Friday, September 30, 2016

"Festival," Matt Ulery's 7th album coming out soon with release concerts in Chicago, Oct 7 & 8

Prolific and earnest bassist/composer, Matt Ulery, helps to spearhead a musical movement of art and beauty emerging out of the vibrant, blossoming scene in Chicago with his 7th album, "Festival." Featuring his quintet (Loom) and an expanded 27-piece jazz orchestra (Loom/Large), this major work in three parts will be available on double vinyl, CD, and digital download formats on his own label, Woolgathering Records (WR-0003), October 4th, 2016.

"Festival" presents a rich variety of instrumental music with dramatic intensity and dynamic, choreographic aesthetic design with deep historical roots in American jazz and folk forms while celebrating the survival of experimental art music presentation.

Part 1 begins boldly with Ulery's first ever arrangement on record, a monumental version of Jimmie Rowles' jazz classic, "The Peacocks," featuring violin soloist, Zach Brock (Stanley Clarke, Snarky Puppy) and jazz orchestra including five saxophones, five trumpets, 4 trombones, tuba, piano, bass, drums, and violin section, followed by an enterprising original epic for this ensemble, "Hubble," also featuring lead players such as Greg Ward and James Davis.

Parts 2 features the core quintet including Rob Clearfield/piano, Jon Deitemyer/drums, Geof Bradfield/clarinets, Russ Johnson/trumpet, and Ulery/double bass introducing six pieces exploring new resounding grooves and lyrical lexicon.

Part 3 is something of a secular parade as Ulery transitions to tuba and Clearfield to pump organ as the quintet channels the spirit and emotions of social ritual and traditions.

Deeply acknowledging the lineage and legacy of jazz and American music, "Festival" celebrates the values a community recognizes as essential to its ideology, its social identity, and to its historical continuity and physical survival.

For a decade, Ulery has been the leader of his own groups and frequent collaborator based in Chicago. He has produced and released 6 previous albums of all original music as a leader including his three most recent releases of critical acclaim (Top 50 albums - NPR), "By a Little Light," "Wake an Echo," and "In the Ivory," on Dave Douglas's Greenleaf Music record label in 2012-2014.

Recently featured in Vanity Fair's "Millenials Shaking Up the Jazz World," Ulery recently contributed as a bassist/improviser on Makaya McCraven's album, "In the Moment" (International Anthem), as string arranger on Wild Belle's "Dreamland," (Colombia Records), and has an on-going collaboration with the 4-time Grammy winning sextet, Eighth Blackbird.

"Festival" will be presented at the Green Mill in Chicago on October 7 & 8. More tour dates will be announced soon on

Aecio Flavio & Arnaldo DeSouteiro

 (pianist/composer Aecio Flavio, singer Ithamara Koorax & Arnaldo DeSouteiro)

Early Bird Pre-registration rate for Jazz Connect Conference extended until October 7!

Register now for the Jazz Connect Conference and save 15% or more! Early Bird Pre-registration extended by ONE week!

Because of the large demand, the Early Bird pre-registration for the Jazz Connect Conference on January 5-6, 2017 has been extended until Friday, October 7.  Up to that date, the pre-registration rate is only $125, with additional discounts for members of various organizations, such as APAP, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Chamber Music America, Jazz Journalists Association, JazzWeek, JazzCorner, Local 802 and several others.

For more information, go to

The conference, which brings together the jazz community for a series of panels, workshops and special events, will again be held at Saint Peter's Church at 54th Street & Lexington Avenue.  The 2017 Jazz Connect Conference, with a theme of The Family of Jazz, flows into both the APAP conference and Winter Jazzfest. This past year's conference was attended by over 800 industry professionals and artists (a 20% increase from the previous year) and featured a keynote address by Dee Dee Bridgewater, recently named a NEA Jazz Master.

The Grammy-award winning bandleader/composer/arranger Maria Schneider will give the keynote address at the 2017 Jazz Connect Conference.  Christian McBride will receive the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award, for his efforts in expanding the audience for jazz.

Monday, September 26, 2016

TBT: Carlos Barbosa-Lima & Arnaldo DeSouteiro

(guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima & producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro)
    (Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Ithamara Koorax & Carlos Barbosa-Lima)
(Carlos Fuchs, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Ithamara Koorax & Carlos Barbosa-Lima)

Alex Levine's "Toward The Center" out next month

Alex Levine is a guitarist, composer and improviser, currently living in New York City. He graduated from the University of Michigan jazz studies program in 2012, where he studied with Geri Allen and Frank Portolese, and is an alumnus of the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop. In New York, he has continued his studies with Miles Okazaki and Henry Grimes. 

Alex has played with groups led by Francois Moutin, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, and many others, along with leading his own projects, performing concerts throughout the United States and Europe. He's a founding member of Polyfold Musical Arts Collective, whose focus is to support the creation, presentation, and ongoing development of creative music, and to foster artistic expression through education and outreach.

On his own words:

The body of work represented on Towards The Center was first developed during my time at the University of Michigan School of Music. The earliest composition on the album, "Ritual Dance", was inspired in part by contemplative practices introduced to me by Professor Martha Travers. "Ritual Dance" refers not only to physical movement, but also the merging of individual minds into a group consciousness. Creating, practicing, and performing music is a ritual that transforms and transcends boundaries between individuals, musicians and listeners. Towards The Center is a process by which each musician, and listener alike, relates to the mysterious gravity that exists at the center of a group interaction, and improvises with a focus on the total group dynamic. At the core of each performance is a collection of ideas, compositional and formal frameworks, and shared practices and strategies that each of us draws upon to intuitively realize a collective musical statement.

It was essential to me that the music presented on this album be created through an intuitive and unhurried process. So, rather than presenting the music in a written form, with specific pre-determined arrangements, all of the music captured on this album was communicated and developed aurally. This process required each musician to engage deeply with the material and to fully internalize each element of the compositions, and enables a greater fluidity and flexibility in our execution of the music. I am eternally grateful to saxophonist Marcus Elliot, bassist Ben Rolston, and drummer Stephen Boegehold for their creativity, musicianship, and commitment to this project. As a quartet, we have been collaborating for almost five years, and our individual relationships go back even further. Much of the work preparing for Towards The Center occurred during a three-week period of intense composition, practice, and group development in Poschiavo, Switzerland, as a part of the UNCOOL Artists in Residence program sponsored by Cornelia Mueller.

Towards The Center is dedicated to the visionary musician, poet, and artist, Henry Grimes. Since moving to New York in 2012, Henry has provided me with immeasurable creative wisdom and guidance during many hours of private lessons, playing, and conversation. Henry's brilliance as a musician is equalled by his profound poetic statements. The newest composition on the album is a suite of music entitled "Adama," inspired by Henry's poem "Adama and Porquory" (2006 Signs Along The Road). The poem, and the suite, is a spiritual history of human beings, beginning with total Harmony, unity of purpose and understanding, to disorder and conflict, and disparate human mythologies created to define the inexplicable forces that have shaped our universe. It is a cycle from togetherness to apartness, and could be heard from any starting point.

October 7, 2016 - Radiobean - Burlington, VE
October 8, 2016 - Café Résonance - Montreal, QC 
October 9, 2016 - Lovin Cup - Rochester, NY
October 15, 2016 - Trinosophes - Detroit, MI 
November 26, 2016 - Virgil Carr Center - Detroit, MI - Towards The Center CD Release
January 6, 2017 - Cliff Bell's - Detroit, MI 
January 7,  2017 - Cliff Bell's - Detroit, MI 

Kenia's "On We Go" CD release party, Oct 1st!

This next Saturday, Oct 1st, 7:30pm
WDNA radio station 88.9 FM
2921 Coral Way, Miami 33145
Reception at 7:30pm followed by performance.

Brazilian vocalist Kenia hosts a CD release party for her album "On We Go" with a live concert in the #WDNAJazzGallery. 

General Admission $30 | WDNA Members $20 | Students $15
Reservations recommended at 305.662.8889
Sponsored by: RejuvChip & Soul Premium Cachaca

Brazilian by birth, singer by trade, Kenia’s musical universe is rooted in samba, bossa nova and choro, heavily influenced by American jazz. After being featured on Claudio Roditi's debut album, "Red On Red," recorded in 1984 and that has just been reissued on CD this month in Japan, she released seven solo CDs (and counting) and one DVD live at Warsaw Jazz Festival, and collaborated with Ivan Lins, Paquito D’Rivera, Jay Ashby, Justo Almario, Cesar Camargo Mariano and James Taylor, as well as with renowned producers Creed Taylor (on "Red on Red" as well as on "The Devil Toothpick" soundtrack) and Jeff Webber.

Kenia’s long time commitment to promoting Brazilian music and culture includes hands on clinics and workshops in phrasing and Brazilian rhythms, including an introduction to Brazilian rhythms for children.

Kenia has a deep and sultry, richly diverse and unexpectedly explosive voice. In both her native Portuguese and English, her sound transcends geographical and musical boundaries.
(Kenia's debut recording session, reissued on CD this month in Japan)

Zoot Fest 2016 in November @ East Stroudsburg University

A relaxed afternoon of music, mirth and remembrance
to benefit the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at ESU

For the first time this year featuring a special VIP package that
Includes dinner with the band and after party at the
notable Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap.

Sunday, November 13, 2016
3-5 p.m.
Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall
East Stroudsburg University Fine and Performing Arts Center

Featuring music from the Bill Holman and Zoot Sims recording Hawthorne Nights,
performed byKen Peplowski and members of the COTA Festival Orchestra

VIP Package Dinner and After Party 
6-8 p.m.
The Deer Head Inn
5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, Pa.
$80 - VIP Package includes concert ticket, dinner and after party with the band at the Deer Head Inn (Includes one drink ticket)
$40 - Zoot Fest 2016 concert only

More Singer Songwriter Needed for $15,000 Dir to Supe Placement

MELANCHOLY SINGER/SONGWRITER SONGS with Male or Female Vocals are U-R-G-E-N-T-L-Y needed by SUNDAY for a NON-Exclusive, $15,000, Direct-to-Music Supervisor placement in a Prime Time TV show on a Major Broadcast Network.

TAXI Tip: The Supervisor found a couple of songs through TAXI that were very close, but he's asked us to run the search again and have our members focus on lyrics that are about overcoming life’s obstacles, stress of life, secrets, pain, getting through the day, etc. They DON’T want relationship-driven songs for this pitch!

NOTE: We recently ran this as TAXI Listing #U160918SS. If you made a submission to that Listing, please send different material this time around.

“I Shall Not Walk Alone” by Ben Harper
“While We Wait” by Jack Johnson
“Come Clean” by Tristan Prettyman

Down-Tempo, acoustic-based Songs with melancholy lyrics and a moody, introspective overall vibe should do the trick. Your vocal performance should have an honest, sincere, and touching delivery. A stripped-down Song with just an intimate vocal and acoustic guitar could easily work for this request. A small, subtle ensemble behind the singer could work as well.

Moody and wistful lyric themes will work well for this pitch. Please AVOID themes that focus on relationships! Universal lyrics that avoid references to specific names, dates, times, brands, and places will make your songs more appealing, but they’re not absolutely necessary. Please do NOT copy or rip off the referenced artists or songs in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine).

The estimated license fee for this is $15,000. This is a Non-Exclusive, Direct-to-Music Supervisor placement, so you’ll keep 100% ownership of your Master and Composition rights (no publishing splits), plus you’ll also get 100% of the sync fee and any applicable performance royalties. You must own or control your Master and Copyright to pitch for this opportunity. All submissions will be screened on a Yes/No basis by a screener who was hand-picked by the Music Supervisor - No full critiques. Submissions must be received no later than 11:59PM (PDT), on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016. TAXI #U161002SS

Friday, September 23, 2016

Randy Weston @ Savanna Jazz Festival, Sept 30 & October 1st in San Carlos, CA

A celebration of food, music and the traditional West African roots of Jazz in America

The 1st Annual Savanna Jazz Festival features two days of entertainment including celebrity meet & greets with Grammy-nominated Jazz legend Randy Weston and Celebrity Iron Chef Pierre Thiam from Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN.

Day 1, September 30

Celebrity book signing: Iron Chef Competitor Pierre Thiam

Iron Chef Competitor & recent host to Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown (Senegal) on CNN
His award-winning cookbook will be available for purchase

Performance by Kora Master Karamo Cissohko
Kora Master Karamo Cissohko will delight your ears as he plays this incredible West African Harp.
West African Dance Troupe
                                                   (Karamo Cissohko)

Event Line-Up
6:00 pm Meet/Greet Iron Chef Pierre Thiam
7:30 pm Kora Master Karamo Cissohko, West African Harp
8:00 pm West African Dance Troupe
9:00 pm Jazz w/ Pascal Bokar Group

Day 2, October 1

Join us for a very special evening with Grammy Nominated Jazz Legend Randy Weston.
2016 inductee to the DownBeat Hall of Fame, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Jazz Master/Lifetime Honor Award Winner and many more.
                                                     (Randy Weston)

Celebrity book signing: Iron Chef Competitor Pierre Thiam
Iron Chef Competitor & recent host to Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown (Senegal) on CNN

Book signing: Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam

Award-winning Jazz guitarist, author, educator and proprietor of Savanna Jazz Club will sign his 2015 book From Timbuktu To The Mississippi Delta, available for purchase.

Randy Weston in Concert

A rare opportunity to experience a live performance of one of the most critically acclaimed Jazz pianists of our time.

Event Line-Up
6:00 pm Meet/Greet Iron Chef Pierre Thiam
7:00 pm Meet/Greet Randy Weston
8:00 pm Meet/Greet Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam
9:00 pm Randy Weston Concert

Space for this special event is limited, so please make your reservation now.
Tickets include meet & greet of celebrity guests, entertainment, small bites by Iron Chef Thiam & complimentary glass of wine.

Jazz legend Randy Weston has been called “one of the world’s great visionary pianists and composers.” He is a Grammy nominee, 2016 inductee to the DownBeat Hall of Fame, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Jazz Master/Lifetime Honor Award Winner and many more.

Pascal Bokar
Award-winning Jazz guitarist/vocalist Pascal Bokar presents a unique combination of Jazz and African music and sounds. Anchored in the Bebop school of music, Pascal Bokar has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Donald Bailey and Barney Wilen, among others. Pascal Bokar’s CD, Guitar Balafonics, received 4 stars and the award for “Best CD of 2015” from DownBeat Magazine.

For tix and additional info:

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Anna Mjöll @ Vibrato, Sept 29

Thursday, September 29, 8pm
Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz
2930 N Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles

Anna Mjöll, one of our favorite jazz vocalists in the contemporary scene, returns to Herb Alpert's Vibrato in Bel Air, California, Thursday September 29th, 2016

This is a ONE NIGHT ONLY show!
This event is a near-guaranteed sellout, timely reservations are strongly recommended.

Call (310) 474-9400 for reservations.

Miss Mjöll, accompanied by the amazing Pat Senatore, Tom Ranier, Larry Koonse and Christian Euman will be singing the hits of Ella Fitzgerald, Astrud Gilberto, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe and more...

Klaus Mueller's "Village Samba" CD release concert @ Zinc Bar, Sept. 22, featuring Portinho

Thursday, September 22, 8:30PM
82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan) Greenwich Village, New York 
tel. 212-477-ZINC (9462) 

A dynamic jazz pianist of diverse influences and abilities, Klaus Mueller was born in Germany and raised in Japan, Chile and Brazil. He has been an integral part of the New Yorker Brazilian music scene having performed and recorded with artists such as Portinho Trio, Leny Andrade, Marcos Valle, Toninho Horta, Filo Machado, to name a few.

Mueller is not only regarded as a keyboardist, but also as an arranger, most notably for jazz piano legend Herbie Hancock, creating orchestral versions of songs from Hancock's critically acclaimed “Gershwin’s World” album in collaboration with Robert Sadin in 2003. On his 2012 album release “Far-Faraway he performs with legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter and the iconic Brazilian drummer Portinho.

"Village Samba, Mueller’s love letter to Brazil, is the culmination of a musical journey that took root more than 20 years ago and stands as his crowning achievement to date. " - Bill Milkowski

Brazilian Jazz with a New York flavor, featuring:
Ofer Assaf, sax
Yotam Silberstein, guitar
Klaus Mueller, piano
Itaiguara Brandão, bass
Portinho, drums

Friday, September 16, 2016

Singer sensation Sivan Arbel live in NYC, Sept 22

This next Thursday, Sept 22, at 9pm, don't miss Sivan Arbel and her Septet @ Club Bonafide (212 E 52nd St, Fl 3rd, NYC), performing the songs from her acclaimed debut album "Broken Lines."

$10 cover
See you there!

Sivan Arbel - voice and compositions
Yaniv Taubenhouse - piano
Nadav Shapira - bass
Liam Zahm - drums
Ron Warburg - trumpet
Jack Sheehan - alto sax
Ori Jacobson - tenor sax

Nick Moss & Eric Gales: Blues Masters in Pasadena @ Big Mama's Rib Shack


ERIC GALES!! - NEXT SAT., SEPT 24 (not to be mistaken witth the late jazz guitarist Eric Gale) 



Matty and Amanda Carr's Dance Party Meet Up

Come and Dance, Sing, Meet your Friends, and have fun!
Thursday, September 22nd  @ 8 to 11,30PM
Studio G, Plymouth, MA

TICKETS AT DOOR: Tix just $10 or only $15 for each couple
Plenty of FREE PARKING and Wheelchair Accessible

Studio G at THE GROVE (Formerly Shops at 5)
50 Shops at 5 Way (next to Panera)
Plymouth, MA 02360
Call or Text 508-514-9595

DANCE and PARTY with live performance DJ’s, the dynamic duo Matty and Amanda, and Dance, Sing Along, Win prizes with Music Trivia or even be a featured singer. Studio G always offers Wine, Beer and other featured beverages from local Plymouth wineries, breweries & distilleries. Meet Up with friends or clients.. practice your dance steps with an incredible variety of music genres… and enjoy area restaurants. Great friend-night or date-night. The Grove at Plymouth, 50 Shops at 5 Way Plymouth, MA 02360 (next door to Panera)

Grove at Plymouth, formerly Shops at 5 is large, recently completed retail development in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It is located at Exit 5 off Route 3, south of Plymouth Center. The Grove at Plymouth entrance Address: 60 Long Pond Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360 STUDIO G is next door to Panera Bread located at 50 Shops at 5 Way, Plymouth, MA 02360

TBT: Mario Castro-Neves & Arnaldo DeSouteiro

(pianist/composer/arranger Mario Castro-Neves & producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro during the recording sessions for the "On A Clear Bossa Day" album by Mario Castro-Neves & Samba S.A.)

Jazz Bakery presents The Dave Stryker / Eric Alexander Organ Quartet tonight in LA

Jazz Bakery Presents, this Friday, Sep 16, 2016 - 8:00 pm @
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA):
The Dave Stryker/Eric Alexander Organ Quartet!
Parking: limited Street parking and venue adjacent lots.
Information Line: (310) 271-9039
Direct Ticket Line: (800) 838-3006 ext. 1

Dave Stryker has been voted one of the Top Jazz Guitarists for the last several years in DownBeat Critics and Readers Polls. According to JazzTimes magazine, “Stryker is a perfect combination of accessible grooves, melodic expression, blues feeling and soul… with gospel-like joy throughout. Surging through Dave’s assorted gifts is his unique strength... a rare rock-bottom groove that can sometimes top today’s jazz complexity sweepstakes.”

Eric Alexander, a brilliant tenor jazz saxophonist currently signed to the HighNote label, is known for his sophisticated hard bop and post-bop style. Critics claim listening to Alexander, unfettered and at length, is one of the greatest treats in jazz. Eric’s imposing improvisation seems to have no boundary. One of the few players who is more influenced by Dexter Gordon and George Coleman than by Coltrane and Rollins... He takes his heroes seriously and it has certainly paid off in a string of albums engineered by the late master Rudy Van Gelder.

Jared Gold is not your typical B-3 party animal. On every tune, after laying down his funk bona fides, he keeps streaming content and delivers fresh ideas. Gold’s harmonic concepts are outside the organ genre as we have known it.

McClenty Hunter has become one of the most in demand drummers on the New York jazz scene. He has toured with Eric Reed, Javon Jackson, and Ceder Walton among many, and is currently a member of Kenny Garrett’s band.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Singer & Trumpeter Bria Skonberg releases "Bria" on Sept. 23, her first album for Sony

Okeh Records, a subsidiary label of Sony Music, announces its first release from singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg. With a unique fusion of modern-day pop sensibility, combined with sizzling musicianship, Skonberg makes a firm claim on fresh territory in the sophisticated pop landscape pioneered by Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, and Michael Bublé. Titled "Bria," the album features standards plus five original songs and is available September 23.
Skonberg aimed for "a sense of allure" on her new album, "music that is both curious and exotic, playing with tension and storytelling." She credits producer Matt Pierson with helping her tie together the best aspects of the music she's been exploring, in a quest "to fuse my love of classic jazz with worldly rhythm, percussion, contemporary songwriting, and more.
Bria is supported by some of the top musicians on the New York scene: Evan Arntzen on sax and clarinet, drummer Ali Jackson, bassist Reginald Veal, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, and pianist Aaron Diehl. They provide Bria with an unfailing blend of organically imagined eclecticism. 
Noted as a Millennial "Shaking Up the Jazz World," according to Vanity Fair, Bria Skonberg is a self-described "small town girl" from Chilliwack, British Columbia, who hightailed it to Vancouver straight out of high school and earned a degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance. She developed her songwriting chops while working with TV/jingle producer Paul Airey, known for his work with the likes of Warner Bros. studios and the National Hockey League.
Skonberg is an established touring artist with numerous club and festival performances scheduled throughout 2016. In addition, in an upcoming issue of Down Beat magazine, she's recognized as one of "25 for the Future." All in all, it's an impressive present and even more promising future for this welcome new voice.
Bria brings a millennial flavor to a collection of originals ("Curious Game," "Wear And Tear", "Down In The Deep") and standards such as "From This Moment On," "Que Sera Sera," "You're Getting To Be A Habit," Lionel Hampton's lush ballad "Midnight Sun," and the opening track "Don't Be That Way." 

Arnaldo DeSouteiro Bio / JSR

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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The Claire Daly Quintet plays Motown at Gillespie Auditorium, Sep. 20

Join us when we welcome the Claire Daly Quintet playing Motown revisited music from their VERY soon to be released new CD "2648 West Grand Boulevard - Jazz Interpretations of Classic Motown 45s" on Tuesday, September 20.  The Quintet features Claire Daly on baritone sax, Jerome Harris on guitar, Peter Grant on drums, Marcus McLauren on bass, and Steve Hudson on piano.  There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.  For advanced sales and information call 212-222-5159.  Admission is $15, $10 for Students.

"2648 West Grand Blvd" was the Detroit address of Motown, and the repertoire includes "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever," "I Second That Emotion," "The One Who Really Loves You," "I Want You Back," "Cloud Nine (4:05)," "I'll Be There," "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game," "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted," and "Ain't That Peculiar," among other hits.
Claire Daly grew up in Yonkers, NY, affording her access to many jazz greats performing live in NYC. Her father supported her enthusiasm about the music and brought her to many live shows including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Benny Goodman and more. At the same time, she was hearing contemporary music with her peers at venues like The Schaeffer Music Festivals in Central Park. Her taste runs from the classics through the avant garde, and Claire still believes in the importance of hearing live music regularly.

She graduated Berklee College of Music as an alto player and traveled on the road with both jazz and rock bands, but her life changed significantly the first time she played a baritone sax. It happened to be the first horn Howard Johnson had owned, for sale by a mutual friend. "It was an epiphany. I felt like, There I am - this is my voice." Claire hasn't looked back and has become a well known, leading voice on the big horn.

Her first CD as a leader was released on Koch Jazz in 1999. "Swing Low" was received very warmly. Claire was nominated by the Jazz Journalist Association for "Best New Artist of the Year" and Swing Low was subsequently added to a listening station in the William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock, AK as a CD significant to the President while in office. Since then, she has been a winner/nominee of many critic and reader polls and has won the JJA Baritone Saxophonist of the Year award.

"The Mary Joyce Project was composed by Claire and Steve Hudson. It is music dedicated to her father's cousin - Mary Joyce - who traveled by dogsled from Juneau to Fairbanks AK, solo, in unchartered territory, in 1934/35. Mary is an American hero and an Alaskan legend. Adventurous women run in the family. The piece premiered in Juneau. Claire has always liked a good theme and Mary made an unforgettable impression on her as a child when she came to stay with the Daly family.

Her move back home to New York from Boston was the beginning of her playing extensively as a freelance musician in NY. She struck up a lifetime collaboration with pianist/composer Joel Forrester (composer of the theme for "Fresh Air" w Terry Gross on NPR). Their band "People Like Us" released 5 CDs on Koch Jazz and they continue to play and record 25 years later. She was the original baritone player in the Diva Big Band, anchoring it's section for the first 7 years as well as doing multiple recordings as a side person (Taj Mahal, George Garzone, many more) and leading her own groups. Some projects include "Movin' On", "Heaven Help Us All", "The Honorable Hustlers" w beat boxer Napoleon Maddox, "Speak, Spake, Spoke" with wordslinger Kirpal Gordon, "Scaribari", "Rah Rah - a tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk" and "The Mary Joyce Project".

In 2012, The North Coast Brewing Co. in California produced a CD for Claire called "Baritone Monk" to promote their "Brother Thelonious Ale". It was on the Jazzweek Charts for 24 weeks - 9 of which were top ten. This led to headlining at the Monterey Jazz Festival, KC Rhythm'n Ribs Fest, Pittsfield Jazz Festival and more in addition to touring the United States with the quartet.

Her most current project is called "2648 West Grand Boulevard" and features jazz versions of Motown tunes from the Detroit years. It's on the Glass Beach Jazz label, produced by Doug Moody. This CD is very close to Claire's heart. It is likely that the first live music she heard was when she was under 10 years old. Her father asked to bring the kids in for a minute to hear The Supremes at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The music and the spectacle were deeply influential to Claire, who grew up listening to the Motown sound as the soundtrack of her early years.

She continues to live in New York City, travel, teach (Jazz at Lincoln Center MSJA, Litchfield Jazz Camp), give clinics, teach privately and tour. Performing, listening, learning and mentoring young players are Claire's musical goal.

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.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Lang Lang's "New York Rhapsody" in stores Sept. 16 with special guest Herbie Hancock


Featuring Special Guests Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Jason Isbell,
Jeffrey Wright, Kandace Springs, Lindsey Stirling, Lisa Fischer,
Madeleine Peyroux and Sean Jones
Album Available September 16, 2016
Photo Credit: Robert Ascroft

The ineffable magic of New York City fires the imagination of superstar pianist Lang Lang on his new album New York Rhapsody (Sony Classical) available September 16, 2016. He is joined by a wide array of special guests including Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Jason Isbell, Jeffrey Wright, Kandace Springs, Lindsey Stirling, Lisa Fischer, Madeleine Peyroux and Sean Jones. From the haunting reveries of Gershwin and Copland to the in-the-moment intensity of songs made famous by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, Lou Reed and Don Henley, New York Rhapsody rediscovers the dazzle and the soul of America’s most symbolic city.

Following the release of the album, a star-studded concert special Live From Lincoln Center will air on PBS on November 25, 2016 as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. The video for “Empire State of Mind” with Lang Lang and singer Andra Day premiered on Town & Country.

“I made this album because I wanted to pay homage to the city that I love,” says Lang Lang of New York Rhapsody. “This city has changed the course of music more than any other in the last hundred years. It has inspired and enriched me beyond words and has become my home away from home.”

New York City feels similarly about Lang Lang. They just named Lang Lang the city’s first ever NYC Cultural Tourism ambassador. This is in partnership with NYC and Company in celebration of this year’s official “China-U.S. Tourism Year” as designated by Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama.

For New York Rhapsody, Lang Lang joined forces with Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein to create an album that embraces the musical spirit of New York in ways both surprising and traditional. Inspired by E.B. White’s celebrated essay “Here Is New York,” Klein assembled musical ideas and energies that both reflect New York’s past and evoke its dynamic present.

The centerpiece of the album is a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue featuring Lang Lang and multiple Grammy-winning jazz legend, Herbie Hancock in a two-piano version conducted by John Axelrod with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Surrounding it on New York Rhapsody are creative collaborations that reimagine songs reflecting the varying moods and experiences New York offers.

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Jason Isbell gives a fresh edge to Elbow’s evocative “New York Morning” and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Andra Day adds a new dimension to the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ hit “Empire State of Mind.” Kandace Springs gives a new treatment to Don Henley’s moody “New York Minute.” Singer Madeleine Peyroux recaptures the alone-in-the-city wistfulness of “Moon River,” the Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer classic from the essential New York movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

In one of the album’s boldest choices, co-arrangers Klein and Grammy-winner Billy Childs marry the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim song “Somewhere” from West Side Story with Lou Reed’s “Dirty Blvd” from his classic album New York. Lisa Fischer’s vocal in the yearning “Somewhere” is a powerful contrast to actor Jeffrey Wright’s interpretation of Lou Reed’s indelible words in “Dirty Blvd.”

Next, Lang Lang is joined by violinist Lindsey Stirling on a spinning version of Danny Elfman’s theme for Spider-Man; and then by trumpeter Sean Jones on the West Side Story classic “Tonight” by Leonard Bernstein.

Bookending New York Rhapsody are perhaps surprising choices – quiet, contemplative pieces by New York’s greatest musical poet, Aaron Copland. To open, Lang Lang and Klein chose “The Story of Our Town,” from Copland’s 1940 Our Town film score, to evoke the dozens of small “towns” within the big city. To close, one of Copland’s last works, the rarely heard “In Evening Air,” reminds us says Klein, “there are always pockets of peace and quiet beauty” in New York.

Jazz Bakery presents the radiant voice of Thana Alexa this Saturday in LA

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 8:00pm
all seats: $25


VENUE: Thayer Concert Hall -The Colburn School
200 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012

Thayer Hall at the Colburn School, an intimate setting for artist and audience alike.
Convenient parking nearby at Disney Hall or at MOCA.
KJAZZ 88.1 - official media sponsor.
Don't miss this exceptional vocalist and incredible band.

Help us set a new record for music advocacy at "GRAMMYs in My District!"

On October 26, Recording Academy members from across the country will engage with members of Congress at home in their local district offices as part of our annual "GRAMMYs in My District."

Last year saw the largest music advocacy day in history, with more than 1,600 Academy members registered to fight for the rights of music creators in their hometowns.

Join the movement this year and make sure the legislators that represent the Los Angeles Chapter hear from a record number of us - right before the election.

Registration closes this Friday, September 16. Please don't delay, register TODAY!

Together, our Los Angeles Chapter can make a difference for songwriters, performers and studio professionals.

The "CTI Supreme Collection 2" comes out today in Japan! 40 titles on Blu-Spec CDs!

The "CTI Supreme Collection, Part 2" is being released today in Japan, with 40 titles available on Blu-Spec CDs distributed by King Records.

This second batch includes six albums reissued on CD for the very first time:
- Claudio Roditi's "Red On Red" (with Kenia, Paquito D'Rivera, Jorge Dalto, Alfredo Cardim, Lincoln Goines. Yogi Horton, Buddy Williams, Naná Vasconcelos and Claudio Celso, the first digital recording by Rudy Van Gelder for CTI, back in 1984);
- Yusef Lateef's "In A Temple Garden" (featuring Jeremy Wall, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker, Ray Barretto, Will Lee, Eric Gale, Sammy Figueroa and Suzane Cianni, the album got a 4-star review in DownBeat magazine at the time of its original release, in 1979);
- Fats Theus' "Black Out" (w/ Idris Muhammad, Chuck Rainey, Grant Green, Hilton Felton, including an amazing & unexpected soul-jazz version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Stone Flower");
- Hank Crawford's "Tico Rico" (arranged by David Matthews, with Steve Gadd, Jeremy Steig, Gary King, Eric Gale, Michael and Randy Brecker, featuring a gorgeous performance of the ballad "Teach Me Tonight");
- John Blair's "We Belong Together" (w/ David Matthews, Steve Gadd, Googie Coppola, Hiram Bullock, Clifford Carter, Hugh McCracken, Gary King, Ray Mantilla, Sue Evans);
- Stanley Turrentine's "The Sugar Man" (a fantastic out-takes collection with arrangements by Bob James, Don Sebesky, Chico O'Farrill, Deodato, featuring Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Ron Carter, João Palma, Dom Um Romão, Blue Mitchell, Harold Mabern, Rubens Bassini, Sivuca, Idris Muhammad, Billy Cobham; AT LONG LAST the CTI fans will be able to listen the original mix of "Pieces Of Dreams" that was destroyed when that track was remixed for inclusion on the CD reissue of Turrentine's "Don't Mess With Mr. T" album).

Among the 40 titles there are also the first CD reissues in Japan of Idris Muhammad's "Turn This Mutha Out" (a classic dancefloor jazz album which contains the disco hit "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This," written by David Matthews, who also produced & arranged the album, the only title in the entire series that wasn't produced by Creed Taylor, featuring Michael Brecker, Rubens Bassini, Hiram Bullock, Jeremy Steig and Cliff Carter) and Patti Austin's "Body Language" (with John Tropea, Michael Brecker, Joe Farrell), both previously available on digital format only in Europe.

There are also eagerly awaited new reissues of rare gems like David Matthews' "Dune," Don Sebesky's "The Rape of El Morro," Art Farmer's "Crawl Space," Joe Farrell's "Upon This Rock" and Johnny Hammond's "Breakout."

The complete list:
Airto: "Free"
Airto: "Virgin Land"
Art Farmer "Crawl Space"
Art Farmer with Yusef Lateef & David Matthews' Big Band: "Something You Got"
Claudio Roditi: "Red On Red"
David Matthews: "Dune"
Don Sebesky: "The Rape of El Morro"
Esther Phillips w/ Joe Beck: "What A Difference A Day Makes"
Esther Phillips w/ Joe Beck: "For All We Know"
Fats Theus: "Black Out"
Freddie Hubbard: "Sky Dive"
Freddie Hubbard: "First Light"
Freddie Hubbard: "Keep Your Soul Together"
Freddie Hubbard: "Polar AC"
Fuse One: "Silk"
Gabor Szabo: "Mizrab"
George Benson: "Body Talk"
George Benson: "Bad Benson"
Grant Green w/ Hubert Laws: "The Main Attraction"
Hank Crawford: "Wildflower"
Hank Crawford: "Tico Rico"
Hubert Laws: "Crying Song"
Idris Muhammad: "House of the Rising Sun"
Idris Muhammad: "Turn This Mutha Out"
Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: "A Wilder Alias"
Jeremy Steig: "Firefly"
Joe Farrell: "Moon Germs"
Joe Farrell: "Upon This Rock"
Joe Farrell: "Joe Farrell Quartet"
John Blair: "We Belong Together"
Johnny Hammond: "Breakout"
Johnny Hammond: "Higher Ground"
Lalo Schifrin: "Black Widow"
Milt Jackson: "Olinga"
Patti Austin: "Havana Candy"
Patti Austin: "Body Language"
Stanley Turrentine: "Salt Song"
Stanley Turrentine: "The Sugar Man"
Yusef Lateef: "In A Temple Garden"


Claudio Roditi『レッド・オン・レッド』
Fats Theus 、 Grant Green『ブラック・アウト』
Hank Crawford『ティコ・リコ』
John Blair『ウィー・ビロング・トゥゲザー』
Stanley Turrentine『ザ・シュガー・マン』
Yusef Lateef『テンプル・ガーデン』

Idris Muhammad『ターン・ディス・ムッタ・アウト』
Patti Austin『ボディ・ランゲージ』

Blu-spec CD

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