Julie Murray Porter - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection http://www.jazzreview.com Tue, 23 May 2017 09:35:48 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Renowned Vocalist Kurt Elling Earns His 9th Grammy Nomination for Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sing http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/news-story/renowned-vocalist-kurt-elling-earns-his-9th-grammy-nomination-for-dedicated-to-you-kurt-elling-sing.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/news-story/renowned-vocalist-kurt-elling-earns-his-9th-grammy-nomination-for-dedicated-to-you-kurt-elling-sing.html Last night when the 52nd annual GRAMMY nominations were announced in Los Angeles, renowned jazz vocalist Kurt Elling was honored with his ninth GRAMMY nomination for Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman in the Best Jazz Vocal category. The album was recorded live at the Allen Room at Lincoln Center and has received critical praise. The Washington Post wrote: "With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense …

Last night when the 52nd annual GRAMMY nominations were announced in Los Angeles, renowned jazz vocalist Kurt Elling was honored with his ninth GRAMMY nomination for Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman in the Best Jazz Vocal category. The album was recorded live at the Allen Room at Lincoln Center and has received critical praise.  The Washington Post  wrote:  "With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz" while the Chicago Tribune wrote, "His buoyantly creative lines in "Dedicated to You" and arialike phrases in "Lush Life" represent some of the best ballad singing being performed today."

This past week he earned perhaps one of the highest honors of his career; headlining the First State dinner at the White House.  As President and Mrs. Obama welcomed the prime minister of India last Tuesday, Elling performed "Nature Boy" with an orchestra directed by Marvin Hamlisch, whose own lists of awards include an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Tony.  Elling has a special relationship with the Obamas, having first met the President when he and his wife purchased their Hyde Park condominium from then state senator Obama some years ago. A well known jazz enthusiast, President Obama counts himself as one of Kurt Elling's biggest fans.

Although Elling has been nominated for every album in his canon, he has yet to garner a win.  There is no doubt that he is the most revered male vocalists in music, not just in jazz.  Named "the jazz stand-out male vocalist of our time" by the New York Times and "perhaps the most distinctive singer on the American scene" by the Sunday Times UK, Elling has never hesitated to take on a musical challenge. From the creation of multi-disciplinary new works for the Steppenwolf Theatre to his Four Brothers collaboration with Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy and Kevin Mahogany, from his epic vocalese versions of John Coltrane’s "Resolution" or Dexter Gordon’s "Body and Soul" to his creation and direction of a commissioned two-hour extravaganza for the City of Chicago’s millennial celebrations, Elling has applied his unsurpassed creativity to one project after another.   Elling's unmatched languid baritone is only equaled by his embrace of true artistic exploration, making him one of America's most unheralded national treasures.  Indeed, those traits along with his cool Sinatra swagger and style has earned Elling top spot placements in the DownBeat Critics’ and Jazz Times Readers’ polls year after year.  Although mainstream audiences have inexplicably eluded him, it is likely that 2010 will be Kurt Elling’s year.

For more information, or to speak to Kurt about his legendary career, please contact:

Julie Murray Porter

Director Publicity, Concord Music Group

310-385-4234

jporter@concordrecords.com

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Julie Murray Porter) News Story Sat, 29 Jan 2011 20:13:34 -0600
Premiere Vocalist Kurt Elling to Release Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane a http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/premiere-vocalist-kurt-elling-to-release-dedicated-to-you-kurt-elling-sings-the-music-of-coltrane-a.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/premiere-vocalist-kurt-elling-to-release-dedicated-to-you-kurt-elling-sings-the-music-of-coltrane-a.html "With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz." - Washington Post On June 23rd, Grammy nominated and critically-acclaimed vocalist Kurt Elling will release Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, his ninth overall album and second release on Concord Jazz. The live collection was recorded in January 2009 in

"With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission,

he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz."

- Washington Post

On June 23rd, Grammy nominated and critically-acclaimed vocalist Kurt Elling will release Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, his ninth overall album and second release on Concord Jazz. The live collection was recorded in January 2009 in Manhattan as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. The 12-track release features an all-star cast of musicians including saxophonist Ernie Watts, the Laurence Hobgood Trio and the string quartet, ETHEL.

Throughout his eclectic career, Kurt Elling has roved freely across vocalese, transformed instrumental music, tunes from the Great American Songbook, poetry, theatre, dance and more. His new project began in his home town "as an idea suggested by my friends at the Chicago Jazz Festival," recalls Elling. "They gave me a call and asked me essentially to reiterate the John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman material for a bill they were planning. I’m always happy to have an idea like that. But it didn’t interest me quite as much to simply reiterate the material. So I asked if I could do it my own way."

As the program morphed through various phases, one aspect was consistent Elling’s desire to place the music in the setting of a string quartet, first with acoustic bass, and later with a complete jazz trio led by Laurence Hobgood, his long-time musical companion, pianist, who also provided most of the arrangements. Kurt recruited Ernie Watts on saxophone and ETHEL, and the group began touring with the project. The response to the program was wonderful and Kurt decided to record the set live in New York at the Allen Room in Lincoln Center.

Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman is a stunning spectrum of music, both vocal and instrumental. The album opens with an introductory interpretation of the American Songbook classic, "All or Nothing At All," in which the interconnectedness between Elling’s vocal and Watt’s tenor saxophone calls up immediate references to the Coltrane/Hartman source. The transformative interpretations of songs such as "Autumn Serenade," "Nancy With the Laughing Face" and "You Are Too Beautiful" are definitive examples of how to remain true to the inner essence of a song.

"When you hear any of those great masters like Coltrane and realize the incredible gift from God that is given to those people, you can’t overstate their importance to the jazz world, to the world in general. And we were very much aware of that fact as we put all this together," remarked Elling.

Since Elling has been touring with Dedicated To You, the project has received critical praise. The Chicago Tribune called it "...some of the best ballad singing being performed today." The New York Times said, "Mr. Elling has proved his finesse as a Hartman-like melodist...accessing both Coltrane and Hartman, he sounded like no one but himself." Throughout his career Elling has earned eight Grammy nominations, top spot placement in the Down Beat Critics’ and Jazz

Times Readers’ polls, four Jazz Journalists Association wins for Best Male Vocalist and the Prix Billie Holiday from the Academe du Jazz in Paris.

Track Listing:

1) All or Nothing at All (6:50)

2) It’s Easy to Remember (A Jazz Story Memory) (4:05)

3) Dedicated to You (6:35)

4) What’s New (Instrumental)- Ernie Watts (2:40)

5) Lush Life (4:39)

6) Autumn Serenade (3:10)

7) Say It (Over and Over Again) (6:40)

8) They Say It’s Wonderful (3:59)

9) My One and Only Love (3:26)

10) Nancy with the Laughing Face (4:56)

11) Acknowledgements (:38)

12) You Are Too Beautiful (8:10)

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For more information, please contact:

Julie Murray Porter

jporter@concordrecords.com

310-385-4234

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Julie Murray Porter) Press Releases Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:52:59 -0600
Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Supergroup "Five Peace Band" To Tour U.S. March 19-May 1 http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/chick-corea-john-mclaughlin-supergroup-five-peace-band-to-tour-u.s.-march-19-may-1.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/chick-corea-john-mclaughlin-supergroup-five-peace-band-to-tour-u.s.-march-19-may-1.html "The sound was familiar-that irresistible driving funk, capable of rising to ecstatic heights. Everything they played was touched with the same magic." -The Daily Telegraph (London) "The surprise is not that keyboardist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin have finally decided to form a band, but that it has taken so long. McLaughlin and Corea have known each other since the late 1960s and both played an important part in the birth of fusion as members of t

"The sound was familiar-that irresistible driving funk, capable of rising to ecstatic heights. Everything they played was touched with the same magic."

-The Daily Telegraph (London)

"The surprise is not that keyboardist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin have finally decided to form a band, but that it has taken so long. McLaughlin and Corea have known each other since the late 1960s and both played an important part in the birth of fusion as members of the band behind legendary trumpeter Miles Davis."

-The Australian

After wowing crowds in Europe last fall and in Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia this winter, Chick Corea & John McLaughlin supergroup Five Peace Band will kick off their first U.S./North American tour at UCLA in Los Angeles on March 19. The exuberant and electrifying 23-date run includes three evenings in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall and concludes on May 1 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont. Five Peace Band features legendary co-leaders Chick Corea (piano, keyboards) and John McLaughlin (guitar) along with their all-star support team: Kenny Garrett on saxophone and bassist Christian McBride. Vinnie Colaiuta and Brian Blade will share the drum seat.

The quintet’s tour de force double-album, Five Peace Band Live, which was recorded during their European tour last fall, will be released in summer 2009 by Concord Records, but the double-disc CD will be made available early at performance venues as well as the band’s website (www.fivepeaceband.com) to coincide with the tour. Five Peace Band Live features Corea and McLaughlin’s inspired duets as well as all five members negotiating the twists and turns of the compositions.

As shown throughout the tours, Corea and McLaughlin are truly kindred spirits, given that both are brave musical explorers and virtuosos on their respective instruments. As young jazz artists, they both did stints with Miles Davis and appeared together on the groundbreaking jazz/rock/funk classic Bitches Brew before forming their own revolutionary bands: Corea’s Return to Forever and McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra. The innovative music played by these two groups attracted theater and stadium-sized audiences in the ‘70s and helped to shape a new genre of music, turning on multitudes of rock fans to a new form of jazz.

Since those burgeoning jazz-fusion days, both Corea and McLaughlin have led extraordinarily prolific careers, with continual creative output spanning many genres of music in a host of different musical settings-all the while maintaining unparalleled artistic integrity and becoming legends in their own right.

Five Peace Band marks the duo’s first collaboration with a band, presenting eclectic nights of highly creative music that includes nods to Miles (and to the late Joe Zawinul, with an exhilarating performance of "In a Silent Way"), intricate acoustic jazz, burning jazz/rock/funk, and intimate duets. Also in the mix are Corea and McLaughlin classics.

"I thought this might be a good period for both of us, so I presented [John with] the idea of a quintet and the musicians involved," Corea told Australia’s Perth Now. "He liked the idea right way. We decided pretty quickly that both of us would bring musical ideas and compositions. John sent me a bunch of stuff and I sent him my ideas. I wrote several new pieces. Within a couple of weeks we had the basic direction of what we would perform."

Corea also told The Australian that the band’s aim was to create "a new, fresh sound," and that the sets are "more electric than not, but there are acoustic moments. John is playing his electric guitar all the way through, but he has this really cool ability to be able to play that instrument in a pretty mellow way. So we do some duets where I play acoustic piano and he plays the electric guitar."

McLaughlin told iheartguitar.blogspot.com that both he and Corea have a "mutual history, a combined history." He added that even though the Five Peace Band is their first group outing together, they have performed together before: "What we’ve done over the years is played many times in duo together, piano and guitar. And this is something that we really love to do [On the tour] we do it every night at some point, we’ll just get together, just the two of us on stage. It’s very special We have a very strong complicity, in a way. It’s just such a joy with this band. They’re such great musicians and great human beings too."

THE COMPLETE FIVE PEACE BAND TOUR SCHEDULE:

Chick Corea & John McLaughlin with Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett and Vinnie Colaiuta:

March

19-Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Royce Hall

20-Santa Barbara, CA: Campbell Hall at UCSB

21-Berkeley, CA: Zellerbach Hall

24-Modesto, CA: Gallo Center for the Arts

25-Denver, CO: The Paramount Theatre

Chick Corea & John McLaughlin with Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett and Brian Blade:

March

27-Miami, FL: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

28- Savannah, GA: Savannah Music Festival

29-Atlanta, GA: The Variety Playhouse

31-Dallas, TX: House of Blues

April

1-Houston, TX: Verizon Wireless Theater

2-Austin, TX: Bass Concert Hall

3-Chicago, IL: The Chicago Theatre

4-Ann Arbor, MI: Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan

6-Nashville, TN: Schermerhorn Symphony Center

7-Urbana, IL: Krannert Center

23 25-New York, NY: Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center

26-Glenside, PA: The Keswick Theatre

28-Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

29-N. Bethesda, MD: The Music Center at Strathmore

30-Boston, MA: Berklee Performance Center

May

1-Burlington, VT: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

For more information please contact:

Julie Murray Porter

jporter@concordrecords.com

310-385-4234

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Julie Murray Porter) Press Releases Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:51:37 -0600
Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist David Sánchez To Release his Concord Picante Debut Cultural Surviva http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/grammy-award-winning-saxophonist-david-sanchez-to-release-his-concord-picante-debut-cultural-surviva.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/grammy-award-winning-saxophonist-david-sanchez-to-release-his-concord-picante-debut-cultural-surviva.html On May 20th, Concord Records will release Cultural Survival, the newest album from critically-acclaimed and Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sánchez. With this, his 8th overall album and Concord Picante debut, Sánchez continues to fuse his fierce, straight ahead jazz sound with African, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean influences. The 8-song album also features a new direction for Sánchez as he debuts a piano-less quartet on all but three of the eight songs and the inclusion

On May 20th, Concord Records will release Cultural Survival, the newest album from critically-acclaimed and Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sánchez. With this, his 8th overall album and Concord Picante debut, Sánchez continues to fuse his fierce, straight ahead jazz sound with African, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean influences. The 8-song album also features a new direction for Sánchez as he debuts a piano-less quartet on all but three of the eight songs and the inclusion of guitar. For the choice of guitarist David recruited Lage Lund, the winner of the Thelonious Monk Guitar Competition in 2005.

Explaining Cultural Survival’s intriguing title, Puerto Rican born Sánchez says, "It’s generally about the human condition. It started one day when I was just checking out the radio to find out what’s going on in the world. I love listening to NPR and especially "All Things Considered." But I’m often left wondering, ‘where is the world going?’ You realize you’re surrounded by a younger generation that seems a little unconscious, living in their own space, their own reality, and not being very conscientious about the world around them."

On "The Forgotten Ones," Sánchez was inspired to pay tribute to all those in turmoil and hardship from so many places around the world, from New Orleans to Haiti. While the deep, moody and urgent track, "Adoración" is "a little tribute to a person who is very important in my musical development and who I always have to acknowledge - Eddie Palmieri," said Sánchez.

The mammoth piece "La Leyenda del Cañaveral" is set to a poem written by David's sister, Margarita. The poem refers to the travels of African people who worked on sugar cane plantations throughout Africa and the Caribbean, and Sanchez describes the song as ‘a journey’ set to the rich history and anecdotes of these people. In addition to the seven original compositions, Sánchez includes a cover of "Monk’s Mood," simply because, as Sánchez puts it, "it has always been one of my favorite pieces."

David Sánchez has been nominated for 4 Grammy® Awards, and his last album, Coral, won the Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Album in 2005. Sánchez will be touring throughout the US in support of Cultural Survival. On May 16, David will kick-off the tour by playing a double bill with Danilo Pérez in Chicago and on June 13th he will be at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. For more information and a complete listing of tour dates, please visit www.davidsanchezmusic.com.

For more information, please contact:

Julie Murray Porter

jporter@concordrecords.com

310-385-4234

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Julie Murray Porter) Press Releases Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:47:33 -0600