Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Last Call for the Manhattan Transter & Take 6 reunion in Los Angeles

Catalina Jazz Club
6725 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90028
Tix for Tonight, March 24: http://bit.ly/March24Catalina
Combining forces for the first time, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in pop music, create an unforgettable concert event that will thrill audiences of all ages. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B.

As The Manhattan Transfer mark the 40th Anniversary of their debut recording on Atlanta Records, original members Janis Siegal, Alan Paul, and Cheryl Bentyne will honor founding member Tim Hauser as they continue to tour with their newest member Trist Curless, while Take 6 shares their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent A cappella group in the world.

No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kaylene Peoples & Bunny Brunel CD Release Concert Benefiting Bella Composers

April 8, 8:30pm @ Catalina Jazz Club (6725 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles)
Dual CD release concert for Kaylene Peoples' "My Man" and Bunny Brunel's "Invent Your Future," Benefiting Bella Composers

Come celebrate with talented singer Kaylene Peoples and bassist extraordinaire Bunny Brunel (whom I love since his albums with Chick Corea in the late 70s such as "Secret Agent" and "Tap Step") their new CD releases benefitiing Bella Composers. 

This exciting concert features pianist Patrice Rushen, drummer Tom Brechtlein, guitar player Tony MacAlpine, with guitarist Mark Hammond, saxophonist Doug Webb, and percussionist Monette Marino (with surprise guest performances); and Mistress of Ceremonies Chase Masterson at Catalina Bar & Grill, Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Showtime 8:30pm/Red Carpet arrivals 7:00pm.

Tickets: $25 (Plus 2 Drink Minimum)
Link to purchase tickets: 

Bella Composers is a charity designed to spotlight women composers. There will be a competition where five women are chosen to have their compositions performed by a live orchestra in a performing arts center (an annual event). One of the female composer's work will be presented posthumously, resurrecting her composition for the world to hear. Bella Composers was created to offer women composers new opportunities, self-expression, empowerment, and employment in the world of classical, neoclassical, and other traditional musical genres by showcasing their music through live performance. Bella Composers was created by Kaylene Peoples, who is a singer/instrumentalist and composer/arranger. 

The benefit concert held at Catalina Bar & Grill is a red carpet event. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tonight, Melena is back @ Steamers!

Natanael Molina, Brian Wright, Anderson Quintero, Pablo Calogero & Jeff Jarvis

Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe
138 W. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
Ph: 714-871-8800 

Melena Francis Valdes is a world-class percussionist and educator of Afro/Cuban Music History and Percussion. She has toured, performed and recorded with legendary artists such as Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, Julio Iglesias, Chucho Valdes & Irakere, Chayanne, John Tesh, Eva Ayllone, Peru Negro, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ray De La Paz, Mario Ortiz Jr., Chino Nunez and many more. Melena teaches all levels of percussion, and has experience with special needs students as well. 

She has conducted Master Classes nationally and internationally such as: Montreal Drum Festival, Puerto Rico Music Conservatory, Percussion Gallery (Ponce, P.R.), Los Angeles Music Academy, Brownsville University, Remo Drum Center, Braille Institute, Boys and Girls Club, and more. She has specialized her studies in the Afro-Cuban tradition, and has taught her students the importance of the history and knowledge of Afro-Cuban drumming. Melena performs with her Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa band worldwide and is one of the most accomplished female percussionists in the Latin Music Industry. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"Fifty Shades Of Chill" comes out today

"Fifty Shades Of Chill: 50 Sensual Tracks Inspired By A Worldwide Phenomenon" (Irma) comes out today in Europe, USA and Asia, including tracks produced & arranged by Arnaldo DeSouteiro.

Tomorrow, "Remix Friday" @ Elevate Lounge in LA

Tomorow night, March 20, from 10pm to 2am
Don't miss "Remix Fridays" @ Elevate Lounge
811 Wilshire Blvd 21st Fl, Los Angeles 90017
Use their Guest List app to ensure you get in for free! http://ow.ly/z9xp5

This #RemixFriday get your groove on at Elevate Lounge! Enjoy the best music, views, and dancing at the #1 lounge in downtown LA! Only at Elevate's Remix Friday!

As always, guest list is FREE before 10:30pm. RSVP to get on the list!

To reserve a table please call/text (213) 400-1560 or email reservations@elevatelounge.com with your name and number of guests. Don't forget to ask about their drink specials! Cheers!!!

News from the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

12 March 2015                          
Düsseldorf, Germany / Wynton Marsalis

Holger Lodahl talks to two jazz fans who grew up in 1940s Düsseldorf, Germany, and experienced jazz as the music of liberation ( Rheinische Post) while Max Kirschner talks to the singer Lous Dassen who started her career in 1960 in Düsseldorf's Dr. Jazz club which she bought in 1985 and owned until 1998 ( Westdeutsche Zeitung). --- Joshua Goodman and Charles J. Gans report that Wynton Marsalis canceled performances of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Caracas due to rising tensions between Venezuela and the United States ( Washington Times).

13 March 2015

Ben Sisario and Noah Smith report about the law suit about copyright infringement concerning the 2013 pop hit "Blurred Lines" written by Pharrell Williams and performed by Robin Thicke which, as the jury found, used elements of the 1977 Marvin Gaye song "Got to Give It Up" ( New York Times). The lawsuit was originally brought on by Thicke and Williams as a preemptive attempt to protect "Blurred Lines" from claims of a rip-off ( Billboard). While opinions are divided about the jury verdict -- examples are Jon Caramanica's ( New York Times), Tim Wu's ( The New Yorker) and Thomas Lindemann's ( Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ) criticism of the ruling and the Marvin Gaye family attorney's description of their court strategy ( Billboard) --, outspoken Nicholas Payton had his word to say in September 2013, already ( NicholasPayton). A YouTube mix shows some of the similarities of the two songs ( YouTube). Among the experts heard at the trial was the musicologist and jazz expert Ingrid Monson. --- Meanwhile the Swiss composer and saxophonist Bruno Spoerri won a lawsuit against the rap star Jay Z whose song "Versus" uses ideas from Spoerri's 1978 recording "On the Way" ( Tageswoche, Daily Mail).

14 March 2015
Audience / Judy Carmichael

The saxophonist Jaleel Shaw takes his cue from a byline in a previous blog post by Ethan Iverson about the lack of interest in "black intelligentsia" for jazz to reflect upon why it is that jazz might not be as present in the African-American communities as it should be ( JaleelShaw Blogspot). --- Steve Wildsmith talks to the pianist Judy Carmichael about how Count Basie called her "Stride", about the sound color of Steinway pianos, and about the need of a professional attitude when you go on stage ( The Daily Times).

15 March 2015
Matana Roberts / Dave Douglas

Christina Lee talks to the saxophonist Matana Roberts about the problem of labels, personal, social as well as musical ones, about her research of American history and her own family history for her "Coin Coin" project and about herself being concerned about misrepresentations of her stories, about the complexity of ethnicity, about language (in general) still not dealing "with how the terminology is racist or sexist", and about the third chapter of her 12-album series "Coin Coin", entitled "River Run Thee" ( Rolling Stone). --- Devin Leonard talks to the trumpeter Dave Douglas, one of the "most venerated trumpeters in jazz", who "has figured out how to market his music to a global audience when the record industry is struggling to survive" ( Bloomberg). Douglas talks about his frustration with major record companies, about his decision to start his own label, Greenleaf, and about experimenting with new distribution models from CDs, downloads to flash drives and podcasts.

16 March 2015
Verve / Gregory Porter

Ted Gioia reports about the recent acquisition of the Verve record label by Interscope Geffen A & M, "the home of Eminem and Lady Gaga" ( The Daily Beast). He recounts the history of the legendary brand founded by Norman Granz in 1956 and finds Granz's vision lacking in the label's output under Universal's ownership in recent years. --- Olivia Parker talks to the singer Gregory Porter about his neighborhood in Brooklyn, about how his life and music changed when he became a father, about a perfect Sunday in New York, and being a fan of Jamie Oliver's cooking show ( The Telegraph).

16 March 2015            
Joe Viera / Paris

Hans Hielscher talks to the 83-year-old German saxophonist and educator Joe Viera about a workshop he organizes in Burghausen since 1972, about the need for jazz education in general and about the long way of jazz into academia ( Spiegel Online). --- Rebecca Dalzell visits the jazz clubs of Paris (France), looks back at the city's long love affair with the music and discovers unusual places to hear both more traditional and very contemporary sounds in the French capital ( Independent Online, South Africa).

18 March 2015
... what else ...
Simon Broll remembers Charlie Parker on the 50th anniversary of his death ( Spiegel Online). --- Anja Baumgart-Pietsch talks to the German pianist Andreas Hertel ( Wiesbadener Kurier). --- Martin Johnson's hears Jack DeJohnette's album "Made in Chicago" ( Wall Street Journal). --- Marc Myers revisits Herbie Hancock's album "Maiden Voyage" 50 years after it was recorded ( Wall Street Journal). --- Ben Ratliff attends a concert during the Village Vanguard's 80th anniversary week, featuring the Jason Moran trio as well as poets and comedians and thus recalling the not-only-jazz beginnings of the legendary New York club ( New York Times). Nate Chinen hears Charles Lloyd's sets with Moran's trio during the same week ( New York Times). --- The German record label Winter and Winter turns 30, and Johannes Kaiser pays tribute ( Bayerischer Rundfunk). --- Alun Rath talks to the drummer Albert 'Tootie' Heath ( NPR). --- Detlef Kinsler talks to Elisabeth Ok about her film about the German jazz pioneer Carlo Bohländer which will be premiered today in Frankfurt, Germany ( Journal Frankfurt).

We read further obituaries about the producer Orrin Keepnews ( The Guardian, Zeal NYC). --- We learned of the passing of the guitarist Daevid Allen at the age of 77 ( New York Times), the jazz radio DJ Bob Parlocha at the age of 76 ( Jazz FM), the bass player Mike Porcaro at the age of 59, as well as the bassist Jack Six at the age of 84.

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut:
Last week we staged the 19th Darmstadt Music Talk, an event co-organized by the three municipal music institutes of the city of Darmstadt involving the three institutes' directors as well as one guest. Last week's topic was "Culture to the Streets"; the event was held at the Kunsthalle Darmstadt (museum/gallery), and the guest was the event's host as well, the Kunsthalle director León Krempel. Our local newspaper has the story (Darmstädter Echo, via Musikgespräche).

The German pianist Achim Kaufmann and the American clarinetist / saxophonist Michael Moore performed at the Jazzinstitut last Friday with their vibrant duo playing originals as well as compositions by Herbie Nichols and Andrew Hill.

Last weekend the Neue Deutsche Jazzpreis (New German Jazz Award) competition took place in Mannheim, Germany. The winner was vocalist Filippa Gojo; a special composition price went to Jürgen Friedrich. The Jazzinstitut Darmstadt is a cooperation partner in the Neue Deutsche Jazzpreis; Arndt Weidler is a member of the jury for first screening; this year's finalists were decided upon by saxophonist Kenny Garrett ( Frankfurter Rundschau, Mannheimer Morgen).

We read... George Benson's autobiography "Benson. The Autobiography of a Jaz Legend ". The review of this and other books can be found on the book review page of our website.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Anna Mjöll live @ Vibrato, March 20

This Friday @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz, Anna Mjöll with Pat Senatore, Tom Ranier and a mysterious drummer...hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Roberta Gambarini & Jimmy Cobb live in LA @ Catalina Jazz Club, this next weekend

For sure, the gig of the week! Jazz diva Roberta Gambarini with a stellar quartet featuring drummer Jimmy Cobb, a true living legend, will be appearing @ Catalina Jazz Club (6725 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles) during a 3-night engagement, from March 13 to 15th.

"I am so thriled and excited to be singing at Catalina Jazz Club in LA! Three evenings of music with my quartet, with grand master Jimmy Cobb as a special guest, and the amazing Eric Reed on piano and Ameen Saleem on bass," Gambarini says. "Come on down! We have lots of new music for you, including selections from the upcoming project dedicated to the music of Jimmy Heath, and much more."

This Friday, March 13th, Saturday March 14th, and Sunday March 15th. Sets start at 8 pm. Not to be missed.

Manolo Badrena's solo debut, which features Jaco Pastorius, will be reissued on CD next month

Originally recorded in 1979 for A&M, "Manolo" -- the debut album of the Puerto Rican percussionist extraordinaire Manolo Badrena as a leader, conceived after he left Weather Report -- comes out in Japan (by Universal) on March 25, 2015. Actually, that's the second Japanese reissue of the disc, which had been previously released in digital format 15 years ago.

It's a killer album that features bassists Jaco Pastorius and Abe Laboriel, keyboard genius Hugo Fattoruso and his wife at the time Maria de Fatima Fattoruso (who plays acoustic guitar and does the lead vocals on "Clube da Esquina," with Lani Hall backing her), trumpeter-trombonist Gary Gazaway, guitarist Carlos Rios, drummer Jorge Fattoruso, and violinist Alfredo de la Fe. Manolo plays percussion, drums, congas, tabla, synthesizer, Chinese gongs, tone bells, timbales, cencerro, chekere, bata drums and guiro. And sings!

Except for "Clube da Esquina" (written by Milton Nascimento, Lo Borges & Marcio Borges), all tunes were composed by Badrena, with Sybil Thomas providing lyrics & vocals to the samba "Canelas," on which Hugo Fattoruso plays cavaquinho and Manolo is heard on surdo (Brazilian bass drum). The song "Yana" is dedicated to singer Yana Purim.

But it's impossible to pick highlights in such a massive album. As Herb Alperts, who co-produced the sessions, states in his notes: "Manolo took me on a trip way beyond anything I had ever been exposed to before. I used to be rather quick to judge music based on melody, form and content. Manolo inadverthely showed me another equally important ingredient called ENERGY, and threre's no shortage here. Thanks 'Nolo', I love you."

Voted "best percussionist of 2014" on the 36th Annual Jazz Station Awards, Manolo Badrena is currently a member of Ahmad Jamal's ensemble.

Tomasz Stanko live in California, March 28

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
General: $30 Students: $20
Jazz Bakery Presents ECM recording artist, trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, with his New York Quartet
Featuring: David Virelles (piano & keyboards), Reuben Rogers (bass) & Gerald Cleaver (drums)

VENUE: Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Kirk Douglas Theatre is the Jewel of the Culver City Theater District. Free Covered Parking at Culver City City Hall, enter on Duquesne Ave.
KJAZZ 88.1 - official media sponsor.

Killing Kittens LA Penthouse Party, March 14

Get ready for the next Los Angeles Kittens party on March 14! Join the sexual elite at www.killingkittens.com

The Michael Carvin Experience Available for Booking 2015

The Mike Longo Trio live in NY, tonight!

Help us celebrate the first hints of Spring with Hot Jazz from the Mike Longo Trio featuring Ray Mosca on drums and Paul West on bass when they pay tribute to Dizzy Gillespie & Miles Davis this Tuesday, March 10 at "Jazz Tuesdays".

"Jazz Tuesdays" is located in the Gillespie Auditorium at the New York Baha'i  Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway).  There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m. For advanced ticket sales and information call  212-222-5159.  Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.

Mike Longo, a Steinway artist, has performed with a list of jazz legends  that include saxophone great Cannonball Adderley, Henry Red Allen, Coleman  Hawkins, George Wettling, Gene Krupa, Nancy Wilson, Gloria Lynn, Jimmy  Witherspoon, Joe Williams, Jimmy Rushing, James Moody and many others. It was  in the mid-60s when Longo's trio was playing at the Embers West, that Roy  Eldridge told Dizzy Gillespie about this new pianist he had heard. Dizzy came  to hear him play and soon asked him to become his pianist. This started a  life-long musical relationship and friendship.

From 1966 through 1975, Longo  worked exclusively as Dizzy's pianist and musical director. Mike left the  Gillespie group officially in 1975 to venture out on his own, but continued  to work for Gillespie on a part-time basis until his death in 1993. Since that time Mike has recorded numerous albums and CDs on various labels with  some 45 recordings with artists such as Gillespie, James Moody, Astrud Gilberto etc. At present he has over 20 solo albums to his credit. He is sought after as a  music instructor and is in demand for jazz clinics and concerts at  universities and music schools throughout the world, and has appeared at the  Lincoln Center's new jazz room "Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola."

Longo is founder and  President of Consolidated Artists Productions (CAP), an independent recording  label, dedicated to allowing artists to pursue the types of projects that are  in line with their career objectives. Longo's latest venture, Jazz Tuesdays, is dedicated to allowing artists to  retain creative control of their work and providing students and the general  public with an opportunity to hear "world class jazz at affordable prices.".

The John Birks Gillespie Auditorium, dedicated to the late jazz great  Dizzy Gillespie, who was a Bahá'í, is located within the New York City Bahá'í  Center in the heart of Greenwich Village. Beginning on January 6, 2004, the  anniversary of Dizzy's death, his former pianist and musical director, Mike Longo, began presenting weekly jazz concerts every Tuesday evening at 8:00  and 9:30 PM.

For more about acts at "Jazz Tuesdays", check out our website at www.jazzbeat.com
Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

News from Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

5 March 2015                              
Drums / Buddy Rich

Ethan Iverson takes the occasion of three Oscars for the film "Whiplash" to reflect about the importance of the drums for jazz, covering all periods from Ellington's early 1920s music through recent hip hop, with Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and Don Ellis for whom the original arrangement of "Whiplash" was written by Hank Levy in between ( Do the Math). --- In a guest post on Iverson's blog, Mark Stryker reflects about the art of the drummer Buddy Rich who is the hero for "Whiplash", the movie's, young Andrew Neiman ( Do the Math).

6 March 2015
AACM / Jazz in Hesse

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians ( AACM) was founded in Chicago 50 years ago, and Howard Reich pays tribute to an arts initiative still going strong (Chicago Tribune ). Nate Chinen reports about the AACM's anniversary as well and talks to Jason Moran, Jack DeJohnette, George E. Lewis, Craig Taborn, and Nicole Mitchell ( New York Times). --- Jazz came to Germany in the 1920s, but its spirit really set foot in 1945 when the music became synonymous with freedom, democracy and an alternate aesthetic, as can be heard over the next couple of months in HR radio's series of features and interviews concentrating on "The Sound of Freedom - 70 Years Jazz in Hesse" ( HR Online).

7 March 2015
Willie Ruff / Malcolm X

Phillip Lutz talks to the french horn player Willie Ruff about a Yale event acknowledging the contribution of African-American music, about the Ellington Jazz Series which he organizes at Yale since 42 years, about the young pianist Aaron Diehl who will perform in the series on March 6 and who happens to be the grandson of Arthur Baskerville, a trombonist whom Ruff knew well as a teenage soldier, as well as about his long collaboration with the pianist Dwike Mitchell with whom he had traveled around the world ( New York Times). --- Hisham Aidi reflects about the recent terrorist attack in Paris which led experts to list indicators that a person might become an extremist, among them "if a person has stopped listening to music", to then examine Malcom X's passion for jazz, from Duke Ellington and Dakota Staton to Thelonious Monk and his "Muslim Band" ( The New Yorker).

8 March 2015
Christian McBride / Carolyn Breuer

Tony Sauro talks to the bassist Christian McBride about having been called "The Ambassador" by Down Beat magazine, about the message of jazz, about his involvement with the Brubeck Institute, about jazz education, and about jazz being a music you make out of love ( RecordNet). --- Peter T. Schmidt talks to the German saxophonist Carolyn Breuer about mixing elements from jazz, blues and folk music on her latest album "Shoot the Piano Player", about influences from Jimi Hendrix to her father, the trombonist Hermann Breuer, and about the problem of (German) jazz having far more young musicians than a young audience ( Münchner Merkur).

9 March 2015
Wolfgang Haffner / Ethiopia

The German drummer Wolfgang Haffner doesn't like genre labels. In an interview with German TV he reflects upon his musical initiation to jazz, about starting his career right out of school, and about his newest album "Kind of Cool", a reference to Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" ( Das Erste). The TV feature itself can be viewed here ( ARD Mediathek). --- The Jazzamba club in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's Taitu Hotel burnt to the ground in January, and local musicians like Misale Legesse and Henok Temesgen miss it dearly, as they had learned and perfected their craft in the club ( Nazret). Jazz was mostly forgotten during Mengistu Haile Mariam's communist dictatorship, but the interest in Ethio-jazz, the country's style using African-American as well as specifically Ethiopian elements has grown internationally. The musicians' work at Jazzamba paid for a music school near Addis Ababa; with the venue gone, an Ethiopian wine producer has stepped in to fund the school for one year.

10 March 2015         
Africa / Irma Curry

Charles Onyango-Obbo finds that, as opposed to 25 years ago, there "is no African country that doesn't have a notable jazz musician these days" ( Mail and Guardian Africa). He remembers the time when the jazz he heard used to come from the Voice of America and when Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim were the only African musicians known broadly even in Africa. And he interprets the fact that there are so many more musicians of note nowadays as a sign for the changes that have happened. --- Marc Myers talks to the singer Irma Curry about growing up in Baltimore, about her start in music, about joining Lionel Hampton's band in the early 1950s, about hanging out with Wes Montgomery and Quincy Jones ( JazzWax, part 1), about her album "Love Is a Necessary Evil" from 1962, about recording with Benny Carter, and about her singing approach being "by my ear and heart" ( JazzWax, part 2).

11. Februar 2015
... what else ...

Tom Gsteiger attends the Jazzwerkstatt Bern festival in Berne, Switzerland, and his review questions the tendency to schedule highly complex music and recommends to get back to what he considers the basics of jazz ( Der Bund). --- Benjamin Schaefer published the third installment of his series about audience development ( Jazzzeitung). --- Nate Chinen ( New York Times) and Ted Panken ( Down Beat) attend Keith Jarrett's solo concert at Carnegie Hall. --- Mike McGonigal reprints a Twitter photo of Ornette Coleman welcoming Cecil Taylor to his 85th birthday party ( Detroit Metro Times). --- Mechthild Schneiders talks to the German trumpeter Stefan Zimmer ( Wittlicher Zeitung). --- The German educator Hermann Rauhe has been honored on the occasion of his 85th birthday by the senate of the Hamburg city government ( Klassik).

Nachrufe / Obituaries
We learned of the passing of the trumpeter Clark Terry at the age of 94 ( St. Louis American, Hollywood Reporter, Jazz Times, Wall Street Journal (1), Wall Street Journal (2), New York Times, Rolling Stone, KSHB, Art Info), the producer Orrin Keepnews at the age of 91 ( Rolling Stone, KQED, San Francisco Chronicle , New York Times, NPR, Washington Post), the trumpeter Lew Soloff at the age of 71 ( Los Angeles Times, New York Times), the composer and pianist Tom McKinley at the age of 76 ( New York Times, New Music Box), the saxophonist Zane Musa at the age of 36 ( Contra Costa Times), the British photographer John 'Hoppy' Hopkins at the age of 77 ( The Guardian), the pianist David Maxwell at the age of 71 ( Boston Globe), the CEO of Newark's WBGO jazz station Cephas Bowles at the age of 62 ( NJcom), the Bakersfield, California, Jazz Festival organizer Adele Davis at the age of 76 ( The Bakersfield Californian), the choir director and educator Steve Zegree at the age of 61 (Western Michigan University ), the St. Louis vocalist and club owner Gene Lynn at the age of 78 ( St. Louis Post-Dispatch ), the Canadian producer and sound engineer Mike King, the German critic Lothar Lewien at the age of 61, as well as the blues guitarist and vocalist Robert Belfour at the age of 74. --- Larry Blumenfeld reports about Clark Terry's funeral service at Harlem's historic Abyssinian Baptist Church ( BluNotes); the photos in that report are by yours truly, in New York for that week.

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut
We are currently reviewing the submissions for our Darmstadt Jazzforum conference the call for papers of which ended in February. We received quite a number of excellent submissions and look forward to an outstanding program. The international conference on the topic "Gender and Identity in Jazz" till take place in early October in Darmstadt, Germany ( Darmstadt Jazzforum).

Our exhibition "Something Completely Different. Jazzplakate!" is being celebrated by the local press. The Darmstädter Echo featured it in late February with a title page as well as a spread in its Sunday edition ( Darmstädter Echo). The exhibition can be viewed during our office hours until the end of May.

Wolfram Knauer attended Clark Terry 's funeral at Harlem, New York's Abyssinian Baptist Church in late February; he also attended the start of a concert series honoring the anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM ) at Roulette in Brooklyn, New York, featuring the Amina Claudine Myers Trio as well as Thurman Barker's Strike Force.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Shannon Lee Blas live @ Steamers, tomorrow night

Tomorrow night, Monday, March 9
8pm-11pm  $2 All Ages

It's the second-Monday-of-the-month again so Shannon will be back onstage with 17-piece Bill Strout's Big Band 2000! Catch either set (8pm or 9:30pm) or both if you can. The cover-charge is just $2 per person; Shannon plus 17 cool jazz cats = great value for great live music. Call 714-871-8800 to RSVP. Hope to see you there!

CALL 714-871-8800 RSVP-

Monday night is big band night @ Steamers! Don't miss Big Band 2000, on hand to present sounds drawn from the popular music of the 40's through the 90's. Check out this band's classic repertoire from the big band books of the likes of Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, plus arrangements from such great jazz writers as Sammy Nestico, Bob Florence and Bill Holman.Shannon grew up in San Diego where she began her music and theatre studies.

Shannon Lee Blas holds an AA in Music for Vocal Performance and finished her BA in Drama, with Honors in Acting, at UC Irvine. Her music and dramatic training make her a dynamic performer and musical "storyteller." For over twenty years she has sung jazz & popular music with multiple bands and ensembles and has performed music from all over the world. She has shared the stage with the likes of Tom Kubis and Louie Bellson and performs regularly as the featured vocalist with Bill Strout's Big Band 2000. In 2011, Shannon completed an MBA/MFA in Theatre Management. She is now Patron Services Manager at Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo, California while continuing to sing all over the country. You go, girl!

CD of the Month - "Karl Latham, Ryan Carniaux & Mark Egan: Constellations"

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month
Karl Latham, Ryan Carniaux & Mark Egan: "Constellations" (Double Moon) 2015

Rating: ***** (musical performance, sonic quality & artwork)

Produced by Karl Latham
Recorded & Mixed @ Barbershop Studios (Lake Hopatcong, NJ) by Jeremy Gillespie
Mastered @ Kevorkian Mastering/Avatar Studios, NY by Fred Kevorkian
Cover Artwork: Knut Schötteldreier

Featuring: Karl Latham (drums & percussion), Mark Egan (electric bass), Nick Rolfe (Rhodes & keyboards) & Ryan Carniaux (trumpet & flugelhorn)

Track Listing: Hope; Draco Rexus; Wanderlust; Desired Constellation; Frejya; My Juvenile; The Dull Flame Of Desire; Godhi; I See Who You Are; Alugsukat; Hulda Folk; Ostara.
Total Time 72:17
"Constellations" is the debut recording from Karl Latham, Ryan Carniaux and Mark Egan with special guest Nick Rolfe featuring their creative interpretations of the music from Icelandic iconoclastic pop star Bjork. And this is iconoclastic jazz, indeed. Everything sounds unorthodox, unexpected and oustanding.

On this 72-plus minute highly adventurous improvisational outing, the group draws from a wide palette of influences ranging from Miles Davis's "Live Evil" and "Bitches Brew" (updating Miles' early 70s aesthetic to the 21st Century) to open ended impressionistic variations. They have selected six Bjork's songs, complemented by other six tunes written collectively by Latham, Egan, Carniaux & Rolfe.

The Icelandic singer Bjork has created her own universe with her music and performances that are both exciting and original, but have not found a better jazz interpreter until now with "Constellations." Curiously, I was expecting to find songs from Bjork's early solo albums as "Debut", and mainly from the mid- to late 90s Deodato-arranged trilogy of "Post," "Telegram" and "Homogenic" (to which Brazilian genius Eumir Deodato added sumptuous orchestral arrangements). Things like "Isobel," "Hyper-Ballad" and "Possibly Maybe." Instead, Latham opted for more recent tunes.

Master drummer Karl Latham has been a Bjork fan for many years. Karl's "Resonance," released by Dropzone Jazz Records in 2007, included a cover version Bjork's “Pagan Poetry." Her “Volta" album was released that same year, and triggered an urgent desire in Latham not just to cover the songs but also to create compositions inspired by Bjork, which the group Constellations created for this first release, packaged in a beautiful artwork by German artist Knut Schötteldreier, who have prepared the covers for several productions I did for Verve.

Latham shared his thoughts and plans originally with his long-time friend and colleague bassist Mark Egan, his partner on the "Unity 1" trio project (with guitarist John Hart). His enthusiasm was contagious and they considered who else could fit into this creative concept. They found another partner during a recording session with the up and coming virtuoso trumpet player Ryan Carniaux, a rising star that follows a more "European style," with a loud and clear open sound, something that is a blessing in an era of so many bop rooted trumpeters.

It soon became apparent that master keyboardist Nick Rolfe, whom Karl and Mark knew from many joint performances, would be a perfect choice for the project. Rolfe, that often uses Rhodes, knows how to work with "sound colors" and paints many exhilarating landscapes. When the universe aligned in the Spring of 2013, with sound engineer Jeremy Gillespie on board, they created these groundbreaking interpretations of Bjork's musical cosmos.

A fascinating portrait of a singer and her music emerged from these sessions. My personal favorite tracks are the opener "Hope," "Wanderlust" -- the perfect synthesis of Bjork in a jazzy vision as well as of "jazz meets drum 'n' bass," with Nick using Rhodes sounds and a Nord organ that sounds like an Arp Strings synth, while Ryan applies electronic devices to his trumpet --, the 11-minute long track "Desired Constellation" (where the Zawinul textures, reminiscent of his work with Miles, become more evident), "The Dull Flame of Desire" (I only regret the fade-out), the ambient mood journey of "I See Who You Are," the Moog adventure on "Alugsukat" and the way Egan's fretless sings on "Ostara." But the whole album is a highlight, certainly one of the best releases of the year.

The bass lines, with Egan's signature fluid sound on his fretted and fretless green Pedulla 5-string basses, at times repetitive and then again free flowing, weave through the solid creative grooves created by Latham's masterful drumming. The powerful trumpet playing by Ryan Carniaux interprets Bjork's voice but never mimics it literally. The multi-layered keyboards of Mr. Rolfe support the quartet like a flying sound carpet. The combination of all four musicians creates the hovering thick atmosphere of the “Nordic" sound, which reminds you incessantly of Bjork and her performances.

Karl Latham, initiator of the project, is a world-class drummer who has performed and recorded with Don Braden, Joel Frahm, Andy Snitzer, Claudio Roditi, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Michal Urbaniak and rock icon, Johnny Winter. He tours internationally with the group Unit 1 and can be heard on numerous CDs.

Mark Egan is one of the top contemporary bassists. A disciple of Jaco Pastorius and for many years a member of the original Pat Metheny Group as well as of The Gil Evans Orchestra. Egan has also performed and recorded with David Matthews, Joe Beck, Chroma, Pat Martino, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie, Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, the Elements group that he co-leads with drummer Danny Gottlieb, and most recently with the CTI All-Stars band. He has also recorded with Sting, Joan Osborn, John McGlaughlin and Marc Cohen, among others.

Ryan Carniaux from Providence, Rhode Island, studied music at Berklee in Boston. He currently lives in Cologne, tours throughout Europe and the USA and is considered a rising star among young trumpet players. He is Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Folkwang University of the Arts. He has played with numerous German musicians including Wolfgang Lackersmid and internationally with Dave Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Mark Murphy and Benny Golson.

Nick Rolfe was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Seattle, Washington. He started classical piano lessons when he was six years old. He studied in New York and has been seen and heard time and again with musicians from Slide Hampton to Roy Hargrove as well as Lizz Wright, India Arie and Nona Hendryx. He is also a successful actor and has appeared in various TV and film productions.

R.I.P.: Lew Soloff

(born February 20, 1944 in New York, NY;

died March 7, 2015 in New York, NY)
          (Lew Soloff & Arnaldo DeSouteiro, New York, 1987)

Shocked and devastaded with the news about Lew Soloff's passing. He was having dinner with his daugher Laura and her family. As they were walking home, he had a heart attack on the sidewalk. 
He is one of my trumpet heroes (along with Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis and Randy Brecker). Lew was a dear friend, with whom I had the honor to work in recordings and concerts; the first time was in 1987, in New York, during the sessions for Yana Purim's "Harvest Time" album with Herbie Hancock and two fellow members of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet: David Matthews and George Young.

It was a dream come true when Lew accepted the invitation to take part of the album. He had arrived that same day from Japan with MJQ but went to Deodato's Duplex Sound Studio and recorded in a couple of tunes, doing an absolutely superb performance specially on a very special arrangement (by another genius, Hugo Fattoruso) of Luiz Bonfa's "The Gentle Rain". In 7/4!!!! I was so dazzled and mesmerized by his solo that I couldn't speak. Then, Lew said to me: "You know I'm tired, with jetlag, so if you don't like what I played today, just call me tomorrow and I'll be back to re-record everything!" Of course it wasn't necessary, he had played brilliantly.
Some months later, he, his wife at that time (harpist Emily Mitchell) and "Little Laura" stayed for a week in my place in my native Rio when he went there to play with Gil Evans. I can't believe he's gone now, but he will be in my heart forever. I collect all albums recorded by Lew as a leader (most of them for Japanese labels) and as a sideman, including LaserDiscs and DVDs with both the Manhattan Jazz Quintet and the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, as well as with Frank Sinatra (the fabulous LD "Portrait Of An Album," that documents the "LA Is My Lady" recording sessions produced by Quincy Jones, on which he was featured on "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?"), the supergroups Blood Sweat & Tears (many DVDs from the Musikladen programs for German TV) and Average White Band, The Gil Evans Orchestra (when Gil was still alive as well as on the final concert with Miles Davis at Montreux, with Quincy conducting the band), and also honoring Charles Mingus on "Epitaph."
 (Joe Beck, Mark Egan, Lew Soloff & Ronnie Cuber; pic by Arnaldo DeSouteiro)

Several times he was "elected" by me as "best trumpeter of the year" in the annual Jazz Station Awards. Every time I traveled to NY, I used to call him immediately to know where he was playing. So I was blessed with the chance to attend countless concerts and gigs he did with Gil Evans as well as, in later years, with three other dears friends -- Mark Egan, Ronnie  Cuber and the late Joe Beck -- and many others. My condolences to all his family. Rest in Peace, Lew.
His daugher Laura Solomon posted on Facebook:
Lew Soloff's funeral service and burial will take place tomorrow, Monday, March 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM in Kensico Cemetery (Sharon Gardens), Valhalla, NY. Rabbi Jeremias will oversee the service.
We are organizing a celebratory Memorial for him in the coming weeks. More details are forthcoming.
Tonight I lost my dad. We flew to New York to spend the week with him and my sister, enjoyed the day together, had dinner at our favorite grub spot. On the way home, he suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed into my arms on the sidewalk in front of my husband and children. I performed CPR with the help of a passerby and continued to assist after EMTs arrived. He died at the scene, was resuscitated, made it through an angioplasty but couldn't stabilize afterward and passed away just before 1:00 AM.
My dad was amazing. He could drive me fucking crazy, but that didn't make him any less essential to my life. He loved his grandkids. He loved my sister and me. He was one of the greatest trumpet players in the world and I'm so proud to be his daughter. I'm so happy to carry on a fraction of his musicality in the now rare moments that I pick up my violin.
Dad had more friends than anyone I know. He was always on the phone. Always. Even when it was totally inappropriate. He was so loved by so many. His life overflowed with people who cared for him. I am so thankful for you all.
I am devastated. I can't picture my life or my kids' lives without him in it. It doesn't seem real. It's definitely not fair. But I am so grateful to have spent my dad's last day on Earth together in New York City.
Please keep my family in your thoughts and respect our privacy during this awful time. We're hurting badly.
Lew Soloff, a true virtuoso musician, is likely best known in the USA for his work with Blood, Sweat & Tears and as a first-call session player. But, in Japan, the man is almost a pop star, due to countless tours promoting dozens of albums (and videos) he recorded as the main soloist of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet as well as with another ensemble led by arranger David Matthews, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra. Not to mention his own fantastic CDs as a leader -- "Hanalei Bay," "Yesterdays," "But Beautiful" (aka "Speak Low") and "My Romance" are my personal favorites. The projects with the Manhattan Jazz Quintet are no less superb, and the first incarnation of the group also included David Matthews, George Young, Eddie Gomez (later replaced by John Patitucci) and Steve Gadd (eventually replaced by Dave Weckl, Peter Erskine and Victor Lewis.)
Soloff also worked for over three decades with The Gil Evans Orchestra. He played with everyone who's someone; from George Benson to Barbra Streisand, from Tony Scott to Stanley Clarke, from Bob James to Marianne Faithful, from Frank Sinatra to Blood Sweat & Tears, from Quincy Jones to Ted Rosenthal, from Jim Hall to Toots Thielemans, from Buddy Rich to Joss Stone. Plus such pop/soul/rock stars as Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Michael Franks, Burt Bacharach, James Brown, Sting, the groups Average White Band and Steely Dan, latin legends Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente, Brazilian singers Yana Purim and Tania Maria, the Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra and countless others.
I had the honor to record with him for the first time back in 1987, in New York, during the sessions for Yana Purim's "Harvest Time" album with Herbie Hancock and two fellow members of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet: David Matthews and George Young. Lew made frequent guest appearances with jazz orchestras all over the world, such as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra. Most recently, he was in action with Icelandic singer Anna Mjöll.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sheila Jordan & Ellen Johnson live in CA, tonight

Tonight, March 7, don't miss Sheila Jordan singing & signing (her biography "Jazz Child", written by another great jazz songstress, Ellen Johnson) at East Bay Coffee.

For tix info, please call (510) 964-7827.
Sheila & Ellen will be backed by Dan Zemelman (piano), Peter Barshay (bass) & Vince Lateano (drums).

CD + DVD of the Month - "Diana Krall: Wallflower"

Vocal CD + DVD of the Month
Diana Krall: "Wallflower" (Verve) 2015

Forget about the "regular" U.S. issue of this album, that sounds... dull. The one we recommend is this special "deluxe edition" 2-disc set that Jazz Station has just received and that came out in Japan last January 28th on SHM-CD, including a DVD. What makes a big difference are the four bonus tracks added to the CD, specially an amazing version of the main hit composed by my late friend Rodgers Grant, "Yeh Yeh"; a song that Diana performs with Georgie Fame, who scored a phenomenal success with this song in the 60s. There's also a bonus DVD that plays in North American DVD players since it's on NTSC format. Cheers!

This is the complete tracklist:
California Dreamin'
Alone Again (Naturally) feat. Michael Bublé
Wallflower feat. Blake Mills
If I Take You Home Tonight
I Can't Tell You Why
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)
I'm Not In Love
Feels Like Home feat. Bryan Adams
Don't Dream It's Over

Bonus Tracks:
In My Life
Yeh Yeh / Diana Krall Featuring Georgie Fame
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Live
Wallflower - Live

DVD : NTSC, 12min
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
A Case Of You

Monday, March 2, 2015

R.I.P.: Orrin Keepnews

R.I.P.: Orrin Keepnews

So sad to know about the passing of my friend Orrin Keepnews yesterday. He would turn 92 today. I had the honor to produce reissues of many albums he produced, as well as to include Orrin's tracks in some of my compilations. All true jazz lovers know that he is one of the most important producers in the jazz history (IMHO, he, Norman Granz and Creed Taylor).

We all owe a great debt to Orrin for what he did at his Riverside label in the early 60s, by signing people like Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, and Cannonball Adderley, and producing their first solo albums. He later sold Riverside to Fantasy Records, but founded a new label, Milestone, in 1966, signing people like Jim Hall and Lee Konitz. 

Once again, due to financial problems, he had to sold his trademark; and once again Fantasy got it (in '72). But they kept Orrin in creative control of Milestone, and soon it became one of the best jazz labes of the 70s, even signing the revolutionary Brazilian jazz vocalist Flora Purim in late '73 and producing the best six albums of her life (this photo below is from the "Open Your Eyes You Can Fly" sessions and shows Orrin sandwiched by Flora and Hermeto Pascoal, with George Duke and Airto on the back). 
(from left to right: Ndugu, Alphonso Johnson, Flora, Airto, Orrin, Duke, Hermeto; pic by Bruce Talamon, NOT used on the album)

He also signed Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Gary Bartz, OPA, Raul de Souza, Joe Henderson and many others. When Ron Carter left CTI, Orrin also got him, and formed the Milestone Jazzstars (with Ron, Tyner, Rollins and drummer Al Foster). In 1980, Orrin left Milestone, and created Landmark Records in 1985, which was distributed by...Fantasy! Among the main releases, were albums by Bobby Hutcherson, Kronos Quartet and the late Mulgrew Miller, to whom I was introduced by Orrin, back in 1987. Till some years ago, he continued to supervise (for Concord, who now owns the whole Fantasy catalog) many reissues of his albums. Respect & Love, Forever!
RIP: Orrin Keepnews
1953 grndeten die New Yorker Orrin Keepnews und Bill Grauer die Plattenfirma Riverside Records. Grauer, 1922 geboren, verantwortete die wirtschaftliche Seite, sein ein Jahr jngerer Freund Keepnews kmmerte sich als Produzent um die musikalischen Belange. Thelonious Monk war zwar nicht der erste Jazzmusiker, der von Riverside unter Vertrag genommen wurde. Doch die Alben, die der als kauzig und schrullig verrufene Pianist und Komponist zwischen 1955 und 1961 unter der Ägide von Keepnews im Studio aufgenommen hatte, begründeten den legendären Ruf dieses amerikanischen Jazz-Labels.

Auch wenn Monk mit der Idee, als erstes ein Album mit Duke-Ellington-Titeln aufzunehmen, nicht glcklich war, so war es dennoch ein geschickter Schachzug von Keepnews, weil er mit Plays Duke Ellington deutlich machte, was fr ein stilbildender Pianist Monk doch war. Und er konnte zeigen, dass er einen Riecher fr außergewöhnliche Jazzmusiker hatte. Den besaß er zum Beispiel auch, als er Julian Cannonball Adderley fr Riverside unter Vertrag nahm. Der Altsaxofonist war es dann, der ihm 1959 enthusiastisch den Gitarristen Wes Montgomery empfahl. Ich habe mich selbst immer als Katalysator verstanden, hat Keepnews einmal gesagt. Ich habe nie ein Instrument gespielt und fand heraus, dass genau dies meine Stärke als Produzent war. Mein Job war es, die bestmögliche Umgebung zu schaffen, in der Musiker sich verwirklichen konnten.

Sein Meisterstck machte Keepnews 1961. Auf zwei Riverside-LPs, Sunday At The Village Vanguard und Waltz For Debby, erschien der Livemitschnitt eines Konzerttages mit dem Bill Evans Trio im New Yorker Club Village Vanguard. Mit diesen LPs wurde die Besetzung Piano, Bass, Schlagzeug zur musikalischen Gattung - mehr noch: Diese setzten den Maßstab schlechthin für viele Jazz-Piano-Trios späterer Jahre. 1963 starb Bill Grauer unerwartet. Ein Jahr lang stemmte sich Keepnews gegen das Ende von Riverside. 1964 musste er aber aufgeben: Zu weit war der Spagat zwischen künstlerischem Anspruch und wirtschaftlicher Realität.

Aber Keepnews ließ sich nicht entmutigen. Zwei Mal sollte er noch Grnder von Plattenfirmen werden: 1966 von Milestone und 1980 von Landmark Records. Ab 1972 war er acht Jahre lang Head Of Artist & Repertoire fr das Label Fantasy Records, dem er zuvor die Kataloge von Riverside und Milestone verkauft hatte. Viermal bekam er einen Grammy, zuletzt 2004 den Trustees Award fr sein Lebenswerk. 2011 wurde er von der amerikanischen Stiftung National Endowment For The Arts zum NEA Jazz Master ernannt. Sein Name ist mittlerweile ein Gtesiegel: Unter dem Signet Orrin Keepnews Collection werden viele seiner Produktionen wiederveröffentlicht. Ein Tag vor seinem 92. Geburtstag, am 1. März, ist Keepnews im kalifornischen El Cerrito gestorben. Bereits 1962 schrieb der Pianist Bill Evans ein Stck zu Ehren seines Produzenten: Re: Person I Knew ist ein Anagramm des Namens Orrin Keepnews.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Amanda Castro live @ Steamers, this Friday


Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe
138 W. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
Ph: 714-871-8800

Amanda Castro is a young jazz singer specializing in well known and lesser known songs of the 1920's and 1930's, adding her own unique mix of Latin rhythms,  New Orleans soul, and genuine blues feeling. She started studying voice at the age of 15 and has been singing professionally for the last two years, appearing in some of Southern California's most well known jazz clubs, including Angel's, Nola's, The Hip Kitty, and now Steamers. In addition, Amanda has also appeared as a feature performer at community music festivals and other entertainment events. Audiences at an Amanda Castro performance have said, "It's not just a band! It's a show!" And a show it is!

Combining high energy musical performance with witty audience rapport and exciting band arrangements, Amanda makes the stage come alive with her own renditions of down and dirty New Orleans blues, sultry Latin songs and straight ahead swinging standards. Consisting of professional jazz musicians with performance experience at international jazz festivals, film, television, Disneyland, and high profile celebrity gigs, the highly versatile band is equally adept at grooving on a Latin samba as much as treating the audience to a taste of authentic New Orleans.  Fans of the Amanda Castro show keep returning for the exciting mixture of great jazz styles offered up by this up and coming singer. Amanda and the band invite you to come experience a fun and entertaining jazz show!

Lenore Raphael returns to Jazz Tuesdays, March 3

Help us welcome back pianist Lenore Raphael when she returns to "Jazz Tuesdays" at the Gillespie Auditorium (between University Place & B'way) in the NYC Baha'i Center, 53 East 11 St. on Tuesday, March 3. 

Lenore and her Trio, with Howard Arlen on guitar and Kelly Friesen on bass, will celebrate their latest CD "Love Notes."

There will be 2 shows at 8:00 and 9:30 pm.  Tickets will be sold at the door or call 212-222-5159 for information and advanced sales. Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.

For more about acts at "Jazz Tuesdays", check out our websites at www.jazzbeat.com &www.facebook.com/JazzTuesdays

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Anna Mjöll with the Pat Senatore Trio back @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill & Jazz, Feb 27

This next Friday, February 27 at 9pm, Icelandic Jazz Princess and one of my favorite singers, Anna Mjoll, returns to Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill and Jazz (2930 N Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles).

As usual, she will be backed by the fantastic Pat Senatore Trio: Tom Ranier, piano; Dan Schnelle, drums; and Pat Senatore on bass, one of my idols since the Tijuana Brass days.
Not to be missed!

Also this Wednesday, Yuko Ito @ Kitano!

NY-based Japanese vocalist Yuko Ito will be appearing @ NY's Kitano this Wenesday, Feb 25, backed by a stellar trio of Brazilian musicians: Cidinho Teixeira (aka Cidinho "Chiko's Bar") on piano, Gustavo Amarante on bass, and Mauricio Zottarelli on drums.

She celebrates her new CD release, "O Cantador," titled after the famous Dori Caymmi-Nelson Motta introduced by Nana Caymmi (with a great arrangement by Lindolfo Gaya) fifty years ago, in 1966. The album, already available at cdbaby, also includes tunes by Djavan, Marcos Valle, and Milton Nascimento.

Jay Leonhart Concert Window Feb. 25, Live from West End Avenue#2

Jay Leonhart is one of my favorite bassists (as showcased in albums by Gerry Mulligan, Don Sebesky, Joe Beck, Mel Tormé, Louie Bellson, Morgana King, Gerry Niweood, James Taylor, Bette Midler, Eddie Higgins, Lee Konitz, Queen Latifah, the list goes on and on), an excellent singer/songwriter and one of the best "jazz entertainers" of all time. I love his solo albums, specially the "Salamander Pie" CD, recorded in 1983 for Tom Jung's memorable DMP label, and was fortunate to attend several of his apperances at the Blue Note NY brunch. As a composer, he belongs to the same galaxy of Dave Frishberg, something that means a lot! Not to mention that he is the father of the great jazz chanteuse Carolyn Leonhart.

Well... Jay will be doing the second concert of his Concert Window series on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 PM. He will perform his own songs, including some new works you have not heard.

Jay Leonhart is constantly writing poems and songs about what he sees, what he thinks he saw, or what he knows he didn't see. No matter. These songs will be full of imagination from this heralded jazz songwriter. And his bass playing is worth the price of the ticket, which can be free if you so choose!

Tune in and chat with Jay as the show progresses and watch him try to answer chats and remember his lyrics at the same time. It's fun and very musical. Don't miss it!

Wednesday Feb. 25 at 7:30 PM--Jay Leonhart Live from West End Avenue. Just go here: https://www.concertwindow.com/shows/13719-jay-leonhart-live

R.I.P.: Clark Terry

R.I.P.: Clark Terry
(born on December 14, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA;
died on February 21, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA)

"Every musician in the world who ever met Clark Terry is a better musician & person because of it. He now belongs to the ages." - Christian McBride

Services for Clark Terry will be held at the Abyssinian Baptist Church on Saturday, February 28th at 10:00 a.m., led by Dr. Calvin Butts. Clark will be laid to rest at the Woodlawn Cemetery following the service. Funeral services entrusted to P.K. Miller Mortuary, Pine Bluff, Arkansas and George H. Weldon Funeral Home, New York City.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Jazz Foundation of America which has helped over the years to make sure that Clark's needs were met. Please note on donations that they be made "In Honor of Clark Terry" to help them continue this work.
Randy Brecker: "This is going to be a tough day. Just heard about Clark Terry's passing. In 1965 I won a trumpet prize at the Notre Dame Jazz festival and the award was handed to me by Clark Terry a judge at the Fest. A year or so later after moving to NYC a phone rang in my apt, I picked up, and a voice on the other end said: "Hello Randy this is Clark Terry. Would you like to join my Big Band?" Thus began a life in Music... 
CT was an amazing instrumentalist just the best...his agility,tonguing,technical command of the instrument was second to none, and no one could play the blues like CT. No wonder he was idolized by Miles Davis. But beyond the music, CT's humanity was also second to none. He was LOVE personified. He mentored countless young musicians and shared his LOVE of life with everyone he came in contact with. It was real. He was the real thing....one of a kind. I'm proud to have known him and will miss him more that I can say. My heart goes out to his wife Gwen who took such great care of him for all these difficult years...LOVE wins!"
Doug Neal: "Rest in peace, Mr. Mumbles! You broke all that new ground in jazz education! You even put a little baby Miles on the right track. And you will be missed!"
My favorite Clark Terry concert ever documented on video. Originally released on vinyl as Pablo All-Stars Jam, but reissued on DVD as "Norman Granz' Jazz In Montreux Presents Clark Terry Sextet '77." Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, it really features an all-star team: Oscar Peterson, Ronnie Scott, Joe Pass, Milt Jackson, Niels Pedersen & Bobby Durham. The "band highlight" is the dazzling up-tempo version of Luiz Bonfa's bossa nova classic "Samba de Orfeu" (from the "Black Orpheus" soundtrack), but Clark Terry steals the show on his solo number, a haunting take on "God Bless The Child," performed on the flugelhorn.
And this is my personal favorite Clark Terry album as a leader: "Clark After Dark," a lush ochestral session produced by journalist Mike Hennessey and recorded from September 9 to 12, 1977 @ Olympic Sound Studio in London, UK, engineered by Keith Grant, England's equivalent to Rudy Van Gelder in terms of bigger-than-life sonic qualities. German master Peter Herbolzheimer did most of the arrangements, but a couple of songs ("November Song" & "Yesterdays") were scored by Horst Muhlbradt, and a third one ("Georgia On My Mind") by Jerry van Rooyeb. The original LP came out on the MPS label in 1978, and has been reissued on CD multiple times. My first vinyl copy was the one issued in my native Brazil by the Copacabana label, with a bad quality pressing; so, the one I listen to often nowadays is the CD reissue released in 1995 by Motor Music in Germany, with nice new liner notes by Hans Thomas. Top tracks: "Girl Talk," "Misty," "Emily," "November Song" and "Clark After Dark." Terry plays flugelhorn exclusively, and it's a document that his skills on this instrument were matched only by Art Farmer, Kenny Wheeler, Freddie Hubard and Chuck Mangione.
RIP: Clark Terry
Clark TerryIst am 21. Februar gestorben: Clark Terry

Sein persönliches Archiv übergab er bereits vor zehn Jahren der William Paterson University in New York. Er wollte damit seinen Beitrag zur Erweiterung der Jazzausbildung leisten. Das Archiv dokumentiert seine bis dahin 60-jährige Karriere als Musiker - neben Manuskripten und Arrangements enthält es auch eigens für ihn gebaute Instrumente und natrlich zahlreiche Schallplatten. Der Trompeter und Flgelhornist Clark Terry wurde am 14. Dezember 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, geboren. Da seine Eltern sich den Kauf einer Trompete nicht leisten konnten, soll er sich seine ersten Instrumente selbst gebaut haben, indem er einen Trichter auf ein altes Stck Gartenschlauch setzte. Mit dem „Doodle-Tonguing” gelang es ihm später, durch einen speziellen Lippenansatz neue Klangnuancen auf seinem Instrument zu entwickeln. Terry trat in den 1940er-Jahren mit dem Count Basie Orchestra auf und war in den 1950er-Jahren einer der gefeierten Solisten in den Bands von Duke Ellington. 1957 glänzte er als herausragender Virtuose in Ellingtons und Billy Strayhorns Suite Such Sweet Thunder”, Entertainment-Qualitäten als Scat-Sänger zeigte er später in seinem erfolgreichsten Stück „Mumbles“.

Terry war Mentor und lebenslanger Freund von Miles Davis, auch Quincy Jones, mit dessen Band er 1960 durch Europa tourte, nahm einst Stunden bei Terry. Im selben Jahr wurde Terry der erste afroamerikanische, festangestellte Musiker beim Sender NBC, in dessen Tonight Show er auftrat. Danach grndete er seine eigene Big BAD Band, arbeitete als Studiomusiker und international gefeierter Solist. Der Trompeter wurde zu einem Wegbereiter der universitären Jazzausbildung und machte Workshops zu einer regelmäßigen Einkommensquelle fr tourende Musiker. Unter den zahlreichen Talenten, die Terry für eine Jazzkarriere entdeckte und förderte, ist auch die Sängerin Dianne Reeves. Auf Benefizveranstaltungen engagierte er sich fr die Jazz Foundation Of America's Musicians Emergency Fund, die in Not geratenen Jazzmusikern helfen soll. Neben Miles Davis galt Terry als einer der einflussreichsten Trompeter nach Louis Armstrong. Der mit allen bedeutenden Preisen ausgezeichnete Musiker litt seit vielen Jahren an Diabetis. Am 21. Februar ist Clark Terry nach langer, schwerer Krankheit in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, gestorben. Er wurde 94 Jahre alt. Seine Autobiografie erschien 2011 unter dem Titel The Autobiography Of Clark Terry.