Live @ The Bitter End (147 Bleeker Street, NYC) Wednesday, May 27th 8 p.m. $10
A Tribute to the Elton John, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson
Trio tours of 1970 - 1972
Jeff Kazee - piano, vocals
Rich Pagano - drums, vocals
John Conte - bass, vocals
As the story goes, Elton's label didn't have the funds to send him out to tour the US with a full band, yet Elton need to promote his imminent releases. Having decided on Dee and Nigel, Elton then rearranged the songs and vocals to fit within the limitations of his new lineup. Suddenly, a new sound emerged that was both raw and poignant.
While Jeff, John and Rich have used rare video, bootleg recordings and even Elton's own home demos in shaping their collective vision of Elton's Trio Period, they will be blurring the lines between replication and innovation slightly, while still capturing and utilizing the spirit, mood and energy from those early tours.
On Uncrushed Dana puts forth the kind of raw emotion and sincerity that has her being compared to artists like Carole King and Sarah McLachlan. Her first single “Not My Problem” reached #23 on Billboard’s AC chart, making it one of the highest charting songs by an independent artist this year. Dana’s fans have propelled her to #1 on MySpace with over 2 million plays and thousands of heartfelt comments and letters. Parish's music, known for its emotional resonance, has been featured in many feature films including Gray Matters starring Heather Graham and Sissy Spacek and the upcoming film Serious Moonlight starring Meg Ryan and Kristen Bell.
For more information or to listen to Dana Parish's songs visit
CHUCK BERRY & the Super Group. Featuring Chuck Leavell, Simon Kirke, Chad Smith, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Tim Ries, Ricky Byrd, and John Conte. Ernie and the Automatics opening. Berklee Performance Center.
Amy's latest album, to be released in the summer of 2005, has John on bass and Denis Diken of the Smithereens on drums. The record was produced by New York's multi-talented John Greyboff & mixed by the legendary Don Dixon (R.E.M. , Smithereens) In an email to john , Don wrote : "I just finished mixing AMY RIGBY's new record and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your playing on it...a real pleasure to hear the bass in touch with the songs in such a visceral way..."
Since her debut album "Diary Of A Mod Housewife" in 1996, Amy Rigby has been compared to everyone from Elvis Costello to Carole King but “has no peer on the current pop scene” according to the Chicago Reader. Rigby’s second album "Middlescence" was another critical success and led to tours with Warren Zevon, Bob Mould and Billy Bragg as well as a spot on the 1998 Lilith Fair. Rigby’s fourth solo album "Til The Wheels Fall Off", released on Signature Sounds in April 2003, has been called “her best since her first,” (MOJO magazine) and “her best and most revelatory since Mod Housewife” (Winston-Salem Journal). The NY Times said, "Ms. Rigby's songs capture reality instead of inflating it...they blithely cross lines few artists have even approached."
Look out for her upcoming New York shows soon !!!!
Billboard review on Rachel's release, "Rachael Yamagata plays an emphatically rhythmic piano on "Happenstance," but her imploring, seductive voice is the dominant instrument. Like Rickie Lee Jones and Laura Nyro, two singer/ pianists she sometimes evokes, what counts is how the lyrics sound in the arrangements. Even the repeated words in the title of the opening song, "Be Be Your Love," suggest her rhythmic, percussive style of singing. Her writing can be exceptional. The centerpiece, "Worn Me Down," has an irresistible hook and an unforgettable melody. Yamagata also connects with primal emotions. On "Letter Read," Yamagata, skidding through lines like "I'm afraid and I can't breathe," sounds like she is hyperventilating. There's one bewildering song, "1963," in which Yamagata sings about having flowers in her hair. (Presumably, she means 1967.) But there's no denying the hungry songs of obsessive love that manage to be spooky, eternal and hip at the same time."
Billboard magazine writes about Keri's CD, "The next Norah Jones? Not so fast. True, this is a sparkling, beautifully recorded debut by a young pianist/ singer/songwriter. True, Arif Mardin serves as co-executive producer, also arranging and conducting strings. But from there the artists diverge. Where Jones' superb recordings are unerringly smooth, organic and mellow, Noble mixes sounds and delivery. She supplements her fine piano skills with drum loops on three of the album's 12 songs, for example. She's also unafraid—this is "Fearless," after all—to let loose, as on the rocker "Let It Rain." Here, as elsewhere, Noble delivers an angrier, throaty approach more akin to Joan Osborne. But this hook-laden album is also full of sweeter moments: the lap steel fading in and out of the wistful "Piece of My Heart," which is another standout and is by itself worth repeated listens. Fortunately, there are many such moments on this impressive debut."
Visit www.rachelyamagata.com or www.kerinoble.com for more info!!!!!
John plays bass on the new Alana Davis single, "Carry On." Her version of this classic Stephen Stills song premiered on a Sony Electronics commercial during the 2003 Super Bowl. It's available now on Sony/Columbia Records
Peter Wolf enjoyed working with John so much on his 1998 release "Fool's Parade" that he had to have him back on a couple of tracks for his latest CD "Sleepless" on Artemis Records.
Veteran insomniacs, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, join in the fun as well as Steve Earle and Magic Dick.
Peter says about Sleepless, "I Tried to emulate the process and techniques of some of the records that have had a great influence on me. Everything-from the songs, the musicians, the studio, the recording equipment, right up to the final mastering-were all chosen to help achieve this goal."
Also back from the "Fools Parade" line-up is drummer, Shawn Pelton. "We fit like an old shoe," John says about playing with Shawn, "we've cut a lot of tracks over the years." Shawn plays on the Crown Jewels debut album "Spitshine". (Note: brother Steve Conte also played and sang on "Fool's Parade")
jon bon jovi
mary j. blige
simon kirke (bad company)
joey molland (badfinger)
david johanssen and the ny dolls
chryssie amphlett (divynls)
kevin bacon/bacon brothers
denny laine (wings,moodyblues)
jimmy vivino (conan o’brien)
bernard "pretty" purdie
g.e. smith (bob dylan, hall & oates)
the hudson river rats
southside johnny and the asbury jukes
blood, sweat and tears
leslie west (mountain)
garland jeffreys - coney island winter 2011 john laprade - world class faker (lost satellite) 2011 Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes -"Pills & Ammo "(Leroy)2010 Lorenza Ponce - soul shifter 2010 Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes -hearts of stone "live"- (Leroy) 2009 amy rigby - little fugitive(signature sounds) 2005 rachel yamagata - happenstance (rca victor) 2004 ian hunter - rant (fuel 2000) 2001 peter wolf - sleepless (artemis) 2002 peter wolf - fool's parade (mercury) 1998 alana davis - carry on (sony) 2003 peter yarrow - sing along 2010 peter yarrow - day is done 2009 the sisterhood of the traveling pants - soundtrack (sony) 2005 keri noble - fearless (emi) 2004 bethany yarrow - rock island (little monster) 2003 all together now – kids beatles compilation (little monster) 2006 soulville - kids soul music compilation (little monster) 2006 cheryl wheeler - different stripe (philo) 2002 cheryl wheeler - mrs. pinocci's guitar (philo/rounder) 1995 dragon tales - original television soundtrack (rhino) 2001 kevin salem - ecstatic (future farmer/fargo)2001 company of wolves - company of wolves (mercury/polygram) 1990 company of wolves - shakers and tambourines (ryf records) 1998 danielia cotton - rare child (adrenaline)2008 deni bonet - last girl on earth (m.r2 records) 2008 karmine alers (from cast of rent) - for you (airgo records) 2005 the contes - bleed together (thunderdog recordings) 2003 crown jewels - linoleum (thunderdog recordings) 1998 crown jewels - spitshine (thunderdog recordings) 1996 sugaro (w/dr. john & michael brecker) - the bone (greenflash records) 1998 pierce turner - 3 minute world (punctual records) 2001 carla lothier - 100 lovers (chesky records) 2004 diego sandrin - ten songs in the key of madness (sirius wags) 2004 amanda kravat - wrong all day 2001 christine kane - rain and mud and wild and green (big fat music) 2002 rich pagano & the sugar cane - cups (2009) 46 Bliss - wish me away (pistachio records)2008 the goldbergs - under the radar - (kool kat) 2008 kyf brewer - salvador deli 1998 kyf brewer - me and my big mouth 1994 julianne richards -(geffen) 1999 john flynn - two wolves (metafour records) 2006 k-9 posse - (arista) 1988 mick brosnan - co-colo (apollon) 1990 danielia cotton - small white town (hipshake music) 2005 jeff arundel - ghost party (purple records) 2005 brian kelly - receding choir (very good records) 2004 sophia ramos - her majesty (play records) 2003 dana parish - it was beautiful (company records) 2004 patricia ossowski - my best mask on 2002 leslie nuss - action hero superstar 2001 david morales & albert cabrera - present "moca" (deanna della cioppa-vocal) 2001 destination house - higher-eve of souls mix (topaz) 2001 the swingin' tetrahedrons - the cydonia suite 2001 david chesky - Dr.Chesky's Magnificent,Fab.,Absurd & Insane Musical 5.1 Show 2005 motorbaby - rise (ten wings) 2001 j.j. gillmore - (adell) 2001
Music on TV
vh1 fashion rocks -nbc queer eye for the straight guy -bravo/nbc alias -abc jag -cbs angel - fox smallville -wb glory days -wb ally mcbeal boston public will and grace -(nbc) the guardian -cbs dragontales -pbs nature - pbs maybe it's me -wb undressed - mtv malcolm in the middle -fox ed - nbc homicide providence -nbc winter x games -espn jack and jill - wb that's life - cbs 8 simple rules -fox Jimmy Kimmel-abc NBA Access ABC World News good morning america all my children general hospital one life to live extreme makeover VH1-private sessions
Mr. nice (bernard rose) 2010 labor pains (first look pictures/dvd) 2009 serious moonlight (magnolia pictures) 2009 nursery university (variance films) 2008 Waitress (fox/searchlight) 2007 trust the man (fox/searchlight)2006 the sisterhood of the traveling pants (warner bros.)2005 i'll take you there (first look pictures)1999 wirey spindell (fox-lorber/showtime0 2000 the stand in - 1999