Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. Seeds From The Underground is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases Garrett's extraordinary abilities.
For Garrett, Seeds From The Underground is a special recording. It once again consists of all original compositions, and is truly an homage to those who have inspired and influenced him, both personally and musically. "All of these songs are dedicated to someone," says Garrett. "And the 'seeds' have been planted, directly or indirectly, by people who have been instrumental in my development."
With Seeds From The Underground Garrett has crafted a project that offers his appreciation while always making the listener aware of his band's skillful approach to melody, harmony and rhythm. From personal nods such as the opening track "Boogety Boogety," dedicated to his memory of watching western films with his father (the title refers to the sound of a galloping horse); "Wiggins," which references his high school band director Bill Wiggins; and "Detroit," an evocative, reflective composition about his hometown, and a celebration of mentor Marcus Belgrave; to his appreciation of some of his musical heroes on "J Mac" (Jackie McLean); "Haynes Here" (Roy Haynes); and "Do Wo Mo" (Duke Ellington, Woody Shaw and Thelonious Monk).
Melody, as a matter of fact, was a key element for the saxophonist when writing for the recording. "I wanted to focus on the melody," Garrett reflects. "I want people to remember what the melody is before we start improvising...and on some songs I heard voices, the singing of the melody." This latter point is in evidence on the selections "Haynes Here," "Detroit" and "Welcome Earth Song."
After finishing her Master's Degree in Music and a few years of working in Sweden Catarina left for New York to improve her saxophone skills at the "New School of Jazz".
From 1995-2000 Catarina led her own six piece band in the Los Angeles area and also served as the musical director for "L.A. Women in Blues". Catarina produced, composed and arranged her first CD "Don't Stop Now" in 1999. Around this time Ms. New also incorporated her soulful vocals on her performances and recordings and has since been successful with her intimate connection with the audience.
Catarina is a seasoned performer and has among her track record, The House of Blues, B.B. Kings, La Ve Lee, Playboy Jazz-Fest in Los Angeles. Idyllwild Jazz festival, New York, New Orleans, Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, Brazil, Tahiti, Hawaii, Germany and Scandinavia on her list of venues.
The second album "The Point of no Return" was released in 2004 and shortly after, in 2006, Catarina won the "Southern California Music Awards" in the category "Best Jazz solo artist".
In 2010, Portland, Oregon became her new home and Catarina has since been awarded "Jazz musician of the month" by the magazine Oregon Jazz scene, in July 2012.
Catarina's third album was released in Portland (2014) with her new band "Brazilian Touch" Her music features both high lights from the Brazilian Jazz repertoire and her own originals. Catarina's music is melodic, rhythmical and full of intimate expressions.
Emerging in a pouf of dazzling stardust, Liv Warfield has solidified herself as a legend of her own time. Born in Peoria, IL the former Notre Dame Track star and gymnast began her singing career in Portland, OR where she had relocated to attend college. Influenced by musical heroines such as Nina Simone, Etta James, Sade, Tina Turner and Mary J. Blige, Liv has brought her own unique and soulful sound to the ranks of the indisputably talented. In the beginning of her career, Liv collaborated with a myriad of local musicians in Portland which provided the platform to demonstrate her vocals across genres. As Liv began performing within Portland's vibrant music scene she established herself as an icon. She was ultimately hailed as "Portland's most soulful singer" (Portland Monthly). Eventually, the fervent support she received locally became the catalyst that catapulted Liv's career to the next level. Liv Warfield's talent defies definition. She sits comfortably outside the box and can croon her way into the top talent of any mix. However, if a definition is insisted upon - the singer herself describes her style as "alternative R&B Soul with a little bit of Rock 'n' Roll" - a style which she has spent years cultivating. In 2006, Liv's self-released debut album Embrace Me, was well received and offered the world a glimpse into her distinguished sound. However, it was 2009 which brought the pivotal change of her career. The legendary performer Prince watched a video on YouTube of Liv singing "Gimme Shelter" and three months later, he called her to invite her to audition for his vocal backing group, the New Power Generation (NPG). Nowadays, Liv has been singing, touring and blazing stages with Prince and the NPG for the past several years. Liv also sang on Prince's 2010 album Lotusflow3r and since then, the rest is history - in the making.
Lydia and the band debuted when the Fillmore was at its peak as one of the nation's musical Mecca's. Owner Bill Graham was so impressed with Lydia's voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label. During the span of six original late-60's, early-70's albums, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood helped, along with Tower Of Power, forge their own specific brand of funk/soul and R&B which came to be know as East Bay Grease. That music still holds up today, proving that great music is timeless and will continue to inspire generations to come. Lydia Pense and Cold Blood packed the San Francisco Ballrooms in their heyday, but that was then and this is now. In the now, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood still fill halls with cheering, dancing, foot-stomping fans. Far from fading over the years, Cold Blood has flourished.
Along with Tower of Power, Cold Blood pioneered the Bay Area's brass heavy funk-rock sound, which came to be known as "East Bay Grease." After debuting at the Fillmore in 1969 and initially signing to Bill Graham's San Francisco Records label, they developed into one of the most popular high-energy bands in the Bay Area. Fronted by the proverbial little girl with a huge voice, Lydia Pense's powerful vocal chops were impossible to ignore, and despite frequent personnel changes within the band, Cold Blood always attracted inspired and creative musicians and remained a crack unit.
Cold Blood seemed to be overshadowed by Chicago Blood Sweat And Tears, Tower Of Power, and other more commercially successful horn-fueled bands of the era, but their biggest curse was the critics and reviewers who were relentlessly comparing Lydia to Janis Joplin (who, in reality praised Lydia and the band, including their blistering cover of "Piece Of My Heart"). This, combined with questionable management, frequent personnel changes, and weak album distribution relegated the group to limited success. Cold Blood appeared at the Fillmores often and at many major concerts and festivals but remained most popular in the Bay Area. Cold Blood's sixth album, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, released during the bicentennial year of 1976, would be the group's last studio effort of the 1970s. Lydia settled into seclusion on the outskirts of Sonora for most of the 1980s, raising her daughter Danielle. As her daughter approached adulthood, Lydia again began pursuing music and by 1988 had recruited the musicians who would begin a new phase of Cold Blood's horn-driven rock and soul-drenched sound.
You will be captivated by more than just what you hear coming from Saeeda when she takes the stage, you will feel loved, inspired, and encouraged all at the same time. These are the gifts Saeeda has been cultivating since she was child. Surrounded by praise and worship ministers, it was in her blood to find her voice and tend to its blossom throughout her life, including furthering her education as a Voice Major at Clark Atlanta University.
Saeeda has been seen on stages backing Prince, as a member of his New Power Generation, the Pacific Northwest's own Liv Warfield and is featured with the Tim Snider Trio. Saeeda has also been blessed to grace the stage with, Gospel Music Power-houses Jessica Reedy, Crystal Akin, and JJ Harrison. Some of Saeeda's studio credits include Prince, Derrick McDuffey & Kingdom Sound, Liv Warfield, and Patrick Lamb, to name a few.. She is very well known and respected for her work as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and has been a regular participant in Portland's Annual Waterfront Blues Festival.
Currently Saeeda is a lead vocalist for the emerging band Mother's Favorite Child and is working to complete her debut self titled album. Besides the gifting and incredible work ethic put forth from this powerful woman, her dedication to her family, her faith, and giving back to her community remain her biggest priority. She embodies humility, grace, and generosity, making her an asset to every environment.
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."
With a deep soul backbone augmented by jazz, rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll, the Seattle trio -- Lamarr on B-3 organ, Jimmy James on guitar and David McGraw on drums -- evokes a classic instrumental sound with a fresh, virtuosic sensibility all its own on debut LP Close But No Cigar. The band put out the album independently in 2016, and Colemine Records gives it a wide release in March.
All three musicians knew each other from the local soul scene. When Novo founded the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio in 2015, Lamarr asked McGraw if he was interested in joining the band. After playing for a year with another guitarist in the group, Lamarr invited James to sit in as a substitute one night at the trio's regular Tuesday gig, and he never left. That's when the band truly found its sound. "We had chemistry right out of the gate, and that doesn't always happen," Lamarr says.
In fact, the keyboardist and guitarist say they're constantly engaged in a game of name-that-tune, throwing in licks from obscure soul or rhythm & blues tunes and seeing where the other takes it, while McGraw sits back in the pocket and keeps things moving. "It puts you on the edge of your seat, like, I don't know what's going to happen here," James says. "It's like going out into the middle of the forest with nothing, and there's bears and wolves all around, and seeing if you can make it out."
Their chemistry stems from each musician's unique abilities. James describes McGraw as having "that rare soul sound. He's got this light touch, but it still tells you, 'I'm here.' You feel it." Meanwhile, Lamarr holds down basslines on the organ that are so vivid that audience members sometimes ask where the bass player is. "His left hand is second to none," James says. "He's got that, but he's also got this wild approach. He goes for it, and he's fearless about it."
Though James is more modest about his own abilities -- "I mostly just go for what I feel," he says -- his bandmates complete the picture. "When Jimmy joined the band, everybody who was a regular at that club said, 'That's it: that's the band right there,'" Lamarr says.
TBone is a funk and soul band based in Portland, OR. TBone plays music inspired by Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Maceo Parker, James Brown, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Cold Blood, Orgone. TBone is comprised of Tamara Garlett (Vocals), Charles Neal (Drums), Wes Luttrell (Trumpet), Kyle Molitor (Trombone), Dan Nelson (Saxophone), Ryan Bley (Bass), Dustin Hunley (Keys), Michael Backus (Guitar), and David Garlett (Production Manager).
Kahulanui is an inspiration passed down three generations from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui, to Dad Rodgers L. L. Naipo, Sr., to Grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Lolena remembers stories of his Grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music." Throughout Hawaii in the 1920s and 30s, one could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Kahulanui borrows from these influences and performs classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawaii today. Kahulanui's execution of big-band stylings evokes an era of smoke-filled bars alive with lindy-hopping dancers. Underlying this contemporary take on vintage music, moreover, is a cultural cohesiveness of enacting ku'i-of joining old and new. Like, awesome! Kahulanui is a quartet made up of the core instrumentation in contemporary Hawaiian music-Lolena Naipo, Jr. on guitar and Patrick Eskildsen on guitar and bass, and Robert Duke Tatom on 'ukulele, plus Tim Taylor on drums. The quartet is augmented by a full-blown horn section with Jesse Snyder and Bill Noble on saxophones, Dave Clausnitzer on trumpet, Vincenzo D'Angelo on trombone and on the iconic sound of steel guitar: Dwight Tokumoto.
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.