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VIRGINIA SCHENCK IS CRAZY!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

VirginaSchenke1VIRGINIA SCHENCK IS CRAZY! (in the best possible way). Saturday, January 11, 2014: Blending straight ahead jazz with world music influences and free improvisation, Virginia Schenck will stretch the boundaries of where we can go. Running the gamut of rhythmic profundity to the most sensitive ballad, she kicks her shoes off and just might howl under the Velvet Note stars! Click here to download our conversation about craziness and talent and music and making big mistakes and her upcoming show here: http://rs1614.freeconferencecall.com/fcc/cgi-bin/play.mp3/5133860000-844138-13.mp3VirginiaSchenke2
Virginia’s talent lineup is truly insanely wonderful, with Rodney Jordan on bass,Marlon Patton on drums, Kevin Bales on piano and Kevin Spears on kalimba/percussion–all on one stage, all on one night! Tickets available athttp://thevelvetnote.com/virginia-schenck or by calling 855.5.VELVET.

The Velvet Note Goes COUNTRY….

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

…..and the crowd goes WILD!  Take a look at how Across The Wide gets ’em up on their feet for a night of boot-stompin’ at The Velvet Note.

 

 

Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

AmazonHassle-Free Holiday Shopping: Now give the gift of a LIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE at the prestigious, intimate Velvet Note! Gift cards can now be purchased directly through Amazon.com. Just click here:
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A Great Article from Atlanta Magazine

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

7 A Private Evening with Marcus RobertsAtlanta Magazine discusses the arrival of Marcus Roberts.  Read here:  http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/11/29/marcus-roberts-tunes-up-for-a-weekend-at-the-velvet-note/print

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

VelvetNoteWineThe Acoustic Living Room at The Velvet Note will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We will reopen on Friday, November 29th with the first of three nightly performances by Grammy-Winner Marcus Roberts and his trio. Thank you to all of our guests, friends and family for your love and support and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Friday, November 8th: WADE BAKER

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH.  Wade Baker has always had a love for music and his high energy performances use no set formula at all. Instead he offers an eclectic and intelligent blend of abilities, styles and enthusiasm uniquely crafted to entertain a multitude of people. “I feel like I’ve tried to mix several styles
WadeBaker2together to produce a new sound.” What the 26-year old Baker takes from all of this is a sense of craft and above all, great depth & love for the music.

Wade Baker received his Undergraduate Degree (B.S. with a concentration in Jazz Studies) from the University of Indianapolis in 2006 and was immediately accepted on scholarship to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music the following fall and is one course from attaining his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies (M.M. Jazz Studies) from C.C.M. Wade has studied Jazz Improvisation with Harry Miedema, Mark Buselli, Brent Wallarab, Phil DeGreg & Kim Pensyl. His classical trumpet training has been from: Bill Adam, Ed Cord, John Rommel, Karl Sievers, Allen Miller, Lenny Foy, Greg Wing & Brad Weil. Baker’s versatility makes him fit comfortably playing with many different types of artists. He has played Bass Guitar at several of the country’s leading blues festivals in addition to the many Jazz Festivals he has been a part of playing his trumpet. Baker has also collaborated with R&B/Hip-Hop artist Moe Z M.D. (John Mellancamp) as well as countless singer/songwriter/hip-hop artists that have used him a studio “gun for hire.” Wade is also involved with the Big Joe Duskin Foundation doing presentations and concerts at local schools to share his love of jazz with todays youth.

He already has a professional’s discipline and commitment and places no limit on his ambition. Wade explains it best by saying, “The kind of artist I’d like to evolve into is a person who can do anything on the band stand, someone who is irreplaceable,” he says.

Showtimes:  7:30pm and 9:30pm.  For reservations, call 855.5.VELVET or go to http://thevelvetnote.com/wade-baker.

Video Flashback: The Song Project on September 28, 2013

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The Song Project is redefining jazz for a new generation by expanding jazz improvisations to songs ranging from Radiohead, Paul McCartney, AC/DC to Cole Porter, Miles Davis and more. Each artist embraces multiple genres displaying virtuosity on their instruments and creating a signature sound by weaving the rhythmic and textural elements of didgeridoo, guitar, trumpet and rhythm section, enhanced with raw, emotional vocals.

Watch them perform HERE:

Trumpeter, composer and arranger Mark Rapp is featured alongside Roy Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman and many more on Disney’s recent release “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” (Feb 2011). With Rapp’s celebrated 2009 debut release “Token Tales” and being named a “Top Emerging Trumpeter” by Downbeat Magazine the year before, Rapp is quickly establishing himself as one of the most interesting, cool and creative artists in modern jazz.  Rapp has played sold out shows at the Blue Note (NY), Joe’s Pub, Yoshi’s (San Fran) and such venues as Blues Alley (D.C.), the JVC Newport Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s at Jazz Lincoln Center, JazzTime Festival (Croatia), Jazzland (Vienna), Jazz Standard (New York) and more. Mark was named a “top emerging trumpeter” by Downbeat Magazine, featured on a Travel Channel documentary and has played with such diverse artists as Branford Marsalis to Hootie and the Blowfish.

Derek Lee Bronston, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has been on the scene since the 90’s playing and recording both as a band leader and sideman equally. He has received consistent praise from the Jazz, Rock and Americana/Country scenes. As well as getting extensive airplay and critical acclaim as a leader with his Jazz CD Longing (featuring Tom Harrell), with rock bands The Hush and Mostley and more recently with his Americana/Country recording “Empty River”. Derek Lee has played as a sideman with Cecil Taylor, Billy Bang, The Great Shakes, Heather Greene, Cooley’s Hot Box and Branford Marsalis to name a few.

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Legendary Trumpter Lew Soloff Comes to The Velvet Note Next Weekend

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

OCTOBER 19-20, 2013.  Lew Soloff, noted jazz trumpet soloist and session musician, will perform at The LewSoloff3Velvet Note in Alpharetta on October 19-20, 2013.  A brilliant high-note trumpeter long in great demand for big bands and session work, Mr. Soloff is also a distinctive soloist and an expert with the plunger mute. After studying at Juilliard, he free-lanced in New York with Maynard Ferguson, Joe Henderson, and Clark Terry, among others, and then was a part of Blood, Sweat & Tears during 1968-1973 (he is probably best-known for the trumpet solo on their hit, “Spinning Wheel”). Soloff was closely associated with Gil Evans from 1973 on, and also played with George Gruntz’s Concert Jazz Band, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, and Carla Bley.    This is a rare, not-to-be-missed opportunity for guests to enjoy the live show of this jazz icon in a setting as intimate as The Velvet Note.  Mr. Soloff will be joined onstage by pianist Kenny Banks, bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Che Marshall.

Showtimes:  7:30pm and 9:30pm.  Tickets available now at http://thevelvetnote.com/lew-soloff.

GRAMMY-NOMINATED KATE MCGARRY PREVIEWS UPCOMING ALBUM IN ALPHARETTA

Monday, September 30th, 2013

2 Kate McGarryOCTOBER 1, 2013.  With five records including the Grammy nominated, If Less Is More Nothing Is Everything, as well as their most recent, critically acclaimed Girl Talk, Kate McGarry  has established herself as one of contemporary jazz’s most moving and enigmatic voices.   Kate and her partner Keith Ganz will be previewing songs from their upcoming debut on Sunnyside Records, Genevieve & Ferdinand, on Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th at the Atlanta-area’s beloved hot spot The Velvet Note.   This live duo concert records 10 years of life and musical partnership and is hailed by The Wall St. Journal as, “An exceptionally appealing blend of folk and jazz….not to be missed!”

 More concerned with the essence of a song than idiomatic limitations, vocalist Kate McGarry and guitarist Keith Ganz have managed to attract the attention of tomorrow’s jazz fans. Beyond their obvious affinity for swing, their eclectic repertoire ranging from Irving Berlin to The Cars, and her signature contralto convey a message with a crystal clarity that precludes the need for gimmick or effect. All that’s left is undeniably honest music that transcends the boundaries of age or genre.

McGarry’s singular musical gift is her ability to broadcast emotional transparency with undeniable and artless force. The singer one hears time and again in McGarry’s work is gracious and endearing. She is vulnerable yet unbroken. She is always rapturous. With her musical and life collaborator, the guitarist Keith Ganz, McGarry has been forging a signature approach to standard and new compositions that is immediately fresh and very personal.”

 ~ Kurt Elling 10-time Grammy Nominee, 13x Winner Downbeat’s Jazz Vocalist of the Year Award

“This duo has figured out how to create jazz arrangements of songs by Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills and Ric Ocasek without compromising either the jazz or the rock’n’roll. The substitute chords, elasticized rhythms and deconstructionist solos make this satisfying jazz, while the lyrics are delivered with such forceful urgency that it’s still satisfying rock’n’roll. The songs are transformed but never obscured.” ~ Geoffrey Himes, music critic Paste, Downbeat, Jazz TImes

Performances:  October 5th and October 6th, Showtimes:  7:30pm and 9:30pm.  For tickets, go to http://thevelvetnote.com/kate-mcgarry or call 855.5.VELVET.  For press inquiries, please contact Tamara Fuller, General Manager at tfuller@thevelvetnote.com.

 


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