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2/25: Sweet, Sultry, Swinging Jazz with Shawnn Monteiro@Wamsutta Club (by New Bedford Rotary)

Saturday, February 25, 2012
The Rotary Club of New Bedford presents a night of
Sweet, Sultry, Swinging Jazz
with Shawnn Monteiro
featuring Tim Ray on piano, Dave Zinno on bass, Steve Langone on drums
The Wamsutta Club
County Street, New Bedford
7 – 8pm  Deluxe hors d’oeuvres
8 – 11pm  JAZZ

Tickets are available at:
Baker Books on Rt. 6 in Dartmouth
the Wamsutta Club in New Bedford
or by calling Nancy Wood at 508 971-8533

For additional information visit the New Bedford Rotary Website 
or contact Jim Oliveira at 508 837- 8255
Proceeds will be used to fund non-profit organizations in the Greater New Bedford area

Watch for new Whaling City Sound CD coming soon

Title: To Carmen with Love (WCS057)

Featured Artist: Shawnn Monteiro: vocals Mike Renzi:
piano Dave Zinno: bass Steve Langone: drums
Track Listing: Old Devil Moon; Yesterdays; I Concentrate on You; Old Black
Magic; You’re Looking At Me; Mean To Me; Come In From the Rain; Miss
Brown; Speak Low; Nice Work; The Feeling; Nature Boy

Jazz vocalist Shawnn Monteiro’s father, bassist Jimmy Woode, played for the late, great Carmen McRae. So did her godfather, trumpeter Clark Terry.

• As Monteiro listened to their stories and studied McRae’s work, she became an admirer. The influence of McRae’s earthy contralto voice and masterful phrasing comes through loud and clear in Monteiro’s own jazz stylings.

• Ms. Monteiro has delighted audiences from the USA to Europe with her highly popular jazz repertoire laced with blues-oriented improvisations and the American Songbook. The true quality of Shawnn’s voice is best experienced in the ultimate setting of the club dates where her warm charisma can be personally felt by those fortunate enough to spend an evening with her

• She continues to teach Master Classes all over the world, including one ongoing every summer in Italy since 1995. She is an adjunct Professor at the Hartt School/Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz ,
University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut and also Rhode Island College in Providence Rhode Island.

• Her popularity continues to grow as club-goers from Los Angeles to Rome extol the special feelings they share as she lulls them into a mellow mood as only a sensitive jazz vocalist can do. The true magical quality of Shawnn’s exciting voice is best experienced in the ultimate setting of the club dates where her warm charisma can be personally felt by those fortunate enough to spend and
evening with her.

Promotion to Key Markets

Label Hometown: New Bedford

Artist Hometown: Providence

Also:Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, San Jose, Hartford

Also Available: Whaling City Sound, 022, Shawnn Monteiro, One Special Night

JazzTimes – “fresh and adventuresome…a dynamic presence”

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1/20: Local Pop Singer Greg Lato to Have Song Featured in Upcoming Movie

Local Pop Singer Greg Lato to Have Song Featured in Upcoming Movie

Rhode Island’s own Greg Lato announced Thursday that his song “Just Another Goodbye” will be featured in Adam Lipsius’s upcoming movie 16-Love. The teen romantic comedy will be coming out January 20, 2012 nationwide in theaters. The independent film will star Lindsey Shaw of Pretty Little Liars and Emmy nominee Chandler Massey of Days of Our Lives.

Lato began his musical journey in Rhode Island. Providence-Born and raised, Lato went to North Providence High School and now lives in Narragansett, RI. Lato has been passionately involved in music his whole life.

“Since I was seven, I have been into music in some way,” says Lato. “I started writing melodies at ten years old.”

Inspired by pop, Lato writes songs about personal experiences and through observing others. Lato extends his musical abilities by working with other artists, and also writing for Film/TV. His “Just Another Goodbye” music video has had over 112,000 views on YouTube.

“Greg is pop with a capital “P”,” says John Fuzek of Motif Magazine. “His (music) videos are full fledged productions, including full group dance numbers, “angsty” story lines, unfolding drama, romance. Check out his videos, they are really very good. ”

Lato has worked with many influential artists for his record, including the musical director/guitarist for Avril Lavigne. He also has a new artist development company called Push Pop Entertainment.

“Greg Lato is a local guy, and extraordinarily talented,” explains Jim Vickers of Motif Magazine. “I mean, the guy knows what he’s doing and has the vocal chops for the American Idol crowd and then some. Hopefully Greg will be the next great Rhode Island pop recording star. Check out Greg Lato, you won’t be disappointed.”

Be on the lookout for release of Greg’s Maroon 5/Gavin DeGraw-style track, “Help You Out,” to be released in early 2012.

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1/20-22: Berklee faculty joins annual northeast Contemporary Commercial Music Voice Conference

Monday, January 20 – Wednesday, January 22, 2012
5th annual Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Conference
Star Store Campus
New Bedford, MA
UMass Dartmouth Music Dept.
Berklee College of Music    CCM Conference Coordinator
Marcelle Gauvin (508) 496-4443 mgauvin@umassd.edu or
Michelle Cieto at the UMD Music Department 508-999-8568

Berklee faculty joins annual northeast
Contemporary Commercial Music Voice Conference

On January 20-22, 2012 the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Music Department will host the 5th annual Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Conference at its Star Store campus in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The weekend features the work of New York voice specialist Jeannette LoVetri and her method Somatic Voicework™, a singing technique utilized by many famous performers of commercial music styles.

In addition to LoVetri, the workshop includes guest faculty presentations by Dr. James Burns, staff surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation, Dr. Kathryn Green, director of Shenandoah University’s Contemporary Commercial Music Institute in Winchester, Virginia and conference coordinator Marcelle Gauvin, UMass Dartmouth and Berklee College of Music faculty member. New to the teaching staff are Professors Kris Adams and Lisa Thorson, both jazz specialists from the Berklee College of Music Voice Department.

Jeannette LoVetri, an internationally recognized master class clinician in vocal pedagogy, is noted for training many Tony™ and Grammy® award winning vocalists.  January’s seminar at UMass Dartmouth offers participants the opportunity to become Level I certified in the Somatic Voicework™ technique, the first of three training levels in LoVetri’s program. The method which rests heavily upon voice science research attracts singers, teachers, choral and musical directors of all styles giving them tools to deal with the heavy vocal demands of today’s popular music.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in developing a better understanding of the singing process and focuses on contemporary commercial music styles of today.  For more information contact Marcelle Gauvin at mgauvin@umassd.edu, Michelle Cieto at the UMD Music Department 508-999-8568 or for course & registration details go to:

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1/21: Bohemian Quartet at Blackstone River Theatre

 Saturday, January 21, 2012 8:00pm $15

The Bohemian Quartet

Blackstone River Theatre

549 Broad St. Cumberland RI  02864




Love You Live!

The Bohemian Quartet books a can’t-miss gig at the beautiful Blackstone River Theatre

Watching the Bohemian Quartet perform live is like listening to history being preserved. In many ways, this gifted and exhilarating act is simply keeping a rare musical flame alive by taking on the challenging oeuvre of the Romany, or “gypsy” musical tradition. Those of you who’ve already seen their show know how mesmerizing and captivating it can be. Those who’ve missed it thus far are in for a treat! You can see them in all their whirling glory on Saturday, January 21, at what can only be called the perfect venue for the Providence band, the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI.

Here’s a little history: BQ borrowed its name from a quartet formed over 100 years ago in Czechoslovakia. That group, later called the Czech Quartet, ultimately disbanded in 1934. Appropriately enough, the two entities—BQ v.1 and today’s iteration—share much more than a name. They both embrace a deep passion for the Romany tradition, and the unique ability to perform that historic repertoire with skill and verve.

The acclaimed ensemble—featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass—formed in 2005. Violinist Stan Renard, a composer and virtuoso player with an impressive list of credentials, assembled the group with the idea of preserving the tradition and indulging in the virtuosic playing of classic gypsy music. Renard recruited like-minded and ambitious friends: Christine Harrington on cello, Nancy Richardson on viola, and John DeBossu on upright bass. Together, they are capable curators, tackling ancient traditions, and still leaving room to wander off into newer, lovely, and more modern directions.

Beyond Tradition, the quartet’s latest recording and well-worth picking up, reveals that the group’s intentions are true and accomplished. Recorded live at the BRT (www.riverfolk.org<http://www.riverfolk.org>) and produced by Harrington and the quartet, the recording is a journey through the musical vernacular of gypsy life, with lightning fast tempos, virtuosicplaying, and all the flair you’d expect from this musical vernacular.

New developments have followed: Accolades have been bestowed on the quartet since its inception. Strad, for example, the highly regarded stringed instrument site, said recently: “The performances are very enjoyable … The musicians play up quite a storm.”

In addition, they were featured on the “One World Show,” produced by Robert Malin, for which they received an award for Best Music Documentary. Beyond Tradition also enjoyed placement on the 2010 preliminary ballot by the Grammy Association.  Currently, the act has signed with MCM Artists booking agency.

So don’t hesitate to take advantage of this great musical moment. Go to enjoy the historic traditions. Go to witness the musical virtuosity. But above all, go to have a great time, listening to fine music in a beautiful venue.


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