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  • 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 ...

  • Blue Note Jazz Clubs to Open in Beijing and Hawaii

    June 30, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    The Blue Note Entertainment Group has announced the impending opening of new Blue Note Jazz Club venues in Beijing and Hawaii. The organization already owns, operates and licenses 10 music venues worldwide, including the Blue Note Jazz Clubs in New York, Japan and Milan. Blue ...

  • Yes bass guitarist Chris Squire dies aged 67

    June 29, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    Chris Squire, the bass guitarist and co-founder of 1970s British progressive rock band Yes, has died at the age of 67, his bandmates have said. Current Yes keyboardist Geoffrey Downes tweeted: "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing ...

  • Study with Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl and Steve Holmes in New York's Finger Lakes!

    June 25, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    Drumming takes you on an amazing journey. Now there’s a way to take your journey further. Come experience Rhythm Retreat®—an exclusive getaway for those passionate about drumming. IMMERSE YOURSELF AT OUR NEXT EVENT IN NEW YORK'S FAMED FINGER LAKES, WIT ...

  • Jennifer Batten 2015 Seminars Teach "Self-Empowerment for the Modern Musician"

    June 24, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    Starting this July, Jennifer Batten — one of the most creative, forward thinking, and shred-tastic guitarists out there is taking her wisdom and artistry out to the musical public with a series of free clinics, paid seminars, and solo multimedia shows. The free clinics a ...

  • The Bad Plus Joshua Redman Debut Album Out Now

    June 22, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    In 2011, The Bad Plus invited saxophonist Joshua Redman to join them for a week of enthusiastically received performances at the Blue Note in New York City. They then played a handful of dates before heading into the studio last year to record their debut album, The Bad Plus Joshua ...

  • Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

    June 17, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    A fascinating article by Katrina Schwartz on the link between improvisation and creativity. It's important that we fight the music program cuts to our schools! http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/04/11/the-link-between-jazz-improvisation-and-student-creativity/ ...

  • BILL LASWELL CURATES THE STONE IN NEW YORK CITY

    June 16, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    Tuesday, June 23 8 PM Blue Buddha Louie Belogenis (sax) Dave Douglas (trumpet) Bill Laswell (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) 10 PM Blue Buddha with Graham Haynes Louie Belogenis (sax) Graham Haynes (trumpet) Bill Laswell (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) Wednesday, June ...

  • Robert Randolph and the Word Perform "New Word Order" for 'At Guitar Center'

    June 15, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    Robert Randolph is celebrated as one of the premiere pedal steel players of the day. Recently, he reunited with his gospel/blues jam band the Word after nearly 15 years to record their second studio album, Soul Food, which was released May 4. Below, you can check out thei ...

  • Listen to the return of Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit in Baltimore

    June 09, 2015   By Ablx Staff


    https://archive.org/details/aru2015-06-05 Free Streaming and Download courtesy of tapers Nathan Evans and Alex. Col. Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit from Rams Head Live in Baltimore, with special guests John McLaughlin, Dennis Chambers and Paul Smith. 26th ...


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