jueves, 28 de agosto de 2014

New Release: Tim Ferguson "Inside/Out Hold That Thought!” + Why Not Jazz Room NYC

New Release:
Tim Ferguson
"Inside/Out Hold That Thought!”

Tim Ferguson- bass
Rob Henke-trumpet
Diane Moser-piano

(Planet Arts 301417) Street Date October 7, 2014

Live Appearance
Sunday, October 26th
Why Not Jazz Room
14 Christopher Street
West Village NYC
Sets 7:30 & 10:30 pm
A gregarious, communicative and warm hearted trio, Tim Ferguson Inside/Out plays a variety of music ranging from compositions by the members of the ensemble and well known jazz composers to completely improvised music. Audiences enjoy a colorful sonic journey as the  group explores a variety of musical approaches, creating music in which the line between composition and improvisation blurs and gives way to spontaneaus collective musical expression.

Silence [8:45]
(Charlie Haden)
Only A Dream [5:15]
(Ferguson, Moser, Henke)
A Drink and A Cigarette [5:04]
(Rob Henke)
Trumpet Bass Segue [1:28]
(Ferguson, Henke)
One For Mal [8:42]
(Diane Moser)
Un Bel Lago [10:04]
(Tim Ferguson)
If You Call Me, Then I’ll Call You [6:07]
(Diane Moser)
Hold That Thought [4:09]
(Ferguson, Moser, Henke)
You [6:57]
(Mal Waldron)



martes, 26 de agosto de 2014

TITO ROJAS 10/3, CELTIC TENORS 10/9, HABANA SAX 10/10, DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTAR 11/01 Paramount Hudson Valley Theater

TITO ROJAS- October 3rd, 8pm
Tito Rojas, known as “El Gallo Salsero” was born on June 14, 1955 in Humacao, Puerto Rico. This talented artist has prevailed in the Salsa genre with an upstroke that for more than 36 years has crowned him as one of the monarchs of Salsa, standing in 26 musical productions, more than fifteen of these solo, in which he ...has surpassed more than one million units sold worldwide.
CELTIC TENORS- October 9th, 7pm
The Celtic Tenors have captivated audiences throughout the UK, Europe and the U.S. since their arrival on the music scene in 2000. What began just a few years ago as three very talented friends gathering on the operatic stage has since exploded into an international recording and touring phenomenon that transcends the ...trio’s classical roots and embraces folk, pop and various other dimensions of the musical spectrum.
HABANA SAX- October 10th, 8pm
Direct From CUBA!
Habana Sax synthesizes Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Latin jazz, and Brazilian rhythms.
“A quintet of Cuban jazz musicians on saxophone and percussion with an amazing array of styles… with its vibrant performance of Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Salsa, Latin jazz and Brazilian rhythms, Habana Sax represents the continuing evolution of the fiercely energetic music of Cuba… The five members of Habana Sax are graduates of the prestigious Superior Institute of Art and Culture of Cuba and are all highly esteemed Cuban music professors.
“THE BEST JAZZ SHOW IN TOWN”, "One of the treat of every jazz festival is being knocked out by a performer you had never heard of as was the case with  the...DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS." Newport Daily News.
The Django Festival AllStars carry on the legacy of the brilliant gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt who was part of one of the most famous musical partnerships in European history with virtuoso jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.
The AllStars, from France, bring the audience to their feet with lightning ­fast guitar fingerwork on standards such as “Minor Swing” and also put the crowd in a romantic mood with gorgeous melodies, hit songs of the past such as Django’s “Nuages”. The program includes many new original compositions that take the music beyond.

Paramount Hudson Valley is operated by Red House Entertainment LLC
Box Office Hours: Tues - Fri & Sunday: 1pm - 6pm • Saturday 12pm - 6pm
Address: 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill NY 10566 - For general inquiries phone: 914 739 0039
email: Boxoffice@paramounthudsonvalley.com




lunes, 25 de agosto de 2014

Brantford International Jazz Fest (Ontario, Canada) is the charming Eliana Cuevas

Eliana Cuevas performs Saturday, 13 September, 2014, 15:30-16:30 on the Bell - Brantford International Jazz Festival main stage. It's a free concert.  

Through years of touring all over the world, across Canada, and collaborating with Juno Award-winning artists, Eliana Cuevas has grown to become a singer and songwriter and leader of the band with unlimited colors in its palette of compositional and lyric. Among his honors are the national award for Jazz's Latin Jazz artist of the year (2009), a nomination for the best soloist world music in the prizes of the music Folk Canadian (2008), and the prize at the Toronto independent music to World Music Artist of the year (2007).  Born into a musical family in Venezuela, Cuevas was raised with the sounds of salsa, the joropo, pop and Brazilian music, writing his first song at the age of 9 after moving to Toronto, she bravely began to use a fake ID to play the city's leading jazz clubs despite being underage. Singing by Brazilian, flamenco and jazz ensembles influenced his eclectic sound on his debut EP Cohesion (2001) and the first two albums, Ventura (2004) and lives (2007). Her captivating voice and composition of songs on themes of forgiveness adventure captivated the local music scene, from caves as "Latin Music Queen of Canada" (680 News).    

 Acclaim internationally spread like caves played festivals and theatres in countries from Germany to Venezuela. After their second album life (2007), music minor released in Europe an anthology of his music: full moon (2009). Latino artists winner acted with Juno, Alex Cuba, Jesse Cook and Jane Bunnett. Cuevas is also collaborating with different formations as power Caribbean Jazz CaneFire, Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble, and the composer Darren Sigesmund jazz Juno-nominated, travelling as far afield as Australia and Japan.  

    His latest album "Espejo" (2013) is a true testimony to growth of caves as an artist. Formed by its international actions, working with artists and newfound motherhood, mirror perfectly combines genres from blues to pop with the signing of caves rising voices and the sound of Latin jazz. Ingenious producer and composer Jeremy Ledbetter played a key role in the promotion of caves to push their creative limits on the album, resulting in a musical journey eclectic and captivating.

"With"Espejo", won the prize for best album of Latin jazz (2014) for indepent Music Awards and achievements also in IMA nomination for best song with"Llego" from the same CD.

Now we can enjoy the melodious voice of Eliana and the theme "Llego", on the occasion of the launch of its "Espejo" CD:

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz !!

Braithwaite & Katz Communications


viernes, 15 de agosto de 2014

The Blue Project featuring Frank Lacy 8/22 & 9/5 w/Rob Paparozzi 9/18

The Danny Petroni Blue Project

Thursday August 22th  No Cover
The Blue Project featuring Frank Lacy Trombone/Vocals
with Marcus Rojas tuba, Stacy Dillard tenor sax, Meg Okura violin, Michael Faulkner drums, Danny Petroni guitar
Silvana in Harlem 9-10pm
300 W 116th St, New York, New York 10026

Friday September 5th 8PM $10 Cover
The Blue Project featuring Frank Lacy Trombone/Vocals
Michael Falkner drums, Josh David bass, Gary Oleyar Violin
Stacy Dillard tenor sax
ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn
18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Thursday September 18th 8PM $13 Cover
The Blue Project featuring Rob Paparozzi harmonica/vocals
with Tom Timko tenor sax, Steve Jankowski trumpet, Chris O'Hara drums
Gene Boccia bass
The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ
601 Main St, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
8-9pm The Blue Project
9-10pm Chris Antonik
10-11pm Matt'O'Ree

New CD

Danny Petroni - Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars
Frank Lacy - Lead Vocals/Trombone/Flumpet
Gary Oleyar – Violin
Gene Boccia - Bass
Calvin Jones - Upright bass on (Requiem for a Working man)
John Drymon -, Piano/Hammond B3 Organ
Steve Kramer - Piano on “Cracker Jack”
“Peanut Butter & Jelly”
John P Allen - Drums
Dave Halpern- Drums on (Mouse in the House)
Female Vocals, Jo Wymer on (I Changed my Ways)
Backup Vocals on (Looking Good)
Backup Vocals on (God of War, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Requiem for a Working man)
Layonne Holmes, Ricky Collins, Katrina Harper
Downbeats Editors' PICK/REVIEW"DOWNBEAT:

BY FRANK ALKYER - Downbeat Magazine
The Danny Petroni Blue

Project featuring Frank Lacy, The Blue Project (DPS Records) This album bills itself as the “Sound of Asbury Park.” Bingo. Guitarist Danny Petroni has done the Garden State proud. Somewhere “The Boss” is smiling. Somewhere “Miami Steve” is smiling. Somewhere “Southside Johnny” is smiling. And blues-loving jazz heads everywhere will be smiling, too, when they hear this disc. Petroni created this project to provide a little bit of work for the musicians, engineers and studios of Asbury Park that suffered so badly in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

He assembled a star-studded New Jersey cast to perform here—from Gary Oleyar on violin and Gene Boccia on bass to Dave Halpern and John Allen on drums and many more. It’s an eclectic blues stew with a sharp jazz edge. At the centerpiece of this excellent recording is a true surprise for jazz fans. Ku-umba Frank Lacy adds deep, cool vocals—not to mention amazing horn arrangements that compete with the best of the Miami Horns. The result is one of my favorite albums of the year, so far.

“I’ve Seen Everything” swings hard as a hysterical opening tune. The next track, “Tastes Like Chicken,” ain’t far behind! “I’ve Changed My Ways” slides in as a beautiful ballad. “Peanut Butter & Jelly” delivers. “Mouse In The House” offers a sad look at the extermination business of love. And Petroni’s beautiful, reverb-filled “Diminishing Returns” offers a touching conclusion to this 10-song set. Sandy couldn’t take these guys out. It just spurred their artistry. They deserve a few minutes of your attention. Check them out.

A blues tone poem. The 10 original songs on the CD cover an overview of Blues genres from Big Band, Jazz/Rock, Country, Gospel,Chicago, Texas, delta blues inspired songs penned by Danny Petroni.
From Fletcher Henderson inspired big band 12 bar blues as tracks  ("I've Seen Everything","Taste Like Chicken"); to Retro Blues/Rock ("God of War') then onto the Delta/Gospel sound of "Requiem for a Working Man". The country Jazz texas line dance inspired song ("Cracker Jack") then the slow blues duet ("I've Changed My Ways') followed by ("Peanut Butter and Jelly") and the swampy Nola sound of ("Hey you're Looking Good"); the the narrative style minor blues ("Mouse in the House") and closing the journey with the solo guitar ("Diminishing Return")

Track Listing
1. I've Seen Everything 2:19    
 2. Taste Like Chicken 3:49    
3. God of War 4:45    
4. Requiem for a Working Man 5:40
5. Cracker Jack 5:00     
 6. I've Changed My Ways 6:11    
7. Peanut Butter & Jelly  5:05    
8. Hey You're Loooking Good 3:27     
9. Mouse in the House  6:13
10. Diminishing Returns 3:53

The Danny Petroni Blue Project” featuring Ku-umba Frank Lacy this record (CD) has been a labor of Love.

Super storm Sandy had just devastated the Jersey shore; towns in and around Tom Rivers and inland towns like Sayreville were heavily damaged.

Many musicians and music related business were down. Gigs cancelled, venues damaged, all music productions stopped in the immediate area.

Within a few weeks The "Danny Petroni Blue Project" was born.
If I could create a blues record, with original songs that I had been writing, employ local Musicians and use local Music Production impacted by Sandy... that would be something.

I contacted Frank LacyGene BocciaGary OleyarDave Halpern and John Allen and the rest is history.  It has been a year since "The Blue Project" started and Sandy left us. The record is now finished and available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon.

“It has a country/jaz chill out feel to it maybe a little gospel thrown in there too. Great soulful vocals, superb tones It reminds me of Otis redding but it has a more modern edge. With the trend of skinny jeans and roughed up shoes.”  Reverbnation

“Classic rock opus from a set of old school musicians out of the BSW or Chicago mold. A touch of Zappa is included as well with the R&B style singer. Actually there are great horn charts, pro rhythm ensemble plus lots of 'stunt ' guitar taking dives & spins a la Vai or Frank himself.” Reverbnation

Artist Bios
Danny  Petroni (b. 1956, Trenton, New Jersey), is an American composer-songwriter-guitarist of Jazz, Blues, and Rock, as well as an accomplished guitarist in all of these styles. He has performed with the the jazz musicians Steve Nelson, James Spaulding, Johnny Griffen, Frank Lacy, Luther Thomas, and Tony Scott.
Starting guitar at age 13, he studied under master teacher Dennis Sandole of Philadelphia. From 1974 to 1977, Danny attended Rutgers University’s Livingston College Jazz Studies program under a Pee Wee Russell scholarship.
After graduation, Danny studied at the American School for Music in Vienna, Austria from 1977 to 1978 and then spent several years in Europe. In Rome, Danny start working with the great clarinetist Tony Scott. In Italy he also performed with alto saxophonist Luther Thomas.
Ku-umba Frank Lacy (b. 1959, Houston, Texas) is an American jazz trombonist.
He earned a bachelor's degree in physics] before studying music at the Berklee College of Music,where he played with Branford MarsalisGreg Osby, and Marvin Smith. Lacy then studied for his Masters degree at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Following this Lacy worked with Henry ThreadgillOliver LakeJulius HemphillDizzy GillespieAbdullah IbrahimBobby WatsonDavid MurrayMcCoy Tyner, and Lester Bowie. He also played in the Mingus Big Band and served as musical director for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.

miércoles, 13 de agosto de 2014

The musical spirit of Alex Garcia in "This Side of Mestizaje"

'For those who have followed the development music of drummer, composer and bandleader Alex Garcia fills us with satisfaction "This Side of Mestizaje". This recent production of Garcia with his Afromantra is the confirmation of their artistic growth, giving impetus to innovative exciting mixtures worthy to hear repeatedly '. Luis Raul Montell

Ole Mathisen (soprano sax), Mike Eckroth (piano) and Ariel de la Portilla (bass) beside Garcia met a musical work of height.If you want to learn more of this valuable production go to www.jazzcaribe.blogspot.com (March 19, 2014) in where have article entitled photo: Alex García completo AfroMantra "This Side of Mestizaje" CD Release Party @The New York City Bussiness Club.

Now want to enjoy, live, one of my favorite on this album: "11:11 Spirit"

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

martes, 12 de agosto de 2014

New Jay Willie Blues Band CD "Rumblin' and Slidin’” (Zoho Roots) Street Date Today!!

(Zoho Roots 201407) Street Date: August 12, 2014 
JAY WILLIE: guitar, slide guitar, vocals, BOB CALLAHAN: guitar, vocals, STEVE CLARKE: bass, piano # 6, BOBBY T TORELLO: drums, vocals  with SUZANNE VICK lead and harmony vocals # 6, JASON RICCI harmonica # 1, 3, 6, 8 - 10, RON STAHL drums # 11 – 14,
TED YAKUSH saxophone # 4, 11 – 14

Check Out The New Jay Willie Blues Band Video


"This is electric post-Chicago rock blues, y'all, and guitarist Jay Willie has been glomming a host of great influences: J. Geils, Johnny Winter, Elvin Bishop, Canned Heat, James Montgomery, Leslie West, Monkey Beat…in fact, New York Minute is the kind of stuff me and my co-substance-abusing buds (but, hey, we never inhaled!) used to motor up to The Whiskey to catch in our many pilgrimages to that hallowed shithole (Elmer Valentine wasn't exactly what one would dub a 'Humanitarian businessman' at any point). Well, Christ, no one gave a damn about the decor, only the music, and the Whiskey was unparalleled in getting the great acts, so several times a month, we wended our way to the venue. I several times caught John Mayall (once even with the Pure Food & Drug Act backing him!), Blood Sweat and Tears, Sweathog, Lee Michaels, and a buncha bluesrockers, there and elsewhere (Forum, Troub, Bowl, etc.), and the Jay Willie Blues Band woulda fit like hand in glove with those baddest actors." Mark S Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, in a review on the Jay Willie Blues Band's 2013 ZOHO release "New York Minute".

The Jay Willie Blues Band is excited to be releasing its third international release and sophomore CD for the ZOHO Roots label!

Creating a CD, at least comparable to our 2013 ZOHO release New York Minute was a definite challenge. The worldwide reviews were all extremely complimentary and our challenge was what would we do for an encore. I contacted harmonica extraordinaire Jason Ricci who was a featured artist on New York Minute and he was very willing to participate on a new project. That alone gave me great incentive and a basis to create another smokin' recording. Bob Callahan, Bobby Torello and I wrote some new material and chose some tasteful covers that we believe are expressive of our musical spectrum from early delta style music to high energy blues rock, but performed with our individual enthusiasm and piquancy. We are not your typical Snooze Blues band nor do we want to be. If you like blues that is repetitious and holds on to one guitar note for 10 seconds this record may not be for you.

A recent addition to the regular gigging Jay Willie Blues Band is bassist Steve Clarke. Steve is one of New England's most talented and sought after bassists/composers with a resume of performances or recordings with The Yellow Jackets, Theresa Wright Quartet, Patxi, Tower of Power, Melvin Sparks, Pieces of a Dream, Esteban and his own Funky-Jazz-Fusion Band The Steve Clarke Trio with seven successful CD’s to its credit. Steve’s creative style elevates the band to a new level, and this is clearly demonstrated with his solo at the conclusion of Dirty 2:30.

We are proud to introduce our newest feature artist, singer Suzanne Vick. Suzanne has been voted “Best Singer/Songwriter” in the New Haven Advocate’s 2010 & 2011 Grand Band Slams. She teaches voice, piano and music theory at the RVP Studio in West Haven, CT.

“Suzanne Vick really knows how to sing. Possessing a strong vocal range and an authentic soulful sound”.- Don Sikorski, Sound Waves magazine, March 2010.

Both featured artists Suzanne and Jason Ricci perform on the Edgar Winter track Fly Away. I have a special connection to this song through my son JC and the challenges we have endured related to his Chromosome disorder (Jacobsen Syndrome). Although he has limited verbal and occupational skills,he can communicate through music and playing the piano. One of JC’s earliest performances was his singing and playing "Fly Away". Not only was it a heart - warming experience, but the lyrics were very appropriate to the circumstance. Suzanne demonstrates her exceptional vocal range on this track with her multi- octave range, with additional harmony vocals by Bob Callahan. Jason adds a unique and brilliant acoustic harmonica-toned response to the chorus.

Jason Ricci is featured on five other tracks including the classic covers of Link Wray’s Rumble, Key To The Highway, and It Hurts Me Too. Jason is also featured on two Jay Willie Blues Band originals, The Leetch and Caballo. Jason plays a ripping solo on "The Leetch" and an intense harmonica accompaniment on “Caballo” with an emotion and feel that is straight from the soul. Caballo, the Spanish word for horse, is also a slang word for heroin and was written with a respect and empathetic appreciation of the many addictions and challenges that have afflicted many brilliant touring musicians including Jason.

Included on this CD are four live bonus tracks recorded through the mixing board at the 2013 Newtown Arts Festival in Connecticut. It was unbeknownst to us that this performance was being recorded, but when Robert Rabinowitz, the Secretary of the Newtown Arts Commission, sent me the files, we were very pleased to hear this recording. Because it was recorded single track, there was little mixing that could be done, but we felt that these live tracks are a great demonstration of our energy and musical interaction. The live performances include Ron Stahl on drums and Teddy Yakush on saxophone. Ron is our alternative drummer for live performances. He is a very solid technical drummer with a music degree from the Berklee College of Music, in Boston. Teddy is an accomplished saxophone and harmonica player and is also included on the Studio track Bad News.

-- Jay Willie

jueves, 7 de agosto de 2014

NYSQ New CD / Tour and CD Release Event @ Smalls Jazz Club NYC

Tim Armacost - tenor saxophone
David Berkman - piano,
Daiki Yasukagawa - double bass
Gene Jackson – drums

The New Straight Ahead “NYSQ”
(Whirlwind Recordings WR4654)
US Street Date August 19, 2014
Visit The Label Website for More Info

US Tour, November, 2014

Our US tour in support of our new record.
Nov 1  Smalls Jazz Club NYC
    NYC record release party for The New Straight Ahead
Smalls Jazz Club, 183 W.10th Street NYC
 New York Standards Quartet
Tim Armacost (sax)
David Berkman (piano)
Michael Janisch (bass)
Gene Jackson (drums)
Sets at 7:30 and 9 pm
Nov 7  Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nov 8 Walton Arts Center  Fayetteville, AK, USA
Nov 9 Sundays @ Murry’s Jazz Series Columbia, MO
more dates soon!

By radically redesigning familiar songs, NYSQ offers listeners an entry point to the music it presents, while simultaneously generating the creative energy that comes from exploring new territory.

NYSQ is a band that has stayed together for 8 years, during the most tumultuous period in the history of the recording business. During that time, the group has toured two to four times a year in the US, Europe and Japan, and this disc is its fourth release. NYSQ was born after a weekend at Smalls Jazz Club revealed that its members shared a love for playing standards, and a hunger to reinterpret them in ways that tapped the creativity of the contemporary jazz language of
New York City in the 21st century.

Tim Armacost (saxes and flute): Performances with New York Standards Quartet Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Al Foster, Billy Hart, Jimmy Cobb and many others. He has eight critically acclaimed recordings as a leader and recently was
commissioned by Wynton Marsalis to write a piece for the Lincoln Center Orchestra.

David Berkman (piano): Performances with Brian Blade, Sonny Stitt, Tom Harrell, the Vanguard Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas and countless others. He is an award winning (Chamber Music America: New Works Grant) composer/pianist whose seven records as a leader have appeared on numerous "Best of the Year" lists. He is the author of three books on Jazz on Sher Music Publishing including, "The Jazz Harmony Book" (2014) and is an Associate Professor at Queens College in New York.

Daiki Yasukagawa (double bass). Performances with Eddie Henderson and Marlena Shaw, as well as being an omnipresent figure on Japanese jazz recordings. Also is noted for releasing a significant solo bass record titled, “Voyage”. A consistent poll winner in Japan.

Gene Jackson (drums). Spent nine years as a member of Herbie Hancock's trio and since then has worked with nearly every major jazz figure of the last 25 years including Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, The Mingus Big Band and Branford Marsalis, to name a few.