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SHOUTING JAZZ NEWS FOR THE USA
TO Norman Warwick
The winners of the 65th GRAMMY Awards were announced at a pre-show ceremony and main ceremony hosted by Trevor Noah. The ceremony was held in Los Angeles, California, from the Crypto.com Arena on February 5 and broadcast on CBS. Below is a full list of its jazz categories’ nominees, as posted in the excellent jazziz on-line site with award winners in bold.
photo 1 wayne shorter
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Ambrose Akinmusire, “Rounds (Live)”
Gerald Albright, “Keep Holding On”
Melissa Aldana, “Falling”
Marcus Baylor, “Call of the Drum”
John Beasley, “Cherokee/Koko”
Wayne Shorter (left) and Leo Genovese, “Endangered Species”
Best Jazz Vocal Album
The Baylor Project, The Evening: Live at APPARATUS
Carmen Lundy, Fade to Black
Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ghost Song
The Manhattan Transfer with the WDR Funkhausorchester, Fifty
Samara Joy, Linger Awhile
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade, LongGone
Peter Erskine Trio, Live in Italy
Terri Lyne Carrington (left), Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, Nicholas Payton and Matthew Stevens, New Standards, Vol. 1
Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese and esperanza spalding, Live at the Detroit Jazz Festival
Yellowjackets, Parallel Motion
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
John Beasley, Magnus Lindgren and SWR Big Band, Bird Lives
Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly of Shadows, Assembly of Shadows
Ron Carter and The Jazzkaar Festival Big Band directed by Christian Jacob, Remembering Bob Freedman
Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez, Robbie Cuber and WDR Big Band conducted by Michael Abene, Center Stage
Steven Feifke, Bijon Watson and the Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra, (right)
Best Latin Jazz Album
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring The Conga Patria Son Jarocho Collective, Fandango at The Wall in New York (left)
Arturo Sandoval, Rhythm & Soul
Danilo Pérez featuring The Global Messengers, Crisálida
Flora Purim, If You Will
Miguel Zenón, Música De Las Américas
In the arrangement categories, John Beasley (right) was awarded for his arrangement of Charlie Parker’s signature tune “Scrapple from the Apple” and Vince Mendoza for his arrangement of Christine McVie’s “Songbird.” Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder’s Get On Board won for Best Traditional Blues Album, Geoffrey Keezer’s “Refuge” won for Best Instrumental Composition and Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones received the GRAMMY for Best Opera Recording.
Sadly, of course, Wayne Shorter, GRAMMY winnder for the best improvised jazz solo and nominee for best instrumental jazz album died last week, aqnd as regular readers will know we carried a tribute to him in yesterdays post, entitled Art All Around.,
In addition to bagging a GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album, rising star vocalist Samara Joy also won the coveted prize for Best New Artist. Elsewhere, Michael Bublé’s Higher won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Robert Glasper’s Black Radio III won Best R&B Album. Snarky Puppy’s Empire Central also earned a GRAMMY, winning for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
Even as we were jive talking here in the Sidetracks And Detours office about the list of nominees and winners of the 2023 Grammy awards for jazz, the excellent newsletter that is jazziz dropped into our mail box with previews of forthcoming live gigs and record releases in the USA.
New Craft Box Set Celebrates Savoy Records and Bebop Era Legacy: Craft celebrates the enduring legacy of Savoy Records and the bebop era with The Birth of Bop, a new expansive 5-LP set and 2-CD set released on March 31. The collection includes 30 newly-remastered tracks spanning 1944-1949 from many of the genre’s pioneers, including Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Dexter Gordon, Fats Navarro and more. The 5-LP set also features painstaking recreations of the five 10-inch LP compilations that were originally released by Savoy in 1952 and 1953.
Qobuz Announces Christian McBride (right) as Artist-Approved Sound Spokesperson: Multi-GRAMMY-winning musician Christian McBride continues his work with Qobuz as its next Artist-Approved Sound Spokesperson. McBride will create content for the music streaming and download platform throughout 2023, to help spread the word about its unique offerings and the benefits of Hi-Res music.
Jazz Detective and Reel to Reel to Release Previously Unreleased Live Treasures on Record Store Day: Jazz Detective and Reel to Reel Records have announced the release of a trio of hard-hitting albums of previously unheard music from live performances by Sonny Stitt, Shirley Scott and Walter Bishop Jr. The three albums document the three musicians’ performances at shows mounted at Baltimore’s Left Bank Jazz Society in the late 1960s and 1970s and will be released as limited 2-LP sets on Record Store Day, which takes place this year on April 22.
Savage Content Shares Children of Bronzeville Preview: Savage Content have shared a first look preview into their upcoming Children of Bronzeville project, a song cycle based on children’s poems from Gwendolyn Brooks with songs written by Patrick Zimmerli and blending elements of jazz, pop and classical music. Three songs from the project have been revealed: “Dave” with Joshua Banbury, “Rudolph Is Tired of the City” with Vanisha Gould and “Dekoven” with Samara Joy.
.Candid Records Announces Next Phase of Reissues: The next phase of reissues from the Candid Records jazz catalog continues on March 31 with four re-mastered titles from the ‘Alan Bates years,’ the veteran British producer who relaunched the iconic label in the late 1980s, as well as one earlier classic. Jamie Cullum’s Pointless Nostalgic (2002), Stacey Kent’s The Boy Next Door (2003), Kenny Barron’s Lemuria-Seascape (1991), Shirley Scott’s A Walkin Thing (1992) and Joanne’s Brackeen’s Snooze (1975) will all be reissued for streaming, on CD and on 180-gram vinyl.
New and Upcoming Albums
Felipe Salles, Tiyo’s Songs of Life (Tapestry): Saxophonist Felipe Salles presents the first-ever recordings of works by the late saxophonist/composer/prison activist Tiyo Attallah Salah-El. Tiyo’s Songs Of Life, released last year via Tapestry, features Zaccai Curtis, Avery Sharpe and Jonathan Barber and premieres compositions written while Salah-El served a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
John Daversa and Tal Cohen, The Art of Duo, Vol. 1 (self-released): Trumpeter John Daversa and pianist Tal Cohen collaborate on a new album, The Art of Duo, Vol. 1, on which they showcase different aspects of their artistic personalities as composers and musicians, and their chemistry as musical partners. You can also click here to listen to our recent JAZZIZ Podcast conversation with Daversa.
Butcher Brown, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennushu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND (Concord Jazz): Richmond-based five-piece collective Butcher Brown presents a trailblazing approach to classic jazz on their new record, featuring them alongside ten other musicians. Triple Trey started as a hip-hop album written and produced by the band’s MC Tennishu and was later reimagined as an ode to the art of big band jazz, simultaneously mashing together elements of other genres, including soul, funk and rock.
Six-strings icon Bill Frisell released his third Blue Note album as a leader, Four (right), on November 11. Described via a press release as “a stunning meditation on loss, renewal and friendship,” the album brings together a new lineup of musical friends and like-minded spirits, featuring pianist Gerald Clayton, drummer Jonathan Blake and longtime Frisell collaborator Greg Tardy on saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet.
Live Music and Festival News
American Pianists Association Five Finalists Set to Conclude Uniqte 13-Month Competition Process on April 21-22: Caelan Cardello, Esteban Castro, Paul Cornish, Thomas Linger and Isaiah J. Thompson will conclude their 13-month competition process for the prestigious Cole Porter Fellowship, given every four years to an American jazz pianist on Discovery weekend, April 21-22, 2023, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The American Pianist Association will produce the concluding two programs at The Cabaret and Hilbert Circle Theatre.
Ben Wendel at the Village Vanguard, March 7-12: Ben Wendel will be previewing some of the music from his upcoming album, All One, during a week-long run at New York City’s historic Village Vanguard on March 7-12. Tickets here. All One will be released on April 21 via Edition Records, featuring six imaginative and cultivated arrangements, as well as a fine crew of all-star collaborators.
NEC Intercultural Institute Bimusicality Symposium, March 7: The NEC Intercultural Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary with a Bimusicality Symposium on March 7. Directed by GRAMMY-nominated composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, the symposium focuses on issues of globalism and cultural appropriation, and will culminate with a performance by Naya Baaz with NEC alum sitar virtuoso Josh Feinberg and renowned guitarist Rez Abbasi.
South Florida’s Nicole Henry (left) Set for Two Area Shows: South Florida vocalist and performing artist Nicole Henry will be taking to area appearances in March. On March 10, she will be headlining the annual Festival of the Arts BOCA at the Mintzer Amphitheater in Boca Raton, performing songs from her latest album, Time to Love Again. On March 16, she will perform a benefit concert for the JCC Alper Special Needs and Youth Programs, featuring her theatrical concert in tribute to Whitney Houston.
South Arts Announces Winter 2023 Jazz Road Artists: South Arts has announced the twelve artists and ensembles receiving funds from the Jazz Road Tours initiative to promote and tour their artistry around the United States. The Winter 2023 Jazz Road Artists are The Danielle Wertz Quintet, Jonathan Suazo, LP and the Vinyl, the Joshua Espinoza Trio, the Delbert Anderson Trio, the Mali Obomsawin Sextet, the Edward Simon Group, VIBEAT (Nathaneal Skinner), Glenn Wilson, Firey String Sistas, the Greg Satterthwaite Quartet, and Terry Jenoure & Secret to Life featuring Angelica Sanchez. Their individual tours will begin as early as March 2023 and continue through December 2023
We ought add a note of our own to the extensive details we have shared form Jazziz. So we take this opportunity to urge readers of sidetracks and detours to tap the name of Karla Harris into their preferred search engine. When you have found her official web site, sit back and relax and read about an artist with a rapidly growing reputation for being the real thing. Whether you consider yourself a jazz buff, or simply an arts lover with a passing interest, you will recognise immediately that Karla is the real deal. Of course she has studied music and immersed herself in jazz books but mostly she has listened to, read about and mixed with the best of jazz musicians. She has felt able to enter into those circles and has been accepted there because she is immersed in jazz. She loves jazz so much she will follow it anywhere to discover new and old gems, but more importantly she will often take jazz itself to another place. Listen to what she leads that Blue Moon on her current album Moon To Gold.
Whilst you are on her site check out some of the prestigious gigs she has coming up from March to June 2023 and if you live in any of those catchment areas, (and remember that as Oleta Adams (left) once put it ýou can reach here by railway, you can reach here by trailway, you can reach here by an aeroplane,….. you can reach me by caravan,. I don´t care how you get here,… but get here if you can,.)