Jazz

  1. Joao Gilberto, Jackson Browne For Madrid Guitar Fest

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brazilian Joao Gilberto, who helped create the bossa nova music genre 50 years ago, is to be the star performer at Madrid's inaugural Guitar Festival to be held in the Spanish capital May 15-June 21. Gilberto will play and sing in solo perfor ...

  2. Iggy Pop's French Connection For New Album

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Iggy Pop has appeared in Paris to announce the release of a jazz-influenced album via EMI France. The Stooges singer said today (March 26) that he was inspired by the novel "The Possibility Of An Island," written by controversial French ...

  3. Los Angeles Philharmonic Taps Herbie Hancock

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced that Grammy-winning jazz artist Herbie Hancock will become its new creative chair for jazz. He succeeds bassist Christian McBride. During his two-year tenure with the Los Angeles Philharmonic ...

  4. Jazz Briefs: Return To Forever, Spyro Gyra

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Legendary jazz-rock fusion band Return to Forever is the focus of two upcoming Eagle Rock Entertainment releases. The two-CD live recording, “Return to Forever Returns,” drops March 17. Coming May 12 is “Live at Montreux” in both DVD and Blu-Ray ...

  5. Playboy Jazz Festival 2009 Ramps Up

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Jazz bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and soul/funk outfit Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are among the seven acts making their debut appearance at the 2009 Playboy Jazz Festival. Now in its 31st year, the annual festival will be held June 13-1 ...

  6. Jazz Briefs: The Rippingtons, Cassandra Wilson, ELLA Award

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- "Modern Art," the new album by the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, arrives March 10 from Peak Records. Band founder Freeman is joined by a new lineup that includes bassist Rico Belled, saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa (whose original stin ...

  7. Acclaimed Jazz Drummer Louis Bellson Dies

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Big band and jazz drummer Louie Bellson, a master musician who performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and his late wife, Pearl Bailey, has died. He was 84. Bellson died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L ...

  8. Neil Young Added to New Orleans Jazz Fest

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Neil Young will join a slew of other first-time performers at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a bittersweet announcement given that the "Queen of Soul" canceled her coveted appearance. Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis sa ...

  9. Recording Academy Honors Blue Note

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Blue Note Records received the President's Merit Award from the Recording Academy on Tuesday night, in recognition of the jazz label's 70th anniversary. In that time, Blue Note artists have ranged from Thelonious Monk to John Coltrane to ...

  10. Gillespie Catalog To Stay With EMI Music Pub

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing has reached a long-term deal to extend its representation of songs from the catalog of legendary American jazz trumpeter and composer Dizzy Gillespie. EMI Music Publishing has represented songs in Gillespie's catalog sinc ...

  11. Jazz Musician, Ray Charles Band Member Newman Dies

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST David ‘Fathead’ Newman, jazz saxophonist/flutist and member of the Ray Charles band, died Jan. 20 of pancreatic cancer in upstate New York. He was 75. Newman graduated from Lincoln High School in Dallas, where his music teacher gave him the nickna ...

  12. Blue Note, Boosey Sign Global Synch Deal

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music's jazz imprint Blue Note Records has partnered with classical and jazz publisher Boosey & Hawkes on a synchronization deal. The arrangement means Boosey & Hawkes will represent Blue Note for synchs of its master recordings o ...

  13. Jazz Bassist Haden Returns To Country Roots On CD

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST After a career on modern jazz's cutting edge, bassist Charlie Haden acknowledges being scared before recording his first country music album at Ricky Skaggs' Nashville, Tenn., studio. But with a little help from family and friends, Haden ...

  14. Jazz Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard Dies

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who played with legends such as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey and Herbie Hancock, died today (Dec. 29) in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Hubbard, who had suffered a heart attack on Nov. 26, was 70. B ...

  15. Jazz Fest Turns 40 With Star-Packed Bill

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this spring with a star-studded lineup featuring Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Kings Of Leon, Tony Bennett, the Neville B ...

  16. Quincy Jones To Deliver SXSW Keynote

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The organizers of the SXSW music conference announced that Quincy Jones will deliver a keynote address on March 19, 2009. Jones' current and upcoming projects include the recently released book "The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey and ...

  17. UCJ Eyes Brand, Synch Opportunities

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST London-based Universal Classics and Jazz (UCJ) has created a dedicated resource within the label to oversee activity, opportunity and expansion in the areas of synchronization and branding. UCJ marketing manager Buffie Du Pon is heading the new re ...

  18. Jazz Mentoring Scheme Returns

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the PRS Foundation for New Music (PRSF) have announced the fifth edition of Take Five, a U.K. artist development initiative targeted at emerging jazz musicians. Having run four successful editions so far, the ...

  19. Tony Bennett Tries to Save Christmas for Bloomies

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new holiday ad campaign for retailer Bloomingdales featuring Tony Bennett starts Saturday (Nov. 1), according to the New York Times. The campaign, coming at a time of economic turmoil, is meant to reassure shoppers that a little retail therapy i ...

  20. Hancock, Lang Lang Plotting 2009 Summer Tour

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Herbie Hancock and Chinese pianist Lang Lang are planning to join forces for 2009 summer tour of the United States and Europe, Lang Lang tells Billboard.biz. Details are still being worked out, but the pair intends to visit at least 10 markets in ...

  21. Neal Hefti, Composer Of 'Batman' Theme, Dies

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neal Hefti, a Big Band trumpeter, arranger and composer of themes for the movie "The Odd Couple" and the "Batman" television series, has died. He was 85. Hefti died unexpectedly Saturday at his home, said his son Paul Hefti. He ...

  22. Cuban Pianist Valdes Honored At 90th Birthday

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes has celebrated his 90th birthday in Madrid ahead of a tour of Spain with his son Chucho. The pair have toured the country together before, and between Oct. 23 and Nov. 15 they will perform in eight Spanish cities. Bebo Va ...

  23. Jazz Musician Marc Moulin Dies Aged 66

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Belgian musician, composer and radio personality Marc Moulin has died after suffering throat cancer. He was 66. Moulin started his career in the Sixties as a pianist, journalist and composer of TV music. His jazz background led to the launch of hi ...

  24. Tyner Preps CD/DVD

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jazz great McCoy Tyner’s new project is a CD/DVD combination titled “Guitars,” released Sept. 23 via McCoy Tyner Music/Half Note Records. Guitarists Bill Frisell, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Marc Ribot and banjoist Bela Fleck join pianist Tyner a ...

  25. Natalie Cole Hospitalized Due To Hepatitis C

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Natalie Cole, who recently revealed she had hepatitis C, has been hospitalized as a result of side effects from her medication and a heavy promotional schedule, her representative said Friday. The Grammy-winning singer has been in a New York City ...

  26. Boosey & Hawkes Ramps Up Jazz Initiative

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT If you visit the Web site of Boosey & Hawkes, the leading independent publisher of classical music, and scroll just left of the images of Sergei Rachmaninof and Aaron Copland, you'll land on Wynton Marsalis. Should it surprise that the co ...

  27. Putumayo Expands Jazz Catalog

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Putumayo World Music gets into the holiday spirit with the Oct. 28 release of “A Jazz & Blues Christmas.” Among the jazz and blues artists featured on the 10-track set are B.B. King (“Christmas Celebration”), Ray Charles (“Rudolph the Red-Nose ...

  28. Dave Matthews Band's LeRoi Moore Dies At 46

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band saxophone player LeRoi Moore, one of the group's founding members and a key part of its eclectic jazz-infused sound, died Tuesday (Aug. 19) from injuries he sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident in June. He was 46. T ...

  29. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Rahsaan Patterson, Take 6

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Singer/songwriter Rahsaan Patterson has recorded his first holiday CD. “The Ultimate Gift,” due Aug. 26 via Artistry Music, features such holiday standards as “Little Drummer Boy” as well as six original songs. The latter includes “Christmas at ...

  30. Sony BMG Aus Signs Katie Noonan

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Entertainment Australia has signed singer Katie Noonan. A jazz-flavored album will be recorded in New York for release this year, according to Sydney-based chairman and CEO Denis Handlin. He says, "Joining Katie for the album recordi ...

  31. R&B Briefs: Patti LaBelle, Al Jarreau

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -Patti LaBelle will be presented with the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) Award of Excellence during the organization's upcoming 30th anniversary celebration. Presented by Target, the UNCF's annual "An Evening of Stars" ...

  32. Fourplay Picks Up 'Energy' For Heads Up Debut

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jazz quartet Fourplay will make its Heads Up International debut Sept. 23 with "Energy." Special guest on the album is labemate and critically acclaimed upright bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, who joins the foursome on the track &qu ...

  33. Kem, Whalum, Ayers Lead Lineup For 21st Long Beach Jazz Fest

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The 21st annual Long Beach Jazz Festival will take place Aug. 8-10 at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, Calif. The lineup encompasses a wide range of noted R&B and jazz acts such as Kirk Whalum, Chrisette Michelle, Roy Ayers, Michael Franks, ...

  34. Natalie Cole Re-opens Standards Book

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Natalie Cole has recorded a new selection of standards for “Still Unforgettable,” due Sept. 9 via DMI Records. The upcoming album arrives 17 years after Cole’s first reading of songs from the American Songbook: the multi-platinum album “Unforgetta ...

  35. Hancock, Hiromi Deliver At 30th Playboy Jazz Fest

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Riveting performances by 2008 Grammy album of the year honoree Herbie Hancock, contemporary jazz pianist Hiromi and singers Ryan Shaw, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Keb' Mo' kept things jumping at the Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). Now in ...

  36. Albright Features Ledisi, Other Collabs On 'Sax'

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gerald Albright's second Peak Records release, "Sax for Stax" (June 24), features Will Downing, Kirk Whalum, recent Grammy nominee Ledisi and Earth, Wind & Fire's Phillip Bailey. Fronted by lead single "Knock on Wood&q ...

  37. NZ Musicians Feted In Queen's List

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Santa Monica, CA.-based jazz pianist Alan Broadbent was among the New Zealand-born musicians awarded the Member of the Order of Merit in New Zealand's Queen's Birthday Honours list. The list of accolades, which recognizes 189 people, was ...

  38. Jazz Briefs: Playboy Jazz Festival, Freddie Hubbard

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Trumpeter Terence Blanchard and bassist Marcus Miller have been added as special guests at this year's Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl). Blanchard will perform on Saturday (June 14) with The James Moody ...

  39. Hancock, Buble Lead International Jazz Awards

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tied at three nominations each, Herbie Hancock and Michael Bublé top the list of nominees for the first annual International Jazz Awards. The ceremony is set for Sunday, June 29, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Comedian D.L. H ...

  40. R&B Briefs: Smokey Robinson, Rodney Jerkins

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- R&B pioneer Smokey Robinson will be inducted into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame on June 2. The fourth annual fund-raising gala, presented by the Apollo Theater Foundation, will also award the Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Arts and Humanita ...

  41. Parliamentarians Get Jazzed Up

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The United Kingdom's recently-appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Andy Burnham was among a select group of 200 politicians, artists and music industry insiders who gathered at the Houses of Parliament in London last nigh ...

  42. Sonny Rollins To Headline Newport Jazz Festival

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Saxophonist Sonny Rollins will headline this year's jazz festival in Newport, Rhode Island. The JVC Jazz Festival Newport will be held August 8 through August 10 at Fort Adams State Park and at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. More than ...

  43. ASCAP, Stars Salute Quincy

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Only in New York would a salute to a music icon open with a tap dance by Tony Award-winning choreographer Savion Glover and garbage lids clashing together by the cast of "Stomp," bringing honoree Quincy Jones and guest performer Tony Ben ...

  44. Jazz Briefs: Jazz Cruise, Earl Klugh

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -"The Jazz Cruise" will set sail Nov. 9-16 with a lineup that includes Regina Carter, nnenna Freelon, Tom Scott, Andy Bey and The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Produced by Jazz Cruises LLC, the eighth annual voyage will depart from Fo ...

  45. BT Dials-Up Montreux Jazz Fest Sponsor Deal

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telecoms giant BT has forged a three-year agreement to act as main partner and official provider of communications solutions for the Montreux Jazz Festival. Financial terms of the deal, which will also see BT provide Internet hosting for the ...

  46. Middelheim Jazz Fest Boss Vanattenhoven Dies

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Miel Vanattenhoven, radio producer and organizer of Belgium's Middelheim Jazz festival, passed away April 2 when he lost his battle against cancer. He was 63. Vanattenhoven started his career in Belgian Flemish language public radio in the 19 ...

  47. Incognito Gets Heads Up Nod

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.K. R&B/funk/acid jazz group Incognito has signed with Heads Up International. A division of Concord Music Group, the crossover jazz label plans a worldwide release of the group's debut album, "Tales From the Beach," on ...

  48. Billboard Q&A: UME/Verve Music Group President/CEO Bruce Resnikoff

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT His Verve group boasts four albums on the Billboard 200, and is fresh off Herbie Hancock's Grammy win. It's not been a bad run for Bruce Resnikoff. Last month, Herbie Hancock's "The Joni Letters," released in fall 2007 on ...

  49. Return To Forever Reunite For Tour

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Legendary jazz/rock fusion group Return to Forever will begin its approximately 50-date North American and European reunion tour May 29 with a two-night stand at Austin, Texas' Paramount Theatre. The quartet, which hasn't performed toget ...

  50. Hancock, Jarreau Top 2008 Playboy Jazz Fest Lineup

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Grammy winner Herbie Hancock is among the headliners slated for the 2008 Playboy Jazz Festival. The festival lineup, which includes Al Jarreau, Tower of Power, Keb' Mo', the James Moody Quartet, Roy Hargrove Big Band and first-time Playb ...

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