Friday, September 30, 2016

Aecio Flavio & Arnaldo DeSouteiro

 (pianist/composer Aecio Flavio, singer Ithamara Koorax & Arnaldo DeSouteiro)

Early Bird Pre-registration rate for Jazz Connect Conference extended until October 7!

Register now for the Jazz Connect Conference and save 15% or more! Early Bird Pre-registration extended by ONE week!

Because of the large demand, the Early Bird pre-registration for the Jazz Connect Conference on January 5-6, 2017 has been extended until Friday, October 7.  Up to that date, the pre-registration rate is only $125, with additional discounts for members of various organizations, such as APAP, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Chamber Music America, Jazz Journalists Association, JazzWeek, JazzCorner, Local 802 and several others.

For more information, go to

The conference, which brings together the jazz community for a series of panels, workshops and special events, will again be held at Saint Peter's Church at 54th Street & Lexington Avenue.  The 2017 Jazz Connect Conference, with a theme of The Family of Jazz, flows into both the APAP conference and Winter Jazzfest. This past year's conference was attended by over 800 industry professionals and artists (a 20% increase from the previous year) and featured a keynote address by Dee Dee Bridgewater, recently named a NEA Jazz Master.

The Grammy-award winning bandleader/composer/arranger Maria Schneider will give the keynote address at the 2017 Jazz Connect Conference.  Christian McBride will receive the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award, for his efforts in expanding the audience for jazz.

Monday, September 26, 2016

TBT: Carlos Barbosa-Lima & Arnaldo DeSouteiro

(guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima & producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro)
    (Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Ithamara Koorax & Carlos Barbosa-Lima)
(Carlos Fuchs, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Ithamara Koorax & Carlos Barbosa-Lima)

Alex Levine's "Toward The Center" out next month

Alex Levine is a guitarist, composer and improviser, currently living in New York City. He graduated from the University of Michigan jazz studies program in 2012, where he studied with Geri Allen and Frank Portolese, and is an alumnus of the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop. In New York, he has continued his studies with Miles Okazaki and Henry Grimes. 

Alex has played with groups led by Francois Moutin, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, and many others, along with leading his own projects, performing concerts throughout the United States and Europe. He's a founding member of Polyfold Musical Arts Collective, whose focus is to support the creation, presentation, and ongoing development of creative music, and to foster artistic expression through education and outreach.

On his own words:

The body of work represented on Towards The Center was first developed during my time at the University of Michigan School of Music. The earliest composition on the album, "Ritual Dance", was inspired in part by contemplative practices introduced to me by Professor Martha Travers. "Ritual Dance" refers not only to physical movement, but also the merging of individual minds into a group consciousness. Creating, practicing, and performing music is a ritual that transforms and transcends boundaries between individuals, musicians and listeners. Towards The Center is a process by which each musician, and listener alike, relates to the mysterious gravity that exists at the center of a group interaction, and improvises with a focus on the total group dynamic. At the core of each performance is a collection of ideas, compositional and formal frameworks, and shared practices and strategies that each of us draws upon to intuitively realize a collective musical statement.

It was essential to me that the music presented on this album be created through an intuitive and unhurried process. So, rather than presenting the music in a written form, with specific pre-determined arrangements, all of the music captured on this album was communicated and developed aurally. This process required each musician to engage deeply with the material and to fully internalize each element of the compositions, and enables a greater fluidity and flexibility in our execution of the music. I am eternally grateful to saxophonist Marcus Elliot, bassist Ben Rolston, and drummer Stephen Boegehold for their creativity, musicianship, and commitment to this project. As a quartet, we have been collaborating for almost five years, and our individual relationships go back even further. Much of the work preparing for Towards The Center occurred during a three-week period of intense composition, practice, and group development in Poschiavo, Switzerland, as a part of the UNCOOL Artists in Residence program sponsored by Cornelia Mueller.

Towards The Center is dedicated to the visionary musician, poet, and artist, Henry Grimes. Since moving to New York in 2012, Henry has provided me with immeasurable creative wisdom and guidance during many hours of private lessons, playing, and conversation. Henry's brilliance as a musician is equalled by his profound poetic statements. The newest composition on the album is a suite of music entitled "Adama," inspired by Henry's poem "Adama and Porquory" (2006 Signs Along The Road). The poem, and the suite, is a spiritual history of human beings, beginning with total Harmony, unity of purpose and understanding, to disorder and conflict, and disparate human mythologies created to define the inexplicable forces that have shaped our universe. It is a cycle from togetherness to apartness, and could be heard from any starting point.

October 7, 2016 - Radiobean - Burlington, VE
October 8, 2016 - Café Résonance - Montreal, QC 
October 9, 2016 - Lovin Cup - Rochester, NY
October 15, 2016 - Trinosophes - Detroit, MI 
November 26, 2016 - Virgil Carr Center - Detroit, MI - Towards The Center CD Release
January 6, 2017 - Cliff Bell's - Detroit, MI 
January 7,  2017 - Cliff Bell's - Detroit, MI 

Kenia's "On We Go" CD release party, Oct 1st!

This next Saturday, Oct 1st, 7:30pm
WDNA radio station 88.9 FM
2921 Coral Way, Miami 33145
Reception at 7:30pm followed by performance.

Brazilian vocalist Kenia hosts a CD release party for her album "On We Go" with a live concert in the #WDNAJazzGallery. 

General Admission $30 | WDNA Members $20 | Students $15
Reservations recommended at 305.662.8889
Sponsored by: RejuvChip & Soul Premium Cachaca

Brazilian by birth, singer by trade, Kenia’s musical universe is rooted in samba, bossa nova and choro, heavily influenced by American jazz. After being featured on Claudio Roditi's debut album, "Red On Red," recorded in 1984 and that has just been reissued on CD this month in Japan, she released seven solo CDs (and counting) and one DVD live at Warsaw Jazz Festival, and collaborated with Ivan Lins, Paquito D’Rivera, Jay Ashby, Justo Almario, Cesar Camargo Mariano and James Taylor, as well as with renowned producers Creed Taylor (on "Red on Red" as well as on "The Devil Toothpick" soundtrack) and Jeff Webber.

Kenia’s long time commitment to promoting Brazilian music and culture includes hands on clinics and workshops in phrasing and Brazilian rhythms, including an introduction to Brazilian rhythms for children.

Kenia has a deep and sultry, richly diverse and unexpectedly explosive voice. In both her native Portuguese and English, her sound transcends geographical and musical boundaries.
(Kenia's debut recording session, reissued on CD this month in Japan)

Zoot Fest 2016 in November @ East Stroudsburg University

A relaxed afternoon of music, mirth and remembrance
to benefit the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at ESU

For the first time this year featuring a special VIP package that
Includes dinner with the band and after party at the
notable Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap.

Sunday, November 13, 2016
3-5 p.m.
Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall
East Stroudsburg University Fine and Performing Arts Center

Featuring music from the Bill Holman and Zoot Sims recording Hawthorne Nights,
performed byKen Peplowski and members of the COTA Festival Orchestra

VIP Package Dinner and After Party 
6-8 p.m.
The Deer Head Inn
5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, Pa.
$80 - VIP Package includes concert ticket, dinner and after party with the band at the Deer Head Inn (Includes one drink ticket)
$40 - Zoot Fest 2016 concert only

More Singer Songwriter Needed for $15,000 Dir to Supe Placement

MELANCHOLY SINGER/SONGWRITER SONGS with Male or Female Vocals are U-R-G-E-N-T-L-Y needed by SUNDAY for a NON-Exclusive, $15,000, Direct-to-Music Supervisor placement in a Prime Time TV show on a Major Broadcast Network.

TAXI Tip: The Supervisor found a couple of songs through TAXI that were very close, but he's asked us to run the search again and have our members focus on lyrics that are about overcoming life’s obstacles, stress of life, secrets, pain, getting through the day, etc. They DON’T want relationship-driven songs for this pitch!

NOTE: We recently ran this as TAXI Listing #U160918SS. If you made a submission to that Listing, please send different material this time around.

“I Shall Not Walk Alone” by Ben Harper
“While We Wait” by Jack Johnson
“Come Clean” by Tristan Prettyman

Down-Tempo, acoustic-based Songs with melancholy lyrics and a moody, introspective overall vibe should do the trick. Your vocal performance should have an honest, sincere, and touching delivery. A stripped-down Song with just an intimate vocal and acoustic guitar could easily work for this request. A small, subtle ensemble behind the singer could work as well.

Moody and wistful lyric themes will work well for this pitch. Please AVOID themes that focus on relationships! Universal lyrics that avoid references to specific names, dates, times, brands, and places will make your songs more appealing, but they’re not absolutely necessary. Please do NOT copy or rip off the referenced artists or songs in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine).

The estimated license fee for this is $15,000. This is a Non-Exclusive, Direct-to-Music Supervisor placement, so you’ll keep 100% ownership of your Master and Composition rights (no publishing splits), plus you’ll also get 100% of the sync fee and any applicable performance royalties. You must own or control your Master and Copyright to pitch for this opportunity. All submissions will be screened on a Yes/No basis by a screener who was hand-picked by the Music Supervisor - No full critiques. Submissions must be received no later than 11:59PM (PDT), on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016. TAXI #U161002SS

Friday, September 23, 2016

Randy Weston @ Savanna Jazz Festival, Sept 30 & October 1st in San Carlos, CA

A celebration of food, music and the traditional West African roots of Jazz in America

The 1st Annual Savanna Jazz Festival features two days of entertainment including celebrity meet & greets with Grammy-nominated Jazz legend Randy Weston and Celebrity Iron Chef Pierre Thiam from Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN.

Day 1, September 30

Celebrity book signing: Iron Chef Competitor Pierre Thiam

Iron Chef Competitor & recent host to Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown (Senegal) on CNN
His award-winning cookbook will be available for purchase

Performance by Kora Master Karamo Cissohko
Kora Master Karamo Cissohko will delight your ears as he plays this incredible West African Harp.
West African Dance Troupe
                                                   (Karamo Cissohko)

Event Line-Up
6:00 pm Meet/Greet Iron Chef Pierre Thiam
7:30 pm Kora Master Karamo Cissohko, West African Harp
8:00 pm West African Dance Troupe
9:00 pm Jazz w/ Pascal Bokar Group

Day 2, October 1

Join us for a very special evening with Grammy Nominated Jazz Legend Randy Weston.
2016 inductee to the DownBeat Hall of Fame, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Jazz Master/Lifetime Honor Award Winner and many more.
                                                     (Randy Weston)

Celebrity book signing: Iron Chef Competitor Pierre Thiam
Iron Chef Competitor & recent host to Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown (Senegal) on CNN

Book signing: Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam

Award-winning Jazz guitarist, author, educator and proprietor of Savanna Jazz Club will sign his 2015 book From Timbuktu To The Mississippi Delta, available for purchase.

Randy Weston in Concert

A rare opportunity to experience a live performance of one of the most critically acclaimed Jazz pianists of our time.

Event Line-Up
6:00 pm Meet/Greet Iron Chef Pierre Thiam
7:00 pm Meet/Greet Randy Weston
8:00 pm Meet/Greet Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam
9:00 pm Randy Weston Concert

Space for this special event is limited, so please make your reservation now.
Tickets include meet & greet of celebrity guests, entertainment, small bites by Iron Chef Thiam & complimentary glass of wine.

Jazz legend Randy Weston has been called “one of the world’s great visionary pianists and composers.” He is a Grammy nominee, 2016 inductee to the DownBeat Hall of Fame, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Jazz Master/Lifetime Honor Award Winner and many more.

Pascal Bokar
Award-winning Jazz guitarist/vocalist Pascal Bokar presents a unique combination of Jazz and African music and sounds. Anchored in the Bebop school of music, Pascal Bokar has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Donald Bailey and Barney Wilen, among others. Pascal Bokar’s CD, Guitar Balafonics, received 4 stars and the award for “Best CD of 2015” from DownBeat Magazine.

For tix and additional info:

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Anna Mjöll @ Vibrato, Sept 29

Thursday, September 29, 8pm
Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz
2930 N Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles

Anna Mjöll, one of our favorite jazz vocalists in the contemporary scene, returns to Herb Alpert's Vibrato in Bel Air, California, Thursday September 29th, 2016

This is a ONE NIGHT ONLY show!
This event is a near-guaranteed sellout, timely reservations are strongly recommended.

Call (310) 474-9400 for reservations.

Miss Mjöll, accompanied by the amazing Pat Senatore, Tom Ranier, Larry Koonse and Christian Euman will be singing the hits of Ella Fitzgerald, Astrud Gilberto, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe and more...

Klaus Mueller's "Village Samba" CD release concert @ Zinc Bar, Sept. 22, featuring Portinho

Thursday, September 22, 8:30PM
82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan) Greenwich Village, New York 
tel. 212-477-ZINC (9462) 

A dynamic jazz pianist of diverse influences and abilities, Klaus Mueller was born in Germany and raised in Japan, Chile and Brazil. He has been an integral part of the New Yorker Brazilian music scene having performed and recorded with artists such as Portinho Trio, Leny Andrade, Marcos Valle, Toninho Horta, Filo Machado, to name a few.

Mueller is not only regarded as a keyboardist, but also as an arranger, most notably for jazz piano legend Herbie Hancock, creating orchestral versions of songs from Hancock's critically acclaimed “Gershwin’s World” album in collaboration with Robert Sadin in 2003. On his 2012 album release “Far-Faraway he performs with legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter and the iconic Brazilian drummer Portinho.

"Village Samba, Mueller’s love letter to Brazil, is the culmination of a musical journey that took root more than 20 years ago and stands as his crowning achievement to date. " - Bill Milkowski

Brazilian Jazz with a New York flavor, featuring:
Ofer Assaf, sax
Yotam Silberstein, guitar
Klaus Mueller, piano
Itaiguara Brandão, bass
Portinho, drums

Friday, September 16, 2016

Singer sensation Sivan Arbel live in NYC, Sept 22

This next Thursday, Sept 22, at 9pm, don't miss Sivan Arbel and her Septet @ Club Bonafide (212 E 52nd St, Fl 3rd, NYC), performing the songs from her acclaimed debut album "Broken Lines."

$10 cover
See you there!

Sivan Arbel - voice and compositions
Yaniv Taubenhouse - piano
Nadav Shapira - bass
Liam Zahm - drums
Ron Warburg - trumpet
Jack Sheehan - alto sax
Ori Jacobson - tenor sax

Nick Moss & Eric Gales: Blues Masters in Pasadena @ Big Mama's Rib Shack


ERIC GALES!! - NEXT SAT., SEPT 24 (not to be mistaken witth the late jazz guitarist Eric Gale) 



Matty and Amanda Carr's Dance Party Meet Up

Come and Dance, Sing, Meet your Friends, and have fun!
Thursday, September 22nd  @ 8 to 11,30PM
Studio G, Plymouth, MA

TICKETS AT DOOR: Tix just $10 or only $15 for each couple
Plenty of FREE PARKING and Wheelchair Accessible

Studio G at THE GROVE (Formerly Shops at 5)
50 Shops at 5 Way (next to Panera)
Plymouth, MA 02360
Call or Text 508-514-9595

DANCE and PARTY with live performance DJ’s, the dynamic duo Matty and Amanda, and Dance, Sing Along, Win prizes with Music Trivia or even be a featured singer. Studio G always offers Wine, Beer and other featured beverages from local Plymouth wineries, breweries & distilleries. Meet Up with friends or clients.. practice your dance steps with an incredible variety of music genres… and enjoy area restaurants. Great friend-night or date-night. The Grove at Plymouth, 50 Shops at 5 Way Plymouth, MA 02360 (next door to Panera)

Grove at Plymouth, formerly Shops at 5 is large, recently completed retail development in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It is located at Exit 5 off Route 3, south of Plymouth Center. The Grove at Plymouth entrance Address: 60 Long Pond Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360 STUDIO G is next door to Panera Bread located at 50 Shops at 5 Way, Plymouth, MA 02360

TBT: Mario Castro-Neves & Arnaldo DeSouteiro

(pianist/composer/arranger Mario Castro-Neves & producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro during the recording sessions for the "On A Clear Bossa Day" album by Mario Castro-Neves & Samba S.A.)

Jazz Bakery presents The Dave Stryker / Eric Alexander Organ Quartet tonight in LA

Jazz Bakery Presents, this Friday, Sep 16, 2016 - 8:00 pm @
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA):
The Dave Stryker/Eric Alexander Organ Quartet!
Parking: limited Street parking and venue adjacent lots.
Information Line: (310) 271-9039
Direct Ticket Line: (800) 838-3006 ext. 1

Dave Stryker has been voted one of the Top Jazz Guitarists for the last several years in DownBeat Critics and Readers Polls. According to JazzTimes magazine, “Stryker is a perfect combination of accessible grooves, melodic expression, blues feeling and soul… with gospel-like joy throughout. Surging through Dave’s assorted gifts is his unique strength... a rare rock-bottom groove that can sometimes top today’s jazz complexity sweepstakes.”

Eric Alexander, a brilliant tenor jazz saxophonist currently signed to the HighNote label, is known for his sophisticated hard bop and post-bop style. Critics claim listening to Alexander, unfettered and at length, is one of the greatest treats in jazz. Eric’s imposing improvisation seems to have no boundary. One of the few players who is more influenced by Dexter Gordon and George Coleman than by Coltrane and Rollins... He takes his heroes seriously and it has certainly paid off in a string of albums engineered by the late master Rudy Van Gelder.

Jared Gold is not your typical B-3 party animal. On every tune, after laying down his funk bona fides, he keeps streaming content and delivers fresh ideas. Gold’s harmonic concepts are outside the organ genre as we have known it.

McClenty Hunter has become one of the most in demand drummers on the New York jazz scene. He has toured with Eric Reed, Javon Jackson, and Ceder Walton among many, and is currently a member of Kenny Garrett’s band.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Singer & Trumpeter Bria Skonberg releases "Bria" on Sept. 23, her first album for Sony

Okeh Records, a subsidiary label of Sony Music, announces its first release from singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg. With a unique fusion of modern-day pop sensibility, combined with sizzling musicianship, Skonberg makes a firm claim on fresh territory in the sophisticated pop landscape pioneered by Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, and Michael Bublé. Titled "Bria," the album features standards plus five original songs and is available September 23.
Skonberg aimed for "a sense of allure" on her new album, "music that is both curious and exotic, playing with tension and storytelling." She credits producer Matt Pierson with helping her tie together the best aspects of the music she's been exploring, in a quest "to fuse my love of classic jazz with worldly rhythm, percussion, contemporary songwriting, and more.
Bria is supported by some of the top musicians on the New York scene: Evan Arntzen on sax and clarinet, drummer Ali Jackson, bassist Reginald Veal, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, and pianist Aaron Diehl. They provide Bria with an unfailing blend of organically imagined eclecticism. 
Noted as a Millennial "Shaking Up the Jazz World," according to Vanity Fair, Bria Skonberg is a self-described "small town girl" from Chilliwack, British Columbia, who hightailed it to Vancouver straight out of high school and earned a degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance. She developed her songwriting chops while working with TV/jingle producer Paul Airey, known for his work with the likes of Warner Bros. studios and the National Hockey League.
Skonberg is an established touring artist with numerous club and festival performances scheduled throughout 2016. In addition, in an upcoming issue of Down Beat magazine, she's recognized as one of "25 for the Future." All in all, it's an impressive present and even more promising future for this welcome new voice.
Bria brings a millennial flavor to a collection of originals ("Curious Game," "Wear And Tear", "Down In The Deep") and standards such as "From This Moment On," "Que Sera Sera," "You're Getting To Be A Habit," Lionel Hampton's lush ballad "Midnight Sun," and the opening track "Don't Be That Way." 

The Claire Daly Quintet plays Motown at Gillespie Auditorium, Sep. 20

Join us when we welcome the Claire Daly Quintet playing Motown revisited music from their VERY soon to be released new CD "2648 West Grand Boulevard - Jazz Interpretations of Classic Motown 45s" on Tuesday, September 20.  The Quintet features Claire Daly on baritone sax, Jerome Harris on guitar, Peter Grant on drums, Marcus McLauren on bass, and Steve Hudson on piano.  There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.  For advanced sales and information call 212-222-5159.  Admission is $15, $10 for Students.

"2648 West Grand Blvd" was the Detroit address of Motown, and the repertoire includes "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever," "I Second That Emotion," "The One Who Really Loves You," "I Want You Back," "Cloud Nine (4:05)," "I'll Be There," "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game," "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted," and "Ain't That Peculiar," among other hits.
Claire Daly grew up in Yonkers, NY, affording her access to many jazz greats performing live in NYC. Her father supported her enthusiasm about the music and brought her to many live shows including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Benny Goodman and more. At the same time, she was hearing contemporary music with her peers at venues like The Schaeffer Music Festivals in Central Park. Her taste runs from the classics through the avant garde, and Claire still believes in the importance of hearing live music regularly.

She graduated Berklee College of Music as an alto player and traveled on the road with both jazz and rock bands, but her life changed significantly the first time she played a baritone sax. It happened to be the first horn Howard Johnson had owned, for sale by a mutual friend. "It was an epiphany. I felt like, There I am - this is my voice." Claire hasn't looked back and has become a well known, leading voice on the big horn.

Her first CD as a leader was released on Koch Jazz in 1999. "Swing Low" was received very warmly. Claire was nominated by the Jazz Journalist Association for "Best New Artist of the Year" and Swing Low was subsequently added to a listening station in the William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock, AK as a CD significant to the President while in office. Since then, she has been a winner/nominee of many critic and reader polls and has won the JJA Baritone Saxophonist of the Year award.

"The Mary Joyce Project was composed by Claire and Steve Hudson. It is music dedicated to her father's cousin - Mary Joyce - who traveled by dogsled from Juneau to Fairbanks AK, solo, in unchartered territory, in 1934/35. Mary is an American hero and an Alaskan legend. Adventurous women run in the family. The piece premiered in Juneau. Claire has always liked a good theme and Mary made an unforgettable impression on her as a child when she came to stay with the Daly family.

Her move back home to New York from Boston was the beginning of her playing extensively as a freelance musician in NY. She struck up a lifetime collaboration with pianist/composer Joel Forrester (composer of the theme for "Fresh Air" w Terry Gross on NPR). Their band "People Like Us" released 5 CDs on Koch Jazz and they continue to play and record 25 years later. She was the original baritone player in the Diva Big Band, anchoring it's section for the first 7 years as well as doing multiple recordings as a side person (Taj Mahal, George Garzone, many more) and leading her own groups. Some projects include "Movin' On", "Heaven Help Us All", "The Honorable Hustlers" w beat boxer Napoleon Maddox, "Speak, Spake, Spoke" with wordslinger Kirpal Gordon, "Scaribari", "Rah Rah - a tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk" and "The Mary Joyce Project".

In 2012, The North Coast Brewing Co. in California produced a CD for Claire called "Baritone Monk" to promote their "Brother Thelonious Ale". It was on the Jazzweek Charts for 24 weeks - 9 of which were top ten. This led to headlining at the Monterey Jazz Festival, KC Rhythm'n Ribs Fest, Pittsfield Jazz Festival and more in addition to touring the United States with the quartet.

Her most current project is called "2648 West Grand Boulevard" and features jazz versions of Motown tunes from the Detroit years. It's on the Glass Beach Jazz label, produced by Doug Moody. This CD is very close to Claire's heart. It is likely that the first live music she heard was when she was under 10 years old. Her father asked to bring the kids in for a minute to hear The Supremes at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The music and the spectacle were deeply influential to Claire, who grew up listening to the Motown sound as the soundtrack of her early years.

She continues to live in New York City, travel, teach (Jazz at Lincoln Center MSJA, Litchfield Jazz Camp), give clinics, teach privately and tour. Performing, listening, learning and mentoring young players are Claire's musical goal.

Tickets will be sold at the door,or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.

For more about acts at "Jazz Tuesdays", check out their website at

Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Lang Lang's "New York Rhapsody" in stores Sept. 16 with special guest Herbie Hancock


Featuring Special Guests Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Jason Isbell,
Jeffrey Wright, Kandace Springs, Lindsey Stirling, Lisa Fischer,
Madeleine Peyroux and Sean Jones
Album Available September 16, 2016
Photo Credit: Robert Ascroft

The ineffable magic of New York City fires the imagination of superstar pianist Lang Lang on his new album New York Rhapsody (Sony Classical) available September 16, 2016. He is joined by a wide array of special guests including Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Jason Isbell, Jeffrey Wright, Kandace Springs, Lindsey Stirling, Lisa Fischer, Madeleine Peyroux and Sean Jones. From the haunting reveries of Gershwin and Copland to the in-the-moment intensity of songs made famous by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, Lou Reed and Don Henley, New York Rhapsody rediscovers the dazzle and the soul of America’s most symbolic city.

Following the release of the album, a star-studded concert special Live From Lincoln Center will air on PBS on November 25, 2016 as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. The video for “Empire State of Mind” with Lang Lang and singer Andra Day premiered on Town & Country.

“I made this album because I wanted to pay homage to the city that I love,” says Lang Lang of New York Rhapsody. “This city has changed the course of music more than any other in the last hundred years. It has inspired and enriched me beyond words and has become my home away from home.”

New York City feels similarly about Lang Lang. They just named Lang Lang the city’s first ever NYC Cultural Tourism ambassador. This is in partnership with NYC and Company in celebration of this year’s official “China-U.S. Tourism Year” as designated by Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama.

For New York Rhapsody, Lang Lang joined forces with Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein to create an album that embraces the musical spirit of New York in ways both surprising and traditional. Inspired by E.B. White’s celebrated essay “Here Is New York,” Klein assembled musical ideas and energies that both reflect New York’s past and evoke its dynamic present.

The centerpiece of the album is a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue featuring Lang Lang and multiple Grammy-winning jazz legend, Herbie Hancock in a two-piano version conducted by John Axelrod with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Surrounding it on New York Rhapsody are creative collaborations that reimagine songs reflecting the varying moods and experiences New York offers.

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Jason Isbell gives a fresh edge to Elbow’s evocative “New York Morning” and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Andra Day adds a new dimension to the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ hit “Empire State of Mind.” Kandace Springs gives a new treatment to Don Henley’s moody “New York Minute.” Singer Madeleine Peyroux recaptures the alone-in-the-city wistfulness of “Moon River,” the Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer classic from the essential New York movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

In one of the album’s boldest choices, co-arrangers Klein and Grammy-winner Billy Childs marry the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim song “Somewhere” from West Side Story with Lou Reed’s “Dirty Blvd” from his classic album New York. Lisa Fischer’s vocal in the yearning “Somewhere” is a powerful contrast to actor Jeffrey Wright’s interpretation of Lou Reed’s indelible words in “Dirty Blvd.”

Next, Lang Lang is joined by violinist Lindsey Stirling on a spinning version of Danny Elfman’s theme for Spider-Man; and then by trumpeter Sean Jones on the West Side Story classic “Tonight” by Leonard Bernstein.

Bookending New York Rhapsody are perhaps surprising choices – quiet, contemplative pieces by New York’s greatest musical poet, Aaron Copland. To open, Lang Lang and Klein chose “The Story of Our Town,” from Copland’s 1940 Our Town film score, to evoke the dozens of small “towns” within the big city. To close, one of Copland’s last works, the rarely heard “In Evening Air,” reminds us says Klein, “there are always pockets of peace and quiet beauty” in New York.

Jazz Bakery presents the radiant voice of Thana Alexa this Saturday in LA

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 8:00pm
all seats: $25


VENUE: Thayer Concert Hall -The Colburn School
200 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012

Thayer Hall at the Colburn School, an intimate setting for artist and audience alike.
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The "CTI Supreme Collection 2" comes out today in Japan! 40 titles on Blu-Spec CDs!

The "CTI Supreme Collection, Part 2" is being released today in Japan, with 40 titles available on Blu-Spec CDs distributed by King Records.

This second batch includes six albums reissued on CD for the very first time:
- Claudio Roditi's "Red On Red" (with Kenia, Paquito D'Rivera, Jorge Dalto, Alfredo Cardim, Lincoln Goines. Yogi Horton, Buddy Williams, Naná Vasconcelos and Claudio Celso, the first digital recording by Rudy Van Gelder for CTI, back in 1984);
- Yusef Lateef's "In A Temple Garden" (featuring Jeremy Wall, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker, Ray Barretto, Will Lee, Eric Gale, Sammy Figueroa and Suzane Cianni, the album got a 4-star review in DownBeat magazine at the time of its original release, in 1979);
- Fats Theus' "Black Out" (w/ Idris Muhammad, Chuck Rainey, Grant Green, Hilton Felton, including an amazing & unexpected soul-jazz version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Stone Flower");
- Hank Crawford's "Tico Rico" (arranged by David Matthews, with Steve Gadd, Jeremy Steig, Gary King, Eric Gale, Michael and Randy Brecker, featuring a gorgeous performance of the ballad "Teach Me Tonight");
- John Blair's "We Belong Together" (w/ David Matthews, Steve Gadd, Googie Coppola, Hiram Bullock, Clifford Carter, Hugh McCracken, Gary King, Ray Mantilla, Sue Evans);
- Stanley Turrentine's "The Sugar Man" (a fantastic out-takes collection with arrangements by Bob James, Don Sebesky, Chico O'Farrill, Deodato, featuring Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Ron Carter, João Palma, Dom Um Romão, Blue Mitchell, Harold Mabern, Rubens Bassini, Sivuca, Idris Muhammad, Billy Cobham; AT LONG LAST the CTI fans will be able to listen the original mix of "Pieces Of Dreams" that was destroyed when that track was remixed for inclusion on the CD reissue of Turrentine's "Don't Mess With Mr. T" album).

Among the 40 titles there are also the first CD reissues in Japan of Idris Muhammad's "Turn This Mutha Out" (a classic dancefloor jazz album which contains the disco hit "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This," written by David Matthews, who also produced & arranged the album, the only title in the entire series that wasn't produced by Creed Taylor, featuring Michael Brecker, Rubens Bassini, Hiram Bullock, Jeremy Steig and Cliff Carter) and Patti Austin's "Body Language" (with John Tropea, Michael Brecker, Joe Farrell), both previously available on digital format only in Europe.

There are also eagerly awaited new reissues of rare gems like David Matthew's "Dune," Don Sebesky's "The Rape of El Morro," Art Farmer's "Crawl Space," Joe Farrell's "Upon This Rock" and Johnny Hammond's "Breakout."

The complete list:
Airto: "Free"
Airto: "Virgin Land"
Art Farmer "Crawl Space"
Art Farmer with Yusef Lateef & David Matthews' Big Band: "Something You Got"
Claudio Roditi: "Red On Red"
David Matthews: "Dune"
Don Sebesky: "The Rape of El Morro"
Esther Phillips w/ Joe Beck: "What A Difference A Day Makes"
Esther Phillips w/ Joe Beck: "For All We Know"
Fats Theus: "Black Out"
Freddie Hubbard: "Sky Dive"
Freddie Hubbard: "First Light"
Freddie Hubbard: "Keep Your Soul Together"
Freddie Hubbard: "Polar AC"
Fuse One: "Silk"
Gabor Szabo: "Mizrab"
George Benson: "Body Talk"
George Benson: "Bad Benson"
Grant Green w/ Hubert Laws: "The Main Attraction"
Hank Crawford: "Wildflower"
Hank Crawford: "Tico Rico"
Hubert Laws: "Crying Song"
Idris Muhammad: "House of the Rising Sun"
Idris Muhammad: "Turn This Mutha Out"
Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: "A Wilder Alias"
Jeremy Steig: "Firefly"
Joe Farrell: "Moon Germs"
Joe Farrell: "Upon This Rock"
Joe Farrell: "Joe Farrell Quartet"
John Blair: "We Belong Together"
Johnny Hammond: "Breakout"
Johnny Hammond: "Higher Ground"
Lalo Schifrin: "Black Widow"
Milt Jackson: "Olinga"
Patti Austin: "Havana Candy"
Patti Austin: "Body Language"
Stanley Turrentine: "Salt Song"
Stanley Turrentine: "The Sugar Man"
Yusef Lateef: "In A Temple Garden"


Claudio Roditi『レッド・オン・レッド』
Fats Theus 、 Grant Green『ブラック・アウト』
Hank Crawford『ティコ・リコ』
John Blair『ウィー・ビロング・トゥゲザー』
Stanley Turrentine『ザ・シュガー・マン』
Yusef Lateef『テンプル・ガーデン』

Idris Muhammad『ターン・ディス・ムッタ・アウト』
Patti Austin『ボディ・ランゲージ』

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

George Mraz - Rally for Recovery Fund

Letter I received from one of the world's greatest bassists ever, George Mraz, who has a brilliant career both as a leader and sideman for over 5 decades.

Below is a letter from George's wife, Camila. Jazz Station will help and ask for your help too!
This is George Mraz, a world class bassist with decades of exceptional musical work as both a soloist and alongside others such as Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson and many many more.

On July 8th George endured seven hours of difficult surgery on his pancreas, and while in hospital he suffered a heart attack, and many critical complications that unfortunately extended his hospital stay.

As his birthday on September 9th approaches, this situation is a devastating hit to him and his wife, Camilla. The doctors expect full recovery, but it will take time.

In 2013, George Mraz formed the George Mraz Trio, with his wife Camilla on piano, alongside the talented percussionist, Anthony Pinciotti, and up until this point, enjoyed performances in festivals throughout Europe and prominent venues in New York City.  George and Camilla now place their musical performances on hold and his wife puts all energy and time into George's full recovery.

Since many friends, colleagues, and fans have asked how they can help support George we decided to open a go fund me account for those who want to help.

Since September 9th is George's birthday, and we need a miracle, we thought to created the MRAZ challenge.

The MRAZ challenge request is to donate $99 toward his recovery. The amount of $99 dollars is in honor of George's birthday on 9/9. And to cheer his spirit, we challenge you to submit a silly still photo of yourself pulling your mouth into a smile that we will post on Facebook.
The silly photo idea was inspired by a photographer who sent the photo to George to give him strength and hope for quick recovery, and as a symbol for many smiles ahead.

Each vital donation made on this site will go directly to George and his family.

And of course, any donation amount big or small will help, and every amount is greatly appreciated
It is never easy to ask for help, but this is a time when any amount would mean a world of difference. With that in mind, we invite you to perform the MRAZ challenge, donate, or do both.   Any support, in any form, in any amount will move us deeply toward the road to recovery.

Please spread the word of the MRAZ challenge and share this gofundme/georgemraz link /
with as many as you can.

It can go to those who love George Mraz, excellent music, Czechs, jazz, bass players, and helping others when life presents a difficult road.

Let's give George the best gift ever, a strong, healthy recovery so he can share his music with us again soon.

Thanks in advance for your love, help, donations and silly photos and helping us may a "Mraz-acle" come true.

With deep respect and gratitude,

Camilla Mraz and  George Mraz Music Management team

Rowan University's Master of Music in Jazz Studies

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Rowan University's Master of Music in Jazz Studies gives musicians an in-depth knowledge and skills in performance, jazz structures and composition.  The M.M. program at Rowan University is for the aspiring musician who wishes to make a career as a jazz musician, classical performer, conductor, or composer or who will continue his/her studies at the Ph.D. or DMA level. Graduates of Rowan's Master of Music program have gone on to major doctoral programs, performing careers, arts leadership positions and careers as college professors and public school teachers.

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Quincy Jones presents Ai Kuwabara in LA, Sept. 8

Back on the grind after Labor Day! Take a break and hang with us next Thursday night when Japanese jazz phenom and award-winning pianist, Ai Kuwabara, returns to the States for a one night appearance @ the Blue Whale, September 8th, an event presented by Quincy Jones Productions.

Named a "genius," by AERA magazine, she has won the Montreux Jazz Solo piano competition in Kawasaki, and has released 4 albums by the age of 24. With music described as a blend of edgy, funk, and urban contemporary styles--she's got the vibe!
"Ai Kuwabara is one of the bright new rising stars in Japanese jazz," - Japan Times
"With speed and seeming ease, she can remind you of Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and Chick Corea, often at the same time," - The Denver Post
"...interesting, engaging, exciting music. On the edge, just a touch," - KUVO Jazz
"Her music is stately, solid, and inspiring," - Nikkei Review
"..sublime," - The Northern Light

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Vintage Patriotic Songs Needed for Film and TV Placements

If you’ve got some great, vintage American Patriotic Songs, this opportunity has your name all over it! Keep reading to get all the details…

VINTAGE RECORDINGS of AMERICAN PATRIOTIC SONGS with Male or Female Vocals written and recorded prior to 1995 are needed by an A-List Publisher for Film and TV sync licensing opportunities. They need Original Songs as well as Covers of Public Domain Songs. Here are some examples of what this awesome publisher needs, but don’t limit your submissions to songs that are similar to these:

"God Bless the U.S.A." by Lee Greenwood
"In America" by The Charlie Daniels Band
"Some Gave All" by Billy Ray Cyrus
"Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen
“America the Beautiful” by Ray Charles
“American Made” by The Oak Ridge Boys

NOTE: Any and all songs that are American Patriotic in nature, in any Genre, and in any Tempo are fair game for this pitch, as long as they were recorded prior to 1995. Original songs and covers of Public Domain songs will all work!

Please do not copy or rip off these artists or their songs in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as reference to the stylistic ballpark your material should be in! You can submit old masters or demos for this pitch. The recording quality is not expected to be on par with today’s broadcast quality! Many TAXI members have been signed by this publisher with nothing more than good demo recordings! They’re much more interested finding music that sounds authentic to the time period!

This Publisher is the hot, go-to company for a long list of extremely popular TV shows and big Feature Films when they need music that is authentically from a particular time period. For Original songs, the Publisher pays you upfront for the Master Rights and the Publisher’s share of the copyright and you keep the Writer’s Share of the publishing and earn income from performance royalties paid by your Performing Rights Organization. For Public Domain songs, they’d buy the Master Recording.

This company often averages several placements per week, and many of those are TAXI members who’ve been signed with this company because they submitted to a listing like this! Dozens of TAXI members have signed buy out, cash-up-front deals with this company. Several have even received up front checks for $10,000 - $15,000 (or more!) Deal sizes and buyout amounts vary depending on the quantity and quality of the songs signed by the Publisher.

They DO NOT want material that was recently recorded and made to sound old. They can only use AUTHENTIC, ORIGINAL, VINTAGE RECORINDGS, as long as the sound quality is reasonably good. This is a golden opportunity to make money with music you might have thought had no hope in today’s market!

Your name needs to be on the copyright and you need to own or control the copyright and master recordings to submit original songs for this pitch. You need to own or control the Master Recording if you’re submitting a cover song. DO NOT SUBMIT FOR FRIENDS! Please submit one to three songs online or per CD. Please include lyrics. All submissions will be screened on a Yes/No basis. No full critiques. Submissions must be received no later than 11:59PM (PDT), on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016. TAXI #Y160921PS

Blu-Spec CD Reissue of the Month - "Claudio Roditi w/ Kenia: Red On Red"

Blu-Spec CD Reissue of the Month
Claudio Roditi w/ Kenia: "Red On Red" (CTI/King) 1984/2016

Rating: **** (musical performance & sound quality)

This is the first CD reissue of Claudio Roditi's debut album as a leader, which was the first album recorded digitally by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studios as well as the first album produced by Creed Taylor using a 2-track digital recording equipment and, therefore, the first digital recording in the CTI Records catalogue, recorded "live in the studio" with no overdubs. Something that explains the fiery performances in all tracks, with a highly positive sense of urgency.

Kenia's warm voice can be heard on four tracks: Ivan Lins' "Madalena" (with a very nice set of unhauthorized English lyrics by Larry Galt, also recorded by Mark Murphy on his Ivan Lins Songbook titled "Nightmood" but mysteriously never approved by Lins' management), Milton Nascimento's "Nothing Will Be As It Was...Tomorrow" (that had been part of Flora Purim's repertoire since 1977 and receives a light funk-rock treatment here, provided by bassist Lincoln Goines' slap), Eumir Deodato's "Little Tear" (the new title, after Norman Gimbel added English lyrics, to the bossa ballad "Razão de Viver," recorded by Sarah Vaughan, but heard here in an update jazz-funk arrangement that includes one of Roditi's best solos on the album) and Edu Lobo's modern baião "Ponteio" -- a song Creed Taylor has always loved and recorded on "Astrud Gilberto with Turrentine" in 1971 -- but that here is reinvented with wordless vocals and a surprising rock groove that works pretty well with Claudio Celso's guitar crying behind Paquito D'Rivera's screams on the upper register of his alto sax.

Roditi's originals are all excellent: the baião "Amazone" (originally titled "Recife's Blues," featuring Naná Vasconcelos' triangle & vocal effects), "The Monster And The Flower" (co-written with Ricardo Silveira), the explosive jazz-samba "Pra Mim" and the title track "Red On Red." At that time, Roditi was a member of Paquito D'Rivera's group, and he was invited to record as a leader for CTI (in the U.S. the album came on the Greenestreet label) after Creed Taylor attended one of his gigs with the Cuban master at the NYC Blue Note.

The program also features Ivan Lins' ballad "Velas Içadas" -- introduced by American audiences through Toots Thielemans' harmonica on Quincy Jones' multi-platinum "The Dude" album --, including Jorge Dalto's best solo on the then-fashionable Yamaha DX7 synthesizer.

Roditi's second album, "Claudio!", was also recorded at Van Gelder Studios but released on another label, Uptown Records, and has not yet been reissued on CD format. But it's worth to look for it on vinyl format, since it's even better than "Red On Red."
Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded & Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder @ Van Gelder Studios (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey) on January 24, 25 & 26, 1984
Music Director: Peter Drake
Cover Photo: Pete Turner
Back Cover Photo: Hal Oringer
Art Director: Blake Taylor
Featuring: Claudio Roditi (trumpet & flugelhorn), Kenia (vocals), Paquito D'Rivera (alto sax), Alfredo Cardim (Fender Rhodes electric piano), Jorge Dalto (Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer), Lincoln Goines (electric bass), Yogi Horton & Buddy Williams (drums), Naná Vasconcelos (percussion, vocal effects), Claudio Celso (electric guitar)