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  • James Farm by Jimmy Katz

    Joshua Redman Opens Wigmore Hall Jazz Series; James Farm Launches European Tour

    James Farm—the collaborative band featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland—launch a 13-city tour of Europe at the JazzOnze+ Festival in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday, followed by tour stops throughout Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria, and Poland in the coming weeks. Redman kicks off the season's Wigmore Hall Jazz Series, which he curated, joining the Axis Saxophone Quartet in London tonight.

  • North Sea Jazz 2012: Redman, Metheny, Mehldau, James Farm, La Havas, Punch Brothers

    North Sea Jazz Festival Features Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau Trio, Punch Brothers, Lianne La Havas, James Farm

    The North Sea Jazz Festival takes place this weekend in Rotterdam, Netherlands, featuring a diverse array of artists, including several familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Joshua Redman, James Farm, Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau Trio, Punch Brothers, Lianne La Havas, Fatoumata Diawara, and Oumou Sangare. Redman, in fact, is this year's North Sea Jazz Artist in Residence and as such performs on each festival day with varied musical projects.

  • James Farm by Jimmy Katz

    James Farm Launches Tour of Bay Area, Then Heads to Tokyo

    James Farm—Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland—launch a tour of the Bay Area at the Napa Valley Opera House tonight, followed by sets at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz and a weekend of shows at Yoshi's Oakland. The group heads next to Japan for four nights at the Blue Note Tokyo. "We complement each other very well and have a type of intuitiveness with the way we play with each other," Harland tells the San Francisco Chronicle. "That's something that takes years to develop, so it's amazing that we kind of have that already, even though we don't tour that often."

  • James Farm by Jimmy Katz

    James Farm's BeanTown Jazz Festival Performance Featured on NPR's "JazzSet"

    James Farm—a collaborative band featuring Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland—released its self-titled debut album on Nonesuch almost exactly one year ago, on April 26, 2011. Last September, the band performed in the Opening Night concert of the BeanTown Jazz Festival at Boston's Berklee Performance Center. Now, on this week's episode of NPR's JazzSet, host Dee Dee Bridgewater broadcasts that performance, recorded by NPR member station WGBH in Boston.

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    James Farm's Self-Titled Debut Album Named Among NPR's Best Jazz Albums of 2011

    James Farm, the self-titled debut album from the collaborative band featuring Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland, has made NPR Music's list of the ten Best Jazz Albums of 2011. "All contribute songs to the group's repertoire, and in doing so, they've clearly soaked up grooves and chord progressions from today's pop music without ever forcing the issue," says NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon. "Then they worked out these textures and tunes on the road for a while before pressing record. The harvest feels unlike an all-star collective, and more like a homegrown band."

  • James Farm: Jazz Standard, June 2011 [video]

    Videos: Watch James Farm Live Performance As Band Launches US Tour

    James Farm—the collaborative band featuring Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland—released its self-titled debut album earlier this year on Nonesuch, followed by several live performances that included a four-night residency at New York's Jazz Standard. As James Farm hits the road again, launching the next leg of its tour this Friday at the Monterey Jazz Festival, where Redman is artist-in-residence, the band has unveiled three videos from the Jazz Standard residency. Watch them here.

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    James Farm Featured on NPR's "All Things Considered"; Album "Casts a Spell," Says LA Times

    James Farm and their self-titled debut album are featured on NPR's All Things Considered today. "New bands don't come along every day in jazz," says NPR's Tom Moon. "But listen to these unusual compositions, and to the lively exchanges that erupt inside of them. Even though these players can only make a partial commitment of time to James Farm, they're fully committed musically." The Los Angeles Times says: "While the term 'supergroup' may be a loaded concept, it's hard not to consider James Farm one ... The new ground covered by [Joshua] Redman and cohorts casts a spell of its own."

  • James Farm: WNYC's "Soundcheck," June 15, 2011

    Video: James Farm Performs Music from New Album on WNYC's "Soundcheck"

    James Farm kicked off its four-night residency at New York's Jazz Standard last night with two stellar sets featuring songs from their self-titled debut album. The band stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck earlier this week to discuss and perform songs off the new record. You can listen to the segment and watch the band perform "Polliwog" in a video from the show here. You can also listen to a bonus web exclusive performance from the session of "Bijoux."

  • James Farm by Jimmy Katz

    James Farm Appears on WNYC's "Soundcheck" in Advance of Four-Night Run at Jazz Standard

    James Farm, featuring Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland, is today's guest on WNYC's Soundcheck. The quartet sets up shop at the NY's Jazz Standard this week for a four-night residency. The New York Times says the band members "share a fondness for sleek convolution and introspective groove. As on their impressive new debut, self-titled and on the Nonesuch label, they’ll reach here for a cohesive and conscientiously eclectic sound."

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    James Farm's "Diverse, Intriguing Originals" Make for "A Very Cool Album," Says JazzTimes

    James Farm band mates Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland continue their tour across Europe, with stops in Norway, France, and Benelux before returning to the US for four nights at NY's Jazz Standard in June. JazzTimes, in a review of James Farm's self-titled debut album, says: "The band reaches out to a wider world through 10 diverse, intriguing originals that boast melodic clarity, rhythmic allure and improvisational concision ... James Farm is a very cool album."