Friday, April 20, 2007


Catch nu jazz/acid jazz/chill vibe groove gurus Four 80 East in their only NYC appearance on Tuesday, April 24 @ Opia! The band will be celebrating the release of their amazing new CD En Route.

A new release from Corinne Bailey Rae is due out on June 19 from Capitol as she is currently in the studio (during her tour stops) recording the new album.

Blue Note will release Birthday Bash - Live at Yoshi's from Kenny Burrell and Dear Miles by Ron Carter – no release date has been set as of yet.

Chris Botti has been in the studio in London, recording at least 18 songs with an orchestra, for an album with an Italian feel, reports The project includes versions of "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel, and the classic operatic aria "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot by Puccini. Botti also covers the theme from the film The Mission by Ennio Morricone, and "Caruso" by Lucio Dalla.

Grammy winner Diana Krall has just signed with the Las Vegas Hilton for a four-night run at the hotel's Hilton Theater, featuring the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, from June 14th through the 17th.

R&B diva Deniece Williams is set to release her first album in a decade, titled Love, Niecy Style, on the Shanachie label. The disc is a collection of cover tracks that honor the artists who influenced her own career as a soul singer, including Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Angela Bofill, Gwen Guthrie, Luther Vandross, Kool & The Gang, George Benson, Donny Hathaway, and Earth Wind & Fire. The album, slated for an April 24th release, also showcases newer impressions of some of the 55-year-old singer's original efforts: the 1976 staple "'Cause You Love Me Baby," and the new romantic track "The Only Thing Missing Is You."

The Bad Plus, Herbie Hancock Quintet, Ken Ford and the Pete Escovedo Orchestra are among the slew of artists slated to perform at the 30th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival over Memorial Day weekend. To be held May 26-28 at Piedmont Park, the festival has tis year added the Future of Jazz stage, featuring newer avant-garde artists The Atlanta Jazz Festival is also presenting a trio of dates for the Soulful Sounds of the City concert series at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. George Benson and Al Jarreau will perform Saturday (April 14), Joe Sample and Randy Crawford will take the stage May 12 and Aretha Franklin is scheduled for Sept. 1. Tickets are now on sale.

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