New album teaser for Tony Allen’s Film Of Life, due out in October on Jazz Village.

Get the single “Go Back” on iTunes now!

(via Bebel Gilberto, Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers | Ravinia Festival | International | Chicago)
"When: Wed., July 30, 8 p.m.  Price: $22-$55
On the cover of his most recent album, Border-Free (Jazz Village), explosive Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes wears an enormous feathered Native American headdress—a reference to a tune of his called “Afro-Comanche,” which honors Comanches deported by Spanish soldiers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries from what would later become the southwestern U.S., many of whom ended up in Cuba (via Mexico and Spain) and integrated into the island’s community. The message is clear: people, like music, aren’t contained or defined by geography. Few musicians have embodied that idea as thoroughly as Valdes, who cofounded influential Cuban jazz-fusion group Irakere in 1973; with his protean talents, he’s obliterated the boundaries between Cuban tradition and jazz tradition. The name of his current group is of course a hat tip to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and though the original tunes nod to Latin music (propulsive clave-based polyrhythms, ubiquitous percussion breakdowns, et cetera), they usually follow the durable “theme followed by improvisation” structure that’s endured in hard bop for six decades. (The band’s previous album is called Chucho’s Steps, a Coltrane reference.) “Bebo,” which Valdes wrote to memorialize his brilliant piano-playing father, sounds like a jazz standard with a clave beat; it’s also one of three tracks to feature the fiery saxophone of Branford Marsalis. Other pieces reach elsewhere for ideas. “Abdel” explores Gnawa music; “Pilar,” which opens as an extended duet with bassist Angel Gaston Joya Perellada, weaves in bits of two pieces Valdes’s mother loved, Miles Davis’s “Blue in Green” and Bach’s Prelude in D Minor; and “Caridad Amaro,” written for his grandmother, borrows from Rachmaninoff. —Peter Margasak”

(via Bebel Gilberto, Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers | Ravinia Festival | International | Chicago)

"When: Wed., July 30, 8 p.m.
Price: $22-$55

On the cover of his most recent album, Border-Free (Jazz Village), explosive Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes wears an enormous feathered Native American headdress—a reference to a tune of his called “Afro-Comanche,” which honors Comanches deported by Spanish soldiers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries from what would later become the southwestern U.S., many of whom ended up in Cuba (via Mexico and Spain) and integrated into the island’s community. The message is clear: people, like music, aren’t contained or defined by geography. Few musicians have embodied that idea as thoroughly as Valdes, who cofounded influential Cuban jazz-fusion group Irakere in 1973; with his protean talents, he’s obliterated the boundaries between Cuban tradition and jazz tradition. The name of his current group is of course a hat tip to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and though the original tunes nod to Latin music (propulsive clave-based polyrhythms, ubiquitous percussion breakdowns, et cetera), they usually follow the durable “theme followed by improvisation” structure that’s endured in hard bop for six decades. (The band’s previous album is called Chucho’s Steps, a Coltrane reference.) “Bebo,” which Valdes wrote to memorialize his brilliant piano-playing father, sounds like a jazz standard with a clave beat; it’s also one of three tracks to feature the fiery saxophone of Branford Marsalis. Other pieces reach elsewhere for ideas. “Abdel” explores Gnawa music; “Pilar,” which opens as an extended duet with bassist Angel Gaston Joya Perellada, weaves in bits of two pieces Valdes’s mother loved, Miles Davis’s “Blue in Green” and Bach’s Prelude in D Minor; and “Caridad Amaro,” written for his grandmother, borrows from Rachmaninoff. —Peter Margasak”

(via Catherine Russell July 26, Saturday, 8 PM | Watershed Post)
"Catherine Russell
July 26, Saturday, 8 PM
Jazz
Sponsored by WSKG Public Media
Since that night in 2007 when she brought the WKC house down, Catherine Russell’s renown as one of the foremost interpreters and explorers of mid-20th century American music has skyrocketed. A Grammy Award winner, she regularly plays Lincoln Center and hundreds of other major venues and festivals worldwide, has made two appearances on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, appeared on “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland, and has garnered rave reviews and awards both in France and at home. “Cat” will be backed by Matt Munisteri on guitar, Mark Shane, piano, and Tal Ronen, bass.”

(via Catherine Russell July 26, Saturday, 8 PM | Watershed Post)

"Catherine Russell

July 26, Saturday, 8 PM

Jazz

Sponsored by WSKG Public Media

Since that night in 2007 when she brought the WKC house down, Catherine Russell’s renown as one of the foremost interpreters and explorers of mid-20th century American music has skyrocketed. A Grammy Award winner, she regularly plays Lincoln Center and hundreds of other major venues and festivals worldwide, has made two appearances on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, appeared on “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland, and has garnered rave reviews and awards both in France and at home. “Cat” will be backed by Matt Munisteri on guitar, Mark Shane, piano, and Tal Ronen, bass.”

Also touring this fall are The Swingle Singers ! http://ow.ly/zhznD (Click on “All Concerts”)9/27 - EMMA Concert Association: Flagler College - St. Augustine, FL10/2 - Live at Rose Lehrman - Rose Lehrman Arts Center - Harrisburg, PA10/3 - The Center For Arts Natick (TCAN) - Natick, MA10/9 - Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art - Pawley’s Island, SC10/10 - Paramount Theatre - Goldsboro, NC10/11 - Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. - Wilmington, NC10/12 - St John UMC Augusta - Augusta, GA10/14 - Oklahoma City Community College - Oklahoma City, OK10/19 - The University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX

Also touring this fall are The Swingle Singers ! http://ow.ly/zhznD (Click on “All Concerts”)

9/27 - EMMA Concert AssociationFlagler College - St. Augustine, FL
10/2 - Live at Rose Lehrman - Rose Lehrman Arts Center - Harrisburg, PA
10/3 - The Center For Arts Natick (TCAN) - Natick, MA
10/9 - Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art - Pawley’s Island, SC
10/10 - Paramount Theatre - Goldsboro, NC
10/11 - Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. - Wilmington, NC
10/12 - St John UMC Augusta - Augusta, GA
10/14 - Oklahoma City Community College - Oklahoma City, OK
10/19 - The University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX

Catherine Russell plays Yoshi’s in San Francisco on August 9! http://ow.ly/z8Lh6 Get Bring it Back on iTunes: http://ow.ly/z8LVk Amazon: http://ow.ly/z8MhB

Catherine Russell plays Yoshi’s in San Francisco on August 9! http://ow.ly/z8Lh6 

Get Bring it Back on iTunes: http://ow.ly/z8LVk Amazon: http://ow.ly/z8MhB

Catherine Russell tours in California next month! http://ow.ly/yVHa6 Catch her on:

8/8 - Harlows Restaurant & Night Club - Sacramento 
8/9 - Yoshi’s Oakland-San Francisco - San Francisco
8/10 - San Jose Jazz Summer Fest - San Jose

"With a voice that wails like a horn and whispers like the snake in the Garden of Eden" - NPR's Marc Silver

‘Go Back’ With Tony Allen & Damon Albarn - Soulbounce
"Considered to be the world’s greatest drummer, Tony Allen’s musical catalog spans back to the ’60s in Nigeria as the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti’s band Africa 70. Allen was one of the primary originators of the highlife and funk-infused genre Afrobeat. In fact, without Allen’s staple polyrhythmic approach to music, the genre would not exist. Lucky for us, the legendary musician blessed the world with his music back then and continues to do so now.
At 73 years young, Allen is back to making music with Film of Life, which is his fifth solo album release and is scheduled to drop in October via JazzVillage. “Go Back,” the first single from the album, is a collaboration with English singer and musician Damon Albarn. It’s fitting that Allen’s new album is entitled Film of Life, because “Go Back” definitely has a cinematic sound and can easily be used for a film’s soundtrack. Penned by Albarn, the story within the song pays homage to the African refugees who fled to the Italian island of Lampedusa and were killed in a deadly boat wreck, a subject which is worthy of a film in its own right. Despite the somber subject matter, the song is a great jazz cut with Albarn on the keys and vocals. Allen’s percussion along with the funky bass and horns definitely gives the jazzy ballad an Afrobeat flair while the strings are a very nice touch and add to the sensual and melodic groove of the song.” 

‘Go Back’ With Tony Allen & Damon Albarn - Soulbounce

"Considered to be the world’s greatest drummer, Tony Allen’s musical catalog spans back to the ’60s in Nigeria as the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti’s band Africa 70. Allen was one of the primary originators of the highlife and funk-infused genre Afrobeat. In fact, without Allen’s staple polyrhythmic approach to music, the genre would not exist. Lucky for us, the legendary musician blessed the world with his music back then and continues to do so now.

At 73 years young, Allen is back to making music with Film of Life, which is his fifth solo album release and is scheduled to drop in October via JazzVillage. “Go Back,” the first single from the album, is a collaboration with English singer and musician Damon Albarn. It’s fitting that Allen’s new album is entitled Film of Life, because “Go Back” definitely has a cinematic sound and can easily be used for a film’s soundtrack. Penned by Albarn, the story within the song pays homage to the African refugees who fled to the Italian island of Lampedusa and were killed in a deadly boat wreck, a subject which is worthy of a film in its own right. Despite the somber subject matter, the song is a great jazz cut with Albarn on the keys and vocals. Allen’s percussion along with the funky bass and horns definitely gives the jazzy ballad an Afrobeat flair while the strings are a very nice touch and add to the sensual and melodic groove of the song.” 

"fest favorite Catherine Russell brought her typical, fun-loving stage presence, a rare and deep understanding of the jazz and blues traditions, going back into the ’20s and ’30s, and a wonderful, robust voice.” -Democrat and ChronicleRussell plays the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith, NY on July 26: http://ow.ly/ySeeO

"fest favorite Catherine Russell brought her typical, fun-loving stage presence, a rare and deep understanding of the jazz and blues traditions, going back into the ’20s and ’30s, and a wonderful, robust voice.” -Democrat and Chronicle

Russell plays the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith, NY on July 26: http://ow.ly/ySeeO

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