Kenny G! Hiroshima! Rickie Lee Jones! Billy Cobham! Wilco’s Nels Cline! Live on!

flowerpot-newshowsOur event booker/affiliate relations VP/chief bottle washer Katherine Ajk is acting like the batting cage slugger who hits fastball after fastball out of the park. My email box is getting way cluttered with all the new shows we are announcing from our growing list of partners.

Another Eric McFadden show this Wednesday, with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline supporting, along with Mike Watt, Curt Bisquera and Abby Travis.
When: January 16, 2013 – 9:00 PM PT

I had lunch with Jazz Alley’s most impressive booking agent Nick Venti during the APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) conference at the NY Hilton yesterday. I was pleased to moderate the “Innovations in Technology” panel at the Jazz Connect sessions. Nick is a delightful young guy (although everyone seems young to me these days) who has been in myriad roles in the music biz: booker, artist manager, publicist, tour coordinator, house manager, contract administrator. It’s a privilege brainstorming ideas with affiliates, understanding their business, developing new ideas for content creation. One of Nick’s former acts was playing Winter Jazz Fest, 70 bands, 6 clubs, 2 nights over the weekend. We tried, but missed connecting the night before amidst the massive crowds and long lines snaking around wet NY streets. Joining me were’s David deKadt and our technology guru–let’s call him Commander Zero, as he is employed elsewhere at the moment while working long nights and weekends for ShowGo and, thus, must remain underground. Anyway, Nick has booked some great shows in the weeks ahead, to wit….

HiroshimaHIROSHIMA!! Listening to their Intouchable album now, and loving it. In the three decades since they first convened, the Los Angeles-based ensemble of Dan Kuramoto (keyboards/ woodwinds/ composer/ producer), virtuoso June Kuramoto (koto/ composer), Kimo Cornwell (piano/keyboards/composer), Danny Yamamoto (drums/percussion), Dean Cortez (bass) and Shoji Kameda (taiko drum/percussion) have blended jazz, pop, and rock with traditional Japanese folk music and instruments. The resulting sound was a pioneering voice in the contemporary world music movement of the late 20th century.

Ever evolving, the 2010 Grammy-nominated group, highlighted by the sound of June Kuramoto’s shimmering koto (noted by Stanley Clarke to be the world’s best) creates music and sounds totally unique–with depth, heart and soul. After more than 30 years in the recording industry — and almost 4 million records sold – Hiroshima decided to leave their record company behind and venture out on our own.

When: January 17, 2013 – 7:30 PM PT

awale_250Live from London, Awalé storms the stage with its unique blend of Afrobeat and Balkan-inspired time signatures and melodies. Band members hail rom Tunisia, Cuba, France, Slovakia and England. The name Awalé, meaning “love each other”, comes from an ancient African game, and as with the game, the music is played in turns and cycles of various length. Lots of horns and lots of funk.

Also at the Hideaway this weekend is award-winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon, who the Guardian has called “the best musician in the world.” The. Best. Musician. In. The. World.

When: January 18, 2013 – 1:00 PM PT

Also announced this week:

rickie2013_webRickie Lee Jones with Opener Jesse Dee
When: January 20, 2013 – 7:30 PM PT
Thanks, Rickie Lee for posting the livestream on your Facebook page–in 24 hours, an avalanche of Likes, Shares, Comments and Event signups.


kennyg2012_webKenny G
When: January 27, 2013 – 7:30 PM PT
I saw Kenny at Arco Arena in Sacramento, but saw him first in the 80′s at a private VH1 event at a small ski lodge in Colorado (Crested Butte?). Michael Bolton joined him for the set. Arco was fine, but seeing him in an intimate venue like Seattle’s Jazz Alley–don’t miss it.

Billy Cobham 2Billy Cobham
When: January 26, 2012 – 9:00 PM PT
We are following Billy on his historic Spectrum 40 tour, commemorating the release of his breakthrough jazz/rock fusion album of 1973. We caught him backstage with Ron Carter and Donald Harrison at the Blue Note in NY this past weekend and will be posting that footage, along with interviews and rehearsals with the band as they kick off the tour at B.B. King;s this Wednesday. We will stream his show from the Blue Note in Milan and are working on streams and “all access” footage for his London, Oakland and Santa Cruz shows.

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