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Monday, June 30, 2014

David Fraser...reason and rhyme...new album from Californian singer/songwriter and keyboardist


David Fraser is a professional musician (keyboards, harmonica, accordion), singer and songwriter with roots based in Blues, R'n'B, Classic Rock, and Country music. He is a native of California and calls Los Angeles his home. His soulful presentation always pleases crowds who hear him perform both internationally and throughout the US. 

David has a very soulful and expressive voice reflecting his lyrical ideas with a wide variety of musical styles. Co-produced along with fellow musicians Nick Kirgo and Debra Dobkin, and including bassist Mark Goldberg, “Reason & Rhyme” delivers a rich tapestry of songs with striking results. “River Of Tears” and “Get You Off My Mind” are both unique bluesy expressions of love gone wrong. “Jolie Coeur”, and “Let’s Dance” reflect celebrations of life with a Southwestern Louisiana flavor. “The Clock” and “For A Million Years” give us a bit more cynical perspective. “Dad Said”, is a poignant tribute to a father’s love, while “The Right Way” contributes a little fun and sensuous humor. “When The Rain Comes Down” and “Good Friends” are both heartfelt and uplifting. All these songs are very up close and personal. Fraser’s harmonica and accordion playing, combined with lively contributions courtesy of his many talented friends, are welcome icing on the cake. 

For over ten years, He delighted Disney audiences of all ages, working in stage shows throughout the park, and in numerous venues at the Disneyland Hotel. David also played concert tours opening for well-known artists such as the Beach Boys, Tower of Power, Journey and Glen Campbell and performed in concert with Johnny Rivers and The Blues Brothers.

His musical heritage and roots may well come from a deep love for early blues and country artists….originators, who not only helped inspire his career, but also paved the way for others of his respected favorites such as Ray Charles, Randy Newman, James Brown, Delbert McClinton, and Allen Toussaint.


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Linda Jean Miles - "Take Me Cruising" (Tribute to Los Angeles) video



Linda Jean released the much awaited, "Take me Cruising Los Angeles" single and video in December 2013. This musical tribute sung by a native Los Angelino represents true love for her hometown. Singing it takes her from the Dodgers to the Beach; representing true diversity in a city that basks in sun, fun and great places to eat: but most of all -- Amazing Music.

Linda Jean combines the sultry, sexy voice of experience with a contemporary uplifting perspective on "Cyber Blues". Her voice is formidable, overwhelming and unyielding all wrapped up in one package. Linda Jean Miles draws on her wisdom by sharing an un-paralleled intensity, powerful voice and musically true spirit. Once you listen to one wailing note, you will be like the rest of us, a lifelong fan.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindajeanmiles
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaJeanMiles
Instagram: http://instagram.com/lindajeanmiles


Friday, June 20, 2014

The Blue Project....blues, jazz, funk from Asbury Park, New Jersey


The Blue Project was born out of a massive natural disaster. In the wake of superstorm Sandy, when music productions all but stopped, New Jersey's Danny Petroni set out to put local musicians to work. With the goal of employing local musicians and using local music production impacted by Sandy, all guided by his original songs, Petroni and co recorded an impactful blues/jazz/funk album.

Stream the album in full at Bandcamp.

upcoming show dates:
June 21 Tammany Hall NYC
July 24 Silvana Harlem, NYC




Members/Instruments:
Danny Petroni - Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars
Frank Lacy - Lead Vocals/Trombone/Flumpet

Gary Oleyar – Violin
Gene Boccia - Bass
Calvin Jones - Upright bass on "Requiem for a Working Man"
John Drymon -, Piano/Hammond B3 Organ
Steve Kramer - Piano on "Cracker Jack", "Peanut Butter & Jelly"
John P Allen - Drums
Dave Halpern - Drums on "Mouse in the House"
Female Vocals, Jo Wymer on "I Changed my Ways", Backup Vocals on  "Looking Good"
Backup Vocals on (God of War, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Requiem for a  Working man)
Layonne Holmes, Ricky Collins, Katrina Harper

Websites:
Official - http://daniel-petroni.wix.com/theblueproject
SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/#danpetroni
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/DPSProject
Twitter(@dpJazz)





Danny's story:
Danny A Petroni (b. 1956, Trenton, New Jersey), is an American composer-songwriter of Jazz, Blues, and Rock, as well as an  accomplished guitarist in all of these styles. He has performed with jazz musicians Steve Nelson, James Spaulding, Johnny Griffen,  Frank Lacy, Luther Thomas, and Tony Scott. Danny’s father was born in  Ravigo, Italy, and his maternal grandfather was born in L'Aquila, Italy. He attended Trenton High School where Jazz organist/arranger Tom Passarella and alto saxophonist Tom Grice were his teachers.  Bassist Reggie Workmen, trumpeter Clark Terry and an assortment of  world class jazz musician would come to the Trenton school to teach  and conduct Jazz workshops.

Starting guitar at age 13, he studied under master teacher Dennis  Sandole of Philadelphia. From 1974 to 1977, Danny attended Rutger University’s Livingston College Jazz Studies program under a Pee Wee  Russell scholarship. After graduation, Danny studied at the American School for Music in  Vienna, Austria, from 1977 to 1978 and then spent several years in  Italy. In Rome, Danny started working with the great clarinetist Tony  Scott. In Italy he also performed with alto saxophonist Luther Thomas.

Returning to the States in 1982, he joined the Luther Thomas Dizzazz  Band, recording an album for Moers Records (Germany), "Luther Thomas  Dizzazz." After completion of the recording, Danny toured Europe with  the Band. In 1984, DP and the Grey's recorded an album on Greyboy  Records entitled, "If You Really Love Me, You Will Kill Yourself,"  featuring the trombone and arrangements of Frank Lacy, as well as  Frank Lowe on tenor sax.

Presently residing in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Danny has formed the Danny Petroni Blue Project.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Blues-Rock Artist Melinda Colaizzi Releases Debut Album “Witness”



Award winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Melinda Colaizzi released her first full-length album "Witness" on June 10, 2014. 

Melinda has recorded a collection of 8 songs that showcase her talent as a musician deeply rooted in blues- and R'n'B-infused rock. She wrote 6 of the CDs tracks, collaborating with Grammy Award winning singer, guitarist, producer Kevin Bowe to write “Time Runnin' Dry.” 

A young up-and-coming artist in the blues/rock genre, Melinda is known for powerful vocal delivery, emotional performances and riff driven songwriting. She has performed in clubs and recorded in studios across the U.S. Her style derives from the raw intensity of artists like Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and the Rolling Stones. In 2013, The International Songwriting Competition named her as a semi-finalist for her original composition "Trouble." She is also a past recipient of the Berklee College of Music World Scholarship and the Aerosmith Endowment Award for outstanding achievement in music.  

Melinda recorded "Witness" at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, Mastermix in Minneapolis, and the House Of Blues Studio and Hobby Shop Studio in Los Angeles. All songs were mastered at Audible Images Recording Studios in Pittsburgh.  



You can preview the album by visiting: https://soundcloud.com/listentomelinda/sets/witness

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