Album: Dream Come True
Song, Winner Hollywood Music in Media Awards in the jazz genre (2015).Silver medal winner Global Music Awards (2016) Winner best jazz song in Akademia (2016) L.A.
CD Release Show
Roger Davidson Quartet With Hendrik Meurkens
"MUSIC FROM THE HEART"
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
Here's What The Press Is Saying About Roger Davidson's Latest CD ns "MUSIC FROM THE HEART"
"a sweeping set of romantic tunes that reflect both the joyful ecstacy of blooming romance and the quiet romantic moments that add depth and texture to the relationship.” Jonathan Widran.
Positively marvelous piano Roger Davidson...this new release, slated for release in September, 2018, is jam-packed with exuberant original compositions..you will fall in love” Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
"Going beyond Rio to Brasilia and Belo Horizonte with other stops in between, this galvanizing set is enough to open the ears of a new generation to the possibilities of Brazilian jazz” Chris Spector, Midwest Record
Jeremy Manasia, Jazz pianist and Teacher-in-Training at the Village Zendo,
redefines Buddhist texts through his latest album Sutra Book
Critically acclaimed New York Jazz pianist Jeremy Manasia uses Jazz as a conversation to explore sacred Zen chants
New York, NY – Jeremy Manasia has been student of Roshi Enkyo O'Hara and member of the Village Zendo in Noho for over 15 years. Widely recognized as a masterful pianist in the New York City jazz scene for two decades, Manasia juxtaposes the intentionality of vital texts in the Soto Zen Tradition alongside the impressionistic sound of the piano through his latest album Sutra Book - which will be released by SmallsLIVE Records at the Village Zendo on
Sutra Book is a groundbreaking work that explores nuanced levels of Zen sacred chants through the lens of Jazz. A first of its kind in the Jazz canon, Manasia pioneers the intersection of Zen texts like Song of the Jeweled Mirror of Awareness, Nenju, and Kon Ro Man, and the complexities of bebop - deftly weaving compositions that further illuminate how Buddhism can resonate in our lives.
According to Jeremy Manasia: “Being so intertwined in the liturgy practice at the Village Zendo, and hearing these melodies over and over, I always felt I would eventually work on a project like this.
A few summers ago, Sensei Joshin O’Hara Sensei asked me if I could record a piano improv version of the Song of the Jeweled Mirror for a slide show. I liked all the places one could go musically with that one simple melody. That was when the spark came to begin writing. I picked the liturgical areas that incorporated melody, not just monotone chanting, and began to find ways to rework these melodic fragments harmonically, and rhythmically. The idea was to create something that allowed the musicians to express themselves freely. This is the most important aspect of the performances in the Sutra Book: it connects the spirit of jazz with the spirit of Zen - a liberated expressiveness.” Founded in 1986 under the leadership of Roshi Enkyo O'Hara and Sensei Barbara Joshin O'Hara, the Village Zendo has created a sanctuary for New Yorkers - many of whom are inspired to authentically continue the Zen tradition while keeping it contemporary and relevant to today’s world. Teachers like Jeremey Manasia exemplify the Village Zendo's diversity and deep commitment to practice.
About Jeremey Tokuyu Manasia: recording artist, composer, bandleader, and educator Manasia has produced six records and 40 Jazz compositions. An international performer, Manasia has worked with many jazz luminaries, including Gary Bartz, Al Foster, Jimmy Heath, Eddie Gomez, Louis Hayes, Javon Jackson, Willie Jones III, Peter Bernstein and Jimmy Cobb. Manasia is a longstanding favorite at the Village Vanguard, Smalls, Mezzrow, Smoke, Dizzy’s and the Iridium. In addition to his 6 releases as a band leader, Manasia has appeared on more than 20 records as a featured artist, most recently “For You” - Javon Jackson, and “Art” - Ayumi Kokestsu. His work has been recognized in several competitions - most notably, Jazz in the Thelonious Monk Competition, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition.
The Village Zendo The Village Zendo is a Zen community in the heart of downtown New York City. Drawing from the traditions of Soto and Rinzai Zen, the Village Zendo was given the Japanese name Dotoku-ji - which means True Expression Temple. The rich diversity of our sangha embodies this namesake as we explore how Zen relates to our daily lives through all forms of the arts, social action, and traditional Zen studies.
To receive a private link for music samples, contact the artist directly at: Jeremy Manasia (646)314-9102 firstname.lastname@example.org
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with HOUSTON PERSON and
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Sets at 8 & 10 pm
JAZZ at KITANO
66 Park Ave at 38th St
$18 cover $20 minimum
Manhattan's venerable singer-pianist Daryl Sherman teams with her two illustrious longtime colleagues Houston Person, tenor sax and Jay Leonhart, bass for a fun-filled, high spirited autumnal songfest. She'll also include material from her highly praised new CD "Lost In A Crowded Place."
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT
Lost In A Crowded Place
(new summer 2018 release Audiophile 357)
photo credit to Eric Stephen Jacobs
| “I would have singers study her phrasing on this disc- that wonderful science of balancing song and conversation, adherence to the melody and improvisation. How she does it from song to song, from chorus to chorus …making each song its own complete emotional and intellectual statement like an aural short story…is something quite remarkable.” - Michael Steinman, JAZZ LIVES |
“Daryl: I listened to your album today and enjoyed it very much, all elements. Particularly the first track, your remarkable song, ‘The Land Of Just We Two.’ Lovely piece. Congrats all around.”- Dick Hyman
“Unique choice of tunes, musicians are super, musical joy…congrats on your 5 star recording!”
- Frank Wilner, WNHN FM
“Lost In A Crowded Place’ is a marvelous CD. Daryl is in top form, the band sounds great, and the songs she selected are lovely too, some quite rare..the equivalent of 18K gold. Congratulations!” – Carol Sloane
“In addition to being a fine singer who knows how to extract the essence of each lyric, and a wonderful jazz pianist, Sherman is also adept at creating appealing melodies and literate lyrics. “The Land Of Just We Two” is a charmer and her hip lyrics for the Turk Mauro tune “Turkquoise” should find homes in the repertoire of other jazz-oriented vocalists.” – Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz Magazine
“Ms. Sherman is very much in prime form throughout. She performs superior mostly little-played standards, forgotten gems such as Barbara Carroll’s title song and Louis Armstrong’s “If We Never Meet Again”. Her tender yet quietly expressive voice sometimes hints at Mildred Bailey or Lee Wiley but sounds very much like herself while her piano playing is fluent and creative swing. This highly recommended set is *****!”
- Scott Yanow, LA JAZZ SCENE