viernes, 31 de octubre de 2014

El pequeño gran fenomeno del Jazz: Joey Alexander

Este niño, de tan solo once (11) años de edad, con rostro de japones, chino, de color trigueño, pero de mirada acuciosa, pudiera ser hasta latino, esta estremeciendo el mundo del Jazz, se trata de Joey Alexander de Bali, Indonesia. 
Los reconocimientos que ya recibe, son muy especiales y hasta deseados por otros, pero es que es un niño. En su haber estan presentaciones en el Festival de Jazz de Yakarta, ante el Ex Presidente Bill Clinton, el pasado 24 de Octubre se presento en un evento especial en honor a Herbie Hancock, en donde tambien ejecutaron Wynton Marsali y Quincy Jones.

Con Herbie Hancock
Es alentador para todos saber de la existencia y llegada de Joey Alexander, lo cual quiere decir varias cosas: de que aun existen padres y madres preocupados por el desarrollo de sus hijos, de que nuestros grandes maestros se sinceran ante los nuevos valores, de que no hay duda de que como el hay y podrian haber otros tantos si la paternidad y maternidad se ejecutara en forma responsable, con moral y amor verdadero.
Es probable que no todos los niños alcancen tan rapido el exito de Joey, ademas puede ser en otras actividades, pero seguro estoy que estuvieran en mejor camino y un futuro mejor para el, su familia y comunidades, ademas de alzar bien alto la bandera de su pais, si realmente tuvieran la adecuada atencion.
Para nosotros es un honor comentar este acontecimiento humano, artistico, de trascendencia y de ejemplo para que todos en forma individual o colectiva hagamos un mundo mejor.
El niño Joey Alexander tiene invitaciones para Festivales de Jazz en Dinamarca y Holanda en los proximos dias.
Yo no conozco a los padres de Joey Alexander ni a su familia pero si los felicito, muy sinceramente, no solo por el exito temprano de su hijo sino por el impacto que esto causa.
Hay que destacar que el sello disquero Motema Music, al que pertenece el valioso Elio Villafranca, ya firmo al pequeño Alexander.
Joey lleva apellido similar a otro gran pianista jamaiquino, digno representante del Jazz Latino: Monty Alexander, quien ha logrado una fusion fabulosa del Reggae con el Jazz a traves del tiempo. Pero en este momento me doy cuenta que tiene el nombre del celebre organista de Jazz Joey DeFrancesco.
Quiero agradecer al señor Rudie Urbach, buen amigo, su apoyo para esta realizacion.
Y como esto no es un cuento, veamos este video donde Joey Alexander toca en piano solo "Giant Steps" (John Coltrane)...Disfrutenlo:

¡¡Amor y Jazz!!

jueves, 30 de octubre de 2014

New Book: Jazz in the New Millennium: Live and Well By Rick Mitchell

New Book:

Jazz In the New Millennium: Live and Well

By Rick Mitchell

Photos by Pin Lim

Houston, TX (October 22, 2014):

Dharma Moon Press, in partnership with Da Camera of Houston, announces the national publication of Jazz In the New Millennium: Live and Well, by Rick Mitchell, with color photography by Pin Lim.

From Randy Weston, Roy Haynes and Wayne Shorter to Jason Moran, Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding, Jazz In the New Millennium profiles nearly 60 leading jazz artists who are keeping the tradition alive and well in the 21st Century. The book features the musicians reflecting on their own music, as well as on the state of the art form 100 years after its birth, and demonstrates why jazz continues to thrive creatively despite commercial neglect and the dumbing down of popular culture.

Author Rick Mitchell has been writing about music for 40 years, and has published three books, including Whiskey River (Take My Mind): The True Story of Texas Honky Tonk(University of Texas Press, 2007). Since 2000, he has been the jazz program notes annotator for Da Camera of Houston, for which these interviews were originally conducted. In that period, Da Camera has presented many of the leading figures in jazz, including nearly every young artist who has come on the scene in the 21st Century.

Jazz In the New Millennium (160 pages, 8 x 11, paper) will be of interest to both serious and casual jazz listeners who would like to know more about the artists who make the music, as well as teachers, students and the musicians themselves. The book includes selected career discographies for each artist, as well as Mitchell’s Jazz In the New Millennium playlists, featuring one post-2000 track per artist. The discographies and playlist tracks can be purchased at Amazon.

The print version ($24.95) is currently available in a limited edition at and at retail outlets in Houston. The eBook ($9.99) is available nationally through iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble and other digital media outlets, as well as at

“Rick Mitchell’s lively, clear overview of stars energizing jazz since 2000 confirms that the music is as immediate and refreshing as ever, with greater reach than is generally acknowledged,” says Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association. “Read Jazz In the New Millennium to meet artists you’ll like to hear, and connect with the homegrown sounds bubbling all around us.”

Review copies are available upon request, and Rick Mitchell is available for print and radio interviews. To contact the author directly, please visit

martes, 28 de octubre de 2014

Vocalist Nancy Kelly & Her CD Tour Celebration "B that way"

Vocalist Nancy Kelly & Her CD Tour Celebration
@ Chris’ Jazz Cafe
Sat., Nov 8th
8:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Nancy Kelly, Vocals
Dan Kostelnik, Organ  
Craig Ebner, Guitar
Webb Thomas, Drums

 Chris’s  Cafe 
1421 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19110 
(215) 568-3131

New CD

"It's notably one of the most impressive vocal jazz albums I've heard this year. Here is a true jazz singer for your listening pleasure". Dee Dee McNeil LA Jazz

Nancy Kelly is a delicacy and certainly makes her mark on this, her long awaited 5th CD and her first with the B3 line-up. B That Way is one of those discs that grab you from track one (Come Back to Me). Voice, Hammond B3, tenor, guitar and drums groovin' as one. I'm going to be talking about Nancy Kelly long term! Bebop spoken here Lance Liddle

First Round Grammy Consideration
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Nancy Kelly "B that way” (BlueBay) Street Date August 18, 2014
Nancy Kelly vocals, Dino Losito  Hammond Organ, Peter Bernstein  Guitar, Jerry Weldon  Tenor Sax, Carmen Intorre  Drums

Nancy’s long awaited B3 CD is here.

  Many agree if swing was gold Nancy Kelly would be the richest women on Earth.

“You're the real thing, and in an age of too many jazz-vocal poseurs, that's pretty damned refreshing.”- Neil Tesser

 “Kelly creates her own universe of swing, executed with nuclear cool.” 
 - C Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

“From the first perfectly pitched note, she lets the listener know that she’s more than just 
 another vocalist—she’s an instrument.”- Dee Dee McNeil, CADENCE Magazine

 “Kelly is a world-class jazz singer in the feisty, swinging tradition of Anita O’Day  
 -Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

1. Come Back To Me   4:08  (Burton Lane, Alan Jay Lerner)
2 .Don’t Explain    5:10  (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr.)
3. Common Touch    5:29  (S. Hurt , D. Burns)
4. Billie’s Bounce    5:09  (Charlie Parker, Jon Hendricks)
5. Here’s Looking At You   5:31  (Carroll Coates)
6. The Great City    4:39  (Curtis Lewis)
7. Don’t Go To Strangers   5:32  (Redd Evans, Arthur Kent,. Dave Mann)
8. Day In Day Out    3:58  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
9. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me   4:48  (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)
10.Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone   4:23  (Sam H. Stept, Sidney Clare)
11. The Very Thought Of You  6:12  (Ray Noble)
12. Good Morning Heartache  6:04  (Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham, Ervin Drake)

We will now hear Nancy Kelly in the company of Joey De Francesco and his band playing the classic "Misty":

sábado, 25 de octubre de 2014

Second Edition Latin Free Jazz Fest: 6 and 7 November 2014

Latin Free Jazz

Thursday November 6 & Friday Nov. 7, 2014
Metro Baptist Church
WHAT: Second annual Latin FreeJazz Festival: Redefining Latin Jazz
WHEN: Thursday 11/6 Friday 11/7 – 6:30 -11pm
WHERE: Metro Baptist Church, 410 W. 40th St, New York
TICKETS: $20 per night – $16 students & seniors
Arts for Art is excited to announce the second Latin Free Jazz Festival. This new program is meant to challenge the reductive “Latin Jazz” label by using it as a programming premise, and proving it insufficient through the diversity of voices and approaches. The featured artists are representative of Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Africa & Spain. But most of all they represent themselves. They play music that they hear inside which goes far beyond national borders.
6:30 Youth Performances, directed by Juan Pablo Carletti and Miguel Malla
7:30 Cristian Amigo Trio
Cristian Amigo – guitar
J.D. Parran – winds
Satoshi Takeishi – drums
8:45 Juan Pablo Carletti Quartet
Roman Filiu – alto sax
Roman Diaz – percussion
William Parker – bass
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums
10:00 Aruán Ortiz Trio
Aruán Ortiz – piano
Brad Jones – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums
FRIDAY 11/07:
7:30 David Virelles solo piano

08:45 Francisco Mora Catlett AfroHORN
Roman Filiu – alto sax
Aruan Ortiz – piano
Hill Green – bass
Roman Diaz – percussion
Francisco Mora Catlett – drums
10:00 Jorge Sylvester’s ACE (Afro Caribbean Experimental) Collective Project
Nora McCarthy – voice, poetry and compositions
Waldron Mahdi Ricks – trumpet
Pablo Vergara – piano
Gene Torres – electric bass
Kahlil Kwame Bell – drums and percussions
Jorge Sylvester – alto saxophone and compositio

In this video tasty Francisco Mora Catlett and Band:

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

jueves, 23 de octubre de 2014

From Spain to New York: 2 Latin Jazz Groups, tomorrow (10/24/14)

2 Latin Jazz Groups, 1 Stage
Cantos de Ida y Vuelta 
Tickets: $15/$12 Members/$10 Students
Use the code JP20 & Get 20% Off! 

"Cantos de Ida y Vuelta" are songs of wandering, shaped by journeys across foreign lands. This double-bill concert features some of the powerful voices in the NYC Latin jazz scene: Javier Ruibal, one of Spain's most distinctive singer/songwriters and Victor Prieto, a virtuoso and innovator, both as an accordionist and a composer. Sponsored in part by Council Member Daniel Dromm. Presented in collaboration with Terraza 7.
1st set at 7PM
Edward Perez/ bass
Ludwig Afonso/ drum Set
Manuel Valera/ piano
Yosvany Terry/ sax
Javier Ruibal / guitar, Voz, compositions

2nd set at 8PM
Edward Perez/ bass
Eric Doob/ drum Set
John Ellis/ sax
Victor Prieto/ accordion, compositions

domingo, 19 de octubre de 2014

In the coming days Europe is celebrating with Jazz...!

Clare Fischer Big Band New CD "Pacific Jazz" and Live Show @ Typhoon tomorrow (Oct. 20)

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Pacific Jazz

CD Release Concert
October 20th

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Clare Fischer Big Band Directed by Brent Fischer

Pacific Jazz CD Release Concert
Monday, October 20th, 2014
8:00 & 9:30PM

L.A.'s Premier Pan-Asian Restaurant
Full bar – Ample free parking
3221 Donald Douglas Loop South
Santa Monica, CA
For more information call: (310) 390-6565

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viernes, 17 de octubre de 2014

Urban Renewal Project @Harvelle's Santa Monica feat. Alex Nester & Elmer Demond Friday, 24 October 2014

Urban Renewal Project
appearing at

Harvelle's Santa Monica
Friday, 24 October, 11:00 PM • $10 • 21+
featuring Alex Nester & Elmer Demond

1432 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401 • 310-395-1676
Info & link for tix: Click HERE


WDCB Chicago 90.9FM
Will Be Spinning Our Record This Weekend!
Tune in at 6:00 PM Central this Sunday.

New Video

We Big Tonight -The Urban Renewal Project ft. Elmer Demond & Aubrey Logan

Musicians: Aubrey Logan – Vocals, Elmer Demond – Rap Vocals, Brian Clements – Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Alexander Meyers – Alto Saxophone – solo on 8, David Wise – Alto Saxophone, Michael Czaja – Alto Saxophone R.W. Enoch, Jr. – Tenor Saxophone, Bb Clarinet – solo on 1, 2, 9, Matt Ballard – Baritone Saxophone, Max O’Leary – Trumpet, Mitchell Cooper – Trumpet, Elliot Deutsch – Trumpet – solo on 7, Chris Gray – Trumpet, Jeff Collins – Trumpet, Lindsay McMurray – Trombone, Evan Mackey – Trombone – solo on 3, Lemar Guillary – Trombone, Rhoadell Sudduth – Bass Trombone, Michael King – Bass Trombone, Andrew Lee – Electric Guitar – solo on 5, Tim Friedlander – Electric Guitar, Dustin Morgan – Electric Bass – solo on 4, Michael McFadden – Electric Bass – solo on 1, Satoshi Kirisawa – Drums – solo on 5, Scott Spongberg – Drums, Ashley Jarmack – Oboe, Nancy Newman – Bassoon, Lisa, McCormick – Horn

Recording & Mixing Engineer: Nic Chaffee Recording & Mastering Engineer: Kevin Welsh

Produced at: The Woodshed Lakewood, California
Distributor: Catapult Digital Distribution

The Urban Renewal Project has been kicking around the Pacific Coast for the better part of four years, using the instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between pop, soul, jazz and hip-hop. The band’s dynamic live performances have captivated listeners and brought audiences to their feet in packed rooms from The House of Blues in LA to Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. With the combined vocal talents of jazz singer Aubrey Logan and freestyle rap virtuoso Elmer Demond, the URP is back with its sophomore release in Local Legend. The album’s nine original tracks draw from an eclectic variety of styles—including R&B, swing, and West African highlife—while remaining unified by the melodic ear worms and hip-shaking grooves that characterize the group’s sound. Their debut release, Go Big or Go Home (2012), was called “one of the most exciting hybrid releases to come along in some time,” and the follow-up does not disappoint. Local Legend will be available September 23, 2014 on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and everywhere else!

“It is truly amazing to see musicians who can play legitimate jazz and funk music in such a big way. Plenty of groups play hip hop with a jazz tone, but not like this. The talent and precision it takes to pull off a sound of such magnitude is beyond impressive.”
—Gerry Doot, LA Music Blog

“... if you had to choose a band to spend a day with, this is definitely the one you’d want to be around. The fun energy with this band can be heard on the music from their new CD, which blends a rich gumbo of jazz, pop, soul and hip-hop... there are tracks here that will provide the perfect upbeats for a great party.”
—Asha Brodie, Jazz Moods Radio

Artist: The Urban Renewal Project
Title: Local Legend
Label: Lombardy Records URP003
UPC: 030915391023

Track listing, track times
1. My Own Way 5:17
2. Rooftops & Parking Lots 4:35
3. Make Like You Mean It 5:08
4. You’re Beautiful 4:35
5. Redshift 4:31
6. Change 4:31
7. We Big Tonight 3:42
8. Prophecy 5:15
9. The Belief 3:31
Watch Our New Video

We’re excited to bring you the exclusive unveiling of the brand new music video for “We Big Tonight,” a bumping hip-hop tune featuring The Urban Renewal Project‘s big horn section and freestyle rapper Elmer Demond, featuring a soulful vocal hook by Jazz singer Aubrey Logan.
Songwriter-arranger-saxophonist R.W. Enoch on the song:
“We really wanted to recreate the sound of modern hip-hop music using our traditional jazz instrumentation, and do it in a way that was still totally bangin’—where you’d still want to hear it through the subs in your car or out at the club. The video matches the tone of the music and lyrics in the song. It’s set at an underground hip-hop show, where the crowd is taking a few tropes from rap-culture and turning them on their ear.”
Elmer Demond on the song:
“This song was my way of telling the world what we already knew: that we are a really big deal. I really feel like our past video shoots were just preparing us for this one. I felt like we were finally receiving that big-deal treatment.”

miércoles, 15 de octubre de 2014

Eugene Marlow and His Heritage Ensemble release CD "Mosaica" November 1ro., 2014 at Brooklyn Heights Library

Mosaica, the new CD from keyboardist/arranger Eugene Marlow's highly acclaimed Heritage Ensemble featuring Bobby Sanabria (Latin Jazz Living Legend) on drums/percussion, Michael Hashim on saxophones, Frank Wagner on bass, Matthew Gonzalez on percussion and, on four tracks, Shira Lissek on vocals.

"The title of this album-the combination of the two words (musika and mosaic) -is purposeful," says Marlow. "The Heritage Ensemble reimagines popular melodies Hebraic melodies in various jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, and classical styles. This is why the New York City Jazz Recordcalled the ensemble 'a cross-cultural collaboration that spins and grooves.' Instead of small, usually colored pieces of inlaid stone, our materials are small, black notes on a page and the influences of various musical cultures."

“Mosaica” is scheduled to be released on November 1, which is also the date of The Heritage Ensemble’s popular annual concert at the Brooklyn Heights Library.

"The 'Zikkaron/Kristallnacht (Remembrance) Special Version' track features aural effects and a narration by my Aunt Ruth who survived Kristallnacht ("The Night of Broken Glass") in Leipzig, Germany in 1938," says Marlow.  "Mosaica attempts to convey a picture of the possibilities of cultural collaboration through music."

Eugene Marlow Notes:

Eugene Marlow is a composer/arranger, producer, presenter, performer, author, journalist, and educator who has written 240+ classical and jazz compositions for solo instruments, jazz and classical chamber groups, and jazz big band. 

Under his MEII Enterprises indie label, he has produced 10 CDs of original compositions and arrangements. “Celebrations: Festive Melodies from the Hebraic Songbook” (MEII Enterprises 2010), garnered over two dozen reviews and mentions and extensive radio play in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The New York City Jazz Record called “A Fresh Take” (MEII Enterprises 2011) “. . . a cross-cultural collaboration than spins and grooves.” Marlow received a “Creative Connections” grant from Meet the Composer in 2010 for his work with The Heritage Ensemble, a quintet that performs Marlow's original compositions and arrangements in various jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, and classical styles. Marlow is in the throes of producing a fourth album from his Heritage Ensemble entitled: "Mosaica: Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble Reimagines Popular Hebraic Melodies." It is due in early November 2014. 

"In Their Own Voice, Vol I: Eugene Marlow & Amelie Cherubin" is the beginning of a series of digital-only, mini-albums featuring Marlow's original compositions and lyrics and vocals by female artists. A second album in the series--"Eugene Marlow & Anne Mironchik: A Perfect Storm"--was released in late August 2014. There are eight digital only, mini-albums projected in the series for 2014-2015. 

Three of his charts for big band have appeared on three separate Grammy-nominated albums. “El Aché de Sanabria” appears on Bobby Sanabria’s Grammy-nominated "Big Band Urban Folktales” (2007 Jazzheads). His reconstruction and arrangement of “Me Acuerdo De Ti,” originally recorded by Tito Puente, appears on the 2011 Latin-Grammy nominated “Tito Puente Masterworks Live!” recorded by the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra (Jazzheads 2011). "Broken Heart" appears on the Grammy nominated "Multiverse" album (Jazzheads 2012) , also from Bobby Sanabria. His "Let There Be Swing" can be heard on the recently released "Que Viva Harlem" album (Jazzheads 2014) recorded by the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Bobby Sanabria. This album received 4 1/2 stars from Downbeat Magazine.

Marlow is senior co-chair of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert Series at Baruch College (The City University of New York), now in its 23th season, where he teaches courses in media and culture. Author of eight books and 400+ articles, he has drafted a book on jazz in China. He is a 2010 recipient of the James W. Carey award for journalism excellence from the Media Ecology Association for his numerous contributions to He has been a recent frequent contributor to JazzEd Magazine. 

Dr. Marlow is a former member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, and current member of the Jazz Journalists Association, the New York Composers Circle, Chamber Music America, American Composers Forum, and the National Music Publishers Association. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy.

In this video they can find the answer to valuable draft Eugene Marlow and His Heritage Ensemble...Enjoy it:

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

Ann Braithwaite

domingo, 12 de octubre de 2014

Christian Finger Band CD Release "ANANDA" Thurs., Oct. 23rd 6pm @ The German Consulate Germany, NY

ANANDA-The World Is Bliss

CD Release Concert Event at German Consulate NY Oct. 23! 
Please Note: Early Start time: 6pm

Zach Brock-violin
Vadim Neselovskyi-piano
Adam Armstrong-bass
Christian Finger-drums

This is for me a very special occasion, presenting finally the ‘fruit’ of years of planning, writing and
recording.  I would be honored if you can join me on that day in celebrating.
This new album is featuring amazing NY musicians: Jeff Ballard (in a never done before drum duet), Dave Stryker (g), Zach Brock (violin), V. Neselovskyi (piano), Pete McCann (g), Adam Armstrong (b), CF (dr), Mivos String. Quartet), recorded by the great James Farber at the famous Sear Sound Studio.
(the Band tracks were recorded one day before  Super storm “Sandy”)
Please note:. NO Sale of tickets on concert evening Get tickets ONLY here:
Cover Charge: $5 pls bring ID.
German Consulate
Address: 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Here's what renown Author Bob Blumenthal says about CD "Ananda: "It takes an exceptional composer, leader and percussionist to conceive a program of such ambition and scope, much less to make it work. Christian Finger is all three in one person, and Ananda marks him
as an exceptional and exemplary contemporary musician."
About the music:
This album is called "Ananda" which means "The World is Bliss" in Sanskrit.  The compositions reflect real and imagined experiences in places around the world; reminding us that we are not alone, and that the world is a blissful place if we allow ourselves to be open to it in the moment.
Ideas for compositions come from many different sources. Listening and analyzing the masters in all musical genres is a constant exploration for me.  Experiences from everyday life in New York and abroad will spark an idea for a title, a rhythm or a mood that then is expressed through music.   Art, architecture, and literature also provide continual sources of inspiration and ideas.
The compositions in turn are diverse, ranging from fast paced and exciting, spontaneous and playful to slow and introspective.

Please join us for a reception after concert for drinks and CD signings.
The event/concert/exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the German Consulate General New York.