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...

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

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

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』

Blu-spec CD

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

Master of Music Jazz Studies /
Fully Online, Affordable, & Accelerated Graduate Program

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.

Study with faculty such as Denis DiBlasio, internationally acclaimed performer, clinician and educator for the Yamaha Music Corporation of America.  The Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online program is admitting for Spring 2017.

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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)

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.

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)

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month - "Reggie Watkins: Avid Admirer"

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month
Reggie Watkins: "Avid Admirer - The Jimmy Knepper Project" (BYNK Records BYNK 003) 2016

CD Release Show tonight @ Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC, 9/1

***** (musical performance)
**** (sonic quality)

All tunes written by Jimmy Knepper, except "Goodbye" by Gordon Jenkins
Produced by Reggie Watkins & Matt Parker
Recorded on December 5 & 6, 2015 @ Brooklyn Recording (Brooklyn, NY) by Andy Taub
Mixed & Mastered by Dave Darlington @ Bass Hit Studio (New York, NY)
Photos: Sienna Watkins
Liner Notes: Robin Knepper Mahonen
Featuring: Reggie Watkins (trombone), Matt Parker (tenor & soprano sax), Orrin Evans, Tuomo Uusitalo (piano), Steve Whipple (bass) & Reggie Quinerly (drums)

Trombonist Reggie Watkins had the opportunity to meet trombone master Jimmy Knepper just once, shortly before Knepper's death in June 2003. Watkins was performing in his native Wheeling, WV with Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band, and Knepper, himself a Ferguson alumnus, was in the audience. The older musician complimented Watkins after the concert and shook his hand.

Little did Watkins realize that a series of remarkable circumstances ten years later would lead him to record an album of Knepper compositions, played on the late musician's Bach Stradivarius 36 trombone. The CD in question, "Avid Admirer: The Jimmy Knepper Project," is being released on Matt Parker's BYNK Records.

Watkins's third project as a leader, this new album was first set in motion by his mother Liz's friendship at church in Wheeling, circa 2013, with a woman who was the widow of Jimmy Knepper. After Maxine Knepper passed the following year, Jimmy's daughter Robin Knepper Mahonen donated her father's collection of musical instruments to Watkins. "Dad made me promise that his horns would go to a musician," Mahonen writes in the CD liner notes. "Reggie Watkins is the man that will take up these horns and give them a voice again."

"Avid Admirer" is a magnificent result of Mahonen's generous gift. It features the trombone virtuoso performing eight of Knepper's original compositions, as well as "Goodbye," a Gordon Jenkins ballad that Knepper had been especially fond of playing.

Matt Parker, the brilliant saxophonist who co-produced the disc with Watkins, alternates between soprano and tenor. (Parker worked alongside Watkins in Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau from 2004 to 2006.) Orrin Evans and Tuomo Uusitalo take turns at the piano. Bassist Steve Whipple and drummer Reggie Quinerly round out the quintet. They are New Yorkers all, save for the leader, who has long been based in Pittsburgh.

"I've always been a serious Charles Mingus fan and became aware of Jimmy Knepper's work through Mingus's music," Watkins says. "Having contact with Robin was the beginning of me exploring Jimmy Knepper the composer."

Watkins found "Avid Admirer," a swinging blues in B-flat from a 1957 Bethlehem album by Knepper with Bill Evans on piano, to be an ideal choice as a title for the present CD. "I don't know if I've ever enjoyed a session more," says Watkins.
Born in 1971 in Wheeling, WV, Reggie Watkins played trumpet and tuba in high school before switching to valve trombone, then eventually slide trombone. It was as a music major at West Virginia University that he was first exposed to the playing of 'bone legend J.J. Johnson.

In Pittsburgh, Watkins was influenced by Roger Humphries, the local legend known for playing with Horace Silver on such classic albums as Song for My Father. Watkins became involved in various bands and gained a reputation for his strong, groove-minded playing.

In 1999, Watkins became Maynard Ferguson's trombonist, music director, and arranger. He is featured as a trombonist and arranger on "Swingin' for Schuur," the 2001 album the trumpeter made with singer Diane Schuur. The next year, Watkins recorded his first album, "A-List," which was part of the Maynard Ferguson Presents series. The recording featured his compositions and arrangements. "One for Miles, One for Maynard," his second date as a leader, was released in 2014.

"Reggie Watkins brings a sophistcated fire to his music that is infectious," says Matt Parker. "Working with him on The Jimmy Knepper Project showed me what it means to learn from the masters that came before us."

"I feel as if I have been set upon a wave of musical destiny that began a long time ago and could continue long after I'm gone," says Watkins. "What I hope for this record is that people listen, enjoy the music, and be compelled to further explore the music of Jimmy Knepper. I will forever be influenced and inspired by his artistry."
Photos: Sienna Watkins
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gene Ess celebrates the release of "Absurdist Theater" @ Blue Note NYC in September

Street Date - September 26, 2016
CD Release Party
September 25th - Blue Note NYC
11:30 am Show & 1:30pm Show (Brunch)
Tix: $35.00 (price includes brunch, music, drink)

Gene Ess: Absurdist Theater featuring
Gene Ess - guitar, synth, compositions
Thana Alexa - voice, lyrics
Manuel Valera - piano, keyboards
Yasushi Nakamura - acoustic and electric bass
Clarence Penn - drums


Gene Ess is a philosopher. While most philosophers expound their thoughts with the written word, Gene Ess delineates his thinking in the most sublime of the art forms, music. Gene's previous release, Eternal Monomyth (©SIMProductions, 2015), was a musical exploration of the hero's quest proposed by Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell.

Now, in Absurdist Theater, Gene navigates the absence of meaning and hope. The idea of absurdism may be rooted in Kierkegaard and Schopenhauer, but it is Albert Camus's Myth of Sisyphus that best incarnates the encounter with "nothingness." With a protagonist eternally doomed to senselessness and facing the choice of escaping existence, leap of faith, or recognition, Camus "imagines Sisyphus happy," finding clarity in contentment. In the absence of meaning, absurdism teaches freedom. As Nikos Kazantzakis' epitaph read, "I have no hope. I have no fear. I am free."

For Gene, a serious musical journey is always undertaken against the backdrop of the theater of the absurd, whether the musician knows it or not; in it, the quest for meaning is replaced by contentment in the artistic pursuit of beauty. In the tradition of aesthetics, the profound power of beauty saves us from our own despair. In the Japanese bushido way, the pursuit for unattainable beauty and perfection brings balance to life.

Seeking his own expression of beauty, Gene was joined by kindred hearts and minds. He says, "A great team of musicians came through for the music. I think in this third record together, this is the best work for Thana Alexa and me as Fractal Attraction's frontline. Our collaboration has grown tighter over the years, as she has gotten to know my music.Cuban pianist, Manuel Valera did a great job. It was my first time working with him. Yasushi Nakamura is one of the best bass players I've heard. And of course, Clarence Penn is one of the best drummers in the international jazz scene."

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Carol Duboc's new CD release concert in LA!

Carol Duboc celebrates the release of her new CD, "Open The Curtains," with all star female band; Patrice Rushen, Rhonda Smith, Bibi McGill (Beyonce and Pink,) Nikki Glaspie and special guests. The album also has Sheila E, Mindi Abair and Jennifer Batten!!
August 30, 8pm
Catalina Jazz Club
6725 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

News from Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

                                A Great Day in Harlem;iconic photo by Art Kane.

11 / 12 August 2016                            
Paquito D'Rivera / Oscar Rossignol

George Varga talks to the Cuban-born clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera about the internationality of music, about improvisation always being at the heart of his music, about the impact of hearing recordings by Benny Goodman when he was a kid, about the help he received from Dizzy Gillespie and James Moody, as well as about a recent invitation, dis-invitation and re-invitation to the White House, caused possibly by "his long-standing opposition to the Castro regime", and about his disappointment of the International Jazz Day event at the White House having been "too much of a pop concert" ( San Diego Union-Tribune). --- Ana Gershanik talks to the Honduran pianist Oscar Rossignol who moved to the USA in 2010 to study at Louisiana State University, has since won a number of competitions and has been honored by ASCAP as the 2015-16 Louis Armstrong Scholar at the University of New Orleans ( New Orleans Times-Picayune).

13 / 14 August 2016
Volker Engelberth / Norman Vickers

Thomas Staiber talks to the German pianist Volker Engelberth about his road to jazz, about his teachers Joerg Reiter and John Taylor, about influences from jazz and classical music, about his teaching concept at Musikhochschule Stuttgart, as well as about the Baden-Württemberg Jazz Award he received and what he plans to do with the award money ( Stuttgarter Zeitung). --- Troy Moon talks to the retired gastroenterologist and jazz advocate Norman Vickers about how he got into jazz, about some of his likes and dislikes, and reports that Vickers keeps the music alive in Pensacola, Florida, where he lives ( Pensacola News-Journal ).

15 / 16 August 2016  
Great Jazz Day in Harlem / Naissam Jalal

Sarah Goodyear remembers "A Great Jazz Day in Harlem" , the photo session organized by photographer Art Kane in 1958 for Esquire magazine which brought together 57 jazz musicians of all ages and styles in front of a Brownstone on 126th Street in Harlem, New York, talks to saxophonist Sonny Rollins about the event, and to Noella Cotto who bought the house in 1999 and still lives there ( New York Daily News). --- Johannes Kaiser talks to the Syrian flautist Naissam Jalal about the political implications of her music, about her mix of jazz and ethnic musics, as well as about the experience of improvisation ( Deutschlandradio Kultur ).

17 / 18 August 2016
Ethan Iverson / Miles Davis

We neglected Ethan Iverson 's excellent blog for a while which we think has a lot of thought-provoking material for both musicians and music lovers. Here are some recent posts, an interview with the saxophonist Charles McPherson ( Do the Math), a celebration of Albert Ayler who would have turned 80 a while ago ( Do the Math), an interview with saxophonist Houston Person (who told us that he was stationed in Darmstadt for a while, as a matter of fact) ( Do the Math), as well as an appreciation of the composer Hall Overton ( Do the Math). --- Zachary Kussin reports about a one-bedroom apartment in a New York Upper West Side property once owned by Miles Davis which has sold for $500,000 ( New York Post).

19 / 20 August 2016    
Angelika Niescier / Hugh Masekela

Verena Müller talks to the German saxophonist Angelika Niescier about the ensemble The Great Divide which she founded with the bassist Sebastian Gramss, the trumpeter John Dennis Renken and the drummer Christian Thome, about the repertoire of their program "Streben und Sterben" which deals with the sadness and melancholia of death and dying, as well as about the directness of emotional reactions to music ( Aachener Zeitung). --- Elly Gitau talks to the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela about the reasons why he tried not to shake people's hands but instead hugs people at will ( The Star).

21 / 22 August 2016
Robert Glasper / Philadelphia

Tom Barnes talks to the pianist Robert Glasper about the difference between European and American audiences, about performing together with Herbie Hancock, about the new hipness of jazz, about being a jazz musician not meaning that everything he does is jazz, about the recent political awareness in music seeming like "a Harlem renaissance reborn", as well as about the myth that jazz does not reach young people ( Music Mic). --- Erin Arvedlund remembers the Philadelphia jazz scene of the 1980s and 1990s and talks to radio DJ Bob Perkins, jazz advocate Homer Jackson, trombonist Ernest Stuart, drummer Bruce Klauber, club manager Harry Hayman, and pianist Eric Mintel about the state of the current Philly jazz scene ( Philadelphia Inquirer).

23 August 2016
Cécile McLorin Salvant / Harry 'The Hipster' Gibson

George Varga talks to the singer Cécile McLorin Salvant about not having been a rebellious child, about her mother pressing her to keep learning to play the piano, about the connection she feels with her audience when she's onstage, as well as about how living in France after she was 17 helped her appreciate the history of jazz ( San Diego Union-Tribune). --- Katie Rogers remembers the singer and pianist Harry Raab who was known as Harry 'The Hipster' Gibson, talks to jazz historian Lewis Porter about the origin of the word "hipster", looks at the use of the word in the New York Times over the years and finds that most citations come from after 2000 and refer to "a class of people who moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wearing tank tops and clutching cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon" ( New York Times).

24 August 2016
... what else ...

Nate Chinen hears the pianist Herbie Hancock at the BRIC! Celebrate Brooklyn Festival ( New York Times). --- Thomas Hesse talks to the German trumpeter Markus Stockhausen ( Rheinische Post). --- Samir H. Köck talks to the Austrian bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder ( Die Presse). --- Janelle Gelfand talks to the vocalist Carla Cook ( Cincinnati Enquirer). --- Stefan Krulle and Holger True attend a concert by saxophonist Kamasi Washington in Hamburg, Germany ( Die Welt, Hamburger Abendblatt). --- A.D. Amorosi talks to the drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts ( Philadelphia Inquirer). --- Chris Farrell talks to the bassist Tim Kiah ( Ditmas Park Corner). --- James Karst reports about an early report about jazz in New Orleans from 1920 ( New Orleans Times-Picayune). --- Werner Herpel talks to the German trumpeter Till Brönner ( Europeonline Magazine). --- A group of supporters has started a crowdfunding campaign to restore the childhood home of Miles Davis in East St. Louis ( Go Fund Me). --- Kurt Scholz remembers the Austrian radio personality Walter Richard Langer who would have turned 80 these days ( Die Presse).


We learned of the passing of the trumpeter Doc DeHaven at the age of 85 ( The Capital Times, Madison), the vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson at the age of 75 ( San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times,  BR Klassik, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post), the German trumpeter Bernd Titus at the age of 68 ( Heilbronner Stimme), the German clarinetist Jürgen Müller at the age of 74 ( Frankfurter Rundschau), the Irish guitarist Louis Stewart at the age of 72 ( The Liberal, The Irish Times, The Independent), the Belgian harmonica player Toots Thielemans at the age of 94 ( New York Times, Washington Post, Der Tagesspiegel, Deutschlandradio Kultur , The Guardian), the pianist Derek Smith at the age of 85, the trumpeter Louis Smith at the age of 85, he saxophonist Bob Kindred, as well as the pianist Connie Crothers at the age of 75 ( New York Times).

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut

The short summer break of the JazzNews is over already; and, as you can see, we prepared enough material to fill a newsletter.

Next Sunday (28 August) we will open the exhibition "The Jazz I've Seen" at 5pm showing pieces by Hans-Werner Hermann, Thilo Hofer and Thorsten Henz. The exhibition will open with a public talk with the artists in the cave underneath the Jazzinstitut. Visitors will be able to attend several guided tours of the Jazzinstitut's archive after that. From 6pm the Mainz-based saxophonist Kerstin Haberecht and her quartet will perform open-air on the square in front of the Jazzinstitut in a concert organized by Förderverein Jazz. The restaurant Belleville ("across from us") will serve food and drinks. All these events are free for all.

R.I.P.: Rudy Van Gelder (1924-2016)

(born November 02, 1924 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA;
died August 25, 2016 in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA)

The best and most important recording engineer in the history of music (not only jazz.) A friend, a mentor, an idol. What a career! What a legacy! Over 3,000 albums were recorded, mixed and mastered by Rudy Van Gelder. Like my friend Marc Myers once stated, on his fabulous blog JazzWax:  "Rudy Van Gelder's name appears on more jazz albums than any engineer, producer or musician!" 

He provided his famous "bigger-than-life sound" for the best albums ever issued by Blue Note, Prestige, Savoy, Vox, Impulse! (RVG was the main reason that made John Coltrane move from Atlantic to Impulse! because Creed Taylr promised to the sax giant that he would be able to record once again at Van Gelder Studio), Verve and CTI (from 1967 to 2009). Plus other small labels for which he worked in recent years, like HighNote.

From Miles Davis and Lee Morgan to Freddie Hubbard and Christian Scott. From Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon to Joe Farrell and Grover Washington, Jr. From Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans to Bob James and Deodato. From bebop to fusion, from Steinway to Fender Rhodes, from acoustic to digital, from vinyl to CD and LaserDisc, from DVD to Blu-ray, the man did everything.

I had the chance to work with him in some projects, including CTI reissues and compilations for the Japanese market and a top secret album I am currently producing. Rudy is the only engineer I would call a genius! Like jazz writer Marc Myers, another friend, once stated: "Rudy's name appear in more jazz albums than any other engineer, than any musician or producer." 

I am more than heartbroken, I'm completely devastated. A year we lose Van Gelder, Claus Ogerman, Toots Thielemans, Bobby Hutcherson and many other jazz greats that died in the past eight months, is not an usual year. It's a very tragic one. 

(all images copyrighted by Arnaldo DeSouteiro and may be reproduced with the proper credit after request by email or through Facebook, except the 2009 photo of Rudy & Creed Taylor copyrighted by Takehiko Tokiwa.)
(the CTI + RVG series, released in 2009! for the first time, the landmark CTI albums were remastered by the man who recorded & mixed them, Rudy Van Gelder! Creed Taylor himself produced the reissues, and Arnaldo DeSouteiro wrote the liner notes for several releases and supervised not only the whole collection as well as a special compolation)  
(Claudio Roditi's debut solo album, "Red on Red," recorded in January 1994, was the first CTI album recorded by Van Gelder using a digital machine, the Mitsubishi X-80 2-track equipment)
(the all-star session "Rhythmstick," from 1989, was the first album recorded by Rudy Van Gelder using a 24-track digital Sony equipment) 
("The CTI Jazz All-Star Band "Montreux Jazz Festival 2009," actually released in 2010, was the first DVD mixed by Rudy Van Gelder)
(Van Gelder entered the Blu-ray era with the release of the CTI All-Stars project a.k.a. The CTI Jazz All-Star Band at Montreux)

 (recording with singer Ithamara Koorax in 2006)
(Rudy Van Gelder, singer Ithamara Koorax and pianist Rodgers Grant recording at Van Gelder Studios in 2012)