Flautist Jef Kearns to Drop New Single “I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You” on Oct. 22nd.
Flautist Jef Kearns follows up his recent single Hazy (#77 on Norway’s iTunes Top 100 Soul and RnB Chart and Top 10 on the UK Soul Chart) with a modernized take on Leon Haywood’s 1974 release, “I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You.”
Singer Tony Hightower Brings Real Jazz to The Young Generation on Legacy
Sophomore Project Richly Inspired by His Jazz Singer Mother Theresa Hightower
(September 2021 / Atlanta, GA) Singer/Songwriter Tony Hightower is taking up the mantle to be a bridge that ushers R&B audiences into Jazz…Real Jazz. With years of experience as a singer, drummer, and actor (easily recognizable from his work in Tyler Perry movies/TV/stage productions), Atlanta-native Hightower is still just getting started.
Christian McBride & Inside Straight Releases
Live Performance from the Most Venerated Jazz Club
in America, Which Gave Rise to the Band in ’07
Live at the Village Vanguard,
Available November 26 via Mack Avenue Records;
First Single, “Stick & Move,” Available Now
Christian McBride & Inside Straight Live at the Village Vanguard is Christian McBride’s twelfth release with Mack Avenue Music Group. This recording can be thought of as a companion to the GRAMMY® Award-winning Christian McBride Trio Live at the Village Vanguard album released in 2015.
Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE,
due out September 24 from Concord Jazz,
reunites Corea with bassist John Patitucci &
drummer Dave Weckl for the first Akoustic Band outing in over 20 years
On September 24, 2021, the legendary pianist Chick Corea posthumously releases a spirited live album by his beloved Akoustic Band with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Dave Weckl – the first Akoustic Band outing in more than 20 years. The 2-CD set, recorded in January 2018 at SPC Music Hall in St. Petersburg, Florida, serves as a celebratory reminder of Corea’s singular genius.
CONTEMPORARY JAZZ GUITARIST RAY OBIEDO RELEASES
LATIN JAZZ PROJECT, VOL. 2
Available September 24, 2021 on Rhythmus Records
LATIN JAZZ PROJECT, VOL 2, the newest album by guitarist and composer RAY OBIEDO, is a contemporary jazz project tinged with the rhythms and colors of Latin music. The album comprises seven compositions penned by Obiedo and one jazz standard by composer and arranger Gerald Wilson.
ST. LOUIS-BASED FUSION BAND SOUL CAFÉ RETURNS WITH A STUNNING BLEND OF PROGRESSIVE JAZZ, ROUSING FUNK, DRIVING HORNS AND LATIN-INSPIRED RHYTHMS ON FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 18 YEARS
Step Aside, due out October 15, 2021 on Autumn Hill Records,
finds guitarist/founder Ed Starrett and his six-piece band
in celebratory spirits following his battle with leukemia
For Immediate Release – Led by guitarist/composer Ed “Mr. Ed” Starrett, the vibrant fusion ensemble known as Soul Café has been thrilling audiences in the St. Louis area for more than 20 years with their blend of complex jazz and funk, Latin accents and driving grooves.
Contemporary Soul-Jazz Phenomenon Ragan Whiteside Scores Her Seventh Consecutive
Billboard Top 10 Career Record
(Atlanta, GA – September 16, 2021) – Contemporary Soul-Jazz phenomenon Ragan Whiteside scores her seventh consecutive Billboard Top 10 career record. Her current single, “Off The Cuff,” lands at No. 9 on the Contemporary Jazz chart.
BLUE NOTE ANNOUNCES NOV. 5 RELEASE OF
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS
FIRST FLIGHT TO TOKYO: THE LOST 1961 RECORDINGS
A SOARING PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE RECORDING
OF THE BAND’S FIRST-EVER TOUR OF JAPAN
FEATURING THE LEGENDARY DRUMMER WITH
LEE MORGAN, WAYNE SHORTER, BOBBY TIMMONS & JYMIE MERRITT
On November 5, Blue Note Records will release First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings, a thrilling previously unreleased live recording of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers captured at Hibiya Public Hall in Tokyo on January 14, 1961 during the band’s first-ever tour of Japan.
AVAILABLE NOW via Artistry Music
GRAMMY® Award-Winning Saxophonist
Kirk Whalum Asks, How Does Christmas Sound?
with Second Holiday-Themed Release
When we think of Christmas, sometimes it’s the sights that come to mind: the multi-colored lights framing the windows of neighbors’ houses, the line of eager children waiting to sit on Santa’s lap, the Nativity scene on the lawn at the local church.
DRUMMER JOHNATHAN BLAKE SET TO MAKE HIS BLUE NOTE DEBUT
WITH OCT. 29 RELEASE OF HOMEWARD BOUND FEATURING
IMMANUEL WILKINS, JOEL ROSS, DAVID VIRELLES & DEZRON DOUGLAS
Homeward Bound—the remarkable Blue Note Records debut by drummer, composer, and bandleader Johnathan Blake—signals shifting tides for a career that’s yet to crest.