viernes, 28 de noviembre de 2014

Edward Simon Notes and video: "Pere"

I'm happy to share many exciting events taking place during December. First off is a west coast tour with  Steel House, a new collaborative trio with my long-time friends Scott Colley and Brian Blade. The tour will take us to many great cities including Portland, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and San Francisco (see the full schedule below). At the conclusion of the tour we will be going into the studio to record our first album. Stay tuned for more information about that in the coming months. Visit the new Steel House website and join our mailing list at:

Dec. 3
Jimmy Mak’s
221 NW 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97209 / tel: 503.295.6542
Promoted by PDX Jazz /
Two shows: 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm
Buy tickets

Dec. 4 & 5
Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St, #301, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Two sets between 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Buy tickets for Dec. 4
Buy tickets for Dec. 5

Dec. 6
Unity Concert Hall
1130 Orcutt Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Promoted by San Luis Obispo County Jazz Federation / / tel: 805.546.3733
One set at 8:00 pm
Buy tickets

Dec. 8
Kuumbwa Jazz
320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 / tel: 831.427.2227
Two sets starting at 7:00 pm
Buy tickets

Dec. 10
The Addition (formerly Yoshi’s SF)
1130 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115 / tel: 415.655.5600
One show at 8:00 pm
Buy tickets

New Jazz Frontiers

Later in the month I'll be performing at the prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Center with a host of great musicians as part of their New Jazz Frontiers series. Visit theevents page for more information.

Dec. 19
Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Allen Room
New York, NY
One set: 9:30pm
Buy tickets

Dec. 20
Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Allen Room
New York, NY
One set: 7:00pm
Buy tickets

We turn now to enjoy the excellence of the Venezuelan pianist with his friends John Patitucci (bass) and Brian Blade (drums):

miércoles, 26 de noviembre de 2014

BILL O’CONNELL & The Latin Jazz All-Stars "Imagine" CD Release @ Birdland Tue, Jan 6th

& The Latin Jazz All-Stars "Imagine"

"Imagine" CD Release Show
@ Birdland Tue, Jan 6th
8:30 & 11 pm

315 West 44th Street
between 8th and 9th Avenues
(212) 581-3080


Bill O’Connell, piano & arrangements
The Latin Jazz All-Stars are:
 Conrad Herwig, trombone
Steve Slagle, soprano & alto saxophone
Luques Curtis, bass
Adam Cruz, drums
Richie Flores, percussion

(Savant Records SCD 2145)
Street Date October 21, 2014

Watch the Promotional Video HERE
Track Listing:  Optimism • Stepping Stones • Imagine • Shaman's Dance • Missing Mr. Berrios • Jigsaw • 25 Years • Willow Weep for Me • Whitecaps  TT = 59:26

When you visit a franchise restaurant, you always know what will be on the menu and what it will taste like. When you listen to a Bill O'Connell recording you may not know what is on the menu, but you're guaranteed it'll be a gourmet delight. Mr. O'Connell's Imagine serves up a 9-course feast of fascinating sounds that will please even the most discerning ears.  As in O'Connell's previous recording (Zocálo  Savant SCD 2129), the gifted veterans and leaders in their own right, Conrad Herwig on trombone and saxophonist Steve Slagle add their prowess to the mix.  On the bass is the amazingly talented young man, one of NYC's first call bassists, Luques Curtis who was also part of Bill's prior CD, as was percussionist Richie Flores, who has been playing with O'Connell for more than a decade. The newcomer to the group is drummer Richie Barshay who has an impressive résumé that includes a stint with Herbie Hancock.  O’Connell gives his arranging chops a real workout with interesting takes on “Willow Weep for Me” and John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and penned some new originals specifically for this recording from a powerful voice in Latin Jazz.

lunes, 24 de noviembre de 2014

Miguel Valdes & The N.Y. Cuban Boys Ft. Pepito Gomez perform Rumbiando

Thank Martin Cohen, for sending us this video we want to share with you ... to where Yours are is yours want to Jazz Caribe and Jazz Global Beat ... AfroCuban Jazz + Latin Jazz ... that sound hides ...
Miguel Valdes & The N.Y. Cuban Boys with Pepito Gomez, Osmany Paredes and more...gozalo!...

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

sábado, 22 de noviembre de 2014

Judi Silvano “My Dance” CD Release Show with Mike Abene + Upcoming Live Appearances

Judi Silvano
 “My Dance”
CD Release Show
with Mike Abene

Thursday, February 26th

Jazz At Kitano - New York
66 Park Ave. at East 38th St.
New York, NY 10016
For reservations call: (212) 885-7119
Shows at 8 pm and 10 pm
$15 cover, $15 minimum drink and food per person, per set 
Upcoming Appearances

Upcoming Live Appearances

Tue, Dec 2
The “Jazz Soup Be Careful Contents May Be Hot!” Series
Jazz Soup for the Holidays
Judi Silvano + vocalists
Vicki Burns, Marcus Goldhaber, Andrea Wolper 

Daryl Kojak, piano
Sean Conly, bass
Dwayne ‘Cook’ Broadnax, drums
The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, (between 6/7 Aves) NYC
7 pm show only
This series is curated by Laurie Krauz.

Fri, Dec 5
Nublu Jazz Festival presents:
Judi Silvano’s Zephyr Quintet
Bruce Arnold, guitar
Adam Kolker, sax and bass clarinet
Ratzo B. Harris, bass
Lamy Istrefi, drums
NUBLU, 62 Avenue C (between 4 and 5 Sts), NYC
9 PM set only
Internationally known singer/ songwriter Judi Silvano formed her electric Quintet to bring a mix of Exciting New Originals and Dance Grooves to life in the downtown scene of NYC.  Some of Silvano’s most relaxed and accessible music to date, these tunes hark back to her early years as a dancer and fan of rock groups that came through her hometown Philadelphia.  Come get your groove on!

Judi Silvano “My Dance” (JSL Records 010) Street Date January 6, 2015
 Judi Silvano –vocals, Michael Abene-piano

Track listing:
1. Dust 3:51
2. Make It A Classic* 3:26
3. It’s So Amazing* 5:55
4. My Dance 2:39
5. Samba 33 4:33
6. Bougainvillea* 4:40
7. F Minor 4:05
8. Kokopelli’s Dance 5:04
9. Calypso 3:02
10. Our World* 5:30
11. Echo Cardio 4:42
Length: 48:13:64
All compositions and lyrics* are originals by Judi Silvano.

MY DANCE  is a collection of Judi Silvano’s original songs, each with a story of its own.

Conceived from Judi’s experiences of life and love, some tunes have lyrics while others leave the story to the listener’s imagination. These are collaborative
arrangements between two creative improvisers at the top of their game.

Judi Silvano has toured and recorded with artists including Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Swallow, Tim Hagans, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Mal Waldron, Larry Goldings, Vic Juris, Victor Lewis, Rufus Reid, Dick Oatts, Ingrid Jensen, Janice Friedman, Allison Miller, George Garzone, Michael Formanek, Gerry Hemingway and Newman Taylor Baker. She has penned over 40 songs and chamber music compositions which reflect her broad imagination.

Ms. Silvano sings from the heart! Her lucid virtuosity and increasingly mature lyric interpretation engages the listener in any setting from duo to large ensemble. She has sung in ensembles conducted by Gunther Schuller, Robert Shaw, Manny Albam, Byron Olson and Justin DiCioccio among others and Lori Dobbins composed “Sketches For Silvano” for her. Silvano also plays flute/alto flute and paints in Oil, Watercolor, Pastel
and Encaustic paints. This is her 11th recording as a leader.

Michael Abene’s bio reads like the history of 20th century American music while he continues bringing his enormous contributions into the 21st century as Arranger, Conductor and Pianist. His youthful post for the Maynard Ferguson Jazz Orchestra at the age of 18 as Pianist and Arranger catapulted him into the world of large ensembles where he continues to excel to this day.

Michael has worked with such artists as: Liza Minnelli, Patti Austin, Randy Brecker, Maceo Parker, Eddie Daniels, Tom Harrell, Paquito D’Rivera,
Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Judi Silvano, Fay Claasson, New York Voices and Joe Lovano, with whom he collaborated on the Grammy nominated
CD “Symphonica” and released on Blue Note Records.

Mr. Abene has been Musical Director and Arranger of Cologne, Germany’s world-reknown WDR Big Band for the past 10 years, the Associate
Music Director of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, Associate Professor of Jazz Composition at Manhattan School of Music in New York City
and is presently Professor of Ensemble Conducting at KUG Jazz Institute in Graz, Austria. Mr. Abene is also an accomplished and swinging pianist
as is evidenced on this recording!

jueves, 20 de noviembre de 2014

The John Santos Sextet with Glenn & Tolling at Yoshi's Oakland!!!!!!

(photo 9/4/09 De Young Museum, San Francisco by Tom Ehrlich)

Yoshi's world-famous Jazz club and superb Japanese restaurant is proud to present . . . 
The John Santos Sextet

Marco Diaz - piano
Saul Sierra - bass
David Flores - drums
Dr. John Calloway - flute
Melecio Magdaluyo - saxes
John Santos - percussion

with special guests:
Bay Area legend Roger Glenn (Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader) - vibes
Grammy winner Mads Tolling (Stanley Clarke, Turtle Island) - violin
in concert !
A unique cross-cultural collaboration!
Friday, December 5th, 2014
8:00 and 10:00
at Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero W.
Oakland, CA 94607-3506
(510) 238-9200

photo by Tom Ehrlich

Multi Grammy nominee, 2012 San Francisco Latino Heritage Arts Award winner, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director, and US Artists Fontanals Fellow John Santos is one of the foremost bandleaders, composers, producers, percussionists, and educators in Jazz and Afro-Latin music. He has published and recorded over 100 original compositions! He has performed and recorded with acknowledged masters like Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, Omar Sosa, Larry Coryell, The Buena Vista Social Club, Joe Henderson, Billy Cobham, Regina Carter, Bebo Valdés, Carlos Santana, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, Paquito D'Rivera, and Arturo Sandoval. He teaches at the Jazz School Institute in Berkeley and at the College of San Mateo, and has lectured and taught across the US, Europe, and Latin America since 1973, including at prestigious institutions like Yale, Stanford, UCLA, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Smithsonian Institution, the Adventures in Music program of the San Francisco Symphony and the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He was founder and director of the Grammy-nominated Machete Ensemble (1985-2006), releasing nine critically-acclaimed CDs, mostly on John’s Machete Records label. He currently directs The John Santos Sextet, which garnered a 4.5 star review in Downbeat Magazine. The Sextet unites the contemporary, historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz. They also shed light on the aesthetic characteristics of Latin Jazz pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation through live performance and recording. This musical group was organized in 2003. Equally at home with a dance or concert repertoire, they play original compositions and exciting original arrangements of classic rhythms, styles and songs from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the US. John is featured prominently in the PBS American Masters documentary Cachao: Uno Mas (released in 2010). He received the San Francisco Latino Heritage Award in 2012 and the Man of the Year Award by Brothers on the Rise (Oakland) in 2013. He has been recognized by the California Arts Council, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Creative Work Fund, and the City of San Francisco that issued a mayoral proclamation declaring November 12, 2006 John Santos Day.

Mads Tolling, internationally renowned Danish violinist and composer, is a two-time Grammy Award-Winner. As a former nine year member of both Turtle Island Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring internationally. Since 2007 Mads has lead his own group, Mads Tolling Quartet. “The Playmaker” released in the fall of 2009, features Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris. A brand new MTQ album: “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s” was released in May, 2012. Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post & San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera. He studied under violinist Matt Glaser, and he graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2003. Besides his activities as a performer, Mads Tolling is an accomplished composer. In addition to his original writing on his two most recent albums, Mads arranged one of his compositions for saxophonist Joe Lovano and string orchestra. In 2014 Mads was commissioned to write a violin concerto for the Oakland East Bay Symphony that will premiere in 2015.

Recognized as a master flute and vibraphone player, who also plays sax, clarinet, oboe, and many Latin hand percussion instruments, Roger Glenn can enthusiastically entertain and inspire an audience with every note he plays. This New York City native got his start listening to his father, Tyree Glenn, play trombone and vibraphone with Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. By performing with his father, he was able to hone his skills and create his own sound. Aside from being a stellar solo artist with his own group, Roger has performed with such giants of Jazz and Latin music as Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, Herbie Mann, Cal Tjader, Peaches and Herb, Bobby Hutcherson, Mary Lou Williams and Rosemary Clooney.

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

martes, 18 de noviembre de 2014

Mañana Sebastian Chames & Quinteto en el marco del Festival de Jazz de Madrid

en el Festival de Jazz de Madrid

Miércoles, 19 de noviembre de 2014 a las 19:00 h
en el Centro Cultural Galileo
Galileo 39, 28015 Madrid.

Entrada gratuita

Haz CLIC en la portada del CD para escuchar las canciones y para más información.

El pianista Sebastián Chames estará presente en elFestival de Jazz de Madrid, donde actuará en quinteto junto a Perico Sambeat al saxo alto, Chris Kase a la trompeta, Ander García al contrabajo y Daniel García a la batería. Será el próximo 19 de noviembre a partir de las 19:00h en el Centro Cultural Galileo.
Madrid recibe una vez más el trabajo del pianista Sebastián Chames, quien cuenta con dos discos publicados y que acostumbra a llevar sus originales composiciones a festivales y clubs donde siempre son bien acogidas por crítica y público. De origen argentino, Chames se ha formado en Nueva York con artistas como Barry Harris, Rodney Kendrick, Fred Hersch o Bruce Barth, entre otros.
El día 19 Chames se acompaña de un grupo de músicos de primer nivel: Perico Sambeat, el saxofonista español de mayor proyección internacional que cuenta con una larga lista de trabajos como los realizados junto a Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tete Montoliu o Michael Brecker; Chris Kase, trompetista y compositor americano que ha colaborado con artistas de la talla de The Mingus Big Band, Adam Nussbaum, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Mintzer o Steve Coleman; Y la savia rítmica de Ander García y Daniel García desde el contrabajo y la batería, quienes siempre acompañan sus intervenciones con inteligencia y un esmero admirable.
“Primera Toma” (2008), y “Reconstrucción” (2013), son los dos discos grabados por Sebastián Chames en Nueva York. Este último, un proyecto en el que Chames contó con una formación de gran calidad musical:Jeremy Pelt a la trompeta, votado trompetista del año durante cinco años por la revista Downbeat y que cuenta con siete discos como solista; Justin Robinson al saxo alto, conocido internacionalmente por pertenecer al Roy Hargrove Quintet; el recientemente desaparecidoDwayne Burno al contrabajo, quien participó en más de cincuenta discos y tocó entre otros con Betty Carter, Barry Harris, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, etc; y Willie Jones III, uno de los mejores baterías del momento, que fue miembro del “Cedar Walton Quintet” y del Roy Hargrove Quintet durante ocho años, y que ha tocado también con estrellas como Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, etc. Ha colaborado en la producción Rodney Kendrick, grabado en Acoustic Recording (Brooklyn) con Michael Brorby como ingeniero de sonido y mezclado y masterizado en Oporto por Mario Barreiros.

Perico Sambeat: Saxo alto.
Chris Kase: Trompeta.
Ander García: Contrabajo.
Daniel García: Batería.
Sebastián Chames: Piano y composiciones.

(Programa doble con Tiritijazz – José Luis Montón)

sábado, 15 de noviembre de 2014

Trish Clowes 'Pocket Compass' Album Launch, 18th November, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Trish Clowes 'Pocket Compass' Album Launch

EFG London Jazz Festival, 18 November, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Saxophonist, composer and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Trish Clowes will launch her third album 'Pocket Compass' at a special concert at the EFG London Jazz Festival. The performance will meld the distinctive approach of the jazz composer with an orchestral sound world.

The concert will also feature Norma Winstone, Mike Walker and work from Guy Barker. Trish Clowes will perform tracks from Pocket Compass with her quintet and also with the BBC Concert Orchestra. The concert will also feature The Fox, the Parakeet and the Chestnut - a brand new commission for the orchestra.

jueves, 13 de noviembre de 2014

John di Martino's "Quartet Of The Americas" !!!‏ - The Kitano, NY, Nov. 19 and India Tour

John di Martino's 
"Quartet Of The Americas"
A musical journey,inspired by the rhythms of the Americas
from Rio De Janeiro to Havana,and from New Orleans to Harlem!!!
Nov 19:Jazz At The Kitano!!!John di Martino - pianoPeter Brainin - saxesLeo Traversa - bassVince Cherico - drumsJazz At The Kitanosets: 8 & 10 pm
The Kitano Hotel
66 Park Avenue New NY
RESERVATIONS ADVISEDTEL 212 - 885 - 7119Cover $15. 
+ $15 minimum on food/beverages

India Tour: 
The "di Martino Quartet"
27th Shisha Cafe, Pune
28th UB city auditorium, Bangalore 
29th Tata theatre NCPA, Mumbai

martes, 11 de noviembre de 2014

Mambo Legends Orchestra around the world!

Some of them were part of the legendary Tito Puente Band -Jose Madera, Mitch Frohman, Sonny Bravo, John "Dandy" Rodriguez- but best of Mambo Legends Orchestra is its harmony, enjoy and let enjoy.

With great musicians in all sectors and frontline singers, Frankie Vasquez, but you can not expect the best.

In those days they were in Venezuela, Caracas Tamanaco Hotel, where I had the opportunity to share with everyone ... were being demanded in Russia.

We like good music lovers want to share this video with you, the piece is part of the successful CD "Watch Out" ... Gozalo Russia, Venezuelan and the world!:

sábado, 8 de noviembre de 2014

NEW JAZZ MYSTERY!!! And All That Motive, A Casey McKie Mystery by Joan Merrill

And All That Motive
A Casey McKie Mystery
by Joan Merrill

When America's number one male jazz singer, Sid Satin, is found dead in his dressing room at a jazz festival, police set their sights on Dee Jefferson. She'd had a blow-up with Satin that afternoon and they believe her gun is the murder weapon. To remove suspicion from her singer friend, San Francisco PI Casey McKie sets out to find the killer.
In delving into Satin's life, Casey finds a number of people who'd like to see him dead. As Casey accumulates evidence, the suspect list gets shorter, until, in a climactic scene, the culprit's identity is revealed, surprising even Casey.

"I'm a jazz musician and felt that the author did a great job of keeping things  real."
-- Shanna Carlson, jazz singer, pianist

"Throughout Merrill's books, almost all of the characters, major and minor, are jazz people. There is on-going commentary on today's jazz scene and how it differs from yesterday. No preaching, just strong and well-argued opinions during realistic conversations between characters."
 -- Bruce Crowther, jazz writer and crime novelist

"Exceptionally intelligent.."
  -- Carol Sloane, jazz singer and writer,