Sixteen-year-old guitarist Shon Boublil of Montreal, Canada, was named the grand prize winner of Lee Ritenour’s Yamaha Six String Theory Guitar Competition, the finals of which were held recently in Santa Monica, California. Thirteen aspiring guitarists from around the world were selected to compete in the finals, which awarded six [...]Read more >>
During two days and nights in late June, the 33rd annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will unfold in Saratoga Springs, New York. This year’s event — on Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27 — will feature more than 20 performances on the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s amphitheater and gazebo [...]Read more >>
Following his worldwide reunion tour with Return To Forever in 2008 and separate trio tours in 2009 — one with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, the other with pianist Hiromi with Clarke — Lenny White was primed to put out his own recording, his first as a leader in 10 [...]Read more >>
On March 16, Mack Avenue Records released Tia Fuller’s fine sophomore effort, Decisive Steps, a 10-track affair that nicely documents the alto/soprano saxophonist’s continuing maturation. Says Fuller, “It’s a continuation of Healing Space [her 2007 debut for the label], evolving from a stationary place of healing to steps of action. [...]Read more >>
From Friday, March 19 through Sunday, March 21, the Hot Club of Detroit (pictured above) will present their seventh annual Detroit Django Reinhardt Festival. Featuring special guests, guitarist Howard Alden and clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, the festival will celebrate Reinhardt’s centennial to Detroit and Cleveland — two cities that Reinhardt himself [...]Read more >>
Famed New Orleans jazz saxophonist and Berklee alum Donald Harrison (left), featured in When the Levees Broke — and who has played with Miles Davis and mentored the Notorious B.I.G., among others — gave a special New Orleans-style blessing to Berklee’s new Africana Studies center recently. The room is a [...]Read more >>
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