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,
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

Redwood Entertainment Inc., (212) 543-9998,

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
            Redwood Entertainment, Inc., 212-543-9998     ,

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),
Admission:             Free

Visit Jambalaya Brass Band on the Web at:

Redwood Entertainment Inc., (212) 543-9998,,