Long time no post. I have to admit that convenience of Facebook and the ability to quickly post thoughts, gig notices, opinions etc. make blogging a bit more difficult. Having said that I know that not all people that are online are on Facebook so I thought I’d compose a rare blog post. As always there is no shortage of things to be excited about. My life certainly is NOT boring that’s for sure. Let’s start with all the goings on at CELLAR LIVE. I keep intimating that I’m going to get out of this crazy business. Everytime I feel super confident that Im going to let Cellar Live slip away into the night I get a statement from a distributor for example telling me that we’ve had our best month ever (December), then I get an email from a musician wanting to buy 200 units followed by a massive order from Japan and I think to myself ‘damn, I can’t get out, things are just starting to rock.’ So in a nutshell here is what’s happening with the label:
- Louis Hayes & The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band – Live @ Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club has been on the JAZZWEEK CHARTS for 15 week now peaking at #1 where it stayed for 2 weeks in a row.
- Both Joshua Bruneau – Bright Idea and Champian Fulton – Change Partners had great success on the JAZZWEEK and CMJ Charts. Champian will be in Vancouver performing music from that very CD in April. April 9th at The University Women’s Club (Hycroft Mansion) and April 10th at Blue Frog Studios in Whiterock.
- A release that is getting a lot of notice by Winnipeg drummer, New York resident Curtis Nowosad featuring Jimmy Greene. Dialectics is available now!
- A handful of upcoming releases that I’m super excited about and proud about
CELLAR LIVE’S 100th RELEASE: CORY WEEDS – CONDITION BLUE, THE MUSIC OF JACKIE MCLEAN with MIKE LEDONNE b3 organ, PETER BERNSTEIN guitar, JOE FARNSWORTH drums, CORY WEEDS alto sax
Official release date: April 27th
GRANT STEWART – TRIO with PAUL SIKIVIE bass, PHILIP STEWART drums, GRANT STEWART tenor sax.
RELEASE SHOW May 1/2 – SHADBOLT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Official release date: May 18th
STEVE KALDESTAD – AFTERNOON IN NEW YORK with RENEE ROSNES piano, PETER WASHINGTON bass, LEWIS NASH drums, STEVE KALDESTAD tenor saxophone
RELEASE SHOW: June 26th – ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTER
Official release date: June 9th
JEB PATTON – SHADES AND TONES with ELENA PINDERHUGHES flute, DMITRY BAEVSKY alto sax, MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ trumpet, DION TUCKER trombone, DAVIS WONG bass, ALBERT TOOTIE HEATH, LEWIS NASH, PETER VAN NOSTRAND drums, JEB PATTON piano
Official release date: May 29th
Jeb will be appearing with tenor saxophone legend JIMMY HEATH at Pyattl Hall on June 25/26 as part of the Jazz Festival (soon to be announced)
Well, the Cellar Live stuff is a post in itself so I will save the other exciting things for another post!!!!