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NEW YEAR SAVINGS 2013 Savings on Unlimited birthday Party Package. America’s Action Territory Announces January 2013 Birthday Party Specials, Mitsvahs, reunions, work party ideas.

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Like A Bridge — Lua Hadar and her global jazz band TWIST debut their new CD at SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club on E.52nd St., NYC

New York, NY: Fresh from their Yoshi’s debut, vocalist Lua Hadar with her band TWIST release their new CD, Like A Bridge, Saturday, April 14 at 7pm and 9pm at SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club in New York, with an eclectic mix from the band’s signature “jazz without borders” repertoire, sung in several languages by multi-lingual vocalist Lua Hadar.

The set list includes several tunes from the band’s new CD, Like A Bridge, recently recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios, Berkeley. The band features Music Director/Arranger Jason Martineau on piano with stellar New York players Tom Hubbard on bass, Vince Cherico on drums and Mark Vinci on reeds. SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club, 212 E. 52nd Street, 3rd Floor, NYC, NY 10022, Phone 212-371-7657. Tickets $10 (reserve athttp://bit.ly/Reserve14AprilLua) $10 drink min. Venue website: www.somethinjazz.com

About TWIST:

Lua Hadar with TWIST performs international standards with a different ‘twist’ on style; they also present both original and rarely performed songs, in several different languages. English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Malagasy (the language of Madagascar) are represented in the upcoming recording, which uses the Bridge as a metaphor for the connections we can make with each other to foster world unity and harmony.

About Lua Hadar:

Lua Hadar is a multi-lingual vocalist and actor, a teaching artist and an independent producer. She has a lifelong commitment to cultural exchange and has enjoyed collaborations in Bali, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and Thailand. The mission of her band, TWIST, is to create world harmony through music.

A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Lua interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery, as well as passionate commitment and humor. She has appeared at Yoshi’s Oakland, The Fairmont Hotel, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, The Plush Room and Jazz at Pearl’s, New York’s Iridium Jazz Club and Cornelia Street Café, the Swan Bar in Paris, Theatre Les Tisserands in Lille, France, and at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance and Music. Her upcoming performances are at SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club in New York City and The Jazzschool in Berkeley, where she releases her 3rd CD, Like A Bridge, recorded at Fantasy Studios.

Hadar delivers Master Classes in interpretation and style of the body of musical material known as The Great American Songbook, part of her heritage as a native New Yorker and daughter of a musician. Her San Francisco-based Studio NPG provides professional development for performing artists and offers salon concerts and events for the community, featuring teaching artists such as Broadway-TV-film star, Faith Prince, among others. www.luahadar.com

About the BRIDGES PROJECT and Like A Bridge:

The new CD, Like A Bridge, is the centerpiece of the 3-year Bridges Project, which will also include education and international exchange. Hadar sings in seven different languages (including Japanese and Malagasy) in this new recording, which uses the Bridge as a metaphor for the connections we can make with each other to foster world unity and harmony. Each song represents a part of that bridge in language or theme.

Guest performers on the new CD include cellist Emil Miland (who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010), koto player Fumiko Ozawa and jazz accordionist David Miotke. The core band is comprised of Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Celso Alberti on drums, Ian Dogole on global percussion and Larry De La Cruz on reeds.

The New York CD release of Like A Bridge is slated for April 14, 2012, at midtown Manhattan’s SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club. And TWIST will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge this year, with a West Coast release at Berkeley’s Jazzschool on June 3. www.luahadar.com

About the upcoming DVD:

The Bridges Project includes broadcast-quality video, which was also recorded at Fantasy Studios and directed by Lawrence Jordan, who has directed for Tony Bennett, Eddie Izzard, Sting, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, George Michael, Vanessa Williams and many more. The video features Lua Hadar, the full band and guest performers, including South African singer Gideon Bendile and his group, Kalahari Experience, singing in Zulu on a French language world beat song written by French pop star, Maxime Le Forestier. The DVD is slated for debut in the fall of 2012.

New York CD Release Information: CALENDAR
“Like a Bridge” CD Release – Lua Hadar with TWIST
7pm and 9pm on April 14 (Saturday)
SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club
212 E. 52nd Street, 3rd Floor, NYC, NY 10022
Phone 212-371-7657
Tickets $10 (at http://bit.ly/LuaApril14), with $10 drink min.
Venue Website – www.somethinjazz.com/ny/

Quotes and Information about Cultural Exchange and the CD, Like A Bridge:

Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s global jazz band TWIST has developed a reputation for twisting the style of international standards, performing original numbers and presenting songs in different languages. The upcoming recording will feature songs in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Malagasy, the language of Madagascar.

“This is the most ambitious project I’ve ever attempted,” says Hadar, “and I feel like an acrobat without a net. I’m just so grateful to have such an amazing team of artists to collaborate with to bring the vision to reality. I have been incubating this project for a year during which I have been influenced by cultural exchange experiences as well as by loss and by my view of the world. I see our planet as if from a spaceship: without borders. We are all One. If each human truly had equal rights to adequate food, shelter, healthcare, safety, liberty and self-expression, I believe there would be no need for war. The Bridge is our metaphor for the connections we can make to each other to foster world unity and harmony. Each song represents a part of that Bridge, either because of its language or because of its theme.”

Co-producer and composer Candace Forest says, “The Bridges Project is the perfect vehicle for Lua’s talents, not only as a singer but also as a cultural diplomat. Her flair for languages combined with her passion for her music always creates deeply satisfying excitement for both her audiences and fellow musicians. I’m thrilled that one of my compositions, Come Back To California, written for our friend from Lille, France, bassist Albin Suffys, received its USA debut at Yoshi’s and will appear on the DVD.”

The title Like A Bridge was inspired by French artist and writer Séverine Suffys, also of Lille, France, after the Suffys family hosted Forest and Hadar for a 2010 cultural exchange concert and master class. She wrote: A la rencontre des musiciens français qui inventent les rythmes et les mélodies des golden gates. Des ponts à danser sur toutes les musiques du monde. (To the meeting with French musicians who invent rhythms and melodies of golden gates. Bridges on which to dance to all the music of the world.)

During that collaboration in Lille, Hadar worked with members of Albin Suffys’ Musiconoclast’ Orchestra as well as the Agora Jazz Trio. Drummer Tohery Ravaloson later suggested a song from his native country, Madagascar. Raha Mbola Misy is performed on the new recording, featuring reed player Larry De La Cruz on flute, complementing Hadar’s Malagasy language vocal.

Another notable French connection came from Hadar’s June 2011 meeting with French pop star Maxime Le Forestier, on the 40th Anniversary of his song about a Blue House in San Francisco’s Castro district. The French language San Francisco appears on both the CD and DVD, and will be heard live in New York. Hadar was also drawn to another of Maxime Le Forestier’s compositions, Né Quelque Part (Born Somewhere), a world beat song about immigration rights featuring a Zulu language chorus. TWIST’s video performance of this song will feature not only global percussionist Ian Dogole, but also South African singer Gideon Bendile and members of his Kalahari Experience Zulu choir.

Educational collaborations with Japan have introduced Lua to koto player Fumiko Ozawa, who this past year made her koto orchestra debut at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater. She guests with TWIST on their interpretation of the Japanese 1963 pop classic Ue o muite aruko, honoring the dignity of the Japanese to “walk with their heads up’” after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

Guest cellist Emil Miland made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 with Frederica von Stade in her farewell recital. In the same week he made his jazz debut with TWIST at New York’s Cornelia Street Café, and has contributed to Like A Bridge on the mystical Tom Jobim song, Imagina. A champion of new works for cello, he has given premieres of music written specifically for him by such composers as Ernst Bacon, David Carlson, Andrew Imbrie, Lou Harrison, Jake Heggie and Dwight Okamura. As a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1988, he has collaborated with many singers in recital including Zheng Cao, Joyce di Donato, Susan Graham, Marilyn Horne, Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, and Frederica von Stade.

Brazilian drummer Celso Alberti says, ” It was an awesome experience recording with Lua along with all the great musicians that where part of this project. From start to finish the energy was highly positive and it was translated in the beautiful music that we made together. The crew capturing the audio and the video was one of the best I ever worked with.”

The development of these far-reaching arrangements could not occur without the artistic contribution of TWIST’s Music Director, Dr. Jason Martineau. Martineau says, “The song list for Like A Bridge honors the differences among us, celebrating their beauty, while seeing that we are, underneath, the same.“

Bios of the Core Band members on the CD:

Music Director, Dr. Jason Martineau is an award-winning composer, pianist, arranger, instructor and author. He works in multiple capacities with many different idioms and styles, from world fusion and jazz, to avant-garde, industrial, rock, pop, and classical. As such, he is the cornerstone of TWIST, as music director, principal arranger, pianist and bandleader. He has been playing the piano for 36 years and has worked with Lua Hadar since 2005, recording three albums and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and at the 10th International Festival of Dance and Music in Bangkok, Thailand. Holding graduate degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Martineau has composed numerous works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano, and chorus, as well as a full-length musical, multiple film scores, and over 200 songs, both instrumental and vocal, recording more than ten CDs in various genres. He has also been featured on numerous other artists’ recordings, as pianist, music director, and producer, including Vanessa Carlton’s “Heroes and Thieves,” for which he orchestrated string arrangements. His book “The Elements of Music,” is distributed both nationally and internationally. His film scores have been featured in documentaries broadcast on PBS stations around the US since 1998, and his music enhances a large variety of multimedia projects. In 2011 he joined the faculty at the Academy of Art University, teaching music notation, theory, and counterpoint.www.jasonmartineau.com

Drummer Celso Alberti was born in Curitiba, Southern Brazil. The driving rhythms of his country’s music led him to develop an early interest in the drums and by the age of 17, he was performing regularly as a professional. In 1982 he decided to expand his musical horizons and moved to the U.S., where he has been living since. His dynamic drumming style, blending traditional Brazilian music with World and Rock influences, was quickly recognized and he soon started to work with musicians like Herbie Mann, John Lucien, Michael Manring, Joyce Cooling, Craig Chaquico, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Jose Neto, Andrei Kondakov and most recently the legendary Steve Winwood. Celso is also a respected audio engineer and holds credits on Steve Winwood, Airto Moreira, Kundalini Boombox and Mary Fettig’s latest albums to name a few. Both his driving style and his versatility provide TWIST with exciting flair and a rock solid base. www.celsoalberti.com

Experienced on both upright and electric basses, in styles of music ranging from jazz and latin to pop and rock, Dan Feiszli anchors TWIST with versatility and panache. He has performed in concert with such notable artists as James Moody, Raul Midon, and Mickey Hart, and toured nationally and internationally with artists including Julio Iglesias, Nicole Yarling and Raul DiBlasio. In addition to his career as a performer, Dan is featured on hundreds of recordings as both a bassist and recording engineer, and has recorded and mixed albums reaching as high as #4 on the US Top 40 Jazz Radio Charts. In between performances and recording sessions, Dan can be found working as a freelance recording engineer and producer at his studio in El Cerrito, California. www.studiorhythm.com

Recording artist, composer, teacher and reed man extraordinaire, Larry De La Cruz is a tried and true staple of the local jazz community. Having worked with likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Liebman, Mike Zilber & Donald Harrison, De La Cruz also makes up 1/3 of the group Mo’Fone, one of the funkiest jazz projects ever to come out of the Bay Area. Larry’s dynamic soloing can range from Coltrane-esque runs on up-tempo tunes to soulful wails on slower ballads. Whatever the genre, Larry’s energetic style and musical sensitivity provide TWIST with color and variety whether he solos on tenor, alto, soprano or flute. www.larrydelacruz.com

As a major in Ethnomusicology (and Classics) at Brown University, Global Percussionist Ian Dogole delved deeply into the indigenous music cultures of the planet, while maintaining his fascination with the evolution of Jazz. Ian began to crystallize his vision of Global Fusion Music, blending the forms and instruments of Jazz with those of the non-Western world. Ian has released six audio recordings as a leader and has recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza El Din, Tito La Rosa, Paul McCandless, David Friesen and Alex Degrassi, to name a few. In addition to his own releases, Ian’s compositions can be found on recordings by the world/fusion group Ancient Future, and have been used by the San Francisco Giants, the Philadelphia Phillies, Brown University and the Indonesian Park Service. He brings an authentic world beat to TWIST with a variety of percussion instruments including udu, cajon and dumbek. www.iandogole.com.

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Utah is proud to introduce the “Now and Never Parties”

Many Utahan’s have been looking for opportunities like this for quite some time. The opportunity has come and you’re invited to come and be part of the party! Different entertainment, locations, food, and themes each time: you’ll never be bored with Now or Never Parties. Sometimes it will be more formal dining, other times a more casual experience. Regardless of the party, it will be a night to remember and take advantage of.

In Provo UT. at 6 p.m. on the 13th of April 2012 our readers of our magazine, our fans, and our ticket holders are invited to a one of a kind of exclusive invitation only party. Our Now or Never party. There will be lots of Food, Fun, Gifts, Entertainment and more. Seats are very limited.

The public is invited – Non readers of the magazine, new fans, and current non ticket holders can go to our “Now and Never Party” page below to try to obtain tickets on a first come first serve basis. Tickets are $50.00 plus fees. Good for (2) guests per ticket. Each guest receives a gift bag of up to a $40.00 value.

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About the Now or Never Parties
It’s easy for so many of us talk about “One day, I will do….” or “Someday I’m going to….”. We believe in living and enjoying life and in doing it NOW. Chances are, if we don’t take advantage and do what our “Someday” items are NOW, they will NEVER come around. What are your “Somedays?” How bad do you really want to do them? Come party with us and we’ll help you define, realize,enjoy life, and for a lucky few guests, get some of those “Somedays” done. Our parties are hosted by Connect & Eatz Magazine! Go check it out on Facebook!

We give you intimate entertainment in smaller groups at your favorite local restaurants and venues. From music, to featured artists, and sometimes even comedy: we bring you the party you’ve been waiting for! A food enthusiast dream: a night to expand your palate and help shape the restaurant menu. Our guests have the opportunity to try new items and decide which ones your local restaurants should feature.

Keep a look-out on our wall and event page to see when the next parties are coming up and sign up here on our FB page, https://www.facebook.com/NowRNeverParty or on our website. http://www.connectandeatzfb.com

To learn even more about the various parties, sponsor and the magazine itself feel free to visit our new larger site opening this week, and our facebook page at the links below.

http://connectandeatzmag.com Our new up and coming magazine/sponsor web site. Also visit our Magazine Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/connectandeatzmag We are very passionate about living life as you will be able to see.

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Lua Hadar and her global jazz band TWIST debut at Yoshi’s Oakland, previewing new CD Sunday, March 11 @ 7pm

Vocalist Lua Hadar with her band TWIST make their Yoshi’s Oakland debut on Sunday, March 11 at 7pm with their signature “Jazz Without Borders,” an evening of international jazz. The set list includes several tunes from the band’s new CD, Like A Bridge, recently recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios, Berkeley. Also, a new song by guest pianist-vocalist-composer Candace Forest receives its U.S. premiere, along with an eclectic mix from the band’s “jazz without borders” repertoire, sung in several languages by multi-lingual vocalist Lua Hadar. The band includes Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Celso Alberti on drums, Ian Dogole on global percussion, Larry de la Cruz on reeds. Tickets are $12 in advance at www.yoshis.com and $15 at the door. Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, phone 510-238-9200.

About TWIST
Lua Hadar with TWIST performs international standards with a different ‘twist’ on style; they also present both original and rarely performed songs, in several different languages. English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Malagasy (the language of Madagascar) will be represented in the upcoming recording.

About the BRIDGES PROJECT and Like A Bridge (CD):

The new CD, Like A Bridge, is the centerpiece of the 3-year Bridges Project, which also includes education and international exchange. Hadar sings in seven different languages (including Japanese and Malagasy) in this new recording, which uses the Bridge as a metaphor for the connections we can make with each other to foster world unity and harmony. Each song represents a part of that bridge in language or theme.

Guest performers on the new CD include cellist Emil Miland (who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010), koto player Fumiko Ozawa and jazz accordionist David Miotke.

The New York CD release of Like A Bridge is slated for April 14, 2012, at midtown Manhattan’s SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club. And TWIST will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge this year, with a West Coast release at Berkeley’s Jazzschool on June 3. www.luahadar.com

The Bridges Project includes broadcast-quality video, which was also recorded at Fantasy Studios and directed by Lawrence Jordan, who has directed for Tony Bennett, Eddie Izzard, Sting, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, George Michael, Vanessa Williams and many more. The video features Lua Hadar, the full band and guest performers, including South African singer Gideon Bendile and his group, Kalahari Experience, singing in Zulu on a French language world beat song written by French pop star, Maxime Le Forestier. The video is slated for debut in the fall of 2012.

About Lua Hadar
Lua Hadar is a multi-lingual vocalist and actor, a teaching artist and an independent producer. She has a lifelong commitment to cultural exchange and has enjoyed collaborations in Bali, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and Thailand. The mission of her band, TWIST, is to create world harmony through music.

A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Lua interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery. She has appeared at The Fairmont Hotel, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, The Plush Room and Jazz at Pearl’s, New York’s Iridium Jazz Club and Cornelia Street Café, the Swan Bar in Paris, Theatre Les Tisserands in Lille, France, and at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music. Her upcoming performances include Yoshi’s Oakland, Somethin’ Jazz Club in New York City and The Jazzschool in Berkeley.

Hadar delivers Master Classes in interpretation and style of the body of musical material known as The Great American Songbook, part of her heritage as a native New Yorker and daughter of a musician. Her San Francisco-based Studio NPG provides professional development for performing artists and offers salon concerts and events for the community, featuring teaching artists such as Broadway-TV-film star, Faith Prince, among others. www.luahadar.com

Quotes and Information on Cultural Exchange Influences and Guest Performers:

Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s global jazz band TWIST has developed a reputation for twisting the style of international standards, performing original numbers and presenting songs in different languages. The upcoming recording will feature songs in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Malagasy, the language of Madagascar.

“This is the most ambitious project I’ve ever attempted,” says Hadar, “and I feel like an acrobat without a net. I’m just so grateful to have such an amazing team of artists to collaborate with to bring the vision to reality. I have been incubating this project for a year during which I have been influenced by cultural exchange experiences as well as by loss and by my view of the world. I see our planet as if from a spaceship: without borders. We are all One. If each human truly had equal rights to adequate food, shelter, healthcare, safety, liberty and self-expression, I believe there would be no need for war. The Bridge is our metaphor for the connections we can make to each other to foster world unity and harmony. Each song represents a part of that Bridge, either because of its language or because of its theme.”

Co-producer and composer Candace Forest says, “The Bridges Project is the perfect vehicle for Lua’s talents, not only as a singer but also as a cultural diplomat. Her flair for languages combined with her passion for her music always creates deeply satisfying excitement for both her audiences and fellow musicians. I’m thrilled that one of my compositions, Come Back To California, written for our friend from Lille, France, bassist Albin Suffys, will be performed at Yoshi’s.”

The title Like A Bridge was inspired by French artist and writer Séverine Suffys, also of Lille, France, after the Suffys family hosted Forest and Hadar for a 2010 cultural exchange concert and master class. She wrote: A la rencontre des musiciens français qui inventent les rythmes et les mélodies des golden gates. Des ponts à danser sur toutes les musiques du monde. (To the meeting with French musicians who invent rhythms and melodies of golden gates. Bridges on which to dance to all the music of the world.)

During that collaboration in Lille, Hadar worked with members of Albin Suffys’ Musiconoclast’ Orchestra as well as the Agora Jazz Trio. Drummer Tohery Ravaloson later suggested a song from his native country, Madagascar. Raha Mbola Misy, will be performed on the upcoming recording, featuring reed player Larry De La Cruz on flute, complementing Hadar’s Malagasy language vocal.

Another notable French connection came from Hadar’s June 2011 meeting with French pop star Maxime Le Forestier, on the 40th Anniversary of his song about a Blue House in San Francisco’s Castro district. Hadar was also drawn to another of his compositions, Né Quelque Part (Born Somewhere), a world beat song about immigration rights featuring a Zulu language chorus. TWIST’s video performance of this song will feature not only global percussionist Ian Dogole, but also South African singer Gideon Bendile and members of his Kalahari Experience Zulu choir.

Educational collaborations with Japan have introduced Lua to koto player Fumiko Ozawa, who this past year made her koto orchestra debut at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater. She guests with TWIST on their interpretation of the Japanese 1963 pop classic Ue o muite aruko, honoring the dignity of the Japanese to “walk with their heads up’” after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

Guest cellist Emil Miland made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 with Frederica von Stade in her farewell recital. In the same week he made his jazz debut with TWIST at New York’s Cornelia Street Café, and has contributed to Like A Bridge on the mystical Tom Jobim song, Imagina. A champion of new works for cello, he has given premieres of music written specifically for him by such composers as Ernst Bacon, David Carlson, Andrew Imbrie, Lou Harrison, Jake Heggie and Dwight Okamura. As a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1988, he has collaborated with many singers in recital including Zheng Cao, Joyce di Donato, Susan Graham, Marilyn Horne, Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, and Frederica von Stade.

Brazilian drummer Celso Alberti says, ” It was an awesome experience recording with Lua along with all the great musicians that where part of this project. From start to finish the energy was highly positive and it was translated in the beautiful music that we made together. The crew capturing the audio and the video was one of the best I ever worked with.”

The development of these far-reaching arrangements could not occur without the artistic contribution of TWIST’s Music Director, Dr. Jason Martineau. Martineau says, “The song list for Like A Bridge honors the differences among us, celebrating their beauty, while seeing that we are, underneath, the same.“

Bios of the Core Band members:

Music Director, Dr. Jason Martineau is an award-winning composer, pianist, arranger, instructor and author. He works in multiple capacities with many different idioms and styles, from world fusion and jazz, to avant-garde, industrial, rock, pop, and classical. As such, he is the cornerstone of TWIST, as music director, principal arranger, pianist and bandleader. He has been playing the piano for 36 years and has worked with Lua Hadar since 2005, recording three albums and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and at the 10th International Festival of Dance and Music in Bangkok, Thailand. Holding graduate degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Martineau has composed numerous works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano, and chorus, as well as a full-length musical, multiple film scores, and over 200 songs, both instrumental and vocal, recording more than ten CDs in various genres. He has also been featured on numerous other artists’ recordings, as pianist, music director, and producer, including Vanessa Carlton’s “Heroes and Thieves,” for which he orchestrated string arrangements. His book “The Elements of Music,” is distributed both nationally and internationally. His film scores have been featured in documentaries broadcast on PBS stations around the US since 1998, and his music enhances a large variety of multimedia projects. In 2011 he joined the faculty at the Academy of Art University, teaching music notation, theory, and counterpoint. www.jasonmartineau.com

Celso Alberti was born in Curitiba, Southern Brazil. The driving rhythms of his country’s music led him to develop an early interest in the drums and by the age of 17, he was performing regularly as a professional. In 1982 he decided to expand his musical horizons and moved to the U.S., where he has been living since. His dynamic drumming style, blending traditional Brazilian music with World and Rock influences, was quickly recognized and he soon started to work with musicians like Herbie Mann, John Lucien, Michael Manring, Joyce Cooling, Craig Chaquico, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Jose Neto, Andrei Kondakov and most recently the legendary Steve Winwood. Celso is also a respected audio engineer and holds credits on Steve Winwood, Airto Moreira, Kundalini Boombox and Mary Fettig’s latest albums to name a few. Both his driving style and his versatility provide TWIST with exciting flair and a rock solid base. www.celsoalberti.com

Experienced on both upright and electric basses, in styles of music ranging from jazz and latin to pop and rock, Dan Feiszli anchors TWIST with versatility and panache. He has performed in concert with such notable artists as James Moody, Raul Midon, and Mickey Hart, and toured nationally and internationally with artists including Julio Iglesias, Nicole Yarling and Raul DiBlasio. In addition to his career as a performer, Dan is featured on hundreds of recordings as both a bassist and recording engineer, and has recorded and mixed albums reaching as high as #4 on the US Top 40 Jazz Radio Charts. In between performances and recording sessions, Dan can be found working as a freelance recording engineer and producer at his studio in El Cerrito, California. www.studiorhythm.com

Recording artist, composer, teacher and reed man extraordinaire, Larry De La Cruz is a tried and true staple of the local jazz community. Having worked with likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Liebman, Mike Zilber & Donald Harrison, De La Cruz also makes up 1/3 of the group Mo’Fone, one of the funkiest jazz projects ever to come out of the Bay Area. Larry’s dynamic soloing can range from Coltrane-esque runs on up-tempo tunes to soulful wails on slower ballads. Whatever the genre, Larry’s energetic style and musical sensitivity provide TWIST with color and variety whether he solos on tenor, alto, soprano or flute. www.larrydelacruz.com

As a major in Ethnomusicology (and Classics) at Brown University, Global Percussionist Ian Dogole delved deeply into the indigenous music cultures of the planet, while maintaining his fascination with the evolution of Jazz. Ian began to crystallize his vision of Global Fusion Music, blending the forms and instruments of Jazz with those of the non-Western world. Ian has released six audio recordings as a leader and has recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza El Din, Tito La Rosa, Paul McCandless, David Friesen and Alex Degrassi, to name a few. In addition to his own releases, Ian’s compositions can be found on recordings by the world/fusion group Ancient Future, and have been used by the San Francisco Giants, the Philadelphia Phillies, Brown University and the Indonesian Park Service. He brings an authentic world beat to TWIST with a variety of percussion instruments including udu, cajon and dumbek. www.iandogole.com

Guest Artist composer/singer/pianist Candace Forest has co-produced three CD’s, a multi-dimensional video project and numerous live concert and educational events with Lua Hadar. Candace’s compositions range from works for solo, ensemble and orchestra to full-length dance and theatre pieces including Viva Concha! Rose of the Presidio and All In This Together, an ecology symphonic program premiered by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Her work, Come Back To California, dedicated to French bassist, Albin Suffys, will receive it’s U.S. premiere at Yoshi’s this week when she will perform it with Lua Hadar and TWIST. candaceforest.com

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What: Jazz Without Borders
Who: Vocalist Lua Hadar and global jazz band TWIST
When: 7pm on March 11, 2012 (Sunday)
Where: Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland CA 94607
Phone 510-238-9200
Tickets: $12 Advance (at www.yoshis.com) and $15 at Door

New York CD Release Information:
“Like a Bridge” CD Release
7pm and 9pm on April 14 (Saturday)
SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club
212 E. 52nd Street, 3rd Floor, NYC, NY 10022
Phone 212-371-7657
Tickets $15 (at http://bit.ly/z119et ) with $10 drink min.
Venue Website: www.somethinjazz.com/ny/

West Coast Release Information:
“Like A Bridge” West Coast CD Release
4:30pm on June 3 (Sunday)
Jazzschool Concert Series
2087 Addison St. Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone (510) 845-5373
Tickets $15 adults, $5 youth
Venue Website:www.jazzschool.com

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Sascha Grammel Comedy Show in Berlin on 24 August 2010

The Sascha Grammel comedy show is to take place in Berlin on the 24th of August 2010 at Die Wuhlmause, a popular cabaret and comedy club with tourists and Berlin residents alike. This comedian has a strong cult following and the show is expected to be sold out, attracting comedy enthusiasts. Sascha Grammel is a popular German comedian and the venue is well known for producing good quality live shows so attendees will not be disappointed.

The show is due to begin at 8pm and tickets are available from a number of websites. Prices will vary according to the site you use. The location of the venue means that it is easily reached, either by car for those who prefer to drive or by public transport as there are a number of bus and metro links nearby. The nearest metro station is Theodor-Heuss-Platz. There are a number of good hotels within walking distance of the venue for those who prefer a little exercise.

There are many excellent Berlin hotels which attract hundreds of tourists and visitors each year and no matter what your budget and taste there will be something to suit you, from low cost accommodation for those on a low budget to four star luxury, Berlin’s hotels are for everyone. Lek Boonlert, the Head of Marketing at DirectRooms says “This area of the city is very popular and booking hotel accommodation in advance is essential if you want to avoid a last minute disappointment.”

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Limelight Atlanta LLC Presents: Limelight ‘One More Night’

Limelight “One More NIght”

Atlanta Ga-(Buckhead)
Start Time: Friday, July 30, 2010 at 6:00pm
End Time: Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 2:00am
Location: The Buckhead Theatre (Formerly The Roxy)
Street: 3110 Roswell Road
City/Town: Atlanta, GA (Buckhead)

Atlanta relives the 80s on July 30th, 2010. The Limelight “OneMoreNight ”! The cast ,crew and DJ’s that made Atlanta dance the night away will return for the 30th Anniversary of the Limelight.

The world famous night club experience will come alive for “One More Night ”…

The event will be held at the Newly Renovated and Spectacular Buckhead Theatre 3110 Roswell Rd.

Tickets can now be purchased at the event web site:

WWW.LIMELIGHTATLANTA.COM

$50.00 General Admission ($85 VIP) + tax
While Supplies Last!
Doors Open at 6PM Music Starts at 7PM so get there early.

You can contact Limelight Atlanta LLC regarding sponsorship and marketing opportunities at SPONSORS@LIMELIGHTATLANTA.COM.

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La chanteuse internationale Lua Hadar en tournée en France pour sa « French Connection »

La chanteuse polyglotte LUA HADAR, qui vient de connaître un grand succès à San Francisco et à New York avec son spectacle « French Connection », s’apprête à présenter ce spectacle dans le pays de ses origines : la France. La chanteuse a commencé ce spectacle avec son groupe survolté, TWIST, dans la très élégante salle Rrazz Room de San Francisco en septembre 2009, suscitant d’excellentes critiques, suite à ses débuts à Paris en juillet 2009 et le commencement d’une collaboration avec le brillant et jeune bassiste français Albin Suffys de Lille (France). Cette collaboration qui a débuté à San Francisco porte désormais ses fruits dans le cadre d’un échange culturel qui permettra à la chanteuse de diriger une « Master Class » et de donner un concert au Théâtre Les Tisserands de Lomme (France), près de Lille, le 22 mai 2010. 60 rue Victor Hugo, 59160 Lomme. Informations: 03.20.22.05.05. Entrée: 10 €, 5 € réduit.

Cette collaboration internationale implique la Ville de Lomme, la troupe de théâtre Les Chantiers de l’Inédit de Lille, l’Ecole Municipale de Musique et de Danse de Lomme et le Musiconoclast’ Orchestra, sous la direction d’Albin Suffys. Au programme le 22 mai : un concert de Lua Hadar avec The French TWIST et le Musiconoclast’ Orchestra. Un nouveau morceau, « Come Back to California », écrit par la compositrice et pianiste de San Francisco, Candace Forest, sera interprété en première mondiale. La composition, dédiée au bassiste Albin Suffys, sera interprétée par Candace, qui a notamment produit des enregistrements de Hadar et de Suffys. Forest donnera également une interview spéciale avant le concert.

La Master Class bilingue de Lua Hadar, « Singing The Great American Songbook », s’adresse avant tout aux étudiants de l’Ecole Municipale de Musique et de Danse de Lomme, mais elle est aussi ouverte à des auditeurs externes, moyennant une participation de 15 € à payer à l’entrée, et qui donnera également le droit d’assister au concert le soir même au Théâtre Les Tisserands. Le Directeur Musical de The French TWIST, le pianiste américano-philippin John Florencio, accompagnera les étudiants, à qui Lua Hadar enseignera le style et l’interprétation de standards de jazz américains. Master Class : de 10h00 à 13h00 le 22 mai 2010. Espace “Les Tisserands,” 60 rue Victor Hugo, 59160 Lomme. Informations : 03.20.22.13.98.

LES BIOGRAPHIES:

LUA HADAR, avec son band TWIST, chante « le jazz sans frontieres », influencé par la musique pop, funk, latine et le cabaret international. Une grande artiste unique et originale avec une voix qui s’élance, Lua interprète des textes en plusieurs langues avec un charme séduisant et beaucoup de swing. Son père saxophoniste lui donne un don pour la musique et le “Great American Songbook” était la bande sonore de son enfance à New York. Ses nombreux échanges culturels l’ont formée et ont inspiré chez elle une vision globale du monde. Celle-ci s’impose à travers la chanson qui traite essentiellement notre humanité commune. Du premier contact, ouverte et pourtant exotique, elle est capable à la fois de nous émouvoir aux larmes jusqu’à nous faire rire aux éclats. Lua possède un diplôme de master en éducation de l’Université d’Etat a San Francisco. Elle dispense des cours depuis 20 ans et ses Master Classes« Sing Out Loud » sont devenues très populaires à San Francisco ces cinq dernières années.

ALBIN SUFFYS, né à Lille en 1983, se présente, d’emblée, comme un bassiste « très particulier ». Depuis l’âge de 13 ans où il a commencé à pratiquer cet instrument, il explore toutes les possibilités de la basse électrique pour en faire le point de rencontres de toutes sortes de langages musicaux. C’est un musicien complet qui crée ses compositions musicales, mais invente aussi ses propres méthodes de travail. Il découvre très jeune les arts de la scène en participant aux créations collectives d’une troupe de théâtre de Lille, animée par ses parents, professeurs de lettres et de langues. Il y apprend à improviser, à travailler en groupe et à composer les musiques originales qui accompagnent à chaque fois ces créations. Il y apprend aussi, en même temps qu’une exigence professionnelle, un rapport aux arts et à la culture qui, même s’il passe par un respect de la tradition, s’efforce d’inventer d’autres relations au monde, plus critiques, et d’autres modes de transmission moins soumis aux normes et aux conventions. Il passe cinq années en classe de jazz au conservatoire de Tourcoing, y est élève de Hugues Rousé et de Jérémie Ternoy, y rencontre Christophe Hache, puis intégre en 2009 la classe de jazz de l’Ecole de musique de Lomme, où il étudie avec Andry Ravaloson et Jacinto Carabajo. Il a, dans son parcours musical, la chance de rencontrer et d’ avoir comme professeur et ami, le grand bassiste américain Michael Manring. S’il se produit fréquemment en basse solo, soucieux de faire découvrir au public les richesses encore mal connues de la basse électrique fretless et frettée, il crée des formations aussi variées que « n-denum » (rock progressif), « Atypia » (world-jazz), le trio franco-espagnol « Idiorythmia »(jazz-fusion)… Membre de l’ « Agora Jazz Trio », avec le guitariste Julien Marga et le batteur Tohery Ravaloson, il travaille en tant que musicien, arrangeur et compositeur pour différentes artistes telles la chanteuse de jazz Lua Hadar (US) ou la compositrice Candace Forest (US), qu’il rencontre lors d’un séjour de six mois à San Francisco en 2009. Enfin, à son retour des Etats-Unis, il rassemble une quinzaine de musiciens et monte le « Musiconoclast’Orchestra », orchestre jazz-fusion qui explore le mélange des timbres du jazz et de la musique contemporaine. Il en est à la fois le chef d’orchestre et l’un des interprètes.
http://www.myspace.com/albinsuffys
http://www.myspace.com/musiconoclast39orchestra

CANDACE (“CANDY”) FOREST est une compositrice / productrice qui a écrit des musiques instrumentales et des chansons pour des solos, des ensembles et des orchestres. Une pianiste classique de formation, Candace a aussi été influencée par le jazz, le folk et les spectacles musicaux. Elle a effectué des tournées en Amérique du Nord et en Europe avec le bassiste de jazz et compositeur Paul Aston pour le duo Aston & Forest. A Toronto, Candace a animé une émission de radio de la CBC, « Livingroom Tunes », et a produit « Kidcity » pour City Television. Elle a gagné à trois reprises le « Prix d’or du choix des parents » pour ses musiqueséducatives à destination des enfants, et son spectacle symphonique complet « All In This Together » a effectué sa première mondiale avec l’orchestre philharmonique de Buffalo en 2003. Candace a écrit et produit une comédie musicale de chambre, « Viva Concha ! », à San Francisco en 2006. Ses nombreuses productions audio comprennent « It’s About Time » et « Lua Hadar with Twist » de Lua Hadar. Elle donne aussi des cours d’interprétation dans son studio de San Francisco.

Né à Manille, aux Philippines, JOHN FLORENCIO a joué du piano dès l’âge de 5 ans et ne s’est jamais arrêté depuis. Il a poursuivi ses études avec Peggy Salkind à San Francisco au Conservatoire de Musique où il a obtenu une Licence de Piano. Artisteéclectique, John est reconnu pour ses talents de soliste et ses nombreuses collaborations musicales. John a joué partout aux États-Unis, en Europe, en Russie et en Asie, avec un répertoire qui s’étend du classique au jazz, en passant par le rock, les comédies musicales de Broadway, et les musiques populaires. John a eu le plaisir de travailler avec Connie Francis, Sam Harris, Licia Albanese, Herve Cristiani et Stephanie Reese dans des cabarets jusqu’au Carnegie Hall. Actuellement il est en tournée avec Stephanie Reese (le Roi et moi, Miss Saigon et le Bossu de Notre Dame) et jouera au Hall Benaroya de Seattle et au Saint Louis Center for Performing Arts en juin 2010. Il soutient Gawad Kalinga-ANCOP-USA, une organisation qui construit des villages pour les plus pauvres et les marginalisés aux Philippines, en Inde, au Sri Lanka et en Afrique. Il est installé depuis peu à Paris. http://www.youtube.com/user/jflore0770

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Bistro-Award Winner Linda Kosut Presents 6-Show Series at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room

BMI/Bistro Award winner & MAC Award nominee jazz and cabaret vocalist LINDA KOSUT begins a new 6-show series at San Francisco’s prestigious nightclub, The Rrazz Room at the Nikko Hotel . The series began with her sold-out concert, “When I’m 64!” on Monday, March 22, 2010. The second show in the series “When Worlds collide – Cabaret Meets Rhythm & Blues” with Kosut and Jack Pollard, was held on April 26. The remaining shows in the series will have Linda sharing the stage and/or introducing other talent from the Bay Area as well as out-of-towners.REMAINING DATES: Mondays in 2010 – May 17, June 14, September 20 and December 6. TIME : 8:00pm. COVER : $25 (advance purchase) + 2-drink min. RESERVATIONS : TicketWeb: http://www.ticketweb.com or (866) 468-3399. More info: http://www.lindakosut.com

Kosut dons “two hats” for this series – those of producer and performer. As producer, she has invited other performers to debut at the Rrazz Room – from New York, Seattle and San Francisco. As performer, she will as well perform, sharing the stage with her invited guests.

May 17 – When Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Linda introduces to San Francisco audiences, well-known Seattle performer,Drag Chanteuse, Arnaldo! Linda will pay tribute to the “boys” of music including Springsteen, Newman, Carmichael, Brown Jr., etc., while Bistro-Award winner, Arnaldo! will present his acclaimed Eartha Kitt tribute show. Arnaldo!, a soloist with the Seattle Men’s Chorus, has performed with SMC in some of the major concert halls in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. He has performed his one-person cabaret shows in Portland, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta and New York. In 2005, he completed the Cabaret Summer Conference Workshop at Yale University. In 2006, a group of cabaret performers spearheaded by Arnaldo! started the Pacific Northwest Cabaret Associationhttp://www.dragchanteuse.com

Musical Director for Linda: Max Perkoff, piano and trombone (http://www.maxperkoff.com)

Musical Director for Arnaldo: Bob Bruneau (Seattle)

The Band: Sam Bevan, bass (http://www.sambevan.com); Paul Van Wageningen, drums (http://www.freddyclarke.com/paul-van-wageningen/)

June 14 – When the Natives Get Restless. When Nancy Tierney (affectionately named the “Diva of the North Bay”) upped and moved to New York in 2009, her Bay Area fans were devastated. And now, at the behest of Kosut, Tierney is coming “home” to give her fans a taste of that very special Nancy Tierney style. Linda, a native New Yorker who’s put down roots in California, and Nancy, a native 4th-generation Californian who’s recently moved to New York … well, there’s some fun to be had with this bi-coastal transplant concept . “A truly wonderful performer… A performance by Nancy is an experience of the senses. She draws you into the show, not only because of the quality of her talent, but her stage presence pulls you in and keeps you completely entertained and captivated.” – Ted Williams, KJZY/KZST Radio. http://www.nancytierney.com

The Band: John Simon, piano (www.myspace.com/johnsimonmusic); Tom Shader, bass; Alan Hall, drums (http://www.jazzdrumming.com); Tony Malfatti, horns (http://www.tonymlive.com)

September 20 – New Stars of the Rrazz Room. As co-founders of Kitchenette Productions , Linda and Lua Hadar (producer and world music vocalist), along with Musical Director Barry Lloyd, will present four up-and-coming rising stars of the jazz and cabaret scene of San Francisco who will be stepping onto the Rrazz Room stage for their first time. This will be a very exciting evening as we present a variety of performers and styles. The Band: Barry Lloyd, piano. Bass, TBD.

for more info: http://www.kitchenetteproductions.com and http://www.singoutloudSF.com

Lua hadar: http://www.luahadar.com

December 6 – A solo concert. Kosut’s last performance at the Rrazz Room in 2010 is a concept show that has been in the works for most of this year. More about this show in the future, but for sure Kosut will bring her unique entertainment style and skill to it. The Band: TBA.

ABOUT LINDA KOSUT
Known for her warmly dark sound, an engaging presence and strong acting chops, Linda blends cabaret and jazz styles into sparkling renditions of songs of differing genres. Don Heckman, International Review of Music and jazz critic to the Los Angeles Times says of Linda “ [this] amazing Bay Area canary brings her skills as an actress to her insightful interpretations of songs underscored with a fusion of jazz, pop and folk.” Linda has performed to full houses at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club to San Francisco’s Yoshi’s and The Rrazz Room.

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International Vocalist Lua Hadar Debuts With Her Band TWIST At Cornelia Street Café

Following the successful release of their latest CD at the Iridium and at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music, Lua Hadar with TWIST returns to New York City for a debut at the Cornelia Street Caféon Saturday April 24 with shows at 9 pm and 10:30 pm. Prior to her May concert tour in France, the multi-lingual vocalist and her high-octane band perform French Connection, which sold out at San Francisco ‘s Rrazz Room last September. (“ …seamlessly bridges the culture gap … superb… creates the sound and atmosphere of a Paris music hall…” Cabaret Scenes, San Francisco ; the SF Examiner called French Connection “ part of her worldly charm.” ) Piano: Jason Martineau, Bass: Tom Hubbard, Drums & Percussion: Vince Cherico, Reeds: Dave Riekenberg, Jazz Accordion: Ron Oswanski. Proclaimed “ a culinary as well as a cultural landmark” by the City of New York , the Cornelia Street Café has become a cultural and intellectual focal point since its establishment in 1977. 29 Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village , New York City 10014 ; $10 plus 2-drink or food min. Full menu, full bar. Call to reserve: 212-989-9319.

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Multi-lingual and multi-talented, Lua Hadar has performed as a singer and actor since her New York childhood. After graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Performance, Lua attended the celebrated Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and The Dalcroze School of Music, also studying with Metropolitan Opera coach, Joan Dornemann. She is now based in San Francisco , where she performs and tours with her band, TWIST , singing jazz spiced with pop, funk, latin and international cabaret.

Instantly accessible and truly exotic, this Broadway-influenced performer has been molded by exchange experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and in Italy, where she performed on tour for five years. Her fascination with world cultures is reflected in the sophisticated song choices for TWIST, in the development of their signature “jazz without borders.”

A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Lua interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery. Michael Arens of Jazz Germany says “ … She makes the other side of the world seem a stone’s throw away .” Her Paris debut in July 2009 came on the heels of the successful New York release of her latest CD, Lua Hadar with TWIST , at Broadway’s famed Iridium Jazz Club (“ …stunning…sheer beauty… she rocked!”  – Joe Regan, Jr. Cabaret Scenes, NYC) and her band’s international debut at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music. Her CD has garnered raves from around the world, (“ …vivacious brand of jazz…inspired…swinging…cool”  – Luna Kafé, Sweden ; “ …seductive… polished vocal phrasing… irresistible”  –  Blast Radio 1386, UK ) as well as Radio Top 10 Ratings in the USA.

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Barclaycard Unwind sponsors Heart’s Fourth Love Music Live

Barclaycard Unwind has announced that it will be sponsoring Heart’s fourth exclusive Love Music Live.

Barclaycard Unwind sponsors Heart's Fourth Love Music Live

The multi talented singer-songwriter Sharleen Spiteri will perform an exclusive and intimate gig for Heart listeners on Thursday 4th March at Orchid in London’s West End. It follows the huge success of Heart’s first three ‘Love Music Live with Barclaycard Unwind’ events which featured the Grammy Award-winning Michael Bublé and the legendary Spandau Ballet in London and Seal in Los Angeles.

Known for fronting iconic pop-rock band Texas and following the success of her UK top 3 debut solo record, Sharleen is back with a brand new album. The Movie Songbook is a collection of her favourite cinematic showstoppers featuring popular songs such as Xanadu, a re-worked version of the 1980 number one hit. Sharleen’s version of Xanadu features on the current Heart television advert and the track is fast becoming a huge favourite with listeners.

Love Music Live with Barclaycard Unwind will be promoted across all 33 stations in the current Heart network. Tickets to the exclusive event can be won on-air and online at heart.co.uk. In addition, tickets can be won at barclaycardunwind.com which was launched as part of Barclaycard’s on-going music strategy and allows its credit card customers to access more of the music they love, as well as making it easier for customers to get the best music tickets.

Dan Mathieson, Head of Sponsorship at Barclaycard; “Heart’s Love Music Live is the perfect fit with Barclaycard’s music strategy as we continue to give our customers access to the music they enjoy and tickets to the best gigs around the world. We are delighted to team up with the entire Heart network as they launch Love Music Live and stage one of the most exciting gigs this year with Sharleen Spiteri.”

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Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Tribute Band Marrakesh Express Masters Intricate Harmonies, 60s Vibe

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of tribute bands playing the music of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, U2, and the other monsters of rock. But Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young? Next to none.

Arguably the biggest band in the world in the late-60s after the demise of the Beatles, the songs of CSNY are remarkably hard to replicate, especially the intricate 3- and 4-part harmonies that made the group international superstars. But Marrakesh Express has managed to accomplish just that.

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Tribute Band Marrakesh Express Masters Intricate Harmonies, 60s Vibe In addition to the vocal abilities of the four Marrakesh Express singers, the band also looks the part: youthful musicians with an onstage hippie vibe that gives their performances street cred and authenticity. The combination of the beautiful, cascading harmonies and the late-60s visual makes Marrakesh Express a rare and unique tribute to a band that was the “voice of a generation” in one of history’s – and music’s – most explosive periods.

“We really seem to have hit a nerve with this project,” said band manager Mike Kucic. “Every concert has been extremely well attended and received. The music of CSNY was more than just a soundtrack to the 60s. It spoke for a generation of people. We’ve had people crying during our performances, remembering the 60s and either being nostalgic or still feeling the angst that was prevalent in those days. We take these emotions seriously.”

The band primarily performs at festivals and theaters, and is excited to bring the well-known songs of CSNY to younger fans with an interest, as well as older fans who crave the nostalgic aspect.

“The age diversity of our crowds is fantastic,” said Kucic. “Young people today have a real interest in the 60s, and more mature fans want to relive the emotions of the time. A Marrakesh Express concert helps them do that.”

The band has performed at a number of large events, including a headlining performance at the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock tribute concert in August 2009. This year, they are hoping to book additional festivals and venues throughout the U.S., and perhaps abroad.

“We’re a crowd-pleaser,” said Kucic. “The band has a lot of fun onstage and the audience senses that. And they join in right along with us.”

Visit the band’s electronic press kit at www.sonicbids.com/marrakeshmusic or website, www.myspace.com/marrakeshmusic.

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Bistro-Award Winning Vocalist, Linda Kosut debuts “When I’m 64!” at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room

Linda Kosut, BMI/Bistro Award winner & MAC Award nominee, jazz/cabaret vocalist brings her new show “When I’m 64! a birthday celebration” to San Francisco ‘s prestigious Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 8:00pm. Cover $25 (advance purchase) + 2-drink min. Tickets: TicketWeb or (866) 468-3399.

Bistro-Award Winning Vocalist, Linda Kosut debuts “When I’m 64!” at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room

Known for her warmly dark sound, an engaging presence and strong acting chops, Linda blends cabaret and jazz styles into sparkling renditions of songs of differing genres. Don Heckman, International Review of Music and jazz critic to the Los Angeles Times says of Linda “ [this] amazing Bay Area canary brings her skills as an actress to her insightful interpretations of songs underscored with a fusion of jazz, pop and folk.” Linda has performed to full houses at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club to San Francisco’s Yoshi’s. She is thrilled to be making her Rrazz Room debut.

Linda will be backed by a stellar JAZZ QUARTET of Bay Area musicians presenting songs in Linda’s unique style from songwriters as diverse as Beatles to Berlin to Dylan, just to name a few. The band is headed by bandleader John Simon on piano; Daniel Fabricant on bass; Alan Hall on drums; Tony Malfatti on reeds. And from Seattle, vocalist and Bistro-award winner, Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse, will be making a guest appearance.

Growing up in New York City and transplanted to San Francisco over 20 years ago, Linda only began pursuing her dream of performing several years ago as she approached “boomer” status, and she has not stopped since. “I am sure that I am not alone in my journey to satisfy a creative bug I’ve had my whole life; but one that up until nearing ‘retirement’ status, I did not pursue,” says Linda. “The excitement of doing my dreams translates to my audience who tell me how I have inspired them. It is my sheer pleasure to do so.”

Her recent national tour – a heartfelt tribute to the late jazz great Oscar Brown Jr., celebrated her sophomore CD, Long As You’re Living, the songs & poetry of Oscar Brown Jr. and garnered packed houses, awards and national recognition. The San Francisco Bay Times wrote, “[She] is the real thing. Multi-talented Kosut knows just when to play it small and quiet and when to let ‘er rip … A perfect accompaniment to dinner with friends.”

Linda has recorded three CDs, the most-recent of which Long As You’re Living received BackStage Magazine’s 2008 BISTRO/BMI AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING RECORDING as well as nominations for BEST FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST and BEST JAZZ RECORDING from MAC, Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs; plus the Cabaret Hotline 2008 MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD.

Through her company, Jizel Music and Design, Linda provides coaching to singers in both presentation and production, and designs marketing collateral for performers and performing arts organizations. Linda lives in San Francisco with her fiancé, 2 dogs, 2 turtles, 4 chickens and thousands of fresh-water fish!

More information is available at Official Website

Internet sites: Facebook Fan PageYouTube VideosMySpaceBlog

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Siren Assassins Invade LA!

Rhapsody James’s Siren Assassins – the multimedia dance show – making its “one night only” Hollywood debut.

Siren Assassins will open at the world renowned Avalon (Hollywood) on 10th of March 2010.

Artistic Director and Choreographer Rhapsody James emerges from the drawing room, bringing you a smoldering fusion of club show and thriller, Siren Assassins. Using multimedia and dance Rhapsody’s cabaret styling’s evoke a KILL BILL and CELL BLOCK TANGO inspired event. Suspenseful and sultry, witty and wicked, these twelve femme fatales captivate your attention and bring you into their own fatal attractions, as they are tested to become a part of the lethal female assassin team…Siren Assassins! Bring along ice water and an alibi this show will have you sweating bullets or dodging them.

Rhapsody James takes the lead in mixing your traditional cabaret show with multimedia and Street Jazz choreography. Awakening the culmination of film and dance with three years of preparation, Rhapsody James has designed a show that will have you on the edge of your seat wanting more. The engaging visuals will take you into a world of deception, lies and revenge as you realize a “Woman’s Scorn” is a lethal emotion that can never be tamed.

Siren Assassins first premiered at Crash Mansion in NYC on September 23rd, 2008. This sold out venue, packed hundreds of people, to see these 12 vixens take center stage as they danced into the fantasies of all men and woman. Featuring Bad Boy Recording Artist Cassie as Onyx (leader of the femme fatale team), it was confirmed Siren Assassins invaded NYC with a hit show. “I want to be a Siren Assassin” was the most stated quote throughout the night. Beyonce /Columbia Records Recording Artist states, “Rhapsody’s Choreography is awesome!” Jay Sean /Cash Money Records Recording Artist states “Rhapsody’s vision is so Sick! I Love this show! Amazing” Donnie Klang /Bad Boy Recording Artist, states, “I was mesmerized by this show Rhapsody created. I want to see it again and again”. Laurie Ann Gibson /Making the Band Choreographer, states, “It was a pleasure to watch!” Cassie /Bad Boy Recording Artist states “I think we are all Siren Assassins at heart. Rhapsody brings it out in all of us”

In 2010, Siren Assassins is back with a revised show that is sure to please. Canada’s New Music sensation TRISH will be taking over the role as ONYX: The General. Premiering her slick mannequin style movement TRISH is sure to get everyone out their seats. Siren Assassins is made up 12 dangerously hot females: Ruby Red Daisy: The Rebel, Kaori Couture: The Model, Lola: The Angel, Raizer: The Gangster, Venom: The Housewife, Switch: The Psycho, Valencia Vital: The Dealer, Mindblow: The Specialist, Lady Las Vegas: The Gambler, Queen Jade: The Heiress, Black Widow: The Vixen , Diamond Ice: The Cutthroat. Onyx: The General is the one leads this female squad. The 12 Femme Fatales are made up of the most sought after female dancers in the industry.

Tickets are currently on sale at http://events.SignUp4.com/sirenassassins. There currently is an online special for General Admission($20 Online) Balcony Seating ($35 Online). VIP/Floor Seating ($50) Seating is limited.

Be on the lookout for the Siren Assassins at www.sirenassassins.com.

Invited Guests: Rihanna, Raven Symone, Kesha, Angela and Vanessa Simmons, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Taraji Henson, Pink, Akon, Black Eyed Peas, Christina Milian, Jordan Sparks, Macy Gray, Estelle, Sean Paul, Tatyanna Ali, Eve, Cassie, Jay Sean, Neyo, Usher,Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Amanda Bynes, Vivica A Fox, Bobby Trendy, Phoebe Price, Zoe Kravitz, Mel C., Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Teyana Taylor, Melody Thorton (Pussycat Dolls) , Lamar and Khloe Odom, Kim Kardashian, Tyrese, Kid Cudi, Tila Tequila, Tierra Marie, Lisa Raye…

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Black Velvet Deluxe – Named Among The Top Indie Rock Bands To Watch This Year

Black Velvet Deluxe, still soaking up the accolades from being chosen among the top 12 indie rock bands to watch in 2010, is set to prove the music writer right when they take the stage at the iconic Cat Club on Friday, February 5 at 10:15 PM.

Since it’s Feline Friday over at the Cat Club, the band couldn’t miss out on one of their signature ‘treat our lady fans right night,’ so they’re at it again, cooking up a special surprise. The first 25 lovely ladies in the door to listen to BLACK VELVET DELUXE will be presented with a BLACK VELVET pouch with a purr-fectly DELUXE treat inside.

“How could we not acknowledge the month of love with a little somethin’ for the felines in the house?” asked the bands’ Vocalist, Carlos Castenada. “And we all know how the ladies like gifts, so me and my band mates will have presents for the first 25 ladies who come to Cat Club to party with BLACK VELVET DELUXE on Feb 5.”

The doors open at 7:30PM, with Black Velvet Deluxe taking the stage at 10:15 to get the weekend started.

Check out the sounds of Black Velvet Deluxe at www.BlackVelvetDeluxe.com

ABOUT BLACK VELVET DELUXE:BLACK VELVET DELUXE takes you straight back to rock’s pure roots. Great hooks, mesmerizing drum beats, driving chords & powerful lyrics pay homage to the pioneers of sleaze rock. New fans are lured in and die-hard rock fans are intrigued as BLACK VELVET DELUXE redefines raucous, gritty rock-n-roll.

ABOUT THE CAT CLUB: The Cat Club is located @ 8911 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA. Smack dab in the center of the legendary Sunset Strip. The club is a popular rock/pop venue that is frequented by locals and the famous alike. Slim Jim Phantom of the famed Stray Cats is part owner of the club.

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International Vocalist Lua Hadar Returns To San Francisco Bliss Bar, Then Heads To NYC

Following her November sell-out, and before heading off to performances at New York’s landmark Cornelia Street Café, internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Lua Hadar returns to San Francisco’s Bliss Bar, in Larry Vuckovich’s Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series: The Art of the Duo. Hadar performs three sets of internationally-flavored jazz from her “jazz without borders” songlist, including her signature French tunes, with TWIST’s Music Director Jason Martineau on piano and Dan Feiszli on bass. With a Paris jazz bistro-cave atmosphere, full bar, light food and cozy fireplace, The Bliss Bar is one of the jewels of San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood. Sunday, January 31, from 4:30-7:30 pm, $10 cash cover. Bliss Bar, 4026 24th Street, San Francisco. (415) 826-6200. Free Parking (Radio Shack lot).

Multi-lingual and multi-talented, Lua Hadar has performed as a singer and actor since her New York childhood. After graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Performance, Lua attended the celebrated Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and The Dalcroze School of Music, also studying with Metropolitan Opera coach, Joan Dornemann.

Lua sings jazz spiced with pop, funk, latin and international cabaret. Instantly accessible and truly exotic, this Broadway-influenced performer has been molded by exchange experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and in Italy, where she performed on tour for five years. Her fascination with world cultures is reflected in the sophisticated song choices for her band, TWIST, in the development of their signature “jazz without borders.”

A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Lua interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery. Michael Arens of Jazz Germany says “…She makes the other side of the world seem a stone’s throw away.” Her Paris debut in July 2009 came on the heels of the successful New York release of her latest CD, Lua Hadar with TWIST, at Broadway’s famed Iridium Jazz Club (“…stunning…sheer beauty… she rocked!” – Cabaret Scenes, NYC) and her band’s international debut at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music.

Her CD has garnered raves from around the world, (“…vivacious brand of jazz…inspired…swinging…cool” – Luna Kafé, Sweden; “…seductive… polished vocal phrasing… irresistible” – Blast Radio 1386, UK) as well as Radio Top 10 Ratings in the USA. She has appeared at The Fairmont Hotel, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, Anna’s Jazz Island, The Plush Room, Jazz at Pearl’s, and her sold-out September 2009 appearance with her band, TWIST, at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room debuted her new show, French Connection, to raves. (“…seamlessly bridges the culture gap … superb… creates the sound and atmosphere of a Paris music hall…” – Cabaret Scenes, San Francisco; the SF Examiner called French Connection “part of her worldly charm.”)

Lua Hadar with TWIST performs at New York City’s Cornelia Street Café on Saturday April 24 with two shows at 9 pm and 10:30 pm. Proclaimed “a culinary as well as a cultural landmark” by the City of New York, the club has become a cultural and intellectual focal point since its establishment in 1977. The Cornelia Street Café has played host to a wildly diverse assortment of writers, musicians, and artists. Playwright Eve Ensler debuted “The Vagina Monologues” there, and Suzanne Vega played some of her first gigs in the performance space that will host Lua Hadar with TWIST in April.

Nightlife/Cabaret listings:
WHO: Vocalist Lua Hadar with Jason Martineau on piano and Dan Feiszli on bass
WHAT: Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series: The Art of the Duo
WHEN: Sunday, January 31, from 4:30-7:30 pm
WHERE: Bliss Bar, 4026 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Free Parking.
COVER: $10
PHONE: (415) 826-6200.
VENUE: www.blissbarsf.com
PERFORMER: www.luahadar.com
YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/luahadar

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Historic Cirque Room of the Fairmont Hotel Sings Again Cabaret at the Cirque, a Sing Out Loud Concert – SOLD OUT

The Sing Out Loud! Performance Workshop for Singers will present Cabaret at the Cirque, a cabaret concert hosted by master teachers Lua Hadar, Linda Kosut and Barry Lloyd. The concert brings music back to the historic Cirque Room at San Francisco’s renowned Fairmont Hotel this Saturday, November 21, at 7:30 pm. Sing Out Loud! is an 8-week master class culminating in a final concert, produced by Kitchenette Productions,. This Saturday’s concert features Kikelomo Adedeji, Paul Arleo, Joe Cohen, Diane Cohen, Cortez,

Louise deBlanc, Maria Diamond, Jonathan Francis, Mary Haley Young, Jamie Mamikunian, Ann-Marie Olsson, Jessica Richman and Elena Ruggiero. The concert sold out even before announced. Co-founder of Kitchenette Productions, Lua Hadar, noted “the excitement around performing at the Fairmont has brought us thirteen of the most avid and talented performers in the Bay Area. Each student has gone way beyond expectations.” Co-producer/Teacher Linda Kosut noted “singers from all levels benefit from the class, as each performer is encouraged to reach his or her own ‘next level.’” Music Director/Teacher Barry Lloyd is the third piece in this dynamic teaching triangle. In the Sing Out Loud class, students work on songs in a master class setting, addressing interpretation of lyrics, stage presence, mic technique, verbal introduction to a song, how to work with instrumentalists, selling the song in performance, designing a one-man/woman show. Sing Out Loud’s 8-class Winter Session will begin Tuesday, February 2, with specific Tuesday dates and location to be announced. For information & registration contact info@kitchenetteproductions.com.

ABOUT KITCHENETTE PRODUCTIONS:
San Francisco vocalists LUA HADAR and LINDA KOSUT are co-founders of KITCHENETTE PRODUCTIONS. Their longtime collaborator, BARRY LLOYD, known as the Crown Prince of Cabaret, is a master accompanist and vocal entertainer. All three of these jazz/cabaret vocalist-entertainers have established reputations for their individual nationally and internationally acclaimed performances.

For further information:
email: info@kitchenetteproductions.com
Kitchenette Productions: www.kitchenetteproductions.com
Lua Hadar – www.luahadar.com
Linda Kosut – www.lindakosut.com
Barry Lloyd – www.myspace.com/barrylloydsf
Fairmont Hotel – www.fairmont.com/sanfrancisco

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International Vocalist Lua Hadar Heads To San Francisco’s Stylish Bliss Bar

Fresh from a success in Paris and a sell-out debut of her new show, French Connection, at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Lua Hadar appears with music director Jason Martineau in the Bliss Bar’s Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series: The Art of the Duo, curated by Yugoslavian-born jazz great, Larry Vuckovich. Multi-lingual vocalist Hadar and pianist Martineau play three sets of internationally-flavored jazz with some surprise guests. The Bliss Bar, in the heart of San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood, is stylish, yet unpretentious, like the Paris jazz bistro-caves of the ’50s. Sunday, November 22, from 4:30-7:30 pm, $10 cover. Bliss Bar, 4026 24th Street, San Francisco. (415) 826-6200. Free Parking.

International Vocalist Lua Hadar Heads To San Francisco’s Stylish Bliss Bar

Lua Hadar sings “jazz without borders,” influenced by pop, funk, Latin and international cabaret. This astonishingly talented, Broadway-influenced performer has garnered raves for her soaring range, her charming, swinging delivery, and her ability to interpret lyrics in several languages. Hadar’s love for The Great American Songbook, her appreciation for new songwriting, and her fascination with world cultures influence her music. Lua’s style as a vocalist has been molded by exchange experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and Italy. Her interest in world cultures is reflected in the sophisticated song choices for her high-octane band, TWIST. The multi-lingual singer and her band were presented at the 10th International Festival of Dance & Music in Bangkok, Thailand, a year ago, following the successful New York City debut of their latest CD, Lua Hadar with TWIST, at Broadway’s Iridium Jazz Club. More info at www.luahadar.com.

…a real vocalist with some long range and power – Jazz USA
…vivacious brand of jazz…inspired…swinging…cool – Luna Kafé, Sweden
…seductive… polished vocal phrasing… irresistible – Blast Radio 1386, UK
…stunning…sheer beauty… she rocked! – Cabaret Scenes, New York City

Nightlife/Cabaret listings:
WHO: Vocalist Lua Hadar with pianist Jason Martineau
WHAT: Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series: The Art of the Duo
WHEN: Sunday, November 22, from 4:30-7:30 pm
WHERE: Bliss Bar, 4026 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Free Parking.
COVER: $10
PHONE: (415) 826-6200.
WEB: http://www.blissbarsf.com
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/luahadar

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Megan Hauserman to Strip at Rachel’s Gentlemen’s Club in Palm Beach

On September 25th, 2009 Megan Hauserman, star of “Megan wants a millionaire” “rock of love” “beauty and the geek” fame, Is looking for love elsewhere since her hit show on VH-1 was recently canceled due to the murder/suicide involving one of the finalists of her show!

Ryan Jenkins, who allegedly murdered his model girlfriend in a luxury San Diego hotel in mid August and was then himself found hanging by his own belt in a run down Canadian motel was one of 3 finalists on the “Megan wants a millionaire show. Producers of that show say however he did not win. Megan, who has been laying low since the horrific incident will be hosting a 10th Anniversary party at Rachel’s Gentlemen’s Club and Steakhouse in Palm Beach, FL. Megan’s co-star on the show Cecille will also be joining her at the Rachel’s event and will be performing for the first time in a Gentlemen’s club!

According to the management of Rachel’s. There are a lot of surprises planned for that day, as the club expects a huge turnout of the who’s who of Palm Beach County.

Rachel’s is located at: 2905 45th street Palm Beach, FL 33407 561-616-9600

Details on the event can also be found at www.rachelspalmbeach.com

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Lua Hadar Debuts “French Connection” With Her Band, TWIST, At San Francisco’s Rrazz Room

Multi-talented and multi-lingual singer Lua Hadar and her band TWIST will debut their new show, “French Connection,” at The Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko Union Square, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, on Sunday September 13 at 3 PM. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.therrazzroom.com or directly through www.ticketweb.com or 866-468-3399.

Lua Hadar, a unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery. Just back from a hit in Paris and following acclaimed performances in New York and Bangkok, Lua Hadar presents an afternoon of her signature “jazz without borders.” The show features new arrangements of international standards, original songs, and of course, lots of French tunes. “I was blown away by the appreciation of the Parisian public,” says Hadar, “and I am so inspired to sing the French music I collected.”

Lua Hadar sings jazz influenced by pop, funk, Latin and international cabaret. This astonishingly talented, Broadway-influenced performer has garnered raves around the world. Hadar’s love for The Great American Songbook, her appreciation for new songwriting, and her fascination with world cultures influence her music. Lua’s style as a vocalist has been molded by exchange experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and Italy. Her interest in world cultures is reflected in the sophisticated song choices for TWIST.

After graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Performance, Lua attended Manhattan’s celebrated Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and The Dalcroze School of Music. As a young actress, she did everything from delivering singing telegrams dressed as a gorilla to appearing in Off Broadway shows. Her love for languages led to a 5-year residency in Italy, with a Verona-based Italian theatre company, where she played hundreds of performances on tour in Spain, Switzerland and all over Italy.

Her company, New Performance Group, produces original material and music performances, and delivers instruction in the performing arts.

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BISTRO/BMI AWARD WINNER And NEW YORK MAC NOMINEE, LINDA KOSUT Is Back In New York For This ONE NIGHT ONLY Performance At New York’s Prestigious Iridium Jazz Club

Linda will be backed by a stellar JAZZ QUARTET headed by bandleader Max Perkoff on piano & trombone, Tom Hubbard on bass, Scott Latzky on drums and “Sweet” Sue Terry on saxophone & flute. The Iridium Jazz Club is located 1650 Broadway @ 51st Street in New York City. Doors open at 6:00pm and showtime is 6:30pm. Tix: $20 + $15 food/drink minimum. Reservations: 212.582.2121 or www.iridiumjazzclub.com.

In this new show “The Newness of You”, award-winning vocalist Linda Kosut headlining the Max Perkoff Band, will explore the standards – ones that are and ones that should be – including such songwriters as Hoagy Carmichael, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, as well as never before heard tunes by current composers such as New York-based bob Levy and Sue Terry, as well as Max Perkoff.

Linda is a vocalist with strong acting chops who effortlessly weaves through differing genres with an ability to touch your heart or have you tapping your feet.

Growing up in New York City and transplanted to San Francisco over 20 years ago, Linda only began pursuing her dream of performing a few years ago as she approached “boomer” status, and she has not stopped since. “I am sure that I am not alone in my journey to satisfy a creative bug I’ve had my whole life; but one that up until nearing ‘retirement’ status, I did not pursue,” says Linda. “My excitement of doing my dreams translates to my audience. I have nothing to give but myself and I know that I give that to them. They tell me how I have inspired them. It is my sheer pleasure to do so.”

Her recent national tour – a deeply heartfelt tribute to the late jazz great Oscar Brown Jr., celebrated her sophomore CD and garnered packed houses, awards and national recognition. The Los Angeles Times’ Don Heckman said of her, “… a style of her own with its warm, dark sound and articulate, theatrically trained phrasing, deserved a far longer run.” And the San Francisco Bay Times wrote, “[She] is the real thing. Multi-talented Kosut knows just when to play it small and quiet and when to let ‘er rip … A perfect accompaniment to dinner with friends.”

Last year, Kosut received BackStage Magazine’s 2008 BISTRO/BMI AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING RECORDING. She also received nominations for BEST FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST and BEST JAZZ RECORDING from MAC, Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs; plus the Cabaret Hotline 2008 MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD.

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