February 24, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com
Guitar Night at The Triad Stage 72
Friday, May 9th7-8:30PM $20Featuring Jake Hertzog and Trevor Gordon Hall

The Triad Theater Stage 72
158 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023
OR for 24/7 Ticket Hotline: 1-800-838-3006

Jake Hertzog

Trevor Gordon Hall

About Jake HertzogGuitar Player is calling him“…the blazing wunderkind.”  and “one of the finest young jazz guitarists on the scene”. Award-winning jazz-rock guitarist and composer, Jake Hertzog, has just released his fourth studio album, Throwback [Zoho], featuring special guest  jazz fusion icon Randy Brecker!  His first three albums, Chromatosphere (2009), Patterns [Buckyball Records], andEvolution [Buckyball Records], quickly gained international regard and critical acclaim, including a five page interview in Guitar Player magazine (June 2009) highlighting his unique technique and approach to modern jazz guitar. Throwback highlights the unique contempoary sound of Jake’s original music and a back-to-basics traditional recording philosophy. It was produced by Grammy award winner, Rob Fraboni [Rolling Stones, The Band, Eric Clapton, Wayne Shorter]. “Throwback emerges as a major milestone in Hertzog’s young career” – Glenn Astarita, All About JazzFor three years, Jake stood as musical director and lead guitarist for Nickelodeon’s The Naked Brothers Band stars, Nat and Alex Wolff. They concluded two national tours and have performed on countless national television shows including Good Morning AmericaThe ViewNickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards and The Today Show.A true dual jazz-rock musician, Jake is co-leader and co-songwriter of the rock band The Young Presidents with bassist Mitch Kaneff. Their first album Freedom Of Speech was played on AAA radio in 2011 featuring the single “Wide Open”, and their upcoming project Coalition [MKM], features such legendary talent as Corey Glover (Living Colour), Blondie Chaplin (The Rolling Stones, Beach Boys), Ivan Neville and Anton Fig (Drummer for the Letterman Show).

The record represents a landmark collaboration for the band and was also produced by the brilliant Grammy winner, Rob Fraboni. The Young Presidents also produced a short documentary on the making of the project entitled “Building The Coalition” that premiered at New York’s VisionFest Film Festival in June 2013.

Under the alias Hey Jazz Guy, Jake is a frequent contributor to Guitar Player magazine’s ‘Lessons’ section. He has over 30 published articles with coinciding YouTube instructional videos. Guitar Player has coined him the “Jazz ambassador to the non-jazz world”. Readers can visit the Official Hey Jazz Guy website for articles and tutorial videos. Recent master classes and clinics include Jazztravaganza at the Clarion Performing Arts Center in Lake Jackson, Texas and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.,Women In Jazz in Halle, Germany and a faculty position at the Swarnhaboomi Academy of Music in Chennai, India.

After winning of the Grand Prize in 2006 for the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition in Switzerland, he was invited back in 2007 to open for John Scofield and Medeski, Martin and Wood. Jake is an alum of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and recipient of several performance scholarships.

Official Website: www.jakehertzog.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jakehertzogjazz
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/jakehertzog

Aout Trevor Gordon Hall

From the outskirts of Philadelphia PA, Trevor is an acoustic instrumentalist whose compositions range in style from driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases.  Trevor caught the eye of 9 time Grammy winning producer Joe Nicolo (James Taylor, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, etc.), who produced two of Trevor’s releases entitled “Finding My Way” and “Let Your Heart Be Light”.  These releases garnered high reviews and gave Trevor such opportunities as recording with bass virtuoso Michael Manring as well as continuing to share the stage with artists such as Pat Martino, Phil Keaggy, Don Ross, Andy Mckee, Alex Skolnick, The California Guitar Trio, Billy Cobham etc.  Trevor has collaborated with various builders to redesign an instrument called the kalimba, which mounts to the surface of the guitar.  Compositions inspired by the pairing of the two instruments can be heard in Trevor’s Candyrat Records debut “Entelechy”.  Upon its release, this album climbed the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, as well as YouTube Top Commented/Top Favorited/Most Discussed categories with the release of videos.  His music has been featured on various national radio stations including NPR and television networks including NBC.  Trevor performs throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe.

“…In the genre of intriguing guitar players Trevor really stands out. His music is both soothing and challenging…”
Graham Nash – Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and well known member of the group Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

“…Creative imagination resides, as well as flourishes within certain artists, and it certainly does so in Trevor Gordon Hall. Ingenuity is something that always causes surprise, and this gentleman’s abilities are totally exceptional…”
Pat Martino – Legendary Jazz Guitarist

“…Trevor is very skilled…his compositions are beautiful, atmospheric, open and heartfelt…I admire him very much…”
Tommy Emmanuel, Award Winning guitar virtuoso

Official Website: www.trevorgordonhall.com

Sonicbids: http://www.sonicbids.com/band/trevorgordonhall/

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February 24, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com
Bob Rodriguez
Tuesday, Feb. 25th
@ Somethin’ Jazz Club 7:00~8:45Bob Rodriguez-piano
Ken Filiano-bass
Bruce Ditmas-drums
$12 cover

212 East 52nd Street, 3rd Floor
(btw/ 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
New York NY 10022
P:  212-371-7657

“The end product is an intriguing trio sound that is, largely, unlike anything on the scene”.
**** Will Smith, DownBeat Magazine
Bob Rodriguez takes his place among such lyrical keyboard artists as Keith Jarrett, Richie Beirach, Fred Hersch and Brad Mehldau”.
Berman Jazz Music Foundation/Tom Ineck
“Rodriguez’s versatility spans the languid and the stormy; the trio evokes the Bill Evans-Scott LaFaro-Paul Motion group-impressionistic bop to romping post-bop.”
Midwest Jazz magazine
Pianist, composer and educator Bob Rodriguez is a distinctively imaginative musician possessing virtuoso technique, extraordinary harmonic sensibility and an incomparable approach to combinng aspects of European classical and Latin music with modern jazz.
Throughout his career Bob has worked with such artists as Kenny Wheeler, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow and others  and was a recipient of Chamber Music America New Works Grant. He has performed at such venues as New York’s Blue Note, Birdland, Iridium, Sweet Rhythm, The Kitano, Cornelia Street Cafe, Trumpets, Cecil’s to name a few.
He has played solo concerts at Gracie Mansion and broadcast performances on NPR in Texas, Maine and New York.  In addition to his work as a performer, Rodriguez is a very much in demand clinician/instructor in the world of jazz and classical music education.
This E Mail is being sent for Bob Rodriguez by:
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February 24, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com
Dyad Plays Puccini
Appearing @ Luna Stage

Sunday, March 9th 7 pm
555 Valley Road
West Orange NJ 07052
 973 395-5551
Price: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Dyad Plays Puccini
Lou Caimano- Alto Saxophone
Eric Olsen – Piano


“Dyad Plays Puccini is chamber jazz at its finest.”(Ron Netsky, Rochester City News)
“Grace. Style. Virtuosity. Originality.”
(Paul Leslie, The Paul Leslie Hour)
“This is a jazz album through and through and it’s a treat.”
(Marc Myers, JazzWax)
“Perhaps the most amazing transformation of cultural enlightenment in the last quarter century.”
(Brent Black, CriticalJazz.com)
“An enthralling CD, eloquent and passionate improvisations on artful arrangements.”
(Scott Albin, JazzTimes)
“You must give this a listen, as it’s one of those releases in which words fail.”
(Mark Tucker, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange)
“Brilliant originality, intriguing blend of classics and jazz, and breathtaking skill of the duettists.”
(Tony Augarde, MusicWeb-International)
“The results are simply wonderful.”
(Joseph Lang, Jersey Jazz)About Dyad Plays Puccini
It is often said that no musical instrument more perfectly replicates the human voice than the saxophone.  On that note, when operatic soprano Pamela Olsen confided to her husband, pianist Eric Olsen that alto saxophonist Lou Caimano’s playing reminded her of an opera singer, a beautiful concept was born.  And a new adventure began for Dyad, Lou and Eric’s remarkable duo ……. Dyad Plays Puccini.While the idea of re-imagining Puccini in the form of contemporary jazz arrangements might initially seem unlikely, the question quickly arises “Why isn’t Puccini as rich a source for jazz as Billy Strayhorn?”  After all, Puccini’s arias are some of the most beautiful and familiar songs in musical history, and certainly as ideal a territory for exploration as standards like Stray’s Lush Life, Monk’s‘Round Midnight or Matt Dennis’ Angel Eyes.  As with those gorgeous melodies, Puccini’s music has been known to induce heart-wrenching emotions and streaming tears simply by the sequence of tones, without any consideration of the narrative content of the operas in which they’re contained. On this CD, Caimano’s beautiful tone and Olsen’s rich, lush lyricism evoke those same responses and a full array of other emotions from introspective melancholy to uplifting jubilation.

There is not a wisp of contrivance, or even a sense of ironic juxtaposition or playful parody in the delightful arrangements that these two remarkable artists have created for the ten classic pieces.  The original compositions are treated with total respect and the re-imaginations, while sometimes arresting, are always fully appropriate for the original intention of the composer.  Puccini could be as soulful as Otis Redding, as vividly lyrical as Ellington and as unabashedly beautiful as Tadd Dameron.  All of those colors and textures are contained here, but the fullest emphasis is upon beauty.

The alto saxophone/piano format might seem similar to the operatic singer/pianist format of the recital, but Dyad Plays Puccini is clearly an equal partnership with both instruments fully participating in the unique expression of this musical vision.  The ten arrangements – seven by Olsen and three by Caimano – have been artfully conceived to create the ideal contexts for the musical development.

As with all great jazz, chances are taken and the expected is often rejected.  Lou’s arrangement of Ch’ella mi creda (from La Fanciulla del West) is a vivid example.  Beginning most appropriately as a beautiful lament on bassoon-like alto and progressing into a proud anthem, Caimano’s soulfully bent notes and Olsen’s rhythmic chords take it not only into the 21st Century, but into a Harlem church.  If Shirley Caeser were to burst into the proceedings, it would be fully on point.
On Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (La Rondine), Lou arranges a delicately constructed theme that soon transforms into buoyant swing filled with intriguing interplay and dynamic solos – a footloose and joyous piece that is infectiously frenzied.  His other arrangement is on Un bel di(Madama Butterfly), one of Puccini’s most popular arias.  The breathtakingly beautiful melody is set against a striking piano vamp spurring a powerfully dramatic rendition that would make Maria Callas smile.  Olsen’s bluesy solo and his rumbling intensity under Lou’s rich alto add to the dramatic effect.

The remaining seven pieces are all Olsen arrangements.  Act I Overture (also from Madama Butterfly) is adapted by Olsen into a joyful romp, opening with delicious counterpoint on the melody and then moving smoothly into a west-coast jazz feel to a Latin groove, swinging viciously with Eric’s barrelhouse approach fueling the excitement and setting the tone for a powerful climax.

La Bohème is the source for two pieces.  Che gelida manina is appropriately filigreed in its sensitivity.  Olsen’s lovely piano solo ushers in an emotionally charged bluesy alto solo that glides so smoothly into the beauteous melody going out.  Musetta’s Waltz, which opens the album, is a jauntily bouncy item with lush piano, impassioned alto and remarkable interplay. The arrangement follows the shape of the operatic rubato a singer naturally would use. This feeling of rubato arises often throughout the album in both the arrangements and the improvisations.

In quelle trine morbide (from Manon Lescaut) is an elegantly etched duet that comes the closest to a traditional Classical recital, with an aura of genteel melancholy throughout the piece. A more intense aura of melancholy opens another of Puccini’s most famous arias, E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca).  Crystalline to cascading piano sets off the heartbreaking melody and the pianist’s dramatic solo.  Caimano builds on the drama with a dynamic solo that utilizes the full range of the horn with most powerful results on this extremely emotional and stunning piece. O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi), is transformed into a multi-textured excursion where the familiar aria becomes a launching point for polyrhythmic and complex melodic exploration, climaxing with brilliant call and response.

How could Puccini be properly portrayed without the incredible Nessun dorma (Turandot)?  An absolute tour de force on every level, this spectacular rendition closes this album in a most emphatic fashion. This is an extremely evocative and exotic version that compels the mind to visualize dervishes and other Middle Eastern imagery.  Oboe-like alto sinuously states the theme, morphing into a deeply grooved blues on the section where great tenors drive opera fans wild, setting the stage for a wonderfully expressive piano solo rich with Middle Eastern modality. Caimano’s exciting alto solo is full of tantalizing bent notes and palpably passionate tension.

The musicianship on this CD is extraordinary.  This is clearly a seamless creation of two men whose connection is virtually telepathic.  The production qualities are exemplary, with each note glowing and bursting through the speakers.
A brilliant concept, perfectly executed.
For more information visit dyadplayspuccini.com

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