Monday, February 5, 2018

Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, Mark Whitfield & Joe Cohn: Strings Attached live in NY, Feb 9 & 10

4 Good Reasons to Catch Strings Attached at the Jazz Forum on Feb. 9 & 10: Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, Mark Whitfield, Joe Cohn!
Presented by Charles Carlini.

Meg Okura prepares the release of two new albums

Visionary violinist and composer Meg Okura will be releasing two new albums in the coming months. She, along with Sam Newsome and Jean-Michel Pilc, will be releasing "NPO Trio Live at The Stone" on Chant Records on March 15th. On May 13th, which is Mothers Day, Meg along with the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble featuring Tom Harrell will release "IMA IMA." The latter will be celebrated at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on August 20th.

Okura ushers in the Spring season with two new recordings: "NPO Trio Live at The Stone," the debut album from NPO Trio, which features Okura on violin, alongside Sam Newsome on soprano saxophone and Jean-Michel Pilc on piano, out Friday, March 15, and "IMA IMA," which features The Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble with Tom Harrell out Sunday, May 13.

While "Live at The Stone" introduces the impressive tightly-knit trio, who as a group weave through musical idioms of jazz and classical - from impressionism to minimalism, blues to free jazz, "IMA IMA" successfully blends the musical cultures of East and West for a new and exciting direction in modern jazz expression. With this highly-anticipated double release, Okura showcases both her truly versatile musicality. "IMA IMA" will be celebrated at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on August 20th.
Newly established avant-garde and world music label, Chant Records is excited to announce the arrival of NPO Trio with the release of "Live at The Stone," which was recorded by the trio, led by Meg Okura during her residency at The Stone in the East Village, New York in April of 2016. Following the 2017 release of a duo album by Sam Newsome and Jean-Michel Pilc, Magic Circle, the duo multiplied its dimensions by adding the violinist to their line-up. NPO Trio is now a dynamic group of like-minded friends celebrating freedom of expression through music and sounds. Although the music presented by these three is improvisational, listeners will also hear hints of familiar melodies including well-known Yiddish songs and even excerpts of John Coltrane.

Okura explains that she has always felt emotionally connected to Yiddish melodies. The melodies are always sad and happy at the same time (typically a minor melody with major chords), just like the Japanese expression of happy sad. Reminiscing upon her childhood, Okura recalls consoling herself by truly believing that, "...sadness is absolutely necessary for me to experience true happiness in the future. And everytime I hear Jewish songs, it reminds me of my childhood."

The entire concert at The Stone consisted of three extensive improvisational parts. The first part, which is 38 minutes in total, is divided into 6 shorter segments, each given individual titles for the purpose of this album. The melody often quoted during these first six tracks is a famous Yiddish song by Mark Warshawsky (1848-1907), "Oyfn Pripetchik". The song is about a rabbi teaching his children about the value of education and perseverance. It also mentions exodus, reminding us of the sacrifices made by our ancestors, which presents us with the freedom we have today. Track 7, "Unkind Gestures" is a shorter improvisation, which pays homage to John Coltrane's Giant Steps.
With unique instrumentation including Shinobue (Japanese flute) "IMA IMA" brings together some of New York's finest jazz artists including Sam Newsome, Pablo Aslan, Brian Marsalsa, Anne Drummond, Brian Marsella and Riza Printup as well as special guest trumpeter Tom Harrell. Hailed by the New York Times as "vibrant" and "sophisticated", Okura's Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble presents "IMA IMA" as a celebration of womanhood, particularly motherhood.

Meg Okura became an Ima (meaning mother in Hebrew) seven years ago, so along with being a tribute to Okura's grandmother, who recently passed away, it is only fitting that "IMA IMA" will be released on Mother's Day this year. Okura explains that although many refer to this period of time as an interruption, she prefers to regard it as a constant state of disruptions.  "The earliest compositions on this album being the ones from my pregnancy period only support that claim. However, I do not believe motherhood has had a negative impact on my music."

Okura explains that disruptions forced her to think more creatively and resourcefully, and so inevitably made her music stronger. It inspired the Japanese native towards integrity, and excellence in her composition, improvisation and performance. Being anything other than the first-rate was not acceptable. "The last thing I wanted to do as a mother was to use motherhood as an excuse for not being able to achieve excellence."

Ima Ima -(L'dor Vador) by The Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Anonymous. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit the project page:
https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/ima-ima-ldor-vador-by-the-pan-asian-chamber-jazz-ensemble/

MORE ABOUT MEG OKURA

Formerly a concert violinist, Okura made her U.S. solo debut at the Kennedy Center with the late Alexander Schneider's New York String Orchestra. She then moved to New York City and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in classical violin from The Julliard School.  Advancing her career as a jazz violinist while at the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, Okura was soloist and the concertmaster for the orchestra backing up Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, and Terence Blanchard, under the batons of music icons as Quincy Jones, Jerry Goldsmith, and Jack Elliot.

Okura quickly became one of the most sought-after violinists on New York City's music scene, appearing on dozens of recordings with a wide range of artists including David Bowie, Lee Konitz, Diane Reeves, Heidi Grand-Murphy, Sam Newsome, Jesse Harris, Jeremy Pelt, Ziggy Marley and many more. She has toured internationally with the late Michael Brecker, Steve Swallow, Tom Harrell, appearing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Barbican, Madison Square Garden, Village Vanguard, Blue Note Tokyo, Hollywood Bowl and at numerous festivals and concert halls around the world. In 2016, Okura held a week-long residency at the Stone in New York City, performing and presenting 12 concerts with her 10 different groups.

Recipient of numerous grants and awards including Metlife Creative Connections Grant (Meet The Composer), Brand Personality Award (Asia Pacific Brands Foundation), Manhattan Community Arts Fund (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), Jerome Composers Commissioning Program (American Composers Forum), and most recently, New Music USA Project Grant, Okura has also composed/ arranged for several film and television programs such as The Congregation (documentary) and Louie (TV series), as well as, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, Sirius String Quartet, and C. Eule Dance.

She has herself also appeared on many movie soundtracks as a violinist, and erhu player, has been featured in three Cirque du Soleil productions (Varekai, Wintuk and Corteo), and has collaborated and performed with Oscar nominee actor and Columbia recording artist Terrence Howard. For the past ten years, Okura has also been a member of a Jewish/Middle Eastern band "Pharaoh's Daughter" led by ex-orthodox singer-songwriter and cantor Basya Schechter.

Jazz Club of Sarasota announces "World of Jazz" for 38th Sarasota Jazz Festival, March 7-10

Jazz, the uniquely American musical art form, was born in New Orleans in the early 20thcentury and nurtured on a lively diet of music from around the world--the blues of the American South, rhythms from Africa and the Caribbean, classical music from Europe and France, and more. It’s entirely fitting, then, that the Jazz Club of Sarasota --one of the most active jazz societies in the nation-- will present “A World of Jazz”for its 38thAnnual Sarasota Jazz Festival.

The four-day event, from March 7-10, 2018, will feature14 musicians from seven nations in four concerts, over a dozen locally based musicians for a Pub Crawl by Trolley, and the French art film Django.

In addition, at one of the concerts the Club will present its highest honor, the Satchmo Award, to a musician for “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz.” Festival activities will be presented in various Sarasota venues including Marriott’s new Art Ovation Hotel, downtown Sarasota night clubs and Burns Court Cinema. Live jazz will fill the lobby before each concert, and four special VIP receptions—for those who purchase VIP ticket packages--will add to the luster of this star-studded festival.

“We’re pleased to recognize the global impact of jazz, and we’re especially honored that the celebrated Ken Peplowski, one of our audience favorites, is the festival’s music director,” said Peg Pluto, Jazz Club president. “We’re also delighted that our vice president, Ed Linehan, is managing director for the festival. Ken and Ed have both worked with our festivals before so we know we’re in good hands.

“In keeping with our theme, Ken will present the world of jazz as interpreted by internationally respected musicians and fast-rising young stars from around the world,” Pluto said. “Many of them have never played together before, and they may never share the same stage again. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

Acclaimed reedman Peplowski, based in New York, will both direct the international cadre and frequently join them on stage. “These accomplished performers will play the universal language of jazz, an American language that everyone now speaks,” he said. “They’ll draw on musical influences from their homeland countries—Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the United States—to present the exciting sound of what jazz has become today.”

Ken has designed a playbook of two sets for every concert, each with a differentmix of performers. “We’ll present unique combinations of musicians for every set with a fresh sound for each segment,” he said. He’ll also add another treat: “After each concert, we’ll bring back all of the evening’s musicians for an All-Star jam session number or two—an improvised finale that takes us right into the very essence of jazz.” 

Peplowski has been highly praised and frequently honored. “Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist,” said Russell Davies of BBC2. Will Friedwald(The Wall Street Journal)wrote, “Mr. Peplowski sounds the way (Benny) Goodman might if he had kept evolving … polishing his craft . . . into the 21stcentury.”

Among other credits, Ken has been a featured performer at practically every significant jazz festival, was music director of the Oregon Festival of American Music for eight years, has backed dozens of major performers, and has recorded some 50 CDs as a soloist and nearly 500 more as a sideman. He has also been a frequent performer for the Jazz Club of Sarasota, often with Dick Hyman, and in 2014 received the Club’s highest honor, its Satchmo Award, for his “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz.” (Other Jazz Club Satchmo winners since 1990 have included Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dick Hyman, Branford Marsalis and Family, Four Freshmen, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, and Wycliffe Gordon.)

In addition to Peplowski, several other musicians will make encore appearances with the Jazz Club of Sarasota. These include Houston Person, saxophone; Diego Figueiredo, guitar; and Jeff Hamilton, drums.

The festival’s house band is the Scandinavian Jazz trio:
Writer/musician/composerKristian Leth(Denmark), drums; a DanishAcademy Award-nominated film composer and Grammy-winning recording artist who has written, performed andproduced scores for TV series, films and commercials.
Hans Backenroth (Sweden), bass; acclaimed as “one of the best bass players Sweden has developed—ever!” (Arne Domnérus, Swedish jazz legend).
Ole Kock Hansen(Denmark), piano; “one of the most significant artists in modern Danish Jazz” (Wikipedia).

“Some of our festival musicians currently reside in the United States as well as abroad. We’ve hand-picked performers who beautifully understand and represent the musical influences they bring from their countries of origin,” Peplowski said.

In addition to the Scandinavian Jazztrio, festival musicians (in alphabetical order) are:
Ehud Asherie,piano, Israel; “a master of swing and stride” (New Yorker); a jazz pianist who integrates the New York piano tradition with his inventive style.
Graham Dechter, guitar, U. S.; honored in the DownBeat Critics Poll as "Rising Star Guitar" (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
Sinne Eeg, vocalist, Denmark; considered the preeminent jazz vocalist in Scandinavia.

Diego Figueiredo,guitar, Brazil; a fast-rising star among the world's greatest jazz guitarists; plays with an infectious, joyful feeling.
Jimmy Greene,saxophone, U.S.; GRAMMY Award-nominated saxophonist, composer, and arranger.
Jeff Hamilton, drums, U.S; known for his versatility as a drummer, composer, arranger, and educator; leads his own trio and performs with other respected groups including the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
Chiara Izzi,vocals, Italy; described by JazzTimesas “a talent to be heard, admired and anticipated.”
Jeremy Pelt, trumpet, U.S.; featured by Nat Hentoff in The Wall Street Journal; voted "Rising Star - Trumpet" for five years byDownBeat and the Jazz Journalists Association.
Houston Person, saxophone, U.S.; a “rock-solid, full-toned” musician, recording artist and winner of the Eubie Blake Award and the 2016 Jazz Station Awards.
Akiko Tsuruga, organ, Japan; called “Queen of the Organ”; winner of the 2017 Hothouse Magazine Jazz Award for Best Organist. 5, 2017).
Sinne Eeg, vocalist, Denmark; considered the preeminent jazz vocalist in Scandinavia.

Festival Schedule
WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 7, 20TH ANNUAL JAZZ TROLLEY & PUB CRAWL, downtown Sarasota.
TROLLEY rides from5:30 p.m.; JAZZ at downtown CLUBS from6-10 p.m.
Jazz lovers and club-hopperswillboard trolleys for the 20th consecutive Jazz Pub Crawl by Trolley, riding to downtown nightclubs where over 50 local musicians will swing the night away. Trolleys will run continuous loops of the venues throughout the evening. A wristband, available from the Jazz Club office* or at the trolley parking location, is required for admission to the trolley and all clubs. This is a separately ticket event, not included in Festival VIP or Combo Tickets.Wristband are$20 in advanceand $25 on the day of the event.

THURSDAY EVENING,MARCH 8: CONCERT and other events, Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N. Palm Avenue

5-7:30, Local JAZZ MUSICIANS in lobby bar;6-7:30, VIP RECEPTION;7:30 p.m., CONCERT;10-11 p.m., VIP MEET-AND-GREET with FESTIVAL MUSICIANS.
Co-Hosts: Ken Peplowski and Mike Cornette, director of jazz & on-air host, WUSF 89.7 FM, Tampa
1st Set:Scandinavian Jazztriowith special guest vocalistSinne Eeg.
2ndSet:Scandinavian Jazztriojoined byJimmy Greeneon saxophone andJeremy Pelton trumpet. Featured performances bySinne Eeg,vocals, andKen Peplowski,reeds.
Finale:All-Star Jazz Jam with all of the evening’s musicians
FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH 9: Live GYPSY JAZZ,:DJANGO,A FRENCH FILM ABOUT LEGENDARY JAZZ GUITARIST DJANGO REINHARDT, Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court

10 a.m.-10:45, LIVE GYPSY JAZZ; 11 a.m., 2017 FILMDJANGO
Keven Aland(violin) andJon McLaughlin(guitar) of the Hot Club of SRQ present a Gypsy Jazz performance to set the mood forEtienne Comar’s film Django. This new film, called “a plucky historical drama that leverages a famous musician into a story about fighting fascism,” will be screened with English subtitles. The “dazzling biopic,” which had its world premiere at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, depicts the struggles of the famous French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt in German-occupied Paris.
Seating is limited:ALL guests must make reservations. Contact the Jazz Club office* for reservations and tickets. Admission: FREE for holders of VIP Festival Passes; $10 for Jazz Club members; $15 for nonmembers.

FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 9: CONCERT and other events, Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N Palm Avenue
5-7:30, JAZZ MUSICIANS in lobby bar;7:30 p.m., CONCERT;10-11 p.m., VIP MEET-AND-GREET with FESTIVAL MUSICIANS
Co-Hosts: Ken PeplowskiandWhitney James, jazz vocalist; on-air jazz host, WUSF 89.7 FM, Tampa
1st Set:Diego Figueiredo, guitar; Chiara Izzi, vocals; Jimmy Greene, saxophone.
2nd Set:Scandinavian Jazz trio; Houston Person, saxophone; Graham Dechter, guitar.
Finale: All-Star Jazz Jam with all of the evening’s musicians.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON, March 10: CONCERTand other events,Art Ovation Hotel,1255 N Palm Avenue12:30-2, Local JAZZ MUSICIANS in lobby bar;2 p.m., CONCERTCo-Hosts: Ken Peplowski and  Kayonne Riley, general manager, WUCF 89.9 FM, Orlando; host of “Middays with Kayonne Riley Mix-and-matchconcertwith Scandinavian Jazztrio; Graham Dechter, guitar; Akiko Tsuruga, organ; Jeff Hamilton, drums; Houston Person, saxophone; Diego Figueiredo, guitar; Chiara Izzi, vocals; Ehud Asherie, piano; and Ken Peplowski, reeds.

SATURDAY EVENING, March 10: CONCERT and other events,Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N Palm Avenue
5-7:30, Local JAZZ MUSICIANS in lobby bar;7:30 p.m., CONCERT; 10-11 p.m., VIP MEET-AND-GREET with FESTIVAL MUSICIANS
Co-Hosts: Ken Peplowskiand Bob Seymour, retired director of jazz and on-air host, WUSF 89.7 FM, Tampa; honorary member, Jazz Club of Sarasota Board of Directors
1stSet:Kristian Leth, drums; Hans Backenroth, bass; Ehud Asherie, piano; and Ken Peplowski, reeds
Presentation of the Jazz Club’s highest honor, the Satchmo award, to honor a person selected by the Jazz Club for “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz.”
2ndSet:Jeff Hamilton, drums; Akiko Tsuruga, organ; Graham Dechter, guitar; and Houston Person, saxophone.

Festival Finale: All-Star Jazz Jam with all of the evening’s musicians
Sarasota Jazz Festival ticket prices peak at $49, with discounts available for Jazz Club members and through several combination packages including a VIP ticket that includes admission and preferred seating for all concerts and four private receptions. Prices for the movieDjangoand the Jazz Pub Crawl are lower. Contact the Jazz Club* for Jazz Pub Crawl wristbands ($20/advance; $25/at event), information about the movie, VIP Combo Ticket Packages, and other options. To purchase general admission tickets for single concerts ($39/member; $49/nonmember), contactbrownpapertickets.comor800.838.3006.

The Jazz Club of Sarasota, founded in 1980, is dedicated to preserving, promoting and presenting jazz, America’s original musical art form.The Club has provided over 50 jazz-related events annually for more than 37 years. Chief among them is the highly respected Sarasota Jazz Festival, including the 38thAnnual Festival set for March 7-10, 2018. In addition to producing numerous jazz events, over the years the Club has granted more than $200,000 in scholarships to aspiring young jazz musicians.

*Jazz Club of Sarasota: For more information visit
http://jazzclubsarasota.org/, e-mailadmin@JazzClubSarasota.com, or phone941.366.1552 (Wednesday throughFriday9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday-Friday during Festival Week).

Saturday, February 3, 2018

"For Lew," CD Tribute to Lew Soloff by Bill Warfield Big Band, Due March 9

Bill Warfield Big Band For LewBill Warfield's career as a trumpeter was launched the moment he heard Lew Soloff's immortal solo on the Blood, Sweat & Tears hit "Spinning Wheel." "It just completely knocked me out," says Warfield, who was 18 at the time and gigging as a pianist, having given up hope of earning a living as a horn player due to dental problems. "I'd never heard anything like it. I decided at that point that I wanted to play the trumpet again."
 
Eventually, Warfield would get to know, study, and record with Soloff, who died in 2014 at age 71. Warfield's latest album, For Lew, set for release on March 9 by Planet Arts Records, is a tribute to his late mentor, colleague, friend, and inspiration. Compiled from material Warfield recorded with his big band between 1990 and 2014, the album includes ten selections that first appeared on New York City Jazz (1990), The City Never Sleeps (1994), A Faceless Place (2005), and Trumpet Story (2014). Two of the tracks are previously unreleased.
 
"Lew was such a warm, supportive human being," Warfield says of Soloff. "When he died, it took me a week to get over it. I patterned my playing after him. I wanted to do the gigs he did. I wanted to sound like him. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to be him. I patterned my whole career after that guy. He was a little nerdy guy who would put a horn in front of his mouth and became Superman. He was the guy who got me to take my writing seriously. On the second record I used him on, I used a few other people's charts. Then he pulled me to the side and said, 'Look, your writing is really special. You shouldn't include anybody else's stuff on your records.'"  
Bill Warfield 
Five tunes on For Lew are Warfield originals; six arrangements are his. While drawn from four different sessions, each made up of different players, every track is an all-star affair. Soloff is the soloist on one track, "Salsa En Mi Alma," and is heard playing lead trumpet on that song and two others. In addition to Warfield, who solos on three tracks, other world-class instrumentalists among the disc's collective personnel are trumpeters Randy Brecker and John Eckert; trombonist Matt Havilan; saxophonists Dan BlockAndy FuscoBob HanlonRich PerryChris Potter, and Walt Weiskopf; pianists Ted Rosenthal and Joel Weiskopf; guitarists Vic Juris and Dave Stryker; bassist Mike Richmond; and drummers Tim Hornerand Bob Weller.
 
Warfield followed Soloff's advice and over the past quarter century has created a canon of music for large ensemble that showcases his distinctive composing and arranging style. He counts Hank Levy, Fred Lipsius, Dick Halligan, Mike Abene (who would produce his first two big band albums), Michel Colombier, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Gil Evans, and Bob Brookmeyer, along with Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Webern, Prokofiev, and other classical composers, as influences on his arranging style.

Bill WarfieldBill Warfield was born in Baltimore on March 2, 1952. He took up trumpet in the fourth grade because, he says, "it looked cool. Because it only had three buttons, I thought it would be easier to play." By the time he was 14, he played Saturday mornings with the orchestra and brass ensemble at the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory School and Saturday afternoons with the Maryland Youth Symphony, as well as with a teenage soul band called Nina and the Marcels.
 
After recovering from a car accident in which he lost his front teeth, he studied for four years at Towson State with Hank Levy, an arranger noted for his charts for Don Ellis and Stan Kenton who was a key early influence.
 
Warfield moved to New York City in 1980 and began subbing in the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, playing and arranging for the Bill Kirchner Nonet, and copying music for Lester BowieJoseph Jarman, and others, while earning a master's from the Manhattan School of Music. He toured Europe with Ornette Coleman, having been recommended by Lew Soloff.
 
Warfield has spent three decades as an inspiring music educator. After stints at the Dalton School in New York, Brooklyn College, Towson State University in Maryland, and the University of North Florida, he joined the faculty at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, in 1996. He continues to teach and direct the jazz program there three days per week.
 
The other four days are usually spent in back in Manhattan, where he currently directs four bands: the New York Jazz Repertory Ensemble, the New York Jazz Octet (which includes tenor saxophonist Don Braden and pianist Kenny Werner), the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra, and the Bill Warfield Big Band.
 
The Bill Warfield Big Band will be performing two sets (7:00pm/8:30pm) at the Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village to celebrate the release of For Lew

Photography by John Abbott
Web Sitebillwarfield.net

Friday, February 2, 2018

Book/DVD of the Month - "O Que É Morar No São Francisco"

Book of the Month:
"O Que É Morar No São Francisco" (Instituto Arquibrasil)
Rating: ***** (book & DVD movie)

Written by Danielli Costa Wal & Key Imaguire Junior
Film Director: João Marcelo Gomes
Concept by Danielli Costa Wal
Director of Cinematography: Renata Correa
Original Soundtrack by Enrico Gianotti

For additional info about this haunting project:
https://cinemaemcuritiba.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/1500/
https://keyimaguirejunior.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/o-sao-francisco/
https://cwbdeluxe.blogspot.com.br/2017/06/o-que-e-morar-no-sao-francisco.html

DVD of the Month - "André Mehmari & Gabriele Mirabassi: Miramari"

DVD of the Month
André Mehmari & Gabriele Mirabassi: "Miramari" (Estúdio Monteverdi) DVD + CD
Rating: ***** (musical performance, audio & video quality)

Produced by André Mehmari
Music Directors: André Mehmari & Gabriele Mirabassi
Video Director: João Marcello Zanogni (aka João Marcelo Gomes)
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by André Mehmari
Director of Photography: Otávio Sosa
Camera Operators: Fernando Chamelet, João Marcello Zanogni & Otávio Sosa
Garphics: Lumen Design
Liner Notes: Guinga
Featuring: André Mehmari (acoustic piano) and Gabriele Mirabassi (clarinet)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hector Costita & Joseval Paes live in Rio, this Saturday!

The stunning Hector Costita/Joseval Paes duo returns to the Bottle's Bar, in Rio de Janeiro, this next Saturday, January 27, at 10:30pm.
Concert produced by Bernardo Costa for Coisas da Música.

Cancel your plans for tomorrow night; we have something better! Luis Perdomo live @ Zinc Bar!

Charles Carlini presents "Piano Jazz Series" @ Zinc Bar, NY.
This Friday, January 26, don't miss the Luis Perdomo Trio featuring bassist Mimi Jones and drummer Rudy Royston. 7pm & 8:30pm.
See you there!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Diana Krall's "Turn Up The Quiet World Tour": 20 new concert dates announced

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR PRESALE STARTS NOW!

Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall continues with the 4th North American leg of her massive “Turn Up The Quiet World Tour” that has visited over 80 cities in Europe and North America thus far.

20 additional U.S. concert dates have just been announced for June. Among the many highlights of this tour leg are: New Orleans, Memphis as well as multiple dates in Texas including Austin’s ACL Live at the Moody Theatre.

JUNE 1
Ohio Theatre
Columbus, OH
On Sale 1/30

JUNE 3
Akron Civic Theatre
Akron, OH

JUNE 5
Midland Center for the Arts
Midland, MI

JUNE 6
Louisville Palace
Louisville, KY

JUNE 8
The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts
Carmel, IN

JUNE 9
Paramount Theatre
Aurora, IL

JUNE 10
Hoyt Sherman Place
Des Moines, IA

JUNE 12
The Ordway Music Theater
St. Paul, MN

JUNE 13
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Appleton, WI

JUNE 15
Peabody Opera House
St. Louis, MO

JUNE 16
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kansas City, MO

JUNE 17
Orpheum Theatre
Wichita, KS

JUNE19
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie, TX

JUNE 20
ACL Live at The Moody Theatre
Austin, TX

JUNE 21
Majestic Theatre
San Antonio, TX

JUNE 23
Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Sugar Land, TX

JUNE 24
New Orleans, LA
Saenger Theatre

JUNE 27
Chapman Music Hall at Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Tulsa, OK

JUNE 28
Walton Arts Center
Fayetteville, AR

JUNE 30
Orpheum Theatre
Memphis, TN

"Blue Note At Sea" starts Jan 27! Book now!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The 39th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2017

The Best Jazz of 2017 - Os melhores do jazz em 2017!
The complete results of the 39th Jazz Station Awards!
Os resultados da 39ª edição do Prêmio Jazz Station!

These are the complete results of the 39th Annual Jazz Station Awards conducted by the Los Angeles-based jazz journalist, record producer, jazz historian & jazz educator Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Mr. DeSouteiro is a voting member of NARAS-Grammy, as well as of the Jazz Journalists Association and the Los Angeles Jazz Society. He has produced over 830 sessions, according to the All Music Guide website. For more details and a small bio, please check
http://jazzstation-oblogdearnaldodesouteiros.blogspot.com.br/2017/10/arnaldo-desouteiro-biography.html

Ahmad Jamal (pictured above), Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, Anders Bergcrantz, Ralph Towner, Michael Pedicin, Airto Moreira, Hermeto Pascoal, Jane Ira Bloom, Tom Coppola, and the late guitarists Larry Coryell and John Abrecrombie, are among the top artists of the year.
Only albums recorded or released in 2017 were eligible. 
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O Prêmio Jazz Station - criado em 1979 por Arnaldo DeSouteiro, jornalista, historiador e produtor brasileiro radicado em Los Angeles - chega ao 39º ano, contemplando os artistas que mais se dedicaram no panorama jazzístico internacional em todo o mundo. Membro votante do Grammy, da Jazz Journalists Association e da Los Angeles Jazz Society, entre outras instituições, DeSouteiro já produziu mais de 830 sessões de gravação, segundo contabilizado pelo site All Music Guide.

Além de dono da gravadora JSR e da empresa Jazz Station Marketing & Consultoria, Arnaldo DeSouteiro traz no curriculo trabalhos para selos como Verve, Milestone, Sony e CTI, roteiros para shows e especiais de TV de João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfá, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione, Bjork, Eumir Deodato e Diana Krall, e também é convidado frequentemente para atuar como parecerista em empresas privadas, instituições governamentais e festivais de jazz nos EUA, Brasil, Europa e Ásia, além de professor convidado em universidades.

Ahmad Jamal, Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, Anders Bergcrantz, Ralph Towner, Michael Pedicin, Airto Moreira, Hermeto Pascoal, Jane Ira Bloom, Tom Coppola, e os guitarristas Larry Coryell e John Abercrombie (que tinham álbums prontos para serem lançados quando faleceram) estão entre os artistas que brilharam em 2017.

Atendendo aos pedidos dos leitores, que desde 1979 acompanham essa votação, incluímos – após os nomes de todos os colocados em cada categoria – os títulos dos trabalhos (CDs, DVDs ou Blu-rays) pelo quais os artistas foram avaliados, com base apenas em lançamentos realizados no decorrer deste ano.

Para variar, foram necessárias várias semanas para a preparação de todas estas listas, reouvindo CDs, revendo DVDs, checando fichas técnicas e, às vezes, reavaliando opiniões. Tudo isso com o objetivo de fornecer o mais fiel possível retrato do cenário jazzístico em 2017, a partir de bases reais de análise.

O que significa, por exemplo, que artistas que não lançaram novos trabalhos este ano, seja como líderes ou sidemen, tornaram-se, por mais geniais que sejam, automaticamente inelegíveis. 
Tal critério explica a ausência de nomes como Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock, Mike Mainieri, Vic Juris e Gene Bertoncini que, apesar de terem realizado muitos shows, não lançaram novos trabalhos em 2017.

Vários discos premiados em 2017, com atraso, pelas revistas especializadas, não aparecem na nossa lista por uma simples razão: constaram da relação de 2016.


Aí estão os resultados completos:
2017 Acoustic Piano: 1. Ahmad Jamal (“Marseille” – Jazz Village/JazzBook); 2. Chick Corea (“The Musician” – Concord); 3. Dwiki Dharmawan: "Pasar Klewer" (Musikita/MoonJune); 4. Ai Kuwabara ("Somehow, Someday, Somewhere" - TOM Records); 5. Hiromi (“Live In Montreal” w/ Edmar Castaneda – Telarc); 6. Michel Camilo (“Live In London” – Sony); 7. Mike Longo (“Only Time Will Tell” – CAP); 8. Marc Copland (“Better By Far” – Unit); 9. Martial Solal ("Masters In Bordeux" - Sunnyside); 10. Richie Beirach ("Live At Birdland New York" w/ Gregor Huebner - ACT); 11Fred Hersch (“Open Book” – Palmetto); 12. Harold Mabern (“To Love And Be Loved” – Smoke Sessions”); 13. Dado Moroni (“Kind Of Bill: Live At Casino Di Sanremo” – BFM Jazz);14. Cyrus Chestnut (“There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit” – HighNote); 15. George Cables ("The New York Sessions" w/ Mark Lewis - Audio Daddio); 16. Roberto Magris ("Prague After Dark" w/ The MUH Trio - JMood Records); 17. Bill Charlap (“Uptown Downtown” – Impulse!); 18. David Kikowski (“Time Being” w/ Tim Armacost – Whirlpool Records); 19. Brad Mehldau ("Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" - Nonesuch)
2017 Electric Piano: 1. Tom Coppola (“Island Dreams” w/ TOCO - Shine Your Light Music); 2. Pete Levin (“Möbius” – PLM); 3. Vasil Hadzimanov (“No Answer” w/ Dusan Jevtovic – MoonJune); 4. Ai Kuwabara (“Somehow, Someday, Somewhere” – TOM Records); 5. Maggi Olin (Traces” w/ David’s Angels – Kopasetic, and “Holiday on Fire” w/ Torben Waldorff); 6. Robert Tjäderkvist/Sven Erik Lundeqvist (“Soulfully Yours” w/ Anders Bergcrantz – Vanguard Music Boulevard); 7. Frank Chastenier (“Homecoming” w/ Vince Mendonza & WDR Big Band – Sunnyside); 8. Damian Espinosa (“Boundary Issues” w/ Chris Greene Quartet – Single Malt Recordings); 9. Cyrus Chestnut (“Hard Times” w/ Vincent Herring – Smoke Sessions); 10. Ray Angry (“Sit Back, Relax & Unwind” w/ Steve Wilson – JMI); 11. Jean-Philippe Dary (“Lets Bash!” w/ Jowee Omicil – Jazz Village); 12. Eike Wuffmeier (“No. 3” w/ Center – Unit)
2017 Organ: 1. Joey DeFrancesco (“Project Freedom” – Mack Avenue); 2. Nina Ott (“Change of Address” w/ Jared Sims – Ropeadope); 3. Gregory Lewis (“The Breathe Street” – GL Music); 4. Dr. Lonnie Smith (“I Didn't Know What Time It Was” w/ Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw – JOC Records/Challenge); 5. Roberto Nuzzi (“Welcome” w/ Orgzeptor – Unit); 6. Larry Goldings (“Portraits Of Joni” w/ Jessica Molaskey ‎– Ghostlight Records); 7. John Medeski (“Hudson” w/ Jack DeJohnette – Motema)
2017 Keyboards: 1. Tom Coppola (“Island Dreams” w/ TOCO - Shine Your Light Music); 2. Hugo Fattoruso (“Tercer Viaje” w/ Dos Orientales – Beans Records); 3. Jim Beard (“Trip” w/ Mike Stern – Heads Up); 4. Gary Husband (“Live @ Ronnie Scott’s” w/ John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension – Abstract Logix); 5. Scott Collard (“Fire Dance” w/ Beata Pater – B&B Records); 6. Axel Laugart (“Mae Sun Vol.1: Inter-Be” – Calmit Productions);  7. Damian Espinosa (“Boundary Issues” w/ Chris Greene Quartet – Single Malt); 8. Antoine Guenet (“Machine Mass Plays Hendrix” – MoonJune); 9. Chris McCarthy (“Sonder” –RPR); 10. Vasil Hadzimanov (“Alive” – MoonJune); 11. Christian Tumalan ("Live From Stern Grove Festival" w/ Pacific Mambo Orchestra)
2017 Acoustic Bass: 1. Ron Carter (“An Evening with Ron Carter & Richard Galliano – Live At Theaterstubchen, Kassel” – In & Out); 2. Eddie Gomez (“Kind Of Bill: Live At Casino Di Sanremo” w/ Dado Moroni – BFM Jazz); 3. James Cammack (“Marseille” w/ Ahmad Jamal – Jazz Village/JazzBook); 4. Gary Peacock (“Tangents” – ECM); 5. Miroslav Vitous (“Ziljabu Nights” – Intuition); 6. Buster Williams (“There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit” w/ Cyrus Chestnut – HighNote); 7. Drew Gress (“Up And Coming” w/ John Abercrombie Quartet – ECM, and “Holiday on Fire” w/ Torben Waldorff – Artist Share/Linedwon); 8. Dave Holland (“Blue Maqams” w/ Anouar Brahem - ECM); 9. Essiet Essiet ("The New York Session" w/ Mark Lewis - Audio Daddio); 10. Eva Kesselring (“Flying Curly” w/ Eva Kess Group – Unit); 11. Christian McBride (“Bringin’ It” - Mack Avenue)
2017 Electric Bass: 1. Steve Swallow (“Loneliness Road” w/ Jamie Saft & Iggy Pop – Rare Noise Records); 2. Will Lee (“Somehow, Someday, Somewhere” w/ Ai Kuwabara – TOM Records); 3. Nathan East (“Reverence” – Yamanha); 4. John Lee (“Seven Secrets” w/ Larry Coryell’s 11th House” – Savoy Jazz); 5. John Patitucci (“Irmãos de Fé” – Newvelle); 6. Aaron Germain (“Fire Dance” w/ Beata Pater – B&B Records); 7. Etienne M'Bappé ("Live @ Ronnie Scott's" w/ John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension - Abstract Logix); 8. Glauco Solter ("Tripolar" w/ Mano A Mano Trio - Gramofone); 9. Gary Brown (“Other Shore” w/ José Neto Band – Caravela Music); 10. Itaiguara Brandão (“Upside Down Looking Up” w/ Mauricio Zottarelli – MZ)
2017 Drums: 1. Steve Gadd (“Somehow, Someday, Somewhere” w/ Ai Kuwabara & Will Lee – TOM Records); 2. Alphonse Mouzon (“Seven Secrets” w/ Larry Coryell’s 11th House” – Savoy Jazz); 3. Zé Eduardo Nazario ("Color Tones" w/ John Stein - Whaling City Sound); 4. Mauricio Zottarelli (“Upside Down Looking Up” – MZ); 5. Herlin Riley (“Marseille” w/ Ahmad Jamal – Jazz Village/JazzBook); 6. Jack DeJohnette (“Hudson” – Motema) ; 7. Bobby Previte (“Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson” w/ Jane Ira Bloom – Outline); 8. Asaf Sirkis (“Pasar Klewer” w/ Dwiki Dharmawan – Musikita/MoonJune); 9. Lewis Nash (“Only Time Will Tell” w/ Mike Longo Trio – CAP); 10. Ranjit Barot ("Live @ Ronnie Scott's" w/ John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension - Abstract Logix); 11. Anders Vestergard (“Inside Turnabout” – Drumvoice Records); 12. Joe LaBarbera (“Kind Of Bill: Live At Casino Di Sanremo” w/ Dado Moroni – BFM Jazz);13. Dan Gonzalez ("Out Of The Bag" w/ LehCats - 100% Vegan); 14. Lenny White (“There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit” w/ Cyrus Chestnut – HighNOte); 15. Joey Baron (“Titok” w/ Ferenc Snétberger – ECM); 16. Alfred Vogel (“Blow + Beat” w/ Mats Gustafsson – Boomslang Records)17. Victor Lewis ("Akua's Dance" w/ Akua Dixon - Akua's Music); 18. Ralph Peterson (“Common Ground” w/ B.J. Jansen – Ronin Jazz)
2017 Percussion: 1. Airto Moreira (“Aluê” – Selo SESC); 2. Manolo Badrena (“Marseille” w/ Ahmad Jamal – Jazz Village/JazzBook Records); 3. Tomohiro Yahiro (“Tercer Viaje” w/ Dos Orientales – Beans Records); 4. Marcio Doctor (“Homecoming” w/ Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band – Sunnyside); 5. Bojan Ivkovic (“Alive” w/ Vasil Hadzimanov – MoonJune); 6. Alex Acuña (“As It Should Be: Ballads 2” w/ Michael Pedicin – Groundblue Records); 7. Alex Diaz ("Song Of No Regrets" w/ Eric Alexander - HighNote); 8. Benny Koonyevsky ("Out Of The Bag" w/ LehCats - 100% Vegan); 9. Rogerio Boccato (“Jigsaw” w/ Alan Ferber Big Band – Sunnyside)
2017 Vibes/Marimba: 1. Terry Gibbs ("92 Years Young: Jammin' at the Gibbs House" - Whaling City Sound); 2. Steve Nelson (“Brothers Under The Sun” – HalfNote); 3. Gary Burton (“The Musician” w/ Chick Corea – Concord); 4. Nikara Warren (“Mae Sun Vol.1: Inter-Be” – Calmit Productions); 5. Warren Wolf (“The Co-Op” – Brown Brothers Recordings)
2017 Miscellaneous: 1. Akua Dixon - cello ("Akua's Dance" - Akua's Music); 2. Michael Rabinowitz - bassoon (“Uncharted Waters” – Cats Paws); 3. Edmar Castaneda – harp (“Live in Montreal” w/ Hiromi – Telarc); 4. Richard Galliano – accordion (“An Evening with Ron Carter & Richard Galliano – Live At Theaterstubchen, Kassel” – In & Out); 5. Anouar Brahem - oud (“Blue Maqams” – ECM); 6. Mat Maneri – viola (“New Artifacts” w/ Tony Malaby & Daniel Levin); 7. Jenny Bliss Bennett – viola da gamba (“Talinka” – Fanfare/MoonJune); 8. Jon Davis – guzheng (“Zhongyu” – MoonJune); 9. Marius Preda – cimbalom (“Mission Cimbalom” – Universal Music Romania) 10. Erik Friedlander - cello ("Gendhing For A Spirit Rising" w/ David Lopato - Global Coolant); 11. Chris Thile - mandolin ("Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" - Nonesuch)
2017 Acoustic Guitar: 1. Ralph Towner (“My Foolish Heart” – ECM); 2. José Neto (“Other Shore” – Caravela Music); 3. Larry Coryell (“Seven Secrets” w/ Larry Coryell’s 11th House” – Savoy Jazz); 4. Biréli Lagrène ("Tribute To Stephane & Django" - Avanti Jazz); 5. Romero Lubambo ("Sampa" - Sunnyside); 6. Marcello Gonçalves ("Outra Coisa - The Music of Moacir Santos" w/ Anat Cohen - Anzic); 7. Freddie Bryant ("Akua's Dance" w/ Akua Dixon - Akua's Music); 8. John Pizzarelli (“Sinatra & Jobim @ 50” – Concord); 9. Paul Meyers (“Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian” w/ Sarah Partridge – Origin); 10. Rolf Sturms ("August Love Song" w/ Roswell Rudd & Heather Masse - Red House) 
2017 Electric Guitar: 1. Larry Coryell (“Seven Secrets” w/ Larry Coryell’s 11th House” – Savoy Jazz); 2. John Abercrombie (“Up And Coming” – ECM); 3. John McLaughlin (“Live @ Ronnie Scott’s” – Abstract Logix); 4. Pat Martino (“Formidable” – HighNote); 5. Mark Whitfield (“Grace” – Marksman Productions); 6. Russell Malone (“Time For The Dancers” – HighNote); 7. Mike Stern (“Trip” – Heads Up); 8. Lupa Santiago (“Inside Turnabout” – Dreamvoice Records); 9. Torben Waldorff (“Holiday on Fire” – ArtistShare/Linedown); 10. Michel Delville (“Machine Mass Plays Hendrix” – MoonJune); 11. Gustavo Assis Brasil ("Upside Down Looking Up" w/ Mauricio Zottarelli - MZ); 12. John Scofield (“Hudson” w/ Jack DeJohnette – Motema); 13. Peter Bernstein (“Signs Live!” – HighNote); 14. Dusan Jevtovic (“No Answer” – MoonJune); 15. John Stein (“Color Tones” – Whaling City Sound); 16. Tohpati (“Mata Hati” w/ Tohpati Ethnomission – MoonJune); 17. Johnnie Valentino (“As It Should Be: Ballads 2” w/ Michael Pedicin – Groundblue Records)
2017 Violin: 1. Gregor Huebner ("Live at Birdland" w/ Richie Beirach - Act); 2. Roby Lakatos ("Tribute To Stephane & Django" w/ Biréli Lagrène - Avanti Jazz); 3. Zach Brock (“Festival” w/ Matt Ulery’s Loom/Large – Woolgathering Records); 4. Alicia DeJoie (“Zhongyu” w/ Zhongyu – MoonJune); 5. Mark Feldman ("Leaving Everything Behind" w/ Yelena Eckemoff Quartet - L&H Prod.)  
2017 Flute: 1. Karen Stachel ("Out Of The Bag" w/ LehCats - 100% Vegan); 2. Charles Lloyd ("Passin' Thru" - Blue Note); 3. Hubert Laws (one track from "Reverence" w/ Nathan East - Yamaha); 4. Mark Lewis (one track from “The New York Session” - Audio Dadio); 5. Anne Drummond (“Clockwork” w/ Victor Gould – Fresh Sound); 6. Fernando Brandão (“Color Tones” w/ John Stein – Whaling City Sound); 7. Oriente Lopez (“Upside Down Looking Up” w/ Mauricio Zottarelli – MZ); 8. Scott Robinson (“Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian” w/ Sarah Partridge – Origin); 9. Anna Weber ("Binary" - Skirl); 10. Esaie Cid (“Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” w/ Lisa Lindsley – Take One Music)
2017 Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: 1. Anat Cohen (“Outra Coisa – The Music of Moacir Santos” w/ Marcello Gonçalves – Anzic); 2. David Krakauer (“AKOKA: Reframing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time” – Pentatone); 3. Norbert Stachel ("Out Of The Bag" w/ LehCats - 100% Vegan); 4. Sergio Albach (“TriPolar” w/ Mano A Mano Trio – Tratore); 5. Gilad Atzmon (“Talinka” – Fanfare/MoonJune and "Passar Klewer" w/ Dwiki Dharmawan - Musikita/MoonJune); 6. Louis Sclavis (“Asian Fields Variations” – ECM); 7. Scott Robinson (“Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian” w/ Sarah Partridge – Origin); 8. Lucas Pino ("Gendhing For A Spirit Rising" w/ David Lopato - Global Coolant); 9. Samuel Pompeo ("Que Descaída" - P&MB0); 10. Chris Speed (“Vista Accumulation” w/ Matt Mitchell – Pi Recordings); 11. James DeJoie (“Zhongyu” w/ Zhongyu – MoonJune)
2017 Trumpet: 1. Anders Bergcrantz (“Soulfully Yours” – Vanguard Music Boulevard); 2. Randy Brecker (“Seven Secrets” w/ Larry Coryell’s 11th House” – Savoy Jazz); 3. Matt Cappy (“Church And State” – Ropeadope); 4. Tom Harrell (“Moving Picture” – HighNote); 5. Tomasz Stanko (“December Avenue” – ECM); 6. Ingrid Jensen (“Holiday on Fire” w/ Torben Waldorff – ArtistShare, and “Traces” w/ David’s Angels – Kopasetic); 7. Jack Walrath ("Lyric Fury" w/ Cynthia Hilts - Blond Coyote); 8. Jeremy Pelt (“The Co-Op” – Brown Brothers Recordings); 9. Andrea Motis (“Emotional Dance” – Impulse!); 10. Duane Eubanks (“Common Ground” w/ B.J. Jansen – Ronin Jazz)
2017 Flugelhorn: 1. Tom Harrell (“Moving Picture” – HighNote); 2. Jeremy Pelt (“The Co-Op” – Brown Brothers Recordings); 3. Phil Grenadier (“Color Tones” w/ John Stein – Whaling City Sound); 4. Matt Cappy (“Church And State” – Ropeadope); 5. Anders Bergcrantz ("Soulfully Yours" - Vanguard Music Boulevard)
2017 Trombone: 1. Roswell Rudd ("August Love Song" w/ Heather Masse - Red House); 2. Steve Davis (“Think Ahead” – Smoke Sessions); 3. Delfeayo Marsalis (“Common Ground” w/ B.J. Jansen – Ronin Jazz); 4. Steve Turre (“Hard Times” w/ Vincent Herring – Smoke Sessions); 5. Wycliffe Gordon (“The Co-Op” – Brown Brothers Recordings); 6. Ray Anderson ("The Long Road" w/ BassDrumBone - Auricle); 7. Trombone Shorty (“Parking Lot Symphony” – Blue Note); 8. Deborah Weisz ("Lyric Fury" w/ Cynthia Hilts - Blond Coyote); 9. Nils Landgren (“Meet Me At The Movies” w/ Viktoria Tolstoy – ACT)
2017 Soprano Sax: 1. Jane Ira Bloom (“Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson” – Outline); 2. Hailey Niswanger (“Mae Sun Vol.1: Inter-Be” – Calmit Productions); 3. Dave Liebman ("Masters In Bordeaux" w/ Martial Solal - Sunnyside); 4. Michael Pedicin (“As It Should Be: Ballads 2” – Groundblue Records); 5. Sam Newsome (“Fire Dance” w/ Beata Pater – B&B Records); 6. Chris Potter (“The Dreamer Is The Dream” – ECM); 7. Chris Greene (“Boundary Issues” – Single Malt); 8. Norbert Stachel ("Out Of The Bag" w/ LehCats - 100% Vegan); 9. Harry Sokal (“I Remember Art” – Alessa Records); 10. Samuel Pompeo (Que Descaída" - P&MB); 11. Vincent Herring (“Hard Times” – Smoke Sessions);12. Gilad Atzmon (“Pasar Klewer” w/ Dwiki Dharmawan – Musikita/MoonJune); 13. Lisa Parrot ("Lyric Fury" w/ Cynthia Hilts - Blond Coyote); 14. Roscoe Mitchell (“Bells For The South Side” – ECM)
2017 Alto Sax: 1. Richie Cole (“Latin Lover” – RCPP); 2. Mark Lewis (“The New York Session" - Audio Daddio); 3. Dick Oatts ("Use Your Imagination" - SteepleChase); 4. Vincent Herring (“Hard Times” – Smoke Sessions); 5. Lee Konitz (“Frescalato” – Impulse!); 6. Bobby Watson (“Made In America” – Smoke Sessions); 7. David Binney (“Alive” w/ Vasil Hadzimanov Band – MoonJune); 8. Kuba Więcek ("Another Raindrop - Polish Jazz Vol. 78" - Polskie Nagrania/Warner Music Poland); 9. John O’Gallagher (“Live In Brooklyn” – Whirlpool Records); 10. Steve Wilson (“Sit Back, Relax & Unwind” – JMI); 11. Miguel Zenón (“Típico” – Miel Music)
2017 Tenor Sax: 1. Eric Alexander (“Song Of No Regrets” – HighNote); 2. Michael Pedicin (“As It Should Be – Ballads 2” – Groundblue Records); 3. Dave Liebman ("Masters In Bordeaux" w/ Martial Solal - Sunnyside); 4. Houston Person (“Rain Or Shine” – HighNote); 5. Charles Lloyd (“Passin’ Thru” – Blue Note); 6. Chris Potter (“The Dreamer Is The Dream” – ECM); 7. Rahsaan Barber (“The Music In The Night” – Jazz Music City); 8. Norbert Stachel ("Out Of The Bag" w/ LehCats - 100% Vegan); 9. Chris Greene (“Boundary Issues” – Single Malt); 10. Tim Armacost (“Time Being” – Whirlpool Records); 11. Ohad Talmor (“Subway Lines” w/ Talmor Irniger Counterpoints” – Fresh Sound); 12. Bill Evans ("Rise Above" - BE); 13. Chris Speed (“Vista Accumulation” w/ Matt Mitchell – Pi Recordings); 14. Harry Sokal (“I Remember Art” - Alessa Records)
2017 Baritone Sax: 1. B.J. Jansen (“Common Ground” – Ronin Jazz); 2. Jared Sims (“Change of Address” – Ropeadope); 3. Norbert Stachel ("Shades Of The Bay" - Cheeseburger Records); 4. Samuel Pompeo ("Que Descaída" - P&MB); 5. Gary Smulyan (“Royalty at Le Duc” – Groovin’ High/Sunnyside); 6. Ronnie Cuber (“6 Hours with Ronnie” w/ Kazimierz Jonkisz Energy – For-Tune); 7. Mats Gustafsson ‎(“Blow + Beat” w/ Alfred Vogel - Boomslang Records); 8. Lisa Parrott ("Lyric Fury" w/ Cynthia Hilts - Blond Coyote)
2017 Male Singer: 1. Theo Bleckmann (“Elegy” – ECM); 2. Gregory Porter (“Nat King Cole & Me” – Blue Note); 3. Bobby McFerrin (“The Musician” w/ Chick Corea – Concord); 4. John Pizzarelli (“Sinatra & Jobim @ 50” – Concord); 5. Bob Merrill (“Tell Me Your Troubles – Songs by Joe Bushkin” – Accurate); 6. Curtis Stigers (“One More For The Road” with the Danish Radio Big Band – Concord); 7. Boris Savoldelli (“Pasar Klewer” w/ Dwiki Dharmawan - Musikita/MoonJune)
2017 Female Singer: 1. Beata Pater (“Fire Dance” – B&B Records); 2. Diana Krall (“Turn Up The Quiet” - Verve); 3. Dee Dee Bridgewater (“Memphis… Yes, I’m Ready” – Okeh); 4. Sylvia Brooks (“The Arrangement” – SB); 5. Lisa Lindsley (“Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” – Take One Music); 6. Heather Masse ("August Love Song" w/ Roswell Rudd - Red House); 7. Sofie Norling (“Traces” w/ David’s Angels – Kopasetic); 8. Sarah Partridge (“Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian” (Origin); 9. Jean Baylor (“The Journey” w/ The Baylor Project – Be A Light); 10. Vikotoria Tolstoy (“Meet Me At The Movies” – ACT); 11. Barbara Morrison ("I Wanna Be Loved" - Savant); 12. Tali Atzmon (“Talinka” – Fanfare/MoonJune); 13. Laurie Dapice ("Parting The Veil" - LD); 14. Fay Claassen (“Luck Child” – Challenge); 15. Cécile McLorin Savant (“Dreams And Daggers” – Mack Avenue); 16. Lizz Wright (“Grace” – Concord); 17. Julie Benko (“Introducing Julie Benko” – JB); 18. Carrie Furniss (“Sonder” w/ Chris McCarthy – RPR)
2017 Instrumental Group: 1. Larry Coryell’s 11th House (“Seven Secrets” – Savoy Jazz); 2. John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension (“Live @ Ronnie Scott’s” – Abstract Logix); 3. José Neto Band (“Other Shore” – Caravela Music); 4. Machine Mass (“Plays Hendrix” – MoonJune); 5. Zhonguy (“Zhongyu” – MoonJune); 6. Chris Greene Quartet (“Boundary Issues” – Single Malt Recordings); 7. The MUH Trio ("Prague After Dark" - JMood Records); 8. Cynthia Hilts ("Lyric Fury" - Blond Coyote); 9. Hailey Niswanger's Mae Sun ("Vol.1: Inter-Be" - Mae Sun Music); 10. LehCats ("Out Of The Bag" - 100% Vegan)
2017 Big Band/Jazz Orchestra: 1. Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge (“Whispers on the Wind” – Mama Records); 2. WDR Big Band Cologne (“Homecoming” – Sunnyside); 3. Pacific Mambo Orchestra (“Live From Stern Grove Festival” – Pacific Mambo Records); 4. Alan Ferber Big Band (“Jigsaw” – Sunnyside); 5. The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra (“Dreaming Big” – Gold Fox Records); 6. Rainer Tempel Bigband (“Sophistication” – Neuklang); 7. The Danish Radio Big Band (“Charlie Watts Meets The Radio Danish Big Band” – Impulse!); 8. Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra (“Les Deux Versants Se Regardent” – Clean Feed); 9. Christian McBride Big Band (“Bringin’ It” – Mack Avenue); 10. John Beasley’s Monk’estra (“John Beasley Presents Monk’estra Vol. 2” – Mack Avenue); 11. Jihye Lee Orchestra (“April” – Joun Music)
2017 Composer: 1. Hermeto Pascoal (“Natureza Universal” – Natura Musical); 2. Anders Bergcrantz (“Soulfully Yours” – Vanguard Music Boulevard); 3. Carlos Franzetti (“Luminosa” – Sunnyside); 4. Vince Mendoza (“Homecoming” – Sunnyside); 5. Hugo Fattoruso (“Tercer Viaje” – Beans Records); 6. Brett Gold (“Dreaming Big” w/ The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra” – Gold Fox Records); 7. Cynthia Hilts ("Lyric Fury" - Blond Coyote); 8. Chuck Owen ("Whispers on the Wind" - Mama Records); 9. Alan Ferber (“Jigsaw” – Sunnyside); 10. Eva Kesselring (“Flying Curly” w/ Eva Kess Group – Unit); 11. Rainer Tempel (“Sophistication” – Neuklang); 12. Tom Coppola (“Island Dreams” w/ TOCO); 13. Alex Danson (“Fire Dance” w/ Beata Pater – B&B Records); 14. Jihye Lee (“April” w/ Jihye Lee Orchestra – Joun Music); 15. Jane Ira Bloom ("Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson" - Outline); 16. José Neto (“Other Shore” – Caravela Music); 17. Johnnie Valentino ("As It Should Be: Ballads 2" w/ Michael Pedicin - Groundblue Records)
 2017 Arranger: 1. Hermeto Pascoal (“Natureza Universal” – Natura Musical); 2. Carlos Franzetti ("Luminosa" w/ Allison Brewster Franzetti - Sunnyside); 3. Brett Gold (“Dreaming Big” w/ The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra – Gold Fox); 4. Vince Mendoza (“Homecoming” – Sunnyside); 5. Chuck Owen ("Whispers on the Wind" - Mama Records); 6. Alan Ferber (“Jigsaw” – Sunnyside); 7. Jihye Lee ("April" - Joun Music); 8. Cynthia Hilts ("Lyric Fury" - Blond Coyote)
2017 New Talent: Kuba Więcek - alto sax ("Another Raindrop - Polish Jazz Vol. 78" - Polskie Nagrania/Warner Music Poland)
2017 Engineer: 1. Jim Anderson (“Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson” w/ Jane Ira Bloom – Outline); 2. Mike Marciano/Paul Wickliffe (“Dreaming Big” w/ The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra – Gold Fox); 3. Jan Holzner (“Luminosa” w/ Carlos Franzetti & Allison Brewster Franzetti – Sunnyside); 4. Dan Feiszli (“Fire Dance” w/ Beata Pater – B&B Records); 5. Steve Mandel (“Sit Back, Relax & Unwind” w/ Steve Wilson – JMI); 6. Max Ross ("The New York Session" w/ Mark Lewis - Audio Daddio); 7. Randall Crafton ("Akua's Dance" w/ Akua Dixon - Akua's Music)

The Best 25 Instrumental Albums

Anders Bergcrantz: “Soulfully Yours” (Vanguard Music Boulevard) CD & Vinyl
Carlos Franzetti & Allison Brewster Franzetti: “Luminosa” (Sunnyside) CD
Hugo Fattoruso & Tomohiro Yahiro (Dos Orientales): “Tercer Viaje” (Beans Records) CD
Ahmad Jamal: “Marseille” (Jazz Village/Jazz Book) CD
Jane Ira Bloom: “Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson” (Outline) 2-CD set
Hermeto Pascoal & Big Band: “Natureza Universal” (Natura Musical) CD
Dwiki Dharmawan: "Pasar Klewer" (Musikita/MoonJune) 2-CD set
Hugo Fattoruso & Leo Maslíah: "Montevideo Ambiguo" (Montevideo Music Group) CD
Akua Dixon: "Akua's Dance" (Akua's Music) CD
LehCats: "Out Of The Bag" (100% Vegan) CD
Mark Whitfield: “Grace” (Marksman Productions) CD
Dusan Jevtovic: “No Answer” (MoonJune) CD
John Stein: “Color Tones” (Whaling City Sound) CD
Steve Wilson: “Sit Back, Relax & Unwind” (JMI) Vinyl
Mauricio Zottarelli: “Upside Down Looking Up” (MZ) CD
Pacific Mambo Orchestra: “Live From Stern Grove Festival” (Pacific Mambo Records) CD
Matt Cappy: “Church And State” (Ropeadope) CD
Lupa Santiago & Anders Vestergard Quartet: “Inside Turnabout” (Drumvoice Records) CD
Hailey Niswanger: "Mae Sun Vol.1: Inter-Be" (Mae Sun Music) CD
Chris Greene Quartet: “Boundary Issues” (Single Malt) CD
Mike Longo Trio: “Only Time Will Tell” (CAP) CD
The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra: “Dreaming Big” (Gold Fox Records)
Larry Coryell’s 11th House: “Seven Secrets” (Savoy Jazz)
John Abercrombie Quartet: “Up And Coming” (ECM)
Machine Mass: “Plays Hendrix” (MoonJune) CD

The Best 15 Vocal Albums
Jimmy Scott: “I Go Back Home – Soundtrack” (Eden River Records)
Beata Pater: “Fire Dance” (B&B Records)
Diana Krall: “Turn Up The Quiet” (Verve)
Sylvia Brooks: “The Arrangement” (SB)
Theo Bleckmann: “Elegy” (ECM)
Sarah Partridge: “Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian” (Origin)
Lisa Lindsley: "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" (Take One Music)
David’s Angels: "Traces" (Kopasetic)
Talinka: “Talinka” (Fanfare/MoonJune)
Bob Merrill: “Tell Me Your Troubles – Songs By Joe Bushkin” (Accurate)
The Baylor Taylor Project: “The Journey” (Be A Light)
Laurie Dapice: "Parting The Veil" (LD)
Julie Benko: “Introducing Julie Benko” (JB)
Viktoria Tolstoy: “Meet Me At The Movies” (ACT)
Curtis Stigers with the Danish Radio Big Band: “One More For The Road” (Concord)

The Best DVDs/Blu-rays
Cesar Camargo Mariano: “Joined” (Clef Records) DVD
Chick Corea: “The Musician” (Concord) Blu-ray + 3 CDs
"I Called Him (Lee) Morgan" (FilmRise) DVD/Blu-ray Movie
"Chasing Trane - The John Coltrane Documentary" (Impulse!) Movie, DVD
"Sound of Redemption - The Frank Morgan Story" (Kino Lorber) Movie, DVD
Roby Lakatos & Biréli Lagrène: "Tribute To Stéphane & Django" (Avanti) DVD
Nat King Cole: "How High The Moon - The Lost Tapes" (Deutsche Austrophon) DVD
Sonny Rollins: "Saxophone Colossus" (Mug-Shot) DVD, reissue
Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson: "Historic Jazz Videos 1927-1954" (Zyx) 4-DVD set
Andreas Schaerer: “The Big Wig – Hildegard Lernt Fliegen meets the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy” (ACT) DVD + CD

The Best Historical Albums/Reissues (no box sets)
Hermeto Pascoal: “Viajando Com O Som – The Lost ’76 Vice-Versa Studio Session” (Far Out) CD
Jaco Pastorius: “Truth, Liberty & Soul – Live In NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording” (Resonance) 2-CD set/3-Vinyl Set
Sidney Bechet & Martial Solal: “Together” (Jazz Image) CD
Freddie Hubbard: “The CTI Years” (Hi Hat) 2-CD set
CTI All Stars: “CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl” (CTI/King) 2-CD set
CTI All Stars: “California Concert” (CTI/King) 2-CD set
Freddie Hubbard: “1973 - Live in Zonderschot” (Cortizona) Vinyl
Thelonious Monk: “Les Liaison Dangereuses 1960” (Sam Records)
Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes Montgomery: “Smokin’ In Seattle” (Resonance)
Dave Liebman & Joe Lovano: “Compassion – The Music Of John Coltrane” (Resonance) CD
Antonio José: “Um Mito – Uma Coruja Branca” (Carmo) CD
George Benson: “Pacific Fire” (CTI/King) CD
Joe Farrell: “Canned Funk” (CTI/King) CD
Chet Baker, Jim Hall & Hubert Laws: “Studio Trieste” (CTI/King) CD
Nat King Cole Trio: “Zurich 1950” (TCB) CD
Maria de Fátima Fattoruso: “Bahia Com H” (Sondor/Think! Records) CD
Albert Ayler Quartet: “Copenhagen Live 1964” (Hatology) CD
Ray Barretto: “La Cuna” (CTI) Vinyl

Top Box Sets/Compilations
Chick Corea: “The Musician” (Concord) 3CDs + 1 Bluray
Miles Davis: “Legendary Albums” (Sony/Zeit) 10 Vinyls
Herbie Hancock: “5 Original Albums” (Blue Note) 5 CDs


In memoriam: Larry Coryell, Grady Tate, Jon Hendricks, Al Jarreau, Pete Turner, Chuck Stewart, Laudir de Oliveira, Tommy LiPuma, John Abercrombie, Wilson das Neves, Ben Riley, Allan Holdsworth, Chiquito Braga, Dave Valentin, Breno Sauer, Delmar Brown, Kevin Mahogany, Sunny Murray, Horace Parlan, Buck Hill, Mickey Roker, Nat Hentoff, Michael White, Svend Asmussen, Chuck Loeb, Geri Allen, Muhal Richard Abrams, Daniel Pezotti, Leon Ware, Arthur Blythe, Joe Fields, Jaki Liebezeit, Butch Trucks, Michael Naura, Hannes Anrig, Rolf Bänninger, Orlandivo, Clyde Stubblefield, Misha Mengelberg, Adolf Georg Klapproth, Rudy Lawless, Jim Czak, Günter Bochow, Chuck Berry, Gérard Terronès, James Cotton, Bill Bell, Roy Fisher, Buck Hill, Avo Uvezian, Steve Schwartz, Bob Erdos, Ekkehard Jost, Morris “Butch” Stewart, Steve Getz, Candinho, Celia, Walter Becker
(Larry Coryell)
(Al Jarreau)
(Grady Tate)
(Pete Turner)
(Chuck Stewart)
(Jon Hendricks)
(Horace Parlan)
(Laudir de Oliveira)
(Wilson das Neves)
(Tommy LiPuma)
(Mickey Roker)
(John Abercrombie)
(Dave Valentin)
(Breno Sauer)
(Chuck Loeb)
(Delmar Brown)
(Arthur Blythe)
(Joe Fields)
(Morris "Butch" Stewart)
(Ben Riley)
(Nat Hentoff)
(Svend Asmussen)
(Kevin Mahogany)
(Leon Ware)
(Michael White)
(Allan Holdsworth)
(Chiquito Braga)
(Walter Becker)
(Roswell Rudd)