Iconic composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is one of nineteen new members and four honorary members who will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters during its annual Ceremonial on May 24, 2023. During the ceremony, the Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov, who is being inducted into Foreign Honorary membership, will deliver the keynote address.
[ Maria Schneider elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters ]
Trailblazing composer and orchestra leader Maria Schneider is one of nineteen new members and four honorary members who will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters during its annual Ceremonial on May 24, 2023. During the ceremony, the Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov, who is being inducted into Foreign Honorary membership, will deliver the keynote address.
[24th February, 2023 release on Giant Steps Arts:Leap Day Trio – Live at the Café Bohemia]
Live at the Café Bohemia, the electrifying new album from the Leap Day Trio featuring drummer Matt Wilson, saxophonist Jeff Lederer and bassist Mimi Jones, is out February 24, 2023.
The album was recorded at the historic NYC jazz club to mark the venue’s reopening after nearly 60 years. The band celebrates the album at the club on February 10 & 11.
[24th February, 2023 release on Jazzland Recordings:Rymden + Kork]
release date: 24.02.2023 on Jazzland Recordings
Since forming in 2018 RYMDEN has established itself as one of the leading piano trios to ever emerge from the Nordic Jazz scene. All three members bring with them long-confirmed and lauded histories as innovators in jazz: Berglund and Öström via the Esbjörn Svensson Trio and their own projects (Tonbruket and Magnus Öström Group respectively); Wesseltoft via his New Conception of Jazz and other projects.
[February the 17th, 2023 release on Clonmell Jazz Social:Harry Christelis – Nurture The Child – Challenge The Adult]
Nurture The Child / Challenge The Adult features immersive and thought-provoking original contemporary jazz by a quartet of highly acclaimed musicians, led by guitarist Harry Christelis. Due out on 17th Feb 2023 on LP, CD and digital formats via new label, Clonmell Jazz Social.
[February the 9th, 2023 release via Music Factory Records:Ari Joshua – Meeting of The Minds]
Guitarist Ari Joshua announces the release of his latest album, Meeting of The Minds, and it is due out on February 9th, 2023 via Music Factory Records.
Ari Joshua joins forces with Billy Martin on drums, John Medeski on keyboards, and Jason Fraticelli (Cyro Baptista, Matisyahu) on bass, in order to create this stellar new collection.
[February the 10th, 2023 release via One Trick Dog:Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project – A Thousand Pebbles]
I first learned of the extraordinary pianist, accordionist and composer Ben Rosenblum from the late Frank Kimbrough who was one of his mentors at Juilliard. I was lucky enough to work with Ben on Kites & Strings, the acclaimed 2020 debut of his band Nebula Project. The group’s wide-ranging follow-up, A Thousand Pebbles, is out February 10, 2023 via One Trick Dog. Album Release Concert March 2, 2023 at Smalls, NYC
Built upon Rosenblum’s working trio with bassist Marty Jaffe and drummer Ben Zweig, Nebula Project features a brilliant constellation of improvisers who are also esteemed band leaders, composers and educators: trumpeter Wayne Tucker, guitarist Rafael Rosa, and reed expert Jasper Dutz, along with new addition Xavier Del Castillo on tenor sax and flute.
[ February the 10th, 2023 release via Arjuna Music: Samuel Rohrer – Codes Of Nature ]
Samuel Rohrer releases Codes Of Nature on 2LP & DL on Arjuna Music on the 10th February 2023.
Samuel Rohrer’s newest solo album, Codes of Nature, shows the artist making yet more refinements and additions to an already rich catalog of musical ideas. Though he has excelled in collaborative projects with
[ February the 9th, 2023 release via Ayler Records: Satoko Fujii & Otomo Yoshihide – Perpetual Motion]
Two giants of the Japanese avant-garde – pianist Satoko Fujii and guitarist Otomo Yoshihide – meet for the first time on Perpetual Motion, out February 9, 2023 via Ayler Records.
Recorded live at the Pit Inn in Tokyo, the concert was the first time these acclaimed musicians had performed together. There’s an immediate chemistry between these two intrepid shapers of sound.
[ February the 3rd, 2023 release via Troubadour Jass Records: Delfeayo Marsalis – Uptown on Mardi Gras Day ]
Uptown on Mardi Gras Day, due out February 3, 2023 via Troubadour Jass Records, features guest appearances by Branford Marsalis, Marvin “Smitty” Smith and Glen David Andrews, performing classics by Professor Longhair, The Meters and Willie Tee !
“The Uptown Jazz Orchestra fills every inch of the room with a joyous noise.” – Michael Elliott, PopMatters
“The UJO sound [combines] the dance-first sensibility of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band crossed with Count Basie’s early riff bands and post-1952 ‘New Testament’ orchestras [and] the sophisticated dialects of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane and Kenny Kirkland.” – Ted Panken, DownBeat