Icy Demons Tour With Of Montreal and Yeasayer

ICY DEMONS- for the Grateful Web

Icy Demons are touring with Of Montreal and Yeasayer to continue supporting their newest album, Miami Ice, released this past July on Obey Your Brain.

Miami Ice, the upbeat and wide-ranging third full-length album from the Chicago/Philadelphia ensemble, features Chris Powell aka Pow Pow (Man Man, Need New Body) on drums, Griffin Rodriguez aka Blue Hawaii (Need New Body, Bablicon) on bass and vocals, Jeff Parker (Tortoise) on guitar, Josh Abrams (Prefuse 73, Sam Prekop) on upright bass, esteemed Chicago improvisor Tomeka Reid on cello and Russell Higbee (Man Man) on guitar. Recorded at Blue Hawaii's Shape Shoppe studio with an odd assortment of vintage keyboards and ethnic percussion used to create warmth, the album focuses on rhythm and melody within songs about dreams, endurance, alien paranoia, community, time travel and the western frontier.

Previously acting as support for Slint, Arcade Fire, Man Man and more, Icy Demons' live shows are energetic and fast paced as the multi-instrumentalist members dance around the stage playing keyboard driven melodies and interlocking rhythms to create a propulsive sound. The touring band consists of five individuals - Chris Kalis, who is also in the recently Obey Your Brain-released dance/prog ensemble Chandeliers, heads up the instrument juggling, Jeremiah Chiu plays multi-handed parts and sings with ease, Emma Yohanan and Dylan Ryan (Bronze, Herculaneum) create the frontline, and Griffin Rodriguez provides vocals and bass. More vocals, clever arrangements and keyboard mastery combine to present a propulsive sound.

Icy Demons'  - Tour Dates:
Thu. Nov. 6    Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley w/ Royal Bangs
Fri. Nov. 7    Nashville, TN @ The End
Sat. Nov. 8    Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle w/ Of Montreal, Limozeen
Mon. Nov. 10   Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree
Tue. Nov. 11   New Orleans, LA @ Howlin Wolf w/ Of Montreal
Wed. Nov. 12   Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live w/ Of Montreal
Thu. Nov. 13   Austin, TX @ Fiesta Gardens w/ Of Montreal
Fri. Nov. 14   Dallas, TX @ House of Blues - Dallas w/ Of Montreal
Sat. Nov. 15   Amarillo, TX @ Nat Ballroom
Sun. Nov. 16   Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre w/ Of Montreal
Mon. Nov. 17   Murray, UT @ Murray Super Theatre w/ Of Montreal
Wed. Nov. 19   Vancouver, BC @ Richard's on Richards w/ Yeasayer
Thu. Nov. 20   Seattle, WA @ Neumo's w/ Yeasayer
Fri. Nov. 21   Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre w/ Yeasayer
Sat. Nov. 22   San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club w/ Yeasayer
Sun. Nov. 23   Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour w/ Yeasayer
Tue. Nov. 25   La Jolla, CA @ The Loft (UCSD) w/ Yeasayer
Wed. Nov. 26   Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room w/ Yeasayer
Fri. Nov. 28   Telluride, CO @ Sheridan Opera House w/ Yeasayer
Sat. Nov. 29   Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater w/ Yeasayer

Brazilian Trio CD Release Party Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25th at Sweet Rhythm

Brazilian Trio- for the Grateful Web

What The Critics Are Saying:

This trio is known for its samba jazz, and, indeed, "Forests" has an overarching vibe that's as chilled and elegant as a Jobim samba. In fact, Helio Alves (piano), Duduka Da Fonseca (drums) and Nilson Matta (bass) display a great deal more breadth in their performances than simply cruising in the samba groove. On "Montreux," they evoke a lovely, impressionistic feel in their measured approach. Their take on Milton Nascimento's "Vera Cruz" has a grandness that's nearly cinematic, particularly Alves' busy, articulate opening solo. Again bringing its skills to bear on a Nascimento tune, "Tarde," Alves plays with a gravity and a stylistic flair that's truly impressive. — Philip Van

Vleck Billboard Magazine

The Brazilian Trio consists of three Brazilian-born musicians who left their native land to expand their musical horizons in New York. Pianist Helio Alves has recorded extensively as a leader, while bassist Nilsson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca make up two thirds of the group Trio da Paz. The band is not a typical piano/bass/drums trio, but an interactive group with all members contributing to the arrangements. - Ken Dryden

They explore gems by Milton Nascimento (including a shimmering, reflective rendition of "Tarde" and a driving romp through "Vera Cruz"), along with a breezy take of Ivan Lins' "Amor." Their originals, which make up half of the CD, are just as potent. Alves' sauntering samba "Ubatuba," Matta's "Forests" conveys both the beauty of Brazilian wilderness and the tense daily battle for survival among its inhabitants. Da Fonseca's easygoing, lyrical "Flying Over Rio" is also noteworthy.

A classical trio with a decidedly Brazilian flavor, Brazilian Trio presents a program containing a taste of the Brazilian repertoire along with original pieces that demonstrate the group's diversity and commitment to today's contemporary jazz sounds. The three New York-based musicians from Brazil, pianist Helio Alves, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, produce enough sophisticated modern jazz rhythms here that it would be incorrect to label this album as a Brazilian genre recording. This is contemporary straight ahead jazz with a slight Brazilian slant.

The program begins with one of the best by borrowing the Ivan Lins composition "Amor," and presenting the piece in a vibrant form as Alves lays down fabulous piano lines and Da Fonseca taps the cymbals throughout. The Album is dedicated to the Brazilian forests and with that in mind the title tune ("Forests") begins with the sounds of birds and other wildlife, is introduced by light piano lines and then powers up and moves quickly. Alves presents excellent jazzy grooves on his original "Samba Alegre" giving the bassist and drummer nice solo portions.

The trio plays a beautiful light ballad with Hermeto Pascoal's largely ignored "Montreux" in an attempt to give it new life and with this rendition, they do indeed provide the spark. Drummer Da Fonseca's only original here is a dandy. The brief but bossa colored "Flying Over Rio" has the drummer on the brushes on a warm cushy piece of music. The repertoire includes a couple of Milton Nascimento tunes with the soft "Tarde," and his classic composition of "Vera Cruz," a common closer for most samba jazz recordings, finishing with a marvelous performance from Alves.

I was thoroughly enthralled by "Forests" as it is not your typical piano trio recording. The three Brazilians play their hearts out with a fiery yet graceful performance of beautiful Brazilian and modern jazz music. - Edward Blanco Ejazznews

Ah, a great Brazilian take on the classic jazz trio format.  A transplanted bunch of hard workers tilling the fields of the Big Apple serve up a lovely cross pollinated date that's sure to hit a nerve with jazzbos and samba fans.  It's unembellished but it doesn't need bells and whistles to make it's point with anything other than great playing.  In general, the piano trio has a fine history and this adds a great new leg to the format's legacy. Check it out. - CHRIS SPECTOR MIDWEST RECORD

This trio consists of three of Brazil's best jazz musicians with pianist Helio Alves, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and Nilson Matta on bass. They are all based in New York but retain strong roots in Brazil. Each is a formidable jazz artist and they have successfully melded American jazz and samba for Forests. It is a combination of originals and Brazilian standards that will resonate with fans of both segments. Highlights are "Montreux", Alves dancing across the keys on "Pro Zeca" and "Vera Cruz". - D. Oscar  Groomes O's Place Jazz Newsletter

This exciting recording is a perfect example of the thorough absorption of the Bossa Nova being integrated with the mainstream jazz piano trio. All three members of Brazilian Trio are, in fact, Brazilians but have lived in New York City for decades,settling in the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

Pianist Helio Alves is the youngest of the three, having worked with Oscar Castro-Neves, Rosa Passos and Paquito D'Rivera. His decidedly modal approach to piano jazz is undoubtedly a credit to the influence of Bill Evans.

Like Alves, bassist Nilson Matta hailed from Sao Paulo and has been a prolific musician seemingly appearing on scores of dates over the years. Drummer Duduka Da Fonseca relocated from Rio in 1970 and has been a vital part of the New York jazz scene ever since; at one time he was a part of the Don Pullen Afro-Brazilian Connection. His wife is Brazilian vocalist Maucha Adnet, who has established herself as a primary interpreter of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Da Fonseca and Matta form two-thirds of Trio Da Paz along with guitarist Romero Lubambo.

The music on Forests, while reflecting the pulse and passion of Brazil, is not really Bossa Nova or Samba. Rather, it represents a synthesis of those forms with the style of the American jazz trio. The tunes are redolent of the forests of Brazil, presented in a manner that moves the music into a new category.

Opening with Ivan Lins' lovely "Amor," featuring Alves' lyrical piano, the session moves into Matta's title tune, dedicated to the forests of the Earth and in particular the Amazon Rain Forest, with Da Fonseca offering some tasty brushwork. Milton Nascimento contributes "Tarde," a beautiful melody that is limned again by Alves' Bill Evans-style work. Hermeto Pascoal's "Montreux" is a hard-to-find and rarely recorded title that made its debut at the 1979 Montreux Jazz Festival. The album concludes with Nascimento's popular "Vera Cruz," a full blown jazz samba.

One significant observation about Brazilian Trio is that, despite its members' individual recording experiences, this is a fully interactive trio, bringing the distinctive touch of Brazil to a faraway studio. - Michael P. Gladstone

Forests marks the auspicious debut of the Brazilian Trio - pianist Helio Alves, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca - three musicians already well known in Brazilian jazz circles, having played with an impressive list of Latin icons, including Paquito D'Rivera, Rosa Passos and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

While the traditional piano trio format serves them well, the group's bicultural background takes the music deeper. All three hail from Brazil yet have made New York their home. Alves' improvising sounds like he absorbed the best of Bill Evans, Matta's bass playing is tasteful, supportive and, at the same time, stylistically unique and Da Fonseca's percussion work is nothing short of masterful.

The album is a mix of original compositions and tunes from Brazilian masters such as Milton Nascimento and Victor Assis Brasil. "Amor," the opening track by Ivan Lins, sets a mellow groove; "Samba Alegre," an Alves original, showcases the trio's seamless interplay and rhythmic chops and Nascimento's "Tarde" comes off like the musical embodiment of a sunset.

The skillful ensemble work of these musicians makes this recording particularly enjoyable. In their experienced hands, this collection of samba jazz originals and well-chosen classics is a great listen. - Karen Hogg All About Jazz NY

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

The Boulder Theater- for the Grateful Web

Here is a list up of upcoming Boulder Theater shows.  All shows are on sale unless otherwise noted.

Tues, Oct 21                 AEG Live & 97.3 KBCO present
8:00pm                       JOE JACKSON
                             w/ Gemma Hayes
                             Reserved=$50.00, GA=$40.00 / 21+ - SOLD OUT 

Thur, Oct 23                 Radio 1190 presents
8:30pm                       JOLIE HOLLAND
                             w/ Herman Dune
                             GA / All Ages / $16.00

Fri, Oct 24                  Colorado Daily presents
9:00pm                       ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRATEFUL DEAD REVUE
                             GA / 21+ / $12.00            

Sat, Oct 25                  Live Nation presents
8:00pm                       B.B. KING
                             Gold Circle=$100.00, Reserved Balcony=$84.50, GA=$69.50 / 21+

Sun, Oct 26                  E-TOWN
7:00pm                       w/ Sonny Landreth & Juliana Hatfield
                             GA / All Ages / $15.00
Mon, Oct 27                  TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS
8:00pm                       Gold Circle=$26.00, GA=$17.00, All Ages 

Tues, Oct 28                 Boulder Weekly Film Series & Boulder Adventure Film present
8:00pm                       "ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD"
                             GA / All Ages / $10.00 

Wed, Oct 29                  Boulder Weekly Film Series
8:00pm                       "THE BIG LEBOWSKI"
                             Costume Contest - Prizes for the best Dude, Walter & Jesus
                             GA / 21+ / $8.00          

Thur, Oct 30                 AEG Live presents
8:00pm                       THE FAINT
                             w/ The Show is the Rainbow
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$20.00, DOS=$23.00

Fri, Oct 31                  97.3 KBCO & The Onion present
9:00pm                       DEVOTCHKA
                             w/ Bela Karoli & Paper Bird
                             GA / 21+ / $32.50 

Sat, Nov 1                   97.3 KBCO & The Onion present
9:00pm                       DEVOTCHKA
                             w/ Dust On The Breakers & Paper Bird
                             GA / All Ages / $32.50

8:30pm                       feat. Michael Kang, Michael Travis, Patrice Blanchard,
                             Joey Porter, Dominic Lalli, Scott Messersmit
                             GA / All Ages / $15.00 

Tues, Nov 4                  Present Tense Films presents
                             GA / 21+ / $8.50

Nov 6-8                      Patagonia presents
                             BOULDER ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL
                             Day Pass=$20-$25, Festival Pass=$45.00

Sat, Nov 8                   Live Nation presents
9:00pm                       HENRY ROLLINS
                             GA / All Ages / $26.00

Mon, Nov 10                  "WISHES FOR WASHINGTON"
6:00pm                       ft. Flipcrash & Lunch Money
                             GA / $9.00 / All Ages / Kids under 5 are free

 Nov 11-16                   WARREN MILLER'S "CHILDREN OF WINTER"
                             GA / All Ages / $19.00 / Groups (12+)=$18.00/person 

Mon, Nov 17                  Boulder Weekly Film Series
7:30pm                       "THE DHAMMA BROTHERS"
                             GA / All Ages / $10.00

Thur, Nov 20                 Outback Concerts presents
8:00pm                       OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$29.50, DOS=$33.00 

Fri, Nov 21                  AEG Live presents
9:00pm                       MASON JENNINGS
                             w/ Zach Gill
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$22.50, DOS=$25.00 

Sat, Nov 22                  Stride Rite presents
11:00am                      BABY LOVES DISCO
                             GA / All Ages / Walking=$10.00, Non-walkers free 

Sat, Nov 22                  Slipstream Sports presents
7:00pm                       2009 GARMIN-CHIPOTLE presented by H30 Professional Cycling Team
                             GA / All Ages / $25.00

Fri, Nov 28                  QUEMANDO
9:00pm                       GA / 21+ / $10.00 

9:00pm                       GA / 21+ / $10.00 

Sun, Dec 14                  Rocky Mountain Revels present
2:00 & 7:00pm                THE CHRISTMAS REVELS – COLORADO PIONEERS
                             Gold Circle=$31.50, Reserved=$21.00, GA Balcony=$14.75 / All Ages 

Wed, Dec 17                  SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS
8:00pm                       w/ guests
                             GA / 21+ / $20.00
                             On Sale October 24

Sat, Dec 20                  Rocky Mountain Revels present
2:00 & 7:00pm                THE CHRISTMAS REVELS – COLORADO PIONEERS
                             Gold Circle=$31.50, Reserved=$21.00, GA Balcony=$14.75 / All Ages                       

Tues, Dec 30                 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
9:30pm                       ROSE HILL DRIVE - Performing Led Zeppelin II                                                
                             w/ guests
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$24.00, DOS=$26.50 

Wed, Dec 31                  97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
9:30pm                       ROSE HILL DRIVE - Performing Led Zeppelin II
                             w/ guests
                             GA / 21+ / Advance=$30.00, DOS=$32.50 

Sat, Jan 17                  KUVO presents
8:00pm                       BLUE NOTE RECORDS 70th Anniversary Tour
                             ft. Peter Bernstein, Bill Charlap, Ravi Coltrane, Lewis Nash,
                             Nicholas Payton, Peter Washington & Steve Wilson
                             Reserved=$37.50 / GA=$30.00 / All Ages 

Sun, Jan 25                  Daily Camera presents 12th Annual
10:00am                      BOULDER WEDDING SHOWCASE  
                             at Boulder Theater & Rembrandt Yard        
                             GA / All Ages / $7.00

Sat, Feb 7                   The Onion presents
8:00pm                       THE SECOND CITY TOURING COMPANY
                             Reserved=$25.00 / GA=$20.00 / All Ages

Sat, Apr 11                  KUNC presents 
8:00pm                       GEORGE WINSTON      
                             Reserved=$34.50 / GA=$25.00 / All Ages                                            

Sun, Apr 12                  ARLO GUTHRIE'S LOST WORLD TOUR
7:30pm                       Feat. Abe Guthrie & the Burns Sisters
                             Reserved=$34.00 / GA=$25.00 / 21+ 


U-Melt Announces New Year's Eve and Reveals Halloween

U-Melt- for the Grateful Web

Perennial musical powerhouse U-Melt, together with Phanphest Entertainment, have officially announced their New Year's Eve 2008 Celebration, taking place this year at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Joining a long list of epic U-Melt New Year's Eve performances, this year's party will feature two long sets from the NYC based quartet and over seven hours of live music. With special guests BuzzUniverse, Lemon Juice and Keith Kenny, the music will be cranking starting at 8:00PM. Following U-Melt's extended double set will be Long Island favorites, The Point, closing the night out with a late night set.

Tickets for the all ages New Year's Eve show are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, if tickets remain. As an added bonus for the first 200 fans that pre-order tickets, U-Melt is offering a special commemorative poster for the show. Available through, the environmentally friendly online ticketing company plants a tree for every ticket purchased through them. Phanphest Entertainment has also arranged for a special $99 hotel room rate for the night at the Berkely Carteret. Conveniently located in walking distance from The Stone Pony, the four people rooms are currently available under the "Stone Pony/Phanphest NYE Rate."

In addition to the New Year's Eve celebration, U-Melt has also announced their second annual Halloween Extravaganza. Capitalizing off of last year's widely successful, yet slightly risque "Gangsters and Gag Balls" theme when the band played a Pulp Fiction themed show peppered with songs from the soundtrack and video clips from the movie, U-Melt encourages fans this year to dress as their favorite 1970's rock star (or groupie). Taking place at the brand new Wescott Theater in Syracuse, New York, the high octane show promises to be full of surprises living up to the U-Melt moniker. Tickets for the 18 and over show are $10 in advance and $14 the day of the show. Doors open at 8:00PM with Jeff Bujak kicking off the party at 9:00PM.

U-Melt hopes you can join the group as they wind down their 2008 run and get ready for gigantic steps in 2009!


U-Melt's 2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza (with special guest Jeff Bujak):
Friday, 10/31/08
The Westcott Theater
524 Westcott St.
Syracuse, NY
Ages: 18+
Tickets: $10/$14
Doors: 8:00pm
Show Time: 9:00pm
To purchase advanced tickets, click here

New Year's Eve 2008 Celebration
Wednesday, 12/31/08
The Stone Pony
913 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 502-0600
Ages: All Ages!
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 day of show
Doors: 8:00pm
Show Time: 8:00pm
U-Melt headlines and plays 2 long sets.
Support: BuzzUniverse, Lemon Juice and a late night set from The Point
*First 200 advanced ticket purchasers will receive a free poster commemorating the night*
To purchase advanced tickets through InTicketing, please click here.


Rose of Kraak & Smaak- for the Grateful Web

Holland's breakthrough act KRAAK & SMAAK is getting ready to rock North America as a full band in support of their latest album PLASTIC PEOPLE out now on ULTRA Records.  On November 6 at Eighteenth Street Lounge in Washington D.C., they'll kick off their 14-show date tour that will take them through many major markets throughout the U.S. and into Canada in support of the album.

Although KRAAK & SMAAK originally started out as a studio project for the founding members Oscar De Jong, Mark Kneppers & Wim Plug, it quickly became one of the hottest live properties in electronic music. The additional live band members of Ro Krom (drummer, vocalist), Rose (vocalist) and Marc (bass) - coupled with the keyboards, FX and percussion played by the band themselves - are a formidable slice of funk on the dance floor.

Released September 9 in North America as the band's sophomore record, Plastic People captures the K&S brand of future funk and features the first single "Squeeze Me."   The song is currently gaining great exposure through Rhapsody's national TV ad campaign which can be viewed here.

In addition to the banjo twang, disco suave synths, hints of a string orchestra, gypsy-tinged clarinet melody and the soulful broken beat that threads its way through the music, the album also has stand-out collaborations, including "That's My Word" which features one of their heroes, rapper Dudley Perkins.   Wrote Bruce Tatum of Time Out New York (September 11-17), "From the boogie-time bounce of album opener 'Bobby & Whitney' to the dreamy disco of 'Thinking Back' through to the vaguely Eastern, synth-led exoticism of closer 'To Everyone Who Has,' Plastic People has a breadth and depth that puts most club-oriented albums to shame."

Since releasing their debut album Boogie Angst in 2006, they have played over 200 live band gigs, have been hailed as a "Must See Live Band," supported the stadium-rocking Faithless on their European tour and played some of the most prestigious gigs in the U.S. last year including SXSW and shows at the Winter Music Conference.

KRAAK & SMAAK will appear in North America this November:


DATE                        CITY                              VENUE                     

Thu      11/6               Washington, DC                    Eighteenth Street Lounge

Fri      11/7               Baltimore, MD                     Bedrock

Sat      11/8               New York, NY                      Mercury Lounge

Tue      11/11              Austin, TX                        The Parish Room

Thu      11/13              Madison, WI                       Majestic Theatre

Fri      11/14              Chicago, IL                       Subterranean

Sat      11/15              Lawrence, KS                      Granada Theatre Kundilini Rising 2

Tue      11/18              Denver, CO                        Bluebird Theatre

Thu      11/20              San Diego, CA                     The Loft

Fri      11/21              Los Angeles, CA                   Music Box @ Henry Fonda Theatre

Sat      11/22              San Francisco, CA                 The Independent

Mon      11/24              Whistler, BC                      Garibaldi Lift Company

Tue      11/25              Vancouver, BC                     Richard's on Richards

Wed      11/26              Seattle, WA                       Nectar Lounge

Cape May Jazz Pays Tribute To Maynard Ferguson Nov 7-9

Maynard Ferguson- for the Grateful Web

November 7-9, 2008, will mark the Cape May Jazz Festival's 15th year and 30th celebration presented by Bank of America. Friday night's opener kicks off with a Tribute to Maynard Ferguson featuring a 16-piece big band led by Ed Vezinho and Jim Ward.  This performance will be held in the theatre at Lower Regional High School. Jon Faddis, internationally acclaimed high-register trumpeter, will solo with the band saluting Ferguson's music. Ferguson, jazz legend and internationally famous big band leader, was one of the world's great trumpet and brass instrument players dazzling the world with his high trumpet blasts.  Ferguson, the kid, set the jazz world on its ear with his innovation and the level of musicianship of his "Birdland Dream Band" back in the 50s.

Pieces of a Dream returns by popular demand performing on Saturday night, also in the theater.  To fill out the schedule, well-known jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan will perform in the Grand Hotel Ballroom Friday, and smooth jazz saxtress Pamela Williams will lend her talents on Saturday night.  Ex-Ferguson musician Denis DiBlasio will bring his band to Carney's on Saturday night, featuring Jim McFalls on the trombone. Also included on this bill are Michael Pedicin, Frank Bey, Edgardo Cintron, Antoinette Montague, David Cole, Bob Ferguson, the Little Jazz Giants and many more plus the always-popular high energy jam sessions and complimentary workshops.

The schedule in its entirety can be found on the web at, the best source for all the latest on the Cape May Jazz Festival, including music bytes from your favorite artists.  For more information or to be put on the mailing list please call 609-884-7277.

For those who wish to discover all venues and performers, the new Preferred All-Event Weekend Pass gives guests an opportunity to attend 20 jazz performances, including RESERVED SEATING at any 2 concerts at the Theatre at Lower for a special $170 (saving $30 off regular ticket pricing).  The general seating All-Event Weekend Pass is also available for $150.  Individual Friday or Saturday Night All-Event Wristbands are available for $55 each.  Saturday Afternoon Jam Wristbands are available for $35 each, and Sunday Afternoon Jam Wristbands are $25 each.  Tickets go on sale September 15th by calling 1.877.CM.JAZZ.  Information including schedules, pictures, biographies, music clips and ticket order form can be found on or by calling 609.884.7277.   Complementary Festival Transportation is available between venues Friday thru Sunday.

The 30th Cape May Jazz Festival is presented by Bank of America and sponsored by Delaware River and Bay Authority, Barefoot Wines, Yamaha Concert Division, Jazz Times, WRTI Temple University Public Radio, WBGO Jazz 88 FM, WCFA 101.5 LP, WTTH the Touch, Cape May Star & Wave, Cape May Gazette, and Verizon Wireless, with generous support from New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and supported in part by the New Jersey Department of State, Economic Growth & Tourism Commission.

Maynard Ferguson - This three time Grammy nominee, consistent Downbeat and Playboy Jazz Poll award winner, was a potent force in the world of music education, making time to personally encourage young musicians. An instrument designer, a record producer, composer, arranger, symphonic guest artist, and film soundtrack artist, Maynard Ferguson was a diverse and energetic musician whose talents far surpass trumpet player.

As might be expected, Maynard's innate musical talents were exhibited at an early age. He has been performing since he first soloed as a child prodigy with the Canadian Broadcasting Co. orchestra in 1939 when Maynard was 11 years old. Born in Montreal, Quebec in May 1928, he was encouraged by his mother, a violinist and school principal, and by age four was playing piano and violin. By nine, he had enrolled in the French Conservatory of Music where he received his formal training.

Maynard Ferguson had his own jazz and dance band at 16. All the players were twice his age except his brother, Percy. By 1948, Maynard had made his debut in the U.S. in Boyd Raeburn's band and the first of three major career periods had begun. In the 50's, he played with Charlie Barnett and Jimmy Dorsey dazzling the jazz world with his high trumpet blasts in the Stan Kenton band. After Kenton, for the next three, he was first-call studio trumpeter and recorded film soundtracks for Paramount including The Ten Commandments. Guesting with symphony conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1955, Maynard Ferguson performed the "Titans" by William Russo, with the New York Philharmonic.

"I'm a person of change and I must be honest to my artistry and my creativity. That's part of the word 'jazz''s an adventure."  Maynard Ferguson

WHAT:  30th Cape May Jazz Festival

WHEN:  November 7-9, 2008

WHERE: Theatre at Lower Regional High School, Grand Hotel, Carney's, Cabanas, Congress Hall Boiler Room

WHO:   Tribute to Maynard Ferguson:  Jon Faddis soloing with 16 piece orchestra directed by Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward; Pieces of a Dream, Jackie Ryan, Pamela Williams, Michael Pedicin, Chembo Corniel and Grupo Chaworo; Denis DiBlasio with Jim McFalls; Antoinette Montague with Bill Easley; Frank Bey; Edgardo Cintron; David Cole and Main Street Blues; Bob Ferguson.

BoomBox Brings Non-Stop Dance Party on Tour

Russ Randolph - photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

BoomBox is hitting the road for a non-stop dance party consisting of almost 30 national dates through 2008. The tour plans include near sold-out performances at the legendary Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH, the Pour House in Raleigh, NC, and Cervantes Masterpiece Theater in Denver, CO. On the heels of an up-coming studio release, BoomBox is laying down the groundwork to accomplish great things in 2009.

Hailing from the legendary Muscle Shoals, Alabama, BoomBox offers encyclopedic insight into decades of music and popular culture influence in a one hundred percent original musical message. Comprising of two parts sonic interplay, DJ/producer Russ Randolph and singer/songwriter/guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux have built BoomBox on a foundation of danceable rhythms, hypnotic mixes and shimmering guitar phrases. Adding to the distinctiveness of the experience, the duo incorporates a live DJ with guitars and vocals mixed in real time.

BoomBox takes to the stage each night with unmatched energy and an unspoken vibe, winning audiences over on a city-by-city basis. Evolving through the common visualization of a pair of forward thinking artists from diverse musical backgrounds, BoomBox creates a sound that appeals to an extensive audience for fans of all ages and musical influences. As 2008 winds down, BoomBox is just getting started. With a full touring schedule booked until the end of the year, expect gigantic things from the duo. Intent on infecting the masses with the BoomBox vibe, Randolph and Godchaux's ambition is unrivaled. For fans looking forward to the next great chapter in musical history, the future is now. The future is BoomBox.


10/24 – Cervantes' Masterpeice Ballroom – Denver, CO
10/25 – Fox Theater – Boulder, CO
10/30 – Rick's Cafe Live – Starkville, MS
10/31 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
11/05 – Rocktown Grill – Harrisonburg, VA
11/06 – Rex Theater – Pittsburg, PA
11/07 – Jigsaw Saloon and Stage – Parma, OH
11/08 – Jigsaw Saloon and Stage – Parma, OH
11/12 – The Lyric Theatre – Oxford, MS
11/15 – Copper Mountain – Copper Mountain, CO
11/28 – Crossroads – Huntsville, AL
12/03 – The Pour House – Charleston, SC
12/04 – Loco's Deli and Pub – Savannah, GA
12/05 – French Quarter Cafe – Statesboro, GA
12/06 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
12/19 – Gottrocks – Greenville, SC
12/20 – Shoreline Ballroom – Hilton Head, SC
01/30 – Newby's Restaurant – Memphis, TN
01/31 – George's Majestic – Fayetteville, AR

Rex Foundation: New Grants, Upcoming Events & More

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The Rex Foundation recently distributed $72,500 in grants, including the 2008 Jerry Garcia, Bill Graham and Ralph J. Gleason Awards.  With these, we have now donated over $1 million since December 1, 2001, the launch of the Rex Foundation's renewal in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding.  In this 25th Anniversary year, let's celebrate the $8.4 million grants to over 1,000 grassroots programs, reflecting our collective power to keep furthering what the Grateful Dead started!

With all the current financial tumult, now is the time for Rex's philanthropic community to show its strength.  Please join Rex at their upcoming benefit concerts to connect with kindred spirits and enjoy great music.  Help Rex continue supporting grassroots programs that are doing the vital work toward a healthy environment with thriving communities:

Saturday, November 29th, a Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra at the Nokia in New York City.  Enjoy a pre-concert party, mingling with the musicians, great concert seating and premium balcony access.  Click here for details.  Help us celebrate the month-long DSO Rex Caravan Tour on the East Coast, where $1 of every ticket sold is contributed to the Rex Foundation.

Saturday, December 13th, our 25th Anniversary Black Tie-Dye Ball at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.  Save the date for this very special evening of music.  Details will follow soon.

Read their just-published newsletter Perspectives on The World As It Could Be to gain new insights and inspiration about how we can, individually and collectively, visualize and move toward a global community that promotes hope and justice for all, while being economically and environmentally sustainable for generations to come.  With the imminent November 4th election, we hope the writings encourage voting and support for continuing civic engagement.

Check out the video of this year's original performance called The World As It Could Be - Where There's A Will There's A Way, created by the youth of the Destiny Arts Center Performance Troupe.  Because of the success of this performance and overall creative project, Rex is now working with Balboa High School in San Francisco to create pilot curriculum on using the creative arts to deepen the teaching of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as part of the overall The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Project.  This is all possible because of the support of project sponsors and your generous contributions.

All that Rex is doing is captured by the Rex Community Caravan, their virtual vehicle for traveling together to connect the arts, community and grassroots philanthropy.  Your contributions and participation in their events make all the difference!  Help them celebrate.  Let's show how contributions of $5 or more add up quickly and how we can, together, further what the Grateful Dead started for another 25 years

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival Featuring 'The Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz 'at Birdland

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The Django Reinhardt NY Festival carries on the legacy of the virtuoso gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT and his 'hot swing' style of playing that started a musical revolution in France and the world in the 30's and 40's when he teamed with master Jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli in the Hot Club Quintette!

The Festival, produced by Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta, goes into gear with a sizzling cast featuring young players.  Many of "The Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz" come from Europe starting with SAMSON SCHMITT from France, son of legendary gypsy guitarist DORADO SCHMITT – this year Samson comes on his own.
ANDREAS OBERG hails from Sweden and is a virtuoso 'rock star' of the gypsy guitar.  We are delighted to present him at the Festival for the first time on the heels of his new CD just out on Resonance Records.  LUDOVIC BEIER, a regular from Paris, is an accordion and accordina master along with being an accomplished Composer… a bright star on the horizon! 
Joining the band is TIMBO, French swing violinist and regular of Samson's band in Europe along with 18-year old BRONSON, rhythm player and younger brother of Samson coming to the US for the first time. KRUNO SPISIC, from Philadelphia, a swinging gypsy guitar player, with movie-star appeal, returns to Birdland to wow the audiences.  Add to all this the new American gypsy band, The HOT CLUB of DETROIT made up of 5 young musicians who have deep Jazz Gypsy roots and swing like mad! Their new CD is on Mack Avenue Records.

The veteran of the group is bassist BRIAN TORFF. He plays a mean bass and holds everything together as Musical Director.

Every year, we have a Jazz great from this side of the ocean as a Special Guest each night including JOEL FRAHM who plays the sax as hot hot as it can be.  EDMAR CASTANEDA, virtuoso on the Colombian Jazz Harp, brings an original excitement to the music.  HOWARD LEVY is a Harmonica Master (classical and Jazz) whose rip-roaring technique and personality are a great match for the gypsies. It will be a 'first' with WYCLIFFE GORDON, trombonist, playing the music of Django, with his special magic, as will DAVID LANGLOIS who plays the 'washboards,' an unusual percussion instrument that is great fun!

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival is known for 'hot swinging/romantic' music in the style of Django Reinhardt.  There will be smiles on and offstage, sheer joy, original collaborations, ...and most importantly, gypsy swing on the highest level.

Schedule: Nov. 4,5,6: Samson Schmitt, Andreas Oberg, Ludovic Beier, Kruno Spisic, Bronson, Timbo, Brian Torff + Joel Frahm (4th), Howard Levy (5th), Wycliffe Gordon (6th)
          Nov. 7,8,9: Samson, Ludovic, Kruno, Bronson, Timbo, Brian and The Hot Club of Detroit + Edmar Castaneda (7th), Joel Frahm (8th) David Langlois (9th).

BIRDLAND:  315 W. 44th Street,  (good food - validated parking nearby)
Reservations 212 581 3080 or  shows 8:30 & 11 pm

$45 orchestra seating - $35 general admission

RatDog, Phil Lesh & Friends to Welcome 2009 in San Francisco

Bob Weir & RatDog & Phil Lesh & Friends to Co-Headline each night. Jackie Greene to support each night.

Pre-sales through GDTS Too and Musictoday shall start accepting postmarks for GDTS Too and be initialized for internet sales via Musictoday, starting on Thursday, October 16. Musictoday to start at Noon EST. Pre-sales for GDTS and Musictoday shall conclude on Friday, October 31 at 6:00 PM EST.