Archive for April, 2014

Jazz Around the World – 30 April – Japan

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, 30 April 2014, by Stan

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations

 

Welcome to Japan. Our visit coincides with International Jazz Day. Osaka, Japan has been designated the Global Host City so there will be a lot of Jazz being played here today.

Today Jazz Around the World celebrates the ladies of Jazz.

First up is the world renowned pianist/composer Toshiko Akiyoshi. Toshiko has won countless awards, been nominated for 14 Grammys, and published an autobiography. Though she was actually born in China, she moved to Japan when her family returned there in 1945 after the war. Best known for her work with her big band, Toshiko can also be found performing in smaller groups such as trios or quartets. She has been performing for nearly 70 years and is still active. Let’s welcome Toshiko Akiyoshi:

 

With piano trio – “The Third Movement”

 

Solo at her 60th Anniversary concert – “The Village”

 

Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band – “Harvest Shuffle”

 

 

Our next performer is keyboardist/composer Keiko Matsui. Keiko’s unique blending of eastern and western musical elements defies classification. She discovered saxophonist Paul Taylor, who contributed to several of her albums before he branched on a successful solo career of his own. Please welcome Keiko Matsui:

 

With Branford Marsalis – “Beyond the Light”

 

Forever, Forever

 

Safari

 

 

Coming to the stage now is a group of high school ladies from Takasago High School known as the Big Friendly Jazz Orchestra. I found them last year while looking for a video of the Jazz standard “Four Brothers”. I was so impressed by them and their professionalism, talent, and dedication to their music, that I wanted to have them join our tour. I think you will agree that BFJO is a perfect example of why music needs to be in our schools. Please welcome the Big Friendly Jazz Orchestra:

 

It Don’t Mean a Thing

 

The Way You Look Tonight

 

Four Brothers

 

Our final performer came to my attention through a good friend. Pianist/keyboardist Hiromi Uehara, known professionally by just her first name, has a very impressive resume. The list of musicians with whom she has played includes some of the best in the world. Though she is most well-known in Jazz circles, on her website, she herself says, “I don’t want to put a name on my music. Other people can put a name on what I do. It’s just the union of what I’ve been listening to and what I’ve been learning.” It’s an honor to welcome Hiromi:
Duet with Michel Camilo – “Billie’s Bounce”

Duet with Chick Corea – “Old Castle, by the River, in the Middle of the Forest”

The Trio Project – “Desire”

Map of JapanThank you for joining us here in Japan. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We fly back to the States in the morning. If you have time, we may be able to feature one more artist on our Jazz Around the World tour when we arrive in California.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 29 April – China

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , on Tuesday, 29 April 2014, by Stan

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations

 

Welcome to China. We will be staying in Shanghai for both performances. Today we will be treated to performances by Shanghai Jazz and also singer Jasmine Chen.

We’ll get things started today with Shanghai Jazz, but before we do, a little clarification is in order: Shanghai Jazz is not the name of the group; it is the name of album – Shanghai Jazz: Musical Seductions from China’s Age of Decadence. The release features more than twenty young Chinese musicians that are at the cutting edge of a resurgence of Jazz in China. Here, then, are a couple of selections from their latest project:

 

The Old Tea House – Shanghai Shuffle/High Society

 

The Love You Can’t Get

 

 

Coming to the stage now is Jasmine Chen. Ms Chen has a gift for singing both in Chinese and English. Her abilities cover both sides of the world of Jazz in China; she sings classic Jazz tunes with her own Chinese lyrics, and she also reinterprets traditional Chinese folks songs in a Jazz setting. Let’s welcome Ms Jasmine Chen:

 

Summer Samba

 

Give Me A Kiss (With Five Below)

 

Take Five

(You may need to turn up the sound for this one)

 

 

Map of ChinaThank you for joining us here in China. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for an overnight flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Japan.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 28 April – Philippines

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, 28 April 2014, by Stan

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations

 

Welcome to the Philippines. Our lineup today features two greats from different eras.

First we will hear from pianist Roberto Delprado Yulo Enriquez, better known as Bobby Enriquez. Though he is usually associated with the piano, he did play about a dozen other instruments. During his set you will see how he got the nickname “The Wildman”. I was lucky enough to see him perform at the Playboy Jazz Festival back in its infancy. And yes, the nickname fits. Please welcome Bobby Enriquez:

 

Classical Gas

 

Kapantay Ay Langit

 

The Shadow of Your Smile

 

Live at the Village Vanguard with the Ritchie Cole Quintet – “Hi Fly”

 

Next, we’ll hear from Ms Charmaine Clamor. Charmaine can be found gigging around the Los Angeles area…when she is not out touring the world garnering numerous accolades. She is truly becoming a world-class artist. Her sultry voice and impeccable style is winning – and breaking – hearts everywhere. Her brand of music is something she calls ‘Jazzipino’. You have to hear it to understand how she makes Jazzipino work.

We are in for a real treat today: I believe Charmaine will sing for us in three different languages during her set. Ladies and gentlemen, Ms Charmaine Clamor:

 

My Funny Brown Pinay

 

My Harana

 

It Don’t Mean a Thing

 

With Selaelo Selota – “Lolita”

 

Dahil Sa Yo

 

Map of the PhilippinesThank you for joining us here in the Philippines. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for an overnight flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: China.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 27 April – Australia

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on Sunday, 27 April 2014, by Stan

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations

 

Welcome to Australia. We’re scheduled today to have a couple of artists stop by and play for us. Plus, we’ll hear from a native of neighboring New Zealand who now makes her home here. In fact, she will open our performances today.

Introducing Maree Steinway:

 

Live – “Bye Bye Blackbird”

 

Live – “Comes Love”

 

Next, we travel back in time a bit to hear the man known as the grandfather of Australian Jazz, Graeme Bell and His Australian Jazz Band:

 

Black and Tan Fantasy

 

Our last group is the Australian Jazz Quintet. We will enjoy two selections from them:

 

Samba de Orfeu

 

Sol Fuego

 

Map of AustraliaThank you for joining us here in Australia. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for an overnight flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: The Philippines.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 26 April – India

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on Saturday, 26 April 2014, by Stan

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations

 

Welcome to India. Performing for us today is none other than violinist/composer/conductor Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, better known as Dr. L. Subramaniam. To friends and family, he is known as simply, “Mani”.

Dr. L. Subramaniam is another artist whose music came to my attention in the late 1970s/early 1980s. He has gained international fame both for his recordings and the global concerts he has put together. He has over 200 recordings under his belt. Also impressive is his collection of different types of violins. And that Dr. title in front of his name? That’s legitimate; he was a registered General Practitioner before he decided to pursue music full time.

 

Please welcome Dr. L. Subramaniam:

 

Motherland

 

From a concert in Moscow – “Time Must Be Changed”

 

With Herbie Hancock – “Inner Peace”

 

Live at Chowdaiah Hall, Bangalore – “Spanish Wave”

 

Live at The Gateway of India. Part of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival . With Jean-Luc Ponty and Billy Cobham – “Conversations”

 

 

Map of IndiaThank you for joining us here in India. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for an overnight flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Australia.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 25 April – Azerbaijan

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on Friday, 25 April 2014, by Stan

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations

 

Welcome to Azerbaijan. We are extremely fortunate today to have royalty in the house.

We have two musicians waiting to perform for you today; both are extremely fluent in expressing their culture through Jazz. Both are well known for their mastery of a style of music known as mugam, a complex, ancient style of music found in Central Asia, the Middle East and Turkey.

To open our concert today, please welcome saxophonist/composer Rain Alladin oglu Sultanov:

 

Baki Xatireleri


Trail of my Dream

 

City of Jazz

 

Footprints

 

 

Coming to the stage now is a lady known internationally as The Princess of Jazz. After recording the “Dance of Fire” album with her, guitarist Al DiMeola said, “Her music has much more meaning for me than just straight ahead Jazz because what I hear is her culture. I hear Azerbaijan.” Welcome, none other than singer/pianist/composer Aziza Mustafa Zadeh:

 

The Princess of Jazz (Sorry, I don’t read Azeri yet so I don’t know what the real title of this song is)

 

Always

 

Dance of Fire

 

It Ain’t Necessarily So

 

 

Map of AzerbaijanThank you for joining us here in Azerbaijan. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for an overnight flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: India.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 24 April – Georgia

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , on Thursday, 24 April 2014, by Stan

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations

 

Welcome to the country of Georgia. Today we will drop in on pianist Beka Gochiashvili. Beka is taking the Jazz world by storm. This young artist has already compiled quite a resume…and has the attention of some heavyweights in the Jazz arena. Keep your eye on this young lion.

Let’s sit back and enjoy the keys of Beka Gochiashvili.

 

 

Bye Bye Blackbird

 

Cantaloupe Island

 

With Stanley Clarke Trio (Stanley Clarke and Lenny White) – Live at the Blue Note (No title provided)

 

Un Gran Abrazo (Written by Beka for Chick Corea)

 

Impromptu jam session with Chick Cora after rehearsal at Lincoln Center

 

Duo with Beka Gochiashvili and Gadi Lehavi

 

 

Map of GeorgiaThank you for joining us here in Georgia. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Train Station for the next leg of our tour. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Azerbaijan.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 23 April – Bulgaria

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , on Wednesday, 23 April 2014, by Stan

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations

 

Welcome to Bulgaria. Today we visit with pianist Milcho Leviev. The list of musicians he has performed with is staggering.

In addition to the ‘concert’, on our schedule today is an interview which includes a performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, one of Leviev’s favorite pieces, plus a duet with the interviewer.

On a personal note, at a music convention I was privileged to have listened up close and personal to someone playing a Bösendorfer grand piano. I was quite impressed by its deep, reverberant sound. It was like being inside a concert hall. With a group of the caliber of Free Flight, it was a stroke of genius that Leviev plays a Bösendorfer on their self-titled album. Let’s welcome Mr. Milcho Leviev:

 

With Eastern Eye – an excerpt from “Bulgarian Boogie”

 

Concert in Roman Stadium in Plovdiv

 

Encounters 2

 

With Free Flight on The Tonight Show

 

Joe (To Joe Farrell)

 

 

Map of BulgariaThank you for joining us here in Bulgaria. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Port of the Internet for a cruise across the Black Sea. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Georgia.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 22 April – Russia

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, 22 April 2014, by Stan

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations

 

Welcome to Russia. Russia is a huge country and there are many artists from which to chose. Therefore we will be staying a while longer so we can listen to all of the musicians that will be playing for you today.

You may have noticed that our cover photo for the Jazz Around the World tour is from right here in Russia; St. Petersburg to be exact. My time here was much too short but it certainly was refreshing to see that Jazz hall during my visit; a firm reminder that Jazz truly is an international language.

Starting things off today will be pianist Ivan Farmakovsky. Ivan, as a student, entered several international competitions, eventually winning a prize in 1997 at the Europe Jazz Contest in Belgium. He was discovered by saxman Igor Butman, whom we will hear from later. Let’s bring to the stage Ivan Farmakovsky:

 

Soul Inside Out

 

Autumn Waltz

 

The Way Home

 

 

Coming to the stage now is singer Sophie Milman. Sophie is a relative newcomer, having only released her first album in 2004. But it didn’t take long for her talents to be recognized. She won a Juno award in 2008. Welcome now, Sophie Milman:

 

La Vie En Rose

 

No More Blues

 

 

Next is guitarist/composer Roman Miroshnichenko. Roman is a frequent performer in Jazz festivals around the world and has collaborated and performed with many of the world’s best musicians. Let’s welcome Roman Miroshnichenko:

 

Summer Night in Gagra

 

With Daniel Kramer – A blues (no title provided)

 

With Charlie Bisharat, Mario Olivares, Dominique DiPiazza, and Over Serrano – “Unforgiven”

 

 

To close out our festival tonight, let’s bring to the stage tenor saxophonist Igor Butman. Many A-listers of the Jazz world have performed with Igor. His command of several different styles is very impressinve. If a poll was taken to find out who is Russia’s greatest Jazz musician, Igor would top the results. Please welcome, Mr. Igor Butman:

 

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

 

Nostalgia

 

Some Skunk Funk

 

Map of RussiaThank you for joining us here in Russia. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for our flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Bulgaria.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

Jazz Around the World – 21 April – Poland

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , on Monday, 21 April 2014, by Stan

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations

 

Welcome to Poland. Basia Trzetrzelewska will be singing for us today. Better known to the world by just her first name, Basia learned English while singing in a vocal group in her native Poland. That opened many doors for her. After teaming up with the group Matt Bianco and later former Matt Bianco keyboardist Danny White, she went on to become an international star. I think it all hit her when she performed at the former Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles: After her opening number, she received a thunderous ovation. She was moved to tears by the audience’s appreciation of her music. Her tears moved the audience to applaud even louder. Let’s welcome Basia:

 

An Olive Tree

 

Astrud

 

Third Time Lucky

 

Waters of March

 

Drunk on Love

 

With Spyro Gyra – “Springtime Laughter”

 

 

Map of PolandThank you for joining us here in Poland. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for our flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Russia.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.