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Alma Micic Quartet at Linda’s Jazz Nights, Bronx NY

Alma Micic Quartet is back at Linda’s Jazz Nights on February 7th with Rale Micic, Tom Beckham and Corcoran Holt

Linda’s Jazz Nights

An Beal Bocht Cafe
445 W 238th St, Bronx, NY 10463
718-884-7127

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WCSound’s two Gibbs releases in JazzWeek’s top ten for the year

JazzWeek Top 100 for 2017

Two Gibbs releases in the top ten for the year!

Rounding out the top 5 are: Louis Hayes Serenade for Horace (Blue Note), Terry Gibbs 92 Years Young: Jammin’ At The Gibbs House (Whaling City Sound), DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski and Scofield Hudson (Motema), and Christian McBride Big Band Bringin’ It (Mack Avenue).
The rest of the top 10 are: Christian Sands Reach (Mack Avenue), Joey DeFrancesco + The People Project Freedom (Mack Avenue), Gerry Gibbs & The Thrasher People Weather or Not (Whaling City Sound), Diana Krall Turn Up The Quiet (Verve), and Cyrus Chestnut There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit (HighNote).

#19, Eric Wyatt Look to the Sky (Peaked at #17, 6 weeks) Brooklyn-born and bred Eric owns a solid berth along the saxophone continuum originally laid out by guys like Parker, Coltrane and Rollins. Throughout his career, his playing has been edgy and inventive, heartfelt and poignant. In fact, his father was good friends with Rollins and after Wyatt’s dad passed away, Sonny Rollins became involved in Eric’s music. “After my dad passed in 1989, Sonny became very present in my music and offered his help. I was given the opportunity to record my first CD, Godson, on the Japanese label King Records. Sonny suggested the title Godson because it explained his and my dad’s Hope. The Godson CD featured Al Foster, Rufus Reid and Mark Soskin, all members of Sonny’s bands. Look to the Sky, Wyatt’s debut for Whaling City Sound and his sixth recording overall, is magnificently realized, both instrumentally and emotionally. There are musical nods to his father (“Jolley Charlie”) and mother (“Psalm for Phennie”), to Coltrane (“My Favorite Things”) and a few other intimate touch-points, some original, a few written by his accompanist, Benito Gonzalez. Indeed, Wyatt is joined here by excellent progressive musicians, including the resounding pianist Gonzalez, drummers Shinnosuke Takahashi and Kyle Pool, Eric Wheeler on bass and Keyon Harrold on trumpet. Together, their music is filled with hope and dedication, reciprocity and passion. With every recording, Wyatt flourishes, in terms of artistry and intensity, power and finesse. Look to the Sky is the man’s—and his band’s— finest and fullest record yet.

Dave Zinno Unisphere River of January (Chartbound) The songs are lavish jazz adventures, rich with texture, ripe with melodicism, and simply joyful audio journeys. The band is spectacular: Unisphere includes the talents of sax man Mike Tucker (Arturo Sandoval), drummer Rafael Barata (Milton Nascimento, Marc Johnson), Leo Genovese (Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spaulding), and Crescent City trumpeter Benny Bloom. Zinno leads them the way a hopeless romantic treats a first love: gently, understanding and worshipful. He glorifies his accompanists and allows them to go on at length, indulging their considerable talents and making River of January a wall of glorious of sound. This isn’t to say that it’s stodgy. Zinno infuses the work with progress. The band takes the vibe of traditional jazz and reverses the paradigm, so the songs, while familiar, certainly don’t remain the same. There are many highlights here, and while it wouldn’t be a waste of space to speak about them individually, it would be easier to say that these tunes all include rushes of adrenaline, sweetness of melody and serious elements of style. River of January is a work of forward thinking tradition and one that has much substance within it to discover.

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Rename the Williamsburg Bridge as the Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge

Sign the petition here to have the Williamsburg bridge renamed the Sonny Rollins bridge here

Support renaming the Williamsburg Bridge as the Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge in honor of an outstanding New Yorker, the jazz legend Sonny Rollins, who practiced daily on the Williamsburg Bridge from the summer of 1959 to the fall of 1961. At that time, Mr. Rollins was living at 400 Grand Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and through reflection and discipline, adjusted his path and purpose, becoming a model of self-determination and resilience for all New Yorkers.

About the Williamsburg Bridge:
The Williamsburg Bridge is one of the major crossings of the East River, carrying approximately 140,000 motorists, 92,000 transit riders, 600 cyclists, and 500 pedestrians daily between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and serving some of the busiest arteries in New York City. Currently, the bridge carries four two-lane vehicular roadways, a south roadway (inner and outer) and north roadway (inner and outer), with two rapid transit tracks (J, M, and Z subway lines) in between. A walkway and a bikeway also run across the bridge.

About Sonny Rollins:
Sonny Rollins is a jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and bandleader who has been making music for over six decades. Born in Harlem in 1930, Mr. Rollins is a musical pioneer who has helped jazz bridge the different eras of bebop, hard bop, fusion, free jazz, avant-garde, and post bop. He is considered by many to be the greatest improviser to have ever lived. Rollins is currently 87 years and a living legend from the golden age of jazz.

About the Sonny Rollins Bridge Project:
The Sonny Rollins Bridge Project seeks to rename the Williamsburg Bridge to commemorate Rollins’ musical sabbatical there from 1959-1961. The project was begun in March 2016 and the effort has received news coverage around the world, including publications in Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The project is working closely with New York City and State representatives to introduce legislation to officially rename the bridge to the Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge.

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To get in the spirit of giving, Whaling City Sound gives away signed cds from the JazzWeek chart for the Holidays

As a way to say Happy Holidays to all of it’s supportive fans, Whaling City Sound is doing 3 different giveaways to ramp up the Holiday season. This means 3 chances to win a free autographed album from some of Whaling City Sound’s top artists.

On Facebook, the giveaway can be shared for a chance to win an autographed copy of Dave Zinno’s new album, River of January. If you want to better your chances of a free signed album this holiday, Whaling City Sound is also doing a giveaway on Twitter. The contest can be re-tweeted to be entered for a chance to win Eric Wyatt’s new Album, Look to the Sky, signed and sent by Eric Wyatt. Finally, Whaling City sound is doing a 3rd giveaway on Instagram, this time to win a copy of Alma Micic’s album, That Old Feeling, signed by Micic herself. All you need to do is like the picture and leave a comment. The contest runs now up until December 17th, a random winner for each contest will be selected the next day. Enter all 3 to maximize a free signed Holiday Album!

Click here to see the Facebook Giveaway

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