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Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs

Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs, Tues April 1st

Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs bring hot swing tunes and retro pop songs from the 1930s-1960s to Don Quixote’s in Felton on Tuesday, April 1st at 7:30pm. Sylvia, popular singer and guitar player from the SF Bay Area (also a member of Wake the Dead, Cats and Jammers, and Euphonia), and her bandmates sing lush three-part harmonies backed by virtuoso instrumental arrangements from high-society jazz to lowdown Basin Street ballads. Their latest “The Spider and the Fly” CD has a hot spot for the past six weeks on the CMJ Jazz charts. Jennifer Scott (Jennifer Scott Trio, piano) and Ed Johnson (guitar) are top notch jazz singers, arrangers and composers who along with Cary Black (Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Dan Hicks, bass)  join Sylvia for this evening of swinging songs from a bygone era of lighthearted and fun American jazz and pop songs.

Ambrose Akinmusire

Ambrose Akinmusire Does it Again

 Ambrose Akinmusire (ah-kin-moo-sir-ee)  and his new album The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint really cooks! His second release on Blue Note records since his debut in 2011, Ambrose truly takes you on a auditory exhibition for over an hour with his emotionally-packed new compositions. Featuring collaborations with artists such as Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann and Charles Altura on several tracks, Ambrose Akinmusire continues to paint a dramatic narrative for the listener as his musical career continues to unfold and flourish.

Oakland’s own, Ambrose has received countless awards for his musicianship and compositions since beginning his career as a  jazz trumpeter. Winning the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition in 2007, as well as the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition,  one could say Ambrose Akinmusire is one of the most decorated young musicians in the world today.

His newest album is no disappointment – Check it out as it hits the streets March 11th!

AmbroseAkinmusire_ImaginedSavior_cover Personnel on The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint:

Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet
Walter Smith: tenor sax
Sam Harris: piano, Mellowtron
Harish Raghavan: bass
Justin Brown: drums

 

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Jazz Charts – 2nd Week of March

I hope your week is going well! Is spring in the air, or is it just me? Oh well, Here’s what’s happening with Jazz @ KZSC:

Top Ten Charts:

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2 ANTON SCHWARTZ Flash Mob Antonjazz
3 PETE MILLS Sweet Shadow Cellar Live
4 TAKUYA KURODA Rising Son Blue Note
5 BEN FLOCKS Battle Mountain West Cliff
6 BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA Mehliana: Taming The Dragon Nonesuch
7 DANILO PEREZ Panama 500 Mack Ave.
8 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note
9 HELEN SUNG Anthem For A New Day Concord
10 IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW Duocracy Kabocha

Top Adds:

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2 LISA HILTON Kaleidoscope
3 PATRICK BUTLER Primemover M.M.O.S.
4 REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE Live Snakes Accurate
5 SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance Chicago Sessions
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The Jazz Charts: First Week of March

CHARTS:1    BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA    Mehliana: Taming The Dragon    Nonesuch
2    TAKUYA KURODA    Rising Son    Blue Note
3    BEN FLOCKS    Battle Mountain    West Cliff
4    DANILO PEREZ    Panama 500    Mack Ave.
5    ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ    The Invasion Parade    Mack Avenue
6    JACQUES SCHWARZ-BART    Jazz Racine Haiti
7    KING WILLIAM JAZZ COLLECTIVE    King William Jazz Collective    Self-Released
8    GERALD CLAYTON    Life Forum    Conchord
9    ARIEL POCOCK    Touchstone    Self-Released
10    STACEY KENT    The Changing Lights    warner

ADDS:

1    KRIS BOWERS    Heroes + Misfits    Concord Jazz
2    RUDY ROYSTON    303    Greenleaf
3    NIR FELDER    Golden Age    OKeh
4    PETE MILLS    Sweet Shadow    Cellar Live
5    ARI BROWN    Groove Awakening    Delmark

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The Jazz Charts: February 24th

Happy Monday!

We here at KZSC are absolutely overwhelmed with excitement about the new titles that have been coming in! There’s almost too much stuff to fit on a top ten chart, but we’ll do our best. Here’s what’s hot with Jazz at KZSC this week:

CHARTS:

1    TAKUYA KURODA    Rising Son    Blue Note
2    JEFF BALLARD TRIO    Time’s Tale    OKeh
3    PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP    Kin    Nonesuch
4    CATHERINE RUSSELL    Bring It Back    Jazz Village
5    ULYSSES OWENS    Onward And Upward    D-Clef
6    BOBBY WATSON    Check Cashing Day    Lafiya
7    JAMES BRANDON LEWIS    Divine Travels    OKeh
8    VINCENT HERRING    The Uptown Shuffle    Smoke Session
9    CORY WEEDS QUINTET    Let’s Go    Cellar Live
10    TIM HEGARTY    Tribute

ADDS:

1    BEN FLOCKS    Battle Mountain
2    TAKUYA KURODA    Rising Son    Blue Note
3    BRAD MEHLDAU & MARK GUILIANA    Taming the Dragon
4    SCOTT JEPPESEN    El Guapo
5    DHAFER YOUSSEF    Birds Requiem    OKeh

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The Jazz Charts: Second Week of February

We’re glad you made it through the first week!

CHARTS:

1    CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT    WomanChild    Mack Ave.
2    JOHN ABERCROMBIE QUARTET    39 Steps    ECM
3    CATHERINE RUSSELL    Bring It Back    Jazz Village
4    ANTON SCHWARTZ    Flash Mob    Antonjazz
5    BRIAN GEPHART    Standing On Two Feet    Origin
6    KNEEBODY    The Line    Concord
7    NILSON MATTA    Black Orpheus    Motema
8    JOE SULLIVAN    Whiskey Jack Waltz    Perry Lake
9    CAVA MENZIES AND NICK PHILLIPS    Moment To Moment
10    MIKE JONES TRIO    Plays Well With Others    Capri

ADDS:

1    JEFF BALLARD TRIO    Time’s Tale
2    T.K. BLUE    A Warm Embrace    Blujazz
3    SAX RUINS    Blimmguass    Skin Graft
4    ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ    The Invasion Parade    Mack Avenue
5    ELIZABETH MCQUEEN MEET BROTHERS LAZAROFF    The Laziest Remix [EP]    Freedom

If you’re in town and don’t want to upset your special someone around Valentine’s Day, take her/him/they to Cecile McLorin Salvant’s concert at Kuumbwa Jazz – that’s Saturday, February 15th! There will be a 7:00 pm AND 9:00pm show.

Maybe I’ll see ya there!