Monday, 16 March 2015

News: 5 Benefits of Playing Guitar (Besides Looking Cool)



So you’ve started taking guitar lessons and you’ve learned how to play some of the essential chords. When you grip your guitar, you probably feel instantly cooler, and trust me, you should. While being able to play some sweet riffs on your ax will definitely make you the life of the party and boost your street cred, those aren’t the only perks of your new hobby. Here are five benefits of playing guitar. http://takelessons.com/blog/5-benefits-of-playing-guitar-z01

PJ D'Atri: talks about three major projects coming up



ROCK GUITAR WIZARD SPEAKING!

In this trailer I'm going to talk about 3 major things, that are coming up:
* MY NEW BACH ALBUM
* MY UPCOMING SOLO ALBUM "SPEED ISSUES"
* MY INSTRUCTIONAL "SHRED" VIDEOS

Be sure to check out my facebook page and like it!
https://www.facebook.com/pjdatrimusic

Also don't forget to suscribe my channel, as this measure keeps you updated on my newest videos and entries!

Shred out!
PJ

film/edit/post:
Markus Kraus

performance:
PJ D'atri

Intro:
All Song Rights belong to
Waveshaper - The Engineer
(c) (r) PJ D'atri 2015


PJ D'Atri - SHRED [OFFICIAL TRAILER]

Marco Iacobini, Anna Portalupi, Mike Terrana: TIPS Spring Tour Itlay


Marco Iacobini

22 april the eagle live l.a.
23 april taranto go west
24 april rome inn blues
25 april ascoli piceno breaklive
26 april musical academy terni
3 may the barrino montisi ( yes )
8 may theater caruso papozze ( ro )
9 may the peocio trofarello ( to )
10 may tba
11 may tba

Eva Vergilova: Brothers in arms - Cheapcaster in Dire Straits



Eva Vergilova: Brothers in arms - Cheapcaster weeps in Eva's hands

Eva Vergilova - Brothers in arms (Dire straits)

Ian Siegal: embarks on 12 Date UK tour

Photo Credit: © Marco van Rooijen

IAN SIEGAL EMBARKS ON 12-DATE TOUR  - TOUR STARTS AT CHESTER LIVE ROOMS ON TUESDAY MARCH 17


Award-winning British songwriter, Ian Siegal, embarks on a 12-date UK tour at the Chester Live Rooms on Tuesday March 17th. The tour is in support of his new album One Night In Amsterdam, his first full-band live album which was recently released on CD and vinyl by Nugene Records on March 9th. The limited edition vinyl edition of the album can be ordered HERE. The new album includes a free bonus track Hard Pressed – available to those who purchase the CD and vinyl edition.

While Siegal’s 2014 album Man & Guitar showcased the award-winning British songwriter as a solo acoustic troubadour, One Night In Amsterdam flicks the power switch, marking Siegal’s first live album with a full-throttle electric band. Chalk up another first for the man that Mojo called, “One of the most innovative, gifted and engaging blues performers on the planet today.” For additional information about the UK tour and the new album, click here - http://bit.ly/1HLCBaq.


MARCH 2015 UK TOUR DATES

CHESTER LIVE ROOMS TUESDAY 17

GLASGOW STEREO WEDNESDAY 18

ABERDEEN JAZZ FESTIVAL THURSDAY 19

HARROGATE RIPLEY BLUES FRIDAY 20

DERBY FLOWERPOT SATURDAY 21

SCARBOROUGH TOP SECRET BLUES FESTIVAL SUNDAY 22

NEWCASTLE CLUNY TUESDAY 24

BOLTON RAILWAY WEDNESDAY 25

BRISTOL TUNNELS THURSDAY 26

NORWICH ARTS CENTRE FRIDAY 27

LONDON JAZZ CAFÉ SATURDAY 28




Thom Douvan: Returns With His Most Eclectic Release Yet, 'All Over Again'


Guitarist Thom Douvan Returns With His Most Eclectic Release Yet, 'All Over Again'

"Los Angeles - As a followup to last year's critically acclaimed release 'Brother Brother', guitarist Thom Douvan stretches into some different territory on his new album 'All Over Again'. Accompanied by such stellar musicians as keyboardist Mitchel Forman, bassist Jimmy Earl, percussionist Luis Conte and drummer Michael Barsimanto, Douvan pushes the envelope on nine original compositions and one well-chosen cover tune. “I see it as a continuum of the jazz, blues and soul music I featured on the last album, with a little bit more rock thrown in this time,” says the former Detroit session man who is currently an in-demand player on the Los Angeles studio scene.

'All Over Again' is the third CD released by composer-bandleader-guitarist Thom Douvan. Like his earlier soul-jazz tribute to the Motown Funk Brothers 'Brother Brother', which one critic called a “throw-back release with plenty of modern day flair”, Douvan's new recording 'All Over Again' recalls an era in music when the labels on music did not matter. Painting with a broad musical palette, the music on this new CD runs the gamut from soul to smooth jazz, adult contemporary to jazz fusion, World music to New Orleans funk, and straight ahead jazz.

This record features all original instrumental and vocal compositions by Thom, plus a lovely vocal ballad written by fellow Detroit guitarist Kenny Burrell sung by the great Lynne Fiddmont, who is currently on tour with Natalie Cole and has previously sung with Stevie Wonder, George Duke, and the Crusaders. The basic rhythm tracks on 'All Over Again' were recorded at Stagg Street Studio in Van Nuys, California in two day-long sessions featuring the killer rhythm section of Mitchel Forman on piano, Michael Barsimanto on drums, Jimmy Earl on Fender bass, and Trey Henry on acoustic bass. Overdubs and mixing were performed at several studios in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Final mixing was performed by Co-Producer Michael Parlett at Talented Studio in Los Angeles.

“This is a snapshot of some of my favorite influences and music,” says Douvan, who cites Billy Cobham’s 'Spectrum', Robben Ford’s 'Inside Story' and David Spinozza’s self-titled debut from 1978 as big inspirations for this recording. “I just kind of stood out of the way and let the music happen. And with the caliber of players on this record, I didn’t have anything to worry about.”

Along the way you can also hear the influence of such respected rhythm guitarists and soulful soloists as David T. Walker, Phil Upchurch and Cornell Dupree in his playing, as well as touches of such jazz icons as Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Larry Carlton and Detroit’s own Kenny Burrell.

From fusion (“Sephardia”) to smooth jazz (“Deja Vu All Over Again”), swinging jazz (“Wes Coasting”), classical and bluegrass (“Rhonda”) and funk (“Believe in You”), Douvan cuts a wide stylistic swath on his third outing as a leader. And he comes by his eclecticism honestly. Thom recalls, “Growing up in Ann Arbor in the early '70s, I came of age musically seeing all the great performers like Count Basie, Miles Davis, Magic Sam, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and others at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival. It really was an era where there were not so many barriers between different kinds of music. People could go between styles easily. I really miss that freedom, so I wanted to explore that on my own self-produced CDs.”

Though Thom currently splits his time between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, his heart is still deeply imbedded in the Motor City, where he gained invaluable bandstand experience during the '80s with a group of former Motown session men collectively known as The Funk Brothers. Those funk and soul-jazz roots run deep with the Ann Arbor native, proving you can take the man out of Detroit, but you can’t take Detroit out of the man! While attending law school in Ann Arbor, Douvan began playing with The Funk Brothers around 1985, long before those Detroit musicians appeared in the successful 2002 documentary 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown', which effectively launched their second career. He worked with The Funk Brothers until 1992, when he relocated to California.

While Douvan has accumulated an abundance of chops since his stint at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and his subsequent 40 years as a working professional, he downplays his technical prowess. Says Thom, “I'm into the soul groove. I like to lay into the pocket. I'm a roots player. I love Americana...anything from the roots. But I gravitate towards soul music, that's my thing.”

Here's what the press have raved about Thom Douvan:

“In something of a musical triumph, he manages to transform the songs while remaining true to their spirit.” – Jack Goldstein, Blog Critics.org

“Sassy stuff that's right in the pocket of all the wonderful old school instrumental records. Well done.”
– Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“A greasy-great guitarist...very fun, very funky...Douvan brings in unexpected influences ranging from the gritty soul of Cornell Dupree to the free-flowing warmth of Wes Montgomery.” – Nick Deriso, somethingelsereviews.com

“A throw back release with plenty of modern day flair, Thom Douvan strikes gold with this stellar release dedicated to Funk Brothers Johnny Griffith and Richard 'Pistol' Allen.” - Brent Black, criticaljazz.com

“...Douvan demonstrates a sweet clear sound akin to Larry Carlton's but set back many years into Burrell, Green and Montgomery territory with touches of Gale, Tropea, Upchurch, and others.” - Mark S. Turner, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

""This R&B tribute offers flavorful reworkings of songs like 'That's the Way of the World,' 'What's Going On,' 'Sara Smile,' 'Isn't She Lovely' and others. Guitarist Douvan is backed by superb Hammond work from a series of organists along with crisp drumming and held-note saxophones."" Marc Myers, Jazzwax.com

""... Douvan’s guitar strums, picks and plucks with a soulful strut. Whether or not you know these songs by heart, or whether or not you sing along with your crackling voice, you’ll still get a big kick out of this disc. Makes you fall in love with The Sound of Young America once again-let’s do some jazz takes of these tunes!"" - George W. Harris, Jazzweekly.com

In closing Thom has this to impart, “As Duke Ellington said, 'There are only two kinds of music, good and the other kind.' Hopefully the listening audience will find some music here on this eclectic program that will resonate with their musical tastes.”

In support of the CD release, Thom has several shows scheduled and in the works in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Detroit. He then hopes to push beyond those regional areas and take this music to appreciative audiences wherever they may be.

To purchase Thom Douvan's 'All Over Again' CD: Log onto iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby on or after March 4, 2014.

For more information: http://thomdouvan.com

Mike Porcaro: dead after battle with ALS - RIP




Mike Porcaro died at the age of 59. He had been living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's Disease, for quite some time. ALS is a progressive, degenerative disease that eventually leads to paralysis and death.

Deep condolences to the family and friends... RIP

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