View From The West Coast – A New Music Magazine

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This new magazine is for all the drifters and dreamers that remember when you had radio stations that championed the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Player, Andy Gibb and Patsy Gallant. My love of this era has finally made me start this publication and celebrate a rich seam of largely forgotten music and gentle AM/FM grooves from a bygone era.

We know that this music is still being made and getting played on web based music stations and blogs such as West Coast Golden Radio, Soma FM and the wonderful AOR Disco. They are not only keeping this music alive, they are also helping us find great new tunes and mixing them with old classics every week. Songs that are certain to get retired dancing feet tapping again… So, on that note let me welcome you to View From The West Coast. We are an online magazine, that will feature the best new music releases and reissues, interviews and information about artists and bands, from both the
past to the present and getting you to look that little bit deeper into your old vinyl collection or plunder youtube to listen to some of the long forgotten gems that we are so passionate about.
We’ll also be giving you links to some great music via our guests playlist page and this month we are delighted to have Mark ‘Good Vibes’ Taylor bringing us the background for for his chosen tracks, which you can find on our Facebook page.

And every issue will have an exclusive podcast included, with a special ‘View From The West Coast’ radio show presented by legendary smooth grooves and fusion flavours DJ, Steve Quirk.

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So, as we take that L.A. flight home, we are just going to close our eyes and dream of breezing along that stretch of the pacific coast highway in our open top convertible, as we watch the sun dip down across the bay and reflect on paradise. And it’s here you’ll find our staring point…Enjoy!

Nick Mawson

Purchase your issue here. Available Now: Issue 2 ‘View From The West Coast’ Magazine. Order Directly via Facebook.
Cost: £4.00 + P & P

Bob Baldwin – MelloWonder / Songs in the Key of Stevie

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After two years in the making, MelloWonder / Songs in the Key of Stevie will take flight on June 6, with a single dropping in April…stay tuned.

This is a continuing fundraiser to cover recording expenses of “MelloWonder”, a tribute to Stevie Wonder, due out this May/June. The disc features Chieli Minucci, U-Nam, Marion Meadows, Ryan Kilgore, Ragan Whiteside, Toni Redd, and more….

It is no secret that the digital music landscape combined with the social networks available to artists has prompted massive changes in the way people listen to and deliver musical content to their listeners. With that paradigm shift in full effect, top selling artists have gone the route of crowd-funding to raise funds for independent project.

For the first time, Baldwin has incorporated a string ensemble to his 21st and upcoming disc. Over $20,000.00 has been personally vested into the project to date.

If you want to buy the CD or just support Bob’s project go to this fundraiser site.

Jazz royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” to help departed friend’s family

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A few days prior to New Year’s Day, the day guitarist Jeff Golub passed away at age 59, his frequent collaborators Steven Miller, Rick Braun and Bud Harner put the finishing touches on Golub’s 13th solo album, “The Vault,” a collection of previously unreleased songs and reimagined early career gems that were redecorated with the assistance of some of the artist’s high-profile musician friends. Everyone involved with creating the album that was released today by eOne Music – musicians, producers, songwriters, engineers, mixers, mastering, graphic artists, etc. – donated their time to the project so that all of the money generated by record sales can go to Golub’s family.

One of the new cuts, “Open Up,” featuring the soulful Golub boisterously shredding over a trademark jazzy blues-rock groove produced by Jeff Lorber, debuted last week in the Top 20 of Billboard’s smooth jazz singles chart boding to become the next addition to the artist’s catalogue of No. 1 singles.

“The Vault” is just the latest rallying of the music community to aid Golub, who succumbed to complications from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare, incurable and aggressive brain disease. Although he wasn’t officially diagnosed until last November, PSP stole his vision in the spring and summer of 2011. An all-star contingent played a sold-out benefit concert that autumn in Southern California to raise money to cover medical expenses. Golub’s motor skills rapidly began to deteriorate while touring in 2013 in support of his final set of all new material, “Train Keeps A Rolling,” and eventually left him unable to play his beloved instrument. After his passing, nearly two dozen prominent recording artists gathered January 21 near the guitarist’s New York City home to play a sold-out tribute benefit concert at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Many of the musicians who appeared on that high-wattage bill perform on “The Vault,” including Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot, Bill Evans, Philippe Saisse, Steve Ferrone and Braun. Additional album contributors were hitmen Gerald Albright, Brian Culbertson, Euge Groove, Boney James and Peter White.

The ten-track “The Vault” consists of vastly different versions of seven Golub songs harvested from seminal album releases that were given a fresh twist by the guest artists personally selected by Golub; a soul-stirring live version of the Golub classic “Naked City”; and two previously unreleased selections, “Open Up” and the Saisse-produced “Swagster,” a sweltering swing sparked by Golub’s scalding guitar and Whalum’s impassioned sax wails.

To help set the stage for “The Vault,” SmoothJazz.com hosted the world premiere of the record on March 28 along with interviews with the guest artists and producers. Last Sunday’s (March 29) episode of Koz’s radio show that airs nationally on SiriusXM’s Watercolors was devoted to the album spotlighted by interview segments with Abair and Braun, and played multiple tunes from the disc. On April 15, SiriusXM’s Watercolors will broadcast the entire Golub all-star tribute concert.

Golub began his career as an ace guitar slinger alongside superstars Rod Stewart, Billy Squier, Peter Wolf and Tina Turner before launching his own chart-topping band, Avenue Blue, leading to his star-making solo career. The Akron, Ohio native is survived by his wife Audrey Stafford Golub, and sons Matthew (14) and Chris (12).

“The Vault” contains the following songs:

“Funky Is As Funky Does”

“One More Excuse To Play The Blues”

“Open Up”

“Gimmie Some”
“Swagster”

“Keep The Ball Rolling”

“Jeff’s Blues (Mama Didn’t)”

“Groanin”

“Atlanta Nights”

“Naked City” (Live)

For additional information about Golub, go to http://jeffgolub.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

Chris Standring – Something In The Stars

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Born and raised on a farm in the rural countryside of Buckinghamshire, England, a young boy spent his childhood driving tractors and feeding sheep, all the while dreaming of another life; a life of music. With an insatiable desire to succeed, he moved to London in the 1980s and Los Angeles California in the 1990s. Surmounting many obstacles along the way, Chris eventually realized his wildest dreams and became an international jazz recording artist. This is his story.

Chris Standring is a jazz recording artist who lives in Los Angeles California. Originally from the UK, Chris moved to LA in 1991 to pursue his lifelong dream of ensconcing himself in the music entertainment capital of the world. Now with eight solo albums to his name and several hits at radio, Chris tours regularly across the USA and Europe, including annual shows in his home country of England.

Pre-order the book at Amazon.com.

Althea Rene Live CD

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I will record my LIVE CD project on Tuesday, March 24th at the beautiful Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium at the Historic Detroit Library. Showtime is 6pm sharp. This will be a FREE concert featuring some of Detroit’s most popular talent. Don’t miss it. :)

I need your help. Many people have asked me, “when will you record a live CD”? I’m happy to say that the time is now. I will be recording my live project in my hometown Detroit, Michigan. I plan to release the project in Spring 2015, but I can only do it if supportive music lovers make a donation. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

*Donations of all sizes are appreciated!
*Donations of $50 will earn you an autographed CD and Poster
*Donations of $100 will earn you an authentic Althea Rene t-shirt, CD, and Poster
*Donations of $150 will earn you a one hour flute lesson via Skype

If you want to support Althea Rene, visit this website.

New Yorkers come to Golub’s aid one final time

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January 21 all-star concert planned to memorialize the guitarist and benefit his family sells out. 

When the newly blind guitarist Jeff Golub stumbled and fell onto New York City subway tracks where he was clipped and dragged by a train in 2012, New Yorkers came to his aid. When word spread throughout the New York City music community last month that Golub was on his death bed, New Yorkers bought concert tickets to the January 21 all-star benefit concert put together by Marquee Concerts and Smooth Jazz New York in order to raise money for Golub’s family. Although Golub succumbed to complications from a rare degenerative brain disease on New Year’s Day turning next week’s event at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill in Times Square into a memorial show, New Yorkers scooped up the remaining tickets to make sure the concert that will feature performances by more than two dozen luminaries sold-out to provide maximum assistance to Golub’s family.

At the time of the subway scare, which was chronicled extensively in the New York media, Golub dismissed the incident that he was lucky to escape with only minor scrapes and bruises as “stupid blind guy stuff.” However, losing his vision the year before due to collapsed optic nerves turned out to be a harbinger of a far more serious problem for the Akron, Ohio-born musician who has called New York City home since the 1970s. Golub began struggling with his balance and speech during a 2013 national concert tour in support of his final album, the playfully titled “Train Keeps A Rolling,” that adversely impacted his ability to perform. It got to the point that management had to pull Golub off the road. The guitarist’s motor skills continued to deteriorate, but it wasn’t until last November that he was finally diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), an incurable and aggressive brain disease.

Known for playing with soulful intensity and a bluesy touch, Golub’s diverse resume boasts longtime stints as a sideman to Rod Stewart, Billy Squier, Peter Wolf and Tina Turner as well as a 20-year solo recording career as a chart-topping contemporary jazz artist thus the lineup for the memorial benefit concert will present a multi-genre lineup of Grammy winners, nominees and hit-makers. Slated to take the stage are (in alphabetical order) Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Randy Brecker, Henry Butler, Christopher Cross, Mark Egan, Richard Elliot, Bill Evans, Steve Ferrone, Euge Groove, Dave Koz, Chuck Loeb, Chieli Minucci, Philippe Saisse, Kirk Whalum and over a dozen more musicians.

Last Thursday (January 8), Whalum presided over Golub’s funeral held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture where a throng of artists and the city’s busiest session players gathered to pay tribute to the late guitarist, his wife Audrey Stafford Golub, and sons Matthew (14) and Chris (12). Among the many performers filling the ceremony with heartfelt song were John Waite, Marc Cohn, Whalum and Cross.

Although tickets to the memorial concert are gone, those who wish to contribute to Golub’s family can by sending a check made out to Jeff Golub Medical Expenses and mailed to:

Judy Miller

PO Box 115

Boxford, MA 01921

For more information about the memorial concert produced by Marquee Concerts, please visit http://marqueeconcerts.com/events/jazz and for additional information about Golub, go to http://jeffgolub.com.