Whaling City Sound JANUARY 2017 Newsletter
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January 2017 Newsletter

Thursday and Friday, January 5 and 6, 2017 New York City

“Ask The Experts” Session Panelists 5:00p-6:30p
St. Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Ave. (at 54th Street)
New York, NY 10022 

Neal Weiss
Recording/Product Management, Neal Weiss
(Whaling City Sound, New Bedford, MA)

1.5.17 6p - 7:30p Danny Bacher & the "Swing That Music" All-Stars, Birdland, 315 West 44th St., NYC, 212-581-30880 
1.7 & 8.17 APAP Showcases 
1.20, 22.17  Danny Bacher with the Jazz Loft Big Band, The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook, NY 11790, 631-751-1895
For a preview of the Jazz Loft show click here: Long Island News
For campaign updates go to Danny's client page
We are a proud sponsor of this January 21
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra concert.
The NBSO is a professional orchestra performing classical and pops music at
The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center.

For Physical and Digital Release
John Stein

Triple threat: truly excellent compositions, arrangements, and world class playing
Stein’s new recording hits an impressive trifecta

It is all you can ask for from a jazz recording — the trifecta, the vaunted triple threat. John Stein’s new disc, Color Tones, features excellent compositions, beautiful arrangements, and formidable playing.
It helps when you can fit the pieces into place like Stein can. The tasteful guitarist has assembled a sublime band, expanding his regular rhythm section — drummer Zé Eduardo Nazario and bassist John Lockwood — with the addition of two unique and mature soloists, Fernando Brandão on flutes and Phil Grenadier on trumpets and mutes.

The band is critical to Stein’s success. Together, the quintet has created Color Tones, a marvelous melange of classy jazz, funky grooves, and terrific ensemble playing. All four of Stein’s accompanists carve out unique territory, individually and collectively. Stein is a generous leader. Every musician is featured extensively, and they complement each other beautifully, adding their individual voices to the group effort.
 Songs like the exciting “Neck Road” provide an example of how this collective functions, featuring all five instrumentalists weaving through spontaneous interplay: the musical conversation is respectful, energetic, and bristling. Though the acoustic format feels traditional on the surface, there are surprises hiding underneath. This is music of depth and subtlety.
 John Stein is one of the finest jazz guitarists you'll ever hear, with beautiful touch, tone, swing, detail, and emotion. Working with a warm, singing classic jazz-guitar sound, he renders maximum swing and expression. There's a wealth of detail that he gets at even the fastest tempos.
Special mention goes to John for his compositions on this recording. The tunes are challenging yet melodic, adventuresome yet familiar. John has provided his co-artists with sparingly ornamented, although not blank canvases. The musicians, utilizing the palette John has supplied, complete the sonic landscapes, adding depth, perspective, and character. With the composer leading the way with nimble, subtle guitar figures, the result is communal art in which all participants have room to express themselves through thoughtful improvisation.
Eight of the eleven tunes here are arranged by the group; each one features the rhythm section laying down a deep groove, with the other musicians layering colored lines over it in a communal way. In addition to the ideas contributed by the composer and the players, three of the songs are arranged by Adi Yeshaya, which adds immeasurably to the sonic variety of
Color Tones.
The resulting work is bold and beautiful, vigorous brush strokes on a sturdy canvas. Which is to say, art. One way, and a fitting one, to describe Stein’s Color Tones is that it’s literally a work of art, a mosaic of playing, composing and arranging that amounts to strata of bold colors, masterful restraint, and just the right amount of flourish.
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John Stein performs in duet

Cork Wine and Tapas
 90 Front Street, New Bedford Massachusetts 02740
Returning to Cork, the wonderful tapas restaurant in New Bedford, and hope you will consider joining us. We’ve had a small hiatus, and we are looking forward to playing there again.
Wednesday     January 11    7-10p   with Marcus Monteiro, saxophonist
Friday        February 3    7-10p    with Dave Zinno, acoustic bassist
Friday        February 24    7 -10p    with Dave Zinno, acoustic bassist
Watch for a duet CD of Dave Zinno and John Stein in April
some music was recorded at Cork on a Sunday morning before a wonderfully supportive live audience.
Please join us one of these nights for a nice dinner and some good music.
For campaign updates click John's client page
16 weeks airplay
1.13.17 9p Rale Micic & Gene Bertoncini Duo, Guitar x2, Series at Bar Thalia, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St.,  NY 10025-6990  212-864-5400
1.23.17 7:30p Rale Micic Quartet, NIGHT MUSIC CD release, Smalls Jazz Club, 183 W 10th St, NY 10014 646-476-4346

24 weeks airplay
For campaign updates, go to Eric's client page
Looking back over 2016, one will be hard-pressed to find art that is so mesmeric, explosive, with rhythms bristling, dynamic contrasts more starkly illuminated and with a more dynamic thrust and propulsion. It’s an exhilarating encore to Expansions from two years ago that looks well forward into the future of Jazz. - Raul Da Gama
Click here for full article 

Expansions Live - Chartbound
For campaign updates, go to Dave's client page


JANUARY 4 – Marty Ballou (b) with Jon Wheatley (gtr), Steve Langone (d)

JANUARY 11 – Marty Ballou (b) with Chris Flory (gtr), Marty Richards (d)

JANUARY 18 – Marty Ballou (b), Sonny Barbato (p), Jim Gwin (d)

JANUARY 25 – Marty Ballou (b), Bobby Keyes (gtr), Marty Richards (d)


Come to for the grand return of
Mike Renzi and the RI Jazz All Stars
On Feb. 12, 2017! 



[PROVIDENCE, RI] Allary, the legendary Providence club that, beginning in the mid ‘70s and extending for over a decade, played host to some of the world’s most important jazz artists, is returning to its original home to present jazz in its most refined, exciting forms.

Roger and Marina Kallab, owners of Arias, the venue that currently occupies the 108 North Main Street site of the original Allary, are committed to restoring one of America’s most important jazz clubs. “We are excited and privileged to be able to create ‘Allary at Arias,’” said Roger. “We think of ourselves as stewards of a great tradition that meant so much to our culture and to thousands of jazz lovers who made Allary their second home.”

The Grand Return of Allary takes place on Sunday, February 12 with Mike Renzi and the Rhode Island Jazz All Stars. “Mike was the pianist in the original club’s rhythm section that featured bassist Bob Petteruti and drummer Artie Cabral,” Marina explained. “He has accompanied the likes of Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, and, most recently, Tony Bennett. Mike is a four-time Emmy Award winner who legendary jazz impresario George Wein described memorably. ‘I’m a piano player,’ Wein said. ‘Mike Renzi is a pianist.’ To have Mike involved in this project is a gift from the jazz gods.”

Allary’s Sunday sessions were renowned from coast to coast. “We’re initially paying homage to those great afternoons with concerts that, like the originals, will run from 4-8pm,” said Roger.

Prior to the Grand Return and beginning on January 4, “Allary at Arias” will present Wednesday night sessions led by bassist Marty Ballou, who promises to bring an eclectic mix of jazz styles to the bandstand. “We are presenting jazz of the highest quality,” Marina said. “The standards of excellence that were maintained by the owners of the original Allary will not be compromised.”

The post-February 12 music calendar is under development. Roger added, “We wish to give special thanks to bassist and educator Dave Zinno, an international recording artist who is one of the ‘first-call’ players on his instrument, for helping to book our club. Drummer Artie Cabral also has been instrumental in making this dream of Allary a swinging reality. And this doesn’t happen without Mike Renzi.”

There was a time when one could not name America’s most important jazz clubs without including Allary – a warm, elegant, relaxed setting where international stars the likes of Jackie McLean, Bob Mover, George Coleman, Frank Foster, Pepper Adams, Art Farmer, Mark Murphy, and Johnny Hartman joined the giants of Rhode Island/New England jazz – including Art Pelosi, Dick Johnson, Hal Crook, George Masso, Artie Cabral, Bob Petteruti, Paul Schmeling, and so many others.


FEBRUARY 12 – The Grand Return, featuring Mike Renzi and the Providence Jazz All Stars, with Renzi (p), Dave Zinno (b), Artie Cabral (d), Shawnn Monteiro (v), Ted Casher (saxes and clarinet), Arnie Krakowski (tenor sax), Bob Sagnella (alto sax), Jeff Stout (trmpt)

FEBRUARY 19 – Duke Robillard Band – Blues and Jazz

FEBRUARY 26 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARTIE CABRAL! – The Mike Renzi Trio with Cassandre McKinley (v), Dino Govoni (saxes), Jeff Stout (trmpt)

MARCH 5 – John Allmark (trmpt) Quintet featuring Tucker Antell (tenor sax), Ben Cook (p), Dave Zinno (b), Vinny Pagano (d)

MARCH 12 – Rebecca Paris (v), featuring Mike Renzi (tentative but likely), Dave Zinno, Gary Johnson, and Mike Monaghan (saxophones)

MARCH 19 – WHALING CITY SOUND PRESENTS Greg Abate (saxes) Quartet, featuring the Tim Ray (p) Trio, with John Lockwood (b), Mark Walker (d)

1.12.17 The Tim Ray Trio featuring John Lockwood – bass & Mark Walker – drums, Thelonious Monkfish, Cambridge, MA 7–10p. For more info please visit
For campaign updates click Tim's client page

Jamie Baum (flute) – Guggenheim Fellow, numerous awards as flutist/ compose
Rosa Avila (drums) – Pearl Drums artist, with Villalobos Brothers, Andy Williams, and more
Reut Regev (trombone) – Enja Recording Artist from Israel
Jennifer Vincent (bass) – Jazz at Lincoln Center educator, bassist with Duke Ellington Orchestra etc
Leni Stern (guitar) - Fender and D’Addario artist w. Michael Brecker, Bill Frisell

1.13.17 Monika Herzig and Peter Kienle, Jasmin's Birthday Jam, Trailhead Pizza, Bloomington, IN, 6-9p
1.14.17 Moinka Herzig on piano, Winter's Market, Bloomington, IN, 9-12a
1.19.17 Monika Herzig and Peter Kienle, C3, Bloomington, IN, 7-9p
1.22.17 B'town Jazz Jam Session, Player's Pub, Bloomington, IN, 4-6p
1.29.17 B'town Jazz Jam Session, Player's Pub, Bloomington, IN, 4-6p
For campaign updates click on Monika's client page
1.27.17 7:30p Dave Bass Sextet, Antiquite Maison Privee, 2114 P St., Sacramento, CA 95816, (916) 706-0886
For campaign updates go to Dave's client page
12.31.16 Solo Piano Nicotra's Ballroom, 1100 South Ave., Staten Island, NY  718-477-2400, 7-9p
1.1.17 Red Rooster - John Cooksey & Spontaneous Combustion with Charles Davis and Don Pate, 310 Lenox Ave, NYC, 212.792.9001, 7-11p
1.4.17 Paris Blues - Les Goodson with John Cooksey & Don Pate, 2021 Adam Clayton Powell BLVD, NYC, 212.222.9878, 9p-1a
1.6.17 Lorenzo's - Solo Piano, 1100 South Avenue, Staten island, NY, 718.477.2400, 7-10p
1.11.17 Paris Blues - Les Goodson with John Cooksey & Don Pate, 2021 Adam Clayton Powell BLVD, NYC, 212.222.9878, 9p-1a
1.14.17 Lafayette Bar - Greg Murphy Trio with Jeff Tain Watts & Eric Wheeler, 15 North Fourth Street, Easton, PA, 18042, 610.252.0711, 8-11p
For campaign updates go to Greg's client page

Iluminations lives up to the idea of jazz as an art built on growth and renewal…Beauty remains central as Kirby creates one stunner after extraordinarily pleasing and diverse album.
- Dan Bilawsky

Click here for full article

For campaign updates go to Steven's client page
The 10 best new jazz releases of 2016
#7 Greg Abate and Phil Woods, Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan’s (Whaling City Sound)

1.3.17 With Paul Arslanian  Greenstreet Trio North Hampton MA  7p
1.15.17 Chianti Blue Beverly MA with Ben Cook, Todd Baker, Gary Johnson 3-6p
1.21.17  Chans Greg Abate Sextet 8pm, $20, 267 Main St. Woonsocket, RI 401-765-1900
1.28.17 Global Charter School New Bedford MA workshop and Concert, UMASS Dartmouth with Kent Hewitt Todd Baker & Gary Johnson
1.29.17 JOSA with The Bill Wightman Trio at The Center At Eastman, 25 Rd. Round, The Lake Grantham, NH, 4-7p, $25, 603-381-1662 to reserve tickets

For campaign updates go to Greg's client page

Watch for new project in 2017 from Jason Miles producing the legendary guitarist Reggie YoungOne of the most recorded guitar players of all time, Reggie Young has played on hundreds of hit songs in multiple genres. His career spans over 50 years and between the years 1967 thru 1971 alone his guitar was on 120 Top 40 pop and R&B hits. He's recorded with Elvis and opened for The Beatles along with playing guitar on several hundred different artists recordings, playing rockabilly, R&B, rock, pop, country and jazz with some of the greatest of all time... - David Adams

Click here for full article

For campaign updates go to Jason's client page

1.22.17 5p-8:30p Maureen's Jazz Cellars, 2 North Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960 845-535-3143
1.26.17 7-10p Blue Fin Times Square, W. Hotel Times Square, NYC  212-918-1400
2.14.17 7-10p  Valentine's Day, Gotham Bar & Grill, 12 East 12th St. NYC  212-620-4020

For campaign updates go to Kristen's client page

Gerry Gibbs and Thrasher People

Weather or Not
February 24, 2017

It is unique and kind of madcap, the sign of a fertile artist plowing through all the ideas swirling around his brain. “Instead of creating one musical concept, I wanted it to sound like 16 trios, so that’s why the music was so eclectic.” Gerry Gibbs is the artist, and his new, two-disc set—one disc devoted to the blazing Weather Report, the second to his own diverse material—leads listeners through a fun house of styles. Disc One is devoted to Weather Report tribute, but it’s not nearly the lukewarm cover collection by aspiring fusioneers you might expect. (Because, perhaps, they might beat Zawinul and company at their own game?) Instead, Gibbs opts to re-imagine the material from the POV of an acoustic piano-led trio, the featured instrument played by luminous new talent Alex Collins, with brilliant Austrian-born Hans Glawischnig on bass. The sparks sure do fly on familiar melodies: “Palladium,” “Teen Town,” “Birdland,” naturally, and “Black Market.” There’s lots to dig into here, and you certainly don’t have to be a Weather Report fan to dig it. Disc Two features Gibbs cranking up the creative juices on a set of originals, traversing from flamenco to pulse-quickening funk, calypso, gospel Latin jazz, R&B and plenty of all-out swing. While Gibbs has tackled myriad projects in the past, from 2006‘s Thrasher Big Band project Live at Luna’s to 2010‘s The Electric Thrasher Orchestra Plays The Music of Miles Davis (’67-’75) and 2013‘s Grammy-nominated Thrasher Dream Trio (with Ron Carter and Kenny Barron), this rich two-CD set, his 11th as a bandleader, is his most audacious and fully-realized project to date, an early crowning achievement from a restless spirit and a triumphant, indefatigable artist.

For campaign updates, go to Gerry Gibbs/Thrasher People client page

Greg Abate with
Tim Ray Trio

Road to Forever

February 24, 2017

Fluent in both saxophone and the great language of bebop, Greg Abate has done nothing if not worked tirelessly across five decades to keep the flame of classic jazz lit. In the hands of a skilled musician like Abate—who made his new record, Road to Forever, with Tim Ray’s trusty trio featuring Ray (piano), John Lockwood (bass) and Mark Walker (drums/percussion)—life and music intertwine on his saxophone. The sound of his brass is an extension of his heart, with no filter or contrivance. Abate’s emotions emerge in nearly every note. “I relate music to life as a parallel outlook,” says Abate in the liner notes of his new recording. “Like many artists, life and music are working together in us to bring out creative ideas.”
In fact, there are creative ideas across all of Road to Forever. “The Dancing Panda” has an agile, danceable groove and a slinky, sexy chord progression. “Farewell Phil Woods” is dedicated to Abate’s inimitable bandmate and collaborator, a talent the bandleader calls “a force of nature.” Abate’s alto sax, laid lightly atop Ray’s piano, resonates with a deep melancholia. But the blue mood is fleeting, as the next track, “Whaling City Sound,” boasts a chill, electric fusion of keys and bass that lifts the tempo with the trio’s inventive ideas. 
Abate is a musician that is born to play, to create, to collaborate. He is the consummate sharer of the stage, who respects talent and ability and knows that a high tide lifts all boats. Indeed, Ray, Walker, and Lockwood elevate every project, and Abate provides them with a slate of perfect, largely straight-ahead, compositions for them to dig into. Recorded in a single session with virtually no rehearsals, Road to Forever is as pure as it gets, and a tribute to the power and glory of real bebop.

For campaign updates, go to Greg Abate's client page
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