Displaying items by tag: Brazilian Jazz / Brazilian Pop Jazz - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection http://www.jazzreview.com Mon, 22 May 2017 20:06:30 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb JPEC Presents Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/jpec-presents-luciana-souza-and-romero-lubambo.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/jpec-presents-luciana-souza-and-romero-lubambo.html JPEC Presents Luciana  Souza and Romero Lubambo
Grammy winner Luciana Souza is one of the Jazz worlds leading singers and interpreters. Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, she grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators. Her work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to classical repertoire and new music. As a leader, Luciana Souza has eight acclaimed releases including her four Grammy nominated records "Brazilian Duos,"

JPEC is proud to present Brazilian Duos, Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo also featuring the Amanda Tosoff Quartet

Brazilian Duos is Luciana Souza – voice & Romero Lubambo – guitar

Saturday, April 21 @ 7:30PM Toronto Centre for the Arts – 5040 Yonge Street – George Weston Recital Hall

Ticket prices: $ 35 For tickets:http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Jpec-Presents-Brazilian-Duos-Amanda-Tosoff-Quartet-tickets/artist/1711484

Students: $ 15 (with I.D.)

Luciana Souza

Biography:

Grammy winner Luciana Souza is one of the Jazz worlds leading singers and interpreters. Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, she grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators. Her work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to classical repertoire and new music.

As a leader, Luciana Souza has eight acclaimed releases including her four Grammy nominated records "Brazilian Duos," 2002, "North and South," 2003, and "Duos II," 2005, and "Tide," 2009.

Her debut recording for Universal/Verve (produced by her husband, Larry Klein), "The New Bossa Nova, " (2007) was met with critical acclaim (Bilboard Latin Jazz Album of the Year) and

on "Tide," Luciana "continued her captivating journey as a uniquely talented vocalist who organically crosses genre borders.

Romero Lubambo

Biography

In 1985, Romero Lubambo came to the United States, and brought with him a new sound in Brazilian jazz guitar. Romero's guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound. From the cool, sophisticated rhythms of his native Brazil to hard bop, Romero is a guitarist who is comfortable in any musical setting. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist and musical improviser with a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts and the virtuosity to deliver them ever so tastefully.

Lubambo has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron and James Carter... among many others.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Paul J. Youngman) Press Releases Tue, 03 Apr 2012 03:39:59 -0500
Mojave by Nilson Matta & Roni Ben-Hur http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/brazilian-jazz-brazilian-pop-jazz-cd-reviews/mojave-by-nilson-matta-roni-ben-hur.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/brazilian-jazz-brazilian-pop-jazz-cd-reviews/mojave-by-nilson-matta-roni-ben-hur.html Mojave by Nilson Matta & Roni Ben-Hur
Nothing is more fun or exciting for a critic as to be introduced to an artist stone cold, no press release just "good buzz." On occasion good buzz is literally all that can be said on a release but not this time. Combine Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta with Israeli be-bop guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and the end result is one of the most solid and consistent releases of the year. Heed the buzz!

With a plethora of Brazilian music having hit the street this year, Mojave stands out for two other reasons which are namely acclaimed drummer Victor Lewis and legendary Brazilian percussionist Cafe'. This quartet is special thanks to the ability to interact with each other with such musical cohesion that Mojave sounds far from the first release for this group. While in the liner notes, Matta explains he still does not feel his approach to Brazilian music may be "authentic" but the musical connections made through a perfectly paced release make Mojave pop with its own unique brand of authenticity. A hybrid of be-bop and Brazilian music that swings from the opening Antonio Carlos Jobim title track "Mojave" to sneaking in a straight ahead take on the Burt Bacharach classic "The Look Of Love."

 

Several tunes from Pixinguinha are included here and for those of you playing at home, Pixinguinha is the iconic master of the pre-Bossa Nova genre of Choro. What is a Choro? To start you do not eat it, it is the  style often associated with a fast and happy rhythm, characterized by improvisation and  full of syncopation and counterpoint. The Choro is considered the first urban popular music typical of Brazil and when you fuse this with the classic bop sensibilities of the players as are assembled here then musical lightening in a bottle happens. Jazz you hear with your hips. Welcome to the land of rhythm and groove! A summit of Samba and be-bop!

 

Nothing beats a good back story with Mojave part of Motema's Jazz Therapy series founded by Roni Ben-Hur and label head Jana Herzen to raise money and awareness for the good works of The Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund of the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation in Englewood, New Jersey.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Brent L Black ) Brazilian Jazz / Brazilian Pop Jazz - CD Reviews Sat, 19 Nov 2011 23:27:20 -0600
Sounds of Brazil http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/brazilian-jazz-brazilian-pop-jazz-cd-reviews/sounds-of-brazil.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/brazilian-jazz-brazilian-pop-jazz-cd-reviews/sounds-of-brazil.html Sounds of Brazil
Brilliant Brazilian jazz!

What's a Russian bass player doing making an album called Sounds of Brazil? Is it just another example of a shrinking musical world, or is Moscow the new Rio? Well, leader Ark Ovrutski says Russian links with Brazil go back two centuries to "Russian urban romantic songs" that were similar melodically to Portuguese songs which are the ancestors of samba and bossa nova. I'll have to take his word for that because googling "Russian urban romantic songs" nets fewer than a dozen hits, all quoting Ovrutski.

However tenuous the link between Russian music and samba, this is an enjoyable, and idiomatic outing. The "enjoyable" part is ensured by Ovrutski and his supporting cast. The two reedmen grab most of the solo time and use it well. Craig Handy is in especially good form on flute and a variety of saxes. Though he wails with a frenetic edge on "Mr. Hindemith" and the opening "2nd Line/Partido Alto," he seems to have mellowed a bit, and shines melodically on the session's ballads--this despite his recent leadership of the anything but mellow Mingus Dynasty band.

The "idiomatic" part is nailed by Duduka Da Fonesca, Jorge Continentino, and Helio Alves, all born and raised in Brazil. Da Fonesca has led numerous New York-based Brazilian groups, and no less an icon than Antonio Carlos Jobim has said, "I love the way he plays." Me too.

All the tunes were written by Ovrutski. They owe more to mainstream jazz than South America, but that's fine. The styles, after a half century of cross-breeding, are synergistic. Samba adds exotic spice to jazz; jazz intensifies samba's already loose swinging vibe. This release is one of the best examples of how successful the merger can be.

"2nd Line/Partido Alto" sets the tone. Ovrutski's firm hand plucks a samba rhythm and percussion layers the feel before the reed duo runs through the bouncy melody. Handy's superb alto solo is all New York, even as the rhythm section remains in South America. Continentino, on tenor, follows Handy's jazzy lead before the two rejoin as the melody returns.

SOB features Continentino on flute as the feel switches to the lighter, happier sound of many of today's Brazilian and Afro-Cuban-influenced small groups. (The Caribbean Jazz Project comes to mind.) Handy too keeps the lighter touch while again impressing on alto. The vibe softens even further as two flutes float together on the gentle "Song for My Mom."

Da Fonesca's jazz chops are on display during his first solo amidst the complex rhythms of "Mr. Hindemith." Alves too impresses with a jazz solo that never loses its Latin appeal.

The session has a wonderful variety of moods and colors. Typical is the unusual pairing of soprano and baritone saxes on the two takes of "Brazilian Carnival."

The CD runs less than 48 minutes. There should have been a couple more tracks, but this is brilliant Brazilian jazz played by exceptional musicians. Highly recommended.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Ron Bierman) Brazilian Jazz / Brazilian Pop Jazz - CD Reviews Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:34:57 -0500
Be Transported by Anne Walsh's New Album "Go" http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/be-transported-by-anne-walsh-s-new-album-go.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/be-transported-by-anne-walsh-s-new-album-go.html Is there time to explore and reflect on musical beauty in the frenetic pace of modern life? It’s a question vocalist Anne Walsh asks on her latest CD “Go,” which was released September 27th on AtoZink Music. “The title sums up my wish to move forward as an artist, and strike out into areas of the musical art-form that I haven’t had the opportunity to explore in the past.” Walsh and husband Tom Zink created this memorable musical journey as the follow up to their previous project “Pretty World,” which earned a Grammy nomination for the arrangement of “In The…

 

Critically acclaimed contemporary jazz vocalist Anne Walsh sets sail on her latest music journey with original songs and lyrics written by the artist.

 

September 19, 2011 - Is there time to explore and reflect on musical beauty in the frenetic pace of modern life? It’s a question vocalist Anne Walsh asks on her latest CD “Go,” which was released September 27th on AtoZink Music. “The title sums up my wish to move forward as an artist, and strike out into areas of the musical art-form that I haven’t had the opportunity to explore in the past.” Walsh and husband Tom Zink created this memorable musical journey as the follow up to their previous project “Pretty World,” which earned a Grammy nomination for the arrangement of “In The Still Of The Night.”

The collection showcases a pair of Brazil 66’ hits (“Cinnamon & Clove”, “Batucada”), several originals written by friends (“Je Vousem”, “Bumble Bee”, “I’ll Wish for You”), classic jazz pieces with original lyrics ( Wayne Shorter’s “Go”, & Azymuth’s “Cascade of the 7 Waterfalls”), a song discovered on LinkedIn (“Melanie”), and even a piece of the soundtrack to Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (“South American Getaway”). Once again, Walsh’s husband, Thomas Zink, produced and arranged the dozen tracks that mesmerize in “Go.”

The CD gives both a point of view and asks some questions about the current times we live in, and the evolving way we listen to music. “The song Bumble Bee, really sums up what it’s like to be alive these days: buzzing around, always moving, wings always flapping, and so busy that it is unfortunately easy to neglect the ones and the things we love,” said Zink. Though we are constantly bombarded with information, there is an up side to this sometimes overwhelming deluge: the ability to study, observe and enjoy so many different cultures, and styles of music. “We wanted to incorporate that positive element into the format of the CD, so it’s very eclectic.” It flows almost like a mix tape from, but with a unique kind of cohesiveness.

Throughout “Go” a top-notch group of all-star musicians that includes noted bassists Brian Bromberg, and Jerry Watts, saxophonist Gary Meek, Guitarist Larry Koonse, and percussionists Chris Wabich, & Tiki Pasillas, help bring the musical vision alive. The result is a consistently colorful program in which one song leads logically to the next one, yet nothing is predictable or obvious. Not unlike modern life.

While this collection acknowledges the challenges of twenty first century living, it also provides an antidote through the rich layering of the musical elements, and a varied mosaic of orchestration. Some of the songs are fairly simple in their construction, while others invite the listener to thoughtful reflection in order to discover all the elements that are woven into the piece. Anne’s voice takes the lead in much of the orchestration - including background parts, on solos, introductions and interludes. “Sometimes with vocal jazz projects, there’s a disconnect between the way the voice and other instruments are used in a song, but we wanted to bridge that gap and link the elements together with the voice,” explained Zink. In fact, many of the solos evolve as a conversation between Anne’s vocals and the solo instrument.

“Ultimately we believe that beauty is real and rooted in the nature of creation. It can be reflected in music, or in the way a life is lived,” said Zink. With this in mind, Anne chose to end the CD with an original song (Spring’s Unfold) that she wrote as a tribute to the beauty of the sacrificial love that her parents lived out as they raised her and her brothers.

To learn more about Anne Walsh and listen to the album bio go to: http://www.sonicbids.com/annewalsh

What The Media is Saying About Anne Walsh:

Jazz Weekly: “Her voice is as sweet as sugar cane, yet with enough huskiness to give some push to the lyrics.  An impressive debut for a lady who’s got excellent taste and knows how to flavor a tune.” 

 

O’s Place Jazz Newsletter: “The music is refreshing and engaging…Walsh has a voice that is as comforting as a good pillow!”

 

Smooth Jazz Therapy: Her voice is as clear as a bell and as she joyously interprets a range of songs that span the decades... Anne Walsh is on a fast-track to stardom.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Sabrina) Press Releases Fri, 14 Oct 2011 16:13:31 -0500
"Greatest Hits Live" album and successful U.S. concert tour promises a new day for Basia http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/greatest-hits-live-album-and-successful-u.s.-concert-tour-promises-a-new-day-for-basia.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/greatest-hits-live-album-and-successful-u.s.-concert-tour-promises-a-new-day-for-basia.html Although she didn’t play Newport or London, multiplatinum chanteuse Basia delighted American audiences from coast to coast during a successful 20-city concert tour that concluded in Seattle last week (October 5) with a sold-out show in support of her newly released From Newport to London: Greatest Hits Live…And More album. The month-long trek that visited major U.S. cities also registered sell-outs in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Sacramento and San Juan Capistrano.

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Greatest Hits Live album and successful U.S. concert tour promises a new day for Basia

 

New York, NY (12 October 2011): Although she didn’t play Newport or London, multiplatinum chanteuse Basia delighted American audiences from coast to coast during a successful 20-city concert tour that concluded in Seattle last week (October 5) with a sold-out show in support of her newly released From Newport to London: Greatest Hits Live…And More album. The month-long trek that visited major U.S. cities also registered sell-outs in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Sacramento and San Juan Capistrano.

 

The concerts were ebullient love fests at which fans flocked en masse to the shows, danced to the Brazilian jazz rhythms, and sang along vociferously during the 90-minute hit parades that featured Basia, longtime collaborator and keyboardist Danny White, and a talented ensemble performing signature tunes including “Promises,” “New Day For You,” “Cruising For Bruising” and “Time and Tide.” Almost nightly the vocalist gifted with an instantly identifiable voice was overwhelmed and moved to tears by the heartfelt crowd receptions, thunderous standing ovations and boisterous chants that welcomed her back to the U.S. concert stage.

 

At a tour stop in Washington, DC, Basia recorded a few songs at the Sirius XM studios, including her current single, “From Newport To London,” which is garnering radio airplay across the nation. The dreamy, ethereal track with a hint of cinematic mystery is one of three new recordings penned and produced by Basia and White that complete the otherwise live 15-song collection released last month by eOne Music.      

 

During the tour, Danny’s brother, Peter White, the iconic guitarist who played on Basia’s earlier studio recordings before embarking on his own chart-topping instrumental career, surprised audiences in Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Palm Desert by joining the band to perform a few songs with Basia.

 

Below are excerpts from some of the recently garnered album and concert reviews.

 

Blogcritics: “…she has returned to touring, and judging by her newest live album From Newport to London: Greatest Hits Live...And More, Basia exudes the same charisma and multicultural appeal that first enchanted fans in the 1980s. Recorded on June 29, 2011 at the Wytwórnia cultural center in Poland, the album displays Basia in fine voice as she guides the audience through her past hits as well as newer songs…Basia has become an even stronger stage presence, her voice gaining layers and nuances. From Newport to London: Greatest Hits Live...And More showcases an artist still at her peak, joyfully performing new songs as well as reinterpreting classics from her extensive catalog.”

 

Smooth Jazz Therapy: “…the CD is the ultimate showcase for her work and a timely reminder of the sumptuous quality of her distinctive vocals…The fact that From Newport To London: Greatest Hits Live…And More has been produced to smoothly blend one track into the next serves to give the album a wonderful fluidity…Basia runs off one magical hit after the other…‘Astrud’ and ‘If Not Now Then When’ provide further glimpses of Basia at her Latin best whilst the studio recordings show off another side of her musical persona. The jazzy title cut is the first to be serviced to radio, the oriental flavor of ‘Wandering’ is as enticing as it is different but in terms of new music there is nothing to surpass the stunningly mellifluous ‘There’s A Tear’. It is right up there with the album’s best but, that said, the quality of this predominately live collection is exemplified by her rendition of the signature hit ‘Cruising For Bruising’. Sounding every bit as good as on the recorded version, this superb track is further enhanced by fine trumpet from Kevin Robinson.”

 

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “Brazil-loving Basia and her talented cast combined for a satisfying evening of samba-seasoned cocktail jazz…Musically, the Polish-bred, London-based Basia, 56, resides in the intersection of samba, soul, pop and jazz, in top-notch arrangements by her longtime collaborator, keyboardist Danny White. She croons, scats, coos and adores Brazilian music…As she promised when she plugged the talent of her players, Basia gave ample opportunity for the musicians to solo, including fine new acoustic guitarist Giorgio Serci from Italy and the multilingual Clarisse twins singing in Japanese. The set list featured seven of the 10 tunes from Basia’s popular 1987 debut Time and Tide, including the hit title track that made her a favorite on adult-contemporary radio back when there was such a format. She also offered a three-song medley from It’s That Girl Again (only her fourth studio album) that suggested that her sound hasn’t changed much over all these years.”

 

Wine and Jazz: “On to Basia, whose September 24 stop at the very hip, coolly lit and trendy Club Nokia at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles was part of her tour supporting her wonderful new album From Newport To London…It’s great to see that neither time nor tide has touched her powerful, emotional voice one bit – and her longtime fans couldn’t get enough…It’s great to have you back, Basia!”

 

Additional information is available at www.basiasongs.com.

 

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Rick Scott) Press Releases Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:35:08 -0500
Blue Morpho - To Baden Powell with Love by Wataru Uchida http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-spotlights/blue-morpho-to-baden-powell-with-love-by-wataru-uchida.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-spotlights/blue-morpho-to-baden-powell-with-love-by-wataru-uchida.html Blue Morpho - To Baden Powell with Love by Wataru Uchida
Wataru Uchida is a saxophonist originally from Japan, who studied jazz performance as an apprentice of Chico Freeman. He succeeds Freeman's fat tenor sound, which is the Chicago tradition. Uchida's first album, Blue Morpho, is dedicated to Baden Powell, the legendary guitarist of Brazil.

Wataru Uchida is a saxophonist originally from Japan, who studied jazz performance as an apprentice of Chico Freeman. He succeeds Freeman's fat tenor sound, which is the Chicago tradition. Uchida's first album, Blue Morpho, is dedicated to Baden Powell, the legendary guitarist of Brazil.

In the recording, Romero Lubambo, the top modern Brazilian jazz guitarist played 'Deixa', written by Baden Powell, with the thrilling samba beat by master percussionist, Cafe da Silva. The pianist of this album, Helio Alves performed fascinating solos on Uchida's original compositions such as 'Blue Morpho' 'Green Eyes'. Helio Alves has ever played wth jazz giants and he was featured in the Grammy-winning release, Joe Henderson's Big Band. Nilson Matta, producer & bassist, worked with Baden Powell from 1972 through 73. He also recorded Joe Henderson's Big Band. The album title tune 'Blue Morpho' has a strong drive of Brazilian rhythm called Biao. Another original tune by Uchida, 'Black Current' has a unique Oriental sound and it is blended well with the slow Latin rhythm, 'Bolero'. One of the most well known tunes by Baden Powell, 'Berimbau' is recorded just as duet of sax and bass.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Wataru Uchida) Jazz Spotlights Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:31:59 -0500
Earl Klugh's Renowned Weekend of Jazz Returns to Kiawah Island http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/earl-klugh-s-renowned-weekend-of-jazz-returns-to-kiawah-island.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/earl-klugh-s-renowned-weekend-of-jazz-returns-to-kiawah-island.html Earl Klugh's Renowned Weekend of Jazz Returns to Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island, SC (August 25, 2011) – Since 2004, GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Earl Klugh has been bringing world-renowned artists together with jazz enthusiasts for his one-of-a-kind weekend getaways at 2 Five-Star, Five-Diamond properties; The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The 2nd annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island will be held November 10-12, 2011 and features 3 incredible nights of music from 10-Time GRAMMY®-Winner CHAKA KHAN in a Rare and Special Jazz Performance, Multi-Instrumentalist BRIAN CULBERTSON, Saxophonist, Vocalist and Composer MINDI ABAIR, Jazz/R&B Saxophonist ERIC DARIUS, Singer, Songwriter and Pianist SPENCER DAY, Lowcountry Favorites…

Contact: Michael Vegis | Public Relations Director | Kiawah Island Golf Resort | Phone (843) 768-2749 | E-mail: mike_vegis@kiawahresort.com

Kiawah Island, SC (August 25, 2011) – Since 2004, GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Earl Klugh has been bringing world-renowned artists together with jazz enthusiasts for his one-of-a-kind weekend getaways at 2 Five-Star, Five-Diamond properties; The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The 2nd annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island will be held November 10-12, 2011 and features 3 incredible nights of music from 10-Time GRAMMY®-Winner CHAKA KHAN in a Rare and Special Jazz Performance, Multi-Instrumentalist BRIAN CULBERTSON, Saxophonist, Vocalist and Composer MINDI ABAIR, Jazz/R&B Saxophonist ERIC DARIUS, Singer, Songwriter and Pianist SPENCER DAY, Lowcountry Favorites The EAST COAST PARTY BAND, PGA Tour Champion & Golf Commentator JOHN MAHAFFEY, Your Host and GRAMMY®-Winning Guitarist EARL KLUGH, and more!

3-Night Weekend of Jazz Packages Include:

Luxury accommodations for each night on the package

Tickets to main event concerts each night with priority seating

Admission to after-hours shows

Invitation to Lowcountry Feast and VIP party at Mingo Point on Thursday evening

Admission to VIP artist experience

Priority sign-up for weekend of Jazz activities, including a Celebrity Golf Outing featuring PGA Tour Professional and golf commentator John Mahaffey, featured artists, contests and more on Saturday afternoon

Great discounts on suite/ocean view/villa upgrades

Great discounts on Sanctuary Spa treatments and select Kiawah Island golf courses

And more!

Three-night package prices start at $249 per person/per night at the Sanctuary, based on double occupancy. Three-night villa prices start from $199 per person/per night. All packages are based on availability. Rate does not include taxes, service fees or parking. Two-night packages for Friday and Saturday are available at the Sanctuary from $299 per person/per night, and from $229 per person/per night at the villas, all double occupancy.

Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island has limited availability, so don't miss this unique opportunity. Plus, all two and three-night package guests will also be automatically entered to win a VIP dinner with Earl Klugh at the event! To place your weekend reservation, please call Kiawah Island Golf Resort at 1-800-654-2924 or visit www.kiawahresort.com. For more information and all of the latest details on entertainment, visit weekendofjazz.com/Kiawah or send an e-mail to kiawah@weekendofjazz.com with your name and zip code to receive regular Weekend of Jazz updates right to your computer.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

CHAKA KHAN | www.ChakaKhan.com

10-Time GRAMMY®-winning legend Chaka Khan brings a very Rare and Special Jazz Performance to Weekend of Jazz this November! Khan's versatility and distinctive brand of R&B, gospel, pop, disco, jazz, funk and soul music makes her a favorite among entertainers like Prince, Chick Corea, David Bowie, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Gladys Knight, Joni Mitchell and Ray Charles, who have all collaborated with Chaka on various projects. Khan's impressive vocal range, dominant stage presence and sultry style can only be overshadowed by her heart. She willingly lends her name and talents to worthy causes, and her charity foundation works diligently to help women and children get on the road to a better life.

BRIAN CULBERTSON | www.BrianCulbertson.com

R&B/Jazz multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson is enjoying the success of his twelfth album, appropriately titled XII, packed with astounding guest performances from the likes of renowned R&B singer Avant, Grammy winner Brian McKnight, Faith Evans, and more. In total, Brian has produced or performed on over 20 No. 1 records, including the No. 1 single 'That's Life' featuring Weekend of Jazz host Earl Klugh and Weekend of Jazz veteran Ray Parker Jr. Culbertson took home six Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards in 2011. With twelve albums and counting, Culbertson always brings his very best – and the very best out of others – in all of his broad-ranging musical endeavors.

MINDI ABAIR | www.MindiAbair.com

"...Her ability to connect with the crowd and appeal to jazz fans as well as those who aren't as familiar with her makes her such an exciting artist..." –Josh Groban


Saxophonist/Singer/Songwriter Mindi Abair has set sonic trends with her own brand of pop and soul meets jazz, adding a refreshingly unique voice to an exciting new generation of crossover artists. Abair's solo career has produced Ten #1 radio singles. In 2011 alone, Abair was featured on "American Idol", won Best International Instrumentalist at the Wave Awards, and Female Artist of the Year at the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards. She has hosted her own nationally syndicated radio program "Chill With Mindi Abair" for the past five years.

ERIC DARIUS | www.EricDarius.com


Eric Darius unearths his talents as a saxophonist, composer and co-producer on his latest recording, On A Mission, which debuted Top-10 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart in 2010. At just 28 years old, Darius has already shared the stage with artists including Prince, Carlos Santana, George Benson, and Brian McKnight. "Contemporary jazz is the genre that has embraced my music, but I see myself as a musician first," Darius confesses. "I play every style of music from Jazz, R&B, Pop, Reggae, Hip-hop, Rock to Gospel. As I continue to evolve and grow musically, it's the journey to explore new things that keeps me excited and hungry to do what I do."

SPENCER DAY | www.spencerday.com


Breakout Concord Records vocalist, songwriter and pianist Spencer Day has wandered amid the expansive and diverse landscape of American music, developing an artistic sensibility that borrows from numerous sources: jazz, musical theater, cabaret, soul, folk, traditional pop and contemporary pop are just the tip of the iceberg. The Boston Herald calls Day "the real thing" and his hit single "Till You Come to Me" from his Concord Records debut album Vagabond earned the #1 spot on the Smooth AC 2010 year-end radio chart, as well as #2 on the year-end Billboard Jazz Songs chart. He recently recorded with Grammy-winner Michael Buble and jazz singer Erin Boheme.



JOHN MAHAFFEY


PGA Tour Professional and golf commentator John Mahaffey has accumulated 10 PGA Tour victories including a PGA Championship, and numerous others during his illustrious career as a professional golfer. Mahaffey had back-to-back Top 10 finishes in the 1975 and 1976 US Open, a top 10 finish at the 1981 Masters, played on the 1979 US Ryder Cup team and won the 1970 NCAA Men's Championship a year before he turned pro. Mahaffey joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1998 (now known as the Champions Tour) and serves as a commentator for the Golf Channel as well as various venues on the Champions Tour. He looks forward to hosting the Celebrity Golf Outing again at Weekend of Jazz Kiawah Island in 2011.

EARL KLUGH | www.EarlKlugh.com

GRAMMY®-winning guitarist EARL KLUGH's career of more than four decades includes over 200 compositions, more than 30 full-length albums, hosting and producing his own events, work in film and numerous world tours. Klugh's work has earned him 12 career Grammy nominations; the most recent for his critically acclaimed release The Spice of Life. Klugh has been hailed by The New York Times,"...a guitarist with impeccable technique" and is looking forward to his second annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island. "I am so happy to be back again with a great lineup of artists and friends!," says Klugh. "I hope you will join us in November for a great Weekend of Jazz!"

About Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is rated as the top resort in the U.S. Mainland by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and the No. 1 resort in the U.S. by Golf World magazine. It includes The Sanctuary – a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated, 255-room hotel and spa – and 600 private villas and luxury homes. The resort has five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course – host of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2007 Senior PGA and 2012 PGA championships. The resort also ranks in the top 5 tennis resorts in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine, has nine restaurants, and features a renowned recreation and nature program. For more information visit www.kiawahresort.com or call 800-654-2924.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Audrey) Press Releases Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:52:52 -0500
Basia to release a live album and embark upon a U.S. concert tour http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/basia-to-release-a-live-album-and-embark-upon-a-u.s.-concert-tour.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/basia-to-release-a-live-album-and-embark-upon-a-u.s.-concert-tour.html Blessed with an instantly identifiable voice that made her a chart-topping, platinum-selling recording artist around the globe, Basia returned to her native Poland in June to record a live album, From Newport To London: Greatest Hits Live...And More, that will be released by eOne Music on September 13th in conjunction with a twenty-city U.S. concert tour. The jazzy title track with a European film noir air of mystery, one of three new studio recordings penned and produced by Basia and long-time collaborator Danny White, is the first radio single from the collection.

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It's that girl again: Basia to release a live album and embark upon a U.S. concert tour

From Newport To London: Greatest Hits Live...And More includes three new studio recordings; title track is the first radio single

New York, NY (22 August 2011): Blessed with an instantly identifiable voice that made her a chart-topping, platinum-selling recording artist around the globe, Basia returned to her native Poland in June to record a live album, From Newport To London: Greatest Hits Live...And More, that will be released by eOne Music on September 13th in conjunction with a twenty-city U.S. concert tour. The jazzy title track with a European film noir air of mystery, one of three new studio recordings penned and produced by Basia and long-time collaborator Danny White, is the first radio single from the collection.

Recorded in Łódź, Poland, From Newport To London generously offers fifteen live songs, including signature hits "Cruising For Bruising," "New Day For You," "Promises" and "Time And Tide." The disc also has an acoustic version of "There's A Tear," a new studio recording of a track that appeared on Basia's 2009 release, It's That Girl Again, with an entirely new arrangement. The other new song is "Wandering," a love song about traveling through life's ups and downs and getting through them by sticking together. It is a duet between Basia and prominent Polish singer Mietek Szcześniak.

"Since the release of our last studio album (It's That Girl Again), Danny (White) and I have spent a lot of time playing concerts, but we also had some time to write a few new songs. The result of all the touring is that we formed a tight, experienced band that deserved to be documented by recording one of our live shows along with the new songs, which we could not wait for our fans to hear," said Basia. "It was not easy to choose the songs for the live show, but we tried to include songs from every album we have made so far. Danny and I are very proud of our band. Every one of them had their spot where they could shine and shine they did!"

On tour, Basia will be backed by most of the same band that performed on the live album consisting of White (keyboards), Marc Parnell (drums), Giorgio Serci (guitar), Paul Booth (saxophone) and backing vocalists Veronique Clarisse and Annick Clarisse-Willequet.

The month-long U.S. trek launches September 6th in Minneapolis for the first of three nights at the Dakota Jazz Club. The itinerary visits major market cities including Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, DC (Alexandria), Philadelphia (Sellersville), a pair of New York City dates, Austin, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco before concluding at Seattle's Triple Door on October 5th.

Unique in voice and style, Basia's sophisticated brand of adult pop music borrows freely from exotic sounds and diverse cultures the world over. Breezy Latin rhythms, swinging jazz grooves of yesteryear's Parisian cafes, soulful American R&B, and a splash of British pop gloss provide the backdrop for Basia Trzetrzelewska and White's whimsical tales of love-struck romance, heartache and pensive poetry. Ever since her voice leapt from the recordings of British trio Matt Bianco, in which she first teamed with White, Basia quickly made a name for herself in a variety of genres. Partnering with White for her solo debut, Time And Time, she went #1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz album chart and registered three adult contemporary hit singles. Her follow-up, London Warsaw New York, followed suit by reaching #1 and became her second platinum album. Broadening and enriching their sound by utilizing a full band, The Sweetest Illusion defied categorization, producing the #1 Billboard dance chart single "Drunk On Love." A world tour that culminated with a two-week run on Broadway was captured for posterity on Basia's first live album, Basia On Broadway. Additional information is available at www.basiasongs.com.

The songs contained on Basia's From Newport to London: Greatest Hits Live...And More are:

"Third Time Lucky"

"Drunk On Love"

"Cruising For Bruising"

"How Dare You"

"If Not Now Then When"

"Love Lies Bleeding"

"I Must"

"Astrud"

"New Day For You"

"A Gift"

"An Olive Tree"

"From Now On"

"Promises"

"Time And Tide"

"Copernicus"

"There's A Tear"* (acoustic)

"Wandering"*

"From Newport To London"*

*denotes new studio recordings

Basia's complete 2011 U.S. concert itinerary appears below:

September 6 & 7 Minneapolis, MN Dakota Jazz Club

September 9 West Bend, WI Kettle Morraine Fest

September 10 Chicago, IL House of Blues

September 11 Minneapolis, MN Dakota Jazz Club

September 13 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse

September 15 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere

September 16 New York, NY Highline Ballroom

September 17 New York, NY B.B. King's

September 18 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater 1894

September 20 Austin, TX One World Theatre

September 21 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre

September 23 Las Vegas, NV Ovation@Green Valley Resort

September 24 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia

September 25 San Diego, CA Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay

September 27 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House

September 28 Fresno, CA Tower Theater

September 30 Sacramento, CA Harlow's Club

October 1 San Francisco, CA Bimbo's

October 2 Palm Desert, CA McCallum Theatre

October 4 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater

October 5 Seattle, WA Triple Door

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Rick Scott) Press Releases Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:58:44 -0500
Dizzy Gillespie no Brasil by Dizzy Gillespie & Trio Mocotó http://www.jazzreview.com/new-jazz-releases/dizzy-gillespie-no-brasil-by-dizzy-gillespie-trio-mocoto.html http://www.jazzreview.com/new-jazz-releases/dizzy-gillespie-no-brasil-by-dizzy-gillespie-trio-mocoto.html Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most influent jazz trumpeters because he was the header, along with Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, of the bebop's verve, which large changed the genre around the forties. Therefore, some critics asks themselves what's the impact in universal music if the Dizzy Gillespie and Trio Mocotó's album had had released in that faraway year of 1974.

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most influent jazz trumpeters because he was the header, along with Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, of the bebop's verve, which large changed the genre around the forties. Therefore, some critics asks themselves what's the impact in universal music if the Dizzy Gillespie and Trio Mocotó's album had had released in that faraway year of 1974.Only a few months ago the Biscoito Fino Records released this phonographic pearl. In fact, Dizzy recorded this work through joining between the Verve Records and the Brazilian Philips, and took the master tape as soon as it was recorded, in eight hours of rehearsals, to go to stores in 1975.

Even until now, nobody knows why Dizzy didn't release that material. He rehearsed other songs with Brazilian musicians, but decided to lock them. Lucky for us, the big friend of the trumpeter, the Swiss Jacques Muyal, had found that master in 2009 and made contact with the Trio Mocotó's percussionist João Parayba, who catches more information about the album credits.

After a long research in the Brazilian's radio station Eldorado and months mixing that material in Los Angeles, Muyal signs the production and made sure to release it as soon as possible.

What about the results? Fascinating, if compared to fusions between samba and jazz. Could be smoother – and even easier - if had taken ride in a Bossa Nova vehicle. But the bebop's freedom-pungency is more explored, as we can see perfectly in "Dizzy's Shot (Brazilian Improvisation)". This track suffers instrumental variations up to fall to the cool jazz.

But the insane aura of the album is present in "Rocking With Mocotó", marked with a fast bebop's measure reached by the high-notes played by Dizzy. Mickey Roker was really inspired on drums, creating a Carnival set raised by the splendid speed from the Fritz Escovão's cuíca. This track is remarkable if we can imagine the perfect union between two rhythms punctuated by the urgency and virtuosity (also, we can dance with this song).

Here, it's evident the divergent influences from Dizzy. Despite his musical path, he was a big fan of Brazilian music, from Samba's School battery until Bossa Nova's smooth. Of this syncretism, Dizzy approach that bridges, remembering the Bossa Jazz Trio in "The Truth" and the jazz-singing in "Evil Gal Blues", which made great success on Dinah Washington's voice and was write by Lionel Hampton and Leonard Feather. In Dizzy Gillespie no Brasil, the song was interpreted by Mary Stallings's deep voice – also with Dizzy taking risk on vocals.

Dizzy Gillespie no Brasil brings two paradigms: to know much more one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time and cognize how the trumpet sounds fuzzy when intersperse on samba's roots. The wedding of jazz and samba didn't occur only on bossa nova. Maybe the whole Brazilian music had followed other paths if the album was released in the seventies.

Written by Tiago Ferreira

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Tiago Ferreira) New Jazz Releases Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:01:34 -0500
Vertical by Sandro Albert Quartet http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/brazilian-jazz-brazilian-pop-jazz-cd-reviews/vertical-by-sandro-albert-quartet.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/brazilian-jazz-brazilian-pop-jazz-cd-reviews/vertical-by-sandro-albert-quartet.html Vertical starts out with "Some Days," a light-hearted fast samba featuring fluffy flute and romantic guitar. Not a big surprise; guitarist Sandro Albert was born in Brazil and singer Milton Nascimento is a major influence. But as the session proceeds, though Albert remains in South America, he's not always on Rio's sunny beach. Turns out Heitor Villa Lobos was another major influence, and this album owes as much to that classical composer as to Nascimento or Antonio Carlos Jobim. Track six is "O

Vertical starts out with "Some Days," a light-hearted fast samba featuring fluffy flute and romantic guitar. Not a big surprise; guitarist Sandro Albert was born in Brazil and singer Milton Nascimento is a major influence. But as the session proceeds, though Albert remains in South America, he's not always on Rio's sunny beach. Turns out Heitor Villa Lobos was another major influence, and this album owes as much to that classical composer as to Nascimento or Antonio Carlos Jobim. Track six is "Obrigado (Thank You) Villa," and Vertical is more about harmony and structure than popular Brazilian rhythms--about intellect as much as sensuality.

The musicianship is outstanding. All go along with the game plan which includes subtle lyricism, instrumental interplay, and rhythms often far removed from lilting sambas. The title track epitomizes the vibe. The chord changes challenge, the rhythm is irregular, and the arrangement relies heavily on "counterpoint," not quite in its usual sense, but in what Albert describes as the way the instruments "play off each other and weave from top to bottom." That "top to bottom" is what he means by "vertical."

(In the song dedicated to Villa Lobos, Albert does use counterpoint as more strictly defined: guitar, flute and bass have separate, complementary melodic lines.)

If all this sounds overly intellectual, it is if you're looking for "quiet nights of quiet stars, quiet chords from my guitar." (Thank you, Mr. Jobim.) Vertical instead rewards close attention and multiple listens. The melodies grow more appealing the more you hear them, and the harmonic progressions more satisfying; the amazingly delicate and precise interplay of the four instruments is apparent on first hearing. But you may never adjust to the rhythm changes that are especially noticeable in Albert's up-tempo tunes. They are the main reason the vibe is different from most Brazilian jazz albums. Statements of the melody have a start-and-stop feel rather than an even, swinging flow.

All the tunes were written by Albert. There's a good mix of tempos and moods. The full quartet has 11 tracks. The flute drops out on "My Little Girl's Lullaby," a pretty ballad, and "Take Your Pick" is a short medium-tempo piece for solo guitar.

Vertical will disappoint most Carnival goers. Musicians will dig it out of the gate. This is the thinking man's Brazil.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Ron Bierman) Brazilian Jazz / Brazilian Pop Jazz - CD Reviews Sat, 26 Mar 2011 01:00:00 -0500