Archive for the ‘Latin Jazz’ Category

Brazilian music and Funk find their roots in the drums and rhythms of West Africa. These organic elements form the musical DNA that is imbedded in all the music of the Americas. For one night, we bring together two award-winning stars to explore both genres…

Sergio Mendes – The Grammy® winner and undisputed master of Pop Brazilian Jazz created a new sound by fusing Brazilian roots with American Jazz to create Brazil ‘66. Today, he continues to push Brazilian Jazz even further by mixing in Funk and hip hop rhythms.

Candy Dulfer – Dutch-born alto sax star and Funk master made her name in the pop music world as a soloist for major stars such as Prince, Pink Floyd, Van Morrison and Dave Stewart. Her charm and talent even led to her own TV show, and now she returns to the stage to stir Vegas audiences at The Smith Center.

Friday, November 09, 2012 – 7:30 pm

Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

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The Miami Nice Jazz Festival, an extension of the internationally celebrated Nice France Jazz Festival, and one of the largest and most significant jazz events of its kind in Europe, is scheduled to take place for the first time in the United States this fall. The stateside home of the festival is downtown Miami where a three day jazz celebration will take place beginning on October 26, 2012.

The first Miami Nice Jazz Festival is a partnership between Sister Cities Nice, France and Miami, Florida, joining forces under the leadership of the festival’s founder and CEO, Philippe Pautesta-Herder. The festival takes place in downtown Miami’s historic gem, the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. “Downtown Miami provides the perfect backdrop for the festival as Miami is a city rich in historic heritage and culture parallel to that embodied by the festival, its musicians and its patrons”, said the festival founder.

The festival kicks off Miami French Week, a week designed to promote French culture in South Florida. “The Miami Nice Jazz Festival is the first and only jazz festival of such international significance to come to South Florida and I am extremely grateful to be a part of such an iconic occurrence”, said Philippe.

The lineup will showcase an eclectic mix of both straight-ahead and Latin jazz performances, highlighting legendary artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater (Festival Ambassador), along with Florida debuts of bassist Kyle Eastwood, Eddie Palmieri & his Latin Jazz Band and French drummer André Ceccarelli featuring Alex Ligertwood ( former lead singer of Santana).

Also scheduled to perform at the festival will be the Florida International University Big Band featuring vocalist Sally Night and The South Florida Jazz Orchestra with Chuck Bergeron featuring Nicole Henry. Jazz student bands from Florida International University and University of Miami will also animate the Gusman Center each night when doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Kyle Eastwood opens for vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater in this prestigious 3-day festival featuring jazz of all genres.

Gusman Center, 74 E Flager St, Miami, Florida 33131

The 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival is just around the corner! This landmark event continues its rich tradition of featuring the biggest names in jazz, along with future jazz headliners delivering an exciting mix of everything from standards and blues to Latin beats and world fusion.

Come and join the party at this year’s Playboy Jazz Festival

The 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival Lineup!

Saturday, June 16:

Christian McBride Big Band · Boney James · Ozomatli · Sheila E. · Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings · The Soul Rebels · Global Gumbo All Stars · Cos of Good Music · Louie Cruz Beltran · The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All City Jazz Band · Master of Ceremonies: Bill Cosby

Sunday, June 17:

Ramsey Lewis Electric Band · Robin Thicke · Preservation Hall Jazz Band · Keb’ Mo’ · Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project · The Cookers · Spectrum Road · Chico Trujillo · KG Omulo · Calabasas High School Jazz Band · Master of Ceremonies: Bill Cosby

The Playboy Jazz Festival has added three more acclaimed artists to its stellar 2012 lineup. Showcasing the full spectrum of jazz, the Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17at the world famous Hollywood Bowl.

Joining the roster of Grammy-winning jazz greats and rising stars are multi Grammy-nominated R&B pianist/composer Patrice Rushen, New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian phenomenon Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, and Latin Jazz Bandleader Louie Cruz Beltran.

Rushen will perform on Sunday with Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning Mosaic Project, along with other surprise guests from the CD. On Saturday, New Orleans vocalist/percussionist Big Chief Monk will play with The Soul Rebels, bringing the distinctive rhythms of the Mardi Gras Indians from the Crescent City to the Festival stage, and Beltran will appear with his contemporary salsa group, the Louie Cruz Beltran Latin Jazz Orchestra.

A classically trained pianist, Rushen is one of music’s most sought after artists, having performed or produced recordings for such legendary stars as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Boys II Men, George Benson, and many more. Rushen was also the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, and the NAACP Image Awards, and is also the only woman Musical Director/Composer for the People’s Choice Awards and HBO’s Comic Relief.

Known for his longtime collaborations with Big Chief Bo Dollis in The Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Monk (aka Monk Boudreaux) is the head of the Mardi Gras Indian tribe, the Gold Eagles. In recent years, he has toured and recorded with the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, a band featuring musicians Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville and Dr. John. He performs regularly in his hometown with John Lisi & Delta Funk and in 2010 appeared in Bury the Hatchet, a feature length documentary by Aaron Walker about the Mardi Gras Indian tradition.

Louie Cruz Beltran, leader of The Louie Cruz Beltran Latin Jazz Orchestra, has performed with such great artists as Tito Puente, Francisco Aquabella, Ray Baretto, Natalie Cole and Gladys Knight, among others. Beltran’s most recent album Paint the Rhythm, spent 12 weeks on the Media Base national smooth jazz charts, reaching #11; his single “Esperando” hit #4.

Single day tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Patrons can purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com, over the phone by calling (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878, at any Ticketmaster outlet or by downloading a ticket order form at www.playboyjazzfestival.com. There is also a link to the Ticketmaster website on the Playboy Jazz Festival website. Tickets may also be purchased at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office.

This is an official invitation to be a part of an amazing historical bay area phenomenon; Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s and it’s first studio recording!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/32321230/pmo-first-studio-recording

In 2011 pianist Christian Tumalan and trumpeter Steffen Kuehn formed a 19-member rocket fueled group that is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Despite the current challenging economic situation, we have made it through an entire year of regular weekly gigs paying less than what each musician can actually afford to play for… i.e. gas and precious time. we are defiantly swimming against current, this is the power of love for music, and we have it!

San Francisco Bay Area is local for PMO, and has been a fantastically supportive home for all of us. One year later, we are playing premier clubs and festivals and we’re proud to say that this group is packed with Grammy-recognized musicians! With every performance, PMO feeds the soul, body, and hearts of everyone around, from music lovers, to dancers, to musicians. Every performance is an energetic Blast of love!

GUESS WHAT? You can get on the wave with us right now! No matter where you reside in the world, we are here for you.

By April 23, PMO aims to raise at least $10,000 to record 10 songs, 2 covers and 8 originals.

You can be a very helpful component to a very good cause, YES! Right now! This is how it works:

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After a few days , we are already 12% fan-funded. To help the project collects your pledge on Kickstarter follow these steps. Here’s how it works:

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Pledging on Kickstarted is hands down the hippest way that musicians are making studio recordings happen in this day and age.
Anything from $1 up to $5000 will help enormously for the cause!
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Urban Music Presents
Ray Obiedo Group
featuring the Horns, Rhythm and Vocals of the Carlos Santana Band!
@ Georges Nightclub – Thursday March 22

www.georgesnightclub.com
To Buy Tickets: http://www.georgesnightclub.com/?option=com_eventlist&view=details&id=296&Itemid=3

Musician Line Up:
Ray Obiedo – Guitar, Melecio Magdaluyo – Saxophone and Flute, Phil Hawkins – Drums, Marc Van Wageningen – Bass

Special Guests from The Carlos Santana Band:
Dave Mathews – Piano, Karl Perrazo – Timbales, Jeff Cressman – Trombone, and Tony Lindsay – Vocals

About Ray Obiedo:
Contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Obiedo had an eclectic musical background during his youth, spent in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Here the sounds of Miles Davis, Henry Mancini, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the imported soul and pop of Motown Records influenced his early musical persona. Probably the greatest influence on his embryonic career, however, was the James Brown revue, whose funky, percussive guitar sound was the platform on which Obiedo built his technique. He joined organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith on a U S tour in 1974, then ECM Records trombonist Julian Priester on his first European outing in 1977. Ray also started his long association with the great Pete Escovedo which continues today. His own fusion band, Kick, included a young Sheila E. on drums and Sonny Rollins associate Mark Soskin on keyboards. In the mid 80s his reputation grew as one of California’s finest exponents of jazz, pop and fusion. His other outlet during this time was the pop-rock vehicle Rhythmus 21, wherein he worked with other prominent session musicians from the Bay Area. His own session experience is considerable, having partnered artists including Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Grover Washington Jr., Bill Summers, Brenda Russel and The Whispers.

Obiedo’s solo compositions also attracted acclaim, and saw interpretations from Sheila E, Tower of Power, steel pan great Andy Narell, jazz guitarist Bruce Forman and The Pete Escovedo Orchestra. Parts of his work have appeared on film soundtracks, most notably Michael Caine’s A Shock To The System and Richard Gere’s Internal Affairs. Such notoriety co-existed with Obiedo’s rising status as a solo artist, recording a clutch of 90s albums for Windham Hill Records while leading The Ray Obiedo Group on club dates and concerts. Obiedo made his solo debut with 1989’s Perfect Crime, followed two years later by Iguana; with 1993’s Sticks and Stones, he reached the Top Ten on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts. After 1995’s African-influenced Zulaya, he resurfaced two years later with Sweet Summer Days. 1999 saw the release of The Modern World, a hybrid of R&B, pop, and Latin jazz.

DAVE MATHEWS, a known pianist and the current keyboard player with Santana, has appeared on 7 of Etta James’ recordings, such as Life, Love and the Blues (Grammy nominee), Heart of a Woman (Grammy nominee) Matriarch of the Blues (Grammy nominee) and Burnin’ Down the House Live at the House of Blues (Grammy nominee). Known in the bay area as an eclectic musician with the ability to play many musical styles in an idiomatically correct fashion, Dave has worked and/or recorded with a number of diverse artists.

KARL PERRAZO, born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, has gone on to play with the best in Pop, Jazz, Rock and Latin Music. The self-taught musician is currently playing with the Santana Band. He has recorded 3 albums with Santana, one being a Live album in South America.
He has also recorded and played with Malo, Jorge Santana, Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gilespie, Andy Narrel, Ray Obiedo, Tom Coster, Pete and Coke Escovedo, Dennis Chambers, Sheila E., The Artist, Mariah Carey, Paquito D’ Rivera and is on the latest John Lee Hooker album.

Karl Perazzo has also sat in with the best in Latin Music, such as Tito Puente, Machete, Ruben Blades and others. Perazzo is not only known nationally, but internationally as well. He is known to have recorded with some of the best acts in Japan and Italy.

In addition to all of the above, Karl has also performed on an array of TV shows, such as American Bandstand, Soul Train, Solid Gold, Jay Leno, Johnny Carson, David Letterman, The Grammies, The American Music Awards, and was the first percussionist to be invited to sit in with The Arsenio Hall Show house band on more than one occasion, and to perform on his 100th show.

JEFF CRESSMAN is a native of San Francisco who began playing trombone in the same Berkeley Public School Jazz Project that encouraged such contemporaries as Peter Apfelbaum, Benny Green and Joshua Redman.

Jeff first recorded with Santana on the “Supernatural” album and then appeared on the Supernatural 2000 world tour including performing in the 2000 Grammy awards telecast and “Supernatural Live – An Evening with Carlos Santana and Friends” television special and DVD.

During his career, Jeff has performed and recorded with such artists as: Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Francisco Aguabella, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Steve Winwood, Don Cherry, Peter Apfelbaum and the Hieroglyphics Ensemble and John Santos and the Machete Ensemble. Jeff has had the honor of playing “Oye Como Va” with composer Tito Puente as well as with Carlos Santana.

Jeff’s recent musical projects include a new CD release “Mondo Rama” with Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra for Narada Records, the Playboy Latin Jazz Christmas CD with Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo, “Madre Rumba, Padre Son” with Edgardo Cambon’s Candela and “Round Trip” with Rebeca Mauleon.

Jeff’s interest in the recording arts have led him to engineer numerous Jazz and Latin CD projects including John Santos and the Machete Ensemble, Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, Eddie Marshall’s Holy Mischief and Sandy Cressman’s Homenagem Brasileira.

TONY LINDSAY, who was born in Kingston, New York, now calls San Francisco his home, is back in the SANTANA lineup. He first toured with SANTANA in 1991 and can be heard on the 1992 release, Milagro. When not touring with SANTANA, he sings for Spang-a-Lang, a local R&B/Jazz/Pop group he founded that has opened for several well-known acts, including Curtis Mayfield, Jr. Walker, Tower of Power, and Average White Band, to name a few.

As an individual, Tony has recorded or performed with several artists, including Tevin Campbell, O’Jays, Al Jarreau, Steve Winwood, Johnny Gill, Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin, and Lou Rawls.

For More Info please visit

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Friday, March 23, 2012 2:00am until 12:00am

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell announced the music lineup for the 2012 Festival scheduled for April 27 – 29 and May 3 – 6.  Started in 1970, the Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to showcase the most storied names in music history alongside many of Louisiana’s equally respected musical artists. A true heritage festival, Jazz Fest stands alone in presenting the highest caliber artists in such varied genres as gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, pop, R&B, Cajun, zydeco and much more. Over 400,000 fans attended last year’s Festival, which annually celebrates the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana.

Trombone Shorty, Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, TBA, John Mayer, The Neville Brothers, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, Ne-Yo, My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Paulina Rubio, Jill Scott, Florence + the Machine, Allen Toussaint, Feist, Bunny Wailer, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John, Janelle Monae, Yolanda Adams, Iron & Wine, Pete Fountain, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Steel Pulse, Rebirth Brass Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Esperanza Spalding, funky Meters, Levon Helm Band with special guest Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Aaron Neville, Steve Earle, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary Jam, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Ani DiFranco, Givers, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Dianne Reeves, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Better Than Ezra, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Koz, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gomez, Pedrito Martinez, The Bounce Shake Down feat. Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black, and DJ Poppa, Israel & New Breed, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Zebra, Amanda Shaw, James Cotton “Superharp” Band, Cowboy Mouth, Asleep at the Wheel, Papa Grows Funk, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Rush, Chuck Leavell & Friends, Ellis Marsalis, Marcia Ball, Voice of the Wetlands All Stars, John Boutt, Gary Clark Jr., Texas Tornados, Poncho Sanchez Latin Band with Terence Blanchard, Cheikh LÃ (Senegal), Tab Benoit, Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread”, Bombino (Niger), Glen Hansard, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Jeremy Davenport, Sara Jarosz, Bonerama, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic, Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey, Wycliffe Gordon, Donald Harrison, Lindigo & Fixi (Reunion Island & France), Sonny Landreth, Buckwheat Zydeco, Soul Rebels, The Stars of Heaven, Jewel Brown with the Heritage Hall Band, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Anders Osborne, Honey Island Swamp Band, Theresa Andersson, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Eric Lindell, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Pine Leaf Boys, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Banu Gibson, Hot 8 Brass Band, Creole Wild West, George French and more are all among the artists scheduled to appear at Jazz Fest.

Quint Davis, producer/director of the Festival, said, “Serving all communities, all ages, and families too, only at Jazz Fest 2012 will you find a roster like this! At its heart, the New Orleans Festival celebrates with our own, from our dynamic nationally emerging homegrown talent, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Givers, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and Galactic; to our sacred icons, Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Dr. John, Pete Fountain, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In addition, this year may be the broadest and most powerful line up of “special guests”, including: Eagles, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Herbie Hancock, Foo Fighters, The Zac Brown Band, John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Paulina Rubio, Al Green, My Morning Jacket, Jill Scott, Bon Iver, and on and on and on. This holiday season, Jazz Fest truly has a gift for everyone.”

The Jazz Festival offers three distinct VIP opportunities to experience the event in style: the Festival’s popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package provides special viewing access at most of the Festival’s stages; the Grand Marshal VIP Pass allows for up-close access at the three major stages; and the Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass which entitles patrons to special covered seating at the Acura Stage audience area. All of the hugely popular VIP packages are on sale now while very limited supplies last. The Festival offers a special layaway arrangement for any of the VIP packages. For information on layaway, please visit http://www.nojazzfest.com.

Jazz Fest also offers full-service travel packages for fans wishing to take the guesswork out of attending the event. Visit http://www.nojazzfest.com to learn more about the official travel packages that include hotel accommodations, travel to and from the Festival grounds and Festival tickets, including the option for Festival VIP packages.

Tickets for the Festival, which takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course, went on sale today at 10am. A very limited number of discount ticket packages including tickets to each day of a particular weekend of the Festival will be offered. Ticket packages purchased for all three days of the first weekend (April 27, 28 & 29) will be $120 ($40 per day), while second weekend packages purchased for all four festival days (May 3, 4, 5 & 6) will be $160 ($40 per day). (Tickets included in each package are day-specific.) Advance single-day Jazz Fest tickets are only $45 through February 29. Starting March 1, advance single-day tickets will be $50, while the gate price ticket is $65. Children’s tickets (ages 2 – 10) are still only $5 and are available at the gate only. Single day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day’s attendance.

Tickets are available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Jazz Fest ticket office located at the New Orleans Arena Box Office. All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Our 12th Annual An Evening for the Station benefit concert will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 6:30pm.

Union Station Homeless Services and Master of Ceremonies Hector Elizondo invite you to join us for a wonderful evening of Latin Jazz. This year’s concert will feature Sheila E. and The E Family with Pete Escovedo, Juan Escovedo and Peter Michael Escovedo.

Pete Escovedo discovered and cultivated a love and passion for music, which soon led him to embrace Latin jazz and pass it on to his sons and daughters as his father did before him. Pete has performed and toured with such respected artists as Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Bobby McFerrin, Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Billy Cobham, Boz Scaggs, Anita Baker, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, and Chick Corea to name a few. Today, Pete leads one of the country’s top orchestras, performing their own unique brand of Latin jazz.

Pete’s daughter and Grammy® nominee Sheila E.keeps the rhythm solid on drums, congas and vocals. She has performed with a who’s who of the music industry, such as Ringo Starr, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, George Duke, Placido Domingo and countless others. As Musical Director for “Fiesta Latina: In Performance at The White House,” Sheila recently earned her first Emmy® nomination.

First-born son Juan Escovedo brings his flavor of R&B to the table. His dynamic performances captivate audiences, lending his talents to the congas, drums and vocals. Juan has performed with a roster of noted artists including Patti Labelle, Jodi Watley, Lou Bega, MC Hammer, En Vogue, Herbie Hancock and many more.

On bongos, drums and vocals is youngest son Peter Michael Escovedo, an Emmy® nominee for his work as Music Director and Producer for The Wayne Brady Show. He has contributed his talents to Mariah Carey, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Nicks, and George Michael, but to name a few. His energy and stage presence always electrify the crowd!

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