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Jazz Saxophonist Dale Fielder: Tribute to Jazz Legend Pepper Adams

Re-Posted by Robert Carmack  via Dale Fielder

Dear Jazz Enthusiasts

I’d like to take a moment to thank all our supporters (you know who you are!) for all the positive vibes, support and coming out to attend our performances throughout the year!  Pretty much, this is what it’s all about for us jazz musicians.  Simply to play for YOU!  For your enjoyment of this great music!  Without you, we can do nothing!

As I speak, our new CD concentrating on the music of the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet of 1958-1961 entitled: “Each Time I Think of You” by the Dale Fielder Tribute Quintet is at the pressing plant and will be available on our ‘street date’ of October 16th.  This project has overcome numerous obstacles to finally see the light of day.  I am very proud of our “Never Give Up” attitude shown by all involved with making this CD a reality.  Because of the support of those around me, I am resolved and inspired to continue to push on even through the darkest of days.  The new CD will also feature our QR code where you can scan your smartphone over it and it will direct you to our new and soon to be upgraded Dale Fielder Activities website!

We have our BIG WEEK coming up this October 17th thru the 20th.  Founded by Pepper Adam’s biographer Gary Carner, we are anchoring the Los Angeles leg of the the 1st International Pepper Adams Jazz Festival.  Here’s the details as of today:

  • Catalina Bar & Grill – Oct 17th  An all-star quintet featuring Jazz’s #1 baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan from NYC and Grammy-Nominated pianist Eric Reed joins myself, Trevor Ware on bass and Don Littleton on drums for a performance featuring the music of jazz legend, Pepper Adams.  Also on hand will be Adams’ biographer Gary Carner who will serve as MC for the evening as well as featuring the release of his new book on Adams entitled:  “Pepper Adams Joy Road”.  $15 cover.
  • Crowne Plaza LAX – Oct 18th  The official Los Angeles release of the Dale Fielder Tribute Quintet’s new CD “Each Time I Think of You” with a performance by the Tribute Quintet featuring Dale Fielder-baritone sax, Nolan Shaheed-trumpet, Jane Getz-piano, Trevor Ware-bass & Don Littleton-drums. There will be 3 sets of some hot, swinging jazz!  Y’all know how it is and how much fun we have when we play there!  No Cover!
  • Soka University Performing Art Center – Oct 19th  The San Diego area official release of the Dale Fielder Tribute Quintet’s new CD “Each Time I Think of You” with a performance by the Tribute Quintet featuring Dale Fielder-baritone sax, Nolan Shaheed-trumpet, Jane Getz-piano, Trevor Ware-bass & Don Littleton-drums as well as a live audio and video recording of the evening by impresario Jim Merod.   Also on hand will be Adams’ biographer Gary Carner who will serve as MC for the evening as well as featuring the release of his new book on Adams entitled:  “Pepper Adams Joy Road”.  $28, $21 for students.
  • Vibrato Grill Jazz – Oct 20th  An all-star quintet again featuring the great Gary Smulyan. Unfortunately pianist Eric Reed as advertised, will not be able to join us as we had to let him go to perform 4 nights with Delfeayo Marsalis.  However this night, we get to stretch out here in 2 great sets with the superb pianist Theo Saunders, Pat Senatore-bass & Ramon Banda on drums.  Herb Alpert’s joint is one of the classiest and best places to play in town!  No Cover!

I truly hope you all can come out to one or more of these events.  I promise you will hear some of the hardest-hitting jazz in the tradition the great Pepper Adams pioneered.  Also you can pick out our new CD and Gary Carner’s great new book and CDs.  Heck we’ll even have some T-shirts on hand!

See you out there!



Snappy Too is the Follow-Up to the Gold Certified Album Snappy Doo

Los Angeles, CA – Aleph Records will release James Morrison’s new recording Snappy Too on September 11, 2012.  The album is the sequel to the 1990 release Snappy Doo, which featured Morrison along with three legendary artists (Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, and Jeff Hamilton) creating a seventeen-piece big band sound through the use of overdubbing.

“It was tremendous fun and the album went gold,” said Morrison of Snappy Doo.  “I knew I’d want to do a ‘sequel’ at some stage but it has taken over two decades to finally get around to it. Sadly, in the meantime we have lost Ray and Herb, so when the time came to choose musicians for this recording I had a decision to make – do I replace them (who could?) or do we stick with the original band…meaning Jeff and I alone?”

Morrison made the decision that, since no players could replace Brown and Ellis and in the spirit of Snappy Doo, to record Snappy Too with Jeff alone. Which meant that he had to pull out his acoustic bass and brush up on guitar, in addition to playing trumpet, trombone, sax, and piano as he did for the first album.

Morrison joked, “after many laughs, a few tears and a lot of writing, blowing, strumming and plucking, we now have the long awaited Snappy Too a seventeen piece big band album where you only have to get two autographs on the cover to have the whole band!”

The recording of Snappy Too started in Morrison’s studio in Sydney, Australia. “Last time (Snappy Doo) we started with the rhythm section and then layered the brass and saxes on top,” Morrison described. “This time I started with a single trumpet and gradually built up all the horns until we had thirteen. Next I added the bass, then guitar and finally piano.”

The recording then shifted to Los Angeles where Hamilton added the drum tracks and Morrison played a few improvised solos.  “It was really something to see a man who is arguably the world’s best big band drummer sitting there playing away on his own – while listening to sixteen ‘other’ guys who weren’t in the room!” Morrison said.  “I can’t tell you how hard that is, playing drums to a band that is already there and can’t respond to anything you do – but I can tell you that nobody else could do it better than Jeff Hamilton.”

One person whose contributions were essential to the recording of Snappy Too was recording engineer Tod Deeley.  Morrison explained, “The recording engineer is always important when capturing music but in this case, where the band was created by over-dubbing so many tracks, the engineer becomes almost one of the players. For many of the hours that it took to create this work, there were only two people in the studio – Tod and myself. This meant that I was relying not only on his expertise as an engineer but also on his musicality, to advise when we needed another take, when tuning was an issue, when the groove was shifting. This is something that not any engineer could do – but that’s ok because Tod isn’t just any engineer, he’s a musician that I trust to know when the music is right.”

Morrison continued, “It’s been an odyssey creating this album and I feel lucky to be able to do it. I hope you delight in listening to what for me has been a labor of love and joy.”

James Morrison Snappy Too will be released by Aleph Records on September 11, 2012.

James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays trombone, euphonium, flugelhorn, tuba, saxophone, double bass and piano.

At the age of seven, Morrison was given his first instrument, at nine he formed his first band and at thirteen he was playing professionally in nightclubs. His international career developed just as quickly. At only age 16 he debuted in the USA with a breathtaking concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Following this were performances at the big festivals in Europe including Montreaux, Pori, North Sea, Nice and Bern – playing with many of the legends of jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Red Rodney, George Benson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. There were also gigs in the worlds most famous jazz clubs – The Blue Note and Village Vanguard in New York, the New Morning in Paris and Ronnie Scotts in London.

James Morrison’s career thus far has been diverse and perhaps not typical of most jazz musicians. He recorded Jazz Meets the Symphony with The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lalo Schifrin, performed concerts at the Royal Albert hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Princess Anne. Royal command performances on two occasions for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and for US Presidents Bush & Clinton at Parliament House in Australia. He was also the artistic advisor to the Sydney Symphony’s “Kaleidoscope” series, which has included performances by Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, Gary Burton and Kristjan Jarvi.  In 1997, Morrison was recognized for his service to the arts in Australia and awarded a medal of The Order of Australia.

Morrison spends much time in education, doing master classes and workshops in many countries and presenting the James Morrison Jazz Scholarship at Generations in Jazz. An avid user of the latest technologies James is very involved in furthering the presence of jazz and music education on the Internet and also uses computers extensively in his writing, recording and performances.
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