JWQ Showcase 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

USA/BRAZIL: Duduka Da Fonseca & Samba Jazz Fantasia appearing at Jazz at Kitano November 17th & 18th

Duduka Da Fonseca
& Samba Jazz Fantasia
appearing at
Jazz at Kitano


November 17th & 18th

Set times are 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm

Kenny Werner - Piano
Maucha Adnet - Vocals
Billy Drewes - Tenor,
soprano saxophone, flute
Matt Penmam - Bass
Duduka Da Fonseca - Drums

"Duduka is a fantastic drummer, he has worked with me and I love the way he plays.”
 Antonio Carlos Jobim

“Duduka Da Fonseca had the flowing beat doing his bidding, making one dance while sitting down. A master of “Brasilient” rhythms, he is equally capable of grooving a jazz 4/4 with his great, loosey-goosey swing.”
Ira Gitler, American jazz historian and journalist

 "Da Fonseca divulges a keen awareness of where Brazilian jazz has been and where it's headed."
Todd Jenkins, Down Beat

JAZZ at Kitano
66 Park Avenue @ East 38th St
NYC 10016
reservations: 212-885-7119 




USA: Lucky Peterson- Tribute to Jimmy Smith (2017)

On this album, Lucky Peterson pays tribute to his mentor, jazz legend Jimmy Smith. Fittingly, Peterson performs on Smith's favorite instrument, the Hammond B-3 organ. Peterson's style is anchored in blues with the beat of jazz, the groove of rhythm 'n' blues and the energy of rock 'n' roll. For this recording his virtuoso sidemen include guitarist Kelyn Crapp and drummer Herlin Riley.

Friday, October 20, 2017



“Not since the halcyon days of Art Blakey and Horace Silver has anyone carried the hard bop quintent mantle so confidently and assiduously as Eastwood and Company.”…..Jazzweekly.com

“IN TRANSIT finds Kyle Eastwood and company in their element while still exploring new territories and classics.  Check it out.  It’s hot!” ………Sounds of Timeless Jazz

(LOS ANGELES, October 17, 2017)  Capping two extraordinary decades as a recording and performing artist, Kyle Eastwood’s stylistically eclectic new album In Transit reflects the whirlwind reality of the breakneck schedule that Kyle and his longtime ensemble keep as they perform three quarters of the year in Europe - with a yearly jaunt to Asian countries and occasional swings to the U.S.

The Los Angeles bred, Paris based bassist and composer estimates that about half of the tracks were “road tested,” with a few rendered completely fresh in the studio. “That’s part of the concept, all the moving around and spending time on the road and working through our favorite material.

”Just as on his previous two critically acclaimed collections The View from Here and Time Pieces, Kyle plays with a powerfully swinging yet beautifully soulful and sensual quintet of young English musicians. The longest-term members of Kyle’s powerhouse quintet are pianist Andrew McCormack (12 years) and trumpeter and flugelhornist Quentin Collins (9 years). Newer to the fold, and adding brilliantly to the shared chemistry, are tenor and soprano saxophonist Brandon Allen (who made his first appearance on Time Pieces) and the latest member, drummer Chris Higginbottom.

After inviting renowned Italian saxophonist Stefano Di Battista to join the ensemble on numerous gigs throughout Europe, Kyle invited him to bring his lush and lyrical sensibilities to the Sextant La Fonderie Studio in Malakoff, France to record on four tracks of the new album. The most prominent of these is the intimate and dreamlike acoustic re-imagining of “Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso,” which was penned by Ennio Morricone, one of Kyle’s favorite film composers; having previously played with the great Italian composer, Di Battista brings an intimate familiarity to the piece. 

“We all have similar tastes in music,” he adds, “and after playing together for a while have truly developed a unique musical camaraderie and dialogue that allows us to play seamlessly in sync and intuitively know just when to break for every member to take a solo Growing up, Kyle’s legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood, loved jazz and played the piano, and his mother spun everything from Motown to jazz from the 50’s to the 70’s. Kyle’s initial passion for jazz was kindled not only by attending concerts by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich and (his first) Count Basie, but also having the opportunity to meet these legends.

While mastering piano, guitar, electric and ultimately the acoustic bass, Kyle’s ever-evolving jazz sensibilities gravitated towards classic groups of the 50’s and 60’s that captured the spirit of what he calls “lyrical hard bop, full of groove and sophisticated harmonies. This style was exemplified by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers when Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter were in the group, Horace Silver’s Blue Note recordings and different quintets Miles Davis had throughout the 60’s. As a bassist, Kyle was also deeply influenced by another giant of this era, Charles Mingus, whom he and his ensemble pays spirited homage to via an explosive, horn fired version of the classic “Boogie Stop Shuffle” which wraps In Transit’s multi-faceted journey.

The rhythmically intense, vibrantly re-imagined jazz classics on In Transit – Count Basie’s “Blues in Hoss’ Flat,” Mingus’ “Boogie Stop Shuffle” and Thelonious Monk’s “We See” – create a wonderful dual sense for Kyle of coming full circle paying homage to his influences while bringing those traditions into a forward thinking contemporary context. Original compositions like the freewheeling funk-jazz hybrid “Rockin’ Ronnies” (an homage to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the band’s favorite London hotspot) and the brisk, high octane trip through a frenetic “Rush Hour” highlight the compositional talents of each member individually and collectively. Other key tracks include the McCormack penned “Jarreau,” a whimsical romp that pays tribute to the late great Al Jarreau, which borrows some harmony lines and chord changes from the singer’s “Not Like This,” and “Soulful Times,” a soaring and soul-jazz piece that opens the collection and introduces the ensemble’s sense of easy swing, bright piano harmonies, dynamic horns and the infectious pocket grooves of Kyle and Chris Higginbottom.

Throughout the first decade of his recording career, Kyle flirted with a variety of interesting stylistic approaches, including sophisticated electro-cool jazz (Paris Blue, 2004), smooth and playfully grooving jazz with hints of the 70s’ (Now, 2006) and an artsy, chic, urban, culturally eclectic vibe (Metropolitan, 2009). The release of 2011’s Songs From the Chateau marked a decidedly fresh new era in the bassist’s musical evolution, committed to the kind of ensemble spirit Kyle speaks so fondly of.

True to its kinetic title, In Transit finds Kyle and his band running the gamut of emotional musical terrain while opening up to fresh horizons with a sense of curiosity and adventure. “I really think everyone played their pants off on this album, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out,”

Stay Connected:
Website:    www.kyleeastwood.com Facebook:  www.facebook.com/KyleEastwoodOfficial Twitter:       @KyleEastwood

Sheryl Feuerstein



USA: Ranky Tanky -Ranky Tanky (2017)

Gullah comes from West African language and means a people blessed by God . Ranky Tanky translates loosely as Work It, or Get Funky! In this spirit this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet... joinjed with celebrated vocalist Qiana Parler. Touring all of 2018

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Mens Multilingual The World Of Jazz T-shirt 2XL Asphalt 

Multilingual The World Of Jazz T-shirt

USA: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Presents PERSON PLACE THING With Randy Cohen Featuring Guest Jack Kleinsinger

In Association with Tribeca PAC
Featuring Guest Jack Kleinsinger

Friday, October 20th at 7 p.m.

The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is proud to partner with host Randy Cohen for his "Person Place Thing" podcast and radio show. The first featured guest is Jack Kleinsinger on Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets to the recording are $10 and available online, at the door and by phone at (212) 220-1460.
Upcoming shows in this series include Woody King, Jr. (March 6, 2018) and Randy Weston (April 3, 2018).
"Person Place Thing" is an interview show recorded around New York and based on this idea: People are particularly engaging when they speak not about themselves, but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place and one thing that is important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers. This show is taped and will broadcast at a later date on public radio throughout the Northeast (WNYE, 91.5 FM in NYC), as well made available online.
Randy Cohen, creator and host of "Person Place Thing" began his career writing humor pieces, essays and stories for newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Harpers and The Atlantic. He won three Emmys for his writing on "Late Night With David Letterman" and a fourth Emmy for his work on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. For 12 years he wrote "The Ethicist," a weekly column for the New York Times Magazine. In 2010, his first play, “The Punishing Blow,” ran at New York’s Clurman Theater. His most recent book, "Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything," was published by Chronicle. 
Jazz impresario Jack Kleinsinger was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of North Florida and is a former Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York. Kleinsinger started producing "Highlights in Jazz" — the longest-running, continuous jazz series in the history of New York City — 45 years ago. He has produced many concerts in New York City schools, colleges and prisons, and co-produced programs for the Newport and New York Jazz festivals as well as for the Jazz Festival in Nice, France. His honors and awards include the 1997 JVC Jazz Festival concert, "Thanks to Jack Kleinsinger for 25 Years of Highlights in Jazz,” the Charlie Parker Memorial Award presented at the 52nd Street Americana Festival, and a proclamation by Manhattan Borough President C. Viginia Fields designating February 5 as Jack Kleinsinger Day in the borough. 
BMCC Tribeca PAC is Downtown Manhattan’s premier presenter of the arts, reaching audiences from the college community, downtown residential and business communities, local schools, families and audiences of all ages. BMCC Tribeca PAC strives to present a broad global perspective through the presentation of high-quality artistic work in music, theatre, dance, film and visual arts. Located on the Borough of Manhattan Community College campus, 199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich Avenue and West Street, the theatre is convenient to the 2/3, A/C/E and R/W subway lines and the New Jersey Path Train. For more information visit www.tribecapac.org.

USA: BIG NEWS - Debut Album Release, "To Know Love..."

Releasing debut album, "To Know Love..."

Hi y'all! I'm happy to share that I'll be independently releasing my debut vocal jazz album, "To Know Love..." on 01/19/18. It's a while away still, I know, but I promise I'll make it worth it by sharing goodies about the recording process and story behind the album!

We recorded the album at Marigny Studios in New Orleans, the same studio Preservation Hall Jazz Band used to release their last few CDs (if you know their type of awesome, big ensemble work). The album is a collection of some of my favourite jazz standards and Brazilian tunes, arranged modernly with folk and world influences.

Click below to view a little teaser for the album:

Early praise for the album: 
“...there is nothing simple about Schafer’s improvisational skills and satin-smooth tone. She is a master of her craft...Whatever her musicians do, they only enhance [her] style and beauty. She is the diamond necklace hanging around the necks of these band members and glittering brightly.
- Musical Memoirs

“...she changes dynamics and range like a closing reliever on the languid “Body and Soul,” slithers a samba’d “Almost Like Being In Love” and does a peppy front line with Black on “S’Wonderful/They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” More intimately, her duet with Butts which opens “Lush Life” makes you beg for more of the same. Impressive foray."   - Jazz Weekly

That's the big news for now! Take a listen if you'd like, and please feel free to share the music.
Keep an eye out for posts with goodies from the recording process and a pre-sale link next month as well.

In a couple of weeks I'll be traveling to Japan with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. We'll be doing 26 shows over there and performing at a couple of venues on my bucket list, including Billboard Live Osaka, Cotton Club Tokyo, and the Nagoya Blue Note, so I'm quite excited for the month of November!

And if you're ever interested in where I'm touring, I do keep a list of tour dates updated on BandsInTown!