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Werkha live @ Worldwide Festival, Sète, France, 07.01.2014 

Happy Holidays to you all! To celebrate them, here is an excerpt from Werkha's show in Sète earlier this year at the Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain in Sète, France, as part of Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival. If you like this, make sure you also check out his hilarious "Lapwing" video.



Shigeto live @ Worldwide Festival, Sète, France, 07.01.2014

This year, we made our dream come true: Go to Sète for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide festival! 2014 was the 9th edition, and it didn't disappoint. Finally got around to post some videos from there. First off: A part of Shigeto's set. Looks like he got quite a workout from playing the drums that day! Check out more from him at his web site and on Soundcloud.



NYC Winter Jazzfest 2014

We finally got around to post our videos from this year's Winter Jazzfest in NYC. As usual, it was a blast, actually bigger than ever this year with over 90 groups that played.

So it was clear that we had to make some decisions. On the first day, we went with someone we already knew: Takuya Kuroda on trumpet, whom we had seen before when he played with singer José James. Kuroda played songs from his debut album (highly recommended!) on Blue Note called Rising Son. On the video, they play a song called Mala. Check out Samora Pinderhughes' great keyboard solo starting at about 7:30!

Takuya Kuroda – trumpet
Corey King – trombone
Samora Pinderhughes – keys
Rashaan Carter – bass
Adam Jackson – drums





On the second day, we first went to see the amazing German sax player Angelika Niescier at The Bitter End. We were not at all disappointed!

Angelika Niescier – Sax
Chris Tordini – Bass
Tyshawn Sorey – Drums




Then we checked out singer Gretchen Parlato at (Le) Poisson Rouge, who was accompanied by the always amazing Mark Guiliana on drums. 

Gretchen Parlato – Vocals
Taylor Eigsti – Piano and Keys
Alan Hampton – Bass and Guitar
Mark Guiliana – Drums




Next on our list was NEXT Collective at the Blue Note, featuring 3-time Grammy nominated pianist Gerald Clayton. Really liked Matthew Stevens on guitar (check out his solo, which starts at about 3:55).

Gerald Clayton – Piano
Logan Richardson – Sax
Jamire Williams – Drums
Matthew Stevens – Guitar
Burniss Earl Travis – Bass



We stayed at the Blue Note, because the next group to play was an old favorite: Jason Lindner's Now vs. Now, who played songs from their new album called Earth Analog. It's just hard to find a label for what they do, and that's a good thing: It's somewhere in between electronica, rock and jazz. But whatever it is, even people who aren't into Jazz will likely love their stuff!

Jason Lindner – keyboards, musical director
Panagiotis Andreou – bass, vocals
Justin Tyson – drums






WJF 2013, part 2: Dezron Douglas' Jazz Workshop and Bugge ‘N’ Friends

Below is our second set of HD videos from Winter Jazzfest NYC 2013.


The first shows Dezron Douglas' Jazz Workshop with
Dezron Douglas, bass
Lummie Spann, alto sax 
Josh Evans, trumpet 
David Bryant, piano 
Chris Beck, drums 





If you like electronic dance music, check out the three videos below with excerpts from the Bugge ‘N’ Friends show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, which combines electronic music and jazz. We especially liked band leader Bugge Wesseltoft on the Rhodes, one of our favorite instruments. Check out part 3 about 11 minutes 30 seconds in, where he does some crazy stuff on the Rhodes. It was also great to see NuBlu founder Ilhan Ersahin on the sax again; we posted a video of him last year when he played at DeKalb market with King Britt.

Musicians include:
Bugge Wesseltoft, grand piano, rhodes, synthesizer
Erik Truffaz, trumpet 
Ilhan Ersahin, sax 
Joaquin “Joe” Claussell, beats/electronic & organic percussion
Erik Holm, percussion






New Videos up from Winter Jazzfest NYC 2013

These are our first videos in HD, from the second day of this year's Winter Jazzfest.

The first features one of our favorite sax players, the amazing Rudresh Mahanthappa, who played at (Le) Poisson Rouge with his new group Gamak.

The lineup, from left to right:

François Moutin, acoustic bass
David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, double-neck guitar
Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto sax
Dan Weiss, drums (hidden on this video)



The three videos below show Jason Lindner's Breeding Ground playing at Culture Project Theater. The group is a combination of Lindner’s Now versus Now , and his big band. In part 1, you can see Lindner conducting. In parts 2 and 3, when singer Jeff Taylor joined them, he reminded us a bit of another great singer, Theo Bleckmann

The musicians:

Now versus Now:
Jason Lindner, electronics, piano
Mark Guiliana, drums
Panagiotis Andreou, bass

Mazz Swift, violin
Curtis Stewart, violin
Carmel Raz, viola
Will Martina, cello
John Beaty, alto sax
Jorge Continentino, saxes, flute
Rafi Malkiel, trombone
Jeff Taylor, vocals (on part 2 and 3)