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.

Culbertson celebrates a milestone anniversary “Live”

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Los Angeles, California (12 January 2015): Years ago, a young ambitious musician-songwriter-producer emerged from Chicago who went on to architect 27 No. 1 Billboard singles along with a half-dozen albums that debuted at No.1 that changed the status quo with a creative and fresh alchemy of astutely performed contemporary jazz, soulful R&B and horn-powered funk. Decades later, his ability to achieve and balance commercial success and the respect of his peers is perhaps as admirable as his hit-making consistency and the meticulous approach he uses to craft infectious melodies and compelling rhythms. The above description could easily apply to the works of his role models, Maurice White and Quincy Jones, but here we refer to Brian Culbertson.

From the 1994 debut of “Long Night Out,” released while the keyboardist-trombonist was a DePaul University music major recording demos in the bedroom of his crowded apartment that landed him a six-album record deal, right up through his 14th album, 2014’s “Another Long Night Out,” Culbertson has injected a much needed jolt of lyrical harmony and deft musicianship along with a flair for lively showmanship that meshes to form an aesthetic that raises the bar on a musical genre. To commemorate his 20th anniversary as a recording artist, Culbertson marched his well-drilled band out on a coast-to-coast concert mission last year that was preserved for posterity on his first live album recorded during a sold-out, eight-show stand at the famed Yoshi’s nightclub in Oakland, California last September. The resulting double CD set, “Live – 20th Anniversary Tour,” was released Monday – Culbertson’s 42nd birthday – on his own BCM Entertainment label.

Featuring a crack eight-piece band, many of whom are musicians out of Chicago and have been playing with Culbertson for years, “Live” is a spirited and at times sweaty celebration of jazz, fusion, R&B, romantic piano pop and deep funk grooves that barely let up for air bolstered by crisp horn section arrangements reminiscent of the mighty Earth, Wind & Fire and Tower of Power.

One could say that “Live” is a statement album. Forget what you thought you knew about so called “smooth jazz.” Seldom does a contemporary jazz artist dare to release a live record these days making it even more of a treat that Culbertson & Company was able to bottle the magic, charismatic energy and excitement of their live show on this recording. The 21-song session – 22 songs if you include the CD exclusive bonus track, “Forever” – rifles through Culbertson’s chart-topping original compositions and introduces a vibrant new number, “Think Free,” the album’s initial radio single written by Culbertson and Sheldon Reynolds especially for the occasion. Culbertson’s set list also pays tribute to his influences – White’s Earth, Wind & Fire (“Serpentine Fire”) and Jones (“Secret Garden”) – along with the rump-shaking party starter “Hollywood Swingin’,” a Kool & The Gang classic.

“I just wanted to capture the raw dynamic energy of our live show. My band members are each incredible talents in their own right and I’m happy to be able to showcase them, which in turn makes the entire project more exciting and daring,” said Culbertson, who is also a lifestyle curator who founded and serves as artistic director of the starry Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, the fourth annual wine and music festival presented by Lexus in the heart of California’s stunning wine country slated for June 10-14, 2015.

Culbertson’s touring band consists of Marqueal Jordan (vocals, tenor sax & percussion), Eddie Miller (keyboards, Hammond B3 organ & vocals), Michael Stever (trumpet & keyboards), Adam Hawley (guitar & background vocals), Rodney Jones Jr. (bass) and Chris Miskel (drums). For the “Live” recording, they were supplemented by the firepower of Doug Beavers (trombone & additional percussion) and Doug Rowan (Bari sax).

“Live” contains the following songs:

Disc 1

“City Lights Intro”

“Always Remember”

“Hollywood Swingin’”

“Do You Really Love Me”

“Come To Me”

“All About You”

“Let’s Get Started”

“Fullerton Ave.”

“Beautiful Liar”

“Get It On”

“Skies Wide Open”

“Another Love”

“Horizon”

Disc 2

“Think Free”

“Dreams”

“On My Mind”

“Secret Garden”

“Serpentine Fire”

“Funkin’ Like My Father”

“City Lights Outro”

“Our Love”

“Forever” (CD bonus track only)

For additional information, please visit

http://www.BrianCulbertson.com.

Sax O’Groove – Together

Hello and a very warm welcome to my Indiegogo campaign!
My name is Andreas Buechel and I head the smooth jazz project ‘Sax O’Groove’.

Sax O’Groove released its first CD of the same name in 2013, featuring an array of guest artists. The self-distributed CD was successful, and the first pressing is now nearly sold out. I now have 11 complete songs recorded for the second CD. Entitled ‘Together’, it brought together five different producers: Nils Jiptner, Darren Rahn, Paul Weimar, John Odio and myself.

Each song features at least one guest musician from the top league of smooth jazz. I’m delighted to namecheck

Brian Culbertson (solo artist)
Rick Braun (solo artist)
Michael Lington (solo artist, Michael Bolton, Bobby Caldwell and others)
Ricky Lawson (Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Yellowjackets and others)
Alex Al (Stevie Wonder, Sting, Janet Jackson, George Benson and others)
Nils (solo artist)
Darren Rahn (solo artist)
Shilts (solo artist, Down to the Bone, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown and Peter White and others)
Billy Steinway (Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Larry Carlton, The Jazz Crusaders, Bobby Caldwell, Gary Wright, Warren Hill, Ronnie Laws, Howard Hewett, Down to the Bone, Chaka Khan)
Marqueal Jordan (solo artist, Brian Culbertson Band and others)
AkusTicos (John Odio and Chepe Blanco)
Ricardo Ramirez (violinist with Costa Rica’s best-known band Editus)
Katja Rieckermann who shares the stage with Mr. Rod Stewart
and many more.

Making the CD was a unique experience – and I’m happy to say the results were outstanding.

My intricate arrangements for brass and strings sections were recorded with various trios and quartets of instruments to support the song textures.

Each song became a little pearl, crafted in the most diverse locations throughout the world:

Los Angeles, San Jose/Costa Rica, Denver, London and many more.

Now all I need is to raise the funds for the mastering, artwork and a big radio promotion to advertise the CD – and that’s exactly why I’ve started this Indiegogo campaign.

$ 10.000 is still needed for these final stages, and I hope to get there with your help.

I’ve created packages for the various levels of support you can commit to: digital downloads, CDs, social media shout-outs, thank-yous as a backer on the CD cover, be a part of the cd as a “Associate Producer” or “Executive Co-Producer”…

Take a look at the right of this website to find out more.

I’d like to thank you right now for your support and look forward to being able to send you the new Sax O’Groove CD. Stay happy and healthy – and I hope we meet in person some time.

For more information and to choose your option please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-to-release-sax-o-groove-cd-together.

New album of Slow – become a music producer!

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Hi from Chris and Tom here, a smooth-jazz duo Slow. It’s been already 3 years after our debut release Art of Silence. We are so happy because of such warm welcome our music has received from fans, friends and critics worldwide. We want to thank especially Slow music lovers from USA, UK, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and least but not least, from our homeland -Poland.

We were not sleeping a lot since then, to tell you the truth we were writing, arraanging, playing and recording for months and now the new Slow album is almost ready. We believe this is our best music of the moment and it’s even better than the 1st baby.

So, we have signed with a record label V Records which is kind of miracle itself, considering music industry situation nowadays. The album shall be released in early spring 2015 but to give it a real shine we believe it deserves and to promote it worldwide we need YOUR support!

We need to collect USD 2000,00 to promote the album worldwide (mainly in US, UK, Japan and Germany) so that more and more people can discover SLOW music and we finally hope to come and play for you live:)
What You get is our newest album personally autographed and numbered . Your partnership may also be announced on CD booklet and on our website. You can get even your logo printed on backcover and co-producer of the album credit – all depending on the perk you choose :) And forever yours will be the heartfull thanks from all the Artists involved.

The album means 10 pieces of all original and new music – songs and instrumental “songs” in our style, with a smooth melody that stays for longer in your memory. The groove behind is also there for sure.
We invited many great artist to collaborate. To mention just a few: the saxophones virtuoso Leszek Szczerba that you could hear on our 1st album, a string quartet (from Wroclove’ Opera House!) and 2 impressive vocalists – Jagoda Jahga and Anna Ozner.

We are going to make the most valuable use from all the funds collected. Even if we do not reach the goal – this fresh hot new album comes to you anyway. To support the new project visit please https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-album-of-slow-become-a-music-producer.

Greg Adams and East Bay Soul III

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The journey continues with EBS. We want to take you along for the ride as we go into the studio to record our third album

Hi… Greg here! Thanks so much for taking your valuable time to watch my video. This gives me the opportunity to invite you to join East Bay Soul and me in making a new studio album and taking you along on our newest musical Journey.

As an independent artist I have seen the business of making music reinvent itself and I know than crowd funding is much more than just raising funds. One of the greatest things that happens is that we are building a community and connecting with people who love music enough to support its creation.

We are launching this Kickstarter Campaign to generate funding to record our next album. But it is not just about raising money… although that is a REALLY BIG deal. It is about staying creative and vital while continuing to embrace the new way music is made.

We have come up with some cool ways to reward you for being part of East Bay Soul III and I will keep you involved and informed as we continue on this new journey of making great music for all of us!

As a band we have grown into a family and we think of you as our family too. Come along with us for East Bay Soul III

Why am I doing this?

It’s about staying connected with our audience and recording a new album. I realize the way music is made and shared has essentially changed. I believe the spirit of making an artist’s dream come alive is to keep the music organic and by giving a voice directly to our fans. With crowd funding we can do just that and create music that reflects our vision. I need you! We can’t do this alone.

Where the money will go?

Since I am my own record label and we are not receiving any backing from any major music corporations, we will use your generous pledges toward recording and distributing the new CD and do the following:

• Pay for the creative contributions of the musicians, engineers, photographer, and the graphic artist.

• Delivery of the Kickstarter Rewards

• Renting studio time

• Travel to and from recording sessions and rehearsals for the band members that are out of the Los Angeles area.

• Mastering and recording of the album

• Anything over our goal (Fingers Crossed) will go toward marketing, publicity, and touring events so that we can see more of you on the road.

I am appreciative of your support and I will be sharing the process with you throughout the campaign with video and written updates. Which takes us to the next question…

What will you get out of it?

By supporting our new project you will be playing a major part in supporting an indie artist making new music and you will be able to say… I had a chance to be part of the entire creative process and finally somebody is making music for ME!

Our fans have been behind everything we’ve ever done. With their generous support we were successful in recording East Bay Soul 2.0! That was Amazing! You’ll be using your voice and pocketbook to tell big music labels that you are a valid audience that deserves a voice in the way music is being made.

In addition to the rewards, I will keep you engaged on our social media outlets. I’ll also keep you posted with news, updates and exclusive previews as we create the album, and rehearse for our CD release Party.

You can contribute as little as a dollar or as much as you’d like. We’ve created a pretty cool reward structure with music, autographed merchandise, tickets to the CD Release party, come to a recording session, and even the chance for us to write a song just for you and yours.

What we need you to do

We can’t do this without you. A pledge of any size is so appreciated. No pledge is too small. We need your help to get the word out. We ask that you help us publicize our campaign by posting updates about your support on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. Your pledge and participation makes you a BIG part of East Bay Soul III and that is priceless.

What you should know?

Every Kickstarter campaign is an all or nothing crowd funding platform. We can go over our goal, but if we do not make our goal we get nothing at all and your pledge just goes away and you will not be charged for anything.

More info about Greg Adams and East Bay Soul at http://www.eastbaysoul.com. Support the campaign at Kickstarter.

Do What You Love #1 – Fotoband

Do What You Love

The first book of photographs dedicated to musicians in jazz, R & B, Funk & Soul and Smooth Jazz by Christian Nordström 164 pages in format A4 landscape. Following bands / musicians are presented in high quality photographs:

Fourplay, Marcus Miller, Rick Brown, Nils Landgren, Marc Antoine, Kirk Whalum, Candy Dulfer, Matt Marshak, David Sanborn, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Joey Sommerville, Jesssy J, Paul Brown, Rocco Ventrella, Warren Hill.

Get this fantastic photo book here.