Thursday, September 30, 2010


Following the platinum selling success of Soldier Of Love, Sade has announced her highly anticipated return to the world's stage. The North American leg begins on June 16th, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland at the 1st Mariner Arena. Tickets go on sale in select markets beginning October 16th with additional dates to be announced soon. According to reports, Sade will perform songs from her collection of timeless hits including songs from their critically acclaimed album, Soldier Of Love, which secured the # 1 album spot upon its release in February. Selling over a million copies to-date, Soldier Of Love spent three weeks in the number one spot taking its rightful place among the collection of iconic Sade albums. Sade will perform over 50 concerts in top arenas across North America, in an effort to reach her vast and loyal fan base. Their classic sound set to haunting, unmistakable vocals creates the most intimate of concert experiences in a way that only an unforgettable Sade performance can. Sade performed for more than 1,000,000 fans during her last tour in 2001.

Sade Tour Dates:
6/16 Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
6/19 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Arena
6/21 Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum)
6/24 East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
6/28 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
6/30 Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
7/06 Boston, MA - TD Garden
8/05 Chicago, IL - United Center
8/19 Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
8/30 Anaheim, CA - Honda Center

Additional dates will be announced in the following markets soon: Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Calgary, AB; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas, NV; Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; Milwaukee, WI; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; St Paul, MN; Vancouver, BC.


Medeski Martin @ Wood @ Leipzig Festival, Leipzig, Germany, Oct 1

Eric Darius @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 1
Santana @ 02 Arena, London, UK, Oct 1
Pat Metheny @ Alys Stephens Center, Birmingham, AL, Oct 1
Lonnie Liston Smith @ Komedia, Brighton, UK, Oct 1
Ramsey Lewis @ Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan, Oct 1-2
Pat Metheny @ Brown Theatre, Louisville, KY, Oct 2
Santana @ MEN Arena, Manchester, UK, Oct 2
Alex Bugnon @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 2
Johannes Linstead @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 2
Euge Groove @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 2

Norman Brown, Brenda Russell, Phil Perry, Jessy J @
Thornton Winery, Temecula, CA, Oct 2

Mindi Abair, Brian Bromberg, Sheila E, Boney James, Marcus Miller,
Freda Payne, Patrice Rushen, Kirk Whalum, Deniece Williams @
Jazz On The Grass, Sherman Oaks, CA, Oct 2

Tower Of Power @ South Point Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV, Oct 1-3
Pat Metheny @ Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall, PA, Oct 3
Tim Weisberg @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 3
Santana @ Newcastle Arena, Newcastle, UK, Oct 3
Gerald Albright @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 3
Jackiem Joyner@ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 3
David Benoit @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 3
Lonnie Liston Smith @ Metropolis, Bristol, UK, Oct 4
B.B. King @ B.B. King’s, Nashville, TN, Oct 4-5
Lonnie Liston Smith @ Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK, Oct 5
Pat Metheny @ Flynn Center, Burlington, VT, Oct 5
Santana @ Gelredome, Arnhem, NL, Oct 5
Santana @ Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium, Oct 6
Pat Metheny @ The Paramount, Peekskill, NY, Oct 6
Acoustic Alchemy @ Selersville Theatre, Sellersville, PA, Oct 6
Acoustic Alchemy @ Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, Oct 7

Santana @ Konig-Pilsener-Arena, Oberhausen, Germany, Oct 7
Esperanza Spalding @ Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA, Oct 7
Pat Metheny @ McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ, Oct 7
B.B. King @ Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival, Helena, AR, Oct 7
Nick Colionne @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 7
Max Weinberg Big Band @ Center For the Arts, Buffalo, NY, Oct 8
Acoustic Alchemy @ Ramshead Tavern, Annapolis, MD, Oct 8
Bobby Womack @ Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, Oct 8

Esperanza Spalding @ Spanos Theatre, San Luis Obispo, CA, Oct 8
Pat Metheny @ Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ, Oct 8
Greg Adams @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 8

Angela Bofill, Dave Valentin, Maysa @ The Smooth Cruise, Spirit of
New York, NY, Oct 8
Pat Metheny @ Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Morristown, NJ, Oct 9
Max Weinberg Big Band @ MIC, Syracuse, NY, Oct 9
Acoustic Alchemy @ High Point Theatre, High Point, NC, Oct 9
Warren Hill @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 9
Santana @ Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland, Oct 9
Marc Antoine, Brian Simpson @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 9
Mindi Abair, Chris Standring @ JazzTrax Catalina Island, Avalon, CA, Oct 9
Teena Marie, Jody Watley, Ledisi @ Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, Oct 9
Acoustic Alchemy @ Boulton Center, Bayshore, NY, Oct 10
Santana @ Zenith, Dijon, France, Oct 10
Bobby Womack @ Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ, Oct 10
B.B. King @ Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX, Oct 10

Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, Youssour N’Dou, Omara Portuondo @
Carnegie Hall, NY, Nov 10

Esperanza Spalding @ Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA, Oct 10
Peter White, Jessy J @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 10
Lonnie Liston Smith @ Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, UK, Oct 10
Pat Metheny @ Mahaiwe Theatre, Great Barrington, MA, Oct 10

Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Jackiem Joyner @ Catalina Jazz Festival,
Avalon, CA, Oct 10

The Rippingtons feat Russ Freeman @ Thornton Winery,
Temecula, CA, Oct 10

Joe Cocker @ Zenith Paris, Paris, France, Oct 10

Chic w/Nile Rodgers, Kool & The Gang @
Zenith Paris, Paris, France, Oct 11

Esperanza Spalding @ Kate Buchanan Hall, Humbolt State Univ.,
Arcata, CA, Oct 11

Bobby Womack @ Patriot Center, Washington, DC, Oct 11
Pat Metheny @ Masionneive, Montreal, Canada, Oct 12
Santana @ Bercy, Paris, France, Oct 12
Max Weinberg Big Band @ Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, PA, Oct 12
Pat Metheny @ Theatre Capitole, Quebec City, Canada, Oct 13
Acoustic Alchemy @ Daniel Street, Milford, CT, Oct 13
Santana @ SAP-Arena, Mannheim, Germany, Oct 13
Bobby Womack @ Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI, Oct 13
Max Weinberg Big Band @ Showcase Live, Foxborough, MA, Oct 13
Nick Colionne @ Autumn Jazz Fest, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Oct 14
Max Weinberg Big Band @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, Oct 14
Mindi Abair @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 14
Bobby Womack @ Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Oct 14
Acoustic Alchemy @ Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA, Oct 14-15
Santana @ 02 Arena, Prague, CZ, Oct 15

Max Weinberg Big Band @ Universal Preservation Hall,
Saratoga Springs, NY, Oct 15

Jeff Beck, Trombone Shorty @ BIC, Bournemouth, UK, Oct 15
Mindi Abair @ Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV, Oct 15
Everette Harp@ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 15
Pat Metheny @ Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, PA, Oct 15
Lonnie Liston Smith @ Ronnie Scott’s, London, UK, Oct 15-16
Michael Franks @ Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA, Oct 15-17
Pat Metheny @ Univ. of Buffalo Center, Buffalo, NY, Oct 16
Bobby Womack @ UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL, Oct 16

Esperanza Spalding @ Plenary At The National Assembly Of State
Arts Agencies Conference, Austin, TX, Oct 16

Jeff Beck, Trombone Shorty @ Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK, Oct 16
Acoustic Alchemy @ Tupelo Music Hall, White River Junction, VT, Oct 17
Santana @ 02 World, Berlin, Germany, Oct 16
Earl Klugh @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 16
Cindy Bradley @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 16

Warren Hill, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor @ Catalina Jazz Festival,
Avalon, CA, Oct 16

Fourplay, Chris Standring @ Thornton Winery, Temecula, CA, Oct 16
Four80East @ Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Rehoboth Beach,
DE, Oct 16-17

Nick Colionne @ Autumn Jazz Fest, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Oct 16-17
Pat Metheny @ The Wharton Center, East Lansing, MI, Oct 17
Acoustic Alchemy @ Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT, Oct 17
Bobby Womack @ Target Center, Minneapolis, MN, Oct 17
Jeff Lorber @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 17
Jeff Beck, Trombone Shorty @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK, Oct 17
Santana @ Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany, Oct 17
Fourplay @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 17
Eric Marienthal @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 17
Jimmy Haslip @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 17
Steve Oliver @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 17
Max Weinberg Big Band @ Altar, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 17
Pat Metheny @ Anderson Center for the Arts, Binghamton, NY, Oct 17
Chris Standring @ Catalina Jazz Festival, Avalon, CA, Oct 19
Santana @ Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy, Oct 19
Bobby Womack @ Toyota Center, Houston, TX, Oct 19
Jeff Beck, Trombone Shorty @ Guildhall, Preston, UK, Oct 19
Jeff Beck, Trombone Shorty @ Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, UK, Oct 20
Pat Metheny @ Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, MD, Oct
Santana @ Rothaus Halle, Friedrichshafen, Germany, Oct 20
Bobby Womack @ Verizon Theater, Dallas, TX, Oct 20
Max Weinberg Big Band @ Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN, Oct 20
Pat Metheny @ Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA, Oct 21
Max Weinberg Big Band @ Eagles Ballroom, Alton, IL, Oct 21
Pat Metheny @ Tilles Center, Brookville, NY, Oct 22
Bobby Womack @ Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX, Oct 22
Max Weinberg Big Band @ Englert Theatre, Iowa City, IA, Oct 22
Al Green @ Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella, CA, Oct 22
Pat Metheny @ Warner Theatre, Torrington, CT, Oct 23
Max Weinberg Big Band @ The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI, Oct 23
Santana @ 02 World, Hamburg, Germany, Oct 23
Azymuth @ Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK, Oct 23
Nick Colionne @ Jazz Concert Series, Casselberry, FL, Oct 23

Four80East, Marcus Anderson, Stix Bones, Rafe Gomez
@ Houndstooth Pub, New York, Oct 23

Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet w/ Eyyvind Kang, Hank Roberts, Jenny
Schinman @ Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA, Oct 23-24

Incognito feat. Maysa, Will Downing, Spyro Gyra, Kirk Whalum,
Brian Culbertson, George Duke, Walter Beasley, Lalah Hathaway,
Phill Perry, Marion Meadows, Leela James, Jeff Lorber, Take 6,
Capital Jazz Super Cruise IV, Miami, FL, Oct 23-30

Max Weinberg Big Band @ The Old Town of South Folk,
Chicago, IL, Oct 24

Esperanza Spalding @ Philharmonie, Luxembourg, LX, Oct 24
Bobby Womack @ Wells Fargo Theatre, Denver, CO, Oct 24

Max Weinberg Big Band @ The Guthrie Theater,
Minneapolis, MN, Oct 25

Azymuth @ Jazz Café, London, UK, Oct 25
Santana @ Arena Fln, Odense, Denmark, Oct 25
Bobby Womack @ Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, Oct 26
Santana @ The Globem Stockholm, Sweden, Oct 27
Bobby Womack @ Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA, Oct 27
Esperanza Spalding @ Muzikgebouw, Amsterdam, Holland, Oct 27

Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway @ Hyatt Regency,
Lake Tahoe, NV, Oct 27

Max Weinberg Big Band @ Northern Lights Theater,
Milwaukee, WI, Oct 27-28

Esperanza Spalding @ Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zurich,
Winterthur, CH, Oct 28

Bobby Womack @ Viegas Arena, San Diego, CA, Oct 28

Esperanza Spalding @ Stockholm Konzerthus,
Stockholm, Sweden, Oct 29

Santana @ Vestlandshallen, Bergen, Norway, Oct 29
Bobby Womack @ Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA, Oct 30
Santana @ Vikinaskeppen, Hamar, Norway, Oct 30

Max Weinberg Big Band @ Hoyt Sherman Theater,
Kansas City, MO, Oct 31

B.B. King @ Uptown Theatre, Napa, CA, Oct 31
Max Weinberg Big Band @ Jardine’s, Kansas City, MO, Oct 31


Masterworks Jazz celebrates the 40th anniversary of CTI Records, the beloved jazz label founded in 1970 by producer Creed Taylor, beginning October 5 with the release of 6 classic CTI titles remastered on CD followed by CTI Records: The Cool Revolution, a deluxe 4-CD multi-artist box set retrospective on October 12. Two weeks later on October 26, the double-CD restoration of California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium (1971) will be released with 90 minutes of music rarely heard and never before available. The 40th anniversary commemoration will also include reissues of 6 more classic CTI albums, plus four collectible vinyl LPs in the coming months.

CTI Records: The Cool Revolution will contain four hour-long-plus discs, each presenting a thematic overview of a particular aspect of CTI: Straight Up Jazz, Deep Grooves/Big Hits, The Brazilian Connection, Cool and Classic. The 39 tracks in the box set – as well as all CTI anniversary edition titles – are remastered for the first time from the original analog 1/4-inch tapes. Reissues producer Richard Seidel and engineers Mark Wilder, Maria Triana and Dave Darlington recapture the rich, distinctive sound of the original LPs achieved by Taylor and original engineer Rudy Van Gelder. CTI Records: The Cool Revolution includes a lavishly illustrated 20-page, LP-sized booklet containing rare photos, plus new liner notes by noted jazz critic Dan Ouellette with comments by CTI artists and enthusiasts.

The 2010 edition of California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium is the most complete version of the historic Hollywood Palladium all-star concert recorded July 18, 1971. It doubles the content of the original five-song LP release with five additional tracks - three of them previously unreleased - and restores the original concert sequence for the first time. Creed Taylor hand-picked a dream team of CTI artists for the occasion: Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Hank Crawford, Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Johnny Hammond, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham and Airto Moreira. Liner notes are by multi-Grammy winning musician-producer Bob Belden who says California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium "...ranks up there with the greatest jazz concerts of all time..."

There will also be a full slate of classic CTI album reissues packaged in eco-friendly softpack sleeves that replicate the original gatefold LP design and their iconic covers most with photos by Pete Turner. Six titles will arrive on October 5: She Was Too Good To Me by Chet Baker, God Bless the Child by Kenny Burrell, Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard, StoneFlower by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Morning Star by Hubert Laws (first time on CD), and Stanley Turrentine's Sugar. Upcoming January 2011 CD releases include White Rabbit by George Benson, All Blues by Ron Carter (first time on CD outside of Japan), Prelude by Deodato, Pure Desmond by Paul Desmond, Concierto by Jim Hall, and Milt Jackson's Sunflower. October 26 sees 180-gram vinyl LP reissues of 4 classic CTI albums using the original gatefold sleeve designs accompanied with digital download cards: Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine's Sugar, White Rabbit by George Benson and Prelude by Deodato.

In the 1970s, CTI, its music, its style and its discriminating quality transformed contemporary jazz. The roster worked almost like a repertory company, in which great musicians took turns in the spotlight and accompanying each other. The albums they and their colleagues created set new standards in their look as well as their sound. "[Creed Taylor's] plan was ingeniously simple, yet famously maverick: record top-tier musicians, keeping their artistic integrity intact while also making their art palatable to the people. CTI thus achieved that rare balance of jazz and commercialism," writes Dan Ouellette in the liner notes. CTI surpassed the majors and fellow indies to be named the #1 Jazz Label of 1974 by Billboard. The immediate success of CTI's recordings has echoed across the decades in a profound influence on jazz, pop, R&B and hip-hop.

CTI Records: The Cool Revolution
Disc 1
1. Sugar – Stanley Turrentine
2. Moment’s Notice – Hubert Laws
3. So What – Ron Carter
4. Autumn Leaves – Chet Baker
5. Speed Ball – Milt Jackson & Stanley Turrentine
6. Intrepid Fox – Freddie Hubbard
7. Ifrane – Randy Weston
8. Free As A Bird – Don Sebesky
9. So What? – George Benson

Disc 2:
1. Red Clay – Freddie Hubbard
2. It’s Too Late – Johnny Hammond
3. Home Is Where The Hatred Is – Esther Phillips
4. We’ve Got A Good Thing Going – Hank Crawford
5. White Rabbit – George Benson
6. Fire And Rain – Hubert Laws
7. What A Difference A Day Makes – Esther Phillips
8. Follow Your Heart – Joe Farrell
9. Also Sprach Zarathrustra – Deodato
10. Mister Magic – Grover Washington Jr.

Disc 3:
1. Stone Flower – Antonio Carlos Jobim
2. Ponteio – Astrud Gilberto & Stanley Turrentine
3. First Light – Freddie Hubbard
4. Salt Song – Stanley Turrentine
5. Pensativa – Hubert Laws
6. Tombo In 7/4 – Airto Moreira
7. Sunflower – Milt Jackson
8. Return To Forever – Airto Moreira
9. Wave – Paul Desmond
10. Carly & Carole – Deodato
11. Brazil (Alternative Take) – Antonio Carlos Jobim

Disc 4:
1. My Funny Valentine (Live) – Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan
2. All Blues – Ron Carter
3. Song To A Seagull – Paul Desmond
4. Pavane – Hubert Laws
5. What I’ll Do – Chet Baker
6. Westchester Lady – Bob James
7. A Child Is Born – Kenny Burrell
8. Take Five – George Benson
9. Concerto De Aranjuez – Jim Hall

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Green Bay Wisconsin’s Smooth Jazz station WAUN has shifted to a new Smooth AC (Adult Contemporary) format. The new format is being delivered from Broadcast Architecture and features smooth AC music from Mchael Buble, Leona Lewis, John Mayer, Colbie Caillet, Alicia Keys, Kenny G, Beyonce, Norah Jones, Sade, Jason Mraz, Dave Koz and Mariah Carey, as well as favorites from Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Vanessa Williams, Simply Red, George Benson, and other. "We're pleased to have SMOOTH AC on Smooth Bay's WAUN," Program Director Denny Heier said. "It fills a need in the Green Bay market for Soft AC that’s smooth and relaxing." "We are very excited to assist DAVE and his team on bringing this exciting new radio format to the Green Bay area," Broadcast Architecture President Allen Kepler states. "With typical AC stations moving away from the softer approach we know that there are many adults looking for a companion to help them relax and enjoy their day. The music mix offers a variety of styles, genres and eras of music not found on other stations and we see this to be a solid opportunity to deliver strong 25-54 ratings wherever Smooth AC in on the air." The music will be 75 percent vocals and 25 percent instumentals. Prior to adopting the current smooth jazz format, WAUN aired a satellite-fed classic hits format from Jones Radio, branded as "U-Rock.", prior to that it FM Talk, and during much of the 80s and 90s it aired various country formats, including Hot Country and Polka known as "Moo 92".


Drew Davidsen’s new Christmas CD features prformances setting the backdrop for a wonderful holiday season, evoking rich textures and new reveries in these brilliant, classic melodies. We 3 Stringz, features guitarists Chuck Loeb, Paul Jackson, Jr. and a host of wonderful Nashville session players, released just in time for the upcoming holiday season. In a day where some smooth jazz is programmed, a distinctive of Drew's music is a commitment to capturing the essence of jazz, 'having live musicians in a room together.' This new offering confirms there’s always room for those with talent to rise to the top. He is exceptionally grateful for his collaboration with producer Eric Copeland of Creative Soul Jazz and says that his fourth CD project will show a ‘deeper side’ to his playing slated to be released in January of 2011.

Being a forward thinker, Drew has paired up with innovator Mark Payung, and is the # 1 endorsing artist for the unique new GlassTones guitars. Unlike traditional guitars, everything the strings touch is essentially made of glass, a significant innovation in guitar manufacturing since Les Paul made them electric. The pure tones that result made this guitar the perfect choice for "O Holy Night." Drew also enjoys playing his custom Brubaker guitar and his custom Ibanez archtop. He is very thankful to Martin for his new Artist Series instrument and is excited to explore the world of acoustic guitar.

Davidsen came relatively late to the electric guitar, he dabbled in guitar as a youngster, but studied cello and went on to play bass in high school. At the age of twenty-one, is when he started taking the electric guitar seriously, his musical direction was due in part to jazz guitar icon George Benson. “What an incredible player,” says Davidsen, who was inspired to scat while listening to Benson. He soon drew crowds that turned out regularly at his live shows, which have included the prestigious Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival in Southern California and the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida.


Max Weinberg builds upon his celebrated career with The Max Weinberg Big Band tour in October and early November of 2010. Bruce Springsteen's long-time E Street Band drummer and the leader for 17 years of what Tom Shales of the Washington Post has called "...the best band in late night television," leads a muscular, swinging 15-piece big band that continues the traditions established by Max's musical heroes including Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Doc Severinsen, and Maynard Ferguson. The band is comprised of a three-piece rhythm section — piano, bass and drums — and a horn section consisting of five saxophones, four trumpets and three trombones. Recent concerts this summer include performances at Count Basie Theater and the Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series.

An intuitive drummer with powerful yet controlled playing, Weinberg has showcased his talent with Springsteen and the E Street Band for 36 years. In addition, he has performed with Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, B.B. King, Sting, Tom Jones, Ringo Starr (on Ringo's drums!), Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard – and even Isaac Hayes in a rousing version of "Shaft." He is a past winner of Playboy's Pop and Jazz Music Poll as Best Drummer, as well as Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics Poll as Best Drummer. Complementing his legendary musical career, he authored "The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Great Drummers," making an important contribution to rock literature. The book is a compilation of a series of interviews he conducted over two years with his favorite drummers from different eras including Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones, Levon Helm, and Elvis' original, longtime drummer D.J. Fontana.

Following is The Max Weinberg Big Band tour schedule:
• 10/8 Buffalo, NY – Center for the Arts
• 10/9 Syracuse, NY - MIC
• 10/12 Harrisburg, PA – The Whitaker Center
• 10/13 Foxborough, MA – Showcase Live
• 10/14 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
• 10/15 Saratoga Springs, NY – Universal Preservation Hall
• 10/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar
• 10/20 Indianapolis, IN – Jazz Kitchen (2 shows)
• 10/21 Alton, IL - Eagles Ballroom
• 10/22 Iowa City, IA – Englert Theater
• 10/23 Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
• 10/24 Chicago, IL – The Old Town School of Folk
• 10/25 Minneapolis, MN – The Guthrie Theater
• 10/27 Milwaukee, WI – Northern Lights Theater
• 10/28 Milwaukee, WI – Northern Lights Theater
• 10/29 Des Moines, IA - Hoyt Sherman Theater
• 10/31 Kansas City, MO – Jardine's (2 shows)
• 11/2 Nashville, TN – The Belcourt Theater
• 11/4 Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
• 11/6 South Orange, NJ – South Orange Performing Arts Center

Monday, September 20, 2010


CBS has pulled the plug on Tampa Bay's Smooth Jazz radio station WSJT 98.7FM. CBS Radio changed the format of the longtime jazz station earlier in the month to Adult Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) called "Play 98.7." Smooth jazz lovers will have to be content to listen to the station's high-definition (HD) frequency, 98.8HD2 - but you'll need an HD radio for this. The handwriting was on the wall last year when WSJT was shifted from it's longtime dial position 94.1 to the lower-powered 98.7 to make way for WLLD, which plays rap and dance music. We thought we would share some comments from irate smooth jazz lovers from the Tampa Bay area...

"I hate this I loved Smooth Jazz and miss Alicia Kay this really is awful"

"I agree with all the comments. Who needs one more station like this in the area. I don't have HD, but will certainly not be listening to this station any longer. Guess it will be CD's in the car."

"This new format is AWFUL!! Why did Tampa Bay need another Pop station?! Now 98.7 is playing exactly the same music that Mix 100.7 plays. That's 1 too many....if I wanted to listen to that kind of music, I'd tune into 100.7.....please bring back the old "Smooth Jazz" music!! My husband & I have been fans of this station for several years now and really enjoyed the variety of music/artists they played. We became fans of local artist, Eric Darius, because of hearing his music on this station & enjoyed a wonderful outdoor concert w/Eric a few months ago. (I even got his autograph & a picture w/him!) CBS has done the Tampa Bay area a terrible disservice making the decision to change the format. I will no longer continue to support this station.....bring back the wonderfully different SMOOTH JAZZ/ADULT COMTEMPORARY music we've grown to love & discontinue the repetitive CRAP you're now playing!!!"

"The new format will have listeners (tone deaf) but it will not include me . And I will not be playing this station in my office. Sorry might be playing today's "music" without the rap but as for me listening to your station...well, "it's a wrap" for me!"

"This is terrible. We do not need another radio station like this "play" we NEED a great jazz station like we had. I will NOT listen to this - they need to bring back Smooth Jazz."

"So sorry to see that Smooth Jazz is gone. This station was on my car & home radio and not ever changed. Not all of us have or can afford to get an HD radio."

"Im mad, we have already 4 other stations in tampa bay that play sissy chick music all day so we need to add a 5th come ON!"

"SUCKS!!!! totally absolutely positively sucks!! and what sucks even worse is there are NO jazz type stations anywhere on the FM dial!!! it's back to 88.5 but their jazz is sporadic and never did fill the bill. i am heartsick over this. i went to sleep with 94.1/98.7, woke up to that station, drove to work, listened at work, etc. it was THE ONLY station as far as i was concerned. this is just terrible!!!!"

"This is bullshit! First they start to ruin 98.7 by reducing the number of actually jazz songs they played an that made me mad but now they completely get rid of it. Screw CBS and screw Orlando and crappy ass Wild 94.1!"

"I am deeply saddened.. I agree with others that their are more than enough of these types of channels available.. I really liked Smooth Jazz.. I too had noticed the format changing and playing less jazz in the past months and was about to email asking why the change.. but now it's too late.. My heart is broken!!! :o("

"I can't believe this!!! The only station I was listening to - is gone ?? WTF I don't have HD, wher do I find some jazz now?"

"I don't believe this!!! I am extremely disappointed! Needless to say, I WILL NOT be listening to the new 98.7. I guess I'll just listen to CDs in my car and stream from my computer at work!!! This really sucks!!! A new raido station that plays "today's best hits" is the last thing we need... I hope CBS realizes they made a horrible mistake!!!!"

"Smooth Jazz 94.1/98.7 was the best station in tampa ,I was listening to songs before my time and I loved it, others thought I had an old soul because I listened to this station; but what they didnt know was it protected me from horrible times,it took me to another world and made me very happy; Its very sad it had to end likes this, now I have no more smooth jazz to listen to, which will get me depressed all over again, TOO BAD!!!!!!!!"

"This really STINKS!!!!! I hope you enjoy your new fan base because it will NOT include me!!!! What do all of us fans do if we don't have HD radio???????? How do we find our favorite station????!!! You guys are a bunch of JERKS to take our station OFF without at least moving it to another location where we can access it!! We want great JAZZZ, not this JUNK stuff you call music!!!"


"This is not only an lack of knowing what your listeners want in the Tampa Bay area but how out of touch CBS is in general."

"Main stream radio had only ONE decent station - SMOOTH JAZZ. CBS obviously has one concern - MONEY. I agree with comment above, CBS is out of touch. This is a real loss for those of us who love smooth jazz."

"Wow...I miss living in a city where one can truly indulge in listening to creative music. I suppose that's just reflective of the American nation...we're followers of rubbish as opposed to being creative leaders. Perhaps I'll begin BANGING out some noise to become famous!!!"

"One more radio was set to Maxima FM and Smooth Jazz; however, now it's back to my CDs since both stations have compromised for the lesser cultured listeners."

"I am very mad about this move bring our jazz station back NOW."

"The Jazz station format was the best format I have ever heard. CBS you really Screwed-up. I am calling for everyone to boycott anything to do with CBS. We want our SMOOTH JAZZ staion back. The people who made this decision are complete "IDIOTS".

"I agree with most other posts too. I will not listen to the new format. I'll have to pop cd's in now, and that will somewhat limit the variety that WSJT provided. I'm tired of most of the music formats in the bay area... Such a shame that the station owners (CBS) didn't let listeners know so we could have voiced our opinion BEFORE this happened.... No more CBS for me.. PERIOD."

"Ya know what really cracks me up is that CBS is so stupid. DO THEY NOT REALIZE TAMPA BAY HAS THE JAZZ FESTIVAL WHERE THEY ( all the musician Kenny g Mindi Abair etc...) come and play at Coachman park."


"I cannot believe this I have been a loyal listener for the last 8 years since I moved to the area - I will not be listening to the new format - CHANGE IT BACK - NOW - WHAT WHERE YOU THINKING."

"Will not listen to this station any more, I think you have made a terrible mistake with that change. There is no jazz station in the bay area, almost make me want to move back to the real bay area on the west coast."

"I wonder how this will affect the jazz festival. WSJT seemed to play a large part in their marketing and providing their on air staff to host and introduce acts."

"CBS is totally out of touch with the market and the spin they are putting on it is absurd. HD radio is pathetic and does not work unless you are in the right location and hardly anyone has receivers. In fact there is a class action suit coming against Ibiquity-the creator of HD radio. The plan here for 98.7 is to try and cut the listener shares on Clear Channel's 93.3 and 100.7. It is sader yet becasue CBS has some of the best Urban adult stations in the US and Smooth was a major part of the community culture. The loss of ratings was directly proportionate to the loss of signal when it was moved to 98.7. At the least they could put the Smooth format on 1010-the 50,000 watt AM station that they own and don't care about. I think it is in the seriously bottom end of the Arbitron ratings if it shows at all..I would rather hear Smooth on AM than nowhere and that way the folks in Polk and Highlands and a bunch of other places would get Smooth again since they lost it when 94.1 went HipHop. Makes one wonder if CBS is going to flip KTWV, Los Angeles from smooth anytime soon."

"I think CBS seriously made a mistake by taking the only jazz station off the air. I like many others listened to this station it kept me calm and peaceful on the long rides home from work and throughout the day. Obviously they were only thinking of themselves and didn't bother to get the publics opinion about the station. Well you won't have to worry about me listening to this new mess to many stations out there like it same old crap. Hope you are happy CBS."

"Give me a break top 40 without the rap. I have gone away from this jazz station and went almost entirely to WDUV 105.5 better music and also sports talk radio."

"What are smooth jazz listeners going to do now? We seem left out in the cold for our genre of music. WSJT was the only radio station that satisfied my culturally diversified office. The music played agreed with everyone's musical taste. We are severely handicapped with trying to find a station that provides easy listening and is comfortable to listen to at work."

"I also agree with most of the prior comments. I am very upset, that the Jazz station has disappeared. and I will not listen to the current station. There is definitely a huge fan base for Jazz music and taking it away is doing a huge disservice to the Tampa Bay area. It was great listening music at any time, whether going to or from work or a lazy Sunday afternoon.

"Bring it back!"

"Totally agree with the other comments. We only had the ONE jazz station and CBS took it away just to add yet another station that plays the same stupid songs over and over. CBS SUCKS."

"BIG mistake!"

"Years ago we had The Wave which was a Smooth Jazz channel ahead of it's time,we lost it for years and then the time was right and WSJT was born and life was good again......... Now this?? Sorry but go to any other large metro area and there is a Jazz channel, this is all about the $$$ as usual! Public out cry or boycott is the only way to deal with this kind of BS!"

"That sucks!! I'm from Orlando where we have the best jazz station around I used to look foward to listening to wsjt when in town. What a dissappointment!!"


Santana’s upcoming new album, entitled Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time is due September 21 and it will feature some of the greatest guitar classics of all time. The album features all-time guitar-centric rock songs chosen by Carlos Santana and Clive Davis, with special guest vocalists on every track – Chris Cornell “Whole Lotta Love”; Pat Monahan “Dance The Night Away”; Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek “Riders On The Storm”; Rob Thomas “Sunshine Of Your Life”; Scott Weiland “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’”; Chris Daughtry “Photograph”; Gavin Rossdale “Bang A Gong”; Nas and Jonelle Monae “Back In Black”; Joe Cocker “Little Wing”; Jonny Lang “I Ain’t Superstitious”; and the first single “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” featuring India.Arie and Yo-Yo Ma, plus more. The Deluxe Editon of Guitar Heaven will feature two extra songs and “The Making Of Guitar Heaven” DVD with behind the scenes, in the studio performance footage and interviews with guest vocalists and producers. Guitar Heaven follows the trilogy of award –winning album collaborations by Carlos Santana and Clive Davis – Supernatural (1999), Shamen (2002), and All That I Am (2005). The album is scheduled for release on September 21 and will be available as a 12-track standard edition and a 14-track deluxe edition.

Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time tracklisting:
1. Whole Lotta Love (featuring Chris Cornell)
2. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (featuring Scott Weiland)
3. Sunshine Of Your Love (featuring Rob Thomas)
4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (featuring India.Arie and Yo-Yo Ma)
5. Dance The Night Away (featuring Pat Monahan)
6. Back In Black (featuring Nas and Janelle Monae)
7. Riders On The Storm (featuring Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek)
8. Smoke In The Water (featuring Jacoby Shaddix)
9. Photograph (featuring Chris Daughtry)
10. Bang A Gong (featuring Gavin Rossdale)
11. Little Wing (featuring Joe Cocker)
12. I Ain’t Superstitious (featuring Jonny Lang)
13. Fortunate Son (featuring Scott Stapp)*
14. Under The Bridge (featuring Andy Vargas)*

*Deluxe Edition only.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Grammy-winning guitarist and composer Bill Frisell returns with a new project and a new ensemble, Beautiful Dreamers, a trio consisting of Frisell on guitar, Eyyvind Kang on viola and Rudy Royston on drums.Beautiful Dreamers — a stunning recording of original compositions and striking reinterpretations was released August 31st and will be the first of many new releases by the guitarist on Savoy Jazz. To commemorate the release, Frisell made a special appearance August 30th at Barnes & Noble in New York City (Lincoln Triangle store, 1972 Broadway, NYC 10023) for a solo performance and signing @ 5pm. Bill Frisell will perform and tour throughout the year and into 2011 with the Beautiful Dreamers trio as well as his other ensembles.

Confirmed upcoming performances:
September24 - Caramoor International Music Festival, New York - Bill Frisell Trio w/ Rudy Royston & Tony Scherr

October 23-24 - Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA - Frisell's 858 Quartet w/ Eyyvind Kang, Hank Roberts & Jenny Scheinman

November 2 - Silver Platters, Seattle, WA - Bill Frisell solo in-store performance
November 3 - Triple Door, Seattle, WA Fretboard Journal 5 Year Anniversary -Beautiful Dreamers
November 5 - University of Alabama - Beautiful Dreamers
November 6 - Dan's Silverleaf, Denton, TX - Beautiful Dreamers
November 7 - One World Theater,Austin, TX - Beautiful Dreamers
November 18 -Purdue University,IN - Disfarmer Project
November 19 - Space, Evanston, IL - Disfarmer Project
November 20 - Society for Ethical Culture, NY - Disfarmer Project
February 11, 2011 - Mondavi Center, Davis, CA - Beautiful Dreamers
February 12, 2011 - Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA - Beautiful Dreamers

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Sony Masterworks has released L-O-V-E by Cuban superstar Issac Delgado. On L-O-V-E, Delgado recreates 12 sultry and sexy Spanish recordings originally sung by crooner Nat King Cole. He does so with the help of a number of outstanding musicians including a special contribution by Nat King Cole's brother, Freddy Cole. This is the first time that Freddy Cole has participated in a tribute album for his brother. Nat King Cole's relationship with the Spanish language is interesting and relatively unknown. Between 1958 and 1962, Nat King Cole released his three albums in Spanish. Recorded in Cuba, Brazil and Mexico, they included hits 'Perfidia', 'Quizas, quizas, quizas', 'Ay cosita linda', 'Piel canela', 'Aquellos ojos verdes' and 'Yo vendo unos ojos negros'. His Spanish albums created a new awareness for Latin-American music globally. Among Nat King Cole's fans was Cuban vocalist Issac Delgado who grew up listening to Cole's Spanish recordings which he felt combined Cuban bolero music with the sounds of classic American romantic ballads.

Eight of the twelve songs on L-O-V-E can be found on Nat King Cole's three Latin albums and the remaining four, are Cole classics that Delgado reinterprets in Spanish by infusing his own personal style and Latin Jazz elements into each one. A charismatic musician, Delgado transforms these 20th century classics into 21st century masterpieces while staying true and authentic to his Cuban roots. Of the recordings Freddy Cole says, "A good song can become the shortest way between two hearts, especially when the best singers and performers hold our hands to take us there. Issac Delgado belongs to this generation of stars. He successfully and newly versioned, for a new generation of listeners, the essence and the spirit of the classic albums my brother recorded from the late fifties. It's been a great honor and a true pleasure to be part of this recording. This is the kind of music that always fills our hearts."

The album features a long list of guest musicians including music director and pianist John di Martino, contrabassist Charles Flores, drummer Dafnis Prieto, percussionist Pedro Martinez, guitarist Romero Lubambo, clarinet and saxophone player Ken Peplowski, trombonist Conrad Herwig and trumpeter Brian Lynch. The stellar array of musicians also includes the great Cuban singer Xiomara Laugart "La Negra", and Issac Delgado Jr. as backing vocalist. L-O-V-E was produced by Nat Chediak, Delgado and Fernado Trueba. L-O-V-E is a Calle 54 Records production released by Sony Masterworks in the U.S.

Often referred to as the "Frank Sinatra of salsa" Delgado started studying music formally at the age of 10 when he attended the Amadeo Roldan and Ignacio Cervantes music conservatories. At 18, he debuted with the Gonzalo Rubalcaba's Grupo Proyecto, to later start playing with the Pacho Alonso Orchestra and NG La Banda. This latter contribution helped him to become one of the most important representatives of timba, a new style created from Afro-Cuban music. In 1991, he debuted as a solo artist and has since recorded a dozen albums and traveled around the world as "El Chevere de la Salsa".

L-O-V-E Tracklisting:
1. Perfidia
2. Quizas, quizas, quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)
3. Tiernamente (Tenderly)
4. Ay Cosita Linda
5. Suas Maos
6. A Su Mirar Me Acostumbre (I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face)
7. Piel Canela
8. Aquellos Ojos Verdes (Green Eyes)
9. L-O-V-E
10. Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros
11. Hojas Muertas (Les Feuille Mortes)
12. No Tengo Lagrimas (Nao Tenho Lagrimas)

Friday, September 17, 2010


Universal Motown Records singer-songwriter-producer KEMs third album, Intimacy, is now available in stores and at all online digital retailers. The album’s first single is a soulful ballad called “Why Would You Stay,” which was produced by Rex Rideout (Luther Vandross, Angie Stone). Featuring a string arrangement by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra string section that was arranged by the late Motown legend David J. Van dePitte - who famously produced Marvin Gaye’s 1971 masterpiece, What’s Going On —“Why Would You Stay” is currently No. 19 on Billboard’s Hip-Hop/R&B Songs chart and was the No. 1 Greatest Gainer on both the BDS and Mediabase Urban AC Published Charts. Named “New and Noteworthy” by iTunes, Intimacy was inspired by KEM’s deeply personal lessons on intimacy and it will allow fans to experience him unlike ever before musically, lyrically, and visually. For the first time in his career, KEM will lay all of his cards on the table and grant fans the opportunity to get up close and personal while delivering a 10-song collection of timeless music for the grown and sexy.

Intimacy features vocal and production collaborations with the likes of Grammy-winning soul diva Jill Scott, who delivers enchanting verses of spoken word in “Golden Days.” Los Angeles producer Rex Rideout (Luther Vandross, Angie Stone) also joined KEM in the studio to help round out the Intimacy listening experience. The result is a richer sound buttressed by classical instruments and a greater range of musical styles that will certainly expand KEM’s audience by garnering success across multiple formats, including pop, R&B, and urban adult contemporary. Smooth grooves, powerful vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and just plain feel-good music best describe KEM’s instantly recognizable sound. In 2002, the self-taught musician wrote and produced his critically acclaimed debut solo album, Kemistry, which spawned the hit single “Love Calls.” The classic track went on to break records for longevity on the Urban A/C chart while the disc achieved gold-plus status and solidified KEM’s position as a leading man in the world of R&B music. The success of his gold certified follow-up CD, 2005’s KEM Album II — which debuted at an impressive No. 5 on Billboard’s all-important Top 200 Chart —proved KEM’s staying power in the very competitive world of R&B.

Now with the release of Intimacy, KEM is opening up to reveal the elusive man behind the voice. In fact, working on this project not only led KEM, a proud father of two daughters who self-produced his first two albums, to a deeper understanding of the true meaning of intimacy, but it also helped him achieve a greater appreciation for the significance of intimacy in all aspects of his life beyond romantic relationships. “I’ve spent the past five years working on this project in the midst of many personal trials, which caused me to pause and take a more introspective look at myself, my family relationships, my walk with God, and even how I relate to my music,” said KEM. “What I found was that giving each more time and attention is essential.”

Thursday, September 16, 2010


2010 continues to be Michael Bublé's golden hour as Reprise Records confirmed the release of "Hollywood," the Canadian superstar's highly anticipated new single which follows up his previous No. 1 single, "Haven't Met You Yet." "Hollywood" was co-written by Bublé and will have an accompanying video that will be released later this month with Bublé portraying a number of different celebrities. The label will also be releasing the deluxe Crazy Love Hollywood Edition on October 25th. Bublé's sold out "Crazy Love Tour," whose national promoter is Beaver Productions, has added 14 more shows beginning November 23rd in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (tour dates are listed at end of release). New dates include a return visit to Madison Square Garden in NYC on November 28th and will finish up at LA's Staples Center on December 13th. The "Crazy Love Tour" has received the best reviews of Bublé's career including the Orange County Register which glowed, "You're witnessing one of the greats... a performer in peak form. Every night, another 15,000 people or so are left convinced that this performance was among the very best and most important he's ever given. Such superstars are rare indeed."

Michael Bublé's current multi-platinum CD will be re-released in a deluxe package, Michael Bublé- Crazy Love Hollywood Edition, on October 25th and will contain several new songs including "Hollywood" as well as live show-stopping versions of "Haven't Met You Yet" and the Billy Vera tune, "At This Moment." These select new songs will also be sold as a standalone CD. In other Michael Bublé news, the artist has teamed up with Beringer Vineyards who will become the official wine of "The Crazy Love Tour." The exclusive partnership will include valuable offers and experiences for Bublé fans at numerous retail, restaurant and concert venues. The collaboration will also include unique online components throughout the duration of the tour.

11/23/10 Hershey, PA Giant Center
11/24/10 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
11/26/10 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
11/27/10 Boston, MA TD Garden
11/28/10 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
11/30/10 Washington, DC Verizon Center
12/1/10 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
12/3/10 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
12/4/10 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
12/5/10 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
12/7/10 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
12/8/10 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
12/11/10 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
12/13/10 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Following a wildly enthusiastic reception to shows around the world last spring, 17-time Grammy Award-winner Pat Metheny brings his Orchestrion Tour to another 19 North American performance halls beginning October 1. The Orchestrion album, which came out in January on Nonesuch Records, has received critical praise from the New York Times, Associated Press, Village Voice, and Billboard, among many other publications. Metheny, whom the New York Times calls "easily one of the most enterprising jazz musicians of his generation," has performed shows to sold-out audiences in some of the world's best-known halls, including the Barbican in London, l'Olympia in Paris, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and two sold-out nights at New York City's Town Hall. London's Telegraph calls the show "a triumph," while the Kansas City Star says, "Metheny's Orchestrion is nothing short of spectacular... Endlessly fascinating and visually dazzling." Orchestrion brings a musical idea from the late 19th and early 20th centuries -- a large mechanical multi-instrument device that utilizes actual orchestral instruments of various types, called an "orchestrion" -- to the technologies of today. Metheny's concept includes a large ensemble of acoustic instruments -- including several pianos, drum kit, marimbas, "guitar-bots," dozens of percussion instruments, and even cabinets of carefully tuned bottles. Through Metheny's guitar and compositional mind, five new original pieces showcase the instruments as they are struck, plucked, and otherwise played via the technology of solenoid switches and pneumatics. Metheny worked for months with a brilliant team of inventors to develop and assemble the "New Orchestrion" for this project.

"As the instruments started to trickle in from the various inventors," Metheny says, "the experience of writing for them and figuring out what might be possible with them provided a self-imposed challenge that proved to be difficult and time-consuming, but absolutely exhilarating. I am excited to share this project. If nothing else, this has turned out to be something unique. And in the process of developing all this music and these instruments and discovering what they can do and what they are good at, I learned so much. It feels like progress and has gotten some notes out of me that I didn't know were there. But the surprise was just how far I was able to go with it all. Within this new environment, I found something in there that took me to some new places."

Over the course of more than three decades, guitarist Pat Metheny has set himself apart from the jazz mainstream, expanding and blurring boundaries and musical styles. His record-setting body of work includes seventeen Grammy Awards in twelve separate categories; a series of influential trio recordings; award winning solo albums; scores for hit Hollywood motion pictures; and collaborations and duets with major artists such as Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich, Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau, and many others. His band, the Pat Metheny Group, founded in 1977, is the only ensemble in history to win Grammys for seven consecutive releases.

Hear Orchestrion:
See the Orchestrion in action:

Pat Metheny Orchestrion Performances
Friday, October 1 Birmingham, AL Alys Stephens Center
Saturday, October 2 Louisville, KY Brown Theatre
Sunday, October 3 Munhall, PA Carnegie Library Music Hall
Tuesday, October 5 Burlington, VT Flynn Center
Wednesday, October 6 Peekskill, NY The Paramount
Thursday, October 7 Princeton, NJ McCarter Theatre Center
Friday, October 8 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Saturday, October 9 Morristown, NJ Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, October 10 Great Barrington, MA Mahaiwe Theatre
Tuesday, October 12 Montreal, Canada Maisonneuve
Wednesday, October 13 Quebec City, Canada Theatre Capitole
Friday, October 15 Bethlehem, PA Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University
Saturday, October 16 Buffalo, NY Univ. of Buffalo Center for the Arts
Sunday, October 17 East Lansing, MI The Wharton Center
Tuesday, October 19 Binghamton, NY Anderson Center for the Arts
Wednesday, October 20 Baltimore, MD Hippodrome Theatre
Thursday, October 21 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre
Friday, October 22 Brookville, NY Tilles Center
Saturday, October 23 Torrington, CT Warner Theatre


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