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Expressive Vocalist Gary Brumburgh Releases "Moonlight" On Cafe Pacific Records

Expressive Vocalist Gary Brumburgh Releases "Moonlight" On Cafe Pacific Records

For vocalist Gary Brumburgh, the lyrics of a song are like dialogue from a play, and when he sings, he approaches the material much like an actor prepares for a role. The lyrics, along with the music, suggest to him a scene and a persona with distinct emotions and motivation. This technique allows him to pour ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Deborah Shulman: My Heart's In The Wind

Read "My Heart's In The Wind" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

My Heart's In The Wind is a modest and muted affair, understated in nature yet emotionally stirring in its own way. It's a collection of music that speaks directly to intimacy, loss, and the bends in life's road. The eleven tracks presented on this quiet beauty tap into a variety of emotions, with love, sadness, mourning, ...

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Michael Dees: The Dream I Dreamed

Read "The Dream I Dreamed" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

In describing his perspective of the state of certain vocal efforts existing today, a wag, respected for his pungent commentary, once said: “There's no substitute for crass." Yet, there are singers who dwell in more refined melodic places--environs of elegance and refinement--"musical champagne," if you will, who preach using melody, lyric and rhythmic subtleties. They are ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Getting To Know Peggy Duquesnel

Getting To Know Peggy Duquesnel

“Seems Like I Know You” EP due April 16th, first single features Lorber, Haslip and Braun Long Beach, CA (4 March 2013): Transitioning from straight-ahead jazz and inspirational music to showcase her skillset as a contemporary singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist Peggy Duquesnel got to know jazz fusion keyboard pioneer Jeff Lorber and bassist Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Deborah Shulman / Larry Zalkind: Lost In The Stars: The Music Of Bernstein, Weill & Sondheim

Read "Lost In The Stars: The Music Of Bernstein, Weill & Sondheim" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The respective output from compositional icons Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill and, to a lesser extent, Stephen Sondheim has frequently been putty in jazz musicians' and arrangers' hands, proving that malleability is a sine qua non for long-range success in writing; genius-level composing skills, of course, also tend to help.

While the actual act ...

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The Trio (Peter Erskine / Chuck Berghofer / Terry Trotter): Live @ Charlie O's

Read "Live @ Charlie O's" reviewed by John Kelman

Three Los Angeles session men with a massive collective résumé as sidemen but, with the exception of one--drummer Peter Erskine--diminutive discographies as leaders; one set of largely iconic standards; and one live set from a club where the players, called simply “The Trio," perform on a regular basis. Live at Charlie O's is a loving tribute ...

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The Trio: Live @ Charlie O's

Read "Live @ Charlie O's" reviewed by Martin Gladu

There are a myriad of different opportunities for in-demand drummer Peter Erskine to invest himself in, both as a musician and as an entrepreneur. Why then would he elect to bivouac at a local bar to play standards? Well, it may have something to do with the fact that that's what jazz is; jamming on show ...

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The Trio: "Live" @ Charlie O's

Read ""Live" @ Charlie O's" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

High-brow concept albums and lofty recording projects seem to come out every day and many people tend to get hung up on ideas, overlooking the fact that actual musicianship is also central to the art of creating music of substance. Sometimes, some of the most satisfying musical moments simply arrive when like-minded musicians sit down and ...

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Larry Carlton: Greatest Hits Recorded Volume One

Read "Greatest Hits Recorded Volume One" reviewed by John Kelman

Since emerging as a ubiquitous session ace--his sweet tone and lyrical bent creating some of the 1970s' most definitive guitar solos for artists including The Crusaders, Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell--Larry Carlton has combined unerring melodic instincts and stunning harmonic knowledge into a discography as accessible as it is deep. For some, he's veered too close ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

April Jazz at Charlie O's

April Jazz at Charlie O's

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and we look forward to seeing you in April for great jazz performances.

A BIG birthday celebration for Jo-Ann the 3rd with Rickey Woodard, John Heard, Roy McCurdy and Lanny Hartley, a birthday celebration for Judy Wexler on the 26th, a birthday celebration for Don Menza on the 25th, a special ...