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)