Sunday, February 18, 2018

CANADA, BC: Van Django in Oak Bay Recreation’s Upstairs Lounge Feb.23 at 7:30 p.m


"Van Django is a standout act. With a clever mix of contemporary standards, classical ditties, rock homages and solid originals they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on." - NICK LEHR, Artistic Director, Djangofest Northwest
Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada's most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels.
Van Django's music is well-rooted in the gypsy jazz of 1930's Paris France, but beyond that it's all pure blue-skying; flights of dazzling fancy, driving rhythms and boundless creativity featuring original compositions and arrangements including humorous mash-ups that showcase their eclectic influences in full regalia.
Since the group's formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the USA, Europe and China, they've had repeat performances at Djangofest Northwest (DFNW) on Whidbey Island.
They have released 3 CD's "Tiptoe Trip", "Waltz in the Shape of a Tree" and a Christmas CD with special guests titled, "Cool Yule". Their CD's have been well received and played on many radio stations at home and abroad including; CBC, RDI, Espace Musique, NPR and Lyric FM in Ireland.
Please note the Upstairs Lounge is a licensed restaurant and bar, doors open at 6 pm for dinner service, the concert starts at 7:30 pm (this is a listening room).
Van Django | Waltz in the Shape of a Tree
Waltz in the Shape of a Tree
by Van Django

USA: It's (Eric) Valentine's Day: urban-jazz multi-instrumentalist rides "Velvet Groove" into the Billboard Top 3



Contact: Rick Scott 310.306.0375

It’s (Eric) Valentine’s Day: urban-jazz multi-instrumentalist rides “Velvet Groove” into the Billboard Top 3

The album, boasting performances by an all-star collective, dropped Wednesday as the title track is within striking distance of the top spot on the singles chart.

LOS ANGELES (14 February 2018): Valentine’s Day has deeper meaning this year for Eric Valentine, who released his long-in-the-works labor of love, “Velvet Groove,” on Wednesday. The Matcha Entertainment collection of soul-soaked urban grooves and sophisticated contemporary jazz sounds is the first release from the drummer-multi-instrumentalist-songwriter-producer’s Velvet Groove, a creative community of musicians and recording artists spreading love and positivity through music and collaboration. Valentine produced the set constructed by more than forty musicians, including an enclave of distinguished chart-toppers such as trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot, who are the featured soloists on the title track, which is presently No. 3 on the Billboard chart.

Valentine is a first-call drummer for many of the brightest stars in smooth/contemporary jazz, which is why so many accomplished players were eager to join the “Velvet Groove” sessions. He composed nine songs for the platter illuminated by Grammy-winning saxman Kirk Whalum, multiple Grammy-nominated sax player Gerald Albright, and solo hit-makers Adam HawleyElan TrotmanBrian Simpson and Greg Manning.  R&B singer B. Valentineseduces in lead and background vocal roles while pianist Wayne Linsey, guitarists Kay-Ta Matsuno and Alex Machacek, and percussionists Lenny Castro, Munyungo Jackson and Ramon Islas texturize the ten songs plus three reprises.

A Washington, DC native and long-time Los Angeles resident, Valentine sees “Velvet Groove” as the launch of a movement, a reboot of old-school record making where multiple artists are in the studio playing, recording, communicating and collaborating on each other’s albums all at the same time like they did at Motown and Philadelphia International Records, but with a modern touch. Valentine’s mission for Velvet Groove is to spread “love, joy and happiness” and use their “musical gifts to inspire people to choose kindness and uplift people to a better place.” Valentine anticipates releasing other projects from the musical cooperative this year, including a disc from B. Valentine, his wife who sings lead on the album’s retro cut “Back in the Day,” which is the featured “First Listen” track this week on the SoulTracks site.

On March 25, Valentine will take the stage to helm his Velvet Groove unit at their live concert premiere during an album release celebration at Spaghettini, south of Los Angeles. 

The “Velvet Groove” album is available now around the world from http://smarturl.it/VelvetGroove. For additional information, please visitwww.VelvetGrooveMusic.com.

Below are excerpts from some of the initial record reviews:

“An exquisite project and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to release such a masterpiece.” - The Pulse of Entertainment

“Eric Valentine's album Velvet Groove is certainly one of the year’s best recordings.” – Smooth Jazz Daily

“He outshines even himself with offerings that embrace a bit of jazz, R&B, funk, and fusion masterfully. Tracks here are laced with character, personality, and imagination… the album is stacked with quality, and Valentine came not only to play but to thoroughly impress… Valentine is another example of one capable of carrying the genre to another, higher plateau. This album does nothing if it doesn’t solidify him as a name to watch as a solo artist.” – The Smooth Jazz Ride

“A stunning line-up of contemporary jazz glitterati… a recording that warrants some serious attention…they collectively deliver music that will both inspire and uplift.” – Smooth Jazz Therapy
“Eric Valentine is an artist that you have heard as a session player on albums from other artists…He has a lot of talent, and the arsenal is in full effect on Velvet Groove.” – The Jazz World

Positive and good vibes can be heard and felt in (the) music.” – Keys & Chords

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USA: The Mike Stern Band To Headline the 7th Les Paul Festival


7th Annual Les Paul Festival Concert
Featuring
The Mike Stern Band
featuring Teymur Phell and Richie Morales

Plus Opening Act

February 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430

(201) 684-7844

Tickets & Info





The Mike Stern Band featuring Teymur Phell and Richie Morales will headline the 7th Les Paul Festival Concert at Ramapo College on Saturday, February 24, 2018 in the Berrie Center’s Sharp Theater at 8:00 p.m.  The annual festival celebrates Mahwah resident Les Paul’s innovative spirit as a musician and technologist by hosting a week of guest speakers and workshops for Ramapo’s music students culminating in a concert for the college and regional community. The Les Paul Festival is presented by the Ramapo College Music Program, the Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, the School of Contemporary Arts, the student-run Ramapo Music Club, and the Mahwah Museum.

Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats to a generation of contemporary jazz guitar aficionados. A player of remarkable facility, his searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity. Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early 1980s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards.  His latest album is titled “Trip.”  Stern has also played with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jaco Pastorius, Michael and Randy Brecker, Eric Johnson, Bela Fleck, and numerous other major jazz musicians.  Stern was presented with Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award in 2012. Ramapo College is thrilled and honored to have Mike Stern headline the 7th Les Paul Festival, during which he will also provide a workshop for Ramapo music students.

Drummer Richie Morales, a native of New York City, is a versatile player who has performed and recorded with a wide range of contemporary artists: Mike Stern, The Brecker Brothers, Spyro Gyra, Grover Washington Jr., Al DiMeola, Stevie Wonder, Carly Simon, Dianne Reeves, saxophonist Bill Evans, bassist Victor Bailey, Michael Franks, George Russell’s Living Time Orchestra, Grammy award winning vibraphonist Dave Samuels, Gato Barbieri, Dave Valentin, Ray Barretto, and Herbie Mann. He also leads his own group performing a mixture of Jazz standards and original music. Richie has been a member of the jazz faculty at Purchase College Conservatory of Music SUNY since 2000. He has also taught at the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program.

Bassist Teymur Phell moved to New York in 2011 and has since built a reputation as a vibrant and virtuosic player. He has performed with Mike Stern, Arturo Sandoval, Danielia Cotton, Alex Young, Leni Stern, Kevin Salem, Lafayette Harris, and Oz Noy. Born in Azerbaijan to a family of professional musicians -- his grandmother Elmira Nazirova was a celebrated classical pianist -- Teymur studied classical bass at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and toured with Palestinian singer Amal Murkus.

Concert tickets are $30/27/24, and $8 for Ramapo students with ID. No discounts. Contact the Berrie Center Box Office: (201) 684-7844 or visit

https://www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter/event/les-paul-festival-concert-featuring-mike-stern-band/.

USA: The Jazz Foundation of America is proud to present our 16th Annual "A Great Night in Harlem" gala concert.

SAVE THE DATE

The Jazz Foundation of America is proud to present our 16th Annual "A Great Night in Harlem" gala concert. Join us on Friday, April 20th at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater for a spectacular evening of music and testimony, honoring and featuring some of America's greatest musicians, including:

ROBERTA FLACK
(Honoree: Clark Terry Courage Award)
Four-time GRAMMY-winner Roberta Flack, best known for her #1 singles "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song" and "Feel Like Makin' Love", and her duet hits including "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You" with Donny Hathaway.

OTIS RUSH
(Honoree: Lifetime Achievement Award)
Legendary guitarist/vocalist from Chicago, Otis Rush is considered one of the most intense, soulful bluesmen of the past six decades, and has influenced Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimmy Page, among others.

JIMMY HEATH
(Honoree: Lifetime Achievement Award)
Saxophonist, composer, arranger, big band leader, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Jimmy Heath has performed on more than 100 record albums and his compositions have been recorded by everyone from Dexter Gordon and Clark Terry to Chet Baker and Ray Charles.

JIMMIE VAUGHAN
Texas guitarist Jimmie Vaughan provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage, with a style praised by his brother Stevie Ray, Eric Clapton, and Buddy Guy, who says, “He’s unbeatable when it comes to the blues. He just plays it like it’s supposed to be played.”

NONA HENDRYX
Vocalist Nona Hendryx is well known as one-third of Labelle, whose hit “Lady Marmalade” made her a legend, and, in addition to touring with the Talking Heads, she has recorded a series of acclaimed solo albums, combining soul and hard rock.

AND MANY SURPRISES TO COME...

TICKETS AND GALA PACKAGES:
www.jazzfoundation.org/Apollo2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

USA: New Release From Acclaimed Modern Jazz Singer, Robin Grant

New Release From Acclaimed Modern Jazz Singer, Robin Grant

Sensitive storytelling, in the opinion of many, is the most significant test of a singer. If that is the case, then a song has found a friend in Robin Grant.
A native of Chattanooga TN, Robin has been delighting local audiences for many years. With the upcoming radio release of her first CD, 'Good Girls' there's no doubt she is about to garner international acclaim. Good Girls is a collection of original jazz songs reminscent of the all-time great standards but with a modern flair. 
Robin's soulful stylings may take her listeners back to the great Tinpan Alley days of the 1920's 30's and 40's, but it's with an edgy delivery and sizzle that resonates with the youthful in body & spirit. Her live shows showcase her flaming vocals  throughout her diverse repertoire of all-time-favorites mixed with her popular original compositions.
Robin began her music career at an early age. She developed her performance ability through classical training, by earning her degree in Vocal Performance and by embracing musical theater.  She later transitioned into jazz with the help of her mentor, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks. Middlebrooks is also a native of Chattanooga and toured for many years with Ella Fitzgerald.
Robin's meticulously phrased singing and controlled but inescapable intensity is supported by her talented band, The Standard. Over and over they have proven their ability to captivate and move any audience.
Introducing Robin Grant!
Press Inquiries:
William Grant Jr.

USA: John Raymond & Real Feels-Joy Ride(Sunnyside Records 2018)


John Raymond - flugelhorn Gilad Hekselman - guitar Colin Stranahan - drums Recorded Live at Urban Cowboy (Nashville, TN) on September 18, 2017 Composed by John Raymond www.johnraymondmusic.net www.sunnysiderecords.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/jraymondmusic Twitter: www.twitter.com/jraymondmusic Instagram: www.instagram.com/jraymondmusic

Friday, February 16, 2018

USA; Jon Durant-Parting Is (2017)

Parting Is

A deeply emotional and personal record, Parting Is takes the idea of a solo guitar album and transforms it into a stunning sonic landscape of texture and color. Many of the sounds on the album bear no relationship with traditional guitar, but there are no synthesizers employed at all. Everything is played by Jon Durant on guitars with Durant also playing fretless bass on four pieces.

USA: Saxophonist Benjamin Boone Collaborates with Poet Philip Levine on "The Poetry of Jazz," Due March 16

                                                                                   
"The Poetry of Jazz,"
A Spellbinding Collaboration Between
Saxophonist/Composer Benjamin Boone &
The Late Pulitzer Prize-Winning
U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine,
Set for March 16 Release
By Origin Records
 
Recording Sets New Precedent
For Pairing Jazz with the Spoken Word
With Performances By
Tom Harrell, Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, & Chris Potter
Joining Boone's Core Ensemble
As Levine Recites 14 of His Iconic Poems
Set to Boone Compositions They Inspired

 
January 30, 2018
   
Benjamin Boone Philip LevineMusicians and poets have been inspiring each other for millennia, with collaborations in San Francisco and New York between beat poets and beboppers during the 1950s a particularly memorable recent chapter. On the forthcoming The Poetry of Jazz, which Origin Records will release on March 16, saxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levinemake an invaluable contribution to the jazz-and-poetry canon and set a standard for the genre that will be hard to surpass in the future.
 
Fellow professors at California State University, Fresno, until Levine's death in 2015, Boone and Levine performed their first concert together in March 2012; that fall they decided to lay down some tracks. The Poetry of Jazz features 14 iconic poems by Levine set to compositions by Boone based on the music he heard in their words and their author's delivery.
 
For the recording sessions, Levine was in the studio with the musicians. "He told me, 'Why the hell would I want to be in a room by myself? I do that enough already! Have the musicians there and then that will be fun,'" Boone recalls. "There were always musicians playing live with him. Phil did most tracks in a max of two takes. 'Gin' was the absolute first take."
 
A highly regarded composer who often sets text to music, Boone employs a vast and vivid sonic palette in writing and arranging settings for Levine's words. He recruited an impressive cast of California players, relying particularly on drummer Brian Hamada, bassist Spee Kosloff, and pianist David Aus, who also contributed compositionally.
 
In addition, on the intimate "The Unknowable (Homage to Sonny Rollins)," Boone evokes the inner struggle and beatific quest embodied by the saxophone colossus's famous woodshedding walks on the Williamsburg Bridge, a search that materializes in the thick, sinewy sound of Chris Potter's horn. Tom Harrell delivers a strikingly beautiful statement on "I Remember Clifford (Homage to Clifford Brown)," while the mercurial altoist Greg Osby darts and weaves around "Call It Music (Homage to Charlie Parker)," about Bird's infamous Dial recording session of "Lover Man." On Boone's poignant ballad "Soloing (Homage to John Coltrane)," Branford Marsalis's sinuous tenor lines bring to life Levine's comparison between his aging mother's isolated existence and a Coltrane solo.  

"I wanted to record Phil's poems about Rollins, Brown, Parker, and Coltrane, as well as his poems that created melodies when he read them," Boone says. "We talked a lot about the relationship of music and the voice, and I told him, I don't want to react word by word. The music and the poetry had to be equal and symbiotic."
 
A lifelong jazz fan who was born (1928) and raised in Detroit when it was a proving ground for a brilliant generation of bebop-inspired improvisers, Philip Levine often wrote about jazz and the musicians he loved in his verse. But Boone, an award-winning composer, player and educator, wanted to dig deeper. He drew inspiration not only from the subjects of Levine's poems but also from the musicality of his language and his wry, emotionally restrained recitation.
 
Over the course of his career Levine collaborated with musicians in a variety of settings, but felt the results weren't always salutary, which made the connection with Boone all the more satisfying. He observed that "[Boone's] ability to both hear and 'get' my writing was astonishing... He can tell just where the music needs to carry the moment or the language has to climb over the instruments. His compositions seem to grow directly out of the thrust of the language."
 
Benjamin BooneBorn in 1963 in Statesville, NC, Benjamin Boone grew up in an intellectually stimulating family and could have devoted himself to any number of pursuits. He concentrated on the saxophone and started improvising from an early age, but was also interested in composition. "I learned a great deal about science, literature, visual art, writing, history, politics, and music from my four older brothers," he says. "So I've always gravitated towards interdisciplinary projects like this one, where I can combine playing, composition, literature, and oration to create an artistic statement that addresses history and topics relevant today."
 
Boone traces his fascination with the music of spoken language to a hearing issue "that makes it hard for me to understand words," he says. "When I hear people speak I hear it as music, a melodic line. This fascination with spoken language allowed me to use Phil's voice as an instrument, which makes this project unique."
 
Boone is heralded as a performer and composer in both jazz and new music circles. His compositions have been heard in 29 countries and on more than 25 albums and have been the subject of multiple national broadcasts on NPR. He conducted musical research in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow and is currently spending a year in Ghana performing and composing with African musicians as a Fulbright Scholar.
 
With The Poetry of Jazz Boone has opened up a new literary and musical frontier, and there's more in store. The album features the first half of the 29 poems he recorded with Levine, who addressed his readers in his classic verse, writing "if you're old enough to read this you know what work is."  
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

USA: Bucky Pizzarelli, Russell Malone Plus Acclaimed Singer Allan Harris @ The Highlights In Jazz 45th Anniversary Gala Thurs., Feb. 22nd 8pm




Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights In Jazz
New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series

The Highlights In Jazz 45th Anniversary Gala launches the new season 
Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 8 P.M.
 featuring
the Bucky Pizzarelli Trio with guitarist Russell Malone,
and bassist Martin Pizzarelli.


 Also Acclaimed Singer Allan Harris 


Plus a surprise special guest!

All Shows At
Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

Box Office 212-220-1460
www.tribecapac.org



Mark your calendar for other concerts scheduled for the 2018 Highlights In Jazz 46th season:

Thursday, March 22, 2018- 8 P.M.

  • The Millennials Meet The Masters
Featuring saxophonists Peter and Will Anderson, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Buster Williams, trombonist Steve Turre, and pianist George Cables, plus surprise special guest!


Thursday, May 10, 2018- 8 P.M.

  • Dick Hyman and Friends
Pianist Dick Hyman, trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon, bassist Jay Leonhart, saxophonist Ken Peplowski, drummer/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, and surprise special guest!


Thursday, June 21, 2018- 8 P.M.

  • Salute to Russell Malone
Guest of Honor: guitarist Russell Malone, plus saxophonists Jimmy Heath and Houston Person, drummers Lewis Nash and Willie Jones III, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Luke Sellick, and surprise special guest!

In producing the Highlights In Jazz series, Jack Kleinsinger is living the dream. Early on, he booked legendary jazzmen such as Buddy Rich and Dizzy Gillespie, “I idolized these guys growing up, and never dreamed I’d work with them, I never thought this would happen,” Jack reveals. To this day, “That feeling is still there. It doesn’t get any better than this for a fan.”

Schedule subject to change without notice.


Visit the The UNF Jack Kleinsinger Highlights in Jazz Archive
http://digitalcommons.unf.edu/kleinsinger/

Listen to Randy Cohen's Interview with Jack Kleinsinger


During his 45 years producing the concert series Highlights in Jazz, he has gotten to know many brilliant musicians. Dizzy Gillespie once came by the house and played for his cat. But is jazz, if not dead then relegated to a museum piece? The future of an art form: at BMCC-Tribeca Performing Arts Center with music from Nicki Denner and Anton Denner, both very much alive.
https://personplacething.org




All Shows At

BMCC TRIBECA Performing Arts Center 
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

http://tribecapac.org

By car take FDR Drive south to end, through underpass onto West Street, 
north to Chambers.
By Subway take 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C, E, J or M train to Chambers or N, R to City Hall stop. Walk west on Chambers.
Box Office 212-220-1460
Ticket Prices
$50.00
$45.00 (student rate with valid ID)
or by mail order.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the box office.
You are now able to use your credit card at the Tribeca PAC Box Office located on 199 Chambers Street, or by calling (212) 220-1460 and now online at Tickets.Tribecapac.org

Please send a check made payable to: Highlights In Jazz

Please mail orders to:
Highlights In Jazz 

7 Peter Cooper Road, Apt. 11E  New York NY 10010
(Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope)


http://www.highlightsinjazz.org

Highlights in Jazz Media Contact
Jim Eigo
Jazz Promo Services
272 State Route 94 South #1
Warwick, NY 10990-3363
Ph: 845-986-1677 / Fax: 845-986-1699
Cell / text: 917-755-8960
Skype: jazzpromo

jim@jazzpromoservices.com
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USA: STEVE SLAGLE DEDICATION CD RELEASE THURSDAY FEBR 22nd SMOKE Sets 7PM--9PM--10:30PM

STEVE SLAGLE
DEDICATION CD RELEASE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd
SMOKE

2751 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Sets 7pm--9pm--10:30pm  
Tickets & Info


Next Live Appearance

STEVE SLAGLE QT
SMALLS
FRI-SAT MARCH 9th+10th
Sets 9:30pm +11:00pm

www.smallslive.com
DownBeat Editors Pick January 2018

By Ed Enright

Steve Slagle dedicates each track on his new album to people, places and things that have served as sources of artistic inspiration during his five-decade career as a saxophonist/flutist, composer, educator, arranger and bandleader on the New York scene. Dedication starts with a kick as Slagle (on alto), pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Scott Colley, drummer Bill Stewart and percussionist Roman Diaz conjure the essence of Sonny Rollins on Slagle’s “Sun Song,” a summery blowing vehicle based on a buoyant calypso-like groove. Guitarist Dave Stryker, a frequent touring/recording collaborator with Slagle, joins the group on the angular and driving “Niner” (dedicated to bassist Steve Swallow), and five more tracks. Stryker’s presence on Dedication is deeply felt, notably on the Brazil-dedicated bossa nova tune “Triste Beleza” playing nylon-string acoustic, as well as on his own “Corazon” (dedicated to Joe Zawinul), a ballad that flows with resonant alto vibrato, shimmering brushes, simple bass line movement and rubato strums of cleanly amplified electric guitar. Other subjects of Slagle’s dedication include Jackie McLean (the conga-driven “Opener”), Wayne Shorter (his “Charcoal Blues”), painter Marc Chagall (the guitar/soprano sax dream “Watching Over”), Slagle’s daughter Sophia (the playful, odd-metered swinger “Sofi”) and swing itself (the uptempo romp “Major In Come”). It all adds up to an enjoyable and meaningful collection of fresh, straightahead jazz from some of the genre’s best—and most dedicated—practitioners.




Media Contacts
Jim Eigo
Jazz Promo Services
272 State Route 94 South #1
Warwick, NY 10990-3363
Ph: 845-986-1677 / Fax: 845-986-1699
Cell / text: 917-755-8960
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USA: Hal Galper Quartet-Cubist (Origin Records 2018)


Cubist
With his focus on 'the art of the trio' since moving on from the Phil Woods Quintet in the late '80s - the last decade incorporating his innovative development of trio 'Rubato' playing into 7 albums on Origin Records - pianist Hal Galper made a major, personal musical statement in adding his old friend and saxophone titan Jerry Bergonzi to a late 2016 tour and live recording. Diving into the 'Rubato' deep end with the trio, Bergonzi provided another dimension and added spark, opening unforeseen avenues to the trio and quickly becoming an integral part of Galper's musical concepts going into the future. Thus, the Hal Galper Quartet, featuring Jerry Bergonzi! Recorded at Cleveland's Tri-C, Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, the quartet recorded live in an open session format with a small but involved audience. Bassist Jeff Johnson contributed much of the music for the tour and four of the tracks for the recording. His tune title 'Cubist,' provided the implied visual of a subject with many parts out of place or overly-dramatized, offering new perspectives on a familiar image, and a fine metaphor for the music.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

USA: Buddy Rich "The Lost Tapes" Now Available on CD and Vinyl LP!


For Immediate Release 

Buddy Rich The Lost Tapes Now Available on CD and Vinyl LP!

Studio City, CA - Lightyear Entertainment and Lobitos Creek Ranch, in association with Scabeba Entertainment and the Buddy Rich Estate, have released the live album The Lost Tales featuring Buddy Rich and his Big Band, recorded in 1985 at the King Street Studios in San Francisco on CD and vinyl LP. The album is part of the Buddy Rich Centennial Celebration. Buddy was born on September 30, 1917.

The album is the soundtrack from the concert film The Lost Tapes, which has been available from Lightyear on DVD since 2003 and 2005, respectively. 

Gary Reber, subsequently the founder of Widescreen Review was the Producer of the concert. One Pass Video was the Production company. Scott Ross of One Pass was the Director. A complete jazz club was built in the soundstage for the production to a live audience. The recording was originally made in SQ Tate Matrix Quad Surround Sound.  

The soundtrack has been re-mastered for CD by Chad Hailey and Jeff Pinn at Broken Arrow Sound, Redwood City, CA. The vinyl LP has been mastered and replicated by PALLAS GmbH/Furnace MFG in Germany on 180 Gram audiophile vinyl.

The Lost Tapes was released on February 2, 2018 through Caroline Distribution, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group, on the Lightyear/Lobitos Creek label. The UK street date for The Lost Tapes CD is 16 March and the vinyl is 20 April. The titleThe Lost Tapes refers to the fact that these recordings were lost for a decade, presumed damaged in a fire, and then digitally restored.

“These recordings are some of the best quality recordings ever made of the legendary drummer and his band,” said Arnie Holland, CEO of Lightyear. “And we are grateful to Executive Producer Steve Michelson and the inimitable Cathy Rich for 14 years of working together with us to make sure that Buddy's legacy is complete and widely available.” 

Cathy Rich, CEO of Scabeba Entertainment and Buddy’s daughter, is guest vocalist with the Buddy Rich Band featuring drummer Greg Potter. The 16-piece Big Band will continue to tour all year.

Buddy Rich, whom Gene Krupa defined as “the greatest drummer to ever draw breath,” was honored with a President's Special Merit award GRAMMY along with three Grammy Nominations. He was inducted into the Downbeat MagazineModern Drummer andPlayboy Halls of Fame. Buddy received the Jazz Unlimited Immortals of Jazz Award and awards for his philanthropic efforts. He was named “Greatest Drummer of All Time” by Modern Drummer magazine. 

In honor of Buddy's Centennial, a flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol on Buddy's birthday, September 30, when the commemoration of his Centennial will also be read into the official Congressional record where it will be a permanent part of the United States archive for all time.

A PledgeMusic campaign has been started for the release where a fan can not only buy CDs and vinyl, but also special merch items and could even purchase an opportunity to sit in with the band in concert. https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/buddyrich?utm_medium=email&utm_source=pledgemusic

The Lost Tapes Trailer: https://vimeo.com/230659281

Audio Mexicali Rose from The Lost Tapes: http://bit.ly/buddyrichmexrose ;

New YouTube Channel created for the 100th Birthday Celebration: Buddy Rich 100th Anniversary Channel

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158glassonyonpr@gmail.com 

Lightyear Entertainment, a distributor of independent films and music, was founded in 1987. www.lightyear.com 


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