Tuesday, April 6, 2021

JazzWorldQuest.com-Track submission for The JWQ Showcase 2016


Did you release a Jazz or World Music Album in 2016?

“The JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2016” is a digital collection of mp3 tracks from albums released in 2016 by jazz musicians and labels freely available for download on JazzWorldQuest.com
To see the previous editions visit  JWQ Showcase 2013JWQ Showcase 2014 and JWQ Showcase 2015

List of featuring musicians participating so far:
Joseph Patrick Moore,  Florin Raducanu, David Ellington, Robin Menuett Trio, Colin D’Cruz, Bob Thompson Band, Russ Hewitt, Bill Mentz, Kenn Smith, Ted Borodofsky and Southern Jazz, Kajetan Borowski Trio  
If you are an unsigned or independently signed artist and you’d like to be included in “The JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2016” please fill up this form

Sunday, October 23, 2016

USA: Christian McBride to receive the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award from the Jazz Connect Conference

Christian McBride recipient of award named for esteemed record label executive

McBride to be presented with award during keynote session at
Jazz Connect Conference on January 5, 2017 in New York City


On January 5, 2017, the Jazz Connect Conference will present bassist/bandleader/advocate/educator Christian McBride with the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award.  The Jazz Connect Conference created the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award in 2014 in honor of the esteemed jazz record executive who was a champion and advocate for so many jazz artists over the last four decades.  The annual award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and vision in expanding the audience for jazz and who has made a real difference for the artists, the music and the audience. The award’s first recipient was Randall Kline, SFJAZZ founder and executive director. Brice Rosenbloom, founder of the BOOM Collective and organizer of Winter Jazzfest, the Undead Music Festival, the BRIC Jazz Festival and other innovative live events, received the award in 2016.

The first musician to be recognized with the honor, multiple Grammy-award winner McBride has distinguished himself both on the bandstand and off.  In addition to his work as a musician, McBride hosts and produces “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM satellite radio and National Public Radio’s “Jazz Night in America,” a weekly radio show and multimedia collaboration between WBGO, NPR and Jazz at Lincoln Center, showcasing outstanding live jazz from across the country. With his staggering body of work, McBride is the ideal host, drawing on history, experience, and a gift for storytelling to bridge the gap between artist, music, and audience. He brings that same breadth of experience to bear as Artistic Advisor for Jazz Programming at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and most recently for the Newport Jazz Festival. Completing the circle is his work with Jazz House Kids, the nationally recognized community arts organization founded by his wife, vocalist Melissa Walker.

The 2017 Jazz Connect Conference—co-presented by JazzTimes and Jazz Forward Coalition—brings together the jazz community for a series of panels, workshops and special events, and will be held at Saint Peter’s Church at 54th Street & Lexington Avenue in New York City. With a theme of “The Family of Jazz,” the conference leads into both the APAP conference and Winter Jazzfest. This past year’s conference was attended by over 800 industry professionals and artists and featured a keynote address by Dee Dee Bridgewater, recently named a NEA Jazz Master.  The Grammy-award winning bandleader/composer/arranger Maria Schneider will give the keynote address at the 2017 Jazz Connect Conference.  

For more information, go to www.jazz-connect.com  You can pre-register here.

CANADA: Ineke Vandoorn & Marc van Vugt Concerts-Clinics-Book Presentation Canadian Concert Tour 2016 From The Inside Out

Dutch Grammy winners singer/pianist Ineke Vandoorn and guitarist/composer Marc van Vugt explore both improvisation and lyrical songs, creating their own world with their funky arrangements and modern music full of rich harmonies and haunting melodies. Although there are obviously echoes of different styles like jazz, the virtuoso Brazilian choro and the fairytale-like (pop) music of Scandinavia, their music is unmistakably Vandoorn/Van Vugt.

During this tour Ineke Vandoorn will also present the English version of her highly acclaimed book on singing 'Singing From the Inside Out'. The book, labeled as the 'Lonely Planet Guide' for jazz and pop singers.

November 9 Humber College Toronto clinic/concert
November 9 Open vocal workshop by Ineke Vandoorn Toronto
November 10 The Rex Toronto concert
November 11 University of Toronto clinic
November 13 The Jazz Room Waterloo concert
November 14 University of Toronto workshop
November 15 Canadian Opera Company Toronto, concert
November 16 Hugh's Room Toronto - with Michael Occhipinti Band
November 18 Carleton University Ottawa clinic
November 18 Mercury Lounge Ottawa concert
November 23 Ye Olde Jar Bar Medicine Hat concert
November 24 The Capitol Regina concert
November 26 The Bassment Saskatoon workshop
November 26 The Bassment Saskatoon concert
November 28 Open vocal workshop by Ineke Vandoorn Vancouver
November 29 Lions Bay House concert
November 30 Capilano University Vancouver lecture/concert
December 1 Frankie's Vancouver concert
December 2 Hermann's Jazz Club Victoria concert

For concert bookings/lectures/masterclasses


This tour is realized with the kind support of the Performing Arts Fund NL and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.



A tribute to Carla Bley, signed by the Italian guitarist Andrea Massaria and by the American drummer Bruce Ditmas

Instant composition and a new sound universe are the meeting point for two very different artists.
Andrea has "his" sound - unique as it is the result of an exhausting search; Bruce, with the “drums that sound like an orchestra", has many and vivid colors that manage to flourish from his instrument.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

USA:Michael Heffley- Evanessence (2016)

Michael Heffley | Evanessence 
There was a time in my life when I acquainted myself pretty assiduously with the recorded work of my musical heroes, and with as much info about it as I could find to read. Over the years, most of that got internalized and reprocessed into my own music, even when that was covers of their work. Cover it enough and with time it is completely covered up.

Per that, when I hear these tracks--(unlike others by him that I've done elsewhere, especially on my CD Baby release and Soundcloud playlist "Double Bill Heavens," from which his presence never did fade, and on which my covers were clearly homages to the master, not murders of the Buddha met on the road)--of my statements from the heart and mind of the great composer, I don't know where their creator disappeared to. I do know he was in my ears and mind as they grew and took shape, at some point...but now, my voice and "words" are all I hear in my hands...and I feel like that is what was supposed to happen.

There is a certain edge, inflection here from Bill's sonic DNA--the EvanEssence--but maybe it's only I who hear it: a Russian Romantic melancholy, an American comeuppance of that...an African-American heart, of course, but with a European-American claim on the quirks and nuances of same, leaving the heartier core in respectful deference to its greater voicers.

Also: there's something about the expression of elderness here: the proactive wander free of meter, the permission to ramble and take the results more seriously than younger people do (certainly more seriously than I take their constraints on same)...and to stay shy of aggressive assertion even in the most intense eye of virtuosity's hurricane--and ESPecially the complex integrative symbiosis of left and right hands/brains/genders in shaping the information (a.k.a. nothing)to deliver, to no one...

Finally, I'll just say that one thing I particularly like about tracks 1-9 is the sound quality, at least on my good headphones. My home-recording skill is hit and miss, as improvised as my playing--and on those tracks I got just the right mix for this KORG electronic. A silvery sheen, and a perfect pellucid balance between each low and high note.

My man, Bill Evans--thank you for all you gave me to give back heare.

GERMANY: Out now - new double album CD: "BIX - A Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke" (ACT music) presented at sold out concert’Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic’ with 'ECHOES OF SWING' & Friends

Out now - new double album CD:
"BIX - A Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke" (ACT music)
presented at sold out concertJazz at Berlin Philharmonic’
with 'ECHOES OF SWING' & Friends
Colin T. Dawson, Chris Hopkins, Bernd Lhotzky, Oliver Mewes
as well as Shannon Barnett, Henning Gailing, Mulo Francel and Pete York
This 2-CD set "BIX - A Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke" is a homage to an often forgotten legend and key figure in jazz. Besides Louis Armstrong, American jazz cornetist and pianist Leon Bismark 'Bix' Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s. With his unusual purity of tone and a gift for improvisation, he helped to invent the jazz ballad style and hinted at what, in the 1950s, would become Cool Jazz.



Quotes from the press concerning
the sold out concert ’Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic’ on Sept 20th, 2016
ECHOES OF SWING & Friends: “BIX - A Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke“:
>Not only a history lesson, but a revelation.<
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

>A triumph of historic and contemporary jazz alike<
Berliner Morgenpost

>This illustrious ensemble proved spectacularly, that also in the future music can only be mastered, when knowing the past<
Süddeutsche Zeitung 

ITALY:Ilaria Marè- Half (2016)

Ilaria Marè | Half 
A selection of Ilaria's original songs played by outstanding Jazz musicians.

1. PASSANO Ilaria Marè/Phil Scott
2. A BIT BLUE Ilaria Marè/Afranio Guimaraes
3. NOTTURNA Ilaria Marè/Afranio Guimaraes
4. MOON SONG Ilaria Marè
5. TRAPPOLA Ilaria Marè/Phil Scott
(All lyrics by Ilaria Marè)

Luca Boscagin - guitar
Mick Hutton - double bass
Paul Robinson - drums
Ilaria Marè - vocals

Recorded and Mixed by Simon Wallace - August 2016
Mastered by Alex Balzama - Swift Mastering
Cover photo by Gianluca Gori