Coming to JazzUSA
  • August 4, 2014
  • Can you feel it Rick Braun – Can You Feel It
  • August 7, 2014
  • Burn It Live BT3 – Burn It! LIVE
  • August 10, 2014
  • destiny Donna Singer – Destiny, Moment of Jazz
  • August 13, 2014
  • Melissa Aldana Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio
  • August 16, 2014
  • Jazz Funk Soul Lorber, Loeb, Harp – Jazz Funk Soul
  • August 19, 2014
  • Moovin and Groovin Paul Hardcastle – Moovin & Groovin
  • August 22, 2014
  • My Old Friend Celebrating George Duke Al Jarreau – My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke
  • August 25, 2014
  • Enjoy the view Joey De Francesco – Enjoy the View
  • August 28, 2014
  • subtext Steve Khan – Subtext
  • August 31, 2014
  • Bliss Cindy Bradley – Bliss
  • September 3, 2014
  • We Are One The Omar Hakim Experience – We Are One
  • September 6, 2014
  • Slam Dunk Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk
  • September 9, 2014
  • Wallflower Diana Krall – Wallflower
  • September 12, 2014
  • The Changing Lights Stacey Kent – The Changing Lights
  • September 15, 2014
  • Root of Things Matthew Shipp Trio – Root of Things


    Subscribe to JazzUSA Don't miss it - Subscribe by RSS.

    Click to visit Sounds of Timeless Jazz
    View a Category

    The new Ledisi release The Truth combines her trademark soaring ballads with a generous collection of up-tempo, beat-driven celebrations of love and lust. The first single off the new album “I Blame You,” written and produced by Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony and Ledisi Young (the team who brought you “Pieces of Me”), is a joyful reflection on that new-found love. USA Today calls it “A breezy-smooth rush of pop-soul nostalgia.”

    “With every album I grow, and with The Truth I’ve gone to a new level. It’s an extension of who I am and where I am in my life. Everything… Continue reading

    South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Jonathan Butler is tending to his herb garden at his suburban Los Angeles home. His new pastime that he says gives him “a new sense of heaven,” is part of a mindset he has cultivated that he has dubbed “the season of me.” The musical counterpart to this harvest season in the two-time Grammy® nominee’s life is Living My Dream, a bountiful feast of original contemporary jazz instrumentals and soul-mined R&B vocal cuts that he produced and tracked live in the House of Blues studio in L.A. “Each album is a… Continue reading

    With a reputation for deconstructing popular songs and the avant-garde, it seems natural for the bad boys of jazz, The Bad Plus, to record their version of Stravinsky’s controversial masterpiece The Rite of Spring. This new recording captures The Bad Plus’ unique version of the piece that they debuted on tour in 2011 in a multi-media program entitled “On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.” The show received critical acclaim at every stop with the New York Times calling their interpretation “electrifying,” and the Boston Globe describing it as “exhilarating…dramatic, dynamic.”

    Tony and GRAMMY Award winning singer, composer, actor, playwright and director Billy Porter has released his debut recording for Concord Records and it’s a keeper. Billy’s Back on Broadway is produced by Rob Mounsey and features 10 classics made famous on Broadway. The songs focus on inspiration, empowerment and hope and are excellent vehicles for Porter’s exceptional vocal range and lyrical interpretations.

    Porter selected such songs as “But the World Goes Round,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “Luck Be A Lady,” in addition to a duet with special guest Cyndi Lauper on “Happy Days/Get Happy.” Overall, the recording… Continue reading

    NANDO, coming to us all the way from New Caledonia in the South Pacific, is a mixture of Latin rhythms and jazzy sounds performed by an all star cast of musicians.

    The melodies are lilting and perfectly accompanied by the steel drums of Andy Narell, pianos of Mario Canonge and Vincent Bidal. On the rhythmic side, the electric bass is provided by Linley Marthe and the batteries, played by Jean-Philippe Fanfant, Chander Sardjoe, Mokhtar and Reda Samba.

    Then three duets anr all very minimalist. The first with Andy Narell, the second with JuanJo Mosalini (ex-Gotan Project) and the latter with… Continue reading

    Daybreak is filled with a selection of classic tunes from the 60s, in addition to five original songs that Spencer wrote in a style to pay homage to them.

    “The whole album is really a reflection of where I stand at this moment; more happy than I’ve ever been in my adult life.” Daybreak will consist of original songs and a selection of covers from the 60s like Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots are Made for Walking,” Buddy Holly’s “Oh Boy,” and “A World Without Love” by Peter and Gordon.

    “I’m looking forward to performing some new songs from my new… Continue reading

    The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last 20 years. Look at the recent history of soulful UK artists and you will find any number of short-lived acts that have achieved pop success. Narrow the list to those that have created a uniquely British sound and that have endured as a global phenomenon on their own terms and the list becomes short. Dues, then, to Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Incognito, formed in 1980 and celebrating 25 years of positive vibes and undiluted jazz funk in 2005.

    “Amplify my soul, electrify my… Continue reading

    Chameleon, Mason’s 10th solo project, adds one more chapter to his remarkable legacy. A blend of R&B, urban and cutting-edge jazz, Chameleon takes inspiration from the title track, which Mason co-wrote with Herbie Hancock, and is a knowing nod to Mason who is nicknamed the “Chameleon” for his ability to perform so many styles of music.

    The album updates classic tracks that Mason either wrote or actually played on, such as Hancock’s “Chameleon,” Grover Washington’s “Black Frost,” Patrice Rushen’s “Before the Dawn,” Donald Byrd’s “Places and Spaces” and Mason’s own “Either Way.” Look for Mason to hit the road… Continue reading

    Fresh, sophisticated, soulful, Innovative and hard-grooving, ‘Tangos’ is deep, soulful, fresh, Innovative, global music that will appeal to everyone from musicologists to savvy hairdressers.

    “I found that wherever I went, my friends and colleagues loved tango! On one side, there is smooth, romantic, flirtatious music – which I admit, I love to write… but then, I discovered this intense music of passion, Tango, and there is a difference between the two.”

    Richard belongs to a new generation of producers who are breaking rules and making new ones. On “Tangos” Smith manages to capture a global sound, yet retain his soulful… Continue reading

    The new Bona Fide CD is simply called Bona Fide. It’s the real deal. It sounds familiar, yet like nothing you’ve heard before.

    In 1997, Slim Man got a call from Carl Griffin, the legendary music mogul who signed everyone from Evelyn “Champagne” King to Diana Krall.

    • Carl aked Mr. Man if he was still writing instrumental music.
    • Slim Man said yes. Carl said send me something.
    • A band was born. A band called…BONA FIDE.

    Years before, Carl Griffin had signed Slim Man to Motown Records. While at Motown, Slim Man wrote vocal songs and funky instrumentals. One of his… Continue reading

    PDX Jazz Upcoming Events
    JazzUSA Merchandise
    Click to visit the BlackUSA History Site