Friday, October 31, 2014

Charlie Parker says it all...

R.I.P.: Jack Bruce

So sad... Listening now to "Are You The One? Are You The One?" with John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce and Tony Williams, a real power-trio reunited on this track from one of McLaughlin's best albums ever, "Electric Guitarist." Rest in Peace.

Great evening under the stars in Downtown LA

Thank you Killing Kittens USA... Great evening under the stars in Downtown LA!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Jack DeJohnette Trio's Fall Tour

If you are in Europe this Autumn, don't miss the Jack DeJohnnette Trio -- featuring Ravi Coltrane on sax and Matthew Garrison on bass -- dates in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain and Italy.

Anna Mjöll back @ Vibrato, tonight!

Miss Anna Mjöll is the sweetest voice in the current jazz scene. Period.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

George Benson's book signing in NYC, tomorrow

Looking forward to George Benson's signing tomorrow afternoon @ Barnes & Noble NYC, 12pm. Not too late to come out and say hi to one of the greatest guitarists in the music history.

Killing Kittens party in LA, Oct 25

This next Saturday, October 25, Killing Kittens invite you to join us this weekend as we host one of our infamous Penthouse parties at one of the LA’s most exclusive addresses.
This luxury hotspot located on the 26th floor in downtown LA boasts two decadent play suites and the most incredible views of the City.

Dress Code: Cocktail dress and compulsory masks
9:00pm till late
Strictly no entry after 11pm

Please RSVP to the following address:
“The network for the World’s Sexual Elite"

Friday, October 17, 2014

DJ Yvonne Black @ Red Covina, tomorrow night

R.I.P.: Tim Hauser

(born Timothy DuPron Hauser on December 12, 1941 in Troy, New York, USA;
died October 16, 2014 in Sayre, Pennsylvania, USA)

Very sad news. Tim Hauser, a founding member of the famous vocal quartet Manhattan Transfer, passed away yesterday at a hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. He was 72 years old and had a cardiac arrest.

This is the official note issued by the group:
"It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Tim Hauser’s passing with you all… As many of you know, Tim was the visionary behind The Manhattan Transfer. We spent more than 40 years together singing and making music, traveling the world, and sharing so many special moments throughout our lives… It’s incomprehensible to think of this world without him.
We join his loving wife, Barb, his beautiful children, his family, and the rest of the world in mourning the loss of our dear friend and partner in song.
For those of you with tickets to our upcoming concerts, we will continue to tour as scheduled and continue to share Tim’s incredible musical legacy.
Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne and Alan Paul"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Vocal Blu-spec CD of the Month - "Astrud Gilberto: Gilberto with Turrentine"

Blu-spec CD of the Month
Astrud Gilberto: "Gilberto with Turrentine" (CTI/King)

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

Arranged & Conducted by Deodato
Featuring: Astrud Gilberto, Stanley Turrentine, Eumir Deodato, Ron Carter, Russell George, João Palma, Dom Um Romão, Dennis Seiwell, Airto Moreira, Bob Mann, Sivuca, Gene Bertoncini, Sam Brown, Hubert Laws, Toots Thielemans et al.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fourplay live @ Yoshi's SF, Oct 4 & 5

Don't miss the chance to see the all-star quartet Fourplay (Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Chuck Loeb) at Yoshi's in San Francisco, Oct 4 & 5.
Tix & info: (415) 655-5600.
To watch later at home:
"Fourplay Live in Tokyo," one of the best jazz DVDs ever released.
Recommended by Arnaldo DeSouteiro.

Vinyl Reissue of the Month - "Freddie Hubbard: Straight Life"

Vinyl Reissue of the Month
Freddie Hubbard: "Straight Life" (CTI/Pure Pleasure) 1971/2014

Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded & Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder
Cover Photo: Pete Turner
Album Design: Bob Ciano
Featuring: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet & flugel), Herbie Hancock (Fender Rhodes), Ron Carter (acoustic bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Richard 'Pablo' Landrum (congas), Weldon Irvine (tambourine), George Benson (electric guitar) & Joe Henderson (tenor sax)

Fusion CD of the Month - "Tohpati: Tribal Dance"

Fusion CD of the Month
Tohpati: "Tribal Dance" (MoonJune) 2014

All compositions by Tohpati
Indonesian Vocals on Track 1: Pak Kompyang and Iwan Wiradz
Additional sound samples on intros are from the Tohpati Music Library
Tracks 1 - 7 were recorded live in the studio by Bob Horn on September 12, 2013 @ EchoBar Studios (North Hollywood, Los Angeles), CA
Assistant Recording Engineer: Jones Roma
Track 8 was recorded on March 31, 2014 @ Tohpati Home Studio (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Mixed and mastered by Eko Sulistiyo at Aluna Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia

Produced by Tohpati.
International Release Executive Production by Leonardo Pavkovic.
Cover Painting: Saskia Gita Sakanti
Photos: Pheren Soephandi
Artwork: Melda VNH

Featuring: Tohpati (electric guitar), Jimmy Haslip (electric bass) & Chad Wackerman (drums)
Licensed from Tohpati Music.
© Tohpati Music and MoonJune Records, 2014

For his third release for MoonJune Records [following 2010's Tohpati Ethnomission, "Save The Planet," and 2012's Tohpati Bertiga, "Riot"], Tohpati is joined by renowned maestros, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Chad Wackerman [who appeared together on the Holdsworth-Pasqua-Haslip-Wackerman "Blues For Tony" project]. The result is an album of brilliantly-conceived and -executed music, evidenced by a wellspring of inspired interplay, a delightful chemistry and bursts of intense, spontaneous genius.

On "Tribal Dance," there's no shortage of Tohpati's trademark breathtaking, acrobatic axe-wielding. Towering power chords, distorted spare-note lead lines, unexpected machine gun-blasting sonic assaults, chugging rhythmic grooves, and even a host of elegantly-nuanced jazz phrasings, are all in attendance -- summoned at will, and in omnipotent fashion.

His explosive fretwork often appears as the musical equivalent of a pounching cobra (or one that is coiled and ready to strike!), yet it is his intuitive, prescient interplay with this formidable world-class rhythm section that emerges victorious on this stage. A powerful synergy prevails, as Tohpati locks in with Haslip’s dubmaster basslines and the rubber-limbed, imaginative kitwork of Wackerman. The trio generate wave upon wave of infectious syncopations and robust grooves, gloriously decorating a very special session.

Vocal CD of the Month - "Roseanna Vitro: Clarity"

Vocal CD of the Month
Roseanna Vitro: "Clarity - Music of Clare Fischer" (Random Act Records) 2014

All songs composed by Clare Fischer, except "Web of Love" (Inquietação) by Ary Barroso
Produced, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Paul Wickliffe
Recorded @ Charlestown Road Studio (Hampton, NJ) on August 26 & September 9, 2013
Additional Recording, Mixing & Mastering at Skyline Productions (Warren, NJ)
Digital artist for front cover: Sarah Wickliffe
Garphic Design: Tom Beckham
Cover Photo, Make-up & Hair: Devon Cass
Back & Liner Cover Photos: John Abbott

Featuring: Roseanna Vitro (vocals & arranger), Mark Soskin (acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes & arranger), Dean Johnson (acoustic bass), Tim Horner (drums), Mino Cinelu (percussion), Brent Fischer (vibes) & Sara Caswell (violin)

Gina Saputo Quartet @ Steamers, tonight!

Gina Saputo is back @ Steamers (138 W. Commonwealth Blvd., Fullerton, CA) tonight, backed by Matt Politano (piano), Blake White (bass) and Peter Buck (drums). Satisfaction guaranteed!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Tribute to CTI Records @ NYC's Turntable

Tonight & tomorrow, from 09:00pm to 11:00pm, Ki. Lee will play gems from CTI Record’s catalog at Turntable in NYC (314 5th Ave). Come and enjoy music+food! Creed Taylor and Arnaldo DeSouteiro will be there. And the infectious grooves, killer backeats and much-sampled drumbreaks will be in the pocket and all around the place. Cheers!

Slide Fx Trombone Tentet & Gina Saputo live in California @ Steamers, tomorrow, Sept 29

What can I say? Don't miss it!

Harvest Moon @ Kitchen 305 w/ DJ Hana, Oct 1st!


RSVP 305-749-2110

Al Hicks & Quincy Jones on "Morning Joe"

Quincy Jones and Al Hicks on "Morning Joe" yesterday to promote their film about Clark Terry, "Keep On Keepin' On." Please encourage everyone you know in Los Angeles this weekend to get out and see the film. It's playing at The Landmark on Pico.

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."

Vinyl Reissue of the Month - "Santana: Borboletta"

Vinyl Reissue of the Month
Santana: "Borboletta" (Columbia/Speakers Corner) 1974/2014

Produced by Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve & Tom Coster
Engineered by Glen Kolotkin

Featuring: Carlos Santana (electric guitar, percussion), Tom Coster (keyboards), Leon Patillo (organ, Fender Rhodes, vocals), Stanley Clarke (electric bass), Michael Shrieve & Leon "Ndugu“ Chancler (drums), Airto Moreira (drums, percussion & vocals), Flora Purim (vocals & percussion), Jose "Chepito" Areas & Armando Peraza (percussion &, congas) et al

My personal favorite Santana album ever! And one of the best albums recorded by the band, along with "Abraxas," "Welcome!" and "Lotus." With a big influence of Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, the fabulous Brazilian couple with whom Carlos Santana was jamming a lot at that time [Flora had performed on Santana's previous album, "Welcome!" from 1973, and the guitarist returned the favour not only recording on her "Stories To Tell" LP in 1974 but also playing in a concert at the Terminal Island prison when she was arrested that same year], this project starts ("Spring Manifestations") and concludes ("Borboletta") with Brazilian percussive sounds, reaching its climax on an extraordinary version of Dorival Caymmi's "Promise Of A Fisherman," with Airto on drums and Flora on vocals.

That track also includes the best bongos solo -- performed by Armando Peraza -- I've ever heard on a jazz-rock session. Who's on the bass? Stanley Clarke. Need I say more? Actually, yes. "Promise Of A Fisherman" is the third part of a jazz-rock suite that is played without interruption, ending with Airto alone improvising (on vocals & percussion) some variations on Caymmi's haunting theme; that improvisation was titled "Borboletta." DownBeat magazine gave the album 5 stars, and it's not difficult to find out why.

Taking a look at the blue butterfly on the LP cover, it wasn’t surprising that purist Santana fans scented that the music in this particular garden would be more gentle and cultivated than the previous hard-latin rock sound. But one thing after another: in attune with semi natural sounds, the 'Canto De Los Flores' swings along to dabbed figures on the Rhodes piano and waves of multi-cultural drumming.

The drama continues with "Life Is Anew" – a powerfully arranged ballad, followed by a highly emotional rock number ("Give And Take"). This takes us to where Santana feels most at home – "Promise Of A Fisherman" with its wonderfully expansive guitar sound. By now, at the latest, the listener joins the sensitive outdoorsman on his chase after the butterfly named "Boborletta" with a wealth of percussive sounds. Don’t hesitate to capture this rare specimen for your collection!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Speed-The-Plow" opens tomorrow night!

"Speed-the-Plow" opens tomorrow night @ Playhouse Theatre in London.
See u there! My best wishes to Lindsay Lohan.

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.

"Lock & Key" Party tomorrow in LA

LA Kittens is back, in one of the most exclusive addresses in Los Angeles.

Join us in a wonderful penthouse suite for a lock & key party. The rules are very simple, every man gets a lock, every woman gets a key.

The party will feature Killing Kittens' 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.

Your hostesses are looking forward to welcoming you.

Entry to the event is only accepted following registration. Register to join the sexual elite

Couples $150 including open bar (excluding champagne and prosecco)
The girls make the rules and only the girls can break the rules.

It's very simple really. Girls get keys and boys get locks. See you this Saturday!

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

Lindsay Lohan enjoyed her 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)