Posts Tagged ‘Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2017’

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 8:45 pm

Guitarist Adam Hawley, currently a resident of Los Angeles, started his music career in the Portland Metro Area of Oregon before moving to Southern California in 2002. He graduated in 2008 with a Master’s from the University of Southern California, and two years later, he completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Studio/Jazz guitar there. Currently, Adam also teaches at the Musician’s Institute, Chaffey College, and Saddleback College. So far, he has appeared on shows or festivals like Seabreeze Jazz Fest, Catalina Jazz Fest, Cancun Jazz Fest, Dave Koz and Friends Cruise or American Idol, and he has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Lalah Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Cole, Sheila E, Larry Graham, Flo Rida, Kenny Latimore, Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliott, Euge Groove, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Phillipe Saisse, Mindi Abair, Keiko Matsui. 2016 has been an exciting year for him: His debut record “Just The Beginning” was released in March. The first single “35th St.” featuring Eric Darius had the longest run at #1 on Billboard in 2016 (5 weeks). And also the second one, “Joy Ride” co-written and produced with Greg Manning, hit the Top Ten on Billboard. Furthermore, Adam has been named both Smooth Jazz News and JazzTrax Debut Artist of the Year.

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Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm

In the course of their over 20-year career, the Nighthawks have created a subtly contoured aesthetic concept: music for travellers. Momentum and calm, denseness and sparseness, darkness and light – contrasts that all play a central musical role in the band’s work. Striving for reductionism, these scores of catchy songs evoke vivid atmospheric pictures, whose attraction lie often in their sense of yearning. The music heads of the quintet are Dal Martino (Bass, Keys, Guitar, Vocals) and Reiner Winterschladen (Trumpet, Flugelhorn). In the studio and on live gigs, they are accompanied by Jürgen Dahmen (Keys/Rhodes Piano/Percussion), Thomas Alkier (Drums) and Guitarist Jörg Lehnardt. By the way, Lehnhardt is not a new face on our stage: in 2014 he was part of our houseband at the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival. The latest Nighthawks album was dedicated to the Boeing 707. For Martino, the 707 was “basically the first transporter of culture in a musical world that was becoming increasingly international”. For this CD, libertine Winterschladen – an avid proponent of improvised music – time and again had to restrict his trumpet playing to comply with Martino’s focus on reduction. These conflicting poles gave birth to numerous sound sketches which Martino considerably condensed. The resulting album consists of seven songs as well as the core track “707 Suite”: A powerful, at times edgy, work in four movements that even expands into psychedelic rock. As singer for another track – “Happy Days” – Martino invited Jeff Young on board, a musical partner of Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Jackson Browne, Sting and many others. Young co-composed this track and is responsible for bringing some L.A. breeziness to the album.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 8:45 pm
+ Allstar Show on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Growing up in a home filled with the diverse sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B from the records his dad spun as a DJ, Ken Ford was born in St. Louis and lived in Detroit before his parents settled in Atlanta. His parents recognized a special gift in their child one night when they overheard him at a party, playing along with an Al Green song note for note on a toy keyboard – long before his first music lesson. From that point on, they kept an instrument in his hands but he never had a formal lesson until he settled on violin at age nine. Ken followed his passion for violin but, early in his career, lived a dual life, working as an IT programmer while jamming at some of Atlanta’s hottest jazz spots at night. Meanwhile, Ken’s talents have brought him on stage and into the recording studio with a range of superstar artists including Bruno Mars, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean, Chaka Khan, Brian Culbertson, Barry White and more. Today, he’s indulging his passion for violin full-time before worldwide audiences and a word that describes not only his violin but also the man himself is: electric. His electrifying live performances have audiences up on their feet and into the aisles, jumping and dancing around. Far from being any quiet instrument, Ken takes the violin center stage with amazing artistry and creativity, rocking out on it with a passion and fervor that rivals the biggest guitar solos.

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Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:00 am
+ Allstar Show on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician following his junior high introduction to woodwinds. His instincts were correct. He became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The Rippingtons. Kashiwa performed hundreds of shows all over the world and appeared on many of the band’s classic recordings. Having established himself in the ‘90s as one of the most diverse saxmen in contemporary jazz during his decade long tenure with The Rippingtons, Kashiwa’s instincts led him to more dynamic endeavors through his solo career. It surprised many when Jeff left the group to venture out on his own, but he had things to say through his own music. Kashiwa now has nine CDs released under his own name and has continued to record as a guest artist with many other artists as well. In 2004, Kashiwa founded The Sax Pack, a trio of saxophone headliners, featuring himself, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. The group released two CDs together and charmed audiences with their Rat Pack style reparte’ in tours across the U.S. and abroad. In 2006, Jeff reunited with The Rippingtons for their 20th Anniversary Tour and continues to record and tour with the group as often as his busy schedule will allow. In addition to touring with The Sax Pack and his own group, Kashiwa has expanded his career to include the realm of music education, teaching various courses through the music program at Shoreline Community College in Seattle. Currently, Jeff is working on a new album.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm
+ Allstar Show on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

He has created one of the most recognized styles in today’s modern jazz piano. It is a sultry but also romantic mixture of contemporary jazz, funk, and R&B with hints of gospel. Jazz-pianist and composer Alex Bugnon, nephew of trumpeter Donald Byrd, was born in 1958 in Montreux. His hometown regularly hosts the Montreux Jazz Festival – thus, Alex has more or less grown up with Jazz. Before moving to the U.S.A he studied music at the Conservatorium in Paris for two years. He then went to the Berklee School of Music and performed with gospel groups as a sideline. In 1990 he moved to New York, where he played in the background as a session musician with artists like Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson and Keith Sweat. He made it into the charts with his debut album “Love Season” just as with its successor, “Head over Heels”; in the R&B charts he even secured a place among the top 40. Beyond his recordings, Alex has built a loyal fan base through touring on the club and jazz festival circuits. “People in their 40s, 50s and 60s that have all of my CDs are raving about my songs,” he beams. “At the same time, college students that are more likely to be Radiohead fans are coming up to me saying, ‘I really dug that ‘Silver Finger’ song, man’ – which is really nice to hear!”

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Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:45 pm
+ Allstar Show on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Jazziz magazine writes that Nelson Rangell is “an artist of depth, a master of song, and an improviser non pareil”. The Times of London notes “his extraordinary facility on a range of instruments and his undoubted virtuosity”. Such praise is a confirmation of what contemporary jazz fans have known since the Denver based saxophonist emerged in the late 80s: that Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse performers in the genre, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo. Nelson first played flute at the age of 15. Within six months he was studying both classical and jazz music at The Interlochen Arts Academy, a national camp for gifted music students. He went on to attend The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As a student he twice won Down Beat Magazine’s prestigious National Student Recording Awards competition both as best jazz and best pop/rock instrumental soloist. After college he headed to New York in 1984 to pursue his career. The next four years were spent sitting in, playing alongside, and gigging with some of the world’s greatest contemporary jazz musicians including Hiram Bullock, Jorge Dalto, Eric Gale, Richard Tee, Jaco Pastorius, David Sanborn and many others. He also found occasional employment with the legendary Gil Evans Monday Night Orchestra. Rangell’s debut album was released 1987. Since then, he has worked together with a lot of famous artists, e.g. The Rippingtons, Earl Klugh, Brian Bromberg, Vlad Girshevich, Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin and Tom Browne.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm
+ Allstar Show on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

The multi-Grammy nominated session drummer, producer, composer & recording artist Harvey Mason was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He began taking formal drum lessons at age seven, playing in school bands and finally buying his first drum set at 16. He continued his education at the Berklee School of Music, then attended the New England Conservatory of Music on full scholarship, studying performance, composing, arranging, percussion and mallets. In 1970, he graduated with a B.A. in Education and Performance. In the’70s and ’80s, “Mase” was working on Donald Byrd’s commercial breakthrough album “Black Byrd” and a series of successful crossover albums for Blue Note Records. This led to his seminal work on Herbie Hancock’s jazz masterpiece “Head Hunters” (1974). Since then, Harvey has worked with a pantheon of musical giants, including Barbra Streisand, James Brown, Beyonce, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Carlos Santana, Michael Jackson, John Legend, Seal and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has composed and written songs recorded by artists ranging from Nancy Wilson and Mary J. Blige to The Notorious B.I.G. and Nelly/P. Diddy. Mason is also a founding member of Fourplay. “Chameleon”, Mason’s 10th solo project overall, adds one more remarkable chapter to his legacy. A blend of R&B, urban and cutting-edge jazz, Chameleon takes its inspiration from the title track, which Mason co-wrote with Herbie Hancock, and is a knowing nod to Mason himself, aptly dubbed the “Chameleon” for his uncanny ability to perform so many styles of music.

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