Friday, October 30, 2009

DK / London reviews / Jazz Diva Seduces...

The Jazz Diva Seduces with Her Perfect Performance
by Ivan Hewett
Telegraph (UK)
October 30, 2009

It's taken barely a decade for Diana Krall to transform herself from the quietly intense chanteuse playing little venues like Pizza Express to jazz's one and only diva, able to fill the Albert Hall for three nights at a stretch. What's changed? In essence, nothing at all. It's just that the record business has discovered Krall's genius for making her audience feel secure. She draws people into an intimate space, not to alarm or move them with songs about real emotional depths, or to share anything really personal.

It's simply to enjoy that feeling of being 'up close and personal'. That feeling is augmented by the between-songs chat, where Krall tells stories about taking the kids to the park, and her new-found happiness with husband Elvis Costello. She roams around the Great American Songbook, but never very far. All the songs she bought out for us were copper-bottomed hits, already engraved in our memories by singers like Nat King Cole (it's no accident his voice was piped into the hall as we entered, just in case there was any doubt what we were in for).

The other factor that makes us sit back with a sigh and simply enjoy is that Krall really is very good. She has an eye for good collaborators, and in bassist Robert Hurst, drummer Kareem Wiggins and guitarist Anthony Wilson she had the perfect quartet. The little moments of interplay between Wilson's soft-toned guitar sound and Krall's agile right hand at the piano were like the dash of bitters in the perfect cocktail.

As for Krall herself, she has that cast-iron technique which marks the real star. She took "Dancing Cheek to Cheek" at a pace which could have turned the words into a gabble, but she made it seem easy. Meanwhile the alert concentration of her piano-playing never slipped for a second. Krall is in truth more remarkable as a piano-player than a singer. She plays engagingly with the shape of phrase in a way she hardly allows herself as a singer, and often her musing piano intros (such as the one to Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You") were more affecting than the songs themselves. Right at the end, as if to confound her critics, she gave a rendition of Lerner and Loewe's "I've Grown Accustomed to His Face" (changed from the original as an offering to her husband) which really did touch the depths.
Krall Chortles and Fingerclicks Her Way Back to Where She Belongs
by John Fordham
London Guardian,
October 30, 2009

If the audience at the first show of Canadian diva Diana Krall's three-night London run came expecting a faithful copy of the pillow-talk music from her current album Quiet Nights, they didn't get it. But, judging by the cheers, they certainly didn't seem disappointed. Krall had chosen instead to roll through an upbeat two-hour jazz set, sounding as if she couldn't imagine anything more pleasurable than spending an evening around the piano with 5,000 strangers.There were fewer pin-drop moments and rather more amiably rambling family anecdotes than usual -- but also a lot more piano-playing and jazz quotes. So the hardliners (including me) who believe she long ago abandoned her roots for the easy-listening market had, on this occasion, to back off.

Late in the show, Krall and her guitarist Anthony Wilson even left the smoochy script of Boy from Ipanema to veer into Count Basie's cannily swinging Jive at Five. She let out a chortle of delight as Wilson caught her drift. This typified the whole gig. Wilson, bassist Robert Hurst, and particularly drummer (and sometime hip-hop producer) Karriem Riggins brought a changed attack to the Krall road-band. It would be hard to imagine Riggins's roaring percussion engine purring quietly through a low-lights set.

Krall snapped her fingers into a flying tempo on I Love Being Here With You, to which Wilson initially seemed to be clinging by his fingernails. Let's Fall in Love and I've Grown Accustomed to His Face indicated that the singer's languid timing and swooping note-bends are now often augmented by an increasingly cavalier (almost Van Morrison-like) distortion of the way words sound. So Nice was a cool Latin swinger, and Nat King Cole's The Frim Fram Sauce had a breezy Fats Waller piano intro and a superb double-time bass break.

Krall arrived at Walk On By via a fragile piano medley of Bacharach themes before turning the softly stepping song into a defiantly soulful anthem. She filled the room with the quietest confidences and almost sax-like exhalations of air on delicate accounts of Joni Mitchell's I Could Drink a Case of You and Jobim's Quiet Nights. The encore was Departure Bay, a tribute to Krall's late mother, written with her husband Elvis Costello. It brought the show back to the muted territory Diana Krall more usually occupies -- but the contrasts of the evening seemed only to heighten its haunting eloquence.

Gene Bertoncini @ Jazz Standard, Nov 5

Thursday, November 5, don't miss the Gene Bertoncini Trio @ THE JAZZ STANDARD (116 E. 27th St., btw Park & Lex)

Gene Bertoncini – guitar
Sean Smith – bass
Rich DeRosa – drums

Back in March, jazz guitar great Gene Bertoncini left our audience spellbound when he performed with a string quartet. My dear friend Gene plays solo acoustic on most of his local gigs, but for this special one-nighter “the Segovia of jazz” has recruited the sensitive and swinging rhythm section of bassist Sean Smith and drummer Rich DeRosa. One of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists on the scene today, Gene Bertoncini has gigged and/or recorded with instrumentalists ranging from Benny Goodman to Wayne Shorter, as well as with Hubert Laws, Michel Legrand, Lalo Schifrin, Paul Desmond, Ronnie Foster, Luiz Bonfá, Edson Machado and Michael Moore, and with such superstar singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, and Nancy Wilson.

Tickets $25- sets at 7:30 & 9:30 (212 576 2232)

"Senssual Sessions" w/ Laura Estrada and DJ Coxswain, Nov 6 @ Bypass

Bypass Genève
Carrefour de l’Etoile 1, 1227 Les Acacias - Genève *** 0022 300 6565

The Mad Hatter's Revenge @ JET, tomorrow night

JET - The Light Group
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Diana Krall: three concerts in London

After a week-off to rest, Diana Krall resumes the European leg of her "Quiet Nights World Tour" with three concerts at the Royal Albert Hall from October 28 to 30, at 7:30pm. Actually, "only" two concerts were planned, but a third one was requested to October 30 due to exceptional public demand.
Special opening act: saxophonist YolanDa Brown!
Tix: £37.50 - £75.00
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The Royal Albert Hall was built to fulfil the vision of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's consort) of a 'Central Hall' that would be used to promote understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Sciences and would stand at the heart of the South Kensington estate, surrounded by museums and places of learning.
The Hall is a Grade I Listed building; and has been in continuous use since it was opened in March 1871. It was always conceived as a multipurpose building to host not only concerts of music but exhibitions, public meetings, scientific conversations and award ceremonies. It is a registered charity held in trust for the nation but is financially self sufficient: it receives no funding from central or local government.

Complete schedule of the upcoming concerts in 2009:
Amsterdam, Holland
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Amsterdam, Holland
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Queen Elizabeth Concert Hall
Antwerp, BE
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Dom Muzyki i Tanca?
Zabrze, PL
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Avo Session Basel
Basel, CH
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Incheba Hall
Bratislava, SK
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Cibona Hall
Zagreb, HR
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Auditorium Musica (Roma Jazz Festival)
Rome, Italy
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Teatro Arcimboldi (Birthday Concert)
Milan, IT
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Budapest Sports Arena
Budapest, HU
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Universal Hall
Skopje, MK
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Sava Center
Belgrade, RS
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Sala Palatului
Bucharest, RO
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Sala Palutului
Bucharest, RO
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Hala Ludowa
Wroclaw, PL
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Opera & Ballet Conservatory
St Petersburg, RU
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Obama: "We need to hear from you"

"Dear Arnaldo:

Our records show that you live in California's 30th district, and I noticed that you haven't yet voted in our Health Reform Video Challenge. Votes are pouring in, but we need to hear from everyone about which ad we should run on television nationally.

Can you rate the videos now?



P.S. -- Here's Natalie's email from earlier this week, further explaining the challenge:

Original Message
From: Natalie Foster,
Subject: Top 20 videos: Watch and vote

Friend--We just finished going through the submissions to OFA's Health Reform Video Challenge, and they're great. There are personal stories that grab your heart, brilliant summaries of what reform would really mean, and plenty of biting satire that calls out the insurance lobbyists.

Out of nearly a thousand excellent videos submitted, we're down to the top 20. Now it's your turn to watch the finalists and vote for your favorites -- and then we'll air the winner on national television.Watch and vote on the finalists now.

The top 20 ads will also be voted on by our panel of experts and artists, including Black Eyed Peas frontman, animator and director Seth MacFarlane, actress Kate Walsh, Obama for America campaign manager David Plouffe, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine.It couldn't be more urgent for us to get these funny, powerful, and eye-opening messages out to the public. As the full Congress begins its final debate on reform, airing the winning video as an ad on national television could help tip the balance toward enacting the changes they've been talking about for years in Washington.

Polls close at midnight on Friday, November 6th, so don't waste a minute: Watch the finalists and vote for your favorites right away:

Thanks, and go get started,
Natalie Foster - New Media Director

P.S. -- Help spread the word: After you vote, make sure you send this on to friends and family so they can check out the finalists.

R.I.P.: Alberto Luiz Farah

(born February 12, 1948, Niterói, RJ, Brazil;
died October 27, 2009, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)

The first time I became acquainted with Alberto Farah's talent was through a Victor Assis Brasil album recorded live on September 2, 1974, at the "Teatro da Galeria" in Rio de Janeiro. Victor's quintet at that time was formed by Farah (playing Fender Rhodes on this concert), Paulo Russo (then on electric bass), Lula Nascimento (drums) and Marcio Montarroyos (trumpet). Besides a haunting version of Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere," it features three excellent tunes by Victor: "Pro Zeca," "Puzzle" and "Waving". The original LP, with liner notes by Elis Regina, came out on Magic Music, a subsidiary label of CID Records. It was later reissued on CD with a terrible cover art.

Alberto Farah by himself, from his bio on MySpace.

"I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in February 1948. At 7 years old I've started my music studies, taking music theory and violin lessons. Some years later I've also started my piano studies in the Governamental school "Instituto Villa-Lobos in Rio de Janeiro". I've had a classical music formation and after some years playing violin and piano in concerts,I ingressed at the Pro-arte School to study contemporary classical composition with Professor Guerra Peixe, brilliant Brazilian composer and master. After some time I was seduced by popular music and jazz.
I've joined the Victor Assis Brazil band ,and participated in a fabulous album with that band in 1972.Victor died shortly after. Since then I've been playing with most of outstanding brazilian musicans as Paulo Moura,Paulo Russo,Carlos Malta , Marcio Montarroyos and so many others. I've also started with cd production and arranging for many brazilian artists as Elza Soares,Cecília Leite,Bruno Batista,Marcio Montserrat and others as well as composing many sound tracks for television in Brazil.
My passion in playing my piano and composing. I'm an active professional musician and producer in Rio de Janeiro. I perform very often with musician and singers locally. I have written many musical pieces for orchestra and piano(Classical). At present I've formed togetherwith Trumpeter/Producer Mike Ryan a new band called "Rio Fusion Orchestra", and produce various soundtracks for media companies in Brazil and abroad."
Press-Release (in Portuguese) from Farah's profile on MySpace:
"Alberto Luiz Farah - Músico, Pianista e Produtor musical. Nascido em Niterói,RJ em 12 de fevereiro de 1948, iniciou seu estudos musicais aos 7 anos de idade como violinista e pianista. Cursou Teoria Musical, Harmonia, Contraponto e Fuga no Instituto Villa- Lobos(RJ) posteriormente completou os cursos de Composição e Orquestração da “ProArte”(RJ) com o maestro Guerra Peixe. Após ter trabalhado com a música erudita realizando vários concertos(Piano) com Sinfônicas locais ingressou também na música popular em 1972 participando como pianista do Quinteto do saxofonista Victor Assis Brasil em concertos e gravação de discos no Brasil.Daí trabalhou em vários grupos de baile e Conjuntos instrumentais no pais e exterior.Realizou vários trabalhos como músico e ptrodutor de discos de vários artistas como,Paulo Moura,Peri Ribeiro,Leni de Adrade,Elza Soares,Eliana Pittman,Tito Madi, Lennie Dale,Danilo Caymmi,Rosa Maria,Roberto Menescal,Baby Consuelo entre outros.Também atuou em varias peças teatrais destacando-se sua participação na peca “Brasileiro,profissão esperança" com Bibi Ferreira e Gracindo Jr no Rio de Janeiro, e caravanas do projeto Pixinguinha no país. Como pianista solista trabalhou em varias temporadas no Hotel Sheraton São Conrado, Hotel Sofitel Copacabana, Copacabana Palace, Hotel Marriot e outros no Rio de Janeiro. Tambem trabalhou como solista no Antonino’s (2 anos) e vários bares na cidade. Atualmente trabalha como pianista e produtor de Cd’s de varios artista jovens como Cecília Leite, Bruno Batista, Bheto Borges, Camila Brunatti e outros."

Halloween 2009 at The Bank Nightclub

The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio
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CD of the Day - "Hot Club Cool Yule"

CD of the Day
Hot Club of San Francisco: "Cool Yule" (Azica) 2009

One of the best jazz Christmas albums to come along in many years. A perfect combination of unpredictable arrangements, gorgeous performances and lovely tunes, besides a great sonic quality. Highlights: "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Sugar Rum Cherry," "I Wonder as I Wander" and "The Christmas Song."
Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli never recorded an album of holiday music, but the Hot Club of San Francisco -- who've long been inspired by those gypsy-jazz pioneers -- always wished they had. "What Would Django Do?," the Hot Club's guiding principle, led happily in this case to the creation of "Hot Club Cool Yule." It's the 12th album in the San Francisco quintet's 20-year career and their second for Azica Records, who'll release the CD today, October 27, in the USA.

"We'd been considering a holiday CD for years," says the group's founder and lead guitarist Paul Mehling, "but we didn't want to just throw one out there. Now, with the birth of [violinist] Evan [Price]'s daughter in August -- which was imminent during the entire production of this CD -- we felt more connected to childhood and the holiday spirit than ever. We're also at an all-time high with musicianship in the band now. After 20 years we've really got a dream team, so we had to go for it now."

With inventive arrangements by Price and Mehling, the quintet essays a range of material and moods from cheeky to tender to ecstatically swinging. Steve Allen's "Cool Yule," which was a hit for Louis Armstrong, leads off the proceedings; holiday standards ("I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Auld Lang Syne") are included along with vividly reimagined chestnuts (a habañera-style "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" aka "Don Rodolfo," and a "twisted up" "Jingle Bells" dubbed "Djingle Bells"). The jazz waltz medley of "Carol of the Bells" and Vince Guaraldi's "Skating" is a particular highlight.

The Hot Club's previous Azica album, released in January of this year, was "Bohemian Maestro: Django Reinhardt and the Impressionists," which one reviewer described as a "light-filled celebration of the French-gypsy guitar genius Django Reinhardt, French Impressionism, and the kinship between music and painting." Strings magazine called it "one of the group's best. As usual, the HCSF forgoes flash in favor of soulful substance." And Stereophile praised the band's "lush forest of textures, often replicating the dynamics and sound of the Django-Grappelli partnership. . . . [Bohemian Maestro] is a consistent disc that has the feel of a set piece concert: all very well-done and, happily, very well recorded."

The current edition of the Hot Club of San Francisco, heard on both "Bohemian Maestro" and "Cool Yule," has been together for six years, anchored by Paul Mehling and two-time Grammy-winning violinist Evan Price (a ten-year veteran of the Turtle Island String Quartet) and also including Jeff Magidson and Jason Vanderford on twin rhythm guitars and bassist Clint Baker.

The HCSF tours regularly, sometimes presenting "Silent Surrealism," an evening of silent films by directors such as Charlie Bowers, accompanied by gypsy jazz. Upcoming dates include: 11/19 Savannah, GA; 11/21 Kill Devil Hills, NC; and 11/22 Washington, DC.

"Cool Yule" release gigs include the following: 12/1-2 San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) Festival de Jazz; 12/4 Plaza Bistro, Sonoma, CA; 12/5 Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA; 12/6 Majestic Theatre, Benicia, CA; 12/11 Armando's, Martinez, CA; 12/13 Black Box Theatre, San Jose; 12/16 Hotel Rex, San Francisco; 12/19 Jazzschool, Berkeley; 12/20 Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio, CA; 12/22 Yoshi's, Oakland; 12/23 Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley, CA. The band will be celebrating New Year's Eve at a concert at the American Theater in Hampton, VA, on 12/31.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Sony Holland live @ Catalina, Oct 28

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Sony Holland, who recently relocated to Los Angeles, will be performing at the Catalina Jazz Bar (aka Catalina Bar & Grill) this next Wednesday, October 28, backed by Theo Saunders (piano), Tony Austin (drums), Steve Cotter (guitar), and the legendary John B. Williams, who has worked with everyone on the jazz scene - from Louis Armstrong, Horace Silver and Dizzy Gillespie to Airto Moreira, Jon Hendricks, Johnny Hammond and, most recently, Natalie Cole.

"I am new to LA, so it is really nice to get to know people on the local music scene, which
is FANTASTIC. The musicians and singers are so talented here," Holland says. Raised in Minnesota, she lived in Nashville during the '90s, moved to San Francisco six years ago (where she built a cult-following among Bay Area jazz fans), and now she is in Los Angeles.

About her bassist on this gig, the one and only John B. Williams, she states: "I have seen him play with Nancy Wilson several times as she is one of my favorite singers, so I'm excited to be working with him." Btw, Sony has been compared to Nancy as well as to June Christy and Peggy Lee. It's easy to notice an influence of Tony Benett too. "Sony Holland has a warm deep voice and a very clear tone. One can always understand the words she is singing yet she is not shy to improvise," the renowned jazz writer Scott Yanow once wrote.

"Repertoire for my show will be a wide mix. Like many singers I am including more contemporary songs into my show along with the standards," she tells us. "So along with songs by Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer and Duke Ellington, there will also be songs by Rufus Wainwright ("Sansoucci"), Bob Dylan ("All I Really Want to Do"), and even a jazz/reggae version of a song by Carla Bruni & William Yeats, "Those Dancing Days Are Gone." Also, I sing
a few wonderful original songs written by my husband Jerry Holland (originally from New York City) though he has written a #1 Billboard Country song" ("Friends,” recorded by John Michael Montgomery.) Hope she will also include Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness of You" (the theme song of my jazz radio show at TUPI-FM during the 80s, in a recording by Roland Hanna) and Jobim's "Meditation" on the setlist.

I've seen dozens of great performances on the Catalina (owned by Catalina Popescu) and it's definitely one of the best jazz venues not only in California, but in all the USA, with a lovely vibe, beautiful ambiance, great food and a top-class wine list. I strongly recommed the Mediterranean Salmon (filet of salmon grilled and served with rice, vegetables, tomato, olive oil, garlic and pine nuts sauce) with a Pinot Noir Santa Rosa, and the Scampi Plate (shrimps sautéed with white wine, butter, garlic, capers & lemon, served with rice and vegetables) with a Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio.

Sony Holland @ Catalina Jazz Bar
6725 West Sunset Blvd. (one block East of Highland Ave.; entrance on McCadden).
Hollywood, California 90028
Ph: (323) 466-2210

ps: One of my all-time favorite drummers, Steve Gadd will be at the Catalina next month, leading the Gadd & Friends band (Joey DeFrancesco, Ronnie Cuber and Paul Bollenback) from November 10 to 12th.

"Bossa Nova Singers" released in Asia, on digipack format

One of the best-selling compilations produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for Verve's JazzClub series, "Bossa Nova Singers" is being released today in Asia, with its cover art adapted for the digipak format.
"Bossa Nova Singers" (Verve CD 53019559)
Compilation Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for Verve/Universal

1. Elis Regina: Só Tinha de Ser Com Você
(Antonio Carlos Jobim/Aloysio de Oliveira)
Elis Regina - vocal / Cesar Camargo Mariano - Fender Rhodes electric piano / Luizão Maia - electric bass / Paulo Braga - drums / Oscar Castro-Neves - acoustic guitar / Helio Delmiro - electric guitar / Arranged by Cesar Camargo Mariano / Produced by Aloysio de Oliveira / Recorded on March 5, 1974 in Los Angeles / From "Elis & Tom" (Philips LP 6349112)

2. Luiz Henrique: Mas Que Nada
(Jorge Ben)
Luiz Henrique - vocal, acoustic guitar / Bill Salter - electric bass / Donald McDonald - drums / Arranged by Luiz Henrique / Produced by Bob Morgan / Recorded on March 3, 1967 in NY / From "Barra Limpa" (Verve LP V6-8697)

3. Sylvia Telles: Manhã de Carnaval
(Luiz Bonfá/Antonio Maria)
Sylvia Telles - vocal / Barney Kessel - electric guitar / Joe Mondragon - acoustic bass / Recorded in 1961 in Studio City, CA / Produced by Aloysio de Oliveira / From "Sylvia Telles U.S.A." (Philips LP 630453)

4. Jorge Ben: Hoba-La-La
(João Gilberto)
Jorge Ben - vocal, acoustic guitar / Luiz Carlos Vinhas - acoustic piano / Manuel Gusmão - acoustic bass / Dom Um Romão - drums / Nelsinho - lead trombone / Arranged & Conducted by Nelsinho / Produced by Armando Pittigliani / Recorded in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro / From "Ben É Samba Bom" (Philips LP 632727)

5. Nara Leão: Berimbau
(Baden Powell/Vinicius de Moraes)
Nara Leão - vocal / Lindolpho Gaya - acoustic piano / Gabriel Bezerra de Mello - acoustic bass / Juquinha - drums / Baden Powell - acoustic guitar / Jorge Ferreira da Silva - flute / Strings & Horns / Arranged & Conducted by Lindolpho Gaya / Recorded in September 5, 1963, in Rio de Janeiro / Produced by Aloysio de Oliveira / From "Nara" (Elenco LP ME-10)

6. Lucio Alves: O Barquinho
(Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Boscoli)
Lucio Alves - vocal / Eumir Deodato - acoustic piano / Sergio Barroso - acoustic bass / Juquinha - drums / João Palma - percussion / Roberto Menescal - acoustic guitar / Strings & Horns / Arranged & Conducted by Carlos Monteiro de Souza / Produced by Aloysio de Oliveira / Recorded in 1963 in Rio de Janeiro / From "Balançamba" (Elenco LP ME-2)

7. Quarteto Em Cy - Agua de Beber
(Antonio Carlos Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
Quarteto Em Cy (Cybele, Cyva, Cynara and Cylene), vocals / Luiz Eça - acoustic piano / Bebeto - bass / Ohana - drums / Arranged by Luiz Eça / Recorded on October 25, 1965 in Rio de Janeiro / Produced by Roberto Quartin / From "O Som Definitivo" (Forma LP FM-10)

8. Chico Feitosa - Fim de Noite
(Chico Feitosa / Ronaldo Boscoli)
Chico Feitosa - vocal / Oscar Castro-Neves - acoustic guitar / String Section / Arranged & Conducted by Oscar Castro-Neves / Recorded March 10, 1965 / Produced by Roberto Quartin / From "Chico Fim de Noite Apresenta Chico Feitosa" (Forma LP FM-7)

9. Marcia: Samba da Pergunta
(Pingarilho / Marcos Vasconcellos)
Marcia - vocal / Sergio Barroso - acoustic bass / Wilson das Neves - drums / Oscar Castro-Neves - acoustic guitar / Strings Section / Rhythm Arranged by Oscar Castro-Neves / Orchestra Arranged by Lindolpho Gaya / Recorded 1968 in Rio de Janeiro / Produced by Aloysio de Oliveira / From "Eu e A Brisa" (Philips LP 765035)

10. Edu Lobo & Tamba Trio: Reza
(Edu Lobo / Ruy Guerra)
Edu Lobo - lead vocal / Luiz Eça - acoustic piano, background vocal / Bebeto - acoustic bass, background vocal / Ohana - drums, background vocal / Strings Section / Arranged & Conducted by Luiz Eça / Recorded December 12, 1964 / Produced by Aloysio de Oliveira / From "A Música de Edu Lobo Por Edu Lobo" (Elenco LP ME-19)

11. Joyce: Bloco do Eu Sozinho
(Marcos Valle / Ruy Guerra)
Joyce - vocal / Arranged by Dori Caymmi / Recorded in June, 1968 in Rio de Janeiro / Produced by Armando Pittigliani / From "Joyce" (Philips LP

12. João Gilberto: Só Danço Samba
(Antonio Carlos Jobim
João Gilberto - vocal, acoustic guitar / Antonio Carlos Jobim - acoustic piano / Sebastião Neto - acoustic bass / Milton Banana - drums / Stan Getz - tenor sax / Recorded March 1963 in NY / Produced by Creed Taylor / From "Getz/Gilberto" (Verve LP V6-8545)

13. Astrud Gilberto: Bim Bom
(João Gilberto)
Astrud Gilberto - vocal / Gil Evans - acoustic piano / Ron Carter - acoustic bass / Dom Um Romão - drums / Kenny Burrell - acoustic guitar / Johnny Coles - lead trumpet / Bob Brookmeyer - lead trombone / Brass Section / Arranged & Conducted by Gil Evans / Recorded on December 10, 1965, in New Jersey / Produced by Creed Taylor / From "Look To The Rainbow" (Verve LP V6-8643)

14. Luiz Bonfa: Samba de Duas Notas
(Luiz Bonfá)
Luiz Bonfá - vocal, acoustic guitar / Oscar Castro-Neves - acoustic piano / Iko Castro-Neves - acoustic bass / Roberto Pontes Dias - drums / Arranged by Luiz Bonfá / Recorded December 31, 1962 in NY / Produced by Creed Taylor / From "Luiz Bonfá, Composer of Black Orpheus Plays and Sings Bossa Nova" (Verve LP V6-8522)

15. Marcos Valle & Anamaria Valle: The Face I Love
(Marcos Valle / Carlos Pingarilho / Paulo Sergio Valle / Ray Gilbert)
Marcos Valle - vocal, acoustic guitar / Anamaria Valle - vocal / George Duvivier - acoustic bass / Claudio Slon - drums / Strings & Flutes Section / Arranged & Conducted by Eumir Deodato / Recorded on October 22, 1967 / Produced by Bob Morgan & Ray Gilbert / From "Samba '68" (Verve LP V6-5053)

16. Dick Farney & Norma Bengell: Você
(Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Boscoli)
Dick Farney - vocal, acoustic piano / Norma Bengell - vocal / Sergio Barroso - bass / Edson Machado - drums / Jorge Ferreira dos Santos - flute / Aurino Ferreira - bass clarinet / Strings & Horns / Arranged & Conducted by Lindolpho Gaya / Recorded in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro / Produced by Aloysio de Oliveira / From "Dick Farney & Norma Bengell" (Elenco LP ME-15)

17. Antonio Carlos Jobim: Lamento
(Antonio Carlos Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
Antonio Carlos Jobim - vocal, acoustic piano, acoustic guitar / Ron Carter - acoustic bass / Claudio Slon - drums / Dom Um Romão, Bobby Rosengarden - percussion / Joseph Singer - French horn / Ray Beckenstein, Romeo Penque, Jerome Richardson – flute / Urbie Green, Jimmy Cleveland – trombone / Strings Section / Arranged & Conducted by Claus Ogerman / Recorded on May 22, 1967 in New Jersey / Produced by Creed Taylor / From "Wave" (A&M/CTI LP 3002)

18. João Donato: Lugar Comum
(João Donato / Gilberto Gil)
João Donato - vocal, Fender Rhodes electric piano / Novelli - electric bass / Aladim - drums / Luiz Carlos dos Santos, Alberto das Neves - percussion / Copinha, Geraldo, Jorge Ferreira dos Santos & Celso Woltzenlogel - flutes / Strings Section / Arranged & Conducted by João Donato / Recorded in 1975 in Rio de Janeiro / Produced by Tobi / From "Lugar Comum" (Philips LP 6349.138)

Compilation Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro (JSR) for Verve Music Group/Universal.
Dedicated to my "bossa nova passion," Lisa Marie, with heartfelt thanks for your support, strenght and unconditional love.
Cover Photo: Patricia Balaban
Design: Knut Schotteldreier
Mastered at Eastside Mastering Studios, Berlin

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Halloween at the Playboy Mansion!

Halloween at the Playboy Mansion!
October 31, 2009, 7pm
Playboy Mansion
10236 Charing Cross Road
Los Angeles, CA

Experience a haunted Playboy Mansion Party next Saturday, October 31st. This event will be the biggest Halloween party to hit the Mansion! To buy tickets or to get more details visit

The event will also feature a costume contest sponsored by Curtis & Co. Watches where the winner will receive a watch valued at over $1600 to learn more info about Curtis & Co. visit

Featuring Ja Rule, Bubba Sparxxx, The Official Hot Ness + Dream World Cirque DWC!!!
Indulge in decadence and glamour while partying amongst Playmates, Playboy's Cyber Girls, Exotic Models, dazzling go-go dancers and the Legendary Painted ladies.
An evening of Costumed Sexiness
Open Bar Provided All Night Long

Gift Bags
Red Carpet
Haunted House
Live Entertainment
Thrilling Haunted Decor'
Full Access to the Grounds of the Mansion

Costumes or Lingerie
7 o'clock

This exclusive engagement benefits the Wounded Warrior Project
Buy tickets online @
(Natalie in Newport Beach, 50 miles south of LA)

"It's a real mission to get all the stuff organized for a Playboy Mansion Halloween party. The last two day we have been running around trying to get the last bits and pieces together, changing costumes etc. But its fun! Think Im pretty satisfied with what I got now, even though its barely nothing hehe!" says my dear friend Natalie Anderson, who's in LA since two weeks ago. She will be one of brightest stars of this evening!
"Im going to be a black angel, black underwear, huge black wings, lace gloves and some golden stilettos.... How you like that huh!? ;) Tried to starve myself a little as well the last couple of days so I should look skinny in my "barely not existing" outfit, but f** that... Didn't work very well, still got my cuuurves, so I might as well be friendly with them :) Need to start my mission to get ready now, will grab some food first (I know... But what the f**). Then I'm on it baby!"

Happy Halloween!

Melody Gardot Live at The Troubador this Monday, Oct 26

9081 Santa Monica Blvd.,
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Directions Parking See All Events at this Venue

Melody Gardot, who will be touring Australia & New Zealand with Diana Krall (and Madeleine Peyroux) in 2010 as part of the Verve All-Stars Singers series, brings her music to The Troubadour in Los Angeles this coming week on Monday, October 26. This is a show you won't want to miss! Btw, a new Special Issue (with 5 bonus tracks) of the new CD is now available exclusively on Amazon.
Click here for tickets.
Available Now: Melody Gardot "My One And Only Thrill"
You can order from: iTunes Amazon
For more information, visit

Win tix to "A Place To Bury Strangers"

Just in! Mute Records has just given us a pair of tickets to give away to see New York City's loudest band, A Place to Bury Strangers who will be playing October 29 at the Bowery Ballroom, supporting their great new album Exploding Head. Enter right away by emailing, and make sure to leave your phone number so we can reach you. Oh yeah...earplugs will be available!

BOWERY BALLROOM: 6 Delancey Street NYC

SHM-CD of the Month: "Deodato: Os Catedráticos 73"

SHM-CD of the Month
Eumir Deodato: "Os Catedráticos 73" (Bomba) 2009

Release Date in Japan: October 24, 2009
BOMBA Records SHM-CD BOM 24175
Reissue Produced by Eumir Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Digitally Remixed from the 16-track original master tapes by Mike Henderson @ Jazz Station Studios (Los Angeles, CA, USA)


Reissue Produced by Eumir Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Musical Producer: Eumir Deodato for Kenya Music
Executive Producer: Oswaldo Cadaxo for Equipe
Basic Tracks Recorded at Musidisc Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), July 1972
Horns & Keyboards Recorded at Sound Ideas Studios (NY, USA), September & October 1972
Mixed in NY by George Klabin, October 1972
Cover Art: Joselito
Liner Notes: Eumir Deodato (NY, March 15, 1998)
Photos: Ruth Deodato
Digitally Remixed by Mike Henderson from the 16-track original master tapes, June 1997
Original LP issue: Equipe EQS/USA 100.001 (1973)

Eumir Deodato - Hammond organ, RMI electric piano & acoustic piano
Sergio Barroso - electric bass
Ivan Conti (Mamão) - drums
Helcio Milito - percussion
Orlandivo - percussion
Bebeto Castilho - congas
Durval Ferreira - electric guitar & 6-string acoustic guitar
Zé Menezes - 12-string electric guitar
Marvin Stamm - trumpet & flugelhorn
John Frosk - trumpet & flugelhorn
Wayne Andre - trombone
Phil Bodner - tenor sax & C flute
Romeo Penque - baritone sax & G flute
Arranged & Conducted by Eumir Deodato

1. Arranha Céu - "Skyscrapers" (E. Deodato)
2. Flap (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
3. Rodando Por Aí - "Rudy's" (E. Deodato)
4. O Jogo - "Soccer Game" (Pacífico Mascarenhas)
5. Atire A 1ª Pedra (Ataulfo Alves-Mario Lago)
6. Puma Branco - "The White Puma" (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
7. Passarinho Diferente - "The Byrd" (E. Deodato)
8. Extremo Norte - "The Gap" (E. Deodato)
9. Tô Fazendo Nada - "Down The Hill" (E. Deodato)
10. Menina - "Boy Meets Girl" (E. Deodato)
11. Carlota & Carolina - "Carly & Carole" (E. Deodato)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Kristin Korb live in Redondo Beach tonight!

Bring your friends out tonight! The Kristin Korb trio (aka KK3), led by the stunning bassist/singer, will be performing at the Riviera Methodist Church in Redondo Beach (375 Palos Verdes Blvd), California, starting at 7:30pm. Ph: (310) 378-9273
Want to avoid the 2 drink minimum of other clubs? This is your place! I also like the fact that this is a real concert setting.... You'll really be able to hear the music :-)

Then, on October 29, at 8pm, don't miss Tales From The Diva Den. "It's my party and I'll swing if I want to," Korb says.
Upstairs at Vitello's
4349 Tujunga Ave
Studio City, CA 91604-2752
Ph: (818) 769-0905
Reservations Highly Recommended.

"Kathleen & Inga & I have surprises in store for you as we continue to develop the den," Kristin guarantees.
$10 general / $5 USC students

Live interview with Al Jarreau on KPFK 90.7FM

Al will discuss his latest album and his upcoming live appearance in the Los Angeles area, live on KPFK’s Arts in Review. Hosted by entertainment journalist Julio Martinez, Los Angeles’s longest-running radio showcase on live theater airs Thursday, October 22 (noon to 1pm) on KPFK 90.7.FM.

Anna Ly's "What A Wonderful Bossa World" @ Sun 97.1 FM

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Black Eyed Peas at The Bank this weekend

We anticipate another crazy weekend at The Bank Nightclub and hope you can join us for these exciting events.

Tomorrow night The Bank hosts the official Black Eyed Peas concert afterparty. Come party with all 4 members of the worlds #1 group as they rock The Bank till the early morning this Friday night! Also joining us is guest DJ Enferno, hot off Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet tour who will join the Black Eyed Peas with a two hour set.

And this Sunday night, Bank Sunday’s presents the official Cobra Starship afterparty! Front man Gabe Saporta, and guest DJ Chachi will rock the one’s and two’s, joining the hottest industry locals in Las Vegas, continuing to hold The Bank to its steadfast reputation as the #1 industry night in the city!

The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio
The Light Group │( 702.693.8300│6 702.693.8310 │( 702.340.7533 cell
6276 S. Rainbow Ste. 120 Las Vegas, NV 89118

Anna Ly & Marcio Correia @ 610 CKTB

Anna Ly & Marcio Correia - What a Wonderful Bossa World 610 CKTB
Anna Ly - What a Wonderful Bossa World. overview · review · songs. Release Date. April 15, 2006. Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for JSR.

Los Angeles Contemporary Ensemble at Boho

Los Angeles Contemporary Ensemble (LACE) at Boho - Highbrow Weekend
Ravel, Shostakovich, and Phillip Glass performed by players from LACE
Presented by Los Angeles Contemporary Music Enthusiasts
October 25, 2009
Mountain View Mausoleum
2300 N. Marengo Avenue
Altadena, CA

The new performing arts group LACE, the Los Angeles Contemporary Ensemble, will present a preliminary concert to its season this Sunday as part of the Altadena Heritage Society's Boho - Highbrow Weekend: A Tribute to the 1950's Altadena Music Scene.

Led by cellist Diego Miralles, the group will perform works by Shostakovich, Ravel, and Philip Glass. A pre-concert artwork exhibit will open at 1 PM.

LACE is a new format of contemporary music ensemble that seeks to enhance the accessibility and socialization of its medium. By making contemporary music easy to understand and interacting with audiences in a fun and enjoyable way, LACE strives to increase the popularity of its music among people from all walks of life. Join us on Sunday to see what it's all about!

Boho Highbrow Weekend also features a jazz festival on Saturday, October 24th. Starting at 4 PM, enjoy popular music of the 1950s, interpreted by The Bohos jazz group, while sipping cocktails as the sun sets.

Tickets: $20 Sunday (gets you admission to the art exhibit, concert, and refreshments at intermission), $50 for Saturday and Sunday, and $35 for Saturday only.

STUDENTS: Present your valid student i.d. for $5 off the price of admission for any ticket!

More info:


Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2
14th century polyphony by Machaut and Ticonia
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 5

CD of the Day - "George Benson: Tell It Like It Is"

CD of the Day
George Benson: "Tell It Like It Is" (Verve Originals) 2008
Supervised by Harry Weinger & mastered by Kevin Reeves, this new reissue of "Tell It Like It Is" sounds much better than all other six previous CD issues that came out during the 80s and 90s. It's also the first one on digipak format, with art director Hollis King preserving the original cover & liner photos (by Pete Turner) as well as all the credits and the album design by my idol Sam Antupit.
The last Benson album during the A&M/CTI era, before Creed signed him once again for the then-new indepedent CTI, "Tell it like it is” is only 33 minutes long. Recorded in April & May 1969 (at Van Gelder Studios, of course) it's the more r&b-oriented project that the guitarist ever cut for Creed Taylor. It's also his only collaboration with arranger Marty Sheller, famous for his long association with Mongo Santamaria. So, don't be surprised by some latin elements infused on the heavy scores.
The supporting cast features keyboardists Rodgers Grant & Richard Tee, electric bassists Bob Bushnell & Jerry Jemmott (grafado Gerry), drummer Leo Morris (aka Idris Muhammad), percussionists Angel Allende & Johnny Pacheco, plus reedmen Joe Farrell, Sonny Fortune, Bob Porcelli (alto sax-alto solo on the opener, “Soul limbo”), Hubert Laws, Lew Soloff, Jerry Dodgion & Jerome Richradson.
The program ranges from Fats Domino (“Land of 1000 dances”) to Eumir Deodato (“Jackie, All” - dedicated to singer Jackie Cain of Jackie & Roy fame), also including Stevie Wonder (“My cherie amour”). Benson sings on three cuts: “My woman’s good to me,” “Out in the cold again” and the title track, Aaron Neville's soul-hit "Tell It Like It Is."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Eugene Marlow & Bobby Sanabria live in NY, Oct. 27

Help us welcome Eugene Marlow’s “The Heritage Ensemble” with multi-Grammy nominee guest artist Bobby Sanabria at Jazz Tuesdays on Tuesday, October 27 at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium inside the New York City Bahá'í Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). There will be 2 shows at 8:00 and 9:30 pm.

Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble is a quintet devoted to the concert performance of Hebraic liturgical and folksong melodies in various jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and neo-classical styles. For this performance the group consists of: Eugene Marlow (founder/leader/piano/arranger), Bobby Sanabria (drums), Todd Bashore (alto/soprano saxophones), Frank Wagner (acoustic bass), and Cristian Rivera (percussion). All arrangements are by founder/leader Eugene Marlow.

The Heritage Ensemble performed its unique set of arrangements most recently at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. On December 17, 2009 the quintet will perform a special Chanukah concert at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center. Previously The Heritage Ensemble has performed at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Engelman Recital Hall (Baruch Performing Arts Center), the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, the Riverdale YM-YMHA, Hunter College, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, Symphony Space, and Tavern on the Green (New York City), among other venues.

Its inaugural CD, “Making the Music Our Own,” a collection of eight arrangements on the MEII Enterprises label (2006), is available at

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.
Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)

Obama: Off the hook

Dear Arnaldo:

Our records show that you are now located in California's 30th congressional district.

I know you've gotten a lot of messages from us recently, and everyone here at OFA headquarters is pretty tired. But the last reports of calls and commitments are just coming in from events on the West Coast, and I wanted to share the news with you.

As you know, we set a big goal: 100,000 calls to Congress placed or committed to in a single day by OFA supporters and allied organizations. By 2:30 p.m., you had crushed it. So, we gulped and said let's go for 200,000, not knowing what would happen. But the calls just kept pouring in -- keeping phones ringing off the hook in congressional offices in D.C. and your representatives' district offices around the country.

Then, OFA supporters gathered in over 1,000 living rooms and community centers from Macon, Georgia to Missoula, Montana. You called hundreds of thousands of key voters in your community and got them to agree to call Congress and speak out for reform, too. President Obama joined in at a call party in New York -- and he had some amazing words of support for the folks like you who make this movement possible.I'm looking at the numbers, and with almost all of the reports now in, the tally wasn't 200,000 calls placed or pledged -- it was 315,023. You did it.

Take a moment to watch the President's inspiring words to OFA volunteers on this incredible day.

Your voice was overwhelming -- with reports in the media of congressional offices "completely crushed with calls." CBS News described your effort as an "onslaught." And a congressional aide was quoted with a common response, saying their office was deluged by "pretty much non-stop health care calls from OFA."You set a new OFA record, you caught the national media's attention, and you certainly put Congress on notice. But you know that's not what really matters.

The message I sent earlier talked about a woman, Jenny U., whose insurance company cut off her coverage because they decided her kidney donation to her sick daughter counted as a "pre-existing condition." What really matters is that today you brought America one giant, irreversible step closer to being a place where no one will ever have to suffer that kind of injustice again. That's what all the messages, late nights, and phone calls ultimately add up to.

It's what makes everything we do together worthwhile -- and it's why we'll keep fighting together until the job is done.

Watch President Obama's special message to you from a call party in New York:

Thank you, so much, for being part of the team.

Mitch Stewart
Director - Organizing for America

P.S. -- Here are just a few stories from "Time to Deliver" events across the country:
This evening I and three other volunteers got together and made calls. As I was calling, one of the women I spoke with told me that she was inspired by my story -- shared in the email earlier that day -- to get her entire family to call Congress. She didn't know it was me on the phone, but she said she just couldn't stop saying "this isn't right" when she heard my story. It gave me so much hope -- during the evening we made 213 calls and got 64 commitments to call tomorrow.-Jenny U., Missouri VolunteerSeeing the tally go up, hearing voter after voter agree to call, and listening to the real excitement people have about finally fixing this broken system, I was reminded why we do this. Each of us can only give so much -- but when we all do it together, we move mountains. Health insurance reform, here we come.-Sean Knox, California New Media DirectorI want to recognize the folks in this room -- and folks watching online -- who are helping us to do exactly that. And I want to thank all the Organizing for America volunteers for making calls, knocking on doors, and keeping up the fight. You know why this is so important. ... We are nearing the finish line -- and with your help, we're going to cross it. -President Barack Obama

CD of the Day - "George Benson: Songs and Stories"

CD of the Day
George Benson: "Songs and Stories" (Concord/Universal) 2009

Produced by John Burk & Marcus Miller
Includes two tracks - covers of pop hits by James Taylor ("Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight") and Christopher Cross ("Sailing") - which were recorded in São Paulo, Brazil, a couple of years ago, with Toninho Horta, Marcelo Lima, Bruno Cardozo, William Magalhães and Maguinho Alcântara.
This pop-oriented session also features Paulinho da Costa, John Robinson, Rod Temperton, Greg Phillinganes, Marcus Miller, Lalah Hathaway, Patti Austin, Ray Parker, Jr., Norman Brown, Wah Wah Watson, David Garfield, Steve Lukather, and Paul Jackson, Jr.
Additional arrangements by Victor Vanacore, Jerry Hey, David Paich & Tom Scott.

MUM ticket give away

Iceland's Mum returns to New York City this Saturday, performing at (Le) Poisson Rouge the tunes of their beguiling new album, "Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know." Opening the night will be Reykjavik's Sing Fan Bous, the brainchild of Seabear's Sindri Sigfusson. We've got two pairs of tickets up for grabs, so email to put your name in the "hat." Other Music will notify the two winners by email this Friday. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24(LE) POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleeker Street NYC

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Special 2-DVD set of Diana Krall's "Live in Rio" comes out next week

The Special Edition of Diana Krall's "Live in Rio," in a 2-DVD set with 210 minutes, will be released in the USA by Eagle Vision next Tuesday, October 27.
And the 5-disc box set (total time: 650 minutes!) with the first season of Elvis Costello's "Spectacle" TV show, directed by Dave Russell and featuring Diana Krall, Elton John, Bill Clinton and Smokey Robinson, will be out both on Bluray and DVD formats, on November 10.
This special edition of "Live in Rio" includes features not only the complete material from the standard DVD, as well as a second disc with extra live tracks filmed in Canada, Spain and Portugal, plus the "Rooftop Sessions" (filmed at the Fasano Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, featuring Brazilian bossa nova master Carlos Lyra singing "Corcovado" and "Garota de Ipanema", with legendary producer Tommy LiPuma in the "audience") which were previously available only on the Blu-ray release and on the Japanese issue of the standard DVD. The promotional film for the "Quiet Nights" song completes the second disc.
(Anthony Wilson, Jeff Hamilton, DK & Carlos Lyra during "The Rooftop Sessions")

Arranged by Claus Ogerman, Conducted by Ruriá Duprat
Featuring: John Clayton (acoustic bass), Jeff Hamilton (drums), Paulinho da Costa (congas & percussion) and Anthony Wilson (acoustic & electric guitars).

Track Listing:
Disc 1:
1.) I Love Being Here With You
2.) Let's Fall In Love
3.) Where Or When
4.) Too Marvelous For Words
5.) I've Grown Accustomed To His Face
6.) Walk On By
7.) Frim Fram Sauce
8.) Cheek To Cheek
9.) You're My Thrill
10.) Let's Face The Music And Dance
11.) Every Time We Say Goodbye
12.) So Nice
13.) Quiet Nights
14.) Este Seu Olhar
15.) The Boy From Ipanema
16.) I Don't Know Enough About You
17.) S'Wonderful
18.) Exactly Like You
Conversations (interviews with the musicians about the "Quiet Nights" sessions)
Promotional clip for "The Boy from Ipanema"

Disc 2:
Canada - Solo Concert @ Toronto Becel Benefit Performance
1.) Where Or When
2.) Exactly Like You
3.) Walk On By
4.) Deed I Do
5.) Quiet Nights
6.) Frim Fram Sauce (a delightful version!)
7.) A Case Of You
8.) I Don't Know Enough About You

Madrid, Spain (quartet performances with Bob Hurst, Karriem Riggins & Anthony Wilson)
1.) Deed I Do (with a nice solo by Riggins)
2.) So Nice
3.) P.S. I Love You (a haunting solo version of the 1934 tune co-written by Gordon Jenkins & Johnny Mercer; oh Diana, please record Jenkins' "Goodbye" someday!)

Lisbon, Portugal (filmed at the Pestana Palace Hotel)
1.) Walk On By
2.) Este Seu Olhar

The Rooftop Sessions (filmed in Rio at the Fasano Hotel)
1.) The Boy From Ipanema
2.) Too Marvelous For Words
3.) Cheek To Cheek
4.) Quiet Nights
Promotional Film for the "Quiet Nights" song, filmed in Rio's Botanic Garden

DK live in Frankfurt tonight, Oct 20

Promoting both the "Live in Rio" DVD (Eagle/ST2) and the "Quiet Nights" CD, Diana performs tonight, October 20, at the Alte Oper Frankfurt (Opernplatz 1, 60313)
Ph: 49- 69 1340 0
Tix prives from 57.50 to 92 Euros
The German leg of Krall's European tour is promoted by ACE EntertainmentGmbH
After this concert, DK takes some days off to rest, resuming the tour on October 28 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

100,000 calls to Congress

"Dear Arnaldo:

Our records show that you live in California's 23rd district.

Jenny U. from Missouri did what any parent would: When her son needed a kidney, she donated one of hers. But she didn't realize insurance companies would use her kindness as an excuse to never cover her again, calling her donation a "pre-existing condition."

Now, insurance companies are spending millions on a campaign of lies to kill health reform that would help folks like Jenny. So, today, with crucial negotiations taking place in Congress, we're raising our voices and making it clear: It's time to deliver on reform.

We've set a big goal: 100,000 calls to Congress made or committed to in a single day. To hit it, we'll need your help -- will you take 3 minutes to call Congress now?

Call your representatives and tell them: It's Time to Deliver on health reform.

According to our records, you live in California's 23rd congressional district.
Please call:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein at 202-224-3841
Sen. Barbara Boxer at 202-224-3553
Rep. Lois Capps at 202-225-3601
(Not your representatives? Click here to look yours up.)

Health insurance reform is finally ready for consideration by the full Congress, and hundreds of insurance company lobbyists on Capitol Hill are working overtime to kill it. Calling is quick and easy, but effective -- and your voice has tremendous power at this critical moment.

After you make your call, tell the staffer who picks up where you live and that you're counting on Congress to deliver on health reform. Let them know that Americans like you support the President's plan -- and that if your representatives are working to pass it, they have your thanks.

If we hit 100,000 calls made or committed to, we'll send an unmistakable signal that this time, families must come before insurance companies. We'll be tracking progress toward our goal publicly -- make sure to report your call back to us so we can count it:

Thank you,

Mitch Stewart
Director - Organizing for America"

Sonny Rollins to Perform Benefit Concert for Clearwater

Tenor sax titan Sonny Rollins and his band will perform a special benefit concert for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY. The concert will begin at 2:00 pm.

Rollins's performance in Tarrytown on behalf of Pete Seeger's Clearwater will mark the first time the renowned environmental organization has ever hosted a benefit concert dedicated solely to jazz, and is also the first time that the saxophonist has performed a fund-raiser for any cause. The concert, to be presented by Jazz Forum Arts, is Rollins's only 2009 New York area appearance.

Performing with Sonny Rollins will be his working band: Clifton Anderson, trombone; Bobby Broom, guitar; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Kobie Watkins, drums; and Victor See-Yuen, percussion. Tickets for the concert range from $75 to $100; a limited number of premium tickets (which include a reception with Rollins) are also available. For information and ticket purchases, visit or call 877-840-0457. The theater is located at 13 Main Street, Tarrytown.

In 1998 Sonny Rollins, for years an ardent environmentalist, released an album called "Global Warming," which included songs such as "Echo-Side Blue," "Mother Nature's Blues," "Clear-Cut Boogie," and the title track, which he frequently performs to this day. The CD package contained a poem by Rollins, reading in part: "We got to stop assumin' / We can just go on consumin' ... Live light on the planet, sister and brother / 'Cause if we kill it, there ain't no other / Not that much time left neither."

"My views have changed a little bit since then," says Rollins. "I still agree that people should be more aware of the environment and their own personal habits -- like throwing stuff out of the window. Overall I see the environmental crisis less as 'us versus them' and more as part of the big picture. It's okay in a way. But people still have to take action. It doesn't affect what we should be doing. It's more of a moral question. Being against the environment is being against yourself and your neighbor."

Rollins has resided since 1972 in an old farmhouse in Columbia County, New York, in the Hudson River Valley. He eagerly accepted the opportunity to lend his talents for an organization founded in 1969 by another Hudson Valley musical icon and environmentalist. "Pete Seeger and I have the same heroes and beliefs," says Rollins. "We are in the same family. He is my brother."

Presently in the midst of an eight-city European tour -- which takes in Groningen, Toulouse, Paris, Milan, Zagreb, Salzburg, Rome, and London -- Rollins is also scheduled to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on 12/2. While in Salzburg (11/8), he will be awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class. The award is one of Austria's highest honors, given to leading international figures for distinguished achievements. The only other American artists who have received this recognition are Frank Sinatra and Jessye Norman.

In other news, a Sonny Rollins iPhone App ( has just been launched. The app, developed by Rollins's video producer and webmaster Bret Primack,is a mini-website where users can access Sonny's music, videos, and concerts tickets. "Once the free App is downloaded from iTunes," says Primack, "it's very easy to sample and purchase the music, from any location."

Sonny Rollins news is also posted on Twitter (

Rollins's web site has been offering special packages on MP3s, lead sheets, and solo transcriptions for all of the songs on his two Doxy CDs, "Road Shows, Vol. 1" and "Sonny, Please" - the first time an artist's web site and label have made such packages available.

Finally, Sonny is looking ahead to his next recording, which will be a studio date and "will probably not be with my working group," he says. "Maybe a trio." He intends to release the CD in the summer or fall of 2010, in conjunction with a special New York concert around his September 7 birthday.

Mike Longo Big Band live in NY tonight

Join us at Jazz Tuesdays tonight October 20 for a very exciting evening to celebrate Dizzy Gillespie's 92nd birthday with Mike Longo's swinging 17-piece Big Band, "The NY State of the Art Jazz Ensemble" with legendary jazz vocalist Annie Ross, trumpeter Jimmy Owens, and hot young vocalist Hilary Gardner, PLUS archival film footage of Dizzy performing in his prime. Jazz Tuesdays is located at the John Birks Gillespie within the New York City Bahá'í Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). For tickets and information call 212-222-5159. TONIGHT ONLY THERE WILL BE ONE SHOW AT 8:00 P.M.

Pianist/composer/arranger Mike Longo, who has earned many accolades as a jazz pianist, formed the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble in 1999 to play the Jersey Jazz Festival when they wanted to feature him in a setting of composer/arranger. The program was received so enthusiastically that Mike was prompted by jazz fans and the members of the band to keep it going. As a result, he began composing new material and arranging it for the band, which was booked back each year at the Jersey Festival, followed by several appearances at New York City's famed Birdland jazz club. Their latest CD, “Oasis”, released last winter climbed to #7 and remained on the charts for an unprecedented 20 weeks. We are proud to present this fabulous group of musicians, featuring Hilary Gardner

Annie Ross moved with her aunt, singer Ella Logan, to Los Angeles at the age of three, where she became a juvenile film actress, starting on the "Our Gang" series at five. As a teenager, she moved to New York to study acting, then back to England, where she became a nightclub and band singer. She returned to the U.S. and gained attention in 1952 for her song "Twisted," a "vocalese" setting of humorous lyrics to what had been a saxophone solo by Wardell Gray. (More than 20 years later, Joni Mitchell made a popular recording of the song.) In 1958, Ross teamed with Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks in the vocalese trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and they toured and recorded successfully, their best-known album being their first, "Sing a Song of Basie." Ross left the trio in 1962 and settled in England, continuing to sing and work as an actress. She returned again to the U.S. in 1985. In 1993, she had a featured role in the Robert Altman film "Short Cuts."

Jimmy Owens, a fine hard bop soloist, started on the trumpet when he was ten and later studied with Donald Byrd. Owens has played as a sideman with many major players, including Lionel Hampton, Hank Crawford, Charles Mingus, Herbie Mann, Duke Ellington, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and the Dizzy Gillespie Reunion Band. He was one of the founders of the Collective Black Artists and closely involved with the Jazzmobile in New York.

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.
Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)

BPM Fridays w. Quentin Harris @ Island, Oct 23

ILoveHouse Presents:
BPM Fridays w. Quentin Harris @ Island
October 23, 2009, 10pm
35-15 36th Street b.w 35th & 36th Avenue
Long Island City, NY

This Week Up Close & Personal w. Quentin Harris

BPM Friday's will be a another destination for great house music alongside PS 1 & Water Taxi in the LIC area... The sound system rivals that of most NYC clubs w/ deep mind-numbing bass and amazing highs... This week we bring you Quentin Harris & Nomad!!!

This new weekly party comes together to bring you fresh up & coming talent along with the established names in house music

Island Restaurant & Lounge is a veritable oasis of cool comfort. Silky white curtains surround the serene interior of this bi-level restaurant composed of white stone walls, white tables and chairs fitted with cucumber green cushions.

Island is a full service restaurant with an amazing menu. Dinner seating is available till 10pm and is highly recommended on this particular evening.
So Come Down Drink , Dance & Enjoy The Beats.... Get Involved

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(Thx to my friend Sandy Ferrante for the invitation)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Diana Krall live in Berlin

DK performs tonight in Berlin, Germany, @ Berliner Philharmoniker.
Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
10785 Berlin
Ph: (030) 254 88 0
Tix: €49.00-101.00

CD of the Day - "Rita Reys sings Antonio Carlos Jobim"

CD of the Day
Rita Reys: "Sings Antonio Carlos Jobim" (Philips) 1981

Just got this 1996 CD reissue of Rita's memorable Jobim songbook, with 10 great tunes lushly orchestrated (a la Claus Ogerman) by Rogier van Otterloo, with the Pim Jacobs Quartet providing the impeccable rhythmic support to the top jazz singer ever born in the Netherlands.
Highlights: "How Insensitive" (drummer/percussionist Peter Ypma uses the triangle to great effect, sounding reminiscent of the way Henry Mancini often employed such instrument), "This Happy Madness" (with the sensational English lyrics added by Gene Lees), "Song of the Sabiá" and "Meditation."
Coincidently, Pim Jacobs, who was married to Rita for 36 years, died in 1996, at age 61.
Rita, born on December 21, 1924, is now 84.

"An Evening with Linda Eder"

Linda Goes to The Movies With: Soundtrack
An Evening With Linda Eder
Saturday, November 28 at Berklee Performance Center, 8 PM
Tickets on sale now

HT Productions announces “An Evening With Linda Eder” Saturday, November 28 at 8:00 P.M. at Berklee Performance Center 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Tickets at $75 [golden circle], $50, $40, and $30 [including Berklee Performance Center $1.00 restoration fee] are on sale now at the Berklee Performance Center box office, at, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information, call: 617-747-2261. Berklee Performance Center is wheelchair accessible.

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, vocalist Linda Eder released Soundtrack, the follow-up to her 2008 Verve Records debut, The Other Side of Me. Produced by Peter Collins, Soundtrack finds Eder going to the movies and adding new dimensions to an eclectic mix of themes from the silver screen.

The 12 tracks span roughly the last 50 years in cinema, from Henry Mancini’s “Charade,” the title tune of the 1963 movie starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, to “Falling Slowly,” the Best Original Song Academy Award® winner from Once, the 2007 Irish musical film.

Song selection for this collection was easy for the artist. She concentrated on familiar tunes that struck an immediate emotional chord with her. Songs like “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” (the Bryan Adams smash from 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) and “Against All Odds” (the Phil Collins classic from the 1984 film of the same name) “. . . have always been favorites of mine,” said Eder.

Other highlights include an aching version Yvonne Elliman’s 1977 disco hit “If I Can’t Have You” from Saturday Night Fever, a faithful rendition of “Valley of the Dolls” (the theme of the 1968 flick that Dionne Warwick turned into a No. 2 pop hit), and a delightful take on “Accidentally in Love,” originally performed by Counting Crows for the animated blockbuster Shrek.

Eder brings her voice to Elvis Presley’s chart-topping “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” from Blue Hawaii and also interprets such classic movie songs as Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin’” from Midnight Cowboy, “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and The Beatles’ “Help!”

The originals may be familiar and beloved, but Eder and her band dramatically reworked the arrangements, rendering the songs in an intimate, fireside style. “We did most of the music in a jazzy pop version, which really worked for me. We wanted to find arrangements that were a little different and worked for my voice,” she says.

Throughout her two decades as a recording star, Linda Eder has garnered acclaim and healthy sales crooning and belting theatrical evergreens. “For most of my career, I was known for big Broadway tunes and ballads and standards and big-band kind of stuff,” the artist says. “But my tastes have always been very varied. My fans probably think I drive around listening to Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland all the time.”

On The Other Side of Me, her 2008 debut for Verve, Eder revealed an affinity for country-pop and blues-suffused rock. Perhaps her most ambitious set, the album also included wistful, graceful covers of classics by Joni Mitchell and the Indigo Girls. But for her sophomore Verve effort, the aptly titled Soundtrack, Eder goes to the movies.
She adds new dimensions to an eclectic mix of themes from the silver screen.

“Making the first album for Verve was a major, major departure for me,” Eder says. “This is sort of a middle ground between that album and what the fans know me for.”
The 12 tracks span roughly the last 50 years in cinema, from Mancini’s “Charade,” the title tune of the 1963 movie starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, to “Falling Slowly,” the Academy Award winner from Once, the 2007 Irish musical film.

“Aside from doing a tribute album to Judy Garland, I hadn’t had a themed record,” Eder says. “We kicked around different ideas. And I chose movie themes because I could think right off the top of my head different songs I could do.” Song selection was easy for the artist. She concentrated on familiar tunes that struck an immediate emotional chord with her.

“It comes to your mind pretty quickly the ones that have always been favorites, like ‘Everything I Do’ [the Bryan Adams smash from 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves] and ‘Against All Odds’ [the Phil Collins classic from the 1984 film of the same name],” Eder says. “They have always been favorites of mine.” “Help!,” the 1965 Beatles cut was a particularly special choice: “Well, I wanted to do something from the Beatles, because I love the Beatles and because my 9-year-old son has been a Beatles fan since he was three,” Eder says.

The originals may be familiar and beloved, but Eder and her band dramatically reworked the arrangements, rendering the songs in an intimate, fireside style. “We did most of the music in a jazzy pop version, which really worked for me. We wanted to find arrangements that were a little different and worked for my voice,” she says. “I’ve been singing for a long time, so you get an idea of what your strengths are. When I hear a song, I tend to sing it if an idea of how to do it comes to me quickly. If I’m surfing around for an idea and can’t really hear it – well, it’s a lot better if it’s all organic.”

Other highlights include an aching version Yvonne Elliman’s 1977 disco hit “If I Can’t Have You,” from Saturday Night Fever and a faithful rendition of “Valley of the Dolls,” the theme of the 1968 flick that Dionne Warwick turned into a No. 2 pop hit.

The recording process for Soundtrack was unlike Eder’s previous albums.

“We rehearsed with my band and came up with arrangements a few weeks before we actually started working on the album,” Eder says. “We went up to Woodstock and had basically a rhythm section. It was drums, bass, two guitars and piano and the producer and I. We sat around Dreamland Studios – which is a cool place; it used to be an old church – and just played. The band would start with a tempo idea and I would start singing and we would adapt it. It was a cool way to work in those four days,” she says. “We took the weekend off and came back and tracked it live. Most of the vocals are one take, live with the band.”

Eder excels in such a laidback setting. Although on previous albums she often pushed her voice over sweeping orchestrations and dazzling big bands, Eder began her career singing in a largely unadorned style. “Most of my career, I’ve been singing live. I started out singing in clubs with just a guy who played keyboards,” the artist says. “So I’m used to that. The kind of music that I sing – if it’s a strong song it can stand on its own, even if you’re playing it with a kazoo. It felt good to record in that scaled-back style.”

Eder knew she wanted to pursue music early on while growing up in Brainerd, Minnesota. She was first inspired by Judy Garland’s legendary performance of “Over the Rainbow.” At 16, she won a local beauty pageant in which she sang an original song. Not long afterward, she made her professional singing debut in 1981 at a Holiday Inn in her hometown. After graduation, Eder and her pianist, high-school friend Paul Todd, started touring nationally, performing in clubs, cabarets and cocktail lounges.

Eder’s big break came in 1988 when she successfully auditioned for Star Search, the American Idol of its day. She went on to win the competition 12 weeks in a row. The exposure led to a meeting with Frank Wildhorn, co-writer of the Whitney Houston smash “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.” At the time, he was working on a musical adaptation of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. Eder joined the production, which opened in 1990. The next year, she recorded her self-titled debut for RCA.

As Eder established herself as a force in the world of musical theatre and Broadway, she continued to record well-received albums, including 1994’s And So Much More and 1997’s It’s Time. She made a tentative break from show tunes on 2002’s Gold, where she covered pop gems by the Beatles, Dusty Springfield, Boz Scaggs and others. But after signing with Verve, Eder has pushed her artistry in bolder directions. The Other Side of Me may have been a bit jarring for fans used to her Barbra Streisand-like rendering of traditional tunes. But she meets them halfway with Soundtrack.

“It was fun to do,” Eder says. “These familiar songs are just a little different this time.”