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Jazz Vocalists - Hear & Now
Jazz Vocalists Here And Now

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Jazz Alliance International (JAI) recently released Jazz Vocalists - Hear & Now. This stellar two-disc feast of vocal jazz on Concord Records contains 36 standards and contemporary classics by today's top vocalists, and is now available in stores.

After the success of its single-disc volumes from 2003, Jazz Hear and Now and Smooth Jazz Hear and Now, JAI has assembled an overview of the jazz vocal world that is twice as comprehensive. The three dozen tracks, programmed with a focus on contemporary material on Disc One and standards on Disc Two, feature leading voices from several generations of jazz and jazz-related singers, including new stars Michael Bublé, Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux; stalwarts Kurt Elling, Diana Krall and Dianne Reeves; jazz-friendly pop stars Joni Mitchell and Linda Ronstadt; and living legends Al Jarreau, Abbey Lincoln and Jimmy Scott. In addition, the collection also includes three of the jazz world's late-great voices - Ray Charles (with Poncho Sanchez's band), Shirley Horn and Etta Jones (in duet with Vanessa Rubin).

States project producer Michael Cuscuna, "In 36 tracks on two discs, we set out to make a representation of vocal jazz that would be listener-friendly to the novice just looking to get into this music with the intention for a balanced, wide-ranging slice of what is happening on the jazz scene today. We embraced the time-honored icons, veterans making a comeback, new artists (the emerging and successful) and singers from other fields who've chosen to do jazz projects. The bulk of the repertoire is standards , but we have included jazz originals and contemporary pop and R&B tunes that demonstrated that the art of jazz singing is by no means restricted to the Tin Pan Alley songbooks."

States JAI president Suzan Jenkins, "We know each track will help us in our continuing efforts to expand the audience for jazz by attracting all music lovers who simply appreciate great music. The collaborative efforts of the many parties involved in compiling Vocal Jazz Hear and Now - - artists, producers, publishers, recording companies, manufacturers, presenters, non-profits, and media -- speak to the power of the Alliance and our continued diligence to preserve and promote the vital heritage of one of America's greatest national treasures."

Glen Barros, president, Concord Music Group added "We are proud to distribute this superb benefit CD and contribute to the efforts of the Jazz Alliance in furthering the growth and development of jazz."

Proceeds from the sales of Jazz Vocalists - Hear & Now will benefit JAI and JAI-supported programs.

Jazz Alliance International Presents...

Jazz Here And Now!    and
Smooth Jazz Here And Now!

Jazz fans are used to hearing about the "jazz community" — artists, clubs, and patrons, all united in their passion for America's indigenous art form. But that community became a reality only three years ago with the creation of Jazz Alliance International (JAI). JAI is the first worldwide organization to unite that community — musicians, record labels, concert promoters and clubs, radio stations, retail stores, educators all with one goal: to expand the audience for America1s musical treasure. You can begin to personally enjoy the fruit of our efforts with two new CDs.

Our First Releases
The Jazz Hear And Now! and Smooth Jazz Hear And Now! CD compilations sample a broad spectrum of the exciting music available in jazz today. Both CDs exist only because of the unprecedented cooperation among the musicians and record labels that offered music for these releases. The Jazz Hear And Now! and Smooth Jazz Hear And Now! CDs feature the best of today's jazz artists. Eighteen (18) of the artists and/or recordings received Grammy nominations, fourteen (14) of whom received Grammy Awards

Jazz Hear And Now! presents Diana Krall, Joshua Redman, Herbie Hancock-Michael Brecker-Roy Hargrove, Harry Connick, Jr., Dave Holland, Brad Mehldau, Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson, Bill Charlap, Tony Bennett, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Jane Monheit, Kenny Werner, and Cassandra Wilson with Bela Fleck and Regina Carter. Jazz Hear And Now! EXCLUSIVELY FEATURES the first-time live collaboration by Regina Carter, Bela Fleck, and Cassandra Wilson, performing a unique interpretation of the Woody Guthrie classic, This Land Is Your Land, including three rarely performed verses that emphasized the preeminence of individual rights, and Kenny Werner's performance of America. These rare performances were documented live at the Made In America Concert held on December 5, 2001, at Town Hall to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation serving New Yorkers in need resulting from the 911 tragedy.

The Smooth Jazz Hear And Now! CD features Norman Brown, Chris Botti, Norah Jones, Peter White, Joe Sample, Marc Antoine, Jeff Lorber, Al Jarreau, Dave Koz with Luther Vandross, BWB, Brian Culbertson, Euge Groove, Fourplay and Boney James.

"Until now, you couldn't find a diverse grouping of major artists and young discoveries in one package because exclusive contracts with record labels would have prevented it, but through the work of the Alliance, we've overcome those obstacles to connect the most inspiring music to the audience that welcomes it," said JAI Interim President Suzan Jenkins.

A New Beginning
While listening to these CDs, you'll experience everything that jazz can provide: inspiration, excitement, improvisation, relaxation and delight. Our hope is that you1ll be introduced to artists new to you and become lifelong fans.

All of the artists and labels are cooperating in the effort to "spread the word" by donating all profits from the sale of these unique discs to support Jazz Alliance International's programs. Proceeds from the sale of these releases support Jazz Alliance International's advocacy and education programs. Jazz Hear and Now! and Smooth Jazz Hear and Now! feature the full support of all the major record labels. In addition, BET Jazz, the 24-Hour Jazz Channel, is a proud sponsor of this project. Look for both CDs wherever you buy music, or purchase online. Welcome to the community. We think you'll like it here!

Jazz Alliance International, JAI — a subsidiary of the International Association for Jazz Education — is dedicated to expanding the audience and visibility of jazz and, through education, leadership and advocacy, seeks to raise the profile of the jazz art form and foster better working relationships within the global jazz community. The Board consists of members from both the not for profit and for profit sectors and includes the foremost decision-makers in jazz education, the music industry, and artistic circles.

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