Rufus Reid: Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project
Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Jazz Racine Haiti
In 10 short years, Motéma Music has established itself as one of the most respected independent jazz/world/soul labels on the international scene. A tastemaker label, it first signed Gregory Porter, earning two Grammy Award nominations and making him an international star, and introduced the trailblazing emerging artist Jaimeo Brown, whose debut was a favorite critics pick in 2013 alongside those by Pedrito Martinez, Marc Cary and Rene Marie. The label also partners with iconoclastic, veteran musicians including Monty Alexander, Geri Allen, Joe Locke, Arturo O'Farrill, Will Calhoun, David Murray, Charnett Moffett and Rufus Reid. Based in Harlem in New York City and founded by singer/songwriter/guitarist Jana Herzen, the artist-centered label has been recognized as an innovator in the increasingly challenged economic environment for record labels. Run by a multi-generational team of industry experts including Ken Druker, Fanny Del Sol, Robin Tomchin, Mary Ann Topper, Jana La Sorte and Haley Brawner, Motéma kicked off its 11th year last month serving on panels and producing showcases during the annual Jazz Connect and APAP arts conferences in New York City.
CUNY EVENT TONIGHT 630-8PM - Jazz & NYC: A Fragile Economy
Tonight the label is featured by the CUNY Graduate Center as a leader in New York City's jazz economy alongside MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran and Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. The event is part of CUNY's Cultural Capital series and the legendary jazz critic Gary Giddins will moderate. The event is FREE but please reserve your seat: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Public-Programming/Calendar/Detail?id=22706365 Fifth Avenue. Proshansky Auditorium. 212.817.7000.
2014 ANNOUNCED RELEASES
The event tonight coincides with the label's first releases of 2014 coming out tomorrow.
(11) Rufus Reid: Quiet Pride:The Elizabeth Catlett Project
(11) Jacques Schwarz-Bart:Jazz Racine Haiti
Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express 2
Oran Etkin: Gathering Light
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra: The Offense of The Drum
Caterina Zapponi: Amorosa
David Weiss:David Weiss Sextet
Elio Villafranca & His Jazz Synchopators:Live at Dizzy's
Koko Jones: Who's That Lady?
Other releases planned for 2014 include recordings by:
* Malian vocalist and dancer Awa Sangho
* Israeli bassist Omer Avital
* American drummer Michael Carvin
OTHER KEY MOTEMA NYC EVENTS COMING UP
(20-March 4) Monty Alexander: 50 Years / at The Blue Note
(27) Joe Locke at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
* New website for Motéma Music launches.
(1-4) Monty Alexander: 50 Years / at The Blue Note
(9) Jaimeo Brown makes his debut at The Jazz Standard
(12) Rufus Reid CD release at The Jazz Standard.
(14) Marc Cary is at The Kitano.
(18-20) Elio Villafranca in VIDAS PERFECTAS at the Whitney
(25-27) Elio Villafranca in VIDAS PERFECTAS at the Whitney
(10) Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra hosts CD release at The Apollo Theater as part of theater's 80th anniversary & Harlem Jazz Shrines
(12) Oran Etkin CD release at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
(15-18) René Marie performs at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with NPR's #4 Jazz Vocal pick of 2013, I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt