Ruf Records recently released a live two-disc CD/DVD set by the late bluesman Luther Allison that, in all regards, absolutely smokes. Recorded onstage at the 1997 Montreal Jazz Festival — just four days before Allison was diagnosed with the terminal cancer that took his life one month later — Songs [...]Read more >>
Guitarist Al Di Meola has commenced the West Coast leg of his current tour with his acoustic group World Sinfonia. The 55-year-old Di Meola — who joined the jazz-fusion superstar band Return to Forever at age 19 — has of late been exploring the music of Latin America, Spain and [...]Read more >>
Jazz pianist Michael Wolff follows his recent appearance at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center (which NPR will broadcast on April 1) with a return to his hometown of New York City and a multi-show stand at lower Manhattan’s Knickerbocker Bar & Grill, which Wolff calls the “only venerable restaurant/jazz joint left [...]Read more >>
The Brooklyn Jazz Underground — eight vibrant Brooklyn-based musicians engaged in various projects — is set to stage the 4th Annual Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival. The event will unfold over three weekend nights, March 5-7, at Manhattan’s Cornelia Street Café, and feature new BJU members (trumpeter David Smith, drummer Rob [...]Read more >>
The late, great keyboardist and composer Joe Zawinul (pictured above) — along with his group, the Zawinul Syndicate — won a well-deserved Grammy for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” during Sunday night’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Zawinul’s 2-CD 75 (Heads Up International) bested nominated albums by Stephon Harris & [...]Read more >>
Who says TV’s all bad? Certainly not singer/songwriter Melody Gardot, who saw sales of her second and latest release, My One and Only Thrill, shoot through the proverbial roof following a recent appearance on CBS Sunday Morning. “In one day,” her publicist reports, “Gardot sold more than 10 times the [...]Read more >>
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