lunes, 15 de diciembre de 2014

Gail Boyd's APAP Showcase Spans the Globe on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015



Association of Performing Arts Presenters Showcase

1335 Sixth Ave, New York, NY

January 11, 2015   2PM - Midnight

2PM & 7PM - TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS (produced by KMP Artists)
Before “The Christmas Song” and “Mona Lisa” that we know from the crooner standing in front of the orchestra, Nat was recording and playing (from the piano bench!) some of the tastiest and most influential music of the day, leaving an impact not only on an array of singers but on pianists such as Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal. This show effortlessly weaves in stories from this period in Nat King Cole’s life as they relate to the song selections, creating an evening that is fun, informative and leaves the audience not only tapping their feet, but pondering some fascinating tidbits.

Grammy Award Winning pianist, Laurence Hobgood has recently re-invented himself in the trio format.  A new recording (due out in Spring 2015), Honor Thy Fathers, featuring amazing bassist and drummer John Patitucci and Kendrick Scott, celebrates and pays tribute to some of the jazz trio's most iconic figures (Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, etc.) as well as several of Laurence's personal mentors.  Hobgood has accrued numerous Grammy nominations and other accolades as producer and musical director for musicians such as Kurt Elling, Clark Terry, Gary Burton, Eddie Daniels, Sheila Jordan, Bob Mintzer, Mark Whitfield, Jackie Allen, Charmaine Clamor, Tammy McCann and Bob Belden.  Joining Laurence for this showcase is Dan Loomis on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. 
 The New York Times wrote of Helen: “…the quality of her touch, like her grasp of harmony and form, has never been in doubt. What’s striking this time around is an openness of vision, paired with a looseness of execution. Ms. Sung sounds both relaxed and searching, and she imparts the same qualities to her crew.” Having completed recent tours in Europe, Asia and the United States, Sung & Quartet will present selections from her Concord Records debut Anthem for a New Day along with sneak peeks of new material.  Performing with her will be Reuben Rogers on bass, John Ellis on saxophone and Obed Calvaire on drums. 

Join Tammy McCann for an exciting showcase of new music with Grammy winning arranger and pianist Laurence Hobgood, Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Willie Jones III on drums.. You'll hear Tammy's one of a kind voice wrapped around some of your favorite tunes as well as get a peek into Tammy and Laurence's new CD Love Stories.  “The very thought of a singer of McCann’s vocal prowess sharing the stage with a pianist as sensitive and technically accomplished as Hobgood leaves enough to weaken the pulse of just about any jazz listener.” Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune.

Described by The Guardian as “a superb pianist of undisguisedly jazz-rooted, Herbie Hancock like fluency,” Andy Milne and his group Dapp Theory represent a litmus
of what’s happening in the world of music today. They genuinely inhabit a wide
range of musical spaces that span the globe, from Appalachian folk, traditional Armenian and heavy metal, to funk, hip-hop, jazz, pop, and classical music. Performing music from their 2014 release, Forward in All Directions, Milne will be joined by special guest, vocalist Jean Baylor, along with the members of Dapp Theory.
4:30PM – CAMILLE THURMAN QUARTET (produced by Hot Tone Music)
This quartet features voice/saxophone/flute, piano, bass & drums with a style that incorporates original & modern arrangements of jazz, contemporary and world music. An eclectic mix of instrumental and vocal music that blends influences and sounds of yesteryear with the freshness and edginess of today, "bursting in with the power of virtuosity tempered by tradition, understanding and great feeling" (Donald Elfman, NY Jazz Record). Exciting vocals blending the lushness, sophistication and versatility of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald with the electrifying range and excitement of Chaka Khan.  She will be accompanied by Darrell Green on drums, David Bryant on piano and Rahan Carter on bass.

5PM – THE MIMI JONES BAND (produced by Hot Tone Music)
This band of 4 (bass/voice, piano, drums and horn) features a delicate fusion of traditional & contemporary jazz, eclectic soul, funk, rock…textures and dynamics simple yet unpredictable progressions, supported over a heavy bounce no matter what the groove. Joining Mimi on this showcase is: Johnathan Barber on drums, Miki Hayama on the piano and a special guest.

Alvester Garnett is a jazz drummer who, among many other productions, has appeared on Great Performances on PBS in a tribute to Kurt Weill and on Broadway in “After Midnight."  Garnett has played with Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Regina Carter, Clark Terry, Pharoah Saunders, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Teddy Edwards, James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Charenee Wade, Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson, Al Grey, Rodney Jones, and Sherman Irby, among others.  Garnett’s Artworks Ensemble exclusively features new original compositions of the leader and each member of the ensemble. The ensemble, consisting of Bruce Williams, Jed Levy & Chris Berger, will be playing selections from its upcoming album to be released in early 2015. 

One of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today" (Village Voice, New York) and "one of the best nightclub singers in the world" (Time Out New York), Jungr is “a fearless iconoclast who dives into the deepest waters of popular song to wrest exotic treasure from the ocean floor" (The New York Times). Jungr will present songs from her recent CD, Hard Rain - The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen

6:30PM – NEW WEST GUITAR GROUP (produced by KMP Artists)
Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein, New West Guitar Group has been making their mark as a fresh, cutting-edge guitar ensemble. Performing popular covers, jazz standards and exciting originals, NWGG combines the acoustic and electric guitar to create their signature sound. The ensemble tours extensively through the United States and abroad giving concerts and master classes.  Praised as “sharp and refined” by the Seattle Times, New West Guitar Group infuses its latest disc Big City with its signature blend of laid-back virtuosity and expert arrangements that “sometimes verge on the orchestral” (All Music Guide).

Don Braden is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising as well as composing and arranging. Don Braden Quartet will perform selections from their upcoming release Earth, Wind, Fire, & Wonder which will include Modern Jazz arrangements of Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder, including “Getaway”, “You Can’t Hide Love”, “Don’t You Worry About a Thing”, and more. Don’s 20th CD,Earth, Wind, Fire, & Wonder will be released Spring 2015 featuring Brandon McCune.

(produced by Hot Tone Music)
All About Jazz gives Shirazette Tinnin’s debut album a 4 star review. C. Michael Bailey describes the album Humility as a “drummer-led recording date. “Tinnin has a delicate, yet firm grasp of playing polyrhythms like those popularized by Elvin Jones when he performed as part of the classic John Coltrane quartet.” Tinnin’s band and sound can best be described as straight-ahead/mainstream with an explosion of fusion on top. Shirazette will share the stage with Jason Curry on the saxophone, Jesse Elder on piano and Nimrod Speaks on bass.

8:50PM – D.O.M.E.  (produced by Hot Tone Music)
Through Art we Inspire Awareness, Change and Progress. The primary objective of The D.O.M.E. Experience is to promote social and environmental awareness through a multimedia experience that incorporates the artistic mediums of music, dance and cinema. The initials stand for Dance, Orchestration, Media, Environment. The production is comprised of a Jazz Philharmonic ensemble of up to 50 musicians, 3 dancers, and a film projected onto multiple screens thus fully engaging the audience’s senses of sight and sound. The Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra Multimedia Presentation will feature Arco Iris Sandoval on Piano, Mimi Jones on Bass, Steve Wilson on Sax, Riza Printup on Harp, Jamie Baum on Flute, with Dance/Choreography by Goussy Celestin and Leslie Parker plus many more...

9:30PM – VINX Quartet (produced by Dreamsicle Arts)
Vinx has recorded and toured with some of the music industry’s greatest icons: Stevie Wonder, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, Branford Marsalis, Ernie Watts, Taj Mahal, Ricki Lee Jones, Darius Rucker, Vance Gilbert, Cassandra Wilson, Brenda Russell, Cher and numerous others.  VINX is undoubtedly one of the most gifted improvisational vocalists performing today.  With songs that range from jazz to funk, bossa nova to blues and back again, each audience takes a world tour with VINX as their private guide.  Soaring vocals, intricate layered melodies and grooves, and that primal hand drum holding it all together mark the signature style that makes VINX a stand out among world class vocalists.   For the American Crooner Tour, VINX is joined by his trio that includes Scott Kinnison on drums, Scott Kiefner on upright bass and Andre Vasconcelos on guitar.  Featuring some of his favorite standards that evoke the days when low toned baritones ruled the night, as well as original compositions that pay homage to the genre, the American Crooner Tour celebrates VINX’s first love…singing.  

10PM – GUGU (produced by KMP Artists)
This award winning and top rated drum group from Shanghai offers a theatrical drum drama depicting historical and culturally significant drum compositions that present profound insight into unity, human evolution, awareness, wisdom, social commitment, and communication through percussive movements.

10:30PM- Midnight – JAZZ JAM SESSION
At 10:30, Gail Boyd Artist Management will host a jazz jam session including many of the performers that were featured in the showcase as well as others.  There will be a cash bar in the Regent Parlor starting at 9:00.  

Let’s give the Hilton Lobby a break on Sunday and come by
and enjoy a drink and some wonderful music.  

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