LULAWORLD 2012 – Lula Lounge Turns 10

Lula Turns 10 and the World Helps Us Celebrate - LulaWorld 2012 Concert Schedule at a Glance - May 9: Autorickshaw w/ special guests Mark Duggan,...

Luciana Souza & Romero Lubambo in Toronto

JPEC presents Brazilian Duos Luciana Souza & Romero Lubambo & Opener Amanda Tosoff’s Quartet Saturday, April 21 @ Toronto Centre for the Arts Toronto, ON - Tuesday, March...

Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest 2012

Change of dates for the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest 2012 The Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival celebrates it’s 22nd edition, starting March 29 until...

Grammy Travesty Continues: John Santos

Grammy Travesty Continues by John Santos - 1/27/12 Well, it's that time of year again - Grammy fever. CBS ramps it up with a constant barrage...

A Tribute to Carlos Garnett at the Panama Jazz Festival 2012

Report by Oscar Montagut Bogota, Colombia – January, 2012 For nine consecutive years the Danilo Perez Foundation has celebrated the Panama Jazz Festival with the best...

Mundo: The World of Jane Bunnett

Mundo: The World of Jane Bunnett To Be Released By EMI Canada On February 14, 2012 Double CD Retrospective Package Features 2 New Tracks Toronto, Ontario -...

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Turns 10!

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to Celebrate Historic 10th Anniversary Season with Special Program at Symphony Space, January 20 & 21 January 20 Benefit Concert...

Grammy Update – December 2011

On April 6, 2011 the Governing Board of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammys) announced the elimination of 31 categories. According to NARAS, the categories were eliminated to “tighten and create a parallel structure among the various fields.” It is worth noting that the Governing Board met behind closed doors and dues paying members of the Academy were not informed of the meetings, or asked for their opinion in the decision making process [...]

SF Arts Commission passes resolution

On Monday, November 7th, 2011 at the San Francisco Executive Arts Commission Meeting the resolution, spearheaded by Commissioner John Calloway was proposed to the board commissioners asking them to issue a formal request to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to immediately reinstate the 31 categories of music genres that were dropped from GRAMMY consideration on April 6, 2011 [...]

Poncho Sanchez, Terence Blanchard: Chano Y Dizzy!

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz,...

Barquisimeto International Jazzfest 2011

The first week of October, Venezuela will celebrate one of the most prestigious festivals in their country, Barquisimeto International Jazz Festival 2011. The city of Barquisimeto, province of Lara (Venezuela), will again be the centre of cultural musical and pedagogical events with the sixth edition of this festival. The foundation, which has the same name as the festival, will offer jazz lovers a great list of artists who will participate in concerts, lectures [...]

Bettye LaVette to close Teatro Libre JazzFest

This Saturday, September 10th, Bettye LaVette will be the artist to close another edition of the Teatro Libre International Jazz Festival, in Bogota, Colombia. On this occasion, the woman with the expressive-voice, Bettye LaVette, will say goodbye to Bogota’s jazz lovers with an exciting concert at Julio Mario Santo Domingo Theater. Mrs. LaVette is going to be the last performer of this festival after nine days of concerts by recognized [...]

ALJO to Celebrate 10th Anniv. Season in 2011/12

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance announced that it will celebrate the 10th Anniversary season of the GRAMMY Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), directed by Arturo O’Farrill, in 2011/12 at Symphony Space on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The ALJO will present three landmark programs to celebrate its first decade of existence. On October 14 and 15, the Orchestra will pay tribute to Andy and Jerry González, founders of the pioneering [...]

AJAZZGO 2011 – XI Encounter in Cali City

For seven days Cali city will enjoy more than eighty jazz artists integrated in twelve bands (four national and eight international). The festival will offer the spectators twenty-six educational and artistic activities on eight different stages; there will be eleven free concerts and workshops and fifteen shows with discount prices for students and seniors. Cali City will be the place to meet a variety of extraordinary composers, musicians and interpreters of jazz [...]

Mark Levine returns his Grammy nominations

In a bold, but sincere and honest move, Pianist, Educator and Author Mark Levine decides to return his Grammy nominations to NARAS and LARAS, and distances himself from such organizations. Here is his letter to Mr. Neil Portnow.

Bill Cosby issues statement questioning NARAS

American comedian, TV producer, educator, and activist Bill Cosby has joined a roster of respected celebrities and musicians including Paul Simon, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana with wife Cindy Blackman, and John Carter Cash supporting musicians protesting the elimination of ethnic and instrumental Grammy Award categories, recently cut by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences [...]

Updates from Grammy Watch – May 26, 2011

A brief update on the NARAS / GRAMMY situation regarding the elimination of 31 genres for GRAMMY consideration.

Latin Jazz Grammy Campaign Latest Updates

A press conference was called by five-time Grammy nominated recording artist John Santos to bring attention to the The Recording Academy (NARAS) decision to restructure the Grammy's by consolidating categories and terminating Latin Jazz and many other American born music art forms for award consideration. Approximately 70 people were in attendance that included musicians, press, local producers and record labels [...]

Celebrating Mario Bauzá and his Legacy

100 years ago, on April 28, 1911, Mario Bauzá was born in La Habana. Today, he would be celebrating his 100th Anniversary. His musical legacy is enormous. Marrying Afro Cuban rhythms and Jazz, he is a founding Father of Afro Cuban Jazz (which over the years would evolve into what we now know as Latin jazz). He continues to influence musicians around the world. Being April Jazz Appreciation Month, let's celebrate Mario Bauzá [...]

Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences eliminates the Latin Jazz Category

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011 the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) announced the restructuring of the Grammy Award categories in order to “tighten and create a parallel structure among the various fields.” According to Ben Sisario of the New York Times, “The restructuring was a response to longstanding criticism in the music industry that too many categories were diluting the Grammy’s impact.” [...]