Atlas Soul is a band performing original music that celebrates and bridges Afro-Mediterranean melodies & grooves with Jazz & Funk thus naturally creating unique & powerful genres of music one could describe as Maghrebian-Funk, Rap’n Raï and Shaâbi-Jazz.
Atlas Soul sings in French, Arabic, Hebrew and English. The lyrics speak of love, natural wonders, oppression, poverty, and of the melancholy of immigrants.
Harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite’s life reads like a classic blues song: born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on the South Side of Chicago. A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite continues to create trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues. His worldly-wise vocals, rich, melodic harmonica playing and deep country blues guitar work flawlessly accompany his often autobiographical and always memorable original songs.
Dan Tepfer is a New York-based pianist and composer and one of the most formidable jazz musicians on the international stage — hailed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, “remarkable” by The Washington Post, a “player of exceptional poise” by the New York Times, “a singular voice” by Libération (France).
Grammy winner Luciana Souza is one of Jazz’s leading singers and interpreters. Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, she grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators. Her work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to classical repertoire and new music.
The inimitable song-stylist Julia and the Zerounian Ensemble perform familiar and exotic songs from around the world. Singing effortlessly in ten languages, the charming and elegant Julia Zerounian restores to the contemporary performance scene the glamorous heyday of international cafe-cabaret, creating an atmosphere of infectious enthusiasm and intimacy with her audience.
With her gorgeous and evocative voice she transcends language and culture to express the music inherent in any language and culture.
Mario Castro Quintet CD release show with special guest, Dave Liebman & Greg Osby
From Humacao, Puerto Rico, saxophonist Mario Castro began his musical studies at the age of 12, and later became interested primarily in jazz. He has performed in the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival and Nancy Jazz Festival in France both as a sideman and leader. Mario has performed with a great variety of artists and groups such as the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra, Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, Giovanni Hidalgo, Humberto Ramirez, Mike Clark, Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez, Gene Perla and many more.
Billy Hart Quartet with Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, and Ben Street
A powerful peer of Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart has come into his own as a bandleader. His rugged quartet featuring three younger iconoclastic musicians has a new record coming out on ECM, All Our Reasons.
"Billy Hart has been a coveted drummer for decades...His open-ended, direct technique opens up the music and the other soloists...makes few expected moves." - Downbeat