Saturday, April 23, 2016

Happy 93th Birthday, Elge Agricola!

(Arnaldo, Julia & Elge)
(Mariza, Julia & Elge)
(Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Elge Agricola on April 23, 2016 celebrating her 93th Birthday)

Bill O’Connell: "Heart Beat" CD Release Show, April 25th @ Subrosa

Bill O’Connell And The Latin Jazz All-Stars
"Heart Beat" CD Release Show
Monday, April 25th @ Subrosa
Shows at 7:30 and 9:30

Former CTI recording artist Bill O'Connell, who played in some of Dave Valentin's best albums for GRP, will be releasing his forth solo album this next monday, in NY. "Heart Beat" is out on Savant Records, the new label by executive producer Joe Fields, founder of Muse Records in the 70s.

Bill O'Connell-piano / Steve Slagle-sax and flute / Conrad Herwig-trombone / Luques Curtis- bass / Richie Barshay-drums / Roman Diaz-congas

63 Gansevoort St,
New York, NY 10014
(646) 240-4264
BILL O’CONNELL and the Latin Jazz All-Stars: "Heart Beat"

1.Vertigo 6:57
(B. O’Connell)(O’Connell Music)SESAC
2.The Eyes of a Child 7:37
(B. O’Connell)(O’Connell Music)SESAC
3.Awani  5:30
(B. O’Connell)(O’Connell Music / Roman Diaz)SESAC / BMI
4.Waters of March  6:50
(A.C. Jobim) (Corcovado Music)BMI
5.Tabasco 4:38
(B. O’Connell)(O’Connell Music)SESAC
6.ESP 6:11
(W. Shorter) (Miyako Music)BMI
7.Heart-Beat 7:11
(B. O’Connell)(O’Connell Music)SESAC
8.Wake Up 4:31
(B. O’Connell)(O’Connell Music)SESAC
9.Peace On Earth 7:08
(B. O’Connell)(O’Connell Music / Roman Diaz)SESAC / BMI

Bill O’Connell – piano
Conrad Herwig – trombone
Steve Slagle – soprano (tr. 1, 4, 7), alto (tr. 3, 6, 8, 9) saxophones & flute (tr. 2 & 5)
Luques Curtis – bass
Richie Barshay – drums
Roman Diaz – congas, percussion, bata drums (tr.2 & 9), vocal (tr. 9)
Melvis Santa – vocal (tr. 3, 6, 9)
Diego Lopez & Clemente Medina – bata drums (tr. 2 & 9)

All arrangements by Bill O’Connell
Produced by Bill O’Connell
Executive Producer: Joe Fields
Engineered by Chris Sulit
Recorded at Trading 8’s Music, Paramus, NJ on June 2 & 3, 2015
Mixed by Kevin Blackler at Blackler Mastering
Photography: Sophie Solomon-O’Connell

Bill O’Connell is a Steinway Artist
Steve Slagle plays Yanagisawa Soprano Saxophone and Van Doren Reeds
Conrad Herwig performs exclusively on Michael Rath trombones
Luques Curtis plays D’Addario strings & appears courtesy of Truth Revolution Records
Richie Barshay plays Canopus Drums, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals and Vic Firth Sticks
Roman Diaz plays Latin Percussion

Conrad Herwig appears courtesy of Half Note Records
Roman Diaz appears courtesy of Motema Music

Thursday, April 21, 2016

News From Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

14 April 2016                                    
Cecil Taylor / Portland, Oregon

Steve Dollar reports about the upcoming show "Open Plan: Cecil Taylor" at the Whitney Museum in New York which will feature several collaborations between Taylor and artists from different genres, talking to Lawrence Kumpf who organized the Whitney event as well as to the filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson who is working on a documentary about Taylor ( Stamford Advocate). Ben Ratliff ( New York Times), Charles J. Gans ( Wall Street Journal) and Seth Colter Walls ( The Guardian) report about the exhibition as well. --- John Rosman and Ann McGarry report about the recently discovered photo collection by Carl J. Henniger who documented jazz musicians visiting Portland, Oregon, in the 1950s, and show some of the previously unknown photos such as one of Dizzy Gillespie playing chess, Ella Fitzgerald as well as Duke Ellington on stage, and Charlie Parker being interviewed backstage ( OPB).

15 April 2016
Steven Lugerner / Steve Holt

Andrew Gilbert talks to the saxophonist Steven Lugerner about his latest project focusing on the music of Jackie McLean, about his fascination with the late saxophonist, as well as about working with the pianist Larry Willis, who made his recording debut on McLean's 1966 album "Right Now!" ( San José Mercury News ). --- Peter Hum talks to the Canadian pianist Steve Holt about how he got into jazz, about studying music at McGill University as well as with Kenny Barron, as well as about his return to music after he had been working in the financial sector for years ( Ottawa Citizen).

16 April 2016                             
San Francisco / New Orleans

Max DeNike reports about the current jazz scene in San Francisco and talks to Pascal Bokar Thiam, the owner of the former Savannah Jazz Club in SF's Mission District, about why there are no jazz clubs left in the city and what exactly led to the closure of his own club, to the publicist Marshall Lamm about the SFJazz performance center and how it is different from the former Fillmore District jazz clubs, to the multi-instrumentalist Adam Theis about the Jazz Mafia music initiative, while also reporting about the closing of other Fillmore venues like Yoshi's, Rassela's and the Church of St. John Coltrane ( SF Weekly). --- Jessica Williams reports about proposals to redevelop five vacant buildings in Louis Armstrong Park (former Congo Square) in New Orleans, among them the partially renovated Perseverance Hall, originally built in 1820 ( The Advocate). Franziska Buhre looks at some historic New Orleans maps and quotes from studies about the city and its impact on jazz ( TAZ Blog).
17 April 2016
Courtney Pine / Harry Greene / Bill Ramsey

The British saxophonist Courtney Pine answers questions about inspiration, home, food, practicing, future plans and his iPad being the one gadget he can't live without ( Bury Free Press). In the same paper saxophonist Harry Greene answers questions about his inspiration, favorite leisure activities, future plans, and Stevie Wonder ( Bury Free Press). --- Hans-Jürgen Finger reports about the American-German Bill Ramsey who turns 85 these days, a singer from Cincinnati, Ohio, who came to Germany in 1952 as a GI, worked for AFN radio and as a jazz and blues singer in clubs as the Jazzkeller in Frankfurt, then started a second career recording popular songs and performing in German movies, yet never quite leaving the music he loves best, jazz ( SWR).
18 April 2016
Esperanza Spalding / Washington, D.C.

Tamara Best talks to the bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding about the approach to her new album "Emily's D+ Evolution", and quotes the musician on some of the songs on it ( New York Times). --- Perry Stein looks at the rich jazz history of Washington, D.C., and talks to musicians such as Aaron Meyers II, the saxophonist Herb Scott, the restaurant owner Andy Shallal, and the city officials Margaret Singleton and Arthur Espinoza about supporting and thus "saving" the US capital's jazz scene ( Washington Post).

19 April 2016
Aaron Diehl / George Shearing

Peter Tonguette talks to the pianist Aaron Diehl about growing up in Columbus, Ohio, about his teachers and his road into jazz, about the call one day by Wynton Marsalis to go on the road with him, as well as about being aware of his roots ( Columbus Monthly). --- Chris Albertson links to the audio file of an interview he did with the pianist George Shearing in 1958 ( Stomp Off).

20 April 2016
... what else ... und sonst noch ...

Tom Reney sends his regards to the pianist Randy Weston on the occasion of his 90th birthday ( NEPR). --- Anja Katzke reports about a new festival initiated by young musicians in Moers, Germany ( Rheinische Post). --- Alex Ross attended the Big Ears festival in Knoxville, Tennessee ( The New Yorker). --- Nate Chinen reports about and speaks to the saxophonist and composer Henry Threadgill who just was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his album "In for a Penny, In for a Pound" ( New York Times). The Pulitzer announcement can be found here ( Pulitzer). --- Charles J. Gans talks to the pianist Vijay Iyer about his collaboration with the trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and their latest album, "a cosmic rhythm with each stroke" ( The Seattle Times). --- On the eve of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Alex Woodward talks to the trumpeter Christian Scott ( Gambit), Jennifer Odell talks to the drummer Jack DeJohnette ( Gambit), and John Wirt talks to the bassist Brian Quezergue ( Gambit).

Obituaries / Nachrufe

We learned of the passing of the German photographer Erika Rabau ( Der Tagesspiegel).

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut

Last Wednesday we held the 22nd edition of our Darmstadt Music Talks at Galerie Netuschil. The conversation with classical guitarist, composer, musicologist, educator and concert promoter Tilman Hoppstock was announced as "The eight-armed guitarist" and evolved into a lively discussion with the audience ( Darmstädter Musikgespräche). Our local newspaper reports ( Darmstädter Echo).

From this Thursday you can meet us at the annual trade fair jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany. There will be a closed meeting about the project "Jazz for Kids" as well as the meeting of Bundeskonferenz Jazz. There will also be public events we participate in such as a panel discussion on Saturday (23 April 2016, 12:30-2:00pm, Conference Room 1) introducing the jazzstudie2016 which we co-initiated and which will be presented by Thomas Renz from Universität Hildesheim and discussed by Uli Kempendorff of the IG Jazz Berlin, Sebastian Scotney of LondonJazzNews and Urs Röllin of Schweizer Musik Syndikat. Should you happen to be in Bremen this week, say hello!

The 14th volume 14 of our Darmstadt Studies in Jazz Research is at the printers. We expect the 320 page book titled "Gender and Identity in Jazz" on 9 May 2016 ( Wolke Verlag).

Laurie Antonioli in Concert Saturday Night!

In Concert! Laurie Antonioli
Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison Street

Rumors that Claus Ogerman has passed away

Very worried because I received, a couple of days ago, a message from a director of Verve Records saying: "Just heard a rumor that Claus Ogerman has passed away but there's nothing on the net yet..."

I'm trying to receive a confirmation from Ogerman's family.

Monday, April 18, 2016

DeSoto live @ The Mint, LA, April 28

Join us for beats, chimes and life on Thursday, April 28th at 8:15pm at The Mint LA:
6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

The full band will be rockin it:
Matthew Silberman, saxophone, EWI, APC40
Jessica Antunes Martins, vocals, guitar
Orbel Babayan, guitar
Mike Tree, drums

Some new music, some music from "sense of space" [EP]:

Stay after for:
9:00 PM - Pet Tigers
9:45 PM - The New West Collective
10:30 PM - Goodnight Kiss
11:15 PM - Red Eyed Light
12:00 AM - Electric One

Pianist Satoko Fujii performs in New York, Berkeley and Los Angeles next month

Satoko Fujii Returns to US for five concerts
May 17 - 23 in NY, Berkeley and LA
Concerts part of 20th anniversary celebration for Fujii's Libra Records label

Internationally acclaimed pianist/composer Satoko Fujii -- "one of the most original voices in free jazz" (Boston Globe) -- continues her yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of her Libra Records label with five concerts in the US from May 17 to 23. She will perform with her Orchestra New York in Brooklyn, and in NYC, Berkeley, and LA with groups especially assembled as part of the anniversary celebration.

Libra was launched in 1996 with Something About Water a duo recording with Fujii's mentor Paul Bley with whom she studied at New England Conservatory. In the years since then, Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura have released 41 albums on the label, featuring some of the most innovative and iconoclastic free jazz of the past two decades. They have recorded as a duet, with their numerous working small bands, as well as orchestras on three continents. It is an achievement few composer-improvisers have ever equalled.

In addition to maintaining her regular performance and recording schedule, Fujii is marking the label's anniversary with three types of special concerts. In October 2015, she began a series of monthly completely improvised piano solo concerts that have taken place globally in Tokyo and Mito, Japan; Berlin, Germany; Lille, France; and Sydney, Australia. With a special concert in Tokyo with trumpeter Kappa Maki and extraordinary Japanese percussionist Yoichi Okabe, she launched 20/20, a series of 20 concerts in 20 cities worldwide, each featuring the duo plus a special guest musician.

The second 20/20 concert took place in Fukuoka, Japan with Shota Toyama.   She will begin a series of revivals of all of her past projects in concert beginning with the Satoko Fujii Quartet (trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, bassist Takeharu Hayakawa, and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida) on July 31 in Tokyo. On her stateside visit in May, Fujii will also record a solo piano CD as well as a CD with the Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York, both to be released later this year.  Also coming this year is a recording with the Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo.

May performances include:

Tuesday, May 17 at 8:30 p.m. - Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York - IBeam, 168 7th Street, Brooklyn 
Featuring Oscar Noriega - alto sax; Ellery Eskelin, Tony Malaby - tenor sax; Andy Laster - baritone sax; Dave Ballou, Herb Robertson, Kappa Maki - trumpet; Joe Fiedler, Curtis Hasselbring, Joey Sellers - trombone; Nels Cline - guitar; Stomu Takeishi - bass; and Aaron Alexander - drums.
$20 suggested donation.

Wednesday, May 18 - Fujii with Ikue Mori and others - The Stone, Avenue C and 2nd Street, NYC
8:00 p.m. - Ikue Mori - electronics; Satoko Fujii - piano; and Ned Rothenberg - sax.
10:00 p.m. - Ikue Mori - electronics; Kappa Maki - trumpet; Satoko Fujii - piano; Jim Black - drums.
Admission $20.

Friday May 20 at 8 p.m. - 20/20 Vol. 2 - Berkeley Arts, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA
First Set:  Kappa Maki - trumpet; Satoko Fujii - piano; and special guest Gino Robair - drums
Second Set:  Larry Ochs - sax, Jason Hoopes - bass, and Jordan Glenn - drums
Third Set:  Both groups perform together.
 $15 donation. Co-sponsored by the Center for New Music San Francisco.
This is the 3rd concert of 20/20 - a series of Libra Records 20th anniversary events, each with a different special guest in 20 cities worldwide.

Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m. - Satoko Fujii: A Tribute to Paul Bley - Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA
In this completely improvised solo recital, pianist/composer Satoko Fujii pays tribute to her mentor Paul Bley. "I was able to find my musical voice because of Paul Bley. He always encouraged me to express my music, and to sound like myself, not like others. It was a real 'revolution' in my life.
General admission: $20.
This concert is the 8th in a series of completely improvised solo piano concerts performed monthly by Fujii to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her Libra Records label.

Monday, May 23 at 9 p.m. - Fujii, Maki, Cline - Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St, No. 301, Los Angeles, CA
Kappa Maki - trumpet; Satoko Fujii - piano; and special guest Alex Cline - drums.
Tickets: $15. Presented by Angel City Arts.
This is the 4th concert of 20/20 - a series of Libra Records 20th anniversary events, each with a different special guest in 20 cities worldwide.

Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer SATOKO FUJII as one of the most original voices in jazz today.  She's "a virtuoso piano improviser, an original composer and a band-leader who gets the best collaborators to deliver," says John Fordham in The Guardian.  In concert and on approximately 80 albums as a leader or co-leader, the Japanese native (now based in Berlin) synthesizes jazz, contemporary classical, avant-rock and Japanese folk music into an innovative music instantly recognizable as hers alone.

Since she burst onto the scene in 1996 after earning her graduate diploma from New England Conservatory, Fujii has led some of the most consistently creative ensembles in modern improvised music. In 2013, she debuted a new ensemble, the Satoko Fujii New Trio featuring bassist Todd Nicholson and drummer Takashi Itani, the first piano trio she has led since her trio with Mark Dresser and Jim Black last played together in 2008. With addition of her husband trumpeter Natsuki Tamura in 2014 the core trio expanded into a new quartet called Tobira. The all-acoustic Satoko Fujii ma-do quartet, together from 2007 to 2012, showcased the latest developments in her composition for small ensembles in an intimate acoustic setting. Another acoustic quartet, the Min-Yoh Ensemble with trumpeter Tamura, trombonist Curtis Hasselbring, and accordionist Andrea Parkins is dedicated to developing written and improvised music in the collective spirit of Japanese folkloric music. Fujii also led an electrifying avant-rock quartet featuring drummer Tatsuya Yoshida of The Ruins from 2001 to 2007.

Fujii has also established herself as one of the world's leading composers for large jazz ensembles. Since 1996, she has released a steady stream of acclaimed releases for jazz orchestras and in 2006 she simultaneously released four big band albums: one from her New York ensemble, and one each by three different Japanese bands.  In 2013 she debuted the Satoko Fujii Orchestra Chicago at the Chicago Jazz Festival. In 2015, she released a CD by her new Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin and worked with orchestras in the Oakland, Calif., and Beilefeld, Germany.

In addition to playing accordion in Tamura's Gato Libre quartet, she also performs in a duo with Tamura, as an unaccompanied soloist, with the international quartet Kaze, and in ad hoc groupings with musicians working in different genres. Her special projects have included collaborations with ROVA saxophone quartet, violinist Carla Kihlstedt, pianist Myra Melford, bassist Joe Fonda, and Junk Box, a collaborative trio with Tamura and percussionist John Hollenbeck.

She is also a member of a collaborative quartet, Dos Dos, which features flamenco-trained percussive dancer Mizuki Wildenhahn, and percussionist Faín S. Dueñas, a founder and former member of the Grammy-nominated band Radio Tarifa. She has also toured and recorded with saxophonist Larry Ochs' Sax and Drum Core, and appeared on albums by drummer Jimmy Weinstein, saxophonist Raymond McDonald, and Japanese free jazz legend, trumpeter Itaru Oki.

"Whether performing with her orchestra, combo, or playing solo piano, Satoko Fujii points the listener towards the future of music itself rather than simply providing entertainment," writes Junichi Konuma in Asahi Graph. She tours regularly appearing at festivals and clubs in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe. Her ultimate goal: "I would love to make music that no one has heard before."

Chloe Mercedes @ Club Lambi, next Saturday

Chloe Mercedes will be performing as part of the Landmark Showcase Festival next Saturday, April 23rd, with Chris Sean on the piano. Don't miss if you live in Montreal or will be there this next weekend.

Club Lambi
4465 St-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
Set time: TBD - Will be after 10pm.
Tickets: $15 at the door.

Stay tuned for her upcoming album 'Evolve' and more shows this Summer.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

R.I.P.: Jeremy Steig (1942-2016)

(born September 23, 1942 in New York, NY, USA;
died April 13, 2016 in Yokohama, Japan)

So sad to be informed about the passing of one of the world's greatest flutists, Jeremy Steig, to whom I was introduced through his recordings for the CTI label in the 70s; his own "Firefly" album, that was released in my native Brazil, as well as sessions with Art Farmer, Lalo Schifrin, Urbie Green, Idris Muhammad and Hank Crawford.

Son of famed cartoonist William Steig, he started playing a recorder at age 6, and begun studying flute seriously at 11 with Paige Brook, then a member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He went to high school with Eddie Gomez, something that later would lead him to play often and even record with both Bill Evans and Gomez.

"I bought a Clifford Brown/Max Roach record, and realized that I had been playing jazz all along, without knowing the word. Back in the 60's, I used to sit in with everybody. Back then, musicians weren't so protective of their territory, and they all let me sit in with them. I sat in with a wide variety of musicians, and with rock bands, too. I found I could keep my "soloing integrity" while playing over a funky beat, "Steig told in an excellent interview to Scott McIntosh.{}
Early in his career he played in a band which included Paul Bley and Gary Peacock. Discovered by producer John Hammond, he signed with Columbia and released his debut solo album in 1963, "Flute Fever: Introducing The Exciting New Sound of the Jeremy Steig Quartet," with Denny Zeitlin (piano), Ben Tucker (bass) and Ben Riley (drums), playing mostly bop standards by Miles Davis ("So What"), Thelonious Monk ("Well, You Needn't") and Sonny Rollins ("Oleo"). Steig himself did the drawings for the album cover and back cover. And, btw, he continued to paint till his final days.
Steig also joined the Paul Winter Sextet (recording "Jazz Meets The Folk Song" in 1964), and toured Brazil with that group in 1965, when he, Winter and other members of the band were invited by arranger Eumir Deodato to record on Marcos Valle's second album for Odeon, "O Compositor E O Cantor." [none of the musicians were credited on the original pressing....]

In the late '60s, Steig played with Richie Havens before joining Tim Hardin's backing band and then forming his own rock-influenced band, Jeremy And The Satyrs, with Adrian Guillery, Donald McDonald, Eddie Gomez and Warren Bernhardt.
According to Ron Wynn on the prestigius All Music Guide website, "One of the earliest and finest jazz-rock flutists, Jeremy Steig is an outstanding soloist. He's mastered the entire flute family, including bass, and also plays piccolo well. He has a similarly rich, classically pure tone and timbre as James Newton or Hubert Laws [I disagree completely, 'cause they have very different styles], and uses almost as many devices, such as tongue fluttering, humming, and swirling lines."

Actually, Steig also incorporated electronics such as the wah wah peddle and ring modulator. He has continued to work as a soloist and with his own groups, although he has also performed with Mike Mainieri, Bill Evans and Art Blakey in the 60s, and with Jan Hammer, Pierre Courbois' Association PC and Tommy Bolin in the early 70s. Below, he is pictured with Eddie Gomez.
"I sat in with the Bill Evans Trio (their last set) every night, for about 10 years, whenever they played New York," he told Scott McIntosh. Steig also played a lot with Joe Chambers during the '70s, and did sessions with Mike Nock, Karl Ratzer, Naná Vasconcelos, Ray Barretto, Steve Gadd, and Jack DeJohnette in the '80s.
Steig's brilliant discography includes 26 albums as leader or co-leader, for such labels as Columbia, Reprise, Blue Note, Solid State, Capitol, Verve, Atlantic, CTI, Enja and CMP. Among them, the Grammy-nominated "What's New?" recorded for Verve with Bill Evans' trio (with Steig's long time friend Eddie Gomez on bass and Marty Morell on drums) in 1969.
Other famous albums are "Legwork" (Solid State), "Energy" (Capitol), Wayfaring Stranger" (recorded for Blue Note in 1971), and "Outlaws" (a duet with Eddie Gomez for Enja in 1976.)
A somehow obscure 2-LP set, "Jazz Wave, Ltd. On Tour" was recorded live in Europe in December 1969, and released in 1970 on Blue Note, with previously unreleased tracks by Jeremy Steig, Kenny Burrell, Freddie Hubard, Jimmy McGriff and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. The highlight is a killer version of Edu Lobo's "Reza" performed by Steig with a trio that includes Ron Carter and Louis Hayes, and which runs for over 12 minutes! The flutist returns on "Once Around," which has Steig, Hubbard, McGriff, and Burrell all soloing madly over a 16-minute side-long number written by Thad Jones and supported by the Jones/Lewis big band.
"Howlin' For Judy," the much sampled opening track from Steig's 1970 LP "Legwork" became an acid jazz hit and hip-hop favorite in the 90s, after it was sampled on Beastie Boys' "Sureshot," the opener from their 1994 album "Ill Communication." It was used as title track for a best-selling Steig CD compilaton released on the Blue Note label in 2008.
When Hubert Laws left CTI, Creed Taylor felt he needed a new flute player for his label and signed Steig in 1976. As usual on CTI, the producer featured the recently signed artist on various albums by other artists: Urbie Green's "The Fox" (one of the best tracks, "Another Star," I've included in the "CTI Acid Jazz Grooves" that I produced in 1997), Lalo Schifrin's "Towering Toccata," Art Farmer's "Crawl Space," Idris Muhammad's best-selling album ever "Turn This Mutha Out," and "Hank Crawford's Back."
However, Steig released only one album as a leader for CTI: "Firefly," arranged by David Matthews in March/April 1977, and featuring an all-star cast that included Steve Gadd, Gary King, Eric Gale, John Scofield, Hiram Bullock, Richard Tee, Cliff Carter, Richie Beirach, Ray Mantilla, Joe Shepley, Lew Soloff, Sam Burtis, vocalist Googie Copolla and many others. The stellar project yielded a jazz radio hit (Dave Grusin/Earl Klugh's "Living Inside Your Love," made famous by George Benson), the funk-disco title track co-written by Steig, Matthews & Coppola, and my favourite tune, Joe Chambers' acoustic post-bop "Hop Scotch."
As a sideman, he can be also heard on albums by such artists as Nat Adderley, Richie Havens, Mike Mainieri, Yoko Ono, Johnny Winter, Eddie Palmieri, Bob Moses, Art Garfunkel, Ray Mantilla and several others, often performing on projects by Eddie Gomez. He also wrote the soundtrack for the movie "The Amazing Bone" in 1984.

"Late in March, Jeremy asked me to make videos of him drawing at home on his last days. He talked about various things while working on pictures and suggested that I add soundtracks using his archival flute music to show on his official website," "As if nothing had happened," he said. His home-recording continued for many years in both U.S. and Japan, and it will take time to just listen. Putting together clips will be a slow process. But if you take a look from time to time, you may discover something new that Jeremy has left to us," his widow Asako Steig wrote in a short statement.
"The rose in the photo is called My Garden, his favorite in our little garden in Yokohama," she said. Rest in Peace.

The Blues Farm All-Stars in NY, tomorrow!

This Sunday, April 17, kicks off the Blues Farm's Two City/One Day/World Tour!
Double groovilation, twice as nice!

At first @ The Falcon (1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY), 11am-2pm
Then @ Brian's Backyard BBQ (1665 Route 211 East, Middletown, NY), 5pm-9pm

Featuring John Tropea (guitar), Pete Levin (organ), Lee Finkelstein (drums) & Rob Paparozzi (vocals)!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Barbara Fasano live @ Kitano NY, April 16

Message from singer Barbara Fasano, who performs @ Kitano, NY, April 16, sets at 8pm and 10pm:
"I'm so happy to be returning to Jazz at Kitano! We'll be continuing our celebration of my new CD BUSY BEING FREE and there might even be a suprise guest! I'm thrilled that pianist/arranger John di Martino is with me, along with Martin Wind on bass & Vince Cherico on drums."

Jazz at the Kitano
66 Park Ave [Southwest Corner of 38th and Park Avenue], New York

Made in New York Jazz Gala, May 21

The Made In New York Jazz Gala became one of the most significant International jazz events in New York, featuring legendary Jazz Artists. This year we celebrate the 3rd Annual International Jazz Gala!

The winner of the competition João Barradas, one of the most recognized young accordionists in Europe, will be performing this year.

“I regard João Barradas as a beacon in the future development of accordion as a serious instrument.  He is a master of all styles from classical repertoire and is the most convincing jazz improviser I have heard to date on the instrument.” – Gil Goldstein

João Barradas and other participants TBA of Made In New York Jazz Competition will be joined by stellar lineup of American jazz masters:

Rufus Reid, one of today’s premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena.

Tommy Campbell (known for his work with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and others), Philip Harper (The Jazz Messengers and Charles Mingus Big Band),

Bobby Sanabria 7 times Grammy award nominee, composer, arranger, educator and writer specializing in Latin jazz. Yaacov Mayman, art director of the competition (Yaacov has performed and/or recorded with Joe Lovano, Benny Golson, Ray Santiago and others).

The host of the GALA 2016 will be George V Johnson Jr., one of the most recognizable jazz voices who mentored and performed regularly with “James Moody & Lou Donaldson”.

Special guest from Italy: Federico Malayalam from Italy! Internet sensation and one of the most watched jazz, fusion bass players on YouTube and social media. Some of his videos performing have well over a million views, displaying great musicianship and a technical ability that is jaw dropping.

The Made in New York Jazz Competition enters its fourth year in 2016, featuring a worldwide audience of jazz fans, as well as a slate of musicians from 47 countries and counting.

“The talents keep surprising us every year! It’s great to be part of this discovery process. Our community grows very fast, just last year the competition was ranked as number one jazz competition in Google, Yahoo and Bing. This is an incredible feeling to see some of the artists succeed after participating in Made In New York Jazz Competition” – says Misha Brovkin, founder of the competition.

Ticketing Services: 212.220.1460

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Arnaldo DeSouteiro Bio

Arnaldo DeSouteiro – Biografia ultra-resumida 

Produtor de discos, com cerca de 530 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) e da Ordem dos Músicos do Brasil (OMB) 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 JSR Casting e 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, Bjork, Rodrigo Lima, Don Sebesky, Hubert Laws, 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, Claus Ogerman, Gazzara, Eumir Deodato, Azymuth, Marcio Montarroyos, Sivuca, Laudir de Oliveira, Marcos Valle, David Matthews, Gene Bertoncini, John McLaughlin, Raul de Souza, Hermeto Pascoal, Jadir de Castro, Lew Soloff, George Young, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Alphonso Johnson 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, China, Taiwan 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).  

Foi entrevistado em vários programas de TV, seriados (incluindo o documentário "Laurindo Almeida, Muito Prazer" exibido pelo canal GNT) e filmes como o premiado documentário "Beyond Ipanema", no qual foi entrevistado ao lado de Creed Taylor, Lalo Schifrin, Wayne Shorter, Gene Lees e Norman Gimbel. Depois de apresentado em diversos festivais de cinema nos Estados Unidos e Europa, "Beyond Ipanema" foi transformado em série de televisão transmitida em território brasileiro pela emissora Canal Brasil em 2014.
Jazz Station Records (JSR), a division of Jazz Station Enterprises
CEO & Founder · Los Angeles 

            (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 530 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 530 albums and sessions featuring: Luiz Bonfa, João Gilberto, Dom Um Romão, Thiago de Mello, Dexter Payne, João Donato, Palmyra & Levita, Mario Castro-Neves, Jorge Pescara, Paula Faour, Fabio Fonseca, Claudio Roditi, Rodrigo Lima, Hermeto Pascoal, Ithamara Koorax, Don Sebesky, Sammy Figueroa, Bjork, 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, 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 photos for Rodrigo Lima's "Saga" and Jorge Pescara's "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
Jazz Station Records (JSR), a division of Jazz Station Enterprises
CEO & Founder · Los Angeles ·

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Kristin Korb & Friends in Southern California, April 20-24

Kristin Korb is back in California with Los Angeles' finest for 5 concerts this month, featuring Patrice Rushen (piano) and Aaron Serfaty (drums). It is going to be a continuous party through Southern California. You'll get a first hand sneak peak of her new material!

20 April Rancho Mirage Library
21 April The Merc, Temecula
22 April House Concert, LA
23 April Alvas, San Pedro
24 April House Concert, San Juan Capistrano

Sonny Rollins' "Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4" out April 15

For his new album "Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4," the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins once again taps into his vast archives of his own concert recordings to compile superior performances for release in the acclaimed Road Shows series. The album encompasses some 33 years (1979-2012) yet coheres with all of the compelling logic and narrative force of an extended Sonny solo.

"Holding the Stage," to be released by Doxy Records  digitally April 8 and on CD April 15, the second album in a distribution agreement with Sony Music Masterworks and its jazz imprint OKeh, is truly a treasure chest that includes tunes Rollins has never before recorded and musical relationships previously undocumented. “This album consists of various periods of my career, with something for everybody,” says Rollins. “It’s who I am, and the music represents just about every aspect of what I do.”

Three Rollins originals pay tribute to departed friends and colleagues. The soulful blues “H.S.,” for Horace Silver, has been a concert staple since its appearance on Sonny’s 1995 Milestone album "Sonny Rollins +3." Saxophonist/arranger Paul Jeffrey, who died last year at 81, is remembered in the funky “Professor Paul,” a new composition making its recorded debut here. Of “Disco Monk,” from 1979’s "Don’t Ask" (Milestone) and rarely performed since, Rollins told CD annotator Ted Panken: “It was disco-disco-disco then, everywhere you went, but I heard something juxtaposed with [Thelonious] Monk within this disco craze, and I wanted to meld them in a way that both styles would be themselves and yet be one.”

Another highlight is a previously unreleased 23-minute medley (and concert closer) from his September 15, 2001 Boston performance, most of which had been immortalized in Rollins’s final Milestone album, the Grammy Award-winning "Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert."

“Sweet Leilani,” introduced on his "This Is What I Do" album of the year before, morphs into a richly evocative solo cadenza and an epically ecstatic “Don’t Stop the Carnival.”

In the Harlem of his youth, Rollins told Panken, “music was happening on every street corner. So the idea of ‘keep the music going’ is in that song. Don’t stop the carnival. In the case of 9/11, that was especially  prophetic.”

Since launching his Doxy Records imprint in 2006 with the Grammy-nominated studio album "Sonny, Please," Sonny Rollins has been turning to his concert recording archive dating back nearly 40 years for release on the label. The selections in Volume 1 (2008) spanned nearly three decades and included a trio track from the saxophonist’s 50th-anniversary Carnegie Hall concert, while Volume 2 (2011) focused primarily on his historic 80th-birthday concert at New York’s Beacon Theatre. Volume 3 (2014) marked the first recording of “Patanjali” and hinged on a stunning 23-minute excavation of Jerome Kern’s “Why Was I Born?”

"Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4" was produced by Rollins and his longtime engineer, Richard Corsello. Personnel includes trombonist Clifton Anderson; pianists Stephen Scott and Mark Soskin; guitarists Bobby Broom, Peter Bernstein, and Saul Rubin; bassists Bob Cranshaw and Jerome Harris; drummers Kobie Watkins, Perry Wilson, Victor Lewis, Jerome Jennings, Al Foster, and Harold Summey Jr.; and percussionists Kimati Dinizulu, Sammy Figueroa, and Victor See Yuen.


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Cecilia Coleman Big Band returns to Gillespie Auditorium, April 12

Join us when NY welcomes back Cecilia Coleman's exciting Big Band at Jazz Tuesdays on Tuesday, April 12. There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30pm. For advanced sales and information call 212-222-5159. Admission is $15, $10 for Students.

In 2010, Cecilia became a big band leader of significance. She told her friend, trumpeter/music publisher Don Sickler, that she'd love to pen some big band arrangements and asked for his thoughts. "The most helpful thing that Don said to me," she recalls, "was to make sure that I started with a sketch. I looked at my quintet arrangements and realized that they all had potential for a big band. I wrote two arrangements right away - and then things snowballed."

After having written many arrangements in a short period of time, Cecilia naturally wanted to hear what the music sounded like, so she recruited her own ensemble. "What essentially started as a rehearsal band quickly turned into a serious endeavor, due in large part to the overwhelming support I received from other musicians. After rehearsals, they'd phone or write to say how much they enjoyed my music and tell me that I had to keep this thing going. They've been extremely supportive and enthusiastic, which makes this extremely rewarding for me. In fact, the big band has become the love of my life."

With New York's pool of accomplished jazz players to choose from, she expanded her arranging scope and palette. The eighteen-member CeciliaColeman Big Band, which includes six saxophonists (one of them a fulltime soprano player) has a regular gig at The Garage in Greenwich Village. They've also played at Zinc Bar, Fat Cat, the Baha'i Center, Trumpets and the Saint Peter's Church "Jazz At Midday" concert series.

"Oh Boy," the band's debut recording, recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's famed New Jersey studio, was released in 2011 on the PandaKat label.  "Cecilia has done a lot of work for me," says Sickler, who served as producer.  Though it's really tough to have a big band these days, she works extremely hard.  She's determined to do this thing and will never give up!"

In short, Cecilia Coleman has developed into an exceptional composer whose distinctive, varied pieces reflect where jazz has been - and where it is going.

Tickets will be sold at the door,or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.
For more about acts at "Jazz Tuesdays", check out their website at

Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spin Cycle to Release Debut CD on May 6

With its strong melodies, tight rhythms, intriguing textures, and sophisticated interplay, Spin Cycle has got everything covered. What makes the band special is how everything fits together -- or, by intention, doesn't. For listeners and band members alike, every tune is an adventure.

Spin Cycle is the new quartet co-led by drummer Scott Neumann and tenor saxophonist Tom Christensen -- and also featuring fellow veterans of the New York jazz scene Pete McCann on guitar and bassist Phil Palombi -- whose self-titled debut CD will be released by the leaders' Sound Footing Records on May 6.

Spin Cycle boasts six compositions by Christensen, a consummate multi-instrumentalist who mostly plays tenor saxophone here, and four by Neumann. Having performed in all kinds of settings including the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Mandolin Project, the Gil Evans ProjectMadeleine Peyroux's touring group, Broadway pit bands -- and Cheap Trick -- the co-leaders know how to dig deep, swing hard, and put a shine on a ballad.

After finishing a CD of his own in 2013 with Michael Blake and Mark Helias [the Neu3 Trio's Blessed], Neumann "got the thought of collaborating on an ongoing basis with musicians I liked and respected -- with friends who would get along sharing business responsibilities as well as creative ones.

"I naturally thought of Tom. In addition to playing together, and playing with many of the same musicians, we've spent a lot of time backpacking and hiking together. He had tunes, I had tunes. They went well together because we share a lot of the same musical influences."

Once they decided on the format of the band, getting McCann on board was the next step. Neumann has played with the Wisconsin native for more than 30 years, going back to their days at North Texas State (now the University of North Texas). And Christensen had played with the guitarist in Maria Schneider's big band. Palombi, a gifted bassist with whom Neumann had played in trumpeter Bill Mobley's big band during their four-year run at Smoke, was the final inspired piece to fall into place.
Spin Cycle
Spin Cycle outdoors: saxophonist Tom Christensen, drummer Scott Neumann, guitarist Pete McCann, bassist Phil Palombi.

Spin Cycle is bookended by lighthearted tunes inspired by the composers' daughters. Neumann's "Rainbow Shoelaces" features a simple melody and funky B section. Christensen's "Hamsters, Hamsters" is a straight-ahead, uptempo minor blues.

The title track, written for this session by Christensen, shows off a deeper and more complex side of the band via its intricate and varied cycle of chord changes. Neumann's "Crystalline," which features McCann on nylon-string guitar, is distinguished by its lingering over-the-top melody. And then there's the punk rock-like composition, "Smart Aleck," with its bellicose guitar opening and other aggressive effects. "This lineup gives us a lot of room to try out different things," says the drummer.

Scott NeumannBorn in 1962 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Scott Neumann started on the drums as a youngster and was exposed to what we now call classic rock by his older brother. Scott eventually found his way to the jazz-rock fusion of bands including Weather Report and Return to Forever.
Neumann went on to blossom in the esteemed music program at North Texas State and moved to New York in 1988. He's been a busy player on the New York scene ever since, playing with such luminaries as Kenny Barron and Ben Allison and accruing impressive credits as a vocal accompanist (for Ann Hampton Callaway, among others), Broadway musician (he made Swing!swing), and instructor (he directs the drum studies program at Lehigh University).
Tom Christensen
Tom Christensen was born in 1961 in Ventura, California. Like Neumann, he was drawn to rock early on; he became interested in jazz-rock fusion and straight-ahead jazz while attending high school in the Napa Valley. Frequenting clubs in nearby San Francisco, he heard such legends as Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, and Art Blakey and had the opportunity to take private lessons from tenor saxophone great Joe Henderson.

Christensen attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, studying classical music as well as jazz on both undergraduate and graduate levels. Since moving to the New York City area in 1989, he has established himself as a go-to player in jazz and commercial settings. For eight years, he was a member of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, appearing on five of their albums. He also has played on recordings by Joe LovanoDon Sebesky, and the David Liebman Big Band. Christensen, who is on the faculty of the Fieldston School in New York, first recorded as a leader in 2000 (Gualala).

Spin Cycle will be performing a CD release show at Smalls in New York on Friday 5/6, as well as a mini-tour taking them to the Jazz Room in Waterloo, Ontario, 6/25; the Rex in Toronto. 6/26; and the Rochester (NY) Jazz Festival, 6/27.

"After playing with Scott for many years around New York," says Christensen, "I'm really excited about our new band Spin Cycle. We are both committed to the band and its musical vision. This is the first in what will be a long line of great recordings."
Scott Neumann & Tom Christensen: Spin Cycle EPK
Scott Neumann & Tom Christensen:
Spin Cycle EPK
Sound Footing Records  Spin Cycle