Monday, October 31, 2011

"Acoustic Sessions" new DVD

The Acoustic sessions DVD/CD , marks a new course in the series of DVD’s produced by drummer /producer Panos Vassilopoulos, and arranger/composer  Costa Anadiotis.
This latest product , recorded  with 4 High Definition cameras, at one of the top studios in Athens , Greece ,features a new acoustic jazz trio performing with energy and technical mastery on the songbook of Jazz Standards.
The Acoustic trio, along with Panos Vassilopoulos on the d r u m s , f e a t u r e s  t h e exceptional talent of the musicians:
• Kostas Anadiotis ,on piano
• Periklis Trivolis on Acoustic bass
The project features also the talented Jazz singer , Alexandra Pashali , on 2 tunes ,and also the newcomer  Nikos Papadopoulos , on an extensive drum/sound design duet , plus on post production (Sound engineering, Video editing,and DVD authoring.)


Costas Anadiotis PIANO
Born in Athens ,Costa has been involved in the music industry for many years, both as a composer and as a producer , having partcipated in many of themost commercially sucessful artists in Greece.

Alexandra Pashali VOCALS
Born in Athens educated in the German school of Athens , continuing her studies in London received a diploma in European Studies. Her early day vocal training teacher was Helena Shenel. Since 2000 has been involved professionally, in the Greek Music industry by participating in  T h e a t r i c a l productions with the Hellenic Lyrical Theater , while recording in numerus projects for Jazz and commercial musical shows.

Pericles Trivolis BASS
born in Athens in 1975, started h i s mu s i c  s t u d i e s  a t  the Conservatory Philippos Nakas with music theory, harmony and electric bass. 1992-2001 he studies jazz  composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he also accomplishes studies in acoustic bass. From 2003 he has been w o r k i n g i n A t h e n s a s  professional musician and is c o o p e r a t i n g  with   many  outstanding artists, Greeks and foreigners as well, in jazz.

Nick Papadopoulos SOUND and VIDEO

Nick graduated from his Masters degree in Audio
Production from the University of
Westminster in London. While attending, he worked with
several artists, one of which, Jaguar, sparked an interest in
the mix engineering side of things. After graduation, nick-p
began a technical career in music studios and film postproduction.
He eventually expanded into live sound inside the music industry full-time and has enjoyed a diverse range of artists that includes, Jaguar, Group Therapy, Simple Things, P o l y c a t , T h a n a s i s Polykandriotis, Domenica, and  m a n y  o t h e r

Watch some unedited raw footage !!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Buddy Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987)

Rich was born in Brooklyn, New York, to vaudevillians Robert and Bess Rich. His talent for rhythm was first noted by his father, who saw that Buddy could keep a steady beat with spoons at the age of one. He began playing drums in vaudeville when he was 18 months old, billed as "Traps the Drum Wonder." At the peak of Rich's childhood career, he was reportedly the second-highest paid child entertainer in the world (after Jackie Coogan).  At 11 he was performing as a bandleader. He received no formal drum instruction, and went so far as to claim that instruction would only degrade his musical talent. He also never admitted to practicing, claiming to play the drums only during performances and was not known to read music. He expressed great admiration for, and was influenced by, the playing of Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Dave Tough, and Jo Jones, among others.
Rich first played jazz with a major group in 1937 with Joe Marsala and guitarist Jack Lemaire. He then played with Bunny Berigan (1938) and Artie Shaw (1939), and even instructed a 14-year-old Mel Brooks in drumming for a short period when playing for Shaw At 21, Rich participated in his first major recording with the Vic Schoen Orchestra (the band that backed the Andrews Sisters). In 1938, he was also hired to play in Tommy Dorsey's orchestra where he met and performed with Frank Sinatra. In 1942, Rich left the Dorsey band to join the United States Marine Corps. He rejoined the Dorsey group after leaving the Marines two years later. In 1946, Rich formed his own band with financial support from Sinatra, and continued to lead different groups on and off until the early fifties. 
In addition to Tommy Dorsey (1939–1942, 1945, 1954–1955), Rich also played with Benny Carter (1942), Harry James (1953-1956–1962, 1964, 1965), Les Brown, Charlie Ventura, and Jazz at the Philharmonic, as well as leading his own band and performing with all-star groups. In the early fifties Rich played with Dorsey and also began to perform with trumpeter Harry James, an association which lasted until 1966. In 1966, Rich left James in order to develop a new big band. For most of the period from 1966 until his death, he led successful big bands in an era when the popularity of big bands had waned from their 1930s and 40s peak. In this later period, Rich continued to play clubs but he had stated in multiple interviews that the great majority of his big band's performances were at high schools, colleges and universities, with club performances done to a much lesser degree. Rich also served as the session drummer for many recordings, where his playing was often much more understated than in his own big-band performances. Especially notable were Rich's sessions for the late-career comeback recordings of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, on which he worked with pianist Oscar Peterson and his famous trio featuring bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis.

Drumming technique and well known performances
Rich's technique has been one of the most standardized and coveted in drumming. His dexterity, musicality of playing style, speed and smooth execution are considered "holy grails" of drum technique and have been considered next to impossible to duplicate. While Rich typically held his sticks using traditional grip, he was also a skilled "match grip" player, and was one of few drummers to master the one-handed roll on both hands. Some of his more spectacular moves are crossover riffs, where he would criss-cross his arms from one drum to another, sometimes over the arm, and even under the arm at great speed.
He often used contrasting techniques to keep long drum solos from getting mundane. Aside from his energetic explosive displays, he would go into quieter passages. One passage he would use in most solos starts with a simple single-stroke roll on the snare picking up speed and power, then slowly moving his sticks closer to the rim as he gets quieter and then eventually playing on just the rim itself while still maintaining speed. Then he would reverse the effect and slowly move towards the center of the snare while increasing power.
Rich also demonstrated incredible skill at brush technique. On one album, 1955's The Lionel Hampton Art Tatum Buddy Rich Trio, Rich plays brushes almost exclusively throughout.
Another Rich technique that few drummers have been able to perfect is the stick-trick – a fast roll performed by slapping two drumsticks together in a circular motion.
In 1942, Rich and drum teacher Henry Adler co-authored the instructional book Buddy Rich's Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments, regarded as one of the more popular snare-drum rudiment books. 
One of Adler's former students introduced Adler to Rich. "The kid told me Buddy played better than [Gene] Krupa. Buddy was only in his teens at the time and his friend was my first pupil. Buddy played and I watched his hands. Well, he knocked me right out. He did everything I wanted to do, and he did it with such ease. When I met his folks, I asked them who his teacher was. 'He never studied,' they told me. That made me feel very good. I realized that it was something physical, not only mental, that you had to have."
In a 1985 interview , Adler clarified the extent of his teacher-student relationship to Rich and their collaboration on the instructional book:
"I had nothing to do with [the rumor that I taught Buddy how to play]. That was a result of Tommy Dorsey's introduction to the Buddy Rich book," Adler said. "I used to go around denying it, knowing that Buddy was a natural player. Sure, he studied with me, but he didn't come to me to learn how to hold the drumsticks. I set out to teach Buddy to read. He'd take six lessons, go on the road for six weeks and come back. He didn't have time to practice." 
"Tommy Dorsey wanted Buddy to write a book and he told him to get in touch with me. I did the book and Tommy wrote the foreword. Technically, I was Buddy's teacher, but I came along after he had already acquired his technique." 
When asked about Rich's ability to read music, Bobby Shew, lead trumpeter in Rich's mid-60s big band replied,
"No. He’d always have a drummer there during rehearsals to read and play the parts initially on new arrangements... He’d only have to listen to a chart once and he’d have it memorized. We'd run through it and he'd know exactly how it went, how many measures it ran and what he'd have to do to drive it... The guy had the most natural instincts

Papa Jo Jones (Oct. 7, 1911 – Set. 3, 1985)


Born as "Jonathan David Samuel Jones" in Chicago, Illinois, he moved to Alabama where he learned to play several instruments, including saxophone, piano, and drums. He worked as a drummer and tap-dancer at carnival shows until joining Walter Page's band, the Blue Devils in Oklahoma City in the late 1920s. He recorded with trumpeter Lloyd Hunter's Serenaders in 1931, and later joined pianist Count Basie's band in 1933. Jones, Basie, guitarist Freddie Green and bassist Walter Page were sometimes billed as an 'all-American Rhythm section'. Jones took a brief break for two years when he was in the military, but he remained with Basie until 1948. He participated in the Jazz at the Philharmonic concert series.
He was one of the first drummers to promote the use of brushes on drums and shifting the role of timekeeping from the bass drum to the hi-hat cymbal. Jones had a major influence on later drummers such as Buddy Rich, Kenny Clarke, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, and Louie Bellson. He also starred in several films, most notably the musical short Jammin' the Blues (1944).
Jones performed regularly in later years at the West End jazz club at 116th and Broadway in New York City. These performances were generally very well attended by other drummers such as Max Roach and Roy Haynes. In addition to his artistry on the drums, Jones was known for his irascible, combative temperament.
In contrast to drummer Gene Krupa's loud, insistent pounding of the bass drum on each beat, Jones often omitted bass drum playing altogether. Jones also continued a ride rhythm on hi-hat while it was continuously opening and closing instead of the common practice of striking it while it was closed. Jones's style influenced the modern jazz drummer's tendency to play timekeeping rhythms on a suspended cymbal that is now known as the ride cymbal.
In 1979, Jones was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame for his contribution to the Birmingham, Alabama musical heritage. Jones was the 1985 recipient of an American Jazz Masters fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts.


As leader
1955: The Jo Jones Special
1957: At Newport Live
1959: Jo Jones Plus Two
1973: The Drums
1976: The Main Man
1985: Our Man, Papa Jo!
" With Coleman Hawkins
The Hawk Flies High (1957)
With The Oscar Peterson Trio with Roy Eldridge, Sonny Stitt, and Jo Jones
The Oscar Peterson Trio at Newport (1957)
With Ella Fitzgerald
Ella at the Opera House (1958)

Oscar Brown Jr - "Somebody Buy Me a Drink / But I was cool"

Madeleine Peyroux in Athens

Ladies sing …Jazz!

Με ένα πιάνο, ένα μπάσο, ντράμς, την κιθάρα της και μερικά από τα ωραιότερα jazz κομμάτια που έχουν γραφτεί ποτέ, η Madeleine Peyroux (Μαντλέν Πεϊρού) επιστρέφει στην Αθήνα για μια ξεχωριστή συναυλία το Σάββατο 5 Νοεμβρίου στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής Αθηνών. Μετά τις αποθεωτικές κριτικές που εισέπραξε στις προηγούμενες εμφανίσεις της στην Αθήνα η γεννημένη στην Αθήνα (της Τζόρτζια των Η.Π.Α.) Μαντλέν, θα βρεθεί στη σκηνή του Μεγάρου Μουσικής Αθηνών με αφορμή την πρόσφατη κυκλοφορία της νέας δισκογραφικής της παραγωγής με τίτλο «Standing on the Rooftop»(Ιούνιος 2011) το οποίο περιλαμβάνει νέα δικά της τραγούδια και σηματοδοτεί μια νέα προσέγγιση για την ερμηνεύτρια καθώς μεταφέρει τις τζαζ ευαισθησίες της σε πιο βαθιά μουσικά μονοπάτια αλλά και όλες εκείνες τις μεγάλες επιτυχίες μια νέα ερμηνευτική απόδοση και τις οποίες, απολαύσαμε μέσα από τα «moody smoke –and- whiskey» φωνητικά της Μαντλέν Πεϊρού.

Σε μια ιδιαίτερη μουσική βραδιά που «κρύβει» αρκετές ερμηνευτικές εκπλήξεις! Τι εννοούμε? Στη συναυλία της Madeleine Peyroux στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής η γνωστή -και αγαπημένη στο κοινό- Ελληνίδα ερμηνεύτρια Αλέξια, θα εμφανιστεί ως guest, ερμηνεύοντας μερικές από τις - υψηλής αισθητικής, γεμάτες αστείρευτη φαντασία - jazz συνθέσεις της.

«Απίστευτο τραγούδι, εξαιρετική ερμηνεία, σε πλημμυρίζει με την αισθαντικότητά της, φανερώνοντας μας την ευαίσθητη και λυρική πλευρά της.» Αυτή είναι η άποψη μιας θαυμάστριας του διαδικτύου, στο άκουσμα του τραγουδιού «Η Ώρα που Περνά»(Le Temps qui passe) που περιλαμβάνεται στη νέα εντυπωσιακή και ατμοσφαιρική παραγωγή της Αλέξιας με τίτλο “Re-Be”( και το οποίο κυκλοφορεί από την εταιρία Performance Street) μερικά τραγούδια όπως τα “Ηλεκτρισμός”, “Time/Love me”, “Raices volantes”, “My tango”, “You and I”, “This is our life”, ”Famagusta”, “Letter to the unborn”, “Η ώρα που περνά”, “The street I live”, “Sand or wind”, θα ακουστούν το Σάββατο 5 Νοεμβρίου στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής Αθηνών. 

Madeleine Peyroux (born 1974, Athens, Georgia, USA) is an American jazz singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Peyroux (French pronunciations noted for her vocal style, which has been compared to that of Billie Holiday.
Peyroux has cited Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Patsy Cline, Édith Piaf, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Mercer, Charlie Chaplin, Serge Gainsbourg and Bob Dylan as influences on her music.

Her experiences provided the basis for her first album, Dreamland. The album was released in 1996 by Atlantic Records, and gained widespread attention. It featured a cover of Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight", Édith Piaf's signature-song "La Vie en rose" and two Bessie Smith covers, among others. This first record resulted in her being referred to as the 21st century Billie Holiday, particularly owing to a "Getting Some Fun Out of Life" cover and to "Hey Sweet Man", an original song with a style highly reminiscent of Holiday. Time called it "the most exciting, involving vocal performance by a new singer this year". Peyroux began opening for artists such as Sarah McLachlan and Cesária Évora, and made appearances at jazz festivals and on the Lilith Fair tour. In 1997, she made an appearance at the Montreal Jazz Festival, where she performed with some guest artists, including James Carter. In this concert, Madeleine performed some standards like "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate", a cover included on Montreal's 30-years Best Of.

Peyroux started singing at the age of fifteen, when she discovered street musicians in the Latin Quarter in Paris. She joined a group called the Riverboat Shufflers, first by passing around the hat, and then by singing. At sixteen she joined The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band and spent a number of years touring Europe performing jazz standards.
When Peyroux was scheduled to start recording again, she was diagnosed with a health problem on her vocal cords.[6] By this time, she also had some disagreement with her record company, which led to a significant amount of time out of the spotlight and without recording.
[edit]1997–2003: pairing with William Galison
Peyroux spent much of the next six years busking in Paris, performing occasionally in clubs in the U.S., and generally living a low-key existence. She continued to contribute to works by other artists, but rarely appeared in clubs under her own name. In 1997, she covered the song "Life is Fine" as a Rainer Ptácek tribute
In May 2002, she joined multi-instrumentalist William Galison, and together they appeared at such venues as the Bottom Line, Joe's Pub, and the Tin Angel. In 2003 the duo released a seven-song EP entitled Got You on My Mind, which they sold at shows and online. However, in 2003, their relationship ended. At the time, Peyroux was in negotiations with Rounder Records and showed the EP as demo. Although Peyroux claims she told the record company it was co-written with Galison, this has resulted in an ongoing lawsuit
Got You on My Mind was re-released by Galison in August 2004; the original EP was expanded by the addition of four tracks by Galison.
Careless Love (2004) and Half the Perfect World (2006)
After signing up for Rounder, Peyroux was teamed with well-known record producer Larry Klein. In September 2004, she released her second solo album, Careless Love, to generally positive reviews. It went on to sell over a million copies worldwide and took her out of anonymity. The album opens with one of her best-known songs, a cover of Leonard Cohen's, "Dance Me to the End of Love", also featuring covers of Bob Dylan ("You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"), Elliott Smith ("Between The Bars"), and Hank Williams ("Weary Blues"), among others. As usual, the album also contained a French track, "J'ai Deux Amours", and the only original track on the album was "Don't Wait Too Long" (in collaboration with Jesse Harris and Larry Klein). The songs she covered were mostly from the first half of the 20th century but her choices showed, according to several reviews, "impeccable taste".
Her third solo album, Half the Perfect World, was released on September 12, 2006. She collaborated with several artists, including Jesse Harris, Walter Becker, Larry Klein (who also produced the album), and k.d. lang, with whom Peyroux performed a cover of the Joni Mitchell song "River". Once again, the songs were carefully chosen, and she sang covers of more contemporary artists. Notable covers include "Blue Alert" and "Half the Perfect World" by Leonard Cohen/Anjani Thomas; "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin, John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons; a rendition of Serge Gainsbourg's "La Javanaise" and Tom Waits' "(Looking for) the Heart of Saturday Night". Unlike her previous album, Half the Perfect World had four original tracks
On September 3, 2006, Peyroux performed a live session for Live from Abbey Road at Abbey Road Studios. She shared her episode with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snow Patrol; it was aired in the UK on Channel 4 and in the USA on the Sundance Channel.[8] On July 12, 2007, she was awarded Best International Jazz Artist at the BBC Jazz Awards
Bare Bones (2009)
Her fourth solo album, Bare Bones, released on March 10, 2009, was a turning point in Peyroux's career with all original tracks. The album was produced by Larry Klein and she collaborated with songwriters Walter Becker, Joe Henry, David Batteau, and Julian Coryell. The album featured a sole Peyroux-penned composition, "I Must Be Saved", and its first single was "You Can't Do Me", a song with a soul-rock beat, a whole new style for the vocalist. The album received mostly favorable reviews and the lyrics were praised After its release the singer toured in the US, Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia.
On November 23, 2009, Somethin' Grand, Peyroux's first live concert album, was released. The DVD was filmed and recorded in Los Angeles in January 2009. Her set included nine out of the eleven songs of Bare Bones, as well some others from the previous albums. The DVD also contained a documentary, Somethin' Grand - A Portrait of Madeleine Peyroux, which offered a glimpse of her background and history.
Standing on the Rooftop (2011)
On January 4, 2011, Peyroux announced through her website that she would release a new album that spring.On March 15, she announced the actual release date to be June 14, 2011, under Decca Records which is to consist mainly of her newly written songsThe album was produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, k.d. Lang, Cassandra Wilson) and "signals a new approach for the musician as she carries her jazz sensibilities into rootsier territory".
She also offered a two-song preview of the new album: a cover of Beatles' song "Martha, My Dear" and a new original song "The Things I've Seen Today" which she co-wrote with vocalist/violinist Jenny Scheinman. The two-track EP was released on March 29. The album itself features contributions from Marc Ribot on guitar/banjo, Me'shell Ndegeocello on bass, drummer Charley Drayton (Neil Young, Johnny Cash) and guitarist Chris Bruce (Seal, John Legend). The album was released on June 6, 2011. High-profile tour dates were to follow the release of the album
In 2008, Peyroux collaborated with Phil Roy on his third album, The Great Longing, as a duo on the track "Exceptionally Ordinary". Madeleine Peyroux also covered "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" from the Still Breathing soundtrack and "Life Is Fine" for a Rainer Ptácek tribute.
Peyroux is represented by American International Artists, a management group whose other artists include James Carter and Sarah Pedinotti.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Artist in Residence Program _ Monterey Jazz Festival

The Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artist-In-Residence works year-round with young musicians in performances and clinics at our Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
With the program now in its 9th year, the Artist-In-Residence for 2012 will be the award-winning trumpeter, Ambrose Akinmusire. He will join jazz luminaries and past Artists-In-Residence Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis and members of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Dianne Reeves, and Joshua Redman in this important and vital role.
In 2012, Ambrose Akinmusire will act as a clinician, performer, and competition judge during the Next Generation Jazz Festival, March 30 - April 1; as a mentor and clinician at the Festival’s Summer Jazz Camp, June 11-22, and will appear at the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz FestivalSeptember 21-23.
Mr. Akinmusire was a member of Monterey Jazz Festival’s California High School All-Star Band in 1999 and 2000. He will be a guest soloist with his former band, now called the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

About Ambrose Akinmusire
Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, winner of the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, recently made his major-label debut on Blue Note Records.
The Oakland, California-born trumpeter attended Berkeley High School and was a member of the 1999 and 2000 Monterey Jazz Festival’s High School All-Star Band. While still in the Berkeley High School Ensemble, he caught the attention of the visiting saxophonist Steve Coleman, who later hired Ambrose as a member of his Five Elements band for extensive European tour. Akinmusire was just 19 years old.
After graduating from Berkeley High School in 2000, he moved to New York to begin a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Vincent Penzerella, Dick Oatts, Lew Soloff, and Laurie Frink. He performed publicly with Lonnie Plaxico, Stefon Harris, Josh Roseman, Vijay Iyer, Charlie Persip, the Mingus Big Band, and the San Francisco Jazz Collective, to name a few.
Ambrose returned to the West Coast in 2005 to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and simultaneously attended the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. His teachers include Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Billy Childs and Gary Grant. He has worked with such artists as Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Hal Crook, Bob Hurst, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ron Carter, Jason Moran, Wallace Roney, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter. After graduation in 2007, Ambrose won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition in the space of one week.
After making appearances on recordings by Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer, Alan Pasqua, Walter Smith III, Josh Roseman, Esperanza Spalding, Aaron Parks, and more in the 2000s, Ambrose made his major-label debut in 2011, releasing When the Heart Emerges Glistening on Blue Note Records. Pop Matters said that the record “…should send shivers up every jazz fan’s spine” and Jazzwise Magazine said “…Akimusire is already showing signs of being a major creative figure in the making.” The Los Angeles Times wrote “…he seems practically predestined for a breakout in 2011.”
Monterey Jazz Festival Artists-In-Residence:
2012: Ambrose Akinmusire
2011: Joshua Redman
2010: Dianne Reeves
2009: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
2008: Christian McBride
2007: Terence Blanchard
2006: Kurt Elling
2005: Branford Marsalis
2004: Regina Carter

Monday, October 24, 2011

Jazz new releases _ October 2011

Some good albums this month. The three Criss Cross albums finally make it to release on October 11th and there are new albums by Stefano Battaglia, James Carter and Pat Martino. Meanwhile the long awaited Keith Jarrett album 'Rio' has been put back until November 8th. 

Release date: Tuesday October 4th 2011
James Carter - At The Crossroads (Emarcy) 

James Carter - At The Crossroads cover
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Release date: Tuesday October 11th 2011
Pat Martino - Undeniable (HighNote) 

Pat Martino - Undeniable cover
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Release date: Tuesday October 11th 2011
Joe Cohn - Fuego (Criss Cross) 

Joe Cohn - Fuego cover
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Release date: Tuesday October 11th 2011
Opus 5 - Introducing (Criss Cross) 

Opus 5 - Introducing cover
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Release date: Tuesday October 11th 2011
John Escreet - Exception to the Rule (Criss Cross) 

John Escreet - Exception to the Rule cover
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Release date: Tuesday October 18th 2011
Wynton Marsalis - Swingin' Into The 21st- Selections (Sony Legacy) 

Wynton Marsalis - Swingin' Into The 21st Century - Selections cover
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Release date: Tuesday October 18th 2011
Stefano Battaglia - The River of Anyder (ECM) 

Stefano Battaglia - The River of Anyder cover
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Release date: Tuesday November 1st 2011
Enrico Rava - Tribe (ECM) 

Enrico Rava  - Tribe cover
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Release date: Tuesday November 8th 2011
Keith Jarrett - Rio (ECM) 

Keith Jarrett  - Rio cover

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Cab Calloway - "It ain't Necessarily So"

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Jazz Collection - The 1962 Newport Jazz Festival

Newport, a top sailing spot, is an all-seasons resort offering a beautiful harbour that is rich in colonial history. However what draws music lovers to Ford Adams State Park is the world famous The Newport Jazz Festival. The 1962 Newport Jazz Festival features Count Basie & His Orchestra, Johnny Hodges, The Oscar Peterson Trio, The Clara Ward Gospel Singers, Pee Wee Russell, Ruby Braff, Joe Williams, Roland Kirk, & The Duke Ellington Orchestra

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pat Martino in Athens

Παρασκευή 21 και Σάββατο 22 Οκτωβρίου 2011
(μέσα στο Ωδείο Τέχνης Γ. Β. Φακανάς)
«Ξυπνώντας από τη νάρκωση κοίταξε τους γονείς του και τους γιατρούς, προσπαθώντας να συναρμολογήσει μνήμες της ζωής του».
Ο Pat Martino, ένας από τους πιο αυθεντικούς, βασισμένους στη Jazz, κιθαρίστες της δεκαετίας του '60, έκανε την επιστροφή του στη μουσική, μετά από μια εγχείρηση στον εγκέφαλο όπου έχασε τη μνήμη του, καθώς και την ικανότητά του να παίζει.
Του πήρε χρόνια, αλλά τελικά ανέκτησε την ικανότητα του στην κιθάρα, (κυρίως ακούγοντας παλαιότερες ηχογραφήσεις του),
αγγίζοντας και πάλι την κορυφή στο είδος του.
Ξεκίνησε να παίζει επαγγελματικά σε ηλικία 15 χρονών. Από τότε  που έπαιξε τις πρώτες του νότες, αναγνωρίστηκε σαν ένας από τους πιο βιρτουόζους κιθαρίστες της Jazz.
Με τον ξεχωριστό «παχύ»  του ήχο, είναι αναμφίβολα ένας μουσικός με υψηλή τεχνική, ενέργεια και ψυχή.
Πρώτη του επιρροή ο πατέρας του, που τραγουδούσε σε τοπικά club, τον οποίο πάντα θαύμαζε και προσπαθούσε να εντυπωσιάσει.
Αυτός του ο θαυμασμός του έδωσε την ώθηση να δει σοβαρά τη δημιουργική του τάση, όπως λέει ο ίδιος.
Ξεκίνησε παίζοντας σε rock σχήματα, αλλά σύντομα μετακόμισε στο Harlem για να βυθιστεί περισσότερο στη soul jazz.
Στα 20 του δημιουργεί το δικό του group και βγάζει το πρώτο του album “Strings” με την εταιρεία Prestige Records.
Ακολουθεί μία σειρά ηχογραφήσεων (El Hombre, East, Baiyina, Desperado, Joyous Lake κλπ).
Το 1976 γίνεται η διάγνωση του προβλήματος της υγείας του, που αποτέλεσμα είχε την απώλεια της μνήμης του ενώ το 1987 μετά από έναν τεράστιο αγώνα επιστρέφει στη μουσική σκηνή με ένα cd που ηχογραφήθηκε live και είχε τον τίτλο «The Return».
Ακολούθησαν πολλές δισκογραφικές δουλειές (Interchange, Nightwings, The Maker, Stone Blue, Live at Yoshi’s κλπ )
Εκτός από τη μουσική του δεινότητα, πολύ διαδεδομένη είναι και η φήμη του σαν εκπαιδευτικός.
Οι μουσικοί συρρέουν από παντού για να τους μεταδώσει εκτός από τις μουσικές του γνώσεις, τη φιλοσοφία ενός ανθρώπου που αντιμετώπισε και ξεπέρασε τεράστια προβλήματα.
Πρόσφατα κυκλοφόρησε το βιβλίο του “HERE and NOW”. Πρόκειται για την αυτοβιογραφία του η οποία γράφτηκε με τη συνεργασία του Pat Martino και του συγγραφέα του βιβλίου “Jaco”, Bill Milkowski.
Το βιβλίο περιέχει προσωπικές εμπειρίες του Pat Martino, συνεντεύξεις από πολλούς γνωστούς κιθαρίστες καθώς επίσης και πολλές φωτογραφίες.
Στο ΑΘΗΝΑ΄ Live έρχεται για δεύτερη φορά δίνοντάς μας την ευκαιρία να απολαύσουμε και πάλι από κοντά έναν πραγματικό θρύλο στην κιθάρα.

Μαζί του παίζουν:   Pat Bianchi (Hammond-B3)  και  Shawn Hill (drums).
Παρασκευή 21  Οκτωβρίου 2011  ώρα 9.00 μ.μ.
Σάββατο 22  Οκτωβρίου 2011 ώρα 10.30 μ.μ.
Σεμινάριο από τον Pat Martino :     Σάββατο 22/ 10/ 11  ώρα 13.00 μ.μ.
ΑΘΗΝΑ΄ Live : Λ. Ποσειδώνος 3,  Παραλία Ν. Φαλήρου-Μοσχάτου
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