Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Sweet Vandals - What About Love

Fans of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings should definitely check out this offering from Unique Records!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Breakestra - Joyful Noise

Check out a track from the new Breakestra album, their first for Strut Records!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

We're excited to announce that contemporary American and Norwegian jazz artists will preside over the urban stages of the 2010 Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by U.S. Bank, February 22 - 28, throughout downtown Portland, Oregon.

Pharoah Sanders | Dave Holland Quintet | Mingus Big Band | Dave Douglas | Luciana Souza

plus, New Music From Norway...
Trygve Seim & Frode Haltli | Christian Wallumrod Ensemble | In The Country

This year's provocative theme...
and spotlight on Norway, Is Jazz Dead (Or Has It Moved to a New Address)? - New Music from Norway, comes to us via British jazz writer Stuart Nicholson's book on the globalization of jazz that recognizes Norway as a forefront of redefining America's indigenous art form. The showcase features three North American premieres that exemplify what Nicholson calls the "Nordic Tone", as a counterpoint to contemporary American jazz masters who push the boundaries of jazz.

Hailed as one of the major annual jazz events in North America by the Jazz Journalists Association and lauded by critics as a "bullet train to jazz nirvana", the Portland Jazz Festival is the place to experience leading, international jazz innovators, with performances showcasing NW artists and stimulating jazz outreach programs.

We've priced tickets for the 2010 festival as low as $20, with packages as low as $50 for the three Norwegian shows and $300 for all eight headline performances. Keep an eye out for special limited-time "fresh ticket" offers coming to either your in-box or fans and folllowers on Facebook and Twitter.

Become a member and purchase your tickets today

New this season: Student memberships at $25

Scoring a major coup, PDX Jazz has appointed music industry veteran Don Lucoff as the organization's next Managing Director. Lucoff, president of DL Media, has represented nearly every major jazz label and a wide spectrum of jazz artists throughout his 26-year career. He has also driven the national publicity efforts of the Portland Jazz Festival for the past two seasons.

Lucoff joins Artistic Director and PDX Jazz co-founder Bill Royston, who holds his own impressive resume in jazz as an artistic director and event producer. Royston was nominated as Jazz Producer of the Year in both 2007 and 2008 by the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) and has been a driving force behind bringing groundbreaking jazz to the Portland area for 14 years.

Read more about Don in his interview with Oregonian Music Editor, Ryan White.
PHAROAH SANDERS - a most distinctive tenor saxophone player and a legend, he's one of the last living members of John Coltrane's late ensembles of the mid-'60s.

DAVE HOLLAND QUINTET - multi-award and poll-winning bassist, composer, arranger and bandleader, he brings his renowned quintet to Portland.

MINGUS BIG BAND - an all-star ensemble dedicated exclusively to the music of the composer and bassist, Charles Mingus, this 15 piece big band operates under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, and features some of the top names in jazz.

DAVE DOUGLAS BRASS ECSTASY - two-time Grammy-nominated trumpeter, and arguably the most prolific and original musician/composer of his generation, Douglas brings a new project this year, Brass Ecstasy - an ensemble of trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, and drums.

LUCIANA SOUZA - a Grammy winning vocalist, and one of the jazz world's leading singers and interpreters.Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, her performance transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles.

TRYGVIE SEIM & FRODE HALTLI- a unique saxophone/accordion duo, these key figures of the new Norwegian music scene share an interest in the expressive potential of acoustic music across all stylistic boundaries.

CHRISTIAN WALLUMROD ENSEMBLE - a gifted pianist and considered one of the most prominent musicians of the younger Norwegian generation Wallumrød, explores the intersection of improvisation and classical composition.I

IN THE COUNTRY - an acoustic trio (piano, bass, drums) that combines rock influences with jazz, All About Jazz has already put In The Country's latest album "Whiteout" on their "best of 2009" list.

From Norway we have borrowed the rallying cry of Uten Jass Blitz eb Treg du Tass (loosely translated as 'Without Jazz my life would have less meaning'), which you can experience in February. While for now... Vi ses snart ('See you soon')!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ze Records Gets The Re-Edit Treatment

Various Artists- Zevolution: Ze Records Re-Edited
Aural Exciters- "Spooks In Space" (Luke Howard & Felix Dickinson Filthy & Foolish Edit) (zshare)
November 24th, Strut (coming soon)

Following their recent ZE 30 anniversary compilation album, Strut’s collaboration with mighty New York imprint ZE Records continues this Autumn with Zevolution, bringing together new and rare DJ edits of ZE tracks by 14 leading producers.

Originally tabled in 2004 by Manchester DJ Greg Wilson, the project spawned a 12” featuring an excellent Optimo re-work of James White’s ‘Contort Yourself’ before the untimely death of Lizzy Mercier Descloux took label founder Michel Esteban away to Brazil. The project was shelved.

Since then, as the culture for disco re-edits has burgeoned, ZE has continued to be a prime source for DJs with dozens of re-edits surfacing in recent years, re-working and extending the label’s experimental post-punk grooves for maximum dancefloor punch. Many of the edits have become classics in their own right – on this album, we feature Todd Terje’s ‘Friendly Children’ re-work of Gichy Dan’s ‘On A Day Like Today’, looping its nagging kids chorus, and Soul Mekanik’s dubbed out treatment of Kid Creole’s ‘Annie’, still a staple in many DJ boxes. Others have surfaced briefly on limited white label 12s or on blog sites – the prolific Social Disco Club from Porto and Idjut Boys, whose brilliant re-touch of another Kid Creole track here, ‘I’m Corrupt’, is much in-demand.

For the album, Strut also commissioned a fresh batch of versions, many transforming seminal ZE tracks which have previously been tricky to play in clubs. Richard Sen sews together brilliantly the two parts of James White’s fidgety ‘Almost Black’, Italian DJ team The Barking Dogs create a tracky beast from Arto Lindsay’s beatless ZE experiment ‘Pini Pini’ and Luke Howard and Felix Dickinson from Horse Meat Disco create the best club version yet of Aural Exciters’ ‘Spooks In Space’. For the ‘heads’, there are ultra-rare tracks too – Fat Camp resurrect a David Gamson track ‘No Turn On Red’, previously only available on an NME cover mount cassette.

ZEVOLUTION features cover artwork based on the original ZE Records 12“ house bag design. Package contains an extensive booklet including an introduction by re-edit king Greg Wilson and sleeve notes by Bill Brewster of DJ History.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Felabration! w/ Rev. Shines, DJ Santo & more
Monday, October 12 2009
Someday Lounge, Portland OR

Celebrating one of the most prolific and influential artists of our time, this special Felabration! event will feature musical selections from Portland's finest, Rev. Shines and DJ Santo, w/ FX by Chauncey Canfield.

About DJ Santo:
DJ Santo is the host of groundbreaking radio program Something Different on Portland's Jazz Station 89.1 KMHD. He is also a regular DJ on WNYE's Mo'Glo radio program in NYC which features modern global sounds. He's recently spun at VIP after parties for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Thievery Corporation and opened for the Budos Band, Alice Russell, Zap Mama, Omega Watts, and Nomo. Chauncey Canfield is a multi-instrumentalist and the producer of DJ Santo's radio program Something Different and his sessions for Mo'Glo. The duo have 4 releases as Soulphonic Soundsystem and their music has been licensed for CSI, Entourage and several compilations. A new album release is planned for late 2010.

About Rev. Shines:
Rev. Shines is one of the most prolific & significant DJ’s to touch the Portland music scene. Both a producer and encyclopedia for music, this music head is more than your average DJ. He is a music aficionado that definitely knows his way around any record store.

About Felabrations:
In support of the Knitting Factory Records re-launch of Fela Kuti’s music catalogue, Giant Step has organized official Felabration events in more than 15 cities across North America throughout the month of October; this outstanding schedule of Felabrations will bring together some of the best DJs, musicians, and promoters around to celebrate the life, music, and birthday of Fela Kuti. These events will unite the diverse communities and Tastemakers across the country that are instrumental in keeping Fela's music alive. Check out the full lineup of events here.
ticket information
Free, No Cover - 21+

Happy Hour 6-9pm!

Fela Kuti - Zombie

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mulatu Astatke to Release Career Retrospective on Stru

Mulatu Astatke- New York, Addis, London
Out October 27th on Strut

On the heels of his extremely successful Inspiration Information collaboration with The Heliocentrics, Mulatu Astatke teams up with Strut once again for the first complete overview of his career, including many rare sides which have never before been compiled for world wide release.

Vibraphone and keyboard player, master arranger and bandleader, Mulatu Astatke is one of the all time greats of Ethiopian music, and the creator of his own original music form, Ethio jazz. Through the acclaimed Ethiopiques album series and through featuring on the soundtrack to the Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers, his music has belatedly reached a global audience and a new, younger generation of fans. In November of last year, he recorded an inspired new album with London psych jazz band The Heliocentrics for Strut’s Inspiration Information studio collaboration series. Now, Strut are proud to present, for the first time anywhere, the definitive Mulatu career retrospective covering his landmark ‘60s and ‘70s recordings.

Mulatu is a true pioneer of African music. He was the first Ethiopian musician of his generation to travel extensively and to record abroad – he studied in the UK in Wales and at Trinity College Of Music in London, cutting his teeth on the buoyant London jazz scene of the early ‘60s. He became the first African student to attend Harvard and he lived and recorded in New York, developing a unique sound that fused Western jazz with traditional Ethiopian melodies. As Mulatu says, “it took a long time to get the balance, to let the colours and the feelings of the Ethiopian modes shine through.” Returning to "Swinging Addis" during the late ’60s, he became a pivotal figure, arranging for many of the country’s top vocalists and developing rich, dense textures in his own music during the final years of Selassie’s reign and the mid-‘70s rule of the Derg Communist military junta.

Tracing the progression of his Ethio jazz experiments with full access to all of the labels for whom he recorded, Mulatu Astatke: New York-Addis-London is the essential Mulatu. Covering his first recordings in the UK during 1965, his groundbreaking fusions for the small Worthy label in New York and his key ‘70s recordings back in Addis on Amha, Phillips and Axum, the album features comprehensive sleeve notes by Miles Cleret, boss of the excellent Soundway Records imprint, and rare, previously unseen photos from Mulatu’s personal archive.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Federico Aubele - La Esquina

Federico Aubele comes to the Doug Fir Lounge on Friday October 9, 2009