Monday, July 27, 2015

Anne Sajdera Revisits Wayne Shorter's "Native Dancer" this Saturday, in CA

Beautiful music coming up this weekend - tune in to KCSM, 91.1 FM, on Thursday July 31st, 9am PDT - Pianist/composer/arranger Anne Sajdera talks to Alisa Clancy about this upcoming concert, the performers involved and of course the music...

This Saturday, August 1st, 8pm
The Anne Sajdera Sextet at Musically Minded Academy (MMA)
5776 Broadway, Oakland 
(5 blocks from Rockridge BART)

For tickets:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/saturday-august-1st-8pm-a-tribute-to-wayne-shorters-native-dancer-the-anne-sajdera-sextet-at-tickets-17623473283?aff=es2

Featuring: Anne Sajdera (piano), Erik Jekabson (trumpet), Harvey Wainapel (sax), Gary Brown (bass), Deszon Claiborne (drums) & Ami Molinelli Hart (percussion)

Wayne Shorter's seminal recording Native Dancer (Columbia, 1974) was a collaborative effort with the legendary Brazilian composer & singer Milton Nascimento which included a collection of such groundbreaking songs as "Ponta de Areia," "Milagre dos Peixes," "Tarde," and "Lilia" as well as Shorter's exceptionally poignants "Ana Maria" (included on Anne's amazing debut CD, "Azul"), "Bauty And The Beast" (that became a contemporary jazz classic) and "Diana" (dedicated to Airto & Flora Purim's daugher.) The album featured Herbie Hancock, Jay Graydon, Dave McDaniels and David Amaro interacting with Brazilian musicians Airto Moreira, Wagner Tiso, and Robertinho Silva.

In this concert, the mega-talented Anne Sajdera and her sextet will perform selections from that recording in addition to original compositions inspired specifically by the depth of Shorter's and Nascimento's masterful music.

This concert will be recorded for broadcast on KCSM and each audience member who makes an additional contribution to the musicians will be thanked on-air for that program. Jim Bennett of KCSM's In the Moment presents a new concert series at Musically Minded Academy, dedicated to continuing the legacy of jazz as a living art-form.

For this concert, there will be a short first set featuring a mix of what the Sextet normally presents, followed by a brief intermission, and then a short discussion with Jim and Anne about the importance (historical and personal) of this particular recording. A few questions will be taken from the audience. The Sextet will then perform Native Dancer in its entirely, not as a mere recreation, but with the goal of bringing the music alive for a new audience. Not to be missed.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ari Silverstein Presents A Tribute To Mark Murphy, Tonight @ Pangea in NY


TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!
Ari Silverstein Presents:
"A Tribute To The Compositions And Songbook of Mark Murphy"
An all-star tribute @ Pangea, located at 178 Second Ave NYC, (Btw 11-12 Streets)

"We'll celebrate the LEGACY of the most transformative male jazz singer in modern history Mark Murphy," Ari says. Be there or your a square. Seats still available for the "hip set" at 9pm call 212-995-0900 for a spot!

Come on jazz cats don't sit on the fence!
With Cavalcade of Stars: Sheila Jordan, Steve Ross, Holli Ross, Tessa Souter, Judi Silvano, James Gavin, Marcelino Feliciano, Dylan Pramuk, Sean Smith, Ray Gallon, Vito Lesczak
SPECIAL GUESTS: Bill Mays & Alan Broadbent
                                       (Sheila Jordan & Mark Murphy)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Anna Mjöll & Pat Senatore @ Vibrato, July 24


Gina Saputo - Final Steamers Show, July 23


Russ Kassof Trio live @ Saint Peters Church, tomorrow, at 1pm

                  (Dennis Mackrel, Russ Kassof, Jay Anderson)

Message from jazz piano master (and my dear friend) Russ Kassof:
"Please join me with the legendary Bird Fly By Trio - Jay Anderson on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums as we start our July tour at Midday Jazz Midtown - Saint Peter's Church - Jazz Wednesdays - Produced by Ronny Whyte. Lexington and 54th St. Phone is 212 935-2200. There is a suggested contribution at the door. CD's will also be available." 
Concert starts at 1pm. Not to be missed if you are in the NY area. See u there!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tomorrow, "Improvising For Singers" Workshop w/ Ellen Johnson @ California State University

One of the best singers in the contemporary jazz scene, the wondrous Ellen Johnson -- who is currently receiving rave reviews for her new album, "Form & Formless" and recently wrote an acclaimed book about Sheila Jordan titled "Jazz Child" -- will be doing some workshops on "Improvising for Singers" this Summer, with Keith Saunders on piano. Tomorrow, July 19, you'll have an opportunity to work on improvising skills or be introduced to the "art" of improvising at the California Jazz Conservatory. Register online or by phone. https://cjc.edu/workshops/?eid=9607

Historic Pic: John, Chick, Carlos & Herbie

John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock after an historic night at the Montreux Jazz Festival, yesterday. Like Quincy says, "un-be-lie-va-ble!"

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

R.I.P.: Jadir de Castro (1927-2015)

(born March 26, 1927 in Campos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
died July 14, 2015 in Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

My dear friend Jadir de Castro -- one of the most important drummers and percussionists in the history of Brazilian music -- just passed away today, at age 88. But he was still a kid, always generous, kind, with good humour. And still playing when among friends. I was blessed with the chance to work with this legendary artist in several occasions. The first time was in 1997 when I signed another late friend and great musician, Dom Um Romão, to my JSR label. Dom Um introduced me to Jadir and invited him to play on an album we were recording in my native Rio: Dom Um's "Rhythm Traveller" CD, co-produced by Toninho Barbosa. The album was released the following year, all over the world, receiving critical acclaim and becoming a best-seller in Europe, specially in England, where it reached the Top 10 acid-jazz charts of "Straight, No Chaser" magazine.
(Jadir de Castro, Dom Um Romao, Gegê, Maria Fattoruso, Laudir de Oliveira, Arnaldo DeSouteiro)

Later on, in 1998, we started to produce Jadir's own album that featured such guests as José Roberto Bertrami on keyboards, Jorge Pescara on bass (my first session with Pescara), and Dom Um Romao on percussion. We kept doing many recording sessions during the 2000s for albums by singer Ithamara Koorax ("Brazilian Butterfly," "Ithamara Koorax Sings Getz/Gilberto" and "All Around The World," among others.) Jadir also did some rare live performances as a percussionist with Dom Um & Koorax (plus Eloir de Moraes, Palmyra & Levita, Marcelo Salazar and DJ Marcelinho DaLua in a small tour in 2003) as well as a drummer with Koorax in long engagements at Sofitel Rio (with Paula Faour and Bertrami on keyboards and Jorge Pescara on bass) between 2005 and 2007.

Jadir Teixeira de Castro started his professional career at age 14 in Rio. He moved to Europe in 1952, touring with the Askanazy's folk group Brasiliana, later joining Roberto Inglez' Orchestra (performing in many concerts for London's BBC and recording the album "Latin-American Music Played By Rogerto Inglez And His Orchestra" for the Parlophone label in 1953), then the Radio-Télevision Française, the St. Moritz's Palace Hotel Orchestra, the Stol Theatre band in Glasgow, touring with the Perez Prado band, and doing a TV special in Rome with Sofia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida.

Jadir also lived in Monte Carlo and Paris, where he played in the Moulin Rouge band and appeared on Brigitte Bardot's debut film, "And God Created Woman" (Et Dieu Creá La Femme, directed by Roger Vadim in 1956) on which he can be seen in the famous long final sequence, playing percussion while Bardot dances in a trance.
            (Jadir de Castro, playing cowbell, and Brigitte Bardot dancing)

That same year (1956), he joined a group led by Silvio Vieira in Hamburg, where he married a German girl, Ilse, the mother of his daughter Ina and his son, Ernst. Returned to Brazil in 1961, joining Rubens Bassini's group Os 11 Magníficos, with Waltel Branco, Humberto Garin, Jorge Ferreira da Silva, Ohana, Humberto Garin and Pedro dos Santos. Toured Russia with Nora Ney & Jorge Goulart, and played with Bené Nunes.

As a composer, he wrote such hits as "Ziriguidum" (I have included the Baby Consuelo studio version on the "Trip To Brazil Vol.4" CD compilation I produced for Verve in 2005), "Nega Sem Sandália" - also known as "Pouquoi" and "E-Samba" (a dancefloor hit in Europe and Asia, with over 30 recordings by people like Elza Soares, Miltinho, Luiz Carlos Vinhas, Junior Jack) and "Lição de Baião" (also a hit in Brazil, recorded by Ed Lincoln, Baden Powell, Adriana Calcanhoto.) Not to mention such instrumental tunes as "Ozônio" and "Repimar," from the cult "heavy batucada" albums that he recorded as a co-leader with Dom Um Romão in the early 70s, and later included in several iconic compilations like "Batucada - The Sound of the Favelas," issued by the London-based Mr. Bongo label.

One of the first Brazilian drummers to record albums as a leader -- long before Milton Banana and even Dom Um --, Jadir de Castro released 14 fantastic LPs for labels like RCA, Philips, Polydor, Barclay, Enir, Pawal and Sideral. Among them, “Jadir No Samba” (reissued on CD by BMG in 2004), “Gênio da Batucada”, “Samba Internacional (Jadir de Castro & Seus Poliglotas Rítmicos), “Les Fabuleux Rythmes De Rio - Ecole De Samba" (with Dom Um Romao), "Samba Século 21," "Batucada nº 2" and “E Agora: Camutéo! – A nova dança!” In 2011, he released the book "Ciências Rítmicas - Memórias" and its companion DVD, "Gênio da Batucada." Rest in Samba.














Monday, July 6, 2015

Christos Rafalides & Manhattan Vibes, Tonight @ 55 Bar in NYC

MONDAY / JULY 6TH at 10pm
55 BAR (55 Christopher Street, NY, NY)
Christos Rafalides & Manhattan Vibes
Christos Rafalides, vibraphone /compositions
Thana Alexa, vocals
Manuel Valera, piano
Gianluca Renzi, bass
Peter Kronreif, drums

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July weekend! Enjoy it with your Family & Friends & remember to open your hearts and your home to someone who is alone. Holidays are meant for laughter and fellowship, be that BLESSING to others.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Blu-Spec CD of the Month - "Lalo Schifrin: Towering Toccata"

Blu-Spec CD of the Month
Lalo Schifrin: "Towering Toccata" (CTI KICJ 2336)

Produced by Creed Taylor
Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder @ Van Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)
Cover Photo: White Gate
Album Design: Carole Kowalchuk, Sib Chalawick

Arranged & Conducted by Lalo Schifrin
Featuring: Lalo Schifrin (acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, synths), Clark Spangler (keyboards), Anthony Jackson & Will Lee (electric bass), Steve Gadd & Andrew Smith (drums), Sue Evans, Don Armando & Ralph MacDonald (percussion), Eric Gale & John Tropea (guitars), Urbie Green (trombone), Joe Farrell & Jeremy Steig (flutes), John Blair (vitar), Ronnie Cuber (baritone sax) et al.

CD Reissue of the Month - "Cannonball Adderley: Big Man - The Legend of John Henry"

CD Reissue of the Month
"Cannonball Adderley's Big Man - The Legend of John Henry" (Fantasy/Real Gone Music RGM 0353) 1975/2015

Starring Joe Williams, Randy Crawford & Robert Guillaume
A Folk Musical with Music by Julian & Nat Adderley
Lyrics by Diane Lampert & Peter Farrow
Produced by Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley, Nat Adderley & David Axelrod
Recorded & Mixed by Jim Stern @ Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, CA)
Art Direction: Phil Carroll
Cover Art & Design: David Lance Goines

CD Reissue Produced by Gordon Anderson & Bill Kopp
CD Design & Liner Notes: Bill Kopp
Remastered by Joe Tarantino

Featuring: Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Jimmy Jones (piano), George Duke aka Dawilli Gonga (keyboards), Carol Kaye (electric bass), Walter Booker (acoustic bass), Roy McCurdy (drums), Airto Moreira (percussion, caxixis), King Errison (congas), Billy Fender & Don Peake (guitars), Allen DeRienzo, Oliver Mitchell & Oscar Brashear (trumpets), Dick Hyde & George Bohanon (trombones), Don Menza, Jay Migliori, Jackie Kelso & William Green (reeds) plus strings & chorus
Vocals: Joe Williams (John Henry), Randy Crawford (Carolina), Robert Guillaume (Jassawa), Judy Thames (Whore) and Lane Smith (Sheriff, Bull Maree)

Vocal Jazz CD of the Month - "Tiffany Austin: Nothing But Soul"

Vocal Jazz CD of the Month
Tiffany Austin: "Nothing But Soul" (Con Alma Music CAM 001) 2015

Produced by Howard Wiley
Recorded by Nino Moschella @ Bird and Egg Studios (Richmond, CA)
Mixed by Adam Muñoz @ Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, CA)
Mastered by Ken Lee @ Ken Lee Mastering (Oakland, CA)
Artwork: Amy Woloszyn
Photos: Bill Reitzel

Featuring: Tiffany Austin (lead vocals), Howard Wiley (tenor sax & vocals), Glen Pearson (piano), Ron Belcher (bass) & Sly Randolph (drums)

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month: "Bjørn Solli - Aglow: The Lyngør Project Vol 1"

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month
Bjørn Solli: "Aglow: The Lyngør Project Volume 1" (Lyngør Records LYRE 01)

Produced by Bjørn Vidar Solli
Executive Producer: Ronnie laurendz
Recorded on May 13 & 14, 2013 @ Brooklyn Recording (Brooklyn, New York) by Andy Taub, assisted by Don Piper.
Mixed in October 2013 and Mastered in June 2014 @ Point Sonic Sound (Brooklyn, NY) by Michael Perez-Cisneros
Front Cover Photo: Ole Brodersen
Session Photos: Haggai Cohen-Milo
Cover Design: Ingeborg Neuenkirchen Rosenberg

Featuring: Bjørn Vidar Solli (guitar), Seamus Blake (tenor & soprano sax), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Aaron Parks (piano), Matt Clohesy (bass) & Bill Stewart (drums)

It all started in 2007 when Bjørn Solli went to visit a friend on an island in the south of Norway. The group of islands is known as Lyngør and the place had a profound effect on the Norwegian guitarist/composer.  Initially it was the sheer beauty of the place that struck him, but he was soon equally enamored with the people.  Solli quickly made many friends on the archipelago and started having annual concerts there, bringing with him musicians from New York, Shanghai and Rome to play on the pier every August. Out of this grew the Lyngør Jazz Club and in 2012 they commisioned Solli to compose music inspired by Lyngør and to record an album. Over the next 15 months, Solli spent frequent retreats on the island and was given an opportunity to assemble a band of amazing musicians.

He had been touring and recording with several of the band members for years and was very familiar with each musician’s sound. Knowing each band member’s unique approach and strengths, allowed Solli to compose specifically for each musician. By giving the band freedom to interpret the music as they wished everyone brought a fresh perspective to the material and made wonderful contributions to the shaping of the tunes. This album is a perfect representation of Bjørn Solli – the musician and the composer – and is his most personal effort to date. It has great variety and offers plenty of swing, contemplative ballads, singable waltzes, South American rhythms, gritty blues and more; all held together by Solli’s acute sense of melody, evocative harmony and passion for groove.

Musician Bios:
Bjørn Solli – guitar – One of Norway’s foremost jazz guitarist for the last 10 years – 5 of those years he spent in New York working with some of the world’s best musicians. He has received numerous awards and has toured around the world in places such as China, Australia, India, Nepal, Vietnam, South-Africa, USA, Russia and most of Europe. Solli has released 4 albums with his organ trio SOLID!, the latest of which features Seamus Blake. www.bjornsolli.no

Seamus Blake – tenor & soprano saxophones – The New York based tenor saxophonist/composer is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. His music is known for its sophistication, bold improvisations and “sheer swagger”. John Scofield, who hired Seamus for his “Quiet Band,” called him “extraordinary, a total saxophonist.” He was also the winner of the 2002 Thelonious Monk Competition and has released 6 albums on Criss Cross as a leader. www.seamusblake.com

Ingrid Jensen – trumpet (3, 4, 8 & 9) – Ever since her debut recording in 1995, Jensen has been one of the most original voices in jazz trumpet. She has had a busy career leading her own bands and has been nominated for several Juno Awards. Jensen has been a member of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and performs with an array of top players such as Gary Bartz, Terri Lyne Carrington, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis and Billy Taylor. ) www.ingridjensen.com

Aaron Parks – piano – One of the most gifted and unique pianists on the scene today. Since becoming a member of Terrence Blanchard’s band in his teens, Parks has released his own albums on Blue Note and ECM and toured and recorded with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman and many others. www.aaronparks.com

Matt Clohesy – bass – Born in Australia, Clohesy has been living in New York since 2001 and is one of the city’s busiest and most accomplished bassists. He is a long time member of Seamus Blake’s band and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and has played with such notable bandleaders as Geoffrey Keezer, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Maria Schneider. www.mattclohesy.com

Bill Stewart – drums – Stewart has been one of the most important drummers in jazz for over 25 years. His fantastic musicianship and original concept combined with an amazing groove has led to steady gigs with the likes of Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, John Scofield and a 25-year association with the Larry Goldings Trio.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Melvin Taylor Celebrates Willie Dixon on July 1st

COME CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF WILLIE DIXON
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: www.melvintaylormusic.com
BLUES HEAVEN FOUNDATION
(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 http://smarturl.it/Blanchard-Breathless
From Monk and Miles to Igor and Prince:  the musical influences of Breathless Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/user/terenceblanchard/playlist/01LBnw8SJ7S2X0l36pgjZG

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

TBT Masterpiece - "Carlos Franzetti & Allison Brewster Franzetti: Alborada"

TBT Masterpiece
Carlos Franzetti & Allison Franzetti w/ City of Prague Philharmonic: "Alborada" (Amapola Records AR 9811) 
JAZZ STATION MASTERPIECE SEAL
Rating: ***** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Produced by Lorenz Russo
Recording Engineer: Jan Holzer
Recorded @ Barrandov Studios, Smecky Soundstage (Prague, Czech Republic) on March 15, 2010
Mixing Engineer, Orchestra Manager & Session Supervisor: James Fitzpatrick
Mastered by Manfred Knoop
Art Design: Mariana Franzetti

Composed & Arranged by Carlos Franzetti
Featuring: Carlos Franzetti & Allison Brewster Franzetti (pianos), Robert Balzar (bass) & Jiri 'George' Slavicek (drums)

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 www.maverickconcerts.org 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.

DRUMMER (BIRDMAN FILM SCORE)ANTONIO SANCHEZ
and MIGRATION

SEAMUS BLAKE -SAXOPHONES
JOHN ESCREET -PIANO MATT BREWER -BASS THANA ALEXA -VOC

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