On Saturday, December 1, Chucho Valdés will perform in Zankel Hall, in Manhattan. That will be the first of two shows the 70-year-old Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader will play during Carnegie Hall’s month-long “Voices From Latin America” festival. At the first show, Valdés will debut his new quintet and [...]Read more >>
The singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben Harper has teamed with renowned harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite to record Get Up!, slated for release by Stax Records/Concord Music Group in late-January 2013. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Harper, Get Up! is his 12th studio album and first new recording since 2011’s [...]Read more >>
On November 13, Paul McCartney fans will have their first opportunity to purchase Live Kisses—intimate concert footage of the former Beatle performing most of the standards and one of the two originals that appeared earlier this year on his lovely studio release Kisses on the Bottom—on DVD, Blu-Ray and/or digital [...]Read more >>
Mexican-American conguero, bandleader and salsa singer Poncho Sánchez, pictured above, is among seven very noteworthy musicians who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy in November. The honorees—who, in addition to Sánchez, include Luz Casal, Leo Dan, Rita Moreno, Daniela Romo, Toquino and the great singer/songwriter [...]Read more >>
This past April, the great harmonica player Toots Thielemans turned 90. On September 25, as part of a continuing celebration of that milestone, Thielemans will release a live CD/DVD package with the support of his European quartet: pianist Karel Boehlee, drummer Hans van Oosterhout and double-bass player Hein Van de [...]Read more >>
Kurt Elling’s latest project will soon be released on the Concord Jazz label. Titled 1619 Broadway—The Brill Building Project, the 11-track CD features the renowned singer’s renditions of classic songs that came out of the location that the London Telegraph once called “the most important generator of popular songs in [...]Read more >>
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