February 26th, 2013
By Ray Brown Jr.
It is the night before my performance. Night one of the festival was interesting. Student big band, o.k., then a student female vocalist who was nice. I got pulled away to meet the director of the festival in his offices downstairs. By the time I returned upstairs the “big boys” we’re hitting it. They were exceptional, and then they brought out the girl acapella group. The girl who sang bass is unbelievable. Show stoppers to be sure.
The press asked me what I thought of Ukrainian jazz. It is an interesting position to be in. I question my talent. I will do my best, but there is the overtone of U.S. jazz musicians vs. Ukrainian jazz musicians, and then there is that, your parents (Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Brown) are so loved.
I’ve been up and considering my set. I have a rehearsal this morning. Well, with a towel, a shot of vodka and a red-bull this may work! The sound check was a disaster. The bass player couldn’t get his sound, the two piano players were screaming in the monitors and in the house. The drummer was so soft and timid. I was hating the sound, the press was there recording part of the rehearsal. I was ready to do the gig without the drummer. I was in a foul mood. We stopped by a grocery store to get a can of red bull. Read more »
February 20th, 2013
We begin 2013 with the signings of great new talent for our labels.
The first is rocker Chloe Wilders, a talented, young, singer/songwriter from Northern Ireland. Chloe has a unique sound combined with great lyrics. Her distinct vocals make her stand out from everyone else. Chloe is also a talented guitarist plus she plays several other instruments. It’s not often when you come across a talent like her, and at only 17, she has not yet scratched the surface of what she is capable of writing and singing.
Chloe Wilders’ debut SRI Records release is “You Don’t Know Me” which is also the title of her single. We know that this song and album is going to be a worldwide hit. The songs on this album will connect with both young and older audiences of rock fans. We have posted the song and the music video of “You Don’t Know Me” on our front page prior to its release this spring.
The second is the amazing Egberto Garcia who is already a star in his native Ecuador and is well known throughout Latin America. Here is a gentleman who has fine-tuned his craft as a Jazz vocalist over the years. His laid back style will appeal to lovers of both vocal jazz and Latin jazz. Egberto is at home singing in English as well as Spanish and his renditions of the Great American Songbook as as good as anyones.
Egberto Garcia is the first artist on our new Flamingo Jazz label and his debut album is “Sway”, a collection of mostly live performances. The news of his signing has been all over the media in Latin America. We have posted a television story on his signing on our front page as well as his single “Sway”. We know that Egberto will have a massive audience here in the United States in both the Latin and Anglo communities. Watch for the release of his album later this Spring.
We are extremely proud of both of these artists and thrilled to have them as part of our family!