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Ted Nash Mancini Project Wed. Dec. 2nd At The Iridium Jazz Club

The Ted Mancini Project will play the Iridium Jazz Club on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009.  The Mancini Project features Ted Nash's interpretations of film composer Henry Mancini's work. The project is deeply personal to Ted as his father played on most of the Mancini soundtracks and Ted grew up listening to this music. The overall sound is seductive and smooth. It reminds me most in style of 60's bossa nova (Stan Getz) and 50's jazz. Also is has a bit of a lounge feel to it. The album is played by a quartet - Rufus Reid bass, Frank Kimbrough piano, Matt Wilson drums, and Nash on tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax, alto flute and piccolo. The spacing on the album is great. Each musician's part can be clearly heard and the sound is never cluttered. More so than any other of Nash's album, this quartet setting really showcases Nash's playing on a variety of instruments as he is the primary soloist throughout the album. On his other albums there always seems to be so much going on that you don't always get a great look at Nash's playing. Here the sound is very clean and crisp. You really get to see all sides of Nash's playin.

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
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Salmon & Friends Celebrating "20 Years of Leftover Salmon" - January 2nd Ogden Theatre Denver, CO

Leftover Salmon will conclude its "20 Years of Salmon" run with a Salmon and Friends event at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on Saturday January 2nd. Many special guests and long time friends of the band will be in attendance to perform. $1 for each ticket sold will go to benefit one of Leftover Salmon's friends, Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward, who's currently suffering from severe liver disease (www.littlefeat.net). This show will admit ages 16 and up.

On December 30th & 31st, Leftover Salmon will celebrate 20 years as a band at the Boulder Theater! On New Year's Eve 1989 the band and its name Leftover Salmon was born with a show at the Eldo in Crested Butte, CO.

Tickets for the Ogden Show on sale now through our fan ticketing this Wednesday September 30th at 10 a.m. MST. We have only a limited amount tickets that will be sold through our ticketing. All tickets purchased through Leftover Salmon ticketing will receive unique commemorative tickets to document this special event.

These shows will go on sale to the general public at the Ogden Theatre box office starting Saturday October 3rd online at 10 a.m. MST and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Gene Bertoncini | May 2nd | Our Lady Of Peace Church

geneOver decades, Gene Bertoncini has firmly established himself as one of the most eloquent and versatile masters of the guitar. With elegance and ease, he bridges jazz, classical, pop, and bossa nova styles, integrating his own spontaneous and tasteful improvisations along the way. He has earned highest critical acclaim for his artistry on both the classical and electric guitar.

Bertoncini’s musical roots go back to his early years in the Bronx where he grew up in a house filled with music. His love affair with the guitar began when he was seven, and by the time he was sixteen, he was appearing on New York television.

His career took an unusual turn when he decided to fulfill another long-standing interest, and took a degree in architecture at Notre Dame. He was quickly swept into the musical scene at the university, and the first thing he did after picking up his degree was to work opposite Carmen McRae in Chicago. He returned to New York to work with vibraphonist Mike Manieri, and then with a quintet led by drummer Buddy Rich.

He describes his architectural experience as something which gives his music its finely-wrought form and style. He wins continual praise for the superb structure of his arrangements and improvisations which serve as a vehicle for his virtuosic technique.

Gene Bertoncini has worked with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, the Benny Goodman Sextet; singers Tony Bennett, Morgana King, Lena Horne, Vic Damone and Edye Gorme; jazzmen Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Clark Terry, Paul Desmond, and Paul Winter; and arranger/composers Burt Bacharach, Lalo Schifrin and Michel LeGrand, among others. He performed regularly on the Merve Griffin and Johnny Carson shows, and has been one of the most prolific and popular studio musicians in New York City. For the past eight years Bertoncini has performed with bassist Michael Moore in a duo which The New York Times describes as “...one of the finest pairings of jazz strings....”

Mr. Bertoncini’s teaching credits include the Eastman School of Music where he regularly performs and conducts summer workshops for jazz guitarists, the New England Conservatory, New York University, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He has been a highly sought-after guest clinician in colleges and universities throughout the country.

The Dead Trees play at Larimer Lounge on December 2nd

The Dead Trees- for the Grateful Web

When it all started out, Matthew, Noah, Tad and Michael weren't really a 'band' exactly but the fruits this "not band" ended up being the much loved Fort Music EP earlier this year.

Last spring, The Dead Trees self released Fort Music EP was widely supported through the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and landed these friends from Boston to supporting Albert Hammond, Jr. on a national tour. They just about burned down the Metro in Chicago, abandoned a broken down van somewhere in Iowa (which is heavily chronicled in Daytrotter.com) along the way playing shows that LA's The House Of Blues in LA and Webster Hall in NYC.

The band plan on touring in support of King Of Rosa throughout the fall/winter of 2008, and into 2009. 

NOV 26- The Lounge @ Elm Street - Dallas, Texas
NOV 28- Warehouse Live- Houston, Texas
NOV 29- The Parish -Austin, Texas
NOV 30 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom 2nd Stage
DEC 02 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
DEC 04 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
DEC 05 - San Diego, CA - H.O.B. - 5th Street Side Stage
DEC 06 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
DEC 07 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
DEC 09 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
DEC 11 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
DEC 12 - Vancouver, BC - The Plaza Club
DEC 13 - Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan

Moran on Monk at Harlem Stage Thursday, October 2nd

Thelonious Monk- for the Grateful Web

Pianist/composer Jason Moran presents an intimate look into his new multi-media work In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959 celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Thelonius Monk's concert at Town Hall. Join Moran and artist Glenn Ligon for an illuminating discussion on the creation of this new work and Monk's influence on artists of all genres. The evening hosted by musician, composer, scholar George E. Lewis concludes with a performance of Monk music by Moran, Logan Richardson (alto saxophone), Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Tarus Mateen (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums) with video excerpts of Monk by video artist David Dempewolf from the estate of W. Eugene Smith. In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959 will be presented as part of the Duke Performances' 50th anniversary tribute to Monk at Town Hall on February 26 and 27, 2009.

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University is pleased to collaborate with Harlem Stage on MORAN ON MONK, to be presented at Harlem Stage Gatehouse on Thursday, October 2.

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue
(at W. 135th St.
& Convent Ave.)

Thursday, October 2 @ 7:30pm

JAKE LA BOTZ'S 2nd ANNUAL “TATTOO ACROSS AMERICA TOUR”

Photo By Markus Cuff- for the Grateful Web

Jake La Botz has stolen and lived in cars, learned to play blues from the last of the Delta greats (Robert Johnson protégé David "Honeyboy" Edwards), performed in a South Central L.A. church band, acted in indie films and even auditioned for the band Velvet Revolver. Author Jerry Stahl once said of the post-modern bluesman, "Not everybody will get [his music] because not everybody's ready for the truth."

And on September 15, La Botz will reprise his innovative "Tattoo Across America Tour," playing tattoo parlors in 21 cities. The tour starts in West Hollywood (Shamrock Social Club) on Saturday, September 15 and wends it way across 21 U.S. cities coast to coast until an October 15 closing date near Pueblo, Colorado. Among his destinations are Chicago, Austin, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Denver, Tampa, Phoenix and Orlando.

La Botz has engendered a loyal fan base of tattoo aficionados across the U.S., arising from last year's tour as well as from his acting role in Steve Buscemi's cult film Animal Factory. Although he has not ruled out playing traditional clubs, he says, "Musicians don't have to be tied down to the bar touring scenario any longer. There's another way to tour. I encourage artists to think about who their fans are, or will be, and find a new way to get to them."

"It's so much more interesting this way," he adds. "You can be who you really are and relate directly with your fans. At tattoo parlors, there are no dressing rooms, no backstage, nowhere to hide. You really get to know people. In a way, I developed this ethic playing in the streets and subways of [his native] Chicago. This approach to performing has a way of cutting through any sense of artistic hierarchy . . .keeps it real."

La Botz, who self-administered his first tattoo at age 14 ("street style . . . India ink with a sewing needle") and has since received dozens more through his friendships with tattoo artists over the years, has garnered a following in the body-art community. "I'd been getting emails from tattoo shops and tattooed fans for a while, which made me think, 'I should really pay attention to this connection'," he says. "I figured that me and the other tattoo people are somewhat on the fringe of the music and art worlds, so why not do a tour on the fringe?" A notice was fired over his MySpace site, and La Botz became flooded with emails.

In September 2006, he set out to play his first "Tattoo Across America Tour," and received ink in several cities, in more ways than one: "La Botz avoids the mainstream like a Dracula avoids the dawn," wrote the Macon Telegraph. The hometown Los Angeles Times added: "La Botz's music may be on the fringes, but that is only because the mainstream is so out of touch with art born from American roots. His tunes are plain and homespun, and often darkly humorous." The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "La Botz is skilled at crafting talking-blues numbers that are pure poetry. His storytelling roots lie deep in the Delta and Piedmont, and his material is at once timeless and totally fresh." And, added the Nashville Scen e: "The songs pierce and scrape at the listener's skin like the needle of a tattoo gun, his harsh, grainy rasp — not unlike Tom Waits' — spewing forth blunt, morbid narratives about threadbare lives and the nearness of the grave."

In addition to his ever-mounting indie music following, La Botz is also known to indie film connoisseurs. Director/actor Steve Buscemi cast him in Animal Factory and his later film Lonesome Jim. More recently Jake starred in Joe D'Augustine's comedy, One Night With You, which is making the film festival circuit. He also appeared in the arthouse classic Ghost World (starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi) as a member of the blooze band from hell, Blues Hammer. And he just returned from 3 months in Thailand where he filmed John Rambo, fourth in the Rambo franchise, in which he plays a mercenary named Tombstone. After casting him in the role, director Sylvester Stallone heard Jake's CD Graveyard Jones and asked him to sing two original songs on camera. The Lions Gate film is slated for theatrical release in March 2008.

La Botz is also involved in the making of his own film about music and tattoos, which he and director Jeffry Gonzales will shoot during the 21-city "Tattoo Across America Tour," armed only with two guitars, camera equipment and a passenger car.

Dates:

Sat Sept. 15   HOLLYWOOD, CA Shamrock Social Club

Sun Sept. 16    SAN DIEGO, CA Absolute Tattoo

Mon Sept. 17 PHOENIX, AZ Incision Tattoo 

Wed Sept. 19   LONGVIEW, TX Garage Art Studio

Thur Sept. 20 DALLAS, TX Fine Line Tattoo

Fri Sept. 21    AUSTIN, TX Austin Ink Fest 

Sun Sept. 23  BEAUMONT, TX  Tattoomania

Mon Sept. 24   JACKSON, MS The Ink Spot Gallery 

Tue Sept. 25 MACON, GA Beyond Taboo Tattoo

Wed Sept. 26 TAMPA, FL Las Vegas Tattoo Co. 

Fri Sept. 28  ORLANDO, FL Cast Iron Tattoo 

Sun Sept. 30 ANNAPOLIS, MD (CHURCHTON) American Tattoo 

Mon Oct. 1 PHILADELPHIA, PA (SKIPPACK) Liberty Tattoo 

Tue Oct. 2   LONG ISLAND, NY (HOLBROOK) Electric Tiki Tattoo 

Thur Oct. 4 BOSTON, MA (JAMAICA PLAIN) The Brendan Behan Pub 

Fri Oct. 5   BOSTON, MA (WATERTOWN) 21 Nickels

Sat Oct. 6   SYRACUSE, NY Freaks and Geeks Tattoo

Mon Oct. 8 CLEVELAND, OH 252 Tattoo

Tue Oct. 9 CINCINNATI, OH One Shot Tattoo

Thur Oct. 11    CHICAGO, IL (UPTOWN) The Tattoo Factory

Fri Oct. 12   CHICAGO, IL (CRESTWOOD) Body By Design

Sun Oct. 14 DENVER, CO   Kitchens' Ink 

Mon Oct. 15 PUEBLO, CO (WESTCLIFFE) Jacque's Body Art

RITTER BREAKS GROUND ON NATION'S 2nd-LARGEST WIND FARM

Wind Farm in Colorado- for the Grateful Web

Gov. Bill Ritter joined FPL Energy, Xcel Energy, local officials and about 200 other guests here today to break ground on what will be the nation's second-largest wind generation facility.

Ritter was joined by Mike O'Sullivan, senior vice president of development at FPL Energy, and Karen Hyde, managing director of Resource Planning and Acquisitions at Xcel Energy.

"Today we are making history," Gov. Ritter said. "This project will be the largest wind farm in the state and second-largest in the nation. It will have the longest transmission line in the world. Along with our tremendous agricultural crops, Colorado is the 11th windiest and 6th sunniest state in the nation. Our intellectual resources are second-to-none.

"Combined, all of this says that Colorado is well on its way to becoming the renewable energy capital of the country and a leader in the New Energy Economy," Gov. Ritter added.

O'Sullivan said, "Colorado is taking an important leadership role in the growth of wind energy in the United States . The Peetz Table Wind Energy Center will help the state realize its enormous potential for economic growth through the generation of clean, renewable energy."

" Xcel Energy continues to add more wind power to our existing system. By purchasing the energy from FPL at this project and from three others, we will reach Colorado 's renewable energy standard seven years early," said Hyde. "Wind power is a valuable part of our generation mix in Colorado . With the new renewable energy legislation requiring 20 percent of our power come from renewable energy, we feel that it will continue to grow in importance."

Peetz Table Wind Energy Center Facts:

Construction of 267 General Electric turbines should be complete by the end of 2007.

They will generate 400 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 120,000 homes a year.

Xcel Energy will purchase the energy under a long-term contract.

FPL Energy is constructing a 78-mile-long transmission line to connect the Peetz Table facility to the power grid at Xcel Energy's Pawnee substation near Brush. This will be longest power transmission line in the world.

At the height of construction, the project will employ between 300-350 workers.

When complete, the Peetz Table Wind Energy Center will have about 20 full-time employees and have a significant positive impact on the local economy.

Vince Welnick Died Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Vince Welnick- for the Grateful Web

Vince died Friday, June 2nd.  He played keyboards with the Grateful Dead from September 1990 - August 1995.  Though he received a lot of criticism during his tenure, Vince was a loving, happy guy who played his heart out with the band.  Grateful Web sends our thoughts to his family and friends.  Thanks for your loving nature, Vince. We'll miss you...

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"No fear, no hate, could be greater then the size of;
The love that I am seeing deep in the eyes of;
All of my friends, True Blue"
Vince Welnick "Missing Man Formation"
 
 
This song by Vince Welnick was a key inspiration for Quixote's True Blue and the guiding spirit of each of the places that we created successively.  Vince Welnick, the last keyboardist for the Grateful Dead, passed away today, June 2nd.  This bright and charming keyboardist eagerly took the place of Brent Mydland in the Grateful Dead hotseat creating some very memorable moments in the golden days of the Grateful Dead.  He led me to a greater understanding of Jerry Garcia when he said that "he could be ornery at times, but I have never met a kinder gentler man in  my life.  When I first saw Jerry Garcia I believed in Santa Claus.  Everybody is asking the big question and love is the answer.  And I'll always believe in Santa Claus."  Shortly after Jerry Garcia died, Vince Welnick, created a band called Missing Man Formation which was probably the strongest post-Dead band that I ever saw.  In fact when I first saw this band in 1996 and they did the long forgotten song, Saint Stephen,I thought I was going to explode.  Yes, spontaneously combustion was on my mind and I was giddy like a child.  Vince also played at my wedding August 9th at Red Rocks with Gregg's Eggs.   He was all about love and his presence on that day made it all the more special.  His heart was full of compassion in a seemingly heartless world.  He left his mark on my family and will always be considered a member of it.  In short, he will be missed as a friend and a brother.
 
February 21st, 1951 - June 2nd 2006
 
Stay True Blue,