Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunnyside Artists Live

Sunnyside Artists Live

Aug. 20 - Dan Tepfer Trio @ Bar LunAtico - Brooklyn, NY
Aug. 22 - Camila Meza @ Gwatson Gallery - Stonington, ME
Aug. 22 - Yuhan Su Quintet @ Bluebird - Brooklyn, NY
Aug. 25 - Camila Meza @ Hungry Brain - Chicago, IL
Sept. 1 - Duane Eubanks Quartet @ Cornelia St. Café - NYC
Sept. 1 - Roman Filiú Quartet @ The Cell Theater - NYC
Sept. 5 - Duane Eubanks Trio @ Rosemary & Vine - Rye, NY
Sept. 13 - Laszlo Gardony Quartet @ Regattabar - Cambridge, MA
Sept. 13-15 - Joey Calderazzo @ The Cotton Club - Tokyo, Japan
Sept. 16 - Jamie Baum Septet+ @ Roulette - Brooklyn, NY
Sept. 20 - Jamie Baum Septet+ @ Redwood Jazz Alliance - Arcata, CA
Sept. 20 - Dan Tepfer Acoustic Informatics @ Musique Aux Mines Festival - Paris, France
Sept. 20-21 - Benny Green @ Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA
Sept. 21 - Jamie Baum Septet+ @ Santa Clara University - Santa Clara, CA
Sept. 21 - Randy Ingram & Matt Brewer - Lifetime - Shizuoka, Japan
Sept. 21 - Cristina Pato Quartet @ Center for Faith and Life - Decorah, IA
Sept. 22 - Jamie Baum Septet+ @ Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA
Sept. 22 - Steve Cardenas Trio @ The Owl Music Parlor - Brooklyn, NY
Sept. 22 - Randy Ingram & Matt Brewer @ Pit Inn - Tokyo, Japan
Sept. 23 - Randy Ingram & Matt Brewer @ Yawata City Cultural Center - Kyoto, Japan
Sept. 24 - Jamie Baum Quartet @ Saddleback College - Mission Viejo, CA
Sept. 24 - Randy Ingram & Matt Brewer @ Le Club Jazz - Kyoto, Japan
Sept. 24 - Cristina Pato Quartet @ Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium - Athens, OH
Sept. 25 - Jamie Baum Quintet @ Blue Whale - Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 25 - Randy Ingram & Matt Brewer @ Star Eyes - Nagoya, Japan
Sept. 27 - Randy Ingram & Matt Brewer @ Frog - Tsukuba, Japan
Sept. 27-29 - Luciana Souza w/ The Yellowjackets @ Birdland - NYC
Sept. 28 - Randy Ingram & Matt Brewer @ Musashino Swing Hall - Tokyo, Japan
Sept. 29 - Christian Artmann @ Shapeshifter Lab - Brooklyn, NY - CD release for Our Story
Sept. 29 - Randy Ingram & Matt Brewer @ Body and Soul - Tokyo, Japan
Oct. 2 - Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project @ Sunset Jazz Club - Paris, France
Oct. 3 - Allison Miller & Carmen Staaf @ Jazz Standard - NYC - CD release for Science Fair
Oct. 3 - Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project @ Blue Note - Milan, Italy
Oct. 3 - Sara Serpa & Ran Blake @ Regattabar - Cambridge, MA
Oct. 4 - Walking Distance ft. Jason Moran @ Jazz Standard - NYC - CD releaes for Freebird
Oct. 4 - Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project @ Cri du Port - Marseille, France
Oct. 5 - John Raymond & Real Feels @ Cornelia St. Café - NYC
Oct. 6 - Christian Artmann @ The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, CT - CD release for Our Story
Oct. 6 - Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project @ AMR - Geneva, Switzerland
Oct. 7 - Randy Ingram & Drew Gress @ Mezzrow - NYC
Oct. 8 - Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project @ Porty & Bess - Vienna, Austria
Oct. 9-10 - Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project @ Cafe Montmartre - Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct. 10 - Michael Leonhart Orchestra @ Jazz Standard - Residency!
Oct. 11 - Vinicius Cantuaria @ The Mansion at Strathmore - North Bethesda, MD
Oct. 11 - Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project @ A-Trane - Berlin, Germany
Oct. 11 - Cristina Pato @ Weis Center, Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA
Oct. 12 - Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project @ Jazz Club Ferrara - Ferrara, Italy
Oct. 13 - Vinicius Cantuaria @ Arts Garage - Delray Beach, FL
Oct. 13 - Laszlo Gardony @ Amazing Things Arts Center - Framingham, MA
Oct. 14 - Harriet Tubman @ Ronnie Scott's - London, UK
Oct. 18 - Christian Artmann @ Jazz at Kitano - NYC - CD release for Our Story
Oct. 19 - Harriet Tubman @ Skopje International Jazz Festival - Skopje, Macedonia
Oct. 19 - Camila Meza @ BRIC JazzFest - Brooklyn, NY
Oct. 20 - Randy Ingram Trio @ Sam First - Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 21 - 9 Horses @ Good Shephard Church - Brooklyn, NY
Oct. 30 - Camille Bertault @ Jazz Standard - NYC

Don't forget the Mingus Big Band every Monday @ Jazz Standard in NYC!

Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner - Faroe (SUNNYSIDE RECORDS 2018)

The actions of simplifying and scaling down can change the dynamics of even the longest relationships. After having toured with the great saxophonist Mark Turner for a decade, guitarist Mikkel Ploug has decided to record a duo album in order to present a new representation of their musical interaction in an intimate setting. Both musicians truly shine on the new recording, Faroe. 

After he finished his music studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 2005, the Danish guitarist visited New York to play some sessions and take some lessons with a number of musicians. Ploug had written some tricky music for jazz quartet that was inspired by Turner’s Dharma Days recording, among others. After presenting the compositions to a number of his peers and heroes, Ploug was encouraged to approach Turner with the music with the goal of playing and, perhaps, recording with him. 

Turner liked the pieces and was happy to join Ploug’s Group, along with bassist Jeppe Skovbakke and drummer Sean Carpio. The Group has toured regularly over the past decade all over Europe. Although Ploug continues to enjoy the energy that the quartet can provide, he felt that it was time to do something different. Something scaled down to allow for a more subtle interaction between Turner and himself. On a trip to the Faroe Islands, Ploug began writing and planning for a duo recording at his hotel. 

Ploug intended to keep the core dynamic he had established with Turner, but highlight their melodic and chordal movement without the rhythm section’s percussive bombardment. This allows Turner to remain in a calm and heady role, rather than having to maintain volume and intensity. Having fallen for Turner’s dry tone and creative storytelling, Ploug wanted to establish a broad carpet of guitarsound to support the saxophonist but also allow himself to stretch further and broaden the guitars musical function.  

Judy Niemack & Jim McNeely (feat. Danish Radio Big Band) - New York Stories (SUNNYSIDE RECORDS 2018)

New York City is the center of many worlds, the jazz world being one of them. Musicians have always felt the pull of the Big Apple. The depth of talent, competition, and energy have made the City the epicenter of growth in the music. Vocalist Judy Niemack’s improvisation teacher Warne Marsh told her that she had to go and, once she did, she never looked back.

Niemack’s experiences, and friendships created, in New York have shaped her career and life. One of the most important friendships turned out to be that of the great pianist, composer and arranger Jim McNeely. Niemack’s new recording with McNeely, New York Stories, shows the depth of their musical and personal affinity as they present pieces they arranged together over the years, and, finally, have recorded together, along with the Danish Radio Big Band. 

When Niemack first arrived in New York, she lived in the guest room of saxophonist Ted Brown on Long Island before finding an apartment in the Bronx. Niemack then began to jump headlong into the local scene.

One of the first musicians she met was McNeely, who could be heard in many groups across the City, including Stan Getz’s ensemble and the Vanguard Orchestra. He heard her perform alongside Marsh at the saxophonist’s Village Vanguard residency. They struck up a fast friendship. McNeely became a sort of big brother figure to Niemack, always looking out for her and her best interests.

McNeely would go on to be musical director and arranger for the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. He was able to get Niemack invited to work on projects in 1993 and 2001. The first focused on the music of Thelonious Monk, while the other was focused on her lyrics on jazz compositions of various composers. For both projects, McNeely made sure that Niemack was involved in the arranging process. Aware of Niemack’s classical training, McNeely treated her voice as another instrument in the band, always making sure that she could handle his demands (she always said “yes”). Though the concerts were successes, the pieces were never recorded until now.

Niemack relocated to Europe in 1992 and has been teaching at the Jazz Institute of Berlin for a number of years. Colleague and trumpet player Gerard Presencer arranged for a project for Niemack and the Danish Radio Big Band in 2013. Because McNeely had led the Danish Radio Big Band from 1998 until 2002, taking the baton from the late, great Bob Brookmeyer, the Danes were only too happy to have McNeely collaborate on the project. The two old friends were finally able to record their beloved big band charts.

Jim McNeely - arranger, conductor
Judy Niemack - vocals
Anders Gustafsson - 1st trumpet
Christer Gustafsson - 2nd trumpet
Thomas Kjaergaard - 3rd trumpet
Mads La Cour - 4th trumpet
Lars Vissing - 5th trumpet
Vincent Nilsson - 1st trombone
Steen Nikolaj Hansen - 2nd trombone
Peter Jensen - 3rd trombone
Annette Saxe - 4th trombone
Jakob Munck Mortensen - 5th trombone
Nicolai Schultz - 1st alto sax
Peter Fuglsand - 2nd alto sax
Hans Ulrik - 1st tenor sax
Frederick Menzies - 2nd tenor sax
Anders Gaardmand - baritone sax
Per Gade - guitar
Nikolaj Bentzon - piano
Kaspar Vadsholt - bass
Søren Frost - drums

1. New York Stories 09:39
2. Suddenly (In Walked Bud) 06:58
3. Talk Awhile (It's Just Talk) 07:03
4. A Crazy Song To Sing (Misterioso) 11:19
5. I Should Have Told You Goodbye (Daahoud) 08:22
6. Straight Up To The Light (Talking To Myself) 09:21
7. Fragile 06:04
8. Round Midnight 09:04
9. It's Over Now (Well You Needn't) 06:41

Kobie Watkins Grouptet - Movement (ORIGIN RECORDS 2018)

Kobie Watkins Grouptet was started when over a conversation at a local restaurant in Rexburg Idaho, 3 guys got together and talked about inventions and trademark ideas.The sound of a band and the natural development of personnel.

Grouptet members are,  Kobie Watkins (Leader & Drummer), Justin Nielsen (Piano), Jonathan Armstrong (Saxophone), Ryan Nielsen (Trumpet), Aaron Miller (Bass)

“ Music makes me want to dance, we want you to feel the same”

In addition Kobie Watkins was the last touring and recording drummer with Sonny Rollins. 

Kobie has played and recorded with- jazz legend Sonny Rollins; Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Curtis Fuller, Bob Mintzer, John Patitucci, Arturo Sandoval, George Coleman, Ira Sullivan, Sonny Fortune, Roy Haynes; including Kurt Elling, Fred Anderson, Bobby Broom, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Orbert Davis, Ken Chaney, Ron Perrillo, Bethany Pickens, Ryan Cohan, Jarrard Harris and James Austin.  Additionally, Gospel singer Kim Burrell, R&B and Neo Soul artists Julie Dexter, Javier, Kendra Ross, Chris Robinson, and many others. Kobie has toured extensively in Africa, Europe, Asia, Canada, South America and the United States. A discography is also included.

Brad Whiteley - Presence (DESTINY RECORDS October 5, 2018)

For his sophomore album, pianist Brad Whiteley delivers Presence, a set of artfully textured originals tailormade for his top-flight band featuring Michael Eaton on tenor saxophone, Tom Guarna on guitar, bassist Matt Pavolka, and longtime drummer Kenneth Salters, who also played on Whiteley’s debut, Pathless Land. That album, an Editor’s Pick for DownBeat in June, 2014 in which critics dubbed Whiteley “an exciting young artist to watch” set the stage for the pianist as a composer and improvisor. Presence takes Whiteley’s artistry to a new level, demonstrating his ability to incorporate a world of influences into a warm, engaging whole, led by his hooked-filled writing and fluid pianism. The album is also somewhat of a Destiny Records family affair. Eaton, Guarna, and Salters have each released their own albums as leaders on the label, and Whiteley has filled the piano/keyboard chair on five Destiny albums aside from his own. Recorded at the world-renowned Avatar Studios (now the Power Station at BerkleeNYC) by Destiny’s own George Shalda, the outstanding musicianship of Presence shines with impeccable warmth and clarity.

Feeding Goats - Dreamtime (DESTINY RECORDS September 7, 2018)

Feeding Goats is the musical brainchild of Michael Hafftka (guitar) and Yonat Hafftka (theremin). Michael Hafftka is a well-known visual artist—his paintings are part of the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and others worldwide. The motivations and explorations that drive Hafftka's process as a painter are evident in his music. The long-form improvisation of Dreamtime, Feeding Goats’ seventh album and first for Destiny Records, is a perfect example of his creativity expressed through music.

Yonat Hafftka's theremin, sounding at times mystical and eerie, other times barking and percussive, is the perfect foil between the guitar textures of her husband, and of guest guitarist Cameron Mizell. Mizell brings his expertise with loopers and effects to create a wide palette of sounds for his fellow improvisors, who in turn present him with musical questions to answer and answers to question. In addition to his work with Feeding Goats, Hafftka composes music for his art installations and collaborations with other artists.

The next collaboration is with Vortice Dance Company in Portugal. Dreamtime was recorded and mixed by Yonat Hafftka at Feeding Goats Studio in Brooklyn, NY and mastered by Mike Shields in Austin, TX.

Michael Hafftka: Guitar
Yonat Hafftka: Theremin
Cameron Mizell: Guitar

Recorded March 6, 2018, in Brooklyn, NY

1. Thinning Separations
2. Soaked in Music
3. Of The Avant Garde
4. Not Creative
5. Creative
6. Time Was There
7. Time Wore Out
8. Time Will Last
9. Over Still Water
10. Speechless
11. Before The Almighty
12. Incomplete Moments

sum(titles) - Airless World (DESTINY RECORDS 2018)

Aeric Meredith-Goujon (bass, drums, vocals) and Cameron Mizell (guitar, effects), have collaborated as the musical backdrop for the Brooklyn-based experimental dance theater company ChristinaNoel & The Creature since 2015. Creating atmospheric textures and all variety of grooves for dancers provided the pair opportunities to improvise together as accompanists. As a separate musical entity, they create music under the moniker sum(titles), improvising within the parameters of their own curiosities. Meredith-Goujon’s layered beats and textures of electronic percussion, bass, and vocals form a foundation for Mizell’s strong melodic sensibilities and atmospheric adventures. Their debut album, Airless World, ventures from atonal improvisation to deep afrofunk grooves and instrumental hard rock. Gradual shifts in mood roam through sonic alien landscapes, finding familiar moments, like a forgotten dream that returns moments before waking. Recorded and mixed by Nolan Thies at The Bunker Studios in Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by Mike Shields in Austin, TX.

1. Before Dawn 07:18
2. Awake 02:58
3. The Feel of Clay 04:14
4. Mind Goes Dark 01:17
5. Lifting Fog 02:04
6. Shedding Skin 02:27
7. Only Weightless 04:21
8. No Lines In Nature 06:25
9. Reflection 01:18
10. Turning Stones 06:24
11. Reduction 02:43
12. You Can't Go Home Again 05:58
13. Nectar 02:58
14. Pins 05:42
15. Source Code 02:22
16. Airless World 10:06

Aeric Meredith-Goujon - bass, drums, vocals, loops
Cameron Mizell - guitars, effects, loops

Ryan Griffith - Aspects & Iterations (2018)

Recorded and mixed live at Sound Park Studios Northcote, Melbourne.

Ryan Griffith - guitar
Kim Kelaart - hammond organ
Mark Elton - bass
Aaron McCullough - drums

All songs by Ryan Griffith except track 2, 5, & 7

1. Tsuruhashi 13:05 04:37
2. West Coast Blues 06:48
3. The Last Minute Waltz 03:09
4. Malard 03:56
5. Wisteria 05:02
6. Ain't Gonna Grind No More 07:37
7. But Beautiful 03:20

Carmela Rappazzo New CD “Howlin’ At The Moon” + Upcoming Live Appearances

Appearing Live


Oscar Rossignoli-piano, Jasen Weaver-bass, Gerald T. Watkins Jr.-drums, Steve Lands-trumpet plus guests

Friday, September 7th
The New Orleans Jazz Museum
400 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

Friday, September 28th
Buffa’s Lounge
1001 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116


The quietly expressive singer teams up with New Orleans jazz musicians to introduce eight new songs plus an inventive revival of “Lullaby Of The Leaves.”

Carmela Rappazzo, a veteran jazz singer/songwriter, has experienced and observed a great deal about life during her periods living in New York, Los Angeles, New Mexico and New Orleans. She has the rare ability of being able to transform personal stories into memorable music. Howlin’ At The Moon, her sixth recording, pays tribute to her new adopted hometown of New Orleans, her friendship with the late Margaret Whitton (who inspired some of the songs), and her own episodic life which usually has had jazz as its soundtrack. On Howlin’ At The Moon, Ms. Rappazzo is joined by a swinging and supportive rhythm section (pianist Oscar Rossignoli, bassist Jasen Weaver, drummer Gerald T. Watkins Jr.), trumpeter Steve Lands, saxophonist Jeronne Amari Ansari and several guests, most notably Mahmoud Chouki on lutar during “State Of Grace.”

“Genie In A Bottle” introduces Carmela’s distinctive and playful voice in a story that asks if having a genie grant her wishes would result in having all of her problems solved and happiness taking over. Pete Snell guests and takes a quirky guitar solo that adds to the mood. “Keyhole” is a sensuous tale about seeing what happens behind closed doors while the dreamy atmosphere of “Haunted” relates the singer’s painful memories of a past love. “Howlin’ At The Moon,” a New Orleans parade tune with exuberant trombone from Mark McGrain, features the narrator cutting loose from the past, losing her inhibitions, and simply having a great time. “Rush Of Heat” is a swinger that states that having a strong physical attraction is not necessarily love. “State Of Grace,” a spiritual piece in memory of Margaret Whitton, very effectively features Chouki’s lutar and Ansari’s soprano.

“Lullaby Of The Leaves”, “Revenge”, a delicious tale of getting even with someone who did the singer wrong, and “Making My Way Back To You” (which has Carmela’s mellow vocal contrasting with the lyrics about a tumultuous journey) conclude the well-rounded and continually intriguing program. Born and raised in New York, Carmela Rappazzo heard classic music from an early age with her father and five uncles being swing musicians. She performed in off-off Broadway Theater and a few independent films before moving to Los Angeles. While in L.A. she worked with several notable film directors and also sang in local clubs with top jazz musicians. She made her recording debut with Black And White (a standards album with the Jon Mayer Trio) and Regarding Frank (a tribute to 1950s Frank Sinatra) with the legendary pianist Paul Smith. Carmela started writing songs, formed her own trio, and recorded mostly new songs on The Girl Who Dreams Out Loud. Her fourth album, Joseph City, mixed together fresh versions of standards with her own originals. During her period in New Mexico, Carmela acted in local theater productions and worked on the feature film A Bird Of The Air. Her 2013 CD Myths and Legends is comprised mostly of her songs about strong and difficult women, and love gone wrong.

A storyteller of picturesque tales and an appealing singer, Carmela Rappazzo is heard at her most creative and appealing on Howlin’ At The Moon, introducing memorable and personal songs that discuss topics that can be related to by a wide audience.

Oscar Rossignoli – piano
Jasen Weaver – bass
Gerald T. Watkins Jr.- drums
Steve Lands- trumpet
Jeronne Amari Ansari – sax
Mark McGrain – Trombone on ‘Keyhole’, ‘Howlin’ At The Moon’
Steve Glenn – Tuba ‘ Howlin’ At the Moon’
Mark Carroll and Paul Sanchez – backing vocals on ‘Howlin’ At The Moon’
Mahmoud Chouki – Lutar on ‘State of Grace’
Pete Snell – Guitar on ‘Genie In A Bottle’

1. Genie In A Bottle Carmela Rappazzo 4:00
2. Keyhole Carmela Rappazzo 4:13
3. Haunted Carmela Rappazzo 5:55
4. Howlin’ At The Moon Carmela Rappazzo 2:46
5. Rush Of Heat Carmela Rappazzo 4:14
6. State Of Grace Carmela Rappazzo 6:28
7. Lullaby Of The Leaves Joe Young/Bernice Petkere 4:22
8. Revenge Carmela Rappazzo 3:17
9. Making My Way Back To You Carmela Rappazzo 4:27

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