Monday, December 30, 2013

GI Blythe Offers Free New Instrumental Single for the Holiday Season: “Unsure”

GI Blythe, one of the funkyist bands on the scene today, is offering a free holiday instrumental digital download written by leader and founder Geoff Blythe as a New Year’s gift for their fans.  Their new single release “Unsure” is a great dance tune, perfect for all your holiday celebrations that is sure to get the party rolling and listeners out of their seats and into the festive mood of the holiday season.  In the wake of a highly successful national radio campaign and last year’s triumphant CD release tour of the East Coast for their successful CD Lost in Space, GI Blythe will be offering further free song downloads in the months to come, so stay tuned!  As many fans are already aware, GI Blythe is a group of seasoned musical pros from a variety of impressive musical backgrounds who’ve come together to fuse a high-energy hybrid of wit and horn-centric good-time funky Rock, amply established on Lost In Space and further confirmed with their new release “Unsure”.

Lost in Space is an exhilarating introduction to a band that has already piqued some discerning ears and raised some diverse eyebrows.  And now “Unsure” extends that phenomena with the band’s trademark spot-on funkified/rocking drums, bad-ass bass, tight syncopated guitar rhythms and scorching high-flight horns.  Just like the cuts on Lost in Space, “Unsure” just might bring you out of your chair.  So be forewarned:  before you put on this music be sure to put on your dancing shoes!
GI Blythe: Lost In Space
GI Blythe is a band of exceptional players from the U.K. and the U.S. that have outrageous chops and share a pure joy of making music that is both exuberant and street savvy.  Several members of GI Blythe have worked together in various music settings over the years—including Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Black 47—and along with Geoffrey Blythe have collectively played and/or recorded with a number of diverse artists from Elvis Costello, Paul Simon and Nick Lowe to Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and The Funk Brothers (of Motown fame), to name but a few.  The band’s foundation is provided by drummer ­­­­­­­­­Crispin ‘the Pump’ Taylor and bassist Joe ‘Bear Claw’ Burcaw—and these guys cook!  They provide a solid pocket that energetically propels the band and allows lead singer Archie Brown and the horns of Blythe and ‘Big Jim’ Paterson (trombone & backup vocals), along with the keys of Pete Levin and guitars of Larry Baeder, to alternately punch the rhythm section and float above the smooth ride effortlessly.  Although the band’s players are accomplished pros, they retain a raucous, authentic post-punk attitude resulting in a sound that’s soulful, sometimes Jazzy (with tasteful flashes of dissonance—and a funky beat!), rockin’ and audacious—all at the same time!
In these sometimes ‘unsure’ times add some sure joy to this holiday’s jubilations by bringing in the new year with the sure-fire funky beat and celebratory sounds of “Unsure”!
                                               
Contact Info for GI Blythe:  Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment, Inc., 212-543-9998 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays from Redwood Entertainment, Inc. & Redwood Music International, LLC.

Happy Holidays from Redwood Entertainment, Inc. 
&
Redwood Music International, LLC.


Throughout the years since its inception in 1983, Redwood Entertainment, Inc.’s music and acting departments have been known for their comprehensive management, artist representation, and record label marketing services. The company’s management and marketing projects have included Fahir Atakoglu, internationally renowned symphonic composer and conductor who as band leader, composer/pianist has released three Jazz/World Music CDs in the United States that have made it to #1 on the JazzWeek Charts; Painted on Water, featuring Eurovision winners Sertab Erener and Demir Demirkan, which is a fusion of World Music with Jazz and Pop influences; Sezen Aksu, Turkey’s “First Lady of Song”; Grammy winner Ken Williams, an original writer of Alicia Keys’ Grammy winning hit “You Don’t Know My Name”; Kenny Seymour, musical director of Broadway’s Tony Award winning Memphis; the legendary Jazz and session guitarist John Tropea; David Bennett Cohen, original keyboard player with Country Joe and the Fish; World Music/R&B/Hip-Hop/Reggae fusion band, Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège led by Emmy nominated Derrick Ashong for his hosting of Al Jazeera English’s The Stream; producer/singer/songwriter/guitarist Stephen McConnaughey; composer, producer and guitarist Larry Baeder; Fremont John, AC singer/songwriter; internationally renowned Spanish/Canadian singer/songwriter Luthea Salom; Spanish-Argentinean blues/rock artist Demian Dominguez; New York’s own New Orleans second line Jambalaya Brass Band; rockers GIBlythe, featuring Geoffrey Blythe of Black 47 and formally of the U.K.’s Dexy’s Midnight Runners; and many others.

Redwood’s acting and comedy roster includes many prominent actors and comedians including Andrea Mezvinsky (voted ‘America’s Funniest Mom’ on The Oprah Winfrey Show); comic Michele Balan, NBC’s Last Woman Comic Standing and Nancy Lombardo (Saturday Night Live, Orange is the New Black) and many others. Other artists Redwood has worked with include Jazz singer Kevin Mahogany; Eden Riegel (Emmy Award winning actress who portrayed “Bianca,” daughter of Susan Lucci, on the award winning soap All My Children); Annie Haslam (former lead singer of Renaissance); singer/songwriter Neshama Carlebach; R&B legend Chuck Jackson; Early Clover of the Coasters; and independent record labels Motema Music, and Young Pals Music, to name but a few.


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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Rahman Altin’s Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for ‘The Butterfly’s Dream’ to be Released in USA

The original motion picture soundtrack for the Turkish blockbuster drama The Butterfly’s Dream was released on CD and digitally in the United States on November 7, 2013.  Composed, arranged and produced by celebrated Turkish feature film, TV, and video game composer Rahman Altin, the film’s epic soundtrack immediately became No. 1 on Turkey’s music charts following its release and has since won the World Soundtrack Academy’s ‘Public Choice Award’ for 2013.  Altin’s score is earnest and majestic, an emotionally provoking rainbow of orchestral textures and lyrical motifs, both introspective and exhilarating in its often quiet beauty and spacious appeal.  Performed exquisitely here by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Miriam Nemcova, the solo piano parts are played subtly and expressively by the composer himself.

Award winning composer, arranger and producer Rahman Altin is a dynamic presence in the world of music creation, successfully scoring for film, TV and video games.  Along with his recent scoring of The Butterfly’s Dream he’s worked on numerous campaigns, trailers and projects, including Iron-Man 3, The Amazing Spiderman, The Green Lantern, Monsters vs. Aliens and the miniseries The Pacific.  Additionally, the venerable Lucas Film company licensed his music for the Star Wars BluRay campaign and Rahman has also won several "Best Film Music" awards for his brilliant score for the feature film Waiting for Heaven.

Rahman Altin's interest in music manifested itself at an early age, influenced by his father, a musician, and his mother, a poet and painter.  During his college years he started to explore merging work on a synthesizer and computer with his classical education.  After finishing music conservatory he sang as a tenor at the Ankara State Opera, while composing and arranging his first projects.  Now living in both Los Angeles and Istanbul, he is the first and only musician from Turkey to participate in the Film Scoring Workshop sponsered by ASCAP and Fox.  He is also dedicated to nurturing young talent by serving on numerous juries for international film & TV awards.


Renowned Director/Writer/Actor Yilmaz Ertoğan’s The Butterfly’s Dream was released in February, 2013, and was subsequently selected to represent Turkey as its entry for Best Foreign Language Film for 2014’s Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.  The Butterfly’s Dream is the most expensive film ever to be produced in Turkey and this commitment is reflected in its impeccable production values, epic music and sensational response at the Istanbul Film Festival.

Rahman Altin: The Butterfly
Visit Rahman Altin on the Web at www.rahmanaltin.com Official Website for The Butterfly’s Dream: http://www.kelebeginruyasifilm.com/en U.S. Contact for Rahman Altin: Chandler Poling, White Bear PR, (818) 605-2237, www.whitebearpr.com U.S. Contact for Turkish record label DMC: Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment, Inc., (212) 543-9998, info@redwoodentertianment.com
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Jambalaya Brass Band is New York City's ultimate New Orleans party band.

If you find that your musical and cultural diet has felt a little bland lately and been wondering where you might spice it up, well search no more—you won’t want to miss the master musical chefs of the Jambalaya Brass Band! The Jambalaya Brass Band releases their second CD, On The Funky Side.  Their previous outing, It’s a Jungle Out There, resulted in heavy broadcast radio rotation on eighty-five stations, as well as countless Internet radio stations, and charted in the top five of the CMJ Charts, The Roots Music Report and the Cashbox Charts. As with It’s a Jungle Out There, this latest CD includes several innovative original compositions by leader Ric Frank, and a few classic covers, this time by the likes of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Booker T. & the MGs. 

"Jambalaya could stand side-by-side with most any New Orleans brass band in terms of sheer exuberance and energy . . . a party from start to finish."Henry Smith for All About Jazz

Like It’s a Jungle Out There, their previous CD, On the Funky Side is a rollicking musical journey and a great celebration of American music while at the same time an appetizing preview of what this group is capable of live.  Playing On the Funky Side at a party is a sure bet, and seeing these talented players live really brings the party directly home to you.

Jambalaya Brass Band: On the Funky Side
The Jambalaya Brass Band currently resides in New York City.  Visit them on their website at www.jambalayabrassband.com
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Check out Deborah Thurlow

As a follow-up to her previously released single “Where Were You,” composer and singer/songwriter Deborah Thurlow is now releasing her new CD, Collage, on October 1, 2013.  A departure from her previous releases of modern classical/jazz music, Collage is a collection of twelve original Adult Contemporary songs that are seductive and inspiring. 

Check out the great songs on Collage:

Deborah Thurlow is a composer/horn player/vocalist/songwriter/music educator and a freelance musician in the New York City area and Europe.  She starred in her own one act play with music, The Creative Void Of The Planet Earth, which was featured in an Equity Showcase run of seven performances by the New Media Repertory Company under the direction of Miranda MacDermot.  She has also performed with the Pina Baush Ballet Company, Franz Kaman, David Amram, Anthony Davis, and The New York Composers Orchestra, to name but a few.  She studied both composition and orchestration with John Corigliano at Lehman College and has received grants from Meet the Composer, ASCAP Awards, William Petshek Music Fund and the Puffin Cultural Foundation.  Her modern classical/jazz works are published with Ensemble Publications/Nichols Music Company and DSM Producers who cater to the film and TV industry exclusively. 


Deborah Thurlow: Collage

Monday, November 18, 2013

Redwood Entertainment brings the world some of the best in music!

Since its inception in 1983, Redwood Entertainment, Inc.’s music and acting departments have been known for their comprehensive management, artist representation, and record label marketing services.
Click play below to hear some of the fantastic artists that Redwood Entertainment represents.

Thank you for listening, and we wish you, and yours, a great Thansgiving!
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Back Alley Players to Perform Free Concert at Goddard Riverside Community Center in NYC

In support of their highly acclaimed CD Beyond the Blues Back Alley Players will be performing a free concert at the Goddard Riverside Community Center in NYC on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Back Alley Players is a group of seasoned musical pros from a variety of musical backgrounds from Jazz and Funk, to Hip-Hop and R&B.  But make no mistake, this tight and tasty ensemble is creating a joyful blues for the 21st century that draws on many of the disparate elements of traditional blues which are rarely heard in one setting.  And this is exquisitely demonstrated on their successful CD release Beyond the Blues.
 
Beyond the Blues is a fantastic and fresh debut . . .
                                        Jon Norton, Music Director at WGLT, Normal, IL, for Blues Blast Magazine

At the Goddard Center the Back Alley Players’ rhythm section will feature drummer Stix Bones and bassist Al Brisbane—and what a foundation these players provide!  They create a pocket that effortlessly propels the band and allows singers L. Umar Conry and ShiNuh Holt, and guitarist Johnny Turco, along with the band’s surprise special guest keyboardist, to put the icing on the cake as they glide on that propulsion like an ice cube on a hot stove.  As Blues Blast Magazine has pointed out in reference to Beyond the Blues, these dudes “deliver one of the tastiest and schizophrenic soul and country blues releases since, well, ever.”  Back Alley Players are a soulful combination of the talents and energy of a group of very impressive individuals who form a flawless, seamless whole.

The baddest band to bring you Nuttin’ But the BluesNick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch a live performance by the Back Alley Players.  Putting on Beyond the Blues at a party is a sure bet, and seeing Back Alley Players live is an experience that you won’t soon forget.

“Great guitar work and a locked in rhythm section . . .”Robert Lynn, KSPQ-FM

When:             Wednesday, November 6, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Where:            593 Columbus Ave. (at W. 88th St.), New York, NY 10024, (212) 799-9400 ext. 206                         (LaKisha Williams), www.goddard.org
Admission:      Free


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jambalaya Brass Band Returns to the Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade


In support of their latest CD release, On the Funky Side Jambalaya Brass Band will be returning to march and perform at one of the most fun family-friendly events of the season in NYC, the 3rd annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade, on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.  Sign-in begins at 11:00 am at MCU Park at 1904 Surf Ave. (at W 17th St.), followed by the costume competition at 1:00 pm.  The parade kicks off at 2:00 pm and ends at Luna Park at 1000 Surf Ave. with free rides for registered participants.  Jambalaya Brass Band’s previous CD, It’s a Jungle Out There, resulted in heavy broadcast radio rotation on eighty-five stations nationwide, as well as countless national and worldwide Internet radio stations, and charted in the top five of the CMJ Charts, The Roots Music Report and the Cashbox Charts.  Jambalaya Brass Band live is a flat-out celebration from start to finish.  

At the Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade, along with tunes from On the Funky Side and their previous successful CD It’s a Jungle Out There, Jambalaya Brass Band will be performing other original New Orleans party and 2nd line favorites.  The band’s foundation will be provided by Ralph Hamperian on sousaphone, Kevin Raczka on snare drum, and Chauncey Yearwood on Bass Drum & cymbal—and this rhythm section cooks on high octane, so be sure to wear your dancing shoes!  Filling out this tasty gumbo and adding the spice on top will be the trombone of Curtis Fowlkes, the trumpet of Steve Gluzband, and the tenor sax of leader and founder Ric Frank, an alumnus of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

" Jambalaya could stand side-by-side with . . . any New Orleans brass band in terms of sheer exuberance and energy . . . a party from start to finish."—Henry Smith for All About Jazz

The Jambalaya Brass Band is a group of seasoned musical pros from a variety of impressive previous musical settings as diverse as the Duke Ellington Orchestra to the Lounge Lizards, yet they have a knack for integrating these disparate musical experiences into one dynamic setting.  These seasoned New York purveyors of authentic American ‘roots’ music play a delightful spicy musical gumbo of New Orleans fare influenced by the likes of Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Rebirth and Dirty Dozen brass bands, straight through to the heights of their own modern sounds that incorporate elements of R&B, Gospel, Funk, Latin and Be-bop.  They embody the history of the best American music of the last hundred years while at the same time suggesting a prescient trajectory of America’s musical future.  The Band’s arrangements are original and innovative while the playing is simultaneously precise and spontaneous, yet all is conceived with imagination and wit.  After-all, this is New Orleans party music and Jambalaya Brass Band is always a joyous musical celebration as they have proven on many occasions.  On the Funky Side is a rollicking musical journey and a great celebration of American music while at the same time an appetizing preview of what this group is capable of live.

Time:                        Sign-in at 11:00 am, costume competition at 1:00 pm, parade starts at 2:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm
Location:                 Starts at MCU Park at 1904 Surf Ave. (at W 17th St.) and ends at Luna Park at 1000 Surf Ave. http://nycedc.tumblr.com/post/34359735595/coney-island-childrens-halloween-parade-boo-the
Admission:             Free (all children must register), plus free rides at Luna Park for all registered participants

Visit Jambalaya Brass Band on the Web at:  www.jambalayabrassband.com

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Monday, October 7, 2013

"Andrea Mezvinsky & Maryelle Turner's Underdogma Comedy Show"

The delightfully irreverent Andrea Mezvinsky, crowned ‘America’s Funniest Mom’ on The Oprah Winfrey Show, will be performing her and Maryelle Turner's Underdogma Comedy Show at the renowned Comic Strip, voted AOL City Guide’s ‘Best Comedy Club’ and home to comedy legends Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler, on Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  
“Andrea Mezvinsky . . . was the stand-out performer . . . she cracked the house up at Caroline’s on Broadway." 
— NY Daily News

Andrea Mezvinsky’s (www.andreamezvinsky.com) first job in show business was as a magician's assistant, performing the “zigzag lady trick” (being sawed in half while standing up).  Now she is a STAND-UP and a crack-up with some hilarious wisecracks on life in the 21st Century.  First cousin to Marc and Chelsea Clinton-Mezvinsky, Andrea’s point of view on politics and family matters are unique.  In addition to The Oprah Winfrey Show, she has also appeared in Open Admissions on CBS, The Perfect Woman on The Bravo Channel, and the lead in the Independent film Gratuitous Sex that won honors at the Sundance Film Festival.  Andrea’s theatre credits include:  the Off-Broadway hit Grandma Sylvia's Funeral, and her one-woman show Sometimes Over the Summer, produced at the John Houseman Theatre and the Midtown International Theatre Festival.  More recently Andrea performed in Turning Points at The Cherry Lane Theatre, co-starred in Storm Up The Sky with Richard Mazur, appeared in the Samuel French Festival’s production of Socks Without Partners directed by Laurie Eliscu at New York City’s venerable Beckett Theatre, and most recently, she produced, directed, wrote and starred in the video short Zumba.

Treat yourself to this rare opportunity to see Andrea Mezvinsky & Maryelle Turner’s witty Underdogma Comedy Show, loaded with her unique brand of droll self-mockery—you deserve it—and you’ll be thanking yourself as you leave the Comic Strip with that smile on your face.

Where:            1568 Second Ave. (btw 81st & 82nd St.), NY, NY 10028, 212-861-9386, http://www.comicstriplive.com/

When:             Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Admission:      $10 + 2 drink minimum


Contact Info for Andrea Mezvinsky:  Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment, Inc., 212 543-9998, info@redwoodentertianment.com, www.redwoodentertainment.com  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Deborah Thurlow Issues Her New CD Release: Collage



As a follow-up to her previously released single “Where Were You,” composer and singer/songwriter Deborah Thurlow is now releasing her new CD, Collage, on October 1, 2013.  A departure from her previous releases of modern classical/jazz music, Collage is a collection of twelve original Adult Contemporary songs that are seductive and inspiring. 





As Ian Wagstaff commented in Horn Magazine, “. . . combine the Dalai Lama with Berlioz, throw in some Hebraic influence . . . Deborah Thurlow uses an eclectic mix of instruments, from the shofar to the Tibetan singing bowl, . . . [with] a strong electronic influence.”  And now with the same exploratory spirit and creativity Deborah is branching out in yet another direction and expressing another side of her musical personality.  Along with her soulful vocals and engaging songwriting skills Collage features seamless performances by Russell Daisey on piano, Loren Daniels on piano & organ, the acoustic guitar of Vincent Downes, Brian Princing on electric guitar, Alex Gressel on upright & electric bass, and the drums of Andrea Valentini, as well as other special guests.  Collage is yet another of Deborah’s infectious stylistic excursions that expands the trajectory of her expressive musical vision and is sure to entice the appetites of her listeners for more.




Deborah Thurlow is a composer/horn player/vocalist/songwriter/music educator and a freelance musician in the New York City area and Europe.  She starred in her own one act play with music, The Creative Void Of The Planet Earth, which was featured in an Equity Showcase run of seven performances by the New Media Repertory Company under the direction of Miranda MacDermot.  She has also performed with the Pina Baush Ballet Company, Franz Kaman, David Amram, Anthony Davis, and The New York Composers Orchestra, to name but a few.  She studied both composition and orchestration with John Corigliano at Lehman College and has received grants from Meet the Composer, ASCAP Awards, William Petshek Music Fund and the Puffin Cultural Foundation.  Her modern classical/jazz works are published with Ensemble Publications/Nichols Music Company and DSM Producers who cater to the film and TV industry exclusively.  



As a music educator Deborah teaches privately, at public schools, colleges and neighborhood performing arts schools.  She devotes much of her time to teaching music to underprivileged youths while continuing to pursue her music career in a way that inspires her students as well as her fans.  Collage is a sparkling example of Deborah’s vocal and songwriting talents and an enticing preview of her exciting and engaging live performances.
Deborah Thurlow: Collage     

Redwood Entertainment, Inc. (212) 543-9998                                                                             info@redwoodentertianment.com www.redwoodentertainment.com   
Visit Deborah on the Web at www.deborahthurlow.com


Monday, September 23, 2013

Deborah Thurlow Hosts CD Release Party in NYC


Following her previously released single “Where Were You,” composer and singer/songwriter Deborah Thurlow will now host a CD release event for her latest CD, Collage, at the Arthur Seelen Theatre (downstairs from the Drama Book Shop) in NYC on October 1, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  A departure from her previous releases of modern classical/jazz music, Collage is a collection of twelve original Adult/Contemporary songs that are seductively engrossing and inspiring.  Accompanying Deborah at the event will be popular pianist Russell Daisey and Collage CDs will be offered at a "CD Party Special” price of $10.00.

As Ian Wagstaff commented in Horn Magazine, “. . . combine the Dalai Lama with Berlioz, throw in some Hebraic influence . . . Deborah Thurlow uses an eclectic mix of instruments, from the shofar to the Tibetan singing bowl, . . . [with] a strong electronic influence.”  And now with the same exploratory spirit and creativity Deborah is branching out in yet another direction and expressing another side of her musical personality.  Along with her soulful vocals and engaging songwriting skills Collage features seamless performances by Russell Daisey on piano, Loren Daniels on piano & organ, the acoustic guitar of Vincent Downes, Brian Princing on electric guitar, Alex Gressel on upright & electric bass, and the drums of Andrea Valentini.  Collage is yet another of Deborah’s infectious stylistic excursions that expands the trajectory of her expressive musical vision and is sure to wet the appetites of her listeners for more.

Deborah Thurlow is a composer/horn player/vocalist/songwriter/music educator and a freelance musician in the New York City area and Europe.  She starred in her own one act play with music, The Creative Void Of The Planet Earth, which was featured in an Equity Showcase run of seven performances by the New Media Repertory Company under the direction of Miranda MacDermot.  She has also performed with the Pina Baush Ballet Company, Franz Kaman, David Amram, Anthony Davis, and The New York Composers Orchestra, to name but a few.  She studied both composition and orchestration with John Corigliano at Lehman College and has received grants from Meet the Composer, ASCAP Awards, William Petshek Music Fund and the Puffin Cultural Foundation.  Her modern classical/jazz works are published with Ensemble Publications/Nichols Music Company and DSM Producers who cater to the film and TV industry exclusively.  As a music educator Deborah teaches privately, at public schools, colleges and neighborhood performing arts schools.  She devotes much of her time to teaching music to underprivileged youths while continuing to pursue her music career in a way that inspires her students as well as her fans.  Collage is a sparkling example of Deborah’s vocal and songwriting talents and an enticing preview of her exciting and engaging live performances.

Where:               The Drama Book Shop/The Arthur Seelen Theatre, 250 West 40th St. (just                                                    off 8th Ave.), NY, NY 10018, 212-944-0595, http://www.dramabookshop.com/
When:                Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Admission:         Free (with complementary wine for guests)

Visit Deborah on the Web at www.deborahthurlow.com


Redwood Entertainment Inc., (212) 543-9998, info@redwoodentertainment.com

Thursday, September 12, 2013

GI Blythe Offers Another Free Song Download: “Hundred Dollar Bill”

Following GI Blythe’s recent announcement to provide periodic free music downloads of songs from their successful CD release Lost in Space, they are now offering another free song download, this one written by lead singer Archie Brown.  “Hundred Dollar Bill” is a driving up-tempo rocker, a working man’s lament from a man who works a grinding double shift and can’t seem to get his penny-pinching boss to pay him on time, and who ultimately faces losing his job to a worker more desperate than himself who’s willing to work for even less.  In the wake of a highly successful national radio campaign and last year’s triumphant CD release tour of the East Coast, beginning with a CD release party at Connolly’s Klub 45 in New York City and closing with a CD release concert at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY, GI Blythe will be offering further free song downloads in the months to come, so stay tuned!  As many fans are already aware, GI Blythe is a group of seasoned musical pros from a variety of impressive musical backgrounds who’ve come together to fuse a high-energy hybrid of wit and horn-centric good-time Rock, which is amply demonstrated on Lost in Space.
Lost in Space is an exhilarating introduction to a band that has already piqued some discerning ears and raised some diverse eyebrows.  Along with the scorching rocker “Hundred Dollar Bill” the CD contains other original tunes written by Blythe, Archie Brown & Jim Paterson—including the instrumental “Freedom March” with some swinging, scorching Jazzy moments—and their funky and haunting “The Narrative of G. Bristol Groot (Vampyre)” (also a video available on YouTube), which like many cuts on the album just might bring you out of your chair.  So be forewarned:  before you put on this music be sure to put on your dancing shoes!

GI Blythe is a band of exceptional players from the U.K. and the U.S. that have outrageous chops and share a pure joy of making music that is both exuberant and street savvy.  Several members of GI Blythe have worked together in various music settings over the years—including Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Black 47—and along with Geoffrey Blythe have collectively played and/or recorded with a number of diverse artists from Elvis Costello, Paul Simon and Nick Lowe to Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and The Funk Brothers (of Motown fame), to name but a few.  The band’s foundation is provided by drummer ­­­­­­­­­Crispin ‘the Pump’ Taylor and bassist Joe ‘Bear Claw’ Burcaw—and these guys cook!  They provide a solid pocket that energetically propels the band and allows lead singer Archie Brown and the horns of Blythe and ‘Big Jim’ Paterson (trombone & backup vocals), along with the keys of Pete Levin and guitars of Larry Baeder, to alternately punch the rhythm section and float above the smooth ride effortlessly.  Although the band’s players are accomplished pros, they retain a raucous, authentic post-punk attitude resulting in a sound that’s soulful, sometimes Jazzy (with tasteful flashes of dissonance—and a funky beat!), rockin’ and audacious—all at the same time! 

What/When:              “Hundred Dollar Bill” available NOW for FREE!
Where:                        Download at www.giblythe.com
            Redwood Entertainment, Inc., 212-543-9998           
   info@redwoodentertainment.com, www.redwoodentertainment.com

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jambalaya Brass Band to Perform Free Concert at the Goddard Community Center in NYC

Jambalaya Brass Band to Perform Free Concert
at the Goddard Community Center in NYC

In support of their latest CD release, On the Funky Side (currently charting on the CMJ and The Roots Music Report Charts), Jambalaya Brass Band will be performing a free concert at the Goddard Riverside Community Center/Bernie Wohl Center on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Jambalaya Brass Band’s previous CD, It’s a Jungle Out There, resulted in heavy broadcast radio rotation on eighty-five stations nationwide, as well as countless national and worldwide Internet radio stations, and charted in the top five of the CMJ Charts, The Roots Music Report and the Cashbox Charts.  This tight and tasty ensemble is the ultimate New Orleans party band which On The Funky Side reaffirms yet again with style and gusto, and Jambalaya Brass Band live is a flat-out celebration from start to finish.
At the Goddard Community Center, along with tunes from On the Funky Side and their previous successful CD It’s a Jungle Out There, Jambalaya Brass Band will be performing other original and New Orleans party and 2nd line favorites.  The band’s foundation will be provided by Ralph Hamperian on sousaphone, Kevin Raczka on snare drum, and Chauncey Yearwood on bass drum & cymbal—and this rhythm section cooks on high, so be sure to wear your dancing shoes!  Filling out this tasty gumbo and adding the spice on top will be the trombone of Curtis Fowlkes, the trumpet of Steve Gluzband, and the tenor sax of leader and founder Ric Frank, an alumnus of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

" Jambalaya could stand side-by-side with . . . any New Orleans brass band in terms of sheer exuberance and energy . . . a party from start to finish."—Henry Smith for All About Jazz


The Jambalaya Brass Band is a group of seasoned musical pros from a variety of impressive previous musical settings as diverse as the Duke Ellington Orchestra to the Lounge Lizards, yet they have a knack for integrating these disparate musical experiences into one dynamic setting.  These seasoned New York purveyors of authentic American ‘roots’ music play a delightful spicy musical gumbo of New Orleans fare influenced by the likes of Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Rebirth and Dirty Dozen brass bands, straight through to the heights of their own modern sounds that incorporate elements of R&B, Gospel, Funk, Latin and Be-bop.  They embody the history of the best American music of the last hundred years while at the same time suggesting a prescient trajectory of America’s musical future.  The Band’s arrangements are original and innovative while the playing is simultaneously precise and spontaneous, yet all is conceived with imagination and wit.  After-all, this is New Orleans party music and Jambalaya Brass Band is always a joyous musical celebration as they have proven on many occasions.  

Playing On the Funky Side at a party is a sure bet, but seeing these talented players live really brings the party directly home to you.

Show Time:            Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Location:                 647 Columbus Ave. (btw 91st and 92nd St.) NY, NY 10025, (212) 799-9400 ext. 206 (LaKisha Williams), www.goddard.org
Admission:             Free

Visit Jambalaya Brass Band on the Web at:  www.jambalayabrassband.com

Redwood Entertainment Inc., (212) 543-9998,
 info@redwoodentertainment.com,                                                           www.redwoodentertainment.com

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

By Popular Demand: Fremont John Returns to the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts

In support of his most recent critically-acclaimed CD release, Contrarian, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Fremont John will be returning to perform live at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts in Fremont, Michigan on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm.
At his highly-anticipated return appearance at the Dogwood Center this year Fremont John will be performing tunes from his latest critically-acclaimed CD Contrarian, as well as from his previous successful releases, the instrumental Guitar Songs, Timeline, and a choice selection of old favorites.  If you love a great guitarist and soulful singer . . . Fremont John’s your man!
In the current musical world of beats and brashness, Guitar Songs is a breath of fresh air!  Sensitive and lyrical, these instrumentals are delivered in a manner that invites the listener in.  Fremont John has given his fans yet another reason to listen closely.”Edgar Struble, National TV Music Director
Fremont John: Contrarian
In his show at the Dogwood Center Fremont John will feature a group of seasoned musical pros, including Mike Luusua on Keyboards and backing vocals, Jason "Harvey" Hargreaves on bass and backing vocals, Roger “Hooey” Tarczon on drums, Michael Carden on percussion and backing vocals, and Jim Frost on backing vocals.  Appearing as a ‘special guest’ will be popular Key West, Florida singer (originally from Michigan) Dora Gholson who really rocks the Rock!
Fremont John continues to electrify audiences with his uniquely expressive vocal sound, his powerful and inspiring lyrics, and his imaginative and superior guitar prowess.  In short, his heartfelt and soulful musicianship creates enough electricity to light up a small town!  Don’t miss this opportunity to catch Fremont John and this incredible line-up at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts in a show that’s sure to be unforgettable.
He sings like a man on a mission of purpose! — Edgar Struble, Music Director for the 2008 Country Music Awards

Where:            4734 S. Campus Court, Fremont, MI 49412, (231) 924-8885
                                    www.dogwoodcenter.com 
When:             Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Admission:      $12.50 for general admission (tables can be reserved with the                               purchase of 8 tickets)

Visit Fremont John at:  www.fremontjohn.com

Contact Info for Fremont John: 
Redwood Entertainment, Inc., Janet Castiel (212) 543-9998 info@redwoodentertainment.com, www.redwoodentertainment.com