• New Film Will Document the Music and Impact of Guitar Hero Danny Gatton

    September 04, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    His nickname was “The Humbler,” because that’s what Danny Gatton did to any guitarist who tried to match him lick-for-lick. Born in Washington, D.C., 70 years ago, Gatton’s guitar mastery and distinctive style earned him the respect of guitar legends Er ...

  • Chick Corea-Béla Fleck 2-CD Collection Out in September

    September 02, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Chick Corea and banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck will release Two, a followup to their 2007 release The Enchantment (Concord jazz), on Sept. 11. The double album, recorded live over an eight-year span, includes compositions from The Enchantment, other Corea and Fleck material, as w ...

  • Tony MacAlpine Cancels Tour

    August 28, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Guitarist Tony MacAlpine has cancelled his scheduled tours of Asia and Australia due to severe stomach pains. His doctors believe the stomach pains are due to cancer, and MacAlpine will need surgery as soon as possible. MacAlpine, who will turn 55 this Saturday, August 29 ...

  • NYC’s Birdland to Open Theater on Same Site

    August 26, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    New York’s Birdland Jazz Club has announce the opening of the Birdland Theater, a 100-seat venue that will occupy the lower level of Birdland Jazz Club at 315 West 44th Street and open in the spring of 2016. The venue’s programming will include cabaret, jazz, dance ...

  • Club Bonafide, New NYC Jazz Venue, Opens

    August 13, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Club Bonafide, a new jazz venue, has opened on East 52nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, once the epicenter of the city’s jazz scene. The club is co-owned by bassist Richard Bona and, according to a press release, “will have a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system &he ...

  • “Jaco” Documentary Screenings Set Through October

    August 13, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    A number of events have been announced surrounding the forthcoming release of the new documentary, Jaco, which chronicles the life of the late bass pioneer and composer Jaco Pastorius. The film will also will be released on demand and via other streaming services on Nov. 27. Sony L ...

  • John McLaughlin announces Black Light and Tour

    August 12, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    “Playing and working with the same musicians in a band is a living process which unfolds as time goes by,” reflects guitarist, composer, and bandleader John McLaughlin when considering the release of his latest album, Black Light  – the third studio a ...

  • Santana & McLaughlin Montreux Set Coming to CD

    August 06, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Eagle Rock Entertainment has announced the Sept. 11 release of Invitation to Illumination—Live At Montreux 2011 on two-CD and in digital formats. The performance was previously issued in video formats—this marks the first audio release of the concert, which took place J ...

  • Book on Miles Davis’ “Lost Quintet” Coming in 2016

    August 06, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles, a new book by author, historian and musician Bob Gluck (You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band), will be published next year by University of Chicago Press. The forthcoming title cent ...

  • Anderson-Ponty Band Announce North American Tour (Includes Video)

    July 27, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson and jazz-fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty launched a campaign last year to start production of an album. The as-yet-untitled record is expected to be released in October. Anderson said of the collaboration: “A breakthrough feeling came as ...

  • Frank Zappa Documentary Gets Green Light from His Estate

    July 27, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    A new documentary about Frank Zappa has received approval from the Zappa Family Trust. The film is presently in its early stages of development and is scheduled to come out in 2017, according to Variety. The documentary is being directed by Alex Winter. Best known for his ...

  • YES Will Carry on After Chris Squire’s Death

    July 27, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    The long-running British prog-rock group Yes has no plans to call it a day in the aftermath of bassist Chris Squire’s death. Drummer Alan White confirms the band will “keep moving forward” without the bassist, who cofounded the group in 1968. “It&r ...

  • Michael Landau Group with Special Guitar Guest Kirk Fletcher on July 21 at Yoshi’s Oakland

    July 15, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    "Michael Landau is one of the greatest Stratocaster players I’ve ever seen," says Guitar Player magazine’s Jude Gold. "Whatever he hears in his head seems to come out perfectly on the guitar. There’s a lot of fire in his playing, but it’s also ...

  • New Coryell Box Set Features Unreleased Live Recordings

    July 13, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Cleopatra Records has announced the forthcoming release of Aurora Coryellis, a three-CD box set featuring highlights from guitarist Larry Coryell’s prodigious career. The box set will arrive July 24 on Purple Pyramid Records, a subsidiary of Cleopatra. Consisting of 24 p ...

  • Coffin, Chapman Launch Big Band Project To Benefit Cuban Youth

    July 10, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Jeff Coffin and Caleb Chapman have combined their enormous talents for a project that will provide much-needed support for music students in Cuba. Coffin leads his own jazz band, the Mu’tet, and he travels around the world playing to huge rock audiences as a saxophonist ...

  • Adam Nitti to Play Summer NAMM Jamm on 7/11

    July 10, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    For those of you who will be in Nashville this week for the Summer NAMM convention, the Adam Nitti Band will be playing the "Summer NAMM JAMM" closeout event taking place at Douglas Corner on Saturday July 11 at 7pm. Performing that night will be: -Doug Johns Duo ...

  • Soft Machine join HRH Prog 4 lineup

    July 08, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Soft Machine have been added to the bill for HRH Prog 4 in North Wales next year. John Etheridge, Roy Babbington, John Marshall and Theo Travis have been playing and recording under the name Soft Machine Legacy, but the band’s agent says they’ve now dropped the &ls ...

  • Pat Metheny’s “Unity Sessions” to Be Released on DVD/Blu-Ray

    July 08, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Eagle Rock Entertainment has announced the Sept. 18 release of Pat Metheny’s The Unity Sessions on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats. The program features new performances of songs from the band’s album KIN, as well as other numbers from Metheny’s canon. The concer ...

  • Herbie Hancock Added to “Jaco’s World” Concert in Hollywood

    July 06, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Herbie Hancock will join a line-up of special guests for Jaco's World, and host the evening at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 12, the promoters of the event have announced. According to a press release, “Celebrating the late, visionary bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius, the concert ...

  • Montreux Goes Live

    July 02, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    The Montreux Jazz Festival is bringing itself to the world again this year. Since 2014, the Festival has made it possible to watch the Montreux Jazz Lab concerts live from its website. The Montreux Jazz Lab stage is dedicated to a prolific new generation of artists that deserve att ...

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