Livia Records lives again for love of Louis
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by Rob Adams
1d ago
Dublin-based Livia Records continues its programme of reissues of the Irish guitar virtuoso Louis Stewart’s albums by making his debut recording, Louis the First, available from March 5th. Recorded in 1975, when the Waterford-born Stewart was gaining international recognition and beginning to attract admirers including fellow guitarists Joe Pass, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel and Pat Martino, Louis the First was released the following year. “Louis had recently joined Ronnie Scott’s quartet in London at the time, having already toured with Benny Goodman and Tubby Hayes,” says Dermot Rogers, a long-t ..read more
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Wendy Kirkland at the Steinway 2-Piano Festival
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by Fiona Ross
1d ago
The Steinway 2-Piano Festival is coming to London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho with a stunning programme of nearly 40 renowned pianists from across the world performing from March 21st to 27th. With some fascinating and unique pairings, this is set to be something very special. Performing on March 24th are two outstanding pianists and composers.  One of the UK’s most well known and loved artists, Wendy Kirkland partners with the New York based award winning Charu Suri. Both artists bring their own unique artistry in different ways. Charu with her pioneering genre bending compositions ..read more
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Music Meeting Nijmegen: A Journey Through Diversity.
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by Editor
6d ago
The 38th edition of the Music Meeting Festival is set to take place over the Pentecost weekend from May 18 to 20, 2024, in Nijmegen. Dedicated to musical encounters and exploration, this three-day festival welcomes adventurers of all ages. The program for this year includes the Australian program line ‘Endless Skies,’ featuring artists from far and wide, as well as local talents. Notable projects from guest curators Jermaine Kanbier and Tim Sprangers are also in store. Tickets are available for purchase on musicmeeting.nl. Known for transcending styles, genres, and cultures, the adventurous M ..read more
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Fabia Mantwill resumes collaboration with the SNJO
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by Rob Adams
1w ago
Berlin-based Fabia Mantwill resumes her collaboration with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra via the internationally acclaimed ensemble’s latest project, Nu-Age Sounds, from 1st to 3rd March. A showcase for Scotland’s exciting young jazz scene, Nu-Age Sounds features new music by musicians including pianist Fergus McCreadie, saxophonists Helena Kay and Matt Carmichael, trombonists Noushy (Anoushka Nanguy) and Liam Shortall (aka corto,alto) and BBC Young Jazz Musician 2022, bassist Ewan Hastie. Mantwill, who previously worked with the SNJO on its Apparition Bridge song cycle with singer Kur ..read more
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Album Preview: Lizz Wright, Shadow
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by admin
1w ago
Vocalist Lizz Wright explores a newfound artistic freedom through a classic recording that spans her 20-year career since the release of her debut album, “Salt,” on Verve Records in 2003. This album signifies Wright’s studio debut under her label, Blues & Greens Records, following the label’s initial release in 2022, “Holding Space,” a live recording from a 2018 show in Berlin. Blues & Greens Records stands as the newly established label for Lizz Wright, crafted to pioneer a music business model that empowers artists to cultivate sustainable and fulfilling careers. The mission of Blue ..read more
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Artist Feature: Claire Martin, The Swedish Connection
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by Andrew Read
1w ago
Claire Martin stands as a distinguished figure in the realm of British jazz, earning critical acclaim and solidifying her position as a prominent artist on the UK jazz scene. Over her illustrious career, she has been honoured with numerous awards, a testament to her significant contributions to the genre. Among her accolades, Claire has clinched the prestigious British Jazz Awards eight times and received the BASCA Gold Badge Award for her noteworthy impact on jazz. The pinnacle of recognition came in the form of an OBE for her Services to Jazz, bestowed upon her at the Queen’s Birthday Honou ..read more
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Alice Coltrane’s Historic Carnegie Hall Performance to be released in Full
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by Editor
2w ago
In a significant archival release, the jazz community is poised to witness Alice Coltrane’s 1971 performance at Carnegie Hall, a landmark event that has been shrouded in partial recordings and tantalizing fragments yet never fully heard in context as a whole. The forthcoming album, Alice Coltrane – The Carnegie Hall Concert (Impulse!), scheduled for release on March 22, 2024, promises to deliver the complete recording of this iconic moment in jazz history. Alice Coltrane’s performance at Carnegie Hall was part of a special gala benefiting the Integral Yoga Institute. Backed by a stellar ensem ..read more
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Diana Torti in Conversation with Anita Wardell
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by Diana Torti
2w ago
I recently had the opportunity to hear the amazing well known singer Anita Wardell live. In addition to her extraordinaries artistic qualities, Anita is a sensitive, passionate and generous woman. We met for this enjoyable interview where she told us a little about herself and her latest projects, and where we addressed some themes dear to us at Women in Jazz Media. Enjoy the reading! DT:  Who is Anita Wardell? Tell us something about yourself. AW: I’m mostly a very happy individual, with a very positive outlook. Like everybody else, things can get me down at times especially when life g ..read more
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CD and Live Review: Germana Stella La Sorsa, Primary Colours
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by Isabel Marquez
3w ago
Recorded in May 2023, ‘Primary Colours’ is the second album release by Italian London-based singer songwriter Germana Stella La Sorsa. It’s official release date took us into the new year, launching at the Vortex on 26th January; a lively, communal event at the heart of Dalston. The album features 7 original compositions which touch on the impact of various emotions, including joy, passion, and depression. Several musical styles and influences are explored throughout, from Latin grooves to free improvisation sections and dance rhythms. In La Sorsa’s own words: ‘Primary Colours is an album abo ..read more
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North Sea Jazz Festival 2024 Unveils Eclectic Lineup
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by Editor
3w ago
The NN North Sea Jazz Festival, renowned as the world’s largest indoor music festival, is set to make its highly-anticipated return to the Ahoy Centre in Rotterdam this July. Scheduled from Friday, July 12th, to Sunday, July 14th, 2024, the festival boasts a diverse lineup featuring international stars from jazz, blues, soul, pop, and beyond. The festival is set to showcase special projects, including a new quartet featuring tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Johnathan Blake. Additionally, “Something Else!” will present a unique collabora ..read more
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