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
Performing Jazz in Kansas City
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.”
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.
We have collectively read the Artists Recording Collective LLC feature article you wrote and published in the June / July issue of Jazz Ambassador Magazine (JAM).
We want to say THANKS to you and the Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors organization for a great article about our company and for this significant recognition of our efforts in the industry.
Respectfully in music,
All of the artists at:
Click links below images to read the article.
“Collectively, they continue to define a 21st Century model for a jazz record label.” – Larry Kopitnik, JAM editor writes about the Artists Recording Collective label (June / July 2017 issue of Jazz Ambassador Magazine)
“Collectively and individually, they are looking forward and breaking the seams of the traditional jazz box.” – Larry Kopitnik, JAM editor writes about the Artists Recording Collective label (June / July 2017 issue of Jazz Ambassador Magazine)
Long Ago Today (ARC-2116*)
by Sumi Tonooka Trio
with Rufus Reid bass and Bob Braye drums *this is the debut release by the label
Kansas City USA – The Westport Coffeehouse Theater will be the venue location for a live concert performance by the Christopher Burnett Quartet with special guest, Michael Jefry Stevens at 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., June 6.
Tickets are $10 at the door for local audiences and $5 to watch the live webcast online from anywhere around the world.
Emcee and event producer, Toni Gates will serve as host of the live concert which will feature a program of original compositions by both, Mr. Stevens and Mr. Burnett. The music will be performed by jazz quintet, and selections selected from the following original works:
• Analog Networking (Burnett)
• Breeze (Stevens)
• Dance (Stevens)
• Hauptbahnhof (Burnett)
• Movements (Burnett)
• Only Love (Stevens)
• Parallel Lines (Stevens)
• Perspectives (Burnett)
• Point of View (Stevens)
• The Moffett Family (Stevens)
• The River Po (Stevens)
• Tina Ballerina (Stevens)
• Today This Moment (Stevens)
• Trinity (Stevens)
• What About The Future?
CD Recordings will be available at the ticket table. And, all music is available at the major digital music stores like Apple Music, iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon. Several compositions will be debut performances.
About the artists:
Pianist, Composer and “Steinway Artist,” Michael Jefry Stevens has released over 80 CDs and composed over 340 works for both large and small ensembles. An active bandleader for over 40 years, his current working musical ensembles include the “Conference Call Quartet,” the “Fonda/Stevens Group,” “Eastern Boundary Quartet,” his collaboration with New Orleans horn man, Brian “Breeze” Cayolle and “Trio Generations” featuring saxophonist Oliver Lake.
Burnett (Selmer Saxophone Artist), guitarist Charles Gatschet, bassist Andrew W. Stinson, and percussionist Clarence Smith are members of Christopher Burnett’s guitar quartet. The quartet also forms the basis of an international ensemble, The Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet, whose critically acclaimed debut release titled “Echoes of Europe” is available worldwide via the Kansas City-based ARC label. Christopher Burnett’s ensembles have performed at the top venues in Kansas City, and the quartet is also scheduled to perform at the 28th Annual Roots Festival in Paola, Kansas on Aug. 26.
Westport Coffeehouse opened in 1996 and is a full-service coffeehouse with an exceptional “black box” theatre. Also known as an oasis in the middle of Westport” “Entertainment District,” amenities and attractions include high-speed Internet, theater and comedy events, and live music performances in the Westport Coffeehouse Theater. Drinks are a specialty with choices ranging from smoothies to ice cream and of course exceptional coffees. Grilled panini sandwiches and baking “by Pam” add to the offerings.
Cost: Payment required – Christopher Burnett Quartet + Michael Jefry Stevens at Westport Coffeehouse Theater in KC – LIVE online show Tuesday, June 6th at 8:00 pm EDT 7:00 pm CDT. NOTICE: CONCERT WINDOW TICKETS ARE FOR THE LIVE STREAM ONLY. THE LIVE STREAM IS A WAY TO BE “AT THE CONCERT” NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE WORLD! JOIN US. WE WILL STREAM A SEGMENT OF THIS EVENT BEGINNING AT 7:00 PM CST.