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Melissa Manchester
Special Encore Event
Performance of the Month

More than 25 years after Melissa Manchester released Tribute, her 1989 album that honored the great female singers who influenced her, she turns the tables with The Fellas, a radiant encomium to the men, including Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin, and the iconic songs they made famous.

Singing with a verve and emotional vulnerability that immediately captivates, the Grammy-winner inventively re-imagines these beloved standards, which you'll witness in this special rebroadcast of her recent live-streamed concert event. She turns “Chances Are” into a sly bossa nova and scats with seemingly impossible ease on “Love Is Just Around the Corner,” while bringing an understated urgency to “Night and Day.”

Like many of the men she salutes on The Fellas, Manchester’s career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. Following her time as a founding member of Bette Midler’s backing singers and dancers, the Harlettes, Manchester’s tremendously successful solo career brought her critical and commercial acclaim. Since her debut release Home To Myself in 1973, Manchester has launched a string of chart-toppers including “Midnight Blue,” “Don't Cry Out Loud”, and “Through The Eyes Of Love (Theme from Ice Castles)".

This unedited performance was originally streamed and broadcast LIVE on June 22, 2019, from Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.


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True Willie
and the Boys
2019 Festival of Arts

Every summer, the Festival of Arts brings to the stage some of Southern California’s most well-known tribute bands. Talented performers pay homage to music legends as they re-create popular songs.

Musicians and fans agree – Willie Nelson is an iconic figure in American music history. Roger Hegyi as “True Willie” pays tribute to the life and music of one of the world’s most recognizable and distinctive musicians.

“Roger looks and sounds so much like The Man that fans and friends are convinced that he and Willie were twins separated at birth!” Not just a Willie Nelson “impersonator,” Roger has found a way to reach into the musical soul of Willie Nelson and share it with audiences wherever he performs. Chosen as the most authentic and convincing tribute act to Willie Nelson in America, the True Willie tribute band is fast becoming the first choice with audiences across America.

Roger Hegyi began singing in his church at 10 years old before being recognized as “one voice in a million” by professionals in the music industry. Roger has since amassed over 40 years of experience as a singer and guitarist, including several engagements in Southern California at the Anaheim Angels Stadium and the San Diego Padres Stadium, in theater groups and through thousands of performances in small clubs. The True Willie tribute band represents Roger’s lifelong dream to honor the music of Willie Nelson and the influence Willie has had not only on Country and Western music, but also on American music history.

This performance was originally recorded live on July 30, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.


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Solomon Ge (USA), Fourth Prize
2019 International e-Piano
Junior Competition

Pianists from around the world converged in Minneapolis, MN, in July 2019 to compete in the prestigious 2019 International e-Piano Junior Competition for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. From an initial round of 25 contestants, the top five finalists vied for the grand prize; however, over the multi-day competition, there were many other outstanding performances as well.

This special rebroadcast features Fourth Place winner Solomon Ge of the USA, a pianist and composer from San Jose, CA, who currently studies piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Solomon is the winner of the 2019 Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition, 2019 Palo Alto Philharmonic Concerto Competition, 2019 CAPMT Honors State Competition, 2019 California Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, 2019 Golden State Youth Orchestra Competition, and 2019 Mondavi Young Artists’ Competition. He has performed with the Peninsula Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, and Round Rock Symphony, and will perform with the California Youth Symphony, Golden State Youth Orchestra, and the Palo Alto Philharmonic in the 2019-20 season.

As a composer, he has won the 2018 CMS Young Composers Competition, 2018 MTNA Composition Competition, and is a finalist in the 2018 NextNotes Composer Awards, 2018 National Young Composers Challenge, and ASCAP Young Composers Competition.

The selections featured in this performance include: Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3, I.Allegro (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Astral Mirage (Solomon Ge)
Sonata No. 2, Op. 19, I.Andante, II. Presto (Alexander Scriabin)
Promptu (2004) (Elinor Armer)
French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20 (Frederic Chopin)


This performance was originally streamed live and broadcast from the 2019 International e-Piano Junior Competition in July 2019, in Minneapolis, MN.


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Russell Ferrante and
Bob Mintzer
Performance of the Month

Born in San Jose, California in 1952, Russell Ferrante began studying piano at the age of 9 years old. His early musical experiences revolved around the church where his father was the choir master. His interest in jazz and improvisation was kindled in high school and shortly thereafter he began performing with various R&B and jazz groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. This exposure to seemingly every kind of music helped prepare Russell for his professional career which began in 1973. It was then that he met guitarist, Robben Ford and toured the U.S. and Europe as part of legendary blues singer, Jimmy Witherspoon’s band. Russell moved to San Francisco in 1975 where he continued to be active on the vibrant local music scene.

In 1977 Russell moved to Los Angeles in order to continue working with Robben Ford. Within a short time, he was recording and touring with a variety of musicians including Robben, Joe Farrell, Tom Scott, and Joni Mitchell. It was during this period that Russell, Robben and Jimmy Haslip co-founded the jazz group, Yellowjackets. It was also during this time that he began working as a freelance writer, arranger and producer for numerous recordings including those by Bobby McFerrin, Michael Franks, Al Jarreau and many others. Presently, Russell continues his 25-year association with Yellowjackets who concertize and conduct clinics worldwide. From their inception in 1980, Yellowjackets have recorded sixteen albums, receiving thirteen Grammy nominations, and winning two awards -- Best R&B Instrumental Performance (1986) and Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (1989). They also wrote and performed music for the motion picture Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home. Russell is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.


Bob Mintzer leads several musical lives that, at times, seem humanly impossible for one person to sustain. He is a 20-year member of the Yellowjackets, leads his own Grammy-winning big band, is the recipient of the Buzz McCoy endowed chair of jazz studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, does workshops all over the world, writes books on jazz, writes for orchestra, concert band, and big band, travels with his own quartet, and plays with numerous other bands around the globe. He is equally active in the composing, performing and educational fields.

Bob has written over 200 big band arrangements. His big band music is played over the world and has influenced numerous big band writers. He honed his big band writing and playing skills in the bands of Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis. He has also written works for the National Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands. WDR Big Band in Cologne, HR Big Band in Frankfurt and was commissioned to write a piece for concert band and tenor sax (“Go”) by a consortium of 50 universities.

As an instrumentalist, Bob has worked with Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Sam Jones, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, the Yellowjackets, GRP All Star Big Band, Mike Manieri, The New York Philharmonic, to name a few. He has done session work for James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Queen, Donald Fagan, Milton Nascimento, and countless others. Bob has recorded some 30 solo projects and was awarded with four Grammy nominations and a Grammy award for best large jazz ensemble recording in 2001 for Homage to Count Basie on the DMP label.

Bob currently resides in Los Angeles in the former house of composer Arnold Schoenberg (his first LA residence, 1934-1936), teaches at USC, travels 4 months out of the year, and, when at home, writes and practices constantly.

This performance was originally recorded live on July 27, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.


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Téka
2019 Festival of Arts

A native of Londrina, Paraná, Brazil, Téka mastered the traditions of Brazilian music at an early age. Along the way, she became equally entranced by American jazz. As her artistry grew, her talented singing and guitar playing fused the sensual rhythms and harmonies of Brazil with the sophistication and improvisation of jazz – a fascinating musical blend she calls New Bossa.

Her first CD, Garden Planet, included original music with an environmental theme. Both Garden Planet and her second release, Watercolours of Brazil, received high praise from critics and audiences. Reviewing those first two albums, The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Like João Gilberto, Téka brings everything into a unified expression, combining her vocal lines and rhythmic guitar accompaniments into a single, elegantly buoyant musical blend.”

Her latest release, So Many Stars, was described by the International Review of Music as “a definitive statement that she has matured into a gifted, world-class musical artist. Téka has a summer evening breeze quality to her voice always. She is as smoooooooooooth as bossa nova can be and that is very smooth indeed.”

This performance was originally recorded live on July 18, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.


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Eric Guo (Canada), Third Prize
2019 International e-Piano
Junior Competition

Pianists from around the world converged in Minneapolis, MN, in July 2019 to compete in the prestigious 2019 International e-Piano Junior Competition for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. From an initial round of 25 contestants, the top five finalists vied for the grand prize; however, over the multi-day competition, there were many other outstanding performances as well.

This special rebroadcast features Third Prize winner Eric Guo of Canada. Eric, a Toronto native, started playing piano at the age of four and currently is a full-tuition scholarship recipient at The Taylor Academy of The Royal Conservatory. Eric performed in prestigious venues in Canada and United States: Merkin Concert Hall in NYC aired on WQXR, The Center of Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton in California, live on 96.3FM Toronto’s Radio Station, Koerner Hall, Four Seasons Center, Maison des Arts, to name just a few.

As a soloist, he performed with several orchestras such as Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of UK, Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Drummondville Orchestra and Oakville Orchestra of Canada, and others.

Among Eric’s accolades are 1st place awards in competitions such as 2018 11th Moscow Chopin International Competition for Young Pianists held in China, 2017 Kaufman International Piano Competition in NYC, and Grand Prize in 2016 Canadian Music Competition. Recently, he was 3rd Place winner in 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. He was awarded the 2018 Canadian Chopin Scholarship.

The selections featured in this performance include:
Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Etude Op. 10 No. 2 (Frederic Chopin)
Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54 (Frederic Chopin)
Impromptu in B-flat Major, Op. 142 No. 3, D. 935 (Franz Schubert)
Apres une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata, S. 161/7 (Franz Liszt)

This performance was originally streamed live and broadcast from the 2019 International e-Piano Junior Competition in July 2019, in Minneapolis, MN.


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LP and the Vinyl
2019 Festival of Arts
Performance of the Month

LP and the Vinyl sends pop and R&B favorites through a kaleidoscope of jazz, providing the best of both worlds: familiar songs dear to the heart, freshly intensified with beautifully mastered improvisation. Vocalist Leonard Patton draws upon his rich background in jazz and gospel to energize the virtuosic interplay of pianist Danny Green, bassist Justin Grinnell, and drummer Julien Cantelm. From the lively dance-inducing numbers of Michael Jackson to the soulful hits by Stevie Wonder – no two performances are the same.

Patton’s most recent solo release, A Beautiful Day, included jazz heavyweights Antonio Sanchez, Lionel Loueke, Ben Williams, and Aaron Parks. His previous release, Expressions, is a collection of duos with Grammy-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer. Green, Grinnell, and Cantelm have been playing together since 2010 as the Danny Green Trio. In that time, they have released four albums, all receiving high praise from the press, and international radio airplay. The trio and Patton joined forces in 2015 to form LP And The Vinyl.

This performance was originally recorded live on August 4, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.


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Yu Lei (China), Second Prize
2019 International e-Piano
Junior Competition

Pianists from around the world converged in Minneapolis, MN, in July 2019 to compete in the prestigious 2019 International e-Piano Junior Competition for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. From an initial round of 25 contestants, the top five finalists vied for the grand prize; however, over the multi-day competition, there were many other outstanding performances as well.

This special rebroadcast features Second Prize winner Yu Lei of China. Yu first started the piano with his father when he was three-and-a-half years old. By age four, he had given his first public recital. When Yu was five, he won first prize at the Shanghai International Youth Piano Competition. Since the age of eight, he has been studying with Professor Zhou Ting. Now he studies at the Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

He has won various prestigious awards which include the first-prize of the All Japan Junior Piano Concours, the first prize of the IIYM 2018 International Piano Competition in the United States, making him the youngest ever winner, and the first prize of 2018 the 16th Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany.

Yu has been invited to give concerts at grand theatres and concert halls in Germany, the United States, and Japan. He also performed in many cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, etc., and received high acclaim for his performances. In 2019 alone, he has given nine public recitals. In addition to playing the piano, Yu has many diverse interests that include sports and reading.

The selections featured in this performance include:
Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3 I. Presto (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Paganini Etude No. 3,“La Campanella”, S. 141/3 (Franz Liszt)
Dance Macabre Op. 40 (C. Saint-Saens/F. Liszt arr. Horowitz)
Variations serieuses, Op. 54 (Felix Mendelssohn)
Sonata Op. 26, I. Allegro energico, II. Allegro vivace e leggero, III. Adagio mesto, IV. Fuga:Allegro con spirito (Samuel Barber)

This performance was originally streamed live and broadcast from the 2019 International e-Piano Junior Competition in July 2019, in Minneapolis, MN.


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Marty Ashby with Sean Jones
A Holiday Celebration
Performance of the Month

Guitarist Marty Ashby and trumpet master Sean Jones came together to perform a holiday jazz celebration program that was broadcast live to DisklavierTV viewers. Accompanied by a full 17-piece band, this performance features classics, new twists on your holiday favorites, as well as other special surprises.

Ashby, a musician and producer, has performed as a guitarist with many of the greats and has produced over 2,000 concerts and 40 recordings on the MCG Jazz Label. Jones, one of the leading jazz artists today, has an impressive resume of collaborations as well, including performances with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Marcus Miller. In addition, saxophonist and arranger Mike Tomaro joins the band, premiering several new arrangements.

This performance was originally recorded and broadcast live on December 21, 2013, from Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.


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Starry Night: A Celebration of Christmas
with Chadwick Johnson
Performance of the Month

In this rebroadcast of his special seasonal performance, Chadwick Johnson and his six-piece band will take you on a festive journey of nostalgic holiday tunes performed with the band's signature sound and style in Starry Night: A Celebration of Christmas. Singer, songwriter and band leader Johnson is praised for his soulful approach to music, passion for the classics, and versatility in multiple genres, as well as his brilliant vocal abilities—all of which shine in this performance. From holiday classics to modern favorites, this evening of music is something everyone will enjoy.

This performance was originally recorded live in October 2015 at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, NV.


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Mike Garson & Friends
Holiday Special
Performance of the Month

In perfect harmony with your holiday celebrations, enjoy this exclusive performance by Mike Garson & Friends. In this special rebroadcast, the immensely talented Mike Garson assembled a special group of friends to offer us a memorable concert of holiday music. Those friends just happened to be some of the most outstanding musicians on the planet: Tierney Sutton (vocals), Ray Brinker (drums), and Kevin Axt (bass). Be sure to make this fantastic performance part of your holiday festivities!

This uncut, unedited performance was originally recorded in December 2011 at the Yamaha headquarters in Buena Park, CA.


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Seasonal Stylings
with Tony DeSare
Performance of the Month

Perfect for the season, enjoy this special exclusive rebroadcast of "Seasonal Stylings" with Yamaha artist Tony DeSare. In this special holiday performance, the jazz pianist and singer performs many of the holiday classics, including "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and a one-of-a-kind rendition of "Jingle Bells". DeSare also performs his original composition "Christmas for You and Me," an exclusive from his latest album PiANO—which was entirely produced and created on a Yamaha piano. This festive and fun performance is sure to warm your home and get you in the holiday spirit!

This uncut, unedited performance was originally recorded and broadcast in December 2012 from Ming Dynasty Studios in Long Beach, CA.


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