Woody Russell Releases an Instant Classic Titled Delicious Days
Woody Russell Releases an Instant Classic Titled Delicious Days Austin, Texas-October 2, 2013-Woody Russell has a catalog of excellent releases. With each release he gives the listener a new adventure to dive into. Delicious Days is not an exception. Although the new release is filed under pop, it is far more deep and eclectic than one word or genre can express. Russell takes a deep dive into the well of his musical ancestors and pulls out all the stops to come up with a consistently outstanding outing. The recording is a melting pot of his influences, taking elements of jazz, blues, country, Americana and pop, to give it an overall crossover appeal that is hard to ignore. If music has a soul then Woody Russell is it and he knows exactly what he wants to communicate through his music. Every note and every word that he vocalizes comes from the depths of his heart and inner being. If music lovers are seeking an artist that is true and on course, then they need to look no further than Mr. Russell. Russell says it all when the album starts with the message ?This is all that I have/ I suggest that you take it? on the opener ?Light Like That. ? It doesn?t get any more self-explanatory than that. For the artist this was a very personal release so everything flows like a river of emotions and the music is the vehicle that delivers the goods. Delicious Days can be streamed and purchased on the Woody Russell Bandcamp page or purchased on iTunes or Amazon. com. Listeners are encouraged to check out the available stream and then help to support the artist and his musical endeavors. You can also support live music by catching Woody Russell on these upcoming concert dates: Friday Oct 5th† 2013 at 7:30pm One2One Bar 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite 600,†Austin, TX 78704 Saturday Oct 12th 2013 at 8pm The Bugle Boy 1051 N Jefferson La Grange, TX 78945 Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:30 PM Theatre 166 2425 W Parker Rd Carrollton, TX 75010 Contact: Woody Russell Company: CUTS Music Group Address: Austin, TX E-mail: cutsmusicgroup@gmail. com Website: http://www. woodyrussell. com Bandcamp: http://woodyrussell. bandcamp. com/ Amazon: http://tinyurl. com/pvsps5a iTunes: http://tinyurl. com/naw4oz9 PR Created and Distributed By MuzikReviews. com
European Singing Star Eric Van Aro Is Back With A Captivating New Jazz Album
European Singing Star Eric Van Aro Is Back With A Captivating New Jazz Album †An adventurous performer, Eric Van Aro is releasing his latest recording, Obsession Lugano, Switzerland-October, 8, 2013- Singer/songwriter/producer Eric Van Aro?s Obsession EP is scheduled to be released on October 18, the latest in dozens of recordings Van Aro has released, many on his Switzerland-based record company, Eraki. Multi-skilled Eric Van Aro combines his impressive singing with his activities as a producer, as a European radio and television personality, and as the founder of his recording and production company, Eraki Entertainment. He came by his various skills via the gifts of his lineage, as the descendant of a family of musicians and artists reaching back eight generations. † His mother is the great European singing star, Caterina Valente. † His father, Erik Van Aro, Sr. , is a German juggler and producer. † Growing up with parents whose booking obligations took them all over the world, Van Aro was primarily raised in Switzerland and London. ?My mother,? says Van Aro, ?spoke Italian to me as a child. † My father spoke German, and the nanny we had spoke French. ?† Add to that his exposure to English during the periods when the family was living in London. † The net result was a cosmopolitan upbringing that prepared him ? creatively, linguistically and personally ? for his musical and artistic ambitions. †By the early ?90s, Van Aro?s career had developed to the point where he was fully prepared to introduce himself to major European audiences via his self-conceived show, Freunde-Amici-Friends. A few years later, he was cast in the role of Captain Von Trapp in the Swiss production of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music. Over the past two decades, numerous Van Aro recordings preceded Obsession. Their remarkable diversity reflected his fascination with a colourful range of styles and genres embracing jazz, pop, rock, house, lounge, rap, world music and more. †† Obsession, however, leans more in the direction of contemporary, jazz-tinged song. Reminiscent at times of Caterina Valente?s convincing mastery of jazz and Brazilian-driven music, it includes five tracks ?† ?I?m Not Anyone,? ?Since I Fell For You? ?Rain?† ?Ordinary Fool?† and ?Obsession? ? in which he is backed by the sole accompaniment of the brilliant Italian jazz pianist Fabio Gianni. The results showcase the multi-layered depths of Van Aro?s skills as an interpretive artist. † With Gianni providing an irresistible rhythmic and harmonic foundation, Van Aro displays the full breadth of his musical story-telling ability to illuminate the essence of each of the songs in the Obsession program. ?I?m Not Anyone,? by Paul Anka, was included because of Van Aro?s fascination with the Sammy Davis, Jr. version, ever since he heard Davis sing it on a TV special in the early ?70s. ?Since I Fell For You? has been a hit since Annie Laurie?s version in the ?40s and, more recently, by George Benson. † Once again, Van Aro uses his lyrically expressive skills to bring it vividly to life from his own unique perspective. † ?Rain,? written and recorded by Dr. John, is remembered by Van Aro for the lush string orchestration by Claus Ogerman. † But this version, lacking the strings, nonetheless emerges as an equally captivating interpretation, blending Gianni?s superb backing with Van Aro?s intimate vocalizing. ?Ordinary Fool,? from the 1976 musical gangster film, Bugsy Malone, was written by Paul Williams and recorded by Mel Torme. † Van Aro?s version captures both the story-telling of the original as well as the jazz undercurrent of the Torme interpretation. † And, once again, Gianni?s propulsive backing provides the exact essence of jazz vitality. ?With You I?m Born Again. ? David Shire?s 1980 song, recorded by Billy Preston and Syreeta, is performed by Van Aro in a gently floating duet version with country singer/songwriter Sheri Pedigo. ?Obsession,? the title song of the album, composed by Brazilian singer/songwriter Dori Caymmi, revives the love of Brazilian music that has been present in Van Aro?s family since his mother, Caterina Valente, was one of the first artists to bring bossa nova to the U. S. and Europe. ?Dancing To The Rhythm. ?†† On the Stevie Wonder classic, Van Aro is backed by the dynamic vitality of the Iguazu Acoustic Trio, who have performed with him on several recordings. The results are memorable. † ?It does not get any better than this,? concludes Van Aro on the liner notes for Obsession. ?It?s what being in this line of work is all about. ? Eric Van Aro?s future in ?this line of work? appears to be on a definite upswing with the release of Obsession. † And what becomes eminently clear with every hearing of Van Aro in action ? recorded and live ? is that he is now entering a period of impressive musical authenticity with a strong jazz emphasis. At a time when young female singers have been dominating the jazz vocal category, Van Aro is displaying all the signs of emerging as a creatively significant male jazz singer. † And, with the many successes of his mother, Caterina Valente?s career serving as a model for her talented son, the sky?s the limit for the Van Aro future. - Don Heckman, International Review of Music (iRoM) * * * * * * * * Contact: Renee Carvicchio Company:† ERAKI Entertainment Address:† Casella Postale 91-Castagnola Switzerland Phone:† +41-91-9663226 Fax:† +41-91-9663226 Email Management:† rc@eraki. com Website: http://www. ericvanaro. com iTunes Catalog Link: http://tinyurl. com/mwv69kx † † PR Distributed By MuzikReviews. com
Marquee Sydney, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, 2009, Australia
Marquee Sydney is located on the entire top tier of The Star?s Pirrama Road harbour side entrance, commanding expansive views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline. With nearly 20,000 square feet of floor space, and a capacity for 1500 people, the venue is designed to house three distinct spaces within the one venue to cater for different tastes and moods.
Twice voted the number one nightclub in Australia, Marquee has built an undisputed reputation as the premiere entertainment destination and celebrity venue of choice with unbeaten national and international talent.
Awards for Marquee Sydney:
Australian Nightclub of the Year 2012 and 2013, Australian Bartender Magazine Awards.
Ledisi Returns To Philly With A Powerhouse Sound And Lineup - Thursday, May 1
Ledisiis an eight-time GRAMMY-nominated singer and songwriter with a voice that is simply out of this world?and she's coming to Philly once again! On May 1, you can check her out at the†Tower Theater†in West Philadelphia.
Ledisi brings together the sounds of soul, R&B, jazz and gospel into her music, and keeps her fans on the edge of their seat with her electrifying performances and impressive vocal range. Her album Pieces of Me, garnered three GRAMMY nods and showcased her work with two Philly notables; songwriting †duo Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barias.†Carvin and Ivan contributed their serious production talents on a few of Ledisi's tracks including the hit single ?I Gotta Get to You.?
Led's performance on Black Girls Rock, which aired on BET in 2010, alongside Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, and Kelly Price definitely solidified her as one of the powerhouse voices of this generation. Their rendition of ?Four Women? by Nina Simone left viewers in awe of the raw emotion and talent of the women on stage. It's a must see.†
Her new tour is in support of her latest release The Truth which features the hit single ?I Blame You.? Special guest on The Truth Tour will be the†Robert Glasper Experiment, brainchild of acclaimed jazz pianist and recent,Robert Glasper. The collective is comprised of Casey Benjamin (saxophone, vocoder), Derrick Hodge (bass), and Mark Colenburg (drums). Their GRAMMY-winning album Black Radio featured an array of hard hitting features from artists including GRAMMY-winner†Lalah Hathaway.
With a new look and her trademark stunning vocals, Ledisi is taking the show on the road and we can?t wait to see her here in Philly!
Ledisi The Truth Tour w/ Special Guest Robert Glasper Experiment When: Thursday, May 1, 8 PM Where: Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th Street, Upper Darby, PA Cost: From $46-75 Tickets: Click here to buy tickets.†
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Ledisi's new video for her single "I Blame You."†
Revamped Vintage Vessels - The DIY Modern Milk Glass Vases is a Fun and Feminine Home Project (TrendHunter.com)
(TrendHunter.com) While some people might find the clean white surface of vintage milk vessels perfect enough for their home, others will want to jazz them up in order to bring them into the 21st century with flair;...
The UK's only Jazz dance class where you can get taught the original underground Jazz dance style as seen in the trendy jazz clubs and then you join in and enjoy one of best jazz dance sessions in the UK. If you like hard jazz funk, Latin, bebop, Brazilian, Fusion and Jazz with like minded people the this is for you. be prepared to enjoy yourself in this friendly Sunday afternoon session.
Aaron Camper & Friends Takeover The Stage At World Cafe Live - February 26, 2014
BASSic Black Entertainment recording artistAaron Camperhas worked with some of the industry's biggest acts like Dirty Money, Mike Posner, Jill Scott and Tye Tribbett. From writing hooks to providing background vocals and instrumentation, Camper is an all around musician and performer. And, if you've ever caught one of Aaron's live shows, then you can definitely attest to the fact that he's picked up more than a few tricks of the trade while touring with megastars like†Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake.
Now, Camper is taking a moment away from the limelight of JT's 20/20 Experience Tour to shine a spotlight on Philly and a few of his musically-inclined pals. On February 26, all roads lead to West Philly music venue World Cafe Live, as Briclyn Entertainment and Singersroom.com team up to produce†Aaron Camper & Friends. †
Sounds for the night will be brought to you by touring turntablist DJ Aktive,†and singer/songwriter/producer triple-threat Eric Roberson will keep things flowing as host.
Roberson was part of the dynamic team of producers and songwriters that got their start in the music industry with DJ Jazzy Jeff's label†A Touch of Jazz. Since then, Roberson has released numerous solo projects, and recently joined forces with gospel juggernauts Fred Hammond, Bryan Courtney Wilson and Dave Hollister to form†The United Tenors.
Aaron Camper and crew are definitely set to show up in the name of some Philly feel-good music. So, grab your tickets and make your way to World Cafe Live to watch these musical phenoms tear up the stage. We'll see you there. †
Here's a quick rundown on the acts hand-picked by Camper:†
Astronauts Really Fly:†This eclectic group, headed up by emcee†Mont Brown†and producer†Pace-o Beats,†is known around town for their over-the-top energy during live performances. More than just a band, the collective has also launched a self-titled clothing line that's available at a various Philly retail locations, including Villa.†
Phoenix:†This†sultry R&B singer is signed to Beast Mode Entertainment,†the label spearheaded by NFL Super Bowl champion Raheem Brock.
Kontraband:†A super-group of extraordinary musicians, Kontraband consists of lyricists Scoop and Benni Basil, drummer Darrell Robinson, guitarist Ray Ray Holloman, bassist Wayne Moore, and percussionist Aaron Draper.†
Aaron Camper & Friends When: Wednesday, February 26, Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. Where: World Cafť Live, 3025 Walnut Street Cost: $12.50 in advance, $1750 at the door More Info: Click here to buy tickets online. †
Take a look at Aaron Camper?s latest video release for his single ?Breaking My Heart? featuring Mack Maine.
The Royal Family Ball | New Orleans Style - Lettuce, Soulive And More
Those headed down to New Orleans for Jazz Fest will have some tough decisions on their hands. It seems with each passing day there's another outstanding Jazz Fest evening show that gets announced. Today, comes news of an event called "The Royal Family Ball - Masquerage" featuring Soulive, Lettuce and Dr. Klaw with special guests Maceo Parker and George Porter Jr.. If you're into funk, attending this show is a no-brainer.
The Royal Family Ball - Masquerage will take place at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans on May 1. Tickets are available now via TicketFly.
Crisp and colourful grooves from an up-and-coming house producer...
Give winter the finger and put some silky spring into your dancefloor steps with a selection of crisp and colourful grooves from up-and-coming house producer Medlar.
Speaking of house, it pays to be reminded that you're allowed to, y‚know, enjoy it sometimes ‚ hell, even to crack the occasional smile. And the jazz-inflected, soul-stroking tones of Medlar‚s tunes are your ticket for that particular ride. But don‚t for a minute think this is fluffy house being put forth ‚ it‚s a selection defined by curve and finesse, just like Medlar‚s own productions.
The producer has been rising through the ranks recently, adding some magic to whatever club he‚s commanding, as well as through his own hypnotising tracks, reflected perfectly in his boundary-blurring, hip hop-referencing debut full-length from last year, ‚Sleep‚.
Inspired by the competing extremes of Australia and London‚s weather systems, Medlar's mix is a rich and reflective trip that works its way through wintry minimalism into blossoming spring grooves, via Sun Ra, Ron Hardy, Karizma and DJ Sprinkles.
Here‚s Medlar giving the low-down on his mix:
‚Partly inspired by the confusion of travelling to Australia in January and¬†returning to a very cold and wet London, I‚ve been wanting to put together¬†a mix of the range of house music I tend to be drawn to both in the summer¬†and winter months. So it starts quite cold and synthetic and opens up into¬†something a bit brighter towards the end. A winter-into-spring mix, if you¬†will!"
‚Recorded in my living room using two turntables and a 2-channel mixer. Not¬†much to say about any particular tracks included, but there are some of my¬†favourite records in there, so I hope y‚all enjoy them too.‚
Listen to it now... Grab it HERE. Right click, 'Save As...'
You could listen to the first track off of David Ward‚s Golden Future Time, then the last, and be forgiven for thinking they were by two different artists. The album is a musical journey in the most positive sense, combining indie rock, funk, soul, electronica, and disco with intelligent, heartfelt theatrical lyrics.
It‚s an record of two halves. The first sounds not unlike Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and Kasabian mashed together. The first track and single, ‚Slowly with the Night‚, opens with haunting vocals and a kick drum. It sets out the stall for the cinematic ambiance found throughout the album and leads effortlessly into into the second track ‚Lost‚. Here, synth is deployed expertly, creating a chilling beat that complements woe-filled lyrics. ‚Ghost in the Woods‚ and ‚Be Here‚ are beautiful songs, which tug at the heartstrings of the listener as Ward‚s lyrics movingly encapsulate sadness and tragedy. Last track on the first side 'Be Here' closes it out perfectly, setting up a dramatic contrast with the second half as Ward‚s voice and words are perfectly complimented by gorgeous piano playing. It probably won‚t make waves on any charts, but it‚s the centrepiece of the album, literally and musically.
Finally you hit the title track, and you feel like you‚ve entered a completely different world. Gone is the rock and roll and dark, grungey feel of the first half of the album. In its place are the beats and rhythms of an R&B/jazz fusion that has you thinking of bright lights and disco balls. The mood quickly shifts, as you come to expect with this album, and ‚Bird in the Hand‚ has a mellower feel to it, with the piano that was so effective in the first half of the album coming back to the forefront. A touch of James Blake oozes through, but there‚s still a distinct sound, that‚s mainly garnered through Ward‚s unique voice and tone. The closing track, ‚Fly‚, brings back the pace and the mood to the heights that were hit with Golden Future Time. By the end of the song you realise you‚ve come full circle, and wonder exactly how you started at Point A and managed to so successfully end at Point B.
People will rave about Ward‚s voice, his songwriting, and his ability to span genres, but it‚s all of this so neatly combined into one album that‚s the impressive feat. Until someone else comes along and proves they can sing like both Jeff Buckley and Michael Jackson, the only thing stopping David Ward from becoming a household name is the injustice of the music industry.