Exciting New Jazz Music – Midón, Mendoza and Metropole

Exciting New Jazz Music – Midón, Mendoza and Metropole

Introducing Raul Midơn, Vince Mendoza and the Metropole Orkest.

Recently I have been studying the music of gifted musician/compose/conductor Vince Mendoza whose stunningly beautiful and very hip orchestral music is typically classified as “contemporary” or pop jazz. Look him up on Spotify, Amazon or Apple Music and you will probably be as stunned as I was say, “why haven’t I heard of this guy before. (He’s been recording sensational sounds for more than 20 years.)

Mendoza has recorded a number of recordings with Metropole Orkest a full symphonic orchestra that plays some great jazz.

If You Really Want

In 2014 singer/guitarist/composer Raul Midón joined the Metropole Orkest, conducted by Vince Mendoza, to record the album ‘If You Really Want’. It took four years to find the right time and partner to release the record, which is out now on Artistry Music and received a Grammy. You just have to listen to it! The vocals are soulful, the compositions are elegant, and the orchestra, led by Mendoza is sensational.

A glimpse into the making of “If You Really Want”

Raul Midon: “I Just Want To Pick Somebody Up”

John Scofield, Vince Mendoza, Metropole Orchestra – Honest I Do

Have a very wonderful new year!

Joseph Liberti

 

Bobby Sanabria – West Side Story

Bobby Sanabria – West Side Story Reimagined

Bobby Sanabria interprets the music of West Side Story with exciting new latin jazz arrangements.

Bobby Sanabria West Side Story

Last November, drummer Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Big Band premiered a newly arranged interpretation of the Leonard Bernstein score in New York. Their performance was recorded and recently released as West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads).

YouTube Video (more on youtube.com)

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Too Darn Hot

Too Darn Hot  is a song written by Cole Porter for his musical Kiss Me, Kate (1948)

Cole Porter
Cole Porter

Too Darn Hot seemed and appropriate subject for today. Formerly we almost never used our air conditioning system, preferring fresh air. Now as the temperature clips above 90 regularly we are often glad to have relief.  Cole Porter’s tune is a little musical relief. Here’s two versions:

Ella Fitzgerald recorded the song for her 1956 album “Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook”.

In the stage version of Kiss Me Kate, it is sung at the start of Act 2

In this version you can hear a full orchestral arrangement.

Choros And Jazz Masters

Choros And Jazz Masters

This jazz master practiced using choros?

My journal just popped up a reminder that four years ago today I played a great gig with Marc Neihof, Alan Joseph, Dave Hanson and Stefan Flores at the Pueblo Zoo. How fortunate I have been to play with such master musicians. I remember Marc had been playing a lot of choros in his personal practice. When he played a stunning solo on this zoo gig, Alan and I looked at each other with wide eyes and Alan said “It must be the choros.”

I’ll be fortunate to be playing with Marc and Trip Zeigler at The Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival in America The Beautiful Park Sunday July 1 at Noon. Say hi if you are there.

Vince Mendoza, Composer
Vince Mendoza

Choro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʃoɾu], “cry” or “lament”), also popularly called chorinho (“little cry” or “little lament”), is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre which originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. Despite its name, the music often has a fast and happy rhythm. Source: Wikipedia

Recently I listened to a modern choro composition by one of my new heroes, composer Vince Mendoza with the WDR big band on the album Homecoming. I did find a Vince Mendoza with the Metropole Orchestra video on youtube for you. Here it is:

Wednesday Blue – Live

Wednesday Blue – Recorded Live at 21C.

The new composition Wednesday Blue was inspired by Espressivo, a powerful painting by my good friend and gifted artist Suz Stovall.

Here’s a video of our first performance of Wednesday Blue at our May concert when Suz was there to hear it. Suz is opening a new show at Gallery G44 Friday the 22. Her work is great. Don’t miss it.

 

 

You Must Believe In Spring – Live

You Must Believe In Spring Live at 21C by FluteDaddy Quartet.

You Must Believe In Spring is a beautiful ballad composed by Michel Legrand. In May 2018 FluteDaddy Quartet featuring Joseph Liberti on alto flute, Reggie berg piano, Jason Crowe bass and Tyler Kennamer drums performed a special arrangement of You Must Believe In Spring for an audience at 21C and it was recorded live.

The arrangement begins with a piano solo introduction by Reggie followed by a piano/flute duet played rubato style and then an out-chorus improvised solo on alto flute by Joseph as the full quartet plays. If you like beautiful music you will enjoy this.

 

What Is BeBop?

What is bebop? Some say it was jazz’s most influential development.

The term bebop is well-known, but many jazz newcomers often ask: what is bebop? And why is it hailed as the most important development in jazz? uDiscover Music reveals all…

The Big Apple certainly didn’t know what hit it when Charlie Parker blew into town like a tornado and shook the jazz scene to its very core. It was 1942, and the 22-year-old alto saxophonist from Kansas City, then playing in pianist Jay McShann’s band, was blowing his horn in a way that had never been heard or seen before. Molten melodic lines poured out of him in a rapid-fire torrent of improvisation that took virtuosity to a new level. Read More

Charlie Parker