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4/23: Greg Abate @Wamsutta Club to Benefit the YWCA

Be-Bop Road Warrior Greg Abate and His Quartet Making Rare New

Bedford Stop at the Wamsutta Club to Benefit the YWCA


New Bedford, MA – Jazz alto sax legend Greg Abate brings his high power quartet to the Wamsutta Club in downtown New Bedford on Wednesday night, April 23, at 8 pm. The concert continues the long-running presentations by Whaling City Sound with proceeds to benefit the YWCA of Southestern Mass.

Two days after this performance, Mr. Abate and the same band head into the studio to record the music they will be premiering at the Wamsutta. This is a rare chance to hear a top-notch, all-star jazz group explore original music written for this moment, and which has not previously been played.

Although Mr. Abate is based in Rhode Island for many years, there is no telling where you might run into him, or better yet, catch his inspired performances. He is a regular at festivals, clinics, clubs and universities all over the world. His impressive body of recorded CDs showcases Greg with many of jazz’s legends in the rhythm section or as guest horn-players, so often so that you can count on it. Kenny Barron, Mark Soskin, Rufus Reid, Harvie S, Bill Miele, Paul Del Nero, Paul Nagel and others are just a few of those who can be heard on Greg’s recordings.

Keyboard wizard, composer and educator Tim Ray is the leader of the “chamber jazz” group Tre Corda, but that does not keep him from performances at places like the White  House and Carnegie Hall, or on TV shows like the “Tonight Show” and “Letterman.”  Recently Tim was part of this same rhythm section at Scullers in Boston with Greg’s baritone-heavy sextet. Currently on the faculty of Berklee College, Tim has taught at all of the major colleges, universities and conservatories in Boston.

John Lockwood has performed at the Wamsutta Club many times as one of the anchors and treasures of guitarist John Stein’s Quartet over the last 5+ years. If Mr. Lockwood is in the band, it is understood that the level of the music just went up a few gears.

Behind the drums for this evening is master drummer Mark Walker. A major contributor to the success of the bands Oregon and the Caribbean Jazz Project, Mark was a long-time member of Paquito D’Rivera’s touring group. He is a Grammy winner, and also teaches at Berklee College in Boston.

The Wamsutta Club is now recognized as a relaxed and pleasant setting for acoustic jazz. Comfortable and quiet, the audience is there to hear music. A limited food menu will be available, along with a cash bar.

The Wamsutta Club, at 427 County Street, corner of Union Street, in downtown New Bedford, has plenty of on-site, easy-in/easy-out parking and is handicap accessible.

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Promotion begins for “Get Me Joe Beck,” 4/29 release

Please reply with mailing address if you prefer a cd.
For Immediate Release from Whaling City Sound
Contact: Ginny Shea
Electronic Press Kit and mp3’s

Famous Last Notes

A stunning musical epitaph from jazz guitar genius

Joe Beck

 Certainly, “all things must pass,” as George Harrison said. “None of life’s strings can last.” And so it was back in 2008 that the brilliant guitarist Joe Beck strummed his last chords. His death at the age of 63 left a gaping hole in the world of jazz guitar, but also left an immense legacy. For that, at the very least, we are thankful.

Joe also left us this album, Get Me Joe Beck, by Joe Beck Trio, Recorded Live at Anna’s Jazz Island in Berkeley, California. Fans of Beck and great guitar are so lucky to have this; it’s an incredible post-script to a career that spanned decade after productive decade, and saw him accompany so many of the genre’s major stars.

But Get Me is more than just another Beck recording. It’s as if he knew he wouldn’t get too many more chances, and he had it in his mind that, perhaps, this time he’d really show everyone what he was all about. In the words of Neal Weiss, president of the Whaling City Sound label that released six CDs featuring Beck, it showcased the musician “playing for himself … a master artist plying his craft at the highest level and leaving it out there to be appreciated for what it is.”

And it is really something. Joined by the “sick” (Joe’s own words on the CD) rhythm section of Peter Barshay on bass and Dave Rokeach on drums, Beck is phenomenal. With simply the bass and drums behind him, he feels at liberty to explore different ideas, coursing across a vast spectrum of exhilarating passages, chordal explorations and single note journeys. Those who knew him as a talented chordal player, and he was, will enjoy Beck’s creative soloing, which is by turns gorgeous, bluesy, experimental, and evocative. It is unnecessary, really, to name them by song. Beck is masterful from the opening of this recording (“Stella By Starlight”) to the very end (“Georgia On My Mind.”) There are no exceptions.

The live recording, done in Berkeley, was beautifully captured by Adrian Wong and mixed and mastered by Dan Feiszli. It is punctuated by a few spoken word passages that give us some idea of Beck’s wry humor and his concise patter, the stuff that contributed to him being such a talented performer. In the words of John Abercrombie, a contributor to the liner notes and Joe’s good friend, “Joe Beck was, is, and will always be one of the greatest musicians to ever play this damned instrument called the guitar.” Not exactly faint praise from a fellow master, and words for us all to remember as we listen to the lovely last recordings of the legendary Joe Beck.

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Falcon Ridge 2014 will be held August 1st through 3rd

Tickets for the 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival can be

purchased starting March 15th.

A downloadable ticket order form is available,

and online ticket sales are coming soon!

Pricing Information – FRFF 2014

March 15th to May 15th: Early Bird Prices

  • 3 Day Festival Ticket with Camping: $129.00
  • 3 Day Festival Ticket No Camping: $99.00

May 16th to July 1st: Advance Prices

  • 3 Day Festival Ticket with Camping: $139.00
  • 3 Day Festival Ticket No Camping: $109.00

After July 1st and At Gate: Regular Prices

  • 3 Day Festival Ticket with Camping: $165.00
  • 3 Day Festival Ticket No Camping: $135.00

Single Day Tickets (No Camping)

  • Friday Aug 1st: $45.00
  • Saturday Aug 2nd: $50.00
  • Sunday Aug 3rd: $40.00

Children & Teens Pricing

  • Children 12 & under: FREE ADMISSION
  • Age 13 – 18: 3 Day Fest Ticket with Camping: $65.00
  • Age 13 – 18: 3 Day Festival Ticket No Camping: $45.00

College Students & Seniors Pricing

College Students / Seniors over 65: $10 Off of any single-day

ticket at gatew/ valid ID

No Pets Allowed, Rain or Shine Event, No Refunds, Allow 10 days for delivery.

Pre-fest ticket sales end Tuesday July 29th at noon & will

resume Wednesday July 30th at the Gate.

Orders placed after July 15th will be held at Gate.

Gates open for campers Wednesday, July 30th.

PLEASE NOTE: All sales final, treat tickets like cash. Keep in a safe

place or have held at gate. Fest is not responsible

for lost, stolen, destroyed or left at home tickets.


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John Stein – Just Jazz Guitar Review

Review by Brandon Bernstein, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine,

John Stein
Whaling City Sound

Just Jazz Guitar contributor and Berklee College of Music professor John Stein’s newest release CD Emotion is one of the most intriguing and unique jazz guitar albums I have heard in a long time. The album is a collaboration with the Mingotan Project, featuring Matias Mingote German on drums, Rebecca Kleinmann on flutes, Evan Harlan on accordion, and John Lockwood on bass. Although a true jazz album at its core, the recording is a fusion of traditional jazz with the Afro-Argentinian tango styles…hence, the title name Emotion. (Tango being one of the most highly emotional and sensual dances). Those of us who are familiar with John’s playing know him to have exquisite tone, great time, tasteful lines, and to be a superb composer. Like a fine wine, John just keeps getting better and better with age. Throughout Emotion John displays great sound, feel, and thoughtfulness as a player and as a composer. As a fellow musician and guitarist it is so inspiring to hear the continued growth of a great musician. Everything I have heard of John’s has always been incredible and with each successive recording you constantly hear the evolution of a great jazz guitarist. The melodies and vibe throughout the album bring to mind Miles “Sketches of Spain,” and/or the music of Astor Piazzolla. This all mixed with a very skilled jazz guitarist in John. Emotion is beautiful album that will not disappoint any fan of great jazz.

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All About Jazz / Jazz Near You Pro News: Expanded Services for Jazz Musicians

An Announcement from

Dear Fellow Jazz Musician,

We recently retooled and relaunched the Jazz Musician Database at All About Jazz (see ). In addition to improving the appearance of your profile page, you can now embed your SoundCloud player, your Bandcamp player and your upcoming events calendar (from Jazz Near You).

Read the announcement here:

We’re always developing new and free ways to help you promote yourself, promote your music and drive traffic to your website. To learn more about these opportunities, see our jazz musician toolkit page here…

We can now help you promote your Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign (for free), and any events you add to Jazz Near You can also be automatically posted to your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. You can get the how-to on that here…

And speaking of Jazz Near You… any event you add to JNY is distributed across our platform which covers the web, email, and phone. For instance, we have well over 25,000 email subscribers on our JNY NYC mailing list alone. To learn how we distribute your events, go here…

Jazz Near You is filling rooms and helping sell out shows, so make sure your events are listed.

We hope you appreciate our latest improvements, and look for more innovations throughout the Spring and Summer months.

All the best,

Michael Ricci

Founder/Publisher, All About Jazz / Jazz Near You

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