*Mobile, AL. — On Sunday, November 21 at 8PM, acclaimed jazz saxophonist Dale Fielder and his Dale Fielder Quartet (DFQ) will make their Mobile performing debut at the Mobile Convention Center’s intimate “Jazz on the Bay” Room. Joining Fielder will be jazz vocalist “Lynne Fiddmont” premiering, “Lady”, “A Tribute to Billie Holiday” from the title of her new CD. The concert marks the first Mobile appearance for Fiddmont, as well.
Dale Fielder is considered one of the premier jazz saxophonists in the country and is getting rave reviews from his recently released album on Clarion Records (www.clarionjazz.com) “Stellar Moments”. Dale Fielder’s style is somewhere between Wayne Shorter’s tensile fragility and John Coltrane’s towering strength or as jazz writer Bob Agnew stated, “As a multi-instrumentalist saxophonist Fielder is one of jazz’s best kept secrets.”
Bill Kohlhaas of the LA Times said of Fielder, ” His performances swing with dignified sounds and a sense of tradition, not to mention the kind of emotional content that great jazz demands.”
Fielder’s Stellar Moments is the 13th in a series of recordings that began in 1983. It follows on the heals of his 2007 release, “Dale Fielder Quartet Plays The Music Of Pepper Adams” ending a 4 year cycle of primarily performing and recording on the baritone sax. On Stellar Moments , Fielder displays striking abilities on the baritone, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones.
Fielder’s Dale Fielder Quartet (DFQ) has Joel Scott on piano. Scott has performed with Stevie Wonder, Jackson Five, Lou Rawls, and Dionne Warwick among others. Trevor Ware on acoustic bass. Ware has played with Nat Adderley, Jr., Herbie Hancock and Pharoah Sanders. Additionally, Ware also wears another hat and that’s as the Senior VP & Chief Operations Officer for the Los Angeles Urban League. Thomas White will be on drums. White has performed with Dave Brubeck and Roy Hargrove.
Lynne Fiddmont, having attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston prior to relocating to Los Angeles, has sung extensively for years as a background vocalist. She has performed with Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin, Whitney Houston, Stanley Clark, Kenny Loggins, to name a few and most recently with multi-Grammy winner Phil Collins. Fiddmont is also riding high with her new ‘Midlife Records’ solo album effort, “Lady”, a ten song tribute to jazz icon, “Billie Holiday”. In her recording of “Lady”, Fiddmont, who co-produced enlisted a virtual who’s who of contemporary jazz performers on her album. Featured are “George Duke”, “Gerald Albright”, “Christian McBride”, “Kirk Whalum”, “Freddie Washington”, “Billy Childs” and many others.
The album marks Fiddmont’s second solo album, the first being the critically acclaimed, “Flow”, which became a staple on smooth jazz and satellite jazz radio shows as well as ‘Quiet Storm’ radio programming formats worldwide upon its release in 2007.
Thursday, December 9 at 8PM
The Azar Lawrence Quartet
And Vocalist James Love
Performing the Music of
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
Multi-talented wunderkind jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence and his Quartet with featured vocalist James Love will make a first time Mobile appearance performing the music of John Coltrane in concert and a musical salute to legendary singer, “Johnny Hartman.” Additionally, Azar Lawrence will perform from his vast songbook including his latest celebrated jazz album released this past spring, “Mystic Journey.”
December 9th marks a monumental date in jazz history. It was on that date in 1964 that jazz icon John Coltrane released what many consider one of the most important “jazz” albums in musical history, “A Love Supreme”.
iJazzAtMobile , in commemoration of that musical milestone will present in concert, “The Azar Lawrence Quartet”. In 2007, Clarion Jazz Records released the widely acclaimed live performance album, “The Legacy and Music of John Coltrane” featuring “Azar Lawrence and “The Edwin Bayard Quartet”. Lawrence, whose mother had been a superb classically trained pianist in her own right, recognized his musical aptitude early on. Lawrence was a musical prodigy at the age of five on both the violin and piano. His latest 2010 album, “Mystic Journey”, is wowing jazz music critics here and abroad. Downbeat Magazine said of ” Mystic Journey ” in its September 10, 2010 review of the CD, “the John Coltrane legacy hits from the get-go on Mystic Journey .”
JazzTimes writer Don Heckman wrote in JazzTimes of Lawrence’s heir apparency to John Coltrane, ” Lawrence is one of the most authentic of the Coltrane-influenced tenor players.” When Coltrane died in 1967, Coltrane’s pianist and musical conductor “McCoy Tyner” selected the then young “Azar Lawrence” to fill Coltrane’s chair on tenor sax. Later, he would also perform with “Miles Davis” at Carnegie Hall that produced the superb album, ” Dark Magus: Live At Carnegie Hall”. Heavy company for the then young jazz saxophonist from Los Angeles.
One of the greatest performances of “John Coltrane’s musical career was the album he recorded with perhaps the finest balladeers of all time, “Johnny Hartman”. Hartman’s music was featured on the “Clint Eastwood” directed and produced movie soundtrack, ” The Bridges of Madison County”. Hartman’s velvet vocal tone, according to one music critic, “defied explanation” as to its beauty, reached a vast new audience long after his death. The “Coltrane” and “Hartman” musical collaboration produced the 1963 venerable album, “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman”. The album became an instant jazz classic, and the renditions of “Lush Life”, “My One and Only Love”, and “They Say It’s Wonderful” are considered definitive artistic works.
Joining Azar Lawrence and his Quartet on December 9 in Concert will be “James Love” who jazz critics consider the “Johnny Hartman” of today. Love’s velvet smooth baritone voice is reminiscent of Johnny Hartman in a host of ways. In 2007, “The Azar Lawrence Quartet” with Azar on tenor and alto sax with “James Love” as featured vocalist performed live at the “Camden House” in Beverly Hills and recorded at the “Jazz Bakery” in Culver City, California, “The Azar Lawrence Quartet and James Love” Celebrate the “Legacy, Music and Songs of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.”
“Lawrence and Love” will again perform the classic duets made famous with the 1963 album duet of “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman” that’ll include “Lush Life”, “My One and Only Love”, “They Say It’s Wonderful”, and “For All We Know”, among others.
Comprising “The Azar Lawrence Quartet” will be Benito Gonzalez on acoustic piano. Gonzalez, originally from Venezuela, has performed with Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Pharoah Sanders. On the acoustic bass will be Easiet Easiet who has performed and recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and Cedar Walton. On drums will be Ronnie Burrage. Burrage has performed with some of the leading jazz ensembles around including McCoy Tyner, Gary Bartz, Bradford Marsalis, Marcus Miller, Wallace Roney and Archie Shepp among others. Additionally, Burrage who graduated from the acclaimed jazz program at North Texas State and when not touring teaches at the Philadelphia University of Arts and is an adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University while teaching at the “New School University” in New York.
“Our motto is,”Bookman says, “when we say jazz, we mean jazz.” Continuing, “we believe that in these two very superb concerts, we’re offering music fans “real classical jazz” performed by some of the finest musicians in the world.”
Showtime is at 8PM for both concerts (November 21 with Dale Fielder, DFQ and Lynne Fiddmont) and (December 9 with The Azar Lawrence Quartet and Special Guest James Love). All seating in the intimate ‘Jazz on the Bay’ Room at the Mobile Convention Center will be general admission. Tickets for each show are priced at $20 (plus applicable charges and fees). Students discount tickets with ID are $15 per concert (plus applicable charges and fees). Tickets for both concerts go on sale Wednesday, November 3rd at all the usual Ticketmaster locations including the Mobile Civic Center Box Office , (251) 208-7906 (Hours: M-F 9am-5pm), online at Ticketmaster.com, or 800-745-3000.
Purchasers of both the “Dale Fielder” DFQ with “Lynne Fiddmont” and the “Azar Lawrence Quartet with James Love” receive a $10 discount or $30 dollars (plus applicable fees and charges) for both concerts. That would be $15 per engagement.
The concerts are produced by ‘Ron Bookman Presents’ in association with Clarion Jazz.
Ron Bookman and Associates, Inc.