Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lynette Washington & Dennis Bell Jazz NY - LIVE at the X! (Celebrating the music of Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae & Shirley Horn) (GuavaJamm Entertainment Inc 2012)

LIVE at the X!
(Celebrating the Music of
Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, & Shirley Horn)
Lynette Washington - Vocals
Bruce Harris-Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Bruce Williams-Alto Saxophone
Janelle Reichman-Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Bell-Piano
Noriko Ueda-Bass
Victor Jones-Drums
Produced, Arranged and Mixed by Dennis Bell for City Slicker Productions
LYNETTE WASHINGTON is a native New Yorker with an extensive career in jazz, R&B, and gospel. This is Ms. Washington’s fifth album release. Amongst her many credits, she was the 2005 First Prize Winner of the Jazzmobile/Anheuser Busch Jazz Vocal Competition and was featured on WBGO’s Singers Unlimited Show with Michael Bourne. Ms. Washington has performed in major venues, clubs, and concert halls throughout the tristate area. In 2010 and 2011, she was featured in the jazz series LIVE AT THE X at ArtsWestchester. She has appeared at New York metro area venues, including The River Room, Creole, The Schomberg Museum, BB Kings, Zinc Bar, Solomon’s Porch, Pier 2110, The Brooklyn Museum, The Sculpture Garden in Yonkers, and the off-broadway touring company of Crowns. She was selected by the Jazzmobile Society to pay tribute to Nina Simone at a solo performance held at Harlem Stage (Aaron Davis Hall) in the fall of 2008. Lynette has worked with many well-known artists including Aretha Franklin, U2, Peter Gabriel, Celia Cruz and Clifford Jordan, etc. She was a featured lead singer and musical arranger with New Voices of Freedom, and appeared with U2 at Madison Square Garden, with an album single release on U2 Rattle & Hum. Other credits include TV performances with the Special Olympics Org., the BBC/Virgin Records worldwide telecast, One World, One Voice, a video with Lenny Kravitz, Give Peace A Chance, and the 2002 VMA Music Awards with James Brown and Jimmy Fallon. Her work in television and commercials include Roy Rogers, Nabisco, Pizza Hut, and Toyota. Ms. Washington is Jazzmobile Award winning iTunes Essential Jazz Artist.

DENNIS BELL is a gold and platinum award-winning pianist, producer/arranger, songwriter conductor and music educator. A graduate of the High School of Music & Art, New York University and Queens College (MA), Dennis is the founder and CEO of City Slicker Productions, Mark of Aries Music (BMI) and GuavaJamm Entertainment. Dennis has produced records by Doug E. Fresh, Dave Valentin, New Voices of Freedom, U2, and Touché, amongst others. He was the musical director/conductor for the international tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, and throughout his career has performed and conducted in venues from Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls to Madison Square Garden, with appearances on the Joan Rivers Show, New York at Night, MTV Video Music Awards, and the movie U2, Rattle and Hum. Mr. Bell’s compositions for dance can be heard on the album Musique Pour La Danse Moderne (2008), and includes works performed at The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard), Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, Yale University, LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Ailey II, The Juilliard School (New Dances ‘08), Perry Mansfield (Steamboat Springs, CO.), and University Cal at Irvine amongst others. Additional recordings include Dennis Bell Jazz NY: Live at the Joseph P. Kennedy Center, Then & Now – A Jazz Retrospect of New York City’s High School or Music & Art, a solo album I, MYSELF, & ME, and various TV/radio jingles for Drakes, Hardees, Roy Rogers, and Nabisco. He has performed with Marcus Miller, Buddy Williams, Nick Brignola, Jimmy Owens, Dave Grusin, Buddy Morrow, Sal Salvador, Dave Valentin, Noel Pointer, Steve Jordan, U2, Lenny Kravitz, Celia Cruz, Billy Preston, and a host of others. Mr. Bell is a Yamaha Influential Jazz Artist. 

LIVE AT THE X! was recorded in performance at the ArtsWestchester gallery on January 22nd, 2010 as a part of the NewUrbanJazz concert series. ArtsWestchester presents emerging and established locally-based artists in a showcase of jazz and other performing arts, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Live @ ArtsWestchester is produced by Tom van Buren. The NewUrbanJazz series is co-curated by Bob Baldwin. For more information, visit www.artswestchester.org.
LIVE at the X! was a Jazz page iTunes featured album upon its 11.27.11 release