Fred Händl

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Marike van Dijk’s new album to be released on February 24

“The Stereography Project” by saxophonist and composer Marike van Dijk will be released in New York, this February 24th, by Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. The music on the album “The Stereography Project” is a cinematic mix of jazz, classical and pop and features an ensemble of five instruments, string quartet, jazz rhythm section, and vocals …

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New album by José James brings homage to Billie Holiday

The American singer José James tributes his new album “Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday” to the legendary jazz singer. This year, April 7 to be precise, marks the 100th birthday of Billie Holiday. José James and Blue Note’s president and producer Don Was have joined forces on this tribute. Besides …

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Cassandra Wilson pays tribute to Billy Holiday

Singer Cassandra Wilson’s new album “Coming Forth By Day,” is a tribute to Billie Holiday. To be released on April 7, 2015, Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday. Wilson, who has always been inspired by Holiday, choose the title to honour the iconic singer. “Coming Forth By Day” is an English translation of the title of the …

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Blue rememberance plaque for Kenny Wheeler

Last week, a blue remembrance plaque was placed at the old house of trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler. The plaque at his home in Leytonstone marks the time that Wheeler lived there, from 1972 until his death in September 2014. Kenny Wheeler is seen as one of the most influential trumpet players of the past …

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January 27, Bobby Hutcherson’s birthday

Today, January 27, marks the 74th birthday of jazz vibraphonist and marimba player Bobby Hutcherson. Born in Los Angeles in 1941, Hutchinson was first introduced to the world of jazz by his brother, who introduced him to some Art Blakey recordings. When his older sister sang in Gerald Wilson’s orchestra she introduced her brother to …

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Tim Langedijk Trio – Açenja

Açenja is the latest release of the Tim Langedijk Trio (Tim Langedijk – guitar, Udo Pannekeet – bass and Hans van Oosterhout – drums). Açenja is, to say the least, a most fascinating album. A (never thought I would ever use that word in a music review, but I’m going to do it, now) refined …

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Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock to tour again after 37 years

For the first time in 37 years, jazz icons Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea will be touring together again! Hancock and Corea have announced a world tour in which they both will be playing the piano. Kicking the tour off in Seattle (March 14), they will then continue to tour the US, Asia, Australia and …

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Gary Burton’s 71st birthday

On January 23, Gary Burton celebrates his 71st birthday. The vibraphonist might not be a well-known name for the young generation, but in the jazz scene, Burton’s an icon. Self-taught, Gary Burton made his first recordings at 17, collaborating with Chet Atkins and Hank Garland. At 19, Burton was a full-time professional jazz artist. Two year later, at only 21, …

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The Cubop City Big Band 1995-2015

Twenty years ago, Dutch drummer Lucas van Merwijk founded Cubop City Big Band. It was named after the New York club ‘Cubop City’. The stage that is considered the birthplace of Cubop (a mix of Bebob and Cuban ‘son’). Jazz pioneers as Gillespie, Machito, Pozo and Parker played extensively in the venue in the 40’s …

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