Thursday, September 25, 2014

Diana Krall's new CD and tour postponed

Now it's official. After serious rumors in the last days, Diana Krall just cancelled the release of her new CD, the David Foster-produced "Wallflower" (Verve) as well as the fall tour dates due to illness (ongoing complications brought on by a case of pneumonia). “Wallflower” was due for release here in the U.S. on October 21, and the North American leg of her “Wallflower World Tour” was to kick off in Phoenix, AZ on November 7th. “Wallflower” is now set for release on February 3, 2015.

This is the announcement made today by Diana: "I'm deeply saddened that I will have to postpone the release of my new album Wallflower and the Wallflower U.S Fall Tour until next year. I've been battling a severe case of pneumonia and am under doctor's orders to rest for the next few months in order to regain my strength and good health."

Diana’s condition has become much more chronic than first anticipated, and she is unable to travel or engage in any promotional or touring activities for at least another 6 weeks to 2 months.

Mrs. Krall is extremely disappointed to have to announce this today, but also realizes that, upon advice of her doctors, this is the only course of action available to her at this time to ensure a full recovery.

"Performing is both a privilege and a joy for me. When I go out on stage I want to be able to give it everything. Taking this time to rest and recuperate will allow me to do that. It is frustrating to be so close to the record release and have to delay but I am very proud of this record and want to be able to give you all my very best when we finally present this music to you. Thank you so much for your understanding," Krall says.

New dates for the “Wallflower World Tour” will be announced in the coming weeks.

CD Reissue of the Month - "CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl - Live One"

Instrumental CD Reissue of the Month
CTI All Stars: "CTI Summer Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl - Live One" (CTI/King) 2014

Produced by Creed Taylor
Featuring: Bob James, Eumir Deodato, Johnny Hammond, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira, Milt Jackson, George Benson, Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Crawford, Joe Farrell & Grover Washington, Jr.
MCs: Leonard Feather & Rick Holmes
Photos: K. Abe (aka Katsuji Abe)
Design: Sib Chalawick

Recorded live on July 30, 1972 by Wally Heider, mixed (by David Palmer @ Electric Lady Studios) and originally released in 1977, it's now reissued as a bonus CD of the "CTI Supreme Collection" series.

For the very first time, this historical concert is being released on three separate CDs (Live One, Live Two and Live Three), like they were originally issued on vinyl in July 1977. Two previous reissues came out in Japan (in 1991 and 2003) reuniting the three volumes on 2-CD sets.

This "Live One" includes four extended tracks: Hank Crawford's blues "Grits Bowl," an extraordinary performance of Grover Washington, Jr. in a Marvin Gaye medley consisting of "Inner City Blues" and "Mercy Mercy Me," George Benson's astonishing take on The Mamas & The Papas' "California Dreaming," and Freddie Hubbard at the height of his powers on his own jazz standard "First Light."

Friday, September 19, 2014

R.I.P.: Milton Cardona

(born November 21, 1945 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico;
died September 19, 2014 in New York, NY)

Besides his great solo albums, the celebrated percussionist, composer, arranger, conga player and singer Milton Cordona performed in over 500 sessions by such artists as Dave Valentin, Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, Paul Simon, Ruben Blades, Jack Bruce, Kip Hanrahan, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira (on the Grammy-nominated "Humble People"), Ryuichi Sakamoto, Eddie Palmieri, Steve Turre, Michael Brecker, Marlena Shaw, David Sanchez, Papo Vasquez, Uri Caine, Jerry Gonzalez, Billy Bang, Bill O'Connell (the best-selling "Lost Voices" for CTI) and in many soundtracks. Rest in Peace.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

R.I.P.: Kenny Wheeler

One of the best flugelhorn players in the jazz history -- alongside Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Tom Harrell and Chuck Mangione (yes, bastards purists, Mr. Mangione deserves to be on this list) -- Kenny Wheeler  just passed away today, September 18, 2014, at age 84. A perennial winner in the Jazz Station Polls, he was born Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler on January 14, 1930 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Wheeler leaves a brilliant discography. Two essential items are the LP "Seven Steps To Evans" (MPS, 1980), with an all-star European band -- Gordon Beck, Tony Oxley, Stan Sulzmann, Ron Mathewson -- and its companion DVD "A Tribute To Bill Evans," a concert based on the album and with the same personnel, except for Dieter Ilg replacing Matthewson. Actually, that concert was originally released on LaserDisc in Japan back in 1991, and reissued on DVD all over the world in 1999.

We also strongly recommend "Island" (with Bob Brookmeyer), "That's For Sure" (with Marc Copland and John Abercrombie), "Angel Song," "Kayak," "Other People," "One of Many " (with Steve Swallow and John Taylor), "The Long Waiting," "Six for Six" (released in 2013, although recorded in 2008), my personal favorite "Summerflood" (as a special guest with the German genius Jurgen Friedrich, released by CTI in Europe in 1998 and in the USA in 2003), and all the albums he did for ECM as a member of the Azimuth trio (the European one, alongside John Taylor and Norma Winstone.)

For the last two months, jazz musicians in the UK (he lived in London for the last 6o years), Canada and elsewhere were hopeful that Wheeler, a towering if extremely humble influence on so many musicians, would get the better of health difficulties. Some months ago, Wheeler was moved to a nursing home. More recently, he was hospitalised. We had posted about it sometime ago:
Here's a short obituary published in The Guardian:
Kenny Wheeler, contemporary jazz musician, dies aged 84
Trumpeter and composer became part of the free-improvisation movement after joining the London jazz scene

by Martin Williams, Friday 19 September 2014 01.02 BST
Photograph: Luigi Pretolani/Handout

Born in Canada in 1930, the trumpeter and composer joined the London jazz scene after moving to Britain in 1952. He played in groups alongside the likes of Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth and Tubby Hayes as well becoming part of the free-improvisation movement.

He gained critical attention in the 1970s with a series of recordings for small ensembles on albums including Gnu High and Deer Wan.

However, for many fans, Wheeler's artistic peak was in the 1990s with seminal albums including Music for Large and Small Ensemble and Kayak. In 1997 he again won critical acclaim for Angel Song, a quartet album featuring Bill Frisell, Dave Holland and Lee Konitz.

In later life, he was the founding patron of the Junior Jazz programme at the Royal Academy of Music and was the subject of a year-long exhibition by the Academy Museum. He celebrated his 80th birthday with a concert in 2010.

Announcing Wheeler's death on Thursday, Nick Smart, head of jazz at the Royal Academy of Music said: "It is hard to express just how large a contribution he made to the music in this country and around the world, and how deeply he touched the musicians that had the honour of working alongside him.

"With Kenny's passing we say goodbye to one of the great musical innovators of contemporary jazz. His harmonic palette and singularly recognisable sound will live on in the memory of all who heard him and in the extraordinary legacy of recordings and compositions he leaves behind, inspiring generations to come."

He added: "Famously self-deprecating, Kenny was always modest and humble about his own musical achievements. But the truth is, he was a genius walking amongst us, and it was the most tremendous privilege to have been able to consider him a dear colleague and friend."

Jazzwise magazine tweeted: "RIP Kenny Wheeler who made an immeasurable contribution to jazz."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quincy Jones' "Keep On Keepin' On" opens in LA this Friday @ The Landmark and Arclight

The haunting Quincy Jones-produced movie about trumpeter Clark Terry, "Keep On Keepin' On" is opening in Los Angeles‬ this Friday, Sept 19th, @ the The Landmark in West LA and at the Arclight Hollywood.
To buy tickets for the ‪#‎Landmark‬ screenings you can go here:
For those of you who haven't seen the trailer, you can check it out here:

The music documentary follows a unique mentorship between 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry and young piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, who will be in person, joined by the film’s director Alan Hicks, for a Q&A and a musical performance (by Kauflin) at select weekend shows: Friday, September 19 at 7pm show; Saturday, September 20 at 2pm, 4:30pm, and 9:30pm shows; and on Sunday, September 21 at 4:30pm and 7:00pm shows. Get tickets and reserved seats at

Benson's book to be released in LA on Sept 21

If you're in the Los Angeles area, forget anything else this next Sunday afternon, Sept 21, and please come out to Barnes & Noble (189 The Grove Drive, LA) at 2pm to meet Benson and get your copy of "George Benson: The Autobiography" (co-written with Alan Goldsher, foreword by Bill Cosby) signed by the man himself.

Lindsay Lohan's chat with The Telegraph

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Tom Harrell live @ Jazz Kitchen, Sept 19

What are you doing on September 19th?
Trumpet and flugelhorn master Tom Harrell will be playing @ Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis with Ugonna Okegwo, Luis Perdomo and Johnathan Blake.
Bonus: There is going to be a free master class on 9/20!

In addition to the 27 albums and thousands of concerts worldwide as a leader, Harrell has worked with important figures in jazz history including Phil Woods, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Sam Jones (with whom he briefly co-led a big band in the 70s), Jim Hall, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano and Charles McPherson, to name a few. More details:

Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. While Harrell is a master of the jazz idiom, he constantly seeks new challenges and influences. Even with a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Harrell has managed to stay fresh and current as he continues to actively record and tour around the world.

He is a frequent winner in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines’ Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee. Harrell is also a Trumpeter of the Year nominee for the 2012 Jazz Journalists Association Awards. His warm, burnished sound on the trumpet and the flugelhorn, and the unparalleled harmonic and rhythmic sophistication in his playing and writing, have earned Harrell his place as a jazz icon to aspiring musicians and devoted fans alike. His music is at once intelligent, soulful, fresh and accessible.

In contrast to Harrell’s tenure as an RCA/BMG recording artist (1996–2003) when much of his focus was on projects involving large ensembles, Harrell’s last five albums were made with the current members of his quintet: Wayne Escoffery on tenor sax, Danny Grissett on piano and Fender Rhodes, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. Each of these albums – NUMBER FIVE (2012), THE TIME OF THE SUN (2011), ROMAN NIGHTS (2010), PRANA DANCE (2009) and LIGHT ON (2007) – has received wide critical acclaim and won SESAC awards five years in a row for topping the US radio charts. The writing on these five releases is no less of an achievement than his work for the symphony or the big band. The trumpeter-composer deftly weaves complex harmonies together with daring rhythmic concepts and unforgettable melodies while utilizing the available colors to full effect.

In the last two years, Harrell has begun to develop new projects, often involving some or all of the quintet members. In June of 2011 he premiered his own arrangements of works by Debussy and Ravel with the nine-piece Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble. Since then the ensemble was featured on PBS’ Soundtracks and toured in the US. The TRIP quartet is a piano-less group that was formed last year after Harrell was commissioned to write new music by Dave Douglas for the Festival of New Trumpet Music. The group comprises tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, Harrell’s long-time bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Adam Cruz, and will reconvene during one of Harrell’s two-week run at the Village Vanguard in October. COLORS OF A DREAM, Harrell’s latest creation, will also perform at the Village Vanguard in late March; Harrell takes the piano-less concept one step further with this sextet featuring alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding and quintet members Wayne Escoffery, Ugonna Okegwo and Johnthan Bkake.

A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in music composition, Harrell is a prolific composer and arranger. Carlos Santana, Cold Blood, Azteca, Vince Guaraldi, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, WDR Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra and Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra are among the many who have recorded or performed his work. Harrell’s composition and arrangement, “Humility,” was recorded for the latter’s 2008 release, which just won a Grammy for the Best Latin Jazz Album.

Some of Harrell’s notable RCA/BMG recordings include WISE CHILDREN, a project in which he combines woodwinds, brass, horns, strings, guitars, percussion and the vocals of Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Jane Monheit and Claudia Acuna; PARADISE and THE ART OF RHYTHM, both of which feature chamber groups with strings; and his Grammy-nominated big band album, TIME’S MIRROR.

"Lock & Key" Party in LA, Sept 20

LA Kittens is back, in one of the most exclusive addresses in Los Angeles. The time is upon us. Next Saturday, Sept 20, join us in one of LA's most exclusive addresses (a penthouse suite) for the first "Lock & Key" party. The rules are very simple: every man gets a lock, every woman gets a key.

The party will feature our famous mix of seduction, with three dedicated playrooms, live DJ and high end drinks.
Expect, wall to ceiling windows with panoramic views of LA, open bar for members or champagne bar serving Veuve Clicquot, valet and cloakroom.

Entry to the event is only accepted following registration. Register to join the sexual elite
Remember to register with us then you can buy your tickets.
Couples $150 including open bar (excluding champagne and prosecco)
The girls make the rules and only the girls can break the rules.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield at the Woodstock Jazz Festival, October 4th!

Join us at the Woodstock Jazz Festival!
Line up @ the Bearsville Theater on October 4: John Scofield,  Jack DeJohnette, John Medeski, Larry Grenadier, Ben Perowsky, Chris Speed and Uri Caine.
Click here for more information about this festival

R.I.P.: Jackie Cain Kral

"Jackie Cain...she's my girl. I think she and her husband are great..." - Billie Holiday (in a blindfold test for Metronome magazine in 1950)

Jackie Cain Kral (born May 22, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), from the Jackie & Roy duo, passed away peacefully yesterday (September 15, 2014) in her home in Montclair, New Jersey, with her daughter, Dana, by her side. The wonderful singer gifted with a pristine sound and a golden voice, had been ill for a number of years as a result of a number of strokes. Now that Jackie is reunited with Roy, a quote from one of their signature songs seems appropriate... "In a mountain greenery, where God paints the scenery, just two crazy people together...we could find no cleaner retreat from life's machinery than our Mountain Greenery home..."

The epitome of class and musical sophistication, Jackie & Roy's "Time & Love" (CTI, 1972) is one of my desert island discs (and "Lazy Afternoon" is one of my desert island tracks.) It's also one of Don Sebesky's favorites. I love "Bogie," "A Wilder Alias," "Grass," "Lovesick," "Changes" and many others too.

In one of my productions for Verve, "A Trip To Brazil Vol.3" (2002), I was able to include Jackie & Roy's version of "Corcovado" (Quiet Nights), from "Lovesick," one of the several albums that came out as a result of their prolific association with visionary producer Creed Taylor since the ABC-Paramount days in the '50s.

In another CD compilation, "Bossa Nova Guitar" (Verve, 2009), I've included the George Benson recording of "Jackie, All," a song composed in her honor by Eumir Deodato, and also covered by Walter Wanderley.

More reflections to follow. Heaven just got a lot hipper.
(Jackie & Roy's debut album for CTI, arranged by Don Sebesky, and featuring Paul Desmond, Bob James, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Jay Berliner, Hubert Laws, Marvin Stamm et al)

(Their second CTI date, featuring Steve Gadd, Harvie Swartz, Joe Farrell, Roy Pennington; it was released on CD for the first time in the U.S. in 2011, although it had been previously reissued in Japan)

(Jackie & Roy, in the right corner, during an European tour with the CTI All Stars in 1972)
(Jackie & Roy, liner pic from "A Wilder Alias")
(Jackie & Roy with Don Sebesky)

(The first U.S. CD reissue of "Time & Love")

 (The first Japanese CD reissue of "A Wilder Alias")

(The first CD reissue of "Grass," released in Japan)

(A compilation including tracks from four albums produced by Creed Taylor for ABC-Paramount between 1956 and 1958, arranged by Bill Holman, Quincy Jones, Ralph Burns and Ernie Wilkins, featuring Frank Rosolino, Phil Woods, Herbie Mann, Charlie Mariano, Shelly Manne et al)

(A CD compilation produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for Verve, including George Benson performing "Jackie, All," a tune composed by Deodato in honor of Jackie Cain)

Blu-spec CD of the Month - "Jackie & Roy: Time & Love"

Blu-spec CD of the Month
Jackie & Roy: "Time & Love" (CTI/King)

Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded & Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder
Cover Photo: Pete Turner
Album Design: Bob Ciano

Arranged & Conducted by Don Sebesky
Featuring: Jackie Cain, Roy Kral, Bob James, Pat Rebillott, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Phil Kraus, Jay Berliner, Hubert Laws, Marvin Stamm, Garnett Brown, Wayne Andre, Phil Bodner, George Marge, Romeo Penque, John Frosk, Alan Rubin et al.

Anna Mjöll @ Vibrato, Sept 19th

Almost sold out! This Friday, Sept 19th at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz:
Anna Mjöll/vocals - Pat Senatore /bass - Tom Ranier/piano - Mark Ferber/drums
For all those who didn't get in last time - call NOW 310.474.9400 for reservations!

DVDs & LD of the Day - "Joe Sample"

Legends: "Live at Montreux 1997"
Featuring: Joe Sample (acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes & Wurlitzer electric pianos), Marcus Miller (electric bass), Steve Gadd (drums), David Sanborn (alto sax) and Eric Clapton (electric guitar & vocals).
Sample shines throughout the concert, but his acoustic solo number, Jelly Roll Morton's "Shreveport Stomp," and the Crusaders' hit "Put Where You Want It" are specially noteworthy.
The Crusaders: "Live at Montreux 2003/1976"
Among the 12 tracks from the 2003 concert are "Viva De Funk," "Way Back Home," "Carnival of the Night," once again "Put Where You Want It" and 3 numbers featuring vocalist Randy Crawford: "The Thrill Is Gone," "Soul Shadows" and, of course, the title track from the "Street Life" album, a mega-hit she recorded with the band back in 1979. Besides Wilton Felder on tenor sax, this 2003 version of The Crusaders included Freddie Washington (electric bass), Kendrick Scott (drums), Ray Parker, Jr. (electric guitar) and Stephan Baxter (trombone).
But my personal favorite performances are the four bonus tracks from their first Montreux concert, in 1976: "Soul Caravan," "Spiral," "Hard Times" and the beautiful "A Ballad For Joe Louis." The band at that time included, besides Sample (using Rhodes, Wurlitzer and MiniMoog) and Felder (tenor sax, sometimes with electronic devices), another founding member, drummer Stix Hooper, plus Robert 'Pops' Popwell (electric bass) and Larry Carlton (electric guitar). Please note: The bonus footage from 1976 is only available on the European version of this DVD.
The Crusaders: "Purely Music Concert Series" (1991)
Tonight I'll be re-watching also a Crusaders video filmed for German TB broadcast in 1987, but only released here in the USA in 1991, on LaserDisc format, and unfortunately never reissued (anywhere!) on DVD. Among the guests are vocalist Reichii Guillory, Brazilian percussion master Airto Moreira (who often toured with The Crusaders but, oddly, never recorded on any of their albums) and, believe me, Kenny G. on soprano sax. My favorite tracks: "Carmel," "Chain Reaction" and "Sunrise."

R.I.P.: Joe Sample

(born Joseph Leslie Sample on February 1st, 1939 in Houston, Texas; died on September 12, 2014 in Houston, TX)

So sad about the passing of Joe Sample, a music giant. A couple of weeks ago, during a dinner with my friend and ace guitarist Barry Finnerty (who recorded on the Crusaders' legendary album "Street Life"), I told him I was concerned with Joe's health. Now I feel totally devastated, since he was one of my heroes, and one of my favorite Fender Rhodes players (what he does on Hubert Laws' "Say It With Silence" is pure magic!) Not coincidentally, it was that album that, almost a decade later, led me to know Joe Sample in person. Both me and my wife in the 80s, singer Yana Purim, fell in love with Joe's tune "It Happens Everyday," recorded by Laws. She wrote English lyrics for it, we did a recording (with Alphonso Johnson on bass) during the sessions for her "Harvest Time" album, and then we needed Joe's approval for the lyrics. We met him at the backstage of the NY Blue Note, in April or May 1987. He was very very kind, read the lyrics carefully, listened to the recording twice, and said: "Perfect. Great job!" After that, I met him several times (the last one in Montreux) and he always was very amiable. Rest in Peace.

Services for Joe Sample:
Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:00pm-9:00pm, wake and viewing open to the general public, Our Mother of Mercy Church, 4000 Sumpter St., Houston, TX, 77020. Funeral services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, etc., the family asks to make donations to the Joe Sample Youth Organization, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. Contributions can be made via paypal/credit card using the following link: 
or via check to the following address: Joe Sample Youth Organization, P.O. Box 590254, Houston, TX 77259.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lindsay Lohan's "Speed-The-Plow" Contest

More details about Lindsay Lohan's "Speed-The-Plow" contest.
Ends this next Wednesday, Sept 17th!
Grand Prize Winner gets 2 tickets to the show, second prize gets a SIGNED copy of the rehearsal script.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Gina Saputo back @ Steamers, Sept 12th

This next Friday, Sept 12th, don't miss Gina Saputo @ Steamers!

Gina be doing a very special performance for a Japanese online beauty magazine called bglenish!
"They will be following me all day and we'll rap up the shoot with an awesome of evening of music with my fabulous band and very special guest vocalists Courtney Lemmon and Tiana LE," she told us.

ALL AGES-! CALL 714-871-8800 RSVP-only $8
138 W. Commonwealth Blvd.
Fullerton, CA

Sheila E. @ Book Soup, signing and discussing her book with Billbaord editor Gail Mitchell

Tomorrow, Sept 10, at 7pm, don't miss Sheila E in conversation with Billboard editor Gail Mitchell about "The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir."
Location: Book Soup 8818 Sunset Boulevard (West Hollywood, CA)

From the Grammy Award-nominated singer, drummer, and percussionist who has shared the stage with countless musicians and is renowned for her contributions throughout the music industry, a moving memoir about the healing power of music inspired by five decades of life and love on the stage.

Sheila E., born Sheila Escovedo in 1957, picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three, inspired by her legendary father, percussionist Pete Escovedo. Two years later, she delivered her first solo performance to a live audience. By nineteen, she had fallen in love with Carlos Santana. By twenty-one, she met Prince.  

"The Beat of My Own Drum" is both a walk through four decades of Latin and pop music--from her tours with Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Prince, Tito Puente, George Duke, Flora Purim and Ringo Starr--to her own solo career. At the same time, it's also a heartbreaking, ultimately redemptive look at how the sanctity of music can save a person's life. Having endured sexual abuse as a child, Sheila credits her parents, music, and God with giving her the will to carry on and to build a lasting legacy.

Rich in musical detail, pop and Latin music history from the '70s and '80s, and Sheila's personal story, this memoir is a unique glimpse into a drummer's singular life--a treat for both new and longtime fans of Sheila E. And above all, it is a testament to how the positive power of music serves as the heartbeat of her life.

Kofi Baker's Cream Experience live in LA, Sept 11

Kofi Baker's power-trio Cream Experience live @ The Baked Potato (3787 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, CA, ph: 818-980-1615) on Sept 11, at 9pm & 11pm.
Featuring Kofi Baker (drums), Fran Banish (guitar) & Robertino Pagliari (bass).

Bob Barry's exhibition "Performance Portraits"

A note from renowned photographer Bob Barry about his exhibition that opens next Saturday, Sept 13, at the Mayme Clayton Library & Museum in Culver City:

"A brief reminder that the reception for my photo exhibit at the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum will be this coming Saturday (13th). There will be a screening of Dailey Pike's "Jazzumentary", Bob Barry - Jazzography in Black & White at 1:30, followed by a Q&A session with Bob & Dailey and the reception starts at 2:30 and will run till 7 PM. Refreshments will be served and Music provide for the reception by two wonderful pianists, John Campbell and Dan Marschak.
I am looking forward to seeing you all and sharing with you a great deal of my newest work. In total there will be 72 images being displayed for this exhibit."

Nicolas Bearde & Nat Adderley Jr. live @ Yoshi's San Franciso, this next Friday

Nicolas Bearde Nicolas Bearde is a San Francisco Bay Area treasure. As a charter member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra ensemble as well as the innovative vocal sextet SoVoSó, he's long been internationally recognized as a versatile and fearless vocal improviser, charismatic performer, and distinctive jazz and soul stylist.

Bearde will bring it all to Yoshi's San Francisco on Saturday 9/13, in the company of his newest collaborator, the renowned pianist/arranger Nat Adderley Jr. Joining Bearde and Adderley for what's billed as a "Virgo Birthday Celebration" -- the leader's birthday is September 15 -- will be saxophonist Charles McNeal, bassist John Shifflett, and drummer Leon Joyce Jr.

"Nat has a way of starting you in a different direction," says Bearde of Adderley, who spent nearly 20 years as music director for Luther Vandross and grew up in a deeply musical family including his cornetist father Nat Sr. and his alto saxophonist uncle Cannonball. "He has no qualms about telling you 'That's not working,' and why. He also tells you what works. He has a way of voicing chords that is so very musical. You don't have to hear the melody to hear the melody within the chords. We found that during rehearsal of this new material. I thought, this is probably the most beautiful way I've ever heard these songs."

Bearde has already begun work on his next album with Adderley producing and arranging. A five-song late-July New York session, with bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Rocky Bryant, found Bearde delving into the jazz lexicon, including "Lush Life," "My One and Only Love," and "Save Your Love for Me." He'll be performing these, along with other new songs, at the Yoshi's show.
  Nat Adderley Jr.

Bearde was introduced to Adderley about a year and a half ago while appearing at Trumpet's in Montclair, New Jersey. The club's owner recommended that Bearde call Adderley (pictured at left), who lived in the neighborhood, about the possibility of their working together at his next Trumpet's engagement.

"Nat said 'Send me the music and info, let's hear what you do,'" says Bearde. "So I sent him three albums' worth of material, and he called back and said, 'Where have you been? Why don't people know who you are? Of course I'll work with you.'"

The two continued to work together when Bearde was in the New York area and began to discuss a recording collaboration, now under way. The new album will focus on trio arrangements with guest horns-including alto saxophonist Vincent Herring -- with an anticipated spring 2015 release.
Nicolas Bearde and Nat Adderley Jr.  
Nicolas Bearde (top) rehearsing with Nat Adderley Jr. at Bearde's Oakland home, July 2014.   

Nashville native Nicolas Bearde, who's been based in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1970s, has worked extensively as an actor for stage, screen, and television and as a voice-over artist in addition to his vocal pursuits. By the mid-1980s, he'd hooked up with Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, and when McFerrin decided to take a break from the group in the mid-'90s, Bearde and other members branched off into a smaller a cappella unit called SoVoSó, which included Molly Holm, Linda Tillery, Rhiannon, Joey Blake, David Worm, and Edgardo Cambon. "We followed in the improvisational tradition of Voicestra, but added more gospel, Latin, and R&B elements," he says.

Bearde has released four albums through his Right Groove imprint: Crossing the Line (1998), All About Love (2004), Live at Yoshi's: A Salute to Lou [Rawls] (2008), and Visions (2013).

The Yoshi's San Francisco show, at 8:00 pm on Saturday 9/13, is sure to reveal surprising new aspects of Bearde's extraordinary vocal artistry. 
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