Baker - A Rhapsody of Gershwin
York/Australian jazz pianist Matt Baker
returns to the stage with a brand new
project, “A Rhapsody of Gershwin”.
Presenting a whole new spin on the music
of one of America’s most celebrated
composers, this is all Gershwin
interpreted like never before, with an
all-star line-up from the heart of New
York’s jazz scene.
The project brings Rhapsody in Blue to the
jazz stage, featuring the original piano
score arranged and accompanied by the
trio, with voice singing some of the
classic orchestral themes throughout. The
performance opens with the Rhapsody’s true
classical-esque beginning and closes with
its grand, majestic ending.
The show comprises music from Crazy for
You, Porgy and Bess, An American in Paris
and Concerto in F, plus other exciting
gems from the classical and popular worlds
of George Gershwin.
Some of the program includes specifically:
The man I love, Embraceable You, There’s a
boat that's leaving soon for New York,
Summertime, an I Got Rhythm/Fascinating
Rhythm medley and Home Blues, plus a
selection of themes from the Concerto in F
and Rhapsody, all together in an exciting,
swinging and entertaining program
Matt Baker Short Bio
Matt Baker’s sideman credits include
touring and performing with vocalists Ann
Hampton Callaway, Jennifer Holliday, Patti
LaBelle, Veronica Swift (2015 Monk
competition winner), Tierney Sutton,
Arianna Neikrug (2015 Sarah Vaughan
competition winner) and Judy Collins, as
well as guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli and
tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm.
Matt Baker was an award winner in the 2003
Montreux International Solo Jazz Piano
competition. Originally from Australia,
Matt has called New York City home since
2010, performs at jazz venues throughout
the city and abroad and in 2017 released
his latest DVD album “Live at Birdland”.
|I can't remember
the last time I was more surprised than
when, last month at the JUNO Awards,
they announced that I was the 2019
Winner for "Vocal Jazz Album of the
Year"!!! You could have knocked me over
with a feather. There are SO many people
to thank, people who not only supported
the album that won, but who have walked
alongside me in countless ways over the
years. 💖 I was so shocked by the
win, there were many key organizations
and people I didn't thank in my speech.
(The "play off" music kicked in so early
too, which didn't help!) But, if you're
interested in watching it, you can find it
on YouTube here.
The Resurrection of
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
great blues singer, crazy man, original
shock-rock performer and the songwriter
who penned the classic, “I Put A Spell on
You,” died in 2000. Now bluesman Mike
Armando, who was Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’
guitarist in the 1970s, has recreated the
legendary shows with a new group,
appropriately called, The Resurrection of
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. This show is an
authentic recreation and people attending
will think they're seeing Screamin’ Jay
Screamin’ Jay grunted, groaned, snarled
and even moaned with intestinal pain
during performances. Sometimes he would
appear in aboriginal dress, with a bone
through his nose and casting voodoo
spells. He was always accompanied by
Henry, his staff topped with a skull.
The band will perform the well-known
compositions like “I Put A Spell on You,” “Constipation
Blues,” “Alligator Wine” and lesser-known
nuggets like “Feast of the Mau Mau.”
Although some dedicated fans might prefer
“Armpit #6” or “(She Put The) Whammee (On
It’s a show you will long remember!!
"Alligator Wine" &
"I Put a Spell On You"
Teneal - A Portrait of a Queen - A
Tribute to Aretha Franklin -
of Soul - Aretha Franklin taught us how to
“Think” and demand “Respect” – while
“Ridin’ on the Freeway!” Portrait of
a Queen, featuring the Voice of the
Century Cece Teneal, is a dynamic musical
production that will have you on the edge
of you seats from start-to-finish.
Teneal will take music lovers on a trip
down memory lane with stellar hits from
Aretha Franklin’s musical catalog like:
“Chain of Fools,” “Natural Woman,”
"Think", “Bridge Over Troubled Water" and
of course "Respect"
Teneal deserves to perform the music of
Aretha Franklin! She’s that
good. The audience will be dancing
in the aisles.
Darryl Bey / Producer / BlueBird
of a Queen - Performance Reel
In February 2019 Jando Music/Via Veneto
Jazz will release "Across the Sea" by
Chiara Izzi and Kevin Hays.
This album is the
outcome of an encounter of two musicians
so distant and yet so inexorably close.
Those holding the reins of this visionary
journey between jazz and pop, America and
Italy, dream and lyricism are, without
doubt, the two artists: Chiara, with her
warm, Mediterranean voice and Kevin, one
of the most celebrated and admired
pianists and composers on the American
Guests on the album include Chris Potter,
Omer Avital, Grégoire Maret, Nir Felder,
and Rogério Boccato..
The world premiere of "Across the Sea"
will take place on February 28, 2019 in a
jazz temple: the Birdland of New York
Radio & press promo by Lydia Liebman Publicist
More on Chiara
Izzi - Award
winning Italian singer, songwriter Chiara
Izzi has been described by Jazz Times as
“a talent to be heard, admired and
anticipated” after the release of her
debut album “Motifs”. Chiara’s
International debut took place at the
Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition
in 2011, where she was awarded first prize
by the living musical legend Quincy Jones.
She is currently living in New York and
performs regularly around the world.
More on Kevin Hays -
Kevin Hays is internationally recognized
as one of the premier jazz pianists of
his generation. Many of his 15
recordings (Blue Note, Nonesuch,
Sunnyside) as leader have received
critical acclaim from publications such
as The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine
and Jazz Times. A prolific sideman
appearing on over 60 records, Kevin’s
long list of notable musical
associations include records with Chris
Potter, James Taylor, Steve Gadd, Joshua
Redman, Nicholas Payton, and Al Foster.
"Across The Sea” Album
“James” - P.
Metheny/K. Hays - LIVE VIDEO