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Jazz Pianist Dean Malsack nominated for best Jazz CD

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Dean Malsack started piano lessons at the age of five and began playing professionally at fourteen.  His father, also a professional pianist, was his teacher.  His mother teaches piano as well. Dean has performed all over the United States as a solo pianist and with several ensembles ranging from jazz to blues to popular show tunes and has just released his 6th solo piano recording.  Dean is a voting member of the Grammy Awards and has performed on a USO tour.  Dean's enjoyment in playing is evident in his whimsical and unique style, and appeals to a wide range of listeners.  Dean performs over 250 engagements yearly.

New location for Rex Foundation's 25th Anniversary Celebration

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The Rex Foundation changed the location to make sure everyone can all come together in a more intimate setting. Let's celebrate the power of music and kindred connections to raise spirits and boost much-needed support for grassroots non-profit programs. Peter Rowan is bringing along friends and family, including Ramblin' Jack Elliot, the Rowan Brothers and Crucial Reggae legendary musicians Fully Fullwood and Tony Chin, plus Michael Kang (of String Cheese Incident) with Panjea, and Jackie Greene, rising star of Phil & Friends.

Saturday, December 13th
Rex Foundation 25th Anniversary Celebration!
"Sweet Music Everywhere"
The Grand Ballroom of the Regency Center
1300 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA
Click here for ticket information

Guerilla Union Partners w/ HipHopOffical for RTB Charity Auction

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Guerilla Union, the promoters for the 2008 Rock The Bells International Festival Series, has partnered with Hip Hop Official to present the first-ever Rock the Bells online charity auction. All proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association (ADA). 

From December 1 through December 15, 2008—just following Diabetes Awareness Month (November)—fans can go online to bid for various pieces of memorabilia from the 2008 tour.  Featured items include two custom limited-edition Rock the Bells skateboard decks signed by all 2008 RTB artists including Nas, Mos Def, members of De La Soul, The Pharcyde, ATCQ and more.  In addition, several 2008 RTB artists and labels are getting involved by donating special autographed pieces, such as sneakers from Supernatural, a prize pack from Duck Down Records, plus many more. 

Inspiration for getting involved with this great cause is Phife Dawg, member of A Tribe Called Quest and a diabetic. During the 2008 Rock the Bells festival series, he displayed tremendous strength and resilience through his current battle with the disease. According to Phife Dawg, "Believe it or not, diabetes affects us all.  Until we find a cure it will continue to affect us. I was lucky to have a 2nd chance at life, others aren't so lucky, so please help us find a cure for this madness we call DIABETES!"  Chang Weisberg, Guerilla Union founder, states, "Phife was an absolute inspiration to myself and our staff.  His courage and strength to perform night in and night out for Rock The Bells was nothing less than extraordinary.  We are extremely excited to join his fight against this serious and deadly disease by giving back to the community through this auction.  With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, our goal is to bring national attention by sharing a piece of hip-hop history with our fans."

To read more about the auction and learn about diabetes, people can visit the official website or visit www.hiphopofficial.com. Instant updates about new items up for bid will also be available by texting CHARITY to 44688.

A JAZZ NATIVITY SWINGS INTO BIRDLAND FOR 3rd YEAR

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BENDING TOWARDS THE LIGHT… A JAZZ NATIVITY, the joyful musical holiday show that warms the hearts of families of all faiths, swings into Birdland (315 West 44th Street, New York City) with seven performances this season, Sunday, Dec 21st through 25th  There will be two performances on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

A colorful presentation that delights children as well as jazz fans, the JAZZ NATIVITY boasts an all-star band featuring Latin percussionist Candido and tenor saxophonist Bob Kindred; vocalist Hilary Kole in the role of Mary; Brenda Feliciano as the archangel; and features many jazz greats. Among this years performers as Kings are saxophonist, Frank Wess, trombonist, Benny Powell, , trumpeters Lou Soloffand Ingrid Jensen, and tappers Maurice Chestnut, Andrew Nemr and Roxane Butterfly. Taking part as special guests, pianists, Hank Jones and Arturo O'FarrellDaniel Marconi, from Broadway's  Mary Poppins and Misael Sanchez from the Newark Boys Chorus School will alternately play the role of the shepherd boy.

" Written and arranged by singer-songwriter Anne Phillips at the suggestion of the late John Garcia Gensel of St. Peter's Church, JAZZ NATIVITY first premiered in 1985.  Since then, it has been a popular Christmas offering across the country.  

The show combines well-known Christmas carols with original music by Ms. Phillips, Bob Kindred andDave and Iola Brubeck. The original soundtrack recording features as narrator the late CBS Newsjournalist Charles Kuralt, with Lionel Hampton, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Benny Powell, Toots Thielemans and many other jazz greats in the band.  For information: www.jazznativity.com orwww.cdbaby.com.

Tickets at $40 are now on sale at Birdland box office (212-581-3080)

PRAANG Returns To Cervantes for Two-Night Stint

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Formed under a blanket of thick Colorado snow during the blizzard of 2006, PRAANG returns to Cervantes for a two night stand December 5th and 6th. Featuring Steve Kimock, Jason Hann and Michael Travis from EOTO/String Cheese Incident and Jamie Janover from ZILLA, PRAANG represents a new musical avenue for the four members to travel. Completely improvisational, spontaneous, and unrehearsed, the quartet's music reflects their fateful existence.

Originally scheduled to be a Kimock, Vega, White and Banyan gig one December night in 2006, plans were dashed as Kimock was the only member not stranded by an infamous blizzard. Making their way to Cervantes later that evening, Hann, Travis and Janover substituted for the stranded band members, and PRAANG was born. Mixing Kimock's blistering and masterful guitar work, Hann's perpetual and incessant groovin', 'Travis' and Janover's musical innovation, and Janover's flurries of hammer dulcimer and percussive embellishment, the quartet is a fresh and exciting project of intricate guitar leads and exotic rhythms.

Steve Kimock, known for his uncanny guitar prowess, leaves his musical mark through his many collaborations. From the Steve Kimock Band to KVMS to his recent work with Billy Goodman, Bob Weir (Ratdog), and Mickey Hart (Rhythm Devils and Mickey Hart Band), Kimock is a true working man's genre-bending guitarist. Jason Hann and Michael Travis, known primarily for work with String Cheese Incident and their present venture, EOTO, bring a new-groove/electronica/tribal/acid jazz aspect to the PRAANG project. From groovy slap bass to syncopated measures, the two provide the musical backbone to complement Kimock's melodic tapestries. Contributing additional innovative rhythms is Jamie Janover, a true pioneer on the musical scene. Maintaining a rigorous touring schedule with numerous projects and worldly travels, Janover's percussion skills are unmatched.

Elliott Murphy: On Tour In the USA For the First Time in Eight Years

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ELLIOTT MURPHY - the legendary Paris-based American rock troubadour will embark on his first U.S. tour in eight years.  The tour kicks off December 2008 in the Northeast U.S. (New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, DC, Albany, Larchmont, Amagansett), and continues on to the West Coast, where he hasn't played in 12 years) in January 2009 (San Francisco, Felton, Tehachapi, Los Angeles, San Diego, Long Beach). Elliott will be accompanied by his longtime guitarist extraordinaire Olivier Durand.  More shows will follow in Spring 2009.

Elliott Murphy has collaborated with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Phil Collins and other great rock 'n roll names.  His ground-breaking, debut album AQUASHOW was recently called an "Album Classic" in a full page review in the UK's prestigious Uncut magazine.

Opening all shows will be multi-cultural singer-songwriter Jann Klose, who was born in Germany and raised in Kenya, South Africa, Hamburg and first came to the US as an exchange student in Cleveland.  His album REVERIE is now being played on over 80 stations in North America.  Jann tours aggressively in the U.S. and Europe.  Recent shows included collaborations with Annie Haslam and John Tout of Renaissance, sharing the stage with Marty Stuart, Rosanne Cash and Roger McGuinn at Martin Guitars' 175th Anniversary Concert, and a special show at the German Embassy in Washington, DC. Jann moved to the Bronx in 2000, the same year Elliott played his last show at the Bottom Line in New York City.

Elliott Murphy will be promoting his latest release NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND - his 30th album in a non-stop 35-year career. Album Music Guide (AMG) recently awarded NOTES a rave 4-Star review making Elliott one of the rare artists who have received over fifteen 4 -star reviews on this prestigious review site.

Elliott was born to a show business family in New York and began his career by winning the 1966 New York State Battle of the Bands, and then followed a troubadour's odyssey across Europe included a bit part in Federico Fellini's film "Roma." His career was launched by the critical success of his debut album AQUASHOW followed by LOST GENERATION (Produced by Doors producer Paul Rothschild), NIGHT LIGHTS (featuring Billy Joel), JUST A STORY FROM AMERICA (featuring Phil Collins and Mick Taylor) and an extraordinary duet with Bruce Springsteen on his 1996 masterpiece SELLING THE GOLD.  (Bruce often invites Elliott on stage with him during his European tours.)  In October 2008, he was honored with a monumental exhibition in Paris' Town Hall entitled "Elliott Murphy - Last of the Rock Stars – Retrospective" featuring hundreds of posters, photos, videos, album covers and memorabilia.

Elliott Murphy is also a published author of short story collections  (most recently Café Notes) and two novels (Cold And Electric and the neo-western Poetic Justice) as well as penning the liner notes for the Velvet Underground album 1969 Live. Elliott has lived in Paris for 18 years and has performed at such prestigious venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival as well as opening for Bob Dylan at the Pistoia Blues Festival.

Dec 10 2008 Johnny D's   Somerville, Massachusetts
Dec 12 2008 The Stephen Talkhouse   Amagansett, New York
Dec 13 2008 Valentine's   Albany, New York
Dec 15 2008   The Living Room   New York, New York
Dec 16, 2008   Velvet Lounge    Washington, DC
Dec 17 2008   World Cafe Live   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 18 2008   Watercolor Cafe   Larchmont, New York
Jan 7, 2009     Café Du Nord    San Francisco, California
Jan 8, 2009     Don Quixote's   Felton, California
Jan 10, 2009   Hotel Café, Los Angeles, California
Jan 11, 2009     Mama's Hilly Beans, Tehachapi, California
Jan 13 2009    Acoustic Music San Diego  San Diego, California
Jan 14 2009   The Blue Cafe   Long Beach, California
Jan 16 2009     NAMM 2009 Anaheim, California

Elliott also tours in Europe and there are a number of dates posted on his  myspace.com/elliottmurphy.

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Let us also give a plug for the Humane Society as Elliott also wrote about the importance of responsible ownership and adopting from animal shelters at the Humane Society's Shelter Rock web site. In December the HSUS will be auctioning off an autographed Elliott Murphy fashion tote bag.

And you'll see reflections from all kinds of an array of music folks including another person who collaborated recently with Jann—Annie HaslamHeavy D., Carole King, and MUTTS cartoonist Patrick McDonnell are in there, and so is Patti Page, who has updated her "How Much Is That Doggie in The Window" to "(Look at that) Doggie in the Shelter."

Umphrey's Announces Innovative Pre-Order for Mantis

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Umphrey's McGee launches a one-of-a-kind pre-order campaign for their highly anticipated new studio release, Mantis (January 20, 2009 / SCI Fidelity Records). The pre-order, which offers an MP3 download of the album in addition to the traditional compact disc, also promises unprecedented downloadable bonus content that will actually increase in volume depending on how many pre-orders are received, and will use innovative PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to continue delivering exclusive bonus material throughout 2009.  The Mantis pre-order offer is available now.

Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay.  And in an Umphrey's McGee first, the album offers 100% new material - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions.  Coupled with an innovative pre-order campaign offering unique bonus material incentives where fans can actually influence the amount of extra material that is offered, Mantis is creating plenty of anticipation and chatter among fans and industry alike.

"We wanted to do something special for the fans, make this release as exciting for them as it is for us," explains Umphrey's McGee's Jake Cinninger.  "We wanted to put the reins in their hands, get them involved in spreading the word about the album, and give the release a human touch by giving the fans more.  It's the give and take between us and the fans that makes it possible for us to tour and grow as a band; the fans play an important role in everything we do."

Mantis bonus material "Part I" offers bonus tracks for pre-order customers - outtakes and alternate recordings of songs on Mantis, tracks culled from the Umphrey's McGee archives including often requested rarities from the band's annual acoustic holiday shows, tracks from historical "Taper Appreciation Nights," plus odds and ends from studio jams, sound checks and more.  The more pre-orders that are purchased, the more tracks the band will unlock. Fans can use the free Mantis widget to track the growing list of free bonus material, which will be delivered via digital download the week of the album's release.

Mantis bonus material "Part II" incorporates PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to deliver additional bonus content throughout 2009.  PUSH requires no software installation or serial number; by simply putting the Mantis CD in your CD-ROM drive, the disc will act as a "key" to an Umphreys.com micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available - such as recent live versions of songs from Mantis , rehearsals and impromptu "bus jams," and more. Considering Umphrey's musical creativity and smart sense of humor, 2009's bonus material is sure to offer plenty of surprises.

This pre-order is yet another innovative music experience to be offered by Umphrey's McGee, who have proven adaptive and inventive both in music and business over the last 10 years. Through online community building, creative web-based promotions, and open taping policies allowing live music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide.  The band's download store UMLive.net is an archive of their ever-diverse live performances, hosting downloads of over 300 shows, while umphreys.com hosts the iTunes friendly UM Podcast which releases two 75-minute episodes of live material each month to its 20,000 subscribers. Since 2001, Umphrey's has released soundboard recordings of each night's concert immediately after the show in both physical and digital formats -and each show typically sells upwards of 300 copies per night.  The band's unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans a top priority.

Look for Umphrey's McGee to bring the songs on Mantis to the live stage beginning in January -when the band will work out the songs live and without a net, and fans can watch how the songs evolve as the band experiments, deconstructs, reconstructs and realizes the full potential of the new material in a live context.

Until then, Umphrey's McGee wraps up the year with dates in U.S. cities east and west and points between, including their annual New Year's run in their hometown of Chicago.  This year, the band hosts three nights at the city's stunning Auditorium Theatre, where they'll be joined on stage by musical icons Buddy Guy, Stanley Jordan, Joshua Redman, Jeff Coffin, and Koko Taylor.

JAZZ FOR OBAMA

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ITS EASY: To purchase tickets simply click HERE.  You will be directed to the campaign contribution page.  Simply enter all required information and then click on the red PROCESS CONTRIBUTION button at the bottom.  In order to purchase multiple tickets simultaneously, just click on 'other' and enter the total dollar amount.  Then include a note stating the number/kind of tickets desired in the designated 'send a note...' box below, just above the red button.  Your name will be held at the door (tickets will not be mailed), but you will receive an email confirmation of your purchase/contribution within 24 hrs.  All proceeds benefit the Obama for America Presidential campaign.

YOU WANT MORE: If you wish to contribute a higher amount than the sum total of your ticket price, the Obama campaign will be very grateful!  Simply donate as much as you can, and then include a note stating the number of tickets desired in the designated 'send a note...' box on the contribution page just above the red button, or email us at the address below with your ticket needs.  

TELL YOUR FRIENDS: After your contribution/ticket purchase is processed, you will be asked by the campaign website to email a pre-set invitation to your contacts asking them to contribute to the Obama campaign as well.  This is a general invitation to support Barack, but you may easily transform it into a concert invitation as well!  If you would like to use this opportunity to invite anyone to the Jazz for Obama concert in particular (and we hope you will), just be sure to include a note about the concert in your email, and most importantly include our weblink jazzforobama.com so that your friends can purchase tickets just as you did!

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1st
featuring

BILAL/ROBERT GLASPER
DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER
KURT ELLING
ROBERTA GAMBARINI
ROY HARGROVE
STEFON HARRIS
ROY HAYNES
CHARLIE HUNTER/DOUG WAMBLE DUO
HANK JONES
STANLEY JORDAN
JOE LOVANO
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
BRAD MEHLDAU
DIANNE REEVES
   ...and special guests

OCTOBER 1 - 7:30pm
The 92nd Street Y Kaufmann Concert Hall
 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
(Doors open 6:30 pm)

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE OBAMA FOR AMERICA PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TICKETS AND ALL INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLY AT: http://www.jazzforobama.com/

DEVOTCHKA in Boulder for Halloween

DEVOTCHKA - photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web
The times have finally caught up with acclaimed Denver quartet DeVotchKa. Not long ago when the band unloaded their instruments - a violin, a tuba and an accordion, among others - into a rock club, they were told they must be in the wrong place.
They created music that was Grammy nominated (DeVotchKa created the soundtrack for the indie smash Oscar winning film Little Miss Sunshine) without the benefit of a huge promotion team or runaway budget, instead relying only on their own efforts by self-releasing their records. And they crafted gems of songs by mixing a beautiful blend of Eastern European bohemia, American prairie rock and distinctive indie and called it pop, rather than world, music.
Now, the band is au courant, poised to shine on with their Anti- Records debut A Mad and Faithful Telling. From the cinematic richness of "Transliterator" to the modern pop experiment of "The Clockwise Witness," to the soaring and wrenching "Undone," DeVotchKa have produced a career-defining record and the world is listening.
On Sale Friday, September 19
October 31: GA / 21+ / $32.50
November 1: GA / All Ages / $32.50
Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.  Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.

Hot Buttered Rum for Two Nights in Boulder - Oct 10 & 11

HBR @ All Good Fest - photo by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release.  Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting.  The performances were professionally multi-tracked and later carefully mixed by Butter's long-time sound engineer, Josh Osmond. The result is striking, presenting the unique energy and improvisational spirit of a Hot Buttered Rum live performance in studio-quality sound.

Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the band's bolder and heavier side.  Their full sound permeates Live in the Northeast - from the reggae-tinged "Return Someday" and psychedelica of "Desert Rat" through definitive covers of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and Leo Sayer's "Feel Like Dancin'" - winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, the guys of Hot Buttered Rum grew up on the trails, in the mountains, and on the slopes.  Their ties with nature have only grown and as a group, the band has dedicated much time and energy to reducing their carbon footprint and promoting alternative fuel sources.  As a heavily touring band, Hot Buttered Rum had to face the tough reality of how a national tour can affect the environment and counter it with a positive change.  In response, the band helped to promote the biofuel renaissance, touring the country on recycled vegetable oil and biodiesel as early as 2003.  Band members have participated in numerous Renewable Energy and Biofuel conferences, as well as sitting on discussion panels at such renowned music festivals as Bonnaroo and High Sierra.  Highlighted in the November/December 2005 issue of E: Environmental Magazine, Hot Buttered Rum is commended for trying to "leave an impact on its fans, and not solely on the road that passes beneath its bus tires as it travels from coast to coast".  For more information on Hot Buttered Rum and their greening efforts, visit the band's website.

The band's current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

September 07 Rancho Nicasio Nicasio CA
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Music Festival Ozark AR
September 23 Humboldt Brewery Arcata CA
September 24 Stillwater Ashland CA
September 25 Domino Room Bend OR
September 26 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
September 27 Triple Door Seattle WA Two Shows!
September 28 W.O.W. Hall Eugene OR
October 10-11 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
October 30-31 Las Tortugas at Evergreen Lodge Groveland CA
November 08 8 x 10 Club Baltimore MD
November 20 East Hartford Community Center East Hartford CT
November 21 Lowell Auditorium Lowell MA supporting Dark Star Orchestra
November 22 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA supporting Dark Star Orchestra
November 23 Fairfield Theatre Bridgeport CT supporting Dark Star Orchestra
January 24 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Utica NY
February 20-21 Wintergrass Tacoma WA

More dates to be announced. 

The widespread appeal of Hot Buttered Rum's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together.  It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success. The band has performed at festivals as diverse as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with such artists as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine.