Venisha Brown, one of the daughters of the late “Godfather of Soul” James Brown and the late Yvonne Fair, formerly of the Chantels, died Wednesday.
She was 53 years old.
Brown died at Augusta University Health Medical Center in Augusta due to complications from pneumonia, according to a release from the James Brown Family Foundation.
A songwriter and musician, Brown was active in the foundation and is remembered as one who fully embodied the dance moves of her father., who died on Christmas Day 2006.
“The family thanks everyone for their prayers and telephone calls,” according to the release. “ At this time we ask that you respect the privacy of the family . “
Funeral arrangements are yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils.
JAMP is a musical, instrumental, initiative year-round educational hub designed for the youth to discover their musical ability.
THE GIBSON BROTHERS & THE MAGIC PLATTERS - A Tribute to the Soul Music -
KNOKKE-HEIST, Grand Casino Knokke
Zaterdag 17 november 2018 om 20u30
THE GIBSON BROTHERS: HITS, HITS EN... NOG MEER HITS
The Gibson Brothers touren al 40 jaar de wereld rond met hun aanstekelijke mix tussen disco en salsa. De drie broers Chris, Patrick en Alex Gibson scoorden al gauw enkele wereldhits die ook vandaag nog door iedereen kunnen worden meegezongen. Non Stop Dance en Que Sera Mi Vida haalden in Vlaanderen zelfs een nummer 1 positie in de hitlijsten, maar ook Come To America, Cuba en Latin America haalden de charts.
Na een succesvolle passage tijdens de zomer van 2017 in Het Witte Paard te Blankenberge zijn de broers terug aan de Belgische Kust met een fantastisch project en dit exclusief voor Knokke. De 3 broers uit Martinique bewijzen elke show dat ze nog niks aan enthousiasme hebben ingeboet, en weten met hun stomende set het publiek probleemloos aan het dansen te brengen.
A TRIBUTE TO THE MAJOR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF SOUL MUSIC
The Gibson Brothers willen op zaterdag 17 november 2018 een ode brengen aan hun helden: James Brown, Otis Reading en natuurlijk ook de onvergetelijke Aretha Franklin. Hiervoor brengen ze onder hun leiding een twaalfkoppige liveband mee. Na een eigen carrière van meer dan 40 jaar voelen The Gibson Brothers zich klaar om het ultieme eerbetoon te brengen aan "hun meesters" met een gloednieuwe show in Belgische première: "A Tribute to the Soul Music".
SPECIAL GUEST: THE MAGIC PLATTERS
Speciale gasten voor deze niet te vergeten avond zijn de legendarische Platters (USA). The Platters zijn vooral bekend van hun harmonieuze en ongeëvenaarde samenzang. De groep heeft onmiskenbare klassiekers in hun repertoire zoals Only You, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes en natuurlijk The Great Pretender
Rubies hold a special place amongst the world’s rarest natural treasures. The most sought-after of the corundum family, the gemstone’s crimson hue instantly catches attention—as if extracting passion from the earth itself and crystallizing it in mineral form. Similarly, Macy Gray occupies a rare space in the canon of modern music.
That unmistakable rasp, unshakable grasp on soul, and funky spirit ensured her status as a 21st century icon since her arrival with the triple-platinum How Life Is in 1999. Selling over 25 million total albums globally, winning a GRAMMY® Award and two BRIT Awards, collaborating with everyone from Ariana Grande to Galactic, and enchanting fans all over the world, her voice has consistently resounded throughout pop culture. Eternally enamored and enthralled with her voice and presence, a devout fan base that transcends genres, generations, and creeds celebrates her work—album after album and tour after tour.
Most recently, 2016’s Stripped earmarked a creative high point, garnering unanimous acclaim from Vogue, Vice, and many more. At the same time, she remains a force of nature on tour, selling out venues in nearly every corner of the globe two decades into her storied career. Macy’s talents resound beyond music as well. She starred in Tyler Perry’s Black Reel Award-winning For Colored Girls and would grace the screen everywhere from Brotherly Love and Cardboard Boxer to NETFLIX’s hit Fuller House. Moreover, she made a now legendary appearance in Training Day alongside Academy® Award winner Denzel Washington—one of many on-screen hallmarks.
Now, her tenth full-length album, RUBY [Artistry Music/Mack Avenue], reaffirms and reasserts that signature rarity millions continue to treasure.
“I love the gem ruby,” she explains. “It’s so regal. I really wanted a title that would stick. The stone is also red of course, which is my favorite color. It’s rich and has history. It’s classic—and so is this album.”
Channeling the spirit of the “grimy” R&B and smoky jazz closest to her heart, Macy made a leap forward by looking back to formative inspirations. However, she updated those elements with enriched, entrancing, and enigmatic soundscapes brought to life by producers Johan Carlsson [Michael Bublé, Maroon 5], Tommy Brown [Jennifer Lopez, Fifth Harmony, Travis Scott], and Tommy Parker Lumpkins [Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber].
Video for Macy's latest single ''White Man''
Macy Gray tourdates Europe:
30 OCT – Astra - Berlin, Germany
01 NOV – Mojo Club - Hamburg, Germany
02 NOVEMBER – La Madeleine - Brussels, Belguim
03 NOVEMBER – Theater der Künste - @JAZZ NO JAZZ - Zurich, Switzerland
05 NOVEMBER – PAARD - Den Haag, Netherlands
06 NOVEMBER – TivoliVredenburg - Utrecht, Holland
07 NOVEMBER – Salle Pleyel - Paris, France
09 NOVEMBER – Ronnie Scott’s - London, UK
10 NOVEMBER – Ronnie Scott’s - London, UK
Jazz Batá 2 -Available November 16 on Mack Avenue Records
Album Feat. Regina Carter, Yelsy Heredia, Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé, Yaroldy Abreu Robles
Read the Album Announcement & Listen to First Single "100 Años de Bebo" Exclusively on WBGO.org
"A pianist of imperial command, possessed of a dazzling,
deceptively casual virtuosity." - The New York Times
"Chucho Valdés is literally a towering figure of Cuban music made on the island." - NPR
"As a pianist, compsoer and arranger, Chucho Valdés has become one
of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz" - Billboard
"An encyclopedic vocabluary of Afro-Cuban rhythms and an expansive
palette that includes all manner of modern jazz as well as traditional
classical repertoire." - The Boston Globe
Jazz Batá 2, composer, pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés’ first album for Mack Avenue Records, marks a new peak of creativity for the artist, even as it revisits the small-group concept of his 1972 Cuban album Jazz Batá. That album upon release was originally considered experimental at the time, but the trio project – featuring no drum set and two virtuosi who would subsequently be charter members of Irakere: Carlos del Puerto (bass) and Oscar Valdés (batâ: the sacred, hourglass shaped drums of the Yoruba religion in Cuba) – would now be considered contemporary.
Recorded in two and a half days at John Lee’s studio in New Jersey, Jazz Batá 2 is both rhythmic and lyrical at once. The six-hand complexity of the batá repertoire – the deep classical music of West Africa – permeates Valdés’ piano solos throughout the album. “I applied to my solos the different rhythms of the batá,” he says. “The piano is of course a harmonic instrument, but it’s percussive too, and you can play percussion with it.”
Valdés set the batá-driven small-group format aside in the wake of Irakere’s explosive popularity in 1973, but he’s always wanted to get back to it. Now he’s done it with Jazz Batá 2, “with more resources, in every sense,” he says, “with a wider panorama.”
It’s an exceptionally tight band. All of the three supporting musicians – Yaroldy Abreu Robles, Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé, and Yelsy Heredia – are from the Guantánamo region and have deep roots in Cuban musical culture as well as being conservatory-trained. Yelsy and Dreiser grew up together, went through music school together, graduated together, and have been playing music side-by-side literally all their lives. Yaroldy, who plays a wide variety of drums – congas, batá, bongó, orchestral percussion – has been working with Valdés for 20 years. “He always knows what I’m going to want to do,” says Valdés.
Jazz Batá 2 also marks the centenary of Valdés’ late father and teacher, Ramón “Bebo” Valdés (b. 1918). These two giants of Cuban music shared a birthday – October 9 – so Bebo’s 100th will be Chucho’s 77th. Between the two of them, they’ve exercised a massive musical influence since the 1940s. Bebo’s 1952 creation of the commercially failed but artistically successful batanga – which combined batá drums with a state-of-the-art jazz band – was a direct inspiration for the batá-driven jazz of Irakere, as well as for Jazz Batá and its sequel being released 46 years later. This stretch of time reinforces the enduring and magnificent career Valdés has cultivated over the 77 years of his life, with no signs of slowing down and never one to conform or expand the boundaries of his musical inventions.
Track-by-Track for Jazz Batá 2:
Obatalá: A mini-suite evoking Valdés’s santo in the Yoruba religion of Cuba (santería), with a liturgical rhythm that belongs to Obatalá, the god of wisdom and justice. “Yelsy Heredia’s bowed-bass solo has a spiritual dimension,” says Valdés, “played as if calling the ancestors. It finishes with all of us singing one of the most beautiful of Obatalá’s melodies.”
Son XXI: Beginning with a section that Valdés calls “half Cecil Taylor style, half Muhal Richard Abrams style,” it transforms into a catchy composition by the late Cuban composer Enrique Ubieta that plays with rhythmic clusters. It’s a new framing of a number that reaches back to the first Jazz Batá and beyond; Valdés first performed it in 1963 in the Teatro Musical de La Habana.
Luces: Composed only two weeks before the recording session and featuring one of Valdés’ most interesting solos ever, this is perhaps the first-ever bolero (romantic ballad) with congas and batá. “It gives the bolero rhythm a different sabor,” says Valdés of the batá, as do the tune’s augmented-chord harmonies.
Ochún: Syncretized with the Catholic saint La Caridad del Cobre, protector of Cuba, the Yoruba orisha Ochún represents feminine beauty. She loves sweet music, so she’s saluted with a violin. Regina Carter was the obvious call; the two musicians have been friends for years. The rhythm is a merengue haitiano – another nod to Bebo, who spent quality time working in Haiti.
Chucho’s Mood: Another of Bebo’s innovations was the descarga, or Cuban jam session (1952’s immortal “Con Poco Coco”). This is a descarga, built on a rhythmic three-note tumbao (G, B, C). “It’s like a tornado,” says Valdés, “it gathers, gathers, builds, and builds.”
100 Años de Bebo (100 years of Bebo): A tune by Bebo, rescued from oblivion by Valdés, played by Regina Carter, and set as a danzón-mambo. “No one’s heard this tune,” he says, “I’m the only person who knows it. When I was a child, Bebo played it on the piano at home. Just a tune, very beautiful, and as many times as he played it, it always captured my attention. I don’t believe he ever recorded it. Since it’s his centenary, I added an introduction, I put a tumbao at the end, and recorded it.”
El Güije: A güije is a mythical Cuban creature that lives in the river. This tune, which Valdés refers to as a bembé (sacred party), is based on a rhythm created by percussionist Dreiser Durruthy, and features him speaking in the Kikongo-derived sacred language of the Afro-Cuban religion known as palo.
The Clown: A piano solo, dedicated to Maurice Ravel, that Valdés composed when he was with the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna (of which he was a founder, in 1967). It’s a theme-and-variations: “I go impressionist, I go a little avant-garde, I play batá on the piano…”
For more information on Chucho Valdés, please visit: Chucho-Valdes.com
Birdsong At Morning Spins Elegant Tapestries of Sound, Words, and Music on New Album “Signs and Wonders”
From the quietly ambitious 4-CD box set debut, “Annals of My Glass House” (2011), through the expansive territory of “A Slight Departure” (2015), to the masterful new album, “Signs and Wonders” (2018), Birdsong At Morning has garnered rave reviews and airplay around the world.
Led by songer/songwriter Alan Williams, along with compatriots Darleen Wilson (guitar) and Greg Porter (bass), and a host of new and old collaborators, Birdsong At Morning spins elegant tapestries of sound, words, and music.
Produced by leader Alan Williams, the band's new album contains 10 original compositions by Alan, and an inventive (and timely) interpretation of Supertramp's “The Logical Song.” Joining the core trio of Alan, Darleen and Greg, are drummer Ben Wittman (Sting, Paula Cole, Laurie Anderson) and guitarist Thomas Juliano (Seven Mary Three, Aimee Mann), along with a 20-piece string orchestra. Basics were recorded with David Minehan at Woolly Mammoth Sound, and the strings were recorded at WGBH, engineered by Antonio Oliart. The album was mastered by Grammy award winner Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, and the Blu-Ray was authored by Neil Wilkes of Opus Productions, the same folks behind the King Crimson, Yes, and XTC reissues.
Says Alan, “Just as the album art is a bold, full-color shift from our previous sepia-toned artwork, so the music inside represents a wider sonic spectrum, and musical pace. The general theme is that there is often hidden and overlooked beauty to be found in unexpected places. There are references to the natural environment in many of the songs, and some of these are contrasted with a more urban experience, or interior mindset. To quote the title song, 'take a look around.'”
“Signs and Wonders” is available for streaming and download on September 28, 2018, but will also be issued in a 2-disc CD/Blu-ray package, with 44.1/16 stereo mixes on the CD, and 96/24 vocal and instrumental mixes in stereo, LPCM 5.1 surround sound, and DTS-HD 5.1 surround sound, along with a 16-page lyric book.
Additionally, there are videos to accompany every song on the album. These videos are available on the Blu-ray, and will be posted on YouTube throughout the year.
Watch Birdsong At Morning's video for the lead track from the album, “Waterfall”: https://youtu.be/hKvksNVhkeo
Formed in 2008, Birdsong At Morning began as an exercise in resurrecting long-dormant musical energies. Williams and Porter had gone to the New England Conservatory of Music, then played together in several groups, notably the star-crossed folk-rock ensemble, Knots and Crosses. Porter was a founding member of Talking To Animals, before playing for Aimee Mann and Patty Griffin, among others. Wilson established herself as a groundbreaking recording engineer in Boston, working with a broad spectrum of artists from punk (Salem 66), to pop (New Kids On The Block), before becoming the pre-eminent producer of New England singer/songwriters – Bill Morrissey, Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Chris Smither.
During the long period between the demise of Knots and Crosses – a demise precipitated by their calamitous signing with Island Records – and the formation of Birdsong At Morning, Williams embarked on parallel careers in music production and academia. He served as musical director for Dar Williams and engineered a number of records for Patty Larkin, while earning a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Brown University. He is currently Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he also serves as the Richard and Nancy Donahue Endowed Professor of the Arts, and has published a number of scholarly chapters and journal articles, all while maintaining a presence as a creative, performing musician. In his spare time, he is also a certified yoga instructor.
The depth of experience present in every aspect of the band's work helps to explain the professional quality that exists in this totally DIY project. The group releases its own records, designs its packaging, and does much of the engineering and musical production work. Of course, like many indie-minded endeavors, Birdsong At Morning is assisted by extraordinarily talented friends – long-time collaborative partner Ben Wittman (Paula Cole, Laurie Anderson, The Story) plays drums, Greg’s Talking to Animals compatriot Thomas Juliano frequently contributes guitar, and the band’s last two albums were recorded with David Minehan (The Neighborhoods, Paul Westerberg, Aerosmith) at his studio Woolly Mammoth Sound, and mastered by Grammy award winning engineer, Adam Ayan.
(September 19, 2018) During the 1960s Detroit was flush with such musical riches that sometimes great artists never quite got their full due, even as they created wonderful music. Such was the case with the Elgins, who were part of the Motown hit machine and scored the 1966 smash “Heaven Must Have Sent You (written by Holland-Dozier-Holland), but who are sometimes forgotten in the recollections of Detroit’s greats. We’re sad to inform SoulTrackers of the death of group co-founder Johnny Dawson.
Along with Robert Fleming, Cleo "Duke" Miller and Norman McLean, Dawson had recorded as The Downbeats before signing to Motown and changing their name to The Elgins. They added vocalist Saundra Edwards and scored a hit with “Darling Baby” in 1965.
Their follow up single, the Holland-Dozier-Holland penned "Heaven Must Have Sent You," shot up the pop and soul charts, and became the group’s signature song. Unfortunately, by the end of 1967, with no other hits, the Elgins broke up, seemingly for good. But a reissue of “Heaven Must Have Sent You” in the early 70s became a hit in Europe, and the group toured on it. That success also led to a reunion on Ian Levine’s retro Motorcity label in the 80s, and the group recorded into the 90s with moderate success.
Johnny Dawson was another important contributor to the glory days of Detroit soul music, and he will be missed.
For a more complete biography of The Elgins, visit http://www.uncamarvy.com/5Emeralds/5emeralds.html
ARTURO O’FARRILL JOURNEYS TO THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER TO ERASE ATIFICIAL DIVIDING LINES TO ENVISION A FUTURE OF INCLUSION AND COLLABORATION BETWEEN NATIONS
Fandango at the Wall: A Soundtrack for The United States, Mexico and Beyond –
Available September 28 on Resilience Music Alliance
Inspired by the Fandango Fronterizo Festival, O’Farrill and Kabir Sehgal Bring Together the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with over 60 Musicians including Mandy Gonzalez, Regina Carter, Akua Dixon, Antonio Sanchez & Young People's Chorus of New York
From the barrage of “breaking news” alerts on the 24-hour news cycle to the incessant buzz and chirp of social media, there’s no shortage of reminders of the things that divide us: walls being built, lines being drawn, the notion of “difference” being wielded as a political weapon.
That’s what makes an artist like Arturo O’Farrill such an important voice for these times. As a pianist, composer, bandleader, educator, activist, and founder of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, O’Farrill has dedicated his life to not only crossing artificial borders but to erasing them in his wake. With his latest project, Fandango at the Wall, O’Farrill has created a stunningly ambitious and profoundly moving work that showcases the rich fruits that can grow from common ground.
Fandango at the Wall, due out September 28 via Resilience Music Alliance, is the brainchild of O’Farrill and his longtime collaborator and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, Kabir Sehgal. The project brings together brilliant voices from a variety of cultural and musical traditions to tear down a variety of walls that isolate us – physical, musical, or cultural. The piece was inspired by Jorge Francisco Castillo, a musician and retired librarian who has organized the Fandango Fronterizo Festival for the past decade. The annual event gathers son jarocho musicians on both sides of the border wall between Tijuana and San Diego for a celebratory jam session.
“I found that idea so touching and elegant in its activism,” O’Farrill recalls. “I held it inside my soul and spoke to everyone I could about my hope to join the Fandango Fronterizo and record at the border, bringing special guests and making it a true collaboration.”
O’Farrill’s esteemed Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Castillo’s son jarocho musicians came together at the border, joined by a more than 60 gifted musicians representing both sides of that divide as well as several of the countries targeted by President Trump’s travel ban: Broadway singer-actress Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, In the Heights); jazz greats Regina Carter (violin), Akua Dixon (cello), and Antonio Sanchez (drums); multi-talented Mexican violin trio The Villalobos Brothers; son jarocho greats Patricio Hidalgo, Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández, and Tacho Utréra; French-Chilean rapper-singer Ana Tijoux; Iraqi-American oud master Rahim AlHaj and his trio; Iranian sitar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi; and many others.
“Thinking about this awful, awful moment in history – not just American history but world history – I wanted to confront the darkness that has overcome all our lives,” O’Farrill says. “Faced with such stupidity and mediocrity, why not at least try to do something valuable? My first thought was to bring not just great artists but also people from marginalized nations. We understand that humanity and community are so much stronger than cultural constructs, physical walls, or geo-political borders. We saw this in action: we saw our people fall in love with their people and become one people.”
A bestselling author, investment banker, and military veteran, Sehgal helped transform O’Farrill’s long-held dream into a reality despite the logistical and political hurdles. Ultimately the project took on three forms: this astoundingly gorgeous album of music; a book on the history of the troubled U.S.-Mexico relationship with a foreword by renowned historian Douglas Brinkley and an afterword by former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young; and an in-production documentary focusing on the lives of the son jarocho musicians.
“It falls upon private citizens and individuals to promote cross-border friendship and rapprochement,"
Sehgal writes in his liner notes. “And that is ultimately the goal of Fandango at the Wall: to bring the people of the United States and Mexico together through music. After all, we don’t just share a border but families and friends, histories and futures. Our countries are interconnected, and our fates are interlinked.”
What is most striking about the music of Fandango at the Wall is that for all of the anger, frustration and strife that fueled its creation, it is an intensely joyous celebration that exults in the universal language of music. That notion has become a cliché, but it’s one that O’Farrill has always thrived on making vividly and unpredictably real. Hence the surprising hybrid of approaches on display: not just a mélange of world musics, but virtuosic jazz and striking contemporary classical approaches.
“It’s not just geopolitical borders that offend me,” O’Farrill explains. “It’s also cultural construct borders – the idea that there’s a high music and a low music, a high culture and a low culture. The belief that folk music isn’t as impressive or as important as jazz, or that Middle Eastern music isn’t valid because it’s not born in America. I wanted to destroy these walls, and in fact I found out that the presence of borders and walls and constructs serves an incredible purpose – it unites us in opposition even more than it divides us.”
Another border torn down by Sehgal and O’Farrill was the one between the pristine conditions of the recording studio and the thrilling festivities of the Fandango Fronterizo. Fandango at the Wall flows seamlessly between both settings, with five sessions undertaken in recording studios and outdoors at a live session straddling the border with music freely crossing back and forth.
“The most terrifying thing about being human is the fear of other people,” O’Farrill concludes. “Very few people have the freedom of spirit to embrace things they don't understand. So I really love the idea that Mexican families who enjoy jarocho music will be introduced to the virtuosity of Regina Carter, or that hardcore jazzheads will discover Patricio Hidalgo. I’m hoping that people will listen to this album and whether or not they understand the words or enjoy the music, they’ll take a moment to think about human beings that are not like them.”
“Fandango at the Wall is ultimately a project of convergence,” Sehgal writes. “I hope that as you listen to this music, you’ll hear the possibilities of what the relationship between the United States and Mexico can become. And that we as artists and activists continue to create the world in which we want to live.”
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THREE-TIME GRAMMY® NOMINEE JOEY ALEXANDER FOLLOWS UP ACCLAIMED SPRING RELEASE ECLIPSE WITH NEW SPIRITUALLY & SOCIALLY FOCUSED RECORDINGS, HIGH PROFILE EAST & WEST COAST PERFORMANCES, & THREE NEW STUDIO VIDEOS
Unique New Projects with Themes of Faith & Peace Shed Light on Alexander’s Personal Convictions & Musical Versatility
Key Fall Dates
Release Date for Alexander’s Spiritually Uplifting Christmas Singles:
“Oh Come All Ye Faithful” & “What A Friend We have In Jesus”
+ Premiere of “Joey Alexander with Strings at JALC’s Rose Theater (NYC)
Sept. 21 (UN International Day of Peace):
Release Date for Legion of Peace (Songs Inspired by Nobel Laureates)
From the Lori Henriques Quintet feat. Joey Alexander w/ Muhammad Yunus (A Children’s Music Album Inspired by Nobel Peace Laureates)
December 13-16: Residency at SFJAZZ - MINER HALL
New York, NY – September 20, 2018 – Following the release of his critically acclaimed Spring album Eclipse, three-time GRAMMY® nominee Joey Alexander embarks on an exciting fall that includes the release of new music, some high-profile U.S. performances and the unveiling of three compelling in-studio videos from his Eclipse sessions. Alexander shares his musical voice via two unique new jazz releases evoking themes of Faith, Goodwill and Peace. All showcase different facets the 15-year-old’s expanding artistic depth and versatility.
Despite universally familiar traditions, Christmas has always been a holiday celebrated by each family and individual in their own personal style. On October 19, Alexander will unveil his own distinctive way to celebrate the holidays with his soulful and uplifting interpretations of the Christmas carol “O Come All Ye Faithful” and the beloved Gospel hymn “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.”
Alexander refers to the Christmas season as “simply the best time of year,” and as an artist who has routinely cited his faith as a central source of inspiration, the opportunity to record and release this music holds deep meaning for him. “My faith in Christ has helped keep me grounded,” says Alexander. “I chose ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus,’ because Christmas is really about our relationship with Jesus, above all the usual Christmas season traditions.” As Alexander first experienced this Gospel song on Aretha Franklin’s iconic 1972 recording, he comments that his new recording of the classic also doubles as a tribute to the Queen of Soul, who he has loved since childhood and considers a key influence.
Also in the spirit of creating music with deeper meaning, Alexander chose this year to participate in Legion of Peace, a jazz-based Children’s music album with musical profiles of eight of our the world’s greatest peacemakers, namely the Nobel Peace Laureates Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, Leymah Gbowee, Jimmy Carter, Jody Williams, Ralph Bunch, Wangari Maathai and Muhammad Yunus (who provides the spoken word introduction to Legion of Peace.) Written and sung by GRAMMY®-nominated children’s music artist Lori Henriques, Legion of Peace comes out on Motema on September 21 (to celebrate the U.N. International Day Of Peace) and also features fellow Motéma artists Pedrito Martinez and Oran Etkin.
“I became interested participating in Legion of Peace band after hearing the project’s goals to promote peace, hope, and justice,” reflects Alexander, who also included his own songs with similar inspiration titled “Peace” and “Faithful” on his Spring release, Eclipse. “I think musicians have to be a force for good in the world. I hope my music brings people together and touches them in many ways: encouraging them, bringing them joy and peace, and reaches them spiritually.” Alexander, who anchors Henriques’ quintet from the piano chair, also improvises four almost Ravelian solo-piano preludes on the project which reveal yet another side to his creativity.
June 2018, when Alexander turned 15, also marked the fourth year since he burst onto the New York jazz scene by performing at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2014 Gala at the Rose Theater in New York City. At the gala, then ten-year-old Joey Alexander performed his astonishing rendition of Monk’s ‘Round Midnight which inspired a spontaneous ovation from the astute audience, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the host Billy Crystal. After that momentous occasion, word spread quickly about the young family who had brought their extraordinary son to New York, so he would be able to progress further as an artist by ‘playing with the best musicians.’ What transpired next was one of the most rapidly ascendant careers ever seen in jazz. Now, four years, four releases and three GRAMMY® nominations later, the question of whether Alexander is the real deal, is no longer raised; the only question is, what will he do next? This year he returns to Rose Theater to perform with strings for the first time on October 19-20. “Joey Alexander with Strings” will showcase Alexander’s original compositions from Countdown and Eclipse, as well as perhaps some Monk and some spiritual offerings (collaborating with acclaimed composer/arranger Richard DeRosa on string arrangements).
Alexander also looks forward this fall to unveiling three never before seen in-studio videos from his Eclipse sessions this fall: a five camera shoot of the recording of his composition “Faithful,” featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman just released; a fascinating single camera video that witnesses the ‘birthing’ of the title-track “Eclipse” – a nine-minute opus of fiery creative improvisation recorded in reaction to the trio’s experience of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse which took place on the first day of the sessions (PREVIEW THE VIDEO BELOW); and on Thanksgiving day, the in-studio video of Alexander’s soulful solo rendition of the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” in honor of the 50th Anniversary that day of that beloved classic.
Alexander will close out his fall schedule with a return to SFJAZZ’s Miner Auditorium, December 13-16, where his trio will premiere new original compositions, Christmas songs and other surprises.
All in all it’s been a highly productive year for the young artist, who in addition to a packed U.S. performing schedule has been honored internationally with invitations to perform at special events for the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, The Asian Games in Jakarta, and for the 60th anniversary of relations between Indonesia and Japan taking place in Tokyo on September 25. The recording and release of Alexander’s video “Bali” - filmed in his homeland and set to his composition of the same name - was also a highlight of the year for the young artist, who has emerged not only as an astonishing young player, but as a developing composer of note and a particular favorite at Jazz Radio. (Eclipse, which included six original compositions, spent a nearly unprecedented nine weeks at #1 on JazzWeek Radio Chart). When asked what’s next, Alexander humbly responds: “As I play more of my original music, I enjoy and feel inspired to write even more.” It’s clear that the world can look forward more pleasing surprises from this dedicated young man.
About Joey Alexander
Since coming to the United States in 2014, the response to Joey has been astonishing. The Bali-born 15-year old has experienced one of the most rapidly ascendant careers in jazz history. Since releasing his chart-topping albums, My Favorite Things (2015), Countdown (2016), Eclipse (2018), Joey has earned a combined three GRAMMY® Award nominations, making him the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award. His musical adroitness earned him appearances on the GRAMMY® Awards, The Today Show, CNN, as well as CBS 60 Minutes profile by Anderson Cooper, fueling a rare level of public notoriety for Joey as a jazz musician, both within the jazz community and among the public at large.
Photo Credit: Jimmy Katz
October 11: Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN
October 12-13: Jazz Bistro, St Louis, MO
October 19-20: Rose Theater @ Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
November 4: Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC
November 11: Cabot Theatre, Beverly, MA
December 13-16: Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco, CA
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For more information on Motéma Music, visit motema.com
Zeer getalenteerd en één van de meest innovatieve rockmuzikanten. Zo zal Steve Hackett de geschiedenisboeken ingaan. Samen met Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks en Mike Rutherford vormde hij de spraakmakende line-up van Genesis die het baanbrekende album ‘Selling England By The Pound’ (een lievelingsalbum van John Lennon) uitbrachten in 1973. Maar ook vanwege zijn songschrijverkunsten, zijn bijzonder gitaargeluid en zijn unieke gitaarspel. Hij beheerst als geen ander de ‘tapping’ techniek die ook door Eddie Van Halen overgenomen werd en het ‘sweep picking’.
Hackett beschikt over een oeuvre om u tegen te zeggen. Enkele van de vele hoogtepunten: de hitsingle “Cell 151”, de albums samen met Steve Howe in de super group GTR, de ‘Genesis Revisted’ en ‘Genesis Revisited II’ succesalbums, het album samen met Chris Squire van Yes ‘Squackett’, ...
Met de aankondiging van zijn nieuwe ‘Selling England By The Pound’ tournee weet Hackett enorm veel belangstelling op te wekken voor wat een spectaculaire en onvergetelijke show beloofd te worden: het gelijknamige album speelt hij integraal live, de 40e verjaardag van zijn doorbaak soloalbum ‘Spectral Mornings’ komt ruim aan bod, net zoals songs van zijn nog te verschijnen nieuwe plaat (release voorzien voor begin 2019).
Op paasmaandag 22 april 2019 staat legendarisch gitarist Steve Hackett samen met enkele van de beste muzikanten ter wereld in het Kursaal in Oostende met de ‘Genesis Revisited Tour 2019’ tournee. Een niet te missen show! De ticketverkoop start donderdag 27 september om 10u via livenation.be en proximusgoformusic.be.
DONDERDAG 27 SEPTEMBER, 10:00
€ 53,50 - € 44,50 - € 40,50 - € 35,25
earMUSIC is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Robben Ford – the blues, jazz and rock virtuoso, who is one of the most innovative and influential contemporary premier electric guitarists, vocalist and songwriter with a celebrated career that has spanned almost five decades.
The five-time Grammy nominee achieved worldwide fame for both, being a solo artist and for his collaborations with a diverse musical Who’s Who that includes Miles Davis, George Harrison, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Dizzy Gillespie, Georgie Fame, Kiss and many more.
With both parents being passionate musicians themselves, Robben early found his love for music and especially for playing guitar – and it was a love that should last forever. Today his commitment to teaching and passing on what he’s learned over the years to current and future musicians is an essential component of his career.
Purple House, his forthcoming brand new studio album, co-produced by Casey Wasner, features nine powerhouse tracks and the album’s genesis, according to Ford, was simple and uncomplicated. “My concept for the record was to do something with a lot more emphasis on the production than I’ve had in the past”, says Robben. “I’m always pushing myself with each record. I haven’t made one record that sounded like the one before it and this was going to be no different. ‘Purple House’ was a great opportunity to try something really different.”
And he adds: “I used to deliberately write blues and rhythm and blues. The Blue Line, that band really focused on blues and rhythm and blues. Traditional. But over the years I’ve really tried to expand that and this new record, more than anything I’ve ever done, is a real departure from tradition in terms of the songwriting.”
On Purple House we hear special guests appearances such as blues powerhouse vocalist Shemekia Copeland; she sings a duet with Ford on “Break In The Chain.” Travis McCready, the lead singer of the Natchez, Mississippi band Bishop Gunn, contributes the lead vocals on “Somebody’s Fool.” And we hear a fantastic guitar solo of Bishop Gunn’s guitarist Drew Smithers on the album’s closing track “Willing To Wait”.
From end of October 2018 onwards Robben Ford will take Purple House on a European tour. The first dates in The Netherlands, France and Italy have just been released. Dates in the UK, Germany and Scandinavia in Spring 2019 will be announced shortly.
27.10. - Alkmaar - Podium Victorie, NL / 28.10. - EZ Hengelo – Metropool, NL / 29.10. - Utrecht - TivoliVredenburg, NL / 31.10. - Maastricht - Muziekgieterij, NL / 2.11. - Auxerre Le Silex, FR / 3.11. - Issoudun - Centre Culturel Albert Camus, FR / 4.11. - Lyon - Ninkasi, FR / 5.11. - Arles - Les Escales Du Cargo, FR / 7.11. - Montbelliard - Le Moloco, FR / 8.11. - Epinal - La Souris Verte, FR / 9.11. - Terville - Le 112, FR / 10.11. - Paris - Le Trianon, FR / 15.11. - Lucca – Teatro del Giglio, IT / 16.11. - Roma – Auditorium Parco della Musica, IT / 20.11. - Schio – Teatro Astra, IT / 22.11. - Cavaglio D’agogna – Pala Phenomenon, IT / 23.11. - Parma - Barezzi Festival, IT
All tour dates, updates and more information to be found under www.robbenford.com
W-FEST (B): 4 DAGEN, 3 PODIA, 78 ACTS O.A.
New Model Army, VNV Nation, The Primitives, Time Bandits, The Stranglers, Adam Ant, Tony Hadley, Johnny Hates Jazz, Nik Kershaw, Peter Hook & The Light, The Blow Monkeys, Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, Lene Lovich Band 40 years, China Crisis, The Human League + nog 3 grote acts
-15 tot en met 18 augustus 2019 in Amougies/Mont-de-l'Enclus nabij Kluisbergen (B)-
Announcement party op 1 december 2018 in Vooruit Gent (B) met
Peter Murphy & David J playing BAUHAUS’ ‘In the Flat Field’
Het gebeurt niet vaak dat een organisatie tijdens het festival zelf al de bijna volledige line-up van de editie van het jaar erna bekendmaakt. W-Fest is een prettige uitzondering op die regel en is ook in een aantal andere opzichten behoorlijk uniek. Vorige maand trok dit Belgische ‘80s/new wave/EBM/synthpop-festival (met volwaardige camping) ruim dertigduizend fans tijdens een in alle opzichten geslaagde derde editie met acts waaronder Midge Ure; Kim Wilde; ABC; Paul Young; Marc Almond; A Flock of Seagulls; Heaven 17; D:uel (ex-Propaganda); Limahl; Vive La Fête; Captain Sensible; Wang Chung; Lords of Acid; DAF en special shows van Anne Clark en van Peter Murphy 40 years of Bauhaus celebration featuring David J.
Voor de komende editie volgend jaar (van donderdag 15 augustus tot en met zondag 18 augustus 2019 in Amougies; 45 kilometer van Gent en ongeveer twee uur rijden vanuit Breda) is festivalorganisator Erik De Ridder er in geslaagd om een nóg sterker affiche te programmeren, met 78 acts gedurende 4 dagen op 3 podia (genaamd hoofdpodium Synth Scene; Wave Cave en The Olivier Daout Dome). Een greep: New Model Army, VNV Nation, The Primitives, The Blow Monkeys, Time Bandits, Adam Ant, The Stranglers, VNV Nation, Johnny Hates Jazz, Nik Kershaw, Peter Hook & The Light, Tony Hadley, Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, Lene Lovich Band 40 years, China Crisis, The Human League plus nog 4 aan te kondigen acts (op 1 december- zie hieronder).
De volledige line-up staat hier.
Announcement party met Peter Murphy & David J playing BAUHAUS’ ‘In the Flat Field’
Op 1 december organiseert W-Fest een announcement party in Vooruit Gent (B) waar de laatste 4 namen van W-Fest 2019 worden aangekondigd, waaronder twee headliners en afsluiter van main stage Synth Scene. Optredende acts zijn die avond Peter Murphy & David J playing BAUHAUS’ ‘In the Flat Field’ en opening act Astrasonic. Er zijn slechts 400 tickets beschikbaar, alle info staat hier.
W-Fest 2019 (B): 4 dagen, 3 podia, 78 acts
Alle info en het (bijna) volledige programma is te vinden op de site. Hieronder staan alle acts per dag op alfabetische volgorde; de vier laatste acts worden op 1 december aangekondigd.
De vetgedrukte namen staan op main stage Synth Scene.
Donderdag 15 augustus 2019
Adam Ant, Afterparty: The obsCURE, Blaine L. Reininger plays Tuxedomoon, Der Klinke, Empathy Test, In Strict Confidence, Kaelen Mikla, Merciful Nuns, Nox Interna, Signal Aout 42, Solar Fake, The Blow Monkeys, The Cassandra Complex, The Primitives, The Stompcrash , The Stranglers, Time Bandits, VNV Nation.
Vrijdag 16 augustus 2019
Afterparty: Letz Zeppelin, Allez Allez, Blaine L. Reininger plays Tuxedomoon, Inertia, Johnny Hates Jazz, Lebanon Hanover, Monréal Biarritz, Nik Kershaw, Ono Scream, Peter Hook & The Light, She Wants Revenge, The Breath Of Life, Tony Hadley, Toyah, Tristesse Contemporaine, True Zebra, Ultranoire, Vile Electrodes.
Zaterdag 17 augustus 2019
Afterparty: tribute to Pink Floyd, Blaine L. Reininger plays Tuxedomoon, Blutengel, China Crisis, Escape With Romeo, Holygram, Lene Lovich Band 40 years, Mesh, Nitzer Ebb, Portion Control, Psyche, Rendez-Vous, Schmutz, Shireen, Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, Sono, The Human League, Then Comes Silence, Your Life On Hold.
Zondag 18 augustus 2019
And One, Apoptygma Berzerk, Apparaat, Blaine L. Reininger plays Tuxedomoon, Desperate Journalist, Eleven Pond, Fehlfarben, Lavvi Ebbel, Kowalski, New Model Army, Pink Turns Blue, Rational Youth, Red Zebra, The Foreign Resort, Whispering Sons, Saigon Blue Rain.
Het verhaal van Amougies: ‘het Woodstock van Europa’- volgend jaar een halve eeuw geleden
W-Fest vindt plaats op dezelfde locatie als het inmiddels legendarisch geworden Festival d'Amougies, het vijfdaagse pop-, (prog) rock- en jazz-festival dat van 24 t/m 28 oktober 1969 werd gehouden met onder meer Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Yes, Caravan, Captain Beefheart, Soft Machine en Ten Years After. Ongeveer 80.000 bezoekers kwamen op ‘het Woodstock van Europa’ af.
Hier staat een korte recap.
Tickets (prijzen exclusief servicekosten)
Alle soorten tickets en hun prijzen staan op de site. O.a.:
- 4 dagen (donderdag t/m zondag): € 150,-
W-Fest heeft een ruime camping met uitstekende faciliteiten en een grote keuze qua accommodatie. Alle soorten + prijzen staan hier.
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A disco arrangement of John Williams' (USA) music to Star Wars (USA, 1977) – entitled "Star Wars Theme and Cantina Band" – by record producer Meco, aka Domenico Monardo (USA) in 1977, remains the only instrumental single to reach Platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold over 2 million units. The track featured on the album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk, which outsold the original movie soundtrack and was also certified platinum.
Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism - a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.
Singer-Saxophonist, Danny Bacher is a fresh new face on the jazz landscape. His clean, crisp delivery is reminiscent of the true greats in entertainment. An engaging stage presence, a smooth-as-silk voice, and the gift of a storyteller all come together to complete his new recording, Still Happy
This swinging album features a compelling marriage of uplifting tunes and performances, delivered with the style and polish of a seasoned pro. “The way I like to connect to my audience is through humor, lightness and a positive message” says Danny. “I like to convey a positive message.” Offered without irony, these sentiments serve as the baseline philosophy behind Still Happy.
The album features arrangements by Danny and Allen Farnham, crafted to energize Danny’s indefatigable spirit; a rhythm section plus horns plus percussion galvanized tight by purpose and desire; Danny’s own “In Spite of All This, I’m Still Happy,” and “Joie de Vivre,” each complementing perfectly the project’s theme and variations; and signature moments of musicality and wit.
There is a wry yet reverential send-up of “Hooray for Hollywood,” a peek behind the dream factory curtain, replete with Danny’s original, happy-making lyrics (“You’ll be splurgin’ to see a surgeon/He’ll make your tuchas look good…”) “Hollywood” proves to be a touchstone, a contrast to the album’s final track, “Cloudy/Nuages.” Together they reveal the yin and yang of Danny’s personality. The former is exuberant, bracing, filled with vivacity; the latter, ruminative, introspective, private.
Danny looks to the heart (and feet) by endowing these tracks – and all others – with sophisticated subtlety. One hears traces of calypso (“Get Happy”), and doo-wop (“Shaking The Blues Away”), and pure Billie Holiday (“Getting Some Fun Out of Life”).
With both words and deeds, Still Happy reflects Danny’s North Star mandate: he aims to please. He is a pure soul, a humanist at heart, whose creativity aligns perfectly with a desire to spread joy. This album is the latest installment in his vision of a sing-along, bouncing-ball world. It is a simple reminder: in the hands of a master storyteller, music is magic.
Fresh from Boston, Mass., alternative country-rocker Chris Moreno has hit the ground running in Music City with It Was You, the lead single from his latest EP, Into the Night. It Was You, written by Moreno, has caught the attention of listeners and industry personnel alike — finding a home on many prominent playlists and racking up more than 110k streams on Spotify. The gritty, heartbreak anthem highlights Moreno’s masterful guitar skill paired with memorable lyrics that will have listeners longing for the past.
Moreno’s latest EP, Into The Night featuring the current single is available on iTunes, Spotify and all digital retailers now.
The single, accompanied by an official music video, is a meaningful one for Moreno who often draws inspiration from real-life situations. “It is a bittersweet one for me and probably my most personal yet,” Moreno says. “I wrote it at a time when I was struggling to move on from a relationship that had ended, but still had a lot of good. It’s a tough spot to be in.”
To view the official music video for It Was You click here.
The EP, written and recorded in Nashville and produced by Jonathan Roye (Kelsea Ballerini) is the follow-up to Moreno’s debut album Into The Sun. Since then, he has been earning the attention of country fans in Nashville and beyond with relatable lyrics, appealing melodies and unique, expressive vocals. Even country radio is taking note saying, “It's hard to define Chris and his music, but there is an aching in his voice and a very slight, sweet twang that softens the edge of his honest and impassioned rock delivery.”
About Chris Moreno: A lot can change in five years — just ask alternative country-rocker Chris Moreno who has spent the better part of the last decade elevating his artistry. After a short departure from music, Moreno rediscovered his love for writing and performing and hasn’t looked back since. A recent transplant to Nashville via Boston, Moreno released his debut album Into The Sun in 2016 featuring the single Try which received nationwide airplay. The song introduced Moreno’s classic, raspy voice and musical style — reminiscent of the alternative rock of the early 2000s mixed with modern country elements — to country radio. Upon its release, he hit the road for a slew of shows across the nation. For him, time off the road is rare which he embraces, saying, “I live on the road because that is where my people are. Without the fans none of this would be possible.” The consummate performer, Moreno combines his genuine love of music with a sincere delivery of every word he sings. With each song, listeners are met with a unique sound that feels both fresh and familiar at the same time.
For more information, visit Chris Moreno at the following:
‘Tijdens de theatershow projecteren we een eigenzinnig universum.
Een aanvulling op het cinematografische van onze muziek’,
zegt frontman Verdickt.
‘Het zijn associatieve beelden die ik zodanig heb gemonteerd
dat je kan zien hoe de binnenkant van mijn hoofd werkt.
Dat klinkt en beetje akelig,
maar dat valt best mee :-).’
‘We gaan van broos naar breekbaar.
Via grooves naar dansbare samenhorigheid.’
Luister naar de nieuwe single 'Het Maakt Je Sterker' HIER
Met een nieuwe single ‘HET MAAKT JE STERKER’
sluit BUURMAN de zomer van 2018 af.
En wat voor een zomer het is geweest !
St Jacobs in Gent, Oude markt in Leuven, Concert at Sea in Nederland,
Brussel, Herent, Genk, Mechelen, …
Le nouveau voisin est arrivé.
Volle pleinen bij valavond.
Dansende lijven tijdens
een goudgekleurde zonsondergang.
Het uitkijken naar de zomer van 2019
is bij deze al begonnen.
Verder zijn er nog concrete plannen in BUURMANland,
maar daarover later meer.
Eerst het vervolg van de theatertour en die nieuwe single de wereld in :
Want alles wat je niet kapot maakt,
HET MAAKT JE STERKER.
26/09 Rotselaar, MENA
06/10 Ravels, CC De Wouwer
17/10 Middelkerke, GC De Branding
21/10 Leopoldsburg, CC
25/10 Opwijk, GC Hof Ten Hemelrijk
27/10 Heist-Op-Den-Berg, CC Zwanenberg
31/10 Beveren, CC Ter Vesten
02/11 Zemst, GC De Melkerij
03/11 Aalst, De Werf
23/11 Sint-Eloois-Winkel, OC De Link
29/11 Mol, Zaal Rex
30/11 Overpelt, CC Palethe
07/12 Oostende, CC De Grote Post
08/12 Tienen, CC De Kruisboog
14/12 Bilzen, CC De Kimpel
21/12 Ternat, CC De Ploter
THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD ALL THAT YOU LOVE OP DONDERDAG 18 APRIL 2019 IN HET KONINKLIJK CIRCUS, BRUSSEL!
De Australische groep kondigt zijn terugkeer op de planken aan met de ‘All That You Love World Tour 2019’! The Australian Pink Floyd Show brengt daarmee Pink Floyd-klassiekers uit onder meer ‘Meddle’, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’, ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Animals’ en ‘The Wall’ opnieuw tot leven. Maak je op voor ‘s werelds grootste en meest prestigieuze hommage aan de grootmeesters, op donderdag 18 april 2019 in het intieme kader van het Koninklijk Circus in Brussel!
Met ruim 4 miljoen verkochte tickets in meer dan 35 landen over de hele wereld, kan je niet naast het overdonderende succes van de band kijken. Gelauwerd door de internationale pers en met steun van David Gilmour himself, rijden ze een onberispelijk parcours, en dat al sinds hun allereerste optreden in Adelaide in 1988. Met een verbluffend oog voor detail wagen de Australiërs zich tot in de perfectie aan het legendarische oeuvre van de Britse groep. Omringd door muzikanten en een geluidstechnicus die nog met het échte Pink Floyd op tournee waren, verlegt TAPFS telkens weer de grenzen van het genre en prepareren ze steeds verbazingwekkendere optredens aan een immer groeiende fanbase. België ontsnapt niet aan het fenomeen, want doorheen de jaren ging het publiek al voor de bijl; zowel in de zaal (Koninklijk Circus, Koningin Elizabethzaal, Stadsschouwburg, Vorst Nationaal) als op de festivals (Rock Werchter, Suikerrock, Lokerse Feesten).
DONDERDAG 20 SEPTEMBER, 10U
54,50 EURO - 47,96 EURO
41,42 EURO - 37,06 EURO (Genummerde zitplaatsen).
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, continues to earn honors posthumously. It’s been announced the late soul legend will be inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
Franklin, who passed away on August 16th from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, was born in Memphis, Tennessee and lived there until she was two years old before her family moved to Detroit.
The induction ceremony will take place on November 1st and feature six other Memphis-related musicians, including Rock and soul group The Box Tops, gospel artist O’Landa Draper, R&B singer-songwriter Eddie Floyd, rockabilly pioneers The Rock and Roll Trio, Memphis rappers 8Ball & MJG, and radio personality George Klein, a close friend of the late Elvis Presley.
John Doyle, executive director of the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Hall of Fame, tells USA Today that the committee had been wanting to induct Franklin for the past 3 years, but kept delaying due to her busy schedule. They decided to honor her earlier this year regardless, after they heard she was seriously ill. “We’d been talking to her and her people and they were excited about it, but it was all about her schedule,” he said.
The event will take place at Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, and according to Doyle, will feature a star-studded concert.
Verrassing van formaat: Hozier komt ons zijn nieuwe EP ‘Nina Cried Power’ op 15 november voorstellen in het Koninklijk Circus! Een unieke kans om één van de mooiste stemmen van de laatste jaren opnieuw live aan het werk te zien, en dat in een intieme setting.
Zijn hit “Take Me To Church” davert nog na, zowel door de schoonheid van de tekst als de kracht van zijn doordringende en pakkende stem, die je al vanaf de eerste noten bij je nekvel grijpt. Vijf jaar nadat hij met het straffe nummer de wereld veroverde, en vier jaar na het grote succes van zijn debuutplaat is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, alias Hozier, eindelijk terug! Zijn EP telt vier nieuwe pareltjes waaronder het onweerstaanbare “Nina Cried Power”, een samenwerking met Mavis Staples en Booker T Jones op het snijpunt tussen gospel, soul en r&b. Een voorsmaakje dat niets dan goeds belooft voor wat komen zal…
In afwachting van meer nieuws over zijn artistieke toekomst, bevestigt Hozier alvast een reeks concertdata, waaronder een passage in Brussel. Afspraak met de opmerkelijke, charismatische en hypergevoelige zanger op donderdag 15 november in het Koninklijk Circus. Een niet te missen kans! Tickets zijn verkrijgbaar vanaf vrijdag 21 september om 10u.
VRIJDAG 21 SEPTEMBER, 10U
38,15 EURO – Beneden zit en ongenummerde staanplaatsen
34,88 EURO – Boven ongenummerde zitplaatsen.
(INCL. SERVICEKOSTEN & MOBILITEIT)
BARRY WHITE’S 20TH CENTURY RECORDS ALBUMS REMASTERED FOR 9CD AND 9LP VINYL BOX SETS, “THE 20TH CENTURY RECORDS ALBUMS (1973-1979)”
Marking 45 years since the release of his debut solo album, soul/R&B legend Barry White's nine 20th Century Records albums have been remastered from their analogue master tapes for new 9CD and 9LP 180-gram vinyl box sets, titled Barry White: The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979). To be released worldwide on October 26 by Mercury/UMe, the new CD and vinyl collections bring together all the albums White released with the 20th Century Records label. On the same date, the nine remastered albums -- all long out of print on vinyl -- will be released in individual 180-gram LP packages with faithfully replicated original sleeve and label artwork.
Soul/R&B legend Barry White’s nine 20th Century Records albums have been remastered from their analogue master tapes for new 9CD and 9LP 180-gram vinyl box sets, titled 'Barry White: The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979).' To be released worldwide on October 26 by Mercury/UMe, the new CD and vinyl collections bring together all the albums White released with the 20th Century Records label.
In March 1973, Barry White released his first solo album, I've Got So Much To Give, with 20th Century Records. Fueled by two Billboard R&B Top 10 singles, including the No. One "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby," the album topped Billboard's R&B chart and reached No. 16 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. White's second solo album, Stone Gon', soon followed in October 1973. Also boasting two Top 10 R&B singles, the album's success closely matched that of his recent debut, topping Billboard's R&B chart and reaching the Top 20 of the Billboard 200.
White's blockbuster Can't Get Enough album was released in August 1974. It hit No. One on Billboard's R&B chart and the Billboard 200, and it also reached No. 4 on the UK chart. The album features two of White's iconic signature songs, "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" and "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," both of which topped Billboard's R&B chart and went to No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" reached No. 8, while "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" topped the singles chart at No. 1.
Released in March 1975, White's self-produced fourth album, Just Another Way To Say I Love You, also topped Billboard's R&B chart. The album reached No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and No. 12 on the UK chart. It features two Top 10 Billboard R&B singles, the No. 1 "What Am I Gonna Do with You" (also a Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit and a Top 5 UK single) and "I'll Do For You Anything You Want Me To."
Also self-produced, White's fifth album with 20th Century Records, Let The Music Play, was released in January 1976. It reached No. 8 on Billboard's R&B albums chart and peaked at No. 42 on the Billboard 200 and No. 22 on the UK chart. The album yielded three charting singles, including "Let the Music Play", which peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's R&B chart and No. 9 on the UK singles chart. "You See the Trouble with Me" reached No. 14 on Billboard's R&B chart and No. 2 on the UK singles chart, while "Baby, We Better Try to Get It Together" reached No. 29 on Billboard's R&B chart and No. 15 on the UK singles chart.
Is This Whatcha Wont? is White's self-produced sixth album, released in November 1976. It reached No. 25 on Billboard's R&B chart, with its two singles, "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long" and "I'm Qualified to Satisfy You" respectively peaking at No. 20 and No. 25 on the Billboard R&B chart. Both singles also charted in the UK, at No. 17 and No. 37, respectively.
White's self-produced seventh album, Sings For Someone You Love, was released in August 1977. It was White's first album since 1975 to top Billboard's R&B chart, and it also reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200. The album features two Top 10 Billboard R&B singles: the No. 1 "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" (also No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100) and "Playing Your Game, Baby." A third single, "Oh, What a Night for Dancing," reached No. 13 on Billboard's R&B chart.
The Man, White's self-produced eighth album, was released in October 1978 on the renamed 20th Century-Fox Records label. It was his sixth Billboard R&B No. 1 and it also reached No. 36 on the Billboard 200. The album's lead single, "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness" reached No. 2 on Billboard's R&B chart, while White's cover of Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" reached No. 45 on Billboard's R&B chart and No. 12 on the UK singles chart. A third single, "Sha La La Means I Love You," peaked at No. 55 on the UK singles chart. A cover of White's "It's Only Love Doing Its Thing" (with the shortened title "It's Only Love") was a hit for the British band Simply Red in 1989.
White's ninth self-produced album, I Love To Sing The Songs I Sing, was released in April 1979. Featuring the title song, the album peaked at No. 40 on Billboard's R&B chart. It was White's final LP for 20th Century-Fox Records, after which he released new recordings on his own Unlimited Gold imprint.
Across the nine albums he released with 20th Century Records between 1973 and 1979, Barry White established the new sound of orchestral soul that became an enduring R&B staple. Fifteen years after his untimely death in 2003 at the age of 58, The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979) honors and celebrates Barry White's legendary career by restoring these classic albums and presenting them together.
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Als erfgenamen van Joy Division en Echo & The Bunnymen, gelden de Britten van White Lies als een belangrijke speler van de internationale indierockscene. Dat gaan ze opnieuw bewijzen met een vijfde album, dat uitkomt in het voorjaar van 2019! Aan dat goede nieuws koppelt de band ook een grootse tournee, die hen op 20 februari naar het podium van de Ancienne Belgique brengt!
White Lies maakte vandaag zelf het goede nieuws bekend via Twitter. Hun vijfde album, getiteld ‘Five’, is voorzien voor 1 februari 2019. In navolging van ‘Friends’ uit 2016, zal deze nieuwe release de fans verrassen met negen nieuwe nummers die trouw blijven aan hun unieke stijl, gedragen door single “Time To Give”. Een heerlijke eerste track vol melancholie, met uiteraard de vertrouwde synth-melodie. ‘Five’ omvat sfeervolle ritmes gedrenkt in de donkere en krachtige stijl die het Engelse trio zo typeert. Het unieke stemgeluid van de charismatische Harry McVeigh, ondersteund door zijn twee kompanen Charles Cave op bas en Jack Lawrence-Brown op drums, blijft een onaantastbaar succesrecept.
Ontdek White Lies live in het intieme kader van de AB met hun nieuwste album en hun grootste hits, op woensdag 20 februari 2019! Tickets zijn beschikbaar vanaf vrijdag 21 september om 10u.
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JJ Cale. Troubadour in de woestijn
Wouter Bulckaert - Edward Hall (ill.)‘Cocaine' en ‘After Midnight': Eric Clapton maakte er tijdloze klassiekers van. Maar de songs zijn van de hand van JJ Cale. JJ wie? Die zanger-gitarist uit Tulsa bleef zijn leven lang bewust uit de schijnwerpers. Toch raakt elke luisteraar die de songs van JJ Cale ooit heeft gehoord in de ban van zijn laconieke stem, laidback gitaren en hypnotiserende grooves. Cales tijdloze songs blijven resoneren door de decennia heen. Met JJ Cale. Troubadour in de woestijn, het allereerste boek over JJ Cale ooit, gaat Wouter Bulckaert op zoek naar het geheim achter de sound van JJ Cale. En Edward Hall vat de ziel van de man in de illustraties. Zo schetsen ze een beeld van de muzikant die een genre op zichzelf is geworden. Een man voor wie songschrijven geen kunst was, maar een ambacht. En al gaf Cale zelden interviews, hij bezat de gave om veel te zeggen met weinig woorden. Zijn oneliners vormen de basis van dit boek over JJ Cale, de working class hero die geen held wou zijn.
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Wouter Bulckaert (auteur) is communicatieverantwoordelijke bij VBJK en recensent van muziekboeken. Hij schreef eerder Ry Cooder. Meester in de schaduw (2016). Hij woont en werkt in Gent.
Edward Hall (ill.) is bekend van zijn reeks Portraits of Strangers, portretten van slapende pendelaars. Hij woont in Northport, New York.
Koninklijk Circus, Brussel
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Op 17 november en 14 en 28 december presenteert Hooverphonic zijn nieuwe zangeres met een gloednieuwe live-show in Koninklijk Circus (Les Nuits du Soir), Caserne Fonck en de Antwerpse Lotto Arena. Met de piepjonge Luka Cruysberghs -winnares van The Voice 2017- haalt Hooverphonic opnieuw vocaal dynamiet in huis. Luka heeft de release van 'Mad About You’ niet bewust meegemaakt aangezien ze pas enkele maanden later het levenslicht zag. Maar de manier waarop zij het nummer -samen met coach Alex Callier- in The Voice bracht, doet ons verlangend uitkijken naar haar vocale interpretatie van andere parels uit het Hooverphonic-oeuvre.
Naast gekend werk zal er ook nieuw werk te horen zijn. Vorige week verscheen de nieuwe single 'Uptight’, die killer dancefloormateriaal met 80's funk combineert.
Om het nieuws compleet te maken, kondigt de band ook aan dat hun nieuw album - het 10de ondertussen al - verwacht wordt op 16 november.
Een groep als Hooverphonic hoeft eigenlijk geen introductie. In 1996 verscheen de band op de Belgische muziekscène met 'A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular’ en effende meteen het pad voor hun internationale doorbraak. Sinds hun tweede plaat 'Blue Wonder Powder Milk’ werden de muzikale dromen van Alex Callier en Raymond Geerts steeds groter. Dat resulteerde onder andere in een aantal zeer succesvolle concerten met symfonisch orkest.
In 2016 verscheen 'In Wonderland’ en 'The Best of Hooverphonic’, een carrière-overzicht met 32 vintage Hooverphonic-hits en nieuwe singles. Je mag je verwachten aan 'het beste van Hooverphonic’. Ditmaal voor het eerst met Luka in een vocale glansrol.
Tickets zijn te koop via greenhousetalent.be.
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Peggy Duquesnel and Andre Mayeux will drop the inspired “Keys to Glory” on November 9, honoring US Armed Forces and commemorating the centennial anniversary of “God Bless America.”
Providing a rally call for national pride and unity for the 100th anniversary celebration of Veterans Day, pianist Peggy Duquesnel and organist Andre Mayeux will release “Keys to Glory” on November 9, a collection of songs of America, patriotic anthems, hymns, folk songs and three originals penned by the keyboardists. Included in the 17-track set produced by the pair is a rousing duet of “God Bless America,” to mark the centennial anniversary of the revered Irving Berlin treasure. The Joyspring Music/Bankbeat Productions Inc. release arrives two days prior to the November 11 holiday and serves up over an hour of music, including a medley by the late pianist Steve Hall (“We Gather Together”/“Bless This House”).
Titled for a new Duquesnel and Mayeux composition, “Keys to Glory” has been in the works for a few years. Having produced some of the hymns several years ago, the keyboard duo focused on completing the project earlier this year after Duquesnel returned from South Korea where she served as arena organist during the Paralympic hockey games. Since her return, she has been performing regularly at performing arts centers, auditoriums and other venues, including appearances with the Americus Brass Band, a 17-piece ensemble that showcases music from war eras – from the Civil War through World War II - for veterans of the Armed Forces while educating kids about US history.
“As a nation, we need to focus more on our shared love of country and our freedom. We want God to bless our country and we need greater unity. Music softens people’s hearts. This record promotes more love, freedom, peace and unity in our country. It’s important that we pray for the US and our leaders, which is the message behind one of the songs I wrote for the project, ‘Beautiful America.’ America has always had a deep spiritual component and this album reflects that. We need to bring people back to the core values of this great nation,” said Duquesnel, whose father was a World War II veteran.
To jumpstart the promotional push for the upcoming album release, Duquesnel has four Southern California dates booked with the Americus Brass Band beginning Saturday night (Sept. 15) in Long Beach, Sunday (Sept. 16) in Lancaster, September 18 in Ripon and September 22 in Ramona. Preorders for “Keys to Glory” are being taken online now, with both physical CDs and digital albums to be delivered before Veterans Day.
One could correctly state that “Keys to Glory” encapsulates Duquesnel’s accomplished and diverse career that spans acclaimed jazz, inspirational and pop recordings as well as a decade of experience as organist for the Anaheim Angels and the Anaheim Ducks. The Long Beach-based pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger has performed with Dionne Warwick, Pat Boone, Henry Mancini and Alan Broadbent. Her Nashville-based collaborator, Mayeux, has a long history writing and producing music for film, television, commercials and recordings. He tours regularly playing keys in Juice Newton’s band.
“Keys to Glory” contains the following songs:
“America Medley” – “My Country Tis of Thee”/“America The Beautiful”
“Armed Forces of America Medley” – “Taps”/Marine, Army, Coast Guard, Air Force and Navy Anthems
“Battle Hymn of the Republic”
“Maple Leaf Rag”
“I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say”
“All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name”
“Jesus Loves Me”
“Keys to Glory”
“Be Holy, For I Am Holy”
“We Gather Together”/“Bless This House”
“Star Spangled Banner”
“Take Me Out To The Ball Game”
“Home Sweet Home”
“God Bless America”
For more information or to preorder the album, please visit www.PianoOrchestrations.com.