[JPL] Starbucks Concord Fantasy = Paul McCartney

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 22 11:00:33 EDT 2007

The good.....I sincerely hope that the profits Concord reaps from these high profile releases would also be put into developing new jazz talent and supporting the those that have been on the scene that continue to produce great music. I hear that in Benny Reid and Christian Scott. Lets hope it continues.
  The bad......This predictable focus becomes the priority. 
  Jae Sinnett 

Steve Schwartz <Steve_Schwartz at wgbh.org> wrote: 
  This Week's JPL Sponsor: GRACE KELLY

Newly Formed Record Label from Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group
to Release Paul McCartney’s First New Studio Album in Nearly Two Years
Featuring All New Songs from the Legendary Artist

SEATTLE, March 21, 2007 – Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) and Concord Music Group proudly announced today that Hear Music’s inaugural CD release will be from none other than music legend Paul McCartney.  The album is slated for release early this summer and will be available at all traditional music retail outlets and Starbucks locations internationally.  The announcement was made at the Starbucks Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Seattle where McCartney made a surprise appearance via satellite.
“For me the great thing is the commitment and the passion and the love of music, which as an artist is good to see,” said McCartney.  “It’s a new world now and people are thinking of new ways to reach the people and for me that’s always been my aim.”
“Having the honor of releasing an album by Paul McCartney as our first project under the Hear Music label is in a word, remarkable,” said Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment.  “This demonstrates how Hear Music can present even the most successful recording artists of all-time with unique opportunities to reach existing fans, as well as a new audience of listeners.”
“It is such a privilege to be able to present this amazing new album to the world,” said Glen Barros, president and CEO of the Concord Music Group. “I believe that McCartney fans, like myself, will find that this album connects them to everything that they’ve always loved about Paul, yet also delivers a new personal dimension that shows his continued evolution as an artist.  It is a truly profound recording.”
With their recent creation of the Hear Music label and the newest offering from McCartney, Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group have taken big first steps in the evolution of their partnership.  Hear Music grew from the two companies’ mutual quest for music that demonstrates quality, authenticity, relevance and passion.  Hear Music seeks to provide a new platform for reaching music fans and introducing them to both emerging and established artists with inspired vision and a keen sense of purpose.  This will result in compelling music selections for consumers.
Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group’s past collaborations include Ray Charles’ “Genius Loves Company,” which to date has sold 5.5 million copies worldwide and won an unsurpassed eight GRAMMY® Awards including Album of the Year.  In addition, Sergio Mendes’ “Timeless” won a Latin GRAMMY® for Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album of the Year and to date has sold close to a million copies worldwide.
About Concord Music Group
The Concord Music Group is one of the largest independent record and music publishing companies in the world and owner of a rich and, in many cases, historically significant catalog of recordings.  Concord Music Group’s legendary family of labels include Concord Records, Concord Jazz, Fantasy, Stax, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty, Telarc, Peak, Heads Up, Pablo, and Prestige, to name a few.  They include titles from some of the most admired and enduring names in music, including Ray Brown, Rosemary Clooney, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Tito Puente, George Shearing and Mel Torme.  The group’s current roster of world-class artists includes: Karrin Allyson, George Benson, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, John Fogerty, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sergio Mendes, Jane Monheit, Ozomatli, John Pizzarelli, Poncho Sanchez, Spyro Gyra, Curtis Stigers, Angie
 Stone and Tierney Sutton.
About Starbucks
Starbucks Coffee Company provides an uplifting experience that enriches people’s lives one moment, one human being, one extraordinary cup of coffee at a time.  To share in the experience, visit www.starbucks.com.


Jill Weindorf
Vice President, Promotion
Concord Music Group
100 N. Crescent Drive
Suite 275
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone:  310-385-4119
Cell:      917-805-9148
Fax:      310-385-4466
Email:   jill.weindorf at concordmusicgroup.com
IM:        Promodorf

This Week's Sponsor: GRACE KELLY

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Ms. Kelly won four 2006 Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards: Jazz Soloist, Original Composition (''Fast Metabolism''), Pop/Rock/Blues soloist, and Jazz Vocalist - Outstanding Performance.

Some other awards include:
-Winner of 2007 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award (''Every Road I Walked'').
-Top woodwind soloist and the top vocal alto soloist at the 2007 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
-First place 2006 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.
-Grace was the youngest participant at the invitation only Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony in 2006.
-Grace has been selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency Program in 2007 (Youngest) at Kennedy Center in Wash. D.C.
-Selected for Massachusetts All-State Jazz Band 2007.

She has been a student of New England Preparatory School since 2003. Grace is or has studied with Lee Konitz, Jerry Bergonzi, Cedar Walton, Phil Woods, Allan Chase, Rebecca Parris, James Merenda, and Jeremy Udden.

''I first met Grace Kelly at the 2006 summer jazz program at Stanford University. I was amazed at her precocity and talent. Recently she sat in with me and the Jazz Ambassadors Jazz Band at the Pittsfield Jazz Fest. and we jammed together through ''I'll Remember April.'' How did she sound? I gave her my hat! That is how good she sounded! She is the first alto player to get one. Hooray for the future of jazz and the alto sax!''
.........Phil Woods

This is Miss Kelly's 3rd CD, and it's a very nice one. Of course you know Grace is 14 years on this planet, and is all ears and heart. Beautiful sound on her alto, and some lovely phrases to boot!
Lester Young asked a young player after hearing a technical display, ''but can you sing me a song?'' Grace can definitely do that. Good rhythm, nice arrangements, creative originals. She sings like crazy!
What more could we ask for?
.....Lee Konitz

Dear Grace,
After hearing your project, I'm convinced that your talent is definitely worthy of the attention of the Jazz community, and your future is genuinely going to earn a high level of achievement.
......Cedar Walton

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.....Jimmy Heath.

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.....Jerry Bergonzi

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