Friday, April 6, 2012

Cassandra Wilson Signs to eOne Music, New album, ‘Another Country,’ to be released June 5

JazzTimes: eOne Music has announced a new, worldwide deal with singer/songwriter/arranger Cassandra Wilson. Wilson’s new studio album, Another Country, will be released on June 5.

A majority of the songs on the new album were written by Wilson herself, or co-written with her collaborator, guitarist and producer Fabrizio Sotti. The album was recorded in Florence, Italy and New Orleans, and is described in a press release as “largely guitar-based.”

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Trinidadian jazz guitarist Clifford Charles takes on the world

Trinidadian jazz guitarist Clifford Charles is about to take on the world with his home grown brand of silky smooth jazz music. And, his fans are convinced of his intent.
He performed at some of the flagship music festivals such as Jazz Artist On The Greens, We Beat Jazz, Jazz Point, and Tobago Jazz Festival. He has shared the stage with Randy Crawford, Joe Sample, and the Drifters. Clifford is by no means resting on his laurels not by a long shot.
He has a new CD entitled "Songs From Deep Within" which was recorded and produced by the artiste himself. Clifford says that the creative process for this CD came from a good feeling that he had from within himself based on all the positives that surrounded him.
Caribbean and international music audiences can expect from Clifford Charles nothing less than a tapestry of smooth jazz expression, created from the very soul of the artiste!
The goal of this new project, he said, is that it brings wider acceptance among the international jazz community which includes jazz radio, jazz festivals in the USA and Europe, jazz fans, jazz promoters, distribution and a possible record deal

Monday, February 13, 2012

Chick Corea, “The chameleon of jazz”, accepts another two Grammy Awards

Chick Corea, “The Chameleon of Jazz” because of the wide variety of format he plays, accepts two golden statuettes at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards last Sunday in Los Angeles, bringing his total Grammy haul to 20.

Awarded Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “500 Miles High” and shared the Best Jazz Instrumental Album with Stanley Clarke & Lenny White for the Forever album.

Other winners in the jazz category were Terri Lyne Carrington for The Mosaic Project (Best Jazz Vocal Album); and the Christian McBride Big Band for The Good Feeling (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album).

Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse won the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category for their take on "Body and Soul." Bennett also won the Best Traditional Pop Album category for Duets II, perennial winner Pat Metheny, took home a Grammy in the New Age category for What's It All About.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

WBGO Jazz88 preserving, promoting and presenting jazz in the New York tri-state area

Radio WBGO FM is an independent, community-based, public radio station proported to be one of the bastions of the art of jazz in the New York tri-State area. Broadcasting since 1979 from studios in Newark, New Jersey, the mostly jazz radio is heard 24/7 free-to-air on 88.3 FM, via the Internet and mobile applications.

“ Fans from around the globe tune in for jazz, blues, R&B shows on the weekend, and award-winning news. Jazz88 has won the "Keeping the Blues Alive" Award and twice won the Gavin Report's "Jazz Station of the Year" Award“ .

A National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate, WBGO is the third most listened to public radio station in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area and has a significant history of success with the weekly JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater currently carried by over 130 stations nationwide.

“ Jazz 88's dedication to preserving the uniquely American art form of jazz for future generations has spawned a Children's Jazz Series, now in its eleventh year. The series offers eight free concerts that are presented annually by top-name musicians who develop their programs specifically for young people”.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dobet Gnahore: From Africa with energy

Michael Reckord, Gleaner Writer

The statement that Ivory Coast's Grammy Award winner Dobet Gnahore is the most energetic singer ever to perform in Jamaica cannot be proved. But it could be true.

To take the title, Gnahore would have to beat the numerous high-voltage dancehall, soca and rock performers who have entertained audiences in the island. That fact should give music fans who did not see Gnahore's concert at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts on Sunday evening an idea of how exciting the show was.

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Dobet Gnahore sparkling performance at the Phillip Sherlock Centre (UWI) in Jamaica

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dobet Gnahore is compared to Africa's great legends... gave amazing performance in Jamaica

Dobet Gnahoré, Africa's new voice, a dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast, has been compared to genre legends and cultural ambassadors like Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masakela.

But, she's a rarity who on stage exudes an inner strength and commanding presence. She is mesmerising even before she opens her mouth to sing. With such voice filled with emotion and range Dobet, it is said, moves through ranges of heartfelt ballads, funky stuff, and danceable songs all performed in a wide range of African styles.

Dobet Gnahore dances and the true depth of her amazing talent shines through. Acrobatically she leaps across the stage in rapid quick movements and at just 24 years old she seems to have gotten it all, an exceptional voice, amazing dance skills and the engaging aura reserved for artistic greats.

Dobet Gnahore is arguably African music’s most exciting young talent.

Dobet Gnahore Live @ AB Brussels!
Dobet Gnahore musicians:
Dobet Gnahoré : vocal, percussions
Colin Laroche de Féline : guitars, vocal
Clive Govinden : bass, vocal
Boris Tchango : drums, percussions, vocal