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Variations on a Melancholy Theme

From Nonesuch Nonesuch Releases Brad Mehldau’s Variations on a Melancholy Theme, recorded with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, on June 11 Nonesuch releases Brad Mehldau’s Variations on a Melancholy Theme on June 11, 2021. The recording features the pianist/composer and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, who commissioned this orchestral version of the work, which comprises a theme and eleven variations plus a cadenza and postlude; the album also includes an encore, ‘Variations ‘X’ and ‘Y.’‘ (Mehldau originally composed Variations on a Melancholy Theme for pianist Kirill Gerstein.) Mehldau and Orpheus toured Europe, Russia, and the US with the piece, including a 2013 performance at Carnegie Hall. Speaking to the combination of classical form with jazz harmonies in the work’s musical language, Mehldau wrote, ‘I imagine it as if Brahms woke up one day and had the blues.’ Mehldau continues, ‘The theme itself has a wistful character, perhaps a feeling of resignation. There is some... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 16th, 2021 in News


Purest Form

From Blue Note PIANIST JAMES FRANCIES RETURNS WITH PUREST FORM, HIS EXPANSIVE NEW BLUE NOTE ALBUM OUT MAY 21 Pianist, producer, and composer James Francies has released ’713,’ a vivid tribute to his Houston hometown that is the first single... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 16th, 2021 in News


JJA Awards Nominees

Congratulations to this year’s Jazz Journalists Association Awards nominees! Most especially to those in the IMN family: Jazz Musician of the Year Terri Lyne Carrington Record of the Year Hero Trio, by Rudresh Mahanthappa (Whirlwind Recordings) Swallow Tales, by John... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 16th, 2021 in IMN / Industry News


Finding New Adventures

Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures The loss of gig and the accompanying income stream, caused by the insidious and evil coronavirus, has hurt musicians across all genres. It has separated them from friends and band mates, from projects and from... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 14th, 2021 in News


NEA Jazz Master Tribute Concert

Join the celebration of the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters as the National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, presents a virtual tribute concert in honor of Terri Lyne Carrington, Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath, Henry Threadgill, and Phil Schaap (2021... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 14th, 2021 in News


Kathy Mattea Wants to Save Mountain Stage

From Charleston Gazette-Mail Kathy Mattea: WV Public Broadcasting, Mountain Stage vital to state By: Kathy Mattea I tell people I’ve lived my adult life as an expatriate. I grew up in West Virginia, lived in the same house in Cross... Read The Full Article

Posted Apr 8th, 2021 in News


Sound Prints ‘Other Worlds’ Out May 7

SOUND PRINTS – OTHER WORLDS The third full length album by Sound Prints, co-led by Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, includes ten new compositions by the co-leaders and features Lawrence Fields, Linda May Han Oh and Joey Baron. Releasing May... Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 29th, 2021 in News


GRAMMY Winner!

Congratulations to Kurt Elling & Danilo Perez on their Grammy Award win for Best Jazz Vocal Album! Listen here: Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 15th, 2021 in News


New Music From Gretchen Parlato

Listen now to new music from Gretchen Parlato’s Flor: Read The Full Article

Posted Mar 5th, 2021 in News


Joe Lovano Jazzwise Interview

JOE LOVANO INTERVIEW: 'WE HAVE TO EMERGE FROM THIS WITH A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON THE WHOLE PROCESS OF CREATING MUSIC, BUT NOT IN A COMMERCIAL WAY, IN A SPIRITUAL WAY', Click here to read the full article on Jazzwise Read The Full Article

Posted Feb 22nd, 2021 in News


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