The flood gates of New in 2014 have opened up and we've got a whopping 28 new discs being added to the Jazz 88 Music Library the week of January 20, 2014. It shows the broad spectrum of New Jazz being made today from solo guitar, to vocal, to organ trio, to Brazillian, and Big Band...and many other stops along the way. You can hear at least a sampling of these debut on The New Jazz Thing @Jazz88 with Vince Outlaw, Monday, January 20, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM PT. After the split, you get the full list with annotations, artist website links, and promotional audio/video from these new releases, but right here is the essential info and our New This Week @Jazz88 1/20/14 YouTube Playlist...
CHERYL BARNES – “LISTEN TO THIS”
DAN BARASZU & DAVE ELLINGTON – “ORGAN TRIO”
DEE BELL / MARCOS SILVA – “SILVA-BELL-ELATION”
DAVID BLAKE – “NEXT YEAR PEOPLE”
T.K.BLUE – “A WARM EMBRACE”
JIM CLAYTON – “SONGS MY DAUGHTER KNOWS”
STEVE DAVIS – “FOR REAL”
JOE DeROSE AND AMICI – “PEACE STREETS”
MIKE DiRUBBO – “THRESHOLD”
TAEKO FUKAO – “WONDERLAND”
LAUREN KINHAN – “CIRCLE IN A SQUARE”
“THE KING WILLIAM JAZZ COLLECTIVE”
JOHN LaBARBERA BIG BAND – “CARAVAN”
ROMERO LUBAMBO – “SO: BRAZILIAN ESSENCE”
KATE McGARRY AND KEITH GANZ – “GENEVIEVE & FERDINAND”
The great saxophonist Ernie Watts brought his American Quartet into the Saville Theatre at San Diego City College on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 to kick of the 2014 season of Jazz Live San Diego in fine fashion. Here's a collection of the Jazz 88 Speakeasy on-demand audio, video clips from the concert and interview with Ernie, and some of the social media interaction and reaction about the show. You can always tweet, post, and share with the #Jazz88 and #JazzLive hashtags to connect up with us during the show.
Here are links to the Jazz 88 Speakeasy on-demand audio for the entire live concert, Ernie Watts interview, and our preview of Jazz Live on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 8-10PM PT with vocalist Sacha Boutros.
San Diego's Nathan Hubbardopens another chapter in his quest for sound experiences with the first of Five, yes Five, concerts celebrating the release of the Five, yes Five, volume Encinitas and Everything After recording on January 26th (8pm/$5/all ages) at the Taoist Sanctuary, 4229 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103. He will be performing with the Nathan Hubbard Nevertheless Quintet - Ellen Weller+JP Balmat+NMH+Harley Magsino+Laurel Grinnell.
It's the first new adds to the Jazz 88 music library for 2014....HOO RAY! We start the new year with a FULL list of Jazz Music that furthers Jazz 88's mission to present, preserve and promote the uniquely American art form that is Jazz. You can check it all out when it debut's on The New Jazz Thing @Jazz88 with Vince Outlaw, Monday, January 13, 2014 from 6-8 PM PT! The complete list, with annotations and individual artist video and audio clips, is after the split, but here's the list of New discs along with the New This Week @Jazz88 1/13/14 YouTube Playlist (subscribe to the TNJT YouTube Channel), kicking off with Jane Ira Bloom and her new "Sixteen Sunsets" release!
JANE IRA BLOOM – “SIXTEEN SUNSETS
CHARLES BOLES QUARTET – “BLUE CONTINUUM"
MATT CRISCUOLO – “BLIPPITY BLAT”
BARBARA LEVY DANIELS – “LOVE LOST AND FOUND”
LARRY GELB TRIO – “THE LOVE SONG OF IAN OPS”
BILL GOODWIN QUARTET – “RAISE FOUR”
LISA HIGHTOWER / MARK AUGUSTIN – “CONVERSATIONS”
CHUCK ISRAELS JAZZ ORCHESTRA – “SECOND WIND”
L.A.6 – “FRAME OF MIND”
HAROLD MABERN – “RIGHT ON TIME”
JUDY PHILBIN AND ADAM LEVINE – “KEEPING IT SIMPLE”
ERIC REED – “REFLECTIONS OF A GRATEFUL HEART”
THE REESE PROJECT – “COMIN’ HOME BABY”
JIM SOLOWAY – “BARE HANDED”
TIM WARFIELD – “INSPIRE ME”
BOBBY WATSON & THE “I HAVE A DREAM PROJECT” – “CHECK CASHING DAY”
As I rush off to experience Day 4 of the Jazz Education Network 2014 Annual Conference, aka #JEN14, in Dallas, here's some of the highlights of Day 3, Friday, January 10, 2014, as shared during the day on TNJT Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, Storify-like. From orienting Jazz 88 to JEN through attending Committee meetings, to cruizing the squeeking and squaking of the Exhibit all, I took in panels, adjudicated student sessions, and full blown concerts in lobbies! The day was capped off my the moving awards ceremony at the LeJENds of Jazz Education Gala Fundraiser and an evening of concerts that will be remembered forever. I am totally impressed by the JEN Board, Committees, and Presentors, but also the many volunteers, students, and Jazz fans taking part in this very well run conference. On to Day 4!!
The full story is after the split, but here's a slideshow of some shots from the day and a sample of the evening ending performance by vocal ensemble Groove For Thought...Enjoy!
The Jazz Education Network Annual Conference shifted into high gear on Wednesday, January 9, 2014, with it's first full day of clinics, adjudicated student performances, panels, professional musician-educator concerts, keynotes, award presentations, and committee meetings, wrapping up with a wonderful evening of music from world-class student ensembles and professional musicians. There was evening the time-tested jam sessions for both students and professionals into the wee hours of the morning! Check out some of my goings on after the split, but here's a slideshow of pictures along with a video from the Cal State University Long Beach vocal ensemble Pacific Standard Time.
Jazz Education is the focus of the Jazz Education Network, but after arriving in Dallas and attending the opening day of the 5th JEN 2014 Annual Conference, hereafter known as JEN14, there is a whole lot more going on. The New Jazz Thing and San Diego's Jazz 88 is attending the conference to make some connections with this organization on a very similar mission to Jazz 88 and see how we can help them as they prepare for the 6th Annual Conference which will be help in our home port, San Diego (or as they jokingly pronounced it Ron Burgandy-style many times during the evening's performances "San Di-Ah-go"). Actually, the meat and potatoes of the event begins on Day 2 as clinics, presentations, committee meetings, and lots more student and professional musician performance really kick into gear. Day 1 was all about registering, introductions at the JEN Presidents Founders reception, and an evening of both formal and jam session music by very polished local Jazz ensembles.
Note: While I'm working out the kinks in posting to the Jazz 88 blog via mobile devices, you can follow along on Facebook with a 'Like' of The New Jazz Thing page http://Facebook.com/TheNewJazzThing, via TNJT Twitter at http://Twitter.com/TNJT, or follow the #JEN14 Hashtag on your favorite social media tracking app to hear the larger voice of the conference.
Jazz Forward Coalition President Peter Gordon: The Jazz Connect Conference, organized by JazzTimes in conjunction with the Jazz Forward Coalition (JFC), takes place Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10, 2013 in New York City. The 2013 conference saw attendance triple from 2012 to over 1,000 registrants making it one of the largest Jazz conferences. This year's theme is "The Road Ahead" and will include workshops, panels, and events with titles such as “Navigating Social Media”; “The Role of Education in Presenting Jazz”; “The New Paradigm for Record Labels”;and “Radio Airplay & Promotion 101”. We will be chatting with JFC founding member and conference organizer Peter Gordon about the JFC, the conference, and the major challenges for the business of Jazz in 2014 and forward.
Dave Douglas will be a panel presenter ("“The New Paradigm for Record Labels”) at Jazz Connect and was on the NY Times Best of 2013 for "Time Travel", so we'll dip into that disc.
Jazz Education Network Executive Board Members: The Jazz Education Network (JEN)Annual Conference takes place in Dallas, Texas, Wednesday, January 8, 2013 through Saturday, January 11 and brings together over 3,000 jazz educations, student musicians, internationally renown musicians, and fans for a series of workshops, panels, and lots of performances. Their mission closely hews to the mission of San Diego's Jazz 88.3 and they will be holding their 2015 conference in San Diego, so Jazz 88 will be represented at the Dallas conference to begin planning for 2015 and forward. We'll be chatting with JEN President Andrew Surmani, Co-Founder/Past-President/Conference Coordinator Dr. Lou Fischer, and President-Elect Bob Sinicrope from Dallas as they make final preparations for the conference.
New Jazz Made This Week! I'm looking to start a new feature on TNJT where I play Jazz Made This Week and posted online somewhere it can be shared with others. Did you go into the studio and post something on Soundcloud? Did your band play a gig and there's a video up on YouTube? Where else should I be looking for Jazz Made This Week...BandCamp, Reverbnation, ...?
Jazzweek.com Year End Jazz Chart: 2013: The No. 1 CD on the Top 100 Jazz Chart for 2013 as reported by JazzWeek stations is Christian McBride Trio Out Here (Mack Avenue). During 2013, this release was reported during 24 weeks and accumulated 4,408 spins. It peaked at No. 1 for three consecutive weeks: Aug. 26, Sept. 2 and Sept. 9. Is this chart biased for releases early in 2013? What other things can we learn from this chart? Wasn't Gregory Porter at the top for 9 weeks, but only ranks #11?
56th Grammy Awards For Jazz will be given out Sunday, January 26, 2014. We'll do a quick review of the nominees and feature some music too!