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March 2019

spencer@jazzwise.com (Spencer Grady)

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The Annual SAM Benefit concert will be held on 13 April at 5C Cafe in New York and will feature George Coleman, Jimmy Owens (pictured), Peter Bernstein, Scott Robinson, Frank London, Virginia Mayhew, Oscar Feldman and many more.

Special Audiences and Musicians, Inc. provides jazz performances in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted-living homes and other such institutions in New York and the Tri-State area. It employs musicians drawn from three under-represented groups; musicians with disabilities, senior musicians and women. The therapeutic, social and emotional benefits gained from live musical performances are well established. Utilising musician with disabilities, female musicians and senior musicians provides valuable professional performance opportunities to those under-represented musicians who have much to offer in terms of artistic expression.

Spencer Grady

Anyone interested in finding out more about SAM, Inc. can visit their website at www.specialaudiencesandmusicians.org 

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Alex Ross New piano concertos by Adès and Adams

The Concerto Challenge. The New Yorker, March 25, 2019.

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RL Richer Unsigned Sessions – February 2019

Our 2019 lunchtime sessions kicked off with two fantastic artists; Laura Oakes and Just Like Fruit..

Just Like Fruit took to the stage first, one of 10 Richer Unsigned bands to be selected by James Morrison for our 2019 Record Store Day release. The band have been touring around Poland and the UK, trying to organise as much of it themselves in order to build up a solid fanbase. Their infectious upbeat sound is ear-catching and well delivered by a charismatic front man.

What did they think about Richer Unsigned? “All seems like a big opportunity and we are really grateful for the exposure”

They’ve been recording at the Roundhouse and are looking forward to releasing a collection of singles this year.

Next Laura Oakes took to the Melomania stage, who’s music blended Acoustic Pop with Country.  She left our audience wanting more! We caught up with Laura before the show where she shared her writing process for the last few years, collaborating with various writers to build up tracks for her debut album.

She talked about the collaborative process of writing with others being beneficial because the song travels in directions that you may never have taken it.

So what did Laura think about Richer Unsigned? 
“It’s really great to be on the Richer Unsigned playlist and think the platform is really helpful for artists”

 

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The first names have been unveiled for this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 15 to 24 November. Taking place across stages at the Southbank and Barbican centres and at every major jazz venue and club in the capital, the festival is the second under the auspices of former Istanbul Jazz Festival programmer Pelin Opcin at Serious.

Chief among the artists announced is iconic Norwegian saxophonist, Jan Garbarek, at the Royal Festival Hall (above right, 17 Nov), with the latter venue also hosting the Jazz Voice opening-night gala concert (15 Nov). Other headliners include Dave Holland, Chris Potter and Zakir Hussain’s Indo-jazz supergroup, CrossCurrents (Cadogan Hall, 15 Nov), Grammy-winning singer Cécile McLorin Salvant (above left) with pianist Sullivan Fortner (Barbican, 16 Nov) and Nordic sax whirlwind Marius Neset performing music from his Viaduct project with the London Sinfonietta (QEH, 21 Nov). There’s also a live soundtrack for cult film Battleship Potemkin created and played by guitarist Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers) and Jan Bang (Punkt) which is produced by Opera North (Kings Place Hall One, 23 Nov).

Further dates announced include bassist Lars Danielsson’s Group: Liberetto III at Wigmore Hall – with Grégory Privat, John Parricelli and Magnus Öström (19 Nov); an exciting Brazilian jazz double-bill of acclaimed pianist/singer Eliane Elias and guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria at Barbican (22 Nov); Chicagoan drum-don Makaya McCraven at Village Underground with support from trombonist Rosie Turton (above centre, 19 Nov); Swingin’ with Strings with singer Claire Martin and singer/pianist Iain Mackenzie (Cadogan Hall, 24 Nov) and a Jazz Generation collaboration between the BBC Concert Orchestra, Nu Civilisation Orchestra and award-winning bassist Misha Mullov Abbado at QEH (23 Nov). Renowned pianist Dan Tepfer performs his enthralling ‘Natural Machines’ AV show (Kıngs Place Hall One, 24 Nov) and Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente presents ‘An Evening for Debbie’, with his new strings group Classico Latino Sextet, alongside solo and duo pieces, in memory of his late wife Debbie Purdy (Kings Place, 22 Nov). Jazzwise is media partner for the festival.

Mike Flynn

For more info and tickets visit www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

 

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Michael_Beek Max Reger

Max Reger

When not dismissed out of hand, Reger is often derided as the master of unwieldy German stodge. That’s unfair…

Max Reger

Think of three great composers active in the first decade of last century, all with two-syllable names ending in ‘r’. Elgar… yes. Mahler… yes. But the third? Max Reger. Max Who? That’s just the trouble. Reger is well known in his native Germany, but his name has obstinately refused to travel abroad.

Admittedly, Reger could be his own worst enemy.

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Goldmine1 Dick Dale remembered (1937- March 16, 2019)

On March 16, 2019, the music industry lost the legendary surf rock guitarist Dick Dale. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Darrow writes down his thoughts on Dale’s influence on all of rock and roll.

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CAS 30 Years Of De La Soul ‘3 Feet High and Rising’

As we prepare for the 30th anniversary of De La Soul’s timeless debut 3 Feet High and Rising, writer Paul Thompson gives insight into what makes the record so iconic and why its enduring influence continues to touch artists and audiences alike.

Join us on Tuesday March 26th as DJ Yoda and Classic Album Sundays’ founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will tell the story behind the album followed by an uninterrupted replay on the Classic Album Sundays’ audiophile hi-fi.

Full event info and tickets here.

“What De La Soul was doing was giving new life to some of the most vibrant, inventive, vexing, thoroughly alive records in the history of hip-hip. That an act so self-consciously weird could become foundational to the generations that followed, in sound and in ideology, is a testament both to the singular brilliance of the group and to the forward-thinking, creatively open ideals that hip-hop aspires to — and that De La so readily insisted were still far away, on the horizon line. 3 Feet High and Rising is the sound not only of young, black American men discovering themselves, but of their first-bumpy forays into the outside world, their voyages into their parents’ record collections, and their bristling as they watched a culture they loved turn into a commodity they couldn’t control.

The story goes like this. At high school on Long Island, Jolicoeur and his childhood friend Kelvin Mercer linked up with another student, Vincent Mason, and began making music together. After some tweaking and testing, the three settled on stage names: Trugoy, Posdnuos and Maseo, respectively. It wasn’t long before a demo of theirs impressed Prince Paul, a fellow Long Islander who had been working with Stetsasonic. In short order, Paul had helped the group secure a deal with Tommy Boy, and the four went to work on what would become 3 Feet High and Rising”.

Read the full article on the Vinyl Me, Please website here.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, 1977

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