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Worldwide Celebration of International Jazz Day in April 2019

Herbie Hancock

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock announced the program for the 2019 edition of International Jazz Day that will be launched in Australia and celebrated in more than 190 countries around the world.

On April 29 and 30, a wide range of jazz performances, education programs and community service initiatives will be presented in partnership with the Melbourne Conservatorium, featuring more than a dozen celebrated jazz masters. The events on International Jazz Day itself (30 April) will culminate in an All-Star Global Concert at the Melbourne Arts Centre’s acclaimed Hamer Hall. It will be webcast via YouTube, Facebook, the United Nations and UNESCO to millions of viewers worldwide.

Influential jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock (USA) and celebrated trumpeter James Morrison (Australia) will serve as artistic co-directors of the All-Star Global Concert, and John Beasley (USA) will serve as the evening’s musical director. The concert will include performances by an international lineup of artists from more than a dozen countries.

Confirmed artists include: Cieavash Arian (Iran), William Barton (Australia), Dee Dee Bridgewater (USA), Till Brönner (Germany), A Bu (China), Igor Butman (Russian Federation), Eli Degibri (Israel), Kurt Elling (USA), Matthew Jodrell (Australia), Ledisi (USA), Eijiro Nakagawa (Japan), Mark Nightingale (United Kingdom), Chico Pinheiro (Brazil), Tineke Postma (Netherlands), Antonio Sánchez (Mexico), Nathan Schreiber (Australia), Somi (USA), Lizz Wright (USA), Tarek Yamani (Lebanon). More artists are expected to be announced.

A series of jazz performances and outreach programs will also take place in Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Sydney, Perth and other Australian cities. In the week prior to International Jazz Day, the celebration will kick off with a jazz education program for student musicians in the indigenous community of Yarrabah in Far Northern Australia, to be followed by similar programmes in Sydney for students from New South Wales public schools.

Australia’s International Jazz Day celebrations will conclude with the “Generations in Jazz” youth festival in Mount Gambier, South Australia, led by James Morrison and Kurt Elling during the first weekend of May. With the participation of more than 6,000 high school student musicians, it will the largest youth jazz festival in the world.

Thousands of other programs all over the world will celebrate jazz as a universal language of peace, among them jazz-themed films, lectures, book readings, theatre performances and panel discussions, as well as jam sessions, master classes, and radio and television broadcasts. As in previous years, a majority of International Jazz Day partner activities will focus on education and community effect, benefitting millions of students, academics, professional musicians and music lovers everywhere.

Established by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2011 at the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide every 30 April to celebrate the art of jazz, highlighting its important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity. The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is UNESCO’s official partner in the organization and promotion of International Jazz Day.

Progressive Rock in the Caribbean, Cruise to the Edge 2019

The 2019 edition of Cruise to the Edge will take place February 4-9, sailing from Tampa and Key West to Cozumel. Cruise to the Edge is the mammoth progressive rock festival held in a cruise ship.

 

The lineup includes some of the finest progressive rock acts spanning several generations, including Steve Hackett, The Sea Within, Jordan Rudess, Pendragon, Focus, District 97, Rachel Flowers and many other great acts. The programming also includes heavy metal band Haken.

More at www.cruisetotheedge.com

Karmic Juggernaut to perform at ProgDay 2018

American band Karmic Juggernaut is set to perform on ProgDay 2018. The progressive rock festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Founded in 2004, Karmic Juggernaut has spent the past 14 years pursuing the idea of creating music that exists without boundaries, that organically develops based on what a particular tune requires. The band evolved from an instrumental four-piece outfit to a vocal 6 piece, with a further extended ensemble when required. The result is a collection of eclectic music that combines elements of psychedelic rock, symphonic rock, funk, jazz, blues, jamband, world music, and whatever other genres might be appropriate at the time.

The band includes James McCaffrey on guitar, vocals; Randy Preston on guitar, vocals; Kevin Grossman on drums, percussion; Cody McCorry on bass, Theremin, saw; Daimon Santa Maria on vocals, flute; and Jake Hughes on keyboards.

Karmic Juggernaut’s discography includes the EP Karmic Juggernaut (2012), The Great Again EP (2017), and The Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of (2018)

The 2018 edition of ProgDay will feature Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores, Fernando Perdomo & The Out To Sea Band, Pixie Ninja and Soften The Glare.

More at www.progday.net

Pat Metheny Named 2018 NEA Jazz Master

The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has named groundbreaking guitarist Pat Metheny a 2018 NEA Jazz Master. The other honorees are Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, and Dianne Reeves. The NEA, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will host a free concert in their honor on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET in Washington, DC.

The concert will be hosted by Jason Moran, pianist and Kennedy Center artistic director for jazz, and include remarks by the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters, as well as Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center.

There will be performances by Terri Lyne Carrington, Nir Felder, Sullivan Fortner, James Francies, Pasquale Grasso, Gilad Hekselman,Angelique Kidjo, Christian McBride, Camila Meza, NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri and the Eddie Palmieri Sextet, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Antonio Sanchez, Helen Sung, and Dan Wilson.

Dewa Budjana Releases Free Download Compilation ‘Postcard from Bali’

Dewa Budjana – Postcard from Bali

Indonesian guitar wizard Dewa Budjana has released a free sampler digital download album titled ‘Postcard from Bali.’ The album includes an impressive cast of guest musicians from the jazz, fusion and progressive rock world: Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Johnson, Antonio Sanchez, Joe Locke, Ben Williams, Tony Levin, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Husband, Peter Erskine, Dave Carpenter, Bob Mintzer, Larry Goldings and some of the finest Indonesian musicians: Shadu Rasjidi, Saat Syah, Indra Lesmana.

The album is available at dewabudjana.bandcamp.com/album/postcard-from-bali-free-download

ProgDay Announces Changes and Additions to 2017 Program

Hedersleben

ProgDay 2017 organizers announced today that Peruvian band Flor De Loto has cancelled its concert. Two additional bands, Hedersleben and Ephemeral Sun have been announced.

Hedersleben is a multinational space rock band with roots in the early progressive rock and krautrock sound.

Ephemeral Sun is an American group that combines progressive rock and electronica with heavy metal.

The other bands set to perform at ProgDay 2017 include Bubblemath (USA), Shylock (France), Sonar (Switzerland) with special guest David Torn, and iNFiNiEN (USA). Two more acts will be announced in the next weeks.

The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more details go to www.progday.net.

PFM to Release Emotional Tattoos in October 2017

Legendary Italian progressive rock group PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi) has announced the release of its new album Emotional Tattoos in October 2017 on the InsideOutMusic label. Emotional Tattoos is expected to feature PFM’s trademark sound.

The current lineup includes Alessandro Scaglione on keyboards, Hammond organ, Moog; Lucio Fabbri on violin; Patrick Djivas on bass; Franz Di Cioccio on lead vocals and drums; Marco Sfogli on guitars; Roberto Gualdi on drums; and Alberto Bravin on keyboards, backing vocals.

Mars Hollow Becomes Life After Mars

American progressive rock band Mars Hollow has changed its name to Life After Mars. The group will be recording a new album after a nearly 5-year hiatus. The most recent studio effort from the group was the track “So Far Away,” which also had a video release and was included on the Mars Hollow Live album. The album, also available on DVD, documented the band’s ‘Church of Prog’ spot at RosFest, 2011 and was released in Fall of 2012.

Life After Mars’ debut album release is tentatively scheduled for Summer, 2018.

The lineup includes John Baker on lead vocals and guitars; Don Schiff on NS stick, various basses and string instruments; Lisa LaRue on keyboards; and Emily Dolan Davies on drums.

Life After Mars

Keyboardist Don Airey Launches His Pre-Sale Campaign For “K2 – Tales of Triumph and Tragedy” Limited Edition Box Set

Iconic keyboardist Don Airey, known for his work with acclaimed rock band Deep Purple has launched a pre-sale campaign on PledgeMusic for a very special limited edition Deluxe Box Set of his progressive rock solo album “K2 – Tales of Triumph & Tragedy,” to be released on Gonzo Multimedia in June 2017.

“K2” was recorded in 1988 at Sarm East Studios, London, and originally released worldwide on MCA Records. The album was inspired by a news article written by climber Jim Curran about his stressful experiences on the 1986 expedition to K2 in the Himalayas that claimed the life of 12 climbers. The music was finalized after Don met Jim at his house in Sheffield where he talked of his friends Al Rouse and Julie Tullis, who both died in a snowstorm at the peak.

The album also features guest appearances by celebrated rock musicians Gary Moore, Cozy Powell, Colin Bluntstone, Chris Thompson and other artists.

There will only be 100 of this deluxe Box Set manufactured and each will contain a signed and numbered certificate. There will also be additional signed items and exclusive merchandise as part of this pre-order campaign.

You are going to get something that will please everyone and hopefully you’ll like the music too!,” says Don Airey.

For more information and to pre-order visit: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/donairey