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  • Funk four-piece Vulfpeck to headline Red Rocks for the first time

    Funk four-piece Vulfpeck to headline Red Rocks for the first time

    After opening for bands like Trey Anastasio, Medeski, Martin & Wood and The Motet at Red Rocks, groove masters Vulfpeck will finally get there shot to headline the famed venue on April 27. Rounding out the bill is virtuosic saxophonist Kamasi Washington and electronic music duo Knower. If you...
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    Photos: Mingus Dynasty keep a rich legacy alive with ‘Tijuana Moods’ tour

    Mingus Dynasty kicked off their new tour celebrating Charles Mingus’ 60-year old album, Tijuana Moods at Tucson’s Fox Theatre on Jan. 19. Mingus Dynasty was created by Mingus’ surviving wife, Sue Mingus, after Mingus’ death. The mission of the band is to keep the legacy of Mingus’ over 30...
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    Photos: Diane Schuur triumphant at Tucson Jazz Festival

    Tucson got a double dose of delicious jazz at the Fox Theatre with vocalist, Diane Schuur, and the Bill Charlap Trio on Jan.18. This was another sold-out show for the festival. Schuur is well known to Tucson since she lived in the ‘Old Pueblo’ from 1976-1980. The Bill Charlap Trio is from New York...
  • Lettuce set for their 2018 Beyond the Clouds tour with Galactic and The Motet

    Lettuce set for their 2018 Beyond the Clouds tour with Galactic and The Motet

    Fresh on the heels of a successful three-night run at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl, funk innovators Lettuce are set to launch their Beyond the Clouds tour. The band is touring in support of their latest album, Witches Stew, a nod to Miles Davis’s groundbreaking jazz-fusion album Bitches Brew. The tour...
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    Photos: Sheila E. the Queen of Percussion gives Tucson the royal treatment

    Sheila E.’s appearance during the 2018 Tucson Jazz Festival on Jan. 14 had to be the most highly anticipated show of the festival. The Rialto Theatre was busting at the seams when Sheila E. and her ‘family’ of musicians took the stage. This show was everything fans had expected and much more. Sheila...
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    Photos: Arturo Sandoval’s trumpet soars with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

    Ten-time Grammy award winner, Arturo Sandoval, made a return visit to Tucson to play with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) at the TCC Music Hall on Jan. 13 and 14.  This was another 2018 Tucson Jazz Festival presentation. Sandoval is most famous as a trumpet player, but he is also a master...
  • St. Vincent keeps it in the family, add Tuck & Patti to Fear the Future Tour

    St. Vincent keeps it in the family, add Tuck & Patti to Fear the Future Tour

    St. Vincent closed out 2017 with her already bright star even further on the rise. Her latest album, Masseduction, was not only a commercial success but claimed spots on many publications' end of the year 'best of' lists. It's fair to say she could have her pick of opening acts for her upcoming Fear...
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swing into Viejas Casino in 2018

    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swing into Viejas Casino in 2018

    Southern California swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are kicking off their 2018 with a show at the Viejas Casino in Alpine, Calif. The band is touring around their 11th studio album Louie, Louie, Louie, a tribute to blues and jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima. The swingin...
  • Jazz In The Gardens Music Fest tickets on sale Friday

    Jazz In The Gardens Music Fest tickets on sale Friday

    Jazz in the Gardens, one of Miami’s signature annual outdoor music festivals, will be returning for its 13th year this spring, and is set to feature headlining performances by Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Trombone Shorty, Motown icon Smokey Robinson and many more. Announced earlier this week, the two...
  • Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox announces new batch of 2018 tour dates

    Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox announces new batch of 2018 tour dates

    Like the band's name, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is a musical machine. The large ensemble--which puts a jazzy, throwback twist on modern-era hits--continues to crank out new videos through their wildly popular YouTube channel while touring the globe in a vaudeville-style revue. Now...
  • Brian Culbertson's Colors of Love tour coming to Royal Oak, Arvest Bank

    Brian Culbertson's Colors of Love tour coming to Royal Oak, Arvest Bank

    Brian Culbertson is taking his cutting-edge jazz on the road in 2018 with his new Colors of Love Tour, including two stops at Michigan's Royal Oak Music Theatre and Missouri's Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland that music fans can get tickets to through AXS starting on Thursday, Dec. 7. You can...
  • Interview: Dave Koz talks about Christmas tour and new album '20th Anniversary Christmas'

    Interview: Dave Koz talks about Christmas tour and new album '20th Anniversary Christmas'

    He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has attained the #1 spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart nine times and has performed for several presidents. There’s little doubt that the music of saxophone player Dave Koz has brought smiles to millions of fans over the course of his career...
  • New York Electric Piano 'State of the Art' cover graphic

    Song premiere: 'Mama Bear Love Army' by New York Electric Piano

    The New York City-based “jazz rock hip-hop” trio known as New York Electric Piano has a new album coming in 2018. To be released on Fervor Records, the upcoming album will be called State of the Art and is set to drop on Jan. 12. New York Electric Piano is the brainchild of songwriter and keyboards...
  • Listen to Chloé Bodur's sultry debut single 'Glory'

    Listen to Chloé Bodur's sultry debut single 'Glory'

    On Nov. 23, British singer-songwriter Chloé Bodur debuted her first single “Glory.” The silky smooth track features a sultry vocal, some pleasingly funky guitar playing and hypnotic ambient-flavored production via Katy B collaborator JD Reid. Music fans who have been waiting for Norah Jones or...
  • Listen to Colin Stetson's intense new song 'The Rain Like Curses'

    Listen to Colin Stetson's intense new song 'The Rain Like Curses'

    On Nov. 20, avant-garde saxophonist and multireedist Colin Stetson released an exhilarating new song entitled “The Rain Like Curses.” The track is a part of Adult Swim’s Singles Program, a year-long initiative the animation giant created to release one new single for 52 consecutive weeks. The 30th...
  • The Grammy Museum to celebrate 100 years of iconic drummer Buddy Rich with special program

    The Grammy Museum to celebrate 100 years of iconic drummer Buddy Rich with special program

    Considered one of music's most influential drummers and rated among the 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time by Rolling Stone, Buddy Rich left a legacy of pioneering technique in percussion. The musician will be celebrated at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Nov. 30 with an intimate discussion with...
  • Interview: Ensemble, et al. display percussive panache on new album

    Interview: Ensemble, et al. display percussive panache on new album

    It isn’t often that the composition of a “rock band” deviates from that of singer, guitarist (or two), drummer, and bassist.  Sometimes a group will have a keyboardist or turntablist.  Maybe even a flutist or fiddler. But ensemble, et al. is all about percussion.  Formed in Brooklyn, New York in...
  • Watch NC Grey's heartbreaking music video for 'Adonis'

    Watch NC Grey's heartbreaking music video for 'Adonis'

    In late October, Dublin, Ireland-based singer-songwriter NC Grey released a music video for her marvelous new single “Adonis.” Like the song it was created to promote, the OVE directed clip tells the story of a woman who harbors a deep unrequited love for her best friend. In addition to serving as...
  • Watch: Kamasi Washington talks 'Harmony of Difference' ahead of tour launch

    Watch: Kamasi Washington talks 'Harmony of Difference' ahead of tour launch

    The title of Kamasi Washington's new EP Harmony of Difference isn't just a nod to the saxophonist's jazz roots; it's a philosophy he applies to his perspective on life. "It's a six-part suite that's really using music as a metaphor for a celebration of diversity in society," Washington recently told...
  • Pink Martini to stop at Santa Barbara's Arlington Theatre along winter tour

    Pink Martini to stop at Santa Barbara's Arlington Theatre along winter tour

    A massive tour is on the docket for pop jazz group Pink Martini, who have revealed North American winter dates to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their debut 1997 album Sympathique. The band will travel across the U.S. and Canada between November and May, making 61 stops  – including the iconic...
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