Akira Tana sightings for Sep-Oct 2016

sonsofsoundSept. 11, 2016

09.02.2016 Kevan Smedt Quartet
6:30-10p Dio Deka, Los Gatos, CA

09.04.2016 Saki Kono CD Release Party
7p The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

09.05.2016 recording w. David K Matthews and Steve Miller @ Fantasy Studios

09.08.2016 Tribute to Orrin Keepnews
w. Jimmy Heath, Randy Weston, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Bartz, Rufus Reid, Ray Drummond, Lincoln Center, NYC

09.09.2016 Pete Malinverni Trio
7:30p Small’s, NYC

09.10.2016 Pete Malinverni Trio
The Drawing Room, 56 Willoughby St., 3rd floor, Brooklyn

09.11.2016 Pete Malinverni Trio
4p Pound Ridge Community Church, 3 Pound Ridget Road, Pound Ridge, NY

09.12.2016 Pete Malinverni Trio recording w. Ben Allison, Karyn Allison, Jon Faddis, Steve Wilson @ Systems Two, Brooklyn NY

09.15.2016 Kevan Smedt Quartet
6:30-10p Dio Deka, Los Gatos, CA

09.16.2016 Gary Brown/Katerina Brown Group
Samovar Hall, 1077 Independence Ave, Mt. View, CA 94043

09.18.2016 Denise Thimes
6:30-9:30p House Concert, Davis, CA

09.19.2016 w. Dave Bendekeigt and Keepers of the Flame
7-10p 7 Mile House, 2800 Bayshore Blvd., Brisbane, CA

09.20.2016 David Udolf Trio

09.23.2016 Noel Jewkes Quartet
8p CJC, Berkeley, CA

09.24.2016 Otonowa release party and benefit
4:30p House of Bigger Girls

09.25.2016 Tribute to John Coltrane Benefit
1-11:30p Café Stritch

09.25.2016 Otonowa @ Friends of San Francisco Chamber Music
4:15-5p Education Room, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

09.26.2016 w. Dave Bendekeigt and Keepers of the Flame
7-10p 7 Mile House, 2800 Bayshore Blvd., Brisbane, CA

Tana's Secret Agent Band on tour in July

sonsofsoundJune 8, 2016

Akira Tana will make several appearances with his Secret Agent Band featuring Bond girls Annie Sellick on vocals and Akiko Tsuruga on Hammond B-3 organ, with James Mahone and Jeff Massanari. The band will feature arrangements of the 007 soundtracks arranged by Larry Dunlap and released on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (SSPCD023).

07.02.16 The Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco
07.03.16 The Sequoia Room in Ft Bragg
07.08.16 Café Stritch in San Jose
07.10.16 The Bach Dancing Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay

Tana will also be performing with the Akiko Tsuruga Trio:

07.06.16 Café Pink House, Saratoga
07.07.16 Café Stritch in San Jose

Trio East appearing at RIJF and elsewhere

sonsofsoundJune 8, 2016

Trio East (Clay Jenkins, Jeff Campbell and Rich Thompson) will make several appearances beginning this month, highlighted by two sets at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

06.16.16 Pyhodd Jazz Room 8-11pm
06.24.16 Little Theatre Café 8-10pm
06.29.16 RJIF Little Theatre main stage 7:15 & 10pm
07.08.16 Little Theatre Café 8-10pm

Mike Holober & The GoJO in concert May 13

sonsofsoundMay 3, 2016

Oneonta Concert Association Presents:
Pianist and Composer Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra
at Foothills Performing Arts on Friday May 13, 2016 @ 7:30 P.M.

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Mike Holober, one of the jazz world’s busiest and most renowned big band mainstays, leads the Gotham Jazz Orchestra on Friday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Presented by the Oneonta Concert Association, Tickets are $25 and $6 for students. For information call 607-433-7252 or visit www.oneontaconcertassocation.org.

The program features Holober’s multi-movement work, “Flow; In Celebration of the Hudson River.” Flow was commissioned by the Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO), funded by an Individual Artists Grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, and written during a residency at the famed MacDowell Colony.

The Gotham Jazz Orchestra features a Who’s Who of the NYC jazz scene with world-class players on the roster such as Marvin Stamm, Billy Drewes, Jason Rigby, Adam Kolker, Pete McGuinness, Tony Kadleck, and Scott Wendholt. Check out Holober and The GoJO on "Thought Trains" released on Sons of Sound.

Dobbins plays McPartland April 2nd

sonsofsoundMarch 30, 2016

Bill Dobbins (piano, arrangements) will perform The Music of Marian McPartland on Saturday, April 2 at 8:00pm in Hatch Recital Hall at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

The concert will be recorded and videotaped for release on Volume 3 of Dobbins' Composers Series. Volume 1: The Music of Clare Fischer & George Gershwin, and Volume 2: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, were released earlier this year and received a 4.5 star review from Downbeat (April 2016).

Program

Melancholy Mood
A Delicate Balance
So Many Things
Time and Time Again
Afterglow
With You In Mind

- intermission -

Twilight World
Silent Pool
Threnody
Castles In the Sand
Ambiance
Kaleidoscope

Trio East's "For The Love" named CD of the Week

sonsofsoundFeb. 16, 2016

CD OF THE WEEK. We who love jazz are fortunate to not only have a great annual jazz festival, but to also have several fine musicians based here because they teach at the prestigious Eastman School of Music.

Four of those talents are part of a superb new CD: For the Love, from Trio East. The trio is trumpeter Clay Jenkins, bassist Jeff Campbell and drummer Rich Thompson. On this album, the trio becomes a quintet, with the addition of pianist Harold Danko and guitarist Larry Koonse. (West Coaster Koonse is the only musician not on the Eastman faculty.)

The disc is an impressive studio set of originals, beautifully played and improvised by five talented musicians. Interestingly, a live version of some of the same material is also available on another recent disc, Live+2 at Kilbourn Hall, which makes it fun to compare and contrast the studio versus in-concert performances.

-- Jack Garner, Democrat & Chronicle, February 12, 2016

Pre-orders available for Bill Dobbins' Composers Series

sonsofsoundJan. 22, 2016

iTunes pre-orders are available for the first two volumes of Bill Dobbins' Composers Series, featuring the music of Clare Fischer, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn. The pre-orders include an immediate track download. Both releases have been beautifully "Mastered for iTunes" by engineer Nate Wood, who is also the drummer for the group Kneebody.

The pre-orders for both releases are offered at the special price of $7.99 until the official release on February 12, 2016.

The pre-order for Volume 1 is provided here.

The pre-order for Volume 2 is provided here.

Akira Tana with Ed Reed at Dizzy's Dec 15-17

sonsofsoundDec. 7, 2015

Drummer Akira Tana will be appearing with vocalist Ed Reed, pianist George Cables, and bassist Ugonna Okegwo at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola for six sets over three nights.

Ed Reed -- 86-year-old vocalist and 2014’s #1 Rising Star Male Vocalist (DownBeat magazine Critics Poll) -- has been singing for his entire life, and he finally got around to recording his first album in 2007, just before his 78th birthday. He has since recorded several critically acclaimed albums, and his success is a well-deserved and ongoing inspiration.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Broadway and 60th Street, 5th Floor
Set Times: 7:30 & 9:30PM Nightly; 11:30PM Tuesday-Saturday
Reserve: by phone 212-258-9595, n person after 6pm daily at the club
Cover: Tue, Wed, and Thu: $35
Student: $20 (not avail 7:30pm Thu)

Ray Marchica appearing at Smoke 11.25.15

sonsofsoundNov. 20, 2015

New York City session king Ray Marchica will be performing with his current band (Rodney Jones, Dave Mann, and Brian Charette) at Smoke on Wednesday, November 25th, in three sets beginning at 7, 9, and 10:30PM. Guesting will be vocalists Nina Hennessey and Maddy Ruff.

Smoke Jazz & Supper Club: 2751 Broadway (between 105th and 106th Streets on the west side of Broadway)

Bill Dobbins partners with Sons of Sound for Composers Series

sonsofsoundNov. 18, 2015

Together with Sons of Sound, noted bandleader, pianist, author, and educator Bill Dobbins will be releasing a multi-volume project entitled the Composers Series, comprised of live recordings captured during a series of concerts at Eastman Theatre's Kilbourn Hall in Rochester, NY.

We are delighted to document and present the work of a uniquely qualified interpreter of these compositions. Composers Series: Vol. 1, The Music of Clare Fischer and George Gershwin and Vol. 2, The Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, will be available for download in December 2015, with compact discs and streaming available in early 2016. Volumes 3 and 4, focusing on composers Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland, and Bill Evans, will follow shortly thereafter in the Spring of 2016. Together, these works reflect a lifetime of study and exploration by one of music's most respected authorities.