Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City

Jazz Alley in Seattle

Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge in Denver

 

Ronnie Scott's in London

Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco

 

Friday
Jul152011

Music Review ~ Harold Lopez-Nussa "El Pais De Las Maravillas"

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio Harold Lopez-Nussa is an up and coming Cuban pianist whose unique style has garnered international attention.  As a winner at the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Solo Piano competition in 2005 and a visible figure on the European jazz scene, Lopez-Nussa asserts his own perspective on Afro-Cuban music.  He is at the forefront of a fast growing trend of bridging the gap between the old and the new by adding a modern approach.

 In his latest album release, El Pais de las Maravillas, he pushes all musical boundaries in pursuit of this new vision.  His uncompromising, innovative compositions combined with spontaneous, percussive improvisation reflect a combination of notable iconic pianists like Chucho Valdes and Chick Corea.

El Pais de las Maravillas (Spanish for “The Wonderland”) is H. Lopez-Nussa’s second U.S. release. His trio includes his younger brother, drum prodigy Ruy Adrian Lopez-Nussa and bassist Felipe Cabrera.  GRAMMY award-winning saxophonist David Sanchez joins the trio on selected tracks.

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Wednesday
Jul132011

Are You Ready, New York City? Mitch Winehouse is Coming to the Blue Note on July 25th!

Just when you thought the novelty of Mitch Winehouse's debut jazz album Rush of Love had worn off - Booyah! Here is Amy's dad back in the news - Mr. Winehouse is about to make his US debut at the popular Blue Note in the jazz capital of the world, New York City! 

Are you going to be in the NYC tri-state area on July 25th? You can catch one of his two sets at the Blue Note: 8:00pm and 10:30pm

Okay - so who is going to check him out? I know that someone is going to do it (I just don't know who, though. :P)

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Tuesday
Jul122011

Top 50 Jazz Albums for the Week of 11 July 2011

Freddie Hubbard - Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased from Keystone CornerThis is the weekly US/Canada radio airplay list from JazzWeek.com

Want to see stats regarding how many radio stations played your favorite album or how much it moved up or down the chart from last week? Click here to get that information. 

It's another week of mostly reissues and imports. You can click here to check them out. New music on sale Tuesday, July 12th from Paul Motian, Lou Donaldson and hot, new Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa (look forward to the album review!).

 Click on any of the red links to hear and get the music on Amazon.com

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Monday
Jul112011

NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson's Latest Release "Legacy" on Mack Avenue Records

Three generations of Wilson men - (l-r) Eric Otis, Anthony Wilson, Gerald WilsonGerald Wilson has probably seen, heard and done it all many times over.  He began his long and fruitful career back in 1938 as a trumpeter and arranger for the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra. Amazingly, he also played and arranged music for a "who's who" of the big band era: Benny Carter, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. 

Over a career that spans 70+ years,  he has lead his own bands and continues to be a prolific composer, arranger and educator.

On 21 June 2011, Mr. Wilson released his fifth album on Mack Avenue Records entitled Legacy.

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