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Darryl Walker sings Al Jarreau
Performance of the Month
Festival of Arts brought 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. In this performance, Darryl F. Walker performs his tribute to the legendary Al Jarreau at Festival of Arts.
Darryl Walker has been blessed with incredible talents. Since early childhood, when he could belt out “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” with the passion of Otis Redding, Darryl has grown into one of the most exceptional vocal talents in the industry and has graced some of the most notable venues and exclusive private events as well as notable jazz and R & B concerts in the country. In addition to his stunning vocal abilities, Darryl Walker has also become known for an amazing talent on the saxophone.
Specializing in R&B, Pop, Blues, and Jazz, Darryl has lit up countless live shows and recording sessions with leads and backgrounds. His natural talents, dedication to his craft, charisma and personal warmth come across with each and every performance.
This performance was previously recorded on July 17, 2018, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.
NEW! Artist's Studio
featuring Jeremy Siskind
Pianist-composer Siskind is “a genuine visionary” (Indianapolis Star) who “seems to defy all boundaries” (JazzInk) with music “rich in texture and nuance” (Downbeat). A top finisher in several national and international jazz piano competitions, Jeremy Siskind is a two-time laureate of the American Pianists Association and the winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition. Since making his professional debut juxtaposing Debussy’s Etudes with jazz standards at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Siskind has established himself as one of the nation’s most innovative and virtuosic modern pianists.
Enjoy this intimate musical program in the studio with host and fellow Yamaha artist Tom Zink, as he sits down with jazz pianist Jeremy Siskind. The program includes several magnificent performances from Siskind, interweaved with casual conversation between these two talented artists.
This performance was originally recorded on March 25, 2021, at Ming Dynasty Studio in Long Beach, CA.
Live at the Strand
Performance of the Month
Yamaha artist Tony DeSare returned to his hometown of Hudson Falls, NY, for the grand opening of the Strand Theater!
Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old-school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, and the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut George Takei.
DeSare has also collaborated with YouTube icons Postmodern Jukebox.
With a stellar big band, this accomplished and award-winning composer serves up a variety of standards and pop tunes in this full-length musical event, featuring piano performances by Tony DeSare and Ted Firth.
This performance was originally recorded on October 20, 2019, at The Strand Theatre in Hudson Falls, NY.
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.
After graduating in Music Education from São Paulo University, Téka studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Téka has performed and recorded with Brazilian legends Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira as well as Grammy award-winner and Academy Award-nominated pianist/composer Roger Kellaway.
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.
The Rick Tatum Group
Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is an annual, summer-long celebration held in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA, with numerous events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study, and performance of the arts. Some of the greatest highlights of the festival are the live musical performances—including this electrifying performance by The Rick Tatum Group.
Rick Tatum has performed coast to coast for more than 20 years. He has recorded with Grammy-winner Michael McDonald, written and recorded for national television shows, and has performed for and with the "Tonight Show Band". Rick is known by his peers and fans for pouring his whole heart into his music, singing with passion and "deep soul". Music lovers highly praise the rich timbre and range of his voice, and audiences of all ages appreciate the many favorite songs that are part of his repertoire.
The Rick Tatum Group, comprised of his All-Star friends, is truly R&B/Motown/Funk Jazz at its finest. Led by vocalist Rick Tatum, this talented band brings the stage to life with performance featuring Tom Zink on piano, Greg Vail on saxophone, Melvin Lee Davis on bass, and Tom Dante on drums.
This performance was originally recorded on August 23, 2015, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.
Bob Mintzer and
Performance of the Month
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.
Born in San Jose, California, 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.
This performance was originally recorded live on July 27, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.
Sarah McKenzie Quintet
Monterey Jazz Festival
In this performance from the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, Australian pianist, vocalist, and composer Sarah McKenzie leads the Sarah McKenzie Quintet.
McKenzie first gained attention with her "breezy technical style, songwriting acumen, and pronounced lyrical sense of swing" (apple.com). Soon after, she landed a spot as backing vocalist on Michael Bublé's Call Me Irresponsible tour, as well as an opening slot for Chris Botti's tour in 2011.
Hailed a once-in-a-generation talent, McKenzie has received multiple honors including a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 2012. Her music pedigree also includes mentorships by legends such as Graeme Lyall, Jamie Oehlers, and James Morrison.
This performance was originally broadcast live on September 20, 2014, from The Coffee House Gallery at Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA.
The Noir Nightingale Quartet
Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center brings the soul of jazz, elegance of cabaret and talent from the multitude of performers that cross the stage into one sophisticated nightclub. This rebroadcast performance from Cabaret Jazz features sultry jazz vocalist and one-of-a-kind performer Laura Shaffer, The Noir Nightingale.
Singer/recording artist Laura Shaffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, and started performing professionally when she was still a teenager. Spending years honing her talents working on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and being mentored by veteran singers, musicians, and choreographers, she continues to perform in all of its major hotels such as The Palazzo, Mandalay Bay, The Wynn. She has opened for such icons as Tony Bennett, Bob Newhart, Wayne Newton, and Donny and Marie, and was chosen as the single performer to represent Las Vegas in the Emmy-winning CNN show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown “Las Vegas” episode.
Having gathered an international, multi-generational fan base with her glamorous vintage look and her swinging and sultry take on the great jazz and swing standards, she also performs special engagements across the country, including gala events, celebrity launches, and charity benefits. From showrooms to ballrooms to nightclubs, from small combo to big band, the “Noir Nightingale” enthralls with the glamour of Golden Era Hollywood, the glitz of mid-century Las Vegas, and an engaging vocal style.
This performance was originally recorded and broadcast live from Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, NV, on November 25, 2014.
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