(via Jazz at Lincoln Center Opens With Cuban Beats - WSJ)
"…"Ochas," the three-part suite that will open Jazz at Lincoln Center’s season on Thursday, might rightly be taken as a grand statement honoring that bond. Or as an experiment in marrying the ritual rhythms and chants of Santería, the West African Yoruba religion as practiced in Cuba, with the musical language of Mr. Marsalis’s orchestra.
Mr. Marsalis, who composed the piece in collaboration with the pianist Chucho Valdés and percussionist and singer Pedrito Martinez, sees it in more intimate terms.
"This is all personal," he said in an interview from his Upper West Side home. "It’s about sharing, like you do in a family."
His father, the pianist Ellis Marsalis, introduced him to the music of Mr. Valdés, now 72 years old, a towering presence in Cuban music. With Irakere, the group Mr. Valdés led for nearly 30 years, as with his current band, the pianist did many things, including bringing the batá—the trio of two-headed hourglass-shaped drums essential to Santería—into a modern context informed by both Cuban traditions and jazz.
On the phone from Havana, Mr. Valdés recalled showing up at Mr. Marsalis’s home in 1996 with two pages of tumbaos, the melodic and rhythmic loops that ground Afro-Cuban popular music.
"Learn these," he told the trumpeter.
"Chucho has been like another father ever since," said Mr. Marsalis, who is 52.
And a collaborator: For Mr. Marsalis’s 2010 Cuban residency, Mr. Valdés composed “New Orleans,” in tribute to Mr. Marsalis’s hometown…”

(via Jazz at Lincoln Center Opens With Cuban Beats - WSJ)

"…"Ochas," the three-part suite that will open Jazz at Lincoln Center’s season on Thursday, might rightly be taken as a grand statement honoring that bond. Or as an experiment in marrying the ritual rhythms and chants of Santería, the West African Yoruba religion as practiced in Cuba, with the musical language of Mr. Marsalis’s orchestra.

Mr. Marsalis, who composed the piece in collaboration with the pianist Chucho Valdés and percussionist and singer Pedrito Martinez, sees it in more intimate terms.

"This is all personal," he said in an interview from his Upper West Side home. "It’s about sharing, like you do in a family."

His father, the pianist Ellis Marsalis, introduced him to the music of Mr. Valdés, now 72 years old, a towering presence in Cuban music. With Irakere, the group Mr. Valdés led for nearly 30 years, as with his current band, the pianist did many things, including bringing the batá—the trio of two-headed hourglass-shaped drums essential to Santería—into a modern context informed by both Cuban traditions and jazz.

On the phone from Havana, Mr. Valdés recalled showing up at Mr. Marsalis’s home in 1996 with two pages of tumbaos, the melodic and rhythmic loops that ground Afro-Cuban popular music.

"Learn these," he told the trumpeter.

"Chucho has been like another father ever since," said Mr. Marsalis, who is 52.

And a collaborator: For Mr. Marsalis’s 2010 Cuban residency, Mr. Valdés composed “New Orleans,” in tribute to Mr. Marsalis’s hometown…”

Chucho Valdés has added more North American concerts this month! Here’s where he’s playing:9/18-9/20 - Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis & Pedrito Martinez Group9/23 - Colgate University - Hamilton, NY, FREE9/26 - Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts - Markham, ON10/2 - Missouri Theatre - Columbia, MO10/4 - Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Philadelphia, PA

Chucho Valdés has added more North American concerts this month! Here’s where he’s playing:

9/18-9/20 - Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis & Pedrito Martinez Group
9/23 - Colgate University - Hamilton, NY, FREE
9/26 - Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts - Markham, ON
10/2 - Missouri Theatre - Columbia, MO
10/4 - Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Philadelphia, PA

For ‪#‎throwbackThursday‬, watch Lo’Jo perform at the Festival de la Pleine Lune in 2009!

Lo’Jo’s new, double-disc album 310 Lunes will be out on October 14! http://ow.ly/BoYLS 

Catch them this month at Globalquerque and Musical Instrument Museum - MIMhttp://ow.ly/BoYUQ lojomusic

Don’t miss The Swingle Singers on September 27 at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL! Presented by the EMMA Concert Association See their full tour in October here: http://ow.ly/Bojn1

Watch a video for “Libertango”, included on Weather to Fly on World Village: http://ow.ly/BoiNX

(via New Jazz This Week: Tineke Postma, Greg Osby, Malte Schiller Octet | Wondering Sound)
"Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon: The saxophone duo of Rifflet and Irabagon offer up an absolutely brilliant re-imagining of the music of eccentric composer, musician, poet Moondog. Embracing the spirit of unbounded inventiveness and unclassifiable expressionism, the duo present a series of pieces that are very much Something Different, but are so personable and genuine, that they are so damn easy to connect with. A remarkable album. Joining the duo are Joce Mienniel (on flute and synth), Eve Risser on piano (sometimes a prepared one), Philippe Gordiani on electric guitar, and Benjamin Flament on drums and percussion. Recommended."

(via New Jazz This Week: Tineke Postma, Greg Osby, Malte Schiller Octet | Wondering Sound)

"Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon: The saxophone duo of Rifflet and Irabagon offer up an absolutely brilliant re-imagining of the music of eccentric composer, musician, poet Moondog. Embracing the spirit of unbounded inventiveness and unclassifiable expressionism, the duo present a series of pieces that are very much Something Different, but are so personable and genuine, that they are so damn easy to connect with. A remarkable album. Joining the duo are Joce Mienniel (on flute and synth), Eve Risser on piano (sometimes a prepared one), Philippe Gordiani on electric guitar, and Benjamin Flament on drums and percussion. Recommended."

(via New Sounds: Music by Moondog - WNYC)
"Listen to music by the American composer Moondog, aka Louis Hardin, or "the Viking of 6th Avenue," who was also a musician, a poet and the inventor of several musical instruments (and was blind.) He adopted his nom de plume in honor of a dog "who used to howl at the moon more than any dog I knew of." Moondog performed daily in a cape and Viking helmet on the corner of 52nd Street and 6th Avenue in New York City, up until 1974, when he left for Germany. He died on September 8, 1999 at the age of 83 in Munster, Germany.
Also, hear Moondog’s music as arranged by sax-men Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon…”
Perpetual Motion: A Celebration of Moondog by Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon is out October 10! http://ow.ly/BiWyT

(via New Sounds: Music by Moondog - WNYC)

"Listen to music by the American composer Moondog, aka Louis Hardin, or "the Viking of 6th Avenue," who was also a musician, a poet and the inventor of several musical instruments (and was blind.) He adopted his nom de plume in honor of a dog "who used to howl at the moon more than any dog I knew of." Moondog performed daily in a cape and Viking helmet on the corner of 52nd Street and 6th Avenue in New York City, up until 1974, when he left for Germany. He died on September 8, 1999 at the age of 83 in Munster, Germany.

Also, hear Moondog’s music as arranged by sax-men Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon…”

Perpetual Motion: A Celebration of Moondog by Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon is out October 10! http://ow.ly/BiWyT

(via The Headliner: “Bring It Back” from Catherine Russell - WNYC)
"In her fifth solo release, vocalist Catherine Russell has decided to dive deep into the American songbook. As she began to choose the repertoire for the new record, her search began by visiting the work of her father Luis Russell. Between the years of 1935 -1942, her father was the musical director and primary arranger for trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Together the two recorded countless records including a song "I’m Shooting High", covered by Russell on her new record.
In addition to the work of Louis Armstrong and Luis Russell, this record is full of forgotten gems of the jazz age and swing era which are given new life with help of a 10-piece orchestra. The album is a mix of sounds: a little bit of New Orleans, the music sourced from old blues icons (Wynonie Harris, Little Willie John) and the American songbook.
All week, you can hear tracks from “Bring It Back” on The Jonathan Channel. Enjoy a sneak peak from this new release with the free download, “Lucille”.”
Catherine Russell's Bring It Back is The Headliner on The Jonathan Channel on WNYC! Tune in to hear an interview with Catherine.

(via The Headliner: “Bring It Back” from Catherine Russell - WNYC)

"In her fifth solo release, vocalist Catherine Russell has decided to dive deep into the American songbook. As she began to choose the repertoire for the new record, her search began by visiting the work of her father Luis Russell. Between the years of 1935 -1942, her father was the musical director and primary arranger for trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Together the two recorded countless records including a song "I’m Shooting High", covered by Russell on her new record.

In addition to the work of Louis Armstrong and Luis Russell, this record is full of forgotten gems of the jazz age and swing era which are given new life with help of a 10-piece orchestra. The album is a mix of sounds: a little bit of New Orleans, the music sourced from old blues icons (Wynonie Harris, Little Willie John) and the American songbook.

All week, you can hear tracks from “Bring It Back” on The Jonathan Channel. Enjoy a sneak peak from this new release with the free download, “Lucille”.”

Catherine Russell's Bring It Back is The Headliner on The Jonathan Channel on WNYC! Tune in to hear an interview with Catherine.

(via A marvellous night for a Moondog - Marlbank) 
"The music of blind street composer Louis Thomas Hardin (1916-1999), “The Viking of Sixth Avenue”, aka Moondog, recalled here on this live album from saxophonists Rifflet and Irabagon, a small group, and even a children’s choir in a sprawling project, one that splutters with energy, which was premiered at the 2013 Banlieues Blues festival in Paris. Moondog remains as ever a curiosity. On this reading it’s easy to gauge his cross-genre appeal spanning jazz and contemporary classical music, one that draws magpie-like on a huge range of styles that include most tellingly, from a jazz point of view anyway, Mingus-like compositional methods inventively steered by the saxophonists and ensemble, the music arranged by Rifflet whose international reputation [and] his efforts here will do him the power of good."
Preorder Perpetual Motion: A Celebration of Moondog - out Oct 14 - on Amazon: http://ow.ly/BiWyT

(via A marvellous night for a Moondog - Marlbank

"The music of blind street composer Louis Thomas Hardin (1916-1999), “The Viking of Sixth Avenue”, aka Moondog, recalled here on this live album from saxophonists Rifflet and Irabagon, a small group, and even a children’s choir in a sprawling project, one that splutters with energy, which was premiered at the 2013 Banlieues Blues festival in Paris. Moondog remains as ever a curiosity. On this reading it’s easy to gauge his cross-genre appeal spanning jazz and contemporary classical music, one that draws magpie-like on a huge range of styles that include most tellingly, from a jazz point of view anyway, Mingus-like compositional methods inventively steered by the saxophonists and ensemble, the music arranged by Rifflet whose international reputation [and] his efforts here will do him the power of good."

Preorder Perpetual Motion: A Celebration of Moondog - out Oct 14 - on Amazon: http://ow.ly/BiWyT

(via Amazon.com: Live at the Olympia - June 27, 2012 (2CD/DVD): Music)
"this is both a recording of an astonishing live jazz event and an extraordinary reminder of what hugely creative figures they’d each been in very different ways…The pairing of drummer Herlin Riley and percussionist Manolo Badrena makes Jamal's version of ‘Blue Moon’ an incendiary heir to Jamal’s epochal…’Poinciana’.” - 4 STARS, The Buffalo News: http://ow.ly/BfWxO

(via Amazon.com: Live at the Olympia - June 27, 2012 (2CD/DVD): Music)

"this is both a recording of an astonishing live jazz event and an extraordinary reminder of what hugely creative figures they’d each been in very different ways…The pairing of drummer Herlin Riley and percussionist Manolo Badrena makes Jamal's version of ‘Blue Moon’ an incendiary heir to Jamal’s epochal…’Poinciana’.” - 4 STARS, The Buffalo Newshttp://ow.ly/BfWxO

Two CDs and a DVD capture this concert before a packed and wildly enthusiastic Paris audience. Jamal, then approaching his 82nd birthday, is as adventurous and surprising as ever. A great pianist and one of the true pioneers of modernism in jazz, he creates formidable structures that grow like plants from the tiniest melodic seeds. Yusef Lateef, playing various flutes, saxophones etc, joins Jamal’s quartet for the second set. His solos are long and rather disjointed, but Jamal keeps it all together with a few discreet touches. This may be Lateef’s last recording; he died the following year.