Monday, March 29, 2010

Roxy Perry to be Inducted Into the Blues Hall of Fame--Tune Into Thursday to the NY Blues-Bird Show, KCOR



BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTION!!
RoxyPerryNews is proud to announce that Roxy Perry is recognized by the Blues Hall Of Fame® as Ambassador to New York and a Great Blues Musician!! Our deepest congratulations to Roxy Perry New York Blues Queen! http://ping.fm/9M01d


ROXY COMING TO THE BAY STATE!
On Saturday, April 24th, Roxy will be appearing at Mal's Lounge, located on the third floor of Georges Restaurant, 77 Washington Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts Call 978-374-5150 ADVANCED TICKETS SALES RECOMMENDED! Don't miss this chance to see Roxy's big city style blues show in a warm lounge atmosphere! Show starts at 9:00 p.m. Directions and Website: http://ping.fm/pMoUE


YOUR PERFECT ISLAND GET-AWAY!
On May 29th Roxy will be in Grand Bahama to perform in concert at The Joker's Wild Club in the Pelican Bay Hotel At Lucaya. The event is sponsored by The Bahamas Weekly, Pelican Bay Hotel and Thayers.com


Call 800 -852-3702 and make your reservation today! Be sure to inquire about Pelican Bay Hotels special rate for persons traveling in for this concert!


Charming and intimate, and one of Grand Bahama Island's newest boutique hotels, the Pelican Bay at Lucaya hotel was awarded the prestigious "Small Treasures of the Bahamas" designation by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.




ROXYS NEW YORK BLUES-BIRD ON KCOR!
If you haven't tuned in yet, here's a reminder! Every week, Roxy brings you the best Blues, Swing and Indie music on KCOR - Kansas City Online Radio!


Kansas City Online Radio: Blues-Rock and Cool Talk! Recognized by The National Heritage Foundation Blues Hall of Fame as a Great Blues Radio Station!


And, be sure to stop in to the KCOR CHAT ROOM to join Roxy and friends, live! You never know who will be stopping in. Just log on to the KCOR website and click the CHAT icon the door is always open!


BROADCAST SCHEDULE:

7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time

4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time


RE-BROADCAST:

Mondays at 4:00 p.m. CST … or 10:00 a.m. GMT

Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. CST … or 3:00 p.m. GMT


VISIT KCOR:

Website: http://ping.fm/5pECD


VISIT ROXY PERRY:
on the Web at http://ping.fm/ja6xU


PLAYLIST APRIL 1, 2010

Roadmaster Roxy Perry

Thrill On The Hill Bonnie Bramlett

I Like To See My Baby Angel Rissoff

The Blues Don't Knock Roxy Perry

Good Morning Blues Tom Jones

The Big Smoke Zed Head

Lets Go Get Stoned Joe Cocker

Coffee And Reefer Ron Sunshine

Too Much Seconal Johnny Winter

Don't Give Her Tequila Spencer Thomas Band

Mellow Down Easy Jason Ricci

Leave My Woman Alone Ray Charles

(I Love) Lucy Albert King

Pretty Girl Alvon Johnson

That's My Girl Little Sammy Davis

Susie John Lee Hooker

Delta Lady Joe Cocker

Kiss Every Woman Kerry Kearney

Every Dog Has Its Day Mark Kerr

Get Tough Rhett Tyler

Rainbow Electrofield

I'll Drown In My Tears Johnny Winter

Don't Leave Ron Tanski

Please, Please, Please James Brown

You're Gonna Need Me Saron Crenshaw

Crooked Path Roxy Perry




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April 16-18, 2010 Blues Shout Texas Throwdown

April 16-18, 2010. Austin, TX. BluesSHOUT! has always been about bringing you the best of the best. This year, we're headed to Texas where everything's just a little bit bigger (and dare we say, "better"?). It's a Texas Throwdown!


We'll be showcasing the biggest and best of the Lone Star State. We're ready to throw down with some amazing music, some outstanding classes, and more fun than you can poke with a cattle prod. All that's missing from this Texas-sized shindig is YOU!


Are YOU ready to throw down?


What Is BluesSHOUT!?


Join us in Austin for:


Inspirational Music!


Inspirational Teachers!


Inspirational Dancing!


Inspirational Contests and Performances!


Learn more about how bluesSHOUT! got started, what people are saying about the event, and how Austin is working hard to bring you the best Blues dancing of the year.


Meet the team that is working hard to make this the best bluesSHOUT! ever.


Getting ready for your trip?


Check out these pages to make your trip to Austin easier:
Venue locations and getting around town
Hotel and rental car deals
Late night and other food
Pre- and post-event things to do in Austin

Dress in style with our on-site Vendors!


Beatniks is a Houston-based vintage and dancewear company specializing in swing and tango clothing and shoes. They will be opening soon in the Heights in Houston (709 East 11th Street). In the meantime you can find them at local festivals and dance events - including BluesSHOUT!


For additional information feel free to contact Diana or Maria at heightsbeatniks@gmail.com or call 713-202-7488 or 832-651-8909. You can also be their friend on Facebook ("Heights Beatniks") so that you can stay up to date on our latest news!


Want BluesSHOUT! in Your Town?


BluesSHOUT! 2011 is already set for Boston, but we're looking for cities to host us for the rest of the decade. Think your town has what it takes? We'd love to hear from you at our info line - info@bluesshout.com.


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Only 3 Days Left on 25% Off Sale on Da Cajn Critter Cookbook

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Do you want the perfect Cajun or Creole celebration? Mardi Gras party? Jazz Fest Brunch? Are you looking for recipes to cook with authentic New Orleans, Louisiana taste?


This cookbook has it all, recipes for the tastiest gumbo, jambalaya and shrimp creole that will tantalize your taste buds, and a crawfish boil you'll never forget!


Are you a cajn critter?


Do you love Cajun, Creole, and Louisiana food? How about easy home cooking recipes with simple ingredients that you can buy at any grocery store?


There are three rules that you need to follow to become a "Cajun Critter." The first rule for cooking is that there are no rules !


Try the Mardi Gras Jello Shots! How about Cajun Hanukkah Latkes?


It's a simple recipe for a lifestyle of having fun, enjoying life, and learning how to "make groceries!"


So, jump right in and become the "Critter" in your own home.


What Others Have Said About the Cajn Critter
"I would recommend this to anyone who loves to cook, loves Cajun food, or just collects cookbooks. I love it. It's now one of my favorites and I know I'll be using it often." Reading at the Beach


"Overall, Da Cajn Critter is a very nice little cookbook that now occupies a permanent space on our kitchen counter. The recipes in this book are generally simple and they cover a good cross- section of the different types of food and meals that are popular with Louisiana natives and other who love cajun cuisine. The book could be improved with a few small changes, but it is still good overall with a nice mixture of fun, practicality, and humor." Epinions.com Review


"Da Cajn Critter is a gumbo of old family, friends, and personal recipes from Louisiana, Europe and all over the U.S. It is a way of life for someone who wants to eat good food, be with real people and make cooking simple and easy so you actually want to cook. This collection of cajun and creole favorites is a must for anyone looking for authentic Louisiana flavors!" Miss Emmer's Reviews


"Get Cookin!" A Recipe Blog with a Southern Accent
"Da Cajn Critter iis one of the cutest, funnest cookbooks I’ve seen in ages. I fell in love with it when I first saw the title, but when I saw the actual cookbook, itself, I fell even harder...The book is filled with a wonderful southern charm feel. It made me want to pull up a chair in Pamela's kitchen and watch her cook her magic. The recipes are mouthwatering."


A Rave Review from a Happy Customer on Amazon.com


5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Cookbook, November 18, 2009


Lyles, Pamela. "Da Cajn Critter: The Lifestyles, The Rules and Makin' Groceries", Community Classics, 2009.


Quite a Cookbook


Amos Lassen


"Having been raised in New Orleans and growing up on Creole (albeit kosher) cooking, I was quite anxious to have a look at "Da Cajn Critter". What a lot of fun this book is. Pamela Lyles shows us how to cook without stress and we learn how to have fun in the kitchen and produce good food. Ah, the memories the book holds for me and I was quite surprised to see the recipe for chopped chicken liver, one of my favorite dishes.
The recipes are amazing and can be prepared quickly and the book is a collection of recipes that Lyles has collected for years and have been passed down from family member to family member. It is all about good food and easy preparation. As much as this is to read it also is a serious cookbook.


Lyles explains everything wonderfully--be it cooking an egg or "makin' groceries". The book is full of tips and ideas that captures New Orleans, and the magic that it is"


Thanks Amos!


Food Network has gotten a little off kilter. All of the food competitions and touring restaurants are fun, but they don’t exactly encourage generations of people to get in the kitchen and have fun with cooking...Kitchen-Reviews.com


What an absolute joy to read. The colors of the book are very inviting. A bright yellow cover with the cutest Chef crawfish critter. This book is written with a lot of love. Pamela grew up in New Orleans and has been cooking since she was a little girl. Her collection of 185 recipes is gathered from many family and heirloom recipes and a love of good southern foods. "One 2 Try" Blog Review


Purchase your autographed copy here. http://ping.fm/0B5Kp

6th Annual Hot Blues and BBQ to be Held June 17-19, 2010



Hot Blues and BBQ, the Village of Oxford, the Oxford Downtown Development Authority, and the Detroit Blues Society are proud to announce that the 6th annual HOT BLUES AND BBQ will be held June 17-19, 2010.


  • • The Thursday, June 17th event will be held from 7pm-9pm in Centennial Park in Downtown Oxford, MI

  • • The Friday, June 18th event will be held from 7pm-10:30pm in Centennial Park in Downtown Oxford, MI.

  • • The Saturday June 19th event will be held from 12pm to 12:30am, in beautiful Scripter Park, in the Village of Oxford, Michigan.


  • The festival has returned to a 3-day format after several years of tinkering with several different combinations. According to festival producer, Steve Allen, three days gives the Village and the event a larger period for maximum exposure. Again this year all events on all 3 days are absolutely free of charge for admission. This is being done again this year due the continuing poor state of the Michigan economy and to allow families a weekend of fun without the worries of money. Close-in parking will be $5.


    THE THURSDAY EVENT
    The Thursday Night Event is combined with Oxford’s weekly “Concerts in Centennial Park” Series, will feature Blues rocker, Randy Brock, and admission is absolutely free. Time is from 7pm-9pm.


    THE FRIDAY KICKOFF EVENT
    The Oxford DDA Kickoff Night will feature Blues performances from 3 regional acts, all of which are well known in their own right. The park will open at 6:00pm and admission is absolutely free. The musical lineup for this event will feature (along with their performance times):


  • THE ROBIN MOORE BAND (7:00pm)

  • THE JAKE BISHOP BAND (8:00pm)

  • THE ALLIGATORS (9:00pm)


  • Immediately following the performances there will be a KICKOFF PARTY at Casa Real (2 doors north of the park) and will feature The Front Street Blues Band. This event is absolutely free.


    THE SATURDAY EVENTS


    THE 2010 DETROIT BLUES CHALLENGE
    The Detroit Blues Challenge at Hot Blues and BBQ is the 4th preliminary round of the annual Detroit Blues Society Challenge where the overall judged winner will move on to the Challenge Finals in October. In 2009, 6 preliminary rounds were staged plus the Finals. In 2010, there will be 4 rounds plus the Finals. The overall winners of the Finals will go on to represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January of 2011.


    In this, the 3rd round of the Blues Challenge, the competitors will be (along with their performance times):

  • THE HATCHETMEN (12:00pm)

  • G’JAI’S JOOK JOINT (12:30pm)

  • THIRSTY PERCH BLUES BAND (1:00pm)

  • CIDY ZOO (1:30pm)


  • Each Band will play 1, 20-minute set of original music, and will be judged by a panel of music professionals, in accordance with International Blues Challenge rules, to determine an overall winner of this round. The winner will be announced at around 2:00 pm.


    There will also be a people’s choice award for the crowd’s favorite band. Patrons will vote with dollar bills and the band with the highest total of votes will win. All monies raised will benefit the Detroit Blues Society’s Blues Challenge Prize Fund. The Detroit Blues Society is a registered 501c3 charity and all donations are tax deductible.


    HOT BLUES AND BBQ MAIN EVENT
    Hot Blues and BBQ 2010 will feature spectacular Blues performances from a star-studded cast of musicians from across the state of Michigan. Along with the musical performances, the event also features BBQ Vendors, the Hubert Distributors - Bud Light Beer Garden, Retail Vendors, Swimming, Picnicking, a Playground, Raffles, and an entire day of family fun for all. The gates will open at 11:00am and admission is absolutely free.


    The musical lineup for 2010 looks like a who’s who of Blues music and will feature (along with their performance times):


  • LESTER’S BLUES (2:00pm)

  • JAM SAMICH (3:00pm)

  • KATHLEEN BOLTHOUSE BAND (4:00pm)

  • CROSSROADS BLUES BAND (5:00pm)

  • THE FLYING LATINI BROTHERS (6:00pm)

  • RUSTY WRIGHT BAND (7:00pm)

  • DAVID GERALD BAND (8:00pm)

  • BROKEN ARROW BLUES BAND (9:00pm)

  • THE BOA CONSTRICTORS (10:00pm)

  • MOTOR CITY JOSH AND THE BIG 3 (11:00pm)


  • Hot Blues and BBQ 2010 is now accepting sponsors, vendors, and volunteers for this exciting event. If you are interested, please contact us at the address below.


    Event / Media Contact:

    Steven J. Allen – Executive Producer

    40 Burdick Woods Ct.

    Oxford, MI 48371

    (248) 249-5287

    sallen8961@aol.com

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    Hot Blues and BBQ, the Village of Oxford, the Oxford Downtown Development Authority, and the Detroit Blues Society are proud to announce that the 6th annual HOT BLUES AND BBQ will be held June 17-19, 2010.


  • • The Thursday, June 17th event will be held from 7pm-9pm in Centennial Park in Downtown Oxford, MI

  • • The Friday, June 18th event will be held from 7pm-10:30pm in Centennial Park in Downtown Oxford, MI.

  • • The Saturday June 19th event will be held from 12pm to 12:30am, in beautiful Scripter Park, in the Village of Oxford, Michigan.


  • The festival has returned to a 3-day format after several years of tinkering with several different combinations. According to festival producer, Steve Allen, three days gives the Village and the event a larger period for maximum exposure. Again this year all events on all 3 days are absolutely free of charge for admission. This is being done again this year due the continuing poor state of the Michigan economy and to allow families a weekend of fun without the worries of money. Close-in parking will be $5.


    THE THURSDAY EVENT
    The Thursday Night Event is combined with Oxford’s weekly “Concerts in Centennial Park” Series, will feature Blues rocker, Randy Brock, and admission is absolutely free. Time is from 7pm-9pm.


    THE FRIDAY KICKOFF EVENT
    The Oxford DDA Kickoff Night will feature Blues performances from 3 regional acts, all of which are well known in their own right. The park will open at 6:00pm and admission is absolutely free. The musical lineup for this event will feature (along with their performance times):


  • THE ROBIN MOORE BAND (7:00pm)

  • THE JAKE BISHOP BAND (8:00pm)

  • THE ALLIGATORS (9:00pm)


  • Immediately following the performances there will be a KICKOFF PARTY at Casa Real (2 doors north of the park) and will feature The Front Street Blues Band. This event is absolutely free.


    THE SATURDAY EVENTS


    THE 2010 DETROIT BLUES CHALLENGE
    The Detroit Blues Challenge at Hot Blues and BBQ is the 4th preliminary round of the annual Detroit Blues Society Challenge where the overall judged winner will move on to the Challenge Finals in October. In 2009, 6 preliminary rounds were staged plus the Finals. In 2010, there will be 4 rounds plus the Finals. The overall winners of the Finals will go on to represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January of 2011.


    In this, the 3rd round of the Blues Challenge, the competitors will be (along with their performance times):

  • THE HATCHETMEN (12:00pm)

  • G’JAI’S JOOK JOINT (12:30pm)

  • THIRSTY PERCH BLUES BAND (1:00pm)

  • CIDY ZOO (1:30pm)


  • Each Band will play 1, 20-minute set of original music, and will be judged by a panel of music professionals, in accordance with International Blues Challenge rules, to determine an overall winner of this round. The winner will be announced at around 2:00 pm.


    There will also be a people’s choice award for the crowd’s favorite band. Patrons will vote with dollar bills and the band with the highest total of votes will win. All monies raised will benefit the Detroit Blues Society’s Blues Challenge Prize Fund. The Detroit Blues Society is a registered 501c3 charity and all donations are tax deductible.


    HOT BLUES AND BBQ MAIN EVENT
    Hot Blues and BBQ 2010 will feature spectacular Blues performances from a star-studded cast of musicians from across the state of Michigan. Along with the musical performances, the event also features BBQ Vendors, the Hubert Distributors - Bud Light Beer Garden, Retail Vendors, Swimming, Picnicking, a Playground, Raffles, and an entire day of family fun for all. The gates will open at 11:00am and admission is absolutely free.


    The musical lineup for 2010 looks like a who’s who of Blues music and will feature (along with their performance times):


  • LESTER’S BLUES (2:00pm)

  • JAM SAMICH (3:00pm)

  • KATHLEEN BOLTHOUSE BAND (4:00pm)

  • CROSSROADS BLUES BAND (5:00pm)

  • THE FLYING LATINI BROTHERS (6:00pm)

  • RUSTY WRIGHT BAND (7:00pm)

  • DAVID GERALD BAND (8:00pm)

  • BROKEN ARROW BLUES BAND (9:00pm)

  • THE BOA CONSTRICTORS (10:00pm)

  • MOTOR CITY JOSH AND THE BIG 3 (11:00pm)


  • Hot Blues and BBQ 2010 is now accepting sponsors, vendors, and volunteers for this exciting event. If you are interested, please contact us at the address below.


    Event / Media Contact:

    Steven J. Allen – Executive Producer

    40 Burdick Woods Ct.

    Oxford, MI 48371

    (248) 249-5287

    sallen8961@aol.com

    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    Little Steven's Coolest Song In The World this week is Nick Curran's "Little Sheena"



    Great news - "Sheena's Back" is a "Coolest Song In The World" on the Little Steven's Underground Garage syndicated radio show. Says Steven, while introducing the track: Reform School Girl is the album, and it is a classic.


    Here are the US affiliates:


    http://ping.fm/aQigZ


    Nick Curran Taps Danzig, Little Richard for Coolest Song In The World Nick Curran’s roaring rock n roll tune Sheena’s Back is a featured Coolest Song In The World on this week’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage radio program. The track is from Nick Curran’s electrifying Reform School Girl, out now on Eclecto Groove.


    The song’s garage rock swagger is driven by Curran’s fiery voice and wailing guitar solo, layered with throaty baritone sax, barroom piano, and bouncy upright bass. Curran describes his sound as a mixture of many parts, from


    Glenn Danzig and Little Richard to Angus Young and BB King. More
    influences, and more music here: http://ping.fm/tlN0D


    Best,

    Jody Best

    Director of Radio & Promotions

    Delta Groove / Eclecto Groove Music

    Email: deltagroove1@earthlink.net

    Website www.deltagroovemusic.com

    Website: www.eclectogroove.com

    Telephone (Office): 818.755.4460

    Commander Cody on NPR's "Weekend Edition" this Sunday!

    Commander Cody will be featured on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Sunday" show this Sunday, March 28th. On the program, hosted by Liane Hansen, Cody will discuss the publication of his captivating new book, Art, Music and Life, his illustrious career, and his latest album, Dopers, Drunks, and Everyday Losers. A complete list of NPR radio stations and broadcast times can be found HERE.


    Commander Cody is known to most people as the zany frontman for the influential 70's band The Lost Planet Airmen. But as George Frayne he's known as a world-renowned fine artist in painting, sculpture, and multimedia whose work has been exhibited in museums from Austin to Tokyo, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as in a permanent display in New York's Museum of Modern Art.


    Frayne's new hardcover book pairs his considerable gift for storytelling with his talents as a painter and sculptor. George recounts his encounters with cultural icons as diverse as Hunter S. Thompson, Louis Armstrong, Salvador Dali, and Willie Nelson, accompanied by his paintings inspired by the subject. His entertaining "tales from the Ozone," spanning Cody's thirty year career, offer the unique perspective of this behind-the-scenes observer of the pop culture landscape.




    Cody's visual artistry and talent as a raconteur put the readers of his new book into the shotgun seat of his wild ride through his notable career as an artist and musician.


    He recently recorded another radio interview with noted rock 'n' roll writer Dave Marsh for future broadcast on his "Kick Out The Jams With Dave Marsh" program on XM/Sirius satellite radio. The broadcast date has yet to be announced.


    For more information on Cody's new Blind Pig CD or to listen to samples of the tracks, please click HERE.

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    Canadian Jazz Legend Eugene Amaro Passes

    RIP: Eugene Amaro (tenor saxophonist, alto saxophonist, flutist) passed away on Tuesday, march 23 in his 74th year.



    The popular jazz musician was leader of his own Eugene Amaro Quartet, and long-time member of Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass.



    He also co-led the Sam Noto/Eugene Amaro Quintet, and performed with the Ron Rully Sextet and Ian McDougall’s Dectet in “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concerts.



    His name is synonymous with the golden age of big band jazz in Canada.



    For funeral details, call (416) 488-1101.



    Various videos can be found on YouTube that include Amaro, including this one with Benny Goodman backed by a blazingly hot Boss Brass.





    Called King Porter Stomp, the song features Eugene Amaro, Moe Koflman, Roy Smith, Lew Lewis, Jack Taylor On Saxophones, Benny Goodman On Clarinet, Guido Basso, Erich Traugott, Amis Chycoski, Don Johnson, Bobby Van Vera On Trumpets, Hob McConnell, Butch Watanaby, Ron Hughes, Teddy Roderman On Trombones, Derek Smith On Piano, Ed Bickert On Guitar, Don Thompson On Bass, Howie Ready On Drums.
    Recorded 1971

    The 33rd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival Presented By American Family Insurance

    ADD A LITTLE JAZZ TO YOUR LIFE WITH THE 33rd ANNUAL ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL
    Celebrated Free Music Festival Unites Music Lovers Far and Wide with the Smooth Sounds of Summer



    WHAT: The 33rd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival Presented by American Family Insurance
    WHEN: May 1 - May 31, 2010 (31 Days of Jazz); Memorial Day Weekend Festival – May 29-30, 2010
    WHERE: Various venues throughout Atlanta culminating in a 2-Day Festival in beautiful Piedmont Park
    TIMES: Times vary per event – Full time schedule will be available at www.atlantafestivals.com
    COST: Free



    ATLANTA – Whether it’s out-of-this-world improvisation or boogie-woogie notes of Big Band music that moves you, the 33rd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival embodies the spirit of Jazz and will unite the City of Atlanta for 31 days of amazing music during the “31 Days of Jazz” this May. The month-long celebration culminates in Piedmont Park on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30, with music from local and nationally-renowned artists including Marcus Miller “Tutu Revisited the music of Miles Davis” featuring Christian Scott, Spyro Gyra, MF Production’s Celebration of Lionel Hampton featuring Diane Schuur & Jason Marsalis, Stanley Clarke Band featuring Hiromi and more of all that jazz!



    Regardless of race, nationality, sexual orientation or religion, music is the common denominator that unites people across Atlanta, the nation and the world. The City of Atlanta is known as a culturally diverse melting pot and has introduced and brought to the limelight artists from a variety of musical styles. One of the premier free jazz events in the county, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is a fantastic family-oriented event whose mission is to expose and educate audiences, young and old, to the rich heritage of the jazz genre and is the perfect location to unite jazz lovers from far and wide. From the Nightlife Series to Dinner & Jazz and Eclectic Jazz to Jazz Etc., there will literally be “31 Days of Jazz” in May to experience one of the country’s oldest and purest music forms.



    “The City of Atlanta is excited to bring such a talented group of jazz musicians to our cultured and diverse city and festival and back to Piedmont Park,” says Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. “Jazz is a very expressive artform that has been influenced by every single country and culture. We really try and bring in artists from every form to many diverse venues during the 31 Days of Jazz and Memorial Day weekend to celebrate that diversity and help Atlantans to experience new sounds and learn everything they can about jazz! It is our goal that locals and visitors alike, especially those who are new to Atlanta or haven’t attended in the past, can come together to simply enjoy the music!”



    Recording artist, performer, composer, conductor, arranger, producer and film score composer Stanley Clarke is one of the most celebrated bass players in the world – a living legend. Known for his ferocious dexterity and consummate musicality, he is a true musical pioneer. The Stanley Clarke Band will be joined by Hiromi, heralded as one of the brightest new lights on the piano jazz landscape since her 2003 debut Another Mind.



    Audience favorite, Spyro Gyra, a band from Buffalo, NY jokingly named after the scientific term spirogyra, has endured through more than three decades because they have a style that sounds like nothing that came before it. An instrumental hybrid, incorporating elements of R&B, Latin and Brazilian with accessible pop qualities and happy uplifting tones, Spyro Gyro spun out hits like their 1970’s breakthrough songs “Morning Dance” and “Shaker Song” that audiences still go crazy over.



    Two-time Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur and American jazz drummer and composer Jason Marsalis will join forces to perform MF Production’s Celebration of Lionel Hampton. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the ‘40s and ‘50s, Shuur’s rich, resonant vocals and mix of embracing both the jazz of her parents’ generation and the pop music of her youth during the late 1950’s and ‘60s, has led to an amazing career spanning nearly three decades.



    Marcus Miller, along with featured artist Christian Scott, will be bringing to Atlanta one of the most important recordings in the history of jazz music: the Marcus Miller-written and Miles Davis-produced album Tutu. Miller notes that Tutu, originally recorded more than 20 years ago, was “music for that time,” and Miller has assembled a perfect combination of artists to play his "Tutu Revisited, the Music of Miles Davis" at the Atlanta Jazz Festival.



    The Atlanta Jazz Festival Presented by American Family Insurance is proud to have the generous support of Publix, Coca-Cola, Anheuser Busch and the Loews Hotel.



    ABOUT THE ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL
    Produced by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the Atlanta Jazz Festival builds on the success and heritage of previous festivals by continuing its expansion with a 31-day schedule. It is the mission of the Atlanta Jazz Festival to expose and entertain a diverse audience of jazz aficionados, young jazz enthusiasts and musical artists to the rich heritage and variety of jazz as an authentic form of traditional music. For 33 years, the festival has brought to Atlanta world-renowned performers such as Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Etta James, Hiroshima, Neville Brothers, Al Jarreau, Branford Marsalis & Wynton Marsalis, Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie. For more information, please call 404.853.4234 or visit www.atlantafestivals.com. Find The Atlanta Jazz Festival on Facebook - www.facebook/AtlantaJazzfestival or Twitter - www.twitter.com/AtlantaJazzFest. The 2010 Atlanta Jazz Festival is a program of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.



    For More Information (Media only):
    Tara Murphy/Michelle Marron – 360 Media, Inc. – 404.577.8686 or info@360media.net

    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    Singer Marva Wright, the Blues Queen of New Orleans, Dies at 62



    Marva Wright, known as the Blues queen of New Orleans, died after suffering complications following a stroke. She was 62.



    "At 6 a.m. this [Wednesday] morning, Marva suffered another stroke and passed away. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to her family, friends and loved ones. Information about services will be made available soon," contactmusic.com quoted a statement on Wright's website as saying.



    Four children, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild survive her.



    Wright was hospitalized last June after suffering a serious stroke following a gig at the CoCo Club on Bourbon Street.

    Rock Photographer Jim Marshall Dies



    Legendary rock photographer Jim Marshall - best known for taking iconic pictures of The Beatles, The Who, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix - has died at the age of 74.



    Legendary rock photographer Jim Marshall has died.



    The American passed away in his sleep aged 74 last night (24.03.10), just a day before he was due to take part in an event at New York's Morrison Hotel Gallery, which will now show a memorial of his work instead.



    The photographer was best known for his iconic pictures of music legends, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Who, with one of his most famous works being an image of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival.



    Despite his advancing years, Jim - who contributed artwork to over 500 albums - was still working up until his death, and even released a book last year, 'Trust'.



    He once said: "I have no kids, my photographs are my children."



    Jim - who was born in Chicago - was raised in San Francisco and started taking photographs of local musicians while still at school.



    His big break came when he gave jazz legend John Coltrane a lift, with the musician returning the favour by letting Jim take pictures of him.



    His most recent work included portraits of Ben Harper, Lenny Kravitz and John Mayer.



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    Commander Cody of the Lost Planet Airmen Publishes Book of Art & Anedotes

    INTERVIEWS ON NPR'S "WEEKEND EDITION" AND SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO




    George Frayne is known to most people as Commander Cody, the zany frontman for the Lost Planet Airmen. But Frayne's more than an influential rock 'n roll star who had a Top Ten hit in the '70s - he's also a world-renowned fine artist in painting, sculpture, and multimedia whose work has been exhibited in museums from Austin to Tokyo, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as in a permanent display in New York's Museum of Modern Art.



    Frayne has combined his adventures in the music business and his fine arts background with the publication of his captivating new book, Art, Music and Life, (Q Book Press and Qualibre Inc.)



    The 200+ page hardcover book pairs Frayne's considerable gift for storytelling with his talents as a painter and sculptor. George recounts his encounters with cultural icons as diverse as Hunter S. Thompson, Louis Armstrong, Salvador Dali, and Willie Nelson, accompanied by his paintings inspired by the subject. His entertaining "tales from the Ozone," spanning Cody's thirty year career, offer the unique perspective of this behind-the-scenes observer of the pop culture landscape.





    In the 70's Frayne practically invented what is now known as the Americana music genre when Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen were one of the first groups to fuse rock and roll with Western swing, hillbilly music, and boogie-woogie. He was also a pioneer in the field of rock concept videos, with his groundbreaking "2 Triple Cheese, Side Order of Fries" earning a place in MOMA. He's still producing new music; last year Blind Pig Records released Cody's studio CD entitled Dopers, Drunks, and Everyday Losers.



    Before the success of "Hot Rod Lincoln" thrust him into the top ranks of the music world, Cody graduated from the University of Michigan with an MFA in Sculpture and Painting. And all through his years as a hell-raising, roustabout roots-rock rebel, he never strayed very far from his initial calling as a painter, sculptor and videographer. He exhibited in numerous shows and galleries, contributed to "StarArt," an exhibit and book that also included musical luminaries Ron Wood, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Klaus Voorman, and John Mayall, lectured on art in universities, and continued to produce his iconoclastic sculptures and videos.



    Cody's visual artistry and talent as a raconteur put the readers of his new book into the shotgun seat of his wild ride through an illustrious career.



    This week Cody is scheduled to record an interview about the book, his illustrious career, and his latest album for National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition." The broadcast date for that interview will be announced shortly. And Cody recently traveled to New York City to record an interview with noted rock 'n' roll writer Dave Marsh for future broadcast on his "Kick Out The Jams With Dave Marsh" program on XM/Sirius satellite radio.



    Publicity: Debra Regur

    Email: pigpress@blindpigrecords.com
    Telephone: 415-550-6484
    For more information visit www.blindpigrecords.com.

    Stevie Wonder's Son, Mumtaz Morris and Director Dennis McKinley Among Judges for Unity Diaspora Coalition Census Poster and Social Media Competition

    Prizes include financial scholarships, hi-tech gift cards and laptops


    Washington, DC - Talented R&B/hip-hop artist/producer/singer and son of music icon Stevie Wonder, Mumtaz Ekow Morris, and music video director, Dennis Mckinley, will join representatives from community based organizations as judges for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's Unity Diaspora Coalition (UDC) Census Poster and Social Media Competition.



    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    Barb Jungr Releases The Men I Love-The New American Songbook CD May 11, 2010 On Jazz Label Naim



    New York, New York- Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style and approach to arrangements and interpretations of a wide range of songs. When you hear her sing The Talking Heads classic track “Once In A Lifetime” on the upcoming release The Men I Love-The New American Songbook, you will find yourself caught up in the elucidation and forget who actually originally did the song to begin with. That is homage to the diverse talents of Barb Jungr and her mastery of the art of using the Vox Humana.


    The critics have compared Jungr to Nina Simone and Peggy Lee, calling her "a British Edith Piaf", "One of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today" (Village Voice, New York) and “mesmerizing” (The New York Times).


    Barb Jungr was born and raised in the northwest of England and moved to London in the mid 1970’s then became part of the early alternative cabaret circuit performing and recording with the cult vocal harmony group The Three Courgettes. Shortly thereafter she formed a twelve year song writing and musical partnership with blues guitarist, songwriter and singer Michael Parker, recording several albums.


    Barb Jungr is not only a respected lyricist; she is a writer and songwriter for a number of productions and producers including The Birmingham Stage Company, Newbury Corn Exchange and others. Currently under development is a children’s musical with The Little Angel Puppet Theatre and she is in a partnership with composer Jonathan Cooper and writing the book and lyrics celebrating the circus star tiger tamer Mabel Stark. In addition to a collaborative effort with physical theatre practitioner John Paul Zaccarini she is working on The Art Of Falling Gracefully supported by Newbury Corn Exchange. In addition to all of those projects running concurrently she writes regularly for The Singer.


    Lack of work does not seem to be an issue for the talented Barb Jungr and with advent of her recent interpretive masterpiece for Naim The Men I Love-The New American Songbook, it is one more feather in her cap for the multitude of art she shares with her audiences. With songs by Neil Diamond, Leonard Cohen, David Gates and a host of others, it becomes obvious who are the men she loves.


    Barb Jungr Celebrates the Release of her new CD The Men I Love-The New American Songbook Tuesday thru Sunday May 18-23 at the Metropolitan Room in New York City.


    The Men I Love-The New American Songbook is available for download currently directly from the Barb Jungr website and the CD version of the recording is due May 11th. Visit her home on the web for more information regarding the latest projects and updates on performances.


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    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    Cruise dates have changed! February 26-March 5, 2011

    Hello Folks!


    We have changed the dates for the cruise due to scheduling conflicts for our entertainment. There were too many performing groups on the original sail date and we were scheduled to perform only two times during the entire week. Our only alternative was to change the dates to a sailing that would allow us to deliver what we promised. Three private events, two public events, meet and greet, sail away party, and a farewell til next year party. We will still be visiting the same ports of call and the original pricing is still in effect for our group. The only thing that has changed is the date.



    We hope this date will still work for all of you that are considering joining our cruise. And for those of you whom the original dates did not work, perhaps you will be able to join us now that the dates have changed.


    We look forward to hearing from you!


    Thanks,
    Chubby and Misty
    CHUBBY PARTY CRUISE


    CHUBBY PARTY CRUISE


    SAILING February 26-March 5, 2011


    ABOARD THE BEAUTIFUL CARNIVAL TRIUMPH


    Featuring:


    Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band


    With Special Guest Josh Garrett


    7 DAY EXOTIC WESTERN CARIBBREAN ITINERARY
    DAY PORT OF CALL ARRIVAL DEPARTURE


    SATURDAY NEW ORLEANS, LA 4:00PM


    SUNDAY FUN DAY AT SEA


    MONDAY FUN DAY AT SEA


    TUESDAY BELIZE 8:00AM 5:00PM


    WEDNESDAY ISLA ROATAN 7:00AM 4:00PM


    THURSDAY COZUMEL, MEXICO 9:00AM 5:00PM


    FRIDAY FUN DAY AT SEA


    SATURDAY NEW ORLEANS, LA 8:00AM


    CHUBBY PARTY CRUISE EVENTS INCLUDE:


    Meet and Greet Party – 3 Private Band Performances – 2 Public Band Performances – Private Sail Away Party – Private Farewell till Next Year Party – Theme Parties including Mardi Gras Costume Party and 70’s Costume Party – And maybe a little something extra!


    ALL THIS AND MORE (Like all the food you can stuff in your face)


    STARTING AT JUST $529/PER PERSON


    Double Occupancy


    (TAXES AND INSURANCE EXTRA)


    LIMITED TIME ONLY / WHILE CABINS LAST / CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS APPLY
    $250 DEPOSIT PER PERSON REQUIRED TO HOLD CABIN


    The only way to be a part of this week long party is to contact:

    Misty Carrier @ or mistyc76@gmail.com

    www.chubbypartycruise.com

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Lay Back, Float Down Stream as New York City?s Own Roxy Perry Takes You Down River on New York BLUES-BIRD on KCOR This Coming Week

    It sounds as though Roxy has a trip down-river planned as she opens this coming Thursday's show with an inspired set of water-related songs. Tune into the best Blues, Swing and Indies with Roxy Perry on Kansas City Online Radio! Log on to the KCOR website and click the CHAT icon to join Roxy and friends live in the chat room!




    Kansas City Online Radio: Blues-Rock and Cool Talk! Recognized by The National Heritage Foundation Blues Hall of Fame as a Great Blues Radio Station!



    THURSDAY:


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    Monday at 4:00 p.m. CST … or 10:00 a.m. GMT


    Tuesday 9:00 a.m. CST … or 3:00 p.m. GMT


    VISIT KCOR:


    Website: http://ping.fm/fQpfR


    VISIT ROXY PERRY:


    Website: http://ping.fm/qQ3AC


    PLAYLIST – MARCH 25, 2010


  • Roadmaster – Roxy Perry

  • Cry Me A River – Dinah Washington

  • Up A Lazy River – Louis Prima

  • Cry Me A River – Joe Cocker

  • River Run – Entrain

  • Down To The River – Ron Tanski

  • I Cover The Waterfront – John Lee Hooker

  • I Feel Good This Morning – Tutu Jones

  • How I Feel – David GeraldLI>
    Cold Cold Feeling – Paul Gabriel

  • My Little Feel Good – Johnny Neel

  • I Got The Feeling – James Brown

  • Feelin’ Alright – Joe Cocker

  • Little Miss Feel Good – Mark Kerr

  • Don’t You Worry – Roxy Perry

  • I Need A Little Company – Crystal Blue

  • Too Good To Keep To Myself – E.C. Scott

  • It’s Hot In Here – E.G. Kight

  • Put Your Hands In The Air – Electrofield

  • Who’s Been Talkin – Todd Wolfe

  • Never Have Another Chance With You – Ron Tanski


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    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    Johnny Moeller Wants To Bloo-Ga-Loo You On New CD Coming April 20 From Severn Records

    LABEL DEBUT FROM FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS GUITARIST FEATURES SPECIAL GUESTS, KIM WILSON AND LOU ANN BARTON


    SEVERN, MD – Severn Records announces an April 20 release date for BlooGaLoo, the label debut from Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Johnny Moeller, which features special guests Kim Wilson, Lou Ann Barton and Shawn Pittman. The solid core band for the sessions includes Matt Farrell on piano and organ, Steve Gomes on bass and Rob Stupka on drums. Other guests include Gary Clark Jr. and Mike Barfield, among others. Severn Records is distributed in the U.S. by City Hall Records.



    Austin-based Moeller, who leads his own band in addition to playing guitar in the Fabulous Thunderbirds, has crafted an album in BlooGaLoo that plays to his amazing versatility as a guitarist, playing wailing single notes as well as well as groovy, funky New Orleans inspired rhythms that recall one of his influences, the great Earl King. Moeller includes his own take on two classic King songs, “Trick Bag” (imagine a funky, Dylan-esque lead vocal and you’ve got some idea) and “Everybody’s Got to Cry Sometime.”



    “This guy’s a monster and should be recognized as one of the world’s top musicians,” says someone who should know: legendary T-Bird founder/singer/harmonica master Kim Wilson, who adds his vocal and harp magic on two tracks of BlooGaLoo. The First Lady of Texas blues and soul, Lou Ann Barton adds her trademark vocals on two songs; and fellow guitarslinger Shawn Pittman shows he’s no slouch in the vocal department when he sings lead on the truly funky – and fun – Moeller original, “I’m Movin’ on Up.”



    Throughout BlooGaLoo, Johnny Moeller demonstrates his mastery on guitar, knowing when to blast off and when to lay back in the groove and let it flow. His guitar playing is full of voodoo and lightning. The floating bent notes, delicately singing phrases, bursts of staccato picking and ringing piano-like chords that he sculpts into vibrant solos bring all the beauty, power and mystery of the blues to life. Moeller shows he can go old-school, too, with his Texas blues treatment of Earl Hooker’s “Tease Me Baby,” which closes the album.



    Influenced by such other Lone Star six-stringers as Albert Collins, Lightnin’ Hopkins and the Vaughan brothers, Moeller is still his own man. “I’ve never really tried to emulate anybody else,” he explains. “I have my own thing, which is blues based, and I like to mix in everything else I love: soul, jazz, funk and rock ‘n’ roll.”



    Over the last several years, Moeller has also lent his talents to a number of fellow Severn Records artists, including albums from Darrell Nulisch, Lou Pride, Steve Guyger and others. In addition to BlooGaLoo, he’s released two previous solo albums: The Return of the Funky Worm in 1996 and Johnny Blues Aggregation in 2001.



    For more information, visit www.severnrecords.com.

    Famed Rolling Stone Magazine Logo Creator To Design Rolling Stone La Logo

    Jim Parkinson, the renowned designer of the iconic Rolling Stone logo will create the Rolling Stone LA logo, owners Niall Donnelly and Joe Altounian announced today. The logo for Rolling Stone LA, the first-ever U.S. Rolling Stone magazine venue, will be inspired by the magazine's famous logo and reflect the timelessness for which Rolling Stone is known.

    The news follows the December announcement by Rolling Stone LA owners Niall Donnelly and Joe Altounian and legendary Rolling Stone editor and publisher Jann S. Wenner of the first U.S. Rolling Stone venue. Bringing the best of the iconic magazine to life,Rolling Stone LA, www.rollingstonela.com, will open at Los Angeles' popular Hollywood and Highland Center in the summer of 2010. Ideally situated among some of the country's most famous and historic attractions, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Kodak Theatre, the multi-level Rolling Stone LA venue will encompass more than 10,000-square feet and serve as an exciting blend of equal parts restaurant, bar, lounge and upscale private-event space.

    Parkinson, a master in the field of logo design, has been designing letterforms for more than forty years and started his career as a lettering artist for Hallmark Cards in 1964. In 1977, he redesigned the Rolling Stone logo into the instantly recognizable black and red typeface. Parkinson has also done lettering for bands such as Creedence Clearwater, Taj Mahal, The Doobie Brothers and Kansas.

    "Jim was there at the beginning and we're excited that he's going to be a part of this exciting new chapter for Rolling Stone. His work is always original, authentic and very recognizable," said Donnelly.

    "Jim's experience working with Rolling Stone magazine and some of the world's most famous rock n' roll bands, makes him the perfect choice to create the Rolling Stone LA logo," added Altounian.

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    Kirk Fletcher Releases "My Turn" on Delta Groove Records



    "Fletcher favors toothy Strat tones, stinging bends, and flurries of tight, staccato riffs that seem to pop from his fretboard like little firecrackers."
    - Guitar Player Magazine

    "Fletcher clearly has ensemble dynamics down, suggesting that his years as a sideman have been fruitful. But he's also unabashed as a bandleader, and his guitar work earns its prominence." - Blues Revue Magazine

    "Kirk Fletcher is a young man with a big reputation... he exudes class and style, knows all the classic licks but never resorts to mere copying, always with his own take in his trick bag." - Blues & Rhythm Magazine



    When founder and CEO Randy Chortkoff initially formed Delta Groove Music, his vision for the label’s first two premiere albums shared a common bond; an exceptionally gifted, young African-American guitarist named Kirk Fletcher. Born December 23, 1975 in Bellflower, California, and son of a Baptist minister, Fletcher began playing guitar at the age of eight after watching his brother Walter perform at their father’s church. A life changing experience then occurred at the age of twelve, whereby an impressionable young Kirk witnessed multiple awe-inspiring performances at the Long Beach Blues Festival in 1988. Observing Albert Collins, Bobby “Blue” Bland and the Staple Singers on stage that weekend forever cemented Fletcher’s desire to pursue music and ultimately head down his chosen path of the blues.

    It was Al Blake, frontman of the Hollywood Fats Band, who began mentoring the burgeoning guitarist in the mid-90’s. Through him Kirk met legendary guitarist Junior Watson, and later Kim Wilson, which led to a call to join Wilson’s Blues Revue just in time to record the 2001 Grammy nominated album “Smokin’ Joint.” Wilson later repaid the favor appearing alongside vocalists Janiva Magness and Finis Tasby on Fletcher’s Delta Groove debut “Shades Of Blue,” which was officially released here in the U.S. in November 2004. From there Fletcher’s career blossomed; he spent three years on the road with Charlie Musselwhite, followed by another stint with Wilson in The Fabulous Thunderbirds, during which time he still found opportunities to record on albums by Lynwood Slim, The Mannish Boys and The Hollywood Blue Flames. In 2007 Fletcher followed his heart and stepped down from his role in the T-Birds, realigning his sights on performing his own music and reigniting his solo career.

    Now Kirk Fletcher's long awaited return is finally here! Produced by legendary Los Angeles guitarist and close friend Michael Landau, "My Turn" finds Fletcher stretching out instrumentally and exploring new sonic territories on the guitar. In addition, Kirk also makes his surprising vocal debut on two songs which include the Jimmy Reed classic “Found Love,” and an ultra funky version of Sly Stone’s “Let Me Have It All.” This is a project that is very near to Kirk, and one that he just absolutely felt compelled to make. So with the intuitively selected album title of “My Turn,” it would only be appropriate to let Kirk have the last word… ”I am so proud of this record. Though it took a while it was so much fun to get together with my best friends and just play! So here you go and God bless you all.”

    MUSICIANS:
    Kirk Fletcher
    : guitar, bass, & vocals
    Michael Landau: guitar
    Gary Novak: drums (Tracks 4, 5, 7)
    Travis Carlton: bass (Tracks 4, 5, 7)
    Bobby Tsukamoto: bass (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10)
    Iver Olav Erstad: organ (Tracks 4, 7, 9) & Rhodes (Tracks 3, 7)
    Tom Fillman: drums (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10)
    Paulie Cerra: sax and vocals (Tracks 4, 6)
    Luke Miller: organ (Tracks 5, 7) & clav (Track 5)
    Paul Litteral: trumpet (Tracks 3, 4, 9)
    Dave Melton: slide guitar (Track 3)
    James Gadson: drums (Track 9)
    Karen Landau: spoken word (Track 10)



    http://ping.fm/TpT5Z

    Peter Parcek Explores the Mathematics of Love on Label Debut for Redstar Entertainment, Out May 18



    NEW CD SHOWCASES INCENDIARY GUITARIST’S BLEND OF BLUES, ROCK, JAZZ, COUNTRY AND FOLK STYLES

    BOSTON, MA – Redstar Entertainment announces the signing of Boston-based guitarist Peter Parcek and a May 18 release date for his national label debut CD, The Mathematics of Love, to be distributed in North America by VizzTone Label Group/Redeye. The new album was produced by Ted Drozdowski and features special guest appearances by legendary keyboardist Al Kooper and guitarist Ronnie Earl. Other guests include bassist Marty Ballou, mandolinist Jimmy Ryan and violinist Dan Kellar.

    Considered one of New England’s best kept secrets, virtuoso guitarist Peter Parcek presents to the world an amazing calling card with The Mathematics of Love, weaving beautiful mosaics of sound on the album that reflect his interests in blues, rock, jazz, folk and country music.



    As someone who was lucky enough to experience the British blues explosion first hand while living in London in the late 1960s, Parcek got a chance to see Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and especially Peter Green in the clubs, making a lasting impression on the young guitar player. Parcek soon became a Peter Green fanatic, and he acknowledges his mentor with a smoking take of Green’s early Fleetwood Mac classic, “Show Biz Blues,” which kicks-off the new album.

    Elsewhere, Parcek dazzles the ears exploring the deepest roots of American roots music, covering songs by Mississippi Hill Country legend Jessie Mae Hemphill (“Lord Help the Poor and Needy”), seminal bluesman Kokomo Arnold (“Kokomo Me Baby”) and the great Ray Charles (“Busted”), which features special guest Al Kooper on organ. Other covers includes Lucinda Williams’ “Get Right with God” and Cousin Joe Pleasant’s “Evolution.”

    On Parcek’s originals, he demonstrates not only a wonderful depth of soul in his approach to the songs, but also a knack for a variety of sounds, as heard on the existentially funky instrumental, “Rollin’ with Zah,” which showcases his improvisational playing; or “New Year’s Eve,” a track with guest Ronnie Earl originally recorded for his first limited-release album and given a special remix here; or the title track, a perfect blend of acoustic and electric guitars that meet in a perfect center.

    “My first album was called Evolution, but this album really is an evolution for me,” explains Peter. “It’s the most focused, emotionally complex and complete artistic statement I’ve made under my own name.”

    Born and raised in Middletown, Connecticut, Parcek relocated to London after graduating high school. He originally played harmonica in an English band and got a chance to play venues like the famed Marquee Club, even sharing a bill with Pink Floyd, before returning to the States and continuing his blues education watching artists like Skip James, Muddy Waters Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy.

    After moving to Massachusetts, he began playing the guitar in earnest, joining his first serious band, Boston’s Nine Below Zero, which led to his playing on recordings with piano legend Pinetop Perkins, and a stint as his touring bandleader. In 2002, Peter’s trio won the represented the Boston Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, a feat he repeated two years later with his duo, Forty Four.

    With his current band, Peter Parcek 3, the talented guitarist will support the release of The Mathematics of Love with regional and later national touring. A release party for the new album is already scheduled for Boston’s House of Blues on May 27, followed by another release party show at Strange Brew in Manchester, NH.

    For more information, visit www.peterparcekband.com.

    Tall Tall Trees Take Over Pete?s Candy Store on Thursdays in April

    Harlem-based Banjo-Rock Band Plays 5-Week Residency at Brooklyn Venue

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    New York, NY - Harlem's Tall Tall Trees will be artists-in-residence at Pete's Candy Store on Thursday nights throughout April, performing concerts on April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.





    Lead singer/songwriter/banjo player Mike Savino, guitarist Kyle Sanna, percussionist Mathias Kunzli and bassist Benjamin Campbell blend elements of bluegrass, 60s surf music and world beat to create a unique brand of banjo-driven folk rock. Offering a killer combination of dynamic musicianship and whimsical lyricism (in the vein of Jonathan Richman and Herman Dune), Tall Tall Trees have developed a reputation for their high-voltage live shows.

    For more information, please visit www.myspace.com/talltalltreees.

    For review copies of "Tall Tall Trees," interview requests or concert press passes, please contact Eva Dilmanian at 646.654.9324 or eva@buzzwordpr.com.

    Who: Tall Tall Trees
    What: Perform Five Brooklyn Concerts
    When: Thursday, April 1st, 8th, 15th , 22nd and 29th at 9:00 PM
    Where: Pete's Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY)

    Peter Parcek Explores the Mathematics of Love on Label Debut for Redstar Entertainment, Out May 18

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    NEW CD SHOWCASES INCENDIARY GUITARIST’S BLEND OF BLUES, ROCK, JAZZ, COUNTRY AND FOLK STYLES

    BOSTON, MA – Redstar Entertainment announces the signing of Boston-based guitarist Peter Parcek and a May 18 release date for his national label debut CD, The Mathematics of Love, to be distributed in North America by VizzTone Label Group/Redeye. The new album was produced by Ted Drozdowski and features special guest appearances by legendary keyboardist Al Kooper and guitarist Ronnie Earl. Other guests include bassist Marty Ballou, mandolinist Jimmy Ryan and violinist Dan Kellar.

    Considered one of New England’s best kept secrets, virtuoso guitarist Peter Parcek presents to the world an amazing calling card with The Mathematics of Love, weaving beautiful mosaics of sound on the album that reflect his interests in blues, rock, jazz, folk and country music.



    As someone who was lucky enough to experience the British blues explosion first hand while living in London in the late 1960s, Parcek got a chance to see Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and especially Peter Green in the clubs, making a lasting impression on the young guitar player. Parcek soon became a Peter Green fanatic, and he acknowledges his mentor with a smoking take of Green’s early Fleetwood Mac classic, “Show Biz Blues,” which kicks-off the new album.

    Elsewhere, Parcek dazzles the ears exploring the deepest roots of American roots music, covering songs by Mississippi Hill Country legend Jessie Mae Hemphill (“Lord Help the Poor and Needy”), seminal bluesman Kokomo Arnold (“Kokomo Me Baby”) and the great Ray Charles (“Busted”), which features special guest Al Kooper on organ. Other covers includes Lucinda Williams’ “Get Right with God” and Cousin Joe Pleasant’s “Evolution.”

    On Parcek’s originals, he demonstrates not only a wonderful depth of soul in his approach to the songs, but also a knack for a variety of sounds, as heard on the existentially funky instrumental, “Rollin’ with Zah,” which showcases his improvisational playing; or “New Year’s Eve,” a track with guest Ronnie Earl originally recorded for his first limited-release album and given a special remix here; or the title track, a perfect blend of acoustic and electric guitars that meet in a perfect center.

    “My first album was called Evolution, but this album really is an evolution for me,” explains Peter. “It’s the most focused, emotionally complex and complete artistic statement I’ve made under my own name.”

    Born and raised in Middletown, Connecticut, Parcek relocated to London after graduating high school. He originally played harmonica in an English band and got a chance to play venues like the famed Marquee Club, even sharing a bill with Pink Floyd, before returning to the States and continuing his blues education watching artists like Skip James, Muddy Waters Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy.

    After moving to Massachusetts, he began playing the guitar in earnest, joining his first serious band, Boston’s Nine Below Zero, which led to his playing on recordings with piano legend Pinetop Perkins, and a stint as his touring bandleader. In 2002, Peter’s trio won the represented the Boston Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, a feat he repeated two years later with his duo, Forty Four.

    With his current band, Peter Parcek 3, the talented guitarist will support the release of The Mathematics of Love with regional and later national touring. A release party for the new album is already scheduled for Boston’s House of Blues on May 27, followed by another release party show at Strange Brew in Manchester, NH.

    For more information, visit www.peterparcekband.com.
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    Kirk Fletcher Releases "My Turn" on Delta Groove Records

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    "Fletcher favors toothy Strat tones, stinging bends, and flurries of tight, staccato riffs that seem to pop from his fretboard like little firecrackers."
    - Guitar Player Magazine

    "Fletcher clearly has ensemble dynamics down, suggesting that his years as a sideman have been fruitful. But he's also unabashed as a bandleader, and his guitar work earns its prominence." - Blues Revue Magazine

    "Kirk Fletcher is a young man with a big reputation... he exudes class and style, knows all the classic licks but never resorts to mere copying, always with his own take in his trick bag." - Blues & Rhythm Magazine



    When founder and CEO Randy Chortkoff initially formed Delta Groove Music, his vision for the label’s first two premiere albums shared a common bond; an exceptionally gifted, young African-American guitarist named Kirk Fletcher. Born December 23, 1975 in Bellflower, California, and son of a Baptist minister, Fletcher began playing guitar at the age of eight after watching his brother Walter perform at their father’s church. A life changing experience then occurred at the age of twelve, whereby an impressionable young Kirk witnessed multiple awe-inspiring performances at the Long Beach Blues Festival in 1988. Observing Albert Collins, Bobby “Blue” Bland and the Staple Singers on stage that weekend forever cemented Fletcher’s desire to pursue music and ultimately head down his chosen path of the blues.

    It was Al Blake, frontman of the Hollywood Fats Band, who began mentoring the burgeoning guitarist in the mid-90’s. Through him Kirk met legendary guitarist Junior Watson, and later Kim Wilson, which led to a call to join Wilson’s Blues Revue just in time to record the 2001 Grammy nominated album “Smokin’ Joint.” Wilson later repaid the favor appearing alongside vocalists Janiva Magness and Finis Tasby on Fletcher’s Delta Groove debut “Shades Of Blue,” which was officially released here in the U.S. in November 2004. From there Fletcher’s career blossomed; he spent three years on the road with Charlie Musselwhite, followed by another stint with Wilson in The Fabulous Thunderbirds, during which time he still found opportunities to record on albums by Lynwood Slim, The Mannish Boys and The Hollywood Blue Flames. In 2007 Fletcher followed his heart and stepped down from his role in the T-Birds, realigning his sights on performing his own music and reigniting his solo career.

    Now Kirk Fletcher's long awaited return is finally here! Produced by legendary Los Angeles guitarist and close friend Michael Landau, "My Turn" finds Fletcher stretching out instrumentally and exploring new sonic territories on the guitar. In addition, Kirk also makes his surprising vocal debut on two songs which include the Jimmy Reed classic “Found Love,” and an ultra funky version of Sly Stone’s “Let Me Have It All.” This is a project that is very near to Kirk, and one that he just absolutely felt compelled to make. So with the intuitively selected album title of “My Turn,” it would only be appropriate to let Kirk have the last word… ”I am so proud of this record. Though it took a while it was so much fun to get together with my best friends and just play! So here you go and God bless you all.”

    MUSICIANS:
    Kirk Fletcher
    : guitar, bass, & vocals
    Michael Landau: guitar
    Gary Novak: drums (Tracks 4, 5, 7)
    Travis Carlton: bass (Tracks 4, 5, 7)
    Bobby Tsukamoto: bass (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10)
    Iver Olav Erstad: organ (Tracks 4, 7, 9) & Rhodes (Tracks 3, 7)
    Tom Fillman: drums (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10)
    Paulie Cerra: sax and vocals (Tracks 4, 6)
    Luke Miller: organ (Tracks 5, 7) & clav (Track 5)
    Paul Litteral: trumpet (Tracks 3, 4, 9)
    Dave Melton: slide guitar (Track 3)
    James Gadson: drums (Track 9)
    Karen Landau: spoken word (Track 10)



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    Band of Horses - "Infinite Arms" to be released on May 18th by Brown Records/ Fat Possum Records/ Columbia Records



    Band of Horses, the Low Country’s premier rock n’ roll outfit, will release their third full length LP, entitled Infinite Arms ,on May 18th through Brown Records / Fat Possum Records / Columbia Records. The album package will feature the photography of the band's long time collaborator Christopher Wilson.

    Staxtacular 2010 is Almost Here! Just 10 Days away on Friday, March 26th!



    STAXTACULAR 2010 IS ALMOST HERE!
    Just 10 days away on Friday, March 26th!

    So if you are ready for a soul-shaking throwdown of a party,
    get your tickets now!

    Call 901-261-6385 or 901-261-6333

    Or you may purchase them online and get much more information at www.staxtacular.com. Get updates on partners, auction items, and more!



    Hosted by Memphis Grizzlies Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, and Zach Randolph, Staxtacular is the largest fund-raiser of the year for the

    Stax Music Academy!

    Fabulous Food - Crazy Cocktails - Awesome Auction - Free Valet Parking - Live Music by The Bo-Keys, and more!



    STAXTACULAR!
    IT'S A BLAST!

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    organissimo to Release First Live CD, "Alive & Kickin'," & Companion DVD, "Backstage Pass," On Their Big O Label April 6

    CD Is Michigan-Based Trio's 4th, A Follow-Up to Their Jazz Chart-Topper "Groovadelphia"

    In the ten years since its formation, organissimo has cultivated a unique soul-jazz brew that's won them legions of fans by virtue of their three popular studio CDs and a regular performance schedule. Now the Michigan band plans to serve up double helpings of their innovative organ trio sounds by releasing their first live CD -- Alive & Kickin' -- and first DVD -- Backstage Pass. Both discs are due April 6 from the trio's Big O Records.



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    The CD "fills a long-lamented gap," writes CD annotator Lawrence Cosentino. "The best way to experience organissimo's tightrope equipoise, percolating joy and spooky rapport is to hear and see it in person."

    Organist Jim Alfredson, guitarist Joe Gloss, and drummer Randy Marsh groove as one in both formats. The CD, their fourth, was recorded in April 2009 in the studios of WKAR-TV at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Two bonus tracks, Frank Zappa's "Blessed Relief" and the organissimo rave-up "Pumpkin Pie," were cut the previous year at the trio's Grand Rapids stomping ground, Founders Brewing Co.

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    The 75-minute DVD presents the entire WKAR-TV session (taped as part of the station's Backstage Pass series), including two bonus tracks not heard on the CD.

    Alive & Kickin' provides an excellent introduction to the group in that it contains smoldering new versions of original tunes penned by Alfredson, Gloss, and Marsh from organissimo's first three CDs on Big O Records -- Waiting for the Boogaloo Sisters... (2003), This Is the Place! (2005), and Groovadelphia (2008).

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    The inclusion here of a Zappa track, and the appearance of another on This Is the Place! ("Peaches en Regalia") -- which was the first non-organissimo original to be recorded by the trio -- suggests a serious kinship with the late composer.

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    "Frank Zappa was such an influential musician in so many ways, and I don't think he's been given the treatment he deserves," says Alfredson. "A lot of his material works very well in a jazz context, and it works so well with our approach, through-composed combined with improvisation. Randy, our drummer, was a huge fan, and saw him many times. He was the one who first brought up the idea. It fit into what I was doing at the time with progressive rock. 'Peaches' has become a hit for us in our live shows."

    In 1996, while attending Michigan State, Jim Alfredson (b. 1977) met guitarist and "musical soul mate" Joe Gloss (b. 1970). Alfredson joined Gloss's fusion band, Semi-Gloss, which evolved into an organ trio. Drummer Randy Marsh (b. 1951) came on board in 2000, suggesting the name organissimo and bringing extensive experience with organists Jimmy McGriff, Shirley Scott, and David K. Mathews.

    During their decade together as organissimo, Alfredson, Gloss, and Marsh have garnered high praise for their performances at such venues as Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, the Green Mill in Chicago, the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, and Chris' Jazz Café in Philadelphia and at festivals in Chicago, Detroit, Syracuse, Rochester, and Tel-Aviv, as well as from such publications as Downbeat, JazzTimes, JazzWeek, Cadence, the Detroit Free Press, and the Chicago Tribune. Groovadelphia, the group's previous CD, spent three weeks at #1 on the CMJ Top 40 jazz chart and stayed in the JazzWeek Top 50 for 14 weeks.

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    "I'm proud of our longevity, which is pretty good for a jazz group," says Alfredson. "It seems that, a lot of times in the jazz world, there's a leader who has some guys working with him. But what we're after is a group sound and a group approach. Being in Michigan, we've built up a reputation, and the audience comes out to see us."

    Their audience will be out in force for organissimo's spring and summer dates: 3/20 Old Town Stomp, Lansing, MI; 3/26 Trios Restaurant & Jazz Club, South Bend, IN; 4/2 Goodnight Gracie's, Ann Arbor, MI (WEMU Jazz Series); 4/10 Founders Brewery, Grand Rapids, MI; 4/29-30 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo & Battle Creek, MI; 5/14 New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, MI; 5/16 Studio 1210, Lansing, MI (CD release party); 5/20 Bell's Eccentric Café, Kalamazoo, MI; 6/11 East Lansing Summer Concert Series, E. Lansing, MI; 6/25-26 Elkhart (IN) Jazz Festival; 7/7 Baldwin (MI) Music Series, w/ special guest Arno Marsh; 7/23 New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, MI; 7/24 Redwood Music Festival, Flint, MI.


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    Terri Hinte
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    Available Today on Mack Avenue, Decisive Steps the New CD by Saxophonist Tia Fuller

    Today, Mack Avenue Records releases Decisive Steps, the sophomore CD by alto/soprano saxophonist-flautist Tia Fuller. It features drummer Kim Thompson; bassist Miriam Sullivan; Fuller's sister, Shamie Royston on piano and Fender Rhodes; with special guests, trumpeter Sean Jones and bassist Christian McBride (both Mack Avenue label mates); vibraphonist Warren Wolf; and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut.

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    "It's a continuation of Healing Space (her 2007 debut for the label), evolving from a stationary place of healing to steps of action," Fuller says. "I've been in the mindset of really moving forward to the next level in my life, constantly being in the mindset of greatness, relentless in my pursuit and progressing with purpose by embracing my talents, recognizing my strengths and improving upon my weaknesses...but also in not being afraid of change; stepping forward in faith and not in fear."

    Indeed, the ten tracks on this sumptuous CD aurally illustrate Fuller's artistic fearlessness fulfilled by her agile, buoyant and elegant full-bodied sax lines effortlessly improvising a number of moods and grooves, as evidenced by the take-no-prisoners tempo of the title track. "The first track, 'Decisive Steps,' was one of the last songs that I wrote for the album," Fuller says. "This particular song is very intricate - it has a lot of hits and time changes, so, compositionally, I wanted to portray a sonic representation of momentum; in moving forward, and really feature everybody in the quartet." Royston's Icarusian "Windsoar" highlights she and her sister's telepathic compositional bond. "We have a way of writing, where our songs are almost seamless," Fuller says. "It's funny; when Shamie started writing 'Windsoar,' it begins with a melody surrounded by a concert B-flat, and I was like, 'Shamie...I just started writing 'Clear Mind' with the same concept of the harmonies surrounding the melody of the B-flat.' We were writing in the same light of each other. We didn't talk about it; it was intuitive."

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    That intuitive simpatico comes through loud and clear on the funky "Ebb & Flow," which features McBride and Sullivan. "The concept of the song was inspired by one of my Spelman [College] sisters reunion," Fuller says. "In preparing for my recording and taking those aggressive steps, you have to be one with the spirit - allowing the ebb and flow of the physical and spiritual to become one." "Shades of McBride" is Fuller's finessed take on McBride's "Shade of the Cedar Tree." "My melody is an expansion of his melody, over different chord changes. After a week of singing my melody over his tune, I knew it was complete," Fuller says. "He's been a mentor of mine and a great friend."

    The interlude "Steppin'," featuring tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, takes Fuller's thematic concept to a new level. "Prior to the recording I had the opportunity to meet Maurice Chestnut...we did some gigs together with the T.S. Monk Septet. I was like 'man, I'd really like to feature him - tying it along with the concept of decisive steps...to audibly represent stepping.' I was thinking what better way to do that, than with a tap dancer. Musically, it's an interlude to represent moving forward and serves as a transition within the sequence of the album."

    The Latinesque "Kissed by the Sun" was "inspired by a melody I that was in my head as I awoke, the sun hitting my face...it felt like a kiss." Likewise, the waltz-like "Night Glow," penned by Shamie Royston's husband [Rudy Royston], is equally impressive. The album also contains Fuller's ingenious reworking of two well-worn standards. "On 'I Can't Get Started' I wanted to feature the amazing artistry of Christian McBride and Warren Wolf," Fuller shares. "I wanted to experience the purity of the bass, sax and vibe combination, absent of drums. This arrangement expands the timbre of the album and recording with Christian is a dream come true - this trio combination is timeless. On 'My Shining Hour' I wanted something we could 'burn-out' on, but also something that grabs the listener's attention. This arrangement gives us the harmonic freedom...simple, yet complex bass-line over the classic melody is the ultimate balance of the familiar meeting the unfamiliar...closing the album with the excitement of the quartet."

    The bonus track, "Life Brings," a percussive, "syncopated spiritual" featuring Chestnut and vocalist Asaph Womack, will be available digitally. "It's a blueprint of what I want to do in the future: an orchestral piece, with a full choir, video and tap dancers - a large production."

    Fuller's jazz-rooted, genre-crossing artistry is the result of an arts-filled childhood. She was born in Aurora, Colorado to musician parents, bassist Fred and singer Elthopia, who both taught in the Denver Public School District. She grew up listening to Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan and Charlie Parker. She started playing classical piano at the aTIA2ge of three, inspired by her older sister, Shamie, and studied the instrument for ten years. She started playing the flute at the age of nine and began playing the saxophone, deepening her interest in middle school. In 1998, she graduated Magna Cum Laude at Spelman College in Atlanta (where she studied with the great saxophonist/educator Joe Jennings) and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music; graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Master of Music degree, Jazz Pedagogy and Performance in 2000.

    Fuller made the eventual move to New York, relocating to nearby Jersey City, arriving two days before September 11, 2001. Undaunted by the terrible times of that period, she forged ahead and played and recorded with some of jazz's brightest stars, including the Duke Ellington Big Band, Nancy Wilson, T.S. Monk, Don Byron, Brad Leali, Wycliffe Gordon, Mickey Roker, Ralph Petersen, Jon Faddis, Rufus Reid, Jimmy Heath, Gerald Wilson, Sean Jones, Charlie Persip, and Don Braden. Then, on June 17, 2006 she was hired by Beyoncé and, as they say, the rest is history.

    Her teaching credentials are equally expansive and impressive. She has conducted numerous clinics and master classes at the middle, high school, and college levels, including: Jazz Institute of New Jersey, Aurora Public Schools, Mile High Jazz Camp, University of Colorado at Boulder, Miami-Dade Community College, Jazz Institute of New Jersey, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Drexel University, Montclair State University, Bloomfield College, and New Mexico State University.

    Which brings us to Decisive Steps: Tia Fuller's latest sonic testament to her ever upward-and-evolving evolution toward artistic perfection; an evolution that is taking place in an intricately intertwined musical world where an artist combines a myriad of genres. "The Beyoncé gig has helped me to really appreciate the artistry and freedom that we have in jazz," Fuller says. "Playing in jazz settings helps me to appreciate and integrate what we're doing with Beyoncé. Playing in front of sixteen thousand people, or sixty people, it's the same, because it's all about people, transferring energy, uplifting and encouraging spirits and sharing the love of music. There's a common thread between the two, and they enhance each other. I think musicians are taking a step forward on both sides; we're moving forward with combining all forms, and more people are accepting that concept, because it's all inter-connected. We, as a people, are taking Decisive Steps!"

    UPCOMING TIA FULLER QUARTET TOUR DATES
    IN SUPPORT OF DECISIVE STEPS


    March 26 - CD Release Party, Cecil's Jazz Club, West Orange, NJ
    April 3 - Candlelight Lounge, Trenton, NJ
    April 15-16 - Dazzle Jazz Club, Denver, CO
    May 1 - Jazz Vespers @Bethany Baptist Church, Newark, NJ
    May 10 - Decisive Steps CD Release Party, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, New York, NY
    June 12 - Central PA Friends of Jazz, Harrisburg, PA

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    Art Event Invite for March 18: Video Artists Ali Hossaini & SWEATSHOPPE Open Immersive 3D Video Installation

    ALI HOSSAINI & SWEATSHOPPE
    Ise Cultural Foundation
    555 Broadway
    March 18 – April 22, 2010

    NEW YORK- The Ise Cultural Foundation is pleased to present Ouroboros: The History of the Universe, an immersive 3D video installation that tells the story of cosmic evolution through 30,000 animated images. Presented as a layered collage across two widescreen triptychs, the brightly colored images flow through a black holographic space, following history from the Big Bang to the present day. The artwork draws on Hossaini’s investigations into the psychology of vision, representing a stage in his effort to develop a post-literate communications medium.

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    Roxy Perry Offers Tantalizing Peek At Tonight's Show on KCOR

    New York's own Roxy Perry has put together something particularly appealing even for the most sophisticated listener. And to encourage you to tune in, she is offering you a peek at tomorrow night's program.

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    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Delta Groove Music Releases Kirk Fletcher's "My Turn"

    "Fletcher favors toothy Strat tones, stinging bends, and flurries of tight, staccato riffs that seem to pop from his fretboard like little firecrackers."
    - Guitar Player Magazine

    "Fletcher clearly has ensemble dynamics down, suggesting that his years as a sideman have been fruitful. But he's also unabashed as a bandleader, and his guitar work earns its prominence." - Blues Revue Magazine

    "Kirk Fletcher is a young man with a big reputation... he exudes class and style, knows all the classic licks but never resorts to mere copying, always with his own take in his trick bag." - Blues & Rhythm Magazine

    When founder and CEO Randy Chortkoff initially formed Delta Groove Music, his vision for the label’s first two premiere albums shared a common bond; an exceptionally gifted, young African-American guitarist named Kirk Fletcher. Born December 23, 1975 in Bellflower, California, and son of a Baptist minister, Fletcher began playing guitar at the age of eight after watching his brother Walter perform at their father’s church. A life changing experience then occurred at the age of twelve, whereby an impressionable young Kirk witnessed multiple awe-inspiring performances at the Long Beach Blues Festival in 1988. Observing Albert Collins, Bobby “Blue” Bland and the Staple Singers on stage that weekend forever cemented Fletcher’s desire to pursue music and ultimately head down his chosen path of the blues.

    It was Al Blake, frontman of the Hollywood Fats Band, who began mentoring the burgeoning guitarist in the mid-90’s. Through him Kirk met legendary guitarist Junior Watson, and later Kim Wilson, which led to a call to join Wilson’s Blues Revue just in time to record the 2001 Grammy nominated album “Smokin’ Joint.” Wilson later repaid the favor appearing alongside vocalists Janiva Magness and Finis Tasby on Fletcher’s Delta Groove debut “Shades Of Blue,” which was officially released here in the U.S. in November 2004. From there Fletcher’s career blossomed; he spent three years on the road with Charlie Musselwhite, followed by another stint with Wilson in The Fabulous Thunderbirds, during which time he still found opportunities to record on albums by Lynwood Slim, The Mannish Boys and The Hollywood Blue Flames. In 2007 Fletcher followed his heart and stepped down from his role in the T-Birds, realigning his sights on performing his own music and reigniting his solo career.

    Now Kirk Fletcher's long awaited return is finally here! Produced by legendary Los Angeles guitarist and close friend Michael Landau, "My Turn" finds Fletcher stretching out instrumentally and exploring new sonic territories on the guitar. In addition, Kirk also makes his surprising vocal debut on two songs which include the Jimmy Reed classic “Found Love,” and an ultra funky version of Sly Stone’s “Let Me Have It All.” This is a project that is very near to Kirk, and one that he just absolutely felt compelled to make. So with the intuitively selected album title of “My Turn,” it would only be appropriate to let Kirk have the last word… ”I am so proud of this record. Though it took a while it was so much fun to get together with my best friends and just play! So here you go and God bless you all.”

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    Classic Blues Rock Legends Wishbone Ash To Play Select US Dates

    Classic rock legends Wishbone Ash will be performing a select number of US dates on their current major world tour that began this past October. Wishbone Ash embarked on an intensive 6-month tour plan, a 'final fling' taking the band 'round to next July in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its long career. The October tour of the UK began on the 2nd and ended the first week of November. Then in January 2010 the band hit the road again for the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia. Canada's blues prodigy, Jimmy Bowskill, opened for the band on this 6-week tour. After playing Finland and France, the USA east coast tour begins on March 24th in Annapolis, MD and ends April 3rd in Milwaukee, WI. The band will then proceed to Switzerland and Italy just prior to the usual spring UK tour. A US west coast tour, plus a possible Far East visit in conjunction with a two night confirmed Tokyo appearance, is being discussed for June. Also confirmed for June are 3 stadium shows in South Africa with Deep Purple. In addition the band will be revisiting Warsaw and Poznan in Poland plus Prague in the Czech Republic.

    VizzTone Juke Blues Heroes Scissormen to Star in New Robert Mugge Film Big Shoes

    In the world of blues, few artists can straddle the music’s deepest traditions and its future like Scissormen. The Nashville-based band’s sound — which they’ve taken all over the world and to all kinds of venues, from coffeehouses to the stages of Bonnaroo, Cognac Blues Passions and Memphis in May — is based in the juke joints of Mississippi’s hill country and Delta, but reaches out to embrace Chicago blues, Memphis street music and much more. And they are building a legend with high energy shows packed with stunning slide guitar playing that appeals to young and old fans alike and often finds bandleader Ted Drozdowski literally playing in his audience’s lap

    This approach has inspired famed documentary filmmaker Robert Mugge (The Gospel According to Al Green, Deep Blues, New Orleans Musicians in Exile, Blues Divas, Deep Sea Blues) to train his lens on Scissormen for his next movie Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues, which is being made with the involvement of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Mugge recently completed filming and expects to have the movie available to premiere late this year. The band will also release a soundtrack for the film — following three earlier Scissormen CDs including their latest Luck in a Hurry – taken from a concert recorded at the historic Key Palace Theater in Redkey, Indiana.

    Bedsides his showmanship and daring guitar, Ted’s depth and commitment to blues is an important part of Scissormen’s story. He is a blues activist and an internationally acknowledged authority on the style who peppers Scissormen’s shows with lively stories about the classic blues heroes his music evokes.

    Ted has won the Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Journalism. He has written thousands of articles on blues as well as the liner notes for such prestigious sets as 2006’s John Lee Hooker box, chapters for Billboard’s Jazz & Blues Encyclopedia and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award induction text for Etta James. He was a consultant for Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues, and has made presentations on the music at schools, colleges and museums.

    Few artists can present a show as thrilling and complete as Ted Drozdowski and Scissormen. To book a show now, contact Crystal Crawford at Blue Eyed Booking: crystal@blueeyedbooking.com or 615-887-1169.

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    Chris Thomas King Announces New Tour, New Album



    Supporting the release of “Caught In Between” perhaps his best album to date, Chris Thomas King’s - ROCK IN A HARD PLACE TOUR 2010 - Kick’s Off March 12th in North America. New album release is set for May 11.



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    NEW ORLEANS, LA Multi - Grammy Award winning recording artist, actor and guitar hero, CHRIS THOMAS KING today announced a spring headline tour. Described as the ultimate Chris Thomas King acoustic and electric musical experience, it also marks the first time the Chris Thomas King Band officially tours in North America in 2010 since King’s 2009 world tour, which visited Africa, Japan, Mexico and North America.

    The North American leg of "Rock In A Hard Place Tour 2010," booked by agent Mariann Thomas of New Orleans based CTK Tours, LLC, will kick off on the popular STEVE HARVEY MORNING SHOW live on Friday March 12 from Shreveport, LA. King will also be seen as an actor on the hit TV Show “IMAGINATION MOVERS” on March 26th. The Louisiana blues artist and actor with an impressive repertoire of songs, scores and scenes in award-winning films will join Playhouse Disney’s “Imagination Movers” on the Disney channel.

    The new album CAUGHT IN BETWEEN,” is Chris Thomas King’s first full-length studio album since the release of the Handy nominated “Rise,” in 2006. The tour will feature new songs as well as fan favorites including songs from the movies “Ray” and “O Brother.”

    To date, Chris Thomas King has sold over 10 million combined units worldwide, and logged more than a 1000 headline tour dates and festivals in 32 countries. King starred in and scored Oscar winning movies including “Ray” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” which have grossed over $250 million dollars at the box office.

    Rock In A Hard Place Tour 2010
    March 12 Shreveport, LA Steve Harvey Morning Show
    March 26 Disney Channel TV Imagination Movers
    March 27 New Orleans, LA Snug Harbor
    April 17 Ruleville, Miss Monk Institute of Jazz (Artist residency)
    April 18 Ruleville, Miss Monk Institute of Jazz (Artist residency)
    April 19 Ruleville, Miss Monk Institute of Jazz (Artist residency)
    April 20 Ruleville, Miss Monk Institute of Jazz (Artist residency)
    April 21 Ruleville, Miss Monk Institute of Jazz (Artist residency)
    April 24 Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge Blues Festival
    April 24 Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge Blues Festival
    April 29 New Orleans, LA Snug Harbor
    May 1 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
    May 6 Nashville, TN 12th & Porter
    May 7 exington, KY TBA
    May 9 Philadelphia, PA Private
    May 12 New York, NY Terra Blues
    May 13 New York, NY Terra Blues
    May 14 Camp Hill, PA Guillify’s Hideaway
    May 15 Kenneth Square, PA Kenneth Flash Theatre
    May 16 Raleigh, NC Berkeley Café
    May 18 Tampa, FL Skipper’s Smokehouse
    May 19 FL TBA
    May 21 FL TBA
    May 22 Jacksonville, FL Mojo Kitchen
    June 22 Oakland, CA Yoshi’s
    June 23 Felton, CA Don Quixote’s

    Contact Us
    Agent: Mariann Thomas
    CTK Tours, LLC
    New Orleans, La 70115
    (225) 744-4491 ext. 3
    Mariann@ChrisThomasKing.com