Saturday, February 27, 2010

Annie Sellick live @ Steamers, tonite!

THIS SAT,FEB 27, 8:30P-1A $8

Annie Sellick may be compared to the greats - "Ella's playfulness, Carmen's attitude, Betty's instincts and Anita's flair..." (Greg Lee, WMOT jazz radio). But, she is unequivocally and undeniably an original. Don't let her southern drawl, as sweet as biscuits n' honey, cause you to make assumptions, because there is nothing shy or demure about Ms. Sellick's control - of the stage, the music, her sound, and her audience.
It's quite obvious she is totally at home as a live performer, immediately engaging her audiences with an innate ability to make everyone in the room feel like she is performing just for them. But these special gifts aside, it's Annie's pure talent as a musician that is earning her rave reviews and a growing fan base around the world.

Annie lives in Nashville, Tennessee; however, she is quick to tell you "growing up in 'Music City' I hated country music."But Nashville is home base for some of the finest musicians in the world playing every genre of music."I have had the opportunity to play with a very talented pool of Nashville-based jazz players, and it has been a great place to cut my teeth and learn. These days I am learning from Nashville musicians of all styles.There is such a high level of musicianship here, and the support of the community is unparalleled."

At first, Annie had no intention of pursuing a career as a performer, which would likely have led to "a roller coaster life and living in her parents' basement at 30!"Then one evening in a "dive bar" near the college she attended in Middle Tennessee, Annie sat in with guitarist Roland Gresham. "The only standards I knew were 'Fever' and 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow," she remembers, laughing."I sang 'Fever' and everybody went berserk."The band hired her then and there.She recalls getting the names of jazz singers from a friend, tracking down their albums, learning the tunes a few at a time and then returning to the club to sing them.

Annie's career had a fairytale beginning - not unlike Lana Turner wearing the right sweater into Schwab's Drugstore in Hollywood. But there is nothing make-believe about her talent. Her obvious ease in front of an audience, the naturalness of her voice, her sense of timing and interpretation of lyrics, her feel for the music - these elements all came together during this time. While performing gigs at night, she studied her craft at the Nashville Jazz Workshop and was offered their first work/study opportunity. The Nashville jazz community and its fans spread the word about this young pixie-faced singer with the long dreads whose voice denied both her youth and looks - adding to her charm and appeal.

Today, Annie is a mainstay at the major jazz venues in Nashville, where she has performed with all of Music City's jazz artists, including Beegie Adair, Jeff Coffin, Rod McGaha and Bela Fleck. She is the resident vocalist with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, with whom she has recorded, and she gave a celebrated sold-out performance with the Nashville Symphony Pops Orchestra, "An Evening of Jazz." She has won a large, devoted following in her home town that has garnered five consecutive "Best Jazz Artist" awards from the Nashville media and the #1 best selling local artist for two years at Tower Records Nashville.

She stepped up her music studies, taking guitar at the New School while living and performing in New York City for a time. Annie also coached with Rebecca Paris in Boston and Rhiannon in Hawaii.Soon, she was stretching her wings beyond the Nashville area traveling to Europe, Japan, Canada and throughout the United States establishing solid fan bases centered in Atlanta and Birmingham, the major cities along the east coast from Hilton Head to West Palm Beach, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Montreal.

Her club appearances in Montreal resulted in an invitation to perform at the 2006 and 2008 Montreal Jazz Festivals. She has also made regular appearances at West Coast Jazz Party, Newport Beach Jazz Party, Vail Jazz Festival and she opened for Curtis Stigers at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival. In 2006, she toured with Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing. She has made six Japan tours covering twenty cities both as a soloist and featured vocalist with John DiMartino, David Hazeltine, Grant Stewart and the late Eddie Higgins.

Annie has recorded four CD's on her own label Chalice Music, Inc. Her debut recording, "Stardust on My Sleeve" (2000 Chalice Music, Inc.) features a swinging piano trio - pianist Lori Mecham, bassist Roger Spencer and Chris Brown on drums - and Annie's strong interpretations of standards such as Lullaby of the Leaves, Twisted, You Go to My Head, Gravy Waltz and How Insensitive.Fans on write, "To hear Annie sing is to feel like you're falling in love...She doesn't just sing, she swings, tells stories, shares her heart and celebrates simultaneously."

Her second effort, "No Greater Thrill" (2002 Chalice Music, Inc.) features Hammond B-3 royalty Joey DeFrancesco."I felt a connection to the jazz B-3 organ after playing around Nashville with Moe Denham."Annie met DeFrancesco at NAMM in 2002 and a friendship began.DeFrancesco had produced Denham's CD, and he agreed to return to Nashville to work with Annie and two sought after session players guitarist Pat Bergeson and drummer Jim White.

Annie's third CD, "A Little Piece of Heaven" (2004 Chalice Music, Inc.), is her first live recording captured at The Vic Jazz Club in Santa Monica, California. The rhythm section is an all-star line-up of L.A.'s top players - young lion Gerald Clayton on piano with Dan Lutz on bass and Kevin Kanner on drums.Guitarist Bruce Forman sits in on eight tunes. Sellick worked with stellar arranger/composer Shelly Berg who arranged a collection of lesser-known standards just for this project. Critic Roger Crane reviewed the performance for the L.A. Jazz Scene writing, "Annie Sellick is very much a jazz singer, who focuses on the music, but she is also a storyteller...After now seeing her perform twice, I see no reason why she should not be a star." An "utterly unique musical personality," wrote Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles jazz fans love Annie Sellick, too. Her regular appearances there with Gerald Clayton's trio has had a significant impact on her music and her career, leading to collaborations with many L.A. notables -Tamir Hendelman, Kristin Korb, Llew Matthews, Josh Nelson, Mark Winkler and Taylor Eigsti among them.

"Drummer Jeff Hamilton happened to catch a video of one of my shows at Steamers in Fullerton, and he invited me to work with his trio." It seemed a studio recording capturing the energy and symbiosis with some of these Southern California's players was due. Annie took into the studio two trios - "trio one" fronted by Gerald Clayton and "trio two" fronted by Jeff Hamilton. These collaborations became her fifth CD release entitled "Street of Dreams" (2009 Chalice Music, Inc.) featuring arrangements by Gerald, Jeff, Josh Nelson and Tamir Hendelman (Barbara Steisand's arranger). Samples of two cuts - "Cloudburst" and "Do It Again" - can be heard at this link her website.

A highly praised fourth CD is a celebration of her Nashville roots; a musical incarnation of acoustic jazz and swing called "Annie and the Hot Club. "She started sitting in with the Hot Club of Nashville whose guitar-driven swing is lead by master picker Richard Smith. Their live shows selling out and fan pressure at a fever pitch, she succumbed to the pressure producing "Annie Sellick presents 'Annie and the Hot Club' Perform the Music of Tom Sturdevant" (2007 Chalice Music, Inc.).

The then sixty-four year old Sturdevant was virtually unknown as a songwriter and better known as a filmmaker and game designer. He had more than 200 tunes in his repertoire when, "I found a message on my machine from Annie Sellick saying she loved my songs and wanted to sing them.I felt like I had won the lottery!" One of the tracks,"Chickadee-n-Cockadoodledoo," won 4th place in the Vocal Jazz Song category in the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards, the world's largest music competition. The song passed through 10,000 judges and past 500,000 other entries, and is getting play all over the world. In addition to their growing number of fans in the states, Annie and the Hot Club are popular guest artists at European guitar festivals, including regular appearances at the Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Festival in Germany.

Annie can also be heard on these recording projects:"Live at B.B. King's - Nashville Jazz Orchestra featuring Annie Sellick" (2005 Artist Development Group), "Low Standards" (2005 Sons of Sound) and "Backward Compatible" (Vibraphone Music 2008) both with Steve Shapiro and Pat Bergeson and "Street Expressionism" with Paradigm Shift (2007 Nagel-Heyer Records).
Annie's busy 2009 touring schedule has kept her on the road most of the year. She returned to Germany this past spring with guitarists Pat Bergeson and Joe Robinson (winner of "Australia's Got Talent 2008") playing at the famous Fabrik in Hamburg, theMusikmesse in Frankfurt, plus stops in ten additional cities. Appearances also included multiple appearances in Asheville, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Louisville, Palm Beach, Scottsdale, and Los Angeles and environs.

During the summer of '09, Annie stayed a bit closer to home with a number of dates in Nashville and a special project that is very close to her heart. She worked with teenage girls at a camp called Act Like A Grrrrl, serving as a co-leader. The girls spend time writing, sharing their stories, and then by incorporating words, movement, music and visual arts, they present a performance at the end of camp. "Each girl has so much to share with the world, and the goal is to give them the support, tools and confidence to get out there and be themselves."For more information, visit

She is also developing workshops for singers. "Singers have a lot in common and we don't always have the chance to come together." In addition, Annie is writing songs for her first "all original" recording project, and performing as a duo with husband/guitarist Pat Bergeson.
There are many ways to get your Annie Sellick "fix" until you can catch her live. Her CDs are available at and you may watch and listen to her many music samples and performance videos at My Space and You Tube.

Kristin Korb featured in Indian Wells

Bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb will be a guest artist tomorrow with the Desert Cities Jazz Band.
Sunday, February 282:00-5:00pm


ISC Announces 2009 Finalists

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2009 Finalists and Semi-Finalists

Click here to see the complete list.

The 306 ISC finalists represent a depth of diversity and talent from all corners of the world. For the first time in ISC's history, more than half of the finalists are from outside the USA, reinforcing ISC's position as the premier international songwriting competition in the world. Entries came from all over the world, from South Africa to Estonia, Malta to Uganda, Israel to El Salvador, India to Tanzania, and everywhere in between. The country showing the most growth in entries was Australia, and for the first time ever, became the country with the most entries next to the USA.

Do you have a favorite ISC song that's been selected a finalist?
Now you can have your say and tell ISC which song you like best!

From now until March 31, 2010, you can take part in the People's Voice, an online voting contest that allows you to listen to and vote for your favorite ISC finalist. The winner of the People's Voice is in addition to, and completely separate from, the regular winners who will be selected by the prestigious ISC judging panel. The People's Voice is judged solely by public vote, and the winner will receive lots of cool prizes and bragging rights!

All 2009 finalists' songs have now been sent to the ISC judges who will select the winners (other than the People's Voice winner who is selected by you). All winners will be announced at the end of April, 2010, as soon as the results are in.

ISC Stocking Stuffer Winner
In December, 2009, ISC ran a special two-day "Stocking Stuffer" promotion on Sonicbids, offering a $1,000 prize to ISC's favorite song. ISC received a lot of great entries, and the decision was very difficult. But (drum roll, please), a winner has been chosen, and it is......"Fifth Tambourine" written by Nate Cole, Gabe Combs, Liska Cole, Coury Combs, Joel Plotnik, and Brandon Schwartzel of the band Castledoor from Los Angeles, CA.

2009 Judges:
Recording Artists: Kings of Leon • Tom Waits • Journey • Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) • Timbaland • Wynonna • Jeff Beck • Loretta Lynn • McCoy Tyner • Steve Winwood • Michael W. Smith • Alejandro Sanz • Robbie Williams • Black Francis (The Pixies) • Robert Smith (The Cure) • Adele • James Mercer (The Shins) • Jerry Lee Lewis • Jeremy Camp • Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) • John Mayall • Chris Hillman (The Byrds) • Youssou N’Dour • John Scofield • Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) • Ray Wylie Hubbard • Matt Thiessen (Relient K) • James Cotton • Sasha • John Digweed • Robert Earl Keen • Jeffrey Steele • Mario • Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals) • Craig Morgan • DJ Tiesto • Baaba Maal • “Weird Al” Yankovic • Sandra Bernhard Industry Executives: Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records) • Seymour Stein (Chairman/CEO, Sire Records) • Amanda Ghost (President, Epic Records) • Ric Arboit (President, Nettwerk Music Group) • James Diener (President, A&M/Octone Records) • Amy Doyle (Sr. VP Music & Talent, MTV) • Brian Malouf (VP A&R, Walt Disney Records) • Mitchell Cohen (VP A&R, Verve Music Group) • Kim Buie (VP A&R, Lost Highway) • Rick Krim (Executive VP Talent & Music Programming, VH1) • Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music) • Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records) • Lisa Ramsey Perkins (Sr. Director A&R, Sony Nashville) • Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America Sony/BMG) • Cory Robbins (President, Robbins Entertainment) • Steve Lillywhite (Producer) • Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon) • Dr. Demento (Radio Host, The Dr. Demento Show)
Winning ISC isn't just about the cash and prizes. The recognition, exposure, and kudos of winning ISC add to the reasons to enter and benefits of winning. ISC is looking for great songs and songwriters - so, whether you're a professional songwriter or just starting out, ISC welcomes your entries.

It's very easy to submit your songs. You can enter online (mp3) or mail your songs (CD, tape, or DVD for music video entries). You can also enter through MySpace if you have a MySpace page - which is really easy because ISC will go to your page and listen to your songs there (you don't even need to send us your songs!).

Categories: Pop/Top 40, AAA (Adult Album Alternative), R&B/Hip-Hop, Adult Contemporary (AC), Rock, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Americana, Blues, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Latin Music, Instrumental, Dance/Electronica, Comedy/Novelty, World Music, Children's Music, Lyrics Only, Teen, Performance, and Music Video. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the same category or in multiple categories.

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ASCAP 'I Create Music' EXPO, April 22-24, Los Angeles, CA

More great panelists have been added to the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO lineup!
Over 20 new panelists including hit songwriter Linda Perry, the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba! and a wide range of music creators and music industry veterans have just been added to the already stellar lineup of ASCAP EXPO speakers led by Quincy Jones, John Mayer and Bill Withers.

Get heard at the EXPO: Collaborate with Grammy-nominated producer Chris "Deep" Henderson and songwriter Nate Walka (Jamie Foxx's "Blame It")! Another great reason to register, this unique opportunity allows you to download your choice of two musical tracks, write your own lyrics to it and then submit your completed song for possible discussion in front of the EXPO audience. Don't miss this great event. Register now and save!

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Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition 2010

Don't forget about new folk! Songwriters have until March 15, 2010 to enter The 2010 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition to be held during the 39th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival. Out of 800 entries, thirty-two New Folk Finalists will be invited to share their original songs during the New Folk Concerts on Saturday and Sunday, May 29 & 30, 2010. Six New folk award winners will then be chosen from the thirty-two and will return on Sunday, June 6 to perform 20 minutes of their original songs and receive a cash prize and serious bragging rights. Open to international contestants. Contest guidelines must be followed. Please visit for information.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sony Holland live @ Charlie O's, Feb 28

This Sunday night: February 28, from 8pm to midnight, Sony Holland will be singing @ Charlie O's in Van Nuys with Theo Saunders (piano), Ryan McGillicuddy (bass), Steve Cotter (guitar) & Tony Austin (drums). Come on by it will be lots of fun...

13725 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA

"It's always good to wake up and know I'll be doing a show that night," Sony says. "There is a lot of work to get done before the first note is played i.e. plan out the set lists, get the charts for the band into properly sequenced folders, load up the sound equipment, warm up the vocal chords, put something good together from whatever is in my closet, etc. And that's just a TINY part of it... I hope to see some of you out at Charlie O's tonight!"

Thursday, February 25, 2010

In-The-Biz @ Kitchen 305, March 1st

In The Biz Monday wants you to BRING IT
March 1st, 8pm
Newport Beachside Hotel
16701 Collins Ave
Sunny Isles, FL

DescriçãoIN-THE-BIZ @ KITCHEN 305!



Kitchen 305 is back at it again with a new and exciting competition for BARTENDERS!!!

Starting Monday March 1st we are having a 12 week challenge EVERY MONDAY for Miami's BEST BARTENDER ON THE BEACH!!


Registration starts at 8:00 pm, Kitchen 305

Weekly Challenges include:
Best Mixologist- 3/1
Best Show Off Trick- 3/8
Speed- 3/15
Sexiest Male- 3/22
Best Surprise Drink/Shot- 3/29
Best Mojito- 4/5
Best Coyote Ugly Dancer- 4/12
Most Creative Uniform- 4/19
Sexiest Female- (4/26)
Best Martini- 5/3
Best Margarita- 5/10
Best Flair Bartending- 5/17

1st place winner- $200 cash

2nd place winner- $50 Bar Tab

Winners Advance to finals for a chance @ $1,000 in MAY

1ST Place receives $200 CASH
2ND Place receives $50 Bar Tab following week!
For further inquiries please call 305-749-2110 or Rachel 954-600-9494

House Music TV @ MI6 with EC Twins & Lee Kalt, Feb 28

Feb 28, 2010, 10pm

HOUSE MUSIC TV hits Los Angeles on a warm up run for their Miami WMC parties!

THE EC TWINS (UK) join LEE KALT (NYC) For a big night inside house musics most exclusive hang out. Arrive early!

"We Remember Wilby Fletcher, Jr." - Feb 28

We Remember Wilby Fletcher, Jr. - A Musical Tribute
Saturday, February 28, 2010, 3:00 p.m.
Clifford Brown Performance Center,

Christina Cultural Arts Center,
705 N. Market Street, Wilmington
For more information and tickets, call CCAC at 302.652.0101.

Join us to pay tribute to Wilmington musical legend, Wilbert "Wilby" Fletcher, Jr. The program, coordinated by the Fletcher family in partnership with CCAC, celebrates the life of this extraordinary drummer and features music, dance, photography and spoken word performances. Musicians who have collaborated with Fletcher will also perform, including violinist John Blake, Jr., pianist Barry Sames, the Alfie Moss/Dexter Koonce Project, Gerald Chavis, Fostina Dixon-Kilgoe, Jeff Knoettner, the Temple of Ma'at Drummers and others.

Wilmington's native son, Wilby Fletcher, Jr. (1954-2009) attended George Gray Elementary School and P.S. duPont High School. His career spanned 40 years, pairing him in performance with such legends as Ron Carter, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, McCoy Tyner, Roy Ayers, and Grover Washington, Jr. Most known forhis jazz technique, Fletcher was recognized as one of the world's most versatile drummers. Toward the end of his career, he returned to Wilmington, where he taught drum theory lessons to youth and played during services at Shiloh Baptist Church.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

R.I.P.: Kent Brinkley

Kent Leon Brinkley was born on September 24, 1949 and passed away on February 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Kent emerged as a promising bassist as a member of Freddie Hubbard's group (alongside George Cables, Ralph Penland and Junior Cook) in the early 70s, having recorded on such best-selling albums as "Keep Your Soul Together" (CTI) and "High Energy" (Columbia).
He also appeared on Rudolph Johnson's "The Second Coming," Monk Montgomery's "Bass Odyssey," Charles Tyler's "Eastern Man Alone," Bobby Hutcherson's "Inner Glow" and Arthur Adams' "Home Brew."
Later, he formed his own band, Brinks, which featured Don Moors.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Diana Krall starts her Australian tour today!

After the sold-out New Zealand gigs, Diana Krall starts today, February 23, the Australian leg of her "Quiet Nights World Tour."

8:00PM DIANA KRALL with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Ticket General Admission $119.90
Diana will perform at five ‘a day on the green’ events nationally as part of her February/March concert tour, which will also see her play at indoor entertainment centres backed by 42-piece symphony orchestras. Besides DK's Verve labelmates Melody Gardot and Madeleine Peyroux as opening acts, due to a "logistics" decision of her company, Katie Noonan and the Captains will also perform as "opening act of the opening acts" at the ‘a day on the green’ concerts, except today and tomorrow in WA, where the WASO (West Australian Symphony Orchestra) will be accompanying Diana Krall. The WASO will perform the magnificent scores written by Claus Ogerman for both the "Quiet Nights" and "The Look of Love" albums.

Multi award-winning and platinum selling songstress Katie Noonan has charmed Australian audiences for more than a decade with her exquisite vocals. Katie’s most recent album, "Blackbird," a collection of Lennon-McCartney songs, was recorded in New York with the cream of jazz musicians, enabling her to combine her two loves of pop and jazz music. Katie and her band, The Captains, will open the day’s music in fine style.

Across its nine year history, ‘a day on the green’ has proudly presented a diverse range of music, and to see these incredible artists all on the same bill is an extraordinarily rare opportunity and one that will be embraced by music lovers nationally.

- Tuesday, February 23 & Wednesday, February 24 ‘an evening on the green’ KINGS PARK, PERTH, WA - Diana Krall performs with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra!

- Saturday, February 27, ‘a day on the green’, PETER LEHMANN WINES, BAROSSA VALLEY, SA

- Saturday, March 6, ‘a day on the green’ BIMBADGEN ESTATE, HUNTER VALLEY, NSW

- Sunday, March 7, ‘a day on the green’ CENTENNIAL VINEYARDS, BOWRAL, NSW

- Monday March 8, ‘a day on the green’ ROCHFORD WINES, YARRA VALLEY, VIC
(Labour Day long weekend)

Complete Australian schedule:
Feb 23, 2010 - An Evening On The Green, Kings Park, Perth
Feb 24, 2010 - An Evening On The Green Kings Park, Perth, WA Feb 26, 2010 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Feb 27, 2010 - A Day On The Green Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley
Mar 3, 2010 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Mar 4, 2010 - Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney
Mar 6, 2010 - A Day On The Green Bimbadgen Estate, Hunter Valley
Mar 7, 2010 - A Day On The Green Centennial Vineyards, Bowral
Mar 8, 2010 - A Day On The Green Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley

For indoor Entertainment Centre concerts, go to

‘a day on the green’ is a fully licensed event. Strictly no BYO alcohol. Food will be available on site or BYO picnic. Picnic rugs and decks chairs recommended.

Full full event information for each show, please visit

Tix on sale from & 136 100

For additional infos, please check:

For reviews and pics of the concerts in New Zealand, please visit Sergio Benitez's beautiful site:

Diana Krall Memorabilia: "Swing Journal" cover, June 2002

Obama: Details of the President's plan

Dear Arnaldo:

Our records show that you currently live in California's 30th Congressional District.

President Obama just released a new health reform proposal -- and our political director sent me an overview that I wanted to share with you.

Here's the bottom line: It's a plan that puts Americans in charge of their own health care, bridges the gap between the Senate and House bills, and adds additional ideas from both parties to fight waste and abuse.

The plan will serve as a starting point for discussion at a major bipartisan meeting this Thursday between the President and congressional leaders to discuss Republican and Democratic ideas for improving our health care system. And if there are more areas of agreement, they'll be added to the plan.

Ultimately, we're going to move forward with a bill that lowers costs, increases competition, provides relief for families and small businesses, and covers the uninsured -- and we'll need your help to do it.

Please take a look below at the details of the proposal so that you'll have all the info you'll need for the fight ahead. And if you want to find out more about how the proposal would affect you, click here:



----Original Message----

From: Addisu Demissie, Political Director
To: Mitch Stewart, Director
Subject: Details of the President's plan

Mitch --

FYI, here's a quick overview from the White House of the President's just-released proposal on health reform. Exciting stuff.

It builds on legislation passed by the House and Senate, bridging the differences in those bills while adding new provisions.

The most notable addition is the creation of a new "Health Insurance Rate Authority," which would give the federal government the power to review unreasonable rate increases and other unfair practices by the big insurance companies.

The policy experts I speak to think this is a really strong improvement -- and would help a lot of people in places where insurers are jacking up rates like they are in California, Maine, and around the country.

-- Addisu
Overview of the President's Proposal
The President's Proposal puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care.

-- It makes insurance more affordable by providing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who are priced out of coverage today. This helps over 31 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today -- and makes coverage more affordable for many more.

-- It sets up a new competitive health insurance market giving tens of millions of Americans the exact same insurance choices that members of Congress will have.

-- It brings greater accountability to health care by laying out commonsense rules of the road to keep premiums down and prevent insurance industry abuses and denial of care.

-- It will end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.

-- It puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next ten years -- and about $1 trillion over the second decade -- by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.

It includes a targeted set of changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Senate-passed health insurance reform bill. Key changes include:

-- Eliminating the Nebraska Medicaid provision and providing significant additional federal financing to all states for the expansion of Medicaid;

-- Closing the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole" coverage gap;

-- Strengthening the Senate bill's provisions that make insurance affordable for individuals and families;

-- Strengthening the provisions to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid;

-- Increasing the threshold for the excise tax on the most expensive health plans from $23,000 for a family plan to $27,500 and starting it in 2018 for all plans;

-- Improving insurance protections for consumers and creating a new Health Insurance Rate Authority to provide federal assistance and oversight to states in conducting reviews of unreasonable rate increases and other unfair practices of insurance plans.

For more information, check out:

Brazilian Zouk Photo Exhibition by Alen MacWeeney, opening Feb 25 in NY

Brazilian Zouk Photo Exhibition by one of the all-time world's greatest photographers, Alen MacWeeney, at Lava Gina (116 Avenue C, New York, NY, 10009) in the East Village, from February 25 to March 25, 2010.

This Thursday, February 25, 2010, marks the official opening of the Brazilian Zouk Photo Exhibition by Alen MacWeeney at the Lava Gina, World Music Lounge in the East Village. This exhibition is the first stage of what he hopes will be a much more larger exhibition later on down the road.

Born in Dublin, Alen MacWeeney began his international career at twenty, in Paris, as Richard Avedon’s assistant. Across a half-century, he’s become especially known for his ability to artistically photograph interiors, countrysides, portraits, and even people’s inner lives. His work has appeared in LIFE, The New Yorker, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, GEO, Fortune, Harper’s Bazaar, Smithsonian, Esquire, American Photographer, G.Q. as well as in many covers of famous jazz albums. His pictures are in many private collections and in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the George Eastman House, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and others.
Still in his teens, Arnaldo DeSouteiro became acquainted with Alan MacWeeney's artistry through the many pictures done for albums by such artists as Stanley Turrentine (that mysterious shot for "Don't Mess With Mr. T"), Gabor Szabo, Edgar Winter, Eumir Deodato (the fantastic cover pics for "Deodato 2" and "Whirlwinds"), Ron Carter ("Anything Goes"), Esther Phillips, Grover Washington, Jr. (the famous shots for the best-selling Kudu items "Mister Magic" and "Feels So Good"), Average White Band, Todd Rundgreen, The Fatback Band, George Benson, Joe Farrell, Airto Moreira, Art Farmer, Joe Henderson, Idris Muhammad (another landmark pic for "The House of the Rising Sun") and many others.
During the 70s, Alen was part of the CTI history, along with other great photographers like Pete Turner and Duane Michals, often collaborating with album designers Bob Ciano and Rene Schumacher for Creed Taylor's brilliant projects. The destinity brought DeSouteiro and MacWeeney together when the Brazilian producer was invited to supervise the first CD reissues (released in Japan) for many of those groundbreaking CTI/Kudu albums, including Ron Carter's "Anything Goes" and Idris Muhammad's "The House of the Rising Sun."
Read a fascinating Nicholas Bambo's interview with Alen MacWeeney along with some photos from the Brazilian Zouk Photo Exhibition which opens this week at Lava Gina in the East Vilage.

New Jimi Hendrix video! Check it out!

Have you seen the new Jimi Hendrix "Valley of Neptune" video? If not check it out now at And dont forget there are only 2 weeks left until the release of the "Valleys of Neptune" album!
Click here for complete track list and more information.

Loren Stillman live in NY, Feb 24

(pic by Scott Friedlander)

Loren Stillman @ Barbes
Featuring Ralph Alessi, John Hebert and Tom Rainey
Feb 24, 2010, 8pm, $10

376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY
Ph: (347) 422 0248

Loren Stillman, alto saxophone/comp.
Ralph Alessi, trumpet
John Hebert, bass
Tom Rainey, drums

CD of the Week - "Loren Stillman: Winter Fruits"

CD of the Week
Loren Stillman: "Winter Fruits" (Pirouet) 2009

Rating: *****
The follow-up to "Blind Date," recorded in 2007 with Gary Versace (on piano), Drew Gress (bass) & Joey Baron (drums), which led Stillman to place # 3 in the alto sax category of the Jazz Station Poll that year, this new "Winter Fruits" once again features Versace, but this time on organ, plus Nate Radley (electric guitar) & Ted Poor (drums). A bass-less contemporary jazz quartet was formed and... bingo! It's a perfect session, with eight highly inventive originals - six composed by the leader and two by the subtle drummer.

Surprising, radiant, with a spellbinding air of mystery and magic, "Winter Fruits" earned the NY-based English reedman Loren Stillman to be acclaimed as the "best alto sax of 2009" in the 31st Annual Jazz Station Poll, since his stunning performance had been even better than the ones by Kenny Garrett, Phil Woods, Anthony Braxton and Lee Konitz on their respective projects released last year.

"Winter Fruits," with its outstanding sax-guitar-organ-drums instrumentation, also led Gary Versace (who placed # 8 in the 2009 DownBeat Readers Poll) to the top of the organ players in our list, thanks to an extremely personal and creative approach on this instrument, with touches of the best of Larry Young here and there, but mostly Versace's own voice. For complete results of the poll, please check:

Magician of musical textures and colours, virtuoso of shading, Loren Stillman writes with stylistic self-assurance and sensitivity about the most sensual mysteries of modern jazz. With breathtaking joy at the musical give-and-take, rhythmic compactness, and striking precision, these four musicians achieve a marvellous world of sounds full of riveting mystery and textural nuances of delicate subtlety and masterful enchantment.

Alto saxophonist Loren Stillman has an amazingly creative head on his shoulders: he makes music that is so absorbingly different. Stillman knows how to ensnare his listeners. He does it with expertise and subtlety, and his captives enjoy their imprisonment. Stillman was born in 1980 in London, but he grew up in the USA in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, and currently lives in Brooklyn. His uncle, saxophonist Mike Stillman, inspired him to pick up that instrument, and so at the age of seven Loren began to take lessons from him. Over the last years he has been acclaimed by such magazines as Down Beat as a "rising star", and has played with Charlie Haden, Dave Liebman, and John Abercrombie. He names Lee Konitz and Wayne Shorter as musical influences, but along with them he also counts Hungarian composer Béla Bartók and the master of many styles, Frank Zappa.

Loren will be performing tomorrow, February 24, at Barnes (see post above, please). If you're in the NY area, don't miss it.

Monday, February 22, 2010

CD of the Day - "Roger Sanchez presents Release Yourself - Ibiza 2002"

CD of the Day (2-CD set)
"Roger Sanchez presents Release Yourself - Ibiza 2002" (Stealth) 2002

Includes the track "Lake of Perseverance," produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro and performed by Dom Um Romão
2xCD feat. tracks from MAW, DJ Gregory, Layo & Bshwacka! and DJ Sneak.
Experience the Mambo pre-party & peak-time Sancjez mayhem at Pacha!
Label:Stealth Records (UK)
Format: 2-CD set, Mixed
Released: September 30, 2002
Style:House, Downtempo

CD 1
01 Kevin Yost - If She Only Knew
02 Solu Music - Fade
03 Jay-J & Chris Lum - Roots (Jo Jo's Thanks)
04 Julius Papp - A Thousand Years
05 Ananda Project - Cascades Of Colour (Jask Spiritual Sunrise Mix)
06 Nika - Alone
07 Thick Dick - Insatiable (Rasmus Faber Mix)
08 DJ Sneak - Summer Song
09 DJ Nori - Nomad
10 Block 16 - Morning Sun
11 Dom Um Romão feat. Ithamara Koorax - Lake Of Perserverance
12 Soldiers Of Twilight - Believe
13 Simon Grey - One (Knee Deep Mix)
14 Lab Rats - Love Jam
15 Masters At Work - Backfired (Joey Negro Club Mix)
CD 2
01 Bob Sinclar - Save Our Soul
02 Mood II Swing - Do It Your Way (ATFC's Lazy Mood Remix)
2a X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne - Lazy (Acappella)
03 Rico & Ouk - If You Give Me The Love I Want
04 DJ Gregory - Tropical Soundclash
05 Del Gado - Coffee Beats Vol. 2
05a Vibe Residents - Temptation (Acappella)
06 Layo & Bushwacka! - Love Story (Tim Deluxe Remix)
07 Leandro Gamez - Stones On The Way
08 Pillbox - Pounding Your Soul
09 Vibe Residents - Rulers Anthem
10 Manijama - No No No
11 Octave One - Blackwater (Terrence Parker Mix)
12 Groove Foundation - That Feeling
13 ATFC Presents Chroma - Soulkeeper
14 Archigram - Carnaval
15 Pure Orange - Feel Alive
16 Deux - Deux
16a Kings Of Tomorrow - Finally (Acapella)

Compiled & Mixed by Roger Sanchez for Indeep Productions Inc. and Stealth Records in association with Defected Records Ltd.
Design: Neue, Photo: The British Museum

Eliane Elias' upcoming concerts

Upcoming Tour Dates for the NY-based Brazilian jazz pianist Eliane Elias:

March 23 2010 - Yoshi’s, San Francisco, CA
March 24 2010 - Yoshi’s, San Francisco, CA
March 26 2010 - Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ
March 29 2010 - Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN
March 30 2010 - Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN
June 29 2010 - Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
June 30 2010 - Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
July 1 2010 - Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
July 2 2010 - Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
July 3 2010 - Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
July 4 2010 - Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
July 23 2010 - Marbella Jazz Festival, Marbella, Spain

This Thursday: 2010 World House Music Tour @ Gold Lounge

Puma's World House Music Tour
Feb 25m 10:30pm
Gold Lounge
3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV
Ph: (702) 590-7777

Puma presents the 2010 World House Music Tour, February 25th at Gold Lounge Featuring DJ Hanik & Jason N. See you on the dancefloor.

Purim Carnival 2010 @ Vanguard Hollywood, Feb 25

You are cordially invited to the 5th Annual costume event:
"The Best Purim Event in the L.A Metro Area!" @ The House of the Superstars: "VANGUARD"

★ Hollywood's hottest Dance Club
★ Equipped with "Funktion One" sound system (Ranked #1 in the World)
★ Amazing lighting & laser show + Video clip mixing on Huge screens!
★ Large Patio
★ 3 Full Bars
★ GOGO Dancers + Flying Acrobats
★ Celebrity Jewish D.J.s Eliran & TAL spinning Top Hits, Electro House & Exclusive Remixes
★ Also featuring special guests

This Thursday, February 25th
Doors open @ 9:30pm-3:00am (WE GOT EXTENDED HOURS!)
Ages: 21+
Valet Parking Available

Presale Tickets (NO LINES!)
$18 @;
= Get your tickets today before they sell out.=

At the door
$20 with a valid student ID
$25 for young professionals
★ Bottle Service Specials & V.I.P Table Reservations:;310.857.6218

Berklee Events during SXSW in March!

Berklee's Fifth Annual SXSW Party!, Friday, March 19, 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Friends, features Berklee,, and Heavy Rotation Records alumni and students from all over the U.S. performing rock, indie pop, hip-hop, folk, and country music.

Artists include:
Audible Mainframe from Long Beach, CA
The Young Republic from Nashville
Nini & Ben (HRR) from Boston
Stefan Wm and Jordan Tarrant (HRR) from Austin, TX
Ann Driscoll (HRR) from Cincinnati, OH
Love Like Fire from San Francisco
Shayna Zaid & the Catch from New York.

21+ Come early for a free drink on Berklee!
Please RSVP to
Berklee's Party at the Lucky Lounge Thursday, March 18, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., features alumni and students performing folk, pop, rock, and country.

Artists include:
Melissa Ferrick
A House A Home
Ann Driscoll (HRR),
Merry Go Round
Nini & Ben (HRR)
Jordan Tarrant (HRR)

The party is 21+, open to the public, and free of charge (no badge needed).

Jabbo Ware's Orchestra live @ Gillespie Auditorium, NY, tomorrow, Feb 23

Help us welcome bandleader/composer Jabbo Ware (pictured above by Scott Friedlander) this coming Tuesday evening, February 23rd to the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the New York City Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). There will be 2 shows at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

The John Birks Gillespie Auditorium, dedicated to the late jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, who was a Bahá'í, is located within the New York City Bahá'í Center. Beginning on January 6, 2004, the anniversary of Dizzy’s death, his former pianist and musical director, Mike Longo, began presenting weekly jazz concerts every Tuesday evening at 8:00 and 9:30 PM.

The "Me, We and Them Orchestra" was founded in 1973 by James Jabbo Ware. Brought up in the south with the influence of the church and the black community, Mr. Ware creates music built around life experiences. His vision of the family as an ongoing historical unit to which we all belong is symbolized by his concept of the big band as a family.

This performance at the New York City Bahá'í Center is made possible by Y’all of New York and The Phaedrus Foundation. Y’all of New York, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the composition, development, promotion and preservation of creative music. Its mission is to extend the musical vocabulary grounded in the roots and traditions of American Jazz music. It seeks to develop the next generation of musicians by sponsoring educational classes and forums, producing concerts, and promoting the work of established and emerging composers.

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for advance tickets and information.
The John Birks Gillespie Auditorium is located in the heart of Greenwich Village within the NYC Baha'i Center:
53 E. 11th St. (Between B'way and University Place)
New York, NY 10003

Call (212) 222-5159 with any questions.
The founder of the ME, WE AND THEM ORCHESTRA, composer/arranger/ saxophonist James “Jabbo” Ware was born in Rome, Georgia in 1942. He began his musical training on alto saxophone in St. Louis, Mo. in 1960, under the guidance of Mr. Harry Winn, a tenor saxophonist who had travelled throughout the South playing in swing bands during the 1920s and ’30s. In the middle through late 1960s, Mr. Ware played in various rhythm and blues bands, and composed for and performed with BAG (the Black Artists Group of St. Louis), among whose members were Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, J.D. Parran and Hamiett Bluiett. It was after he first “heard” Mr. Bluiett’s sound on baritone saxophone that Mr. Ware switched to that instrument, and it was Mr. Bluiett who convinced him to move to New York in 1970.

Once in New York, Mr. Ware studied improvisation and composition with George Coleman. While a member of the CBA Band (Collective Black Artists), and of bands led by Frank Foster and Sam Rivers, Mr. Ware met many of the musicians who now make up the ME, WE AND THEM ORCHESTRA. Through his association with Archie Shepp, Mr. Ware met the late Cal Massey, who premiered two of Mr. Ware’s early compositions at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

As a result of the encouragement he received from colleagues such as Mr. Massey, and in realization of a dream he had nurtured since playing in George Hudson’s big band in St. Louis, Mr. Ware formed the ME, WE AND THEM ORCHESTRA in 1973.

Mr. Ware’s music is concerned with telling stories based on his favorite themes: “Where do we come from?” and “Where are we going?”. The titles of Mr. Ware’s compositions mean what they say, and the order in which they are presented in concert is always carefully planned. As Mr. Ware explains;
“At first, the audience may not understand where I’m trying to take them, but by the time they get there, they’ll know...”

Mr. Ware’s vision of the family as an ongoing unit to which we all belong is symbolized by his concept of the big band as a family: “ME” represents the Creator; “WE” represents the mother and father; “THEM” represents the children.

Studio 69 tonight, Feb 22, in Miami

STUDIO 69 Café-Society
Decadence is back in Miami on Monday Nights.
Feb 22, 10pm
1977 Drink Specials all NITE long!!!!
1625 Michigan Ave (Off Lincoln Rd.)
Miami Beach, FL

A Mykel Stevens Creation

Hot dance moves, Lots of Sparkle, Glittery Fashion, Glossy Faces, Tighter Clothing, Bigger Hair, Vibrant Makeup & 70’s GLAMOUR
Before you get down, You have to get in!

Music by: Deejay Smeejay
Spinning a fashionable Mix of Disco Classics & Electro Remixes
STUDIO 69 is a Disco party with a Pop Art & Pop Life twist.
1977 Drink Specials all NITE long!!!!
Starring Characters:
Mykel Stevens as XANADU
Dena Carman as Disco Dena
Amy Jean as Roller Girl
Shannon as Roxy Blu
Deejay Smeejay as The Puppet Master
Caitlin Electra as Foxy C
Brogan Derringer as The Native American
Carlos as Thunder
Tina Marie as Vanessa del Rio
Mariana Molina as Ginger Lynn

List and Table Reservations: 305.534.5154

March Calendar for the Jazz Bakery "Movable Feast" in LA with Hiromi & Larry Coryell

As Jazz Bakery search for a permanent new home, the "Movable Feast" continues...

Thurs. March 11th, 8pm - $35
Hiromi -Brilliant piano jazz virtuoso

Limited senior and Student Rush
(65 and over, 21 and Under with ID) - $20
Venue: The Japan America Theatre
244 So. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (in Little Tokyo)
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS (cash or check only at door) or call JB reservation line: 310 271-9039
Sunday, March 14th
Larry Coryell and "Bombay Jazz"
Indian-inspired jazz and jazz-flavored raga
Matinee: 4:00pm - $25 / Evening: 7pm - $25 (Both: $30)
Student Rush (21 and Under with ID) - $15
Venue: Largo - Coronet Theatre
366 North La Cienega Blvd. (Between Melrose and Beverly Blvds.)
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS or call JB reservation line: 310 271-9039

Saturday, February 20, 2010

João Gilberto: "Chega de Saudade" reissued today in Japan

After the European CD release by the UK label Él on January 18, João Gilberto's landmark album "Chega de Saudade" is coming out today, February 20, in Japan. The CD is being reissued (with 12 bonus tracks) by the Tokyo-based label Solid Records, with the catalog number CDSOL7361, under an exclusive license agreement with Él, a division of the London-based Cherry Red Records Ltd., distributed in Europe by Pinnacle.

Prior to the Gilberto album, Él had released some interesting compilations featuring Luiz Bonfá, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Laurindo Almeida, Carmen Miranda and, in the jazz field, Gary McFarland, Mel Tormé, Yusef Lateef, Cal Tjader, Ahmad Jamal, Gabor Szabo and Grady Tate, amongst others. They had also reissued albums by Jobim ("Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro"), Nara Leão ("Nara '67"), Rogério Duprat ("A Banda Tropicalista do Duprat") and Rita Lee ("Build Up"), among other rarities such as the soundtrack to Brigitte Bardot's debut film, "And God Created Woman," featuring Brazilian percussionist extraordinaire Jadir de Castro.

On its turn, the Solid label currently has nothing less than 540 CDs (and 5 DVDs) in-print on its catalog, mostly by singers like Peggy Lee, Blossom Dearie and Aretha Franklin.

For March 17, Solid is already announcing the Japanese release of a CD compilation titled "The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim", also licensed from the Él label. Its opening track is João Gilberto's legendary version of "Desafinado." For more details:

Diana Krall in New Zealand, Australia & Mexico

Tonight, February 20, Diana Krall does her last concert in New Zealand, at A Day On The Green in Auckland.
Doors open 6pm
Melody Gardot 6.55pm
Madeleine Peyroux 7.45pm
Diana Krall 9.00pm

Then, next Tuesday, she begins the Australian leg of her "Quiet Nights World Tour." The Frontier Touring Company and Roundhouse Entertainment are delighted to announce that DK is being joined on her tour by the talents of her Verve labelmates Madeleine Peyroux and Melody Gardot as opening acts.

Fans of Diana Krall in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney will be treated to Diana performing with her band and a 42-piece orchestra (to be conducted by the LA-based New Zealand-born maestro Alan Broadbent), performing the magnificent arrangements scored by the 2010 Grammy award-winning German genius Claus Ogerman for her CDs "The Look of Love" and "Quiet Nights."

Meanwhile, audiences at the Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley, Bowral and Yarra Valley A Day On The Green events will experience Diana and her band outdoors under the stars.
The complete schedule:

An Evening On The Green - Kings Park
Perth, AU
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Rod Laver Arena
Melbourne, AU
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Entertainment Centre
Sydney, Australia
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Then, on April 8, Diana will be performing a free show in Mexico @ the Zacatecas Cultural Festival 2010 at the Plaza de Armas. Start time is 8:30 PM.
Diana will tour Australia for the first time since 2005 and has toured New Zealand for the very first time ever in support of her twelfth album "Quiet Nights". Since her last visit she has given birth to twin boys, released four albums, the "Live in Rio" DVD, produced and performed on Barbra Streisand’s "Love is the Answer", and toured extensively across the United States, Europe and Asia.

Reviews for Diana’s Quiet Nights tour have been uniformly glowing with The Los Angeles Independent writing “…nothing was musically impossible with Diana Krall’s easy and sublime performance” and the Winnipeg Sun called it a “…flawlessly executed performance from all concerned”.

Since her debut in 1993, Diana has topped both the pop and jazz charts and sold millions of records worldwide. She has proven her genuine talent and credibility as a mold-breaking jazz musician time and time again.

Returning to Australia and New Zealand for the first time since her sold out 2007 tour is Madeleine Peyroux. Her latest album offering "Bare Bones" is the followup to previous albums "Half The Perfect World" and her million plus selling breakthrough CD "Careless Love."

Rounding out this unexpected Verve touring lineup is Melody Gardot, who recently took Australia by storm during a short promotional visit, including two sold out showcases, in support of her new album "My One and Only Thrill."

To see these three Verve artists all on the same bill is a rare opportunity and one that will be embraced by music lovers.

Luca Ciarla's new European tour

Italian jazz violinist Luca Ciarla will begin his new tour in Rome. On February 25, at Spazio Morgana, previously known as Music Inn, the oldest jazz club in Rome, it will be possibile to enjoy his quartet featuring Luciano Biondini on accordion, Redi Hasa on cello and Antonio Franciosa on percussion. On Saturday, February 27, the quartet will be performing at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Lebanon, one of the most important music events in the Middle East, dedicating the 2010 edition to Italian music.

On March 5, Luca will be in his native town, Termoli (Molise), to present Keziat' s new video animation, "Memoria di un Folle", at Il Battello Ebbro. Luca has recently composed the sound track for this extraordinary video. Then on March 6, he will perform tunes from his latest CD "Fiddler in the Loop" near Perugia (L'Occhio, L'Orecchio e la Bocca, Umbertide), on the 7th in Treviso (Musikrooms), on the 8th in Capodistria (Palazzo Gravisi, Slovenia) and on March 9 at Kino Siska in Lubjiana, Slovenia.

The quartet will join again in March for concerts in Austria and Germany. On March 11 they will perform in Wien at Sargfabrik, for the prestigiuos Accordion Festival, then on March 12 & 13 they will be at Cafe Museum Jazz Club in Passau, Germany. The tour will be wrapped up on March 14 with a performance at the Eremitage, near Innsbruck. The concerts in Capodistria, Lubjiana, Wien and Schwaz will be presented in collaboration with the Italian Institutes of Culture of Lubjiana, Wien and Innsbruck.

Sheila Jordan live in California, Feb 21 & 27

Jazz Icon Sheila Jordan singing "Bird" in California
A living legend shares her story!

One of the few remaining legends of jazz vocals and called "one of the most distinctive voices in jazz" according to National Public Radio (NPR), Sheila Jordan brings her extraordinary bebop style and knowledge to Ventura and Los Angeles, California. Sheila has performed and recorded with some of the worlds greatest musicians including Charles Mingus, Steve Kuhn, Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Kurt Elling and countless others, spreading her message of love for the music of jazz wherever she travels.

Jordan's singing began in Detroit during the 1940's where she was inspired by Charlie Parker who was her "musical guru" and dear friend. Ms Jordan is best known for her innovative bass and voice recordings and for being the first recorded jazz singer on the 1962 debut Blue Note recording Portrait of Sheila.

On Sunday, February 21st from 2 PM to 5 PM she will give a joint workshop, with top-class jazz vocalist and educator Ellen Johnson, in Ventura. The two are collaborating on a biography of Sheila Jordan's life and music that they plan to have available later in the year. For more information or to register for the workshop go to, call 805-272-8125 or email

Then on Saturday, February 27th Ms Jordan will be performing with a phenomenal trio of some of the most respected jazz musicians in the world: Alan Pasqua (piano), Peter Erskine (drums) and Tom Warrinton (bass), at Vitellos in Studio City with two shows at 8 PM and 10 PM. To make reservations or for more information contact: 818-769-0905 or
For more information about Sheila Jordan visit her website at:

The prestigious All Music Guide website says that vocalist Sheila Jordan is "one of the most consistently creative of all jazz singers." Setting the bar in jazz by being the first recorded jazz singer on the 1962 debut Blue Note recording "Portrait of Sheila" and "You Are My Sunshine" with George Russell's The Outer View, Jordan has since become an iconic jazz figure, influencing many other artists in the jazz vocal genre. The New York Times raves, "Her ballad performances are simply beyond the emotional and expressive capabilities of most other vocalists."

Sheila has performed and recorded with some of the worlds greatest musicians spreading her message of love for the music of jazz wherever she travels. Jordan's singing began in Detroit during the 1940's where she was initially inspired by Charlie Parker, her "musical guru" and dear friend. She honed her skills, sitting in with Parker and other musicians when they came to town to perform in the Bluebird, the Sudan and other local clubs.

Moving to New York City in the early 50s, she sang in Greenwich Village clubs and at jam sessions with some of the city's jazz giants, including Charles Mingus and Herbie Nichols, and studied with legendary pianist Lennie Tristano. After touring with trombonist Roswell Rudd in the late 70s, Jordan became a founding member of the Steve Kuhn Quartet, where she met bassist Harvie S. (formerly known as Swartz). Soon afterward, she and Harvie formed one of the most innovative bass and voice duets where they both traveled extensively, both nationally and internationally. Her love for the bass continued with recordings and performances with bassist Cameron Brown and their most recent recordings, "I've Grown Accustomed to the Bass," "The Very Thought of Two" and "Celebration - Live at the Triad (NYC)."

For much of the last 30 years, like her colleague (and my dear friend) Mark Murphy, with whom she recorded the landmark CD "One for Junior" for Muse in 1991 - arranged by Bill Mays and featuring Harvie Swartz on bass - Jordan has been extremely active in teaching young students the ropes of jazz singing, and has made her living by combination of touring and teaching. Sheila initiated the jazz vocal program at New York City's City College, has been a faculty member of "Jazz in July" at the University of Massachusetts ((Amherst), visiting professor at Stanford University, taught at the New School for Social Research, Manhattan School of Music, Musica Hochschule in Graz, Austria and continues to teach workshops throughout the world.

Sheila Jordan has appeared in festivals and clubs both nationally and internationally with rave reviews from critics even at the age of 81. She has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Lil Hardin Armstrong Jazz Heritage Award for Excellence the IAJE Humanitarian Award, New York City MAC Award, New York Nightlife Award and the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz for Lifetime of Service Award. Down Beat's International Critics Poll has named her the winner of "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" honors nine times and has placed her among the top five singers in the "Established Talent" category every year since 1980. For more information about Ms Jordan go to:

CD of the Day - "DJ Set: Eden"

CD of the Day
DJ Eden: "SET - Latin Club House" (La Empresa del Disco) 2003

Selected and Mixed by DJ Eden for La Empresa del Disco (Ibiza, Spain)
Catalog Number: EDD 321007-2
Includes the song "Sambão," produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro and performed by Dom Um Romão
1 Gente Boa [Spellband Remix] 3:35
Performed by: Alan Sqa

2 Cool Affair [Eric Kupper Remix] 4:30
Performed by: Black & Brown

3 Sambao [DJ Uovo Remix] 4:10
Performed by: Dom Um Romão

4 Spirit of Summer [Dave Warrin Remix] 4:45
Performed by: Gazzara

5 My Magic Carpet [Alan Sqa Remix] 3:44
Performed by: DJ Rodriguez

6 Can We Live 5:50
Performed by: Jestofunk

7 The Music of Your Mind 4:44
Performed by: Don Carlos

8 O Amanhecer Do Novo Dia [DJ Eden Remix] 4:31
Performed by: Banda Favela

9 Dream on Baby [Shellback Remix] 4:15
Performed by: Sarah Jane Morris

10 Keep on Loving [Shellback Remix] 5:41
Performed by: Black Mighty Orchestra

11 My Friends 6:03
Performed by: DJ Eden

12 Aki 4:17
Performed by: Dress

13 Happy [Bob Sinclair Remix] 4:04
Performed by: Jestofunk

14 Don't Keep Me Waiting 3:53
Performed by: Space 2000

15 The Boogeyman 4:16
Performed by: DJ Moses

Umbi Damiani - Executive Producer
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Producer
DJ Eden - Mixing, Selection
Gazzara - Keyboards
DJ Moses - Remix
Sarah Jane Morris - Vocals
DJ Rodriguez - Arranger, Producer
Jestofunk - Performer
Dom Um Romão - Percussion, Drums, Vocals
DJ Uovo - Remix

Vinyl of the Day - "In Flagranti w/ Natalie Smash: Ex Ex Ex"

12" Single of the Day (565gr vinyl)
In Flagranti feat. Natalie Smash: "Ex Ex Ex" (Codex) 2010

Description: In Flagranti return with more disco mayhem, spread over two twelves. "Ex Ex Ex" is superbly chunky, wonky disco-not-disco cut reminiscent of post-punk outfits like Pulsallama, and comes complete with a brilliantly oddball rap and warbling vocal by Natalie Smash. Side A features vocal, instrumental and acapella versions. Then it's on to the refixes: Riton takes a sidestep from his usual electro sound to drop something much funkier with a touch of synth squealing. Headman delivers another of his tougher acidic disco-not-disco offerings. DJ Wool jacks it in a funk electro style. Gomma's Golden Bug comes up with a hot and sampladelic b-boy disco-funk version. Hercules (as in 'And Love Affair') goes slo-mo in some retro cosmic house vibe. Which leaves Bottin to fly the flag for galloping Italo disco.

Side A
A1. Ex Ex Ex (Original Mix)
A2. Ex Ex Ex (Instrumental)
A3. Ex Ex Ex (Accapella)
Side B
B1. Ex Ex Ex (Riton Remix)
B2. Ex Ex Ex (Headman Remix)
Side C
C1. Ex Ex Ex (DJ Wool Remix)
C2. Ex Ex Ex (Golden Bug Remix)
Side D
D1. Ex Ex Ex (Hercules / Andrew Butler Remix)
D2. Ex Ex Ex (Bottin Remix)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Pamela Luss live @ The Metropolitan Room, NY, tonite, Feb 19

Pamela Luss: Swinging the '60's-From Rock to the Ratpack (introduced by Will Friedwald)
Feb 19, 2010, 9:45pm
Localização: The Metropolitan Room
Endereço: 34 West 22nd St. (Betw. 5th & 6th Ave.)
Cidade: New York, NY

Introduced by the noted Pop/Jazz Scholar Will Friedwald, Pamela will put her personal stamp on this amazingly rich and diverse decade, ranging from the Beatles to Broadway to Brazil and from singer-songwriters to Sinatra.

With John di Martino (piano), Jon Burr (bass), Alvin Atkinson (drums), James Chirillo (guitar) & Michael Hashim (reeds)

*9:45 pm show--doors open at 9:15pm*
Check out Pamela's new video - EPK
From her cd release event at Jazz Standard w/ Houston Person and an all-star band!
Link to video:

JET: Kourtney Kardashian hosts DASH Fashion Show and Plastic Makes Perfect

JET Nightclub @ Mirage Hotel & Casino
6276 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118

Watch the new Santana video!

Head over to My Play and watch the brand new Carlos Santana video for "Angel Love." This song is the first single and video from the 2-disc set "Supernatural" (Legacy Edition) release which is available now at Amazon or iTunes.

One of the defining and most critically acclaimed albums of the '90s, "Supernatural" was the record which brought Santana to the spotlight of a new generation of fans. One of the greatest guitarists of all time, among modern audiences he is best known for the mega-hit "Smooth" (featuring Rob Thomas), which won three Grammys and topped the Hot 100 for 12 weeks, making it one of the most successful songs in American chart history.
Joined by Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews, Everlast, Lauryn Hill, Eric Clapton, Wyclef Jean and others, Santana's "Supernatural" set the standard for contemporary pop and rock records moving into the new millennium.

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of this multi-platinum CD, the Legacy Edition includes the phenomenally successful original album completely remastered under Carlos Santana's supervision, a bonus disc jam packed with almost 70 minutes of rare and unrealased material, and a full color book with new liner notes, rare photos, memorabilia and more!

CD of the Day - "Brasil 500"

CD of the Day
"Brasil 500 - From Carnival To Copacabana" (Demon CD 500) 2000

Concept: Chris Birrell
Compilation: Micahel Neldus
Graphic Design: M2
1. Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (2:40)
2. Ain't No Sunshine - Sivuca (4:48)
3. Toda Menina Baiana - Gilberto Gil (3:46)
4. Favela - Antonio Carlos Jobim & Nelson Riddle (2:36)
5. A Banda - Chico Buarque (2:13)
6. Samba da Benção - Vinicius de Moares (3:44)
7. Passarim - Kymaera (3:38)
8. Come With Me - Tania Maria (5:39)
9. Carnival of Colors - Paulinho da Costa (3:29)
10. I'm Nothing Without You - Astrud Gilberto & James Last (4:29)
11. Vento de Maio - Elis Regina (3:24)
12. Água de Beber - Flora Purim (6:18)
13. Flower of Bahia - Dori Caymmi (4:07)
14. Rio Acima - Luiz Bonfá (4:59)
15. Taj Mahal/Fio Maravilha/Pais Tropical - Jorge Ben (7:57)
16. Brazilian Love Affair - George Duke (3:34)
17. Samba de Flora - Airto Moreira & Jorge Dalto (6:12)
18. Jazz Carnival - Azymuth (3:23)

Credits (in alphabetical order):
Azymuth - Performer
Jorge Ben - Vocals, Guitar
José Roberto Bertrami - Keyboards
Chris Birrell - Concept
Luiz Bonfá - Guitar
Chico Buarque - Vocals
Dori Caymmi - Vocals, Guitar
Ivan Conti (Mamão) - Drums
Paulinho da Costa - Percussion
Jorge Dalto - Piano
Thiago de Mello - Percussion
Vinícius de Moraes - Vocals
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Producer, Arranger
George Duke - Keyboards, Arranger
Gilberto Gil - Vocals, Guitar
Astrud Gilberto - Vocals
Lani Hall - Vocals
Shane Hill - Producer
Jimmy Hilliard - Producer
Simon James - Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Piano, Guitar
Cindy Kimball - Vocals
Peter Klam - Executive Producer
Kymaera - Performer
James Last - Arranger, Conductor
Joel Leibovitz - Producer
Alex Malheiros - Bass
Tania Maria - Vocals, Piano
Nilson Matta - Bass
Bob Matthews - Bass
Pascoal Meirelles - Drums
Sergio Mendes - Piano, Arranger
Airto Moreira - Percussion, Vocals
Michael Neidus - Compilation
João Palma - Drums
Karen Phillip - Vocals
Flora Purim - Vocals
Elis Regina - Vocals
Nelson Riddle - Arranger, Conductor
Dom Um Romão - Drums
Sivuca - Piano, Vocals
José Soarez - Percussion
Kiyoshi Teranishi - Producer

(C) Demon Music Group Ltd.
Marketed by Music Collection International
4th Floor, Holden House
57 Rathbone Place, London W1P 1AB

Tatou tonite in LA: Aquarius Babies Night

Feb 19, 9:45pm
Tatou Supper Club
Endereço: 333 S. Boylston
Cidade: Los Angeles, CA

FEBRUARY 19th 2010


View the full flyer with more event info @

21 & Over - Upscale/Trendy Attire - VIP Table Reservations Highly Recommended
333 South Boylston Street Los Angeles, CA 90017
Off 3rd St. One Block West of the 110 FWY



Thursday, February 18, 2010

R.I.P.: Art Van Damme

(born April 9, 1920, Norway, Michigan, USA;
died February 15, 2010, Roseville, California, USA)

Jazz Station is sad to report that accordion jazz legend Art Van Damme died on February 15, 2010. He was 89 years old. Art had been ill with pneumonia for several weeks.

Art Van Damme, certainly the best, most famous and most influential jazz accordionist of all time. Like Benny Goodman (on clarinet), Gene Krupa (at the drums), Charlie Parker (on alto sax), John Coltrane (on tenor), Jimi Hendrix (guitar), Miles Davis (trumpet) and Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), he created a new language for his instrument, elevating it to a new level of musicianship and recognition, influencing many musicians all over the world.

You can read 2005 Celebrity Interview by clicking on his name here: Art Van Damme
A nice article about his 2005 tour to Rostov-on-Don, Russia, is online too

Information about the funeral of Art Van Damme
Viewing: Friday, February 19, 2010 3-5pm/7-9pm
Cochrane’s Chapel Of The Roses
103 Lincoln Street
Roseville, California 95678
Phone: (916) 783-7171

Funeral Mass: Saturday, February 20, 2010 10am
St. Clare’s Catholic Church
1950 Junction Blvd_Roseville, CA 95747
Phone: (916)772-4717
Acclaimed Musician Who Lived in Northridge 'Defined Jazz Accordion'
by Dana Bartholomew
Los Angeles Daily News, February 18, 2010

Art Van Damme, a former Northridge resident known as the father of jazz accordion, has died. He was 89.

The quintet leader known internationally for his swinging jazz accordion died Monday at a skilled nursing facility near his home in Roseville, a suburb of Sacramento.

Van Damme, who cut nearly 50 jazz records, made as many world concert tours and appeared on numerous NBC radio and TV shows, died before his 90th birthday concert bash.

"He defined jazz accordion," said Kenny Kotwitz of Simi Valley, an accordion protege and friend of Van Damme's. "He was the best who ever lived.

"He took the accordion out of the beer garden and put it on the concert stage."

Arthur Raymond Van Damme was born April 9, 1920, in Norway, Mich. During the 1930s, he studied classical accordion in Chicago before styling himself after "King of Swing" Benny Goodman.

Known for his melodic jazz improvisation, Van Damme taught himself to swing his 26-pound Excelsior as lightly as Goodman's clarinet, with nuanced bellows accents and a sliding five-finger chord style.

His Art Van Damme Quintet recorded 130 episodes of the "Art Van Damme Show" for NBC radio before performing on "Tonight" and other TV variety shows.

When not playing golf, he played at Donte's Jazz Club in North Hollywood. He lived in Northridge from the 1960s through the '80s.

"He was my idol. He was No.1. He was the best," said Carl Fortina, 80, of Sherman Oaks, the accordionist who played on all three "Godfather" movie soundtracks. "He was the innovator for really bringing jazz accordion to the forefront."

About six years ago, Van Damme had a heart attack while playing "Here's That Rainy Day" at a Las Vegas accordion convention.

He fell forward on his 26-pound Excelsior squeezebox, which doctors said had revived his heart. Dick Contino rushed to the stage.

"With a smile on his face, he opened his eyes and said, `Hey Dick, I hit a blue note'," recalled Contino, 80, of Las Vegas, an accordionist famous for his rendition of "Lady of Spain."

Van Damme is survived by his longtime companion, Lory Lawry; daughters Sandra Mummert of Arizona and Nancy Stompor of Illinois; son Arthur Van Damme of Napa Valley; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His wife Dorothy preceded him in death.
Art Van Damme
Jazzakkordeonisten konnte man schon immer an den Fingern einer Hand abzählen. Und noch sehr viel flüchtiger war seit jeher die Zahl der jazzenden Akkordeonspieler, die internationales Renommee erlangten. Wie wir erst jetzt erfahren haben, ist diese seltene Spezies vor kurzem um ein Musterexemplar ärmer geworden. Bereits am 15. Februar verstarb im kalifornischen Roseville der amerikanische Akkordeonvirtuose Art Van Damme.

Van Damme hatte in den späten 1930er Jahren damit begonnen, Benny Goodmans Klarinettensoli auf dem Akkordeon nachzuspielen. So ist es kein Wunder, dass er es wie kein zweiter verstand, auf dem Instrument wie der Teufel zu swingen. Das bewies er schon bald auch bei Sessions mit Größen wie Ella Fitzgerald oder Dizzy Gillespie. Genauso bravourös meisterte er auf seinem ungewöhnlichen Instrument aber auch Hard-Bop oder Cool Jazz. Und auch gelegentlichen Ausflügen in Pop-Gefilde war der belgischstämmige Amerikaner - der übrigens nicht mit dem muskelbepackten Action-Film-Helden gleichen Nachnamens verwandt gewesen sein soll - nie abgeneigt.

In Deutschland erlangte Van Damme natürlich vor allem durch die Einspielungen Bekanntheit, die er zwischen 1966 und 1972 für das rührige Schwarzwälder MPS-Label machte. Aber auch im Mutterland des Jazz gelten die zehn MPS-Alben als die besten Aufnahmen, die Van Damme in seiner langen Karriere gemacht hat. Zu hören ist er darauf unter anderem mit dem Gitarristen Joe Pass, Bassist Eberhard Weber sowie den Schlagzeugern Charly Antolini und Kenny Clare. Vor vier Jahren erst wurden diese Alben von Universal Music zusammen in einer fünf CDs umfassenden Box unter dem Titel "Swinging The Accordion On MPS" neu herausgebracht.

An seinem 75. Geburtstag verkündete Van Damme, dass er sein Akkordeon an den Nagel hängen und im kalifornischen Roseville einfach seinen Lebensabend genießen wolle. Kaum zwei Jahre später konnte man ihn jedoch schon wieder auf der Bühne erleben. Bis kurz vor seinem Tod reiste er als Botschafter des swingenden Akkordeons durch die Welt. Ausgebremst wurde der 89-Jährige erst im Dezember letzten Jahres, als er sich eine Lungenentzündung zuzog, von der er sich bedauerlicherweise nicht mehr erholen sollte. Fast auf den Tag genau ein Jahr nach dem Tod seines niederländischen Instrumentalkollegen Mat Mathews starb mit Art Van Damme ein weiterer großer Jazzakordeonist. Und für viele war er sogar der Größte, den der Jazz je hatte.