The award-winning LOST AMERICAN JAZZBOOK has joined forces with Tammi Brown in producing an extraordinary new CD of original music, Taxonomy of Pleasure. The music spans styles from Thelonious Monk to Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Jim Callahan of the acclaimed Piedmont Piano jazz concert series said of the CD release concert, “Simply the best jazz concert I’ve ever seen at Yoshi’s Jazz Club.”
Volume I of the JazzBook won “Jazz Vocal Album of the Year” from the 14th Independent Music Awards. In Taxonomy of Pleasure, Tammi Brown takes the JazzBook to a whole new level with her dynamic presence that continually brings audiences to their feet.
Multi Grammy-winning producer Kabir Sehgal says of Tammi: “Tammi Brown has a storied career as a performer, equally comfortable with soulful gospel as with modern, forward-pushing jazz. Her refined phrasing and powerful voice have an almost hypnotic effect as she inhabits each song and mesmerizes with fresh renderings.”
Tammi has performed with Quincy Jones, Stanley Jordan, two-time Grammy nominated vocal ensemble Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir and Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra, Joan Baez, Dr. Maya Angelou and many others. She has been on many stages worldwide in over 10 countries.
The Lost American JazzBook is the creation of writer/director Albert Greenberg in collaboration with the extraordinary jazz pianist, Dan Zemelman.
Greenberg is a long-time theatre composer, creating original works for the stage for over 40 years. His plays and music have been performed in over 60 cities nationwide and traveled the globe from Berlin to Oslo and from Toronto to Tel Aviv. He is also founder and co-artistic director of Black Swan Arts & Media, a performing arts nonprofit based in Oakland, California (blackswanarts.org).
Dan Zemelman, pianist, co-writer, musical director and arranger of THE LOST AMERICAN JAZZBOOK is a veteran pianist of the San Francisco Bay Area. He has played, toured and recorded with giants like blues legend John Lee Hooker (on the album Face to Face) as well as alto saxophone player Lee Konitz (from Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool). Zemelman’s music has been featured on Public Radio, Television and Theater, and has spent his career playing, recording and touring with some of the best artists in the world (including Kenny Washington, Jeff Denson, Grammy Award winning violinist Mads Tolling, and many more).
“Simply the best jazz concert I’ve ever seen at Yoshi’s Jazz Club.” JIM CALLAHAN, CURATOR, PIEDMONT PIANO JAZZ CONCERT SERIES
"Congratulations on such a smashing success.” DANIEL GRUJIC, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, YOSHI’S
“Rare is the album that reminds me of the stay-up-at-night-joy of listening to music. This gem of a production featuring Tammi Brown had me not only thoroughly entertained but also intrigued to learn more about the “American art song,” as Albert Greenberg puts it. He conceived of the JazzBook and produced this stunning album.” KABIR SEHGAL, MULTI-GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER, AUTHOR AND ARTIST
“The music is creative and timeless. It is elegant and eloquent in how it inhabits the musical landscape. A fresh addition to the American Songbook. Truly original and beautifully done.” JEFFREY WOOD, STUDIO DIRECTOR, FANTASY STUDIOS
“As the largest independent publisher in the world, we know original music when we hear it. That’s ‘The Lost American JazzBook’. No one else is doing this—writing NEW songs that sound like the standards we love. It’s a truly unique take on what makes the American Songbook great.” CRAIG CURRIER, VICE PRESIDENT / DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING MARKETS, PEERMUSIC - NORTH AMERICA
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