2011 Telluride Jazz Celebration Perfomers
Allen Toussaint and Rita Coolidge
Two of the music industry’s biggest stars are uniting in Telluride for what is sure to be a legendary Town Park performance.
Allen Toussaint is one of America’s greatest musical treasures. Singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer — the New Orleans native has been making hit records for over forty years. His massive influence on American music reaches deep into the idioms of rhythm and blues, pop, country, musical theater, blues and jazz. Many of Toussaint's songs have become familiar through numerous cover versions, including "Working in the Coalmine", "Ride Your Pony", "Fortune Teller", "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)", "Get Out Of My Life Woman", "Southern Nights," "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky", "I'll Take a Melody" and "Mother-in-Law".
Rita Coolidge has been described as having "the sexiest voice in the world." Rita, a two time Grammy winner, launched her singing career in 1970 with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends and went on to share the stage with such greats as Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Leon Russell, just to name a few. Her recording career has spawned over several dozen albums worldwide including her multi-platinum disc Anytime...Anywhere, which featured three of her biggest hit singles -- "Higher & Higher," "The Way You Do The Things You Do," and "We're All Alone".
Tower of Power
For over 40 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music."
Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage. www.towerofpower.com
Taylor Hicks and The Little Memphis Blues Orchestra
2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks joins Tower of Power, Allen Toussaint and Rita Coolidge as a headlining band at the 35th Anniversary Telluride Jazz Celebration. Hicks, who hails from Birmingham, Alabama was destined for the musical stage from an early childhood. His personal twist of fate came when he was in New Orleans, the night before Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. With his flight cancelled, he was given a free airplane voucher. Taylor quickly used the ticket to travel to Las Vegas, where coincidentally American Idol auditions were being held.
Taylor’s material, with a unique take on southern soul, R & B, country and blues, set him apart from other American Idol contestants. When he's not performing with The Little Memphis Blues Orchestra, he is often being invited to share the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Snoop Dog, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind and Fire, JoJo Hermann and The Allman Brothers.” He's just that good. www.taylorhicks.com
Paquito D’Rivera “Guest of Honor”
Paquito’s life and career are a tribute to the many aspects of his talent- Latin, Jazz, Classical, Funk and beyond. He has received ten Grammy Awards, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award, two honorary college degrees from the Berklee College of Music and the Univ. of Pennsylvania, the Kennedy Center's Living Jazz Legend Award, the National Medal of the Arts and the list goes on. Paquito D'Rivera was born in Havana, Cuba and performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra and at age 17 he became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. He was a founding member and co-director of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere with its explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music never before heard. His numerous recordings include more than 30 solo albums. Check out selections from his newest release Tango here. He was a founding member of the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz. www.paquitod’rivera.com.
The Clayton Brothers
John and Jeff Clayton prove conclusively that while blood may be thicker than water, it can also carry an unimpeded flow of pure creativity. Their Grammy© nominated quintet, The Clayton Brothers, is bristling with surprises, delights and the kind of musical telepathy that could only come from tuned in siblings. A Grammy©-award winning artist, John Clayton gained prominence as a bassist in both the jazz and classical fields. Reed player Jeff Clayton has recorded important albums with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle, Earth Wind & Fire and Madonna. As a jazz musician, he has worked with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Harmon, Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Dee Dee Bridgewater and many others. www.johnclaytonjazz.com
The Bad Plus
For the past ten years The Bad Plus - Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and David King - have broken down the walls of jazz convention and created an uncompromising body of work. Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and they are at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement, drawing audiences both traditional and mainstream. While the bulk of their output has been original music, they have deconstructed songs in the pop, rock as well as the country and classical music idioms. “It’s about as badass as highbrow gets.”- Rolling Stone, “If the Coen Brothers put together a jazz trio, perhaps it would be like this, the comic and the dramatic rolled together.”- The Guardian www.thebadplus.com
Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts & Adam Deitch
What do you get when you combine one part Greyboy AllStars keys, one part New Mastersounds guitar and one part Lettuce drums? It's Walter, Roberts & Deitch, a mash up of well-known artists from your favorite funk bands. And, an extra element of funk is added to this super-project by adding a horn section. We are ecstatic to have Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts and Adam Deitch for a funktastic good time. Watch the New Mastersounds with Special Guest Robert Walter
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Badi is part of the musical family of Assad. Her brothers, Sergio ands Odair, form the famous classical “Duo Assad”. As a singer Badi Assad is vibrant and electric, responding to her inner passion with deft creativity. She transcends the traditional style of Brazilian music with an exotic mixture of ethnic sounds from around the world. As a guitarist, she has inspired audiences and critics worldwide with a unique combination of technical mastery and innovation that has caused many to reexamine their notions about the instrument. Through it all, Badi's adventurous spirit and buoyant personality have become an integral part of her music. As a result, this extraordinary singer, guitarist and percussionist is successfully forging an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization. www.badiassad.com
Melvin Taylor is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock, blues and jazz. He is reputed to be as good a rock guitarist as Jimi Hendrix, as good a blues guitarist as BB King and as good a jazz guitarist as George Benson. So it won’t surprise you to know that Melvin’s ability has been recognized by many of his fellow guitar and rock greats. In fact, he has opened for BB King, Buddy Guy, George Benson and Carlos Santana. And he can count among his fans the likes of Mick Jagger and Patti Labelle. Fans in Argentina, Canada, China, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Turkey, and the US have enjoyed his virtuoso guitar style and breathtaking solos. www.melvintaylormusic.com
Alex Brown Quartet
Jazz pianist and composer Alex Brown is quickly establishing both a national and international reputation. In 2007, Alex joined the group of Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera. He has has performed Jane Bunnett, Jon Faddis, the New York Voices, Terell Stafford, Miguel Zenon, and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. In 2010, Alex was featured in Keyboard Magazine. He’s also a 2010 Grammy nominee for his work as a part of Paquito D'Rivera's 2009 release, "Jazz-Clazz." In 2007, Alex was a winner as a pianist in the Jazz Soloist category of Downbeat Magazine's Student Music Awards. In 2009, the group LaTimbistica, which he is a part of, won for best college group. Alex was our featured pianist in the 2005 Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble. www.alexbrownmusic.com
March Fourth Marching Band
March Fourth Marching Band is a mobile big band spectacular, with saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a drum/percussion corps, anchored by pumping battery-powered electric bass. Stilt-walkers, dancing girls, flag twirlers, clown antics, and acrobatics accompany this eclectic ensemble. The sound is huge, melodic, and dynamic, taking audiences on a musical journey around the globe. They draw from influences such as gypsy brass, samba, funk, afro-beat, big-band, jazz, and rock music, as well as film, circus, and Vaudeville. Imagine Duke Ellington meets Sgt. Pepper in a 1920′s speakeasy where Mr. Bungle meets the Shogun Warriors in a Clockwork Orange. Imagine running into this giant spectacle marching through a festival, down Main Street, or onto stage. The impact is immediate and infectious! www.marchfourthmarchingband.com
Lisa Haley & The Zydekats
Lisa Haley & the Zydekats have become one of the world’s most beloved Americana/Cajun/Zydeco bands. Lisa’s 2008 Grammy nominated “King Cake” crashed into Billboard World Chart and the Americana movement with her blue violin and soaring, compelling “cornbread” voice. Video | www.lisahaley.com
Edmar has quite literally taken New York and the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp--revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike consider an instrument commonly relegated to the “unusual category”. A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time, while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit, Edmar has been characterized as “almost a world unto himself” (The New York Times). Video | www.edmarcastaneda.com
Michael Kaeshammer doesn't simply wow you with his chops; he invites you in and talks to you. Yes, he's a gifted singer and songwriter, a highly trained technician and interpreter and an incendiary piano player. But also, on stage and off, he's a consummate host. That joy in his playing is clear, as is his uncanny ability to take 'a bit of musical this' and 'a touch of musical that' and create a sound that is uniquely his own – A singular brand of pop tinged jazz that owes as much to Billy Joel and Paul McCartney as to Professor Longhair and Albert Ammons on hook laden love songs like 'A Little Bit Of Love'. www.kaeshammer.com
With his first solo album in 1979 Andy Narell took the steelpan out of the steelband and brought it into the jazz band, and with every album and concert since, he has explored the possibilities and expanded the role of the pan in contemporary music. He’s made more than a dozen albums as leader, two more as co-leader of the Caribbean Jazz Project (with Paquito D’Rivera and Dave Samuels) and two as co-leader of Sakésho (with Mario Canonge, Michel Alibo, and Jean Philippe Fanfant). www.anynarell.net
UNC Jazz Studies Program
Today, the UNC Jazz Studies Program boasts 5 Lab Bands, 8 Combos, 4 Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Guitar Ensemble, and a Latin Jazz Ensemble. At this time, the program has garnered hundreds of recognitions, including more than 100 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards, and has been invited to perform internationally. The UNC Jazz Lab Band I and Vanguard Combo will both perform at the 2011 Telluride Jazz Celebration.
The Voodoo Orchestra was formed in 2007 under the direction of Caleb Chapman. The band has gained national attention for their high energy performances . . . and the fact that this pro band is comprised entirely of musicians 18 and younger. For nearly a decade, Caleb Chapman has been turning heads with his professional bands made up of unlikely members - young musicians aged 14-18! From funk to fusion and soul to swing, Caleb's bands have played some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including recent performances in Italy, France, and Switzerland, and an Asia Tour planned for 2011.
Formed in a time when the definition of “live music” seems in constant flux, Colorado’s Springdale Quartet may upon first inspection seem slightly out of place with some of their contemporaries. Their sound and style, based foremost on a compositional foundation with its roots in the jazz and blues traditions, has been described at times as “vintage”. But the real stuff- the music itself- cannot be so readily labeled. Drawing additionally from the musical institutions of Heavy organ, upbeat funk, and progressive rock, Springdale’s live show is anything but antiquated- in fact, it’s dance music! springdalequartet.net
This program, in it’s 15th year, is for the serious student and is directed by renowned jazz educator and performer Bob Montgomery and Alumni Josh Quinlan. A national talent search is conducted for students age 13 and up via audition tapes. Students selected receive scholarships to this special week-long program culminating with a main stage performance at the festival. Audition Information>>
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