Thursday, April 5, 2018

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017

The JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017 features songs from albums released in 2017 by independent jazz and world music artists from all over the world: Matija Dedic(Croatia), Roberto Magris Sextet(Italy/USA), Sinouj(Spain), Randy McGill(USA), Diego Figueiredo(Brazil), Florin Raducanu(Romania), Stefano Travaglini(Italy), Itamar Borochov(Israel), Florian Hoefner(Canada), Antoine Fafard(UK), The Steven McGill Project(USA), Bill Mentz(USA), Leon Neal(USA), António Silva Quartet(Portugal), Hayley Lam(USA), Igor Willcox 4tet(Brazil), Daniel Chia(Singapore), Marcin Malinowski(Poland), Sweet Lu(USA), Luis Alas & La Calle Ocho Funk(USA), The Besser Three(New Zealand)

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

USA/ISRAEL Noa Fort-: No World Between Us (2018)

Israeli born, Brooklyn based vocalist, pianist, songwriter, improviser, painter of sounds Noa Fort was recently regarded as “one of New York’s more interesting and original artists” (New York Music Daily). She draws inspiration from different musical worlds, integrating her background of classical and jazz piano, jazz singing, and free improvisation into her original music.
No World Between Us' is Noa Fort's first release as a bandleader. It is a portrait of one woman's personal journey, painted with sounds.


released January 23, 2018

All songs by Noa Fort except The Guest House (lyrics by Rumi and translation by Coleman Barks).

Noa Fort - voice, piano
Zack Lober - bass, voice (track 10)
Ronen Itzik - drums, voice (track 10)
Josh Deutsch - trumpet (track 8, 9, 10)
Tal Gur - voice (track 10)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NETHERLANDS:Mehmet Polat- Ageless (2018)

Announcing my new ud album

Ageless garden

Dear friends and colleagues,

After years of creative processing and tremendous work, my new ud album ‘Ageless garden’ is recorded and available for its listeners.

‘Music has been the best language with which to express my inner world for more than 30 years. And for the last 20 years, ud has been the main instrument on this journey. I composed these ten compositions during different phases of my life as a migrant musician. And I play them on this album through the lens of my vision of today.’

Guest musicians on the album:

Alper Kekec (Turkey) Darbuka, daf and frame drums
Pasha Karami (Iran) Tombak
Shaho Andalibi (Iran) Ney
Yama Sarshar (Afghanistan) Tabla
Zoumana Diarra (Mali) Kora

Save the date! 
Album presentation concert on 21st of February 20.30 in Podium Mozaiek, Amsterdam.
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The album is available on Itunes

Buy via Bandcamp

Buy via Paypal

Available at music stores in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg from 9th of February
(distributed via Xango Music).

Upcoming concerts:

21 Feb Album presentation 'Ageless Garden'
Podium Mozaiek, Amsterdam

03 March  Mehmet Polat Trio  in Dordrecht Jazz Podium DJS

07 March  Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest
Schouwburg Hengelo, Hengelo

16 March Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest
Theater De Vest, Alkmaar

17 March  Mehmet Polat Trio at Amsterdam Jazz Festival
Studio K, Amsterdam

18 March  Improvisation concert with Ecstatic LIVE band Dragonfly
Barbeton, Utrecht

29 March  Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest
Stadsschouwburg Haarlem, Haarlem

03 April  Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest
Theater de Veste, Delft

06 April  Improvisation concert with Ecstatic LIVE band Dragonfly
Barbeton, Utrecht

06 June Improvisation concert with Ecstatic LIVE band Dragonfly
Barbeton, Utrecht

03 - 13 August  Mehmet Polat Trio - 10 concerts in France, CCAS tour. Details tba


Bookings Germany, Austria
and Switzerland

+49 (0)641 9 48 8932

Bookings Middle East
and North Africa

Achraf El Guedgad
+212 627 421 434

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UK: Jazz Journal FEBRUARY 2018

On the Beat Jazz nominations in the 2017 Grammys focus on where it all started - the US of A. Jazz FM Awards: will this year's winners trump last year's champs, the Rolling Stones? Wynton's Barbican youth band focuses on the 1957 Miles Ahead, purporting to showcase what "could be the future of jazz”

ECM: the British connection With separation looming, Brian Morton notes that music is a lingua franca that doesn’t require passports

Profiles British pianist Kit Downes loves the duo; US tuba virtuoso Howard Johnson enjoys the choral possibilities in the tuba family; Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca appreciates having the clave, “something everyone wants to learn”, in his blood

On the Other Hand Dave Gelly isn’t troubled by Jon Hendricks’ joy and positivity or Sam Braysher’s rediscovery of songbook blueprints

Joe Henderson Ronald Atkins interviewed the singular saxophonist stylist in 1995 as he was enjoying an unexpected second coming

Roger Beaujolais The vibraphonist tells Bruce Lindsay why Connie Kay played so softly in the MJQ

Standard time? Simon Spillett asks if the Great American Songbook should still be the arbiter in jazz clubs

Jazz Journal  FEBRUARY 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

USA: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents: Kenny Barron (Solo Jazz Pianist)

Saturday | February 24, 2018 | 8 PM

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents:

Kenny Barron (Solo Jazz Pianist)

Praised by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the top jazz pianists in the world,” NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron has an unmatched elegance, melodic sensibility, and rhythmic mastery. He has received eleven GRAMMY® nods, most recently in 2017 for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, and is a six-time recipient of Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association. Don’t miss this intimate solo performance by a masterful artist who Jazz Weekly calls “the most lyrical piano player of our time.”

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USA: Brian Culbertson delivers his Valentine with "Love"

Contact: Rick Scott 310.306.0375

Brian Culbertson delivers his Valentine with “Love”

The jazz-R&B keyboardist drops his “Colors of Love” album on Valentine’s Day as preparations continue for a 50-city concert tour launchingMarch 30.

LOS ANGELES (14 February 2018): Contemporary jazz-R&B funkster Brian Culbertson has had love on his mind essentially since last Valentine’s Day. Inspired by the occasion of his twentieth wedding anniversary last fall, the keyboardist began writing thirteen new songs about a year ago dedicated to his wife, Michelle, which make up his “Colors of Love” album that was released on Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, by BCM Entertainment. Substituting the live band instrumentation customary of his recordings, Culbertson crafted an intimate set of ardent acoustic piano melodies using sensual synth grooves and textures. With the title track of his eighteenth album that he wrote, arranged and produced already in the Billboard Top 5, his attention is fixed on creating the highly-theatrical production he’ll take on the road for nearly three months beginning March 30 across the bridge from Philadelphia in Collingswood, New Jersey and concluding in Seattle on June 17.     

Culbertson showcases his proficiency as a multi-instrumentalist by playing virtually all the instruments heard on “Colors of Love” – piano, keyboards, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3 organ, synth bass, drum programming, percussion and trumpet. The only supplementation came from guitaristIsaiah Sharkey along with an ethereal accordion passage from Peter White on the song “In A Dream.” Impassioned tracks like “I Want You,” “Love Transcended,” “Don’t Go,” “You’re Magic,” “Let’s Chill,” “Desire,” “In Your Embrace” and “The Look” employ caressing melodies and sultry rhythms to allure, soothe and seduce. Even more revealing and evocative is the ravishing piano poetry of “Through The Years,” “Michelle’s Theme” and “All My Heart,” poignant solo pieces that Culbertson uses effectively to tell wordless stories of romance and amorous contemplation.    

As he lovingly conceived the cozy collection depicting the many different “colors” of romantic love, Culbertson envisioned mounting an elaborate concert presentation utilizing video and lighting to present the cherished material in an immersive multimedia experience.

“I’m in the midst of creating a stunning-looking show, working closely with my lighting director and visual designer. We’re using a Visualizer to play each track to design and run the lighting and videos as if it was a live show right there on our computer screens. It enables us to dial in every little nuance of the music so that each video and light is precisely timed to the music. The detail is really amazing. I am loving the process of creating the production for the tour,” said Culbertson, who will begin ten days of production rehearsals in Nashville with his band in mid-March.

Culbertson’s Colors of Love Tour has already announced 66 shows in 50 cities with more soon to be added to the itinerary. The nationwide trek includes aJune 7 performance at Culbertson’s seventh annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, a five-day music, wine and lifestyle experience held in the heart of California Wine Country.

“The ‘Colors of Love’ show will be staged in three acts. The first and third acts will showcase the new album along with romance-themed selections from my catalogue. In fact, we’re going to be drawing heavily from my ‘It’s On Tonight’ album,” explained Culbertson. “We’re not planning to do any big horn section pieces during this tour like I’ve done in the past and did extensively during last year’s Funk! Tour, but the second act will be a slamming funk set guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing.”

Joining the keyboardist-pianist-trombone player on tour are drummer Chris Miskel, bassist Joewaun Scott, guitarist Tyrone Chase, keyboardist-vocalistEddie Miller, and Marqueal Jordan on saxophones, vocals and percussion.

“I asked Marqueal to bring his soprano sax for this tour. The sound fits the intimate ambience of the music we’re going to perform. It’s the first time in over a decade that I’ve used soprano sax in my live show,” said Culbertson, who describes the “Colors of Love” album as “textural ear candy cinematic in nature.”  

As Culbertson shares his anniversary and Valentine’s Day gift to his wife with the world on record and during the upcoming tour, expect the architect of 30Billboard No. 1 singles as an artist, producer and/or songwriter to add to that stat.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

CANADA, BC: Van Django in Oak Bay Recreation’s Upstairs Lounge Feb.23 at 7:30 p.m

"Van Django is a standout act. With a clever mix of contemporary standards, classical ditties, rock homages and solid originals they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on." - NICK LEHR, Artistic Director, Djangofest Northwest
Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada's most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels.
Van Django's music is well-rooted in the gypsy jazz of 1930's Paris France, but beyond that it's all pure blue-skying; flights of dazzling fancy, driving rhythms and boundless creativity featuring original compositions and arrangements including humorous mash-ups that showcase their eclectic influences in full regalia.
Since the group's formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the USA, Europe and China, they've had repeat performances at Djangofest Northwest (DFNW) on Whidbey Island.
They have released 3 CD's "Tiptoe Trip", "Waltz in the Shape of a Tree" and a Christmas CD with special guests titled, "Cool Yule". Their CD's have been well received and played on many radio stations at home and abroad including; CBC, RDI, Espace Musique, NPR and Lyric FM in Ireland.
Please note the Upstairs Lounge is a licensed restaurant and bar, doors open at 6 pm for dinner service, the concert starts at 7:30 pm (this is a listening room).
Van Django | Waltz in the Shape of a Tree
Waltz in the Shape of a Tree
by Van Django