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Tri-C Jazz Fest

Presented by Key Bank

June 20-22, 2024

featuring

Take 6 • Ledisi • Charles Lloyd Ocean Trio II •

Marcus Miller • Cécile McLoran Salvant •

Jason Moran & The Bandwagon •

Bob James Quartet • Scary Goldings • Artemis • Haróld Lopez-Nussa • Diego Figueiredo •

Flying Home: A Trumpet Summit •

And Much More

Join us for the 45th Annual Tri-C JazzFest at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland June 20 ̶ 22. All the performances outside are free of charge

 

“The artists in the lineup are prize-winning creatives pushing boundaries, advocating for social change and exploring the worlds of Broadway and Hollywood,” said festival director Terri Pontremoli. “But when they hit the stage and play live, the magic begins.

All Indoor Concerts are ticketed

Outdoor performances are free!

Take 6

June 20 – 8pm: Mimi Ohio Theatre

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With 10 GRAMMY® Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and as Members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, this musical phenomenon has six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. Don’t miss the opening of the Tri-C Jazz Fest with Take 6.

Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

June 21 – 5pm: Allen Theatre

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Since his emergence on the music scene in the late 1990s, Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. In almost every category that matters–improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique, and experimentation–Mr. Moran and his group The Bandwagon, with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, have challenged the status quo. A graduate of New York’s Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Moran was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2010 and was named the 2015 Musician of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association. He is the Artistic Director of the Kennedy Center.

Cécile McLorin Salvant

June 21 – 6:30pm: Mimi Ohio Theatre

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Cécile McLorin Salvant, is a composer, singer, and visual artist. The Late Jessye Norman described Salvant as “a unique voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings.” Salvant has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, jazz and folk traditions from around the world.

She is an eclectic curator, unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists, and humor. Salvant won the Thelonious Monk competition in 2010 and has received Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for three consecutive albums. She was nominated in 2014 for her album “WomanChild.” In 2020, Salvant received the MacArthur fellowship and the Doris Duke Artist Award. “Ghost Song,” Salvant’s debut for Nonesuch Records, was released in March 2022 to critical acclaim, and has gone on to receive two Grammy nominations.

Marcus Miller

Bob James Quartet

June 21 – 7:45pm: Connor Palace

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Grammy winning Marcus Miller has dozens of movie scores and over 500 recording credits to his name across Jazz, R&B, and Opera. He has worked with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Luther Vandross, Wayne Shorter, and David Sanborn, among others. In 2012 Miller was appointed a UNESCO Artist for Peace, supporting and promoting the UNESCO Slave Route Project. In 2021, Bass Player magazine awarded Miller a Lifetime Achievement Award.

84-years young, Bob James’ recordings have practically defined pop/jazz and crossover during the past few decades. Very influenced by pop and movie music, James has often featured R&B-ish soloists who add a jazz touch to what is essentially an instrumental pop set. He co-founded “Fourplay” and included in his legacy is that he is the most sampled jazz artist in the hip-hop world.

Scary Goldings

June 21 – 10pm: Mimi Ohio Theatre

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Supergroup Scary Goldings combines hard-hitting grooves and well-crafted parts to make for a truly fun and unique time. The group consists of funk ensemble Scary Pockets (anchored by guitarist Ryan Lerman and keyboardist Jack Conte) and Larry Goldings. With his signature Hammond organ style and versatility on many keyboards, Boston native Larry Goldings has traversed not only the wide spectrum of jazz where he is perhaps best known, but also the worlds of funk, pop, and electronic music.

Artemis

Flying Home: A Trumpet Summit

June 22 – 2:30pm – Mimi Ohio Theatre

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The brainchild of pianist and composer Renee Rosnes, ARTEMIS is a powerful ensemble of modern jazz masters. Named for the Greek goddess of the hunt, the multinational, multigenerational group of women was founded in 2017 under the banner of International Women’s Day. The band’s performance at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival was so compelling, Blue Note Records signed them to the label. The collective released their debut recording in 2020 and their second album in 2023. Each member of Artemis is a bandleader and composer, and the repertoire draws on their distinctive personalities, from original music to imaginative arrangements of eclectic material. Artemis performs with joy, power, passion, and high-wire intensity. Rosnes will be joined by Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Nicole Glover (saxophone), Noriko Ueda (bass) and Allison Miller (drums).

Flying Home: A Trumpet Summit celebrating 3 decades of Tri-C JazzFest Jazz Academy alumni with Sean Jones, Dominick Farinacci, Tommy Lehman, and Curtis Taylor. This is a special tribute to the outstanding educational program at Tri-C JazzFest in its 45th anniversary season. The rhythm section features distinguished alumni of the program as well, with Jonathan Thomas (piano), Graham Guerin (bass), Gabe Jones (drums) and Patrick Grainey (percussion).

Harold López-Nussa: Timba a la Americana

Diego Figueiredo

June 22 – 5:15pm: Allen Theatre

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Cuban-born pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa begins an exciting new chapter of his career with his Blue Note debut Timba a la Americana, an album teeming with joy and pathos that was inspired by the pianist’s recent decision to leave his Cuban homeland. Produced by Snarky Puppy bandleader Michael League, Timba a la Americana unveils a brand-new sound performed by a tight-knit band featuring harmonica virtuoso Grégoire Maret, Luques Curtis on bass, and Harold’s brother Ruy Adrián López-Nussa on drums.

Diego Figueiredo lives in, with, and for the music. Born in 1980 in Franca, São Paulo State, he began playing music at four years old. By the age of twelve he had already attracted a local following, and when he was fifteen, he was drawing huge crowds around Brazil. Diego has recorded over two dozen albums and is the winner of several competitions including The Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, and Brazil’s VISA Prize.

Charles Lloyd Ocean Trio II feat. Gerald Clayton & Marvin Sewell

June 22 – 7:30pm: Mimi Ohio Theatre

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The critical consensus is that NEA Jazz Master, Charles Lloyd has never sounded better. The depth of his expression reflects a lifetime of experience. Credited by many musicians with anticipating the World Music movement as early as the late 1950s, Charles Lloyd describes his music as having always “danced on many shores.”

Lloyd has long been a free spirit, master musician, and visionary. He has loomed large over the music world, and at 86 years old he remains at the height of his powers and as prolific as ever. Early on Lloyd saw how placing the improvised solo in interesting and original contexts could provoke greater freedom of expression and inspire creativity, and throughout his remarkable career he has searched for alternative ways to frame his improvisational skills. Joining Lloyd is pianist Gerald Clayton and guitarist Marvin Sewell.

Ledisi

June 22 – 9pm: Connor Palace

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2021 Grammy winner, Ledisi is a fourteen-time Grammy nominated vocalist with a career spanning almost three decades. Since arriving on the scene in the late 1990’s, she’s garnered three Soul Train Music awards, an NAACP Theater Award and six NAACP Image Award nominations.

Born in New Orleans and raised in Oakland, CA, Ledisi has truly earned a place in the pantheon of the greatest singers of her generation. No stranger to the film and television world, Ledisi landed her first feature, singing in the George Clooney directed film Leatherheads. In 2015 she portrayed the great Mahalia Jackson in the Oscar-nominated movie, Selma. Ledisi secured her first major television role, playing the legendary Patti LaBelle on the hit BET series American Soul.

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RELIVE HIGHLIGHTS

of the

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Presented by Citizens®

Gregory Porter • Bob James

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis

Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter • Gerald Albright

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Keyon Harrold w/ Pharoahe Monch & Mumu Fresh PJ Morton • Nicholas Payton • José James

Orrin Evans • Chelsea Baratz • Howie Alexander Christie Dashiell

and much more

Relive the excitement of the 2023 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF) presented by Citizens, with more than 3 1/2 hours of highlights of the performances presented at Highmark Stadium last fall. For 48 hours only starting at 7PM ET on Friday April 19 enjoy a second look or catch the festival for the first time, and watch for FREE at pittsburghjazzfest.org or facebook.com/pittsburghjazzfest & facebook.com/jazzcorner via FacebookLive and on YouTube.

Enjoy performances by Gregory Porter, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Kurt Elling, Bob James, PJ Morton, José James, Gerald Albright, Orrin Evans, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Keyon Harrold with Pharoahe Monch and Mumu Fresh, Nicholas Payton, Christie Dashiell, Chelsea Baratz, and Howie Alexander, which took place at Highmark Stadium on September 16 and 17, 2023.

“Last September’s Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival presented by Citizens was one of our greatest, most diverse and exciting events,” said Janis Burley, August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) President and CEO. “We are thrilled to present highlights from almost every performance during this special 48-hour presentation, and we are proud to provide another opportunity to celebrate the music and share Pittsburgh’s legacy of Jazz.”

For the second year, pianist Orrin Evans will host The Jazz Train™, an exciting ride and five days of music, fun, food and camaraderie at the PIJF. On September 19, The Jazz Train™ picks up fans at Amtrak stations in New York at 10:52 am, Newark at 11:09 am and Philadelphia at 12:42 pm, arriving in Pittsburgh by 8:00 pm in time to see the opening night concert at the AWAACC at 9:00 pm. The Jazz Train™ departs Pittsburgh on Monday morning, September 23. Travel tickets are on sale now. For tickets and more information, log on to https://pittsburghjazzfest.

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Brian Bromberg Pays Tribute to Legendary Bassist Scott LaFaro on New Trio Album: ‘LaFaro’

LaFaro Shows Bromberg in an Unadulterated Swinging Trio Setting with Pianist Tom Zink and Drummer Charles Ruggiero

“Just as LaFaro served an (influential, but idiosyncratic) vision of his instrument, so does Bromberg on LaFaro. It’s just that his is a ‘make your case, then support’ kind of vision, and he plays it beautifully.” — DownBeat

“LaFaro is a meticulously crafted album that vibrantly resonates with the spirit of Scott LaFaro’s pioneering contributions alongside the Bill Evans Trio, simultaneously showcasing Bromberg’s exceptional talent and profound musicality.” — Jazz Word

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Tragically, legendary bassist Scott LaFaro died at the age of 25 in a car accident. Brian Bromberg was just a year old, but LaFaro’s impact on Brian and countless other musicians in his short life changed the way so many of played bass. For ‘LaFaro” Bromberg tells us, “I didn’t try to emulate what he did, but instead took what he did as inspiration. Scott LaFaro was brilliant and a true innovator on the the upright bass.

Bromberg’s heartfelt homage to the legendary bassist includes swinging interpretations of three Miles Davis classics (“Solar,” “Milestones,” “Nardis”) along with a bossa flavored reading of the Bill Evans classic “Waltz for Debby” and a tender rendering of the beautiful ballad that Evans co-wrote with Miles Davis, “Blue in Green,” all showcasing his own considerable skills as a melodic improviser and unparalleled timekeeper on the upright bass. The trio also tackles LaFaro’s intricate “Gloria’s Step” and Johnny Carisi’s “Israel,” while Bromberg carries the melody and solos in lyrical fashion on the gentle ballad “My Foolish Heart.”

The bassist delivers a virtuosic performance on an unaccompanied rendition of “Danny Boy,” an old English tune set to the traditional Irish melody of “Londonderry Air” and a number often played by the Bill Evans Trio. And for sheer burn, you can’t beat the trio’s uptempo swinging rendition of Cole Porter’s “What Is This Thing Called Love?” The lone original on LaFaro is “Scotty’s Song,” which opens with some extended blues-drenched solo bass before the trio heads into mellow Wes Montgomery territory, with Bromberg himself exhibiting some nice octaves, chord melody playing and facile single note soloing on his piccolo electric bass.

In his liner notes to LaFaro, Bromberg wrote: “I hope you can appreciate the spirit in this recording and the respect I have for Scott LaFaro’s enormous contribution to jazz bass playing and jazz music in general. Thank you, Scotty, for paving the way and opening the door for the rest of us who have dedicated our lives to being a jazz bassist.”

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About Brian Bromberg

An in-demand L.A. session musician and valued sideman to everyone from Stan Getz to Dave Grusin, Billy Cobham, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall and countless others, Bromberg’s solo career began in 1986 with the release of his contemporary jazz debut, A New Day. Subsequent releases had him embracing his straight-ahead jazz roots (1991’s It’s About Time: The Acoustic Project, with special guests Freddie Hubbard and Ernie Watts) while further exploring the electric bass in a more contemporary realm (1993’s Brian Bromberg, featuring an all-star cast of Everette Harp, Ivan Lins, Jeff Lorber, Lee Ritenour and Kirk Whalum). His first acoustic jazz trio recording came in 2002 with Wood and that same year he released the audacious Jaco, a tribute to legendary electric bassist Jaco Pastorius as a commemoration of his 50th birthday. Other albums like 2005’s rock-fueled Metal, 2006’s Wood II, 2007’s Grammy-nominated Downright Upright, 2007’s bossa nova tribute, In the Spirit of Jobim, 2009’s funky Is What It Is and 2010’s shred-heavy Bromberg Plays Hendrix further showcased the bassist’s remarkable versatility and sheer command of his instruments. He continued that eclectic streak with his 2011 solo bass outing, Hands, 2012’s wide-ranging Compared To That, 2015’s classically-informed A Bass Odyssey, 2016’s swinging Full Circle, 2018’s Thicker Than Water, 2020’s nostalgic holiday album Celebrate Me Home, his 2021 pandemic paean, A Little Driving Music, and 2023’s soulful and alluring The Magic of Moonlight.

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The 2024 edition of International Jazz Day will be celebrated in more than 190 countries on April 30. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock are pleased to announce that the city of Tangier, Morocco will serve as the Global Host and will anchor the International Jazz Day programs around the world.

“Tangier marks the first time a city on the African continent will host International Jazz Day, the world’s largest and most significant celebration of jazz,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

Presented in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Morocco and the City of Tangier, the four-day celebration (April 27-30) will emphasize the city’s jazz heritage and highlight cultural and artistic ties between people in Morocco, Europe and Africa. A series of education programs will include events for students of all ages, a special presentation showcasing the significance of Morocco’s Gnawa music and its connection with jazz, and conversations about the history of jazz and its impact on Tangier, among others. A culminating All-Star Global Concert at the beautiful, new Palace of Arts and Culture of Tangier – an architectural masterpiece – will be broadcast via JazzDay.com, YouTube, Facebook, the United Nations and UNESCO to millions of viewers worldwide.

Music enthusiasts can look forward to legendary figures of jazz, blues and beyond electrifying the city of Tangier and screens throughout the world. Led by iconic pianist Herbie Hancock and Musical Director John Beasley (USA), the All-Star Global Concert will feature performances by an international roster of artists from all corners of the globe, including master Gnawa musician Abdellah El Gourd (Morocco). Other confirmed artists include: Claudia Acuña (Chile), Ambrose Akinmusire (USA), Lakecia Benjamin (USA), TK Blue (USA), Richard Bona (Cameroon), Dee Dee Bridgewater (USA), Moreira Chonguiça (Mozambique), Shemekia Copeland (USA), Mandisi Dyantyis (South Africa), Kurt Elling (USA), Antonio Faraò (Italy), Melody Gardot (USA), Jazzmeia Horn (USA), JK Kim (Republic of Korea), Femi Kuti (Nigeria), Magnus Lindgren (Sweden), Romero Lubambo (Brazil), Marcus Miller (USA), Troy Roberts (Australia), Yasushi Nakamura (Japan), Tarek Yamani (Lebanon), and many more to be announced.

Located at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, Tangier is known as a melting pot of cultural expressions. Tangier boasts a long, rich history of jazz. Among the world-renowned jazz artists who performed and spent time in Tangier were Josephine Baker, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Mann and Archie Shepp. For many years, jazz master Randy Weston lived in Tangier, where he collaborated with Gnawa master Abdellah El Gourd to explore the roots of jazz and African music. Gnawa-jazz, a fusion of Morocco’s traditional musical style and jazz, is appreciated across Morocco and far beyond. In the 1970s, Weston founded the African Jazz Festival, which became the inspiration for multiple jazz festivals throughout Morocco, including Tanjazz and Jazzablanca.

International Jazz Day has become a global movement reaching more than 2 billion people annually on all continents through education programs, performances, community outreach, radio, television and streaming, along with electronic, print and social media. The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing International Jazz Day each year.

To learn more about International Jazz Day and register events on the official website, visit www.jazzday.com.

The annual International Jazz Day celebration highlights the power of jazz and its role in promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity and respect for human dignity.

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“I’ve been blessed to be able to create an album that highlights my recovery from nearly dying. I don’t do art for awards, but I’m grateful to be considered by my peers and grateful for the gift of life and creation.” Lakecia Benjamin

“Lakecia Benjamin’s album is a wonderful project with great playing and great messages! She has been spreading her musical message widely and clearly – and this album is a beautiful culmination of her life’s journey this far. This is a special project and this is her time!” 5x Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington.

For Your GRAMMY® Consideration

BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Lakecia Benjamin

Phoenix

Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington

BEST JAZZ PERFORMANCE

Lakecia Benjamin

“Basquiat”

BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION

Lakecia Benjamin

“Amerikkan Skin”

Phoenix was produced by the multi-Grammy-award winning Terri Lyne Carrington and features a star-studded line up of specially curated guests including Dianne Reeves, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Patrice Rushen, Sonia Sanchez, Angela Davis, and Wayne Shorter.

“Phoenix” is a double metaphor. Lakecia Benjamin refers to the New York City she grew up in and watched it slowly die during the pandemic and then come back to life. But it is also a personal reference to the death which she miraculously escaped from in the fall of 2021 following a serious car accident. This new opus is also an opportunity to highlight her own compositions as well as the creativity, talent, and commitment of the female artists she surrounds herself with. “Phoenix” marks yet another stratospheric rise for an artist who resolutely knows what she wants to say and how to say it, all the while honoring her mentors and the traditions that have come before her.

Listen to the entire album and learn more:

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Introducing

SHUTEEN ERDENEBAATAR

Rising Sun

For Your Listening Enjoyment and GRAMMY® Voting Consideration

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Rising Sun is the debut album by Munich-based pianist and composer Shuteen Erdenebaatar . At just 25, the first international jazz artist to emerge from Mongolia, she has accumulated an impressive array of important prizes for young musicians on the European jazz scene including the Kurt Maas Jazz Award , the Music Scholarship of the City of Munich , the Young Munich Jazz Prize , the Biberach Jazz Prize and the BMW Young Artist Jazz Award . With the release of Rising Sun, Motéma Music ushers this bright new talent onto the world stage, as backed by her impressive and dedicated young quartet.

Rising Sun is a startlingly mature debut from a remarkable new talent. Erdenebaatar’s release on Motéma Music comes during the label’s 20th anniversary celebrations this Fall. Label founder and president Jana Herzen discovered Shuteen through a cold submission. “It’s very rare that I have time to listen to unsolicited projects, but somehow Shuteen’s email caught my eye. Moved by what I heard, and seeing her many accomplishments, I recognized a new contemporary jazz master on the rise, and thought she was a “perfect addition to our 20th Anniversary season.”

GRAMMY® Voters for your consideration for

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Rising Sun

Best Jazz Performance: Ups and Downs

Best Instrumental Composition: In a Time Warp

“The 25-year-old leaves pretty much all jazz clichés in the dust…

Human intelligence, paired with intuition and empathy. Brilliant Mix!”

       -JAZZTHING

“In a Time Warp” has that ‘stand-out-a-mile in the crowd factor… a remarkably moving sound that you won’t in it lilting modality have remotely heard anywhere before. Stop everything and discover this track today! “Four Stars!”

-MARLBANK

Watch “In a Time Warp” (FYC for “Best Instrumental Composition”)

“Powerfully moving… What truly stands out in Shuteen’s playing is the persuasive power with which she plays… I found myself listening over and over (and OVER) again to all 8 of the tunes she created, and I believe you will sit in awe, just like I did.”

-CONTEMPORARY FUSION REVIEWS

Watch “Ups and Downs” (FYC for “Best Jazz Performance”)

“An extremely vital jazz quartet at the cutting edge of the times.”

-RONDO Magazine

Shuteen Erdenbaatar (piano/composition/arrangements); Nils Kugelmann (bass);

Valentin Renner (drums); Anton Mangold (sax & flute)

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KEIKO MATSUI

EUPHORIA

“Euphoria stands apart for its edifying compositions…Matsui is relentless in adding harmonic and rhythmic invention and imagination to virtually everything she does.” AllMusic ★★★★

“Keiko Matsui and Randy Brecker let sparks fly on “Neo.” Glide Magazine

 “Love and Nothing Less,” is a stunning collaboration that is entrancing in its dramatic movements, and with Lalah Hathaway’s emotional, melancholic tones up front, the result is as compelling as it is beautiful.” Soul Tracks

“Euphoria is about the hope that we all carry inside of us,” shares internationally acclaimed pianist and composer, Keiko Matsui, who has worked with everyone from Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Bob James, and Hugh Masekela. “I have this dream where we can each cherish our own happiness and learn to accept and care for one another.” Keiko harnesses this joy on her 30th recording, Euphoria. She enlists an all-star contingency of GRAMMY® winning special guests including vocalist, Lalah Hathaway, trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, harmonica player Grégoire Maret and pianist/arranger John Beasley, plus guitarist Mike Stern and vibist Joel Ross.
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First place winner of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Jazz Piano Competition, Jahari Stampley of Chicago, IL captivated the audience with his performances of “Prelude Entrance” and “After The Morning.” Second place winner Connor Rohrer of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania performed “Someplace Called Where” and “Matrix,” and third place winner Paul Cornish, of Houston, Texas performed “Intrepid Fox” and “Come Sunday.”  They were among the 11 outstanding, young pianists from around the world who competed a day earlier in the Competition Semifinals at PAC NYC. Bassist Richie Goods and drummer Carl Allen accompanied each competitor.
(L – R) Herbie Hancock, Jahari Stampley, Connor Rohrer, and Paul Cornish

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Presented by the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, the world’s preeminent jazz education organization, in association with the Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC), the Competition awarded major scholarships and prizes including a $50,000 first place award. World-renowned pianists Bill Charlap, Orrin Evans, Herbie Hancock, Hiromi and Danilo Pérez served as the Competition judges.

Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding honored Frank Gehry with the Institute’s Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award. She highlighted his renowned architectural achievements and his devotion to helping others – from volunteering in public schools and supporting the Turnaround Arts initiative for at-risk youth to serving on the Institute’s Board of Trustees and taking an active role in its jazz education programs. Piano virtuoso Hélène Mercier of Paris and piano prodigy A Bu of Beijing performed a stunning rendition of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” fusing jazz and classical influences.
The Institute presented its Maria Fisher Founder’s Award to five-time GRAMMY® winning jazz vocalist and educator Dianne Reeves, who has played a vital role in the Institute’s mission for nearly three decades. To honor Dianne, acclaimed actor Delroy Lindo shared the story of how Reeves found her passion early on through music, as a member of her high school big band. She went on to tour with Sergio Mendes and Harry Belafonte, release a series of chart-topping albums, earn five GRAMMY Awards and make a profound impact on jazz and her millions of fans.
The Institute’s National Peer-to-Peer High School All-Star Jazz Sextet performed Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” alongside vocalist and former Institute Competition winner Lisa Henry. U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona, who hosts an Institute Peer-to-Peer performance at the Department of Education each year, made remarks about the importance of music education in the schools.

Also showcased on Sunday; the Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble performing Herbie Hancock’s “Actual Proof.” These gifted musicians from around the world receive full scholarships to attend the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance, the Institute’s prestigious master’s degree program at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles. The students, who represent the next generation of jazz artists, study for two years with world-renowned jazz musicians, composers and educators.

The evening featured stellar performances by a diverse group of all-stars including Musical Director John Beasley, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lizz Wright, Anat Cohen, Romero Lubambo, Jean Baylor, Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, Hélène Mercier, Somi, Ambrose Akinmusire, Helen Sung and Ben Williams.

Proceeds from the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition and All-Star Gala Concert support the Institute’s free, year-round jazz education programs, which serve students from under-resourced public schools across the United States and around the world.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater & Bill Charlap
Fri, Nov 3 @ 7:30PM
Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and pianist Bill Charlap perform jazz standards and American Songbook classics.
buy tickets
Grupo Niche & Héctor Acosta “El Torito”
Tropicaliente

Sat, Nov 4 @ 8PM
Dance the night away with the hot tropical sounds of Colombian salsa band Grupo Niche and Dominican merengue and bachata singer Héctor Acosta, “El Torito.”
buy tickets
Ranky Tanky with very special guest Ms. Lisa Fischer
Nov 9 @ 7:30PM
Get in a Gullah groove with GRAMMY®-winning band Ranky Tanky and very special guest Ms. Lisa Fischer (Twenty Feet from Stardom).
buy tickets
Omara Portuondo
Fri, Nov 10 @ 7:30PM
The grand dame of classic Cuban song, the legendary Omara Portuondo performs a retrospective of her life in music.
buy tickets
Take 6 with Hillary-Marie
Sat, Nov 11 @ 7:30PM
Experience the vocal genius of 10-time GRAMMY®-winning a capella group Take 6 with tap dance artist
Hillary-Marie.
buy tickets
Abdullah Ibrahim Trio
Sun, Nov 12 @ 3PM
An intimate performance with Abdullah Ibrahim, South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and NEA Jazz Master.
buy tickets
Gladys Knight with special guest Davell Crawford
Sun, Nov 12 @ 7PM
National treasure and multi-GRAMMY® winner Gladys Knight shares songs and stories from her incredible 50+ year career. Opening the show is singer and pianist Davell Crawford.
buy tickets
The Sound of (Black) Music
Nov 16 @ 7:30PM
The Sound of (Black) Music reimagines Rodgers & Hammerstein with jazz, soul, funk and hip hop in this epic concert.
buy tickets
NJMEA All-State Jazz Band and NJMEA All-State Jazz Choir
Fri, Nov 17 @ 7PM
Hear the next generation of jazz artists as NJMEA Jazz Band and Jazz Choir perform with special guest Stefon Harris.
buy tickets
When You Wish Upon a Star: A Jazz Tribute to 100 Years of Disney
Fri, Nov 17 @ 7:30PM
Celebrate 100 years of Disney through the lens of jazz, with iconic songs from your favorite Disney movies performed live.
buy tickets
Dave Grusin: A Life in Music featuring Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin, Jane Monheit, Will Downing, Randy Brecker and New York Voices
Fri, Nov 17 @ 8PM
Jazz artist Dave Grusin is joined by an all-star lineup of performers from the GRP Records family.
buy tickets
Dorthaan’s Place: The Steve Turre Generations Sextet
Sun, Nov 19 @ 11AM & 1PM
Join us for Dorthaan’s Place, the legendary jazz brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar with The Steve Turre Generations Sextet.buy tickets
Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition
Sun, Nov 19 @ 3PM
Hear the next generation of powerhouse jazz vocalists at The SASSY Awards, honoring the legacy of Sarah Vaughan. Our panel of all-star judges includes Jane Monheit, Christian McBride, Madeleine Peyroux, Al Pryor and Lizz Wright.buy tickets
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FREDDIE BRYANT’s

Upper West Side Love Story

A 16 Movement Song Cycle

Has Been Entered in the 2024 GRAMMY® Consideration

BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM

Upper West Side Love Story

FREDDIE BRYANT with CARLA COOK

and Regina Carter, Donny McCaslin, Steve Wilson

BEST JAZZ PERFORMANCE

“Moses the Pharoah“

FREDDIE BRYANT with DONNY McCASLIN, STEVE WILSON

and Carla Cook, Regina Carter

BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION

“Finale”

FREDDIE BRYANT composer

Upper West Side Love Story, a 16 movement song cycle with music and lyrics by Freddie Bryant is a tour-de-force, executed brilliantly by his remarkable ensemble. It is inspired by Bryant’s first-hand experiences witnessing the gentrification of his beloved neighborhood. His effort is a confident and profound work of art – deep, textured and resonant.

An all-star cast led by Carla Cook’s soaring voice and moving performances, includes brilliant soloing by Regina Carter, Donny McCaslin and Steve Wilson, Bryant’s guitar, strings and a grooving rhythm section. “UWSLS” guides the listener through a powerful story, from childhood and family, to the current day. A unique jazz vocal recording, like an opera in two acts fusing swing, Latin, Brazilian, Reggae, funk, spoken word and hip-hop influences to relay a musical history of the neighborhood.

Listen to the entire album and learn more:

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On the heels of their 2019 GRAMMY® nominated and 2019 Jazz Journalists Association Album of the Year Award, West Side Story Reimagined, and in celebration of their 25th anniversary – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band return with their most ambitious work to date, VOX HUMANA. The double album recorded live at Dizzy’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center is a vocal album framed by the Multiverse Big Band. Featuring three of today’s greatest contemporary singing talents – multi-GRAMMY award winner Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer, blues and jazz Queen Antoinette Montague, and the multi-lingual powerhouse, Jennifer Jade Ledesna – Multiverse, the vision, has finally become a reality.

For Your GRAMMY® Consideration

BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

Vox Humana

BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band feat.

“Let The Good Times Roll – Antoinette Montague

BEST JAZZ PERFORMANCE

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band feat.

“Partido Alto” – Jade Ledesna & Jeff Lederer

BEST JAZZ PERFORMANCE

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

“Genie In A Bottle – Janis Siegel

BEST ARRANGEMENT INSTRUMENT & VOCALS

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

“Puerto Rico” – Takao Heisho

BEST ARRANGEMENT INSTRUMENT & VOCALS

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

 I Love You Porgy – Jeremy Fletcher

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON CLASSICAL

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

Vox Humana

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BobbySanabria.com/FYC

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A Year in Review

Fall is the perfect time to sit back and revisit these incredible albums from Aaron Diehl, Jonathan Butler, Emmet Cohen, Christian McBride, Veronica Swift and more! Whether you’re discovering a new favorite or returning to an album you’ve had on repeat, you deserve to treat yourself with the music you love.

 

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“I’ve been blessed to be able to create an album that highlights my recovery from nearly dying. I don’t do art for awards, but I’m grateful to be considered by my peers and grateful for the gift of life and creation.” Lakecia Benjamin

“Lakecia Benjamin’s album is a wonderful project with great playing and great messages! She has been spreading her musical message widely and clearly – and this album is a beautiful culmination of her life’s journey this far. This is a special project and this is her time!” Terri Lyne Carrington

For Your GRAMMY® Consideration

BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Lakecia Benjamin

Phoenix

Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington

BEST JAZZ PERFORMANCE

Lakecia Benjamin

“Basqiuat”

BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION

Lakecia Benjamin

“Amerikkan Skin”

Phoenix was produced by the multi-Grammy-award winning Terri Lyne Carrington and features a star-studded line up of specially curated guests including Dianne Reeves, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Patrice Rushen, Sonia Sanchez, Angela Davis, and Wayne Shorter.

“Phoenix” is a double metaphor. Lakecia Benjamin refers to the New York City she grew up in and watched slowly die during the pandemic and then come back to life. But it is also a personal reference to the death which she miraculously escaped from in the Fall of 2021 following a serious car accident. This new opus is also an opportunity to highlight her own compositions as well as the creativity, talent, and commitment of the female artists she surrounds herself with. “Phoenix” marks yet another stratospheric rise for an artist who resolutely knows what she wants to say and how to say it, all the while honoring her mentors and the traditions that have come before her.

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Congratulations

Portuguese Singer Maria Mendes and Pianist John Beasley

On Their Second Latin Grammy® Nomination

Best Arrangement – “Com Que Voz”

Portuguese jazz vocalist Maria Mendes and pianist/arranger and multiple GRAMMY Award winner John Beasley have earned their second Latin Grammy® nomination for “Best Arrangement” of “Com Que Voz” from their live album; ‘Saudade, Colour of Love,’ with the world renowned Metropole Orkest on Challenge Records. The 24th Latin GRAMMYs will be held and telecast from Seville, Spain on Thursday, November 16.

Latin Grammy voting is active now until October 12

—————————–

‘Saudade, Colour of Love’ has also been entered in the 2024 GRAMMY® Awards

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Arrangement, Instruments & Vocals

Best Jazz Performance

First-Round voting is October 11 to 20.

Nominations will be announced on November 10.

Click Here to Stream “Com Que Voz”(Full Arrangement)
‘Saudade, Colour of Love’ was named “Best Jazz Album 2022” in Downbeat, Jazziz,

Jazzwise (UK), Jazzthing (Germany) and Jazzism (Holland)

“Was it real or a déjà vu moment,” says Maria Mendes. “I was watching the nominations announcement online, and saw the scroll of nominees, and then heard the announcer in Spanish reading out my name and John’s!” The déjà vu was due to the coincidence that Mendes and Beasley got their first Latin GRAMMY nomination in the same category “Best Arrangement” for the song “Asas Fechadas” from their first musical collaboration on the ‘Close to Me’ album.

For Mendes’ second project with John Beasley, she wanted to record a full album with the Dutch Metropole Orkest, one of the world’s leading pop and jazz orchestras. The first album, ‘Close To Me,’ had the Dutch Metropole Orkest perform on four tracks only. So, Mendes and Beasley set out to arrange the songs originally written for her quartet and write orchestral renditions. They added three new songs, including the newly nominated “Com Que Voz”, described by Mendes as one of her ultimate fados. “The lyrics are poetic, divine and so existentialist. Beasley and I took the liberty to take detours from the original melody and harmony.”

“Com Que Voz” is the first song on the album. The arrangement begins with lush, elegiac strings behind Mendes’ heartrending vocal, then builds to a soaring clarinet solo by the Metropole’s Christof May, spurred on by Cédric Hanriot’s muscular piano work.

Photo: Ron Beenen

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Semifinalists Announced for 2023 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition, October 14-15 in New York City

Competition Festivities at Perelman Performing Arts Center Include All-Star Gala Concert Honoring Renowned Jazz Vocalist Dianne Reeves and Visionary Architect Frank Gehry

Eleven outstanding young jazz pianists from around the world will compete in the 2023 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition October 14-15 presented in association with the Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC) on the historic World Trade Center campus.

The semifinalists are: Alan Bartuš of Lučenec, Slovakia; Joe Block of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Caelan Cardello of Teaneck, New Jersey; Esteban Castro of Hackensack, New Jersey; Paul Cornish of Houston, Texas; Brandon Goldberg of Miami, Florida; Connor Rohrer of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Dabin Ryu of Seoul, South Korea; Jahari Stampley of Chicago, Illinois; Jordan Isaiah Williams of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Jenny Xu of Surrey and Vancouver, British Columbia.

These aspiring musicians will compete in the Semifinals on Saturday, October 14 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at PAC NYC before an all-star judging panel of internationally acclaimed jazz pianists: Bill Charlap, Orrin Evans, Herbie Hancock, Hiromi and Danilo Pérez. Each semifinalist will perform for 15 minutes accompanied by a stellar rhythm section featuring bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Carl Allen.

From this group, the judges will select three finalists to perform in the Competition Finals on Sunday evening, October 15. At stake is more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes, including a $50,000 first place award, $25,000 second place award, and $10,000 third place award. The evening will culminate with an All-Star Gala Concert featuring performances by artists including Ambrose Akinmusire, Jean Baylor, John Beasley (Musical Director), Dee Dee Bridgewater, A Bu, Terri Lyne Carrington, Anat Cohen, Joe Lovano, Romero Lubambo, Michael Mayo, Somi, Helen Sung, Ben Williams, and Lizz Wright among others. The Institute will present its Maria Fisher Founder’s Award to five-time GRAMMY Award-winning jazz vocalist and educator Dianne Reeves. Internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry will receive the Institute’s Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award for his commitment to arts education, especially jazz and classical music training for young people.

Proceeds from the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition and All-Star Gala Concert will support the Institute’s free, year-round jazz education programs, which serve students from under-resourced public schools across the United States and around the world.

Seats for the Semifinals are free of charge but limited. Guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday and throughout the afternoon as seats become available.

Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition Finals and All-Star Gala Concert

Sunday, October 15 at 6 p.m.

PAC NYC, 251 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10007

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition is presented in association with PAC NYC. Tickets are $59 to $149 and may be purchased via the PAC NYC website at www.pacnyc.org.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater & Bill Charlap
Fri, Nov 3 @ 7:30PM
Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and pianist Bill Charlap perform jazz standards and American Songbook classics.
buy tickets
Grupo Niche & Héctor Acosta “El Torito”
Tropicaliente

Sat, Nov 4 @ 8PM
Dance the night away with the hot tropical sounds of Colombian salsa band Grupo Niche and Dominican merengue and bachata singer Héctor Acosta, “El Torito.”
buy tickets
Ranky Tanky with very special guest Ms. Lisa Fischer
Nov 9 @ 7:30PM
Get in a Gullah groove with GRAMMY®-winning band Ranky Tanky and very special guest Ms. Lisa Fischer (Twenty Feet from Stardom).
buy tickets
Omara Portuondo
Fri, Nov 10 @ 7:30PM
The grand dame of classic Cuban song, the legendary Omara Portuondo performs a retrospective of her life in music.
buy tickets
Take 6 with Hillary-Marie
Sat, Nov 11 @ 7:30PM
Experience the vocal genius of 10-time GRAMMY®-winning a capella group Take 6 with tap dance artist
Hillary-Marie.
buy tickets
Abdullah Ibrahim Trio
Sun, Nov 12 @ 3PM
An intimate performance with Abdullah Ibrahim, South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and NEA Jazz Master.
buy tickets
Gladys Knight with special guest Davell Crawford
Sun, Nov 12 @ 7PM
National treasure and multi-GRAMMY® winner Gladys Knight shares songs and stories from her incredible 50+ year career. Opening the show is singer and pianist Davell Crawford.
buy tickets
The Sound of (Black) Music
Nov 16 @ 7:30PM
The Sound of (Black) Music reimagines Rodgers & Hammerstein with jazz, soul, funk and hip hop in this epic concert.
buy tickets
NJMEA All-State Jazz Band and NJMEA All-State Jazz Choir
Fri, Nov 17 @ 7PM
Hear the next generation of jazz artists as NJMEA Jazz Band and Jazz Choir perform with special guest Stefon Harris.
buy tickets
When You Wish Upon a Star: A Jazz Tribute to 100 Years of Disney
Fri, Nov 17 @ 7:30PM
Celebrate 100 years of Disney through the lens of jazz, with iconic songs from your favorite Disney movies performed live.
buy tickets
Dave Grusin: A Life in Music featuring Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin, Jane Monheit, Will Downing, Randy Brecker and New York Voices
Fri, Nov 17 @ 8PM
Jazz artist Dave Grusin is joined by an all-star lineup of performers from the GRP Records family.
buy tickets
Dorthaan’s Place: The Steve Turre Generations Sextet
Sun, Nov 19 @ 11AM & 1PM
Join us for Dorthaan’s Place, the legendary jazz brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar with The Steve Turre Generations Sextet.buy tickets
Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition
Sun, Nov 19 @ 3PM
Hear the next generation of powerhouse jazz vocalists at The SASSY Awards, honoring the legacy of Sarah Vaughan. Our panel of all-star judges includes Jane Monheit, Christian McBride, Madeleine Peyroux, Al Pryor and Lizz Wright.buy tickets
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Congratulations

Portuguese Singer Maria Mendes and Pianist John Beasley

On Their Second Latin Grammy® Nomination

Best Arrangement – “Com Que Voz”

Portuguese jazz vocalist Maria Mendes and pianist/arranger and multiple GRAMMY Award winner John Beasley have earned their second Latin Grammy® nomination for “Best Arrangement” of “Com Que Voz” from their live album; ‘Saudade, Colour of Love,’ with the world renowned Metropole Orkest on Challenge Records. The 24th Latin GRAMMYs will be held and telecast from Seville, Spain on Thursday, November 16.

Latin Grammy voting is active now until October 12

—————————–

‘Saudade, Colour of Love’ has also been entered in the 2024 GRAMMY® Awards

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Arrangement, Instruments & Vocals

Best Jazz Performance

First-Round voting is October 11 to 20.

Nominations will be announced on November 10.

Click Here to Stream “Com Que Voz”(Full Arrangement)
‘Saudade, Colour of Love’ was named “Best Jazz Album 2022” in Downbeat, Jazziz,

Jazzwise (UK), Jazzthing (Germany) and Jazzism (Holland)

“Was it real or a déjà vu moment,” says Maria Mendes. “I was watching the nominations announcement online, and saw the scroll of nominees, and then heard the announcer in Spanish reading out my name and John’s!” The déjà vu was due to the coincidence that Mendes and Beasley got their first Latin GRAMMY nomination in the same category “Best Arrangement” for the song “Asas Fechadas” from their first musical collaboration on the ‘Close to Me’ album.

For Mendes’ second project with John Beasley, she wanted to record a full album with the Dutch Metropole Orkest, one of the world’s leading pop and jazz orchestras. The first album, ‘Close To Me,’ had the Dutch Metropole Orkest perform on four tracks only. So, Mendes and Beasley set out to arrange the songs originally written for her quartet and write orchestral renditions. They added three new songs, including the newly nominated “Com Que Voz”, described by Mendes as one of her ultimate fados. “The lyrics are poetic, divine and so existentialist. Beasley and I took the liberty to take detours from the original melody and harmony.”

“Com Que Voz” is the first song on the album. The arrangement begins with lush, elegiac strings behind Mendes’ heartrending vocal, then builds to a soaring clarinet solo by the Metropole’s Christof May, spurred on by Cédric Hanriot’s muscular piano work.

Photo: Ron Beenen

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Cindy Blackman Santana

“I am a jazz musician. I bring the lineage of the drum history that I’ve studied. I bring the element of creativity because that’s what I’m designed to do.”

As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing.

Cindy has been creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through the present day, touring the globe and making albums at the top of her game. After finishing her summer tour with husband, Carlos Santana, Cindy is bringing her own band for some special dates:

Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club

Aug 10 – 7:30PM

135 Congress St., Portsmouth, NH 03801 (888) 603-5299

Limited Tickets

Felix Pastorius – bass

Emilio Modeste- sax

Marc Cary- keys

Aurélien Budynek- guitar

Cindy Blackman Santana – drums

Keystone Korner Baltimore

Aug 11-13 – Fri & Sat: 7 & 9:30PM – Sun: 5 & 7:30PM

Celebration of NEA Jazz Master Todd Barkan’s birthday

1350 Lancaster St., Baltimore MD 21231 (410) 946-6726

Tickets for In-Person & Online (1st set each day)

Ravi Coltrane – sax

Felix Pastorius – bass

Marc Cary – keys

Aurélien Budynek – guitar

Cindy Blackman Santana – drums

Birdland Jazz Club

Aug 15-19 – Tues – Thurs: 7 & 9:30PM – Fri & Sat: 8:30 & 10:30PM

Debut of the Cindy Blackman Santana Band

315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036 (212) 581-3080

Tickets

Emilio Modeste – sax

Marc Cary – keys

Felix Pastorius – bass

David Gilmore – guitar

Aurélien Budynek – guitar

Cindy Blackman Santana – drums

Cindy Blackman Santana

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PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

September 14 – 17, 2023

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is ringing in the month of August with this HOT offer for the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival presented by Citizens®.

Now through August 7th receive $20 off a 2 day pass or $10 off a Saturday or Sunday one day ticket for concerts at Highmark Stadium on September 16th and 17th featuring Gregory Porter, Bob James, Kurt Elling, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, PJ Morton, Keyon Harrold, José James, Orrin Evans plus DJs, a kids zone and so much more! Click on any ticket link below, and enter code AUGUST to receive your discount!

Visit pittsburghjazzfest.org/augustpromo for details. This offer expires at midnight on August 7th.

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Saturday and Sunday

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Pianist Orrin Evans will perform at Highmark Stadium, and is also the host of the inaugural Jazz Train, which picks up fans at Amtrak stations in New York, Newark, and Philadelphia before arriving in Pittsburgh on September 14. The package, available until July 5, will include round-trip train tickets from each city, live jazz music during the trip, and more. Passengers are responsible for securing the hotel and festival events of their choice. Learn more here.
Named for the Swahili word that translates to “freedom,” the Uhuru Jazz Series pays homage to jazz as the embodiment of freedom, improvisation, discovery, liberation, and promise. Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, kicking off the start of the 13th Annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival the Uhuru Jazz Session features Samora Pinderhughes and Madison McFerrin on Sept 14.
PIJF is pleased to present Ledisi in concert in the intimate theatre setting at the AWAACC at 8PM on Friday. Admission for Ledisi includes A Taste of Jazz which starts at 9PM and includes dancing, food and beverage tastings, with music featuring Jonathan Barber and DJ Selecta.
UPCOMING PARTNER FESTIVALS:
Baltimore Jazz Festival
June 18, 2023
Celebrate Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and the 20th anniversary of BJA at the free Baltimore Jazz Fest, now a part of AFRAM (one of the largest African American festivals on the East Coast). Lineup highlights some of the best instrumental and vocal artists of the Baltimore area in a variety of jazz. Learn more at baltimorejazzfest.com.
Syracuse Jazz Festival
June 21 – 25, 2023
The 37th Annual edition of “The Northeast’s Largest Free Admission Jazz Festival” returns to downtown Syracuse, featuring headliners; including Gladys Knight and Herbie Hancock, along with Spyro Gyra, Tower of Power, New Orleans’ Tuba Skinny and Postmodern Jukebox. 5 days, 4 nights, 30 venues, 40 performances and it’s all free! Learn more at syracusejazzfest.com
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
June 22-24, 2023
This year, Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland brings you the world, with artists from Africa to New Orleans. Featuring iconic musicians such as Herbie Hancock and Trombone Shorty, Richard Bona, Christian McBride, Angelique Kidjo and newcomers such as Samara Joy and Braxton Cook. Happening at Playhouse Square for the ticketed concerts and outside for free party outside under the chandelier. Learn more at www.tri-c.edu/jazzfest
CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival
June 23 – July 1, 2023
The nine-day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals, held June 23 to July 1 in 19 venues in Rochester, NY and presenting 1750 artists, 300 shows including 100 free shows, jazz workshops, and nightly jam sessions. Learn more at RochesterJazz.com
Scranton Jazz Festival
August 4 – 6, 2023
On August 4-6, the Downtown Scranton Jazz Fest will host a New Orleans style festival at multiple venues. Learn more at
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PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Presented by Citizens®
SEPTEMBER 14-17, 2023
featuring
Gregory Porter • Ledisi • Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis •
Kurt Elling/Charlie Hunter • Somi • José James • Orrin Evans • Spanish Harlem Orchestra •
Keyon Harrold • Emmet Cohen/Houston Person •
PJ Morton • Nicholas Payton • Samara Pinderhughes• Madison McFerrin • Chelsea Baratz •
And Much More
Pianist Orrin Evans will perform at Highmark Stadium, and is also the host of the inaugural Jazz Train, which picks up fans at Amtrak stations in New York, Newark, and Philadelphia before arriving in Pittsburgh on September 14. The package, available until July 5, will include round-trip train tickets from each city, live jazz music during the trip, and more. Passengers are responsible for securing the hotel and festival events of their choice. Learn more here.
Named for the Swahili word that translates to “freedom,” the Uhuru Jazz Series pays homage to jazz as the embodiment of freedom, improvisation, discovery, liberation, and promise. Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, kicking off the start of the 13th Annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival the Uhuru Jazz Session features Samora Pinderhughes and Madison McFerrin on Sept 14.
PIJF is pleased to present Ledisi in concert in the intimate theatre setting at the AWAACC at 8PM on Friday. Admission for Ledisi includes A Taste of Jazz which starts at 9PM and includes dancing, food and beverage tastings, with music featuring Jonathan Barber and DJ Selecta.
Saturday, Sept 16 at Highmark Stadium – Gates open at 1:00PM:
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Friends
Five-time Grammy Award winners Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are world renowned songwriters, record producers, musicians, entrepreneurs, and the most influential and successful songwriting & production duo in modern music history. For over 40 years Jam & Lewis’ accomplishments have elevated them to iconic status within the music industry.
PJ Morton
I’m being more honest, more authentic, more open than I’ve been in the past,” says PJ Morton. “Sometimes even some discomfort. As much as people know about me, I’m pretty private about specifics, but these were some real things going on in my life. So it manifested with lyrics that pushed myself—not just going with the first thing or the thing that felt good, but making sure that I challenged myself to go deeper.”
With his new album, Watch The Sun, the singer/songwriter/producer continues a spectacular run of genre-blurring releases, and extends his considerable ambitions even further. In addition to earning four consecutive years of Grammy wins—Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2019, Best R&B Song in 2020, Best Gospel Album in 2021 and Album Of The Year in 2022 (for his contributions to Jon Batiste’s We Are) —Morton has topped charts and received nods for numerous BET, Soul Train, and NAACP Image Awards honoring the six albums he has put out since his breakthrough, Gumbo, in 2017. And all of this comes in addition to touring with Maroon 5 and running his own label.
Orrin Evans
For more than two decades, Yamaha pianist Orrin Evans has made an art form of the unexpected. With more than 25 albums to his credit without ever relying on the support of a major label, Evans has become the model of a fiercely independent artist who’s made a habit of rattling the jazz world’s confining cages.
As a daring pianist, Evans combines raw-edged vigor and left-field nuance into a sound wholly his own. As an adventurous composer he traverses stylistic boundaries with abandon, drawing on full-throttle swing, deep rooted blues, expressive soul or bracing excursions into the avant-garde. As an audacious bandleader, he delights in daring fellow musicians to take bold risks, whether in mutable small group settings or his raucous Captain Black Big Band. As an inventive collaborator, his projects range from the nerve-rattling collective trio Tarbaby, to the guitar/piano duo project Eubanks-Evans-Experience, and Brazilian project Terreno Comum.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the three-time Grammy® winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band, sets the gold standard for excellence in authentic, New York style, hard core salsa. Whether in a concert hall or at an outdoor jazz festival, there is no easing you in, they come at you full force, from start to finish. Their energy on stage and their rich sound and musical precision leave audiences mesmerized until the last note is played. With an unwavering respect for the music’s storied history, the ensemble’s thirteen world-class musicians and vocalists come together to create an unparalleled musical experience.
Now celebrating 20 years of excellence, SHO, as they are known to fans, is dedicated to the sounds of the barrio (Spanish Harlem, NYC). Their music is characterized by the raw, organic and vintage sound defined by the genre. They are on a mission to keep the musical legacy of salsa dura (hard salsa) alive and expand its audience to those who love great music, not just Latin music. Grounded in the past, while focused on the future, they strive to keep the music relevant, creating a unique and fresh approach.
Emmet Cohen and Houston Person
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Leader of the Emmet Cohen Trio and creator of the Masters Legacy Series, he is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist, a dedicated educator, the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards, and a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Cohen’s entrepreneurial energies led to his developing “Live From Emmet’s Place,” a live-streamed “Harlem rent party” that unites a worldwide audience via tens of millions of internet views.
Joining Emmet, will the great tenor saxophonist Houston Person, who has built his reputation as a leader with a series of soulful recordings for Prestige in the 60s. However, for a large part of his career he was best-known for his legendary partnership with the great vocalist, Etta Jones, which lasted over 30 years until her death in 2001. Recently he has performed with vocalist Barbara Morrison, the great Ernie Andrews and in the past has worked with Ernestine Anderson, Della Griffin and Dakota Staton.
Houston’s appearances as sideman are legion, and include recordings with Etta Jones, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Dakota Staton, Horace Silver, Charles Earland, Joey DeFrancesco, and many others. As a record producer, he has worked with many artists, including Etta Jones, Freddy Cole, Charles Brown, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Dakota Staton, and Ernie Andrews. In 1990, his recording with Ron Carter, “Something in Common” (Muse), won the Independent Jazz Record of the Year Award, and he received an Indie Award for his recording, “Why Not?” (Muse). Other awards have included the prestigious Eubie Blake Jazz Award (1982) and the Fred Hampton Scholarship Fund Image Award (1993).
Sunday, Sept 17 at Highmark Stadium – Gates open at 1PM:
Gregory Porter
We’d tell you Gregory Porter is back, but you probably already knew. You probably felt the earth rumbling, announcing the man’s bone-deep baritone, or you felt the air change as the warmth of his sound filled the atmosphere like a hug from above. That’s because All Rise, his sixth studio album, marks a return to Porter’s beloved original songwriting — heart-on-sleeve lyrics imbued with everyday philosophy and real-life detail, set to a stirring mix of jazz, soul, blues, and gospel. Produced by Troy Miller (Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum, Emili Sandé), the set also represents the evolution of Porter’s art to something even more emphatic, emotive, intimate, and universal too. After 2017’s Nat King Cole & Me, Porter knew two things: one, he’d bring in an orchestra for his next LP (check), and, two, music is medicine. In the spirit of that latter revelation, All Rise brims with songs about irrepressible love, plus a little protest, because the road to healing is bumpy.
Kurt Elling/Charlie Hunter
Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, two-time GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. The New York Times proclaimed Elling, “the standout male vocalist of our time”. Over a twenty-five year career of touring and recording, Elling has won three Prix du Jazz Vocal (France), two German Echo Awards, two Dutch Edison Awards, and has been nominated for a GRAMMY award fifteen times. He has had a 14-year run atop the DownBeat Critics and Readers polls, and has won twelve Jazz Journalists Awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year.”
A native of Rhode Island, Charlie Hunter was around guitars at an early age because his mother repaired them for a living. He and his mother and sister lived for several years on a commune in Mendocino County, California, then settled in Berkeley. Hunter attended Berkeley High School and took lessons from rock guitarist Joe Satriani. At eighteen he moved to Paris. He has stated that busking in Paris gave him on the job training. Returning to San Francisco, he played seven-string guitar and organ in Michael Franti’s political rap group, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In 1992, they were one of the opening acts for U2’s Zoo TV Tour.
José James
You’d be forgiven for previously assuming that José James was a man with something to prove. There was that decade he spent reshaping jazz with the genre-blurring verve of a crate-digging beat guru. And that time he declared his jazz career was over, ditched the bands, and became a solo R&B star. And then there were the last couple years he spent living in Bill Withers’ shoes — recording and touring that legendary songbook for the Lean On Me project, a feat as brazen as they come. Now, well, it’s not that James is out of mountains to climb, but sometimes you gotta stop to consider the one you’ve already got under your feet. Thus, the satin-voiced songwriter’s latest is No Beginning No End 2, a sequel to his 2013 album that resurrects the bold eclecticism we first fell in love with, while taking us on a journey through both celebration and introspection.
Keyon Harrold and Friends
Award-winning trumpeter, vocalist, songwriter, and producer Keyon Harrold will be touring in support of a new recording on the Concord label, scheduled for release in the Spring of 2023.  This is an outstanding cross over album with vocal contributions from British R&B singer Laura Mvula, and GRAMMY winning musician, producer, and singer-songwriter PJ Morton.
Keyon Harrold first came into the International spotlight for his work as the trumpet voice behind the Grammy winning Don Cheadle film “Miles Ahead”, and his critically acclaimed album, “The Musician”, (Sony Legacy / Mass Appeal). As a bandleader, he has created a compelling new statement with a riveting mix of jazz, Afrobeat, soul, spoken word, hip-hop, blues, rock and even American folk. As a soloist, his distinctly warm trumpet sound simmers in the middle register; creating drama without aggrandizing, and mesmerizing live audiences with an emotionally charged concert presentation. Wynton Marsalis has stated “Keyon Harrold is the future of the trumpet.”
Nicholas Payton
As a leading voice in American popular music, the Grammy Award-winning Nicholas Payton is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger, essayist, and social activist who defies musical and artistic categories. All the while, he honors the tradition of what he terms “postmodern New Orleans music,” as well as the spirit of Black American Music, of which he states, “There are no fields, per se. There are lineages.”
The New Orleans-born Payton has followed his calling since growing up under the tutelage of his parents — acclaimed bassist Walter Payton and Maria Payton, a pianist and vocalist. Already a prodigy before entering the first grade, he began playing trumpet at age four and started performing professionally at age 10. Before the age of 20, he was already in demand by everyone from Danny Barker and Clark Terry to Elvin Jones and Marcus Roberts. Payton released his first album, From this Moment, in 1995 on the famed Verve label. He received his first Grammy nomination in 1997 for the album Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton, and for the category of Best Instrumental Solo, which found him winning the award that year.
Somi
Vocalist, composer, and playwright Somi Kakoma was raised between Illinois and Zambia, and is the daughter of immigrants from Uganda and Rwanda. Known in the jazz world simply as ‘Somi’, The New York Times recently described her as “a virtuosic performer in full command of her instrument and powers.” In March 2022, Somi released her 5th studio album Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba, all-star tribute album honoring the great South African artist and activist in commemoration of what would have been the late singer’s 90th birthday. The album won an inaugural Jazz Music Award for Best Vocal Performance. As a companion project to the album, Somi also wrote and stars in the critically-acclaimed original musical about Makeba called “Dreaming Zenzile” that toured nationally and Off-Broadway last season. Prior to the Zenzile album, Somi released an unplanned live album called ‘Holy Room’ featuring the Frankfurt Radio Big Band at the height of the 2020 global lockdown. The album ultimately earned her a 2021 Grammy® nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, making her the first African woman ever nominated in any of the Grammy® jazz categories. The album also won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocal Album. Her previous studio album Petite Afrique, which also won an NAACP Image Award, tells the story of the vibrant African immigrant community in midst of a rapidly gentrifying Harlem in New York City and was the highly anticipated follow-up to Somi’s major label debut, The Lagos Music Salon.
Chelsea Baratz
Described by Urban Music Scene as “consummate, thoughtful and prodigious”, saxophonist Chelsea Baratz wields formidable genre-defying sensibilities and songwriting chops that cut at the knees of convention. The music chose the Pittsburgh born-and- raised saxophonist at an early age; out of that Steel City creative fire came an amalgam of influences that molded her signature versatility and musical sensitivities. Chelsea was educated by the elites of modern Pittsburgh jazz royalty, which included Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin, and Sean Jones.
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International Jazz Day
A Jazz Journey Around The World
All-Star Global Concert
April 30, 2023
Live Streaming Worldwide
4PM New York | 9PM London | 10PM Paris | Tokyo 5am (May 1)
Herbie Hancock will take viewers on an international tour of sights and sounds showcasing jazz in all its diversity. The concert will feature performances from Beijing, China; Beirut, Lebanon; Casablanca, Morocco; Johannesburg, South Africa; Marondera, Zimbabwe; Paris, France; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Vienna, Austria; and Fairbanks, Honolulu, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC, USA.
The live-streamed concert event will feature performances by some of the world’s most accomplished jazz artists, including Cyrille Aimée (France), Ambrose Akinmusire (USA), Thana Alexa (Croatia), John Beasley (USA), Dee Dee Bridgewater (USA), Bill Charlap (USA), Emmet Cohen (USA), Tom Gansch (Austria), Melody Gardot (USA), Christian McBride (USA), Sérgio Mendes (Brazil), Marcus Miller (USA), Thandi Ntuli (South Africa), Philippe Powell (France), Dianne Reeves (USA), Antonio Sánchez (Mexico), Walter Smith III (USA), Somi (Rwanda) and Mike Stern (USA), among others. Renowned Mbira player Musekiwa Chingodza (Zimbabwe) will duet with Oran Etkin (Israel) on baritone clarinet; the Blue Note China Jazz Orchestra joins the Global Concert from Beijing; and JazzWomenAfrica celebrate from Casablanca.. Further information on the 2023 cast is available on Jazzday.com.
Looking back on twelve years of International Jazz Day, Herbie Hancock remarked, “As the world’s largest, most inclusive celebration of jazz music, International Jazz Day unites people across the globe. Jazz has always been about expanding boundaries – inspiring musicians toward the future and its infinite possibilities. This year, we are thrilled that the All-Star Global Concert will reflect this expansive identity in a new way, by sharing with our audience a rich palette of sounds on more than a dozen stages in every corner of the planet.”
To kick off the International Jazz Day weekend, PBS will air a special on Friday evening, April 28 at 10 pm ET (check your local listings). “International Jazz Day from the United Nations” will feature highlights of the 2022 All-Star Global Concert with performances by Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn, Shemekia Copeland, Gregory Porter, Lizz Wright, José James, Hiromi, Marcus Miller, Ravi Coltrane, Terri Lyne Carrington, Zakir Hussain, Brian Blade, Linda May Han Oh, Joey Alexander and more.
Live streamed on JazzDay.comFBYT, UNESCO, United Nations
JazzCorner is proud to be part of creating and coordinating the online presence of International Jazz Day and its social media channels.
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Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival 2022
Presented by Citizens
Invites You To A
Special Virtual Presentation
Now wherever where you are in the world, on Wed Jan 4, starting at 7PM ET, enjoy highlights of the 2022 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival online for 24 hours only. Watch performances from:
Stanley Clarke
Ledisi
Samara Joy
Average White Band
Incognito feat. Maysa Leak
Buster Williams
Butcher Brown
Nate Smith + Kinfolk
Chief Adjuah (Christian Scott)
DByrd @ 90 feat Sean Jones, Gary Bartz, Endea Owens and Frank Lacy
plus much more!
Pittsburgh International Jazz Fest 2022 Highlights
Much thanks to our virtual concert sponsor AARP
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‘new STANDARDS VOL. 1’
GRAMMY® NOMINATED
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Instrumental Jazz Solo
“Rounds (Live)”
Ambrose Akinmusire
‘New STANDARDS Vol. 1’ on Candid Records, features recordings of 11 selections from Terri Lyne Carrington’s New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets By Women Composers. with Carrington on drums, and a core band of Kris Davis (piano), Linda May Han Oh (bass), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), and Matthew Stevens (guitar and co-producer). with special guests Ambrose Akinmusire, Melanie Charles, Ravi Coltrane, Val Jeanty, Samara Joy, Julian Lage, Michael Mayo, Elena Pinderhughes, Dianne Reeves, Negah Santos and Somi.
“Carrington is an extraordinary musician — full stop. Both her records and live performances speak volumes about how she brings people from divergent backgrounds together, engenders rapport between them, and encourages them to forge forward on their own terms. “No matter which setting or ensemble she appears in, Carrington conjures an ineffable center of gravity. When she’s behind the kit, the music takes on new architecture, fresh integrity and a unique sense of purpose and destination…” Grammy.com
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Multiple Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artist and NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington Sets New Standards with Album, Books and Groundbreaking Installation
“While New Standards is a historic and long-overdue achievement, discussions of exactly why Carrington fits into this nexus can get lost in the sauce. Carrington is an extraordinary musician — full stop. Both her records and live performances speak volumes about how she brings people from divergent backgrounds together, engenders rapport between them, and encourages them to forge forward on their own terms.
“No matter which setting or ensemble she appears in, Carrington conjures an ineffable center of gravity. When she’s behind the kit, the music takes on new architecture, fresh integrity and a unique sense of purpose and destination…” Grammy.com
“Carrington’s album, ‘New Standards Vol. 1,’ features selections from the “New Standards” text that reflect what she calls “the different styles within jazz” represented in the book: versions of the primarily improvisational “Rounds” by Marilyn Crispell, Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw It Away,” as well as “Circling” by Gretchen Parlato, Sara Cassey’s composition “Wind Flower” and “Respected Destroyer” by Brandee Younger…”
Three-time Grammy® Award-winning recording artist and NEA Jazz Master, Terri Lyne Carrington released her 11th career album, ‘new STANDARDS vol. 1’ in September as well as introducing her one-of-a-kind book, New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets by Women Composers.
‘New Standards,’ her ambitious new endeavor, was created to shine a light on women composers in historic new ways. New Standards arrived this September in the form of a groundbreaking lead sheet book of jazz compositions dedicated entirely to women composers, a newly recorded album of 11 selections from the songbook featuring an all-star band and superb line-up of special guests, and a dynamic multi-media exhibition at Detroit’s Carr Center.
‘New STANDARDS vol. 1’ on the relaunched Candid Records label, features recordings of 11 selections from the New Standards lead sheets book with Carrington on drums, and joined by a core band of Kris Davis (piano), Linda May Han Oh (bass), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), and Matthew Stevens (guitar and co-producer) and welcomes special guests Ambrose Akinmusire, Melanie Charles, Ravi Coltrane, Val Jeanty, Samara Joy, Julian Lage, Michael Mayo, Elena Pinderhughes, Dianne Reeves, Negah Santos and Somi. The selections include harpist Brandee Younger’s “Respected Destroyer,” clarinetist Anat Cohen’s “Ima,” vocalist Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw It Away” as well as pieces by Gretchen Parlato, Carla Bley, Eliane Elias and more. The recordings – which range from vocal ballads to contemporary creative music – are inspired and adventurous and explore the limitless universe of jazz.