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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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Buzz Campbell and Hot Rod Lincoln
2019 Festival of Arts

A master of rockabilly, roots country, blues, and roots-rock styles, Buzz Campbell is Lee Rocker’s (Stray Cats) right hand man and lead guitarist and has been performing with Rocker’s band since 2004. Buzz’s guitar work can be heard all over Rocker’s recordings of the past decade, and he tours regularly with Rocker’s live band across the globe. Buzz is an accomplished songwriter and he penned the track “Crazy When She Drinks” for Rocker’s Black Cat Bone album.

Buzz is also well known as the founder of the San Diego based rockabilly group, Hot Rod Lincoln, as well being a previous member of Sha Na Na (2000-2004). Buzz with Hot Rod Lincoln warmed up audiences in seven different countries opening for the Stray Cats European Farewell Tour in the summer of 2008--by the end of the tour they were seen by over 100,000 people.

Throughout his career, Buzz has performed with or shared the stage with legendary artists such as Chuck Berry, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brian Setzer, Little Richard, Chris Isaak, and Bo Diddley, among others.

Buzz released his first solo album titled Shivers and Shakes in 2010, which was well received by rockabilly fans and critics alike.

This performance was originally recorded live on July 18, 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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We've Only Just Begun
Carpenters Remembered
Performance of the Month

We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered is the definitive concert show celebrating the music of one of the most successful recording acts of all time. The Carpenters sold over a hundred million records in just over a decade and still hold the record for most consecutive top-ten singles.

Accomplished vocalist Michelle Berting Brett takes center stage accompanied by her 7-piece band of Nashville musicians directed by Harry Sharpe for a behind-the-scenes portrait of the pop music phenomenon that defined an era. Sing along with hits that include “Close to You,” “Yesterday Once More,” “Rainy Days & Mondays,” and many more!

This performance was originally recorded live on August 31, 2019, at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA.







photo by Alexandre Delauriers


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Kevin Chen (Canada), First 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 First Prize winner Kevin Chen of Canada. An avid composer of over 100 works that include four full symphonies for orchestra and one piano concerto, Kevin had five of his works published, and many were commissioned and performed in concerts. Since his orchestra debut with Abbotsford Youth Orchestra at age of seven, Kevin performed many concerts with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony and Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra. Many of these performances featured Kevin’s own orchestral works.

In 2016, he was featured in Maclean’s magazine dedicated to the achievements of 100 remarkable Canadians. Kevin was listed in CBC’s “Top 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30” in 2013. Kevin was awarded third place in the OSM Competition in 2015 when he was ten years old in the 17 and under category. In 2013, he was awarded first place in the Canadian Music Competition.

Kevin earned First Class Honors with Distinction in his ARCT Performer’s Royal Conservatory of Music exam at the age of eight, the youngest Canadian ever to receive such honor.

The selections featured in this performance include:
Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7 I.Allegro molto e con brio (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Transcendental Etude No. 5 “Feux follets”, S. 139/5 (Franz Liszt)
Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 19 I. Andante, II. Presto (Alexander Scriabin)
Legend of Dombra (Nagim Mendigaliyev)
Variations serieuses, Op. 54 (Felix Mendelssohn)
Piano Sonata No. 1 (1990), I. [no tempo marking], II. Leggiero e legato (Carl Vine)


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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Jane Monheit
Live from MIM

Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians.

With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald—the first to be released on her own Emerald City Records—the Long Island native has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. Fitzgerald’s beloved songbook albums held “Biblical” importance for her when she was growing up and have never lost their hold on her.

Monheit pays joyous tribute to Ella while sharing a definitive portrait of herself, guided by her producer, arranger, and trumpet great, Nicholas Payton. “This record is really different,” she adds. “It’s the first I’ve made a recording without a label and so I was able to make all the decisions myself. Honestly, when I listened back to the takes, I heard a different singer than I’ve heard before—a more mature one...These were the vocals of a 38-year-old woman with a lot of life experience. These tracks really express who I am.”

Jane’s gorgeous upward swoop is pure Ella, her earthy wordless phrases pure Sarah, but this album is a classic example of a singer leading her influences rather than being led by them. You don't want to miss this rebroadcast of this special live stream concert event!

This unedited performance was originally broadcast live from Musical Instrument Museum on July 12, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ.





photo courtesy Chapman Management


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Josie James featuring
Marlon Martinez
2019 Festival of Arts

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Grammy-nominated singer Josie James is equally at home on the concert stage or in the recording studio with a track record that has been praised by many. She sings a wide variety of music influenced by R&B, gospel, pop and jazz. Jazz funk/fusion fans remember Josie James (“talk to me quick!”) as the lead vocalist of the original George Duke Band and sang on most of George’s albums including Duke’s last release Dreamweaver.

Josie’s recording and performance career was launched when she sang the lead vocal on "What’s The Story" from Patrice Rushen’s Before The Dawn. Her next big break came when Stevie Wonder asked her to sing on his classic album Songs In The Key Of Life. The second hit single from that album featured Josie on "Another Star". Stevie invited her again to sing on his Hotter Than July and Secret Life of Plants albums.

As one of the most sought after session vocalists in the business, Josie has been heard on many Top 10 albums and singles throughout her career. James appeared in the hit single "Easy Lover" video with Phil Collins and Philip Bailey, sang with Bailey on his multi-platinum Chinese Wall album, and toured Japan as his featured guest artist.

Josie’s own solo career commenced with her debut album Candles, which was released in the UK and has been considered a jazz/pop vocal classic. Once Josie’s voice came to the attention of the legendary hit songwriter Burt Bacharach, she began performing around the world with Bacharach as his featured vocalist. The Glastonbury Festival found Josie singing her memorable and popular version of the Bacharach/David classic "Anyone Who Had A Heart" performed in front of 200,000 people televised internationally and A Life In Song DVD for the BBC.

Hailing from Los Angeles, Marlon Martinez is a young virtuoso bassist and composer emerging at the center of the resurgent LA and New York jazz scenes. Discovered by Stanley Clarke, he has impressed legends such as George Duke, Burt Bacharach, Ellis Marsalis, Lenny White and Ron Carter. Classically trained and a graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, Marlon has performed with Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, the San Diego Symphony and more. He is a powerful performer and personality who captivates his audiences.

Marlon’s blazing big band, the Marlonius Jazz Orchestra (MJO), features some of LA’s finest young artists and soloists, and is a vehicle for his creative energy as a composer. His compositions are dynamic and soulful, with a fresh juxtaposition of tradition and originality – à la Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.

This performance was originally recorded live on August 17, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.


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Leslie Page
2019 Festival of Arts
Performance of the Month

In 2008, Leslie Page began a long-standing residency at Mastros Ocean Club in Newport Beach. There she honed her vocal skills, performing songs by Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. It was there that Leslie met Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lou Pardini (currently with the beloved band Chicago) which opened the door for her to audition in 2012 as a background singer for Joe Walsh (The Eagles).

Since then, Leslie has had the incredible privilege of sharing the stage with Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Keith Urban, Billy Gibbons, Hunter Hayes, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Peaches and Herb, and many others. Leslie has been featured on numerous album projects, including songs written by world-renowned bass player Max Bennett (Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, etc) and she is currently set to go in the studio with Max and Tony Guerrero to record “Fever”, the song made famous by Peggy Lee in the 1960s, featuring Max Bennett on bass.

Leslie is an incredible force inside and out. She courageously journeyed and beat ALL Leukemia in 2016, celebrating her first Re-Birthday while on the road with Joe Walsh and Bad Company. Her unique life experiences resonate in the timber of her voice, creating a deep, sultry sound that is all her own. She has been described as a Pro’s Pro, having one of the finest and most adaptable voices you’ll ever hear and has been dubbed by producers as the “one take wonder”. Leslie is a woman who sings from the depths of her soul, with great tune and skill.

This performance was originally recorded live on August 11, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.


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Girls Jazz Night
2019 Festival of Arts
Performance of the Month

Lia Booth is quickly establishing herself as one of Southern California’s most talked about young jazz singers. She has been making a strong impression and building a solid fan base with her fun, dynamic and heartfelt performances. Her daring yet effortless musical style is rooted deeply in the past but with a contemporary sensibility that breathes new life into classic jazz standards night after night. Lia had her start singing in the college vocal jazz ensembles, including several recording projects and appearances at the famed Monterey Jazz Festival and other notable concert venues. While actively leading her own groups, Lia is also a featured member of The Tony Guerrero Quintet and The Swingliners. She has just released a new album of standards in a duo setting with guitarist Will Brahm.

LA-bred and based musician Natalie Hanna Mendoza is an award-winning jazz vocalist and songwriter. She is well versed in performing many vocal genres including pop, r&b, blues, jazz, motown and classical. With a broad range of vocal styling, Natalie is a lead vocalist for several groups including the acoustic Americana band The Frogtown Serenaders and the 1930s jazz vocal trio The San Andrea Sisters. She can be found performing tirelessly at venues throughout Southern California. She has also performed extensively in shows, jazz festivals, and private events.

Gina Saputo is one of LA’s most in demand jazz singers. She is an international jazz performer, college instructor, recording artist, session singer, model, actress and three-time published author. She has lived in Los Angeles since moving for college and has become a regular at LA’s top jazz clubs and on the scene. She has been featured on Good Day LA with Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra. Gina can be seen performing regularly with actor and pianist Jeff Goldblum and his band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, George Kahn’s Jazz and Blues Revue, Paul Young Quintet, Slide Fx Trombone Tentet, Rusty Stiers Band, Tenth and California, and her own groups.

Jamie Shew began her musical training at the age of four, when she was first introduced to the piano. Jamie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Washington State University and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance/Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University. As a graduate assistant at WMU, she had the opportunity to study privately with one of her favorite jazz vocalists, Sunny Wilkinson, and perform and record with the renowned vocal jazz ensemble, Gold Company. As a jazz vocalist, Jamie continues to enjoy a dynamic performance career among many internationally recognized jazz musicians such as Larry Koonse, Darek Oles, Jeremy Siskind, Danny Janklow, Dave Robaire, Will Brahm, Jason Harnell, Dan Schnelle, and Josh Nelson.

This performance was originally recorded live on August 9, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.


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