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Smithsonian Folkways Acquires Iconic DC Blues Label, Right On Rhythm
Smithsonian Folkways Acquires Iconic DC Blues Label, Right On Rhythm

Washington, District of Columbia -Smithsonian Folkways has announced the acquisition of Right on Rhythm, the dynamic Washington, DC–based record label that documented the District’s vibrant blues scene, as well as released music from Roy Carrier, one of SW Louisiana’s mo …

2020 Living Blues Female Artist Of The Year Shemekia Copeland Releases Uncivil War on October 23
2020 Living Blues Female Artist Of The Year Shemekia Copeland Releases Uncivil War on October 23

Chicago, Illinois -Alligator Records is pleased to announce the October 23, 2020 release of Uncivil War, the riveting new album by recently-named 2020 Living Blues Female Artist Of The Year and multi-Grammy Award nominee Shemekia Copeland. Uncivil War buil …

Ella Fitzgerald: The Lost Berlin Tapes Set for Release October 2, 2020 on Verve Records
Ella Fitzgerald: The Lost Berlin Tapes Set for Release October 2, 2020 on Verve Records

New York, New York -Verve Records announces the release of a never-before-heard stellar live recording from the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. The Lost Berlin Tapes were recorded – incredibly in both mono and stereo – at Berlin's Sportpalast on …

Leyla McCalla's Tribute to Langston Hughes, Vari-Colored Songs, Getting October 16 Release on Smithsonian Folkways
Leyla McCalla's Tribute to Langston Hughes, Vari-Colored Songs, Getting October 16 Release on Smithsonian Folkways

Washington, District of Columbia -Celebrated bilingual multi-instrumentalist, cellist and singer Leyla McCalla has announced the reissue of her debut album, 2014’s Vari-Colored Songs, out October 16 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Of this collection of her musical se …

Palo Alto: Unheard Thelonious Monk Recording Of A Surprise 1968 High School Performance Finally Set For Release
Palo Alto: Unheard Thelonious Monk Recording Of A Surprise 1968 High School Performance Finally Set For Release

New York, New York -In the fall of 1968, a sixteen-year old high school student named Danny Scher had a dream to invite legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and his all-star quartet to perform a concert at his local high school in Palo Alto, …

Blue Soul from Dave Stryker with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band Out June 5th
Blue Soul from Dave Stryker with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band Out June 5th

-Blue Soul is a collaboration between guitarist Dave Stryker, saxophonist and arranger Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band. This is a unique project putting Stryker’s soulful guitar in front of a world-class big band led by Mintzer’s creativ …

Never-Before-Released Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Album "Just Coolin’" Due Out August 7
Never-Before-Released Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Album "Just Coolin’" Due Out August 7

New York, New York -On August 7, Blue Note Records will release Just Coolin’, a never-before-released studio album by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers that was recorded on March 8, 1959 in Rudy Van Gelder’s living room studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. …

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Announces Launch of Asian Pacific America Series
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Announces Launch of Asian Pacific America Series

Washington, District of Columbia -Smithsonian Folkways has announced the launch of the Asian Pacific America Series , a new collection of albums dedicated to the experiences of multiple generations of Asian Pacific Americans. The series will include a bro …

Trumpeter Rachel Therrien’s VENA Due Out March 27th, 2020
Trumpeter Rachel Therrien’s VENA Due Out March 27th, 2020

Montréal, Quebec, Canada -Critically acclaimed trumpeter Rachel Therrien is thrilled to announce the March 27th release of her fifth album as a leader VENA. On her debut release for French label Bonsai Music, Therrien makes a major statement over the course of fi …

Vocalist, Composer Thana Alexa Unleashes the Universal Wild Woman in ONA, Available March 27, 2020
Vocalist, Composer Thana Alexa Unleashes the Universal Wild Woman in ONA, Available March 27, 2020

New York, New York -Vocalist and composer Thana Alexa is proud to announce the March 27th, 2020 release of her latest album, ONA. Throughout ONA, which is the word for “she” in her family’s native Croatian language, Alexa explores through eight unique origi …

Saxophonist-Composer Benjamin Boone Collaborates with Accra-Based Ghana Jazz Collective on "Joy," Due March 20
Saxophonist-Composer Benjamin Boone Collaborates with Accra-Based Ghana Jazz Collective on "Joy," Due March 20

Richmond, California -Saxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone’s "The Poetry of Jazz," a visionary collaboration with U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, was praised in leading musical and literary publications, featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and voted the …

Lakecia Benjamin’s PURSUANCE: THE COLTRANES out on Ropeadope on March 27th, 2020
Lakecia Benjamin’s PURSUANCE: THE COLTRANES out on Ropeadope on March 27th, 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -On March 27, 2020, the dynamic young saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin delivers her masterwork, Pursuance: The Coltranes. A cohesive walk through the lineage of the jazz artform, Benjamin’s third full-length release as a leader pays homage to …

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