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MUSIC DC Scene

Sharón Clark - Vocalist
"Washington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the globe. Her New York run drew raves from the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, and she won New York’s Bistro Award for Best Vocalist. Ms. Clark has made countless international tours, from Europe to Israel to Russia, where she has developed a major following.

Sharón Clark, Robert Spates & James Levy Americana (2013)
 
Ms. Clark won the Gold Medal and $10,000 top prize at the Savannah Music Festival's American Traditions Competition. She then took first place in the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, which offers a $2,500 prize along with a featured appearance with the Baltimore Symphony. For her most recent recording, “Soulful Serenity,” Ms. Clark teams up with long-time collaborator Paul Carr on tenor saxophone, along with Bruce Barth and Chris Grasso (piano), Herman Burney and Michael Bowie (bass), and Lewis Nash (drums). Her previous release, “Do it Again — My Tribute to Shirley Horn,” drew raves and is on its third printing. Ms. Clark has performed as a featured soloist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony. She performs regularly in New York at the Iridium and the Metropolitan Room and in DC at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, and Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club.  Clark has headlined the DC Jazz Festival as well as the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Cape May and Savannah music festivals. Both the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and The Ludacris Foundation chose Ms. Clark to perform for their separate tributes to Quincy Jones. " ~ Website Bio   Links: Website, Facebook, SonicBids, YouTube and DC Bebop page.


MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

Giovanni Zucchi - composer, producer, arranger and sound technician
Giovanni, over the years, has developped a personal research of production techniques, while working as a consultant in the production of professional studio outboards and music recording software. On this journey, he has had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with

Giovanni Zucchi
Gio's Project   (2016)
 
many artists, independent and international. “Gio’s Project” is the result of this research variety of musical backgrounds. His project encompasses 20 years of experience into a musical style which represent his "human and musical values, along with those of the artists who have collaborated on the project. "This 'musical laboratory', grown from the seed of this idea, has reached the international music scene" through the myriad artists who took part. Some of which are, Oskar Cartaya, Angie Brown, Marco Brioschi, Bebo Ferra, Carlo Maria Micheli, Isgrò Carmelo, Martino Malacrida, Andrea Pollione, Lucy Campeti, Yves Ntola, Luca Trolli, Ambrogio Frigerio, Antonio Galbiati, Ugo Bongianni, Isgrò Santi, Rino di Pace, Mikee Introna, Lela Cortesi and other great special guests. The " Gio's Project" CD is his musical offering to the world.    Links: Website, Facebook, Gio's Project FB, Spotify, YouTube and DC Bebop page.


MUSIC US East 

Larry Mitchell - solo artist, sideman, songwriter and music producer
Larry Mitchell - solo artist, sideman, songwriter and music producer. Larry is a "self-taught" guitarist, and one article says he "started playing guitar at age 9, after his Mom threw his drumset out the window." Her action paired Larry with the guitar. His mastery of the guitar won him the New York City

Larry Mitchell (2016)
The Traveler
 
"Limelight guitar solo contest (Twice!), in both 1986 and 1987. Larry's expertise garnered recognition, garnered recognition, from which he was chosen to tour with Spanish/Italian artist Miguel Bose in 1989. Larry released his first (self-titled) "Larry Mitchell" CD in 1990 on the Grude BMG label. He was a feature guitarist in 1991 on Ric Ocasek's "Fire Ball Zone" Cd and can be seen performing on the "Rockaway" music video from the album. In 1999 Larry was awarded the San Diego Music Awards "Best Pop Jazz artist". He has numerous endorsements, with the most notable being Ibanez Guitars, D'Addario Strings, and DiMarzio Pickups. Since the release of his debut CD, "Larry Mitchell" (1990), he has released several other guitar instrumental albums over the years. Mind Body Soul (1993), Escape (1995), Temptation (1996), Insatiable (1999), Sonic Temple (2008), Rhythm of Life (2013) and The Traveler (2016). Links: Website, Facebook, Reverbnation, NAMM Show, Discography, YouTube and DC Bebop page.

MUSIC US West 

Ray Obiedo, Guitarist, Bandleader, Producer and Engineer
Ray is orginally from the San Francisco area, and grew up in East Bay. While music was a persistent influence in his early years, he "didn’t begin seriously studying guitar until his last year in high school." Ray became "focused on mastering his

Ray Obiedo (2016)
Latin Jazz Project, Vol. 1
 
instrument and learning the craft of songwriting throughout the 70’s and 80’s". He began "performing with many of the jazz community’s most celebrated stars including legendary jazz organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith, trombonist Julian Priester, Azteca featuring Pete & Sheila Escovedo, Fourplays’ Harvey Mason. He toured the world in 1978-79 Herbie Hancock. As a bandleader, he "lead such popular local bands as the fusion ensemble 'Kick' and the funk-rock group 'Rhythmus 21' which showcased many of the Bay Area’s leading singers." "As a session player, Ray has worked with artists as diverse as Lou Rawls, George Duke, Brenda Russell, Herbie Hancock, Sheila E & the E Train, Freda Payne, The Whispers, The Delfonics as well as solo albums by jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson, former Yellowjackets’ saxophonist Marc Russo, Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and is highlighted on Grover Washington Jr’s last hit cover of the classic single 'Soulful Strut'. "Ray has contributed source music to major motion pictures "Internal Affairs" starring Richard Gere and "A Shock to the System" starring Michael Caine." As a music producer/engineer, he has produced his own album projects and has produced and or engineered a variety of major and independently released CD’s. Ray launched his solo recording career on the Windham Hill Jazz label, recording and releasing five contemporary jazz albums; "Perfect Crime" (1990), "Iguana" (1991), "Sticks & Stones" (1993), "Zulaya" (1995) and "Sweet Summer Days" (1997). In 2015, Ray released "There Goes That." In 2016, Ray released is eighth album, "Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1" on Rhythmus Records which "is a collection of Latin Jazz standards, including three of Obiedo's original compositions. Obiedo enlisted some of the music industries top musicians and longtime co-horts for the project." Links:
Website, Last FM, Facebook, Youtube, Discography, Wikipedia and DC Bebop page

MUSIC BANDS

Xandra Corpora - guitarist, vocalist, bandleader, songwriter
Xandra was born and raised in California, grewing up in the Owens Valley. Xandra's memory of music involve riding with her father "into town with "BB King's Greatest Hits" playing on the tape deck. Or Ella Fitzgerald. Or John Lee Hooker. Or Mozart." Her mother "fancied Simon & Garfunkel and Madonna."

Xandra Corpora
- Soul Fires (2016)
 
Her early music experiences influenced the development of her musical tastes, which she says are "all over the map in terms of love and influence." A late bloomer, she began playing guitar around "21 or so," singing and touring with a few bands. Then she stopped and reassesed what she wanted to do and seeking change and the adventure of a different existence, Xandra moved to Japan. Based in Nagoya-shi, Aichi, Japan, the band members are Xandra Corpora - vocals & guitar, Lesley Bartlett - bass, and Adam Demby - drums. The Xandra Corpora Band "has beome one of Nagoya's most loved acts. Songwriter and guitarist Xandra corpora, having established herself firmly in the music scene of San Francisco, moved to Japan to 'experience life outide of America.' It was here that she found herself back into music..." excerpt from NAGMAG (2016). In June of 2016, XCB won the Hard Rock Cafe's "Hard Rock Rising" competition in Osaka. The bands latest CD, Soul Fires (2016) is available on iTunes. Links: Website, Reverbnation, Facebook, Calendar, Band and her DC Bebop page.


MUSIC CD ARCHIVE: ONECD

Arno Haas
Thomas Marriott - Both Side of the Fence (2007) "Thomas Marriott's second recording is a thoroughly impressive affair, recorded over two studio sessions a few months apart. With a band including pianist Marc Seales, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop, the leader kicks off the disc with "Both Sides of the Fence," a driving post-bop original that showcases his lyrical chops on flügelhorn in an uptempo setting."   ~ AllMusic.com, Website, Human Spirit Band and Facebook

MUSIC CD ARCHIVE: DOUBLECD

Jack DeJohnette Jack DeJohnette - Music We Are (2009) "Since the inception of his Golden Beams Productions imprint, Jack DeJohnette has been busy releasing music ranging from the meditational Music in the Key of Ohm (Golden Beams, 2005) and world music-inflected Music from the Hearts of the Masters (Golden Beams, 2005) to the more decidedly improvisational The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers (Golden Beams, 2006). A freedom of spirit infuses all his releases, but it's been over a decade since the veteran drummer has released an album as a leader that fits squarely into the jazz category. A combination of original music and one relatively obscure Latin cover, Music We Are brings three friends together for a recording that, hopefully, signifies the beginning of a longer-term partnership." ~ John Kelman - All About JazzWebsite, Discography and Facebook.

 


Jack DeJohnette - Golden Beams Collected, Vol. 1 (2006)  "Born in Chicago in 1942, Jack DeJohnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music's greatest drummers. Music appreciation flourished in DeJohnette's family. He studied classical piano from age four until fourteen before beginning to play drums with his high school concert band and taking private piano lessons at the Chicago conservatory of music. DeJohnette credits his uncle, Roy I. Wood Sr., who was one of the most popular jazz DJ's in the South Side of Chicago, later vice president of the National Network of Black Broadcasters, as the person who initially inspired him to pursue music."   ~ Dave Schroeder - ALL About Jazz
MUSIC CD ARCHIVES:
DOUBLECD  - SINGLES  - ONECD


*The most recent featured musicians and play lists from the five Music listings on DC Bebop.   A musician listed on a DC Bebop page with an intro, is featured for 10 days with one of their songs.  Included in the play list are songs by nine other musicians in a table on DC Bebop. The songs are linked to a page (MySpace, Reverbnation, YouTube or where ever the song can be heard). The play list is not a top 10 list. It features songs I liked and think perhaps others might appreciate the music as well.

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