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Select Jazz, Blues and World Music Artist Nominated for Grammy’s in Other Categories Part 1

December 6, 2010

There are a number of Jazz, Blues and World Music artists nominated in non genre specific categories.

2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival performer  Alex Cuba follows up on his Best new artist win at the Latin Grammy’s with a nomination in the Best Latin Pop Album Category. 2010 Has become a real break out year for Alex and we feel very privileged to have seen him first hand this summer.

In the Category of ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ the multi talented Norah Jones is nominated. Nominated for the song ‘Chasing Pirates’ (see Below) Jones has been fusing her jazz influences into her music for many years.

Canadian Michael Buble is nominated in the ‘Best Male Vocal Performance’ for the song ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ (watch below).

There are also some legends of rock and Blues nominated. Jeff Beck is nominated in numerous categories including ‘Best Pop Instrumental’,  ‘Best Rock Instumental’ and ‘Best Rock Album’. Jeff Beck is also nominated in the cataegory of ‘Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group’ for his colaboration with Joss Stone for the song ‘I put a Spell on You’ a cover of the ‘Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic (see below).

Former band mate Eric Clapton is also nominated for ‘Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance’ for ‘Run Back to Your Side’ (see a track from the album below).

The Brian Setzer Orchestra are nominated in the ‘Best Pop Instrumental Performance’  for the track ‘Sleepwalk’ from the ‘Don’t Mess With the Big Band Live’ album.


The Grammy Nominees in Jazz, Blues, Gospel and World Music

December 2, 2010

The Grammy’s will be held on February 13th. Below are a list of nominees in Jazz, Blues, Gospel and World Music Categories.

Best Contemporary Jazz Album (See video of nominees)

  • The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band, [Heads Up International]
  • Never Can Say Goodbye, Joey DeFrancesco, [HighNote Records]
  • Now Is The Time, Jeff Lorber Fusion, [Heads Up International]
  • To The One, John McLaughlin, [Abstract Logix]
  • Backatown, Trombone Shorty, [Verve Forecast]

Best Jazz Vocal Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, Dee Dee Bridgewater, [Emarcy]
  • Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B, Freddy Cole, [HighNote Records]
  • When Lights Are Low, Denise Donatelli, [Savant Records]
  • Ages, Lorraine Feather, [Jazzed Media]
  • Water, Gregory Porter, [Motéma Music]

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

  • Solar, Alan Broadbent, soloist, Track from: Live At Giannelli Square: Volume 1, [Chilly Bin Records]
  • A Change Is Gonna Come, Herbie Hancock, soloist, Track from: The Imagine Project, [Hancock Records]
  • Body And Soul, Keith Jarrett, soloist, Track from: Jasmine, [ECM]
  • Lonely Woman, Hank Jones, soloist, Track from: Pleased To Meet You, [Justin Time Records]
  • Van Gogh, Wynton Marsalis, soloist, Track from: Portrait In Seven Shades (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra), [Jazz At Lincoln Center]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group (See Video of Nominees)

  • Positootly!, John Beasley, [Resonance Records]
  • The New Song And Dance, Clayton Brothers, [ArtistShare]
  • Historicity, Vijay Iyer Trio, [ACT Music + Vision]
  • Moody 4B, James Moody, [IPO Recordings]
  • Providencia, Danilo Perez, [Mack Avenue Records]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Infernal Machines, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, [New Amsterdam Records]
  • Autumn: In Moving Pictures Jazz – Chamber Music Vol. 2, Billy Childs Ensemble Featuring The Ying String Quartet, [ArtistShare]
  • Pathways, Dave Holland Octet, [Dare2 Records]
  • 54, Metropole Orkest, John Scofield & Vince Mendoza, [Emarcy/Universal]
  • Mingus Big Band Live At Jazz Standard, Mingus Big Band, [Jazz Workshop, Inc./Jazz Standard]

Best Latin Jazz Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Tango Grill, Pablo Aslan, [ZOHO]
  • Second Chance, Hector Martignon, [Zoho]
  • Psychedelic Blues, Poncho Sanchez, [Concord Picante]
  • Chucho’s Steps, Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers, [Four Quarters Entertainment]
  • ¡Bien Bien!, Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, [Patois Records]

Best Traditional Blues Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Giant, James Cotton, [Alligator]
  • Memphis Blues, Cyndi Lauper, [Mercer Street Records]
  • The Well, Charlie Musselwhite, [Alligator]
  • Joined At The Hip, Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, [Telarc]
  • Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites,Jimmie Vaughan, [Shout! Factory]

Best Contemporary Blues Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Nothing’s Impossible, Solomon Burke, [E1 Music]
  • Tribal, Dr. John And The Lower 911, [429 Records]
  • Living Proof, Buddy Guy, [Silvertone/Jive]
  • Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, Bettye LaVette, [ANTI-]
  • Live! In Chicago, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Featuring Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Bryan Lee, And Buddy Flett [Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records]

Best Traditional World Music Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Pure Sounds, Gyuto Monks Of Tibet, [New Earth Records]
  • I Speak Fula, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, [Sub Pop / Next Ambiance]
  • Grace, Soweto Gospel Choir, [Shanachie Entertainment]
  • Ali And Toumani, Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté, [World Circuit-Nonesuch]
  • Tango Universal, Vayo, [Big Dream Music]

Best Contemporary World Music Album (See Video of Nominees)

  • Throw Down Your Heart , Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks, Béla Fleck, [Acoustic Planet Records]
  • All In One, Bebel Gilberto, [Verve]
  • ÕŸÖ, Angelique Kidjo, [Razor & Tie Entertainment]
  • Bom Tempo, Sergio Mendes, [Concord Records]
  • Om Namo Narayanaya: Soul Call, Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon, [Soul Chants Music]

Best Gospel Performance

  • He Wants It All, Forever Jones, Track from: Get Ready, [EMI Gospel]
  • You Hold My World, Israel Houghton, Track from: Love God. Love People. [Integrity Music]
  • Nobody Greater, VaShawn Mitchell, Track from: Triumphant, [EMI Gospel]
  • He’s Been Just That Good, Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway, Track from: The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III, [Rendezvous Music/ Mack Avenue Records]
  • Grace, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Track from: Still, [B&C/Malaco]

Best Gospel Song

  • Beautiful Things, Lisa Gungor & Michael Gungor, songwriters (Gungor), Track from: Beautiful Things, [Brash Music]
  • Better Than A Hallelujah, Sarah Hart & Chapin Hartford, songwriters (Amy Grant), Track from: Somewhere Down The Road, [Amy Grant Productions/ Sparrow Records; Publishers: River Oaks Music, Publishing, Sony/Tree Music Publishing, Michael Puryear Music]
  • It’s What I Do, Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters (Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway), Track from: The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III, [Rendezvous Music/ Mack Avenue Records; Publishers: Whalumusic/Jerry Peters Music]
  • Our God, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin), Track from: Passion: Awakening [Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords; Publishers: Thankyou Music, sixsteps Music/ Songs/Said And Done Music/Vamos Publishing/Jonas Myrin/SHOUT! Publishing]
  • Return To Sender, Gordon Kennedy, songwriter (Ricky Skaggs), Track from: Mosaic, [Skaggs Family Records; Publisher: GlennJoy Music]

Best Traditional Gospel Album

  • The Experience,  Vanessa Bell Armstrong, [EMI Gospel]
  • A City Called Heaven, Shirley Caesar, [Light Records]
  • Downtown Church, Patty Griffin, [Credential Recordings]
  • Here I Am, Marvin Sapp, [Verity]
  • All In One, Karen Clark Sheard, [KaRew Records/ EMI Gospel]

2010 Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Workshop Schedule Finalized

June 23, 2010

Creaking Tree String Quartet – Thursday July 15, 3 p.m. – Yellow Belly

“Putting The Range In Arrangements” – Arranging Tunes For Small Groups

Spend an hour with The Creaking Tree String Quartet as they describe the methods behind the madness of some of their arranging concepts. The group will take their own material and explain how it went from a melody and chords to a performable, planned arrangement. They will also answer general questions and touch on topics of interest to the audience.

Dominic Mancuso – Saturday July 17, 1:00 p.m. – Dusk Ultralounge

“In The Moment ” – Approaches To Live Performance

2010 JUNO award winner Dominic Mancuso will lead the workshop with some of Canada’s most versatile & innovative musicians (Tony Zorzi on guitars and John Johnson on saxes and woodwinds). Employing a broad musical vocabulary, they’ll explore a porous approach to live musical performance, engaging the audience as much as the performer. Performance and Q&A to follow.

H’Sao – Saturday July 17, 3:00 p.m. – The Majestic Theatre

“Chadian Rhythms” – African Dance & Singing

With their stellar acapella voices, harmonies and dancing, this group will move your spirit as well as your feet!  H’Sao are a Montreal based group who draw from gospel, traditional African music, as well as their Chadian roots, H’sao display clear soul, pop, and R&B influences. This is a workshop is sure to get you moving.

Morgan Davis – Sunday July 18, 1:00 p.m. – Dusk Ultralounge

“History of the Blues” – Interactive Demonstration

Using music from his personal collection, interspersed with commentary and anecdotes along with audience participation, he takes folks on a journey spanning two continents and 80 years of recorded blues. From African music to the “field hollers” of the southern U.S., from Mississippi to Chicago… From Georgia to Texas, Morgan illustrates regional styles as well as influences and interpretations from one artist to another, often using recorded snippets along with his own guitar.

Simon Fisk– Sunday July 18, 3:00 p.m. – The Masonic Temple

“Exploring Free Spaces” – Spontaneous Improvisation”

Spontaneous versus frivolous or reactive improvisation clinic. Spontaneous meaning listening/absorbing what is happening and becoming part of the musical ensemble as opposed to frivolous or reactive improvisation where what is actually happening is merely reacted to rather than absorbed and participated in. The trio will talk about opening up song forms and stretching into free spaces and ways to arrive back. They will also introduce integral ear training exercises to strengthen ones intuitive playing, as well as ways to practice intuitive playing.


Educational Workshops are open to all ages and have an admission of $10.00 at the door.
Instruments are welcome.

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Murray Premises Courtyard, Becks Cove, St. John’s

May 27, 2010

Artists to Perform at Murray Premises Courtyard;

Wednesday July 14th: Parker Goudie
Thursday July 15th: King Pierson’s Bridge

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The Martini Bar on George Street, St John’s

May 27, 2010

Artists Playing at the Martini Bar;

Wednesday July 14th: Funky Dory (4:00-7:00 Happy Hour), Jerold Dubyck (8:00) , Owen Howard -Drum Lore (10:00) Buy Tickets (excluding Happy Hour)

Thursday July 15th: Johnston & Lear (4:00-7:00 Happy Hour), Kellylee Evans (8:00), Andy Milne & Dapp Theory (10:00) Buy Tickets (excluding Happy Hour)

Friday July 16th: Brad Jefford Trio (4:00-7:00), Darrell Collins Quartet (9:00pm), Worst Pop Band Ever (10:00), Buy Tickets (excluding Happy Hour)

Saturday July 17th: Kelly-Ann Evans Band (4:00-7:00 Happy Hour), Sandro Dominelli (8:00), Rich Brown’s RinsetheAlgorithm (10:00) Buy Tickets (excluding Happy Hour)

Sunday July 18th: Al Robmon Trio (4:00-7:00 Happy Hour)

Want to see it all? get a Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival Pass

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The Majestic Theatre, Duckworth Street, St. John’s

May 27, 2010

Artists Playing at the Majestic Theatre;

Tuesday 13th July: Jeff Dyer Bill Brennan Quintet (8:00-9:30pm), Terry Clarke Trio w/ Don Thompson and Phil Dwyer (10:00-12:00pm) Buy Tickets

Wednesday 14th July: Phil Yetman – Havana to Canada (8:00-9:00pm), Bill Brennan Banda Brazil Buy Tickets

Thurday 15th July: The Dogberries (8:00-9:30pm), Alex Cuba (10:00-12:00pm) Buy Tickets

Friday 16th July: Rowdy Blues (8:00-9:30pm), Matt Andersen (10:00-12:00pm) Buy Tickets

Saturday 17th July: Mopaya (8:00-9:30pm),  H’Sao (10:00-12:00pm) Buy Tickets

Want to see it all? get a Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival Pass

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2010 WIJBF Performer Profile: Mopaya

May 27, 2010

Saturday July 17, @ The Majestic Theatre, 8:30-9:30

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Mopaya Music is unique unto itself and has been a force on the province’s scene since 2002, drawing from Angolan, Congalese and Newfoundland musical cultures. Comprised of Anna Loksa, Alix Maboussou, Curtis Andrews, Craig Millet, Aneirin Thomas, Luke Power and led by veteran Jeik Kalunga Loksa, their original music touches upon all aspects of human feeling. An irresistible African groove, rich vocal stylings and melodies that will never leave your head characterize this wonderful band. With their CD, Sango Vango, and a new one in the works, the rest of Canada and the world have something good coming their way. It’s even better to see MOPAYA live. Their high energy, hip-shaking performances challenge everyone within earshot to get up and dance.

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