JWQ Showcase 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

BELGIUM/ROMANIA: Bruxelles: Florin Răducanu Trio @ Jazz Station & The Music Village

Florin Răducanu Trio à la Jazz Station et à The Music Village
Florin Răducanu Trio concertează la Jazz Station și The Music Village

ICR Bruxelles organise deux concerts de jazz soutenus par Florin Răducanu Trio qui présentera le projet Jazz Balance between traditional – classical & free jazz. Les artistes se produiront à la Jazz Station jeudi, le 4 mai et au Music Village Club dimanche, le 7 mai. Les deux clubs sont l’unes de plus appréciés lieux d’intérêt pour les amateurs de jazzde la capitale bruxelloise.


Florin Raducanu website

JazzWorldQuest The Free mp3 List & Playlist Update

The Free mp3 List
Free promotional mp3 downloads – jazz and world music

Musician: Allan Licht
Track: Sometimes
Album Name: Sometimes
Year of release: 2015
Musician/Label Website: www.allanlicht.com
Link to CD store

Musician: Daniel Chia
Year of release: 2017
Composer: Daniel Chia
Musician/Label Website: https://www.danielchiaofficial.com

ITALY: Music by Marco Lo Russo in italian films TV and fiction RAI Television

Music by Marco Lo Russo in italian films TV and fiction RAI Television

In addition to the recent single EP 7 Days, musical production by the Label Rouge Sound Production by Marco Lo Russo, who ranked among the finalists songs of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Lithuania, musical productions and compositions by accordionist, composer and producer Marco Lo Russo have been included in films, documentaries, television productions, italians fictions, even during this season, by RAI.
È arrivata la felicità, Una grande famiglia, Un viaggio sfacciatamente unico, Centovetrine and Donna Detective and also on DVD in the collection Storia della TV, Lo sceneggiato are some of the productions that include the music of Marco Lo Russo as soundtracks. All RAI fiction have met with great favor with audiences having, in the cast, big names such as between the actors involved: Alessandro Gassman, Lucrezia Lante della Rovere, Luca Ward, Lina Bernardi, Claudia Pandolfi, Ninetto Davoli, Ettore Bassi, Edwige Fenech, just to name a few; Donna Detective fiction has been distributed abroad by the name of Lady Detective. This confirms that the Made in Italy sound by Marco Lo Russo not only takes the form of international tours and concerts but also develops an artistic musical creativity of musical compositions increasingly exported abroad. Recall that Marco Lo Russo attended the opening day of the World Youth Day Youth 2016 in Poland, in the presence of Pope Francis, as well as events, international jazz festivals and concert tours by Cuba, Africa, from Mexico to Canada up in USA.
And just from the United States, Indianapolis, came international recognition Just Plain Folks Music Awards 2017 for music production Modern Accordion by Marco Lo Russo. The album Modern Accordion, electro-acoustic album where jazz accordion of the contemporary italian composer Marco Lo Russo blends between world music and musical genres such as chill out, the deep, tango and EDM. Posted by Flipper Music, music production, it has received considerable attention internationally by critics and the press. Modern Accordion was selected by Just Plain Folks Music Awards in 2017 from over 17.400 albums from around the world. Modern Accordion it was the thematic CD for the International Video Contest held at FONDIfilmFESTIVAL in the city of Fondi, Latina -ITALY-, on whose music tracks, international video-makers met to discuss on subjects as diverse producing videoclips, as well as being a show with dance and electronic music repeatedly replicated Overseas. Much appreciated to represent is the official videoclip Moon over Catamarca shot in the charming polish city of Krakow.
Modern Accordion is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Beatport and Spotify.


Friday, April 28, 2017

JazzWorldQuest Update: Jazz Knowledge

 JazzWorldQuest Update: Jazz Knowledge

The End of Art and Jazz (from Philosophyofjazz.net)
Paulina Tendera

Jagiellonian University, Philosophy, Adjunct
Abstract:In the second half of the twentieth century, there was a great deal of talk about a phenomenon known in the art world as “the end of art.” This concept referred to significant, sometimes revolutionary changes in the perception of the work of art and changes in its manner of existence (its ontology). The very notion of the “end of art” was justified and inspired (though not entirely validly) by the philosophy of Georg Hegel. Art critics, wishing to exploit this idea, explained the incompatibility of their own comments with the original thought of Hegel in historical terms: Hegel had written…

CONTINENTAL DRIFT: 50 years of jazz from Europe – Conference Proceedings
Haftor Medboe
Edinburgh Napier University, Music, Faculty Member
Abstract: Following popular exposure in France to the proto-jazz of James Reese Europe and his 369th “Harlem Hellfighters” Infantry Regiment during the latter years of WW1, the jazz bug took hold and, in the period that followed, spread throughout Europe. This new mu- sic from the USA, drawing on the ethno-cultural melting pot of New Orleans, provided a soundtrack to the new order that was forged following the two world wars. Its spread marked the beginning of Europe’s complex relationship to jazz, a music associated vari- ously with exoticism, vice, youth, cultural decay, liberation, US imperialism,…

Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics of Music Illumines A Love Supreme
Jon Avery
Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Emeritus
This is the lecture portion of a multi-media presentation on the use of Schopenhauer’s philosophy of music to understand A Love Supreme.

USA: 1 of 148 Trumpeter/Vocalist Bob Merrill's "Tell Me Your Troubles: Songs by Joe Bushkin, Vol. 1" Set for May 19 Release by Accurate Records

Trumpeter/Vocalist Bob Merrill
Celebrates the Musical Legacy of
Pianist/Songwriter Joe Bushkin with
"Tell Me Your Troubles:
Songs by Joe Bushkin, Vol. 1,"
Set for May 19 Release by Accurate Records

First Volume of Two-Album Tribute Project
Features Rhythm Section of
Howard Alden, Nicki Parrott, & Steve Johns
Plus Guest Appearances by Singer Eric Comstock,
Bucky Pizzarelli, Harry Allen, Wycliffe Gordon,
& Virtuoso Vocal Accompanists
Laurence Hobgood & John Colianni at the Piano

Merrill to Serve as Musical Director
For Bushkin Centennial Concert
At BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC,
Thursday, May 4

April 24, 2017

Bob Merrill Tell Me Your Troubles Coinciding with the centennial of pianist/composer Joe Bushkin's birth, the release on May 19 by trumpeter and singer Bob Merrill of Tell Me Your Troubles: Songs by Joe Bushkin, Vol. 1 (Accurate Records) celebrates the musical legacy of a man who was revered by many of America's foremost entertainers for his wizardry at the keyboard and skills as a tunesmith. He also happened to be Merrill's father-in-law.

Bushkin penned songs with his longtime lyricist John DeVries or the great Johnny Burke in the repertoires of the likes of Sinatra (Joe's "Oh! Look at Me Now" was Frank's first hit), Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole, Benny Goodman, Louis Jordan, and countless others. This first volume of a planned two-album commemorative project pays reverential tribute to Bushkin's oeuvre and its special blend of mood and merriment on contemporary interpretations of 10 songs ranging from the popular to the obscure. The album opens and closes with archival spoken word salutes to Bushkin by Sinatra and comedian Red Buttons.
Cut from the same engaging entertainer's cloth as Bushkin -- not to mention trumpeter-singers like Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Prima, and Chet Baker -- Merrill was already performing crowd-pleasers like "Oh! Look at Me Now" and "Boogie Woogie Blue Plate" (a 1947 hit for Louis Jordan and his Tympani Five) before he met his future wife Christina and bonded with her gregarious father. "These songs have such a timeless, universal appeal," says Merrill. "I really hope the album exposes them to a new generation. Maybe Harry Connick, Diana Krall, Michael Bublé, or even Lady Gaga will give them new life."
Tell Me Your Troubles is full of classic tunes and rediscoveries, charismatic vocals, swinging solos, and sparkling arrangements and presents Merrill at his elegant best, whether showcasing his brass palette of trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn or his smooth Tormé-like vocals, easy articulation, and natural enthusiasm. In addition to the A-List rhythm section of guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Nicki Parrott, and drummer Steve Johns, the album features an illustrious list of guest artists including saxophonist Harry Allen, trombonist/singer Wycliffe Gordon, cabaret star Eric Comstock, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and pianist Laurence Hobgood.

Joe Bushkin and Bob Merrill A previously unreleased performance of "Oh! Look at Me Now!," from Bushkin's final recording session in 2003 with Merrill, Howard Alden, and drummer Duffy Jackson, is one of the album's standouts. "Joe's tempo for the song had increased over the years," says Merrill, "but I suggested we slow it down to the tempo of Sinatra's later version, from the 1957 album Swingin' Affair on Capitol." (Pictured at left: Bushkin and Merrill, 2003.
"I got to spend a lot of time with Joe, always looking over his shoulder, absorbing stuff by osmosis," recalls Merrill, who coaxed Bushkin out of retirement in the early 1990s and performed with him at festivals and clubs such as New York's Tavern on the Green and L.A.'s Jazz Bakery until his passing in 2004 at age 87. He also produced and wrote liner notes for CD reissues of four Bushkin albums, including last fall's release of Live at the Embers (Dot Time Legends) from 1952.

Bob Merrill
Born in Manhattan in 1958, Bob Merrill traces his early interest in jazz to the fact that Benny Goodman lived in the penthouse of the building he grew up in on the Upper East Side. After his father took him to a Tonight Show taping where he heard Doc Severinsen, Merrill devoted himself to the trumpet (Bushkin's second instrument). He studied with William Vacchiano, first trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, and received improv tips as a teen from Red Rodney. Merrill attended both the New England Conservatory of Music (studying with Jaki Byard, in whose Apollo Stompers he played) and Harvard, where he co-founded a jazz concert series at the Hasty Pudding Club and led a house band for such visiting artists as Illinois Jacquet, George Coleman, Lee Konitz, and Warne Marsh.
Merrill released his first album as a leader, Catch as Catch Can, in 1997, the same year he was featured on American Movie Classics leading the AMC Orchestra on the series Gotta Dance! His second album, Got a Bran' New Suit, featured pianist Bill Charlap among others. It was followed by Christmastime at the Adirondack Grill, and then the wildly eclectic Cheerin' Up the Universe (2015), which featured pianist John Medeski and trombonist Roswell Rudd.
On Thursday May 4, Merrill will preside over a Joe Bushkin Centennial concert at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers Street, Manhattan), part of Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights in Jazz series. Featured performers include several from the new CD's cast (Wycliffe Gordon, Eric Comstock, Nicki Parrott, John Colianni, Harry Allen) as well as pianists Ted Rosenthal and Spike Wilner.  

Photography: Pam Setchell

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USA: JD Allen - Radio Flyer(2017)

Radio Flyer 
JD Allen’s previous recording Americana won widespread critical acclaim for it’s ground breaking melodic and harmonic explorations and for its impressive emotional intensity. While that album presented Allen’s ideas with a somewhat contemplative hand, Radio Flyer moves with a more unbridled enthusiasm, testing the possibilities jazz has for individual expressionism and improvisational freedom. With guitarist Liberty Ellman on hand the quartet presents Allen’s seven original compositions bristling with energy while maintaining a cohesive, comprehensive unity of thought and purpose. “JD Allen’s writing for the tenor saxophone is effortlessly idiomatic, embroidered aria-like melodies and singular solo reflections give way to sinuous vocalastics and spirited dances. Textures are harmonically and unbelievably rich, yet never clogged.” – Raul da Gama “The JD Allen Trio is an almost telepathic, three-headed machine...But it’s important to emphasize that Allen himself is the best saxophonist under 60 in jazz, destined to be ranked with John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, and Wayne Shorter. So if you haven’t been paying attention, the time to start is now.” – Burning Ambulance 

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Carol Sudhalter and the Astoria Big Band have launched a fundraising campaign for the computerization and eventual publication of the library of
Charlie Camilleri's big band arrangements. 

To hear a full explanation of this project,
or to make donations, go to this

For direct donations
contact Carol at sudsaxter@gmail.com
or 917 667 5331.

Carol Sudhalter
Director, Mix n Match Music
Director, Astoria Big Band/Astoria Jazz Band