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Denver-Based Guitarist Grant Gordy To Release Debut Album May 11

Grant Gordy, the Denver-based guitar player whose lifelong study of music, from Bill Evans to The Beatles and beyond, has informed his own writing and arranging, will release his self-titled debut album on May 11.

“[He] belongs to the new elite family of American acoustic practitioners who are pushing the ever-expanding envelope of a musical frontier … Bluegrass, newgrass, jazz, classical and even ‘dawg’ are all audible influences in Grant’s musical vision,” says David “Dawg” Grisman, whose David Grisman Quintet Gordy subbed in and would ultimately join as guitarist. “[His] guitar stylings offer a rare blend of flat-picking virtuosity, jazz exploration and classical sensibility …”

“Pterodactyl,” “Grapes” and “Lila” are just three of the compositions on the new CD, which also includes Gordy’s “Blues to Dawg” that he invited Grisman to contribute his signature mandolin playing to. Each song in the collection exemplifies Gordy’s spirit of adventure and sense of self.

Gordy describes himself: “At heart, I'm really an improviser; that's what very first drew me to playing music — the idea that you can make things up as you go along — but I'm also very interested in composition. I like the idea of a group of musicians having as much room and freedom to explore and improvise as they want, but within a context of a compelling arrangement that can be exciting for, and draws in, the listener.”

Gordy’s touring behind the release include:

Friday, June 11, KRFC Radio-Fort Collins, “Live at Lunch” show
Saturday, June 12, Brewgrass Festival, South Pearl Street, Denver
Saturday, June 12, Little Church in the Pines, 536 Gold Run Road, Salina
Wednesday, June 16, Dazzle Jazz Club, 930 Lincoln St., Denver
Thursday, June 17, Bongo Billy’s Cafe, 300 W. Sackett Ave., Salida
Wednesday, June 23, Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, Mass.
Thursday, June 24, Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones St., New York City

The Inimitable Baby Dee Tours in Support of Upcoming Release

After the overwhelming response to Safe Inside the Day in February 2008, the unique Baby Dee returns with A Book of Songs for Anne Marie, out in North America on 4/20 via Drag City. What was telling about the response to Safe Inside the Day was the purity of reaction. The back story, (let’s face it, Baby Dee is the epitome of the phrase) never overshadowed the fact that she gives everything and that is what connects with critics and audience alike. Harkening to the song cycles and lieder of Schubert and Schumann, the tracks of A Book of Songs for Anne Marie are part of a greater whole, a series of poems set to music. Joined by a talented group of musicians, including Matthew Robinson (cello), Sarah Alden (violin), John Nowel (violin) and John Contreras (cello), Dee will cross the continent, performing these minimally orchestrated, tender songs on piano as only she can: with humor, warmth, and gravity.

Check out the song “Lilacs” off of A Book of Songs for Anne Marie here.

Baby Dee Tour Dates:

Thursday, April 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe

Friday, April 9 - Baltimore, MD @ Floristree

Saturday, April 10 - New York, NY @ Santos Party House

Monday, April 12 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa

Tuesday, April 13 - Toronto, ON @ The Music Gallery

Wednesday, April 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Opening Nights Festival

Thursday, April 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom

Friday, April 16 - Chicago, IL @ The Hideout

Saturday, April 17 - Cedar Rapids, OH @ CSPS

Sunday, April 18 - Dubuque, IA @ Monks Kaffee Pub

Monday, April 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center

Tuesday, April 20 - Winnipeg, ON @ West End Cultural Centre

Friday, April 23 - Calgary, AB @ The Big Secret Theatre

Saturday, April 24 - Calgary, AB @ The Big Secret Theatre

Tuesday, April 27 - Vancouver, AB @ Gallery Gachet

Wednesday, April 28 - Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door

Thursday, April 29 - Portland, OR @ The Woods

Friday, April 30 - San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia

Saturday, May 1 - Santa Monica, CA @ McCabes

Sunday, May 2 - Phoenix, AX @ Trunk Space

Monday, May 3 - Albuquerque, NM @ Outpost Performance Space

Wednesday, May 5 - Columbia, MO @ Mojos

Thursday, May 6 - Lexington, KY @ Niles Gallery (UK Campus)

Friday, May 7 - Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Ben Harper and Relentless7 backing Ringo Starr, TV tonight

With the release of his new album "Y Not", Ringo Starr will enlist Ben Harper (also appearing on the album) and Relentless7 to perform a string of promotional events starting tonight with "The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon" on NBC.  Tomorrow Jan 13 they'll visit "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" followed by Jay Leno, Grammy Music Series, Larry King Live and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.



Enter to win tickets to a special "Artists Den" concert at a secret location in New York City on Thursday, January 14 at 12pm (doors 11am).

More information on Ben Harper and Relentless7 can be found here.

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

"Live From Abbey Road" airs this Thursday

Ben Harper & the Criminals- for the Grateful Web

Watch Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals perform in the legendary Abbey Road Studios this Thursday, August 28th on the Sundance Channel at 10PM ET/PT.

Watch an exclusive interview with Ben at http://www.sundancechannel.com/livefromabbeyroad/

The program will air in the UK on Channel 4 on Sept 12th and 13th.  More international broadcast dates forthcoming at www.benharper.net.

Visit the Tour Archive at http://www.benharper.net for the setlist, photos and reviews!