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YOKO ONO Climbs To Top 5 On The Billboard Club Play Charts

YOKO ONO continues to keep her fingers on the pulse of underground and commercial dance music with her new single, “GIVE ME SOMETHING” (THE REMIXES). Currently #4 (with a bullet) on the Billboard Club Play Chart (issue date: 03/27/2010), it is the latest offering in the pioneering avant-garde icon’s acclaimed remix series, that has spawned 5 #1 dance singles: “I’M NOT GETTING ENOUGH”, “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”, “NO NO NO”, “EVERYMAN / EVERYWOMAN” and her seminal “WALKING ON THIN ICE”.

Since 2001, Yoko’s alter-electronic ego, ONO, has been pumping out revamped reworks of classics from her vast catalog for a new digital generation. Partnering with cutting edge producers and collaborators such as FLAMING LIPS, PET SHOP BOYS, BASEMENT JAXX, DANNY TENAGLIA, SPIRITUALIZED, CSS, FELIX DA HOUSECAT, ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS and PEACHES, she has ingeniously added chart-topping dance-music heroine to her renowned status as controversial performance-art innovator and punk rock pioneer.

On the brilliant “Give Me Something” (originally taken from John and Yoko’s Grammy Award winning 1980 masterpiece DOUBLE FANTASY), ONO taps RICHARD MOREL, DAVE AUDE, RALPHI ROSARIO, ROBERTO RODRIGUEZSTONEBRIDGE, SPARKS, JUNIOR BOYS, ALEX TRAXX (and others) to deliver compelling interpretations for the 21st Century.

Slated as a green release (digital, no materials used or abused) later this month (March 2010) on MIND TRAIN / TWISTED Records, “GIVE ME SOMETHING” (THE REMIXES) is another irresistible reinvention from the timeless visionary, who continues to be a major influential force on the cultural landscape.

Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

Award winning Jazz Composer Chuck Iwanusa's latest composition, entitled "What Do You Want?", will be premiered by the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra. The fourteen minute piece features tenor saxophonists Quinson Nachoff and Kelly Jefferson. Chuck's compositions have been professionally performed by bands in Western Australia, Kazakhstan, and Switzerland, as well as by numerous college and university ensembles.

Heralded as Canada's "Jazz Big Band of the Year" by The Jazz Report, the Toronto based Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra has toured throughout the world with performances from Moscow to New York City .  The DMJO has recorded six albums for Sackville Records, The Jazz Alliance and The Canadian Music Center, one of which was nominated for a Juno Award.

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Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra
Monday, February 15 9:30PM @ the Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
194 Queen Street West
Toronto, ONT M5V 1Z1
Reservations: 416.598.2475
http://www.therex.ca/

The Motet perform "The Best of Halloween"

We are very excited to announce that on January 22nd and 23rd The Motet will be performing "The Best of Halloween" at CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM'S Grand Re-Opening 7th Anniversary Party. For these shows we will be featuring the fantastic vocalist JEN DURKIN (Deep Bannana Blackout, Mickey Hart Band, Bernie Worell Band) and the slamming east coast horn duo of Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis (Soulive, Lettuce), aka "THE SHADY HORNS".  Get ready for these guys to blow the roof off the joint!  We are also extremely excited about the virtuosic guitarist DAN LEBOWITZ (ALO, magicgravy) coming in from San Francisco to join us for these two epic nights of great music!

And as this is somewhat of a reunion gig for us, don't be surprised to see our old friend and guitarist Ryan Jalbert (Brett Dennen Band) up there rocking out. Also, flying in direct from Portland Oregon will be vocalist exraordinaire Jans Ingber. And, per usual, we will have Motet regulars: Garrett Sayers on bass, Joey Porter on keys, Dave Watts on drums, Scott Messersmith on percussion, Gabe Mervine on trumpet, Kim Dawson on vocals, Matt Pitts on bari, and perhaps a few others yet to be named...

Yes folks! You heard it right, this will be a 13 member band including a four piece horn section, three vocalists, two guitars, and percussion. The concept, of course, will be for us to perform music by the artists of our past Halloween shows: Talking Heads, Tower of Power, Jamiroquai, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sly and the Family Stone, and Herbie Hancock. This is going to be a once in a lifetime band, so please get your tickets soon.

Now as a added bonus, MAGICGRAVY, the ever exciting trio of Dave, Dan, and Garrett will be opening both nights! Be ready for some mad-improv-soul-jazz insanity to warm your body up...

This will also be the grand re-opening of Cervantes. They are putting a lot energy into upgrading the P.A., the stage, the restrooms and overall appearance. So, please come support one of the best live music venues in America!!

Taj Mahal, Dave Hidalgo unite on 'American Horizon'

Blues legend Taj Mahal and master guitarist/multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) have collaborated with Mexican-American roots group Los Cenzontles (pronounced los senn-sont-less) to tell a timely story of hope, struggle and gratitude of the American worker. Traversing traditional Mexican, blues, cumbia and psychedelic rock styles, they create a distinctive, fresh and exciting sound. The November 3 release will be distributed through ADA Distribution.

Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music and a two-time Grammy winner. Starting his career more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world -- western Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Hawaiian Islands. In American Horizon, Taj explores the deep connections between his own cultural roots and those of Mexican American traditions.

Best known for his work with three-time Grammy winners Los Lobos, David Hidalgo has a musical trajectory that is broad and deep. As songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, accordionist and keyboardist he has delved into rock, traditional and experimental styles. His productions reflect the intimacy and creativity of Latino music and its place in the American cultural landscape.

Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) are a group of musicians deeply bonded to folk roots while incorporating other styles and genres into their music. With fluid harmonies by Lucina Rodriguez, Fabiola Trujillo and Hugo Arroyo they incorporate a sound of California into everything they record. Their first collaboration with David Hidalgo in 2008, Songs of Wood & Steel, brought the group wider recognition from the press. Vintage Guitar magazine said, "The group has created an album that seamlessly incorporates rock and blues elements into traditional Mexican forms, smacking of neither academia nor compromise."

On American Horizon, Los Cenzontles, David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal share composing credits on this groundbreaking bilingual release. Los Cenzontles founder Eugene Rodriguez served as producer with Hidalgo. He and Hidalgo met when Rodriguez produced Los Lobos' 1995 children's album Papa's Dream, which was nominated for a Grammy.

Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) evolved out of the Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, a community cultural center founded in San Pablo by Eugene Rodriguez in 1989. An innovative group of musicians and dancers that amplifies the roots of Mexican culture, they are led by Rodriguez, who has been schooling them in arcane Mexican folk music styles since their youths. Through numerous CDs and DVD documentaries, Los Cenzontles adds an essential voice to the global conversation among cultural traditions, attracting collaborations with internationally recognized artists like Linda Ronstadt, the Chieftains, Ry Cooder and others. The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney said, "Meeting Los Cenzontles was just like meeting a medieval clan of wonderful musicians from the West Coast of Ireland. The fusion of their music with ours was something that just had to happen. It was inevitable." And Ronstadt enthused, "Los Cenzontles' gutsy rhythms and delightful voices reinvigorated my love of Mexican music."

On Sunday, October 3, Los Cenzontles along with Mahal and Hidalgo will perform before an audience of 18,000 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl as part of "¡Bienvenido Gustavo!," a free concert celebrating the L.A. Philharmonic's new director, Gustavo Dudamel. The show will also feature Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Herbie Hancock, as well as the L.A. Phil and others. Tickets were quickly snapped up and are no longer available.

Lyrics and translations for American Horizon may be found at http://www.themockingbirds.info/store/merch_cds.php

João Carlos Martins & Bachiana Filarmônica with Dave Brubeck

This October get ready for some fun, as conductor João Carlos Martins brings the Bachiana Filarmônica from Brazil to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.   Joining Mr. Martins and his orchestra are jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his son, trombonist Chris Brubeck.

The “meeting” will be October 2nd, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.   It includes a program of Brazilian works along with Dave Brubeck's own compositions.   The night begins with “Ouverture Opera Amazônia” by Mateus Araujo, followed by Villa-Lobos' “Bachiana Brasileira No. 7.”   Dave will be solo pianist in Howard Brubeck's “Theme for June,” and his son Chris plays solo trombone of his own composition, “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra.”   Mr. Brubeck's “Brandenburg Gate Revisited,” is also on the program, and a collaborative effort with João Carlos Martins with Mr. Brubeck's piece, “Thank You,” will finish the program.

Mr. Brubeck and Mr. Martins met several times throughout their lives, each time having musical experiences, which Mr. Martins explains as, “so strong, we cannot forget them.” The first time Mr. Brubeck and Mr. Martins saw each other perform was in a recital in Alaska, and they came to an understanding of how Bach and jazz have many things in common.   Later, in 1979, Mr. Martins mentioned on NBC News that he would like to play the Bach Double Piano Concerto with Dave.   Due to unfortunate events leading to the damage of both of his hands, Mr. Martins lost the ability to play the piano, and was never able to live up to his dream.

"The rapport between João Carlos and me was instant. And ever since that time we shared many a musical thought which is what the October 2nd concert is all about." - Dave Brubeck

Although the Bach Concerto is not on the program at Avery Fisher Hall, Dave Brubeck and João Carlos will perform together when Mr. Brubeck plays Brandenburg Gate with Mr. Martins' orchestra.   Even with Mr. Martins' limitations, he will join Mr. Brubeck at the piano for the last piece of the program - a dream come true.

The DAVE STEIN BUBHUB

- for the Grateful Web

THE DAVE STEIN BUBHUB has been taking the West Coast by storm, playing non-stop sets of groove-driven funk, and creating a passionate and sensual party atmosphere encouraging their fans to move and play. The DAVE STEIN BUBHUB nightly weaves a sultry tapestry of colors and tones which invite, no, implore fans to dance in a smoky melange of funk, rock, soul and jam.

"You fulfill The Funk!" - (St.) Stephen, Arcata, CA - Fan

Soulful vocals, undulating and oscillating funk guitar mixed with spirited organ and keyboards blend with deeply grooving bass and drum lines. Tightly structured songs lead to improvisational jams often resulting in the creation of new music, a phenomenon which regularly intrigues and excites, as the band melds into a single unit awash in a sea of grooves.

The band began when guitarist/singer/songwriter Dave Stein hooked up with bassist Jeb Taylor. Soon thereafter, they enlisted simultaneously the talents of keyboardist Ryan Vandenbroeck (Open Space Project) and various drummers, including Marty Ylitalo from New Monsoon! In the first eight weeks, the DAVE STEIN BUBHUB played a total of thirteen shows (including one with Melvin Seals & JGB), and recorded a four song live-in-studio demo. Now, they're set to come to a town near you!