3/15/11 release coming out on Origin Records. "Human Spirit" features Versace on B3
organ as well as Mark Taylor (alto) and drummer Matt Jorgensen.
Earshot Jazz (Seattle Jazz Supporter) 2010 Golden Ear Nominee's Best Artist and Band (Flexicon): Awards given out last night (March 20, 2011)
"East West Trumpet Summit" with Ray Vega, #1 on Jazz Week Jazz Chart in 2010. Jazz Week: "Rather than an instrumental battle or cutting contest, "East-West
Trumpet Summit" underlines the artistry that results when great
musicians from diverse backgrounds find common ground rather than seek
to establish a pecking order or spotlight rivalries.
" Featured on NPR Morning Edition.
"Constraints and Liberations" (links to reviews), first release of all original material (5th as leader), November 2010. AllMusicGuide: "Not only does he focus exclusively on originals for
this session, but his approach to the trumpet has moved away from a
forceful pop style to a more reserved, yet emotional technique. "
MONTY ALEXANDER – “UPLIFT” (Straight-ahead piano trio by one of the masters).
AllAboutJazz (Dr. Judith Sleshingher): "...this is an exceptional collection, which also crackles with that special, open energy only a live performance can deliver. Uplift is an apt title, since that's precisely what this music does."
LYNNE ARRIALE – “CONVERGENCE” (Pianist, with a sax sitting on some tracks, doing a mix of originals, old and new standards).
JazzPolice (Andrea Canter): "Nuance, as fits the title, did not leave trademark Arriale
devotion to melody and accessibility behind, yet the arrangements were
often far more assertive, the shadings bolder, the improvisations
crossing into more distant territories than the more “nuanced”
explorations of the Lynne Arriale Trio. Thus Convergence is,
in one sense, a continuation of that freer trajectory, a set combining
Arriale originals and reimagined covers, a set that again brings a horn
(this time Bill McHenry’s tenor sax) into the mix, yet another
expansive emotional palette. It’s a “convergence” of the lyrical
simplicity and elegant harmonies of the trio years and the
harder-hitting assertions of her recent quartet journeys."
RONDI CHARLESTON – “WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES” (Female vocalist, with an eclectic mix of standards and originals).
JazzInSpace (Nick Bewsey): "Singer and songwriter Rondi Charleston makes music that’s close to jazz nirvana. Her own music is
rife with passionate passages of optimism (inspired by a meaningful
trip to Israel as related in the liner notes) and she embraces a
charming confidence and joie de vivre. Her closest musical partner on
the album is guitarist Dave Stryker, a soloist of pronounced
musicality, and their arrangements allow plenty of space for indelible
piano accompaniment by either Brandon McCune or Lynne Arriale."
DEARDORF – “TRANSPARENCE” (Great bassist, leading his own session, with
various band configurations doing mix of standards and originals).
Origin Records: "Veteran acoustic & electric bassist Chuck Deardorf brings together
a broad collection of musical friends to create an album full of
spontaneous interaction, gritty grooves and melodic beauty."
FRANKLIN – “THE SOUL OF THE WORLD” (Prolific bassist, fronting a
sextet, with local trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, grooving
straight-ahead. 2 vocal tracks).
Dusty Groove America: "An incredible record – a set that sparkles with all the brilliance and
soulful energy we first came to love in Henry Franklin's music back in
the 70s! The album's a recent one, but it's got a timeless quality –
rich grooves, filled with modal rhythms – soaring to the skies with
searching, spiritual vibrations – wonderfully righteous, and the kind
of record we could easily believe was a lost gem from a few decades
WAYNE GOINS – “CHRONICLES OF CARMELA” (Nice, straight-ahead groove, led by this guitarist, doing all originals).
WG CDs&Books: Wayne Goins’ first release on Little Apple Records since 2006, Chronicles of Carmela, is a brilliant showcase of Dr. Goins’ guitar and writing chops. Carmela is Wayne’s guitar. BEN KONO – “CROSSING” (Multi-reed player, with an edgy sound, doing all originals).
The Urban Flux: "Throughout this project the musicians in my band have been an integral
part of the compositional process and have kept the whole thing fun.
Henry Hey and I have been writing, playing, sailing boats, and drinking
lots and lots of coffee together since our days at University of North
MARRIOTT – “HUMAN SPIRIT” (Trumpeter, in a sax/organ quartet, with
another edgy mix of material, some accessible enough for daytime play).
MARGIE NELSON – “HUNGRY GIRL” (Female vocalist, with a great back-up band, doing an eclectic mix of tunes).
JazzTimes (Wilbert Sostre): "Even though she is a singer with lot of experience Hungry Girl is
Margie Nelson debut album. A singer with a sultry voice, Margie can be
funny, classy and romantic. Impossible to listen to the lyrics of the
song Hungry Girl witout smiling"
O’CONNOR – “SUSPENDED REALITY” (Not the violinist, a young saxophonist,
in front of a quintet, doing all straight-ahead originals). MarkOconnorJazz.com - "It’s been a long wait, but Suspended Reality is finally a …reality (bad
humor, I know). All of us had a great time in the studio and I was
excited to be able to record with Mark Maegdlin, Ben Lewis, Jon Paul,
Tom Hipskind again. Our new addition to the band is Victor Garcia – a
wonderful trumpeter who grew up in Chicago. And working with recording
& mixing engineer Brian Schwab and mastering engineer Scott
Steinman was a pleasure too!!"
KEN PEPLOWSKI – “IN SEARCH OF…” (Great, straight-ahead swinging, from the clarinetist/saxophonist, backed by an all-star cast). WorldsRecords: "Ken
Peplowski shows his diversity on this blending of two sessions, the
first 8 tunes reuniting him with pianist Shelly Berg with rhythm
support of Tom Kennedy and Jeff Hamilton and the remaining 3 tunes
pairing off with bassist Greg Cohen, drummer Joe Ascione and vibist
Chuck Redd. Peplowski's clarinet playing is unrivaled with the purist
tone and most urbane facility around today. His tenor sound, while
reminiscent of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster is easily
distinguishable as his and his alone. The tunes are seldom heard
standards ripe for rediscovery and a few originals by his fellow band
members. Peplowski helps keep true mainstream jazz alive while always
adding a fresh perspective."
REDS – “SIGN OF FOUR” (Edgy, baritone sax-led group, doing all originals by band members).
MELVIN VINES – “HARLEM JAZZ MACHINE” (Mostly edgy tunes, all originals).
Melvin Vines is a jazz trumpeter working out of Harlem. Recently he has been concentrating on arranging and performing with his group Harlem Jazz Machine, touring the United States, Russia and Japan.
JERRY BERGONZI - "Convergence" (Straight ahead set of mostly original
compositions, with one classic Gershwin tune tossed in for fun. Great
quartet, various tempos.)
T.K. BLUE - "Latin Bird" (In the pocket Latin jazz set from the
saxophonist/flutist. Features Charlie Parker compositions, with a couple of
original compositions, as well. Steve Turre and Lewis Nash check in as
RENE MARIE - "Voice of My Beautiful Country" (New released by a seasoned
vocalist, featuring a number of traditional American tunes in the public
CHAD McCULLOUGH & BRAM WEIJTERS- "Imaginary Sketches" (another solid release
from the trumpeter, pairing with pianist Weijters on great original
compositions. Truly new "new" music!)
TITO PUENTE MASTERWORKS (MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC AFRO-
CUBAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA) -"Live" (Awesome Puente tunes with the band under
Bobby Sanabria's leadership. A seriously cookin' live recording in tribute
to a Latin Jazz master)
CHERYL PYLE -"Inside Dialogue" (All original set, featuring flute and bass.
PM hosts, take note...some of this is very atmospheric and cool. Cheryl is
San Diego native now based in NYC.)
HOUSE & SINNETT (Jae Sinnett) -"OLD SCHOOL LOYALTY" (A very unique project
from long-time New York based drummer Jae Sinnett. This pays tribute to the
old school soul sound. It's very specific in dayparting, so please be
mindful when programming. However, properly worked in, this adds some real
groove flavor to the jazz mix.)
Pianist Henry Butler will be our guest for a unique solo piano show for our next Jazz Live San Diego, Tuesday, April 12, 2011.
Henry's Bio on his website.: An eight-time W.C. Handy “Best Blues Instrumentalist - Piano” award nominee, Henry Butler knows no limitations. Although blinded by glaucoma since birth, Butler is also a world class photographer with his work displayed at exhibitions throughout the United States. Playing piano since the age of six, Butler is a master of musical diversity. Combining the percussive jazz piano playing of McCoy Tyner and the New Orleans style playing of Professor Longhair through his classically trained wizardry, Butler continues to craft a sound uniquely his own. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B influences, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace.
Preview Tune: Orleans Inspiration from Orleans Inspiration (1990)
Mastering baritone horn, valve trombone and drums, in addition to the piano, at the Louisiana State School for the Blind in Baton Rouge, as a youngster, Butler began formal vocal training in the eleventh grade. He went on to sing German lieder, French and Italian art songs and operatic arias at Southern and Michigan State Universities, earning a Masters degree in vocal music. He has taught music workshops throughout the country and initiated a number of different educational projects, including a residential jazz camp at Missouri State School for the Blind and a program for blind and visually impaired students at the University of New Orleans.
Mentored by influential jazz clarinetist and Michigan State University teacher Alvin Batiste, Butler was encouraged to explore Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and other Caribbean music. With Batiste’s help, he successfully applied for National Endowment for the Arts grants to study with keyboard players George Duke, then with Cannonball Adderley’s Quintet, and the late Sir Roland Hanna. He studied with Harold Mabern, pianist for the late Lee Morgan, for a summer and spent a long afternoon studying with Professor Longhair.
Preview Tune: Goin' Down Slow from Orleans Inspiration (1990)
Going to be live blogging the event below, so watch out!
And now the interview plays and I'm off to get set for a Henry Butler preview...
9:30 And the crowd goes wild...while the band takes a bow out front! What a fantastic show!
9:24 Tune 13 "Down Home Feelin": She needs a break, but is gutting it out! Heading down to close it out!
I will be heading down soon to say good night to our studio audience and getting things ready for a Henry Butler preview of our April 12, 2011 Jazz Live San Diego! But I think they will be doing one more tune after this, so I'll hang tight!
9:17 Tune 12 "Exposure". Another from Check The Box, which tonight's pianist Luis Perdomo plays on. She's really working the set list tonight!
9:11 Tune 11 "Five More Days". Mid-tempo tune, starting out with Rebecca doing another vocal.
She talks a bit about being a West Coast girl that went to NY, but loving San Diego and playing Frisbee at the beach today.
9:04 Back in the perch, after the station ID and a chat about trying out new stuff in front of an audience and the change it might undergo.
Tune 10 "Regrets": Another new tune. She explained is as very improvisational, like a improve painting. With a little structure that she has built for it. Feels like she is trying out a different kind of composition. And this is just a trio, Perdomo piano, Camacho bass, Franks trumpet.
Tune 9 "Mass" (before the break): Another tune from 2009's Check The Box. Boy it sure swang hard!
8:52 Time for me to go down and figure out what I'm going to ask her in about 8 minutes....ah...
Here's a slide show of the pictures from tonight's show and before hand...
8:47 Explains some of the dead air as she is changing up the set list as she goes. Next up a reggae tune... Tune 8 "<a reggae tune>": Another vocal by Rebecca...she really loves to sing!
Here's a shot from up in the perch above the Seville Theatre
8:42 Tune 7 "3/4": She said she didn't know what time it was and someone from the crowd yelled "8:42". She said "Time flies when you are having fun!". I hope she has enough tunes to get the full 90 minutes in...I'm sure she does!!
8:35 Tune 6 Hugs From Heaven. A tune written for her father who passed away about a year ago. Rebecca sings for the first time tonight. Before the tune, as there was a little dead air for you at home on the radio, she came back and explained: "A little out of order...which isn't too strange for me" (a little paraphrase, but you get the very humble idea!).
8:29 Tune 5 Genetic Makeup. Another tune written in the last couple of months. Never recorded. Probably played live very few times....nice! Swinging tune, with Luis Perdomo taking a really nice turn on piano! Also, Rene Camacho did it up..and the crowd loved it!
We are soooo lucky to be hearing lots of previously unheard, new music from Rebecca...she is hoping to record this in June 2011.
8:22: Rebecca introduces the band. Just met Andy a couple gigs ago. Luis Perdomo, piano, played on her "Check The Box" disc from 2009. Tune 4: "Open Heart". Ballad.
8:16 Tune 3 - Movin' On. To commemorate quitting her college teaching gig and deciding to play full time! Great choice! Nice solo by drummer Andy Sanesi!!
She back announced the first tunes... Tune 0 (before the on air): Thursday. Tune 1: LuLu Tune 2: Someday. The first tune she wrote at age 20!
The shot I took, with the program, from backstage, while the band played their first tune:
8:08 Back in the perch after opening the show, the first tune was a nice shuffle with RCF really blowing it away! She must have been a little inspired by the Kermit Ruffins that Barry Farrar played right before he tossed it to us in the theatre. Tune 2 is a sweet bossa-ish swinger.
7:47 In the perch, but heading backstage to get the band and then out front to introduce them and get the show started! Break a leg!!