Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Legendary Multi-Instrumentalist Ira Sullivan

New York, NY – Legendary multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan will make a rare appearance next month (April 22-23) at New York’s Zinc Bar (82 West 3rd Street) to celebrate the life of the late jazz trumpet great Red Rodney.
Sullivan, who turns 85 in May, was a longtime colleague of Red’s since the early 50s and co-led the Red Rodney/Ira Sullivan Quintet during the 80s recording a handful of critically acclaimed records while touring extensively throughout the US.

Beside Sullivan, the tribute will feature some of New York’s finest musicians including trumpeter John Bailey, pianist Dave Kikoski, bassist Ed Howard and drummer Tony Pinciotti. Showtimes on Wednesday, April 22 are at 8 pm & 10 pm and on Thursday, April 23 at 9 pm and 11 pm. For reservations, please call (212) 477-9462 or visit Zinc Bar.

A brilliant jazz improviser who performed with the swing bands of Jimmy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman before joining (1949-51) Charlie Parker’s bebop quintet, Red Rodney, distinguished by his flaming red hair, was also the first white bebop trumpeter. His innovative playing style was marked by his brilliant technique and purity of tone.

Unfortunately, like many jazz musicians of his generation, his career was cut short due to drugs. Broke and desperate, he later ran afoul of the law by impersonating an Army General and stealing $10,000 from the Atomic Energy Commission along with some secret documents. This landed him in jail where he spent three years.

But after a long absence from the stage, Rodney made a triumphant comeback in the early 70s returning to his former glory as a skilled balladeer and later reconnecting with his erstwhile bandmate Ira Sullivan. Their collaboration led to a fruitful and much-heralded association during the 80s releasing five albums and garnering a 1982 Grammy nomination for the album Sprint.

In 1988, Rodney served as a consultant on director Clint Eastwood’s film Bird on the life of Charlie Parker and also performed on its soundtrack. Rodney continued recording and touring into the early 90s with various bands and was inducted into the Down Beat Hall of Fame in 1990.

On May 27, 1994, Red Rodney died of lung cancer. His death marked the end of an era as he was one of the last living links to Charlie Parker and bebop.

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Allan Harris ....

Published on Mar 29, 2015
Watch this mesmerizing & soulful version of My Funny Valentine (aka My Funky Valentine) as award winning vocalist Allan Harris' brandy baritone is accompanied by the ever funky B3 organ playing of Pascal Le Boeuf.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The New Brunswick Jazz Project

Since 2010 the New Brunswick Jazz Project has been making Central Jersey a destination for great jazz. We bring world renowned artists and emerging talent to local venues every week. New Brunswick Enters Its Jazz Age  - The New York Times

Wednesday April 1, 2015 8.00 pm - 10.30 pm 

Winard Harper Group

Drummer Winard Harper featuring Tada Unno, Vuyo Sotashe, Anthony Ware, Randall Heywood, and Vincent DuPont - bass.

Hyatt Hotel - 2 Albany St. New Brunswick, NJ



Thursday April 2, 2015 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm 

Adam Larson Quartet

Saxophonist Adam Larson featuring Steven Feifke - keyboard, Martin Nevin - bass and Jason Burger - drums.

Hotoke, 350 George St. New Brunswick, NJ



First Friday April 3, 2015 10.00 pm  - 1.00 am 

New Brunswick Groove Fusion

Bandleader trombonist Matt Echols, with Mike Bond  -keys, John Morrison - guitar, Ross Garlow  - bass, Oliver Santana - alto sax - bass, Mike Winnicki - percussion and Abel Tabares - drums. 

Destination Dogs - 101 Paterson St. New Brunswick, NJ



Tuesday April 7, 2015 8.00 pm  - 11.00 pm 

Dan Giannone Group

Drummer Dan Giannone with Matt Echols - trombone, Mike Noordzy - bass, Luciano Minetti - keyboard and John Nunez - guitar. 

Jam session at 9.30!
Tumulty's Pub - 361 George St. New Brunswick, NJ



Thursday April 9, 2015 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm 

Joe Magnarelli Quartet

Trumpeter Joe Mags and his quartet.

Hotoke, 350 George St. New Brunswick, NJ



Saturday April 11, 2015 9.00 pm - 2.00 am 

NBJP 5th Anniversary Party

Our All Star Band featuring Mark Gross - sax, Tanya Darby - trumpet, David Gibson - trombone, Akiko Tsuruga - organ and Jerome Jennings - drums.

Complementary buffet 9.00 to 11.00. Cash bar.

Brunswick Ballroom Hyatt Hotel - 2 Albany St. New Brunswick, NJ

Miles Davis. Dark Magus

Willi (cut track). Dark Magus is a live album by jazz artist Miles Davis recorded at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 30, 1974.
Miles Davis organ,
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Joolie Goodnight .....

“… a tender voice that could melt a stone heart.” – Michael Simmons MOJO Magazine

“…seductive siren, Jolie Goodnight, a muse not to be missed.” – The Denver Post

“Jolie Goodnight is exactly the kind of voice us vocal jazz lovers hope to hear from the new generation.” - Esther Berlanga-Ryan Something Else! Reviews

“…steamy and seductive in a lovably old fashioned way.” – Wayne Bledsoe Knoxville News Sentinel

“A superb modern recreation of the glories of the past.” – Rob Patterson Country Music People

“Goodnight has all the necessary elements to make her a favorite of anybody’s heart” – Esther Berlanga-RyanSomething Else! Reviews

“To overcome this musical ennui, a tender, sultry, beautiful voice is a necessary remedy. Jolie Goodnight has that.” – Mark Lopez Albuquerque Alibi

 “Splendid stuff.” – Kevin Bryan The North Devon Journal

“smooth-voiced chanteuse”- Richard Wittaker The Austin Chronicle

“as melt-in-your-mouth as candyfloss” – Sally Evans-Darby Jazz Journal
Jolie Goodnight is a creative tour-de-force, an international jazz performer in love with all things decadent and delightful. Hailing back to the days of glitz and glamour, Jolie Goodnight has dazzled audiences around the US with steamy fan dances and sensational jazz singing. Although she is hailed as a staggering jazz singer, Goodnight is well known for her dirty blues tunes and surprising audiences with a larger than life voice, a voice that’s been said to “drip from her mouth like sweet molasses.”

Daughter of the legendary producer Joe Gracey and singer song-writer Kimmie Rhodes, Goodnight was born in Austin, Texas into a world-wide showbiz life. She began her career as an actress, performing in pieces including “Footloose,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Way of the World,” “Small Town Girl,” “Hillbilly Heaven,” and “Parade.” A ravishing member of the illustrious Jigglewatts Burlesque Revue, it’s no surprise that this sultry red-head was awarded “Best Tease” and “Audience Choice” at the Texas Burlesque Festival and is the 2012 2nd runner up for Miss Viva Las Vegas.

In love with the beauty of another era, she pursued a career as a pin up model, beginning in Rockabilly Magazine and later featuring in Retro Lovely, Pin Curl Magazine, Bachelor Pad, Pin Up Playing Cards, Texas Women with Texas Tattoos, and The Austin Post.

Currently, Jolie croons with her jazz band, performs burlesque as a member of the Jigglewatts, and will soon release her debut November 22nd.

Vernon Reid at the Iridium, N.Y. 2010

Vernon Reid at the Iridium, N.Y. 2010 Part 2 Video produced by Larry Blumenstein Video Productions.
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