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It is with deep shock and sadness that we report the unexpected passing of Debra Mann, an acclaimed and supremely talented jazz singer, pianist and composer on our Whaling City Sound label. Her most recent recording, Full Circle, featuring the music of Joni Mitchell, was released in August 2018. She had also released three CD recordings on her label, Jobe Records.  
 
Her career was decorated with highlights. A Berklee grad, Debra was widely hailed as Rhode Island’s premier jazz pianist and vocalist. She performed at Symphony Hall in Boston as a featured guest soloist with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. She had the distinct honor of performing at the request of Frank Sinatra. In celebration of Women’s History Month, she performed with her trio on Ron Dellachiesa’s WGBH radio program “Music America.” She was a prized member of the regional jazz community, having shared the stage with artists including Dick Johnson, Herb Pomeroy, Gray Sargent, Marshall Wood, Ted Casher, Jeff Stout, Ed Saindon, and many others. Dino Govoni, Jay Azzolina, Dave Zinno, Marty Richards, Jerry Leake and Paul Angel joined her on our Full Circle release. 

She was also a passionate educator, on the faculty of Brown University and Wheaton College.
 
We at Whaling City Sound, along with the music community, will miss Debra’s extraordinary and elegant musical voice. We mourn deeply her passing and extend our sympathy to her family and friends.

Providence Journal Legacy obituary link

We are deeply saddened by the passing of legendary session guitarist and Whaling City Sound artist Reggie Young on January 17, 2019. He was one of the most recorded guitarists in the sixties, seventies and eighties.  He was also a member of the country supergroup "The Highwaymen" w/Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. He was a founding member of the Bill Black Combo. In February 1964, the Beatles requested that the Combo open for them during their first U.S. tour and invited the group over to England for another month-long tour.
Reggie and his wife Jenny have been long time residents of Franklin, TN.


left to right: Tom Evered, Neal Weiss, Jenny Young, Reggie Young
photo credit Ginny Shea, July 18, 2016, Nashville 
"Forever Young" (WCS094) available on ArkivJazz
 
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January 25, 2019 Bright Idea Greg Murphy Trio featuring Greg Murphy, Jeff Tain Watts, and Eric Wheeler
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Bright Idea
Greg Murphy Trio
featuring Greg Murphy, Jeff Tain Watts, and Eric Wheeler
2.1,8,9 7-10p Lorenzo's, 1100 South Avenue · Staten Island, NY · 718-477-2400
2.10 9p-12:30a, Fat Cat - The Murphtet, 75 Christopher @7th Ave · NYC · 212-675-6056 With: Josh Evans, Eric Wheeler & Tommy Campbell
2.23 11p-2a, Mezzrow - Greg Murphy Duo, 163 West 10th Street, Basement · New York City · With: Eric Wheeler 
2.26 1p,  A. Harry Moore School - Spirit of Life Ensemble · 2078 JFK Blvd · Jersey City, NJ, With: Daoud-David Williams, Dwight West, Rob Henke, Mike Logan, Sam Williams, Sipho Kunene, Les McKee, Chip Shelton, David Robinson, Bob Ferrel, Dennis Cruz & more!
2.28 noon, Englewood Hospital - Billy Johnson Trio - Jazz Foundation of America, 350 Engle St · Englewood, NJ With: Winard Harper
5.16 10:30p,  Smalls - Bright Idea CD Release - Greg Murphy Trio, 183 West 10th Street · NYC · 212 675-7369 With: Eric Wheeler & Tommy Campbell
5.31 7-10p, Lafayette Lodge #27 - Joe Yachnik Group, 1550 Irving Street · Rahway, NJ With: Michael Andrews, Scott Robert Avidon, Thaddeus Expose & Noel Sagerman
9.14 6p, Chart House (DeVito Wedding) - GM Trio, Lincoln Harbor Pier D-T · Weehawken, NJ · 201 348-6628
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Listen here on Soundcloud to "Hooray for Hollywood"
Mini-documentary on the making of Still Happy

Danny Bacher
Still Happy

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2.1, 2 8p, HEIDI'S JAZZ CLUB, 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 | DETAILS - GM Trio, Lincoln Harbor Pier D-
2.9, 6:30p, CAYMAN ISLANDS | GRAND CAYMAN MARRIOTT BEACH RESORT - (MARRIOTT GRAND BALLROOM) 389 West Bay Road Seven Mile Beach, Box 30371, KY1-1202, Cayman Islands, Danny Bacher Joins KT Sullivan and the Mabel Mercer Foundation for the New York Cabaret Night | DETAILS
2.13, 7:30p, WOLD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT LYNN UNIVERSITY, 3601 North Military Trail | Boca Raton, Florida 33431,Singer/saxophonist Bacher and His All-Star Band honor the three Louis—Armstrong, Jordan and Prima—from his show directed by Marilyn Maye, with selections from his second album. The New York Times called Bacher “a prodigiously talented musical preservationist.” | DETAILS
2.23, 8PM, BLUE BAMBOO CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park, Danny Bacher (and his trio) brings his signature wit and hip interpretations of the American popular songbook and Jazz Standards to the Blue Bamboo! | Get Tickets
4.8 (Time TBA), BOCA GRANDE FLA. Danny Bacher and the "Swing That Music" All-Stars
 
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#31 on the 2018 year-end radio charts, peaked at #6, 14 weeks on chart, highest debut

Note from Monika: 2018 - the year of SHEROES 

Thank you for the help in making it such a successful album - #31 on the year-end radio charts and so much more! I could have never dreamed about the amount of attention and support this album got over the year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MenmxMsgCxw
We'll keep promoting it in preparation for gathering support for the next one - SHEROES will also embark on a tour to Europe and Egypt in April! The two largest jazz conferences are usually held in January and we'll have materials at both. Musician//promoter Ken Avis will be at the Jazz Congress at Jazz at Lincoln Center Jan 7/8 with a table and has volunteered to promote SHEROES with fellow radio and concert promoters.
Feel free to post and share the Peaceful Piece video, which is a track from the WCS Whole World in Her Hands album.

2.7 5.30-8p, Bear's Place, Bloomington, IN, Janiece Jaffe & Friends Valentine's Day Concert
2.24 noon-6, Monroe County Public Library, IN, Jazz Girls Day Bloomington
3.3 2.30-5, Bokeh Lounge, Evansville, Destiny Muhuammad, Monika Herzig, and Friends
3.5 noon, Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis, Destiny Muhammad and Monika Herzig, 3-7p, Noblesville High School, Jazz Girls Day
3.7 5.30-8p, Bear's Place Bloomington, Destiny Muhuammad, Monika Herzig, and Friends
3.8 8 & 10p, Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, Destiny Muhuammad, Monika Herzig, and Friends
3.10 2p, Artsgarden, Indianapolis, Destiny Muhuammad, Monika Herzig, and Friends
3.16 9-noon, Bloomington Winter Market, Monika Herzig, piano
4.5 noon, Eskenazy Hospital, Indianapolis, Monika Herzig, piano
4.6 Jazz Girls Day Seattle Clinician
4.9-28 SHEROES Egypt and Europe Tour

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Peaked at #12, 8 weeks airplay

2.17 Johnny’s Atlantic Resort, Middletown, RI 3p with Kent Hewitt
2.21 Stomping Ground Putnam, CT with Straight Up Jazz, Phil Palonen 5:30-7:30p
2.23 The Spire Center For The Arts,  Plymouth MA  www.spirecenter.org 7:30 with Ken Wentzel, Jon Wheatly, Cris Rathbun and Gary Johnson
3.2 Cultural Center Of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, MA, 8p, $25, with Tim Ray, John Lockwood, Gary Johnson, 508-394-7107
3.7 Central State University, 1p, masterclass and evening concert with Hal Amelia 
3.8 Emporium, Yellow Springs, OH, 7p, Lee McKinney, Tim Watson 
3.9 The Greenwich with Keigo Hirakawa, Chris Berg, Lee McKinney
3.10 Midpointe Library, Westchester, OH, 2-4p, Tim Watson, Steve Schmidt and Lee McKinney
3.10 Notes with The Bobby Floyd Trio, Copious Jazz Club, 520 S High St., Columbus, OH  6p, 614-947-1620
3.11 Kilgore School, Cincinnati, OH, 1-2p
3.17 Chianti’s Beverly MA 4:30 5:30 with Steve Hunt , John Lockwood and Mark Walker
3.23 The Packing House, 154 River Road Willington, CT with Matt DeChamplain, Lou Bocciarelli, Ben Bilello, $25 in advance 8p
3.28 Newport Art Theater with Paul Del Nero, Ben Cook, Gary Johnson 7:30p  
4.4 Byrum Schubert Library, 7-8p, Greenwich, CT, Peter Hand Trio
4.5 Pot Au Feu, 44 Custom House St, Providence, RI. Dinner and Concert, 7p with Ben Cook, Todd Baker, Gary Johnson 
4.10 Sardella's, Newport, RI 7:30-10p, Kent Hewitt, Todd Baker
4.11 Laurelmead, 7:30-8:30p, Ben Cook, Todd Baker, Gary Johnson
4.14 Highfield Hall Falmouth MA 4 pm Ben Cook, Paul Del Nero and Gary Johnson 
4.17
RI College Jazz Combo Concert Series, Nazarian Center For The Arts, Forman Theater 7:30p, free
4.26 Sidedoor Jazz Club, Old Lyme, CT 8p, CD release with Tim Ray, John Lockwood, Mark Walker
4.28 Johnny’s Atlantic Resort  Middletown RI 3 p
5.23 Stomping Ground Putnam CT 5:30-7:30p
6.1 Chan's, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, RI, CD release and Gemini Night, 8p with Tim Ray, John Lockwood, Mark Walker
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By Roger Farbey
January 30, 2019

Dori Rubbicco took a degree in music and jazz vocal studies at Westfield State University and her association with her musical director John Harrison dates back to 1978 when they rehearsed together for a wedding gig. Whilst living in Los Angeles, Rubbicco auditioned for and then studied with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. She met her future husband, guitarist Donn Legge, whilst they were both living in Miami where they resided for 17 years before returning to her home state of Massachusetts.

Stage Door Live! is the name given to a series of monthly concerts commenced in 2011 at New Bedford’s Zeiterion Theatre, where seating is arranged in a fairly informal, jazz club style and this set from the venue will appeal greatly to lovers of torch songs and the great American songbook. That said, John Harrison’s “Roman Sun” is an instrumental and one of two originals in the set.

Rubbicco’s feisty vocalese reading of “Twisted”, the sardonic song written and made famous by Annie Ross, elevates the recording to a whole new level. Rubbicco’s gifted with a good singing voice and she combines it with a powerful and convincing delivery which at its best evinces genuine emotional depth. One perfect example of this is her own moving composition “Right Here Waiting”.

The choice of numbers occasionally borders on the anodyne, although the languid, soulful arrangement of John Lennon’s “Imagine” unfailingly piques the listener’s interest, transforming it into something else entirely. Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Two Kites” ends oddly with a fade-out, presumably for technical reasons, but the finale, “That’s All”, imbued with an ebullient, lively execution, clearly demonstrates Rubbicco’s potential as an outstanding vocalist.

Discography
Roman Sun; Imagine; Two Kites; Pretty Funny; No Regrets; Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow; Throw It Away; Twisted; Right Here Waiting; I Can See Clearly; That’s All (66.38)
Rubbicco (v); John Harrison III (p); Bill Miele (elb); Yoron Israel (d); Donn Legge (g); Bryan Steele (ts, ss); Ian Rubbicco Legge (clo). 18 May 2017, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
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Peaked at #5, 16 weeks on chart, one of 2015’s Best Jazz Albums by DownBeat
Click here for  Dave Bass Quartet version of LeGrand, featuring Ernie Watts

2.10 6:30-8:30p Dave Bass Afro-Cuban Quintet, CLARA Auditorium, 2420 N. St., Sacramento, CA
3.25 7-9p The Dave Bass Quartet, Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95825
ON THE HORIZON
Dave Zinno Unisphere
Greg Abate and Tim Ray Trio Stage Door Live at the Z
Gerry Gibbs
Jim Robitaille, guitar, with Dave Liebman, Tony Marino, Alex Rios
Dave Bass
Tim Ray Trio
Eric Wyatt Tribute to Sonny Rollins
John Stein
Alma/Rale Micic
 
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