Asheville’s Godfather of jazz, Russ Wilson, is mounting a concert series that he calls Russ Wilson’s History of Jazz. The year-long Sunday evening series at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall kicked off with a Sunday, Jan. 3 set, and the next installment, “The Roots of Jazz,” takes place Sunday, Jan. 24.
Following a home fire that immobilized two of his fingers, Django Reinhardt invented his own method of navigating the guitar’s fret board. Multiple artists celebrate his life and music at the Grey Eagle Saturday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m.
“The idea that black people and white people have distinct music and culture has its roots in racist thinking.”,” says author David Gilbert. It’s a concept he delves into in The Product of Our Souls: Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Musical Marketplace. Gilbert holds a book launch and discussion at Malaprop’s Saturday, Nov. 14.
Local jazz-swing-folk-old-time outfit The Resonant Rogues have two shows in the works for Saturday at LEAF. They’ll perform in The Barn and on the Roots Family Stage.
Woody Pines, who returns to Asheville on Friday, May 29, for a show at Jack of the Wood, honed his craft on the streets of New Orleans. His new, self-titled album, released by Muddy Roots Music in June, delves even more deeply into the swing, ragtime, folk and jazz lexicons of the American songbook that gave defined his sound.
In a city as musically diverse as Asheville, it’s easy to be picky about what bands and musical genres you pay to see. Seldom does a concertgoer find a crowd as diverse as the one that came out to The Orange Peel for Youtube-sensation-turned-touring act Scott Bradlee and Post-Modern Jukebox.
You don’t have to be a fan of throwbacks to like this New York City-based collective. The group, created by pianist/composer/arranger Scott Bradlee, takes pop tracks and reworks them as vintage jazz, swing and ragtime songs.
Theatrical facial expressions and expressive gesticulations take jazz vocalist Annie Sellick’s onstage storytelling abilities over the top, transforming each song into a personal conversation with the crowd.
There’s something inexplicably cheery — and not ironically so, despite the prevalence of seasonal sweaters — about the Christmas specials of Bing Crosby and Lawrence Welk. These shows of decades past delivered holiday medleys and warm sentiments that spanned giddy good times to reflective moments. They conjured seasonal memories with traditional carols and festive standards. […]
Jazz legend John Coltrane once said, “To be a musician is really something. It goes very, very deep. My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my being. … When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to […]
Each week in July, different jazz artists and poems will be discussed at pack Memorial Library as part of a month-long series.
Jazz-exotica group Hank West & The Smokin’ Hots releases a new album with two shows: Friday, June 28 at The Altamont Brewing Company and Saturday, June 29 at 5 Walnut. Album art by Grandpappy.
The show, at the Lab, starts at 9 p.m. It will be filmed for a live music video. So, we’re not saying this is your big chance for your 15-seconds of fame. But we’re not saying it isn’t, either.
The July installment includes free jazz trio Tres Hongos (pictured), with Xambuca and Shane Perlowin/Jason DeCristofaro duo, at BoBo Gallery on Saturday, July 21. Photo by Amanda Raber.
The star-studded local lineup takes the stage on Friday, July 6. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets through Facebook on Thursday.
The roster includes New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, bluesman Taj Mahal and Afrobeat heir Seun Kuti (pictures) with Egypt 80. Photo from Nigerian Music Movement.
Big band, swing, jazz and Celtic music will fill the halls of the Grove Park Inn.
Our local steel pan hero’s “baggy style” is making news in South America.
It's a well-documented fact at this juncture: Asheville's sound is a melting pot, a smorgasbord, a sonic gumbo. But just in case you needed further proof, this week's roundup — pulled at random from a stack of submitted CDs — turns up rock, Americana, world/spiritual, bluegrass and jazz guitar. Consider it potluck listening. Shed by […]