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RUE 57 RESTAURANT LAUNCHES JAZZ SERIES

Rue 57, New York’s only brasserie-sushi bar will begin offering live music on Thursday evenings in their downstairs Salon beginning June 17 from 8pm - 11:30pm. For reservations and info, call (212) 307-5656.

The weekly series will feature some of New York’s finest musicians many of international renown. Kicking off the series will be saxophonist Grant Stewart, a hard-swinging tenor saxophonist steeped in the jazz tradition, on June 17. Also featured in the series will be veteran players Frank Wess and George Garzone.

“Excellent food, drink and entertainment from great artists, at great value at one of New York City’s finest eateries - who could ask for more?" asked Charles Carlini, entertainment coordinator for the weekly music series.

Diners will find jazz a sweet addition to this bustling bistro serving superb versions of French classics as well as Sushi.

Music Calendar

June 17 - Grant Stewart Quartet
June 24 - George Garzone Quartet featuring Joe Cohn
July 1 - George Garzone Quartet featuring Joe Cohn
July 8 - Harry Allen/Joe Cohn Quartet
July 15 - Vanessa Trouble Quartet
July 22 - Sarah Hayes Quartet featuring Joe Colianni
July 29 - Jerry Weldon Quartet featuring Joe Cohn

Lots of roots and jazz history at Jazz Middelheim 2010

This year the 29th edition of Jazz Middelheim takes place from August 12th through August 15th in Park Den Brandt in Antwerp, Belgium. There are names like Wayne Shorter Quartet, Hank Jones Trio, Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner Trio feat. Joe Lovano, Dave Holland Flamenco Project and Toots Thielemans. The festival line up is nearly complete.

The festival opens on Thursday 12 August with Facing East, the Coltrane project of José James and Jef Neve. Pianists Hank Jones and McCoy Tyner both perform with their own trios and McCoy Tyner brings in Joe Lovano as his special guest.

On Friday 13 August the main act is none other than Wayne Shorter and his quartet. Ahmad Jamal and the Jeroen Van Herzeele Quartet take to the stage earlier in the evening.

Saturday 14 August has the godfather of the festival Toots Thielemans scheduled. A young band from the Antwerp Conservatory, Le Pragmatisme du Barman feat. Peter Evans, kicks off and other music earlier in the day features  Aka Moon + Baba Sissoko & Black Experience.

On Sunday 15 August, the final  day of the festival, the latest programme additions include Chucho Valdés with his Afro Cuban Messengers and Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela Flamenco Quintet feat. Josemi Carmona. Chris Joris Experience opens this final day of the festival.

The Voice Project - Singing Ugandan Child Soldiers Back Home

The Voice Project launches to support Ugandan women’s groups who are using music to bring the child soldiers home - Featuring Andrew Bird, Mike Mills, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Joseph Arthur, Joe Purdy, Dawes, SoKo & many more to come...

The Voice Project a US based non-profit supporting the women of Northern Uganda who have been using music effectively to bring soldiers home from Africa’s longest running war, the 24 year old conflict that has devastated the region of Northern Uganda, Congo, Southern Sudan and CAR.

Many soldiers fighting with Joseph Kony's LRA were abducted as children and forced to fight. Many were made to kill their own friends and family, and while many do eventually escape, they often hide in the bush ashamed and afraid to come home because of what they were made to do.

Women in the region, widows and rape survivors, have been banding together into groups to care for each other and the orphans left by the war. Often without the right to even own land, these women have been taking a lead role in the Peace and Reconciliation efforts, one of their main tools: using messages carried in songs spread on the radio and by word of mouth into the bush to let the soldiers know that they are forgiven and that they should come home. And it's working. Soldiers have been hearing the songs and coming home.

Considering the atrocities the women have been subjected to, this is clearly not only one of the greatest uses of music, but also one of the greatest acts of compassion, love, and forgiveness one can find. Co-Founder Hunter Heaney first heard of the women’s efforts and how they were using music to call the soldiers home while working at an IDP camp (Internally Displaced Persons) in the tiny village of Agoro on the Uganda/Sudan border in 2008. He learned the women’s songs from different groups in the region and when they asked him to teach them some, the first one to come to mind was Joe Purdy’s “Suitcase.” Heaney brought the story of how the women were using music home with him, telling friends like music producer Chris Holmes and filmmaker Anna Gabriel. Together they assembled a team of friends like Internet entrepreneurs Kelleigh Faldi and CC Lagator, Web Developer Jason Young, Nicole Grable from the NGO world, and music industry veterans like Jay Sweet, Andrea von Foerster and Ana Calderon, and together started The Voice Project to support the women.

The story was passed to Alex Ebert from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros who offered to combine the record release party for his new band’s debut album Up From Below with the project to raise money for the ladies. The money was used to start a small farm in Gulu. The women celebrated and sent their thanks in song, a phone call to Heaney singing the Joe Purdy tune he had taught them nine months before, and a short video of them singing the chorus to Edward Sharpe’s “Home” which has been making its way around the Internet.

From there, the idea for the “cover chain” was born. Taking the lead from the women in Uganda, the friends decided to keep the chain going and have artists pass on the story of the women to other musicians by each covering another’s song, with The Voice Project team filming each link as a series of episodes that would eventually circle back around to the women in Uganda, posting each online and raising money along the way from sponsors, advertisers and donors to support the women, the peace movement, and rehabilitation programs for former child soldiers.

Episodes featuring Andrew Bird, Mike Mills, Dawes, Joseph Arthur, Tom Freund, Joe Purdy and SoKo have already been shot and posted, with upcoming links from Peter Gabriel, Devendra Banhart, The Submarines, Bedouin Clash and many more on the way. A number of non-profits have also been getting behind the project in hopes of raising awareness and support for the war-torn region, including Oxfam International, Witness, HOPE and others.

Eagles Radio Hosted by Joe Walsh Debuts Interviews w/ Ringo Starr & More Labor Day Weekend

The virtual airwaves are heating up this fall as "Eagles Radio Hosted by Joe Walsh" kicks off an incredible series of features that can only be found on the band's official Artist Personal Experience online radio station.  As traditional radio segues into their yearly Labor Day countdowns of songs, the Eagles promise-and deliver-something new and exciting.  Beginning September 4th, A.P.E.

An Evening of Dialogue and Insight with Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa- for the Grateful Web

Guitar Center is pleased to announce the next installment of Guitar Center Sessions: An Evening of Dialogue and Insight with Joe Bonamassa. Taking place Wednesday, September 17 at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA, the evening is free and open to the public. The evening will be powered in part by Gibson Guitars.

Joe Bonamassa is one of the premier blues-rock guitarists of his generation. At the early age of 12 he was already a touring pro, opening for the legendary B.B. King. Since then, Joe's incendiary playing has earned him a loyal legion of fans and numerous albums in Billboard's Top 10 blues chart. Also a gifted singer and songwriter, Joe Bonamassa was named Best Blues Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine's readership in their annual Reader's Choice Awards for 2008, and recently released From Nowhere in Particular, a 2-CD live album recorded during his fall 2007 U.S. tour and released on his own J&R Adventures label. The CD debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts. Joe also hosts "Daily Cup Of Joe" as well, a Monday-Friday show on Sirius Satellite Radio's Blues Channel 74 that airs from 12-12:15 PM (ET).

Designed to provide informative, provocative conversation and hands-on tutorials, Guitar Center Sessions serves as an incubator for musicians, providing them an opportunity to network with their peers in an intimate setting and gain career-fostering advice from their heroes. Join us for a very special in-store event as Joe shares tips, techniques and experiences, talks about his signature Gibson Les Paul, and lays down some seriously soulful licks.

Wednesday, September 17 @ 7 pm

Guitar Center Hollywood

7425 Sunset Blvd.

(323) 874-1060

Free to the public. Limited capacity.

About Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the world's largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 214 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalog and website. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the company's website. The Guitar Center logo is a registered trademark of Guitar Center, Inc. Other brand or product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

Joe Deninzon + Jay and the Americans News & Dates

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius- for the Grateful Web

Joe Deninzon's summer "vacation" includes collaborations with a variety of folks.  He's the musical director for SPIDER DANCE, which he describes as an Italian Riverdance crossed with Cirque Du Soleil, and celebrates the mythical and therapeutic history of the dance, the Tarantella. Mixed with electronic music, the show features fire dancers, stilt walkers, and aerial dancers and percussionist Alessandra Belloni.   From August 9 through the 23, SPIDER DANCE will tour Spain and Italy.

Joe has also co-created an electric, classical music quartet called Metro Strings.  He, of course, plays violin.  Also in the quartet are: and Brazz Tree violinist Mazz Swift and Sweet Plantain's cellist/vocalist David Gotay, and Hiroko Taguchi on viola.

He's got other projects happening; check them out at his NEW website.

Stratospheerius has many tour highlights this summer and an unreleased live bootleg song with vocals called "Climbing," which he wrote for his wife, Yulia, a member of the New York City Philharmonic.

Here are confirmed tourdates for Stratospheerius (more dates, especially on the West Coast in September, to be confirmed)

July 11                          w/ Metro Strings live!  Fat Baby, New York, NY
July 12                          Great South Bay Music Festival
July 25                          w/Danny Aiello's jazz band St. Anne's Church, Hoboken, NJ
August 29                        The Winchester, Lakewood OH
August 30                        Detroit International Jazz Festival
September 4                      Winston's  San Diego, CA 
September 5th                    Leavitt Pavilion, Pasadena, CA (FREE ALL AGES CONCERT)
September 9                      The Red Fox Tavern, Eureka, CA
September 13                     Jam on the Lake  Williamstown, NJ 
September 26                     Harvest Celebration, Fulton, NY
September 27                     Bearslee Castle   Little Falls, NY 
October 3 and 4                  Harvest Fest in Maine   Starks, ME

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Jay and the Americans are performing very special classic shows this year.  While one of the group's concerts are always a treat, these gigs are connected to the history of rock and roll:

August 9, the group performs a benefit concert for the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Sharon, PA.  The Vocal Group Hall of Fame inducts performers from every era of music history where group members harmonize with each other.  Inducted groups include Simon and Garfunkel, the Cowsills, the Whispers….

On November 1, the guys will be performing at a tribute to Gene Pitney to raise funds for the Somers Education Foundation, which raises money for special educational programs.  The benefit takes place at La Renaissance Banquet House in East Windsor, CT.  The contact number is 413-531-6104.  Event producer Evan Plotkin was a childhood friend of the late Gene Pitney.  Gene's career started in the late '50s, and included so many highlights: including introducing psychedelia to American culture with a 1963 hit "Mecca," singing pop songs with a theatrical flair - "Town Without Pity," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."  In the late 1980s, he collaborated with Mark Almond. Like Jay and the Americans, Gene recorded "Cara Mia."  Visit my youtube playlist to hear and see Gene performing "Mecca," "It Hurts To Be In Love," and other hits with a full orchestra.

Jay and the Americans will also perform on a classic rock cruise from January 17 through 24 in the Eastern Caribbean. The tour includes The Guess Who, Paul Revere and Dean Torrance of Jan and Dean fame.  Tickets are available c/o Tammy Selee at Harmon Travel: 208-388-3000.

There will be some amazing shows in group members' hometowns: July 27 is the Boulton Center for the Arts in Bay Shore, NY.  Phone: 631-794-2040.

Jay Reincke is based out of Chicago.  These two summer dates will be great: July 18, at the Lake Zurich Alpine Fest, in Lion's Park, Lake Zurich, IL.  Contact: 847-847-2171

The Buckinghams will also be on hand for the Northbrook Days Festival, which runs from July 30 through August 3.  Jay and the Americans will perform on August 2. Phone: 847-498-5555

Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue Rex Fundraiser

- for the Grateful Web

The Grateful Dead's Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Mookie Siegel of the David Nelson Band (and formerly a member of both Phil & Friends and Ratdog), Wendy Lanter of Hope in Time, and Jeff Mattson, Tom Circosta, Klyph Black and Dave Diamond, all of the The Zen Tricksters, now create music together as Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue. Thrilling and surprising audiences with a unique mix that spans a variety of musical genres, Kettle Joe's showcases both the extraordinary musicianship and amazing songwriting craft of its members. The band displays astonishing mastery of "the jam," and possesses uncommon vocal prowess. All seven band members sing well, and they achieve deeply rich textures and harmonies throughout their repertoire. These incredible and highly regarded musicians have made Kettle Joe's their full-time musical vehicle, and continue to perform a growing catalog of original material, contributed (and increasingly co-written) by its various members, along with some truly choice covers.

Donna Jean recently said she is "thrilled and honored to be creating and performing music with such an immensely talented group of artists.  This is my dream come true, and I think we'll be doing this for a long time to come. It's just way too much fun not to!"

DATE OF SHOW: DECEMBER 29, 2006

Whitaker Center For Science & The Arts, Sunoco Theater

301 Market St Fl 7, Harrisburg, PA
Tel: (717) 221-8201

kettleTICKETS:

Concert tickets are $25.00 and $1.00 of every ticket will be donated by 4Evergreen to the Rex Foundation. Tickets are available online.

MEET & GREET:

Purchase on day of show the CD of the November 12, 2005 Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball, produced by members if the band, and you can be part of a pre-show meet and greet with the band, with a signing of the CD. CD's are $20.00 and all the proceeds of the CD sales go to REX. -Sorry, due to time limitations, no other signing will be permitted-

The Rex BTDB CD is also available online.

The Rex Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, has been aiding in building stronger communities, promoting individuality in the arts, helping secure a more healthy environment, and protecting the rights of indigenous people for twenty-two years.  The first Grateful Dead Rex benefit concert was held in the spring of 1984.  Over the course of the next 11 years, the Rex Foundation granted over $7 million to some 900 programs.  In December 2001, the Rex Foundation launched its renewal efforts in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding, presenting fundraising events in the Bay Area and in other cities across the country, and has since granted $776,500 to 127 programs across in the United States and internationally.

Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue

- for the Grateful Web

In jam rock, the line between imitation and evolution can be woefully blurry.  Often, the farther the bands and the scene get from the Grateful Dead seed, the harder the listener has to work in order to derive an original experience from the music.

Driving drums, noodling bass, swirling guitars and thin vocals rushing through stoner lyrics - we've all been there.  And by and large, we like it there.  Comfort candy for the ears.

But back at the source, something old is new again.  Welcome to the Swamp.

Fronted by zenith-era Grateful Dead chanteuse Donna Jean Godchaux McKay, Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue has taken only exactly what it needs from jam music to create an inviting and compelling new brew of sound and scene - it's taken the ethos, the spirit, the organic approach of re-invention.

At first glance, this project's lineup may seem like old parts thrown together, but don't be lulled to sleep by your own smoky haze.  Dead influenced grassroots legends The Zen Tricksters - anchored by guitarist/vocalists Jeff Mattson and Tom Circosta, bassist/vocalist Klyph Black and drummer Dave Diamond -  have taken their long fused dynamic and teamed it with the keyboard genius of jam scene keyboard icon Mookie Siegel. This core backs the elegant and elegaic vocals of Donna Jean and Wendy Lanter.  The result is indeed a jam band, but one with the right idea - to serve the sound, to explore and soar in the present; bridging the past to the future in the process.

Yes, the requisite jam expectations are met; Mattson's leads spiral and swirl with the best of them, Circosta's inverted rhythm licks are strange, seemingly impossible and ear-bending.  Black thumps, rolls and climbs underneath and the drums swing when swayed and thunder when dared.

But what's different here is the return to the most important aspects of jam music; the band is obviously dedicated to seeking out interesting material and making it their own.  And from that simple decision, true originality is born.

It seems as if Donna Jean is leading the way.  She has a Garcia-esque presence, quiet and kind, curious yet in control - she is completely fused to her talent, with no gap between thought and expression. The band's wonderfully eclectic song selection invites an energy that is spry and refreshing, but not to be taken lightly.  The result is the ever-elusive winning jam band formula; veteran players playing cool nuggets and blowing
them through the roof.

The band has created, well... a psychedelic kettle-brew of originals and pointed cover choices that allow them to tranverse from folk to funk and back again, hitting those special Grateful Dead moments along the way.

Like The Band did for Dylan, The Trickster foundation breathes unprecedented life into Donna Jean's tunes.  They may not look like much on paper, but ditties like France and From The Heart Of Me now have a warmth and beauty never before captured live.  The band does to Garcia's Mission In The Rain what Garcia did with so many songs in his repetoire, they simply love it and make it count, giving it new and original feeling.  As a unit, Kettle Joe's embodies this spirit - the essence of interpretation, and of preservation. They are an interactive  museum of old and new, unburdended by overwhelming celebrity, yet wholly eager and unafraid to fill big shoes.

And when the stakes are raised for die-hard Heads, the band soars to the occasion.  Epics like Weather Report Suite and Terrapin Station get killer workouts, but never is the listener recalling or aching for a different time or place, a different sound or a different moment.  Everything the listener could ever hope for or expect from these efforts is there in spades - the mandala is woven, the door opened, the listener need only close his eyes and step through.

Jam music, in it's best and highest functions, serves to evolve and transcend - to breathe and live.  If that's a benchmark everyone in the scene can agree upon, then Kettle Joe's has instantly and effortlessly carved for themselves a thriving little niche in the firm rocks of jam history, well protected from the drowning, rolling seas of jam band inertia.