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Sultans of String have just been nominated for WORLD GROUP OF THE YEAR at the 2013 SIRIUSXM CANADIAN INDIE AWARDS!

This comes on the heals of their 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award quadruple nomination winning the CFMA World Group of the Year in November (also nominated Instrumental Group of the Year, and Pushing The Boundaries, and bandleader McKhool also nominated for Producer of the Year).  

This is in addition to Sultans of String bandleader Chris McKhool being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal this Feb 10, 2013, for his work in building community, and contributions to Canada!

Indie artists will take center stage on Friday, March 22nd at the Kool Haus in Toronto at the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards - The SiriusXM Indies - during Canadian Music Week activities.

Honouring the year's best in independent music - from the breakout success of Canadians Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench and deadmau5 to the noteworthy achievements of Internationals fun., The Lumineers and Calvin Harris - the show will award artists across 37 categories and feature special performances from nominated artists, including Matt Mays, Diamond Rings, Yukon Blonde, The Wooden Sky, Canailles, and Cadence Weapon. Award-winning Australian hip-hop artist 360 will make a guest appearance.
Multiple nominees (with seven nominations) Metric saw their fifth album Syntheticadebut at #2 on the Canadian Soundscan Album Chart. Their lead album single, "Youth Without Youth" broke records at radio spending 16 weeks at #1 and the band recently completed their first-ever arena tour across Canada. Metric will headline the SiriusXM Indies with an exclusive concert performance.
Both public and industry votes decide the winners. Fans can vote online for their favourites as of Monday, January 28th at
For full list of nominees: 

Chris McKhool
Dave Wilkes

Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize - Jazz Monthly.com2012 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize awarded to Jennie C. Jones

Award established by jazz impresario George Wein goes to artist working with the visual legacy of experimental music

NEW YORK, NY, January 22, 2013 - The Studio Museum in Harlem has awarded the seventh annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize to Jennie C. Jones. The Wein Prize, one of the most significant awards given to individual artists in the United States today, was established in 2006 by jazz impresario, musician and philanthropist George Wein to honor his late wife, a long-time Trustee of the Studio Museum and a woman whose life embodied a commitment to the power and possibilities of art and culture. The $50,000 award recognizes and honors the artistic achievements of an African-American artist who demonstrates great innovation, promise and creativity.

Hours and Admission
The Studio Museum is open Thursday and Friday, noon-9pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. The museum is closed to the public on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Museum admission is by suggested donation: $7 for adults, $3 for students (with valid id) and seniors. Free for children 12 and under. Sundays are free at the Studio Museum, thanks to generous support from Target.

The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street 
New York, NY 10027

A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Featuring Gospel Star
Marvin Sapp

Special Guest Artist
Kim Burrell

and Speaker
Will Power

Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7PM

Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s annual musical celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brings together two of today’s hottest gospel artists on January 18, 2013 at 7pm: Chart-topping singer Marvin Sapp and Grammy-nominated vocalist Kim Burrell. Will Power, an award-winning hip-hop theater pioneer, will begin evening with a stirring address. This event is made possible by PSEG Foundation and presented in collaboration with the Newark unit of the NAACP. Additional support comes from New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Discover Jersey Arts.

Tickets are $29-$69 for adults, $19 for children, and are available by telephone at 1-888-466-5722, at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark, and at To purchase tickets for groups of 10 or more, call 973-297-5804.


Jazz Monthly Breaking News - WBGOTOAST OF THE NATION

DECEMBER 31, 9:00 PM - 5:00 AM


Awards Recognize Leaders in Social, Scientific, & Artistic Innovation;
Spalding Performs at Gala; Herbie Hancock Presents Award

Smithsonian Magazine Editor-In-Chief Michael Caruso has announced that bassist, vocalist, composer and bandleader Esperanza Spalding has won a Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in the category of performing arts. The first annual Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Awards honor nine groundbreaking individuals in technology, performing and visual arts, natural and physical sciences, education, historical scholarship, social progress and youth achievement. The awards, designed by Pulitzer Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, were presented at a gala event at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC on November 28, 2012.

“The Smithsonian has a long tradition of showcasing American ingenuity - in our collections we have Edison’s light bulb, the Wright Brother’s flyer, Henry Ford's Model T, Steve Jobs’s Apple computer,” says Smithsonian Magazine Editor-in-Chief Michael Caruso. “That's the spirit we wanted to capture in our pages, the people working today who are shaping the world of tomorrow.”

Among the presenters at the American Ingenuity Awards gala event was jazz legend Herbie Hancock, who presented the performing arts award to Spalding and said, “She is magnificent and poetic.” Spalding also performed at the gala.


Jazz Monthly Breaking News - WBGOWBGO JAZZ 88.3 FM Holds Fifth Annual Coat Drive December 18, 2012 - January 18, 2013

WBGO Acts As Collection Point for Five Coat Distribution Centers

NEWARK, NJ, December 18, 2012- Everyone deserves to be safe and warm; but due to tough economic times and the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many of our neighbors can use a helping hand. To bring warmth into the lives of infants, children and adults throughout the area, WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM is hosting its Fifth Annual Coat Drive December 18, 2012- January 18, 2013.

"While reports have said that holiday spending is up, that is just not the case for so many of our neighbors. There are still numerous jobless and homeless individuals, families living in shelters and parents who simply cannot afford to purchase warm coats for their families," said Cephas Bowles, President and CEO of WBGO. "The economy and the overwhelming losses caused by Superstorm Sandy have brought about greater need for winter coats. We at WBGO believe it is our responsibility as good neighbors to use our airwaves, manpower and strong community partnerships to bring comfort to as many people as possible. Whether you have coats to donate or need a coat for yourself or your family, we urge area residents and visitors to lend or accept a helping hand."

People are encouraged to bring new or clean, gently used coats in all sizes to two the drop off locations:

WBGO-FM: 54 Park Place, Newark, NJ
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Christoffers Flowers: 860 Mountain Avenue, Mountainside, NJ
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Coats will be distributed Monday - Friday (closed on Christmas day) at five locations in Newark:

New Community Corporation: 233 West Market Street / (973) 623-2800
Roseville Avenue Elementary School: 70 Roseville Avenue / (973) 268-5312
Ironbound Community Corporation: 179 Van Buren Street / (973) 589-3353
The New Hope Baptist Church: 196 Sussex Avenue / (973) 622-4547
Urban League of Essex County: 508 Central Avenue / (973) 624-9535

For more information on distribution and hours of operation, please contact individual organizations.

Everyone who donates a coat at the WBGO location qualifies to enter to win one of 10 See's Candies gift cards (valued at $25). Winners will be selected by drawing on January 21, 2013. Gift cards can be redeemed on-line at


Jazz Monthly - Breaking news - MARCUS GOLDHABERDecember 12, 2012
NEW YORK – With mounting critical acclaim and nationwide radio airplay for his third album, ALMOST LOVE, New York City-based jazz-pop singer-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER is heading off-Broadway to join the cast as a featured co-star in a new show saluting fellow Buffalo, N.Y., native and legendary composer Harold Arlen.

Goldhaber, the “wonderfully imaginative” (JazzTimes) and youthfully carefree sweet tenor who People Magazine says "will have you giddy one moment, melancholy the next and loving every note!” begins previews next week (Monday, Dec. 17) in THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG: The Music of Harold Arlen, a musical revue featuring classics like “Stormy Weather,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Lets Fall in Love,” and all the much-loved tunes from The Wizard Of Oz, at the St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NYC. The show officially opens Monday, January 10, 2013.

In between, Goldhaber will be hosting his sixth annual New Year's Eve concert at Fabio's ,230 E. 44th St., in New York City. Tickets and reservations at 212.922.0581 or


Cleveland, OH – The Concord-Telarc Division of Concord Music Group received 18 GRAMMY® nominations, as announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) on December 5, 2012. All nominations were for albums released from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012. Winners will be announced at the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM ET/PT from Staples Center in Los Angeles, airing live on the CBS Television Network.

The Concord-Telarc Division nominations are:

Best Pop Instrumental Album:
Gerald Albright & Norman Brown
[Concord Jazz]

Best Improvised Jazz Solo:
Hot House
Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists
Track from: Hot House
[Concord Jazz]

Alice in Wonderland
Chick Corea, soloist
Track from: Further Explorations (Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian)
[Concord Jazz]

Best Jazz Vocal Album:
1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project
Kurt Elling
[Concord Jazz]

Al Jarreau (And the Metropole Orkest)

Radio Music Society
Esperanza Spalding
[Heads Up International]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Further Explorations
Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian
[Concord Jazz]

Hot House
Chick Corea & Gary Burton
[Concord Jazz]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)
Arturo Sandoval
[Concord Jazz]

Best Blues Album:
33 1/3
Shemekia Copeland
[Telarc International]

Best Instrumental Composition:
December Dream
Chuck Loeb, composer (Fourplay)
Track from: Esprit De Four
[Heads Up International]

Mozart Goes Dancing
Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)
Track from: Hot House
[Concord Jazz]

Best Instrumental Arrangement:
A Night In Tunisia (Actually An Entire Weekend!)
Wally Minko, arranger (Arturo Sandoval)
Track from: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)
[Concord Jazz]

Salt Peanuts! (Mani Salado)
Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Arturo Sandoval)
Track from: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)
[Concord Jazz]

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s):
City of Roses
Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)
Track from: Radio Music Society
[Heads Up International]

Spain (I Can Recall)
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest)
Track from: Live
[Concord Records]

Best Album Notes:
Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles
Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles)

Best Long Form Music Video:
Radio Music Society
Esperanza Spalding, Pilar Sanz, video director; Esperanza Spalding, video producer [Heads Up International]

jazz monthly breaking news - DL Media55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards:
DL Media Clients Receive Five Nominations
in Three Categories from NARAS Voting Members

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
"J. Mac"
Kenny Garrett - Seeds From the Underground
[Mack Avenue Records]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Seeds From the Underground
Kenny Garrett
[Mack Avenue Records]

Blue Moon
Ahmad Jamal
[Jazz Village]

Unity Band
Pat Metheny Unity Band

Best Album Notes
Piazzolla In Brooklyn (Pablo Aslan Quintet)
Fernando Gonzalez

WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM's Award-Winning Kids Jazz Concert Series
Continues with Antonio Hart

Saturday, October 20, 12:30 pm, at Newark Museum

NEWARK, NJ, October 18, 2012 - WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM's award-winning, free Kids Jazz Concert Series, which brings jazz culture and dynamic performances to young people in the Spring and Fall, continues this Saturday, October 20, at 12:30 pm when Antonio Hart brings In the Mood for Moody to the Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street. The concert is part of the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival and Endless Arts October.

Born and reared in Baltimore, MD, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart was classically trained at the Baltimore School for the Arts, studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music and later earned his Master's degree in Music Composition and Performance at Queens College. At Berklee, he joined forces with trumpeter Roy Hargrove and, together, they toured worldwide and made a number of critically acclaimed recordings. In 1991, Hart made For the First Time, his debut recording as a leader. Since then, he has performed and recorded nearly 100 albums with jazz greats, including Nat Adderley, Monty Alexander, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Brown, Cyrus Chestnut, Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, McCoy Tyner and Nancy Wilson. In addition to performing and composing, Hart has led Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Tours for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and serves as a full-time professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. For this event, Hart will pay tribute to the late saxophonist and Newark native, James Moody, with songs and instruments showcasing Moody's versatility as a musician.

The series presents top jazz and blues artists who produce programs tailor-made for young people, leaving time for further exploration of the music through Q&A sessions with the artists. The interactive programs give young people opportunities to learn about the distinct qualities of jazz, and why it is a reflection of the community, nation, and world. In addition to the music, the events include door prizes, a gift for each child and a fun-filled afternoon with other young jazz lovers.

The 2012 Fall Kids Jazz Concert Series, which kicked off October 6 with drummer Maurício de Souza followed by Maurice Chestnut on October 13, wraps up with saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin on October 27, at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).

The WBGO 88.3 FM Kids Jazz Concert Seriesis sponsored byThe Agnes Varis Fund, F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, NJPAC Jazz for Teens and Prudential Foundation.

For more information on the Kids Jazz Concert series and WBGO 88.3 FM, visit

Benefit Art Auction

Sunday November 4, 2012
2:00 - 5:00 pm

Saturday, November 3, 2012: Noon-4pm
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Noon-2pm

Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley
(next to L.L. Bean)

Tom Hall Auctions, Inc.
Fine-art paintings, prints & sculptures
Valued at $25 to $750
30 regional artists

FREE Admission
Lehigh Valley Arts Council
840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201
Allentown, PA 18101

Larry Coryell's 70th birthday bash

Incredible reunion of The Eleventh House! In honor of the 70th Birthday of "The Godfather of Fusion"!

WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM’s Award-Winning Kids Jazz Concert Series
Returns in October with Four Free, Interactive Programs
for Young People

Fall Series Includes Concerts Featuring
Maurício de Souza, Maurice Chestnut, Antonio Hart and Lakecia Benjamin

NEWARK, NJ, September 13, 2012 – WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM’s award-winning, free Kids Jazz Concert Series, which brings jazz culture and dynamic performances to young people in the Spring and Fall, returns with performances at four New Jersey venues on Saturdays in October.  The hour-long concerts, which begin at 12:30 pm, feature drummer Maurício de Souza, October 6, at Clinton Elementary School in Maplewood; tap artist Maurice Chestnut, October 13, at Newark Symphony Hall; saxophonist Antonio Hart, October 20, at Newark Museum; and saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, October 27, at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).

The series presents top jazz and blues artists who produce programs tailor-made for young people, leaving time for further exploration of the music through Q&A sessions with the artists. The interactive programs give young people opportunities to learn about the distinct qualities of jazz, and why it is a reflection of the community, nation, and world.  In addition to the music, the events include door prizes, a gift for each child and a fun-filled afternoon with other young jazz lovers. 

“We’re pleased to present an exciting and diverse line-up of artists, including a Brazilian jazz event, tap dancing, a salute to James Moody and a masterful demonstration of jazz rhythms,” said Dorthaan Kirk, producer of the Kids Jazz Concert Series. “We’re also thrilled that the series is part of Newark’s Endless Arts October and the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, which takes place throughout the area October 15 – 21.  These partnerships are a great way to expand upon WBGO’s youth initiatives and build upon the legacy of the music for the next generation of jazz audiences and artists.”

For more information on the Kids Jazz Concert series and WBGO 88.3 FM, visit

Media Contacts:
Carolyn McClair / McClair Public Relations
(917) 686-0854 /

Brandy Wood / WBGO-FM/Jazz 88.3
(973) 624-8880, ext. 245 /

ITI Records Resurfaces After Many Years Dormant
After Thirty Years since its inception, ITI Records is returning to re-release its catalog as well as new titles in the future.

Original owner, Mike Dion, who had been recalled to Active Duty in 1998 by the Navy, due to the wars in Bosnia and the Middle East has retired and has since returned to the Music Industry.
Dion, in the past had stated that ITI was one of the avenues for known and unknown jazz artists to get their music to the public, is now committed to strive for that again. Some of todays well known Smooth Jazz artists initially had their start-ups with ITI included Richard Elliot, Windows, Wayne Johnson. Kenny Pore, and Daryle Chinn. Dion states that he will continue to look for the young and experienced talent that exist in the market and that ITI will expand itself to include most formats.
With the new digital age all titles will be available via the e-commerce outlets initially and CDs available for the old brick and mortar stores about two or three months after each release.
ITI titles initially to include the back catalog of Heard Ranier Ferguson, Ruth Price, Tom Garvin and Bill Mays, Red Mitchell.
ITI Records will be re-released through Warrant Music. Expect two titles monthly through the remainder of 2012.

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Announces GRAMMY® Winners
Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra's 2012/13 Season at Symphony Space

New York, New York -- The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance is pleased to announce the 11th season of the GRAMMY® Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), directed by Arturo O'Farrill, in 2012/13 at Symphony Space on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Orchestra's sixth season at Symphony Space exemplifies the Alliance's commitment to reflecting a diverse and larger picture of Afro Latin jazz, one that acknowledges and celebrates the past while embracing innovation and experimentation that propels the music forward. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.

"In 2002 we introduced 'Afro Latin' into the lexicon, and now with the Orchestra's 11th year we're just beginning the adventure, we've just started the party, the exploration," remarks Arturo O'Farrill. "This year, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra embraces the West Coast, Israel, the Catskills, Mexico, Colombia, and even the Harlem Renaissance. Don't miss this season, it's one to watch."

General Admission is $50/$40/$30, Students/Seniors/Children $15, Symphony Space Members $40/$32/$24. Take advantage of this special subscription offer: purchase tickets for two concerts and get admission to the third concert for free! For tickets go to:, call 212.864.5400, or visit the box office. For subscriptions, call or visit the box office.


The Smooth Jazz Cruise unveils a new West Coast sailing for 2013 along with the lineup and ports for the 2014 East Coast excursion

St. Louis, MO (17 September 2012): As the perennially sold-out sailings of The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea prepares to launch its 10th anniversary excursions in January 2013, parent company Entertainment Cruise Productions is determined to keep the party going strong by creating a West Coast outing from San Diego to exotic Mexican ports in the fall of 2013 with music hosts Brian Culbertson and Boney James. Grammy winners David Sanborn and Marcus Miller will perform on the new program and continue to serve as the music hosts of the traditional January sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise in 2014 that will embark from Fort Lauderdale to Caribbean paradise as it has done for a decade. Both 7-day cruises will be held aboard a luxurious Holland America ship and feature performances by legends, hitmakers and fan favorites.

“As we enter the second decade of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, we want to keep things fresh for our loyal family of cruisers that comes back year after year. Thanks in part to their suggestions, we decided to spread the love by creating a sensational West Coast cruise. With a cruise on both coasts, we feel that the hosts should reflect the different personalities of each coast. I cannot imagine a more exciting cruise menu than Brian Culbertson and Boney James hosting a West Coast cruise and David Sanborn and Marcus Miller topping an East Coast cruise. Brian, Boney, David and Marcus will perform on both cruises as will Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer. We’re going to showcase 22 incredible headliners between the two cruises,” said Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of St. Louis-based Entertainment Cruise Productions.

The first-ever west coast departure for The Smooth Jazz Cruise, the West Coast expedition will make its maiden voyage on the m/s Westerdam October 12-19, 2013 from San Diego and visit Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Baja Coast. Joining Culbertson, James, Sanborn, Miller, Butler and Dulfer as performers will be Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Kenny Lattimore, Earl Klugh, Oleta Adams, Brian Simpson, DW3, comedian Alonzo Bodden and special guest Tower of Power.

The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2014 will cruise on the m/s Eurodam from Fort Lauderdale January 11-18 with stops in Turks & Caicos, San Juan, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay. The parade of performers will consist of Sanborn, Miller, Culbertson, James, Butler, Dulfer, Simpson, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Sheila E, Keb Mo, Keiko Matsui, Maysa Leak, Mindi Abair, DW3, Bodden and special guest Jeffrey Osborne.

Affectionately known amongst passengers as “The Greatest Party at Sea,” The Smooth Jazz Cruise spotlights music icons, Grammy winners and chart-topping contemporary jazz, R&B and adult contemporary artists aboard a first-class, full ship charter. Nearly 60% of the passengers are repeat guests. To reserve a cabin, call toll-free in the U.S. and Canada 888.852.9987 and 800.852.99872 from abroad. For further information, please visit

Additional information is available at
or contact Great Scott P.R.oductions 310.306.0375

NJPAC and WBGO Jazz88.3 FM Announce New Events for
TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival

Geri Allen to Inaugurate Dorthaan’s Place Jazz Brunch Series

World Premiere of Magic Tree House Jazz Musical to be Performed Free for Every Newark Fourth Grader

Free Concerts at the Newark Museum, Bethany Baptist Church and the Gateway Center

Jazz Icons Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jon Hendricks and More To Judge Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition

WBGO Jazz88.3 FM to Host Jazz Photography Gallery Exhibit

Celebrated Jazz Critic George Kanzler to Moderate Panel on James Moody’s Life and Legacy

New Jersey Jazz Clubs Added to Festival Lineup

Newark, NJ – (September 5, 2012) – The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM announced today the complete schedule of programming for the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, a week-long celebration of jazz and the musical legacy of longtime Newarker and beloved jazz artist James Moody. The Festival’s centerpiece events include three unique performances at NJPAC. Concerts For Love of Moody: A Jazz Celebration featuring jazz icons George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn, Kenny Barron, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, John Lee, Paquito D’Rivera, Christian McBride, Paul Lieberman, Todd Coolman, Adam Nussbaum, and Renee Rosnes (the evening’s Music Director), and Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Still Ahead, a recreation of the original Gil Evans arrangements of the Miles Davis recordings of Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, and Miles Ahead featuring trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Sean Jones with Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Vince Mendoza leading his orchestra, Howard Johnson, Peter Erskine and others will be performed in NJPAC’s Prudential Hall.

In addition to the concerts, casting has been finalized for the world premiere of a new jazz musical for children, Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans (Oct. 20), based on the much beloved books by best-selling author, Mary Pope Osborne and created by Osborne's playwright/musician husband Will Osborne, Murray Horwitz (co-creator of the Broadway hit Ain't Misbehavin') and legendary New Orleans composer Allen Toussaint. A cast of ten young New Jersey actors will perform the production twice in NJPAC’s Victoria Theater as well as for free in Newark schools for every Newark fourth grader during the Fall of 2012.

These events will be complemented by a host of free programing, including programs and performances throughout Newark and the broader New Jersey community, with additional concerts being held at the Newark Museum, Bethany Baptist Church and in the Gateway Center – as well as in New Jersey’s most popular jazz clubs.

The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival’s title sponsor is TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is sponsored, in part, by The Prudential Foundation, Verizon,, The Women’s Association of NJPAC, PSEG and Whole Foods.

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Bassist/Composer Iris Ornig celebrates the release of her new recording “NO RESTRICTIONS” under her own label Iris Ornig Music

CD Release Celebration:
Wednesday September 19th, 2012 @ 8PM & 10PM
Iris Ornig Quartet featuring Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Helen Sung on piano and Jerome Jennings on drums.
Kitano @ 66 Park Avenue, NYC ( Tel: 212 885 7119
Cover: $10 and $15 minimum
Bassist & composer Iris Ornig is one of the most original female voices on today's New York jazz scene.
Since her arrival in New York City in 2003 from Germany, she has played with an impressive roster of some of the most influential contemporary jazz musicians in New York including Gretchen Parlato, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Frahm, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Rodriguez, Rebecca Martin, Allison Miller, Sachal Vasandani, Helen Sung, Marcus Gilmore, Dan Tepfer, among others.


koleAcclaimed vocalist Hilary Kole debuts her new one-woman show at 54 Below in Manhattan August 14-18.

"Ms. Kole's poised, sultry ballad-singing has always been easy on the ears. But her smooth melodic lines have never been so consistently infused with literary subtext, which spells the difference between sounded pretty, and having something to say." --Stephen Holden, New York Times

"Kole's singing reaches beyond the usual vocal interpretations of standards. In her gifted hands, they're transformed into compelling new musical short stories...Add to that the musicality she brought to everything she touched..."- Don Heckman, LA Times

Ms. Kole's current release "You Are There," (Justin Time/JVC Japan) is a compilation of piano and vocal duets with some of the greatest artists in the history of jazz piano including Dave Brubeck, the late Hank Jones and many more. It is a follow-up to her debut recording produced by John Pizzarelli, "Haunted Heart" (Justin Time) which was released to critical acclaim in April of 2009, winning the Gold Disc Award in Japan, and receiving 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Both recordings are testaments to Hilary's musicianship and versatility as an artist in a career that started in a slightly different vein:

After studying composition at Manhattan School of Music, Hilary began performing as a vocalist at the legendary Rainbow Room as the youngest singer ever to grace the stage. From there, she debuted at the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel as the co-writer and star of the critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway reviews, "Our Sinatra," and "Singing Astaire." She made her concert hall debut at Lincoln Center as part of the "American Songbook Series" with Jonathan Schwartz. In June 2007, she appeared at Carnegie Hall in a Tribute to Oscar Peterson, a performance reprised in January 2008 at the Canadian Memorial to Dr. Peterson at Roy Thompson Hall alongside Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Nancy Wilson.

Additional major concert appearances include headlining in New York City at Town Hall, Birdland, The Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, and Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and with Michael Feinstein. Throughout the world Hilary has headlined at the Umbria Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, the Nairn Jazz Festival in Scotland, and the Cotton Club and Blue Note in Japan. She also travels the country performing an orchestral show with pops orchestras.

In addition to Messrs Brubeck and Jones, Hilary has recorded and/or performed with Oscar Peterson, Michel Legrand, John Pizzarelli, David Frishberg, Monty Alexander, Benny Green, Freddy Cole, Alan Broadbent, Cedar Walton and Mike Renzi among others.

Ms. Kole is based in NYC and available for interviews.


Sought after arranger and keyboardist, Ed Roth, is breaking out on his with the release of a debut self-titled album, joined by many of his jazz contemporaries.

Playing acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, and Hammond B3 organ, Ed Roth creates musical stories that stick with you. The soulful, lyrical melodies sit on top of organic grooves, utilizing the warmth of vintage 70s music, but updated for a new era. Roth, a L.A. based arranger and session keyboard player, has recorded with a diverse range of artists; from Sophie B. Hawkins to Coolio to Rob Halford to Tom Morello. He is a featured member of both Bombastic Meatbats featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (Top 10 iTunes Jazz and Top 25 Billboard Jazz charting projects), CTA with ex-Chicago founder/drummer Danny Seraphine, and co-producer of Kristine Ws #1 iTunes jazz single, What I Like About You.

Ed Roths debut features a whos who of musicians, including Chad Smith who mans the drums for the majority of the recordings. Also featured on drums are Danny Seraphine and Kenny Aronoff (John Cougar), percussionists Rock Deadrick (Ziggy Marley) and Cassio Duarte (Lee Ritenour), horn players Jimmy Roberts (Rod Stewart), Chris Mostert (the Eagles) and Mitch Manker (Ray Charles), bassists Phil Chen (Rod Stewart) and Andrew Ford (Whitney Houston), and guitarists Linda Taylor (Tracy Chapman), Joe Calderon (Billy Childs), Bruce Watson (Christina Aguilera), and fretless guitar virtuoso, Ned Evett.

The first single from the album is a cover of the George Gershwin classic, Summertime. This month marks 75 years since Gershwins passing. The record label and Roth felt driven to honor the impact that his music had on the world. Gershwin\'s music was about deep, beautiful melodies built on a foundation of adult chords, noted Roth. His music combined a mixture of tension and dissonance with memorable, soulful lines that speak a special language that everyone can feel, now and forever.

Ed Roths forthcoming debut album is rounded out with horn arrangements by six-time Emmy winner Peter Fish, engineering by Grammy winner Ryan Hewitt, and is co-produced by Roth and Warrior Records President, Jim Ervin.


Legendary guitarist Frank Gambale bares his soul on an inspired collection of songs with his soulmate, Boca

Soulmine released today, busy summer ahead for the Grammy winner

Palm Springs, CA (22 May 2012): When something emerges from the soul of an artist, its honest, personal and meaningful. It is more than a passion project. For Grammy winning guitar innovator Frank Gambale, Soulmine is a soul-realized endeavor that has ruminated in his consciousness for 30 years. The musician jazz giant Chick Corea called one of the most incredible guitarists on the planet found the missing piece when he met and married his soulmate, Boca. She provides the sultry vocals and together the pair wrote and produced the ten-song collection of jazzy adult pop tunes that was released today on his Wombat Records label.

Soulmine is garnering critical acclaim for the masterfully performed, well-crafted songs served in a fresh blend of contemporary jazz, sophisticated pop, soulful R&B and progressive rock. The sensual first single, Forbidden Kiss, a scorching Latin-tinged pop-rocker for which award winning director Nigel Dick (Sheryl Crow, Guns n Roses, Britney Spears, Oasis, Cher) shot an enticing video (, is one of the most added tracks at radio stations across the globe. The album boasts a gifted supporting cast that includes 5-time Grammy winning bassist Victor Wooten and organist Brian Auger.

In addition to promoting Soulmine, Gambale will be quite busy this summer. On June 19th, he along with his Return To Forever band mates - Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and Jean-Luc Ponty will release a new triple disc album entitled The Mothership Returns, a live recording and DVD from Eagle Rock Entertainment. His new Play Along Tracks website ( is certain to be a popular destination for guitarists yearning to learn from the artist that pioneered and popularized a revolutionary guitar playing technique, Sweep Picking Technique (Sweeping), and an inventive new tuning called Gambale Tuning. This fall, Gambale will unveil a new interactive website devoted to Sweep Picking and other informative tutorials and webinars for guitarists seeking to study with the imaginative guitar master. A respected author, educator and clinician, Gambale is also putting the finishing touches on another instructional book that will premiere on his forthcoming website.

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The Singers Elite Vocal Big Band Breaking News photos

A new concept in big band jazz emerged in Los Angeles recently - The Singers Elite Vocal Big Band. They perform the classic arrangements of the 30\'s, 40\'s and 50\'s, but have replaced the horns and strings with some of L.A.\'s finest singers. It\'s a vocal take on tunes like Sing, Sing, Sing, Moonlight Serenade,Li\'l Darling, April In Paris, Opus One, I\'ll Never Smile Again, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Tuxedo Junction, Serenade In Blue, and many more. They can be seen on YouTube at and are on FaceBook at . With arrangements provided by Ward Swingle of Swingle Singer fame, and anchored by one of the hottest rhythm sections anywhere, The Singers Elite Vocal Big Band sets fire to the classics in a way seldom, if ever, seen on the live stage.





Los Angeles, CA- Ripa Records released East Bay Soul 2.0 from trumpeter, songwriter Greg Adams on February 28, 2012. Adams signature sound is clearly stamped through out the albums 10 tracks, an equal mix of instrumental and vocal songs - a blend of Funk Jazz, R&B and Soul.

With a nod to the music Adams loves, and inked in his own style creates music that is relevant and fresh. Greg takes you on an incredible ride that is groove driven,
weaving his horn melodies with soul drenched vocals into a collection of songs that are all at once dynamic and dreamy, cinematic and oh so to fall in love with.

Gregs musical journey has spanned nearly four decades. Adams is a founding member of Tower Of Power, legendary for the horn arrangements that made the TOP hornsection a sought out entity all its own. Greg has been a driving force to define artistry that transcends musical genres, still seeking out a course not yet traveled, is at his best when set to explore a new artistic destination.

In what defines who he is, Adams owns the natural talent to produce the beauty of harmony and expression of emotion through his arrangements. They give this collection of songs their essence. With no set direction of where the music would go, Greg says, I was surprised to see how many ballads I ended up with, but Im really happy I did. I was also happy to have all the songs ready before the first down beat, so it really gave me the freedom to flesh everything out and let the songs breathe.

This very special recording boasts the full strength of the rhythm and horn sections, performing in layers of percussive up-tempo instrumentals to lush romantic ballads sung by Darryl Walker. Walker possesses a true classic voice- an effortless delivery with complete commitment to the emotion of the song.

Fueling Adams passion for his masterful new CD is the way it came to be and the sensational campaign to make it a reality it was 100% funded by fans. This project is a labor of love for so many reasons and a real treat to give back to the fans of my music and East Bay Soul. I really wanted to bring a variety of emotion to the project, songs that challenged me, moved me, hoping that it will do the same for the listener. Come along with us and join East Bay Soul 2.0! |

Pianist/composer David Benoit releases "Conversation" on May 29

Pianist/composer David Benoit has something to say. It’s clear from his multi-dimensional body of work across three-and-a-half decades, and his deep jazz roots that still allow room for forays into classical, Latin, pop, world music and a range of other sounds. The connections and associations he has made along the way have resulted in a fascinating and ongoing interplay between musics, musicians and musical philosophies. Simply put, Benoit is engaged in a conversation – a dynamic and ongoing act of communication that results in a sound that’s consistently engaging and entertaining.

Benoit takes the discussion to a new level of creative exchange on “Conversation,” his new album set for release on May 29, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group.

Benoit gets assistance along the way from musicians representing a broad cross section of styles: electric guitarist Jeff Golub, acoustic guitarist Pat Kelley, guitarist David Pack, flutist Tim Weisberg, classical pianist Robert Theis and a cadre of young classical players who are fearless about taking their music to less traditional and more adventurous and exploratory places.


LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Concord Music Group will release three new titles in its Original Jazz Classics Remasters series on May 15, 2012. Enhanced with 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, bonus tracks on each release (some previously unissued), and new liner notes to provide historical context to the originally released material, the series showcases pivotal recordings of the past several decades by artists whose influence on the jazz tradition continues to reverberate among jazz musicians and audiences well into the 21st century.

The three new titles in the series are:
The Bill Evans Trio: Moonbeams
Thelonious Monk: Misterioso
Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Charles Mingus: The Quintet: Jazz at Massey Hall


Human Nature is the latest artist scheduled to perform on ABC’s hit television show ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ On Monday, April 23, the chart-topping group will bring their distinctive vocal talents to this week's Motown-themed episode along with live performances from Motown legends, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves, honoring some of Motown’s greatest music. Human Nature will perform some of Motown’s most popular hits throughout the evening – Monday, April 23, 2012 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.

Exploring their passion for singing great harmony and inspired by the extraordinary music of Motown, brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney teamed up with high-school mates, Phil Burton and Toby Allen. They would go on to form the international pop vocal group sensation Human Nature: releasing nine albums, five of which went to No. 1 in their native continent, selling millions of records worldwide and garnering 23 platinum awards, 70 Top 40 hits and five Top 10 hits.

Human Nature now plans to conquer America and their appearance on an upcoming episode of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ is just the beginning as they also embrace their first U.S. national tour. “Human Nature: The Motown Show” kicked off in Detroit and continues April 24 through May 6 (see itinerary below). “Definitely a crowd pleaser,” said the Detroit Examiner in a recent 5 Star review. It was “hard to leave without a smile on your face and a song in your heart.” The group delivers a spectacular evening of entertainment, based on their successful Las Vegas show, that pays tribute to the Motown sound as audiences young and old dance in the aisles and cheer for more.


LOS ANGELES, April 11, 2012 – BMI will present the Richard Kirk Award for outstanding career achievement to prolific composer Rolfe Kent at the organization’s 2012 Film & Television Awards. Held Wednesday, May 16 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the private event also honors the composers of the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs.

BMI bestows the Richard Kirk Award on composers who have made significant contributions to the realm of film and television music. As the 2012 honoree, Rolfe Kent joins a prestigious list that includes David Arnold, Rachel Portman, Alan Silvestri, David Newman, Thomas Newman, Christopher Young, George S. Clinton, Harry Gregson-Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Michael Kamen, Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, Mike Post, Lalo Schifrin, John Barry and John Williams.

Whalum to Romance the web
Grammy winning saxophonist will launch his new “Romance Language” album by streaming a live concert on Valentine’s Day

Portland, OR (6 February 2012): Instead of dealing with crowded, overpriced restaurants on Valentine’s Day, stay home, light a few candles and let Grammy winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum set the mood for romance with a live two-hour concert streaming at 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT in conjunction with the release of his 29th album, “Romance Language.” In partnership with Portland Prime, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower and BMW & MINI Portland, the February 14th webcast powered by StageIt and shared around the world via Whalum’s Facebook page will include a backstage camera offering viewers a rare glimpse behind the scenes. On February 18th, there will be a rebroadcast of the Valentine’s Day concert at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT with a live question and answer session with Whalum.

The essence of “Romance Language” is Whalum’s reimaging of the classic album of duets recorded in 1963 by sax titan John Coltrane and sterling vocalist Johnny Hartman. Whalum’s contemporary version showcases his younger brother Kevin’s velvety voice. They recorded all six timeless standards that comprise the original collection utilizing fresh arrangements and live-sounding production by Whalum and John Stoddart, Whalum’s musical director and keyboardist. The Rendezvous Music release includes a few romantic R&B-pop instrumentals that Whalum believes to be modern standards along with a show-stealing vocal performance by Kirk & Kevin’s 83-year-old uncle, Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum.

“Romance Language” is available as the world’s first complete LiveAudio optimized album for JAMBOX by JAWBONE, a leader in personal mobile technology devices. LiveAudio allows music to be enjoyed in a 3D-like, surround sound experience from a single, small Bluetooth wireless speaker. During the live stream, Whalum will give away a JAMBOX and announce an exclusive JAMBOX offer as a gift to his fans.

The musicians scheduled to accompany Kirk, Kevin and special guest Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum on the Valentine’s Day webcast from the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower are Stoddart (keyboards), Marcus Finnie (drums), Braylon Lacy (bass), and Kevin Turner (guitar).

Tickets for Whalum’s Valentine\'s Day “Romance Language” live concert stream and the February 18th rebroadcast can be purchased for $3.00 from or

Additional information about Whalum is available at


2nd Annual Valentine's Jazz @The Houndstooth


Doors@ 7PM/Show Starts @8PM

The Houndstooth Pub
520 8th Ave (W.37th St)
New York NY

Doors Open- 7 PM/ Show Starts 8 PM
$23 Advance Tickets
$27 At Door (If Available-Previous 2 Shows Have Sold Out)