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29.01.2011

Esperanza Spalding

Published in Jazz Viewpoints

Billboard’s Faces To Watch DVD series provides background information about burgeoning artists who are on the cusp of coming of age. The company’s DVD on singer/songwriter/upright bass player, Esperanza Spalding is an honest account of this young musician’s rise to become a bona-fide solo artist, told in her own words. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, her mother played a pivotal role in guiding her towards a life in playing music.

Esperanza, which means "hope" in Spanish, recalls l …

29.01.2011

Darrell Katz

Published in Jazz Viewpoints

Composer Darrell Katz is widely known for being the director of the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra (JCA), but his compositions go beyond contemporary big band bebop and swing jazz principles. His compositions have the heart and breathing apparatus associated with theatrical pieces, which relate to people’s daily lives in a surreal way. Katz’s latest offering with the JCA is The Same Thing from Cadence Jazz Records, showcases different sources of inspiration including She …

29.01.2011

Noah Preminger

Published in Jazz Viewpoints

Saxophonist-composer Noah Preminger makes his debut with his sextet’s release, Dry Bridge Road from Nowt Records. When many jazz musicians believe that modernizing jazz music means incorporating pop culture elements like hip hop, rap, urban, or ska, Preminger takes a look back at old school bop fashioned by the likes of Albert Ayler and Steve Lacy and injects it with a modern slant. The 22-year old Preminger formed his sextet recently, which comprises of trumpeter Russ John …

Europafest: Jazz Highlights was recorded live at Theaterhaus Stuttgart in West Germany in April 1990. The DVD includes performances from such prominent artists in the jazz hemisphere as keyboardist Sun Ra, saxophonist Bob Berg, guitarist Bill Frisell, and saxophonist Archie Shepp showcasing one song played by each performer. The concert spans a wide range of jazz from the upbeat and contemporary pop regions of the jazz outfit Steps Ahead to the avant approach of jazz that saxophonist John Zor …

29.01.2011

Ray Chew

Published in News Story

RENOWNED MUSIC DIRECTOR RAY CHEW HIT'S A HIGH NOTE WITH NBC SHOW THE SINGING BEE SCORING HIGHEST RATINGS OF ANY SUMMER SERIES THIS YEAR

HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Renowned music director / producer Ray Chew is enjoying major success in his role on NBC's TV show "The Singing Bee", which debuted on a high note by scoring the highest ratings of any summer series telecast on any network so far this year.

The Singing Bee debut is the highest-rated …

29.01.2011

Nicola Congiu

Published in News Story

With the sultry eyes of Elvis Presley and the pouty lips of British actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, singer-songwriter Nicola Congiu has the sculpted features of a star. He was born in Sardinia and resides in Cagliari, Italy today with his family. Widely known as "Niko" in his native land, Congiu is a three-octave range vocal powerhouse and can sing in both English and Italian. His latest release Per Te (2007) is self-produced and displays his talents as a composer, lyricist, guitarist, and …

29.01.2011

Kate Schutt

Published in News Story

Toronto-based singer/songwriter and Pennsylvania native Kate Schutt invites fans to participate in her current ArtistShare project The Telephone Game by submitting their own love stories, ideas, poems or prospective titles for songs. She will be writing songs for the CD based on the fan input and will respond to every submission sent her way. Participation will occur at different levels, including ArtistShare Executive, Gold, Silver, Bronze - and depen …

29.01.2011

Kevin Hays

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New York City renown jazz pianist/composer Kevin Hays offers fans a unique opportunity to learn about the songwriting and recording process behind his 2007 release, The Dreamer through his label, ArtistShare (www.artistshare.com). Fans can participate at different levels including a personal correspondence lesson with Hays, 2 online lessons, a Q & A session, CD download and more. His album, The Dreamer is a lovely&nb …

29.01.2011

The Danilo Perez Big Band

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The Danilo Perez Big Band's 2007 release, The Panama Suite Project on ArtistShare Records, is more than an album that extends the breadth of Latin jazz with a distinctive blend of Pan American textures incorporating Southern and Central American folkloric and world music. The album additionally funds music workshops and the presitigous Panama Jazz Festival with all of the profits from The Panama Suite Project being donated to …

29.01.2011

Richard Hart

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Fusion guitarist Richard Hart has recently signed a mechanical license agreement with GAG Order Films, which is owned by Ron Day at Arthur Marie Company, to use 7 of the 9 songs from his album Fearless Shores for the company’s motion picture The Lawn Boy. The film was written and co-produced by Arthur Marie, directed by Ron Gonzalez and produced by Tim Grace. It was recently shown at the Hollywood Black Film Festival on June 5, 2008 i …