Danielle Reich – This Year’s Kisses
For emerging jazz singer Danielle Reich, there have been only short steps from her classical coloratura opera focus in Florida to standing room only in the Heights of Houston.
From orchestras to a first time out at an intimate Houston jazz jam, Danielle has enjoyed the support of many outstanding Houston musicians as she has developed her organic interpretive style, expanded her repertoire, and engaged in an array of small groups that blur musical boundaries. Her current projects range from traditional straight ahead combos to gypsy swing to jazz-adapted 70s and 80s pop. Throughout her growth, she has particularly enjoyed the support and expertise of musicians Carol Morgan, Joe LoCascio, Larry Slezak, and Andrew Lienhard.
A regular performer in Galleria wine cafes and night clubs, Danielle is also well known to the customers at the King Biscuit Patio Cafe in The Heights, where fans regularly have to stand on the sidewalk to be a part of the new jazz sounds. Danielle continues to host the weekly Biscuit Jazz Jam, which she founded in 2007 with guitarist Erin Fisher Wright and bassist Thomas Helton. The Biscuit Jazz Jam, in combination with weekly appearances by the Danielle Reich Trio, led to the King Biscuit Patio Cafe receiving the 2010 Houston Press Award for Best Jazz Club in Houston. Recent jam sessions have featured outstanding teenage musicians and local jazz legends.
Danielle’s performing passions have crossed genres from classical to jazz to the avant- garde. After beginning her performance career in classical productions at The University of Florida and Stetson University, Danielle moved to Houston where she has premiered new works by Julliard-trained trumpeter and composer Carol Morgan and pianist Joe Locascio, and has performed with the Houston Grand Opera Chorus. She was featured in Houston and New York venues with avant-garde composer/bassist Thomas Helton, a Houston Arts Alliance grant recipient, as well as performing experimental works for musicians and dancers with the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble.
Currently performing American and European jazz favorites in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, Danielle Reich also creates jazz interpretations of an eclectic mix of songs from the popular genre, including 70s and 80s folk, pop, and country selections. While in Houston, Danielle has performed for the oldest club in Texas, The Galveston Artillery Club, the Da Camera Society of Houston, and the French Consulate. She has just completed her first studio recording project, “This Year’s Kisses,” recorded at Sugar Hill Studios and produced by NYC trumpeter Carol Morgan. Danielle looks forward to sharing her musical ideas and unique sound with a world-wide audience.
Mary Jenson – Beyond
Born on an Air Force base in Biloxi, Mississippi, Mary Jenson is the 6th of 8 children. Her childhood as a military brat was a nomadic one, moving from Mississippi to California, Germany, Georgia, and then back again to California by the time she was 9 years old.
The family eventually moved from the Bay Area of Northern California to Las Vegas, Nevada when Mary was just a pre-teen. She spent the next 7 years in Las Vegas and studied music education at UNLV.
As the vocal curriculum at UNLV was confined to classical music, Mary suspended her formal music education and returned to Northern California at 21 years of age. Jenson studied Broadcasting in San Francisco and began a brief career in radio up on the Mendocino coast of Northern California. As a radio disc jockey on the infamous Left Coast of California, Mary Jenson observed a completely different lifestyle than what she had experienced in her youth and the accompanying exposure to music very diverse and eclectic was powerful.
What was really cool about KMFB was that I had free rein. I was my own program manager and played music that I personally found worthy; my playlist was not dictated by major market requirements. That spoiled me and when I left that radio job; I really didn’t pursue the career anymore and it was partly because I knew that I was never going to be able to duplicate that situation again.
Although Mary had been singing locally in Mendocino with a trio and the Big Band, she hadn’t found her way. Music was frustrating her. She returned to the Bay Area, turning her back on both radio and music. She eventually landed in the wine country of the Napa Valley, got married, raised children and had a successful career in the financial industry.
Sometimes I look back on the choices I’ve made and think that I should have tried harder and not given up so soon. But then I recall what someone asked me those many years ago after I had just sung a mournful jazz ballad. “How can you sing something like that? You haven’t even lived yet!” They were, of course, referring to my age. I hadn’t suffered through life just yet. I hadn’t born the pain, carved the lines of laughter and tears on my face. And I hadn’t yet made any sacrifices for anyone else. Being a mother and a wife, a friend… these things bring wisdom that comes from living, not from talent. I think Life has made me a better singer than I was in my youth.
Happily, Mary was able to leave her business career behind and begin to focus on music once again. Old dreams resurfaced and Mary began to study music and begin performing again. Attending Napa Valley College, Jazz Camp West and The Jazz School in Berkeley, Mary focused on bringing her voice back into shape and her musicianship skills up to snuff. 8 years later Mary has just released her second CD, Beyond, a jazz/world/pop fusion including 4 originals, 4 covers of contemporary pop songs and 3 jazz standards. Many of the songs are melodies still echoing from those few but powerful years spinning vinyl in the pygmy forest of Mendocino.
Leslie Lewis – Keeper of the Flame
Leslie Lewis, a native of East Orange, New Jersey, enjoys a vibrant career as a jazz vocalist. She has performed throughout the country including tours as a featured vocalist with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and with members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra on an Ellington Tribute concert as well as performances with Jazz Tap Ensemble. Leslie was featured, along with Jack Sheldon, on the Tom Kubis Big Band recording “At Last”. Her solo recording, Of Two Minds features Leslie with the Gerard Hagen Trio and L.A. jazz all-stars, Gary Foster, Ron Stout, Rob Lockart, and Larry Koonse. The recording charted at #28 on the CMJ national jazz radio chart and was released in Japan on SSJ Inc, where it received 5 stars in Swing Journal magazine. Recently, Leslie released her follow up recording Keeper Of The Flame, which features her and the Gerard Hagen Trio exploring Brazilian Jazz music. She has worked with pianist John Bunch, trombonist Britt Woodman, trumpeter Joe Wilder, and saxophonists Norris Turney and Harry Allen. She recently appeared with Patrice Rushen at the L.A. County Museum of Art Jazz Series and in New York City with the Jazz Tap Ensemble. Currently she resides in Laguna Niguel, California with her husband, pianist Gerard Hagen and is busy performing throughout the Los Angeles area.
Keeper Of The Flame is Leslie Lewis’ follow up recording to Of Two Minds (2008). It is a vocal jazz recording of (mostly) Brazilian music with a few standards done (predominately) in a Brazilian style. The music has those things that make it feel like Jazz!
Leslie has taken these songs and put her imprint on them with the support of the Gerard Hagen Trio (Gerard Hagen piano, Domenic Genova bass, Jerry Kalaf drums) and guest artist Gary Foster (saxophone/flute). Some of the composers represented are: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Richard Rodgers, Mark Levine, Ivan Lins, and Kurt Weill. The music has a rhythmic energy that propels these songs in an engaging and dynamic fashion.
Roxy Coss – Roxy Coss
New York City based musician and composer Roxy Coss is making a name for herself as a versatile, original voice within the vibrant and thriving jazz scene today. All About Jazz is saying, “Coss is head and shoulders above many of the gifted, well-schooled young people who are trying to get a toehold in the intensely competitive NYC jazz and improvised music scenes. Her multiple talents are worthy of wider recognition, right now.”
Roxy’s exploration of musical styles emerged from an exceptional base in bebop, and has grown into a diverse and creative mix of genres which manifests in her playing, composing, and arranging. Her mastery of instruments extends from her primary instrument, tenor saxophone, to flute, soprano and alto saxes, and clarinet.
Originally from Seattle, WA, Roxy began winning awards for her composition at the age of 9. She went on to receive numerous soloist awards at various jazz festivals, including Outstanding Saxophone Soloist at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition in 2004, while playing first Tenor chair in the acclaimed Garfield High School Jazz Band.
Roxy accepted a full Presidential Scholarship to attend William Paterson University in NJ after receiving scholarship offers from some of the top music schools. At WPU she had the opportunity to study with Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, Gary Smulyan, Rich Perry, Rich DeRosa, Steve LaSpina, Bill Goodwin, Bill Mobley, Kevin Norton, and David Demsey, among others. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies/Performance.
Roxy has extensive experience performing around the world in Germany, Paris, at the North Sea, Vienne, and Montreux Jazz Festivals in Europe, IAJE in Toronto, and the JVC – New York Jazz Festival. Roxy has also appeared on the Today Show Live, at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and at the world famous Blue Note Jazz Club. Her rich background has offered her the opportunity to perform alongside jazz legends and greats such as Clark Terry, Claudio Roditi, and Grassella Oliphant. She has also appeared with the Smoke Big Band, the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, and opened for the Dave Leibman Big Band and Rufus Reid’s Quintet plus Four as part of the esteemed Jazz Room Series. Roxy is also a prolific composer, and was commissioned by the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company in 2009 to write a full score for a 35-minute dance piece, Tribe, which was commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.
Roxy’s self-titled debut album released in October of this year, featuring eight original compositions on which she plays Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, as well as Flute. “My goal is to explore new musical genres, breaking boundaries and preconceptions of present day music. I want to make music you can feel in your bones, full of honesty, passion, joy, and awareness,” says Coss.
Currently, Roxy is playing with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, which has taken her to Europe, and on the 10th Annual Jazz Party at Sea, a cruise through the East Caribbean. She also leads the Roxy Coss Quintet, based out of New York. She appeared twice in this year’s Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, WA; once as a featured guest with the Garfield High School Big Band at the Triple Door, and once with her own Quartet at Tula’s Jazz Club & Restaurant, which was recorded by Jim Wilke for his radio show, Jazz Northwest on KPLU, Seattle.
Matt Savage – Welcome Home
My next album, Welcome Home, will be released November 9, 2010, with a CD release concert at the Regattabar in Boston on the 10th (plus a big radio interview on WICN on the 8th!)
Recorded in Brooklyn, NY at Systems Two Recording Studio in July 2010, Welcome Home features the legendary Bobby Watson on alto sax, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Joris Teepe (John Funkhouser on some songs) on bass and Peter Retzlaff (also Yoron Israel) on drums. The album is all original compositions, recorded with a trio and (for the first time) a quintet!
This album is all about the different places I’ve seen in my life (my organic farm in New Hampshire, New York City, Berklee College of Music in Boston). No matter where I am, I still feel at home, and that’s what this album describes. The album changes moods many times, ranging from “epic” piano ballads to trio pieces to upbeat quintet showcases. The first single from the album will be “Big Apple Blues,” a funky piece (featuring some fun trumpet/sax/piano trades) from my five-part “Big Apple Suite.”
Marty Williams – Long Time Commin
Bay Area jazz pianist and vocalist, Marty Williams, was called “The Catalyst” by San Francisco Chronicle critic Phil Elwood. Anna deLeon of Anna’s Jazz Island recently said: “Marty Williams is one of the Bay Area’s treasures. His piano playing and singing are passionate, humorous, and unique. Think Oscar Brown Jr. plus Mose Allison plus Monk with just a dash of Redd Foxx! Yes, unique!”
Marty’s formal training came well after he received his “calling” — he tells the story of a snowy night in Milwaukee listening to Ahmad Jamal’s album “Voices” as a turning point for him. Listening to that album and pondering the questions a young man faces in his life, Marty knew his destiny was to play the piano. As with so many great jazz pianists, Marty’s spirit taught him to play the music he felt.
Through his career Marty has played at numerous venues and with many other notable musicians in the US and abroad. He has been part of the San Francisco jazz scene well over 25 years and plays regularly with world-class musicians, guitarist Eric Swinderman, bassist, Ruth Davies and drummer, Ranzel Merritt. His most significant influences include Hampton Hawes, Les McCann, Ahmad Jamal, Thelonious Monk, Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Miles Davis and Junior Mance, just to name a few…
In addition to his work as a performing artist, Marty’s writing, arranging, composing and producing abilities are enhanced by his certification as an Apple Certified Logic Pro.
Jacqui Sutton – Billie & Dolly
Turning 50 and starting a garage band is not the usual vocalist’s narrative. But that’s what happened with me. It’s not just any band, but what I call the Frontier Jazz Orchestra-a stylistic mash-up of jazz, bluegrass and orchestral/chamber music that come together in my debut CD Billie and Dolly-an homage to my two vocal heroes, Billie Holiday and Dolly Parton. As a singer, getting there wasn’t a straightforward trip.
I was born in Orlando, Florida, the second of six children. In the 1960s, my mother (newly single, and pregnant with her sixth child), was determined to make a better life for all of us. She moved us to Rochester, New York. Think: Martin Luther King, Jr., the Beatles, school busing, and the Jackson 5. It was about crossing lines. That sense of boundary trespass filtered into my world as I found myself drawn to experiences that were the opposite of my own. I could never get enough of Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, nor the Beatles’ “Yesterday.” We had one of those old-fashioned, what I call “kitchen table radios”, with the round wooden body, fabric over the speakers, and a crackly dial. I’d lean against that radio and be consumed by the sadness of “Yesterday.” Later in life, even certain songs that I heard on Muzak radio stations could make me stop in my tracks. It just had to sound beautiful to my ears.
As a musician, I had a brief stint in grade school as a flutist-recitals and everything-which ended abruptly at around age 11 when I lost the instrument and was terrified to report it. Around 1982 (my early 20s), I realized that there were no flute police in the Rochester City School District, and
I could well have gone on to have some kind of instrumental career.
I made this revelation during my time in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bobby McFerrin and Tuck & Patty were on the rise. As soon as I got there, I cast aside what I thought was my dream to be an environmental designer and at the insistence of one of my roommates, I auditioned for Jazzmouth, a vocal jazz ensemble led by Molly Holm. I had been a competitive gymnast for 11 years, but nothing seemed more dangerous, physically precarious or, paradoxically, beautiful than singing. My roommate helped me prepare one song: “Summertime.” I had several false starts in the audition room, the most serious being I could not find my starting note. I finally pleaded to sing it a capella so I could get the heck out of there. Embarrassed, I bolted as soon as I was done. Molly called me up several days later and asked me to join, with one admonition: “You’ve got to study.” I did. A lot.
Well, Jazzmouth came and went. I moved to Portland, Oregon and got lured into the world of stage acting-from Shakespeare to dance theatre. Acting felt safer than singing because I was part of an ensemble-and besides there was “work to do.” I could distract myself-plus, there was all that cathartic emoting! Things changed after I moved to New York. I began studying with Jane Burbank, which was a partnership that lasted my entire 15-year stay. When my husband and I moved to Houston, Texas, the foundation that Jane gave me helped me fully appreciate the last steps that were needed to help my voice become reliable. And I took those steps with Cynthia Clayton, an amazing, no-nonsense instructor who helped me love singing for the first time in my life. Not the idea of singing, but the act. Now you can’t shut me up! She gave me the freedom to create a vocal style and sound that produced what I think of as “vocal honesty”-something I hope that is authoritative, and my own.
Billie & Dollyis the beginning of the journey for me. I’m curious to see where this will lead. Stay tuned …
Glen Ackerman – The Glenious Inner Planet
Glen Ackerman has always been a composer. As a young child he blew up his parent’s stereo gear with wild tape loop experiments. When his mother (whose eclectic tastes fueled his musical imagination) noticed him experimenting with the family piano, she decided to put his disastrously creative energy to good use by enrolling him in piano and guitar lessons. At the age of 12 he was given a bass, which today is his primary performance instrument.
Glen spent his middle and high school years writing tunes, practicing, and creating homemade recording projects with an old four track. His musical influences flourished, and jazz became his genre of choice. After high school he spent some years exploring the palate of electric sounds found in rock. However, restlessness settled in and he found his way back to jazz.
The next few years found him firmly establishing himself as a top bassist in the Houston Jazz scene. As a sideman, Glen shared the bandstand with national artists such as; Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, and Bill Charlap. He has also been fortunate to perform with many local artists such as: Chris Cortez, Woody Witt, and Paul English.
Now, emerging as a bandleader in his own right, his new group The Glenious Inner Planet gives him the opportunity to flex his creative muscles.
Shawn Costantino – Waltz for Anne
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1978, Shawn took to music at a very young age. As a student, Shawn performed at various district and all state festivals, but his primary inspirations toward a life in music were three fold. First, as a 4 year member of the Massachusetts Wind Ensemble or “MYWE,” Shawn enjoyed learning and studying under legendary conductor Daniel Riley at the esteemed New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. This group was honored to perform for the president of Sony Corporation in Japan, in addition to performing concerts all around New England, Canada, Europe, and Spain. Membership in this group led to Shawn being invited as a scholarship student to the Boston University Tangle Wood Institute (BUTI) and then as a Governors scholar to the world respected Interlochen Arts Camp.
In 1997, Shawn enrolled at The University of Miami to study with saxophone master, Gary Keller. This was a period of enormous development in Shawn’s playing. While at the “U” Shawn was a member of numerous award winning large and small ensembles.
In 2002, with his college degree in hand, Shawn moved to Chicago. While pursuing a graduate degree at DePaul University, Shawn hit the streets at night, sitting in, playing wherever and whenever possible. Shawn developed a reputation that led to his acceptance into the vibrant Chicago music scene. Shawn’s playing truly began to flourish during his time in Chicago. Under the watchful eye of jazz masters such as Larry Novak, Bob Lark, Mark Colby, and Bob Palmieri, Shawn studied harmony intensively, while playing lead alto with the internationally recognized DePaul Jazz Ensemble, he played behind such luminaries as James Moody, Phil Woods, Bobby Shew, Wynton Marsalis, Jim McNeely, Kenny Werner, John Faddis, and David “Fat Head” Newman. The band had highly successful engagements at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase and aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, “Jazz Party at Sea”. Additionally, he was in several local bands that were big in the “jam band” scene, appearing at many regional festivals and touring extensively.
In May of 2004, at the request of jazz legend Phil Woods, Yamaha invited Shawn to join their cooperation as a clinician, and endorsed artist. At the time, he was the youngest saxophonist to receive this very distinguished honor. With the assistance of Yamaha, Shawn has conducted dozens of clinics, residencies, and performances around the nation each year.
In 2006, while pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Northern Colorado, Shawn was hired at the Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood. He is currently enjoying his 5th year as the director of jazz studies at this elite Los Angeles High School. He directs classes including; 3 big bands, 10 combos, jazz history and improvisation. Furthermore, he frequently performs and records regularly with top musicians in the Los Angeles area.
Brulee – New Beginnings
2010 – Owl Productions
Evoking the timeless composers of the past as well as contemporary tunesmiths, this is an album of tenderness, passion, juxtaposition, humor and love. Brulée, featuring Julie Weiner’s beautiful and iconic vocals and Doug Onstad’s compositions & piano interpretations, leads the listener on a musical journey of unspoken thoughts, warmth and longing from the cafés of Paris to the expansive landscape of the American song.
Brulée has created a breezy and uplifting contribution, truly jazz with a twist. Weiner uses every range of her voice to engage the listener with scatting, top register flights and articulate delivery of witty lyrics. Onstad, also a contributing vocalist to this savory offering, has a familiar and inviting style; the two create a delightful journey with a cavalcade of guest artists. Each cut is accessibly smart and creatively entertaining in a convivial setting, a perfect release to brighten your day and put a skip in your step.
Julie Weiner is a born vocalist who comes from a family of singers and musicians. Julie is also an exceptional dancer and veteran of theater, especially musical comedy, and reveals her love of lyric and melody with captivating tenderness and a heart full of soul. She has a voice that is at once technically spot on and capable of improvisation and searing emotional declaration. Julie has a nearly three octave range and a tone of crystalline clarity, yet deep, sultry resonance in her lower range.
Doug Onstad, who has arranged all of the duo’s piano interpretations, knows how to hold the gorgeous melodies of the pair’s song book in chordal inventions that are at once classic and adventurous. Julie and Doug also perform some of Doug’s own compositions that have grown out of Doug’s love for American music: jazz, rock, classical and R&B.
Reggie Pittmann & Loren Daniels – Point A to Point A
Loren Daniels – pianist, vocalist, composer, lyricist Loren studied music at Hofstra University and Berklee College of Music before graduating from SUNY at Old Westbury with a B.S. in music and elementary education. He received an M.A. in music education from New York University. Loren currently teaches choral music and music technology in the Teaneck, NJ public schools. He has been a member of the faculty there since 1979. He is also music coordinator for Jazz Vespers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Teaneck.
As a composer/lyricist, Loren has written music for a variety of settings. Many of his original pieces are performed by the Loren Daniels Trio. He has composed several highly successful musicals for elementary school students. Loren collaborated with choreographers Joanne Koob and Susan Cherniak and composed new music for a series of modern dance performances that were reviewed in the New York Times.
Loren composed and arranged music for two original theatrical productions, “The Man Was King” by Lottie Porch and “A Watch on King” by Veona Thomas. A suite of his choral pieces based on phrases from the Declaration of Independence recently had its premiere performance and the Teaneck Community Chorus has commissioned and performed several of his choral pieces including, “A Place At The Table” and “I Like Jazz.” Loren has also composed, performed and recorded original soundtrack music which has been used on the Today Show and other NBC programs.
Loren’s professional experience as a jazz pianist/ vocalist spans over 25 years. He has performed with such notable musicians as Calvin Hill, Craig Harris, Milt Jackson, Rufus Reid, Makonda (Ken) McIntyre, Dan Willis, Warren Smith, Richard Harper, Fred Hendrix, Jim DeAngelis, David Demsey, Jimmy Owens, Andrei Strobert, Billy White, Jeff Sheloff, Alonzo Gardner, Reggie Pittman, Tim Horner, Eliot Zigmund, Lauren Hooker, Bradford Hayes, Mark Ivan Gross, David Robinson, Greg Searvance, Bruce Jackson, Bill Moring, Mike Richmond, Takashi Otsuka, Jackie Jones, Waren Batiste, Dave Brown and Johnny Maestro.
Reggie Pittman – trumpet, flugelhorn, composer Reggie Pittman is a professional musician with over 30 years experience in the music business. He actively works in the music fields of performance, recording and producing.
Reggie’s love for music began in Cleveland Ohio where, at a young age, he played the trumpet and developed his musical talent. As his love for the performing arts developed Reggie decided to further is knowledge in music, he earned his bachelor degree in Music Education and his Masters in Music Technology.
The bandstand is where Pittman’s predominate resume resides, he has had the great privilege of collaborating with some of the best performing artists in the music industry, and also recorded with many musical talents including: Sarah Vaughan, Louis Bellson, Lester Bowie, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Eddie Palmieri, Hank Jones, Aretha Franklin, Diahanne Carroll, Mitzi Gaynor, Joe Williams, Gladys Knight, The O’Jays, The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, The Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Allman Brothers, The Pointer Sisters, Queen Latifa, The Temptations………..
Television and Movies: Money Train, Malcolm X, “Loving” Soap Opera, The Tony Awards, The Apollo Night of Stars, One Hundred Years of Jazz ( Documentary), PSA for the Cleveland Pubic Schools. Recordings: Babyface, New Jersey Lottery Commercial, Five Guys Named Moe, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Figueroa, The Wheaton Family (Gospel), Lester Bowie and the Ohio Public Schools.
Carlo De Lorenzi – Four Seasons in One Recess
On the Toronto and Northern Ontario music scenes for over 30 years, keyboardist Carlo De Lorenzi has composed, performed and recorded with a diverse collective of musicians and bands. Recent collaborations include performing and/or recording with: Practical Blues, Compass Rose, guitar virtuoso Jason Sadites, East Coast Music Award nominee Dave Carroll, the Sons of Maxwell, and Kris MacFarlane (Great Big Sea). He has also performed and arranged for several stage shows and musicals.
Carlo De Lorenzi has been playing piano and keyboards professionally since he was in high school. His first exposure to music at age four came from watching his older brother dazzle audiences with his accordion playing wizardry. Carlo took classical piano lessons from a gifted and inspiring teacher from age 5 but became interested in pop and jazz around age 12 – Carlo relates “I always had the impulse to want to learn the tunes sung by crooners on my parent’s hi-fi stereo rather than practice my etudes and sonatas.”
Carlo’s songwriting bridges the genres of pop, jazz, and world music. His major influences include: Bruce Hornsby, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea and Bob James. Carlo’s versatility has been captured in his latest recording Four Seasons in One Recess. Converging a community of highly talented, emerging and established musicians, the ten song CD contains a savory and invigorating collection of melodies and rhythms.
Northern Ontario keyboardist Carlo De Lorenzi announces the release of his new CD Four Seasons in One Recess. A collection of ten original songs spanning a veritable spectrum of influences from jazz and R&B to pop, reggae and world music, Four Seasons in One Recess marks Carlo De Lorenzi’s first solo project. The blend of vocal and instrumental tunes on the recording showcases De Lorenzi’s song writing and musicianship. An assembly of both well established and young dynamic artists are featured on the project including Jason Sadites (WEVE, Behind the Laughter) on guitar, Brendan Colameco of Neverest on drums and a guest appearance by multi-East Coast Music Award winner Dave Carroll (United Breaks Guitars) on “Blue Sky Down.”
Frank Butrey – Malicious Delicious
Philadelphia based guitarist Frank Butrey offers a wide array of techniques, colors and unpredictability on his offering, Malicious Delicious. From stirring sensitivity to romping in-your-face explorations, Butrey is a compelling guitarist and a distinctive composer. Butrey’s tone is certainly all his own, the closest description would be; mix the fiery speed and agility of Pat Martino, the harmonic complexities of Chick Corea, the exploration of sounds and raw bite of Hendrix and the grooving abilities of Carlos Santana and you can start to imagine Frank Butrey, but be prepared – he is certainly all that and more.
Joined by a stellar line-up of players lending their interactive support, the group expertly executes Butrey’s motivic ideas. Tony “Stickman” Wyatt on drums and Clifton Kellem on acoustic and electric bass are a solid rhythm section for Butrey to expound his ideas upon. Butrey is also joined by percussionists Tom Lowery (tracks 3 & 5), Doug “Pablo” Edwards (track 6), Joe Ruscitto (track 3), Leonard “Hub” Hubbard on electric bass formerly of The Roots (track 8), long time collaborator Warren Oree on acoustic bass (track 6), Umar Raheem on soprano sax (track 6) and Greg “Ju Ju” Jones on drums (track 6). Malicious Delicious is a burning CD, one guaranteed to satisfy any guitar aficionado and beyond.
Gabriel Riesco Project – Sculptures in Time
Sculptures in Time is a Tribute to the famous sculptor Eduardo Chillida. It was recorded in one day with very little rehearsing to capture the moment and fresh ideas from the musicians.
The music was inspired by Chillida
Esperanza Spalding – Wins Grammy For Best New Artist
Portland, OR Bassist Esperanza Spalding won the Grammy for Best New Artist at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 13th, 2011 at the Staples Center in L.A., beating out Hip Hop hopefuls Drake and tween sensation Justin Beiber.
When asked about thanking her teachersduring her acceptance speech she said “I was speaking to many, many, many teachers. I started playing music when I was 5, so I don’t think you’ll want me to go through all the teachers, but in particular … Greg McKelvey, Hazel DiLorenzo, Dorothy McCormick, Ken Baldwin, all my teachers at Portland State University and Berklee.”
Spalding’s most recent album, ‘Chamber Music Society,’ was recorded in 2010 and features Spalding’s vocals and upright bass playing.
Now Accepting Entries
2004 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
ISC is the perfect opportunity for bands, artists and songwriters looking to gain exposure in the music industry. In addition to celebrity judges such as Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Bo Diddley, John Ondrasik (Five For Fighting) and more, ISC judges also include many high-profile record label executives who turn to ISC, looking for new talent. “This (ISC) is a great A&R source to find new artists,” stated Monte Lipman, President of Universal Records.
ISC 2004 will yield 50 winners that will share in $100,000 cash and prizes; but for many songwriters, the prizes are just one of the many benefits from winning a competition of this stature. Today’s music industry is highly competitive, and winning the ISC can help open doors for an artist: “I’ve had requests from labels in America asking me to send them more music, and there just seems to be so much good will with this competition” said British singer-songwriter Jane Taylor (2003 ISC Folk/Singer-Songwriter category winner).
The exposure and attention given to their songwriting achievements is another benefit for many ISC winners. “Winning the ISC is the highlight of my composing career. Radio stations celebrated my win in their news bulletins, with one even describing me as a national treasure!” said 2003 Grand Prize winner Moana Maniapoto. Echoing that sentiment is Rick Fines, the 2003 Blues category winner: “The media has been really good to me since winning! I am thrilled with the prizes and the media attention!”
ISC is now accepting entries in 16 musical categories. Deadline for submission is October 15, 2004. http://www.songwritingcompetition.com
2004 Judges: Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records); Bo Diddley; John Ondrasik (Five For Fighting); Taj Mahal; Clint Black; Sean “P. Diddy” Combs; Macy Gray; Aaron Lewis (Staind); David Hidalgo (Los Lobos); Branford Marsalis; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Peter Furler (Newsboys); Sully Erna (Godsmack); Stacey Earle; Scott Kirkland (The Crystal Method); Michael Gudinski (Chairman, Mushroom Group of Companies); Alan Meltzer (CEO, Wind Up Records); Tara Griggs-Magee (Executive VP Gospel/Urban Music, Sony Records); Michael McDonald (President, ATO Records); Tracy Gershon (Sr. Dir A&R/Artist Dev, Sony Records Nashville); Chris Parr (VP of Music Programming & Talent Relations, CMT); Peter Asher (Co-President, Sanctuary Artist Management); Kim Stephens (VP A&R, Lava Records); Barbara Sedun (VP Creative, EMI Music Publishing Canada) and Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music For Little People).
Categories for 2004: AAA/Roots/Americana, Dance/Electronica, Jazz, R&B/Hip-Hop, Blues, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Lyrics Only, Rock, Children’s Music, Gospel/Christian, Performance, Teen, Country, Instrumental, Pop/Top 40, World Music
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