Friday, September 30, 2011

R.I.P.: Sylvia Robinson

I became aware of Sylvia Robinson's talent as a composer through an album I bought, back in 1973, when I was 10 years, titled "860 - Sua Paz Mundial," released in my native Brazil by the Som Livre label, reuniting radio hits from the 860 AM Mundial radio station. On that compilation, which also included a version of Eumir Deodato's "2001 - Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Rosco & The Prophetic Band, Robinson's first big hit, "Pillow Talk" was sung by French singer-actress Nicolle Croisile. I've been a Robinson fan since then. Rest in Peace.,0,5571728.story

Sylvia Robinson dies at 76; produced first hip-hop hit
Robinson owned Sugar Hill Records. The label released 'Rapper's Delight' by the Sugar Hill Gang in 1979. It's considered the first mainstream hit. She also had a solo hit with 'Pillow Talk' in 1973.
Sylvia Robinson recognized the potential of hip-hop, which was bubbling on the streets of New York City, and sought to capitalize on it. (Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

Associated Press - September 30, 2011
The woman some call the mother of hip-hop has died.

Sylvia Robinson, who had a hit as a singer-songwriter with the sexually charged "Pillow Talk" but was later known as one of hip-hop's early founders for releasing "Rapper's Delight," rap's first mainstream success, died Thursday, according to publicist Greg Walker. She was 76.

Robinson, born Sylvia Vanterpool, died of congestive heart failure at the New Jersey Institute of Neuroscience in Secaucus.

Along with her late husband, Joe, Robinson was the owner of Sugar Hill Records. In 1979, the label released the song that would become widely known as rap's first hit, "Rapper's Delight," by the Sugar Hill Gang.

The song was released as hip-hop was beginning to emerge as a genre; for the most part, it was a budding phenomenon bubbling on New York City streets. Robinson recognized the potential of the music and wanted her struggling label to capitalize on it.

"She saw where a DJ was talking and the crowd was responding to what he was saying, and this was the first time she ever saw this before," her son Joey said in a 2000 interview with NPR. "And she said, 'Joey, wouldn't this be a great idea to make a rap record?'"

It turned out she was right. After gathering three rappers — Master Gee, Wonder Mike and Big Bank Hank — to record the 15-minute song, the party groove became a sensation. The condensed version was considered the first rap song to get radio play and reached the top 40 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

The Sugar Hill Gang faded into rap history, with no other songs that possessed the flourish of its original hit. But Sugar Hill Records would continue to play a part in the early years of hip-hop with a roster that included Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five.

Robinson's roots in the record industry were deep. She was a blues singer in the 1950s, recording for Columbia and Savoy Records on songs like "Chocolate Candy Blues." Later, she was part of the duo Mickey & Sylvia.

But she had perhaps her biggest hit as a solo artist with "Pillow Talk," a seductive song released in 1973. Robinson was also a producer and songwriter for others.

She is survived by three sons and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Wraps Up Sensational Weekend of Music

38,000 Fans Enjoy Perfect Weather and Historic Performances, September 16 - 18

“Rollins could have been an emblem of the Monterey Jazz Festival itself —
which combined historic wisdom and youthful zest.” – Seattle Times

“‘Unbelievable’ was the oft-repeated adjective applied to [Sonny Rollins]...” – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

“Highlights of the festival were undoubtedly the young American saxophonist Tia Fuller and the exceptional, Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara…Her playing is so powerful that for certain parts of her music, she got off the piano bench and kept playing while standing.”– Der Spiegel

“A strong focus on female composers and bandleaders was the hallmark and highlight of the weekend, but only one aspect of a diverse roster that spanned genres and generations, opening with one of the music’s brightest young stars in Robert Glasper, closing with one of its mightiest veterans in Sonny Rollins.” – Jazz Observer

“Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival was a journey through eras, river basins,
continents, climate zones, you name it.” – International Review of Music

“The people who come here like this vibe, and follow this music enough to plan their whole vacations around it. There's a real loyalty to this whole experience. Not just gorging yourself on music, but being able to eat in the food court with Gerald Wilson or Poncho Sanchez.” – National Public Radio’s A Blog Supreme

“…the performances by Richard Bona/Raul Midon and India.Arie/Idan Raichel demonstrated a wider net than the usual predominant Latin jazz subset, and it was refreshing to experience the embracing collaborations between different cultures, a theme worth its weight in gold.” – Monterey County Herald

“…the Monterey Jazz Festival…a potent cultural institution, on the West Coast and in the world.” – Santa Barbara Independent

“…the best weekend of jazz you're ever going to witness.” – Monterey County Herald

“…this weekend’s festival was a joy, if an exhausting one – a 53-hour infusion of music…” – San Jose Mercury News

“This is a full-service, style-inclusive festival—still the best in the west and probably the best American festival overall…” – JazzTimes

“Long live Monterey!” – Sonny Rollins

Weekend Highlights
· Robert Glasper turns in three visionary sets
· Hiromi blows away Arena and Dizzy’s Den audiences
· Dumpstaphunk, Soul Rebels, Kermit Ruffins, and Terence Blanchard bring New Orleans to Monterey in raucous set in the Arena
· Sonny Rollins plays extra-long set to close the festival
· Still Ahead Orchestra plays a stunning, emotional set in the Arena Sunday night
· Tia Fuller, Bill Carrothers, Steve Coleman and others make high-impact debuts
· Huey Lewis plays crowd-pleasing set on Saturday
· Artist-In-Residence Joshua Redman and James Farm play inspired set in the Arena and Dizzy’s Den
· Next Generation Jazz Orchestra plays masterful, high energy set with special guests
Donny McCaslin, Benny Green and Joshua Redman
· Geri Allen’s “The Dazzler” amazes Arena audience
· Live Webcast from the Night Club reaches over 3000 viewers in 59 countries

The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival wrapped up Sunday, September 18th after a weekend of stunning weather and incredible performances by debut artists and old favorites alike.

38,000 fans came through the gates of the Monterey County Fairgrounds during the weekend of September 16-18, which featured music from around the globe and from all styles of classic jazz, compelling conversations and films, and engaging exhibits.

Musical Highlights: Friday

The thrilling weekend got off to an explosive start in the Arena on a warm Friday night with a high energy set from Hiromi: The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips (who was perhaps playing the largest drumset ever seen at the Festival in 54 years), followed by the debonair John Pizzarelli Quartet and Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Big Band featuring Terence Blanchard (who would appear at least three more times over the weekend).

On the Grounds, Robert Glasper, the festival’s Showcase Artist, put in the first of three world-class sets, followed by the electric Eric Telford Collective and the other-worldly Berklee Flamenco. In the Night Club, things got underway with the Festival’s first ever live Webcast, featuring Carmen Souza, John Santos and Juan-Carlos Formell -- a Latin-jazz extravaganza. Helen Sung put in three sets of alternately rollicking and delicate sets in the Coffee House, and in Dizzy’s Den, Raul Midon and Richard Bona put in a virtuoso set of world music and jazz, followed by fusion from Hiromi for her second set (after four golf carts transported Simon Phillip’s drumset from the Arena Stage).

Musical Highlights: Saturday

The Arena’s Saturday shows got the day off to a blistering start with An Afternoon in Treme when the Soul Rebels Brass Band marched into the Arena and took the stage by storm, alternating with the rowdy Dumpstaphunk, with actor Wendell Pierce as emcee in a tribute to the New Orleans Neighborhood that has spawned many important musical traditions. Augmented by trumpeters Kermit Ruffins and Terence Blanchard (subbing for Glen David Andrews), the set got the Arena on its feet and the sawdust in the air. Huey Lewis and The News followed, performing a crowd pleasing set of Memphis favorites and original hits to an appreciative crowd.

The evening shows were a varied bunch, beginning with Geri Allen and Timeline, performing “The Dazzler,” the Monterey Jazz Festival commission for 2011, featuring tap dancer Maurice Chestnut. Joshua Redman and James Farm put in an inspired set, followed by Herbie Hancock, who performed a set of his own jazz standards.

Saturday’s Garden Stage got off to a hot start with Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88s, followed by second sets from the Soul Rebels and Dumpstaphunk, this time with special guest, drummer Greg Errico, who reprising hits from Sly and the Family Stone. Richard Bona and Raul Midon also played an inspired second set, with Elio Villafranca closing out the Garden Stage’s for Saturday. Dizzy’s Den was the focus of conversations, with Donny McCaslin taking the DownBeat Blindfold Test, and a insightful discussion between Wendell Pierce, Clint Eastwood and Ashley Kahn about Jazz on the Screen. In the evening, Robert Glasper played his second set of the weekend, this time with special guest Lionel Loueke, followed by a repeat performance from the John Pizzarelli Quartet and Joshua Redman with James Farm, all to a packed Dizzy’s Den.

Saturday’s Night Club performance also featured diverse sounds including vocals from CSULB’s Pacific Standard Time; Chika Singer; and the Commanders Jazz Ensemble from the United States Air Force.

Continuing the live Webcast in the evening, the Night Club featured vocalist Pamela Rose’s Wild Women of Song; the angular bop from the Scott Colley Trio and plugged-in Donny McCaslin Group. In the Coffee House, fans were treated to sets from the Sarah Wilson Quintet, Berklee Flamenco and the Bill Carrothers Trio. On the West Lawn, the John Brothers performed their barrelhouse repertoire on beat-up pianos, adding a level of humor and lightness to the afternoon.
Musical Highlights: Sunday

Sunday’s Arena shows began with a youthful start with the winner of the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, making their fourth appearance on the Jimmy Lyons Stage in the last five years, followed by the outstanding Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which featured the country’s finest high school student musicians. Alumni Benny Green, Donny McCaslin and Joshua Redman made special appearances with the NGJO – Donny McCaslin’s solo proved to be of the most exciting of the weekend! India.Arie and Idan Raichel made an inspiring and uplifting appearance, making very different and peaceful music. The evening’s performances in the Arena began with a setting sun and the Still Ahead Orchestra performing the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans, bringing tears to some members of the audience in a profoundly moving experience. Sonny Rollins then closed out the weekend, performing an energy-filled 100-minute set that belied his 81 years.

Sunday’s Grounds performances included USC’s Thorton School of Music Jazz Orchestra, the John Donaldson Quintet and Cow Bop in the afternoon on the Garden Stage, followed by the standout performance of the Tia Fuller Quartet and Steve Coleman and Five Elements. The Night Club presented seven youthful groups from the Next Generation Jazz Festival, followed by the final Web streams from the Benny Green Trio with Donald Harrison playing Monk; and the Robert Glasper Experiment with special guest Bilal. Dizzy’s Den began with conversations about the Art of Impulse, followed by a lifetime of experience with NEA Jazz Master Orrin Keepnews. The Will Blades and Joey DeFrancesco Trios kept things greasy at the end of Sunday evening with the Hammond B-3 Blowout, with Bobby Hutcherson sitting in with Joey as a special guest. In the Coffee House, Zun Zun and the Chase Morrin Group kept things happening with a youthful edge, followed by two virtuosic sets of solo piano from Eldar Djangirov.

All weekend long, fans were treated to the gallery exhibit Art of Impulse and the films Cachao: Uno Mas, More to Live For and Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way; and Judy Roberts on the Yamaha AvantGrand with Greg Fishman on saxophone, greeting fans as they visited the Festival's Food Court.

2011 Partners and Tech Add Excitement to the Weekend

MJF partners provided activities and events throughout the Festival weekend to enhance the Festival experience for fans. Amoeba Records was set up at the center of the Midway, featuring CDs, rare vinyl and artist meet and greets. North Coast Brewing Company, celebrating their 6th year as Official Monterey Jazz Festival Beers, offered Brother Thelonious merchandise on the Midway. Carmel Road Winery, Official Wines of the Festival, offered tastings in the Festival's Premier Access Club. The Inns of Monterey and The Jazz Cruise both had a presence on the Grounds, and media partner KGO Newstalk 810 AM hosted a tent on the Midway with a visit from popular KGO afternoon host Gil Gross. DownBeat, another Festival media partner, hosted a booth on the Midway as well. In addition to providing instruments for the Festival's needs, Yamaha hosted the popular Instrument Petting Zoo featured during Sunday's Family Day.

The free Webcast, one of the most anticipated developments of the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, resulted in over 3000 people from 59 countries tuning into the stream all weekend, made possible by tech partners StreamGuys, Meraki, and Alvarez Technology Group, and was streaming live on the Festival’s website, NPR’s A Blog Supreme, and KUSP. The free Festival App was also a hit, with over 1000 people downloading it for their personal use during the weekend.

The announcement of 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival Arena and Grounds artists will be made in March 2012, when tickets for the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival will be available for purchase.

The 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place on the Monterey Fairgrounds, September 21 - 23, 2012, with over 500 artists performing on 8 stages for 3 nights and 2 days of the world's best jazz.

Joe Biden: "What's stopping you, Arnaldo?"

"Dear Arnaldo:

You are receiving this message because you are registered and currently living in California's 30th Congressional District.

I need to ask you one last thing before tonight's midnight deadline:
If you know you're going to donate to this campaign eventually, what's stopping you from doing it right now?

If you're going to be a part of history in 2012, it's time to get off the sidelines.
So, before midnight, will you chip in what you can and say you're in?

This has never been about Barack and me.
We're just two guys. It's folks like you out there who will decide this election.

And what you're capable of is incredible -- if you decide to do it.

Thank you,

Joe Biden"

P.S. -- That deadline also applies to the dinner Barack is having with four supporters. Donate today and you'll be automatically entered for the chance to be there.

No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter or win. Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by midnight on 9/30/11.
You may enter by contributing to Sponsor at or go here,, to enter without contributing.
Four winners will each receive the following prize package: one round-trip ticket from within the fifty U.S. States, DC, or Puerto Rico to a destination to be determined by the Sponsor; hotel accommodations for one; and dinner with President Obama on a date to be determined by the Sponsor (approximate combined retail value $1,050). Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of 50 United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules,, and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: Obama for America, 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601.

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Obama: "Last chance at dinner"

"Arnaldo --

Because you and I don't have a lot of chances to have dinner together, I hope you'll take advantage of the one that's coming up this fall.

So if you've been sitting on this, now's the time to toss your name in the hat:

I like these dinners not just because I get to hear from supporters like you, but because they're part of what makes our organization different.

Other campaigns save seats at the table for special-interest PACs and Washington lobbyists -- and you can see the effects in the decisions they make and the priorities they set.

Our campaign rejects all contributions from Washington lobbyists, and we refuse all money from corporate PACs. That means we're accountable only to the people, not special interests.

Instead, we're relying on millions of people like you giving just $3 or whatever you can pitch in.

Hope to see you soon:



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gina Saputo back @ Steamers, this Friday

Friday's "Lover's Soire" at Steamers is gonna rock! Join us to savour Gina Saputo's talent with Matt Politano (piano), David Miller (bass), Matt Mayhall (drums) & special guest Larry Salzman (percussion) @ Steamers, Sept 30, 8:30pm-1am.

$8 cover- 2 drink min. All ages!

Gina Saputo @ Steamers Jazz Club
138 W. Commonwealth Blvd.
Fullerton, CA
Ph: (714) 871-8800

Gina will be singing fresh arrangements of yesterday and today's top 40've never heard them like this before.

Including Adelle's "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You", Sia's "Soon We'll Be Found", Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love", Regina Spektor's "Consequence of Sounds", Pink Floyd's "Money", Colby Callait's "Fallin For You", Christina Perry's "Jar of Hearts", Fiona Apple's "Criminal", Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" and many of Gina's originals.Jazz vocalist Gina Saputo returns to Steamers this FRI night . The Eugene, Oregon-born singer began her musical training at the age of seven in the prestigious Oregon Children's Choir. She has been recognized in Oregon's All State Choir, the All Northwest Choir, USC's Concert and University chorus, and the world famous Oregon Bach Festival Youth Academy Choir. Gina was introduced to jazz by her father and quickly developed a passion for the genre.

She was, and still is, hooked on the vocals of Carmen McRae, Ernestine Anderson, Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald. Gina started her professional jazz career at 16, fronting her own group, the Gina Saputo Jazz Quartet. This group played numerous gigs in Eugene's top jazz clubs and restaurants. She has been featured with Mike Denny and the University of Oregon Music Faculty All Stars, the SHS big band, the James Tarpinian trio, Group Therapy, with Shelly Berg and Frank Potenza, and the Chris Wong trio.

Gina relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. She is now a junior in the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California. Currently, she is a vocal student of Carmen Bradford, Jennifer Barnes and Tierney Sutton. She is also in the Studio Vocal Jazz ensemble at USC, a participant in the Jazz Outreach program, and hosts her own jazz show on KSCR radio. She has also sung backup vocals for Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Neenna Freelon, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Driscoll and Louie Bellson.

Her first CD, "Gina Saputo" was recorded with vocal sessions produced by Grammy award nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton, who said, "Gina has the talent as well as the passion to stretch and think outside the box." Featuring Grammy nominated pianist Gerald Clayton. After two successful tours of Japan, her CD has climbed to #3 on the prestigious Swing Journal charts, and has received rave reviews. She was a guest professor at Gwangju University in South Korea, and toured Japan a second time with Grammy nominated pianist Bill Cunliffe.

Michelle Obama: "These dinners..."

"Dear Arnaldo --

You are receiving this message because you are registered and currently living in California's 30th Congressional District.

Just relax. Barack wants this dinner to be fun, and he really loves getting to know supporters like you.

I hope you'll take him up on it before Friday's deadline. Not everyone knows how to prepare for a dinner like this. As someone who's eaten countless meals with my husband, I want to tell you the one thing to do if you're selected to join him...

Will you donate $3 or more today and be entered to have dinner with Barack?

These dinners mean a lot to Barack. They're a chance for him to talk with a few of the people who are driving the campaign -- and a chance for him to say thank you.

So come prepared to tell your story, and say whatever's on your mind.

Don't miss the opportunity to be there. Donate $3 today, before the September 30th deadline:



No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter or win. Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by midnight on 9/30/11. You may enter by contributing to Sponsor at or go here,, to enter without contributing.

Four winners will each receive the following prize package: one round-trip ticket from within the fifty U.S. States, DC, or Puerto Rico to a destination to be determined by the Sponsor; hotel accommodations for one; and dinner with President Obama on a date to be determined by the Sponsor (approximate combined retail value $1,050). Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of 50 United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law).

Promotion subject to Official Rules,, and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: Obama for America, 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601.

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible

43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Announced

The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers has announced the winners of the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music. The winners will be honored at a special invitation-only ceremony and reception on Tuesday, November 15 at ASCAP’s New York offices. Over the years, tens of thousands of dollars have been distributed in cash prizes to winning authors, journalists and broadcast producers and personalities.

The Awards were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer/critic/commentator Deems Taylor, who died in 1966 after a distinguished career that included six years as President of ASCAP. The 43rd ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards are made possible by the generous support of ASCAP, The ASCAP Foundation, Hal Leonard Corporation and the Music Publishers Association of the United States. Founded in 1865, the Music Publishers Association is the oldest non-profit music trade organization in the United States.

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award honors the outstanding music coverage of the National Public Radio program: "Weekend All Things Considered," hosted by Guy Raz and produced by Phil Harrell.

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Television Broadcast Award honors "Still Bill," a Late Night & Weekends production and directed by Alex Vlack and Damani Baker. The program, a documentary about singer-songwriter Bill Withers, was aired on Showtime.

The Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the concert music field honors Professor R. Larry Todd for his book, "Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn," published by Oxford University Press. This award was established to honor the memory of Slonimsky (1894 – 1995), the Russian-American composer, conductor, musicologist and critic.

The Timothy White Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the pop music field recognizes Will Friedwald for his book, "A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers," published by Free Press. This award honors the memory of the late Tim White (1952 – 2002), the author of many acclaimed musical biographies and an editor-in-chief of Billboard magazine.

The Béla Bartók Award for Outstanding Ethnomusicology Book honors Professor James Loeffner for his "Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire," published by Yale University Press. The award was established in memory of the great Hungarian composer, pianist and ethnomusicologist, Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945).

The authors and publishers of the other six books to be honored at the ceremony are:

-Dean Katherine Bergeron for "Voice Lessons: French Mélodie in the Belle Époque," published by Oxford University Press

-Charlotte Greenspan for "Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical," published by Oxford University Press

-Nat Hentoff for "At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene," published by the University of California Press

-Christine Lavin for "Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-Wha??," published by Tell Me Press

-Renée Levine Packer for "This Life of Sounds: Evenings for New Music in Buffalo," published by Oxford University Press

-Alex Ross for "Listen to This," published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The eight writers of journal, magazine and newspaper articles, and liner notes and their respective publishers to be honored are:

-Professor Daphne Brooks for her liner notes to "Tammi Terrell: Come On and See Me," released by Motown/Hip-O Select,com/Universal Music Enterprises

-Aaron Cohen for his article, "Ray’s Kind Of Jazz," published by Downbeat magazine

-Paul Griffiths for his program notes, "Composer Portraits – Lou Reed: Metal Machine Music," "Early Music: The Art of the Canon" and "William Schuman Award Concert honoring Pauline Oliveros," published by the Miller Theater at Columbia University

-Judith Kogan for her article, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Scanner," published by Chamber Music magazine

-Professor Theodore Levin for his liner notes, "Music of Central Asia, Vols. 7, 8 and 9," issued by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

-David Ritz for his liner notes, "Nat King Cole & Friends: Riffin’," released by Verve/Hip-O Music Enterprises

-Professor George Shirley for his article, "Music Education in Detroit’s Public Schools: The Struggle to Survive," published by NewMusicBox

-David Thorpe for two of his "The Big Hurt" articles, "What would Jesus download? Who charted? Billboard's Top Christian Songs edition" and "Deluxe buyer’s guide. The word on seasonal box sets," all published by The Boston Phoenix

The members of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Judging Panel for 2011 are Paul Moravec, Curtis Hughes, Eleonor Sandresky, Richard Miller, Julie Flanders, David Massengill, Matthew Shipp, Pat Irwin and John Wesley Harding.
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 415,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

Jazz Party at Sea Announces Lineup

The Annual Jazz Party At Sea is pleased to announce the lineup for the 12th Annual departure, November 4 - 11, 2011, sailing from New Orleans for 7 nights aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's m/s Norwegian Star visiting Costa Maya, Belize City, Roatan and Cozumel.

Featured artists include Renee Rosnes Quartet with Peter Washington, Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson, The Judy Carmichael Trio with Harry Allen and Chris Flory, Bill Charlap, Paulinho Garcia, Eric Alexander Quartet with Harold Mabern, Nat Reeves and Joe Farnsworth, Steve Turre, Lynne Arrial trio with Omer Avital and Anthony Pinciotti, Everett Greene, The Winard Harper Septet with Roy Assaf, Stephen Porter, Michael Dease, Bruce Harris, Jovan Alexandre and Alioune Faye, Willie Pickens, Larry Gray, Paul Wertico and Stu Katz.

More artists will be announced shortly.

In addition to this jazz extravaganza aboard ship, there will be a pre-cruise jazz package offered in New Orleans, choose from 1, 2 or 3 nights.

Cruise fares include 7 night cruise with choice of time and restaurant for all meals, entrance to all jazz concerts, parties, rap sessions and events, all customary ship programs and activities, pre-paid gratuities to shipboard personnel, port charges, government taxes and fees. Fares begin at $1239 per person based on double occupancy.

This private party is sponsored by the Annual Jazz Party At Sea Consortium; Jazz Club At Sea (US), Chancery Cruising (UK), and PS Tours (DE). Those persons booking directly with NCL, the internet or elsewhere will not be admitted to these events.

For bookings contact Jazz Club At Sea, 800-433-0493 or email

Burt Bacharach & Hal David named recipients of Fourth Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Burt Bacharach, Hal David Named Recipients of Fourth Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
Sept 28, 2011
Library of Congress press release

The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, announced today that Grammy- and Academy-Award-winning songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David will join the ranks of Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and Paul McCartney as recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Bacharach and David each will receive the Library's Gershwin Medal next spring at an all-star tribute in Washington D.C. This will be the fourth time the honor has been awarded and the first time to a songwriting team.

For more than a half-century the collaboration of Bacharach-David has created such beloved songs as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "What the World Needs Now Is Love," "Walk on By" and "Alfie."

"The timeless hits by Burt Bacharach and Hal David have helped launch the careers of many of our nation's most celebrated performers, and they continue to be played on iPods, radio, television, in movies, and performed in cabarets and on the Broadway stage. The success of their creative genius continues today as they each add new songs to what is without question one of the richest and most recognizable multi-generational playlists known to the world," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "Their creative talents have inspired songwriters for more than five decades, and their legacy is much in the tradition of George and Ira Gershwin, for whom this award is named."

"I've been fortunate to receive a number of music-industry honors during my career," said David, who in addition to his songwriting career has served as president and on the board of directors of the musicians' intellectual property organization the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). "However, the news of being awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize was especially meaningful to me. I am humbled and excited at the same time to receive this prestigious award," he said.

"It's a great honor to receive this award and to follow the past recipients, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney -- it doesn't get any better than this," said Bacharach, who has also enjoyed a solo career as a performer and has continued writing songs in collaboration with such talents as Carole Bayer Sager (with whom he wrote "That's What Friends Are For") and Elvis Costello (with whom he won a Grammy for the song "I Still Have That Other Girl").

David, 90, a lyricist, and Bacharach, 83, who wrote the music, first began collaborating in the 1950s at the Famous Paramount Music Co. in New York's storied Brill Building. Today, their songs continue to be recorded by such artists as Diana Krall, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper and the cast of the television show "Glee."

Their extensive catalogs can be tracked through their registrations with the U.S. Copyright Office, which is a part of the Library of Congress: the first Bacharach/David song recorded in the Copyright Office is "Peggy's in the Pantry," dated May 9, 1956.

Among their first big sellers were "The Story of My Life," which became a hit for Marty Robbins, and "Magic Moments," performed by Perry Como. Between 1962 and 1972, their songs were almost continuously listed on Billboard Magazine's singles chart.

In the 1960s and 1970s they were almost as well-known as the singers they wrote for -- who included Dionne Warwick, B.J. Thomas, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon, Gene Pitney and Herb Alpert. Their work in that period included "Only Love Can Break a Heart," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Make It Easy on Yourself," "Close to You," "A House Is Not a Home," "There's Always Something There to Remind Me," "One Less Bell to Answer," and "This Guy's in Love With You," among many other songs. Movie-related songs they wrote together include "Alfie," "What's New Pussycat?," "The Look of Love," "After the Fox," and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Scores of films have incorporated their songs, including "Forrest Gump," "Catch Me If You Can" and "The First Wives' Club."

Both Bacharach and David have collaborated with other songwriters, both prior to their Brill Building days and after their main collaboration had a hiatus during the mid-1970s. They reunited in the early 1990s with Dionne Warwick, offering a song titled "Sunny Weather Lover" for her "Friends Can Be Lovers" album. They also produced a new song, "You've Got It All Wrong," for the revival of a musical they co-wrote in the late 1960s, "Promises, Promises."

Bacharach studied piano early in his life and became a great fan of bebop jazz. After meeting singer Vic Damone during a stint in the Army, he performed with Damone and other singers and studied music at McGill University and the Mannes School of Music. His composition teachers included the composers Darius Milhaud, Henry Cowell and Bohuslav Martinu (all of whom were awarded multiple commissions by the Library of Congress). Early in Bacharach's career, he served for three years as actress Marlene Dietrich's musical director.

Bacharach still tours and performs across the globe, and made cameo appearances in all three "Austin Powers" movies. Bacharach also has made numerous television appearances, including several television specials in the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2005 he released the album "At This Time," featuring contributions by Dr. Dre, Chris Botti, Elvis Costello and Rufus Wainwright. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Bacharach also served as a celebrity judge and vocal coach during the 2006 season of the television show "American Idol," which devoted one show to his music; he has also appeared on the show "Dancing With the Stars." His work has won three Academy Awards and eight Grammy Awards, including one he shares with David, the 1997 Trustees Award. Bacharach's others are for "Alfie," Best Musical Arrangement, 1967; "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," Best Original Score for a Motion Picture, 1969; "Promises, Promises," Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album, 1969; "That's What Friends Are For," Song of the Year, 1986; "I Still Have That Other Girl," Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (with Elvis Costello), 1998; and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

David has his name on 20 gold records and has won several Grammy Awards; he also has received the Presidential Award from the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and the B'Nai B'rith Creative Achievement Award. As a recipient of the Ivor Novello Award, he became the first American to achieve that honor. In 1984 he was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame; and in 1996 he and Burt Bacharach received the coveted Johnny Mercer Award from the national Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2011, the Hall also presented David with its Visionary Leadership Award, and in 2004, named "What the World Needs Now is Love" as its "Towering Song." ASCAP estimates that the song has been aired on the radio more than 2 million times. In addition to his work with ASCAP, David is a member of the Board of Governors of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Board of Visitors of Claremont Graduate University in California; is a founder of the Los Angeles Music Center; and serves on the advisory board of the Society of Singers. David holds honorary doctoral degrees from Lincoln College in Illinois and Claremont Graduate University.

The prize commemorates George and Ira Gershwin, the legendary American songwriting team whose extensive manuscript collections reside in the Library of Congress. The prize is awarded to musicians whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins. In 2007 Paul Simon received the first Gershwin Prize, Stevie Wonder received the second in 2009, and the third was awarded to Sir Paul McCartney in 2010. The creators and executive producers of the Gershwin Prize all-star tribute are James H. Billington, Peter and Bob Kaminsky, Mark Krantz, Cappy McGarr and Dalton Delan.

The George and Ira Gershwin Collection is the world's preeminent resource for the documentary legacy of the Gershwin brothers. It contains a wealth of materials that provide insight into their careers and personalities, including manuscripts and printed music, photographs, correspondence, business papers, scrapbooks and iconography. The Gershwin Room -- a permanent tribute to the Gershwins and their work -- features George's piano and desk, Ira's typing table and typewriter, self-portraits of both brothers and a selection of musical manuscripts from Gershwin stage and screen shows such as "Lady Be Good," "Funny Face," "Girl Crazy" and "Of Thee I Sing." Given the Library's long association with the Gershwin family and the profound effect the brothers had on the evolution of American music, it is fitting that the Library memorialize this relationship in the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Many of the Library's rich resources can be accessed through its website at For more information on the Gershwin Prize, visit

50% off Iridium Jazz Club performance and drinks

$15 for one ticket to see The Robby Krieger Band (Reg. $35)

Iridium Jazz Club 1650 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

While playing the air guitar in your living room is one way to rock out on a Friday night, it doesn't exactly give you a lot of points the cool department. Get your music on while socializing with someone other than your dog at the Iridium Jazz Club. As the home of Les Paul, the Iridium appropriately specializes in guitar and jazz and features some of the best jazz cats in the biz. Go to the rock end of the jazz spectrum with today's deal of a ticket to see The Robby Krieger Band on September 30 plus a voucher for 50% off any and all drinks all night long for just $15.

The Robby Krieger Band features the lead guitarist, Robby Krieger, for the legendary band The Doors. As a rock and roll guitarist and songwriter, Krieger was responsible for some of The Doors' best-know songs including "My Fire," "Love Me Two Times," "Touch Me"and "Love Her Madly." After the death of Jim Morrison and the eventual disbanding of the group, Krieger took on a new venture with much success as jazz guitarist in his namesake group. In addition to admission to see the band, you will also get half-off all the booze you can drink from citrusy specialty cocktails and both draft and bottles beer to a wide variety of scotch, bourbon, cognacs, tequila and more.

Read More:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Obama: "If I don't call you"

"Arnaldo DeSouteiro:

I enjoy talking about fundraising deadlines as much as I imagine you enjoy hearing about them.

But this Friday's deadline is important.

According to our records, you are currently registered and living in California's 30th Congressional District.

It's a chance for us to prove how we're different from any campaign in politics: We rely on ordinary Americans giving what they can -- one grassroots donation at a time.

This is not just a campaign. It's a chance for each of us as citizens to organize and change the course of history.

And before we close the books this Friday at midnight, I hope you'll become a part of it.

Please donate $3 or more today.

I'll be calling some grassroots donors like you by phone this week, so I can say thank you.

And if I don't call you, there's a chance I'll see you at dinner with three other supporters sometime soon.

Even if I don't get to thank you personally, every single donation counts:

Thanks for doing your part,

Barack Obama"

Slumber Party @ Saints and Sinners!

Preview Diving Horse Inn by going to the Slumber Party! Ph: (609) 344-0050

Saints and Sinners
5% Saint, 95% Sinner!

Recommended releases & gigs in UK

* Soul Togetherness 2011
* Lack Of Afro - This Time

* Various - Soul Togetherness 2011
* Lack Of Afro - This Time
* Various - Expansion Soul Sauce 25 Anniversary Party Edition
* Various - Soul Independence


* Satisfaction Unlimited - Lets Change The Subject
* Frances Burr - I Say No, No More / I Won't Hurt You Anymore
* Deep Street Soul - Look Out, Watch Out / Masterpiece
* Magnus Carlson & The Moon Ray Quintet - From Now On / Barabajagal
* Jasmine Kara - In The Basement Part 1 / 2
* M.F.O.S ft Bob Batterbee - Where Is The Love
* JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - To Love Someone (That Dont Love You) / Everything Will Be Fine
Caister Soul Weekender

Dont forget this weekend you can catch our motley crew down at Caister, Gary taking the dancefloor by storm and me coming out of retirement to help with running the stall!

As always come and say hello to us, we are convieniantly situated next to the ladies toliet! ) - for more info
Hoochie Coochie is a new bar in Newcastle devoted exclusively to Soul, Funk & Jazz

Open until 1am

Entry is always free unless there is a live artist , even then it's free after 10pm.
8th October: Brand New Heavies
9th October: Azymuth
Also booked for future events: Omar , Evelyn King , & exclusively, Marcell & the Truth.
check it out @
The Bournemouth Soul Weekend
Friday 28th, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th October 2011
The Carrington House Hotel, Boscombe, BH1 3QQ

Back once again after the great sucesss of last years event! Tickets are nearly sold out so please be quick!

DJs: Bob Jones, Bob Masters, Gary Dennis, Chris Bangs, Andy Davies, Kev Beadle, Ed Stokes,
Ginger Tony.

£45.00 for the whole weekend!
Tickets available from our good selves on: 01708 228678

Monday, September 26, 2011

CD of the Day - "Eumir Deodato & Os Catedráticos: Ataque"

CD of the Day
Os Catedráticos: "Ataque" (Bomba Records CD BOM1433) 1965/2011

Reissue Produced by Eumir Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro for the "Brasil 1500 Series"
Release Date: June 25, 2011
Digitally Remastered at Sound Way Studios (LA, CA, USA), March, 2011

Executive Producer: Oswaldo Cadaxo
Liner Notes by Carlos Pingarilho
Recorded at CBS Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) by Eugenio P. de Carvalho (1965)
Coordination: Toni Vestane
Digitally remixed by Mike Henderson from the original 3-track master tapes (1997)

Eumir Deodato - Hammond organ & acoustic piano
Sergio Barroso - acoustic bass
Wilson das Neves - drums
Rubens Bassini - congas, tambourine
Humberto Garin - guiro
Jorge Arena - congas
Geraldo Vespar - electric guitar
Maurílio Santos - trumpet
Edson Maciel - trombone
Walter Rosa - tenor sax
Aurino Ferreira - baritone sax
Arranged & Conducted by Eumir Deodato

1. Ataque (Eumir Deodato)
2. Os Grilos (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
3. É Bom Parar (Rubens Soares)
4. Feitinha Pro Poeta (Baden Powell-Lula Freire)
5. Terra de Ninguém (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
6. Razão de Viver (Eumir Deodato-Paulo Sergio Valle)
7. Tristeza (Haroldo Lobo-Niltinho)
8. Samba do Dom Natural (Carlos Pingarilho-Marcos Vasconcellos)
9. O Sol Nascerá (Cartola-Elton Medeiros)
10. Samba de Rei (Carlos Pingarilho-Marcos Vasconcellos)
11. Até de Cavaquinho (Luiz Bonfá-Maria Helena Toledo)
12. Porque Somos Iguais (Durval Ferreira-Pedro Camargo)
Bonus Tracks - Original LP stereo mix
13. Os Grilos (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
14. Ataque (Eumir Deodato)

NYT - "Jazz Classics, Still of the Moment"

(Jon Hendricks & Arnaldo DeSouteiro in NY)

Jazz Classics, Still of the Moment
by Stephen Holden for The New York Times

September 26, 2011

"There's a rumor going around that I'm 90," Jon Hendricks remarked from the stage of Frederick P. Rose Hall on Saturday evening, as he flashed a sly believe-it-or-not smile. In his imagination, he admitted, he was still only 11.

Because a large part of Mr. Hendricks, one of the originators of vocalese -- the application of fanciful, pirouetting lyrics to jazz instrumental solos -- is a precocious, inexhaustibly voluble boy carried away by musical word games, the smaller number feels about right. As for Mr. Hendricks's influence: I don't know if he would agree that the leap from vocalese to rap isn't that great, but it seems obvious. Both are a matter of snatching words out of thin air and infusing them with rhythm. Beneath Mr. Hendricks's sophistication is an unquenchably playful, boyish spirit.

Mr. Hendricks and friends and family took up the first half of Saturday's program, "An Evening with Jimmy Heath and Jon Hendricks," the season opener at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Heath, the saxophonist, big-band leader, composer, arranger and middle brother of the Heath Brothers, who shared the bill, is also seemingly ageless at 84. The same question that Dianne Reeves, one of Mr. Hendricks's guests, posed to Mr. Hendricks -- "Where is it?" -- could as easily be asked of Mr. Heath, agile and grinning as he conducted his piece ensemble. "It" was "the fountain of youth."

If Mr. Hendricks's voice, at 90, is a husk of what it used to be, its rhythmic component remains intact. So is his legacy, which is being carried on by his talented daughters, Aria, a brash, flashy improviser, and Michele, who is softer edged and closer in style to Ella Fitzgerald. Kevin Fitzgerald Burke, who with the three Hendrickses filled out the quartet that opened the show, is a virtuoso scat improviser. Backing Mr. Hendricks and his guests was an octet led by Andy Farber. The third special guest, the singer Sachal Vasandani, seemed underused.

Ms. Reeves applied her stamp to "Social Call," the Betty Carter signature song, with lyrics by Mr. Hendricks. If Carter's self-contained angular style and Ms. Reeves's lush wide-open singing couldn't be more dissimilar, the song welcomes both approaches. That one-man acoustic-music machine Bobby McFerrin joined Mr. Hendricks for an extended improvisation, "Scatting on the Corner," in which they took turns singing the bass. The set closed as Mr. Hendricks and his guests gathered to turn "Jumpin' at the Woodside," into excitable group chatter.

After an intermission Mr. Heath and his band played a gleaming set infused with the propulsive drama of a big-city soundtrack. Mr. Heath's compositions, like "Big 'P,'" "Gemini," "Togetherness" and "A Sound for Sore Ears" all have the solid structure of elongated songs that combine a brawling propulsion with an undertone of melancholy. Throughout you could hear distant echoes of the film composer David Raksin, but with the strain of noirish melodrama overwhelmed by layered, bebop harmonies that didn't stray into abrasive dissonance; minor keys prevailed.

Mr. Heath's arrangements are remarkable for their clarity, even in the most piled-up instrumental passages. The set's narrative momentum, the sense of a story rushing forward, rarely flagged. The band's crowning glory is its trumpet-flugelhorn section -- Frank Greene, Greg Gisbert, Terell Stafford, Sean Jones -- whose members paraded to center stage for solos that hit near-maniacal peaks of sassy braggadocio. Within the orchestra they provided blasts of explosive punctuation that drove the arrangements like whiplashes.

You could describe the evening, with its luminaries whose careers date from the 1940s, as historical, and its theme, the intertwining of jazz vocal and instrumental traditions over many decades. But it was also, often thrillingly, of the moment.

DJ Angeline @ Crocker Club, LA, Sept 29

Dj Angeline @ "Crocker Club"
453 S. Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

CD of the Week - "T.K. Blue: Latin Bird"

CD of the Week
T.K. Blue: "Latin Bird" (Motéma) 2011

Rating: ***** (musical performanc and sonic quality)

Produced & Arranged by T.K. Blue
Executive Producer: Kim Bressant
All tracks composed by Charlie Parker, except "'Round Midnight" (Thelonious Monk-Cootie Williams), and "Moods of Parker" and "He Flew Away Too Soon" (T.K. Blue)
Recorded by Tom Tedesco @ Tedesco Studios, June 20 & 22, 2010
Album design: Brian Grady
Total Time 52:22

Featuring: T.K. Blue (alto sax & flute), Theo Hill (acoustic piano), Essiet Okon Essiet (acoustic & electric bass), Willie Martinez & Lewis Nash (drums), Roland Guerrero (congas & percussion), and Steve Turre (shells & trombone)

Highlights: "Si Si," "Barbados," "He Flew Away Too Soon" and "Buzzy"

T.K. Blue's new CD "Latin Bird," his first for Motéma Music and ninth as a leader, takes the alto saxophonist back to his musical and personal beginnings. Charlie "Bird" Parker was a major early inspiration for T.K., and eight of Parker's classic compositions are ingeniously reworked in Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Brazilian, and New Orleans second-line rhythms. On alto sax, the leader showcases the big influences of Phil Woods and mainly Paquito D'Rivera, specially on track 2, "Si Si," in a powerful solo propelled by the infectious groove that the strong rhythm section provides. The sax-trombone combination works pretty well, with Roland Guerrero adding a hot spice on the congas.

The New York-born son of parents from Jamaica and Trinidad, and a mainstay of jazz master Randy Weston's band since 1980, Blue is profoundly fluent in the various musical styles of Africa and the African Diaspora. "Barbados" (the best version since Phil Woods' take on the all-star session "Rhythmstick" for CTI in 1989) is given a calypso arrangement and "Donna Lee" is played as a samba -- with Guerrero using multiple Brazilian percussion instruments such as pandeiro, agogo and even cuica -- while "Chi Chi," "Si Si," and the frenetic closener "Buzzy" utilize a two-three clave.

Also in the program is a beautiful reading of "'Round Midnight," the saxophonist's all-time favorite ballad, as well as "He Flew Away Too Soon," an a capella alto saxophone improvisation dedicated to trombonist Benny Powell. Blue's longtime friend and Weston band mate, Powell had been scheduled to play on "Latin Bird" but died a few days before the session, being replaced by Steve Turre.

Blue's band for the occasion consists of pianist Theo Hill ("I'm intrigued by his sound, maturity, and creativity"), esteemed colleague Essiet Essiet on bass, Willie Martinez on drums and timbales (also part of T.K.'s previous album), and percussionist Roland Guerrero -- the same quintet (with James Weidman filling in for Hill) who performed in December 2010 at the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture in Senegal, where Blue also performed with Weston. Special guests on "Latin Bird" include the invaluable drummer Lewis Nash, heard on two selections, and trombonist and shell-blower Steve Turre, who contributed to three others.

Born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, T.K. Blue began gigging around New York City in the mid-1970s with the Natives, a group led by South African pianist Ndikho Xaba. Through Xaba, he met Abdullah Ibrahim (then known as Dollar Brand) and joined his group in 1977. He spent three years touring the world with Ibrahim, with whom he recorded three albums.

Since 1980, Blue has been a member of Randy Weston's band and currently serves as its musical director. "I'm indebted to him tremendously," Blue says of the pianist. "He showed me a lot of things about life and how to be a man and also how to seek my heritage and find out about Africa."

Blue spent much of the 1980s living in Paris and continued performing with Weston, who was also a resident of France. "There were a lot of African people there, which was attractive to me because I wanted to learn about my roots," he says. "My dad and my grandfather were from Jamaica, but they used to talk to me a lot about Africa."

The saxophonist, who played in Paris with musicians from throughout Africa, as well as from Brazil, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, made his first album there in 1986. Titled "Egyptian Oasis," the disc came to the attention of the United States Information Agency in France and led to three State Department-sponsored tours of Africa for Blue and his band.

Since returning home to New York in 1990, Blue has continued performing and recording with his own groups and with Weston and worked with a wide range of jazz and world artists from Bobby McFerrin and Pharoah Sanders to Ghanaian drummer Yacub Addy's Odadaa. A graduate of New York University who later earned a Master's in Music Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, Blue has for the last three years been Director of Jazz Studies at Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus.

Will you be one of them?

"Dear Mr. Arnaldo DeSouteiro:

You are receiving this message because you are registered and currently living in California's 30th Congressional District.

Here's something you don't have in common with 1,029 other supporters of this movement who tell us they live in your area.

That many of your neighbors have decided to own a piece of this campaign by making a donation of whatever they could afford. For some, that meant just $5. For others, it meant $100 or more. But each had their own personal reason for giving.

Our records show that you aren't one of the 1,029 people in Los Angeles, CA who have stepped up for 2012. Now's your chance to change that.

Make a donation of $5 or more today to support the campaign before the critical September 30th deadline.

Here's why you should join your neighbors in supporting this campaign: We've been running the numbers, and with hundreds of thousands of individual donors across the country -- we are now well on our way to a million people.

In the 2008 campaign, it took us more than a year to reach that milestone. This time around, we could cross it as soon as October -- just six months after the launch of the campaign.

Between now and then, we have an important fundraising deadline.

Our opponents have significant operations on the ground in key battleground states, full-time candidates without day jobs, and a lot of media attention to fuel their campaigns.

President Obama has you. And when you're building a grassroots organization from the bottom up, the first person gets the next one involved. And the first 1,029 provide the foundation and inspiration for the next 1,029.

Support the campaign before the deadline, and bring us closer to one million donors -- give $5 today:

Thank you,
Jim Messina
Campaign Manager - Obama for America"

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Anna Mjöll back @ Vibrato with the Pat Senatore Trio, Sept 25

Sunday, Sept 25, 9pm
Anna Mjöll @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA 90077-1724

The LA-based Icelandic Jazz Princess, Anna Mjoll will be bringing her sultry jazz pipes once again to Herb Alpert's Vibrato. Anna will be backed by the acclaimed Pat Senatore Trio featuring Pat Senatore (bass), Ed Czach (piano) & Bob Leatherbarrow (drums).

With Anna’s repertoire of great classic jazz standards and her hilarious off-beat banter, this is the best way to complete the week.

“...the sweetest voice in the current jazz scene. Period.” -Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Jazz Station

Come hang with all the other cool sunshine people of California for a Groovin' Jazz Night with ANNA MJÖLL @ Herb Alpert's VIBRATO! Then you'll understand why we at Jazz Station have voted her one of the Top 5 singers in the current jazz scene.

Anna Mjoll and the Pat Senatore Trio, led by the great bassist who is Vibrato's artistic director.

NO COVER! But call 310.474.9400 for Reservations.

Pics (by Barbra Porter) from Anna's previous gigs @ Vibrato:

Win tix to Elvis Costello @ United Palace, NYC

One of our generation's greatest songwriters, Elvis Costello and his Imposters bring their Spectacular Spinning Songbook through New York City for a return engagement on Saturday, October 1. Once again, fate will control the set list as various audience members spin the wheel of musical fortune, and where it lands determines what tune will be played. Needless to say, we are thrilled to be able to offer two pairs of tickets for this incredible night! To enter, email


Tatiana Fontes @ VUE, tomorrow nite

This Saturday, its here!! First 500 people FREE, then $10 to see Brazilian Supermodel and amazingly talented DJ Tatiana Fontes @ VUE! 713.518.2132 for reservations!

Vue Nightclub
526 Waugh Dr. (Overlooking Allen Parkway)

Houston, Texas
Ph: (713)518.2132



Huge Main bar manded by Niki Quach, Taryn Young, Jessica Dupuy & Sammy Baker of WON and are lovely VIP hostesses Whitney Harrel, and Bottle Service by Jade Porter, Kim Kolbye, Taylor Milligan and Faith Reynolds!!

Dress code strictly on effect and organizers reserve the right to refuse entry.
Saturdays are about 2 things, the MUSIC and DANCING! Since the layout and club screams energy, the guys @ We Own The Night decided to put on a weekly showcase of Texas elite DJ's from Houston, Austin, Dallas and all around! Once a month they plan to bring you out of town DJ's w/ Residencies in Vegas, Miami, LA and Chicago.

Today most 12 year-old girls would tell you their favorite band is Hannah Montana, but if you asked Tatiana Fontes at that same age, she would've said Duran Duran. However this is not surprising considering she's been a part of the music scene her entire life.

Born and raised in Florianopolis, Brazil, where her father was a nightclub owner and her brothers were professional DJs, it's no wonder she took up a serious passion for music so early on in life. 'I've been into it as long as I can remember, after school I would be in the DJ booth helping my brothers, learning the ropes.' At the age of five she was taking music and ballet lessons, writing, directing, and starring in her own theater productions for friends and family. She even performed in a popular singing/dancing group called Paquitas de Floripa, which traveled the state performing at local events and venues.

Although Tatiana had an obvious affinity for music early on, her career took a different direction at the age of 15 when she began receiving offers for modeling gigs in her hometown. A year later she was invited to participate in a contest sponsored by Elite Models known as Look of the Year. Even though modeling wasn’t her biggest passion, she liked the opportunities it offered – experiencing life beyond Florianopolis. This contest gave her just that, when it scored her a modeling contract in Japan.

Tatiana went on to be an international model doing major campaigns, commercials, editorials, fashion shows, and billboards in Paris, Milan, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, and more. In 1999, she was cast as a model in the Oliver Stone film "Any Given Sunday." In 2001, acting brought her to the Los Angeles, where she would go on to study the craft with top veterans of the biz. The hard work paid off and Tatiana went on to book dozens of commercials, such as the 2005 Pepsi campaign she did with Eva Longoria. She scored a dramatic role in the Columbia Pictures feature film, "Sharkskin 6," and a part in the hit show "Las Vegas," among others

With success in her new home of Los Angeles, one would think her life was complete. But Tatiana was itching to fill a major void in her life… and that was music. It was always her true passion and she knew she had to return to it. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for people to take notice of her talent, landing her DJ gigs at the hottest clubs and parties around the world. Her style is a fusion of the 80’s and rock she grew up with, along with the house and electronic music from her days in Europe working as a model." Join us as We Own the Night presents Tatiana Fontes alongside resident DJ Jamie at VUE Nightclub in Houston, TX.

CD of the Day - "Eumir Deodato & Os Catedráticos: Tremendão"

CD of the Day
Eumir Deodato & Os Catedráticos: "Tremendão" (Bomba Records CD BOM 1450) 1965/2011

Release Date: September 23, 2011 in Japan, as part of the "Brasil 1500" Series
Reissue Produced by Eumir Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Digitally remixed from the original master tapes
24 tracks include 12 bonus tracks for Japan only

Executive Producers: Oswaldo Cadaxo & Eumir Deodato
Recorded at CBS Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in 1964, by Jairo Pires
Digitally remixed by Mike Henderson from the original 3-track master tapes
Original LP reissue: Equipe EQ 806 (1964)

Eumir Deodato - Hammond organ & acoustic piano
Luiz Marinho - acoustic bass (tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10,11 & 12)
Sergio Barroso - acoustic bass (tracks 8 & 9)
Dom Um Romão - drums (tracks 1,5,6,7,10,11 & 12)
Wilson das Neves - drums (tracks 2,3,4,8 & 9)
Jorge Arena - congas
Humberto Garin - guiro
Rubens Bassini - pandeiro & percussion
Neco - electric guitar (tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10,11 & 12)
Geraldo Vespar - electric guitar (tracks 8 & 9)
Maurilio Santos - trumpet
Raul de Souza - valve trombone
Walter Rosa - tenor sax
Alberto Gonçalves - baritone sax
Arranged & Conducted by Deodato

1. Tremendão (Eumir Deodato)
2. Começou de Brincadeira (Pacífico Mascarenhas)
3. Gente (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
4. Amélia (Ataulfo Alves-Mario Lago)
5. Menina Flor (Luiz Bonfá-Maria Helena Toledo)
6. Champagne & Cordoniz (Henry Mancini)
7. My Manne Shelly (Henry Mancini)
8. Imenso de Amor (Durval Ferreira-Humberto Reis)
9. Fora de Tempo (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
10. Dá-Me Um Martelo (Bardotti-Hays-Seeger)
11. De Presente (Eumir Deodato)
12. Labareda (Baden Powell-Vinicius de Moraes)
Bonus Tracks - original analog LP Mix
13. Tremendao (original Mix)
14. Comecou De Brincadeira (original Mix)
15. Gente (original Mix)
16. Amelia (original Mix)
17. Menina Flor (original Mix)
18. Champagne & Quail (original Mix)
19. My Manne Shelly (original Mix)
20. Imenso Do Amor (original Mix)
21. Fora De Tempo (original Mix)
22. Da-me Um Martelo (original Mix)
23. Presente (original Mix)
24. Labareda (original Mix)


マウリリオ・サントス、ラ ウル・ジ・ソウザ、ドン・ウン・ロマンらメンバーのプレイも絶妙。タイトル曲の素晴らしさと言ったら! シェリー・マンに捧げた(7) もゴキゲン!
エウミール・デオダート(p, org)、マウリリオ・サントス(tp)、ラウル・ジ・ソウザ(tb)、シボー(ts)、アルベルト・ゴンサルヴィス(bs)、ネコ(g)、ルイズ・ マリーニョ (b)、ドン・ウン・ロマン(ds)他 
*日本盤のみのボーナス・トラック収録 *24bit マスタリング
01. とてつもなくすごいもの
02. それは冗談からはじまった
03. 人々
04. アメーリア
05. 花のような少女
06. シャンペンとクエイル
07. マイ・マン・シェリー
08. 広き愛
09. 時間を外れて
10. 金槌をおくれ
11. プレゼント
12. 炎
13. とてつもなくすごいもの*
14. それは冗談からはじまった*
15. 人々*
16. アメーリア*
17. 花のような少女*
18. シャンペンとクエイル*
19. マイ・マン・シェリー*
20. 広き愛*
21. 時間を外れて*
22. 金槌をおくれ*
23. プレゼント*
24. 炎*

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tickets on sale for João Gilberto's new tour celebrating his 80th Birthday

To purchase tix for the concerts of João Gilberto's 2011 Tour "80 Anos - Uma Vida Bossa Nova," please click on the links below:

Last June 10, when Gilberto celebrated his 80th Birthday, a tour was announced and originally scheduled to start in September 2011, with dates booked in São Paulo (at Tom Brasil) and Rio de Janeiro (Vivo Rio). But those concerts were cancelled and the tour postponed to November.

At this moments, the following dates are confirmed:
November 5 @ Via Funchal (São Paulo)
November 15 @ Teatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro)
November 19 @ Centro de Convenções Ulysses Guimarães (Brasília)
November 25 @ Teatro do SESI (Porto Alegre)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Diana Krall's "Live in Paris" to be reissued as a 45rpm 2-LP set for audiophiles

Diana Krall's best live album to date, "Live in Paris" will be reissued in the U.S., next October 18, as a 2-LP set limited edition for audiophiles, in a 45rpm 180 gram vinyl pressing. Recorded live for Verve in November 2001 at the Olympia, featuring material previously recorded by Diana on her "The Look of Love" and "When I Look In Your Eyes" studio albums, the concert was also filmed for DVD release on Eagle Vision, with Alan Broadbent and Claus Ogerman conducting a symphnony orchestra added to the rhythm section comprised by John Clayton (bass), Jeff Hamilton (drums), Paulinho da Costa (percussion), John Pisano (acoustic guitar) & Anthony Wilson (electric guitar).

This new ultra-special reissue, priced at $57.86, is already available for pre-order at Amazon through the link below:

DJ Tatiana Fontes in NYC, this Friday

This Friday, September 23, don't miss a rare NY appearance by the LA-based Brazilian superDJ & supermodel Tatiana Fontes in the Big Ben Lounge @ Greenhouse.
150 Varick St.
New York, NY 10013-1218
Ph:(212) 807-7000

"So excited for Greenhouse/NYC," Tati says. "Can't wait to sin & take a bite of my favorite apple again! ;) What a great way to kick start my tour!" You go, girl!

Greenhouse is New York City's first L.E.E.D. registered, Eco-friendly Event Space. This two floored, 6,000 square foot event space is built from recycled or recyclable materials and can be booked separately or combined. Everything about Greenhouse in environmentally conscious, all the way down to its construction and design. The LED (light emitting diode) lighting system uses one thirtieth the energy of a standard lighting system. Also Bamboo wall covering was used in place of wood. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable material and can grow back within ten years of being cut down.

Among Greenhouse's most spectacular attributes is the transparent ceiling fixture, comprised of over 5,000 individually hung crystals, which is designed to emulate a rolling landscape & the bars which are comprised of clear recycled glass panorama designs.

Twin Sister in-store performance

We've been buzzing about Twin Sister for a couple of years now, whose steady stream of web-only or limited EP releases have continually piqued our interest in this dreamy, hypnotic Long Island pop group. Finally, their proper full-length debut is due out imminently on Domino, and we are helping the band celebrate with a record release party and in-store performance @ Other Music on Monday, September 26th. Join us!

15 East 4th Street
Free Admission | Limited Capacity

Mike Longo Trio presents Tribute to Oscar Peterson at Gillespie Auditorium, NYC, Sep 27

Join us for a special concert when the Mike Longo Trio featuring Paul West (bass) & Ray Mosca (drums) presents “A Tribute to the Great Oscar Peterson” on Tuesday, September 27 at "Jazz Tuesdays" in the Gillespie Auditorium at the New York Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m. Reservations and Information: (212) 222-5159.

Mike Longo, a Steinway artist, studied with Oscar Peterson for an intense period in the 1960s. This experience changed Mike's music and his life. You won't want to miss this tribute by one of Oscar Peterson's students in a special concert dedicated to this great jazz artist.

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

From 1966 through 1975, Longo worked exclusively as Dizzy’s pianist and musical director. Mike left the Gillespie group officially in 1975 to venture out on his own, but continued to work for Gillespie on a part-time basis until his death in 1993. Since that time Mike has recorded numerous albums and CDs on various labels with some 45 recordings with artists such as Gillespie, James Moody, etc. At present he has over 20 solo albums to his credit. He is sought after as a music instructor and is in demand for jazz clinics and concerts at universities and music schools throughout the world, and has appeared at the Lincoln Center’s new jazz room “Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.” Longo is founder & President of the CAP (Consolidated Artists Productions) label, and his latest venture, Jazz Tuesdays, is dedicated to allowing artists to retain creative control of their work and providing students and the general public with an opportunity to hear “world class jazz at affordable prices.”

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

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.

For more about acts at "Jazz Tuesdays", check out our websites a and

Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

Win tickets to Fool's Gold

As much fun as their records are, we can pretty much guarantee that Fool's Gold's infectious multi-cultural pop grooves are best experienced live, and we have a pair of tickets for each of the LA collective's NYC area shows this week. Choose your borough and email to enter.

MERCURY LOUNGE: 217 E. Houston Street NYC


CD of the Day - "Film Bossa"

CD of the Day
"Film Bossa - The Exciting Bossa Nova Rhythms From Rare Original Soundtracks Vol. 6" (Rare Groove)

Volume Six in a series of "unofficial" compilations - conceived & selected by Phillipe Renault, Jr. for Food For Fantasy Productions, and released by the PD label Rare Groove always with sexy covers - that focuses on the rare jazz and bossa nova tracks that have inspired and excited fans of Latin, Jazz and Lounge music for ages. These CDs are filled with sounds that are so suave and sexy that you'll need a handkerchief to wipe the sweat off of your brow!

Among the 19 cuts from "Film Bossa" are Hugo Montenegro's "Solo's Samba," Henry Mancini's "I Like The Look," Elvis Presley's "Bossa Nova Baby," Quincy Jones' "Dieter's First Mistake," Lalo Schifrin's "Silvia", the meeting of Francis Lai & Pierre Barouh on "Samba Saravah" (from the "Un Homme et Une Femme" movie) and, as the main attraction, the original recording of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Dax Rides," a seldom performed instrumental tune from his superb soundtrack for "The Adventurers," recorded in London in late 1969 with arrangements by Eumir Deodato.

01 Hugo Montenero - Solo's Samba
02 Gary McFarland - More
03 Henry Mancini - I Like The Look
04 Lalo Schifrin Feat. Mike Melvoin - Jim On The Move
05 Vladimir Cosma - Bossa Des Tueurs
06 Ken Thorne - Bossa Nova
07 Francis Lai - The Bobo
08 Lalo Schifrin - Silvia
09 Bob Brookmeyer - Mutiny On The Bounty
10 Laurindo Almeida & The Bossa Nova All Stars - Route 66
11 Bud Shank, Clare Fischer & Joe Pass - Samba De Orfeu
12 Elvis Presley - Bossa Nova Baby
13 Laurindo Almeida & The Bossa Nova All Stars - Naked City
14 The Continentals - A Summer Place
15 Antonio Carlos Jobim Feat. Eumir Deodato - Dax Rides
16 Quincy Jones - Dieter's First Mistake
17 Melvin Van Peebles - Bad Character Bossa Nova
18 Jack Wilson - Mr. Lucky
19 Pierre Barouh & Francis Lai - Samba Saravah