[JPL] Blujazz Email Newsletter - Dec 2011

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     December 2011
Electronic Newsletter 

In This Issue: 

Lead Sheet
 <http://www.blujazz.com/> Greg Pasenko
An Independent Artist Managed Label and Promotion Service
 <http://www.blujazz.com> www.blujazz.com
Happy Holidays!
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·         While keeping our basic label package Blujazz is now offering each
area of our promotion service, Radio Promotion, Press Promotion,
Distribution, Booking, Venue Data, and Consultation as  separately priced
want to encourage artists out there to work with us and thrive in this
recessive economy that we are all dealing with.
·         We are slowly creating a  non-exclusive management/booking
service. We have been having some solid success but the going is still slow.
We hope to add staff soon to augment this area. 
been building contacts over the  years in Europe and with my experience with
the Plus Loin Label in France that I own part we feel that is time to offer
these services for a very affordable price.
·         My Blog, “The Jazz Artist’s Survival Guide” slowed to a crawl over
the summer but I am back blogging weekly  I still believe that with all of
the “mistakes” I have made and the experiences that I have encountered I can
help show that a jazz professional can survive in this day and age.
·         We thank the universe, our higher selves, and “all that is” for
the opportunity to serve in this crazy world we call life.  I also thank all
those here and who have passed on who have been so kind and supportive to
The Third Annual Jazz Education Network Conference
January 4-7, 2012  Louisville, KY
Blujazz Booth 103 in the Grand Ball Room 
Remember IAJE, well this organization is on its way to becoming the premier
education and jazz professional conference yearly in the US. If you come
please visit our booth and get to know us. Also, several artists that have
been involved with Blujazz or are involved will be performing at the
conference including Pianist Ron Di Salvio, members of Tri-FI (Curtis
Stigers back up group), Pianist Dan Haerle Trio with Drummer Jack Mouse.
The Blujazz Fest @ Chicago Jazz Showcase - Jan. 26th-29th sponsored by WDCB
Radio This event at Joe and Wayne Segal’s Chicago Jazz Showcase is becoming
a regular for us. It is always a lot of fun, great music, and a great
networking event. 
·         Thurs – Guitarist Paul Kogut and Friends Coming off a great year
of international gigging w gigs at Cleveland’s Night Town, Philadelphia’s
Chris’ Café, NYC’s 55 Bar, Austria’s Intone Jazz Fest, & much more and w an
new CD in process featuring legend bassist George Mraz, Paul will bring a
all star group to the gig.
·         Fri.-  Spero – Greg Spero’s Trio celebrating his new Blujazz CD
“Acoustic” that is receiving rave reviews and wonderful radio national radio
airplay including WDCB Chicago, KSDS San Diego, KKJZ Los Angeles, and KSJS
San Jose..
·         Sat. – Violinist Diane Delin with Pianist Ron Di Salvio in various
configurations from duo to quartet with string quartet. Diane has placed 4
times in  Down Beat Critics Poll category Rising Star Category and Ron Di
Salvio’s last CD on Blujazz charted on national jazz radio.
·         Sun Afternoon – Blujazz Vocalist Event featuring Sam Fazio and
Elaine Dame.  These two vocalists are premier artists in Chicago with large
followings and rave reviews. Sam will be a featured artist at NYC’s
Feinstein’s in 2012 and Elaine will have her NYC debut at the Metropolitan
Room in  2012.
·         Sun Evening – The Kevin Kizer Quintet  Kevin’s latest CD “Aspects”
on Blujazz received rave reviews and great airplay.  The band includes his
wife, violinist Katherine Hughes and Chicago fav and NYC based guitarist
Dave Miller. . 
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Recent Blujazz Releases:
Kevin Kizer Quintet  “Aspects”  Chicago based artist received great radio
airplay charting on many College Music Journal Station Top 10 Charts. Some
may remember Kevin’s brilliant work with the popular Delmark artist Ted
Sirota’s Rebel Souls CDs.  This is his first release and he has assembled a
great cast of artists, including his wife and artist in her own rite,
violinist Katherine Hughes, and the acclaimed Chicago guitarist Dave Miller.
Liner Notes by Neil Tesser.
Tish Oney  “Sweet Youth”  NYC/LA based artist received great national radio
airplay.  Tish Oney, vocalist, arranger, pianist, composer, and a Doctor of
Musical Arts graduate of The University of Southern California's renowned
Thornton School of Music celebrates the 2011 release of her new duo album
with guitarist John Chiodini.  Tish has been the Artistic Director of
several internationally-touring productions including her brand new 'Sweet
Youth' tour, The Peggy Lee Project,' 'The Van Heusen Show,' 'Jazz Seasons,'
'Tish Oney's Big Band Excursion,' 'Tish Oney's Swingin' Christmas, 'An
Evening With Tish Oney,' and 'A Journey Through Holy Week with J.S. Bach.
Current Blujazz Releases:
Spero “Acoustic”   Chicago based artist is receiving great national radio
airplay including KKJZ Los Angeles.  Greg Spero, a pianist/composer, studied
Jazz Piano and Composition at University of Illinois in Champaign working
with Chip Stephens, Chip McNeill (saxophone/chair of jazz dept, Univ of
Illinois), and Joan Hickey. His recording on Frank Catalano’s Mighty Burner
album debuted at #11 on the Jazz Billboard Charts, and after 20 weeks on the
Billboards became a best-selling jazz album for 2006.  He currently performs
regularly throughout the world with various Spero projects. In Chicago he is
a regular at top jazz venues like the Green Mill and Andy’s Jazz Club.  He
also works and records with internationally recognized Chicago based artists
Cory Wilkes, Marlene Rosenberg, and Harrison Bankhead.  While Greg’s history
is steeped in the main traditions of jazz, he also has become a major player
in the jazz underground scene performing at major venues featuring cutting
edge creative music.
Sam Fazio “The Music We Love”   Chicago based artist is receiving great
national radio airplay.  After graduating from Chicago’s esteemed school,
The DePaul University’s School of Music Sam Fazio moved to Las Vegas where
he became a regular at the classy Vegas clubs like Catch A Rising Star,
performed at major Vegas venues including Bally’s MGM Grand and worked as a
studio vocalist with groups like the Wayne Newton Band. Feeling that he had
“paid some dues” and that he really wanted to be more involved in a creative
scene Sam moved back to Chicago with its vibrant jazz scene.  He Immediately
became involved in the jazz club world in Chicago where he began performing
at the world renown Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase and the ever popular European
and Asian tourist hang, Andy’s Jazz Club.  Along with these venues he has
been performing at Illinois Arts Council sponsored events, Chicago and
Suburban Chicago Street Festivals, and has a steady gig at Chicago’s famous
hotel The Drake.
Ron Di Salvio “The 24 Days of Christmas”   Solo Piano arrangements of the
best loved Christmas Hymns and Carols written in the spirit of classical
artists like Chopin.  The endeavor has been a dream of Ron’s for some time
and is a departure from his heavy jazz life. 
New 2012 Blujazz Releases:
Jon Gold “Bossa of Possibility”  Jan. 30th, 2012
The legendary Phil Woods says of this new album: “I felt much the same
passion as I felt back then when I first listened to Brazilian music.
A NYC Jazz pianist/composer working with world class jazz artists, holds a
PhD in chemistry, the first scientist to melt a diamond, working with
universities on the chemical evolution of wine and studied Brazilian music
in Rio
sounds like five different people? No, it is Jon Gold alone. The CD
includes all original music  with Brazilian, jazz and French elements. The
disc features world class artists from NYC including renowned bassist Harvie
S, drummer Mauricio Zottarelli (Esperanza Spaulding), saxophonist Jon
Irabagon (winner of 2008 Thelonius Monk Competition), violinist Zach Brock
(Stanley Clarke Band), harmonica man Howard Levy (one of the founders of
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) and the legendary saxophonist Dave Liebman.
Zeke Martin “4”  Jan. 30th, 2012
A Boston based drummer/band leader.  “
puts a modernist funk-fusion-dub-
spin on jazz...", Jazz Times Magazine  Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1973,
Zeke Martin entered the world with a pair of drumsticks in his hands because
his father was the late Stu Martin, who played with Jazz royalty including
Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus, Dave Holland and Quincy
Jones. Zeke has received strong reviews in Drum Magazine (2002), the LA Jazz
Scene, and Jazz Times Magazine April 2010. Currently Zeke is an endorsee
with Creation Drums (2009), Evans Drumheads (2009), Murat Diril Cymbals
(2009), Mono Cases (2009); Vic Firth Drum sticks (2005). 
Scott Cowan “4”  Feb, 2012
Trumpeter Scott Cowan has been a faculty jazz specialist at Western Michigan
University (Kalamazoo) since 2001 and directs the Western Michigan
University Jazz Orchestra. He is an artist-educator-clinician for the
Conn-Selmer instrument
company and a published composer-arranger with UNC Jazz Press. He previously
held faculty positions at the New England Conservatory of Music, Berklee
College of Music, Longly School of Music, and Florida International
University. Dr. Cowan’s performing experience includes appearances on
trumpet with the University of Miami’s Jazz Faculty Septet, the Ron Miller
Ensemble, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and the Palm Beach Pops Orchestra.
He has been featured as a guest soloist with the New England Conservatory
Brass Ensemble and as a guest artist at the Glen Miller Festival. His jazz
compositions have received premieres at the International Association for
Jazz Education conference and the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. Extensive
recordings of his compositions for large and small groups have been made
with premiere performing ensembles at the University of Miami. Scott new CD
has the Tri-Fi (Curtis Stiger’s back up trio) as his rhythm section along
with jazz writer Neil Tesser writing the liner notes.  
Daniel Ori  “Emuna”  March, 2012
A New York City based bassist/band leader.  “
 writes with perspicacity, and
in doing so gives his music not only immediacy but a telling impact as
well.” All About Jazz  Originally from Kfar Saba, Israel, he attended The
Rimon School of Music, where he studied Jazz performance for three years.
Daniel has since collaborated with some of Israel’s top Jazz prospects and
has played at the Red Sea Jazz Festival and Tel Aviv Jazz Festival to name a
few. In 2006, Daniel decided to take on studies again, as a scholarship
student at the Berklee School of Music. Since his move to New York in Winter
2008, he was a 2009 ASCAP Jazz Composers Award winner. Daniel has been a
prominent young voice in the contemporary jazz scene both as a sideman and
band leader. He has performed Internationally in Europe and Asia and can be
heard regularly at New York clubs like Smalls, Blue Note, Fat Cat and
Cornelia Street Cafe. His new CD features Mark Turner (sax), Oz Noy
(guitar), Sam Barsh (piano) and Ziv Ravitz (drums).
Current Blujazz Promotions:
Tri-Fi “3” and Tri-Fi “Christmas”  Blujazz is promoting the latest two
releases from the remarkable trio Tri-Fi with Matthew Fries, piano, Keith
Hall, drums, and Phil Palombi, bass. This trio came together as the touring
group for the popular vocalist Curtis Stigers.  Several CDs later, these
latest CDs are “killing” on jazz radio including the Jazz Week NPR/PR
station chart and the College Music Journal Chart. Christmas just received a
rave review from Chicago author and jazz critic Neil Tesser. 
The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra’s 1972 Russian Tour Documentary. Tom
Bellino of Planet Arts along with Greg Pasenko of Blujazz and others will be
producing a documentary on the remarkable ground breaking tour with video
coverage, first person interviews, pictures, etc. 
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Michigan/NYC Pianist Ron Di Salvio  was selected to perform with his trio
Keith Hall, drums, and Tom Knific, bass, at the 2012 Jazz Educators Network
in Louisville KY Jan 12-15th.  He will also have a booth demonstrating his
DELTADIATONICS method, a unique approach to diatonic harmony inspired by
Arnold Schoenberg’s book “The Theory of Harmony.”
Sam Fazio has some wonderful high profile dates in 2012 January 6, 2012
including WGN Midday News Live Appearance, 11am January 11 - 7pm, Tribute to
Great Male Vocalists at Chicago’s Maxim's: The Nancy Goldberg International
Center – NYC’s August 5.
Elaine Dame – is making her debut at NYC’s famed Metropolitan Room in 2012
Lanny Grilly and Jeff Kier of the Grilly Brothers have opened a performance
space  Orchestra Hall Presents. Acoustic performances, plays, improv, art
shows, indie movie premieres, recitals, they welcome your suggestions. Great
sound system, superb acoustics, lighting, multi-media equipment. Full audio
& video recording on premise. Includes a large outdoor performance space in
the rear of the building with beautiful lighting. perfect for all events!
Contact Lanny Grilly for more info:  847-962-5999 - lanny at grillybrothers.com

Guitarist Paul Kogut is in the process of developing a new  recording
project with the great George Mraz on bass with a legend drummer to be
announced. It will be recorded in NYC and produced by Diane Delin and Greg
Violinist Diane Delin  will be recording her next CD that will include her
Octagon compositions of jazz quartet with string quartet. 
Check out our Facebook Pages! 
Your’s Truly, Greg Pasenko
Yes, all of our artists are doing SOOOO much more than listed so please
check out our website www.blujazz.com and there personal sites. 
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