Legendary guitarist Bill Frisell's first release on OKeh Records is Big Sur, and features all-new music commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival. While staying at the Glen Deven Ranch, Frisell was captivated by the beauty and grandeur of the California coastline which inspired him to write this music. He is joined on the recording by Jenny Scheinman (violin), Eyvind Kang (viola), Hank Roberts (cello) and Rudy Royston (drums).
Bill Frisell is one of the leading and most innovative guitarists of our time. His work covers a wide range of color and he has carved out a niche by virtue of his sound. A Grammy® winner for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2005, Bill is one of the most singular musicians of his generation and has released over 30 albums since his debut recording in 1983.
Robin McKelle might have called this album The Real McKelle. "It's the record I've always dreamed of making. Not that there was anything stopping me in the past, it's simply that things panned out differently."
Soul Flower, Mckelle's new production, a contemporary blend of soul and rhythm 'n' blues has it's offical release tomorrow: Tuesday June 18 and radio has been picking up on the 'digital only' project with great enthusiasm. With 30 Total Stations/Shows, outlets include CBC Music in Canada, as well as local stations in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Seattle, Austin, Long Is. NY, El Paso, and in Robin's home town of Rochester NY.
"I love that music so much that I couldn't see myself doing something ‘in the style of…". I grew up listening to Nina Simone and Gladys Knight. I sang their classics and what I enjoy most today is building my own repertoire in that same soulful vein."
The spirits of Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond reunite two modern jazz titans as Bob James and David Sanborn. The duo has just released a new recording called Quartette Humaine, a tribute to Brubeck's immortal collaboration with saxophone legend Desmond and features a hard-hitting quartet rounded out by Steve Gadd on drums and James genus on bass. Marked by volatile interplay, this quartet's music is anything but smooth, and will be evidenced at tonight's sold out SFJAZZ Center show.
The return of a full-time jazz format in Pittsburgh is moving closer to being a reality. The FCC has now approved the sale by Pittsburgh Public Media of a new terrestrial station: WYZR-FM. PPM is the nonprofit that operates the online: Pittsburgh Jazz Channel. The studios will be in McMurray PA, and will feature former WDUQ program host Tony Mowod. The station will be heard in areas south and west and later expanded to areas north and east for full coverage of the Pittsburgh area.
Pulled from a story by By Adrian McCoy / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The 35th Anniversary of the Playboy Jazz Festival features Bob James/David Sanborn along with Steve Gadd and James Genus. The lineup also includes:
The LAUSD Beyond The Bell Jazz Band, ELEW and JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble, Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Taj Mahal and the Real Thing Tuba Band, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with special guests Patti Austin and Hubert Laws, India.Arie, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue & Sheila E.
Singer Mario Biondi, with multi-platinum album sales throughout Europe, is known as the only true Italian Soul Singer. Biondi's new album, Sun, is a work of collaboration. Produced by Mario along with Jean-Paul Maunick (aka Bluey, the lead singer of the successful British Jazz band Incognito) the album features guest appearances from the legendary Chaka Kahn and smooth jazz luminary Al Jarreau.
With a warm, deep, sensual voice, Biondi patiently and carefully cultivated his musical passion starting at a young age alongside his father, singer Stefano Biondi. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with many diverse artists including Burt Bacharach, Tower of Power, The Crusaders and Michael Bolton to name a few.
The Piano Guys are back with a new album, The Piano Guys - Volume 2, with their unique take on music from Pachelbel to The Turtles to Bruno Mars, available on Portrait, Sony Masterworks' new adult contemporary imprint.
With the Tony Awards taking place this Sunday, Crossover Media is proud to be representing Once and Newsies, two musicals nominated and competing for Best Musical. Competing with each other, as well as with Leap of Faith and Nice Work if You Can Get It, it'll be an exciting night to find out musical claims the top honor.
Newsies has been nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, and Best Scenic Design of a Musical.
Once is nominated for eleven Tony awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Musical,Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, and Best Lighting Design of a Musical.
Both Newsies and Once are new musicals that are based on movies of the same names, as well as their competition Leap of Faith. Tune in to the Tony's, Sunday, June 10th, 8/7c on CBS to find out how well these Crossover artists do!
Kinky Boots opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 4, 2013 to rave reviews. USA Today called it "a sizzling, high-spirited new musical that's bound to put cheer in your heart!" Broadway's new high-heeled hit has also been chosen as the critic's pick by The New York Times, New York magazine and Time Out New York, as well as Entertainment Weekly's "Must List."
26 Total Outlets
SYND: NBC/The Today Show, CBC Music Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Long Is. NY, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Madison WI, Canada Online: Matinee.com, Humboldt 101, TheStandardsChannel
Newsies, the breakout new American musical, today received eight Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. Additionally, Newsies was recognized with nominations for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan), Best Original Score (Alan Menken and Jack Feldman), Best Book of a Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun), Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel), and Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob).
8 New 'ON' this week: 40 Total
SYND: Dial-Global, The Bill Miller Show, Footlight Parade Direct:Music Choice/Stage & Screen, DMX, SiriusXM/On Broadway Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Baltimore, Toronto, Jacksonville FL, Wichita Online: Live 365, BroadwayCafeSociety, The StandardsChannel, WGOE
Once is the celebrated new Broadway show based on the Academy Award-winning film. The show includes all of the beloved songs written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova for the critically acclaimed film. The score features the Oscar-winning hit "Falling Slowly," as well as two new songs, "Abandoned in Bandon" and the Czech folk song "Ej Pada Pada Rosicka." One of the most unique elements of this musical is that the 13-member cast of the show act, sing and play all of the instruments: there is no orchestra or separate band. A distinctive aspect to the cast album is that it was produced allowing these talented actors/musicians to record the music in the same style and environment as their stage show. This special recording process not only showcases the gorgeous new orchestrations by Martin Lowe, but also captures the live essence of this extraordinary ensemble.
5 New 'ON' this week 84 Total
SYND: Dial-Global, Radio DeLuxe, Sixty Second CD Markets include: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Portland, New Orleans, Long Is. NY, Toronto
Online: Broadway.com, Playbill.com, Taintradio, BroadwayCafeSociety.com, LIVE 365
ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his stepbrother doesn t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
33 New 'ON' this week: 39 Total
SYND: The Bill Miller Show
Direct: Music Choice/Stage & Screen, Spafax In-Flight, DMX Markets include: Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Portland, Detroit, Pittsburgh
Ghostlight Records is proud to release the Original Broadway Cast Recording of: Catch Me If You Can, a score that captures music from the new production based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it. Catch Me If You Can Earns Four Tony Award Nominations: 'Best Musical', 'Best Actor: Norbert Leo Butz', 'Best Orchestrations: Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank', 'Best Sound Design: Steve Canyon Kennedy.' The production has also been honored with Drama Desk Award Nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics & with an Outer Critics' Circle nomination for Outstanding New Score. The upcoming OCR was recorded April 18, 2011 at MSR Studios in New York City. It was Produced for Records by Marc Shaiman and Scott M. Riesett. Album Executive Producer: Kurt Deutsch. Recorded and mixed by Lawrence Manchester. CD Booklet features a liner note by Frank Abagnale.
9 New 'ON' this week: 50 Total
Synd: Sixty Second CD, Dial-Global, Footlight Parade Direct: Music Choice, SiriusXM, In-Flight Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, Denver, Detroit, Long Island, Toronto, Hartford CT., Jacksonville FL
MASTERWORKS BROADWAY proudly announces the upcoming release of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of WONDERLAND, Alice Through A Whole New Looking Glass. Produced by Frank Wildhorn, David Lai and Jason Howland, and with a book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, choreography by Marguerite Derricks and direction by Gregory Boyd, WONDERLAND is now in performances at Broadway's Marquis Theatre where it opened on April 17, 2011. "The rich history of Masterworks Broadway includes many memorable musicals from The Sound of Music to The Secret Garden that appeal to audiences of all ages, and we are delighted to add Wonderland to the list," said Alex Miller, Senior Vice President of SONY MASTERWORKS. "The songs in Wonderland are so melodic, catchy and upbeat. Frank Wildhorn imaginatively uses the widest possible palette of musical colors to bring the characters to life."
13 New 'ON' this week: 31 Total
Synd: Sixty Second CD
Direct: SiriusXM/Frank DeCaro Show
Markets include: New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, Long Island NY, Jacsonville FL, Wichita
Online: BroadwayCafeSociety.com, Radio Applause, Live 365
Ghostlight Records will release the Original London Cast Recording of SISTER ACT, the acclaimed musical which came to Broadway beginning March 24th 2011. Oliver Award nominee Patina Miller, star of the London production, reprises her role as Deloris on Broadway, and appears on the new CD. The album was produced by Doug Besterman, Michael Kosarin and Alan Menken. SISTER ACT features an original score with music by multi-Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Enchanted), lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner ("Cheers") with additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed). Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Forum, Smokey Joe's Cafe), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia, Bombay Dreams) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard
6 New 'ON' this week: 44 Total
Synd: Dial Global, Sixty Second CD, The Bill Miller Show, Footlight Parade Direct: Music Choice Markets include: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cleveland, Baltimore, New Orleans, Toronto, Hartford CT, Jacksonville FL, Ft. Wayne IN