June 13, 2014

What I've Been Listening To This Week:

I've been listening to some great music this week. Rather than pick one, I figured I'd make a list of them.

Pink Floyd - Saucerful of Secrets
Joe Pass - Virtuoso
Jim Hall - Commitment
Bob Dylan - Slow Train Coming
Youssou N'Dour - Set

Have a great week everybody!

May 31, 2014

Weekly Music Pick: Nels Cline

This whole week I've been listening to Nels Cline a lot. Specifically the Wilco albums "Sky Blue Sky" and "Kicking Television". I've been watching footage of the Bonnaroo Festival last year. That whole set is great. He's such a fine musician. I really love his playing.

May 23, 2014

Recap: Gil Evans Project @ Jazz Standard, NYC

The Gil Evans Project at Jazz Standard a couple weeks ago was quite a magnificent experience. Directed by Ryan Truesdell, the GRAMMY Award-Winning Gil Evans Project consists of incredible top notch jazz musicians, creating an extraordinarily powerful group as a whole. Each night was filled with nothing but true, pure Gil Evans love. Previously unrecorded, unheard Gil Evans music. The entire week was recorded live and will be released on ArtistShare.

Here's the exciting part: you can help this project come to life by becoming a participant! In other words, you can stay up to date on the project, access behind-the-scenes content, and so much more -- all while supporting this project and guaranteeing it's success! More information here.

Legendary vocalist Helen Merrill and jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz attended the show. 
Lee Konitz & Ryan Truesdell

Photos courtesy of Tak Tokiwa.

May 16, 2014

Gil Evans Project at the Jazz Standard

I went to see the Gil Evans Project at the Jazz Standard the other day. Amazing.  Band sounded beautiful. Wendy Gilles has an incredible voice. If you're in New York, go down to the Standard and check it out. It's also being recorded for a new Blue Note/ArtistShare release and you can check out the project here.  

May 10, 2014

Gil Evans Project: LIVE in NYC at The Jazz Standard This Week!

This week some very exciting things are happening! The GRAMMY Award-Winning Gil Evans Project, led by Ryan Truesdell, will be back for their annual week long engagement at the Jazz Standard from May 13 - 18. (May 13th also happens to be Gil's Birthday!) They will be performing previously unheard/unrecorded Gil Evans music LIVE every night for their sophomore album.

It gets even better - The Gil Evans Project: LIVE in NYC is also a current project on the Blue Note/ArtistShare label! This means that fans can participate in this project here to access exclusive behind-the-scenes privileges that range anywhere from receiving autographed CDs to having your name on the album, designing the artwork, and having dinner with Ryan Truesdell himself.

This event has been featured in the NY Times and listed in the Village Voice as one of the "10 Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month"! This will be an unforgettable event with sensational music.  We hope to see you there!

The Gil Evans Project, Conducted by Ryan Truesdell
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30pm, Additional 11:30 sets on Friday & Saturday.
May 13 - 15 // Music for Claude Thornhill
May 16 - 18 // "New Bottle Old Wine" & "Individualism of Gil Evans"
Jazz Standard: 116 E 27 St. New York, NY 10016
Music Charge: $30, NO Food/Drink Minimum

May 2, 2014

Jim Hall's Memorial at Blue Note

Thank you to everyone who attended Jim Hall's Memorial Tribute at the Blue Note. It was a beautiful celebration of Jim's life and music, which will forever touch and inspire the lives of countless others. 

Photographer Tak Tokiwa captured quite a few magical moments. 
Here are some of the ArtistShare Team's favorites: 

"Playing For Jim Hall" - Blue Note NYC 
Bill Charlap, Satoshi Inoue, Joey Baron, & Scott Colley
Bill Frisell & Chris Potter 
Brian Camelio, Bill Frisell, Chris Potter, Joey Baron, Scott Colley, & Julian Lage

April 27, 2014

Playing for Jim Hall

The Playing for Jim Hall concerts at the Blue Note in NYC were a huge success.  I am so happy and honored to have been a part of it. Being around so many excellent musicians and friends was such a memorable experience. I know Jim would have really loved it.