Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Diana Krall's "Quiet Nights Tour 2010" in Europe & South America

... And here we go again...

Moni Lazariston
Thessaloniki, GR
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Terra Vibe Park
Athens, GR
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Tivoli Concert Hall
Copenhagen, DK
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Jazz A Vienne Festival
Vienne, France
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Kenwood, GB
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North Sea Jazz
Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux, CH
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Arena del Mare c/o Porto Antico
Genova, IT
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Palermo, IT
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Les Nuits de la Guitare
Patrimonio, Corsica, FR
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Jazz in Juan Festival
Juan Les Pins, FR
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Duarte Pacheco, Loulé
Algarve, PT

Cool Jazz Festival
Cascais, PT
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Puerta Del Angel
Madrid, ES

Xacobeo Festival
Santiago De Compostela, ES

Marciac Jazz Festival
Marciac, FR
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Cap Roig
Girona, ES
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Beiteddine Festival
Beirut, LB
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Ra'nnana Amphitheatre
Ra'nnana, IL
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HSBC Brasil
Sao Paulo, SP, BR

HSBC Brasil
Sao Paulo, SP, BR
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Teatro OI
Brasilia, DF, BR

Teatro OI Casa Grande
Rio De Janeiro, RJ, BR

Gran Rex Theatre
Buenos Aires, AR

Jockey Club del Peru
Lima, Peru

Allison Adams Tucker live @ Croce's, San Diego, July 1st

Allison Adams Trio - July 1st
Croce's Jazz Bar
802 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA

Allison's final concert before her Summer Europe/Japan Tours!
Allison Adams Tucker Trio performing world jazz at historic Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar. 7:30-11:30pm
Wonderful ambiance, Contemporary American Cuisine... Spread the word

Allison, voice
Danny Green, piano
Julien Cantelm, drums

Reservations: (619)233-4355

Reed, Gomez & Cobb: Remembering Hank Jones @ Iridium, this week

(Hank Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Gomez, Eric Reed)

Remembering Hank Jones - Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Gomez, Eric Scott Reed
Call Iridium Box Office
reservations: 212-582-2121
July 1-4, 8pm
Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway @ 51st Street
New York, NY

Jimmy Cobb (drums), Eddie Gomez (bass) & Eric Reed (piano) pay tribute to the late Hank Jones (1918-2010).
(Eric Reed)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Amanda Carr live @ Fruitlands Museum, June 30

Wednesday, June 30th, 7:15pm (rain date 7/1), Amanda joins the Concord Band's Silver Anniversary performance at FRUITLANDS MUSEUM, Harvard, Massachusetts, for their Sundown Concert series. Picnics are encouraged and museum grounds are filled with exploring adults and children. Admission by the carload. For more information, visit or

R.I.P.: Allyn Ferguson

Allyn Ferguson, an arranger and composer who co-wrote the themes to "Charlie's Angels" and "Barney Miller," conducts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1979. (Bob Chamberlin, Los Angeles Times / June 28, 2010),0,151851.story

Allyn Ferguson Dies at 85; Prolific Hollywood Composer
by Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2010

Allyn Ferguson, a prolific, Emmy-winning composer who co-wrote the themes for the popular TV series "Charlie's Angels" and "Barney Miller," has died. He was 85.

Ferguson, who also was known as an arranger and conductor, died of natural causes June 23 at his home in Westlake Village, said his daughter, Jill Ferguson.

Teamed with composer Jack Elliott in a television scoring partnership, Ferguson and Elliott wrote the themes for "Charlie's Angels" and "Barney Miller" in the 1970s as well as scores for episodes of numerous other series, including "The Rookies," "Starsky and Hutch," "Police Story" and "Banacek."

On his own in the 1970s and '80s, Ferguson scored many of producer Norman Rosemont's TV adaptations of literary classics such as "A Tale of Two Cities," "The Count of Monte Cristo," "Les Miserables" and "Camille," for which Ferguson won an Emmy in 1985.

He received five other Emmy nominations for music composition in the '80s -- for "Ivanhoe," "Master of the Game," "The Last Days of Patton," "April Morning" and "Pancho Barnes."

"Allyn will always be remembered as the co-writer of two iconic television themes," said Jon Burlingame, author of "TV's Biggest Hits," a 1996 book that chronicles the history of television themes. "But I think his real strength was in writing large-scale orchestral scores for Rosemont.

"He'd often write lavish orchestral scores, some very swashbuckling in nature, that helped to set the mood and place the viewer in the proper period. It was great stuff; he was really good at this."

During the '70s and '80s, Ferguson served stints as conductor and musical co-director for the Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award telecasts. He also received an Emmy nomination for music direction for "The American Movie Awards" in 1982 and shared an Emmy nomination for music direction for "The Kennedy Center Honors" in 1986.

Ferguson and Elliott, who wrote the scores for the movies "Support Your Local Gunfighter" and "Get to Know Your Rabbit," also co-founded the Orchestra, an 84-piece ensemble that debuted at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1979.

"Its primary thrust was a combination of symphonic and jazz-influenced pieces they were commissioning," said Burlingame. "I think the Orchestra was a grand experiment, and I'm sorry it didn't last."

Ferguson, who moved to Hollywood in 1958, was an arranger for artists including Sarah Vaughan, Stan Kenton and Andy Williams and wrote the arrangements for the Count Basie Orchestra's 1998 Grammy-winning "Count Plays Duke" album. He also was a musical director for Johnny Mathis, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Julie Andrews and others.

In the late '80s, Ferguson assumed a leadership role in the Grove School of Music in Van Nuys, where he launched a film music composition course. The school went out of business in the early '90s.

Born in San Jose on Oct. 18, 1924, Ferguson started taking trumpet lessons and at age 4 and began studying piano seriously at 7.

He became a P-38 pilot during World War II but the war ended before he saw action. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music from San Jose State University and studied music with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood in Massachusetts.

While working toward a doctorate at Stanford University in the early 1950s, he formed the Chamber Jazz Sextet, which performed in the Bay Area and recorded three albums, including one with original jazz works accompanying poems by Kenneth Patchen.

In addition to his daughter, Ferguson is survived by his wife, Joline; his sons, Dan and Todd; his sister, Marilyn Dallman; and six grandchildren.

A celebration of his life is pending.

CD-Single of the Day - "Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina: Stereo Love"

CD-Single of the Day
Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina: "Stereo Love" (All Around The World CXGLOBE 1346) 2010

1. "Stereo Love" (UK radio edit)
2. "Stereo Love" (original mix)
3. "Stereo Love" (Digital Dog UK club mix)
4. "Stereo Love" (Dave Ramone club mix)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Celebrate Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Birthday tonite @ Playhouse in Hollywood

June 28, 2010, 10pm-2am
6505 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Insomniac, Monday Night Social & Playhouse join forces to bring you The Electric Daisy
Recovery Party featuring James Zabiela + surprise special guests!

Reduced $10 admission B4 11PM w/ EDC Ticket Stub or VIP wristband
$10 B4 10:30PM w/ TEXT RSVP TO 818.602.7979
RSVP via email or SMS !
Text: (818) 602-7979
Blackberry PIN: 31CC2E09

*** MUST tell the Door-Girl that you are on Arnaldo's list.
*** Dress to impress
Get Ready !! 4th of July Bash @ ECCO !
Special Guests and Surprises will be released soon :)

To book your birthday/Graduation with us please contact:
Call / Text: (818) 602.7979

visit website

Robert Vinokur's Playhouse aims to inject a little South Beach smack dab in the middle of Hollywood’s burgeoning nightlife scene. The nearly 13,000-square foot nightclub (designed by the same design firm behind STK and Villa, Manhattan-based Icrave), aims to dazzle clubbers who find the old Fox theater by accident, or on purpose, at Wilcox Ave.

My favorite LA-based DJ, Tatiana Fontes, loves to play there. Also expect name DJs from Europe and a 24-hour modern diner concept attached (dubbed “Sweet Love Hangover”) that clubbers can hit before, after or during their evening for some alcohol-absorbing comfort food. Sleek and hyper-modern, the interior decoration is young, energetic and decadent, the kind of place you might stumble across Kim Kardashian or Joe Francis on your way past the velvet rope.

The sound system is state of the art and was designed by Dan Agne from Sound Investments (known for work at Cielo New York, Vanguard, and Beta Nightclub in Denver). The lighting system at the Fox was designed by Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting, known for his work at Tao Las Vegas, Cherry Las Vegas, and Crobar New York. The interior is spacious, with a vaulted ceiling, muted lighting and white leather stools and couches strewn about...
Playhouse map 6506 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Obama - "Should we add your name in support of Wall St. reform?"

"Dear Arnaldo:

According to our records, you are currently living in California's 3oth Congressional District.

After more than seven months of work and a prolonged effort by Organizing for America supporters, House and Senate leaders just agreed on a final Wall Street reform bill. They're moving fast toward final votes.

This is the final hurdle to enacting the toughest financial reforms since the Great Depression -- and delivering another historic accomplishment for the American people.

These votes in the House and Senate will come down to the wire. Lobbyists for the big banks will be knocking down the doors on Capitol Hill this week, so we're going all-in over the next few days to fight back -- and that starts with a massive public display of support for the bill.

Many in Congress are fighting hard alongside President Obama for Wall Street reform -- they need to hear our support. Others are standing with the special interests -- and it's even more important that they hear from us too.

Add your name now to the growing list of OFA supporters who are standing with the President on Wall Street reform.

Reform doesn't just help create a more stable economy, it greatly improves the daily lives of all American families. Here are five of the most important benefits of the bill:

1) Reform forces credit card and mortgage companies to play by the rules. No more hidden fees or pages of fine print.

2) Families who are hoping to buy a home or pay for college are put on a level playing field with lenders. Reform ensures they'll get the information they need presented clearly and concisely so they can make good decisions. The same goes for small businesses and community banks who play fair and deserve to see their businesses grow.

3) The legislation cracks down on predatory lenders looking to mislead people into taking on irresponsible debt.

4) Wall Street reform establishes an independent agency -- the Consumer Financial Protection Agency -- whose sole job is to protect consumers and enforce the new consumer financial protections, which would be the strongest ever enacted.

5) Finally, American taxpayers will never again be asked to bail out the big banks that are "too big to fail." Let's be absolutely clear about this, no matter what our opponents in Congress say.

But these changes will only happen if the President can sign it into law. We need to get the bill to him.

Stand with the President in support of this crucial reform:

Thank you,

Mitch Stewart
Director - Organizing for America"

Free Web Event - "Crush It: Using Your Other 8 Hours to Monetize Your Art"

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation invites Recording Academy Members to participate in a free web event -LifeRaft Live Stream Online Event Notice: "Crush It! Using Your Other 8 Hours to Monetize Your Art" featuring bestselling authors Gary Vaynerchuk and Robert Pagliarini.
Wednesday, June 30th 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Pacific)

“The social media revolution has changed the way we live our lives and conduct our business.” - Gary Vaynerchuk, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Crush It: Why

Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion, creator, Wine Library TV and co-founder, Vayner Media.

“We're living at an amazing time where it's possible to catapult our finances to a new level with a little creativity and free time.”
-Robert Pagliarini (National bestselling author of The Other 8 Hours, columnist, CBS Moneywatch and President, Pacifica Wealth Advisors)

The democratization of media has obliterated the barriers to entry for anyone interested in creating and monetizing their own content. With more artists needing to work survival jobs to make ends meet, creating and finding an audience in one’s “free time” is becoming more critical than ever... and it has never been easier!

Join lauded online marketing trailblazer Gary Vaynerchuk @garyvee(Skype from NY) and acclaimed Crea8tor /wealth builder Robert Pagliarini @rpagliarini as they explore effective, structured strategies to create new wealth in the new media space. Moderated by Kristyn Burtt @thewebfiles.
Presented by SAG Foundation LifeRaft Live Stream@SAGFoundation

Wednesday, June 30th 6-8pm (Pacific Time)
Live Online at (NO LOG IN REQUIRED)

This event is presented as FREE for all artists. During the event, participants may email questions to or tweet to #SAGF

DVD of the Week - "Return To Forever: Live in San Sebastian"

DVD of the Week
Return To Forever: "Live in San Sebastian" (Jazz Door) 2010

Featuring: Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White & Al DiMeola
Recorded live at Auditorio Del Kursal, San Sebastian, Spain, on July 25, 2008, during RTF's Reunion Tour.
Total Time: 78m
1. Vulcan Worlds
2. Sorceress
3. Space Circus
4. Al's Solo
5. Chick's Solo
6. The Romantic Warrior
7. Stanley's Solo Part 1
8. Stanley's Solo Part 2
9. Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant

CD of the Day - "Benny Powell: Nextep"

CD of the Day
Benny Powell: "Nextep" (Origin) 2008

R.I.P.: Benny Powell

(born March 13, 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana;
died June 26, 2010 in New York, NY).

Although best known for his 12-year tenure (1951-63) with Count Basie, and for his eight-bar contribution to the Count's all-time hit, “April in Paris,” Benny Powell - who passed away on Saturday while recovering from back surgery - also recorded with such names as Hubert Laws, Duke Pearson, Lionel Hampton, J.J. Johnson, Quincy Jones, Artie Butler, Tony Bennett, Herbie Mann, Ray Charles, Cleo Laine, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Duke Ellington, John Carter, Jimmy Heath, David "Fathead" Newman, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Herbie Hancock, Ernestine Anderson, Stanley Turrentine, Bill Henderson, Ry Cooder, Michel Colombier, Dr. John, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Roland Kirk, Hank Crawford, Freddie Hubbard, B.B. King, Ben E. King, Earth Wind & Fire, Tamiko Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr. and countless others.
A highly versatile musician, he was very active in the 60s and 70s as a first-call session player, as well as performing on Broadway, TV (he was a member of the band of Merv Griffin's show) and movie soundtracks.
He also developed a prolific 25-year collaboration with Randy Weston and recorded on Moacir Santos' second album for Blue Note, "Saudade" (1974).
As a leader, he released three solo albums: "Coast to Coast" (Trident, 1982), "The Gift of Love" (Faith, 2003) and "Nextep" (Origin, 2008).

"Benny Powell is a journeyman trombonist whose bold sound bridges bebop and swing. His work employs the vocal color of great swing trombonists and the technical fluidity of bop practitioners. Powell plays both tenor trombone and the bigger-bored bass trombone broadening the colors he brings to an ensemble. Known exclusively as a sideman, he's made valuable contributions to several notable bands, ranging from the rocking swing of Lionel Hampton to the roots-informed avant-garde of John Carter," David Dupont wrote in the All Music Guide.

Detailed discography:

Recommended interview:

R.I.P.: Francis Dreyfus

Music publisher and record producer Francis Dreyfus died on Thursday, June 24. He was 70.
Dreyfus founded the the Dreyfus Jazz label in 1991, which included Marcus Miller, Michel Petrucciani, Richard Galliano, Bireli Lagrene, Aldo Romano, Ahmad Jamal, Roy Haynes, Philip Catherine and Steve Grossman on its roster. According to DownBeat, "as a music publisher, he controlled the rights to the music of Johnny Hallyday, Eddie and Sylvie Vartan, Petula Clark, Francois de Roubaix, Jean Renard, Bernard Lavilliers, Jean Michel Jarre and Christophe."

In France, Dreyfus was designated Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and Commander of Arts and Letters.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tribute to Francisco Aguabella in LA - "The Legend Lives On"

SAT, JUNE 26 8:30P-1A $8
Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe
138 W. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
Ph: (714)871-8800

Aguabella's family has asked that Francisco's legacy will live on by continuing to present his hundreds of compositions carried on by his touring band.
"At Steamers, we proudly featured Francisco monthly for the last 14 years of his life. It was his home base, and we will continue to bring his music to you monthly," says Terence Love.
Benn Clatworthy will be the musical director, with longtime friend and fellow Cuban conguero, Nengue Hernandez taking the role of playing conguera and bata. Along with Jeff Goodkind on piano, Brian Wright on bass, Arturo Velasco on trombone, Jorge Carbonell on drums and Sal Cracchiolo on trumpet, the band has made a pledge to feature only Francisco's music, including performing never before released compositions live on stage!! Please help support this cause by attending and helping carry the torch.

Francisco Aguabella was a legendary figure in the contemporary Afro-Cuban Lucumi tradition.
A native of Matanzas, Cuba, Aguabella gained notice for his secular drumming in Havana nightclub bands, and for his mastery of the complex styles of Afro-Cuban ceremonial drumming. He was a world class artist, who performed with such legends as Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Poncho Sanchez, Mongo Santamario, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton. In 1992, he received a National Endowment of The Arts Fellowship in the area of folk arts, and has been lauded by the cities of San Francisco, Miami, and Los Angeles.
He is also the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Les Blank with Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios. Lovers of Latin jazz will not want to miss the legacy Aquabella's impact on latin jazz music.

Stanley Clarke live @ Seneca Niagara Casino, NY, June 26

(Pic by Douglas Walsh: Stanley, Hiromi, Ruslan Sirota & Ronald Bruner, Jr.)

Stanley Clarke Band featuring Hiromi Uehara
June 26, 8pm
Bear's Den Showroom
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel

310 Fourth Street
Niagara Falls, NY USA 14303
1-877-8SENECA (73-6322)

Reach Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel via e-mail at
Tickets starting at $50
On Sale Now!
All ages welcome, but under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Get up close and personal with your favorite performers at Bear's Den Showroom. This intimate venue has only 443 seats and features nationally-renowned performers; past shows include Aaron Lewis, Joan Jett, Collective Soul and Sinbad. From comedy to live music, you just can't lose with Bear's Den Showroom.

Tickets are available at Eight Clans Gift Shop, and all Ticketmaster locations. Or charge by phone at 716-852-5000.
In Canada, call 416-870-8000.

Bear's Den Will Call:
Located at the entrance of the Bears Den, Will Call opens two hours before show time.

Legendary bassist Stanley Clarke comes to the Bear’s Den with his band featuring Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara. Known for his ferocious dexterity on both the acoustic & electric basses, Clarke earned popularity in the 1970’s Grammy Award-winning band, Return to Forever, led by Chick Corea. His solo works – particularly, “School Days” – are recognized as anthems for bass players and fusion fans. Later in life, he composed, orchestrated, conducted, and performed scores for numerous blockbuster films, such as Boyz ‘n the Hood, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Little Big League, Passenger 57, Poetic Justice, and Romeo Must Die.

Tatiana Fontes melting the house down @ Mynt Lounge, tonite

Tatiana Fontes @ Mynt Lounge
June 26, 11pm-5am
Mynt Lounge
1921 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
Ph: (305) 532-0727

Don't miss Tatiana Fontes as she melts down the city and the dancefloor with her amazing sets... at no other place but Mynt Lounge.

"I'm sooo excited! Hope to see all my Miami peeps there," says Tati. "Can't wait to party with u guys! Uhu!"

This queen on the turn tables travels frequently from the West Coast, Europe, and South American but her home away from home is no other than Mynt Lounge on the sexy beaches of South Florida, with Mynt's resident DJ Julian Ingrosso.

Get ready to have mint sweat drops as you dance the night away to this Brazilian born LA-based rock steady female DJ.
Table reservations strongly suggested.

EP of the Day - "The Unforgettables: Aguas de Março"

12" EP of the Day
The Unforgettables: "Aguas de Março" (D Vision Italy DV 717) 2010

Side A
1. Keemani remix
2. Suonho Tropical dub
Side B
1. Moko dub
2. Ivan Kay dub

CD of the Day - "Paul Nice: Brazil Vol. 1"

CD of the Day
DJ Paul Nice: "Brazil Volume 1" (PN 2005)

1. Samba de Orfeu (A New Day) (from the Black Orpheus soundtrack)
2. Elizeth Cardoso - Chega de Saudade
3. Jorge Ben - Balança Pema
4. Os Namorados - Eu Quero Um Samba
5. Sylvia Telles - One Note Samba (Samba De Uma Nota So)
6. Wanda De Sah - One Note Samba
7. Marcos Valle - Crickets Sing For Anamaria
8. Astrud Gilberto - Crickets Sing For Anamaria
9. Emilio Santiago - Quero Alegria
10. Dom Salvador & Abolicao - Hei! Você
11. Marcos Valle - Não Tem Nada Não
12. Eumir Deodato & Joao Donato - Não Tem Nada Não (Batuque)
13. Paulinho da Costa - Toledo Bagel
14. Orlandivo - Ondo Anda O Meu Amor
15. Reminiscence Quartet - Onde Anda O Meu Amor
16. João Donato - A Rã
17. Tim Maia - No Caminho Do Bem
18. Jorge Ben - Take It Easy My Brother Charlie
19. Astrud Gilberto - Take It Easy My Brother Charlie
20. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Roda
21. Lalo Schifrin - Room 26
22. Emilio Santiago - Bananeira

Cecilia Coleman Big Bands debuts @ Gillespie Auditorium, NY, June 29

Join pianist Cecilia Coleman and her exciting Big Band when they debut at Jazz Tuesdays on Tuesday, June 29! There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m. For advanced tickets and information call 212-222-5159.

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 is currently the jazz piano instructor at her Alma-mater CSU Long Beach where she teaches one week a month during the school year. On the east coast she is the accompanist for the Modern Dance Center of Westchester in Bronxville. She maintains her regular working quintet on the west coast, which includes such noteworthy musicians as Steve Huffsteter, Jerry Pinter, Christoph Luty and Thomas White.

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.

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.

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

Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for advance tickets and information.

The John Birks Gillespie Auditorium is located in the heart of Greenwich Village within the Baha'i Center.
53 E. 11th St. (Between B'way and University Place)
New York, NY 10003

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kendra Shank & Bill Cunliffe live in NY, tonite!

Kendra Shank Group with Bill Cunliffe @ 55 Bar
June 25, 6pm-9pm
55 BAR
55 Christopher St. (betwn 6th & 7th aves.)
New York, NY

No cover, 2 drink minimum / minors welcome with guardian /

Kendra Shank - Vocals / Bill Cunliffe - Fender Rhodes / Dean Johnson - Bass / Tony Moreno - Drums

"Grammy Award winning pianist Bill Cunliffe, visiting from L.A., joins us for my last NYC gig before going on tour to the Midwest & West Coast, where Bill will play with me," Kendra says.

CD of the Day - "Michael Jackson: The King of Pop Vol.8"

CD of the Day
Michael Jackson: "The King Of Pop Vol. 8 - Strictly DJ Only/DMC Megamixes, Two Trackers & Remixes" (DMC 8) 2010

1. "The Micmac Megamix (1)"
2. "The Micmac Megamix (2)"
3. "Micheal Jackson Motown Dance Mix (1)"
4. "Micheal Jackson Motown Dance Mix (2)"
5. "Micheal Jackson Motown Dance Mix (3)"
6. "Remixes Michael Jackson Billie Jean" (Lounge mix)
7. "Remixes Michael Jackson Bad" (DMC mix)
8. "Michael Jackson Speed Demon" (DMC mix)
9. "Allstars vs Michael Jackson"
10. "Inaya Day vs Michael Jackson"

"Original Sin" @ Nocturnal, June 25

Original Sin - After hours
Nocturnal Night Club
50 Northeast 11. Street
Miami, FL

Hito is back to Nocturnal!
The best tech-house music by Vinicio Rotelli and every other week with a special guest dj...
Get ready! this party is getting better and better.

Live Streaming @ &
PRE PARTY @ AEROBAR - 11 pm to 4 am

Audrey Silver live in NY

Audrey Silver Trio at UC Lounge
June 25, 7pm
UC Lounge
87 Ludlow Street (btwn Delancy and Broome)
New York, NY

Grover Washington's "Summer Song" reissued on vinyl single

One of the last tracks that Grover Washington, Jr. cut for CTI/Kudu, "Summer Song," originally included on the 2-LP set "Live at the Bijou" and also released as a Locksmith single (KU 941), is being reissued now on a 7" vinyl single, using the original catalog number KU 492. "Juffure" is on Side B.
Jet Set, one of the best record stores in Japan, has 5 copies in stock.

Links for purchase:

Michael Jackson Tribute Night @ My House, Hollywood

MY HOUSE Friday - Michael Jackson Tribute Night!
Celebrating the Life of The King of Pop
June 25, 10pm-2am
My House
7080 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Pete G Presents 'MY FUN HOUSE' @ MY HOUSE Hollywood
Featuring DJ Tony Martinez Spinning the Best of Hip Hop / Top 40 / Electro House / Mash Ups
+ Surprise Performances, MJ Impersonators & Giveaways!
Early arrival is a must.

One Michael Jackson... One Million Tributes

It's hard to imagine that Michael Jackson passed away one year ago this week. Join us in remembering the King of Pop at by visiting his memories wall.
Help us get to one million tributes by sharing, tweeting and facebook sharing the link with your friends.
Go to the tribute wall now.

R.I.P.: Fred Anderson

(born on March 22, 1929, Monroe/LA;
died on June 24, 2010, Chicago/IL)

Tenor saxophonist and club owner Fred Anderson, probably the most universally respected figure on the Chicago jazz scene, died yesterday. He had been hospitalized after a heart attack.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Denise Donatelli live @ Charlie O's, tonite!

Denise Donatelli
June 24, 8pm-12 midnight
Charlie O's Jazz Club
13725 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91401-2325
Ph: (818) 989.3110

Denise Donatelli, vocals
Andy Langham, piano
Hamilton Price, bass
Kevin Kanner, drums

Pre-Sale Tix to See Diana Krall in London

Spend a perfect summer's evening at an English Heritage Picnic Concert featuring Diana Krall at Kenwood House in Hampstead, London, on July 10!!!
Pre-sale tickets are available today! Click here for tickets and use special offer code PB1.

João Gilberto's concerts in Boston & Chicago have been cancelled

HT Productions and New Festival Productions, LLC have just announced that due to travel complications, "An Evening with Brazil's Legendary Joao Gilberto" on June 25 at 8:00 p.m. @ Boston Symphony Hall in Boston, and on June 29 @ Chicago Symphony Hall in Chicago, have been cancelled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
For more details:

Watch Trombone Shorty's Performance on Letterman

Trombone Shorty performed "One Night Only" on the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, June 22. Watch an archive of the performance at

The new album from Trombone Shorty, "Backatown" (Verve), including the single "Something Beautiful (feat. Lenny Kravitz)," is available now. Get the album at iTunes Amazon.

Trombone Shorty's song "Hurricane Season" is the theme song for MTV's hit show The Real World 24: New Orleans premiering Wednesday June 30th.

In case you missed Trombone Shorty's recent interview on NPR's Weekend Edition, you can listen to the archive at

CD of the Day - "Monica Mancini: I've Loved These Days"

CD of the Day
Monica Mancini: "I've Loved These Days" (Concord) 2010

More than a decade after launching her solo career, vocalist Monica Mancini is finally getting to do the album she's always wanted to. "This is my music," says Monica of "I've Loved These Days," a gorgeously crafted collection of songs by artists who helped shape the soundtrack of her formative years, including Lennon & McCartney, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson and Janis Ian.

"This is the music that resonates more than anything else for me," she explains. "I love singing standards, and there is something that I respond to with all those wonderful old songs, but these songs are vital to me. These are my standards." Intriguingly, "I've Loved These Days" goes a step beyond mere reverence by actually incorporating many of Monica's musical heroes.

Joining Monica on this new disc are original composers Jackson Browne offering guitar and vocal accompaniment on "These Days," Brian Wilson and the multi- Grammy winning vocal group Take 6 contributing vocals and arranging on "God Only Knows," Stevie Wonder harmonically dueting on "Blame It on the Sun," and the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere providing B-3 organ accompaniment on his classic "How Can I Be Sure." Says Monica, "It was thrilling that these guys came back to reconnect and rework songs that helped put them on the map as artists.
Monica Mancini: Soundtrack einer Jugend

Mit Popklassikern aus den 60er und frühen 70er Jahren erinnert sich Monica Manici auf “I’ve Loved These Days” an ihre Teenagerzeit zurück
Mit 17 hat man noch Träume, hieß es einst in einem Song von Peggy March. Dass diese dann einige Jahrzehnte später tatsächlich Wirklichkeit werden könnten, davon erfährt man in dem Stück allerdings nichts. Was sicherlich damit zu tun hat, dass dies höchst selten passiert. Monica Mancini träumte als Teenager davon, eines Tages zusammen mit ihren Idolen auf der Bühne oder im Aufnahmestudio zu stehen. Jetzt wurde der Traum für sie Wirklichkeit. Für die Aufnahme ihres neuen Albums “I’ve Loved These Days” ging sie mit u.a. Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson und Jackson Browne ins Studio, um dort deren Hits aus den 60er und frühen 70er Jahren im Duett neu aufzunehmen.

Noblesse oblige! Als Tochter des großen Filmkomponisten Henry Mancini kann Monica Mancini davon ein Lied singen. Als die Sängerin 1952 zur Welt kam, hatte ihr Vater gerade eine Anstellung bei den Universal-Filmstudios angetreten. Für den Swing- und Jazzfan, der zuvor als Arrangeur für Bigbands gearbeitet hatte, war dies das Sprungbrett zu seiner einzigartigen Karriere als Filmkomponist. Mit seinen Kompositionen und Arrangements für “Die Glenn-Miller-Story” (1954), “Frühstück bei Tiffany” (1961) und “Der rosarote Panther” (1963) begründete Henry Mancini damals seinen legendären Status. Für seine Filmmusiken gewann Manici, den Steely Dans Donald Fagan den “High Priest of Hollywood Cool” nannte, insgesamt vier Oscars, zwanzig Grammys und zwei Emmys.

In diesem inspirienden musikalischen Umfeld wuchs Monica Mancini auf, die im zarten Alter von 14 Jahren ihr professionelles Debüt als Sängerin gab. Später tourte sie als Chorsängerin mit dem von ihrem Vater geleiteten Orchester durch die Staaten. Auf ihr eigenes Debütalbum ließ sie die Musikwelt dennoch relativ lange warten: sie nahm es erst 1998 mit reifen 36 Jahren auf. Das Album war eine bewegende Hommage an ihren Vater und enthielt ausschließlich Interpretationen von stimmungsvollen Mancini-Klassikern wie “Moon River”, “Charade”, “Days Of Wine And Roses”, “Slow Hot Wind” und “Two For The Road”. Von Filmthemen handelte 2002 auch ihr drittes Album “Cinema Paradiso”.

Jetzt aber wandte sich die Sängerin auf ihrem neuen Album “I’ve Loved These Days” ganz anderen musikalischen Themen zu. Vertont hat sie diesmal gewissermaßen den Soundtrack ihrer Jugend. Auf dem nostalgisch betitelten Album präsentiert Monica Mancini elf Pop-Klassiker von John Lennon und Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson, Billy Joel und Janis Ian. Allesamt Lieder, die in diesen Jahren, als sie ihre eigene Karriere begann, einen großen Einfluss auf sie ausübten und ihren musikalischen Geschmack mitformten.

Als Gäste präsentiert Monica Mancini unter anderem Jackson Browne (“These Days”), den Ex-Beach-Boy Brian Wilson und das Vokalensemble Take 6 (“God Only Knows”), Stevie Wonder (“Blame It On the Sun”) und den Young-Rascals-Organisten Felix Cavaliere (“How Can I Be Sure?”). Produziert wurde das Album von dem Erfolgsgespann Phil Ramone und Gregg Field. Die Orchesterarrangements stammen - wie beim letzten Album “Cinema Paradiso” - von dem mehrfachen Grammy-Gewinner Jorge Calandrelli.

"Dream Life", Fingerprint's new CD, due Aug 10

Fingerprints, known as "one of the best kept music secrets in the South," releases their long anticipated fifth CD, "Dream Life," on the Pacific Coast Jazz label. This project follows the enormous popularity of their last release, "DNA," and proves this contemporary jazz band deserves greater national and international recognition. On "Dream Life" the band delivers exceptional grooves, emotional energy and some of the most soulful covers around. According to bassist and leader Frederick Nichelson, "Some of our work is comparable to groups like The Crusaders and Pieces of a Dream, but we are careful to stay away from being over produced and seldom use midi-sequencing. We want to be known as a "real band" whose recognized sound of soul, blues and jazz have evolved through over twenty years of live performance."

With four accomplished CDs to date ("Fingerprints," "Reunion Live," "Summertime Music" and "DNA"), the distinguished sound of Fingerprints has been shaped through the years by its long-term members: Frederick Nichelson (bass), Claud Hardrick (saxophone, flute, vocals), Tim Jones (lead vocals, percussion), Kennan Wylie (drums, percussion), Jordache Grant (keyboards), and Robert Lacroix (guitar). Along with electrifying performances on "Dream Life," the CD features surprise guest artists like Bernard Wright, Mel Scott, Todd Parsnow, Shelley Carol, Larry Davis, John Gordan, and Richard Smith. The songs on "Dream Life" are appealing originals by band members or musical guests along with three cover tunes written by jazz icon Herbie Hancock ("Tell Me A Bedtime Story"), Grammy award winning songwriter Diane Warren ("For You I Will") and a classic jazz standard by the great Tadd Dameron ("Lady Bird").

However, what is most special about this CD is the fourth track, "I Am A Man" with inspiring vocals from Tim Jones. Memphis native Frederick Nichelson was honored to co-write the title song with Stax/Volt artist Deanie Parker for the documentary, "I Am A Man" ( Produced by the Memphis Tourism Foundation in partnership with Running Pony Productions and Old Bridge Media, the all-Memphis team also included Switch Creative, Electraphonic Recording and was written by Memphians David Appleby, Allison Graham and Steven Ross. The documentary is the story of one man, Elmore Nickelberry, and his fight for dignity, justice, and the power of the human spirit. Surrounded by the soul music that helped make Memphis famous, Mr. Nickleberry tells an uplifting life story of endurance and character as he is joined by the men and women of the 1968 sanitation strike whose courageous stand helped change the world forever. Dr. Martin Luther King supported their plight by saying to the public that "our society must come to respect the sanitation worker."

For many years standing room-only crowds have been lining up to hear the perfect blend of jazz and R&B by the Fingerprints musicians at venues and music festivals throughout the South and Southwest. Band members have recorded and toured in the past with highly respected artists such as Harry Connick, Jr., Marion Meadows, Ronnie Laws, Freddie Revel, Tom Browne, Miles Jaye, Wayman Tisdale, Roy Machado, Toni Redd, Brad Leali, Ardina Lockhart, Shelley Carrol and Kyle Turner. With a performance schedule of over 100 shows per year, Fingerprints still manages to find time to reach out to help the youth in the Memphis community through donated concerts to civic and non-profit organizations. "It is an important "mission" for the group to be able to share our music for the benefit of people," commented Nichelson. "Dream Life is a testament to the good fortune and pleasure we have to be making a living at our music while inspiring others to do the same. We express that enthusiasm every time we perform or record and hope that people feel the same joy we do."

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Dancing Like a Star this Saturday in Atlantic City

Dancing Like a Star!!!
June 26th @ Caligula's Temple
12 S. Indiana Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Ph: (609) 345-4899

Time to get out and Dance, Dance, Dance!!!
Come out and learn to dance many popular dances. There will be professional dance instructors on hand to show you all the right moves.
Then when the time is right head upstairs to the private rooms for adult's only fun!

Remember dress like a star, feel like a star & dance like the star you are!
For more info, please visit:

Alexa Weber Morales live @ Cafe Claude in SF tonite & next Friday @ Servino in Tiburon!

Tonight, June 24, singer/songwriter Alexa Weber Morales will be performing @ Cafe Claude from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Cafe Claude has amazing food, a wonderful SF institution, on Claude Lane near the corner of Kearny and Sutter. Joining her are Annie Sajdera (keyboards), Vince Manse (bass) & Evelio Roque (woodwinds).

Also, check out Alexa's (almost) all-girl lineup next week!
Friday, July 2nd, 6:00-9:00 pm
Tiburon, CA 94920

"We will be outside enjoying the summer street fair vibe of tony Tiburon! Join us!" says Alexa, who'll be backed by Annie Sajdera (keys), Ayla Davila (bass), Zareen (vocals) & Brian Andres (drums).

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

DVD of the Day - Ingmar Bergman's "The Magic Flute"

DVD of the Day
Ingmar Bergman's "The Magic Flute" (Criterion)

Featuring: Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila, Håkan Hagegård
Languages: Swedish - Subtitles: optional English
Screen: Color, 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 136 minutes.

Ingmar Bergman puts his indelible stamp on Mozart’s exquisite opera in this sublime rendering of one of the composer’s best-loved works: a celebration of love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man. "The Magic Flute" (Trollflöjten) stars Josef Köstlinger as Tamino, the young man determined to rescue a beautiful princess from the clutches of parental evil. (1975).
Optimal image quality: RSDL dual layered.
Lush color transfer, featuring the rarely heard stereo score in uncompressed PCM sound.

Grand Opening of The Red Egg with live Belly Dancers in NY, June 24

Red Egg Grand Opening Party
June 24, 9:30pm-4am
Red Egg Lounge & Restaurant
202 Centre St. (between Howard St. & Grand St.)

Live Belly Dancer Performance
Music by DJ Stacy Stylez

Thx to Kathy Soliman for the invitation! I'll be there after Hancock's concert @ Carnegie Hall!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Anna Ly interviewed in the June issue of "Brazil com Z" magazine

Anna Ly - Em defesa da língua portuguesa
Por: Mariana Dornelles

Pelos palcos de Belo Horizonte, ela já tocou com o Samuel Rosa, do Skank, e com o grupo Jota Quest. Há dois anos em Barcelona, Anna Ly se divide entre shows, aulas de música e de português. Atualmente desenvolve o projeto História Cantada, uma peça infantil que conta às crianças a formação do português que falamos no Brasil.
Em 2006, gravou o cd de bossa nova chamado “What a Wonderful Bossa World”, com o Marcio Correa sob a produção de Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Sua opinião sobre o cenário musical em seu entorno: “Barcelona ficou famosa pela liberdade, inclusive para os músicos. Mas agora está havendo muito controle policial. Se você tocar em zona proibida ou sem a permissão legal, a polícia tem o direito de te mandar embora, pegar o instrumento e cobrar uma multa para você recuperá-lo.”
E seus planos para o futuro? “Meu sonho, quando ficar velhinha, é tocar em um piano-bar, tranquila, sem ninguém prestando muita atenção”. (risos)

BCZ – Anna Ly, qual é a sua formação artística?
AL – Eu tenho uma formação muito variada, em dança, teatro e música. Em música especificamente, tive uma formação clássica em piano, que estudei desde criança. Depois comecei a trabalhar com música popular, rock, MPB e jazz e tocando baixo. Atualmente, para o tipo de trabalho que faço em Barcelona, me dedico mais ao violão. Como aqui não há tantas opções de violonistas como no Brasil tive que desenvolver esse lado, que antes era restrito ao ambiente doméstico. Mas comecei a tocar e acabei tomando gosto e ficando mais independente. Antes eu tocava sempre acompanhada, mas aqui estou fazendo uma coisa inédita na minha vida: trabalhar sozinha.

BCZ – Antes de morar em Barcelona, você tinha vivido em outra cidade da Europa? O que a motivou a vir pra cá?
AL – Não morei em nenhum lugar da Europa antes, vim direto para cá. E foi por amor. Conheci pela internet um grande músico brasileiro chamado Danilo Pinheiro, que vive aqui há 20 anos, e acabei topando vir. Ficamos casados durante um ano, mas depois cada um seguiu sua vida.

BCZ – Em 2007, você lançou o projeto “Desenrolando a língua”, um livro-CD que explica para as crianças a formação do português que falamos no Brasil. Como surgiu esse projeto?
AL – A ideia do livro surgiu a partir de um professor de latim, para quem eu dava aula de teclado. Ele me ofereceu aulas de latim e eu aceitei. Ele se surpreendeu: “Você tem certeza? Porque ninguém quer, nem de graça!”. E eu disse: “Eu quero sim!”. E ele era muito idealista e via a importância do latim. Contou-me a história da língua portuguesa e acabou me “contaminando”. Nós elaboramos juntos vários projetos para tentar trazer o latim de volta às escolas, mas nunca deu certo. Mas aí eu me perguntei: e a influência do tupi-guarani? E das línguas africanas, já que há tantos negros no Brasil? Assim surgiu a ideia de começar esse projeto.

BCZ – Em sua opinião, qual é o diferencial do “Desenrolando a língua”?
AL – Eu acho interessante porque, mesmo não tendo base acadêmica na área de línguas, eu ousei falar de um tema polêmico, que só é tratado por linguistas e gramáticos. Consegui contar para as crianças e para qualquer mortal as diferentes origens da nossa língua, por meio de uma personagem infantil – que também suaviza o peso da responsabilidade do discurso. Acabei popularizando um tema muito importante porque a contribuição indígena, africana e de outros povos para a formação da nossa língua é fundamental, mas muitas vezes não é tão citada, nem mesmo nas escolas. Eu mesma nunca tinha ouvido falar disso nas minhas aulas. E quando eu descobri, para mim foi uma surpresa e eu falei: “Que legal! Eu quero contar para todo mundo!”

BCZ – Como foi a distribuição desse livro? Ainda há exemplares disponíveis?
AL – Na primeira edição, eu fiz 1400 cópias. Fiz uma sessão de autógrafos e deixei vários exemplares com o Marcos Vianna, que tem uma distribuidora. O resto eu fui vendendo pouco a pouco e agora temos pouquíssimos exemplares. Mas, junto com a minha agente literária Andréia Moroni, conseguimos uma nova editora no Brasil, que publicará a segunda edição ainda este ano. É uma editora grande e é provável que consiga distribuir o livro no país inteiro, inclusive em escolas e bibliotecas.

BCZ – A peça História Cantada é fruto de um projeto realizado junto com a “Fundación Cultural Hispano Brasileña”. Como surgiu essa parceria?
AL – Solicitei o financiamento de outro projeto para a Fundação, mas eles não puderam ajudar por completo, e sugeriram a elaboração da peça História Cantada, para contar às crianças brasileiras e espanholas a história do livro Desenrolando a língua. Então eu e a Andréia Moroni, que é a roteirista e diretora da peça, montamos o espetáculo. Já fizemos quatro apresentações, em Barcelona e em Madri. E eu estou super empolgada, porque estou sentindo que a recepção das pessoas é legal. Então a ideia é continuar apresentando em escolas, continuar seguindo com o projeto, porque já está pronto, é só distribuir.

BCZ – Você já havia trabalhado com crianças anteriormente?
AL – Eu fiz metade do curso de música na universidade, justamente toda a parte de licenciatura, que é necessária para dar aulas. E estudei dentro de uma organização infantil da escola de música da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais e fiz um estágio com as crianças, que incluía pesquisa, não era só dar aula. Acabei ficando nesse estágio durante 10 anos! Eu adorava e lá eu aprendi muita coisa: pedagogia, metodologia, etc.

BCZ – Ao longo da sua carreira, você também já gravou alguns CDs. Qual é o público da sua música?
AL – Eu fiz um CD de bossa nova em 2006 com o Marcio Correa, chamado “What a Wonderful Bossa World”. O produtor desse CD é o Arnaldo DeSouteiro, que trabalha com o João Gilberto e já trabalhou com a Diana Krall. Ele viaja com esses artistas pelo mundo inteiro e para todo lugar que ele vai, ele leva o meu CD. Então, as minhas músicas tocam nas rádios do Japão, nos Estados Unidos… Além de sair em várias páginas na internet. Aqui em Barcelona eu já vendi para pessoas de 60 países diferentes, porque eu sempre pergunto para as pessoas que compram de onde elas são e vou fazendo uma listinha, para saber para onde o meu CD está indo.
BCZ – Como é trabalhar com música em Barcelona?
AL – As pessoas me perguntam se eu vivo de música. Eu vivo, mas dando aula de violão, de baixo, de piano, de música para criança e de português. Mas uma coisa é verdade: no Brasil eu trabalhava 10 vezes mais do que aqui e vivia sempre endividada. E em dois anos eu já paguei todas as minhas dívidas e consegui comprar o mesmo equipamento que eu levei 20 anos para comprar no Brasil. Comprei até um piano elétrico, que antes eu não tinha. E ainda por cima me sobra tempo para estudar piano, coisa que no Brasil era difícil.

BCZ – Como você avalia a situação dos músicos em Barcelona?
AL – Acho que Barcelona ficou famosa pela liberdade, inclusive para os músicos. Mas agora ela está perdendo isso, está havendo muito controle policial, principalmente em parques e outros lugares públicos. Se você tocar em zona proibida ou usar amplificador ou percussão sem a permissão legal, a polícia tem o direito de te mandar embora, pegar o instrumento e cobrar uma multa para você recuperá-lo. E ainda tem o problema dos ambulantes, porque a polícia fica querendo controlar essas vendas e os músicos acabam entrando na mesma história. A pena é que a música atrai muito turismo para cidade, marca a viagem das pessoas. Mas agora eles estão cortando tudo.

BCZ – Você tem planos de voltar para o Brasil?
AL – Agora não, porque já estou mais ou menos estabilizada e profissionalmente não tenho muita coisa para fazer no Brasil, a não ser o lançamento da segunda edição do livro, ainda este ano. Além do mais, estou bem mais tranquila. No início, estava deslumbrada, depois veio a decepção, mas agora estou bem. Antes eu falava que o Brasil era diferente… Mas, sabe, tem gente legal em todo lugar do mundo, coisa legal em todo lugar do mundo. Essa coisa de nacionalismos, de ficar separando… Eu já estou em outra fase!

BCZ – Quais são os projetos profissionais futuros?
AL – Na verdade o meu sonho mesmo, quando ficar velhinha, é tocar em um piano-bar, tranquila, sem ninguém prestando muita atenção (risos). Mas enquanto isso eu estou torcendo para entrar numa big band tocando contrabaixo!

Simona Premazzi live @ Smalls, NY, June 23

Simona Premazzi and The Intruders
June 23, 11:30pm
Smalls Jazz Club
183 W 10th St. @ 7th Ave
New York, NY

Don't miss NY-based Italian pianist/composer/arranger Simona Premazzi in this late night set around midnight!
Simona Premazzi - piano
Joseph Lepore - bass
Jason Brown - drums
Stacy Dillard - saxophones
Simona Premazzi, pianist and composer, grew up in a small village in the north of Italy and began her jazz studies in the cosmopolitan city of Milano.
At a certain point of her musical studies she fell in love with Afro-American music and soon enrolled in the famous Jazz School Academy (under the direction of Enrico Intra and Franco Cerri).
During her student career she became part of the most interesting bands associated with the academy, including the “Mingus Fingers” septet (playing the music of Charles Mingus) and Enrico Intra`s “Jazz Big Band”, with whom she spent 4 years performing on the great Italian stages and theatres with Italian and international musicians such as Markus Stockhausen, David Raksin, Franco Cerri, James Newton, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Dave Liebman, Eddie Daniels, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu and many others.

She moved to New York in 2004 where she studied with Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Jean Michel Pilc, Harry Whitaker and began soon to work regularly in jazz clubs and prestigious venues.
In February 2005 her 4et appeared on the television documentary “Sounds Of Harlem” for CBS. January and March 2007 interview and trio appearance on a special TV for Italian Television RAI “TG2 Storie”

She performs internationally both as a leader and as a side musician. She is a leader of a trio and quartet “The Intruders” featuring Stacy Dillard on saxophone, Ryan Berg on bass, Rudy Royston on drums.
Among the others she played and plays with: Seamus Blake, Gaetano Partipilo, Dayna Stephens, Logan Richardson, J. D. Allen, E. J. Strickland, Jeremy “Bean” Clemons, Rudy Royston, Marco Panascia, Ameen Saleem, Joe Sanders, Quincy Davis, Rodney Green, Wayne Escoffrey, Justin Brown, Lawrence Clark, Duane Eubanks, Darrell Green, Jaleel Shaw, Alice Ricciardi, Nicola Angelucci.

EP of the Day - "Kleeer: Take Your Heart Away"

12" EP of the Day
Kleeer: "Take Your Heart Away / Call My Name" (Atlantic UK A 9549 T) 1985

Produced by Eumir Deodato
Side A
1. Take Your Heart Away (Vocal/Long Version)
2. Call My Name
Side B
1. Kleeer- Take Your Heart Away (Instrumental/Long Version)

R.I.P.: Wendell Logan

Wendell Logan, Composer of Jazz and Concert Music, Dies at 69
Published: June 22, 2010

Wendell Logan, a composer of jazz and concert music who more than two decades ago founded the jazz department at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, long a bastion of high-level classical training, died on June 15 in Cleveland. He was 69 and lived in Oberlin, Ohio.

Professor Logan died after a short illness, Marci Janas, a conservatory spokeswoman, said. At his death he was chairman of the jazz studies department and professor of African-American music at the conservatory, which is part of Oberlin College.

Though Oberlin had been turning out world-caliber classical soloists, conductors and orchestral performers for generations, jazz there had long been an extracurricular subject at best.

Professor Logan, who played soprano saxophone and trumpet, joined the faculty in 1973 and began offering jazz classes soon afterward. But it was not until 1989 that he was able to make jazz studies a full-fledged major, in which students can earn a bachelor of music.

Besides composing many jazz works, Professor Logan wrote concert music, a discipline that black composers have historically been discouraged from pursuing. His compositional style integrated elements of Modernism, European classicism and African-American musical traditions like jazz, blues and gospel into a seamless whole.

Among his best-known concert works are “Doxology Opera: The Doxy Canticles” (2001), a gritty sung drama of race and morality with a libretto by Paul Carter Harrison, and “Runagate, Runagate” (1989), a setting of Robert E. Hayden’s poem about a fugitive slave.

In 1990 “Runagate, Runagate,” sung by the tenor William Brown, was featured in a program by the Black Music Repertory Ensemble, a Chicago group, at Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Reviewing the performance in The New York Times, Allan Kozinn wrote, “Mr. Logan’s music — a volatile mixture of angularity, harmonic haziness and expressive dissonance tempered with openly tonal sections — adds a palpable dramatic dimension to the narrative.”

Professor Logan’s jazz compositions include “Remembrances.” Reviewing a performance of that work by piano, bass and drums for The Times last year, Ben Ratliff called it “a stylish and mysterious ballad.”

Wendell Morris Logan was born on Nov. 24, 1940, in Thomson, Ga. His first musical studies were with his father, an amateur alto saxophonist.

He attended Florida A&M University, a historically black institution, on a football scholarship, graduating in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in music. He earned a master’s in music from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1964 and a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from the University of Iowa in 1968.

Before joining the Oberlin faculty, Professor Logan taught at Florida A&M, Ball State and Western Illinois Universities. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1991; his music has been recorded by Orion and other labels.

Professor Logan is survived by his wife, the former Bettye Reese, whom he married in 1962; two children, Wendell M. Jr. and Felicia Logan; two brothers, Alvin and Howard; and four grandchildren.

In interviews over the years, Professor Logan made clear that for him and his colleagues, the rubric “black composer” was a decidedly mixed blessing.

“I’m not particularly in favor of it,” he told The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, as the paper was then known, in 1994. “I think our music should be evaluated and played alongside everything else, and programmed with Beethoven and other contemporary composers. No one is asking for a special day: ‘Here’s the day for black American composers.’ That’s kind of demeaning. But it’s better than nothing.”

"Red Candy Tuesdays" @ Bar 721, tonite

Red Candy Tuesdays - June 22, 10pm-5am
Bar 721
721 N. Lincoln Lane

Miami Beach, Fl 33139
P: 305-532-1342

Come and experience a different kind of party laid back ambiance with lounge tunes; some of the best sexy house and deep house music by VINICIO ROTELLI/opening set by DJ HUGO BIANCO. In a beautiful bar ultra lounge with a pool table super cool and drink specials SPONSORED BY "CIROC VODKA" & "Stellina Di Notte"(COMPLEMENTARY CHAMPAGNE FOR LADIES)

"In Touch" Presents Free Jazz at Three Manhattan Hot Spots

The George Garzone Quartet featuring Joe Cohn Perform at Rue 57, Thursday, June 24

"I'm not the master of the sax, George Garzone is." - Michael Brecker

Saxophonist George Garzone makes his debut with guitarist Joe Cohn at Rue 57, 60 West 57th Street, in New York on Thursday, June 24 from 8 pm - 11:30 pm. No cover charge. For information call (212) 307-5656.

A powerful tenor saxophonist whose adventurous flights with his longtime band the Fringe have made him a legend in the Boston area, George Garzone has spent most of his life as a jazz educator. He began on the tenor when he was six, played in a family band, and attended music school in Boston. Garzone first formed his trio the Fringe (a group that in the mid-'90s also included founding member Bob Gullotti on drums and bassist John Lockwood) back in 1972. In addition, Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and gigging with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z, and John Patitucci, among others.

Joe Cohn, the son of the legendary saxophonist Al Cohn, is one of the today's most creative guitarists - melodically quick witted, harmonically advanced and relentlessly swinging. He has performed with father Al Cohn, Freddy Cole, Bob Mover, Nick Brignola, Artie Shaw, Zoot Sims, Buddy DeFranco, Al Grey, Warren Chiasson, and Carmine Leggio among others.

Upcoming Music:
July 1 - George Garzone Quartet featuring Victor Lewis
July 8 - Harry Allen/Joe Cohn Quartet
July 15 - Vanessa Trouble Quartet
July 22 - Sarah Hayes Quartet featuring John Colianni
July 29 - Jerry Weldon Quartet featuring Joe Cohn
The Harry Allen/Joe Cohn Quartet Perform at the Palio Bar, Friday, June 25

Saxophonist Harry Allen and guitarist Joe Cohn return by popular demand for another special evening of jazz along with bassist Joel Forbes and drummer Chuck Riggs to the Palio Bar at Piano Due Restaurant, 151 West 51st Street in New York on Friday, June 25 from 8 pm - 11:30 pm. No cover charge. For information call (212) 399-9400.

Jazz writer Gene Lees once wrote, "Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, 'My technique, Al Cohn's ideas, and Zoot's time.' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in Harry Allen."

Harry Allen has over thirty recordings to his name. Three of Harry's CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan's Swing Journal Magazine, and his CD Tenors Anyone? won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. His recordings have made the top ten list for favorite new releases in Swing Journal Magazine's reader's poll and Jazz Journal International's critic's poll for 1997, and Eu Nao Quero Dancar (I Won't Dance), the third Gold Disc Award winner, was voted second for album of the year for 1998 by Swing Journal Magazine’s reader’s poll. The Harry Allen - Joe Cohn Quartet won the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance of 2006 and was nominated for Best Jazz Combo by the Jazz Journalists Association for the same year.

Joe Cohn, the son of the legendary saxophonist Al Cohn, is one of the today's most creative guitarists - melodically quick witted, harmonically advanced and relentlessly swinging. He has performed with father Al Cohn, Freddy Cole, Bob Mover, Nick Brignola, Artie Shaw, Zoot Sims, Buddy DeFranco, Al Grey, Warren Chiasson, and Carmine Leggio among others.

Upcoming Music:
July 2 - Grant Stewart Trio
July 9 - Warren Chiasson Trio featuring Joe Cohn
July 16 - Sarah Hayes Quartet featuring Benny Powell
July 23 - Harry Allen/Joe Cohn Quartet
July 30 - Sarah Hayes Quartet featuring Harry Allen
The Grant Stewart Trio Perform at Zorzi, Saturday, June 26

Saxophonist Grant Stewart debuts with his trio at Zorzi, 1 East 35th Street, on Saturday, June 26 for a special evening of music from 8 pm - 11:30 pm. No cover charge. For information call (212) 213-9167.

Toronto native Grant Stewart is a hard-swinging tenor saxophonist steeped in the jazz tradition. Introduced to jazz by his part-time jazz guitarist father, Stewart grew up listening to such legendary saxophonists as Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray, and others. By his early teens, Stewart had already found performance experience with such artists as Pat La Barbera and Bob Mover, and at age 19 moved to New York City. Since that time, Stewart has performed with a bevy of well-known jazz musicians, including Clark Terry, Brad Mehldau, Curtis Fuller, and many others. On his own, Stewart has released a handful of recordings, including 1992's Downtown Sounds, 1999's Buen Rollo, 2005's Grant Stewart + 4, 2007's In the Still of the Night, and 2009's Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Upcoming Music:
July 3 - Vanderlei Pereira Trio featuring Cidinho Texeira
July 10 - Warren Chiasson Trio featuring Joe Cohn
July 17 - Sarah Hayes Trio featuring John Colianni
July 24 - Warren Vaché Trio
July 31 - Harry Allen Trio