Thursday, May 26, 2016

Culbertson readying to take “Funk!” to the stage - #jazz


 
“Been Around The World” to precede new album and extensive concert tour
 
Message to funk received from the Mothership: hit-maker Brian Culbertson is in the studio conspiring with his cosmic group of musical soul brothers on his second funk collection, “Funk!,” which will be released September 16 on his BCM Entertainment label. Less than a week after his seventeenth album streets, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist will launch a coast-to-coast concert tour on a scale unlike any trek ever mounted by the vivacious showman who will be flanked by the same band showcased on the album. To help set the stage for the 11-song set plus three playful interlude sketches, all produced by Culbertson, radio stations will be serviced “Been Around The World” in early July.    
 
Those who have caught a Culbertson show over the last year might have had a premonition that the R&B-jazzman was about to again morph into an emissary of funk, a mission that began with his 2008 recording “Bringing Back The Funk,” which he co-produced with the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire and featured legendary funksters Bootsy Collins and Larry Graham. His set list at recent gigs included a pair of funk classics, “Got To Give It Up” and “Play That Funky Music,” which made it onto the new album. The Chicago-bred musician who plays piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, clavinet, Hammond B3 organ, synths, trombone, bass, drums, percussion and sings on the entire record wrote or co-wrote nine new songs for “Funk!” that showcases his live band – Marqueal Jordan (vocals & sax), Tyrone Chase (guitars), Eddie Miller (keyboards, organ & vocals), Rodney Jones, Jr. (bass, guitar & vocals), Chris Miskel (drums) and Michael Stever (trumpeter & horn arrangements) - along with Chance Howard, a nasty R&B keyboardist, bassist and vocalist who has toured and recorded with fellow Minnesota native Prince. Noted trumpeter Patches Stewart will replace Stever for the Funk! Tour.
 
Next month, Howard will join Culbertson on stage to premiere a few choice cuts from “Funk!,” including the first single, at Culbertson’s fifth anniversary Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, a wine and jazz lifestyle experience in the heart of California Wine Country taking place June 8-12.
 
“The concept for ‘Funk!’ was to make an old-school, throwback funkadelic record in the style of P-Funk meets Prince and to tour with the same band that appears on the album - my band plus Chance (Howard). We finished tracking and are mixing this week. The show we will be taking out on the road is unlike anything anyone has ever seen from me before. It’s on an entirely different level. Yes, we’re taking it there! I’m also very excited about capturing the magic by shooting a Blu-ray to be taped on tour this fall,” said Culbertson, who as an imaginative and trend-setting artist, producer and songwriter has architected 28 Billboard No. 1 singles along with a library of chart-topping albums.
 
Once again, Culbertson has opened the doors to the recording studio by posting a series of video blogs from the “Funk!” sessions on his website (http://www.brianculbertson.com/funk) as well as engaging his followers through Facebook Live. And like his most recent studio release, he’s offering fans the opportunity to get involved with the process by launching an Indiegogo campaign (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brian-culbertson-s-funk--2#/) that provides a menu of unique options, including VIP concert tickets, tickets for the Blu-ray filming, autographed CD, limited edition vinyl album, a private personalized video message, sheet music and a bobble head Funk! doll.
   
Tickets go on sale for the Funk! Tour for fan club members beginning June 1 and to the general public starting June 3. For more information, please visit www.BrianCulbertson.com.
        
The songs that comprise “Funk!” are:
 
“Get Ready”
“The Call”
“Been Around The World”
“Take It Up”
“Let’s Take A Ride”
“We Got What You Want”
“Sunshine” (interlude)
“Hey Girl”
“Damn, I’m Hungry” (interlude)
“Got To Give It Up”
“Mile Sauce”
“Play That Funky Music”
“Spend A Little Time”
“To Be Continued…” (interlude)
 
 
The Funk! Tour itinerary is listed below (additional dates will be added):
 
September 22-25             Seattle, WA                                        Jazz Alley (two shows Sept. 23 & 24)
September 26                   Portland, OR                                      The Aladdin
September 27                   Bend, OR                                             Tower Theater
October 5                            Fresno, CA                                          Tower Theater
October 6                            Santa Barbara, CA                            Lobero Theater
*October 7                         Newport Beach, CA                        Hyatt Newporter
*October 8                         Temecula, CA                                    Thornton Winery
October 9                            Scottsdale, AZ                                   Livewire
October 11-12                   Denver, CO                                         Soiled Dove (two shows per night)
October 13                          Salt Lake City, UT                              The State Room
October 14-15                   Las Vegas, NV                                    Aliante Casino
*October 16                       Catalina Island, CA                           Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
October 20                          Indianapolis, IN                                 Murat Theater
October 21                          Cincinnati, OH                                    Ludlow Garage
October 23                          New Albany, OH                               Schottenstein Theatre
October 25                          Pittsburgh, PA                                   MCG Jazz (two shows)
October 26-27                   New York, NY                                    B.B. King’s
October 28                          Cranston, RI                                       Park Theatre
October 29                          New Haven, CT                                 John Lyman Center
October 30                          Boston, MA                                        Scullers Jazz Club (two shows)
November 4                       Collingswood, NJ                              Scottish Rite Auditorium
*November 5                    Mount Pocono, PA                          Mt. Airy Casino Resort
November 11                    Minneapolis, MN                             Dakota (two shows)
November 13                    Detroit, MI                                          Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov. 28-Dec. 2                   London, England                              Pizza Express
 
 
*denotes tickets are already on sale

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - May 23, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 2 - Nils - "Alley Cat" - (Baja/TSR)
2 - 1 - Boney James - "Futuresoul" - (Concord)
3 - 9 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
4 - 3 - Najee - "You Me And Forever" - (Shanachie)
5 - 5 - Fourplay - "Silver - (Concord Music Group)
6 - 6 - Paolo Rustichelli - "Don't Stop (Soul Italiano)" - (Next Age Music)
7 - 7 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
8 - 12 - Marcus Anderson - "And Coffee" - (Anderson Music-LLC)
9 - 4 - 3rd Force - "Glocal Force" - (Baja/TSR)
10 - 15 - Michael Lington - "Second Nature" - (Copenhagen Music)
11 - 14 - Andy Snitzer - "American Beauty" - (Goose Song Music)
12 - 16 - Vincent Ingala - "Coast To Coast" - (Independent)
13 - 13 - Philippe Saisse Trio - "And So But Then" - (www.philippesaisse.com)
14 - 10 - Darren Rahn - "Sonic Boom" - (Woodward Avenue Records)
15 - 8 - Threestyle feat. Magdalena Chovancova - "A Little Longer" - (WeLoveMusicRecords)
16 - 17 - Brian Simpson - "Out Of A Dream" - (Shanachie)
17 - 18 - Brian Bromberg - "Full Circle" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
18 - 26 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Step It Up" - (Heads Up)
19 - 40 - Gregg Adams & Easy Bay Soul - "That's Life" - (Ripa Records)
20 - 23 - Kenya - "My Own Skin" - (Kenya MJ Music)


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - May 16, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Boney James - "Futuresoul" - (Concord)
2 - 2 - Nils - "Alley Cat" - (Baja/TSR)
3 - 3 - Najee - "You Me And Forever" - (Shanachie)
4 - 4 - 3rd Force - "Glocal Force" - (Baja/TSR)
5 - 5 - Fourplay - "Silver - (Concord Music Group)
6 - 6 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
7 - 7 - Paolo Rustichelli - "Don't Stop (Soul Italiano)" - (Next Age Music)
8 - 9 - Threestyle feat. Magdalena Chovancova - "A Little Longer" - (WeLoveMusicRecords)
9 - 11 - Darren Rahn - "Sonic Boom" - (Woodward Avenue Records)
10 - 13 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
11 - 8 - Lawson Rollins - "Infinite Chill" - (Infinita Records/Baja TSR)
12 - 16 - Marcus Anderson - "And Coffee" - (Anderson Music-LLC)
13 - 14 - Philippe Saisse Trio - "And So But Then" - (www.philippesaisse.com)
14 - 10 - Andy Snitzer - "American Beauty" - (Goose Song Music)
15 - 12 - Michael Lington - "Second Nature" - (Copenhagen Music)
16 - 38 - Vincent Ingala - "Coast To Coast" - (Independent)
17 - 17 - Brian Simpson - "Out Of A Dream" - (Shanachie)
18 - 18 - Brian Bromberg - "Full Circle" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
19 - 19 - Bill McGee - "Still Bill" - (804Jazz)
20 - 21 - Grace Kelly - "Trying Top Figure It Out" - (Pazz)


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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - May 9, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Boney James - "Futuresoul" - (Concord)
2 - 2 - Nils - "Alley Cat" - (Baja/TSR)
3 - 3 - Najee - "You Me And Forever" - (Shanachie)
4 - 4 - 3rd Force - "Glocal Force" - (Baja/TSR)
5 - 5 - Fourplay - "Silver - (Concord Music Group)
6 - 9 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
7 - 7 - Paolo Rustichelli - "Don't Stop (Soul Italiano)" - (Next Age Music)
8 - 10 - Lawson Rollins - "Infinite Chill" - (Infinita Records/Baja TSR)
9 - 13 - Threestyle feat. Magdalena Chovancova - "A Little Longer" - (WeLoveMusicRecords)
10 - 8 - Andy Snitzer - "American Beauty" - (Goose Song Music)
11 - 6 - Darren Rahn - "Sonic Boom" - (Woodward Avenue Records)
12 - 18 - Michael Lington - "Second Nature" - (Copenhagen Music)
13 - 15 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
14 - 14 - Philippe Saisse Trio - "And So But Then" - (www.philippesaisse.com)
15 - 11 - Jazz Funk Soul - "More Serious Business" - (Shanachie)
16 - 16 - Marcus Anderson - "And Coffee" - (Anderson Music-LLC)
17 - 17 - Brian Simpson - "Out Of A Dream" - (Shanachie)
18 - 20 - Brian Bromberg - "Full Circle" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
19 - 12 - Bill McGee - "Still Bill" - (804Jazz)
20 - 19 - Mark Etheredge - "Connected" - (Vipaka Records)


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Friday, May 06, 2016

Bringing "Hero's Journey To Life" - Matt Von Roderick - #jazz

The dozen songs that experimental jazz trumpeter-rapper Matt Von Roderick released sans fanfare as “Hero’s Journey” in mid-December on Bandcamp (https://mattvonroderick.bandcamp.com) are about a protagonist in pursuit of burning dreams of love, acceptance, desire, fun, fame and fortune. Now it’s time for the fanfare. For two nights only, Von Roderick will bring his heroic tales to life in an elaborately-staged concert production at The Sayers Club in Hollywood, Calif. on consecutive Thursdays – March 10 and 17. The 90-minute performance, a sensual feast of music, sound, light and dance conceived by Von Roderick and Creating Arts Studios, will run through the entire album that is available now from Invention Records at major digital retail outlets (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) and will be available exclusively at the venue on CD the night of the shows. Tickets are on sale now from http://www.cacstudios.com/hero.

The last time Von Roderick mounted an extravagant production in Los Angeles, The Huffington Post proclaimed “Matt Von Roderick makes jazz dangerous again.” The dates at The Sayers Club are a bit of a coming out party after a cross-country move from his longtime home in New York City and reinventing his sound and himself – including a name change (his earlier critically-hailed collection was issued under Matt Shulman, his birth name). Tucked away in the studio, Von Roderick spent years crafting his new style. Throughout the process, he’d emerge sporadically to release videos for new songs that are included on “Hero’s Journey” with the resultant clips spreading virally to generate over 4.5 million YouTube views. To support the album release, he recently shot a new clip for the daring instrumental exploration “Coexistence” (http://bit.ly/1PBuinx).

Presented on “Hero’s Journey” as sonic collages constructed of expansive jazz forays, electronic hip hop and clubby dance beats, grinding alternative rock grooves and vibrant pop harmonies, Von Roderick spits playful raps and biting rhymes and croons yearningly on “Hero’s Journey.” His lyricism are quests for intoxicating love, spiritual understanding, overcoming life’s challenges and other affirming mantras laced with the occasional sting of disappointment, despair and disillusionment. In concert, the record will be vividly recreated from top to bottom by Von Roderick’s trio, which includes a keyboardist/piano player and DJ accompanied by tantalizing dancers. The set list will be completed by a couple of reimagined classics from jazz icons Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

Regarded as a trumpet prodigy once named Jazz Artist of the Year at the Independent Music Awards and described by DownBeat as “Taking jazz into the future,” Von Roderick has shared his talent on stage or on record with an eclectic array of artists that includes Neil Diamond, Music Soulchild, Brad Mehldau, Dionne Warwick, Tenacious D, John Medeski, Nnenna Freelon and the Saturday Night Live Band as well as in prestigious locales such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. But that was then and this is now. Von Roderick plans to take the “Hero’s Journey” show on the road (cities and dates will be announced). On record and in concert, “Hero’s Journey” is an empowering experience and a revolutionary exhibition of jazz to behold.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - May 2, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Boney James - "Futuresoul" - (Concord)
2 - 2 - Nils - "Alley Cat" - (Baja/TSR)
3 - 4 - Najee - "You Me And Forever" - (Shanachie)
4 - 3 - 3rd Force - "Glocal Force" - (Baja/TSR)
5 - 6 - Fourplay - "Silver - (Concord Music Group)
6 - 5 - Darren Rahn - "Sonic Boom" - (Woodward Avenue Records)
7 - 8 - Paolo Rustichelli - "Don't Stop (Soul Italiano)" - (Next Age Music)
8 - 9 - Andy Snitzer - "American Beauty" - (Goose Song Music)
9 - 11 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
10 - 10 - Lawson Rollins - "Infinite Chill" - (Infinita Records/Baja TSR)
11 - 17 - Jazz Funk Soul - "More Serious Business" - (Shanachie)
12 - 16 - Bill McGee - "Still Bill" - (804Jazz)
13 - 7 - Threestyle feat. Magdalena Chovancova - "A Little Longer" - (WeLoveMusicRecords)
14 - 13 - Philippe Saisse Trio - "And So But Then" - (www.philippesaisse.com)
15 - 12 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
16 - 25 - Marcus Anderson - "And Coffee" - (Anderson Music-LLC)
17 - 14 - Brian Simpson - "Out Of A Dream" - (Shanachie)
18 - 18 - Michael Lington - "Second Nature" - (Copenhagen Music)
19 - 15 - Mark Etheredge - "Connected" - (Vipaka Records)
20 - 33 - Brian Bromberg - "Full Circle" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - April 25, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 2 - Boney James - "Futuresoul" - (Concord)
2 - 3 - Nils - "Alley Cat" - (Baja/TSR)
3 - 1 - 3rd Force - "Glocal Force" - (Baja/TSR)
4 - 4 - Najee - "You Me And Forever" - (Shanachie)
5 - 6 - Darren Rahn - "Sonic Boom" - (Woodward Avenue Records)
6 - 7 - Fourplay - "Silver - (Concord Music Group)
7 - 5 - Threestyle feat. Magdalena Chovancova - "A Little Longer" - (WeLoveMusicRecords)
8 - 10 - Paolo Rustichelli - "Don't Stop (Soul Italiano)" - (Next Age Music)
9 - 9 - Andy Snitzer - "American Beauty" - (Goose Song Music)
10 - 8 - Lawson Rollins - "Infinite Chill" - (Infinita Records/Baja TSR)
11 - 13 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
12 - 15 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
13 - 23 - Brian Simpson - "Out Of A Dream" - (Shanachie)
14 - 12 - Philippe Saisse Trio - "And So But Then" - (www.philippesaisse.com)
15 - 17 - Bill McGee - "Still Bill" - (804Jazz)
16 - 11 - Jazz Funk Soul - "More Serious Business" - (Shanachie)
17 - 30 - Michael Lington - "Second Nature" - (Copenhagen Music)
18 - 14 - Mark Etheredge - "Connected" - (Vipaka Records)
19 - 36 - Sylvia Bennett - "All About Love" - (Out Of Sight Music)
20 - 16 - The JT Project - "Moments of Change" - (The JT Project Records)


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