Posts Tagged ‘Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2017’

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:45 pm
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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
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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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Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10:15 pm

The U.K. Band Acoustic Alchemy have spent over a quarter century making music and in that time they have not only received critical acclaim for their albums (including several Grammy nominations), but also have built a reputation for being one of the most exciting live bands in the business. Through it all, the overriding mission of the band has been to push the potential of instrumental music to embrace a broad spectrum of styles without being limited to any specific genre. For the last decade the band lineup has been made up of Greg Carmichael on nylon guitar, Miles Gilderdale on steel string acoustic and electric guitars, Fred White on keyboards and the powerhouse rhythm section of Greg Grainger on drums and his brother, Gary on bass. But the band’s story began with two guitarists, Nick Webb and Simon James, who recorded a self-financed, self-produced album in the mid 1980s entitled Acoustic Alchemy. Shortly after the release, James left the partnership and Webb promoted the record on his own. He turned to a rock guitarist named Greg Carmichael and the two assumed the name of Acoustic Alchemy. The duo initially worked for Virgin Airlines, recording in-flight music for trans-Atlantic flights, then signed to MCA, where they released their debut album “Red Dust & Spanish Lace”. After two more records on MCA, Acoustic Alchemy moved to GRP and released the Grammy-nominated “Reference Point”. Some years later Webb had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died in 1998, so Gilderdale, who was playing in the electric guitar slot at the time, had to expand his technical skills and repertoire on acoustic guitar to take Webb’s place alongside Carmichael at the front of the band.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10:15 pm
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He’s the rocker among the Smooth Jazz Artists: Canadian born Saxophonist Warren Hill’s first instruments were guitar and vocals. By the age of 13 he was already the frontman of a local Toronto rock band, singing Led Zeppelin and Rush. It was at the age of 17 that he was introduced to jazz music by David Sanborn, Michael Brecker and Charlie Parker. >From that point on he went full on into studying the saxophone. With the release of his last CD entitled “Under The Influence” he is revisiting his roots. The CD is a collection of classic rock covers from the ’70′s featuring hits from iconic bands such as Aerosmith, Queen, and The Police. Applying his dynamic style of sax to songs that influenced his musical upbringing, he particularly targets the songs from his teenage rock band. For those born in the 50′s and 60′s, this CD will be like a trip down memory lane. For everyone else, well… “there is a reason they call it Classic Rock… because almost everyone on the planet knows these songs – they are timeless!”, says Warren. His career spans almost three decades now. Hill’s solo CD’s and collaborations have topped three different charts: Pop, Adult Contemporary and Smooth Jazz, selling over a million copies worldwide, and garnered multiple awards. His incredibly dynamic live show has brought him to over 25 countries performing over 1.500 shows. When he is not recording or touring, Warren and his wife of more than 20 years, Tamara, homeschool their daughter Olivia – also an incredibly talented singer/songwriter with a big music career in the works.

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Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm

Spyro Gyra, owing its odd name to the green alga spirogyra, was founded in 1974 by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein and keyboardist Jeremy Wall. Indeed, they were first known simply as “Tuesday Night Jazz Jams,” a forum wherein Beckenstein and Wall were joined by a rotating cast of characters. Tuesday just happened to be the night when most musicians weren’t playing other gigs to pay their bills. Around 1974, the group was beginning to gel and cultivate a following. A club owner who wanted to advertise an upcoming appearance by the band asked Beckenstein for the group’s name. The saxophonist told him “Spirogyra,” a word he learned in a college biology course. The owner misspelled the word as Spyro Gyra, and the band fell into place, featuring Beckenstein, Wall, Jim Kurzdorfer, and Tom Walsh. Not long afterward, the group added keyboardist Tom Schuman (with Wall dropping out 1978). Today, Spyro Gyra consists of Beckenstein, Schuman, Scott Ambush (bass), Julio Fernandez (guitar) und Lionel Cordew (drums). Their music combines R&B, elements of pop and Caribbean music with jazz. Over the last 40+ years, they have performed over five thousand shows, released over thirty albums selling over ten million albums, but they didn’t make music for commercial purposes. When Beckenstein and Wall first started jamming back in Buffalo, they just did it because it was a blast, pure and simple. They made lyrical, jazzy music for a few folks at the club, developed a high energy live gig, one thing led to another, and suddenly, instrumental music was never quite the same. The fun was suddenly not just theirs, but the others as well. “I’ve always felt that music, and particularly instrumental music, has this non-literal quality that lets people travel to a place where there are no words. There’s this beauty in music that’s not connected to sentences”, says Beckenstein.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:15 pm
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Grammy Award winner Norman Brown is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Kansas City, Norman first picked up a guitar at the age of 8. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s mind-bending rock sounds, he soon discovered his father’s favorite artist, Wes Montgomery, and found his stylistic holy grail. After high school, Brown moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career, attending the Musicians Institute where he also taught for a time. While playing with his band in local clubs, Brown was discovered and signed to the MoJazz label, a division of Motown. He delivered his 1992 debut “Just Between Us” and followed with a lot of other CDs on different labels. “Celebration” was the release, which first teamed him with producer Paul Brown. The 2003 follow-up “Just Chillin’” earned Norman much-deserved recognition with a Grammy Award in the best pop instrumental category.

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Welcome to the MALLORCA SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL – the only smooth jazz festival in the European Mediterranean area. Actually, in Sa Coma, on the beautiful east coast of the Spanish island Mallorca.

In late April, a music festival with unique live music awaits you in the exclusive ambience of the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa. The 5-star hotel is also the venue and is characterized by an elegant and modern equipment, a full-equipped spa area as well as landscaped gardens and swimming pools (indoor / outdoor). Located only 300 metres from the beach, right on the Punta de n’Amer natural park.

This musical (short) vacation* is all about enjoying the finer things in life. Good music. Good food. Good wine. Good entertainment. Good weather. Good prospects for recovery and a unique experience in the breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea.

On stage, we welcome some of the biggest and most successful international stars of the Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene.

The early booking sale starts on November 1, 2016 in our online-shop: www.smoothjazzshop.eu/mallorca