Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Tribute to CTI Records @ NYC's Turntable

Tonight & tomorrow, from 09:00pm to 11:00pm, Ki. Lee will play gems from CTI Record’s catalog at Turntable in NYC (314 5th Ave). Come and enjoy music+food! Creed Taylor and Arnaldo DeSouteiro will be there. And the infectious grooves, killer backeats and much-sampled drumbreaks will be in the pocket and all around the place. Cheers!

Slide Fx Trombone Tentet & Gina Saputo live in California @ Steamers, tomorrow, Sept 29

What can I say? Don't miss it!

Harvest Moon @ Kitchen 305 w/ DJ Hana, Oct 1st!


RSVP 305-749-2110

Al Hicks & Quincy Jones on "Morning Joe"

Quincy Jones and Al Hicks on "Morning Joe" yesterday to promote their film about Clark Terry, "Keep On Keepin' On." Please encourage everyone you know in Los Angeles this weekend to get out and see the film. It's playing at The Landmark on Pico.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thana Alexa @ The Bitter End, tomorrow night

The Bitter End
147 Bleecker St., NYC, NY
Ph: (212) 673-7030

Diana Krall's new CD and tour postponed

Now it's official. After serious rumors in the last days, Diana Krall just cancelled the release of her new CD, the David Foster-produced "Wallflower" (Verve) as well as the fall tour dates due to illness (ongoing complications brought on by a case of pneumonia). “Wallflower” was due for release here in the U.S. on October 21, and the North American leg of her “Wallflower World Tour” was to kick off in Phoenix, AZ on November 7th. “Wallflower” is now set for release on February 3, 2015.

This is the announcement made today by Diana: "I'm deeply saddened that I will have to postpone the release of my new album Wallflower and the Wallflower U.S Fall Tour until next year. I've been battling a severe case of pneumonia and am under doctor's orders to rest for the next few months in order to regain my strength and good health."

Diana’s condition has become much more chronic than first anticipated, and she is unable to travel or engage in any promotional or touring activities for at least another 6 weeks to 2 months.

Mrs. Krall is extremely disappointed to have to announce this today, but also realizes that, upon advice of her doctors, this is the only course of action available to her at this time to ensure a full recovery.

"Performing is both a privilege and a joy for me. When I go out on stage I want to be able to give it everything. Taking this time to rest and recuperate will allow me to do that. It is frustrating to be so close to the record release and have to delay but I am very proud of this record and want to be able to give you all my very best when we finally present this music to you. Thank you so much for your understanding," Krall says.

New dates for the “Wallflower World Tour” will be announced in the coming weeks.

CD Reissue of the Month - "CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl - Live One"

Instrumental CD Reissue of the Month
CTI All Stars: "CTI Summer Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl - Live One" (CTI/King) 2014

Produced by Creed Taylor
Featuring: Bob James, Eumir Deodato, Johnny Hammond, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira, Milt Jackson, George Benson, Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Crawford, Joe Farrell & Grover Washington, Jr.
MCs: Leonard Feather & Rick Holmes
Photos: K. Abe (aka Katsuji Abe)
Design: Sib Chalawick

Recorded live on July 30, 1972 by Wally Heider, mixed (by David Palmer @ Electric Lady Studios) and originally released in 1977, it's now reissued as a bonus CD of the "CTI Supreme Collection" series.

For the very first time, this historical concert is being released on three separate CDs (Live One, Live Two and Live Three), like they were originally issued on vinyl in July 1977. Two previous reissues came out in Japan (in 1991 and 2003) reuniting the three volumes on 2-CD sets.

This "Live One" includes four extended tracks: Hank Crawford's blues "Grits Bowl," an extraordinary performance of Grover Washington, Jr. in a Marvin Gaye medley consisting of "Inner City Blues" and "Mercy Mercy Me," George Benson's astonishing take on The Mamas & The Papas' "California Dreaming," and Freddie Hubbard at the height of his powers on his own jazz standard "First Light."

Vinyl Reissue of the Month - "Santana: Borboletta"

Vinyl Reissue of the Month
Santana: "Borboletta" (Columbia/Speakers Corner) 1974/2014

Produced by Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve & Tom Coster
Engineered by Glen Kolotkin

Featuring: Carlos Santana (electric guitar, percussion), Tom Coster (keyboards), Leon Patillo (organ, Fender Rhodes, vocals), Stanley Clarke (electric bass), Michael Shrieve & Leon "Ndugu“ Chancler (drums), Airto Moreira (drums, percussion & vocals), Flora Purim (vocals & percussion), Jose "Chepito" Areas & Armando Peraza (percussion &, congas) et al

My personal favorite Santana album ever! And one of the best albums recorded by the band, along with "Abraxas," "Welcome!" and "Lotus." With a big influence of Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, the fabulous Brazilian couple with whom Carlos Santana was jamming a lot at that time [Flora had performed on Santana's previous album, "Welcome!" from 1973, and the guitarist returned the favour not only recording on her "Stories To Tell" LP in 1974 but also playing in a concert at the Terminal Island prison when she was arrested that same year], this project starts ("Spring Manifestations") and concludes ("Borboletta") with Brazilian percussive sounds, reaching its climax on an extraordinary version of Dorival Caymmi's "Promise Of A Fisherman," with Airto on drums and Flora on vocals.

That track also includes the best bongos solo -- performed by Armando Peraza -- I've ever heard on a jazz-rock session. Who's on the bass? Stanley Clarke. Need I say more? Actually, yes. "Promise Of A Fisherman" is the third part of a jazz-rock suite that is played without interruption, ending with Airto alone improvising (on vocals & percussion) some variations on Caymmi's haunting theme; that improvisation was titled "Borboletta." DownBeat magazine gave the album 5 stars, and it's not difficult to find out why.

Taking a look at the blue butterfly on the LP cover, it wasn’t surprising that purist Santana fans scented that the music in this particular garden would be more gentle and cultivated than the previous hard-latin rock sound. But one thing after another: in attune with semi natural sounds, the 'Canto De Los Flores' swings along to dabbed figures on the Rhodes piano and waves of multi-cultural drumming.

The drama continues with "Life Is Anew" – a powerfully arranged ballad, followed by a highly emotional rock number ("Give And Take"). This takes us to where Santana feels most at home – "Promise Of A Fisherman" with its wonderfully expansive guitar sound. By now, at the latest, the listener joins the sensitive outdoorsman on his chase after the butterfly named "Boborletta" with a wealth of percussive sounds. Don’t hesitate to capture this rare specimen for your collection!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Speed-The-Plow" opens tomorrow night!

"Speed-the-Plow" opens tomorrow night @ Playhouse Theatre in London.
See u there! My best wishes to Lindsay Lohan.

Friday, September 19, 2014

R.I.P.: Milton Cardona

(born November 21, 1945 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico;
died September 19, 2014 in New York, NY)

Besides his great solo albums, the celebrated percussionist, composer, arranger, conga player and singer Milton Cordona performed in over 500 sessions by such artists as Dave Valentin, Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, Paul Simon, Ruben Blades, Jack Bruce, Kip Hanrahan, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira (on the Grammy-nominated "Humble People"), Ryuichi Sakamoto, Eddie Palmieri, Steve Turre, Michael Brecker, Marlena Shaw, David Sanchez, Papo Vasquez, Uri Caine, Jerry Gonzalez, Billy Bang, Bill O'Connell (the best-selling "Lost Voices" for CTI) and in many soundtracks. Rest in Peace.

Kandace Springs debuts on the Blue Note label

Don't sleep on Kandace Springs! Her self-titled debut EP for Blue Note Records is out now!

Blue Note Records has signed Kandace Springs and will release her self-titled debut EP on September 30 together with SRP Music Group. Springs will perform the EP’s first single, “Love Got In The Way,” when she makes her national television debut on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Friday, October 3. The official video for “Love Got In The Way” premiered on and can be viewed HERE.

Born and raised in Nashville, Kandace was only 17 when she captured the attention of SRP Music Group’s Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken with a demo she had recorded. Springs moved to New York City several years later to begin working on new songs with Rogers and Sturken, who have written hits for such artists as Shakira, Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson, and are best known for discovering a teenage Rihanna. A&R executive Eli Wolf brought Springs to Blue Note Records, where she auditioned for label president Don Was with a performance of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” — a bold move, since Was produced Bonnie Raitt’s original recording. Was signed Kandace on the spot.

The pre-order for the Kandace Springs EP, which offers a first taste of her forthcoming full-length album, launched today on iTunes. See below for track listing. She will perform at an exclusive EP release show at The Box in New York City on September 30, with a limited number of tickets available to Kandace’s fans to be given out on her Facebook page. In October, Springs will open for Chance The Rapper on two East Coast dates of the fall 2014 Verge Campus tour. See below for itinerary.

Drawing on R&B, hip-hop, jazz, pop, and Latin music, Springs’ four-song EP showcases her knack for merging old-school values with fresh and innovative styles. Kandace co-wrote the first single, “Love Got In The Way,” and the sultry “Forbidden Fruit,” with Sturken and Rogers, who produced the tracks along with Eli Wolf. “West Coast” and “Meet Me In The Sky” were produced by Philadelphia and Los Angeles-based team Pop & Oak (Nicki Minaj, Drake, Alicia Keys), who co-wrote these songs with Springs.

Hailed as an Essence “New & Next” artist, Springs talks about her music and performs “Forbidden Fruit,” accompanying herself on her Fender Rhodes keyboard, in this exclusive clip. The Wall Street Journal hailed Springs as a “suave songstress” and Entertainment Weekly praised “West Coast” as “buoyant neosoul that combines a rollicking horn arrangement and a bumping rap beat.” “The 23-year-old manages to carry out her mission statement of bridging classic soul with hip-hop by syncing her nostalgic vocals with record scratches and underground beats,” said while noted in a recent live review, “Kandace Springs set a calming environment with her soulful voice… audience members couldn’t get enough and begged her for another song.” Early fans have also included Prince, who invited Springs to come perform at his legendary Paisley Park Studio in Minneapolis after seeing one of her YouTube videos.

"Lock & Key" Party tomorrow in LA

LA Kittens is back, in one of the most exclusive addresses in Los Angeles.

Join us in a wonderful penthouse suite for a lock & key party. The rules are very simple, every man gets a lock, every woman gets a key.

The party will feature Killing Kittens' famous mix of seduction, with three dedicated playrooms, live DJ and high end drinks.
Expect, wall to ceiling windows with panoramic views of LA, open bar for members or champagne bar serving Veuve Clicquot, valet and cloakroom.

Your hostesses are looking forward to welcoming you.

Entry to the event is only accepted following registration. Register to join the sexual elite

Couples $150 including open bar (excluding champagne and prosecco)
The girls make the rules and only the girls can break the rules.

It's very simple really. Girls get keys and boys get locks. See you this Saturday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

R.I.P.: Kenny Wheeler

One of the best flugelhorn players in the jazz history -- alongside Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Tom Harrell and Chuck Mangione (yes, bastards purists, Mr. Mangione deserves to be on this list) -- Kenny Wheeler  just passed away today, September 18, 2014, at age 84. A perennial winner in the Jazz Station Polls, he was born Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler on January 14, 1930 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Wheeler leaves a brilliant discography. Two essential items are the LP "Seven Steps To Evans" (MPS, 1980), with an all-star European band -- Gordon Beck, Tony Oxley, Stan Sulzmann, Ron Mathewson -- and its companion DVD "A Tribute To Bill Evans," a concert based on the album and with the same personnel, except for Dieter Ilg replacing Matthewson. Actually, that concert was originally released on LaserDisc in Japan back in 1991, and reissued on DVD all over the world in 1999.

We also strongly recommend "Island" (with Bob Brookmeyer), "That's For Sure" (with Marc Copland and John Abercrombie), "Angel Song," "Kayak," "Other People," "One of Many " (with Steve Swallow and John Taylor), "The Long Waiting," "Six for Six" (released in 2013, although recorded in 2008), my personal favorite "Summerflood" (as a special guest with the German genius Jurgen Friedrich, released by CTI in Europe in 1998 and in the USA in 2003), and all the albums he did for ECM as a member of the Azimuth trio (the European one, alongside John Taylor and Norma Winstone.)

For the last two months, jazz musicians in the UK (he lived in London for the last 6o years), Canada and elsewhere were hopeful that Wheeler, a towering if extremely humble influence on so many musicians, would get the better of health difficulties. Some months ago, Wheeler was moved to a nursing home. More recently, he was hospitalised. We had posted about it sometime ago:
Here's a short obituary published in The Guardian:
Kenny Wheeler, contemporary jazz musician, dies aged 84
Trumpeter and composer became part of the free-improvisation movement after joining the London jazz scene

by Martin Williams, Friday 19 September 2014 01.02 BST
Photograph: Luigi Pretolani/Handout

Born in Canada in 1930, the trumpeter and composer joined the London jazz scene after moving to Britain in 1952. He played in groups alongside the likes of Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth and Tubby Hayes as well becoming part of the free-improvisation movement.

He gained critical attention in the 1970s with a series of recordings for small ensembles on albums including Gnu High and Deer Wan.

However, for many fans, Wheeler's artistic peak was in the 1990s with seminal albums including Music for Large and Small Ensemble and Kayak. In 1997 he again won critical acclaim for Angel Song, a quartet album featuring Bill Frisell, Dave Holland and Lee Konitz.

In later life, he was the founding patron of the Junior Jazz programme at the Royal Academy of Music and was the subject of a year-long exhibition by the Academy Museum. He celebrated his 80th birthday with a concert in 2010.

Announcing Wheeler's death on Thursday, Nick Smart, head of jazz at the Royal Academy of Music said: "It is hard to express just how large a contribution he made to the music in this country and around the world, and how deeply he touched the musicians that had the honour of working alongside him.

"With Kenny's passing we say goodbye to one of the great musical innovators of contemporary jazz. His harmonic palette and singularly recognisable sound will live on in the memory of all who heard him and in the extraordinary legacy of recordings and compositions he leaves behind, inspiring generations to come."

He added: "Famously self-deprecating, Kenny was always modest and humble about his own musical achievements. But the truth is, he was a genius walking amongst us, and it was the most tremendous privilege to have been able to consider him a dear colleague and friend."

Jazzwise magazine tweeted: "RIP Kenny Wheeler who made an immeasurable contribution to jazz."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quincy Jones' "Keep On Keepin' On" opens in LA this Friday @ The Landmark and Arclight

The haunting Quincy Jones-produced movie about trumpeter Clark Terry, "Keep On Keepin' On" is opening in Los Angeles‬ this Friday, Sept 19th, @ the The Landmark in West LA and at the Arclight Hollywood.
To buy tickets for the ‪#‎Landmark‬ screenings you can go here:
For those of you who haven't seen the trailer, you can check it out here:

The music documentary follows a unique mentorship between 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry and young piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, who will be in person, joined by the film’s director Alan Hicks, for a Q&A and a musical performance (by Kauflin) at select weekend shows: Friday, September 19 at 7pm show; Saturday, September 20 at 2pm, 4:30pm, and 9:30pm shows; and on Sunday, September 21 at 4:30pm and 7:00pm shows. Get tickets and reserved seats at

Benson's book to be released in LA on Sept 21

If you're in the Los Angeles area, forget anything else this next Sunday afternon, Sept 21, and please come out to Barnes & Noble (189 The Grove Drive, LA) at 2pm to meet Benson and get your copy of "George Benson: The Autobiography" (co-written with Alan Goldsher, foreword by Bill Cosby) signed by the man himself.

Lindsay Lohan's chat with The Telegraph

Lindsay Lohan enjoyed her chat with The Telegraph.
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Tom Harrell live @ Jazz Kitchen, Sept 19

What are you doing on September 19th?
Trumpet and flugelhorn master Tom Harrell will be playing @ Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis with Ugonna Okegwo, Luis Perdomo and Johnathan Blake.
Bonus: There is going to be a free master class on 9/20!

In addition to the 27 albums and thousands of concerts worldwide as a leader, Harrell has worked with important figures in jazz history including Phil Woods, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Sam Jones (with whom he briefly co-led a big band in the 70s), Jim Hall, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano and Charles McPherson, to name a few. More details:

Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. While Harrell is a master of the jazz idiom, he constantly seeks new challenges and influences. Even with a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Harrell has managed to stay fresh and current as he continues to actively record and tour around the world.

He is a frequent winner in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines’ Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee. Harrell is also a Trumpeter of the Year nominee for the 2012 Jazz Journalists Association Awards. His warm, burnished sound on the trumpet and the flugelhorn, and the unparalleled harmonic and rhythmic sophistication in his playing and writing, have earned Harrell his place as a jazz icon to aspiring musicians and devoted fans alike. His music is at once intelligent, soulful, fresh and accessible.

In contrast to Harrell’s tenure as an RCA/BMG recording artist (1996–2003) when much of his focus was on projects involving large ensembles, Harrell’s last five albums were made with the current members of his quintet: Wayne Escoffery on tenor sax, Danny Grissett on piano and Fender Rhodes, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. Each of these albums – NUMBER FIVE (2012), THE TIME OF THE SUN (2011), ROMAN NIGHTS (2010), PRANA DANCE (2009) and LIGHT ON (2007) – has received wide critical acclaim and won SESAC awards five years in a row for topping the US radio charts. The writing on these five releases is no less of an achievement than his work for the symphony or the big band. The trumpeter-composer deftly weaves complex harmonies together with daring rhythmic concepts and unforgettable melodies while utilizing the available colors to full effect.

In the last two years, Harrell has begun to develop new projects, often involving some or all of the quintet members. In June of 2011 he premiered his own arrangements of works by Debussy and Ravel with the nine-piece Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble. Since then the ensemble was featured on PBS’ Soundtracks and toured in the US. The TRIP quartet is a piano-less group that was formed last year after Harrell was commissioned to write new music by Dave Douglas for the Festival of New Trumpet Music. The group comprises tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, Harrell’s long-time bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Adam Cruz, and will reconvene during one of Harrell’s two-week run at the Village Vanguard in October. COLORS OF A DREAM, Harrell’s latest creation, will also perform at the Village Vanguard in late March; Harrell takes the piano-less concept one step further with this sextet featuring alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding and quintet members Wayne Escoffery, Ugonna Okegwo and Johnthan Bkake.

A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in music composition, Harrell is a prolific composer and arranger. Carlos Santana, Cold Blood, Azteca, Vince Guaraldi, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, WDR Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra and Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra are among the many who have recorded or performed his work. Harrell’s composition and arrangement, “Humility,” was recorded for the latter’s 2008 release, which just won a Grammy for the Best Latin Jazz Album.

Some of Harrell’s notable RCA/BMG recordings include WISE CHILDREN, a project in which he combines woodwinds, brass, horns, strings, guitars, percussion and the vocals of Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Jane Monheit and Claudia Acuna; PARADISE and THE ART OF RHYTHM, both of which feature chamber groups with strings; and his Grammy-nominated big band album, TIME’S MIRROR.

Arnaldo DeSouteiro Bio / Jazz Station Records (JSR), Address & Contact Info

            (Arnaldo DeSouteiro during a recording session in 2014)

"People are going to talk about you, especially when they envy you and the life you live. Let them. You affected their lives, they didn't affect yours... you will eventually lose someone you love & love someone you never thought you'd find..."
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Short Bio

Music Producer (with over 380 albums to his credit according to the All Music Guide), Voting Member of NARAS-GRAMMY and Jazz Journalists Association (NY), Member of LAJS (Los Angeles Jazz Society), Musical Philosopher, Journalist, Jazz & Brazilian Music Historian, Publicist, Public Relations, Composer (having written successful jazz & pop songs, some dance hits like "O Passarinho" for the Italian TV reality show "La Pupa e Il Secchione", and "Samba da Copa" for the "2006 World Cup" in Germany, plus many other soundtracks for movies, soap operas & TV series in the USA -- PBS, BET, Universal Cable etc --, Europe and Asia), Lyricist (he wrote lyrics to Dave Brubeck's "Broadway Bossa Nova" at the invitation of Brubeck himself, among other songs), Arranger, Percussionist, Keyboardist, Programmer, Educator (conducting clinics and panel sessions worldwide as the first Brazilian member of IAJE-International Association of Jazz Educators during its existence). He has also acted as consultant for several companies and jazz festivals all over the world.

Founder and CEO of JSR (Jazz Station Records), a Division of Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting - LA, Calif. Most recently, founded LaCalifUSA Pictures and JSR Casting in 2007 for movie & TV productions featuring music & fashion.

Produced the acclaimed CD compilation series "A Trip To Brazil," "CTI Acid Jazz Grooves," "Brazilian Horizons," "Focus on Bossa Nova," "Focus on Brazilian Music Grooves", "Bossa Nova Singers," "Bossa Nova Guitar","Jazz Rock" etc.

Produced special compilations for Quincy Jones ("Summer in the City - The Soul Jazz Grooves of Quincy Jones"), Chick Corea ("Electric Chick") and Deodato ("Do It Again - The Fantastic Jazz-Funk of Eumir Deodato"), all released by Verve/Universal. His latest CD for Verve is "Bossa Nova USA," released last May, featuring Dave Brubeck's title track performed by Quincy Jones.

Supervised and/or Directed TV specials featuring João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dizzy Gillespie, Chuck Mangione, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, Miles Davis, Dom Um Romão, Eliane Elias, Diana Krall, Eumir Deodato, Bjork et al. Worked with producers Creed Taylor, Yoichi Nakao, Susumu Morikawa, Matthias Kunnecke, and photographers Pete Turner, Victor Skrebneski, Robert Mappelthorpe, Duane Michals.

Mr. DeSouteiro has also worked in his native Brazil for TUPI-FM radio station (as musical programmer-DJ as well as hosting his own show, "Jazz Espetacular"), Manchete TV network (anchoring & supervising the "Terça Especial" series for which he interviewed such jazz giants as Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim etc), Globo TV network (screenplay, coordination and mix for the TV special "João Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim - O Grande Encontro" in 1992, the last time these 2 geniuses performed together, plus the texts and screenplay for the "Minuto da Bossa" series), and as the jazz columnist for the "Tribuna da Imprensa" (Press Tribune) daily newspaper during 29 years (from 1979 to 2008). Before moving to the USA, he also worked as Brazilian correspondent of "Keyboard" magazine (from 1985 to 1994), as a free-lancer to Billboard, Cuadernos de Jazz, Swing Journal and International Music Magazine, and as entertainment-in-flight programmer for several airline companies like Varig Brazilian Airlines (from 1983 to 1998).

Produced over 380 albums and sessions featuring: Luiz Bonfa, João Gilberto, Dom Um Romão, Ithamara Koorax, Thiago de Mello, Dexter Payne, João Donato, Palmyra & Levita, Mario Castro-Neves, Jorge Pescara, Paula Faour, Fabio Fonseca, Claudio Roditi, Hermeto Pascoal, Anna Ly, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Pascoal Meirelles, Yana Purim, Pingarilho, Nelson Angelo, Marcelo Salazar, Ron Carter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Steve Swallow, Herbie Hancock, Hugo Fattoruso, Larry Coryell, Sadao Watanabe, Jurgen Friedrich, Eloir de Moraes, Gazzara, Deodato, Jadir de Castro, Azymuth, Marcio Montarroyos, Sivuca, Laudir de Oliveira, Marcos Valle, Jay Berliner, George Young, David Matthews, Lew Soloff, Rodrigo Lima, Don Sebesky, Alphonso Johnson, Gene Bertoncini, John McLaughlin, Claus Ogerman, Raul de Souza, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and many others.

Produced and supervised CD reissues of albums by Ron Carter, Hank Crawford, Johnny Hammond, Sergio Mendes, Hubert Laws, Grant Green, Idris Muhammad, Joe Beck, Esther Phillips, Lonnie Smith, David Matthews & Whirlwind, Phil Upchurch, Tennyson Stephens, Miucha, Flora Purim, Carlos Lyra, Tamba Trio, Ivan Lins, Raul de Souza, Trio 3-D and many others. As annotator, he wrote liner notes and press releases for albums by Toots Thielemans, Hank Crawford, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Metheny, Eliane Elias, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Jeff Linsky and dozens of others for labels like RCA, CTI, Kudu, Milestone, Fantasy, Verve, Columbia, Irma, Alfa, JVC, Caju, Sonet, Paddle Wheel, JHO, Mercury, Imagem etc.

Mr. DeSouteiro also had the honor to be associated with some of the world's greatest photographers like Pete Turner (who did the cover photo for Jorge Pescara's CD "Grooves in the Temple," released on his own JSR label and featured on Turner's new book "The Color of Jazz"), Victor Skrebneski (the CD reissue of "Upchurch/Tennyson"), Bruce Weber (Esther Phillips' "For All We Know"), Robert Mappelthorpe ("Brazilian Horizons"), Alen MacWeeney, William Cadge, and Duane Michals (many of the CTI CDs) and so on. He has appeared in several movies and TV series such as the Award Winning documentary movie "Beyond Ipanema," for which he was interviewed alongside Creed Taylor, Lalo Schifrin, Wayne Shorter, Gene Lees and Norman Gimbel.
Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting, JSR Casting, LaCalifUSA Pictures
CEO & Founder: Arnaldo DeSouteiro
9930 Liebe Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90210
JSR - NY Address:
Arnaldo DeSouteiro
PO Box 1338
Radio City Station
New York, NY 10003
Jazz Station Records (JSR), a division of Jazz Station Enterprises
CEO & Founder · Los Angeles ·
Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Jazz Station Records - LA
1545 Wilshire Blvd.
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Radio City Station

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People are going to talk about you, especially when they envy you and the life you live. Let them. You affected their lives, they didn't affect yours... you will eventually lose someone you love & love someone you never thought you'd find...
Arnaldo DeSouteiro – Biografia ultra-resumida 

Produtor de discos, com cerca de 380 álbuns em sua discografia (incluindo novos CDs, reedições, coletâneas, trilhas sonoras, projetos especiais), conforme consta no All Music Guide, principal e mais acessado website sobre música no mundo. Jornalista e publicitário (formado em Comunicação pela PUC-RJ), tendo escrito para os jornais Tribuna da Imprensa (de 1979 até sua extinção em 2009, com 3.200 artigos publicados), Última Hora, O Globo e O Estado do Paraná, revistas Billboard, Keyboard (USA), Cuadernos de Jazz (Espanha), Swing Journal (Japão), Revista do CD (Brasil) etc. 

Roteirista de shows (João Gilberto, Diana Krall, Ithamara Koorax, Marcos Valle, Eumir Deodato, Bjork etc) e de especiais de TV para as emissoras Globo (Antonio Carlos Jobim & João Gilberto) e Manchete (Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim etc) no Brasil, BET e PBS nos EUA, NHK no Japão (Diana Krall, João Gilberto, CTI All Stars, Dave Brubeck etc).

Nascido no Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) em 1963, radicado em Los Angeles (EUA) desde 1999. Estudou piano clássico e harmonia com sua mãe, a pianista e maestrina Delza Agricola. É membro da Associação Brasileira de Imprensa (ABI) desde 1979, membro catedrático titular efetivo da Academia Internacional de Música desde 1985, membro votante do Grammy-Naras (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) desde 2006, membro votante da Los Angeles Jazz Society (único brasileiro) desde 2007, e também único brasileiro que é membro votante da Jazz Journalists Association (sediada em Nova Iorque) desde 2002. Atua como consultor e parecerista para diversas empresas, centros culturais e festivais de música no Brasil e no exterior.

Também foi membro honorário e primeiro membro brasileiro da Associação Internacional de Educadores de Jazz (IAJE – International Association of Jazz Educators) durante 12 anos, até sua extinção em 2008, tendo realizado palestras e "panel sessions" nas convenções anuais realizadas nos EUA. Fundador e Presidente da gravadora JSR (Jazz Station Records), sediada em Los Angeles – EUA desde 2001, uma divisão da Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting. Dirige também a LaCalifUSA Pictures, empresa de cinema que produz conteúdo e trilhas sonoras (composição, produção, seleção) para filmes e séries de TV. 

Produziu discos e sessões de gravação com artistas como Luiz Bonfá, João Gilberto, Dom Um Romão, João Donato, Palmyra & Levita, Mario Castro-Neves, Claudio Roditi, Gaudencio Thiago de Mello, Dexter Payne, Fabio Fonseca, Marcos Ozzellin, Herbie Hancock, Jorge Pescara, Paula Faour, Anna Ly, Pascoal Meirelles, Yana Purim, Carlos Pingarilho, Nelson Angelo, Marcelo Salazar, Ithamara Koorax, Ron Carter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Steve Swallow, Herbie Hancock, Hugo Fattoruso, Larry Coryell, Sadao Watanabe, Jurgen Friedrich, Gazzara, Eumir Deodato, Azymuth, Marcio Montarroyos, Sivuca, Laudir de Oliveira, Marcos Valle, David Matthews, Gene Bertoncini, John McLaughlin, Raul de Souza, Hermeto Pascoal, Gonzalo Rubalcaba e muitos outros. 

Como compositor e letrista, tem parcerias com Dave Brubeck (“Broadway Bossa Nova”), Francesco Gazzara (“O Passarinho”), Mamoru Morishita (“Hotaru”) e Fabio Fonseca (“Samba da Copa”, executado na cerimônia de abertura da Copa do Mundo de 2006). 
Produziu reedições de discos de Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Tamba Trio, Ivan Lins, Carlos Lyra, Miucha, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ron Carter, Idris Muhammad, Hank Crawford, Lonnie Smith, Johnny Hammond, Luiz Bonfá, Phil Upchurch, Tennyson Stephens, Eumir Deodato, Grant Green, Mario Castro-Neves, João Donato, Claus Ogerman, David Matthews, Esther Phillips, Joe Beck, Eric Gale e muitos outros.

Produziu as séries “A Trip To Brazil” (cujo Volume 1 chegou ao primeiro-lugar na parada de world-music na Europa em 1998, superando “Buena Vista Social Club”), “Brazilian Horizons”, “CTI: Acid Jazz Grooves”, “Jazz Club”, e retrospectivas - lançadas mundialmente entre 2006 e 2010 pelo selo Verve – das carreiras de Quincy Jones (“Summer In The City: The Soul-Jazz Groves of Quincy Jones”), Eumir Deodato (“Do It Again: The Fantastic Jazz Funk of Eumir Deodato”) e Chick Corea (“Electric Chick”).

Desde 1981, tem realizado, como free lancer, produção musical para diversas gravadoras, como RCA/BMG, Sony, Verve/PolyGram/Universal, CTI, King, Paddle Wheel, Pausa, Milestone/Fantasy, Warner/WEA, Motor Music, JVC/Victor, Sanyo, Movieplay, Imagem, Eldorado, CID, Alfa, RGE, Mr. Bongo, Terra Música, Blue Moon, Bomba, Cedar Tree, Treasure Trove, Irma, Vivid Sound, Motéma, e Huks Music, no Brasil, Europa, Estados Unidos, Japão e Coréia. 

Entre 1982 e 1984, atuou como assessor cultural do Serviço de Comunicação Social da Petrobras. Em 1983, criou, produziu e apresentou o programa "Jazz espetacular", transmitido pela Rádio Tupi FM. Em 1984, assumiu a responsabilidade da programação de bordo (musical e audiovisual) transmitida nos vôos internacionais da Varig, função que exerceu durante 14 anos. Também nesse período (1985 a 1987), participou da comissão de seleção do Free Jazz Festival. 

Escreveu textos de contracapa para discos de diversos artistas, como Toots Thielemans, Ella Fitzgerald, Eliane Elias, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jeff Kinsky, Paulo Bellinati e Carlos Barbosa Lima, entre outros. Assinou textos para divulgação ("press releases") de artistas como João Gilberto, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Pat Metheny, Bill Evans, Jimmy Smith, Elvin Jones, Stanley Turrentine e Tony Bennett.

Atuou como entrevistador em depoimentos prestados para o Museu da Imagem e do Som (Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo) por João Donato, Stellinha Egg, Maestro Gaya, Eumir Deodato, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim e Carlos Barbosa Lima. Em 2001, recebeu o prêmio de International Man of The Year, concedido pelo International Biographical Centre, de Londres. Foi o primeiro brasileiro a receber essa premiação, oferecida anteriormente a apenas quatro outros produtores: Arif Mardin, Tommy LiPuma, Quincy Jones e Phil Ramone. Ainda nesse ano, a JSR (Jazz Station Records), de sua propriedade, foi considerada uma das cinco melhores gravadoras de jazz do mundo, em relação publicada na edição de dezembro da revista especializada norte-americana "Down Beat", premiação que se repetiu por quatro anos (7º lugar em 2003, 9º lugar em 2004, 5º lugar em 2005 e 6º lugar em 2006).

Endereços para correspondência:
Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting, JSR Casting, LaCalifUSA Pictures
CEO & Founder: Arnaldo DeSouteiro
9930 Liebe Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90210
JSR - NY Address:
Arnaldo DeSouteiro
PO Box 1338
Radio City Station
New York, NY 10003
Jazz Station Records (JSR), a division of Jazz Station Enterprises
CEO & Founder · Los Angeles ·
Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Jazz Station Records - LA
1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
PO Box 1338
Radio City Station

"Lock & Key" Party in LA, Sept 20

LA Kittens is back, in one of the most exclusive addresses in Los Angeles. The time is upon us. Next Saturday, Sept 20, join us in one of LA's most exclusive addresses (a penthouse suite) for the first "Lock & Key" party. The rules are very simple: every man gets a lock, every woman gets a key.

The party will feature our famous mix of seduction, with three dedicated playrooms, live DJ and high end drinks.
Expect, wall to ceiling windows with panoramic views of LA, open bar for members or champagne bar serving Veuve Clicquot, valet and cloakroom.

Entry to the event is only accepted following registration. Register to join the sexual elite
Remember to register with us then you can buy your tickets.
Couples $150 including open bar (excluding champagne and prosecco)
The girls make the rules and only the girls can break the rules.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield at the Woodstock Jazz Festival, October 4th!

Join us at the Woodstock Jazz Festival!
Line up @ the Bearsville Theater on October 4: John Scofield,  Jack DeJohnette, John Medeski, Larry Grenadier, Ben Perowsky, Chris Speed and Uri Caine.
Click here for more information about this festival

Rodrigo Lima's "Saga" coming out soon!

The stunning debut album by Brazilian jazz guitarist Rodrigo Lima
2-CD set featuring Hubert Laws, Anat Cohen, Mike Mainieri, Don Sebesky, Hermeto Pascoal, Sammy Figueroa, Raul de Souza, Ithamara Koorax, Hugo Fattoruso, Joao Palma and many others.
Cover Photo by Pete Turner
Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for JSR

R.I.P.: Jackie Cain Kral

"Jackie Cain...she's my girl. I think she and her husband are great..." - Billie Holiday (in a blindfold test for Metronome magazine in 1950)

Jackie Cain Kral (born May 22, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), from the Jackie & Roy duo, passed away peacefully yesterday (September 15, 2014) in her home in Montclair, New Jersey, with her daughter, Dana, by her side. The wonderful singer gifted with a pristine sound and a golden voice, had been ill for a number of years as a result of a number of strokes. Now that Jackie is reunited with Roy, a quote from one of their signature songs seems appropriate... "In a mountain greenery, where God paints the scenery, just two crazy people together...we could find no cleaner retreat from life's machinery than our Mountain Greenery home..."

The epitome of class and musical sophistication, Jackie & Roy's "Time & Love" (CTI, 1972) is one of my desert island discs (and "Lazy Afternoon" is one of my desert island tracks.) It's also one of Don Sebesky's favorites. I love "Bogie," "A Wilder Alias," "Grass," "Lovesick," "Changes" and many others too.

In one of my productions for Verve, "A Trip To Brazil Vol.3" (2002), I was able to include Jackie & Roy's version of "Corcovado" (Quiet Nights), from "Lovesick," one of the several albums that came out as a result of their prolific association with visionary producer Creed Taylor since the ABC-Paramount days in the '50s.

In another CD compilation, "Bossa Nova Guitar" (Verve, 2009), I've included the George Benson recording of "Jackie, All," a song composed in her honor by Eumir Deodato, and also covered by Walter Wanderley.

More reflections to follow. Heaven just got a lot hipper.
(Jackie & Roy's debut album for CTI, arranged by Don Sebesky, and featuring Paul Desmond, Bob James, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Jay Berliner, Hubert Laws, Marvin Stamm et al)

(Their second CTI date, featuring Steve Gadd, Harvie Swartz, Joe Farrell, Roy Pennington; it was released on CD for the first time in the U.S. in 2011, although it had been previously reissued in Japan)

(Jackie & Roy, in the right corner, during an European tour with the CTI All Stars in 1972)
(Jackie & Roy, liner pic from "A Wilder Alias")
(Jackie & Roy with Don Sebesky)

(The first U.S. CD reissue of "Time & Love")

 (The first Japanese CD reissue of "A Wilder Alias")

(The first CD reissue of "Grass," released in Japan)

(A compilation including tracks from four albums produced by Creed Taylor for ABC-Paramount between 1956 and 1958, arranged by Bill Holman, Quincy Jones, Ralph Burns and Ernie Wilkins, featuring Frank Rosolino, Phil Woods, Herbie Mann, Charlie Mariano, Shelly Manne et al)

(A CD compilation produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for Verve, including George Benson performing "Jackie, All," a tune composed by Deodato in honor of Jackie Cain)