SPECIAL PROJECTS

MICHAEL HENDERSON & ELECTRIC MILES

4-time Grammy nominee MICHAEL HENDERSON played electric bass with Miles as well as with a Who's Who of other Jazz, Funk, R&B and Pop stars. Now he's assembled an impressive lineup of other Miles alumni to recreate music that sounds as forward looking now as it did when Miles presented it in the 70's and 80's. Miles even gave his horn to WALLACE RONEY, who plays trumpet in this band, which also includes saxophonist GARY BARTZ, who played with Miles on Live-Evil and The Cellar Door Sessions, and 80's Miles alumnus WILLIAM "SPACEMAN" PATTERSON on electric guitar as well as legendary Living Colour drummer WILL CALHOUN, keyboard wizard FEDERICO PENA, and young tabla master BHUPINDER CHAGGAR. Remember that these great musicians haven't stood still since their days with Miles, so you'll really be hearing MILES in the 21st CENTURY with this band.

SPIROS EXARAS & ELIO VILLAFRANCA
I know Spiros from his past work with vocalist Tessa Souter, and Elio from his work with Jane Bunnett. Last year Spiros sent me their duo CD Old Waters New River, and I fell in love with it. If you can imagine the confluence of Spiros's Greek background with Elio's Afro-Cuban, with a bit of flamenco thrown in, then you can imagine the "New River" they have created. The music is MELODIC and INFECTIOUSLY RHYTHMIC, ADVENTUROUS and also ACCESSIBLE to a wide audience. I'm not representing other projects of Spiros's or Elio's, just this one, because it's eminently tourable. Their first U.S. tour was a great success and they want to do more, so ask me for a copy of the CD, and when you hear it you’ll want them too.

PATRICIA BARBER & KENNY WERNER
Kenny and Patricia have performed SOLD-OUT DUO CONCERTS in Chicago and at the Montréal Jazz Festival and had such a good time that THEY'D LOVE to do it AGAIN. If you know how inherently adventurous these master musicians are, you'll understand that every duo concert of theirs will be completely unique and an exhilarating ride for the listener. Contact me and get on board now!

PATRICIA BARBER & RENEE FLEMING
Patricia and Renee have been friends for awhile now and they combined forces in December 2015 for concerts at Chicago's Harris Theater, the Kennedy Center in DC, and National Sawdust in Brooklyn. Opera star Renee sang original songs of Patricia's with her accompanist, Patricia then performed with her Jazz Quartet, and they closed by singing some standards and holiday songs together. That for me was highlight, as their voices blended magnificently. Hopefully there will be many more joint ventures down the road for these two singular musicians. In the meantime Renee continues to sing Patricia's songs in her concerts, and Patricia is getting more work and recognition as a composer of art songs as well as jazz tunes.

HOLLY  HOFMANN & STRINGS!
I heard Holly do a Jobim program with the San Diego Symphony string section playing intricately gorgeous charts by Mike Wofford and a couple of other great arrangers to augment her quartet + percussionist ... a most unique and fulfilling evening of music! And now, to make it even more special, the great Kevin Mahogany has been added as guest vocalist. Holly also has original Ellington charts for strings, so if you have a classical series and want to add something a little different to your season, consider bringing Holly's band and arrangements to your city!

SYMPHONY LOUNGE with CHAISE LOUNGE
Who knew that Chaise Lounge bandleader CHARLIE BARNETT is also a classical composer of substance and depth? Well, anyone who heard the Chaise Lounge concerts at DC's Atlas Theater with the Capital City Symphony certainly knows. The first half of the program featured the Symphony playing Charlie's composition The Tarot, and the second half, now available on the live CD Symphony Lounge, featured the sextet doing a dozen of their most popular tunes, backed by the Symphony playing Charlie's original orchestrations. If you have an orchestra in your town, consider a SYMPHONY LOUNGE concert. This program has something for everyone who likes music, period.

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I'm now also representing the explosive big bands of OLIVER LAKE and ANDREW CYRILLE. Andrew's brand new 21st CENTURY BIG BAND UNLIMITED features his original compositions arranged and orchestrated by Mark Masters of the American Jazz Institute. The OLIVER LAKE BIG BAND focuses on Oliver's arrangements of his own compositions, has two great recordings out and headlined at the Charlie Parker Festival in NYC last summer. These are two of my favorite big bands working today, and they want to play, so let's make a deal to get one to your venue this year. If you can't afford to bring the band but have a great local big band, bring Andrew or Oliver and their charts.

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