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CeCe Gable – Next Year’s Song

nextyearssongCeCe Gable is a remarkable jazz singer. She has already sung in clubs in the USA, Europe and Japan, and has already released 4 CDs, with critical acclaim.

CeCe hails from Barberton, Ohio, but now lives in the Reno Tahoe area. She is also an author, lyricist, composer and publisher. And while her repertoire spans genres spanning several decades, she is best known for her interpretations of “the American Songbook”.

However, CeCe is a late bloomer, whose former passion for dance eventually pushed aside for jazz. She has refined her singing talent over the past thirty years and appreciates the classics.

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Phil Walker – In The Air Tonight

phil_walker_air_tonightAmerican saxophonist Phil Walker was always drawn to music. He plucked at the piano at an early age, and of course lessons came from that.

But Phil then resolutely chose the saxophone, and was even one of the 800 students who participated in the opening ceremony of the 1984 LA Olympics.

It wasn’t until 1997 that he began to put together a band of his own, but a diagnosis of a hearing problem threw a spanner in the works.

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Jessy J – Blue

Jessy-J-BlueI have been following American saxophonist Jessy J for years at http://www.smothjazz.eu. Jessy was born in Oregon to a Mexican father and an American mother. She grew up in Southern California, where Latin, jazz and pop were covered.

Musically, she was influenced by Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington, Jr., Sergio Mendes, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan. So there was clearly a Latin side to her musical background, which she showed extensively in her first albums.

After graduating from USC in jazz, she recorded and toured with Michael Bublé, Jessica Simpson, The Temptations and Michael Bolton. But as an actress, dancer and saxophonist, she was on stage in the 2004 Broadway show “Blast!

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Castella – Let Me Love You

letmeloveyouWhen Castella of Long Beach, California released her hit song “Let Me Love You” on her birthday in 2020, she had no idea how it would do.

That led to a Central Standard Time Show Artist of the Year Award, as well as nominations for Best Female Artist of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Castella immediately became known in smooth jazz and soul circles.

However, she had released her debut EP “Thinking About You” the year before, while she was still working as a Human Resources (HR) Executive.

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Jim Allchin – Costa Azul

91Dtg-5es0L._SX522_American guitarist and computer scientist Jim Allchin grew up on a farm in the deep south of the US. He left it to earn a Master’s & PhD from Stanford University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

He subsequently became a world-renowned leader in computer science and software. Meanwhile, he fell in love with blues & Latin. Jim has been composing, playing and recording all his life.

His digital album contains 11 new tracks, on which the following musicians play alongside him: Richard Boulger (trumpet & braces), Jack Daley (bass), Andy Ezrin (piano), Alex Foster (alto & tenor sax), Adan Perez (piano), Danny Sadownick (percussion), Etienne Stadwijk (piano & synthesizer), Walter White (trumpet & trombone) and Steve Wolf (drums).

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David Larsen – G2 and You

g2andyouAmerican saxophonist, composer and teacher David Larsen is the director of instrumental studies at Spokane Falls Community College. David owns several graduates from different universities.

He presents and performs himself at the Jazz Education Network, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and several other festivals.

David has performed with, among others, Ken Peplowski, Francisco Torres, Dave Glenn, Ron Vincent, Bill Mays, Dean Johnson, and internationally acclaimed jazz singer Halie Loren.

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The Andy Rothstein Band – Truth Against The World

truthAmerican Andy Rothstein was born in Brooklyn, New York, and played guitar at the age of fourteen. He graduated from Rutgers University, where he studied music and computer science. He also received private lessons. Andy developed several electronic adaptations for electric guitars, and is therefore labeled as a versatile and tasteful player, with a unique sound.

He transcribed music under the pseudonym Andy Robyns. In 2006 he made his debut as a bandleader with the album ‘Voodoo Tone’, which features bassist Tony Senatore (Rook, Genya Raven), trumpeter Steve Jankowski (Nile Rodgers & Chic, Chicago, Blood, Sweat, and Tears), saxophonist Tom Timko (Miami Sound Machine, Blood Sweat and Tears, Toto), and drummer Lou Petto (One More Once) played along.

The following year followed the album ‘Wit of the Staircase’ with trumpeters Lew Soloff & Steve Jankowski, drummer Van Romaine (Steve Morse, Jack McDuff, Enrique Iglesias), percussionist Manolo Badrena (Weather Report, Steve Khan, Spyro Gyra), saxophonists Andy Snitzer (Billy Joel, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones) and Tom Timko, and keyboardists Pete Levin and Tom Hammer.

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The DIVA Jazz Orchestra Swings Broadway

divaswingsbroadwayTwenty-nine years ago, the American Diva Jazz Orchestra performed for the first time. Since then they have appeared on various stages nationally and internationally, such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club, Symphony Halls in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Cleveland, and at the Hollywood Bowl.

International that became hotel Le Meridien in Paris, France; Teatro de Sistina in Rome; Berlin Jazz Festival; Salzburg Music Festival; Bern Jazz Festival; Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals; Bogota International Jazz Festival; Jamaica Jazz Festival; Zagreb Jazz Festival; and the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland.

Diva was founded by Stanley Kay, once a drummer with Buddy Rich. Now led by drummer Sherrie Maricle, the 15 musicians from New York bring original contemporary and mainstream big band music. Diva has also starred with Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Carmen Bradford, Marlena Shaw, DeeDee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jack Jones, Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Terry Gibbs, Tommy Newsom, Dave Brubeck.

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Cettina Donato/Nini Bruschetta – I Siciliani

isicilianiThis CD is actually the story of the Sicilian poet and writer Antonio Caldarella. Cettina Donato, an Italian pianist and composer, has entered into a collaboration with actor Antonio “Nini” Bruschetta.

This CD dates from last year, and it is their second collaboration. The tracks were all composed by Concetta Donato, and are based on Caldarella’s work.

In this way, this CD offers a new facet of Sicily, of a poetic and literary nature. “Poetry became song and these are our songs, or rather our stories,” Bruschetta reflects. “Cettina’s, mine, Antonio’s and AlfaMusic’s, all together; stories of jazz, poetry, alcohol and above all stories of love.”

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Letizia Lucchesi – It’s A Miracle Your Life

itsamiracleyourlifeThe Italian singer and keyboard player Letizia Lucchesi cannot be classified in one category. She holds a law degree, is an illustrator, laureate in opera singing at the Conservatory of Pescara, composes, plays double bass, piano, arranges, and sings in jazz orchestras.

This is her debut on CD, which dates from last year. On most of the tracks she is assisted by pianist Pino Jodice, double bassist Luca Pirozzi and drummer Pietro Iodice, in addition to guest saxophonist Maurizio Giammarco.

Letizia composed almost all tracks herself, and is assisted on 3 tracks by the Roma Jazz Ensemble Big Band, including the swinging opener ‘High wire’, a cover by Chick Corea.

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