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EXPORT NOLA: Experience New Orleans Music in NYC!

New Orleans tunes in the Big Apple- for the Grateful Web
The Backbeat Foundation is proud to present "EXPORT NOLA: Experience New Orleans Music," the Official APAP Showcase of New Orleans music at the 2009 Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference in New York. EXPORT NOLA showcases will be held on the evenings of January 9 and January 11, 2009 at Sullivan Hall in New York City.
The APAP Conference is the largest gathering of performing arts presenters, managers, and artists in the world. EXPORT NOLA will provide New Orleans artists the opportunity to perform before an audience of national and international talent buyers in town for the conference, sparking interest in New Orleans music and culture.

The line-up of EXPORT NOLA will offer some of the best musical talent from New Orleans and will include Paul Sanchez, John Boutte, Leroy Jones, DJ Soul Sister, The Jon Batiste Band, Christian Scott Quintet, Big Sam's Funky Nation, and Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove feat. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.
 
The Showcase on January 11 will be preceded by an EXPORT NOLA reception where attendees will be able to sample some of New Orleans soulful culinary delicacies while dancing to the party beats of DJ Soul Sister.
 
EXPORT NOLA events are open to the public and free to APAP Conference attendee badge holders. Tickets for the events are available at www.backbeattix.com.
 
EXPORT NOLA is made possible thanks to the generosity of the City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, WWOZ 90.7 fm, the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, Hubig's Pies and Loretta's Authentic Pralines.
 
Additional details and information about the events can be found at www.backbeatfoundation.org or by visiting the Foundation's Facebook and Myspace pages.

JEMP RECORDS RELEASES PHISH 12/30/97

After a standout show on 12/29/97, the band gave a loose, funky performance on the second night of their three-night stand at Madison Square Garden.  The band came out of the gates smoking on night three of a four-show holiday tour on December 30th with "Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley" > "Taste".

Jazz Pianist Dean Malsack nominated for best Jazz CD

Dean Malsack- for the Grateful Web

Dean Malsack started piano lessons at the age of five and began playing professionally at fourteen.  His father, also a professional pianist, was his teacher.  His mother teaches piano as well. Dean has performed all over the United States as a solo pianist and with several ensembles ranging from jazz to blues to popular show tunes and has just released his 6th solo piano recording.  Dean is a voting member of the Grammy Awards and has performed on a USO tour.  Dean's enjoyment in playing is evident in his whimsical and unique style, and appeals to a wide range of listeners.  Dean performs over 250 engagements yearly.

New location for Rex Foundation's 25th Anniversary Celebration

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The Rex Foundation changed the location to make sure everyone can all come together in a more intimate setting. Let's celebrate the power of music and kindred connections to raise spirits and boost much-needed support for grassroots non-profit programs. Peter Rowan is bringing along friends and family, including Ramblin' Jack Elliot, the Rowan Brothers and Crucial Reggae legendary musicians Fully Fullwood and Tony Chin, plus Michael Kang (of String Cheese Incident) with Panjea, and Jackie Greene, rising star of Phil & Friends.

Saturday, December 13th
Rex Foundation 25th Anniversary Celebration!
"Sweet Music Everywhere"
The Grand Ballroom of the Regency Center
1300 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA
Click here for ticket information

TRIBUTE TO ELMO HOPE - Dec 9 & 10 at the Jazz Standard

Elmo Hope- for the Grateful Web

Pianist and composer Elmo Hope was on the scene from the mid 1950s into the 1960s. This year, June 27, 2008, would have been Elmo's 85th birthday. Elmo was very close to two forward-thinking musical giants, in fact, he spent so much time with Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell that they were called "The 3 Musketeers." Monk loved Elmo's composing and referred to him as his favorite contemporary composer.

Elmo left us with a body of important original music that he recorded essentially between 1953 and 1963. On Tuesday, December 9, and Wednesday, December 10, the sextet will be performing 4 different sets of Elmo's music, exploring the music chronologically each night. This will give us the opportunity to present at least 24 of Elmo's compositions over the two nights.

Elmo's music is compelling (to the audience) and demanding (to the musicians). As drummer Kenny Washington said at rehearsal, Elmo's music demands all your musicianship to try to play it, but if you spend the time to really try to learn it, the rewards are incredible! For the audience, it's an opportunity to hear Elmo's world through the artistry of today's fine musicians.

It's been a dream of mine for quite a few years to be able to present Elmo's music to contemporary audiences. So on Tuesday, December 9, and Wednesday, December 10, we will be performing Elmo's original compositions. Most will be performed in a sextet context, featuring a horn section of alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon (the 2008 winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition), tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart, and myself, Don Sickler, on trumpet. The rhythm section features the pianist who knows more about Elmo's music than anyone, Bertha Hope, Elmo's widow; bassist John Webber; and drummers Kenny Washington (Tuesday the 9th) and Willie Jones, III (Wednesday the 10th). Special guest pianist Jonny King will perform "La Berthe," one of Elmo's tributes to his wife Bertha, on the second set opening night.

Please join us for an exploration of Hope!

Don Sickler

At the Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street New York, New York 10016

Elizabeth & The Catapult Brings You 'Christmas With The Jews'

Elizabeth & the catapult - photo by EJ Decoske- for the Grateful Web

In less than two years since their move to New York, Elizabeth and the Catapult has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. In May and August of 2006 they were featured in WNYC's "Soundcheck" as well as PRI's "Fair Game with Faith Salie" At the end of the year they were dubbed by NPR as "One of the Best Discoveries of 2006."  The Catapult have had residencies at clubs such as the Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall, and after opening for national headliners like Jessie Harris, Kirk Kirkwood (of the Meat Puppets fame), The Wood Brothers (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), and Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) there was enough buzz about them to support a tour and label interest on the West Coast. All of this success also earned them a place as the Billboard Underground Artist for last October.

Bound by a common love of eclectic influences, Elizabeth & the Catapult draws inspiration from artists such as Tom Waits, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, and Jon Brion—as well as classical influences such as Debussy, Ravel and Chopin. One explanation for the band's musical diversity is Elizabeth Ziman's musical background. She was trained as a classical pianist until the age of sixteen. "As a kid, I used to practice all the time…" Elizabeth explains. "But one day I realized that I couldn't lock myself in a room for eight hours a day…that's when I started writing and singing." After that, it quickly became apparent that her vocal abilities rivaled her piano skills. In 2002, Elizabeth successfully auditioned to be a background vocalist for soul-queen Patti Austin and ended up joining her on tour for the next year and a half. Elizabeth's experience along with Pete and Danny's folk/rock sensibility piece together to make up the band's harmonically distinctive pop sound, a sound well reflected in their stylistically diverse new EP.

After a listen to the Elizabeth & the Catapult EP, it is immediately clear that a great deal of thought went into each of the songs' arrangements. Strings, Horns, Marimba and Synthesizers are all blended together, creating an organic, off-beat style that fans have often referred to as "baroque pop." The sound of the EP is also shaped by the guerilla-style fashion in which it was recorded. Drummer Danny Molad recorded most of the EP in basements and bathrooms, producing this album, along with Elizabeth, in an incredibly modest home studio. With these limited resources, Elizabeth & the Catapult managed to produce an expertly mixed album. Every note of the EP sounds deliberately placed while there still manages to be an air of effortlessness that penetrates throughout all the songs.

In their recordings as well as live performances, Elizabeth and her band members bring together all their backgrounds and experiences to make music that they themselves enjoy. They acknowledge their amorphous style and readily admit that it probably scares record labels. Even so, Elizabeth asserts that she is "not interested in assigning herself a specific style." Elizabeth & the Catapult are proud of their ever-changing sound and are committed to keeping their music fresh and creative.

Tour dates!
Dec 27 Washington DC at DC9
Dec 29 Easton MD at Coffee East
Jan 22 Hoboken NJ at Maxwells

The Walkmen Announce Winter Tour

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The music that inspired The Walkmen to compose You and Me follows in a tradition of song writing that goes back to early rock 'n' roll: the intimacy and energy of Elvis Presley's and Buddy Holly's early recordings, and the massive voice and orchestration of Roy Orbison.  And it carries on through people like Bob Marley and Randy Newman and on to bands like The Pogues and The Modern Lovers - the sort of songs that are very much a product of their time and place while firmly rooted in tradition.  The vocals were performed live right in the room with the full band, and sometimes a horn section too.
 
With some romance and drama, You and Me harnesses a sense of classic live-band production into meticulously constructed, unique-sounding rock songs.  The sound would definitely not be mistaken for old, but it would be impossible to ignore the most timeless influences. You and Me offers a distinctive twist to the "Walkmen" sound of their first three records. Each song shows focus, and an up-beat enthusiasm apparent in all lyrics, music, and performances. It is a long record, clocking in at just under an hour, and it presents a wide range of ideas.  The pacing is very important, as the band felt it was essential to set the right tone, and show each song in its proper light.

Writing and recording of You and Me happened over a vibrant and rigorous 2-year period, during which the members of The Walkmen were split between Philadelphia and New York.  The band rode China Town busses five days a week to work in two small rehearsal spaces (an old nightclub in Chelsea, New York and a warehouse in Fish Town, Philadelphia) to freeze by the kerosene heater in the winter, and sweat it out in the summer. By the time of the record's pressing there were over four hundred cast-off 8-track tapes littering both spaces.

The song "I Lost You" was the first major breakthrough, and inspired many songs to follow. Maroon was teaching himself the viola and trumpet at the time, and the song was the culmination of many 8-track experiments. The new warmth and romance in the music seemed to beg for the same from the lyrics, so the cold and stand-offish tone that had run a-ground in recent years was abandoned for a more personal and real approach.  "I Lost You's" strange pacing, and the way in which both the music and the lyrics together pushed towards an Orbison-like crescendo, was the new direction everyone had hoped for.  Songs like "Red Moon", "On the Water", "If Only it Were True", and "In the New Year" were soon to follow.

The album was recorded in two installments - the first at Sweet Tea studios in Oxford, Mississippi (where they had worked on Bows and Arrows) with engineer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Hold Steady, Sonic Youth) and in a couple of sessions in New York's Gigantic Studios (built by Phillip Glass) with engineer Chris Zane, who also produced Les Savy Fav, Asobi Seksu, White Rabbits and who the boys consider "the best f@#king engineer in the world" and a f@#king god-send."

 

You and Me is a solid and complex showcase of inspired songwriting. Romantic and celebratory, this is the sound of The Walkmen returning to classic form.

West Coast Dates
w/ Beach House supporting
1/19: Belly up, San Diego
1/20: Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
1/21: Fillmore, San Francisco
1/23: Wonder Ballroom, Portland
1/24: Neumos, Seattle

J.D. Allen Jazz Clinic And Concert Series

photo by Frank Stewart- for the Grateful Web

Saxophonist J.D. Allen and his trio (featuring bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston) will conduct a master class on "Jazz Improvisation" as part of LIU-Brooklyn Campus Jazz Clinic and Concert Series. The clinics are FREE and OPEN to the general public. They take place on various Tuesdays, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, in room H-106 of the Humanities Building on Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus.

Hailed by the New York Times as "a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style," J.D. Allen is one of the most thoughtful jazz saxophonists on the scene today.
 
The Detroit natives apprenticeship has largely been in New York, where he has performed, recorded, and toured with legends Lester Bowie, George Cables, Betty Carter, Louis Hayes, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Foster Big Band, Winard Harper, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, and contemporaries Cindy Blackman, Orrin Evans, Marcus Gilmore, Russell Gunn, and Me'shell N'degeocello, Dave Douglas among others.
 
J.D.'s debut album, In Search Of... (Red Records), won him the "Best New Artist" award in Italy in 1999, and had reviewers praising him for his original compositions and bold playing. That same year J.D. began touring and recording with drummer Cindy Blackman's Quartet, where he remains a member.

His second release, Pharoah's Children (Criss Cross), won him accolades for its thoughtfulness, maturity, and adventurousness. One of Jazziz Magazine's Critics Picks  "Top 10 Albums of the Year," the album was praised in the U.S. and Europe, along with leading musicians, such as Michael Brecker and Jeff "Tain" Watts.

Since making a strong impression in his early years in New York at venues like Smalls, Village Gate, and Visiones, and serving an invaluable tenure with Betty Carter, J.D. has come a long way, now fully possessed of his own sound. J.D. has appeared on NPR's Jazz Perspectives, WNYC's Soundcheck, WKCR's Musician's Show and is a member of the Romare Bearden Homecoming Jazz All-Star Band.

J.D.'s most recent recording as a leader, I AM – I AM (I Am – I Am Records, 2007), featuring bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston, was named TOP 10 ALBUM OF THE YEAR – JAZZWISE Magazine

Organ Summit This Weekend At The Iridium Jazz Club

Photo by Jim Eigo- for the Grateful Web

ORGAN SUMMIT Featuring: Joey DeFrancesco, Reuben Wilson, Paul Bollenback, & Byron Landham.  Also, be sure to check out EVERY MONDAY LES PAUL AND HIS TRIO JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS.

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM (Unless Otherwise Indicated)

New Road Trips: Madison Square Garden Sep. 1990

To kick off Volume 2 of our Road Trips series, dead.net is taking you back to the ground-breaking shows in September 1990 at Madison Square Garden. The 2-disc set puts you front and center for 2-plus hours of inspired interplay as the band explores new directions.