Grammy-winning producer, drummer, and composer Barrett Martin returns with his future jazz ensemble and their 6th studio album, "Transcendence", to be released February 23rd, 2018 on Sunyata Records, Think Indie Distribution, and Sony/Orchard Digital Services. Produced by Barrett Martin and mixed by his production partner Jack Endino, the album features 15 songs that focus on the theme of spiritual evolution, while simultaneously fusing musical elements from around the world. The BMG ensemble makes music that often defies description, blending Jazz, African, Brazilian, and Cuban music, Ambient and Classical music, and a mixture of exotic percussion that ranges from Indonesian gongs and gamelans, to vibraphone, marimba, and even handmade instruments. As Barrett describes it, "Our music is a kind of sonic-painting for the mind, and that's really the best term I can use to describe it. It's rooted in Jazz, but it also has this sonic-sculpture-painting quality and it seems to resonate with people around the world, so I think we're on to something. Our live show is where it really comes to life."
The wide variety of musicians who play on the "Transcendence" album are some of the best from the American West Coast Jazz scene:
Trio Subtonic is a groove heavy power trio out of Portland, Oregon that blends genre bending funk with slow burning underground soul jazz. Led by keyboardist Galen Clark, Subtonic explores a coalescence of rock, soul, funk, hip hop and jazz that simultaneously draws in listeners and pushes boundaries. Creating a sonic footprint reserved for more than just three people, Subtonic delivers soulful grooves, expansive improvisations and a deep pocket that compels audiences to try dance moves they didn't know they had. Trio Subtonic consists of Galen Clark on keyboards, Bill Athens on bass and Russ Kleiner on drums. The group has performed with Dan Balmer, A Love Electric, JFJO, Scott Pemberton, D'Vonne Lewis, Michal Angela and more. Touring extensively on the West Coast, East Coast and in Mexico, Subtonic brings dynamic energy to festivals, jazz clubs and watering holes alike and has garnered admiration from a wide variety of fans and critics.
Laura Dreyer & The Manhattan/Rio Connection features saxophonist, flutist, and com- poser Laura Dreyer, accompanied by an ensemble of stellar Brazilian jazz artists. Their
music demonstrates the special sound that Brazilian jazz has developed in the New York jazz scene.
Dreyer, who lives in New York City, is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She has pur- sued her passion for Brazilian music for over 20 years while also cutting a strong career- path in American jazz. She enjoys combining her vast experience as a jazz musician with
her passion for Brazilian musical styles. Her newest release, Vida. Arte. Amor., (Mayimba Jazz), was recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is receiving rave reviews. Dreyer has released three other CDs as a leader and producer, including Mysterious Encounter (Lavasphere), Free Flying Bird (Piloo), and Sax in the City (Apria). She is featured on acclaimed Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador's newest release, The Art of Samba Jazz, which received the Premio da Musica Brasileira award for Best Instrumental CD. Dreyer, who has toured nationally and internationally, has headlined at the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, The Syracuse Jazz Festival, and The Montavilla Jazz Festival, as well as many NYC venues including The Blue Note, Fat Cat, Sweet Rhythm, Birdland, Zinc Bar, and many others. Recent engagements include Twins Jazz (Washington DC), An Die Musik Live (Baltimore, MD), The Sound Room (Oakland, CA), TribOz and Santo Scenarium (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Christos (Salem, OR), to name a few.
The group's program features original contemporary Brazilian jazz, as well as arrange- ments of Brazilian jazz classics. Dreyer's compositions combine catchy, lyrical melodies in
a variety of Brazilian styles such as samba, bossa nova, baião, afoxé, maracatu, partido alto, and more.
Jazz From The Silver Screen
Voted "NW Instrumentalist of the Year" in this year's Seattle Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny leads an all-star quintet featuring visiting artists, vocalist Holly Pyle and bassist Tom Knific in an evening of Jazz From The Silver Screen.
Showcasing favorite movie themes from the 1930s to the present day, the program includes music from The Wizard of Oz (1939), An Affair To Remember (1957), Black Orpheus (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Days of Wine And Roses (1962), The Sandpiper (1965), The Godfather (1972), The Long Goodbye (1973), Chinatown (1974), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Blade Runner (1982), Round Midnight (1986) and Manchester By The Sea (2016).
Celebrated for her "soulfully graceful, liquid-like voice" (Phoenix New Times), Holly Pyle started out as an opera major before studying jazz and psychology at Northern Arizona University. Now one of the most popular vocalists in the Valley of the Sun, Holly performs with leading jazz groups, tours with the progressive soul-pop band House of Stairs, and appears regularly as a solo a-cappella act using electronic looping to build masterful sonic creations.
Flugelhorn master Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as "one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation" (International Review of Music). An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, releasing eleven CDs and touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny "one of the jazz world's most talented horn players."
Double MOBO Award winning YolanDa Brown is the premier female saxophonist in the UK, known for seamlessly blending jazz, soul, and reggae.
She makes her eagerly anticipated Portland, Oregon debut at Jack London Revue on her "Coming to America" Tour.
YolanDa has toured with Diana Krall, The Temptations, Billy Ocean, and collaborated with artists such as Snarky Puppy's Bill Laurance, Reggae Legend Bob Marley's son Julian, Raheem DeVaughn and Floacist from Floetry.
She is broadcaster - working on TV and Radio and interviewed musicians such as Gregory Porter for Channel 5 and Avery Sunshine for British Airways.
A foodie too, YolanDa and can complete a Rubik's cube in under 5 minutes... on a good day!
Brown was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London and also invited to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.
She has played to Presidents and Heads of States and is a celebrity ambassador for the charities; Prince's Trust, Children and the Arts, as well as Chair of Youth Music.
With her new album Love Politics War topping the jazz charts, she is a real renaissance woman set to reach new heights.
Join YolanDa Brown for a fantastic evening of sunshine music, as she celebrates 10 Years in Music on her "Coming to America" Tour.