Berlin-based musician talked to i about working with Villeneuve on the set of Arrival and Sicario, and his secretive preparation for the new Blade Runner film. READ THE FULL INews POST 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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Semyon Bychkov discusses - The Tchaikovsky Project with classical radio

Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic recently launched - "The Tchaikovsky Project," a recording cycle on Decca Classics that encompasses Tchaikovsky's complete symphonies and piano concertos, as well as other selected orchestral works. The first recording in the cycle, features the composer's Sixth Symphony ("Path'tique") and Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture. The recording cycle is part of Mr. Bychkov's international, multi-season Tchaikovsky project, Beloved Friend, which also includes concert series in New York and London in 2016'17 and residencies in Paris and Vienna planned for future seasons. Through this recording cycle and project, Mr. Bychkov reconnects with the classic Russian repertoire of his formative years, remarking that "I've loved Tchaikovsky's music ever since I can remember. Like all first loves, this one never died."' In conjunction, maestro Bychkov will sit down with Classical Radio today to discuss this initial recording as well as  "The Tchaikovsky Project" overall. Today's participating networks and local stations will cover the entire US and Top 20 markets outlets include - Austin, Portland, Louisville Cleveland & Minneapolis. 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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Andras Schiff makes Bach & Bartok logical companions for sold out Wigmore Hall / Evening Standard

Wigmore Hall audiences are fair-minded and welcoming, but they have their favourites, and the pianist András Schiff is definitely one of them. Last night's full house was rewarded with a typically imaginative programme. In the first half, Schiff interspersed groups of Bach's Two-Part Inventions, written for one of the composer's gifted children, with short pieces by Bartók, some of them also written for children. The juxtaposition worked well, although it's hard to imagine children who could cope with the musical complexities. Schiff's Bach is an engaging blend of the cerebral and the dance-like, the left hand building up sturdy rhythms, the right weaving intricate patterns around them. READ THE FULL Evening Standard REVIEW   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} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre}
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Charlie Hunter plays Ronnie Scotts / The Times review

Best album title of the year? Charlie Hunter must surely be a contender for Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth, a phrase borrowed from the boxer Mike Tyson. No one suffered any physical assaults at Ronnie Scott's, but there was a gloriously physical dynamic to a quartet display that generated almost as much electricity as a Mingus Big Band set. At the centre of it all, Hunter sat with a benign smile on his face. The American guitarist is a rarity: a virtuoso who doesn't feel obliged to fill every crack and crevice with a flood of notes. His instrument is an extraordinary hybrid that allows him to generate his own basslines while layering chords and riffs on top.  SEE The Times PAGE
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WFMU - Morricone Island pays 88th birthday tribute to the maestro

On November 29, 2016: WFMU - Hoboken NJ, Morricone Island host Devon E. Levins pays annual tribute to the namesake of his show on Il Maestro's 88th birthday month. Composing for over 500 films and selling over 40 million records worldwide, Ennio Morricone has scored for the greats: Leone, Argento, Carpenter, Polanksi, Nichols, Malick, De Palma and Tornator Morricone doesn't appear to be easing up his workload with recent scores completed/in progress for Tornatore, Malick, Tarantino, Lajos Koltai and Joshua Sinclair squeezed into his never-ending "60 Years of Music" world tour with 200-piece orchestra and choir.  SEE PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica}
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Gustavo Santaolalla's acoustic minimalism / Guitar World

Gustavo Santaolalla (pronounced: San-ta-oh-lie-uh) is one of a handful of accomplished guitarists whose career began by playing in rock bands before "stumbling" into a career as a film composer. (Others include Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Incubus' Mike Einziger, Ry Cooder, Jon Brion, Heitor Pereira, Alan Silvestri and John Debney.) What separates Santaolalla from his peers (with the exception of Cooder), however, is that he prominently features the guitar-along with ronroco, charango and other "guitar-like" instruments-in virtually all of his scores, perhaps his most famous being Brokeback Mountain and Babel, each of which earned Santaolalla an Academy Award for Best Original Score.     READ THE FULL Guitar World ARTICLE
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Top 10 Albums for December

Kurt Elling :

The Beautiful Day

When Kurt Elling embraced the meaning, the spirit and the word "Christmas" in creating his new album The Beautiful Day(OKeh), he also wanted to make a holiday album that celebrated the promise and magical energy of the Christmas season that touches people of all beliefs. Inventive and fresh, The Beautiful Day reimagines the sounds of Christmas, mixing traditional carols decked out in new arrangements with songs that are revelations and rediscovered treats.  26 TOTAL SYND: CBC Direct: AccuRadio  Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Detroit, Baltimore, Orlando, Rochester NY, ME(Network), KS(Network), HI(Network), Honolulu INTER: Canada, UK Online: MOJA, allmusic, Jazz Weekly, RadioFreeAmsterdam
The NOLA Players :

Christmastime in New Orleans

2016 has been a difficult year for the state of Louisiana, plagued by rising floodwaters and racial tensions.  As the fall sets in and the holiday season approaches, a more heart-warming narrative takes center stage with Christmastime in New Orleans. Capturing the festive spirit and traditions of New Orleans, this new project aims to maintain the traditions of some of the city's great artists such as Louis Armstrong, Dr. John and Harry Connick Jr. The album features some of The Big Easy's finest jazz musicians in beautiful, custom instrumental arrangements of holiday favorites, providing a freshly swinging soundtrack for the holiday. The American Public Television Special, "Christmastime In New Orleans," will air throughout the fall and holiday season on various stations throughout the country, with Louisiana Public Broadcasting airing a sneak peek of the show on September 7. Additional airdates will follow, including special October preview broadcasts with WYES in New Orleans. 29 TOTAL SYND: Radio DeLuxe Direct: Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, St. Louis, Baltimore, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Hartford, Sacramento, WV, Rochester NY, Honolulu, (Statewide), Canada Online: AccuRadio
Ennio Morricone :

Morricone 60

World-renowned Italian composer Ennio Morricone will release his first new album on Decca Records on 11th November, the day after his 88th birthday.  Entitled ‘Morricone 60', it celebrates his prolific career which spans 60 years and 600 compositions.  The deluxe version is accompanied by a DVD called ‘MORRICONE & TARANTINO at ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS', which documents thecomposer and director collaborating on The Hateful Eight.
Angele Dubeau & La Pieta :

Silence On Joue - Prise 2

Having personally done the research for this directory, choosing a variety of film music extracts, I had in mind to revisit their original version are bringing another dimension of sound with my violin and these wonderful musicians that I lead and around me. I also worked closely with various composers and arrangers that I thank and congratulate.  Thank you to all the team for Analekta trust over the years the support and expertise worthy of the greatest. My reason for being as a musician is my audience and that is that I realized that 40th, oops, double I said, 41st album. - Angele Dubeau 28 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Honolulu, AL(Network) Online: AccuRadio
Various :

Hacienda Classical

In a bold and unprecedented step, the innovative Manchester Camerata has taken part in a new musical experiment that has seen it team up with DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, the original DJs behind the unique Haçienda club sound, to create spin club classics in full harmony with the live orchestra, alongside vocals from the AMC Choir and special guests.   Manchester Camerata embraced the Hacienda Classical project right from the start showing great respect for the Hacienda's legacy and displaying a shared love of Manchester's music and people. 15 TOTAL Direct: Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, New Orleans, Canada Online: AccuRadio  
Roberto Fonseca :


For nearly two decades, Grammy nominated pianist Roberto Fonseca has been exploring and celebrating the music of his native Cuba. As a composer, producer, solo artist and collaborator with other Latin American music luminaries, he has served as a musical ambassador to his American neighbors to the north and to the rest of the world with his richly melodic compositions and recordings that capture the irrepressible Cuban sound and its rich musical history. ABUC,his new album set for release on Impulse! Records on October 28, 2016, is just what the title suggests – a look backward at the evolution of Cuban jazz. Although nearly all 14 of the tracks on the album were written or co-written by Fonseca, the project as a whole overall feels like a retrospective of various musical styles and sources spanning several decades. 11 NEW  173 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, UnderCurrents Direct: SiriusXM / Real Jazz USMarkets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis, Detroit, New Orleans, St. Louis, Denver, Baltimore, Austin, Albuquerque, Sacramento, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, Wichita, Hartford CT, Reno, Atlantic City NJ, Ft. Wayne IN, Madison WI, Bozeman MT, Raleigh NC, KS(Network), Toronto INTER: Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Australia Online: MOJA, World On A Note,, Jazz & Blues Report, The Jazz Intersection, Latin Jazz Network, Jazz From Gallery 41, Quisqueya, Party934, KUHS, Radio Valencia, New World Buzz, Jazz Weekly, TRANSGLOBAL 31 JazzWeek ADD's
Various :

Jazz Loves Disney

Classic Disney tunes are given the big-band jazz treatment on this new release, featuring artistssuch as Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Stacey Kent,Jamie Cullum and more. Released on Verve on November 18, 2016, this album celebrates classic Disney magic and Walt Disney's love for jazz. Produced by Jay Newland and arranged and directed by Rob Mounsey, Jazz Loves Disney celebrates the heritage of Disney music from beloved films such as Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, The Jungle Book and more. 23 NEW  85 TOTAL SYND: CBC Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Detroit, San Diego, Denver, New Orleans, Baltimore,Albuquerque, Sacramento CA, Orlando, Madison WI, Boulder, Knoxville, Hartford, Raleigh NC, KS(Network), Honolulu, Vancouver INTER: Canada, Italy Online: Jazziz,, DisneyExaminer, GreenArrow, Jazz From Gallery 41, Jaz&BluesReport, Baeble 30 Jazzweek ADD's
Charlie Haden :

Time / Life - Song for the Whales and Other Beings

The last recordings with Charlie Haden and his Liberation Music Orchestra on disc for the first time, plus three works written by Carla Bley and recorded with LMO in the wake of Charlie's death. Due out on Impulse!/ Verve digitally on October 14 and physical release November 11, Time / Life: Song of the Whales and Other Beings  centers around two live recordings-the final recordings with Charlie Haden and his Liberation Music Orchestra-from the 2011 Middelheim Festival: Haden's 1979 composition Song for the Whales and Miles Davis' Blue In Green.  After Haden's death in 2014, the Liberation Music Orchestra, with the help of Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, and Charlie's wife Ruth Cameron, recorded three works by Bley in order to create an album that honored Haden and his concern for the environment. The Liberation Music Orchestra with Carla Bley will perform this repertoire at New York City's Jazz Standard on November 3-6. 8 NEW  142 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, WFMT JazzNet Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Cleveland, Miami, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Detroit, New Orleans, Denver, San Diego, Kansas City, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Berkeley CA, Louisville, Hartford CT. Madison WI, Tampa, Madison WI, Rochester NY, Raleigh NC, WV(Statewide), ME(Statewide), Honolulu, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver INTER: Canada, Italy, Australia Online: SoulandJazz, JazzTrail, Jazz & Blues Report, Jazz From Gallery 41, textura, Jazz Weekly, ShanleyonMusic, The Daily Beast p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} 42 JazzWeek ADD's
Brenna Whitaker :


After landing her first professional theater gig at age 11, moving to New York City on her own to study with Broadway veterans at age 17, and spending her early 20s leading jazz bands back home in Missouri, Brenna Whitaker headed to L.A. and started setting up a series of residencies that eventually attracted fans like Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Michael Bublé and caught the attention of Verve Music Group chairman and 16-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster. The first new artist Foster has agreed to develop and produce since discovering Bublé, Whitaker is now set to release a debut album for Verve that finds her reviving a vast American jukebox of classic songs and revealing the full force of her stunning, soulful voice.  14 NEW  64 TOTAL SYND: Modern Jazz Today, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Berkeley CA, Tampa FL, El Paso TX, Hartford, Vancouver INTER: Canada, Italy Online: Jazz Weekly, Jazz From Gallery 41, SoulandJazz 16 JazzWeek ADD's
Ben Plotnick :


Nashville-based, Canadian-born fiddler Ben Plotnick is thrilled to release a new album of original Texas Swing material, entitled "Greenland". This virtuosic album is comprised of both original vocals and instrumentals, bringing elements of folk, country and bluegrass together in a classic swing sound. Co-produced by 5-time Juno award nominee - Andrew Collins, the disc features some of Canada's elite folk instrumentalists and vocalists, including musicians from the Slocan Ramblers, The Boxcar Boys, The Andrew Collins Trio and The Double Cuts, among others. 9 TOTAL SYND: Out Of the Woods Markets include: New York, Madison WI, Gainesville FL, Reno NV, Bay City MI, Fairbanks AK INTER: Italy, Israel Online: GreenArrow