Nat King Cole, Holiday Gift Guide 2022, Ahmad Jamal 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.


Jazz Detective launches with never-before-seen Ahmad Jamal live recordings: Producer Zev Feldman will launch his new brand, Jazz Detective, on Record Store Day Black Friday (November 25) with the release of two previously unreleased double LPs from master pianist Ahmad Jamal. The two volumes of Emerald City Nights: Living at the Penthouse capturing spectacular performances, from 1963-1964 and 1965-1966 respectively, by the pianist’s legendary trio at the Seattle Penthouse. The releases were produced by Feldman and supervised by Jamal himself, and will be released on vinyl with remastered audio from the original tapes.

JAZZIZ Music Lovers: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: The holidays are almost here and we’ve created a special video to let you in on a few items we think all music lovers will enjoy for themselves or their loved ones. Take a look at our special “Holiday Gift Guide 2022” video via the player below.

PJCE announces Ryan Meagher as new artistic director: The Portland Jazz Composer Ensemble (PJCE) has announced the appointment of guitarist Ryan Meagher as Artistic Director. Meagher succeeds Douglas Detrick in the role, who spearheaded PJCE’s production of more ambitious and culturally relevant programming, raising the profile of the organization and creating a more diverse coalition of partners. Meagher’s work in this new role at PJCE begins immediately.

Capitol/UMe Unveils New Nat King Cole Holiday-Themed Visualizers: Capitol/UMe has unveiled new holiday-themed visualizers for two of Nat King Cole’s sentimental and best-loved holiday season classics. One is for “Caroling, Caroling,” and you can watch it via the player below. The other is for the legendary singer’s rendition of “O Tannenbaum.”

Lucía Gutiérrez Rebolloso is the winner of the 11th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Singing Competition: Lucía Gutiérrez Rebelloso, a 21-year-old singer born in Veracruz, has been announced as the winner of the 11th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. The announcement of this year’s SASSY Award winner came after a star-studded, sold-out performance held last week on the NJPAC Stage in Newark, New Jersey, hosted by Gary Walker. from WBGO Radio.

New and upcoming albums

Miguel Zenon, Music of the Americas (Honey): by Miguel Zenon Music of the Americas features entirely original music inspired by the history of the American continent, reflecting the dynamism and complexity of Native American cultures, their encounters with European settlers and the resulting historical implications. The album features the famed saxophonist/composer’s longtime quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Henry Cole, as well as master percussionists from his native Puerto Rico.

Manuel Fortia, Despertar (Distribution Segell Microscopi/Altafonte): Barcelona bassist Manel Fortià’s trio album is a collection of original compositions inspired by his profound musical experiences during his stay in New York between 2016 and 2020. Despertar is a lyrical and musical self-portrait that touches on influences as varied as Charlie Haden, Maurice Ravel, Keith Jarrett… and is played in trio with the Spanish pianist Marco Mezquida and the brilliant French drummer Raphaël Pannier.

various artists, Here it is: a tribute to Leonard Cohen (Blue note): Blue Note Records has released a star-studded tribute album to legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen. It’s here produced by longtime friend Larry Klein and features superb renditions of some of Cohen’s deepest songs, performed by guest vocalists Norah Jones, Iggy Pop, Gregory Porter, James Taylor, Luciana Souza and Peter Gabriel, among others.

David Koz, Christmas ballads (25th Anniversary Collection) (self-published): Saxophonist Dave Koz released Christmas Ballads, his eighth holiday-themed album, on September 23. Designed as a romantic side of the season, Christmas Ballads also finds the saxophonist joined by pianist David Benoit, trumpeter Rick Brand, guitarist Peter White, the friends who accompanied him on the road in the early years of his legendary Christmas tour Dave Koz & Friends, which celebrates this year its 25th anniversary and holds the record as the longest-running jazz-based Christmas tour.

Live music and festival news

NEC presents the annual Gunther Schuller Legacy concert, November 22: The New England Conservatory’s (NEC) Contemporary Musical Arts Program will present its annual Gunther Schuller Legacy Concert today (November 22) at Jordan Hall. The annual concert honors the legacy of the visionary artist, who is also president of the NEC. This year’s theme is “Founding Family,” celebrating exceptional artists brought to the NEC to teach and perform.

Smoke Jazz Club Presents 10th Annual Coltrane Festival: New York’s Smoke Jazz Club will present its 10th annual Coltrane Festival, ‘Countdown 2023’, from December 20, 2022 to January 8, 2023. An annual tribute to pioneering saxophonist/composer John Coltrane, this year’s edition of the festival will feature some of the today’s top saxophonists, in a program featuring performances by artists such as Melissa Aldana, Eric Alexander, George Coleman, Vincent Herring and Billy Harper. More here.

Blue Note New York announces a partnership with WBGO: New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club has announced a partnership with WBGO 88.3 FM for its Sunday Brunch Series. The series is called WBGO Presents Brunch at The Blue Note. The year-long partnership will kick off with two weekends of performances by the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir on November 13 and 20. More information here.

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound announce Jazzy Little Christmas Tour 2022: GRAMMY-nominated band Ernie Haase & Signature Sound have announced dates for their celebratory tour, A Jazzy Little Christmas Tour, which will run throughout December. Check out all the tour dates here. The band, consisting of a four-part harmony and a three-part jazz band, will perform a collection of festive favorites, holiday originals and sacred songs of the season.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Jack Rudin Jazz Championship, January 14-15: Jazz at Lincoln Center has announced the third annual Jack Rudin Jazz Championship, a two-day invitational competition featuring ensembles from ten of the top college jazz programs in the United States. The competition will take place January 14-15, 2023, throughout Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Tickets here.

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