zondag 4 augustus 2013

Andy's Jazz Club Chicago

Pharez Whitted Quintet (with Jarrard Harris, sax)

Nice jam evening in Andy's on one off the last days in Chicago, my favourite city on my whole journey, because some off these musicians. They really helps me a lot and gave me a lot off things to work on. I listened to Pharez his cd 'For the people'. It's great to hear such a great skilled trumpet player on his own music. I wish them all the best and looking forward to hear more from them. They aren't only great players but also very good teachers and people and that means even more to me. 
Thanks for a great week of camp and a great evening! I wish you the best!

Jarrard Harris

Saxophonist and composer Jarrard Harris is Director of Midwest Young Artists’ Jazz Combo Program and MYA’s Jazz Ensemble. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Jarrard attended the Youth Performing Arts School, Louisville Youth Orchestra and the All-State Symphonic band and Jazz band before moving onto The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music to further his jazz studies. There he studied with Rick VanMatre, Pat Harbison, and Marc Fields. Upon graduating from UC and a brief stint as educational intern for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jarrard moved to Chicago to further his studies at DePaul University where in 2003 he obtained his Masters in Jazz Studies.

Jarrard currently lives in Chicago where he is on the jazz faculty at Columbia College of Chicago and serving as artist instructor with the Thelonious Monk/Gallery 37 jazz performance program. He maintains an active teaching studio, in addition to adjudicating college and high school jazz festivals, giving masterclasses, lectures and performing in the U.S. and abroad.

Jarrard is also a member of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jon Faddis. He has been privileged to have performed with but not limited to such musicians as Claudio Roditi, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Heath, Nicholas Payton, Gerald Wilson, Marcus Belgrave eric AlexanderIra Sullivan, and Kenny Werner.

woensdag 10 juli 2013

Milwaukee Summerfest

John Mayer - Born & Raised Tour -

Images speak louder then words, so enjoy!
I loved the concert and it was completely worth going to it.
Two and a half hour of great music who wouldn't love that?
John you were again amazing! 


Philip Philips - The world from the side of the moon -

Phillip LaDon Phillips, Jr. (born September 20, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter from Leesburg, Georgia. He won the eleventh season of American Idol on May 23, 2012. His coronation song "Home", released after his win, became the best selling of all coronation songs.His debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was released on November 19, 2012.

After winning American Idol, Phillips went on the American Idol LIVE Tour from July to September with the rest of the Top 10 finishers of season 11. He performed the National Anthem at the opening game of the 2012 World Series on October 24, 2012. On November 15, he joined forces with the PS22 chorus of Staten Island for a concert to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. He also performed at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 6, 2012.
Phillips' coronation song, "Home", was a great success with sales of over 4 million copies in the US. It has been used in NBC's coverage of the Olympics, various commercials, film trailers, and TV shows.[38] He performed "Home" on the PBS Independence Day celebration TV special, A Capitol 4th. He also appeared at the 83rd MLB All-Star Game held at Kansas City on July 10 and sang his coronation song.[40] On October 9, 2012, he joined other musicians in the One World concert held in Syracuse University to honor the Dalai Lama. He also performed "Home" on the CNN Heroes special aired on December 2, 2012, and the CBS's A Home for the Holidays on December 19, 2012.

Dan Rodriguez - Roaring Dan -

Dan Rodriguez, an artist based out of Minneapolis, MN, is creating quite a buzz in the Midwest. The groove-based, bluesy over-toned sound of his music, mixed with his powerful, yet seductive voice creates an atmosphere different from other music. It's refreshing, tantalizing, and just plain good!

Originally from Detroit, MI, Dan moved to Minneapolis in 2004 to pursue music. He started a band with his brother, Andre Rodriguez, and called it The Auburns. They played locally for a couple of years and grew together as a band, as brothers, and as musicians.

In January, 2008, Dan started a self-titled solo project in the Twin Cities. Promoting his band as a trio, Dan started playing venues in the local music scene. As things began to go well, a greater demand for Dan's music rose high enough to inspire him to record an album. This would be the first album Dan has recorded.

June 13th, 2008, the album Unreal was released in Minneapolis. Dan has since been playing locally and touring throughout the Midwest reaching venues in all over the Midwest, including Summerfest 2008-2012 in Milwaukee, WI, and sharing the stage with national acts including Pete Francis (Dispatch), NeedtoBreathe, Augustana, The Civil Wars, Tyrone Wells, John McLaughlin, and Eric Hutchinson.

Rodriguez released a self-titled EP in July 2011.  Musicians featured on the record include Tyler Burkum (Mat Kearney) & Michael Bland (Prince, Jonny Lang, Nick Jonas, many more).  

"I've been in this business a long time.  I recognize when somebody has something real.  Dan is a true talent, and seems to be ushering in a new wave of singer/songwriters around the Twin Cities.  I can honestly say I'm excited for the world to hear what he's got to offer." - Michael Bland

Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers

Are frontmen made or born? The six members of Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers are in the perfect position to answer that question. Four of them have fronted other projects, but during the past few years they have united under first-time bandleader, Hertler, to create sublime folk tinged with Motown, funk, and pop. "When we met Joe," says bassist and producer of Hertler's first album, Kevin Pritchard, "He was a weird dude with sideburns hiding behind an accordion. Now he's a confident front man with a flower on his head and a mic in his hand."

The essence of Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers is the energy they bring to their live performances. "The live show is the purpose of the band. This is why we make music. Playing music is a symbiotic process, and without a crowd it is just a bunch of guys jamming," says Hertler. "We believe that performance is not a High Art operation, and that you should do anything you can to ensure that the crowd is having a good time. From pinatas to confetti, to fog, to flowers, to drum solos, to strobe lights, to Thor, to showinford battles—literally anything goes."

Their upcoming album and video release, Live at Russell, recorded and filmed at Detroit's Russell Industrial Center, is a testament not only to the band's live vibe, but also to their impeccable musicianship. Without the brief interludes, the five track album could easily be mistaken for a studio recording. The lead track, "Garden," with its simple, beautiful harmonies and its sonically dynamic nature brings to mind Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers. "Your Story" builds to the kind of sneaky hook you don't even realize you've internalized until you're singing it during a quiet moment. Hertler's passionate vocal delivery, combined with the band's judicious use of tasteful percussion and piano tempered by sweet guitar, make this song a clear hit. The Live at Russell sessions were also video recorded, providing a true look at the way Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers play together. Intimately shot and featuring candid moments in and around the worn yet charming Russell Industrial Center, the video captures both the hard work and play that makes this band what it is.

Joe Hertler started as a successful solo artist, and then formed a duo with guitarist Ryan Hoger. That duo expanded when they caught the eye of Pritchard, who asked them to do a special performance in Bigger Brush Media's Quilted Attic. Soon, drummer and life long friend of Pritchard, Rick Hale, joined the band, bringing his jazz-trained services into the mix. After the release of the first Rainbow Seekers album, On Being, which has sold an impressive 1,400 copies to date with no outside help, the band grew again. Keyboardist Micah Braken and saxaphone prodigy Aaron Stinson joined, giving the group a decidedly classic turn. Live instruments, live musicianship, and live energy became the creed of The Rainbow Seekers and led them to the live recording at The Russell.

Great festival, I know know why it's the biggest in the world. A lot off different things to see and different stages (12) they reach more people. The first festival I've been to with a sky line ride but it is very nice! The music was great, weather and food too. What more can you ask!