Friday, December 8, 2017

Scot Albertson Trio live @ DLV Lounge, tonight!

Tonight, Dec. 8, 8:00pm - 11:00pm @ DLV Lounge, don't miss the Scot Albertson Trio with Ron Jackson & Nick Scheuble!
300 Bloomfield Ave.,
Montclair NJ
NO Cover!
Tel. No. 973.783.6988

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Karina Corradini Quintet live in LA, tomorrow!

Tomorrow night, jazz vocalist Karina Corradini celebrates her Birthday with a very special performance with her quintet in LA @ FEDORA BAR, a classy private bar inside “Au Lac” restaurant, on the corner of 1st St. and Hope, downtown. It’s on the corner across from the Dorothy Chandler and just behind the Disney Hall’s Redcat theatre. It used to be called “1st and Hope”. Only 20 bucks! plus 2 item minimum.

710 West 1st St (in a corner strip mall)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Parking options: Parking is easy if you want to park under the building in the parking garage, but every car pays. In the evening $7 validated for patrons. If parking is packed, then the Disney Hall parking is one block away, open til 12:00 am and $9. Also, parking at the Disney Hall or Broad. Parking below can be very challenging on a packed night.
• underground parking entrance is the first driveway on 1st St

The front room is the restaurant, Au Lac. ( a high class vegan restaurant! Food and drink served in the Bar is from their menu.
Bar Fedora, the room in the back, was built like a 20s style bar.

WWW.SATURDAYNIGHTJAZZDTLA.COM to purchase tickets AHEAD of TIME! The room absolutely has limited seating!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New deadline for the 7 Virtual Jazz Club Contest

The 7 Virtual Jazz Club announces that the new deadline for entering the contest will be December 10th.

Prizes Include:
€ 4,000 to the winner
€ 2,000 to the best new talent
€ 1,000 to the most voted musician by the web community
To enter the contest, soloists and groups pay a small registration fee and submit a video of their performance. Entries will be judged by a panel of international jazz experts (meet the experts) comprised of some of the most respected journalists, musicians and educators in the field.


International judging panel: 2017 Edition:
Arnaldo DeSouteiro (member of JJA- NARAS-Grammy voting member- founder of the Jazz Station Records label)- Brazil
Clarence Chang (CEO of Jazz World and Producer)- Hong Kong
Eddy Determeyer (journalist and broadcaster)- Netherlands
Marcela Breton (journalist, member of the Jazz Journalist Association)- Colombia
Nick Davies (Radio host)- UK
Hryar Attarian (All About Jazz)- USA
Fernando R. de Mondesert (art director “Jazz En Domenicana, member of the Jazz Journalist Association)- Dominican Republic
José Deluna (teacher and musician)- Spain
Dubi Lenz (journalist, broadcaster, art director “The Red Sea Jazz Festival”)- Israel
Dmitry Baevsky (musician and teacher)- Russia
Ares Tavolazzi (musician and teacher)- Italy
Aurélien Pitavy (Art director of Charlie Free-Le Moulin à Jazz)- France
Debbie Mari (musician and teacher at the UKZN- School of Music Jazz Studies)- South Africa
Greg Stott (musician and teacher at the Australian National University)- Australia
Jeri Brown (musician and teacher at the Concordia University Montreal)- Canada
Prizes and winners of the 1st edition of the 2016 contest

1st prize: € 4,000 to Nicole Johanntgen (CHE)
2nd prize: € 2,000 to The Jazz Fingers (ESP)
3rd prize: € 1,000 to Miguel Andrés Tejada (DOM)
About the 7 Virtual Jazz Club

The 7 Virtual Jazz Club is a non-profit all volunteer association dedicated to support jazz music in all its forms. The 7 Virtual Jazz Club website hosts the first fully global online jazz competition in history. The contest welcomes musicians of all ages. Musicians may be amateurs or professionals. Our aim is to unearth hidden musical talent focusing on the new trends that have emerged in jazz.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Sylvia Brooks takes an Unplugged version of "The Arrangement" to Palm Desert, tomorrow!

Sun, November 5, 2017
2:00 PM (doors open at 1PM)
Arthur Newman Theater at the Joslyn Center
73750 Catalina Way
Palm Desert, CA

Known for her ‘big band sound’, Sylvia Brooks was born into a musical family. Her mother, Johanna Dordick, was an opera singer who founded the Los Angeles Opera Theater, and her father, Don Ippolito, was a jazz pianist and arranger who wrote for big bands and toured with such greats as Buddy Rich and Stan Getz.

Ms. Brooks studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and has performed in a number of musicals. One of her favorite roles was Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, which she has played in several productions throughout the country. On television she has been a guest star on Designing Women, Dallas, Baywatch, and Beverly Hills 90210 to name a few. She has worked with the “Who’s Who” of the music world, and her voice and singing style have brought her three CD’s including, “Dangerous Liaisons”, “Restless”, and her latest, “The Arrangement”, whose critical acclaim has her currently considered for a Grammy nomination as Best Female Jazz Vocalist.

For her Sunday, November 5th “Unplugged” show, Sylvia leaves her usual five to 10 piece band at home, opting for a more intimate vibe with her bass player, Gabe Davis, and pianist and musical director, Jeff Colella.

Friday, November 3, 2017

"CTI + RVG Ultimate Remastering Series" to be released this month in Japan!

20 classic albums from the CTI label will be released in the Japanese market next November 15, distributed by King Records as part of the "CTI + RVG Ultimate Remastering" series, re-printing the SHM-CDs originally remastered by the late legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder (under Creed Taylor's direct supervision) in 2009.

It's a special-priced reissue series now on UHQCD (Ultimate High Quality CD), an upgraded version of HQCD, a high fidelity CD format developed by Memory-Tech. UHQCD discs are fully compatible with standard CD players.

Here's the complete list of the CTI+RVG アルティメット・リマスタリング・シリーズ !

Jim Hall: Concierto (KICJ 2541)
Art Farmer & Jim Hall: Big Blues (KICJ 2542)
Eumir Deodato: Deodato 2 (KICJ 2543)
Eumir Deodato: Prelude (KICJ 2544)
Freddie Hubbard: Red Clay (KICJ 2545)
Bill Evans: Montreux II (KICJ 2546)
George Benson: In Concert – Carnegie Hall (KICJ 2547)
Ron Carter: All Blues (KICJ 2548)
Ron Carter: Spanish Blue (KICJ 2549)
Airto: Fingers (KICJ 2550)
Antonio Carlos Jobim: Stone Flower (KICJ 2551)
Astrud Gilberto: Gilberto with Turrentine (KICJ 2552)
Patti Austin: End Of A Rainbow (KICJ 2553)
Nina Simone: Baltimore (KICJ 2554)
Hubert Laws: The Rite Of Spring (KICJ 2555)
Hubert Laws: Chicago Theme (KICJ 2556)
Lalo Schifrin: Towering Toccata (KICJ 2557)
Fuse One: Fuse (KICJ 2558)
Milt Jackson: Sunflower (KICJ 2559)
Stanley Turrentine: Sugar (KICJ 2560)
昨年惜しまれながらこの世を去ったルディ・ヴァン・ゲルダー自らがリマスタリングを手がけ、2009年に発売された貴重な音源を再発売! 不朽の名盤20タイトルが高音質UHQCDでより鮮やかに蘇る! お求めやすい新価格1,500円!

CTIは1967年に 名プロデューサー、クリード・テイラーが設立したジャズレーベル。レコーディング・エンジニアはブルー・ノートの録音でもおなじみの名匠ルディ・ヴァン・ゲルダーが担当しています。


ツァラトゥストラはかく語りき [UHQCD] / デオダート
[CTI+RVG アルティメット・リマスタリング・シリーズ] 昨年惜しまれながらこの世を去ったルディ・ヴァン・ゲルダー自らがリマスタリングを手がけ、2009年に発売された貴重な音源を再発売! 不朽の名盤20タイトルが高音質UHQCDでより鮮やかに蘇る! お求めやすい新価格1,500円! ジャズ、ロック、クラシックが渾然一体となった究極の快感サウンド。CTIの代名詞とも言えるこの1枚。天才プロデューサー、クリード・テイラーとルディ・ヴァン・ゲルダーが37年の時を経て命を吹き込む。

Airto's new album, "Aluê," coming out soon

Brazilian master percussionist Airto Moreira, based in LA since 1975, has a new CD coming out soon. Titled "Aluê," it's his first solo album recorded in his native country since he moved to New York in 1968, and will be released by the SESC label in co-operation with drummer Carlos Ezequiel's Engrenagens Produções Artísticas. The title comes from a tune originally recorded in 1970 on his debut LP as a leader, "Natural Feelings" (produced by Gary McFarland for the mythical Skye label that Gary owned with Cal Tjader and Gabor Szabo.)

To celebrate the new release (recorded in November 2016), Airto will do a short Brazilian tour, performing in São Paulo (several SESC theaters in 3 cities) and Rio de Janeiro (at the recently opened Blue Note Rio venue), leading a band with guitarist José Neto, drummer Carlos Ezequiel, bassist Sizão Machado, saxophonist Vitor Alcantara, keyboardist Fabio Leandro, and Airto & Flora Purim's daughter singer Diana Purim Moreira Booker aka dB of Eyedentity fame.

Two of Airto's albums recorded for CTI in the early 1970s will be reissued soon in Japan: "Fingers" (to be released November 15 as part of the "CTI + RVG Ultimate Remastering Series") and Deodato/Airto's "In Concert" (on December 6, on the "CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection.") He is also featured on three albums by the CTI All Stars: "California Concert," "CTI Summer Jazz At Hollywood Bowl" and "Live at Montreux 2009."

SHM-CD of the Month - "Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfá: Jazz Samba Encore!"

SHM-CD of the Month
Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfa: "Jazz Samba Encore!" (Verve/Universal Japan UCCU-90262) 1963/2017
***** (musical performance & recording and mix)
***** (remastering)

Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded @ Webster Hall (New York City, NY) on February 8, 9 & 27, 1963
Engineers: Phil Ramone, Bob Simpson & Ray Hall
Engineering Supervisor: Val Valentin
Cover Painting: Olga Albizu
Liner Photo: Jim Marshall
Liner Notes: Dom Cerulli

Featuring: Luiz Bonfa (acoustic guitar), Stan Getz (tenor sax), Maria Helena Toledo aka Maria Toledo (vocals), Antonio Carlos Jobim (acoustic piano & rhythm guitar), Don Payne, George Duvivier and Tommy Williams (acoustic bass), Dave Bailey, José Carlos and Paulo Ferreira aka Edison Machado (drums)

The first album ever recorded by Stan Getz with a Brazilian musician, sounding much better than the historic "Jazz Samba" recorded in 1962 with Charlie Byrd, which had yielded the hit single "Desafinado." This splendid session with Bonfá - which kills when soloing on "Um Abraço No Getz," "Saudade Vem Correndo," and "Mania de Maria" - also features the talents of Bonfá's wife at that time, songstress Maria Toledo.

Besides the songs she co-wrote with Bonfá ("Menina Flor," "Mania de Maria," "Saudade Vem Correndo"), Maria Toledo is also featured doing wordless vocals on the opening track, "Sambalero" (aka "Sambolero"), as well as singing the Portuguese lyrics to Jobim's "Insensatez" ("How Insensitive"), a track that has been included in over 50 compilations since the original LP release in May 1963.

It's worth to mention that "Jazz Samba Encore!" remained for 11 weeks in the Billboard Pop Charts, reaching # 88 in the Top 200, something very rare for a jazz album. When reviewing Stan Getz's "The Bossa Nova Years" 5-LP box set released by Verve in 1989 (reissued as a 4-CD box set in 1991), DownBeat stated that Maria Toledo had been the best singer that ever recorded with Getz.

Fusion CD Reissue of the Month - "Allan Holdsworth: Velvet Darkness"

Fusion CD Reissue of the Month
Velvet Darkness (CTI/Talking Elephant TECD 396) 1977/2017
**** (musical performance & sonic quality)
**** (remastering)

Produced by Creed Taylor
Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder @ Van Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey)
Cover Photo: Mitchell Funk

Featuring: Allan Holdswoth (acoustic & electric guitars, violin), Alan Pasqua (Fender Rhodes electric piano), Alphonso Johnson aka Embamba (electric bass), Narada Michael Walden (drums)

Fusion CD of the Month - "Mauricio Zottarelli: Upside Down Looking Up"

Fusion CD of the Month
Mauricio Zottarelli: "Upside Down Looking Up" 
Rating: ***** (music performance & sonic quality)

Produced, Arranged & Composed by Mauricio Zottarelli, except "Alone Together" (Schwartz/Dietz)
Recording Engineers: Kamilo Kratc, Helio Ishitani, Mike Pope & Christine Vaindirlis
Mixed & Mastered by Dave Darlington @ Bass Hit Studios (NYC, NY)
Photos: Milene Corso and Christine Vaindirlis
Cover Art & Design: Max Pelagatti

Featuring: Mauricio Zottarelli (drums), Oriente Lopez (piano, flutes & accordion), Eldar Djangirov (keyboards), Helio Celso and Kalus Mueller (piano), Itaiguara Brandão (acoustic bass & electric bass), Mike Pope (electric bass), Christos Rafalides (vibes), Gustavo Assis Brasil (guitars), Rodrigo Ursaia (tenor sax), Milene Corso (vocals)

The brazilian-born and New York City–based drummer and composer Mauricio Zottarelli has been on the forefront of the Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music circles for many years. Called a “superb drummer” by JazzTimes Magazine, Zottarelli has become one of the most sought after drummers on the scene since his move to NYC in 2006.

A Berklee College of Music graduate, Mauricio is a critically acclaimed and award-winning drummer and artist. He is credited in more than 80 albums so far in his career, and has worked with dozens of the most important and notable artists of today, crossing over many musical styles. Some of them are: Hiromi, Eliane Elias, Prasanna, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Esperanza Spalding, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Paquito D’Rivera, Richard Galliano, Chuck Loeb, Chico Pinheiro, Cláudio Roditi, Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike Pope, Eldar, Ivan Lins, Carmen Souza, Rosa Passos, Dom Salvador, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Toninho Horta, Oriente Lopez, Filó Machado, Gustavo Assis Brasil, Hendrik Meurkens, and many others.

Mauricio co-leads the Dig Trio, which had its critically acclaimed first album out in 2003. In 2009 Zottarelli released "7 Lives," his first album as a leader, and in 2011 came “Mozik,” a collaboration project with pianist Gilson Schachnik. Both "7 Lives" and "Mozik" have been receiving high praises from critics and fans worldwide. Mauricio has been consistently featured on the our “Jazz Station” website as one of the top 10 drummers of the year since 2011, and in 2012 he won the “Brazilian Music Awards”, for his work with legendary pianist Dom Salvador.

In 2014 Mauricio released a collaboration with bassist Amanda Ruzza, “Glasses, No Glasses” featuring Leo Genovese. Now, in November 2017 his highly anticipated new recording as a leader, “Upside Down Looking Up” is coming out. Mauricio is equally active as a teacher and educator, and has performed clinics and workshops in Brazil, USA and Europe. He is also a columnist for Modern Drummer magazine in Brazil.

About the brand new album "Upside Down Looking Up," says Mauricio: "This new album and the music in it have to do with those moments in life when a person feels completely overwhelmed with everything that is going on. The idea of the title, Upside Down Looking Up, came to me one day while thinking about how when life feels crazy and we believe it’s “upside down,” if we “look up” searching for a solution, we are actually looking down. So, in order to figure out a way to navigate through the craziness, and find clarity and ultimately get out on the other side, we may have to embrace a significant change in our lives - a change in our life's perspective. As I was going through my own "Upside Down Looking Up" phase in the last few years with a lot of things going on in my life while I was creating the music for the new album, the music took shape and the story and message of the album was then very clear to me. I hope that this music can successfully communicate with you as it did with me, and perhaps inspire you to reevaluate any areas of your life, which may need it. May newer, better and healthier life cycles begin!"

SACD of the Month - "Eumir Deodato: Prelude / Deodato 2"

SACD of the Month
Eumir Deodato: "Prelude / Deodato 2" (CTI/Vocalion)
***** (musical performance & sonic quality)
*** (reissue packaging)

Original albums produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded & Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder @ Van Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey)
Photos: Pete Turner and Alen MacWeeney

The first Deodato SACD was just released on October 27 by the UK-based label Vocalion, that licensed the legendary albums "Prelude" and "Deodato 2" from Sony Music, which handles the distribution of the CTI 70s catalogue in Europe.

Actually, however, there's no 5.1 digital new mix. Vocalion, as usual, offers only the original stereo mix and the long out-of-print quadraphonic mix done by engineer Rudy Van Gelder in 1973 for the Quad vinyl; exactly the same thing they did recently with Michel Legrand's orchestral masterpiece "Twenty Songs Of The Century."

The cover art is horrible, though, with juxtaposed images of the two album covers, destroying both the iconic photos created by Pete Turner for "Prelude" and by Alen MacWeeney for "Deodato 2."

Anyway, the musical content is superb. "Prelude," recorded in September 1972, reached #2 on the Billboard Pop chart and #1 on the Jazz chart, becoming not only CTI's best-seller as well as one of all-time best-selling Jazz albums (and, certainly, the best-selling fusion album ever!) Its opening track, "Also Sprach Zarathustra," a jazz-rock adaptation of Richard Strauss' symphonic poem popularized by Stanley Kubrick's "2001, A Space Odissey" movie, reached #2 in the Billboard pop singles chart (then called Billboard Top 100 Singles) and won a Grammy as "best pop instrumental performance."

[Several idiots call Deodato's single a disco-music hit and often refer to the use of synthesizers. Double mistake: there's no "disco" element anywhere on the album (disco music would born only in 1975) and Deodato doesn't plays any synths, only acoustic piano & Fender Rhodes electric piano throughout "Prelude."]

The entire album is brilliant, including another stunning jazzy adaptation of a classical piece, Debussy's "Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun" featuring solos by trumpeter Marvin Stamm and flute virtuosi Hubert Laws), a latin-jazz-rock arrangement of "Baubles, Bangles And Beads" (actually derived from a classical work by Alexander Borodin), and three Deodato originals: the haunting ballad "Spirit Of Summer" aka "Dia de Verão" (Jay Berliner shines on a Spanish-tinged solo on acoustic guitar), a lovely latin-bossa dedicated to Carly Simon and Carole King titled "Carly & Carole" (without the orchestra, played only by Deodato, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Ray Barretto and Hubert Laws), and "September 13," co-written by Billy Cobham during a studio rehearsal. John Tropea's solo work on electric guitar is beyond words on "Zarathustra," "Baubles, Bangles And Beads" and "September 13." I've written liner notes to so many reissues of "Prelude" that it is difficult to say new things about it.

"Deodato 2" (recorded in April 1973 featuring Tropea, Stanley Clarke, Rick Marotta, John Giulino, Billy Cobham and Rubens Bassini) is no less impressive, and in some ways even more adventurous, opening with an astonishing version of The Moody Blues' "Nights In White Satin." Then comes Maurice Ravel's "Pavane For A Dead Princess" played comme il faut, followed by two epic Deodato's themes: "Skyscrapers" and "Super Strut," both featuring Tropea's superb solos. The album closes with a sumptuous adaptation of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue." Oh, and Deodato adds Arp and Moog synths on two tracks -- "Nights In White Satin" and "Skyscrapers" -- besides the piano and the Rhodes.

Below please find the original covers of the Quad releases of "Prelude" and "Deodato 2" as well as a Billboard interview from July 1973 with CTI's vice president at that time, the often invisible John Rosica.

Vinyl of the Month - "Anders Bergcrantz: Soulfully Yours"

Vinyl of the Month
Anders Bergcrantz: "Soulfully Yours" (Vanguard Music Boulevard VMBLP 119) 2017
Rating: ***** (music performance & sonic quality)

Composed, Arranged & Produced by Anders Bergcrantz, except "It Freezes Now," written & arranged by Anna-Lena Laurin
Recorded by Zakarias Lindhammar, Berno Paulsson and Hans Larsson @ Studio Möllan, Berno Studio & Hans Larsson KH Control Room in Malmo, Sweden
Mixed & Mastered by David Carlsson @ Gula Studio, Malmo, Sweden
Photos: Goran James Djordjevic
Album Cover: Per Gustafsson

Featuring: Anders Bergcrantz (trumpet w/ Conn Multi Vider, flugelhorn, recorder, Jews harp, zither, percussion), Robert Tjäderkvist (Fender Rhodes, synthesizer), Sven Erik Lundeqvist (Fender Rhodes), Anna-Lena Laurin (piano), Mats Ingvarsson, Stefan Bellnäs (electric bass), Lasse Lundström (bass), Niclas Campagnol, PA Tollbom, Victor Lewis (drums), Anders "Chico" Lindvall, Linus Olsson (electric guitar), Leif Jonsson (percussion), Tomas Franck (tenor sax), Johan Börgesson (tablas), PA Tollbom (darbuka), Rebecca Bergcrantz (vocals w/ voice box), Iris Bergcrantz (vocals), Edvard Bisof, Anne Bech Hald, Mats Ingvarsson, Lise Kroner (choir)

So far the best and most adventurous album of the year! The Swedish jazz master, one of the world's greatest trumpet players, reaches a new plateau of unlimited creativity; redefining labels and breaking musical boundaries with wild solos, deep grooves, complex textures and gorgeous sound structures. Taking Miles' "Agharta" and "Dark Magus" to the new millenium, with lots of Rhodes, synths, electric guitar, tablas, darbuka, zither, drums, and the Conn Multi Vider. Unbelievable!

This high quality vinyl pressing comes with a top class gatefold cover and has a pristine warm sound.

Jazz Vocal CD of the Month - "Sylvia Brooks: The Arrangement"

Vocal CD of the Month
Sylvia Brooks: "The Arrangement" 
Rating: ***** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Produced by Sylvia Brooks & Jerald Bergh
Co-Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Carlos Y. Del Rosario
Photos: Antoine Reekmans
Package Design: Doug Haverty (Art + Soul Design)
Liner Notes: Andrew Gilbert

Arranged by Christian Jacob, Quinn Johnson, Jeff Colella, Otmaro Ruiz
Featuring: Sylvia Broks (vocals), Christian Jacob (piano, Fender Rhodes), Otmaro Ruiz, Jeff Colella and Quinn Johnson (piano), Trey Henry and Chris Colangelo (bass), Tom Brechtlein, Kendall Ray, Jamey Tate, Aaron Serfaty (drums), Larry Koonse and Will Brahm (guitar), Ron Stout (flugelhorn), Bruce Babad (flute), Brian Swartz and Michael Stever (trumpet), Francisco Torres (trombone), Kim Richmond (alto sax), Bob Sheppard (tenor sax) et al.

From Jazz Noir to Technicolor, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks reveals a vivid array of new emotional hues on her third album, "The Arrangement," a beautifully intimate collaboration with the talents of brilliant Los Angeles arrangers.

Besides beautiful originals ("Maybe I'm A Fool," "Sweet Surrender," "What Was I Thinking," three inspired songs to which she contributed as lyricist), Brooks offers surprising renditions of "Body And Soul" (with a beautiful flugel solo by Ron Stout) and "Cold Cold Heart", along with haunting versions of such glorious ballads as "Never Me Let Me Go" and "Angel Eyes," two of my favourite songs.

Although her own woman, Brooks' crystal-clear tone and phrasing evokes me memories of one of my dearest vocalists, the extremely underrated Jackie Cain from the Jackie & Roy duo. So, don't expect scat singing acrobatics, but soulful performances delivered with passion and drama.

With her first two critically acclaimed albums ("Dangerous Liaisons" and "Restless"), jazz vocalist Brooks introduced a sensuous jazz-noir sound redolent of femme fatales and tough guys, crooked deals and deep-shadowed urban nightscapes. But no great artist wants to be typecast, and with her third CD, "The Arrangement," she steps out of the mist and fog into the sunlight, where she reveals herself as a singer at home in just about any narrative.

Brooks chose to connect with a superlative collection of arrangers for her third CD starting with arranger/composer/saxophone Kim Richmond, who also collaborated on her first two album; Venezuelan-born pianist Otmaro Ruiz (Dianne Reeves and Akira Jimbo); pianist Jeff Colella (Lou Rawls); French-born pianist Christian Jacob (Tierney Sutton, Betty Buckley); and pianist Quinn Johnson (Steve Tyrell, Diana Ross).

When an artist succeeds in a particular niche she always faces pressure to repeat the performance, but Brooks had no intention of limiting herself. “I wanted to explore different musical styles,” she says. “I love Latin influenced music, big band swing, and rich ballads. I want to explore the whole spectrum musically.” With a sumptuous velvet-rich voice and emotionally incisive phrasing, Brooks is far too protean a talent to be confined to any particular plotline. In creating The Arrangement, she didn’t just set out to investigate different moods and rhythms. She invited a dazzling cast of writers to craft bespoke charts tailored stylishly for her voice, while giving them casting carte blanche, an act of trust that led to a project marked by a glorious diversity of settings.

Brooks choose the songs, and gave the arrangers two directives. They had to use a combination of brass and reeds, and they could choose the musicians they felt would best serve the direction of the piece, “so it was a real collaboration,” Brooks says. “I wanted them to have complete freedom.”

The album opens with Ruiz’s lush setting for “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Quizas, Quizas, Quizas),” an intoxicating piece that connects Brooks to the Cuban music she heard growing up in Miami. He provides Brooks with another sleek and sensuous Latin vehicle on the oft-interpreted standard “Besame Mucho,” which she delivers as a passionate fever dream accelerated by a simmer tenor sax solo by the reed master Bob Sheppard.

Brooks takes an unexpected left turn as Johnson’s brassy, briskly swinging arrangement transforms Hank Williams’ classic country lament “Cold Cold Heart.” He also proved to be an ideal songwriting collaborator for Brooks, who contributes original lyrics to three beautifully wrought pieces, starting with their slyly funky anthem about mistaken first impressions “What Was I Thinking (The Mirage).” She teamed with the multi award-winning composer Patrick Williams on “Maybe I’m A Fool,” a lovely portrait of romantic self-doubt arranged with rollercoaster energy by Johnson.

Jacob, who wrote the widely hailed score for Clint Eastwood’s 2016 film Sully, collaborated with Brooks on one of the album’s most arrestingly beautiful pieces, “Sweet Surrender,” an intimate piano and voice duet with a graceful melody that needs no embellishments. Another standout track is Jacob’s quietly dramatic setting of Lennon and McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby,” a rendition as effective and unforgettable as a jazz vehicle (listen to the deft interplay of Jacob’s Fender Rhodes chords and Larry Koonse’s guitar) that one can only marvel at her ingenuity.

Clearly undaunted by legendary artists, Brooks puts her personal stamp on “Guess Who I Saw Today,” the forlorn narrative indelibly linked to Nancy Wilson. She closes the album with an unforgettable version of “Angel Eyes,” a haunting Richmond arrangement that links back to Brooks earlier jazz-noir albums. She’s still a riveting raconteur when it comes to tales of loss and heartbreak, but she’s got a lot of other stories to tell on "The Arrangement."

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

LA Jazz Institute Presents "Mulliganesque" this weekend @ Four Points Shreaton at LAX

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Presents
MULLIGANESQUE - an All Star Tribute to Gerry Mulligan and his musical legacy!

18 Concerts, rare films & special presentations
Featuring: Bill Holman - Scott Robinson - Bobby Shew - Michael Berkowitz
Andy Martin - Roger Neumann - Scott Whitfield - Adam Schroeder - Carl Saunders - Bob Efford - Doug Webb - Pinky Winters - Ron Stout & many more!

Oct 27-30, 2017
Four Points Sheraton at LAX
9750 Airport Blvd. - Los Angeles, CA 

To Order call (562)200-5477
or mail check or money order to:
Los Angeles Jazz Institute
P.O Box 8038
Long Beach, CA 90808

Four Full Days - plus a bonus Event for Platinum VIP registrants on October 26.
Discount price for early registrants! (562)200-5477

Four full days of concerts that showcase Gerry's musical legacy from the beginning to the end. As usual the concerts will be loaded with all of the great west coast based jazz giants as well as Mulligan alumni and associates.

In addition, some of the world's elite baritone saxophonists will be part in the Celebration Bonus Event: October 26, 2017 - I Want to Live
Pre-Film discussion, Film Clip Screening, Concert: The Jazz Combo from "I Want to Live" featuring Scott Robinson, Doug Webb, Andy Martin, and Bobby Shew

Elevation: Music of the Elliot Lawrence Orchestra featuring Mulligan's early works for the Elliot Lawrence Big Band Disc Jockey
Jump: Gerry Mulligan and The Gene Krupa Orchestra presented by Michael Berkowitz
Jeru: Music of the Claude Thornhill Orchestra features Mulligan's compositions/arrangements written for Thornhill many un-recorded
The Birth of the Cool includes all the music written for the Birth of the Cool including some un-recorded Mulligan arrangements
Mullenium: Themes from Mulligan's New York Tentet that rehearsed in Central Park
Youngblood: Kenton Plays Mulligan-The Kenton compositions/arrangements written for Stan Kenton's New Concepts In Modern Music
Walking Shoes: Music of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet - The classic piano-less Quartet
Westwood Walk: Music of the Gerry Mulligan West Coast Tenet
Open Country: Collaborations with Bob Brookmeyer
Western Reunion: The Music The Gerry Mulligan Sextet
The Gerry Mulligan Songbook arranged by Bill Holman
A Concert In Jazz: Music of the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band
Suite For Baritone Saxophone and Orchestra: Mulligan's piece for Stan Kenton's Neophonic Orchestra
Summer's Over: The Songs of Gerry Mulligan and Judy Holliday featuring Pinky Winters
The Age Of Steam: Music from Gerry Mulligan's 1971 Album
Walk on the Water: The Gerry Mulligan Big Band of the 1980s
Baritone Summit
Individual concert tickets start at $20

Platinum VIP registration fee (which includes Bonus Day) $475 ($450 for Jazz Institute Members)
Gold registration $450 ($425 for Jazz Institute members)
The VIP registration also includes reserved priority seating which is assigned in the order received.
Call now and plan to join us for this very important event. (562) 200-5477

Book "Blue Note At Sea"!

Entertainment Cruise Productions
165 N. Meramec, Suite 325
St. Louis, MO 63105

Darwin Cosme & John Rivera Pico - Benefit Concert for Project 142 in NY

8:00p. – 10:00p.

**We’ll be celebrating Scot Albertson’s Birthday this concert!!**

DiMenna Center (NYC)
450 West 37th St. (between 9th & 10th Aves. – on 10th Ave. end) – Benzaquen Hall (elevator to the 1st floor), NYC

Concert Title – Modern Times (Flute & Guitar Classical Recital)
Program:  featuring music of Jacques Ibert – William Ortiz – Toru Takemitsu – Alberto Rodriguez – Astor Piazzolla

Concert Donation - $20.00 General Admission & $15.00 Students / Seniors (cash at the door please)
Doors open 7:30p.
Refreshments provided by Project 142
Street parking after 7:00p.

**Project 142 is a NON PROFIT 501(c)(3) Organization / Concert Series**

**Tax Deductible Donations most welcome to assist the Series in future larger endeavors and growth**
Checks made out to please: Project 142 Concert Series, Inc.
Donations sent to: Rev. Dick Leonard – 142 West End Ave. Apt. 15V, New York, NY  10023
THANK YOU to those who have sent Donations!

Receipt will be sent in reply to donations for tax records

UPCOMING 2017 & 2018 Project 142 Concerts (posted on –

Sat. – December 16, 2017 – BOB RODRIGUEZ SOLO PIANO RECITAL – 8:00p. – DiMenna Center – NYC
Pianist & Composer –  NEW BOOKING

Thurs. - January 4, 2018 – EMERALD TRIO CD RELEASE – 8:00p. – DiMenna Center – NYC
EMERALD TRIO – Karen Bogardus – Orlando Wells – Matt Castle (NEW BOOKING)

Sat. – January 27, 2018 – ELIZABETH BOUK & RAMI SARIEDDINE ART SONG RECITAL – 8:00p. – DiMenna Center - NYC &  NEW BOOKING

Thurs. –  February 1, 2018 – YANIV TAUBENHOUSE SOLO PIANO CONCERT – 8:00p. – DiMenna Center – NYC
Pianist & Composer –
Performing Video –   NEW BOOKING

Sat. – February 24, 2018 – ARTHUR MIGLIAZZA “BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO, THEN & NOW” – 8:00p. – DiMenna Center – NYC  - NEW BOOKING

Friday – March 9, 2018 – LUIZ SIMAS & WESLEY AMORIM DUO CONCERT – 8:00p. – DiMenna Center – NYC – NEW BOOKING

Sat. – March 24, 2018 – MAURICIO de SOUZA RETURN CONCERT TO PROJECT 142 – 8:00p. – DiMenna Center – NYC

Thurs. – April 5, 2018 – RITA SELBY’S NEW RELEASE “ODYSSEY” – 8:00p. – DiMenna Center – NYC – Jazz Vocalist / Pianist / Composer – NEW BOOKING

Sat. – April 7, 2018 – KEITH A. DAMES & LAFAYETTE HARRIS JR. QUARTET – 8:00p. – DiMenna Center – NYC
Homage to Eleanora – A Musical Journey Through The Billie Holiday Songbook

Friday – April 13, 2018 – STANISLAV FRIDMAN SOLO PIANO CONCERT – 8:00p. – DiMenna Center – NYC
Composer & Pianist – a concert of original works for solo piano & chamber music ensembles – NEW BOOKING


New Jersey Jazz List (for Tri State area listings on events & concerts) –

Brazilian Music Foundation –  - NY City area

NJPAC FREE JAZZ JAM SESSIONS (New Jersey Performing Arts Center)
Thurs. – November 9, 2017 – 7:30p. start
Clement’s Place – 15 Washington St., Newark, NJ
For more information contact NJPAC’s Community Engagement Dept. – 973.353.8058

Nov. 8 – 12, 2017 in NYC
OFFICIAL OPENING CONCERT – at Baruch Performing Arts Center )NYC) – Friday – Nov.10, 2017 – 8:00p.
Festival presented by Brazilian Music Foundation & Asuos Productions
VISIT for full schedule –

Wed. – November 15, 2017 – 6:30p. – 9:30p.
Kosciuszko Foundation – 15 East 65th Street, NYC
Performing: Anna Cley – Patrick Barnum – Javier Oviedo – Jean-Pierre Schmitt conducting the CSP Orchestra
Concert at 7:15p. – Reception & Silent Auction Purchasing 8:00p. – Silent Auction Winners Announced 9:00p.
Tickets –  OR 646.344.7323   -

Thurs. – November 16, 2017 – 6:00p. – 7:00p.
Birdland Jazz Club – 315 West 44th St., NYC –  -  Tel. No. 212.581.3080  - Quartet with Zach Brock – Michael O’Brien – Vince Cherico

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Kristina Koller to release debut album "Perception"

Progressive jazz vocalist Kristina Koller, a truly promising emerging artist, announces the release of her debut album "Perception," out on January 19 2018.

Koller's offerings span from Tin Pan Alley gems to contemporary hits - plus two tracks produced by Cyrille Aimeé!

While an official release show is still pending, Kristina will be previewing songs from "Perception" at Smalls Jazz Club on Saturday, November 18th at 4pm.

"Kristina has proven to be a force in the vocal jazz arena. She is always challenging herself and searching further than what she already knows. This album is a demonstration of her various abilities and how she has the instincts to choose the perfect musicians for her band." - Cyrille Aimée

"Although Kristina certainly wears her influences on her immaculately tailored creative sleeve, she knows that adding to the legacy of jazz is much more important than merely recreating the performances of others. She actively points her creative compass in the right direction, by reinventing classics, while still retaining their essence," Ted Panken writes in the liner notes.

The album features Fima Chupakhin (piano), Chris Talio (bass), Joe Spinelli (drums). Also with Michael King (piano), Eric Wheeler (bass), Darrian Douglas (drums), Nick Brust (tenor sax), Josh Evans (trumpet) & Gabe Valle (violin).

Growing up just outside of New York City Kristina was exposed to an array of live music & dance - attending live ballet, Broadway shows, opera, jazz festivals and rock concerts. As such, she began performing in youth-oriented musical theater at an early age. Out of that experience Kristina branched out artistically, embracing solo performance as a singer-songwriter and vocalist in alternative rock bands. Through study of classical music & opera, Kristina improved her singing and learned different voice techniques, strengthening her range and vocal depth. While inspired by Amy Winehouse's versatility and open-minded approach to music, Kristina's desire to express herself freely as a vocalist pulled her into the orbit of jazz where she discovered the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Sarah Vaughan and Chet Baker. During her teen years, her embrace of jazz music expanded into the performance space, joining a jazz quartet that gigged regularly.

With a music scholarship, Kristina studied jazz at the Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz and finished her formal music education at The City College of New York where she received her BFA in Jazz Studies. She has studied with prominent jazz musicians such as Steve Wilson, Charenee Wade, Marion Cowings, Cyrille Aimee &  Amy London.

Kristina has performed at many venues & halls throughout New York City including The Apollo Theater, Symphony Space, Smoke, Mezzrow, Minton's & Rockwood Music Hall. She was selected and performed as a Jazz Discovery Artist for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. Kristina and her Quintet were semi-finalists in the 2017 DCJazzPrix competition.

Kristina's music connects with new audiences outside of the jazz music circle, melding jazz, funk, R&B, alt-rock sounds into her arrangements and compositions. Kristina Koller is a very original contemporary jazz vocalist, one that anyone interested in jazz, or for that matter progressive music, needs to hear.

Jazz for Justice Benefit Comes to Swing 46 on Nov. 9

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Home Going Arrangements for Grady Tate

Grady Tate - Home Going Arrangements

Benta's Funeral Home
630 St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem | @ West 141st Street

Viewing October 24 -Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Funeral October 25 -Wednesday 10:00 a.m

Rockin' Johnny Burgin - This Weekend's Best Blues In California

OCTOBER 21, 22 & 23, 2017

**** ROCKIN' JOHNNY ****

Sat, Oct 21 - Big Mama's Rib Shack, Pasadena - 8 pm
Sun, Oct 22 - Malarkey's Grill, Long Beach - 4:30 pm
Mon, Oct 23 - Maui Sugar Mill Saloon, Tarzana - 8 pm

Rockin' Johnny Burgin emerged on the Chicago blues scene in the early 1990s and became one of the hottest bands, working 7 nights per week. Burgin has proven time and again to be the most obsessive guitarist working in the westside Chicago blues vein that I've ever seen (think Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Fenton Robinson, Hip Linkchain etc). I recall one writer a while back opining that Burgin "studies blues like its astrophysics."

Whether that is true or not, the point is that he has truly mastered the nuances and licks of mostly obscure Chicago blues guitar masters - the ones that all other modern guitar players have over-looked.  One might say he's picked up these esoteric musical scraps and pieces and collaged together his own style, all while also infusing own playful intensity in the mix.

For over 20 years Burgin's showmanship and infectious energy has pleased hardcore blues fanatics around the world, as well as causal newcomers.  But the depth of what he is playing, in all honestly, has a tendency to go over many people's heads.   For those in the know, his musical references are as vast as anyone I've personally ever heard.  And he can switch from Robert Jr. Lockwood to Bobby King to Fenton Robinson to Little Smokey Smothers to Johnny B Moore all within one 48 bar solo and come out sounding none other than Rockin' Johnny Burgin.

Can you tell this guy absolutely astounds me?  Please join me for three incredible shows this weekend.

Jazz Bakery Presents Randy Weston live in California, tomorrow @ Moss Theater

RANDY WESTON - SOLO PIANO @ Moss Theater (New Roads School at The Herb Alpert Educational Village)
3131 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:00 pm
$35 General $25 Student

The Moss Theater is a beautiful performance space. Acoustic design by Yasuhisa Toyota (Disney Concert Hall). Free on-site parking. KJAZZ 88.1 - official media sponsor.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The "CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection" + "CTI + RVG" series bring 60 titles!

The "CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection," that celebrates the legacy of Creed Taylor's label, will be released next November & December in Japan, with nothing less than 60 titles distributed by King Records. Actually, 40 CDs will be out in December, and 20 others in November as part of the "CTI + RVG" series, re-printing the albums originally remastered by Rudy Van Gelder, under Creed Taylor's direct supervision, in 2009.

This batch includes three albums reissued on CD for the very first time anywhere in the world:
- George Benson's "Pacific Fire" (originally released in 1993, including tracks recorded in the same sessions that yielded the "Good King Bad" album in 1976; featuring Roland Hanna, David Matthews, Steve Gadd, Gary King, Fred Wesley, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn etc; until now, only the track "Knock On Wood," which I included in my compilation "CTI Acid Jazz Grooves" released in 1997, had been released on digital format)
- George Benson's "Space" (originally released in 1977, featuring a vocal track from the "Good King Bad" sessions, Isaac Hayes' hit "Hold On, I'm Coming"; there's also an alternate mix of "Summertime" (with a horn section) and of other tunes which were part of the "In Concert - Carnegie Hall" album)
- Idris Muhammad's "Boogie To The Top" (the follow-up to "Turn This Mutha Out" and Idris' final album for CTI's main subsidiary label, Kudu; produced & arranged by David Matthews, former James Brown's musical director, it's a funk-disco-oriented project featuring Jeremy Steig, Nicky Marrero, Hugh McCracken, Clifford Carter, Will Lee et al)
Among the 60 titles there are also the first CD reissues in Japan of Joe Farrell's "Canned Funk" (previously released in the U.S. by the Wounded Bird label in 2011, with that iconic Pete Turner image used as the cover photo of "The Color Of Jazz," the last book released by the genius photographer), Hubert Laws' "Morning Star" (featuring the wondrous title track written by Rodgers Grant, with arrangements by Don Sebesky and appearances by Bob James, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Ralph MacDonald and Debra Laws, previously released only in the USA by Sony), Hank Crawford's "We Got A Good Thing Going" (with Sebesky, Bob James, George Benson) and two Esther Phillips' albums -- "Alone Again" and "Capricorn Princess" -- available on CD only in Europe by Reel Music.
There are also eagerly awaited new reissues of rare gems like Roland Hanna's "Gershwin Carmichael Cats" (with Chet Baker, Larry Coryell, Don Sebesky), the Chet Baker/Jim Hall/Hubert Laws reunion on "Studio Triste" (arranged by Sebesky, with Steve Gadd, Jorge Dalto, Kenny Barron, George Mraz, Gary King, Sammy Figueroa, Jack Wilkins), and two masterpieces by the CTI All Stars: "California Concert" (a 2-LP set turned into a single CD) and "CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl" (a 3-LP set transformed on a 2-CD set).
The complete list:

CTI 2017 – DECEMBER 06, 40 titles 

George Benson: Space (KICJ 2575)
George Benson: Pacific Fire (KICJ 2576)
George Benson: Beyond The Blue Horizon (KICJ 2577)
George Benson & Joe Farrell: Benson & Farrell (KICJ 2578)
Hubert Laws: Afro-Classic (KICJ 2590)
Hubert Laws: In The Beginning (KICJ 2591)
Hubert Laws: Carnegie Hall (KICJ 2592)
Hubert Laws: The San Franncisco Concert (KICJ 2593)
Hubert Laws: Morning Star (KICJ 2594)
Paul Desmond: Pure Desmond (KICJ 2596)
David Matthews: Shoogie Wanna Boogie (KICJ 2580)
Deodato/Airto: In Concert (KICJ 2581)
Freddie Hubbard & Stanley Turrentine: In Concert Vol. 1 (KICJ 2582)
Freddie Hubbard & Stanley Turrentine: In Concert Vol. 2 (KICJ 2583)
Roland Hanna: Gershwin Carmichael Cats (KICJ 2599)
CTI All Stars: California Concert (KICJ 2561)
CTI All Stars: CTI Summer Jazz At Hollywood Bowl (KICJ 2563)
Art Farmer/Joe Henderson: Yama (KICJ 2565)
Idris Muhammad: Boogie To The Top (KICJ 2566)
Esther Phillips: Alone Again (KICJ 2567)
Esther Phillips: Capricorn Princess (KICJ 2568)
Esther Phillips: Performance (KICJ 2569)
Esther Philips: Black Eyed Blues (KICJ 2570)
Gabor Szabo: Rambler (KICJ 2571)
Milt Jackson: Goodbye (KICJ 2597)
Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker: Carnegie Hall Concert (KICJ 2572)
Chet Baker, Jim Hall & Hubert Laws: Studio Trieste (KICJ 2573)
Freddie Hubbard: Straight Life (KICJ 2595)
Yusef Lateef: Autophysiopsychic (KICJ 2598)
Joe Farrell: Canned Funk (KICJ 2574)
Patti Austin: Live At The Botton Line (KICJ 2584)
Hank Crawford: We Got A Good Thing Going (KICJ 2585)
Hank Crawford: Cajun Sunrise (KICJ 2586)
Hank Crawford: Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing (KICJ 2587)
Hank Crawford: Help Me Make It Through The Night (KICJ 2588)
Hank Crawford: Hank Crawford’s Back (KICJ 2589)
Johnny Hammond: Wild Horses Rock Steady (KICJ  2579)
Ron Carter: Yellow & Green (KICJ 2600)
Ron Carter: Anything Goes (KICJ 2601)
Ron Carter: Blues Farm (KICJ 2602)
NOVEMBER 15, 20 titles: CTI+RVG Ultimate Remastering Series
CTI+RVG アルティメット・リマスタリング・シリーズ 
All remastered in 2009 by the late legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder!

Jim Hall: Concierto (KICJ 2541)
Art Farmer & Jim Hall: Big Blues (KICJ 2542)
Eumir Deodato: Deodato 2 (KICJ 2543)
Eumir Deodato: Prelude (KICJ 2544)
Freddie Hubbard: Red Clay (KICJ 2545)
Bill Evans: Montreux II (KICJ 2546)
George Benson: In Concert – Carnegie Hall (KICJ 2547)
Ron Carter: All Blues (KICJ 2548)
Ron Carter: Spanish Blue (KICJ 2549)
Airto: Fingers (KICJ 2550)
Antonio Carlos Jobim: Stone Flower (KICJ 2551)
Astrud Gilberto: Gilberto with Turrentine (KICJ 2552)
Patti Austin: End Of A Rainbow (KICJ 2553)
Nina Simone: Baltimore (KICJ 2554)
Hubert Laws: The Rite Of Spring (KICJ 2555)
Hubert Laws: Chicago Theme (KICJ 2556)
Lalo Schifrin: Towering Toccata (KICJ 2557)
Fuse One: Fuse (KICJ 2558)
Milt Jackson: Sunflower (KICJ 2559)
Stanley Turrentine: Sugar (KICJ 2560)
                        (Rudy Van Gelder & Creed Taylor)