Thursday, November 27, 2014

Suddenly, It's the Hi-Lo's

Reprinted from http://jazzwax.com

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As far as jazz-pop male vocal groups of the 1950s go, I always favored the Four Freshmen. Albums by the Hi-Lo's, their chief rivals, seemed a bit flat. Song choices on the Hi-Lo's early Columbia albums were often corny and stiffly arranged instrumentally by Frank Comstock, while vocal arrangements for the Four Freshmen's Capitol dates, many by Pete Rugolo, were crafty and swinging.
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But recently, my position on the Hi-Lo's has evolved, particularly after watching them on newly uploaded YouTubes. While their albums may have been mostly unintersting, the group was far more charismatic and fun to see on TV, especially when the arranger was Nelson Riddle. Here are five Hi-Lo's videos from Rosemary Clooney's TV show from the late '50s with Riddle's charts that will make any Four Freshmen fan reconsider... 
Here's Tomorrow Mountain...
Here's Have You Met Miss Jones?...
Here's Lulu's Back in Town...
Here's September in the Rain...
And here's Paper Moon...
Used with permission by Marc Myers

When parallels meet

Wednesday, November 26,2014
MSU’s jazz and classical armies rendezvous and conquer

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are risks to putting jazz and classical musicians together. When Duke Ellington unleashed his first big jazz-symphony hybrid, “A Tone Parallel to Harlem,” in 1951, photographers swarmed the stage. (Ellington made news taking a bath, let alone blending a symphony orchestra with his big band.) A flash bulb exploded and fell on the balding head of a string-bass player, according to a review the next day.

Fast forward to 2014. For years, music groupies have enjoyed the overflowing talent of MSU’s jazz and classical programs — but always separately. Friday night, the MSU College of Music arranged a historic meeting, like Apollo docking with Soyuz or Stanley meeting Livingstone. For the first time, jazz and classical forces joined, and they didn’t just shake hands.

The students tackled major music from (arguably) the greatest composers of their respective idioms, Ellington and Ludwig von Beethoven.

The night’s big payoff was the music that broke the flash bulb, Ellington’s “Harlem,” a swaggering, plaintive, multi-layered panorama of sound. The stage was crammed with over 100 student musicians, but no bald heads were exposed to harm.
Despite the forces involved, it was a tight performance of a tight piece of music. In the first seconds, a muted trumpet whinnied out a brazen challenge, shimmering strings rippled in response and the game was on.


A lot of people have gotten their idea of how to mix classical and jazz music from George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” a classical piano concerto dressed up in jazzy sequins. Far fewer concertgoers are as familiar with Ellington’s major works, and that’s a pity. The dean of American jazz critics, Gary Giddins, called “Harlem” an “American masterpiece still largely unknown in America.”
read more: http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/article-10840-when-parallels-meet.html

Gonzalo Bergara is Featured ....

Digital magazine Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets exclusively features Argentinian guitar great, Gonzalo Bergara, along with live music recordings and exciting guitar video lessons.

(PRWEB) November 26, 2014
Gonzalo Bergara features in the second issue of Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets digital magazine available exclusively on mobile iOS and Android devices. This edition includes captivating video performances and interviews with Bergara and his band, the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet. Each monthly issue of the magazine includes video lessons and performances from the best and brightest Gypsy Jazz guitarists from around the world.
“Argentinian guitarist Gonzalo Bergara is one of my favorite players in the world of gypsy jazz. He brings latin passion and virtuosity to his music like no other.” - Robin Nolan, Gypsy Jazz Guitarist and Magazine Publisher
Exclusive live performances, cutting edge video lessons, music and interviews inside this month’s issue include:
Gonzalo Bergara - by Robin Nolan
Robin Nolan interviews Argentinian gypsy jazz guitarist, Gonzalo Bergara, one of the most exciting players in Gypsy Jazz today. Readers are also treated to several video performances from the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet live at Dangofest Mil Valley 2013.
read more: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/11/prweb12353347.htm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Featured Album of the Week on NPR/WNYC, The Jonathan Channel

Tune in and stream this Thanksgiving week to The Jonathan Channel on National Public Radio, WNYC to hear selections from Lissy Walker's Wonderland, the show's Featured Album of the Week, Monday November 24-Sunday November 30.

"The Jonathan Channel provides an unparalleled showcase for this timeless music, presented by its strongest advocate, Jonathan Schwartz, in his intimate, insightful, and utterly original approach that combines impeccable taste with colorful anecdotes and encyclopedic knowledge. The sounds of Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday and other master's of the American songbook can be heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in the world."

Hear Lissy interviewed by Michael Shobe, the show's producer, on The Headliner, here.

Other Radio News: "Lover Man" was played on Jazz After Hours, hosted by Jeff Hanley on Public Radio International. You can also find it in rotation at jazzradio.com on the Contemporary Vocals Station. The album continues to be played on 139 radio stations across the country, and has landed on the CMJ Top 10 Reports on WRBC, WRST, and WERU.
read more: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4384911f32e60ba06f31c82a1&id=d43d68383f&e=1dd9d03609

NJJazzList.com Calendar

11/28 Fri Barbara Rose, Pianist & Vocalist at Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None, Celebrate the American Songbook with piano prodigy Barbara Rose. Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (732/848) 

11/28 Fri Greg Murphy at Lorenzo's 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None,  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (Other ) 

11/28 Fri Joclyn Shannon Quintet at The Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd,NYC. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None, Two sets of Golden Jazz with talented vocalist Joclyn Shannon, swingin' Bassist Greg Zwiebel, lyrical Trumpeter/Flugelhornist Tommy Bender, Extraordinary Drummer Eddie Pillion and Master keyboardist Marcus Cohn. Gotta com' down! meet old and new friends in a warm jazz atmosphere. See U there!Learn more  , (212/ ) 

11/28 Fri OPEN JAZZ JAM & FISH FRY at Moore's Lounge 189 Monticello Ave.,Jersey City, NJ 8:30 pm to 12:00 am Style: Jam Session, Cover: None, This weekly Friday Jam is open to musicians, vocalists, tap dancers, poets and jazz music lovers. No Cover. ! No Minimum ! Delicious fish sandwiches available for purchase. Support Jazz Venues ! Support Live Jazz ! (201) 332-4309 for info . Learn more  , (201/551) 

11/28 Fri OPEN JAZZ JAM & FISH FRY at Moore's Lounge 189 Monticello Ave.,Jersey City, NJ 8:30 pm to 12:00 am Style: Jam Session, Cover: None, This weekly Friday Jam is open to musicians, vocalists, tap dancers, poets and jazz music lovers. No Cover. ! No Minimum ! Delicious fish sandwiches available for purchase. Support Jazz Venues ! Support Live Jazz ! (201) 332-4309 for info . Learn more  , (201/551) 

11/28 Fri Oliver Lake Big Band at Trumpets 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm Style: Free/Avant Garde, Cover: over $10, Oliver Lake Big Band 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ 973 744 2600 8 & 10 PM Sets Featuring: Oliver Lake – alto saxophone / Terry L. Greene II – trombone / Alfred Patterson – trombone / Aaron J. Johnson – trombone / Stafford Hunter – trombone / Darius Jones – alto sax / Learn more  , (862/973) 

11/29 Sat BLUE SOUL at ROD's Steak & Seafood Grille Lounge 9:00 pm to 12:00 am Style: Mixed, Cover:None, BLUE SOUL fuses vintage Blues, R&B, Soul, New Orleans, Jazz, and Rock styles. Featuring Herb Woodson (lead vocals), Bailey Gee (bass/vocals), Mitch Eisenberg (guitar), Glenn McClelland (keyboards), John Ferrari (drums). NO COVER CHARGE !! ROD's is located at One Convent Road (Madison Ave.), Morristown, NJ 07960 (973) 539-6666. Call for info & reservations. Hang out at the bar and enjoy the music and dance, or try their new casual dining "Red Dog Tavern" for dinner.  Learn more  , (Unknown) 

11/29 Sat Barbara Rose, Pianist & Vocalist at Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None, Celebrate the American Songbook with piano prodigy Barbara Rose. Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (732/848) 

11/29 Sat Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub, Walt Bibinger at The Deer Head Inn 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Straight-ahead, Cover: over $10,  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (215/ ) 

11/29 Sat Giants of Jazz, Honoring McCoy Tyner at SOPAC Mainstage 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: Tickets Available, Honoree McCoy Tyner will be joined by some of the greatest names in Jazz in this star-studded night of music.  Learn more  , (862/973) 

11/29 Sat Greg Murphy at Lorenzo's 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None,  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (Other ) 

11/29 Sat Holli Ross & Noriko Ueda at Grasso's Jazz 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Vocal, Cover: None, Vocalist, Holli Ross & bassist, Noriko Ueda will combine jazz and Brazilian styles for some exciting sounds in a beautiful setting with a great Italian menu. Pianist: TBA  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (Other ) 

11/29 Sat Jason Marshall at Candlelight Lounge 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm Style: Straight-ahead, Cover: over $10, free buffet with $10.00 minimum  Learn more  , (609/ )

the Rhythm Future Quartet

When four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions.

The quartet features Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Vinny Raniolo on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass. Over the years they have individually been performing alongside notable musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg and Howard Alden and have finally joined forces to form this special group.

Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli, the front-men and lead soloists of the group, have been receiving critical acclaim this past year and are considered ‘rising stars’ in the world of Jazz and Gypsy Jazz. The prestigious Wall Street Journal proclaimed, “Olli Soikkeli, is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.” Jason Anick, who is also an award winning composer and Berklee College of Music Instructor, received critical praise from the world-renowned Boston Globe which stated, “Jason’s compositional voice is as distinctive as his virtuoso playing.”

For their debut self-titled album, the Rhythm Future Quartet decided to re-visit and record classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites. Through their intricate and creative arrangements, they have brought new life to songs like “Night and Day” and “Summertime.” Coupled with musical sensitivity and virtuosity, the Rhythm Future Quartet’s debut album acts as an enticing example of the future of Gypsy jazz music.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Julie London's Holiday Album

Reprinted from http://jazzwax.com

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It will always be a mystery to me why singer Julie London did not record a Christmas album. Someone at Liberty, her label, must have suggested it, but clearly London passed. Perhaps it was a personal thing. Or maybe she felt that a holiday album would be too square and run counter to her cool, nocturnal image. Whatever the reason, London recorded only one holiday side—I'd Like You for Christmas—and that's it.
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So what I've decided to do here is create my own Julie London Wishes You a Merry Christmas album, which probably qualifies only as an EP, since all I could find are six songs with a year-end theme. If you worked at Liberty, I'd love to know the story behind the album that never was but should have been.
Here's Warm in December...
Here's I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm...
Here's Sleigh Ride in July...
Here's November Twilight...
Here's The Thirteenth Month...
Used with permission by Marc Myers