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Alexis Cole: Dazzling Blue

Alexis Cole does it again with "Dazzling Blue", the album featuring her interpretations of Paul Simon's work which are sure to leave you mesmerized. Check out the article Raul de Gama wrote about this album here and even listen to some samples below to see for yourself how captivating and beautiful Alexis Cole's take on Simon's work really is!

audio"Dazzling Blue" mp3
audio"Something So Right" mp3

Matt Baker releases new Album "Almost Blue"

Australian pianist Matt Baker has just released his highly anticipated fifth album "Almost Blue" and it's absolutely stellar! This album has beautiful dynamics, brilliant tone and astounding depth! Listen to some samples here. It features tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, along with Luques Curtis on bass, Obed Calvaire on drums and guitarist Lage Lund. Get exclusive access and even download 7 free songs now by clicking here!

Diego Figueiredo Launches New Website

Diego Figueiredo has just unveiled his new website...and it's spectacular! Learn about the man behind the guitar as you listen to tracks from his extensive discography featuring over a dozen world renown artists. Watch him in action on his music page where he has videos that will surely amaze and inspire. Browse through photos, news and finally be sure to check out the tour dates page to see where you can catch the Brazilian guitar virtuoso in a theater near you!

The Four Freshmen Release New CD

The ever popular harmonizing jazz quartet has brought yet another album into the fold amid their already impressive discography. Buy and listen to it here.
While you're there be sure to check out the newest members in the "meet the guys" section, their tour schedule, photos and the latest news on the road and even how to book them for your own party!


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Bria Skonberg is on a Roll!

This award winning trumpeter/vocalist/ composer that is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."- Wall Street Journal.
See her performing Live at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival 6/19/15

Egyptian Fantasy
Que Sera Sera

"Acoustic Guitar Sessions" Presents Diego Figueiredo

Now you can see this wonderful artist in action as he takes you through a lightning fast performance of "One note Samba". He even sits for a minute to discuss his nails and filing technique! A self-described Classical and Jazz Guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a rising star sure to hypnotize you with his signature array of tone and dynamics. Watch it here.

Bria Skonberg achieves "Swing Award"

On Monday, June 22nd, 2015 JALC hosted Swing!, the second annual young professional summer cocktail party.  Swing! honors the next generation of jazz artists and our own Bria Skonberg is being recognized for her fantastic work alongside other artists Melissa Aldana and Ulysses Owens. An evening of fun with cocktails, live jazz performances and awards was had at Lincoln Center, NY.

Diego Figueiredo Releases "Broken Bossa"

Some people are simply born to be musicians. Diego Figueiredo proves once again he is the perfect example. His new album, Broken Bossa exemplifies what it means to take a familiar style into a new direction. Featuring other amazing artists such as Cyrille Aimée (vocals), Afonso Correa (percussion), and many more Broken Bossa is an album that's sure to soothe the soul as it redefines classic themes through new musical personalities. Read the full article on him here and listen to a sample of "Broken Bossa" here.

Jazz artist gives Champlin Park students unique lesson

Professional trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg is making a name for herself in the world of jazz. She performed Saturday night at the North Hennepin Jazz Festival and gave a unique music lesson earlier in the day to Champlin Park students. Click here to see it!

Photojournalist Dustin Scholl was there to capture the sounds.

Cyrille Aimee Alexis ColeCyrille Aimée and Alexis Cole were finalists in the first Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition held this past Sunday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and sponsored by WBGO-Jazz 88.  900 vocalists applied of which five finalists were selected for the performance and contest judged by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jon Hendricks, Michael Bourne of WBGO, and Larry Rosen of GRP Records.  Cyrille Aimée was the winner!!!  Read the review in the New Jersey Star Ledger

 Chuchito Valdes has done it again.  The masterful pianist has been nominated for two more Latin Grammys.  This year he is nominated once again for Best Latin Jazz album, as well as for Best Latin Folk album along with charango player Eddy Navia.  Audio samples of "Live at Chicago" can be heard here, and audio samples of Chuchito and Eddy Navia's album "Piano & Charango can be heard here.
Alexis Cole "I Carry Your
Alexis Cole's seventh album just released in September on Motema Music and titled "I Carry Your Heart".  The inspiration for the album is a five volume release of all the music written by legendary baritone sax player Pepper Adams.  This is the first ever recording of Pepper Adams music set to lyrics.  Lyrics were written by poet Barry Wallenstein.  The recording session included Jeremy Kahn on piano, Pat LaBarbera and Eric Alexander on saxophones.  More info on the complete set of releases here at Motema Music
audio Alexis Cole sings "Joy Road" from "I Carry Your Heart" (Motema)

Julien Labro

Julien Labro, master accordionist from the Hot Club of Detroit, and classical guitar master Jason Vieaux, performed live on WGBH's "Drive Time Live"(audio) in anticipation of their performance this past weekend at the University of Vermont and in Boston.  Read the rave review in The Boston Musical Intelligencer.  Samples of their record together on Azica Records, "The Music of Astor Piazzolla" can be heard here.
Chicago Jazz
                                  Orchestra with Jeff Lindberg Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is excited and honored to be chosen to perform at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala on December 2, in Washington, D.C. This performance marks the 24th straight year that the CJO has been chosen for this singular honor. 

This year’s honorees include:  Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman,  David Letterman,  Natalia Makarova, and  Led Zeppelin.  President and Mrs. Obama will receive the honorees and members of the Artists Committee who nominated them, along with the Kennedy Center Trustees, at the White House prior to the Gala performance.
The ceremony concludes with a dinner dance at which the CJO is the featured entertainment.  The featured singer with the CJO this evening will be Cyrille AiméeThe CJO and  Cyrille Aimée have performed together in four concerts in Chicago.  They recently recorded an album together to be released some time in 2013.

Hot Club of Detroit's Junction

Hot Club of Detroit's brand new recording "Junction" on Mack Ave Records (August 2012) received rave reviews in Dan Bilawsky's review in "All About Jazz".  The album has spent over two months on the JazzWeek Charts and peeked at #12.  Here are three mp3 samples from off the album.
audio "Goodbye Mr. Anderson" from Junction (mp3 Mack Ave 2012)
audio "Lonely Woman" with Cyrille Aimee from Junction (mp3 Mack Ave 2012)
audio "Junction" from Junction (mp3 Mack Ave 2012)
Four Freshmen

The Four Freshmen and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys were featured on the BBC TV documentary "Just One Falsetto". View a four minute segment from the film featuring the current members of The Four Freshmen and Brian Wilson here on YouTube.


Cyrille Aimée received a rave review from Neil Tesser, legendary jazz journalist and Chicago jazz radio DJ, in this weeks edition of ChicagoMusic in advance of this past weekends performances at The Green Mill.  Cyrille was accompanied by pianist Ron Perillo, bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer George Fluda
Brian Auger and Savannah Auger
Credit: Stephanie Diani for
The New York Times

Savannah Auger, lead singer with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express and Brian Auger Trinity, was recently featured in the New York Times on the celebration of her wedding to James Citron.  Read the full article here.

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