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The great Grover Washington, Jr. discovered, nurtured and produced Pieces of a Dream while they were teenage phenoms still in high school. Since then they have toured the world, sold over one million albums, and scored both Smooth Jazz and R&B radio hits while garnering legions of dedicated fans.

All In represents Pieces of a Dream at their creative peak. Joined by superstar guitarist Rohn Lawrence (Will Downing, Boney James, Najee) and up and coming saxophonist Tony Watson Jr., the group has composed 10 brilliant originals that run the gamut from the in the pocket R&B to the sensuous Smooth… Continue reading

The title of Montreal Based chanteuse Nancy Lane’s debut album, Let me love you, says it all. Her music is an invitation to be loved: as a listener, as a human being, as a soul in need of a warm embrace. Add to that a voice marked by powerful expressive confidence and a tonal quality suffused with a husky warmth, and you get a vintage sound bolstered by fresh production values and smart musicianship. Not only is this Lane’s first full album; it’s also an unforgettable message in a bottle, flung from the confines of Montreal’s local jazz scene into… Continue reading

On Callas, tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp collaborate on this spontaneous duo performance that depicts the improvised free jazz versions of characters portrayed by operatic diva Maria Callas. Each of the improvised arias from operas such as “La Boheme,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Norma,” “Tosca,” “Aida,” “Turandot ” and others, evoke the operatic sensibilities of Perelman’s brilliance as well as Shipp’s emotional resonance and musical clairvoyance.

The pair discover the various nuances of each aria and develop them further throughout their improvisations. There is a subtle new vocal sound to Perelman’s saxophonics as he matches Callas’… Continue reading

Longevity among jazz groups is a surprisingly rare commodity. With relatively few exceptions, a run of a few years, at most, is standard; for a collective of jazz musicians to stick together for a decade or more is almost unheard of. That puts Fourplay, who celebrates their 25th anniversary this year, in a league of their own.<iframe width=”480″ height=”300″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ANeqthGjO3w” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>Since 1990, bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Chuck Loeb (who joined five years ago) and drummer Harvey Mason have continued to explore together, their efforts resulting in what All Music Guide called one of the most intuitive,… Continue reading

What would a film be without its music? Film scores provide a major element to any film and scores and themes often outlast the film itself. The music sets the mood, the music sets the scene, the music captures the car chases and the music often identifies a character with a special theme. In that way, the music can play a leading role itself. So in 1985, many major films got the support they deserved via exemplary scores composed by some of the industry’s most prolific composers.

To that end, Varèse Sarabande Records takes a look back at 1985, a… Continue reading

GRAMMY®-nominated pianist/composer/arranger David Benoit and GRAMMY®-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit continue their synergy from 2 In Love to create Believe, a Christmas album full of holiday favorites that will inspire and warm the heart throughout the holiday season. Renowned jazz flautist, Tim Weisberg and The All-American Boys Chorus are featured on the album as well.

The All-American Boys Chorus, America’s quintessential professional boys chorus, has delighted audiences worldwide for over forty years. Based in Costa Mesa, California, the Chorus is comprised of over 100 boys ages 8-15 drawn from throughout Southern California. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wesley Martin, a… Continue reading

Four-time Grammy® winners turn their attention to a very unique take on Holiday Favorites. Big Band Jazz, with some very special guests, will make your Holidays especially Merry! Carol of the Bells (feat. Eric Marienthal, soprano sax) Do You Hear What I Hear? (feat. Take 6) Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow (feat. Jeff Driskill, tenor sax) Hark The Herald Angels Sing (feat. Trey Henry, bass, Gordon Goodwin, piano, Andy Martin, trombone) The Little Drummer Boy (feat. Jay Mason, baritone sax, Andrew Synoweic, guitar) A Christmas arol (feat. Wayne Bergeron, trumpet, Francisco Torres, trombone) I Heard the… Continue reading

After 25 years of collaboration, Bob James and Nathan East are set to release their debut duo album The New Cool in September on Yamaha Entertainment Group. The New Cool marks new territory for legendary jazz pianist Bob James and bassist Nathan East, who’ve spent decades playing together in contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay but never before as an official duo. “The more I played with Nathan over the course of many live performances and spanning more than 20 years, the more in sync we were whether or not we had the anchor of the drums,” says James. “Something special happens… Continue reading

This year, 2015 marks the 80th Anniversary of The Count Basie Orchestra. William “Count” Basie (1904-1984) started his orchestra in Kansas City in 1935, and proceeded to develop and maintain one of the greatest jazz orchestras in music history. With Mr. Basie s meticulous attention to detail, selecting the very best musicians, and making sure that every tune could be danced to, The Count Basie Orchestra soon became the favorite for everyone to listen and dance to with its irresistible “Kansas City stomp” style. Today, under the leadership of its Director, Scotty Barnhart, The Count Basie Orchestra is traveling the… Continue reading

Hiroshima announces its 2015 “Songs With Words” tour and new CD, a re-recording of favorite Hiroshima vocal tunes.

Band leader Dan Kuramoto stated, “Don’t miss the first and only Hiroshima vocal tour, featuring the songs that helped launch our career. Hear ‘One Fine Day,’ ‘Save Yourself for Me,’ and so many more, sung by Terry Steele and the lovely Yvette Nii, the incredible vocalists on our 2010 Grammy-nominated ‘Legacy.’ Come and share a very special evening of Hiroshima music and song and pick up a pre-release copy of our new all vocal CD.”

Hiroshima’s 20th recording is “a response to… Continue reading

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