Thundercat, Melissa Aldana, Robert Glasper and 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.


Robert Glasper on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Last week, Robert Glasper was interviewed on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and performed “Heaven’s Hare” on the show. Watch the interview via the player below. Glasper spoke to Noah about his work on his upcoming album, Black Radio III, which will be released on February 25 and which we have included in our list of new albums released this month (February 2022) that you need to know. Pre-order the album HERE.

Release of the new Ronnie Scott documentary: Ronnie’s, a new documentary about the life and times of saxophonist Ronnie Scott and his world-famous London jazz club, opened in select theaters and on demand last week. The film is directed by Oliver Murray and offers a multi-dimensional take on Scott and the nightclub through interviews, archival footage, music and more, including never-before-seen performances from some of the most iconic figures. of music history. Watch the trailer see the player below.

PJ Morton on Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Last week, PJ Morton performed his latest single, “Please Don’t Walk Away”, with his eight-piece ensemble on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The 2022 GRAMMY nominee is set to deliver a special set for his hometown at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on April 29 and recently announced the first leg of his My Peace Tour, which begins next month. Tour dates here.

New series of ACT Music Live albums: ACT Music is set to release a new series of live albums on March 25. Gallery Concerts is a series of live performances captured in the intimate setting of Berlin’s ACT Art Collection. Her first release documents a duo performance by saxophonist Jakob Manz and pianist Johanna Summer, two of the most respected players on the young German jazz scene and beyond. Pre-order it here.

Thundercat makes his acting debut in the Star Wars spin-off series: Thundercat made his acting debut in the fourth episode of the Star Wars spin-off series, Boba Fett’s Book. The bass virtuoso plays a body modification artist with a robot hand in the series’ fourth episode, titled “The Gathering Storm.” Boba Fett’s Book is currently streaming on Disney+.

Eiko Ishibashi releases Drive My Car soundtrack: Japanese musician/producer Eiko Ishibashi has digitally released her soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated film drive my car, directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and based on the short story of the same name by Haruki Murakami. Listen to it via the player below. Ishibashi’s soulful score synthesizes jazzy instrumentals with romantic strings and lush electronics. This version of the soundtrack contains new songs.

Album announcements

Minino Garay, Speak Tango (Sunny side): At Speak Tango, Argentinian-born, Paris-based percussionist Minino Garay uses old and new poetry to bring an essence of tango feel to his singular style of music, which blends jazz, tango and other diverse sounds. The album will be released on February 25 via Sunnyside and you can pre-order it HERE.

Keith LaMar and Albert Marques, freedom first (self-published): Cleveland-born poet/writer/activist Keith LaMar collaborated with Catalan pianist/composer Marquès, writing and performing new material from a cell at the Ohio State Penitentiary, where he spent more than 28 years in solitary confinement on death row. From a series of concerts that took place during the Black Lives Matter protests, his debut album is titled freedom first and also features a cast of star musicians performing new compositions and selected tunes by John Coltrane. freedom first is due out Feb. 25, and proceeds will go to court for Keith LaMar. Pre-order it HERE.

Bob Stroger and the head cutters, It’s my name (Delmark): At 92, Chicago blues veteran Bob Stroger teams up with Brazilian band The Headcutters for his new album, That’s My Name. Release scheduled for February 18 via Delmark, It’s my name features 13 tracks, including five Stroger originals and versions of some of his favorite songs from Big Big Broonzy, Ma Rainey, Eddie Taylor, Jay McShann and more. Pre-order it here.

Hinda Hoffman encounters the message of the soul, People (Knowing that you know): Singer Hinda Hoffman teams up with the Chicago-based Soul Message Band for the first time on People, released on February 11. The record presents a soulful jazz program inspired by the vast recesses of the American songbook, including well-worn standards and lesser-known gems ingeniously arranged by producer Dennis Carroll. to listen People via the kick player.

Live music and festival news

“AfroCosmicMelatopia” event with Mwenso and the Shakes, Carnegie Hall, February 27: New Yorkers of all ages will take the stage at an upcoming special event at Carnegie Hall to showcase their original music, photography and poetry alongside Mwenso and the Shakes on February 27. The event, titled “AfroCosmicMelatopia,” features works inspired by Afrofuturism and is one of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute’s contributions to the Hall’s Afrofuturism festival, which takes place in February and March. Tickets here.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Twelve musicians meet Bertoia at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas: The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas will present “Sculpting Sound: Twelve Musicians Encounter Bertoia”. This is a series of six concerts bringing together twelve musicians to explore the expressive range of Harry Bertola’s sound sculptures. The concerts will take place from February 22 to 27 and will complement the exhibition “Harry Bertola: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life”. More here.

Upcoming Melissa Aldana Tour Dates: Saxophonist/composer Melissa Aldana has announced many upcoming tour dates in the United States and Europe. These include her first-ever headlining week at the famed Village Vanguard in New York City from March 1-6. Dates here. The Santiago-born, Brooklyn-based artist is set to release her debut album Blue Note, 12 starsthe 3 of March. Pre-order it here.

Vincent Peirani and Emile Parisien announce an American tour: Accordionist Vincent Peirani and saxophonist Emile Parisien will be touring the United States in March in support of their 2020 album, hug. Tour dates here. Rooted in tango, hug finds the French experimental duo reinventing the music of South American masters Astor Piazzolla, Tomás Gubitsch and Xavier Cugat, alongside two of their favorite artists, Kate Bush and Jelly Roll Morton. Listen to it via the player below.

Istanbul Jazz Festival presents “Young Jazz” on a new album: The Istanbul Jazz Festival recently released a new album featuring five bands who participated in its Young Jazz series, which provides a platform for amateur and emerging musicians and ensembles in Turkey. The scrapbook, Genc Caz 21was released with the support of the Mehmet Uluğ Fund, established to honor the memory of Turkish music professional Mehmet Uluğ, who died in 2013. Listen to it via the player below.

Jazz at Lincoln Center presents “Songs We Love”, March 3-19: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Songs We Love,” a traveling celebration of the first 50 years of jazz, will take place at performing arts centers and concert halls across the United States from March 3-19. Nine shows have been announced, led by Riley Mulherkar and featuring an all-star cast of some of New York’s rising stars. More here.

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