Saturday, February 21, 2009

Canadian Jason Wilson for Jazz on the Green

Canadian Scotsman Jason Wilson returns to the annual Rotary Club of Spanish Town fundraiser Jazz on the Green to be established on a new green Sunday, March 15. Predominantly, a crossover reggae performer dubbed by Canadian media as "reggae visionary" or the "future of reggae", Wilson, au fait on jazz, is a current nominee for Canada's prestgious Juno Award for 'Best Reggae Album" for his double CD set The Peacemaker Chauffeur that Dermot Hussey described poignantly as episodic. The album was featured earlier this month on Hussey's Riffin on Jamaica's Newstalk 93 FM.

On previous appearances Jason Wilson played Jazz on the Green on the traditional Cherry Garden green the 09 edition is set for the lawns of Jamaica House in Kingston.

Dr. Ernest Ranglin, Wilson's mentor, London-based saxophonist, clarinet player and keyboardist Pee Wee Ellis, other local players, Desi Jones and the Green House Effect, Chris McDonald, Charmaine Limonius, Pam Hall, Fab Five and The Edna Manley College School of Music year three ensemble are billed to perform.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Loverly wins Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy

Cassandra Wilson's tribute to the great American Songbook Loverly (Blue Note)won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal at the 51st Grammy Awards presentation in Los Angeles, California. She had won the category in 1997.

Other Jazz category Winners;

Contemporary Jazz Album: Randy in Brasil, Randy Brecker (MAMA Records)

Jazz Instrumental Solo: BE-BOP, Terence Blanchard, soloist; track from Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars) (Monterey Jazz Festival Records)

Jazz Instrumental Album Individual or Group: The New Crystal Silence, Chick Corea and Gary Burton (Concord Records)

Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (Planet Arts Recordings)

Latin Jazz Album: Song for Chico, Arturo O'Farrill and The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (Zoho)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The future of jazz radio

And, while jazz radio has no past or presence and the future dims on jazz radio in Jamaica, the future brightens at online Accu Radio on, one of the myriad music channel on the Internet radio.

"AccuJazz has over two dozen personalizable channels of great jazz, with a new channel added every week. With channels ranging from classic to modern and straight-ahead to avant-garde, AccuJazz has more options than anyone else.

Yeh mon, just click on a channel and start listening. Hear jazz by composer, region, and decade, its a whole new ball game.