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SEXTO SENDTIDO (Melvis Santa Estévez Guzmán, Arlety Valdés Cana, Yudelkis Lafuente Acea, and Eliene Castillo Borrero) Alumni’s of the prestigious Cuban Music Conservatory Amadeo Roldán in La Havana, majoring in Music Theory. These four young ladies started their singing career together in their early teens singing for several school functions. Immediately after completing their formal musical training, they started singing professionally. Just after a few months of performing in the local music scene, their name and reputation became a staple in the Cuban Music Culture. Their talent promptly placed them as the preferred group used at Cuban State Functions, representing the new talent of Cuba. After traveling abroad for various Cultural Events, Sexto Sentido recorder their first record “Bossa Cubana” (Elephant Records), a collection of classic Brazilian songs with Cuban elements. In support of the record, they began touring Europe, were their style quickly became a success and landed them at the center of the European Jazz Scene. Quickly afterwards they became a household name in Russia, France, Bulgaria, and Monaco. Sexto Sentido naturally gravitated to Latin America as participants in various Cultural Events. Now, with the release of their second album “Mi Feeling” (Ahi-Nama), their sights are set to capture audiences in North America in the upcoming weeks.

Angie Bofill tribute by Maysa and Phil Perry

Maysa sings Angela Bofill's memorable songs

Smooth Cruise ENCORE – The Angela Bofill Experience – performed by Phil Perry and Maysa with the Angela Bofill band and Narrated by Angela Bofill

The Spirit of New York, Pier 61 @ Chelsea Piers
October 8th, 6:30PM
October 8th, 9:30PM

Margeaux Lampley--When an "all About Jazz writer decides to go to Paris to hear some jazz undoubtedly he will choose among the best:

Margeaux Lampley in Paris
Deborah Brown Sings a Tribute to Duke Ellington Vocalist...
Nobody's Tune

Margeaux Lampley
Café Universel, Paris
January 16th, 2010

As a treat for my 40th birthday, I went for a weekend in Paris to hear Margeaux Lampley. And a treat it was... Margeaux Lampley, born in New York, raised in California and, after practicing law in the U.S., starting her second (artist's) life by coming to Paris, where she has studied and performed jazz for the last two years.

Lampley recorded her debut album Love For Sale (Fuchsia Jazz, 2008) more than a year ago as testimony to her love of jazz standards as sung by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday. Like the aforementioned jazz divas, Lampley's voice and approach offer a warm and personalized take on these standards. She also composes her own tunes, such as "Building Walls" and "Still In The Mood," on which her singing alone proves she owns the songs on a personal level.

Manhattan, N.Y.
Jazz Vespers - Sundays at 5:00 p.m. - All are welcome - free

Jazz Memorials - All are welcome - free

Jazz on the Plaza - Thursdays from 12:30-1:45 p.m. - free

Midtown Jazz at Midday - Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.
- Suggested donation: $7
May 2
5:00 p.m. - Jazz Mass
The Oulipians featuring Chanda Rule

May 4
3:00 p.m. - First Tuesdays - Free Seminar
"Realities of Artist/Manager/Presenter Relationships"
Nancy Christensen, managing director, MCM Artists

May 5
1:00 p.m. - Midtown Jazz at Midday
Dominick Farinacci, (June At NightTown,Cleveland ,Ohio) trumpet
Dan Kaufman, piano
Yasushi Nakamura, bass

Carmen Intorre, drums
Keita Ogawa, percussion

Triskelle - Spending Time In Ireland
Sligo Jazz Project 2010

20-25 July 2010
Voice: Anita Wardell (UK/Australia)

Guitar: Mark McKnight ( N Ireland )
Guitar: Michael Nielsen ( Ireland )

Electric Bass: Michael Manring ( USA )
Double Bass: John Goldsby(USA/Germany)

Drums: Paul Clarvis ( UK )
Drums: Stephen Davis ( N Ireland )

Saxophone/Clarinet: Frank Griffith (USA/UK)
Saxophone: Matthew Halpin ( Ireland )

Piano: Bill Carrothers ( USA )

Trumpet and Ensemble workshops: Ian Darrington (UK)
SJP International Summer School is a unique festival of jazz, combining education, inspiration and entertainment for musicians of all ages. SJP is Ireland's biggest jazz summer school and includes a festival featuring line-up comprising mainly members of the SJP teaching faculty, all world class performers in their own right. As with all SJP events, SJP Students get free admission to all festival concerts. All faculty members give one masterclass and two ensemble sessions each day and give up to 2 live performances during the week. The summer school is very performance oriented and participants spend quite a lot of the week playing. The week culminates with a marathon Sunday afternoon concert featuring all participating jazz students.
20-25 July 2010
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Marquita Waters

The 26th Annual Havana Jazz Festival will be held December 16 to 19, 2010.

Bellita, Mauricio, Miguel y Livan
Impressario George Wein at Dizzy's for celebration of his 85 years strong!

George Wein and The Divine Sarah.
Tue-Sun, Oct 19-24-2010 George Wein & Newport All Stars: 85th Birthday Celebration with Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Howard Alden, Rufus Reid, Lewis Nash & Very Special Guests Featuring George Wein, piano; Randy Brecker, trumpet; Lew Tabackin, tenor saxophone, flute; Howard Alden, guitar; Rufus Reid, bass; Lewis Nash, drums. After Hours: Tue-Sat, Oct 19-23 Austrian Jazz Nights

The Havana International Jazz Festival (Cuba Jazz Festival) was born in 1978 when Bobby Carcasses, and other well known Cuban Jazz musicians, presented the first Jazz concert at the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza in downtown Havana. This is the origin of the title 'International Jazz Festival Plaza' because it finds its birth in this open-air venue. The Casa de la Cultura de Plaza hall, with its pleasant intimate outdoor terrace, is still one of the places where concerts and jam sessions take place. Based on this success, another Jazz festival was organized the following year, featuring pianist Chucho Valdes. Renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Charlie Haden, Roy Hargrove, Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez became part of the Havana scene on a regular basis.

In 1996 Chucho Valdes became artistic director of the Havana International Jazz Plaza Festival and president of the Organizing Committee with Alexis Vazquez Aguilera as the vice president. The festival has since expanded to include all the main concert halls in downtown Havana, not to mention impromptu street jam sessions along the Malecon.

Among the 2009 performing artists were Chucho Valdes, Michael Legrand, Mayra Caridad Valdes, Bobby Carcases, Bellita & Jazztumbata, Cesar Lopez & the Habana Ensemble, Francia, Maraca & Otra Vision, Roberto Carcases, Javier Salva & Temperamento, Diakara, Ernan Lopez-Nussa Trio, Peruchin, Elmer Ferrer, Jorge Reyes, Pasaje Abierto, Gala Mayor, Rembert Duarte, Cubajazz, Lazaro Morua, Las Canelas, Conga Latina, Lazaro Valdez & Son Jazz, Chispa & Complices, Giraldo Piloto & Klimax, Rogelio Napoles, Yasek Manzano, Harold Lopez Nussa, Tamara Castaneda, Alejandro Vargas & Oriental Cuartel, Sexto Sentido, Rolando Luna, Roberto Martinez, Alfredo Rodriguez, Luis Monge & Swing en 4, Guido Lucarelli & Negras Musas, Mauricio Torres, Jump4joy, Daniel Martina, Ernesto Jodos, Sergio Monroy, Lex Estet, Darwin Silva Trio, Jazz Tunkul, Gaspare Di Lieto and George Haslam.

Tropicana Club Havana, Cuba 2009. !Cuba Libre! we hope that 2010 will augur good tidings for our Country!

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This is the week that will define Obama's presidency.

This is the week that will define Obama's presidency.

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People are Saying:

New York City is jumping with jazz talent!

After traversing the globe for the first half of 2010—including Croatia, Ireland, and Jamaica—Grammy Award-winning humanitarian Maya Azucena is finishing up her third studio effort Cry Love, slated for release in early 2011. She recently previewed a selection of songs from her forthcoming album for a sold-out audience at the Blue Note in NYC.

Maya Azucena’s next appearance will be a special acoustic set on 11 September at Joe’s Pub In New York City. The performance will be streamed live and broadcast on PeaceDay TV as a special Preview Show for the 2010 PeaceDay Global Broadcast, which begins 17 September and runs through 21 September, the official International Day of Peace.

Azucena will also share the stage with L.A.-based pop-soul duo, JohnnySwim. The Joe’s Pub show marks the official release of 5-8, JohnnySwim’s new EP. Stay tuned for a Now Hear This! feature about JohnnySwim on PopMatters in the next couple of months.

Please visit for updates on Cry Love.


JANUARY 8 - SPOOK HANDY Original and classic folk tunes ala Pete Seeger. Spook is a true American entertainer. This show promises to be pure fun and enjoyment for everyone.
FEBRUARY 12- JANICE FRIEDMAN- Phenominal jazz piano and vocals, Janice returns to the Roadhouse to do her own solo work in her inimitable powerful style.
MARCH 9- CARRIE JACKSON & THE JAZZIN' ALL STARS This is jazz at it's finest. Carrie and her band are a dynamo of the NJ and NYC jazz scene.

Blue Note Milano,Italy

Come see Patti Austin in a very special performance on May 12th at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. This native New Yorker and GRAMMY winner made her professional debut at the Apollo Theater when she was 5 years old! And she has been making history and headlines ever since. Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington proclaimed themselves her Godparents. She has sung on hundreds of albums and she's had over twenty (20) songs on the Billboard charts (!), including "Baby Come To Me", Through The Test of Time", How Do You Keep The Music Playing" and more.

What people are saying.

* Charlie Rose recently declared Patti's voice ".the most under-appreciated voice in all of music today".

* Major music critics have called her a jazz icon and American musical treasure.

No matter what your perspective is, Patti Austin has been ELECTRIFYING audiences for years and she continues in full form. Her voice is in tip top shape. Her delivery is magical. And if you haven't taken in one of her shows, this is your chance.Up close and personal at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. An evening with the incomparable Patti Austin and her band.

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March 12-14, 8pm & 10:30pm

Ada Rovatti
and the Green Factor


David Fiuczynski/Tony Grey/David Throckmorton
Thursday, April 8
8 PM at NIGHTTOWN, Cleveland, Ohio $15.

David Fiuczynski - Guitar
DavidDouble neck fretted, fretless and 1/4 tone guitarist David "FuZe" Fiuczynski announces the release of "KiF Express", a follow up to his groundbreaking 2001 release "KiF". The new CD is a deeper look into the other-worldly sounds of this lauded and completely original player, with Chinese, Indian and Arabic-inflected melodies, high energy funk rock, hip hop and electronica jamz and plaintive meditations over lush, brooding and at times microtonal harmonies.

This concept started on a gig in Morocco in 1992. The Moroccan players noted that Hendrix visited the country and this gave FuZe an idea - hard grooves with eastern inflected melodies putting the listener into a very colorful trance - could this be the music that Jimi would play today? KiF celebrates a living Hendrix who's kickin it in Casablanca and rockin the Casbah!

FuZe, best known for his underground rock band Screaming Headless Torsos, is very much a product of his upbringing. Born in the US, grew up in Germany he was always interested in mixing and "fuzing" different music elements. Studying at New England Conservatory in the 3rd Stream dept only furthered this interest. The 3rd Stream department, founded by Gunther Schuller, is an experimental improvisation and composition concept with an emphasis on ear training. FuZe studied with Dave Holland, George Russell, Bob Moses, but equally important was the New York school of hard knocks with MeShell Ndegeocello, Bernie Worrell, Billy Hart, Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Black Rock Coalition. Returning to NEC, Fuze received a master's degree (2008).

FuZe has recorded, toured and/or performed with Stewart Copeland, Jack DeJohnette, John Medeski, Vernon Reid, Cindy Blackman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dennis Chambers, Hiromi, Kenny Garrett, Hadisic New Wave and many more. Fuze started teaching at Berklee College of Music in 2002 and has used the opportunity to innovate new curriculum: fretless guitar labs, 21st century groove improv classes and now Berklee's first ever microtonal groove ensemble with his Global MicroJamz® concept. This is based on a mix of western classical and eastern world music microtonal modes and harmonies over all the phat beatz you always wanted to hear!


March 10, 8pm

Our Esteemed member and we always tell it like it is One a** kickin' Saxplayer-Will be performing for Valentine's Day February 14th. at the Langham Hotel, Boston,Mass.

We'd like to mention that Terri Lyne Carrington was the Director of the 2009 Beantown Festival, and we are not surprised it had its biggest year.

Terri Lyne Carrington, a native of Medford, Massachusetts, was one of the festival's headliners in 2008 before being named its artistic director in 2009. Her deep musical network and knowledge make her an ideal choice to lead BeanTown as it expands its scope and moves towards becoming one of the nation's premier jazz festivals. She has received Grammy nominations both as a performer (for her solo album Real Life Story) and as a producer (for the Dianne Reeves album That Day), and has an extensive touring career of more than 20 years with luminaries such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Al Jarreau.

Terri Lyne who has graced us with her presence says she owes a lot to the legacy of jazz, but she has the groove for R&B, Funk and Hip Hop..we's called expanding a talent and exploring the unfathomable paths to the enjoyment of music in all its forms.

Saturday, February 13 from 7:30pm-9:00pm
The Metropolitan Room
**Reservations Recommended**
34 W. 22nd Street, NYC, NY 10010

Wednesday, February 17 from 8:30pm-11:30pm
Viceroy - Club 50
485 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL 33131

Felice Clemente Quintet in Italy
plays Afro-Cuban in his repertoire
(Scroll to bottom on this side if you want to translate from Italian to another language)
FELICE CLEMENTE Sassofono tenore e soprano
GIOVANNI FALZONE tromba e flicorno

Il quintetto nasce nel 1998 per volontà di Felice Clemente ed è costituito da musicisti di rilievo del panorama jazzistico.
Il quintetto è il punto d'incontro tra musicisti che hanno fatto della musica la propria ragione di vita, caratterizzato dalla convergenza di una pluralità di linguaggi in relazione alla formazione degli stessi (musica classica, jazz, afro-cubana, etc…) e unito da una profonda cultura che anima e giustifica la musica proposta, dai chiari riferimenti al mainstream e al hard-bop, con una moderna veste sonora.
Il progetto WAY OUT SUD, voluto fortemente dal sassofonista, rappresenta l'incontro tra la tradizione jazz e quella afro-cubana legate da una profonda ricerca e da un'ispirata vena compositiva, concretizzato poi, dall'incisione del disco "Way Out Sud" a nome del quintetto prodotto dall'etichetta discografica SPLASC(H) RECORDS che uscirà a Marzo 2003.

Way Out Sud: la tradizione tra Amantea ed il Mississippi
Un tocco di compiaciuta ironia ruota la bussola del celeberrimo capolavoro di Sonny Rollins Way Out West ad altro punto cardinale in direzione Sud; ma non è al meridione statunitense che si riferisce il titolo del disco, regione del blues e del jazz tra il Mississippi e i postriboli di New Orleans così come l'immaginario vuole, ma al Sud della nostra terra, in particolare la Calabria. E' li che ha le sue radici Felice Clemente ed è quel ricordo (sfocato dal tempo eppure nitido nella nostalgia) che nutre la composizione Way Out Sud così come la raffinata Amantea.
Un lavoro che ha la tracimante baldanza e l'irruenza delle opere prime più ispirate ma nello stesso tempo quindi non manca di volgersi al passato: a quello del proprio percorso biografico certo, ma anche al trascorso della storia del jazz. E' per questo che possiamo definire Way Out Sud un disco tradizionale. Termine che fa trasecolare e che la nostra sensibilità, forgiata al pensiero romantico interessato solo al nuovo e all'originale, in un primo momento percepisce alla stregua di un infamante epiteto.
Eppure basta conoscere la storia del jazz (quella vera, mondata da fandonie, leggende e storielle) per prendere coscienza che tutti i più grandi geni di questa musica hanno potuto spiccare il loro balzo nel futuro proprio perché ben radicati nel passato, proprio perché le loro idee si poggiavano su una tradizione assolutamente mai rigettata. La musica di Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk o Ornette Coleman è al contempo rivoluzionaria e tradizionale (e proprio qui risiede la loro magia).
Le composizioni di Way Out Sud (tutte originali di Clemente a parte Turkey's Flight del bassista Valerio Della Fonte) pagano quindi il loro tributo ai giganti dell'hard-bop anni Cinquanta: le intuizioni, i timbri, le soluzioni formali di Horance Silver, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk di volta in volta affiorano all'ascolto del disco.
Eppure questo patrimonio così prezioso non si concretizza in una musica che è un conglomerato di cliché ma è al contrario lo stimolo capace di librare la creatività di ognuno dei musicisti del quintetto. Ascoltiamo Blues For Elvira. E' evidente e manifesto l'omaggio ai blues di Monk: l'incipit cromatico à la Blue Monk, i frammenti di rapide scale esatonali, le armonie in tensione, gli spiazzanti spostamenti ritmici (persino la prediletta tonalità monkiana di sib) eppure ciò che ascoltiamo è assolutamente originale. Clemente e i suoi musicisti altro non hanno fatto che rimuginare su Monk ed il blues tradizionale (si ascoltino gli ispirati assoli di piano e di tromba) per l'intera durata del brano in modo profondamente personale, così come Monk stesso ha riflettuto su Nice Work If You Can Get It di Gershwin per tutta la vita con una tale individualità che quella canzone, in fondo, è diventata un'opera di Monk.
Eccellente anche il brano che schiude il sipario: Dragon Fly. L'impianto formale ricorda Silver (ed il suo blues-canzone in minore Soulville) nondimeno ancora una volta la penna di Clemente si distingue: piene di sorpresa ad esempio le pause inattese incastonate nella fraseologia del tema; e poi c'è l'elegante improvvisazione di Clemente al tenore e lo struggente solo della tromba di Falzone che inizia incaponendosi su una tensione di tredicesima.
Way Out Sud inoltre ci riporta alla memoria il grande debito del jazz verso la musica afrocubana (filo rosso che il grande Jelly Roll Morton aveva già individuato, in una Crescent City così squisitamente spanish, agli inizi del Novecento). Il brano che da il titolo al disco è infatti fondato sul ritmo del songo che si alterna allo swing mentre Happy Calypso ci restituisce la danza delle Isole Vergini filtrata attraverso il St. Thomas di Rollins. E' in questo brano che il batterista Tommaso Bradascio si ritaglia lo spazio di un chorus di improvvisazione di singolare senso melodico. Infine come non porre l'accento sul lieve (e quindi ancora più prepotente) tributo alla propria terra e alla propria vicenda umana: Amantea. Un cullante ritmo in 6/8 lega due sole armonie rese ancora più essenziali da un unico pedale di tonica: è un grande spazio aperto, infinito come il Mar Tirreno quando lo si osserva dalla costa; al di sopra di questo si leva l'aggraziata melodia di soprano contrappuntata dal flicorno. Ed insieme ci suggeriscono il tepore del sole.
Perché in fondo noi tutti prima o poi ci volgiamo indietro, e non tanto per tendere al passato ma, come Satchmo con la sua New Orleans, per guardare verso casa.
Luca Bragalini

Difficile tenere il conto delle "prime uscite" nel mondo del jazz italiano: ogni anno sul mercato decine di opere prime cercano visibilità e orecchie ben disposte, ma nella maggior parte dei casi il biglietto da visita è una stinta rilettura di cose mille volte ascoltate, e non dichiarate. Non succede così all'impetuoso e meditato fraseggio sassofonistico di Felice Clemente (al tenore ed al soprano), che rovescia di petto la situazione: ovvero qui il richiamo diretto ai titani del jazz moderno è evidente già nel titolo ironico (rimando a Sonny Rollins), ma è poi l'impianto dei brani a rivelare una mirabile tensione tra tradizione jazzistica e luminose puntate verso il futuro. Il quintetto funziona come un meccanismo ad orologeria: con sfumature bluesy e latine meditate, e un tributo finale al calypso alla Sonny Rollins che si attendeva da anni. In formazione il veterano Massimo Colombo al piano, e la svettante tromba emergente di Giovanni Falzone.
by Guido Festinese
Terri Lyne Carrington and Nancy much more mellow is that?

In addition, Terri Lyne enlists esteemed vocalists Nancy Wilson and Les McCann – two legends that she has known since childhood – to sing on her album. Wilson joins Terri Lyne on one of the original tunes, Imagine This. Terri Lyne calls it a “dream come true” session for her. “If someone had said to me that Nancy Wilson would sing a lyric I wrote on my next CD, I probably wouldn’t have believed them,” she says. McCann sings a duet with Terri Lyne on the modern blues Hold Me Again. “I used to sit in with Les when he would come to Boston. He was always very supportive, and I love his voice and his music because it is so soulful.”

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Cassandra Wilson
Tarrytown Music Hall
Westchester, NY
March 5th, 8:00PM

Blue Note Recording Artist and Multi-Grammy-Award Winner Cassandra Wilson is a world renowned vocalist, songwriter and producer. At heart Cassandra is a Mississippi girl whose art reflects her deep musical and cultural roots. After studying with Ellis Marsalis in New Orleans, she established her career in New York City. She has since moved back and rediscovered her Mississippi roots. Cassandra makes her return to The Music Hall on the heels of her 2009 Grammy-Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album; Loverly.

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What: Groove to Afro-Peruvian Jazz @ Tutuma Social Club

Tutuma Social Club
164 E 56th Street
New York City, NY 10022
646 300 0305

Join us for tapas dinner and cocktails at Tutuma Social Club, a little-known east midtown gem recommended by one of our own, ULPer Peter. Friday night relaxation awaits!

We will listen to Afro-Peruvian Jazz by the Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet!

Gabriel Alegra Afro-Peruvian Sextet
The New York metropolitan area’s cultural and culinary offerings will be enhanced by the opening on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 of Tutuma Social Club.

The new venue, at 164 East 56th St. (at Third Ave.), will be the only locale in the region showcasing both Afro- Peruvian jazz and refined Afro-Peruvian cuisine on a daily basis. Live music will be featured weekdays at lunch with evening sets by established jazz artists from North and South America presented Monday-Sunday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tutumas kitchen will be open daily from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. and an Afro- Peruvian Jazz Brunch, also accompanied by live music, will be held Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Unlike most clubs featuring live music, Tutuma will have neither a cover charge nor a minimum. For reservations or more information please call 866.988.JAZZ (5299) or visit the website.

Conceived by Santina Bari Matwey, a second-generation restaurateur whose family has owned and operated the Ray Bari’s Pizza parlors in New York City since 1973, Tutuma Social Club will recreate in Manhattan the lively atmosphere found in traditional peñas, the vibrant urban clubs of Peru. The menu will feature both hot and cold tapas as well as other dishes developed by the internationally acclaimed Peruvian chefs Rodrigo Conroy and Carlos Testino. Meg Schedel designed the club’s sound system. Gabriel Alegra, a trumpeter and composer who has been instrumental in expanding the audience for Afro- Peruvian jazz through concerts and workshops in New York and around the U.S., is presently serving as Tutuma’s artistic consultant. Tutuma will present a diverse series of programs featuring a variety of guest instrumentalists and vocalists performing in the context of Afro-Peruvian jazz. These cross-cultural collaborations will highlight “Festejo,” “Lando” and other traditional Peruvian styles and include:

Jazz Goes Afro-Peruvian: Jazz artists performing in the context of Afro-Peruvian music.

Song Cycles - Vocalists from around the world will perform original material and jazz standards within an Afro- Peruvian jazz context.

Ritmos Negros Del Per (Black Rhythms Of Peru): Traditional percussion, song and dance from costal Peru presented by master percussionist and zapateo dancer Freddy “Huevito" Lobaton.

Lunchtime Criollo - A weekday series featuring jazz instrumental versions of classic Afro-Peruvian folk music.

Artists scheduled to appear at Tutuma Social Club during its first month include trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and drummer Jon Wikan (4/28–5/3); vocalist Angela Vicente (5/5- 10); pianist Andy Milne (5/12-17); Argentinian vocalist Sofia Rei Koutsovitis (5/19-24); and Peruvian vocalist Pilar de la Hoz (5/26- 31). In addition the Peruvian percussionist and “Zapateo” dancer Freddy“Huevito” Lobaton will be performing weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday nights when not on tour with the Afro-Peruvian Sextet which will appear Thursday-Sunday nights, also when not on tour. The NYU Afro-Peruvian Jazz Ensemble will perform weekly on Monday 5/14, 5/11 & 5/18).

The catalyst for Tutuma Social Club was a group tour of Peru that Matwey and her husband took in the summer of 2008 with other fans of the Gabriel Alegra Afro-Peruvian Sextet. Following the band around the country to attend a series of concerts and other appearances, Matwey discovered one of the world’s best kept secrets: Afro-Peruvian music, culture and cuisine. Along the Pacific Coast of Peru, sociological and geographic factors have had an oasis effect that led to the development of a remarkable culture whose rich traditions are thriving in and around the capital city of Lima but have yet to be discovered by the rest of the world. Matwey had been considering opening a restaurant to serve as an alternative to other dining and entertainment opportunities in the U.S. and Alegra’s program combining cultural, musical and culinary tourism inspired her to establish a variation of that theme in Midtown Manhattan.

“Tutuma Social Club was born out of the spirit of cultural exchange and a sense that one positive aspect of globalization is that different World Music heritages that can be combined and thrive together,” Alegra said. “The sounds of Afro-Peruvian jazz – which combines the rich rhythmic and melodic traditions of Afro-Peruvian music with the harmonic sensibility of jazz -- will be what distinguishes this endeavor. These musical styles are connected both spiritually and technically and we intend to explore various forms and formats of the resulting fusion at Tutuma which, incidentally, will be the only club in the world presenting Afro-Peruvian jazz nightly.”

Alegra provided the following insights when asked about the artists appearing at Tutuma during its first month:

“Ingrid Jensen and Jon Wikan have toured Per three times and have grown to love the food, the people and the native Peruvian dynamic. For the past two years Jon has been taking his Peruvian cajon (a wooden box drum developed by slaves of West and Central African origins) on all his gigs and even invented an electric version by attaching sensors and running the drum through an effects loop.

“The California-based vocalist Angela Vicente is a singer who captures the essence of Ella Fitzgerald's gifted improvisation and has performed in Per twice. She brought down the house with an improvised rendition of ‘Summertime’ while sitting in with the Gabriel Alegra Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet during the 2005 Festival Jazz Per.

“Andy Milne’s a natural fit as he embodies the idea that jazz is a music that should always move forward and embrace change and thus is ideally disposed to work with Afro-Peruvian musicians. Hearing how he’ll apply his superior skills on various keyboards including the synthesizer to Afro-Peruvian grooves will be a revelation.

“Vocalist Sofia Koutsovitis performed at Festival Jazz Per three years ago and has since incorporated many Peruvian rhythms and sounds into her repertoire that also includes traditional songs from her native Argentina.

“Finally, vocalist Pilar de la Hoz is one of the most representative singers performing Afro-Peruvian jazz today. She works with some of Per’s finest percussionists and will appear at Tutuma with a band including the legendary Juan Medrano “Cotito” audiences may recognize from his association with Afro-Peruvian vocalist Susana Baca.

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October 4, 2015 Nicole Henry September 2015 Tour Dates:

Anguilla's Amalie Watty. 2014

Maya Azucena Apollo-N.Y. Jan 2013


Let's ~Take Five~ and wish Dave Brubeck a really good time with our jazz greats in Heaven& Jazz! Thank for adding content to our world!


Welcome Paulette Dozier! 


Terri Lynne Carrington we wish you the very best and *keeping our fingers crossed* on your Grammy nomination for 
The Mosaic Project!!! You are amazing.



Whitney Houston - You weren't Supposed To Leave Us Yet. Rest in Peace. 2/11/2012

Tuesday 24 January 2012 – Sunside Jazz Club 60 rue des Lombards 75001 Paris






SAT. JAN 7  9:30 - 12:30


Rest away Barefoot Diva..In memory of Cesaria Evora..December 2011

Blue Note jazz schedule for Christmas:


Amy  may the force that runs through the veins of great artists lift you higher,you are now free..sing "Round About Midnight' just one more time. Dionne Bromfield talks about Amy's death on video. Ms. Winehouse was her godmother.



Bridge City Records

Tessa Souter, Sean Smith, Ethan Mann at 55 Bar, Fri. Aug. 12. Early Set 6-9pm

WHEN Friday, August 12 Two sets: 6.15 and 8pm. WHERE 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, New York, Free. Two drink min.

Tessa Souter's distinctive sound has evolved naturally from the disparate musical styles she absorbed throughout her life, from Carmen Jones to Captain Beefheart and Sandy Denny to Sarah Vaughan. She cites her biggest jazz influences as instrumentalists -- specifically Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter, whose 'Native Dancer' album, featuring Milton Nascimento, was her introduction to jazz and whose 'Ana Maria' (Track 7) she has been singing for the past eight years. "A truly beautiful voice and what she does with it really serves great lyrics, using the beauty of her voice to unearth and get to the core of great songs." Dermot Hussey, Sirius XM Radio The best thing is that Souter sounds different.... Expressive ... full of passion ... while 'Love Theme from Spartacus' - a brief and daring duet - reminds me that there really is a love song buried in there."Karl Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer "Compelling and utterly unique." Jazzwise magazine

Expect a mix of contemporary jazz songs by Coltrane, Shorter, Hubbard, with her own lyrics, mellow arrangements of standards, and selections from her latest CD 'Beyond the Blue', recorded for Japanese audiophile label Venus with Steve Kuhn, Joe Locke, Gary Versace, David Finck, Billy Drummond, and Joel Frahm, which has just been released in Japan. A collection of 12 jazz arrangements of classical songs, nine with her own lyrics, it is slated to be released on her "home" label Motema in the US this winter.



12387 Cedar Road (top of Cedar Hill)

Cleveland Heights, OH
Tickets/reservations 216-795-0550
Map to Nighttown

Tuesday July 12, 7.p.m.NIGHTTOWN  


This Week at Nighttown
7/10 Sun    Ernie Krivda & The Detroit Connection   7PM   $20
7/12 Tues   Sierra Maestra    7PM    $25
7/13 Wed   Donald Malloy Quartet    7PM   $15




July 13 Meetup in San Francisco


Announcing a new Meetup for Live Jazz (& Blues) Meetup Group!

What: Kim Nalley sings Nina Simone @ the Rrazz Room
When: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 6:30 PM

Where: The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko
222 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

217-621-7517 (laura)

Stunning local jazz vocalist and jazz scholar Kim Nalley presents She Put a Spell on Me, her tribute to Nina Simone, at the Rrazz Room, July 1-17.  

Nalley is a wonderful performer with a great band; her album, She Put a Spell on Me: Kim Nalley Sings Nina Simone, was shortlisted for a 2006 Grammy Award.

Tickets are $30-38 (cheaper seats at the back, more expensive seats at the front), and there are $25 tickets (including $6 fee) on Goldstar but they'll go fast as the date approaches. 

Seating is host-escorted on a first-come, first-served basis within each price range; Goldstar tickets will be seated in the rear. The Rrazz Room is a very intimate venue with just 186 seats (smaller than Yoshi's Oakland which has 330 seats). 

There is a two-drink minimum per person. The Rrazz room also serves "light fare."

Seating begins 90 minutes prior to show time, so I propose we meet at the Rrazz room at 6.30 in order to be seated together, and spend time drinking & chatting before the show starts.

I just bought my ticket on Goldstar so I'll be sitting in the rear section.  I'm confident it'll be a great seat and a great show. 



Tessa Souter -British/Trinidadian Jazz Diva, 6/11/2011 Cornelia Cafe,NYC.  8:00p.m. June 11, 2011 urban BBQ, New York City


May 27-29  .  .  . Fri-Sun 2 shows nightly FOR  "HIROSHIMA"

*Featuring Special Guest Star, Terry Steele, vocals, and a preview of the band's new CD!

All profits from CD's go to Japan Relief

Yoshi's Jazz Club, Oakland

510 Embarcadero West

Oakland, CA 94607

510 238-9200

I have added the best of the jazz & blues music fests (IMHO) to our Calendar as Calendar Notes -- please check them out and let me know if there are any you'd like to go to.  And please add any others you think we should know about.  

The list so far includes:

July 2-3 - Fillmore Jazz Festival, SF - FREE

Sept 16-18 - Monterey Jazz Festival - $50/day for Grounds only or $125/3day Grounds ticket (what I'm doing), or $225-$315 for 3day Arena ticket pkgs (Grounds + Arena)

Sept 24-25 - Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival - $50/day or $80 for 2 days

I'm not committing to organize Meetups for anything other than Monterey yet (though I would LOVE it if other Jazz & Blues lovers would like to!) -- but would like to know if anyone else is interested in either of the others.

Outdoor music lovers may also want to check out the outdoor music festival calendar at my other meetup, Bay Area World Music.  Today's jazz scene is increasingly drawing from other musical traditions, including African, East Indian and eastern european, and World Jazz has become a genre unto itself.  

Happy summer listening & dancing!







Rest Peacefully Phoebe Snow 4/26/2011


Our two year anniversary!! thank you members,visitors, friends and family!!

Announcing a new Meetup for Smooth Jazz for Kool Katz!

What: Rehoboth Jazz Festival (Oct 14-16) in Delaware
When: Friday, October 14, 2011 2:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Why: Enjoy a nice autumn weekend of Smooth Jazz... maybe a bit of outlet shopping too.. Let's plan a road trip down to Delaware for the 22nd Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival on October 14-16, 2011. This would be an excellent weekend getaway of Smooth Jazz, good food, and great company. The line-up has been announced! Here's the scoop: Friday 10/14: Fourplay and special guest Steve Cole Saturday 10/15: (Afternoon) - Smooth Jazz All-Stars featuring Brian Simpson, Mindi Abair, Nick Colionne, Jeff Golub, Cindy Bradley, Richard Elliott, and Paul Taylor (Evening) - Jazz Attack featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, and Peter White Sunday 10/16: (Afternoon) - Super AllStar Smooth Jazz Grand Jam Click the following link to visit the festival website: Here's the idea: Travel down to the fest on Friday and return on Sunday evening. Working to set-up package that would have two (2) options. First package option would include transportation from NYC, hotel for 2 nights, and tix to at least one show. Second option which would allow you to travel independently includes Hotel for two nights, tix for at least one show. Obviously this is in the early planning stages and six months away, but I need everyone's input to gauge interest to setup properly. YOUR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS ARE URGED & WELCOMED! I hope you will consider this special meetup event. Please respond "Yes", "No", or "Maybe" today! Thank you for your consideration & cooperation! Craig



   Ms. Etta James may the force keep you comfortable--as time goes by--for us you sang in our hearts at Barack Obama's Inaugural-no one else can claim that.


   Every year we have to go with Miles for a couple of days! keeps us balanced!


Happy Birthday Ms.Ross! and your 100 million record sales worldwide!


Congratulations Esperanza Spalding for you Grammy 2011!!

 Carrie Jackson and her trio at the Elizabeth Public Library,Elizabeth NJ

June 25@ 2:00 p.m., 2012-of course the Director is a fabulous Diva herself!


Saturday, March 12, 8:00 P.M.




Salem Roadhouse Cafe, Elizabeth, New Jersey


Sax Jazz Diva Myanna in Massachusetts 2011



Brazilian Jazz Pianist, Vocalist and Songwriter

Eliane Elias
September 28-29, 2010

Nancy Wilson & Trio

Song Stylist Who Embodies Gospel, Blues and Jazz

September 30-October 3, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 8pm
Blues Alley, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, October 7, 6pm
Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention, Lincoln Center, NYC
guest soloist

Thursday, Oct.7, 10pm and Friday, Oct.8th, 7pm
Metropolitan Room, New York, NY

Friday, November 5, 8pm
Deering Estate,"Nicole Henry & Friends,"Miami, FL

Wednesday, November 17, 8pm
"Jazz Roots" at the AT&T Amphitheater, Dallas, TX
opening for Michael Feinstein
Sexto Sentido Cuban Female Jazz Group

Canadian Jane Bunnett
Jane Bunnett has become one of the foremost jazz musicians in Canada, and has gained recognition around the world for her improvising talents, technical proficiency, and writing and band leading abilities. Born and educated in Toronto, she trained as a classical pianist from 1975-78 (attaining Grade 10 Piano Honors), until tendentious forced a switch to woodwinds at the Royal Conservatory. In 1979 she began concurrent studies in jazz at York University, Toronto, inspired by her first exposure to jazz great Charles Mingus and Rahsaan Roland Kirk in San Francisco. This led to studies with pianist Barry Harris, flautists James Newton, Frank Wess and James Moody; then, having heard soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy’s music, she began to focus on that instrument also. A 1991 Canada Council grant enabled her to travel to Paris to begin studies with Lacy.

Her first recording was an ambitious mix of Canadian and American players (the late pianist Don Pullen, tenor player and Ornette Coleman veteran Dewey Redman and Vincent Chancy, French horn) . This debut, In Dew Time, earned a Juno nomination in 1988. She toured Canada with Redman in 1991, and Australia with Pullen in 1992. A year later, Jane recorded New York Duets with Pullen, following it up with Live at Sweet Basil, then 1994's The Water is Wide which was chosen by The Village Voice as best record of the year.

A mid-‘80's trip to Cuba with new husband Larry Cramer turned Jane’s musical world upside down, into a passion for the island’s wildly fertile musical culture and its people. Since then, Jane has explored the music in every corner of Cuba, and has absorbed the lessons and traditions with the same devotion she has given to her other work, seeking out musicians all over the island

Jane Monheit

Jane Monheit to Perform in Concert
at Tri-C Metro Campus Auditorium

Jane Monheit will perform in concert at the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Metro Campus Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, as part of The Center for Creative Arts grand opening celebration. Tri-C alum and famed jazz musician Dominick Farinacci of Solon will open the show. Having recorded six albums, Farinacci, a Juilliard School graduate, released the album "Lovers, Tales, and Dances" in February 2009. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by phone at 216-241-6000 or online at

An extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds, Monheit has garnered numerous accolades in the past decade. Her first album, Never Never Land, was voted top debut recording by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and stayed on the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year. Subsequent albums either charted high, or in several cases, debuted at number one. Monheit yielded two Grammy nominations in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category, recognizing the work of Vince Mendoza on 2002’s In The Sun and 2004’s Taking A Chance On Love.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by phone at 216-241-6000
or online at

Tuesday August 10th 2010, Queens, New York: Jazz fans,

Do not miss the YORK COLLEGE SUMMER JAZZ PROGRAM '10 at the York College Performing Arts Center (94-45 Guy R Brewer Blvd) this Tuesday, 8/10 @ 7 p.m. In addition to saluting Louis Armstrong, SJP '10 will perform music by Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Journey, the Rolling Stones, Rose Royce, Edgar Winter, and more! The show is free and open to the public.

TICKETS:$55.00 Tickets : 1-866-211-3812
Mindi Abair - Stars

New York’s premiere summer jazz series is back once again! Join us in celebrating the Smooth Cruises’ 13th year aboard The Spirit of New York, located at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers (23rd St & West Side Hwy). Experience this one-of-a-kind LIVE JAZZ concert series as you cruise down the Hudson River taking in fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty and the breathtaking Manhattan skyline. This summer will feature ten of the world’s greatest jazz acts in an intimate setting, every Wednesday evening starting June 30th ending September 1st. The Smooth Cruises sell out quickly, so get your tickets today!

Mindi Abair is truly one of the gems of contemporary jazz artists to foray into the world of pop. This Florida raised, Los Angeles-based performer’s unique hybrid sound and mix of cool vulnerability and utter conviction is going to give the likes of John Mayer and Corinne Baily Rae a run for their barrier breaking money. Her own brand of pop meets jazz adds a refreshingly unique voice to an exciting new generation of crossover artists who are, like her, powerful instrumentalists as well as thought-provoking singer songwriters. Perhaps John Taylor, famed Duran Duran bassist, says it best about her stunning melodies and heartfelt lyrics, “Mindi is unique. Listen to her new album Stars, a genre-busting, breathtaking combination of contemporary jazz and Top 40 torch songs. It will be love at first listen.” Her first single from this album, “Stars,” has been enjoying genre transcending success, charting number 29 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Mindi has been producing quality groundbreaking releases like this since her debut album It Just Happens That Way , which debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and remained in the Top 10 for 19 consecutive weeks. Her 2006 release Life Less Ordinary debuted number one on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and remained in the top 20 for 45 weeks. Don’t miss one of Mindi’s heartfelt and moving performances!

Amy Cervini has joined our very talented roster of artists

Vocalist Amy Cervini "...neatly straddles the line between confessional balladeering and breezy swing" (Time Out New York), and this recording is a prime example. The Amy Cervini Quartet (ACQ) effortlessly journeys through an eclectic mix of songs from The Cardigans, Depeche Mode, and Jack Johnson to American Songbook favorites "Comes Love" and "Bye Bye Country Boy," providing each one with a unique and imaginative treatment. With guest appearances by Joel Frahm (Tenor), Marty Ehrlich (Bass Clarinet), and String Nucleus. Includes Fred Hersch's never before recorded composition "Lazin' Around". You can go to her site or purchase her CD through here on

Mindi Abair now playing..

Guitars? Joyce Cooling is one of our favorites, she's appearing this summer in Cali

San Diego, CA
Anthology Jazz Club
One show at 7:30 pm;

Joyce's performance at Anthology is a Music for the Mind concert and will benefit the local San Diego chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). "Just by showing up, you've donated and we thank you deeply!" - joyce

Carol Welsman at NIGHTTOWN Cleveland, Ohio...tonight July 17th..
Steve Frumkin
Nighttown / Jim Wadsworth Productions-You are currently listening to her rendition of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore".

Carol Welsman
Saturday, July 17
8 PM

In this session, multilingual singer and pianist Carol Welsman takes Piano Jazz on a musical journey through South American grooves, European sophistication and the Great American Songbook. Welsman has been nominated for multiple Juno awards (Canada's Grammys) and speaks and sings in Spanish, Italian, French, English and Portuguese with flawless pronunciation. She accompanies her singing with her own arrangements and writes original music, as well. Here, she joins guest host Jon Weber for a set including tunes by Peggy Lee, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins.

This is the second time that Carol will play Nighttown. She was last here in September of 2007. Don't miss the exciting vocalist and pianist Carol Welsman and her group when she returns to Nighttown on Saturday, July 17th. with Gino Sitson's Vocal Deliria and Morocco's Jewel Malika Zarra.

Marsha Ambrosius signs with J Records-The Clive Davis label for showcasing really talented divas.

Maya wins top 40 under 40-

About Maya Azucena In 2008, Ms. Azucena became a Grammy-winner for her participation as a featured artist on Stephen Marley's Universal Records CD, "Mind Control." A Brooklyn-raised entrepreneur, producer, and singer/songwriter, she uses her music as a tool for activism and inspiration around the world. Ms. Azucena has earned comparisons to Chaka Khan and Roberta Flack with "story-telling lyrics and soulful soaring vocals" according to the New York Post and Billboard. She recently joined forces with Emmy-wining director, Lisa Russell to co-found, a global platform for improving maternal health. Maya Azucena is in the final stages of completing her new CD, "Cry Love," designated for a February 2011 release. Visit her website for more information.

Brooklyn- New York Maya Azucena

NYC - SAVE THE DATE: In the meantime, SAVE THE DATE because I have a big concert at the legendary BLUE NOTE on MAY 24TH.

I send my love to the fans in Croatia. I had such an amazing time at the sold out sports center in Osijek, and we’ll be performing again for the two sports arena shows in Zagreb this Friday. Looking forward, I’ll be at most of Gibonni’s big shows this Summer. Videmo se! Maya has won a Grammy. We love her humanity.

SMOOTH CRUISE - Mindi Abair August 25th New York City. Jazz Cruise

Susana Baca

April 20-21, 2010

Make a reservation for this show.

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents AfroPeruvian Vocalist Susana Baca for two nights. Band members joining Ms. Baca are Ernesto Hermoza (guitar), Oscar Huarango (bass) and Hugo Bravo (percussion). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday are at 7:30pm. Set time on Doors open at 6pm on Tuesday and 5:30pm on Wednesday.

Susana Baca is one of the great voices of modern Peru. She's taken the country's AfroPeruvian musical heritage to stages and airwaves around the world, becoming a key figure in reviving a culture that had been largely ignored within its country. Her forthcoming album, Seis Poemas, isn't quite jazz. It is a tribute to a great voice of Peru from a different era: Chabuca Granda, a folk singer who became iconic to progressive movements and musicians throughout Latin America. With sparse arrangements, Baca emphasizes the lyrics, underscoring the renown Granda had as a songwriter depicting the simple beauties of Peruvian life and culture. -NPR

In 2002, Baca became the first Peruvian to win a Latin Grammy (best folk album, Lamento Negro), but away from the limelight, she has forged a reputation as a trailblazer. She is not only one of the greatest divas in South America, she is a tireless researcher, and is largely responsible for the revival of many forms of AfroPeruvian folklore. She belongs to a new generation of Peruvian singers, delving into the shadows of the past to recover shimmering melodies and seductive rhythms. Her seemingly effortless interpretative skills belie years of work assembling the songs, the stories and the steps of music and dances once consigned to history. The Peruvian vocalist who first won an international following with "Maria Lando", a track on the 1995 David Byrne produced The Soul of Black Peru, has often been compared to Cape Verde's Cesoria Evora. It's not surprising; both women have found rich material in folk traditions of their countries, and both sing songs that are steeped in darker emotions.

Susana Baca is wed to a sound and a history. Although her music was born in the coastal barrios of Peru, her artistry can't be contained within these boundaries, just as her appeal can't be limited to cognoscenti of AfroPeruvian traditional song. Baca is credited with the revival of African rooted music of Peru and for introducing it to the global masses through her works under the Luaka Bop imprint. Through her recordings, she has preserved the legacy and heritage of the enslaved West Africans who were brought to Peru in the 16th century. Her Instituto Negro Continuo, which she runs with her husband, was set up to document the culture, music and dance associated with her ancestry.

Nicole Henry Named "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" at NYC's 25th Annual Bistro Awards On Tuesday, April 13, in the company of great entertainers such as Mitzi Gaynor and Elaine Stritch; Nicole Henry was honored with "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist 2010" at the 25th Annual Bistro Awards Gala held in New York City. Even though Nicole has only been performing in NY just shy of a year, her shows have earned her impressive press and recognition.

Returning to the U.S. this week from a 7-city tour of sold-out concerts in Russia, Nicole continues her monthly NY shows and announces her debut at The Royal Room in Palm Beach. Visit for additional touring details.
- Watch Nicole's Press Video
- Read Nicole's New York Times Review

Photo by Dmitry Loshagin- Russia

New York
The Metropolitan Room
Friday, April 23, 9:45pm

Friday, May 14, 9:45pm

34 W. 22nd Street
(btw 5th & 6th Ave.)
NY, NY 10010

Palm Beach
The Royal Room
at The Colony
Friday, May 28, 8:00pm

Saturday, May 29, 8:00pm

155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Performance wardrobe provided by:
Nicole Miller Logo Dark
656 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

"An artist who knows how to make a song her own...she has a potent voice and her interpretive sense is sharp and distinctive." - Billboard

"She can sing a power ballad as well as Whitney, Diana and Patti..." - Jazz Times

"...beautiful, emotionally evocative...a terrific voice and a sensitive way with a lyric." - Jazz Improv

Nicole's #7 Billboard-Charting CD "The Very Thought of You," and
her previous TOP 10 CDs "The Nearness of You" and "Teach Me Tonight" available at:
iTunes; Amazon; Barnes & Noble

NearnessCD TeachMeTonight CDVery ThoughtCD

Portland's Jessy J--Latina's in the mix..her "Tequila Moon" was 2008 Billboard #1!


Marion Rung is a Finnish Pop Singer her voice is so beautiful --The Long and Winding Road is a difficult song to sing.

Cleveland's Elizabeth Mis-On Soprano Sax at 18--a whole life of great music ahead..


Fresno's Jeannette Harris-A Diva on Alto Sax...Another former child Prodigy-

Selena Jones

Beginning this year 2010, Salena again sold out at London`s Pizza on the Park, Hyde Park Corner, where she returns on April 17th and May 24th.

Madeleine Peyroux

Read one of her rare interviews in the Diva Diction Group.

The Goddess of Cool.What a Woman! Ms.H.FolaSADE Adu is here because she is a Jazzy Diva, and the undisputed Goddess of Cool. Her Cinematic video is all that she embodies. A sultry,intelligent ,spiritual, naturally beautiful being.Like vintage wine, rich, full and lasting.©


Our young Divas..wishing them the best.. Bianca will be 16 years old this year..

We are aware of Charice but the maturity and confidence of this young Diva is evident.

Nicole Henry becoming New York's Jazz fans favorite Diva: Will be at her home away from home it seems-The Metropolitan Room Looking lovelier than ever and still adding that magic styling to standards! March 19th.2010

Photo Credit :Hans Blossey
Morroco's Malika Zarra See the interview on Morocco's Jazz Jewel:

Kat Parra-San Francisco's world music jazz diva who connects with Afro-Cuban, Sephardic sounds.

Israeli Anat Cohen
Israeli-born clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen arrived on the New York jazz scene in 1999 in full stride. With an artistic palette extending from Brazilian choro and Afro-Cuban tunes to Middle Eastern rhythmic figures, Cohen combines traditional jazz with an intoxicating array of world music.

May we introduce you to:
Haydee Milanes--She sings more in the Smooth Jazz genre which is still new to Cuban Jazz..the daughter of Pablo Milanes she has a great future if President Obama would work on lifting that unmeritorious embargo.No she does not sound like Norah Jones..she sounds like herself from a long line of musicians. We like her!!


Cuba's Lilia Exposito Pino also known as "Bellita."

The Bay Area's Paula West. Her singing describes the nomenclature of this page, Heaven & Jazz-On" Fly Me to the Moon" this sultry contralto sends you into a relaxed chill space.

Las Vegas has several shades of Emerald Jade, she sounds sexy and sultry ..

Ive Mendes--self explanatory..she is Brazilian!

Introducing from the United Kingdom: Ms. Dionne Bromfield, the god-daughter of Amy Winehouse It takes a truly big and truly humble star to sing background to help another rising star-You go Amy Winehouse, show them what you're really made of. We send you healing light.

Erin Boheme homegrown from Wisconsin USA, sings sweet and sultry jazz standards

Esperanza Spalding shown here at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Dec 2009 will be at the NJ Performing Arts Center with Cassandra Wilson 3/06/2010We're hoping the President will make a better choice for his next Inaugural -now that he has been exposed to real talent.

>Danish Jazz songbird Malene Mortensen

Cynthia Scott Our Esteemed site member -Songs on her CD "Dream for One Bright World" A former "Raelette" with Ray Charles.

© Permission granted. Above photo.
Chicagoan Deborah Connors sings with De'Nate our site member and her sultry sounds

Esperanza Spalding-as long as this talented and accomplished cutie pie..stays on top of her P.R. people she will make it really big..we're hoping..appearing Feb.4-7 at Dmitriou's Jazz Alley 206-441-9729

Cape Verdean Sara Tavares -not only is she Lovely but she sings like an angel even if we don't understand Portuguese!

Jean Carne with Grover Washington Jr. -The Look of Love

Amy Winehouse She is her own Virgoan Muse- as a composer and singer


Her originality in "Round Midnight" is fantastic..we listened to about 20 versions and hers was the most soulful.

Jane Monheit Sings effortlessly..Scats nicely..

Eliane Elias Brazilian Jazz Diva truly as sultry as a diva can be!

Cassandra Wilson -Closer to You

Candy Dulfer..whose idol is Alto sax player Maceo Parker (James Brown's bandplayer) gave props to Rosa King, a known Blues and Sax Player who let Candy play at the North Sea Jazz Festival when she was 12-years old..


Mindi Abair with former President Bill "Sax" Clinton~~

Dorothy Donegan, another brilliant pianist who could play Liszt or Rachmaninoff-& jazz in all its forms..A genius with all the quirky behavior that geniuses exibit..Beautiful in her youth

Still performing in her 70's now gone forever..


Uber Jazz Pianist Geri Allen at Cecil's in West Orange, NJ

Posted in EVENTS..this weekend December 18-19th, West Orange, N.J.

Mindi Abair on Sax February 11-14, 2010
$25.50 - $39.50

Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley present pop-influenced jazz saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair for four nights, touring in support of her latest release Stars. Band members are TBA. Set times Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and 10:00pm. Set time on Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6pm on Thursday and 5:30pm Friday – Sunday.

Where do you go from #1? If you’re singer, songwriter and saxophonist Mindi Abair - whose 2006 release Life Less Ordinary debuted at the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart - you step out of your comfort zone, reach deep inside, follow your heart, write a bunch of killer songs showcasing your dynamic vocals like never before and, yes, aim for the Stars.

Keiko Matsui an enchantress on Piano..Beautiful.

Joyce Cooling-awesome on guitar

Paula Atherton..On the scene with "Block Party" currently playing.

Cindy Bradley on Trumpet Playing "Pieces of Dreams"Video

"Bloom" now playing from her new CD

Tineke Postma playing with the international jazz quartet.

Izaline Calister, her rendition of "Mi Pais" in Papiamentu from Curacao, The Netherlands Antilles


Congratulations Ms. Welsman on your nominations Best Female Artist Canada
Carol Welsman's new CD " I Like Men".Featuring "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."

Sandra Mihanovich new CD release

Nancy Wilson on Vocals to " Imagine This" now playing..

composed for her by our Esteemed member and super talented percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington:

Pamela Williams known as the "Saxtress: "Afterglow" ,"Secret Garden" Currently Playing

with Teena Marie and Patti Labelle on vocals.

Dee Dee Bridgewater, "Midnight Sun."

Dianne Reeves,Title 2 "Jazz Baltica"

Julie London,Title 3 "Cry Me A River"

Myanna ,Title 4 our Esteemed member and one a* kickin! Sax player!"Freedom's Dance"
You are listening to Myanna Pontoppidan

Valentine's Day Gig see times under events. February 2010
Nnenna Freelon Title 5 (Clark Terry) " I Live To Love You"

Diana Krall, Title 6 "Temptation"

Some of the greatest Jazz Divas some featured on our site in one CD:Artist: VA
Title Of Album: Rendezvous Jazz Woman
Year Of Release: 2008 Label: Magnetic Records Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz

01. Julie London - Come On-A My House (2:33)
02. Carmen Mcrae With The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (2:14)
03. Eliane Elias - Oye Como Va (4:05)
04. Coralie Clement - Samba De Mon Coeur Qui Bat (3:51)
05. Wanda Sa - It's To Late (4:25)
06. Yvonne Sanchez - Rainbow (3:53)
07. Silvana Malta - Samba Rosgado (3:10)
08. Chiara Civello - Without Him (Her) (3:02)
09. Casandra Mckinley - I Want You (3:26)
10. Luciana Souza - God Only Knows (3:48)
11. Beady Belle - Whe My Anger Starts To Cry (3:44)
12. Caroline Henderson - I'm A Fool To Want You (3:22)
13. Erin Boheme - Let's Do It (5:07)
14. Rigmor Gustafsson - Don't Do It In Here (3:05)
15. Shirley Horn - Hit The Road Jack (3:08)
16. Club Des Belugas - It's Beautiful Day (3:28)

CD 2:

01. The Moleskins - Money (5:15)
02. Solveig Slettahjell - P.S. I Love You (1:52)
03. Erin Boheme - Touch Me Tonight (4:38)
04. Marie Inger - If You Go Away (3:41)
05. Holly Cole - Larger Than Life (3:35)
06. Renee Olstead - A Love That Will Last (3:27)
07. Caroline Henderson - I'm A Fool To Want You (2:57)
08. Cassandra Wilson - Crazy (2:19)
09. Beady Belle - Game (4:39)
10. Molly Johnson - If You Know Love (3:41)
11. Malene Mortensen - I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (3:40)
12. Ulita Knaus - Four On The Floor (3:34)
13. Melody Gardot - Goodnite (2:52)
14. Dianne Reeves - Lovin' You (5:24)
15. Kate Schutt - Wrecking Ball (3:22)
16. Karrin Allyson - Pra Dizer Adeus (Time To Say Goodbye) (4:47)

Jazz Diva Diane Marino covers "GROOVIN' The Young Rascals' hit featuring Felix Cavalieri

Featuring Miles..We were in a funky mood, .. you know balance the C'hi!
Every once in a while we need Miles..We played "So What" with:
Miles Davis trumpet, band leader
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley alto saxophone
Paul Chambers double bass
Jimmy Cobb drums
John Coltrane tenor saxophone
Bill Evans piano
While we were thinking about Miles, his wonderful wife Cicely Tyson has just opened the $143 million dollar School of the Performing and Fine Arts in East Orange, N.J. Read in "Notes." Under All NotesTrumpeter Miles Brownman just did 5 WEEKS FOR MILES,covering his career at the Trane Club in Toronto..Miles' presence is ethereal. The Vibe is in the universe. We will play Miles again.
La Mujer Cubana!..!Adelante!mis hermanas canelas..sultry y lindas!!!Kissed by the Sun!Reality, it's my home in the Caribbean! Photo:Danilo Navas

Seventy-seven years after the first band was formed, the spirit of the original members of Anacaona is still alive. Today the band’s leaders -sisters Georgina and Dorita Aguirre- maintain the legacy they received from the Castro Zalarriaga sisters.
Anacaona was founded in Havana in 1932, by Concepción Castro and her sisters: Ada, Alicia, Algimira, Caridad, Emma, Olga, Ondina and Xiomara. At that time it was considered the first women son sextet; in 1934 they changed the format to JAZZ BAND and Charanga Típica. Against all the odds -being an all-female band- they embarked on a steady and very successful musical career. They traveled all over Cuba and abroad, sharing international stages with many artists from all over the world. They recorded and appeared as special guests on radio, TV shows and movies. Please see images from the
Latin Jazz Network.
Fifty years later, after finishing their studies at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in 1983, Georgina Aguirre and her sister Dorita joined the band, then under the leadership of Alicia Castro (who was the second director of the group). In 1987, the five remaining Castro Zalarriaga sisters decided to retire, and the leadership of the orchestra was passed on and kept in good hands. Since then, Anacaona has been renewed with young and talented girls, graduated from different Art schools and with the required musical talent and charisma to maintain the legendary orchestra.

ANACAONA made its first Canadian appearance during the Art of Jazz Festival in Toronto, on Saturday June 6, at the Fermenting Cellar venue, in the Distillery District. They also played an outdoor concert at the Trinity stage on Sunday, June 7.


LARISA DOLIAN..RUSSIAN Tony Winner "The Ovatsia" accomplished jazz artist..



"A human being without a conscience is like an alien with a plan" Marta Fernandez

It's illegal to annoy
A new federal law states that when you annoy someone on the Internet, you must disclose your identity. Here's the relevant language.
"Whoever...utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet... without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person...who receives the communications...shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."
Buried deep in the new law is Sec. 113, an innocuously titled bit called "Preventing Cyberstalking." It rewrites existing telephone harassment law to prohibit anyone from using the Internet "without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy."


2010 Latin Jazz Flautist Of The Year

Masaru Koga
Dos Amantes
Kat Parra & The Sephardic Music Experience

Kat Parra’s combination of Sephardic music, jazz, and Caribbean rhythms on Dos Amantes marked a new artistic direction that required forward thinking musicians. As the album’s sole wind player, flautist Masaru Koga was tasked with the daunting job of navigating traditional melodies with an eye towards Sephardic tradition while winding through Latin Jazz contexts. Koga’s insightful musicality pushed him in the right direction though, helping him to build a distinct improvisatory voice around Parra’s version of Sephardic music. His dedication to the project and Parra’s musical ideal resulted in a stellar performance that made Koga a standout part of the top-notch musical team on Dos Amantes.


!Felicidades!Congratulations Kat

Etta James, You have been a Warrior Diva. RIP 1/20/2012



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Don't miss the BOBBY SANABRIA BIG BAND w/ NEA jazz master and legendary congero CANDIDO at the YORK COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (94-45 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica) THIS SATURDAY, 10/1 @ 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 / $10 students and seniors. Parking available.


FRI 10/7 @ 7 p.m.               Gonzales & Gavillan @ PAC
TUE 10/11 @ noon                YCMC + York College Drama Royals OPEN MIC (hosted by Kyle Jackson) @ 1M06
THU 10/20 @ noon                YCMC Music Movie Time: SLAM NATION - The Sport of Spoken Word (hosted by Ayush Prasad) @ TBA
TUE 10/25 @ noon                YCMC Meeting @ 2M05
THU 10/27 @ noon                YCMC Showcase Auditions @ 2M05
TUE 11/1 @ 7 p.m.               JAZZ AT THE CHAPEL: Texas Tenor - The Illinois Jacquet Story (film) @ Illinois Jacquet
FRI 11/4 @ 7 p.m.               THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES w/ Arturo O'Farrill & the York College Big Band @ PAC ($10 suggested donation)
MON 11/7 @ 5 p.m.               Ken Adams Memorial Concert @ PAC
THU 11/10 @ noon                YCMC Music Movie Time: TBA (hosted by Ayush Prasad) @ 2M05
FRI 11/11 @ 7 p.m.              Ritz Chamber Players @ PAC
SUN 11/13 @ afternoon   York College Big Band @ York College Open House
MON 11/14 @ 7 p.m.      JAZZ AT THE CHAPEL: Jam at the Chapel @ Illinois Jacquet
THU 11/17 @ 7 p.m.              YCMC Showcase (aka Boogie Down) @ Illinois Jacquet
SAT 11/19 @ 7 p.m.              Steve Kroon @ PAC ($20)
MON 11/28 @ 7 p.m.      JAZZ AT THE CHAPEL: Jam at the Chapel @ Illinois Jacquet
FRI 12/9 @ evening              York College Big Band @ Toys for Tots
SAT 12/10 @ 7 p.m.              JAZZ AT THE CHAPEL: York College Blue Notes Fall Concert @ Illinois Jacquet
MON 12/12 @ 7 p.m.      JAZZ AT THE CHAPEL: York College Big Band Fall Concert @ Illinois Jacquet
SAT 12/17 @ evening     Holiday Concert w/ York College Big Band @ JPAC

SAT 2/18 (all day)              CLINICS: Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival, Manhattan School of Music
WED 3/7 (all day)               York College Blue Notes @ Essentially Ellington REGIONAL, Temple University, Philadelphia
FRI 3/16 @ 4 p.m.               Prosody 400 (spoken word w/ live band) @ PAC ($7 / $5 students/seniors)
SAT 3/17 @ 8 p.m.               Prosody 400 (spoken word w/ live band) @ PAC ($7 / $5 students/seniors)
SUN 3/18 @ 3 p.m.               Prosody 400 (spoken word w/ live band) @ PAC ($7 / $5 students/seniors)
TUE 3/20 @ NOON         Prosody 400 (spoken word w/ live band) @ PAC ($7 / $5 students/seniors)
FRI 3/23 @ 7 p.m.               THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES w/ James Spaulding & the York College Big Band @ PAC ($10 suggested donation)
SAT 3/24                                York College Blue Notes @ CW Post Jazz Day, Long Island
FRI 2/17 @ 7 p.m.               Avalon String Quartet @ PAC
FRI 4/20 @ 7 p.m.               April Lee James @ PAC
FRI 4/27 @ evening              York College Big Band SWING NIGHT @ JPAC
SAT 4/28 @ 7 p.m.               Clifton Anderson @ PAC ($20)
FRI 5/4 @ 7 p.m.                RENT @ PAC ($15 / $5 students)
SAT 5/5 @ 7 p.m.                RENT @ PAC ($15 / $5 students)
SUN 5/6 @ 3 p.m.                RENT @ PAC ($15 / $5 students)
FRI 5/11 @ 7 p.m.               RENT @ PAC ($15 / $5 students)
SAT 5/12 @ 2 & 7 p.m.   RENT @ PAC ($15 / $5 students)
SUN 5/13 @ 3 p.m.               RENT @ PAC ($15 / $5 students)
FRI 6/1                         YORK COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT 2012




Tessa Souter -Cornelia Cafe NYC-June 21, 2011

SADE schedule 2011 Upcoming Tour Dates Sade and John Legend Summer Tour Dates:   - Pepsi Center* 8/13 Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena 8/14 Seattle, WA - Key Arena* 8/15 Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena* 8/17 Sacramento, CA - Power Balance Pavilion* 8/19 Los Angeles, CA - Staples ,

Vanessa Rubin  at Cleveland's NIGHTTOWN


New York fans know that my concerts at Blue Note are really something special. This next one will include classic Christmas songs, interpreted Maya Azucena-style, and special guests.

Monday December 6th
@Blue Note
131 West 3rd Street, NYC 10012
8PM AND 10:30PM
$15 – ONLY $10 at the bar


Vanessa Rubin December 27th 2010


Kelly Harland

We truly are honored to have Tom Zlabinger as a member of our site.This is a memo from him:
Jazz Fans,

Please indulge the following shameless plug. Many of you have asked about what I have been up to professionally. So here you go!

Adding to the already positive press received (" of the most intriguing CDs of 2010." - AllAboutJazz), I am happy to announce that my new CD MACROSCOPIA (métier) received another nice review this week in the national magazine Jazz Times. You can find it at:

I will be performing with the musicians who made the CD (Daniel Carter, Claire DeBrunner, and Ken SIlverman) live on WKCR this Sunday, 10/10/10 at 10 p.m. (Check out that date and time!) You can connect to WKCR online to hear the performance at:

To hear samples or buy the CD, you can find it on at:

Joyce Cooling appearing at;-

Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, MA October 7th and Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ October 8th. We'll be performing some new / unreleased songs and would love for you to hear them and tell us what you think.
Following those shows, we have two more scheduled for the fall, one at the Duck Jazz Festival in North Carolina October 10th and the other at Jazz Montana in Bozeman November 6th.2010

Check out Victoria Hart influenced by Ella Fitzgerald.Singing Retro Jazz.
Are you up to date on our latest jazz divas? take a look:

Our member heads some of the greatest jazz shows in Queens, New York!
Jazz fans,

It is my honor and pleasure to remind you that the YORK COLLEGE SUMMER JAZZ PROGRAM '10 will perform at the LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE this Saturday, 8/7 @ 2 p.m. The Louis Armstrong House is located at 34-56 107th in Corona. Admission to the concert is free, and tours of the house are $8.

The York College Summer Jazz Program consists of public high school students from all over New York City. They have studied jazz history and big band performance this summer and will perform a salute to Louis Armstrong, plus music by the Doobie Brothers, Duke Ellington, Isaac Hayes, Journey, Henry Mancini, Rose Royce, Edgar Winter, and others.

For more information on SJP '10 and the Louis Armstrong House:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tom Zlabinger -
Bass Player / Ethnomusicologist
Director, The York College Big Band, The Blue Notes, and The Summer Jazz Program
Department of Performing & Fine Arts - Music
York College / CUNY
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11451
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A Jazzy Night Out
featuring Cleveland's own
Horns and Things

A student scholarship benefit
presented by
Lutheran High School East Alumni Association
Saturday July 31 6:00PM
Lutheran High School East Auditorium
3565 Mayfield Road
Cleveland Heights
Tickets $20

For tickets call Roger McClinton (216)820-5840 or Pat Temple(216)570-3588

Horns and Things

horns and thingsHorns and Things is the powerhouse contemporary jazz ensemble that has pleased audiences throughout the years! The group was founded by saxophonists J.T. Lynch and Ken LeeGrand. In an effort to find a place for their music, which could fit the modern genre and fulfill the needs of the Main Stream market, they teamed with Bassist, Derrick James, Keyboardist, Sakait Baksar and Drummer, Ray Harvin to form the nucleus of the band. Percussionist Bill Ransom has been an addition on various recording sessions and performances. This phenomenal group has been performing for over twenty years.

They have shared the spotlight with a who's who list of legendary performers from Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard and Joe Sample; to contemporary artists that include; Pieces of a Dream, Najee, Ronnie Laws, Kim Waters, Alex Bugnon and Marion Meadows. Horns and Things has opened for R&B artists such as El Debarge, Phillip Bailey, Millie Jackson and Kevin Eubanks. They have participated in jazz festivals, headlined in concerts and performed the college circuits. Horns and Things has five recording projects, which includes three C.D.'s. "Till the Dawn," Northern Wind","Da Boss", and their most recent release "Get Your Hat On"

Plus free admission back at Nighttown
Eddie Baccus Sr. Quintet
8 PM
$15. (or free with scholarship event ticket)

Thank you Maya Azucena for your kind rock girl! Maya Azucena has sent you a message.

Date: 7/07/2010
Subject: RE: Gracias!

Dear Marta,

Wow, I went over to your site to have a quick look and I love it. So many absolutely lovely women powerhouses. I was totally surprised to see a story about me right in the middle! THANK YOU. Your support is one of those blessings that an artist like me takes to heart.

Furthermore, your 100 Women Changing the World sounds so cool. Keep me posted as you develop things.

Thank you for taking the time to reach out.

Blessings to you!

Maya Azucena

Gil Scott-Heron

· Afro Celt Sound System (United Kingdom) · Alim Qasimov Ensemble (Azerbaijan) · The Drummers of Burundi (Burundi) · Hanggai (China (Peoples Republic)) · Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (Australia) · Horace Andy (Jamaica) · Imelda May (Ireland (Irish Republic)) · Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara (United Kingdom) & (Gambia) · LA-33 (Colombia) · Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde) · Nouvelle Vague (France) · Rolf Harris and His Band (Australia) · Salif Keita (Mali) · Staff Benda Bilili (Congo Dem. Rep.) · Tanya Tagaq (Canada) · Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (United Kingdom) · Gil Scott-Heron (United States) ·

· Toumast (Niger Republic) · The Bays & The Heritage Orchestra with Simon Hale & John Metcalfe (United Kingdom) · Steven Sogo (Burundi) · Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin) · Poirier feat. Face T (Canada/Jamaica) · LaBrassBanda (Germany) · Don Letts (United Kingdom) · Lepisto & Lehti (Finland) · Rango (Egypt) · Novalima (Peru) · Sentimento Gypsy Paganini (Hungary) · Calypso Rose (Trinidad & Tobago) · Bibi Tanga and The Selenites (Central African Rep./France) · Little Axe (United States) · Syriana (Algeria/Ireland (Irish Republic)/Jordan/United Kingdom/Palestine) · Dan Sultan (Australia) · The Kamkars (Iran) · Dobet Gnahore (Cote d'Ivoire) ·

Please note that the line-up may be subject to change

Legendary Jazz Impresario George Wein To Be Honored At 3rd Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert
Featuring world-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis and special guest appearance by premier modern jazz pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis.

George Wein by Suzanne Cerny

Legendary jazz impresario, George Wein, will be the first recipient of York College’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the College’s 3rd Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert, Monday, April 19, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Wein has spearheaded hundreds of music events annually since 1954 when he produced the first Newport Jazz Festival an event that started the festival era. Five years later, Wein and folk icon Pete Seeger founded the Newport Folk Festival where the two music giants celebrated 50 years of folk with 15,000 fans in August 2009.

World-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis, born in 1960, has always been a man of numerous musical interests, from jazz, blues and funk to such classical music projects as the Fall 2008 tour with Marsalis Brasilianos. The three-time Grammy winner has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of his own label, Marsalis Music, founded in 2002. The New Orleans native was born into one of the city’s most distinguished musical families, which includes patriarch/pianist/educator Ellis and Branford’s siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. Branford gained initial acclaim through his work with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton’s quintet in the early 1980’s before forming his own ensemble. He has also performed and recorded with a who’s who of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins

"On this evening when we honor legendary jazz impresario George Wein with a Lifetime Achievement Award, it’s important to note that tonight’s concert benefits the talented young people at York College who are beginning their lifetime of achievement," said George P. Aridas, chair of the York College Foundation.

Working with our member Tom Zlabinger

'X' marks his spot:
Teen drummer snares
soloist honor

BY Leigh Remizowski

Tuesday, March 2nd 2010, 2:31 PM

THIS 17-YEAR-OLD drummer is following in the
footsteps of Queens jazz legends such as Louis
Armstrong, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie.

Xavier Hill, of Rosedale, moved a step closer to
joining that list of greats when he was named
outstanding drum soloist at the Charles Mingus

The Feb. 14 contest pitted high school jazz groups
from 18 states against one another as they played
Mingus' greatest hits. Hill, better known as "X" by
his bandmates, and his five-person ensemble
played three songs for a panel of judges.

"The other drummers that played were kind of the
same. I stood out," said the Gramercy Arts High
School senior.

His award-winning moment, which came in the
middle of Mingus' "Pithecanthropus Erectus," was "a
big, surprising solo in 6/8 [meter]," Hill said.

"Jazz is all about taking risks," said band director
Tom Zlabinger. "And X is good at that."

The quintet is made up of five high school
musicians from the Blue Notes - a band in residence
at York College in Jamaica.

The Blue Notes are part of CUNY's College Now
program, which brings public high school students
onto college campuses. Most of its members are
from Queens and all attend public high schools in
the city.

The Blue Notes were one of three finalists in the
specialized high school group category, along with
students from the Eastman School of Music in
Rochester and the competition's winners, from the
Manhattan School of Music.

"To me, that was the real big win," said Zlabinger,
referring to Hill's victory over drummers who attend
private music schools across the country.

Other members of the group are bassist Solomon
Cohen, trumpeter Gregory Ceus, trombonist
Alejandro Espinosa and saxophonist Ashley
Chambers. All five are high school seniors.

"It's nice to be playing with people my age," said
Hill, who often plays with older friends. "We're all
growing together."

Hill is applying to Berklee College of Music in
Boston, and the New School in Manhattan, and
hopes to start training to become a professional

He has been playing since he received his first drum
kit when he was 3 years old. Ever since, Hill's
passion has been for jazz.

"It's the most expressive music," he said. "Every
other genre leads back to it."

Hill said he likes the freedom that jazz gives - that
although there's form, "what happens, happens," he

It's this attitude that makes him a leader in the Blue
Notes, said the group's bassist.

"Playing with X keeps you on your toes," Cohen said.


Jazz Master Jesús Chucho Valdés, the Cuban Institute of the Music, together with the Jazz Plaza Organizing Committee, warmly invite you to attend the 26th Edition of the Havana International Jazz Festival in December 2010. We encourage you to join with our stellar Cuban and international musicians who'll be performing for 30,000 guests at the following venues: Teatro Mella, Teatro Karl Marx, Teatro Amadeo Roldan, Teatro América, Casa de la Cultura de Plaza, and Teatro de Museo de Bellas Artes. Don't miss out. Join the Havana International Jazz Festival Tour.

2010 Jazz Plaza Organizing Committee:
Master Jesús Chucho Valdés, Jazz Festival President
Alexis Vázquez Aguilera, Jazz Festival Vice President
Nieves Candelario, Jazz Festival Executive Director

Thanks to Jim Wadsworth Agency

T.S.MonkThe T.S. Monk Jazz Sextet’s driving style carries on in the tradition of Monk's father, legendary jazz artist Thelonious Monk, to bridge the musical genres. As a drummer T.S. Monk holds a unique position in the jazz world. He continues the legacy of his father's music both as a performer and as an educator. He chairs the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute which has become one of the premier schools for aspiring jazz musicians in the country.

Jazz is a major music form in Cuba.

* Cuban Music Band to Perform in Mega-Concert in China
* Benny More’s Grave to Become National Heritage Site
* Kool and the Gang Awarded 2009 Cubadisco Honor Prize
* Latin Grammy for Omara Portuondo, Chucho Valdés
* Cuban Pianist Delights Japanese Audience in Tokyo and Yokohama

Nominated for Grammy 2010 Young up and coming Jazz star:Christian Sands
A protégé of Dr. Billy Taylor, pianist Christian Sands is a “rising star” in the world of jazz. He takes a fresh look at the entire language of jazz: stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban. Part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.
Christian Sands Trio©

Alvin Atkinson,Jr. and the Sound Merchants, toured the Middle East and Russia through the Rhythm Road Jazz Ambassadors Tour in 2007 and 2008. Most recently, the group gave performances throughout the regions of Iraq, Afghanistan, Armenia and Lebanon in 2009. Members of the band have included master musicians such as Stacy Dillard, Paul Beaudry, Sean Higgins, LaKesha Benjamin, Ameen Saleem, Jon Lefkowski, Sharp Radway, Vaughn Ambrose and Corcoran Holt.
Bermuda born Ben won the ASCAP Young Composer Award for 2009

"HIROSHIMA"For their album "LEGACY"No Grammy for Hiroshima, Kitaro
LOS ANGELES — Hiroshima and Kitaro were among the nominees at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony, held Jan. 31 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but did not win in their respective categories.

Los Angeles-based Hiroshima was nominated for its latest release, “Legacy,” in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. The Grammy went to Booker T. Jones for “Potato Hole.” Also nominated were Chris Botti for “In Boston,” the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman for “Modern Art,” and Spyro Gyra for “Down the Wire.”

This was Hiroshima’s second Grammy nomination. Maybe Next time-

Salena Jones

Antonio Carlos Jobim & Salena Jones."I Was Just One More." Pause I-Pod to hear videos   Montreux Jazz Festival 2008-CD Release 2009


Chick Corea,Stanley Clark & Lenny White.

NAJEE @ The Illinois Jacquet Performance Center

Do not miss your chance to hear the one and only NAJEE at the Illinois Jacquet Performance Space (94-15 159th St, Jamaica) THIS MONDAY, 11/16 @ 7 p.m. as part of his promotion for his new album MIND OVER MATTER. The world-class saxophonist Najee grew up in Jamaica, Queens and is returning to the community to talk about his experiences and share his talents with up-and-coming musicians from the area. The event will also include a live performance by Najee backed by the York College Jazz Faculty Trio. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Did you miss it? we played the boys..
..Mr. Magic, Grover Washington,Jr., Grazing in the Grass, Hugh Masakela, Girl Talk on Tenor Sax,Chameleon- Herbie Hancock,Running Away- Roy Ayers,Soul Sauce- Cal Tjader, Song For My Father-Horace Silver,The Bottle- Gil-Scott Heron, So What?- Miles Davis Lester Left Town- Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers, Pat Metheny,Kenny Garrett, Boney James....

Classic Jazz .
Jazz Jam
Soul Jazz of the '60s

Rose Theater

Whether you call it hard bop or soul jazz, small bands like Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Cannonball Adderley and Horace Silver quintets made some of the era's best-loved music, combining tight ensembles with emotional solos that produced a bluesy, church-driven sound. The concert features two all-star groups led by two all-star musicians. Wess Anderson plays music from his alto saxophone inspiration Cannonball Adderley and his collaborations with Nancy Wilson. Kenny Washington channels his heroes Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and composer-pianist Horace Silver. Benny Green, Nnenna Freelon, Nicholas Payton, Terrell Stafford and more join the show.

Soul Jazz of the ‘60s is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and President Obama's commitment to preservation of the art form.

CHAD GALE with our Member Tom Zlabinger Bassist and Ethnomusicologist @York College,Jamaica, New York
Jazz Fans,

saxophonist Chad Gales and the York College Jazz Faculty Trio will perform at the Illinois Jacquet Performance Space located at 94-15 159th St in Jamaica, NY on the York College Campus. The venue may be reached via the 159th Street Walkway between Archer and Liberty Avenues. This event will be the first installment of the newly created JAZZ AT THE CHAPEL concert series organized jointly by the Prospect Cemetery Association, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, and York College / CUNY. The purpose of the series is to showcase and share the talents of jazz musicians in the greater Queens community honors the memory of Illinois Jacquet, local jazz great whose birthday is October 31st.

A native of New Orleans, Chad Gales has performed and recorded with artists such as George Benson, Brian Blade, Jimmy Heath, Ellis Marsalis, Grady Tate, and Clark Terry. He served as faculty at the York College Summer Jazz Program this year and continues to tour all over the world. Pianist Yoichi Uzeki tours the world as a sideman and bandleader. Drummer George Gray has performed with such musical giants ranging from Earth, Wind, & Fire, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Stevie Wonder. Bassist Tom Zlabinger is director of the jazz ensembles at York College and is an ethnomusicologist. In honor of the chapel's namesake and his upcoming birthday on Halloween, the quartet will honor the Texas Tenor with a performance of his "Flying Home."

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with Baku born Larisa Dolian and Al Jarreau


Thanks to our Male Members and supporters for their love and good wishes: Best of Luck Alvin on your new CD.

Geneva, Switzerland

Ras Nas Nasibu Mwanakuzu
Oslo, Norway

Bennet Campoverde
Colombia, South America

Dr. Larry Ross
St.Louis , Missouri USA

Marco Cerilli
Terracina, Italy

Tom Zlabinger
New York


DJ Exile
New Jersey



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MJJ-The greatest dancer!We salute you.~~.HIS OFFICIAL MOVIE TRAILER 'THIS IS IT " IS NOW POSTED.

Happy 7 year anniversary! 4/29/09-4/29/15 7 years.

were on the case!(wink)


Dubai Jazz Fest in March 2011 promises to be exciting!


Next Week at Nighttown
10/10 Sun 2010 Joe McBride Trio 7PM $15.
10/11 Mon Joshua Breakstone Duo 7PM $10.
10/13 Wed TOPS Swingband Benefit 7PM $100.
10/14 Thurs Greg Bandy Organ Trio 8PM $20.
10/16 Sat SFJazz Collective 2 shows 8 & 10PM $30.


The 15th Summer Jazz Festival, 4 July-18 August 2010:
Bobby McFerrin, Marcus Stockhausen, Paulo Fresu , Władysław "Adzik" Sendecki, NDR Big Band and others..

World Book on Jazz includes Carol Welsman and Susanna Grzanna who we have featured..Ladies of Jazz in 6 volumes is the who's who of Jazz artists worldwide.


DAVE BRUBECK The legendary pianist turns 89 on December 6th,2009 and will be honored at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors Gala. Brubeck said in a statement that his mother would have been delighted since Elizabeth Ivey Brubeck, a classical pianist, was at first disappointed by her son playing Jazz. He recalled that when he graduated High School back in 1938, his mother wrote in her diary: "I think there is some hope for David after all." In a recent phone interview from Seattle, he told the Associated Press:"She finally came around to what I was doing. She lived long enough to see good results, and she enjoyed going to the concerts." President Obama and his wife Michelle will host the honorees at the White House before attending the gala. In his memoirs, Obama wrote of going to a Brubeck concert as a child. The Kennedy Center Honors series recognize performing artists for their contributions to American Culture. Brubeck's landmark 1959 album Time Out with the classic Take Five turned 50 this year. Among the hundreds of recordings are pieces where he set the music to the words of the Old Testament and of Martin Luther King Jr.
His alma mater The University of the Pacific has honored him with the Brubeck Jazz Institute.

TOM ZLABINGER is an instructor of music at York College/CUNY and is the director of The York College Big Band, The Blue Notes, and The Summer Jazz Program. He is a professional bass player and an ethnomusicologist with a focus on jazz. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the CUNY Graduate Center and his dissertation topic is on the contemporary jazz and improvised music scene in Vienna, Austria.

After finishing an International Baccalaureate Diploma at the American International School of Vienna in Austria, Tom completed a B.A. in music at Grinnell College and an M.A. in jazz performance at Queens College/CUNY. His bass teachers have included Bob Anderson (Minnesota Orchestra), Dan Breeze, Terry Burns, Anthony Cox, Leon Lee Dorsey, Mark Dresser, Henry Grimes, Rich Mollin, Gary Raynor, and Jay Young.

Dr.Ralph Bunche was a Diplomat who won a Noble Peace Prize in the resolution of the Middle East conflict in 1948. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the London School of Economics and did research in anthropology.



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