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1/26 8p: Vance Gilbert @Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT

Friday, January 26, 2018 8p

Vance Gilbert

With Kerri Powers

Infinity Music Hall

20 W. Greenwoods Road (Rt. 44), Norfolk, CT

phone: 860-542-5531

Price: $24.00



The Art of Storytelling

Vance Gilbert Works His Magic at the Historic Infinity Hall

His reputation precedes him. But that’s no reason to let an opportunity to see Vance Gilbert pass you by! Fresh off a tour of Australia, Vance has for some time now been a major mover of the singer-songwriter scene. His penchant for storytelling, mingled with his terrific sense of humor makes a Gilbert gig a lively event indeed. And, oh by the way, if you’ve heard the man’s latest album, Nearness of You—or any of his albums for that matter—you know he can sing.

Gilbert was born and raised in the Philly area and he started his career in Boston aspiring to be a jazz singer. But things happened, and he soon found himself in the warm embrace of the singer-songwriter world, opening for folks like Shawn Colvin and later comedians George Carlin and Paul Reiser. One of those shows, in Dallas, earned him some good press from the local paper: “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener.” Of course, that was ages ago. But the fact is, Gilbert has only gotten to be a more engaging performer, with beautiful, worldly stories, finely honed guitar technique, and a voice that delivers.

Over two decades-plus in the music business, Vance has produced a healthy helping of great recordings, including the widely raved about BaD Dog Buffet. Old White Men hit the Top 10 on the Folk DJ chart on its release and Unfamiliar Moon landed in the Boston Globe’s Top 10 Records of the Year upon its release in 2005. Perhaps most importantly for the purposes of this particular press release is the fact that Vance’s live album, Somerville Live, issued in 2000, was described by the Boston Globe as a work “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams.” And we haven’t even talked about Nearness of You, which features Vance singing stripped down versions of 14 of his jazz faves.

Vance’s upcoming gig at Infinity Hall will be reliably memorable. His show is entertaining, his stories are by turns funny and poignant, and his music, above all, is well worth hearing.

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WCSound releases on 11/27 JazzWeek Radio Chart: #27 Eric Wyatt “Look to the Sky,” #45, Alma Micic “That Old Feeling,” Chartbound, Dave Zinno Unisphere “River of January”


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#27, Eric Wyatt Look to the Sky Brooklyn-born and bred Eric owns a solid berth along the saxophone continuum originally laid out by guys like Parker, Coltrane and Rollins. Throughout his career, his playing has been edgy and inventive, heartfelt and poignant. In fact, his father was good friends with Rollins and after Wyatt’s dad passed away, Sonny Rollins became involved in Eric’s music. “After my dad passed in 1989, Sonny became very present in my music and offered his help. I was given the opportunity to record my first CD, Godson, on the Japanese label King Records. Sonny suggested the title Godson because it explained his and my dad’s Hope. The Godson CD featured Al Foster, Rufus Reid and Mark Soskin, all members of Sonny’s bands. Look to the Sky, Wyatt’s debut for Whaling City Sound and his sixth recording overall, is magnificently realized, both instrumentally and emotionally. There are musical nods to his father (“Jolley Charlie”) and mother (“Psalm for Phennie”), to Coltrane (“My Favorite Things”) and a few other intimate touch-points, some original, a few written by his accompanist, Benito Gonzalez. Indeed, Wyatt is joined here by excellent progressive musicians, including the resounding pianist Gonzalez, drummers Shinnosuke Takahashi and Kyle Pool, Eric Wheeler on bass and Keyon Harrold on trumpet. Together, their music is filled with hope and dedication, reciprocity and passion. With every recording, Wyatt flourishes, in terms of artistry and intensity, power and finesse. Look to the Sky is the man’s—and his band’s— finest and fullest record yet.


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#45 Alma Micic That Old Feeling check out new video for “Estate” on YouTube Alma Micic Quartet serves up a delightful take on timeless standards, embellished by an original, and a version of the Romany anthem “Solnishko”, with visions of a dreamy night, both sentimental and hopeful. Songs inspired by dancing in the moonlight, till the sunrise comes, Alma’s new album That Old Feeling will leave you with a sweet feeling.


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Chartbound Dave Zinno Unisphere River of January. CLICK HERE to download a general radio station ID “Hello, this is Dave Zinno of Dave Zinno Unisphere & the new WCS release River of January, thanks for listening.” The songs are lavish jazz adventures, rich with texture, ripe with melodicism, and simply joyful audio journeys. The band is spectacular: Unisphere includes the talents of sax man Mike Tucker (Arturo Sandoval), drummer Rafael Barata (Milton Nascimento, Marc Johnson), Leo Genovese (Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spaulding), and Crescent City trumpeter Benny Bloom. Zinno leads them the way a hopeless romantic treats a first love: gently, understanding and worshipful. He glorifies his accompanists and allows them to go on at length, indulging their considerable talents and making River of January a wall of glorious of sound. This isn’t to say that it’s stodgy. Zinno infuses the work with progress. The band takes the vibe of traditional jazz and reverses the paradigm, so the songs, while familiar, certainly don’t remain the same. There are many highlights here, and while it wouldn’t be a waste of space to speak about them individually, it would be easier to say that these tunes all include rushes of adrenaline, sweetness of melody and serious elements of style. River of January is a work of forward thinking tradition and one that has much substance within it to discover.


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Turn to @nbc10 this weekend: Providence police officer Ned Kemble talks with Mario Hilario about “All City John”

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Available now on iTunes

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Contact: Ginny Shea MIXED MEDIA T: 401.942.8025 E: mixedmediapromo@cox.net


Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wd42pcatkv1ge58/AACj-uYeSDNfbZa27Xf4DOTJa?dl=0


A Smile for Everybody

“All City John” is a beautiful tribute,

Coming on the one-year anniversary of police officer John Reposa’s passing

John Reposa Jr. a 19-year veteran of the Providence Police Department, lost his life a year ago. The Jamestown native, known for his compassionate side, was widely admired among his colleagues, and his death sent family, friends, and fellow officers reeling. He was just 43. Hundreds attended the service to commemorate his life. “He was a great police officer,” they’d say to a man. “When the going got tough, he was always there to rely on.”   They also called him “All City John,” largely because, contrary to policy, he often crossed neighborhood lines to do his police work. “He would always cross the city and grab the bad guys,” said officer Ned Kemble (of Cranston).  Kemble was especially touched by Reposa’s life and death. So touched in fact, that, as an aspiring songwriter, he crafted his feelings for Reposa into a song. It’s called, appropriately, “All City John.”   “My experience with John was not personal,” he admits. “But the thing with John was whenever we met he’d greet me, and everyone else for that matter, with a handshake and a smile.”   It was that inimitable spirit that drove Kemble to write the song. “It was easy to take him into your heart,” he says. “During the process, I felt like it brought me closer to his spirit. It was a very powerful feeling.”   The song started out as a simple acoustic track, but then gained a life of its own. Those that heard it were moved by it, and they encouraged Ned to flesh it out, give it a real push. He petitioned his brother Mark T. Kemble’s help with the lyrics and gave it professional production at Stable Sound Studio. Sandra Hadamard executive produced and additional help came from drummer Vinny Pagano, producer and musician Steve Rizzo, bagpiper Torin Ryan, and many others.   “All City John” is a wonderful tribute, with a subtle melody, tasteful lyrics, and quiet strength, led by Kemble’s sung-spoken lyrics, which evoke early Dylan. The song also adds a uniquely personal sonic perspective to Reposa’s life: bagpipes. He was a founding member and drummer of the Providence Pipes and Drums Corps, so the presence of that sound adds an emotional touch to the composition.   The songwriting development and production process, which also includes a poignant, beautifully shot video, took an unexpected toll on Kemble. “John’s death was so universal,” he says. “We’ve all had losses, and John’s passing really made me think of all the losses I have had in my life.”   The song has also touched a universal nerve for police officers across the nation. Forces lose good, active off-duty officers all the time, in addition to the officers we often hear about that sacrifice their lives on the job.   Another reason Kemble wrote the song was because he thought it necessary to give the police department, and John himself, a relatable personality. “I wanted everyone to know that police officers are human. Most people have never been in our shoes, so they don’t know how difficult it is. They see us and think ‘authority.’ But there’s a human side there and we are all, like John, true members of the community. I wanted to show the human side of John.”   A fundraiser overseen by John’s sister Lorana Reposa Demedeiros raised over $10,000 for autism, and the song hopes to raise additional charitable funds for the National Autism Association. The video, which features Lorana and launches on YouTube Wednesday August 27, is as moving as the song itself. Ned hopes it will help spread the word about the life of a great police officer, “the guy that always greeted everyone with a smile.”

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