Oh This is Jazz News, a look at what’s news in jazz, music, and the arts.

Denver losing the big Outdoor Retailer trade show to Salt Lake City a couple of years ago was a bummer. But gaining the new Outside Festival at Civic Center Park is a big win. Set for the weekend of June 1 and 2, the headlining music artists are Thundercat, Lettuce, and soulful vocal band Say She She. (SOURCE: Outside Festival)

Lady Gaga is returning to the Park MGM in late June and July with her show called “Jazz & Piano – The Las Vegas Residency,” including her hits, and the Great American Songbook, in big band format and some stripped-down acoustic numbers. (SOURCE: Park MGM / Lady Gaga)

Somewhat after the unofficial “award season,” the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced nominees for its Libera Awards.

Nominees for Best Jazz Record are Joey Alexander for “Continuance,” Louis Cole for “Some Unused Songs,” Sam Gendel and Marcella Cytrynowicz for “AUDIOBOOK,” Robert Glasper for his holiday release “In December,” John Carroll Kirby for “Blowout,” and Christian McBride’s New Jawn album “Prime.”

Khruangbin was nominated for their live record from Sydney Opera House, in the Best Outlier Record category.

The British soul-jazz fusion band Cymande was nominated for Best Reissue, along with De La Soul’s landmark “3 Feet High and Rising.”

In the Best Blues Record category: The Count Basie Orchestra, Robert Finley, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Bettye LaVette, the compilation “Tell Everybody,” and Nick Waterhouse.

Congrats to Mack Avenue Records for their nomination for medium-sized Label of the Year (6-14 employees).

The awards are scheduled for Monday, June 10  at Gotham Hall in New York. (SOURCE: Libera Awards 2024 Nominees)

Photography: Betty LaVette/Danny Clinch/Telegraph

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