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T Bird and the Breaks To Release Series of 45s/Digital Download Today

T Bird and the Breaks, the 10-piece Austin soul/funk band that has proven itself to music writers, longtime fans and new audiences with its debut album, LEARN ABOUT IT (January 2009), will release a new 45 each month, starting with “Monkey Wrench” and its B side “Nightshade Mary” today, Tuesday, November 3.

The new music will be released as 45s available to the band’s fans at its dynamic live shows and on its Web site and as digital downloads. The 45s will be sold with the digital version. For more information, visit www.tbirdandthebreaks.com.

The beat-driven “Monkey Wrench” features a had-enough lyric and precision horns, and “Nightshade Mary” — well, itsplucked-up bass, retro vocals, bongos, harmonica and swamp-voodoo vibe say funk better than the word itself.

Gambit Weekly praised the band’s cool groove: “The gravelly R&B growls, the sassy call-and-response backup singing, the tenor sax struts and hot blasts of trombone-blown air — Austin address or no, T Bird and the Breaks is a Crescent City band at heart.”

November show dates for T Bird and the Breaks include Hattiesburg, Miss., and Macon, Ga. The band is on the bill for the 7th Annual Ski Jam in Steamboat, Colo., in January.

On Tuesday, December 1, the band will release the second 45, featuring “Juju Baby.”

'Made In The UK' 2009 Concert Series

Rochester and New York City will play host to the largest ever series of UK jazz concerts in June 2008. Arts Council England have agreed to support the British artists programmed at this year’s Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York (RIJF), as part of their international concert series ‘Made in the UK’.

Produced by ESIP, the artists selected for the nine RIJF concerts from 12 – 20 June are The Peter King Quartet, Liane Carroll Trio, the Neil Cowley Trio, Tessa Souter Quartet, Tony Kofi Quartet, Norma Winstone with Gareth Williams & Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio. Huw Warren and the Paula Gardiner Trio will also be performing at the festival to represent ‘Welsh Jazz’.

Additional concerts in NYC will be launched with a double bill of BBC Jazz award winning singer-pianist, Liane Carroll, and legendary saxophonist Peter King at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center on 8 June. Neil Cowley is also confirmed for ‘Joe’s’ Pub in New York on 16 June with Grammy nominated singer Norma Winstone pairing up for a double bill with NYC-based Tessa Souter on 20 June, while saxophonists Tony KofiTim Garland pair up at the same venue on Sunday 21st. and

Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio continue their tour with a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington on 23 June before heading to Chicago, and then finishing up at the Catalina in LA on 29 June. Neil Cowley's Trio will play a date at Boston's Cafe 939 on 12 June.

RIJF has become one of the USA’s leading jazz festivals in the six years of its existence.  As well as presenting legendary artists from the jazz community such as Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck the RIJF places strong emphasis on presenting the emerging artists from around the world. John Nugent, RIJF Producer and Artistic Director, said, “We’ve been impressed with jazz musicians coming from the UK for many years now and after the success of the pilot last year we have made ‘Made in the UK’ a regular part of the festival.”

ESIP has been programming cutting-edge concerts, tours and festivals for a variety of UK and international clients. “We’ve been given the opportunity to present British artists at one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world and introduce their music to a wider audience.  We are honoured to be working with John Nugent and his team in Rochester and grateful to Arts Council England & Welsh Arts International for supporting our concert series.”  John Ellson, Director of ESIP.
 
 
Made In The UK Concert Schedule

Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York -- Monday 8th June   Peter King Quartet / Liane Carroll Trio

Rochester Jazz Festival
Christ Church, Rochester – 6.45pm/8.45pm
Friday 12th June   Peter King Quartet
Saturday 13th June   Liane Carroll Trio
Sunday 14th June   Neil Cowley Trio
Monday 15th June   Huw Warren
Tuesday 16th June   Paula Gardiner Trio with Huw Warren
Wednesday 17th June   Tessa Souter Quartet
Thursday 18th June   Tony Kofi Quartet
Friday 19th June   Norma Winstone with Gareth Williams
Saturday 20th June   Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio
 
Sweet Rhythm, New York

Saturday 20th June   Norma Winstone with Gareth Williams / Tessa Souter Quartet
Sunday 21st June   Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio / Tony Kofi Quartet
 
Cafe 939, Boston
Friday 12th June   Neil Cowley Trio
 
Joe's Pub, New York
Tuesday 16th June   Neil Cowley Trio
 
Kennedy Center, Washington
Tuesday 23rd June   Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio
 
Catalina Bar & Grill, Los Angeles
Monday 29th June   Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio
 
For Further information

Rochester International Jazz Festival – www.rochesterjazz.com

ESIP Limitedwww.esip.co.uk
For more information about the ‘Made in the UK’ international concert series please contact: John Ellson – john@esip.co.uk / tel: + 44 118 940 6812
 
Jazz Serviceswww.jazzservices.org.uk
For press enquiries, please contact: Joe Paice - info@jazzservices.org.uk / tel: + 44 207 928 9089

Produced by ESIP in association with Jazz Services Supported by the Arts Council of England

Artist Biographies

 
PETER KING QUARTET
With Martin Drew (Drums), Steve Melling (piano) & Geoff Gascoyne (Bass)
For nearly forty years saxophonist Peter King has been internationally recognised as Europe's leading Parker-disciple. His virtuosity as a bebop player led him to play in small groups alongside Bud Powell, Max Roach and Milt Jackson and with the big bands of Count Basie, Ray Charles and Johnny Dankworth. His immensely powerful playing technique has continued to evolve drawing on more recent harmonic innovations, while never losing innate swing. King continues to tour regularly in Europe and is a regular soloist with the Charlie Watts Quintet.
 
LIANE CARROLL TRIO
Singer/pianist Liane Carroll is one of the most popular figures on the UK jazz scene. A beautiful singer, her shows lead an audience through soulful blues, powerful funk, and heart-rending ballads all delivered with wit and charm. She has worked with a huge variety of artists from Sir Paul McCartney and Gerry Rafferty to Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Since 2007 Carroll has won a number of awards including 'Best Vocalist' and 'Best of Jazz' categories at the BBC Jazz Awards and 'Musician of the Year' at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008.
 
THE NEIL COWLEY TRIO
Fizzing with the energy of rock and the surging dynamics of dance music, the Neil Cowley Trio have been placed at the forefront of the British ‘Post-Jazz’ movement – a scene driven by simple musical curiosity, a post ipod, everything fits aesthetic that says the old certainties of form and genre are increasingly redundant. Classically trained, Cowley is a dazzling pianist and outstanding composer; indeed, his beautiful, sometimes forceful melodies and thrilling climaxes earned his trio’s debut recording, Displaced, a BBC Jazz Award for Best Album. Helped by Cowley's “mischievous humour” and “marvellously English wit”, the trio have built a reputation for their captivating, exciting live shows and remarkable rapport with their audience.
 
HUW WARREN
Pianist and composer Huw Warren is known as one of the UK's most individual and versatile creative forces with work crossing the divides between Jazz, Contemporary Music and World Music. Along with solo performances and commissions, he has collaborated internationally with Mark Feldman, Peter Herbert, Maria Pia De Vito and Theo Bleckmann amongst others. Huw is also known to many as co-founder of cult Brit jazzers "Perfect Houseplants" and regular arranger/musical director for folk singer June Tabor. As a composer Huw has been commissioned by the BBC, Piano Circus, RSC, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Tango Siempre, LPO Renga Ensemble, ABRSM, Palladian Ensemble, Koch Ensemble, Elena Riu, and numerous festivals worldwide.
 
PAULA GARDINER
Paula Gardiner’s presence on the Welsh Jazz scene has been an inspiring one for a long time. As well as heading up the Jazz course at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Paula is the Honorary President of the Swansea-based organisation, Women in Jazz. In fact, Paula has been so active around the region that it is surprising that she has yet to achieve the wider recognition in Britain and Europe that she so richly deserves. One of Britain’s most lyrical and melodic bass players, Paula Gardiner is also an accomplished classical guitarist and flautist. Her first influences from the Jazz world came from European players like Eberhard Weber, highly melodic musicians and composers, who draw on a European heritage, as well as on Jazz.
 
TESSA SOUTER
With Jason Ennis (guitar), Gary Wang (bass), Conor Meehan (drums)
Born in the UK, the daughter of Trinidadian and English parents, now New York-based vocalist, composer, and lyricist Tessa Souter imbues a mix of jazz and stunning originals with the soul and passion of flamenco, Indian and Middle Eastern music. New York Sun critic Will Friedwald. The Philadelphia Inquirer raved about her "amazing" debut CD Listen Love and "crystal-clear voice with diamond-cut phrasing.” Drum legend Joe La Barbera says: "Tessa is a unique voice in jazz." She moved to New York in the late 90’s where she started sitting in at jazz jams. Following a brief spell at New York's Manhattan School of Music, she studied privately with jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy, who says of her, ‘She’s a complete musician - extraordinary and moving’.
 
NORMA WINSTONE with GARETH WILLIAMS
Born in London, Norma Winstone first attracted attention in the late sixties when she shared the bill at Ronnie Scott's Club with Roland Kirk. Although she began her career singing jazz standards, she became involved in the avant garde movement, exploring the use of the voice in an experimental way and evolving her own wordless approach to improvisation. She continues in the forefront of British jazz and was nominated again in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards for best vocalist as well as being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in the same year. Norma performed her debut concert as a featured artist in New York in June 2008 at Joe’s Pub with great audience reaction and critical success. In 2009, she received a Grammy nomination, and the presigious Skoda Jazz Prize for her contribution to European Jazz. Gareth Williams is one of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers on the UK scene. He has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since becoming a professional musician in the early 90s. Described as “a jewel of a player... spinning out luminous introductions and codas” by Jazziz Magazine (USA), he has dazzled audiences not only by his virtuoso approach to the piano, but also by his multi-instrumentalist talents on guitar and vocals.
 
TONY KOFI QUARTET featuring JONATHAN GEE
Kofi plays soprano, alto, and baritone saxophone with equal dexterity and accomplishment; his soprano has a Coltrane-like fluidity; his alto agile and peppery: his baritone dark toned, sonorous and bold. After studying at Berklee on a full scholarship, Kofi went on to be a member of two of British jazz's most influential groups in the 1990s - the Jazz Warriors and Gary Crosby's Nu Troop. He has since appeared with Branford Marsalis, Courtney Pine, Queen Latifah, Ralph Moore, Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers and was recently invited to join the World Saxophone Quartet alongside David Murray, Oliver Lake and Hamiet Bluiett. His quartet features his own compositions drawing on the blues, Gospel, Jazz, funk, Latin, African rhythms, Be-bop and infused with his love of Thelonious Monk.
 
TIM GARLAND’S LIGHTHOUSE TRIO
Tim Garland is widely known as one of the UK’s most successful musical exports working in jazz. He first made international waves playing saxophone, bass clarinet and flute with Chick Corea, and has also toured and recorded extensively with Vibes player Joe Locke and drum legend Bill Bruford. He has orchestrated five of Chick’s best loved pieces for the Grammy Award winning "The New Crystal Silence" album - described by Pat Metheny as "magnificent and creative arrangements". The Lighthouse Trio features award-winning pianist Gwilym Simcock, described by Chick Corea as "...an original - a creative genius", and the incredible Israeli percussionist, Asaf Sirkis. They will be performing music from Tim’s new album Libra (Global Mix).

4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series @ The Studio at Colton Theatre!

Located in the heart of the historic Faubourg Marigny neighborhood The Studio at Colton, a program of the Creative Alliance of New Orleans, is a brilliant new arts venue providing both studio and exhibition space to nearly 100 New Orleans artists of all disciplines and cultural organizations. As part of the 4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series the Backbeat Foundation will present a series of concerts at The Studio at Colton Theater and The Studio at Colton Red Ballroom for music lovers craving late night entertainment after a day filled with musical celebration in the magnificent converted arts studio complex. The impressive roster of talents includes such musical heavyweights as Medeski, Martin and Wood, Grupo Fantasma, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Soulive, Charmaine Neville, the Benevento/Russo Duo and many more.

By bringing the 4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series to The Studio at Colton the Backbeat Foundation aims to support and promote the general art community of New Orleans while also providing audiences and musicians access to a new music and art venue.

Don't miss the incredible line-up of the 4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series at The Studio at Colton!

And don't forget, this year, the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.

Additional details and information about the events can be found at www.backbeatfoundation.org or by visiting the Foundation's Myspace and Facebook pages. Additional information and updates about the series can be found at the Jazz Fest Series 2009 group page.

For information about The Studio at Colton please visit www.studioatcolton.org.

 
The Studio at Colton Theater
 
4/ 23    Roots of Music All-Star Benefit feat. Roots of Music Crusaders, Free Agents Brass Band, Como Mamas, Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Anders Osborne, Terence Higgins & More 

4/24     The Iguanas, Seth Walker and 007
 
4/25     Grupo Fantasma, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Brownout! & Soul Rebels Brass Band
 
4/30     Bonerama and Midnite Disturbers --Stanton Moore, Kevin O'Day, Ben Ellman,Troy Andrews, Big Sam and Mark Mullins
 
5/1       Soulive with the Shady Horns & Special Guest Nigel Hall and the Benevento/Russo Duo
 
5/2       Medeski, Martin & Wood with DJ Logic
 
5/2 -     Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with DJ Logic  - Late Show (technically Sunday morning at 2am)
 

 
The Studio at Colton Red Ballroom
 
4/24     Young Fellas Brass Band, Charmaine Neville and Yosvany Terry with Ye-De-Gbé
 
4/25     Singer Songwriter Sessions: Kristin Diable, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Alex McMurray, and Chuck Perkins; Voices of the Big Easy & More
 
5/1       Morikeba Kouate, Shannon Powell & His Funky Friends & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux Record Release Party 
 
5/2       Paul Sanchez & His Rolling Road Show and The Jon Batiste Band

Jazz Appreciation Series Features Tyner, Frisell, Smith & Scofield

John Scofield - photo by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Brilliant "sheets of sound" pianist, member of legendary John Coltrane Quartet.

Boulder Theater and Jazz89 KUVO present the Jazz Appreciation Series in celebration of April Jazz Appreciation Month with Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Bill Frisell Trio featuring Rudy Royston and Tony Scherr, McCoy Tyner and John Scofield's Piety Street Band featuring George Porter Jr., Jon Cleary and Ricky Fataar.

It is not an overstatement to say that modern jazz has been shaped by the music of McCoy Tyner. His blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists.

At 17 he began a career-changing relationship with Miles Davis' sideman saxophonist John Coltrane. Tyner joined Coltrane for the classic album My Favorite Things (1960), and remained at the core of what became one of the most seminal groups in jazz history, The John Coltrane Quartet. The band, which also included drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison, had an extraordinary chemistry, fostered in part by Tyner's almost familial relationship with Coltrane.

In 1965 Tyner broke out as a leader and has since released nearly 80 albums under his name, earned four Grammys and was awarded Jazz Master from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. He continues to leave his mark on generations of improvisers, and yet remains a disarmingly modest and spiritually directed man.

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an authentic Master of the Hammond B3 organ. For over five decades he has furthered the sound of Jazz Organ, created a worldwide fan-base, and revealed his musical talents on over seventy albums. Today, his name is truly synonymous with the instrument. Lonnie Smith has consistently been a leading force in jazz since 1969 when critics for Downbeat magazine hailed him as 'Top Organist of 1969.' More recently he has been selected as 'Organ Keyboardist of the Year' by The Jazz Journalist Association in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Guitarist, composer and band leader Bill Frisell explores the musical possibilities of his own multi-faceted compositions and time-honored jazz and folk songs with this ever-evolving constellation of extraordinary musicians. Bill Frisell Trio features Denver-raised percussionist Rudy Royston and bassist Tony Scherr.

John Scofield's Piety Street Band features John Scofield (guitar), Jon Cleary (keyboards) George Porter Jr. (bass) and Ricky Fataar (drums). In introducing this all new group for 2009, John forges a connection from jazz to blues to gospel. "I've always wanted to record and tour a blues project...that's where I started as a guitarist and I'm feeling that music more than ever of late. My jazz is funky, my funk is jazzy and R&B flavors run through it. I'm just shifting the balance for this one and I am really excited to be making music with Jon Cleary (Boonie Raitt), the legendary George Porter, Jr. (The Meters) and Ricky Fataar (Bonnie Raitt, Beach Boys)."  Inspired by the songs of Thomas A. Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson, John Scofield's Piety Street Band has all the swing and blues needed to finally make a real jazz/funk fusion project.

An Evening with McCOY TYNER @ the Boulder Theater
Tuesday, April 28
doors: 6:30pm, show: 7:30pm
Reserved=$38.00, GA seated=$29.50

An Evening with the DR. LONNIE SMITH TRIO @ the Boulder Theater
Wednesday, April 1
doors: 7:00pm, show: 8:00pm
Reserved=$34.50, GA seated=$29.00 / 21+

An Evening with the BILL FRISELL TRIO @ the Boulder Theater
ft. Rudy Royston & Tony Scherr
Tuesday, April 7
doors: 6:30pm, show: 7:30pm
Reserved=$32.00, GA seated=$25.00 / All Ages

An Evening with the JOHN SCOFIELD'S PIETY STREET BAND @ the Boulder Theater
ft. George Porter Jr., Jon Cleary & Ricky Fataar
Wednesday, April 29
doors: 7:00pm, show: 8:00pm
GA / 21+ / $34.00

Tickets sold separately to each show

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

Jeff 'Tain' Watts @ the Jazz Clinic & Concert Series (9/23)

Jeff

Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts will conduct a master class on "Modern Jazz Drumming and Group 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.

Jeff "Tain" Watts, voted "Best Drummer" in Modern Drummer Magazine (1988 & 1993), has established himself as one of the most original and influential drummers on today's music scene. Moreover, he holds the distinction of being the only musician to appear on every Grammy Award winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis.

Mr. Watts' formal training began at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was classical percussion major, primarily a timpanist. But it at the Berklee College of Music, where he later enrolled, that he began to hone his style which was to change the face of modern jazz drumming - alongside such luminaries as Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Greg Osby, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith.

Mr. Watts left the Berklee College of Music to join the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981, with whom he won three Grammy Awards. After leaving Mr. Marsalis in 1988, he began working with jazz stars such as George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, subsequently, joining the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989.

While a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Mr. Watts had the opportunity to add some high profile television and film credits to his resume, which included a three-year stint performing as a member of the "Tonight Show" band with Jay Leno, and co-starring in the Spike Lee film "Mo Better Blues" as Rhythm Jones - a fictitious drummer who plays in the band of Denzel Washignton.

After leaving the "Tonight Show", Mr. Watts continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Ravi Coltrane.

In addition to his many performance credits as a sideman, Mr. Watts has an equally impressive track record as a bandleader, which includes five critically-acclaimed CDs:

·     "Folk's Songs" (Dark Key Music 2007)

·     "Detained, Live at the Blue Note" (Half Note 2004)

·     "MegaWatts" (Sunnyside 2003)

·     "Bar Talk" (Sony 2002)

·     "Citizen Tain" (Sony 1999)

 

A true jazz innovator and creative force, Mr. Watts has never failed to deliver the percussive magic that has been his trademark since his emergence on the contemporary jazz scene in the 1980s. Entertainment Weekly says, "Short of visionary, Tain still possesses heat, nuance, maturity, and a bounty of ideas."

Umphrey's McGee Releases Jimmy Stewart 2007 and A New Live Series - CompendiUM

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} In June, prog-rock powerhouse Umphrey's McGee will release Jimmy Stewart 2007 - an ambitious double-live album comprised of some of the band's most inspired improvisations, sequenced into two seamless 70-minute "mixtapes."  Several times each performance Umphrey's McGee delves into the "Jimmy Stewart" creation process.  They aim to generate melody-rich, spontaneous compositions, utilizing a Zappa-inspired language of body gestures and hand-signals which allow the band to create structure on-the-fly.

As Umphrey's McGee's sound continues to evolve, each live performance is increasingly a showcase for their "Jimmy Stewart" approach to progressive improvisation, which they utilize as a breeding ground for new material. Fan favorites "In the Kitchen", "Intentions Clear", "Bridgeless", and many more have come from such sessions.  In fact, the newest original to the Umphrey's McGee live repertoire is "Waist Down", a song with firm roots in the Jimmy Stewart 2007track “Eat - 2.17.07 - San Francisco".

Umphrey's is a band always on the cusp of fresh technology and music distribution, and the trendsetting Umphrey's McGee Podcast serves up two 75-minute sets of live UM each month to its 20,000 subscribers. On June 10th, the Podcast offered it's 66th broadcast, a Jimmy Stewart 2007 companion piece of an extra CD's worth of material from the cutting room.  That past weekend weekend, a limited pressing of 2,000 Jimmy Stewart 2007 CDs were available at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, with remaining copies to be distributed at shows and though the band's online store.  Beginning June 17, the record is available digitally via iTunes and UMLive.net.

Also this month, Umphrey's McGee debut a digital-only live series called CompendiUM.  The first ten releases in this iTunes series are comprised of the band's favorite ten shows of 2007, showcasing the incredibly diverse range of the Umphrey's McGee live experience.

 
CompendiUM releases:
CompendiUM: Live in Boulder, Colorado - 03.06.07
CompendiUM: Live in Pontiac, Michigan - 03.16.07
CompendiUM: Live in Madison, Wisconsin - 03.22.07
CompendiUM: Live in Rochester, New York - 04.15.07
CompendiUM: Live in Portland, Oregon - 06.07.07
CompendiUM: Live in Portsmouth, Virginia - 06.28.07
CompendiUM: Live in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota - 07.19.07
CompendiUM: Live in Bloomington, Indiana - 11.09.07
CompendiUM: Live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 11.10.07
CompendiUM: Live in Chicago, Illinois - 12.30.07

Look for the band on tour this summer:
July 05 Saturday in the Park Sioux City IA
July 06 Weesner Amphitheater - Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley M
July 10 Willow Island at Alliant Energy Center Madison WI Co-Headline with STS9
July 12 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha NE Co-Headline with STS9
July 15 Moonlite Gardens Cincinnati OH Co-Headline with STS9
July 16 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen VA Co-Headline with STS9
July 17 Promowest Pavilion Columbus OH Co-Headline with STS9
July 18 The Lawn at White River State Park Indianapolis IN Co-Headline with STS9
July 19 Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island Chicago IL Co-Headline with STS9
July 24 Roseland Ballroom New York NY Co-Headline with STS9
July 25 Festival Pier at Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA Co-Headline with STS9
July 25 Fillmore at the TLA Philadelphia PA
July 26 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA Co-Headline with STS9
July 27 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD Co-Headline with STS9
July 30 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC Co-Headline with STS9
July 31 Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary NC Co-Headline with STS9
July 31 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh NC
August 01-02 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA Co-Headline with STS9
August 09 Up North Music and Arts Festival Hiram ME
August 31 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morisson CO With Gov't Mule
September 01 The Fox Theatre Boulder CO
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark AR
December 11-15 Caribbean Holidaze Jamaica IA