Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tonight, Cathy Segal-Garcia celebrates her birthday @ Blue Whale, LA

Tonight, May 27, 9pm
Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St Suite 30, Los Angeles

"I've invited over 20 musicians and singers to help me celebrate my birthday," Cathy says. "This should be an amazing evening of great music!" Opens with Fish To Birds 6 vocalist improv. Then on with The Moment, Cathy vocals, Gary Fukushima piano, Chuck Manning tenor sax, Brad Dutz percussion, Jeff Richman guitar...playing originals and jazz compositions, with lots of quirky improv to boot! Special guest vocalist, owner of the Whale, Joon Lee! $15 cover
Happiest of Birthdays, Cathy!

Anna Mjöll & The Pat Senatore Trio live @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato, May 29


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

R.I.P.: Peter Schmidlin

                                         (photo by Gerald Bosshard)

Born on December 28, 1947 in Riehen;
Died on May 25, 2015.

Swiss drummer and founder of the TCB label.

http://www.24heures.ch/culture/c-grand-batteur-swingueur-suisse/story/21475550

Friday, May 22, 2015

Amanda Castro back @ Steamers, tomorrow night

Tomorrow, May 23, 
8P-MID $8 ALL AGES- 
AMANDA CASTRO

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

Message from Amanda:
"Hello everyone, We are back at steamers tomorrow night from 8 pm to midnight! Come on out and listen to some fabulous music! You won't regret it!"

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!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jazz at Filoli Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Popular Bay Area Summer Series
Held at Historic Estate 30 Miles South of San Francisco
To Mark Its Silver Anniversary
With Sunday-Afternoon Shows by:

Taylor Eigsti Featuring Gretchen Parlato,
Larry Vuckovich with Jackie Ryan,
The Jeff Hamilton Trio,
Arturo Sandoval -- 10-Time Grammy Winner,
Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band,
Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi Double Piano Trio

June 21 Through September 13

Jazz at Filoli has evolved into a treasured summer tradition for San Francisco Bay Area jazz fans seeking the finest music presented in a gorgeous outdoor setting. On six Sunday afternoons every year from Father's Day into September, Filoli has welcomed concertgoers to its world-famous gardens in bucolic Woodside, California, 30 miles south of San Francisco, for an afternoon of jazz and picnicking (for jazz concerts only) in its sun-dappled tennis courts, shaded by large umbrellas and ancient oak trees.

Taylor EigstiNow celebrating its 25th anniversary, Filoli is gearing up for a special season featuring its customary mix of local and national names. Opening the series on June 21 is pianist/composer Taylor Eigsti (right), who first performed at Filoli on his 16th birthday in 2000 as a replacement for an injured Marian McPartland; he'll be playing with his trio and special guest Gretchen Parlato. Also making repeat appearances are pianist Larry Vuckovich with his nine-piece all-star band plus multi-award-winning vocalist Jackie Ryan(below right) July 12; Arturo Sandovaland trumpet masterArturo Sandoval (left), August 9. Like many other musicians, Sandoval loved the Filoliambience, relaxed atmosphere, and responsive audience and insisted on returning.Jackie Ryan

Rounding out the 2015 lineup are the Jeff Hamilton Trio with pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Christophe Luty, July 26; Philadelphia-basedFrank Bey and Bay Area guitarist Anthony Paule and their blues band, August 23; and husband/wife stride and swing pianists Stephanie Trickand Paolo Alderighi with bassist Marty Eggers and drummer Danny Coot, September 13.

Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Concertgoers are urged to come early to tour the gardens and the House, a prime example of early 19th-century Stuart and Georgian architecture. The House has been featured in a number of TV shows, most notably as the mansion in the TV series Dynasty. It has also been used in TV commercials and movies, including Heaven Can WaitWedding Planner, and Rent.

Jazz at Filoli has presented some of the most prominent jazz and Latin-jazz musicians through the years, among them Toots Thielemans, Gregory Porter, Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton, Marian McPartland, Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green, John Pizzarelli, the Brubeck Brothers, Pat Martino, Eddie Daniels, Charles Brown, Louis Bellson, Shelly Berg, Buster Williams, Scott Hamilton, Dick Hyman, Nnenna Freelon, Ernestine Anderson, Karrin Allyson, Janis Siegel, Jane Monheit, Dena De Rose, Bob Dorough, Eliane Elias, Airto and Flora Purim, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, and Arturo Sandoval.

Chuck Huggins and Bud SpanglerThe series was founded in 1991 by the late Chuck Huggins, CEO of See's Candies (which became sponsors for the series and remains a major donor), and the late Bud Spangler, the concert and record producer, radio host, and drummer. (Photo at left: Huggins and Spangler.) Spangler produced the series from 1991 until 2007, with vocalist Madeline Eastman serving as co-producer from 1991 through 2000, and music industry veteran Merrilee Trost filling that role from 2001 through 2007. Paul Blystone was series producer from 2008 through 2011. Trost has been producing the series since 2012.

Until 1995, when pianist Cedar Walton and his trio were brought in, musical offerings had been restricted to top bands from the Bay Area. Since then, more and more internationally known musicians have been presented along with the best of the Bay Area jazz scene.

It's estimated that more than 77,000 Jazz at Filoli tickets have been sold over the last 24 years, and this year's sales will take that number over 80,000. Some patrons have attended every year since its inception.

Concerts are presented on the erstwhile tennis courts, with tables and chairs are set up to accommodate as many as 650 people. More than 50 volunteers greet the guests and serve complimentary white wine, pitchers of beer, sparkling water, gourmet coffee, and snacks. Concert attendees are also offered free tours of the historic House and gardens, and free parking. Show times are 1:30-4:00 pm.

Boxed lunches may be ordered in advance and picked up on arrival at Filoli, but people often bring their own picnic lunches, some of them quite elaborate, complete with wine glasses, linen napkins, and silverware, to share with friends. Enjoying the music while watching a family of deer in the woods behind the outdoor stage or marveling at the resident peacock spreading his plumage is a reminder why Jazz at Filoli is a highlight of the Northern California summer music calendar.

Series subscription (all six concerts): $335 members, $395 nonmembers. Individual concerts: $60 members, $70 nonmembers. Boxed lunch (must be ordered in advance): $18 per concert or $108 for the series of six concerts. Tickets are on sale to current Filoli members by mail and special member web page only as of Tuesday May 12, by phone and mail as of Monday May 18. Nonmembers may purchase tickets beginning Tuesday May 26. Phone: Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm, 650-364-8300, ext. 508.


6/21 Taylor Eigsti Trio featuring Gretchen Parlato

7/12 Larry Vuckovich's Bay Area All-Stars with Jackie Ryan

7/26 The Jeff Hamilton Trio

8/9 Arturo Sandoval-10-Time Grammy Winner (SOLD OUT)

8/23 The Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band


9/13 Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi Double Piano Trio

Molly Holm's Impermanent Project in CA

Saturday - June 6th, 2015 - 8:00 pm
An Evening of Vocal Improvisations
Directed by Vocalist/Composer Molly Holm
with Featured Singers: Stephanie Brown, Kate Humphrey, Claire Kimmel, Halili Knox, Lia McLoughlin & Djuna Odegard

Location:
417 Avon St., Oakland
In North Oakland, near 51st Street and Shafter Avenue

$15-$20 at the door
No one turned away for lack of funds
Refreshments provided
On June 6 at Avonova, vocalist/composer Molly Holm continues her exploration of any-kind-of-tonal and free-form improvisation with her Impermanent Project, a women's ensemble that draws on a wide range of individual backgrounds from jazz, North Indian raga, R&B, music of the African diaspora, rock, folk, modern dance, dance improv and contemporary theater.

Molly's five-year project pushes the sonic boundaries and musical material of this small, purposely unruly choral group that honors a genuine, woman-centered approach to ensemble building. The group plays with freely composed and experimental vocal pieces during weekly rehearsals and carries forth the intention to faithfully follow "the unexpected" during live performances.

Previously known as Molly Holm and The Impermanent Ensemble, the group played in 2010 and 2012 at the Garden of Memory, Summer Solstice Walk-Through Concerts, hosted by New Music Bay Area at Chapel of the Chimes. Other concerts of note include the Montclair Women's Club Third Thursday series; a performance at Studio Haba na Haba; and a benefit concert for the Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief. The group also performed at the Voci’s Women's Vocal Ensemble winter fundraiser under the direction of Anne Hege.

Tonight, Chris Williams Sextet @ Steamers!

TONITE @ STEAMERS! CHRIS WILLIAMS SEXTET
FEATURING: PETER BUCK, CHRIS HON, DR. SCOTT TIBBS, EDMUND VELASCO & THE RETURN OF JULIAN VELASCO
THIS LINE UP OF MUSICIANS WILL OCCUR ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe
138 W. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
714-871-8800 
jazz@steamersjazz.com

Chris Williams returns again tonite for a Thu night performance at Steamers .Chris Williams has been performing professionally since he was fifteen years old. Now at thirty, this Canadian sensation has impressed audiences with his intense passion, vocal proficiency and musical maturity. He has built a loyal following, as his highly entertaining performances are met with great enthusiasm by people of all ages.

Chris has performed with world-famous musicians such as Justo Almario (Sergio Mendes / Mongo Santamaria), Alex Acuna (Tolu / Weather Report), Clayton Cameron (Tony Bennett), Ramon Banda (Poncho Sanchez), Llew Mathews (Nancy Wilson), Luther Hughes (Gene Harris), Dr. Scott Tibbs (Wayne Newton / Omar Hakim), Scott Martin (Poncho Sanchez), Francisco Torres (Jazz On the Latin Side All Stars), Dave Markee (Eric Clapton), Terry Landry (Natalie Cole), Matt Politano (Jazz Phenom), Ernie Nunez (Brian Setzer Orchestra), Caleb Quay (Elton John), Steve Crum (Diana Ross), Daniel Glass & David Miller (Royal Crowne Revue), Perry Smith & John Storie (New West Guitar Trio), Justin Ray (Michael Buble), Mike Bennett (Hilary Duff), and Kye Palmer (The Tonight Show Band).

He has toured the United States, Canada, and Europe, having performed at many prestigious venues including The Bing Crosby Estate, Catalina Bar and Grill, The Jazz Bakery, Steamers Jazz Club, The Lighthouse, Disneyland and California Adventure Theme Parks. In 2008, Chris completed a two year engagement as the Entertainment Director of the Orange County Pavilion Performing Arts Center.

In addition to overwhelmingly positive reviews in magazine and newspaper, Chris has been featured on television on L.A. Fox News 11, and has been heard on the radio on KKJZ 88.1 fm with Helen Borgers, on KABC 790 am with Doug McIntyre; and on KLAC 570 am as part of their Fabulous Finds series.

He has earned many awards including four vocal solo awards at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and a major scholarship to the elite Berklee College of Music in Boston. His recording of "Comes Love" from his debut album Premodernism won Best Latin Song at the 2007 Orange County Music Awards.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

R.I.P.: Bob Belden

(born on October 31, 1956;
died on May 20, 2015)

So sad to know about the passing of Bob Belden. Marc Copland (who was Belden's keyboardist at that time) introduced us in 1992, during an IAJE convention in Miami. The Bob Belden Ensemble (then signed to Blue Note by Bruce Lundvall, who died yesterday) performed a fantastic concert that night. Twenty years later, we worked together in some reissue projects for Sony, coordinated by Seth Rothstein, who was the marketing director of the Legacy label in the 2000s. Rest in Peace.

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Arranger, band leader, saxophonist, producer and musicologist Bob Belden just passed away, after having suffered a massive heart attack on Sunday.

Bob had an encyclopedic knowledge of both the musical and the historical aspects of jazz, in addition to other forms of music such as opera, and contemporary classical music. This has been evident in his work reissuing the music of Miles Davis in several fantastic box sets for Sony's Legacy label, for which he received Grammy awards. A familiarity with details of recording dates, personnel, and specific takes have proven invaluable in preserving and documenting that period of jazz
.
Belden's works as arranger and composer, leading The Bob Belden Ensemble or other bands -- on such album as "The Music of Sting," "When Doves Cry: The Music of Prince" and "Black Dahlia" -- show an extremely wide ranging versatility, often being compared to the works of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider. In 2008 he arranged and produced "Miles from India," a world fusion music record, based on the compositions of Miles Davis. In the record he assembled alumni of Davis and musicians of India. He continued in this vein with 2011's "Miles Español - New Sketches of Spain."

In addition to his work as arranger, composer, conductor and A & R director, Belden has contributed numerous liner notes for noted recordings, such as "Lou's Blues" by Lou Marini and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra. Some of his liner notes have received Grammy Awards.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

R.I.P.: Bruce Lundvall

(born on September 13, 1935;
died on May 19, 2015 in New Jersey)

In a career spanning half a century as an executive of the recording industry (he was never a "producer",,,), Bruce Lundvall signed a wide array of artists, including Willie Nelson, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, James Taylor, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Richard Marx, Natalie Cole, Cassandra Wilson, Anita Baker and Norah Jones. He headed the following labels: Columbia, Blue Note, Angel Records, Elektra, and Manhattan Records.

Lundvall began his music career in marketing at Columbia Records where he remained for 21 years, becoming President of the domestic division of CBS Records in 1976. In the course of his tenure, he built Columbia’s jazz roster into the largest of any major label.

In 1979, Bruce Lundvall organized and sponsored in Havana, Cuba, the historic Havana Jam festival that took place between 2–4 March, with Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Stephen Stills, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnegan, Weather Report, and Billy Joel, plus an array of Cuban artists such as Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Tata Güines and Orquesta Aragón. Their performances are captured on Ernesto Juan Castellanos's documentary Havana Jam '79, and on the two Columbia albums Havana Jam and Havana Jam II.

Lundvall moved to Elektra in 1982, where he became President of Elektra Records and the newly created Elektra/Musician Jazz label.

In 1984, he was approached with an offer to create Manhattan, a pop music label based on the East Coast, for EMI, as well as to revive the suspended Blue Note jazz label. Lundvall accepted the challenge and steered the label for a quarter of a century. He was responsible for signing an unknown Norah Jones as well as Bobby McFerrin, Cassandra Wilson, Eliane Elias, Rick Margitza, Tania Maria and even Gonzaguinha.

Norah Jones's debut Come Away With Me, and her subsequent albums, have sold in their millions internationally. Lundvall stood down as President of Blue Note in 2010. In January 2012, Don Was became President of Blue Note having been appointed CEO the previous year, with Lundvall now becoming Chairman Emeritus.

Lundvall has served as chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Chairman of the Country Music Association (CMA) and Director of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). He has received three Grammy nominations and a NARM presidential award.
Es war eine denkwrdige Pressekonferenz. Anfang der 2000er-Jahre ging es dem Traditions-Jazzlabel Blue Note Records wirtschaftlich nicht blendend. Die Musiker, die vom Blue-Note-Chef Bruce Lundvall unter Vertrag genommen wurden, bekamen in der Regel gute Kritiken, verkauften aber zu wenig Platten. Das sollte, das musste sich ändern. In einigen Dependancen der Major-Plattenfirma EMI, unter deren Dach Blue Note ein Zuhause gefunden hatte, fanden gleichzeitig Pressekonferenzen statt, an denen Lundvall per Videoschaltung teilnahm.

Dabei pries er das Debt einer jungen Musikerin, die mit ihrem Mix aus Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Pop und Jazz im Grunde berhaupt nicht ins Portfolio von Blue Note passen wollte. Doch der Erfolg von Norah Jones sollte die Fachleute eines Besseren belehren: Ihr Blue-Note-Album Come Away With Me wurde ein weltweiter, auch kommerzieller Erfolg und bekam 2003 gleich fnf Grammies.

Doch Lundvall nur am Erfolg von Jones zu messen, wrde ihm nicht gerecht. 1960 begann er seine Karriere bei Columbia Records, wechselte Anfang der 1980er zuerst zu Elektra Records, bevor er zu EMI ging und 1985 Blue Note wiederbelebte. In seine Ägide fallen Albumveröffentlichungen von Cassandra Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Lovano, Eliane Elias, Rick Margitza und Dianne Reeves, aber auch von Soul- und Pop-Acts wie Al Green oder Amos Lee. 2010 machte Lundvall bei Blue Note den Platz fr seinen Nachfolger Don Was frei. Etwas später erschien die Biografie „Bruce Lundvall: Playing By Ear von Dan Ouellette. Am 19. Mai ist Lundvall im Alter von 79 Jahren gestorben.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Harold Mabern reunites with Norah Jones, Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling on "Afro Blue"

Harold Mabern's new CD for Smoke Sessions Records, "Afro Blue," pairs the legendary pianist with vocalists Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Jane Monheit, Kurt Elling, and Alexis Cole. "I love vocalists. I love to play for singers because that's really how you learn how to play the piano jazz-wise. They go through every aspect of music - changing keys, slow tempos to fast, playing rubato, playing verses, all of the Great American Songbook - that's really how you learn how to play," says Mabern.

It's something he takes pride in and has been doing since he first hit the stage at Birdland half a century ago with Betty Carter and Johnny Hartman. In the 70s, he recorded with George Benson on "Body Talk" (CTI), and in the 2000s I attended many of his concerts with Eric Alexander, who guests on the new album. There is a lot of music on "Afro Blue," but Mabern's soulful, blues-driven style is the constant highlight.

Featuring: Harold Mabern (piano),  Gregory Porter (vocals),  Norah Jones (vocals),  Jane Monheit (vocals),  Kurt Elling (vocals),  Alexis Cole (vocals),  Peter Bernstein (guitar),  Jeremy Pelt (trumpet),  Steve Turre (trombone),  Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone),  John Webber (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums).

Mina Choi-Jessica Ragsdale live @ Steamers

Tomorrow night, Sunday, May 17
STEAMER PRESENTS
THE JESSICA RAGSDALE-MINA CHOI QTET & JAM!
BRING YOUR AXE AND YOUR CHOPS!
MINA AND JESSICA WILL BE INVITING FOLKS UP TO JOIN THEM
Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe
138 W. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
714-871-8800 
jazz@steamersjazz.com

Mina Choi is a pianist, composer, and arranger from Seoul, South Korea. She began playing piano at a very young age and began playing jazz in her early twenties. While in Korea she came into contact with Grammy award winning jazz composer and pianist Bill Cunliffe and he offered to teach her here in the US. Her skills as a pianist are evident immediately upon hearing her. She offers a grace and beauty to the music as well as an intense groove that will leave you wanting more. Since her journey here she has also had the opportunity to write and arrange many pieces for jazz combos and jazz orchestras. One of her first big band compositions, Secret Garden, was published and is being performed by bands all around Southern California. Mina was recently honored with DownBeat 38th Annual Student Music Awards for outstanding performance of her own original (Sing ChaCha) and arrangement (Falling away with You-Muse) with the Cal State Fullerton Latin Ensemble. She has also worked with amazing artists such as Bill Cunliffe, Russell Ferrante, George Cables, Alex Acuna, Ignacio Berroa, Bob Mintzer, John Clayton, Ron Stout, and Fransisco Torres. Her message to the world, that she wishes to share though music, is one of hope and love.

Jessica Ragsdale is a jazz drummer in the LA area known for her graceful and vibrant sound as well as her perceptive interactions. She is soon to be a Jazz/Commercial Music graduate from California State University Fullerton and has had the pleasure of studying closely with Jeff Hamilton, Bill Cunliffe, and Paul Kreibich. She has been the recipient of several outstanding musicianship and soloist awards from jazz festivals including the Reno Jazz Festival and the Western States Jazz Festival. She has also had the opportunity to work with and share the stage with great musicians such as John Clayton, Bob Mintzer, Gary Foster, Claudio Roditi, Wayne Bergeron, and Freda Payne. In addition to jazz, Jessica is pursuing a career in the electronic genre with a synth-pop band called LEX.

Big Band Jazz Songs Needed For A Film


EMOTIONALLY UPBEAT, BIG BAND JAZZ SONGS with Male Vocals are needed by a Hollywood Music Supervisor for NON-Exclusive placements in a hilarious Feature Film. This Film has some BIG-TIME Hollywood actors in it and is already getting a huge buzz online, so this would be an awesome placement to have under your belt! The Supervisor needs believable sounding, original, Mid-to-Up-Tempo Songs in the general stylistic ballpark of greats like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, etc.

Please listen to the following songs as a general reference of what this Music Supervisor needs:
“Goody Goody” by Frank Sinatra:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n78kwUS-tNI

“Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb4P-MZMzJs

“Jeepers Creepers” by Tony Bennett:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el8PMh6YZHY

Please submit well-crafted, authentic-sounding Big Band songs with a full array of classic Big Band instrumentation, solid musicianship, and a charismatic vocal performance that’s as cool as cool can be. All submissions should be at least 2 minutes in length.

Lyric themes can vary, but should be relatively universal in nature, avoiding references to specific dates, names, times, places, brands, and profanity. Please do not copy or rip off the referenced artists or songs in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a guide for general feel, vibe, and tone. Broadcast Quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine).

The estimated sync fee for this is $500 (yep, they’ve already blown through their music budget). This is a Direct-to-Music Supervisor pitch, so you’ll keep 100% of your Master and Publishing rights, plus you’ll also get 100% of the sync fee and 100% any applicable performance royalties. You must own or control the Master and Copyright to pitch for this opportunity. All songs will be screened on a Yes/No basis. No full critiques. Please submit 1-3 Songs no later than 11:59PM (PDT), on Monday, May 18th, 2015. TAXI #U150518BB

Friday, May 15, 2015

Melena & Her Afro-Cuban Jazz Band in CA

Melena & Her Afro-Cuban Jazz Band live @ Steamers (138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, California), tomorrow, May 16th.
Featuring: Dermin Silfontes, Eddie Resto, Aderson Quintero, Serafin Aguillar & Javier Vergara
ALL AGES! CALL 714-871-8800 RSVP-only $10

Melena Francis Valdes is a world-class percussionist, performer 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 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 scene.

7" Vinyl Single of the Month - "Bob James: Nautilus / Mardi Gras" (edited)

7" Vinyl Single of the Month (45prm)
Bob James: "Nautilus / Take Me To The Mardi Gras" (CTI/BJ Funk Edits) 

Release Date: May 17, 2015
Arranged & Conducted by Bob James

Coming out today! Its origin unknown (which means it's an "unofficial release" by a mysterious label called BJ Funk Edits) here as two CTI classic cuts from the Bob James canon get the edit treatment on a highly limited 45 - strictly for the nimble fingered DJs only. Every man and his funk appreciating dog should be familiar with both "Nautilus" and "Mardi Gras", they are the epitome of 'iconic tracks' and it's nice to see them available on edited 45 for the first time to give an extra bit of oomph to those breakbeats. Don't sleep !
Among the many "unofficial" CTI titles often released in Europe is this odd 7" single by Bob James. Under the fake catalog number BJ 7, it includes two songs that originally appeared in different CTI albums, but are no longer part of the CTI catalog; in fact, both tracks are now owned by James himself and belong to his Tappan Zee label.

"Nautilus" was part of James' CTI debut, "One," while the famous (and much-sampled) rendition of Paul Simon's "Take Me To The Mardi Gras" comes from Bob James' "Two." Both tracks were recorded at Van Gelder Studios by the legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder, an essential part of the CTI history.

"Nautilus" was cut in February 1974 with Bob James on keyboards (Yamaha YC30 organ and Fender Rhodes electric piano), Gary King on electric bass, Idris Muhammad on drums, Ralph MacDonald on percussion, and Richie Resnicoff on electric guitar, plus a large string section led by the violin virtuoso concertmaster Harry Lookofsky.

"We were working on a theme, I started using a particular stop on the Yamaha organ which sounded very good, like some underwater effect," Bob James recalled. "Creed Taylor thought it might suggest a cavern, with stalacties, but I felt it was more like a submarine journey."

"Mardi Gras," recorded on January 15, 1975, features Bob James (Fender Rhodes with a lot of distortion obtained through the use of delay and flanger), Eric Gale (playing both electric bass AND rhythm guitar!), Andrew Smith (drums), Arthur Jenkins & Ralph MacDonald (percussion), Eddie Daniels (clarinet) and Tony Studd (trombone), plus strings. One more essential item to CTI collectors.

Moritz Von Oswald @ Outpost, Tonight!

THE BUNKER PRESENTS: MORITZ VON OSWALD
FRIDAY, MAY 15
The Bunker at Output: 74 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn, NY 

Electronic music heavyweight Moritz Von Oswald (Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound, Maurizio) returns to the Bunker tonight, May 15, at Output! Joining this techno legend will be a Giegling showcase featuring Konstantin, VRIL and Kettenkarussell.

In the adjacent Panther Room, Bunker resident Derek Plaslaiko will be over from Berlin to DJ alongside Nikola Baytala and Mike Servito, while Control Modulars will be presenting a night of spaced-out synth sounds in the Stilton House.

Other Music is giving away a pair of passes to this incredible night;
email giveaway@othermusic.com for your chance to win!

The 2015 Winners of the Jazz Journalists Association Awards have just been announced!

The Jazz Journalists Association has announced winners in 32 categories of the 2015 JJA Jazz Awards celebrating musical excellence in calendar year 2014, and has also released details regarding its annual public Jazz Awards party, to be held at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City on Tuesday, June 16.

Randy Weston, the 89-year-old Brooklyn-born, Africa-steeped American pianist, composer and autobiographer, has won the 2015 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award, and pianist Jason Moran, artistic director of jazz at the Kennedy Center, was named Musician of the Year. Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant was voted "Up-and-Coming Musician" for a second year. Winners of Jazz Awards, who receive engraved statuettes, are determined through a two-stage process of open nominations and direct voting by the writers, photographers, broadcasters and new media professionals of the non-profit JJA's membership. Musician winners will receive their statuettes from JJA members at their summer performances throughout the U.S.
Weston, inspired by Art Tatum, Coleman Hawkins and Thelonious Monk as well as the music and culture of what he calls Mother Africa, is an active presence at Jazz Foundation of America fundraisers, as well as a world-touring performer. His autobiography African Rhythms
(Duke University Press), "arranged" by former JJA vice president Willard Jenkins, was nominated for the JJA's Book of the Year Award in 2011. Weston performed with conguero Candido Camero and reeds and winds player T.K. Blue at the JJA's 2010 Jazz Awards party at City Winery.

Pianism was a focus of these 19th annual Jazz Awards. Besides Weston and Moran, Awards went to Chick Corea (Keyboards Player of the Year), and Kenny Barron (Pianist of the Year, also honoredwith the Duo of the Year Award for his collaboration with bassist Dave Holland, which resulted in The Art of Conversation (Impulse!) named Record of the Year. Pianist-composer bandleader Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra is hailed as Best Large Ensemble of the
Year.

Newly emergent musicians winning Jazz Awards for the first time include Mary Halvorson, Guitarist of the Year, and Warren Wolf, Mallets Instrumentalist of the Year. Veteran musicians who have won Jazz Awards before dominate this year, with saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, trombonist Steve Turre, bassist Christian McBride, composer Wadada Leo Smith, arranger Maria Schneider, male vocalist Gregory Porter and female vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant all again honored.

Winners of Jazz Awards for excellence in jazz media and journalism will be disclosed at the June 16 Blue Note party.  All 2015 winners and nominees as well as this year's 24 local Jazz Heroes will be celebrated and toasted at the party. Entertainment will be provided by Mimi Jones' band, Antoinette Montague accompanied by Dannie Mixon, and the duo Fula Flute. Tickets are now available.

Musician winners of 2015 JJA Jazz Awards, and Jazz Heroes are invited to the Jazz Awards party at the Blue Note as guests of theJJA, but must reserve tickets  in advance.

Here's the list announced today:
http://www.jjajazzawards.org/p/2015.html

R.I.P.: B.B. King

Seine Gitarre nannte B.B. King liebevoll Lucille. 16 Exemplare soll er seit 1955 besessen haben, die alle diesen Namen tragen. Sein Instrument war eine halbakustische Gibson-Gitarre, die zwar keine der üblichen „F-Löcher“ in der Korpusdecke hatte, aber eine erweiterte Klangregelung besaß. „Abgesehen von richtigem Sex mit einer richtigen Frau gibt es nichts, was mir solch eine innere Ruhe gibt wie Lucille, soll King gesagt haben. Auf seiner „Lucille“-Gitarre war King tatsächlich stilbildend.

Wie kein anderer Bluesmusiker seiner Generation konnte er auf seinem Instrument das enge formale Korsett des Blues' mit seinen zwölf Takten und der strikten Harmonik aus Tonika, Subdominante und Dominante verlassen. Seine Bending-Technik (das Ziehen der Gitarrensaiten) und seine Verwendung des Vibratos waren einzigartig. Damit hob King das Kantable in seinem Gitarrenspiel hervor, er emotionalisierte geradezu seine Bluesmusik und ließ seine Single-Note-Linien auf der Gitarre regelrecht singen.

King wurde als Riley B. am 16. September 1925 in den Sdstaaten der USA geboren (die Initialen „B.B.“ bekam er später, als er oft „Blues Boy“ genannt wurde). Die ersten Karriereschritte machte er Mitte der 1940er-Jahre in Memphis, seine erste Studiosession spielte er 1949 und zwei Jahre später konnte er mit dem „3 O'Clock Blues“ seinen ersten Hit landen. Auch wenn diesem in den folgenden sechs Jahrzehnten viele weitere, weltweite Erfolgsnummern folgen sollten, so blieb King vor allem ein Mann der Bühne. Seine Live-Shows waren stets spektakulär und mitreißend, oft spielte er mit seinen Bands lange Konzerte, mit denen er sein Publikum regelmäßig von den Stühlen kickte.

Es waren dann auch diese Bhnenauftritte, die fr einen Ruf wie Donnerhall sorgten, gleichgltig, ob bei seinen Fans oder bei Musikerkollegen. Dennoch blieb B.B. King bescheiden: I don't do chords soll er gesagt haben, als er 1988 mit Bono von U2 den Song Love Comes To Town eingespielt hat. Das erzählt zumindest Bono in der Film-Doku „B.B. King - The Life Of Riley, die nicht nur umfassend die Vita dieses Bluesmusikers nacherzählt, sondern auch tief in den Menschen Riley B. King blicken lässt. Ende März stand King noch einmal auf der Bühne, einen Monat später meldeten einige amerikanische Medien, dass der Gitarrist in ein Hospiz gegangen sei. Am 14. Mai ist B.B. King dann an den Folgen seiner Diabetes-Erkrankung gestorben; er wurde 89 Jahre alt.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Grammy Awards returns to LA in 2016!

Music's Biggest Night, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, will return to Los Angeles' Staples Center on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, and will be broadcast in high-definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The eligibility year for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards is Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015.

"Charlie Parker With Strings" at 65 Years Old: New Charts Available!

It is hard to believe that "Charlie Parker With Strings" is now 65 years old. Fulfilling Bird's long-held desire to record standards with strings, these sessions were an instant hit when released, went on to become Bird's best-selling records, and are now regarded as classic jazz masterpieces. Jazz Lines Publications has recently added four more to the available "Charlie Parker With Strings" arrangement catalog: I've Got You Under My Skin, Love Walked In, Moon Mist, and You Go To My Head.

It may surprise you to learn that Parker had several arrangers write charts for live dates with his string ensemble. Arrangers included: Johnny Carisi, Mercer Ellington, George Russell, Ed Herzog, John Lewis, and John Bartee. As none of these four were ever recorded, Jazz Lines is proud to be adding to the existing Bird with Strings oeuvre in a very unique way. There's also a Jazz Lines Publications "Bird With Strings Twelve Arrangement Set," which is almost 25% off of the retail prices. They will be making all of our Charlie Parker charts-paper copies as well as pdf downloads-available at 20% off for the next two weeks.

This is a perfect time to build a library of some truly timeless music at great prices; the freshness and beauty of these charts shine even today. And is their goal as close to 100% of the time as possible, all of these were done from the original scores and parts-they are not transcriptions.
Click Here to View All Charlie Parker Charts-Now 20% Off!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Phil Woods & Vic Juris @ The Deer Head, May 16

This coming Saturday, May 16, two jazz icons will be appearing together at The Deer Head Inn (5 Main St, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania), 7-11 pm: alto sax living legend Phil Woods and guitar hero Vic Juris. They are getting ready to make a new CD. Come out and join them in this very special evening! For more info, please contact: 570-424-2000.

Katja Rieckermann's band @ Vibrato, tomorrow

Tomorrow night, May 13, sax goddess Katja Rieckermann will be appearing at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill & Jazz here in Bel Air, CA, performing songs from her new CD "Never Stand Still," focusing on 70s inspired soul/Motown music. The band includes Randy Cooke, Andreas Geck, Emerson Swinford, Deron Johnson, Mb Gordy, David Samartin, James King, Luis Eric Gonzalez, Humberto Ruiz, Lyndsay Haldorson, D'Extra Wiley, Russ Henry. 

"I will do 2 sets starting at 8pm," Katja says. "My good friend and super talented songwriter-singer-guitarist Marcus Nand will do an opening set at 6:30pm. Please come and have a great time with good music at this beautiful bar/restaurant."

Warren Wolf's new CD with an all-star team

Vibraphone master Warren Wolf started to record his new CD for the Mack Avenue label today! As shown on the picture, from left to right, with an all-star team: Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums), Brad Meldau (piano), Warren on the center, Christian McBride (bass) & John Scofield (guitar).

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on May 16

BROOKLYN FLEA RECORD FAIR
SATURDAY, MAY 16
East River State Park:
90 Kent Ave. Williamsburg, BLKN

This Saturday, May 16, the spring edition of the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns to Williamsburg's East River State Park, with 50-plus vendors made up of independent labels, record stores (including Other Music), and used record dealers setting up next to Smorgasburg.

Like last year, Red Bull Music Academy has put together a great DJ line-up, with Eamon Harkin (Mister Saturday Night), Jack Tatum (Wild Nothing), Justin Miller (Have a Killer Time), Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Mexican Summer), and Matt Werth (RVNG Intl.) spinning the soundtrack for your crate digging.

The Jazz Bakery Presents Jane Bunnett & Maqueque @ Moss Theater, CA, May 16


Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 8:00pm
General: $30 Students: $25
one show, no intermission.



SAXOPHONIST JANE BUNNETT & MAQUEQUE ALL FEMALE CUBAN BAND, FEATURING:
DAYMÉ AROCENA -VOC 
MAGDELYS SAVIGNE -PERC 
YISSY GARCÍA -DRUMS/PERC 
YUSA -BASS AND GUITAR 
DANAE OLANO -PNO 
CELIA JIMENEZ -BASS/PERC

VENUE: Moss Theater (at The Herb Alpert Educational Village)
3131 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404

Monday, May 11, 2015

John Clark & Rubens Salles: double-bill tomorrow, May 12, in Brooklyn

"Odd" = a Jazz Sextett with French Horn and Bassoon as lead instruments. They do jazz versions of two of the Mozart Horn Concertos - all 6 movements! You won't hear that live every day! (But you can in Brooklyn, tomorrow ...)

French Horn virtuoso John Clarke, of Gil Evans' Monday Night Orchestra fame, leads The Odd Couple Quintet + 1 with Pete Levin (keyboards), Mark Egan (bass), Karl Latham (drums), Freddie Bryant (guitar) & Michael Rabinowitz (bassoon; anyone remember his outstanding performance on Charles Mingus' Epitaph?

Well, this all-star combo will be doing a double-bill (with Rubens Salles Quintet opening) @ ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY). Cover charge: $15. For reservations, please call (646) 820-9452.

The Rubens Salles Quintet features the NY-based Brazilian pianist/composer/arranger) leading Leco Reis (bass), Dan Pugach (drums), Michel Gentile (flute) and... John Clark!

5 Days Away For The Doheny Blues Festival

Are you ready? It's only five days away for the 2015 Doheny Blues Festival this Saturday! Make sure to follow us on Instagram (@dohenybluesfestival) and Facebook for all the festival updates. Line Up:
Saturday - Paul Rodgers / Taj Mahal Trio / The Mavericks / Los Lobos / North Mississippi Allstars / Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson / Eric Lindell & The Company / Anson Funderburgh / Nico Wayne Toussaint from France /  From Brazil…Igor Prado Blues Revue Ft. Mitch Kashmar, Jai Malano & Friends /  Candye Kane / Trickbag / Shari Puorto / Ben Powell 
Sunday -  Bonnie Raitt / Boz Scaggs / Beth Hart / Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones / Valerie June / Otis Taylor Band Ft. Brandon “Taz” Niederauer / Rebirth Brass Band / Lurrie Bell / Carolyn Wonderland / Big Jon & The Nationals / Whitney Shay

Can't wait to attend Shari Puorto concert! 
DOHENY STATE BEACH
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
Corner of Pacific Coast Hwy & Dana Pt Harbor Dr.

Doheny State Beach, a 62-acre state park in scenic Dana Point Harbor, features one mile of whitewashed sandy beach. Two main stages are placed at opposite ends of a large grass field, and both stages are within 100 yards of the Pacific Ocean. An intimate, 3rd stage, known as the Backporch, is a great place to get up-close to your favorite artists. There is also an International Food Court and large Vendor Faire. The landscaped grass field at the north end of the park (where the festival is held) includes 170 picnic tables, volleyball courts and plenty of parking.

A Brief History
The Doheny Blues Festival is proud to call the City of Dana Point its home… and we couldn’t imagine a more scenic location than Doheny State Beach. If you are visiting the area for the first time, here’s a quick history lesson for ‘ya.

The City of Dana Point is named after Richard Henry Dana Jr. (1815-1882), a Harvard-trained lawyer, seaman, and author of the notable sea journal, “Two Years Before the Mast”(1840). In his journal, Dana documents his voyage from Boston to California on the merchant ship, Pilgrim, describing the area once known as Capistrano Bay as “the most romantic spot on the California coast.”

Dana Point is home to 36,000+ residents and is characterized by nearly seven miles of prominent coastal bluffs along the Pacific Ocean. Dana Point Harbor, which was dedicated in 1971, currently provides slips and mooring for over 2,500 boats along with over 50 specialty shops and restaurants. The Harbor attracts thousands of visitors annually for shopping, sport fishing, walking, bicycling and a host of recreational activities.

One of California’s most popular beach facilities, Doheny State Beach offers camping, surfing, tide pool exploration and much more. In 1931, Edward Doheny generously donated prime ocean front property to the State of California. The land was to become Doheny State Beach Park, California’s first state beach, and was eventually renamed Doheny State Beach. Over time, the original 41-acre park grew with an additional 21 acres being acquired from the Santa Fe Railroad, University of California Regents, and the Union Oil Company.

Doheny’s gentle surf break make it an ideal place for surfing and had long been a focal point of the surfing counterculture in the 1950′s and 60′s. References to Doheny appear in the lyrics of Surfer Joe by the Surfaris and the Beach Boys smash hit Surfin’ USA. To this day, Doheny receives international acclaim for its waterfront camp sites and whitewashed sandy beaches.

Camping at Doheny
The campground has 121 family campsites, however spots fill up quickly. For reservations at Doheny State Beach, call 800-444-PARK.

News From The Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

7 May 2015                          
Kamasi Washington / Club Award (Germany)

Chris Barton talks to the saxophonist  Kamasi Washington about his new album "The Epic", about the creative music scene in Los Angeles, about growing up with jazz, about being taught by Gerald Wilson, about hip-hop being no less intellectual than jazz when it comes to rhythm, about his love for the jazz masters and his search for his own style and about jazz (and the universe) being "a vast, vast place. There's room for everything" ( Los Angeles Times). Chris Hoard talks to Kamasi Washington as well, finding that the live rendering of "The Epic" leaves its young audience "astonished by the musical spectacle, and the overwhelming volume and cacophony of the live mix alternated between inspiration and bombast" ( Variety). Nick Chiles quotes (through Billboard and other sources) Kamasi Washington as well, about his collaboration with the rapper Kendrick Lamar, about the links between hip-hop and jazz and the potential for a younger audience through these channels, as well as about his own album "The Epic" ( Atlanta Black Star). Finally, Dan Johnson also reports about the saxophonist ( LA Downtown News). --- The German federal government announces the third annual club award, financial support for jazz, rock and pop clubs who can apply until 30 June ( Initiative Musik). The club award has a total budget of 1 million Euro and comes in three categories providing funding of 5,000 Euro, up to 20,000 Euro and up to 40,000 Euro.

8 May 2015
Colin Webster / Irvin Mayfield

Sammy Stein talks to the British saxophonist Colin Webster about musical inspiration on his work, about emotions while performing and audience response, about his own listening habits, about current and future projects, and about improvised music very well being a young music attracting both young performers and a young audience ( Something Else!). --- David Hammer ( WWLTV) and Richard Rainey ( New Orleans Times-Picayune) report about the trumpeter Irvin Mayfield who was criticized for funneling "donations from the [New Orleans Public] library's private fundraising arm to his own nonprofit New Orleans Jazz Orchestra". Meanwhile, Mayfield's employee Ronald Markham who also sat on the library foundation's board, resigned ( WWLTV) while New Orleans' mayor called for changes on the Library Foundation ( WWLTV).

9 May 2015
Keith Jarrett / Christoph Pepe Auer

It was Keith Jarrett 's 70th birthday yesterday, and congratulations come from Wolfgang Sandner ( FAZ), Hans-Jürgen Linke ( Frankfurter Rundschau), Alex Rühle ( Süddeutsche Zeitung), Gregor Dotzauer ( Zeit Online), Giuseppe Vide ( Tages-Anzeiger), Ueli Bernays ( Neue Zürcher Zeitung), Conny Paul ( Deutsche Welle), Rachel Martin ( NPR) and many others. --- Ljubiša Tošić talks to the Austrian bass clarinetist Christoph Pepe Auer about his latest album "Songs I Like", about having been inspired by the popular music he heard on the radio, about finding his own way in jazz, about his choice of the bass clarinet in favor of the saxophone, and about his own record label, Session Work Records ( Der Standard).

10 May 2015
Klaus Doldinger / B.B. King

Jürgen Overkott talks to the German saxophonist and composer Klaus Doldinger about the name of his band Passport, about his success both as a jazz and fusion musician and as a film composer, about a trip to Brazil and about feeling like a professional traveler ( Der Westen). --- Last week we read that B.B. King entered home hospice care ( Los Angeles Times). This week rumors make the round that the blues guitarist is being "held captive" by his longtime manager "and denied access to medical care and his friends like Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana" ( The Daily Beast). This claim meanwhile has been rejected by the spokesman of his manager ( TMZ).

11 May 2015
Tim Berne / Paul Grabowsky

Andy Robson talks to the saxophonist Tim Berne about 40 years in the improvised music business, about his work both for the Columbia and ECM labels, as well as about the freedom in his band Snakeoil ( Star-Tribune, Minneapolis). --- The Australian pianist Paul Grabowsky writes about his interest in music by Australian indigenous people, about the power of music to form connections, and about the "Crossing Roper Bar" project resulting from this interest ( Sydney Morning Herald).

12 May 2015
Infracom / Nigeria

Stephan A. Dudek talks to the Jan Hagenkötter, founder of the German record company Infracom, about the need for and business aspects of an independent label today, about his project [re:jazz] which involves music as well as graphic design and other creative processes in interpretations of electronic music in acoustic jazz versions, about the pianist and producer Matthias Vogt and his ability to bridge jazz and pop, about his decision to release a recent production as vinyl and mp3 download only and about the art value of vinyl records ( Main-Spitze). --- Yinka Olatunbosun talks to the promoter and record store owner Kunle Tejuosho about the history of jazz in Nigeria , about specifically African kinds of fusion such as Afrobeat, about Fela Kuti's contribution to the country's music scene, about a film documentary he made about Yoruba music, and about the aesthetic of the Jazzhole record store and label in Lagos ( This Day Live).

13 May 2015
... what else ...

Ben Ratliff hears the Dutch Instant Composers Pool at Roulette ( New York Times) and the saxophonist Pharoah Sanders at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn ( New York Times). --- A.D. Amorosi reports about an upcoming tribute to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center and talks to the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia's musical director Terell Stafford ( Philadelphia Inquirer). --- Rudi Greenberg talks to the pianist Jason Moran about the "Harlem Nights / U Street Lights" program at Kennedy Center celebrating two jazz communities in New York City and Washington, D.C. ( Washington Post). --- James Reaney remembers the Canadian singer Phyllis Marshall ( London Free Press). --- In a short interview the trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and the saxophonist Christine Jensen talk about their start in music ( CBC). --- Cam Fuller talks to the pianist and singer Diana Krall ( The Vancouver Sun). --- Julia Bähr reports about a study about the development of the pop and rock repertoire between 1960 and 2010 ( Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ). --- Joe Klopus talks to the Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen ( Kansas City Star).

Obituaries
We learned of the passing of Father Peter O'Brien, the executive director of the Mary Lou Williams Foundation, at the age of 74 ( New Jersey Star-Ledger ), the percussionist Jerome Cooper at the age of 68 ( Chicago Reader), the Swiss trumpeter Umberto Arlatti at the age of 84 ( Oltner Tagblatt), the trumpeter Travis Hill at the age of 28 ( New Orleans Times-Picayune), tr Rudi Martini.he violinist Johnny Gimble at the age of 86 ( The Tennessean), as well as the German drummer Rudi Martini.

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut:

Klaus Mümpfer reports about the first Mainz Jazz Talk which took place a week and a half ago, with Larry Appelbaum, jazz curator of the Library of Congress, Wolfram Knauer, director of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, as well as musicians from the Mainz conservatory ( Wiesbadener Kurier).

The German train system was on strike, yet Arndt Weidler made it to Schaffhausen, Switzerland, on Saturday where he had been invited to give keynote at the Schaffhausen Jazz Talks talking about strategies to move jazz back into the focus of a larger audience ( Schaffhauser Jazzfestival; see also Neue Zürcher Zeitung ).

The band Tria Linvo with André Nendza, Johannes Lemke and Christoph Hillmann played the Jazzinstitut's concert space last Friday ( Tria Lingvo). In the JazzTalk part of the concert, the bassist Nendza spoke about the advantages of a working band, about the Cologne jazz scene as well as about teaching music and band concepts at a university for design.

This Monday loads of jazz musicians showed up at the central station in Frankfurt, Germany, in a flash mob called the "JazzMob", meant to focus the public interest on the lively jazz scene in the federal state of Hesse ( Netzwerk Jazz in Hessen ). The Jazzinstitut is a member of the Network Jazz in Hesse which organized the event. The "Hessenschau", our regional TV magazine, reported ( Hessenschau), as did the radio stations of Hesse Radio ( hr-online).

Last week, we received a donation of more than 500 CDs from the journalist Maximilian Preisler.

The JazzNews will pause the next week, while Wolfram Knauer travels to New York for several meetings. The next edition of our JazzNews will be in your mailbox by late May.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

D-Tox Sunday After Hours in LA w/ DJ Contessa

MAY 11: AFTER HOURS @ Los Globos (3040 Sunset Blvd.)
Featuring Resident DJs Contessa and Shanto, plus special guest CJ Atkinson
EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY MORNING 2AM-7AM 
#techhouse #techno #deephouse #laafterhours

Brian Torff Presents His Jazz-Rock Project "New Duke": Mash-Ups of Future Past

Jazz-rock was a musical style that came to prominence in the late nineteen-sixties. In an era of fusion and syncretism, it signaled a musical marriage of sophisticated jazz harmony and improvisation combining tight horn sections with the electric energy of a rock and funk rhythm section. Landmark vinyl from Blood, Sweat and Tears, Tower of Power, Electric Flag and (early) Chicago brought new design and vision, bringing the past color of jazz to a new generation.  Time faded the style and by the mid-70's the thrill was gone.

Bassist, composer and arranger Brian Torff was inspired by this sound. "I was born in Chicago and it was the 3 B's, The Beatles, James Brown and BS&T that really inspired me. I always associated great music- jazz, rock, or soul, with punchy horn sections," said Torff. He moved on to a performing career working with George Shearing (with whom he toured my native Brazil as a duo in the late 70s and I had the chance to attend their concerts at the Cecilia Meirelles Hall in Rio de Janeiro), Erroll Garner, Mary Lou Williams, Stephane Grappelli, Cleo Laine, Frank Sinatra and Brazilian piano master Manfredo Fest (they released a wondrous DVD, titled "Some Call It Jazz.") He has been a professor of music at Fairfield University in Connecticut since 1993. That is where his band, New Duke began.

"My associate, Dr. Laura Nash received a 2011 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to present a workshop on the life and work of Duke Ellington," said Torff, "and we wanted to put together a band that would do new things with his music."  The concept grew into a mash-up where Torff composed and arranged music that mixed Ellington with Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Cream, and Pharrell Williams.

"It is a mash-up concept with jazz-rock roots but with a unique twist,” said Torff. New Duke performs original tunes such as the "Mandela Freedom Suite", "Mississippi Saxophone" and "Last Record Man." The band consists of Darryl Tookes, vocals, Jamie Finegan, trumpet, Rick Sadlon, alto sax and flute, Steve Moran, tenor and baritone sax, John Fumasoli, trombone, Dave Childs, keyboards, Torff, bass, vocals, harmonica, and musical director, and Don Mulvaney, drums.  They have performed in jazz festivals, concerts, conferences and in school-workshops.

New Duke recently released two videos that demonstrate this diverse concept:
Rockin' in Rhythm fuses Ellington's classic tune with 50's rock lyrics from Chuck Berry, Big Joe Turner, Elvis Presley and a dash of Louis Prima.

The Torff original, Workin' On a Bassline is a rocking soul-funk tune that tells a story of his mentor, jazz bassist Milt Hinton and his ascent from Mississippi to fame.

New Duke plans to tour and record while stretching musical genres. In Brian Torff's view- "These adjacent and diverse styles talk to each other when you put them together and New Duke wants to explore that."

Cape Bank Jazz @ The Point, May 14-17, in Somers Point, New Jersey

Cape Bank Jazz @ the Point 2015
In memory of Bob Simon. Three Jazz Festivals Rolled Into One!
May 14-17 Somers Point, NJ

Thursday:
- Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro
(908 Shore Road in Somers Point)
Dr. Lonnie Smith  7:30 until 9:00 p.m.

Friday:
- Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro (908 Shore Road)
Ralph Peterson's Unity Project  at 7:30 & 8:45 p.m
Paulette Mc Williams with the Nat Adderly Jr. Trio  at 9:30 and 10:45 p.m.
- Gregory's (900 Shore Road, Somers Point)
Midiri Brothers at 8:30 and 9:45 p.m.

Saturday:
- Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro (908 Shore Road)
Kevin Mahogany with the Dave Stryker Organ Trio at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m
Madame Pat Tandy at 8:15, 9:30 and 10:45 p.m.

Sunday:
- Gregory's (900 Shore Road)
Rocknsouza Brass Band at 3:00 p.m.
Music Pier (Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk in Ocean City)
Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra  at 3:00 p.m.
The New York Voices at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets available www.southjerseyjazz.org
or by calling 609-027-6677

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Steven Lugerner Announces New Digital Single with Fred Hersch, Coming ut on May 12


Steven Lugerner Gravitations Vol. IIThe greatest improvisers keep an eye open for stimulating new musical settings. San Francisco Bay Area woodwind expert Steven Lugerner, a rising star with a bevy of exceptional albums, has proven adept at creating situations that take jazz's foremost masters into unexpected realms. His latest album, the digital-only release Gravitations Vol. II, is a gorgeous duo project that places piano greatFred Hersch in an entirely new context.

The recording with Hersch, a key mentor for Lugerner, is just one of several exceptional projects that the 26-year-old has on tap this summer. He joins forces with alto sax legend Charles McPherson on a June 5 program produced by Palo Alto Jazz Alliance at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto.

On June 6, Lugerner presents his new band SLUGish Ensemble at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, a 10-piece ensemble bristling with brilliant Bay Area improvisers including trumpeter Darren Johnston, saxophonists Cory Wright and Patrick Wolff, and drummer Michael Mitchell. SLUGish Ensemble also performs July 27 at the Stanford Jazz Festival with special guest star Allison Miller in the drum chair.

"When I was in New York I got really interested in writing for a larger ensemble," Lugerner says. "These pieces are very influenced by Maria Schneider, John Hollenbeck, John Zorn, and composers like Steve Reich, John Adams, and and Nico Muhly."

Honoring the storied drummer Tootie Heath is the motivation behind several concerts by theRichard Sears Sextet, which performs June 11 at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles and June 12at Piedmont Piano in Oakland (this band will then record at Fantasy Studios). Lugerner was part of the ensemble when it premiered Sears's suite designed to showcase the drum maestro last year, and he'll be contributing on bass clarinet and alto sax with Patrick Wolff on tenor sax, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, and Heath himself on drums.

"Richard wrote this suite specifically with Tootie in mind, and he did an incredible job writing something that is simultaneously adventurous and that draws from the tradition," Lugerner says. "There's a lot of seriousness in that music and a lot of joy, and Tootie embodies that whole ethos."

Lugerner delves into the music of another jazz legend on The Music of Jackie McLean, an album slated for release in the fall featuring Jacknife, a hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet. Exploring tunes from McLean's seminal early- and mid-1960s Blue Note albums JacknifeIt's TimeLet Freedom Ring,and New Soil, the session brings together a formidable cast of rising talent, including pianist Richard Sears, bassist Garret Lang, drummer Michael Mitchell, and trumpeter JJ Kirkpatrick.

Lugerner recorded Gravitations Vol. Iin 2013 with guitarist/banjoist Angelo Spagnolo, and the concept for the project flowed from some of the free improvisation practices that Lugerner learned from Hersch in 2008 as part of a Carnegie Hall Foundation workshop (so it's hardly surprising that he sought the pianist out for an encounter). He recorded Hersch early one morning at his Soho apartment in the spring of 2013, looking to capture the first music that he played that day.

"The idea is to record the first few phrases or gestures that come out involuntarily, whatever your hands or brain gravitates toward," Lugerner says. "I'll take eight or maybe ten minute-long snippets, transcribe them, and then I orchestrate woodwind parts on top of the original layer. Sometimes I'll do an exact orchestration of what they're doing, and other times I'll harmonize parts on top."

The resulting music is unlike anything else in Hersch's extensive discography of duo encounters. Familiar but strange, Gravitations Vol. II is a beautiful and intimate conversation which distills something essential about Hersch's music, turning his building blocks into sturdy but fanciful and self-contained edifices.

Born (May 20, 1988) in Redwood City and raised in Burlingame, just south of San Francisco,Steven Lugerner moved to New York in 2006 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he graduated with honors four years later. He moved back to the Bay Area in 2013 to take a position at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and has maintained a bicoastal presence ever since.

In a relatively short period of time Lugerner has collaborated with a heavyweight roster of jazz masters, including pianist Myra Melford, percussionist John Hollenbeck, tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens, altoist Miguel Zenón, soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, flutist Jamie Baum, and drummer Matt Wilson. A skilled and diversified woodwind doubler on saxophones, bass clarinet, Bb clarinet, oboe, English horn, flute, and alto flute, Lugerner makes music that's gloriously his own whatever horn he plays, while attracting some of jazz's most vividly identifiable voices as creative partners.
  
Steven Lugerner in Performance:

6/5 Charles McPherson Quintet w/ Andrew Speight & Steven Lugerner,
Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto (presented by Palo Alto Jazz Alliance)

6/6 SLUGish Ensemble, Center for New Music, San Francisco

6/11 appearing as part of Richard Sears Sextet featuring Tootie Heath, Blue Whale, Los Angeles

6/12 appearing as part of Richard Sears Sextet featuring Tootie Heath, Piedmont Piano, Oakland (to be recorded)
  
7/27 SLUGish Ensemble, Stanford Jazz Festival


LISTEN to Gravitations Vol. II  with Fred Hersch

LISTEN to a taste of "On the Nile"
from the forthcoming Jacknife CD, The Music of Jackie McLean