Wednesday, November 25, 2015

USA: Christmas at the Paramount Hudson Valley David Benoit’s Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown 12/3 An Evening with- Chris Botti 12/12

Thu Dec 3rd @ 7pm- David Benoit’s Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown- Charlie Brown’s
Christmas is back! Kick off your family’s holiday season with a special return to the Paramount performance by legendary jazz musician David Benoit as he performs A Charlie Brown Christmas. David will be joined by the exquisite voice of American jazz vocalist, Jane Monheit and a Hudson Valley all-star children's chorus from Westchester and Putnam County. Don’t miss these Charlie Brown classics and holiday favorites live on stage.
Sat, Dec 12th @ 8pm- An Evening with- Chris Botti
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards. Most recently, his latest album Impressions won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 55th Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of anysingle genre.


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USA: A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters from impulse!/Verve Celebrates 50th Anniversary of John Coltrane's Magnum Opus

Available Now on impulse! Records:
A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters from
impulse!/Verve Celebrates 50th Anniversary
of John Coltrane's Magnum Opus

Every Take & Overdub from Two Sessions of
Landmark Album Offered in Two and Three-CD Editions

Most Accurate Picture of the Making of the Iconic Recording

"'A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters' illustrates, John Coltrane was,
and remains, a gift, one that not only keeps on giving, but one that's
worth the same ongoing examination, and re-examination..." -

"If you only own the original studio release of John Coltrane's 
'A Love Supreme,' then the new three-disk release "A Love Supreme:
The Complete Masters" of the classic album by Coltrane's classic
quartet will be a revelatory experience." - The New Yorker

Listen to Track Premiers at Pitchfork and Wall Street Journal

On December 9th, 1964, John Coltrane and his classic quartet (Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison and McCoy Tyner) went into the legendary Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey and recorded A Love Supreme--the four-part suite that has influenced musicians and reached generations of fans far beyond the jazz world. Far less known is the fact that Coltrane, his classic quartet and two additional musicians--the legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp and second bassist, Dr. Art Davis--returned to the studio the next day to cut the opening part of the suite again. Until now, the complete picture of what happened on those two days, including all takes, overdubs, and even studio chatter, has been unavailable.

That will change on November 20th when Verve Music Group proudly releases A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of this seminal recording. It will include this alternate version, taken from reels from the personal collection of John Coltrane and originally recorded in incredible sonic detail by Rudy Van Gelder, along with revised notes and detailed information on these amazing lost sessions. This release will kick off a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Verve label, which will include myriad catalog releases, digital exclusives and box sets through the end of 2016. (Verve includes the catalogs of legendary imprints like Impulse!, Decca, MGM, Blue Thumb and many more.)

With the availability of long-lost session reels, A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters brings together all existing recordings and written outlines for the first time to paint the most comprehensive and accurate picture of the A Love Supreme story. It reveals how Coltrane's masterpiece came together, from its initial conception as a nine-piece performance--it turns out the original plan was for a nine-piece band, including three Latin percussionists--to how it changed and developed in the studio. While the 2002 edition of A Love Supreme did include some of the music recorded at the second session, The Complete Masters is the first to feature all six takes of "Acknowledgement," the opening section of the suite, in their entirety, providing a deeper understanding and appreciation of how Coltrane would allow music to mature in the studio. The box also presents takes one and two of the track "Acknowledgement" from the sextet sessions in stereo for the first time.

A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters will be available in two formats: a 2-CD set, including the original best-selling album, along with unreleased mono "reference" versions of two tracks, owned by Coltrane himself, and seven unreleased performances from the two sessions. A 32-page booklet features an extensive essay by Ashley Kahn, noted producer, instructor and author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album, rare photographs from the sessions and all of Coltrane's surviving musical sketches and written elements for the groundbreaking, four-part suite, including the words that would become the poem, "A Love Supreme."

A 3-CD "Super Deluxe Edition" of A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters adds what is currently the only documented live recording of the album, a spirited, impromptu performance from the Festival Mondial du Jazz Antibes in July 1965, which had been previously available on a 2002 edition of the album. This 3-CD set is presented in a larger format that includes additional information about the live material and a personal introduction by Carlos Santana.

About Verve Music Group
Verve is Universal Music Group's American contemporary label with an active artist roster that includes Andrea Bocelli, Diana Krall, Mark Knopfler, Ledisi, Dirty Loops, Sarah McLachlan, Yuna and Barry Manilow, to name a few. David Foster, a 16-time Grammy® Award-winning producer, has served as Verve's Chairman since 2012. When Verve was founded in 1956, the label made a name for itself as the home of jazz legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, Nina Simone, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz and Billie Holiday. Verve also controls the catalog of the legendary Impulse! Records, amongst many others. 

For more information, please visit:
John Coltrane · A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters
impulse! Records · Release Date: November 20, 2015
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SENEGAL: Seckou Keita - Seckou Keita 22 Strings (2015)

Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician. In his new album 22 Strings, Seckou explores what it means to be a modern global citizen, and yet to live with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through music. He gives us the kora in its purest guise, a wondrous instrument that can soothe the bloodlust of warriors and take the human spirit to a place of deep meditation, stillness and beauty. The title of the album says it all. Centuries ago, when the djinns, the spirits of the African bush, gave the first ever kora to the griot Jali Mady 'Wuleng' (Jali Mady 'The Red') it had 22 strings. Then, when Jali Mady died, his fellow griots took one string away in his memory. But back in its birthplace in southern Senegal and Guinea Bissau, the 22-stringed kora survives, with the extra string giving the instrument special advantages in terms of tonal reach and groove. For Seckou Keita, that one extra string represents home: the place where his heart resides.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

USA: The Ray Marchica Group at SMOKE 11/25/15


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USA: Pianist/Composer Lisa Hilton - "Nocturnal" - Available January 22

Composer/Pianist Lisa Hilton Explores
a Night of Personal Emotion on Latest Album,
Nocturnal - Available January 22
Featuring Performances by J.D. Allen,
Terell Stafford, Gregg August and Antonio Sánchez

Album Release Performance in Weill Hall
at Carnegie Hall on January 17


"Exceptional artistry.." - JazzTimes

"The sheer beauty of her playing... the rhythmic acuity,
those silky lines" - DownBeat 
Composer/pianist/band-leader Lisa Hilton has completed her 18th release, Nocturnal, with her most impressive band to date featuring tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen, trumpeter Terell Stafford, bassist Gregg August and drummer Antonio Sánchez. The 11-track album shows remarkable emotional depth and clarity from all band members, exploring the reactive emotions that follow an ill-fated night of events. "It comes from having something not go your way, and what that means to you as you explore the natural reactions to an event in your own personal manner," explains Hilton. Personal is the key, as Hilton hopes to use musical exploration and improvisation to connect with the listener on a person-to-person basis. "We were trying to explore the multiple layers of human emotions musically."
These emotions - anger, confusion, love, desire, hope and sadness - are extensively explored throughout the album, reflective in the titles of each song. The feelings demand certain questions to be asked - Where is my mind? Am I going crazy? Is there hope? - with each composition offering a deeply profound answer to life's greatest dilemmas.

For lovers of tradition, the title track "Nocturnal," "Whirlwind," and the classic "Willow Weep for Me," allow for Stafford's fluid trumpet and flugelhorn as well as Allen's deep tenor tone to shine. The Latin flavored, "A Spark in the Night," showcases Sánchez and August's extensive Latin backgrounds in a catchy and appealing manner, while "Twilight" is impressionistic. 
A surprise choice is a cover of The Pixies' "Where is My Mind" which is so simply stated in true form and turns in another direction by the finale. It's on the bluesy "Seduction" and the tender "An August Remembered" that Hilton's flowing lines and melodic ideas are highlighted. "Midnight Sonata," written for a trio consisting of piano, bass and drums,merges the classical form with the freedom of American jazz and blues in a trans-genre style. Inspired by iconic American composers such as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck - who also composed in classical forms - Hilton lands on a composition that is appealing to both jazz and classical fans alike. "Midnight Sonata" was also written to communicate an emotional depth not normally found in sonatas. While the sonata form is intact, Hilton and her trio use improvisation, blues, modal washes, shifting key centers, free jazz, impressionism and extended technique to create a refreshing yet familiar vibe. 
As a distinctive and thought provoking composer/pianist, Hilton creates compositions that draw on classical traditions, twentieth century modernists, and the avant-garde as much as they look back to icons of American jazz and blues. Hilton's post bop style influences extend beyond jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to include bluesman Muddy Waters, minimalists like Steve Reich, current rockers Green Day and The Black Keys or modernists Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Bartok.

Antonio Sánchez, J.D. Allen, Lisa Hilton,
Terell Stafford and Gregg August - Photo Credit: George Brooks

About Lisa Hilton:
Originally from a small town on California's central coast, Hilton studied classical and twentieth century piano formally from the age of eight, where she was inspired by her great uncle, Willem Bloemendall, (1910-1937), a young Dutch piano virtuoso. In college though, due to the lack of creativity in the program, she became a music school drop out, switching majors and receiving a degree in art instead. "I approach music as art now," Hilton explains; "I build the composition with musical elements then 'paint' texture and color through improvisation and other concepts."
Hilton has produced a total of 18 albums to date, representing over 200 compositions to her name.  She has worked with many of this era's jazz luminaries, notably Christian McBride, Nasheet Waits, Steve Wilson, Jeremy Pelt, Lewis Nash, Billy Hart, Bobby Militello, Larry Grenadier, and Marcus Gilmore among others.  Her releases regularly appear on radio charts.
Committed to helping students who are often overlooked, Hilton regularly spends time to help young blind musicians at the historic Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, The Junior Blind of America in Los Angeles, Camp Bloomfield for the Blind in Malibu, California, or with The Berklee College of Music in Boston and their adaptive music lab for visually impaired musicians.  "I enjoy extending help to those with physical disabilities - music should be for everyone," Hilton explains. 

Lisa Hilton -
Lisa Hilton - "Seduction"

Upcoming Lisa Hilton Performances:

* January 17 / Weill Hall At Carnegie Hall / New York, NY
March 4 / Smothers Hall Pepperdine University / Malibu, CA
March 10 / Junior Blind of America / Los Angeles, CA
March 12 / Classic Pianos / Portland, OR
March 24 / SFJazz / San Francisco, CA
April 13 / Chicago Lighthouse / Chicago, IL

* Album Release featuring J.D. Allen, Ingrid Jensen, Ben Williams and Rudy Royston

Lisa Hilton ·  Nocturnal
Ruby Slippers Productions ·  Release Date: January 22, 2016

For more information on Lisa Hilton, please visit:

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USA, Austin, TX: A Child's Christmas In Wales

Press Contact: NL Cutean 

 A Child's Christmas In Wales 

Saturday, December 19, 2015
2 shows
4:30pm and 7:30pm
 First Presbyterian Church
   8001 Mesa Blvd
 Austin, TX

Welcome the holiday season  with Texas jazz musicians Alex CokeSuzi Stern
Rich Harney, and Evan Arredondo,  illuminating the Dylan Thomas' short story, 
A Child’s Christmas In Wales. 

Through memorable songs, an enchanting story, splendid music, surprises and inspired sounds,
these four friends (and award winning musicians) herald the holidays together  
bringing Dylan Thomas’ enchanting boyhood memories to life like an old time radio hour.

Vocalist Suzi Stern composed and sings original songs, and narrates the story, along 
with first call pianist/composer Rich Harney (on two pianos!),  Evan Arredondo on double bass and the eclectic and expressive Alex Coke employing flutes, saxophones and a dazzling 
array of toys inspired by the poet's Christmas memories. For listeners, families, and children of all ages, A Child's Christmas In Wales gives the gifts of wonder, mirth, and music  in an art quality cool production you won’t want to miss.

Sound Samples:

Monday, November 23, 2015

USA Upcoming at Blue Note: December 2015

December 1 - 6

8:00 PM & 10:30 PM
Tues - Thurs; Sunday:
$45 @ table / $30 @ bar

Friday & Saturday$55 @ table / $35 @ bar

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Monday, December 7

8:00 PM & 10:30 PM

$15 @ table / $10 @ bar

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December 8 - 13

8:00 PM & 10:30 PM

$55 @ table / $35 @ bar

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