JAZZIZ Exclusive: Anthony Strong live big band tracks

Following his 2015 big band album On a Clear Day, British jazz singer-pianist Anthony Strong showcases four live tracks recorded in concert with the Danish Radio Big Band. The stream is available…

The past, present and future of “In Movement”

In the mid-60’s, a young Jack DeJohnette attended a John Coltrane concert at a Chicago music venue. At the time, DeJohnette was a young talented composer, drummer and pianist and was making…

Count Basie Theatre to keep its name for another century

The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, will continue to keep its name for another century thanks to a new agreement struck between the nonprofit organization that runs the theater…

Carla Bley, with the passing of time

On May 6, Carla Bley celebrated her 80th birthday. Five days later, on May 11, her latest album Andando el Tiempo was released on ECM Records. Produced by Manfred Eicher, the album…

Man who stole money from Cecil Taylor jailed

Noel Muir, a Long Island contractor who lived next door to pianist Cecil Taylor, has pleaded guilty to larceny after stealing nearly $500,000 in prize money from the free-jazz legend.   Muir…

#Sinatra100 – The traumatic birth of Frank Sinatra

By Matt Micucci This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s greatest and most iconic entertainers of the twentieth century – Frank Sinatra. In this series of entries on…

Somi – “The Wild One”

Somi’s vocals are delicate yet visceral, and her lyrics are equally powerful, illustrating the gentrification of Harlem’s African immigrant community.

Auditions: August 2018

Lauren Sevian, Bliss (Posi-Tone) Is there a weird kind of bias against the baritone saxophone? Although jazz fans of all stripes agree that the bari sax sounds great in the hands of masters such…

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, known throughout the world as the “Queen of Soul” and widely recognized as one of the most important vocalists of the 20th century, died at her home in Detroit on Thursday. She was 76.

Cécile McLorin Salvant New Album Out on September 28
Cécile McLorin Salvant New Album Out on September 28

In just the span of a decade, singer-songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and evolved into a multi-Grammy Award winning artist. Her albums are explorations…

Wolfgang Muthspiel New Album Out on October 5
Wolfgang Muthspiel New Album Out on October 5

Wolfgang Muthspiel’s new album, Where the River Goes, will be released on October 5 via ECM Records. This is his follow-up to his highly acclaimed 2016 recording Rising Grace.The Austrian guitarist-composer first…

Lady Gaga Las Vegas Residency to Feature Jazz Shows
Lady Gaga to Play Jazz in Las Vegas Residency

Lady Gaga will launch her exclusive residency at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 28. The residency will include 27 dates in total and…

Vijay Iyer Sextet – “Wake”

“Wake,” our Song of the Day, paints a sparse sonic landscape inhabited by raspy ambient whispers, ominous bass drones and murmuring piano.

Brian Bromberg – “Uh-Huh”

Brian Bromberg, “Uh-Huh,” from Thicker Than Water Brian Bromberg’s career started with momentous lift-off. At just 19 years old, he became the touring bassist for saxophone icon Stan Getz — an impressive…

New Quincy Jones Documentary Out on Netflix on September 21
New Quincy Jones Documentary Out on Netflix on September 21

Quincy, the new documentary about legendary composer-producer Quincy Jones co-directed by the his daughter Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks, will premiere on Netflix on September 21. The film is produced by Paula…

Jazz Roots 2018-2019 Lineup Announced
Jazz Roots 2018-2019 Lineup Announced

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Florida, has announced the six-concert lineup for the JAZZ ROOTS 2018-2019 season. This season will mark the 11th anniversary of the…

August 2018

CLICK ON MAGAZINE COVER to preview our August 2018 Digital Edition. Where you can watch videos and album and hear exclusive music. Enjoy!  

Keyon Harrold – “Wayfaring Traveler”

Keyon Harrold, “Wayfaring Traveler,” from The Mugician The Mugician is trumpeter Keyon Harrold’s first release as a leader since debuting in 2009 with the straightahead outing Introducing Keyon Harrold.  It’s also the…

Tom Bruner – “Dreamsville”

Tom Bruner, “Dreamsville,” from Homage to a Hero: Tom Bruner Plays the Ballads of Wes Montgomery Guitarist Tom Bruner is a veteran studio player whose work has been featured on some of the…

Bob James Returns to Trio Format in New Album
Bob James Returns to Trio Format on New Album

Since 2006, pianist-composer-arranger Bob James has been busy with numerous projects, including the all-star contemporary jazz ensemble Fourplay and collaborations with such renowned artists as David Sanborn and Keiko Matsui. His new…

Adam Larson – “Perpetuity”

Adam Larson, “Perpetuity,” from Tale of Two Cities Tenor saxophonist Adam Larson’s fourth CD, Tale of Two Cities, is a cohesive set of straightahead quartet jazz. The well-crafted compositions, burnished tone and…

David Virelles – “Fititi Ñongo”

David Virelles, “Fititi Nongo,” from Gnosis On Gnosis, pianist David Virelles explores the musical possibilities of the ritual systems of his native Cuba and the expansive aesthetic fostered by musicians like Henry…

Bob Holz – “Jammin’ Man”

Bob Holz, “Jammin’ Man,” from Visions: Coast to Coast Connection Bob Holz is a veteran drummer with a broad reach across styles. Early training at the Berklee College of Music — where…

Théo Girard – “30YearsFrom”

Théo Girard, “30YearsFrom,” from 30YearsFrom “30YearsFrom” is the title track from a new album by bassist Théo Girard. It features only three instruments — bass, trumpet and drums. Despite the pared-down setting, however,…

Sonny Troupé – “Evocation”

Sonny Troupé, “Evocation,” from Reflets Denses Sonny Troupé, a percussionist with a far-reaching ear for groove, draws upon a diverse musical background to inform his playing on his new quartet album, Reflets Denses.…

Ivan Baryshnikov – “Beehive”

Ivan Baryshnikov, “Beehive,” from Journey Journey is an apt title for tenor saxophonist Ivan Baryshnikov’s new album. The 10-track project is a chronicling of the saxophonist’s jazz odyssey from his native Moscow…

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra – “Speak Low”

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, “Speak Low,” from Without a Trace In addition to being an in-demand trombonist and professor at the City College of New York, Scott Reeves is an abundantly skilled composer…

Owen Broder wins Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award
Owen Broder – “Goin’ Up Home”

Owen Broder, “Goin’ Up Home,” from Heritage Owen Broder is the saxophonist and composer at the helm of the American Roots Project, a newly formed 15-piece ensemble featuring some of the brightest and…

Michel Camilo – “Island Beat”

Michel Camilo, “Island Beat,” from Live in London If you’ve spent any time listening to Latin jazz in the past ten years, chances are you’ve come across the artistry of Michel Camilo. A…

Paul Simon to Revisit Old Classics for New Studio Album
Paul Simon to Revisit Old Classics for New Studio Album

Photo: PRNewsfoto/Legacy RecordingsLegendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon will release his 14th studio album, In the Blue Light, on September 7. The album is produced by Simon and Roy Halee, who have worked together…

Soft Machine Announce New Studio Album
Soft Machine Announce New Album

British jazz-rock giants Soft Machine are set to release their new studio album, Hidden Details, on September 8 via MoonJune Records. The album will drop exactly fifty years since the release of…

Michael J Thomas – “Baby Coffee”

Michael J Thomas, “Baby Coffee,” from Driven It didn’t take long for saxophonist Michael J Thomas’ new release Driven to surge its way to the top of the smooth jazz charts, and it’s…

theBABAorchestra – “144”

theBABAorchestra, “144,” from Another Ride on the Elephant Slide Bandleader Lauren Elizabeth Baba belongs to an emerging group of young composers making ambitious and wildly imaginative new music for large jazz ensembles. A…

2019 NEA Jazz Masters Announced
2019 NEA Jazz Masters Announced

The four recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Fellowships, the highest honor that the United States bestows upon jazz artists, have been announced. They are pianist-composer Abdullah…

Jay Rodriguez – “Ghost Dancer”

Jay Rodriguez, “Ghost Dancer,” from Your Sound: Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez, a veteran of the New York jazz scene, draws upon a wealth of influences to create his signature…

Gary Meek – “What Happened to My Good Shoes”

Gary Meek is a veteran saxophonist whose robust tone and sterling technique have graced over 200 albums, including some by fusion stalwarts Jeff Lorber and Brian Bromberg. Originals, Meek’s latest disc, presents…

Allison Miller & Carmen Staaf – “MLW”

Allison Miller and Carmen Staaf, “MLW,” from Science Fair Drummer Allison Miller and pianist Carmen Staaf, two of the most progressive melody makers on the current scene, unite around themes of experimentation…

Michelle Coltrane – “Moment’s Notice”

Michelle Coltrane, “Moment’s Notice,” from Awakening Michelle Coltrane descends from jazz royalty, the only daughter of harpist/keyboardist Alice Coltrane and the stepdaughter of saxophone legend John. Yet despite her esteemed pedigree, she was…

Earth Code – “Rafina”

Earth Code, “Rafina,” from Tones from the Middle Distance “Rafina,” a cut from Earth Code’s impressive new album, Tones from the Middle Distance, begins with the searching strains of a melodica and a rolling…

10 New Jazz Albums You Need to Know About: July 2018
10 New Jazz Albums You Need to Know About: July 2018

JAZZIZ.com takes a look at 10 of the hottest – and sweetest – new jazz albums that will be released in July 2018.TROY ROBERTS – Nu-Jive Perspective (Inner Circle Music) Release date: July…

Don Braden – “Can’t Hide Love”

Don Braden, “Can’t Hide Love,” from Earth Wind and Wonder Saxophonist Don Braden has made it his career mission to prove there’s no final page in his Great American Songbook.  Rather, it’s a…

Deborah Swiney – “Bossa Nova Casanova”

Deborah Swiney, “Bossa Nova Casanova,” from I Remember Rio Hailing from the vibrant musical landscape of Memphis, Tennesee, Deborah Swiney is a vocalist whose honey-dipped voice feels at home in any genre. Her…

Andrew Hadro – “Cortelyou”

Andrew Hadro, “Cortelyou,” from For Us, The Living II: Marcescence Andrew Hadro’s approach to the baritone sax is one of subtlety and elegance, a style harking back to the soft-edged playing of…

Pat Metheny elected into Royal Swedish Academy of Music
Pat Metheny Elected into Royal Swedish Academy of Music

Pat Metheny has been elected into the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The news comes just months after the guitarist, composer and bandleader received the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz…

Nina Simone childhood home named National Treasure
Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Named National Treasure

Photo: Nancy PierceThe childhood home of Nina Simone in Tryon, North Carolina, has been deemed a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Fewer than 100 homes in the U.S.…

New John Abercrombie documentary out on DVD
New John Abercrombie documentary out on DVD

ECM Records released the documentary Open Land – Meeting John Abercrombie on DVD on June 15 to international audiences. The film, which will be available in the U.S. on Aug. 3, was…

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