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07/03/08    News

“Preservation Hall Presents” Series Kicks Off August 5th With New Albums From Carl Leblanc And Joe Lastie, Jr.

Preservation Hall will launch a series of albums on Aug. 5 featuring members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, beginning with albums by banjoist Carl LeBlanc and drummer Joe Lastie Jr. (pictured). The “Preservation Hall Presents” series “aims to document...

07/02/08    News

Kenny Garrett Signs with Mack Avenue Records

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett will release his 15th album, Sketches of MD , on Sept. 23, his first on Mack Avenue Records. For the album, Garrett and his band—pianist Benito Gonzales, bassist Nat Reeves, drummer Jamire Williams and special guest tenor saxophonist...

07/01/08    News

1st Playboy Jazz Cruise to Set Sail Next January

The relationship between Playboy and jazz goes back to the Hugh Hefner-hosted Playboy After Dark series, which aired from 1969 to 1970. Then there’s the Playboy Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last month. Now, Playboy adds cruises to...

06/27/08    News

Arturo Sandoval Cancels Plans to Open Jazz Club in Miami

Earlier this month it appeared Miami would have a new jazz venue in Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts until the proposed club’s namesake, Arturo Sandoval pulled out earlier this week. The Miami-based Cuban trumpeter was also to serve as curator...

06/25/08    News

JazzWeek Awards Honor Hancock, Brecker, Others

Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker (pictured), Dianne Reeves and HighNote Records were among those honored at the 5th annual JazzWeek Awards on Saturday. Hancock won for instrumentalist of the year, Brecker for record of the year (the posthumous Pilgrimage...

06/24/08    News

BMI Jazz Composers Workshop Tomorrow in New York

The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop will present its 20th anniversary summer showcase concert tomorrow at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. BMI will also award its ninth annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize at the event. The Parker Prize will be given...

06/10/08    News

Mexican Singer Ximena Sariñana to Release Debut Stateside Album

Mexican actress turned alt-pop-jazz singer Ximena Sariñana will release her debut album, Mediocre , in the U.S. on July 15. Released in Mexico in February, Mediocre debuted near the top of the Mexican charts, peaking at No. 2. The album (Warner Music Latina...

06/10/08    News

Smooth Music Cruise Sets Sail Next Winter

Dust off your sailing shoes. Haven Entertainment has set Jan. 31 to Feb. 5 as the dates for next year’s Smooth Music Cruise. The cruise will feature performances by Norman Brown (pictured), Nick Colionne, Boney James, Mindi Abair, Larry Carlton and others...

09/01/07    News

Critic and Rifftides Blogger Doug Ramsey Releases Novel

A regular JazzTimes contributor since 1975, Doug Ramsey (pictured) has written his first novel, entitled Poodie James and now available for purchase. The publisher is Libros Libertad, an independent publishing house based in British Columbia. The book’s...

08/31/07    News

Drummer Masahiko Togashi Dies at 67

Drummer Masahiko Togashi passed away at his home in Kanagawa, Japan, on Aug. 22. Over the course of his career, which spanned more than 50 years, the percussionist strived to broaden the exposure of Japanese jazz and bridge Western music with the traditional...

08/30/07    News

Pianists Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap Wed in New York

Jazz pianists Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap were married on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center complex where both have performed. The bride, 45, records and tours with the San Francisco Jazz Collective, an octet...

08/29/07    News

Louis Armstrong Music Therapy Center Honors Phoebe Jacobs and Joe Wilder

The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, a branch of NYC’s Beth Israel Medical Center, will hold an awards ceremony and silent auction next month to benefit its music therapy programs. Entitled “A More Wonderful World” and scheduled for Tuesday...

08/28/07    News

Reportage From Max Roach's Funeral

JazzTimes received the following report on Max Roach's Aug. 24 funeral through an electronic mailing list. The author is Tom Reney, host of the Jazz à la Mode program on 88.5 WFCR in Amherst, MA . I attended Max Roach’s funeral today at The Riverside Church...

08/27/07    News

Tony Bennett Previews New Album on QVC

The latest record from Tony Bennett will go on sale Sept. 25, but eager fans can get a sneak peek on Saturday, Sept. 1 when the legendary crooner appears on QVC’s Q Sessions Live for a special concert. Performing in Bennett Studios in Englewood, N. J., Bennett...

08/25/07    News

JALC Cultural Exchange Continues in Mali, India and China

The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program is again taking a group of Jazz at Lincoln Center musicians on tour to promote live jazz, this time to Mali, India and China. The four performers participating are trumpeter Charlie Porter (pictured), double...

08/24/07    News

DeFrancesco, Whalum to Play Recording Academy Honors Gala in Memphis

On Friday, Sept. 7, the Recording Academy will present awards to Booker T. & the MGs, Memphis producer and arranger Willie Mitchell, and New Orleans soul singer Irma Thomas in an event featuring performances from several award-winning musicians. The Recording...

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