Friday, June 30, 2006


The Brazilian Girls’ new album, Talk To La Bomb, will have a release date of September 12 on the Verve Forecast label. The group is currently on tour with the following confirmed dates: July 6 at Club Soda in Montreal, Canada; July 7 at Festival Plaza in Ottawa, Canada; July 11 at Ft.Greene Park in Brooklyn, NY; July 23 at Artscape in Baltimore, MD; August 6 at N. Halsted Market Days in Chicago, Il; August 26 at Camp Bisco in Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY; and September 14 at Spiegeltent in New York City for a special record release show.


Beat Kaestli will play at The Bacchus Room in New York City on July 1, this after returning from a promotional tour for his new CD, Happy, Sad And Satisfied in Europe. Kaestli had a successful debut performance at The Jazz Standard in New York, and he now brings his unmistakable blend of Jazz and contemporary vibes to New York's East Village. His CD is still gaining acclaim, receiving great reviews in four major Jazz publications in Germany and Switzerland, while radio stations and local papers were supporting the tour with interviews, showcases and CD reviews. In the U.S., the CD was introduced on Rafe Gomez’s Groove Boutique, a nationally syndicated show from New York’s CD 101.9 Smooth Jazz.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


New from J, Epic and Legacy Records is the Luther Vandross compilation set The Ultimate Luther Vandross. The new CD will offer two previously unreleased songs by the late artist and is due Aug. 22. The 18-track set features hits such as A House Is Not a Home, Never Too Much and Take You Out. The unreleased tracks are lead single Shine, produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and Got You Home. The compilation also includes several cuts from Vandross' last studio album, 2003's Dance With My Father, including the title track and a duet with Beyonce. That disc has since sold 2.5 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


Super-group The Clarke Duke Project are in the midst of a major US city and world-wide swing in celebration of 25 years since they united in 1981 to record their first self-titled album.

The Clarke Duke Project's hit, Sweet Baby, which reached the Pop Top 20 singles chart, helped to propel the album to the top of the jazz charts that year, and the song remains a top request on Smooth Jazz and Urban Adult radio formats. The duo went on to record The Clarke Duke Project Vol. 2 in 1983 and Project in 1988.

Demand for their special brand of jazz-funk continues to make the Clarke Duke Project, including Ron Brunner on drums and Phil Davis on synthesizers, one of the top touring attractions in the world. At each stop far in the tour, which began May 25 in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, critical acclaim has been heaped upon bassist Stanley Clarke and pianist/producer George Duke for their bold forays into funk, jazz, R&B and rock. Those elements have served Clarke and Duke well, both collectively and solo, through hundreds of musical undertakings and countless trips around the globe.

George Duke was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame for his contributions to jazz and music over a nearly 40-year career. "The Jazz Hall of Fame honored one of the great contemporary jazz producers, composers, arrangers and artists, the phenomenally talented George Duke. He received the Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of musical contributions to jazz, pop, R&B, Blues and classical music in America and internationally."

In the midst of the Clarke Duke Project tour, on June 27, George Duke released his 31st solo CD, In A Mellow Tone, which features such acclaimed musicians as drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, saxophonist Everette Harp, bassist Brian Bromberg and more stellar contributors. The CD showcases Duke's unique take on jazz standards and his own re-interpretations of his own compositions.

The Clarke Duke Project Tour:
June 30 - Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
July 1 - Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
July 2 - Madrid, Spain @ Festival de Jazz de Galapagar
July 5 - Cartegena, Spain @ Mar de Musica
July 8 - Tabarka, Tunisia @ Theatre de la Basilique de Tabarka
July 11 - Helsinki, Norway @ House of Cultire
July 12 - Hamburg, Germany @ tba
July 13 - Budapest, Hungary @ Millinaris
July 14 - North Sea Fest, Netherlands @ Ahoy Rotterdam
July 15 - Graz, Austria @ tba
July 16 - Naples, Italy @ Pomigliano Jazz Festival
July 19 - Riga, Latvia @ Riga Arena
July 21 - Moscow, Russia @ Ikra Club
July 22 - St. Petersburg, Russia @ Jazz Q Festival
July 23 - Wiesen, Austria @ Festivalgelande
July 28 - Tulalip, WA @ Tulalip Tribes Amphitheater
July 29 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater
July 30 - Winter Park, CO @ Winter Park Jazz Festival
Aug 3 - Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater
Aug 4 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Kravis Center
Aug 5 - Gainesville, FL @- Philips Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 12- Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Jazz Festival
Aug 18 - Richmond, VA @ Kanawha Plaza
Sept 8 - Lancaster, CA @ Lancaster Performing Arts Center
Sept 9 - Reno, NV @ Hawkins Amphitheater
Sept 10 - Guerneville, CA @ Jazz on the River

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Wayman Tisdale's new release Way Up! features special guests Eric Benet, Jonathan Butler, George Duke, Bob James, Jeff Lorber, Dave Koz & Kirk Whalum. Tisdale is currently touring as part of the Rendezvous All-Star tour with Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, and Brian Simpson.

Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
June 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Arts On The Avenue, S. Broad St.
June 30 - Austin, TX @ One World Theater
July 3 - San Francisco, CA @ Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
July 15 - Sacramento, CA @ Radisson Hotel
July 16 - Saratoga, CA @ The Garden Theater
July 21- St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Aug 8 - Las Vegas, NV @ Railhead at Boulder Station
Aug 6- Seattle, WA @ KWJZ Chateau Ste. Michelle Jazz FestivalAug 11- Long Beach, CA @ 19th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
Aug 12 - Temecula, CA @ Thornton Winery
Aug 18 - Memphis, TN @ Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 19 - Norfolk, VA @ Chrysler Hall Theater
Aug 20 - Little Rock, AK @ River Front Amphitheater
Sept 02 - Nashville, TN @ Music City Festival
Sept 10 - New York, NY @ Liberty Jazz Festival


It’s been a while since we’ve reported on the latest and releases, so here goes a list of the titles we think might be of interest to you from the last couple of weeks worth of releases.

Al Green – 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection – The Best Of Al Green
Alan Hewitt – Metropolis
Alex De Grassi – Pure Alex De Grassi
Andrew Hill - Pax
Anna Christoffersson & Steve Dobrogosz – It’s Always You
Antonio Carlos Jobim – Sinfonia Do Rio De Janeiro
Antonio Carlos Jobim – The Unknown Antonio Carlos Jobim
Aretha Franklin – Legends Collection
Bernard Woma – Live At The Pito Bar
Bill Potts – Brasilia Nueve – How Insensitive
Black Uhuru with Sly & Robbie – Dubbin’ It Live (DVD)
Bob James – Lucky Seven
Bob James – Heads
Bobby Lyle – Hands On
Brad Mehldau Trio – House On Hill
Brand New Heavies – Get Used To It
Camille – Le Fil
Carol Riddick – Moments Like This
Carlos Munoz – Bossa Nova
Carmen McRae – Collectibles Classics
Carmen McRae – Fuel Presents An Introduction To Carmen McRae
Chi-Lites – Give More Power To The People – The Very Best Of The Chi-Lites
Choklate - Choklate
Corinne Bailey Rae – Corinne Bailey Rae
D Train – Miracles Of The Heart
D Train – In Your Eyes
Dave Grusin – 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection – The Best Of Dave Grusin
David Benoit – Full Circle
David Borsu - Insight
Dells – I Touched A Dream/Whatever Turns You On
Diane Schurr – Live In London
Dirindi – Canta Do Jobim
Dusty Springfield - Gold
Eddie Harris – Collectibles Classics
Eddie Russ – See The Light
Eldar – Daily Living: Live At The Blue Note
Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint – River In Reverse
Eric Dolphy Quintet with Herbie Hancock – Left Alone
Etta JamesDon’t Go To Strangers
Frank McComb – 1995 Bootleg
Frank Sinatra Jr. – That Face
Fred Wesley & The Swing ‘N’ Jazz All-Stars – It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Freddy Cole – Because Of You
George Duke – In A Mellow Tone
Gwen McCrae – Gwen McCrae Sings TK
Harvey Mason – Marching In The Street
Heernt – Locked In A Basement
High Five Quintet – Jazz Desire
Hiram Bullock – Too Funky 2 Ignore
India.Aire – Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship
Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield & Larry Goldings: Trio Beyound – Saudades
Jamie Davis – It’s A Good Thing
Jay Geils – King Of Strings
Jazz Defektors – Jazz Defektors
Jean Terrell – I Had To Fall In Love
Jhelisa – Promitive Guide To Being There
Joao DonatoQuem E Quem
Joe Henderson - Milestone Profiles
John Coltrane – Soultrane
John Gorka – Pure John Gorka
John Lee Hooker – Cold As Ice
Jon Faddis - Teranga
Jonas Kullhammar Quartet – Son Of A Drummer
Jill Jenson – Jill Jenson
Keith Jarrett – Tokyo Solo 2002
Kenny Dope – Choice – A Collection of Classics (Various Artists)
Kieran Hebden – The Exchange Session
Kimberly Holloway – Kimberly Holloway
Larry Carlton – 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection – The Best Of Larry Carlton
Lou Rawls – The Very Best Of Lou Rawls: You’ll Never Find Another
Luis Quintero –Percussion Madness - Presented by Louis Vega
Luiz Bonfa & Eumir Deodato – Gentle Rain
Marcos Valle – O Compositor E O Cantor
Marcos Valle – Jet Samba
Marilyn Scott – Innocent Of Nothing
Michael Franks – Rendezvous In Rio
Michael Hedges – Pure Michael Hedges
Miles Davis – Walking’
Milton Nascimento – Milagre Dos Peixes
Milton Nascimento – Minas
Nene – Minuano/Bugre
Nightnoise – Pure Nightnoise
Nino Moschella – Fix
Nomo – New Tones
Nu Braz – Sonho Bossa
Orlando Marin – Out Of My Mind
Perry Joslin – Perry Joslin Project
Peter White – Playin’ Favourites
Phyllis Hyman – I Refuse To Be Lonely/Forever With You
Pieces Of A Dream – 30 Years (DVD)
Regina Carter – I’ll Be Seeing You
Rekid – Made In Menorca
Rob White – Let It Ride
Roberta Gambarini – Easy To Love
Sadao Watanabe – Cocktail For Two/See You In A Dream
Sandoz – Sandoz In Dub Chapter 2 – Live In The Earth
Scientist & Prince Jammy – Dub Landing Volume 1 & 2
Shakatak – Live At The Playhouse (DVD)
Shilts – Headboppin’
Shirley Bassey – Fuel Presents An Introduction To Shirley Bassey
Silvetti – Spring Rain
Smokey Robinson – Timeless Love
Soft Machine Legacy – New Morning: The Paris Concert (DVD)
Sonic Mechatronick Archestra – Overunity
Sonny Rollins – Milestone Propfiles
Soul Source Production (Kenichi Yanai) – He Knows His Place
Susanne Abbuehl – Compass
Thelonious Monk – Complete 1957 Riverside Recording
Tim Miaa- Racional Vol. 1
Tony Horowitz – Pay Y Amor
Triple Burner – Triple Burner
UB40 – UB40 (DVD)
Various Artists – Jazz Club – Jazz Remixed
Wayman Tisdale – Way Up!
Wes Montgomery – In Europe 1965
Will Downing – 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection – The Best Of Will Downing
Zu – Igneo

Sunday, June 25, 2006


Gwen McCrae Sings TK is a surprisingly great new album from Gwen McCrae - one that has her returning to hit territory of years back, and re-recording older Miami soul hits from the 70s! The sound is far better than we could have hoped for -- very much in the older spirit of the TK label, thanks to production by George Perry and Henry Stone that keeps things simple, and which doesn't clutter up the tunes with too many modern flourishes. The musicians are all great too -- and include Perry, Little Beaver, Latimore, and Timmy Thomas - the last two of whom also sing on the record! Gwen's not only singing her own hits here either, but tracks by other TK artists like Betty Wright, Paulette Reaves, and Bobby Caldwell-- performed very nicely here in versions that are almost as great as the originals. Titles include Jazz Freak, What You Won't Do For Love, Rock Your Baby, Why Can't We Live Together, 90% Of Me Is You, Clean Up Woman, Honey Honey, You Gotta Love Me, Rockin Chair, Misty Blue, and Party Down.

Friday, June 23, 2006


Best-selling jazz trumpeter Chris Botti whose What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life? won a 2006 Grammy award, will co-headline a series of shows with the legendary American funk ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire beginning July 18 in Boston as part of the trumpeter's ongoing 2006 tour (see itinerary following).

A full concert version of the critically-acclaimed Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests, which is being aired as part of this year's PBS Pledge Week, is slated for DVD release on Tuesday, August 29. Columbia Records will release a new edition of Chris Botti's best-selling holiday album, December, premiering several new tracks including I Really Don't Want Much for Xmas, featuring Eric Benet on vocals, on Tuesday, October 17.

Chis Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests, shot December 1 and 2, 2005, over a Thursday - Friday run at LA's fabled Wilshire Theatre, inspired the Los Angeles Times music critic Don Heckman to write, "It was apparent, from the first notes Chris Botti played at the Wilshire Theatre on Friday, that the sold-out house was in for a special evening ... Botti's latest album, To Love Again, as well as the previously released When I Fall In Love features extraordinary lineups of vocal guest artists. Six showed up for the concert - Sting, Jill Scott, Paula Cole, Renee Olstead, Paul Buchanan and Gladys Knight - along with Burt Bacharach ... despite the inevitable audience excitement generated by the appearance of such vocal headliners and despite the artists' diversity of interpretations, it was Botti's virtuosic trumpet work, his inventive melody-making, his engaging onstage presence and his powerful band ... that ruled the evening ... "

During March Pledge Week, Chris Botti visited several local PBS affiliates including New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, and the New Jersey State Network to help support his PBS Pledge Drive special, Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests (check your local listings). Funds raised during the debut broadcasts of Botti's concert special rivaled the totals generated by some of PBS pledge drives' most popular musical events. A major success across the country during the March Pledge Week, Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests has been re-airing during June and may be seen later this year as part of PBS's August and December Pledge Weeks. In recent years, the PBS pledge drive specials have served as bellwether events, helping to establish mainstream visibility for top caliber musical artists including Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and Charlotte Church.

Chris Botti has been steadily developing a reputation as one of the nation's most compelling jazz artists. In a review of Botti's performance at the JVC Jazz Festival show at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times wrote," the blond, dapper Mr. Botti, from Portland, Ore., belongs to a long line of trumpeters who are also popular entertainers. His recent album, To Love Again (Columbia), features ... trumpet-and-voice collaborations with Sting, Michael Buble, Jill Scott and (in the most unlikely team-up) Steven Tyler. Mr. Botti ... and his band, whose main man, the pianist Billy Childs, alternated between synthesizer and acoustic piano, performed sprawling, echo-heavy arrangements of songs ranging from Leonard Cohen's Thousand Kisses to Flamenco Sketches from Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, the classic record that started it all."

Chris Botti Tour Dates
June 24 - Charleston WV @ University Of Charleston
June 28 - London UK @ Ronnie Scotts
June 29 - London UK @ Ronnie Scotts
June 30 - London UK @ Ronnie Scotts
July 01 - London UK @ Ronnie Scotts
July 02 - Glasgow UK @ Royal Bank Glasgow Festival
July 08 - Montreal Que @ Montreal Jazz Festival
July 11 - Istanbul Turkey @ Istanbul Jazz Fest
July 12 - Istanbul Turkey @ Istanbul Jazz Fest
July 13 - Warsaw Poland @ Park Sowinskiego
July 14 - Poznan PO @ Stary Bowkar
July 15 - Montreux Ch @ Montreux Jazz Festival
July 16 - Rotterdam Ne @ North Sea Jazz Festival
July 18 - Boston MA @ Bank One w/EWF
July 20 - Wantagh NY @ Jones Beach Amph w/EWF
July 21 - Holmdel NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center 2/EWF
July 22 - San Francisco CA @ Davis Symphony Hall 2
July 23 - Bethel NY @ Bethel PAC
July 24 - Saratoga Springs NY @ SPAC w/EWF
July 30 - Detroit MI @ Meadow Brook Music Festival
Aug 01 - Cleveland OH @ Tower City Amph w/EWF
Aug 02 - Columbus OH @ Germain Amphitheatre w/EWF
Aug 04 - Portland OR @ Mt. Hood Jazz Fest
Aug 06 - Wallingford CT @ Chevrolet Theatre w/EWF
Aug 08 - Bethlehem PA @ Muzikfest
Aug 09 - Chicago IL @ Charter One w/EWF
Aug 10 - Kettering OH @ Fraza Pavilion w/D. Sanborn Band
Aug 11 - Atlanta GA @ Chastain Park
Aug 12 - Dallas TX @ Smirnoff w/EWF
Aug 13 - San Antonio TX @ Verizon w/EWF
Aug 18 - Irvine CA @ Verizon w/EWF
Aug 19 - Canandaigua NY @ PAC
Aug 21 - Jacksonville OR @ Britt Fest w/ Symphony
Aug 22 - San Diego CA @ Bayside w/EWF
Aug 23 - Santa Barbara CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl w/EWF
Aug 24 - Concord CA @ Chronicle Pavilion w/EWF
Aug 25 - Park City UT @ Park City Jazz Fest
Aug 26 - Phoenix AZ @ Cricket w/EWF
Aug 28 - Denver CO @ City Lights w/EWF
Aug 29 - Denver CO @ Botanical Gardens
Sept 01 - Charlotte NC @ Verizon Wireless Amph w/EWF
Sept 03 - Tampa FL @ Ford Amphitheatre w/EWF
Sept 04 - West Palm Beach FL @ Sound Advice w/EWF
Sept 06 - Vienna VA @ The Filene Ceneer-Wolftrap
Sept 08 - Staten Island NY @ St. George Theatre
Sept 16 - Henderson NV @ Lake Las Vegas Resort
Sept 17 - Monterey CA @ Monterey Jazz Festival
Sept 26 - San Francisco CA @ Bloomingdales Openining Gala
Sept 29 - Saratoga CA @ Via Montalvo
Sept 30 - Kalamazoo MI @ James Miller Auditorium
Oct 01 - Vancouver BC @ Chan Center
Oct 02 - Edmonton AL @ Winspear Centre
Oct 03 - Calgary AL @ Knox United Church
Oct 04 - Winnipeg Man.@ Burton Cummings Theatre
Oct 05 - Ottawa Ont. @ Centre Pointe Theatre
Oct 06 - Toronto Ont.@ Wintergarden Theatre
Oct 08 - East Lansing MI @ Wharton Center
Oct 12 - Rehoboth Beach DE @ Rehoboth Jazz Fest
Oct 13 - Newark NJ @ NJPAC
Oct 14 - Troy NY @ Troy Music
Oct 18 - Idaho Falls, ID @ TBA
Oct 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
Oct 25 – Singapore @ Victoria Theatre
Oct 26 – Philippines @ TBA
Oct 27 - Manila Ph @ Greenbelt Park
Oct 28 - Cebu Ph @ TBA
Oct 29 - Taipei Taiwan @ Taichung Jazz Festival
Oct 30 - Hong Kong HK @ Hong Kong City Hall
Nov 18 - Atlantic City NJ @ Hilton Hotel/Casino TBA
Dec 19 - New York NY @ Blue Note
Dec 20 - New York NY @ Blue Note
Dec 21 - New York NY @ Blue Note
Dec 22 - New York NY @ Blue Note
Dec 23 - New York NY @ Blue Note
Dec 24 - New York NY @ Blue Note

Thursday, June 22, 2006


Few musicians would take the risk of producing, arranging and writing music and lyrics, in addition to singing on their debut CD. Lynne Fiddmont shows her strength in creating Flow, an intensely personal 9-song collection of melodic, jazzy soul songs, all but one of which is not a Fiddmont original. The St. Louis native now takes center stage with her first solo release, Flow, after years of being the music industry’s "go-to girl" background vocalist for a long list of Grammy winners and hit-makers: Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Patti Austin, Madonna, Seal, Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand, Gloria Estefan, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Whitney Houston, Yolanda Adams, James Ingram, Frankie Beverly, Norman Brown, Bill Withers, and many others.

Flow does not merely mark the graduation of a woman who has arguably stayed too long at the fair…globetrotting with superstars or milking a studio tan at the service of hit makers. Flow represents a joyous ceremony of sweet, purposeful liberation. As A. Scott Galloway states in the liner notes, "Not only does singer/songwriter Fiddmont have a lot to say, she has boldly opened her own label, MidLife Records, to start spreading the news."A "Record Release Party," with a special debut performance, is planned for July 11 at the Aura Night Club in Studio City.

Flow, released May 30 in the USA, is available in selected cities, at various record stores, and online through INgrooves and at Few musicians would take the risk of producing, arranging and writing the lyrics, In addition to singing on their debut CD. Fiddmont shows her strength in creating Flow, an intensely personal 9-song collection of melodic, jazzy soul songs, all but one of which is not a Fiddmont original. "As things occur, you can either fight them or go with them, figuring out solutions and making the best of a challenging situation — it’s all about life’s ebb and flow," she explains.

Released as the CD’s first single through INgrooves and on a Tastemaker compilation in Europe, "Flow (The EP Remix Series)," has whet the appetites of listeners with her soul-stirring artistry. Fusing a boppin’ groove to catchy, clever lyrics, co-written and producer Tim Carmon and Lynne Fiddmont, hit the mark with a musical combination destined to touch everyone. Blue notes of bittersweet déjà vu fill Fiddmont’s breathtaking new acoustic version of U R Loved, a Quiet Storm classic that she first recorded in 1991 (under the duo name Linsey) on their CD, Perfect Love. Fiddmont, the soulstress with the thousand-watt smile, invites the listener on a jazzy musical journey of love, sorrow and rebirth. She sings of luxurious daydreams, spur-of-the-mid-week holidays and torrid scented-candle nights of the so-good-so-right and oh-so-wrong varieties. And it’s all set to a mesmerizing score where jazz and pop — celestial and international incantations — swirl to seamlessness. Fiddmont’s divine, sultry voice surrounds you in an intimate aural embrace of love, serenity and sensuality. Like sun-ripened summer fruit, the CD bursts open with the care-free samba Holiday (produced by bassist Freddie Washington, best known for co-writing Patrice Rushen’s Forget Me Nots, which was also sampled for Will Smith’s Men in Black).

Everything that Lynne has learned about relationships has manifested within her work. She poured her heart into the driving, inspirational mantra Something I Can Feel (which features her brother, Keith Fiddmont, on soprano sax, as well as her son, Courtney, and daughter, Alana, as part of the children’s choir). It was inspired by her lifelong musical idol, Stevie Wonder, and his masterwork As, because, "the hook has so many words and the structure goes through cycles," she explains. "The song talks about wanting to believe in the love supreme and that love can conquer all. The main idea is ‘I don’t want you to tell me that you love me. I want to feel it.’Say (which recalls vintage Rufus meets Minnie Riperton) opens like a Calgon-inspired afternoon daydream before descending into a gentle plea to reignite romance. It features lovely piano work by Mark Stephens. And then there’s the intoxicating and mesmerizing Cupid. "I love the opening lines," Fiddmont sighs. "‘You are the song that my soul sings / you give my melody a meaning.’ I’m a hopeless romantic. That’s how I look at the possibilities of love. The idea that it can exist is so inspiring."Flow’s one cover song is the CD’s closer No Regrets, which young Fiddmont discovered on a 1976 recording by Phoebe Snow (it was also recorded earlier by Ella Fitzgerald). Swingin’ in a sultry, sassy mode supported by a trio of piano, bass and drums, Fiddmont proves her jazz roots with aplomb.

Fiddmont dedicated her debut CD, Flow, to the late Carl Anderson, a peerless artist with whom she shared many personal and professional memories. He passed away in 2004. "Carl always pushed me to do my thing," Fiddmont states. "One of the most precious memories I have of Carl is, while he was in the hospital, he asked me to sing "U R Loved" for him and I did. I was glad I could comfort him in some way because he always gave so much to me. He always made me feel like I had something special to give.’"

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


The fourth annual JazzWeek Awards were presented at the JazzWeek Awards brunch during the fifth annual JazzWeek Summit on June 17, 2006, in Rochester, N.Y. , where JazzWeek recognizd the best jazz radio stations, programmers, labels and musicians of 2006.

JazzWeek Awards recipients in 14 categories were:
Station of the Year: Major Market: KUVO, Denver
Station of the Year: Medium Market: WWOZ, New Orleans
Station of the Year: Small Market: KANU, Lawrence, Kansas
Programmer of the Year: Major Market: Arturo Gómez, KUVO, Denver
Programmer of the Year: Medium Market: Derrick Lucas, WGMC, Rochester, N.Y.
Programmer of the Year: Small Market: Russell Haines, WWSP, Stevens Point, Wis.
Record Company Promotion Representative of the Year: Vikki Rzepka, Telarc
Major Label of the Year: Concord
Independent Label of the Year: Palmetto Records
Independent Promotion Company of the Year: New World 'n' Jazz Promotion & Marketing
Record of the Year: Jaco Pastorius Big Band 'The Word Is Out' (Heads Up)
Instrumentalist of the Year: Chris Potter
Vocalist of the Year: Kurt Elling

JazzWeek is a weekly publication covering the jazz and smooth jazz industry. JazzWeek publishes the only national jazz radio airplay chart and also publishes the most comprehensive smooth jazz singles and album airplay charts, all of which are powered by Mediaguide. In July, JazzWeek will add College Jazz and World Music airplay charts. The JazzWeek Summit is an annual conference for jazz radio, record labels, independent promoters and musicians, covering all aspects of radio programming, promotion, and music selection.


Bunny Wailer, the reggae legend who was one of the original Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, will tour for the first time with a new generation of Marleys. Wailer will play alongside Marley's sons, Stephen and Ziggy, on the Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival, a month-long tour that opens Aug. 6 in Redway, Calif. Ozomatli is also on the bill. Wailer, who last released the album Communication in 2000, is the lone surviving member of the Wailers. Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981 and Peter Tosh was murdered in 1987.


Atlantic recording artists Zero 7 have announced details of their upcoming North American tour. The dates come in support of the UK-based duo's critically celebrated third album, The Garden. The tour will see Zero 7 - a.k.a. Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns joined onstage by a full four-piece backing band and two extraordinary vocalists - longtime collaborator Sia Furler and Swedish singer/songwriter José González. Both acclaimed artists in their own rights, Furler and González recently lent their voices to a number of tracks on The Garden.

The North American dates will kick off on August 26th at San Diego's House of Blues, and then travel the continent before culminating in an eagerly anticipated two-night stand at New York City's Webster Hall on September 15th and 16th. In addition to the headline dates, the trek also features a number of major festival appearances, including KCRW's World Festival at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl on August 27th, and a September 3rd performance at Seattle's annual Bumbershoot extravaganza.

Hailed by KCRW programmer Nic Harcourt as "an instant classic," The Garden has been the #1 most-played album at the influential Los Angeles radio station for the past five weeks. The album has been a top 10 favorite at KCRW since debuting atop the station's playlist last March. The Garden has drawn unprecedented praise both here in the U.S. and around the world. People commended Zero 7 for creating "a perfectly chilled-out ambience by imbuing the atmospheric surroundings on The Garden with a human warmth." Entertainment Weekly praised the album as "an optimistic vision that, as the title suggests, aims to conjure its own Eden." "Zero 7 have perfected the formula for folk jazz that transcends definition and defies classification," declared URB, "always taking us on joyous rides that often end at truly unexpected places." The Garden is part dandelion blowing out the window of our V Dub van," wrote Jane Magazine, "part sexy opium den on a late Sunday night." In a four-starred rave, Mojo declared, "Zero 7's third album is packed with fine folk-tinged numbers, underpinned by a smattering of subtle electronic twiddles," while Mixmag hailed the arrival of "a more adventurous and fully mature Zero 7 sound," noting that "there's an extra sexy looseness... a laid-back swing that's more danceable."

Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns first made themselves known as engineers in the late 1990s, working behind the scenes with such artists as Pet Shop Boys and Robert Plant. Teaming up as Zero 7, the duo emerged from the studio and captured the attention of music lovers around the world with their now-classic 2001 debut, Simple Things. That era-defining collection was followed in 2004 by their acclaimed second album, When It Falls, along with their contribution (In The Waiting Line) to the Grammy-winning soundtrack of "Garden State."

From the shimmering opener Futures (featuring Jose González) to the exuberant bluesy psychedelia of Throw It All Away (featuring Sia Furler), The Garden clearly serves notice of the British production duo's talent for eking out sunshine-soaked ambient soul. Along with the contributions of González and Furler, the album also features the vocal debut of Zero 7's Henry Binns, who adds his voice to a number of the set's highlights, including the tender Your Place. Instantly recognizable and yet beguilingly fresh, The Garden is Zero 7's most freewheeling and evocative piece of music to date.

ZERO 7 THE GARDEN On Tour 2006
Aug. 26 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Aug. 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl - KCRW's World Festival
Aug. 29 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Aug. 30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Sept. 1 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sept. 2 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Sept. 3 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival
Sept. 6 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Sept. 8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café
Sept. 9 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
Sept.10 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto Islands Park - V Fest
Sept.12 - Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom
Sept.13 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Sept. 15 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sept. 16 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Beach House Radio, currently test broadcasting via their website, will be launching a full dedicated service on August 1. Dedicated to summer, chillout music, Beach House Radio ( is currently trial broadcasting via their website and is set to provide an advertising-free radio station, playing the best in chillout and ambient music. The website and station also features yet to be signed artists from across the globe. According to their business plan, the station will be free of advertising breaks, and instead, companies and products sponsor an hour slot each day for an entire month.


The 39th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival is set to kickoff from June 23-25 with a exciting lineup of smooth jazz and R&B performers. Scheduled to appear this year are the following. On June 23 : Maze with Frankiie Beverley, KEM, Superstars of Jazz with Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston-Smith,Jean Carne, Bobbi Humphrey, Jon Lucien, Wayne Henderson and
Ronnie Laws. On June 24: B.B. King, Charlie Wilson, Boney James, Kindred the Family Soul. On June 25 look for Toni Braxton, Will Downing, Groovin’ For Grover with Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum and Jeff Lorber.

Monday, June 19, 2006


The TD-Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival has confirmed pianist Brad Mehldau will perform two concerts on June 27. Unlike his last Ottawa appearance in 2002, when he played for 7,500 people in Confederation Park, Mehldau will perform this time in the intimate 375-seat auditorium at Library & Archives Canada. Acclaimed as one of the most adventurous pianists in jazz, Mehldau will be accompanied by bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. The trio is expected to perform music from House On Hill, a CD to be released in Canada the day of the Ottawa concerts.


WQCD-FM's (101.9) Smooth Cruise series begins Wednesday and will continue throughout July and August. The cruises will depart from Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. The performer lineup: June 21, Down to the Bone; June 28, Bobby Caldwell; July 5, Pieces of a Dream; July 12, David Benoit; July 19, Mindi Abair; July 26, Phil Perry; Aug. 2, Brian Culbertson; Aug. 9, Marion Meadows; Aug. 16, Spyro Gyra; Aug. 23, The Rippingtons; and Aug. 30, artist to be announced.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


The newly expanded Detroit International Jazz Festival will welcome a wide spectrum of musical artists on Labor Day weekend, the 27th annual celebration September 1-4. A partial list of headliners for the 2006 Detroit Jazz Festival includes a Friday evening Motown blast off with the Funk Brothers and Temptations Revue starring Dennis Edwards. Other performers will include Brazilian Jazz great Sergio Mendes, premier Jazz vocalist Diane Schuur with the Wayne State University Jazz Big Band, New Orleans icon Dr. John, Jazz legend Ahmad Jamal, and Pop and Roots stars Joan Osborne, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens, Marcia Ball, The Gerald Wilson Big Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Papa Lou Donaldson, Mose Allison, and Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet, among many others.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Seattle smooth jazz radio station – KWKZ (98.9FM) has sacked their morning DJ. Nick Morrison had been doing the 5-10 a.m weekdays and 6 a.m. – noon Saturdays a little more than a year, and was fired for poor ratings, according to program director Carol Handley, who will fill in for the time being……….The new Jazzmasters 5 album coming soon – no word as of yet exactly when, but we will be the first to announce the release dates. Select songs from the forthcoming CD are already receiving airplay on smooth jazz radio stations. Keep posted……….Euge Groove, Brian Culbertson,Eric Darius, Peabo Bryson, Jonathan Butler, Gerald Albright, Wayman Tisdale, Mindi Abair, Najee, Paul Taylor, Jeff Golub, Peter White, Richard Elliot and Bobby Caldwell headlined the recently held Lexus Jazz Festival in Newport Beach, CA. The event took place at the Hyatt Regency on the weekend of June 9-11, 2006……….The Stanley Clarke/George Duke Project is back together again and have just brought their distinct sound to the JVC New York Jazz Festival on Tuesday, June 13. One of the world’s most sought after pianists and the king of the acoustic and electric bass – George Duke and Stanley Clarke – teamed up in 1981 to form the Clarke/Duke Project. Together they scored a Top 20 pop hit with Sweet Baby and recorded three albums. Now after a 16 year hiatus, they have resumed touring. With other concerts being scheduled around the world.


Burt Bacharach is in the midst of a tour in support of his latest CD At This Time released late last year.

Here are Bacharach’s tour dates between now and early next year:
June 27 – Brevard, NC @ Brevard Music Center
June 29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
June 30 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
July 1 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
July 2 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
July 3 – Westhampton Breach, NY @ Westhampton Beach Performance. Center.
Aug. 20 – San Diego, CA @ Embaracadero Marina Pk. S.
Aug. 27 – Cerritos, CA @ Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts
Sept. 16 – Denver CO @ Paramount Theater
Sept. 22 – Saratoga, CA @ Garden Theater
Oct. 4 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theater
Oct. 6 – Houston, TX @ Jones Hall
Oct. 7 – Houston, TX @ Jones Hall
Oct. 8 – Houston, TX @ Jones Hall
Nov. 4 – Coachella, CA @ Spotlight 29 Casino
Nov. 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
Nov. 17 – Pittsburgh @ Heinz Hall
Nov. 18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
Nov. 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
Feb. 17 – Key Largo, FL @ Ocean Reef Cultural Center
Feb. 18 – Miami, FL @ Performing Arts Center
Feb. 19 – Lakeland, FL @ The Lakeland Center
Feb. 20 – Lakeland, FL @ The Lakeland Center
Feb. 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Upcoming Madison, Wisconsin-area concerts of interest in the coming weeks include - Michael Buble at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center on June 22; Seu Jorge at UW Memorial Union on June 27; Beth Orton at the Barrymore Theatre on July 22; Bonnie Raitt at Overture Center on August 24; and Fareed Haque and the Chicago Afrobeat Project at the Orton Park Festival at Orton Park, August 25-27.


Tony Bennett will mark his 80th birthday on August 3 this year, launching the beginning of a multi-tiered celebration honoring this milestone. RPM Records/Columbia Records will release a new recording, TONY BENNETT: DUETS/An American Classic, which will be in-stores internationally on September 26. Recorded live in the studio, the CD features Tony performing duets of his best loved songs with many of the top names in music: Bono, Michael Buble, Elvis Costello, Dixie Chicks, Juanes, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, John Legend, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder. Instrumental musical guests on the album include trumpeter Chris Botti and violinist Pinchas Zukerman.

TONY BENNETT: DUETS/An American Classic was recorded in three cities earlier this year: Capitol Studios in Los Angeles; Bennett Studios in Englewood, NJ and Abbey Road Studios in London. Producer Phil Ramone supervised the live sessions in which each guest artist performed side by side with Bennett. Tony's touring quartet provided the accompaniment for
the recording sessions with additional orchestrations added with musical arrangements by Jorge Calandrelli. Bennett's sons are involved in the project: Danny Bennett, who is the singer's manager, is the recording's Executive Producer and Dae Bennett is the audio engineer. For many of the guest artists, the "live" approach to the sessions was a new and thrilling experience. Despite the existence of technology that allows artists to record duets without being together physically, it was essential to Bennett's recording style that each artist perform and record directly with Tony.

"I was on the road all last year and there is nothing like that live dynamic, so working live in the studio with Tony has been a great experience," commented John Legend, who received the "Best New Artist" Grammy Award the night before recording his duet with Tony. "I would like to try that for my own recordings." The CD's 18 songs, each selected by Bennett, are integral elements from Tony's hit catalog such as I Wanna Be Around (with Bono), Because of You (with k.d. lang), The Shadow of Your Smile (with Juanes), Cold, Cold, Heart (with Tim McGraw) and Rags to Riches (with Elton John). Also featured are some of Bennett's personal favorites including Smile (with Barbra Streisand), Sing You Sinners (with John Legend), The Very Thought of You (with Paul McCartney) and Are You Havin' Any Fun? (with Elvis Costello).

Appropriately, the recording's only vocal solo showcases Bennett performing his signature song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, accompanied only by Bill Charlap on piano. "Each duet artist brought their own soul and sensibility to their song performance and it was a wonderful gift for my birthday to be able to record with these talented musicians," commented Bennett. TONY BENNETT: DUETS/An American Classic is part of an overall campaign in honor of Bennett's 80th birthday. Sponsored by Target, the first event will be a star-studded party to be held on August 3 in New York City. That same date will see the release of the CD's first single to a variety of radio formats. Extensive multi-media corporate sponsored campaigns with
Target and Yahoo! will be implemented for the CD launch. Target will offer added value items, including an edition of the album including several additional duets as well as a "making of" DVD. Darrell Tucker, vice president of merchandising for Target stated, "The Target Corporation is honored to partner with Tony Bennett on the occasion of his 80th birthday and this exceptional Duets CD project. He is an entertainer of singular artistry and a person of impeccable integrity. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to be a part of the celebration."

Later this fall, a prime-time network special, also sponsored by Target, featuring Tony and special guest artists will be aired. Legacy Recordings is slated to release a limited-edition boxed set collection as well as reissues of Tony Bennett titles previously unavailable on CD throughout the fall of 2006 and into 2007 along with the complete digitization of Bennett's entire catalog. A documentary on Tony's life and career, executive produced by Clint Eastwood, is in the works for 2007, as is an art book of Tony's original paintings.

Tony Bennett, who first joined Columbia Records in 1950, has been signed to the label longer than any other recording artist in its history. With over 50 million records sold worldwide, more than 100 recordings to his credit and thirteen Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Album of the Year Award, Bennett's career is unparalleled in the industry.

"Tony Bennett never fails to bring a rare and special artistry to his music while showing an incredible generosity of spirit toward the world and his fans," said Steve Barnett, Chairman, Columbia Records. "It's an honor and a privilege to wish Tony a very happy 80th birthday and to thank him for giving us the gift of so much magic and so much music over the years."

Track Listing for TONY BENNETT: DUETS/An American Classic
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams /STING
Put On A Happy Face/JAMES TAYLOR
The Shadow Of Your Smile/JUANES
Rags To Riches/ELTON JOHN
The Very Thought Of You/PAUL MCCARTNEY
Lullaby Of Broadway/DIXIE CHICKS
Cold, Cold Heart/TIM MCGRAW
The Best Is Yet To Come/DIANA KRALL
Are You Havin' Any Fun?/ELVIS COSTELLO
Because Of You/K.D. LANG WITH CHRIS BOTTI (Trumpet)
Sing You Sinners/JOHN LEGEND
The Good Life/BILLY JOEL
I Wanna Be Around/BONO
How Do Keep The Music Playing/GEORGE MICHAEL
I Left My Heart In San Francisco/TONY BENNETT WITH BILL CHARLAP (Piano)


Decade, the newest release by Joseph Patrick Moore on Blue Canoe Records, contains material compiled from his recording efforts spanning the years 1996-2005. Unlike other compilation or "best of" recordings, Decade is not a testimonial of past achievements but a preface, or glimpse, into the artist's future. Joseph Patrick Moore is a master bassist, equally proficient with upright and electric instruments; his technical virtuosity and artistic curiosity have taken him in pursuit of many musical styles. It is apparent that Moore's works are inspired by mainstream jazz and contemporary jazz as well as r&b, gospel and pop. The result of this exploratory approach to composition is fresh, imaginative, and adds an air of excitement and serves as a foil to the all too often boring and overworked state of academic classroom jazz.A great sense of adventure thrives in this compelling 80 minute, 19 song CD. Moore pays tribute to mentors Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis with original compositions Herbie and Pause 1. His solo bass version of The Police tune Masoko Tanga and the full-band vocal rendition of Men at Work's Down Under (in the spirit of Hancock's Possibilities and Davis’ Tutu) are evidence that pop music is an excellent source of inspiration of jazz arrangements. JPM's abilities come full circle on the title track: he composed and played all the instruments on this soon to be smooth jazz anthem.If you are searching for music with rich textures and groove oriented arrangements, look no further than Joseph Patrick Moore's Decade 1996-2005 on Blue Canoe Records. Aptly titled, it is a remarkable odyssey through the world of contemporary jazz.

Monday, June 12, 2006


Carlos Santana will be honored with another milestone induction on Friday, June 23 when he becomes part of the Hollywood Bowl Hall Of Fame during their Seventh Annual ceremony. Founded in 2000, the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, "celebrates those consummate creators and performers, who, through their talent and effort, have established themselves as true superstars -- with appearances on screen, stage, recordings, and at the Bowl -- whose contributions to the arts have made them part of the fabric of American culture." The June 23 date also marks "Opening Night At The Bowl," one of the world famous venue's biggest evenings all year. Carlos will perform on a special bill that includes Andre Watts, Blue Man Group and John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. The gala event, which begins at 8:30PM, benefits Music Matters, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's educational initiative, dedicated to creating innovative music education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. Recently, Music Matters has added extra focus towards supporting Los Angeles public schools and their renewed commitment to restoring arts education for all students.

Next, Carlos Santana and the Santana Band - fresh off their first tour of South America in over two decades and an initial leg of European dates this spring , will take to the road again for an itinerary stretching through September. As their global circuit continues, the 2006 World Tour picks up in early July with shows in Europe and Japan. Santana's Stateside sweep commences in late July with West coast dates through mid-August, followed by East coast concerts spanning most of September. Besides Carlos Santana on guitar, the Santana Band's current line-up includes (alphabetically): Tommy Anthony (guitar, backing vocals), Dennis Chambers (drums), Jeff Cressman (trombone), Bill Ortiz (trumpet), Karl Perazzo (percussion, timbales), Raul Rekow (congas, percussion), Benny Rietveld (bass), Chester Thompson (keyboards) and Andy Vargas featured on vocals.

The July European dates begin with two shows in Germany - Oberhausen and Liepzig - on the 5th and 6th, respectively, that are make-ups for concerts previously scheduled in May. From July 9-12, Santana will perform the last four days of the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, followed by three dates in Italy: July 14 in Lucca (with John Mayer opening), July 15 in Naples (with Robert Plant opening), July 17 in Perugia and July 18 in Udine. From there, Santana travels to Japan for shows in Shizuoka (July 22) and Osaka (July 23).

Santana's domestic 2006 World Tour itinerary kicks off with West coast U.S. dates beginning on July 27 in San Diego, CA at Viejas Concerts at Bayside. The schedule features shows in Phoenix, AZ (July 27) and Las Vegas, NV (July 29) in addition to concerts spanning the length of California, concluding with an August 6 show at the Sacramento Valley's Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Marysville. Neo-soul star Anthony Hamilton, who belts out the memorable track Twisted on the new Santana album All That I Am, will be featured as the opening act for all the West coast tour dates.

The East coast leg of Santana's 2006 World Tour -- featuring the Salvador Santana Band opening and Los Lonely Boys as the second act - launches with a September 15 concert at Mansfield, MA's Tweeter Center. Other highlights include September 16 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY, September 23-24 at the Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Center, and September 28 at the Sound Advice Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL.

Santana's 38th and latest album All That I Am - their third for Arista Records in partnership with music legend Clive Davis - spotlights a diverse mix of stellar guest artists including Steven Tyler, Mary J. Blige, Michelle Branch, Sean Paul, Big Boi, Joss Stone, Los Lonely Boys, Bo Bice, Anthony Hamilton, Kirk Hammett and more. The disc follows up 2001's GRAMMY-winning Shaman, and 1999's 25X platinum Supernatural, which won a record-tying best of nine GRAMMYs for a single recording project. Over the course of his extraordinary career, 11X GRAMMY® winner Carlos Santana has performed live for over 100 million people worldwide, a number that grows this year as myriad more fans have the opportunity to embrace the celebration of music and spirit that is the essence of a Santana concert.

That same sublime music and spirit has led to countless honors and awards over the years, including Carlos' forthcoming induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. Earlier in 2006, Carlos received the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame Award which, in addition to Santana's musical legacy, honored the work of the Milagro Foundation, established in 1998 by Carlos and his wife, author Deborah Santana, as well as their many other humanitarian endeavors. Ms. Santana's first book, the acclaimed memoir "Space Between The Stars: My Journey To An Open Heart," published by Random House's One World/Ballantine Books, has just been released in a soft cover edition featuring a newly created personal discussion and reading group questions section (the hardcover and audio editions were published in 2005). Deborah Santana is currently working on future works of both fiction and non-fiction.

Recently, she visited New Orleans' Katrina-devastated 9th ward, and in a piece featured (in its entirety) on wrote, "My father was born in Louisiana. The people struggling there are my relatives, as is every person in the human family...2000 children still have no schools, playgrounds or libraries. Charity Hospital has been operating in tents that the Army loaned from Iraq and Afghanistan, which reminds me -- why are we spending $60 million per hour on destroying and rebuilding Iraq when we cannot rebuild one great American city?" Deborah and Carlos Santana encourage all Americans to participate in a call to action in support of New Orleans.

July 5 Oberhausen, Germany - Kopi Arena (replacement for May 24 show)
July 6 Leipzig, Germany - Arena (replacement for May 26 show)
July 9-12 Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival
July 14 Lucca, Italy (w/opener John Mayer)
July 15 Naples, Italy (w/opener Robert Plant)
July 17 Perugia, Italy
July 18 Udine, Italy
July 22 Shizuoka, Japan
July 23 Osaka, Japan

JULY & AUGUST - WEST COAST U.S. featuring Anthony Hamilton as opener
July 27 San Diego, CA - Viejas Concerts at Bayside
July 28 Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion
July 29 Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 31 Irvine, CA May 20 - Verizon Amphitheater
August 1-2 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
August 4 Concord, CA - Chronicle Pavilion
August 5 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 6 Marysville, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre

SEPTEMBER - EAST COAST U.S. featuring Salvador Santana Band opening and Los Lonely Boys as second act:
September 15 Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center
September 16 Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
September 17 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
September 20 Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
September 22 Wallingford, CT - Chevrolet Theater
September 23-24 Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Center
September 26 Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
September 28 West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amphitheater
September 29 Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
September 30 Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre


Bruce Conte played lead guitar with Tower of Power during its most prolific period, beginning with its third album release. Now after more than a 20-year absence, Bruce returns. He has been rehearsing with the band, and will be touring with them, effective immediately. In the meantime, Tower of Power is reprising it successful 2005 tour with Tom Jones for a few selective dates. Tower of Power opens for Tom and his band, which includes Tower alumnus, Herman Matthews on drums. Last year the Horn Section would join Tom for Down To The Nightclub. Tom has performed Nightclub periodically, over the years in his live shows.

Tower of Power 2006 Tour Schedule
June 15th - Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie appearing with Tom Jones
June 16th - Bossier City, LA @ Horseshoe Casino Riverdome appearing with Tom Jones
June 17th - Robinsonville, MS @ Bluesville Showroom Horseshoe Casino appearing with Tom Jones
June 18th -Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater appearing with Tom Jones
June 20th - Louisville, KY @ Whitney Theater appearing with Tom Jones
June 22nd - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheater appearing with Tom Jones
June 23rd - Cherokee, NC @ Harrah's Cherokee Smoky Mountains Casino appearing with Tom Jones
June 24th - Newport News, VA @ Ferguson Center for the Arts appearing with Tom Jones
June 25th - Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Opera House appearing with Tom Jones
July 7th - Imatra, Finland @ Imatra Big Band Festival
July 11th - Aachen, Germany
July 12th - Jena, Germany
July 14th - Montreux, Switzerland @ Stravinski Auditorium
July 15th - Rotterdam, Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Festival
July 16th - Karsruhe, Germany
July 18th - Bochum, Germany
July 19th - Kassel, Germany
July 20th - Samso, Denmark @Samso Festival
July 22nd - Graz, Austria
Aug.15th - San Mateo, CA @ San Mateo County Fair Grandstand
Aug.16th - Oroville, CA @ Feather Falls Casino
Aug.17th - Monterey, CA @ Monteray County Fairgrounds
Aug.18th - Oroville, CA @ Feather Falls Casino
Aug. 25th – Las Vegas, NV @ Suncoast Hotel & Casino
Aug. 26th – Las Vegas, NV @ Suncoast Hotel & Casino
Aug. 27th – Las Vegas, NV @ Suncoast Hotel & Casino
Sept.15th - San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
Sept.16th - Mammoth Lakes, CA @ Canyon Meadows Amphitheatre
Sept. 20th - Bakersfield, CA @ Kern County Fair – Bud Pavillion
Sept. 22nd - Alton, IL @ Argosy Casino
Sept. 24th - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Sept. 27th - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Sept. 28th -York, PA @ Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center
Sept. 29th - New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
Sept. 30th - Peekskill, NY @ Paramount Center for the Arts
Oct.1st - Plains, PA @ The Waterfront Banquet Facility
Oct.3rd - Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
Oct.5th - Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort & Casino - Showroom
Oct.6th - New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
Oct.7th - Englewood, NJ@ The Bergen Performing Arts Center
Oct.8th - Wilmington, DE @ Grand Opera House
Nov.1st - Lancaster, CA @ Lancaster Performing Arts Center
Nov.2nd - Highland, CA @ San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino
Nov.4th - Albuquerque, NM @ Route 66 Casino
Nov.10th - Agoura Hills, CA @ Canyon Theater
Nov.11th - Cerritos, CA @ Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Nov.24th - Tahoe City, NV @ Harrah South Shore Room

Sunday, June 11, 2006


In 2003, the acclaimed singer-pianist-composer Patricia Barber became one of the few Jazz musicians ever to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she took the opportunity to create one of the most ambitious and affecting works of her career. Mythologies is a song cycle based on Greek mythology, which uses characters from The Metamorphoses of Ovid as the basis for each of the 11 songs, giving these timeless stories a uniquely contemporary and compelling musical setting.

Barber, whom TIME magazine once referred to as a cross between Susan Sontag and Diana Krall, has now recorded Mythologies for release on Blue Note Records on August 15. Built around her dynamic quartet, Mythologies also features a guest saxophonist, vocal soloists, a gospel choir, and children hip hop artists.

1. The Moon
2. Morpheus
3. Pygmalion
4. Hunger
5. Icarus (for Nina Simone)
6. Orpheus/Sonnet
7. Persephone
8. Narcissus
9. Whiteworld/Oedipus
10. Phaethon
11. The Hours

Saturday, June 10, 2006


Song stylist Victor Fields must fall in love with the songs he selects to sing in order to be able to infuse the material with the inspired passion he's known for on his soulful jazz recordings. He has always wanted to record a Diane Warren composition as she is arguably one of this era's best pop writers of heartfelt, anthem-like love songs. Fields delivered a gorgeous version of Warren's Show Me The Way Back To Your Heart on his recently released Victor album. The track is being serviced to smooth jazz radio stations as the third single from the critically-acclaimed disc and will start collecting radio adds on June 19th.

The timing of the single release meshes with the pact recently inked between online retailer CD Baby and retail distributor Super D. Fields, who releases his albums independently through his own Regina Records label, has online distribution through CD Baby. With Super D providing retail distribution for CD Baby's artists, all three of Fields' albums are now available in record stores worldwide. His previous album releases were 52nd Street (2002), featuring appearances by Chris Botti, Jeff Lorber and Gerald Albright, and Promise (1999), which was produced by Grammy-nominee Kashif.

Work has already commenced on Fields' next album, which is tentatively slated for release this fall. For the third consecutive time, Fields will enter the recording studio with guitarist Chris Camozzi handling production duties. The fourth collection will be decidedly aimed towards the smooth jazz audience, although it will of course retain elements of R&B and adult contemporary.
Victor was released on Valentine's Day. It's a diverse, sophisticated collection of jazz, urban, adult pop and even Broadway-esque songs sung with elegance and grace. Fields is a classic crooner in the vein of such legends as Nat King Cole and Luther Vandross. The Bay Area resident has received praise from respected media outlets including USA Today, Chicago- Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Jazz Chill Corner Newsbits……….BET will honor Chaka Khan at the BET Awards ’06. The event is scheduled to take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 27. Khan will receive the BET Lifetime Achievement Award………. King Britt will perform a DJ Session at Zanzibar (CA) on June 9……….Maceo Parker appears at Irving Plaza in New York City on June 14……….The Brand New Heavies are back in swing and will appear at Warsaw in New York City on July 10……….Stanley Clarke and George Duke are back as the Clarke/Duke Project and have scheduled a series of key concert appearances during the summer, one of which will be at the JVC Jazz Festival. The Clarke/Duke Project will perform on July 13 at Avalon in New York. Also slated to perform at the New York JVC Jazz Festival include the Marcus Miller Band at Irving Plaza on June 16; Chris Botti and Lizz Wright on June 17 at Carnegie Hall; Smokey Robinson at Carnegie Hall on June 22; and Herbie Hancock and guests at Carnegie Hall on June 23……….Rainer Truby will perform an exclusive DJ set at Cielo (NY) on September 7.......... Verve is set to release Regina Carter's latest CD entitled - I'll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey on June 13. The album pays tribute to the memory of her late mother, Grace Carter, in a swinging journey through the some of the classic songs of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s that her mother loved during her youth. With effervescent arrangements featuring dare-devilishly spontaneous improvisations and interplay between Carter and her bandmates, I'll Be Seeing You is a feel-good foray into the joys of small-group swing and classic mid-century songs.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater and film score composer Lalo Schifrin are to appear together on July 7 during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Cologne, Germany. They will be performing as part of the Sixth Cologne Jazz Night which is designated as part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup arts and culture program in the city. Paris-based Dee Dee Bridgewater, born in 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee, is without doubt one of the greatest living jazz sopranos, her imposing stage presence and supreme improvisation skills continuing a long tradition encapsulated by her idol Ella Fitzgerald. Lalo Schifrin (born 1932 in Buenos Aires) shares a connection to Fitzgerald, as he once accompanied the Grande Dame of jazz as a pianist. Schifrin's music is best known from the movies, as he rates as one of the world's leading cinematic composers (Mission Impossible, Rush Hour, Dirty Harry). The star duo will be backed by the Cologne Music Academy Big Band conducted by Professor Joachim Ullrich. The program is drawn from Schifrin's collected works.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


On September 12th, Blue Note/Metro Blue Records will simultaneously release two individual albums from the Brazilian superstar Marisa Monte Universo ao meu redor is a collection of Samba songs both old and new, and Infinito Particular is a contemporary Pop record on which Monte returned to various unrecorded songs from over the course of her 15 years of songwriting. Each of the two albums presents a unique identity, and shows the remarkable breadth of Monte’s musicianship, as singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and musicologist. The albums, which were released in Brazil this spring and have already sold platinum, feature an impressive array of guest collaborators as well, including David Byrne, Philip Glass, Seu Jorge, Carlinhos Brown and Arnaldo Antunes.

Monte will be announcing fall 2006 U.S. tour dates to support the album releases in the coming weeks. It will be her first U.S. tour since 2000. At the end of the tour for her last solo release Memories, Chronicles & Declarations in 2001, Monte had spent almost two solid years traveling the globe and decided to stay home for awhile and focus on studio projects including 2003’s runaway success Tribalistas, her collaboration with Carlinhos Brown and Arnaldo Antunes that went quadruple-platinum in Brazil, became a hit in Europe, and earned five nominations at the 4th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in the United States. During the recording of Tribalistas Monte became pregnant and gave birth to her first child the same month the CD was released. By necessity, she scaled back all plans for touring and promotion and spent the next couple years at home raising her son. This period gave her the opportunity to explore two projects from which these new albums, Monte’s "non-identical twins" as she jokingly refers to them, were conceived.

Universo ao meu redor (The Universe Around Me), co-produced by Monte and Mario Caldato, is her first-ever recording to focus entirely on the great Brazilian tradition of Samba. Having grown up immersed in Samba (her father Carlos was one of the directors of the famous Portela Samba school in Rio de Janeiro), Monte was aware that there were many songs that were passed along orally that weren’t being recorded and were in danger of being lost. So she began researching these songs and their histories by interviewing Samba composers, as well as their family members & colleagues. Universo ao meu redor places several of her discoveries that date back as far as the 1940s, including songs by Jayme Silva, D. Yvonne Lara, Casemiro Vieira, Moraes e Galvao, and Argemiro Patrocinio, alongside new Samba songs written by Monte with Brown and Antunes and other contemporary composers such as Paulinho da Viola. Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne also makes a guest appearance on the song Statue of Liberty, which he co-wrote with Monte.

During the same time that Monte was doing her Samba research, she also began to sort through her large collection of cassette tapes on which she had documented her songwriting process from the beginning of her career. As she went through the hundreds of tapes, digitizing them for preservation, she came across the early sketches of songs that had since been recorded and made popular, but also many songs that she had abandoned and not yet returned to finish.This inspired Monte, along with songwriting partners both old (Brown, Antunes, Nando Reis, Pedro Baby, and Dadi) and new (Seu Jorge, Adriana Calcanhotto, Marcelo Yuka, Leonardo Reis and Rodrigo Campelo), to readdress some of this unfinished material and bring it to life. The result is the 13 tracks on Infinito Particular (Infinite Private), which was co-produced by Monte and Alê Siqueira, and also features arrangements by Eumir Deodato, João Donato, and the renowned American Classical composer Philip Glass.

Marisa Monte was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1967. Her father, Carlos Monte, was one of the directors of the Portela Samba school, and she begin her musical studies, including piano, drums & music theory, at a very early age. Despite coming of age during the height of the Musica Popular Brasileira movement—MPB was the post-bossa nova popular music of Brazil—Monte’s first interest was in Classical music and Opera, and so inspired by her idol Maria Callas she traveled to Italy at age 18 to study Classical singing. It was while abroad that Monte first fully recognized the musical richness of her homeland, and decided to return to Brazil and join the ranks of the MPB, following in the footsteps of her greatest influences, including Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Jorge Ben, Caetano Veloso, Nara Leão and Maria Bethânia, and establishing herself as a star in her own right.

Monte’s self-titled debut album in 1989 was an instant hit in Brazil, with stunning interpretations of everything from Gershwin and Kurt Weill to Brazilian pop, R&B and an old Carmen Miranda tune. One of her biggest fans, New York City-based guitarist Arto Lindsay, then took on a mentor’s role, helping her craft a string of critically acclaimed international releases that further explored her eclectic and original vision. Mais (1991), Rose And Charcola (1994), A Great Noise (1996), and Memories, Chronicles And Declarations (2000), as well as Tribalistas (2003), her successful collaboration with Carlinhos Brown and Arnaldo.

Monday, June 05, 2006


Guitartist Chuck Loeb has been quite busy lately with back-to-back concert performances and recording sessions. He’s just finished appearing at the Capital Jazz Festival (June 4), where he appeared with Chieli Minucci and Paul Jackson, Jr. It was their first project as a trio and we hope to hear more of that in the coming months. Looking further ahead at his schedule is a four-day ruin at The Iridium in New York City, June 15 through 18 with a special band comprising of Eric Marienthal (sax), Anthony Jackson (bass), Jim Beard (piano), and Josh Dion (drums). This concert will also feature music from each of these unique artists. From June 30th through July 8th, Loeb will be appearing at the 15th annual Canary Islands Jazz Festival. He and his special Iridium concert band (including German trumpeter Till Bronner), will be playing a series of shows on the various islands. The two final shows will be the gala 15th anniversary shows and will feature invited guests including the great guitarist Hiram Bullock, Paul McCandless, and Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist Rosa Passos. Loeb then heads off to the Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, California for a July 15th concert.

Studio-wise, Chuck Loeb had a guest soloist spot on Will Downing’s latest CD, Soul Symphony; he wrote one song and played on saxaphonist Andy Snitzer’s new CD, Some Quiet Place (Native Language, 2006); guested on Nelson Rangell’s new CD, Soul To Souls; played on Marion Meadows new CD, Dressed To Chill; and on Everette Harp’s latest CD, In The Moment, for which he wrote two new songs as well as a guest soloist. He is also close to completing a new CD and hopes to have it out in the next 6 months Talk about bust – wow!.


Gary Burton Quartet Revisted with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow & Antonio Sanchez at Yoshi’s in Oakland (June 8-11); Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at Herbst Theatre (June 11); Goapele at Yoshi’s in Oadland (June 14-15); Baaba Maal at Masonic Center (June 16); Javon Jackson Quartet with Benny Green at Yoshi’s in Oakland (June 20-21); & Kenny Garrett at Yoshi’s in Oakland (June 22-25).

Saturday, June 03, 2006


Let It Ride, the debut album from saxophonist Rob White, preceded by the first single Fin De Semana – which is in its sixth week of chart climbing and national spins, just jumped eleven spots on the Top 50 to come in at number 47, and is receiving a noteworthy number of spins on jazz, smooth jazz and urban AC radio – was released nationwide to stores on May 30. For the eleven-song disc, featuring Rob White on soprano and alto saxophone performing original songs and covers, executive producer Beau Huggins, who molded the careers of Najee, Alex Bugnon, Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson and Meli’sa Morgan, paired White with seasoned producer, Yasha. Together, the two have created a musical masterpiece in Let It Ride, filled with special moments – including A House Is Not A Home, a tribute to Luther Vandross. "The chemistry between White and Yasha was undeniably unique," says Charli Huggins, Orpheus Music V.P. Yasha, who helped create the sounds of Najee and Alex Bugnon agrees. ‘When Rob began to play I Wish I Wasn’t it sounded like a Heather Headley song. But when I told him to play two octaves higher, he made it a Rob White song. I saw Najee and Sweet Love all over again," Yasha exclaims. Additional proof of their chemistry is in Summer Groovin’, which almost made the cut list. But Beau said he hears "something special in that song, and proof that Yasha took Rob to a professional level he did not believe was attainable."


Minneapolis’ premier jazz club, The Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant has booked a stellar lineup of artists as part of that city’s Hot Summer Jazz Festival. Scheduled to take to the stage will be Pat Martino, touring in support of his new recording on Blue Note celebrating the music of Wes Montgomery on June 4-5; The Yellowjackets, who are celebrating 26 years of being one of the most successful fusion bands in the genre’s history on June 13; E.S.T. - Esbjorn Svensson Trio, the winners of the 2004 Hans Koller Prize for European Jazz Artist of the Year and numerous Swedish Grammies including Jazz Album of the Year in 1996, 1998 and 2003 on June 18-19; and Kevin Mahogany and Red Holloway on June 26-27. Kevin Mahogany has just recently been recognized by Newsweek magazine as "the standout vocalist of his generation," and Red Holloway has performed alongside the ranks of Dexter Gordon, Lionel Hampton, Jack McDuff, Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, and Lester Young.

Friday, June 02, 2006


Bill Withers has sung his way into the hearts of millions of fans worldwide with such memorable classics as Ain't No Sunshine, Grandma's Hands, I Want To Spend the Night,In The Name Of Love, Just The Two Of Us, Lean On Me, Lovely Day and Use Me, to name a few. He has received nine Grammy Award nominations, and won three for Best R&B Song for Ain't No Sunshine, Just The Two Of Us, and for the re-recording of Lean On Me by Club Nouveau.

He has received a Clio Award, two NAACP Image Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. His music and unique voice have been used in countless television and radio commercials, motion pictures and television programs, and his songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists from a variety of genres including Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Liza Minnelli, Sting, Will Smith, Lionel Hampton, The Temptations, Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger and Crystal Gayle, just to name a few.

"Bill's music and lyrics have extraordinary accessibility and universal appeal making him one of America's premier singer/songwriters," said Marilyn Bergman. "The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award is an honor that he richly deserves." The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award is given to ASCAP members who have had a major impact on the legacy of Rhythm and Soul music. Bill Withers joins a select group of recipients including Peabo Bryson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Rick James and Chaka Khan.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 240,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP also represents the repertories created by the international affiliates of 70 foreign performing rights organizations. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members


When singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled debut album entered the U.K. album chart at #1 in March, she made chart history as the first female British artist to do so with a debut album of original songs. Corinne Bailey Rae is currently certified double Platinum there, and Gold in numerous other countries, with worldwide sales already well over one million. Now Bailey Rae is poised to take North America, launching the album with performances on "Good Morning America" (June 19th, the day before the album's release) and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (June 27th) as well as a series of sold-out shows in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. While in the States, Bailey Rae will also tape appearances on PBS' "The Tavis Smiley Show" and A&E's "Breakfast with the Arts." Dates are being finalized for a full North American summer tour.

Early reaction has been astounding with Starbucks signing on to carry Corinne Bailey Rae at its Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada, a cross-platform You Oughta Know campaign at VH1, VH1 Soul and and a BET award nomination. And this week iTunes is featuring an acoustic version of lead single Put Your Records On as Single of the Week. "Rae's music sticks in your mind like a pleasant scent you wish would linger," said Blender while Entertainment Weekly said, "Corinne Bailey Rae is so 5 minutes from now ... Think a warm, sultry blend of Norah Jones Cool and Macy Gray Soul, with songwriting that shows flashes of Fiona Apple."

Put Your Records On spent three weeks atop the U.K. Airplay chart and is now climbing the charts at Smooth Jazz and AAA radio in the States. The accompanying video has already been added by VH1 Soul, where it was recently the #1 most played video. Now it's going into rotation at VH1 and Bailey Rae will be the focus of a massive cross-platform (VH1, VH1 Soul, You Oughta Know campaign beginning June 5th, which will include coverage on VH1 News, live performances, a VH1 Soul Listening Party and an appearance on VH1's Top 20 Countdown. Bailey Rae will also play her favorite videos in a Top 10 Countdown on VH1 Soul. Put Your Records On has been bumped up to "Very Cool" rotation at BETJ and has already earned her a nomination for the "BETJ Cool Like That" award. The BET awards will take place on June 27th.

Bailey Rae is one of six new emerging artists hand-picked by AOL Music for its innovative "Breakers" program. The four-month series of promotions includes an "AOL Sessions" performance, prime placements throughout the network and heavy rotation on AOL Radio. Clear Channel has also singled out Bailey Rae as one of today's most notable new artists, tapping her for its Spring 2006 "NEW!" program, which features three rising artists from five formats on its stations' websites.

In addition to carrying the album in its Company-operated stores in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks' customers will be introduced to Corinne Bailey Rae with overhead in-store play; web site promotion; programming and promotional spots on Hear Music(TM) Channel 75 on XM Satellite Radio; and a special contest in which Starbucks Hear Music, XM Satellite Radio and Capitol Records are offering the chance to win a trip for two to see one of Corinne's performances on her European tour.

Confirmed US shows are as follows, additional North American dates to be added soon:
June 21 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
June 23 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
June 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
June 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Verve has just announced that Diana Krall will release her next studio album on September 12. The new album is being produced by Krall and Tommy LiPuma and it will feature covers of various standards, including From This Moment On, How Insensitive, and It Could Happen To You. Her previous album, The Girl In The Other Room was released in 2004 and has sold 872,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Krall is scheduled to perform at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Aspen, CO on June 23, before heading off to Europe for a series of concerts.


Sidestepper is the alter-ego of UK-to-Columbia transplant producer Richard Blair. His eclectic Latin beats collective Sidestepper is back with a brand new single available for free download and a smattering of West Coast dates. His new Palm Pictures single Paloma - download it for free here: .

Paloma is a hypnotic afro-latin groove with sexy male/female call & response, sophisticated rhythmic syncopations and horn arrangements reminiscent of Fela. Paloma (dove, in Spanish) is often used as a metaphor for unrequited love, as singer Ivan Benavides demonstrates on the track. The form and melody, the horns and the lyrics are all very Colombian, coming from a tradition of popular dance music derived from Colombian Cumbia. The groove was inspired by a few 70's funk tunes in Richard Blair’s collection. While working on beats that could maintain this funky feel yet adapted to the Colombian swing, Richard created Paloma in a style that is basically Cumbia and dancehall with a little Afro-beat. Road-tested at sound system parties, where Richard dj'd with live percussion, rappers, guitar and even horns, the beat was a solid hit, and when Ivan and Richard began to compose for a forthcoming album, they knew I was always going to be "ranking." In other words, boom! Sidestepper is the brainchild of UK-to-Colombia transplant producer Richard Blair, who has been living and working in Colombia for more than 10 years. Sidestepper’s pioneering trail has been blazing away since 1997, when Richard’s prowess as a musician, producer, engineer and DJ forged Sidestepper’s unique concept: a seductive blend of Latin, Afro-Colombian, Jamaican and electronic sounds, all filtered through the ears of an English dub-head. Live, Sidestepper is a thunderous blend of bass and beats, tropical, salsa, Vallenato and Cumbia vocals, dance, rap, guitar, drums and live dub effects.

Tour dates:
June 25 - Boonville CA - Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
June 28 - Davis CA - UC Davis
June 30 - San Francisco CA - The Independent
July 1 - Los Angeles CA - Grand Performances
July 2 - Los Angeles CA - Temple Bar


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