Monday, December 30, 2013

Preview- Winter Jazzfest 2014, New York City, January 7th-11th, 2014. Winter Jazzfest Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary With Over 90 Performances


Celebrating its Tenth Anniversary -

Winter Jazzfest 2014, New York City, January 7-11, 2014,

Preview and photo credits/copyrights:

E. Joyce Glasgow,

All photos are of last year’s Winter Jazzfest 2013. 

Winter Jazzfest is celebrating its tenth anniversary with five nights of dynamic jazz in New York City.

Le Poisson Rouge will feature a kickoff concert by Bobby Previte’s group, Terminals, with Nels Cline, John Medeski, So Percussion, and Helado Negro as the opening act, on January 7th.

Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary Concert will take place on January 8th at The Town Hall, featuring Robert Glasper and Jason Moran, with special guests, Ravi Coltrane, Bilal, Eric Harland and Alan Hampton.

Blue Note Records will continue its 75th anniversary celebration on January 9th at Le Poisson Rouge, featuring the Revive Big Band, with special guests Bilal and Dr. Lonnie Smith, plus the Wallace Roney Orchestra playing Wayne Shorter’s compositions, Universe, Twin Dragons and Legend, never released music written for Miles Davis, conducted by David Weiss.

There will be a two-night music marathon in eight Greenwich Village venues, featuring over ninety, yes, ninety jazz groups, on January 10th and 11th. Venues are Le Poisson Rouge, The Bitter End, The Blue Note, Judson Church, Subculture, Bowery Electric, Zinc Bar and the NYU Lounge.

The two-night music marathon features a phenomenally stellar line up of jazz groups, of incredible, intriguing musical variety and looks to be two remarkable evenings for jazz lovers, not to be missed. This is an ambitious lineup and the most impressive over all to date for Winter Jazzfest. Just a handful of the remarkable performers are:  Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society; Henry Threadgill’s  “Ensemble Double-Up” In Remembrance of Lawrence Butch Morris, Elliott Sharp’s Orchestra Carbon, Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba; Slavic Soul Party! Plays Ellington: The Far East Suite; Roy Hargrove Quintet; Rene Marie; Don Byron’s Six Musician Group; Hypnotic Brass Ensemble; Matthew Shipp Trio; Tim Berne Snakeoil; No BS! Brass; ABRAXAS- John Zorn’s Book of Angels by Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, and so many more fabulous musicians.

Video of the No BS! Brass Band below.

For complete information visit

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Gregory Porter
The Cookers

Gregory Porter

Amina Figarova
Catherine Russell

Amina Figarova

Catherine Russell

Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander

Don Byron

Don Byron

Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra

Toshi Reagon

James Carter

Celebrate Great Women of Blues and Jazz with Toshi Reagon, Allison Miller and Friends

The Cookers, Cecil McBee, Acoustic Bass

The Big Picture featuring David Krakauer

The Big Picture featuring David Krakauer, Adam Rogers, Guitar

Toshi Reagon

The Cookers, George Cables, Piano

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Cat Empire,Sensational Australian Octet, Appears for One Night Only In Seattle, WA at Neumos, July 23rd, 2013

By E. Joyce Glasgow,

The Cat Empire, pop/jazz octet sensation will appear for one night only in Seattle, at Neumos, on July 23rd, 2013. This very popular, fifteen year old, Melbourne, Australian based band just came from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, last weekend,in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where they drew huge crowds of dancers, at every stage they played, energized by their vibrant horn section and wide range of eclectic, tight band arrangements covering jazz, salsa, reggae, Cuban, rock, ska and pop rhythms. See videos below. Included is the very theatrical video of my favorite tune of their's, "Brighter than Gold".  For more information about The Cat Empire, visit For more information about Neumos visit

Hazmat Modine to Appear at Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA, July 23rd and 24th, 2013

Wade Schuman at Porgy and Bess in Vienna

By E. Joyce Glasgow,

Following on the heels of three highly successful performances at the 2013 Vancouver Folk Music Festival, New York octet, Hazmat Modine, will be appearing for two nights only at the Jazz Alley, in Seattle, WA, on July 23rd and 24th. Hazmat Modine uniquely blends sophisticated jazz, gritty blues, and a foot-stomping, down home feel, into a New Orleans meets Eastern European gumbo that is appealing and infectious and explores the musical roots of many cultures, embracing a world music feel, with tastes of Jamaican, Hawaii, Rhythm and Blues, old timey, Hokum Jugband and early twentieth century jazz. This will be their first appearance at the Jazz Alley. Wade Schuman, lead vocals/guitar/lute guitar/ diatonic harmonica, is joined by seasoned musicians, Rachelle Garniez, accordion/vocals/ claviola/composer; Richard Huntley,drums/percussion; Steve Elson, saxophones/clarinet/duduk/flute; Joseph Daley, Tuba; Pamela Fleming, trumpet/fleugelhorn; Michael Gomez, acoustic/electric guitars/steel guitar and Erik Della Penna, guitar/banjitar, vocals.They performed a rousing solo set at Vancouver, garnering an enthusiastic new fan base for their first appearance in Vancouver B.C. They followed with amazing jams with two other large ensembles at the festival, pop/jazz octet, The Cat Empire (also appearing in Seattle on July 23rd, at Neumos) of Melbourne, Australia and with the Debo Band, a large Ethiopian music band, based in Boston. Coincidentally, the Debo Band also features the tuba as one of their instruments.Hazmat Modine has a very large following in Europe and spends most of their performance time over there and in New York City. It is a special opportunity to welcome them to the Pacific Northwest for their first performances in this region. Don't miss them if you are in the Seattle area. Please see videos below to get a feel for their music. For more information about Hazmat Modine visit For more information about Dimitrio's Jazz Alley, visit

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Preview: Thirty Sixth Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, July 19th, 20th and 21st, 2013, Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The 2013 Vancouver Folk Music Festival will feature sixty five acts, over three nights and two full days, at beautiful Jericho Beach Park, July 19th, 20th and 21st, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

By E. Joyce Glasgow,
Photo Credit/Copyright: E. Joyce Glasgow

Some of this year's international artists scheduled to perform at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival that I find particularly interesting are; beloved, reflective, American, folk singer/songwriter, Loudon Wainwright III; funky,blues, jazz, New Orleans meets Eastern Europe, New York band, Hazmat Modine; rip- roaring, foot stomping powerhouse Louisiana, Zydeco accordionist, Jeffrey Boussard and The Creole Cowboys; lioness Canadian blues vocalist, Dalannah Gail Bowen;  Lush, Boston based, Ethiopian music group, Debo Band; "New Country" Texas musicians, Steve Earle and the Dukes; Danish traditional, jazzy, raucous, joyful, party dance band, Habadekuk; atmospheric, indie, Colorado based quartet, DeVotchKa; Hanggai Band, Mongolian Throat singing with an electric rock edge, from China; jazzy pop sensation large band, from Australia,  The Cat Empire; haunting music of the Mediterranean sung in the "Sabir" language by Italian group, Stefano Saletti and Piccola Banda Ikona;  Los Angeles based all women accapella vocal quartet, Moira Smiley and VOCO, and Canadian, Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective, from Belize. Please see videos by some of these diverse artists below.

The festival features a variety of food booths, handmade artists' goods and two full days of music on seven stages and three evening concerts on the main stage. Jericho Beach Park is a stunning location for the Festival, overlooking dramatic mountain peaks, Vancouver's downtown skyscraper skyline and is situated on English Bay, where sailboats, swimmers and festival goers enjoy the beach and glistening waters. This festival is worth the trip to Vancouver B.C., for a day or the weekend and accommodations can be found at the University of British Columbia campus, local Hostelling International Hostels or at Vancouver's numerous hotels.

 Visit the for a complete line up of artists and ticketing information.

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Affordable Art Fair, NYC, April 3rd-April 7th, 2013, The Metropolitan Pavilion

The Affordable Art Fair, NYC, April 3rd-April 7th, 2013, Metropolitan Pavilion

By E. Joyce Glasgow,

The Affordable Art Fair,, is taking place in New York City this week, providing art lovers, collectors and potential collectors on a budget an opportunity to find an inspiring, contemporary work of art to take home. Featured are all mediums including paintings, sculptures, photography, prints, drawings, etc. All work is under $10,000, with an encouraging 50% in the $100.00-$5000.00 range, many pieces under $1,500.00. In an art world where generally prices are astronomical, this seems like a relative bargain. One can find the next up and coming art star alongside some established names and recent art school graduates at the displays by over 85 art galleries from different parts of the globe. The Affordable Art Show takes place annually in a number of cities, internationally, at different times throughout the year. Following is a short history of the Affordable Art Fair and its founder, Will Ramsay.

Way back in 1996, Will Ramsay opened Will’s Art Warehouse in southwest London to bridge the public’s increasing interest in contemporary art and London’s highbrow gallery scene. By concentrating on relatively unknown artists not carrying a premium for reputation, the gallery was able to offer works from about $100 up to $5,000 from a stable of over 150 artists. The response Will received from his Art Warehouse inspired him to take his approach to the next level, and three years later the Affordable Art Fair was born.  By embracing other friendly galleries selling affordable art, the first fair launched in Battersea Park in October 1999. 10,000 visitors took advantage of the ease of buying, breadth of choice, affordable prices and user-friendly approach.
Today, Will’s Art Warehouse still stands and the Affordable Art Fair has become something of a global phenomenon. The Affordable Art Fair now takes place in: Amsterdam, Bristol, Brussels, New York, Milan, London, Singapore, Hamburg, Mexico City, Rome, Seattle and Stockholm. Globally, over 1 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair and purchased over $250 million dollars worth of art.

 The Metropolitan Pavilion is located at 125 West 18th Street , N.Y.C.

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