Critically Acclaimed Vocalist Somi to Release Petite Afrique,
Inspired by the Fate of African Immigrants in Harlem
Featuring Special Guest Aloe Blacc
Pulsing with Harlem’s rhythms and sonic ambiance, Somi‘s Petite Afrique is an homage to her New York City upper Manhattan neighborhood, and one of the Meccas of the African diaspora.
Visionary Pianist Gerald Clayton Merges Streams of Life
into a Greater Body of Work with Tributary Tales
On his new record Tributary Tales, set to release April 21 on Motéma Music, pianist and composer Gerald Clayton traces paths of myriad streams — personal, experiential, intangible — that flow into one another, creating a musical narrative greater than the sum of his individual compositions.
Saxophonist Jimmy Greene Further Memorializes
the Life of Late Daughter with Groove-Filled Release,
Flowers — Beautiful Life, Volume 2
GRAMMY® Award-nominated saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jimmy Greene wrote and recorded an album three years ago that no parent should ever have to make — Beautiful Life celebrated the life of Ana Márquez-Greene, his 6-year-old daughter who was murdered along with 19 other children and six educators on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Jazz-Soul Ensemble E-Life 7 Feat Michael Pennick and Many Special Guests to Release Debut Album Miked Up
Buffalo, New York – Three 2 Go Music introduces E-Life 7 Featuring Michael Pennick (EL7) and their debut album Miked Up. EL7 unites some of Western NY’s finest musicians on this release, including Michael Pennick on bass, Rodney Spears & Charlie Crymes Jr. on keyboards, guitarist Ron Walker, and drummer and percussionist Tim Webb.
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.