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

Jazz at Saint Peter's Honors Gene Bertoncini

sonsofsoundSept. 25, 2014

Jazz at Saint Peter's announces Gene Bertoncini Honoree at All Night Soul 2014, Sunday, October 12, 2014

New York, NY — The 44th ALL NITE SOUL at Saint Peter’s Church is held in honor of guitarist Gene Bertoncini. On Sunday, October 12 at 5 PM, Jazz Vespers begins with trumpeter Terell Stafford featuring Pat Bianchi (organ) and Chris Beck (drums). All Nite Soul goes into full swing at 7 PM with over 80 musicians performing!

Musicians performing include: Howard Alden, Fabian Almazan, Gene Bertoncini, TK Blue, Rogerio Boccato, Freddy Bryant, Amy Cervini, Alexis Cole, Chris Dingman, Vince Ector, Hilary Gardner, Carlton Holmes, Clay Jenkins, Ingrid Jensen, Jesse Lewis, Russell Malone, Michael Manieri, Sarah McLawler, Paul Meyers, Michael Moore, Nadje Noordhuis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Janet Planet, Rufus Reid, Chanda Rule, Jared Schonig, Derek Smith, Terell Stafford, Loren Stillman, Ike Sturm, Melissa Stylianou, Warren Vaché, Tom Washatka, Jack Wilkins, Paul Winter and many more.

Bio: 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.” An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Wayne Shorter, Paul Desmond, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, and Hubert Laws among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone and Edye Gorme.

A prolific studio musician, Mr. Bertoncini performed with The Tonight Show band for two years when Johnny Carson hosted, and he has worked with composers and arrangers such as Lalo Schifrin and Michael Le Grand and performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In addition to an active performing and recording schedule, Mr. Bertoncini teaches at the Eastman School of Music and William Patterson University. A New York City native, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in architecture.

“Bertoncini is an affecting, highly original guitarist who moves easily back and forth between classical and jazz guitar.” – The New Yorker

The Legend Wall, an “exhibit wall” in Saint Peter’s Living Room, will tell the story of Gene Bertoncini’s career from its start to his current activities — with memorabilia, including photographs organized by photo archivist Tad Hershorn of Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies. The exhibit will also feature memorabilia from the Thad Jones archives at William Paterson University provided by archivist David Demsey.

“All Nite Soul” was originally created in 1970 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the creation of Jazz Vespers in 1965. The event has continued every year since then with hundreds of musicians performing and coming together in a “jazz love fest.” The Hungry Souls’ Café, an important feature of the event, serves homemade Soul Food. All Nite Soul is held in October starting on the Sunday evening of Columbus Day weekend and continues into Monday morning — hence the name All Nite Soul. Each year a major jazz icon is celebrated. Those celebrated in recent years include Sheila Jordan, Barry Harris, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Powell, Jane Jarvis, Joe Wilder, Frank Wess and Randy Weston.

Saint Peter’s Church is a home for diverse individuals and communities which celebrates the dignityand vitality of jazz, provides vibrant liturgy and pastoral care, and through intersecting partnerships, offers jazz programs, education and services. An outreach program of Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City, The Jazz Ministry was founded in 1965 by the late Reverend John Garcia Gensel who created Jazz Vespers, a worship service featuring a wide range of jazz musicians that is held each Sunday at 5:00 PM. Our pastors include Amandus Derr, Jared Stahler and Jazz Pastor Emeritus Dale Lind. Bassist/composer Ike Sturm serves as Director of Music for the Jazz Ministry. The Jazz Ministry thrives today with many events and programs such as Jazz Vespers, All Nite Soul, Jazz on the Plaza, musician seminars, Midday Jazz, memorials, tributes, concerts, and more.

“All Nite Soul 2014 – Honoring Gene Bertoncini” takes place on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street), NYC, (212) 935-2200. Take the E train to Lexington Avenue or the 6 train to 51st Street.

5:00 PM: Jazz Vespers with Terell Stafford Free – all are welcome!
7:00 PM: All Nite Soul Concert — $25 Suggested Ticket Donation — in advance at

Tickets in advance or $30 at the door.

Check out the Gene Bertoncini exhibit and The Hungry Souls Café!