JWQ Showcase 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

USA: For Your Grammy Consideration New Americana CD From Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz "American Shores" American Shores (Savanna Jazz Records)

For Your Grammy Consideration
New Americana CD From Pascal Bokar
Afro Blue Grazz "American Shores"

American Shores (Savanna Jazz Records)

 Throughout his productive musical career, guitarist/vocalist Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam has always understood the connections between West African music and the sounds of the American South. His landmark book Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta discusses the music of the three empires that dominated the culture of West Africa starting in the 6th century, tracing the music from its role in the culture and daily life of Africa to its eventual emergence in the United States. In his teachings, lectures and music (where he displays his own individual voice), Pascal has consistently paid tribute to his ancestors. “As a musician, I have always tried to synthesize the convergence of African esthetics and appreciate their influence in the music of the African American communities of the American South, from the rural sounds of the Blues and Gospel into this music we call Jazz.”

 Pascal Bokar’s American Shores, in the “AfroBlueGrazz” style coined by the album’s producer Greg Landau, is an ambitious fusion of textures and styles that comes from Bokar’s unique cultural perspective. As an accomplished jazz guitarist and scholar of African music and jazz he consistently heard clear examples of African musical concepts and instruments throughout his musical explorations. In this project he brought together accomplished musicians from Appalachia’s bluegrass style with Senegalese master drummers, African-American Rhythm and Blues singers, funky keyboards, and the stomp/clap percussion of a gospel choir. This eclectic cross cultural mix brings together long lost musical relatives as a platform for Pascal’s rich guitar and vocal improvisation.

Pascal Bokar previous recording Guitar Balafonics was selected by Downbeat Magazine as one of the “Best CDs of 2015.” Pascal Bokar is listed in Jazz journalist Scott Yanov’s Book entitled Great Jazz Guitars. Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam is also the owner of the Award Winning Savanna Jazz Club of San Carlos, CA, and is recipient of the Jim Hall Jazz Master Award from Berklee College of Music.  Notable musicians on this record: fiddler Blaine Sprouse (Bill Monroe), bassist Tony Saunders (Eric Clapton & David Crosby), Gospel Hawkins Family, and keyboardist Steve Carter (George Benson & Bobby Womack). 

USA: John Potter -Secret History - Josquin / Victoria(2017)

Secret History - Josquin / Victoria 

Tomas Luis de Victoria and Josquin Desprez were not contemporaries, they lived and worked in different countries, and perhaps shared little in terms of abstract compositional style. Yet throughout Europe, generations of musicians recognized them as kindred spirits, and tablature versions of their masses and motets circulated amongst lutenists. For John Potter, this is the secret life of the music in historical terms its real life. In this characteristically creative project, Potter - joined by Trio Mediaeval singer Anna Maria Friman and three outstanding vihuela players - explores what happens to music after it is composed. The album, produced by Manfred Eicher, was recorded at the St Gerold monastery in the Austrian mountains, where Potter previously contributed to Officium and other recordings with the Hilliard Ensemble and with The Dowland Project.

FRANCE: Anne Ducros - Brother? Brother! (2017)

Brother ? Brother !
01. What's Going On (feat. Olivier Ker Ourio & Paolo Censi) (5:07)
02. Fragile (feat. Giulio Visibelli) (4:44)
03. La Bicyclette (feat. Giuseppe Emmanuele & Franz Minuta) (3:48)
04. You Are So Beautiful (feat. Giuseppe Privitera) (3:56)
05. Samba Saravah (3:36)
06. On Broadway (4:48)
07. Knocks Me Off My Feet (4:05)
08. At Last (feat. Lionel Belmondo) (5:31)
09. Déshabillez-Moi (feat. Olivier Ker Ourio & Mimmo Gaglio) (3:50)
10. Petals (feat. Mimmo Gaglio) (6:21)

Friday, August 18, 2017

USA: Posi-Tone Newsletter - August 11, 2017


A burning performance from the magnificent vibraphonist.

Today is the worldwide release of the new album by Behn Gillece, featuring veterans Walt Weiskopf (tenor), and Michael Dease (trombone). Thanks for listening!

Vibraphonist Behn Gillece heads boldly down a courageous path to explore his “Walk of Fire.” With an exciting program of compositions and an amazing group of players, the stage is clearly set for Gillece to confidently demonstrate both his stunning harmonic knowledge of the idiom as well as his total melodic command of his instrument. The amazing musicians in the band are trombonist extraordinaire Michael Dease, saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, trumpeter Bruce Harris, pianist Adam Birnbaum, bassist Clovis Nicolas, and drummer Jason Tiemann. With a dazzling series of performances overflowing with energized enthusiasm, serious listeners will enjoy following along while Gillece leads his merry minstrels down this “Walk of Fire” as a joyous musical experience of inspiration and delight.

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USA: Follow-up Album from Vocalist Way-nee Dee & the Band “Never Too Late!” Titled―“Still My Nature”―More Tales of Love from the Great American Songbook ready August 4, 2017 Share Article

Follow-up Album from Vocalist Way-nee Dee & the Band “Never Too Late!” Titled―“Still My Nature”―More Tales of Love from the Great American Songbook ready August 4, 2017
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Way-nee Dee and the "Never Too Late" band covered jazz standards, popular hits, poetic ballads and Broadway songs, as well as, nostalgic medleys in classical piano that playback good songs and memories.

Troy, Michigan (PRWEB) August 04, 2017

This is a follow-up album from Way-nee Dee, titled “Still My Nature”, accompanied by the “Never Too Late” band. The group covers jazz standards, popular hits, poetic ballads and Broadway songs, as well as, nostalgic medleys in classical piano that playback good songs and memories. This latest release packs a little more heat than Way-nee Dee’s 2015 debut album, “It’s My Nature”. Nonetheless, the melodies of these albums complement each other, adding the unforgettable feeling of easy listening and reminiscence to an intimate setting on a loveseat, cozy romantic drive or a festive social gathering with Tales of Love from the Great American Songbook.

The Greek language recognizes four diverse concepts to how the word, love, can be used; the love of one’s God, the love of sexual passion with an intimate partner, the love between men, and the love of country. The niche audience for this music is as broad as the themes of love and conveyed through different genres; jazz, R&B and Soul, Country and Classical. You can pick what Greek form is associated with the song you like.

Begin your “Still My Nature” listening experience with Jimmy Webb’s Wichita Lineman; then in this time of espionage, Edwin Starr’s Agent Double-O-Soul and more music melodrama infused by the Motown DNA found in the “Never Too Late” band as Maurice (Reecy) Garcia leads the horn section of Skeeter C.R. Shelton and Greg King; and Francisco (Frank) Garcia II leads the rhythm section of Richard Simpson, Randall Catchings, Walter Blaney and Robert Jones; with violinist Michael Saxon and pianist Alexandra Zetye that give these classic songs life. In addition to the studio wizardry of Al Sutton, Terry Herald and Jim Kissling.

You can also reacquaint yourself with the “It’s My Nature” album and cuddle under the warmth of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Some Enchanted Evening, or Johnny Burke & Erroll Garner’s Misty. Audiences around the globe will enjoy listening to this musical recital and become a fan of each of the 21 renditions presented on both albums. "The music and musicians provided great inspiration and aspiration to me," Way-nee Dee, "I am their biggest fan and grateful for having the chance to grow up on the streets where the Detroit sound was created and to perform with members of an exclusive club is a once-in-a-life-opportunity. Remember, it is never too late!." Tour dates for 2017 are planned but not confirmed.

The licensed playlist and songwriters for “Still My Nature” (APC: 191061628576) is as follows:

1. Agent Double-O-Soul, Charles Edwin Hatcher (Edwin Starr) & Bill Sharpley
2. Medley Uno: My Funny Valentine, Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers & Embraceable You, George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
3. Wichita Lineman, Jimmy Webb
4. Medley Dos: You Go to My Head, J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie & Serenade in Blue, Mack Gordon & Harry Warren
5. Open the Door to Your Heart, Darrell Banks & Donnie Elbert
6. Sometimes a Man, John Blair
7. Medley Tres: As Times Goes By, Herman Hupfeld & (At)The End (of The Rainbow), Sid Jacobson & Jimmy Krondes
8. None but the Lonely Heart, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky & L.A. Mey
9. That’s Life, Dean Kay & Kelly Gordon

The licensed playlist and songwriters for “It’s My Nature” (APC: 8-89211-86348-8) is as follows:

1. I’ve Gotta Be Me, Walter Marks
2. Some Enchanted Evening, Oscar Hammerstein & Richard Rodgers
3. Tenderly, Jack Lawrence & Walter Gross
4. I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire, Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, Bennie Benjamin & Eddie Durham
5. The Twelfth of Never, Paul Francis Webster & Jerry Livingston
6. Over the Rainbow, E.Y. Harburg & Harold Arlen
7. Beautiful Dreamer, Stephen Foster
8. If Ever I Would Leave You, Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Lowe
9. Misty, Johnny Burke & Erroll Garner
10. Since I Fell for You, Buddy Johnson
11. Who Can I Turn To? Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
12. Nature Boy, Eden Ahbez

Both music albums from Old Dude Productions available through CD Baby on Digital and Compact Disc (CD)

USA; NICOLE HENRY returns to Joe's Pub, NYC Thursday, August 24

NICOLE HENRY returns to Joe's Pub, NYC
Thursday, August 24
Showtime: 7pm

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Aug 24 - Joe's Pub New York, NY
Aug 26 - OIC Gala - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sept 23 - Attucks Jazz Series - Norfolk, VA
Nov 8 - Ropetackle Arts Centre Shoreham-by-Sea, England
Nov 9 - Cambridge Modern Jazz Club Cambridge, England
Nov 10 & 11 - EFG London Jazz Festival London, England
Dec 6 - Blues Alley, Washington, D.C.
Dec 16 - 5th Annual Winter Fundraising ConcertMiami Beach, FL 

Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed vocalists, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance. Ms. Henry's passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma has earned her a Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance," three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more, Ms. Henry tells real stories through repertoire from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, contemporary standards, blues and originals.
“I had the sense of being in the presence of a pop-soul superwoman whose every gesture and inflection conveyed confidence and mastery…. time and again she invested familiar songs with an extra fillip of conviction and made you reconsider the words.”
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“…That predicted time of greatness has arrived. Nicole Henry emerges hands down as this generation's First Lady of Jazz.” - Sean Martinfield, Huffington Post

Thursday, August 17, 2017

USA: Sakura Park Festival!

Jazz lovers come early to Jazzmobile’s Summerfest closing concert and come across to International House’s first-ever Sakura Park Festival!

Groove to main stage performances by
 Underground System Afrobeat opened by Manhattan School of Music group The Rocky Amer Quintet  and join the street food revolution by sampling some of NYC’s most popular food trucks.

Let your inner K-Pop dancer out, learn to write your name in calligraphy, play games, and enjoy the spirit of community in the beautiful Sakura Park.

Hosted by Dr. Linda H. Humes.

Entrance to the family-friendly festival is free. RSVP recommended.

Sakura Park is a public park located toward the northern end of the Morningside Heights neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City, between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue, north of West 122nd Street.

About International House: www.youtube.com