Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Brazilian Jazz Collective: A Unique Collaboration of Music On Tour In California


The Brazilian Jazz Collective, featuring Danny Green (piano), Ami Molinelli (percussion) and Eva Scow (mandolin), will begin their first California tour to present their unique collaboration of music on Sunday, November 29, 2009. The group performs an energetic mixture of originals laced with the repertoire of Chico Pinheiro, Guinga, Jovino Santos-Neto, and Chick Corea. The three musicians normally lead their own groups and come from a variety of different musical backgrounds, which creates an exciting blend of rhythms, melodic concepts and interpretations.

The Brazilian Jazz Collective will be appearing:

November 29th at Spazio in LA
December 2nd at Anthology in San Diego
December 4th at Red White and Bluezz in Pasadena
December 5th at Hero’s in Fresno
December 6th at Anna’s Jazz Island in Berkeley
December 9th at Steamer’s CafĂ© in Fullerton

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Four Star Review for Saltman Knowles New CD Yesterday's Man

Nathaniel Rolnick –
November 10, 2009
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Bassist Mark Saltman and pianist William Knowles previous album was titled It’s All About the Melody and clearly they still believe that. Yesterday’s Man boasts ten original songs (five by each partner) chock full of warm, satisfying melodious craft.
Yesterday’s Man boasts ten original songs (five by each partner) chock full of warm, satisfying melodious craft. The duo bandleaders revere traditional melody, the musical choice of a bygone type of man who, according to their press release, “dressed well, was articulate…had sophisticated tastes, integrity, a much longer attention span, and most of all…listened to good melodic music.” Ok, so maybe they have a slight case of nostalgia. Melody and substance are timeless and they show it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009



By Brian Soergel

Tom Braxton knew he needed to craft a tribute song to his good friend Wayman Tisdale for his seventh solo CD, Endless Highway. Tisdale was battling cancer, but his eternal optimism inspired Braxton and everyone else who knew him––his family, friends and fans. The saxophonist contacted frequent collaborator Jay Rowe, and together they drew the outline of a song. After hearing of the tribute, Tisdale told his good friend that he’d perform on it.

But it wasn’t to be. On May 15, after a courageous two-year battle that saw Tisdale lose a leg to cancer, the smooth jazz bassist and former college and NBA great died unexpectedly. After mourning Tisdale and being caught in a funk for a time, Braxton knew he had to finish the tune and asked Braylon Lacy to perform Tisdale’s bass parts.

“Braylon played in Wayman’s band for a few years,” Braxton said. “A lot of people will think that it’s Wayman when they hear it. When I heard the mix of it for the first time, my wife and I started crying because it sounded so much like Wayman and I playing together.”

The completed song, “That Wayman Smile!” is the centerpiece of Endless Highway, another groove-friendly CD from the smooth jazz saxophonist on the Pacific Coast Jazz record label.