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NEW YORK, N.Y – Conversation overheard at the Rose Club of the Plaza Hotel, New York City, between a fifty-something guy with a suit jacket speaking to a pretty, twenty-something girl in a short black cocktail dress, setting up a mixer, speakers, lights and microphone: Guy – “I’m a road manager for rock & roll bands and I have never seen anybody as dressed up as you setting up gear.” Girl – “Yeah well, that’s what jazz in New York City will get you.” New York City; the Big Apple, the old New Amsterdam, the Place To Be in music and art, is now and probably forever will be Jazz Central. And now bassist extraordinaire Robert Hurst brings his quartet to play four shows at Jazz Standard, one of New York City’s premier jazz establishments. Joining Hurst at these shows will be Lawrence Fields on piano, Rafael Statin on saxophone, and Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums.Watts is widely hailed in jazz circles as the only drummer to appear on every Grammy Award winning record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis. “Tain” has also manned the drum kit behind George Benson, Betty Carter, and Alice Coltrane, among many others. Pianist Fields and saxophonist Statin balance the youthful side of the jazz equation with the veterans Hurst and Watts. Statin, a 21 year old wunderkind, hails from Hurst’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan, attended the Detroit School Of Arts and played with the Detroit Symphony Jazz Orchestra while still in high school. Influenced by everyone from John Coltrane to Kenny Garrett and everything from blues, gospel and funk to Asian-Japanese music, Statin brings a wealth of experience to the quartet that belies his age. Fields, a native of St. Louis, is a graduate of the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he played stand-out shows with the 2006 Berklee Monterey Quartet in that California city’s far famed jazz fest. It is a natural for Hurst, a tenured associate professor in the Department of Jazz and Improvisation at the University Of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to bring these young musicians into his band. Robert’s career has long included an educational aspect, teaching younger players by experience and example what a life in jazz on the road has taught him. Jazz Standard, located at 116 East 27th Street (between Park and Lexington), presents an extraordinary mix of world-class entertainment, pitch-perfect sound and warm hospitality. One of Jazz Standard’s innovations is an earlier start time for sets – 7:30 pm – in order to cater to New York City’s vibrant after work scene. Another enticing feature of Jazz Standard is the award-winning barbecue of upstairs restaurant Blue Smoke that is served at the club, along with their signature specialty drinks, beer, wine and cocktails. The Robert Hurst Quartet will appear Tuesday and Wednesday August 2nd and 3rd, with two shows nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. More information can be found and ticket reservations can be made at www.jazzstandard.com. Admission is $25. For more information on Robert Hurst, please visit www.roberthurst.com Media contact: Mark Gurley, President M&M Booking Ph: (347) 223-8323 Email: markbooksjazz(at)gmail.com # # #
Visionary Japanese Instrumentalist Keiko Matsui Debuts Music Video For The Title Track From Her Album The Road...
Second Leg Of U.S. Tour Runs August Through October With A Special Guest Performance Aboard The Dave Koz Alaskan Cruise
With over a million and a half albums sold and sold out concerts around the globe, keyboardist Keiko Matsui is a citizen of the world and one of the brightest stars in instrumental music.
Earlier this year, Shanachie Entertainment released Keiko Matsui’s The Road…, her 22nd album and a follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 South African inspired Moyo.
Kenyon Carter’s smooth jazz album, Right By My Side, creates a melodic landscape of rhythm and grooves that relaxes and re-energizes the soul. Shimmering with sounds of multiple saxophones, layered percussion, and a groovin’ rhythm section, it’s the perfect instrumental pop album to play as a background soundtrack both at home and in the workplace.
San Jose, Calif., — Mike Portnoy, considered one of the most powerful players in the world, has garnered his first “Drummer” Of The Year” award in Enter Music Publishing’s 16th Annual Drummies reader’s poll awards. Definitely a dream come true for Portnoy, he also took “Best Metal Drummer” and came in second place in the “Progressive Drummer” category. Addditionally, Stanton Moore won "Best Funk Drummer" for a second straight time.
The Jazz Cruise 2012 is getting ready to sail, Jan. 20 through Feb. 5. The Cruise has bern heralded as having the finest lineup of "Straight-Ahead" jazz performers ever assembled.
On July 20th, jazz artist Paulette Dozier will perform the first of four Wednesday evening concerts as part of the Summer Jazz Series at El Bar - Teatro Para Todos (Theatre for All) in Coral Gables.
A multi-faceted singer/actress renowned for her sultry alto voice and dynamic stage presence, Paulette Dozier infuses every one of her performances with a depth far beyond the usual - her voice has been called ‘deep, steady, and sexy’. Dozier’s repertoire combines the greatest jazz standards with today’s edgy and contemporary sounds. She will be backed by three of South Florida’s top musicians: Brad Keller (piano), Dave Tomasello (bass) and James Cotmon (drums).
El Bar - Teatro Para Todos, which opened its doors in Coral Gables in 2010 at the initiative of two long time Columbian actors, Marisol Correa and Leandro Fernandez, is a venue designed specifically as a home for local talent, and Dozier is looking forward to taking the stage in this intimate setting. “There are so few places left in South Florida where jazz artists can perform,” she explains, “and El Bar is great – the perfect size for a casual evening.” In fact, Paulette will be inviting fellow artists to come up and show off their stuff too: “I’d like to have other singers (and musicians in fact) sit in and jam with us after each of my shows,” she says. “They will be able to sing a couple of songs, and get a real feel for El Bar.”
Dozier, who has opened for the likes of music greats Roy Ayers and Erykah Badu, has released two well received jazz albums: With You and Over & Over Again. She will release a third CD in the fall of 2012.
Paulette Dozier is also a well respected actress, and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Carbonell Award for her stage work. She originated the role of ‘Paulette’ in the hit musical Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, and recently appeared on stage to sold out audiences along side Broadway’s Melba Moore in Crowns at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.
will appear at El Bar on Wednesday, July 20th & 27th and August 3 & 10th, 2011 at 9:30 p.m.
E Bar is located at 3119 Coral Way (2nd floor) in Coral Gables (33145).
Reservations are available by calling 786-326-6555 or on line at: www.teatroparatodos.net
Tickets are $15, with a 2 drink minimum.
For more information about Paulette Dozier visit www.paulettedozier.com
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Sunset Jazz at Newport, featuring straight ahead jazz performed by top jazz performers, begins July 6 and will continue for 11 summer Wednesday nights at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel in Southern California.
A group of Berklee College of Music students and alumni, and Newton North and Needham, MA, High School students are using the summer break as an educational opportunity. The students will participate in a cultural exchange program in Kenya (June 25—July 15) through local organization Global Youth Groove (GYG), whose mission is to transform the lives of youth through music, where they will teach, perform, study Swahili, learn about traditional Kenyan music, instruments and dance, and be immersed in Kenyan culture. The program is spearheaded by Berklee staff member Sam Lutomia, co-founder of GYG and co-founder of Acacia in Kenya, a fundraising effort that provides support for girls education.
The GYG group will spend two weeks in Kakamega, Western Kenya, teaching music and giving workshops at the Matende Secondary School, founded by Lutomia's father Francis. They plan to bring a full ensemble setup—including donated guitars, bass, violin, alto saxophone, clarinets, drums, and keyboards—on which the students will teach and perform. The students will also give presentations in their fields of expertise. Berklee film scoring major Dave Chapman's demonstration of music production software using desktop gear will give people without access to recording studios the tools to self-produce on computers.
Making technology more accessible, the group will bring eight MacBook Pros, donated by the college's IT department, loaded with GarageBand and ProTools. At the end of the trip, the laptops and instruments will be given to a community center in Kakamega, allowing talented local youth to continue developing their skills. Lutomia explains, “Unfortunately, we can't leave the laptops at Matende School because of security. The school is still struggling to buy windows and doors for their classes, which is the case for most public schools in Kenya."
They also plan to visit other schools and orphanages in the area and will perform at the Kenya Schools and Colleges National Music Festival in Kakamega, June 29-July 2.
GYG includes students from Kenya returning home for the trip, and students from the US making their first trip to Africa. “I am really excited because students from Berklee and local high schools get to come to my country and have a little taste of my culture," says Nairobi native Wambura Mitaru, who studies at Berklee on a full Africa Scholarship. “It allows me to share a part of my life that is close to me—my home. I hope to learn from both worlds and see musicians interacting and having a great time speaking the universal language of music."
The group will also spend time in Nairobi meeting with Berklee alumni and other musicians, giving workshops, and performing in concert. After returning, the students will give a public presentation in Boston where they will perform, speak about their experiences, and show a documentary produced from the trip.
The Midwest School of Voice is proud to announce the grand opening on August 13-14, 2011. A groundbreaking school focusing on all aspects of vocal performance, their goal is to make individual coaching accessible and beneficial to all styles of music. The forming of The Midwest School of Voice represents a merge of existing voice studios of Blair Clark and Heather Ramsey, which represents 30+ combined years of teaching experience. The location of The Midwest School of Voice will be in spacious studio space at 336 W. Main Street in Carmel, Indiana.
Louise Clare Marshall Returns to Delight the Stompin' Crowds
Jools Holland singer, Louise Clare Marshall, is making a return visit to Stompin on the Quomps, Christchurch's popular, al fresco, smooth jazz event. Louise will be performing with local band Not Just Sax. The live event takes place on Christchurch Quay on Saturday 6 August from 12 noon until 10pm and has five professional bands performing throughout the day along with other entertainment.
Internationally renowned, Louise Clare Marshall has worked with many of the most famous names in the music business, including: Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Lulu, Van Morrison, Madeline Bell, Sheila Ferguson, Ruby Turner, Sam Brown, and many more. Following her Stompin' performance, Louise will dash to join Jools Holland and his Rhythm Orchestra for an evening concert.
Organisers have again been able to keep free entry to this community event, thanks to generous support from local businesses, though donations are sought throughout the day. The music begins at noon and the line up will include Lemon Grove, Dutch band, Bazar Bazaar, The Baddest Blues Band Ever plus Not Just Sax with Louise Clare Marshall As ever, the popular Taverners Big Band will complete the line up. Between acts entertainment will be provided by members of the Swish of the Curtain Theatre School and the Funky Little Choir.
Event organiser, Adrian Dwyer, said: "We know that Louise thoroughly enjoyed performing at Stompin last year and are thrilled that she wants to once again join an impressive line up of professional jazz musicians. Our event offers the best in professional jazz music and we are proud that we can do this without an entry charge, though we do ask for donations on the day. Last year's event was one of the best ever and we estimate that up to 5,000 enjoyed the music and atmosphere. We hope to see as many people as possible, from families to nonagenarian grandparents picnicking, dancing and soaking up the Stompin' atmosphere."
A souvenir programme is being produced and will be available from the Christchurch Information Centre, The Regent Centre, and the Captain's Club Hotel and at the event itself. Details can also be found on the website: www.stompin.org or by calling Christchurch Information Centre on 01202 471780. END
Julie Ratcliffe, Julie Ratcliffe Public Relations - 01202 471097 or 07936 554222
There are excellent images of Stompin' available at www.stompin.org; however if these are used please acknowledge Andy Cahill. Please contact if higher resolution required.
Images of Louise Claire Marshall : http://www.louiseclaremarshall.com/
San Jose, Calif., -- Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip drumming magazines online and offline, isn't just obsessed with selling magazines. The company has a strong commitment to the community and drummers in need.
Celebrate Canada Day in Metro Square with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Sweet and seductive as chocolate, the music of keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen dazzled the world with his 2010 release of “Diamonds.” A stellar production with featured guests like Darren Rahn, Jessy J and Koh Mr. Saxman (one of Asia’s most known sax players), the single “Dance with Me” from “Diamonds” was #1 on Billboard for numerous weeks. Brian Soergel of the Jazz Times declared, “Fritzen has arrived . . ."
Filmmaker Ken Burns, whose 10-part documentary "Jazz" was honored with a 2001 Television Critics Association Award, is teaming with travel industry leader Tauck to offer an all-inclusive jazz event in New Orleans. The event, to be held October 5 – 9, will trace the roots and evolution of jazz, include private performances by Ellis Marsalis and other musicians, and be highlighted by a keynote address delivered by Burns.
Dave McMurdo (trombonist, composer, arranger, conductor, teacher) was born March 4, 1944 in Isleworth, England. He died the morning of June 13, 2011 in Eden Mills, (just outside Guelph) Ontario. McMurdo is survived by his wife and two children.
It's the 10 year Anniversary of Jazz Fm 91, the station actually started in 1949, CJRT radio, it was created by Ryerson University as an educational radio station to compliment the college's journalism program - reportedly one of the best in the country at this present date. The station went 24-hour jazz in 2001 and changed its moniker to Jazz Fm 91, and this is what we are celebrating - if you are in fact a jazz fan or at least a Jazz Fm91 fan.
NuGroove 2.0 / SMC proudly presents the United States and Canadian release of Eumir Deodato's “The Crossing” with special guest appearances by contemporary jazz legend Al Jarreau on "Double Face" and "I Want You More."
With combined sales of over 25 million records as an artist, arranger or producer, the music of Brazil's Deodato has graced the world for nearly five decades. Having built such a solid and long-term reputation, it is not surprising that the list of guest appearances on “The Crossing” reads like a “who’s who” list of the music world. Featured artists include: Airto Moreira (Miles Davis, Weather Report, Chick Corea and Stanley Clark), John Tropea (Paul Simon, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Dr. John), Billy Cobham (Miles Davis, George Duke, John Scofield and Grateful Dead), Paco Sery (Joe Zawinul), Londonbeat and Novecento.
Discover the legendary sounds by visiting www.eumirdedato.webs.com. The official release date for the United States and Canada is July 12, 2011. The first single to go to radio will be “Double Face” and can be purchased at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/double-face-radio-edit-single/id436394819