Archive for the ‘Contemporary Jazz’ Category

Renowned and revered the world over as one of the greatest saxophone players of all time, David Sanborn is an artist whose music has inspired countless other musicians while creating a body of work that spans the genres of rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, pop, and jazz. A naturally gifted performer, Sanborn has helped define the saxophone’s modern sound while influencing a generation.

It was also in 1975 that Sanborn released his first solo album, Taking Off. While Sanborn continued working with other performers such as Paul Simon and James Taylor in the coming years, he also continued flexing his considerable muscles as a solo artist, eventually scoring massive popular hits with Hideaway (1980), the Grammy-winning album Voyeur(1981), and Backstreet (1983), the last of which proved to be a major hit in the world of contemporary jazz. He won his second of six career Grammy Awards in 1986 for Double Vision (with Bob James), and in the late 1980s he hosted the classic television program Night Music.

Throughout the ’90s, ’00s, and into the present, Sanborn has continued to tour and record, having amassed a wide and enthusiastic fan base around the world. Recent albums like Dreaming Girl (2008), Here & Gone (2008), and Only Everything (2010) reflect the essence of an artist at peace with his own sound and development, yet still hungry – eager to explore the possibilities of his instrument and his abilities.

February 19 -24, 2019 – Two Shows 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM

Blue Note, 131 West 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

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I Got Life: The Music of Nina Simone.

An exciting and groundbreaking collaboration featuring Gerald Veasley and Jaguar Wright comes together to celebrate the music of the iconic of
Nina Simone. The legends of jazz and soul music are taking this dynamic show on the road and making it available for festivals and clubs throughout the United States.

More than a concert, I Got Life is an event that explores the powerful music and empowering messages of Nina Simone. The presentation moves through four aspects of Ms. Simone’s songbook: Quest, Passion, Fury and Hope. Vocalist Jaguar Wright and bassist Gerald Veasley lead an ensemble that re-imagines Nina Simone’s work with inventive energy.

Why “The Music of Nina Simone”?
While the world is re-discovering the brilliance of Nina Simone, Jaguar has known it all along. She has long been a student of her music and has been inspired by her life story. Veasley recognized Jaguar’s potential for channeling Nina Simone before the two even spoke. Says Veasley, “I knew Jaguar had that same intensity and fire before I heard her sing a note of of Nina Simone’s music.” Together they share a deep appreciation for Ms. Simone’s music and her desire for social justice. As a result, “I Got Life” speaks to our current turbulent times with honesty and raw beauty. Veasley and Wright understand there is no better time to present this timeless music.

Jaguar Wright

Jaguar is an artist who cannot be defined by genre. She is a Renaissance woman, as comfortable performing with rap mogul Jay Z as she is with jazz drummer extraordinaire, Terri Lynn Carrington. Jaguar was a breakout artist in Philadelphia’s Black Lily scene created by Questlove and The Roots which spawned the careers of Jill Scott and other major Neo-Soul and Hip Hop artists. She released two critically acclaimed albums and also appeared on Veasley’s “Velvet” cd, performing a rendition of the soul classic, “Let’s Do It Again”.

Gerald Veasley

Veasley is well regarded as a recording artist with several solo albums to his credit. As a bassist, he has worked extensively in the jazz, gospel and R&B genres. His resume includes collaborations with a wide range of artists: Dianne Reeves, Kirk Whalum, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Teddy Pendergrass, Zap Mama. He counts among his mentors two groundbreaking artists: Grover Washington and Joe Zawinul, from whom he developed an appreciation for the balance between innovation and tradition.

I Got Life brings together two internationally acclaimed artists who were launched out of the vibrant Philadelphia jazz and soul scenes. However, the performances by these collaborators defy category and are in the adventurous spirit of Ms. Simone. As the iconic artist said, “Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking”. Well said, Ms. Simone, well said.

Electric Mingus Project

Gerald Veasley re-imagines the music of the legendary bassist and composer Charles Mingus, who has inspired more controversy than perhaps any other in jazz. Mingus’ unique approach is ever present in his compositions and has made him a fascination to the generations of jazz musicians that followed.

One such musician is renowned bassist Gerald Veasley. A world-class player and composer himself, Veasley leads the five piece Electric Mingus Project which. The adventurous group revisits Mingus’ compositions using both modern electronic and standard instrumentation: John Swana – EVI, Chris Farr – EWI and Saxophones, Tony Miceli – Vibes and Harry “Butch” Reed” – Drums.

When asked to explain the goals of what initially appears to be a tribute project, Veasley responded, “Any musical project should reflect not just how you play, but also how you are as a person. We want this project to be a snapshot of these five musicians and who they are.”

By rejecting the idea of a tribute project in this way, the Electric Mingus Project in fact pays the ultimate tribute to the late composer. As Mingus turned back to the blues, Veasley turns back to Mingus for the same purpose: to find a vehicle for sincere personal expression. Charles Mingus wouldn’t want it any other way.

JJ Sansaverino

Guitarist JJ Sansaverino is a extraordinary performer who has a “take no prisoners” performance attitude. Over the past 25 years, he has reached millions touring the world with his “a la Santana meets Benson” musical style, a mix of Smooth Jazz, R&B, and Reggae. With the upcoming release of his third CD, “International Groove” JJ puts forward a stunning selection of original compositions. The first single “When I’m With You” topped the radio charts. Now, with his latest single “Festivo” it is on track to be a huge radio hit.

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In 1988, Eric Essix’s debut national release as a solo recording artist entitled First Impressions, came out on the Nova Records jazz label. Very soon after, he performed his first concert on December 29th of that year at Grundy’s Music Room in Birmingham, AL. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of that first show and his career as a recording artist, Eric returns to the Jemison Concert Hall to play songs from his catalog of 25 albums with the many artists who have helped shape his musical journey.

Joining him onstage for this landmark event, will be a stellar lineup of artists with whom he has recorded and shared the stage over the course of his career including jazz piano great, Alex Bugnon; trumpeter, Joey Sommerville, singer, Tracy Hamlin, members of his ever popular 90’s ensemble, Modern Man and his current touring band, the Eric Essix Group!

VIP will include:

*Backstage passes to Birthday Meet and Greet

*Individual Meet and Greet with Photo Op

*Exclusive Eric Essix 25/30 Merchandise Package

*Signed “More” CD

*Signed “Anthology: Limited Edition” CD

*Signed “More” Tour Poster

*Eric Essix Commemorative 25/30 Tour Lanyard

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Saturday, December 29, 2018 – 8:00 PM

Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave South Birmingham, AL 35205

The SLO Jazz Festival features a variety of jazz, including Jeff Lorber Fusion headlining

Friday, May 18, 2018 – 8:15 pm

on the Mission Main Stage

Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo, California 93401

The Basie Summer Jazz Fest features:

Lizz Wright 4:00 pm

Bob James Trio 5:30 pm

Lee Ritenour + Dave Grusin 8:00 pm

Michael Franks 9:45 pm

Saturday, June 02, 2018 – 4:00 pm

Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701 (Middletown)

Jazz Funk Soul @ Jerry Green and Friends

Sunday, April 29, 2018 – Two Shows – 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Breckenridge Inn, 2800 Breckenridge Ln, Louisville, Kentucky 40220

The Church Street Jazz Series features the Bob James Trio with vocalist Lindsey Webster

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Harrison Opera House, 160 W Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, Virginia 23510