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Matt Baker Rhapsody of Gershwin Matt Baker - A Rhapsody of Gershwin

New 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”.

Laila Juno

Laila Biali won the JUNO award!

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.
Resurrection of Screamin Jay Hawkins The Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
The 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 resurrected.

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 Me).”

It’s a show you will long remember!!

  "Alligator Wine" & "I Put a Spell On You"
                              Teneal - Portrait of a Queen - A Tribute
                              to Aretha Franklin CeCe Teneal - A Portrait of a Queen - A Tribute to Aretha Franklin - 
The Queen 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"  

CeCe 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 Productions

Portrait of a Queen - Performance Reel
Chiara Izzi 2019
Kevin Hays

In February 2019 Jando Music/Via Veneto Jazz will release "Across the Sea" by Chiara Izzi and Kevin Hays.

Chiara Izzi Across the SeaThis 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 jazz scene.

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 City.

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 VIDEO TEASER

  “James” - P. Metheny/K. Hays - LIVE VIDEO

Chiara Izzi Performance Reel

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