Saturday, August 1, 2015

USA: MORRISTOWN JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL RETURNS SATURDAY, AUGUST 15th



MORRISTOWN
JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

RETURNS SATURDAY, AUGUST 15th
Free Concert
Celebrates 100th Birthdays for

Muddy Waters, Les Paul
& Frank Sinatra


MORRISTOWN -- The Fifth Annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival returns on Saturday, August 15, with a celebration of the centennial birthdays of jazz artists Frank Sinatra and Les Paul plus bluesman Muddy Waters on the Morristown Green from noon until 10:00 p.m.

The free festival begins at noon with three popular jazz ensembles. The hard driving “little big band” Swingadelic opens at noon followed by the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and his friends Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo and Ed Laub at two. The extraordinary young trumpet player Bria Skonberg then takes the stage with her group at four.

As the afternoon draws to a close, the music turns to the blues with the award-winning Roomful of Blues, a rocking, swinging horn-driven ensemble that has been a crowd pleaser since their start in the sixties. The festival concludes with the legendary blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite and his band. The winner of 27 Blues Music Awards, Musselwhite is in the Blues Hall of Fame, has been nominated for ten Grammy Awards and is one of the most popular blues artists in the world.  

Major sponsors for this summer’s Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival include Bijou Properties, Inglesino Webster, JCP&L, Normandy Real Estate Partners, PSEG and Sherman Wells.

Additional sponsors include ConnectOne Bank, Delaware Raritan Engineering, Grasshopper, Headquarters Plaza, Investors Bank, O’Donnell McCord PC, Riker Danzig, Alaimo Associates, Atlantic Health, DiFrancesco Bateman, Greenbaum Rowe, Hampshire Properties, Herrick Group, Ironbar, Lakeside Consulting, Lindabury McCormick, Marchetto Higgins Stieve, McEnerny Brady and Company, MPAC, Morristown Municipal Airport, Porzio Bromberg & Newman, Jeff Rawding AIA, Richards and Robbins Group, SILVERMAN, Sona Thirteen, Toll Brothers, New Jersey Jazz Society, Hot House Jazz Magazine, NJ Arts Daily, NJ.com and The Star-Ledger. 


The Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival takes place on the Morristown Green rain or shine and admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

For more information, visit
 www.MorristownJazzandBlues.org.   

 
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PHOTO: The legendary Bucky Pizzarelli will appear with his friends Vinny Raniolo, Frank Vignola and Ed Laub at the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, August 15.
Photo Courtesy of Kevin Coughlin.    
   
PHOTO: The young trumpet sensation Bria Skonberg will take the stage with her band at four at the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, August 15.
Photo courtesy of Tom Concordia




 

USA: Juan Dhas- Embracing Clarity (2014)


Juan Dhas - Guitar
Benjamin Furman - Piano/Keyboards
Alex Gorchesky - Bass
Aaron Lawson - Drums

DENMARK/FRANCE Jean-Michel Pilc, Marilyn Mazur, Mads Vinding- Composing (Storyville Records 2015)




Wayne Shorter once said “To hell with the rules, I’m going for the unknown”. This is what we did on this recording. No talks about tunes, keys, solos, tempos—as a matter of fact Jean-Michel and Marilyn hadn’t even played together before. We just started playing to see where the music would take us - and as you can hear it was quite a trip. We did two long sets and occasionally a tune would emerge - but most of the time we where in unchartered waters, taking us to places we haven’t been before. This is the ultimate way of improvising.

Why then is the album called COMPOSING? Well - Arnold Schoenberg also once said “Composing is improvisation slowed down”. This album is compositions in realtime.

Jean-Michel Pilc (p), Mads Vinding (b) & Marilyn Mazur (perc)

Storyville Records


A magical mystery tour with two heavies of the avant garde and one good old reliable jazz bassist who fits in anywhere. To be more precise: American/Danish percussionist Marilyn Mazur, she of the frizzy hair and intense eyes; French pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, he of the goatee beard and dark, moody gaze; and Denmark's Mads Vinding, he whose eyes and beard (or lack of one) fit in anywhere.
 CHRIS MOSEY,


Friday, July 31, 2015

USA: The Last Note: Document 50 Figures in Jazz and Blues with the Jazz Foundation and photographer Richard Corman


The Last Note: A Film Project to Document Jazz and Blues in America
To Our Friends and Supporters,
We are happy to announce a new project: the Jazz Foundation has created an Indiegogo campaign. With your help, we can produce the next historic documentation of jazz and blues in America.
Join us as we go deep inside American music, creating intimate portraits of 50 artists who have helped shape jazz and blues scenes throughout the U.S. this past century. Together, we will invite them to tell their stories, capturing on film and video the unique corners of history in which they lived and which they continue to represent. In this way, we will help to ensure the history of jazz and blues is kept alive.

We have included a detailed description of the The Last Note below.

Our goal is to raise $67,500 or more to fund this project in the next 45 days.

Please spread the word. Support on Indiegogo in any denomination is appreciated. Check out the perks!
Find our campaign here and donate now: www.igg.me/at/jfa-last-note

Additionally, we are auctioning stunning prints from Richard Corman's renowned "Madonna NYC 83" series to benefit the project.


View that auction here: https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/871800?preview=1
Yours in service,
Wendy Atlas Oxenhorn

The Last Note: A Film Project to Document 50 Great Figures in Jazz and Blues
Very often, great musicians devote themselves to their music for a lifetime but find acclaim only after they have passed. That is a loss for our culture and for our record of history. My name is Wendy Oxenhorn. As Executive Director of the Jazz Foundation of America, I have fought for 15 years to make sure professionals in jazz and blues have the resources they need to survive and continue their work. In that time, I've had the honor to know many extraordinary souls. When I see these souls pass away, I am saddened and afraid that all evidence of their lives and their works will be lost.
Last year, I met someone capable of spotlighting legendary artists for historic preservation. Richard Corman is a New York-based photographer who has traveled the globe for more than three decades capturing the essence of the human spirit. He has created definitive portraits of icons like Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Muhammad Ali, Robert De Niro, Paul Newman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Madonna.
With your support, Richard wants to hit the road with videographer Alan Gastelum to meet with accomplished jazz and blues musicians in their homes across the U.S. Their conversations will be filmed and photographed to produce intimate profiles documenting many of the individuals responsible for jazz and blues in the last century. From the Jazz Foundation headquarters, I will coordinate over one month of appointments with fifty of the most incredible artists I have known. In March of 2016, these portraits will become available at no cost on our website.
For every big star in music, there are also hundreds more people who made up the scene that gave that star a voice. In jazz and blues, those scenes continue to dot the country, thriving in lesser-known clubs and boisterous, invitation-only jams, in extraordinary bonds between artists, and in tireless devotion to music.
With your support, Richard and Alan will travel to Memphis, New York City, New Orleans, Detroit, and more beginning January 2016. We will meet these artists in their homes and record this oral and visual history directly from the people who lived it.
Preserve the memory of the New Orleans jazz and blues musicians displaced by Katrina. In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, the Jazz Foundation worked to rehouse and create work for over 1,000 New Orleans musicians and their families. These artists live far from their New Orleans roots, but this project will ensure many of them do not fade from its history.
It rarely happens that people capable of documenting these rich dimensions of American history have the resources to do so.
  • Between 1937 and 1942, folklore scholar Alan Lomax traveled the country to meet with and record foundational artists like Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and Jelly Roll Morton on behalf of the Library of Congress. Before him, this music was considered by many to be vulgar and primitive. Lomax fought to preserve it and give it a place in our history such as it has now.
  • In 1960, photographer William Claxton and musicologist Joachim-Ernst Berendt journeyed across America to document jazz and blues, leaving behind an invaluable trove of American culture.
Join us on this journey and please make this work possible with a contribution. Spread the word to those who share our belief: the living history of jazz and blues should not be lost.

 
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USA: Adair-Aliquo "Too Marvelous For Words" Coming In September


Adair Music Group

Adair-Aliquo
"Too Marvelous For Words"
Coming In September

featuring

Beegie Adair-piano
Don Aliquo-tenor saxophone

Roger Spencer-bass
Chris Brown-drums



(Adair Music Group)
Street Date: September 4, 2015


If anyone doubts the timelessness of classic jazz, one listen to saxophonist Don Aliquo and pianist Beegie Adair’s Too Marvelous for Words will convince them otherwise. “We were visualizing vintage, mid-Fifties, Be-Bop feel” states Beegie – and they fully captured it. Sometimes that intent can create a somewhat nostalgic feel, losing the immediacy that is at the core of all great jazz. In the hands of these two masters, quite the opposite occurred. The listener is instead transported into the mindset of that spectacular era, complete with all of the excitement, urgency, and joy of adventurous discovery that were its hallmarks.

A key reason for this is the remarkable empathy among all the musicians, creating the synergy that is so essential for jazz at its highest levels. The outstanding bass and drums tandem of Roger Spencer and Chris Brown respectively are the regular members of Beegie’s trio, contributing greatly to the sense of seamless cohesiveness and unity of purpose that fuels this entire album. While Don has performed often with the two of them over the years, he had performed far less frequently with Beegie before this date. But their profound connection is simply stunning, sounding as if they’ve been playing together regularly for years. Their interplay is so symbiotic that it often seems like they are dancing.

Playing mostly tenor, along with two pieces on alto, Don’s sound on both instruments is full-bodied and robust. His sensational phrasing is so articulate and emphatic that the stories he tells are vividly hewn, fascinating tales. His sound is steeped in the vernacular of the powerhouse saxophonists, but utterly singular and with a completely modern flair. Beegie, internationally loved and renowned, is a marvelous pianist, with an understated but dynamic style and a consummate sense of unfettered and always inventive swing, whether soloing or in ensemble support. Spencer’s deeply resonant sound and inspired playing gives the music a full, but always buoyant bottom. Combined with Brown’s sensitive, subtly vigorous but never overpowering sense of drive and swing, their impeccable time and taste locks every piece into a perfect groove.

The repertoire is sublime, combining wonderful items from the Great American Songbook with classic works from four of the jazz legacy’s greatest composers. That all but one of these compositions were originally written between 1937 and 1952 (the exception being Isfahan, one of the final Strayhorn/Ellington collaborations in 1966) is further testimony to the aforementioned timelessness of this music. Without losing sight of the era they were trying to capture, the exceptional arrangements make every piece modern, vital, refreshing, exhilarating and completely of the moment. The ten pieces include seven lively swingers, ranging from gentle to surging, and three lovely ballads.

There are three items from the unparalleled Billy Strayhorn – another collaboration with Duke; and his own Johnny Come Lately, which opens the album in a loping groove with a staggered approach that creates a somewhat Monk-ish feel. Isfahan is an almost-ballad in soft swing that grows bouncier as it moves along; and the exquisite Day Dream is built on Beegie’s lushly rich piano with Aliquo playing tenor, evoking the heart-wrenching beauty that Johnny Hodges always brought to this piece on alto.

Don brings his own passionate alto styling to Tadd Dameron’s beautiful If You Could See Me Now, an emotive and heartfelt rendition with a deep tinge of blue. Don also plays alto – with Beegie in a splendid Red Garland-ish swing mode – on the playful and joyously up-tempo This Can’t Be Love, one of two Rodgers & Hart songs included here. The other, a poignant and deeply moving version of It Never Entered My Mind showcases Don’s sumptuous tenor sax balladry.

Captivating rhythmic approaches are at play on the richly syncopated Fragos, Baker and Gasparre hit song I Hear a Rhapsody, and the Latin-flavored, ostinato driven All or Nothing at All (Arthur Altman) that features a tour-de-force tenor solo – powerfully visceral and daring, but never losing its rich lyricism. Beegie lays down a deeply grooved and funky bounce on Thelonious Monk’s Bye-Ya, and provides terrific interplay with Don’s fluid and punchy tenor work.

While Nashville is far more famous for another form of music, with jazz artists like these four on its scene, country music may have to move over a bit and make some room.

For more information, visit www.beegieadair.com and  www.donaliquo.com


Beegie Adair Itinerary

July 25 - Nashville Jazz Workshop (Nashville, TN) (Trio with Chester Thompson)
August 22 - Nashville Jazz Workshop (Nashville, TN) (Trio)
September 12- Steinway Galleries of Chicago - Hinsdale (Chicago, IL) (Solo)
September 13 - Steinway Galleries of Chicago - Northbrook (Chicago, IL) (Solo)
September 19 - Nashville Jazz Workshop (Nashville, TN) (Trio with Don Aliquo)
October 17- Nashville Jazz Workshop (Nashville, TN) (Trio with Chester Thompson)
October 18 - Schermerhorn Symphony Hall (Nashville, TN) (guest Trio with Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
October 24 - Jazzmania (Franklin, TN) (guest Trio with the Jeff Steinberg Orchestra)
November 21- Nashville Jazz Workshop: A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn (Nashville, TN) (Trio with Monica Ramey)
November 25 Saint Peter's Midday Jazz (New York, NY) (Duo with Monica Ramey)
December 5 - Steinway Piano Galleries of Miami (Miami, FL) (solo)
December 12 -  Nashville Jazz Workshop (Nashville, TN) (Trio with Chester Thompson) 
December 14 - SkyPac (Bowling Green, KY) (guest with Orchestra Kentucky)
January 29-  Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY) (Trio with Mike Longo)
February 13 - Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, TN) (Trio)
March 10 - Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) (Beegie Adair and Friends)


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USA: Pianist Catherine Marie Charlton - "Maiden's Voyage" - Available August 7


Pianist Catherine Marie Charlton Gracefully Combines 
Styles of Contemporary Jazz on Maiden's Voyage - 
Available August 7 via River Dawn Productions


"I'm a huge fan. Catherine's music touches people, including myself, so deeply; I've seen it bring some to tears. Combine that level of musicianship with the stellar arrangements and production quality heard on Maiden's Voyage and you get musical magic." 
- Phil Nicolo


Maiden's Voyage, the tenth album release in Catherine Marie Charlton's twenty-plus year recording career, arcs gracefully through orchestrations and styles ranging from contemporary jazz to the artist's trademark spacious meditations.  The common motif is the pianist/composer's identifiable sound-passion, strength, and power, flowing interchangeably with tender expressiveness. 

Mastered by Grammy® winning engineer/producer Phil Nicolo (Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Bob Dylan, Lauryn Hill), Maiden's Voyage represents a decade-long collaboration between producer Charlton and recording/mixing engineer Eric Troyer (ELO Part II/The Orchestra), who brings his sensibilities and significant musicianship to the project. The lineup of guest musicians on the album include: Elliott Levin (Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen) featured on "Birds Flower," and "The Lonely Cobbler" playing flute and tenor saxophone, Jeff Oster on three tracks including the piano/flugelhorn duet "Sepia Moon," Steve Meashey on bass, and drummer/percussionist, J. Jody Janetta. The Cincinnati Symphony principal bassist for 28 years, Barry Green, also contributes on "Which You Which World."

On her partnership with Janetta, Charlton recalls - "15 years ago I was a solo classical pianist beginning to explore improvisation. Jody heard something in my playing akin to the classically-influenced improvised music which had been a big inspiration to him, and he asked me to perform. From the start, our musical connection was magic. Jody introduced me to his jazz record collection and we went on to perform as a piano-percussion duo for many years.  We parted ways for a bit during the time of my solo introspective releases - Red Leaf Grey Sky and River Flow, and have now reunited for Maiden's Voyage. The one-take improvisation on "Beneath the Dream" was the first track captured on the first day of recording, after four years apart."

  Photo Credit: Joe del Tufo
In addition to seven originals, Maiden's Voyage features Charlton's lyrical improvisation with Sun Ra-inspired chromatic complexity on Eden Ahbez's "Nature Boy," "Adios Nonino" by Astor Piazzolla, Erik Satie's ethereal "Gnossienne No. 4" and two deeply emotional versions of the standard - "Autumn Leaves."  The album's only non-improvisatory piece is Alberto Ginastera's "Dance of the Graceful Maiden (Danza de la moza donosa)," which marks the start of the pianist's "voyage" from classical score interpretation to the seven spontaneous compositions as well as the free improvisations spread throughout the album. A highlight of these originals is the subdued solo piano piece "All That I Feel."

Charlton credits much of her approach to the teachings of long-time mentor and inspiration - the cellist David Darling, and his organization Music for People. Darling was hugely influential to a young Charlton in her earlier years, when he told her that her passion and commitment to the moment was impressive. Humbled by his words the pianist/composer has tried to live up them ever since.

About Catherine Marie Charlton:

Catherine Marie Charlton's 2011 recording Red Leaf, Grey Sky won the Independent Music Awards for Instrumental EP and was also awarded "Best Instrumental Album-Piano" in the 8th Annual ZMR Awards, as voted on by broadcasters worldwide.  Most recently, she performed on several tracks of Jeff Oster's Next (Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Nile Rodgers, etc).  A recipient of grants and residencies from the Delaware Division of the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, she is currently composing a body of works inspired by the Wyeth family of artists in collaboration with the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Charlton is a Steinway Artist.  


Watch Catherine Marie Charlton cover "Shenandoah"


Catherine Marie Charlton · Maiden's Voyage 
  River Dawn Productions · Release Date: August 7, 2015
 
For more information on Catherine Marie Charlton, please visit: CatherineMarieCharlton.com


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USA: THE STEVE GETZ MUSIC HALL @ LEHMAN COLLEGE, Bronx, New York New Jazz Series September 2015



New Jazz Series September 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY — July 7, 2015 — STEVE GETZ, Jazz Impresario/Concert Producer, announces the debut of THE STEVE GETZ MUSIC HALL at LEHMAN COLLEGE, Bronx, New York, in September 2015.

Steve is a veteran of the Jazz business, spanning 35 years of accumulated experience as Music Director/Talent Buyer for Jazz Clubs- Fat Tuesday's (NYC); The Blue Note (NYC) and Yoshi's ( Oakland,CA); Agent and Manager of Jazz Artists-Phil Woods; Chuck Loeb; Harry Allen and Sarah Jane Cion; Record Producer-produced award winning recordings of Steve's Father, legendary Jazz tenor saxophonist, STAN GETZ.

The Schedule of Artists Performing A Tribute To Stan Getz:

9/11  Fri  Andy LaVerne Trio "Plays The Stan Getz Song Book" Featuring Ralph LaLama,Tenor Saxophone;Carol Fredette,Vocals;Judy Niemack,Vocals.

9/ 12 Sat "MODERN GUITAR MASTERS"-Vic Juris & Dave Stryker Quartet

9/ 18 Fri   "JAZZ  VOCALIST JAZZ WORKSHOP" 1 Hosted by Marion Cowings (vocals) with Roseanna Vitro (Vocals) and Audrey Silver (Vocals)
             
9/19 Sat  "JAZZ VOCALIST JAZZ WORKSHOP" 2-"DIVINE VOCAL DUETS"- Nicole Pasternak Featuring John Di Martino Piano; and Nora McCarthy Featuring Ray Gallon,Piano. 
              

9/25 Fri    Santi DeBriano Trio (Master Bass Player) with Roni Ben-Hur,Dudaka Fonseca

9/26 Sat   Harry Allen Quartet (Tenor Saxophone) "TENOR MADNESS" with Grant Stewart (Tenor Saxophone)

Further Dates To Be Announced

Tickets are now $25 General Admission and $20 Students and Seniors

Show Times: 8 PM and 10 PM

All Shows will be in The Studio Theater

Address:
Lehman College,CUNY  250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx,New York 10468

For Further Information: Contact: Steve Getz- EMail: stevegetz7@gmail.com