RSS

Category Archives: jazz

… GRACE KELLY

… GRACE KELLY

At 24, but already 10 years into her career, saxophonist, vocalist, composer, and New York Local 802 member Grace Kelly is moving past the label “prodigy” and defining her voice as a jazz musician.

http://www.afm.org/

 
2 Comments

Posted by on FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-06-22T11:15:54+00:00America/Los_Angeles06bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 22 Jun 2018 11:15:54 +0000 31, in blues, jazz

 

Tags:

Yael Naim – “Dream In My Head” 

Yael Naïm (Hebrewיעל נעים‎‎, born 6 February 1978 in Paris, France), is an IsraeliFrench singer-songwriter. She rose to fame in 2008 in the US after her hit single “New Soul” was used by Apple in an advertising campaign for its MacBook Air. The song peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

BiographyEdit

Yael Naïm was born in ParisFrance to Sephardic Jewish immigrants from Tunisia. At the age of four, she moved with her family to Ramat HaSharon, Israel, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She served in the Israel Defense Forces as a soloist in the Israeli Air Force Orchestra.[1]

She began her singing career with a part in the musical Les Dix Commandements[2] and her first solo album, In a Man’s Womb (recorded in Los Angeles with Kamil Rustam), was released in 2001. She also sang the song “You Disappear” by Bruno Coulais for the film Harrison’s Flowers. In her early work, she was credited simply as Yaël. She also performed a duet with Din Din Aviv titled “Mashmauyot”.[3]

Naïm joined with percussionist David Donatien and, over a period of two years, they arranged and recorded thirteen of Naïm’s songs in a studio in her apartment in Paris.[4] These were released as her second album, Yael Naïm, on 22 October 2007, on the Tôt ou tard label. The songs are in French, English and Hebrew and received critical acclaim.[2] The album entered the French album chart at No. 11 the week after its release. Her style has been described as having a touch of folk and a touch of jazz, with mysterious and evocative words sung with a delicate and intentionally husky voice.[5]

In January 2008, Apple featured her song “New Soul” in its debut commercial for the MacBook Air laptop. Steve Jobs himself picked the song for the launch of the laptop line.[6][7][8] Owing to high U.S. digital sales, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart week of 16 February 2008, at No. 9, becoming Naïm’s first U.S. top ten single, and making her the first Israeli solo artist to ever have a top ten hit in the United States. “New Soul” moved up to No. 7 the following week. The song was also featured on the soundtrack of the movies The House Bunny and Wild Target.

Her third album was released in November 2010. The first single from this new record was “Go to the River”.

 
8 Comments

Posted by on FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-06-22T09:45:00+00:00America/Los_Angeles06bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 22 Jun 2018 09:45:00 +0000 31, in jazz, music

 

Tags:

“BORA BORA Feat Armando & Memphis – “MANDO SAX” 

“BORA BORA Feat Armando & Memphis – “MANDO SAX” 

Armando Rehia Dante Castagnoli was born in Tahiti to an Italian father and Tahitian mother. The third of seven children, his father was a strict taskmaster when it came to his children’s music, and “Mando” and his brothers would march several miles every Sunday playing their instruments before they got to play in the ocean with their friends. That early discipline paid off and Armando’s obvious gifts as a saxophone player and musician were encouraged by Professors from the Music Conservatory of Paris. When his family moved to Powell River B.CAfter graduation Mando moved to Toronto and studied at Humber College with world famous teacher, Pat LaBarbera, who played with Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and the legendary Elvin Jones. In 1984 Armando won the highest award at the BC WOODWIND FINALS.
Mando recorded his first CD, THE BUBBLEHEADS, at the age of 20 and for the next six years was active in the Toronto music scene playing Jazz, Blues, and R&B and becoming proficient at alto, tenor, and soprano saxophone as well as flute and percussion.

In the 90′s Armando acted as the musical director and featured soloist at the famous CLUB NEW ORLEANS in Papeete, Tahiti, and had the opportunity to work with greats like Nathan East, Jimmie Earl, Freddie Ravel, and many more. His collaboration with jazz singer, Chris Bennett, took him to Berlin, Germany and live recordings and guest appearances at the A-TRANE, one of the world’s great jazz clubs. His soldout appearances in Berlin and Los Angeles hi-lite Mando’s unique and beautiful tone, sometimes compared to Stan Getz, as well as his incredible showmanship.

With homebase in his island paradise of Tahiti, Mando now occasionally tours the world with stars such as Otmaro Ruiz, Felix Vilchez,Chris Bennett and more. He has recorded with the legendary Leon Ware and has produced and written several of his own CDs including DANCE FOR PLANET EARTH, now available at CD Baby and I-Tunes. The title cut, AORI NO TE FENUA, is the theme song for the TAHITI MUSIC FESTIVAL. Produced by Armando Castagnoli and Chris Bennett, the 2012 festival will raise awareness of how we can save our oceans and islands such as Tahiti and will bring musicians from all over the world together in unity and celebration.
http://armandocastagnoli.com/bio/


Visit:

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-06-08T10:29:00+00:00America/Los_Angeles06bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 08 Jun 2018 10:29:00 +0000 31, in jazz, music, pacific islands

 

Tags:

Enjoy the music and work of “Jazz blues artist and painter Karen Hollowell” 

Enjoy the music and work of “Jazz blues artist and painter Karen Hollowell” 

Image: bluesbetty.com/jukejoint

“Music is my passion, and I am deeply motivated to shining a light on the power of blues and jazz— both which have influenced so many other styles of popular music.  My paintings strive to capture a moment within a tune: a wailing guitar solo, a haunting trumpet or a quiet moment after a big crescendo.”

Karen Hollowell graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. She spent a year in London, England studying with Edward Booth-Clibborn, Pentagram Design and various artists-in-residence.

Focusing on a commercial art career, Karen became an award-winning Designer and Art Director, working with a diverse range of clients including: Rhino Video, Educational Insights, Disney Publishing and The Smithsonian Institute. 

Karen’s works have been exhibited in both Canada and the U.S., including Vancouver, New Orleans and Memphis.

bluesbetty.com

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on SunAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-06-03T10:57:00+00:00America/Los_Angeles06bAmerica/Los_AngelesSun, 03 Jun 2018 10:57:00 +0000 31, in American music artists, blues, entertainment, jazz, music

 

Tags:

Image

Hawaii Jazz and Blues Festival

Hawaii Jazz and Blues Festival

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-06-01T10:37:23+00:00America/Los_Angeles06bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 01 Jun 2018 10:37:23 +0000 31, in blues, concerts and events, jazz

 

Tags: ,

Tito Puente – Ran Kan Kan

Tito Puente – Ran Kan Kan

This song is by Tito Puente and appears on the album Babarabatiri (1951) and on the movie soundtrack The Mambo Kings (1991).

http://www.lyrics.wikia.com

About the Artist

Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente (April 20, 1923 – May 31, 2000)[1] was an American musician, songwriter and record producer. The son of Ernest and Ercilia Puente, native Puerto Ricans living in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, Puente is often credited as “The Musical Pope”, “El Rey de los Timbales” (The King of the Timbales) and “The King of Latin Music”. He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba’s Calle 54. He guest-starred on several television shows, including Sesame Street and The Simpsons two-part episode “Who Shot Mr. Burns?”.

Song Origination

The soundtrack to The Mambo Kings is a solid effort that effectively conveys the atmosphere inherent in the film, which was based on Oscar Hijuelos’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Assembled here is a selection of mambos, rumbas, boleros and cha cha chas performed by stellar artists of the Latin scene including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Benny Moré, Johnny Pacheco and Arturo Sandoval mixed with well-known performers with roots in the form like Linda Ronstadt and Los Lobos. Besides this, the Mambo All-Stars are a high energy dance band composed of top studio sidemen from New York City and Los Angeles. With only a couple of exceptions, the tracks were cut specially for the film and as such, add a novel, accurately reflecting the Cuban music sound of the 1950s. The 2000 Elektra updated edition adds a remix of Tito Puente’s “Ran Kan Kan” by Olga Tañón and a rendition of “Beautiful Maria of My Soul” featuring Antonio Banderas and legendary crooner Compay Segundo of Buena Vista Social Club fame.

wikipedia.org

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-06-01T09:16:22+00:00America/Los_Angeles06bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 01 Jun 2018 09:16:22 +0000 31, in classic music, jazz, latin music

 

Tags:

“WADE IN THE WATER – RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO “

“WADE IN THE WATER – RAMSEY  LEWIS TRIO “

Wade in the Water” (Roud 5439) is the name of a Negro spiritual first published in New Jubilee Songs as Sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers (1901) by John Wesley Work II and his brother, Frederick J. Work (see Fisk Jubilee Singers). It is associated with the songs of the Underground Railroad.

One version of the song performed by The Staple Singers became a part of the civil rights movement in the US.”Wade in the Water” was a popular instrumental hit in 1966 for the Ramsey Lewis Trio, which prompted further instrumental recordings by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and Billy Preston (both 1967). The melody was used for the 1988 Tony! Toni! Toné! hit “Little Walter”. The version by Golden Gate Quartet also appears on the compilation album Nick Cave – Roots & Collaborations (2009), establishing the song as one of the musical sources that have inspired the Australian artist. The band Half Man Half Biscuit parody the song in “Took Problem Chimp To Ideal Home Show” on their 2008 album CSI:Ambleside, with the chorus “wade in the watertube”.

Wade in the Water, Children is a 2008 American documentary film directed and produced by Elizabeth Wood and Gabriel Nussbaum. It was filmed by a group of 8th grade students at the first school to reopen in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The film offers a shockingly intimate look into life as a child in the ruined city. The film was praised as “scalding stuff” by Newsday, and won the audience award at the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival.

Wade in the Water is the title of a historical fiction novel by American author Michael Stephan Oates. The story follows the lives of three characters before, during, and after the great Johnstown Flood of 1889.

One version of the song performed by The Staple Singers became a part of the civil rights movement in the US.”Wade in the Water” was a popular instrumental hit in 1966 for the Ramsey Lewis Trio, which prompted further instrumental recordings by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and Billy Preston (both 1967). The melody was used for the 1988 Tony! Toni! Toné! hit “Little Walter”. The version by Golden Gate Quartet also appears on the compilation album Nick Cave – Roots & Collaborations (2009), establishing the song as one of the musical sources that have inspired the Australian artist. The band Half Man Half Biscuit parody the song in “Took Problem Chimp To Ideal Home Show” on their 2008 album CSI:Ambleside, with the chorus “wade in the watertube”.

Wade in the Water, Children is a 2008 American documentary film directed and produced by Elizabeth Wood and Gabriel Nussbaum.It was filmed by a group of 8th grade students at the first school to reopen in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The film offers a shockingly intimate look into life as a child in the ruined city. The film was praised as “scalding stuff” by Newsday, and won the audience award at the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival.

Wade in the Water is the title of a historical fiction novel by American author Michael Stephan Oates. The story follows the lives of three characters before, during, and after the great Johnstown Flood of 1889.

Wikipedia.org

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on SunAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-05-20T10:54:33+00:00America/Los_Angeles05bAmerica/Los_AngelesSun, 20 May 2018 10:54:33 +0000 31, in jazz, music

 

Tags:

 
%d bloggers like this: