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Adrian Belew Power Trio ft. members of King Crimson at Boulder Theater

Boulder Weekly is proud to present Adrian Belew Power Trio with Stickmen featuring Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto from King Crimson at the Boulder Theater on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011.  Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24th for $25 General Admission, $30 Reserved and $40 Gold Circle.

“2 of a Perfect Trio” Tour

King Crimson players Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto keep very busy individually when Crimson's not active, but now, a historic joint tour: Adrian Belew Power Trio will headline the bill, with Stick Men (featuring Tony and Pat) opening.

And of course, how could they resist joining together for a Crim-centric extended encore - after their respective sets we'll see them reconfigure as Ade/Tony/Pat trio, morphing into the double trio lineup like King Crimson featured in the 90's.

The tour name, 2 of a Perfect Trio, harkens to the King Crimson song "3 of a Perfect Pair"

Adrian Belew's trio features the amazing bassist Julie Slick, and NYC drummer Tobias Ralph - perfect complements to Belew's extraordinary guitar playing and singing.

Stick Men presents Tony Levin's virtuosic playing on the Chapman Stick, with Pat Mastelotto giving his unique progressive drumming on both acoustic and electronic drums. Markus Reuter rounds out the band, playing his self-designed touch style guitar.

For more information please visit www.adrianbelew.net

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Adrian Belew Power Trio

with Stickmen ft. Tony Levin & Pat Mastelotto from King Crimson

Boulder Theater

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Doors:  6:30 pm

Show Time:  7:30 pm

Tony Bennett's 'Best of the Improv Recordings' coming on Concord

In the decade between the end of World War II and the advent of rock ’n’ roll, Tony Bennett emerged as one of the premier pop singers of his generation — the heir apparent to figures like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and other iconic balladeers whose versatile and engaging vocal styles had already translated to huge successes in the 1930s and 1940s.

Despite his popularity in the postwar era, though, Bennett had grown restless by the 1970s. The time had come for him to explore something new, preferably on his own terms, and in an environment of his own making. After more than 15 years on Columbia and a short stint at MGM Records, Bennett struck out on his own and launched Improv Records, a label that lasted only a couple years but generated several fine recordings during the mid-1970s.

Concord Records gathers 16 tracks from his brief period on Improv into a single collection, Tony Bennett: The Best of the Improv Recordings. The compilation, which is culled from the four-CD boxed set, Tony Bennett: The Complete Improv Recordings, is set for release on July 12, just three weeks prior to Bennett’s 85th birthday.

“These tracks capture the moment in Tony Bennett’s career when he had complete artistic freedom,” says Nick Phillips, Vice President of Catalog and Jazz A&R at Concord Music Group. “As the head of his own label, he was the person who was calling all the shots and running the show. He was free to record what he wanted to record — music that was really important to him and resonated with him . . . I think the results are nothing short of stellar.”

Will Friedwald, who wrote the liner notes for the collection, admits that Improv was short-lived and not a commercial success, releasing about ten albums before shutting its doors after only two years. However, the period was an artistic high mark in Bennett’s overall career.

“Tony Bennett’s own recordings for his label would fall roughly into three categories,” says Friedwald. “Orchestral sessions with his regular musical director at the time, Torrie Zito; quartet sessions with the Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet; and most famously, duet sessions with pianist Bill Evans.” Each of these categories is well represented in this collection.

Despite the label’s less than stellar commercial performance during its short existence, says Friedwald, “the Improv sessions would result in some of the most amazing music of Bennett’s career.”

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TRACK LIST:

This Can’t Be Love
Make Someone Happy
Isn’t It Romantic?
Life Is Beautiful
Blue Moon
Thou Swell
You Don’t Know What Love Is
My Romance
The Lady Is a Tramp
You Must Believe in Spring
Reflections
I Could Write a Book
Maybe September
As Time Goes By
While We’re Young [live]
I Left My Heart in San Francisco [live]

String Cheese Incident Launches Archival Series

Today, The String Cheese Incident releases the first installment of their brand new live archival series, Rhythm of the Road, which will highlight the band’s most celebrated concerts with re-mastered limited edition releases. Titled Rhythm of the Road: Volume 1, Incident in Atlanta – 11.17.00, this first offering on the historic show’s ten-year anniversary.

2000 was a big year for SCI as they became a true touring force, settling into larger venues for the first time, including Red Rocks in Colorado, The Warfield in San Francisco, and New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre. The band finished off a long East Coast fall tour with three nights in Athens and Atlanta, GA, and it’s the middle night on 11.17.00 that fans still talk about as one of the best in the band’s career. With special guest Tony Furtado on banjo for several songs and featuring covers of Led Zeppelin, Talking Heads, John Coltrane, Peter Rowan, and Peter Gabriel, as well as bluegrass standards and a host of SCI originals, this show is the perfect way to kick off The String Cheese Incident’s archival series “Rhythm of the Road.”

Incident in Atlanta features the entire 11.17.00 performance, lovingly remastered from the original 24-bit multi-track master tapes and made available on CD, download (MP3, FLAC) and, an SCI first, 24-bit FLAC download. It will be released on November 9th in stores, through SCI Merchandise, and www.LiveCheese.com.

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Track List for Rhythm of the Road: Volume 1, Incident in Atlanta – 11.17.00 is as follows:

Set 1: Smile, Joyful Sound > Orange Blossom Special*, Barstool, Pygmy Pony,
Missing Me > Ramble On

Set 2: Outside And Inside, Impressions > Glory Chords Jam > Midnight
Moonlight*, This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) > Miss Brown's Teahouse,
Wake Up, Black Clouds*

Encore: The Old Home Place*, Shenandoah Breakdown*, Shakin' the Tree*

* featuring Tony Furtado on banjo and guitar

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This year, after a three-year hiatus from the touring circuit, The String Cheese Incident played just a few select shows that sold out in minutes. By all accounts, the epic performers were well worth the long wait. Refreshed and inspired and still making music on their own terms, SCI seems to be once again reinventing the music industry model. Stay tuned for announcement of the band’s highly anticipated 2011 plans.

Tony Trischka Partners w/ ArtistWorks to Produce Online Banjo School

Artistworks, the innovative online video-based learning company, has partnered with Tony Trischka, legendary banjo recording artist, performer, composer and educator, to open the most advanced online banjo school available.

The Tony Trischka School of Banjo uses ArtistWorks’ revolutionary “record-and-upload-anywhere” video exchange technology to offer a full range of instruction and learning opportunities as well as the social networking to create a worldwide online network of banjo players of all skill levels.

ArtistWorks’ powerful new technology enables Tony (from anywhere on the road) to use video to interact with students; review their video submissions and quickly respond to them with high-quality video recording and/or written responses.  These student/teacher video exchanges also become Master Classes on the site for all students to view and learn from. As Tony comments, “My School of Banjo is an enormous leap beyond any other online banjo-teaching site.”

The site is expected to launch late July, 2009.

Tony Trischka is a giant among banjo virtuosos, with a star-power recording legacy, nominated for a Grammy in 2007 and winning the Independent Music Award in 2008 for Best Americana Album. Tony is highly regarded for his teaching books and erudition in banjo and Americana music history. David Butler, CEO of ArtistWorks, says, “We are very pleased to have Tony join us as our latest partner.  He’s not only a virtuoso, he’s the consummate educator. It is our honor to be working together.”

ArtistWorks, Inc. is a Napa, California company that creates innovative, instructional subscription websites for such artists as Andreas Oberg, Jimmy Bruno, DJ Qbert, Tony Trischka, Christie-Peery Skousen and Howard Levy.

Made In The UK Presents the TONY KOFI QUARTET

Tony Kofi is one of the UK’s outstanding saxophonists, 2008 Best Instrumentalist BBC Jazz Awards and MOBO nominee amongst his most recent recognition.  Since 2000 Tony Kofi Quartet have been performing together, inspired by the more visceral end of the hard bop of the 1960s.  His quartet moves through vibrant swing to reflective lyricism with a powerful rapport, bridging the heavyweight American tradition and European individuality.

kofiAs well as leading the quartet, Tony is the youngest, and only UK, member of the renowned World Saxophone Quartet with David Murray, Oliver Lake and Hamiet Bluiett  – touring with them again in 2009, along with tours of Europe with Abdullah Ibrahim, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma. Tony has played frontline with Branford Marsalis, Courtney Pine, Clifford Jarvis, Dr Lonnie Smith, Gary Crosby's Nu Troop, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Afropeans, Queen Latifah, US-3, Salt 'n' Pepper, to name just a few.

In 2005 Tony Kofi Quartet released All is Know (Specific Jazz), arrangements of compositions by Thelonious Monk and performed Monk’s entire repertoire in marathon six-hour performances at London Jazz Festival in 2003 and 2005.  In 2008 they released their own compositions, The Silent Truth on Specific Jazz.

 

TONY KOFI QUARTET

 

Tony Kofi (saxes), Jonathan Gee (piano), Ben Hazleton (acoustic bass) & Rod Youngs (drums)

Sunday, June 21st Sweet Rhythm, New York 8 & 10PM

double bill with Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio

Sweet Rhythm
88 Seventh Avenue South
New York, NY 10014
212-255-3626

Peter Rowan & The Tony Rice Quartet | Jaqua Concert Hall

Cozy would be an understatement.  The air was stifling on Saturday night in Eugene, OR's Jaqua Concert Hall at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts.  But the music was cool and refreshing.

Tony Furtado Returns To The Boulder Theater

As the temperature falls and we add another layer to our Colorado uniform, it certainly feels like that time of year when tradition runs deep. The return of Tony Furtado to the Boulder Theater kept in traditional stride as he remained true to his Thanksgiving Day appearance and brought his genre bending songs to the familiar Boulder audience. Those of us present Friday night were fed a healthy serving of some good ol' fashioned Rocky Mountain pickin' turned electric.

Tony came in tow with his banjo and guitar back from his new home in Portland and managed to scrounge up some familiar Boulder musicians, The Tony Furtado Band. Tonight the band featured Matt Spencer on bass, Christian Teele on drums, Ross Martin on electric guitar and Tony on banjo, guitar and vocals.

The crowd spiritedly welcomed Tony and the band to the stage and the dance floor came alive. Tony Furtado and his banjo stylings present themselves as country rock songs with a tinge of bluegrass - or country songs with a dab of rock depending on what side of the Mississippi you grew up on. In actuality though, the music is best left unlabeled and should merely be absorbed for its truly original compositions and melodic jams. The electric banjo work is subtle, yet intricate, and you can feel Furtado's inspiration in each pluck. His songwriting skills seem acute as ever and Tony's acoustic guitar diligence showcases his years of creative experience and exploration. A student turned master of the slide guitar, Furtado was mainly picking and strumming this evening and why not when it sounds/feels so good.

Matt Spencer had a noteworthy bass solo that smoothly bounced back into a full band swing and the crowd was also treated to a cover of Tom Petty's Runnin' Down A Dream. It's also a pleasure to hear Ross Martin on some electric guitar. He plays a very meandering, almost whispering lead that is a distinct departure from when he picks on his acoustic.  The crowd participated in an impromptu sing along during a re-vamped version of the story of Stagger Lee as Tony and Ross volleyed solos and the entire band seemed to be having fun while the audience fed off the energy.

The night proved to be a festive evening of familial celebration and musical jubilation. From old classics to zestful covers, The Tony Furtado Band played a solid set of eclectic songs to an obviously appreciative Boulder Theater crowd.

Tony Furtado at the Boulder Theater Soon

Tony @ friends coming to Boulder!- for the Grateful Web

Tony's playing the Boulder Theater November, 25th.  Their location is 2032 14th Street ~ Boulder CO ~  and their phone is: 303.786.7030

Doors: 8pm ~ Show time: 9pm  $17

For more info: www.bouldertheater.com

Appearing with Tony: local heroes Drew Emmitt Band featuring Bill Nershi.

Grateful Web's review of the show will be posted soon...

Tony Furtado lines up some Coloroado dates

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OUT NOW!  The new cd by TONY FURTADO BARE BONES on Funzalo Records

Recorded live on tour at the behest of Tony's fans! Gripping solo acoustic performances by this master stringbender and gripping singer/songwriter.  (www.tonyfurtado.com)

Tony's on tour now, swinging through Colorado soon.

Thursday June 9
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

2637 Welton Street

Denver CO

303 297 1772

http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/

Support act: Newcomers Home

Doors 8pm / Show time 9pm / Tony on stage 10:30pm Tix: $10 advance - $12 day of show

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Friday June 10

Riverwalk Center
150 W. Adams Street

Breckenridge CO

970 453 3187

http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com/

Doors 4pm / Show time 4:30pm / Tony on stage 6:45pm Free show

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Saturday June 11
State Bridge Lodge

127 Through Road HCR 2

Bond CO  

970 653 4444

http://www.statebridge.com/

Doors 5pm / Show time 7:30pm / Tony on stage 9pm Tix: $10 general admission

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Thursday July 14
Jazz Aspen Summer Concert Series

Fanny Hill
Snowmass Mountain

Snowmass Village CO

http://www.stayaspensnowmass.com/p-free-summer-concerts.php#cback
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Doors 5:30pm / Show time 6:15pm / Tony on stage 6:15pm FREE CONCERT SERIES!

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News you can use :

- Furtado did a 3 week tour opening for Gregg Allman & Friends this spring.

- Last year's Funzalo release, THESE CHAINS, is a finalist in the Indie Acoustic Project's "Best CDs of 2004" Awards (see www.indieacoustic.com for more info).

- #5 most added at Americana radio

"There are times on Tony Furtado's new live solo cd, BARE BONES , that you'd swear there are two guitarists."
- Traverse City Record Eagle

"'The live solo show is basically what you hear on the album.  I'll do solo stuff based around old folk tunes, and I intersperse banjo in there.  It becomes this American roots vibe.'  That vibe has made the just-released BARE BONES CD a hit with audiences and has kept Furtado on the road, where he revels in his craft."
- The Grand Rapids Press

"Blending acoustic slide guitar with woodsy tales of the everyday, Furtado's mix of technical virtuosity and warm storytelling soul was a perfect warm-up for Allman and his friends."
- Glide Magazine

Tony Furtado - 'Bare Bones' -

Tony Furtado- for the Grateful Web

String-bender extraordinaire Tony Furtado is a road dog. Playing an average of 300 live dates a year, from the western ski resorts in the winter to the summer festivals throughout the Midwest, through gritty Chicago and glitzy New York, to New England seaside towns and up and down the West Coast, Furtado's passion is playing his music live and bringing it out there to the people. Accordingly, he's wooed music lovers and won fans all over kingdom come. Which brings us to BARE BONES – a sampling of live solo acoustic shows that Tony recorded himself during some gigs last summer. Considering he'd just done a studio recording within the past year, he wasn't necessarily due for a new record. But his extensive solo touring had left folks wanting more of the same, and Furtado fans both new and old started asking for a recording that captures what he does best – play his heart out on stages in clubs, at festivals and just about everyplace in between.

BARE BONES is all Furtado. The songs here are not only performed (and most of them written) by Tony, but also recorded on the spot and engineered by the guitarist/singer/songwriter as well. And talk about baptism by fire: Furtado learned how to use the recording gear at these very shows. Dusty Wakeman, an accomplished musician and studio guru in his own right (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Anne McCue), did the mixing and editing at his Mad Dog Studios in LA. Dusty has worked with Tony before, producing his records and playing in his road band, and here again he captures the flavor and flow of Tony's live show, letting the performances shine through and stand on their own without adding unnecessary studio gimmickry or polish. What Tony played and what the fans witnessed is what you get, and the passion and camaraderie come through loud and clear.

The songs themselves are a great representation of crowd-pleasing fan favorites. From Furtado originals ("These Chains," "Can You Hear the Rain") to traditional songs with new arrangements by Tony ("Rove Riley Rove," "Oh Berta Berta") to collaborations like the Furtado/Jules Shear-penned "Standing in the Rain" and finally, to perfectly suited covers (Tom Petty's "Running Down a Dream," the Beatles' "I Will"), this album is a personal nod to the wishes of his fans, a way to relive the live show experience which brought them together to begin with.

Furtado started playing the banjo at about 12 years of age; by the time he was 19, he had established himself as a gifted musician. As he solidified his chops and sound by playing constantly, he was also raking in top awards for his banjo playing. But Tony started to feel constrained by his instrument as his musical sensibilities broadened. He wanted to write songs that had lyrics and also wanted to try his hand at singing them, so he applied his considerable prowess to mastering the guitar and writing and singing his own material. His last studio effort, 2004's THESE CHAINS, was the product of an established artist's conscious expansion of his boundaries, and truly a joy to behold.

BARE BONES is a reflection of Tony's boundless enthusiasm playing music for folks and traveling far and wide to do it. His tours have included stints with the likes of Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal, Alison Krauss, Derek Trucks, Eric Johnson, String Cheese Incident and many others. Whether or not you've seen him live, you'll want to catch a performance as soon as you can. In the meantime, check out this recording and you'll get the next best thing to a Tony Furtado show.