Monday, September 15, 2014

Diane Marino Quartet

Thu, October 23, 2014
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm (event ends at 7:15 pm)

Diane Marino: Vocals/Piano
Neal Smith: Drums
Greg Twombley: Sax, Flute, Clarinet
Frank Marino: Bass

When you combine an accomplished vocalist, pianist, and arranger all in one individual, you have the dynamic Diane Marino. Diane was born in Manhattan, NYC. She started her early piano training of classical studies and jazz improvisation from the age of 10. Diane graduated from NYC’S ‘Famed’ High School for the Performing Arts and later received her B.M. degree from Mannes College of Music in Manhattan as a piano performance major where she studied piano with world-renowned concert pianist Murray Perahia. 

In her over 25 year career, Diane has performed Great American Song Book, traditional jazz, Latin and Brazilian jazz to captivated audiences in jazz venues, performing arts centers and festivals such as Blues Alley - D.C., Vitello’s Jazz Club - L.A., Arts Garage-Del Ray Beach, Twins Jazz-D.C., Nighttown-Cleveland, Heidi’s Jazz Club-Cocoa Beach, Trumpets Jazz Club -NJ, Germantown Performing Arts Center, The Metropolitan Room-NYC, Bethesda Blues & Jazz - D.C, Montreux Atlanta Festival,Town Point Jazz Festival, Music City Jazz & Heritage Festival, to name a few.

M&M Records Recording Artist Diane Marino has recorded five critically acclaimed CD’s. All of which have been on the National JazzWeek charts. She has recorded and shared the stage with jazz legends Houston Person, Joe Henderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Harry Allen, Pete Escovedo, Tania Maria, Kirk Whalum, pop music icon Felix Cavaliere and many others.

Sara + Josh DUO Project in the Bay Area!

“…the audience witnessed one of the best modern day piano-voice matches in action.” Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

Sept 19 - Oakland, CA
@ The Sound Room
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Sept 20 - Sebastopol, CA
@ The Shelton Concert Series
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Sept 21 - Berkeley, CA
@ The Jazz School (WORKSHOP)
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Sept 21 - Berkeley, CA
@ The Jazz School
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We'll be sharing more exciting news about the DUO project in the weeks to come. But for now, sorry Tony Barcelona, when it comes time to head into the studio, we'll be going with legendary producer/engineer and friend Al Schmitt! 

And please check out some more VERY exciting things below!

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NPR Music - You Must Hear This

First Listen: Leonard Cohen, 'Popular Problems'

Cohen's 13th album creates a space for slow-moving reflection that expands with each listen. The tarpit-voiced raconteur's songs unfold like dirty canticles, with room for both jokes and profundities.
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The Good Listener: Do You Ever Just Get Sick Of Music?

Ugh, all of those notes. What's a listener to do when music no longer soothes, enthralls or excites the way it once did?

Judith Humenick Productions ....

Judith Humenick Productions provides Jazz artist management, booking and artist consulting services and we are proud to represent a wonderful roster of international Jazz artists and projects.  The artist pages on our site provide links to the individual artists’ websites, where you will find comprehensive information about the artists, including reviews, photos, video clips, and press kits. -

JALC - Jazz at Lincoln Center

Marcus Roberts: Piano Masters of Melody
Fri, sep 26 - 7:00 PM
An instrument of multitudinous function, the piano has played an integral role in the development of jazz since the days of ragtime and remained a central component in the evolution of the music. The prodigious Marcus Roberts has a long history of treasuring the tenets of jazz through his work, which for the last quarter century has epitomized preservation through innovation.

The Heath Brothers
Thu, sep 25 - 7:30 PM
This show will exemplify bebop, hard bop, and straight-ahead jazz of the highest caliber.

An Evening with the Bruce Hornsby Duo
Fri, sep 26 - 8:00 PM
Bruce Hornsby's work displays a creative iconoclasm that's been a constant in the artist's two-and-a-half decade recording career. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, and Robbie Robertson.
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Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

Sergio Mendes, shown here in August 2014, grew up with classical music. But when he heard a jazz record for the first time, he fell in love with the improvisational possibilities.
Photo: Omar Vega/Invision/AP
September 14, 2014 5:42 PM ET
As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

For more than five decades, Brazilian pianist, composer and bandleader Sergio Mendes has been charming audiences around the world with his signature mix of pop, jazz and bossa nova. Mendes is out now with a new album of collaborations called Magic, and he stopped by NPR West to tell All Things Considered about his early career breakthroughs.

Mendes says much of his success has come through a lifetime of serendipitous meetings.

"I call it the magic of the encounter," he says: "the magic of encountering people that helped me, that support me. My life has been very much a succession of those moments. ... I feel very humble about that."
From Beethoven To Brubeck

Mendes was born in the Brazilian city of Niterói, where his love for music began with classical piano. But when Mendes was around 12 years old, a childhood friend first introduced him to a Dave Brubeck jazz record, and the song "Take Five."

"For me that was like, I would say, one of the incredible moments of my life," Mendes remembers. "Because when I heard that, I had no idea about jazz or anything. So the whole world of jazz for me was like, 'Wow, what is that?' "

Mendes says he was drawn away from classical music by the "freedom of improvisation" in jazz.

"I love to try new things," he says. "The idea that you could improvise and you have under it fantastic harmonies, chords — I mean, for me, that was magical."

Mendes went from playing Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven to Brubeck, Getz and Gillespie.

At the same time, American jazz musicians were discovering Brazilian rhythms and creating a wave of interest in bossa nova.
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Sharon Marie is quickly becoming .....

Sharon Marie is quickly becoming a favorite in LA's jazz club scene and performs with the finest jazz musicians and in the most exclusive rooms on the west coast.

Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, Sharon Marie is an extraordinary vocalist who brings a unique & distinguished sense of jazz history to her song stylings.

Her approach to standards, show tunes and classic jazz is charming and refreshing… she often employs rhythmic and tempo variations that breathe enjoyable new life into familiar standards. Her brilliant interpretations and her smooth mellifluous sound leave a lasting impression on her listeners that is truly unforgettable!

She is exciting, sexy, fun and mesmerizing. Her style is reminiscent of a time gone by, yet is distinctively contemporary. Sit back, relax and cuddle up and enjoy listening to the romantic melodies of Sharon Marie Cline and "The Bad Boyz of Jazz". -