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★★★★★ for Ben Wendel at the Vortex Jazz Club

From The The Financial Times Ben Wendel’s ‘Seasons’ at the Vortex Jazz Club London – joyous themes and emotional heat By: MIKE HOBART “The link between Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons and the music presented here by American saxophonist Ben Wendel’s jazz quintet is tortuous. Tchaikovsky’s 12 piano pieces, written for each month of the year, were published sequentially in 1876, in the St Petersburg magazine that commissioned them. Each month had a scene-setting subtitle – ‘At the Fireside’ for January; ‘The Song of the Lark’ announces the imminence of spring in March; ‘Troika’ the return of winter’s grip in November. The Brooklyn-based Wendel’s compositions of the same name, all duets, were also made public a month at a time, posted as YouTube videos in 2015. Each month presented a favourite musician, and the 12 chamber jazz duets were designed to reflect seasonal change in the face of climate change. Melodic twiddles,... Read The Full Article

Posted Jul 19th, 2019 in News


Caetano Veloso Musings on Apollo 11

From KCRW Musings on Apollo 11 and Music By: TOM SCHNABEL “The Apollo 11 moon landing that took place on July 20, 1969, represented a staggering achievement for the human race. The desire to explore outside the earth’s boundaries reached... Read The Full Article

Posted Jul 16th, 2019 in News


Punch Brothers at Woodville Town Hall

From The Adelaide Review Review: Punch Brothers at Woodville Town Hall By: WALTER MARSH “Innovative US ensemble tackle Tame Impala and their Grammy-winning 2018 All Ashore in an ‘emergency session’ of the Adelaide Guitar Festival. ‘We’re thrilled to be back... Read The Full Article

Posted Jul 15th, 2019 in News


Mark Guiliana, on Jazz Night in America

From wbgo.org The Artistic Duality Of Drummer Mark Guiliana, on Jazz Night in America By:SIMON RENTNER “Drummer/composer Mark Guiliana traverses many musical landscapes, from modern jazz (Brad Mehldau), Tunisian oud music (Dhafer Youssef), Hasidic reggae (Matisyahu), or legendary rock (David... Read The Full Article

Posted Jul 12th, 2019 in News


New Music From Jazzmeia Horn

From Soul Tracks World Premiere: Jazzmeia Horn amazes on new single By: HOWARD DUKES “Jazzmeia Horn was fated to make a mark as improvisational vocalist. Her grandmother, a pianist and jazz lover, named her Jazzmeia Horn when she was born... Read The Full Article

Posted Jul 11th, 2019 in News


Daymé Arocena Sonocardiogram to be Released 6th September 2019

Daymé Arocena Sonocardiogram Released 6th September 2019 on Brownswood Recordings Available on CD, LP and digital The new album from Daymé Arocena is a vivid return to her Havana roots. Backed once again by a killer band of fellow Cuban... Read The Full Article

Posted Jul 10th, 2019 in Upcoming Releases


Terri Lyne Carrington Named 2019 Doris Duke Artist

From Berklee.edu Terri Lyne Carrington Named 2019 Doris Duke Artist By:TORI DONAHUE “The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) announced the names of the 2019 Doris Duke Artists, each receiving an award of $275,000, intended as an investment in and celebration... Read The Full Article

Posted Jul 9th, 2019 in News


Kurt Elling and Danilo Perez at the Montreal Jazz Festival

From The Arts Fuse Jazz Concert Review: The Montreal Jazz Festival Turns 40, Part Two By: MICHAEL ULLMAN “At Montreal, singer Kurt Elling is a superstar. And, in my world, so is his accompanist, Panama-born pianist Danilo Perez. When Elling... Read The Full Article

Posted Jul 9th, 2019 in News


Anat Cohen: One of The Sisters of Swing

From Vanity Fair Sisters of Swing By: ABIGAIL JONES “Half a century ago, the acclaimed music critic George T. Simon said everything you need to know about sexism in jazz: ‘Only God can make a tree, and only men can... Read The Full Article

Posted Jul 9th, 2019 in News


Danilo Perez to Showcase Power of Music

From The Gazette Danilo Perez and ‘The Global Messengers’ ready to showcase power of music at Iowa City Jazz Festival By: ED CONDRAN “ ‘I don’t think there is any doubt about what music can do,’ said Saturday’s Iowa City... Read The Full Article

Posted Jul 5th, 2019 in News


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