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Project Grand Slam to make Long Island debut at My Father's Place

Roslyn - Robert Miller's jazz fusion band Project Grand Slam will be making its debut on Long Island at My Father's Place on Friday, February 21.

'Crazy' Cuban jazz musician Fonseca putting home fans first

Havana - Roberto Fonseca has been enchanting jazz fans in Havana since he was 15. As the prodigious pianist once again heads a list of stars at the 35th edition of the Havana Jazz Festival, he spoke to AFP about his new -- and ninth -- album.

Review: Tynan Davis shines on breakthrough jazz album 'Tynan' Special

Tynan Davis shines on her breakthrough jazz studio album "Tynan," which she released independently. Digital Journal has the scoop.

Review: Yelfris Valdes: Tour de force performance at London's Jazz Cafe Special

London - Yelfris Valdés debuted 'For The Ones' at London's Jazz Cafe, serving up a superb toe-tapping performance, supported by a rhythmical and melodic array of musicians. The new project is both adventurous and experimental, as the live show revealed.

Off the beaten path, Haiti's jazz festival comes of age

Port-au-prince - At a time when most of the world's jazz capitals are buried under snow or suffering through sub-zero temperatures, Haiti is offering fans a week of outdoor concerts showcasing the best talents in the business in a balmy Caribbean clime.

Review: Jazz Rock Fusion band Project Grand Slam release 'Trippin' album Special

Jazz Rock Fusion band Project Grand Slam have released their new album "Trippin" on June 29, 2018. Digital Journal has the scoop.

Meet Trist Curless: Newest member of The Manhattan Transfer Special

Trist Curless, the newest member of The Manhattan Transfer, chatted with Digital Journal about their new jazz studio album, "The Junction," which will be out on March 30.

The Manhattan Transfer discuss new jazz album 'The Junction' Special

The Manhattan Transfer's Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel chatted with Digital Journal about their new jazz album "The Junction," which will be released on March 30.

Review: Jeff Lorber Fusion will blow you away with 'Prototype' album Special

Jeff Lorber Fusion has done a superb on their critically-acclaimed studio album, "Prototype," which was the recipient of the 2018 Grammy award in the "Contemporary Instrumental" album category.

Micah Wilshire talks new single 'Woman' Special

Jazz musician Micah Wilshire chatted with Digital Journal about his new single "Woman," as well as his forthcoming studio album.

French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies aged 62

Paris - Noted French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, a disciple of the late Stephane Grappelli, died of a heart attack early Sunday, his agent said.Lockwood, who performed at Paris jazz venue Bal Blomet on Saturday, had turned 62 on February 11.

'Oldest jazz band' a constant in fast-modernising Shanghai

Shanghai - Li Minsheng is one of the junior members of the "Old Jazz Band" at Shanghai's ornate Fairmont Peace Hotel. He's 76.

Famed Blue Note jazz club opens in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Bossa nova may have largely disappeared from Rio de Janeiro, but its musical cousin jazz is having a moment, with the famed New York-based franchise Blue Note opening here Thursday.

Cuba hosts all-star International Jazz Day concert

Havana - Cuba Sunday hosted the world's annual International Jazz Day concert, with Hollywood star Will Smith presenting the event and musicians Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdes among the performers.

Ivorian drummer boy turned globetrotting virtuoso

Grand-bassam - Paco Sery was a kid banging on tin cans before a job at a Club Med in Ivory Coast opened the way to drumming for Congo's rumba king Papa Wemba as well as Nina Simone and other jazz greats.

Review: The Correspondents ride the crest of a wave in London Special

London - The explosive duo, vocalist Mr Bruce and his able sidekick Chucks, who provides the genre-bending beats - everything from jazz and blues to electro swing and drum ’n’ bass - played the Village Underground in Shoreditch on Friday, October 21.

David Elaine Alt blends classical music with jazz Special

San Francisco - The shift in socio-economic demographics that has occurred in the City over the past decade has not stopped composer-musician David Elaine Alt from pursuing his creative and artistic endeavors.

Op-Ed: Jazz Guitarists make duo performance at Sonoma's Plaza Bistro Special

Sonoma - The dreary weather of Friday was soon forgotten by those who went to see Jazz guitarists Randy Vincent and John Stowell at the Plaza Bistro. They teamed up for a duo performance that evening on May 6.

Ruby Friedman ventures into new territory with her first LP Special

Having released a number of singles and EPs over the last seven years, the nomadic singer and bandleader (of the genre-hopping Ruby Friedman Orchestra) discusses her long-awaited debut album, 'GEM.'

Obama hosts jazz concert at 'Blues House'

Washington - For a few hours on Friday, the White House became the Blues House.Musicians including Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aretha Franklin and Hugh Masekela joined US President Barack Obama for a special concert to celebrate International Jazz Day.

Israeli jazz taking giant steps as talent returns home

Telavi - When saxophonist Eli Degibri left Israel at the age of 18 to study jazz at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, he knew he'd come back home one day.

Op-Ed: Cuba jazz musician snubbed by White House and Voice of America

A controversy over the Obama White House treatment of Cuban jazz musician Paquito D’Rivera has been ignored by the Voice of America (VOA) whose late music broadcaster Willis Conover had played a major role in promoting jazz and artistic freedom.

An update from Australia's favourite Canadian vocalist Ann Vriend Special

The singer/songwriter from Edmonton has enjoyed quite a bit of success with her most recent LP 'For the People in the Mean Time.' She is currently on tour Down Under, which is where Digital Journal caught up with her.

Review: ‘Born to be Blue’ wants you to know there’s more to Chet Baker Special

‘Born to be Blue’ uses a difficult period in real-life jazz musician Chet Baker’s life to present a dreamy reimagining of the man behind the celebrity and legendary heroin addiction.

'The Rochester Mass,' a new concept from organist James Taylor Special

Rochester - Master of the Hammond organ and leader of the James Taylor Quartet (JTQ), English musician James Taylor is preparing to release a groundbreaking project that successfully combines jazz and funk with The Rochester Cathedral Choir.

Jazz vocalist Emi Meyer talks 'Monochrome' CD and Colbie Caillat Special

Jazz vocalist Emi Meyer chatted with Digital Journal about winning a jazz competition, collaborating with Colbie Caillat, and her latest CD "Monochrome."

Review: It's the Peace That Deafens — Superbly good new album Special

London - Ola Onabule, who packs more musical ideas into one song than many artists manage over an entire album, has issued an upbeat set of songs with an world infusion of music layered into jazz. 'It's the peace that deafens' is a harmonious treat.

Diana Krall is spectacular in London Special

London - Diana Krall, touring the world as part of her Wallflower concerts, stopped off in London for a couple of nights to play at the Royal Albert Hall. Digital Journal was wowed at the performance.

Review: Jazz is alive and thriving in a little town like Sonoma Special

Sonoma - One of the reasons why someone like artist Jan Small was pleased to move to Sonoma from San Francisco was because of the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society concerts that go on during the summer.

Jazz artist Bill Kwan talks New York, musical influences Special

Jazz artist Bill Kwan chatted with Digital Journal about his greatest musical inspirations, aspirations to play in New York, and female duet partners.
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