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06.04.2011

Sean Sullivan

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From blues to bossa to ballads to swing to latin to folk to funk to reggae to bebop, singer/songwriter/guitarist Sean Sullivan always serves up a savory gumbo of grooves from his own distinctive melting pot. The southern-born native New Yorker and Tribeca resident believes family heritage and environment are key ingredients in his ability to cook up myriad musical flavors. “My activist mother was born in West Virginia, of French and Cherokee descent, her father was a Nazarene minister, and his father was a bible-totin’ circuit rider (c.c.rider). In a sense”, Sullivan adds, “I feel as though I carry on preaching in performance.” Add to this ru...
Tarek Yamani Wins 2010 Composition Competition Congratulations to Tarek Yamani, winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition, sponsored by BMI. Yamani’s winning composition is titled “Sama’i Yamani.” Tarek Yamani was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. He studied classical piano as a child and then turned his attention to guitar and heavy metal until he discovered jazz. At age 19, Yamani taught himself jazz theory and immersed himself in jazz recordings. His musical curiosity also led him to explore other styles of music, including Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Flamenco, electronic, and Arabic. In 2001, after r...
Savile Studios, under the management of Savile and Chrome Ltd opened its doors in August 2010 and have already been accredited as the UK’s prime spot for Jazz. Working in close partnership with Jazz Yorkshire, the studios have launched Jazz Yorkshire £150/Day scheme which offers the members of the Jazz Community the facilities of Studio 1, the rehearsal room and an engineer at only £150 a day. Savile and Chrome have already had renowned artists such as Tommy Evans, IDST, and the award winning artist Ellie Goulding recording at their studios. It is also the home of the Yorkshire Jazz Orchestra who is sponsored by Savile and Chrome Ltd....
With a new Miles Davis companion guide right around the corner from release later this month on eBook format and a physical paperback edition following shortly thereafter, there is a lot to be excited about. In the weeks leading up to its release other Miles Davis goodies have been uncovered and released such as a new "Miles Davis Bitches Brew Live” CD available from Columbia/Legacy Recordings and a newly uploaded rare 1969 interview from the “In A Silent Way” era. The eBook “Miles: The Companion Guide To The Autobiography” which is tentatively slated for a late February release this year in Apple’s iBookstore (for iPad), Amazon’s Kindle...
Monday Night: Live at the Green Mill II Exactly what jazz fans of all ages have been waiting for ! Patricia Barber ( www.patriciabarber.com ) has just released yet another stunning album, "Monday Night: Live at the Green Mill, Volume 2." From the first heart-humming tones of "Triste," to the last, lingering note of "Summertime," this 9-track album (currently available in MP3 and FLAC format) holds the listener suspended in time, awash in a sea of emotion. "Like JT," a powerful, yet artful piece of piano work; "Blue Bossa," a waterfall of vocalizations blended with delicate melody; "Sm...
Multi-talented Philadelphia Jazz Prodigy Ernest Stuart Releases Self-Produced Debut CD “Solitary Walker” March 15, 2011 Trombonist Has Played with Grammy Award-winning Artists “The Roots” and “Vanguard Jazz Orchestra” From humble beginnings to headlining Philadelphia and New York City clubs, Ernest Stuart is a multi-talented trombonist who’s played alongside The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Branford Marsalis, Billy Paul, The O’Jays, Charles Tolliver Big Band and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, among others. Stuart’s heavily awaited debut CD, Solitary Walker, rolls out nationally on March 15, 2011 at a SRP of $15.00 and i...
Hawaiian Jazz crooner, Paul Shimomoto, has won the Jazz Album of the Year award in the 15th Annual Hawaii Music Awards for his work on “All That Hawaiian Jazz” (Oct. 2010). The award is Paul’s second, consecutive Hawaii Music Award; his previous CD, “Sentimental Alibi” (Dec. 2007), won the award for Best Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year in the 11th Annual Hawaii Music Awards. Both efforts were self-produced under Paul’s own label, Leo Hano Records. A complete list of this year’s winners can be found at: http://www.thehawaiimusicawards.com/theHawaiiMusicAwards/2011_WINNERS_LIST.html “All That Hawaiian Jazz” features nine tracks all...
Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology out March 29th, 2011 Seven years in the making, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology' will be released by Smithsonian Folkways on March 29th 2011. The six-CD box set traces the turning points of this 20th-century tale through its legendary innovators and exemplary exponents: Armstrong Ellington Basie Parker Gillespie Davis Hancock Corea Coltrane and many more. The set opens with Scott Joplin's 1899 "Maple Leaf Rag" and spans the entire century closing with Tomasz Stanko's 2003 "Suspended Night Variation VIII." As the successor to the original 1973 milestone 'Smithso...
(Darien, CT – Jan 11, 2011) On February 15, 2011 Lancia Media Factory will release “Little Big Horn” by the legendary baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. Recorded in 1981 with a first-rate ensemble and originally released on GRP Records, the album features six Mulligan compositions written for big band, small combo, and vocal performance – all featuring his distinctive melodic approach to arrangement and improvisation. The tracks on “Little Big Horn” exemplify Gerry’s career-long tradition of innovation by exploring new writing styles while maintaining the intuitive sense of melody that makes his music so accessible. “People alway...
A new blog designed to promote UK Jazz Vocalists has been established by British Vocalist, Debbie Winter. The aim of the blog is to post interesting news and reviews on the vocal talent within the UK. The site will review CDs, post interviews and act as a promotional forum for UK based artists.  It aims to promote those vocalists writing original material as well as those who sing the standard repertoire. Debbie Winter is a British Vocalist who recently released her EP of original tunes based on the paintings of Edward Hopper. She is also a keen writer and who enjoys using her written skills to promote talent. The site was published...