California Jazz Foundation Honors Educators And Jazz Icons Kenny Burrell And Gerald Wilson At Annual Give The Band A Hand Gala On April 8, 2017
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — California Jazz Foundation (CJF) will host its fifth annual Give the Band a Hand benefit dinner, concert and honors presentation on April 8, 2017. CJF founder and President, Edythe Bronston, had previously announced that guitarist Kenny Burrell is the recipient of the 2017 Nica Lifetime Achievement Award and the late Gerald Wilson, trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, is the recipient of the CJF Heritage Award.
Pianist Christian Sands Manifests New Experiences Stretching Into Progressive New Territory on Mack Avenue Records Debut, REACH – Available April 21
With his debut Mack Avenue Records recording, REACH, singularly talented pianist and five-time Grammy® Award nominee Christian Sands is stretching into exciting progressive territory as he breaks new ground traversing from the straight-ahead zone into fresh-sounding music influenced by a range of styles, from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip-hop beats to dirty blues with an edge.
Eddie Palmieri Announces First New Album Since 2006
*Grammy-Winning Music Icon Celebrates 80th Birthday With Release Of ‘Sabiduria’ featuring Donald Harrison Jr, Marcus Miller, Alfredo de la Fe, Joe Locke, Johnny Rivero, Ronnie Cuber and more*
Two Thousand Sixteen – A challenging year on planet Earth. We’ve honored many of our musical heroes, and reconsidered the value of music in our lives. The battles for justice and peace that have dominated the last 50 years have been brought to the forefront as we also question the values of our fast-moving world.
Humanity’s Future Takes Shape on Nicole Mitchell’s
Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
OUT May 5, 2017 (FPE Records)
Blurring the edges between philosophy and mysticism, modern art and radical political critique, the Afrofuturist impulse has been a cultural force since the mid-20th century. That’s when jazz visionary Sun Ra and his Arkestra first touched down on Planet Earth and told humanity that space (outer and inner) is indeed the place.
Saxophonist Bobby Watson Shines Light on
Vital but Largely Unappreciated Black Pioneers
on Made in America, Available April 21
via Smoke Sessions Records
While Black History Month provides an annual reminder of the momentous contributions that African-Americans have made to the nation’s history, 28 days out of 365 aren’t nearly enough to compensate for the neglect those “hidden figures” (to borrow the title of a recent hit film) have suffered in classrooms and history books.
Bassist/Composer Linda May Han Oh Finds Beauty in Exploring Life’s More Challenging Pathways on Walk Against Wind Oh’s Fourth Album, Out April 14 on Biophilia Records,
The art of mime, with its embrace of silence and pure physical expression, may seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for a jazz musician. But in “Walking Against the Wind,” one of Marcel Marceau’s best-loved pieces, bassist/composer Linda May Han Oh found a stunning metaphor for the life of an artist.
TERENCE BLANCHARD RELEASES SOUNDTRACK ALBUM FOR
THE COMEDIAN STARRING ROBERT DE NIRO & LESLIE MANN
Multiple GRAMMY-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard has composed a sublime jazz score for The Comedian, the new movie starring Robert De Niro and Leslie Mann that was directed by Taylor Hackford and opens nationwide today.
TROMBONE SHORTY SIGNS WITH BLUE NOTE RECORDS;
LABEL DEBUT DUE OUT THIS APRIL AHEAD OF APPEARANCE AT
2017 NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Trombone Shorty has signed with Blue Note Records and will make his debut for the iconic jazz label this April ahead of his appearance at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where he has inherited the festival’s prestigious closing set in the legacy of great New Orleans artists like the Neville Brothers and Professor Longhair.
Up and Coming Pianist Kayla Waters to Release New Debut Album “APOGEE” on Feb. 24th, 2017
Hot new artist, Kayla Waters is an elite pianist, composer, songwriter, and performer. Recently landing a record deal with Trippin N’ Rhythm Records (SONY), Kayla’s new single “I Am” hit #1 on Billboard’s Most Increased Plays in Smooth Jazz just 10 days after its debut.
Available Now via Alpha Pup Records / World Galaxy:
Miles Mosley Leads the Revolution Against
Archaic Notion of Jazz with UPRISING
The word “uprising” is often used in moments in which a group of people witness their strength in numbers and band together to seize an opportunity. This embodies the time we are currently living in, where people all over the world in art and politics are recognizing their own power in numbers…