Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ithamara Koorax live at "Unterfahrt", Munich, May 1st

Jazzclub "Unterfahrt" (Munich's top jazz club)
Mi 30.04.2008 - 21:00 - Mike Mainieri & Northern Lights
Do. 01.05. 2008 - 21:00 Uhr - A Trip To Brazil: 50 Years of Bossa Nova
Ithamara Koorax and Bossa Five

Ithamara Koorax (voc), Florian Riedl (sax, fl), Christian Gall (p), Pedro Tagliani (git), Matthias Engelhardt (b), Hajo von Hadeln (dr).

Ithamara Koorax wurde als Kind europäischer Einwanderer in Rio de Janeiro geboren. Schon bald stellte sich ihr musikalisches Talent heraus. Im zarten Alter von 5 Jahren spielte sie bereits Klavier und sang wunderschöne Lieder. Mit 17 hatte sie erste Gelegenheiten, mit Musik ihr eigenes Geld zu verdienen. Sie sang sich durch Jingles, Radio- und Fernsehwerbungen und als backing vocal in verschiedenen Bands. Bald wurde aus dem Geheimtipp eine gesuchte Sängerin in den Aufnahmestudios rund um Rio de Janeiro. Als wichtigste Einflüsse nennt Ithamara Musikerinnen wie Ella Fitzgerald, Elis Regina, Carmen McRae, Shirley Horn oder Elizeth Cardoso. Mit ihrer ersten Soloaufnahme "Illuminada" katapultierte sie sich in den brasilianischen Platin-Himmel. "Illuminada" war denn auch der Soundtrack für eine sogenannte "Telenovela", und in Brasilien gibts, so sagt man, praktisch nichts Wichtigeres als Telenovelas. Und wenn man da mal drin ist, so ist man berühmt, und so erging es auch Ithamara. Auftritte mit Hermeto Pascoal, Azymuth und vielen brasilianischen Stars wurden zur Tagesordnung. Es folgten weitere Hitparadenplätze mit neuen Telenovelas-Songs. Und auch in Japan wurde sie entdeckt. Dort eroberte sie das Land im Sturm und wurde zu einer der besten Jazzsängerinnen erkoren. Plattenaufnahmen mit Grössen wie Art Farmer, Jack deJohnette, Ron Carter oder Dom Um Romão kamen hinzu. Ihr hervorragendes letztes Album "Love Dance" ist ein überwältigender Erfolg und wurde beim "Down Beat Reader's Poll" zum fünftbesten Album gewählt. Selbst nüchterne Kritiker überbieten sich mit Superlativen, man spricht von "zarter Intimität, heisser Leidenschaft, magischer Musik". Da hat die Münchner Combo "Bossa Five" um den Saxophonisten Florian Riedl wirklich allen Grund sich mächtig ins Zeug zu legen, spieltechnisch auf hohem Niveau wird dieser Abend sicher ein Highlight für Freunde des Bossa und Brazil Jazz. Eintritt 18.00 / Mitglieder 9.00

Bill Easley & Antoinette Montague, May 2, at AMNH


Starry Nights, the enormously popular series of live jazz performances presented the first Friday of every month, continues in the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. The series features renowned jazz musicians performing in one of the most spectacular settings in New York. Visitors to Starry Nights can enjoy mouthwatering tapas along with wine and other beverages during performances.

Hourlong sets start at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Bill Easley Quartet with Antoinette Montague

Master reed player Bill Easley has been performing for more than 40 years. His collection of instrumental talents include tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, alto flute, and piccolo. He has performed with many legendary artists such as Isaac Hayes, Ruth Brown, Benny Carter, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Jimmy Smith, Ron Carter, and Grady Tate.

“Whether the genre is blues, rhythm and blues, or hard bop, Bill Easley remains a versatile …practitioner of musical mastery. Easley has certainly perfected his craft.”—All About Jazz

Newark native Antoinette Montague performed in gospel and rhythm and blues ensembles after college and now serves as Vice President of International Women in Jazz. Montague has worked with many jazz greats including Benny Powell, Bill Easley, Winard Harper, Wycliffe Gordon, Frank Wess, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

“Antoinette Montague’s delivery is heartfelt, infectious, and memorable.”—Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene

The Museum’s suggested admission of $15.00 for adults, $11.00 for students and seniors, and $8.50 for children covers entry to the Museum and to Starry Nights.
Other programs at the Rose Center include the Space Show Cosmic Collisions. Admission to the Museum and Space Show is $22.00 for adults, $16.50 for students and seniors, and $13.00 for children. Admission is $15.00 to SonicVision, the groundbreaking digitally animated alternative music show that takes audiences on a mind-warping roller-coaster ride through fantastical dreamspace. Advance tickets for the Space Show and SonicVision can be purchased by calling 212-769-5200 or visiting A service charge may apply.

The Museum is open daily, 10:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m. The Rose Center remains open until 8:45 p.m. for Starry Nights on the first Friday of each month. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. For general information, call 212-769-5100.

"Summer in the City" - Backstage review

Review about Quincy Jones' "Summer in the City" (produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for the Verve Music Group) published in the April 2008 issue of "Backstage" magazine, page 54.
Summer in the City
Arnaldo DeSouteiro
(Verve Music)

O disco mais vendido no mundo ainda é o "Thriller" de Michael Jackson. Com certeza, este magnífico sucesso teve muito a ver com a sensibilidade do produtor Quincy Jones. Neste CD, o nosso produtor Arnaldo DeSouteiro fez um belo garimpo nas gravações de Quincy em sua fase (a melhor, com certeza) jazzística. Muitas das faixas que constam desta compilação foram originalmente lançadas pelo selo CTI de Creed Taylor, com participações estelares de nomes como Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Ray Brown (autor de "Brown Ballad"), Freddie Hubbard (solista em "Killer Joe"), Hubert Laws (soberbo na homenagem de Benny Goloson a Betty Carter em "Along Came Betty") e Herbie Hancock (autor de "Tell Me a Bedtime Story"). Este é um belo CD antológico que deve ser ouvido por músicos e técnicos de áudio. Um convite à música como forma de arte.
Revista Backstage
(Ano 14 - Abril/2008 - Nº 161)

Arnaldo DeSouteiro at 104.9 EZ Rock

Arnaldo DeSouteiro 104.9 EZ Rock
In Brazilian jazz circles, Arnaldo Desouteiro commands the sort of respect and admiration that Orrin Keepnews and Quincy Jones enjoy in the United States ...

"Opus Samba" review - Cadence

"Cadence" magazine
April - May - June 2008
Vol. 34, No. 4-5-6
Fabio Fonseca: "Opus Samba"
JSR 6054
Fonseca, org, el.p, clavinet, synth, vcl; Pedro Leao, el. b; Mac William, d, perc; Ithamara Koorax, vcl, perc; Arnaldo DeSouteiro, bells, perc;
Review by Larry Hollis:
There are quite a few simlarities between "Opus Samba" and Vito Di Modugno's "Organ Trio Plus Guests". First off, they are both import pressings led by keyboardists that play a variety of other instruments. Fabio Fonseca is a Brazilian who plays not only the Hammond B-3 and Rhodes but an array of synthesizers and the Hohner Clavinet D6 mostly associated with Stevie Wonder and 1970s Funk. He also sometimes adds a vocal to his tracks here and there. Like Vito's set, this is a trio outing, this time with electric bass instead of guitar and with two guests, Ithamara Koorax providing vocals for "A Mulher de 15 Metros" and producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro who joins her on percussion for "Dormideira," a less than 3 minute tune by the leader.
The fifth cut, "Cochise," sounds fairly familiar and could be the same number done by Les McCann on a live at Montreux double LP for Atlantic that hasn't made it to compact disc yet domestically. Stevie Wonder's "Too High" is the most distinctive cover and makes one wonder why Jazzers haven't explored more of his songbook. Fonseca's "Missing Dom Um" is a touching tribute to the late Dom Um Romao. A versatile musician and producer, the keyboardist seems to these ears to be an update to Walter Wanderley in his keyboard touch and he has as much of a pop music/fusion leaning in his music as the more traditional organ stylings of Joey DeFrancesco or Tony Monaco.

"Desenrolando A Língua", new links

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More links for Anna Ly's "Desenrolando A Língua", which includes the track "Fuzuê", co-produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro

R.I.P.: Donald Kahn

Donald Kahn, composer, passed away on April 11, 2008. He was 89 years old.
The son of the great Gus Kahn, who wrote many standards, Donald composed the hit "A Beautiful Friendship," with Stanley Styne. That song received dozens of recodings, and one of my favorites is by singer Esther Phillips for Kudu, although the most famous are the ones by Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Jack Jones, Duke Ellington, Shirley Horn, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson and Nat "King" Cole.
Around 50 years ago, Donald Kahn arranged the "Yes, Sir! That's My Baby!" album, with tunes written by his father, with vocals by his wife, Lois.
Complete bio:

R.I.P.: Bobby Tucker

Bobby Tucker
(born on Jan 8, 1923 in Morristown, New Jersey, USA)
(died on April 12, 2008 in Morristown, New Jersey, USA)

Pianist & composer, Tucker became known as musical director for Billie Holiday and Billy Eckstine, recording extensively with both artists. He also worked with singers Johnny Hartman and Lena Horne, as well as with Sonny Criss, Kenny Clarke, Paul Quinichette. Leading the Bobby Tucker Trio, he released "Too Tough" (1960), on the Jamie label, his only album as a leader.

R.I.P.: Humphrey Lyttelton

Humphrey Lyttelton, 86, Host of a BBC Radio Game Show, Dies
Published: April 28, 2008

Humphrey Lyttelton, a jazz trumpeter and broadcaster who was host of the surreal BBC Radio game show “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue,” died here on Friday. He was 86.

The performer’s Web site,, said Mr. Lyttelton died at a London hospital after surgery. It did not give further details.

Born into a prominent British family and educated at the elite Eton College, Mr. Lyttelton was a jazz fanatic who taught himself to play the trumpet as a teenager. He became an accomplished musician — Louis Armstrong once called him Britain’s best trumpeter — and made a series of records for EMI with his Lyttelton Band.

He toured with the band well into his 80s and made a guest appearance on the Radiohead track “Life in a Glass House” in 2001. The jazz trumpeter Digby Fairweather told the BBC that Mr. Lyttelton “was, in the best possible way, a jazz machine.”

But for many he was best known as the host of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue,” a role he had filled since 1972. The program built up a passionate following with its mix of silliness, wordplay and innuendo.

Mr. Lyttelton was a master of ribald double-entendres — usually involving the show’s fictitious scorekeeper, “the lovely Samantha” — delivered in his deadpan, upper-class voice. He was also famous for his imaginative sign-offs, which would begin, for example, “As the delicate mayfly of time collides with the speeding windscreen of fate.”

His varied career included World War II service in the Grenadier Guards and a stint as a cartoonist for The Daily Mail. He also wrote books about music.

R.I.P.: Jimmy Giufree

R.I.P: Jimmy Giufree

born on April 26, 1921, in Dallas
died on April 24, 2008, in Pittsfield, Mass

"(...) Giuffre ging seinen Weg konsequent. Sein Trio, das er 1961 mit dem Bassisten Steve Swallow und dem Pianisten Paul Bley neu auflegte, entwickelte eine kammermusikalische Form der Improvisation, die alle Grenzen sprengte und dennoch stets sensibel und gebändigt schien(...)", schreibt Stefan Hentz in der NZZ vom 29. April 2008.
Und von "epochalen Aufanhmen", die "später von manchen Musikern als eine der wichtigsten Gruppen der Jazzgeschichte betrachtet wurden", schrieb Christoph Merki im Tages-Anzeiger vom 28. April 2008. Und weiter: "1992 hat ECM-Chef Manfred Eicher mit sicherem Instinkt Aufnahmen aus dieser Zeit unter dem Titel "Jimmy Giuffrre 3, 1991" wieder herausgegeben (...). Wir wetten darauf: Man könnte diese fabulöse, geheimnisvoll abstrakt funkelnde Kammermusik auch in diesen Tagen herausgeben und manch einer würde sagen: It's Now!"

Besser und nachhaltiger, als ein Nachruf wäre es, sich die folgenden CDs mit dem wunderbaren Trio JIMMY GIUFFRE, PAUL BLEY, STEVE SWALLOW anzuhören oder sich endlich zu beschaffen; es sind zeitlose, grosse Meilensteine inspirierten kammermusikalischen Improvisierens (J.A.):
"JIMMY GIUFFRE 3, Emphasis, Stuttgart 1961" - hatART CD 6072
"JIMMY GIUFFRE 3 , 1961" - ECM 1438/39 - 2CD. (1992-Re-Edition der 2 VERVE-LPs "Fusion" und "Thesis" plus previously unissued tracks).


Jimmy Giuffre, Imaginative Jazz Artist, Dies at 86
Published: April 26, 2008

Jimmy Giuffre, the adventurous clarinetist, composer and arranger whose 50-year journey through jazz led him from writing the Woody Herman anthem “Four Brothers” through minimalist, drummerless trios to striking experimental orchestral works, died on Thursday in Pittsfield, Mass. He was 86 and lived in West Stockbridge, Mass.

The cause was pneumonia, brought about by complications of Parkinson’s disease, said his wife of 46 years, Juanita, who is his only survivor.

Among the half-dozen instruments he played, from bass flute to soprano saxophone, it was the clarinet that gave him a signature sound; it was a dark, velvety tone, centering in the lower register, pure but rarely forceful. But among the iconoclastic heroes of the late 1950s in jazz, he was a serene oddity, changing his ideas as fast as he could record them.

His album “Tangents in Jazz” (1955) did away with chordal instruments like piano or guitar two years before Sonny Rollins famously did so; his trios from 1956 to 1961 were without a drummer, prefiguring the quieter, classical-timbred music of vanguardist jazz circles in the 1980s.

Little of this impressed more traditional audiences, however. What made Mr. Giuffre important to big-band aficionados was one composition, “Four Brothers,” a big hit for Woody Herman’s Second Herd in 1947. It established the characteristic Herman front-line sound of three tenor saxophones and a baritone saxophone, played fast, in harmony and without vibrato.

Mr. Giuffre (pronounced JOO-free) was born on April 26, 1921, in Dallas. He began playing clarinet at 9. He attended what was then North Texas State Teachers College, where he earned a degree in music in 1942; upon graduation he joined the Army for four years, playing with a quintet in mess halls at mealtimes, and then moved to Los Angeles. After trying graduate work in music, he gave it up to study composition privately.

In the late 1940s he became a freelance arranger and, in some cases, saxophonist for a number of big bands. In the early 1950s West Coast cool jazz began, and Mr. Giuffre took part. Usually playing tenor saxophone, he was in small groups led by Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne and Howard Rumsey.

Meanwhile, he was growing stronger as a composer. Mr. Giuffre’s teacher from 1947 to 1952, Wesley LaViolette, emphasized the virtues of contrapuntal writing, and counterpoint became the structural glue for Mr. Giuffre’s art, making some of his most outré experiments hold together. Mr. LaViolette also taught Mr. Giuffre that jazz could accommodate any amount of composition, not just for the front-line instruments but for all of them, and in the mid-’50s Mr. Giuffre began to write specific parts for bass and drums, sometimes winnowing their roles to providing color and accent.

The late-’50s versions of the Jimmy Giuffre 3 — with the guitarist Jim Hall and the bassist Ralph Pena, then with Mr. Hall and the trombonist Bob Brookmeyer — gained him some commercial renown. (The Giuffre-Hall-Brookmeyer trio is immortalized in a sequence in the film “Jazz on a Summer’s Day,” playing its best-known piece, “The Train and the River.”)

If Mr. Giuffre was long on ideas, he was not a partisan in aesthetic matters. Though he prized his even, smooth sound quality on clarinet, he did not disdain players who had a more fractured sound. He never saw an irreconcilable split between American and European influences. He admitted that the instrumentation for his late-’50s trios had a European inspiration, Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp; at the same time he used those trios to convey a sense of rustic, bluesy Americana.

From the mid-’50s on, Mr. Giuffre taught music, initially at the Lenox School of Jazz, the late-summer educational conference in Lenox, Mass., which existed from 1957 to 1960. (A remark made the rounds at the time: when told that Mr. Giuffre would be there to teach clarinet, among other things, the writer André Hodeir joked, “Who will be teaching the upper register?”)

It was at Lenox that Mr. Giuffre first encountered Ornette Coleman, a scholarship student at the school, in 1959. Mr. Giuffre was knocked sideways by Mr. Coleman’s conviction and freedom and had a sort of ecstatic transformation.

In short order Mr. Giuffre changed his music again. The result was the moody, overlapping improvisations with no fixed key or tempo that characterize the playing of his trio with Paul Bley on piano and Steve Swallow on bass, heard on the ECM reissues “1961” and “Free Fall.” This trio lasted for less than two years, playing ever more uncompromising music; Mr. Swallow wrote that the group made its last stand at a Bleecker Street coffeehouse in New York, finally breaking up on a night when each musician earned 35 cents.

But when “1961,” a pairing of trio albums, was reissued in 1992, it was greeted with awe by some younger musicians and critics for its prescience about the post-1960s jazz landscape. The album received a five-star rating in Down Beat.

A similar belated reception awaited “Free Fall,” which included some piercing, agitated solo improvisations. Though the album was a commercial failure on its initial release in 1963, when Columbia brought it out again 25 years later, “The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD” gave it the book’s highest rating.

After “Free Fall” Mr. Giuffre’s momentum was broken: he made no albums for 10 years. He taught at the New School and New York University, and in 1978 he joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he taught until the early 1990s. He also created another version of the Jimmy Giuffre 3, which turned to sounds from Africa and Asia; in the 1980s he made a series of quartet recordings for the Italian label Soul Note.

Also in the ’80s he formed a productive association with the French saxophonist André Jaume, who recorded Mr. Giuffre several times on Mr. Jaume’s label, CELP. As a duo, the two musicians recorded a live album, “Momentum” (Hatology). The 1961 edition of Jimmy Giuffre’s trio, with Mr. Bley and Mr. Swallow, reunited sporadically for performances and recordings, including “The Life of a Trio” (Owl, 1990) and “Conversations With a Goose” (Soul Note, 1992).

Bruce Weber contributed reporting.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

2008 Spring Gala Concert Featuring Patti Austin in NYC, May 28

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual Spring Gala concert, themed “Spring Swing,” features the soulful vocals of jazz chanteuse Patti Austin, with special guest Wynton Marsalis, performing selections from her 2008 Grammy-award winning album "Avant Gershwin". A festive dinner will be held throughout Frederick P. Rose Hall venues following the concert. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performance and education programs.

May 28, 2008
Concert at 7:30 p.m.
Dinner at 9:30 p.m.

Concert, Rose Theater
Dinner, throughout Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Broadway at 60th St., New York City.

Corporate Co-chairs for "Spring Swing" are:
Efraim Grinberg, Movado
Ted Murphy, MasterCard Worldwide
Tony Ponturo, Anheuser-Busch
Karen K. Rafferty, Cadillac

For gala evening tickets, call (212) 258-9961

CD of the Day - "Freddie Hubbard: First Light"

CD of the Day
Freddie Hubbard: "First Light" (CTI/CBS Associated) 1987
(first USA CD reissue of the 1971 album; autographed by Mr. Hubbard to Arnaldo DeSouteiro)
Featuring: Richard Wyands, Don Sebesky, George Benson, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Airto, Phil Kraus, George Benson, Hubert Laws et al.

Box Set of the Day - "Charles Fambrough: Modern Jazz Archive"

Box Set of the Day
Charles Fambrough: "Modern Jazz Archive" (CTI/TIM) 2004
Featuring: Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Joe Ford, Roy Hargrove, Jeff Watts, Jerry Gonzalez, Kenny Garrett, Bill O'Connell, Grover Washington Jr. et al.

Vinyl of the Day - "Best of Bob James"

Vinyl of the Day
"The Best of Bob James" (CTI) 1977
Featuring: Gary King, Will Lee, Steve Gadd, Idris Muhammad, Ralph MacDonald, Eric Gale, Grover Washington Jr. et al.

Single of the Day - "John Blair: I'm A Wizard"

Single of the Day
John Blair: "I'm A Wizard/We Belong Together" (CTI) 1977
Featuring: David Matthews, Steve Gadd, Gary King, Cliff Carter, Hiram Bullock et al.

"Bossa Nova Singers" reviewed by Tárik de Souza

"Bossa Nova Singers" reviewed in Brazil by Tárik de Souza
Bossa na peneira
Jorge Ben celebra o ídolo João Gilberto em Oba-la-lá. Sylvia Telles, com a guitarra de Barney Kessel, singra, em Los Angeles, Manhã de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfá/Antonio Maria), enquanto Astrud manda Bim bom, do ex-marido João Gilberto, em New Jersey, com arranjo de Gil Evans. Ainda em registros nova-iorquinos, o próprio João divide Só danço samba (Jobim/Vinícius) com Stan Getz, e Bonfá debulha o belo Samba de duas notas, réplica ao de uma nota só, de Tom e Newton Mendonça.
A dama de branca da Praia de Ipanema, Anamaria Valle, divide com o então marido Marcos Valle a versão de Seu encanto (The face I love), parceria dele com Pingarilho. Faixas da antologia "Bossa Nova Singers" (Verve/Universal), que já frequenta as paradas européias de jazz e world music, com ficha técnica minuciosa do produtor Arnaldo DeSouteiro.
(Jornal do Brasil, 25 de abril de 2008; "Jornal do Brasil" daily newspaper, April 25, 2008)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tonight, Cecilia Coleman live in NYC!

Join us for Cecilia Coleman’s Swingin’ Quintet with guest vocalist Miss Gail Allen on Tuesday, April 22 when they return to Jazz Tuesdays in the Gillespie Auditorium at the New York City Bahá'í Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). The Quintet features Dave Smith on Trumpet, Peter Brainin on Tenor Sax, Tim Givens on Bass and Jeff Brillinger on Drums with very special guest vocalist Miss Gail Allen. There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

Artistic, talented, dedicated - these are but three of the many attributes that describe pianist, composer and bandleader Cecilia Coleman. A native of Long Beach, CA and resident of New York, Coleman began to play piano at age 5 and at age 15 began to study jazz piano. She is a potent pianist capable of performances that are both exciting and moving. She has developed into an exceptional composer whose distinctive, varied pieces reflect where jazz has been and where it is going.

Coleman has led her own group since 1990 when she formed a trio with bassist Eric Von Essen and drummer Kendall Kay. In 1993 her quintet was formed. In addition to numerous club appearances such as Jax Bar & Grill (Glendale), the infamous Chadney's (Burbank) and the Jazz Bakery (Culver City), Coleman has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Telluride Jazz Festival and the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. With the Quintet, Coleman has gone on to substantial acclaim in the Los Angeles Jazz scene and beyond.

She has six CD's out as a leader: "The Impostor", "Higher Standards", "Home", "Young & Foolish" , "Words of Wisdom" and the very recently released “Images”. She is also on three recordings of The American Jazz Institute headed by Mark Masters which feature Lee Konitz, Billy Harper, Jack Montrose, Ray Drummond, Tim Hagans and Gary Smulyan plus many more.

“Coleman’s music is steeped in the classic, hard-edged Blue Note sound of the early ‘60s, but she’s no retread.” - Brandt Reiter

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)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

Bobby Broom releases new CD today

"The Way I Play (Live in Chicago)," being released today on Origin Label, is the first live album from guitarist Bobby Broom with his working Trio
CD Features Dennis Carroll, Bass, & Kobie Watkins, Drums

As a major jazz guitarist, Bobby Broom has for many years been hiding in plain sight. Following his Carnegie Hall debut at age 16 with Sonny Rollins, and his first album as a leader at 20, Broom recorded and toured steadily as a valued sideman with artists such as Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Burrell, Dr. John, Charles Earland, and Rollins (whom he rejoined in 2005).

Since the mid-1990s, however, Broom has been focusing much more on his own music, recording a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Criss Cross, Delmark, Premonition, and Origin. His new Origin disc, The Way I Play (Live in Chicago), which will be released April 22, captures Broom and his working trio live at their longtime weekly gig, which the Chicago Tribune calls "one of the best ongoing engagements" in the Chicago area.

"It's flat-out, crazy blowing," says the guitarist of the results. "And it really is a record of how I approach my instrument, of what's important to me musically, of where I stand in the jazz order of things."

The Harlem native, now 47, has been exploring the trio format to rewarding effect not only in his last two CDs, but every Wednesday night for the last ten years at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston -- the place Broom describes as his "laboratory." On The Way I Play, he delves into a program of jazz standards and American songbook classics -- by Charlie Parker, Richard Rodgers, Sonny Rollins, the Gershwins, McCoy Tyner -- with trio-mates Dennis Carroll, on bass, and drummer Kobie Watkins (below).

"We play these kinds of things every week," Broom says of the tunes, "and I have for my whole life as a jazz guitar player. Now I have both an individual and a group identity to use as a means to approach this music -- and all of the music that we play."

Live in Chicago (& Everywhere)

Bobby Broom, Chicago-based since 1984, has another long-standing trio affiliation in the Deep Blue Organ Trio, which one reviewer has deemed "Hammond B3-guitar-drums jazz of the highest order." Together with organist Chris Foreman and drummer Greg Rockingham, Broom and Deep Blue have to date recorded three albums (and one DVD). Earlier this year, their 2007 Origin disc, Folk Music, received a Chicago Music Award as Best Jazz CD. It also burned up the Jazzweek airplay charts, holding at the #2 position for four consecutive weeks (and remaining in the Top 5 for two straight months).

Broom's own Song and Dance CD (Origin) ranked among Jazzweek's Top 50 airplay records for 2007.

Still a member of Sonny Rollins's band, Broom will be traveling with Rollins this year to Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Argentina, and Brazil, as well as making U.S. dates in California, New Jersey, New York, Washington DC, Rhode Island, and close to home in Chicago. He's also featured in Rollins's forthcoming Doxy DVD Live in Vienne, recorded in concert at a French festival in 2006.

But Bobby's solo career has never looked or sounded better. His appearance on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz will air in conjunction with the release of The Way I Play (feed date April 22). He's the May cover story for Just Jazz Guitar magazine. And he'll be part of a Jazz at Lincoln Center event celebrating the legacy of Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian. The Rose Theater concerts on May 2 and 3 will feature Broom alongside Jim Hall, Russell Malone, and Bireli Lagrene, with Lewis Nash driving the rhythm section.

"Guitar gets ignored all too often in the jazz pantheon," says Broom. "Perhaps it was the last instrument to lead the jazz band historically, but it has not been without its share of innovative players who have contributed to the art improvisationally, compositionally, and in terms of being influential figures at the forefront of the music's progression. Hopefully, when I play I can speak from the point of view of a beneficiary of the great jazz and jazz guitar work that has come before me."

The lost Museum

52 Reasons to Read This Book (please see -

Have you ever heard of the New York Jazz Museum? Most people have not. Yet between 1972 and 1977 it was the most significant institution for jazz in the world. This book looks back to present the story of a "Lost Museum."
It was situated in its own two-story building in mid-town Manhattan and had a small staff, an archive that eventually numbered about 25,000 items and extensive programs in New York City and beyond. Some of the programs won awards and most of them were received with widespread acclaim in the media and from jazz fans.
There were the Calvert Extra Sunday Concerts - 40 per year, the Jazz Puppet Show, the Jazz Film Festivals, the Jazz Panorama - an audio visual history of jazz, The Jazz Store, Information Center, the exhibits - Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Bird & Diz: The Bebop Era, The Sax Section, Count Basie and His Bands, Billie Holiday Remembered, About John Coltrane and the Jazz Trumpet. Posters and booklets were produced in conjunction with the exhibits and there was so much more.
An extended power struggle ensued that eventually caused the Museum's demise. Entangled in the fatal conflagration was the "Jazz Fraternity," which included the most prominent names in jazz - musicians, producers, writers, artists, et al.
This book tells the whole story for the first time. It was written by Howard E. Fischer, founder of the Museum and its Executive Director.
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CD of the Day - "Freddie Hubbard: Keep Your Soul Together"

CD of the Day
Freddie Hubbard: "Keep Your Soul Together" (CTI) 1973
first CD reissue in the USA: 1988
Featuring George Cables, Junior Cook, Kent Brinkley, Ron Carter, Ralph Penland, Aurell Ray, Juno Lewis

Vinyl of the Day - "Jack Wilkins: Opal"

Vinyl of the Day
Jack Wilkins: "Opal" (CTI) 1983
Featuring: Albert Dailey, Harvie Swartz, Phil Woods, Akira Tana, Ted Moore, Carl Bari

Single of the Day - "Esther Phillips: What A Difference A Day Makes"

Single of the Day
Esther Phillips: "What a difference a day makes/Turn around, look at me" (Kudu/HispaVox) 1975
(45rpm, Spanish release)
Featuring: Joe Beck, Will Lee, Chris Parker, Ralph MacDonald, Steve Khan, David Sanborn, Michael Brecker

12" EP of the Day - "A Trip To Brazil: Dancefloor Classics"

12" EP of the Day
"A Trip to Brazil: Dancefloor Classics" (EmArcy/Universal) 2007
1. Tombo in 7/4 - Airto
2. Amazon - Thiago de Mello
3. Que Besteira - João Donato
4. Aquarela do Brasil - João Gilberto
5. Emoriô - Fafá de Belém
6. Ponteio - Rogerio Duprat
Airto Moreira - Drums, Vocals, Arranger
Creed Taylor - Producer
Flora Purim - Vocals, Percussion
Hugo Fattoruso - Keyboards, Fender Rhodes, Arranger, Vocals (Backg)
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Compilation Producer
Rudy Van Gelder - Engineer
David Amaro - Guitar (Electric)
George Fattoruso - Drums, Vocals (Backg)
Rogério Duprat - Arranger, Conductor
Ringo Thielmann - Bass (Electric), Vocals (Backg)
Fafá de Belém - Vocals
Roberto Santana - Producer
Portinho - Drums
Thiago de Mello - Arranger, Percussion, Vocals, Guitar (Acoustic), Producer
Dom Salvador - Keyboards
Al Valente - Bass (Electric)
Claudio Roditi - Trumpet
Tutty Moreno - Percussion
Mauricio Smith - Sax (Tenor)
Airto Moreira - Percussion
João Donato - Piano (Acoustic), Vocal, Arranger, Conductor
Aladim - Drums
Copinha - Flute
Rosinha de Valença - Guitar (Acoustic)
Tobi - Producer
Geraldo - Flute
Luiz Carlos dos Santos - Percussion
Novelli - Bass (Electric)
Jorge Ferreira da Silva - Flute
Alberto das Neves - Percussion, Congas
Celso Woltzenlogel - Flute
Milcho Leviev - Synthesizers
João Gilberto - Vocals, Guitar (Acoustic), Producer
Clare Fischer - Fender Rhodes
Harry Klee - Flute
Gilberto Gil - Vocals
Michael Boddicker - Oberheim
Jim Hughart - Bass
Bud Shank - Flute
Johnny Mandel - Arranger, Conductor
Joe Correro - Drums
Glen Garrett - Flute
Stella Castelucci - Harp
Paulinho da Costa - Congas, Percussion
Eddie Caini - Flute
2007 EP Universal 122007

Box Set of the Day: "Donald Harrison: Modern Jazz Archive"

Box Set of the Day
Donald "Duck" Harrison: "Modern Jazz Archive" (CTI/TIM) 2004
Featuring: Charles Fambrough, Rob Aries, Chuck Loeb, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre et al.

VHS of the Day - "Chroma: Music on the Edge"

VHS of the Day
Chroma: "Music on the Edge" (CTI/A*Vision) 1991
Featuring: Jim Beard, Bob Berg, Randy Brecker, Mark Egan, Dennis Chambers, Mike Stern, Mark Ledford, Mino Cinelu et al.

Nicolas Bearde's upcoming CD in tribute to Lou Rawls

Vocalist Nicolas Bearde's New CD, "Live at Yoshi's: A Salute to Lou," due May 20 from Right Groove Records

CD Is a Tribute to Lou Rawls
Recorded at Yoshi's Oakland in October 2007

A charter member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra ensemble as well as the innovative Bay Area vocal sextet SoVoSó, Nicolas Bearde has long been recognized as an adept and fearless vocal improviser.

But Bearde is a down-to-earth soul stylist as well. On his new CD, Live at Yoshi's: A Salute to Lou, which is due for release on May 20 by his own Right Groove Records, Bearde delivers a vibrant set of Lou Rawls-associated material before a full house at Oakland's premier jazz club.

"I admire the man's work and his ability to have his feet in several genres at the same time," says Bearde of Rawls. "Jazz, blues, soul, pop, gospel -- Lou was able to tie those styles together, make something of his own, and make it popular. Back in the era he started in, with Sam Cooke and those guys, he took the blues and gospel influences he'd come up with and brought them into the present. Those were the underpinnings of his sound."

While growing up in Nashville, Bearde was particularly fond of Lou Rawls Live!, the classic 1966 Capitol recording that stands as the highest charting album of the late singer's prolific career. "That was the one that crystallized for me what a male jazz/blues vocalist was about," Bearde explains.

Live at Yoshi's: A Salute to Lou contains Bearde's distinctive interpretations of five songs that were part of Lou Rawls Live! ("The Girl from Ipanema," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "World of Trouble," "Tobacco Road," "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water") as well as other numbers closely associated with Rawls, including "Lady Love," "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing," "This Song Will Last Forever," and "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine."

The album's lead track is a non-Rawls tune with a special significance for Bearde: Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln's "Living Room." "Jazz vocalist Buddy Conner was the first person I heard do that song, back in the '80s," says Bearde. "It's been in my repertoire ever since. In fact, Buddy gave me his chart for it. It's not so much a tribute to him, but every time I do the song, I think of him. He was the cat who opened the door for me as a jazz singer in the Bay Area."

On the new CD, Bearde is backed by four of his favorite instrumentalists: saxophonist Charles McNeal, pianist Glenn Pearson, bassist Nelson Braxton, and drummer Jason Lewis.

Becoming a Singer (and an Actor)

Bearde, who's been based in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1970s, followed a somewhat circuitous path to a career as a singer. In 1984 he was asked to be part of Jukebox, a play staged by Berkeley radio station KPFA. The live radio broadcast brought together film and theater people, musicians from all over the Bay Area, and sound effects specialists.

"Danny Glover was the star, and this was while he was filming the first Lethal Weapon," says Bearde. "That was where acting came into my life, when I started to look at acting as a vehicle I wanted to pursue." At Glover's recommendation, he began studying with Jean Shelton; a year later, he went on his first audition and was cast in the Athol Fugard play Master Harold and the Boys. (He continues to maintain a busy sideline as an actor for stage, screen, and television and as a voice-over artist.)

By the mid-1980s, he'd hooked up with Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, an association that continues to the present. "What we do is completely improvised, from note one to note 2001," he says of the a cappella group. "There's no preplanning, no preparation." He continues to tour with the ensemble, with about a month of major concerts throughout the world every year, depending on McFerrin's schedule. "The most recent tour was in March 2008," says Bearde. "Last year, we spent almost four months touring."

When McFerrin decided to take a break from the group in the mid-'90s, Bearde and other members branched off into a smaller a cappella unit called SoVoSó, which included Molly Holm, Linda Tillery, Rhiannon, Joey Blake, David Worm, and Edgardo Cambon. "We followed in the improvisational tradition of Voicestra, but added more gospel, Latin, and R&B elements," he says.

Bearde launched Right Groove Records in 1998. His debut solo release, Crossing the Line, garnered glowing reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Licensed to Expansion Records in the U.K., it landed in the Top 10 of a British soul chart. The 2004 follow-up, All About Love (also issued on Expansion), was especially well received in Canada and in North and South Carolina. England's Blues & Soul magazine declared of Bearde, "He's a breath of fresh air amidst a mass of polluted ozone-unfriendly pop." In 1998, Bearde placed high on the influential publication's list of Best Male Newcomers.

Live at Yoshi's: A Salute to Lou, Bearde's third Right Groove release, is more jazz-oriented than its predecessors. "In general I'm doing more jazz singing these days," he explains, "but I can never step away from R&B completely."

Nicolas Bearde returns to Yoshi's Oakland for a CD Release event on 6/3. He'll also be performing at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay 5/25, and at the Comcast Jazz Festival in San Jose on 8/29.

New jazzmen on the block

Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Members Of The 2008 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
21 High School Musicians From 11 States Comprise MJF's Renowned National Big Band

NGJO Performs At North Sea Jazz Festival
In Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 9 - 11
NGJO Performs At Berklee College of Music, July 15
Next Generation Composition Competition Winner, Sean Richey, Debuts “40 Days And 40 Nights” At 51st Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21, 2008

The Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to announce members of the 2008 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the Festival's internationally-renowned high school all-star big band. Created as a part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's continuing commitment to jazz education, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra includes the most talented high school jazz students from all regions of the United States.

The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (formerly known as the MJF High School All-Star Big Band from 1971-2004) nurtures the future generation of jazz stars through a program that selects the best and brightest high school jazz musicians in the country. In 2008, the twenty-one-piece jazz orchestra features members selected from eighteen high schools from the four corners of the country, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington. Eleven states have contributed members this year in an unprecedented cross-section of the best high school jazz programs in the country.

As in the past, these students will speak for their generation as loudly and clearly as their predecessors, which include pianists Benny Green and Patrice Rushen, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Chad Wackerman, and saxophonists Joshua Redman and Dave Koz, to name a few. A list of members of the 2008 NGJO appears at the end of this press release and is available on the Monterey Jazz Festival website,

Under the direction of Mr. Paul Contos, the renowned saxophonist and flautist who serves as the director of the Orchestra, the ensemble is dedicated to the study and performance of the most challenging big band literature available.

"The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra for 2008 will once again be the superlative collection of advanced high school jazz musicians in the United States, demonstrating their skill and musical prowess by performing repertoire of the most innovative and carefully crafted arrangements and compositions currently written for jazz orchestra,” said Paul Contos, Director of the NGJO. “The members represent eleven states and will be showcasing a variety of jazz styles and key soloists within the ensemble. These players have already garnered reputations as highly skilled and prominent voices for the future of jazz.”

The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will embark on its annual summer tour, starting with rehearsals at the Berklee College of Music in Boston on July 5 followed by passage to the 33rd Annual North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 7. While in Rotterdam they will perform three times, returning to Boston on July 13. The NGJO will then record an album at the Berklee College of Music and perform a special concert for students in the school’s prestigious Five-Week Summer Performance Program on July 15.

Culminating their tenure in the band, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will perform with saxophonist Maceo Parker at the 51st Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon on September 20th on the Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage, and with bassist and 2008 MJF Artist-In-Residence, Christian McBride, on the Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage on September 21.

Members of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra were selected through a rigorous audition process that included review by a national panel of judges comprised of professional jazz musician/educators. The Monterey Jazz Festival invited interested students to audition for the NGJO via video tape or in person, during MJF's 4th Annual Next Generation Festival, held April 3 - 6 in downtown Monterey.

“I am really pleased with the substantial increase in the number of applicants for the NGJO this year both in the video and live auditions,” said Dr. Rob Klevan, Education Director for the Monterey Jazz Festival and Next Generation Festival. “I guess you could say that the good word about this band is out! According to our judges, the level of talent applying for this prestigious ensemble was just plain exceptional. I look forward to hearing this outstanding group of individuals perform both this summer and at the MJF next September!”

In 2008, there are seven returning members of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra: trombonists Stephen Szabadi and Javier Nero; saxophonists John Palowitch, Adam Larson and Owen Broder; and trumpeters Kevin Early and Nick Frenay. John Palowitch of Pleasanton, California is the only three-time member of the NGJO this year and has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; the International Music Festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia; the Hilton in Paris, France; New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard and Sweet Rhythm as well as on the Arena/Jimmy Lyons stage of Monterey’s 49th, 50th and 51st Festivals.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is also proud to announce the winner of the Next Generation Festival's prestigious Big Band Composition Competition, Sean Richey. Mr. Richey is a senior at Buchanan High School in Clovis, California and plays guitar with the Buchanan High School Big Band. The winning composition, "40 Days and 40 Nights," will be given its MJF premiere on the Arena/Lyons Stage of the Monterey Jazz Festival by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra on Sunday, September 21. Mr. Richey will also receive a $1000 prize and new music writing software from Sibelius.

Honorable Mention for the Composition Competition is shared by guitarist Arian Shafiee, from Skyline High School in Oakland, California for "Geisha," and trumpeter Aaron Bahr, a senior at Campolindo High School in Moraga, California for "Circular Logic."
Major funding for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Education Programs comes from a three-year grant from the Surdna Foundation, supporting the Next Generation Festival and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra's international tours. The Surdna Foundation’s Arts Program is national in scope and supports the artistic advancement of teens, ages 12-18.
The 2008 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
Director - Mr. Paul Contos

John Palowitch - alto***
Hailey Niswanger – alto
Adam Larson - tenor**
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown - tenor
Owen Broder - baritone**

John Egizi
Javier Nero**
Stephen Szabadi**
Natalie Cressman
Emmanuel Rojas (bass)

Blake Martin
Kevin Early**
Gabe Medd
Nick Frenay**
Noah Hocker

Emmet Cohen – piano
Mike Gurrola – bass
Armand Hirsch - guitar
Jimmy Macbride - drums
Daniel Nadeau - drums
Richard Saunders - vocals

** 2-time member of NGJO

*** 3-time member of NGJO

Monday, April 21, 2008

CD of the Day - "Manhattan Jazz Quintet: Live!"

CD of the Day
Manhattan Jazz Quintet: "Live!" (King/ProJazz) 1987
Featuring: David Matthews, Eddie Gomez, Steve Gadd, Lew Soloff and George Young
(autographed by the members of the MJQ to Arnaldo DeSouteiro)

Single of the Day - "Esther Phillips: What A Diff'rence A Day Makes"

Single of the Day
Esther Phillips: "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes" (CTI France) 1975
Featuring: Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Joe Beck, Chris Parker, Will Lee et al.

Vinyl of the Day - "Meirelles: Brazilian Beat Vol. 2"

Vinyl of the Day
Meirelles e Sua Orquestra: "Brazilian Beat Vol.2" (London/Odeon) 1967
(the first 12" LP I ever purchased, when I was 4 years old)

Benny Carter at "Riverwalk Jazz"

4/24/08 Symphony in Riffs: Celebrating Benny Carter

A salute to saxophonist Benny Carter, an architect of the Swing Era sound. Carter's biographer, Ed Berger, Associate Director, at The Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers talks about Benny's legacy.
Where to Listen to Riverwalk Jazz
Hear this week's Riverwalk Jazz radio show over the Web through your computer's speakers.
Hear Riverwalk Jazz on XM Sattelite Radio ("Real Jazz" XM Channel 70), Saturday at 9AM and Sunday at 9PM ET
Find a Riverwalk Jazz broadcast on the airwaves in your area.

Box Set of the Day: "Larry Coryell: Modern Jazz Archive"

Box Set of the Day
Larry Coryell: "Modern Jazz Archive" (CTI/TIM) 2004
Featuring: Don Sebesky, Mulgrew Miller, Chuck Loeb, Grover Washington, Jr.

VHS of the Day - "Larry Coryell: Live from Bahia"

VHS of the Day
Larry Coryell: "Live from Bahia" (CTI) 1992
Featuring: Marcio Montarroyos, Nico Assumpção, Donald Harrison, Dori Caymmi et al.

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Wynton Marsalis signs with Boosey & Hawkes

Wynton Marsalis signed with the renowned publisher Boosey & Hawkes, as the company announced in a press release (Boosey & Hawkes). Boosey & Hawkes will represent Marsalis's compositions on a worldwide basis. The publisher's general manager says: "The music of Wynton Marsalis should live alongside the masterworks of Bartók, Bernstein, Copland, Stravinsky, as well as those of Andrew Hill and Charles Mingus." Marsalis says he feels honored "to be in the company of such distinguished classical and jazz composers". Boosey & Hawkes only launched its jazz initiative in 2006 representing musicians such as David Benoit, Chick Corea, Andrew Hill and Charles Mingus along with their new catch Marsalis, and they plan to expand further in that field.

New release: "Spring Break Dance Party"

"Spring Break Dance Party" (2-CD set) comin' out right now on ZYX Records!
Soon to be featured in our next party at Bypass club in Genève!

This week at Jazz Bakery in LA

Apr 22: pianist Bill Cunliffe The Music of John Lennon $25
Apr 23 - 26: vocalist Andy Bey $35 on Sat / $30 all other nights
4 PM & 8 PM Apr 27: Jazz Bakery Fundraiser ! Gloria Hendry portraying Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill written by Lanie Robertson directed by Gloria Hendry musical director Phil Wright $30 at 4 PM / $35 at 8 PM
Apr 28: guitarist Doug MacDonald Jazz Coalition $25
Apr 29 - May 3: alto saxophonist Lee Konitz Trio $35 on Sat / $30 all other nights
May 4: Alternative String Group $25
matinee May 4: Matt Roberts Group $25

Jessie Baylin - Ember EP available exclusively at iTunes!

R.I.P.: John Young

John Young 1922-2008; Pianist Played with the Greats
by Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune, April 21, 2008

Chicago jazz pianist John Young never attained the global fame of Ramsey Lewis or Ahmad Jamal -- slightly younger musicians who also launched their keyboard careers in this city.

But Mr. Young achieved an impressive resume, collaborating with Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons and practically everyone else who mattered in mid-20th Century jazz.

In a career that spanned more than six decades, Mr. Young in the 1940s crisscrossed the country with a vastly popular big band -- Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy -- and subsequently became a revered figure in Chicago jazz.

Mr. Young, 86, died Wednesday, April 16, of multiple myeloma at South Shore Hospital.

"I think Ahmad got a lot from listening to John," said Chicago saxophonist Eric Schneider, who often worked with Young. "John Young had a totally individual style," observed Joe Segal, founder of the Jazz Showcase. "He had a very sparkling style, very swinging."

Mr. Young's pianism amounted to an alluring mixture of several elements: He merged an earthy blues sensibility with a remarkably refined technique; he brought the hot dance rhythms of the swing era into the newer idiom of bebop.

"He was the man to get the band cooking," said Richard Wang, vice president of the non-profit Jazz Institute of Chicago and music professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mr. Young attained his distinctive virtuosity and built a prosperous career despite a variety of obstacles. Born in Little Rock, Ark., as the youngest of eight siblings, he came to Chicago with his mother, who sought "a better life for herself and her family up north, where there were more opportunities," said Alan Young, the pianist's only child.

Mr. Young's mother supported the family working as a seamstress and running a butcher shop on the South Side.

At DuSable High School, Mr. Young studied under the great bandleader-instructor Capt. Walter Dyett and performed alongside such future stars as pianist Dorothy Donegan and comedian Redd Foxx.

When Mr. Young began touring with Andy Kirk's Clouds of Joy, he was struck by the breadth of the country's racism.

"I was introduced to white and colored drinking fountains and white and colored waiting rooms as we traveled throughout the South by train," Mr. Young said in Dempsey Travis' landmark book, "An Autobiography of Black Jazz." "It was the worst thing in the world because they would put us [blacks] in the front car of the train, right next to the coal car. There was no air conditioning and, if you opened the windows for air, the coal cinders would blow right in on you."

After a tenure in the Navy in the mid-1940s and a period living in Cleveland, Mr. Young moved back to Chicago in 1955 and became one of the most sought-after pianists in the city. "He worked with almost everyone I had at the Showcase," said Segal, who also produced some of Mr. Young's first albums. But Mr. Young's recorded work was more popular among connoisseurs.

Mr. Young, however, did not express disappointment in his career, his son said. Ebullient on stage, Mr. Young typically wore a dapper cap and often was billed as "Young John Young." He played frequently with Chicago tenor saxophone icon Von Freeman and masters of comparable stature. "He built up a real good reputation in Chicago.... I think he was happy," said his son. "One of his favorite phrases, which will be on his headstone, is 'Everything's mellow.'"

In addition to his son, Mr. Young is survived by his second wife, Jessie.

Diana Krall shares joys of motherhood

Diana Krall has opened her heart about life with husband Elvis Costello and their twin sons Dexter and Frank in an exclusive interview with HELLO! magazine. Since the boys arrived on the couple's third wedding anniversary last December, the multi-talented chanteuse says her outlook on life is better than ever.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Upcoming concert by Havana Carbo in LA!

Havana Carbo's upcoming concert in LA on May 16! One of the best singers in the contemporary jazz scene, the Cuban-born and longtime NY-based Carbo was booked by SOKA University for their Jazz Monsters Series. The evening will be recorded by BluportRecords and produced by Soundstring on CD they play to release in the fall. Carbo will be backed by Cliff Korman (piano), Sean Smith (bass) and Vince Cherico (drums). More details soon.

DVD of the Day - "Sergio Mendes: Spain 2006"

DVD of the Day
Sergio Mendes: "Live at Vitoria-Gasteiz/Spain 2006" (Monotone) 2006
Featuring: Gracinha Leporace, Krishna Booker, Yutaka, Meia-Noite, Kleber Jorge, Leonardo Nobre, Michael Shapiro et al.

CTI Memorabilia - "Benson: Shape of Things to Come"

Promo Poster of
George Benson's "The Shape of Things to Come" (A&M/CTI) 1967

CD of the Day - "George Benson: Bad Benson"

CD of the Day
George Benson: "Bad Benson" (CTI) 1973/1988
(autographed by Mr. Benson to Arnaldo DeSouteiro)
Featuring: Don Sebesky, Phil Upchurch, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Steve Gadd.

Vinyl of the Day - "Roland Hanna Trio"

Vinyl of the Day
"Roland Hanna Trio" aka "Conceptions" (CTI/Salvation) 1975
Featuring Ron Carter & Ben Riley

Single of the Day - "Herbie Mann: Unchain My Heart"

Single of the Day
Herbie Mann: "Unchain My Heart/The House of the Rising Sun" (A&M/CTI TOP 1246) 1967
Featuring: Ron Carter, Roy Glover, Grady Tate, Eric Gale, Ray Barretto

"Bossa Nova Singers" at "Jazz y Mazz"

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Cherry Red downloads at "Other Music!

"Other Music Digital" is continually welcoming new labels to their download store and one that we're most excited about bringing aboard is Cherry Red Records! A leading independent in the UK, Iain McNay started the imprint back in 1978 during the original punk explosion, and it still thrives today with a giant, varied catalog that includes great releases from Felt, the Monochrome Set, Free Design, the Passage, Momus, Link Wray, Kevin Coyne, Martin Newell, and Billy Childish, to name just a few, not to mention Cherry Red's many offshoot labels. What "Other Music" have on the site right now is only a partial selection, with lots more of the catalog on its way.

Win tickets to see "The Verve"

That's right, after almost 10 years, Richard Ashcroft, Nick McCabe, Simon Jones and Pete Salisbury are back together as The Verve, performing new songs and hitting the road again on a comeback tour that's stopping in NYC for two nights at the WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden.
Other Music has one pair of tickets to give away to their appearance on Tuesday, April 29th! To enter, just email Good luck!!

WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden: Seventh Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets, NYC
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Lily Haydn - Party/Video Shoot

The great violinist/singer/composer Lily Haydn is doing a video for "Strawberry Street" from her new cd, and she invited 50 people to come be in it and join in the party, which was an actual party with costumes and djs and delicious indian food and wine and even a comedian.

It happened this Sunday, Aprl 20, at 1125 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles. "My friend Roko Belic, the director of the academy award nominated documentary "Genghis Blues" is directing it", says Lily. "W're working with my crazy creative artist designer rave throwing burning man going lollopolluza performing Dream Circus friends Teo and Mikiko, who are producing and designing it with me as the first production at their new studio space. We planned to shoot from 3-5, eat dinner catered by my gourmet indian chef friend Baba G (creator of the Electric Lotus), and then djs will entertain as we film an actual party where people will actually have fun and frolic. We even have a comedian coming to make sure no one is left without a smile."

There were costumes and music and Lily gave a free copy of her record to the first 50 guests. Btw, Lily performed on "Jonesy's Jukebox" on Indie 103 FM and here's the link: If anyone happens to hear any of Lily's songs on that station and is moved to call in and inquire or cheer or whatever, that would be so amazingly helpful and so much appreciated!

Thomas White + Chris TT in London, May 27

Barfly B*Sides presents
Thomas White + Chris TT

The Enterprise, Camden Town
Tue 27 May
(8pm) Tickets £6.50adv

Thom White first rose to attention alongside his brother Alex in Brighton rockers The Electric Soft Parade. These days he splits his time between being a guitarist for Brakes and Restlesslist and peddling his solo brand of delightful British psych-folk.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

"First Floor" party at Bypass, tonight!

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DVD of the Day - "America: Live in Central Park"

DVD of the Day
America: "Live in Central Park 1979" (Eagle Vision Classics/ST2) 2008
In 1979 America (Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley) were at the height of their popularity and had just released "Silent Letter" their first album as a duo following the departure of fellow founding member Dan Peek. Acclaimed Australian filmmaker Peter Clifton captured the band at their concert in New York's Central Park and then followed them across to California where he filmed them in the studio and on location. All of this footage was combined to make America "Live In Central Park".