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Jazz Notes: Umbria Jazz Festival, Orvieto Dazzles In Its 25th Anniversary

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, January 8, 2018

As a result of his successful summer jazz festival founded in 1973 in the Umbria region of Italy, Carlo Pagnotta, the artistic director of the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, started a new festival ...

Jazz Notes: Winter Jazzfest—The Best Jazz Festival of the Year in NYC in a Variety of Venues

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, January 5, 2018

What started 13 years ago as an inspired goal of giving voice to the plethora of relatively unknown but immensely talented jazz musicians toiling in the multitude of the New York’s tiny and obscure clubs, ...

Jazz Notes: Mike Stern Band In Residence at Iridium for the Holidays

ZEALnyc, December 19, 2017

Legendary guitarist Mike Stern will be joined by Randy Brecker (trumpet), Tom Kennedy (bass guitar) and Dennis Chambers (drums) for the week leading up to Christmas, and we’re sure this residency will make the season bright. ...

American Soprano Jennifer Rowley Conquers Tosca at Met Opera

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, January 15, 2018 Up and coming American soprano Jennifer Rowley has boldly claimed for herself a new, career-changing role. Puccini's Tosca is a monumental climb for a soprano, a career-defining mountain if, perhaps, not the toughest vocal peak. The opera greats, including ...

Art Break: See 'Power in Print' at the NYPL's Schomburg ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 15, 2018 This week Art Break celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. day with some gallery shows reflecting his ideals. Whether it’s the inclusion of all as represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery’s show of art from around the ...

Mälkki Conducts New York Philharmonic with Violinist Baiba Skride

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, January 14, 2018 The New York Philharmonic welcomed busy Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki to the podium and Latvian solo violinist Baiba Skride, for a stimulating program beginning with the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major. While it may be notable that ...

NYC This Week 1.15.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 14, 2018 Temperatures are radically up and down here in NYC, but we have some great reasons to head indoors. Here is what's hot This Week in NYC. Read on. Everybody loves Cuba. Well, that is, most everybody who has visited ...

Elegance On Display With the Winter Antiques Show at the ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 12, 2018 The Winter Antiques Show is your chance to see a wonderful variety of objects from the decorative and fine arts. This year’s group of over 65 dealers and experts will be presenting items that come with a guarantee ...

Outsider Art Fair Merges A Variety of Styles and Mediums ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 11, 2018 The Outsider Art Fair is in its twenty-sixth year of presenting galleries and artists who specialize in what was formerly known as ‘art brut’, a French phrase that can translate as ‘unrefined art’. Today, the genre is known ...

NYC This Week 1.9.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 9, 2018 Our young new year has been a cold one. So how about some ideas that will warm your heart, body and soul. Read on. 2ndStage Theater has a mission to tell essential American stories. And there's no more essential, ...

Jazz Notes: Umbria Jazz Festival, Orvieto Dazzles In Its 25th ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, January 8, 2018 As a result of his successful summer jazz festival founded in 1973 in the Umbria region of Italy, Carlo Pagnotta, the artistic director of the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, started a new festival twenty-five years ago in the ...

Art Break: Looking Outside the Box With Donald Judd at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 8, 2018 This week Art Break starts off January with four examples of artists who weren’t afraid to explore ideas and methods outside their expertise or comfort levels. Although he didn’t know it, Donald Judd’s training in ...

Jazz Notes: Winter Jazzfest—The Best Jazz Festival of the ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, January 5, 2018 What started 13 years ago as an inspired goal of giving voice to the plethora of relatively unknown but immensely talented jazz musicians toiling in the multitude of the New York’s tiny and obscure clubs, the NYC Winter ...

Big Band Holidays Offers the Sweetest, Kindest, and Best in Human Spirit at Jazz at Lincoln Center

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, December 15, 2017

For all that it’s alleged to be Central Command for the War on Christmas, New York City sure goes ape for the holidays. In the month of December alone, New York probably fields more performances of ...

Jazz Notes: Two Weeks of Maestro Kenny Barron at the Village Vanguard

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 11, 2017

Two years ago Kenny Barron brought his piano magic to the Village Vanguard in the holiday season. This year he’s aboard for two six-day stands at the club he calls home. The National Endowment for ...

Jazz Notes: Pianist Jason Moran Takes His Trio Bandwagon on a Vibrant Ride at Village Vanguard

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, November 30, 2017

While top-tier pianist Jason Moran has had a busy year working with a big band—most notably his strikingly reimagined tour celebrating the historic Thelonious Monk Town Hall Concert in 1959—he slimmed ...

Richard Skipper Celebrates The Season With Special Guest Kathryn Crosby

ZEALnyc, November 27, 2017

Do you remember all those variety show holiday specials from yesteryear? Well, you can relive that experience on December 3rd at the Laurie Beechman Theater (407 West 42nd Street) when multi-faceted entertainer and arts advocate Richard ...

Review: Catherine Russell Is Thrilling In ‘Harlem On My Mind’ At Zankel Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, November 6, 2017

As predicted, Catherine Russell’s Harlem On My Mind, this past Friday night at Zankel Hall, was….well, ...

Jazz Notes: Dynamic Pianist/Vocalist Eliane Elias Marvels at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall With a Doubleheader of Inspiration

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor, October 26, 2017

When the Brazil-born, New York-based pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias settles in to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall on November 3 and 4, she will be reflecting on the spectrum of her career in a ...

Jazz Notes: The Jazz Foundation of America’s 26th Annual Loft Party — A Night for the Soul

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 18, 2017

With its motto (“Please help us to save the very people who saved you all these years with their music”), the New York-based Jazz Foundation of America has been raising funds to help and ...

Jazz Notes: Renegade Upright Bassist Miles Mosley Plays Soul to Psychedelic to Jazz With the West Coast Get Down

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 16, 2017

Diversity thematically informed the Monterey Jazz Festival last month with the brilliantly designed programming. Main stage acts honored the jazz masters Diz, Monk, Sonny, Ella. These pleasing sets were ...

Jazz Notes: Virtuoso Conguero Pedrito Martinez Opens the 3rd Edition of BRIC JazzFest With a Free Show

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By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 9, 2017

The ambitious and creative BRIC JazzFest (October 14-21) kicks off its third annual festival with a free outdoor concert featuring Cuban virtuoso conguero Pedrito Martinez and his blazing band. The show ...

Jazz Notes: Visionary Arranger John Beasley Brings His Tribute to Thelonious Monk with His MONKestra Big Band at Jazz Standard

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, October 2, 2017

At the opening night of the North Sea Jazz Festival in July, from the opening angular piano notes followed by clarinets and bass clarinets taking the main melody line on the Afro-Cuban-inflected re-envision ...

Jazz Notes: Berklee Hosts a Gala Honoring Jazz Impresario Fred Taylor and the Stars Come Out

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, September 20, 2017

In all his years as the legendary music promoter of the Boston area and cultivator of many renowned jazz musicians and contemporary artists, Fred Taylor hardly expected someone to be promoting musical acts for ...

Jazz Notes: Drummer Matt Wilson Channels Poet Laureate Carl Sandburg at Jazz Standard

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, September 8, 2017

The kinship between jazz and poetry has been a mainstay of the fine arts world, dating back to the 1920s and most prominently spawned during the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat movement and the hip-hop ...

Jazz Notes: Photographer Adriana Mateo’s Exhibit at WBGO Spiritually Shows How She Engages With Her Subject

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, September 5, 2017

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the New York-based photographer since 1992 Adriana Mateo not only engages the viewer with her art work but also in the process of capturing her image makes an intimate ...

Jazz Notes: Guitar Legend Mike Stern’s Latest Album ‘Trip’ Takes Us On a Thrilling Ride

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, August 29, 2017

Mike Stern has never been one to take himself too seriously but has also always put out seriously good music. Never has this paradox been more apparent than with his latest effort, Trip, released on the ...

Jazz Notes: Improviser Par Excellence, Guitarist John Abercrombie Passes Away August 22

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 25, 2017

After a long fullness, guitarist John Abercrombie passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on August 22 at Hudson Valley Hospital outside of Peekskill, NY, not far from where he lived. I spoke ...

Jazz Notes: Discovering the U.K. Jazz Underground With Shabaka Hutchings

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 22, 2017

In the past couple of years, there has been an excitement in the jazz underground of the U.K., finally getting recognition across the pond with its dynamic acts that have wowed the home crowd as well as ...

Jazz Notes: Guitarist John Pizzarelli Celebrates Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim on New Recording

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer ZEALnyc, August 3, 2017

American Frank Sinatra and Brazilian Antonio Carlos Jobim are arguably the most important figures in the history of the pop music of their respective countries. Their 1967 collaboration Francis Albert ...

Jazz Notes: Umbria Jazz Festival In Perugia, Italy Brings Out the Stars

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 1, 2017

Fact of the matter: There are dozens of top-tier jazz festivals spread around the globe—especially in the U.S. and European countries—that attract modest to huge crowds to a lineup that isn’t always ...

Jazz Notes: What To Look Out For at This Year’s 63rd Annual Newport Jazz Festival

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 25, 2017

The Newport Jazz Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary this summer, promising three full days of exceptional live musical performances across multiple stages at Fort Adams Park in Newport, Rhode Island from ...

Jazz Notes: Passing the Newport Jazz Festival Baton from Founder George Wein to New Artistic Director Christian McBride

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 19, 2017

As the new artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival, Christian McBride has put his stamp on this year’s lineup for the 2017 performances, adding a mix of incredibly diverse musicians—though, by his own ...

Jazz Notes: Rising-Star Pianist Christian Sands ‘Reaches’ for New Horizons in the Jazz Cosmos

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, July 11, 2017

Pianist Christian Sands’ debut Mack Avenue recording, Reach, pretty much tells the evolving story of a 28-year-old artist who is embracing the vanguard of expansive expression.

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Jazz Notes: Guitarist Mary Halvorson Is the Avant-Leaning Artist for the New Generation

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, July 7, 2017

Mary Halvorson has been heralded as the next “new” guitarist who has been captivating listeners for the last decade, whether it’s sitting in (i.e., joining Marc Ribot’s band the Young Philadelphians) ...

Jazz Notes: Jazztopad Festival Presents Its Third Annual Best of Polish Jazz Bash

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, June 15 2017

For the past thirteen years, the Jazztopad Festival has taken place at the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland. It’s commissioned genre-stretching new works as well as given young musicians the ...

Jazz Notes: The Duo Project ‘Endless Field’ Celebrates Its Genre-Resistant Debut Album

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, June 13, 2017

Endless Field gives new meaning to the term “genre-resistant music.” It is at once ambient music, jazz music, pop music, and yet to call it any one of these things alone would fail to capture the breadth of ...

Jazz Notes: Project Grand Slam Bandleader Robert Miller Talks About Its Post-Fusion of Jazz and Rock

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, May 25, 2017

On the eve of new fusion ensemble Project Grand Slam’s fifth recording, The PGS Experience, founder and leader Robert Miller says that even though his 11-year-old group experienced ...

Jazz Notes: Virtuoso Violinist Regina Carter Brings Positive Vibes to Jazz Standard With the Music of Ella Fitzgerald

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, May 22, 2017

Last month, virtuoso violinist Regina Carter released her tenth album, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, on SonyMusic Masterwork’s imprint OKeh. It’s not only a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s in the ...

Jazz Notes: Trumpeter Sean Jones Plays It Live and Raw for His Album Release Party at Jazz Standard

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, May 17, 2017

For his NYC record release party for Live at the Jazz Bistro at Jazz Standard, trumpeter Sean Jones brings his longstanding sparkplug quartet—pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer ...

Jazz Notes: Spirited African Songbird Angélique Kidjo Channels Talking Heads and Burns Down the House at Carnegie

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, May 10, 2017

It’s not unusual for crowds at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium to give standing ovations to well-deserving artists at the finale of a superb performance. But what the striking vocalist Angélique Kidjo ...

Jazz Notes: Wes Montgomery and Wynton Kelly Star in a Newly Discovered Recording

By Denin Koch, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, May 9, 2017

Guitarist Wes Montgomery and pianist Wynton Kelly trio’s 1965 masterpiece Smokin’ at the Half Note is considered by many to be the greatest jazz guitar album of all time. As such, the release of ...

Jazz Notes: Jazz Icon Ella Fitzgerald Honored With NYC Mayoral Proclamation on Her Birthday

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 25 2017

Even though the legendary Ella Fitzgerald died in 1996 at her home in Beverley Hills, she was a bona fide New Yorker throughout her remarkable career. Her story as The First Lady of Song began at the Apollo ...

Jazz Notes: 4 Stars for Guitarist Ralph Towner’s New ECM Solo Album ‘My Foolish Heart’

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, April 19, 2017

It’s been more than ten years since guitarist Ralph Towner’s last solo album, but his latest release on ECM, My Foolish Heart, has made the wait worth it. On this album, Towner seeks out the delicate ...

Jazz Notes: The Young Legend of the Hammond B-3—Joey DeFrancesco Continues to Revitalize the Power and Grace of the Organ in Jazz With His New Album ‘Project Freedom’

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 12, 2017

The first time I saw Joey DeFrancesco play the Hammond B-3 organ he was 22 and performing the globe with the electrifying guitarist John McLaughlin’s trio called The Free Spirits. The band, including ...