Sunday, September 17, 2017

R.I.P.: Laudir de Oliveira (1940-2017)

(born Laudir Soares de Oliveira on January 6, 1940 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil;
died on September 17, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)

Brazilian percussionist and composer Laudir De Oliveira, who was a member of the Chicago band as well as of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77, just passed away. He was my friend exactly for 40 years, since 1977, and I had the big honor to work with him several times in concerts (with Ithamara Koorax and, most recently, Rodrigo Lima) as well as on albums I produced for Dom Um Romao ("Rhythm Traveller"), Ithamara Koorax ("Serenade In Blue," "Exclusively For My Friends," "Brazilian Butterfly / Tributo À Stellinha Egg," "All Around The World," "IK Sings Getz/Gilberto," and the EP "Ithamara Koorax & Friends"), Jorge Pescara (Grooves In The Temple and a forthcoming set), Rodrigo Lima (Saga) etc.

One track he recorded with Pescara - Deodato's "Black Widow" - was included on the JSR All-Stars album "Friends From Brazil 2001" (released in the USA as Brazil All-Stars' "Rio Strut").

Laudir also recorded with Joe Cocker (the big hit "Feelin' Alright" from the album With A Little Help From My Friends), Chick Corea (the fantastic albums Touchstone and Tap Step), Herb Alpert, Paul Winter, Earl Klugh, Michael Jackson and The Jacksons, Sadao Watanabe, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, Paul Anka, Hermeto Pascoal, Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi, José Roberto Bertrami, Maria Bethania, Gal Costa, Gerry Mulligan, Pelé and countless others.

As a composer, Laudir co-wrote many songs with Marcos Valle that were recorded by Chicago, Leon Ware and Valle himself. He recently collaborated on recordings with DJ Nu-Mark.

His first recording session in the U.S. was in 1969, on Joe Cocker's album "With A Little Help From My Friends." He later joined Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '77 in 1972, appearing on such albums as "Primal Roots" (on which he is the lead singer on all those fascinating Macumba chants like "Cabloco Ubiratan"), "Love Music" and "Sergio Menes & The New Brasil 77."

Laudir later joined the pop supergroup Chicago, being featured on such huge hits as "Happy Man" and "If You Leave Me Now."

He kept very active in the busy L.A. studio scene of the '70s, recording with Chick Corea, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, The Jacksons and many others.

After having returned to his native Brazil in the late 80s, he often performed and recorded with Marcos Valle (with whom he co-wrote many songs covered by Leon Ware), Ithamara Koorax and José Roberto Bertrami. In 2014, he joined Rodrigo Lima's SAGA band.

We have met for the last time in July 2017, when I interviewed him for a documentary movie, to which he also played some of those amazing Macumba chants.
(Laudir de Oliveira, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Jorge Pescara, 2004)
(Laudir de Oliveira & Arnaldo DeSouteiro, 2014)
(Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Laudir de Oliveira, July 2017)
(Jadir de Castro, Dom Um Romão, Gegê, Maria Fattoruso, Laudir de Oliveira and Arnaldo DeSouteiro, 1997)
(Laudir de Oliveira, Ithamara Koorax & Arnaldo DeSouteiro, in my house, 2000)
(Laudir de Oliveira, Anna Carolina Albernaz & Carlos Pontual, in my house, 2000)
(Ithamara Koorax taking a picture of Laudir de Oliveira during the recording sessions for Koorax's "Brazilian Butterfly" album, released in 2005)
(Laudir de Oliveira & Ithamara Koorax during the recording sessions for the "Brazilian Butterfly" album, 2005)
(Laudir de Oliveira & Jorge Pescara during the recording sessions for the "Friends From Brazil 2001" (aka "Rio Strut") project
(Laudir de Oliveira & Dom Um Romão during recording sessions)
All photos by Arnaldo DeSouteiro and cannot be reproduced without permission
Perder um amigo é sempre complicado. Perder um grande amigo que é um dos seus ídolos desde a adolescência, um músico excepcional e um ser humano da mais alta qualidade, extremamente generoso e amigo há "apenas" 40 anos, é muito mais complicado. Os Deuses e Orixás concederam a Laudir a "melhor" morte possível. No palco, tocando, fulminante. Sem dor, sem sofrimento, sem hospital. Segue no som e na paz. Respeito eterno.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

John Tropea live, next Saturday

One of my favorite guitar heroes, since I heard his epic solos on Deodato's "Prelude" 44 years ago, John Tropea will be leading his superband this next Saturday, Sept 16 @ Yonkers River Fest in NY.

Featuring: Chris Palmaro (Hammond organ), Zev Katz (bass), Lee Finkelstein (drums), Tommy "Pipes" McDonnell (percussion), Lou Marini & Bill Harris (sax), Don Harris (trumpet) and Larry Farrell (trombone).

If you love jazz-rock and jazz-funk, don't miss it!

Scot Albertson & Joe Carter in CT, tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ray Obiedo @ Blue Note Napa, Sept 14

This Thursday, Sept 14th, don't miss guitar ace Ray Obiedo with Peter Horvath, Dewayne Pate, Alex Murzyn, Colin Douglas and Jon Bendich.
Blue Note Napa
1030 Main Street, Napa, CA

Saturday, September 9, 2017

"Many Moods of Paul McCartney" with Roger Kellaway & Mike Lang in LA, this Sunday

Jazz Bakery presents a 2-piano tribute to Paul McCartney.
"Many Moods of McCartney" @ Zipper Hall at the Colburn
"With this display of virtuosity you can expect a transformative evening of musical invention." --Ruth Price

Sunday, Sepember 10, 2017 - 7pm
general $35, students $25


VENUE: Zipper Concert Hall -The Colburn School
200 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012

Zipper Hall provides an absolutly brilliant acoustical experience for artist and audience alike. Convenient parking nearby at Disney Hall or at MOCA. KJAZZ 88.1 - official media sponsor.

Jazz Station Gallery - "Claudia Telles' concert @ Rio Othon Bossa Nova Festival"

(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Claudia Telles, Anna Monteiro, Andrea Montezuma & Chico Batera)
(Chico Batera, Andrea Montezuma, Claudia Telles & Arnaldo DeSouteiro)
(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Anna Monteiro, Andrea Montezuma & Chico Batera)
(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Lourenço, Anna Monteiro & Ugo Marotta)
                                         (Laura Carvalho)

                                         (Chico Batera)
(Laura Carvalho, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Chico Batera & Anna Monteiro)
(Marcelo Lessa, Claudia Telles, Cassio Acioli, Anna Monteiro, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Ugo Marotta)
(Marcelo Lessa, Claudia Telles, Cassio Acioli, Anna Monteiro, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Ugo Marotta)
(Marcelo Lessa, Claudia Telles, Cassio Acioli, Anna Monteiro, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Ugo Marotta)
(Marcelo Lessa, Claudia Telles, Cassio Acioli, Anna Monteiro, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Ugo Marotta)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Claire Daly live at Gillespie Auditorium, Sep. 12

Join us as we welcome back saxophonist Claire Daly -- winner of the 2016 Jazz Station Award as "best baritone sax player of the year" -- to Jazz Tuesdays on Tuesday, September 12 at the Gillespie Auditorium in the NYC Baha'i Center, 53 East 11th Street, NYC 10003. There will be two shows 8:00 and 9:30 pm.  $15; $10 for students with ID and WBGO members. Call 212-222-5159 for information and advance sales.

Daly's group includes Jerome Harris, Peter Grant, Marcus McLaurine and Steve Hudson.  Their "2648 West Grand Blvd" CD went to the top 20 on the Jazzweek chart and has been beautifully received everywhere. Please come and have a great night at this wonderful venue.
Claire Daly grew up in Yonkers, NY, affording her access to many jazz greats performing live in NYC. Her father supported her enthusiasm about the music and brought her to many live shows including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Benny Goodman and more. At the same time, she was hearing contemporary music with her peers at venues like The Schaeffer Music Festivals in Central Park. Her taste runs from the classics through the avant garde, and Claire still believes in the importance of hearing live music regularly.

She graduated Berklee College of Music as an alto player and traveled on the road with both jazz and rock bands, but her life changed significantly the first time she played a baritone sax. It happened to be the first horn Howard Johnson had owned, for sale by a mutual friend. "It was an epiphany. I felt like, There I am - this is my voice." Claire hasn't looked back and has become a well known, leading voice on the big horn.

Her first CD as a leader was released on Koch Jazz in 1999. "Swing Low" was received very warmly. Claire was nominated by the Jazz Journalist Association for "Best New Artist of the Year" and Swing Low was subsequently added to a listening station in the William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock, AK as a CD significant to the President while in office. Since then, she has been a winner/nominee of many critic and reader polls and has won the JJA Baritone Saxophonist of the Year award.

"The Mary Joyce Project was composed by Claire and Steve Hudson. It is music dedicated to her father's cousin - Mary Joyce - who traveled by dogsled from Juneau to Fairbanks AK, solo, in unchartered territory, in 1934/35. Mary is an American hero and an Alaskan legend. Adventurous women run in the family. The piece premiered in Juneau. Claire has always liked a good theme and Mary made an unforgettable impression on her as a child when she came to stay with the Daly family.

Her move back home to New York from Boston was the beginning of her playing extensively as a freelance musician in NY. She struck up a lifetime collaboration with pianist/composer Joel Forrester (composer of the theme for "Fresh Air" w Terry Gross on NPR). Their band "People Like Us" released 5 CDs on Koch Jazz and they continue to play and record 25 years later. She was the original baritone player in the Diva Big Band, anchoring it's section for the first 7 years as well as doing multiple recordings as a side person (Taj Mahal, George Garzone, many more) and leading her own groups. Some projects include "Movin' On", "Heaven Help Us All", "The Honorable Hustlers" w beat boxer Napoleon Maddox, "Speak, Spake, Spoke" with wordslinger Kirpal Gordon, "Scaribari", "Rah Rah - a tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk" and "The Mary Joyce Project".

In 2012, The North Coast Brewing Co. in California produced a CD for Claire called "Baritone Monk" to promote their "Brother Thelonious Ale". It was on the Jazzweek Charts for 24 weeks - 9 of which were top ten. This led to headlining at the Monterey Jazz Festival, KC Rhythm'n Ribs Fest, Pittsfield Jazz Festival and more in addition to touring the United States with the quartet.

Her most current project is called "2648 West Grand Boulevard" and features jazz versions of Motown tunes from the Detroit years. It's on the Glass Beach Jazz label, produced by Doug Moody. This CD is very close to Claire's heart. It is likely that the first live music she heard was when she was under 10 years old. Her father asked to bring the kids in for a minute to hear The Supremes at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The music and the spectacle were deeply influential to Claire, who grew up listening to the Motown sound as the soundtrack of her early years.

She continues to live in New York City, travel, teach (Jazz at Lincoln Center MSJA, Litchfield Jazz Camp), give clinics, teach privately and tour. Performing, listening, learning and mentoring young players are Claire's musical goals.
Jazz Tuesdays is brought to you in part by grants from the Wilbur, Dorothy, and Frances Rose Davis Family Fund; The Hunt Family Fund; and the DeChristopher Family Trust.

Jazz Tuesdays
John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
NYC Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street, NYC
Ph: (212) 222-5159

Claudia Telles opens the Rio Othon Bossa Festival, this Friday

Brazilian singer Claudia Telles opens the "Rio Othon Bossa Festival" with a special concert in tribute to her mother, Bossa Nova legend Sylvia Telles. This next Friday, September 8, at 9pm @ Rio Othon Palace Hotel in Copacabana (Av. Atlantica 3264), Rio de Janeiro. 
The project -- produced by Anna Monteiro and coordinated by musical director Arnaldo DeSouteiro -- starts the celebration of Bossa Nova's 60th Anniversary, and will feature Doris Monteiro, Chico Batera and Andrea Montezuma in the forthcoming weeks.

Ray Obiedo live in California, Sept 10

Guitar ace Ray Obiedo leads his killer sextet at Armando's in Martinez!
Sunday afternoon on Sept 10th, 4:00pm till 6:30
Armando's 707
Marina Vista, Martinez, CA
To purchase tickets: (925) 288-6985

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Quincy Jones: celebrating his CTI and A&M Years live at the Hollywood Bowl, tomorrow night

Exactly 10 years ago, I had the honor to produce (for Verve) the first official Quincy Jones CD compilation focused on material from his CTI and A&M years: "Summer In The City / The Soul Jazz Grooves of Quincy Jones," which included such historic tracks as "Killer Joe," "Walkin'," "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" and "Brown Ballad."
Tomorrow night, September 6th, we shine a light on three of those masterful jazz albums that Quincy Jones recorded in the late 60s/early 70s for CTI Records and A&M: "Walking in Space," "Gula Matari" (both produced by Creed Taylor & engineered by Rudy Van Gelder, with cover photos by Pete Turner) and "Smackwater Jack" – from a peak creative time in his life that mirrored a transition in jazz history. Opening the evening are artists who are examples of Quincy’s prodigious ear for talent.
"Quincy Jones: The A&M Years" comes to the Hollywood Bowl after a successful premiere at last year's Monterey Jazz Festival. It's a thrill to bring it to LA this year, featuring host/bassist/musical director Christian McBride, conductor John Clayton, Sean Jones, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Grégoire Maret, Hubert Laws, Valerie Simpson, Lewis Nash, Alfredo Rodriguez, and a big band of all the baddest cats in LA. See you there!
                                  (Quincy Jones & Christian McBride)

R.I.P.: Candinho (1934-2017)

                               (Sylvia Telles & Candinho, mid-50s)

(born José Candido de Mello Mattos Sobrinho on February 8, 1934 in Lambari, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil;
died on September 4, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)

R.I.P.: Candinho, great (and criminally underrated) Brazilian composer and guitarist, who recorded a few albums like "O Mergulhador" (with violin virtuoso Cussy de Almeida) and "Brazilian Trip" ("A Viagem" with the famous jazz duo Mitchell & Ruff.) He was married to legendary singer Sylvia Telles (1935-1966) and is the father of Claudia Telles, also a renowned songstress. His most frequent partners were lyricists Lula Freire and Marino Pinto, but he also collaborated with Ronaldo Boscoli and Paulo Cesar Pinheiro.

R.I.P.: Rogéria (1943-2017)

(born Astolfo Barroso Pinto on May 25, 1943, in Cantagalo, RJ, Brazil;
died on September 4, in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)

Agildo Ribeiro & Rogéria: "Um Show Em Alta Rotatividade" (Polydor, 1980, original vinyl pressing.)
Produced by Armando Pittigliani.
Special Guest: Luiz Pimentel.
Photos by Orlando Abrunhosa.
Texts: Max Nunes, Haroldo Barbosa & Agildo Ribeiro.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

R.I.P.: Walter Becker (1950-2017)

(born Walter Carl Becker on February 20, 1950, in New York, NY, USA;
died on September 03, 2017 in Maui, Hawaii)
R.I.P.: Walter Becker. Remembering him today by listening to my two favorite Steely Dan albums. What an experience! And thanks for this masterpiece, "Aja" (original 1977 vinyl + first CD reissue from 1984 + 1999 DVD release) and so many other great songs and albums.
"Aja" was the first Steely Dan album that I bought, when I was 14 years old.
"Gaucho" was the first Steely Dan record that I reviewed (when I was 17 years old) for my weekly music column on the Rio daily newspaper Tribuna da Imprensa.
(Walter Becker & Donald Fagen, mid-70s)