Sunday, June 28, 2015

Melvin Taylor Celebrates Willie Dixon on July 1st

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Terence Blanchard's new album for Blue Note

Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective / BREATHLESS
Oscar Seaton (Drums) - Charles Altura (Guitar)
Fabian Almazan (Piano) - 
Donald Ramsey (Bass)
Breathless Album Download
From Monk and Miles to Igor and Prince:  the musical influences of Breathless Spotify:

Friday, June 26, 2015

Jack Wilkins Trio, Live in CT, June 28

News from Jack Wilkins: "I'll be in a trio with Phil Markowitz on piano and Andy McKee on bass this Sunday, June 28, at Sarah's Wine Bar." Sets at 6:30 and 7:45pm. Don't miss if you are in the Connecticut area.

Sarah's Wine Bar
20 West Lane Route 30
Ridgefield, CT
Ph: (203) 438-8282

Made in NY Jazz Gala @ TriBeCa PAC

This Saturday, June 27, 7pm
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St, Nova Iorque 10007

Jazz goes global at the 2nd annual Made in NY Jazz Gala with one of most diverse lineups of jazz performers ever assembled in one place.

"What an exciting weekend... I'm honored to be performing tomorrow night at TriBeCa PAC with special guests Randy Randy Brecker & Bobby Sanabria. It's going to be so exciting to share my music with these giants and accept my award for 2nd place in the Made in NY Jazz Competition on the same stage," Thana Alexa says. "What a thrill to have these giants play my arrangements! Helping me out will also be the incomparable Eden Ladin, Noam Wiesenberg & Peter Kronreif. Come check us out!"

"The next morning I fly to LA to finish off the US tour with Antonio Sanchez & Migration. We play the Moss Theater in LA, Cafe Stritch in San Jose and then 2 nights at Jazz Alley in Seattle. I love this life!"
                                                    (Thana Alexa)

Taking the stage alongside competition’s participants - jazz greats:
Randy Brecker (trumpet)
Alex Blake (bass)
Bobby Sanabria (drums, percussion)
Yaacov Mayman (sax)

The gala concert will feature the winners and a lineup of Made in New York jazz competition entrants whose video performances wowed the Internet.
An International line up from: Great Britain, Turkey, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA, Israel, Germany and Chile!

Al DiMeola receives the Miles Davis Award

Today, Al Di Meola receives the Miles Davis Award 2015 for Lifetime Achievement presented by the Montreal Jazz Festival. This award recognizes his entire works as an internationally renowned jazz musician and his contribution to continuing the tradition of jazz. Past recipients include Keith Jarrett, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and more. Many congrats, Al!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

R.I.P.: Pedro Camargo (1941-2015)

(born Pedro Geraldo Camargo Rocha on April 08, 1941 in São Paulo, SP, Brazil;
died on June 24, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)

Brazilian writer, lyricist, painter, graphic designer, actor and movie director. He was one of my film teachers at the PUC University (the other was Silvio Tendler).

But I already knew him from many dinners at the famous Lamas Restaurant (Yana Purim, to whom I was married in the early 80s, introduced us), and I already admired him since I heard Wilson Simonal's recording of his masterpiece as lyricist: the bossa ballad "Chuva", co-written in 1964 with Durval Ferreira, originally introduced on the debut album by the group Os Gatos -- to which he also did the LP artwork -- and later covered by Gaya, Dick Farney, Walter Wanderley, Claudette Soares, Sylvia Telles, Elizeth Cardoso, Manfredo Fest, Baden Powell and many more.

Sometimes known as "Rain," it was officially retitled "The Day It Rained" after Ray Gilbert added English lyrics recorded by Sylvia Telles, Sarah Vaughan, The Girls From Bahia (Quarteto Em Cy) and so on. Its most recent recording was done by the superb LA-based Polish singer Beata Pater on her "Golden Lady" CD, released here in the U.S. in 2014.

Camargo collaborated with the late guitarist Durval Ferreira in some other songs, starting with "Sozinha de Você" for Tita Lobo's debut album, "Tita" (1964), that was followed by amazing lyrics to "Verdade em Paz" (sung by Tito Madi and Dóris Monteiro, as well as recorded as an instrumental tune on Walter Wanderley's CTI debut, "When It Was Done"), "Encanto Triste" (written for Rosana Toledo's "Momento Novo" LP but also included on Eumir Deodato's second album, "Idéias"), "Tudo Que É Preciso" (recorded by Johnny Alf) and "Porque Somos Iguais" (featured on Deodato's "Ataque" LP with his band Os Catedráticos in 1965, as well as on Emilio Santiago's debut album released exactly ten years later, in 1975.)

In the pop area, he co-wrote (with the long-forgotten José Ary) in 1967 "É Tempo de Amar" for the best-selling album "Roberto Carlos Em Ritmo de Aventura." Camargo and Ary also wrote "Canção de Voltar" for the legendary bossa nova vocal group Os Cariocas.

During his childhood, Camargo studied piano with Vera Bertucci, Nise Obino and Lúcia Branco. In 1959, he composed the soundtrack for Andrej Widrzinski's stage play "O sol gira em torno da terra." That was the first of several works as composer for TV and movies. He directed five award winning movies, among them "O Estranho Triângulo" (1970; btw, how much I treasure the album "O Fino da Música No Cinema Brasileiro"!) and "Amor E Traição" (1979), the latter presented in many European film festivals. Rest in Peace.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NEXUS Opens Centennial Season @ Maverick

Maverick Concerts, the oldest continuous professional summer chamber music festival in America, announces the opening of its 100th season on Saturday, June 27, at 8:00 pm, with a concert by NEXUS, the masterful percussion group, who did a great album with the late flutist Paul Horn.

The program features the premiere of Peter Schickele's Percussion Sonata No. 3, "Maverick." Mr. Schickele will be in attendance for the premiere of his work, which was commissioned by Garry and Diane Kvistad and the Woodstock Chimes Fund for the Centenary of the Maverick Concerts.

All Maverick concerts are held in the historic concert hall, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock, N.Y. 12498. The hall was hand-built in 1916 in a woodland glade just two miles from the center of town.

In addition to the Schickele premiere, the program includes "Sky Ghost" (with special guest performers Amy Fradon and Kirsti Gholson), by NEXUS member Russell Hartenberger, as well as his Persian Songs, arrangements by the renowned classical Iranian singer/instrumentalist Sepideh Raissadat. Also on the program are ragtime tunes for xylophone by the late Woodstock composer/xylophonist George Hamilton Green arranged by NEXUS member Bob Becker.

NEXUS and Ms. Raissadat will be giving a free concert for young people on the same day, Sat., June 27, at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Schickele's Third Percussion Sonata is a work in three movements, with a lively toccata, a quiet romanza, and a finale titled "Vaudeville." "Sky Ghost" is from Hartenberger's composition Invisible Proverb, which, along with Schickele's Percus sion Sonata No. 2, is on the NEXUS album Drumtalker. Persian Songs is an arrangement of music by Reza Ghassemi, an enormously popular and influential expatriate Iranian musician and novelist.

The New York Times has called NEXUS "the high priests of the percussion world." Steve Reich declared them "probably the most acclaimed percussion group on earth." NEXUS is in the Percussion Hall of Fame (along with Ringo Starr) and tours extensively. In the four decades since its founding, the group has participated in international festivals, at the Kennedy Center, at the BBC Proms, and in Carnegie Hall. The group is made up of four master percussionists internationally revered for their virtuosity, innovation, and extraordinary music-making. NEXUS's famed collaborations with Paul Horn, the Canadian Brass, the Kronos Quartet, and others have created repertoire ranging from novelty ragtime and haunting African rhythms through award-winning improvised film music and ground-breaking compositions.

Composer, musician, author, parodist Peter Schickele is internationally recognized as one of the most versatile musical artists in the world. He has composed more than 100 works, for symphony orchestras, choral groups, chamber ensembles, and voice. John Rockwell of The New York Times has described him as having "a leading role in the ever-more-prominent school of American composers who unselfconsciously blend all levels of American music."

His commissions for distinguished instrumentalists and singers are numerous and varied, and include works for the National Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Minnesota Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Audubon and Lark String Quartets, the Minnesota Orchestral Association, and many others. Mr. Schickele has created music for feature films, documentaries, television programs and commercials, and B roadway theater, including Oh! Calcutta! Besides composing music under his own name, Mr. Schickele has developed an elaborate parodic persona built around his "studies" of P.D.Q. Bach, the fictional "youngest and the oddest of the twenty-odd children" of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Sepideh Raissadat, a key figure in the new generation of classical Persian song interpreters, is the most famous vocalist in Iran, a country that does not permit solo public performances by women. Her fame is all the more extraordinary in that her music is accessible in her native country only by way of pirated recordings. Ms. Raissadat has given concerts in Europe and North America under the auspices of the Vatican, UNESCO, the BBC, and Voice of America. NEXUS and Sepideh have collaborated on several concerts in Canada and the United States, and their recording of Persian Songs will be released soon.

For additional details, including a schedule of concerts, ticket prices, and seating information, visit or call Maverick's recorded message line at 845-679-8217.

Maverick Concerts, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The concerts are made possible in part with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; support from the County of Ulster's Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotions Fund, administered by Arts Mid-Hudson; the Maverick Concerts Endowment Fund; Friends of Maverick; the towns of Woodstock and Hurley; loca l businesses; individual donors; and other public and private foundations. Yamaha is the Official Piano of Maverick Concerts. The C7X grand piano in the Maverick Concert Hall is a generous loan from Yamaha Artists Services.

Next up at Maverick
Sunday, June 28, 4 pm
The Shanghai Quartet
Ran Dank, piano
A re-creation of a concert from Maverick's first season.
Haydn: String Quartet No. 66 in D Major, Op. 77, No. 1
Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei, Op. 47, for cello and piano
Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44

The Following Weekend
Friday, July 3
Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Saturday, July 4
11 am: Young People's Concert with Elizabeth Mitchell & Family
6pm: Adam Tendler, piano

Sunday, July 5
Frederic Hand, guitar
Paula Robison, flute

Antonio Sanchez live in California, June 28

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
General: $35 Students: $25
one show no intermission.



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

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Brian Lynch & Ralph Moore @ Sunset Jazz Series

Unsung Heroes, the combo led by master trumpeter Brian Lynch (who performed in the latest incarnation of the CTI All Stars) will be pulling into Camden, NJ -- just across the river from Philly -- for a free evening concert under the stars. The band features Brian's old Horace Silver bandmate of many moons ago, Ralph Moore, one of the giants of the tenor saxophone. Rob Schneiderman on piano, Gerald Cannon on bass, and Pete Van Nostrand on drums round out this swinging quintet. Come join us!

Monday, June 29, 8pm
Wiggins Waterfront Park & Marina
Camden, New Jersey

Monday, June 15, 2015

Jack Wilkins Presents The History of Jazz Guitar

Here's a unique opportunity to study the "History of the Jazz Guitar" from master guitarist Jack Wilkins, one of my all-time favorite guitarists. I treasure his solo albums for CTI, as well as the sessions with Buddy Rich, Bob Brookmeyer, Charles Mingus, Jim Hall, Hubert Laws, Chet Baker, Michael Brecker, Gene Bertoncini, Astrud Gilberto, Morgana King, Lionel Hampton and Ray Charles.

For years this class was given only at Manhattan School of Music. Jack will now be giving an 8-week course (two hours a week) of the most influential guitarists of the 20th century. Classes will be no more than eight participants. The class will cover such giants of jazz guitar such as Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang, George Van Eps, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, Billy Bauer, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney, Chuck Wayne, Johnny Smith, Joe Pass, Billy Bean, George Barnes, Rene Thomas, Wes Montgomery, Hank Garland, Howard Roberts, Grant Green, George Benson and many others.

Recordings, transcriptions, demonstrations, and videos will show how these players were able to execute such amazing phrases and chordal work on the guitar. There will be an occasional surprise guest as well. The class will be held in the evening. Wednesday evening from 6pm till 8pm. The class will take place at 609 Columbus Ave. apt# 10F at West 90th street (New York, NY.) To enroll, please contact Jack through

Private lessons with Jack are also available. Please call (212) 873-2181 for further details. Dates of the class will be starting in September, 2015.
Cost of the class will be $500 for the entire 8 weeks. That would be $250 for 4 in advance and $250 after the 4th class. Students will be given $100 discount.
CD's and videos will be available gratis.

Amanda Darling & Contessa in LA, June 20

This next Saturday, June 20, @ The 9 on Vine (1253 Vine St. Unit 1, Los Angeles, CA), DVNT Events Presents "Amanda Darling - Uprising."
Arrive early for dinner and refreshments, 9 on Vine is a lovely full restaurant and bar. Sets start with Contessa at 10pm. Amanda Darling starts at 11 to 2am!

"I'm getting sooo excited for my 3 hour set," Amanda says. "I'll also be projecting my all-original visualizers during my set and rumor has it I might be singing live with a baby grand piano on stage...! If you're not going to EDC, please come & support!"

21+ | Doors open@ 10pm
$10 Advance Tickets
$14 at the Door
Amanda Darling LIVE from 11PM - 2AM! "Electrance" (Electro / Trance) & all - original visualizers!

Opening set by the fantastic DJ Contessa! 10PM - 11PM (Deep House / Tech House)

Can't make it to EDC this Year? ★ Enjoy a fantastic night of Electro House / Trance / Tech House right here in L.A.! 9 on Vine has the best drink specials all night! Dinner is served until Join us for a legendary night with friends!
★ Don't miss this amazing and electrifying double-bill with Amanda and Contessa! ★
                                                       (DJ Contessa)

$1,000 Payout: Female Jazz Needed Quickly for Big Hollywood Film

TAXI really, really wants to nail this Feature Film placement. It’s a cool film with big stars, and they’re having a hard time finding the right song. Somebody reading this has to have what this Music Supervisor needs!
LIGHT, ROMANTIC JAZZ SONGS with Female Vocals are U-R-G-E-N-T-L-Y needed for a NON-Exclusive Placement by the Music Supervisor of a Big Budget, Hollywood Feature Film. She’s eagerly searching for Down-Tempo Songs that are in the general stylistic wheelhouse of the references below. Please give them a listen to get an idea of the overall vibe this Music Supervisor is looking so hard to find:
“Once Upon A Summertime” by Blossom Dearie:

"I'm In The Mood For Love" by Julie London:

"You Started Something" by Rosemary Clooney: 
Quoting the source: “This is a really tight deadline, and we’re fairly desperate to find something with a romantic vibe and a really great vocal performance.” 
We know the Rosemary Clooney example has a larger compliment of instrumentation, but ideally, they want original songs done with a small ensemble and authentic light Jazz instrumentation. They’re NOT looking for a rip off, copy, or sound-a-like of the referenced songs, but they do need something could be found on the same romantic playlist! Give them something light and dreamy with an intimate, tender, and romantic delivery on the Female Vocal.
Songs that feature piano or guitar (or both) are okay for this pitch, but we think piano pieces will have a slight edge!
Lyric themes can vary, but if you have something that mentions “summer” or “summertime,” that might put a big smile of this Music Supervisor’s face. Other than mentions of summer-related ideas, you’d be wise to keep your lyrics universal, avoiding references to specific names, places, dates, times, brands, and profanity. Do NOT copy or rip off the referenced songs in any way shape or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempotone, and overall texture. Broadcast Quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine).
The estimated license fee for this is $1000, depending on the ultimate use. This is a Non-Exclusive, Direct-to-Music Supervisor pitch, so you’ll keep 100% of the sync fee and your Master and Publishing rights, plus you’ll also get 100% of any applicable performance royalties. You must own or control the Master Recording 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 NOON (PDT), WEDNESDAY, June 17th, 2015. TAXI #U150617JZ

Saturday, June 13, 2015

R.I.P.: Ivinho (1953-2015)

Born Ivson Wanderley Pessoa, the extremely underrated Brazilian guitarist and composer Ivinho just passed away in the night of June 12, 2015 in his native city of Recife, State of Pernambuco, at age 62. Among his fans was Luiz Bonfá, who loved his style on the 12-string guitar.

I was exposed to his brilliant artistry through the album pictured above, "Ivinho Ao Vivo" (Nonesuch/WEA), recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 1978 when he was the opening act for the group A Cor do Som and the pop singer Gilberto Gil. At that time, he lived in Europe, after periods in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Recently, he had reactivated the psychedelic/progressive rock band Ave Sangria, and got the rights to reissue their self-ttled debut album done in 1974 for the Continental label; the CD came out in late 2004 on the Ripohlandya label that also released a double-album with live material, "Perfumes & Batachos." Among his other albums are "Caçador de Frutas" (1988) that he shared with his brother Sinay Pessoa, and "A Turma do Beco do Barato (2009)," an all-star session with reuniting the top musicians from Recife. Rest in Peace.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Alex Nester back @ Basement Tavern, tomorrow

Tomorrow night, June 12, starting at 9:30pm,Alex Nester will be back @ Basement Tavern (2640 Main St, Santa Monica). No cover, great drinks, yummy food--good times always had by all!!

Alex Nester - Vocals/Keys
Max Rich - Guitar
Tristan Gajate Garcia - Bass
Stevie Ray Hernandez - Drums

R.I.P.: Ornette Coleman (1930-2015)

(born Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman on March 9, 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA;
died on June 11, 2015 in New York, NY, USA)

Tonight Is The Night: Alfredo Rodriguez in LA!

"Young Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez sounds the way Monk might have sounded if he had been born in Chick Corea's body and raised on a diet of Bach, Chopin and Stravinsky in a Havana conservatory." - San Jose Mercury News - (Richard Scheinin)

Tonight! Alfredo Rodriguez live @ Kirk Douglas Theatre (9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City). Part of the Jazz Bakery concert series. For tix, please call: 213-628-2772

Quincy Says: "It makes me happy to lend my support to Ruth Price. and to help her keep the Jazz Bakery alive until they settle in their new permanent digs."

This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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

            (Arnaldo DeSouteiro during a recording session in 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Produced over 380 albums and sessions featuring: Luiz Bonfa, João Gilberto, Dom Um Romão, Thiago de Mello, Dexter Payne, João Donato, Palmyra & Levita, Mario Castro-Neves, Jorge Pescara, Paula Faour, Fabio Fonseca, Claudio Roditi, Rodrigo Lima, Hermeto Pascoal, Ithamara Koorax, Don Sebesky, Sammy Figueroa, Anna Ly, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Pascoal Meirelles, Yana Purim, Pingarilho, Nelson Angelo, Marcelo Salazar, Ron Carter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Steve Swallow, Herbie Hancock, Hugo Fattoruso, Larry Coryell, Sadao Watanabe, Jurgen Friedrich, Eloir de Moraes, Gazzara, Deodato, Jadir de Castro, Azymuth, Marcio Montarroyos, Sivuca, Laudir de Oliveira, Marcos Valle, Jay Berliner, George Young, David Matthews, Lew Soloff, Alphonso Johnson, Gene Bertoncini, John McLaughlin, Claus Ogerman, Raul de Souza, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and many others.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Também foi membro honorário e primeiro membro brasileiro da Associação Internacional de Educadores de Jazz (IAJE – International Association of Jazz Educators) durante 12 anos, até sua extinção em 2008, tendo realizado palestras e "panel sessions" nas convenções anuais realizadas nos EUA. Fundador e Presidente da gravadora JSR (Jazz Station Records), sediada em Los Angeles – EUA desde 2001, uma divisão da Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting. Dirige também a JSR Casting e a LaCalifUSA Pictures, empresa de cinema que produz conteúdo e trilhas sonoras (composição, produção, seleção) para filmes e séries de TV. 

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

Como compositor e letrista, tem parcerias com Dave Brubeck (“Broadway Bossa Nova”), Francesco Gazzara (“O Passarinho”), Mamoru Morishita (“Hotaru”) e Fabio Fonseca (“Samba da Copa”, executado na cerimônia de abertura da Copa do Mundo de 2006). 
Produziu reedições de discos de Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Tamba Trio, Ivan Lins, Carlos Lyra, Miucha, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ron Carter, Idris Muhammad, Hank Crawford, Lonnie Smith, Johnny Hammond, Luiz Bonfá, Phil Upchurch, Tennyson Stephens, Eumir Deodato, Grant Green, Mario Castro-Neves, João Donato, Claus Ogerman, David Matthews, Esther Phillips, Joe Beck, Eric Gale e muitos outros.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Endereço para correspondência:
Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting, JSR Casting, LaCalifUSA Pictures
CEO & Founder: Arnaldo DeSouteiro
9930 Liebe Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90210
JSR - NY Address:
Arnaldo DeSouteiro
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Jazz Station Records (JSR), a division of Jazz Station Enterprises
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

News From Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

4. Juni 2015                                
Jen Shyu / Susanna Gartmayer

Frank J. Oteri talks to the singer Jen Shyu about her worldwide travels which have broadened her aesthetic horizons, about the meaning of her self-definition as an "experimental jazz vocalist", about wanting to blend into an ensemble context, about her fascination with Abbey Lincoln, about getting into the jazz idiom when she was 13, about her Asian-American cultural background and its impact on her music, about the political dimensions of jazz, as well as about her duo with bassist Mark Dresser ( New Music Box). --- Franziska Buhre talks to the Austrian bass clarinetist Susanna Gartmayer about her early fascination by vocalists such as Meredith Monk and Yma Sumac, about doubts raised by her arts studies which only increased her interest in improvised music and jazz, about a changing jazz scene in which more and more female musicians make themselves heard and about trying to achieve a sound connected to the spaces she performs in ( TAZ).

5. Juni 2015
Jon Batiste / Charlie Parker

Jim Farber reports that the pianist Jon Batiste will be the new "Late Show" bandleader for host Stephen Colbert who takes over the show from David Letterman starting 8 September ( New York Daily News). --- In advance of the premiere of the opera "Charlie Parker's Yardbird" Karen Smyles and Elisabeth Perez-Luna talk to the composer Daniel Schnyder, the librettist Bridgette Wimberly and the tenor Lawrence Brownlee, and in the background audio of the interviews you can here small excerpts from the opera which plays Philadelphia's Kimmel Theater from this weekend ( NewsWorks). Shawn E. Milnes gets a first glimpse ( The Daily Beast), and Peter Dobrin has the first review ( Philadelphia Inquirer). Anne Midgette ( Washington Post) and Anthony Tommasini ( New York Times) attended the premiere as well.

6. Juni 2015
Brad Terry / Juan-les-Pins

Darren Fishell talks to the clarinetist Brad Terry about his diagnosis with attention deficit disorder and how it "had complicated his efforts to learn to read music or take well to instruction" ( Bangor Daily News). Terry speaks about his musical partner, the young guitarist Peter Herman, about performing with Lenny Breau in the late 1970s, and about having seen Lester Young at an outdoor concert in Bryant Park in New York. In an odd aside the article also mentioned that during the past two years Terry had "borrowed the kitchen floor of Buddy Tate’s New York apartment". --- Verena Fischer-Zernin reports about the 56-year-old tradition of Jazz à Juan, the jazz festival on the French Riviera ( Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ). She discovers that jazz in the region goes back to the 1920s and talks to some regulars who heard them all, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald or Keith Jarrett.

7. Juni 2015
Chick Corea / Antonio Sanchez

Manfred Pabst talks to the pianist Chick Corea about his duo performances with Herbie Hancock, about trying to look ahead in his music instead of looking back, about performing as the most wonderful part of the day (and his own reaction to an audience taking too many photos), about studying scientology but not wanting to convince others of it, about the need to practice, about virtuosity, about electronic instruments and about the biggest influences on his music ( Neue Zürcher Zeitung ). --- Arun Rath talks to the drummer Antonio Sanchez about the challenges of creating the soundtrack for the movie "Birdman" ( NPR). Nate Chinen, meanwhile listens to two of Sanchez's most recent albums ( New York Times).

8. Juni 2015
Lizz Wright / Clare Church

Bänz Friedli talks to the singer Lizz Wright about different influences on her art, about the political dimensions of her music after Ferguson and Baltimore, about daily racism, but also about the deep good she has experienced in people ( Neue Zürcher Zeitung ). --- Ryan Haarer talks to the former saxophonist, now drummer Clare Church who had to change instruments due to Cranial Dystonia, a chronic condition which was triggered by her instruments ( 9News).

9. Juni 2015
Germany. A Survey / Klaus Doldinger

There have been studies about the living and working condition of jazz musicians in several countries, but the last such study about the situation in Germany is decades old. Now the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, the Union Deutscher Jazzmusiker (a musicians' interest group) and the IG Jazz Berlin (a local initiative) have commissioned an extensive study undertaken by Hildesheim University and financed by the federal government as well as the regional governments of the states Northrhine-Westfalia, Lower Saxony and Berlin. It aims at a better knowledge of how musicians live, where their income comes from and how they fit within the German social security structures. The results will be made public at the Jazzfest Berlin in early November, together with recommendations for fitting funding measures to support this creative scene. The online study for professional German musicians can be accessed here: Jazzstudie 2015. --- Martina Kaden talks to the German saxophonist Klaus Doldinger about being on stage since 62 years, about his roots in Berlin, about his first performances, about his detour into pop music under the name "Paul Nero", about film music, healthy living, and his recommendations for young musicians ( BZ).

10. Juni 2015
... what else ...

Geoff Winston hears a new recording by the bassist and violinist Henry Grimes ( London Jazz News). --- Joe Klopus reports about the American Jazz Walk of Fame in Kansas City which came into existence last year and which received six more medallions last Saturday: for Bennie Moten, Claude 'Fiddler' Williams, Coleman Hawkins, Myra Taylor, Lester Yong and Everette DeVan ( Kansas City Star). --- Franziska Buhre reports about this year's Moers Festival ( TAZ ). --- Ben Ratliff hears Dr. Lonnie Smith at the Jazz Standard in New York ( New York Times). --- The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University has announced the appointment of its new Executive Director, Wayne Winborne ( IJS, Facebook). Vincent Pelote, longtime archivist at IJS and supporter for all researchers visiting the world's most important jazz archive, had been named its Director of Operations in April already.


We read another obituary about the producer Bruce Lundvall, this one by his friend and biographer Dan Ouellette ( ZealZNC) as well as a belated obituary about the German pianist and singer Wolfgang Sauer ( Westdeutsche Zeitung). --- We learned of the passing of the pianist Ray Kennedy at the age of 58 ( St. Louis Post-Dispatch ), the pianist Corky McClerkin at the age of 72 ( Chicago Tribune), as well as the Canadian drummer Archie Alleyne at the age of 82 ( CBC News).

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut

The 14th Darmstadt Jazzforum will focus on "Gender and Identity in Jazz" from 1st to 4th October 2015. Our call for papers went out earlier this year and lead to many interesting suggestions for papers among which we selected eighteen for our fall conference, documenting a number of different approaches. Now we published the names of the speakers as well as abstracts of their papers on our website ( We look forward to exciting discussions during the conference.

Closer to this newsletter are two events we co-organize next week. On Wednesday (17 June, 8pm) the Jazzinstitut is part of the 20th Darmstadt Music Talk for which our colleagues and us invited Kerstin Schultz, Darmstadt-based professor for architecture and urban planning who will have us re-think the different relationships between "Music and Architecture" ( Darmstädter Musikgespräche ).

The next day (Thursday, 18 June, 7:30 pm) Wolfram Knauer will moderate the 2nd Mainz Jazz Talk hosted by the jazz department at Mainz University. Daniel Martin Feige, pianist, philosopher and author of the recently published book "Philosophie des Jazz" [philosophy of jazz] (Suhrkamp Verlag) will introduce some of his ideas about what philosophy can learn from jazz, and a panel made up of the saxophonist Angelika Niescier, the guitarist and musicologist Jörg Heuser and the pianist and Mainz professor Sebastian Sternal will then discuss some of the arguments and ask which of Feige's observations they know from their own daily work ( Mainzer Jazzgespräche).

Friday, June 5, 2015

Sunday Brunch @ Blue Note w/ Thana Alexa

Pat Bianchi's "A Higher Standard" out today!

The time honored legacy of jazz is to look upon its heritage to build its future. The remarkable organist Pat Bianchi is totally dedicated to that tradition, and in full evidence on his extraordinary new CD, "A Higher Standard," that comes out today on 21-H Records. "My goal for this album - like all my others - is to find material that is going to challenge me, but won't lose the energy, intent and feeling that is associated with the great jazz organists and their recordings."

Clearly he has met that challenge. With his outstanding arrangements and the shared commitment of the other members of his trio - guitarist Craig Ebner and longtime associate Byron Landham on drums - Pat delivers a scintillating and captivating set of 10 sonic landscapes that defy what might be expected from an organ trio. Building upon Larry Young's liberation of the instrument from its previous confines, Pat combines fiery adventurousness with a highly lyrical imagination - equally at play on beautiful ballads and blazing drivers... and everything in between. Block chords, smears, single note runs that rival the powerhouse energy of Cecil Taylor, and shimmering musicality are all woven together seamlessly to tell his stimulating stories, but never losing sight of the sense of swing and celebration that keeps the music focused on the audience's enjoyment.

Pat's virtuosity is met head-on by his colleagues, with the fluid and spirited playing of Ebner flawless in both his soloi ng and support; and Landham always vigorously exhilarating and vividly inventive. Together they create a synergy and unity of intent that makes every piece a fully realized and perfectly delineated sculpture of sound.

The repertoire is delightfully varied both in its sources and intent. Jazz classics, a couple of popular tunes, and a pair of Broadway show tunes combine with two Bianchi originals - all brewed together into a seamless whole like continuous episodes of an enthralling story.

Pat's originals include "Will of Landham" a surging, dramatically-etched burner with an angular unison line. Marked by a horn-like organ solo with Dolphy-esque intervals and runs and a scorching guitar solo, it closes on ascending/descending rolling hills over blazing drumming from its namesake. "Blues Minus One" is an audaciously syncopated, buoyant jaunt with a daring organ solo that maintains its blues core without being in any way limited by it.

The jazz classics include Horace Silver's "Blue Silver" in a deliciously laid back and respectfully blue mood; John Coltrane's "Satellite" with a dynamic organ solo of briskly syncopated chords and sparkling runs; a gentle and appropriately introspective take on Bill Evans' signature theme "Very Early"; and a romping version of Oscar Pettiford's classic "Bohemia After Dark."

The Broadway gems include Victor Youmans' "Without a Song" (from the 1929 show Great Day) that opens the album in a brisk groove, built on Pat's vibrant bass pedal bottom. Leonard Bernstein's score for On the Town provides the exquisite "Some Other Time," delivered with the filigreed poignancy it deserves.

Sergio Mendes' Brasil '66 ballad hit "So Many Stars" unfolds atmospherically on cymbal swells, with the Brazilian feel slowed to a tantalizing gait, as gentle as a misty rain in a tropical forest. And Stevie Wonder's "From the Bottom of My Heart" closes this brilliant album on a soulfully impassioned, backbeat driven and infectiously rhythmic note.

In addition to his five previous albums as leader or co-leader, Pat's performing history includes a litany of jazz giants. A member of the great Pat Martino's current ensemble, Bianchi has also worked frequently with the legendary Lou Donaldson, as well as George Coleman, Houston Person, Tim Warfield, Red Holloway, Harvey Mason, Mark Whitfield, Javon Jackson, Chuck Loeb, and so many more... all of which has had a tremendous influence on what he feels is essential to bring to the table as a leader.

"I have spent a long time being a sideman to some incredible musicians and they have all taught me that as a musician/leader I need to hold myself and my music to a higher standard." This CD most definitely lives up to that objective.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Pat Bianchi w/The Pat Martino Trio @ Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St., 11th Fl., New York, NY (United States) - Set: 8:00 PM 

Friday, June 12, 2015
Pat Bianchi w/The Pat Martino Trio @ Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St., 11th Fl., New York, NY (United States) - Set: 8:00 PM 

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Pat Bianchi w/The Pat Martino Trio @ Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St., 11th Fl., New York, NY (United States) - Set: 8:00 PM   

Sunday, June 14, 2015
Pat Bianchi w/The Pat Martino Trio @ Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St., 11th Fl., New York, NY (United States) - Set: 8:00 PM 

Sunday, June 28, 2015
We Love Jazz @ Bobby Durham Jazz Festival
Isola del Cantone, (Italy) - Set: 8:00 PM  

Monday, June 29, 2015
We Love Jazz @ Bobby Durham Jazz Festival
Isola del Cantone, (Italy) - Set: 8:00 PM 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
We Love Jazz @ Bobby Durham Jazz Festival
Isola del Cantone, (Italy) - Set: 8:00 PM  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
We Love Jazz @ Bobby Durham Jazz Festival
Isola del Cantone, (Italy) - Set: 8:00 PM 

Thursday, July 2, 2015
We Love Jazz @ Bobby Durham Jazz Festival
Isola del Cantone, (Italy) - Set: 8:00 PM  

Friday, July 3, 2015
We Love Jazz @ Bobby Durham Jazz Festival
Isola del Cantone, (Italy) - Set: 8:00 PM 

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Pat Bianchi Trio CD Release feat. Byron Landham and Dave Stryker @ Dazzle
930 Lincoln St., Denver, CO (United States) - Set: 7:30 PM 

Friday, July 17, 2015
Pat Bianchi Trio CD Release feat. Byron Landham and Dave Stryker @ Dazzle
930 Lincoln St., Denver, CO (United States) - 

Saturday, August 15 
Pat Bianchi Trio feat. Byron Landham and Craig Ebner
Rochester NY

Molly Holm's Impermanent Project: An Evening of Vocal Improvisations in Oakland, June 6

One of our favorite contemporary singers, Molly Holm will be presenting her "Impermanent Project" tomorrow night, June 6th, at 8pm @ Avonova (417 Avon Street, in Oakland). Essential.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chris Parker Trio @ Drummers Collective, NY

I became a fan of drummer Chris Parker in the mid-70s, by listening to his albums with people like Deodato ("Very Together"), Esther Phillips ("What A Difference A Day Makes"), Joe Beck ("Beck"), and many sessions with The Brecker Bros. and the cult group Stuff. Four decades later, I'm planning to attend his trio performance tomorrow afternoon, June 5th, from 4pm to 6pm @ Drummers Collective (541 6th Ave. between 14th and 15th Street) in New York. Featuring Ryoko Oyobe on piano, Ameen Saleem on bass, and Roberta Lawrence on vocals. Not to be missed.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Randy Weston & Billy Harper: Highlights In Jazz, June 11th @ Tribeca Performing Arts

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz
New York's Longest Running Jazz Concert Series - concludes its 43rd Season with
Jazz, Past & Present, a historic double bill featuring NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston with Billy Harper performing The Roots of the Blues and Highlights In Jazz New Stars (Benny Benack, Steven Frieder, Dylan Meek, Devin Starks & Kosta Galanopoulos) plus a very special surprise guest.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8 pm 
at Tribeca Performing Arts Center 
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, N.Y., NY

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz, New York's longest running jazz concert series, concludes its 43rd season on Thursday June 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM in the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, NY, 10007 with Jazz Past & Present, a multigenerational double bill featuring the incomparable duo of, pianist Randy Weston and tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, performing a program including selections from their critically acclaimed album The Roots of the Blues.  Sharing the bill with NEA Jazz Master Weston, who   celebrated his 89th birthday in April, will be the Highlights In Jazz New Stars, a youthful quintet of twenty-somet hings assembled by Kleinsinger himself to feature some of his favorite up and coming young jazz players - saxophonist Steven Frieder, trumpeter/vocalist Benny Benack, pianist Dylan Meek, bassist Devin Starks and drummer Kosta Galanopoulos.

Making his first Highlights In Jazz appearance, NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston embodies the history of jazz past and present  in his uniquely original playing -- from the swing of Duke Ellington to the bop of Thelonious Monk and onward with his own perennially modern music. A tireless proponent of the African roots of jazz, his sound is steeped deep in the blues, as evident in his latest critically acclaimed Sunnyside recording "The Roots of the Blues," which features his partner on the program, veteran tenor saxophonist Billy Harper.

The album, which is comprised of a baker's dozen of piano/saxophones duets ranging from jazz classics like "Take The A Train," "Body and Soul" and "How High The Moon" to Weston's own engaging originals such as "Blues To Africa" and "Berkshire Blues" has been hailed by Downbeat for its "intimacy and warmth." Weston says of Harper, with whom he has played for more than 40 years, "Billy is a great blues player. When he plays the tenor it's like an orchestra." Together the pair will bring the history of jazz to life.
                                                     (Randy Weston)

The program will also include the Highlights In Jazz New Stars, a youthful quintet handpicked by Kleinsinger to participate in this program.  The veteran producer declares "I'm very excited about the concert because I'm having some of my kids, people who played with us when they were (just) students at the New School and the Manhattan School of Music and Julliard. He beams, "The kids are great. Benny Benack -- he's a trumpeter and a scat singer that's extraordinary. Steven Frieder possesses a big warm sound reminiscent of the legendary tenor sax giants of t he past and Dylan Meek, already an acclaimed recording artist and jazz club attraction on piano. Devin Starks is a bass player who plays with Charles Tolliver.  He's also a youngster. And so is drummer Kosta Galanopoulos, who is still at the New School ... You know it's important to me because a lot of younger musicians that are not so young any more, got their start with Highlights In Jazz; Kenny Washington, Greg Hutchinson, Peter Bernstein and so many others."

Bennie Benack feels honored to be one of the musicians selected to join that lineage. He proclaims, "Jack Kleinsinger has been highlighting the next generation with his support for years, and it's humbling to be included in one of his patented All-Star groups, this time featuring some guys we're all going to be hearing about for decades to come..."

And of course, as in all Highlights In Jazz concerts there will be a surprise special guest.  Kleinsinge r notes with justified pride that past surprise appearances have included, Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan and Branford Marsalis and other jazz greats. "You know," he says, "it doesn't get any better than that!"

All Shows At BMCC TRIBECA Performing Arts Center
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

By car take FDR Drive south to end, through underpass onto West Street,
north to Chambers.
By Subway take 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C, E, J or M train to Chambers or N, R to City Hall stop.
Walk west on Chambers.

Box Office 212-220-1460
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News From Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

28 May 2015                         
Jazz Journalism / Michael Wollny

Willard Jenkins talks to Haybert Houston, the longtime editor of California Jazz Now, one of only a few black publication efforts on behalf of jazz, published between 1991 and 2006 ( The Independent Ear). --- Andreas Bomba talks to the German pianist Michael Wollny about the inspiration for album projects, about "jazz" being a term too unspecific to describe his music, "improvised music" fitting much better, about moving from Frankfurt to Leipzig, and about teaching improvisation ( Frankfurter Neue Presse ).

29 May 2015
Charlie Parker / Branford Marsalis

Tom Di Nardo reports about the opera "Charlie Parker's Yardbird" by Daniel Schnyder honoring Charlie Parker which is to be premiered in Philadelphia in early June ( Philadelphia Daily News ). Di Nardo talks to the Swiss-born composer, to the conductor Corrado Rovaris, the librettist Bridgette Wimberly, the tenor Lawrence Brownlee and the soprano Angela Brown. Corinna de Fonseca-Wollheim has the story and talks to the same protagonists as well ( New York Times). --- Tom R. Schulz meets the saxophonist Branford Marsalis for a photo shoot at the shipyards in Hamburg, Germany, where he came for the Echo Jazz award gala ( Hamburger Abendblatt). Marsalis explains that at home only his saxophones tell visitors that he is a musician, while all awards go straight to his manager. He jokes that he doesn't quite understand why people like his recent solo album, "It's just saxophone". And he remembers that he was shocked when he found out that the theme of his composition "The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born" really is based on motives from of a Brahms symphony.

30 May 2015
Ornette Coleman / Robert Johnson

Daniel Kreps reports that the saxophonist Ornette Coleman filed a lawsuit claiming that 2014's "New Vocabulary" was released without his "consent or knowledge" ( Rolling Stone). The trumpeter Jordan McLean and the drummer Amir Ziv had come to Coleman's New York loft for some teaching sessions in 2009 which they recorded and subsequently released even though Coleman had denied their request for doing so. Joe Lynch has more of the story ( Billboard). --- Ted Gioia looks at the legend of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil as an example of popular lore and at rumors that it might have been created in the rebellious 1960s, not originating in the 1930s ( Radio Silence). Was it just the fact that he did play the blues which connected his music to the "dark powers"? Gioia then looks at some of Johnson's recordings themselves for clues, collects testimonies from the 1940s onwards, but also reflects about the possibility that blues writers manufactured the story because not much was known about Johnson's life.

31 May 2015
Echo Jazz / Elbjazz

The German Echo Jazz awards were presented to the artists on Thursday at Hamburg's Blohm + Voss shipyard ( Musikmarkt). Among the winners are: Michael Wollny, Vincent Peirani and Emile Parisien, Johanna Borchert, Andreas Schaerer, Chick Corea, Niels Klein, Branford Marsalis, Eric Schaefer, Jeff Ballard, Eva Kruse, Lars Danielsson, Sebastian Studnitzky, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tobias Hoffmann, Pat Metheny, Gregory Porter, Christof Lauer and the NDR Bigband as well as Eberhard Weber. We read reviews both about the award show and the following Elbjazz festival at the same venue ( Die Welt (1), Die Welt (2)).

1 June 2015
Terence Blanchard / Sebastian Gille

Mark Stryker talks to the trumpeter Terence Blanchard from New Orleans who has been a presence on the Detroit jazz scene for some years and will be featured in a festival called "A Tale of Two Cities. Motown Meets the Big Easy" ( Detroit Free Press). --- Tom R. Schulz talks to the German saxophonist Sebastian Gille about his dual past as a tenor saxophonist and booker for a local club in Hamburg, about the feeling of freedom after he experienced a creative block during a concert in Berlin, and about different recent projects in which he shows "unrestrained emotional intensity" as the pianist and composer Wolf Kerschek explains ( Hamburger Abendblatt). Gille received the Hamburg Jazz Award last Saturday.

2 June 2015
Jack DeJohnette / Metropole Orchestra

Howard Mandel talks to the drummer Jack DeJohnette about choosing Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill and Muhal Richard Abrams to perform with him for Jack DeJohnette Day in Chicago, and about Chicago having been a "fantastic hub of eclectic music" in the 1960s ( NPR). Mandel also talks to Mitchell, Threadgill and Abrams about the importance of Chicago and the AACM for their career and for music in general. --- The Dutch Metropole Orchestra celebrates the 100th birthday of its founder Dolf van den Linden as well as its own 70th anniversary ( Dutch News). It was founded in 1945 as an ensemble specializing in "light music" to bolster the spirits of the Dutch after the war, later became a popular entertainment big band but also invited jazz stars on a regular basis. In 2012 the state subsidies were withdrawn, a move the government rethought after major protests which led to a "bridging agreement with the orchestra that it will be self-financing by 2017".

3 June 2015
... what else ...

Nate Chinen hears the trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf in a tribute to Oum Kalthoum at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola ( New York Times). --- Heinrich Oehmsen talks to the singer Gregory Porter about being MC for the Echo Jazz award in Hamburg, Germany ( Hamburger Abendblatt). --- Jozen Cummings reports about both programming and food strategies to attract an audience to the "new" Minton's in Harlem ( New York Post). --- Matthias Zwarg attends a concert, discussion and exhibition about jazz in the former GDR (East Germany) in Freiberg ( Freie Presse). --- NPR has a two-hour video about the saxophonist Kamasi Washington including a big part of the album release concert for "The Epic" from the Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles online: quite recommendable ( NPR). --- The Argentinian-German trumpeter Valentin Garvie will receive this year's Hesse Jazz Award ( Hessischer Rundfunk). --- Tatjana Böhme-Mehner reports about the Lippman und Rau Musikarchiv in Eisenach, Germany ( OTZ).

We read more obituaries about the trumpeter Marcus Belgrave who had died last week at the age of 78 ( New York Times, Detroit Free Press) and the guitarist B.B. King ( Billboard). --- We learned of the passing of the guitarist Slim Richey at the age of 77 ( 360 Austin, Fort Worth Business Press ), the German pianist and singer Wolfgang Sauer at the age of 87 (in April already), the Austrian pianist Karl Wlaschek at the age of 97 ( Forbes), the German trumpeter Peter Rose at the age of 78 ( Main-Netz), and the Swiss critic Bruno Rub at the age of 70 ( Aargauer Zeitung).

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut
On Monday a big survey about living and working condition of German jazz musicians started ( Jazzstudie 2015). The study which is undertaken by Hildesheim University was commissioned by the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, the Union Deutscher Jazzmusiker and the IG Jazz Berlin and is being financed by the federal government as well as the regional governments of the states Northrhine-Westfalia, Lower Saxony and Berlin. It aims at a better knowledge of how musicians live, where their income comes from and how they fit within the German social security structures. The results will be made public at the Jazzfest Berlin in early November, together with recommendations for fitting funding measures to support this creative scene.

Wolfram Knauer traveled to Kiel in Northern Germany last weekend to participate in an event organized by students of the Musicology department at Kiel University there asking about possible job opportunities outside academia after their studies.

We read ... Michael Stephans' book "Experiencing Jazz. A Listener's Companion" and Jean-Luc Katchoura's book "Tal Farlow. A Life in Jazz Guitar". The review of these and other books can be found on the book review page of our website.