viernes, 21 de julio de 2017

Jane Ira Bloom Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson + next events

New Release
Jane Ira Bloom
Wild Lines:Improvising Emily Dickinson 

Jane Ira Bloom (soprano saxophone)
Dawn Clement (piano)
Mark Helias (bass)
Bobby Previte (drums)

+ 2017 DownBeat Critics Poll
Soprano Saxophonist Of The Year

(2 CD Set Outline OTL 143)
Street Date: September 8, 2017

American original Jane Ira Bloom does it again. This time the 21st-century soprano saxophonist reimagines the poetry of 19th-century visionary Emily Dickinson in two different settings. Her new 2 Cd pack showcases her jazz quartet’s interpretation of Dickinson’s poetry and includes a second version for jazz quartet and spoken word featuring readings by popular stage & film actor Deborah Rush. After the success of her 2016 trio album release Early Americans, Bloom shifts gears with Wild Lines / Improvising Emily Dickinson (OTL143) showcasing her acclaimed quartet in dialogue with poetry in her seventeenth album and first foray into music and text. Her sound is like no other on the straight horn and she lets it fly with long-time band mates Dawn Clement (piano), Mark Helias (bass) & Bobby Previte (drums). Adding the Emily Dickinson narrative to the ensemble on disc 2 is acclaimed actor Deborah Rush. Bloom composed Wild Lineswhen she was awarded a 2015 CMA/ Doris Duke New Jazz Works commission. She was inspired to musically reimagine Dickinson when she learned that the poet was a pianist and improviser herself, reconfirming what she’d always felt in the jazz-like quality of Dickinson’s phrasing. “I didn’t always understand her but I always felt Emily’s use of words mirrored the way a jazz musician uses notes.” Wild Lines’ premiere at the poet’s home in Amherst, MA was followed by performances at the Kennedy Center and the NYPL for the Performing Arts. The ensemble then headed into Avatar Studios to record in stereo and surround-sound with renowned audio engineer Jim Anderson. The album features fourteen Bloom originals inspired by fragments of Dickinson poetry and prose mined from both her collected works and envelope poems “The Gorgeous Nothings.” The album closes with a solo rendition of an American classic, Rodgers & Hart’s ”It’s Easy to Remember.” Artist Gina Werfel contributes a stunning motion painting for the CD’s cover image. Wild Lines / Improvising Emily Dickinson illuminates why jazz critic Brian Priestly called Jane Ira Bloom “the poet of the soprano saxophone.”
 “music of great individuality and originality that could belong to no one else
– Nick Lea, Jazzviews

Upcoming Live Appearance

Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson
w/Dawn Clement, Dean Johnson,
Bobby Previte, & Deborah Rush

Fri, Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm
Buckley Recital Hall
Amherst College
53 College St
Amherst, MA

News & Events | Jane Ira Bloom performance of "Wild Lines" | Amherst College

¡¡Amor y Jazz!!

Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services

Amanda Bloom

viernes, 14 de julio de 2017

Dave Stryker New Release Strykin' Ahead CD + Upcoming Live Appearances

Dave Stryker
New Release Strykin' Ahead
Upcoming Live Appearances

Dave Stryker Strykin' Ahead
(Strikezone 8815)
Street Date: September 1, 2017

Dave Stryker –guitar
Steve Nelson –vibes
Jared Gold – organ
McClenty Hunter – drums

Dace Stryker is a 2017 DownBeat Critics Poll Finalist

Advance Praise For Strykin' Ahead

If you have chops like Dave’s; his musical sensibilities; his uncanny ability to put together interesting instrumentations; his skill at selecting just the right band mates to make Jazz with; wouldn’t you want to work all the time, too?
It becomes like anything you’re good at; you want to do it as often as possible but occasionally vary the context to keep it from getting stale.
– Steven Cerra Jazz Profiles

A real burner of a set, it feels like an artifact from the past, unreleased from Bluenote/Verve, but it’s modern, contemporary touches are well evident showing how a cat that’s been hitting all the right notes for all these years can’t make a false step now. - CHRIS SPECTOR, Midwest Record Editor and Publisher 

I give Dave and his talented crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this one… and keep in mind that you heard it here first… this one is BOUND for the awards.
- Dick Metcalf Improvijazzation Nation

A mainstream record of undignified beauty. - Vittorio Lo Conte Musiczoom

Artist: Dave Stryker
Title: Strykin’ Ahead
Label: Strikezone Records 8815

Artists Website:
Release Date: September 1, 2017
UPC Code: 88829560583 

Track listing, track times:
1 SHADOWBOXING Dave Stryker (D. Strike Music BMI) 5:59
2 FOOTPRINTS Wayne Shorter (Miyako Music BMI) 6:39
3 NEW YOU Dave Stryker (D.Strike Music BMI) 5:50
4 PASSION FLOWER Billy Strayhorn (Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc ASCAP)
5:33 5 STRYKIN’ AHEAD Dave Stryker (D. Strike Music BMI) 6:12

6 BLUES DOWN DEEP Dave Stryker (D. Strike Music BMI) 7:15
7 JOY SPRING Clifford Brown (Second Floor Music BMI) 8:12
8 WHO CAN I TURN TO Newley/ Bricusse (Musical Comedy Prod Inc BMI) 7:32
9 DONNA LEE Charlie Parker (Atlantic Music Corp BMI) 6:27


The notion of moving forward by triangulating a space between creative and pragmatic imperatives is a consistent thread throughout Dave Stryker’s four decades in the jazz business, not least on Strykin’ Ahead, his 28th CD as a leader. Stryker augments his working trio of Jared Gold on organ and McClenty Hunter on drums with vibraphone player Steve Nelson, all on-board for a second go-round after their stellar contri- butions to last year’s Eight-Track II. Like the leader, Nelson is a preternaturally flexible and in-the-moment improviser with deep roots in the tradition who knows how to push the envelope without damaging the contents. Stryker internalized those imperatives on a 1984-1986 run with Brother Jack McDuff, and he received further invaluable training in the art of musical communication during a decade on the road with Stanley Turrentine, to whom he paid homage on the 2015 release Don’t Mess With Mister T.

In contrast to his Eight Track II conception of putting his spin on pop hits of his formative years, Stryker returns to his long-standing practice of presenting originals and reharmonized standards from the jazz and show music songbooks. "Shadowboxing" is a burning 14-bar minor blues; his well-considered chordal variations on Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" proceed to a simmering 5/4 figure. Next is "New You" (a stimulating Stryker contrafact of the oft-played "There Will Never Be Another You"). He personalizes Billy Strayhorn's "Passion Flower," set to Hunter's insinuating bossa-funk groove. The title track “Strykin’ Ahead” has a Cadillac-racing-down-the-freeway-feel; he imbues the lovely melody of "Who Can I Turn To" with the full measure of his plush, inviting tone.

That Stryker knows his Albert King is evident on the slow-drag “Blues Down Deep,” which evokes wee-hours third sets in the inner city grills and lounges of Stryker’s apprentice years. He knows his bebop, too. On Clifford Brown’s “Joy Spring,” the solo flights over Stryker’s “modernized” progressions transpire over Hunter’s drum-bass beats and crisp, medium-up four-on-the cymbal; on the chopbusting “Donna Lee,” all members springboard off a churchy vamp and Hunter’s funk-infused swing.

“I’ve always wanted to write vehicles that are fun and interesting to blow over,” Stryker says. “Trying to come up with a beautiful melody that lasts is very fulfilling. Writing is a big part of my voice in this music.” Stryker is too modest to say that his voice is also a big part of jazz, to which he’s devoted a career marked by consistent application of the values that he espouses. But that’s all right—I’ll say it for him.
(edited liner notes from Ted Panken)
 Produced by Dave Stryker
Executive Producer - Rick Simpson
Engineered and Mixed by Chris Sulit at Trading 8’s Studio, Paramus NJ on June 28, 2016 

Sat July 29 – 8:00pm and 10:00pm

Dave Stryker Quartet
• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Jared Gold – organ
Sylvia Cuenca-drums
• Special Guest
6 Depot Square | Montclair, NJ

Sun Aug 6 – Aug 12 

Dave Stryker Clinician at Samba Meets Jazz Workshop
Samba Meets Jazz
College of the Atlantic / Bar Harbor Maine

Fri Aug 25 – 8:00pm

Dave Stryker Quintet w/ Eric Alexander and Steve Nelson
• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Eric Alexander – tenor sax
• Steve Nelson – vibraphone
• Jared Gold – organ
• Byron Landham – drums

Northwest Jazz Festival – Lewiston NY
Lewiston NY

Sat Aug 26 – 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Dave Stryker Quartet w/ Eric Alexander
• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Eric Alexander – tenor sax
• Jared Gold – organ
• Byron Landham – drums

Nighttown – Cleveland OH
12383 Cedar Rd, Cleveland, OH (216) 795-0550

Sept 3rd- The Falcon
Sept 9 -Trumpets
Sept 16-jazz on Second Ave, Niewood CO
Sept 23- Sidedoor 
Sept 28- New Brunswick Hyatt
Oct 6 - Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis IN
Oct 20- Palace Theatre, Waterbury CT

¡¡Amor y Jazz!!

viernes, 7 de julio de 2017

The party of singer Elijah Rock on the occasion of his new CD "Gershwin for My Soul" will be on August 3, 2017 at Catalina Jazz Club

"Elijah Rock is definitely a favorite of lovers of bolero jazz", Luis Raul Montell - Jazz Global Beat

The CD:
"Gershwin for My Soul"
Elijah Rock

1. S'Wonderful; 2. Fascinating Rhythm; 3. I Can't Get Started; 4. How Long Has This Been Going On?; 5. Long Ago and Far Away; 6. Our Love is Here to Stay; 7. Shall We Dance; 8. Gershwin for My Soul; 9. Tchaikovsky (and other russians); 10. Love Walked In; 11. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'; 12. Isn't it a Pity?

Elijah Rock (vocal); Kevin Toney (piano); John B. Williams (bass); Greg Paul (drums); Jacques Lesure, John Store (guitar).

Long-dedicated to upholding and aligning himself with the first class carriage and aesthetic of timeless entertainment, singer/actor/dancer Elijah Rock is carrying the blazing torch for the legacy of George & Ira Gershwin, bringing a contemporary and decidedly African American twist to their timeless music with several forward thinking projects.
"Gershwin For My Soul" (released April 18) is the Cleveland-born baritone's brand new critically acclaimed album. Jazziz magazine marvels, "Rock brings both chops and emotion to his masculine yet sensitive delivery." Rock travelled to Thailand to star and make his directorial debut in a gorgeous music video for the lead single/title track "Gershwin For My Soul" that is bringing a sensual touch of class to video outlets around the globe. Rock and his lovely co-star cavort in the sun-dappled climes and evening breezes of Phuket interspersed with Elijah crooning about the timeless grace of Gershwin and sumptuous amour - thus Elijah's new moniker, "Mr. Romance."
It is but one of 12 masterful performances on the album, produced and arranged by Grammy-winning keyboardist/musical director Kevin Toney to bring the music of Gershwin into its rightful contemporary space, ably aided by bassist John B. Williams and drummer Greg Paul, plus guitarists Jacques Lesure and John Storie. The arrangements range from hiply syncopated updates on "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Our Love is Here to Stay" to Rock milking the rarely heard extended introduction to "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (before it falls like feathers into a soft brushed blues) and a version of the delightful "S'Wonderful" in a tender take that recalls the spirit of recently departed Al Jarreau. The album represents a full circle journey for Rock who started singing at 8 in church followed by his first Gershwin songs from "Porgy & Bess" at 16 at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
That connection is key to Elijah Rock reviving the music of "Porgy & Bess" in a revolutionary new presentation that takes what was originally written as an Opera then turned into a Broadway musical into a pure jazz adaptation. Utilizing the story as retold in the most recent Broadway book written by Suzan Lori Parks, with Kevin Toney's sparkling arrangements for 5-piece band and Rock in the role of "Porgy" with a scaled down cast, this "Porgy & Bess" premiered at the 300-seat Ensemble Theater in Santa Barbara, California to raves from audiences bowled over by the intimacy, the freshness and Rock's mastery.
NAACP Theater Award-winning triple threat Rock sailed into these latest endeavors on the wings of glowing acclaim for his stage performances of the characters 'Crooner' in "Words by Ira Gershwin" and of the legendary Cotton Club star Cab Calloway in the musical revue "I Only Have Eyes For You" for which he was nominated for a 2016 Ovation Theatre Award. The Glendale News raved, "Baritone Rock, with charm to spare, shifts smoothly from crisp jazz phrasings to the operatic..." The Hollywood Progressive proclaimed, "The youthful Rock, who appears in Showtime's TV series 'Masters of Sex,' is establishing himself as one of his generation's foremost interpreters and performers of The Great American Songbook."
Elijah Rock on "Gershwin For My Soul":
"Before this experience, I hadn't really embraced the balladeer aspect of my gift," Rock muses. "It was about me being vulnerable enough to know I could do it. It's been an interesting transformation for me." Ultimately, Elijah Rock will be wowing longtime lovers of Gershwin music as he cultivates a younger audience with his all-around showmanship, singing and even his paddle-n-roll style of tap dancing - lost arts all that have found in Rock a tireless cultural savior.
"I believe there is a cross demographic that this music will serve," Rock concludes. "I am grateful to Tony Bennett, Cécile McLorin Savlant, Gregory Porter, Diana Krall and Michael Bublé for their success in keeping the music relevant to today's pop world. I approach singing from a traditional perspective with a fresh twist. 'Gershwin For My Soul' not only represents America's classical music, it will give me a platform to address a lot of other things about the culture and where we all stand today."

The prestigious Catalina Jazz Club, in Hollywood, California, will receive on August 3, 2017 Elijah Rock and his musicians, later on September 7 this year the toast will be at Vitello's, in Studio City, CA.

Elijah Rock's Notes:
Actor/Singer/Writer/Producer/Dancer and self-proclaimed “Artrepreneur” Elijah Rock has left few stones unturned in his quest for performance art excellence since leaving his native Cleveland, Ohio. He not only seeks out challenging creative opportunities, he creates them – in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

Winner of the 2014 NAACP Theater Award for Best Male Equity performer in “Breath and Imagination: The Story of Roland Hayes,” Elijah Rock recently wowed critics and audiences with performances starring as Porgy in the first ever jazz adaptation of  “Porgy and Bess” (Ensemble Theatre-Santa Barbara). Rock was also Nominated for a 2016 Ovation Award for Best Featured Male Performer as the legendary Harlem show man Cab Calloway in “I Only Have Eyes For You: The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin” (Ricardo Montalban Theater – Hollywood).  In Television, Rock appeared as a recurring guest star in the second season of the spicy Showtime Television series “Masters of Sex,” before reprising his award-winning role as ‘Roland Hayes’ at ArtsEmerson’s historical Paramount Theater in Boston (where he also sang the National Anthem at the 2015 State of the City Address for Mayor Marty Walsh in Boston Symphony Hall). As a producer, Rock has teemed up with award-winning director/writer Antwone Fisher to produce the history-rich big screen biopic “Lincoln Perry – The Life of Stepin Fetchit.”

As the Crooner in the musical play, “Words by Ira Gershwin” Rock’s participation on that musical expose’ of the legendary Tin Pan Alley genius’s, inspired Elijah to record in 2016 a contemporary twist to the music of George & Ira Gershwin via the innovative Gershwin For My Soul (produced by pianist, arranger and composer Kevin Toney of `70s Soul-Jazz band The Blackbirds). It is currently making its way up the jazz charts. Targeting performance arts centers and playhouses as well as traditional music venues, Elijah will bring a unique live presentation of this music with theatrical, staging, choreography and lighting elements that position the show as more than a stand-up vocal concert yet not quite a full-on musical. Directed by Saundra McClain (who helmed his NAACP Award-winning performance in “Breath and Imagination”), Elijah’s vision for the Gershwin project – and all of his endeavors – must be experienced to be fully understood and deeply appreciated.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Rock grew up singing in Lee Heights Community Church and as a student at University School- preparatory school for boys, from which he was discovered by The Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus and The Cleveland Opera Children’s Chorus. He was a boy soprano until his voice changed and he joined the Cleveland Singing Angels as a soloist. Thus, he fell in love with Classical Voice, Theatre Performance and later, Jazz Performance and Jazz Tap.  As a high school youth, Rock studied bel canto singing and acting at the world-renowned Interlochen Arts Camp for two summers under the tutelage of Beverly Rinaldi. In his senior year, he had the honor of being one of the first vocalists to be accepted into the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Young Artist Program where he continued his studies with Ms. Rinaldi. It was also in Cleveland, where he studied theatre drama, dance, improvisational and sketch comedy at the Karamu House Theatre – the oldest long-running African American theatre in the country. Furthering his roots in African American forms of classical music, Elijah went on to become a soloist for the renown ‘Albert McNeil, Los Angeles Jubilee Singers,’ singing Negro Spiritual music in concert halls around the world. It’s no wonder, that when Rock discovered the likes of Paul Robeson, Roland Hayes, Earl Jeffries, Al Hibbler, Arthur Prysock, Joe Williams and Sammy Davis, Jr. at an early age, he would find his calling and devote his life to the Classical Performing Arts, Theatre and The Great American Songbook.

Rock’s diverse skill set has landed him lead roles in theatre productions off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country. Works include starring as ‘Roland Hayes’ in “Breath and Imagination,” at the ArtsEmerson Paramount Theater in Boston and The Cleveland Playhouse (where he was recognized with Superior Achievement by the 2014 Cleveland Critics Circle Awards), August Wilson’s ‘Cory’ in “Fences,” ‘Youngblood’ in “Jitney,” “Vaudeville,” “To Be Young Gifted and Black” and ‘Ace of Spades’ in “Hoodoo Love.”  Musicals include the iconic lead role of ‘Coalhouse Walker, Jr.,’ in “Ragtime,” ‘Adrian’ in “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Baby It’s You,” “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Paradise,” as ‘Tater’ (a World Premier Bluegrass Musical) and ‘Anatoly’ in “Chess” at the East West Players, and the ‘Crooner’ in “Words by Ira Gershwin”.  Rock’s short film “Lunch with Jeremiah” in which he co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred has screened at the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF), 2013 NYLA International Film Festival and the 2014 Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival.

An Executive Vice President (EVP) of Artistic Services with Fantank LLC, Rock is merging Arts & Entertainment and internet technology. The start up is the worlds’ premier provider of data, news, information technology, solutions, analytics and services that gives humanity access to a network of information, people and ideas so they can make better informed decisions during their talent scouting, content consumption, talent investment, collaboration or even when simply surveying the Arts & Entertainment industry landscape around them from their desktops, tablets or mobile devices. In content production, he is a founding partner of Decipher Entertainment, which creates intellectual property through the art of cultivating rich and diverse images. Decipher constantly reevaluates between entertainment, the industry and it’s interactivity in culture. Rock is dedicated to producing content that has universal appeal and uniquely reflects our humanity. He resides both in Los Angeles, CA, and New York City.

¡¡Amor y Jazz!!    

sábado, 1 de julio de 2017

Matt White - Super Villain Jazz Band - "Worlds Wide" - Released by Ear Up Records

Matt White  
The Super Villain Jazz Band
"Worlds Wide"
  Officially Released by Ear Up Records

Reviews & Radio Airplay!
"Worlds Wide" is the follow-up to trumpeter/composer Matt White's debut album, The Super Villain Jazz Band. In "Worlds Wide", Matt reconvenes his Nashville-based group to perform music inspired by places real and imaginary, from waterfalls and valleys to desolate planets, a desperate trip to rescue lost luggage, and music inspired by the Gullah music of St. Helena Island.

The password is: WorldsWide2017
(case sensitive)

Midwest Record - June 23
"MATT WHITE/Worlds Wide:  The Nashville trumpet jazzbo turns in a second set that shows his debut was no fluke.  Top shelf sitting down/listening jazz, White isn't confined by being in Nashville or blowing jazz and lets his observations on the world around us come out in his playing.  Solid stuff  that can easily take control of your mind and take you away from the humdrum, this is some seriously creative stuff that's done for more than just being creative to say you are.  Killer stuff for the serious listener."

WPKN Featuring Matt White - Forward to 15-minutes into the program - CLICK HERE.
Matt White & The Super Villain Jazz Band

Matt White - trumpet 
Evan Cobb - tenor saxophone 
Don Aliquo - alto saxophone 
Roy Agee - trombone 
Joe Davidian - piano 
Jonathan Wires - bass 
Jim White - drums 
Steve Bailey - electric bass 
Victor Wooten - electric bass

1.    Departure 
2.    Godafass/Lunar Landscape 
3.    The Black Valley 
4.    The Copenhagen Garment Bad Incident
5.    Adam in the Garden 
6.    Ride on Jesus 
7.    Wade in the Water 
8.    Spectra 9.    Area X 
10.  aMUSEing

Praise for The Super Villain Jazz Band: 
"4 Stars" - Downbeat Magazine

"It heralds the arrival of a new major voice in jazz, one whose name belongs in the pantheon of its true heroes." 
- Russ Musto, New York Jazz Record

"In The Super Villain Jazz Band, Matt White validates himself as a legitimate jazz composer assisted by a group of outstanding jazz sidemen in an exceptional collection of jazz compositions." 
- Jeffrey Uhrich,

Matt White
Matt White Notes:
Trumpeter, Composer, and Educator Dr. Matthew White is currently Professor of Trumpet, Coordinator of Jazz and Commercial Music, and Director of Ensembles at Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC) and was previously a first call freelance and session musician in Nashville and Miami. He holds degrees from the University of North Florida and The University of Miami and has appeared on numerous albums, radio broadcasts, and television shows, performing with: Bob Mintzer, Jeff Coffin, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Liebman, Rihanna, Oscar DeLeon, Brian Setzer, the Mavericks, Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten, Howard Levy, and various other artists, ensembles, symphonies, and big bands.

     The opening overture to Matt's new album Worlds Wide. Available June 30, 2017 on Ear             Up Records.

¡¡Amor y Jazz!!