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  • JJA Conference Jan 7-11: New Media for New Jazz

  • http://news.jazzjournalists.org/2010/12/jja-conference-schedule-registration-available/


    The Jazz Journalists Association announce "New Media for New Jazz," its 2011 conference, to be held January 7 through 11, simultaneously with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters convention at the Sheraton New York, 811 7th Ave. at 53rd St., New York City.

    All JJA conference events are free and open to the public, though space is limited, so pre-registration is advised. Go to http://members.jazzjournalists.org/events for full schedule, to register and sign up for emails regarding conference updates.

    Highlights include:

    Friday, Jan 7, 2:30 pm: Introducing Introducing eyeJAZZ.tv, the JJA Video Project, panel discussion with eyeJAZZ instructor Floyd Webb, web-developer/social media consultant JoAnn Kawell, and JJA president/eyeJAZZ project director Howard Mandel

    Saturday, Jan 8, 11 am: The New Feature: Long Form Music Journalism Now, panel discussion with Marc Myers (http://JazzWax.com/), David Hajdu (The New Republic, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, author), Larry Blumenfeld (Wall Street Journal, Village Voice)

    Saturday, Jan 8, 2 pm: The State of Jazz Journalism Now, and Immediate Prospects, town hall discussion moderated by James Hale (Down Beat, Signal To Noise, Jazz Chronicles blog). Among issues to be addressed: What is fair use of audio/video excerpts or interviews in multi-media reporting? How can advance publicity work hand-in-hand with post-performance reviews? Is there a role for critics, or is mediation no longer necessary/desirable between artists and audiences?

    Sunday, Jan 9, 2 pm: Presenters and Journalists Working Together, part 1" Work session moderated by Yvonne Ervin, executive director, Western Jazz Presenters Network/vice president, JJA

    Monday, Jan 10, 2 pm: Presenters and Journalists Working Together with Musicians, part 2 Work session moderated by Howard Mandel, president, JJA.

    The Jazz Journalists Association is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit professional organization promoting effective media to disseminate news and information about jazz.

    http://news.jazzjournalists.org/

    see my blog:
    www.HowardMandel.com
    www.ArtsJournal.com/jazzbeyondjazz
    jazzmandel@earthlink.net

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  • National Jazz Museum in Harlem Jan. 3 – Jan. 9, 2011 Schedule
  • December 30, 2010

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    The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
    104 East 126th Street, #2C
    New York, NY 10035
    212 348-8300
    http://www.jmih.org/



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:



     

    National Jazz Museum in Harlem
    Jan. 3 – Jan. 9, 2011
    Schedule

      Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    Jazz for Curious Listeners
    Christian McBride Hosts: My Musical Heroes
    7:00 – 8:30pm
    Location: NJMH Visitors Center
    (104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
    FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
    Christian’s Subject: Jaco Pastorious, Electric Bass Innovator

    The electric bass was actually Christian McBride’s first instrument. He began playing at age 8 when Jaco Pastorious was the bass guitar’s standard bearer, having created masterpieces with the group Weather Report as well as his eponymously titled first solo reco rding. Jaco Pastorious transformed the bass guitar into an instrument of fine art, and there are few better, if any, to discuss Pastorious than McBride. This will be a night to remember – whatever you do, make it to this free class, and bring a friend.

    Friday, January 7, 2011

    Harlem in the Himalayas
    Eldar, Pianist
    7:00pm
    Location: Rubin Museum of Art
    (150 West 17th Street)
    $18 in advance | $20 at door |
    For tickets: RMA Box Office
    http://www.rmanyc.org/harleminthehimalayas/ or call 212-620-5000 ext. 344

    Signed to Sony Classical at the age of 17, Eldar has since established himself as one of the most brilliant and virtuosic solo jazz pianists of his generation. The possessor of a unique style, this is a rare solo performance in New York City. Along the way, Eldar’s had the good fortune to work with masters such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Dave Brubeck, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, among others. The performance space is a wonderful place to hear acoustic music – no microphones, just a lot of wood to give the sound depth and warmth. This is a wonderful way to break in the New Year with live music!



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  • The Jamie Baum Septet at Cornelia Street Cafe on 1/2/11
  • December 30, 2010

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    Cornelia Street Cafe
    29 Cornelia St, NYC, Reservations: (212) 989-9319
    http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com

    presents

    The Jamie Baum Septet
    Jamie Baum – flutes, Taylor Haskins – trumpet
    Doug Yates – alto sax/bass clarinet
    Brad Shepik – guitar, George Colligan – piano
    Johannes Weidenmueller – bass, Jeff Hirshfield – drums

    Sunday, January 2, 8:30pm
    Cover charge: $10, 1 drink minimum

    "…at the end of a European tour…their familiarity with their leader’s subtle writing and, consequently, the robust informality with which they addressed it were both mightily impressive…. Baum’s band gelled beautifully in their ensemble roles and struck tasteful sparks off each other when required, Colligan producing some rich, cascading explorations of relatively complex material, and both Baum and Haskins powerful and emotive in their solos. The unusual front-line combination… resulted in some intriguing textures … and Hirshfield and Weidenmueller providing brisk and flawless rhythmic support throughout an absorbingly varied program. This was a classy, musical performance from a top-notch band."
    – Chris Parker (from The Vortex Jazz Club in London review)

    “…on a cold night in January this reviewer decided to experience the Jamie Baum Septet at Joe’s Pub in the east village. The experience was nothing short of extraordinary. Each tune was gripping, and played to perfection by the ensemble. The best compliment that can be given to such compositional creativity is that all concept of the passage of time was lost… I had been transported…for what seemed like precious few moments, but it was enough to leave me breathless and wanting more.” —  David Miller, All About Jazz

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  • Billy Taylor – July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010
  • December 29, 2010

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    Billy Taylor – July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010


    Billy Taylor Performing At Highlights In Jazz May 13, 2010 Photo by Jim Eigo

    Dr. Billy Taylor, a Jazz pianist, composer, educator and broadcaster who encompassed that rare combination of creativity, intelligence, vision, commitment and leadership, qualities that made him one of our most cherished national treasures, died in New York on December 28, 2010. He was 89 and lived in Riverdale, New York.

    The cause was heart failure, according to his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson.

    The distinguished ambassador of the jazz community to the world-at-large, Dr. Billy Taylor’s recording career spanned over six decades. He also composed over three hundred and fifty songs, as well as works for theatre, dance and symphony orchestras.

    Among his most notable works is "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free", achieving great popularity with Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Nina Simone covered the song in her 1967 album Silk and Soul, and the song continues to be recorded by many artists worldwide, most recently by Levon Helm.

    Playing the piano professionally since 1944, he got his start with Ben Webster’s Quartet on New York’s famed 52nd Street. He then served as the house pianist at Birdland, the legendary jazz club where he performed with such celebrated masters as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. Starting in the 1950s, Billy Taylor ked his own Trio, as well as performed with the most influential jazz musicians of the twentieth century.

    After many years of recording for leading record labels, in 1989, Taylor started his own "Taylor Made" record label to document his own music, releasing four albums, and in the late 90s, "Soundpost Records," releasing his two final recordings.

    Dr. Taylor was not only been an influential musician, but a highly regarded teacher as well, receiving his Masters and Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and serving as a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University.

    He also hosted and programmed such radio stations WLIB and WNEW in New York, and several award winning series for National Public Radio. In the early 1980s, Taylor became the arts correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning.

    Dr. Billy Taylor was one of only three jazz musicians appointed to the National Council of the Arts, and also served as the Artistic Advisor for Jazz to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he developed one acclaimed concert series after another including the Louis Armstrong Legacy series, and the annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

    With over twenty three honorary doctoral degrees, Dr. Billy Taylor was also the recipient of two Peabody Awards, an Emmy, a Grammy and a host of prestigious and highly coveted prizes, such as the National Medal of Arts, the Tiffany Award, a Lifetime achievement Award from Downbeat Magazine, and, election to the Hall of Fame for the International Association for Jazz Education.

    Dr. Taylor’s survivors include his wife, Theodora and his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson. A son, Duane, passed away in 1988.

    http://www.billytaylorjazz.com


    For additional information, please contact:

    Alan Bergman (212) 944-1630
    Bret Primack (520) 247-0515

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  • Billy Taylor – July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010
  • December 29, 2010

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    Billy Taylor – July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010


    Billy Taylor Performing At Highlights In Jazz May 13, 2010 Photo by Jim Eigo

    Dr. Billy Taylor, a Jazz pianist, composer, educator and broadcaster who encompassed that rare combination of creativity, intelligence, vision, commitment and leadership, qualities that made him one of our most cherished national treasures, died in New York on December 28, 2010. He was 89 and lived in Riverdale, New York.

    The cause was heart failure, according to his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson.

    The distinguished ambassador of the jazz community to the world-at-large, Dr. Billy Taylor’s recording career spanned over six decades. He also composed over three hundred and fifty songs, as well as works for theatre, dance and symphony orchestras.

    Among his most notable works is "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free", achieving great popularity with Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Nina Simone covered the song in her 1967 album Silk and Soul, and the song continues to be recorded by many artists worldwide, most recently by Levon Helm.

    Playing the piano professionally since 1944, he got his start with Ben Webster’s Quartet on New York’s famed 52nd Street. He then served as the house pianist at Birdland, the legendary jazz club where he performed with such celebrated masters as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. Starting in the 1950s, Billy Taylor ked his own Trio, as well as performed with the most influential jazz musicians of the twentieth century.

    After many years of recording for leading record labels, in 1989, Taylor started his own "Taylor Made" record label to document his own music, releasing four albums, and in the late 90s, "Soundpost Records," releasing his two final recordings.

    Dr. Taylor was not only been an influential musician, but a highly regarded teacher as well, receiving his Masters and Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and serving as a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University.

    He also hosted and programmed such radio stations WLIB and WNEW in New York, and several award winning series for National Public Radio. In the early 1980s, Taylor became the arts correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning.

    Dr. Billy Taylor was one of only three jazz musicians appointed to the National Council of the Arts, and also served as the Artistic Advisor for Jazz to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he developed one acclaimed concert series after another including the Louis Armstrong Legacy series, and the annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

    With over twenty three honorary doctoral degrees, Dr. Billy Taylor was also the recipient of two Peabody Awards, an Emmy, a Grammy and a host of prestigious and highly coveted prizes, such as the National Medal of Arts, the Tiffany Award, a Lifetime achievement Award from Downbeat Magazine, and, election to the Hall of Fame for the International Association for Jazz Education.

    Dr. Taylor’s survivors include his wife, Theodora and his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson. A son, Duane, passed away in 1988.

    http://www.billytaylorjazz.com


    For additional information, please contact:

    Alan Bergman (212) 944-1630
    Bret Primack (520) 247-0515

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  • Reminder: Highlights in JAZZ Presents ‘Dynamic Duos’ Thursday, January 6, 2011 – 8 pm at TRIBECA Performing Arts Center
  • December 29, 2010

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    Jack Kleinsinger’s

    New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series

      38th Year!

    Highlights in JAZZ is Back!

      Four Great Jazz Happenings

    4 Great Programs

      Thursday, January 6, 2011 – 8 pm

    The Return of Highlights in Jazz
    Dynamic Duos
    Bucky  Pizzarelli & Howard Alden
    Wycliffe  Gordon  & Jay Leonhart
    Anat Cohen &  Rossano Sportiello

      Thursday, March 10, 2011 – 8 pm

    Salute to Derek Smith

    Dick Hyman • Ken Peplowski
    Statesmen of Jazz  
    Warren Vache • Houston Person
    Aaron Weinstein • Nicki Parrott • Jackie Williams
    Guest of Honor ~ Derek Smith

    Thursday, April 7, 2011 – 8 pm
    Jazz – the next generation
    Edward Ellington ll (Duke’s Grandson)
    and
    The Ellington Legacy Band
    ~ Featuring ~
    Virginia Mayhew – Norman Simmons – Joe Temperley
    Highlights in Jazz Next Generation Stars

    Anderson Twins – Jake Hertzog – Ryland Kelly
    Dylan Meek – Jonathan Russell
    Jesse Simpson – Tim Veeder

    Thursday, May 5, 2011 – 8 pm
    Remembering  Hank Jones
    Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis,, Junior Mance
    Steve Turre, George Mraz, Winard Harper
    Special Guest Frank Wess

      All Shows at:
    TRIBECA Performing Arts Center
    Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street
    TRIBECA Box Office at (212) 220-1460
    http://www.tribecapac.org/music.htm

    4 Super Concerts
    One Low Price
    Subscriptions are $150
    For All Four Shows

    Tickets for individual concerts may be
    ordered for $40.00, students $37.50

    Make checks payable to & mail to:
    Highlights in Jazz
    7 Peter Cooper Road, New York, NY 10010
    (Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope)
    Please send subscriptions for the
    Fall 2011 season of Highlights in Jazz

    Concerts produced in association with:
    BMCC TRIBECA
    PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
    Borough of Manhattan Community College
    199 Chambers Street
    (212) 220 -1460 www.TribecaPAC.org

    For Interviews, photos and general Highlights In Jazz Information Contact:

    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services
    269 S Route 94 Warwick, NY 10990
    T: 845-986-1677 / F: 845-986-1699
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    Web Site: jazzpromoservices.com/



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  • dave stryker in new orleans
  • December 28, 2010

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    from new york city:

    the dave stryker quartet

    dave stryker-guitar
    michael pellara-piano
    terry burns-bass
    paul thibodeaux-drums

    thursday jan 6th 7-9:30 pm
    the sound cafe
    2700 Chartres (near NOCCA)
    504-947-4477

    friday jan 7th 8-10 pm
    chickie wah wah
    2828 Canal St (at S. Broad) mid-city
    chickiewahwah.com
    504-304-4714

    dave is also doing a clinic on thursday jan 6th from 1:30-2:30 at the
    Jazz Education Network Conference – Chamber Room/ Roosevelt Hotel
    "guitarists and pianists working together in the rhythm section"
    JEN Conference Info:
    http://www.jazzednet.org/


     More About Dave Stryker:   
    http://www.davestryker.com/

    Dave Stryker spent over 13 years with Stanley Turrentine, and also worked with Jack McDuff, Kevin Mahogany and Eliane Elias. He has 20 CD’s out as a leader, and has been a sideman on over 50 others.

    For Interviews, Photos and Promos Contact:
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:
    jazzpromo@earthlink.net


    HAVE A JAZZ EVENT, NEW CD OR IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE JAZZ COMMUNITY YOU WANT TO PROMOTE?  CONTACT JAZZ PROMO SERVICES FOR PRICE QUOTE.
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  • FILIPINO-AMERICAN RECORDING ARTIST CHARMAINE CLAMOR DELIVERS SOMETHING GOOD TO NEW YORK ON JANUARY 8
  • December 28, 2010

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

               

    FILIPINO-AMERICAN RECORDING ARTIST CHARMAINE CLAMOR DELIVERS SOMETHING GOOD TO NEW YORK ON JANUARY 8

      Celebrated by The New York Times as “a gifted vocalist” and by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade,” Pinay Pride Charmaine Clamor, the Queen of Jazzipino, returns to New York for a special CD Release concert on JANUARY 8, Saturday, 7PM at the TRIAD THEATER on 72nd and Broadway. The Triad hosted last year’s successful New York City Fil-Am JazzFest, headlined by Ms. Clamor.
     



    “Something Good” is Charmaine Clamor’s 4th US album, with songs in English, Tagalog, and Taglish! Photo: FreeHam Records
     


    General Admission ($27) and a limited number of VIP Tickets are available online through BrownPaperTickets at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/135499

      Ms. Clamor, the 2009 Filipinas Magazine Entertainer of the Year, brings her 6-piece “Killin’ Sweehearts” band in support of their 4th U.S. album, Something Good. The album, heard locally on WKCR, WBAI, and WNYC is on the JazzWeek World Music radio chart – Clamor’s third straight album in the World Music Top-20.

      Recognized by Jazz Times as the reigning Queen of Filipino Jazz, Ms. Clamor blends jazz with music of her beloved home country, the Philippines. She sings in both her adopted tongue of English and her native language, Tagalog, creating new (and swinging!) arrangements of beloved Filipino love songs such as “Maalaala Mo Kaya,” “Ikaw,” and “Dahil Sa Yo.”



    Jazzipino artist and Pinay Pride Charmaine Clamor, in New York on 1/8 at 7PM, Triad Theater (72+Bwy) Photo: Hydee Abrahan
     


    Born in a developing country where accessible clean water is scarce, Charmaine has fostered a passion for the planet, focused on clean water conservation. In the 3-song Mother Nature Suite on Something Good, Charmaine pays respect to the planet. Charmaine’s devotion to a cleaner, healthier earth extends to her work with the Sierra Club Water Committee and Food & Water Watch. Clamor does not stop there, though. With the CD tray for Something Good manufactured from potato, the packaging for the album is 100% recyclable!

      Finding harmonic similarities between the traditional spiritual song “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” and the traditional Filipina Visayan folk lullaby “Ili-Ili,” Clamor combined the two to create the haunting and stirring “Motherless Ili-Ili.” She will unveil the song on January 8 and will be available for autograph signing and photographs immediately after the concert.

      Charmaine’s musical journey began at age 3, entertaining passengers in the back of buses traveling to Manila, in her homeland of the Philippines. A licensed physical therapist for 6 years, performing music whenever she could, Clamor soon realized she had to follow her artistic calling. But creating, developing and mastering one musical genre has never been enough for the brilliantly eclectic Clamor. Her global recognition reached new heights in 2010 when Charmaine was the only Filipina to appear on the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim concept album, “Here Lies Love” (Nonesuch), about the life of Imelda Marcos, the eccentric former First Lady of the Phillipines

    .
    Photo: Courtesy of Nonesuch


    Charmaine’s previous releases include Searching for the Soul, Flippin’ Out, and My Harana: A Filipino Serenade. Whether it’s jazz, world, soul, funk, pop, swing, blues, folk or jazzipino, Charmaine Clamor always delivers Something Good. In New York on January 8, she intends on proving it.

    WHAT: Charmaine Clamor, Queen of Jazzipino in Concert
    WHEN: January 8th (Saturday), 7PM sharp; Doors open at 6:30PM
    WHERE: Triad Theatre, 158 W. 72nd Street (at Broadway)
    TICKETS: $27 available at:
    http://www.Brownpapertickets.com/event/135499
    MORE INFO: http://www.CharmaineClamor.com

    For Interviews, Photos and Promos Contact:
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:
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  • Sonny Rollins, Groucho Marx, Joe Lovano and Charlie Parker
  • December 28, 2010

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    Sonny Rollins, Groucho Marx, Joe Lovano and Charlie Parker


    New video from Bret Primack, the Jazz Video Guy, includes a recent interview with Sonny Rollins; an EPK for Joe Lovano’s new Charlie Parker tribute; a report on Jazz in Taiwan; a preview of the Yellowjacket’s first studio recording in three years; and, a Message to the Jazz Community from the Jazz Video Guy.

    The numbers: Bret posted 172 videos in 2010. There are now 600 videos available on the Jazz Video Guy YouTube channel, which has 15.5 million views, 18,546 YouTube subscribers and friends.

    Sonny Digs Groucho: Bret interviewed the Saxophone Colossus on December 23rd via phone and put together this video using John Abbott’s remarkable photographs.

    http://tinyurl.com/newkgroucho
    Lovano Digs Bird: Joe Lovano’s Bird Songs, coming January 15th from Blue Note Records, explores the music of Charlie Parker. Bret put together an EPK:

    http://tinyurl.com/lovanobird

    Joe’s group US Five will be featured in a live webcast from the Village Vanguard on January 12th, to celebrate the release. Bret created a trailer for the webcast:

    http://tinyurl.com/lovanowebcast  

    Bret Digs Taipei: During a recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan where his daughter teaches English, Bret sampled the local Jazz scene and came up with this report, featuring an American currently based in Taipei, Louis Goldford.

    http://tinyurl.com/jazzintaiwan

    A Message to My Friends: The Jazz Video Guy will be participating in next month’s JEN Conference in New Orleans. Reflecting on the importance of solidarity, Bret offers a Message to the Jazz Community.

    http://tinyurl.com/jazzcommunity

    YouTube Channel
    http://www.youtube.com/jazzvideoguy
    Jazz Video Guy Website
    http://www.jazzvideoguy.tv

    Twitter
    http://www.twitter.com/jazzvideoguy
    Planet Bret
    http://www.planetbret.com

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  • Roy GAINES ³Tuxedo Blues=?ISO-8859-1?B?siA=?= 2010 Blues Award Academie du Jazz
  • December 24, 2010

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    Roy GAINES “Tuxedo Blues”
    2010 Blues Award Academie du Jazz
    Best Blues Album Of The Year
    http://www.academiedujazz.com



    http://www.roygaines.com/


    Roy Gaines & His Orchestra recorded their first CD “Tuxedo Blues” (Black Gold Records) in 2009 at Capitol Records, and has performed at local venues and events in 2010 including the Central Ave Jazz Festival, The Typhoon Restaurant and the Catalina Jazz Club. The motto of this 17-piece orchestra is “Dress the blues up”.

    Tuxedo Blues has been aired on KKJZ 88.1 FM by Helen Borgers, who also wrote the liner notes. The blues we hear on this disc have been arranged for a swingin’ big band that could be performing at the elegant ballrooms of the most prestigious hotels.

    The music harkens back to the days when Roy was part of a touring program, on the same bill with Count Basie’s Orchestra and Jimmy Rushing, under the influence of impresario John Hammond. But the music transcends any one era. Roy puts everything he has into everything he does. And he is a visionary. His plans for the evolution of this music – where it will be heard, played and grown – are exiciting. Today a homage to Count Basie, tomorrow Duke Ellington. Beyond – who knows? One thing is for sure, it will be a class act!

    From Tuxedo Blues Liner Notes – Helen Borgers FM 88.1 KKJZ Host:
    You don’t have to dress him up to take him anywhere. He can play both blues guitar and jazz piano; he’s a versatile vocalist; he’s a songwriter, bandleader and soloist. He even acts on occasion! He has a W.C. Handy Award (and 2 more nominations) and a Living Blues Award. And he always looks dapper. He’s the legendary Roy Gaines.

    For Interviews, Photos and Promos Contact:
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:
    jazzpromo@earthlink.net

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  • Reminder: Melissa Nadel LATE NIGHT GROOVE SERIES BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB SATURDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 25 @ MIDNIGHT
  • December 24, 2010

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    SATURDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 25 @ MIDNIGHT
    LATE NIGHT GROOVE SERIES
    BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB
    131 W. 3rd Street
    New York, NY 10012
    Reservations Recommended
    212.475.8592
    $12

    Melissa Nadel – vocals/piano
    Patrick Firth – piano
    Brian Killeen – bass
    Adam Stoler – guitar
    Jordan Perlson – drums

    Join her facebook and myspace pages!
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Nadel/161833454867?ref=ts
    http://www.myspace.com/melissanadel

    http://www.melissanadel.com

    An angelic voice and impressive talent, singer/songwriter Melissa Nadel, will be returning to the Blue Note stage to perform on Saturday night, December 25th at midnight. Bring your family and friends after your holiday festivities to top off the night. She will be debuting some new material of hers, and there will be a few Christmas surprises for you as well.. it’s a show not to miss!

    Melissa is a young, exciting artist who infuses Jazz and Pop to create a genuinely refreshing and original sound. Her style is versatile and tasteful. Whether she’s behind the piano accompanying herself or center stage fronting her band, her live performances are engaging and filled with emotion. Her debut CD, WHAT MATTERS, co-produced by Charles Fambrough and herself, is available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon, etc. It is also being distributed in Japan through Vivid Sound Corporation and receiving great reviews. Melissa is currently preparing to get back into the studio to begin working on her highly-anticipated second album.

    Here’s a little taste of what’s to come on the 25th!

    To watch more videos of Melissa performing live, visit:
    www.youtube.com/mnn8329 http://www.youtube.com/mnn8329


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  • Helio Alves CD Release Show for M=?ISO-8859-1?B?+g==?=sica Blue Note Sunday Brunch, January 2nd Sets at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM
  • December 24, 2010

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    Helio Alves CD Release Show for Música, on Jazz Legacy Productions (JLP)

    Blue Note Sunday Brunch Series:

    Helio Alves: Piano
    Hans Glawischnig : Bass
    Donald Edwards: Drums

    Blue Note
    Sunday Brunch, January 2nd/2011
    Sets at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM
    131 West 3rd Street
    New York, NY
    (212) 475 8592



    HELIOALVESMUSIC.COM


    "Highly recommended"
    Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

    "This latest release by Brazilian pianist Helio Alves proves, without a question, that he belongs among the top rank of today’s keyboard artists."
    Bob Bernotas, Host of WNTI’s Just Jazz

    "…[Alves) penchant for articulate self-expression within multiple functions and styles keeps him busy on several New York scenes."
    Ted Panken, Down Beat Magazine


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  • Pascalito’s Quartet @ Miles Caf=?ISO-8859-1?B?6SA=?=February 9th 7:30 – 9:30pm
  • December 22, 2010

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    Pascalito’s Quartet @ Miles Cafe
    February 9, 2011
    7:30 – 9:30pm 2 sets
    $10 cover – $10 minimum
    212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl. (b/2nd & 3rd Ave.) (212) 371-7657
    Featuring:
    Pascalito (vocals), Luiz Simas (piano), Leco Reis(bass) and Rogerio Boccato (percussion)

    Manhattan-based French vocalist Pascalito and his Brazilian musicians will perform selections from his new album ”Neostalgia” that has been praised by Jazz Times for its ”musical melting pot” and "luxuriant tapestry”, seamlessly blending the influences of pop, jazz, bossa nova, flamenco, blues, swing and tango.

    – artist websitehttp://www.pascalito.com

    – profile and album review published in Jazz Times September edition:
    http://jazztimes.com/articles/26554-pascalito-manhattan-s-french-connection

    NEW CD

    Pascalito presents Neostalgia Street Date: March 8, 2011
    Pascalito (lead vocals) – Keiji Yoshino (guitar) – Sarina Suno (violin) – Stan Killian (flute and tenor saxophone)
    Jessica Medina (guest vocals) – José Moura (bass) – Rogerio Boccato and Javier Diaz (percussion)
    Thomas Foyer (multiple instruments and programming)
    http://www.pascalito.com
        


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  • Reminder: Greg Lewis Organ Monk Trio at 55 Bar Tonight 7-9pm
  • December 22, 2010

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    Greg Lewis Organ Monk Trio    
    Wednesday, December 22nd 7-9pm
    Greg Lewis…Organ
    Ron Jackson…Guitar
    TBA…Drums

    55 Bar
    55 Christopher St.
    New York, NY 10001
    (West Village)
    http://55bar.com/

    NEW CD


    Greg Lewis “Organ Monk”
    Greg Lewis-organ, Ron Jackson-guitar, Cindy Blackman-drums
    Street Date October 1, 2010
    http://www.greglewismusic.com/

    For his first album as a leader, organist Greg Lewis chose 14 Thelonious Monk compositions and finishes the album with his original "Kohl’s Here". While a tad on the long side, Organ Monk shows Lewis to be a talented and creative musician who knows the B-3 inside out. Lewis pulled numerous different timbres and colors from his instrument, ranging from standard B-3 fare to the eerie, ghoulish atmospherics on "Criss Cross", which references the Grim Reaper on the album’s cover art. He changes the organ’s stops halfway through "Locomotion", giving the listener a new sonic tapestry to consider. Lewis often mixes stabbing, percussive eighth- and 16th note lines with dense, layered chords that are right out of the church, and I love how his Phrases often end and begin in unexpected places.

    Lewis and drummer Cindy Blackman (talk about thudding bass drum) have a great rapport. Blackman’s precise and assertive fills and kicks are perfectly placed and support Lewis’ phrasing and accents nicely. Check how they bob and weave around each other at the beginning of "Criss Cross" and how she seems to know exactly where Lewis is headed on the easy swinger "Boo’s Birthday." They effectively accentuate the jagged nature of some of Monk’s tunes like "Tinkle Tinkle" by approaching them with plenty of rubato. "Locomotion" is given and especially start-stop stuttering treatment. I would like to have heard more from guitarist Ron Jackson, both in the mix (he’s sometimes hard to hear when comping) and in terms of soloing. Jackson doesn’t solo on every track, and more work like his fine single-note solos on "Coming In The Hudson" and "We See" would have been most welcome.

    — Chris Robinson
    Down Beat, December 2010

    About Greg Lewis


    New York native, keyboardist Greg Lewis, a highly accomplished mainstay on the city’s jazz, blues and funk scenes, who has earned a solid reputation for his versatile work around town in a vast variety of settings, steps out front for the first time on his debut CD Organ Monk. Lewis’ sensitive and soulful keyboard playing has made him a favorite among some of the music’s finest vocalists – including blues queen Sweet Georgia Brown, jazz and soul songstress
    Lezlie Harrison and ex-Brooklyn Funk Essentials singer/songwriter Stephanie McKay  – and earned him a featured role on saxophonist Sam Newsome’s Groove Project recording 24/7.  Now on Organ Monk the spotlight is finally shined on his enormous talents as the leader of his own allstar trio featuring multitalented guitarist Ron Jackson and drummer extraordinaire Cindy Blackman.

      Born into a musical family, Lewis’ introduction to jazz came from hearing Monk records from the collection his late father, pianist David Lewis, who was a dedicated fan of Thelonious.  “It all started there,” the younger Lewis proclaims, also naming unsung master Elmo Hope as a major influence.  Lewis started his own piano studies at the age of eleven and began playing professionally around New York as a teenager.  He credits jazz legend Gil Coggins, who sent him as a sub one night to a gig where there was a Hammond B-3, for setting him on the path to becoming a bona fide organist.  These days Lewis has so devoted himself to mastering the difficult instrument with such fervor that he considers himself to be an “organ monk.”

      Working weekly for the past five years at the hip Brooklyn club Night Of The Cookers, with his regular trio featuring Ron Jackson on guitar, Lewis has honed his skills on the B 3 to become one of New York’s first call organists.  It was at the club that he first met drummer Cindy Blackman, who was so impressed with his playing that she sat in with the group and made arrangements to later perform with Lewis.  An unwavering fan of the Tony Williams Lifetime group, featuring Larry Young on organ, Blackman is the perfect complement for Lewis’, who names Young as his primary influence on the instrument (along with, of course, Jimmy Smith as well as Sly Stone).  Lewis cites Young’s landmark interpretation of “Monk’s Dream” from the classic Unity album as a further inspiration for his decision to devote this his first date to the music of Thelonious.

      Although albums memorializing Monk’s music have become somewhat commonplace since the iconic pianist/composer’s death, Organ Monk is most likely the very first on which the date is led by an organist.   Lewis’ years of familiarizing himself with both his instrument’s expansive capabilities, as well as Monk’s sizable songbook, have led to this inevitable debut recording that breathes new life into the master’s repertory, while exploiting the Hammond B 3’s vast (and somewhat untapped) potential for creating new sounds.

      Despite its classic organ-guitar-drum configuration, Lewis’ trio is far from typical in approach to making modern music. His arrangements of the fourteen Monk titles on the record are consciously contemporary in their originality, respecting the composer’s melodic, harmonic and rhythmic voice, while using the different elements of each piece to propel the group into its own unique nexus, one where the customary divisions between soloist and accompanist are blurred, or even erased.   Beginning with “Trinkle Tinkle”, one of Monk’s more intricate melodic lines, Lewis’ mastery of both the B 3’s dual keyboards and its too often neglected bass pedals is clearly evident, as is his fearless approach to arranging for the trio, with Blackman’s powerful drums doubling the intricate melody with him.

      Lewis’ unaccompanied introduction to ”Jackie-ing”, slowing building around the chords of the playful Monk march before inviting drums and guitar to join him is an eloquent lesson in dynamic tension and release.  The trio trips around in space with Lewis’ organ at times reminiscent of Sun Ra before sliding smoothly into the infectious melody of “Criss Cross”, with Blackman’s drums offering a jagged contrast to the velvety tone of the B 3, before the trio settles into an earthy mood and then blasts back into the stratosphere to conclude astrally.  The band’s easy swinging reading of the beautiful “Light Blue”, featuring Jackson’s soulful guitar, is a ringing affirmation of the group’s ability to shine brightly in the classic organ trio tradition, as is their burning up tempo rendition of the not often heard “Played Twice” that features an exciting Lewis-Blackman dialogue.

      The date’s other nine Monk pieces each offer a different perspective on the master’s work.  There’s the bouncing rhythm that jumps out of the long tones that set up “Boo Boo’s Birthday” and its fittingly funny quote by Lewis of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had A Little Lamb”, followed the lilting rhythms of the bebop masterpiece “Coming On The Hudson.”  Blackman’s energetic drumming on the fiercely burning “Four In One”, reminiscent of Art Blakey’s work with Monk, incites Lewis and Jackson to some of their best soloing of the date.  Lewis’ playing on “Locomotion” with his tonally expansive keyboard work, intelligent use of space and cleverly complementary bass line is nothing short of masterful.  On “We See” the trio once again swings mightily, with Lewis clearly demonstrating the influence of the great Jimmy Smith on his virtuosic playing.

      “Monk’s Mood” is the date’s most beautiful ballad, with Lewis displaying the sensitive lyricism that has made him the favorite accompanist of so many of New York’s finest vocalists.  The trio shows off its intuitive split second timing in an edge of your seat dramatic reading of the marvelous melody of “Think Of One”, before digging down into their shared deep blues roots.  Lewis’ harmonic daring is clearly evident on his audacious arrangement of “Work.”  The final Monk piece of the date, “Introspection”, is a fitting example of the unmitigated joy the trio finds in coming together to make great music.

      The date’s concluding coda is a Lewis original, “Kohl’s Here”, a fittingly Monkish melody dedicated to his teenage son that gives listeners a brief glimpse into the keyboardist’s own impressive abilities as a composer.  A talent that is sure to be seen in greater abundance on future releases from this extraordinary artist.

    http://www.greglewismusic.com/

    For Interviews, Photos and Promos Contact:
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:
    jazzpromo@earthlink.net



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  • Mac Gollehon at Port 41 Thursday Feb. 3rd at 8pm.
  • December 21, 2010

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    Mac Gollehon at Port 41
    Thursday Feb.3rd at 8pm.
    Port 41 355 W. 41st St.
    212 947 1188
    http://www.port41bar.com/

     $10 Cover

    Mac Gollehon-Trumpet and trombone
    Michael Grey-Trombone
    Noriko Kamo-Organ
    Craig Haynes-Drums

    NEW CD


    Mac Gollehon “Straight Ahead” American Showplace  Street Date: 2011
    Mac Gollehon, Ron McClure, Ronnie Cuber, Victor Lewis, Warren Smith
    http://www.mac-nyc.com/


    What The Press Is Saying About Mac Gollehon’s “Straight Ahead”

    CD Review: http://www.OsPlaceJazz.com

    Mac Gollehon    -   Mac Straight Ahead     4/3
    O’s Notes: Mac plays a sweet trumpet and gutsy trombone over ten classic bebop tunes including three originals. His band is Ron Cuber (baritone sax), Victor Lewis (d), Ron McClure (b), Sam Burtis (bass tb), Jun Saito (d), Greg Kogan (organ) and Warren Smith (d). They open with the swinging blues of "Fish Market” followed by a brassy version of "Round Midnight". The crisp trumpet, rich trombone and raspy bass trombone alternate the lead line throughout the session and each does a fine job. Brass is the business of Mac Straight Ahead and they execute well transforming the oldies and ushering in new favorites. Among the best are "Lush Life", "After You’re Gone" and the cooking title track.

    D. Oscar  Groomes
    O’s Place Jazz Magazine

    CD Review: http://jazzafonik.blogspot.com/

    Review BY Michael ‘Jazzofonik’ Edwards

    With a resume that encompasses Madonna and Chaka Khan as well as Lester Bowie, multi-hornist (pardon the coinage) Mac Gollehon gives new meaning to the term journeyman.

    His latest both typifies and departs from the premise of its title, with the opening track, Roy Eldridge’s "Fish Market" hewing to the former, while the leader’s original "Mac straight Ahead"  throws in a funky organ treatment to complement the stratospheric ‘Maynard Ferguson-type’ flights.

    Indeed, the overall mood is propulsive; his "Lush Life" has a bit more forward momentum than some renditions, and Gollehon’s trumpet work, along with some stellar solo runs, make for an intriguing listen. Of course, the support cast is more than up to the task. Baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber delivers a strong performance. The soloists on this one could easily be walking the bar as they deliver their spirited lines. Gollehon and company further crank things up on "Strange Behavior,"  and practically nuke a reading of "After You’ve Gone." They only catch their collective breath a bit at the end, with a soulful take on the Mingus dirge, "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat." Gollehon’s trombone and Cuber’s baritone smoldering. Gollehon has certainly been around, but on this excellent release, he shows that he knows how to take it home.

    CD Review: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=38119

    Review By Dan Bilawsky

    Brass man Mac Gollehon means business on Mac Straight Ahead. The ten tracks on this album present Gollehon in a variety of settings and on a variety of instruments…at the same time. While the idea of overdubbing oneself on record is fraught with peril, Gollehon beats the odds. Sometimes he conjures sounds of a full, brassy big band, while other settings pare things down to a few instrumental voices. Though trumpet might be his main axe, Gollehon plays better trombone (and French horn) than most players on the scene today, and his diverse experiences–having played in the Buddy Rich and Stan Kenton bands, and worked with the likes of Lester Bowie, Ray Barretto, Madonna and Chaka Khan–have certainly helped to expand his outlook on music. Most importantly, the overdubs aren’t done as a gimmick, but in service of some fantastic arrangements.

    The album starts with Roy Eldridge’s “Fish Market,” and Gollehon’s arrangement of the piece has a slightly raunchy air to it. The Texas tenor attitude is transplanted to baritone saxophone, as Ron Cuber delivers a strong performance. The soloists on this one could easily be walking the bar as they deliver their spirited lines. It’s hard to imagine anybody doing anything too new with Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” at this point, but Jack Jeffers’ arrangement–with the bass handling some melodic moments and Gollehon’s trumpet working over some unique brass backgrounds–takes this well-worn tune to a new place. Gollehon is more Maynard Ferguson than Miles Davis, and his stratospheric flights find a place on the large majority of these songs.

    This “Lush Life” has a bit more forward momentum than some renditions, and Gollehon’s trumpet work, along with some stellar soli runs, make for an intriguing listen. The title track is Gollehon’s first original on the album and organist Greg Kogan makes things simmer right from the start. Bassist Ron McClure underscores the opening of “Carol’s Song” with some fat half notes that are simple, yet well-suited to this piece and some swanky, rich brass voicings give way to a slightly noir-ish sensibility on this burnished ballad. Gollehon and company turn up the heat on “Strange Behavior,” which begins with the leader’s bone work dancing atop Victor Lewis’ intense drumming, and an explosive version of “After You’ve Gone.” The final track on the album is a soulful take on Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.” Gollehon’s trombone and Cuber’s baritone saxophone sizzle here and this dirge-like composition is transformed into a dirty, blues-drenched beauty. While Mac Straight Ahead is far from a one-man show, Gollehon proves to be a jack of all trades and a master of everything.

    CD Review: http://www.amazon.com/Mac-Straight-Ahead-Gollehon/dp/B004176JI0/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

    5.0 out of 5 stars Focus: Trumpet with Mac Gollehon, November 15, 2010

    By Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States)

    This review is from: Mac Straight Ahead (Audio CD)

    J
    azz lovers will welcome the return of one of the best trumpeters in the business with this issue MAC: STRAIGHT AHEAD. This talented man can get more variation and color out of the trumpet than anyone. On this very subtle album he plays all the trumpet and trombone solos and is joined by his compatriot Sam Burtis on bass trombone on occasion. The combo arranged for this set is Victor Lewis, Warren Smith and Jun Saito on drums, Ron Cuber baritone sax, and Greg Kogan, organ. It is a brassy album and one that explores just about every brass color of tone and range of expertise available.

    The songs combine works written by Gollehon along with some standards including a terrific ‘Lush Life’ and ‘Round Midnight’. This is a connoisseur’s album – for those who know Mac Gollehon’s gifts and for those who will be discovering them for the first time – that kind of album that is more a exploration of the particular gifts of a fine jazz musician such as you’d hear in a club. But it is all right here!

    Media Contact:
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:
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  • Greg Lewis Organ Monk Trio at 55 Bar Thursday, December 22nd 7-9pm
  • December 21, 2010

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    Greg Lewis Organ Monk Trio    

    Thursday, December 22nd 7-9pm
    Greg Lewis…Organ
    Ron Jackson…Guitar
    TBA…Drums

    55 Bar
    55 Christopher St.
    New York, NY 10001
    (West Village)
    http://55bar.com/

    NEW CD


    Greg Lewis “Organ Monk”
    Greg Lewis-organ, Ron Jackson-guitar, Cindy Blackman-drums
    Street Date October 1, 2010
    http://www.greglewismusic.com/

    For his first album as a leader, organist Greg Lewis chose 14 Thelonious Monk compositions and finishes the album with his original "Kohl’s Here". While a tad on the long side, Organ Monk shows Lewis to be a talented and creative musician who knows the B-3 inside out. Lewis pulled numerous different timbres and colors from his instrument, ranging from standard B-3 fare to the eerie, ghoulish atmospherics on "Criss Cross", which references the Grim Reaper on the album’s cover art. He changes the organ’s stops halfway through "Locomotion", giving the listener a new sonic tapestry to consider. Lewis often mixes stabbing, percussive eighth- and 16th note lines with dense, layered chords that are right out of the church, and I love how his Phrases often end and begin in unexpected places.

    Lewis and drummer Cindy Blackman (talk about thudding bass drum) have a great rapport. Blackman’s precise and assertive fills and kicks are perfectly placed and support Lewis’ phrasing and accents nicely. Check how they bob and weave around each other at the beginning of "Criss Cross" and how she seems to know exactly where Lewis is headed on the easy swinger "Boo’s Birthday." They effectively accentuate the jagged nature of some of Monk’s tunes like "Tinkle Tinkle" by approaching them with plenty of rubato. "Locomotion" is given and especially start-stop stuttering treatment. I would like to have heard more from guitarist Ron Jackson, both in the mix (he’s sometimes hard to hear when comping) and in terms of soloing. Jackson doesn’t solo on every track, and more work like his fine single-note solos on "Coming In The Hudson" and "We See" would have been most welcome.

    — Chris Robinson
    Down Beat, December 2010

    About Greg Lewis


    New York native, keyboardist Greg Lewis, a highly accomplished mainstay on the city’s jazz, blues and funk scenes, who has earned a solid reputation for his versatile work around town in a vast variety of settings, steps out front for the first time on his debut CD Organ Monk. Lewis’ sensitive and soulful keyboard playing has made him a favorite among some of the music’s finest vocalists – including blues queen Sweet Georgia Brown, jazz and soul songstress
    Lezlie Harrison and ex-Brooklyn Funk Essentials singer/songwriter Stephanie McKay  – and earned him a featured role on saxophonist Sam Newsome’s Groove Project recording 24/7.  Now on Organ Monk the spotlight is finally shined on his enormous talents as the leader of his own allstar trio featuring multitalented guitarist Ron Jackson and drummer extraordinaire Cindy Blackman.

      Born into a musical family, Lewis’ introduction to jazz came from hearing Monk records from the collection his late father, pianist David Lewis, who was a dedicated fan of Thelonious.  “It all started there,” the younger Lewis proclaims, also naming unsung master Elmo Hope as a major influence.  Lewis started his own piano studies at the age of eleven and began playing professionally around New York as a teenager.  He credits jazz legend Gil Coggins, who sent him as a sub one night to a gig where there was a Hammond B-3, for setting him on the path to becoming a bona fide organist.  These days Lewis has so devoted himself to mastering the difficult instrument with such fervor that he considers himself to be an “organ monk.”

      Working weekly for the past five years at the hip Brooklyn club Night Of The Cookers, with his regular trio featuring Ron Jackson on guitar, Lewis has honed his skills on the B 3 to become one of New York’s first call organists.  It was at the club that he first met drummer Cindy Blackman, who was so impressed with his playing that she sat in with the group and made arrangements to later perform with Lewis.  An unwavering fan of the Tony Williams Lifetime group, featuring Larry Young on organ, Blackman is the perfect complement for Lewis’, who names Young as his primary influence on the instrument (along with, of course, Jimmy Smith as well as Sly Stone).  Lewis cites Young’s landmark interpretation of “Monk’s Dream” from the classic Unity album as a further inspiration for his decision to devote this his first date to the music of Thelonious.

      Although albums memorializing Monk’s music have become somewhat commonplace since the iconic pianist/composer’s death, Organ Monk is most likely the very first on which the date is led by an organist.   Lewis’ years of familiarizing himself with both his instrument’s expansive capabilities, as well as Monk’s sizable songbook, have led to this inevitable debut recording that breathes new life into the master’s repertory, while exploiting the Hammond B 3’s vast (and somewhat untapped) potential for creating new sounds.

      Despite its classic organ-guitar-drum configuration, Lewis’ trio is far from typical in approach to making modern music. His arrangements of the fourteen Monk titles on the record are consciously contemporary in their originality, respecting the composer’s melodic, harmonic and rhythmic voice, while using the different elements of each piece to propel the group into its own unique nexus, one where the customary divisions between soloist and accompanist are blurred, or even erased.   Beginning with “Trinkle Tinkle”, one of Monk’s more intricate melodic lines, Lewis’ mastery of both the B 3’s dual keyboards and its too often neglected bass pedals is clearly evident, as is his fearless approach to arranging for the trio, with Blackman’s powerful drums doubling the intricate melody with him.

      Lewis’ unaccompanied introduction to ”Jackie-ing”, slowing building around the chords of the playful Monk march before inviting drums and guitar to join him is an eloquent lesson in dynamic tension and release.  The trio trips around in space with Lewis’ organ at times reminiscent of Sun Ra before sliding smoothly into the infectious melody of “Criss Cross”, with Blackman’s drums offering a jagged contrast to the velvety tone of the B 3, before the trio settles into an earthy mood and then blasts back into the stratosphere to conclude astrally.  The band’s easy swinging reading of the beautiful “Light Blue”, featuring Jackson’s soulful guitar, is a ringing affirmation of the group’s ability to shine brightly in the classic organ trio tradition, as is their burning up tempo rendition of the not often heard “Played Twice” that features an exciting Lewis-Blackman dialogue.

      The date’s other nine Monk pieces each offer a different perspective on the master’s work.  There’s the bouncing rhythm that jumps out of the long tones that set up “Boo Boo’s Birthday” and its fittingly funny quote by Lewis of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had A Little Lamb”, followed the lilting rhythms of the bebop masterpiece “Coming On The Hudson.”  Blackman’s energetic drumming on the fiercely burning “Four In One”, reminiscent of Art Blakey’s work with Monk, incites Lewis and Jackson to some of their best soloing of the date.  Lewis’ playing on “Locomotion” with his tonally expansive keyboard work, intelligent use of space and cleverly complementary bass line is nothing short of masterful.  On “We See” the trio once again swings mightily, with Lewis clearly demonstrating the influence of the great Jimmy Smith on his virtuosic playing.

      “Monk’s Mood” is the date’s most beautiful ballad, with Lewis displaying the sensitive lyricism that has made him the favorite accompanist of so many of New York’s finest vocalists.  The trio shows off its intuitive split second timing in an edge of your seat dramatic reading of the marvelous melody of “Think Of One”, before digging down into their shared deep blues roots.  Lewis’ harmonic daring is clearly evident on his audacious arrangement of “Work.”  The final Monk piece of the date, “Introspection”, is a fitting example of the unmitigated joy the trio finds in coming together to make great music.

      The date’s concluding coda is a Lewis original, “Kohl’s Here”, a fittingly Monkish melody dedicated to his teenage son that gives listeners a brief glimpse into the keyboardist’s own impressive abilities as a composer.  A talent that is sure to be seen in greater abundance on future releases from this extraordinary artist.

    http://www.greglewismusic.com/

    For Interviews, Photos and Promos Contact:
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:
    jazzpromo@earthlink.net



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  • Reminder: Charmaine Clamor New York Premiere of SOMETHING GOOD January 8th 2011 at The Triad 7PM
  • December 20, 2010

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    FreeHam Records Is Pleased To Announce

    Charmaine Clamor’s "Something Good" CD Release Tour

    “A dynamic new compass point in world music.”- – JAZZ TIMES

    “A gifted vocalist.”- – NY TIMES

    "Something Good" CD Release Tour
    Triad Theater
    158 West 72nd Street NY, NY 10023
    Call: 212/362-2590
    http://www.triadnyc.com/
    7PM
    Tickets: $27
    With the Killin’ Sweethearts Horns!



    Charmaine Clamor “Something Good (FreeHam FH 1009)
    Street Date November 2, 2010
    http://www.charmaineclamor.com/
    http://www.freehamrecords.com/

    About The New CD:

    “One of jazz’s rising stars”…Jordan Richardson Blogcritics.com

    Charmaine Clamor Has This To Say About Her New CD:

    I believe there are two kinds of music: the Good Stuff and everything else. Good can be jazz, or world, or blues. Good can be classical, or opera, or hip-hop. Or funk or soul or even pop.

    The labels don’t matter; the sound matters. It’s true, I’m a Filipino-American. It’s true, I’m a jazz singer. I do this musical blending called jazzipino, and it comes straight from my heart. But it’s also true that I’m a citizen of
    Earth, and I’m a world-blues-funk-soul-pop vocalist who won’t be, can’t be, categorized. I’m me, and this is my music.

    You’ll hear my passion for the groove, for swing, for beautiful words and inspiring sounds. You’ll also discover my passion for the blessed planet we inhabit, and which we honor with our Mother Nature Suite. How strongly do I feel about taking care of our environment?

    The tray your CD sits in is made of potatoes. If you don’t dig this album, you can bury the whole package in your compost heap. It’s 100% recycleable! We like to think, however, that our music doesn’t qualify for the dreaded “everything else” genre. We’re delighted to share with you Something Good.

    For Interviews, Photos and Promos Contact:
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:
    jazzpromo@earthlink.net


    About Charmaine Clamor:

    Celebrated by The New York Times as “a gifted vocalist” and by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade,” Filipino-American recording artist and cultural trailblazer Charmaine Clamor has earned her crown.

    Creating, developing and mastering one musical genre has never been enough for the brilliantly eclectic Clamor [pronounced clah-MORE; rhymes with amour]. Her global recognition reached new heights in 2010 when Charmaine was the only Filipina to appear on the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim concept album, “Here Lies Love” (Nonesuch), about the life of Imelda Marcos. Charmaine was joined on the recording by luminaries such as Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright, Sia, Santigold, Sharon Jones, Alison Moorer, Kate Pierson (B-52s) and Natalie Merchant.

    In the liner notes of Something Good (FreeHam), Charmaine’s upcoming 4th U.S. album, she declares, “I believe there are two kinds of music: the good stuff, and everything else.” To Charmaine Clamor, the categories don’t matter; the labels are irrelevant. Call her a Filipino-jazz-world-soul-pop-funk-blues singer. Call her the Queen of Jazzipino. When she shares her once-in-a-generation astonishingly expressive voice, genres fade away and beauty takes over. JazzTimes emphasized, “Clamor vocally resembles an amalgam of Nancy Wilson and Lena Horne, a sumptuously elegant blend of silk and satin, trimmed with gutsy self-possession.”

    Charmaine’s musical journey began at age 3, entertaining passengers — whether they liked it or not! — in the back of buses traveling to Manila. Originally from the provincial town of Subic-Zambales, Philippines, young Charmaine provided piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English-language classics. These childhood memories inspired Charmaine’s enduring love of American music.

    After immigrating to the United States as a teenager, Charmaine graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Cal State-Northridge. Throughout her college years, Charmaine worked as a “KJ” (a karaoke hostess). During this time she was discovered by the musical director of Crescendo, a vocal jazz harmony quintet, while singing Whitney Houston songs at a Filipino fried chicken restaurant.

    In 2005, following nearly a decade of ensemble singing, Charmaine made her solo recording debut with Searching for the Soul (FreeHam Records), and her “bedroom eyes voice” {All About Jazz} instantly garnered comparisons to legendary vocalists such as Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Julie London, Lena Horne, and Cassandra Wilson. Several pundits dubbed her “the Filipino Sarah Vaughan.”

    Charmaine’s critically acclaimed second album, Flippin’ Out (FreeHam Records; 2007), brought her international recognition. On this landmark recording, she introduced jazzipino, her own music brand and style blending jazz with the music from her beloved home country. Charmaine’s artistry was featured on BBC’s “The World” and NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” which described her music as “the perfect bridge of two cultures.”

    Her third album, My Harana: A Filipino Serenade (2008), revived the ancient Filipino courtship tradition of harana – serenading a lover beneath her window – but with a twist: this time it was the woman doing the serenading! Charmaine’s bold vision and sublime vocal tenderness solidified her role as her birth country’s most celebrated international musical ambassador.

    Through her presence on American radio and incessant touring from Alaska to Florida, Charmaine has been credited with introducing authentic Filipino musical culture to mainstream listeners. To further her lifelong goal of bringing the music of the Philippines to ever larger audiences, Charmaine serves as one of the founding members of JazzPhil-USA, a non-profit organization that promotes jazz artists of Filipino descent in the United States. For five consecutive years, she has lent her notoriety to the popular Filipino-American Jazz Festival, held annually in Hollywood, at the Catalina Bar & Grill Jazz Club, where Charmaine’s appearances with fellow Filipino-American jazz stars inspire standing-room-only crowds.

    In 2009, Charmaine was signed to a multi-record deal with Viva Records, one of the largest pop music labels in Asia. As Viva’s first and only jazz artist, her debut album, appropriately entitled Jazzipino, brought Charmaine’s unique sound to millions of new listeners on Filipino radio and television. With two consecutive albums in the JazzWeek World Music Top-10, including the rare feat of simultaneously making Top-5 on both the World (#2 ranking) and Traditional Jazz (#4) radio charts, Charmaine has earned unprecedented praise for her cultural trailblazing. Her many honors include the Asian Heritage Award in Performing Arts, Filipinas Entertainer of the Year, and recognition as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the United States.

    But she won’t rest until audiences feel her passion for all kinds of music –and for the blessed planet we inhabit. Charmaine is proudly “green,” serving on the Sierra Club’s Water Committee, and dedicating her song “Flow,” the first single and music video from Something Good, to water advocacy organizations.

    Charmaine lives in Southern California, where she tends to an organic vegetable garden, volunteers for environmentally responsible organizations, and works tirelessly at making something good.

    For Interviews, Photos and Promos Contact:
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:
    jazzpromo@earthlink.net

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  • Melissa Nadel LATE NIGHT GROOVE SERIES BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB SATURDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 25 @ MIDNIGHT
  • December 20, 2010

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    SATURDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 25 @ MIDNIGHT
    LATE NIGHT GROOVE SERIES
    BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB
    131 W. 3rd Street
    New York, NY 10012
    Reservations Recommended
    212.475.8592
    $12

    Melissa Nadel – vocals/piano
    Patrick Firth – piano
    Brian Killeen – bass
    Adam Stoler – guitar
    Jordan Perlson – drums

    Join her facebook and myspace pages!
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Nadel/161833454867?ref=ts
    http://www.myspace.com/melissanadel

    http://www.melissanadel.com

    An angelic voice and impressive talent, singer/songwriter Melissa Nadel, will be returning to the Blue Note stage to perform on Saturday night, December 25th at midnight. Bring your family and friends after your holiday festivities to top off the night. She will be debuting some new material of hers, and there will be a few Christmas surprises for you as well.. it’s a show not to miss!

    Melissa is a young, exciting artist who infuses Jazz and Pop to create a genuinely refreshing and original sound. Her style is versatile and tasteful. Whether she’s behind the piano accompanying herself or center stage fronting her band, her live performances are engaging and filled with emotion. Her debut CD, WHAT MATTERS, co-produced by Charles Fambrough and herself, is available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon, etc. It is also being distributed in Japan through Vivid Sound Corporation and receiving great reviews. Melissa is currently preparing to get back into the studio to begin working on her highly-anticipated second album.

    Here’s a little taste of what’s to come on the 25th!

    To watch more videos of Melissa performing live, visit:
    www.youtube.com/mnn8329 http://www.youtube.com/mnn8329

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  • 6 Days left ’til The Jazz Nativity!
  • December 18, 2010

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    For Immediate Release
     

    6 Days left ’til The Jazz Nativity!

    TIME TO BUY YOUR TICKETS!
    for the 25th Anniversary Celebration
    of The Jazz Nativity at BB King’s

     

    Click here to listen to "We Three Kings"

     And
    Grady Tate & Bob Kindred “Bending Towards The Light”:

    Bending Towards the Light … A Jazz Nativity

    The Three Kings
    Trombonist, Steve Turre, Trumpeter, Warren Vache,  Tap-dancer, Max Pollak

    The All-star Band
    Lew Soloff, Jon Gordon, Bob Kindred, Art Baron, Tim Horner, Dean Johnson, Adam Asarnow, and conga great, Candido

    The Singers
    Amy London, Anne Phillips, Robert Encila, Marcus Garvey Daniels
    Mezzo-soprano Stephanie McGuire

    The Shepherd Boy
    Jordan Kirkwood (Newark Boys Chorus School)

    The Special Guests
    Arturo O’Farrill, Slide Hampton, Frank Wess, Russell George, Mauice Chestnut

    “In Bethlehem in the grotto where Christ was born, a light shines into the darkness. The light is meant to serve, as light serves for so many religions and philosophies, as a symbol of truth and love and hope … hope that even in a dark season, we may begin to see the world bending towards the light.”
                                                                                                                          Charles Kuralt, from The Jazz Nativity

    “By the end of “The Jazz Nativity” you know you’ve been through something wonderful …“
    ~Dr. Billy Taylor, CBS Sunday Morning

    “Brilliant, infectious music roars from an all-star band … a spell-binding production!”
    ~New York Amsterdam News

    “None of the classics is half so giddy, nor so utterly entertaining as “The Jazz Nativity” that burst onto the stage of Orchestra Hall on Sunday afternoon!”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ~Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
    “Anne Phillips has created a compelling evening in which the secular and sacred swirl and soar!”
    ~Chuck Berg, Topeka News Journal



    BB King’s:http://www.bbkingblues.com

    Ticketmaster:
    http://www.ticketmaster.com/Bending-Towards-the-Light-a-Jazz-Nativity-tickets/artist/1440197

    (Discount parking at 250 W 43rd between 7th & 8th under Carter Hotel with tkt stamped at BB King’s)



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  • National Jazz Museum in Harlem Dec. 20 – Dec. 26, 2010 Schedule
  • December 17, 2010

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    The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
    104 East 126th Street, #2C
    New York, NY 10035
    212 348-8300
    http://www.jmih.org/

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/17/10     

    National Jazz Museum in Harlem Dec. 20 – Dec. 26, 2010 Schedule


    Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Jazz for Curious Listeners Rhythm is Our Business: The Drummers 7:00 – 8:30pm
     Location: NJMH Visitors Center
     (104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

     FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

    Adam Nussbaum

    Adam Nussbaum grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut and started to play drums at age 12 after studying piano for 5 years, also playing bass and saxophone as a teenager. The multi-instrumentalist moved to New York City in 1975 to attend The Davis Center for Performing Arts at City College. While there he began working with Albert Dailey, Monty Waters, Joe Lee Wilson, Sheila Jordan and he played with Sonny Rollins in 1977 in Milwaukee. In 1978 he joined Dave Liebman’s quintet and did his first European tour with John Scofield. During the early eighties he continued working with John Scofield in a celebrated trio with Steve Swallow. In 1983 he become a member of Gil Evans Orchestra and played with Stan Getz as well. He later joined Eliane Elias/Randy Brecker Quartet, Gary Burton, and Toots Thielemans. In 1987 he began touring with the Michael Brecker Quintet. In 1988 they recorded the Grammy winning "Don’t Try This At Home" During 1992 he was part of the Carla Bley Big Band and that same year John Abercrombie hired him to complete his organ trio.

    Since then he has kept active in a wide variety of groups. Among them a recently formed quartet ‘BANN’ with Seamus Blake, Jay Anderson & Oz Noy, A co-op quartet "NUTTREE" with Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi & Gary Versace, The James Moody Quartet, ‘We Three’ w/ Dave Liebman & Steve Swallow, Eliane Elias Trio, ‘Playing in Traffic’ w/ Steve Swallow & Ohad Talmor and also busy maintaining an active freelance schedule. Adam has taught as an Adjunct professor at New York University, the New School and State University of New York at Purchase. He also does clinics and master classes around the world.

    And today, free, you can have your own master class with a master of jazz drumming.    

          

        

     

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  • ERIC COMSTOCK & RANDY NAPOLEON RELEASE GUITAR/VOICE DUET CD “BITTER/SWEET” ON HARBINGER RECORDS
  • December 14, 2010

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    ERIC COMSTOCK & RANDY NAPOLEON RELEASE GUITAR/VOICE DUET CD "BITTER/SWEET" ON HARBINGER RECORDS


     


    The pianist & vocalist Eric Comstock, a star of the Off-Broadway hit OUR SINATRA known for his pop and jazz interpretations, and guitarist Randy Napoleon, currently of the Freddy Cole Quartet, have collaborated on a uniquely intimate voice/guitar CD, "Bitter/Sweet", on Harbinger Records.

    Co-produced by Comstock and Katherine Miller, "Bitter/Sweet" features songs by Rodgers & Hart, Jobim (with a lyric by the late Susannah McCorkle), Lane and Lerner, Billy Strayhorn, Henry Mancini, Billy May, Paul Weston and others from the American, Brazilian and English songbooks, all arranged by Comstock and Napoleon. Standards such as "I Have Dreamed," "This Can’t Be Love," "Gone With the Wind," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," and "If I Had You" are joined by such rarities as Roger Schore’s lyric to Strayhorn’s "Ballad for Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus-Eaters". The album also includes "Two for the Road," on which Comstock is joined by his wife, celebrated vocalist Barbara Fasano. Comstock’s other CDs include “No One Knows”, “Young Man of Manhattan” and “All Hart”, and he is profiled in Will Friedwald’s new book "The Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers" (Pantheon, 2010). Napoleon’s arrangements are heard on Cole’s Grammy-nominated salute to Billy Eckstine, "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B."

    Comstock and Napoleon first worked together at a concert for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook in 2003, and felt it was time to record the duets they have performed in concert halls and festivals around the country in the years since. Napoleon says, "This is one of my favorite musical combinations. Whoever first carved a guitar out of a block of wood must have had a singer in mind — guitar and voice are that natural together. Eric is also a first-rate pianist and accompanist, so I was particularly honored when he asked me to record with guitar and voice alone."

    Comstock adds, "We live in a noisy world, and Randy and I are trying to show that whatever is worth saying musically can be said softly and slowly. This album is an antidote to stress, and Randy and I are extremely proud of it."

    Comstock returns to the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room with Barbara Fasano on January 4th in a new show entitled, "HELLUVA TOWN: A  New York Soundtrack", featuring an idiosyncratic  mix of songs from Broadway and Hollywood, the pop singer-songwriters, and the jazz songbook.  Performances of "HELLUVA TOWN", which continue through January 15th, 2011, are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8:30pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 and 11pm.

    For more information about Eric Comstock go to http://www.ericcomstock.net/.   

    For info about Randy Napoleon visit http://www.randynapoleon.com and for Barbara Fasano visit http://www.humanchild.com

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  • Charmaine Clamor New York Premiere of SOMETHING GOOD January 8th 2011 at The Triad 7PM
  • December 14, 2010

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    FreeHam Records Is Pleased To Announce

    Charmaine Clamor’s "Something Good" CD Release Tour

    “A dynamic new compass point in world music.”- – JAZZ TIMES

    “A gifted vocalist.”- – NY TIMES

    "Something Good" CD Release Tour
    Triad Theater
    158 West 72nd Street NY, NY 10023
    Call: 212/362-2590
    http://www.triadnyc.com/
    7PM
    Tickets: $27
    With the Killin’ Sweethearts Horns!



    Charmaine Clamor “Something Good (FreeHam FH 1009)
    Street Date November 2, 2010
    http://www.charmaineclamor.com/
    http://www.freehamrecords.com/

    About The New CD:

    “One of jazz’s rising stars”…Jordan Richardson Blogcritics.com

    Charmaine Clamor Has This To Say About Her New CD:

    I believe there are two kinds of music: the Good Stuff and everything else. Good can be jazz, or world, or blues. Good can be classical, or opera, or hip-hop. Or funk or soul or even pop.

    The labels don’t matter; the sound matters. It’s true, I’m a Filipino-American. It’s true, I’m a jazz singer. I do this musical blending called jazzipino, and it comes straight from my heart. But it’s also true that I’m a citizen of
    Earth, and I’m a world-blues-funk-soul-pop vocalist who won’t be, can’t be, categorized. I’m me, and this is my music.

    You’ll hear my passion for the groove, for swing, for beautiful words and inspiring sounds. You’ll also discover my passion for the blessed planet we inhabit, and which we honor with our Mother Nature Suite. How strongly do I feel about taking care of our environment?

    The tray your CD sits in is made of potatoes. If you don’t dig this album, you can bury the whole package in your compost heap. It’s 100% recycleable! We like to think, however, that our music doesn’t qualify for the dreaded “everything else” genre. We’re delighted to share with you Something Good.

    For Interviews, Photos and Promos Contact:
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:
    jazzpromo@earthlink.net


    About Charmaine Clamor:

    Celebrated by The New York Times as “a gifted vocalist” and by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade,” Filipino-American recording artist and cultural trailblazer Charmaine Clamor has earned her crown.

    Creating, developing and mastering one musical genre has never been enough for the brilliantly eclectic Clamor [pronounced clah-MORE; rhymes with amour]. Her global recognition reached new heights in 2010 when Charmaine was the only Filipina to appear on the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim concept album, “Here Lies Love” (Nonesuch), about the life of Imelda Marcos. Charmaine was joined on the recording by luminaries such as Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright, Sia, Santigold, Sharon Jones, Alison Moorer, Kate Pierson (B-52s) and Natalie Merchant.

    In the liner notes of Something Good (FreeHam), Charmaine’s upcoming 4th U.S. album, she declares, “I believe there are two kinds of music: the good stuff, and everything else.” To Charmaine Clamor, the categories don’t matter; the labels are irrelevant. Call her a Filipino-jazz-world-soul-pop-funk-blues singer. Call her the Queen of Jazzipino. When she shares her once-in-a-generation astonishingly expressive voice, genres fade away and beauty takes over. JazzTimes emphasized, “Clamor vocally resembles an amalgam of Nancy Wilson and Lena Horne, a sumptuously elegant blend of silk and satin, trimmed with gutsy self-possession.”

    Charmaine’s musical journey began at age 3, entertaining passengers — whether they liked it or not! — in the back of buses traveling to Manila. Originally from the provincial town of Subic-Zambales, Philippines, young Charmaine provided piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English-language classics. These childhood memories inspired Charmaine’s enduring love of American music.

    After immigrating to the United States as a teenager, Charmaine graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Cal State-Northridge. Throughout her college years, Charmaine worked as a “KJ” (a karaoke hostess). During this time she was discovered by the musical director of Crescendo, a vocal jazz harmony quintet, while singing Whitney Houston songs at a Filipino fried chicken restaurant.

    In 2005, following nearly a decade of ensemble singing, Charmaine made her solo recording debut with Searching for the Soul (FreeHam Records), and her “bedroom eyes voice” {All About Jazz} instantly garnered comparisons to legendary vocalists such as Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Julie London, Lena Horne, and Cassandra Wilson. Several pundits dubbed her “the Filipino Sarah Vaughan.”

    Charmaine’s critically acclaimed second album, Flippin’ Out (FreeHam Records; 2007), brought her international recognition. On this landmark recording, she introduced jazzipino, her own music brand and style blending jazz with the music from her beloved home country. Charmaine’s artistry was featured on BBC’s “The World” and NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” which described her music as “the perfect bridge of two cultures.”

    Her third album, My Harana: A Filipino Serenade (2008), revived the ancient Filipino courtship tradition of harana – serenading a lover beneath her window – but with a twist: this time it was the woman doing the serenading! Charmaine’s bold vision and sublime vocal tenderness solidified her role as her birth country’s most celebrated international musical ambassador.

    Through her presence on American radio and incessant touring from Alaska to Florida, Charmaine has been credited with introducing authentic Filipino musical culture to mainstream listeners. To further her lifelong goal of bringing the music of the Philippines to ever larger audiences, Charmaine serves as one of the founding members of JazzPhil-USA, a non-profit organization that promotes jazz artists of Filipino descent in the United States. For five consecutive years, she has lent her notoriety to the popular Filipino-American Jazz Festival, held annually in Hollywood, at the Catalina Bar & Grill Jazz Club, where Charmaine’s appearances with fellow Filipino-American jazz stars inspire standing-room-only crowds.

    In 2009, Charmaine was signed to a multi-record deal with Viva Records, one of the largest pop music labels in Asia. As Viva’s first and only jazz artist, her debut album, appropriately entitled Jazzipino, brought Charmaine’s unique sound to millions of new listeners on Filipino radio and television. With two consecutive albums in the JazzWeek World Music Top-10, including the rare feat of simultaneously making Top-5 on both the World (#2 ranking) and Traditional Jazz (#4) radio charts, Charmaine has earned unprecedented praise for her cultural trailblazing. Her many honors include the Asian Heritage Award in Performing Arts, Filipinas Entertainer of the Year, and recognition as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the United States.

    But she won’t rest until audiences feel her passion for all kinds of music –and for the blessed planet we inhabit. Charmaine is proudly “green,” serving on the Sierra Club’s Water Committee, and dedicating her song “Flow,” the first single and music video from Something Good, to water advocacy organizations.

    Charmaine lives in Southern California, where she tends to an organic vegetable garden, volunteers for environmentally responsible organizations, and works tirelessly at making something good.

    For Interviews, Photos and Promos Contact:
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:
    jazzpromo@earthlink.net

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  • Reminder: DUDUKA DA FONSECA & HELIO ALVES SAMBA JAZZ & THE BOSSA NOVA YEARS Tue-Sun, December 14-19 at Dizzy’s
  • December 13, 2010

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    DUDUKA DA FONSECA & HELIO ALVES

    SAMBA JAZZ & THE BOSSA NOVA YEARS

    Featuring:

    Maucha Adnet – Vocals
    Claudio Roditi – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
    Romero Lubambo –  Acoustic Guitar
    George Mraz – Acoustic Bass
    Helio Alves – Piano
    Duduka Da Fonseca – Drums & Percussion

    Appearing at:

    Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
    Frederick P. Rose Hall
    Jazz at Lincoln Center Broadway at 60th Street
    5th Floor
    Reservations:
    Call: 212 258-9595 or -9795.
    Online reservations: http://www.jalc.org/dccc

    Tue-Sun, December 14-19, 2010
    7:30pm and 9:30pm sets nightly with an 11:30pm set on Friday & Saturday

    “The universal appeal of Brazilian jazz is how measured, melodic emotion is energized from within by subtle, invincible rhythm. Da Fonseca may be the best in the world at motivating and sustaining that special vital pulse.” Thomas Conrad – JazzTimes

    "Alves’ work melds a percussive edge with a lively, fluent right hand…"John Ephland – Downbeat Magazine

    "Alves plays with a gravity and a stylistic flair that’s truly impressive."
    Phillip Van Vleck, Billboard Magazine


    http://www.helioalvesmusic.com/
    http://www.dudukadafonseca.com/

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  • National Jazz Museum in Harlem Dec. 13 – Dec. 19, 2010
  • December 10, 2010

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    The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
    104 East 126th Street, #2C
    New York, NY 10035
    212 348-8300
    http://www.jmih.org/

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/10/10   

        

    National Jazz Museum in Harlem
    Dec. 13 – Dec. 19, 2010
    Schedule

       

      Tuesday, December 14, 2010

      Jazz for Curious Listeners
    Rhythm is Our Business: The Drummers
    7:00 – 8:30pm
    Location: Maysles Institute
    343 Lenox Ave
    New York, NY 10027
    FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
    Kenny Washington

    Jazz drummer and historian Kenny Washington is a repository of jazz music in story and in practice. He can tell you the history of jazz and jazz drumming, and then show you what he’s talking about. Hailing from Staten Island, NY, Kenny began his career in the late ’70s with Lee Konitz, and was a favorite of stalwart musicians such as Johnny Griffin, Betty Carter, and countless others. His record collection is the envy of jazz collectors, his moniker "the jazz maniac," was earned while doing deejay work on WBGO. Today, he can be found playing in the trio of pianist Bill Charlap as well as the ensemble led by legend Ahmad Jamal. And tonight he’ll share the legacy of jazz drumming on film featuring Max Roach, Kenny Clarke, Ray McKinley, Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, and many others, so don’t miss this rare opportunity!

       

      December 15, 2010

      Jazz Is: Now!
    Jonathan Batiste
    7:00pm
    Location: NJMH Visitors Center
    (104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
    FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
    Join young pianist Jonathan Batiste as he performs and leads a discussion on jazz culture and its relevance in today’s society. The Juilliard Jazz grad is one of the most exciting and sui generis artists on the jazz scene; rest assured that his point of view is too. Join the celebration in the midst of the discourse.

      Thursday, December 16, 2010

    Harlem Speaks                                                                      
    Greg Osby, Saxophonist     
    6:30 – 8:30pm
    Location: NJMH Visitors Center
    (104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
    FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
    Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances.

    Born and reared in St. Louis, Greg Osby began his professional music career in 1975, after three years of private studies on clarinet, flute and alto saxophone. Coming from a vibrant and musical city, Osby showed an early interest in the performing arts and spent his years in secondary school with a heavy involvement in Blues and Jazz groups. In 1978 Osby furthered his musical education at Howard University (Washington, D.C.) where he majored in Jazz Studies. He continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) from 1980 to 1983.

    Upon relocating to New York in early 1983, Osby quickly established himself as a notable and in demand sideman for artists as varied as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall and Jaki Byard as well as with many ethnic and new music ensembles in the New York area.

    In 1985 Osby was invited to to join Jack DeJohnette’s innovative group, "Special Edition". It was as a member of this ensemble Osby was able to fine tune the more challenging aspects of his conception in an open ended, no holds barred musical situation. Says Osby, "My musical thinking for performance and composition advanced by light years as Jack was open to my input and was very encouraging in pushing me to to maintain a steady flow of experimentation. It marked a major turning point in my development as an artist."

    In 1987, Osby signed his first recording deal with a new German label, JMT (Jazz Music Today). With this situation, he felt that he was finally able to document life as he saw it through music. He had free creative reign to do whatever he liked. He recorded four CD titles for that label. Osby signed with Blue Note Records in 1990 and recorded fifteen outstanding recordings for that label as a leader. In 2008, Osby launched his own label, "Inner Circle Music", which serves as a platform for many of today’s brightest artists. From the pulse of the streets and the language of a generation, Osby has sketched numerous musical essays set to a contemporary score using the improvisational nature of Jazz as the connecting thread.

    On "9 Levels," his latest recording on Inner Circle Music, Osby presents his wares in a sextet format and is joined by special guests, Nir Felder, guitar; Adam Birnbaum, piano; Joseph Lepore, bass; Hamir Atwal, drums; and a welcome newcomer to the international jazz scene, vocalist Sara Serpa.

       
    Saturday, December 18, 2010

    Saturday Panels
    Jazz is a Drum
    12:00 – 4:00pm
    Location: NJMH Visitors Center
    (104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
    FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
    LIVE MUSIC/FILM + MORE

    Today’s Saturday panel is a retrospective of a century of jazz drumming, including rare films, panels and live music. If you are curious about the role of the drum in jazz, or simply love the swinging groove and powerful solos of jazz drummers as they lockstep with the walking or funking bass and the comping piano, come on through and bring some other friends who’ll appreciate that move.

       

    Taralina Batista
    Management Associate
    National Jazz Museum in Harlem
    104 East 126th Street, Suite 2C
    New York, NY 10035
    Tel. 212-348-8300
    Fax 212-348-5030

     

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  • James Moody RIP March 26, 1925 – December 9th 2010
  • December 10, 2010

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    IPO Recordings is saddened by the passing of jazz giant James Moody.

    His contagious sense of humor, generous nature, love of the arts, and great courage will be missed.

    IPO Recordings had the privilege to record Moody over the past several years with his last recording ‘4B’
    being nominated for a Grammy.

    James Moody RIP

    March 26, 1925 – December 9th 2010
    85 Years Young!!

    Gone too soon and the Love of Linda’s Life
    The World has Lost a very Special Person – We will all miss and love you forever Sweet Moody – The Heavens needed another Star today...

    The family suggests a donation to Moody’s Foundation
    In lieu of flowe
    rs

    CFNJ James Moody Jazz Scholarship Fund for Newark Youth
    Post Office Box 338
    Morristown, New Jersey 07963-0338

    Please Read a Message from Linda Moody
    http://www.jamesmoody.com/linda_love.html


    A public service will be held on Saturday, December 18th. There will be a morning viewing at Greenwood Memorial Park, 4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, 92113 and graveside service at 12:30 PM. Then at 2 PM, there will be a celebration of Moody’s life at Faith Chapel, 9400 Campo Rd in Spring Valley, 91977, officiated by Pastor Charlie Gregg, who married us almost 22 years ago.


    A jazz giant passes: James Moody, 1925-2010
    The San Diego saxophonist influenced and inspired several generations of fans and fellow musicians, including Quincy Jones, who hails Moody as "a national treasure"

    BY GEORGE VARGA
    ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED DECEMBER 9, 2010
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/dec/09/jazz-giant-passes-james-moody-1925-2010/

    MOODY 4B
    James Moody
    [IPO Recordings]
    http://www.iporecordings.com/

    JAMES MOODY ‘4B’ IN FINAL ROUND FOR GRAMMY

    Nominations for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced last night by The Recording Academy

    Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group


    IPO Media Contact
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services
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  • Chris Crocco’s Fluidic Duo Saturday Dec. 18th 7:00pm to 10:00pm BEAHIVE Beacon
  • December 9, 2010

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    Chris Crocco’s Fluidic Duo:
    Chris Crocco – Guitar, Ross Pederson – Drums

      Saturday Dec. 18th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, $10 Cover

      BEAHIVE Beacon
    291 Main Street, Suite 1
    Beacon, NY 12508
    (845) 418-3731
    Concert Organizer – Nelson Conde
    http://www.meetup.com/BEAHIVE/calendar/15459449/

    NEW CD

     
    Chris Crocco The Chris Crocco Fluid Trio +
    (GPA Records) Street Date January 1, 2011
    Chris Crocco-Guitar, George Garzone-Sax,
    Peter Slavov-Bass, Francisco Mela – Drums


    The Chris Crocco Fluid Trio + is the second outing by the terrific threesome fronted by the Virginia born-New York based guitarist Christopher Crocco, an imposing sequel to his impressive debut disc The Chris Crocco Fluid Trio.  As on his first album, a bassless trio outing, Crocco is joined by his longtime friend and mentor, saxophonist George Garzone and Cuban expatriate, current McCoy Tyner drummer Francisco Mela, along with the addition of the very capable bassist and frequent collaborator Peter Slavov.  In the years since the release of their first cd the music created by Crocco, Garzone and Mela has since developed into, in the words of Crocco, “this amazing sound and power,” noting that “we all seem to speak the same improvisational language.” Slavov has joined each of them on many occasions in the past, thereby making him the perfect plus to augment the Fluid Trio.

      Crocco confesses that the album was recorded without a concept – just the desire to record the best performances of the new music he had composed since the band’s last effort.  “It was time,” he says, “but when I finished it was easy to see the titles, music, and overall vibe was a result of my own personal catharsis.” Much the result of his studies with Garzone, Crocco has come to realize that his musical objective is to find “the truth” within his art and hence he has abandoned many of the stock improvisatory tricks that often lead many artists (guitarists in particular) away from their own true identities. The resulting record is a more honest expression of the real Chris Crocco – a personal statement of his original music that reveals the true artist behind the music.

      The opening track “Avenge” finds the full trio + quartet jumping right off to the races, playing an intricate uptempo line with a vengeance, guitar and tenor doubling the rhythmically charged melody in a manner reminiscent of the work of iconoclast pianist Lennie Tristano, while exchanging phrases with Mela’s drums. Each of the group’s member’s virtuosic capabilities are demonstrated with taste and rest

      “Heaven,” featuring the guitar-bass-drum trio of Crocco, Slavov and Mela, is a three tonic modified minor groove piece in the Coltrane tradition. More devilish than heavenly in mood, the tune’s loping tempo is exquisitely executed by Mela, whose assimilation of Elvin Jones’ asymmetrical drum patterns into his own personal polyrhythmic style makes him one of today’s truly original stick men.  Deceptively simple and restrained, the piece which spotlights the solo work of the leader and Slavov evinces a quiet intensity that is one of the hallmarks of the date.

      Crocco’s “Silvia” – the sequel to his first album’s “To Silvia (Don’t Say Goodbye)” – is described by the composer as “the end of the novel.”  A feature for the full quartet, the brooding melancholy melody, at times reminiscent of Horace
    Silver’s “Peace,” showcases the beautiful tone of Garzone’s tenor.

      “When It Is When” again features Crocco’s guitar in trio format with Slavov and Mela. A progressive groove that borrows from the standards of the leader’s generation opens with Crocco strumming a repeated lower register melodic line that iterates a matadorial strength and splendor, buoyed by Mela’s splashing cymbal work.  Chris’s solo finds him venturing into an eastern tinged abstract impressionism that hearkens to the relatively unheralded work of guitarists Gabor Szabo and Atilla Zoller.

      The moody swinging “Trial of Time” marks the return of the quartet with Garzone and showcases the remarkable middle register work of tenor and guitar, with Chris shining brightly with a full rich tone and a relaxed bluesy feel. Calling the piece “a composition that relies on a pocket swing with a floater melody on the end,” he astutely notes that “time is relative and can be bent.”

      “What It Is” is a straight ahead blues by Crocco played with Slavov and Mela on bass and drums. Played at a blistering tempo it demonstrates the leader’s uniquely personal voice, avoiding the clichéd improvisational devices that lead most guitarists’ solos to predictable places. The interaction between Chris and Francisco reveals the intuitively perceptive relationship built upon years of experience that allows for a disciplined freedom that leads the music to new and interesting places.

      The minor melody “Spice Mine” is another Coltrane inspired Crocco composition. The dramatic Spanish tinged line opens up into inspired solo statements by the composer and Slavov, with Mela’s AfroCuban styled drumming constantly interacting to shift the contexts within which they are heard.

      “Metal” is an entirely free improvised guitar-drums duo completed in just one take. Constructed from Crocco’s opening guitar vamp it features the sound of Mela’s cymbal on top of his snare, which is emphasized in the title. Chris notes that the feeling is “like when we first met…. two people playing as solid as one.”

      Crocco’s “My Own Personal Wake” is an introspective piece that begins on a reflective note that recalls “Monk’s Mood.” The painterly composition unfolds over the featherlike canvas of Mela’s brushes, with Slavov’s bassline lending an Americana flavor that can be found in much of guitarist Bill Frissell’s finest work.

      The closing “My Peace” is a duo between Crocco and Slavov, a configuration the two have played in frequently around New York.  Hymn like in mood it is an indication of the harmony with life that Chris found in his music.

      The Fluid Trio + is an important new statement from Chris Crocco.  With the able assistance of George Garzone, Francisco Mela and Peter Slavov he demonstrates major advances in the development of his own musical voice. One that is personal, flowing and seeking nothing more than the truth.
     

    ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.chriscrocco.com/

    For Interviews, Photos and Promos Contact:
    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail: jazzpromo@earthlink.net


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  • Mossa Bildner and the IMProvisors Quintet w/ Special Guest: Joe McPhee December 13th at the Local 269
  • December 9, 2010

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    Mossa Bildner and the IMProvisors Quintet

    Mossa Bildner, vocals
    Hilliard Greene, bass
    Steve Swell, trombone
    Daniel Levin, cello
    Warren Smith, drums

    Special Guest: Joe McPhee

    December 13th at the Local 269 NYC
    time: 8PM
    Tix: $10.00


    "Mossa Bildner has worked with me and her vocalese was fantastic"
    Henry Threadgill


    http://mossabildner.wordpress.com/

    About Mossa

    Mossa grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil where she was exposed at an early age to an eclectic musical education which included violin, guitar, and ballet. Brazilian popular music and European Classical music as well as Jazz and American musical theatre were what was listened to at home. Parallel to this was the Afro-Brasilian music of the Umbanda and Candomble ceremonies that Mossa began frequenting when she was 10 and which remains the prism through which all other music is filtered.

    Mossa graduated from Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy in 1983 in Opera Performance. She studied with Yolanda Magnoni, Maestro Mannino, and Maestro Luigi Ricci.

    She continued her vocal studies in London with Vera Rosza and Robert Southerland and performed in the master classes of Tito Gobbi, and Sena Jurinac’in Vienna and also at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

    Mossa has performed at the English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Scottish National Opera, as well as in Marseilles, Monte Carlo, Bari, Vicenza, Verona, Vienna, Salzburg, and spent 2 years at the Augsburg Opera House as a member.

    After arriving in New York in 1990, Henry Threadgill heard Mossa sing and invited her to record with Very Very Circus (Too Much Sugar for a Dime) . This was the first encounter with New Music and after working, recording (Song out of My Trees, Carry the Day) and touring with Henry for 3 years, Mossa took Henry’s advice and began exploring her own musical history for possible inspiration and projects.

    Musicians who were instrumental in forming her personal style whom she met or  worked with over the past years are (in no particular order): Roscoe Mitchell, Leroy Jenkins, Mark Dresser, Hector Martignon, Simone Shaheen, Brahim Fribgane, Nilsson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca, Alirio Ferreira, John Stubblefield, Cecil Taylor, and of course Henry Threadgill.

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  • Reminder: Marty Nelson “A Tribute to Sinatra, plus Saturday, December 11th Chico’s House of Jazz
  • December 9, 2010

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    http://chicoshouseofjazz.com/

    Born in New Jersey and a lifelong Jersey Shore native, Marty Nelson has worked as a singer, composer and producer for more than 30 years.

    As a teenager, he began his music career as a founding member of the original “Manhattan Transfer” (Capitol Records). He then signed on as a writer and producer for Lifesong Records and finally became a New York City freelance studio singer where he has sung on film soundtracks, records, live performances, TV specials and cartoons.

    Marty has also performed on more than 1000 TV and Radio commercials, many times featured as the solo voice for Heineken, McDonalds, Coke, Pepsi, Folgers, General Tires and many more.

    As a back-up singer, he recorded with a variety of artists from Frank Sinatra to Jim Croce to The Village People. He also performed on the PBS “Great Performances” TV presentation of “West Side Story” – conducted By Leonard Bernstein.

    Marty has often been asked to do Sinatra-style solos on commercials and has now decided to focus his talents on a solo jazz review entitled “A Tribute to Sinatra, plus . . ?”
     “My goal in creating this show is not to imitate Mr. Sinatra, but to pay tribute to him and his music as best I can. I chose some of my favorite Sinatra recordings to be the core of my performance and have added other scat-oriented material that I hope audiences will enjoy.

    I have always thought of scatting as the purest form of vocal expression because it flows from the sub-conscious, not unlike an artist letting his hands flow freely with brush upon a blank canvas. Scatting draws from our basic common human emotions, experiences and environment – communicating as much as the limitations of our instrument, our voice, will allow.”
    Marty will be performing two shows (8PM and 10PM) of “A Tribute to Sinatra, plus . . ?” at Chico’s House of Jazz on December 11th. The show includes many Sinatra hits along with original extended scat arrangements of other classic jazz/pop classics. Marty also performs a few of his more famous commercials and gets the audience involved with an interactive scat feature. This is a fun evening of great music.

    Marty also offers vocal Scat Seminars to schools, colleges and community organizations. If interested in contacting Marty Nelson, email him at mnels199@att.net.
    His website: http://www.risetomorrowpublishing.com/

     

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  • Jazz Band Classic presents The Joy of the Blues December 10 and 11, 7:30pm, Symphony Space
  • December 8, 2010

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    Jazz Band Classic presents The Joy of the Blues
    December 10 and 11, 7:30pm, Symphony Space


    Director Matt Holman debuts with the 17-piece Jazz Band Classic as it makes a swing-era revival!

      Saxophonist Steve Wilson joins the band as they step out with Glenn Miller’s “St. Louis Blues March,” Count Basie’s hoppin’ “One O’Clock Jump,” and Mercer Ellington’s reminiscence of “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be.”

      Tickets are $15. Contact the Symphony Space box office at 212-864-5400 or online at http://symphonyspace.org/ to buy tickets.
     

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  • Highlights in JAZZ Presents ‘Dynamic Duos’ Bucky Pizzarelli & Howard Alden/Wycliffe Gordon & Jay Leonhart/Anat Cohen & Rossano Sportiello Thursday, January 6, 2011 – 8 pm
  • December 7, 2010

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    Jack Kleinsinger’s

    New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series

      38th Year!

    Highlights in JAZZ is Back!

      Four Great Jazz Happenings

    4 Great Programs

      Thursday, January 6, 2011 – 8 pm

    The Return of Highlights in Jazz
    Dynamic Duos
    Bucky  Pizzarelli & Howard Alden
    Wycliffe  Gordon  & Jay Leonhart
    Anat Cohen &  Rossano Sportiello
     Thursday, March 10, 2011 – 8 pm

    Salute to Derek Smith

    Dick Hyman • Ken Peplowski
    Statesmen of Jazz  
    Warren Vache • Houston Person
    Aaron Weinstein • Nicki Parrott • Jackie Williams
    Guest of Honor ~ Derek Smith
    Thursday, April 7, 2011 – 8 pm
    Jazz – the next generation
    Edward Ellington ll (Duke’s Grandson)
    and
    The Ellington Legacy Band
    ~ Featuring ~
    Virginia Mayhew – Norman Simmons – Joe Temperley
    Highlights in Jazz Next Generation Stars

    Anderson Twins – Jake Hertzog – Ryland Kelly
    Dylan Meek – Jonathan Russell
    Jesse Simpson – Tim Veeder
    Thursday, May 5, 2011 – 8 pm
    Remembering  Hank Jones
    Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis,, Junior Mance
    Steve Turre, George Mraz, Winard Harper
    Special Guest Frank Wess

      All Shows at:
    TRIBECA Performing Arts Center
    Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street
    TRIBECA Box Office at (212) 220-1460
    http://www.tribecapac.org/music.htm

    4 Super Concerts
    One Low Price
    Subscriptions are $150
    For All Four Shows

    Tickets for individual concerts may be
    ordered for $40.00, students $37.50

    Make checks payable to & mail to:
    Highlights in Jazz
    7 Peter Cooper Road, New York, NY 10010
    (Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope)
    Please send subscriptions for the
    Fall 2011 season of Highlights in Jazz

    Concerts produced in association with:
    BMCC TRIBECA
    PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
    Borough of Manhattan Community College
    199 Chambers Street
    (212) 220 -1460 www.TribecaPAC.org

    For Interviews, photos and general Highlights In Jazz Information Contact:

    Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services
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  • The Jamie Baum Septet at Miles Cafe 12/8 and at Puffin Forum 12/11
  • December 7, 2010

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    The Jamie Baum Septet


    photo by Antonio Baiano

     The Jamie Baum Septet
    Jamie Baum – flutes, Ron Horton – trumpet
    Douglas Yates – alto sax/bass clarinet
    Rez Abassi – guitar and guitar sitar, Kevin Hayes (12/8), George Colligan (12/11) – piano
    Johannes Weidenmueller – bass, Jeff Hirshfield – drums

       performs on

      Wednesday, December 8th, 9:30 to 11:30pm
     at

    Miles’ Cafe
    212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl. (b/2nd & 3rd Ave.)
    New York, NY 10022
    E/V train to 53rd St./Lexington, 6 train to 51st St.
    TEL:(212) 371-7657
    $10 cover charge

      AND THEN…..

    Saturday, December 11th at 8pm
    Puffin Fdn. Cultural Forum
    20 Puffin Way
    Teaneck, NJ 07666
    201-836-3499
    http://www.PuffinCulturalForum.org/
    $10 suggested donation

    "…at the end of a European tour…their familiarity with their leader’s subtle writing and, consequently, the robust informality with which they addressed it were both mightily impressive…. Baum’s band gelled beautifully in their ensemble roles and struck tasteful sparks off each other when required, Colligan producing some rich, cascading explorations of relatively complex material, and both Baum and Haskins powerful and emotive in their solos. The unusual front-line combination… resulted in some intriguing textures … and Hirshfield and Weidenmueller providing brisk and flawless rhythmic support throughout an absorbingly varied program. This was a classy, musical performance from a top-notch band."– Chris Parker (from The Vortex Jazz Club in London review)

     “…on a cold night in January this reviewer decided to experience the Jamie Baum Septet at Joe’s Pub in the east village. The experience was nothing short of extraordinary. Each tune was gripping, and played to perfection by the ensemble. The best compliment that can be given to such compositional creativity is that all concept of the passage of time was lost… I had been transported…for what seemed like precious few moments, but it was enough to leave me breathless and wanting more.” —  David Miller, All About Jazz

     

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