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Tonooka, Siegel, Burnett live appearances

Sumi Tonooka Trio

PNC Arts Alive 2018 Jazz Cultural Voices
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts – TICKETS

Sumi Tonooka (pronounced To-NO-ka) has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” (Jazz Times), “provocative and compelling” (New York Times), and “continually inventive, original, surprising, and a total delight,” (Cuadranos de Jazz, Madrid).

Siegel CD Release Tour


w/Francesca Tanksley & Rich Syracuse


Performing Jazz in Kansas City

Burnett selected for panel.

A Kansas City-based catalyst organization, KC Jazz ALIVE hosts lunches at Grand Street Cafe every other month for the community to come and learn about great things happening in KC jazz.

This month’s lunch will be on Friday, September 14 from 11:30am – 1pm.

“Each lunch we host has a theme, and we are planning on a short panel discussion,” said Macy Lane of KC Jazz ALIVE. “The theme will be “Performing Jazz in Kansas City”. We secure 3-4 talented jazz performers in KC.”

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Armstrong, Carlson among latest new ARC releases

Out Now on ARC

For You

by Ron Carlson

A guitarist and flutist, ARC’s Ron Carlson assembled a collaboration among New York and Kansas City musicians featuring Diana Herold, Grisha Alexiev, Greg Clinkingbeard and vocalist Jennifer White performing jazz standards and original compositions dedicated to the memory of Diane Carlson. Preview the recording at CD Baby.


Soon To Be Released…

James Armstrong – Ruminations Interview

“You hear me walking into the studio, and sitting down at the C9. We went straight into the long take after that.” – JA

ARC: How long did you prepare for “Ruminations” before going into Fantasy Studios to record?

JA: About 3 1/2 months practice going into the“Ruminations” session, concurrent with the day teaching job.

ARC: We’ve posted your warm-up track that’s included with your release, along with this interview. It’s a healthy 5:41 in length. However, the formal recording you have released on the ARC label of “Ruminations” is an extended improvised work of over an hour, correct?

JA: Yes, the central (“Ruminations”) performance clocks in at just over an hour. There were no splices. Alberto described sessions replete with outtakes and overdubs.

ARC: To undertake any solo instrumental recording as a producer is a venture of daring and it takes a great deal of artistic courage to prepare such a project. Especially, within the context of the creative improvised music realm.

JA: I take the position that a performance will never be “perfect“. However, with consistent practice, it will be successful.

ARC: When will “Ruminations” be available to the public?

JA: I’m targeting a release date on or about September 22.

LISTEN: “Ruminations” Warm Up

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Fantasy Recording Studios will be closing effective September 15th, 2018.

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ARC’s James Armstrong concluded the “Ruminations” recording session at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California, July 1, 2018.

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Armstrong publishes transcription

This transcription for solo piano is currently available on Sheet Music Plus and might be of interest to the ARC (networking) group.

Unusual harmonic effects, based on an authentic Japanese scale.


“I attempted to approximate the sound of the “sho,”
the ancient court instrument. ~ James Armstrong”


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Carroll and Pagán new release event also celebrates Bird

🎵 Join ARC’s Greg Carroll and Mike Pagán as they celebrate Charlie Parker and their new label release in Kansas City at Westport Coffeehouse Theater 🎭

Available soon at all of the major retail stores.


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ARC’s Toni Gates featured in 2018 Hallmark Ornament

ARC’s Toni Gates is featured in a 2018 Hallmark special product – “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee Church Musical Ornament” which is available October 6, 2018.


A beautiful representation of a heart full of faith, this Christmas tree ornament features a charming, blue-roofed country church with a red door and “Sunday Worship” sign out front. Press the button on the ornament to hear a gospel choir sing music from “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.” The battery-operated sound feature includes two replaceable LR44 batteries.

more information – LINK

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Jazz Artistry Now reviews by Scott Yanow


“In reality, the music of Alchemy Sound Project is much better heard than described since a great deal takes place in a subtle, tasteful, and thoughtful manner. The music, which is never obvious, is easy to enjoy and recommended.”

– Scott Yanow, Jazz Artistry Now

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“This stimulating and often-stormy set of exciting post-bop jazz does an excellent job of displaying the musical talents of Jeff “Siege” Siegel’s quartet.” 

– Scott Yanow, Jazz Artistry Now

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Mr. Yanow

The above Jazz Artistry Now reviews were written by Scott Yanow.

Mr. Yanow has written 11 books on jazz, over 800 liner notes, and more than 20,000 recording reviews through the years.

His writing has graced virtually all of the top jazz magazines and he is happy to be a new contributor to Jazz Artistry Now.

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CD-Music CATALOG: There are over 80 releases in the ARC catalog.

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Jeff Shirley releases Point of the Story (ARC-2833)

Point of the Story

by Jeff Shirley

Jazz guitarist Jeff Shirley performs 14 original compositions that mix guitar jazz and European jazz.

Joined by fantastic musicians Roger Wilder on piano/Rhodes, Bob Bowman on upright bass, Matt Leifer on drums and Ryan Thielman on flugelhorn.

Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz

Release Date: 2018

Recorded at: Weights and Measures Soundlab by Duane Trower.

Jeff Shirley: POINT OF THE STORY (ARC-2833)
Release party for the album is
at Black Dolphin on Saturday, April 14.


Point of the Story, the new album by Jeff Shirley, is impeccably tasteful.

It’s a shock, consequently, when a bit of grit is introduced on the eleventh track.

“Gerkin’s Sister Temple” adds six-minutes of left-of-center edginess to a 75-minute document that otherwise glides right down the center of jazz’s mainstream lane.”

*Read the full review at


LISTEN & BUY THE MUSIC – Available at all major retailers like iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Apple Music and Spotify!
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368 songs, 41 hours 28 minutes



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Burnett selected as a Kansas Music Educators Association Clinician for their 2018 In-Service Workshop

Mr. Christopher Burnett
2018 KMEA ISW Clinician

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – We are pleased to announce that ARC’s Christopher Burnett has been selected as one of the Kansas Music Educators Association 2018 In-Service Workshop Clinicians. Mr. Burnett’s Saturday morning clinic session will present useful information applicable for large ensemble and private teaching contexts. Details follow:

  • Clinic Session – Inculcating the Practical Factors of Applied Music Performance
  • Clinician – Christopher Burnett (Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician)
  • Date – Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Room – 203 Birch
  • Time – 8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

CREDITS: This program has been made possible through a grant from Conn-Selmer, Inc. The Tune Shop, Inc. is the participating Conn-Selmer dealer.

NOTE: Handout materials PDF will be available at the KMEA ISW website Clinicians page and available to download at the event from


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