Jazz/Easy Listening

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy announces new album

Big Bad Voodoo Daddies - Louie Louie Louie

Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the incomparable kings of swing, are readying the release of an all new album, Louie, Louie, Louie — an electrifying celebration of jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima. On their eleventh album and third for iconic label Savoy Jazz, the band is sharper than ever as they pay homage to their jazz heroes. Produced by founder and lead singer Scotty Morris and pianist and arranger Joshua Levy, the album reveals the evolution of swing, jazz and popular music through the songs and personalities of these three giants of American culture.

Louie, Louie, Louie will be available digitally, on CD and vinyl LP on June 16th. A U.S. tour will kick off in June 2017. All iTunes pre-orders come with three tracks immediately — “Whistle Stop,” Oh, Marie” and “Dinah.”

“We really want people to know about these great men that have so deeply influenced us as, and perhaps help spark a new creative interest in them and their music,” Morris states.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy consists of their original line-up which includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger).

CD

1) Dinah
2) Oh, Marie
3) Is You, Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby
4) Jack, You’re Dead
5) Whistle Stop
6) Choo Choo Ch’Boogie
7) Basin Street Blues
8) Jump, Jive an’ Wail
9) Knock Me A Kiss
10) Stuttin’ With Some Barbecue
11) Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days
12) Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens
13) When The Saints Go Marching In

Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim joint album goes deluxe

Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim

Frank Sinatra’s acclaimed 1967 album with Brazilian music legend Antonio Carlos Jobim, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, is expanded for its 50th Anniversary Edition, to be released April 7th on CD and digitally. On the same date, the remastered original album will be released on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl LP and in a limited blue vinyl edition, available exclusively from the Sinatra Shop.

Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim brought together two maestros from divergent musical worlds in a serene sigh of sun-dappled bossa-nova. In evening studio sessions at Hollywood’s Western Recorders between January 30 and February 1, 1967, Sinatra breathed new life into the album’s ten songs, accompanied vocally on four by Jobim, who also played guitar on the album. The album’s tracks include seven Jobim originals and three American Songbook classics, delicately arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman with a studio orchestra, and produced by Sonny Burke.

“I haven’t sung so soft since I had the laryngitis,” joked Sinatra during their first evening together in the studio, easing into the hushed swing of the sessions.

Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim ascended Billboard’s albums chart in April 1967, peaking at No.19 and remaining on the chart for 28 weeks. The 50th Anniversary Edition’s CD and digital formats include two bonus tracks: A medley of “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”/”Change Partners”/”I Concentrate on You”/”The Girl from Ipanema” from A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim, and a previously unreleased studio session of “The Girl from Ipanema” from January 31, 1967.

CD | 180-g LP

1. The Girl from Ipanema
2. Dindi
3. Change Partners
4. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
5. Meditation
6. If You Never Come to Me
7. How Insensitive
8. I Concentrate on You
9. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
10. Once I Loved
11. Sinatra-Jobim Medley: Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars/Change Partners/I Concentrate on You/The Girl from Ipanema [Bonus Track]
12. The Girl from Ipanema [Bonus Track]

 

Jazz singer Al Jarreau dies

Al Jarreau

The singer had been in the hospital recently

Jazz singer Al Jarreau has passed away at the age of 76. The seven-time Grammy winner had been hospitalized recently in Los Angeles and passed away on Sunday (Feb 12th). No cause of death has been revealed, but Jarreau had suffered from respiratory and cardiac issues in recent years.

“It is with the deepest of sadness to inform you Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 600am LA time. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by his wife, son, and a few of his family and friends. A small, private service is planned, for immediate family only. No public service is planned yet this time,” his reps released in a statement.

Jarreau’s family is asking fans not to send flowers or gifts, but instead consider contributing to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, for those who want to contribute. It’s an organization that supports music opportunities, teachers and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout the state.

Stars have taken to social media to express their condolences.

Neil Diamond celebrates 50 years with box set, tour

 Neil Diamond 50 - The 50th Anniversary Collection

UME and CMG have announced the March 31st worldwide release of Neil Diamond 50 – The 50th Anniversary Collection, a three CD anniversary set whose announcement coincides with the legendary entertainer’s birthday. This upcoming celebratory music package marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic, Grammy Award-winning and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member’s first hit “Solitary Man,” that began his trajectory as a legendary songwriter, prolific musician and celebrated performer with a time span that has now marked five decades and counting. To commemorate this anniversary, Diamond will kick off the celebration with a recently announced 50 date U.S. tour that begins this April and newly announced U.K. and European dates to coincide with the anniversary CD release.

The exclusive tour/collector’s edition three CD package includes 50 songs that range 50 years in Diamond’s career. Under the supervision of Diamond, the forthcoming anniversary set will include his own handpicked songs and a carefully curated booklet with new liner notes.

Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has dominated the charts for more than five decades with 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. He has achieved record sales with 40 Gold albums, 21 platinum albums and 11 multi-platinum albums.

Before becoming one of the most noted and successful recording artists in the world, Neil Diamond’s early recognition came as a songwriter. His recorded songs have become a part of the fabric of America’s songbook with a wide range of international hits that include “Solitary Man,” “Cherry Cherry,” “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon,” “Holly Holy,” ‘Thank The Lord For The Night Time,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Kentucky Woman,” “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “I Am…I Said,” “Song Sung Blue,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” (with Barbra Streisand,) “September Morn,” and “Heartlight” amongst many others.

Neil Diamond’s soundtrack album for the film The Jazz Singer (which he starred in), featured some of his most noted and celebrated work including “Love on the Rocks,” “Hello Again,” and “America.” As a songwriter, Diamond has penned a cadre of Top 20 Hits for artists such as The Monkeys, Jay & The Americans and British singer Lulu. His songs have also been covered by countless acts including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash and Smashmouth amongst others. UB40’s version of Diamond’s “Red Red Wine” topped the charts in both the U.S. and U.K. Throughout the past 50 years, many of his songs have been featured in films, television shows and ads which are all a testament to Diamond’s continuing popularity.

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations, ASCAP Film and Television Award, Billboard Icon Award, American Music Award and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

Live Nation recently announced that Neil Diamond will celebrate his career spanning 50 years with his upcoming U.S. 50th Anniversary Tour that begins April 7th in Fresno, CA as well as newly announced dates in the U.K. and Europe. Tickets for The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour available at livenation.com.

3 CD

CD 1:

1. Solitary Man
2. Cherry, Cherry
3. I’ve Got The Feeling (Oh No No)
4. You Got To Me
5. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon
6. I’m A Believer
7. Thank The Lord For The Night Time
8. Red, Red Wine
9. Sunday Sun
10. Shilo
11. Kentucky Woman
12. Brooklyn Roads
13. Glory Road
14. Holly Holy
15. And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind
16. Sweet Caroline
17. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show

CD 2:

1. Done Too Soon
2. Soolaimon
3. Cracklin’ Rosie
4. Crunchy Granola Suite
5. I Am…I Said
6. Stones
7. Morningside
8. Song Sung Blue
9. Play Me
10. Be – Recapitulation And Farewell To Fletcher
11. Skybird
12. Lonely Looking Sky
13. I’ve Been This Way Before
14. Longfellow Serenade
15. Beautiful Noise
16. Street Life
17. If You Know What I Mean

CD 3:

1. Desirée – Single Version
2. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
3. Forever In Blue Jeans
4. September Morn
5. The Story Of My Life
6. Yesterday’s Songs
7. I Believe In Happy Endings
8. Hello Again
9. Love On The Rocks (From The Jazz Singer Soundtrack)
10. Heartlight
11. Lady-Oh
12. Pretty Amazing Grace
13. Hell Yeah
14. We
15. The Art Of Love
16. America (From The Jazz Singer Soundtrack)

Live Nation announces Neil Diamond’s The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour

Live Nation has announced that music icon, Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Member, Neil Diamond, will celebrate his unparalleled career spanning 50 years with a world tour. The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour, produced by Live Nation, will begin April 7th in Fresno, CA and will visit cities across North America including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Tampa and more as the incomparable artist performs songs from his iconic discography. North American tour dates are listed below. Europe and U.K. dates to be announced soon.

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‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ most played Christmas song

At this time of year, twinkling lights and the scent of mulled spices and pine unleash a flood of fond memories. But no holiday tradition brings us back like a classic holiday song. These seasonal standards hark back to simpler times, and are the most enduring harbingers of the holiday season. Of all the season’s tunes, the one song listeners have heard more than any other in the last half century reminds us of another holiday staple: Santa Claus.

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‘A Capitol Christmas’ celebrates the label’s 75th anniversary

In honor of Capitol Records’ 75th anniversary, A Capitol Christmas presents some of the most cherished holiday classics from Capitol’s vast catalog and legendary artists. Available now on CD and as a double LP housed in a gatefold package, as well as digitally, the 24 track album brings together beloved Christmas songs from Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby and many more. Liner notes by compilation producer Jay Landers tell the story of each song in beautiful detail.

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‘Tony Bennett Celebrates 90’ concert CD announced

Tony Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday in August and this milestone occasion continues with the RPM Records/Columbia Records release of Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 set for pre-order on November 11th and worldwide release on December 16th. Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 will be released as a Standard and Deluxe Edition.

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Kenny G celebrates 75 million albums sold

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has certified several Kenny G albums Diamond (ten million units sold), multi-platinum, platinum (one million units sold) and gold (500,000 units sold). Kenny, one of the most iconic instrumental musicians of the modern era, has also racked up an impressive 75 million total worldwide album sales.

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Kenny G to host Musicians HoF Induction Ceremony

One of the most iconic and best-selling instrumental musicians of all time, Kenny G is set to host the 2016 Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert. The show will take place Wednesday, October 26th at historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium beginning at 7 pm. This spectacular evening of recording history and music pays tribute to some of modern music’s most revered musicians, the artists often behind the scenes. Tickets are available online.

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