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Dan Zemelman and Tammi Brown featuring special guests Mads Tolling and Stanley Jordan

The award-winning Lost American JazzBook celebrates the release of its new CD, Taxonomy of Pleasure featuring jazz and gospel singer Tammi Brown and special guests guitarist Stanley Jordan and violinist Mads Tolling. JazzBook brings together some of the finest musicians in the Bay Area, including the extraordinary pianist and JazzBook co-writer Dan Zemelman.

Multi Grammy-winning producer Kabir Sehgal writes, “the tradition of jazz became the soundtrack of the 20th century – an era beset by world wars and the systemic scourge of Jim Crow.  Not unlike our troubled time.” (Greenberg) believes that this music can be both a communal force and a prophetic voice—bringing people together from many traditions to form a more “improvisational union”.

Tammi Brown has performed with everyone from Quincy Jones to Stanley Jordan and from Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir to Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra. She is the new voice of The Lost American JazzBook, a concert of original songs written in the style of the American art song tradition—the jazz standard.  JazzBook was winner of Jazz Vocal Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards in 2018.

Kabir 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.”

Dan Zemelman has performed and recorded with blues legend John Lee Hooker, jazz saxophone legend Lee Konitz, and has been a San Francisco area pianist and teacher at The Stanford Jazz Institute and the California Jazz Conservatory for over 15 years.

Special guest Stanley Jordan is the consummate guitarist, traversing styles and genres from Miles to Hendrix to Bartók. His unique style of "tapping" on guitar opened a whole new world of musical possibilities.

Mads Tolling is a two-time Grammy-winning violinist, and is considered to be one of the finest jazz violinists in the world today. Mads was part of the JazzBook vol 1 ensemble and returns to bring his singular expressive vision to the music.

Dan Zemelman, pianist, co-writer, musical director and arranger collaborated closely with JazzBook’s producer and creator, Albert Greenberg, to create The Lost American JazzBook and its second CD, Taxonomy of Pleasure, featuring seven songs with original lyrics and music, one standard, and one Bob Dylan tune.  The Lost American JazzBook is according to Greenberg, “a revisioning of the “American art song tradition” -  the jazz standard - inspired by everyone from Billy Strayhorn to Thelonious Monk to Antonio Carlos Jobim. 

live performance excerpts

Original Music and Lyrics by Albert Greenberg & Dan Zemelman

THE LOST AMERICAN JAZZBOOK is a project of Black Swan Arts and Media


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