Jazz Ensemble Composition contest for women composers!

Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) has created this contest to encourage the composition and performance of the highest possible quality of jazz ensemble literature playable by high schools, honor bands, college bands and professional bands alike.
The winning composition will be performed and recorded live by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra with a special guest artist at our upcoming concert in October as part of the 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.
The winner of the contest will receive a concert audio recording of their piece performed live, an honorarium, and the winning piece will be published by SWOJO or their designated publisher.

Riverwalk Jazz whenever you want
The only drawback to all-time favorite radio show, Riverwalk Jazz, was that we had to wait until Saturday mornings to listen.
No longer!
Thanks to Stanford University’s Archive of Recorded Sound, twenty five years of this exalted show—over 350 radio shows, over 4,000 song performances—are now available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week on your computer.
Bookmark this address: riverwalkjazz.stanford.edu.
Presented on two channels, the music never stops.
Over the past quarter century, the number of jazz greats who have appeared on the show is stunning: Howard Alden; Harry Allen; Dan Barrett; Benny Carter; Doc Cheatham; Kenny Davern; Sweets Edison; Bob Haggart; Lionel Hampton; Milt Hinton; Peanuts Hucko; Yank Lawson; Susannah McCorkle; New Black Eagle Jazz Band; Nicholas Payton; Ken Peplowski; Clark Terry; Warren Vaché, and dozens of others. These artists are now available to play for you at the touch of a mouse.
Popular weapon in the music streaming wars, and today Rdio launched free streams for 6 months in 15 of the 17 countries in which it’s available. The markets include the United States (where it’s been free since Oct 2011), United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Por-tugal, Spain, and Sweden.
Rdio is not offering the 6 month free in Germany or Brazil. In the other markets new listeners can sign up and activate free streaming with no credit card required. The free offering does not include mobile apps. Launched in August 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, the co-creator of Skype. Rdio is funded by Janus Friis through his investment entities, Atomico, and Skype.

Legacy names Nina Simone “Artist of the Month”

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, commemorates the life and music of Nina Simone on the occasion of the singer’s 80th birthday and celebrates the iconic High Priestess of Soul as the label’s Artist of the Month for February 2013.
Nina Simone, who would’ve turned 80 on February 21, was a strong and vocal civil rights advocate who carried the message of universal rights and personal empowerment, freedom, equality and dignity throughout her career. Wheth-er it was political or emotional or personal, she never failed to tell the truth through her music.
One of the most powerful and uncompromising artists of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a natural talent who developed into a virtuosic performer — an ineffable song stylist with concert hall piano skills and a transcendental on-stage presence. Singer, songwriter, arranger, and pianist, Nina wove classical, blues, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, folk, gospel, torch songs and world music into a body of work as eclectic as it is incomparable.

Mark Murphy is one of the world’s greatest -and hippest- jazz vocalists performing today.

His coterie of fans includes tap dancer Gregory Hines, who spontaneously jumped up on stage at Mark’s Las Vegas engagement in 1995 to join him for an impromptu duet. Legendary composer Alec Wilder said of Mark, ‘I was quite literally amazed. Mark’s musicianship, range, intonation, diction, inventiveness and incredible rhythmic sense are all of a piece and all marvelous.’ Vocal greats Betty Carter, Peggy Lee, Cleo Laine and Shirley Horn all sing Murphy’s praises as one of the best in he business and the legendary Ella Fitzgerald declared ‘he is my equal.’
A six-time Grammy nominee, Mark Murphy has enjoyed a prolific 40-year recording career, with over 40 releases to date. His original lyrics to ‘Stolen Moments,’ ‘Red Clay’ and more are known the world over. His innovative projects range from the work of Nat ‘King’ Cole to Jack Kerouac to Ivan Lins to Eddie Jefferson. Stereo Review dubs Mark ‘one of the major artists of our age.’ Mark Murphy is a jazz singer. ‘For decades the question ‘What exactly is a jazz singer’ ‘has had two easy answers, Betty Carter. And Mark Murphy.’ writes the New York Post. ‘He is arguably the best male jazz singer in the business,’ declares Rex Reed. ‘Mark Murphy is to jazz singing what Bobby Fisher is to chess.’ Jazz journalist Dan Morgenstern writes, ‘I can’t help relishing his sure and swinging time, his musical and ever-inventive phrasing and that certain qual-ity of sound and feeling combined with time and taste that to me spells jazz.’

MELVIN RHYNE (1936-2013)

Organist Melvin Rhyne—who died of lung cancer on March 5 at age 76 in his hometown of Indianapolis—is perhaps best known for the four spectacular Riverside albums he recorded with Wes Montgomery between 1960 and 1963. Thanks to Resonance Records, we also have recordings with Rhyne and Montgomery from Indianapolis circa 1957 or ‘58—just before producer Orrin Keepnews lured Montgomery to Riverside and the road.

About Kenny Ball

Jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball has died after suffering from pneumonia – he was best known as the lead trumpeter in his own Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen which he formed in 1958. His manager Les Squire, has said that Ball passed away on the morning of 7 March.

Marcus Miller Premieres Radio Program Today

Bassist’s “Miller Time” on SiriusXM Satellite Radio Bassist, composer and producer Marcus Miller was debuted Miller Time, a program on SiriusXM’s Real Jazz channel. The show will feature acoustic and electric jazz and anecdotes about artists with whom Miller has worked, including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn and the late Luther Vandross. The two-hour show airs every Sunday at 6 p.m. and Tuesdays at midnight.

Global Circulation Of Jazz - International Conference - Paris

An international conference entitled “Global Circulations of Jazz” will be held on June 27-28, 2013, at the Musée du Quai Branly. Bringing together specialists, anthropologists, historians, musicologists,sociologists, the dissemination of jazz outside of its places of birth will be explored. We will look at this ‘other jazz’, whose history is little and poorly known. Jazz music circulated very early on and engendered particularly rich and fertile musical progeny around the world.
Papers are encouraged that will increase our understanding of jazz in South Africa, in Mauritius, and the Indian Ocean, South America and even in India and Asia. This ‘global’ jazz prefigured the great movement of globalization of popular music in the twentieth and twenty- first centuries, but remains poorly documented. The conference will bring together researchers from different countries, who have begun to address, pref-erably on an empirical basis, these secondary circuits of diffusion. The conference will conclude with the screening of a documentary on the dissemination of Jazz in India, Finding Carlton - Uncovering the Story of Jazz India, followed by a discussion with the Director, Susheel Kurien.

Keith Jarrrett performed solo concert at london’s royal festival hall

Keith Jarrett’s solo gigs have their own rules and rituals. Coughing is discouraged, if you leave the hall you can’t come back and photography is strictly forbidden – a good one this, should become law. And then there is the endless bowing on the encores, and long wait to see if he will play another one.
It has been confirmed that iconic pianist Keith Jarrett is to perform a rare solo concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 25 February 2013. His first solo performance in the UK since 2008, these events are one of the hottest tickets of any jazz artist, particularly thanks to the wholly improvised nature of each Jarrett solo concert.


Renowned not just for its instantly recognisable sound aesthetic but for its cover art’s use of photography, modern art and graphic design, iconic German label ECM has recently opened a wide ranging art exhibition in the Haus der Kunst, in Munich. Curated by New York based Okwui Enwezor – the Igbo Nigerian-born American curator, art critic, writer, poet and educator – and gallery director Markus Müller, the exhibition entitled, ECM – A Cultural Archaeology, opened on 22 November 2012 and runs until 10 February 2013.

Claude Nobs

Claude Nobs, the legendary founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, has died aged 76 after several weeks in a coma following a skiing accident during the Christmas holidays. Born in Montreux, Switzerland on 4 February 1936, Nobs was the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, with the Charles Lloyd Quartet featuring Keith Jarrett as the inaugural 1967 event’s headliner. Soon becoming one of the high points on the global jazz calendar, it featured countless memorable performances from some of the music’s biggest names including Miles Davis (who got on particularly well with Nobs), Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Weather Report, John McLaughlin, Santana and Van Morrison, among hundreds of others

Worldwide Celebration Of Dexter Gordon’s 90th Birthday In Philadelphia: “Round Midnight”

As part of the Dexter Gordon worldwide 90th birthday celebration, “Dexter @ 90,” International House, Philadelphia, PA (37th and Chestnut Street) will present an uncut screening of the iconic jazz film Round Midnight with an in-person appearance by Dexter Gordon’s widow, Maxine, an active jazz scholar and director of the Dexter Gordon Foundation. Maxine will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening. WRTI DJ Bob Perkins will host. A reception will follow Round Midnight (dir. Bertrand Tavernier, France/US, 1986) stars legendary jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon as an expatriate jazz musician living in Paris in the 1950s. Director Bernard Tavernier creates a moving tale of an unlikely friendship and life in post-WWII Paris and New York, backed with a musical soundtrack featuring Herbie Hancock, who received an Oscar for the score. Dexter Gordon was nominated for an Academy Award as best leading actor for his portrayal of Dale Turner, whose life story was based on legendary jazz artists Lester Young and Bud Powell.
Dexter Gordon was born on February 27, 1923 and died in Philadelphia in 1990. Celebrations commemorating Dexter’s 90th birthday are scheduled for Paris, Copenhagen, New York, and many other cities.