Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bass Guitar Virtuoso Jeff Berlin To Tour Europe Fall 2014

Clearwater, FL – Much to the excitement of European music fans, bass
legend Jeff Berlin will be touring Europe with his trio beginning
mid-October! Jeff Berlin is internationally regarded as a legend,
considered one of the greatest bass players in the world. The late
Jaco Pastorius regarded Berlin as a better soloist than he was, and
Geddy Lee famously referred to Berlin as “the best bass player on
the planet!” Known worldwide for his innovative style, Jeff has
graced bandstands and recordings with legendary players like Bill
Bruford, Dennis Chambers, Neil Peart, Billy Cobham, and Allan
Holdsworth, and has led bands and recorded his own CDs for nearly 30
years. He has recorded for vocalists Patti Austin and KD Lang; he has
traversed the progressive rock realm with former YES members Anderson,
Bruford, Wakeman, Howe; Jeff famously turned down an offer to join
rockers VAN HALEN. Jeff is also hailed outside the usual musician
ranks: Actor Gary Sinise (also a bassist) is one of his biggest fans,
and renowned boxing trainer and ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas refers to
Jeff as “the best in the business.” From straight ahead Jazz to
Fusion to Prog-Rock, Jeff plays it all, always at the very highest
level of proficiency and musicality.

Now fans will have a chance to watch Jeff and his new trio perform
throughout Europe! This also includes a rare performance in Russia!

Says Jeff, “This trio with Scott Henderson on guitar, Gary Novak on
drums, and me on bass, is all about the groove, the funk, the
strongest rhythm section interplay that we can provide. It will be
interesting to play with Gary in this new version of HBC and see what
new areas of playing the three of us can come up with.”

Jeff Berlin tour dates:

13 France Bordeaux Clnic Jeff & Scott
14 France Bordeaux Le Rocher de Palmer
15 France Montpellier Le Jam
16 France La Fayet Le Repaire des Ours
17 Switzerland Basel Volkshaus
18 Switzerland Lugano Villa Carmine
19 Russia MOscow Alexey Koslov Club
20 Russia Rostov Rostov Philarmonic
22 Austria Wien Porgy & Bess
24 Germany Osnabruck (TBA)
25 Germany Minden jazz Club Minden
26 Germany Heinsenberg Rondell im Klevchen
27 Netherlands Zoetemmer Boerderij
28 Germany Munster Hot Jazz Club
29 Denmark Esbjerg Tobakken
30 Sweden Malmo Victoria Teatern ( + clinics)
31 Sweden Goteborg Nefertiti

1 Norway Oslo Herr Nilsen
2 Sweden Stockholm Fasching
5 Poland Opole dom Expo
6 Poland Wroclav Zaklete Rewiry
7 Norway Bergen Sardinen USF
8 Norway Stavanger Folken
10 Spain Lugo Lugo Jazz

In 2013, Jeff released his critically acclaimed album 'Low Standards',
which proved once again, that his is the highest standard of
virtuosity in the low-end spectrum. Says Jeff, “Because I am such a
huge fan of Keith Jarrett's 'Standards' CDs, I wanted to follow my
last project, 'High Standards', with another standards recording, but
this time playing on lesser-known tunes, lesser known to the general
public... However, Jazz fans should know every tune that I chose to
play. I chose compositions with lots of harmony so that I was forced
to seek out non-typical bass lines. The harmony in these tunes
demanded that I find something different to play on my bass. I also
heard in my head how each composer played their own songs, often while
we were recording. That was a strange experience.”

For more information:
Jeff Berlin:

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158,

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

American Pianists Association Announces NBC News Anchor Lester Holt as Honorary Chair of the 2014 - 2015 Jazz Fellowship Awards


American Pianists Association Announces
NBC News Anchor Lester Holt as Honorary Chair
of the 2014 - 2015 Jazz Fellowship Awards

The American Pianists Association is pleased to announce NBC's Lester Holt as the honorary chair of the American Pianists Association's 2014 - 2015 Jazz Fellowship Awards presented by REI Real Estate Services. The winner of the competition will receive the Cole Porter Fellowship, valued at $100,000, includes a $50,000 cash prize (the largest prize in the world for a young jazz pianist), a recording contract with Mack Avenue Records, and career assistance and engagement for two years.

Lester Holt serves as weekend anchor for the flagship broadcast NBC Nightly News, co-anchor of the weekend edition of Today, and Principal Anchor of Dateline NBC

Holt joined the NBC News family in 2000, and has reported from many of the world's hot spots. Notable work has included reporting from the Kuwait/Iraqi border as US forces prepared to launch their invasion of Iraq in 2003, the front lines in Lebanon on the war between Israel and Hezbollah in early 2006, and from Haiti on the immediate aftermath and response to the devastating earthquake, among others. 


Beginning on Saturday, September 27, five Finalists will compete for the $100,000 prize and the title of 2015 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association. Having been selected as Finalists each of the five pianists - Christian Sands, Zach Lapidus, Emmet Cohen, Kris Bowers, and Sullivan Fortner will perform as part of the Jazz Premiere Series in their own fully produced set at Indianapolis' The Jazz Kitchen.

On March 27, 2015, the Semi-Finals will take place at The Jazz Kitchen and on March 28, 2015, the Finals presented by Ice Miller will take place at Hilbert Circle Theatre with featured four-time Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves. The Finals will be judged by pianists Amina Figarova, Bill Charlap, and Edward Simon, as well as Mack Avenue Records Executive VP of A&R Al Pryor and journalist Don Heckman. The Finals will be streamed live featuring webcast host Christian McBride at The winner will be named the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz.

The mission of the American Pianists Association is to advance the careers of American jazz and classical pianists between the ages of 18 - 30. The organization was founded in 1979 in New York City and has been in Indianapolis since 1982. Past winners have included Aaron Diehl, Dan Tepfer and Aaron Parks, among esteemed others.

For more information on the American Pianists Association, please visit:

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The American Pianists Association is supported by REI Real Estate Services, Ice Miller, the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation in honor of the children and families of Christel House, the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, among others.

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Ara's Circle will be part of a double concert evening beside Brazilian famous guitarist Torinho Horta and his band at North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam.




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At 22 of november 2014 Ara's Circle will be part of a double concert evening beside Brazilian famous guitarist Torinho Horta and his band at North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam. We would be happy to welcome you. For further details visit our website .

Flute News - September 2014 - Bill McBirnie

Hi, Everyone:

Following are several recent items, each of which is set out in more detail below my signature:






Thanks very much…(both for reading and listening!)… 
Bill McBirnie - Extreme Flute
Phone:  (416) 652-1541
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.  In practice, there is."  (Yogi Berra)


Four months ago, I ordered a couple of tickets for my wife and I to attend the Royal Conservatory’s Season Gala Concert featuring Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway (which is going to take place at Koerner Hall on Saturday, October 25th).  Then, about a month ago, Sir James himself phoned to invite me to perform with him!…So I said, “Yes”!  (…Because I happened to be going anyway… :-)  Anyway, (…Didn’t I just say that?…I’m clearly excited…), I made it known to Sir James that I would really like to have Bernie Senensky on the gig because he will make it very easy, for BOTH of us.  I also suggested that we might resurrect a duet Sir James performed with Moe Koffman when they were touring together in Australia in the 1980s…So I am looking forward to acknowledging Moe at this event as well!…


Bruce Jones and I enjoyed the good fortune to be nominated for a 2014 Toronto Independent Music Award (TIMA) in the “Best Jazz/Instrumental” category.  Here is one of the tracks we submitted.  It is entitled, “Away From Home”, and it is about two minutes in length.  (However, as I said to Bruce, "This is too slow to win!” :-)

By the way, you can see the full roster of 2014 TIMA nominees at the following link:


The previous item segues nicely into this one because Bruce Jones and I have been working on a brand new recording project entitled, GRAIN OF SAND, and it is turning out REALLY well…but we’re only at the mixing stage, so I’m not sure when we’ll be able to release it…In any event, as a bit of a teaser, here is an unmixed track which we plan to include on the album.  It is entitled, “Remembering Paul Horn” and it was recorded shortly before Paul passed away in June.  This track is also about two minutes in length…and it just so happens to be too slow to win anything as well!… :-)  But I am pleased to say that it is “very Paul Horn” because Paul has been my most major influence on the instrument, ever since childhood!


Finally, if you get a chance, listen to - and watch - this clip because it is five minutes of unbridled JOY!  Here is the link:


[ NOTE:  You can always find a current/updated gig listing at the following link: ]

Wed., Nov. 19, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.
Mezzetta Cafe Restaurant
681 St. Clair Ave. W. (at Christie)
Toronto, Ontario
With REG SCHWAGER - Brazilian!

Sat., Oct. 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Koerner Hall - Season Gala Concert
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Thurs., Oct. 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Bloom Restaurant
2315 Bloor Street West (Bloor West Village)
Toronto, Ontario
With LOUIS SIMAO (guitar & vocals) & LUIS ORBEGOSO (cajon)
For reservations, please call (416) 767-1315.

Sat., Oct. 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
The Old Mill - Home Smith Bar
21 Old Mill Rd.
Toronto, Ontario

Bill McBirnie - Extreme Flute
Phone:  416-652-1541
CDs & MP3s:

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Fusion, Rock, Ambient. A gifted and versatile composer, guitarist and bassist who's music and impeccable technique are consistently
described as a soulful, organic experience." "If I Remember" is a cool mixture of Contemporary Jazz and Ambient music. Gentle, soothing sounds that any true music lover will enjoy and appreciate.

Kenneth LaMont Smith, born and raised in Chicago, he honed his musical skills as a freelance guitarist and bassist on Chicago's music scene and abroad. From theater and nightclubs to studio sessions and tours he quickly earned the reputation as one of the best in his field performing various styles of music. Sharing the stage with such artist as: R. Kelly, Tower of Power, Wynton Marsalis and members of the Miles
Davis Band. As a solo artist, composer, instrumentalist, his music and impeccable technique are consistently described as a "soulful, organic experience". His style crosses all musical boundaries.

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