sábado, 29 de octubre de 2016

Award-winning bassist Brandi Disterheft to release fourth album “Blue Canvas”

“She is what we call serious.”  -Oscar Peterson

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Justin Time Records is proud to announce the November 4th album release “Blue Canvas” from JUNO-award winner, Brandi Disterheft, who joins forces with hard bop veteran pianist Harold Mabern and drummer Joe Farnsworth.  Canada’s prodigiously talented bassist handles her bass violin with as much visceral audacity as the great Charles Mingus once did, a fact that might raise the question of feminine power.

Recorded in the summer of 2015 in Montreal after a successful engagement at the International Montréal Jazz Festival, “Blue Canvas” is an exploration of the Divine Madness. “When I was younger, lying under my mother's piano while she transcribed Bill Evans, jazz was infinite: an endless discovery.  I now reside in Harlem just blocks away from Duke Ellington's residence, and I am constantly overcome with an unsettledness to unravel a joy that is drenched in swinging jazz,” says Brandi.

On “Blue Canvas” Disterheft evokes Mabern, who at 80-years young is still tickling the ivories with soulful panache. Ever the gentlemen, he returns the favor thanks to his sensitive accompaniment to Brandi’s riveting solos, one of them a cappella “Prelude to Crippling Thrill”. On the following cut “Crippling Thrill”, and three other originals, Brandi elevates the game, singing self-­penned lyrics sustaining power with elegance and ease.  What's more, she marks her debut on cello in the latter piece, tipping her cap to the legendary Oscar Pettiford.
Disterheft, who is a prolific composer, specifically wrote the originals of the album with the trio in mind. Between her original pieces and jazz classics like Bobby Timmons' “Dis Here”, Tadd Dameron's “Our Delight”, and rarely heard Clifford Brown’s “George's Dilemma”, the music paints itself over a canvas of luminous colours.   Mabern and Farnsworth breathe fiery dialogues into the bassist’s sinuous lines.   Additional album highlights include an unusual rhapsodic treatment of Clifford Brown’s “Daahoud”, a decidedly fresh take on the standard “Willow Weep for Me”, and a fine romp over Mabern's own “Beehive”.
In her eloquent liner notes, the multi-­talented musician reminds us of the Muses of Ancient Greece, as philosophized by Plato, and how these Gods would lead the artist into a state of ecstasy. Such are the feelings that lead her to reveal, “This album tells a story about that escape to freedom and the unyielding feeling of coming alive.”

A native of North Vancouver and currently based in New York, Brandi Disterheft has recorded with Hank Jones on his Grammy winning album “Pleased to Meet You.”  She is featured as a major player alongside the best names in mainstream jazz including Cyrus Chestnut and Jeremy Pelt on numerous recordings for hard-bop saxophonist Vincent Herring on the Smoke Sessions Records.  She has toured extensively to Japan, Europe and, closer to home, to concert stages and festivals on both sides of the North American border. What’s more, she has graced several majors stages, including Carnegie Hall, and as an added honor, performed for First Lady Michelle Obama at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha who was attending a world summit about global girls’ education in the Middle East.

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martes, 25 de octubre de 2016

Vocalist and Composer Sivan Arbel Announces concert Album “Broken Lines” to October 27 at Montreal, Canada and others

Vocalist and composer Sivan Arbel is proud to announce the Octuber 27 release of her debut album "Broken Lines".at Montreal With her debut, Arbel breaks the mold with angular yet beautiful melodies, sophisticated arrangements and emotionally charged lyrics that bring listeners on an unforgettable journey into a new realm of contemporary jazz. A private stream of the album can be heard here and promotional copies are available now. 

Born and raised in Israel, Sivan Arbel studied in DublinIreland before moving to New York City, where she currently resides. Accompanied by a collective of international musicians, Sivan's multicultural journey shines through over the course of "Broken Lines". "The sound of this album is inspired by all of the people I have encountered and the experiences I have had along my journey," says Sivan, "..."Broken Lines" personifies the journey of an organic musician." 

​Six of the seven tracks are original compositions and each one tells a unique and compelling story with each lyric carefully crafted and bolstered by the musical current below it. "Every note I sing and lyric I write has enormous meaning behind it," she says. The deeply personal nature of the album is evident on "Analysis", which highlights its emotional lyrics over dreamy arpeggios to cacophony, on the sweeping dedication to her father, "For Aba", and on the driving "Open My Tube of Art". On the Miles Davis-Bill Evans opus "Blue and Green" her creativity as an improviser and arranger is on full display. 

To celebrate the released of "Broken Lines", Sivan was appearing at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY on June 16th  and at Club Bonafide in New York, NY on June 24th. The success take to Miss Arbel at Montreal (House Concer), Toronto (Gallery 345) and Tel Aviv (Ha'ezor).

Originally from Israel, Sivan Arbel is a graduate of the Rimon School of Music in Israel as well as the Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Before relocating to New York City in 2014, Sivan established herself as a prominent vocalist in Israel with her quartet and eventually went on to represent Israel in 2012 as the headliner at the Israeli Independence Day celebration in Venezuela. In 2014, Sivan represented the Newpark Music Centre in Cape Town, South Africa at the prestigious International Association of Schools of Jazz conference spearheaded by NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman. Following the IASJ, Sivan made her move to New York City, where she quickly established herself as a rising star


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viernes, 21 de octubre de 2016


The Multi-Talented Singer Releases New Album
Recorded in France and NYC
Velours Release Date October 21 * Pre-Order Sept 23

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(New York, NY) September 15, 2016 – Fresh off intensive summer martial arts training in China and ready to rumble, NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent celebrates the release of her highly anticipated new album, Velours, with a full-band performance of renowned French and American musicians at Joe’s Pub at the Public on October 29th.

Hailed by reviewers at her last Joe’s Pub performance as “Valerie Ghent is a True Rockstar at Joe’s Pub” and “Ghent's show was enthralling and pure excitement” (NY Cabaret Today), mark your calendars for this one night only performance & get your tickets today!

On her fourth solo album, Velours, Valerie draws on the full range of her talents forged over 20+ years working with music luminaries Ashford & Simpson, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Debbie Harry & Billy Preston to deliver a breathtaking, spell-binding performance that draws the listener in and never lets go.

Returning to the smooth sound that has won her fans around the globe with her iHeart Radio #1 hit song, Love Enough for a Lifetime, Velours is sure to become Valerie’s most iconic album yet.

In this electrifying mix of R+B, funk, reggae and smooth soul, Ghent fully unleashes her 3 and 1/2 octave vocal range, powerful keyboard chops and her distinctive voice that can hurtle into the stratosphere, whisper in your ear or fall into a low croon at will. These talents, combined with her undeniable authenticity, vitality and joy, her sterling record production, the strength of her songwriting and engineering skills, and her radiant physicality as a performer shaped by years of martial arts training, make Valerie a force to be reckoned with.

Velours is set for release October 21 on iTunes, amazon and CDBaby. Pre-orders begin September 23.

Recorded in the South of France and NYC, the 11 original songs on Velours propel the listener from the transcendent luminosity and opening invocation of Love Divine to the exuberant Get Funkay, from the unstoppable New York City Streets to the heart-stopping ballad, Light in My Life.  The mesmerizing funk groove of title song Velours literally flows into the American-songbook inspired Linger (with accompanying string quartet), while future R+B classic It's Got To Be You plays smooth counterpoint to the reggae-inspired Phased and the gospel blues of30 Days. The deep groove of On & On flows like a river, and Love Will Keep Me Strongbrings us back to the source.

Backed up by a band of internationally acclaimed musicians and vocalists from NYC, France and Senegal, Velours takes the listener on a journey through smooth soul, feel-good R+B, intimate ballads, sun-drenched reggae and pure funk. With A-list musicians playing live on each song, Valerie has conjured up a hot, real, live sound that harkens back to old-school days, recording live with real musicians, delivering killer lead vocals alongside the band. As one fan aptly described, Valerie makes “music you can touch”.

Why the French spelling? “That’s a great question! My mother was born in Paris and I’ve been retracing her steps there. Velours actually began in France – we recorded six songs with my French band, then five songs in New York. The entire album was mixed in the French countryside by Jérôme Buigues, in a studio surrounded by Provençal vineyards. Plus the title song comes from French slang. So it made total sense to me to go with the French spelling.”

How do you pronounce Velours? Leave off the ‘s’ and say "veh-loooor". A French word with the same meaning in English: smooth, velvety, velour. Exactly how you'll feel after listening to Valerie Ghent.

A-list musicians on Velours include Tinkr Barfield (Luther Vandross, Ashford & Simpson) on bass, guitarists Robin Macatangay (Hamilton, Lizz Wright) & Jérôme Buigues (Murray Head, Sir Cliff Richard), percussionist Bashiri Johnson (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston), keyboardist/arranger Rob Mounsey (Madonna, Paul Simon), drummers Kevin Johnson (Curtis Mayfield, Cassandra Wilson), Philippe Jardin (Ray Lema, Gerard Blanc) & Franck Taieb (Daniel Levi), organist/harmonicst Pierre Sibille (Blues’ UP), vocalists Alfa Anderson (Chic, Luther Vandross), Keith Fluitt (Nona Hendryx, Roberta Flack), Dennis Collins (Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder), John James (Toto, Elton John), Ada Dyer (Chaka Kahn, Roberta Flack), cellist Dave Eggar (Coldplay, Beyonce), violinist/violist Katie Kresek (Adele, Alicia Keys), trumpeters Steven Bernstein (Hot Nine, Levon Helm) & Marc Borlet-Hôte (Massak, Keziah Jones), saxophonist Paul Shapiro (Jay-Z, Lou Reed), Nicolas Baudino (Lio, Harry Morse Project), baritone saxophonist Briggan Krauss (Eliot Sharp, Wayne Horvitz), trombonist Dan Levine (Ray Charles) and a special guest performance by Senegalese vocalist Mano Korani Camara.
What’s the martial arts connection? Valerie is longtime student of Chinese martial arts, training which helps fuel the indomitable spirit inherent in her music. Her August 2016 trip to China to train with Master Zhao Da Yuan has solidified her training and will undoubtedly add an extra ‘punch’ to her Joe’s Pub performance. 

WHAT: Valerie Ghent Velours CD release concert

WHEN: Sat. Oct 29, 2016, 7:30pm

WHO: Valerie Ghent (vocals/keys), Bernard Davis (drums), Damon Banks (bass), Jérôme Buigues (guitar), Pierre Sibille (keys/harmonica), Alfa Anderson & Dennis Collins (backing vocals), Gary Fritz (percussion) & special guests

WHERE: Joe’s Pub at the Public, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC 10003 SUBWAY: 6 to Astor Place, R/N to 8th Street


ARTIST WEBSITE: valerieghent.com                       YOUTUBE: youtube.com/valerieghent
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/valerieghentmusic         
INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/valerieghent
TWITTER: twitter.com/valerieghent


Valerie Ghent Bio: Powerhouse recording artist VALERIE GHENT wows audiences with her emotive, evocative voice, piano chops to match, and “soul-stirring, uplifting songs full of vitality and joy.” A native New Yorker with a bluesy, funky piano style and a stunning 3 1/2 octave range, it’s no surprise she has toured with music legends Ashford & Simpson and Debbie Harry and performed with artists as diverse as Dr. Maya AngelouBilly PrestonIggy Popand Defunkt.

Valerie’s Day to Day Dream album launched a #1 hit song on iHeart Radio with Love Enough for a Lifetime, was added nationwide on Sirius XM, national radio in Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the BBC and 100+ radio stations across the EU/UK/AU. Her single Supernatural Thing made the Top 40 on NBT Music Radio (Germany). Fans around the world eagerly await her 2016 release, Velours, recorded in France and NYC.

A native New Yorker with four acclaimed CD’s on her own label, Valerie grew up in SoHo and Greenwich Village. Born into a musical family, she began writing songs as a child, recording in her father’s electronic music studio, absorbing her mother’s string quartet rehearsals and falling asleep to the music of Ornette Coleman, who lived and rehearsed in the same SoHo building.

Longtime keyboardist, vocalist and recording engineer for legendary hit singer-songwritersAshford & Simpson, Val worked closely with the duo for over two decades, recording their music as well as collaborations with Angelou, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Sir Cliff Richardand many others. Literally a whirlwind of musical energy, in addition to her own music career Valerie continues to perform and record with Valerie Simpson, is founder of Feel the Music!,an arts education nonprofit and travels regularly to China to further her studies of the internal Chinese martial arts.

 “Ghent sings from the guts. Her contralto rises with the smooth momentum of something out of NASA.”
- Woman About Town

“Ghent, herself, is a vocal phenomenon...she has the glistening, effervescent energy of a top pop/rock star.”
- NY Cabaret Today

Musicians on Velours:
Valerie Ghent - vocals, piano, rhodes, clavinet, Hammond B3 organ, backing vocals
Tinkr Barfield - bass
Kevin Johnson, Philippe Jardin, Franck Taieb - drums
Jérôme Buigues - guitars/backing vocals
Robin Macatangay - guitar
Pierre Sibille - keyboards/harmonica
Bashiri Johnson - percussion
Rob Mounsey - strings
Alfa Anderson, Keith Fluitt, Dennis Collins,
John James, Ada Dyer - backing vocals

Mano “Korani” Camara - guest lead vocal
Dave Eggar - cello
Katie Kresek - violin & viola
Steven Bernstein, Marc Borlet-Hôte - trumpet
Paul Shapiro, Nicolas Baudino – saxophones
Briggan Krauss - baritone sax
Dan Levine - trombone
Produced by Valerie Ghent
Recorded in France & NYC
Mixed by Jérôme Buigues
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound

Following her Joe's Pub performance, Valerie's Velours album release concerts in France kick off December 1 (Marseille). Additional dates to follow.

December 1, 2016
Valerie Ghent Velours Album Release
Espace Musical Hyperion, Marie 4/5
2Bis Avenue du Maréchal Foch, 13004 Marseille, France

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jueves, 20 de octubre de 2016



4-time Grammy® Winner
“A musical game-changer, the rare musician who single-handedly
alters the direction of a genre” 
Debuting a new 11-piece band featuring a horn section, backing salsa vocalists and Latin percussion, flamenco singer Diego el Cigala revisits the classic sound of 70s salsa, reinventing some of its hits with his soulful, inimitable flamenco touch. Plus, a special guest appearance by salsa legend Ceferino Cabán on piano.

Diego El Cigala was already one of the most distinctive young voices of New Flamenco when, with Cuban pianist and arranger Bebo Valdés, he ventured into the classic popular Cuban music repertoire and Argentine tango in Lágrimas Negras (Black Tears), an album that became a global hit. Cigala will be presenting his Sony Music Latin CD debut, Indestructible, in which he explores the intersection of flamenco and classic 70s salsa. 


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viernes, 7 de octubre de 2016

Tomorrow Free Live Jazz with Brian Kastan Group in Exposures Gallery, New CD and other concerts!

Free Live Jazz
Saturday, OCTOBER 8TH @1 pm
Brian Kastan Group
"Roll the Dice on Life"
 featuring Miles Griffith
Brian Kastan- guitar
Miles Griffith-vocals
Steve Rust-Bass  
Peter O'Brien-Drums

@ Exposures Gallery
1357 Kings Hwy, Sugar Loaf, NY 10918

Every 2nd Saturday of the month
Photo Workshop by NICK ZUNGOLI @ 6:30 pm  
Free Live Jazz @ 7:30pm

Saturday, NOVEMBER 12TH @7:30 pm
Saturday, DECEMBER 10TH @ 7:30 pm
Join us for the CD RELEASE PARTY
for Brian’s Newest Album: “Roll the Dice on Life”

It’s fun and it’s free!  Sugar Loaf will be hosting “Second Saturday”, with shops extending hours 5-7:00 PM. Many Sugar Loaf stores will offer an array of refreshments, art exhibitions, jewelry demos, slide shows, sales and more. The shops and galleries in the arts and crafts village of Sugar Loaf are welcoming the community to a monthly “meet and greet” evening. Each Second Saturday of the month will feature different artists and shops sharing their unique talents with the community.
Come join the Sugar Loaf Merchants for creativity, fun, inspiration, art, and more.

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Full Of Raw Energy, This Dynamic, Guitar-Driven Double Album Features Vocals By Miles Griffith Jazz-Fusion guitarist, Brian Kastan introduces his newest CD, Roll the Dice on Life. This double album showcases dynamic original compositions by Brian Kastan. The goal of this album is to balance the integrity of composed songs with the fierce energy activated by free improvisation. This album produces high energy jazz-fusion between Brian Kastan’s raw yet playful electric guitar, Miles Griffith’s rich provocative vocals, bassist Steve Rust’s artful sound pallet, and Peter O’Brien’s rhythmic and dynamic play on drums—All of which take the listener on a journey to new, uncharted musical territory.
What is most exciting about this double album is Brian Kastan’s compositional style and improvisational approach to this recording. All of the musicians are constantly pushing, pulling, and weaving the compositions to create music that articulates the feeling of always evolving.
Disc 1 reveals Brian Kastan’s compositional range—from catchy odd metered grooves, a beautiful ballad, continuing on to jazz funk fusion and dark long melodies. With the addition of the powerful song, Rat Attack written by Miles Griffith, this disc explores the ingenuity of Brian Kastan’s goal; To intertwine compositions with improvisation.
Disc 2 focuses on experiencing the spontaneous musical explosion of pure improvisation. The unique creativity revealed by these outstanding musicians shows the genius of the intentional uncontrolled musical environment. This second disc features two political and racially charged songs called Black Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter 2 recognizing the current events happening in the United States in 2016.
With this combination of experience, creativity, and talent, it’s no surprise that this group of players has come together to produce such an engaging, high-energy double album. Roll the Dice on Life showcases their skills—and their musical telepathy—in a way that is ultimately satisfying and exciting for both the players and listeners.
Brian Kastan plays electric/acoustic guitar, electric bass, and composes soundtracks for T.V. and Film.
Played  guitar for  Nonsuch Record Label, Rhys Cantham's "The Grissom Grail", Recorded Live at Lincoln Center in 2010. He is an award winning nature photographer with gallery shows in NYC, Europe and Asia. He holds a Bachelor's degree in both  Jazz Performance and Psychology from Suny New Paltz, a Masters Degree in Music from Brooklyn College,  Brian is a Certified Clinical Hypnotist, and has co-authored a book called “Target Talking” with wife and artist Maria Hartmann Kastan.
Miles Griffith, vocalist/composer, has been a vital member of the New York jazz scene for more than two decades. A very short list of who he’s played with includes NEA Jazz Masters Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, Max Roach, Toshiko Akioshi, Jimmy Heath and Barry Harris; venerable icons including Jimmy Heath, Sir Roland Hanna, and Reggie
Workman; Cassandra Wilson, Carl Allen, and T.S. Monk; Lisa Sokolov, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and Jay Clayton. Miles Griffith is also a notable band leader whose vocal range and unique musical insight make him a highly recognized composer and singer of his time.
Steve Rust, bassist/composer knows his way around a concert hall, orchestra pit, and recording studio. He’s written for both film and theater, has collaborated with visual artists, and has appeared on dozens of albums. Steve, comfortable in virtually every musical genre, has accompanied everyone from Anthony Braxton to Eileen Fulton, from Jay Unger to Sir James Galway to Hubert Laws, Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant, and Baikida Carroll. Steve is a well known bass player in the style of sound painting.
Peter O’Brien, drummer, has played with artists such as, McCoy Tyner, Dave Holland, Eric Person, Dr.Lonnie Smith.He has toured with legendary musicians including organist Brother Jack McDuff, Edgar Winter, and Roy Buchanan, before joining guitarist John Hall and his hit band Orleans. Besides maintaining a busy schedule appearing at major music festival/clubs across the country, and around the world, he also teaches at Bard College as well as privately, and is an in-demand studio musician.

Brian Kastan "Roll the Dice on Life" featuring Miles Griffith
(Brian Kastan Records 1001) Street Date January 1, 2017

Brian Kastan- guitar, Miles Griffith-vocals, Steve Rust-Bass   Peter O'Brien-Drums

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martes, 4 de octubre de 2016

Friday October 7 Craig Hartley release new CD "Books on Tape Vol. II" - Concert Oct 8

Through Improvisation, Music Producer Creates Unconventional Mashups

Craig Hartley Trio: Jazz at the Underbrook Concert Series

Concert October 8, Saybrook Underbrook Theater, New Haven

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Craig Hartley makes unexpected juxtapositions, including Bach with a Miles Davis overlay, and a John Lennon with a Bill Evans backdrop, on his new album, "Books on Tape Vol. II — Standard Edition."

HARTLEY: My new album is "Books On Tape Vol. II - Standard Edition." "Standard Edition" is covering standards - so, like, the American Songbook but also standards like John Lennon and the Beatles and Bach - so a variety of standards from multiple influences and genres.
I kind of go along with this theme of books on tapes. There's a "Books On Tape Vol. I."
There's actually a precursor to that, which is just "Books On Tape." They're sort of, like, stories. You know, these are stories and books - audio books, really - that I'm writing of my life and my experiences expressed through song.
SIMON: Pianist, producer and composer Craig Hartley.

Craig Hartley Books On Tape Vol. II (Self Produced) Standard Edition
Street Date October 7, 2016
Craig Hartley-piano, Carlo De Rosa-bass, Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons-drums


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