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The Songwriter’s Beat @ The Cornelia Street Café

The Songwriter’s Beat presents the 6th annual Songwriter’s Beat Festival & Song Contest at the Cornelia Street Café, July 22-24, 2010. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Feel the Music!, which brings music to children and families impacted by trauma.

This July, The Songwriter’s Beat Festival - New York City’s only festival celebrating performing songwriters – returns for three consecutive nights and features 18 top performing songwriters including acclaimed artists Martha Redbone, Steve Addabbo, Felicia Collins, Bertha Hope, Valerie Ghent, Rob Morsberger, Tabitha Fair, Peter Calo, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein and more.

NEW: Leading up to this year’s Festival will be the first annual Songwriter’s Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest, open to all songwriters. Win prizes and a performance slot at the Festival! Celebrity judges including songwriting legends Ashford & Simpson will review the finalists and decide the winners. The contest also serves as a fundraiser: song submission fees support Feel the Music!

Song submission deadline is June 27, 2010 at http://sonicbids.com/SongwritersBeat

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WHAT: Sixth Annual Songwriter’s Beat Festival & Song Contest

WHEN: July 22-24, 2010; Thurs 8:30pm, Fri-Sat 9pm

WHERE: The Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014
212.989.9319 http://corneliastreetcafe.com

ADMISSION: $10 + $7 food/drink minimum; reservations recommended

BENEFIT: Proceeds benefit Feel the Music!, a nonprofit music/arts education program for children and families impacted by trauma, loss and illness
http://musicandhealing.org

DSO News & Spring 2010 Tour Dates

Gratefulfest Artist Additions

Nelsons Ledges has just announced a great lineup of artists joining us for 4th of July weekend. There will be 2 special performances by Keller Williams. One is Keller & the Keels do Deadgrass & more plus a Keller solo dance set! There will also be sets from: New Riders of the Purple Sage, Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band, JGB, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Moonalice, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Jemimah Puddleduck, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Boombox, David Gans, DJ Harry, Rumor Has It and Ekoostik Hookah projects- Katz & Jammers and The Spikedrivers.

These bands will join us as we play three nights during the weekend of July 2-5. Visit NLQP.com for more details.

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One Way Or Another...

April brings the band back to the mountains for another great run out west. The tour begins with stops in Aspen and Avon before holding down the Boulder Theater for Friday and Saturday night. From there its off to Northern California for two nights at the Mystic Theater before heading to the northwest for shows in Portland, Seattle, Olympia and Ashland. 4/20 finds the band back in CA at the Eureka Theater. Then its off to Reno before swinging into San Fran for a weekend at the Regency Ballroom. The last leg of the tour winds south through California stopping off in Modesto, Los Angeles, Santa Ana before wrapping up with 2 nights at the Belly Up in Solona Beach.

Our friend Stu Allen will be joining us for this tour starting April 7th. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Stu joined Melvin Seals & JGB in June 2004 and appears on the 'Keepers of the Flame' album. In the early 1990's, he co-founded the Minnesota-based acoustic-electric jam band, Blue Man Jive. In addition, he is a founding member of The Jones Gang, Minneapolis' premier Grateful Dead tribute band, to which he still lends his talents. A resident of San Francisco, Stu continues to explore, experiment, create, and recreate, within a variety of musical styles. He can't wait to join us on the road and come and play for you folks.

Ticket info and more details available on our Tour Dates Page.

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Summer's Here and the Time is Right...

The first leg of our summer tour is locked in and we are excited to share our plans with you. Kicking off in Minnesota and cruising through the mid-west with stops in Iowa and Illinois before hitting Summerfest for the annual street fest where there will be plenty of dancin' in the streets. From there we head to our annual celebration at Nelson's Ledges where we will celebrate 4th of July weekend (July 2-3-4) with Gratefulfest 11 and will be joined by Keller Williams, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band, JGB, Emmit-Nershi Band and more! Follow that up with a headlining spot at All Good's Thursday Throwdown and a return to the annual Gathering of the Vibes. Summer is looking pretty sweet.

Visit our Tour Dates Page for more info.

The Disco Biscuits Unveil "On Time" Video

The Disco Biscuits have just released video for “On Time,” a breezy and infectious electro-pop anthem from their latest album, Planet Anthem. This new video, which made its debut  on MTV2 and MTU, was directed by Noah Rappaport and Ghost Town Media. It follows the sexual escapades of a skinny disco robot on a wild night on the town.Planet Anthem, which was released on March 16th, debuted at #140 on the Billboard Top 200 and #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.



On the new album, The Disco Biscuits break out of the jam band-meets-electronica sound they have been known for.  This time around, they’ve opted for danceable pop and rock grooves, plus a touch of hip hop thanks to collaborating with producers Don Cheegro and Dirty Harry (Ludacris, Chris Brown, Beanie Sigel).



The Disco Biscuits also recently announced the lineup for the two annual festivals they put on.  Bisco Inferno will take place on May 29th at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, CO.   In addiction to the Biscuits, headliners include The Glitch Mob and The Crystal Method.  Camp Bisco 9, the band’s ninth annual three-day music and arts festival, will be held in Mariaville, New York from July 15-17th. The Disco Biscuits will perform all three nights, and other headliners include LCD Soundsystem, Ween, Girl Talk, and Major Lazer. As true road warriors, The Disco Biscuits have a slew of additional dates throughout the US.

The Disco Biscuits Tour Dates:

4/14 @ Charleston Music Hall, Charleston, SC

4/15 @ Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC

4/16 @ The National, Richmond, VA

4/17 @ The National, Richmond, VA

4/18 @ The NorVa, Norfolk, VA

4/20 @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

4/21 @ The Jefferson Theatre, Charlottesville, VA

4/22 @ The Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT

4/23 @ Kirby Center For Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre, PA

4/24 @ House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ

4/25 @ Webster Theatre, Hartford, CT
05/27: Boulder, CO @ Bopulder Theatre
05/28: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

05/29 @ Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, CO (Bisco Inferno)

06/03 @ Wakarusa, Ozark, AR

06/04 – BamaJam Music and Arts Festival, Enterprise, AL

06/05 – Starscape, Baltimore, MD

06/10 – Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN

07/15 – Indian Lookout County Club, Mariaville, NY (Camp Bisco)

07/16 – Indian Lookout County Club, Mariaville NY (Camp Bisco)

07/17 – Indian Lookout County Club, Mariaville, NY (Camp Bisco)

08/28 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, Atlanta, GA

08/29 – The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

PHAROAH SANDERS RETURNS to BROOKLYN

Two of Brooklyn’s vanguard organizations for African American music and culture, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium and International African Arts Festival, will collaborate to produce a Community Day Gala Concert, as part of the 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, featuring saxophone great Pharoah Sanders. This event will take place on Saturday, March 27th at Boys and Girls High School auditorium located at 1700 Fulton Street in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.  Tickets are $35 in advance, available online or by calling 718.773.2252 or 718.638.6700.  Doors open at 7:30 PM concert begins at 8:00 PM.

Grammy award winner Pharoah Sanders has not performed in Brooklyn since his days at the legendary jazz shrine The East. Pharoah’s ascent to stardom began with collaborations with John Coltrane.  His distinctive sound has revered him among many jazz lovers.  Other jazz luminaries he has performed or recorded with include: McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Sun Ra, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins and Alice Coltrane just to name some.  This concert also includes performances by Omi Yesa (Afro-Cuban and Yoruba folklore music) and poet Louis Reyes Rivera.

International African Arts Festival is a not for profit entity that began in 1971 as a fundraiser for the Uhuru Sasa School. Their cultural presentation was originally known as the African Street Carnival, fore runner to BAM’s Dance Africa Festival.  Now in its 40th year the annual IAAF attracts nearly 75,000 people and presents musicians from across the African Diaspora.  International artist such as Fela Kuti, The Mighty Sparrow, Lauren Hill and Abbey Lincoln, just to name a few, as well as local artists present(ed) their musical styling's.

11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, March 27th thru April 30, 2010, will feature a lineup of international, local musicians; jazz forums; youth performances and a Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame & Museums (TM) induction ceremony.  Confirmed venues include: Brooklyn Tech Auditorium, Weeksville Historical Society, BAMcafe Live, Parlor Jazz, Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture-Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, Afroarts Design, Sistas’ Place, Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College, Two Steps Down, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn Arts Council, Rustik Lounge, Brooklyn Historical Society, New York Aquarium, Sugar Hill Restaurant and non traditional music venues throughout the borough.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium acknowledges Brooklyn Tourism and Visitors Center, Long Life Information & Referral Network, Brooklyn Arts Council, Department of Cultural Affairs and International African Arts Festival, Inc. for assistance with producing the 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, the longest continuous running jazz festival in the borough.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium/CBJC founded in 1999, is an amalgam of patrons, entertainment venues, faith based and community organizations and musicians.  Over the past ten (10) years CBJC has presented an annual spring festival, established a Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame & Museum (TM), and produced yearly programs that feature local jazz talent.  CBJC is a nonprofit corporation committed to preserving, promoting and supporting live music within the under served communities of Brooklyn.

Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours At the Brooklyn Public

Jazz trombonist Papo Vazquez’s Afro-Caribbean ensemble, Pirates Troubadours, will be hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture on Thursday, April 1 for a free concert from 7 to 8:30 PM.  The Dweck Center’s entrance is located at the Central Library on Eastern Parkway near Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.  This performance is part of the 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival.  For information call 718.230.2100.

Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours are Willie Williams (sax), Zaccai Curtis (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass), Alvester Garnett (drums), Anthony Carrillo (percussion), Richie Flores (percussion).  Mr. Vazquez’s music combines elements of Jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms to create his special blend of Latin Jazz.  He is considered by many as one of the pioneers of Afro Puerto Rican Jazz which is a mixture of Bomba, Plena and Jibaro music.  Papo has performed with jazz luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Palmieri and is an original member of the Fort Apache Band just to name some musical affiliations.

The Brooklyn Public Library serves 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn and the Dweck Center is the borough’s newest public cultural venue.  "Brooklyn has long been home to many of the world's great jazz musicians, and Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center is pleased to participate in the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival and to showcase the borough's creative musical talent." States Jay Kaplan, Director, Programs and Exhibitions Dept., Brooklyn Public Library.  The Dweck seats 189 people and is fully accessible to all.  With an elevated stage, acoustical walls and ceilings panels this center is perfectly suited to host Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) announces Brooklyn's longest running continuous festival dedicated to Jazz, 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival - "Expressions of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow". This celebration of an American original art form will take place during Jazz Appreciation Month, March 27 - April 30, 2010 at multiple venues throughout the borough.  For festival information call 718.773.2252 or visit here.   

Tibet House US Adds Regina Spektor and Gogol Bordello to 20th Annual Benefit Concert Line Up

Tibet House US has added Regina Spektor and Gogol Bordello to the bill of the 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall. Already confirmed in the line-up, which is brought together by the concert’s artistic director Philip Glass, is Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Michael Campbell, Baaba Maal and Pierce Turner. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Tickets to the concert and a fundraising reception with the event’s Honorary Chairpersons and artists (following the performance) are available through Tibet House US.  Please note: Concert only tickets are not available through Tibet House US. For more information or to reserve tickets for the concert and reception call Tibet House US Monday- Friday, 10 A.M.- 5 P.M. at 212.807.0563 or visit http://www.tibethouse.org.

For twenty years, the annual concert has assembled some of the biggest names in music and offers audiences a mix of unprecedented musical collaborations and solo offerings.  Past unforgettable concerts have featured such talents as David Bowie, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Moby, Sigur Ros, Bright Eyes, R.E.M., The National, Natalie Merchant, Rufus Wainwright, Vampire Weekend, Emmylou Harris, Live, Ray Davies and Damien Rice, among many others.

The Tibet House US Benefit Concert commemorates the Monlam Prayer Festival traditionally held at the time of the Tibetan New Year. The festival drew vast numbers of monks, citizens and pilgrims from all over the country who gathered to pray for world peace and prosperity. Tibet House US is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the behest of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that serves as a center for the preservation and presentation of the endangered Tibetan culture.

About Tibet House US

Tibet House US is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to serve as a center for the preservation and presentation of endangered Tibetan culture. This annual fundraiser supports the work of Tibet House US. Each year a portion of the event proceeds are shared with other charitable organizations. This year’s recipients are the local Tibetan group, Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey, and others to be announced.

About the Performers

Philip Glass Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.  In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, large and small; eight symphonies (with others already on the way); two piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris’s documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.

Baaba Maal Senegalese master-musician Baaba Maal has just released Television (Palm Pictures), the groundbreaking successor to 2001’s Missing You. Television is a collaboration primarily between Baaba Maal and singer Sabina Sciubba and keyboardist Didi Gutman, members of New York’s Brazilian Girls. The result is a disarmingly beautiful and diverse record that meshes two genres, generally unfamiliar to each other, to produce an eclectic and romantic sound. The enigmatically named title-track refers to a relatively recent phenomenon in Africa - ubiquitous TV screens. “The television set is like a stranger you didn’t ask for coming into your living-room,” explains Baaba. “You don’t care about who he is: he just seems to come from nowhere and gives you information.” Baaba Maal’s mission in West Africa extends beyond his music. He is committed to the concerns of families, young people and the future of the continent, as is reflected in his role as Youth Emissary for the United Nations’ Development Programme, about which he says: ‘It strengthens my determination to work harder to contribute more to improving the living conditions of disadvantaged people of the African continent, especially young people, whose future is seriously threatened by illiteracy, poverty and HIV/AIDS. When I am talking about Africa, it is about how Africa will grow into the new millennium. This is why I really wanted to make music, so people can listen more to the music and the messages I am talking about.’

Gogol Bordello Internationally acclaimed Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello has spent its career electrifying audiences across the globe including performances at some of the most popular music festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock and Ruisrock just to name a few. The band took a break from the road in the first half of 2009 to record their forthcoming album with producer Rick Rubin.  Breaking down musical barriers since 1999, Gogol Bordello’s supercharged music is based on a brutal gypsy two step rhythm augmented by punk, flamenco, samba, roots reggae, Italian spaghetti, Western twang, dub and other sounds generated by gypsies and rebels from across the globe. Gogol Bordello’s philosophy is simple and pragmatic. Music makes it possible to make the contradictions of life sound harmonious, at least for the duration of a song. Their transcontinental rebel rock is based on the belief that music and art can transform negative energy to positive and inspire individual action.

Patti Smith Born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, poet/singer/songwriter Patti Smith moved to New York City and gained recognition as one of the first visionary artists of the 1970’s - known for the mergence of poetry and rock.  She and her band released 8 studio albums on Arista Records 1975-2002: Horses, Radio Ethiopia, Easter, Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, and Gung Ho and a compilation of rare studio and live performances entitled Land. April 2004 marked the release of Patti Smith and her band’s first Columbia recording trampin’, critically acclaimed for its diversity, which subjects range from motherhood to the preemptive strike on Iraq. In September 2002, the Andy Warhol Museum launched Strange Messenger, an exhibit containing drawings, silkscreens inspired by the events of 9.11.01, and photographs from 1967-2002.  Her published books include Babel, Early Work, The Coral Sea, Complete, and Auguries of Innocence. In June 2005, she was awarded by the French Republic; the grade of "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres" The grade of "Commandeur" is the highest grade which can be given. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2007 Patti and her band issued twelve, a CD of cover songs.  2008 included the retrospective exhibit Land 250 at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the award winning release of Dream of Life: the Movie documentary by Steven Sebring, and an honorary doctorate degree in arts and letters from Rowan State University.  In 2009 Patti Smith was a recipient of the Pratt Institute's Legends Award.  Smith's latest book, Just Kids, will be published in January 2010 by Harper Collins/Ecco Press, about her early life, discovering art and literature, leaving New Jersey for New York City, meeting Robert Mapplethorpe, and their journey together into their respective careers as artists.  Patti Smith continues to create photographs, drawings, and installations for exhibits that are planned for the next year, as well as recording, spoken word performances and touring with her band.

Jesse Smith & Michael Campbell Jesse Smith spent her early childhood in Michigan, and moved to New York City in 1996.  She has had many unique opportunities, such as touring globally with her mother's band, and the chance to be involved in many artistic, musical, and environmental projects. Jesse composes instrumental pieces for piano. She has also written and performed music for her mother and recorded on various albums.

Michael Campbell grew up in Michigan as well, though met Jesse after coming to New York City. Since arriving in New York, he has been able to perform and record with various musical groups, as well as continue to develop his own musical style, with the addition of the aquarion, a glass percussion instrument. Michael and Jesse work together and individually on many musical projects, writing their own compositions. They have recently begun exploring the medium of film scoring, and have performed live film soundtracks at New York galleries. They look forward to recording their own music and continuing to work on environmental sustainability projects.

Regina Spektor Since emerging on the NYC café circuit in 2001, this Russian-born, Bronx-bred artist has been hailed as a truly special talent. With an uninhibited imagination and acute sense of detail both in music and words, Regina Spektor has gone from practicing on an out of tune piano in the basement of her local synagogue to hypnotizing small crowds in NYC's lower East Side to selling out venues like New York's Radio City Music Hall worldwide. Continuing to showcase her amazing ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary with her unique and provocative vocal style and prodigious piano skills garnered through years of classical training, Spektor recently released her latest album "far," to an overwhelming response from both fans and critics and it debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. “far” is the follow up to Spektor’s breakthrough album “Begin To Hope” which spent 5 weeks in a row at #1 on the Billboard new artists chart before moving to #20 on the Billboard Top 100 and selling 1 million copies worldwide (Gold or Platinum in 7 countries). Regina recently appeared on Saturday Night Live and has an upcoming performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Pierce Turner Pierce Turner is a songwriter and a composer of music for film and dance.  His first album for BMG was produced and arranged by Philip Glass.  The BBC described this critically acclaimed album as “Joyce with a voice” Many of Mr. Turner’s themes come from his early years in his native Ireland and subsequent years in America. His music has made it’s way into the HBO show The Wire, he was voted Irelands solo performer of the year in 1998 and has had his songs covered by Ireland’s legendary folk singer, Christy Moore.  The Irish Film Director Jim Sheridan went so far as to say; seeing Turner live gave him the strength and inspiration to make the Oscar winning “My Left Foot.” He is currently working on a book of his stories and lyrics and a track for his forthcoming album “Yogi with a Broken Heart “with Philip Glass on Keyboard (they plan to perform it at this event).  He is also preparing a full length performance of his 2001 time based CD “3 Minute World” for European festivals next summer.

Tibet House US Announces 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall

Tibet House US will hold its 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 26th. Philip Glass, the concert’s Artistic Director, once again brings together an original line-up of contemporary artists including Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Michael Campbell, Baaba Maal and Pierce Turner with more performers being confirmed soon. Tickets will go on sale December 24th, 2009.

For twenty years, the annual concert has assembled some of the biggest names in music and offers audiences a mix of unprecedented musical collaborations and solo offerings.  Past unforgettable concerts have featured such talents as David Bowie, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Moby, Sigur Ros, Bright Eyes, R.E.M., The National, Natalie Merchant, Rufus Wainwright, Vampire Weekend, Emmylou Harris, Live, Ray Davies and Damien Rice, among many others.

The Tibet House US Benefit Concert commemorates the Monlam Prayer Festival traditionally held at the time of the Tibetan New Year. The festival drew vast numbers of monks, citizens and pilgrims from all over the country who gathered to pray for world peace and prosperity. Tibet House US is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the behest of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that serves as a center for the preservation and presentation of the endangered Tibetan culture.

Carnegie Hall is located at 881 Seventh Avenue (at 57th Street). Concert tickets are $35 to $85 and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Tickets go on sale December 24th. Tickets to the concert and a fundraising reception with the event’s Honorary Chairpersons and artists (following the performance) are available through Tibet House US.  Please note: Concert only tickets are not available through Tibet House US. For more information or to reserve tickets for the concert and reception call Tibet House US Monday- Friday, 10 A.M.- 5 P.M. at 212.807.0563 or visit http://www.tibethouse.org/

About Tibet House US
Tibet House US is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to serve as a center for the preservation and presentation of endangered Tibetan culture. This annual fundraiser supports the work of Tibet House US. Each year a portion of the event proceeds are shared with other charitable organizations. This year’s recipients are the local Tibetan group, Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey, and others to be announced.

About the Performers
Philip Glass
Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.  In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, large and small; eight symphonies (with others already on the way); two piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris’s documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.

Baaba Maal Senegalese master-musician Baaba Maal has just released Television (Palm Pictures), the groundbreaking successor to 2001’s Missing You. Television is a collaboration primarily between Baaba Maal and singer Sabina Sciubba and keyboardist Didi Gutman, members of New York’s Brazilian Girls. The result is a disarmingly beautiful and diverse record that meshes two genres, generally unfamiliar to each other, to produce an eclectic and romantic sound. The enigmatically named title-track refers to a relatively recent phenomenon in Africa - ubiquitous TV screens. “The television set is like a stranger you didn’t ask for coming into your living-room,” explains Baaba. “You don’t care about who he is: he just seems to come from nowhere and gives you information.” Baaba Maal’s mission in West Africa extends beyond his music. He is committed to the concerns of families, young people and the future of the continent, as is reflected in his role as Youth Emissary for the United Nations’ Development Programme, about which he says: ‘It strengthens my determination to work harder to contribute more to improving the living conditions of disadvantaged people of the African continent, especially young people, whose future is seriously threatened by illiteracy, poverty and HIV/AIDS. When I am talking about Africa, it is about how Africa will grow into the new millennium. This is why I really wanted to make music, so people can listen more to the music and the messages I am talking about.’

Patti Smith Born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, poet/singer/songwriter Patti Smith moved to New York City and gained recognition as one of the first visionary artists of the 1970’s - known for the mergence of poetry and rock.  She and her band released 8 studio albums on Arista Records 1975-2002: Horses, Radio Ethiopia, Easter, Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, and Gung Ho and a compilation of rare studio and live performances entitled Land. April 2004 marked the release of Patti Smith and her band’s first Columbia recording trampin’, critically acclaimed for its diversity, which subjects range from motherhood to the preemptive strike on Iraq. In September 2002, the Andy Warhol Museum launched Strange Messenger, an exhibit containing drawings, silkscreens inspired by the events of 9.11.01, and photographs from 1967-2002. Her published books include Babel, Early Work, The Coral Sea, Complete, and Auguries of Innocence. In June 2005, she was awarded by the French Republic; the grade of "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres" The grade of "Commandeur" is the highest grade which can be given. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2007 Patti and her band issued twelve, a CD of cover songs.  2008 included the retrospective exhibit Land 250 at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the award winning release of Dream of Life: the Movie documentary by Steven Sebring, and an honorary doctorate degree in arts and letters from Rowan State University.  In 2009 Patti Smith was a recipient of the Pratt Institute's Legends Award.  Smith's latest book, Just Kids, will be published in January 2010 by Harper Collins/Ecco Press, about her early life, discovering art and literature, leaving New Jersey for New York City, meeting Robert Mapplethorpe, and their journey together into their respective careers as artists.  Patti Smith continues to create photographs, drawings, and installations for exhibits that are planned for the next year, as well as recording, spoken word performances and touring with her band.

Jesse Smith & Michael Campbell Jesse Smith spent her early childhood in Michigan, and moved to New York City in 1996.  She has had many unique opportunities, such as touring globally with her mother's band, and the chance to be involved in many artistic, musical, and environmental projects. Jesse composes instrumental pieces for piano. She has also written and performed music for her mother and recorded on various albums.

Michael Campbell grew up in Michigan as well, though met Jesse after coming to New York City. Since arriving in New York, he has been able to perform and record with various musical groups, as well as continue to develop his own musical style, with the addition of the aquarion, a glass percussion instrument. Michael and Jesse work together and individually on many musical projects, writing their own compositions. They have recently begun exploring the medium of film scoring, and have performed live film soundtracks at New York galleries. They look forward to recording their own music and continuing to work on environmental sustainability projects.

Pierce Turner Pierce Turner is a songwriter and a composer of music for film and dance.  His first album for BMG was produced and arranged by Philip Glass.  The BBC described this critically acclaimed album as “Joyce with a voice” Many of Mr. Turner’s themes come from his early years in his native Ireland and subsequent years in America. His music has made it’s way into the HBO show The Wire, he was voted Irelands solo performer of the year in 1998 and has had his songs covered by Ireland’s legendary folk singer, Christy Moore.  The Irish Film Director Jim Sheridan went so far as to say; seeing Turner live gave him the strength and inspiration to make the Oscar winning “My Left Foot.” He is currently working on a book of his stories and lyrics and a track for his forthcoming album “Yogi with a Broken Heart “with Philip Glass on Keyboard (they plan to perform it at this event).  He is also preparing a full length performance of his 2001 time based CD “3 Minute World” for European festivals next summer. www.pierceturner.com

Brendan Bayliss & Jake Cinninger 7th Annual Holiday Acoustic Show

For the past seven years Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger have given Umphrey's McGee fans an extra holiday treat: a holiday acoustic show. This year's sold out show was held at the Park West in Chicago.  The proceeds of the show are donated to the USTORM (United So Together Our Reach Multiplies) Foundation which was co-founded by Bayliss.  USTORM is a non-profit organization which raises funds to help provide access to music and art educational programs.

15th Annual West Coast Jazz Party Sept. 3-6, 2009

4 Nights and 3 Non-Stop Days of America’s Best Mainstream Jazz Party featuring: Three Big Bands, Nightly Ballroom Concerts, Outdoor Pool Sessions, a Saturday Night Dance and a unique Newport Harbor Jazz Brunch Cruise!   Helping celebrate 15 swingin’ years will be the Four Freshmen, Terry Gibbs, Jack Sheldon, Ken Peplowski, Ernie Andrews, Houston Person, Marilyn Maye, Paul Smith, Peter Erskine, Frank Capp Juggernaut plus special tributes by Debby Boone, Charlie Shoemake and Byron Stripling with his All-Star Orchestra featuring Butch Miles on drums!

 

west-coast-jazzWith Orange County’s wonderful weather in September, this year’s party will feature Pool Sessions on Friday and Saturday, both days  from 12 noon until 3:15pm including on Friday the JazzAmerica Big Band directed by Richard Simon and the Dave Tull Quartet plus a special act to be announced. On Saturday- two sets with the celebrated Frank Capp Juggernaut Orchestra featuring Ernie Andrews plus Guitar Summit with Mundell Lowe, Mimi Fox & Ron Eschete  supported by Jon Mayer, Hassan Wiggins and Harold Jones.

 

The Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise on Hornblower Yacht’s Entertainer will again be a highlight of the 3 day event.   Attendees and the artists will transition from the Marriott to Newport Harbor, where 3 decks of  specially designed “jam sessions” with over 20 All-Stars, including Terry Gibbs, Marilyn Maye, Guitar Summit and the Peter Erskine Trio will be featured during the champagne brunch cruise which will take place from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

September 3-6, 2009 is the weekend for the West Coast Jazz Party & Brunch Cruise, to again be held over Labor Day Weekend at the Irvine Marriott Hotel and Hornblower Yacht’s Entertainer.

 

The party will center on a large stage nightly at 7:00pm (8:00pm on Thursday night only) with reserved seating, and conclude each night with an “up close & personal” acoustic lobby bar session, wrapping up well after midnight.   Late afternoon lobby sessions will also feature artists in an acoustic setting.

 

*Kicking off this 15h year will be the Grand Opening Sessions on Thursday evening featuring two sets with the Four Freshmen, including 5 Trombones and the Ken Peplowski All-Stars!
 
*Featured on Friday evening will be legendary vibist Terry Gibbs and his quartet with Ken Peplowski, the Grant Stewart Quartet, Byron Stripling Quintet and closing the night- Ernie Andrews & Houston Person-Together Again!
 
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Saturday evening will feature the Paul Smith Trio, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Byron Stripling, Harold Jones followed by Marilyn Maye and her trio featuring Tedd Firth plus the Jack Sheldon California Cool Quartet.
  
*Sunday night’s closing sessions will include the Ken Peplowski Quartet, a Tribute to Rosemary Clooney by Debby Boone with Musical Director- John Oddo, Charlie Shoemake’s Tribute to George Shearing with Terry Trotter, Luther Hughes, Colin Bailey & Ron Anthony plus BIG BAND MEETS BROADWAY with Byron Stripling’s All-Star Orchestra featuring Butch Miles on drums!

 

Also featured  during this Labor Day Weekend jazz Celebration will be Dan Barrett, Chuck Berghofer and his Midnight Jazz Band,  Jim DeJulio, Matt Finders, Gary Foster, Paul Kreibich, Andy Martin, Jon Mayer Trio, Roy McCurdy, Ira Nepus, Tom Ranier, Bob Summers, Terry Trotter, and Scott Whitfield!

 

Tickets are now available for the complete four night, three-day package (Over 33 hours of jazz!) including the Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise. Prices are $335/375. Individual reserved seats are priced at $60/$75 for evening performances and $40/50 for the Grand Opening Sessions,  $30 each  for “Friday & Saturday By the Pool” and $79 for the Jazz Brunch Cruise (space available). For tickets to the West Coast Jazz Party & Brunch Cruise, call the Jazzline at 949.759.5003 or for complete artist appearance times and an order form  visit our website at: http://westcoastjazzparty.com/ . Those wishing to have a weekend getaway may also enjoy the Irvine Marriott’s special rate of $135 per night and $165 for concierge.  For hotel reservations call the Irvine Marriott Hotel at 949.553.0100 and ask for the WCJP rate.   The Irvine Marriott is located at 18000 Von Karman Ave., five minutes from the John Wayne/Orange County Airport, with free shuttle service.  Free self-parking will also be available for attendees.   

Bonnaroo & Conscious Alliance Announce the 6th Annual Bonnaroo Food Drive

Bonnaroo Music Festival and non-profit organization Conscious Alliance announce the 6th Annual Bonnaroo Food Drive benefitting the Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Manchester, Tennessee.

Last year's Food Drive brought in 7,000 pounds of food donations for Tennessee's Coffee County.  This year's goal is to collect 10,000 pounds or more.

With America's food banks experiencing an all-time inventory low, there has never been a better time to participate in the Bonnaroo Food Drive.  Bonnaroo and Conscious Alliance are calling on all festival attendees to donate to this important cause. As an incentive, the first 2,000 patrons who donate 10 non-perishable food items will receive a free limited-edition Bonnaroo poster created by renowned rock artist, Michael Everett (www.Meverett.net).

Food Drive collection tents will be located outside of the main entrances to the concert area and will be depicted on the Bonnaroo guide map, given to all attendees upon arriving at the festival grounds. At these locations, Food Drive volunteers will trade the first 2000 participants "poster redemption vouchers" for food donations.  The vouchers can be exchanged for this year's poster at the Conscious Alliance "Art That Feeds" galleries located inside the Planet Roo vending area and just outside of the Archway entrance into the main stage area.

Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low-sodium and health food oriented products. "Organic" food donations are especially encouraged. Ramen Noodles cannot be accepted for the free poster.

For more information about the charitable efforts of Conscious Alliance, please visit www.ConsciousAlliance.org.

For more information about the Bonnaroo Music Festival, please visit www.bonnaroo.com.