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September 18-24, 2006

The Jazz Las Vegas Jazz Events Calendar

Rodger Fox Big Band at Artemus Ham Hall
7:30 p.m. Friday, September 19, 2006

New Zealand’s Rodger Fox Rodger Fox is New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer.

Direct from the Monterey the Rodger Fox Big Band in concert with the UNLV Jazz Ensemble I. The bandleader and his big band has performed at the Montreaux, Monterey and Wichita Jazz Festivals along with two performances at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conventions in Chicago and Los Angeles. The Big Band has also performed with many of the great jazz artists — Louie Bellson, Arturo Sandoval, Bill Cunliffe, Bob Sheppard, Bobby Shew, Joe Williams, Lanny Morgan, Don Rader, Bruce Paulson, Bill Reichenbach, Buddy De Franco, Chuck Findley, Dave Weckl, John Scofield, Tom Harrell, Gregg Bissonette, Michael Brecker, Diane Schuur and Steve Smith among others.

Rodger Fox was born in 1953, son to music teacher Louis Fox. He was brought up in the little town of Porirua, not too far from New Zealand's capital, Wellington. He auditioned for a youth orchestra but was not sucessful as they were no longer taking brass players. And because of this, Rodger Fox entered the world of Jazz, for which he is famous for today.

He is director of the Rodger Fox Big Band, which he has run for over 25 years in New Zealand. It plays in over 80 international dates annually and has featured many talented guest artists, like Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ted Clarke, Randy Crawford, David Feehan, Erna Ferry, Jerome Hendrix, Jodie Ohlson and Ray Woolf. To date the Rodger Fox Big Band has recorded 14 albums.

Because of his many achievements with his Bands on tours, with invitations to some of the world's biggest Jazz festivals he is one man responsible for raising the profile of Jazz music in New Zealand. When not with his Big Band he directs many high school music groups and frequently travels up and down the country, hooking in up and coming musical talent.

Tickets $10, $5 for LVJS members (must show membership card), free for UNLV students and seniors with ID. Call 895-ARTS for more information. Artemus Ham Hall is located on the UNLV Campus at 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154    UNLV Campus Map

Guitarist/Vocalist John Pizzarelli Plays the Suncoast
Friday thru Sunday, September 22-24, 2006

John Pizzarelli "We're not digging up old arrangements; we're creating new ideas. That's what's so beautiful about interpretation. This music, it's not about age as much as it is about style, and about always trying to move the music forward.” -- John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli, son of guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader. Internationally known for classic standards, late-night ballads, and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings, he has recently established himself as the consummate entertainer and radio program host with the launch of "Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli" a nationally syndicated radio program co-hosted with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey.

John Pizzarelli has recorded as a bandleader for RCA, Chesky, Stash and Novus, and in 1997 appeared in the Broadway musical Dream, a revue of Johnny Mercer songs. Along the way, Pizzarelli and his band have earned rave reviews. Reviewers often compare the Pizzarelli Trio to jazz icons such as Nat "King" Cole: "The John Pizzarelli Trio has never been tighter, and Pizzarelli himself has never been looser," said The Village Voice of a recent New York show. "We can say we’re as lucky to listen to [Pizzarelli] as Nat Cole fans were in the years before he became a legend."

Concert Dates: Fri-Sun, September 22-24 Venue: Suncoast Showroom, Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $44-$66. For Tickets and Information Call 702-636-7075 or Toll Free 1-877-636-7111 for guests outside of the Las Vegas area. The Suncoast Casino is located at 9090 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89145. Tel: 702.365.7111    Suncoast Casino Map

Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, & Lenny White Trio
Santa Fe Station 7 p.m. Friday, September 22

Larry Coryell "[Larry Coryell] plays all the styles, Latin, jazz-rock, straight ahead jazz, European classical music, you name it, he's a master of it... [Coryell] takes all of the elements that are a part of the great guitar literature and kind of puts them into a special style." -- Dr. Billy Taylor

Larry Coryell
Larry Coryell is one of the world's acknowledged guitar masters. He has recorded more than 70 albums over the past 35 years as a bandleader, soloist and 'featured accompanist'. Hailed by his legion of fans as one of "the guitar gods" in the late 1970s and as a "truly Renaissance musician who excels at all styles of playing", he has also been christened as "a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion" by the New York Times, and dubbed "the Godfather of Fusion" by Dan Ouellette of Down Beat Magazine.

Victor Bailey
A true champion of the electric bass guitar, Victor Bailey has distinguished himself as one of the greats on that instrument in the service of Weather Report, Weather Update, Steps Ahead, The Zawinul Syndicate and Madonna. As a leader he brings his impressive facility and undeniable groovepower to bear in the service of his own songs. An accomplished composer with an inherent musicality that goes well beyond the bass, Bailey strikes a nice balance between virtuosic chops and solid tunesmithing on Lowblow, his second recording as a leader and his debut on ESC Records.

Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, & Lenny White Lenny White
Lenny White is best known for participating as one of the drummers on Miles Davis's Bitches Brew sessions, and as a member of the most famous lineup of Chick Corea's Return to Forever. Since embarking on a solo career White has collaborated with the cream of fusion players, including Brian Auger, Jan Hammer, Miroslav Vitous, Al DiMeola, and Larry Coryell.

Tickets range from $15-$25 and may be purchased by calling 547-5300 for Las Vegas residents or (866) 264-1818 for guests outside of the Las Vegas area, or at all Station Casinos Rewards Centers, Fiesta Front Desks and The Galleria Mall. Santa Fe Station is located at 4949 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89130 Tel 702.658.4900    Santa Fe Station Map

Marion Meadows

Marion Meadows at Santa Fe Station
7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23

Born in West Virginia and raised in Stamford, Connecticut, Smooth-toned soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows began playing clarinet and studying classical music at age eight. Moving to the saxophone as a teenager, Meadows majored in composition and arranging at Berklee College of Music, where he perfected his craft outside of school as a sideman, playing with Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman, and Eddie Daniels. Meadows later worked as a member of Norman Connors' Starship Orchestra, but he is known primarily for his recordings as a leader.

He made his solo debut in 1990 with the RCA release For Lovers Only, followed in 1992 by Keep It Right There. Resurfacing two years later with Forbidden Fruit, after 1995's Body Rhythm Meadows jumped to Discovery to issue 1997's Pleasure. Another Side of Midnight followed in 1999.

His series of six albums for RCA and Discovery have established him as one of the more popular and dynamic smooth jazz artists of the 90s. Currently operating out of Phoenix, Meadows now spins his lyrical phrases with a Southwestern vibe and can be heard on 1999´s Another Side of Midnight (Discovery). His latest releases are Next To You (2000) and Dressed To Chill (2006).

Tickets, from $22-$36, may be purchased by calling 547-5300 for Las Vegas residents or (866) 264-1818 for guests outside of the Las Vegas area, or at all Station Casinos Rewards Centers, Fiesta Front Desks and The Galleria Mall. Santa Fe Station is located at 4949 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89130 Tel 702.658.4900    Santa Fe Station Map

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Rick Arroyo & the Latin Percussion
The District at Green Valley Ranch
Rick Arroyo at Mandalay Bay
6-10pm Saturday, September 23, 2006

The District at Green Valley Ranch invites you to enjoy the Latin Jazz & Salsa of Rick Arroyo & the Latin Percussion. It will be an evening the entire family will enjoy. The performance will be outdoors at The Courtyard, west of Green Valley Parkway, just past the P.F. Chang China Bistro. It's Saturday, it's fun, and it's free. Come early and plan to have dinner or just stroll down the street and do a little shopping.

Rick Arroyo has recorded and or played with Luis Conte, Bill Laster, Karen Briggs, Dick Mitchell, Dan St. Marsais, Tata Palau, Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez, Luis Miranda, Bobby Matos, Johnny Polanco, Eddie Resto. Shared the stage with The Yellow Jackets, Fatburger, The Rippingtons, Gerald Albright, Carl Fontana, Everrett Harp, Gilberto Santa Rosa and many others. He has opened for Tito Puente, Willie Chirino, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Jesus Alemany, David Benoit, Richard Elliott, Michael McDonald, Donna Summers, The Beach Boys and many others.

Showtime is from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. Green Valley Ranch is located at 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052 Tel: 702.617.7777    Green Valley Ranch Map

The Shapiro Project at Craig Ranch Regional Park
BalloonaPalooza, 9:30-11am Sunday, September 24

BalloonaPalooza logo This year the City of North Las Vegas hosts the first BalloonaPalooza, a three-day hot air balloon festival. Festivities will take place from Friday night, September 22 to Sunday noon, September 24. It is on Sunday, from 9:30-11 a.m. that the Shapiro Project will play for your jazz enjoyment.

The Shapiro Project is Eugene Shapiro, guitar; Phil Wigfall, alto and soprano saxophone; Eric Runquist, acoustic and electric bass; and Boris Shapiro, drums.

Admission is free. Be sure to bring folding chairs and/or blankets. BalloonaPalooza will lift off at the newly acquired Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89032. The park boasts more than 6,000 trees, acres of rolling greens and sparkling ponds. For more information, please call North Las Vegas Special Events at 702.633.2418    Craig Ranch Regional Park Map

David Perrico

David Perrico Quintet at the Whitney Library
2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2006

Presented by the Las Vegas Jazz Society. The opening concert of the LVJS Rising Star Series features noted Las Vegas trumpeter David Perrico and an all-star ensemble in an afternoon of all original compositions and arrangements from David's creative pen, from straightahead jazz to funk, fusion, Latin and New Orleans-influenced works. Backing David will be Phil Wigfall on flute, soprano, alto and tenor saxes; David Loeb on piano; from New Zealand, Vanessa McGowan on bass; and Joe Malone on drums. Guest performers at the show will be Nina DiGregorio on violin and Dena Perrico on cello. Both recently recorded with Andrea Bocelli and were members of the Wayne Newton Orchestra. Nina is now performing in Toni Braxton's band at the Flamingo and Dena is in the "O" band at the Bellagio.

Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 students and seniors, $8 Jazz Society and Guitar Society members, and are available at the door on the day of the concert. The Whitney Library Concert Hall is located at 5175 E Tropicana Ave, (between Nellis Boulevard and Boulder Highway) Las Vegas, NV 89122. Tel: 702.507.4010    Whitney Library Map

Brass Roots Quintet at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center
3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2006

For this event, trumpeter Gary Cordell joins trombonist Walter Boenig, fellow trumpeter Rocky Lombardo, Doug Beasley on horn and Dan Uhrich on tuba. The quintet's wide-ranging repertoire embraces all styles of music. Selections may include classical compositions by Bach, Victor Ewald or Malcolm Arnold; roaring '20s or blues medleys, or standards such as Irving Berlin's "Puttin' On The Ritz" and "What A Difference A Day Made."

All musicians are longtime Las Vegas professionals. Walter Boenig toured with the Glenn Miller and Harry James orchestras before performing in local showrooms and forming his own band over twenty years ago. Gary Cordell has performed with Nevada Symphony, Nevada Chamber Orchestra and Nevada Opera Theater in addition to his work in hotel orchestras. He's also active in several Latin bands. Rocky Lombardo has played with numerous brass quintets, symphonies and opera companies and on several television specials. He also was one of the musicians on the soundtrack for the movie, "Casino." Doug Beasley, band director at Greenspun Middle School, is also member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Symphonic Band. Uhrich is a veteran Las Vegas musician who has performed with local symphonies, showroom orchestras and with the musical, "Chicago."

The concert is presented by the Performing Arts Division of the City of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services. Admission is free. Tickets are available at the door on a first come, first served basis. Call 702.229.6211 for information. Reed Whipple Cultural Center ia located at 821 Las Vegas Boulevard North.    Reed Whipple Cultural Center Map


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Dave Stryker Releases 'The Chaser' on Mel Bay Records

Dave Stryker: The Chaser The Chaser, Dave Stryker's new CD on Mel Bay Records, is his second release for the rapidly growing guitar label and his 19th CD as a leader.

DownBeat Magazine named Big City, Dave's first project for Mel Bay Records, one of the best CDs for 2005.

“Guitarist Dave Stryker harkens back a bit to his days with Brother Jack McDuff on this organ trio album of mostly originals. But the sounds aren't limited to soul jazz; while tunes like 'The Great Divide' and especially 'Our Miss Brooks' really groove, most of the album is decidedly straight ahead. Stryker is at his melodic best with a very slow reading of 'Close To You' and takes a swinging romp through tempos and time signatures on a breathtaking 'I Didn't Know What Time It Was.' And it's readily apparent that this is a working band - organist Jared Gold and drummer Tony Reedus are regulars as Stryker's trio in the jazz clubs of New Jersey (including Cecil Brooks' Cecil's Place). While he has been a leader on close to 20 projects, Stryker is still not a household name among jazz fans, but this album should go a long way in fixing that”-- Ed Trefzger, JazzWeek.com

Whether you've heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and Kevin Mahogany, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him ”one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was just voted a rising star again in the 2006 Downbeat Critics poll of DownBeat Magazine.


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Jazz Birthdays    This week's jazz artists birthdays include:

Sep 18    Emily Remler (guitar), 1957
Sep 18    John Fedchock (trombone), 1957
Sep 18    Steve Marcus (sax), 1939
Sep 19    Lenny White (drums, percussion, producer), 1949
Sep 19    Lol Coxhill (soprano sax), 1932
Sep 19    Muhal Richard Abrams (piano, composer, leader), 1930
Sep 20    Cal Massey (trumpet, composer, keyboards), 1928-1972
Sep 20    Eric Gale (guitar), 1938-1994
Sep 20    Keith "Red" Mitchell (bass), 1927-1992
Sep 20    Steve Coleman (alto sax, leader), 1956
Sep 20    Steve McCall (drums), 1933-1989, d May 24
Sep 20    Tab Smith (alto sax), 1909-1971
Sep 21    Chico Hamilton (drums, leader), 1921    [
biography]
Sep 21    Leroy "Slam" Stewart (bass), 1914-1987
Sep 21    Shafi Hadi (alto sax), 1929
Sep 21    Sunny Murray (drums), 1937
Sep 22    Malena Shaw (vocals), 1942
Sep 22    Ray Wetzel (trumpet), 1924-1951
Sep 23    Albert Ammons (piano), 1907-1949
Sep 23    Don Grolnick (piano, keyboards), 1947-1996
Sep 23    Frank Foster (sax, arranger, leader), 1928
Sep 23    Gerd Dudek (sax), 1928
Sep 23    Jeremy Steig (flute), 1942
Sep 23    Jimmy Woode (bass), 1928-2005
Sep 23    John Coltrane (sax, composer, leader), 1926-1967
Sep 23    Les McCann (piano, keyboards, vocals), 1935
Sep 23    Norma Winstone (vocals), 1941
Sep 23    Ray Charles (vocals, piano, keyboards, leader), 1930-2004
Sep 24    Bill Connors (guitar; Fusion), 1949
Sep 24    Herb Jeffries (vocals), 1916
Sep 24    Jay Hoggard (vibes), 1954
Sep 24    John Carter (clarinet), 1929-1991
Sep 24    Theodore "Fats" Navarro (trumpet), 1923-1950

jazz on the internet Brian Auger

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Brian Auger's Oblivion Express (2005)
Recorded live at the Baked Potato in Studio City, CA July 2005. Brian Auger on keyboards. Brian's daughter, Savannah Grace Auger, vocals. Runtime: 06:05

Steve Marcus    CD and artist biography brief:    Tomorrow Never Knows (1968)

Saxophonist Steve Marcus spent the late 60's & early 70's touring & recording with Gary Burton, Herbie Mann & Larry Coryell as well as playing with guitarist Sonny Sharrock & vibe man Roy Ayers. This album was originally released on Atlantic's Vortex label in 1968 & makes its CD debut here. Produced by Herbie Mann & featuring Larry Coryell on guitar - the 'jazz' band works its way thru free form psychedelic rock versions of songs by The Byrds ('Eight Miles High'), Donovan ('Mellow Yellow'), & the Beatles (an 11 minute freakout of 'Tomorrow Never Knows' & 7 minutes of 'Rain'). Fans of lounge-core kitsch will enjoy these late 60's pop music instrumental grooves, while modern jazz fans will love the Coltrane-like freak out of Marcus' sax work & rock fans will dig some of Coryell's most distorted & shredding guitar work. A 16 page booklet with new liner notes & rare photos is included. 6 tracks. Water. 2003. -- amazon.com :: editorial review

This week's new jazz releases: Click on any album cover to purchase CDs

Bobby Hackett: Live at Nick's & Boston The Essential Dinah Washington Jon Hammond's Bolero

Sep 18    Dave Sinclair - Moon Over Man (Remastered UK) (Eclectic) - Reissue
Sep 19    Andrews Sisters - Best of Anothology (Master Classic Series) - Reissue
Sep 19    Anita O'Day - Keep the Coffee Coming (Five Four) - Reissue
Sep 19    Anita O'Day - Essential O'Day: Basin Street West 1964 (Emily) - Reissue
Sep 19    Big Neighborhood - 11:11 (Origin)
Sep 19    Bob Stewart - I Concentrate on You (VWC)
Sep 19    Bobby Hackett - Live at Nick's & Boston (Vintage Music) - Reissue
Sep 19    Cal Massey - Blues for Coltrane (City Hall)
Sep 19    Cal Massey - Blues to Coltrane (Candid)
Sep 19    Chet Baker & Russ Freeman - Grand Encounter (England) (Giant Steps) - Reissue
Sep 19    Chris Connor - All About Chris (UK) (Five Four) - Reissue
Sep 19    Classical Jazz Quartet - Plays Bach (Kind of Blue) - Reissue
Sep 19    Classical Jazz Quartet - Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker (Kind of Blue) - Reissue
Sep 19    Dave Douglas - Meaning and Mystery (Koch)
Sep 19    David Berger - Marlowe (Such Sweet Thunder)
Sep 19    David Binney - Cities and Desire (Criss Cross)
Sep 19    David Gilmpore - Unified Presence (Kindred Rhythm)
Sep 19    David Kikoski - Limits (City Hall)
Sep 19    David Murray - Mental Strain at Dawn (Random Chance)
Sep 19    Diana Krall - From This Moment On (Verve)
Sep 19    Dinah Washington - Mastercuts (Mastercuts) - Reissue
Sep 19    Django Reinhardt - Keep Cool; Guitar Solos 1950-53 (Five Four) - Reissue
Sep 19    Elaine Brown - Seize the Time (Water)
Sep 19    Evan Parker - Time Lapse (Tzadik)
Sep 19    Fela Vega - Retreta Para El Alma (NPG Music)
Sep 19    Four Freshmen - Blue World (Hep Cat) - Reissue
Sep 19    Fred Martin - Some Bridges (Concord)
Sep 19    Gal Costa - Live at the Blue Note (DRG)
Sep 19    Gladys Swarthout - My Song Goes On (UK) (Flare)
Sep 19    Glenn Miller - Dancing in a Dream (UK) (City Hall) - Reissue
Sep 19    Hoagy Carmichael - In Person 1925-1955 (UK) (Avid Records)
Sep 19    Hokum Boys and Banjo Joe - Ain't Goin' That Way (Black Swan)
Sep 19    Howard Alden - Live at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe (City Hall) - DVD-Video
Sep 19    Hugh Maskela - 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection (Hip-O) - Reissue
Sep 19    Illinois Jacquet / Flip Phillips - Mayhem in Manhattan (Giant Steps) - Reissue
Sep 19    Jack Teagarden - 1930 Studio Sessions (Jazz Oracle) - Reissue
Sep 19    Javon Jackson - Now (Palmetto)
Sep 19    Jay Lawrence - Thermal Strut (OA2)
Sep 19    John Abercrombie / Andy Laverne - The Art of the Duo (Mel Bay) - DVD-Video
Sep 19    John Harrison - Effects (La-La Land)
Sep 19    John Zorn - Astronome (Tzadik)
Sep 19    Johnny Hammond - Live in Greece (City Hall)
Sep 19    Jon Hammond - Hammond's Bolero (Jon Hammond International) - Reissue
Sep 19    Jon Hammond - Late Rent (Ham-Berger-Friz) - Reissue
Sep 19    Jon Hammond - NDR Sessions Project (Ham-Berger-Friz) - Reissue
Sep 19    Julie Kelly - Everything I Love (Chase Music Group)
Sep 19    Kayhan Kalhor - Wind (ECM)
Sep 19    Kimberly Ann Cook - Butterfly (Platinum Plus)
Sep 19    Lanin's Southern Serenaders - Shake It & Break It (Frog UK)
Sep 19    Larry Clinton - My Reverie (Living Era) - Reissue
Sep 19    Leo Reisman - Maestro Sophisticate (City Hall)
Sep 19    Louis Armstrong - Gold (remaster) (Geffen) - Reissue
Sep 19    Luis Perdomo - Awareness (Kindred Rhythm)
Sep 19    M'Lumbo - Sacrifices to the Neon Gods (Mulatta)
Sep 19    Mahalia Jackson - Immortal Mahalia Jackson (Select O Hits) - DVD-Video
Sep 19    Mandrill - Live at Montreux 2002 (Kindred Rhythm)
Sep 19    Mark Taylor - Fidyk Big Band Live at Blues Alley (City Hall)
Sep 19    Matt Savage Trio - Cutting Loose (Palmetto)
Sep 19    Matt Savage Trio - Quantum Leap (Palmetto)
Sep 19    Max Roach - Freedom Suite Now: Live in Europe, 1964 (Candid)
Sep 19    Mel Brown - Mel Brown (Electro-Fi) - DVD-Video
Sep 19    Microscopic Sextet - Seven Men in Neckties (Cuneiform)
Sep 19    Mike Frost - Comin' Straight at Ya (Rock Bottom)
Sep 19    Mike Holober - Wish List (Sons of Sound)
Sep 19    Milcho Leviev - Multiple Personalities (Mighty Quinn)
Sep 19    Modo Trio with Jamie Saft - The Uninvited (482 Music)
Sep 19    Morgana King - It's Quiet Thing (Collector's Choice) - Reissue
Sep 19    Morgana King - Wild is Love (Collector's Choice) - Reissue
Sep 19    New Birth Brass Band - New Orleans Second Line (Mardi Gras)
Sep 19    Nina Simone - Live at Montreux 1976 (RED) - DVD-Video
Sep 19    Reeds & Deeds - Cookin' (City Hall)
Sep 19    Richie Cole / Alto Madness Orchestra - Rises's Rose Garden (Jazz Excursion)
Sep 19    Scott Burns - Passages (Origin)
Sep 19    Si Zentner / Ralph Marterie - Big Band (Select O Hits) - Reissue - DVD-Video
Sep 19    String Quartet - String Quartet Tribute to Diana Krall (Vitamin)
Sep 19    Tassel & Naturel - Diamond Suite: A Selection of Electrocentric Jazz (Seven Islands)
Sep 19    Tex Beneke / Gene Krupa / Jerry Wald - Big Band (Select O Hits) - Reissue - DVD-Video
Sep 19    Tico da Costa - Lagartixa (Basement Front)
Sep 19    Tommy Dorsey - Jamboree (Sounds of Yesteryear) - Reissue
Sep 19    Tony Martin - Mo Deration (Jasmine)
Sep 19    Toshiko Mariano - Toshiko Mariano Quartet (Candid)
Sep 19    Trio East - Best Bets (Origin)
Sep 19    Weather Report - Forecast Tomorrow (Legacy Recordings)
Sep 19    Wes Montgomery - 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection (Hip-O) - Reissue
Sep 19    Woody Herman Orchestra - Reunion at Newport (ITM Archives)
Sep 19    Wynton Marsalis - In This House, On This Morning (Geneon) - DVD-Video

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Jazz 'Round Las Vegas

M o n d a y, September 18

Caesars Palcce (Galleria Bar) Dehner Franks (piano)
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-731-7110
Casa Di Amore 7-11pm Shawn Knight (vocals) and Dennis Mellen (piano)
2850 E Tropicana Ave 702-433-4967
Freakin' Frog 9:30pm Open-stage w/ The Meantime hosted by Tommy Marth
8615 W Sahara Ave 702-233-2859
Golden Nugget Showroom 12am (two drink minimum) Lon Bronson All-Star Band
129 E Fremont St 702-385-7111
Steven David's 7pm Billy Wallace
545 E Sahara Ave 702-214-1863

T u e s d a y, September 19

Artisan Hotel 8-11pm Jerry Brookings Jazz Showcase (rotating jazz musicians)
1501 W Sahara Ave 702-214-4000
Caesars Palace (Galleria Bar) Dehner Franks (piano)
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-731-7110
Capozzoli's 7-11pm The Gents of Swing featuring
Larry "Wild" Wrice, drums; Randy Thomas, piano; Red Micheals, bass
3333 S Maryland Pkwy 702-731-5311    new night
Steven David's 7pm Dick Fazio
545 E Sahara Ave 702-214-1863

W e d n e s d a y, September 20

Capo's Italian Restaurant 7-11pm Peppe Merolla (drums, vocals)
5795 W Tropicana Ave 702-436-2276
Caesars Palace (Terrazza Lounge) Ghalib Ghallab
Galleria Bar Billy Stevenson
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-731-7110
Club International 8-11pm Minus 1 Band featuring
Larry "Wild" Wrice, drums; Randy Thomas, piano
1750 S Rainbow Blvd 702-870-2583
Steven David's 7pm Dick Fazio
545 E. Sahara Ave. 702-214-1863

T h u r s d a y, September 21

Bootlegger Bistro 9:30-11pm Ruth Brown
7700 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-736-4939
Boulder Station (Railhead) 2-4pm Jerry Tiffe (swing)
4111 Boulder Hyw 702-432-7575
Capo's Italian Restaurant 7-11pm Peppe Merolla (drums, vocals)
5795 W Tropicana Ave 702-436-2276
Caesars Palace (Terrazza Lounge) Ghalib Ghallab
Galleria Bar Billy Stevenson
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-731-7110
Capozzoli's 9pm Lou Martinez
3333 S Maryland Pkwy 702-731-5311
The Cellar 10:30pm Phil Leo & the Lions
3601 W Sahara Ave 702-362-6268
Jazzed Cafe Hap Smith Trio
8615 W. Sahara Ave. 702-233-2859
reJAVAnate Coffee Lounge 7-9pm Jazz Night
w/ performers in the UNLV Jazz Studies Program
3300 E Flamingo Rd 702-253-7721
Steven David's 7pm Dick Fazio
545 E Sahara Ave 702-214-1863

F r i d a y, September 22

Artisan Hotel 6-9pm Martin Mancuso (sax)
1501 W Sahara Ave 702-214-4000
Capo's Italian Restaurant 7-11pm Peppe Merolla (drums, vocals)
5795 W Tropicana Ave 702-436-2276
Capozzoli's 9pm Lou Martinez, 10pm Jerry Tiffe
3333 S Maryland Pkwy 702-731-5311
Caesars Palace (Terrazza Lounge) Ghalib Ghallab
Galleria Bar Billy Stevenson
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-731-7110
Casa Di Amore 1am Las Vagrants
2850 E Tropicana Ave 702-433-4967
The Cellar 10:30pm Phil Leo & the Lions
3601 W Sahara Ave 702-362-6268
Chianti Cafe 7:30-11pm Louise Lambert (piano, vocals)
2895 N Green Valley Pkwy 702-450-3232
Commander's Palace (Desert Passage at Aladdin) 11:30am-2:30pm Jazz Brunch
3663 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-892-8272
Gold Coast Showroom 11pm-2am $10 Latin Breeze
4000 W Flamingo Rd 702-367-7111
Jazzed Cafe Hap Smith Trio
8615 W Sahara Ave 702-233-2859
Steven David's 7pm Steven David & Friends
545 E Sahara Ave 702-214-1863
Venni Mac's M&M Soul Food Restaurant 7m Live Jazz
4484 S Jones Blvd 702-795-3663

S a t u r d a y, September 23

Artisan Hotel 6-9pm Martin Mancuso (sax)
1501 W Sahara Ave 702-214-4000
Capo's Italian Restaurant 7-11pm Peppe Merolla (drums, vocals)
5795 W Tropicana Ave 702-436-2276
Capozzoli's 10pm Jerry Tiffe
3333 S Maryland Pkwy 702-731-5311
Caesars Palace (Terrazza Lounge) Ghalib Ghallab
Galleria Bar Billy Stevenson
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-731-7110
Casa Di Amore 12am Joe Cano
2850 E Tropicana Ave 702-433-4967
The Cellar 10:30pm Phil Leo & the Lions
3601 W Sahara Ave 702-362-6268
Chianti Cafe 7:30-11pm Louise Lambert (piano, vocals)
2895 N Green Valley Pkwy 702-450-3232
Commander's Palace (Desert Passage at Aladdin) 11:30am-2:30pm Jazz Brunch
3663 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-892-8272
Golden Nugget Showroom 12am (two drink minimum) Lon Bronson & the All-Star Band
129 E. Fremont St. 702-385-7111
Jazzed Cafe 7:30-10:30pm Bobby Howard Quartet
8615 W Sahara Ave 702-233-2859
Steven David's 7pm Steven David & Friends
545 E Sahara Ave 702-214-1863
Venni Mac's M&M Soul Food Restaurant 7m Live Jazz
4484 S Jones Blvd 702-795-3663

S u n d a y, September 24

Capozzoli's 9pm Lou Martinez
3333 S Maryland Pkwy 702-731-5311
Caesars Palace (Terrazza Lounge) Ghalib Ghallab
Galleria Bar Billy Stevenson
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-731-7110
The Cellar 12am Phil Leo & the Lions
3601 W Sahara Ave 702-362-6268
Commander's Palace (Desert Passage at Aladdin) 11:30am-2:30pm Jazz Brunch
3663 Las Vegas Blvd South 702-892-8272
Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. 12-3pm Jazz Brunch (dress code)
3987 Paradise Rd 702-312-5247
Hurricane Bar & Grill 9:30pm Jazz Jam hosted by Tommy Alvarado
10420 S Bermuda Rd 702-407-8976
Jazzed Cafe 7:30-10:30pm Bobby Howard Quartet
8615 W Sahara Ave 702-233-2859
Tequila Cantina 4-8pm Jazz Night
5486 Boulder Hwy 702-457-3001
Texas Station (Armadillo Room) 4-8pm Jerry Tiffe
2101 Texas Star Ln 702-631-1000
Venni Mac's M&M Soul Food Restaurant 7pm Live Jazz
4484 S Jones Blvd 702-795-3663

'Nuff Said    Now it's your turn. If you have any information you would like to see in this JazzBeat column send an e-mail to info@jazzinternet.com. We especially welcome club listings. Telephone numbers are supplied for all venues. Please Call to verify events.

Keep on jazzin' in Las Vegas and beyond. -- Bion

Jazz Beyond the Neon

Hammond B3 Innovator Brian Auger Appears At The Baked Potato
Oblivion ExpressBrian Auger
Friday and Saturday, September 22-23, 2006

"Brian Auger is one of the best B-3 artists I have ever heard in my life. His technique is awesome and the amount of energy he generates is unparalleled and relentless." - Herbie Hancock
Brian Auger: Get Auger-Nized For over forty years, Brian Auger has been a musician’s musician. Jazz pianist, bandleader, session man, Hammond B3 innovator, and key player in the rise of jazz/rock fusion, Brian has done it all and then some. Brian has played or toured with artists such as Rod Stewart, Tony Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Sonny Boy Williamson, Led Zeppelin, Eric Burdon and other legends. An incredible gentleman with one of the most varied careers in music, he has incorporated jazz, early British pop, R&B, soul and rock into an incredible catalog that has won him a Grammy Nomination, Keyboard Magazine Organ Player of the Year, 3 million record sales, and legions of fans all over the world.

Showtimes: 9:30 pm and 11:30 pm. Tickets: $20. The Baked Potato is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 Tel: 818.980.1615    Jazz Bakery Map


David Perrico
at a glance

Trumpeter, Composer, David Perrico is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and holds a Master’s degree in Composition/Jazz Studies from UNLV and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance/Jazz Emphasis from Youngstown State University where he was a featured soloist in the Down Beat award winning Jazz Ensemble I. David toured for six years with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as featured soloist. While in the Youngstown/Cleveland area, Perrico performed with The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Benny Golson, Maria Scheinder, Eddie Daniels, the Youngstown Symphony Pops and Nightbreeze. Since relocating to Las Vegas, David’s lead trumpet and improvisational skills have earned him work with Ben Vereen, Michael Feinstein, Toni Braxton, James Darren, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Joe Lano, Walter Murphy and The Family Guy, Larry White, Paul Casey’s American Trilogy, Frankie Valli, Ruth Brown, Barry Manilow, Johnny Pate, Gladys Knight, The Royal Dixie Band, Latin Breeze, Laura Taylor, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, B.B. Neuwirth, Tommy Tune, The Rat Pack Show, and as featured artist for the Las Vegas Jazz Society’s 2006-2007 Concert Series.

Perrico, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, began playing the trumpet at age 9. He has completed a world cruise with the prestigious Crystal Cruise Lines as lead trumpet in the Galaxy Orchestra, and was a featured soloist in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Perrico is currently studying composition and arranging with veteran jazz guitarist Joe Lano, pianist and director of UNLV Jazz Studies Dave Loeb, film score with the legendary Johnny Pate, and trumpet studies with Jeff Kaye.

Larry Coryell
Traffic

Larry Coryell: Traffic This power trio/super group features the godfather of fusion guitar Larry Coryell, former Weather Report bassist Victor Bailey and veteran Return to Forever drummer Lenny White. Traffic continues the CBW tradition of blending virtuosic original compositions with immaculately conceived interpretations of jazz and classic rock standards. Though Coryell and company have been acclaimed for their raw, in-your-face sound, they also know how to apply finesse when necessary. Traffic even finds CBW unplugging for gentle acoustic respites like "Jake's Lullaby" and "Joyce's Favorite." This sis the fourth of seven titles to be released as part of Chesky's The New York Sessions series. This new series features the greatest jazz musicians of today recorded with Chesky Records' state-of-the-art technology.

Musicians:
Larry Coryell, electric and acoustic guitars; Victor Bailey, electric bass; Lenny White, drums

Track Listings:
1. Judith Loves Jazz
2. Manic Depression
3. Door #3
4. Joyce's Favorite
5. Misterioso
6. Dedication
7. Drums & Bass
8. Jake's Lullaby
9. Overruled
10. Electric Jam

BluesBeat Nevada

Johnny A.:Taste, Tone and Space

Guitarist Johnny A. To Play Station Casinos

Chill out hepcat and dig them crazy singing strings. If impressively smooth guitar sounds are your thing, then Johnny A. is your main man. Whatever your particular flavor of preference: jazz, blues, country, rockabilly, surf -- just name it. This Boston guitarist's solo debut displays a diverse range of talent and technique spread across a wide array of styles. In addition, Mr. A. possesses a flair for showmanship without going overboard, along with an innate sensitivity to the music. -- Gary Glauber, PopMatters. For more information on the event go to this week's BluesBeat Calendar.

For in depth coverage of the Las Vegas Blues scene, visit BluesBeat Nevada, your weekly guide to "all things blues."



Chico Hamilton Biography
Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Chico Hamilton Drummer Chico Hamilton's reputation is built on his skills as a band-leader and one-man finishing school for promising young players. Eric Dolphy, Charles Lloyd, and Larry Coryell all logged early time in different incarnations of Chico's band. Along with his focus on melodic development from behind the trap set, Hamilton has consistently refused to stay stuck in the cool jazz style of his youth.

b. Foreststorn Hamilton, 21 September 1921, Los Angeles, California, USA. Hamilton's future career as a drummer was well established even before he left school. By that time he had played with many other young fledgling jazz artists, including Dexter Gordon, Ernie Royal, Charles Mingus and Buddy Collette (who would later become his musical partner). In 1940 he performed briefly with Lionel Hampton and Slim Gaillard, but military service interrupted his career. In the late 40s he worked with Jimmy Mundy, Count Basie and Lester Young; between 1948 and 1955 he was regular accompanist to Lena Horne. In 1952 he recorded with Gerry Mulligan's revolutionary pianoless quartet and in 1955 formed his own quartet which, with shifting personnel, remained in existence for several years.

Hamilton's groups of the 50s featured several outstanding musicians - among them Collette, Fred Katz, Eric Dolphy, Ralph Peña, Dennis Budimir and Ron Carter - and experimented with unusual instrumental combinations, notably cello and flute. Their relaxed, mellow sound attracted the attention of fringe jazz audiences and their popularity was enhanced by the film, Jazz On A Summer's Day (1960), which showed the group in rehearsal for their appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. In the 60s Hamilton's group continued to perform, but changes in instrumentation and style saw the cello replaced by the trombone. In the mid-60s Hamilton was invited to write and perform advertising jingles; this proved so successful that he formed a production company, the running of which kept him from active participation in jazz for several years. In the mid-80s, however, he was back with a new band, Euphoria, which he described as "heavy metal jazz" and had started to record again. In the 90s and into the new millennium he was particularly prolific, notably recording with younger musicians wanting to be associated with a giant from the golden age.

Discography:
Chico Hamilton Trio 10-inch album (Pacific Jazz 1955)***, Chico Hamilton Quintet With Buddy Collette aka Spectacular (Pacific Jazz 1955)****, Chico Hamilton Quintet In Hi-Fi (Pacific Jazz 1956)***, Chico Hamilton Trio (Pacific Jazz 1956)***, with Laurindo Almeida Delightfully Modern (Jazztone 1957)****, Plays The Music Of Fred Katz (Pacific Jazz 1957)***, South Pacific In Hi-Fi (World Pacific 1957)***, The Chico Hamilton Trio Introduces Freddie Gambrell aka Meet Chico Hamilton (World Pacific 1958)***, Chico Hamilton Quintet With Strings Attached (Warners 1958)***, Gongs East (Warners 1958)****, Ellington Suite (World Pacific 1959)****, The Three Faces Of Chico (Warners 1959)***, That Hamilton Man (SeSac 1959)***, The Original Chico Hamilton Quintet (World Pacific 1960)***, Selections From "Bye Bye Birdie' (Columbia 1961)***, Special (Columbia 1961)***, Drumfusion (Columbia 1962)***, Passin" Thru (Impulse! 1962)****, A Different Journey (Reprise 1963)***, The Great Chico Hamilton Featuring Paul Horn (Crown 1963)***, Man From Two Worlds (Impulse! 1964)****, Chic, Chic, Chico (Impulse! 1965)***, El Chico (Impulse! 1965)***, The Further Adventures Of El Chico (Impulse! 1966)***, The Dealer (Impulse! 1966)**, The Gamut (Solid State 1969)***, Head Hunters (Solid State 1969)***, Easy Living (Sunset 1969)****, El Exigente (Flying Dutchman 1970)***, Chico The Master (Ace 1974)***, Peregrinations (Blue Note 1975)***, Chico Hamilton And The Players (Blue Note 1976)***, Nomad (Elektra 1979)****, Euphoria (Discovery 1986)***, Reunion (Soul Note 1989)***, Arroyo (Soul Note 1991)****, Trio! (Soul Note 1992)***, Man From Two Worlds (GRP 1993)***, Goings East (Discovery 1993)***, My Panamanian Friend (Soul Note 1993)****, Dancing To A Different Drummer (Soul Note 1995)***, Timely (All Points 1999)****, The Original Ellington Suite 1958 recording (Pacific Jazz 2000)****, Timely (All Points 2000)***, Forestorn (Koch 2001)****, Thoughts Of (Koch 2002)***.

Compilations:
The Best Of Chico Hamilton (Impulse! 1967)****, Chico Hamilton: His Greatest Hits (Impulse! 1967)****, The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings Of The Chico Hamilton Quintet 6-CD/9-LP box set (Mosaic 1998)****.

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