Friday, February 29, 2008

R.I.P.: Buddy Miles

NYT Obituary:

Vinyl of the Day - "Deodato: Os Donos da Bossa Vol. 3"

Vinyl of the Day
Eumir Deodato & Conjunto Castelinho: "Os Donos da Bossa Vol. 3" (Spot) 1967
Reissue of Deodato/Os Catedráticos' "Ataque" album, originally produced by Oswaldo Cadaxo for the Equipe label
Reissue produced by Durval Ferreira

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Jazz Talk: An Evening with Randy Weston, Tonight in NYC

Celebrated pianist and composer Randy Weston (whose only date for CTI, "Blue Moses", is one of my favorite albums) has been at the forefront of musical innovation for over six decades in the integration of African and jazz music. Join Weston and moderator Dr. Lewis Porter for a conversation that traverses Brooklyn, Marrakech and the whole world of jazz in between.

February 28, 2008; 7-8:30 p.m.
Irene Diamond Education Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office on Broadway at 60th Street, by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or via

Not available on compact-disc in the USA, Randy Weston's "Blue Moses" masterpiece was originally reissued on CD in Japan back in 2000. Featuring superb Don Sebesky arrangements with Randy on the Fender Rhodes, plus great performances by Freddie Hubbard (specially in the opening track "Ifrane"), Hubert Laws, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto, Azzedin Weston (Randy's son, a gifted percussionist), Warren Covington, and Grover Washington, Jr. among many others, it can be ordered through HMV.

Single of the Day - "Astrud Gilberto: If Not For You"

Single of the Day (pic sleeve, 45rpm)
Astrud Gilberto: "If Not For you" (Accion) 1971

CD of the Day - "Deodato: Remolinos"

CD of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "Remolinos" (MCA) 2006
Produced by Deodato

Cassette tape of the Day - "Deodato"

Cassette tape of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "Deodato" (Exact Records) 1979

Vinyl of the Day - "Deodato: Os Donos da Bossa Vol. 2"

Vinyl of the Day
Eumir Deodato & Conjunto Castelinho: "Os Donos da Bossa Vol. 2" (Spot) 1967
Reissue of Os Catedráticos' "Tremendão" album, originally produced by Oswaldo Cadaxo for Equipe
Reissue produced by Durval Ferreira

Winter Music Conference in Miami, March 25-29

Winter Music Conference, in its 23rd year, is regarded as the singular networking event in the dance music industry, attracting professionals from over 62 different countries. With its high concentration of top international artists, DJs and industry professionals, WMC permeates the international press and is thereby one of the most publicized events in the business. Every aspect of the industry is represented including the top technological innovators, artists, DJs, producers, radio and video programmers, retailers, distributors, audio manufacturers and many more. There are countless reasons why people from all over the world return year after year for this event, the most outstanding one being that there is nothing else in the world like it.
Recording Academy Members can access a substantial discount to attend the upcoming Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach from March 25-29, 2008.

For more information on WMC please visit:

Cindy Blackman's new adventures

Cindy Blackman left the rock band of Lenny Kravitz last June and now prefers playing in dimly lit jazz clubs, as Patrick Cole reports (Bloomberg). Jazz "is the highest form of music that you can play because of the creative requirements", says Blackman who will release her new CD at New York's Jazz Standard in January 21st. The excellent drummer played with Kravitz for 15 years, earning quite some reputation, especially through her role of a female drummer making it in a men's world in the video "Are You Gonna Be My Way?". Kravitz hired her in 1993 after she had auditioned through the telephone. Besides playing jazz, she plans to also continue working in rock contexts.

Jazz for Young People - What is a Latin Groove?

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist Carlos Henriquez hosts the Jazz for Young People® concert entitled “What is a Latin Groove?” with special guest, legendary Cuban reedman, Paquito D’Rivera. The concert, part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s most popular family concert series, explores Latin rhythms from Cuba and beyond.

Saturday March 1, 2008, 12 noon and 2 p.m.
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City

Tickets are $12, $17 and $32 and are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office on Broadway at 60th Street, by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or via Recommended for ages 6 and older.

"Opus Samba" - All Music Guide review

Fabio Fonseca Trio: “Opus Samba” (JSR 6054)
Review by Alex Henderson for All Music Guide
Rating: ****

Brazilian jazz isn't the first thing that comes to mind when one is discussing the Hammond B-3, an instrument closely identified with the gritty soul-jazz of organ masters like Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Shirley Scott (who was also a fine pianist), Jimmy McGriff and, of course, the seminal Jimmy Smith. But Brazilian jazz and the B-3 are an appealing combination on Opus Samba, which Arnaldo DeSouteiro produced for organist Fabio Fonseca in Brazil. Fonseca (who is joined by Pedro Leão on electric bass and Mac William on drums and percussion) also plays some electric keyboards on this 54-minute CD, but his B-3 is the main attraction. An interesting variety of influences are heard on Opus Samba, ranging from Charles Earland (one of Jimmy Smith's most creative disciples) to Azymuth to percussionist Airto Moreira's Creed Taylor-produced CTI recordings of the '70s. DeSouteiro, in fact, has cited Taylor as a major influence, and Opus Samba is a melodic, samba-friendly album that — although not overly slick — is accessible and easy to absorb. Accessibility serves Fonseca well on his own compositions as well as an intriguing arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Too High" (which has no problem lending itself to a Brazilian jazz/fusion setting), and it serves him well on "A Mulher de 15 Metros" (which features Brazilian singer Ithamara Koorax and is the only vocal offering on a mostly instrumental album). Taylor, of course, has his detractors, who complain that he had a tendency to overproduce in the '60s and '70s, and to be sure, there were times when Taylor was too slick for his own good. But when Taylor (who produced plenty of five-star classics for CTI) achieved the right balance of accessibility and jazz-minded spontaneity, he really excelled as a producer. And DeSouteiro, much to his credit, achieves that type of balance on Opus Samba, which demonstrates that the B-3 can be a major asset in Brazilian jazz.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Single of the Day - "Astrud Gilberto: Tema dal film Love Story"

Single of the Day (pic sleeve, 45rpm)
Astrud Gilberto: Tema dal film "Love Story" (CTI) 1971
Produced by Creed Taylor

Introducing Typhanie Monique

Howard Reich introduces the singer Typhanie Monique who sees the year 2007 as one of the busiest so far for her (Chicago Tribune). She recorded a duet CD with the guitarist Neal Alger and performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival where she attracted a standing-only crowd at one of the side stages. She performed in Moscow and will again perform there in January/February and thinks about a follow-up CD.

Bill Clinton's sax

Former President Bill Clinton donated the saxophone he had played at his inauguration to the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri (Washington Post). The federal budget just passed by Congress includes 312,000 $ for the museum to spend on education programs, new exhibits and the restoration of its film collection.

Arturo O'Farrill Sextet at Dizzy's Club, NYC, Tonight

Wednesday-Sunday, February 27-March 2

Arturo O'Farrill Sextet with Dafnis Prieto, Jim Seeley & John Benitez
Featuring Arturo O'Farrill (piano), Dafnis Prieto (drums), Jim Seeley (trumpet) and John Benitez (bass).
After Hours: Dayna Stephens Quartet

Headliners: 7:30 & 9:30pm, additional 11:30pm set Friday & Saturday

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 5th floor, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th St., New York City.

Cover charge for weekly headliners is $30-$35
After Hours is $10. Student rates are: $15-headliners, $10-UPSTARTS! and $5-After Hours. The food and beverage minimum is in effect for all sets: $10 at the tables, $5 at the bar. Call (212) 258-9595

Alexa Weber Morales live in San Jose, CA, Feb 29 & March 2nd

The sun is out here in Oakland and the daffodils are nodding all over the city. It almost makes one want to promote one's gigs!

On to the Alexa Weber Morales gigs:

Hedley Here We Come! - 8:00pm-midnight
Friday, February 29th, 2008
The Hedley Club
De Anza Hotel, 233 West Santa Clara Street San Jose, CA 95113

With Aaron Germain, bass, Alexey Berlind, drumset and Colin Hogan, piano. This is a really swanky room -- Casablanca meets the Silicon Valley (hmm, that's depressing -- let's just focus on Casablanca).

Patois Records Showcase! - 3:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
The Improv San Jose Sponsored by the San Jose Jazz Society
62 South Second Street
San Jose, CA
(408) 280-7475
Price: $20 members, $30 public

This concert is a triple-bill with Wayne Wallace and Kat Parra, both of whom unveil material from their brand-new 2008 releases. The band features Murray Low/piano, Paul van Wageningen/drumset, Michael Spiro/percussion, David Chaidez and Zareen/backup vocals and Masaru Koga/winds. It's an early show: 3 pm to 5 pm!

But for those who like to party, there's a mixer after the show at Azucar's Latin Bistro and Mojito Bar. Azucar is at 71 East San Fernando St., around the corner from The Improv. Come solo and meet other jazz fans or bring a friend to add to the fun.

Auditions for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Middle School Jazz Academy

Tuition-free intensive jazz instruction
Applications due March 10, 2008

Jazz at Lincoln Center seeks promising middle school instrumentalists from New York City to apply and audition for its fourth year of Middle School Jazz Academy (MSJA), a tuition-free intensive jazz instruction program held throughout the school year.


Students must:
- Have played an instrument for at least a year
-Be entering grades 6-8 for the 2008-09 school year
-Attend a school or live in one of New York City's five boroughs
-Be interested in learning more about jazz
-Preference given to students of families with limited means.

Each year Jazz at Lincoln Center selects 15 students from all five boroughs of New York City, in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades to be a part of MSJA. Each student is awarded a full tuition scholarship—based on application, audition and family interview—that provides intensive jazz instruction throughout the school year. The MSJA faculty, led by Director, Eli Yamin, is comprised of accomplished musicians deeply committed to teaching and mentoring today’s youth through innovative and effective methods.

Now in its fourth year, this unique program offers a course of study in instrumental performance, including Saturday Academy and weekly private lessons, as well as broader youth development activities. Students have the opportunity to meet and learn from outstanding faculty and guest musicians including members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

WHEN: Deadline for applications is March 10, 2008; late applications will be considered if audition space is available.

Auditions will be held:
Saturday, March 29, 3-6 p.m.
Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts
(30-20 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101)

Monday, March 31, 3-6 p.m.
I.S. 143 Eleanor Roosevelt School
(511 West 182nd Street, Washington Heights, NY 10033)

Wednesday April 2, 3-6 p.m.
Mark Twain School
(2401 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224)

Thursday April 3, 3-6 p.m.
Institute of Collaborative Education
(345 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003)

Application available for download here:
For more information about MSJA:

Adela Street - MP3 Download Store


The legend that is PHAROAH SANDERS drops in with a compilation of his finest moments from 1970 - 1995 with classic tracks like "You Gotta Have Freedom" (Thanks to Dopeness Galore for that selection!)
Also check the SOULSHAKER VOLUME 4 compilation with a fine selection of cuts from the likes of QUANTIC, NEW MASTERSOUNDS, KOKOLO and BEN WESTBEECH

DVD of the Day: "Quincy Jones: Live at Montreux 1996"

DVD of the Day
Quincy Jones: "Live at Montreux 1996" (Eagle Vision) 2007
Produced by Claude Nobs

CD of the Day - "Deodato: Odisea del Espacio"

CD of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "Odisea del Espacio" (Star) 2000
Produced by Oscar Gonzalez Samano

Vinyl of the Day - "Deodato: Os Donos da Bossa"

Vinyl of the Day
Eumir Deodato & Conjunto Castelinho: "Os Donos da Bossa" (Spot) 1967
Reissue of Deodato & Os Catedráticos' "Impulso!", originally produced by Oswaldo Cadaxo for Equipe
Reissue produced by Durval Ferreira

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

8th Annual Jazz Party at Sea

Don’t miss this fantastic, dynamic Jazz Party...

Ports of Call: Eastern Caribbean visiting, Samana, Dominican Republic, St Thomas, US Virgin Isles, Tortola, British Virgin Isles and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas (NCL’s private island) PLUS Miami pre or post cruise options. jazz floats

Confirmed artists:
Nicholas Payton Quintet
James Moody
Cyrus Chestnut Trio
Joey DeFrancesco Trio
Harry Allen Quartet featuring Joe Cohn
Stu Katz
Freddy Cole Quartet with Curtis Boyd, Randy Napoleon and Elias Bailey
Buster Williams Quartet with Patrice Rushen
Junior Mance Trio with Jackie Williams
Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra
Carmen Bradford
Bobby Hutcherson

Norwegian Dawn is built for Freestyle Cruising with 12 different restaurants, nine bars and lounges, fitness center and spa, Broadway Theater, casino, three pools and more - making sure you never run out of things to see and do on your trip.

*Please note: All concerts and events are strictly limited to those booking with the following sponsoring agency.

To book this cruise, contact:
Jazz Club At Sea

Bassist Michael Manson Signs with Nu Groove & Hits Top Twenty on R&R

Michael Manson has teamed up with recording industry veteran David Chackler to release Up Front on Chackler’s Nu Groove label. Nu Groove has recently created an industry buzz with R&R charting releases featuring some of the hottest contemporary jazz talent of today. The Up Front CD officially hit store shelves nationwide January 22, 2008. The first single, “Coming Right at Ya," is currently in the Top Twenty of the Radio and Records (R&R) Charts.

“I’m really excited about this release. Manson is a dynamic player and one of the most electrifying soloists in contemporary jazz. We’re confident that the incredible R&B grooves in Up Front will expose Michael to an even wider audience,” said Chackler. (Michael's previous CD, Bring It On, will also be available under the Nu Groove label.)

A native of Chicago, IL, Michael Manson joined City Lights and began performing regularly on Chicago’s jazz circuit in the late 80s. In the mid-90s, Manson joined Brian Culbertson in support of the City Lights CD (Long Night Out) and continued to play the Chicago jazz scene with bandmate Steve Cole. An invitation to play the Montreux Casino Lights Festival in 1999 would put Manson on the road to national fame. Sharing the stage with the likes of Boney James, George Duke and Kirk Whalum at this festival led to connections that blossomed into a spot performing on the Montreux Jazz Tour. Since that time, the bassist has rapidly emerged as one of the new stars of contemporary jazz displaying his remarkable dexterity and command of the 5-string and piccolo basses.

Michael displays his remarkable gift of musical versatility, passion and precision both in concert and on recordings. As a producer/composer, he penned his first Top 10 hit “Outer Drive,” followed by the R&R charting track “Just Feelin’ It” and most recently, the Top 20 “Coming Right At Ya.” With both unrelenting power and laid-back grace, this recording artist’s third CD entitled Up Front went on sale January 22nd and was released under the quickly expanding Nu Groove Records label. Guest artists on the new CD include: Norman Brown, Steve Cole, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Najee and Paul Jackson Jr.

Regarding the release of Up Front, Manson said, “In making Up Front, there were moments of great joy, extreme focus, and some very exciting performances. We've taken some artistic license and "jammed" a little more on this project. I've made some new friends who have shared their gifts and old friends who chimed in as well. I'm very excited to share this with people who love music. Enjoy.”

Michael Manson is managed and booked by C Sharp Consulting, Ltd

The Grammy Museum

During the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, you saw a glimpse of the development of the GRAMMY Museum. The Museum is drawing closer to completion and to becoming a cornerstone of the new L.A. LIVE project in downtown Los Angeles. With completion set for the end of the year, the Museum is one-of-a-kind, 30,000 square foot museum with interactive, permanent and traveling exhibits including:

• Four floors of dynamic and stimulating exhibit space
• More than two dozen exhibits that explore the greatest GRAMMY music - everything from Rock and Hip-Hop to Country, Classical, R&B, and Jazz
• 200 seat state-of-the-art GRAMMY Sound Stage
• A roof top terrace for special programs and private events
• Interesting and thought-provoking educational and public programs featuring films, lectures and performances

The GRAMMY Museum website is designed to keep Recording Academy members and the general public informed about exhibits, membership, public programs, performances, exclusive Recording Academy member events.

Lee Genesis on TV

For those of you who missed soul titan Lee Genesis at his showcases in Boston or New York City in January, here is a TV appearance with the full band.
Seen on Comcast’s Nightbeat with host Barry Nolan, the show aired several times everywhere on the Comcast network on channel CN8.

CD of the Day: "Deodato/Ranieri"

CD of the Day
Eumir Deodato & Massimo Ranieri: "Deodato/Ranieri" (CGD) 2007
Produced by Enrico Polito

Vinyl of the Day - "Deodato: Il Concierto di Aranjuez"

Vinyl of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "Il Concierto di Aranjuez" (Seven Seas) 1977
Produced by Enrico Polito
Reissued on CD by the UK-based label Rare Brazil in 1999

Monday, February 25, 2008

"City Lights" Concert in London, Feb 26

City Lights Concert
Tuesday 26th February 2008 7.30pm

Artemis Aifotiti: 'At the Riverside' for chamber ensemble
Carlos Duque : 'Thy Light’s Flame' for clarinet and piano
Mario Ferraro: 'Labirinto' for piano trio
Samantha Jellett: 'Silent Tears': two songs to
texts by Wendy Cope
Mark Lawrence: 'What might have been' for clarinet quartet
Christopher Scobie: Sonatina for solo piano

Performed by students from City University,
and guest performers
The Warehouse, 13 Theed Street, Waterloo, SE1 8ST
Free admission (reservations on 020 7040 8284)

Gene Bertoncini at the Iridium, NYC, Feb 27

If you are in NY this Wed. Feb 27, don't miss guitar wiz Gene Bertoncini's rare trio appearance at the Iridium!

NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121

Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM
GENE BERTONCINI TRIO Gene Bertoncini-guitar, Sean Smith-bass, Chuck Redd,-drums

Darkness World

Darkness world: On February 29, 2008 from 7:55PM to 8PM
Proposes to delete all lights and if possible all electrical appliances, to our planet can 'breathe'. If the answer is massive, energy saving can be brutal. Only 5 minutes, and see what happens. Yes, we are 5 minutes in the dark, we light a candle and simply be looking at it - we breathe and our planet breathes. Remember that the union is strength and the Internet can be very powerful and can even do something bigger.

Darkness monde: Le 29 février 2008 de 19:55 à 20:00 heures.
Propose de supprimer toutes les lumières et, si possible, tous les appareils électriques, à notre planète peut 'respirer'. Si la réponse est massive, les économies d'énergie peuvent être brutales. Seulement 5 minutes, et de voir ce qui se passe. Oui, nous sommes 5 minutes dans le noir, on allume une bougie et simplement Être regarder, que nous respirons et de notre planète.
N'oubliez pas que l'union fait la force et l'Internet peut Même faire quelque chose de grand. Déplace l'actualité, si vous avez des amis à vivre dans d'autres pays et de les envoyer à leur demande pour faire la traduction et d'ajuster les heures.

Darkness Welt: Am 29 Februar 2008 von 19:55 bis 20:00 .

Uhr Schlägt vor, alle Lichter zu löschen und, wenn möglich, alle
elektrischen Geräte, die unserenPlaneten kann "atmen". Wenn die Antwort ist derb, Energieeinsparung kann brutal. Nur 5 Minuten, und sehen Sie, was passiert. Ja, wir sind 5 Minuten im Dunkeln, wir Licht einer Kerze und einfach Sei es bei der Suche, die wir atmen, und unseres Planeten. Denken Sie daran, dass die Gewerkschaft ist Stärke und das Internet kann sehr Macht und können Selbst etwas tun groß. Verschiebt den Nachrichten, wenn Sie Freunde zu leben, in anderen Ländern an, und fordert sie Gehen Sie die Übersetzung und Anpassung der Stunde.

Σκοταδι κοσµο: Στις 29 Φεßρουαριου του 2008 απο 19:55 εως 20:00 ωρες
Προτεινει να διαγραψει ολα τα φωτα και αν ειναι δυνατον, ολες τις ηλεκτρικες συσκευες, να πλανητη µας µπορει να «αναπνεει». Εαν η απαντηση ειναι µαζικη, η εξοικονοµηση ενεργειας µπορει να ειναι κτηνωδης. Μονο 5 επτα, και να δουµε τι συµßαινει. Ναι, ειµαστε 5 λεπτα στο σκοταδι, θα αναψει ενα κερι και απλα Να εξεταζουµε, που αναπνεουµε και τον πλανητη µας. Θυµηθειτε οτι η ενωση ειναι η δυναµη και το Internet µπορει να ειναι πολυ δυναµη και µπορουν να Ακοµη κανουµε κατι µεγαλο. Μετακινησεις την ειδηση, αν εχετε φιλους να ζουν σε αλλες χωρες να στειλουν τους και τους ζητει Για να γινει η µεταφραση και να προσαρµοσετε τις ωρες.

Темнота мире: На 29 февраля 2008 года с 19:55 до 20:00 часов
Предлагается исключить все огни, и, по возможности, все электроприборы, на нашей планете может 'дышать'. Если ответ на этот массовый, энергосбережение может быть жестокой. Только 5 минут, и посмотреть, что происходит. Да, мы 5 минут в темноте, мы свет свечи, и просто Будьте изучает его, которым мы дышим, и нашей планеты. Помните, что профсоюз является прочность и Интернет могут быть очень властью и может Даже сделать что-то большое. Перемещения новости, если у вас есть друзья жить в других
странах, направить их и просит их Чтобы сделать перевод и корректировку часов.

Darkness wereld: Op 29 februari 2008 van 19:55 tot 20:00 uur
Stelt voor om alle lichten en zo mogelijk alle elektrische apparaten, om onze planeet kan 'ademen'. Indien het antwoord is enorm, de energiebesparing kan worden wreder. Slechts 5 minuten, en zie wat er gebeurt. Ja, we zijn 5 minuten in het donker, we licht van een kaars en gewoon Wordt kijken, we inademen en onze planeet. Vergeet niet dat de unie is kracht en het internet kan zeer macht en kan Zelfs iets te groot. Vertrokken het nieuws, als je vrienden te leven in andere landen sturen naar hen en vraagt hen Om de vertaling en aanpassing van het uur.

Chip White at Gillespie Auditorium, NYC, Feb. 26

Join us for a return engagement of Jazz Drummer Alan “Chip” White's Ensemble, one of the most exciting groups on the current jazz scene tomorrow, February 26 at "Jazz Tuesdays" in the Gillespie Auditorium at the New York Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). The band will feature Miss Gail Allen on vocals, Patience Higgins on Reeds, Waldron Ricks on Trumpet and Fluegelhorn, Jason Jackson on Trombone, Cecilia Coleman on Piano, and Chip Jackson on Bass. There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

The Chip White Ensemble has performed at a variety of notable venues including the Blue Note, Seventh Avenue South, the West End Café, the Jazz Center of New York, Birdland, the Peekskill Jazz Festival, the Hartford Jazz Festival, and the East Coast Jazz Festival. Mr. White has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of artists, including Carmen McCrae, Jaki Bayard, Candido, John Abercrombie, Frank Wess, Claudio Roditi, James Moody, Tom Waits, Jimmy McGriff, Mulgrew Miller, Gary Bartz, John Hicks, Houston Person and Etta Jones, and many more. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. In 1990, Mr. White co-wrote and produced the jazz musical Manhattan Moments with choreographer Kathy Sanson.

On Harlem Sunset (Postcards 1006) his first CD as leader and composer, as well as drummer, the visionary drummer/composer brought together an exciting and talented group of musicians - saxophonist Gary Bartz, trombonist Robin Eubands, vibist Steve Nelson, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, and bassist Buster Williams, along with Mr. White, on energetic and enthusiastic renditions of original compositions as well as standards.

Chip’s second CD, Music and Lyrics, was released in 2005. He wrote, arranged and produced all the compositions on this recording, which features the wonderful voice of Gail Allen and the lush tenor saxophone sound of Houston Person, along with pianist Lafayette Harris and bassist George Kaye.

Chip's newest recording, a two-CD set, will be available later this spring. One disc features 13 original compositions honoring jazz masters, and the other contains his poems for each of these artists (from his book, I'm Just the Drummer in the Band) with the music sequenced underneath. The band includes Wycliffe Gordon, Randy Brecker, Steve Wilson, Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, and vocalist Gail Allen. More information about all Chip's recordings, poetry, and upcoming gigs is available at

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.

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.

Monika Oliveira featured on "Roda de Elite"

"Roda de Elite" (pronounced: ho-dah jee ee-lee-chee) - A Traditional Samba Group . A samba response to the Buena Vista Social Club.

This new group is dedicated to bringing an authentic “Roda de Samba” to the New York city and beyond. A “Roda de Samba” is made when a group of sambistas, or samba musicians, gather in a circle and perform at any time, in any place - a party is often involved. Roda De Elite aims to resurrect the Samba de Raiz (samba jee hie-eez) style. It is the traditional style of samba.

Helio Schiavo - Drums and Percussion
Ze Mauricio - Percussion
Davi Vieira - Percussion
Dionisio Santos - Cavaquinho (small guitar)
Bina Couquet - 7 String Guitar
Jorge Continentino - Flute
Monika Oliveira - Vocals

85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th),
New York, NY
(212) 777-1157

Date: Saturday, March 1st
Time: from 12:00 am until 2:15 am - Doors open @ 11:00 pm
Cost: $15 @ The Door

4 Day Jazz Cruise to New England

Call TODAY for Reservations
(202) 583-8149 or (301) 203-7702

The 1st Annual
Allstar Jazz Cruise
Come Jam with East of the River Travel!

Sail Date: June 25- 29, 2009
4 Night New England Cruise
Carnival Cruise Ship

This 4-day cruise form New York City is the ideal summer getaway. In addition enjoying Jam Sessions with local and national artists (artists to be announced) and Sea cruising along the scenic coast of New England, you’ll visit Saint John, New Brunswick. From this historic and scenic town, you’ll marvel at the beautiful Bay of Fundy which has the highest tides in the world and features a natural phenomenon called Reserving Falls. On this cruise, you’ll enjoy one fun adventure after another.

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R.I.P.: Teo Macero

A very sad day.
A rare case of a record producer who was a genius!

Recommended story (a great interview):

NY Times Obituary:

LA Times Obituary:
by Jocelyn Y. Stewart
February 23, 2008

Teo Macero, whose innovative work as a producer of jazz albums in the 1960s and '70s helped define the recorded sound of artists such as Miles Davis and redefine the meaning of studio production, died Tuesday at a hospital in Riverhead, N.Y. He was 82.

Macero, who lived in Quogue, N.Y., had been ill for some time, said his stepdaughter, Suzie Lightbourn of Morristown, N.J. The cause of death was not given.

The thousands of recordings produced by Macero include the original cast album of "A Chorus Line," Simon and Garfunkel's album "The Graduate" and numerous gold records.

Beginning with his work at Columbia Records in the mid-1950s, Macero helped make some of the most enduring jazz recordings of the era. He was musical editor for Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus.

Later he became a producer and exerted an even greater influence on the music.

For many years he produced Davis, including albums such as "Bitches Brew," "In a Silent Way" and "Sketches of Spain." Although Davis had the final say, Macero was given wide latitude -- and he used all the space given him to express his creativity.

"I mean Miles never came to the editing room," Macero said in an interview posted on Perfect Sound Forever, an online music magazine. "In 25 or 30 years he was there maybe four or five times. So I had carte blanche to maneuver, do things with his music that I couldn't do with other people's."

Macero spliced tape, used overdubbing and pitch manipulations and employed electronic effects. Columbia Records sometimes had to create the equipment Macero needed in production. The "instant playback" allowed a passage to be played back in defined intervals.

In those days, such techniques were not the common fare they are today.

"Even back then, we were always experimenting," Macero said in a 2007 edition of Remix magazine. "That was half the fun, to see what you could do with some of this stuff. It didn't matter if it was a monaural or a two-track tape machine -- if I could help make the music sound different or adventurous, I was right there."

Macero sometimes had to weave in "bits and pieces" of music that Davis had recorded on cassettes.

"Miles would say, 'Put this in that new album we're working on,'" Macero said in the Perfect Sound Forever interview. "I'd say, 'Look, where the hell is it going to go? I don't know.' He says, 'Oh, you know.'"

Their collaboration was legendary. But in later years, when the unedited recordings of some of Davis' works were released, some critics complained that Macero had been too heavy-handed. A writer for Slate magazine referred to Macero's work as "post-production meddling." Macero had strong views of some of the reissues.

"They're discovering the things that we threw out and they're putting them in," he said in the Boston Herald in 2001. "I wouldn't have anything to do with it. It's just a lot of blowing. What is that?"

Macero was born in Glens Fall, N.Y., on Oct. 30, 1925. His parents owned a restaurant, said his sister, Lydia Edwards. Early in his life, he took up the saxophone, and music became his passion.

After serving in the Navy in the mid-1940s, Macero earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 and a master's degree in 1953 from Juilliard School of Music. He received Guggenheim Fellowships twice in the 1950s and played saxophone with Mingus and many others.

The list of artists he worked with as producer includes Dave Brubeck, Mahalia Jackson and Leonard Bernstein. After more than 20 years at Columbia, Macero left and continued to work as a producer. He also composed for several ballet companies and was a composer and conductor with several symphony orchestras.

In more recent years Macero worked with Wallace Roney, Geri Allen and Robert Palmer and composed for television and film.

In addition to Lightbourn and Edwards, Macero is survived by his wife, Jeanne.
Der Star im Hintergrund

Hinter den meisten großen Musikern steht auch ein großer Produzent. Teo Macero war einer von ihnen. Unter seiner Ägide nahm Miles Davis Alben wie "Kind Of Blue" und "Bitches Brew" auf oder Dave Brubeck sein berühmtes "Time Out". Zwei Jahrzehnte lang brachte er für die Columbia, von 1975 dann für seine eigene Firma Teo Productions Meisterwerke auf den Weg und betreute dabei unter anderem Größen wie Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Mose Allison, Johnny Mathis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Carmen McRae, Woody Herman und Tony Bennett, aber auch Rock-Musiker wie Robert Palmer und Avantgarde-Szenecombos wie die Lounge Lizards.

Teo Maceros musikalisches Gespür für Besonderheiten war legendär. Entwickeln konnte es der 1925 in Glens Falls bei New York geborene Klangspezialist, weil er selbst nicht nur ein beachtlicher Saxofonist, sondern auch umtriebiger Komponist war. Er zählte zu den wichtigen Figuren im Umkreis des Third Streams, der Annäherung der improvisierten und klassischen Musik in den Fünfzigern. Seine bekannteste Komposition "Fusion" beispielsweise wurde 1958 von Leonard Bernstein mit den New Yorker Philharmonikern uraufgeführt. Macero veröffentlichte Jazz-Alben wie "Teo" (1957) unter eigenem Namen, schrieb zahlreiche Soundtracks, Fernseh- und Bühnenmusiken und war bis in seine Siebzigern hinein auch in New Yorker Clubs als Instrumentalist zu erleben. Am 19. Februar starb Attilio Joseph "Teo" Macero nach schwerer Krankheit in Riverhead, New York, im Alter von 82 Jahren.

CD of the Day - "Quincy Jones: That's How I Feel About Jazz"

CD of the Day
Quincy Jones: "That's How I Feel About Jazz" (CTI) 1993
Produced by Creed Taylor

Single of the Day - "Astrud Gilberto: "Love Story/Where There's A Heartache"

Single of the Day
Astrud Gilberto: "Love Story/Where There's A Heartache" (CTI Spain) 1971
Produced by Creed Taylor

CD of the Day - "Best of Deodato in the CTI Years"

CD of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "Best of Deodato in the CTI Years" (CTI) 1996
Original sessions produced by Creed Taylor

12" EP of the Day - "Juicy: Sugar Free"

12" EP of the Day
Juicy: "Sugar Free/Deo Super Dance Mix" (Epic) 1987
Produced by Eumir Deodato

Vinyl of the Day - "Deodato: Os Catedráticos"

Vinyl of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "Os Catedráticos" (King - Japan) 1973
Produced by Oswaldo Cadaxo

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Siegfried Loch at ACT

Siegfried Loch was a top manager in pop music for 30 years, then founded the ACT record label, fulfilling a life-long dream: to become a jazz producer, as he tells Thomas Lindemann (Welt Online). He actually had planned to found that label in 1962 but then was contacted by Al Bennett, the owner of Liberty Records, a company which just had acquired the Blue Note label (founded by two expatriate Germans). Later he worked as European boss of Atlantic Records. Nobody understood his decision to quit that job in order to found his own little jazz label in 1992. With ACT he is independent; he only produces music he is convinced of. He was offered to release records by some established artists, but it's more fun to discover unknown artists and give them a chance. Loch has a lot of respect for Manfred Eicher, the other big German record boss, and his ECM label. There is a generation of young jazz musicians in Germany who can easily hold their own in Europe's jazz scene, musicians such as the trumpeter Till Brönner or the pianist Michael Wollny.

12" EP of the Day - "Deodato V/S George Benson"

12" EP of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "Deodato V/S George Benson" (BBB) 1981
Produced by BBB/Connoisseur Ltd. (UK)

Vinyl of the Day - "Deodato/Ranieri: Concierto di Aranjuez"

Vinyl of the Day
Deodato/Ranieri: "Concierto di Aranjuez" (King) 1975
Produced by Enrico Polito

Single of the Day - "Deodato: Zarathustra/Rhapsody in Blue"

Single of the Day (pic sleeve)
Eumir Deodato: "Zarathustra/Rhapsody in Blue" (CTI) 1981
Produced by Creed Taylor

CD of the Day - "Deodato: Os Catedráticos Vol.2"

CD of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "Os Catedráticos Vol. 2" (Novo Esquema) 1994
Original sessions produced by Oswaldo Cadaxo
Compiled by Américo Nogueira Lima

Pat Metheny Trio In Concert, March 16

HT Productions Presents
The Pat Metheny Trio In Concert
Two Shows! Sunday, March 16 at 5 & 8 p.m.
Somerville Theatre, Davis Square

HT Productions will present the Pat Metheny Trio in concert on Sunday, March 16 at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, Sunday, March 16. There will be two shows, one at 5:00 p.m. and one at 8:00 p.m. Tickets at $44.00 and $34.00 at the Somerville Theatre Box Office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, on line at or by calling 617/508-931-2000. For more information, call: 617-625-4088. The Somerville Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

The Pat Metheny Trio Concert will feature Christian McBride on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums. The same trio is featured on seventeen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Metheny’s new Nonesuch CD: Day Trip, which will be released on Tuesday, January 29. The new CD is the legendary guitarist’s first recording with Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez.

This trio was formed by Metheny in 2002 and has played concerts all around the globe with performances in Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and all across the United States and Canada. The group finally made it into the studio to record this music on a single day off during one of their most recent U.S. tours. All ten tracks on Day Trip are original Metheny compositions, including “Is This America? (Katrina 2005),” a song about the devastation in New Orleans, and “The Red One,” which first appeared on the John Scofield and Pat Metheny album I Can See Your House From Here on Blue Note in 1994.

Over the course of three decades, guitarist Pat Metheny has set himself apart from the jazz mainstream, expanding and blurring boundaries and musical styles. His body of work includes seventeen GRAMMY® Awards in nine separate categories (breaking the record for multi-category wins); a series of influential trio recordings; award winning solo albums; scores for hit Hollywood motion pictures; and collaborations and duets with major artists such as Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich, Charlie Haden, Jim Hall and many others. His band, the Pat Metheny Group, founded in 1977, is the only ensemble in history to win GRAMMYs® for seven consecutive releases.

In addition to his own critically acclaimed recordings, Christian McBride is known as the first-call bassist for a vast array of jazz’s most influential artists. He has played with Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman, Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, and Ray Brown’s “Superbass” with John Clayton, among others—as well as pop, soul, and classical musicians like Kathleen Battle, Carly Simon, Sting, Queen Latifa and the late James Brown.

Antonio Sanchez has been playing with the Pat Metheny Group and Pat Metheny Trio since 2002. He has also performed and recorded with Pacquito D’Rivera, Danílo Perez, the late Michael Brecker (with whom he recorded the GRAMMY® winning album Wide Angles), David Sanchez, Charlie Haden, John Patitucci, Chris Potter, Avishai Cohen, Marcus Roberts, Dave Samuels, Chick Corea, Claudia Acuña, and Luciana Souza, among others. Sanchez’s debut recording as a leader, Migration (Camjazz), was released earlier this year.

"Viva Jazzanova"

"Viva Jazzanova" [2005]
Various Artists
Genre: Jazz
Style: Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova
Release Date: August 22, 2005
Format: CD
Label: Fantasy
Catalog Number: RFAD-100

Tracks under exclusive license from Fantasy Inc.
Marketed & Released by Rock Records (Korea)
1. Triste
2. Influencia do Jazz
3. Song of the Jet
4. Siboney
5. Star Song
6. Rio Acima
7. It's Too Late
8. Melancolia de La Europa
9. Um Abraço no Bonfá
10. Te Quiero
11. E Nada Mais
12. Rip A Dip
13. Water To Drink
14. Feel Good
15. Feel Like Making Love
16. Bom Tempo
Sarah Vaughan - Vocal
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Yamaha CP-80 Piano, Arranger
Sergio Barroso - Bass (Acoustic)
Ariovaldo Contesini - Percussion
Wilson das Neves - Drums
Aloysio de Oliveira - Producer
Danilo Caymmi - Flute
Chico Batera - Percussion
Paulo Jobim - Flute
Bola Sete - Guitar (Acoustic)
Ella Fitzgerald - Vocal
Arturo O'Farrill - Piano (Acoustic)
Vince Guaraldi - Arranger, Piano (Acoustic)
Luiz Bonfa - Guitar (Acoustic)
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Arranger, Producer
Jota Moraes - Keyboards, Arranger
Nilson Matta - Bass (Acoustic)
Barry Powley - Executive Producer
Pascoal Meirelles - Drums
Peter Klam - Executive Producer
Spanish Connection - Performer
Charlie Byrd - Guitar (Acoustic)
Chico O'Farrill - Arranger, Conductor
José Roberto Bertrami - Keyboards, Arranger, Vocal, Producer, Clavinet, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes
Flora Purim - Vocal
Nico Assumpção - Bass (Acoustic)
Robertinho Silva - Drums
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers - Performer
Claudio Roditi - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Percussion, Arranger
Danilo Perez - Piano (Acoustic)
Ignacio Berroa - Drums
Portinho - Percussion
Daniel Freiberg - Synthesizer
Helen Keane - Producer
Thiago de Mello - Percussion, Surdo, Vocal Effects
David Finck - Bass (Acoustic)
Rafael Cruz - Percussion
Azymuth - Performer
Ivan Conti - Drums, Percussion
Alex Malheiros - Bass (Acoustic), Bass (Electric), Guitar (Acoustic)
Romildo T. Santos - Drums, Producer
Ana Mazzotti - Keyboards, Arranger, Vocal
Pucho - Percussion, Timbales
Joe Pass - Guitar (Electric)
Clark Terry - Trumpet
Zoot Sims - Sax (Tenor)
Toots Thielemans - Harmonica
John Spruill - Piano (Acoustic)
William Bivens - Vibraphone
Durval Ferreira - Guitar (Acoustic)
Jerry Granelli - Drums
Fred Marshall - Bass (Acoustic)
Jose Carlos Ramos - Flute, Sax (Soprano)
Andy Gonzalez - Bass (Acoustic)
Horacio Hernandez - Drums
Jerry Gonzalez - Congas
Norberto Apellaniz - Bongos
Harold Alexander - Sax (Tenor)
Richard "Pablo" Landrum - Congas
Vincent McEwan - Trumpet
Claude Bartee - Sax (Tenor)
Mike Lang - Keyboards
Jon Hart - Bass (Acoustic)
Paulinho da Costa - Percussion, Producer
Alex Acuna - Drums
Norman Granz - Producer
Paul Jackson - Guitar (Electric)
Terry Trotter - Keyboards
Oscar Castro-Neves - Guitar (Acoustic)
Abe Laboriel - Bass (Electric)
Clarence McDonald - Keyboards
Roland Bautista - Guitar (Rhythm)
2005 Fantasy CD RFAD-100

"Jazz Forever"

"Jazz Forever" [2-CD Set]
Various Artists, Compilation
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Mainstream, Be Bop
Format: 2-CD Set
Release Date: August 16, 2005
Label: Fantasy
Catalog Number: KACD 0515

P. & C. Fantasy Inc. Ltd., Licensed for Korea to Kang & Music
Pressed by A-Tech Co. Ltd.
1. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - Art Pepper
2. All The Things You Are - Sarah Vaughan
3. Waltz For Debby - Bill Evans
4. Mack The Knife - Kenny Dorham
5. Linus and Lucy - Vince Guaraldi
6. The Girl from Ipanema - Ella Fitzgerald
7. St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins
8. Satin Doll - Barney Kessel/Ray Brown/Shelly Manne
9. My Funny Valentine - Miles Davis
10. Young and Foolish - Tony Bennett/Bill Evans
11. O Barquinho - Charlie Byrd
12. Stardust - Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
13. Midnight Blues - Kenny Burrell
14. Blue Skies - Barbara Lea
15. You and The Night and The Music - Chet Baker
16. Besame Mucho - Art Pepper
17. Copacabana - Sarah Vaughan
18. Rio Acima - Luiz Bonfa
19. Killing Me Softly With His Song - Woody Herman
20. Am I Blue - Ruth Brown
21. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Nat Adderley
22. Te Quiero - Chico O'Farrill
23. The Windmills of Your Mind - Freddy Cole
24. Gentle Rain - Joe Pass
25. What Am I Here For? - Art Farmer
26. Hard Times - Mildred Anderson
27. Don't Lend Your Guitar to Anyone - Charlie Byrd/Cal Tjader
28. Corner Pocket - Count Basie
29. A Song For You - Ron Carter
30. Go Down Moses - Hampton Hawes
Ruth Brown - Vocals
Art Pepper - Sax (Alto)
Luiz Bonfa - Guitar (Acoustic)
Sarah Vaughan - Vocals
Woody Herman - Clarinet
Nat Adderley - Cornet
Chico O'Farrill - Arranger
Freddy Cole - Vocals
Todd Barkan - Producer
Joe Pass - Guitar (Electric)
Art Farmer - Flugelhorn
Mildred Anderson - Vocals
Charlie Byrd - Guitar (Acoustic)
Norman Granz - Producer
Cal Tjader - Vibraphone
Ron Carter - Bass (Acoustic), Producer
Leon Pendarvis - Piano
Jay Berliner - Guitar (Electric)
Orrin Keepnews - Producer
Kermit Moore - Cello
Miles Davis - Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - Sax (Tenor)
Jack DeJohnette - Drums
Ralph MacDonald - Percussion
Richard Locker - Cello
Lester Koenig - Producer
Tony Bennett - Vocals
Bill Evans - Piano (Acoustic)
Helen Keane - Producer
John Abramowitz - Cello
Count Basie - Piano (Acoustic)
Jota Moraes - Keyboards, Arranger
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Producer
Nilson Matta - Bass (Acoustic)
Pascoal Meirelles - Drums
Thiago de Mello - Percussion, Vocal Effects
Barry Powley - Executive Producer
Kenny Dorham - Trumpet
Charles McCracken - Cello
Vince Guaraldi - Piano (Acoustic)
Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals
Peter Klam - Executive Producer
Barney Kessel - Guitar (Electric)
Shelly Manne - Drums
Ray Brown - Bass (Acoustic)
Sonny Rollins - Sax (Tenor)
Dick Berk - Percussion
Mike Wolff - Fender Rhodes
Joe Byrd - Bass (Electric)
Mayuto Correa - Percussion
John Heard - Bass (Acoustic)
Mike Stephens - Drums
Barbara Lea - Vocal
Hampton Hawes - Piano (Acoustic)
Chet Baker - Trumpet, Vocals
2005 2-CD Set Fantasy KACD 0515

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Jazz Station endorses Obama!

Jazz Station endorses Barack Obama!

12" EP of the Day - "Deodato: "Everybody Wants My Girl" remixes

12" EP of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "Everybody Wants My Girl" (Atlantic) 1989
Featuring Tom Hammer
Production Coordination: Debby Schwartz
Additional Production & Remixes by David Frank, Mo-Joe & Nicosia

Vinyl of the Day - "Deodato: Inútil Paisagem"

Vinyl of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "Inútil Paisagem - Fora de Série" (Phonogram) 1978
Original sessions produced by Roberto Quartin & Wadi Gebara (uncredited)
Reissue supervised by Armando Pittigliani

CD of the Day - "Deodato: Os Catedráticos Vol.1"

CD of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "Os Catedráticos, Vol.1" (Novo Esquema/Rare Brazil) 1994
Compiled by Américo Nogueira Lima

Single of the Day - "Azymuth: As Moças Daquela Hora..."

Single of the Day (pic sleeve)
Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture "As Moças Daquela Hora..." (Intersong) 1973
4 tracks performed by MPB-5, Nara Leão, Jorge Ben and Azymuth
All tracks arranged by José Roberto Bertrami
Produced by Paulinho Tapajós

Keith Jarrett Trio's box set

25 years ago, pianist Keith Jarrett started his trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, playing "The Masquerade Is Over" in a Manhattan recording studio without rehearsal or any arrangement, as Charles J. Gans reports (San Francisco Chronicle). They had no idea that this partnership would last for 25 years. To celebrate the anniversary, the German ECM label releases a CD box containing the first sessions from 1983 with the trio playing mostly standards as well as some freer improvisations by the group. Over that time, Jarrett has not worked with any other jazz musician with the exception of Paul Motian who subbed for DeJohnette in 1992. At the time, playing standards for a musician of Jarrett's standing was "a radical notion", writes Gans, and Jarrett himself adds, "Jazz musicians don't have to always break down doors, there's music inside the rooms too."

Joyce Cooling at Cerritos Center

Joyce Cooling and the Band appear in Cerritos, CA on Friday, February 29, 2008
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Also on the bill, Craig Chaquico
DATE: Friday, February 29, 2008
TIME: 8 pm
LOCATION: 12700 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
If you will be in the Los Angeles area on Friday, February 29th, you can win two free tickets to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts event! Just be the 11th email response and win a pair of tickets for the show. Click, and put "win free tickets Cerritos" into the subject line of your email. The winner will be notified by email.

New projects by Azymuthians

Two founding members of the Azymuth group are preparing new solo projects.
Keyboard wiz José Roberto Bertrami has just finished his second album as a leader for Joe Davis' London-based label Far Out. The follow-up to "Things Are Different" (2001) includes such guests as bassist Alex Rocha, drummer Victor Bertrami, percussion monster Sidinho Moreira, multiple reedman José Carlos "Bigorna" Ramos, trombonist Marlon, plus strings arrangements (on two tracks) by Leandro Braga.
Electric bass master Alex Malheiros is putting the final touches on his long-awaited follow-up to the EP "The Wave" (released in 2007, in Europe). This will be his debut solo album on Far Out, after an excellent session for Milestone in 1985 titled "Atlantic Forest" and some independent albums in the 90s that never received widespread distribution. The new CD features his daughter Sabrina Malheiros, whose second effort for Far Out will be coming out this Spring, featuring Bertrami on keyboards and guitarist Arthur Verocai's arrangements.
A new Azymuth album (recorded in 2006) will finally see the light of the day this coming Summer, when the group will be touring Japan together with Marcos Valle and Quarteto Em Cy.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tonight, at Bypass, "Fashion Night: Jungle"

Carrefour de l’Etoile 1 ,
1227 Les Acacias, Genève
Tel: 0022 300 6565

CD of the Day - "Donato: Spirit of Deodato"

CD of the Day (digipack):
João Donato: "Spirit of Deodato" (CBS UK)
Produced by Joe Fields

Single of the Day - "Donato: The Frog/Bambu"

Single of the Day (pic sleeve)
João Donato: "The Frog/Bambu" (Blue Thumb)
Produced by Emil Richards
Featuring Dom Um Romão, Oscar Castro-Neves, Bud Shank, Chuck Domanico, Paulinho Magalhães et al.

12" EP of the Day - "Deodato: "S.O.S. Fire in the Sky"

12" EP of the Day
Eumir Deodato: "S.O.S. Fire in the Sky" (Warner)
Produced by Deodato

Vinyl of the Day - "Deodato: Samba de Empolgação"

Vinyl of the Day
Eumir Deodato & Os Empolgados: "Samba de Empolgação" (Spot)
Reissue of the "Samba Nova Concepção" album
Original session produced by Ogide
Reissue produced by Durval Ferreira

Nils Petter Molvaer's comments

The Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer is not amused by internet music pirates and the buying habits of internet users, as he tells Christian Broecking (Berliner Zeitung). Recently he learned that a Russian website offered all of his music for just 2 Dollars. His recordings take a lot of financial input and he needs to be reimbursed. Molvaer had his first success with the Munich-based label ECM, but founded his own record label Sula four years ago in order to retain all the rights to his music. On his next CD he plans to include a web link for the buyers who are entitled to download seven or eight more further pieces without additional costs. He thinks the artist should decide when and how to give away his music.

ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo

ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO
The Only National Conference 100% Dedicated to Songwriting and Composing April 10-12, 2008 Los Angeles, CA
Register Now at

Sigi Busch "plays" Wilhelm Busch

The German double bassist Sigi Busch's newest project is a musical setting of verses by Wilhelm Busch, the 19th century German satirical poet, as Marlies Schnaibel reports (Märkische Allgemeine). When he found six Busch volumes, Sigi - whom I had the honor to meet for the first time at the 1992 IAJE Conference in Miami, when we took part of the Panel Session "Global Jazz Education" - was again fascinated by the poems' innate rhythms and melodies. He selected verses not from the well known "Max und Moritz", but from later, lesser known volumes. Originally Sigi Busch planned to use another singer with the quartet of guitar, piano, bass and drums, but then he decided to fill that role himself. A CD release of the music is planned.

"Bird of Brazil" - Amiga review

Review about Yana Purim's "Bird of Brazil" album (produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro), written by Francisco Rodrigues and published on "Amiga" magazine - Number 1057 - August 17, 1990

YANA PURIM reaparece no mercado brasileiro no álbum "Bird of Brazil" (original Sonet), produzido por Arnaldo DeSouteiro e a própria artista, que vem acompanhada por um belíssimo time de cobras: Luiz Bonfá, Airto Moreira, Hugo Fattoruso, Patrice Rushen, Dale Powers, Steve Swallow, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Byron Miller, Arthur Maia, Pascoal Meirelles, Toninho Horta, Sidinho Moreira e o próprio DeSouteiro. As composições têm, em sua maioria, letras de Yana, como "Bebê" (Hermeto Pascoal), "For A Distant Love" (Bonfá), "Bird of Brazil" (Fátima Guedes) e "Choro das Águas" (Fattoruso). Brilhante, dentre outras, sua interpretação de "Manhã de Carnaval".
- Francisco Rodrigues

ASCAP celebrates Hank Jones

The 2008 ASCAP/IAJE Commissions will celebrate the life, work and 90th Birthday of Hank Jones. These works will be premiered at the annual IAJE Conference in Seattle, WA, on January 8, 2009. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2008.
For more details, go to

"Summer in the City": Top 10 in Germany!

Summer In The City (Jazz Club) Top 10 Bestselling Musik: Summer In ...Summer In The City (Jazz Club) Größeres Bild anzeigen. US UK DE FR CA. Summer In The City (Jazz Club) von: Quincy Jones. Unser Preis: EUR 5,95 ...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

R.I.P.: Araken Peixoto

Araken Peixoto
(b. Niteroi, RJ, Brazil, October 10, 1930)
(d. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, February 19, 2008)

Brazilian trumpeter Araken Peixoto passed away at age 77. Brother of pianist Moacir and singer Cauby Peixoto, he was very active during the 50s and 60s both in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro nightclubs. Araken, cousin of samba singer Cyro Monteiro, was very influenced by Harry James, Eddie Calvert and Ernie Royal. In the 80s, he recorded a couple of albums for the São Paulo-based label Eldorado, "Um Piston Dentro da Noite".

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

12" EP of the Night - "DJ Groovy: Desafinado" remixes

12" EP of the Night
DJ Groovy: "Desafinado" (House Traxx 071) 2008
Yesssssssss! 4 reconstructions of the Jobim-Mendonça bossa nova classic!
A! Desafinado (Mr Cold remix)
A2 Desafinado (Miss Groovy Guitar remix)
B1 Desafinado (Miss Groovy mix)
B2 Desafinado (Miss Groovy cut)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Rescheduling of Oscar Peterson Tribute Concert

As some of you are aware, we had to cancel the Mike Longo Trio Tribute Concert to Oscar Peterson on Tuesday night, February 12, due to inclement weather. Ray Mosca, drummer; Paul West, bass; and Angelo Sandy, the sound technician were unable to get into the city because of snow and ice. If you happened to come by, we sincerely apologize. The concert has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2008. We hope you will circle this date on your calendar and join us then. We would love to see you for this very special tribute to Mr. Peterson, one of the all-time jazz and piano greats!

The Mike Longo Trio with Paul West, bass and Ray Mosca, drums
In a Tribute to Oscar Peterson

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
New York City Bahá'í Center
53 East 11th Street
NYC 10003
Tel: 212-222-5159
SHOWS: 8:00 & 9:30 PM

Martin Sheller's debut solo album is being released today!

Veteran Latin-Jazz Arranger
Marty Sheller to Release "Why Deny,"
His Debut Album,
On His Own PVR Label, Today, Feb. 19

Marty Sheller's long and busy career as a valued arranger-composer-producer for many of the biggest names in Latin jazz and salsa music--including Tito Puente, Willie Colón, Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe, Larry Harlow, the Fania All-Stars, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and especially his close colleague Mongo Santamaria--left him little time to contemplate recording his own music. But he finally resolved to address that oversight at the urging of friends, organizing several sessions with nine of his favorite musicians. The result is Why Deny, a vibrant new CD of Latin-influenced jazz produced and arranged by Sheller.

The musicians on the new CD are all musically "bilingual," with deep roots in both jazz and Latin music. Pianist Oscar Hernandez, bassist Ruben Rodriguez, and drummer Vince Cherico provide the rhythmic foundation, with percussion parts added by Steve Berrios. The frontline consists of trumpeters Chris Rogers and Joe Magnarelli, trombonist Sam Burtis, tenor saxophonist Bob Franceschini, and alto saxophonist Bobby Porcelli, Sheller's longtime friend and musical collaborator.

"The rhythmic basis of Cuban music is the 'clave,' a two-bar, five-beat repetitive pattern," says Sheller. But on this CD, "the clave is camouflaged. The horn players approach the songs from a strictly jazz point of view; it's the rhythm section that follows a Latin groove. But even within that, they're playing with a jazz approach."

Three Sheller originals, Wayne Shorter's "Mahjong," and the title track, a Porcelli composition, utilize Latin rhythms, including the joropo heard on "El Pavo": Sheller was introduced to the complex Venezuelan pattern in the 1960s by Frank "El Pavo" Valerino Hernandez, who was Santamaria's drummer when Sheller was the band's trumpet player.

On the album's sole ballad, "Sweet and Lovely," Sheller incorporates harmonies inspired by Thelonious Monk's version of the standard; Porcelli is featured soloist.

Why Deny is dedicated to Mongo Santamaria. "He was a gentleman," says Sheller, "very respectful toward all of his musicians, and other musicians. He was strictly about the music."
At the Crossroads of Latin and Jazz

Marty Sheller was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 15, 1940. His first instrument was snare drum, but he soon switched to trumpet. In 1958, he joined a band led by saxophonist Hugo Dickens. The Harlem social clubs that threw dances on weekend nights "wanted a band that could play rhythm and blues and also Latin," Sheller says. "Three bands were doing it: Hugo Dickens, Pucho, and Joe Panama. Many musicians from these bands went on to become very influential in the Latin and Latin-jazz scene."

In late 1962 Sheller got a call from Mongo Santamaria, who had just switched from a charanga format to a Latin-jazz sound with a frontline of trumpet, alto saxophone, and tenor saxophone.

At Sheller's first rehearsal with Santamaria, Herbie Hancock brought in an arrangement of a tune he'd recently recorded titled "Watermelon Man." "We changed the phrasing a bit," Sheller says of himself and his new band-mates. When they first played the tune in public, "the people went wild," Sheller remembers. Santamaria's manager phoned Orrin Keepnews at Riverside Records with the news and persuaded the producer to promptly record the song for release as a single. "Watermelon Man" (featuring a trumpet solo by Sheller) became a Top 10 pop hit.

Sheller played with Santamaria, as well as composed, arranged, and eventually served as musical director, through 1968, when he put down his trumpet due to embouchure problems. He continued, however, working with Santamaria as an arranger, composer, conductor, and sometimes producer until the conguero's death in 2003.

"I thought that I would never be happy not playing the trumpet," Sheller says, "but I found out that I got as much gratification from hearing one of my arrangements played by good musicians as I did from playing." Since laying down his horn, Sheller has been much in demand as an arranger and composer. His jazz-informed charts greatly contributed to the success of the salsa music issued by Fania Records from the late '60s through the late '80s. Other arranging credits include recordings by Shirley Scott, George Benson, Jon Faddis, David Byrne, Idris Muhammad, Giovanni Hidalgo, T.S. Monk, Steve Turre, and Woody Shaw.

"Marty Sheller is a musician's musician," says Arturo O'Farrill, pianist and conductor of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. "Growing up in the Latin field, whenever I found myself playing a particularly hip arrangement, nine out of ten times it was Marty's."
Sheller has enough recorded material from the Why Deny sessions for a second CD. He's continued writing, with another eight or nine pieces on hand. "We've done some rehearsing, and they sound pretty good," he says. "That's my biggest joy--from the rehearsals. That's when what I see on the paper comes to life." Appreciators of high-level Latin jazz can look forward to more from Marty Sheller in all good time.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Tomorrow, Jamie Begian Big Band returns to Gillespie Auditorium

Tomorrow night, Feb 19, you'll love the uplifting music of the Jamie Begian Big Band at "Jazz Tuesdays" in the Gillespie Auditorium at the New York Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

Composer/guitarist Jamie Begian is an emerging and unique voice on the jazz horizon. His 17 piece labor of love, a.k.a. The Jamie Begian Big Band, is fast becoming one of the "must-see" ensembles in New York City. This group, established in 1998, has earned praise from The Village Voice calling it "... some of the most gorgeous post-Gil hues in recent memory." TimeOut NY praises it as "...a crack large ensemble..." while All About Jazz labeled it "... a rigorous encounter with the entire history of eclectic big band composition..." Jamie's compositions have won honors as well. In 2001 he was the winner of the "Charlie Parker Award," presented by the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, for his piece Fuzzy Math; the same award he was nominated for in 2000 with his piece Oops!

Jamie's road to becoming a big band leader is as much a story of dedication as it is a story of opportunity. Jamie's initial study was jazz guitar; earning a BM from the Hartt School of Music in Jazz Performance and a MM in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. His interest in composing began while an undergrad at U. Hart, writing music for small groups that he was performing in. This interest continued in his graduate studies at The Manhattan School and eventually led to his involvement in The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop; a workshop dedicated to the art of large ensemble composition. His emerging style was also evident in his work as a guitarist, both as a leader and as a sideman. The formation of The Jamie Begian Trio in 1997, featuring David Ambrosio on bass and Peter Retzlaff on drums, and their five-year run at Merchants Restaurant solidified Jamie's musical conception; elements of playfulness, freedom of form, modern harmony and a basis in blues/jazz tradition.

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.

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.

Dizzy's Club March 2008 LineUp

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
March 2008 Lineup

Tuesday-Sunday, February 26-March 2
Arturo O'Farrill Sextet with Dafnis Prieto, Jim Seeley & John Benitez
Featuring Arturo O'Farrill (piano), Dafnis Prieto (drums), Jim Seeley (trumpet), John Benitez (bass), Pedro Martinez (percussion) and Willie Williams (tenor saxophone).
After Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, February 26-March 1 - Dayna Stephens Quartet

Saturday, March 1 – 1pm & 3m - FREE
Trumpet Jazz Battle
James Zollar vs. Mike Rodriguez
w/ Xavier Davis Trio
Free admission. First come, first served.

Monday, March 3
UPSTARTS! Kate McGarry Quartet
Kate McGarry Quartet w/ Gary Versace, Keith Ganz & Clarence Penn
Featuring Kate McGarry (vocals), Gary Versace (organ,piano, accordion), Keith Ganz (guitars), Clarence Penn (drums & percussion).

Tuesday-Sunday, March 4-9
Tenor Madness Quintet w/ Seamus Blake, Stacy Dillard, Eric Reed, Dezron Douglas & Willie Jones III
Featuring Seamus Blake (tenor saxophone), Stacy Dillard (tenor saxophone), Eric Reed (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Willie Jones III (drums).
After Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, March 4-8 – Spike Wilner Quintet w/ Ryan Kisor

UPSTARTS! Othella Dallas & Friends
Othella Dallas & Friends
Featuring Othella Dallas (vocals) & Friends.

Tuesday-Sunday, March 11-16 (March 11 – 7:30pm SOLD OUT)
Cyrus Chestnut & Carla Cook
Featuring Cyrus Chestnut (piano) and Carla Cook (vocals).
After Hours: Tuesday-March 18 – Antonio Ciacca Trio

Monday, March 17
Juilliard Jazz Ensemble & Special Guest

Tuesday-March 18
Edmar Castaneda Quartet w/ Andrea Tierra, Marshall Gilkes & David Silliman
Featuring Edmar Castaneda (harp), Andrea Tierra (vocals), Marshall Gilkes (trombone) and David Sillman (percussion).
After Hours: Tuesday-March 18 – Deanna Kirk & Friends w/ John DiMartino

Wednesday - March 19 – One Night Only – 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Marian McPartland 90th Birthday Celebration w/ Regina Carter, Karrin Allyson and other Special Guests.
Featuring Marian McPartland (piano), Regina Carter (violin), Karrin Allyson (vocals), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet) and other Special Guests.
After Hours: Wednesday-March 19 – Deanna Kirk & Friends w/ John DiMartino

Thursday-Sunday - March 20-23
Phil Woods Quintet
Featuring Phil Woods (alto saxophone), Steve Gilmore (bass), Bill Goodwin (drums), Brian Lynch (trumpet) and tbd (piano).
After Hours: Thursday-Sunday - March 20-23 – Deanna Kirk & Friends w/ John DiMartino
Monday, March 24
Manhattan School of Music Concert Jazz Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble

Wednesday-Sunday, March 25-30
Moment To Moment: The Music of Henry Mancini w/ Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, George Mraz & Clarence Penn – and featuring vocalist Kenny Washington
Featuring Joe Locke (vibes), Geoffrey Keezer (piano), George Mraz (bass), Clarence Penn (drums) and Kenny Washington (vocals).
After Hours: Tuesday-Saturday – March 25-29 – Christos Rafalides & Sergio Salvatore

Saturday, March 29 – 1pm & 3pm - FREE
The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad Presents:
Maya Azucena Band: 1pm
Featuring Maya Azucena (vocals), Ivan Katz (drums), Christian Ver Halen (guitar).
Alvin Atkinson & The Sound Merchants: 3pm
Featuring Alvin Atkinson (drums), Lakecia Benjamin (saxophone), Sean Higgins (piano), Ameen Saleem (bass).
FREE to the public. First come, first served.

Monday, March 31
Ed Reed & Friends: A Life In Song

Sing Into Spring Festival – Looking Ahead To April:
April 1-6 - Ernestine Anderson and Houston Person
April 7 - New School Swing Into Spring
April 8-13 - Wycliffe Gordon & Jay Leonhart: Voices of Jazz
April 15-16 - Giacomo Gates & Friends: Luminosity
April 21 - Jesse Cook Quartet with Special Guest vocalist Rachael Price
April 22-27 - Claudia Acuña Quartet
April 29-May 4 - Samba Jazz & the Music of Jobim with Helio Alves, Duduka Da Fonseca, Claudio Roditi, Eddie Gomez, Chico Pinheiro and Maucha Adnet

Schedule subject to change.

WHEN: Headliners: 7:30 & 9:30pm, additional 11:30pm set Friday & Saturday
AFTER HOURS: 11:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 12:45am Friday & Saturday
UPSTARTS! Mondays: 7:30 & 9:30pm

WHERE: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 5th floor, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.

HOW: Cover charge for weekly headliners is $30-$35 Tuesday-Sunday. Monday UPSTARTS! cover is $20. After Hours is $10. Student rates are: $15-headliners, $10-UPSTARTS! and $5-After Hours. The food and beverage minimum is in effect for all sets: $10 at the tables, $5 at the bar. Call (212) 258-9595