Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PEPPER ADAMS WEEK (NEW YORK) UPDATE

The schedule is starting to take shape:

Sunday, 9/23: Peter Leitch Duo, Walker's, 7-12am
Mon, 9/24: Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, 9-12am.

On Friday, 9/28 I'm taping an interview with Lewis Porter at Rutgers University for posting on YouTube, then doing a radio show in Princeton NJ with radio host/record producer Jerry Gordon.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pepper Adams Week in New York City

Starting the week of September 24 "Pepper Adams Week" will take place in New York City clubs, with concerts of Pepper Adams tunes being performed Monday-Saturday, 9/24-9/29.  The plan so far is for a wine reception/photo opp to take place for the press on Sunday night, 9/23, followed by a Monday night big band concert and live recording, then a series of small group gigs.  Various book signings, record release parties, lectures, and special events are also in the works.  Stay tuned for a complete itinerary of events.

Friday, February 3, 2012

International Celebration of Pepper Adams

Starting in August 2012, and lasting for three months, a series of concerts in cities around North America and Europe will take place in which bands will perform the compositions of Pepper Adams.  This is the greatest celebration of Pepper Adams that has ever taken place, and likely one of the most ambitious series of jazz concerts about one musician ever produced.  So far, performances are being scheduled in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington DC, Champaign/Urbana IL, Chicago, New York, Tarrytown NY, Toronto, and Montreal.  Other cities under discussion are Milwaukee, Rochester NY, Kansas City, Boston, Hartford, Amherst, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Oslo.  These gigs will coincide with the release of Gary Carner's book Pepper Adams' Joy Road: An Annotated Discography and the 6-CD box set Pepper Adams: Complete Compositions.  Radio/print interviews, wine receptions, and readings are also being set up in many of these locations.

Musicians performing Adams tunes:

Los Angeles: Dale Fielder
San Francisco: Ron Marabuto
Minneapolis/St. Paul: Phil Hey
New York: Frank Basile
Tarrytown NY: Alexis Cole
Washington: Brad Linde
Champaign/Urbana: Glenn Wilson
Chicago: Jeremy Kahn
London: Pete Lukas and Gary Smulyan
Toronto: Pat LaBarbera
Montreal: Andre White and Cameron Wallis

Stay tuned for the full schedule.