Jazz Week is your roundup of new and remarkable stories from the world of jazz. It’s a one-stop destination for music news you need to know. Let’s take it from the top.
Kamasi Washington on The Tonight Show: Kamasi Washington performed his new single, “The Garden Path”, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Last week’s performance on the show marked the saxophonist/composer/bandleader’s late-night television debut. Watch it via the player below. “The Garden Path,” released last week, is Washington’s first new and original music in over a year. About his latest song, he said in a press release: “The world is feeling turned upside down. There’s so much pushing and pulling in all directions, from everyone you meet – no one knows what to think, who to believe, or how to approach life right now. No matter how smart you are, it’s hard not to feel blind.
Sylvia’s love Original soundtrack vinyl release: New York composer Fabrice Lecomte’s moving orchestral jazz score for the romantic drama Sylvia’s love will be released on vinyl via Lakeshore Records on April 8. Pre-order it here. The music is central to the film, as it tells the story between a young woman and an aspiring jazz saxophonist in the 1950s, and their reunion years later. Also appearing on Sylvia’s love the soundtrack is The Dickie Brewster Quartet, Samantha Sidley and a performance by Eva Longoria.
SiriusXM celebrates Black History Month: As part of its celebration of Black History Month, SiriusXM announced new limited-engagement channels and specialty programming celebrating the lives and legacies of influential and trailblazing black artists. They include carefully selected radio channels hailing Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and legendary record label Motown. Click here for a full schedule.
Jazz Photography Exhibition at UCR Arts: The Sweeney Art Gallery at UCR Arts in Riverside, California is currently hosting an exhibition titled Jazz Greats: Collection of Classic Photographs of America. The exhibition consists of 33 photographs of jazz greats and their audiences taken by 15 different photographers from the 1920s to the 1980s. The exhibition is free and will run until April 3. More here.
Marquis Hill, New Gospel Revisited (Editing): New Gospel Revisited is composer/trumpeter Marquis Hill’s live reinterpretation of his debut album, 2021’s New Gospel, performed with an all-star sextet. The 13 tracks on the LP are given new life and interspersed with interludes by each member of the sextet, including Walter Smith III, Joel Ross, James Francies, Kendrick Scott and Harish Raghavan. New Gospel Revisited comes out on March 18 and you can pre-order it HERE.
Tarou Alexander, Echoes of the masters (Sunny side): On his latest album, Brooklyn-born drummer Taru Alexander assembles a stellar ensemble to perform tracks written by some of his heroes and mentors, including his father Roland Alexander. Echoes of the Masters was released on January 7 via Sunnyside and you can order it HERE.
John Mayall, The sun is shining (forty below): Blues legend John Mayall teams up with a stellar cast on his upcoming album, The sun is shining, out now. The album is described via a press release as “a funky, soulful affair punctuated by brass, violins, harmonica and electric ukulele”. It explores a range of eclectic styles and instruments and features many special guests. Order it here.
Christiane Karam, Nar (self-published): Singer/songwriter Christiane Karam fuses Middle Eastern and Balkan aesthetics with contemporary jazz on Nar, his tribute to his native Beirut and to the resilience of humanity. His first album in nine years features his accomplished quintet with pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, cellist Naseem Alatrash, bassist Peter Slavov and percussionist Keita Ogawa. Nar is now available and you can order it HERE. You can also listen to our JAZZIZ Travels podcast conversation with Karam about the new album via the player below.
Live music and festival news
Lady Gaga Jazz and Piano Shows in Las Vegas: Lady Gaga will be back on Dolby Live at Park MGM, performing her “Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano” show on nine dates, starting April 14. The shows will celebrate his love for the Great American Songbook and his second GRAMMY nominated collaboration album with Tony Bennett, love for sale, released last year. Tickets here.
The return of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, from April 27 to May 2: The UK’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival will return after a two-year hiatus to celebrate its 25th edition. The festival will take place from April 27 to May 2 and will include large-scale concerts, intimate club shows, masterclasses and more, as well as an array of free charts. Its line-up includes Gregory Porter, who returns as the Festival’s artistic curator, as well as Robert Plant and his project Saving Grace, Corinne Bailey Rae, Nubya Garcia and Gary Bartz with his six London plays Maisha, among many others. More here.
jazz in mind! Announcement of the showcase program: Annual jazz fair jazzahead! will take place in and around Bremen, Germany from April 28 to May 1. The programming of its parallel showcase festival has been announced. 40 bands from a total of 20 countries were selected by a panel of experts from 800 applications. The showcase concerts can be experienced on site by registered participants and will also be broadcast online via the jazzahead! event platform. Read all the information about the group here.
Nubya Garcia announces the dates of her American tour: Saxophonist/composer Nubya Garcia proudly announces a new series of American shows, her first series of performances in the United States since 2019 and the release of her critically acclaimed album Source. Upcoming dates include supporting Khruangbin, a headlining show at New York’s famed Le Poisson Rouge and an appearance at the Big Ears Festival. More here.
Arts for Art to honor Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake: Arts for Art will pay tribute to two founding free jazz musicians at its 26th annual Vision Festival this summer. Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake will both receive the Vision Festival Excellence Award. Smith will open the festival at Roulette New York on June 21, while Lake will close it at Clemente, La Plaza on June 26. The two artists will present new works during their performances. Click here to find out more.
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