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Omar Sosa: Tribute to Miles

Omar Sosa and his group have released a new CD entitled Eggun- a tribute to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. Melodies are constructed by taking bits and pieces of Miles’ various solos throughout the album and, in the process, a new tune is created. It stretches the boundaries of what the music on Kind of Blue previously held while at the same time it takes the sound forward, paying perfect homage to the original. When played live with his sextet at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz last April, it brought down the house. The show was sold out, however it was one of those rare nights when the standing room people didn’t grump while they were grooving. Hear tracks from Eggun on the Stirrin’ The Soup Jazz Collective Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm on KZSC.

-Jared Frazier, KZSC Jazz Director

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Enjoy this little shoutout from Omar’s show that you might be hearing over the airwaves in the near future:

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Synapse(!) @ Club Kuumbwa

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If you weren’t at Kuumbwa Jazz Center for progressive jazz-fusion group Synapse(!) last Saturday night, you surely missed out! The dynamic, sharp styling of saxophonist Nikki Mokover and trumpeter Nick Bianchini was backed by an amazing rhythm section; featuring percussion monster Jaime Sanchez, keyboardist Ittai Rosenbaum and bassist Robert Ross. Oliver Whitcroft provided live sampling and looping throughout the show as well. The 1.5 hour set took the entire audience by force- with wild dancing, cheering and general mind expansion as a result.

Synapse(!) is “a cultural culmination of musicians whose diverse backgrounds each add a unique flavor to a fresh yet mature sound. Synapse is alchemy, melting multiple genres into one in pursuance of solid gold.”

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Club Kuumbwa is a concert series launched by Kuumbwa Jazz Center’s own Bennett Jackson, and strives to be a venue that provides a casual setting to showcase local/independent artists, all while being accessible to a larger community audience at a lower cover charge. Bennett encourages up-and-coming artists to contact them for booking, and new dates continue to be added, so don’t miss the next Club Kuumbwa Show!

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April 30th: International Jazz Day!

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If you didn’t know, today, April 30th, is International Jazz Day! Around the world, musicians and listeners alike are celebrating the both the historical and contemporary significance of America’s greatest musical treasure. Featuring performances by renowned artists all over the world, think of today as Christmas for jazz lovers worldwide. The hosts of Wednesday’s 2-4pm jazz show Stirrin’ the Soup are ecstatic to share this day with you, so tune in on KZSC to hear some great jazz this afternoon!

Courtesy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), please enjoy the International Jazz Day 2014 Global Concert in Osaka, Japan below via recorded live stream:

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The Jazz Charts: End of April

As we barrel towards summer, don’t let the heat get to your head, hepcats. Stay cool and enjoy what’s swinging high this week in KZSC’s Jazz Department.

TOP TEN CHARTS:

1    ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ    The Invasion Parade    Mack Avenue
2    LISA HILTON    Kaleidoscope    Self-Released
3    KRIS BOWERS    Heroes + Misfits    Concord Jazz
4    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks
5    IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW    Duocracy    Kabocha
6    BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA    Mehliana: Taming The Dragon    Nonesuch
7    JANICE BORLA GROUP    Promises To Burn
8    RUDY ROYSTON    303    Greenleaf
9    ULYSSES OWENS    Onward And Upward    D-Clef
10    AMY CERVINI    Jazz Country    Anzic

ADDS THIS WEEK:

brianblade_thefellowshipband_landmarks1    BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND    Landmarks    Blue Note
2    MO’FONE    Fonology    Evander
3    JESSICA WILLIAMS    With Love    Origin
4    LENNY MARCUS TRIO    Second Set    Self-Released
5    REGINALD CYNTJE    Elements Of Life    Self-Released

Brian Blade and his fellowship of virtuosos returns with the Brian Blade Fellowship Band’s fourth studio album to date, entitled Landmarks. It’s a pensive, dramatic collection of tasteful compositions – from spatial, spiritual ballads to furious out-bop concourses – with Blade’s dynamic  drum-work that will blast you into aural outer-space. Featuring an instrumentation rarely heard in this capacity, get ready for some Eric Dolphy-esque rips on the bass clarinet and soprano saxophone – courtesy of Myron Walden and Melvin Butler. If I’m not convincing enough, check it out yourself in stores or hear it extensively on Stirrin’ the Soup, Wednesdays 2-4pm. Until then, here’s the Brian Blade Fellowship laying it down at New York’s Village Vanguard last year. This guy sure loves to play.

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The Jazz Charts: 3rd Week of April

CHARTS:

1 LISA HILTON Kaleidoscope Self-Released
2 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note
3 BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA Mehliana: Taming The Dragon Nonesuch
4 CATHERINE RUSSELL Bring It Back Jazz Village
5 BOSSA ZUZU Under Leaves Under Sky
6 NIR FELDER Golden Age OKeh
7 MONTY ALEXANDER Harlem Kingston Express Volume 2 Motema
8 PETE MILLS Sweet Shadow Cellar Live
9 RUDY ROYSTON 303 Greenleaf
10 SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance Chicago Sessions

ADDS:

1 DAVID HAZELTINE For All We Know Smoke Sessions
2 JERRY TACHOIR GROUP Stories Avita
3 NELS CLINE SINGERS Macroscope Mack Avenue
4 MARK BUSELLI Untold Stories oa2
5 VERVE JAZZ ENSEMBLE East End Sojourn

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We had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Reckard from neo-Brazilian jazz group BOSSA ZUZU last week. After their fantastic show at Kuumbwa Jazz last wednesday, they are continuing their tour down sunny California promoting their new CD, Under Leaves Under Sky. Check out the group’s website below,  give them a listen and catch them live if you can!

http://www.bossazuzu.com/

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The Jazz Charts: 2nd week of April

It is my understanding that springtime is the best time to hear good jazz- and boy, is there plenty of it. Here’s just a few of the fine musical fruits that you can pick this Spring, and what’s been hot so far. How do you like them apples?

Top Ten Charts:

1    AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE    The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint    Blue Note
2    DAVID KRAKAUER    The Big Picture    Self-Released
3    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks
4    JEFF BALLARD TRIO    Time’s Tale    OKeh
5    SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE    Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance    Chicago Sessions
6    KROM    Krom    Self-Released
7    RENE MARIE    I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt    Motema
8    SAM BOSHNACK QUINTET    Exploding Syndrome    Shnack
9    SNARKY PUPPY    We Like It Here
10    IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW    Duocracy    Kabocha
Top Adds to KZSC Jazz:

riteofspring1    MARK EGAN    About Now    Wavetone
2    ZARA MCFARLANE    If You Knew Her    Brownswood
3    ZAN STEWART    The Street Is Making Music
4    PETE MCGUINNESS JAZZ ORCHESTRA    Strength In Numbers    Summit
5    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks

So, the irresistable jazz power trio The Bad Plus has come out with their latest album – The Rite of Spring, their rendition of a ballet composed by classical legend Igor Stravinsky. Did you know that the original performance of this piece caused a riot in Russia in 1913? Well, I guess folks just weren’t ready for such an intensity of sound at that time…But things are different now, The Bad Plus surely takes Stravinsky’s composition to a new level in this release. Check out the 2011 live debut of their arrangement below.

 

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