Rick Keene Music Scene – Jason Yeager Combines Jazz with Latin Rhythms On the Album; New Songs of Resistance

Music is universal.

Current New York City resident and composer / musician and educator Jason Yeager, has combined his own musical education (via a recent trip to Argentina) with his own homegrown musical education.

The result is a delicious combination of vocal and instrumental delicacies. The type of music that is not only thought provoking; soul searching as well. A fitting disc for these trying political times.

Please listen below to some selected tracks from the album New Songs of Resistance.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – All That Jazz

Jazz at Princeton University Announces Diverse and Compelling Season


 
October 12, 2019 – May 9, 2020
 
Guest artists include Portuguese vocalist/composer Sara Serpa with Nigerian writer Emmanuel Iduma, Chilean vocal sensation Claudia Acuña, & Grammy-nominated Cuban drummer & MacArthur Fellow Dafnis Prieto
 
Faculty groups are led by Jazz at Princeton head Rudresh Mahanthappa, Trineice Robinson-Martin, Jay Clayton, Matthew Parrish, Darcy James Argue
 
2nd annual Princeton University Jazz Festival slated for Saturday, April 18, 2020

Jazz at Princeton University, helmed by acclaimed saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, presents a thrilling and diverse 2019-2020 season, October 12, 2019 – May 9, 2020. Highlights include performances by student groups joined by guest artists including acclaimed Portuguese vocalist/composer Sara Serpa with her Intimate Strangers project, Chilean vocal sensation Claudia Acuña, and Grammy-nominated Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto. After a resoundingly successful inaugural year, Jazz at Princeton will also present the second annual Princeton University Jazz Festival on April 18, 2020.
“I’m very excited about the depth and breadth of this year’s Jazz at Princeton program,” says Mahanthappa. “With the contribution of some of jazz’s most inventive artists working alongside our accomplished students, we are hosting concerts that will engage, inspire and entertain. Last year’s launch of the annual Princeton University Jazz Festival was a great success, and the second edition promises to be just as outstanding.”

Jazz at Princeton’s six major student ensembles include the Creative Large Ensemble directed by Darcy James Argue, Small Groups I and A directed by Mahanthappa, Small Group X directed by Matthew Parrish, the Jazz Vocal Collective directed by Trineice RobinsonMartin, and the Vocal Improvisation Ensemble directed by Jay Clayton.

2019-2020 Season

Saturday, October 12, 2019 –Rudresh Mahanthappa Tiger Quartet+ 
8 pm, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.  Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/rudresh-mahanthappa-tiger-quartet



Acclaimed alto saxophonist and Jazz at Princeton head leads a select group of students in a concert to kick off the season.

Friday, November 8, 2019– Sara Serpa’s Intimate Strangers
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/intimate-strangers.



A collaboration between Portuguese vocalist-composer Sara Serpa and Nigerian writer Emmanuel Iduma that draws inspiration from Iduma’s latest book, A Stranger’s Pose, a unique blend of travelogue, musings and poetry, with a foreword by Teju Cole. In a combination of music, text, image and field recordings collected by Iduma during his travels, Intimate Strangers explores themes of movement, home, grief, absence and desire in what Iduma calls “an atlas of a borderless world.” Co-sponsored by Jazz at Princeton and the Program in African Studies.

Sara Serpa – voice, composition | Emmanuel Iduma – text, spoken word
Sofía Rei, Aubrey Johnson – voice | Matt Mitchell -piano | Qasim Naqvi – modular synth 

Sara Serpa is a singer, composer, improviser who implements a unique instrumental approach to her vocal style. Recognized for her distinctive wordless singing, Serpa has been immersed in the field of jazz, improvised and experimental music since first arriving in New York in 2008.  Described by JazzTimes as “a master of wordless landscapes” and by the New York Times as “a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook,” Serpa started her recording and performing career with jazz luminaries such as Grammy-nominated pianist Danilo Perez, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow pianist Ran Blake, and Greg Osby. Her ethereal music draws from a broad variety of inspirations including literature, film, visual arts as well as history and nature. As a leader, she has produced and released nine albums, (with labels Sunnyside Records, Clean Feed, Tzadik and Inner Circle Music); the latest being “Close Up” in collaboration with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and cellist Erik Friedlander. Serpa has collaborated with an extensive array of musicians including John Zorn, Guillermo Klein, Zeena Parkins, Mark Turner, Tyshawn Sorey, and Nicole Mitchell, among many others. She has performed her own music in Europe, Australia, North and South America, singing at international festivals such as Festa do Jazz, the Panama Jazz Festival, Festival de Jazz de Montevideo, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and Adelaide Festival, Sopot Jazz Festival or venues like Bimhuis, Casa da Música, Village Vanguard, Jazz Standard, The Stone, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Kennedy Center for the Arts, among others.

Emmanuel Iduma is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Born and raised in Nigeria, he has contributed essays and stories to journals, magazines, artists’ books, and exhibition catalogues. He is the author of The Sound of Things to Come (first published as Farad in Nigeria), and received a 2017 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation grant in arts writing, for his blog A Sum of Encounters. He is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, where he obtained an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing. In 2017, he was associate curator of the Nigerian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He is the author, most recently, of A Stranger’s Pose.

Saturday, November 16 – Small Groups I and A – led by Rudresh Mahanthappa
8 pm, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-small-groups-concert-2.

Jazz at Princeton University’s Small Groups I and A, directed by award-winning saxophonist and program director Rudresh Mahanthappa, present an evening of jazz at its most intimate in a showcase of improvisation and inspiring interaction. 

Thursday, November 21– Jazz Vocal Collective – led by Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-vocal-collective-2.

Jazz at Princeton University’s Jazz Vocal Collective (JVC), Princeton University’s elite small jazz ensemble that features solo voice, will join director Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin and showcase their original arrangements of classic and contemporary jazz compositions. 

Internationally recognized as one of the leading pedagogues in gospel and soul voice training, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin specializes in vocal pedagogy and performance practices for contemporary commercial music styles (i.e. jazz, pop, gospel, R&B, country, rock, music theater, etc.). As the creator of Soul Ingredients®, a methodology for nurturing vocal freedom and authentic musical interpretation and expression, Dr. Robinson-Martin regularly travels nationally and internationally teaching voice, lecturing and giving workshops.

Saturday, November 23– Creative Large Ensemble – Led by Darcy James Argue
8 pm, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Tickets and info: 609-258-9220 or https://music.princeton.edu/events/creative-large-ensemble-2.

Jazz at Princeton University’s Creative Large Ensemble led by Darcy James Argue continues to redefine the big band in an innovative program encompassing classic and contemporary repertoire.

Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-based composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue has toured nationally and internationally with his 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society. Argue made his mark with his critically acclaimed 2009 debut Infernal Machines. 2013 saw the release of Brooklyn Babylon, which, like Infernal Machines before it, earned the group nominations for both GRAMMY and JUNO Awards. His most recent recording, Real Enemies, released in the fall of 2016, earned a third consecutive GRAMMY nomination. Secret Society maintains a busy touring schedule, with European, Canadian, and South American tours and four appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival. Argue has also toured Australia and New Zealand leading the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. He has led performances of his music by the WDR Big Band, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Big Band Palácio das Artes, and the West Point Jazz Knights. Argue has composed works for chamber duo and string quartet, art songs for Newspeak, and created arrangements for the Atlanta Symphony. In 2015, Argue was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition and a Doris Duke Artist Award. He has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, the Jazz Gallery, the Manhattan New Music Project, the Jerome Foundation, and BAM, as well as ensembles including the Danish Radio Big Band, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, the West Point Jazz Knights, and the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New Music USA, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Composers Now, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony.

Wednesday, December 4– Jazz Small Groups in Concert – Led by Rudresh Mahanthappa
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-small-groups-concert-3.

Jazz at Princeton University’s small groups, directed by award-winning saxophonist and program director Rudresh Mahanthappa, leads student small groups in an energizing and beautiful evening of music.

Tuesday, December 10– Jazz Vocal Improvisation Ensemble – Led by Jay Clayton
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-vocal-improvisation-ensemble-2.

Jazz at Princeton University’s Vocal Improvisation Ensemble (VIE), directed by world-renowned Jay Clayton, presents its first performance of the year.

Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator, whose work boldly spans the terrain between jazz and new music. Jay has gained worldwide attention as both performer and teacher. With more than 40 recordings to her credit, Clayton has appeared alongside such formidable artists as Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Reich, Kirk Nurock, Julian Priester, Jerry Granelli, Jane Ira Bloom, Gary Bartz, Jack Wilkins, George Cables, Fred Hersch, Gary Thomas, tap dancer Brenda Bufalino as well as fellow vocalists Jeanne Lee, Norma Winstone, Urszula Dudziak and Bobby McFerrin. She has taught extensively throughout the world and was on the jazz faculty of Cornish College of the Arts for 20 years. She is currently on the jazz faculty at Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Her book, “Sing Your Story: A Practical Guide for Learning and Teaching the Art of Jazz Singing,” was published by Advance Music in 2001.

Friday, January 10 – Jazz Small Group X – Led by Matthew Parrish
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-small-group-x-2.

The Princeton University Jazz ‘Ensemble X’ performs under the direction of master bassist Matthew Parrish. This ensemble evokes the small group tradition of the Art Blakey groups of the 50’s and 60’s where improvisation and inspiring interaction are key. The group performs as a septet with several featured trio performances. 

Matthew Parrish is a sought-after performer, arranger, composer, producer, and instructor. Matthew’s warmth in his playing and loyalty to delivering heartfelt, passionate works is apparent in every note, every tune, and every interaction with his fellow musicians. Born in central California, Matthew has performed and recorded with top names in jazz including Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito D’Rivera, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Orrin Evans, Clark Terry, Dr. Jonnie Smith, Savion Glover, Bill Charlap, Houston Person, and many others. He has recorded over sixty works, including his debut CD Circles (2000) and his most recent recordings with Karine Aguiar.

Saturday, February 22 – Jazz Vocal Collective with Claudia Acuña
Hear the renowned Chilean jazz singer, songwriter, and arranger share the stage with Jazz at Princeton University’s Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble (JVC) in a concert that bridges cultures and traditions. The JVC is Princeton University’s elite small jazz student ensemble that features solo voice, directed by Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin.

8 pm, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Tickets and info: 609-258-9220 or https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-vocal-collective-claudia-acu%C3%B1a.

Chilean singer/songwriter/arranger Claudia Acuña possesses one of the most beautiful and compelling voices in jazz and creative music. While singing primarily in Spanish, her music crosses language barriers to communicate with power and deep feeling. Born July 3, 1971 in Santiago and raised in Concepcion, Acuña established herself on the Chilean jazz scene in her early 20s. When she arrived in New York City in 1995, Acuña quickly gained recognition as a leading voice on a scene rapidly being transformed by a wave of brilliant Latin American musicians. She plunged into collaborations with masters such as Jason Lindner, Harry Whitaker, Arturo O’Farrill, Guillermo Klein, and bassist Avishai Cohen, who co-produced her critically hailed 2000 debut Wind From the South (Verve). Her five albums as a leader established Acuña as a creative force, from 2002’s Rhythm of Life (Verve) and 2004’s Luna (MaxJazz) through 2008’s In These Shoes (Zoho Music) and 2009’s strikingly beautiful En Este Momento (Marsalis Music). Whether putting her stamp on popular Latin American ballads, reimagining jazz standards from a South American perspective, or infusing Afro-Caribbean material with a wide rhythmic sensibility, Acuña stands out as a passionate and emotionally incisive singer with a gleaming, burnished bronze tone. For much of the past decade she’s put her recording career on the backburner to focus on raising her son. Instead of touring, she’s stayed closer to home, where her keen intelligence and intrepid spirit has made her the vocalist of choice for many of jazz’s most creative figures. She’s thrived by pursuing multiple musical directions with artists such as Susie Ibarra, Billy Childs, Henry Threadgill, the Rodriguez Brothers, and Elio Villa-Franca. Acuña brings all of her far-flung experiences to bear on Turning Pages, an album that documents a major creative leap. Her key collaborator was Colombian-born string wizard Juancho Herrera, who produced the album, co-wrote several songs, and had a major hand in most of the arrangements. As much as Turning Pages points toward the future, the album is also an act of reclamation and recovery, as Acuña takes stock of her past via songs new and old. It’s the work of a woman reborn from the ashes, stronger, wiser, and more expressive than ever. Ready once again to take on the world, she’s eager to reconnect with longtime fans and build new audiences.

Thursday, April 9 – Jazz Small Group X – Led by Matthew Parrish
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-small-group-x-3.

The Princeton University Jazz ‘Ensemble X’ performs under the direction of master bassist Matthew Parrish. This ensemble evokes the small group tradition of the Art Blakey groups of the 50’s and 60’s where improvisation and inspiring interaction are key. The group performs as a septet with several featured trio performances. 

Saturday, April 18 – Princeton University Jazz Festival
Noon, Richardson Lawn. Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/princeton-university-jazz-festival-0.

A free day-long outdoor lineup of today’s top jazz stars coming together in exciting formations and alongside Princeton University’s exceptional student jazz ensembles. Further details TBA.

Tuesday, April 21 – Jazz Vocal Improvisation Ensemble – Led by Jay Clayton
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-vocal-improvisation-ensemble-3.

Jazz at Princeton University’s Vocal Improvisation Ensemble (VIE), directed by world-renowned Jay Clayton, presents its final performance of the year.

Thursday, April 23– Jazz Vocal Collective – Led by Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-vocal-collective-3.

Jazz at Princeton University’s Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble (JVC), Princeton University’s elite small jazz ensemble that features solo voice, will join director Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin and showcase their original arrangements of classic and contemporary jazz compositions. 

Wednesday, April 29 – Jazz Small Groups I and A – led by Rudresh Mahanthappa
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-small-groups-concert-4.

Jazz at Princeton University’s Small Groups I and A, directed by award-winning saxophonist and program director Rudresh Mahanthappa, present an evening of jazz at its most intimate in a showcase of improvisation and inspiring interaction. 

Saturday, May 9– Dafnis Prieto and Creative Large Ensemble
8 pm, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Tickets and info: 609-258-9220 or https://music.princeton.edu/events/dafnis-prieto-creative-large-ensemble.

Jazz at Princeton University’s season comes to a close with GRAMMY Award-winning Cuban-born drummer, composer, bandleader, educator, and MacArthur Fellow Dafnis Prieto joining Darcy James Argue’s Creative Large Ensemble.

From Santa Clara, Cuba, Dafnis Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scene, nationally and internationally. Various honors include a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, Up & Coming Musician of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2006, a 2018 GRAMMY Award and Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for Dafnis Prieto Big Band Back to the Sunset, a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for Absolute Quintet in 2006, and a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist in 2007. Also a gifted educator, Prieto has conducted master classes, clinics, and workshops throughout the world. He was a faculty member of Jazz Studies at NYU from 2005 to 2014, and in 2015 became a faculty member at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Since his arrival to New York in 1999, Prieto has worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron, and Andrew Hill, among others. He has performed at many national and international music festivals as a sideman and as a bandleader featuring several of his own projects and music. As a composer, he has created music for dance, film, chamber ensembles, and most notably for his own bands, ranging from duets to big band, and including the distinctively different groups featured on seven acclaimed recordings as a leader: About The Monks, Absolute Quintet, Taking the Soul For a Walk, Si o Si Quartet: Live at Jazz Standard, Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio, Triangles and Circles, and Back to the Sunset. He has received commissions, grants, and fellowships from Chamber Music America, Jazz at Lincoln Center, East Carolina University, and Meet the Composer. In 2016 Prieto published the critically acclaimed drumming instructional book, A World of Rhythmic Possibilities: Drumming Lessons and Reflections on Rhythms.

Jazz at Princeton University under the direction of Rudresh Mahanthappa serves to promote this uniquely American music as a contemporary and relevant art form.  Our goals are to convey the vast musical and social history of jazz, establish a strong theoretical and stylistic foundation with regard to improvisation and composition, and emphasize the development of individual expression and creativity. Offerings of this program include academic course work, performing ensembles, master classes, private study, and independent projects. They also have the opportunity to participate in academic courses from the music department curriculum that encourage the study of the historical, social, theoretical, stylistic, and creative issues that pertain to the jazz idiom.

Hailed by Pitchfork as “jaw-dropping… one of the finest saxophonists going,” alto saxophonist, composer and educator Rudresh Mahanthappa is widely known as one of the premier voices in jazz of the 21st century. He has over a dozen albums to his credit, including the acclaimed Bird Calls, which topped many critics’ best-of-year lists for 2015 and was hailed by PopMatters as “complex, rhythmically vital, free in spirit while still criss-crossed with mutating structures.” Rudresh has been named alto saxophonist of the year for seven of eight years running in DownBeat Magazine’s International Critics’ Polls (2011-2013, 2015-2018), and for five consecutive years by the Jazz Journalists’ Association (2009-2013) and again in 2016. He won alto saxophonist of the year in the 2015-2017 JazzTimes Magazine Critics’ Polls and was named the Village Voice’s “Best Jazz Artist” in 2015. He has also received the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, among other honors, and is currently the Anthony H. P. Lee ’79 Director of Jazz at Princeton University.

Born in Trieste, Italy to Indian émigrés in 1971, Mahanthappa was brought up in Boulder, Colorado and gained proficiency playing everything from current pop to Dixieland. He went on to studies at North Texas, Berklee and DePaul University (as well as the Stanford Jazz Workshop) and came to settle in Chicago. Soon after moving to New York in 1997 he formed his own quartet featuring pianist Vijay Iyer. The band recorded an enduring sequence of albums, Black WaterMother Tongue and Codebook, each highlighting Mahanthappa’s inventive methodologies and deeply personal approach to composition. He and Iyer also formed the duo Raw Materials.

Coming deeper into contact with the Carnatic music of his parents’ native southern India, Mahanthappa partnered in 2008 with fellow altoist Kadri Gopalnath and the Dakshina Ensemble for Kinsmen, garnering wide acclaim. Apti, the first outing by Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition (with Pakistani-born Rez Abbasi on guitar and Dan Weiss on tabla), saw release the same year; Agrima followed nine years later and considerably expanded the trio’s sonic ambitions.

Mahanthappa has also worked with Jack DeJohnette, Mark Dresser, Danilo Pérez, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, the collaborative trios MSG and Mauger, the co-led quintet Dual Identity with fellow altoist Steve Lehman, and another co-led quintet with fellow altoist and Chicago stalwart Bunky Green (Apex). His exploratory guitar- driven quartets on Samdhi and Gamak featured David Gilmore and Dave “Fuze” Fiuczynski, respectively. In 2015 he was commissioned by Ragamala Dance to create Song of the Jasmine for dancers and a hybrid jazz/South Indian ensemble. He was also commissioned by the PRISM Saxophone Quartet to compose a chamber piece, “I Will Not Apologize for My Tone Tonight,” which can be heard on the quartet’s 2015 double- disc release Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Alan Parsons, Rivercat and The Stones Start No Filter Tour Amid Jagger’s Health Concerns

The Jazz Festival is coming and so are musicians from around the globe.

There are also many places in Montreal and surroundings which provide live entertainment outside the downtown core.

For ten days – it is a music lover’s paradise downtown and near home. You can’t get much better than that !

Please listen below to some great tunes and find out when you can listen to great interviews and where to visit live music.

Stay tuned for upcoming interviews with Alan Parsons and Jim Cuddy !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Some Great Jazz Albums of 2019

Real music is not always ‘sold’ through mainstream avenues.

That does not mean the albums in question are not ‘good enough’ or not sold through mainstream, it means good music must be sought out.

Here are just a few albums than music lovers should add to their collection. Buy albums, attend shows and keep music alive.

Please Scroll down and listen to selected tracks from the albums.

Michael Eaton
Dialogical

May 3, 2019
Destiny Records

Dialogical is Michael Eaton’s second release. The album is augmented by Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocals. Alongside Eaton on tenor/soprano saxophones is his long-time ensemble consisting of Brad Whiteley on piano,  Daniel Ori on bass and gimbri and Shareef Taher on drums. Also featured is Jon Crowley on trumpet, James Brandon Lewis and Sean Sonderegger on tenor saxophones, Cheryl Pyle on flute, Dorian Wallace on piano, Brittany Anjou on vibraphone and gyil, Enrique Haneine on udu and Sarah Mullins on marimba and triangles. With an emphasis on rhythm and texture, Dialogical fuses modern jazz, minimalism, and world music.

Ralph Peterson
& Messenger Legacy Band
Alive Volume 6 at the Side Door

May 20, 2019
Onyx Productions

When it comes to Art Blakey, there is no living drummer more suited to honoring his legacy than the incomparable Ralph Peterson. As the last drummer chosen by Blakey to play by his side in the Jazz Messengers Two Drummer Big Band, Peterson is tasked with the unique responsibility to carry forth Buhaina’s torch and tradition. On Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door, the mission comes full circle as Peterson and the Messenger Legacy Band mark what would have been the icon’s 100th birthday. Due out on May 20 (RP’s 57th birthday) on Peterson’s own Onyx Productions label, Legacy presents Peterson in the company of five undisputed authorities and alumni of the Blakey tradition: saxophonists Bill Pierce and Bobby Watson, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and bassist Essiet Essiet. This double album was recorded live in October 2018 at the Side Door in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

KENNER
8Ball City

May 23, 2019
Self-release 

8Ball City features an array of international musicians including drummersDavid Frazier Jr.Noam Israeli and Diego Joaquin Ramierz, bassist Tamir Shmerling, guitarists Andrew Whitbeck and Nitzan Bar, saxophonists Clay Lyons and Jonathan Greenstein and trumpeter Wayne Tucker.  The album also features two guest masters: Jamey Haddad on percussion (Paul Simon, Yo Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock), and Tamer Pinarbasi on qanun (New York Gypsy All-stars).  This apologetically playful album integrates the soulful and the calculated, with elements of R&B and jazz coming in contact with Kenner’s classical and progressive rock influences. This album combines the grittiness of the real world- the day to day struggle, with the boundlessness of imagination. 8Ball City was recorded at Riro Muzik and Black Lodge Studio in Brooklyn, NY and at Gil Feldman’s Studio in Israel.

Sam Newsome
Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone

June 3, 2019 
Self-release

Sam Newsome’s new solo saxophone recording, Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone appeals to anyone willing to immerse him or herself in what’s before them: Newsome’s innovative approach to the soprano saxophone and contributions to the solo saxophone canon.

While the album is quite obviously a result of Newsome’s unapologetic desire to delve into the sonic potential of his instrument, the saxophonist’s primary concern, first and foremost, is listen-ability. Actively in search of creating music that is both fresh and relate-able, Newsome’s sound palette coddles the ear as it challenges the mind.

Brandee Younger
Soul Awakening

June 7, 2019
Self-release

Surfacing six years after its completion in 2013, Soul Awakening was recorded in 2012 under the direction of producer and bassist Dezron Douglas, and embodies the ambition, vigor and aesthetic ideals of The Brandee Younger Quartet, at and since its inception. A benchmark recording that captures the group’s collective brilliance in its infancy, Soul Awakening is a synthesis of the people, places and moments that impacted Younger most, ahead of the album’s creation. The very first album recorded by the ensemble, Soul Awakening marks the birth of Brandee Younger’s artistic signature and the reemergence of the harp as a pillar of modern popular music.  Brandee will be celebrating this new release at the Blue Note in New York City on May 21 and May 22.

Listen Below to Some Tracks !

Rick Keene Music Scene -I Dont Like Spiders and Snakes But That Ain’t What it Takes to Love Cecile Doo Kingue !

Cecile Doo Kingue is ready …

Ready for what?

Her first appearance at The Jazz Festival under her own name with her own trio.

Pretty cool as this ‘road traveler’ has enhanced her level of performance to an entire different level. Songwriting is one thing she accomplished a while ago. Playing non stop since the release of her last album has created almost perfection. Something musicians spend a lifetime never achieving or else – hunger would disappear. 

Please listen below to my chat with Cecile. Have some bug spray close by !

 

 

 The Montreal International Jazz Festival 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Corey Diabo Talks National Aboriginal Day; June 21st Cabot Square

 

Corey Diabo is not your average guitar player.

Traditionally – a Rock n Roll fan and soon later; a Blues guru of sorts. Corey hooked up with his pal Jonas Tomalty and in almost 20 years – all Hell broke loose. That fire – burning intensely to this day.

Please listen below as Corey discusses his involvement in National Aboriginal Day, his thoughts on guitar players and that one time ( in band camp?) – he opened for Van Halen and jammed backstage with Eddie Van Halen

Corey? What’s Up?

 

 

Listen to my interview with Joss Stone below !

 

Joss is playing July 5th as part of a double bill with Melissa Etheridge as part of  The Montreal International Jazz Festival 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Joss Stone

Joss Stone has been around for a while.

Considering she is only thirty years old – it seems as if ‘thirty’ is the new ‘sixty’ in terms of what she has accomplished thus far in her career.

Dave Stewart and Mick Jagger, just two of the names who have aided Joss on her musical education. What singers influenced her and who does she hold in high esteem?

Please listen below to my chat with Joss and find out !

Joss? What’s up?

 

 

Joss is playing July 5th as part of a double bill with Melissa Etheridge as part of The Montreal International Jazz Festival 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal En Lumiere Features Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones Plus A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going on in Montreal !

As usual …

A lot going on in Montreal.

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Montreal En Lumiere . Culinary delights, audio delights and family delights. Click here for all the information !

Green Day are hitting The Bell Center for a  show and Gordon Sumner will be at Metroplis. Who?

 

Please, have a listen below to hear what’s happening in Montreal and to listen to a great track from The Pat Travers Band, Noah Preminger and Rickie Lee Jones !

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal En Lumiere ( and Some Very Cool Tunes )

As usual …

A lot going on in Montreal. Music-wise and … well, let’s not go there.

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Montreal En Lumiere gets underway this week. Culinary delights, audio delights and family delights. Click here for all the information !

 Maroon 5 are hitting The Bell Center for a couple of shows ( hopefully not on the same evening the Montreal Canadiens are playing or else Pacioretty could have moves like Mick Jagger). Click here to visit Evenko !

 

Please, have a listen below to hear what’s happening in Montreal and to listen to a bevvy of tunes from around the world !

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Rick Keene Music Scene; What is Going On ?

As usual …

A lot going on in Montreal. Music-wise and … well, let’s not go there.

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Montreal En Lumiere gets underway this week and Maroon 5 are hitting The Bell Center for a couple of shows ( hopefully not on the same evening the Montreal Canadiens are playing or else Pacioretty could have moves like Mick Jagger).

Please, have a listen below to hear what’s happening in Montreal and to listen to a bevvy of tunes from Montreal artists ! 

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; A Tribute to Stuart McLean

Stuart McLean will be missed …

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He will be missed by his family, his coworkers and his Vinyl Cafe family. Sorely and immensely.

He will also be missed by the world of the curious and the fans of human nature.

Seldom does a storyteller come around who can tug at the heartstrings without utilizing propaganda. Without using self promotional words to advance a career.

Although his stories did further his career, it appears that career came about as accidental as the plots and twists within his tales and characters. These ‘accidents’ were the cornerstones of human and Canadian behavior.

Stuart McLean, with his ‘aw shucks’ delivery and acute humor, invited everyone who listened into a world that became part of the nation’s family. Extended relatives who, as in real life, were infuriating, funny, odd and weird. Just like in real families, blood was thicker than the water in The Vinyl Cafe and that blood will flow forever.

 

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Please listen below as Stuart’s distinctive Canadian words blend with  equally distinctive Canadian music.

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Sunny Tunes for Sunny Daze

We know ’em – we love ’em …

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Classic Rock tunes have a special place in our hearts. Some conjure images of a first kiss, others – that first sip of beer.

Memories created with a special soundtrack to the soul. The foundation for a lifelong affair with music.

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Regular folk ain’t the only ones who adore the tunes of yesteryear. Musicians of all genres listen and tune in to the beats of different drums. Marching and creating – rhythms all their own.

Have a listen below wont ya? Summer will be here soon.

Just relax and have a wee puff of ?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Binary’s Music Turning Heads – Two at a Time …

 

Growing up with older brothers who love music helps. Having parents that love music is a bonus. A younger brother with different tastes?

What could possibly go wrong?

Nothing …

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Jordan Gosselin is a multi-instrumentalist who has grown up with influences from every genre. Every generation that music matters.

He is now taking these experiences and incorporating them into his own music.

Please – have a listen below to some great new recordings ( demos ) and hear what Martin has planned for the future .

It’s BINARY … 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; All That Jazzy Stuff …

Jazz is a four letter word …

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Once upon a time, it was the coolest thing happening. All the cats were hip to be square long before Huey Lewis got news of it …

In a very long legacy, one which has laid the framework for music as we know it today, Jazz has evolved through many art forms. It was the original melting pot. Diversity was it’s middle name.

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Please listen below to some great new tunes and some fantastic classics. Educate and grow from the roots up. ‘Branch’ out and listen to what came before Justin Bieber …

 

 

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Myriam Phiro; Taking Several ‘ Voyages ‘ on Her New Album !

Myriam Phiro has one of those voices …

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A combination of softness, tenderness and brassiness. All blended perfectly to fit with whatever she decides to sing.

Following a very successful tour paying homage to her idol Edith Piaf, Myriam released her album Voyages’  in 2015 in America.

On September 29th – it is Canada’s turn to hear the tracks live at Upstairs Bar and Grill in Montreal. 

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Please listen below to some of those tunes and hear what Myriam has to say about the album and her plans.

Myriam? What’s Up?

 

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Singer and Pianist Daniela Schachter Suffers a ‘ Vanheusinism’ With Latest Record

Sometimes we hear music composed by a name we do not know. That music is adored globally, wins awards and yet the composer goes relatively unnoticed in everyday life.

Such is the case with Jimmy Van Heusen.

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Van Heusen was instrumental ( no pun intended) in the career of Frank Sinatra. Penning ( among other songs) ‘Come Fly with Me’, a huge success for Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Enter Daniela Schachter.

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Like most of us, Daniela enjoyed and even played Van Heusen’s tunes without really knowing much about the four time Oscar winning composer. Like most of us – Daniela was intrigued and dove straight into Van heusen’s vast catalogue.

The result?

The new album; Vanheusenism

Please listen below as Daniela explains the album and educates us on the music of

Jimmy Van Heusen.

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