A Luminescent Debut for Nathan Brown


Nathan was born in Illinois and began playing music at the age of 5 through the Suzuki cello program. Through grade school and middle school he also began to play the euphonium, tuba, and the string bass. In middle and high school, Nathan received numerous solo and ensemble competition awards and participated in the top bands of the IMEA All-State conferences on both classical tuba and jazz bass. Continue reading A Luminescent Debut for Nathan Brown

The Incomparable John Clayton


The patience he exhibits with his students…
The provocative notes he chooses when he composes…
The empathy he shows when he produces….
The scintillating sounds he coaxes from musicians when he conducts…

pale in comparison to his charisma when you just hear him swing! And swing he does. Grammy-winning bassist/composer/conductor, John Clayton’s talents are consistently requested by the movers and shakers in the jazz industry, such as Quincy Jones and Tommy Lipuma. Clayton says, “When composing or arranging for the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, I am a disciple of Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, Quincy Jones and Gil Evans, to name just a few.” Regarding his bowing techniques, he cites the radically different techniques of Slam Stewart, Major Holley and Paul Chambers as influences. There is no doubt, however, that John has created a niche for himself wherein he stands alone.

As a testament to his immense talent and broad ranging appeal, John Clayton served as the Artistic Director of Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1999 through 2001. In addition, he is Artistic Director for the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington and was also appointed Artistic Director for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in 2006. Continue reading The Incomparable John Clayton

Interview with Ian Tordella

  A New Breed of Player Propelling Jazz into the New Millennium


Saxophonist Ian Tordella is an emerging voice on the West Coast jazz scene, and has worked with guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Joshua White, saxophonist Jason Robinson, and others. His sound is rooted in the hard-bop players of the ‘50s and ‘60s, drawing inspiration from Sonny Stitt, Hank Mobley, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, and Coltrane. Tordella’s jazz compositions, however, incorporate sounds from trip-hop, rock, and electronica; he cites Meshell Ndegéocello, Stereolab, and Warp Records as influences, alongside jazz composers like Wayne Shorter and Kenny Wheeler. Raised in the Washington, DC area, Tordella attended the University of North Texas before transplanting to California in 2003, where he furthered his studies under altoist Charles McPherson. Ian was kind enough to answer questions about his music, his influences and something he calls “Dirty Thursdays.”

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GALACTIC Carnivale Electros

Carnivale Continues on the Road with New Orleans Funk Masters

For most people Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in New Orleans and Carnival in Rio are the culmination of weeks of celebration where the faithful and not so faithful bid “farewell to the flesh” with a day of excess and revelry before Ash Wednesday and the austerity of Lent. But for Stanton Moore and the members of Galactic the party continues on with their latest offering Carnivale Electros (Anti-Records), released February 21st, just in time for this year’s Mardi Gras celebration. (I know what you’re thinking but JazzFidelity.com hadn’t launched yet — so let it slide, okay?) Continue reading GALACTIC Carnivale Electros

Interview with Thisbe Vos

Singer, Songwriter and Producer Talks About Her Album Sophistication

Photo by Keith Gilleard


Dutch-born singer, songwriter and producer Thisbe Vos came to Los Angeles with more than just dreams of  being a successful vocalist. She came with a plan — to create an album of jazz standards in the style of her inspiration and unofficial mentor, Ella Fitzgerald. Continue reading Interview with Thisbe Vos

Newport Jazz Festival Announces Line-up


Guitarist, Pat Methany, drummer Jack DeJohnette and vocalist Kurt Elling are among dozens of performers announced for this summer’s Newport Jazz Festival.

In annoucing the line-up on Tuesday, festival founder, George Wein, said, the line-up “features many of the younger artists that represent what jazz is today and tomorrow along with hall of fame veterans.” Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, composer Darcy James Argue, drummer Dafnis Prieto and pianist Jason Moran are but a few of the young artists to be featured.

The festival begins Aug. 3 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame then moves to Fort Adams State Park on Aug. 4 and 5 for the outdoor events.

The jazz event, first held in 1954, has showcased a who’s who of jazz stars. In 2010, Wein took the festival and its sister event, the Newport Folk Festival, nonprofit in an attempt to ensure their long-term success.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here to see the entire line-up .


Christian McBride Honored

Christian McBride & Melissa Walker to Be Honored by Spelman College Alumni Association Saturday

The Northern New Jersey Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College will present a scholarship benefit concert, Cabaret Blue, featuring the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble and honoring the first couple of jazz, Grammy award-winning bassist Christian McBride and songstress Melissa Walker, who will be presented the “African American Classical Music Award at the Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, on Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Music director Joseph Jennings established the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble in 1983. Its repertoire ranges from jazz standards and blues to bee-bob and swing. The group has performed at festivals and concerts throughout the country with Wynton Marsalis, Max Roach, Consuela Lee and Bobbi Humphrey. Camden native, Sharee Bookman, will be a featured tenor saxophonist with this year’s Ensemble. Additionally, she has been the recipient of a NNJC scholarship. Continue reading Christian McBride Honored

Long Lost Montgomery Tapes Released

 First Full Album of Previously Unheard Montgomery Music in over 25 Years to be Released March 6th to Coincide with Montgomery’s 88th Birthday

With a lot of sleuthing and a team of experts on the case, long lost tapes of Wes Montgomery have been discovered and restored. Resonance Records will release Echoes of Indiana Avenue – the first full album of previously unheard Montgomery music in over 25 years – on March 6, 2012, which would have been Montgomery’s 88th birthday.

Over a year and a half in the making, the release will provide a rare, revealing glimpse of a bona fide guitar legend. The tapes are the earliest known recordings of Montgomery as a leader, pre-dating his auspicious 1959 debut on Riverside Records. The album showcases Montgomery in performance from 1957-1958 at nightclubs in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, as well as rare studio recordings. The release is also beautifully packaged, containing unseen photographs and insightful essays by noted music writers and musicians alike, including guitarist Pat Martino and Montgomery’s brothers Buddy and Monk.

On this scintillating discovery, Montgomery plays it strictly straight ahead, swinging with a momentum and ferocity that is positively visceral – a clear display of Montgomery’s bebop side. Listening to these recordings only reaffirms how Montgomery exerted such a profound influence over generations of guitarists – from George Benson, Pat Martino and Joe Pass to John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Kevin Eubanks, and Russell Malone to Kurt Rosenwinkel. Continue reading Long Lost Montgomery Tapes Released

2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest Poster


Trombone Shorty Featured On Official 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest Poster

2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest Poster - Terrance Osborne, Artist


   ” Trombone Shorty” (Troy Andrews) is honored as the subject of the official 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Poster.  This is the second time he’s been featured on a Jazz Fest poster.  In 2009 at age 23, Troy was featured on the Festival’s annual Congo Square official poster, becoming the youngest artist ever to be pictured on the prestigious poster.  The next youngest was Wynton Marsalis, who was featured at age 41.  Troy now has the distinction of being both the youngest AND the second youngest musician to be featured on an official Jazz Fest poster. Click here to check out and purchase the 2012 poster by artist Terrance Osborne: <http://www.art4now.com/cgi/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=ST-20120102> and check out the Trombone Shorty Congo Square 2009 Jazz Fest poster here:   <http://www.art4now.com/cgi/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=ST-20090202>

Past editions of the Jazz Fest poster have featured Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, Wynton Marsalis, Mahalia Jackson, Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr. and the inventor of New Orleans Jazz, Buddy Bolden, among others.  Opening day of each year’s Festival sees throngs of collectors sprinting for the poster tent and the poster usually selling out before the Festival’s end.

Catch Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performing at Jazz Fest, which follows shows on multiple continents, including dates from Japan to Ecuador, Europe, Singapore and Australia to Moscow in the first few months of 2012 alone.  See them on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates

2012 Grammy Winners

The winners in jazz-related categories were announced at a pre-telecast ceremony, in Los Angeles, at 54th Annual Grammy© Awards.

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