THE LOST AMERICAN JAZZBOOK consists of original songs written in the style of America’s art song tradition—the jazz standard. JAZZBOOK begins its sixth year with the extraordinary singer Tammi Brown. A second album is currently in production entitled THE TAXONOMY OF PLEASURE. It touches on everything from the life of Billy Strayhorn to James Baldwin to contemplations on race and blowsy haute couture and the tenderest of human relations.
JAZZBOOK is the creation of Albert Greenberg, co-artistic director of Black Swan Arts & Media, a performing arts nonprofit based in Oakland, California. Dan Zemelman is the co-writer and musical director of the JAZZBOOK.
JAZZBOOK was first performed at the historic Maybeck Recital Hall in Berkeley, California, home to the legendary Concord Records piano jazz series. The artists included Dan Zemelman on piano, two-time Grammy winner Mads Tolling on violin, Rose Armin-Hoiland on vocals, Zachary Ostroff on bass, master Argentine guitarist Enrique Coria, and Bryan Bowman on drums.
Several concerts were produced at the Bellevue Club, a beautiful six-story private club, overlooking Lake Merritt in Oakland. JAZZBOOK was joined onstage by MIX’D INDRDNTS, an all-female, multigenre, multiethnic dance company.
The first album of THE LOST AMERICAN JAZZBOOK was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, with producer Julie Wolf. The album would go on to win “Jazz Vocal Album of the Year” from the 14th Independent Music Awards.
“Jazz vocal album of the year”
14th INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS