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Dionne Warwick to mark 50th anniversary with UK concerts in 2012

December 16, 2011

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Dionne Warwick is set to play five Jazz FM-hosted UK concerts in May and June 2012  as part of the celebrations to mark her 50th year in music.

Her first solo single, ‘Don’t Make Me Over’ (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David), was released in 1962.

Jazz FM has announced that the 71-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer plans to come to the UK with her regular band and a 12-piece string section for a series of Jazz FM Live shows in Gateshead, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and Liverpool.

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Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse ‘Body and Soul’ duet released as a charity single

September 15, 2011

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A recording of the 1930s jazz standard  ‘Body and Soul’, featuring Amy Winehouse and jazz legend Tony Bennett, is being released as a charity single.

Proceeds from sales of the record will go toward a foundation and rehab centre for young people being set up in the late singer’s honour by her father, Mitch Winehouse.

Bennett, who celebrated his 85th birthday on 3 August, recorded the duet with Amy at London’s Abbey Road Studios in March for his new album, Duets II, which will be released on September 20.

The track was one of Amy Winehouse’s last recordings prior to her death on 23 July at the age of 27.

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Peggy Lee albums available digitally for first time

June 29, 2011

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EMI is releasing 22 of Peggy Lee’s classic albums as digital downloads for the first time. Some of the albums are currently out-of-print on CD.

  She recorded 592 tracks for Capitol Records between 1942 and 1952, and between 1957 and 1972.

  21 of the 22 albums are from her second stint at Capitol. They include I Like Men! (1959), I’m A Woman (1963), Is That All There Is? (1969) and a restored version of her final album Peggy Lee at Basin Street East: The Unreleased Show (1972).

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Tony Bennett marks 85th birthday with new Duets album

May 8, 2011

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Tony Bennett is set to celebrate his 85th birthday on August 3 with a sequel to the highly successful album Duets: An American Classic which was released in 2006 to mark his 80th year.

   Produced by Phil Ramone, the new album, Tony Bennett: Duets II, will be released on September 20.

   The all-star line-up of artists joining Bennett live in the studio will include Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse – along with leading country music stars Faith Hill, Willie Nelson and Carrie Underwood.

   The Duets II album will also feature Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz, Josh Groban and John Mayer. Also collaborating on the album will be Michael Bublé and k.d. lang, who were both featured on the original Duets album.

   “I love the Great American Songbook and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to introduce many of these songs to the public,” says Bennett. “It is a thrill to perform them once again with artists that I admire to create new interpretations of the music I love so much.”

   Bennett’s long-time manager and son, Danny Bennett, observes: “The Duets CDs – the first one and this latest project – truly shine a light on the creative process that takes place between Tony and each of his singing partners. It’s fascinating to witness how each song unfolds – all recorded live, as it happens in the studio.”

   Producer Phil Ramone adds: “The way Tony builds and shares the song is extraordinary. He is generous and warm and gives his partner great solo moments. Watching the duet come to its climax is thrilling. The preparation and care allows the guest to experience a live recording session as Tony records. It’s a large canvas with no style limitations.”

   The recording sessions for Tony Bennett: Duets II are also being filmed by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe. The film will be released as a documentary in conjunction with the new album, and will provide an in-depth study of Bennett’s creative and artistic process.

   The first Duets album – Duets: An American Classic – won three Grammy awards in 2006 and is Bennett’s best-selling album to date.

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Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson added to Original Jazz Classics Remasters series

March 19, 2011

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The classic Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson album, Ella and Oscar, is one of four new titles added to the highly successful Original Jazz Classics Remasters series this month.

Originally launched in March 2010, and enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, the series showcases some of the most pivotal recordings of the past several decades by artists whose influence on jazz is beyond measure.

Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson recorded Ella and Oscar in May 1975. Produced by jazz impresario Norman Granz, the album is a series of duets that enlist the aid of bassist Ray Brown on four of the original nine tracks. Brown also appears on two of the four previously unreleased bonus tracks included in the reissue.

In his new liner notes for the reissued album, Tad Hershorn observes: “The selections that make up Ella and Oscar, as well as the casual ambience of the exchange between singer, pianist, and bassist Ray Brown . . . beckons the listener to enjoy this meeting of musical minds that could have taken place in Ella’s living room in Beverly Hills or Oscar’s home in Mississauga, Ontario, rather than in a recording studio.

“The interaction between Fitzgerald, Peterson, and Brown accomplishes two ends. It reveals the creative improvisational process while delivering a finished definitive product destined to linger in the annals of jazz vocals. The spare directness of these recordings lays bare the emotions contained in the songs themselves with few frills.”

The bonus tracks are alternate takes that underscore the fact that both artists were true masters of the art of jazz improvisation. Each take captures the spontaneity and in-the-moment creativity that are hallmarks of the greatest jazz artists and timeless jazz recordings.

The other new titles being added to the Original Jazz Classics Remasters series are: Ugetsu by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Monk’s Music by Thelonious Monk, and Cal Tjader/Stan Getz Sextet.

“In keeping with the philosophy behind the series, we continue to showcase the best – and in some cases, the most influential — recordings by some of the most legendary artists in jazz,” says Nick Phillips, Vice President of Jazz and Catalogue A&R at Concord Music Group and producer of the Original Jazz Classics Remasters series. “After 14 titles in a span of 12 months, there’s obviously no lack of high calibre artists and excellent material in the Concord vaults to draw from.”

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