Monday, October 29, 2007

Korean nights

Directly from Seoul, Arnaldo DeSouteiro with the lovely Princess Joohee of Korea

Friday, October 26, 2007

Amanda Carr's concerts, Oct 27 & 28, in Rhode Island

Amanda Carr live in Rhode Island!!!

October, 27 2007 at Officer’s Club US Naval Station
Officer’s Club, Naval Base, Newport, Rhode Island

FOBD BALLROOM DINNER DANCE Featuing Everett Longstreth’s Benny Goodman Big Tribute Orchestra and featuring Amanda Carr in a tribute to Peggy Lee Grand Ballroom/ Officer’s Club,Coastal Island US Naval Station-Newport RI Prices: $50.00 general, $42 per FOBD member salmon or chicken
Information: Skip Jones 401-847-2980 and or visit Website:

October, 28 2007 at The Hi Hat
Davol Square, Providence, Rhode Island

THE HI HAT, at Davol Square, Providence RI.. After a sold out Record Release at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Amanda & band repeat a record release of her latest CD, "Soon", praised by Nat Hentoff (Wall Street Journal) at this great room. Fantastic food and atmosphere. 3-6 pm
For more info: 401-453-6500 or visit

Schedule for Vocal Visions artists

After Ellen Johnson's successful "These Days" NY tour, these are the forthcoming concert dates by artists from the Vocal Visions Media Group:

October 26
John Stowell with Kendra Shank (vocals) & Dean Johnson (bass)

55 Bar
55 Christopher Street, NYC

October 26
Don Braden

1st Annual JazzImprov "Live" Festival & Conference
"Journey in the Groove" with the Don Braden Quartet. 11pm: Performance with the Don Braden Quartet (TV Studio 6)

October 27
Judi Silvano

1st Annual Jazz Improv "Live" Festival & Conference
Tir Na Nog Restaurant
5 Penn Center Plaza, NYC

October 29
Barbara Sfraga & Center Search Quest

(with Christopher Dean Sullivan & Michael T.A. Thompson)
55 Bar
55 Christopher Street, NYC

November 1
John Stowell with Howard Alden/Joe Giglio Guitar Trio

The Bar Next Door, 129 MacDougal St.
107 West, 2787 Broadway

November 2,3
Don Braden
Cecil's Jazz Club
West Orange, NJ


October 27
Brasil Brazil with Ana Gazzola & Sonia Santos

Bella Terra Mall Concert Series
Huntington Beach, CA

November 4
Peggy Duqesnel

Concert celebrating the recent release of "Divine Light" CD
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
11600 Los Alamitos Blvd.
Los Alamiitos, CA 90720

November 18
Peggy Duquesnel Quintet
The Orange County Live Music Festival (The Bash!)
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m
Anaheim Marriott Hotel
Anaheim, CA


November 8-21
Don Braden
German tour with Johannes Moessinger

Jazz Improv Convention & Festival 2007

Jazz Improv LIVE! Convention & Festival 2007
October 25 - 28, 2007, New York City

Manhattan Center & New Yorker Hotel, 34th Street & 8th Ave

In Association with Jazzmobile™

Get Up Close & Personal with Scores of Jazz Artists & Luminaries

$195 Advanced Sales / $225 Day of Event / Single Day Pass: $125
Choose Friday or Saturday.
Student rates available. See Registration.

80 Panels and Workshops & 100 Performances

The Jimmy Heath Big Band live at the Jazz Improv Convention

Friday, October 26 - 2007

9:00PM at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom



" his composing-arranging as well as in his playing, Jimmy has indeed embodied jazz's rainbow of sounds and stories."
Nat Hentoff - JazzTimes

"...Two A list units swing ebulliently through soulful, meticulous charts..."

"When Jimmy Heath recorded his first album as a big-band leader in 1992, after nearly half a century as a working musician, who could have dreamed that he'd come back fourteen years later with a sequel that handily blows that first enterprise out of the water...The band is world-class, as are Heath's irrepressible charts. Don't pass this one up.

"This is an outstanding disc and easily one of the best albums released at the end of 2006."
KEN DRYDEN - All About Jazz New York

“One of the best composers and arrangers to emerge
during the bop era… Jimmy Heath's Turn Up the Heath
will be paying dividends to jazz fans for generations.”

"...Heath packs his arrangements with incident, deft voicings and exhilarating counterpoint. He has a story to tell and he tells it well..."
Ray Comiskey, Irish Times - 5 stars

"Big band albums by Jimmy Heath are rare.
In his 60-year career, there have been only three or four.
"Turn Up the Heath", recorded at sessions in 2004 and this year,
is his masterpiece as an arranger".
Owen Cordle, The News & Observer

"...this CD has a wealth of in-the-moment magic, muscular swing, and orchestral grace and power."
4 stars JOSEPH BLAKE/Times Colonist

Wish I could be there, but I'm on the other side of the globe. Anyway, I take this opportunity to recommend the haunting documentary "Brotherly Jazz - The Heath Brothers". Directed byJesse Block, produced by Danny Scher for DanSun Prod., it's one of the best DVDs of the year. Konnichi wa!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Dizzy Gillespie's 90th Birthday Celebration with Mike Longo, Annie Ross & Jimmy Owens

Join us at Jazz Tuesdays tonight, October 23, for a very exciting evening to celebrate Dizzy Gillespie's 90th birthday with Mike Longo's swinging 18-piece Big Band, "NY State of the Art Jazz Ensemble" with Jazz Legend Annie Ross, Trumpet Great Jimmy Owens, hot young vocalist Hilary Gardner, PLUS a film showing of some of Dizzy's live performances.


Pianist/composer/arranger Mike Longo, who has earned many accolades as a jazz pianist, formed the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble in 1999 to play the Jersey Jazz Festival when they wanted to feature him in a setting of composer/arranger. The program was received so enthusiastically that Mike was prompted by jazz fans and the members of the band to keep it going. As a result, he began composing new material and arranging it for the band, which was booked back each year at the Jersey Festival, followed by several appearances at New York City's famed Birdland jazz club. Their latest CD, “Oasis”, released last winter climbed to #7 and remained on the charts for an unprecedented 20 weeks.

Jazz singer and actress Annie Ross moved with her aunt, singer Ella Logan, to Los Angeles at the age of three, where she became a juvenile film actress, starting on the "Our Gang" series at five. As a teenager, she moved to New York to study acting, then back to England, where she became a nightclub and band singer. She returned to the U.S. and gained attention in 1952 for her song "Twisted," a "vocalese" setting of humorous lyrics to what had been a saxophone solo by Wardell Gray. (More than 20 years later, Joni Mitchell made a popular recording of the song.) In 1958, Ross teamed with Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks in the vocalese trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and they toured and recorded successfully, their best-known album being their first, "Sing a Song of Basie." Ross left the trio in 1962 and settled in England, continuing to sing and work as an actress. She returned again to the U.S. in 1985. In 1993, she had a featured role in the Robert Altman film "Short Cuts."

Trumpeter Jimmy Owens, a fine hard bop soloist, started on the trumpet when he was ten and later studied with Donald Byrd. Owens has played as a sideman with many major players, including Lionel Hampton, Hank Crawford, Charles Mingus, Herbie Mann, Duke Ellington, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and the Dizzy Gillespie Reunion Band. He was one of the founders of the Collective Black Artists and
closely involved with the Jazzmobile in New York.

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

Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)

Via Aérea

Bom saber que alguém ainda se lembra de mim lá no Brasil...

Deu hoje no JB-On Line:

"O produtor Arnaldo DeSouteiro, atualmente radicado em Los Angeles, passou o final de semana literalmente voando. Esteve em Londres, Paris e Zurique para as festas de lançamento do CD “Summer in the City”, compilação de Quincy Jones que ele organizou para a famosa Verve Records. O disco traz o melhor da fase jazzística de Quincy, com direito a uma linda gravação de “Velas Içadas”, de Ivan Lins. Na quinta-feira, Arnaldo segue, de Amsterdam, para continuar o trabalho em Tóquio e Seul".

Monday, October 22, 2007

Only a few seats left for MusicTech 07!

Panelists include
Dave Allen, Gang of Four
Scott Ambrose Reilly, Amazon
Kevin Arnold, IODA
Peter Asbill, AimeStreet
Aric Berquist, Synchronicity Live
Christina Calio, Zune
Brian Camelio, Artist Share
Dean Carlson, Muzak
Charles R. Cross, Author
Peter S. Davenport, XBOX
Dave Dederer, Melodeo
Tom DeSavia, ASCAP
Mark Donovan, M:Metrics
Michele Fleischli, Silva Artist Management
Daryl Friedman, The Recording Academy
Andy Gadiel, Jambase
Jordan Glazier, Eventful
Jeff Heiman, PlayNetwork
Dan Hou, Motorola
Randy Irwin, Manager, Arctic Monkeys
Ted Kartzman, Rhapsody
Joe Kennedy, Pandora
Jim McDermott (D-WA), US House of Representatives
Steve Mack, Lux Media
Karen Manning, T-Mobile
Tom Mara, KEXP
Rachel Masters, Ning
Josh Michaels, vSide
Bret Moore, Real Networks
Dee Dee Murray, Purple Ribbon Records
Nadia Prescher, Madison House
Josh Rosenfeld, Barsuk Records
Joe Schneider, Pump Audio
Dan Sheeran, Real Networks
John Simson, SoundExchange
Derek Sivers, CD Baby
Daniel Spils, 43 Things
Beth Tallman, EMT Consulting
Shane Tobin, Imeem
Tracie Verlinde, BMI
Adam Zacks, Live Nation


9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Demo Lab Demonstrations
10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Introductions
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Look of the New Label
12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Monetizing Music in the Digital Age
3:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m. The Future of Digital Distribution
4:45 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Is the House Rockin'?: How Policy in Congress Makes or Breaks the Music Business
6:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Reception at Solo Bar (must be 21+ to attend)


9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Registration
9:40 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Introductions
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Keynote Address with Terry McBride
11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Touring and Technology
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Lunch
2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Social Networking
4:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Convergence: Mobile Devices and Music
5:45 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Closing Reception at Solo Bar (must be 21+ to attend)

Experience Music Project JBL Theater
200 Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Solo Bar
325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Free for Recording Academy® and GRAMMY® U Members**
$100 General Public for two day pass
$75 General Public for one day pass

News about my Verve compilations

The many promotional activities, including the release parties, have kept me away of the blog for the past days. But many good things are happening in the market regarding the three recent compilations - Quincy Jones' "Summer in the City", Deodato's "Do It Again" and "Bossa Nova Singers" - I have produced for Verve.
Here are some new links:

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R.I.P.: Teresa Brewer

The singer Teresa Brewer died October 17th at her home in New Rochelle, New York, at the age of 76 from a neuromuscular disease. In her youth Brewer won several talent shows and made a name for herself singing mostly blues, ballads and dixieland. In the 50s she also incorporated rhythm 'n' blues and country songs into her repertoire and succeeded in landing several hits on the hit parades. In the 60s she spent most of her time at home raising her four daughters. In 1972 she married her second husband, the producer Bob Thiele who spotlighted her more as a jazz singer and produced albums coupling her with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. In 1991 she recorded an album in tribute of Louis Armstrong on which she was joined by Wynton Marsalis and Dizzy Gillespie. Obituaries: Washington Post , New York Times , Los Angeles Times , Guardian , San Francisco Chronicle .

Grimes Times!

Many are not aware of Henry Grimes's great return to the music world in 2OO3 after 35 years away, or his many triumphant concerts, festivals, and tours since then (more than 25O performances in 22 countries, and counting!), or the inspiring workshops and master classes he's been giving along the way. If you're not, or if you'd like to catch up on his recent doings, please visit

Henry Grimes, the great bassist, violinist, and recently published poet, who has played, toured, and recorded with everyone from Benny Goodman to Cecil Taylor, from Charles Mingus to my late friend Gerry Mulligan, has just returned from a glorious five-city tour in Japan and Korea, and Henry will be in Portugal next week playing in the Ponta Delgada Festival in the Azores, as well as three concert spaces and cultural centers in mainland Portugal. After this tour, another follows almost immediately in Paris and Luxembourg, and right after that there are several more dates in Paris and England, after which Henry returns home to New York City near the end of November.

Here is a brief list of Henry Grimes concerts for this month and next:

Monday, October 1st: Yoriyuki Harada w/ Tobias Delius, Tristan Honsinger, Henry Grimes, and Louis Moholo, concert at Suginami Kokaido Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan;

Tuesday, October 2nd: Yoriyuki Harada w/ Tobias Delius, Tristan Honsinger, Henry Grimes, and Louis Moholo, concert at Sakura-Za, Kofu City, Japan;

Wednesday, October 3rd: Yoriyuki Harada w/ Tobias Delius, Tristan Honsinger, Henry Grimes, and Louis Moholo, concert at Nagoya City Theatre, Nagoya, Japan;

Thursday, October 4th: Yoriyuki Harada w/ Tobias Delius, Tristan Honsinger, Henry Grimes, and Louis Moholo, concert at Kyoto Cultural Museum, Kyoto, Japan;

Sunday, October 7th: Yoriyuki Harada w/ Tobias Delius, Tristan Honsinger, Henry Grimes, and Louis Moholo plus Choi Sun Bae, concert at Buam Art Hall, Seoul, Korea.

Saturday, October 2Oth: Henry Grimes w/ Ibrahima Diokhane, Le Grand Dakar Senegalese Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY.

Saturday, October 27th: Henry Grimes Trio w/ Andrew Lamb and Newman Taylor Baker (Sublime Communication), Festival Internacional de Jazz de Ponta Delgada, Teatro Micaelense, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal;

Wednesday, October 31st: Henry Grimes Trio w/ Andrew Lamb and Newman Taylor Baker (Sublime Communication), Galeria Ze dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal;

Thursday, November 1st: Henry Grimes Trio w/ Andrew Lamb and Newman Taylor Baker (Sublime Communication), Forum Cultural Jose Manuel Figueiredo, Moita, Portugal;

Friday, November 2nd: Henry Grimes Trio w/ Andrew Lamb and Newman Taylor Baker (Sublime Communication), Encontros Internacionais de Jazz de Coimbra, Salao Brazil, Coimbra, Portugal.

Tuesday, November 13th in Paris, France, plus Wednesday through Saturday, November 14th-17th in Dudelange, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg: Sunny Murray's New Change of the Century Orchestra, "Sunny's Time Now" documentary project covering travel on the band bus, rehearsals, recording, and grand-finale concert in the main auditorium of the Centre Culturel Regional, w/ Tony Bevan, John Edwards, Bobby Few, Henry Grimes, Khan Jamal, Sabir Mateen, Grachan Moncur III, Odean Pope, Richard Raux, Sonny Simmons, and Monnette Sudler.

Sunday, November 18th: Henry Grimes / Sabir Mateen Quartet w/ Rasul Siddik and John Betsch, Sunset Club's 25th-anniversary celebration, Paris, France.

Wednesday, November 21st: Henry Grimes w/ Paul Dunmall and Mark Sanders, the Wardrobe, Leeds, England (U.K.).

Thursday and Friday, November 22nd & 23rd: Henry Grimes with Paul Dunmall & Roger Turner, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, England (U.K.), Henry speaking at the University on Thursday, + trio concert at Xposed Club on Friday.

Saturdays, December 8th & December 22nd: Henry Grimes w/ Ibrahima Diokhane, Le Grand Dakar Senegalese Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY... and much more to follow! ...

His agent Margaret Davis is now booking Henry Grimes's concerts for 2OO8 with several of his working groups as well as some new projects.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Vocal Visions All-Stars Concert, Tonight, NYC

Vocal Visions Media Group"From the Heart" NY Concert
Vocal Visions Media Group presents a sample of artists from their current roster in a performance collaboration of the music that they love.
Sunday, October 21, 2007 CORNELIA STREET CAFE
Featuring Don Braden, Ellen Johnson, Daryl Kojak, Laurie Krauz, Lou Lanza, Barbara Sfraga & Center Search Quest (Christopher Dean Sullivan & Michael T.A. Thompson and Mala Waldren & Allen Won), Judi Silvano and special surprise guests!
8:30 PM
29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village
$12 Cover/$7 minimum

Today, "Patois Records" Release Party

While I'm busy here in Europe with the release parties of my recent Verve compilations, something that has forced me to not post often in the past few days, this Sunday I would love to be in California for the "Patois Records Release Party", which will feature latin jazz singer-songwriter Alexa Weber Morales.

The event celebrates the launch of Patois Records, founded by three-time Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace. "The Doctor, as he's known, is the arranger and producer behind my two CDs and the two by singer Kat Parra, as well as four of his own and countless others," says Alexa, who will be performing today, October 21 at 7 pm, along with Wayne and Kat at the Little Fox Theater, an architectural gem located in Redwood City. Now, some of you have said you'd like to come but don't know where Redwood City is. It's on the Peninsula, on 101 between the San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges.

To be more specific:
2215 Broadway St
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 369-4119

And here's a link to the map:,+C

Not to miss, if you are in the area today.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

CD of the Day - John Coltrane: "Africa Brass"

CD of the Day
John Coltrane: "Africa Brass" (CTI) 1993
24-bit digitally remastered reissue, with new cover art by Pete Turner, of Coltrane's landmark debut album on the "Impulse!" label, produced by Creed Taylor back in 1961.

Single of the Day: "Flora Purim - Cartão de Visita/Reza"

Single of the Day (picture sleeve)
Flora Purim: "Cartão de Visita/Reza" (RCA) 1964
Featuring Dom Um Romão

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

"No Age" performing appearing tonight at Other Music. NYC



Bagels, crumpets, tea and juice are on the house!

Copies of the band's new single, "Mansard Roof" (out October 23rd on XL), will be available for early purchase.

OTHER MUSIC: 15 East 4th Street NY

CAll shows are free admission / limited capacity

Don't miss! Let's meet there!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Quincy Jones' "Summer in the City" being released in the UK today, Oct 15

"Summer in the City", the Quincy Jones compilation produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for Verve, is being released today, October 15, in England. The release party will happen next Friday in London.

Mel Martin reverencia Benny Carter

Benny Carter: reverências a um mestre do jazz
Mel Martin lança CD com gravações inéditas ao lado de seu ídolo
Arnaldo DeSouteiro

NY - O Lincoln Center, em New York, viverá noites de gala esta semana ao celebrar a obra e o centenário de Bennett Lester Carter. Ou melhor, Benny Carter. E a primeira delas acontece hoje, no luxuoso Dizzy’s Club, situado no Frederick P. Rose Hall na célebre esquina da Broadway Avenue com a Rua 60, onde um supergrupo comandado por Mel Martin abrirá os trabalhos realizando dois sets, às 19:30 e 21:30. Fã, colaborador e amigo do saudoso Carter – um dos maiores saxofonistas, compositores, arranjadores e band-leaders da história do jazz –Martin está lançando “Just friends”, excelente CD com gravações inéditas realizadas em 1994 ao lado de seu ídolo-mor, nascido a 8 de agosto de 1907 em NY e falecido em 12 de julho de 2003 em Los Angeles.

A programação batizada “Benny Carter Centennial”, organizada pelo “Jazz at Lincoln Center” que tem o almofadinha Wynton Marsalis como diretor artístico e Katherine E. Brown como diretora executiva, prosseguirá dias 19 e 20 no Rose Theater com o próprio trompetista liderando a “Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra”, considerada a quinta melhor big-band do mundo segundo os leitores da DownBeat na votação de 2006. Brian Wilson, âncora e editor do “NBC Nighty News” será o mestre de cerimônias no dia 19, cabendo esta tarefa a Tiki Barber – grande astro do futebol americano, ex-jogador do New York Giants e atual correspondente do “Today Show” – na noite seguinte.

Catedrático da Rutgers University e co-autor do livro “Benny Carter: a life in American music” (editado pela Scarecrow Press), Ed Berger – que também trabalhou como produtor e “road manager” do autor de “Key Largo” e “Only trust your heart” (sucesso na voz de Astrud Gilberto nos anos 60) – fará palestras antes dos concertos dos dias 19 e 20, às 18:45 no Irene Diamond Education Center. Uma exposição com fotos raras, capas de disco e até exibição de vídeos estará aberta ao público no lindo salão Atrium. Para completar, Carter entrará para o “Nesuhi Ertegun Hall of Fame” criado pelo Lincoln Center para homenagear grandes nomes do jazz.

Encontro memorável

Mel Martin conheceu pessoalmente seu grande ídolo Benny Carter em 1978. Voltaram a se encontrar oito anos depois, quando então iniciaram uma profícua amizade. Em 1989, a primeira colaboração profissional: Carter encarregou Martin de arregimentar uma banda para uma temporada no Kimball’s East. Gostou do resultado, repetiu o pedido em 1990 e poucos meses depois convidou Mel para ingressar em sua big-band durante uma turnê pelo Japão. O sonho, enfim, se materializava. E, desde então, volta e meia tocaram juntos.

Lançado agora pelo selo Jazzed Media, “Just friends” recupera material inédito captado durante show no clube de jazz Yoshi’s, de Oakland, Califórnia. Algumas músicas executadas na abençoada noite de 30 de abril de 1994 chegaram a ser editadas, naquele mesmo ano, no álbum “Mel Martin plays Benny Carter” (do selo alemão Enja), misturadas à uma sessão de estúdio com Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid e Victor Lewis.

As que ficaram de fora, por limitação de tempo, aparecem em “Just friends”. Mas seria injusto classifica-lo como um disco meramente de sobras, pois situa-se no mesmo nível de seu antecessor. Na época da gravação, Carter era um jovem de 87 anos. Martin tinha 54. Para badalar o novo lançamento, Martin vem realizando uma extensa série de shows desde agosto, inclusive no Yoshi’s e no Hollywood Bowl, onde participou do mega-evento “Benny Carter’s 100 years of music”, coordenado por Quincy Jones com as presenças de James Moody, Marlena Shaw, Russell Malone e da Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra.

O CD abre de forma atabalhoada com “Perdido”, o tema de Juan Tizol que talvez seja o mais usado em jam-sessions, pau-a-pau com “Blues walk”, por causa da fácil melodia e simples estrutura harmônica. É a música perfeita para embromar o público neófito, porque nivela músicos notáveis e medíocres. Claro que não é o caso da turma aqui em estão, e por isto mesmo fica difícil entender sua escolha para abrir o disco. Porém, nem Martin nem Carter escapam de naufragar na armadilha, com solos risíveis prejudicados pelo clima de afobação. O único a conseguir o milagre de escapar da previsibilidade na hora do improviso é o genial Roger Kellaway, construindo seu solo por caminhos inesperados.

Belos momentos

Felizmente, “Perdido” é alarme falso. A faixa seguinte, “People time”, suntuosa balada de Carter, enseja sublime performance de Martin na flauta. Em duo com o piano de Kellaway, Mel exibe completo domínio do instrumento aliado a uma sonoridade límpida e “dourada”, dentro de uma estética que fica entre as linhagens de Frank Wess e James Newton.
“Secret love”, de Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster, vencedora do Oscar de melhor canção em 1953, lançada por Doris Day na trilha de “Calamity Jane”, transcorre em delicioso andamento médio, com ótimos solos de Carter (de uma sensualidade, no sax-alto, comparável somente a de Johhny Hodges), Martin (que sabiamente faz de seu improviso, no tenor, uma continuação do solo de Carter, aproveitando a entrega feita “de bandeja”) e, para variar, Roger Kellaway. Na reprise da melodia, os dois saxes atuam entrelaçados, sem esbarros, complementando idéias com graça e elegância.

Incentivador constante dos trabalhos de Martin como autor, Benny sai de cena e deixa o parceiro brilhar sozinho em “Spritely”, cujo ¾ levado por Harold Jones nas vassourinhas enseja seu melhor momento do disco. Veterano craque que eu já tive a oportunidade de assistir com Basie, Sarah e mais recentemente Tony Bennett, Jones fraseia junto com os solistas, fazendo com que sua performance tenha decisiva importância na evolução dos improvisos. Contagia até o baixista Jeff Chambers, que também vai crescendo de rendimento a cada chorus e, quando chega no meio do irretocável solo de Kellaway, já está em perfeita sintonia com o batera e o pianista.

Carter retorna na tocante “Elegy in blue”, escrita por ocasião do falecimento de um amigo japonês que ele havia conhecido durante sua primeira viagem à Ásia em 1953. Ed Berger bem observa em seu texto para o encarte: “é uma das muitas peças de Carter que traduzem o sentimento do blues sem precisar se valer de sua estrutura”. Benny arranca aplausos entusiasmados ao final de seu solo de linhas sinuosas, seguido por um improviso mais contido de Martin e outro mais ousado de Kellaway, alternando frases longas com seqüências de oitavas em cascata a la Oscar Peterson. Mais uma vez, a volta ao tema acontece em grande estilo, sem furos ou titubeios.

Última faixa, e também a mais longa, ultrapassando doze minutos, o batidérrimo standard “Just friends”, outro tema frequentemente assassinado em jams, escapa do massacre graças à alta estirpe dos envolvidos. Benny faz um solo de contagiante “joie de vivre”, certas frases parecendo risadas vindas de seu sax-alto. Como sempre, Martin ataca de forma classuda e respeitosa. E para variar, Kellaway quebra o protocolo, manda às favas os clichês e praticamente rouba a cena com mais um solo acachapante. Jones ganha espaço na tradicional troca de quatro compassos entre os sopros e a bateria, antes da rápida volta ao tema.

Noite especial

Nos concertos de hoje à noite, Mel estará liderando uma formação batizada The Benny Carter Centennial Tribute Band, com as participações de Don Friedman (piano), Steve LaSpina (que tantas vezes assisti no Zinno, em duo com Gene Bertoncini, no baixo) e Victor Lewis (baterista atualmente brilhando no Manhattan Jazz Quintet) na seção rítmica. No vocal, Jackie Ryan. Nos sopros, o tenorista Craig Handy, e duas feras em matéria de sax-alto: o australiano Andrew Speight e o californiano Jerry Dodgion, atuante na famosa gravação de “Garota de Ipanema” realizada por Antonio Carlos Jobim, em 1970, no LP “Tide”. Curiosamente, Jerry integrou a orquestra de Benny Carter (recomendado por Gerald Wilson) em 1955, na época da inauguração do “Moulin Rouge” de Las Vegas!

Os ingressos para o show das 19:30 já estão esgotados, mas ainda há lugares disponíveis para o segundo set. Custam 20 dólares mais consumação mínima de 10 (nas mesas) e 5 (no bar). Ambos serão gravados para transmissão via XM Satellite Radio. E três vídeos, produzidos por Bret Primack, focalizando Martin & Carter em atuações e conversas informais podem ser acessados no website oficial de Mel, ou através do YouTube. Cada um se diverte como pode.

“Dois shows do saxofonista Mel Martin, no Lincoln Center, abrem hoje uma série de eventos comemorativos do centenário de Benny Carter, um dos maiores nomes da história do jazz”
“Mel Martin, que toca hoje no Lincoln Center, lança o CD “Just friends”, com gravações inéditas ao lado de Benny Carter”
“Mel Martin (esquerda) teve Benny Carter como seu maior amigo, mentor, ídolo e incentivador”.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Benny Carter Centennial Celebration

· Mel Martin & The Benny Carter Centennial Band at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on October 15
· Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in Rose Theater, Hosted by “NBC Nightly News” Anchor Brian Williams on October 19 and pre-concert lecture by Ed Berger
· Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in Rose Theater, Hosted by “Today Show” correspondent Tiki Barber on October 20 and pre-concert lecture by Ed Berger
· Benny Carter Inducted into 2007 Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame on October 19
Benny Carter videos, photos and album artwork on display in the Atrium on October 19 and 20

Jazz at Lincoln Center ushers in the 2007-08 season with the Benny Carter Centennial throughout Frederick P. Rose Hall on Broadway at 60th St. in New York City from October 15-21. Benny Carter, hailed as the leading creator of alto saxophone style and principal architect of big band swing, arranged and performed many of jazz music’s most significant tunes including “Stormy Weather” and “XYZ.” The world renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will perform the music of this legendary jazz musician on October 19 & 20, 2007. Anchor and Managing Editor of “NBC Nightly News” Brian Williams will host the October 19th concert and former New York Giants running back and “Today Show” correspondent Tiki Barber will host the October 20th concert.

Tickets for the Benny Carter Centennial are $30, $50, $75, $95, $120 and are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office on Broadway at 60th St., by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or via

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Benny Carter Centennial will provide opportunities for audiences to learn more about the legendary musician in Frederick P. Rose Hall. Ed Berger, Associate Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and former record producer and road manager for Benny Carter, will lead pre-concert lectures on October 19 and 20 beginning at 6:45pm in the Irene Diamond Education Center. Benny Carter video footage, photos and album artwork will be on display in the Atrium on October 19 and 20.

Benny Carter is a 2007 Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame inductee and Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates his induction with these special events. For more information on the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame inductees, go to As part of the centennial celebration, Mel Martin & The Benny Carter Centennial Band will perform at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on October 15 at 7:30 and 9:30pm and admission is $20 with $10 minimum at tables, $5 minimum at the bar. Student rates are $15. with same minimums.

For more information on Benny Carter, go to

For more information on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, go to, and

Mel Martin & His All-Star
Benny Carter Centennial Tribute Band
To Appear at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola,
New York City, Monday Oct. 15

Helping to kick off Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2007-08 season and Benny Carter Centennial celebrations, Bay Area saxophonist Mel Martin brings an all-star Carter tribute band into Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola tomorrow, October 15. In addition to Mel on tenor and soprano saxophones, the ensemble will feature pianist Don Friedman,alto saxophonists Jerry Dodgion and Andrew Speight, tenor saxophonist Craig Handy, bassist Steve LaSpina, drummer Victor Lewis, and Jackie Ryan on vocals.

In other Carter-related news, the esteemed alto saxophonist/composer (1907-2003) will be inducted into the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame on October 19. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis perform Carter's music October 19 and 20 in Rose Hall, with a pre-concert lecture each evening by Ed Berger. Carter videos, photos, and album artwork will be on display in the Atrium October 19 and 20.

Martin's performance at Dizzy's is the culmination of his personal observance of the centennial of his late friend and mentor, Benny Carter, which began with the July 2007 release of Just Friends (Jazzed Media), a new live CD by the quintet he co-led with Carter in the 1990s. Since the summer, Martin and the Carter tribute band have appeared in an extensive series of club and concert bookings on both coasts -- including an August Hollywood Bowl tribute to Carter on his actual 100th birthday -- highlighting material from the new album and from the Benny Carter songbook.

The Mel Martin band's first set on October 15 at 7:30 pm is sold out, but tickets remain for the 9:30 show ($20, 212-258-9595). The music will be recorded for broadcast on XM Satellite Radio.

Three videos documenting Mel Martin and Benny Carter in conversation and performance may be viewed on Martin's
web site as well as on YouTube (here, here, and here) and Jazzcorner. The videos were produced by Bret Primack in conjunction with JazzAlleyTV, SFJAZZ, Dr. Herb Wong, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Quincy Jones, Joni Mitchell and Wayne Shorter in an all-star Herbie Hancock concert

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in association with The Recording Academy has announced a very special All-Star Tribute Concert honoring Herbie Hancock. The concert will take place October 28th at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywoood, CA.Among the All-Stars scheduled to take part in the concert: Sting, Joni Mitchell, Chris Botti, Terence Blanchard, Al Jarreau , George Benson, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Chaka Khan, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson and George Duke with special guest Quincy Jones.Tickets are priced from $35 to $150 from with special VIP reception and dinner packages available at $1,000 by calling Levy, Pazanti and Associates at (310) 201-5033.

November Tour with Sonya Kitchell

Following this amazing show, Herbie will join forces with band members Vinnie Colaiuta, Nathan East and Lionel Loueke along with special guest 17-year old vocalist Sonya Kitchell (photo by Adriano Fagundes) for a November tour celebrating the release of "River: The Joni Letters."

In choosing Sonya for the tour, Herbie had this to say:
"When Sonya and I first met at one of her performances last year, I was blown away by her professionalism, her grace and, of course, her amazing voice. We brought her in to perform Joni's 'All I Want' for 'River,' and I was sold. She's definitely one to watch, and I'm thrilled she can join us for the West Coast dates."

"River", Herbie's latest album, has topped Soundscan's Contemporary Jazz chart for two weeks. Sonya's performance of "All I Want" appears exclusively on the version of the collection.

Here's where to catch Herbie and the band in November:

11/8/07 - Fairfield Center for the Performing Arts - Fairfield, CA

11/9 John Van Duzer Theater - Arcata, CA (Humboldt State University)

11/10/07 - Nob Hill Masonic Center - San Francisco, CA (San Francisco Jazz Festival)

11/11/07 - Campbell Hall - Santa Barbara, CA (UCSB)

11/14/07 - Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ (University of Arizona)

11/15/07 - Lensic Performing Arts Center - Santa Fe, NM

11/16/07 - Orpheum Theatre - Phoenix, AZ

"River: The Joni Letters" was released September 25th and is available everywhere, including Amazon.

Deodato's "Do It Again" to be released tomorrow, Oct 15, in the UK!

Deodato's "Do It Again" (produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for Verve) will also be released tomorrow in England!
To order and details, please click on the link below:

Do It Again - Townsend RecordsDeodato Do It Again CD. ... Do It Again 2. Peter Gunn 3. Amani 4. Moonlight Serenade 5. Havana Strut 6. Whirlwinds 7. Juanita 8. Theme (Star Trek) ...

"Bossa Nova Singers" coming out tomorrow, Oct 15, in the UK

The compilation "Bossa Nova Singers", produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for Verve, will be released tomorrow, October 15, in England.

To order your copy, please click on the link below:

Bossa Nova Singers - Various Artists : Read reviews and compare ...Featured merchant. Bossa Nova Singers Release Date: 2007-10-15, Audio CD, Jazz Club, £ 4.99, 626 Ratings. Postage & Packaging: Check Site. ...

Sonny Rollins - The Village Voice

Overshadowing the Shadow
A Carnegie triumph for Mr. Rollins proves that the Sonnymoon is never over
Interval by Francis Davis

Bill Tapia's 100th Birthday Celebration

Hawaiian and Jazz entertainer, Bill Tapia will be headlining his own 100th Birthday Celebration and Show with various performers at the lavish, art deco Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California on Sunday, November 18th. Bill's music career spans over 85 years and he continues to perform, tour, record and teach at 99 years young! It is safe to say that he is today's oldest living professional musician.
This post isn't so much to inform you of his upcoming event since I know most of you fall outside of the Southern California region, but I wanted to be sure to introduce you to this inspirational, charming gentleman, his life and music. Many of you may already know of Bill, many of you may not, but I hope you take the time to check out the following links which only begin to scratch the surface. With his sharp mind, quick wit and knack for storytelling you can easily be locked in for hours!

Quincy Jones' "Summer in the City" now available in Austria

Standard/JazzshopSeptember im Jazzclub Porgy&Bess in Wien. "Jazz mit Erich Kleinschuster" war der ... Various Artists € 6.40, Summer In The City (Jazz Club) Quincy Jones ...

"Summer in the City: The Soul Jazz Grooves of Quincy Jones", as well as two other recent compilations produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for Verve ("Bossa Nova Singers" and "Do It Again: The Fantastic Jazz Funk of Eumir Deodato") are now available in Austria. To order, please click on the links above.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Boa surpresa em matéria de MPB

Artigo escrito por Arnaldo DeSouteiro em 5 de Fevereiro de 2001 e publicado originalmente no jornal "Tribuna da Imprensa"

Porta da Frente/***
Boa surpresa em matéria de MPB

Arnaldo DeSouteiro

Primeiro, uma certa desconfiança. Abilio Abreu? Amigos Records? O que será isso? Depois, a prazeirosa sensação de ter conhecido um promissor talento da MPB, em excelente disco de estréia. Curitibano, radicado nos EUA, Abilio recrutou alguns dos melhores musicos brasileiros ativos em NY (entre eles o batera Paulo Braga, o baixista Sergio Brandão e o pianista Cidinho Teixeira, aqui atacando de acordeon), juntou com expoentes da cena latin-jazz (como o tecladista Dario Eskenazi, colaborador de Paquito D’Rivera em “Tropicana Nights” e “Portraits of Cuba”, e o trompetista Diego Urcola, da banda Amazon liderada por Thiago de Mello) e gravou as nove faixas do CD “Porta da frente” sob a produçao de Antonio Moreira, dono do selo independente Amigos Records.

De saída, com a faixa-título que abre o disco, a feliz constatação de que alguém (nem que seja em Nova Iorque) ainda sabe fazer samba escapando tanto das padronagens do chamado “samba de raíz” (urgh!) como do sambanejo mauriçola. E sem entrar na onda da bossa-nova requentada! O compositor/violonista/cantor passeia com competência por temas de inspiração nordestina (“De partida”, mesclando sanfona, violino e cello) e outros de pulsação funk (“Crítica”, com uma levada a la Deodato/Tropea na onda de “Super strut”), mas brilha mesmo é nos sambas, definitivamente a sua praia. Casos de “Traição” (puxado por Paulo Braga nas vassouras), “Sonho americano” e a deliciosa “Metrô”, de refrão que gruda no ouvido. Uma comparação para servir de referencial? O Djavan do início de carreira, no tempo da boite 706 e do primeiro LP na Som Livre, antes da fase das baladinhas melosas. Abilio Abreu entra na MPB pela “Porta da frente”.

PORTA DA FRENTE – Disco de estréia de Abilio Abreu. 9 faixas. Independente (Amigos Records)

Talento em Família - Flora Purim & Eyedentity

Artigo escrito por Arnaldo DeSouteiro em 22 de Março de 2001 e publicado originalmente no jornal "Tribuna da Imprensa"

Talento em família
Arnaldo DeSouteiro

Dos irmãos Hank, Elvin & Thad Jones, adeptos do “cada um na sua”, ao poderoso clã dos Marsalis, na base de “um por todos, todos por um”, a comunidade jazzística já conheceu inúmeros casos de talento em família. Sem contar as igualmente produtivas associações matrimoniais, de Shirley Scott & Stanley Turrentine a Carla Bley & Steve Swallow. Dois recentes lançamentos mostram que um casal brasileiro há muito consagrado – Flora Purim & Airto Moreira – apresenta agora uma legítima herdeira de seu talento: a filha Diana Moreira. Que, por acaso, estréia ao lado do marido, Krishna Booker, filho do baixista Walter Booker e sobrinho de Wayne Shorter. Felizmente, com muita criatividade, ousadia e personalidade, sem nenhuma trama na jogada.

Emoções acústicas
Depois de um período no selo inglês B&W, pelo qual lançou o abrasileiradamente irregular “The flight” e o fantástico petardo acid-fusion “Speed of light”, Flora Purim reaparece em nova gravadora, a californiana Narada Jazz, com o abrasador CD “Perpetual emotion” (54m03s). Projeto idealizado pelo engenheiro de som Dom Camardella, produzido por Airto Moreira, trata-se de um disco propositalmente menos arrojado esteticamente, calcado nos fundamentos do mainstream-jazz e inteiramente acústico. Nada de DJs, nada de formações orquestrais, nada de lembranças da fase eletrificada (e eletrizante) da Milestone, nos anos 70.

Flora segura a onda de “Perpetual emotion” apenas com um quarteto. Recrutou dois músicos competentes – o pianista Christian Jacob e o contrabaixista Trey Henry – que trabalharam com Anita O’Day em “Rules of the road”, fiando-se na infalibilidade do cônjuge Airto (que prazer ouvi-lo não apenas na percussão, mas mostrando também toda a sua verve como um dos maiores bateristas do mundo) e valendo-se dos solos irretocáveis do saxofonista/flautista Gary Meek, arranjador da maioria das faixas. Para adicionar um sabor extra em alguns temas, foi convocado o violão do velho amigo Oscar Castro-Neves, que havia gravado com Flora no antológico “Stories to tell” em 74.

As baladas são um show à parte, especialmente “My ship”, disparado o ponto alto do disco. Perfeita da introdução (Gary arma um naipe de sopros, na base de overdubs, incluindo flauta e clarone) à última nota, o clássico de Kurt Weill com letra de Ira Gershwin, composto em 1941 e imortalizado jazzisticamente em 57 por Miles Davis & Gil Evans no “Miles ahead”, recebe uma leitura comovente, incluindo uma aula de fraseado sem afetações. Flora prossegue irrepreensível em “Search for peace”, de McCoy Tyner (embora não superando o registro anterior, com George Duke & Ron Carter em “Stories to tell”) e “Crystal silence”, de Chick Corea.

Gravada originalmente como tema instrumental, em 72, no disco de estréia do grupo Return to Forever para a ECM, “Crystal silence” surge com a bela (porém pouco conhecida) letra de Neville Potter, descoberta por Mark Murphy no disco “September ballads” de 87. Sem baixo ou bateria, apenas com o arsenal percussivo de Airto colorindo a faixa. Antigos temas da própria Flora – “San Francisco river”, “Escape “ e “New Flora”, este rebatizado “Flora & Airto” por questões editoriais – são devidamente jazzificados, com a cantora volta e meia optando pela vocalização sem palavras, arte na qual permanece inigualável graças à alta dose de sensualidade injetada nesta especialidade. Casos de “Journey to Eden” e “Airto’s jazz dance”, um bop turbinado que usa, como ponto de partida, a frase final do célebre “Tombo in 7/4”.

Em português, rolam o samba-canção “Saudade” (composição de
Cesar Saud-Abdala & William Xavier Moreira dedicada ao bailarino Lennie Dale, com arranjo assinado por Cesar Camargo Mariano), um duo com o violão de Oscar Castro-Neves em “Carinhoso” (Pixinguinha/Braguinha), e a primeira parte da bossa-jazz Jobiniana “Fotografia”. Também com arranjo de Oscar, recebe o reforço do grupo vocal OK Corral Choir entoando a letra em inglês de Ray Gilbert. Emoção perpetuada com a devida sofisticação.

Trip eletrônica
Enquanto a mãe busca agradar o consumidor americano de jazz, hoje mil vezes mais conservador do que nos anos 70, a filha Diana Moreira dispara toda a sua munição para cima do público europeu. E o faz com pontaria certeira, debutando como líder no CD “See” (52m37s), bancado pelo selo – inglês, claro – Electric Melt, subsidiário do conglomerado Melt 2000, o novo nome da antiga companhia B&W. Isto mesmo, a ex-gravadora de Flora. Mas, nem ela nem Airto participam do disco. Diana, de 28 anos, e o marido Krishna Booker conceberam tudo sozinhos, no estúdio da casa onde moram em Hollywood.

Quer dizer, quase tudo. Rashid (filho de George) Duke trabalhou como engenheiro assistente e compôs/produziu/programou/tocou teclados no trip-hop “Eternal”. Outra faixa instrumental, “Get to the end/Reach the beginning”, contou com berimbau e surdo manuseados por Amén Santos, somados a sinos sampleados, sobre os quais a límpida voz de Diana flutua fraseando como um trompete. E o baixista Gary Brown deu sua contribuição em “ZS moothe”, com sons de vibrafone e scratch a cargo do DJ Formiga, perdão, DJ Ant. Impossível não lembrar do Massive Attack.

Alguns esclarecimentos são essenciais. Embora seja o centro de gravidade (e de atenções) do disco, Diana não tem seu nome citado na capa. Preferiu atribuir a paternidade do CD ao duo (ou será projeto?) batizado de Eyedentity, num esperto trocadilho com o antológico álbum “Identity” do Pai Airto para a Arista em 75. Mesmo no livreto, usa o nome artístico de db, abreviatura em inglês do termo decibéis! O companheiro Krishna também vai de pseudônimo, The Factor, assinando a maior parte das excelentes programações.

Sempre fazendo predominar um clima dark sob medida para o público clubber, db e The Factor evocam influência de Bjork, transfigurada por uma batida funk, no primeiro single, “Heavy interference”. A despeito da genial arte gráfica de Rafael Wainberg, usando grafites de Factor, a ficha técnica troca a ordem das faixas, confundindo “R U afraid” (leia-se Are you afraid, afinal Prince fez escola!), marcada por uma levada chegada ao Olodum, com “7th dimension”, alucinógeno hip-hop impregnado por singelos sons de celesta e com letra quilométrica desfiada, por Factor, em forma de rap.

Diana dá o troco dominando a cena na engenhosa arquitetura de “Too real”, na qual encaixaram um samba que aparece e desaparece em passes de mágica, com outro rapper de nome singelo, The Dream, marcando presença. Depois das cordas lembrando mellotron, “Opium light” traz mais uma aula de sampleagem, incluindo baixo acústico, violino e berimbau, estimulando a vocalista a um show de fraseado rítmico, unindo a herança jazzística da mãe com o gingado do pai. Presente, aliás, através de efeitos vocais sampleados na faixa “Terra mãe”.

Única música não-inédita do CD, “Terra mãe”, composição de Factor & db gravada previamente no álbum “Last journey” do grupo Fourth World liderado por Airto & Flora, sintetiza o espírito (em bom duplo sentido) do trabalho. Cosmopolita, original, surpreendente, sem renegar as origens. Como diz a letra: “Eu sou filha de Umbanda/Vencedora de demanda/Meu pai é filho de Xangô/Mamãe é filha de Iemanjá/Se perguntarem quem eu sou/Quem manda em mim é Oxalá/Olha que está chegando a hora/Para cumprir minha missão”. Tomara que este monstro, chamado mercado, entenda o recado.

“Flora Purim lança seu disco mais jazzístico, interpretando baladas com categoria inigualável”
“Diana Moreira, filha de Flora & Airto, investe em um som dance de atmosfera soturna e grooves hipnóticos”

Eyedentity are here. Not so much a group as an ever-changing collective consciousness, comprising the talents of 'coming and going' featured artists. In short, an ever-evolving entity, the central nerve centre being The Factor (son of Jazz bassist Walter Booker and the nephew of Jazz saxophonist, Wayne Shorter) and dB (daughter of vocalist Flora Purim and percussionist Airto Moreira).The combined talent of these artists produced this excellent debut album released in May 2000. Taking trip-hop into unchartered territory 'See' combines a variety of musical flavours and multicultural influences to yield something a little more hop than trip, infusing the genre with a new perspective. Dissolving categorical boundaries and pushing ahead of populist trends Eyedentity are eclectic, infinitely inventive, and with another album in the pipeline definitely one to watch.

Eyedentity is the brainchild of Diana Moreira Booker, aka dB (Decibel) and her husband Krishna Booker. Born in the summer of '97 this musical life form has developed combining powerful vocals with innovative and experimental beats, bound together by the couple's musical ingenuity and programming expertise. A true creative collective, Eyedentity changes shape and form with the coming and going of the various featured artists. It's evolution however is dependent on the constancy of both Diana and Krishna who form the band's nucleus. Krishna Booker is the son of Jazz bassist Walter Booker and the nephew of Wayne Shorter. His musical partner and beloved is his wife Diana, daughter of vocalist extraordinaire Flora Purim, and world famous percussionist Airto Moreira. Both were born in NYC and had an intensely musical and gypsy-like upbringing travelling with their families. Their parents met and became firm friends when Airto and Flora moved to the States to pursue their musical careers. This resulted in the children becoming childhood playmates.

However due to travelling and moving to the West Coast their time spent together became fewer and farther between as they grew up, and it wasn't until 1992 that they met again becoming instantly attracted to each other as adults. Krishna Booker's musical career took off at the young age of thirteen. He had begun to show such considerable talent and musical potential that Herbie Hancock and Wah Wah Watson (friends of the family), along with his uncle began supplying him with studio equipment to see what he could do. Already an accomplished rapper - "Human Beatbox", he started making beats for himself and his partner Scott Febles (The DREAM), and they soon began performing at parties, benefits and events such as "the Taste of L.A." and "the Garlic Festival".

In 1993 they took part in a West Coast project entitled COLLECTIVE THOUGHTS which sold locally and in Atlanta. Krishna’s emcee talent along with his musical talents on keyboards and percussion as well as engineering and production expertise became widely recognized. D. Booker aka Decibel began her musical career in the belly of her mother, touring the world with Chick Corea's Original Return to Forever. Growing up on the road it wasn't long before she was dancing, singing background vocals, and playing percussion with her parents' group. At the age of 14 she started songwriting, with some of her compositions ending up in her parents' repertoire. As she matured she took her ability and experience and ventured out alone writing and singing her own material – stepping on to the hip hop scene of LA. At the age of 19 she fell in love with Krishna Booker, meeting at one of her parents Fourth World shows in which she was singing backing vocals. Before long the two realised their professional musical compatibility and in 1993 they moved in together forming a powerhouse writing and production team that the Los Angeles scene wasn't quite ready for at the time. Through their ongoing work with Flora and Airto, MELT label owner Robert Trunz noticed their unique versatility and potential. After utilising them on a few smaller projects, he requested that the duo create a project geared more towards the underground Trip Hop/Drum ‘n’ Bass scenes.

Recruiting the help of long time friends The DREAM, and producer, Rashid Duke, son of pianist/producer, George Duke, the combination of their different flavours yielded something a little more 'hop than trip', infusing the scene with a new perspective. This resulted in their debut album See released on MELT internationally in May 2000. See incorporates sounds from around the world, pulled together by hip hop,trip hop and acid jazz beats. The lyrics deal with both the physical and metaphysical elements of the human condition, touching upon many aspects of life such as inner dignity and modern day spirituality.

Their second album is called Perfect My Craft. In their own words, “this is a challenge of self discovery for the hard core Hip Hop head and acomforting, inspiring journey for the open minded listener.” Fusing the elements of Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Funk, Afro-Brazilian, classic & Latin Jazz, the project's subject matter varies from the classic underground "verbal battle" to empathic odes of frustration and sadness glazed with the salvation of improving ones outer existence by working on the innerself. Avoiding musical cliches and categorisation this inventive music is deep and provocative and aimed at the thinking listener.

Alongside their work as Eyedentity Krishna and D have also produced tracks for local upcoming underground West Coast hip hop artists such As Hazsmat, Da Devious One, Subdivision and Medusa. Factor, Eternal Ra One an DJ Cass have collaborated on a track for the up and coming Underground female freestyle sensation Da Devious One called Verbal Essentials. The two also often collaborate with Wah Wah Watson on several projects for His website. As partners Rashid,Krishna and D are always producing for each other’s solo projects. On the MELT label they have assisted with programming and sequencing as well as playing on a number of Airto and Flora's projects including Fourth World. They have co-composed tracks for Airto’s solo album Homeless, for Flora’s album Speed of Light as well as contributing to her album called "Flora sings Milton Nascimiento", D also provided the vocals whilst Krishna rapped on Jose Neto’s spectacular album Neto.

They are touring the EYEDENTITY project live with Andre De Sntanna on bass, Sandro Rebel on Keys, Grecco Buratto on guitar, Sandro Feliciano on drums, Marcos "Gibi" Dos Santos on percussion and Chris "Bob NeckSnapp" Gamez on turntables. Eyedentity brought down the house with Airto Moreira and Wah Wah Watson on stage as their guests, proving that their live performances are every bit as polished and spectacular as their recordings For more information regarding releases, touring, compositions,production, remixes, etc, contact them at Management info for Eyedentity Osiris Munir President/Ankh Entertainment One/Big Daddy Management 9663 Santa Monica Blvd. #151 Beverly Hills, California 90210

Elite party at Bypass, in Genève, with nu-jazz sounds

Tonight, at "Bypass", my favorite club in Genêve, a special party for the "Elite Models" from Prague, with the musical selection including several recordings produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro (for albums by Dom Um Romão, Ithamara Koorax, Gazzara, Anna Ly, Palmyra & Levita, Marcelo Salazar and Fabio Fonseca) and remixed by such DJs as Ian O'Brien, Alex Attias, Preo, Tom Novy, Seiji, Parov Stelar, Tetsu Shibuya, and Jerome Sydenham.

Anna Ly & Danilo Pinheiro live tonight at "Can Farell", Barcelona

Brazilian singer/songwriter/bassist Anna Ly will perform tonight, October 13, in a duo setting with guitarist Danilo Pinheiro at the "Can Farell" in Barcelona, Spain. The repertoire includes songs from her acclaimed 2006 album "What A Wonderful Bossa World", produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for JSR. Among them, João Gilberto's "Hoba-Lá-Lá", Pacifico Mascarenhas' "Pouca Duração/Começou de Brincadeira", and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Vivo Sonhando" (Dreamer).

Anna Ly & Danilo Pinheiro
08187 Sta. Eulália de Ronçana
Valles Oriental (Barcelona), Spain
Ph: (93) 844 8707 / Fax: (93) 844 6536

Amanda Carr live, tonight and on October 21st

Here are the the details about the two forthcoming gigs by jazz singer Amanda Carr, whom critic Ken Dryden defined as "gifted with a pleasant voice, terrific diction and the ability to pick a wide-ranging program that neither skews to overly familiar standards or a heavy dose of originals".

In the repertoire, some songs from her latest CD, "Soon". Such gems as "Flamingo" (my favorite instrumental version is the one by Lalo Schifrin on his "Black Widow" album), "Squeeze Me" (that Paul Desmond recorded magnificently on "Pure Desmond"), Tadd Dameron's superb "If You Could See Me Now), and even two Brazilian standards: "If You Never Come To Me" (Ray Gilbert's English lyrics to the Jobim bossa-ballad "Inutil Paisagem", aka "Useless Landscape" as recorded by Sinatra) and Jorge Ben's "Mas Que Nada".

October 13th at 8pm: In concert with the Gleason-Brown Quartet at The Dana Center at St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, NH, tickets available by calling 603-641-7273 or visit the St.Anselm website by clicking here. You can also email for tickets to:

October 21st 10AM to1PM - Jamies Jazz Brunch, Jamies in Marshfield, MA with Kenny Hadley on drums, John Wilkins on guitar, Bronek Suchanek on bass. For more info, special reservations or directions call 781-834-7877 or visit

Quincy Jones' "Summer in the City" at Crazy Jazz>36453 : QUINCY JONES : SUMMER IN THE CITY - JAZZ CLUB : VERVE : £5.00 :. 34250 : QUINCY JONES feat. PHIL WOODS / ROLAND KIRK / LALO SCHIFRIN / PAUL ...

Quincu Jones' "Summer in the City" compilation, produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for Verve and scheduled for release in UK next Monday, Oct 15, is already available for pre-order for British customers at

R.I.P.: Paulo Autran

Brazil's greatest actor ever, Paulo Autran passed away in São Paulo, yesterday, October 12, 2006 at age 85. His jazz connection? Well, his jazz-lover friend Simon Khoury, who introduce Autran to the recordings of Billy May, Mancini, Legrand and countless others music giants.
My connection with Paulo Autran also happened through the celebrated writer, radio DJ (during the heyday of "Jornal do Brasil AM" in the early 70s) and musical producer Simon Khoury, one of Autran's closest friends.
Back in 1979, Khoury produced a Paulo Autran album, released on Top Tape's subsidiary label Aquarela. It's a haunting album of poetry, but not only limited to it, since Autran also performs excerpts from Shakespeare's "Julius Ceasar". Always very astute, Khoury invited such musicians as my dear friend João Palma (yes, the internationally acclaimed drummer who worked with Jobim, Sinatra, Sergio Mendes, Paul Desmond etc) and pianist/arranger Antonio Adolfo to the sessions. Adolfo added music to Casimiro de Abreu's "A Valsa" and Sergio Porto's "Divisão".
Durval Ferreira, then the A&R man at Top Tape, also took part in the proceedings, playing acoustic guitar and writing the background music to Vinicius de Moraes' "Poema Enjoadinho".
At the time of the album release, Miriam Rezende, Top Tape's publicity director at that time, invited me to prepare a press-release, since the excellent liner notes written by Khoury were too poetic, with many personal references. And the label needed to add a more biographical text to the press kit. So, in September 1979, Arnaldo DeSouteiro wrote his first press-release ever, later praised by Autran himself when we met at Khoury's home in Cosme Velho.
Curiously, the album, never reissued on CD yet, has 3 titles: "Paulo Autran - Melhores Momentos" (in the front cover), "Os Melhores Momentos de Paulo Autran" (in the back cover) and "Momentos de Paulo Autran" (on the label). Anyway, it's magical. We'll all miss you, Paulo!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Alexa Weber Morales live at Yoshi's, tonight, with Wayne Wallace

Special concert, tonight, Oct 9, at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA, celebrating 10 years of the Jazzschool!

I just wanted to let you know about this great concert tonight, a benefit and celebration for the marvelous Jazzschool in Berkeley founded by pianist Susan Muscarella. It's at 7:30 pm and features:

--Madeline Eastman with the Randy Porter Trio, Wayne Wallace and Rhythm and Rhyme ("I'll singing lead and doubling horn lines, as well as dancing like a maniac", says the séduisant chanteuse Alexa Weber Morales), Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge (he's a living encyclopedia of latin jazz and a marvelous Grammy-nominated pianist who has recorded on Moacir Santos' "Saudade" album for Blue Note), and Marcos Silva & Intersection (groovy, funky Brazilian jazz by Flora Purim's longtime keyboardist/arranger)

Yoshi's -
Benefit Concert - 8:00pm
510 Embarcadero West between Washington and Clay Streets Oakland, CA

Tickets are $125 and available here:

Also, please mark your calendars for a Patois Records showcase concert:
Sunday, October 21st, 2007
The Little Fox Theater
Redwood City, CA
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 door

Wayne Wallace, Kat Parra and Alexa Weber Morales will each perform selections from their Patois Records releases!

Alexa's CD can be ordered from CD Baby:
CD ::

Btw, Yoshi's opened an even larger branch in San Francisco's Fillmore quarter, as Jesse Hamlin reports (
San Francisco Chronicle ). The nightclub seats 420 and a Japanese restaurant another 370 customers. Roy Haynes, Gary Burton, Kenny Garrett and Ravi Coltrane will play the first jazz notes at the club's opening in late November. San Franciscan's don't necessarily like crossing the bridge to come to Oakland, thus the owners hope for a large audience in the city, says Kaz Kajimura who founded Yoshi's about 30 years ago together with his wife Yoshi Akiba. The acoustics have been important in the planning of the club, and there are no places with bad views. Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Charlie Hunter and Gonzalo Rubalcaba have already been booked for next year.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Quincy Jones' "Summer in the City" now available at JPC

Quincy Jones' "Summer in the City", the latest compilation produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for Verve, is now available and in-stock (artikel am lager!) at JPC.
jpc - your global music player - Jones, Quincy: Summer In The City ...Jones, Quincy: Summer In The City (Jazz Club). Artikelbild Großbild. Label:: Verve; Bestell-Nr.:: 4754677; Aufnahmejahr:: 1969-81; Veröffentlichung: geplant ...

This October at the Jazz Bakery, LA - Happy Birthday Monk!

from 6:30 PM until show time
FREE with admission to concert !!

MON OCT 8 through SAT OCT 13


Located at:
LA, CA 90034

Two shows nightly: 8PM and 9:30PM

Oct 8: keyboardist Larry Goldings Monk & More! feat. Anthony Wilson
Oct 9: pianist Bill Cunliffe celebrates Monk!
Oct 10 - 13: flutist Dave Valentin's Latin Tribute to Thelonious Monk w/ Phoenix Rivera, Luke Carlos, Chembo Corniel & Oskar Cartaya
Oct 14: Chelsea Spann singing with guitarist Ethan Emerson
matinee Oct 14: Judy Wolman's Sing ! Sing ! Sing ! Harold Arlen "Rain or Shine"
Oct 15: Amstel Saxophone Quartet w/ Remco Jak soprano Olivier Sliepen alto Bas Apswoude tenor Ties Mellema baritone
Oct 16: saxophonist Mitch Marcus Quintet w/ Sylvain Carton sax Ches Smith dr Mike Abraham gt George Ben-Weiss ba
Oct 17 - 20: saxophonist James Spaulding & The Cookers All-Star Band w/ Billy Harper tenor Cecil McBee ba Billy Hart dr & David Weiss tpt
Oct 21: Gary Foster & Putter Smith Perfect Circularity
matinee Oct 21: trumpeter Leslie Drayton & Fun
Oct 22: saxophonist Dale Fielder Quartet feat. Jane Getz The Music of Pepper Adams
Oct 23: pianist Josh Nelson Quintet w/ Matt Wilson dr Seamus Blake sax Darek Oles ba Anthony Wilson gt & Sara Gazarek voc - new CD: Let It Go
Oct 24 - 28: Cuban drummer/composer Dafnis Prieto Absolute Quintet w/ Yosvany Terry sax Dana Leong cello Ilmar Gavilan violin & Jason Lindner keys
matinee Oct 28: Hamilton High Jazz Band
Oct 29: alto & sopranoist Eric Person & Meta-Four w/ Jarod Kashkin pno Adam Armstrong ba & Peter O'Brien dr
Oct 30: Hoenig-Pilc Project w/ Ari Hoenig dr Jean-Michel Pilc pno & Dan Lutz ba
Oct 31 - Nov 3: saxophonist Dave Liebman Group w/ Vic Juris gt Tony Marino ba Marko Marcinko dr
Nov 4: Brent Canter Trio
matinee Nov 4: violinist/vocalist Nicole Bush w/ Bryan Pezzone pno