Rich Thompson & Jeff Campbell dates for March 2015

sonsofsoundFeb. 17, 2015

Drummer's drummer and Sons of Sound recording artist Rich Thompson will be traveling to Saint George, Utah, for a March 5th date. Later in the month, Rich will be back home and featured along with Trio East band mate Jeff Campbell on bass and singer Denzel Sinclair with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on March 20th and 21st.

Rich recently returned from the Jazz Cruise 2015 where he performed with the Byron Stripling Quartet. He was also spotted at the world renowned club Marian's Jazz Room in Berne, Switzerland during Thanksgiving week 2014. A new Trio East project featuring a live recording with video is on deck for the Spring.

Akira Tana brings Otonowa to Sons of Sound

sonsofsoundFeb. 1, 2015

Drummer Akira Tana makes his fourth release as leader on Sons of Sound with Otonowa, a recording that further develops his concept of presenting jazz arrangements of traditional Japanese folk melodies last heard on Moon Over The World.

Otonowa was developed in support of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan. Having assembled to perform a benefit concert 2011, the group completed the recording and returned to Japan in 2014 for a tour in aid of the ongoing relief efforts.

We are pleased to make this recording available world-wide and on some platforms for the first time. In association with the expanded release, Otonowa has been remastered in high-resolution, 24-bit/96kHz sound for download and streaming services that support higher quality audio, including Apple’s "Mastered For iTunes" format.

Jodi Stevens stars in feature film "Pervertigo"

sonsofsoundJan. 27, 2015

Sons of Sound recording artist Jodi Stevens (Girl Talk, Rodgers & Leonhart) stars in the recently released feature film entitled "Pervertigo".

Here is the synopsys:
Lloyd Gills, a lonely Peeping Tom, is propositioned to murder his landlord’s wife. Spooked, he runs for the hills. But with a badass debt collector hot on his tail, Lloyd has no choice but to agree to the murderous offer. Only problem is, Lloyd has fallen in love with the target.

Selected for the Titanic, Warsaw, and Mumbai film festivals, the film is available for download now on iTunes.

Gene Lewin and Bob Sneider join forces for Audra McDonald

sonsofsoundJan. 17, 2015

Sons of Sound recording artists Bob Sneider (guitar) and Gene Lewin (drums) will be performing with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conductor Andy Einhorn in support of vocalist Audra McDonald on Saturday, January 17th at 8pm.

The performance will be held in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York. Details are provided on the RPO website.

Ray Marchica Gig Announcements

sonsofsoundJan. 14, 2015

Ray will be performing at Birdland and The Iridium in NYC this month, with The Birdland Big Band and The Ed Palermo Big Band, respectively:

Friday, January 16 and Friday, January 23 (5-7pm)
Birdland 315 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036

Saturday, January 18 (8 & 10pm) and Sunday, January 19 (9:30pm)
The Iridium 1650 Broadway (at 51st. St.), New York, NY 10019 (212-582-2121)
The Ed Palermo Big Band will be performing two completely different shows, so check out Ed's website or The Iridium for details.

Creative Music in a Commercial World

sonsofsoundDec. 29, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close and the label re-boots with new branding, it seems an appropriate moment to restate our philosophy and position in this business of music. If we are to collectively encourage instrumental performance and composition, the challenges of teaching, creating, and supporting creative music in a difficult commercial environment are worth thinking about.

Read more at our blog on Tumblr. We'll use the blog to share thoughts about the music business amongst less serious content. Future blog entries will be announced on Twitter as they are posted. You can follow us on Twitter or keep an eye on our home page for the latest tweet.

PS: the image to the right is one version (white on black) of our new social media icon. Look for it on Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Facebook, Soundcloud, and other social media. You can access these sites by clicking the icons at the top right of every page on our web site.

Happy Holidays from Sons of Sound

sonsofsoundDec. 22, 2014

Our holiday greeting is a free download of The American Saxophone Quartet performing an original arrangement of "Jingle Bells" and featuring the incomparable Paquito D'RIVERA on clarinet. The performance was captured live at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

Sons of Sound Logotype T-Shirt Now Shipping

sonsofsoundDec. 21, 2014

First edition t-shirt now available! Featuring the new Sons of Sound logotype designed by Nicholas Tazza of Fork Spoon, courtesy of Phillip Odem and Totem Creative (black, 100% cotton, American Apparel).

Order from our merch page on Bandcamp. Purchase includes a free download and unlimited streaming of our Jazz Sampler.

Gene Bertoncini joins celebration of Tal Farlow

sonsofsoundNov. 3, 2014

New York, NY – On Thursday, November 13, friends, colleagues and students will come together at New York’s Zinc Bar (82 West 3rd Street) to celebrate the life of the late jazz guitar great Tal Farlow on the occasion of the release of Tal Farlow – A life in Jazz Guitar, an illustrated biography that includes many never published photos from the guitarist’s private collection, written by Jean-Luc Katchoura and Michele Hyk-Farlow (Tal’s widow).

The event which begins at 6:30 pm for press and media, will feature performances by guitarists Jack Wilkins, Ron Affif, Gene BERTONCINI, Paul Bollenback and Vic Juris beginning at 7:30 pm. For reservations, please call (212) 477-9462 or visit Zinc Bar.

Tal Farlow, ever the reluctant star, was, nevertheless, one of the best guitarists in the history of jazz. Charlie Christian and Art Tatum were his early influences, but later meetings with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell, brought him firmly into the bebop fold. There, he developed his own very personal style. Though a self-taught guitarist, he was nevertheless an exceptional virtuoso, endowed with a great sense of harmony and an unlimited melodic imagination. These talents secured his place as one of the seminal guitarists of the 20th century.
In the mid 50s Tal played with the Artie Shaw Gramercy Five and performed and recorded with his own trio producing several notable recordings among them Autumn in New York (Columbia) and The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow (Verve). Then in 1958, Tal stepped out of the limelight and into semi-retirement, settling across the Hudson to a small New Jersey town painting signs (his true vocation), teaching and playing an occasional gig.

In 1981, Tal was the subject of a documentary by Lorenzo de Stefano entitled Talmadge Farlow. And in 1996 he was feted by his peers among them Herb Ellis, Remo Palmier, Joe Puma and Johnny Smith in a JVC Jazz Festival Tribute presented by George Wein and produced by Charles Carlini. Farlow died in 1998.

Gene Bertoncini & Clay Jenkins at Kitano

sonsofsoundOct. 9, 2014

Gene Bertoncini/Clay Jenkins Group
JAZZ at KITANO Friday 10/10 Get Tickets

Gene BERTONCINI is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists’ active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the "Segovia of jazz."

Clay JENKINS is an esteemed jazz artist and professor at the University of Rochester's prestigious Eastman School of Music. In addition to his teaching duties, Clay is one of the most sought after jazz trumpeters in the country today.

Gene BERTONCINI – Guitar
Clay JENKINS - Trumpet
Janet PLANET – Vocals
Ike STURM - Bass