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There are many places to enjoy jazz and the musicians and singers who make it all work. One of he most popular is to take a cruise and listen to some of the most talented performers in the world. Blue Note at Sea will be sailing January 27th to February 3, 2018.

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On board to entertain the lucky travelers will be Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lalah Hathaway, Leslie odom Jr., Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, David Sanborn and Robert Glasper. Plus such great sidemen: Wycliffe Gordon, Geoffrey Keezer, Ben Williams, Billy Kitsen, plus the Blue Note All Stars: Akinmusire, Louke, Scott, Hodge ans Strckland plus Glasper. That’s a lot of great jazz taking place at different times while on board. The program is the brainchild of Blue Note (the club) and Blue Note Records. Producer Don Was will also be on board and the MC will be Alonzo Bodden, one of the funniest guys around. The ship leaves Ft Launderdale, with stops at Labadee, St. Thomas, San Juan and Coco Bay. For complete info call toll free in the US & Canada, +844-763-5257 or international +800-852-99872. Also see bluenoteatsea.com . Bon voyage! Some of the stars slated to appear include; Kurt Elling, Nnenna Freelon, Roberta Gambarini, Ann Hampton Callaway, John Pizzarelli, Steve Tyrell, New York Voices and Niki Haris. Some musicians include Houston Person, John and Keff Clayton, Monty Alexander, Arturo Sandoval, Brecker Brothers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band. There’s more! Benny Green, Marcus Miller, Terell Stafford, Joey De Francesco, Shelly Berg, Renee Rosnes, Gerald Clayton, Tamir Hendelman, Ted Rosenthal, Joe La Barbera, John Fedchock, Robin Eubanks, Jennifer Wharton, Chritoph Luty, Martin Wind, Eric Merienthal, Anat Cohen, Ken Peplowski, Gary Smulyan and many more. Alonzo Bodden is the MC…For info call: US & Canada +888-852-9987 international +800-852-99872 www.thejazzcruise.com/ …The Jazz Cruise includes Ft. Lauderdale, New Orleans and Cozumel

Vocalist Sylvia Brooks has been well versed in music for most of her life. Her father was Don Ippolito, who worked with some of the best in the business. A pianist/arranger he was working with such luminaries as Stan Getz, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Brooks’ mom was a trained opera singer who was also adept with pop and standard tunes in clubs. Brooks began to study acting though she was always attracted to singing jazz specifically. She worked with Tom Garvin and eventually recorded CD’s with Kim Richmond, Otmaro Ruiz, Chris Colangelo, Kendall Kay, Larry Koose, Bob Sheppard, Jeff Colella, Christian Jacob, Quinn Johnson and other top musicians. We have to state that she has great judgment in the musicians she works with. The Arrangement is her just released CD. Some gems in the recording include “Body and Soul,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Guess Who I Saw Today,” “Night and Day” “Angel Eyes” and two of her own tunes, “Sweet Surrender” and “Maybe I’m a Fool.” We think she’s well on her way to a great career as a jazz stylist. Catch her in person when she appears in our area

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I wanted to give you the heads up that Savoy Jazz artists and LA-based kings of swing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are gearing up for the release of a new album June 16th and are currently touring the U.S. Titled “Louie, Louie, Louie”—it’s a homage to the jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima. The Grammy-nominated band is sharper than ever as they pay tribute to their jazz heroes reinterpreting 13 classic songs. The album reveals the evolution of swing, jazz and popular music through the songs and personalities of these three giants of swing and of American culture. Check out the full album here: https://soundcloud.com

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The Beatles also will be heard for generations to come as they continue to inspire working musicians. Organissimo is a group consisting of Jim Alfredson-Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, synthesizers, Lawrence Barris-guitar, Randy Marsh-drums, Bill Vits-percussionist and Mike List-tabla. The songs are familiar and so well performed by the group. “And I Love Her,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “ The Long and Winding Road,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “ If I Fell,” “Within You Without You,” --12 familiar tunes to enjoy in Organissimo B3tles. For more about the band see www.organissimo.org

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Singers wouldn’t have much to sing about if the subject of love was eliminated. It is the theme that inspires creative peopl the most. Marilyn Scott has a new CD out, titled Standard Blue, which includes such great versions of “Never Let Me Go,” “Day Dream,” “Willow Weep For Me,” “Speak Low” and “I’v Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good” plus five more standards. She accomplished the CD with backing by some of the best musicians on the West Coast: Russell Ferrante-keyboards, Michael Landau-guitar, Jimmy Haslip-bass, Gary Novak-drums Ambrose Akinmusire-trumpet and Bob Mintzer on bass clarinet. All of them are heard at their best so Scott can concentrate on the bluesy world of romance. Very well done in every respect

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Julia Fordham has the most beautiful voice and she also tackles the various phases of love with an excellent choice of songs: on her new CD The Language of Love including Call Me,” “Who’s That Girl,” “ I’m Not in Love,” “ Alone Again Naturally,” “At Seventeen,” ‘Moon River” “ Eleanor Rigby” and five more gems. The CD was produced and arranged by Grant Mitchell and recorded here in L.A. The musicians include Mitchell on piano & keyboards, David Piltch-bass, Herman Matthews-drums, Ramon Yslas-percussion, Ramon Stagnaro guitar, Harry Kim-trumpet, Guitarist Colin Ryan on “Moon River” and backup singers Judith Owen and Sista Jean McClain. Fordham does a fine job of interpreting the material and also wrote two of her own compositions “Happy Ever After,” “Like You Used to Do,” “The Morning After (the Night With You.)” Sometimes surviving heartbreak can be so inspiring and creative

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From the opening snap of “Airplane Funk,” Zeke Martin’s The Oracle takes off on a bright, groove heavy trip. Like an amped up Herbie Mann, Lance Martin’s flute is the jumping off point for the entire album – soulful, funky, and intricately woven around the drums and keys.

Throughout the next few tracks, the pace gallops forward without even the slightest hesitation. “In the Middle” is a masterpiece on a bass, and “Snuggle Noodles” wraps itself around you with its precision and bounce.

Zeke Martin’s music is in his genes. Son of the late, great drummer Stu Martin (Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Herbie Hancock), and godson of Jack DeJohnette and Barry Altschul, Zeke started his career at the top, playing with legendary jazz saxophonist Steve Lacy at age 12.

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A reminder that Pinocchio’s Italian restaurant in Pasadena, on north Lake, has been featuring jazz for a long time. On the first Saturdays of the month it’s guitarist Scott Detweiler performing. On the second Saturday of the month catch the Donovan-Muradian group. This is a terrific jazz group who have guests dropping by to play straight ahead jazz. No cover and the food is very good. It’s a great jazz destination....

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Also in the Pasadena area; The Barkley features jazz every Sunday, from 9-11pm. No cover…We also heard that Edwin Mills, located in an alley in Old Town also has jazz on tap. Sorry, we have no details on these places but it’s easy to check out in Pasadena’s weekly newspaper or online....