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Christine Hitt

The daughter of two musicians, Christine Hitt started her recording career with the MAXJAZZ record label in 1999. During her time in St. Louis as a jazz vocalist and pianist, Christine recorded and performed with Ugonna Okegwo, Bruce Barth, Montez Coleman, Peter Mayer, and Tom Kennedy, among others. Her solo CD You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To features drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist Tom Kennedy. The recording received international distribution and airplay. It can be heard on music streaming services for Sirius XM, Direct TV, Nordstroms, Gap, Olive Garden and American Airlines. Her upcoming release Magical Kite was recorded at Capitol studios and was produced by Geoffrey Keezer and features Jeff Hamilton, John Beasley, Bob Sheppard, and Gene Coye As a pop vocalist, Christine has recorded jingles for companies including Maxwell House, Anheuser Busch, Circle K and Ramada Inn

NEWS: OBITUARY

Richard McDonnell 1946 - 2014

Richard McDonnell 1946 - 2014

Richard “Rich" McDonnell, the former investment banker who founded and ran the independent St. Louis-based label MAXJAZZ, has died. He was 68. Several reports from friends on Facebook say that McDonnell had a stroke on Friday night while watching Houston Person and the Bill Charlap trio at Jazz at the Bistro, where he was a subscriber ...

Essential Elements

Label: MAXJAZZ
Released: 2013

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

MAXJAZZ Deal with Naxos Begins with Three New Releases

MAXJAZZ Deal with Naxos Begins with Three New Releases

After an initial announcement was made back in July of this year, the latest three releases from the St. Louis-based independent label MAXJAZZ are the first to be distributed under a new agreement with Naxos of America. Headquartered near Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee, Naxos is the leading independent distributor of classical music in the U.S. and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

MAXJAZZ Releasing Ben Wolfe's New CD from Here I See on Tuesday, April 2

MAXJAZZ Releasing Ben Wolfe's New CD from Here I See on Tuesday, April 2

The St. Louis-based independent label MAXJAZZ has scheduled the release of bassist/composer Ben Wolfe's new CD From Here I See for Tuesday, April 2. The album is Wolfe's second for MAXJAZZ, which previously released his CD No Strangers Here back in 2008. The NYC-based Wolfe is known for his work with Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Dena DeRose and Elizabeth Shepherd: Singin' Piano Players

Read "Dena DeRose and Elizabeth Shepherd: Singin' Piano Players" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianists/vocalists Dena DeRose and Elizabeth Shepherd illustrate different sides of the same coin with Travelin' Light--Live in Antwerp, Belgium and Rewind. The former is a sturdy statement of standards presented solo live in the cozy and organic confines of a European venue. The latter is a studio marvel by an inventive risk-taker walking on a jazz ...

The Best Thing for You

Label: MAXJAZZ
Released: 2012
Track listing: The Best Thing For You; Sing; Jogger Chronicles; Love Is For Dreamers; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Angel; Wabash; Before We Say Goodnight; Push Hands Anna; And So It Goes; Two Of A Kind; In The Days Of Our Love; Here's To The Chuckster; Proulx's Blues.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Proulx: The Best Thing for You

Read "The Best Thing for You" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

While female jazz vocalists outnumber male jazz vocalists five to one, it would be a fallacy to believe there is not a wealth of talent among the men singers. With Louis Armstrong and Chet Baker now memories, and Mark Murphy and Jon Hendricks in twilight, as Kurt Elling ascends their throne, there exists a vocal diaspora ...

NEWS: RECORDING

MAXJAZZ Releases New Solo CD by Pianist Dena Derose

MAXJAZZ Releases New Solo CD by Pianist Dena Derose

The St. Louis based independent label MAXJAZZ has released a new CD by pianist Dena DeRose called Travelin' Light. The album (pictured) is DeRose's fourth for the label and her first recording as a solo pianist. It was recorded live at The Chromatic Attic in Antwerp, Belgium, and features DeRose's interpretations of some familiar tunes (and ...

A New Kiss

Label: MAXJAZZ
Released: 2011
Track listing: Japanese Brunch; Lonely Cane; Strike Up The Band; Love You Tonight; Stinky; Round Midnight; Maintain Speed Through Tunnel; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; A New Kiss; Phi; Sama'i Shat Arabud.


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