Thursday, March 29, 2018

Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim with Strings

Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim with Strings
FRIDAY, JULY 20 - 7:30 P.M.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Neighborhood Week comes to MCG Jazz to celebrate the music of renowned Brazilian icon, Antonio Carlos Jobim, with strings.

Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra strings and woodwind sections will be joined by guest soloists - vocalist Maucha Adnet and percussionist Duduka da Fonseca– each a native of Brazil –both of whom worked closely with Jobim. Additional special guests include, pianist Tamir Hendelman and guitarist Marty Ashby

Each of these musicians are internationally recognized for expanding the worlds of jazz and Latin music. Come enjoy the music of Jobim performed by those who know it best.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Previously unheard Miles Davis music out on April 21

Previously unheard Miles Davis music out on April 21

Published on Jazziz, March 23, 2018

Rubberband, a 4-track EP of previously unheard music by trumpeter Miles Davis, is set to be released for the first time on Record Store Day, April 21, via Warner Bros./Rhino.
The recording comes from a project called “Rubberband of Life,” which Davis began recording after moving from Columbia Records to Warner Bros. Records in 1985, and was to feature vocalists Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan. However, the album was subsequently shelved and the trumpeter went on to record Tutu, which was released in 1986.

Rubberband remained unfinished until its original producers, Randy Hall and Zane Giles, recruited Davis’ nephew, drummer Vince Wilburn Jr., and vocalist Ledisi to complete the EP, which will be released with an album sleeve featuring a painting by Davis himself.
For more information on this and other Record Store Day releases, go to

Ornette Coleman vinyl box-set out on May 11

Ornette Coleman vinyl box-set out on May 11

Published on Jazziz, March 20, 2018
Rhino is releasing ten albums by saxophonist Ornette Coleman on vinyl in a 10xLP box set titled Ornette Coleman: The Atlantic Years, out on May 11.
The albums included in the box set were released on Atlantic Records from 1959 to 1961. They are: The Shape Of Jazz To Come (1959), Change Of The Century(1959), This Is Our Music (1960), Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation (1960), Ornette!(1961), and Ornette On Tenor (1961).
In addition, the box set includes three compilations released in the 70s: The Art Of Improvisers (1970), Twins (1971), and To Whom Who Keeps A Record (1975). These compilations include outtakes from all six studio albums.
The tenth LP of the box set is The Ornette Coleman Legacy. Composed of six songs released for the first time in 1993, the album is receiving its debut vinyl release within the set.

Ornette Coleman: The Atlantic Yearsfeatures new liner notes written by Ben Ratliff and rare picture taken by jazz photographer Lee Friedlander. For more information, go to 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018



Rising artists and university big bands featured every Monday night
in celebration of National Jazz Appreciation Month

The annual Monk Festival returns with Helen Sung and special guests Catherine Russell, Michaela Marino Lerman, and Dr. Eddie Henderson

Christian McBride returns for two-week run

New York, NY (March 21, 2017) – In celebration of National Jazz Appreciation Month, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola showcases rising stars and veteran artists in the jazz world, celebrating the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz throughout April. The Monday lineups feature university big bands and rising stars coupled with heavy hitters of the jazz world – Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet with drummer Carl Allen (April 2); Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra with saxophonist Joe Lovano (April 9); Emmet Cohen Trio with drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath (April 16); Purchase Jazz Orchestra with organist Mike LeDonneunder the direction of trumpeter Jon Faddis (April 23); and Temple University Big Band with vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway under the direction of trumpeter Terell Stafford (April 30).
April marks the return of the annual Monk Festival (April 5-8), with the sounds of Thelonious Monk filling Frederick P. Rose Hall in all its performance venues. Jazz pianist and composer Helen Sung will lead the three-night celebration in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Each night will feature a unique program, starting with Monk/Sung: Helen Sung Quartet with special guest Catherine Russell(April 6); Monk on Tap (April 7) featuring the “Monk Mob” with special guest tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman; and Monk: High Priest of BeBop (April 8) featuring the Helen Sung Quartet with special guest Dr. Eddie Henderson.
Christian McBride also returns for two weeks with New Jawn featuring Josh Evans, Marcus Strickland and Nasheet Waits (April 10-15); and the 2018 GRAMMY® award winning Christian McBride Big Band (April 19-22).
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located at 60th Street and Broadway. For additional information, visit
April 2 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Winners of eight DownBeat Student Music Awards for Best Collegiate Jazz Group, the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet has performed all over the world, from top jazz clubs and festivals to an appearance at the United Nations as part of the Dave Brubeck forum, Jazz: A Language for Peace. Recent graduates of the group have played at Jazz at Lincoln Center multiple times and are now highly active jazz professionals. The 2017–2018 members of this prestigious ensemble are Evan Abounassar on trumpet, Isaiah Collier on saxophone, Xach Wagner on guitar, Gabe Rupe on bass, and Maya Stepansky on drums. Special guest drummer Carl Allen is a world-class jazz veteran who has worked with such musicians as Freddie Hubbard, Christian McBride, and Benny Green. This performance will highlight the incredible talent being fostered through educational outreach within the jazz community.
Cover: $35
Student: $20
April 3–4 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm“A garrulous tenor saxophonist and a highly lyrical flutist…” — The New York Times on Lew Tabackin
Award-winning saxophonist, flutist, and bandleader Lew Tabackin is an extraordinary musician dedicated to showing the full range of possibilities on his instrument—melodically, rhythmically, and dynamically. His huge sound and melodic approach to harmony have drawn comparisons to the late, great Coleman Hawkins, an icon to whom Tabackin has paid tribute at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and The Kennedy Center. Tonight’s trio performances feature Randy Brecker, a fellow jazz giant, as special guest. In an esteemed career that has earned him six Grammy Awards, Brecker has worked with everyone from Charles Mingus and Horace Silver to Frank Zappa and Parliament-Funkadelic.
Cover: $35
Student: $20
April 5 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm
A 2010 graduate of Berklee College of Music, Charles Turner has played in New York City’s premier jazz clubs and at international festivals and competitions. Having performed alongside Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michael Feinstein, Patrice Rushen, Terri Lyne Carrington, and more, Turner’s experience and maturity as a performer reach far beyond his years. His silky tone, high-energy delivery, smart song selection, and exceptional ability as a scat soloist always make for a standout performance. Tonight, Turner makes an anticipated return to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola as a headliner.
Cover: $40
Student: $25
Helen Sung Quartet with special guest Catherine Russell
April 6 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The spirit of Thelonious Monk fills the House of Swing this weekend, as all three Jazz at Lincoln Center venues celebrate the 2018 Monk Festival. Pianist and composer Helen Sung leads the Dizzy’s Club shows, and she has crafted an extraordinary series that celebrates Monk in song, dance, and as a singular jazz icon, with a different band and unique theme for each evening. “The genius of modern music,” Thelonious Monk was an enormous influence on Sung and her musical evolution from classical to jazz piano. She was a member of the inaugural class of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. For night one of the Monk Festival, Sung draws from vocalist Carmen McRae’s legendary Carmen Sings Monk album, one of the best examples of “vocal Monk.” Sung’s band tonight features saxophonist John Ellis, bassist George DeLancey, and drummer Donald Edwards, with special guest vocalist Catherine Russell interpreting Monk’s iconic melodies.
Cover: $45
Student: $25
The “Monk Mob” with special guest Michela Marino Lerman
April 7 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

For night two of the Monk Festival, Sung brings her “Monk Mob” octet, featuring some of New York City’s finest jazz artists: saxophonists John Ellis, Jordan Pettay, and Claire Daly; trumpeter Bruce Harris; trombonist Coleman Hughes; bassist George DeLancey; and drummer Donald Edwards. They will perform new arrangements of classic Monk tunes, featuring dynamic rhythmic interplay with special guest tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman.
Cover: $45
Student: $25
Helen Sung Quartet with special guest Dr. Eddie Henderson
April 8 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

For the final night of the Monk Festival, Sung takes inspiration from the 1952 album Bird and Diz, which was one of Monk’s few sideman appearances. The band is a classic bebop jazz format, featuring saxophonist John Ellis, bassist George DeLancey, drummer Donald Edwards, and special guest trumpeter Dr. Eddie Henderson. They’ll be performing a combination of Monk originals and selections from the jazz repertory that Monk covered and recorded.
Cover: $35
Student: $25
April 9 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Manhattan School of Music’s programs of study for Jazz Arts majors are designed to develop skilled performers, composers, arrangers, and jazz educators in preparation for careers in jazz music. Systematic and rigorous conservatory training, combined with a myriad of performance and networking opportunities in New York City, make this program one of the richest of its kind for young jazz musicians. These talented young musicians prove that the spirit of swing is alive and well, and that the future of jazz is in extremely capable hands. Tonight they will treat audiences to a big band arrangement of John Coltrane’s beloved A Love Supreme, featuring Grammy Award–winning saxophone titan Joe Lovano as special guest.
Cover: $35
Student: $25
April 10-15 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Bassist Christian McBride is a master musician who has appeared on over 300 records. He is easily one of the most accomplished bass players alive, and his resume as a bandleader is also quite impressive. Join us at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Colato experience New Jawn, which, translated from Philadelphian, could be described as McBride’s “new joint.” The quartet includes Josh Evans, Nasheet Waits, and Marcus Strickland, musicians that are regularly featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center and all over the city both as bandleaders and as sidemen with some of jazz’s biggest names. Fans of McBride’s small groups will love this ensemble, and its unusual two-horns, no-piano lineup gives it a unique flavor. With just bass and drums holding down the rhythm section, McBride and Waits provide as rich and driving a foundation as any group could hope for. The group’s sold-out run at Dizzy’s Club in 2017 featured drastically different material and highlights across various sets, so first-timers and returning fans alike should not hesitate to see what they’re up to this time.
Cover: Tues, Wed $35 / Thurs, Sat, Sun $45 / Sun $30
Student: $25
April 16 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Pianist/bandleader Emmet Cohen and bassist Russell Hall are two of jazz’s finest young players. They’re first-call players not only among their peers, but also with master musicians of multiple generations. Tonight’s trio performance features drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, a living legend whose recording career began in 1957 with John Coltrane. He’s since played with all of the greats, including a long run with his siblings in the Heath Brothers, and it’s inspiring to now see him working with these rising jazz stars. Swing by Dizzy’s for some of the best straight-ahead jazz in town.
Cover: $30
Student: $15
Live webcast and artist interview with WBGO host Rhonda Hamilton will begin at 7:15pm EST on
WBGO is proud to partner once again with Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on Monday Nights with WBGO. The series features talented new artists as well as groups from some of the area's great college jazz programs. Each performance is hosted by WBGO announcer Rhonda Hamilton.
April 17 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Australian trumpeter James Morrison is a world-renowned artist who has played with legends including Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, and Wynton Marsalis. He has also performed and/or recorded with the London Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, and he has performed for two United States Presidents and Queen Elizabeth II. This level of popularity and demand started early for Morrison, who made his United States debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival when he was only 16 years old. Morrison has performed some excellent sets of swinging jazz at Dizzy’s Club, and we’re excited to bring him back for more.
Cover: $30
Student: $15
April 18
April 19- 22 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Grammy Award–winning bassist Christian McBride first composed for big band in 1995 as a commission for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The master musician has since appeared on over 300 recordings and is easily one of the most accomplished bassists alive. Now a leader of his own Grammy Award–winning Big Band, featuring a staggering and diverse lineup of top musicians, McBride simultaneously shows off his compositional talent and unmatched ability to drive a band from behind the bass. This hip group combines the classic big band sounds of the Swing Era with more than half a century of post-bop influences. You simply can’t go wrong when McBride is in charge.
Cover: Thurs, Fri, Sat $45 / Sun $35
April 23 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The 17-piece SUNY Purchase Jazz Orchestra (PJO), under the direction of Todd Coolman, is comprised of exceedingly talented students from the Conservatory of Music’s jazz studies program. Performing jazz from every era, from staples like Ellington and Basie to leading contemporary composers like McNeely, Clayton, Abene, and Schneider, the PJO always swings. The PJO and its many special guests have a long history with Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and tonight the group features special guest pianist and organist Mike LeDonne, a modern master who in the past few decades has worked with Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. LeDonne’s portions of the performance will be a rousing tribute to legendary B-3 Hammond organist Jimmy Smith and guitarist Wes Montgomery.
Cover: $35
Student: $20
April 25
with special guests Paul Jost (4/27 & 4/28),
Adam Rogers (4/27) and Jonathan Kreisberg (4/28)

April 26–29 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

“Not only has he mastered an instrument that has catapulted only a handful of players to the forefront of modern jazz—but [Locke] has done so in a way that transcends mere technique and establishes him as a unique and adventurous musical voice.” - San Francisco Bay Guardian
Vibraphonist Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the lead voices on his instrument, winning numerous awards and polls, including multiple “Mallet Player of the Year” awards from the Jazz Journalists Association. Long known as a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range, Locke has performed and recorded with many notable musicians, including Grover Washington Jr., Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, and Ron Carter. Tonight he presents his latest project, “Subtle Disguise,” featuring the outstanding core band of pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Lorin Cohen, and drummer Samvel Sarkisyan, with vocalist Paul Jost on April 27 and 28 and guitarist Adam Rogers on April 27 and guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg on April 28.
Cover: Thurs, Fri $40 / Sat $45 / Sun $35
Student: $20
April 30 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The Temple University Jazz Band – an exemplary student group led by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Terell Stafford—returns to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Tonight’s performance, featuring iconic vocalist and entertainer Ann Hampton Callaway, will be a special display of up-and-coming talent under the leadership of extraordinarily experienced players. Stafford’s band credits include McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and his experience as an educator is equally extensive. The Temple University Jazz Band has shared the stage with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Benny Golson, Dr. Billy Taylor, and Wynton Marsalis, and Ann Hampton Callaway now adds her own legend to the band’s ongoing history.
Cover: $40
Student: $25
Doors open at 11:15pm every Tuesday through Saturday for the Late Night Sessions featuring some of the most talented up and coming jazz artists, with jam sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays hosted by Julian Lee.
Tuesday-Saturday, April 3-7LATE NIGHT SESSION: Joel Wenhardt
Tuesday-Saturday, April 10-14LATE NIGHT SESSION: Theo Hill
Tuesday-Saturday, April 17-21 (no LNS 4/18)
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Evan Sherman (4/17)LATE NIGHT SESSION: Evan Sherman Big Band (4/19, 4/20)LATE NIGHT DANCE SESSION: Evan Sherman Big Band (4/21)
Tuesday-Saturday, April 24-31LATE NIGHT SESSION: Noah Halpern: Booker Little Project (no LNS 4/25) 
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 5th floor, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.
Call 212-258-9595 or visit
Dinner and drinks served nightly. Minimum of $10 applies to all.
General Admission:$20-$45 (unless noted otherwise)
Students: $5-$30 with valid student ID (selected sets only)
Late Night Session: $5-$20.
Headliner sets are 7:30pm, 9:30pm (unless noted otherwise).
Many of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concerts stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience. The concerts will also be available on Livestream’s mobile and connected TV applications with real-time DVR, chat, photos and other materials available to fans worldwide at
For more information about Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30th anniversary season, go to
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Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, Centene Charitable Foundation,
The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, SiriusXM, Steinway & Sons,
The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center, and United Airlines.
Press Inquiries:
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Assistant Director of Public Relations
Jazz at Lincoln Center

Box Office Address and HoursBroadway at 60th Street, Ground floor
Mon–Fri: 10am–6pm
Sun: 12pm–6pm


Tuesday, March 20, 2018



New documentary film on 94 year old Sammy Nestico entitled “Shadow Man” profiles the jazz and big band giant. Led The Count Basie Orchestra, the White House Orchestra, Airmen of Note, worked with countless icons from the shadows.

Film 16 years in the making; campaign to finish now live on Kickstarter

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 18, 2018) –  SHADOW MAN - The Sammy Nestico Story is a feature-length documentary film that explores the music, art, humanity, impact, and life of Sammy Nestico. It's a story the filmmaker – diane estelle Vicari – wants to tell and a legacy she wants to preserve.

“Over the past century, Sammy Nestico has been a giant contributor to the world of music,” says Vicari, “a true maestro - as a composer, orchestrator, writer, and arranger across the genres of classical, jazz, and big band sounds. He is also a quiet giant, helping to mold careers of musicians, some considered icons. He often worked behind the scenes ... like a shadow. That’s the basis for the title of the film.”

Vicari adds that Sammy’s greatest musical love has been working with youngsters and students pursuing their dream. He loves being an educator and mentor. She says his impact in this area is virtually unmatched.

Sammy Nestico recently turned 94 years young. His most recent Grammy nomination came only a year ago, at the age of 93. For over 70 years, he has plied his craft selflessly, and always with a smile.

During a 70+ year career, Sammy was the music arranger for the U.S. Air Force Band, the U.S. Marine Band, and leader of the White House Orchestra. He arranged music and led the Count Basie Orchestra for 17 years - picking up where his good friend Quincy Jones left off. Four of the 10 albums he arranged for Basie went on to win Grammy’s. He has served as a professor at the University of Georgia, and directed music programs at numerous universities. He arranged and conducted projects for Sarah Vaughan, Phil Collins, Toni Tennille, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, and many others. He worked on countless films, and over 70 television programs includingMission: Impossible, Mannix, and Charlie's Angels. He wrote commercial jingles for Zenith, Ford, Mattel, and Anheuser Busch, to name a few. He is the author of The Complete Arranger, an influential text in the field of music education. To this day, there remain over 600 numbers published by Sammy Nestico still regularly used by schools in their classrooms. And Sammy stillloves to pick up a trombone, reminiscent of his days as a master trombonist for Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, and Tommy Dorsey. 

The late, great jazz journalist and educator Dr. Herb Wong said: "Sammy Nestico is a wizard. He is a masterful teacher who combines technique, strategy, enthusiasm, humor, humility, and humanity to reach music students in a way that few others ever have."

“The film is also a profile in Americana, and the post-Depression American Dream,” says Vicari. “Sammy grew up in the heartland, was the man of the house at 10, was a self-taught musician, became a master arranger in the Big Band Era, and always put music and musical sounds above ego and image. It’s an honor and a privilege for me to tell his story and I am proud to have become a good friend with Sammy and his wife Shirley.”

Vicari and her husband, multi-Grammy winning producer Tommy Vicari, have financed the film from limited funds over a 16 year period. Sammy is now 94. In an effort to finish the film hopefully so Sammy can see it, she launched a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter “Sammy is active in the process,” says Vicari. “He watches the crowd funding campaign and responds to comments from fans on Facebook, and he loves it. It is wonderful to see.” She adds that Sammy has also helped by signing limited edition collectibles to augment the “rewards” on the Kickstarter page.

The campaign is mostly funded, and ends on March 29.

Filmmaker Vicari lives in Los Angeles, Sammy in Northern San Diego County. Sammy is available for phone interviews. The Kickstarter is at  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Expanded Critics’ Poll Results by JazzTimes

Expanded Critics’ Poll Results
by JazzTimes
Best New Artist Jazzmeia Horn (photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

For this annual companion poll to last issue’s Top 50 Critics’ Picks, our regular contributors and critics participated in this survey based on our yearly Readers’ Poll. Voters were asked to focus on artists’ achievements during 2017 rather than assessing entire careers.
Winners are bolded; runners-up are listed below in order of number of votes. An asterisk* denotes a tie.  EVAN HAGA, EDITOR

Best of all

New Artist
Jazzmeia HornJaimie Branch
Roxy Coss
Thomas Morgan
Artist of the Year
Vijay IyerJohn McLaughlin
Tyshawn Sorey
Jason Moran*
Cécile McLorin Salvant*

Best groups

Acoustic Small Group/Artist
Charles Lloyd New QuartetVijay Iyer Sextet
Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Electric/Jazz-Rock/Contemporary Group/Artist
Hudson (DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield)Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition
Snarky Puppy
Big Band/Large Ensemble
Maria Schneider OrchestraArturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
John Beasley’s MONK’estra
Amir ElSaffar Rivers of Sound

Best of the industry

Record Label
ECMBlue Note
Syndicated Radio Program
Jazz Night in AmericaRadio Deluxe With John Pizzarelli
Jazz After Hours With Jeff Hanley
Jazz Inspired With Judy Carmichael
The CheckoutJazzTimes Spins & RiffsA Noise From the DeepStraight No Chaser
Winter Jazzfest (NYC)Newport Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival
Montreal International Jazz Festival*
Detroit Jazz Festival*
I Called Him MorganChasing TraneBill Evans: Time RememberedJimmy Scott: I Go Back Home
Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz by Fred HerschMessage to Our Folks: The Art Ensemble of Chicago by Paul Steinbeck
Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium by John Corbett
Village VanguardJazz Standard
The Stone/The Stone at the New School

Best musicians

Ambrose AkinmusireChristian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Wadada Leo Smith
Dave Douglas
Roswell RuddRyan Keberle
Wycliffe Gordon
Robin Eubanks
Anat CohenKen Peplowski
Evan Christopher
Paquito D’Rivera
Tenor Saxophonist
Joe LovanoChris Potter
Charles Lloyd
JD Allen
Alto Saxophonist
Rudresh MahanthappaSteve Coleman
Kenny Garrett
Tim Berne*
Miguel Zenón*
Soprano Saxophonist
Wayne ShorterChris Potter
Dave Liebman
Jane Ira Bloom
Baritone Saxophonist
Gary SmulyanBrian Landrus
James Carter
Claire Daly
Nicole MitchellCharles Lloyd
Jamie Baum
Henry Threadgill
Jenny ScheinmanRegina Carter
Sara Caswell
Mark Feldman
Vijay IyerCraig Taborn
Jason Moran
Chick Corea
Herbie HancockCraig Taborn
Robert Glasper
John Medeski
Dr. Lonnie SmithJoey DeFrancesco
Larry Goldings
John Medeski
Bill FrisellJulian Lage
Mary Halvorson
John Scofield
Double Bassist
Christian McBrideLinda May Han Oh
Thomas Morgan
Ron Carter
Electric Bassist
ThundercatSteve Swallow
Matthew Garrison
Richard Bona
Warren WolfStefon Harris
Joe Locke
Jason Adasiewicz
Jack DeJohnetteBrian Blade
Terri Lyne Carrington
Billy Hart
Pedrito MartinezCyro Baptista
Kahil El’Zabar
Zakir Hussain
Vocalist (Male)
Gregory PorterTheo Bleckmann
Kurt Elling
Tony Bennett
Vocalist (Female)
Cécile McLorin SalvantJazzmeia Horn
Lizz Wright
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Tyshawn SoreyVijay Iyer
Maria Schneider
Steve Coleman
Best Arranger
Maria SchneiderJohn Beasley
Arturo O’Farrill
Darcy James Argue
Misc. Instrumentalist
Tomeka Reid (cello)
Grégoire Maret (harmonica)
Béla Fleck (banjo)
Scott Robinson (contrabass saxophone)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Vocalist Erin McDougald's new album Outside the Soiree

Vocalist Erin McDougald's new album Outside the Soiree 

Vocalist Erin McDougald's new album Outside the Soiree is OUT TODAY,  March 16, 2018(Erin’s birthday!) on Miles High Records.  The fourth recording from a voice that Jazz Improv Magazine has called a “rare instrument to be savored... sweet and spicy, positively mercurial” offers a thematic narrative via modern reinterpretations of obscure standards, McDougald's own original composition and genres “outside” the jazz idiom.
Erin is joined on Outside the Soiree by a stellar band featuring special guests saxophonist Dave Liebman and trumpeter Tom Harrell along with guitarist and pianist Rob Block, bassist Cliff Schmitt, drummer Rodney Green, percussionists Mark Sherman and Chembo Corniel, and saxophonist Dan Block.
McDougald celebrates the CD release with a series of concerts around the country:
  • Tonight, March 16 at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI
  • Friday, April 20 at Bar Fedora in Los Angeles, CA
  • Wednesday, May 9 at Small's in NYC
  • Wednesday, May 30 at Vibrato Grill & Jazz Club in Los Angeles, CA
Outside the Soiree: Erin McDougald’s latest album exemplifies the concept of thinking - and singing - outside the box
Featuring Jazz Luminary-Legends David Liebman & Tom Harrell

Available March 16, 2018 via Miles High Records

...ebullient, deeply soulful singing.”—Chicago Tribune

CD Release Concerts: • March 16 – Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI • April 20 – Bar Fedora, LA, CA • May 9, Small’s Jazz Club, NYC • May 30 – Vibrato Grill & Jazz Club, LA 

Ever feel left out of the party? Vocalist Erin McDougald’s fourth studio recording, Outside the Soiree, is a heartfelt ode to all the outsiders – those independent-minded souls who find themselves, by choice or by fate, living outside the halls of power: neglected by history, oppressed by the majority, lonely in love, bucking the trends, swimming upstream.

Due out March 16, 2018 (Erin’s birthday!) from Miles High RecordsOutside the Soireeoffers a thematic narrative explored through “McDougald’s evocative artistry” (Chicago Music Guide), a voice that Jazz Improv Magazine has called a “rare instrument to be savored... sweet and spicy, positively mercurial.” The subject matter is poignantly and uniquely expressed from unexpected musical angles as Erin seamlessly amalgamates, modernizes and reinterprets obscure standards, her own original composition and genres “outside” the jazz idiom within a progressive jazz mentality.
She’s joined by a stellar band featuring guitarist and pianist Rob Block, bassist Cliff Schmitt, drummer Rodney Green, percussionists Mark Sherman and Chembo Corniel, and saxophonist Dan Block. The band is given the imprimatur of a couple of born outsiders who’ve become insiders (and legends) through decades of singular artistry: saxophonist David Liebmanand trumpeter Tom Harrell.
McDougald is well acquainted with the outsider’s existence; she tends to be one herself. Known by her fans as “the Flapper Girl,” the Chicago-based improvisational jazz singer is a progressive thinker with a throwback aesthetic. She embodies the sensuality and fierce emancipatory attitude of an audacious fashionista and political egalitarian in her personality and artistry. With a moniker evoking a ‘20s-era flapper she’s not interested in glamorous nostalgia, but instead spotlights the formidable female icons that stemmed from an era of resistance that forever changed American culture and its musical heritage.
As McDougald regularly points out to audiences, flappers were suffragists, with libidos, rhythm, style and social cachet. As “the flapper girl of modern vocal jazz”, Erin’s artistry has become synonymous with marrying vintage foundations and contemporary concepts in her rhythmic, daring interpretations of era- spanning jazz, from American Swing through the Post-Bop catalogue. Her ability to borrow music from other genres and infuse a jazz treatment has garnered her fans of all ages, and collaborators with global renown.
Miss McDougald has appeared and or recorded with members of the elite jazz scene that include Nicholas Payton, Paul Wertico, Ira Sullivan, Carlos Henriquez, Ben Wolfe, Von Freeman, Howard Levy, Roy Hargrove and many others. Downbeat critic and Jazz Journalist Association President Howard Mandel declares, “McDougald is one of the finest and freest voices in jazz OR pop today.” The late Verve Records producer/conductor/arranger Buddy Bregman emphatically stated of Erin in 2006, “There’s an essence to her singing that is all her own... not a mimicked, watered-down version of someone else, but... a very deep, soulful connection to the songs she chooses. Her pitch and phrasing are superb, but there is something about her interior—very sweet... she has ‘It’. My favorite singer to come along since Anita O’Day in her prime.”
With performances in sold-out venues from Chicago to Paris, McDougald has headlined The Chicago Jazz Festival’s Heritage Stage, and premier jazz venues such as The Jazz Showcase, The Allerton, Green Dolphin Street, The Green Mill, 54 Below, Smalls, Anthology, Savanna Jazz, The Mint, Dizzy’s of San Diego, The Velvet Note, BluJazz, The Acorn Theater, Notes Jazz Club, and Le Bilboquet in Paris, among many others.
Outside the Soiree is a sublime symposium of venerable soloists and emerging talents that expose a raw synergy and emotive message. Erin’s keen idea to turn Charles Deforest’s obscure, melancholy 1950’s ballad “Don’t Wait Up for Me” into a liberating, rhythmic 5/4 proclamation also crystalizes the style and strengths of featured soloists David Liebman on soprano saxophone and Tom Harrell on trumpet (with impeccable embellishment by drummer Rodney Green). Likewise, the sophisticated and changing time signatures on Erin’s “Midnight Sun” shed light upon vibraphonist Mark Sherman’s musical eloquence where again Liebman shines in a flurry of pithy soprano sound.
Brothers Rob and Dan Block create an ethereal, sorrowful beauty on the group’s Chorinho-styled adaptation of the Broadway musical song “Unusual Way;” Tomoko Block (Rob’s wife) teamed up with Rob to arrange this gem, showcasing Rob’s quietly weeping guitar solo and Dan’s haunting clarinet playing. Percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel is strongly showcased along with bassist Cliff Schmitt on Erin’s original composition and title track “Outside the Soiree” in a connected, reflexive and moving journey through Erin’s poetic lyricism and mournful melody. Hard-swinging is Erin with her band on songs like “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” and “Don’t Be on the Outside;” exceptional elements of avant-garde singing and playing are showcased on the CD’s final cut, “The Parting Glass,” a deftly reimagined traditional Irish funeral hymn in a minor key, performed with thundering gravity. The addictively nuanced Cha-Cha rendition of “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” gloriously highlights the band with undulating musicality and fervor.
McDougald celebrates with a concert on her birthday – the album’s release date – Friday, March 16, 2018 at The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks Michigan. Admission is $35 and includes a copy of the CD or $20 without a copy of the CD. Tickets should be purchased in advance at
Recorded & Mixed by Dae Bennett.
Liner Notes by Howard Mandel (Jazz Journalists Association, DownBeat).
Album concept, design & overall production: Erin McDougald.
Co-executive producers: Larry Young & Mark Sherman.
Photography: Gulnara Khamatova. Artwork: Miriam Dauber. Graphics: Lisa Ghisolf.
Publicist: Ann Braithwaite –
Radio Promoter: Mark Elf –