Lamont Dozier, Tomasz Stańko, Trombone Shorty & More: Jazz Week

Jazz Week is your roundup of new and remarkable stories from the world of jazz. It’s a one-stop destination for music news you need to know. Let’s take it from the top.


Death of Lamont Dozier: Lamont Dozier died on August 8, at the age of 81. Dozier was a member of the legendary songwriting and production team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. Together, the team was responsible for establishing Motown’s legendary sound and generating numerous hit records for artists such as Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Isley Brothers, among others. Dozier and the Holland brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

New book by Adam Rudolph: Composer/percussionist Adam Rudolph is set to release a new 121-page book showcasing powerful and innovative ideas about intervals, harmony and rhythm that he has honed over years in educational and concert settings. . Sound elements: matrices, cosmograms and ostinatos of circularity will be released on September 20 via Meta Records.

Trombone Shorty on Jimmy Kimmel Live! : Last week, New Orleans music icon Trombone Shorty performed “I’m Standing Here” with his signature band on Jimmy Kimmel Live! It’s the hard rocker from his latest album, Survey, released earlier this year on Blue Note Records. Shorty is currently on the road for his Voodoo Threauxdown Tour. Discover all the upcoming dates here.

Reprints of the latest Masabumi Kikuchi studio recordings: Red Hook Records has released album reprints documenting the final studio recordings of the late Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, who died in 2015 at the age of 75. Hanamichi – The latest studio recordings was originally released in April 2021 and marks a departure from Kikuchi’s free-form ways via a six-track program of renditions of lesser-known tunes and popular standards recorded over a two-day session in New York City. .

Rohan Krishnamurthy on JAZZIZ Travel: Drummer/percussionist/composer Rohan Krishnamurthy was a guest at our last JAZZIZ Travels podcast. The acclaimed Indian classical and cross-genre music artist spoke to us about his latest album, which marks the full debut of The Alaya Project, his trio with longtime friends and collaborators Prasant Radhakrishnan and Colin Hogan. Listen to the podcast via the player below.

New and upcoming albums

Paul Brun, Promised land (Shanachie): Release of two-time GRAMMY-winning guitarist/producer Paul Brown Promised landhis second recording for Shanachie on July 15. Featuring ten all-original tracks, the jubilant recording unites it with an all-star contemporary jazz lineup that includes labelmates Marion Meadows and Euge Groove, as well as Shane Theriot, Jeff Carruthers and others.

Moor Mother, Jazz Codes (ANTI-): With Jazz Codes, Moor Mother evolves towards a more melodic approach, layering jazz, blues, soul and hip-hop. The new collection, based on a poetry book of the same name, also pays homage to jazz and blues icons of the past. Along with a slew of special guests, Jazz Codes also marks Moor Mother’s new collaboration with Swedish producer Olof Melander and was released on July 1.

Sachal Vasandani and Romain Collin, Still life (Editing): Still life is singer Sachal Vasandani and pianist Romain Collin’s deeply emotional, introspective and nuanced follow-up to their acclaimed 2021 album, midnight shelter. This intimate new collection features duet reworkings of classic and modern songs, interspersed with memorable original compositions.

Richard Reed Parry and Susie Ibarra, Heart and Breath: Rhythm and Tone Fields (offer): Release of Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist/composer Richard Reed Parry and percussionist/composer Susie Ibarra Heart and Breath: Rhythm and Tone Fields the 15th of July. A unique avant-garde project, the album was recorded remotely and each of its tracks uses the rhythms of their heartbeats and breathing as the basis for rhythmic tempos and musical dynamics.

Live music and festival news

The grand reopening of the Smoke Jazz Club continues: The Smoke Jazz Club, one of New York’s premier live music venues, continues its grand opening this month with concerts by The Heavy Hitters, a celebration of Charlie Parker by the Rudresh Mahanthappa Trio and more. The club recently reopened to great fanfare after being closed to shows and indoor dining for more than two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out all of his upcoming live gigs here.

In memory of Tomasz Stańko at Brooklyn’s Roulette: A star-studded concert celebrating the legacy of the late trumpeter/composer/bandleader Tomasz Stańko will take place in his spiritual hometown of New York on September 18. The free concert, which will take place on what would have been his 80th birthday, will take place at Brooklyn’s Roulette and will feature 14 of his top peers and associates, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Wadada Leo Smith, Ravi Coltrane, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter and many others.

The NEC Jazz Studies Department announces the 2022-2021 season: The New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has announced its 2022-2023 season. Highlights include programs and performances with groundbreaking artists including Dave Holland, Don Byron, Michael Mayo and Jim McNeely, plus dozens of concerts featuring student ensembles coached by renowned teachers. The concerts will be free and open to the public. More information here.

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