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

 

Monday
Jun202011

Amy Winehouse's Dad Releases Debut Jazz Album "Rush of Love"

Mitch Winehouse - Rush of Love"Mitch Winehouse, former cab driver and father to one of the UK's biggest music exports is about to prove the critics wrong with the release of his debut album Rush Of Love which is available now. At the age of 60, Mitch is turning a life-long ambition into reality, showcasing his in-depth knowledge and sheer passion for jazz and swing music with this 11-track debut featuring a host of rarely uncovered classics as well as four brand new tracks.

"We love singing in our family" Mitch explains, "I was always singing at home. But this is a dream come true and musically, it's a great album." Despite his own undeniable music talent, Mitch is also realistic about the assumptions that will be made about his newfound career choice: "If Amy wasn't my daughter I wouldn't be given this opportunity. I'm not stupid, I know that. But if I couldn't sing I wouldn't have been given the opportunity either."

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Monday
Jun202011

Teaser: Pianist Michel Camilo Sizzles with "Mano a Mano" - Video + 3 Tracks!

Michel Camilo - Mano a ManoI heard rumors about Michel Camilo's Mano a Mano for a couple of months and now I have confirmation that it's going to be released. YAY!

The other members of the trio are Camilo's "left hand" (see the video) Charles Flores on bass and master conguero Giovanni Hidalgo.  

Are you a Michel Camilo fan? What's your favorite album? One of my favorites is On Fire from the late '80s. Hopefully, I will be able to see him perform live this year. (fingers crossed!)

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Saturday
Jun182011

Seven For Saturday: 7 Nina Simone Videos

Nina Simone"Seven for Saturday" is a great way to see some of the men and women of jazz in action.  Today, you get to sit back and enjoy the one and only Nina Simone

Ms. Simone's music has a little bit of everything in it - jazz, blues, soul, folk, gospel and pop.

I hope that you enjoy the videos. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment. :)

"She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. Ms. Simone was the consummate musical storyteller, a griot as she would come to learn, who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, passion, and love through a magnificent body of works.

 Miss Nina earned the moniker ‘High Priestess of Soul’ for she could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment. She was who the world would come to know as Nina Simone."

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Thursday
Jun162011

1st Look - Vocalist Sachal Vasandani's New album "Hi-Fly" Video + 2011 Tour Dates

Sachal Vasandani and Jon HendricksSachal Vasandani is an up and coming vocalist/composer that has already garnered distinction by winning DownBeat's "Rising Star" poll in 2010.  

Vasandani's third Mack Avenue release, Hi-Fly, confirms the high praise showered on its two predecessors and proves the singer is one of the freshest, most versatile artists to emerge onto the scene in recent memory.

Produced by renowned GRAMMY® award winning bassist John Clayton along with GRAMMY® nominated Al Pryor, and featuring the great Jon Hendricks, Hi-Fly is an exciting mix of standards, originals and pop covers showcasing Vasandani's ability to filter a wide range of material through his highly individual vision.

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