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Andy McKee Arturo Sandoval Béla Fleck Big Sam’s Funky Nation Bill Charlap Cameron Graves Catherine Russell Cécile McLorin Salvant Charles Lloyd Chick Corea Christian Sands Davina and The Vagabonds Dee Dee Bridgewater Ellis Marsalis Elvin Bishop Harold López-Nussa Herlin Riley Hot Club of Cowtown House of Waters Inglorious Jack Broadbent Jamison Ross Joey Alexander Joey DeFrancesco John Pizzarelli John Sebastian Lea DeLaria Lisa Fischer Lizz Wright Marcia Ball Melissa Aldana Meshell Ndegeocello Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Nathan East Pat Metheny Ravi Coltrane Red Baraat Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters Roy Haynes SF Jazz Collective Squirrel Nut Zippers Stacey Kent The Dustbowl Revival The New Standards The Soul Rebels Twisted Pine Wynton Marsalis
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“He takes you on a vision of the future of the possibilities of the guitar.” - JAZZ WEEKLY ANDY MCKEE is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique. McKee’s crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. McKee’s tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts including Prince and Dream Theater.
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Arturo Sandoval “Béla Fleck is surely the finest banjo player on the planet...” - THE GUARDIAN [UK] ARTURO SANDOVAL is one of the most brilliant, multifaceted, and renowned musicians of our time! Although he is an acknowledged virtuoso of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, he is just as dynamic and vivacious on piano, timbales, vocals, and keyboard. He delights in presenting a diverse and exhilarating show featuring Afro-Cuban Jazz, Be-Bop, straight ahead Jazz, and so much more. He is, by far, one of the world’s foremost entertainers having been seen by millions performing live at the Oscars, the Grammys®, the White House, and the industry’s most esteemed Performing Arts Centers and Festivals. Sandoval is a celebrated classical artist, as well as a composer, who has been awarded 10 Grammy® Awards, 6 Billboard Awards, an Emmy, the Hispanic Heritage Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, and was recently honored with a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the prestigious Notre-Dame University.
Béla Fleck “Béla Fleck is surely the finest banjo player on the planet...” - THE GUARDIAN [UK] Just in case you aren’t familiar with BÉLA FLECK, there are some who say he’s the world’s premier banjo player. If you are familiar with Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings. In recent years he’s found himself bouncing between various intriguing touring situations, such as duos with Chick Corea, Chris Thile and Abigail Washburn, in a trio with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer, performing his concertos with symphonies, performances with African artists such as Oumou Sangare and Toumani Diabate, in jazz collaboration with The Marcus Roberts Trio, rare solo concerts, and doing bluegrass with his old friends. And after nearly 30 years, the Flecktones are still performing together. The recipient of multiple Grammy® Awards and nominations going back to 1998, Béla Fleck’s total Grammy® count is 15 Grammys won, with 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy® history.
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Big Sam’s Funky Nation
“Big Sam is the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Noladelic PowerFunk. That’s the sound BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION have been whipping up for more than a decade. It’s high-energy music that mixes funk, rock & roll, hip-hop, and jazz into the same pot, gluing everything together with the brassy influence — and heavy grooves — of New Orleans. From national performances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, to hometown appearances at Voodoo Fest and Jazz Fest, Big Sam’s Funky Nation have built their reputation onstage. The band’s live performances are legendary, filled with blasts of brass, bursts of electric guitar, and the charisma of Big Sam, a frontman who sings, plays, dances, and involves the audience in everything he does. You don’t just watch a Funky Nation show. You become part of the show, singing along with Big Sam whenever he demands a call-and-response.
“I adore Bill so much. He’s a brilliant pianist in the tradition of people I admire most... His music always reaches you from a very deep and direct place. He’s a true emotional genius.” - DIANA KRALL BILL CHARLAP has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time. The two time Grammy® nominated Bill Charlap Trio is internationally recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz, and the Trio’s Notes From New York, released in April of 2016 on the impulse! label, has garnered numerous rave reviews including a five star rating in DownBeat. Charlap is the recipient of the 2015 Grammy® Award for best traditional pop as both artist and producer for Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap-The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern. He is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at 92Y and has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Hollywood Bowl, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Chicago Symphony Center. Currently, Bill is gearing up to release a new album with the Bill Charlap Trio entitled Uptown Downtown, set to come out in September 2017 on impulse! records.pseudonym, comes from the Urantia Book,
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“Cameron Graves is a smart, restless keyboardist with abundant credits in jazz and R&B” – THE NEW YORK TIMES A member of the game-changing, genre-blurring Los Angeles collective The West Coast Get Down, pianist CAMERON GRAVES is taking the modern jazz scene by storm. Graves’ style was described by his fellow West Coast Get Down member Kamasi Washington as an “almost unbelievable combination of modal jazz, romantic era European classical music, and mathematical death metal. A style so cool that it deserves its own genre.” The title of Graves’ latest record on Mack Avenue Records, Planetary Prince, which also serves as Graves’ pseudonym, comes from the Urantia Book, a spiritual tome that emerged from Chicago in the first half of the 20th century and that purports to reveal the truth of humanity through a combination of spiritual and cosmological ideas. These heady concepts are key to the sprawling imagination of Graves’ tunes, combined with years of playing with some of the best young jazz musicians in the world.
Catherine Russell “The best blues and jazz singer going today.” - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL “A wonderfully charismatic performer with a show-stopping voice” (The Washington Post), CATHERINE RUSSELL dazzles her audiences with familiar favorites and forgotten treasures alike. Russell excelled as a backup singer and multi-instrumentalist with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon before launching a remarkable solo career featuring Grammy® award winning and chart topping recordings. With her sixth album, Harlem On My Mind, a 2016 release on Jazz Village, Catherine journeys to the blue heart of the great African American song-book, as befits this vibrant daughter of jazz and blues royalty. Inspired by her mother, pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray, as well as her father, long-time Louis Armstrong bandleader Luis Russell, Catherine swings forth with soulful interpretations: fresh, contemporary, fun, and true to her roots.
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Cécile McLorin Salvant “If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three – Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald – it is this 28 year-old virtuoso.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES Grammy® Award-winning vocalist CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT has had a remarkable rise to stardom in her professional career, and she’s taking another big leap forward with Dreams and Daggers, her third album for Mack Avenue Records which will be available September 29th. In 2013, McLorin Salvant made her Mack Avenue Records debut with WomanChild, garnering a Grammy® Award-nomination, NPR Music’s pick for “Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year,” and three placements in DownBeat’s critic’s poll as “Jazz Album of the Year,” “Top Female Vocalist,” and “Best Female Jazz Up and Coming Artist of the Year,” among many other accolades. Her 2015 follow up release, For One To Love, won the Grammy® Award for “Best Jazz Vocal Album.”
“He’s expansive in his musical discourse yet without a wasted note.” - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL “The jazz eminence CHARLES LLOYD has been many things since his rocket like emergence in the 1960s: a breakout talent, a phenomenon, a searcher...” -The New York Times A 2015 NEA Jazz Master, 2016 & 2017 JJA Award winner for Tenor Saxophonist of the Year, Lloyd grew up playing with Howlin’ Wolf, BB King, and jazzmen Phineas Newborn and Booker Little. His 1967 album Forest Flower introduced the world to Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette, catapulting Lloyd to near rock star status. He dropped from sight in 1969 to live the life of a hermit, but returned to public life in 1987 after a near death experience. I Long To See You, a recent recording for Blue Note Records, is “Triumphantly returning Lloyd to the top of the jazz tree where he belongs.” – The Independent on Sunday
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“[Corea is] a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES CHICK COREA has attained an iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer, and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy® Awards history with 63 nods and 22 wins in addition to a number of Latin Grammys®. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century: whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo, or collaborating with a who’s who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Chick remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art.
Christian Sands “Sands is skilled, soulful and melodic throughout, his energy and spirit altering with each tune.” - NOISEY CHRISTIAN SANDS is only 28 years old, but he’s been playing piano for the past 25 years and has five Grammy® Award nominations under his belt, including Best Latin Jazz Piano Solo. Wynton Marsalis named him a “jazz star of the future,” with Sands’ stylistic range including stride piano, swing, bebop, progressive jazz, fusion, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban. In 2016 he was signed to the prestigious Mack Avenue Records label. His debut album REACH was released in April of this year holding down the #1 spot on Jazz Chart for four weeks. This young Steinway Artist Nominee takes his place as a leader and an emerging jazz force. A deeply rich and soulful feeling can be heard in Christian’s music, characterized by his infectious energy and spirit. That same spirit is what caught the attention of Grammy award winning bassist, Christian McBride, with whom he has toured throughout the world’s finest venues for more than six years!
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Davina and The Vagabonds
“They dare to be different. Davina zips to near impossible heights in a divine declaration of romance.” - DOWNBEAT Over the past several years, DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS have been building an audience around the globe. Their shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Singer/pianist Davina Sowers’ presence is indelible, while her voice defies simple categorization. Evoking comparisons as diverse as Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, and Betty Boop, she is simply a true original, presenting a personal vision that celebrates a century of American music. With the release of her new album Nicollet And Tenth, the band is giving the listener a front row seat to what has made them popular in the first place: their live show. Davina and The Vagabonds recently signed a global recording agreement with Minneapolis-based Red House Records.
Dee Dee Bridgewater
“She has a tecnique and musicality that bests most performers of her generation.” - THE GUARDIAN [UK] Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy® and Tony Award winning jazz giant DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Voyager, explorer, pioneer, and keeper of tradition, the threetime Grammy® winner recently won the Grammy® for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. After a foray into the world of pop music during the 1980s, she relocated to Paris and began to turn her attention back to jazz. Signing with Universal Music Group as a producer, Bridgewater released a series of critically acclaimed titles beginning with Keeping Tradition in 1993. Dee Dee Bridgewater continues her journey on a forthcoming album (and show) featuring a mix of blues and soul songs originating from Memphis in the 1960s.
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Ellis Marsalis “[Let’s] set the public straight about who is the jazziest Marsalis of them all.” - THE BOSTON PHOENIX At his core, NEA Jazz Master ELLIS MARSALIS is a modern jazz musician. The term may seem dated now, but it carried particular weight when Ellis was coming of a musical age in the ’50s and ’60s—especially in New Orleans, a city where tourism demanded that jazz musicians be nothing more than traditionalists. Ellis was different and more attuned to jazz’s future; he developed a lean and commanding approach to the piano trio, helping to create a modern movement in New Orleans with his collective American Jazz Quintet and his own quartet while also educating the next generation of jazz: Blanchard, Payton, Harry Connick Jr., and, of course, his sons, the Marsalis Brothers.
“Elvin has become one of the most respected and beloved artists to come out of the 60’s blues-rock explosion. - ALL ABOUT JAZZ As ELVIN BISHOP continues to tour and release new music, his stature just continues to grow, proven by his recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2015) as well as the Blues Hall of Fame (2016). Through the years, his music has appeared in film and television, including the 1997 use of “She Puts Me In The Mood” (from Big Fun) in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. He recently appeared in the documentary “Born In Chicago.” In 2014, Elvin’s hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” was featured in the blockbuster film Guardians of the Galaxy and was included on the platinum selling soundtrack. His album Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, won the Blues Music Award for Best Blues Album of the Year in 2014, and Elvin’s most recent release, Big Fun Trio came out in Februrary of 2017 on Alligator Records.
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“López-Nussa’s single-note grace is akin to Herbie Hancock’s, and his two-fisted attacks are as joyous as Chick Corea’s.” - DOWNBEAT Havana based pianist HAROLD LÓPEZ-NUSSA is an artist whose musical voice is being heard around the world. El Viaje (The Journey), his debut album for Mack Avenue Records, visits many genres of music and travels smoothly between Harold’s classical, Cuban and jazz inspirations. It reached No. 1 on iTunes Jazz Chart and No. 2 on Amazon’s Jazz Chart. The recording featured the Harold López-Nussa Trio with Harold’s brother Ruy on drums and percussion; himself, a renowned musician in one of Cuba’s most distinguished musical families. Recent trio performances include the Montreux, Montreal, Tokyo, and New Zealand Jazz Festivals, The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and SF Jazz Center. In December 2016 at The International Festival of New Latinoamerican Cinema, Harold won Best Cuban Movie Score for his music in the movie “Ya No Es Antes” (Not Like Before), furthering his reputation as a gifted composer and musician. Harold’s new trio recording is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2018.
“Mr. Riley, who just turned 59, has been a shining exemplar of New Orleans rhythm, as a cultural study, a living language and a model of hybridity, since emerging on the national scene in the 1980s.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES Coming of age in the nurturing environment of a musical family and distinguished bloodline of drummers, HERLIN RILEY is the product of one of the most creative eras for all things rhythmic: the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Through his commanding yet elegant rhythmic presence, he enlivened the ensembles of influential and demanding improvisers, such as pianist Ahmad Jamal and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Now with the release of his debut recording for Mack Avenue Records, Riley’s New Direction indicates a new focus for Riley as bandleader and mentor. It also bears the many influences he’s absorbed: from Jamal, Ellis Marsalis, and Danny Barker. In lesser hands the span of styles and moods on its ten tracks might seem scattered, but Riley’s album comes off as a singular vision from a wholly formed musician.
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Hot Club of Cowtown “An arsenal of technique and joy.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES Celebrating 20 years and more than a dozen albums, HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN has been “infusing classic pop and jazz tunes with plenty of string-band verve.” - The Washington Post Blurt Magazine proclaims they perform with “a classy, classic attitude and a most remarkable sense of style.” American Songwriter reports “The excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing”, while the Wall Street Journal claims that Hot Club of Cowtown shows that “from the beginning that jazz and country music could exist together on the same page, a highly commendable achievement if ever there was one.”
House of Waters
“London’s favorite new band.” - TICKETMASTER Fresh off a 2017 European tour with label mates Snarky Puppy, HOUSE OF WATERS are on the road in Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2017 in support of their eponymous release House of Waters, which came out on Snarky Puppy’s GroundUP Record Label and debuted at #2 on the iTunes World Music Charts. Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Along with bassist, Moto Fukushima, and percussionist, Ignacio RivasBixio, they bring perspective and bold experimentalism to beautiful, complex, and genuine compositions. House of Waters has scored an Emmy winning documentary for ESPN, and has shared the stage with some of the most influential musical leaders of the century including: Pandit Ravi Shankar, Victor Wooten, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, Snarky Puppy, Karsh Kale, and more.
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“They really do look like a potent young Deep Purple but with a new slant, very classic! And the musicianship is stunning. Amazing vocals, by the way!” - BRIAN MAY INGLORIOUS are five young men with a mutual love and respect of the classics of Hard Rock music, big guitar riffs, and soulful vocals. Their influences stem from iconic rock and roll albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born. The same albums that have inspired generations of musicians and performers are noticeably evident when you listen to the Inglorious debut album. This is the music they were born to play together - inspired by bands in the classic rock genre as diverse as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, to name a few. Formed in February 2014, the band is fronted by Nathan James, who was looking for like-minded musicians that desired to make incredible rock music in a very honest fashion. Inglorious is composed of rhythm guitarist Drew Lowe, lead guitarist Andreas Eriksson, bassist Colin Parkinson, and drummer Phil Beaver.
“The new master of the slide guitar.” - MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL Hailed as “the new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “the real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, JACK BROADBENT has spent the past year wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, with poignant folk and blues inspired vocals. A viral Youtube video of him performing on the streets of Amsterdam jumped from 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 views in a matter of weeks, while on tour supporting Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton in summer 2016. This summer’s highlight performances include 3 nights at the Montreal Jazz Festival, opening for Tommy Emmanuel in Saskatoon and Victoria, a slot at Floydfest in VA, and shows at the Rochester and Saratoga jazz festivals. A package tour with Jonny Lang has just been confirmed for this fall.
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“Ross doesn’t simply sing a song, he feels its depth and musical possibilities and shares the joy of discovery.” - OFFBEAT MAGAZINE JAMISON ROSS combines rhythm and melody to deliver messages of humanity through the lens of jazz. His debut album, Jamison, earned him a Grammy® nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. His second album via Prestige Records (formerly Concord Jazz) is slated for release in February 2018. “Receiving a Grammy® nomination for my first record was mind-blowing. The new music is simply a continuation of my concept of rhythm and melody, but evolved. It is vulnerable. It is honest. This record is an expression of my concept of the many shades of love that the world needs,” said Jamison.
“One of the jazz world’s youngest prodigies is maturing at a breakneck pace.”- THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Born on June 25, 2003 on the island of Bali, pianist and three-time Grammy® nominee JOEY ALEXANDER originally learned about jazz from his dad, who exposed his son to a variety of classic albums from his extensive collection. At the age of six, Joey began teaching himself to play piano using a mini electronic keyboard given to him by his father. He was immediately able to pick out the melody of Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t,” but he didn’t stop there. Joey’s dad nurtured his gift of swing and improvisation by taking him to jam sessions with veteran musicians in Bali and Jakarta. Joey’s musicianship and grasp of jazz fundamentals developed at a remarkable pace, and at age eight UNESCO invited him to play solo piano for an elated Herbie Hancock during the piano great’s visit to Indonesia. Joey later remarked to Hancock, “You told me that you believed in me, and that was the day I decided to dedicate my childhood to jazz.”
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“Mr. DeFrancesco is a deeply authoritative musician, a master of rhythmic pocket, and of the custom of stomping bass lines beneath chords and riffs.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES Revered as the “Master of Jazz Organ,” JOEY DEFRANCESCO is best known for reigniting the flame under the once-dormant genre of organ jazz. With extraordinary keyboard and piano playing skills, organ wizardry, vocal ability, and an undeniable mastery of the trumpet, it is no surprise that DeFrancesco is a 3-time Grammy® nominee and perpetual winner of DownBeat Magazine’s Critic’s and Reader’s Poll. Over the years, he has shared the stage with a long list of legendary artists, with two notable mentions including Miles Davis and John McLaughlin. Joey’s vast musical versatility is reflected in the many touring projects he’s associated with. In addition to his own band, Joey performs on all-star special projects and collaborations, as well as with large group ensembles internationally.
“Mr. Pizzarelli is innately cool, sly and playful in the mode of his biggest influence, Nat King Cole.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES World-renowned guitarist and singer JOHN PIZZARELLI has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar,” and the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.” Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and The Beatles. Pizzarelli has returned to the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim with his July 28, 2017 Concord Jazz release Sinatra & Jobim @ 50. With co-vocalist Daniel Jobim, grandson of the legendary Brazilian composer, the two explore songs Sinatra and Jobim recorded in 1967 and 1969 as well as add new songs to the mix.
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“The hummability quotient of his songs is dizzying...” - ROBERT CHRISTGAU Over four decades the contributions of JOHN SEBASTIAN have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric. His group The Lovin’ Spoonful played a major role in the mid-’60s rock revolution, but what leader, singer, and songwriter Sebastian had in mind was actually a counter-revolution. “We were grateful to the Beatles for reminding us of our rock & roll roots,” John explains, “but we wanted to... get down to making this new music as an ‘American’ band.” After leaving the group he founded, he bore witness to another turn of the musical zeitgeist with his performances at massive festivals like Woodstock and its English equivalent, the Isle of Wight. Thankfully, John’s induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 hasn’t slowed him down. Perhaps because it has been the product of heart and soul and history, the oldest song in the Sebastian catalog is as fresh and vital as the song he’s about to write tomorrow.
“DeLaria pays fascinating homage to David Bowie’s original genius while creating wholly original and spellbinding versions of these well-known and beloved tunes.” - BROADWAYWORLD Although many of her millions of young fans across the globe believe LEA DELARIA is an instant success story, she did not spring forth fully formed from the head of Zeus. In fact, Lea has had a long and successful career not only in stand up comedy, where she is most notably the first openly gay comic to appear on television in America, but also in jazz, where she has five records on The Warner Brothers Label along with her most recent, House Of David delaria+bowie=jazz. On top of this, she is perhaps most recognized for her acting, having starred in many on and off Broadway musicals, television shows, and films, garnering critical acclaim and numerous merits, including three SAG Awards for her stand out work in Orange Is The New Black. Let’s face it, the girl does everything, proving the adage, “You can’t judge a butch by its cover.”
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“Lisa Fischer in concert is addictive. Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want more.” - MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE Powerhouse vocalist Ms. LISA FISCHER re-imagines classic songs, taking listeners on an intimate and unforgettable journey. Lisa and her virtuosic trio Grand Baton create hypnotic grooves that are impossible to resist: an organic gumbo of progressive rock, psychedelic soul, African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean rhythm, and classical influences. After years of electrifying the world’s largest arenas with legends like The Rolling Stones, Sting, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa is emerging as an inventive and heartfelt artist in her own right. In 2013, the Oscar winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom featured clips of Lisa’s legendary duet with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter” and glowing testimonials from famous colleagues. “Ms. Fischer has become the unexpected star of Mr. Neville’s film,” said the The New York Times. After years of supporting other artists, Lisa knew the time had come to take center stage.
“A singer of uncommon openness and direct emotional appeal…” - CHICAGO TRIBUNE Acclaimed vocalist LIZZ WRIGHT is a steward of American music, bringing brilliant color and vibrancy to singular original works and compositions by some of the greatest songwriters of our time. From her breakout Verve debut album Salt to her forthcoming album Grace on Concord Records, Wright lives life filled with beautiful possibilities centered on the power of song. Grace reveals the web of deep running roots of story and song that bind together the vastly diverse traditions that are the soul of the American South. Produced by Americana icon Joe Henry, Grace features an expansive collection of 10 covers and an original co-write with Maia Sharp. Wright offers singular arrangements of music by Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, k.d. lang, Bob Dylan, Frank Perkins, and Mitchell Parish, as well as emerging artists Rose Cousins and Birds of Chicago.
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“Sophisticated and earthy...Her originals sound like timeless classics and southern soul masterpieces that no one else can imitate.” - LIVING BLUES The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised musical storyteller MARCIA BALL recently named the 2018 Texas State Musician, has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls on stage. Her latest album, The Tattooed Lady and The Alligator Man, paints vibrant musical pictures richly detailed with characters, flavors, and scenes straight out of Louisiana, Texas, and the Gulf Coast. The Louisiana and Gulf Coast Hall of Famer has received 6 Living Blues Awards, 5 Grammy® Award nominations, and 10 Blues Music Awards with a whopping 42 nominations.
“A bold new talent...with her own style.” - NPR Twenty-eight year-old Chilean saxophonist MELISSA ALDANA first picked up the saxophone at the tender age of 6 and, under the tutelage of her father Marcos Aldana who was a great saxophonist himself, she started learning Charlie Parker solos phrase by phrase. Since then, she’s won the National Arts Award of Chile (Altazor Award) twice and was the first female instrumentalist (and first South American) to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2013. She’s led her own band at famous festivals and venues such as Playboy Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Marciac Jazz Festival, Blue Note (NYC), SFJazz, Monterey Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, and many others. Her latest album is a trio outing entitled Back Home, released on the Wommusic label in March 2016, which has received universal praise including from The New York Times, which called it “a supremely focused statement.”
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“A singer-songwriter of searching candor and an electric bassist of mesmerizing skill.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES A bass player above all else, MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO brings her warm, fat, and melodic groove to everything she does and has appeared alongside The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. One of the first women to be featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine, Meshell remains one of few women who write the music, sing the songs, and lead the band.
STARRING CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT TOURING SPRING 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival holds the distinction of being the longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world. This exclusive presentation, MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR 2019, celebrates the Festival’s legacy expanding the boundaries of live jazz presentation. The dream of founder Jimmy Lyons became reality in 1958, when the first Monterey Jazz Festival featured artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and Sonny Rollins. This tour, which is set for March and April of 2019, will be starring the stellar, Grammy® award-winning vocal talents of CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT, as well as Melissa Aldana, Yasushi Nakamura, Bria Skonberg, Christian Sands, and Jamison Ross. Their live performance demonstrates Monterey’s “traditional-untraditionalist” attitude, jazz-with-a-purpose exuberance, and joyful fun that continues to be the hallmark of the Festival to this day.
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Nathan East “One of popular music’s most in-demand bassists.” - ALLMUSIC NATHAN EAST is now out with his own group after two spectacular CDs and outstanding appearances on prestigious jazz festivals including Long Beach, Cap Jazz, and Jacksonville. He has been a Yamaha artist for more than three decades and remains one of the world’s most sought-after musicians. As a bassist, producer, and songwriter, Nathan has collaborated with numerous top artists from Eric Clapton and Kenny Loggins to Barry White and Anita Baker. Nathan has also earned a reputation as one of the top Contemporary Jazz bassists for his collaborations with Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, George Benson, David Benoit, and his own supergroup Fourplay co-founded with Bob James, Harvey Mason, and Lee Ritenour in 1991. He co-wrote the #1 hit song “Easy Lover” with Phil Collins and Philip Bailey which earned him an MTV Award and Britain’s most prestigious Ivor Novello Award.
“...one has to admire Metheny’s chutzpah and ingenuity. One also has to acknowledge the blasts of searing energy, the pools of glorious melody and the lavishness of the textures.” - THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD Twenty-time Grammy® winning guitarist PAT METHENY has announced an extended run of dates around the world under the auspices of “An Evening with Pat Metheny.” Joining Pat this tour once again will be his long time drummer Antonio Sanchez who has been his most consistent associate in a huge variety of settings since 2000, Malaysian/Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh who has been extremely active on the New York scene for the past few years, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock, who is one of the most exciting new pianists to emerge from the UK in many years.
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Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters
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SF Jazz Collective
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Squirrel Nut Zippers
“Hot is exuberant, gin house swing without apologies and it rocks without pretense.” - PITCHFORK MEDIA It was about 20 years ago when NPR’s Morning Edition said: “It’s not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that it’s hot.” 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot, which wound up selling over 1.3 million copies. After a long hiatus, Squirrel Nut Zippers band leader Jimbo Mathus reformed the band in mid-2016 and the group immediately began to sell out shows across the country and expand their reach into other territories around the world for the first time. “We are humbled and incredibly excited by the reaction,” band leader Jimbo Mathus commented. As Mathus has said to the media on several occasions, “it’s not a reunion, it’s a revival!” True to that, the band continue to be active since last year and are now currently in the studio finishing a new album for 2018, which will be their first in eighteen years.
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“Ms. Kent embodied the essence of saudade as persuasively as any of her Brazilian idols. As she threw back her head and crooned softly, you had the sense of a woman with nothing to protect, living in the moment and dreaming out loud.”- STEPHEN HOLDEN, THE NEW YORK TIMES It’s a big year ahead for the Grammy® nominated, platinumselling artist, STACEY KENT. The American singer will be on a worldwide tour in a series of concerts, both orchestral and with her quintet, presenting repertoire from her first ever orchestral album, I KNOW I DREAM (Okeh/SONY) due for release Oct 2017. I KNOW I DREAM is a vivid orchestral montage in which Stacey’s unique musical alchemy transcends the boundaries of genre. The album voyages seamlessly through Bossa Nova classics, Chansons, American Standards, and original songs written by Stacey’s husband, the saxophonist, composer and arranger, Jim Tomlinson, alongside his lyricist partners, the award-winning novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro, Antonio Ladeira, Cliff Goldmacher. Even in this expanded musical landscape, Stacey and her group preserve their remarkable sense of intimacy and delicacy, with arrangements by Tommy Laurence, whose perfectly bespoke musical settings clothe Stacey’s singularly smooth and tangy voice with all the skill of the finest French couturier.
The Dustbowl Revival
“Their upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear.” - L.A. WEEKLY THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL is an Americana and soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music, into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. The band received a big wave of attention with their music video that featured famous actor Dick Van Dyke for “Never Had to Go”, which garnered over 10 million cumulative views. While the band has been known for their old-time and bluegrass roots, they have departed from those styles and evolved more into modern soul music. Their self-titled album came out on June 16 on Signature Sounds Recordings, reaching #1 on Amazon Alt-Country/ Americana, #2 on Amazon Folk, Top 200 on all of Amazon albums, and has now spent four weeks on the Americana radio chart pushing toward the Top 20. The album delivers eleven hot tracks, dominated by love-triangle funk & soul, tenderized with a nod to the unlikely possibility of true love.
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The New Standards
“What a terrific combo. Everything they do is a surprise.” -GREIL MARCUS THE NEW STANDARDS, led by Twin Cities musicians and raconteurs Chan Poling (The Suburbs) on piano, John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic) on upright bass, and Steve Roehm (Billygoat, Electropolis) on vibraphone, formed in 2005 to play and sing their favorite songs in a stripped-down, acoustic setting. Just as mid-century American jazz musicians reimagined “old standards,” The New Standards create jazz arrangements of recognizable hits and deep tracks alike, drawn from diverse musical genres ranging from pop, glam and soul, to rock and roll. Their repertoire spans several decades and includes songs from Dan Hicks to David Byrne, Bowie to Beck. Their music makes room for solos and arrangements with the freedom of jazz, and yet never fully abandons the modest soul of pop and rock. Some have likened the experience of seeing the band live to attending a hip cabaret: top-notch banter and smoldering performance. The New Standards deliver.
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Twisted Pine “The most exciting new roots band to emerge from the New England scene in quite some time.” - JIM OLSEN, SIGNATURE SOUNDS Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, TWISTED PINE has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammywinner Alison Brown. You’ll find Twisted Pine on stages large and small, entertaining festivals of thousands and intimate rooms alike. Winners of the 2014 Freshgrass band competition and finalists at the 2015 Rockygrass contest, Twisted Pine has played major events from Greyfox to Green River to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections and beyond. It’s no wonder the International Bluegrass Music Association nominated Twisted Pine for its 2015 Momentum Award, which recognizes exceptional up-and-coming acts.
“The undeniable fact about trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is that he plays as if every note is his last; with purpose, verve, and total commitment. ” - VILLAGE VOICE WYNTON MARSALIS has been described as the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation, as one of the world’s top classical trumpeters, as a big band leader in the tradition of Duke Ellington, a brilliant composer, a devoted advocate for the Arts, and a tireless and inspiring educator. His life is a portrait of discipline, dedication, sacrifice, and creative accomplishment. The sound of Wynton Marsalis’ band is inspired by the basic principals of democracy. According to Marsalis, what you hear in a great jazz band is the sound of democracy. “The jazz band works best when participation is shaped by intelligent communication.” This intelligent, hard swinging interplay has made Marsalis’ bands the favorite among jazz musicians and audiences worldwide. In the smallest of towns Wynton is received warmly and enthusiastically. The connection is the music, which mimics our valued way of life. Through jazz music Wynton Marsalis represents America all over the world.
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