Feb 27

Jazz Fellow Giorgi Mikadze From Tbilisi Innovates New Microtonal Sounds in Southern California Residency

Composer, arranger, and pianist Giorgi Mikadze brings an international groove to 18th Street Arts Center’s Make Jazz Fellowship. Born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Mikadze is in residence at 18th Street Arts Center till March 30, 2017. The new body of work he will develop during his time in Southern California explores the microtonalities of traditional …

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Feb 26

Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces Finalists 22nd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the 15 finalist bands that will compete in the 22nd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival – one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world – at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on May 11 – 13, 2017. …

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Feb 12

Jazz legend Al Jarreau dead at 76

American jazz singer Al Jarreau passed away this morning. This has been announced on the singer’s website. This week he has been hospitalized with dehydration. The tour he was doing, he had to stop this. Al Jarreau is seen as one of the most celebrated jazz singers and is the only singer ever who won …

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Feb 12

Acclaimed Jazz Fusion Drummer/Composer Bob Holz Returns With Visions & Friends

Bob Holz, popular drummer, composer and band leader has returned with his second MVD Records release, Visions and Friends, a further continuation of the contemporary jazz/funk fusion he spearheaded with 2015’s acclaimed A Vision Forward album. The new album includes contributions from music legend Larry Coryell on guitar; iconic horn master Randy Brecker, and bassist …

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Feb 07

Nonprofit Hosting Jazz & Gumbo Festival to Benefit Homeless Veterans & Families

Volunteers of America of Florida is hosting its first ever benefit concert, 2017 Jazz & Gumbo Festival, in which proceeds will benefit homeless Veterans, Veteran families and related services. Proceeds will benefit homeless Veterans & services via Volunteers of America of Florida and Rotary Clubs of The St. Petersburg Area & Gulf Beaches, https://www.rotary.org. Volunteers …

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Jan 23

Taco will release ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz 2017′

“Puttin’ On The Ritz” is the title of an American jazz standard released by Irving Berlin in 1929. Thanks to the eponymous 1930 film, it’s a song that everyone knows. Dance and film legend Fred Astaire first recorded it in 1930, securing the song’s status as an evergreen in the 1946 film “Blue Skies”. In …

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Dec 29

The WDR Extends its Contract with Wayne Marshall as Chief Conductor of the WDR Funkhaus-Orchestra Cologne

Chief Conductor Wayne Marshall will continue to conduct the WDR Funkhaus-Orchestra. His contract, which has been in force since August 2014, has been extended until August 2020. WDR Radio Director, Valerie Weber, commented: “Wayne Marshall convinces with his exceptional talent – as a conductor, but also as a soloist. With his esprit and his charm, …

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Dec 27

Osaru Releases New Smooth Jazz Album

Osaru, a NC-based musician and physician, releases a surprise album just in time for the holiday season. His latest smooth jazz release features lead soprano, and tenor saxophone sounds. ‘Stepping up the B-Side’ is an alternate version of his recently released album, Stepping Up. All of the songs have been remixed. In ‘old school terms’, …

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Nov 17

No Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival in 2017

In joint consultation, Fundashon Bon Intenshon and Mojo Concerts have decided not to organize Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival in September 2017. The reason is that there are no main acts available in this period. After seven wonderful editions with legendary concerts, the festival has come to a standstill in 2017. In order to maintain …

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Oct 29

Osaru Releases New Smooth Jazz Album

The Musical MD takes another quick break from caring for his patients, to release a brand new smooth jazz album titled ‘Stepping up’. This is a 10-song collection of original tracks written, produced and performed by the artist. It features smooth, melodic tenor and soprano sax phrasing, sprinkled with subtle keyboard and vocal syncopation on …

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