Sun Sep 10 2017
A Beautiful Celebration Of Jazz feat. Julie E. & Alex Blake (Brunch Show) - 9/10
at City Winery New York City
Julie Eigenberg, began her singing career in NYC, performing with such greats as George Duvivier, Eumir Deodato, David Spinozza, Vicki Sue Robinson, Moogy Klingman, the Brecker Bros., Leon Pendarvis , Anthony Jackson, Will Lee, and Lew Soloff to name just a few.
Julie co-wrote the song, "Why Not!" with Michel Camilo, and the Manhattan Transfer won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal of a Group with their Atlantic Records recording of "Why Not". Alex Blake played on that recording.
At that time in NYC, Julie was forging her career in the jingle and advertising world, and had the great good fortune to stand next to and sing with Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson, Barry Manilow, Paul Williams as well as some of the greatest studio singers and musicians in the world.
Alex Blake's has a revolutionary playing style and technique second to none. His innovative combination of strumming, rapid lyrical notations and percussive slaps on the Accoustic Bass are on a level par excellence and distinctly Alex Blake. His Electric Bass Solo on the Beatles classic "With A Little Help From My Friends" exemplifies Alex's mastery of that instrument while giving the listener shades of Jimi Hendrix. His compositional skills reveal a composer with a unique
third eye for melodic originality.
Originally from Panama, Alex Blake became a trumpet player as a young boy before switching to the bass at the encouragement of his father. Beginning with the Ampeg “baby bass,” Alex became immersed in the Latin styles of music, playing salsa, bossa nova and other forms, while developing his signature technique of playing the bass.
Campbell’s long tenure with Dizzy began in the late 70’s, and continued through the 80’s and 90’s, and concluded with a personal jam session with the renowned master several months before Gillespie’s passing in January of 1993.
“Dizzy taught me to be as relaxed and loose about the music. He knew how to have fun while being serious at the same time. It was a balance, like the music. He attracted entertainers, lesser-known musicians, and fans into jazz music. He was a real people person, and a real professional.”
He has been inspired by legendary drummers such as Buddy Rich, Billy Cobham, Max Roach, the late greats Art Blakey and Tony Williams. Mr. Campbell has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of Jazz’s leading talents. He has performed as a regular member with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, John McLaughlin, The Manhattan Transfer, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Jordan, Tania Maria, Gary Burton, and a host of other Jazz greats.
Jazz pianist & composer Ray Gallon has performed with many of the leading jazz artists, including Ron Carter, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, T.S. Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Sweets Edison, Wycliffe Gordon, Les Paul, Benny Golson. Frank Wess, Lew Tabakin, George Adams, and the Mingus Big Band.
He has performed at most of the major jazz festivals and venues throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan, and has appeared in gala concerts at the White House and the Kennedy Center.
Ray has also accompanied many vocal greats, including Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Grady Tate, Nnenna Freelon, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, Joe Williams, Chaka Khan, and Jane Monheit.