• Pangea Jazz Fest Coming to NYC Nov. 15

    October 05, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Pangea Jazz Fest, billed as “New York’s first festival dedicated exclusively to world jazz,” will take place Nov. 15 (2 p.m.-2 a.m.) at DROM in Manhattan’s East Village. Pangea Jazz Fest will gather many of the city's top world jazz practitioners. P ...

  • Guthrie Govan Talks Technique and Gear for Guitar Player Magazine's "No Guitar Is Safe"

    October 02, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    On the latest episode of Guitar Player magazine's No Guitar Is Safe podcast, Jude Gold sits down with Guthrie Govan. Guthrie demonstrates some of his signature approaches (such as "comedy octaves," faux slide licks, and tremolo-picked "devil-horn" unisons&qu ...

  • Nathan East Helps Define “The New Cool”

    September 30, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Fourplay bandmates, keyboardist Bob James and bassist Nathan East, have released an album as a duo: The New Cool. The Nashville-recorded album featuring original tunes and some standards (even a take on “Crazy” featuring Vince Gill) is a whirlwind of delights from ...

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa Announces U.S. & European Tour Dates

    September 29, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Alto saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa has announced a series of tour dates that will begin in Atlanta with his Indo-Pak Coalition, include solo dates and then move on to both U.S. and European performances of the music from his recent Bird Calls album. The complete itin ...

  • Hear Steve Lukather, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch and Eight Other Guitar Greats Cover Jeff Beck

    September 29, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    The 1996 Jeff Beck tribute album Jeffology: A Guitar Chronicle will be reissued on October 2. It features a host of guitar greats performing 11 Beck and Beck-related tracks, all of which you can hear in the video playlist below. Among the featured guitarists are Steve Lukather ...

  • Flying Colors unleash live 'Mask Machine' (Video)

    September 28, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Flying Colors have released a video of a live version of Mask Machine. It's taken from Second Flight: Live At The Z7, which was recorded in Pratteln, Switzerland, on the band's 2014 tour. The album is the follow-up to last year's Second Nature. "It was especia ...

  • Jaco Pastorius Documentary Coming This Fall from Metallica's Robert Trujillo

    September 24, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo will add “filmmaker” to his resume this November 27 when his Jaco Pastorius documentary is released. Jaco will be released in association with Passion Pictures and will be available through Video on Demand, streaming services and d ...

  • Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis Biopic to Close This Year’s New York Film Festival

    September 22, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    The much awaited new biopic on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis was announced as the closing film of this year’s New York Film Festival, which takes place from the 25th of September to the 11th of October 2015. The screening will mark the world premiere of the film. T ...

  • Joe Satriani Announces Retrospective 'Surfing to Shockwave' 2016 Tour

    September 21, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    In 1986, Joe Satriani released his first solo album, Not of This Earth. Fast-forward to last month, when Satch released his 15th solo effort, Shockwave Supernova. To mark this major milestone anniversary, Satriani has announced his "Surfing to Shockwave” 2016 T ...

  • Jeff Lorber Fusion to Release "Step It Up"

    September 21, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Jeff Lorber Fusion, whose previous release Hacienda was praised for its “impeccable musicianship and deep grooves” by JazzTimes and its “funky, rollicking jams” by All About Jazz, returns on September 25, 2015, with Step It Up on Heads Up, a division of Conc ...

  • Jazz Returns to Network TV with Live at the Blue Whale

    September 17, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Live From the Blue Whale, a new weekly 30-minute music TV series, will begin airing on Sept. 20. Over the next three months, the show will be available online and on 25 television stations in select markets, including New York and Los Angeles. Hosted by Los Angeles radio perso ...

  • Randy Brecker Releases Album of Pop Covers

    September 17, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Randy Brecker will release a new album, RandyPOP!, on the Piloo label on Sept. 18. The live recording features what the trumpeter calls “de-ranged” versions of nine pop, rock and R&B songs whose original versions —recorded by such artists as Bruce Springsteen, ...

  • Coltrane’s Indian Influences Subject of Brooklyn Concert

    September 09, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    John Coltrane’s Indian music influences will be explored in a concert taking place in Brooklyn on Sept. 23. The John Coltrane Raga Tribute, on Trane’s birthday, features the Indian music collective Brooklyn Raga Massive, who will also perform works by Alice Coltrane and ...

  • John McLaughlin Black Light Album and Tour

    September 09, 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 album to f ...

  • Rhino to Release Billy Cobham Box Set

    September 07, 2015   By Ablx Staff

    Rhino Records has announced the Sept. 25 release of an eight-CD box set, Billy Cobham: The Atlantic Years 1973-1978. The set will be available for a list price of $59.98 and features each of the drummer/bandleader’s Atlantic albums remastered and packaged in a clamshell box f ...

  • 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 ...

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