Magical Montreal Night With Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander - Harlem-Kingston Express

“Throughout a career spanning six decades, the New York-based artist Monty Alexander has garnered acclaim for bridging American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica.” Celebrating five decades of musical career is an unparalleled achievement. Only a few artists reach that stage in their lives. Pianist Monty Alexander is one of them. Now 70, Alexander … [Read more...]

“Nuevo Jazz Latino” at JALC in NYC

Nuevo Jazz Latino

On the evenings of Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Elio Villafranca hosted what he qualified as "an incredible performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center." Heralded as "Nuevo Jazz Latino" the two-days concert taking place at the Appel Room, in the gorgeous installations of JALC (Jazz at Lincoln Center) in New York City, showcased an … [Read more...]

HeavyWeights Brass Band CD release

Heavyweights at Lula March 2014

"I was lucky enough to make my way down from Orangeville (where?) to the big city on a Thursday night and attend what promised to be a great show: The HeavyWeights Brass Band Brasstronomical CD release party @ Lula Lounge on March 6th 2014" Concert Review by Guest Author Ryan Grist (Founding Board Member of the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival and Artistic Director of … [Read more...]

Helen Sung Sextet Live At Jazz Standard

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Celebrating the release of Anthem for a New Day (Concord, 2014) - Report from New York by Tomas Peña In spite of the frigid temperatures and an impending Nor’easter the vibe at The Jazz Standard was warm, fuzzy and festive. Like always, there was the usual assortment of individuals – tourists, voyeurs, musicians and patrons of the arts – but mostly, everyone came out to … [Read more...]

Celebrating Dinah and Sarah at Koerner Hall in Toronto

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As part of the TD Jazz: Celebrating Dinah and Sarah series, Toronto jazz lovers were fortunate to see and listen a great performance by the veteran grand master of jazz, Ramsey Lewis with his quintet and the young upcoming singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Concert Review and Photos by Atael Weissman It was quite symbolic to see Ramsey Lewis, composer and pianist, contemporary of … [Read more...]