After Long Planning, Japan’s “Eternal Idol”
Seiko Matsuda’s New Jazz Project Goes Into High Gear
With over forty music awards, a record of 24 consecutive number one single hits on Japan’s Oricon charts and several hits on the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart, Seiko Matsuda has been active internationally since 1980. Now, after six years of planning, Matsuda finally unveils her first jazz album Seiko Jazz (Available May 12 via Verve).
Jason Miles Will Release Kind of New 2: Blue is Paris on May 12
Legendary producer, keyboardist and composer Jason Miles‘ Kind of New 2: Blue is Paris, featuring ten interpretations of the titular piece which he composed after visiting Paris in the weeks immediately following the 2015 terror attacks, will be released on May 12 on Lightyear Entertainment, distributed worldwide through Caroline/Universal Music Group.
Ahmad Jamal Cements Role as Leading Force in Jazz with Love Letter to
Iconic City in Southern France, Marseille
The name Ahmad Jamal is synonymous with peerless talent, unmatched character, and a world-renowned career; and his highly anticipated upcoming album, Marseille, will continue to elevate his stature.
Plugged In: Saxophonist Elan Trotman adds EDM beats to his Caribbean-jazz fusion
BOSTON (24 April 2017): Saxophonist Elan Trotman is unwavering in his committed to wave the flag high for Caribbean music, but after releasing six soul-jazz albums and more than ten chart-topping singles that made him a permanent fixture on radio playlists, the Barbados native is “shaking it up” by going electronic on “Electro Sax,” his seventh outing which was released last Friday (April 21) by Island Muzik Productions.
Trombone Shorty Announces Fall Headline Tour
Blue Note Debut Parking Lot Symphony Out This Friday 4/28
Trombone Shorty has released “No Good Time,” the third single from Parking Lot Symphony, the Blue Note debut by the beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower born Troy Andrews, which comes out this Friday, April 28.
Flute And Vocal Maven
Has Some Treble Up Her Sleeve
Contemporary jazz’s most promising artist is set to release her fourth studio album.
(Atlanta, GA 4/20/2017) – Ragan Whiteside, the flautist-singer who catches the ear like few in the world of contemporary jazz can, is getting ready to make waves this May 12th with her fourth studio album, Treblemaker.
AFROBEAT LEGEND TONY ALLEN PAYS TRIBUTE TO JAZZ LEGEND ART BLAKEY
WITH NEW EP TO BE RELEASED MAY 19 ON BLUE NOTE RECORDS
Blue Note Records has announced the May 19 digital release of Tony Allen’s new EP, A Tribute to Art Blakey. On the 4-track EP the legendary Nigerian drummer and Afrobeat pioneer best known for his work with Fela Kuti pays tribute to his longstanding idol, the American jazz drummer and Blue Note legend Art Blakey.
The Legacy of Late Great Soul Jazz Guitarist MELVIN SPARKS
To Be Celebrated With Release of LIVE AT NECTAR’S
Due April 28th on ONE NOTE RECORDS
The legacy of legendary soul jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks will be celebrated on April 28, 2017 with the release of Live At Nectars on One Note Records. The recording, to be issued on digital formats, as well as limited edition vinyl, documents Melvin’s final band on December 30, 2010 just a few months before his passing in March 2011.
Jazz Standard Begins New “Mobetta Tuesdays” Weekly Residency Led by Grammy Award-Winning Trumpeter/Producer Maurice “Mobetta” Brown
New York, NY — One of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, Jazz Standard, today announced the inauguration of “Mobetta Tuesdays,” a new Tuesday night residency by mastermind trumpeter/composer/arranger/producer Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.
Virtuoso Violinist Regina Carter Digs Deep Into the
Ella Fitzgerald Catalogue on Ella: Accentuate the Positive
A hundred years after her birth, the ever-eloquent Ella Fitzgerald continues to teach us lessons. Regina Carter has chosen this moment to celebrate the First Lady of Song’s infectious and inclusive artistry with unabashed joy. “Accentuate the Positive, I thought was the perfect title considering the mood of the country and the world right now,” Ms. Carter says. “We need some positive vibes.”