Here’s a great video from Harold Lopez-Nussa’s concert at the Cotton Club in Tokyo. Don’t miss him in the US this September! http://ow.ly/zv8yt 

Get his latest album New Day on iTunes or Amazon.

(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.”

Cuban jazz pianist Harold López-Nussa tours the U.S. this fall! Check out his schedule: http://ow.ly/zhvFv 9/21 - Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA9/25 - SFJAZZ - San Francisco, CA9/30 - Jazz Standard - New York, NY10/1 - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - DC10/3 - Old Lyme Inn's Side Door - Old Lyme, CT10/4 - Montpelier Arts Center/ M-NCPPC - Laurel, MD10/7 - Wellfleet Preservation Hall - Wellfleet, MA10/8 - Scullers Jazz - Boston, MA

Cuban jazz pianist Harold López-Nussa tours the U.S. this fall! Check out his schedule: http://ow.ly/zhvFv 

9/21 - Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA
9/25 - SFJAZZ - San Francisco, CA
9/30 - Jazz Standard - New York, NY
10/1 - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - DC
10/3 - Old Lyme Inn's Side Door - Old Lyme, CT
10/4 - Montpelier Arts Center/ M-NCPPC - Laurel, MD
10/7 - Wellfleet Preservation Hall - Wellfleet, MA
10/8 - Scullers Jazz - Boston, MA

(via The playlist – indie: Gulp, Superfood and Damon Albarn | Music | theguardian.com)
"This isn’t strictly indie, I know, but it does feature indie’s Damon Albarn and it is fantastic, irrespective of genre barriers. It’s not the pair’s first encounter, of course, with Albarn and former Fela Kuti drummer Allen joining forces for the groups The Good, The Bad and The Queen and Rocket Juice and the Moon. This time, the Blur frontman appears on the Afrobeat pioneer’s forthcoming album entitled Film of Life. This beautifully rhythmic track was written in tribute to African refugees who arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa."
iTunes: http://ow.ly/yLlnt The album Film of Life is out on Jazz Village in October!

(via The playlist – indie: Gulp, Superfood and Damon Albarn | Music | theguardian.com)

"This isn’t strictly indie, I know, but it does feature indie’s Damon Albarn and it is fantastic, irrespective of genre barriers. It’s not the pair’s first encounter, of course, with Albarn and former Fela Kuti drummer Allen joining forces for the groups The Good, The Bad and The Queen and Rocket Juice and the Moon. This time, the Blur frontman appears on the Afrobeat pioneer’s forthcoming album entitled Film of Life. This beautifully rhythmic track was written in tribute to African refugees who arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa."

iTunes: http://ow.ly/yLlnt The album Film of Life is out on Jazz Village in October!

(via Lucky Peterson: The Son of a Bluesman | PopMatters)
"…The Son of a Bluesman‘s title track lays it out all on the table. It’s got urban grit, soulful lead guitar work, a Hammond organ that swallows the empty space and a tale of James Peterson’s death and Lucky’s redemption. He may want to cover “I Can See Clearly Now”, but he can’t help but play dirty blues now and then….
“Nana Jarnell” is a mostly instrumental slow jam, featuring guitar lines that almost sound like David Gilmour on a blues pilgrimage. And that “I Can See Clearly Now” cover? There’s nothing adult contemporary about it this time. Peterson took the song for a Mississippi dip, dried it off, then took it into the city for a night of dancing. His cover of Bobby Bland’s “I Pity the Fool” starts off an easy swaying waltz in 12-bars. Then the horns enter and Peterson’s leads begin to burn holes in the carpet…
With The Son of a Bluesman, Lucky Peterson keeps on rolling. He continues to bang together the soulful funk of what he wants to do and the hard blues of what’s been in him since the beginning. Neither side really wins out, which means we all get to enjoy another rich collection of Lucky Peterson recordings.”
iTunes: http://ow.ly/zbNDr Amazon:http://ow.ly/zbNYk

(via Lucky Peterson: The Son of a Bluesman | PopMatters)

"…The Son of a Bluesman‘s title track lays it out all on the table. It’s got urban grit, soulful lead guitar work, a Hammond organ that swallows the empty space and a tale of James Peterson’s death and Lucky’s redemption. He may want to cover “I Can See Clearly Now”, but he can’t help but play dirty blues now and then….

“Nana Jarnell” is a mostly instrumental slow jam, featuring guitar lines that almost sound like David Gilmour on a blues pilgrimage. And that “I Can See Clearly Now” cover? There’s nothing adult contemporary about it this time. Peterson took the song for a Mississippi dip, dried it off, then took it into the city for a night of dancing. His cover of Bobby Bland’s “I Pity the Fool” starts off an easy swaying waltz in 12-bars. Then the horns enter and Peterson’s leads begin to burn holes in the carpet…

With The Son of a Bluesman, Lucky Peterson keeps on rolling. He continues to bang together the soulful funk of what he wants to do and the hard blues of what’s been in him since the beginning. Neither side really wins out, which means we all get to enjoy another rich collection of Lucky Peterson recordings.”

iTunes: http://ow.ly/zbNDr Amazon:http://ow.ly/zbNYk

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

(via Ravinia Festival - Official Site | Bebel Gilberto and Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers)
On July 30, don’t miss Chucho Valdés performing with Bebel Gilberto at the Ravinia Festival! http://ow.ly/xoUkkValdés then kicks off a 4 night residency at SFJAZZ on July 31 through August 3! http://ow.ly/xoUAs

(via Ravinia Festival - Official Site | Bebel Gilberto and Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers)

On July 30, don’t miss Chucho Valdés performing with Bebel Gilberto at the Ravinia Festivalhttp://ow.ly/xoUkk

Valdés then kicks off a 4 night residency at SFJAZZ on July 31 through August 3! http://ow.ly/xoUAs

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

Lucky Peterson makes blistering electric blues, rockish and soulful and sometimes laced with funk and gospel. He’s a great singer, an amazing guitarist, and a very good organist. On this album he offers a bunch of original tunes as well as covers of songs by Bobby “Blue” Bland (“I Pity the Fool”), Wilson Pickett (“Funky Broadway”) and Johnny Nash (the evergreen “I Can See Clearly Now”), and he makes all of it sound like his own. If your patrons have a taste for meat-and-potatoes blues, then serve them this one.