Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jay D'Amico Trio returns to Gillespie Auditorium in NY, this next Tuesday, March 28

"Jazz Tuesdays"presents The Jay D'Amico Trio featuring
Jay D'Amico, piano
Greg D'Amico, bass
Ronnie Zito, drums

Tuesday, March 28
2 Sets:  8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in The New York City Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street
(between University Place and Broadway)

Admission: $15, Students $10 with ID
(Price of admission covers one or both sets!)
All seats general admission
Cash at the door

http://www.jazzbeat.com/jazz_tuesdays.html
Jazz Tuesdays is sponsored in part by grants from the Hunt Family Fund and the DeChristopher Family Trust

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Celebrating Mary-an Van Stone

Celebrating the beauty of a dear friend: LA-based German model, trumpeter and musical producer (at Cash Marry Musikverlag) Mary-an Van Stone. She studied trumpet at the Universität der Künste Berlin, and music theory at Hochschule für Musik "Hans Eisler" Berlin e Lee Strasberg Schuhle in LA.

Toomy LiPuma's obituary on Soul Walking website

Ser citado no obituário sobre Tommy LiPuma, publicado no website inglês Soul Walking, é uma honra, mas só aumenta minha tristeza pela morte de um dos maiores produtores da história da música.

http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Respect.html
b. Thomas LiPuma, 5th July 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. 13th March 2017, New York, New York, U.S.A.

The Record Producer, Tommy LiPuma, has died. Tommy was 80.
During his production career, Tommy has collaborated with the likes of Miles Davis, George Benson, Phil Upchurch, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Michael Franks, Ben Sidran, The Crusaders and Randy Crawford.
From Cleveland, Ohio, Tommy worked for A&M Records, Blue Thumb Records and Verve Records.
He provided inspiration for others to follow, including John Snyder, Arnaldo DeSouteiro and Larry Rosen.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

R.I.P.: Tommy LiPuma (1936-2017)

R.I.P.: Tommy LiPuma (1936-2017)

Born July 5, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Died March 13, 2017 in New York City, New York, USA.

A Scott Galloway already said almost everything in a terrific text posted on Facebook about such terrible news. I own a copy of the Breezin' reissue he has mentioned, with bonus tracks and Gallaway's brilliant set of liner notes. I only would like to add that a few years ago (2011, I think) I've attended a gala tribute to LiPuma at Montreux Jazz Fest with Diana etc to celebrate his 75th birthday.

Met him for the first time in my teens when he came to Brazil to record some tracks for Michael Franks' "Sleeping Gypsy" (one of my desert island discs) in Rio with my friends Joao Donato (with whom he had worked on "A Bad Donato" during the Blue Thumb years) and the late Joao Palma, among others. Later we met in the early 90s in NY during his period at GRP, and finally in LA during Diana's sessions and, for the last time, in Montreux.

Btw, I still dream with an enhanced reissue of Sleeping Gypsy, to which Claus Ogerman later overdubbed strings & flutes in LA, since there are many unreleased tracks in the vaults of Warner Bros.

I can assure you that the death of Claus Ogerman had a big impact on him. They were best friends.

Tommy had already retired a couple of years ago, but agreed to do a short comeback to produce Diana's next album, "Turn Up The Quiet," to be released on May 5. Her jazz comeback album, after two recording disasters.

I also would like to mention that he was the responsible for signing people like Bill Evans, Claus Ogerman, Joao Gilberto and Deodato for Warner in the 70s (he co-produced his Love Island album.)

Without Tommy there would be none of the albums recorded by Claus after "Gate of Dreams", none of Claus' meetings with Michael Brecker, no Tutu, no Amoroso, none of the best albums ever by Michael Franks and Al Jarreau. No Diana Krall either.

Tommy's favorite album ever was "Bill Evans Trio With Symphony Orchestra", produced by Creed Taylor, a huge influence on his career, and now the only legendary jazz producer still alive. RIP. My condolences to his wife Gill and all his family.
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Morreu ontem, aos 80 anos, Tommy LiPuma, um dos maiores produtores da história da música. (Talvez o melhor depois de Creed Taylor, que foi seu "muso inspirador").

Imagine o mundo sem "Amoroso" (João Gilberto), sem "Breezin'" (que catapultou George Benson para o estrelato pop através da faixa "This Masquerade"), sem a gravação de Benson para "On Broadway", sem "Gate of Dreams" e nenhuma das outras obras de arte gravadas por Claus Ogerman depois de 1977.

Sem "Tutu" de Miles Davis, sem "Look To The Rainbow" (e a famosa gravação de "Take Five") de Al Jarreau. Sem "A Bad Donato", pois Tommy e Bob Krasnow (falecido no ano passado) foram os responsáveis por contratar João Donato para o selo Blue Thumb, do qual eram donos.

Imagine o mundo sem "Sleeping Gypsy" e nenhum dos grandes discos gravados por Michael Franks. Imagine o mundo sem os fabulosos "When I Look In Your Eyes" e "The Look of Love" de Diana Krall, que fizeram a vendagem da cantora pular de 150 mil discos para mais de 2 milhões. Pois é. O mundo teria sido bem pior sem Tommy LiPuma. Claro que vai aparecer algum engraçadinho imbecil para debochar de alguns desses artistas e discos citados. Mas, coitados, nasceram sem sensibilidade e, como dizia Bonfá, "sem alcance".

Ah, o disco preferido de Tommy era "Bill Evans With Symphony Orchestra", produzido por Creed Taylor, agora o único grande produtor de jazz ainda vivo. Ah #2: da mesma forma que Tommy salvou Diana Krall de ser dispensada da gravadora quando trouxe Johnny Mandel e apostou tudo em "When I Look In Your Eyes" (1999), ele saiu de sua recente aposentadoria para salva-la novamente e produzir, depois de dois equivocados trabalhos, o seu retorno ao estilo que a consagrou, concebendo "Turn Up The Quiet" que será lançado no dia 5 de maio.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

R.I.P.: Breno Sauer (1929-2017)

Segue a matança. Acabo de receber a notícia do falecimento, neste domingo, 12 de Março, do pianista, vibrafonista, acordeonista, compositor e arranjador Breno Sauer, um dos mais subestimados músicos brasileiros dentre os que optaram por residir no exterior.

Morando desde 1974 em Chicago, onde comandava informalmente a cena jazzístico-brasileira atuando em prestigiados clubes como o Jazz Showcase, Breno era gaúcho de São Sebastião do Caí, cidade de colonização alemã a 60 quilômetros de Porto Alegre, onde nasceu em 3 de Novembro de 1929.

Começou no acordeon, fascinado por Art Van Damme, depois adotou o vibrafone e finalmente passou para o piano. No Brasil, além de acompanhar Agostinho dos Santos, gravou vários discos como líder para os selos Columbia, RGE e Musidisc (vejam as capinhas no post abaixo; alguns foram relançados em CD na Europa).

Mudou-se para o México em 1967, onde também gravou com Leny Andrade e com o Primo Quinteto (do pianista João Peixoto Primo), no qual atuou como vibrafonista e arranjador, ao lado do baixista Ernoe Eger e dos meus amigos Claudio Roditi no trompete e Portinho Drums na bateria.

Nos EUA, alcançou sucesso nas rádios de jazz com o álbum "Tudo Jóia", liderando seu grupo Made In Brasil, que contava com sua esposa Neusa Sauer no vocal e Paulinho Garcia no baixo, e com o qual excursionou pelo Japão. Antigamente se dizia: "E lá vai a música brasileira para o mundo". Hoje, só resta dizer "E lá se vai a música brasileira que rodou o mundo"... Meus sentimentos a Neusa Teresa Sauer, sua esposa por 53 anos.
Beautiful reminiscences about Breno Sauer from his long time bassist and guitarist Paulinho Garcia:

"I came to Chicago on May 1st, 1979 to be part of Breno Brazilian sounds, we played in a first class Mexican restaurant named Acapulco, by Belmont/Clark Avenues.

The band was then composed by Breno on piano, Dede Sampaio on drums, myself on bass and lead singer Neusa Sauer. Geraldo de Oliveira was always along thru my years with the group.
With the addition and help of the British guitar player, Peter Budd, we started our way into the jazz circuit, and the name was changed to Made In Brazil. Later, another change in the name, the group became Som Brazil.

The group started being recognized and after our trip to Japan, the group composition started changing and the core group became Breno, Neusa and myself.
Along came great additions of first rate Chicago musicians.
On September 1, 1982 we played for the Chicago Jazz Festival, Breno, Neusa and myself with the addition of Akio Sassajima on guitar, Ron Dewar on sax, phill Grateau on drums and Roberto Sanches on percussion.

We held a 13 years weekly gig at the famous club The Jazz Bulls.
I like to separate the group in eras, the Akio-Ron Dewar era, the Ernie Denov-Steve Eisen era, the Peter O'Neil era, David Urban, etc.
Mark walker took on the drums drums after Phill and Ed Petersen became our saxophonist after Steve Eisen, if I remember correctly. 
Luís Everling, like me, was brought from Brasil to be the new drummer. 

Almost every great Chicago musician sat in with us, such as: the very young Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Alejo Poveda, Thomas Kini, John Campbell, Kelly Sill, Manfredo Fest, to mention a very few, even Michel Petrucciani and Freddie Hubbard played a couple of songs with us. Breno's music was respected and admired by all. 

I left the band after 14 years to pursue my solo guitar/vocalist career. 
Great memories, and life was good.
Thank you Breno for a wonderful 14 years of music and support."

Chris Greene & His Quartet Explore New Musical Territories on "Boundary Issues," Due April 14

Saxophonist Chris Greene, a fixture on the Chicago scene dedicated to transcending the stylistic and structural borders of jazz, continues to discover new musical territory on his new CD "Boundary Issues." Set for April 14 release on Single Malt Recordings, the album is Greene's eighth with the long-standing quartet he formed in 2005 featuring pianist Damian Espinosa, bassist Marc Piane, and, since 2011, drummer Steve Corley.

Joining the core quartet as guests on several tracks are saxophonist Marqueal Jordan, known for his work with smooth jazz star Brian Culbertson; percussionist JoVia Armstrong, who's played with Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble and JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound; guitarist Isaiah Sharkey, a member of D'Angelo's band; and vocalist Julio Davis (aka DJ WLS). Greene's eclectic song selection, inventive arrangements, and choice of guests not normally associated with jazz perfectly coalesce to present a portrait of an artist unafraid to take the road less traveled, push the envelope, and explore the frontiers of jazz.

In addition to three originals, Boundary Issues includes creative covers of works by Horace Silver ("Nica's Dream"), Kenny Kirkland ("Dienda"), Yellowjackets ("Summer Song"), and Billy Strayhorn ("Day Dream"). As his previous treatments of songs by artists as diverse as Madonna, Coltrane, Sting, Mingus, and lounge music king Martin Denny attest, Greene's naming his latest album Boundary Issues could be viewed as a tongue-in-cheek self-diagnosis. "I have a hard time staying in place," he confides. "I don't know my place, I guess, which is why I'm always stepping outside so-called boundaries. With the music I like, I just can't help thinking, what would it sound like if I did this, or this?" A case in point is his spacious reggae version of Horace Silver's "Nica's Dream." "I thought the biggest tribute to him would be to do something different," says Greene. "The idea to cover that classic as a reggae tune came to me while I was listening to music in the shower. It was like, why not?"
Born in 1973 in Evanston, Illinois, Chris Greene was exposed to a lot of music at home but only a smattering of jazz. His mother blasted Motown at her monthly card parties while his father played a lot of funk, soul, and disco; he absorbed all manner of pop styles watching MTV. Taking up the sax at age 10, he began studying it seriously when he was 16, "playing the hell out of a blues pentatonic scale," he recalls. He mainly played alto in the well-regarded Evanston High School Wind & Jazz Ensemble, as well as with local bands including a rock unit called Truth. "They were into Sting and I was eager to be their Branford [Marsalis]," he says. He would eventually play acid jazz with bands like Liquid Soul and Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub Band.

Greene studied at Indiana University with the late David Baker and the current jazz studies department chair Thomas Walsh. "It was a great experience for me," he says. "I was a kid with a lot of natural talent, but with a lack of discipline. I learned how to practice, how to break things down, how to solve problems."

Upon his return to Chicago, he continued his education by reaching out to established artists including Steve Coleman. "He was hard-headed in his determination to play music his way," he says. "It was a huge eye-opener for me how he put things together." Greene also got a major boost from Coleman's legendary mentor, Chicago tenor legend Von Freeman, at one of his famous jam sessions: "He didn't know me from Adam, but he was very encouraging. He said, 'Hey, I hear what you're trying to do. Keep at it.' That meant so much."

In 2005, Greene formed his current quartet. Whether the group is hugging tradition or engaging in experimentation, it radiates a deep sense of well-being. With each release, Greene has moved steadily from funk mildly seasoned with jazz to uncompromising jazz boasting subtle funk touches. As witness the title of the quartet's 2012 album, "A Group Effort," Greene prizes the band's ability to think and feel as one, to "leave fingerprints on each other's playing."

The Chris Greene Quartet will be celebrating the release of "Boundary Issues" at the following Midwest engagements: 4/21 Constellation, Chicago; 4/28 Gibraltar, Milwaukee; 5/1 La Principal, Evanston, IL; 5/20 Winter's, Chicago; 5/30 Promontory, Chicago; 6/9-10 Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL; 6/17 Noce Jazz, Des Moines; 6/18 Custer St. Festival of the Arts, Evanston; 7/5 Jazzin' at the Shedd (concert series at Shedd Aquarium, Chicago).

Photography: Ozzie Ramsay

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

R.I.P.: Dave Valentin (1953-2017)

R.I.P.: Dave Valentin (1953-2017), um dos maiores flautistas da história do jazz. E o melhor da geração pós-Hubert Laws. O massacre da serra eletrica não para. A quantidade de amigos que perdi nos últimos 4 anos é um absurdo. Só este ano já se foram Al Jarreau, Larry Coryell e agora Dave, sem contar outros ídolos como Leon Ware e Chuck Stewart que não cheguei a conhecer pessoalmente.

(David Joseph Valentin, born on April 29, 1952 in South Bronx, New York, USA;
died on March 8, 2017, The Bronx, New York, USA)
   (Dave Valentin & Arnaldo DeSouteiro in New York, October 1990)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Tonight, at USC in LA, the world premiere of a new Bob Mintzer work

Great concert tonight at USC in Los Angeles. Sax master, composer and arranger Bob Mintzer will be performing a brand new three movement piece for solo violin, cabinet, tenor sax, and the Thornton Jazz Orchestra. Free admission. Don't miss! 
3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles

Ohone: (213) 740-2311