Friday, October 30, 2009

Dave Brubeck at New York's Blue Note

Declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck will be capping off a banner year in his extraordinary career with a three-night run of six shows at New York's Blue Note on November 27-29 and being honored at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington on December 6, the artist's 89th birthday. The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala Program will be broadcast on CBS television on December 29, 2009.

"Dave Brubeck's genius has dazzled us for six decades and has helped to define an American art form, " said Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman. "This year, the Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals whose unique and abundant artistry has contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world." (Other honorees this year are Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen and opera singer Grace Bumbry.)

2009 marks the 50th anniversary of Brubeck's Time Out, one of the most loved and best selling jazz albums of all time, and its centerpiece track, "Take Five, " an eternally cool sonic tonic for an endless summer night which became the first million-selling jazz single in Billboard Hot 100 history.

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings/Sony Music celebrated the album's 50th anniversary with a three-disc edition of Time Out featuring the original album (remastered for the first time since 1997) in its entirety, a CD of eight previously unreleased live performances from the 1961, 1963 and 1964 Newport Jazz Festival, and a DVD premiering a 30-minute documentary on the making of Time Out, with an exclusive Brubeck interview, extensive performance footage and more. "This package adds tremendously to the value of the original album, " wrote the All Music Guide.

A new Legacy Edition of another classic jazz title from the Dave Brubeck Columbia Records catalog has been planned for release in 2010.

Still actively performing throughout each year, Dave Brubeck and his Quartet helped launch the Time Out Legacy Edition with an incandescent mini-set at the Soho Apple Store in New York on Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Upcoming Jazz Releases | November 3, 2009

Alan Pasqua - Body And Soul (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Amy Cervini - Lovefool (Anzic )
Astor Piazzolla - Live & Studio (Phantom )
Beegie Adair - Great American Songbook Collection (Green Hill )
Beegie Adair - The Great American Songbook Collection (Green Hill )
Beegie Adair - The Great American Songbook (Green Hill )
Bill Evans - Bill Evans Album (Phantom )
Bill Evans - Complete Recordings (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Bill Evans - Lund 1975/Helsinki 1970 (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Bill Frisell - Good Dog Happy Man (Nonesuch )
Bill Frisell - Good Dog, Happy Man ( )
Bud Shank - By Request Meets Rhythm Section (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Carla Bley - Carla's Christmas Carols (Ecm )
Charlie Parker - Complete Bird At The Open Door (Disconforme )
Chris Botti - Live In Boston (Columbia )
Claude Challe - Six Senses (Na�ve )
Clifford Brown - Plays Trumpet And Piano (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Collage - Fifty-Four Minutes Twenty Seconds (Wool )
Cool Piano - Cool Piano (Wagram Music S.A. )
David Murray - Devil Tried To Kill Me (Justin Time )
David Murray - The Devil Tried to Kill Me (Justin Time )
Doc Severinsen - Doc (Wounded Bird )
Doc Severinsen - Brass Roots (Wounded Bird )
Dorothy Ashby - Rubaiyat Of (Dusty Groove )
Duke Jordan - Tba (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Eddie Henderson - Dreams Of Gershwin (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Eddy Henderson - Manhattan (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Ember Jazz Flamingo Collection - Ember Jazz: The Flamingo Collection (Fantastic Voyage )
Frank Rosolino - Live In Rome 1973 (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Freedom Rhythm & Sound Revolutionary Jazz 1965-80 - Freedom Rhythm & Sound Revolutionary Jazz 1965-80 (Phantom )
Han Bennink - Calling Down The Flevo Spirit (Atavistic Records/Mvd )
Han Bennink & Kees Hazevoet - Calling Down The Flevo Spirit (Atavistic )
Han Bennink / Kees Hazevoet - Calling Down The Flevo Spirit (Atavistic )
Harry Connick Jr. - Your Songs-International Edition (Phantom )
Jazz Session - Jazz Session (Imv Blueline )
Jennie Smith - Nightly Yours On Steve Allen Show (3D Japan/Zoom )
Joe Henderson - Page One (Emm/Blue Note )
John Coltrane - Complete 1972 Berlin Concert (Indie Europe/Zoom )
John Coltrane - 1962 Graz Concert:Complete (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Johnny Mercer - Centennial Celebration (Ojc )
Julien Lourau - Saigon (Phantom )
Marco Bittelli - Libera (Pacific Coast Jazz )
Mccoy Tyner - Prelude And Sonata (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Niels Lan Doky - Cafe Monmartor (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Niels Lan Doky - Tba (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Niels Lan Doky - Spain (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Niels Lan Doky - Look Of Love (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Niels Pedersen - Friends Forever (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
On Fillmore - Extended Vacation (Dead Oceans Records (Sister label o )
Richard Tee - Real Time (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Romantic Melody: Jazz Lounge - Romantic Melody: Jazz Lounge (Imv Blueline )
Romantic Melody: Jazz Lounge - Jazzlounge: Romantic Melody (Imv / Blueline Prod )
Ryan Kisor - Kisor (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Ryan Kisor - Kisor 2 (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Ryan Kisor - Side Winder (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Ryan Kisor - Donna Lee (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Ryan Kisor - This Is Ryan (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Santucci Scoppa Quartet - Towards The Peace (Phantom )
Sonny Rollins - Complete 1963 Copenhagen Concert (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Soul Eternity: Lounge Cafe - Rendez-Vous a Lounge Cafe (Imv / Blueline Prod )
Sun Ra - Continuation (Atavistic )
Xavier Cugat - Chica Chica Boom Chic (Indie Europe/Zoom )

Reissues
Grant Green - Green Street (Pid )
Wynton Marsalis - Wynton Marsalis (Wounded Bird )

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Grandpa Elliott To Release First Album On Playing For Change Records

In partnership with the Concord Music Group, Playing For Change announced the launch of a new record label that will support releases from select artists associated with the global music and multi-media collective Playing For Change. The first artist signed to Playing For Change Records/Concord Music Group is legendary New Orleans street performer “Grandpa” Elliott whose debut album Sugar Sweet will be released on Nov. 3rd. Grandpa Elliott has been entertaining audiences in the French Quarter for over sixty years, but his popularity has gone global in the last year after the Playing for Change hit viral video for “Stand By Me”, featuring 37 musicians from all over the world received over 30 million views on sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

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“Grandpa” Elliott Small, singing on the streets of New Orleans since he was a six year old, can capture a crowd with a single note. His mellow baritone makes the sounds of a busy New Orleans street fall away with its warm sincerity and while the blues may inform his lyrical harmonica playing, he has his own unique sound. Sugar Sweet, produced by Playing For Change founder Mark Johnson and Reggie McBride, was recorded in New Orleans with the Playing For Change Band. Grandpa Elliott has been singing with the PFC Band for the past year and they have developed an uncanny rapport. Their enthusiasm and ability to lay down sturdy, elastic grooves is evident throughout the album, adding sympathetic backing to Elliott’s soulful vocals and sinuous harmonica.

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“Grandpa Elliott embodies everything the Playing For Change project is about,” Johnson says. “Soul, talent, and perseverance. He brought the rawness of the street into the studio and cut the tunes in one take, with no set list and made every song his own. There’s a line in ‘Sugar Sweet’ that says ‘I love you more than the blood that runs through my veins.’ That’s how Grandpa feels about music. You can hear it in every note he sings.”

On the title track, the guitars of Jason Tamba from the DR Congo and Zimbabwe ’s Louis Mhlanga play a New Orleans style rumba with a hint of ska, while drummer Peter Bunetta lays down subtle percussion fills. Grandpa Elliott’s voice is fluid, with quicksilver phrasing that falls before and behind the beat, playing with rhythm and meter. “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do,” an early hit for Bobby “Blue” Bland, gets a makeover that combines the swing of Tamba and Mhlanga, with an R&B feel, Elliott’s vocal slips from a buoyant tenor to a playful, bluesy growl as he adds subtle harmonica accents. Grandpa Elliott learned “Share Your Love With Me” from an Aretha Franklin recording and the band gives it a stripped down, old school R&B reading. “Fannie Mae” was cut at a rousing live concert performance with Keb’ Mo’ sitting in on electric guitar. It includes a blazing harp solo from Grandpa Elliott and lets the band show off its considerable instrumental prowess.

Grammy-winning producer/engineer/filmmaker Mark Johnson founded Playing For Change on the simple idea that the world can find peace through music. It’s been an incredible year for the project and momentum continues to build as Johnson and the musicians of Playing For Change were named “Persons of the Week” on ABC’s World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson last month and have been profiled many times nationally including NPR’s Morning Edition, CBS News Sunday Morning and PBS’ Bill Moyers Journal just to name a few. They have already performed twice on NBC’s The Tonight Show and Grandpa recently performed an emotional rendition of “Stand By Me” on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.

Playing For Change has been one of 2009’s most unlikely and startling cultural phenomenons. Hear Music/Concord Music Group’s two-disc CD/DVD Playing For Change – Songs Around the World, released April 28th, stunned the music industry selling over twenty-six thousand copies in it’s first week and landing at #10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Pop chart. (The Playing For Change – Songs Around The World - Deluxe Edition, featuring the full-length documentary Peace Through Music broadcast this summer nation-wide on PBS, will be released on October 13th.) This remarkable and unpredicted popular response has been driven by tens of millions of video hits, countless blogs and pure viral communication between fans and followers. The project’s deep emotional resonance, combined with the muscle of the internet and word-of-mouth has struck a profoundly enduring chord world-wide.

The PFC Band and Grandpa Elliott can be seen on a nation-wide tour this fall. After all these years of persevering through incredible hardships and performing for free, Grandpa has become an instant icon. “A man don’t live that long and, when you’re in your 60s, you know you’re ready to go any time,” he says with a smile. “So I’m looking for success to happen now. I’m eager and hungry and there’s no stopping me.”

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Smooth Jazz Saxophonist Euge Groove Offers "Sunday Morning"

Euge Groove - Sunday MorningSmooth jazz saxophonist Euge Groove today, October 27, releases his sixth solo CD, Sunday Morning. He calls it an expansion of his last CD, Born 2 Groove, which features the current Smooth Jazz Top 20 hit “Slow Jam.”

The 10-song CD has all original songs, including the title track and “Get Ready,” “As You Like It,” “Say My Name,” “Tenderly” and “The Gospel Truth,” among others. Musicians include guitarists Paul Brown – who also mixed the CD – and Jubu Smith, pianists Tracy Carter and Joel Campbell, bassists Cornelius Mims, Alex Al and Roberto Vally, drummer Oscar Seaton and percussionist Lenny Castro. Philippe Saisse arranges strings on three tracks, while Michael Egizi plays the Hammong B3 organ on the title track and Dax Reynosa is featured on lead vocals on “Yes.”

Groove will be performing November 5 to November 8 in Seattle. On November 18, he will be one of several smooth jazz artists on the five-day Jammin’ in Jamaica event assembled by fellow saxophonist Warren Hill.

This is an original post by smoothjazznetwork.com on October 27, 2009

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Smooth Jazz Chart | 10/26/09


LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - George Benson - "Songs And Stories" - (Concord)
2 - 2 - Peter White - "Good Day" - (Peak/Concord)
5 - 3 - Richard Elliot - "Rock Steady" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
4 - 4 - Paul Taylor - "Burnin'" - (Peak)
3 - 5 - Boney James - "Send One Your Love" - (Concord)
8 - 6 - Jackiem Joyner - "Lil' Man Soul - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
6 - 7 - Jessy J - "True Love - (Peak)
10 - 8 - Joyce Cooling - "Global Cooling" - (joycecooling.com)
7 - 9 - Rick Braun - "All It Takes" - (Artistry)
9 - 10 - Najee - "Mind Over Matter" - (Heads Up)
12 - 11 - Brian Bromberg - "It Is What It Is" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
11 - 12 - Jeff Golub - "Blues For You" - (E1)
14 - 13 - Dave Koz - "Greatest Hits" - (Capitol)
13 - 14 - Nils - "Up Close & Personal" - (Baja/TSR)
15 - 15 - Nick Colionne - "No Limits" - (E1)
26 - 16 - Earl Klugh - "The Spice Of Life" - (861/E1)
16 - 17 - Euge Groove - "Born 2 Groove" - (Narada/Blue Note)
18 - 18 - Marion Meadows - "Secrets" - (Heads Up)
20 - 19 - Paul Brown & Marc Antoine - "Foreign Exchange" - (Peak)
17 - 20 - Bernie Williams - "Moving Forward" - (Reform)




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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Google Prepares Music Search Service

Google plans to launch a music service, Wired.com has confirmed with sources familiar with the situation. Next to nothing is known about the service at this point, rumored to be called “Google Music,” “Google Audio,” or “One Box,” although we have confirmed that it will be announced next Wednesday, and that it will link out to two music services: Lala and iLike.

Google will not become a music retailer itself, but will offer enhanced music search with a streaming function — first of possibly several vertical search offerings. Searching for an artist or song will apparently bring up a box (thus Google’s working title: “One Box”) with a streaming link randomly assigned to stream songs from either Lala or iLike, the latter of which was acquired by MySpace in August.

Lala, iLike, “and others” will announce the service next Wednesday at Capital Records Music in Hollywood, California, with musical guests OneRepublic plus members of Linkin Park and Dead by Sunrise.

ConcertTickets_html_v5 MSThe RSVP on the invitation (right) links to an e-mail address at secure online event registration company Paragon New Media, which lists Google as a client. After spotting that, we confirmed with a source close to the situation that Google’s upcoming music service will be announced at the event.

Google’s music search service, whatever it ends up being called, will include music from all four major labels and, most likely, all of the indie content on iLike and Lala (as one insider put it, it would be harder to remove a subset of songs from those services than to let Google simply index all of it).

iLike currently streams some songs as 30-second samples and others as full-length songs, and sells MP3s for the usual prices. Lala allows registered users to stream complete songs and albums once, for free, after which point they can buy streaming songs 10 cents that can be credited to the purchase of the full download. At this point, it’s not clear how these services will behave when presented through Google’s search interface.

Google has yet to respond to our requests for comment. The company is also building the back-end for the majors’ upcoming Vevo music video service, and operates a free download service in China that TechCrunch says will not resemble whatever Google launches here in the U.S. and possibly elsewhere as well.

After this music search product launches next Wednesday, we understand that Google plans to release other search verticals, possibly including a travel booking service.

By Eliot Van Buskirk wired.com

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Upcoming Jazz Releases | October 27, 2009

Alicia Keys - Alicia Keys Smooth Jazz Tribute (CC Entertainment )
Aram Shelton - Two Cities (Delmark )
Art Blakey - Jazz Messengers (LP W/Tshirt) (Phantom )
Charlie Parker - Bird On 52ND Street (Original Jazz Classics )
Collage - Fifty-Four Minutes Twenty Seconds (Wool )
Crane River Jazz Band - Storming Session (United States Of Distribution LTD. )
Crane River Jazz Band - Storming Session: Germany May 1973 (United States Of Distribution LTD. )
Crane River Jazzband - Storming Session (United States Of Dist. (Uk) )
Dave Douglas - Single Sky (Green Leaf )
David Gould - Feast Of The Passover (Tzadik )
Dean Brown - DB II (Zyx )
Dexter Gordon - Our Man In Paris (LP W/Tshirt) (Phantom )
Duke Jordan - In Copenhagen (Storyville Records/Red )
Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch (LP W/Tshirt) (Phantom )
Euge Groove - Sunday Morning (Shanachie )
Everette Harp - First Love (Shanachie )
Garage A Trois - Power Patriot (Royal Potato Family/Red )
Grant Green - Street Of Dreams (LP W/Tshirt) (Phantom )
Hank Jones - Live In Marciac 1993 (Kindred Rhythm )
Hank Jones & Tommy Flanagan - Live In Marciac 1993 (Kindred )
Henry Threadgill - This Brings Us To Vol. 1 (Pi )
Henry Threadgill / Zooid - This Brings Us To, Vol. I (PI )
Henry Threadgill / Zooid - This Brings Us To 1 (Pi Recordings )
Henry Threadgill / Zooid - This Brings Us To Vol. 1 (Pi Recordings )
Jason Seizer - Fair Way (Pirouet )
Jason Seizer - Serendipity (Pirouet )
Jazz Icons - Jazz Icons:Jazz Icons Series 4 (Naxos / TDK )
Jazz Icons - Jazz Icons:Anita O'Day Live 63 & 70 (Naxos / TDK )
Jazz Icons - Jazz Icons:Woody Herman Live In 64 (Naxos / TDK )
Jazz Icons - Jazz Icons:Art Blakey Live In 65 (Naxos / TDK )
Jazz Icons - Jazz Icons:Jimmy Smith Live In 69 (Naxos / TDK )
Jazz Icons - Jazz Icons:Art Farmer Live In 64 (Naxos / TDK )
Jazz Icons - Jazz Icons:Coleman Hawkins Live In 64 (Naxos / TDK )
Jazz Icons - Jazz Icons:Erroll Garner Live 63 & 64 (Naxos / TDK )
Ken Colyer - Boston Concert (United States Of Distribution LTD. )
Ken Colyer - BBC Jazz From The BBC Jazz Club Vol. 3 (United States Of Distribution LTD. )
Ken Colyer - A Boston Concert With Ken Colyer's Jazzmen: June 1972 (United States Of Distribution LTD. )
Ken Colyer - Boston Concert With Ken Colyer's Jazzmen: June 1972 (United States Of Distribution LTD. )
Ken Colyer & Others - BBC Jazz From The BBC Jazz Club Vol. 3 (United States Of Dist. (Uk) )
Ken Colyer's Jazzmen - A Boston Concert (United States Of Dist. (Uk) )
Lifestyle: Jazz Grooves - Lifestyle: Jazz Grooves Vol. 2-Lifestyle: Jazz Grooves (Phantom )
Loren Stillman - Winter Fruits (Pirouet )
Memphis Nighthawks - Jazz Lips (Delmark )
Mike Rinta - Eponymous (Wide Hive )
Mike Rinta - Eponymous (Wide Hive Records)
Mulatu Astatke - From New York City To Addis Ababa: The Best Of Mulatu Astatke (Strut )
Othertet - Othertet, The S/T (Egr )
Othertet - Othertet (Engine Studios )
Phil Ranelin / Tribe Renaissa - Reminiscence Live (Wide Hive )
Phil Ranelin / Tribe Renaissance - Reminiscence Live (Wide Hive )
Phil Ranelin / Tribe Renaissance - Reminiscence: Live! (Wide Hive )
Putumayo Presents - Putumayo Presents: Jazz Around the World (Putumayo )
Ralph Sutton - In Copenhagen (Storyville Records/Red )
Red Mitchell - Big Two (Storyville Records/Red )
Seven Storey Mountain - Seven Storey Mountain, The (Important )
Seven Storey Mountain - Seven Storey Mountain (Important )
Somi - If The Rain Comes First (ObliqSound )
Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin (LP W/ Tshirt) (Phantom )
Stefano Bollani - Stone In The Water (Ecm )
Sun Ra - Heliocentric Worlds V2 (Esp Disk LTD. )
Sun Ra - Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra 2 (Esp Disk LTD. )
Sun Ra - The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra Vol. 1 (Esp Disk LTD. )
Sun Ra - Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol. 1 (ESP-Disk )
Tyondai Braxton - Central Market (Warp )
U2 - Unforgettable Fire (Island )

Reissues
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin' (Pid )
Dexter Gordon - Our Man In Paris (Pid)
Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch (EMI )
Grant Green - Street of Dreams (Blue Note)
Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin' (Pid )
Wynton Marsalis - Wynton Marsalis (Wounded Bird )

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Soulful Singer Kristina Train Releases "Spilt Milk" On Blue Note Today

“I always had a feeling that music wouldn’t just be in my life,” declares singer Kristina Train. “It would be my life.”
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Today, October 20, Blue Note Records will release Spilt Milk, the stunning debut album from singer Kristina Train. After a run of opening dates with Chris Isaak last month, Kristina is hitting the road again opening for Keb’ Mo’ and Susan Tedeschi, giving audiences around the country an early chance to hear her perform the affecting songs from her debut in a live setting.

“In showbiz you need flashy costumes and talent,” said Isaak. “I have the flashy costumes, Kristina has the talent! She is really an amazing singer. I am a fan like everybody else who hears her voice… She is that good.”

With Spilt Milk, Kristina—who was born in New York City and raised in Savannah , Georgia —has made an urbane, soulful, and lush debut that showcases her stunning voice. As a vocalist, she alternates between gentle balladeering and powerful belting, her bluesy vibrato revealing the breadth and elegance of a young Dusty Springfield — a little bit London, a little bit Memphis.

Interestingly, Kristina’s story is in many ways the inverse of Springfield ’s. In her case it’s the soulful Southern girl with the awe-inspiring voice that heads to London to find inspiration and record her debut statement. Spilt Milk was recorded with Jimmy Hogarth, the sought-after British producer whose recent credits include Duffy, Corinne Bailey Rae, and James Blunt. Powerhouse songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger Eg White (a Grammy Awards Record of the Year nominee earlier this year for Adele’s “Chasing Pavements”) co-wrote most of the songs with Kristina, who delivers them so convincingly that the words could be pages torn from her diary.

A potentially devastating turn of events during the recording sessions revealed a great deal about the determination and patience with which Kristina has pursued her dream. After having recorded most of the album, a disastrous computer glitch resulted in the deletion of nearly all the music that had been completed. What might have been a crushing blow to a lesser individual, Kristina instead turned into inspiration, rallying her cohorts and re-cutting the vanished material with even more passion. The experience even provided her with an album title, because there’s no sense in crying over spilt milk.

Kristina Train - Tour Dates

10/21 New York , NY Nokia Theater w/ Keb’ Mo’
10/22 Burlington , VT Flynn Theater w/ Keb’ Mo’
10/23 Somerville , MA Somerville Theatre w/ Keb’ Mo’
10/25 Albany , NY The Egg w/ Keb’ Mo’
10/26 Annapolis , MD Ram’s Head w/ Keb’ Mo’
10/29 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre w/ Keb’ Mo’
10/30 Greensburg , PA The Palace Theatre w/ Keb’ Mo’
11/1 Westhampton Beach , NY Westhampton Beach PAC w/ Keb’ Mo’
11/2 Toronto , ONT Fairmont Hotel
11/3 Ridgefield , CT Ridgefield Playhouse w/ Keb’ Mo’
11/5 Englewood , NJ Bergen PAC w/ Keb’ Mo’
11/6 Tarrytown , NY Music Hall w/ Keb’ Mo’
11/7 Glenside , PA Keswick Theatre w/ Keb’ Mo’
11/8 Wilmington , DE Grand Opera House w/ Keb’ Mo’
11/9 State College, PA The State Theater w/ Keb’ Mo’
11/11 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater w/ Keb’ Mo’
11/12 Kalamazoo , MI State Theatre w/ Keb’ Mo’
11/13 Chicago , IL House Of Blues w/ Keb’ Mo’

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City Sounds Radio: Jazz in the City presents The Big Windy Cat guitarist Nick Colionne 11/25

Nick ColionneNick Colionne - Guitarist, vocalist, producer, arranger and fashion plate.......yes that's right.....fashion plate. It seems several topics come up when talking about Nick;

o he has more clothes and shoes than Macy's
o puts on a tremendous show
o and, of course, has a charted album, titled No Limits, currently filling the airwaves.

Yes, he's all that and more, but at the end of the day, when all that's set aside, we see another side of Nick Colionne. We see a very caring individual who has spent the major portion of his adult life mentoring children (kindergarten through eighth grade) in his local area grade school in Chicago. He has helped raise funds to keep the music programs alive and has taught a young generation that there really is something to this music called Jazz. There is much more to this story and it's definitely a topic we'll discuss with Nick.

So join our friends on Sunday, October 25th on Jazz In The City, 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time at: City Sounds Radio or use the City Sounds buttons on your right.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Smooth Jazz Chart | 10/19/09


LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - George Benson - "Songs And Stories" - (Concord)
2 - 2 - Peter White - "Good Day" - (Peak/Concord)
3 - 3 - Boney James - "Send One Your Love" - (Concord)
4 - 4 - Paul Taylor - "Burnin'" - (Peak)
5 - 5 - Richard Elliot - "Rock Steady" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
6 - 6 - Jessy J - "True Love - (Peak)
8 - 7 - Rick Braun - "All It Takes" - (Artistry)
7 - 8 - Jackiem Joyner - "Lil' Man Soul - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
10 - 9 - Najee - "Mind Over Matter" - (Heads Up)
12 - 10 - Joyce Cooling - "Global Cooling" - (joycecooling.com)
9 - 11 - Jeff Golub - "Blues For You" - (E1)
14 - 12 - Brian Bromberg - "It Is What It Is" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
11 - 13 - Nils - "Up Close & Personal" - (Baja/TSR)
13 - 14 - Dave Koz - "Greatest Hits" - (Capitol)
17 - 15 - Nick Colionne - "No Limits" - (E1)
15 - 16 - Euge Groove - "Born 2 Groove" - (Narada/Blue Note)
19 - 17 - Bernie Williams - "Moving Forward" - (Reform)
20 - 18 - Marion Meadows - "Secrets" - (Heads Up)
18 - 19 - Cindy Bradley - "Bloom" - (Trippin 'n' Rhythm)
25 - 20 - Paul Brown & Marc Antoine - "Foreign Exchange" - (Peak)



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Thursday, October 15, 2009

City Sounds Radio - This Week On Jazz In The City: Saxman Darren Motamedy

This week on, Jazz In The City, an interview with saxman Darren Motamedy. Darren is a Seattle based musician who has composed, arranged, produced and recorded his 9th album titled Don't Cha Know. This release has risen to number 4 on the independent artist chart and has received considerable national airplay.

Although the album shares some urban contemporary/ funky R&B stylings, Motamedy never sacrifices the jazz theme that has always been such a major part of his music. From the Intro to Lonely Hearts at Sea, these tracks will enlighten your senses and enhance your enjoyment of some of the finest smooth jazz recorded to date.

On this show, a discussion of the highlights of Darren's career... past, present and future and may even talk about a new album that's in the works. The chatroom wll be open and there will be time for questions, so don't miss out on a great session with one of the Pacific Northwest's premier smooth jazz artists.

Darren Motamedy will be live on Jazz In The City this Sunday, Oct. 18th, at 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time.

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Upcoming Jazz Releases | October 20, 2009

Ahmad Jamal - Quiet Time (Phantom )
Amanda Carr / Kenny Hadley Big Band - Common Thread (Orig. Music Service )
Ashling - Sweet Feelings (San Francisco Records/City Hal )
Bamboos - Step It Up (P-Vine Japan/Zoom )
Billy May - May Time (Montpellier )
Billy May / Rico Mambo Orchestra - Maytime ( )
Billy May / Rico Mambo Orchestra - May Time ( )
Billy Orchestra May - Maytime (Montpellier/City Hall )
Bobby Bradford / Tom Heasley / Ken Rosser - Varistar (Full Bleed Music)
Bobby Hutcherson - Wise One (Kind Of Blue/City Hall )
Bobby Hutcherson - Wise Onea (Kind Of Blue )
Chris Potter/Steve Wilson/Terell Stafford/Keith Javors/Delbert Felix/John Davis - Coming Together (Inarhyme Records) - Book
Christian McBride - Kind Of Brown (Mack Avenue )
Christian Mcbride & Inside Straight - Kind Of Brown (Mack Avenue )
David Benoit - Smooth Sound Of David Benoit-Then & Now (Phantom )
Denver & The Mile High Orchestr - Timeless Christmas (EMI Christian Music Group )
Diana Krall - Quiet Nights-Deluxe (Phantom )
Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix - Put On A Happy Face (Primarily A Capella )
Dick Van Dyke / Vantastix - Put On A Happy Face (Primarily Acapella )
Dinah Washington - Mellow Mama (Music & Words )
Dorothy Ashby - Rubaiyat Of (Dusty Groove )
Duck Baker - Everything That Rises Must Converge (Mighty Quinn )
Dynamic Les Demerle - Gypsy Rendezvous V1 (Origin )
E.S.T. - Retrospective:Very Best Of Est (World Vision Uk/Zoom )
Eddie Roberts - Roughneck (Le Maguis)
Egberto Gismonti - Saudacoes (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Elbow Variations - Elbow Variations (Righteous )
Emil Viklicky - Funky Way Of Emil Viklicky (Vampi Soul )
Figureheads / Nat Johnson - Roman Radio (Damaged Goods )
Freedom Rhythm & Sound Revolutionary Jazz 1965-80 - Freedom Rhythm & Sound Revolutionary Jazz 1965-80 (Phantom )
Giacomo Gates - Luminosity (Aao Music/Idn )
Glenn Miller Orchestra - Whistle Stop (Montpellier )
Glenn Miller Orchestra / Ray McKinley - Whistle Stop ( )
Hank Jones - Pleased To Meet You (Justin Time )
Henry Franklin - Home Cookin (Skipper Productions/City Hall )
His Downbeat Orchestra / Ralph Marterie - Let's Go To Town ( )
His Memphis Five / Phil Napoleon - Memphis Blues ( )
Houston Person - Mellow (Highnote Records, Inc. )
Irmin Schmidt - Filmmusik Anthology Vols. 4-5 (Mute )
Jason Lindner - Now vs. Now (Anzic )
Jazz N 80S 3 - Jazz N 80S 3 (Music Brokers Arg )
Joanne Brackeen - Tring A Ling (Choice )
Joanne Brackeen / Michael Brecker - Tring-A-Ling (Choice )
Joe Henderson - Page One (Emm/Blue Note )
Joe Lee Wilson - Shout For Trane Feat Monty Waters (Why Not/City Hall )
Joe Lee Wilson - Shout For Trane (Why Not )
Joey Defrancesco - Snapshot (Highnote Records, Inc. )
John Moulder - Bifrost (Origin )
Jon Irabagon - Observer (Concord )
Josh Moshier - Joy Not Jaded (Oa2 )
Komeda Project - Requiem (WM Records)
Kristina Train - Spilt Milk (Angel )
Les DeMerle - Gypsy Rendezous 1 ( )
Les DeMerle - Gypsy Rendezous Vol. 1 ( )
Lester Bowie - All The Numbers (Nessa Records/City Hall )
Mads Tolling - Playmaker (Madsman Records/City Hall )
Mads Tolling - The Playmaker ( )
Marius Nordal - Boomer Jazz (Origin )
Mark Soskin - Man Behind The Curtain (Kind Of Blue/City Hall )
Martin Paris - Guitarist Off The Vine (Solid Air )
Miguel Zenon - Esta Plena (UMGD/UNIVERSAL )
Mike Lebrun / Josh Moshier - Joy Not Jaded ( )
Miles Davis - Fat Time (Jazzdoor )
Nat Johnson and the Figureheads - Roman Radio (Damaged Goods )
Natural Yogurt Band - Away With Meloncholy (Now Again )
Phil And H Napoleon - Memphis Blues (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Phil Napoleon - Memphis Blues (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Poncho Sanchez - Psychedelic Blues (Concord )
Poppin Guitars: Tuneful Of Sherman - Poppin Guitars: Tuneful Of Sherman (Solid Air )
Poppin Guitars: Tuneful Of Sherman - Poppin' Guitars: A Tuneful of Sherman (Solid Air )
Prestige Records-Album Cover Collection - Prestige Records-Album Cover Collection (Prestige )
Quartango - El Fuego (Phantom )
Ralph And Marterie - Let's Go To Town (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Ralph Lalama - Audience (Mighty Quinn )
Ralph Marterie And His Orchestr - Let's Go To Town (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Ray McKinley - Whistle Stop (Montpellier/City Hall )
Rossano Sportiello - It Amazes Me (Sackville )
Soulive - Turn It Out (P-Vine Japan/Zoom )
Soulive - Live At The Blue Note Tokyo (P-Vine Japan/Zoom )
Stefano Bollani Trio - Stone In The Water (Umgd/Ecm )
Sun Ra - Sun Song (Phantom )
Tal Farlow - Guitar Genius: The Gibson Boy (MSI Music )
Ted Curson - Blue Piccolo (Why Not/City Hall )
The American Music Project - On The Bright Side (Inarhyme Records) - Book
Thurman Barker - Rediscovered (Uptee Records/City Hall )
Toshiko Akiyoshi - My Dear Pianists (3D Japan/Zoom )
Victor Feldman - Seven Steps To Heaven Featuring Tom S (Choice )
Victor Feldman / Tom Scott - Seven Steps To Heaven (Choice )
Wadada Leo Smith - Spirit Catcher (Nessa Records/City Hall )

Reissues
Grant Green - Green Street (Pid )
Lou Donaldson - Here 'Tis (Blue Note Records (USA) )

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Smooth Jazz Chart | 10/12/09


LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - George Benson - "Songs And Stories" - (Concord)
3 - 2 - Peter White - "Good Day" - (Peak/Concord)
2 - 3 - Boney James - "Send One Your Love" - (Concord)
4 - 4 - Paul Taylor - "Burnin'" - (Peak)
5 - 5 - Richard Elliot - "Rock Steady" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
6 - 6 - Jessy J - "True Love - (Peak)
7 - 7 - Jackiem Joyner - "Lil' Man Soul - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
8 - 8 - Rick Braun - "All It Takes" - (Artistry)
10 - 9 - Jeff Golub - "Blues For You" - (E1)
12 - 10 - Najee - "Mind Over Matter" - (Heads Up)
9 - 11 - Nils - "Up Close & Personal" - (Baja/TSR)
11 - 12 - Joyce Cooling - "Global Cooling" - (joycecooling.com)
14 - 13 - Dave Koz - "Greatest Hits" - (Capitol)
21 - 14 - Brian Bromberg - "It Is What It Is" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
13 - 15 - Euge Groove - "Born 2 Groove" - (Narada/Blue Note)
15 - 16 - Four80east - "Roll On" - (Native Language)
17 - 17 - Nick Colionne - "No Limits" - (E1)
16 - 18 - Cindy Bradley - "Bloom" - (Trippin 'n' Rhythm)
19 - 19 - Bernie Williams - "Moving Forward" - (Reform)
20 - 20 - Marion Meadows - "Secrets" - (Heads Up)



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Monday, October 12, 2009

Peter White's "Good Day" And A Story About His Electric Guitar [Video EPK]

When Peter White released “Good Day,” on September 8, it was no surprise that his new CD debuted at the top of Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. For nearly twenty years, Peter has made the acoustic guitar a dynamic and expressive voice in the soundscape of contemporary jazz.

However, many people don’t realize that Peter started out playing the electric guitar. But his musical aspirations abruptly veered in an acoustic direction when his beloved axe was destroyed in a fire, one that his younger brother Danny accidentally started.

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“The funny thing is that Danny didn’t actually admit to setting that fire for at least twenty-five years,” Peter says. “I had been kind of obsessed with the electric guitar at that point in my life, so that episode kind of forced me to go back to playing the acoustic. In retrospect, that’s a good thing.”

Indeed, Peter’s interests after the accident shifted more toward the music of acoustic artists like Crosby , Stills and Nash, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell. He had decided by his late teens that music was his calling, and his first professional gig was at a holiday resort when he was 19 years old. A year later, he was invited to join pop balladeer Al Stewart’s band as a keyboard player for a tour of England , Scotland , and the U.S.

Peter worked with Stewart in the studio in the making of “Year of the Cat,” which became a huge hit in 1976, and the two musicians co-wrote numerous songs, including Stewart’s 1978 hit, “Time Passages,” released when Peter was 23. He’s also played with singer Basia on all her recordings and tours, from 1987 to present day.

Peter continues to maintain a busy tour schedule, playing over 100 dates this year. He tours the U.K. in early November and returns to the U.S. to perform a string of Christmas dates with Dave Koz & Friends.

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