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Please note that these artists are composers and educators. Thus, in addition to stellar performances, they are available for commissions, residencies, master classes, clinics, and pre- and post-concert lectures. Take a moment and click on to the roster to get more details about each artist. The news section will keep you abreast of any late breaking stories. Each artist has a link to his or her website for even more details and photos.

APAP SHOWCASE 2014

At Yamaha Artist Services, 689 Fifth Avenue

(Entrance on 54th Street)

Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 12:30 to 4:00.  


December 2013 News Roundup!

Gail Boyd Artist Management December News!
 Happy Holidays everyone.  It has been another exciting and fruitful year for Gail Boyd Artist Management.  I have new artists, I’ve expanded my staff, and I’m pleased to announce a collaboration with VibeHeavy.com which will bear fruit in the New Year.  I hope you can attend my annual showcase at Yamaha Artist Services, 689 Fifth Avenue (Entrance on 54th Street) on Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 12:30 to 4:00.  Other artists on the roster will be showcasing in other venues.  Please note below.  Our wishes for you are for a happy and prosperous new year!  
Gail Boyd
Fulvia Orlando
Brenda Eichelberg
Matt Neinbauer
John Clayton
In addition to his co-leadership with the Clayton Brothers Quintet and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Clayton is widely recognized as a premiere producer, composer, arranger, and conductor.  He is an educator, serving as the artistic director for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Vail Jazz School, and the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington.
John has produced, composed and arranged music for such stellar artists as Diana Krall, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, Charles Aznavour, and Paul McCartney, for which he has received nine Grammy© nominations and one Grammy© award.  John was awarded a platinum record for his stirring arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" performed by Whitney Houston during the Super Bowl in 1991.
J.D. Allen
“The Village Voice just named JD Allen’s newest release “Grace” (Savant Records) as one of the 10 best jazz albums of 2013, stating “after an inspired streak of trio albums, tenor saxophonist JD Allen with a new quartet and hit it out of the park.”  “Allen works in a fairly abstract and enormously expressive post-bop mode, outdoing himself with a ballad, “Selah (My Refuge)that lingers in ones ears.”   Hailed by the New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style,” JD Allen is a bright rising light on today’s international jazz scene. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument – the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art - has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world. 
Showcase time: 1:00-1:40pm
Helen Sung
"Anthem for a New Day", Sung's Concord Jazz debut, is set for release January 28, 2014. A mix of original material, a few standards and a few surprises, Anthem for a New Day is a declarative statement that finds Sung at the forefront of a six-piece band, with guest appearances by violinist Regina Carter and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera.  A native of Houston, Texas, Sung attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). She initially aspired to be a classical pianist but was bitten by the jazz bug while studying at the University of Texas at Austin. Going against both her musical and cultural upbringing, she switched to jazz and was soon after accepted into the inaugural class of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.  
 Showcase time: 2:55-3:15pm -solo piano
Helen will also showcase at the Hilton Hotel, Harlem Suite, 4th Floor Jan 11, 2:00pm & Jan 12, at 7:00 pm.
Jon Hendricks
NEA Jazz Master Jon Hendricks is an American original.  He has been called “The Poet Laureate of Jazz”.  One of the founders of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, one of the number one jazz vocal group in the world for five consecutive years. His songwriting goes hand in hand with his pioneering art form known as “vocalese” (the art of setting lyrics to recorded jazz instrumental standards, then arranging voices to sing the parts of the instruments).  At 92 years old, Hendricks has now launched a successor to his world famous group, calling it LHR Redux, featuring his daughter Aria Hendricks and Kevin Burke.  In 2014, he will be touring in Japan and Europe.
KMP Artists Showcase:
January 12, 9:00 p.m.
New World Complex, 340 West 50th Street, NYC at Eighth Ave.
  
 Molly Ringwald
Molly Ringwald released her first CD “Except Sometimes” in April 2013 and immediately embarked on a world tour to support the release.  She has graced the pages of both Australian and US Vogue, appeared on numerous television shows, including Oprah, Fox News Sunday, Good Morning America and a host of local television stations.  Her CD which includes selections from the Great American Songbook has been well received.  The musicians who appear on the CD, Peter Smith, Clayton Cameron, Trevor Ware, and Allen Mequizda, have also toured with her and will continue to do so through 2014.  Catch an interview with her here.
 The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
This Grammy nominated orchestra has performed and recorded with luminaries such as Diana Krall, Queen Latifah, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Charles Aznavour, Nancy Wilson, Take 6, Dr. John, and countless others.  The Orchestra recently recorded their newest CD entitled “LA’s Treasures and features songs with Barbara Morrison and Ernie Andrews”.  The band will perform in Mesa Arizona, the Hollywood Bowl, and will tour Europe in November 2014.

Clayton Brothers Quintet
The Clayton Brothers Quintet recently released their newest CD entitled "The Gathering" featuring not only the regular members of the quintet, but also Wycliffe Gordon and Stefon Harris.  The Quintet was originally established by brothers Jeff and John Clayton in 1977. The quintet consists of John Clayton, bass, Jeff Clayton, reeds, Gerald Clayton, piano, Terell Stafford, trumpet, and Obed Calvaire, drums, all leaders in their own right.  The two prior CDs by the Clayton Brothers, "The New Song and Dance" and "Brother to Brother" were both nominated for a Grammy© for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.

Sachal Vasandani
"Every now and again you hear a special voice that makes you sit up and take notice....Sachal Vasandani has that voice."

Michele Norris, NPR "All Things Considered"

Sachal will release a new cd in Fall 2014.  This project will focus on Sachal's trememdous skills.  He recently participated in an ASCAP Songwriter Residency where he worked with Darhyl “Hey DJ” Camper in national songwriting mentorship program.  Gerald Clayton’s recently Grammy nominated CD, “Life Forum” (Concord Records) contains two songs composed by Sachal.   

KMP Artists Showcase:

January 12, 9:20 pm

New World Complex, 340 West 50th Street, NYC at Eighth Ave.


Don Braden
Tenor saxophonist Don Braden is a musician and educator of the highest caliber.  He is the Music Director of the renowned Litchfield Jazz Camp.  Put in that for the past two years, he has served as the  Interim Conductor of the Harvard Monday Jazz Band  an instructor at the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Holland.  He just released "Full Circle" featuring longtime colleague and friend Vanessa Rubin.  For four years, Don Braden served as the music director for several of the Bill Cosby TV Shows.
Don Braden/Julie Michels - Hilton Hotel, Harlem Suite, Jan. 12, 11:00 am,
5:00 pm, and 11:00pm

Andy Milne
Considered one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today, Milne is a 2013 Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour roster member and a recipient of numerous awards and commissions.  
He recently composed and produced the film score for seven documentary films directed by William Shatner. In 2013, Milne was selected to compose an orchestral work for The American Composers Orchestra as part of their JCOI New Music Readings. His highly recognizable group Dapp Theory which lives at the meeting-point of lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism, just completed their next CD with Grammy winning producer Jimmy Haslip.
Showcase time: 1:45-2:05pm -solo piano
Andy Milne and Dapp Theory will also showcase at the Hilton Hotel, Harlem Suite, Jan.12 at 12:00, 6:00 and 7:30pm

Introducing VibeHeavy:
 Vibe Heavy is a creative collective of entertainment and technology innovators based Seattle. Their creative space is known as the "Curative" and it's where they harness their collective creative super powers to build a better brand for their clients. VIBEHEAVY has deep skill-sets in technology strategy, business development, content creation, and quantitative social media engagement that focuses primarily on entertainment brands and often crosses into art and fashion. They are a team of geeks, business strategists, music industry specialists, technologists, software engineers, fine artists, illustrators, photographers, videographers and social media gurus, essentially creators of all things digital & cool!  VibeHeavy’s Chief Vibe Officer, Arif Gursel, is producing this year’s showcase and as added to the above artists with these two special artists:

Letizia Gambi (presented by Michelle Taylor and Passion_Music)
"Letizia Gambi is a stunning vocalist!” – STING
"Lenny White and Letizia Gambi have created the hippest musical address in Naples; at the intersection of Neapolitan music and jazz." -- GIL GOLDSTEIN
Born in Naples Italy, singer, songwriter Letizia Gambi, is making a splash on the international music scene, with her debut recording, Introducing Letizia Gambi, produced and co-written by legendary, jazz drummer, producer and Grammy Award winner, Lenny White.  The recording is the synthesis of two apparently distant worlds blended in perfect harmony, creating an authentic sound that combines African American heritage with Mediterranean melodies, it’s a "cultural fusion.  The recording has a stellar line up of musicians, including appearances by Chick Chorea, Ron Carter, Wallace Rooney,Patrice Rushen, Gil Goldstein and Gato Barbieri.  
Showcase time: 2:10pm-2:50pm
featuring Lenny White

Lynnie Godfrey
Lynnie Godfrey received a Drama Desk Nomination for her Broadway debut in the Musical Revue EUBIE!...She received the Dramalogue and NAACP Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress for her portrayal in "NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY". She received the AUDELCO Award for Outstanding performance for her work in "Shuffle Along". For Directing Ms. Godfrey received the Tyrone Guthrie Award. She has received he NAACP Award for Best Producer also the Audio Earphone Award and the Benjamin Franklin Award for her recording of the the title role "Snow Queen " among others...One of her proudest moments in theatre is her work in “LADIES OF SONG” and her Cabaret Performances of Classic Songs by some of the most wonderful composers that spans many eras….from Cole Porter to Stephen Sondheim…
Showcase time: 3:20pm-4:00pm

The 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2013

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There's such diversity of sound, method and intent in this list that it's hard to group it all under "jazz" and still have it make sense. And yet it does, because we say so. What ties these albums together is imagination, individuality, monster musicianship and communication on a high plane.

Needless to say there are many other titles richly deserving of recognition. This is not a fallow period in jazz--the idea is hilarious--and it seems that narrowing the important releases down to 10 only gets harder every year. In some sense the Top-10 list goes against the fluid and improvisatory nature of jazz, which can reveal successive secrets with every listen, years or even decades after the fact. Take this, then, not as some permanent and final verdict. All that said, these albums will seriously wreck you.

10. Capricorn Climber
Kris Davis
There's something dark and elusive in the music of pianist Kris Davis, who tends toward the freer, more "outside" end of the spectrum. This quintet date finds her with Mat Maneri on viola, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor sax, Trevor Dunn on bass and Tom Rainey on drums. Together they create a kind of rough and logical elegance, identified by titles like "Too Tinkerbell" and "Pi Is Irrational." It's the sound of a close-knit community in dialogue, one of a few stirring appearances from Davis this year.

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9. Guided Tour
The New Gary Burton Quartet
Vibraphone master Gary Burton, 70, once hired a new kid named Pat Metheny on guitar. Now Julian Lage, who began apprenticing with Burton at 15 and is now completely dangerous at 25, joins bassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez in a Burton-led group of uncommon power. Guided Tour is an improvement on the band's 2011 debutCommon Ground: more live connection, strong compositions from all members, and thanks to Lage, the best recorded guitar sound you could ask for.

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8. Road*Trip
Mike McGinnis + 9
Brooklyn saxophonist and Maine native Mike McGinnis had a big clarinet year, both with his Ängsudden Song Cycle octet and the very slightly larger configuration of Road*Trip. The latter rescues composer Bill Smith's marvelous three-movement "Concerto for Clarinet and Combo" (1957) from obscurity. It also premieres McGinnis' three-movement "Road*Trip for Clarinet & 9 Players," a work of invigorating complexity and plainspoken lyrical beauty.

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7. Unknown Known
Joshua Abrams Quartet
Everyone on Unknown Known -- bassist (and original Roots member) Joshua Abrams, tenor saxophonist David Boykin, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, drummer Frank Rosaly -- is a pillar of the Chicago scene, a bastion of creative energy for decades and certainly the last 10 to 15 years. Abrams features them to great effect on this all-original set, which has a brooding, luminescent side but also an allotment of ragged groove and swing. The audio is just right, the writing fresh, the chemistry immediately apparent.

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6. Grace
JD Allen
After an inspired streak of trio albums, tenor saxophonist JD Allen went with a new quartet and hit it out of the park. He puts a heavy spotlight on pianist and Kyrgyzstan native Eldar Djangirov, formidable as they come at age 26, and coaxes warm, telepathic playing from bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Jonathan Butler as well. Allen works in a fairly abstract and enormously expressive post-bop mode, outdoing himself with a ballad, "Selah (My Refuge)," that lingers in one's ears.

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5. WomanChild
Cécile McLorin Salvant
This one is a consensus pick, a game-changer from 24-year-old vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, winner of the 2010 Monk Competition. Reaching all the way back to vaudeville but also delivering knockout original songs, Salvant arrives at something personal and thoroughly modern: trad-jazz with a major twist. Between her dramatic flair, idiosyncratic timbre and unstoppable band -- featuring pianist and Mack Avenue labelmate Aaron Diehl -- there's a lot to love here.

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4. Functional Arrhythmias
Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, 57, has seen to it that the groove-oriented improv concepts he began articulating in the '80s continue to unfold, shaping new generations of players. Functional Arrhythmias is his first release in some years without a vocalist. What dominates is a spare but utterly absorbing quartet sound, with an alto-trumpet front line descended directly from bebop. But Coleman draws from funk, non-Western traditions and extra-musical ideas, as the band name Five Elements implies. Guitar theoretician Miles Okazaki adds vitally to five of the 14 tracks.

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3. Hydra
Ben Monder
Guitarist Ben Monder's solo outings are few and far between, but they always reveal a staggering depth of technical immersion and aesthetic wandering. Hydra, his latest, is an eight-song set of impossible, beautiful, mind-melting music in a format mainly of guitar, bass, drums and voice (the ingenious Theo Bleckmann). Forget whether this is jazz -- it might not even be from Earth. And yet who could doubt the humanity of "Charlotte's Song," the closing acoustic guitar/voice duet, a rapturous setting of E.B. White's words?

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2. Chants
Craig Taborn Trio
Hailing from the midwest, pianist Craig Taborn has drawn sustenance from the jazz avant-garde, Detroit techno, metal and much else. His 2011 ECM debut Avenging Angel was just one man and a piano. Chants, the follow-up, is piano, bass and drums in the classic acoustic vein, with dense and mathematical moments but also an allure of the poetic. Bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerald Cleaver essentially take up residence in Taborn's brain, and once there, can do no wrong.

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1. Without a Net
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Wayne Shorter, the saxophone great and genius composer, turned 80 this year, but age has no meaning when you surround yourself with pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. This quartet, Shorter's focus since about 2000, has taken on various orchestral and chamber projects without departing from its explosive main mission. Without a Net, for instance, includes the 23-minute "Pegasus" (featuring Imani Winds) as well as quartet reinventions of "Orbits" and "Plaza Real." That music of such elemental fire and fury can exist makes the world a more redeemable place.

Village Voice

Hampton fest directors work with middle school band

GRANGEVILLE — "I love how Mrs. Stefani tells you — and you agree – you want to sound like a college band. Now let me let you in on a few secrets that separate you from professional musicians," John Clayton told the Grangeville Elementary Middle School seventh-and eighth-grade band students.

Clayton, of Los Angeles, the artistic director for the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, accompanied by jazz festival director Steven Remington, visited the GEMS classroom Tuesday, Dec. 3.

"Take in 30 to 40 percent more air — that will help you get to that next level," Clayton said as he and the class experimented. "We've now expanded your parameters. Now, add accents to the end of each note."

Clayton worked with the band on producing big sound as he played the upright bass, his instrument of choice.

"Why would I ask you to accent each note?" he asked.

"Because it helps define each note?" asked Alyssa Prado, seventh grader.

"I could not have said it better myself," Clayton smiled.

Clayton grew up in California and has been involved in music most of his life, playing the bass the past 40 years. He currently composes, directs, teaches – he taught at University of Southern California for 21 years – and plays in a quintet as well as a large band.

"Music is really my life," he laughed, telling the kids that music is "not in your instruments — it is in you."

First invited to play in the jazz festival years ago, Clayton has been the artistic director for the past six years.

"I always tell the kids to follow their dreams because they have parents who are sacrificing for them so they can have a better life," he said. "My parents were always very supportive of me – my mom said as long as what I did was legal and I finished my schooling, it was all good."

GEMS 7/8 band was chosen as a project school to receive extra attention before and during the jazz festival in 2014. Students have been invited to attend the festival a day early and participate in workshops prior to playing at the event.

"It's an honor to be able to work with such excellent musicians and have this opportunity," Stefani said.

Remington said he and Clayton travel to a handful of schools each year: More than 150 attend the festival.

"This gives a chance to work hands on with some outlying students," he said. "The festival reaches a wide audience and this is part of that outreach." The festival is in its 47th year.

Clayton encouraged the students to try a variety of different things when they play in order to make different sounds, ending my telling them they are "great musicians."

"Right now," he said after the class was over, "these kids are not playing for themselves. They are playing because they want to please Mrs. Stefani; they feed off her incredible enthusiasm. The goal is for them one day to play for themselves."

Following his visit, Clayton donated $100 in printed music from Hal Leonard publishing for whatever Stefani and the class may like to purchase for their library. In addition, he gave the group a CD for its listening library.

Jazzin it Up!