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  1. Artist Title Time Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet When Lights Are Low 04:29 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet Skylark 05:08 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet Cry Me A River 04:37 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet Estate (Summer) 06:15 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet When Sunny Gets Blue 04:36 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet Crazy She Calls Me 02:48 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet Darn That Dream 04:12 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet Harlem Nocturne 04:14 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet Manhattan 03:07 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet Mood Indigo 05:01 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet Polka Dots And Moonbeams 04:12 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet Stairway To The Stars 04:22 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet When Lights Are Low (Reprise) 02:02 Kenny Kotwitz & The LA Jazz Quintet "When Lights Are Low" Format(s): Jazz Kenny Kotwitz - accordian and celeste Kenny Kotwitz was born on April 27, in Milwaukee Wisconsin. At age 5 his parents purchased the first of many accordions to come. Kenny’s Uncle Roy played a “button- box” at all the family gatherings, and encouraged the young accordionist to play along. Frank Cascio of Cascio Music Co., New Berlin, Wisconsin accepted the youngster as a student. It was he, who laid down a solid technical foundation, emphasizing a thorough understanding of harmony and theory. Kenny identifies Frank as the first of two musicians to have had the greatest influence on his career. By his early teens, Kenny was leading his own band performing in and around Wisconsin. While still in high school, Kenny and his group were flown to Los Angeles to perform on ABC-TV’s “Lawrence Welk Show”. At 19, a good friend of Kenny’s, John Skiba, introduced him to the man who would become his second major influence – Art Van Damme. For the next three years, Art shared the techniques and subtle nuances unique to this international poll-winning jazz accordionist. Many years later they recorded an album together for Pausa Records, “Art Van Damme and Friends”, which featured Art, Kenny, Frank Marocco, Pete Jolly, Chuck Berghofer, and Jef Hamilton. Kenny moved to California after his discharge from the U.S. Army as a soloist with the NORAD Band. After a short stint conducting for the Mills Bros. Kenny met his future wife, singer Mary McDermott. After working together for several years in Wisconsin and California Kenny proposed to her and they were married. They moved to Los Angeles where they currently reside and have a beautiful daughter, Kimberly, who works in the advertising businessl. Mary can be heard on 3 of Kenny’s CDs: “Front Street,” “The Moon Is Blue,” and Reflections On Christmas. Kenny has been busy as composer, arranger, and keyboardist as well as accordionist. He has been recording music for motion pictures, television, CDs, as well as commercials,commercial jingles. He has worked with the best composers, singers, and instrumentalists. Michel Legrand, Dave Grusin, Johnny Mercer, Johnny Mandel, Alf Clausen, Danny Elfman, and Alan Sylvestri, to name a few. But appreciation for Kenny’s musical style and talent extend beyond the U.S. border. He has performed around the world, playing concerts in Finland, Switzerland, Italy, and France. While working in Paris at the “New Morning” jazz club, Kenny recorded a CD called “Cordes Et Lames +1 Accordion Madness” with accordionist Francis Varis. Kenny has also played in Guatemala City and in Mexico City. He has also been on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Steve Allen Show, Art Linkletter’s House Party. He has played live at Carnagie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl. As a musician, Kenny has slowly added color, texture, contour and shading to his musical “palette” – the result is a feel, form, and unique signature-sound that defines the artist – Kenny Kotwitz. Chuck Berghofer - bass Chuck Berghofer enjoys a varied career as a jazz musician and recording artist. He has performed on hundreds of movie soundtracks and TV shows, receiving the NARAS award for the most valuable bass player for 4 consecutive years. Two of his biggest ‘hits’ were his bass solo on ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ and the Barney Miller TV theme. He has worked with many jazz legends including Herb Ellis, Zoot Sims,Shelly Manne, Stan Getz, and renowned vocalists including Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Michael Buble. In the 90’s, Chuck joined the rhythm section to tour with Frank Sinatra, and later recorded the classic Duets I and II. He now records and performs with Seth MacFarlane. Chuck has appeared twice on the cover of Jazz Journal magazine, and his warm, rich bass sound has been recognized for over 60 years. John Chiodini - Guitar Guitarist and composer John Chiodini began his performing career in clubs, ecording studios and theaters throughout New England in the 1960's and 1970's. As a member of the Boston Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler, John made numerous appearances in concerts and on recordings, including the long-running PBS television series "Evening At Pops". In the early 1980's, he relocated to Los Angeles, touring, writing, and recording with Peggy Lee. His MCA recording entitled "Weightless" was critically acclaimed. He toured and recorded with Natalie Cole ("Unforgettable" tour). Other artists with whom John has toured and/ or recorded include: Buddy DeFranco, Maynard Ferguson, Carl Andersen, Louis Bellson, Tony Bennett, Michael Bolton, Bobby Caldwell, Celine Dion, Dr. John, Arthur Hamilton, Shirley Horn, Lainie Kazan, Hubert Laws, Barry Manilow, Rebecca Parris, Terry Harrington, Diane Schuur, Nina Simone, Barbra Streisand, Nancy Wilson, Michael Buble. Nick Mancini - vibraphone Nick Mancini is a native of Upstate New York. After a 10 year stint in NYC, he relocated to LA in 2006, where he has remained ever since. He is well-liked and respected by his peers, colleagues, and audiences and can be seen performing all over LA with the finest musicians the city has to ofer. As a sideman and band leader he’s toured through Europe, Australia, and Tahiti. His playing can be heard on TV and feature films such as “Turbo”, and he’s performed and recorded with jazz, pop and a ante guard artists the likes of Kamasi Washington, Arturo Sandoval, New York Voices, Peter Erskine, Santi Gold, Dr. Dre, and Solange... and the list goes on. Kendall Kay - drums Kendall is a native of Durban, South Africa. After working with most of the major artists there, Kendall moved to the US in 1983, and attended the prestigious music program at North Texas University. After graduating, he arrived in Los Angels in 1987 and has been playing and recording with a wide range of artists ever since. His resume includes work with Diane Schuur, Alan Broadbent, Phil Upchurch, Kiki Ebsen, Bobby Shew, Kyle Eastwood, Mary Wilson, Jack Jones, Mark Murphy and Rickie Lee Jones. Attachments lajazzquar..
  2. David Sills Double Guitar Quintet----------------------------------------- --------------Natural Lines ------------------------------- “A truly fantastic work & nice mix of moods, The players really swing on the uptempo numbers. Sills & company deliver on this superb product." D.Glenn Daniels "Sills is a wonderful player & composer with a striking band on this strong bop-laced date… It's a marvelous recording of great appeal with superior musicianship and strong material.” Ron Weinstock - In a Blue Mood ___________________________________________________________________________ A main-stay on the LA jazz scene since the mid-’90s, Sills original style & sound embrace jazz tradition, while staying true to his individual voice. David’s 17th album features seven original compositions as well as tunes by Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Jimmy Davis, Alan Broadbent and two of Sills’ accompanists, guitarists Larry Koonse and Mike Scott. The Sills’ group has a tight, cohesive sound. Together, Scott and Koonse create a rich, beautiful rhythm section, along with Tim Pleasant on drums and Blake White on bass. They become a cohesive palate where Sills can paint his silky, smooth tenor saxophone sound. “Natural Lines” is a new adventure, featuring his double guitar quintet and offering us a dozen well-played songs for our listening pleasure. David Sills: tenor saxophone/alto flute; Mike Scott & Larry Koonse: guitars; Blake White: bass; Tim Pleasant: drums. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Minor Monk 5:28 Sync or Swim 6:08 Sonny's Side 6:08 Quiet is the Star 6:51 Loverman 9:15 Foggy Daze 5:35 Mellow Stone 5:24 Nardis 7:40 Jones' Tones 7:19 All the Little Things 2:42 Outside Corner 4:05 Interplay 6:12
  3. Willie Nelson - That's Life

    Willie Nelson Pays Homage to Friend & Fellow Icon Frank Sinatra with New Studio Album That's Life Out Now on Legacy Recordings Added and Spinning on Stations Including: WXPN, SXM Outlaw Country, WMOT, KUTX, WNCW, WMNF, KVMR, WHRV, KAXE, WEVL, WUMB, Jefferson Public Radio, KBEM, WYCE, KCSM, WWOZ and Many Others! Check Out the Video for “I Won’t Dance (feat. Diana Krall)” Honoring the enduring influence and inspiration of Frank Sinatra, That's Life continues Willie's longtime musical appreciation of Sinatra's artistry and repertoire, an exploration exemplified by 2018's My Way, which earned Willie the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Solo Album. That's Life finds Nelson inhabiting more of the most treasured songs in the Great American Songbook and pays fresh tribute to one of Willie's life-long musical heroes. "I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank," Willie said in an interview for AARP magazine (June/July 2018). "He didn't worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever - he could sing it either way, and that's the feel you have to have." Produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings, That's Life was recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood - where Frank Sinatra, the first artist to record at the facility, created an unbroken string of album masterpieces from March 1956 to November 1961 - with additional recording at Pedernales Studios in Austin, Texas. Willie and Trigger deliver 11 new studio performances, coming alive in a musical landscape animated by lush string and vibrant horn arrangements on an album mixed by recording industry legend Al Schmitt (who's recorded and mixed more than 150 gold and platinum albums and won more Grammy Awards than any other engineer or mixer). More information can be found at: [][][][]
  4. Mark Lewis - Naked Animals

    Mark Lewis Re-Ups a Formidable Project From a Previous Era on "Naked Animals," To Be Released April 2 By Audio Daddio Records 1990 Recording Features the Acclaimed Saxophonist/Flutist's Long-Lived Rotterdam-Based Quartet With Willem Kühne, James Long, & Frans van Grinsven, Performing Eight Still-Vibrant Lewis Originals February 26, 2021 Alto saxophonist/flutist Mark Lewis revisits a chapter from his own musical history on Naked Animals, set for an April 2 release on the Audio Daddio label. Recorded in 1990, the album features eight original compositions performed by Lewis’s Dutch quartet, the working unit he maintained through most of his 14-year residency in Rotterdam: pianist Willem Kühne, bassist James Long, and drummer Frans van Grinsven. A native of Washington State, Lewis was all of 20 years old when he settled in the Netherlands in 1978. Shortly thereafter he formed the quartet to focus on his original compositions; with the above lineup locked in by the early 1980s, the band gradually built a popular following across Holland. “These musicians were and are a high point in my endeavors,” says Lewis today. “My one regret with this band is that we didn’t record more.” Indeed, Lewis only recorded the Dutch quartet twice, with Naked Animals coming near the band’s final days. Yet despite its being more than 30 years old, Naked Animals is no historical curio. It is a vital, hard-swinging piece of music that sounds as fresh and exciting as if it was recorded yesterday. The rhythmic tensions of “Mercurian Rendezvous,” “Naked Animals,” and “City Slicker” are remarkably contemporary post-bop, whereas the refined ballad “A Dance with Monique” and the blues-redolent “The Seven Angels” draw on the classic, foundational elements of the art form. Hipness, Lewis and the band suggest, knows neither geographical nor temporal boundaries. Naked Animals is also timely in a more roundabout, coincidental sense. It was recorded thirty years, almost to the day, before Lewis’s last pre-pandemic performance. Combined with the ageless character of the music, it serves as a stark link not only to past triumphs but to future possibilities for—as van Grinsven succinctly puts it in the album’s notes—“Adventurous, surprising and creative art!” Mark Lewis was born January 26, 1958 in Tacoma, Washington, and grew up outside nearby Gig Harbor. Profoundly visually impaired, he made sense of the world through music—especially the jazz records in his parents’ sizable collection. At the age of nine he began playing music himself, starting on his grandfather’s C melody saxophone and switching to his uncle’s old alto a year later. Starting his first band while still in middle school, Lewis was leading several by the time he finished high school (in addition to playing in the school’s stage and concert band and performing music for school plays). He studied composition, flute, piano, and electronic music at Western Washington University and at Seattle’s Cornish Institute of Allied Arts. Even big-city Seattle could not keep him, however, and in 1978, at 20 years old, Lewis flew to Europe. He made a home in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he made himself a force on the local, national, and international jazz scene. He led three working bands—an organ trio, a world-jazz quintet, and the progressive quartet heard on Naked Animals—as well as creating a highly regarded record label, Audio Daddio, with Lewis himself as the house producer. At the same time, Lewis made frequent trips back to the United States, continuing to work in Seattle and also establishing himself firmly on the Bay Area jazz scene, where he settled after returning to North America for good in the mid-1990s. He worked with the likes of Randy Brecker, Donald Bailey, Ted Gioia, Mark Levine, Bobby Hutcherson, and Larry Grenadier before returning to Washington to be closer to his family. Lewis is a dizzyingly prolific musician, with more than 30 albums and an astounding 1,700 plus compositions to his name. His most recent document of his work, 2017’s The New York Session, was an acclaimed album featuring the all-star rhythm section of pianist George Cables, bassist Essiet Essiet, and Victor Lewis. Naked Animals, however, is an important (and heretofore dormant) installment in Lewis’s career, showing that he has long been able to hold his own with artists of such high caliber. It is a testament to what he is able to achieve when surrounded by “great musicians who loved the music. It’s not always easy to find musicians who really dedicate themselves to your music.” EPK for Mark Lewis's Naked Animals Mark Lewis Web Site ‌
  5. 2020-21 MLB Hot Stove Discussion

    The Toronto Blue Jays will not have radio broadcasts of their games this year. Anybody want to explain that to me? Toronto Blue Jays fans furious after team says it's ending radio broadcasts of games (
  6. 2021 #CFL hot stove league

    Daniel Petermann has signed with Ottawa. ***** Bryant Mitchell has signed with Winnipeg. ***** Jason Lauzon-Leguin has signed with Montreal. ***** Evan Johnson has signed with Sask. ***** Natey Adjei has signed with Montreal. ***** Recent Insider Talk columns. I enjoy these. ***** I like to see this sort of thing, and wish it happened more often - an old guy trying his hand in the Canadian league before hanging it up. 31-year-old Kendall Wright was the 20th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and he has now signed with Toronto. ***** Speaking of old guys, 36-year-old Odell Willis has signed with Toronto. ***** Kevin Francis has signed with Sask. ***** Micah Johnson has signed with Sask. ***** Micah Awe, a favorite of mine, has signed with Ottawa. ***** BC has let Brett Boyko go. ***** Ettore Lattanzio has retired. ***** Orlondo Steinauer says that Jeremiah Masoli and Dane Evans will compete for the starting job. ***** Almondo Sewell has signed with Montreal. ***** Twins Justin and Jordan Herdman-Reed have both signed with Sask. ***** Antonio Pipkin has signed with Toronto. ***** 32-year-old Stefan Charles was drafted by Edmonton eight years ago, but he has been playing in the NFL instead. Late in 2019 he signed with the Eskimos, and he has now signed with Ottawa. ***** Ciante Evans has signed with Hamilton. ***** Kenny Shaw has signed with Edmonton. ***** Cameron Judge has signed with Toronto. ***** At 73, Adam Rita has agreed to become the coach of a new team in Spain. ***** Logan Kilgore has retired, and will become an assistant coach at Arkansas State. ***** Paul Kozachuk has signed with Toronto. ***** Rico Murray has retired. ***** The league has added the Grey Cup Finals of the 1960s to its website. ***** Today's view count: 156,127 ***** More soon
  7. Keith Jarrett - Sun Bear Concerts

    AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER 40 Years after its Original Release, Keith Jarrett’s Sun Bear Concerts is Recreated from Original Analog Sources for Limited Edition of 2000 Copies Sun Bear Concerts, documenting five complete solo performances by Keith Jarrett in Japan, is a milestone achievement in the history of jazz recordings. As DownBeat wrote on the occasion of the original release, Jarrett’s improvisations are “the inventions of a giant, overpoweringly intimate in the way they can draw a listener in and hold him captive. Jarrett has once more stepped into the cave of his creative consciousness and brought to light music of startling power, majesty and warmth.” Rich in incident and detail, the music is beautifully produced, illustrated, and presented in this ten-LP set. First issued in 1978, it revealed Jarrett as a player of limitless creativity, unique in his ability to find new forms in the moment, night after night. “These marathons showed Jarrett to be one of the greatest improvisers in jazz,” Ian Carr wrote in his biography of the pianist, “with an apparently inexhaustible flow of rhythmic and melodic ideas, one of the most brilliant pianistic techniques of all, and the ability to project complex and profound feeling” continued Carr. The present edition is a facsimile of the original LP set, described by the late Haus der Kunst curator Okwui Enwezor as “part of ECM’s declaration of independence from standard packaging of jazz records. Setting itself apart in this way, ECM treats recordings as works of art by musicians of the highest artistic and conceptual order.” A work of art by any standards, Sun Bear Concerts brings together solo performances in November 1976 in Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo and Sapporo, in recordings made by Japanese engineer Okihiro Sugano and producer Manfred Eicher, who travelled through Japan with Keith Jarrett. The set’s book-form packaging was designed by Barbara Wojirsch, and includes photographs by Klaus Knaup, Tadayuki Naitoh and Akira Aimi. Keith Jarrett | Sun Bear Concerts ECM | US Release Date: March 19, 2021 For more information on ECM, please visit: | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter ‌ ‌ ‌ # # #
  8. RIP Chick Corea

  9. 2021 #CFL hot stove league

    Let's catch up a little bit. Here's the situation in a nutshell. Feb. 9 was Free Agency Day. A number of big names changed teams that day, but there has been very little news since. There is no salary cap during the off-season. The Argos signed by far the greatest number of familiar names. So many, in fact, that it is doubtful they will all make the team. ***** From above... Calgary traded Eric Rogers, Cordarro Law and Robertson Daniel to Toronto for draft picks. This is huge for the Argos, assuming that they can sign the players, and assuming that the three still have some gas left in the tank. The Argos promptly signed Law and Daniel as well. Charleston Hughes John White ***** Shawn Lemon signed with Edmonton. ***** I have found a weekly column of anonymous gossip called Insider Talk. ***** Montreal let go John Bowman. He has not decided whether to retire. The team plans to have a day to honor him. ***** Jovan Santos-Knox has signed with Hamilton. ***** Aaron Grymes has signed with Edmonton. ***** Baltimore has hired Tee Martin to be their receivers coach. ***** David Foucault has signed with Montreal. ***** Brad Erdos has retired. ***** Chris Ackie is joining Montreal. ***** Larry Dean has signed with Sask. ***** Shaq Cooper has signed with BC. ***** Nick Usher signed with Montreal. ***** Michael O'Connor, the league's most promising Canadian quarterback, has signed with Calgary. That means he gets to learn from Dave Dickenson. ***** Lucky Whitehead has signed with BC. ***** James Wilder, Jr., has come out of retirement to play for Edmonton. ***** Patrick Levels has signed with Montreal. ***** Solomon Elimimian has retired. You will recall that he is the only defensive player to win the Most Outstanding Player Award. ***** Today's view count: 156,007. ***** More soon.
  10. LPs that have never made it into CD

    Why don't they make album covers like that anymore?
  11. Rendell/Carr Quintet - Shades Of Blue/Dusk Fire - $13.21 prime
  12. Roberta Piket dates

    Live Performance (and Streaming) in Nyack this Friday! Dear friends, It's been a difficult year for most of us, some more than others. Personally speaking, I cannot imagine anything more healing than playing on the beautiful Steinway grand piano at Maureen's Jazz Cellar with the great bassist Harvie S and the great drummer Billy Mintz. Early in the fall, before it became too cold to open all the windows, Harvie, Billy and I recorded several of our original compositions at (Billy's and my) home. We will be playing this all original music in one set at 8pm, Friday, February 19th. Reservations are recommended. (There is limited seating in order to keep everyone safe.) If you are not comfortable showing up in person, you can also stream the performance on the club's Facebook page. Piket – S – Mintz Friday, February 19 One set at 8:00pm Maureen’s Jazz Cellar 2 North Broadway Nyack, NY Phone for reservations: (845) 535-3143 This is a live IN PERSON performance. (It can also be streamed on the venue’s Facebook page. For reservations call 845-535-3143. All original compositions by: Roberta Piket – piano Harvie S – bass Billy Mintz – drums Roberta | Thirteenth Note Records 751 Palisade Ave. #62 Teaneck NJ 07666
  13. Phil Spector Dead at 81

    The distinctive aspect of Top 40 radio in the mid-'60s that I remember was the instrumentals. The news started precisely on the hour and half-hour, so leading into the news breaks were instrumentals which the DJ would fade as the moment for the news approached. The songs of Al Hirt, The Ventures and The Tijuana Brass were played in their entirety throughout the hour, but there were many others that were not. Another played in its entirety was the original recording of Allen Toussaint's Whipped Cream by The Stokes (who I think were Art and Aaron Neville).
  14. Phil Spector Dead at 81

    When I was a senior in high school, a classmate intended to become a disc jockey for a career, and he talked to a lot of people in the business. He told me that stations sped up their turntables in order to make the station sound more peppy. Jim, you are about five years younger than me, so you may have listened to different DJs. In my day, WNOE's evening jock was CC Courtney, and the overnight jock was Lou Kirby. Here's my Lou Kirby story. One night I woke up at 2:00 am. I had a pocket transistor radio, so I put it under my pillow, and listened for a while. This might have been March of '66. Kirby said, Now listen to this. I'm going to play a song that features a guitarist who used to play with The Yardbirds! Of course it was the Beano album. I have no recollection what the song was, but I can say that I remember hearing Eric Clapton for the first time!