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Alma Micic gives life to her songs in new album

By: Leonid Auskern

Serbian vocalist Alma Mizic has gone a long way, typical for many talented jazz performers from Europe. She was born in Belgrade, she began to learn to play the piano at six, and later realized that her element was vocal. At the age of 17, she sang with Big Band radio band and admired the art of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter. In the late 90’s, Alma went to study overseas, at Berkeley, and, having received a bachelor’s degree there, settled in New York, becoming there a notable figure with all the abundance of first-class vocalists in the Big Apple. Alma’s first album was released in 2004, followed by several more CDs, and today’s That Old Feeling, released by a well-known independent label from Dartmouth, Massachusetts Whaling City Sound, was the fourth in her discography.

The album’s structure resembles some previous CDs of the singer. Seven of the nine tracks are standards, with very well-known and very often performed ones, like Cry Me A River, Honeysuckle Rose or Blue Moon, and two tracks are their own, only to this performer: Alma’s own song, Ne Zaboravi Me balladand Russian-gypsy romance Solnishko. Standards – this is a touchstone for any jazz singer: I do not speak at all about the professionalism of the performance, the main thing is whether the given singer or singer is able to contribute something individual to the well-known topics. In my opinion, Alma Mizic does it. Her main trump card is magnificent intonation, the ability to “live” a song with her character and an impeccable sense of style.  And her version of Honeysuckle Rose may well stand in line with the best samples of this evergreen from the greatest stars. Well, and in his “own”, Slavic-Gypsy field Mizic is not imitated at all. Her clean, silvery color voice conveys the lyrics very emotionally, penetrating into the very depths of the hearts of listeners.

A considerable part of the success of this album can be recorded by the accompanying Alme Ensemble, in which I would especially single out her husband, guitarist Rale Mizic and very good bass player Corcoran Holt. If the expression “King is playing suite” is true, then Her Majesty can sincerely thank her partners – they were good. I think that those who hear That Old Feeling will be able to appreciate the skill of the singer, and the class of her colleagues

To see the original review in Russian, click here

To buy That Old Feeling, click here

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Danny Bacher being featured in “Big Band to Bebop and Beyond” concert in NJ

“Big Band to Bebop and Beyond” – The New Jersey Jazz Society is celebrating its 45th anniversary!

When: Sunday, October 22, 3-6pm

Where: Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Who: The line-up includes entirely New Jersey-based jazz musicians, such as Whaling City Sound’s Vocalist Danny Bacher.

Tickets: $30 in advance and $35 at the door for NJJS members; and $35 in advance and $40 at the door for non-members.

The proceeds from the concert are benefitting the NJ Jazz Society’s scholarships and its educational program, Generations of Jazz.

Purchase tickets here. Find out more about the event here and here.

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MusicKind Friday Night Concert Series is underway!

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Music for Music’s Sake
The MusicKind Friday Night Concert Series
Is Underway!
 
Curated by music champion Joe Parillo and taking place at Dean’s List Academy (“People Helping People”), the series features some of the best-known names on the area’s eclectic jazz music scene. All shows cost just $10—children under 12 are free!—and all proceeds go to both the Dean’s List Academy and the artists performing in the series.
 
On Friday, May 29, the Bohemian Quartet takes the Academy stage, with its virtuosic traditional gypsy music. Stan Renard (strings), Christine Harrington (cello), Nancy Richardson (viola) and John DeBossu (bass) will blow you away with their fiery, modern take on the music of Romany.
 
Two weeks later, on June 12, it’s the Blue Lion trio, with special guest vocalist Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch. The acclaimed singer joins the stellar trio of Richard Sylvester (drums), Paul del Nero (bass), and Joe Parillo (piano) for a night of jazz not to be missed.
See attached for the complete list of artists that are performing in this excellent series. 
 
The Dean’s List Academy 
is located at 25 Esten Avenue in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. All shows start at 8pm. For more information, contact Joe Parillo directly at joemparillo@gmail.com
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Bohemian Quartet Press Release:
Beyond Tradition preserves and expands the rare and remarkable
Romany musical cultureThe mission of keeping a rare musical flame alight is a noble and often challenging one, but The Bohemian Quartet is more than up to the task. In this case, the acclaimed Providence, Rhode Island-based ensemble-featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass-specializes in music of the “Romany” or “Gypsy” tradition, along with related Eastern European folk styles.

The Bohemian Quartet was 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’ve made a commitment to the genre, and aspired to performing it with both reverence and adventure. Indeed, like every good curator, the BQ at once embraces the ancient traditions, and still wanders off in newer, lovely, unpredictable directions.

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 shoulder a passion for the deep-rooted authenticity of the Romany tradition, as well as the ability to play that historic repertoire with extraordinary joie de vivre. On the aptly titled Beyond Tradition, the quartet’s new recording, the group’s intentions are true and accomplished. The project was recorded live at the lovely Blackstone River Theater (http://www.riverfolk.org) and St. Paul’s Church in Portsmouth, RI (home of The Portsmouth Arts Guild). Produced by Harrington and the quartet, the recording is a journey through the musical vernacular of gypsy life, with zippy tempos, virtuosic playing, spry strings crying and dancing, and above all the flair of performance that makes this sound so utterly riveting. On “The Violins Stopped Playing,” an epic, two-part piece commissioned by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the music ebbs and flows through the romance, heartbreak and exhilaration of great Romany music. Other tracks on Beyond Tradition, which consists of songs interspersed with insightful commentary, are also noteworthy and informative. The band’s performance clearly demonstrates the musicians are up to the task of playing these intricate melodies.

Accolades have followed the quartet since its inception. The quartet was 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.

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Change in this Saturday’s benefit

Saturday, November 13, 2010
Wamsutta Club
www.wamsuttaclub.net
427 County St
New Bedford, MA 02740
$25 Proceeds benefit YWCA of SE MA
Cash bar and limited food menu will be available
For more information (508) 999-3255, Whaling City Sound at 508-992-6613, or online at www.whalingcitysound.com
Lori Colombo Jim Robitaille Presskit 2010

Vocalist Lori Colombo and Guitarist Jim Robitaille
To “Turn Up the Quiet” Of Their Own

{New Bedford, MA} –Due to a sudden illness, singer Ron Gill, scheduled to perform this Saturday with guitarist John Stein, will not be able to make it. Filling in for Stein and Gill will be well-known vocalist Lori Colombo and versatile guitarist Jim Robitaille.

CD label Whaling City Sound presents an evening of intimate vocals and relaxing jazz music covering the American songbook as well as Brazilian and other influences. Proceeds from ticket and CD sales for this great evening of music directly benefit the YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts.

Lori and Jim have been performing together for several years, and can be heard most nights throughout the week on Cape Cod in the summer months. Lat winter they spend several months performing on the East and West Coasts of Florida, where they have developed a loyal following.

The rich interior of the 1866 Wamsutta Club provides the ideal setting for this quiet and moving music, and enhances the ambiance of the evening and performance. The club is located at 427 County Street, at the corner of Union Street, in downtown New Bedford. Ample convenient parking is available right at the Club. The Wamsutta Club is handicap-accessible.

Tickets are $25 each, and are available at the YWCA, 20 South Sixth Street, New Bedford, (508) 999-3255, at Baker Books, 69 State Road, Dartmouth, (508) 997-6700, and by calling Whaling City Sound at (508) 992-6613. Tickets will be available at the door, but seating is limited and the event may sell out in advance.

ABOUT YWCA SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS
Founded in 1911, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts is a women’s membership movement whose Mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts serves an area that stretches from the Rhode Island state line east to Provincetown, south to the Islands and north to Attleboro, Brockton and Plymouth. YWCA helps women, girls and their families attain self-sufficiency by providing services to support the vast needs of people from numerous populations. While the special concerns of women provide the impetus for YWCA services, many programs are open to everyone. YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts programs and services are identified in five areas: Advocacy, Adult Services, Wellness for Women and Girls, Women’s Collaborative Project and Youth Services.

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