Saturday, May 26, 2018
USA/BOOK/JAZZ EDUCATION: World-Class Pros Endorse YOU’RE IN THE BAND Cynthia Sayer’s Jazz Play-Along Program
USA: Jeff Ballard "Fairgrounds" On tour: January 26 - February 2 2019 new album release (OKeh/ Sony)
USA; Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band Presents A Tribute to Ed Xiques Sunday, June 3rd 8pm Live At The Falcon
Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band Presents:Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band shines a spotlight on the music of veteran jazz musician Ed Xiques at a free concert honoring the saxophonist/composer/arranger/
A Tribute to Ed Xiques
Celebrated Jazz Saxophonist/Composer/Educator Ed Xiques
to be honored on June 3 at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY
Free concert focuses on original compositions
by Hudson Valley resident Ed Xiques
Xiques, a mainstay of the New York jazz scene for several decades, is known for his playing with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, McCoy Tyner, Maria Schneider, Frank Foster and a host of others.
According to Composers Big Band leader Diane Moser, “Performing at The Falcon will give us the chance to share with his friends and family all of the wonderful music Ed Xiques has been writing over the last 20 years. He’s such a gracious, funny, generous and spiritual guy. We love his stories and his wonderful spirit.”
Moser continues, “For our date at The Falcon, we plan on playing all of Ed’s music. We have 12 big band charts by Ed in our book, eight of which are originals, and we’ll play a few Jaki Byard charts—when Ed was 19 years old, he performed with Jaki in Boston. We’ll also play charts that Ed performed and recorded with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.”
Throughout his five-decade-long performing career, Ed Xiques has repeatedly proved himself the consummate music pro, who can always be counted on to give his all, whether you catch him at the Village Vanguard, a Broadway theater, or an arena. Audiences around the globe have heard Xiques play with jazz greats including Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin, Duke Pearson, Mario Bauza, and Woody Herman, vocal legends such as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles, and Liza Minnelli, and pop and rock icons like Aerosmith, The Jackson Five, Ten Wheel Drive, and Gladys Knight.
Xiques has appeared on more than 50 recordings, about a third of them with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis band. As a leader, he has released two albums featuring his own original compositions. Ed is a long-time member of the music faculty at Vassar College.
The saxophonist is also a long-time resident composer with the Montclair, NJ-based Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band: This month marks the 20thanniversary of his tenure with the ensemble.
“When it came time for me to find a lead alto player for the Composers Big Band in 1997, I called Ed,” Moser remembers. “His wife, Rosemary, answered the phone and told me that he was on a plane coming back from Russia, where he’d been on tour with Liza Minelli. Rosemary added that she knew he would want to come play.” She was right—Ed was onstage with Moser’s band within a week.
“Ed has been the heart and soul of our big band for the past 20 years, and this is our tribute to him, an amazing musician, colleague and dear friend,” Moser declares.
Over the past two decades, pianist and composer Moser has built a cult following in the New York metropolitan area with her Composers Big Band. At their frequent gigs, Moser’s CBB has showcased always-inspired works by band members and more than 100 guest artists, including internationally acclaimed jazz icons such as Jane Ira Bloom, Mark Dresser, Howard Johnson, Oliver Lake, and Michele Rosewoman.
Formed by Moser and a dedicated group of musicians and composers with the intention of exploring the possibilities of big band music and moving it forward, the band has lived up to its mission since its January 1997 debut gig.
Keeping a big band together for 20 years is no small feat, especially when it’s made up of players who lead their own bands and/or are in-demand sidemen. There’s a warm, family vibe to the DMCBB, presuming your family is enormous, talented, and eager to work and play together at every opportunity. After two decades, some of the original band members are still on the bandstand at every gig.
In addition to pianist Moser, the current DMCBB lineup includes: Saxes: Ed Xiques, Rob Middleton, Marty Fogel, Barbara Cifelli, Craig Yaremko, Tom Colao; Trombones: Erick Storckman, Ben Williams, Matt Haviland, Dennis Argul; Trumpets: Mike Spengler, Jim Cifelli, Chris Rogers, Rob Henke; Rhythm: Larry Maltz (guitar), Andy Eulau (bass), Scott Neumann (drums).
Regardless of the occasion or the repertoire, the style, or the complexity of the music, listeners can count on each Diane Moser’s Composer’s Big Band concert being heartfelt, dedicated, adventurous and flat-out fun: Listeners are gonna be entertained and inspired.
Their appreciation of their long-time and beloved colleague Ed Xiques will be no exception!
Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band Presents: A Tribute to Ed Xiques
1348 Route 9W; Marlboro NY 12542; (845) 236-7970
No tickets! No cover! Donations encouraged!
Cannonball Adderley is considered to be one of the all-time greatest jazz musicians; one whose playing projected depth and command. But, he also possessed the rare ability to connect and uplift the listener, shouting out "joy" in every phrase. For his 90th birthday, "Jubilation!" celebrates the genius of Cannonball Adderley. Beloved veterans Jim Snidero (Downbeat critics' poll) and Jeremy Pelt create a formidable front line while David Hazeltine, Nat Reeves and Billy Drummond form an incomparable rhythm section. It's an all-star lineup celebrating a true jazz giant.
groove, and technical sophistication” by legendary
musician Wynton Marsalis, Majid Khaliq is cut from a
A violinist, composer, and a bandleader, Majid graduated
from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music in 2002
and a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from Aaron
Copland School of Music at Queens College in 2010.
His music expertise knows no bounds, lending his talents
to various artists including Wynton Marsalis, Mr. Cheeks
(from hip hop group The Lost Boyz), Antonio Hart (jazz
saxophonist), Craig G (from hip hop collective The Juice
Crew), John Blake Jr. (jazz violinist), Dyme-a-Duzin (from
band Phony Ppl), Itzhak Perlman (classical musician/
world known violinist), Keith David (actor/singer/voice
actor), Isaac Stern (Grammy award violinist), and Regina
Carter (jazz violinist).
Friday, May 25, 2018
|DELTA AIR LINES Presents|
BOSSABRASIL at BIRDLAND
Featuring MARCOS VALLE
LEGENDARY BRAZILIAN POP/BOSSA NOVA GIANT
‘A CROWD FAVORITE AT BIRDLAND’
With Special Guests
Vocalist/ PAULA MORELENBAUM &
Cellist/ JAQUES MORELENBAUM
“A FIRST AT BIRDLAND”
Produced by: PAT PHILIPS-STRATTA
This magical collaboration of MARCOS VALLE and PAULA & JAQUES MORELENBAUM , direct from Rio in Brazil, hold up the tradition of the era of Bossa Nova and Samba, bringing melodic genius and fabulous infectious swinging Brazilian rhythms . PAULA was a vocalist with the JOBIM band for years before going out on her own to great acclaim. Her husband, JAQUES is a renowned cellist who graces the Birdland stage for the first time along with the other great artists in the Band , talented Vocalist Patricia Alves, top Brazilian bassist Itaiguara Brandao on bass, exciting Trumpeter Jesse Sadoc and famed Drummer Renato Masssa from Brazil plus talented jazz guitarist
MARCOS VALLE – The charismatic Composer, Keyboardist, Singer, has had a 50-year career, following in the footsteps of the Jobim/Lyra generation with over 500 songs to his credit composed and recorded by the greats Sarah Vaughan, Chicago, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Jay Z, Kanye West and so many more . Some of his hits include “Summer Samba”, “The Face I Love’, and “Batucada” known around the world .
Valle is also an exciting composer/singer and keyboardost who has toured the world many times with his Band to sold-out audiences bringing his special brand of music combining Bossa Nova, Pop , and other Brazilian rhythms, including London’s Barbican Hall, The Blue Note in Japan, Cirque D’Hiver in Paris. His “Songbook” consisting of 26 hits has recordings by top artists, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, Chico Barque, Eumir Deodato, and more.
Paula Morelenbaum and husband Jaques, cellist, (arranger/producer) are connoisseurs of Bossa Nova having worked ten years with Antonio Carlos Jobim in his brillianat ‘Nova Banda’ band after which they went and followed their own careers.
Paula has recorded many CD’s of acclaim including “Telecoteco” which was nominated fora ‘Brazilian Music Award” and a Latin Grammy. She recorded several times with fames Pianist/Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto“…also “Samba Preludio” with pianist Ralf Schmid and trumpeter Joo Kraus bridging German and Brazilian cultures with beautiful melodies.
Together with Jaques she has recorded many important projects .
Recently , they recorded “Paula e Jaques Morelenbaum Live in Italia Ommagio a Jobim” . They have performed at major venues around the world, most importantly, Carnegie Hall where the New York Times wrote “…delivered Jobim’s songs with a sense of almost holy rapture.”
Jaques has also collaborated as cellist, arranger, producer with Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Egberto Gismonti, Gal Costa Ryuichi Sakamoto, Omar Sosa, Henri Sslavador, Sting, among others.
Pat Philips- Stratta maintains great interest in the this music of Brasil which she and Ettore Stratta , her partner and husband presented for many years. Philips continues on this path.
BOSSABRASIL at BIRDLAND will be a special collaboration of some of Brazil’s most important artists.
Birdland, 315 W. 44thStreet, NYC
Reservations: 212 581 3080 or www.birdlandjazz.com
Full Dinner Menu and Parking nearby
7 Virtual Jazz Club’s Contest – 3rd Edition
2018 Applications Are Open.
Special Prizes to The Winner of The Under 25 Student Category. Entry Deadline:
Milan, Italy, May 16th, 2018
The 7 Virtual Jazz Club continues its worldwide search for emerging and under recognized creative musicians of all ages and backgrounds.
The winner will receive € 2,000 while the best student participant who is under 25 years of age will receive € 700 and a prize offered by Taklit Publishing & Production: an opportunity to meet with Taklit, present a personal project for consideration, and benefit from professional guidance for future career development. Lastly the participant who’s entry tallies he most popular votes by the web community will receive € 500.
How to enroll
To enter the contest, soloists and groups pay a small registration fee and submit a video (maximum seven minutes) of their performance. Entries will be judged by a panel of international jazz experts comprised of some of the most respected journalists, musicians and educators in the field.
October 15th, 2018
«I am honored to be involved with the 7 Virtual Jazz Club’s Global Competition,» says Marcela Breton (Jazz Journalist Association). «a platform for talented musicians from around the world – veterans & newcomers, women & men, young & old – performing on stage, in the studio, in coffeehouses, bookstores, and libraries, expanding the boundaries of jazz, reinvigorating its traditions, and exploring new directions and connections. The videos submitted to the contest by these diverse musicians, and made available over the web to a universal audience, are sophisticated, original, daring, and inventive; they demonstrate the global reach of jazz, and are helping to shape the future of the music in rich and unexpected ways».
Dubi Lenz (Artistic Director “The Red Sea Jazz Festival”) says: «It’s great to be a jury member on this competition - what a great opportunity to listen to musicians you won’t have otherwise a chance to listen to, play them in my radio show, considering inviting them to the Red Sea Winter Jazz Festival».
Hrayr Attarian (All about jazz) says: «…an innovative competition».
About the 7 Virtual Jazz Club
The 7 Virtual Jazz Club is a non-profit all volunteers’ association dedicated to support jazz music in all its forms. The 7 Virtual Jazz Club website hosts the first fully global online jazz competition in history. The contest welcomes musicians of all ages. Musicians may be amateurs, professionals and students under the age of 25. Our aim is to unearth hidden musical talent focusing on the new trends that have emerged in jazz and creative music.
Winners of the 2017 contest
Jury prize to Gilad Hekselman (USA)
Web community prize to Reveries (ITA)
Valerio Pappi, creator & artistic director
USA: Keyboardist David Garfield is joined by George Benson and David Sanborn on the next single previewing his "Jammin' Outside the Box" album
“Jammin’” with legends
Keyboardist David Garfield is joined by George Benson and David Sanborn on the next single previewing his “Jammin’ Outside the Box” album. “Stay” features the Rufus hit’s co-writer, Moon Calhoun, on lead vocals.
LOS ANGELES (23 May 2018): When asked how he got Grammy-winning legends George Benson and David Sanborn to perform on his new single, “Stay,” keyboardist David Garfield responds dryly with a gleeful grin, “You ask them.” The third single from Garfield’s forthcoming “Jammin’ Outside the Box” album is a remake of the Rufus classic featuring the vintage R&B-funk band’s former drummer Moon Calhoun singing lead on the song he wrote with Chaka Khan. “Stay” goes for radio adds on and drops digitally from Creatchy Records on .
As Garfield was gathering material for his multi-disc, multi-genre “Outside the Box” series, he decided to give his long-time friend, Calhoun, the chance to sing the first song he ever wrote, which appeared on Rufus’s “Street Player” (1978). Calhoun was paralyzed in a bike accident 25 years ago and although he can no longer play drums, he can still sing. After inviting Benson and Sanborn to participate, Garfield let Calhoun cast the rest of the track’s musicians, which includes original Rufus guitarist Tony Maiden, along with Maiden’s daughter, Amanda Maiden, on backing vocals. Among the prominent players is a powerhouse sax section comprised of Sanborn on alto, Eric Marienthal on tenor and Tower of Power’s Doc Kupka on baritone; Paul Jackson Jr. (rhythm guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Freddie Washington(bass) and Lenny Castro (percussion). Sanborn and Benson take turns in the spotlight soloing.
“Both George and David were very gracious. It was great to put them together. They compliment each other,” said Garfield, who is Benson’s long-serving music director and has collaborated with Sanborn on numerous occasions. “Initially George was only going to play the solo, but when he heard the guitar tracks, he added some rhythm guitar as well. This track really embodies the idea of musical community, where everyone works hand in hand, gifting each other with their talents. All I think about when I hear the finished song now is, ‘Moon finally got to sing his song!’”
Scheduled to street on , “Jammin’ Outside the Box” is the second volume of the star-studded “Outside the Box” collection. Released in late March, Garfield’s first ever straight-ahead jazz date, “Jazz Outside the Box,” continues to gather radio spins and receive accolades. “Jammin’ Outside the Box” mixes it up in the smooth/contemporary jazz sandbox showcasing luminaries Benson, Sanborn, Smokey Robinson, Michael McDonald, Ray Parker Jr., Oleta Adams, Phil Perry, Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun and many more. The outing’s first single, “Go Home,” hit No. 2 on the Billboard chart, while the follow up, “Jamming,” rose to No. 8.
Garfield will perform music from “Outside the Box” on May 31at Cleveland’s Night Town and celebrate “Jazz Outside the Box” on in Hollywood at the Catalina Jazz Club featuring special guests.
For more information, please visit www.DavidGarfield.com.
Contact: Rick Scott 310.306.0375