Thursday, July 31, 2014

Frankie Dunlop's half-century in the music business ....

Artist Biography by Eugene Chadbourne
Frankie Dunlop's half-century in the music business resulted in an accumulation of musical wealth, a concept that does not always revolve around bank accounts. Dunlop was a jazz drummer, one of the greats, whose performances have been raved about by critics and jazz fans alike, sometimes even described so passionately it would seem like he was participating in some kind of psychedelic music event. (From a web log: "...Dunlop has this falling-down-the-stairs melodic, sloppy-droppy sh*t going on that's like fireworks going off in my head.") Drummers with a sense of history, which ought to be all of them, prefer a simple anecdote when summing up the glory of DunlopGene Krupa, the great swing star and one of the most popular drummers in music history, heard Dunlop for a set and promptly made arrangements for him to get free equipment from the Slingerland company.
A return to extravagant imagery is suitable, especially considering that Dunlop's lengthy drum solos during the normal course of a Thelonious Monk combo set have been described as "extravaganzas." The following image involving the drummer's discography will probably also come in handy if extra storage space is required for the largesse, in terms of free drum sets, resulting from Krupa doingDunlop "a solid." Dunlop's solid contribution to jazz, in terms of recorded sides amounting to nearly 100 albums by the time he retired in 1984, can be compared to vast underground caves full of treasure. Amid steep, shimmering piles of gold such as the sides with Monk from a nearly four-year stay beginning in 1960, meltdowns with Sonny Rollins, or brilliant later live recordings with Lionel Hampton's touring band, are trinkets of incredible charm, adding another dimension to the understanding of this artist -- such as a track with silly castanets accompaniment or another in whichDunlop steps forward to deliver an amusing bebop vocal.
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Paris Toon & Mothers Favorite Child

The majority of music producers are content to sit in the shadows and use their technical expertise to put their signature sound on the music they deliver. They can recognize where a particular style or sound can be improved, meaning that the finished article always comes off sounding totally polished and professional. A producer can make or break the music that he works with, which may help explain why Paris Toon likes to have a few more fingers in the creative pie. Not content with just producing great music, he also delivers lyrics that are real and aimed straight at the heart.

Paris Toon and Vaughn Willis

It is for this reason that Paris Toon is viewed as more than just one of the best up and coming music producers in the industry right now. There are also many that see him as a dual threat, with his lyrics also being ranked among the best of what’s out there right now. If you need a perfect example of the kind of emotion that Paris Toon can put into words, you need to take a listen to “Who Are You,” which features the sweet, soulful sound that is the voice of Vaughn Willis.

The combination of Willis and Toon was one that reaped major benefits, as Who Are You was able to make it all the way to number 4 on the Billboard charts. The vocals combined with the heartbreaking lyrics penned by Paris Toon are what made this song such a break-out hit, as it can easily be described as heartbreak and loss described in under 5 minutes. You will hear this song and feel the pain contained in those lyrics, yet you will also be left with an uplifting feeling, as Paris Toon’s words make it clear that this is a song about moving on, as well as about the loss that brought the pain in the first place.
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Tony Bennett's Almost Birthday

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Tony Bennett's birthday is on August 3 (he'll be a majestic 88), but I couldn't wait until then to celebrate. While roaming YouTube the other night, I dipped into Tony's 1960s TV appearances. If you like what you see below, I'll tell you at the end of this post where you can see much more if you're in New York on Aug. 4...
Here's Tony with Andy Williams...
Here's Tony on Andy Williams' TV show singing Johnny Mandel's The Shadow of Your Smile...
Here's Tony with Bobby Hackett...
Here's Tony with Perry Como (if Como's comedy wears thin, slide the bar to 10:00)...
And here's Tony on Steve Allen's TV show in 1960 with the Les Brown Orchestra...
On Monday, Aug. 4,
 author and Wall Street Journal jazz writer Will Friedwald will be presenting a video tribute to Tony at New York's Bunga’s Den, a club at 137 W 14th St. (between 6th and 7th avenues.) from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Will, who in 1998 co-authored Tony's The Good Life memoir, will be talking about the singer and working his laptop to project rare clips of Tony on a big screen. None of the clips have been on YouTube. To reserve a seat, RSVP to Bob Levis (click to email). There's a $10 cover charge and a $10 drink minimum.
Used with permission by Marc Myers

2014 Mayor's Jazz & Blue's Festival

The Town of Morristown and Mayor Timothy Dougherty Present
2014 Mayor's Jazz & Blue's Festival
A Celebration of the 350th Anniversary of the Founding of New Jersey
Saturday, August 16th
Noon to 10:00 PM
Free music on the Green in Morristown

Trio Da Paz                                          12:00 – 1:30
Featuring Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Duduka Da Fonseca
Trio Da Paz is one of the most popular Brazilian jazz groups in the world, and they make New Jersey their home.

Bucky Pizzarelli’s Guitar Summit        2:00 – 3:30
With guest guitarists Frank Vignola, Vinnie Raniola and Ed Laub
Guitar Summit was so popular last year, we are bringing Bucky and friends back with the addition of Vinnie Raniola. Bucky is in the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Winard Harper & Jeli Posse                4:00 – 5:30
The renowned jazz drummer and his exciting new sextet are based in Jersey City. Their newest CD hit number one on the jazz charts and was the most requested jazz CD of 2014 on college campuses.

Mikey Junior Band                              6:00 – 7:30
Mikey Junior is a much acclaimed harmonica player out of South Jersey and performs at festivals and blues clubs up and down the East Coast.

Matt Schofield Trio                            8:00 – 10:00
Voted British Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year 2010, 2011 & 2012, Schofield is hailed by Guitarist Magazine as “the UK’s most exciting blues guitar player.” It is fitting that four great New Jersey bands turn the stage over to a British artist to close out the festival.

Major sponsors for this summer’s Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival include JCP&L, The Metropolitan at 40 Park, PSE&G, Riker Danzig and Roseland.
Additional sponsors include Alaimo, Atlantic Health, ConnectOne Bank, Delaware-Raritan Engineering, Fairview Insurance, Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, Greenbaum Rowe, Hyatt Morristown, Inglesino Pearlman, Investors Bank, Lindabury McCormick, Morristown Municipal Airport, Morristown Parking Authority, O’Donnell McCord PC, Porzio Bromberg & Newman, McEnerey Brady & Company, Jeff Rawding AIA, David Brady Esq., Villa Enterprises, Trustees of the Morristown Green, Hot House Jazz, New Jersey 350 and the New Jersey Jazz Society.  
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Dave Lambert and Ted Williams

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Following my posts on Dave Lambert's music ("Voice of Reason") and Ted-Williams-22his daughter Dee's recollections ("My Dad, Dave Lambert"), reader Bill Reed kindly sent along the 1959 Down Beat article on Lambert, Hendricks & Ross by Gene Lees and Jon Hendricks that featured Ted Williams's [above, right] photographs...

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NPR Music - You Must Hear This


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Dark Arc is a pastiche of gentle lyrical moments and punk anthems, often within the same tune. In the NPR offices, the Ohio band performs three alternately brooding and stomping songs from the album.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Legendary singer turns 88 next week. Gaga's body language shows she has no poker face.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 2:35 PM


She leans in. He stays upright.

She paws his arm and gazes his way. He keeps his hands entirely to himself while looking straight ahead.

Such has been the squirm-inducing body language between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in a blitzkrieg of appearances this week to promote their upcoming album of jazz standards, “Cheek To Cheek,” which arrives Sept. 23.

Throughout their appearances, her message has been consistently flirtatious and insinuating. His — grandfatherly and kind.

It's looking like Lady Gaga has daddy issues. And people are noticing.

“Watching @Todayshow and Lady Gaga is just creepy,” tweeted Corey Buchholz.
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