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The Pretty Lights National Tour Underway

After blowing out box offices across the country for the first few months of 2009, Pretty Lights is primed for a large national summer tour. With sellout after sellout across the country, the innovative electronic duo has scheduled 16 shows between now and their triumphant performance at Red Rocks in Morrison Colorado. With dates spanning New York City, San Francisco and Norfolk, VA --- Pretty Lights will be pumping out of speakers from coast to coast, re-shaping the standard of electronic music.

Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado based producer Derek Vincent Smith, accompanied in the live setting by drummer, Cory Eberhard. Together these two achieve a raw energy rarely reached in the realm of electronic music. At a time when music lovers from almost all subcultures and genres are finding common ground in the basic form of bangin' beats, Pretty Lights is giving the people what they want; electro organic, cutting-edge party rocking beats, that fill venues with energy and emotion and send dance floors into frenzies. What makes Pretty Lights truly different though, is that the beats carry serious soul.

Fans across all genres are coming together to fuel the Pretty Lights movement. One only need to download Filling up the City Skies, the free double disc that was released for download only a few short months ago at www.prettylightsmusic.com, to see what the hype is about. The two-disc release is a 26 track journey through past, present, and future. Smith juxtaposes collages of beautiful vintage samples against backdrops of futuristic synthesis and dirty broken beats, creating a sound that can snap your neck while simultaneously shedding your tears. The album has been downloaded well over 50,000 times from the Pretty Lights website in the few months since its release, proving that the PL sound is not only getting around, it's spreading like a virus.

What makes the next summer set of shows all the more intriguing is that, somehow, amidst the relentless touring, Smith is nearing completion of the next Pretty Lights album. Scores of unheard new material is sure to be dropped along the way, considering a quote direct from Smith’s own blog, “Maintaining productivity, and striving to constantly create fresh new music is the only way to keep this adventure exciting for myself…I couldn’t bear to tour on the same record for more than a few months…”

Pretty Lights will be continuing to make its name on the festival circuit this summer which will include appearances at Bonnaroo, 10k Lakes, Rothbury, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and Camp Bisco.

May 14 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GeorgiaV May 15 Valarium - Knoxville, Tennessee
May 16 Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, North Carolina
May 22 The Music Farm - Charleston, South Carolina
May 23 KEFI Wilmington - North Carolina
May 24 The Norva - Norfolk, Virginia
May 30 The Independent - San Francisco, California
Jun 4 Wakarusa Music Festival - Ozark, Arkansas
Jun 6 High Noon Saloon - Madison, Wisconsin
Jun 12 Bonnaroo - Manchester, Tennessee
Jul 2 High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, California
Jul 3 High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, California
Jul 4 Rothbury Music Festival - Rothbury, Michigan
Jul 10 Forecastle Festival - Louisville, Kentucky
Jul 17 Camp Bisco - Mariaville, New York
Jul 22 10K Lakes Festival - Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Jul 25 Red Rocks Ampitheatre - Morrison, Colorado
Jan 3 Jam Cruise 8 - Carribean Ocean, Florida

To find out more about Pretty Lights or to download the album visit: www.myspace.com/prettylightsmusic or www.prettylightsmusic.com

'Made In The UK' 2009 Concert Series

Rochester and New York City will play host to the largest ever series of UK jazz concerts in June 2008. Arts Council England have agreed to support the British artists programmed at this year’s Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York (RIJF), as part of their international concert series ‘Made in the UK’.

Produced by ESIP, the artists selected for the nine RIJF concerts from 12 – 20 June are The Peter King Quartet, Liane Carroll Trio, the Neil Cowley Trio, Tessa Souter Quartet, Tony Kofi Quartet, Norma Winstone with Gareth Williams & Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio. Huw Warren and the Paula Gardiner Trio will also be performing at the festival to represent ‘Welsh Jazz’.

Additional concerts in NYC will be launched with a double bill of BBC Jazz award winning singer-pianist, Liane Carroll, and legendary saxophonist Peter King at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center on 8 June. Neil Cowley is also confirmed for ‘Joe’s’ Pub in New York on 16 June with Grammy nominated singer Norma Winstone pairing up for a double bill with NYC-based Tessa Souter on 20 June, while saxophonists Tony KofiTim Garland pair up at the same venue on Sunday 21st. and

Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio continue their tour with a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington on 23 June before heading to Chicago, and then finishing up at the Catalina in LA on 29 June. Neil Cowley's Trio will play a date at Boston's Cafe 939 on 12 June.

RIJF has become one of the USA’s leading jazz festivals in the six years of its existence.  As well as presenting legendary artists from the jazz community such as Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck the RIJF places strong emphasis on presenting the emerging artists from around the world. John Nugent, RIJF Producer and Artistic Director, said, “We’ve been impressed with jazz musicians coming from the UK for many years now and after the success of the pilot last year we have made ‘Made in the UK’ a regular part of the festival.”

ESIP has been programming cutting-edge concerts, tours and festivals for a variety of UK and international clients. “We’ve been given the opportunity to present British artists at one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world and introduce their music to a wider audience.  We are honoured to be working with John Nugent and his team in Rochester and grateful to Arts Council England & Welsh Arts International for supporting our concert series.”  John Ellson, Director of ESIP.
 
 
Made In The UK Concert Schedule

Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York -- Monday 8th June   Peter King Quartet / Liane Carroll Trio

Rochester Jazz Festival
Christ Church, Rochester – 6.45pm/8.45pm
Friday 12th June   Peter King Quartet
Saturday 13th June   Liane Carroll Trio
Sunday 14th June   Neil Cowley Trio
Monday 15th June   Huw Warren
Tuesday 16th June   Paula Gardiner Trio with Huw Warren
Wednesday 17th June   Tessa Souter Quartet
Thursday 18th June   Tony Kofi Quartet
Friday 19th June   Norma Winstone with Gareth Williams
Saturday 20th June   Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio
 
Sweet Rhythm, New York

Saturday 20th June   Norma Winstone with Gareth Williams / Tessa Souter Quartet
Sunday 21st June   Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio / Tony Kofi Quartet
 
Cafe 939, Boston
Friday 12th June   Neil Cowley Trio
 
Joe's Pub, New York
Tuesday 16th June   Neil Cowley Trio
 
Kennedy Center, Washington
Tuesday 23rd June   Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio
 
Catalina Bar & Grill, Los Angeles
Monday 29th June   Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio
 
For Further information

Rochester International Jazz Festival – www.rochesterjazz.com

ESIP Limitedwww.esip.co.uk
For more information about the ‘Made in the UK’ international concert series please contact: John Ellson – john@esip.co.uk / tel: + 44 118 940 6812
 
Jazz Serviceswww.jazzservices.org.uk
For press enquiries, please contact: Joe Paice - info@jazzservices.org.uk / tel: + 44 207 928 9089

Produced by ESIP in association with Jazz Services Supported by the Arts Council of England

Artist Biographies

 
PETER KING QUARTET
With Martin Drew (Drums), Steve Melling (piano) & Geoff Gascoyne (Bass)
For nearly forty years saxophonist Peter King has been internationally recognised as Europe's leading Parker-disciple. His virtuosity as a bebop player led him to play in small groups alongside Bud Powell, Max Roach and Milt Jackson and with the big bands of Count Basie, Ray Charles and Johnny Dankworth. His immensely powerful playing technique has continued to evolve drawing on more recent harmonic innovations, while never losing innate swing. King continues to tour regularly in Europe and is a regular soloist with the Charlie Watts Quintet.
 
LIANE CARROLL TRIO
Singer/pianist Liane Carroll is one of the most popular figures on the UK jazz scene. A beautiful singer, her shows lead an audience through soulful blues, powerful funk, and heart-rending ballads all delivered with wit and charm. She has worked with a huge variety of artists from Sir Paul McCartney and Gerry Rafferty to Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Since 2007 Carroll has won a number of awards including 'Best Vocalist' and 'Best of Jazz' categories at the BBC Jazz Awards and 'Musician of the Year' at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008.
 
THE NEIL COWLEY TRIO
Fizzing with the energy of rock and the surging dynamics of dance music, the Neil Cowley Trio have been placed at the forefront of the British ‘Post-Jazz’ movement – a scene driven by simple musical curiosity, a post ipod, everything fits aesthetic that says the old certainties of form and genre are increasingly redundant. Classically trained, Cowley is a dazzling pianist and outstanding composer; indeed, his beautiful, sometimes forceful melodies and thrilling climaxes earned his trio’s debut recording, Displaced, a BBC Jazz Award for Best Album. Helped by Cowley's “mischievous humour” and “marvellously English wit”, the trio have built a reputation for their captivating, exciting live shows and remarkable rapport with their audience.
 
HUW WARREN
Pianist and composer Huw Warren is known as one of the UK's most individual and versatile creative forces with work crossing the divides between Jazz, Contemporary Music and World Music. Along with solo performances and commissions, he has collaborated internationally with Mark Feldman, Peter Herbert, Maria Pia De Vito and Theo Bleckmann amongst others. Huw is also known to many as co-founder of cult Brit jazzers "Perfect Houseplants" and regular arranger/musical director for folk singer June Tabor. As a composer Huw has been commissioned by the BBC, Piano Circus, RSC, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Tango Siempre, LPO Renga Ensemble, ABRSM, Palladian Ensemble, Koch Ensemble, Elena Riu, and numerous festivals worldwide.
 
PAULA GARDINER
Paula Gardiner’s presence on the Welsh Jazz scene has been an inspiring one for a long time. As well as heading up the Jazz course at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Paula is the Honorary President of the Swansea-based organisation, Women in Jazz. In fact, Paula has been so active around the region that it is surprising that she has yet to achieve the wider recognition in Britain and Europe that she so richly deserves. One of Britain’s most lyrical and melodic bass players, Paula Gardiner is also an accomplished classical guitarist and flautist. Her first influences from the Jazz world came from European players like Eberhard Weber, highly melodic musicians and composers, who draw on a European heritage, as well as on Jazz.
 
TESSA SOUTER
With Jason Ennis (guitar), Gary Wang (bass), Conor Meehan (drums)
Born in the UK, the daughter of Trinidadian and English parents, now New York-based vocalist, composer, and lyricist Tessa Souter imbues a mix of jazz and stunning originals with the soul and passion of flamenco, Indian and Middle Eastern music. New York Sun critic Will Friedwald. The Philadelphia Inquirer raved about her "amazing" debut CD Listen Love and "crystal-clear voice with diamond-cut phrasing.” Drum legend Joe La Barbera says: "Tessa is a unique voice in jazz." She moved to New York in the late 90’s where she started sitting in at jazz jams. Following a brief spell at New York's Manhattan School of Music, she studied privately with jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy, who says of her, ‘She’s a complete musician - extraordinary and moving’.
 
NORMA WINSTONE with GARETH WILLIAMS
Born in London, Norma Winstone first attracted attention in the late sixties when she shared the bill at Ronnie Scott's Club with Roland Kirk. Although she began her career singing jazz standards, she became involved in the avant garde movement, exploring the use of the voice in an experimental way and evolving her own wordless approach to improvisation. She continues in the forefront of British jazz and was nominated again in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards for best vocalist as well as being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in the same year. Norma performed her debut concert as a featured artist in New York in June 2008 at Joe’s Pub with great audience reaction and critical success. In 2009, she received a Grammy nomination, and the presigious Skoda Jazz Prize for her contribution to European Jazz. Gareth Williams is one of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers on the UK scene. He has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since becoming a professional musician in the early 90s. Described as “a jewel of a player... spinning out luminous introductions and codas” by Jazziz Magazine (USA), he has dazzled audiences not only by his virtuoso approach to the piano, but also by his multi-instrumentalist talents on guitar and vocals.
 
TONY KOFI QUARTET featuring JONATHAN GEE
Kofi plays soprano, alto, and baritone saxophone with equal dexterity and accomplishment; his soprano has a Coltrane-like fluidity; his alto agile and peppery: his baritone dark toned, sonorous and bold. After studying at Berklee on a full scholarship, Kofi went on to be a member of two of British jazz's most influential groups in the 1990s - the Jazz Warriors and Gary Crosby's Nu Troop. He has since appeared with Branford Marsalis, Courtney Pine, Queen Latifah, Ralph Moore, Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers and was recently invited to join the World Saxophone Quartet alongside David Murray, Oliver Lake and Hamiet Bluiett. His quartet features his own compositions drawing on the blues, Gospel, Jazz, funk, Latin, African rhythms, Be-bop and infused with his love of Thelonious Monk.
 
TIM GARLAND’S LIGHTHOUSE TRIO
Tim Garland is widely known as one of the UK’s most successful musical exports working in jazz. He first made international waves playing saxophone, bass clarinet and flute with Chick Corea, and has also toured and recorded extensively with Vibes player Joe Locke and drum legend Bill Bruford. He has orchestrated five of Chick’s best loved pieces for the Grammy Award winning "The New Crystal Silence" album - described by Pat Metheny as "magnificent and creative arrangements". The Lighthouse Trio features award-winning pianist Gwilym Simcock, described by Chick Corea as "...an original - a creative genius", and the incredible Israeli percussionist, Asaf Sirkis. They will be performing music from Tim’s new album Libra (Global Mix).

Boulder Theater Update

ALL SHOWS ARE ON SALE NOW (unless otherwise noted) AT THE BOULDER THEATER BOX OFFICE (303)786-7030, OR ON-LINE. Ticket prices include tax and service charge.

Wed, May 13                Boulder Valley School District presents
7:30pm                     School Lunch Program Film & Discussion Series
                                  "KING CORN"  
                                   Q&A w/ Ann Cooper
                                   GA / All Ages / $15.00

Thur, May 14               VINCE HERMAN & Friends
                                  w/ Elephant Revival & Moody Sisters
                                  A Benefit for Watershed School
                                  GA / All Ages / $15.00

Fri, May 15                Boulder Integral presents
8:00pm                     SEX, GOD, ROCK N' ROLL...LIVE!
                                  w/ STUART DAVIS
                                  GA / 21+ / $12.00

Sat, May 16                 Marquee Magazine, Radio 1190 & KGNU present
8:00pm                      THE FLATLANDERS
                                   ft. Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock
                                   w/ Bukka Allen
                                   GA / 21+ / $30.00

Sun, May 17                 97.3 KBCO presents
7:00pm                      E-TOWN
                                   w/ Mike Doughty & Zee Avi
                                   GA / All Ages / $18.75

Fri, May 22                 4th Annual
8:00pm                      BOB DYLAN TRIBUTE CONCERT
                                   ft. Dylan66 & Friends
                                   GA / 21+ / $20.00

Sun, May 24                 97.3 KBCO presents
7:00pm                      E-TOWN
                                   w/ Jorma Kaukonen & Guggenheim Grotto
                                   GA / All Ages / $18.75

Tues, May 26                Soda Jerk presents
8:00pm                      TAKING BACK SUNDAY
                                   w/ Anberlin & Envy on the Coast
                                   GA / All Ages / $29.50

Wed, May 27                 Boulder Weekly Film Series
8:00pm                      "THE BIG LEBOWSKI"  
                                   GA / 21+ / $8.00

Fri, May 29                 QUEMANDO
9:00pm                      GA / 21+ / $14.00
                               
Tues, June 2                 Radio 1190, KGNU & Westword present
9:00pm                       ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
                                    w/ Black Dice
                                    GA / All Ages / $25.00
                                   **SOLD OUT**

Fri, June 5                  Eastern Tibetan Culture Foundation presents
8:00pm                       EASTERN TIBETAN DANCE ENSEMBLE
                                    Reserved=$29.50, GA seated=$20.00 / All Ages

Sat, June 6                  Live Nation & 97.3 KBCO present
8:00pm                       ETTA JAMES
                                    w/ special guests
                                    Gold Circle=$93.50, Reserved Balcony=$78.50, GA Standing=$68.00 / 21+

Thur, June 11                Marquee Magazine presents
8:30pm                       REED FOEHL
                                    w/ members of The Be Good Tanyas & Moody Sisters
                                    GA / 21+ / $17.50

Fri, June 12                 ZIGGY MARLEY presents "Family Time"
11:00am                      GA / All Ages / 12 & over=$23.50, Under 12=$16.50
                               
Fri, June 12                 Radio 1190's Krewe de Louisanne & KGNU present
9:00pm                       SOUL REBELS BRASS BAND & MARCU EATON TRIO
                                    GA / 21+ / $18.00

Thur, June 18                FACE, MOIRA SMILEY & VOCO
7:30pm                       Reserved=$24.00, GA=$18.50, Student/Senior=$12.50 / All Ages

Fri, June 19                 ROGER CLYNE & THE PEACEMAKERS
9:00pm                       w/ The Railbenders
                                    GA / 21+ / $21.50

Sun, June 21                 97.3 KBCO presents
7:30pm                       MARC COHN
                                    w/ Katie Herzig
                                    Gold Circle=$48.50, Reserved=$39.50, GA=$31.00 / 21+

June 25-27                   Zimfest 2009, CU College of Music, KGNU & Boulder Weekly present
7pm                                  ZIMBABWEAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
                                    Daily Ticket Prices = $11.00-$22.50, 3 Day Pass (Adult, Teen)=$52.00, 3 Day Pass (Child 6-12)=$37.00
                                    GA / All Ages

Sun, June 28                  97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
7:30pm                        THE ROBERT CRAY BAND
                                     w/ guests        
                                     GA / 21+ / $39.00

Sun, July 5                  THE SAMPLES
8:00pm                       w/ guests
                                    GA / 21+ / $24.00
                                    On Sale May 16

Wed, July 8                  TOWER OF POWER
8:00pm                       w/ guests
                                    GA / 21+ / $36.50
                                    On Sale May 16

Thur, July 9                 THE MOTET
8:30pm                        w/ Albino
                                    GA / 21+ / $16.00

Thur, July 16                OLD 97's
9:00pm                       w/ solo performance by Rhett Miller & Murry Hammond
                                    GA / 18+ /  $24.00
                               
Fri, July 17                 THE SELDOM SCENE
8:30pm                       w/ guests
                                    Reserved=$26.50, GA=$20.00 / 21+

Fri, July 24                 BAND DU JOUR
9:00pm                       w/ guests
                                    GA / 21+ / $15.00  
                                               
Sat, July 25                 Boulder Weekly & KGNU present
9:00pm                         MIDNITE
                                    w/ Mr. Anonymous
                                    GA / 21+ / $22.50
                               
Thur, Aug 6                  KGNU presents
7:30pm                       GREG BROWN
                                    w/ Bo Ramsey
                                    Reserved=$35.00, GA=$29.00 / 21+

Tues, Aug 11                 Live Nation presents
8:00pm                       An Evening with            
                                    PETER FRAMPTON
                                    GA / 21+ / $56.00
                                    On Sale May 16

Thur, Aug 20                 LARRY CARLTON
8:00pm                       Reserved=$34.00, GA seated=$28.00 / 21+
                                    On Sale May 16

Fri, Aug 21                  THE AVETT BROTHERS
9:00pm                        w/ guests
                                     GA / 18+ / $29.50

Sat, Sept 12                  PAUL F. TOMPKINS & KRISTEN SCHAAL
9:00pm                        Reserved=$32.00, GA seated=$25.00 / All Ages
                                     On Sale May 23

Bonnaroo & Conscious Alliance Announce the 6th Annual Bonnaroo Food Drive

Bonnaroo Music Festival and non-profit organization Conscious Alliance announce the 6th Annual Bonnaroo Food Drive benefitting the Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Manchester, Tennessee.

Last year's Food Drive brought in 7,000 pounds of food donations for Tennessee's Coffee County.  This year's goal is to collect 10,000 pounds or more.

With America's food banks experiencing an all-time inventory low, there has never been a better time to participate in the Bonnaroo Food Drive.  Bonnaroo and Conscious Alliance are calling on all festival attendees to donate to this important cause. As an incentive, the first 2,000 patrons who donate 10 non-perishable food items will receive a free limited-edition Bonnaroo poster created by renowned rock artist, Michael Everett (www.Meverett.net).

Food Drive collection tents will be located outside of the main entrances to the concert area and will be depicted on the Bonnaroo guide map, given to all attendees upon arriving at the festival grounds. At these locations, Food Drive volunteers will trade the first 2000 participants "poster redemption vouchers" for food donations.  The vouchers can be exchanged for this year's poster at the Conscious Alliance "Art That Feeds" galleries located inside the Planet Roo vending area and just outside of the Archway entrance into the main stage area.

Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low-sodium and health food oriented products. "Organic" food donations are especially encouraged. Ramen Noodles cannot be accepted for the free poster.

For more information about the charitable efforts of Conscious Alliance, please visit www.ConsciousAlliance.org.

For more information about the Bonnaroo Music Festival, please visit www.bonnaroo.com.

Tom Brosseau Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Right on the heels of Tom Brosseau's European tour with PJ Harvey and John Parish, as well as playing select dates with Mice Parade, Brosseau is announcing a U.S. tour in support of his June 23rd FatCat release, Posthumous Success. This new buoyant and well-crafted album is a huge stylistic shift away from the spare acoustic arrangements of his previous releases though Brosseau's earnest wit and captivating, vibrato-soaked voice is unchanged. These songs - and selections from Brosseau's catalog - will be fully realized live by the trio of Brosseau, album co-producer and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Rose, and vocalist/instrumentalist Shelley Short. The ensemble will bring Brosseau's live sound closer to the full-band richness captured on Posthumous Success than previous solo outings. All tour dates are listed below.

Additionally, we are giving out a free mp3 of "You Don't Know My Friends" off of this new album. Download/listen to the song here:


Tom Brosseau Tour Dates:
Wed. 06/17/09 -- Tucson, AZ @ Plush
Thu. 06/18/09 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
Sat. 06/20/09 -- Santa Monica, CA @ McCabe's
Sun. 06/21/09 -- San Diego, CA @ North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe
Wed. 06/24/09 -- Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern w/ Zera Marvel
Thu. 06/25/09 -- Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios w/ Mbilly
Fri. 06/26/09 -- Redding, CA @ The Downtown Eatery
Sat. 06/27/09 -- Davis, CA @ Sophia's Thai Lounge w/ Il Gato - presented by Cool As Folk
Sun. 06/28/09 -- San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord
Mon. 06/29/09 -- Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place

Les Paul's 94th Birthday Celebration

lesLes Paul's regular Monday night appearances at The Iridium Jazz Club since April 1995 attract devoted fans from all over the world.  World-class musicians like Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Tony Bennett, Steve Miller, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck, Slash and countless others come to pay homage. By far, this is the music industry's most important regular music gig in NYC.   

Les Paul is a living legend and an icon of the music world. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received multiple Grammy Awards, pioneered the modern electric guitar and invented numerous recording techniques. Les has influenced countless musicians and guitarists and is hailed as "The Father Of The Electric Guitar".

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/

EVERY MONDAY LES PAUL AND HIS TRIO
JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS  
SHOWS AT 8:00 & 10:00 PM

Monday, June 8th  -- Les Paul’s 94th Birthday Celebration

Jazz Fest At Sea 2009

jazzatseaThe year 2009 marks the 100th birthday of jazz legend Benny Goodman. We are very proud to announce that clarinetist Allan Vache has been given permission by the Goodman Estate and Bill Hyland, its executor, to present "A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute" show. In addition to the Tribute show, Banu Gibson and her New Orleans Hot Jazz band will be headlining our jazz cruise. And our special guests from the West Coast, BED will be on board for your listening pleasure. We will be departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to the Southern Caribbean on the MSC Poesia for 10-nights of jazz and fun. Not only will you have your choice of amazing performances each evening, but you are also invited to the afternoon sessions on days at sea. Take a look at the fantastic schedule! But remember, only those who book with Cruise & Vacation Depot will be allowed to participate!

Our JazzFest at Sea promises to be the Ultimate Jazz Cruise of the year for all Classic and Dixieland Jazz fans. Don't miss the boat! Our staterooms are in limited supply. Simply call 1-800-654-8090 or email JazzFest at Sea for more information.

The schedule is subject to change. Check back often or call us at 1-800-654-8090 for updates!

Monday - November 30

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Hot Jazz featuring Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton
9:00 PM - A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr. and Terry Blaine
10:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes

Tuesday - December 1

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
1:00 PM - "Meet the Musicians" Cocktail Party
2:00 PM - Diva Duos featuring Rebecca Kilgore & Eddie Erickson, Terry Blaine & Mark Shane, Banu Gibson & David Boeddinghaus
8:00 PM - Dem Bones featuring Bill Allred, Dan Barrett, David Sager, Mark Shane, Joel Forbes, Bob Leary and Jeff Hamilton
9:00 PM - Allan Vaché's Swingtet featuring Allan Vaché, Randy Reinhart, Frank Tate, Matt Hoffmann, Eddie Erickson and Ed Metz Jr.
10:00 PM - Chicago Jazz featuring David Jones, Marc Phaneuf, Dan Barrett, David Boeddinghaus, Charlie Silva and Jeff Hamilton

Wednesday - December 2

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
1:00 PM - Musical Memories featuring Ed Clute on the piano playing your requests
2:00 PM - Allan Vaché's Big 4 featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bob Leary and Charlie Silva
3:00 PM - 3 Girls 3 featuring Terry Blaine, Banu Gibson, Rebecca Kilgore, Mark Shane, Eddie Erickson, Joel Forbes and Ed Metz Jr.
8:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes
9:00 PM - Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Hot Jazz featuring Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton
10:00 PM - A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr. and Terry Blaine

Thursday - December 3

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - Cornet Chop Suey featuring Randy Reinhart, Dan Barrett,David Jones, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate amd Jeff Hamilton with guest Banu Gibson
9:00 PM  - With Benny in Mind featuring Allan Vaché, Matt Hoffman, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva and Ed Metz Jr. with guest Terry Blaine
10:00 PM - Bill's Classic Jazz featuring Bill Allred, Randy Reinhart, Mark Phaneuf, Eddie Erikson, Joel Forbes and Ed Metz Jr. with guest Rebecca Kilgore

Friday - December 4

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr. and Terry Blaine  
9:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes
10:00 PM - Mostly Mercer - A Johnny Mercer Centennial Tribute featuring Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton

Saturday - December 5

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - The Matt Hoffmann Quartet featuring Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Joel Forbes and Jeff Hamilton with guest Terry Blaine  
9:00 PM - Switch Hitters featuring Dan Barrett (cornet & trombone), Randy Reinhart (cornet & trombone), David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate,
Bob Leary and Ed Metz Jr. with guest Banu Gibson
10:00 PM - Dixieland USA featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Mark Phaneuf (saxophone), Mark Shane, Eddie Erikson (banjo), Charlie Silva and Jeff Hamilton with guest Rebecca Kilgore

Sunday - December 6

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes
9:00 PM - Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Hot Jazz featuring Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton
10:00 PM - A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr. and Terry Blaine

Monday - December 7

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - Reedmen featuring Allan Vaché, Mark Phaneuf, David Boeddinghaus, Joel Forbes, Eddie Erikson and Ed Metz Jr.
9:00 PM - Brass Masters featuring Randy Reinhart, Bill Allred, David Sager, Dan Barrett, David Jones, Mark Shane, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton
10:00 PM - Ladies Sing (and play) the Blues featuring Banu Gibson (banjo & vocal), Terry Blaine (flute & vocal) and Rebecca Kilgore (guitar & vocal) with guests Bob Leary, Charlie Silva and Ed Metz Jr.

Tuesday - December 8

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
1:00 PM - The Bob & Eddie Show featuring Bob Leary (banjo, guitar & vocal), Eddie Erikson (banjo, guitar & vocal), Charlie Silva and Jeff Hamilton
2:00 PM - The Piano Men featuring Mark Shane and David Boeddinghaus
3:00 PM - CD Signing and Autograph Session with personal photo opportunities
8:00 PM - Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Hot Jazz featuring Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate and Jeff Hamilton
9:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes
10:00 PM - A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr. and Terry Blaine

Wednesday - December 9

Le Moulin Rouge (Pigalle) Lounge - Deck 7 Aft
8:00 PM - B.E.D. featuring Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes
9:00 PM - Final All-Star Jam Session featuring Allan Vaché, David Jones, Bill Allred, Matt Hoffmann, Mark Shane, Bob Leary, Charlie Silva, Ed Metz Jr., Terry Blaine, Banu Gibson, Randy Reinhart, Marc Phaneuf, David Sager, David Boeddinghaus, Frank Tate, Jeff Hamilton, Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett and Joel Forbes (Bring your Ax if you want to join in!)

Steve Kimock News: Summer Dates & More

Kimock's on the boat! We are thrilled to join Jam Cruise 8 and so many great musicians on board this musical adventure.

kimockJam Cruise 8 sets sail January 3-8, 2010 on the beautiful Italian ship: MSC Poesia. The ship leaves from Ft Lauderdale's Port Everglades and heads to Ocho Rios, Jamaica & George Town, Cayman Islands.

Public on-sale will be in June 4th. We want to make sure that our fans don't miss out! One of the best features of the Poesia is the ABUNDANCE OF double occupancy cabins with standard & large balconies.

Hope to have you on board!

May 23 - Hookahville - Thornville, OH *
June 4 - Wakarusa - Ozark, AR *
June 6-7 Mountains of the Moon Festival - Salmo, BC
June 12 - Harmony Festival - Santa Rosa, CA
June 16 Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
July 3 - Grateful Fest - Nelson Ledges, OH
July 4-5 - High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA
July 8 Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME
July 9 Rocks Off Concert Cruise - NY, NY
July 10 Sherman Theater - Stroudsburg, PA
July 11 - All Good Music Festival - Masontown, WV
July 24 - 10K Lakes Music Festival - Soo Pass Ranch, MN
Aug 14 Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ
Aug 15 A Bear's Picnic - Laurelton, PA
Nov 14 Bear Creek Music Fest - Live Oak, FL
Jan 3-8 - Jam Cruise 8 - Caribbean Ocean

* w/ George Porter Jr
*Kimock will also play a late night at Wakarusa with Praang featuring members of EOTO and Jamie Janover)

Steve Kimock w/ Everyone Orchestra and more!
May 12 - Daze Between Fest - San Francisco, CA
June 20 - Church of Universal Love & Music - Acme, PA


Kimock will be making a special appearance with Everyone Orchestra on May 12th at the Daze Between Fest at the Mission Rock Café in San Francisco, CA. Kimock will appear late night from around midnight until 4AM.

Also playing are members of Hot Buttered Rum and ALO plus Melvin Seals, Wally Ingram, Chris Haugen, Mike Sugar, Audio Angel, conducted by Matt Butler, and a whole lot more...also featuring live painting by Alex and Allyson Grey and the return of the Furthur Bus with lots of hipsters, tricksters and pranksters. The festivities will begin at 8pm and continue through the dawn. Are you on the bus?!

A.T. Furthur: Daze Between is an eclectic art gathering celebrating the legacy of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in the mid-60s. The original Prankster Acid Tests were created as multi-media art parties where exciting, new, and still legal entheogens were imbibed in the spirit of breaking new creative ground.

Don't miss Wakarusa! Final chance to buy cheap tickets!

With multiple stages featuring great live music over four days from June 4-7, Wakarusa is a serious music festival. The 2009 lineup features nearly 100 bands playing over 125 sets. With Full Event passes currently available for $139, you can enjoy a full weekend at Wakarusa for just over $1 per set! Get your Full Event Passes now! For a complete list of all ticket and camping options, including VIP, visit www.wakarusa.com.

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine will be playing main stage on Thursday, June 4th and there is a special late-night performance with Praang (Kimock, Travis, Hann, Janover).

Don't miss Wakarusa 2009 at a fantastic new venue, Mulberry Mountain! With shade trees, float streams and waterfalls, Mulberry Mountain is an absolutely beautiful setting for 4 days of music and activities!

Lambchop completes line-up of the Gent Jazz Festival

The last group for the Gent Jazz Festival (July 8th to 19th inclusive) is Lambchop. This American band completes the line-up of Friday, July 17th, featuring José James and Rodrigo y Gabriela. As we had already announced, BB King, Jamie Cullum, George Benson, Jamie Lidell, Marianne Faithfull, McCoy Tyner Trio feat. Bill Frisell and Joe Jackson will also be present.

Over the past 15 years, Lambchop has become one of the most exciting bands within the Americana genre. With their subtle mix of country, rock, pop, folk and soul, the group centered by Kurt Wagner has released 10 albums. Year by year, Lambchop has developed into a musical collective built around front man and creative mastermind Kurt Wagner, one of the best song writers of his generation. The driving force behind Lambchop has one of the most recognizable, warm and serene voices and at the same time. He writes ironic lyrics in which the melancholy is never far away and Wagner reveals himself as a wonderful narrator.

Info & tickets:www.gentjazz.com. Gent Jazz Festival from July 8th to 19 inclusive, Bijloke, Gent, Belgium. Tickets cost 27 euros per evening (excl. booking costs), except for those for July 8 (concert day with BB King) which cost 37 euros (excl. booking costs). A Three-Day Pass costs 68 euros (excl. booking costs). Tickets can be booked via www.gentjazz.com, via Uitbureau Gent (www.uitbureau.be or +32(0)9 233 77 88) or at FNAC. Just as it did last year, the final festival weekend coincides with the opening weekend of the Ghent Festivities.

15th Annual West Coast Jazz Party Sept. 3-6

4 Nights and 3 Non-Stop Days of America’s Best Mainstream Jazz Party featuring Three Big Bands, Nightly Ballroom Concerts, Outdoor Pool Sessions, a Saturday Night Dance and a unique Newport Harbor Jazz Brunch Cruise!   Helping celebrate 15 swingin’ years will be the Four Freshmen, Terry Gibbs, Jack Sheldon, Ken Peplowski, Ernie Andrews, Houston Person, Marilyn Maye, Paul Smith, Peter Erskine, Frank Capp Juggernaut plus special tributes by Debby Boone, Charlie Shoemake and Byron Stripling with his All-Star Orchestra featuring Butch Miles on drums!

With Orange County’s wonderful weather in September, this year’s party will feature Pool Sessions on Friday and Saturday, both days  from 12 noon until 3:15pm including on Friday the JazzAmerica Big Band directed by Richard Simon and the Dave Tull Quartet plus a special act to be announced. On Saturday- two sets with the celebrated Frank Capp Juggernaut Orchestra featuring Ernie Andrews plus Guitar Summit with Mundell Lowe, Mimi Fox & Ron Eschete supported by Jon Mayer, Hassan Wiggins and Harold Jones.                   

The Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise on Hornblower Yacht’s Entertainer will again be a highlight of the 3 day event.   Attendees and the artists will transition from the Marriott to Newport Harbor, where 3 decks of  specially designed “jam sessions” with over 20 All-Stars, including Terry Gibbs, Marilyn Maye, Guitar Summit and the Peter Erskine Trio will be featured during the champagne brunch cruise which will take place from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

September 3-6, 2009 is the weekend for the West Coast Jazz Party & Brunch Cruise, to again be held over Labor Day Weekend at the Irvine Marriott Hotel and Hornblower Yacht’s Entertainer.

The party will center on a large stage nightly at 7:00pm (8:00pm on Thursday night only) with reserved seating, and conclude each night with an “up close & personal” acoustic lobby bar session, wrapping up well after midnight.   Late afternoon lobby sessions will also feature artists in an acoustic setting.

*Kicking off this 15h year will be the Grand Opening Sessions on Thursday evening featuring two sets with the Four Freshmen, including 5 Trombones and the Ken Peplowski All-Stars!

*Featured on Friday evening will be legendary vibist Terry Gibbs and his quartet with Ken Peplowski, the Grant Stewart Quartet, Byron Stripling Quintet and closing the night- Ernie Andrews & Houston Person-Together Again!

*Saturday evening will feature the Paul Smith Trio, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Byron Stripling, Harold Jones followed by Marilyn Maye and her trio featuring Tedd Firth plus the Jack Sheldon California Cool Quartet.

*Sunday night’s closing sessions will include the Ken Peplowski Quartet, a Tribute to Rosemary Clooney by Debby Boone with Musical Director- John Oddo, Charlie Shoemake’s Tribute to George Shearing with Terry Trotter, Luther Hughes, Colin Bailey & Ron Anthony plus BIG BAND MEETS BROADWAY with Byron Stripling’s All-Star Orchestra featuring Butch Miles on drums!

Also featured  during this Labor Day Weekend jazz Celebration will be Dan Barrett, Chuck Berghofer and his Midnight Jazz Band,  Jim DeJulio, Matt Finders, Gary Foster, Paul Kreibich, Andy Martin, Jon Mayer Trio, Roy McCurdy, Ira Nepus, Tom Ranier, Bob Summers, Terry Trotter, and Scott Whitfield!

Tickets are now available for the complete four night, three-day package (Over 33 hours of jazz!) including the Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise. Prices are $335/375. Individual reserved seats are priced at $60/$75 for evening performances and $40/50 for the Grand Opening Sessions,  $30 each  for “Friday & Saturday By the Pool” and $79 for the Jazz Brunch Cruise (space available). For tickets to the West Coast Jazz Party & Brunch Cruise, call the Jazzline at 949.759.5003 or for complete artist appearance times and an order form  visit our website at: http://westcoastjazzparty.com/ . Those wishing to have a weekend getaway may also enjoy the Irvine Marriott’s special rate of $135 per night and $165 for concierge.  For hotel reservations call the Irvine Marriott Hotel at 949.553.0100 and ask for the WCJP rate.   The Irvine Marriott is located at 18000 Von Karman Ave., five minutes from the John Wayne/Orange County Airport, with free shuttle service.  Free self-parking will also be available for attendees.