Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Jambalaya Brass Band Returns by Popular Demand to Brooklyn Bowl!


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 returning to perform at the renowned Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm.  “Brooklyn Bowl blows our minds . . . it’s one of the most incredible places on Earth,” says Rolling Stone.  This popular NY venue specializes in good food, including its ‘world famous fried chicken,’ Brooklyn-brewed beer and great music by some of the nation’s most promising rising stars.  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 Brooklyn Bowl, 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 traditional 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 Stafford Hunter, 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, and seeing these talented players live really brings the party directly home to you.


Show Time:            Tuesday, August 13, 2013.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm
Location:                 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, (718)963-3369, http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/294157-jambalaya-brass-band-brooklyn/
Admission:             $7 (Free before 7:00 pm)

Visit Jambalaya Brass Band on the Web at:  www.jambalayabrassband.com
Contact:  Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment Inc., (212) 543-9998, info@redwoodentertainment.com,                                                                www.redwoodentertainment.com                         




Thursday, July 25, 2013

“Extraordinary Woman” by Erica Jacob is Set For Release Tuesday, August 13, on Young Pals Music!

Erica Jacob, “Extraordinary Woman”
Every “Extraordinary Woman” has her tale to tell. If she’s done it right, life’s journey embodies adventure, love, passion, heartache, risk, redemption and rediscovery. Erica Jacob, in short order, has ticked off the majority of that list, and she’s ready to tell the world about it.

Her debut album comprises 10 songs that exemplify “everywoman’s” ongoing pilgrimage. Produced by Ayhan Sahin (Olivia Newton-John, Sandra Bernhard, Chaka Khan)—and released on his New York-based indie label Young Pals Music— Jacob’s “Extraordinary Woman” is a joyous pageant of sing-along anthems, offering musical mastery akin to the 100-watt persona of Jennifer Hudson, and the vocal chops of Alicia Keys.

Jacob met Sahin eight years ago, and they immediately recognized musical kinship. She first contributed vocals to his full-length musical “Swedish Style,” and then a co-produced album between Sahin and acclaimed musician/co-producer Dennis DelGaudio (Billy Joel, Elton John.) Ultimately, Sahin was so impressed with her talent that he signed Jacob for a full-length solo project.
That was three years ago, and in the time since, with his guidance, she has defined a signature vocal style all her own, resulting in a collaborative labor of love. In addition, Sahin wrote all songs on the album, alongside several collaborators, including DelGaudio, Jerri Bokeno, Bernadette O’Reilly and Tara Bahna James—while Jacob contributed lyrics for three tracks.

Album opener “Kryptonite” (which features Phil Collins’ familiar percussive hook from Frida’s 1983 hit “I Know There’s Something Going On”) tumbles playfully with a taut tale of loving the wrong guy: “I can’t live this life without you, but I don’t wanna live it with you,” Jacob laments.
Launch single “Run” throbs and thumps with equal fervor, alongside a taunting tug of war, as she warns, “I’m not addicted to the love we share”; while nimble frolic “Look What You’ve Done To Me” offers a sax-soaked narrative on love done right. Maintaining the pace, sonic speedball “Lost and Found” works up a sizzling sweat with the ultimate lyrical kiss-off; as the bouncy “City Lights” conjures a warm tropical eve, as she sings, “Stop with all the fuss and fights and meet under the city lights/Kiss and tell and dance the night away.”

Slowing the tempo, beautiful brooding ballad “Falling” swirls with an emotional instrumental tornado, as Jacob reflects with regret on a faded love affair; while in equally doleful sonnet “Too Many Reasons”—an album standout—she mourns with unstrung anguish, “Nothing’s the same as the pain of beginning again.”

The set’s title track, of course, offers the ultimate acclamation of an “Extraordinary Woman.” The giddy, dancefloor twirler is a consummate paean to strength and inner beauty, as she proclaims, “There’s more to me than meets the eye/Don’t stop at the what, babe, go for the why.”

That song’s lyrical mandate “Don’t stop” is certainly an applicable mantra for Jacob’s career. She was raised in Houston, singing in church, and cherishing the gospel & blues of Ella Fitzgerald, along with the diverse talents of Judy Garland, Fiona Apple and Jeff Buckley. As a teen, she performed in theater productions throughout Texas, developing onstage chops as an actress and singer.

Eight years ago, Jacob was ready to take on the bright lights of New York City. She wasted little time, performing at Town Hall’s “Broadway's Rising Stars”; in “Emma the Red” at the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre; for the New York Theatre Barn’s monthly cabaret series; and in numerous musicals, including “Scarlet Takes A Tumble,” “Confessions of a Reality TV Star,” “Angels,” “Dear Mr. Rosan,” and “Bring Me A Dwarf: The Twisted World of Peter Charles Morris.”

In addition, she aligned with songwriter Maria Christensen (Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, ‘N Sync), who so believed in Jacob’s talent that she lined up backup gigs with acclaimed singer/songwriter Martin Sexton. Jacob also recorded with French producer Francois Bisi, Bollywood producer Gerard John, and provided vocals for rapper H the Eighth Letter. And faith continues to pervade her soul—as a worship leader at Manhattan’s Christian City Church (C3).

Today, as a full-fledged Actors’ Equity member, Jacob also serves as Executive Producer for theater company/artist collective Purple Threads Ensemble, which develops and showcases plays, choreography and festivals that explore the human condition (including the renowned Kitchen Riots festival). The group’s mandate, in fact, mirrors her own: “Art is important. It can build a bridge of understanding. For a shared moment, in the presence of great art, we are united.”

Extraordinary, indeed.

Chuck Taylor has been an entertainment journalist for 25 years, including more than a decade as a Senior Writer/Editor for Billboard magazine in New York.
Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment, Inc., 212 543-9998 info@redwoodentertainment.com, www.redwoodentertainment.com 

Monday, July 22, 2013

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Redwood Entertainment brings you some of the best music, but we want to know the best way to help you discover great new music. Much of it can be found on our SoundCloud page. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Erica Jacob’s Debut Album “Extraordinary Woman” Set For Release Tuesday, August 13, on Young Pals Music

Erica Jacob’s Debut Album “Extraordinary Woman” Set For Release Tuesday, August 13, on Young Pals Music

Music video for launch single “Run” lensed at Long Island City’s famed
5 Pointz, which is now scheduled for demolition

Every “Extraordinary Woman” has her tale to tell. If she’s done it right, life’s journey embodies adventure, love, passion, heartache, risk, redemption and rediscovery. Erica Jacob, in short order, has ticked off the majority of that list, and she’s ready to tell the world about it.

The singer/songwriter’s debut album “Extraordinary Woman” will be released Tuesday, August 13, on New York-based indie label Young Pals Music, available on all download websites and as a physical CD. Produced by Ayhan Sahin (Olivia Newton-John, Sandra Bernhard, Chaka Khan), its 10 songs exemplify “everywoman’s” ongoing pilgrimage and showcase a joyous pageant of sing-along anthems, offering musical mastery akin to the 100-watt persona of Jennifer Hudson, and the vocal chops of Alicia Keys.

Uptempo launch single “Run” offers an accompanying music video shot on location in Long Island City’s famed 5 Pointz, the world’s premiere outdoor “graffiti Mecca.” The site has become an immense canvas for sanctioned street artists from around the world, who have painted vivid works across the walls of a marquis 200,000-square-foot factory building and dozens of surrounding warehouses. Making Jacob’s colorful videoclip all the more timely, 5 Pointz owner David Wolkoff announced that it will be demolished at year-end 2013.

Other highlights on “Extraordinary Woman” include album opener “Kryptonite” (which features Phil Collins’ familiar percussive hook from Frida’s 1983 hit “I Know There’s Something Going On”). The song tumbles playfully with a taut tale of loving the wrong guy: “I can’t live this life without you, but I don’t wanna live it with you,” Jacob laments. Nimble frolic “Look What You’ve Done To Me” offers a sax-soaked narrative on love done right; while sonic speedball “Lost and Found” works up a sizzling sweat with the ultimate lyrical kiss-off.

Slowing the tempo, beautiful brooding ballad “Falling” swirls with an emotional instrumental tornado, as Jacob reflects with regret on a faded love affair; while in equally doleful sonnet “Too Many Reasons”—an album standout—she mourns with unstrung anguish, “Nothing’s the same as the pain of beginning again.”

The set’s title track offers the ultimate acclamation of an “Extraordinary Woman.” The dancefloor twirler is a paean to strength and inner beauty, as she proclaims, “There’s more to me than meets the eye/Don’t stop at the what, babe, go for the why.”

Sahin wrote all songs on the album, alongside several collaborators, including Dennis DelGaudio, Jerri Bokeno, Bernadette O’Reilly and Tara Bahna James, with Jacob contributing lyrics for three tracks.

The artist was raised in Houston, singing in church, and cherishing the gospel & blues of Ella Fitzgerald, along with the diverse talents of Judy Garland, Fiona Apple and Jeff Buckley. Eight years ago, she relocated to New York City, performing at Town Hall’s “Broadway's Rising Stars”; in “Emma the Red” at the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre; and in numerous musicals, including “Scarlet Takes A Tumble,” “Confessions of a Reality TV Star,” “Angels” and “Dear Mr. Rosan.”

Jacob has sung backup for acclaimed singer/songwriter Martin Sexton, and recorded with French producer Francois Bisi, Bollywood producer Gerard John, and provided vocals for rapper H the Eighth Letter. As a full-fledged Actors’ Equity member, she also serves as Executive Producer for theater company/artist collective Purple Threads Ensemble. The group’s mandate, in fact, mirrors her own: “Art is important. It can build a bridge of understanding. For a shared moment, in the presence of great art, we are united.” Extraordinary, indeed.

For information contact:  Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment, Inc. -- (212) 543-9998 -- info@redwoodentertainment.com


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Jambalaya Brass Band Returns by Popular Demand to Brooklyn Bowl!


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 returning to perform at the renowned Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm.  “Brooklyn Bowl blows our minds . . . it’s one of the most incredible places on Earth,” says Rolling Stone.  This popular NY venue specializes in good food, including its ‘world famous fried chicken,’ Brooklyn-brewed beer and great music by some of the nation’s most promising rising stars.  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 Brooklyn Bowl, 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 traditional 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 Stafford Hunter, 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, and seeing these talented players live really brings the party directly home to you.

Show Time:            Tuesday, August 13, 2013.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm
Location:                 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, (718)963-3369, http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/294157-jambalaya-brass-band-brooklyn/
Admission:             $7 (Free before 7:00 pm)

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

Jambalaya Brass Band: On the Funky Side
Contact:  Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment Inc., (212) 543-9998, info@redwoodentertainment.com,www.redwoodentertainment.com     
                  

Friday, July 12, 2013

What is Redwood Entertainment?

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.
In addition to many years of marketing talent, Redwood Entertainment, Inc. has been involved with various award winning film and video projects such as “Steps Down The Aisle” starring Debby Boone (the only Wedding Planning Video to ever be endorsed by the Association of Bridal Consultants,) “Simplicity’s Sewing it Up” (Bronze Award Winner from the New York Film and Television Society), “Love Times 3” (Music Video starring Chuck Jackson, O.C. Smith, and Cuba Gooding formerly of the Main Ingredient), to name a few, and earning numerous plaudits for promotions of major feature films and performing artists. 
Redwood Entertainment, Inc. offers consulting services for Marketing Campaigns.  When an artist or a company hires our services, we create a Marketing Plan to suit the individual business needs.  Our clients can choose any or all of our marketing services.

Marketing Plan
CD Releases Campaigns
Radio Promotion
Public Relations
Promotional Performance and Speaking Tours
Mainstream Markets
Niche Marketing
MySpace Marketing
Distribution
Web Design

Generating consumer and lifestyle publicity requires innovative thinking and an intuitive grasp of what consumers, radio personalities and press editors are looking for.
Our strength lies in identifying distinctive features of a client's talents, products and services, then strategically projecting these assets in a way that allows us to tap into national trends, play off breaking news and issues (i.e., Environmental Issues, Animal Rights, Wellness and Healthcare, etc.,) and capture the attention of the media.
Product introductions, specialty promotions, strategic partnerships, the possibility of brand building are additional areas of expertise that we leverage to convey our clients' messages to the media in fresh and newsworthy ways.
The result is high visibility and critical attention in an age where competition for the eyes and ears of the consumer is at an all-time high.
Some highly used markets for promotion and distribution include but are not limited to:

         Internet Marketing
         Internet Radio
         Radio Commercials
         Television Commercials
         Television Shows
         Film Soundtracks
         Lifestyle and Special Interest Markets
         Airline Marketing
         Cable Television
         Video Games
         Supermarkets
         Muzak
         Ringtones

www.redwoodentertainment.com




Thursday, July 11, 2013

David Bennett Cohen

"Mr. Cohen isn't the average hippie gone Wall Street, he's also a certifiably smokin' barrel house rumba boogie-woogie piano player in the James Booker/Professor Longhair/Dr. John vein." --- James Lein
David Bennett Cohen has been a professional musician for more than 30 years. Best known for his innovative keyboard playing as an original member of the '60's rock band, Country Joe and the Fish, he is an equally accomplished guitar player who has been involved in numerous music scenes throughout his varied career.
David began his musical education at the age of seven, studying classical piano for seven years. While studying the piano, he began to teach himself the guitar, beginning at the age of nine. When he was 14, he heard boogie-woogie piano for the first time and was hooked. Since then, he has explored many different styles of Blues and popular music. He was fortunate enough to have heard Otis Spann, Professor Longhair, Meade Lux Lewis and other masters of the genre perform live.
"What separates Cohen from a lot of other players is his unassuming ease behind the keys, and the ability to take that admiration past rote emulation, invoking the spirits of boogie-woogie, stride and blues piano greats without ever forcing things or just replicating other folks' licks."
Over the years, he has played and/or recorded with The Blues Project, Mick Taylor, The Luther Tucker Blues Band, Elvin Bishop, Hubert Sumlin, Melvin Van Peebles, Happy and Artie Traum, Arlen Roth, Eric Anderson, David Blue, Tim Hardin, Norton Buffalo, Jerry Miller, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Buddy Miles, John Cippolina, Huey Lewis, Michael Bloomfield, Bob Weir, John Kahn, Johnnie Johnson, Jimmy Vivino, Jay Owens, Debbie Davies, Byther Smith, Bobby Kyle, Rocky Lawrence, Johnny B. Gayden, Sandra Feva and others.
As a solo performer, he has shared the bill with Country Joe McDonald, Kenny Rankin, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Jerry Garcia, Leo Kottke, Rufus Thomas, Meatloaf, Booker T., The Roches, Kingfish, J. Giles and Magic Dick and many others.
He played on Broadway and toured in the hit show, RENT, doubling on keyboards and guitars, and his distinctive piano style is featured on the new Bill Perry Blues Band CD, Crazy Kind of Life, on Blind Pig Records, along with his instrumental composition, Morning Spiritual.
His 1984 release, David Bennett Cohen at the Piano, on Rag Baby Records, has recently been re-released and is available on his web site www.davidbennettcohen.com.
David has recorded two audio teaching tape series (Blues/ Rock Piano and Ragtime Piano), a three videotape series (Blues Piano) and his latest video, Blues and Rock Techniques for Hammond Organ, all on Homespun Tapes.In addition, he has two guitar instruction albums on Kicking Mule Records, How To Play Folk Guitar, and, Rock and Roll Guitar.
His books, David Bennett Cohen Teaches Blues Piano, Volumes I and II, with accompanying
CD's, also on Homespun and distributed by Hal-Leonard, are currently in music and bookstores throughout the country. 
David Bennett Cohen: Cookin
In spite of his busy schedule, David still finds time for private piano and guitar students.
His professional approach, attitude and musicianship enhance any project that he is associated with.
"Cohen radiates the 88's impeccably." --- James Lein

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Jambalaya Brass Band

The Jambalaya Brass Band is New York City's ultimate New Orleans party band. Since 1998 they've been kickin' it hard with a flavor straight from the streets of New Orleans, paying their respects to the unique musical traditions of New Orleans incorporating a special blend of R & B, Funk, Gospel Traditional Jazz, Zydeco, Latin, Hip Hop and Be-Bop. They will take you on a historical journey through the New Orleans brass band tradition. It is a joyous romp starting from the early beginnings with Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong and ending up with their own modern sounds influenced by the Rebirth, Dirty Dozen and New Birth brass bands.


In addition to recording for the Warner Bros. film, Where The Wild Things Are, two commercials for Southern Comfort, Treme Life a documentary by James Demaria, and the ColoursTV documentary film about Leah Daughtry (CEO of the National Democratic Convention 2008), they have played The 2nd Line Across the Brooklyn Bridge, A Jazz Funeral for Coney Island, Riverhead Mardi Gras Festival, WSME-FM Backyard BBQ, B.B. King Blues Club NYC, Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, Sullivan Hall, 150th anniversary of Downstate Medical Center, Columbia Festival of Winds, Huntington Summer Arts Festival (opening for Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-chas), Good Day New York on Fox 5 NYC for Mardi Gras, Britney Spears' Super Bowl Party, Mardi Gras for the New York Knicks half-time show, a New York Liberty's half-time show at Madison Square, 52nd Street Americana Jazz Festival, Tribeca Blues, The Bayou Restaurant(Mt.Vernon,NY), Brooklyn Conservatory, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Mardi Gras Restaurant, Big Daddy's Restaurant, Chelsea Brewing Company, Jacques-Imo Café, Town of Hemstead Summer Concert Series, Summer Plaza Series (Brooklyn Arts Council), Prospect Park Halloween Event, Princeton University Reunion, Fulton Street Beat, Bloomingdales Department Store, Brooklyn To The Bayou a benefit for Tipitina's Artist Relief Foundation, Dinosaur BBQ-NYC, NYC Village Halloween Parade and has had Branford Marsalis sit in with them.
Our new CD On The Funky Side, produced by Ric Frank, was released January 15, 2013. It was recorded at Mad Hands Studio in Teaneck, New Jersey, engineered by Mike Cullens and mixed by Mike Cullens at Mad Hands Studio. It has placed on the national charts CMJ report and Roots Music Report and is currently receiving airplay on over 50 broadcast radio stations.
Jambalaya Brass Band: On the Funky Side

It's A Jungle Out There, produced by Ric Frank and Larry Baeder, was released November 9. 2010. It was recorded at Pyramid Recording Studios in New York and two cuts were recorded in New Orleans at Ultrasonic Studios in August 2005 just before Katrina. Todd Hemleb engineered the New York sessions and Steve Reynolds engineered the New Orleans session. Todd Hemleb and Larry Baeder did the mixing at Pyramid Studios in New York. Special guests include Kirk Joseph, Charles Joseph, Dinerral Shavers, Raymond Williams, Roderick Paulin, Ajay Mallery and Women of the Calabash. It placed on the national charts: CMJ report, Roots Music Report, and Cashbox in additon to receiving airplay on 85 broadcast radio stations.


Jambalaya Brass Band: It

Larry Baeder

"The E.F. Hutton of guitar players...When he plays, everybody listens." ---  Beat Magazine
Guitarist/Producer/Songwriter Larry Baeder is the real deal. Here is a seasoned, legendary contemporary guitarist with such an impressive musical past that it’s difficult to verbally do justice to his multi-faceted talents and accomplishments. A simple look at his most recent endeavors reflect this diversity: his performance at the Apollo in NYC with Chuck Jackson, Ashford & Simpson and Smokey Robinson; his guitar work on GI Blythe’s recent compelling self-titled EP release, GI Blythe; his production of Jambalaya Brass Band’s well received CD It’s a Jungle Out There; and finally, Larry Baeder & The MuseGurus just released their self-titled highly anticipated collaborative debut CD.
Larry Baeder and the Muse Gurus: Larry Baeder and the Muse Gurus
Berklee grad Larry Baeder is a gifted and virtuosic guitarist of significant depth, and one whose dizzying, dynamic musical career reads like a who’s who of authentic American music of the past thirty years. He has played guitar with jazz legends Jay McShann, Illinois Jacquet, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and singer Diane “Mama” Rae. He has performed and recorded with jazz greats Jeremy Stieg and Eddie Gomez. Baeder has collaborated with Evidence recording artist Nora York, and legendary Canadian songwriter Jane Sibery. He also spent five years touring and recording with Capricorn recording artist James Montgomery. During that time Larry played with legendary blues artists Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Albert King, and Dan “Elwood Blues” Akroyd, while also producing tracks for several Boston artists. In the recording studio, the late Jimmy Miller, producer for The Rolling Stones, Steve Winwood, Traffic and Blind Faith, included Baeder on much of his later work. By the mid-eighties, Larry was recording sessions with Buddy Guy, James Taylor, and Carly Simon, as well as playing on jingles and film scores. Baeder has performed in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Africa. In addition, he has strong ties to New Orleans and has frequently worked with piano genius Henry Butler as well as other NOLA musicians including Ivan Neville, Brian Stoltz, Rebbecca Berry and Shannon Powell. He has worked with Blues legend Tracy Nelson and is a featured soloist on Heracio “El Negro” Hernandez and Robbie Ameen’s criticlly acclaimed CD Robbie and Negro from the Third World War. Baeder's 2000 solo-artist CD release Maximo Strut reached #5 on the Blues charts nationwide.
Guitarist, singer, songwriter and band leader, LARRY BAEDER... "is one of our most innovative guitar players...poignant solos." --- The New England Patriot Ledger
"Texas meets Memphis in Kansas City and to watch BAEDER work a crowd is to see an artist creating a show, keeping the blues a living thing." --- The Staten Island Advance

Monday, July 8, 2013

DEBORAH THURLOW RELEASES HER LATEST SINGLE: “WHERE WERE YOU?”


DEBORAH THURLOW RELEASES
HER LATEST SINGLE:  “WHERE WERE YOU?”

Composer and singer/songwriter Deborah Thurlow is set to release her vocal debut single on June 25th.  A departure from her previous releases of modern classical/jazz music, “Where Were You?” is an emotionally compelling response to the catastrophe of 9/11 where she tastefully and simply asks ‘where were you?’ when the towers came down.   “Where Were You?” presents the listener with a series of images of ordinary every-day activities juxtaposed with expressions of the ineffable feelings many experienced on that tragic day.  It is a personal response and a eulogy of sorts to those that perished, and a sorrowful yet courageous acknowledgement that words were inadequate to describe the universal emotions that so many of us felt during the unfolding of those horrific events of that day.  The song is also an inviting and seductive preview of Deborah’s highly anticipated upcoming CD, Collage, to be released in the fall of 2013.

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 “Where Were You?” features seamless performances by Loren Daniels on acoustic piano, Alex Gressel on upright bass, and the drums of Andrea Valentini.  “Where Were You?” is yet another of Deborah’s infectious stylistic excursions that expands and furthers the trajectory of her expressive musical vision, and it is sure to intrigue her listeners and wet their appetites for the release of her upcoming CD release.

Deborah Thurlow is a composer/horn player/vocalist/songwriter/music educator and freelance musician in the New York City area and in 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.  “Where Were You?” is a sparkling debut of Deborah’s vocal and songwriting talents and an enticing preview of her soon to be released CD Collage.

          Visit Deborah on the Web at www.deborahthurlow.com

          Contact:  Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment Inc., (212) 543-9998, info@redwoodentertainment.com

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

DERRICK N. ASHONG & SOULFЀGE TO PERFORM AT AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN PHILADELPHIA!


DERRICK N. ASHONG & SOULFЀGE TO PERFORM AT AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN PHILADELPHIA


The always entertaining Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège will be appearing at this year’s Independence Day celebration at America’s birthplace in Philadelphia.  After recently performing at Club de Madrid’s gala dinner honoring former President Bill Clinton with the Democratic Leadership Award; the competitive selection of their animated short film Love Rain Down (a cut from their latest highly successful CD, AFropolitan) for a screening at last year’s prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival; launching a national commercial & public radio broadcast campaign; and reaching over 60,000 downloads for their Million Download Campaign (available free at www.derrickashong.com), Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège are now scheduled to appear at an event called “Party on the Parkway” on Thursday, July 4, 2013 from 6:15 to 7:00 pm.



"Here are musicians, poised with a positive vibe and with lyrics so uplifting that you actually believe, if only for one night, that . . . a new world mood may emerge from the street and the Net, somehow defying the odds—a spirit of promise and hope and harmony, a spirit that denies dissonance. Soulfège lets us dream such sweet dreams, in vibrant colors."VanityFair.com

At the “Party on the Parkway” Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège will be performing songs from their previous critically-acclaimed CD Take Back the Mic, and their most recent CD release, AFropolitan.  The band will feature drummer Sam Merrick, bassist Alex Staley, the percussion & vocals of Atta Addo, David P. Stevens on Guitar (Philly’s finest!) and Wesley Maples on Tenor Sax.  Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège are a refreshingly original and exciting group of musicians who have synthesized an eclectic blend of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, World Beat and West African Highlife music to create an integral musical mélange of style and substance.  They combine driving rhythms, authentic musicianship, the crisp vocals and harmonies of Ashong (also on guitar) and co-founder Jonathan M. Gramling, and provocatively elevating lyrics.  They are a powerful live act and a vivid new voice that has perpetually electrified audiences with their joyous ‘Afropolitan’ fusion.

". . . [Soulfège’s] members realized they had the platform to reach ears not only with their musica fusion of thumping African music and rhythms, sweet reggae breezes, funk, and hip-hopbut also with their message." —The Boston Globe
Derrick N. Ashong: AFropolitan

Soulfège’s previous CD, Take Back the Mic, debuted in the top 10 of the JamBands.com/Relix Magazine Radio Chart and the top 100 of the Jazz Week World Chart.  The music and their social movement have been featured in such major media as VanityFair.com, MTV Africa, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, MNet Africa, ABC Chronicle and BBC Worldservice, reaching 146 million listeners world-wide.  Download for free their current successful CD release, AFropolitan, and check out their new animated short film, Love Rain Down at www.derrickashong.com.




                                Show Time:        From 6:15 to 7:00 pm
                                Admission:         FREE
                                Location:             Global Stage at:  20th & Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130, (215) 683-2200,

Contact info for Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège:  Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment Inc., (212) 543-9998  
                                                                                               info@redwoodentertainment.com, www.redwoodentertainment.com
Management:  M. Quentin B.L. Williams, The Butler Lappert Williams Firm PC, (212) 572-4822, info@blwfirm.com

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

High-energy with horn-centric rock. Meet GI Blythe

High-energy with horn-centric rock. It's GI Blythe!
They are a group of seasoned musicians hailing from both the U.K. and the U.S. Coming from a variety of musical backgrounds, they fuse together high-energy with horn-centric rock.
Their founder and leader, Geoff Blythe, was also a founding member of EMI recording artists Dexy’s Midnight Runners and was responsible for the band’s signature horn arrangements on Dexy’s hit debut album, Searching for the Young Soul Rebels.


Several of them have worked together in various music settings over the years—including on Dexy’s—and, along with Geoff, have collectively played and/or recorded with a number of diverse artists from:


Elvis Costello
Paul Simon
Nick Lowe
Miles Davis, and
Wayne Shorter and The Funk Brothers (of Motown fame)
...and that's the short list!

What makes them so special?

GI Blythe has a fluid, driving rhythm section, inventively humorous Rock & Soul horns, and Archie Brown's singular vocals create a sound that’s difficult to compare to anyone else. Simply put, it’s a rockin’ good time!


GI Blythe: Lost In Space
Visit GI Blythe at: www.giblythe.com