Friday, October 29, 2010


 The Eighth Annual Panama Jazz Festival will be held on January 10-15, 2011. Already a reference in the global jazz calendar and attracting more than an estimated 100,000 people since its inception, this year's edition is dedicated to Victor "Vitín" Paz, one of the most remarkable musicians in the history of Panamanian popular music. Festival founder/Artistic Director Danilo Pérez & his trio. Pianist, composer, educator and social activist, Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez started his musical studies when he was three years old with his father, a bandleader and singer. By age 10, he was studying the European classical piano repertoire at the National Conservatory in Panama. After receiving his bachelor's degree in electronics in Panama, he studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. From 1985-88, while still a student, he performed with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Claudio Roditi and Paquito D'Rivera. Quickly established as a young master, he soon toured and/or recorded with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie (with the trumpeter's United Nations Orchestra, 1989-1992). Wayne Shorter, Steve Lacy, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, John Patitucci, Tom Harrell, Gary Burton, and Roy Haynes. In 1993, Pérez turned his focus to his own ensembles and recording projects, releasing eight albums as a leader, earning a Grammy nomination for Central Avenue (1989) and nominations for a Grammy and a Latin Grammy for Motherland (2000). While he continues to lead his own trio, featuring Ben Street and Adam Cruz, and remains a member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, Pérez also serves as Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, Artistic Advisor of the Jazz Up Close series at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Board Member at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, and Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music.

Pérez, who served as Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama and Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF, has received a variety of awards for his musical achievements, activism and social work efforts. In 2009, he was one of five Panamanian individuals to receive the prestigious Legacy Award from The Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington D.C. The award recognizes Panamanian achievement in the arts, science and the humanities. Additionally, Perez was awarded the 2010 ASICOM International Award by the Ibero-American Association of Communication (ASICOM) and the University of Oviedo (Principality of Asturias). ASICOM gives this prize each year to individuals who have made or are making significant contributions in IBEROAMERICA, helping to build and rebuild that historical region through their work and vision. He released the critically acclaimed, Providencia, on August 31 - his debut for Mack Avenue Records label.

Danilo Perez will be joined by bassist Ben Street, drummer Adam Cruz, special guests, Indian-American alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, Puerto Rican percussionist Paoli Mejias, flutist Matt Marvuglio, Portuguese vocalist Sara Serpa - are set to perform music from and celebrate their new critically acclaimed release, Providencia. Among the other artists slated to headline are Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuña's Quartet, Grammy nominated trombonist Conrad Herwig's The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock, Grammy winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, and The Victor "Vitín" Paz Orchestra with special guests. Additional performers include: bassist Ricardo Del Fra and the Conservatory of Paris Ensemble, The Harlem String Quartet, a Flamenco Jazz Band, and the Pan-American Percussion Ensemble.

"When we started in 2003, very humbly, it was 'madness' as some told us, and we wondered if we'd have a second edition. Now, we are in our eighth," states Pérez. "Thanks to the vision and work of many, the Panama Jazz Festival is becoming an event that is a cultural reference in Latin America. For a week in January, Panama is the capital of jazz in Latin America and that is an achievement of all of us, for all of us." Reflecting on this year's theme, Pérez states, "Vitín Paz is one of the Panamanian masters who has left his mark in the international music scene." Paz's extraordinary career includes work with masters such as Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Benny Moré, Mario Bauzá, Tito Rodriguez, and Frank Sinatra.

Pérez continues, "What is especially noteworthy and we'd like to call attention to with this tribute, is that Maestro Paz, over the course of five decades, has performed an extensive array of musical styles including traditional Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Broadway shows with musicians from many genres. After all of this experience, Paz returned to Panama to share his experience with the youth, helping to improve music education in the country." Paz is the festival's first living honoree and will actively participate in educational programs/events.

Previous festivals have been dedicated to figures such as pianist Luis Russel, who worked as the Music Director for Louis Armstrong's band beginning in 1935; pianist Victor Boa - known as the "Master of the Panamanian Keyboard"; flutist Mauricio Smith, who performed with a variety of musicians ranging from Mongo Santamaria to Charles Mingus; vocalist Barbara Wilson, whom Pérez once called "the Billie Holiday of Panama"; composer and bassist Clarence Martin Sr., who influenced several generations of Panamanian musicians from a wide range of musical styles; and Ellerton Oswald, best known as Sonny White, who recorded with Billie Holiday.

A core mission of the Panama Jazz Festival is music education. "While the Panama Jazz Festival is a music festival, our intentions, our hopes, go well beyond music," declares Pérez."The festival was founded with the objective of contributing to the cultural, social, touristic, academic and economic strengthening of Panama. And for us it's not a line in a speech. We've had, and we'll have again, exceptional artists giving us the best they have on stage. But just as, or even more important, is their hidden work, offstage, in clinics, seminars and workshops. There we are talking about giving our young tools to grow, discipline, good examples and, especially, hope and opportunities.

The educational component of the festival, where all invited artists will teach master classes and hold music clinics for students from all parts of Latin America, will be held at Atlapa Convention Center. During the festival, several institutions make Panama their Latin American musical hub, offering lessons and holding auditions for admission and scholarships to their different academic programs. The institutions that confirmed their participation include: Berklee College of Music and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, New England Conservatory, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Conservatory of Paris, Siena Jazz Foundation, Fundacion Tonica from Mexico and The Golandsky Institute. "The educational component of the festival is the highlight of the festival for students from all latin America, explains Pérez. "In 2010 we had more than 800 students from Panama, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, USA, Mexico. Each year, we hope to have even more students from other countries."

Also of note among the festival's educational programs, the newly established Berklee Global Jazz Institute, based in Boston, MA and led by festival Artistic Director, Danilo Pérez, will provide instruction, performances and will do social work with Panamanian youth. The Golandsky Institute, will offer a week-long program of daily master classes for jazz and classical pianists as well as other instrumentalists, emphasizing the application of the Taubman approach to build technical ease and to explore musical interpretation. This approach has proven to be highly effective in the resolution of technical and artistic limitations, as well as in curing and preventing repetitive stress injuries in musicians.

The Panama Jazz Festival also offers master classes on Panamanian Folkloric music taught by the Maestro of the Panamanian tambor, Ricaurte Villareal and classical music lessons with students and fellows from the New England Conservatory. Underscoring its focus on education, the Panama Jazz Festival and the participating educational institutions, have provided scholarships valued over one million dollars. "To educate a child, to offer opportunities, is also to change a family, a neighborhood, a city and perhaps a country," states Pérez. What we do is not just to educate better musicians but better citizens."

Thursday, October 28, 2010


R&B soul singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Benet is about to release his fifth studio album, Lost In Time, on Reprise Records on November 30th. Featuring duets with Faith Evans, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi, and the O'Jays' Eddie Levert, Lost In Time is at once a sumptuous homage to and an expansion of the sweet soul of the 1970s. "People just need to have some feel good R&B in their lives," says the three-time Grammy Award nominee. "I want people to remember what music can feel like, and that desire took me all the way back to that time. My development as an artist is a direct result of being immersed in that era." To keep his connection to the music that shaped him, Benét returned to his hometown of Milwaukee, WI and recorded with local musicians, including the Milwaukee Symphony's string section. "When it comes to something that resonates in your soul, you have to have something constructed with live musicians," Benét says. The emotion runs deep on first single "Sometimes I Cry," which has been steadily climbing the charts and is currently No. 5 on the Urban AC Chart. The song was written and produced by Benét and long-time creative partner (and cousin) George Nash Jr. "'Sometimes I Cry' is about how you've completely moved on but still there's still some melancholy about the break-up," Benét says. "Maybe you're even dating somebody, but sometimes, when you're alone, you're sad about what could have been." To support Lost In Time, Benét will embark on a nationwide tour which begins in Richmond, VA on November 4th and runs through January 1 in St. Louis, MO. Lost In Time is the follow-up to 2008's Love & Life, which debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, spawned the multi-week Urban AC radio No. 1 "You're The Only One," and earned Benét two Grammy nominations, including one for Best R&B album. An exclusive Target-only version of Lost In Time will contain two additional bonus tracks for fans.

Eric Benet tour dates are as follows:
11/04 - Landmark Theatre - Richmond, VA
11/05 - Chrysler Hall - Norfolk, VA
11/06 - Tower Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
11/07 - Meyerhoff Hall - Baltimore, MD
11/10 - J Mercer Theatre - Savannah, GA
11/11 - Fox Theatre - Atlanta, GA
11/12 - Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center - Tampa, FL
11/13 - Moran Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
11/14 - JL Knight Theatre - Miami, FL
11/17 - Ovens Auditorium - Charlotte, NC
11/18 - War Memorial Auditorium - Greensboro, NC
11/19 - Township Auditorium - Columbia, SC
11/20 - BJCC Concert Hall - Birmingham, AL
11/24 - Nokia Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
11/26 - Copley Hall - San Diego, CA
11/27 - Paramount Theatre - Oakland, CA
12/02 - Verizon Grand Prairie - Dallas, TX
12/03 - Desoto Civic Center - Memphis, TN
12/04 - UNO Civic Center - New Orleans, LA
12/05 - Reliant Arena - Houston, TX
12/08 - Old National at Murat - Indianapolis, IN
12/09 - Palace Theatre - Louisville, KY
12/10 - Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI
12/11 - P&G at Aronoff Center
12/12 - Bell Auditorium - Augusta, GA
12/27 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY
12/28 - D.A.R Constitution Hall - Washington, DC
12/29 - State Theatre - Cleveland, OH
12/30 - Auditorium Theatre - Chicago, IL
01/01 - Fox Theatre - St. Louis, MO

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Esperanza Spalding @ Goteborg Konzerthus, Goteborg, Sweden, Nov 1
Acoustic Alchemy @ Jazz Mix-World Concert, Moscow, Russia, Nov 1
Bill Frisell @ Silver Platters, Seattle, WA, Nov 2
Esperanza Spalding @ Black Diamond, Copenhagen, Denmark, Nov 2
Bobby Womack @ Key Arena, Seattle, WA, Nov 2
Max Weinberg Big Band @ Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN, Nov 2
B.B. King @ Hult Center, Eugene, OR, Nov 3
Bobby Womack @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC, Nov 3
Esperanza Spalding @ Logen Thatre, Bergen, Norway, Nov 4
B.B. King @ Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualme, WA, Nov 4
Herbie Hancock @ Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK, Nov 4
Bill Frisell @ University of Alabama, Nov 5

John Medeski, James Carter @
Tampere Jazz Fest, Tampere, Finland, Nov 5

Esperanza Spalding @ Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway, Nov 5
B.B. King @ Red Robinson Theatre, Coquitlam, BC, Nov 5-6
Max Weinberg Big Band @ South Orange PAC, South Orange, NJ, Nov 6
Bill Frisell @ Dan’s Silverleaf, Denton, TX, Nov 6
Bill Frisell @ One World Theater, Austin, TX, Nov 7
Simply Red @ O2 Arena, Dublin, Ireland, Nov 7
Simply Red @ Belfast Arena, UK, Nov 8
Esperanza Spalding @ Theatre de L’Atelier, Paris, France, Nov 8
B.B. King @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary AB, Nov 8
Medeski Martin & Wood @ Teatro Manzoni, Milan, Italy, Nov 8
Steve Arrington, Jocelyn Brown @ Park Central Hotel, New York, NY, Nov 9
Nick Colionne @ Jammin’ In Jamaica, Rose Hall, Jamaica, Nov 8-13
George Duke @ NOS Event Center, San Bernadino, CA, Nov 9
B.B. King @ Conexus Centre, Regina, SK, Nov 10
Esperanza Spalding @ Victoria Hall, Geneve, CH, Nov 10
B.B. King @ Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, MB, Nov 11
Simply Red @ Arena Fyn, Odense, Denmark, Nov 11
Medeski Martin & Wood @ State Theatre, State College, PA, Nov 11
B.B. King @ State Park Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, Nov 12
Medeski Martin & Wood @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, Nov 12
B.B. King @ Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI, Nov 13
Simply Red @ O2 Arena, Berlin, Germany, Nov 13
Esperanza Spalding @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK, Nov 13
Medeski Martin & Wood @ Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, Nov 13
Simply Red @ Tesla Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, Nov 14
Kim Waters @ Trenton Marriott, Trenton, NJ, Oct 14
Medeski Martin & Wood @ Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY, Nov 14
Pete Escovedo, Take 6 @ Vina Danks Middle School, Ontario, CA, Nov 15
Simply Red @ Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, Nov 16
Pete Escovedo, Take 6 @ Perris Hill Park, San Bernadino, CA, Nov 16
Paco De Lucia @ Zenith Paris, Paris, France, Nov 16
Lee Ritenour @ The Blue Note, Milan, Italy, Nov 16
Medeski Martin & Wood @ Asbury Hall, Buffalo, NY, Nov 16
Acoustic Alchemy @ Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, UK, Dec 16-23
Simply Red @ Festhalle, Frankhurt, Germany, Nov 17
Esperanza Spalding @ Teatro F. Fernan Gomez, Madrid, Spain, Nov 17
Medeski Martin & Wood @ Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA, Nov 17
B.B. King @ Shea’s PAC, Buffalo, NY, Nov 18
Bill Frisell @ Purdue University, IN, Nov 18
Simply Red @ Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland, Nov 18
Medeski Martin & Wood @ Westcott Theatre, Syracuse, NY, Nov 18
Bill Frisell @ Space, Evanston, IL, Nov 19
Esperanza Spalding @ Auditorio, Zaragoza, Spain, Nov 19
Medeski Martin & Wood @ Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME, Nov 19
B.B. King @ Casino Rama, Rama, ON, Nov 19-20
Esperanza Spalding @ Festival Jazz Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain, Nov 20
Simply Red @ Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy, Nov 20
Bill Frisell @ Society for Ethical Culture, New York, Nov 20
Medeski Martin & Wood @ House Of Blues, Boston, MA, Nov 20

Bunny Wailer, Steel Pulse, Toots & Maytals
@ Bayfront Park, Miami, FL, Nov 20

B.B. King @ National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON, Nov 21
Nicola Conte @ Motion Blue, Yokohama, Japan, Nov 21
Esperanza Spalding @ Teatro Isabel La Catolica, Granada, Spain, Nov 21
Simply Red @ Arena, Innsbruck, Austria, Nov 22
Marcos Valle @ Voodoo Room, Edinburgh, UK, Nov 22
Nicola Conte @ The Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan, Nov 22-25
Marcos Valle @ Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK, Nov 23
Michael Buble @ Giant Center, Hershey, PA, Nov 23
Simply Red @ Stadhalle, Vienna, Austria, Nov 23
Michael Buble @ Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 24
Simply Red @ Olymnpiahalle, Munich, Germany, Nov 24
Marcos Valle @ Ronnie Scott’s, London, UK, Nov 24-25
Michael Buble @ Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, Nov 26

Mindi Abair, Peter White, Rick Braun @ Hyatt Regency,
Newport Beach, CA, Nov 26

Simply Red @ Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Germany, Nov 26
Michael Buble @ TD Garden, Boston, MA, Nov 27
Simply Red @ SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany, Nov 27
Acoustic Alchemy @ Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, UK, Dec 27-31
Michael Buble @ Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, Nov 28
Simply Red @ Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany, Nov 29
Michael Buble @ Verizon Center, Washington, DC, Nov 30
Simply Red @ Konig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany, Nov 30

Mindi Abair, Peter White, Rick Braun
@ One World Theatre, Austin, TX, Nov 30


Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor is about to unveil a new track recorded especially for her debut appearance on The CW's hit series, One Tree Hill. The song, entitled "Can't Be Love." That same day will see the Dublin-based singer performing "Can't Be Love" as part of her television acting debut on the long-running drama. Izibor will join the One Tree Hill cast as "Erin," a recurring role slated to appear throughout the series' current season. "There's a musician I fell in love with and a storyline I fell in love with," One Tree Hill creator/executive producer Mark Schwahn recently told,"and we actually married them together for Laura Izibor. She's really compelling, I loved her record, I really loved her accent and her vibe,and felt that was an energy we hadn't included on our show." What's more, Izibor's new rendition of the show's official theme song, "I Don't Want To Be" by Gavin DeGraw, will premiere alongside her acting debut. The song will also be made available on the One Tree Hill website, In other news, Izibor will be featured on Atlantic's For Colored Girls: Music From & Inspired By The Original Motion Picture, the official soundtrack companion to Tyler Perry's upcoming film, For Colored Girls. The album is highlighted by a stunning rendition of the classic Nina Simone song, "Four Women," performed by Izibor alongside the late Nina Simone herself, Simone (the legendary singer's daughter), and Ledisi. Izibor's own "What More Can They Do" will be also included among new and unreleased tracks from an assortment of female artists, including Estelle, Janelle Monáe, Macy Gray, Leona Lewis, and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. For Colored Girls: Music From & Inspired By The Original Motion Picture will be released on November 2nd, while Lionsgate/34th Street Films' production of For Colored Girls hits theatres nationwide on November 5th. You can catch Izibor perform "What More Can They Do" live on BET's The Mo'Nique Show, slated for broadcast on Wednesday, October 27th at 11pm/10c (check local listings).

The critically acclaimed Irish soul singer, who is currently in the studio recording the eagerly awaited follow-up to her acclaimed 2008 debut, Let The Truth Be Told was recently among the influential young stars showcased on the BET/Centric series, Grey Goose Presents Rising Icons. The show, which features an in-depth interview with Izibor as well as an intimate live performance, debuted earlier this month and is scheduled to re-air on Centric throughout October (check local listings). The segment is also now streaming at Born and raised in Dublin, Izibor became enthralled with the sounds of classic soul and R&B at an early age. By 15, she had honed her vocal talent to such a high level that she won Ireland's prestigious RTÉ 2fm Song Contest. It wasn't long before Laura began working on what would ultimately become Let The Truth Be Told recording her self-penned songs in such cities as New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dublin. Highlighted by the hit singles, "From My Heart To Yours" and "Don't Stay," the album instantly established Laura as a major presence in contemporary R&B while reaping tremendous praise from such national and international publications as Rolling Stone, which featured her among its "Artists To Watch." An array of other honors followed, including a prestigious "Best Newcomer" nomination from the MOBO Awards, the UK's annual celebration of music of black origin. A tireless performer, Izibor spent much of the past two years on the road, sharing stages with such greats as John Legend, Maxwell,India.Arie, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, John Legend, James Brown, Angie Stone, and Atlantic label mate Estelle.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Cineplex Entertainment via our Front Row Centre events and Eagle Rock Entertainment, has announced their next concert event – Phil Collins Going Back Live from Roseland, NYC. This concert will play in select Cineplex Entertainment theatres across Canada for one-night only on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 7:00 pm local time in all regions. "Phil Collins is a legendary performer and this concert is must-see entertainment," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "From his days as the frontman for Genesis to his solo career, Phil Collins has a host of hits that will take us all down memory lane. The concert features Phil Collins backed by an 18-piece band so he needed Cineplex's big screens to fit it all in." Going Back was filmed live at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The production is full of classic songs from the likes of The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson including great versions of You've Really Got A Hold On Me, Standing In The Shadows Of Love and Heatwave (Love Is Like A Heatwave). The 18-piece band includes three of Motown's original backing band The Funk Brothers: Bob Babbitt on bass and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette, as well as two stalwarts of Genesis' live shows: Chester Thompson on drums and Darryl Stuermer on guitars.Tickets for this event are on sale now at participating theatre box offices listed below and online at

SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas, 170 Schoolhouse Street
Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall Cinemas, 700-1320 Trans Canada Highway
Colossus Langley Cinemas, 20090 91A Avenue
Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo, 213-4750 Rutherford Road
Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver, 900 Burrard Street
Galaxy Cinemas Vernon, 2306 Highway 6
SilverCity Victoria Cinemas, 3130 Tillicum Road

Scotiabank Theatre Chinook, 6455 Macleod Trail SW
Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton, 8882-170 Street

SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas, 817 St. James Street

Galaxy Cinemas Regina, 420 McCarthy Boulevard N
Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon, 347 2nd Avenue

SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas, 771 Golf Links Road
Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, 72 Commerce Park Drive
SilverCity Burlington Cinemas, 1250 Brant Street
Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas, 1025 The Queensway
SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas, 2385 City Park Drive
SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas, 795 Paramount Drive
Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas, 626 Gardiners Road
SilverCity London Cinemas, 1680 Richmond Street
SilverCity Mississauga Cinemas, 3055 Vega Boulevard
SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas, 18151 Yonge Street
Niagara Falls
Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas, 7555 Montrose Road
SilverCity Oakville Cinemas, 3531 Wyecroft Road
Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas, 1351 Grandview Street N
Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough, 320 Water Street
Port Hope
Capitol Theatre, 224 Main Street
Richmond Hill
SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas, 8725 Yonge Street
Sault Ste. Marie
Galaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie, 293 Bay Street
Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas, 300 Borough Drive
SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas, 355 Barrydowne Road
Thunder Bay
SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas, 850 North May Street
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas, 4861 Yonge Street
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, 259 Richmond Street W
Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo, 550 King Street N
Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Cinemas, 3100 Howard Avenue

Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas, 9350 boul. Leduc
Starcité Gatineau Cinemas, 115 boul. Du Plateau
Cinéma Élysée, 160 rue Simonds nord
Cinéma Jonquière, 2445 rue St. Dominique
Coliseum Kirkland Cinemas, 3200 rue Jean Yves
Scotiabank Theatre Montreal, 977 rue Ste-Catherine O
Cinéma St-Eustache, 282 Hector Lanthier
Ste. Foy
Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas, 1200 boul. Duplessis
Cinéma Triomphe, 1100, rue Yves-Blais


After a stellar career that produced eight best-selling jazz CDs and one gospel project, before his untimely death last year Wayman Tisdale was ready to show the world a completely different side, one that was 12 years in making. With a not so hidden passion for funk music, The Fonk Record featuring Tiz & The Fonkie Planetarians was a true passion project for Tisdale. Featuring 11 all-original songs, Tisdale’s own funky vocals and a crew of funky musicians, The Fonk Record also includes three very special guest stars with extensive funk resumes – George Clinton, George Duke and Ollie Woodson. Wayman Tisdale’s posthumous CD will be released on October 26th on Mack Avenue Records’ imprint Rendezvous Music.
The Fonk Record cover features a colorful illustration of Tisdale sporting an Afro and green shades. Inside the CD, Tisdale’s transformation from a jazz musician to a funk master is portrayed comic-book style. This should not be a surprise to true fans of Wayman Tisdale. The funk begins with “The Introduction,” in which Tisdale welcomes listeners to “WTIS .. where it’s not simulated, it’s authenticated.” The first collaboration is “Let’s Ride” featuring George Duke, who wields his magic dukey stick on some hard-charging synthesizer solos while Tisdale channels his best Larry Blackmon of Cameo. Next is “This Fonk Is 4U” with the unmistakable vocals of George Clinton, and the late Ollie Woodson of the Temptations joins Tisdale on the slow-jam “Been Here.” Those who were lucky enough to catch Tisdale in concert got a small glimpse of his alter ego during his brief funk-filled interludes during his jazz shows. After all, Tisdale’s biggest radio hits were his unique interpretations of funk and R&B classics – “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” “Get Down on It” and “Can’t Hide Love.” When he played his renditions of these songs in concert, that was when the party really began. Prior to his unexpected death, Tisdale was still riding high on the tide of his very successful jazz career, hosting jazz cruises, headlining tours and being a loving father and husband. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2007, Tisdale decided to accomplish one goal that he long set out to do, finishing The Fonk Record. There’s no doubt that The Fonk Record will appeal to longtime Tisdale followers and new fans alike.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Bellaruche -270 Stories
Benito Gonzalez - Circles
Bilal – Airtight’s Revenge
CTI Records: The Cool Revolution
Cal Harris Jr. – Inside Out
Chic – The Chic Organization Boxset Vol. 1
Core - Party
Dave Koz – Hello Tomorrow
DJ Inc & Marqueal Jordon – Sounds Cool
Dante Lewis – Set The Mood
Eddie Henderson – For All We Know
Elton John & Leon Russell – The Union
Emilie-Claire Barlow – The Beat Goes On
James Brown – Complete James Brown Christmas
Jason Adasiewicz - Sunrooms
Jed & Lucia – Jump Street
Jeff Hendrick – Color Blind
Julius Wiedemann & Joaquim Paulo – Funk & Soul Covers
Keith & Julie Tippett – Live At The Purcell Room
Lori Williams - Healing Within
Mike Reed Loose Assembly With Roscoe Mitchell – Empathetic Parts
Neon Quartet – Catch Me
Nick Bartsch’s Ronin – Llyrica
Nicola Conte – Other Directions (Expanded Edition)
Pena – Pena
Preston Glass – Colors Of Life
Radio Citizen – Hope & Despair
Ray Harris & The Fusion Experience – Live Impressions
Rhonda Thomas - Listen
Rick Wilhite Presents Vibes: New & Rare Music
Soul Talk - Soul Talk
Tamco – Don’t Think Twice
Tammi Terrell – Come On & See Me: The Complete Solo Collection
Urban Soul Connection Vol. 1
William Parker Organ Quartet – Uncle Joe’s Spirit House

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Paquito D’Rivera’s latest CD, Panamericana Suite, was recorded live at Pittsburgh’s Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild for MCG Jazz in April 2008. Panamericana Suite takes its name from a piece commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center that D’Rivera premiered in 2000. A stunning cultural synthesis encompassing North, Central, and South America leavened with a Caribbean rhythmic sensibility, the project reflects D’Rivera’s embracing musical vision. “I am an eclectic person,” D’Rivera says. “I grew up the son of a classical saxophone player who loved jazz. He loved to put on Heifetz and Mario Lanza, and then listen to Benny Goodman and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Growing up in Havana, Latin American music was in the air.” The new CD boasts an all-star international cast, with Pedro Martinez (batas, timbales, vocals), Pernell Saturnino (percussion), Oscar Stagnaro (bass), and Mark Walker (bass) comprising the supple rhythm section. Also featured in the Panamericana Orchestra are pianist Alon Yavnai; Dana Leong on trombone and cello; Hector del Curto, bandoneon; Andy Narell on steel pans; Dave Samuels, vibraphone and marimba; trumpeter Diego Urcola; the Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda; and the Puerto Rican lyric soprano Brenda Feliciano. “This recording expresses the essence of Paquito D’Rivera,” says Marty Ashby, who produced the CD with his brother Jay Ashby. “From refined Classical compositions to swinging jazz, Paquito takes the listener on a journey celebrating the multitude of Latin and World rhythms, connecting them with the best of jazz and classical traditions.” Panamericana Suite will be released by the MCG Jazz label on November 2.

Since making his way to the U.S. in 1979, Paquito D’Rivera has established himself as a force in the jazz world, with numerous solo albums and a long-running association with Dizzy Gillespie, culminating when he became one of the musical directors of the trumpeter’s last great band, the United Nation Orchestra. D’Rivera led the United Nation Orchestra to a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 40th annual Grammy Awards with its "Live at MCG" CD, which was recorded at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. In 2005, he was named an NEA Jazz Master and awarded the National Medal of Arts at the White House. He’s

the only artist ever to have won Latin Grammy Awards in both Classical and Jazz categories, for 2003’s Stravinsky’s "Historia del Soldado (L’Histoire du Soldat)" and "Brazilian Dreams." No matter what style he’s exploring, D’Rivera consistently collaborates with the finest musicians and ensembles, from the Ying Quartet, Turtle Island Quartet, Imani Winds, and Yo-Yo Ma to the London Royal Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. As a leader of numerous bands and projects, and an increasingly acclaimed composer, D’Rivera continues to blaze new trails, combining the styles and traditions that excite his imagination. He was recently commissioned by Caramoor, as Composer in Residence, to write a concerto for the St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra; the work, titled “Conversations with Cachao,” is dedicated to the Cuban bass legend. D’Rivera has just released a new CD called "Tango Jazz: Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center" on Paquito Records/Sunnyside Records.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


With every passing decade, the national treasure known as Dave Brubeck continues to amaze his millions of fans across the globe.  His energy seems to transcend all bounds, as his quartet performed more than 50 concerts in 2010, and new compositions continue to pour from his fertile imagination.  On Monday, December 6, 2010, the world will celebrate his 90th birthday, an event to be commemorated by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) with the premiere of Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way, a new documentary executive-produced by Clint Eastwood. In advance of the film's premiere, Legacy Recordings will release Dave Brubeck: Legacy of a Legend, a new 21-track double-CD compilation with every track handpicked by Brubeck himself.  The commemorative collection, featuring extensive annotation and anecdotal liner notes written by his son Darius, will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting November 16th through Columbia/Legacy. This significant package finds Brubeck reflecting on his 17 core years at Columbia Records.  He opens in 1954 with "Jeepers Creepers" from his second Columbia LP (and first studio album for the label) Brubeck Time; and closes with a pair of tracks from 1970 with Gerry Mulligan, "Out Of Nowhere" and "St. Louis Blues" from the Live At The Berlin Philharmonie LP.

On CD Two, Brubeck dips into his deep personal archive of recordings for a previously unreleased live version of "Three To Get Ready" from the final concert of the classic quartet: Brubeck on piano, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright, and Joe Morello on drums.  "Three To Get Ready" was a centerpiece of the breakthrough album of 1959, Time Out, one of the quartet's first LPs together, so it is an appropriate choice for Legacy of a Legend to include this version from their final concert together.

Over the course of CD One, Legacy of a Legend shows the evolution of the quartet.  Brubeck, Desmond, and drummer Joe Dodge were together since 1953, with a succession of bassists through the mid-'50s.  In late 1953, on a weekend 'field trip' to Helen Noga's Blackhawk nightclub in San Francisco, Columbia Records staff producer George Avakian heard the quartet and signed them (along with a young singer named Johnny Mathis, managed by Noga).  The quartet already had made several successful live college concert recordings on Fantasy (in 1953), so Avakian extended the concept to their Columbia debut of 1954. Brubeck was skeptical when Avakian decided to record the quartet in a proper studio later that year, Columbia's imposing 30th Street facility.  The results, however, as heard on Brubeck Time (with Brubeck, Desmond, Dodge, and bassist Bob Bates), became a program comprised almost entirely of standards (including Johnny Mercer's "Jeepers Creepers"), proving that the quartet had little to fear from the absence of a concert audience.  Within weeks of the sessions, Brubeck was featured on the November 8, 1954, cover of TIME magazine, a phenomenal coup, only the second jazz artist to appear on the magazine's cover.

Avakian returned the quartet to a live setting in 1955, New York's Basin Street East night club, for Red, Hot & Cool ("Taking A Chance On Love" from the Broadway musical, Cabin In The Sky).  At that point, after several LPs mainly consisting of standards with the quartet, the time was right in 1956 for Brubeck's first solo piano album of original compositions, Brubeck Plays Brubeck ("The Duke"). Morello was introduced to the lineup on Jazz Impressions Of The U.S.A. ("Ode To A Cowboy"), a program of Brubeck originals inspired by his travels across the country with the quartet.  (Bates' brother Norman had taken over on bass.)  Brubeck was similarly inspired by a trip to Disneyland with his family in 1957.  The result was a concept album, his final LP with Avakian, comprised entirely of tunes from four of Walt's animated features, Dave Digs Disney ("Someday My Prince Will Come," from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs).

The quartet headed overseas in 1958, for a grueling tour of 80 concerts in 14 countries, and a State Department-sponsored trip that took them to Poland, India, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq.  Brubeck captured the spirit on his original compositions for Jazz Impressions Of Eurasia ("Thank You").  The 20th anniversary of Gone With The Wind in 1959 inspired an LP of southern-rooted songs, including Stephen Foster's "Camptown Races" and the timeless MGM movie theme. With new bassist Eugene Wright now fixed in the quartet lineup, and new producer Teo Macero, the stage was set for the 1959 recording of Time Out.  An incalculable watershed moment in jazz history, with every cut in a different time signature, it brought modern progressive jazz into the mainstream.  Time Out hit #2 in Billboard and became the first jazz album to sell a million copies, while the single "Take Five" b/w "Blue Rondo A La Turk" changed all the rules, played on jukeboxes around the world.

As if in counterpoint to Time Out, Brubeck accepted an offer from Jimmy Rushing to do an album with the 57 year-old singer, 'Mr. Five By Five,' the former front man for the Count Basie Orchestra in the 1930s and '40s, who was still at the top of his game ("Evenin'").  Working with a singer proved so delightful that Brubeck organized a musical revue in 1961 called The Real Ambassadors, which rallied against racism (on songs written by Dave and his wife Iola) sung by Carmen McRae ("My One Bad Habit"), Louis Armstrong ("Summer Song") and others.  The ongoing success of 1959's Time Out – 164 weeks on the Billboard chart – called for a 'sequel' in 1961.  Time Further Out hit the Top 10 on its way to a 46-week chart run, and earned jukebox singles play with "Unsquare Dance."  Another sequel to the Jazz Impressions series was inspired by the Big Apple, Jazz Impressions Of New York ("Something To Sing About").

Brubeck disbanded the quartet in 1967, to concentrate on composing.  In 1998, Legacy compiled Buried Treasures, a CD of previously unreleased material from 1967, recorded live in Mexico City.  "Mr. Broadway" and "Three To Get Ready" are swan songs to one of the most important aggregations in jazz history.  Within a year, of course, Brubeck was back with the first of many new groups, this one featuring old friend, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, plus bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson, a lineup that stayed together until 1973.  One of their finest sessions was recorded in 1970, Live At The Berlin Philharmonie ("Out Of Nowhere," "St. Louis Blues"), which brings this collection to its conclusion.

Throughout his long career, Brubeck has received numerous national and international honors, including  the Living Legacy Jazz Award from the Kennedy Center (2007),  the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Smithsonian Medal, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He holds numerous honorary doctorates from American, Canadian, English, Swiss, and German universities. He is a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University, and in the year 2000, the National Endowment for the Arts declared him a Jazz Master.  On December 6, 2009, Brubeck was awarded Kennedy Center honors.

Turner Classic Movies will dedicate an afternoon to the legendary artist with the December 6 premiere of  Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way.  The film, which will premiere at 5 p.m. (EST), takes its name from "In Your Own Sweet Way," one of Brubeck's most famous tunes.  The song has been recorded by countless musicians, including Miles Davis.  The documentary is produced and directed by award-winning jazz filmmaker and longtime Eastwood collaborator Bruce Ricker, whose credits include Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends, Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser, The Last of the Blue Devils, and many other titles.

TCM's premiere of Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way will be accompanied by two classic films featuring Brubeck himself.  At 1 p.m. (EST), Brubeck is among a number of legends performing in All Night Long (1962), a jazz update of Shakespeare's Othello starring Patrick MacGoohan, Marti Stevens and Betsy Blair.  Then at 3:15 p.m. TCM will present Southern Crossing (1981), a fascinating chronicle of the five-day jazz festival held in Sydney, Australia.

(Columbia/Legacy 88697 80563 2)

CD One
Title Rec. From album Rel.
1. Jeepers Creepers - recorded 10/12/54; from the LP Brubeck Time released 2/14/55
2. Taking A Chance On Love - recorded 7/23/55; from the LP Red, Hot & Cool (live) released 9/19/55
3. The Duke 4/19/56 Brubeck Plays Brubeck 7/16/56
4. Someday My Prince
Will Come 6/30/57 Dave Digs Disney 12/30/57
5. Ode To A Cowboy 11/26/56 Jazz Impressions
Of The U.S.A. 4/29/57
6. Thank You 8/23/58 Jazz Impressions
Of Eurasia 10/28/58
7. Camptown Races 4/23/59 Gone With The Wind 8/1/60
8. Gone With The Wind 4/22/59 Gone With The Wind 8/1/60
9. Blue Rondo a la Turk 8/18/59 Time Out 12/14/59
10. Take Five 8/18/59 Time Out 12/14/59
11. Evenin'
(vocal: Jimmy Rushing) 8/4/60 Brubeck & Rushing 12/12/60

CD Two
Title Rec. From album Rel.
1. My One Bad Habit
(vocal: Carmen McRae) 12/19/61 The Real Ambassadors 8/27/62
2. Somewhere 2/14/60 Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein 7/4/60
3. Unsquare Dance 6/8/61 Time Further Out 10/16/61
4. Summer Song
(vocal: Louis Armstrong) 9/13/61 The Real Ambassadors 8/27/62
5. Something To Sing About 6/25/64 Jazz Impressions Of New York 12/21/64
6. You Go To My Head
(live at the Newport Jazz Festival) 7/7/63 Time Out - Legacy Edition 5/26/09
7. Mr. Broadway (live) 5/14/67 Buried Treasures 10/20/98
8. Three To Get Ready (live) 12/26/67 previously unreleased [11/16/10]
9. Out Of Nowhere
(with Gerry Mulligan) 11/70 Live At The Berlin Philharmonie 5/11/73

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


When John Tesh came up with the idea for a radio show with a one-of-a-kind format, he never expected it to grow to become one of the largest syndicated shows in the country. Recently, the John Tesh Radio Show reached two new landmarks: adding its 371st station to air the show since its inception, and moving into yet another radio format: Talk Radio. Each week, more than 14.5 million listeners tune in to hear the John Tesh Radio Show, featuring its unique mix of music interspersed with John’s tips on a variety of topics including health, finance, career success, parenting, nutrition, and much more. The show has added three new stations (CKNI/FM-Moncton, NB Canada, CHNI/FM-St. John, Canada, and WOCA/AM-Ocala, Florida) marking the 369th, 370th and 371st stations to air the John Tesh Radio Show since its inception. But even more significant is that the John Tesh Radio Show has moved into yet another format: Talk Radio. Because of the show's unique design, which allows individual stations to play their normal music, The John Tesh Radio Show is heard on a variety of radio genres including Adult Contemporary, Hot Adult Contemporaty (AC), Adult Standards, Country, Oldies, Smooth Jazz and Contemporary Christian. With the addition of its three newest stations, CKNI/FM and CHNI/FM in Canada and WOCA/AM in Ocala, Florida, Tesh has now moved into the coveted Talk Radio format. John Tesh, host of the show, said, "It's thrilling to see our message resonate so strongly with millions of listeners from all backgrounds, age groups and musical tastes. Our move into talk radio will provide differentiation and an alternative to political talk. Our listeners call it life coaching on the radio." The popular entertainer was inspired to create the John Tesh Radio Show by his wife, Connie Sellecca, and the stack of unread magazines piling up on her side of the bed. Tesh believed there was an audience for the kind of advice offered in the magazines, but easily delivered in a radio format in between songs. He launched the show in 2000 and hired a team of researchers to deliver small but achievable ideas that can add up to a big difference in the quality of anyone’s life. Tesh branded this concept, Intelligence for Your Life. Based on the success of the John Tesh Radio Show and Intelligence for Your Life, John and his producers created a second show earlier this year. Hosted by John's wife and focusing on healthy living, Intelligence for Your Health with Connie Sellecca has also grown rapidly, adding its 30th radio station, WVVE/FM in Panama City, Florida, this week.

The John Tesh Radio Show is one of the largest independently syndicated radio talk shows in North America, airing on more than 350 radio station affiliates across the US and Canada with roughly 14.5 million listeners. The show appeals to listeners of all ages and features a mix of advice and tips presented with humor and

Monday, October 18, 2010


Mimi Cohen presents “To Carry On…” a one-woman tribute to the life and music of Laura Nyro. Mimi is a fixture in the New York Cabaret scene who studied with actress Julie Halston (Hairspray, Gypsy), singers Margaret Whiting and Chris Calloway (Cab Calloway’s daughter), and Second City founder, Paul Sills. The characters in the play are comprised of real people in and around Laura Nyro’s life, such as her parents and managers, David Geffen and Artie Mogull. The show runs from November 17-26 at the Cherry Pit Theatre in New York City. This Off-Broadway show is directed by Gretchen Cryer, who is best known for starring in and writing the book and lyrics for the 1978 Joseph Papp-produced “I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road.”  Jeffrey Klitz, the conductor for Broadway’s “Guys And Dolls,” is the Musical Director.

2010 saw Laura Nyro nominated to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and inducted to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.  While the Bronx-born Laura Nyro did not experience huge commercial success, she was extremely influential.  She was managed by David Geffen, signed by Clive Davis, produced by Gamble & Huff and Gary Katz (Steely Dan). She recorded with Labelle and opened for Bob Dylan.  Her songs were covered by the 5th Dimension; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Peter Paul & Mary; Three Dog Night; and Barbra Streisand.  People such as Sandra Bernhard, Bette Midler, Todd Rundgren, Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega, and Jackson Browne call themselves fans of the music.  Laura recorded ten studio albums (one released posthumously) and six live albums. In 1969, three songs she wrote were in the Billboard Top Ten in the same week.  Laura Nyro died of ovarian cancer at the age of 49 in 1997 - the disease also claimed her mother’s life at that age. If you have never experienced the music of Laura Nyro I highly recommend that you purchase her albums – you’ll just love her sound.

To Carry On...
November 17-26, 2010
The Cherry Pit Theatre, 155 Bank Street (bet Washington & West Streets)

$20/$15 for groups of four and larger
Nov 17-26 (dark on Thanksgiving)
Wed-Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2p & 8p; Sun, 3p for ticket information


Seems like several of the former Smooth Jazz radio stations in the U.S. are now switching over to Smooth Adult Contemporary (AC). Now word come to us that yet another station - WXJC-FM in Gainesville - Florida is flipping formats. After a dozen years as a traditional Smooth Jazz outlet, Asterisk Communications' WXJZ-FM in Gainesville moves to Broadcast Architecture's vocal-focused Smooth AC format. According to a press release, "It was our desire to freshen up our successful 12-year run of Smooth Jazz with new artists and more vocals in order to attract a younger, more mass-appeal audience," WXJZ-FM General Manager John Starr said. "Broadcast Architecture's Smooth AC is the logical choice." Braodcast Architecture President Allen Kepler said, "We are very excited to assist John, Bill Elliott, and their team on bringing the Smooth AC Network to Gainesville. With typical AC stations moving away from the softer approach, we know that there are many adults looking for a companion to help them relax and enjoy their day. The music mix offers a variety of styles, genres, and eras of music not found on other stations, and we see this to be a solid opportunity to deliver strong 25-54 PPM ratings." For those of you unfamiliar with the Smooth AC format – it’s about 75 percent vocals, with core artists including Sade, Michael Buble, Michael Jackson,and Seal. The rest of the music comes from such Smooth Jazz staples as Boney James, Dave Koz, Grover Washington, George Benson, Brian Culbertson and Chris Botti, among others.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has announced that the newest CD release in its exclusive music program will be with R&B legend and American icon Smokey Robinson! Entitled Now And Then, this CD will feature 12 songs. Six are live versions of his well-known classics, including "Going to a Go-Go," "I Second That Emotion," The Tracks of My Tears," and "The Tears of a Clown," recorded in 2010 during various performances. The other six are from his 2009 CD, Time Flies When You're Having Fun, including "Time Flies," Don't Know Why," and "Girlfriend."  Now And Then serves up smooth ballads and some of the classic Motown hits that made Smokey Robinson one of the most beloved and influential figures in the history of popular music. This new CD goes on sale November 1st, and will be available only at Cracker Barrel. "We are very excited to work with Smokey Robinson," said Cracker Barrel Vice President of Marketing Peter Keiser.  "After fifty years in the business, Smokey is still writing and performing songs that are very, very popular and he sounds great!" Keiser added, "Now and Then is a perfect CD project for Cracker Barrel because so many Americans, including me, have an emotional connection with Smokey Robinson. Who hasn't cried 'The Tears of a Clown'?"

Smokey Robinson has logged 37 Top 40 hits in his career and has received a number of significant awards, including a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award, a Grammy® for "Best R&B Performance, Male," and the Soul Train Music Award for Career Achievement. He has been inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has also received the prestigious Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award from ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Smokey Robinson has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame both as a solo artist and with his group, The Miracles. He received a Kennedy Center honor in 2006 and is the sterling pen and satin voice behind such mega hits as "Shop Around," "Tracks of My Tears," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "Tears of a Clown," "I Second That Emotion," and "Going to a Go-Go," among many others. "I am glad to have my new CD, Now And Then, available exclusively at Cracker Barrel," said Smokey.  "I think many of my fans are also Cracker Barrel fans, and having my CD available when they come in to have a meal will please them. With almost 600 locations and a website, I am confident that my fans will be able to get this CD easily, and that's important these days when places that sell music are becoming rarer."

Saturday, October 16, 2010


If Time Stood Still, the debut solo release from guitarist Norman Johnson on the Pacific Coast Jazz label, is an exquisite expression of music that has been waiting to happen. From sonic grooves reminiscent of Wes Montgomery and George Benson to the mysterious, sultry melodies that frame Johnson’s distinctive sound, this recording integrates the best of contemporary and traditional jazz. With over twenty recordings as a sideman, playing with highly respected musicians (Dave Brubeck, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Mays, Harvie S., Phil Wilson and Steve Gadd) along with composing and recording music for corporate clients, this release puts Norman Johnson in the spotlight he truly deserves. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to represent the debut CD, If Time Stood Still, from such a talented and experienced artist,” says Donna Nichols, founder and president of Pacific Coast Jazz. “This CD is way overdue for Norman who is a high caliber musician and composer.” Nichols’ label has teamed up with publicist Joy Foster of SV Media and radio promoter Adam Leibovitz at ASL Music Media for access to international media buying and radio promotion. If Time Stood Still is well worth the wait with exceptional original songs that incorporate Latin and contemporary jazz grooves and a special arrangement of the Pat Metheny cover tune, “Always and Forever. “There are five different types of guitars used on this recording, a string quartet on the title cut and a wide range of instruments that include, Tyler VanOstrand (bass), Ken Fischer (piano), Chris Herbert (sax and flute), Steve Davis (trombone), Josh Bruneau (trumpet), including drummers, Bob Forte, Arti Dixson, Anthony Cusano, Chris Lemp drums and percussionists, Martin Obeng, Greg Allan and Eric Galm.“The songs and arrangements allow each musician to create interesting parts and improvise,” commented Johnson. “I would like people to hear this recording for what I intended it to be, good songs played by fine musicians, accessible to everyone whether you love jazz or not.“

Friday, October 15, 2010


At New York's Apollo Theater last night, Prince has announced to a packed audience that he's planning a tour that will kick off "on a purple day" in December where he will be serving as Master of Ceremonies. He said the tour is "best described as what we've all been waiting for." He told his fans "The nights of entertainment will feature some of the best artists this country has to offer," Prince promised reporters. "They know what time it is. So come early and come often, because every time we play it's always something new. No two shows will be the same. I have a lot of hits. Bring your friends, bring your children, bring your own foot spray -- it's going to be funky!" Though no specific dates, cities or venues were announced, the shows are scheduled to kick off in December and will feature Prince playing a gold-plated Fender guitar that will be auctioned off at the end of the live run with proceeds beneftting the Harlem Children's Zone. Wearing gold-rimmed aviator sunglasses and a black turtleneck with his 21 Nights In London DVD flashing on a projector behind him, the legendary pop wunderkind announced the shows, titled "Welcome 2 America," which will feature funk, R&B and jazz artists including Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Cassandra Wilson, Sheila E., Lalah Hathaway, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding and famed funk outfit Larry Graham & Graham Central Station. The Minnesota native also confirmed that he and the New Power Generation would also perform nightly alongside featured acts. "I didn't want to talk too much but how many have seen 'Waiting for Superman,' " he asked before bringing out Harlem Children's Zone head Geoffrey Canada who also spoke briefly about how grateful he is Prince chose Harlem as the venue to announce the series. BET's President of Music Programming Stephen Hill, a long-time fan of 'The Purple One,' introduced Prince to the throngs of media outlets present at the press conference. A few months back, the network awarded Prince with a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2010 BET Awards. Hill reminisced on his first Prince concert in 1982 at the Apollo and more recently flying to Nice, France to see his two-hour set and another two-hour long after-hours set. "I know what I hope he's here to announce," but admitted he was out of the loop on what the big announcement was. At the press conference, Prince also debuted the full version of his new song 'Rich Friends.' Earlier this year, he released his album '20Ten' in newspapers across Europe and in the UK, but refused to allow access to the album to digital download services.


Eight-Time Grammy nominated saxophonist Kirk Whalum has already had a whirlwind year with the recent release of the long-awaited third installment in his popular genre-bridging gospel jazz series, The Gospel According To Jazz: Chapter III (GATJ3). GATJ3 debuted at #4 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart and #11 on the Billboard Gospel Chart. After recently being named President & CEO of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music & Stax Music Academy, Whalum now caps off a stellar year with the release of Everything Is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway via Rendezvous Music, an imprint of Mack Avenue Records. Everything Is Everything consummates Whalum’s chart-topping For You and The Babyface Songbook trilogy to complete a collection that brilliantly exhibits Kirk’s singular interpretive skills. Donny Hathaway would have been 65 years old on October 1, 2010. Although the passing of this visionary and multi-talented artist left a significant void, his pervasive influence left an indelible mark on popular music. There could be no better standard bearer for Hathaway’s work than tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum, whose work has similarly crossed the boundaries between R&B, gospel and jazz with an emotional immediacy that is beyond compare. Highlights on Whalum’s Donny Hathaway tribute standards CD include “You Had To Know,” featuring a heartfelt performance by Donny’s daughter & neo-soul phenom Lalah Hathaway. Also, R&B crooner Musiq Soulchild gives a retro take on “We’re Still Friends.” This intricate and principled CD also features arrangements by Gil Goldstein and John Stoddart and collaborations from a virtual who’s who of contemporary jazz masters such as Rick Braun, Jeff Golub and Christian McBride. Helping to push the boundaries on this musical tribute celebration is pedal steel scorcher Robert Randolph. All of these dynamic artists come together with Whalum’s passionate tenor to tell the musical story of one of the most important figures in popular music.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Soul and R&B Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner is back and ready for his close-up. It has already been a whirlwind year for this multi-dimensional saxophone player. Dramatic events offstage, such as reuniting with his father after 23 years, have inspired his work in the spotlight and influenced the songs, sounds and textures used in the creation of his third album, a self-titled disc. The result is the new CD Jackiem Joyner is out now on Artistry Music, an imprint of Mack Avenue Records. Sonically and compositionally, the new collection reflects artistic progress and evolution while remaining true to Joyner’s core sound. Much like a silent film, Jackiem Joyner tells a story without words, with an instrumental voice that for the first time in the artist’s recording career includes a tenor sax in addition to his trademark alto and soprano horns. He also plays most of the other instruments on the album. As on his previous releases—Lil’ Man Soul and Babysoul—Joyner wrote, produced, recorded and mixed the record aside from a few select cover tunes. The one thing that shaped Jackiem Joyner most of all during the recording of this new CD was an unexpected family reunion. At the age of 30, Joyner recently reunited with his father and two older sisters whom he had not seen or spoken with since he was seven years old. This exciting gathering spawned the song “The Reunion,” which is an aural celebration with a melody as warm and familiar as a homecoming. More striking than their physical resemblance is Joyner’s musical resemblance to his father. Joyner’s father was a bass player, which subconsciously influenced the deep bass heavy “Back Home Again” which features Joyner letting loose on a free-form sax solo. Thematically, the moods and tones on this project are varied, yet at their essence they are deeply rooted in the rich soil of soulful expression and raw emotion. Rhythmically, Joyner audaciously explores complex, astute and frenetic beats. Joyner explains, “Ever since I was 12 in my mom’s house, I’ve been drumming on walls, tapping out rhythms with spoons and beating on anything that I can. I still have that habit today. I always hear beats in my head;it’s intriguing to see where they take me. This whole record is about writing and making the type of record that I wanted to make. You can really hear me right up front. My first two albums were titled after my nicknames, but now it’s just me front and center for the entire world to see,which is why I decided to go with a self-titled album.” Jackiem’s last project, Lil’Man Soul topped the smooth jazz radio charts for an incredible 12weeks. The lead single “I’m Waiting For You” was the longest-running #1 single in 2009 and is up for Song of the Year at the inaugural American Smooth Jazz Awards this year. In 2010 the album’s Take Me There climbed to the summit position and setup camp.
Babysoul, Joyner’s first album,debuted at #15 on the Billboard chartin 2007 led by the single “Stay With Me Tonight,” a duet with iconic smooth jazz guitarist Peter White. As an artist Joyner is truly maturing, yet he continues to exude a youthful enthusiasm. Hitting his stride, he is bolstered by the confidence to take risks and push the envelope creatively. He’s hungry yet his humility is admirable. Although he’s topped the charts with his solo efforts, he’s equally comfortable as a sideman for top acts such as Peter White, Joe Sample, Gerald Albright and Keiko Matsui as when he’s commanding the stage solo. However it’s becoming more clear that his days in supporting roles are fleeting fast in favor of his rightful position at center stage. Versatile and blessed with a visceral gift, Joyner is a rising star that has yet to reach its zenith.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Jazz saxophonist Albert Rivera, in concert with Turnaround Records, has released his second album on Turnaround Records, entitled Inner Peace. This album is a contemporary addition to Rivera’s unique collection of smooth, musical grooves that includes his highly acclaimed first album, Re-Introduction. For Rivera, Inner Peace represents a musical triumph in its accessibility. “The listener, whether a newcomer to jazz or a seasoned fan, will be able to appreciate and enjoy this album,” says Rivera. A number of prestigious musicians accompany him on Inner Peace, including guitarist Mark Whitfield, bassist Luques Curtis and pianist Zaccai Curtis. Of the Curtis brothers, Rivera says, “Both Luques and Zaccai are and always will be a cornerstone for my music. They add a distinctive flavor and groove and together we enjoy a deep musical connection.” The album also features outstanding up-and-coming jazz musicians including Beck Burger on Hammond B3 organ, Jean Caze and Nick Roseboro on trumpet, and John Iannuzzi and Nathan Jolley on drums. Inner Peace features nine original Rivera compositions, including groove-driven improvisations and tender, emotional ballads. “Remembrance” is a reflective tribute to 9/11 where Rivera deepens the emotional connection with his audience. Rivera wrote “It Always Comes Back to This” specifically for those new to the jazz world. He says, “I wanted to write a song in which the groove was so strong, yet so simple, that it would stay with the listener. A pulse, starting with the saxophone and organ, stays consistent throughout the entire piece.” The title track, “Inner Peace”, is Rivera’s gift to his listeners, offering a musical route to relaxation and deep thought. Rivera hopes the melody and harmonious grooves of “Inner Peace” will create a passage for his audience to their own, personal space of peace and tranquility. This latest album represents yet another achievement in Rivera’s long list of musical accomplishments. Born in Bronx, N.Y., Rivera began playing classical music at age 10, and became hooked on the sounds of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane while studying in the selective LaGuardia High School for Music and Arts program. His long musical journey has taken him to illustrious venues like the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Festival and Smalls in New York City. Rivera has played with many contemporary jazz greats such as Don Braden, Jimmy Green and Claudio Roditi. Others in this illustrious group include Reggie Workman, Chico Hamilton, Billy Harper, Rachel Z and Charli Persip. Rivera has toured throughout North America with his own Trio and Quartet, playing at several New York venues like Sweet Rhythm, Zinc Bar, Cleopatra’s Needle, Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the River Room of Harlem.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Clear Channel Radio in Norfolk, VA has switched some of their stations, bringing an end to one of the last remaining large-market Smooth Jazz stations. The Oldies format that had been airing on WCDG at 92.1 heads to WKUS and relaunches as "Magic 105.3." That moves WKUS's Urban Adult Contemporary programming to a simulcast on 92.1 and 107.7, taking over the latter frequency from Smooth Jazz WJCD. With regard to the new Magic 105.3, Clear Channel Radio/Norfolk Operating Manager Travis Dylan told the Virginian-Pilot, "It's not a new format like you were creating some kind of monster in the laboratory format. This is a format that is out there in other markets and they've had success with it. We feel that Hampton Roads deserves a station like this." He said the flips were in response to surveys over the past year and to ratings issues. "Whenever that happens, you have to look hard at your options," Dylan said. "And we felt this was an option that would work here based on the needs of this area."


The 21st annual Rehoboth Autumn Jazz Festival, held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, is set to pack the seaside resort town with smooth sounds for five days of great jazz performances from October 13-17. The Contours, featuring Sylvester Potts, and Slim Man opening the show, kick off the annual jazz celebration on Wednesday night, Oct. 13, for the kick-off party, which doubles as a fund raiser for Beebe Medical Center. Thursday's entertainment features The Rehoboth Smooth Jazz Project, starring Nick Colionne, Steve Cole, Marc Antoine, Jeff Kashiwa, Jackiem Joyner, Brian Simpson and Gerald Veasley. Grammy-winning writer and keyboardist Johnny Neel is joined by Ed Shockley for the Friday and Saturday afternoon Jazz Fest Happy Hour at The Cove. At Blue Moon Restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights, jazz guitarist Carey Smith, inspired by Charlie "Bird" Parker, takes the stage in the dining room, while Pamela Stanley offers "An Evening of Jazz Classics and More" in the lounge. Boney James, with special guest Matt Marshak, headlines the Friday night show at the convention center. Master musician Jason Miles, with special guests Walter Beasley and Kashiwa, tells tales behind smooth jazz's greatest songs and artists on Friday at the Theatre of the Arts. Saturday's jams begin at the convention center with Veasley's Salute to the Philly Sound, featuring Will Downing, Carol Riddick, Beasley and Colionne. Up next, at the Theatre of the Arts, is The Latin/Funk Encounter, with Antoine, Simpson and Kashiwa. A late afternoon session, at Epworth Church, features Colionne and Cole. The Cove hosts at Saturday afternoon Jazz Happy Hour. Award-winning singer-songwriter Doug James, whose tunes have been performed by the likes of Michael Bolton, Joe Cocker, Barry Manilow and Dionne Warwick, joins Rehoboth Beach's Kevin Mack, guitarist of Patty Smyth and Scandal fame, Saturday night on the Epworth Church stage. Saturday's convention center entertainment is Remembering a Legend... Celebrating the Music of Grover Washington Jr., featuring a variety of artists, and the day ends with The Rehoboth Avenue Groove, starring Four80East, Marshak, Joyner and Paul "Shilts" Weimar, at the Theatre of the Arts. The festival wraps up on Sunday with the Gospel Brunch at the Bay Center, The Carey Smith Trio (including Dave Wundrow on bass) at The Blue Moon and the Super All-Star Smooth Jazz All-Star Grand Jam at the convention center.


In a career that spans 20 years and a dozen albums, saxophonist Dave Koz has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary jazz. Yet, as noteworthy as his body of recorded work, entertaining live performances and other past accomplishments might be, Koz finds himself in an era of dramatic and sweeping change where everything once taken for granted is suddenly up for grabs. For Koz – and for all of us in this first decade of the new century – it’s a new day, full of new challenges and opportunities, and new rules that are still being written. Koz embraces this era of change – and even the uncertainty that comes with it – on Hello Tomorrow, his debut on Concord Records. Hello Tomorrow includes the #1 single ‘Put The Top Down” featuring guitarist Lee Ritenour. The celebrated album includes Dave Koz on lead vocals on the ‘60’s classic song “This Guy’s In Love With You” which features Herb Alpert (note that this song was also a huge hit for Alpert). A recent review by the New York Times calls Hello Tomorrow “an event record, featuring Mr. Koz, the ever-upbeat saxophonist alongside a parade of guests,” including Dave’s first collaborations with Keb’ Mo (“Think Big” and the bluesy jam “There’s A Better Way”) and Boney James, who trades licks with Koz on “When Will I Know For Sure.” Produced by Grammy-winners John Burk and Marcus Miller (who also appears on several tracks), the album features a diverse army of other high-profile guests: Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Sheila E., Boney James, Jeff Lorber, Keb’ Mo’, Ray Parker, Jr., Christian Scott and others. Each of the thirteen tracks – most of then written by Koz and his collaborators, others penned by friends and legends – focuses on being open to new beginnings, and trusting that the future is unfolding in all the right ways for all the right reasons.

Hello Tomorrow Tracklist:
1. Put The Top Down
2. When Will I Know For Sure
3. It’s Always Been You
4. Getaway
5. This Guy’s In Love With You
6. Anything’s Possible
7. There’s A Better Way
8. Start All Over Again
9. Think Big
10. The Journey
11. Remember Where You Come From
12. Whisper In Your Ear
13. What You Leave Behind


Silver Pony is the forthcoming new album from multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz-pop chanteuse Cassandra Wilson, will be released by EMI’s Blue Note Records on November 9. Wilson, whose remarkable, husky-tinged vibrato has created a trademark sound for her as an artist, will be touring worldwide in support of the release which features special guests saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (“Silver Moon”) and R&B singer-songwriter John Legend (“Watch The Sunrise”).A unique hybrid live/studio album, Silver Pony moves seamlessly between live recordings from a European tour and studio recordings laid down at New Orleans’ Piety Street Studios. The album features a mix of jazz/pop classics as well as songs newly-written by Cassandra and her band. Silver Pony draws its title from an experience which Cassandra had as a child and which left an indelible mark in her memory bank, and thus on her career itself. “A man came around my neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, with a pony and camera,” she recalls. “You could pay to get your picture taken.” Her brothers declined, but Cassandra was eager. Her mother hesitated-“there were certain things young ladies just didn't do,” Wilson adds. But Cassandra seized the moment, got the picture. “I'm so happy she let me ride the pony,” she says now. “I was fearless, and I guess she wanted to encourage that in me.” That priceless photo is now featured on the cover of “Silver Pony,” and such fearlessness now fuels Wilson's work. “I prepare for each recording but you can never truly prepare,” Wilson says. “Because you don't really know what's coming. You just place yourself in the circumstances that will allow the project to reveal itself.” Silver Pony was produced by Cassandra Wilson and John Fischbach (owner of Piety Street Recording Studios) and features Cassandra on vocals and synthesizer, Marvin Sewell on electric guitar, Jonathan Batiste on piano, Reginald Veal on electric bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Lekan Babalola on percussion. Ravi Coltrane adds saxophone on “Silver Moon” and “Watch The Sunrise” features both vocals and piano by John Legend.

Silver Pony Track Listing:
1. Lover Come Back To Me 6:51 (Hammerstein/Romberg)
2. St. James Infirmary 7:12 (Traditional)
3. A Night in Seville 3:00 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
4. Silver Moon 6:41 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
5. Pony Blues 9:32 (Patton)
6. If It’s Magic 4:34 (Wonder)
7. Forty Days and Forty Nights 4:58 (Roth)
8. Silver Pony 0:36 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
9. A Day in the Life of a Fool 7:35 (Bonfa/Sigman)
10. Blackbird 6:43 (Lennon/McCartney)
11. Sunrise 3:32 (Laird/Jones/Stephens)

Monday, October 11, 2010


New from saxophone and winds master Jowee Omicill is Roots & Groove which is due out on November 2. The spellbinding journey of Roots & Grooves incorporates musicians and technicians spanning four continents – from Africa and Haiti to Madagascar and Japan to Cuba and back to the United States. The music features Jowee’s own voice singing his lifting chants and hooks, as well as his “voice” on woodwinds, an assured and righteously pure tone destined to make believers of listeners ‘round the globe. Equally inspired by the folk melodies of his culture, the freedom of jazz, the reverence of gospel and all manner of soul-replenishing groove. Jowee stirs it all together into an irresistible brew.The Montreal-born musician of Haitian descent had the distinct honor of being invited to perform for the White House’s inaugural observation of Haitian Flag Day on May 18, sharing the enveloping sound of his alto and soprano saxophones and clarinet for 150 VIP guests. The son of a father who was born a minister and professor of philosophy, Jowee believes his calling to music has a higher purpose. “There’s a song on my CD titled ‘4 My People’ that I wrote for the flood victims of Haiti,” he shares. ‘I have since rededicated it also to the earthquake flood victims. That melody is what I wanted them to hear. Haitians are of African origin and Africa is the mother of civilization, therefore, ultimately, the song is for the world…which pretty much describes all of my music. It’s simple and spiritual…precisely what I want them to feel for the journey I am taking them on. I believe family is music as therapy.”

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Aloe Blanc - Tezeta
Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower (Remastered/Bonus Tracks)
Black Lillies – Black Lillies
Classic Jazz (Various Artists)
Conya Doss – Blu Transition
Cookers - Warriors
Dave Douglas – Spark Of Being
Dave Koz – Hello Tomorrow
Eric Bolvin – No Boundaries
Hidden Orchestra – Night Walks
Hôtel Costes 14 Stéphane Pompougnac (Various)
James Brown – Singles Vol. 9: 1973-1975
James Moody – 4B
Jason Roebke – In The Interval
Jazz For Lovers Vol. 2 (Various Artists)
Jneiro Jarel - Fauna
John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up
Lizz Wright – Fellowship
Louis Armstrong – The Hit Years: 1963-1969
Marc Antoine – My Classical Way
Marcos Valle – Estatica
Orgone – Killing Vaults
Ray Charles – Rare Genius
Return To Paradise: A History Of Exotica (Various)
Richard Earnshaw – In Time
Santana – Guitar Heaven
Seductive Souls – Spirits
Soul Lounge 7: 40 Soulful Grooves (Various)
Soul Togetherness 2010 (Various Artists)
Stanley Turrentine – Sugar (Remastered/Bonus Tracks)
Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Viva la Tradicion
Taylor Eigsti – Daylight At Midnight
Terca Feira Trio – TFT
Van McCoy – Night Time Is A Lonely Time
Woima Collective - Tezeta


Five-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Buddy Guy, will release his new album, Living Proof on October 26th. His 11th Silvertone/Jive studio release marks an historic first as it brings together the incomparable B.B. King and Guy on the introspective and moving lead single, "Stay Around A Little Longer." The landmark single represents the first time that these two blues titans have ever joined together on a studio release. Asked what he considers himself Living Proof of, Buddy Guy answers modestly. "Do you know how many guys I started out with who just threw up both hands and quit?" he says. "My first wife said to me, 'It's me or the guitar,' and I picked up my guitar and left. We still laugh about that. But I'm still picking away at it, I don't know nothing else." In addition to the collaboration with B.B. King, Guy recruits fellow guitar legend Carlos Santana, who joins him on the slinky tune "Where the Blues Begins."

At 74-"years young," he's been a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound and a living link to that city's halcyon days of electric blues. In a career than spans nearly 50 years he has received 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the first annual Great Performer of Illinois Award, the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Recently, Buddy Guy wrapped shooting the "Stay Around A Little Longer" video with B.B. King in Las Vegas and just held "An Evening With Buddy Guy" at the Gammy Museum's theater in Los Angeles where he discussed his storied career and performed a selection of songs. Right now the indefatigable musician is on tour throughout North America.

Saturday, October 09, 2010


Esperanza Spalding is in the midst of a world tour in support of Chamber Music Society, her second solo release on the Heads Up International label, a division of the Concord music Group.Esperanza Spalding first took the world by storm in 2008 with her self-titled debut recording that spent more than 70 weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Spalding was booked on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the CBS Saturday Early Show, the Tavis Smiley Show, Austin City Limits and National Public Radio. Other highlights included two appearances at the White House, a Banana Republic ad campaign, the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2009 Jazz Award for Up and Coming Artist of the Year, the 2009 Jazz Week Award for Record of the Year, and many high profile tour dates, including Central Park SummerStage in New York and the Newport Jazz Festival. 2009 was capped by an invitation from President Obama to perform at both the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway – where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded – and also at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. In early 2010, Spalding was the subject of an in-depth profile in The New Yorker, she was also featured in the May 2010 Anniversary issue of O, The Oprah Magazine’s “Women on the Rise” (in a fashion spread that features portraits of 10 women who are making a difference in various careers), and she was again nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for their 2010 Jazz Award for Up and Coming Artist of the Year. “I’m confident that this music will touch people,” she says of her recent release Chamber Music Society. “We all want to hear sincerity and originality in music and anyone can recognize and appreciate when love and truth are transmitted through art. No matter what else has or hasn’t been achieved on this recording, those things are definitely a part of this music. Those are the things I really want to deliver.”

 Esperanza Spalding upcoming tour dates:
Oct 10 @ Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
Oct 11 @ Kate Buchanan Hall, Humbolt State University, Arcata, CA
Oct 16 @ Plenary At the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Conference, Austin, TX
Oct 24 @ Philarmonie, Luxemburg, LX
Oct 27 @ Muzikgebouw, Amsterdam, Holland
Oct 28 @ Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zurich, Winterthur, CH
Oct 29 @ Stockholm Konzerthus, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 1 @ Goteborg Konzerthus, Goteborg, Sweden
Nov 2 @ Black Diamond, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 4 @ Logen Thatre, Bergen, Norway
Nov 5 @ Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Nov 8 @ Theatre de L'Atelier, Paris, France
Nov 10 @ Victoria Hall, Geneve, CH
Nov 13 @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK
Nov 17 @ Festival Jazz (Teatro F. Fernan Gomez), Madrid, Spain
Nov 19 @ Auditorio, Zaragoza, Spain
Nov 20 @ Festival Jazz, Cartagena, Spain
Nov 21 @ Teatro Isabel La Católica, Granada, Spain
Dec 9 @ Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA
Dec 10 @ Chicago Symphony, Chicago, IL
Dec 11 @ Buffalo State Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

Jan 11-16 @ Village Vanguard, NY
Jan 21 @ Weber Chapel Auditorium, Sellinsgrove, PA
Jan 22 @ Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
Feb 25 @ Newmark Theater, Portland, OR
Feb 26 @ Bovard Auditorium, Univ of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Feb 27 @ Campbell Hall, Univ. Of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Mar 3 @ Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
Mar 4 @ Weinberg Center, Frederick, MD


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