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  • 2013
    • 2013 marks the 70th birthday of jazz vibraphonist and master teacher Gary Burton. Last month he celebrated his birthday in grand style with a week of performances with special guests. Opening his first two nights he invited the legendary Arturo Sandoval to share the band-stage. Then, Grammy-Award winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard hit the stage for two nights of fiery sets. And closing out the week was Gary reuniting with the legendary Larry Coryell. This was both Gary and Larry's first time playing together in 45 years since the two have recorded and toured in his first working quartet. Gary has a brand new autobiography marking his 50 years as a musician titled "Learning To Listen." The book reflects on the musicians he's played with over the years ranging from Stan Getz, George Shearing, and Roy Haynes just to name a few. He also sheds some light on his life as an educator and the highs and lows of the record industry. In addition to Gary's book, his latest Mack Avenue Records release "Guided Tour" is the second release with the label but also the second to feature talented musicians like Julian Lage, Antonio Sanchez, and Scott Colley. To order Gary's latest CD "Guided Tour" or his autobiography "Learning To Listen," please visit him online at ormoreless
    • As part of the 2013 Generation In Jazz Festival at Dizzy's in New York, pianist Helen Sung introduced the music world the new music from her upcoming debut on Concord Records, "Anthem For A New Day." In what would be her sixth recording, Helen has become more courageous in playing with some of the most intense and young crop of jazz talent that's making lots of noise on the NYC jazz scene. Musicians like Obed Calviare, Ruben Rogers, Ingrid Jensen, and Samuel Torres. Also, jazz luminaries Paquito D'Rivera and Regina Carter make special appearances on "Anthem For A New Day." Sung, a native from Houston, Texas, attended the famed High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where some of her classmates included Jason Moran, Kendrick Scott, and Robert Glasper. She studied classical piano where she earned her undergraduate and master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Helen was also one of the first of seven students accepted into the inaugural class at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Helen will be touring extensively in support of her new Concord Records release, "Anthem For A New Day." For upcoming club dates or to order her latest CD, please visit her online at ormoreless
    • Here's the latest edition of The Pace Report featuring jazz guitarist Peter Leitch live at Walker's in NYC. His latest CD "California Concert" is a concert recorded live in 1999 with the late Billy Higgins and John Hicks. Peter also has written a memoir titled "Off The Books" which chronicles his life growing up in Canada before treading waters here in NYC. Catch Peter every Sunday night at Walker's in NYC beginning at 8:00pm. Enjoy!moreless
    • The jazz world has a new legion of jazz vibraphonists that are bringing a new voice and identity to this instrument. Warren Wolf is one of few vibraphonists that has an extensive following and continues to maintain the rich tradition of jazz music like the legends including Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutchinson. Warren's latest Mack Avenue Records release, "Wolfgang," showcases both his appreciation for classical and jazz sensibilities with new compositions features special guests Lewis Nash, Benny Green, Aaron Diehl, and Christian McBride. In addition to touring with his group WOLFPACK, he'll also be part of this year's SFJazz Collective with David Sanchez and Obed Calivare. For upcoming tour dates for WOLFPACK or the SF Jazz Collective, or to order his latest Mack Avenue Records release "Wolfgang," please visit him online at ormoreless
    • In 1967 saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter wrote a piece of orchestral work entitled "Universe" while still performing and composing while with the Miles Davis Quintet. The work was written with Davis's Quintet in mind but didn't see the light of day due to the transformation of his group during the late 1960's. "Universe" was deemed as lost until a group of musicians researched and found Wayne's music through the Library of Congress. Over the years Wayne also searched and over six years ago recovered the original music and gave it to trumpeter Wallace Roney. After four years of he and his wife writing charts and arrangements for Wayne's long lost work, he decided to form a orchestra of some the New York's finest orchestral and jazz musicians and perform the music in its entirety. This year, as Wayne celebrates his 80th birthday, Wallace took on the feat to perform and showcase this composer's work. Shorter, who was a member of Miles Davis's Quintet as well as the legendary jazz-fusion group Weather Report, will get a lot of recognition for this dynamic piece of music for his vision as a composer. In addition to Wallace performing the new music, he's also formed a new quintet that features exciting new talent that's destined to take jazz music to the next level. The new quintet, also featured in the orchestra are: Kush Abadey on drums, Rashaan Carter on bass, Ben Solomon on tenor saxophone, and Victor Gould on piano. Wallace's new HighNote Records release is entitled "Understanding." For upcoming info on Wallace's quintet and orchestra dates, please visit him online at ormoreless
    • For well over six decades frontman and leader Eric Burdon has lived a life many can only dream of. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was the leader of The Animals and founder of the Funk soul band War during the 1960's to the early 1970's. He's responsible of singing on The Animals massive hits including "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "House of the Rising Sun", "It's My Life", "See See Rider", and "We Gotta Get Outta This Place". Born Eric Victor Burdon in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Burdon fell in love with the likes of Ray Charles and Big Joe Turner and the raw and gritty sounds of American blues and R & B. This music was the nucleus of him seeing and performing with the likes of rock icons like Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis before he was 21 when he and the Animals were their touring band as well as opened for them in the early 1960's when the two toured the UK. Eric's latest CD "'Til Your River Runs Dry" on the Abkco Records imprint is a mix of the musical styles that he's recorded throughout his career ranging from blues, soul, and rock and roll. He's also written two best-selling autobiographies: "I Used to be an Animal, But I'm All Right Now" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: A Memoir". For upcoming tour info or to order Eric's latest disc, please visit him online at ormoreless
    • The last five years have been a whirlwind for vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter. The two-time Grammy-nominated singer is about to release his third recording, the first the the legendary Blue Note Records imprint, titled "Liquid Spirit." The new recording reunites Porter with co-collaborator and producer Brian Bacchus who helped spearhead his first two records "Water" and "Be Good." In addition to having a successful recording and touring career, Gregory is married and is a father. This segment's live performances and interview were shot at Gregory's record release party at Subculture in New York City. For upcoming tour and festival dates or to order Gregory's new CD "Liquid Spirit," please visit him online at ormoreless
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