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May 16, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services

“The legendary Marilyn Maye joins the festival lineup as a guest vocalist with Ken Peplowski’s New Swing. Don’t miss out on an epic Hot Jazz extravaganza recommended by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, Jazz Times, New York 1, Fox 5 News and Jersey Jazz.”

WYCLIFFE GORDON and BRIANNA THOMAS are the latest additions to the lineup in



Twelve Hours of Nonstop Hot Jazz, Stride Piano and Film at 

Sunday, May 18 – 1:00pm to 1:00am
KEN PEPLOWSKI’S NEW SWING w/ special guest,
plus another dozen bands, surprise special guests,
films and other entertainment!

ADVANCE – $35 for Half-Day Passes / $60 Full Day  
AT DOOR – $40 for Half-Day Passes / $70 Full Day

Building on the success of last year’s sold-out inaugural festival, this year’s show, produced by Michael Katsobashvili, performer/producer Bria Skonberg, and producer/composer Patrick Soluri (of The Salon) promises even more all-star players, multiple rooms filled with live Hot Jazz, Ragtime and Stride piano, and the Hot Jazz Film Festival. NY Hot Jazz Fest will feature Grammy Award-winners VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS with special guest vocalist CATHERINE RUSSELL; star swing clarinetist KEN PEPLOWSKI and his NEW SWING quartet (with a special surprise star vocal guest); Gypsy Swing guitar god FRANK VIGNOLA, joined by VINNY RANIOLO; one of the Hot Jazz Renaissance leaders, trumpeter, and a co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Festival BRIA SKONBERG leading BRASS KICKER brass band; and, the only returning band from last year’s Festival, the exhilarating HOT SARDINES. To go along with the vanguard, audiences will be treated to up and comers like 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Rising Star award-winner KATE DAVIS, Gypsy Swing violinist ADRIEN CHEVALIER with the HOT CLUB OF NEW YORK, as well as 22-year-old “eloquent trumpet prodigy” MIKE DAVIS and his NEW WONDERS.

Also joining in this year’s festivities will be Birdland regulars DAVID OSTWALD’S LOUIS ARMSTRONG ETERNITY BAND, banjo virtuoso CYNTHIA SAYER & SPARKS FLY with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s own Vincent Gardner, swing stars DAN LEVINSON’S GOTHAM SOPHISTICATS with rising star vocalist MOLLY RYAN and wunderkind vocalist / multi-instrumentalist JERRON “BLIND BOY” PAXTON, exciting Hot Jazz reedman ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM with PROFESSOR CUNNINGHAM AND HIS OLD SCHOOL (who will be joined by tap dance star ANDREW NEMR), alongside many more. The night will be capped by an all-hands-on-deck jam session led by DENNIS LICHTMAN, a multi-instrumentalist founder of the storied Mona’s hot jazz jam sessions. This year’s NY Hot Jazz Festival will include a multinational contingent of young musicians that have embraced Hot Jazz in recent years, with players hailing from Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Brazil, Sweden, and beyond. All told, The Festival will give the audience a rare chance to hear the entire breadth and scope of early jazz, from the beginnings in New Orleans, through the music’s glorious migration to Chicago and then Harlem, up through the Roaring ’20s, Prohibition, and into the beginning of the Swing era.
This year’s festival will also devote more stages for continual live music. Two rooms will host featured bands, while another room will be dedicated to Ragtime and Stride Piano music, featuring pianist (and host of NPR’s Piano Jazz) Jon Weber, alongside musicians Ehud Asherie, Mark Shane, Dalton Ridenhour, Jesse Gelber, and Peter Yarin. In yet another room, The Festival will showcase a pair of special film showings, curated by Louis Armstrong scholar and archivist of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Ricky Riccardi. The first — THE SATCHMO-THON — will be six hours of footage of vintage Louis Armstrong performances. During The Festival’s second half, THE HOT JAZZ CLIP FEST takes over the projector, featuring all things Hot Jazz as presented in film.
The Players Club is the new home of The New York Hot Jazz Festival. Overlooking Gramercy Park, this clubhouse holds more than a century of social club history, boasting founding members such as Mark Twain, Laurence Hutton, and William Tecumseh Sherman. Today, the venue’s goal is to cultivate an ambiance of conviviality, culture, history and comfort; in other words, a perfect setting for the New York Hot Jazz Festival.
After the music ends, it starts right back up again with a jam session at the Late Night Supper After-Party at Mona’s (224 Avenue B, b/t E. 13th and E. 14th Street) from 1am – 4am.
Complete artist lineup and artist bio information follows. The New York Hot Jazz Festival welcomes all press inquiries regarding artists, curation or the venue space. For more information about The Festival, the event’s producers, any of our performing artists or to request press access, please contact John Seroff at GreenHousePublicity@gmail.com.

Photo Album of some of this year’s stars at last year’s Fest and at The Players Club this March (Hi-Res images available upon request):
2014 New York Hot Jazz Festival Facebook Invite page:  www.facebook.com/events/856127397747756

Vince Giordano
and the Nighthawks
with Catherine Russell
Ballroom 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Grammy-winner VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS have played in New York nightclubs; appeared in films (The Cotton ClubThe AviatorRevolutionary Road); headlined HBOs Boardwalk Empire; and performed live at the Town Hall, JALC and the Newport Jazz Festival.  Recording projects include soundtracks for Ghost WorldThe SavagesThe Good ShepherdAway We GoPublic EnemiesKill Your Darlings, HBO’s Grey GardensMildred Pierce and the upcoming film Carol. Giordano has amassed an amazing collection of over 60,000 band arrangements, 1920’s & 30’s films, 78 recordings and jazz-age memorabilia. Vince’s passion, commitment to authenticity, and knowledge led him to create a sensational band of like-minded players, the Nighthawks. Vince Giordano has single-handedly kept alive an amazing genre of American music that continues to spread the joy and pathos of an era that shaped our nation.
Joining the band will be Grammy-winning jazz vocalist CATHERINE RUSSELL. Jazz is in Russell’s blood– her father was Louis Armstrong’s longtime musical director, while her mother performed with Mary Lou Williams. After a warm critical reception to her debut album, Cat, Russell’s next album, Sentimental Streak, was universally praised by critics, winning her the coveted German Record Critics’ Award. To couple with her jazz exploits, Russell has also performed and recorded with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne and Roseanne Cash. Russell released her latest album, Bring It Back, earlier this year.
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks: Video / Website / Facebook
Catherine Russell: Video / Website / Facebook

Ken Peplowski’s New Swing
With Special Guests
Ballroom 7:15pm – 8:15pm
KEN PEPLOWSKI is one of the greatest and most well-rounded swing clarinetists playing today. Peplowski began in elementary school in his hometown of Cleveland, where he and his brother were part of a Polish Polka band for weddings and parties.  He soon joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, which would be his introduction to big ensembles and the touring rules of the road. Afterward, Peplowski settled in New York City, where he played everything from Traditional Jazz to Avant-Garde; when Benny Goodman came out of retirement to start a new band, Peplowski was one of his hand-picked musicians. Since, he has played for a staggeringly eclectic stable of musicians: Charlie Byrd, Madonna, Woody Allen, Marianne Faithfull, Isaac Delgado, Cedar Walton and more. In March, he was awarded a Highlights in Jazz concert in New York City, honoring him for “his matchless musical achievements.”
Ken Peplowski’s New Swing: Video / Website

Frank Vignola
with Vinny Raniolo
Library 5:15pm – 6:15pm
FRANK VIGNOLA is one of the most extraordinary jazz guitarists performing today and one of the greatest masters of Gypsy Swing. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, Tommy Emmanuel, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola one of his “Five Most Admired Guitarist” list. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest stars of the guitar.” In 1988 Vignola led his famed Hot Club of France tribute, which forged the way for the many Django Hot Club groups that followed. Some of Vignola’s best-loved albums include his collection of Gershwin pieces, Vignola Plays Gershwin, and his collaborations with Tommy Emmanuel (Just Between Frets) and David Grisman (Frank-n-Dawg, Melody Monsters). He has performed hundreds of clinics and masterclasses at major universities and colleges throughout the world, including Julliard and Boston University.
Joining Vignola will be his touring partner VINNY RANIOLO, one of the few guitarists who can keep up with Vignola note for note; together, New York Times called them “stars of the guitar.” Even at his young age, Raniolo has already performed and recorded with Bucky Pizzarelli, Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman just to name a few. Since Frank and Vinny teamed up in 2008 they have performed thousands of shows at some of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, Liverpool Philharmonic, Quebec Music Festival and Italy’s Teatro Olimpico.
Frank Vignola: Video / Website / Facebook

The Hot Sardines
Ballroom 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Named “one of the best jazz bands in New York today” byForbes, THE HOT SARDINES take hot jazz and standards from the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, sprinkle in the Dixieland sounds of New Orleans, add a dash of wartime Paris flavor, and infuse performances with a wealth of musical surprises (including a tap dancer) that hold audiences captive. Led by Parisian-born frontwoman/composer Miz Elizabeth and stride pianist/composer/bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo, the Sardines have brought their blustery brass lineup, dynamic rhythm section, and playful energy to audiences around the world. They’ve sold out 11 straight shows at Joe’s Pub, graced the stage at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, and in 2014 will be backed by the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, play the Montreal Jazz Festival, headline on the TCM Classic Cruise and head out on their first national tour.
The Hot Sardines: Video / Website / Facebook

David Ostwald’s
Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
Ballroom 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Bandleader and tuba player DAVID OSTWALD has become a familiar face for NYC jazzheads; since 2000, his Louis Armstrong Eternity Band has held a continual weekly residency at Birdland Jazz Club. Over those years, many of New York City’s top young Hot Jazz bandleaders have played in this band under Ostwald, including Bria Skonberg, Adrian Cunningham, and Will Anderson. Ostwald has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Nicholas Payton, Clark Terry, Benny Waters, Woody Allen, Jon Hendricks, Leon Redbone and the Oxford University Orchestral Society under Sir Jack Westrup.
David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band: Video / Website

Bria Skonberg’s BRASS KICKER
Ballroom 11:00pm – Midnight
One of the top performers from the Hot Jazz Renaissance generation, trumpeter, vocalist, composer and bandleader BRIA SKONBERG returns to this year’s Hot Jazz Festival with not only a brand-new album, Into Your Own, but also being backed by an explosive, festival-only New Orleans-esque brass band made from Hot Jazz Festival talent, BRASS KICKER. Last year was a big one for Skonberg, who was named a Rising Star by DownBeat, an Up and Coming Jazz Artist by Jazz Journalist Association. This year, Skonberg has already racked up a Bistro Award for an Outstanding Jazz Artist and appeared as one of the star performers in Marian McPartland’s memorial concert (along with Tony Bennett, Jon Faddis and Kenny Barron). Hailing from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Skonberg moved from her native Canada to New York City and, in just a few years, has appeared in concert halls and clubs such as Symphony Space, Birdland, The Iridium, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and The Town Hall, among the likes of Nicholas Payton, Bucky Pizzarelli and Scott Robinson. Bria focuses on innovating while honoring tradition; she has studied with Warren Vache, experimented with fuzz pedals and presented a gig fusing jazz and stand up comedy. It’s no mistake that Wall Street Journal jazz critic Will Friedwald said that Skonberg “looks like a Scandinavian angel, plays trumpet like a red hot devil, and sings like a dream.”
Bria Skonberg: Video / Website / Facebook

Cynthia Sayer & Sparks Fly
Library 1:45pm – 2:45pm
CYNTHIA SAYER single-handedly brings the 4-string banjo to the forefront of jazz. Celebrated as the top 4-string banjoist in the world today and praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by the New York Times, Cynthia is a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band, with whom she played and toured for over 10 years. Cynthia’s extensive career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the White House, while she has also appeared with The New York Philharmonic, played on feature film and TV soundtracks including Bullets Over BroadwayPurple Rose Of Cairo, andSophie’s Choice. She is also the official banjoist for the New York Yankees. She has worked with a variety of leading jazz, popular, and roots artists, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Wynton Marsalis, Les Paul, Marvin Hamlisch, Kenny Davern, Charlie Giordano (Springsteen’s E Street Band), Milt Hinton, Marian McPartland, Scott Robinson, Randy Sandke, Kenny Davern, Tony Trischka, and many more.
Cynthia Sayer & Sparks Fly: Video / Website

Molly Ryan
Dan Levinson’s
Gotham SophistiCats
with Molly Ryan and Jerome “Blind Boy” Paxton
Ballroom 5:15pm – 6:15pm
A specialist in Traditional Jazz and Swing during his twenty-year career, clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader DAN LEVINSON has appeared alongside such prominent artists as Dick Hyman, Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis, Ed Polcer, Howard Alden, and many more. Equally at home as both a leader and sideman, Levinson has become one of the most prolific musicians on the scene. He has been a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, and has been featured with them on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program and at Carnegie Hall. Levinson has also accompanied esteemed vocalists Banu Gibson, Daryl Sherman, Janet Klein, Cynthia Sayer, and most notably, his wife, vocalist MOLLY RYAN, who will also be joining his Gotham SophistiCats. Ryan has become a sought-after vocalist in New York City’s Swing Jazz world, Molly has appeared at numerous jazz festivals, including the Sweet and Hot Music Festival in Los Angeles, and headlined in Paris at jazz clubs such as the famed Le Petit Journal and Autour de Midi. She frequently headlines at Birdland Jazz Club’s Sunday evening vocalist series and has recently made her debut at the legendary Cafe Carlyle with Gotham SophistiCats as part of Hot Jazz at the Carlyle series. Tonight’s lineup will also feature a special appearance from the inspiring up-and-coming multi instrumentalist and vocalist JERRON “BLIND BOY” PAXTON. Gotham SophistiCats will also feature esteemed tap dancer Andrew Nemr, who is one of the top disciples of Gregory Hines.
Dan Levinson’s Gotham SophistiCats: Video / Website
Molly Ryan: Website / Facebook
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton: Youtube
Andrew Nemr: Website

Professor Cunningham and
His Old School
Ballroom 9:45pm – 10:45pm
With fluent command of the saxophone, clarinet, and flute, ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM is one of the finest young Hot Jazz Renaissance multi-instrumentalists around; as All About Jazzsays, “[Cunningham is] a young artist who plays as if he has been playing for over a century.” Since relocating to New York City from his native Australia in 2008, he has played New York City’s finest Jazz clubs– Dizzy’s, Birdland, Blue Note, Smalls, Apollo Theatre, and more.  Cunningham’s band, PROFESSOR CUNNINGHAM AND HIS OLD SCHOOL, will feature the phenomenal up-and-coming young vocalist, BRIANNA THOMAS.
Professor Cunningham and His Old School: Video / Website
Brianna Thomas: Video / Website

Baby Soda
Library 7:45pm – 8:45pm
BABY SODA is a collective of talented musicians featuring a revolving cast of players (most players also play with other groups) and has become an incubator of young Hot Jazz musicians in New York City. Drawing from influences ranging from 1930s era swing, New Orleans jazz, and southern gospel, Baby Soda has been known to pack the room at Village Vanguard and Barbes; or, alternately, filling subway corridors and city sidewalks with Hot Jazz.
Baby Soda: Video / Website / Facebook

The Xylopholks
Library 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Picked as The Village Voice’s“Best Buskers dressed as Animals,” THE XYLOPHOLKS have rapidly become a familiar sight and sound to many around the world.  The Xylopholks have appeared at festivals in the United States, India, Canada, and Brazil and Japan.  The Xylopholks play novelty ragtime repertoire of the 1920’s dressed in fuzzy animal costumes.  They have been featured on the front page of CNN.com, as well as MTV.com’s Daily Detox, NY Magazine’s fashion tips, and numerous photos in the New York Times.  In addition to performing, the Xylopholks have conducted classes at various schools and universities including UNESP, Sao Paulo, Queens College-CUNY, and The Boston Conservatory.
Xylopholks: YouTube / Website / Facebook

Emily Asher’s Garden Party
Ballroom 1:30pm – 2:30pm
EMILY ASHER’S GARDEN PARTY is a dynamic musical ensemble led by Emily Asher’s tenacious trombone and sweet vocals. The band’s diverse repertoire draws from Louis Armstrong’s enchanting Hot Fives through his explosive All-Stars and from Duke Ellington’s sophisticated melodies, to the funky and soulful music of New Orleans brass bands. Recently, Asher has been touring with her program Carnival of Joy!, a celebration of Hoagy Carmichael’s music.
Emily Asher’s Garden Party: Video / Website / Facebook

The Ladybugs
Library 11:30pm – 12:30pm
Based in New York City, THE LADYBUGS, led by Martina DaSilva, is a Trad Jazz-inspired group known for their intricate harmonies and experimental arrangements. All members of the Ladybugs double on vocals in addition to instrumental (trumpet, ukulele, guitar, bass, and drums). Playing standards from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, the Ladybugs infuse old-school swing with bluesy flavor. One of the Ladybugs, KATE DAVIS, has recently won the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition Rising Star award.
Ladybugs: Video / Facebook
Kate Davis: Video / Website / Facebook

Mike Davis’ New Wonders
Library 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Trumpeter MIKE DAVIS has been called an “eloquent trumpet prodigy” by Wall Street Journal. He has appeared throughout New York City with Gordon Webster, Emily Asher’s Garden Party, Dan Levinson’s Millennial All-Stars, and with many other Trad and Swing Jazz bands. Composed of some of the most exciting young hot jazz musicians around, Mike’s Band, The New Wonders, have approached hot jazz with a singular determination for authenticity.  This performance will take you back to the days of Jimmy Walker’s New York and Big Bill Thompson’s Chicago.
Mike Davis’ New Wonders: Website

Adrien Chevalier’s
Hot Club of New York
Library 10:15pm – 11:15pm
The HOT CLUB OF NEW YORK is a multinational collaborative jazz project of musicians based in New York City brought together by mutual admiration for the original Quintette du Hot Club de France and led by French composer and violinist ADRIEN CHEVALIER. Chevalier comes from a long lineage of violinists, and began his musical training at age six; just nine years later, on his 15th birthday, he was sent to the Vatican to play for Pope John Paul II. After graduating from the prestigious Avignon Conservatory, Chevalier moved to Paris to perfect his knowledge of non-classical music, especially Balkan folklore and Le Jazz Hot or Gypsy Swing. When Chevalier moved to New York City to co-found the Avalon Jazz Band and, later, Hot Club of New York, he brought the rhythms and early jazz ambiance along with him. Joining the Hot Club of New York as a special guest will be French washboard virtuoso, DAVID LANGLOIS.
Adrien Chevalier: Video / Website
David Langlois: Video

Scrub Board Serenaders
Library 4:15pm – 5:05pm
Drawing from beautiful forgotten tunes from the ’20s and ’30s, the SCRUB BOARD SERENADERS are Brad Lail (washboard/bones), Adam Brisbin (resonator guitar), Sean Cronin (bass) and Evan Arntzen (reeds). Although newly formed, the Serenaders already feature strong three-part vocal harmonies to go along with their distinctive washboard-driven percussive sound and street-style music.
Scrub Board Serenaders: Bandcamp

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
Ragtime and Stride Piano Room
This year’s Hot Jazz Festival features a stage devoted to the continual performance of Ragtime and Stride piano music, featuring pianist (and host of NPR’s Piano Jazz), JON WEBER. On top of his radio hosting duties, Weber is an accomplished musician in his own right, having released two critically acclaimed studio albums, Jazz Wagon and Simple Complex, and the live album Flying Keys. Weber will be joined by pianists Ehud Asherie, Mark Shane, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Dalton Ridenhour, Peter Yarin, and Jesse Gelber, who, for one of his sets, will partner with wonderful Hot Jazz vocalist Tamar Korn.
Jon Weber: NPR / Website / Facebook
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton : MySpace / Interview
Ehud Asherie: Website
Mark Shane: Website
Dalton Ridenhour: Website
Jesse Gelber: Website
Tamar Korn: Website


May 15, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com
Dave Stryker and Blue to the Bone
Thur May 29 – 8:00 and 10:00 pm

• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Freddie Hendrix – trumpet
• Steve Slagle – alto sax
• Gary Smulyan – bari sax
• Jared Gold – organ
• Ralph Peterson Jr. – drums

Scullers Jazz Club
Scullers Jazz Club at the
Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02134
Tel: 617-562-4111

DownBeat Feature Story June 2014
New CD “Eight Track”
9 Weeks In the Top Ten on the Jazz Week Radio Chart

Upcoming Shows

Sat May 24 – 8:00 and 10:00 pm
Dave Stryker Quartet

• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Steve Slagle – alto sax
• Jared Gold – organ
• Adam Nussbaum – drums
Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square,
Montclair, NJ
(973) 744-2600

Dave Stryker’s new CD “8 Track”

A celebration of classic pop tunes from the  70’s reimagined by his working trio and very special guest Stefon Harris.
(Strikezone Records 8809) Street Date: March 4, 2014

Dave Stryker –guitar
Stefon Harris – vibraphone
Jared Gold – organ
McClenty Hunter – drums

Watch Dave Stryker: Making of new CD “8 Track”  On YouTube
I’ll Be Around 

Track Listing:1. I’ll Be Around (Bell/Hurtt) 4:55

2. Pusherman / Superfly (Mayfield) 7:16

3. Wichita Lineman (Webb) (6:04

4. Aquarius (Rado/Ragni/MacDermott) 7:18

5. Never My Love (Addrisi/Addrisi) 6:10

6. Superwoman (Wonder) 6:06

7. Never Can Say Goodbye (Davis) 5:50

8. Make It With You (Gates) 5:06

9. Money (Waters) 6:50

10. That’s The Way Of The World (White, Stepney, White) 4:52

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Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 25 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, Blue To The Bone or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”
Dave Stryker was voted once again into the 2013 Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls. Besides his own 25 recordings Stryker has appeared as a sideman or producer on over 100 others. As a composer he has recorded and published over 130 original compositions. He is involved in passing it on, and was recently hired as the new Jazz Guitar instructor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
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May 15, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com
Jazz Promo Services
New Releases for May 2014
Plus Summer Preview
& Christmas 2014 Deadline

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The Long Night of Chet Baker

Antonio Adolfo – “Rio, Choro, Jazz”

(AAM 0706)

A Tribute To Legendary Brazilian Pianist & Composer Ernesto Nazareth
→Street Date: 05/06/2014
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Noshir Mody – “Stories From The Years Of Living Passionately”

(Self Produced)

Noshir Mody – guitar, Tsuyoshi Niwa – soprano sax, Carmen Staaf – piano, John Lenis – bass,Yutaka Uchida – drums→Street Date: 05/06/2014



(Self Produced)

→Street Date: 05/06/2014

Alex García’s AfroMantra – “This Side Of Mestizaje”

(Self Produced)Ole Mathisen – soprano sax, Mike Eckroth – pianist, Ariel de la Portilla – bass, Alex García – drums, arrangements and compositions→Street Date: 05/06/2014


Charlie Dennard – “From Brazil To New Orleans”

(Deneaux Music)

Charlie Dennard – (producer/arranger/composer) piano, Hammond organ, fender rhodes, accordion, melodica, synths, synth programming, percussion, Doug Belote – drums, Gerald French — drums, Matt Perrine – bass, tuba, Tommy Sciple – bass, Steve Masakowski — 7 string classical guitar, Brian Seeger – guitar, Josh Geisler — bansuri flute, guitar, Scott Myers – guitar, Rick Musallam — guitar, Eric Lucero – trumpet, flugelhorn, Brent Rose – soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, Ray Moore – baritone sax, alto sax, soprano sax, flute, Rick Trolsen – trombone, Michael Skinkus — percussion, James Mack – percussion, Jason Mingledorf — bass clarinet, Annette Bauer – recorder, Jack Craft — cello, Tatiana Parra — vocal
→Street Date: 05/06/2014

Bill McBirnie – “FIND YOUR PLACE”

(Extreme Flute)

Bill McBirnie-flute, Bernie Senensky-Hammond B3 organ, Anthony Michelli-drums
→Street Date: 05/06/2014
cdcoverSteven Kroon – “On The One”
(Kroonatune Records KTR 005)

Steven Kroon, Congas & Percussion, Igor Atalita, Keyboards, Bryan Carrott, Vibraphone, Ruben Rodriguez, Bass, Craig Rivers, Flute, Vince Cherico, Drums,
Special Guest: Tim Ries, Saxophone
→Street Date: 05/07/2014

Mark Weinstein – “Latin Jazz Underground”

(ZOHO ZM 201403)Mark Weinstein – flute, Aruan Ortiz – piano, Rashaan Carter – Bass, Gerald Cleaver – drums, Roman Diaz – percussion→Street Date: 05/13/2014


Kate Ross – “People Make The World Go Round”

(KimCourt Productions KCPKR-01)

Kate Ross— Vocals, Caleb Hutslar-Keyboards, Greg “The Governor” Pearson-Drums, Dave Irwin-Bass, Craig McMullen-Guitar, Roger Myers-Drums, A. C. Collins-Alto Sax
→Street Date: 06/03/2014

Sharon Marie Cline – “THIS IS WHERE I WANNA BE”

(Self Produced)

Sharon Marie Cline-Vocals
→Street Date: 06/03/2014

Charles Davis – “For The Love Of Lori”

(Reade Street Records Reade 1111)

Charles Davis – saxophone, Steve Davis – trombone, Joe Magnarelli – trumpet, Neil Smith – drums, Rick Germanson – piano, David Williams – bass
→Street Date: 06/03/2014


Doug Munro – “Loop Mania”

(GotMusic Records GMR-1003)Doug Munro – Guitar
→Street Date: 06/03/2014


Doc Stewart – “Code Blue!”

(Cannonball Jazz CJ-2014)Doc Stewart; Dan Higgins; Bill Liston; Rusty Higgins; Greg Huckins; Alex Budman

Trumpets: Wayne Bergeron; Dan Fornero; Jeff Bunnell; Ron Stout; Kye Palmer; Larry Hall

Trombones: Andy Martin; Alex Iles; Scott Kyle; Bill Reichenbach

Piano & Keyboards: Matt Catingub

Acoustic & Electric Bass: Kevin Axt

Drums: Steve Moretti

→Street Date: 06/03/2014

Scott Schachter Outside In Cver

Scott Shachter – “Outside In: A Novel ”

(StarBeat Press)About Outside In: A Novel

Shawn is a hard-luck saxophonist with an unearthly muse. His demented neighbors, a mob boss and a choir of interdimensional aliens with sharp teeth are not the only things that stand between Shawn and jazz stardom. A bigger problem is no one likes his crazy music. Worst of all, it scares off Carole, the woman he loves more than anyone. It even scares himself because he knows one day he’ll follow his reckless muse until he goes insane, and Carole will stay away forever. When his soul collides with reality, Shawn must choose between his art and his love.

About Scott Shachter
Scott Shachter has been playing his flutes, clarinets and saxophones on Broadway since 1988. He’s performed in nearly seventy shows, including Pippin, Kinky Boots, Chicago, Cinderella, Newsies, Porgy and Bess, Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Assassins, Gypsy, and Phantom. His versatility with styles and instruments has enabled him to perform with groups ranging from the American Symphony to Manhattan Transfer.
Through it all Scott has been a storyteller. OUTSIDE IN, his first novel, was inspired by his encounters with immensely talented performers who seemed unable to relate to anyone, as if they were separate life forms. This jazz fiction comedy puts the reader inside the wacky life of a working class musician, and explores the “crazy genius” in us all. OUTSIDE IN is a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It also reached the quarterfinals in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and received Honorable Mention in the 2011 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest.

→Street Date: 06/03/2014


Louis Prima Jr. – “Blow”

(Warrior Records WR16532)Louis Prima, Vocals/Trumpet A.D. Adams, Drums Steve Pandis, Bass Ryan McKay, Guitar Gregg Fox, Keys Marco Palos, Saxophone Ted Schumacher,

Trumpet Phil Clevinger, Trombone Leslie Spencer, BG Vocals

→Street Date: 06/10/2014


Florencia Gonzalez – “Between Loves”

(Zoho ZM201404)Florencia Gonzalez – tenor sax, Jonathan Powell – trumpet, flugelhorn, Shannon Barnett – trombone, Luis Perdomo – piano, Fernando Huergo – bass, Franco Pinna – drums

→Street Date: 06/10/2014

Apicella - Big Boss

Charlie Apicella & Iron City Jazz – “Big Boss”

(Zoho ZM 201405)

Charlie Apicella – guitar, Freddie Hendrix – trumpet (except #6), Stephen Riley – tenor saxophone, Dan Kostelnik – organ, Mayra Casales – congas (except #8), Alan Korzin – drums, Amy Bateman – violin on #6

→Street Date: 07/08/2014


Vanessa Perea – “Soulful Days”

(Zoho 201404)Vanessa Perea – Vocals, Robert Edwards – Trombone, Matt Jodrell – Trumpet, Dave Lantz – Piano, Dylan Shamat – Bass, Evan Sherman – Drums

→Street Date: 07/08/2014

Jay Willie Rumblin

 Jay Willie Blues Band – “Rumblin’ And Slidin’””

(Zoho 201407)

 JAY WILLIE: guitar, slide guitar, vocals, BOB CALLAHAN: guitar, vocals, STEVE CLARKE: bass, piano # 6, BOBBY T TORELLO: drums, vocals  with SUZANNE VICK lead and harmony vocals # 6, JASON RICCI harmonica # 1, 3, 6, 8 – 10, RON STAHL drums # 11 – 14, TED YAKUSH saxophone # 4, 11 – 14
→Street Date: 08/12/2014
Arthur Baron & Dave Liebman Zoho

– “The Miami Jazz Project”

(Zoho 201409)

Dave Liebman: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, Arthur Barron: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, Abel Pabon: keyboards,   Josh Allen: acoustic & electric bass, Eric England: electric bass, Michael Piolet: drums, Alfredo Chacon: vibraphone & percussion
→Street Date: 10/14/2014IMPORTANT DEADLINE FOR CHRISTMAS 2014 NEW RELEASESNote: if you’re planning on releasing a seasonal or Christmas recording in 2014 the deadline is August 1, 2014.Contact us for details and campaign costs.

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Below are a sample of some of the campaigns we offer. We can always customize a campaign to fit your needs and budget.

If you’re looking for reviews in the national press we offer a variety National Publicity Campaigns where we service the top  jazz journalists in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia (including the DB Voting Critics). We also provide tour support and other publicity services. We can also assist you with coordinating your radio campaign. We work with a number of radio promoters and can facilitate the mailing and work with whoever you choose to do your radio campaign. If you would like some recommendations let me know and I’ll send them over. We like to send promos to press at least 60 to 90 days in advance of your release date.
Campaigns We Offer:
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(Service to the top jazz mags, Down Beat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, Cadence, Coda, AllAboutJazz, Hot House, Jazz Improv + select daily’s, Weeklies, and Monthlies as well as select Online Media, Jazz Journalist Association writers.
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The list includes: Down Beat Voting Critics, Jazz Journalist Association Voting Critics, NPR, Alternative Music Mags print & Online and select jazz media.Note: All requests for physical product are forwarded to the client for fulfillment

CD Release Event (2 week campaign)
Service to select local media, VIP invites, maintain press list. Includes E Blast to my NYC Hot list)
E Mail Campaigns
My Jazz Promo database contains over 10,000 international jazz contacts so we’re well equipped to get your events, new CDs or newsletter noticed by the entire jazz community. Our list contains just about every important contact that you’ll need including music calendars, listings editors, radio, press, TV, print media Online Media, industry contacts Down Beat Voting Critics, Jazz Journalist Association, and plenty of jazz fans too who like to buy tickets and go out to live shows.
Career development, Management, Booking, Distribution. All the questions to help you make those important decisions. Note: $250 consultation fee will be credited back towards any of the above campaigns.
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Note: We also work with a number of good radio promoters so if you need some recommendations let me know and I’ll send them over. If you sign on with Jazz Promo we can assist you with the mailings and save you a lot of time, money and aggravation.Fulfillment & Promo Mailings:
Need a mailing done? We have a fully equipped mailing department and can handle any size mailing.  Contact us for price quotes.
For campaign costs and any questions you can reach us here:
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UPDATE: Just added to close Day 1: Richi Debonis’ Nowtet, featuring: 
Adam Kolker – tenor and soprano saxophones
Greg Gisbert trumpet, flugelhorn
David Bryant – keyboard
Carlo DeRosa – bass
Richi “RVZ” Debonis – drums
The 7th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival will take place once again in Brooklyn’s Urban Meadow on two consecutive Sundays, June 8 and 15, 2014 from 1-6 PM.As part of its continuing grassroots tradition, the RHJF is a 100% volunteer-run event that receives no major corporate sponsorship beyond in-kind donations from local businesses, nor any major grants this year. It remains committed to being uniquely artist- and community-focused, dedicated to the support of the great music of jazz, the great musicians who perform it and to bringing new individuals to the singular community-run resource that is the Urban Meadow. This dedication is clearly shared by those audiences who have come from around the world over the last six years to the Waterfront District of Red Hook, Brooklyn to hear exceptional artistry performed in a comfortable, unpretentious and beautiful urban ecological education center and botanical oasis near the docks along the East River.
The Red Hook Jazz Festival was started in 2008 by co-directors Mike Golub, Tamar Smith-Golub and Paul Delucia  — in 2013, longtime festival volunteer James Keepnews replaced Delucia. It was conceived as an opportunity to present artists who lived locally and to bring new attention to the work of the Urban Meadow, which had been reclaimed from an abandoned lot down the street from the Smith-Golub home. Over the course of subsequent years, the Red Hook Jazz Festival has established itself as a major annual event for jazz listeners globally, recognized for its relaxed vibe, family-friendly environment — children may attend every festival for free — and consistent presentation of the greatest jazz artists at work today. In June 2012, then Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz declared one day of the RHJF “Red Hook Jazz Festival Day” in Brooklyn.
2014 promises to be the most exciting year yet for the Red Hook Jazz Festival, featuring ten remarkable ensembles, all representing the incredible variety and history of this great American music. The lineups for this year’s RHJF will be:
June 8, 2014
Jean Carla Rodea – vocals
Ryan Ferreira – guitar
Joe Morris – guitar
Pascal Niggenkemper – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums
Ralph Alessi Trio
Ralph Alessi – trumpet
Drew Gress – bass
Mark Ferber – drums
Amanda Monaco’s Deathblow
Amanda Monaco – guitar
Michael Attias – alto saxophone
Sean Conly – bass
Satoshi Takeishi – drums
Harris Eisenstadt’s Aberikula
Curtis Hasselbring – trombone
Sara Serpa – voice
Chris Washburne – bass trombone
Nate Wooley – trumpet
Harris Eisenstadt – drums, arrangements
International Brass & Membrane Corps 
Ted Daniel – trumpet, cornet
Jospeh Daley – tuba
Charles Burnham – violin
Newman Taylor Baker – drums

Richi Debonis’ Nowtet
Adam Kolker – tenor and soprano saxophones
Greg Gisbert trumpet, flugelhorn
David Bryant – keyboard
Carlo DeRosa – bass
Richi “RVZ” Debonis – drums, compositions, arrangements
June 15, 2014
The Museum Band of Teeth and Respect
Josh Rutner – tenor saxophone
Red Wierenga – keyboard
Dan Loomis – bass
Jared Schonig – drums
Welf Dorr Unit
Welf Dorr – alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Dave Ross – guitar
Dmitry Ishenko – bass
Joe Hertenstein – drums
George Coleman and The Rivington Project
George Coleman – drums
Brian Charette – organ
Mike DiRubbo – alto saxophone
Gene Ess & Fractal Attraction
Gene Ess – guitar
Thana Alexa – voice
Gabriel Guerrero – keyboard
Thomson Kneeland – bass
Chris Beck – drums
Tim Berne – alto saxophone
Ryan Ferreira – guitar
Michael Formanek – bass
Ches Smith – drums
Please read Nate Chinen’s review of the 2012 RHJF for the New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/arts/music/red-hook-jazz-festival-at-urban-meadow-in-brooklyn.html
Here are video excerpts from performances that took place during the 2013 RHJF:
Local Red Hook musician Willie Martinez and his La Familia Sextet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIv-XhEnhL4
Mike Pride’s Bacteria to Boys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdQort5zOOA
Allison Miller’s Big Molasses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiRXtLbKFTw
Admission for each day of the RHJF will be $10 at the gate for adults — as noted above, children may attend the festival for free. No advance tickets will be available. 
For more information about the Red Hook Jazz Festival, please see its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RedHookJazzFestival.
For more information about the Urban Meadow, please visit: http://urbanmeadowbrooklyn.blogspot.com
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w/ special guest Anwar Kurshid
(Oscar winning Life of Pi)

One of Canada’s Hottest Roots Music Acts Shake Things Up With Revved Up Riffs


Sultans of String CD Release w/ special guest Anwar Khurshid

Wed June 4, 2014 — 10:00pm (doors 9:30pm)

Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, New York City

$12 adv / $15   (212) 505-3474  www.lepoissonrouge.com

Listen — www.sultansofstring.com/listen
Buy — iTunes


Auyuittuq Sunrise http://youtu.be/hkyHgmZbwnU

Road to Kfarmishki (recorded live on BBC TV) http://tinyurl.com/odyxbx3

On June 4, 2014, JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) Nominees/2x CFMA winners, Sultans of String, bring their high octane folk-jazz-worldbeat mash-up to NYC music hotspot, Le Poisson Rouge!  For this special performance, these string wizards meet the electricity of special guest, sitar master Anwar Khurshid.

Anwar’s music has been featured in Oscar-winning film Life of Pi as well as The Love Guru. He’s performed across Europe, North America and Asia – and with musicians from a bevy of stylings, including Jazz, African, Middle Eastern, Blues, Japanese and Chinese music. This innovative collaboration with Sultans of String serves up a spicy musical passport that defies categorization.

Since forming (lucky) 7 years ago, Sultans of String have been on a meteoric rise with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow, including 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, SiriusXM Indies Award, plus invitations to play with such legendary artists as The Chieftains and David Bromberg. The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney guests on Symphony.

Sultans of String are represented in the US by acclaimed promoter and former A&R man, David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Bela Fleck).  “I have worked with numerous top ten chart songs and #1 Pop Billboard and Country music hits”, Wilkes says.  “In all that time, I have not worked with composers more talented than Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberté from Sultans of String. Not only are they a superb writing team, they are also amazing arrangers & musicians. Symphony! is a gigantic leap forward.”


•  2014  2014 SiriusXM Indie Awards- World Group of the Year Winner
•  2014 IMA Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Song —winners tba
•  2014 IMA Independent Music Award Finalist Chris McKhool – Music Producer – “Symphony!” – winners tba
•  2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal – Chris McKhool
•  2013 Festivals & Events- Performer of The Year
•  2013 SiriusXM Indie Awards – World Group of the Year
•  2013 Folk Music Ontario-Songs of the Heart Award Winner – Instrumental
•  2013 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist (out of 19,000 entries)– Instrumental –winners tba
•  2012 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist – Instrumental
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners– World Music Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Pushing The Boundaries
•  2012 Festivals & Events-Entertainer of The Year
•  2011 Ontario Contact – Artist of the Year
•  2011 International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist – Instrumental
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Album
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist –  World Beat Album
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist  – Instrumental
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist – World Music
•  2010 JUNO Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
•  2010 International Songwriting Contest 1st Place Winners – Instrumental
•  2010 Indie Awards Nominees – Favorite World Artist/Group
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winner – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2009 International Songwriting Competition winner – Instrumental

“Sultans of String are one of Canada’s hottest new musical exports, dynamically embodying their homeland’s values of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures. … they weave a gorgeously-hued tapestry of Folk, Spanish, Arabic, Latin, French and gypsy strands.”
International Celtic Connections Festival, UK

“A new fusion of roots and classical…the results are mind blowing.  Even though the instrumentation is different, you get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… any fan of world beat or contemporary instrumental music is sure to absolutely flip for this gem.  Hot stuff throughout and a sure bet to notch a Juno and any other award winning hardware to come its way.“
Midwest Record, Chicago IL

“If there’s a string, chances are these guys can tear it up!”
Vue Weekly

“What this band does is not only good fun, it’s stocked wall-to-wall with irresistible international musics – gypsy jazz classics, flamenco music, Inuit melody, ukulele raveups, visiting musicians from the Chieftains…Lebanese music, you name it. If it’s got strings and fingerboards, count them in. What they never forget to provide, though, is enough melodic charm to beguile almost anyone. The large orchestra certainly does give them gravitas but, on their own, they’ve got as much charm as they need.”
Buffalo News

“Impressive… the fusion is of a sort that could come from few places other than highly multicultural Canada. The Symphony! album includes, as the name suggests, a full orchestra…Still, the vaguely Arabic six-string violin of leader Chris McKhool remains central to the sound, adapting itself effortlessly to Gypsy music, flamenco, and various kind of Canadiana jazzed up with ethnic percussion.”

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May 14, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
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Mike Pope New CD
Bassist and composer Mike Pope builds significant musical, personal and spiritual bridges with his third release, Cold Truth, Warm Heart. The new album shows him to be a visionary composer, arranger and bandleader.Fans already know Pope as a virtuoso acoustic and electric bassist who has toured extensively with Chick Corea, David Sanborn, Al DiMeola and Bill Bruford, and more recently Joe Locke and Eldar Djangirov.The new offering on Nineteen-Eight Records establishes Pope as a capable leader and he says, “it was written for the players who were playing it.” He establishes the subject matter, directs the conversation, then wisely leaves plenty of space for these world-class improvisers to do what they do. The result is jazz with rich melodies, lush chords, and sensual rhythms.Pope’s 2002 album, The Lay of the Land, delivered contemporary straight- ahead jazz from stellar players Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, John Patitucci and Jeff ”Tain” Watts. Writing for All About Jazz, Alexander Stern called the disc “one of the most exciting new albums this reviewer has heard in a long time.” Ottawa Citizen noted Pope’s “jaw-dropping exuberance and precision.” The strongest endorsement comes from bass legend Victor Wooten who says, “If I were going to study improvisation at this point, I’d do it with Mike Pope.”Cold Truth, Warm Heart displays technical virtuosity, compositional inventiveness and depth of feeling on nine unique tracks. Listeners will clearly benefit from Mike Pope’s leadership style. He is a deep listener and speaks in an eloquent voice.TRACKS
1 – Cold Truth, Warm Heart 7:10
2 – Shadow of a Doubt 4:52
3 – Bare Minimum 6:39
4 – Romance 6:15
5 – What I Meant to Say 6:37
6 – Out of the Ether 6:37
7 – Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 7:09
8 – Ral and Tonto (for Ricky and Nicky) 7:17
9 – Dear Life 7:38FEATURED ARTISTS
Mike Pope – Acoustic and Electric Basses
Seamus Blake – Tenor Saxophone
Joe Locke – Vibraphone
Geoffrey Keezer – Piano & Rhodes (except #7)
Mauricio Zottarelli – Drums
Lydia Courtney – additional vibes (#6 intro)
Alan Blackman – Piano (on #7)UPCOMING DATES:
June 4, 2014
Blues Alley
House of Cardinals Band Washington, D.C.June 6, 2014
An Die Musik
House of Cardinals Band Baltimore, Maryland

June 10, 2014
House of Cardinals Band Boston, Massachusetts

TOURING BAND: Mike Pope, Eldar Djangirov, Bob Franceschini, Joe Locke, Mauricio Zottarelli


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This concert is going to be a musical journey.

I will play from jazz standards and tunes form my latest album “Right Now”.

And more importantly as our society struggles to unite people, this concert will show how music unites all cultures, ways of life, ethnicities and religions with its universal language.
Fabrizio Sotti

Fabrizio Sotti has created a beautiful fusion of musical worlds on his latest full-length solo album, Right Now.
The world-renowned Italian jazz guitar virtuoso, producer, and songwriter successfully strikes a delicate balance between jazz and pop. It’s only natural given his legacy of diverse musical collaborations—which spans writing, producing and playing for everybody from Cassandra Wilson, Dead Prez, Q Tip, Estelle, Foxy Brown, K’naan, Melanie Fiona, Tupac and Jennifer Lopez to Whitney Houston and Gipsy Kings. However, on his latest record, the gap is effectively bridged as his impeccable chops meet irresistible melodies. Encompassing interpretations of six classic songs as well as six originals, he paints an intimate portrait of his personal history, and he also provides a glimpse at the future.
After releasing the highly acclaimed collaboration Another Country with Cassandra Wilson, he began working on Right Now in early 2012 with a fresh perspective. Since first moving to New York from Italy in 1991, he’s solidified himself as a premier presence in the jazz world with solo releases including 1999’s This World Upside Down, 2004’s Through My Eyes and 2010’s Inner Dance. He’s worked with prominent genre stalwarts including Al Foster, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, John Patitucci, George Garzone, Cassandra Wilson,Terry-Lyne Carrington, Claudia Acuna to name a few. However, from the moment he started the sessions for Right Now with bassist Tony Grey and drummer Mino Cinelu, he knew that this collection would stand out from his extensive body of work.
“I’ve been blessed to have two careers, but they were always separate” he admits. “My career as a songwriter and producer has been primarily based in popular music, while as a recording artist, I’ve focused on the jazz field. Another Country prepared me to break some ground this time. I tried to write jazz with a pop feel. This came out of a spiritual necessity for me. I wanted to open up. It’s very different from my previous work as an artist, but it’s also very honest.”
As he captured that honesty, he invited some notable friends to join him in the studio. On a heartfelt reimagining of Bob Marley’s “Waitin’ In Vain”, his nuanced and intricate acoustic guitar playing matches up with smooth and soulful delivery from Shaggy and Res. The track holds a place in Sotti’s heart for a myriad of reasons.
“Everybody loves Bob Marley,” he affirms. “I had to do something special for this though. In the mid-nineties, I joined the Air Force in Italy because it was mandatory. They stationed me on the border of Yugoslavia in the middle of the war. ‘Mr. Boombastic’ came out, and people were blasting Shaggy all the time. The song comforted me during a very dark and tense period. I wanted Shaggy to do this with me because of that. He performed from his heart, and the track shows a different side of him. Also, Res sounds both fragile and communicative. Everything comes together really well.”
The same could be said for the swaggering collaboration with Ice T and M1 of Dead Prez on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. His elegant musical arrangement stirs a potent brew of hip-hop and classical, fortified by flashes of instrumental fireworks.
“I’ve been listening to ‘The Wall’ since I was seven-years-old,” he remembers. “I was an outcast because all I cared about was music. Everybody in Italy thought I was crazy. That song resonated with me so much though. I was also 14-years-old when the Berlin Wall fell. It was an historical moment when two worlds came together, and Germany was united again. Ice T and I wanted to tap into those social and emotional elements. It speaks for itself.”
A few dreams came true for Sotti when he got to record “Someone Else’s Tears” alongside Italian icon Zucchero. It marked Zucchero’s first collaboration with a jazz musician since working with Miles Davis, and the lyrics were actually penned by none other than U2’s Bono.
“In Europe, Zucchero is like Bruce Springsteen,” he goes on. “The duet he did with Miles, “Dune Mosse”, blew me away. Seeing an Italian singer with my jazz idol always stayed on my mind. I reached out to Zucchero when I was doing this album, and he suggested we do ‘Someone Else’s Tears’. It was a huge honor to say the least.”
Elsewhere on the album, Melanie Fiona teams up with him for an uplifting acoustic interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary,” while Isabella Lundgren, recently signed to the artist’s label Sotti Records, joins him for a bluesy and sweet reimagining of U2’s “One.”
He continues, “I used to watch the VHS tape of Rattle and Hum all the time. It tells the story of when U2 went to America. I dreamed every day of taking my own trip to the United States. A few years later, I did. It was incredible to work on the song with Isabella. I believe in her immensely, and we have great chemistry.”
Then, there’s the galloping original instrumental “Prancing Horse.” Handclaps punctuate his passionate finger-picking as he lithely commands the fretboard. Expanding his sonic palette, it’s also his very first flamenco-style tune ever.
“I dedicated it to Enzo Ferrari,” he smiles. “Growing up in Italy, you learn to recognize a Ferrari before you can spell. Then, you become a successful musician and can actually own one and race it. There’s all of this adrenaline, passion, beauty, and sophistication associated with that machine. I wanted to convey that emotion and dedicate it to a fellow Italian.”
As a whole, Right Now encapsulates a certain ethos for Sotti. As the world continues to speed up and fret about what’s ahead, he’s urging the exact opposite.
He concludes, “Where society is at the moment, everybody is freaking out about the future. I want people to immerse themselves in a peaceful journey when they hear this album and try to enjoyliving in the moment. I’m hoping everyone can join me there Right Now.”
Right Now was recorded at Sotti Studios in NYC and mixed at Piety Studios in New Orleans by legendary engineer John Fishbach. Fabrizio produced and arranged all of the songs on the album.Fabrizio Sotti @ Facebook »– See more at: http://highlineballroom.com/show/2014/06/04/fabrizio-sotti-friends/#sthash.nyysP14G.dpuf
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