Monday, July 27, 2015

Amanda Darling @ X Night Club

On August 7, catch DJ Amanda Darling's set at X Night Club (Ten Night Club) in Orange County.
Her fans are FREE before 10:30pm, just say "Amanda Darling" at the door for you and your guests! Amanda's set: 12am - close.
Here's the addy: 4647 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA

Full length Ambient album "Earth Tones" coming soon!
Check for updates:

Anne Sajdera Revisits Wayne Shorter's "Native Dancer" this Saturday, in CA

Beautiful music coming up this weekend - tune in to KCSM, 91.1 FM, on Thursday July 31st, 9am PDT - Pianist/composer/arranger Anne Sajdera talks to Alisa Clancy about this upcoming concert, the performers involved and of course the music...

This Saturday, August 1st, 8pm
The Anne Sajdera Sextet at Musically Minded Academy (MMA)
5776 Broadway, Oakland 
(5 blocks from Rockridge BART)

For tickets:

Featuring: Anne Sajdera (piano), Erik Jekabson (trumpet), Harvey Wainapel (sax), Gary Brown (bass), Deszon Claiborne (drums) & Ami Molinelli Hart (percussion)

Wayne Shorter's seminal recording Native Dancer (Columbia, 1974) was a collaborative effort with the legendary Brazilian composer & singer Milton Nascimento which included a collection of such groundbreaking songs as "Ponta de Areia," "Milagre dos Peixes," "Tarde," and "Lilia" as well as Shorter's exceptionally poignants "Ana Maria" (included on Anne's amazing debut CD, "Azul"), "Bauty And The Beast" (that became a contemporary jazz classic) and "Diana" (dedicated to Airto & Flora Purim's daugher.) The album featured Herbie Hancock, Jay Graydon, Dave McDaniels and David Amaro interacting with Brazilian musicians Airto Moreira, Wagner Tiso, and Robertinho Silva.

In this concert, the mega-talented Anne Sajdera and her sextet will perform selections from that recording in addition to original compositions inspired specifically by the depth of Shorter's and Nascimento's masterful music.

This concert will be recorded for broadcast on KCSM and each audience member who makes an additional contribution to the musicians will be thanked on-air for that program. Jim Bennett of KCSM's In the Moment presents a new concert series at Musically Minded Academy, dedicated to continuing the legacy of jazz as a living art-form.

For this concert, there will be a short first set featuring a mix of what the Sextet normally presents, followed by a brief intermission, and then a short discussion with Jim and Anne about the importance (historical and personal) of this particular recording. A few questions will be taken from the audience. The Sextet will then perform Native Dancer in its entirely, not as a mere recreation, but with the goal of bringing the music alive for a new audience. Not to be missed.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ari Silverstein Presents A Tribute To Mark Murphy, Tonight @ Pangea in NY

Ari Silverstein Presents:
"A Tribute To The Compositions And Songbook of Mark Murphy"
An all-star tribute @ Pangea, located at 178 Second Ave NYC, (Btw 11-12 Streets)

"We'll celebrate the LEGACY of the most transformative male jazz singer in modern history Mark Murphy," Ari says. Be there or your a square. Seats still available for the "hip set" at 9pm call 212-995-0900 for a spot!

Come on jazz cats don't sit on the fence!
With Cavalcade of Stars: Sheila Jordan, Steve Ross, Holli Ross, Tessa Souter, Judi Silvano, James Gavin, Marcelino Feliciano, Dylan Pramuk, Sean Smith, Ray Gallon, Vito Lesczak
SPECIAL GUESTS: Bill Mays & Alan Broadbent
                                       (Sheila Jordan & Mark Murphy)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Anna Mjöll & Pat Senatore @ Vibrato, July 24

Gina Saputo - Final Steamers Show, July 23

Russ Kassof Trio live @ Saint Peters Church, tomorrow, at 1pm

                  (Dennis Mackrel, Russ Kassof, Jay Anderson)

Message from jazz piano master (and my dear friend) Russ Kassof:
"Please join me with the legendary Bird Fly By Trio - Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums as we start our July tour at Midday Jazz Midtown - Saint Peter's Church - Jazz Wednesdays - Produced by Ronny Whyte. Lexington and 54th St. Phone is 212 935-2200. There is a suggested contribution at the door. CD's will also be available." 
Concert starts at 1pm. Not to be missed if you are in the NY area. See u there!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tomorrow, "Improvising For Singers" Workshop w/ Ellen Johnson @ California State University

One of the best singers in the contemporary jazz scene, the wondrous Ellen Johnson -- who is currently receiving rave reviews for her new album, "Form & Formless" and recently wrote an acclaimed book about Sheila Jordan titled "Jazz Child" -- will be doing some workshops on "Improvising for Singers" this Summer, with Keith Saunders on piano. Tomorrow, July 19, you'll have an opportunity to work on improvising skills or be introduced to the "art" of improvising at the California Jazz Conservatory. Register online or by phone.

Historic Pic: John, Chick, Carlos & Herbie

John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock after an historic night at the Montreux Jazz Festival, yesterday. Like Quincy says, "un-be-lie-va-ble!"

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

R.I.P.: Jadir de Castro (1927-2015)

(born March 26, 1927 in Campos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
died July 14, 2015 in Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

My dear friend Jadir de Castro -- one of the most important drummers and percussionists in the history of Brazilian music -- just passed away today, at age 88. But he was still a kid, always generous, kind, with good humour. And still playing when among friends. I was blessed with the chance to work with this legendary artist in several occasions. The first time was in 1997 when I signed another late friend and great musician, Dom Um Romão, to my JSR label. Dom Um introduced me to Jadir and invited him to play on an album we were recording in my native Rio: Dom Um's "Rhythm Traveller" CD, co-produced by Toninho Barbosa. The album was released the following year, all over the world, receiving critical acclaim and becoming a best-seller in Europe, specially in England, where it reached the Top 10 acid-jazz charts of "Straight, No Chaser" magazine.
(Jadir de Castro, Dom Um Romao, Gegê, Maria Fattoruso, Laudir de Oliveira, Arnaldo DeSouteiro)

Later on, in 1998, we started to produce Jadir's own album that featured such guests as José Roberto Bertrami on keyboards, Jorge Pescara on bass (my first session with Pescara), and Dom Um Romao on percussion. We kept doing many recording sessions during the 2000s for albums by singer Ithamara Koorax ("Brazilian Butterfly," "Ithamara Koorax Sings Getz/Gilberto" and "All Around The World," among others.) Jadir also did some rare live performances as a percussionist with Dom Um & Koorax (plus Eloir de Moraes, Palmyra & Levita, Marcelo Salazar and DJ Marcelinho DaLua in a small tour in 2003) as well as a drummer with Koorax in long engagements at Sofitel Rio (with Paula Faour and Bertrami on keyboards and Jorge Pescara on bass) between 2005 and 2007.

Jadir Teixeira de Castro started his professional career at age 14 in Rio. He moved to Europe in 1952, touring with the Askanazy's folk group Brasiliana, later joining Roberto Inglez' Orchestra (performing in many concerts for London's BBC and recording the album "Latin-American Music Played By Rogerto Inglez And His Orchestra" for the Parlophone label in 1953), then the Radio-Télevision Française, the St. Moritz's Palace Hotel Orchestra, the Stol Theatre band in Glasgow, touring with the Perez Prado band, and doing a TV special in Rome with Sofia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida.

Jadir also lived in Monte Carlo and Paris, where he played in the Moulin Rouge band and appeared on Brigitte Bardot's debut film, "And God Created Woman" (Et Dieu Creá La Femme, directed by Roger Vadim in 1956) on which he can be seen in the famous long final sequence, playing percussion while Bardot dances in a trance.
            (Jadir de Castro, playing cowbell, and Brigitte Bardot dancing)

That same year (1956), he joined a group led by Silvio Vieira in Hamburg, where he married a German girl, Ilse, the mother of his daughter Ina and his son, Ernst. Returned to Brazil in 1961, joining Rubens Bassini's group Os 11 Magníficos, with Waltel Branco, Humberto Garin, Jorge Ferreira da Silva, Ohana, Humberto Garin and Pedro dos Santos. Toured Russia with Nora Ney & Jorge Goulart, and played with Bené Nunes.

As a composer, he wrote such hits as "Ziriguidum" (I have included the Baby Consuelo studio version on the "Trip To Brazil Vol.4" CD compilation I produced for Verve in 2005), "Nega Sem Sandália" - also known as "Pouquoi" and "E-Samba" (a dancefloor hit in Europe and Asia, with over 30 recordings by people like Elza Soares, Miltinho, Luiz Carlos Vinhas, Junior Jack) and "Lição de Baião" (also a hit in Brazil, recorded by Ed Lincoln, Baden Powell, Adriana Calcanhoto.) Not to mention such instrumental tunes as "Ozônio" and "Repimar," from the cult "heavy batucada" albums that he recorded as a co-leader with Dom Um Romão in the early 70s, and later included in several iconic compilations like "Batucada - The Sound of the Favelas," issued by the London-based Mr. Bongo label.

One of the first Brazilian drummers to record albums as a leader -- long before Milton Banana and even Dom Um --, Jadir de Castro released 14 fantastic LPs for labels like RCA, Philips, Polydor, Barclay, Enir, Pawal and Sideral. Among them, “Jadir No Samba” (reissued on CD by BMG in 2004), “Gênio da Batucada”, “Samba Internacional (Jadir de Castro & Seus Poliglotas Rítmicos), “Les Fabuleux Rythmes De Rio - Ecole De Samba" (with Dom Um Romao), "Samba Século 21," "Batucada nº 2" and “E Agora: Camutéo! – A nova dança!” In 2011, he released the book "Ciências Rítmicas - Memórias" and its companion DVD, "Gênio da Batucada." Rest in Samba.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Arnaldo DeSouteiro Bio / JSR (Jazz Station Records) - Contacts & Infos

            (Arnaldo DeSouteiro during a recording session in 2014)

"People are going to talk about you, especially when they envy you and the life you live. Let them. You affected their lives, they didn't affect yours... you will eventually lose someone you love & love someone you never thought you'd find..."
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Short Bio

Music Producer (with over 530 albums to his credit according to the All Music Guide), Voting Member of NARAS-GRAMMY and Jazz Journalists Association (NY), Member of LAJS (Los Angeles Jazz Society), Musical Philosopher, Journalist, Jazz & Brazilian Music Historian, Publicist, Public Relations, Composer (having written successful jazz & pop songs, some dance hits like "O Passarinho" for the Italian TV reality show "La Pupa e Il Secchione", and "Samba da Copa" for the "2006 World Cup" in Germany, plus many other soundtracks for movies, soap operas & TV series in the USA -- PBS, BET, Universal Cable etc --, Europe and Asia), Lyricist (he wrote lyrics to Dave Brubeck's "Broadway Bossa Nova" at the invitation of Brubeck himself, among other songs), Arranger, Percussionist, Keyboardist, Programmer, Educator (conducting clinics and panel sessions worldwide as the first Brazilian member of IAJE-International Association of Jazz Educators during its existence). He has also acted as consultant for several companies and jazz festivals all over the world.

Founder and CEO of JSR (Jazz Station Records), a Division of Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting - LA, Calif. Most recently, founded LaCalifUSA Pictures and JSR Casting in 2007 for movie & TV productions featuring music & fashion.

Produced the acclaimed CD compilation series "A Trip To Brazil," "CTI Acid Jazz Grooves," "Brazilian Horizons," "Focus on Bossa Nova," "Focus on Brazilian Music Grooves", "Bossa Nova Singers," "Bossa Nova Guitar","Jazz Rock" etc.

Produced special compilations for Quincy Jones ("Summer in the City - The Soul Jazz Grooves of Quincy Jones"), Chick Corea ("Electric Chick") and Deodato ("Do It Again - The Fantastic Jazz-Funk of Eumir Deodato"), all released by Verve/Universal. His latest CD for Verve is "Bossa Nova USA," released last May, featuring Dave Brubeck's title track performed by Quincy Jones.

Supervised and/or Directed TV specials featuring João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dizzy Gillespie, Chuck Mangione, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, Miles Davis, Dom Um Romão, Eliane Elias, Diana Krall, Eumir Deodato, Bjork et al. Worked with producers Creed Taylor, Yoichi Nakao, Susumu Morikawa, Matthias Kunnecke, and photographers Pete Turner, Victor Skrebneski, Robert Mappelthorpe, Duane Michals.

Mr. DeSouteiro has also worked in his native Brazil for TUPI-FM radio station (as musical programmer-DJ as well as hosting his own show, "Jazz Espetacular"), Manchete TV network (anchoring & supervising the "Terça Especial" series for which he interviewed such jazz giants as Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim etc), Globo TV network (screenplay, coordination and mix for the TV special "João Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim - O Grande Encontro" in 1992, the last time these 2 geniuses performed together, plus the texts and screenplay for the "Minuto da Bossa" series), and as the jazz columnist for the "Tribuna da Imprensa" (Press Tribune) daily newspaper during 29 years (from 1979 to 2008). Before moving to the USA, he also worked as Brazilian correspondent of "Keyboard" magazine (from 1985 to 1994), as a free-lancer to Billboard, Cuadernos de Jazz, Swing Journal and International Music Magazine, and as entertainment-in-flight programmer for several airline companies like Varig Brazilian Airlines (from 1983 to 1998).

Produced over 530 albums and sessions featuring: Luiz Bonfa, João Gilberto, Dom Um Romão, Thiago de Mello, Dexter Payne, João Donato, Palmyra & Levita, Mario Castro-Neves, Jorge Pescara, Paula Faour, Fabio Fonseca, Claudio Roditi, Rodrigo Lima, Hermeto Pascoal, Ithamara Koorax, Don Sebesky, Sammy Figueroa, Bjork, Anna Ly, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Pascoal Meirelles, Yana Purim, Pingarilho, Nelson Angelo, Marcelo Salazar, Ron Carter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Steve Swallow, Herbie Hancock, Hugo Fattoruso, Larry Coryell, Sadao Watanabe, Jurgen Friedrich, Eloir de Moraes, Gazzara, Deodato, Jadir de Castro, Azymuth, Marcio Montarroyos, Sivuca, Laudir de Oliveira, Marcos Valle, Jay Berliner, George Young, David Matthews, Lew Soloff, Alphonso Johnson, Gene Bertoncini, John McLaughlin, Claus Ogerman, Raul de Souza, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and many others.

Produced and supervised CD reissues of albums by Ron Carter, Hank Crawford, Johnny Hammond, Sergio Mendes, Hubert Laws, Grant Green, Idris Muhammad, Joe Beck, Esther Phillips, Lonnie Smith, David Matthews & Whirlwind, Phil Upchurch, Tennyson Stephens, Miucha, Flora Purim, Carlos Lyra, Tamba Trio, Ivan Lins, Raul de Souza, Trio 3-D and many others. As annotator, he wrote liner notes and press releases for albums by Toots Thielemans, Hank Crawford, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Metheny, Eliane Elias, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Jeff Linsky and dozens of others for labels like RCA, CTI, Kudu, Milestone, Fantasy, Verve, Columbia, Irma, Alfa, JVC, Caju, Sonet, Paddle Wheel, JHO, Mercury, Imagem etc.

Mr. DeSouteiro also had the honor to be associated with some of the world's greatest photographers like Pete Turner (who did the cover photos for Rodrigo Lima's "Saga" and Jorge Pescara's "Grooves in the Temple," released on his own JSR label and featured on Turner's new book "The Color of Jazz"), Victor Skrebneski (the CD reissue of "Upchurch/Tennyson"), Bruce Weber (Esther Phillips' "For All We Know"), Robert Mappelthorpe ("Brazilian Horizons"), Alen MacWeeney, William Cadge, and Duane Michals (many of the CTI CDs) and so on. He has appeared in several movies and TV series such as the Award Winning documentary movie "Beyond Ipanema," for which he was interviewed alongside Creed Taylor, Lalo Schifrin, Wayne Shorter, Gene Lees and Norman Gimbel.
Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting, JSR Casting, LaCalifUSA Pictures
CEO & Founder: Arnaldo DeSouteiro
9930 Liebe Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90210
JSR - NY Address:
Arnaldo DeSouteiro
PO Box 1338
Radio City Station
New York, NY 10003
Jazz Station Records (JSR), a division of Jazz Station Enterprises
CEO & Founder · Los Angeles ·
Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Jazz Station Records - LA
1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
PO Box 1338
Radio City Station

(PLEASE, DO NOT SEND UNSOLICITED MATERIAL; any unsolicited CD or promo packets will be returned. If you wish to submit material, please contact us through comments on this post or through Facebook. Thx!)

People are going to talk about you, especially when they envy you and the life you live. Let them. You affected their lives, they didn't affect yours... you will eventually lose someone you love & love someone you never thought you'd find...
Arnaldo DeSouteiro – Biografia ultra-resumida 

Produtor de discos, com cerca de 530 álbuns em sua discografia (incluindo novos CDs, reedições, coletâneas, trilhas sonoras, projetos especiais), conforme consta no All Music Guide, principal e mais acessado website sobre música no mundo. Jornalista e publicitário (formado em Comunicação pela PUC-RJ), tendo escrito para os jornais Tribuna da Imprensa (de 1979 até sua extinção em 2009, com 3.200 artigos publicados), Última Hora, O Globo e O Estado do Paraná, revistas Billboard, Keyboard (USA), Cuadernos de Jazz (Espanha), Swing Journal (Japão), Revista do CD (Brasil) etc. 

Roteirista de shows (João Gilberto, Diana Krall, Ithamara Koorax, Marcos Valle, Eumir Deodato, Bjork etc) e de especiais de TV para as emissoras Globo (Antonio Carlos Jobim & João Gilberto) e Manchete (Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim etc) no Brasil, BET e PBS nos EUA, NHK no Japão (Diana Krall, João Gilberto, CTI All Stars, Dave Brubeck etc).

Nascido no Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) em 1963, radicado em Los Angeles (EUA) desde 1999. Estudou piano clássico e harmonia com sua mãe, a pianista e maestrina Delza Agricola. É membro da Associação Brasileira de Imprensa (ABI) e da Ordem dos Músicos do Brasil (OMB) desde 1979, membro catedrático titular efetivo da Academia Internacional de Música desde 1985, membro votante do Grammy-Naras (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) desde 2006, membro votante da Los Angeles Jazz Society (único brasileiro) desde 2007, e também único brasileiro que é membro votante da Jazz Journalists Association (sediada em Nova Iorque) desde 2002. Atua como consultor e parecerista para diversas empresas, centros culturais e festivais de música no Brasil e no exterior.

Também foi membro honorário e primeiro membro brasileiro da Associação Internacional de Educadores de Jazz (IAJE – International Association of Jazz Educators) durante 12 anos, até sua extinção em 2008, tendo realizado palestras e "panel sessions" nas convenções anuais realizadas nos EUA. 

Fundador e Presidente da gravadora JSR (Jazz Station Records), sediada em Los Angeles – EUA desde 2001, uma divisão da Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting. Dirige também a JSR Casting e a LaCalifUSA Pictures, empresa de cinema que produz conteúdo e trilhas sonoras (composição, produção, seleção) para filmes e séries de TV. 

Produziu discos e sessões de gravação com artistas como Luiz Bonfá, João Gilberto, Dom Um Romão, João Donato, Palmyra & Levita, Mario Castro-Neves, Claudio Roditi, Gaudencio Thiago de Mello, Dexter Payne, Bjork, Rodrigo Lima, Don Sebesky, Hubert Laws, Fabio Fonseca, Marcos Ozzellin, Herbie Hancock, Jorge Pescara, Paula Faour, Anna Ly, Pascoal Meirelles, Yana Purim, Carlos Pingarilho, Nelson Angelo, Marcelo Salazar, Ithamara Koorax, Ron Carter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Steve Swallow, Herbie Hancock, Hugo Fattoruso, Larry Coryell, Sadao Watanabe, Jurgen Friedrich, Claus Ogerman, Gazzara, Eumir Deodato, Azymuth, Marcio Montarroyos, Sivuca, Laudir de Oliveira, Marcos Valle, David Matthews, Gene Bertoncini, John McLaughlin, Raul de Souza, Hermeto Pascoal, Jadir de Castro, Lew Soloff, George Young, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Alphonso Johnson e muitos outros. 

Como compositor e letrista, tem parcerias com Dave Brubeck (“Broadway Bossa Nova”), Francesco Gazzara (“O Passarinho”), Mamoru Morishita (“Hotaru”) e Fabio Fonseca (“Samba da Copa”, executado na cerimônia de abertura da Copa do Mundo de 2006). 

Produziu reedições de discos de Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Tamba Trio, Ivan Lins, Carlos Lyra, Miucha, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ron Carter, Idris Muhammad, Hank Crawford, Lonnie Smith, Johnny Hammond, Luiz Bonfá, Phil Upchurch, Tennyson Stephens, Eumir Deodato, Grant Green, Mario Castro-Neves, João Donato, Claus Ogerman, David Matthews, Esther Phillips, Joe Beck, Eric Gale e muitos outros.

Produziu as séries “A Trip To Brazil” (cujo Volume 1 chegou ao primeiro-lugar na parada de world-music na Europa em 1998, superando “Buena Vista Social Club”), “Brazilian Horizons”, “CTI: Acid Jazz Grooves”, “Jazz Club”, e retrospectivas - lançadas mundialmente entre 2006 e 2010 pelo selo Verve – das carreiras de Quincy Jones (“Summer In The City: The Soul-Jazz Groves of Quincy Jones”), Eumir Deodato (“Do It Again: The Fantastic Jazz Funk of Eumir Deodato”) e Chick Corea (“Electric Chick”).

Desde 1981, tem realizado, como free lancer, produção musical para diversas gravadoras, como RCA/BMG, Sony, Verve/PolyGram/Universal, CTI, King, Paddle Wheel, Pausa, Milestone/Fantasy, Warner/WEA, Motor Music, JVC/Victor, Sanyo, Movieplay, Imagem, Eldorado, CID, Alfa, RGE, Mr. Bongo, Terra Música, Blue Moon, Bomba, Cedar Tree, Treasure Trove, Irma, Vivid Sound, Motéma, e Huks Music, no Brasil, Europa, Estados Unidos, Japão, China, Taiwan e Coréia. 

Entre 1982 e 1984, atuou como assessor cultural do Serviço de Comunicação Social da Petrobras. Em 1983, criou, produziu e apresentou o programa "Jazz espetacular", transmitido pela Rádio Tupi FM. Em 1984, assumiu a responsabilidade da programação de bordo (musical e audiovisual) transmitida nos vôos internacionais da Varig, função que exerceu durante 14 anos. Também nesse período (1985 a 1987), participou da comissão de seleção do Free Jazz Festival. 

Escreveu textos de contracapa para discos de diversos artistas, como Toots Thielemans, Ella Fitzgerald, Eliane Elias, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jeff Kinsky, Paulo Bellinati e Carlos Barbosa Lima, entre outros. Assinou textos para divulgação ("press releases") de artistas como João Gilberto, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Pat Metheny, Bill Evans, Jimmy Smith, Elvin Jones, Stanley Turrentine e Tony Bennett.

Atuou como entrevistador em depoimentos prestados para o Museu da Imagem e do Som (Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo) por João Donato, Stellinha Egg, Maestro Gaya, Eumir Deodato, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim e Carlos Barbosa Lima. Em 2001, recebeu o prêmio de International Man of The Year, concedido pelo International Biographical Centre, de Londres. Foi o primeiro brasileiro a receber essa premiação, oferecida anteriormente a apenas quatro outros produtores: Arif Mardin, Tommy LiPuma, Quincy Jones e Phil Ramone. Ainda nesse ano, a JSR (Jazz Station Records), de sua propriedade, foi considerada uma das cinco melhores gravadoras de jazz do mundo, em relação publicada na edição de dezembro da revista especializada norte-americana "Down Beat", premiação que se repetiu por quatro anos (7º lugar em 2003, 9º lugar em 2004, 5º lugar em 2005 e 6º lugar em 2006).  

Foi entrevistado em vários programas de TV, seriados (incluindo o documentário "Laurindo Almeida, Muito Prazer" exibido pelo canal GNT) e filmes como o premiado documentário "Beyond Ipanema", no qual foi entrevistado ao lado de Creed Taylor, Lalo Schifrin, Wayne Shorter, Gene Lees e Norman Gimbel. Depois de apresentado em diversos festivais de cinema nos Estados Unidos e Europa, "Beyond Ipanema" foi transformado em série de televisão transmitida em território brasileiro pela emissora Canal Brasil em 2014.

Endereço para correspondência:
Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting, JSR Casting, LaCalifUSA Pictures
CEO & Founder: Arnaldo DeSouteiro
9930 Liebe Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90210
JSR - NY Address:
Arnaldo DeSouteiro
PO Box 1338
Radio City Station
New York, NY 10003
Jazz Station Records (JSR), a division of Jazz Station Enterprises
CEO & Founder · Los Angeles ·
Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Jazz Station Records - LA
1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
PO Box 1338
Radio City Station

Monday, July 6, 2015

Christos Rafalides & Manhattan Vibes, Tonight @ 55 Bar in NYC

MONDAY / JULY 6TH at 10pm
55 BAR (55 Christopher Street, NY, NY)
Christos Rafalides & Manhattan Vibes
Christos Rafalides, vibraphone /compositions
Thana Alexa, vocals
Manuel Valera, piano
Gianluca Renzi, bass
Peter Kronreif, drums

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July weekend! Enjoy it with your Family & Friends & remember to open your hearts and your home to someone who is alone. Holidays are meant for laughter and fellowship, be that BLESSING to others.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Crossover CD of the Month - "Anders Bergcrantz Plays The Painter by Anna-Lena Laurin"

Crossover CD of the Month
"Anders Bergcrantz Plays The Painter by Anna-Lena Laurin" (Vanguard Music Boulevard VMBCD 108)

Composed by Anna-Lena Laurin
Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Mats Rodin
Anders Bergcrantz Quartet featuring:
Anders Bergcrantz (trumpet), Robert Tjäderkvist (piano), Patrik Grundström (bass) & Ulrik Ording (drums)
"The Painter" commissioned by Noorlandsoperan

12" Vinyl Reissue of the Month - "Hubert Laws: Afro-Classic"

12" Vinyl Reissue of the Month (180gram vinyl LP)
Hubert Laws: "Afro-Classic" (CTI/Speakers Corner) 1970/2015
Release Date: July 28, 2015, licensed through Sony Music

Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded & Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder @ Van Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) on December 1 & 11, 1970
Cover Photo: Pete Turner
Album Design: Bob Ciano

Arranged by Don Sebesky
Featuring: Hubert Laws (flutes), Bob James (Fender Rhodes electric pinao), Ron Carter (bass & cello), Freddie Waits (drums), Airto Moreira (percussion), Richie 'Pablo' Landrum (congas), Dave Friedman (vibes), Gene Bertoncini (acoustic guitar), Fred Alston Jr. (bassoon) et al.

Hubert Laws' second album for CTI, "Afro-Classic" was the follow-up to pop-oriented "Crying Song," and Laws' first collaboration with master arranger Don Sebesky, who created fascinating musical landscapes. It's a groundbreaking record, a mixture of classical themes and jazz, handled with an airy CTI approach – and set to arrangements by Don Sebesky that are simply mindblowing!

The album's a wonderful example of the way that CTI really pushed the boundaries of instrumental expression in the 70s – taking Laws wonderfully breathy work on flute, and mixing it with some well-crafted backings that feature Bob James (Fender Rhodes), Ron Carter (acoustic bass & cello), Freddie Waits (the drummer on Laws' touring band at that time), Airto (percussion), Dave Friedman (vibes, sometimes using the fuzz pedal) and the secret weapon of the session, Gene Bertoncini on the acoustic guitar.

This ensemble is handled by Sebesky, who really brings some magic to the record – a sense of sound, space, and timing that's still a heck of a lot more mature and sophisticated than most instrumental recordings coming out today!

The record's an incredibly baroque set of tracks featuring arrangements by Don Sebesky that mix complicated lines on flute with electric piano from Bob James, into a swirling mass of sound that's warm, soulful, and fuzzy. The record's incredibly hip, even on material like Francis Lai's mellow pop ballad "Theme From Love Story" (written by Francis Lai for the blockbuster movie), then a monster hit on the Billboard charts. "Creed thought it would be an interesting idea to incorporate some of the classical music that had been used in the film," Laws remembers. "So, we also recorded Mozart's Flute Sonata In F and the Allegro from Bach's Concerto No.3 in D."

James Taylor's "Fire & Rain" features an hipnotic groove propelled by Carter's bassline. On the 15-minute long jazz adaptation of Bach's "Passacaglia In C Minor," the album tour-de-force, Laws (on electric flute), Carter (doing an unbelievable electric cello solo) and Bertoncini (great performance on acoustic guitar) soar away into another plane of being!

Regarding the voluminous "Passacaglia," Hubert once told: "The chord changes are pretty much like some fourth changes we would use today in some jazz pieces. The feel, the ambiance of the piece was first created by the opening theme, which almost sounds religious. After that, we took Bach's music in a different direction, rhythmically and harmonically. That album really set a precedent for me, because it blended both elements of classical and jazz, and I began to be identified with that more than anything else."

Jazz flute and CTI were never the same after this album, that would be followed by the even better "Rite Of Spring," recorded in 1971 with the same arranger and almost all the same musicians (Jack DeJohnette replaced Freddie Waits.) Both became genuine classics in the CTI catalog. And, 45 years later, Hubert Laws continues to be acclaimed as "the most accomplished flutist ever to play jazz," like Leonard Feather once wrote when reviewing the "California Concert" by the CTI All-Stars to the British newspaper Melody Maker. Amen.

Blu-Spec CD of the Month - "Lalo Schifrin: Towering Toccata"

Blu-Spec CD of the Month
Lalo Schifrin: "Towering Toccata" (CTI KICJ 2336)

Produced by Creed Taylor
Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder @ Van Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)
Cover Photo: White Gate
Album Design: Carole Kowalchuk, Sib Chalawick

Arranged & Conducted by Lalo Schifrin
Featuring: Lalo Schifrin (acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, synths), Clark Spangler (keyboards), Anthony Jackson & Will Lee (electric bass), Steve Gadd & Andrew Smith (drums), Sue Evans, Don Armando & Ralph MacDonald (percussion), Eric Gale & John Tropea (guitars), Urbie Green (trombone), Joe Farrell & Jeremy Steig (flutes), John Blair (vitar), Ronnie Cuber (baritone sax) et al.

CD Reissue of the Month - "Cannonball Adderley: Big Man - The Legend of John Henry"

CD Reissue of the Month
"Cannonball Adderley's Big Man - The Legend of John Henry" (Fantasy/Real Gone Music RGM 0353) 1975/2015

Starring Joe Williams, Randy Crawford & Robert Guillaume
A Folk Musical with Music by Julian & Nat Adderley
Lyrics by Diane Lampert & Peter Farrow
Produced by Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley, Nat Adderley & David Axelrod
Recorded & Mixed by Jim Stern @ Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, CA)
Art Direction: Phil Carroll
Cover Art & Design: David Lance Goines

CD Reissue Produced by Gordon Anderson & Bill Kopp
CD Design & Liner Notes: Bill Kopp
Remastered by Joe Tarantino

Featuring: Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Jimmy Jones (piano), George Duke aka Dawilli Gonga (keyboards), Carol Kaye (electric bass), Walter Booker (acoustic bass), Roy McCurdy (drums), Airto Moreira (percussion, caxixis), King Errison (congas), Billy Fender & Don Peake (guitars), Allen DeRienzo, Oliver Mitchell & Oscar Brashear (trumpets), Dick Hyde & George Bohanon (trombones), Don Menza, Jay Migliori, Jackie Kelso & William Green (reeds) plus strings & chorus
Vocals: Joe Williams (John Henry), Randy Crawford (Carolina), Robert Guillaume (Jassawa), Judy Thames (Whore) and Lane Smith (Sheriff, Bull Maree)

Vocal Jazz CD of the Month - "Tiffany Austin: Nothing But Soul"

Vocal Jazz CD of the Month
Tiffany Austin: "Nothing But Soul" (Con Alma Music CAM 001) 2015

Produced by Howard Wiley
Recorded by Nino Moschella @ Bird and Egg Studios (Richmond, CA)
Mixed by Adam Muñoz @ Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, CA)
Mastered by Ken Lee @ Ken Lee Mastering (Oakland, CA)
Artwork: Amy Woloszyn
Photos: Bill Reitzel

Featuring: Tiffany Austin (lead vocals), Howard Wiley (tenor sax & vocals), Glen Pearson (piano), Ron Belcher (bass) & Sly Randolph (drums)

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month: "Bjørn Solli - Aglow: The Lyngør Project Vol 1"

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month
Bjørn Solli: "Aglow: The Lyngør Project Volume 1" (Lyngør Records LYRE 01)

Produced by Bjørn Vidar Solli
Executive Producer: Ronnie laurendz
Recorded on May 13 & 14, 2013 @ Brooklyn Recording (Brooklyn, New York) by Andy Taub, assisted by Don Piper.
Mixed in October 2013 and Mastered in June 2014 @ Point Sonic Sound (Brooklyn, NY) by Michael Perez-Cisneros
Front Cover Photo: Ole Brodersen
Session Photos: Haggai Cohen-Milo
Cover Design: Ingeborg Neuenkirchen Rosenberg

Featuring: Bjørn Vidar Solli (guitar), Seamus Blake (tenor & soprano sax), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Aaron Parks (piano), Matt Clohesy (bass) & Bill Stewart (drums)

It all started in 2007 when Bjørn Solli went to visit a friend on an island in the south of Norway. The group of islands is known as Lyngør and the place had a profound effect on the Norwegian guitarist/composer.  Initially it was the sheer beauty of the place that struck him, but he was soon equally enamored with the people.  Solli quickly made many friends on the archipelago and started having annual concerts there, bringing with him musicians from New York, Shanghai and Rome to play on the pier every August. Out of this grew the Lyngør Jazz Club and in 2012 they commisioned Solli to compose music inspired by Lyngør and to record an album. Over the next 15 months, Solli spent frequent retreats on the island and was given an opportunity to assemble a band of amazing musicians.

He had been touring and recording with several of the band members for years and was very familiar with each musician’s sound. Knowing each band member’s unique approach and strengths, allowed Solli to compose specifically for each musician. By giving the band freedom to interpret the music as they wished everyone brought a fresh perspective to the material and made wonderful contributions to the shaping of the tunes. This album is a perfect representation of Bjørn Solli – the musician and the composer – and is his most personal effort to date. It has great variety and offers plenty of swing, contemplative ballads, singable waltzes, South American rhythms, gritty blues and more; all held together by Solli’s acute sense of melody, evocative harmony and passion for groove.

Musician Bios:
Bjørn Solli – guitar – One of Norway’s foremost jazz guitarist for the last 10 years – 5 of those years he spent in New York working with some of the world’s best musicians. He has received numerous awards and has toured around the world in places such as China, Australia, India, Nepal, Vietnam, South-Africa, USA, Russia and most of Europe. Solli has released 4 albums with his organ trio SOLID!, the latest of which features Seamus Blake.

Seamus Blake – tenor & soprano saxophones – The New York based tenor saxophonist/composer is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. His music is known for its sophistication, bold improvisations and “sheer swagger”. John Scofield, who hired Seamus for his “Quiet Band,” called him “extraordinary, a total saxophonist.” He was also the winner of the 2002 Thelonious Monk Competition and has released 6 albums on Criss Cross as a leader.

Ingrid Jensen – trumpet (3, 4, 8 & 9) – Ever since her debut recording in 1995, Jensen has been one of the most original voices in jazz trumpet. She has had a busy career leading her own bands and has been nominated for several Juno Awards. Jensen has been a member of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and performs with an array of top players such as Gary Bartz, Terri Lyne Carrington, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis and Billy Taylor. )

Aaron Parks – piano – One of the most gifted and unique pianists on the scene today. Since becoming a member of Terrence Blanchard’s band in his teens, Parks has released his own albums on Blue Note and ECM and toured and recorded with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman and many others.

Matt Clohesy – bass – Born in Australia, Clohesy has been living in New York since 2001 and is one of the city’s busiest and most accomplished bassists. He is a long time member of Seamus Blake’s band and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and has played with such notable bandleaders as Geoffrey Keezer, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Maria Schneider.

Bill Stewart – drums – Stewart has been one of the most important drummers in jazz for over 25 years. His fantastic musicianship and original concept combined with an amazing groove has led to steady gigs with the likes of Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, John Scofield and a 25-year association with the Larry Goldings Trio.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Melvin Taylor Celebrates Willie Dixon on July 1st

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Show Time: 5pm to 8pm
Concert in the Garden Area

July 1, 2015 would have been Willie's 100th birthday. To honor this brilliant songwriter, producer, musician, and to celebrate his life and accomplishments,  Blues Heaven Foundation is holding a free concert featuring Chicago's phenomenal blues guitarist, Melvin Taylor & the Taylor Made Band.

Willie Dixon was one of the most prolific songwriters of all time with over 500 songs to his credit. He's been referred to as the "father of the modern Chicago blues". His songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists across all genres - the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner and Fleetwood Mac to name a few. Willie Dixon has been recognized by the Grammy Hall of Fame (2004), his influence in pop music was selected for preservation  by the U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry. Recently, June 2015, Willie Dixon was inducted in to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Melvin Taylor is a masterful performer, composer & producer. His extraordinary talent has taken him around the globe many times over the last 20 years. He began touring Europe at age 20 with Pinetop Perkins Legendary Blues Band. He made an immediate impact on the European circuit, and began opening for BB King for a couple of years. Melvin has performed at world class festival, theaters, held master classes at top music school and conservatories. He has 9 CD's to his credit. Please visit Melvin's website for detailed info:
(formerly Chess Records Studio)
2120 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Show Time:  5pm to 8pm
Concert in the Garden Area

R.I.P.: Chris Squire (1948-2015)

(born Christopher Russell Edward Squire on March 4, 1948;
died on June 27, 2015)

Chris Squire began his musical career as a choirboy, which gave him an insight into vocal arrangements and techniques that were of influence throughout his career. His melodic style of playing bass guitar made him a highly influential performer. He formed Yes in 1968 with vocalist Jon Anderson, and as of June 28 2015, Chris is the only member of the band to appear on every Yes studio album. His 1975 solo effort "Fish Out Of Water" is highly regarded as a masterpiece (I was 12 when I got my copy as a birthday gift from my godfather, Sergio Vid). Rest in Peace.