JWQ Showcase 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

ITALY/USA: Roberto Magris: Roberto Magris Sextet Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery(JMood 2017)

A New Window Into Roberto Magris Successful Career As A Composer And Pianist, Featuring Remarkable Moments And Fresh Perspectives To His Own Compositions, Here Arranged For A Brilliant Sextet Which Includes High Caliber Musicians Such As Grammy Award Winner Brian Lynch(Trumpet), Jonathan Gomez(Tenor Sax), Chuck Bergereon(Bass), John Yarling(Drums) And Murph Aucamp(Congas).

This supergroup delivers an unforgettable performance where blues, be bop, Latin themes come together in an exciting natural blend of enjoyable contrasts and balances that made the delight of the audience throughout the show. The spirit is high, all the musicians shine and swing in strong solos or playing together with plenty of virtuosity.

Album spotlights are many and as we can hear being happily appreciated with standing ovations.The breathtaking fluid piano solo on "Standard Life", the trumpet bursts on the opener "African Mood", the sparkling "What Blues" , the elegant melodic "Song for an African Child" with piano and brass section in a fascinating dialogue, the Latin flavored "Chachanada" a showcase of exhilarating solos, "II Bello Del Jazz" with its lively elegant swing and the danceable "Standard Life". Roberto Magris puts his creative stamp on Strayhorn's "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing" played in a rather unconventional way, while the mellow tone of the Rahsaan Roland Kirk "April Morning" finds a perfect spot on the album which ends with the finesse of the " Blues For My Sleeping Baby"

"Live In Miami 2017" Is A Celebration Of Jazz At His Best And A Rewarding Vibrant Musical Experience For The Jazz Fans Who Didn't Have The Chance To Be In The Audience.Track Listing

African Mood, What Blues?, Song For An African Child, April Morning, Chachanada, II Bello Del Jazz, A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing, Standard Life, Blues For My Sleeping Baby

Roberto Magris, acoustic piano, Brian Lynch, trumpet, Chuck Bergeron, acoustic bass, John Yarling, drums, Jonathan Gomez, tenor sax, Murph Aucamp, percussion


JazzWorldQuest The Free mp3 List Update-Mike Thornton

Musician: Mike Thornton
Tracks: And I Love Her, Caravan, Joy Spring, Traffic Jam
Album Name: Step Back
Label: Marsch Music
Year of release: 2016
Artist website: www.mikethorntonjazz.com
CD Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/step-back/210721034
Info about song/album: https://www.facebook.com/iazzdc/

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USA, NYC: Audrey Silver at Cornelia Street Cafe Friday, December 15th

 Audrey Silver at Cornelia Street Cafe Friday, December 15th

Friday, December 15th
6pm (one set only)
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
$10 cover/$10 minimum

Saturday, December 9, 2017

USA/PUERTO RICO: SAMMY FIGUEROA & His Latin Jazz Explosion Appearing at SMOKE Wednesday December 13th 7 PM, 9 PM, 10:30 PM

& His Latin Jazz Explosion

Back by popular demand!


Wednesday December 13th

7 PM, 9 PM, 10:30 PM

$15 music charge

Tickets & Info
Reservations: 212 864 6662
Back in September Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion played Smoke Jazz Club on the Upper West Side for the first time.  Sammy’s special brand of sophisticated Latin jazz mixed with his ebullient sense of humor made the evening a wonderful success.

For those who missed the show and for those who came and loved it there’s another opportunity to experience Sammy and his band in this great venue.  Plan on coming for dinner -- Smoke has a great kitchen.

The Jazz Foundation of America’s Puerto Rico fund has been helping many musicians who have lost their income and their homes.  Sammy was born in the Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria’s aftermath has a been a time of great concern to him, his family and his fellow musicians on the island.  On this evening Sammy will offer an autographed CD to all who donate $25 or more.  A representative from JFA will be present to receive pledges and donations.

Sammy will be joined onstage by two brilliant Venezuelan virtuosos Silvano Monasterios (piano) and Gabriel Vivas (bass), Chilean sax master Anibal Rojas, Cuban trumpetist Dennis Hernandez and Puerto Rican drummer Nomar Negroni

The Jazz Foundation of America’s Puerto Rico fund has been helping many musicians who have lost their income and their homes.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria’s aftermath has been of great concern to Sammy, his family and his fellow musicians on the island.

Sammy will be fund-raising for the JFA during the show and will offer an autographed CD to all who donate $25 or more.  A representative from the Jazz Foundation will be present to receive pledges and donations.

USA: Jean Louisa Kelly Releases "For My Folks"


Jean Louisa Kelly Releases For My Folks 
For Her Family and Her Fans

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You might be aware of Jean Louisa Kelly as Rowena Martin and her moving vocal of "Someone To Watch Over Me" in "Mr. Holland's Opus," or perhaps from "Uncle Buck," or her 6 year stint on the TV sitcom, "Yes Dear." But perhaps you don't know, her deep passion for the American Standard Songbook, which is on clear display on For My Folks, which just hit digital platforms, stores and radio stations across the globe!

This 13-song project showcases a stunning new rendition of her signature song "Someone to Watch Over Me," complete with an a cappella introduction and is dedicated to her parents and fans

The album features moving renditions of timeless gems such as "Singin' in the Rain," "The Man that Got Away," "Danny Boy," and an especially heart-tugging version of "As Time Goes By." Gorgeous and inventive musical arrangements by producer Todd Schroeder and special guest John Lloyd Young (star of "Jersey Boys" on Broadway and on film), who lends a sparkling presence to "For Me and My Gal," round out the delicious album.
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About Jean Louisa Kelly

After making her film debut as Tia Russell in "Uncle Buck" (1989) alongside John Candy, she appeared in a wide range of other films including "The Fantasticks" (1995) and "Mr. Holland's Opus" (1995). From 2000 to 2006, she was known for portraying Kim Warner on the CBS sitcom "Yes, Dear." Before attending college, she already had roles in the original Broadway cast of Sondheim's "Into the Woods" (as Snow White). She also took roles in college productions, including with the Barnard College Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Later starring roles in films have included "Landfall"(2001) and "Little Red Light" (2003). Kelly appeared Off Broadway at the York Theatre as the title role in Paul McKibbins and B.T. McNicholl's "The It Girl." She also appeared in the York's "Mufti" series as Lois Lane in "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman." She currently appears as Bernice Pope in the Yahoo production of "Sin City Saints."

Jean Louisa Kelly released an album of children's music called Color of Your Heart in 2013. In 2015, she released a collection of original songs in a five-song EP called Willing

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Friday, December 8, 2017

DENMARK: Maria Emrik New Christmas album release

Maria Emrik has released a wonderful Christmas EP "My Christmas".

The EP contains three classic Christmas songs: “A Winter's Tale", “The Secret Of Christmas" and “Let It Snow." Maria has also composed two new, fabulous Christmas songs of her own “Christmas Time" and “Winter Song." They mix really well with the three classics and have a glow of “Good old" days.

Maria Emrik has a soft, airy, super warm voice which simply blends perfectly with the Christmas spirit, and will leave you dreaming of cozy winter evenings cuddled up by the fire.

USA: The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra Appearing at The Blue Note Sunday, Dec. 10th Sets 11:30am & 1:30pm

The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra
Appearing at The Blue Note
Sunday, Dec. 10th
Sets 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

The Blue Note
131 W. 3rd St
New York, NY 10012

Tickets & Info

Pete McGuinness: Leader, composer-arranger, trombone, vocals
Saxes: Dave Pietro, Marc Phaneuf, Tom Christensen, 
Dan Pratt, Dave Reikenberg
Trumpets: Tony Kadlek, Jon Owens, Bill Mobley, Chris Rogers
Trombones: Bruce Eidem, Mark Patterson, Matt Haviland, Jeff Nelson
Rhythm: Mike Holober-piano, Andy Eulau-bass, Scott Neumann-drums
On the NYC jazz scene since 2006, The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra is a group filled with some of the area¹s most experienced and exciting big band musicians. A collect resume of the where these musicians have been would include the bands of Maria Schneider, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, John Fedchock, and and The Westchester Jazz Orchestra (to name only a few).

Pete himself has a long history in the jazz world as a trombonist, award-winning jazz vocalist, and is a three-time GRAMMY nominated big band arranger. He also in a member of a new jazz vocal group known as ³The Royal Bopsters². Pete is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. The orchestra has released two CDs, its most-recent being "Strength In Numbers" (2014, Summit Records) to rave reviews ("4 and 1/2 stars" - Downbeat Magazine) and much radio-play nation-wide. This is the band¹s fifth appearance at The Blue Note.