Nick Finzer Lights Up The Charts
In its third week at radio, Nick Finzer's The Chase rocketed to #12 on the JazzWeek Airplay charts as the highest debuting album of the week. Since then, it's continued its climb to #15 and should remain strong for another 11 weeks. Nick's heading out for dates in Australia for the first half of September and then back to performing around New York in the fall.
Legendary Bassists Record Together
David Friesen and Glen Moore, two of the more influential bassists in jazz, recently teamed for a tour through Europe concluding with their 3rd duo recording over the last 40 years. Add the decade between their initial meeting up in Seattle in the '60s before their first recording, 1977's In Concert (Vanguard), and the total time they've been working together comes to 50 years. Named for the two-humped camel native to the steppes of central Asia, Bactrian offers ample new proof that these old friends continue to take great glee in surprising and challenging each other, their listeners, and themselves. Street date is November 20th, but look for it on sale here at the beginning of October.
Gail Pettis Tours Russia
Seattle vocalist Gail Pettis recently completed her second stellar tour of Russia over the last year. Playing to sold-out houses throughout central Russia, Pettis is developing material for her third recording in time for her next tour in Spring 2016.
New Release From Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach
With the amazing reception Laurie Antonioli received for her 2014 release, Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light: Music of Joni Mitchell, (including from Joni herself!), she decided to follow up with something entirely different. Rekindling a duo relationship she's carried on with master pianist Richie Beirach over the last 25 years, Varuna reveals the exhilarating musical empathy they've developed over that time. As Stereoplay magazine said about their last collaboration, "The delicacies created by (Beirach and Antonioli) are simply extraordinary." Varuna hits stores on September 18th.
Aaron Lington selected as a "2015 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate"
Baritone saxophonist, composer and OA2 Records artist Aaron Lington was selected as a "2015 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate" by the arts organization Silicon Valley Creates.
He was recognized in the "Off Stage" category which celebrates his achievements as a composer and arranger.
This is the 25th year of the Silicon Valley Artist Laureate program and places Lington among 140 of the best artists in Silicon Valley from the last quarter century.
Gail Pettis in More Magazine
Gail Pettis is featured in October's MORE Magazine. Gail is profiled under the heading "Freeing Your Inner Artist" in the issue that's available on every newsstand in the country, now!
Bobby Broom Lights Up The Charts
Since its release a month ago, My Shining Hour went straight up the airplay charts and it's now been in the Top 6 for 4 weeks - presently at #3!
This week also marks the end of Bobby's 3-month tour opening for Steely Dan, where the trio performed for tens of thousands of people at over 50 concerts.
Keep your eyes peeled for other great developments this year from the very deserving guitarist.
11th Annual Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival
Idylic Amelia Island on Florida's east coast and one of the world's premier drummers - Les DeMerle, again team-up to present 4 days of hard-swinging jazz, October 16-19.
Headliners Randy Brecker & Tony Monaco join vocalist Bonnie Eisele, El Nino and the Latin Jazz Knights, dozens of student musicians, Dr. Bill Prince and the U.S. Navy Band Southeast to create a musically rich and diverse festival. Visit www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com for more information.
Paul Tynan wins ECMA for jazz recording of the year
Paul Tynan has won the East Coast Music Award (ECMA) for jazz recording of the year for Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Three, from the ensemble he co-leads with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Aaron Lington.
The awards were handed out in Charlottetown, PEI on April 6.
"Needless to say I am extremely excited about winning the 2014 ECMA jazz recording of the year award," says Tynan, who also played a showcase at the ECMAs.
Origin Records Online Radio
Episode #30 of Origin Records Online Radio is no online at YouTube.
The episode is an interview with trumpeter Chad McCullough and talks about his up-coming shows and recent recordings Cascades and Lake Superior.
Composer Daniel Jamieson to conduct the Metropole Orkest featuring Joe Lovano
On May 19th 2013, the Metropole Orkest will be presenting a concert in Amsterdam celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Ballads." The performance will feature renowned tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano. The orchestra will be conducted by OA2 Records artist Daniel Jamieson, and they will be premiering his reimagined arrangements of these classic standards. In addition to the "Ballads" program, they will be performing arrangements by Jim McNeely, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner and Billy Strayhorn.
Check out, Sudden Appearance, Daniel's debut release on OA2 Records.
Downbeat 5-Star review for Liam Sillery's Phenomenology
New York trumpeter Liam Sillery received a 5-star review for his fourth and most recent release from OA2 Records. Phenomenology made a strong showing on the radio charts earlier this year, and is available now from our website. Don't miss this exciting record Downbeat's Chris Robinson states, "Is so natural, that only one word can be used to describe it: perfect."
Read the full review - here.