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Caravan Palace

Paris, France (2005 – present)It all started with a double bass player, a guitarist and a violinist; all highly talent...

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{"key":"32834","name":"Caravan Palace","bio":"Paris, France (2005 \u2013 present)It all started with a double bass player, a guitarist and a violinist; all highly talented musicians who are really into swing, Django addicts who enjoy tinkering with electro. Their project swayed a singer, a clarinettist, a trombonist who doubles up on percussion and a guitarist who also acts as DJ. With their \u201cZazou\u201d look (inspired by Parisian paleo-punks from the 1940s), they serve up festive, frantic music, an improbable futuristic and melodious Charleston fit for the dance floor. Caravan Palace is to swing what the Gotan Project is to tango.It so often starts out like that: a gang of mates who\u2019ve kicked around together for the past ten years and who each get into music off their own bat. In this case, it was Hugues on the violin, Arnaud on guitar and Carlos on the double bass. A shared craze for manouche jazz (gypsy-style jazz), played in its natural setting, bars. Relatively serious composition, with a Zeitgeist twist: DIY electro, house, dub and hip-hop.What triggered it all was an order placed by a film production company: a soundtrack for silent porn films dating from the beginning of the 20th century! They trotted out all their talents. Our three heroes played the end result to some friendly listeners, the feedback persuaded them to drop their individual projects and come up with a repertory of their own. Because there was no question for them of reworking Django or giving swing a face-lift! If they were going to forge their own path, it had to be something completely fresh.This was back in 2005: it would take them an entire year. At which point they met Lo\u00efc Barrouk, manager of the Caf\u00e9 de la Danse, who was really keen on the project. He got them into the studio (recording with session musicians), and then got them some gigs. For that, they needed some reliable fellow travellers, so they surfed MySpace. Two months later, the troops had been mustered: Chapi (clarinet), Toustou (who plays trombone and beat synthing), Aur\u00e9lien (alternating as guitarist and DJ) and, last but not least, petulant vocalist Colotis Zo\u00e9, every bit as sweet\u2019n\u2019saucy as her signature song \u201cJolie coquine\u201d! Among the three pioneers, Hugues, the crazy one, has revealed a talent for frenzied scat, Arnaud and Carlos double up their instruments thanks to programming. All together, they composed a new repertory. The Caravan took off.Caravan Palace\u2019s secret is a supersonic buzz on the Internet (free promo) and a year on the road with hard-hitting concerts, even before they released their record. A prime example was their performance at the 2007 Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival, in Samois, where they wowed an audience who had never heard of them. Veterans from the classic manouche jazz scene were left speechless. The excellent Caravan Palace musicians, who are of course \u201cgadjos\u201d (non-gypsies), have breathed fresh air into the timeless swing scene without coming across as preachers. As well as listeners with curious ears, the Caravan also has its own following, a horde of fans totally into the electro vibe, who turn up at each of their concerts. Caravan Palace\u2019s reputation has rippled beyond the frontiers too, with Europe eager to check them out.The album has at last been set for release in October 2008, on the Wagram label. With Caravan Palace, the future of swing looks set to swing.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/32834_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Swingrowers

Swingrowers (pronounced “Swing-Growers”) are an Electro swing band formed by Roberto Costa a.k.a. “Pisk”, Loreda...

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{"key":"171930","name":"Swingrowers","bio":"Swingrowers (pronounced \u201cSwing-Growers\u201d) are an Electro swing band formed by Roberto Costa a.k.a. \u201cPisk\u201d, Loredana Grimaudo and Alessia Costagliola from Palermo in Sicily, signed to the record label Freshly Squeezed music. Their first album 'Pronounced Swing Grow'ers' was released by Freshly Squeezed music in 2012. Since then they have released numerous EP's which have featured collaborations with Dj Pony Montana, The Gypsy Hill, the Lost Fingers and Caro Emerald. Since then playing multiple live shows in the UK, notabley the festival Boomtown in 2015 and being featured in BBC Music Website.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/171930_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Caro Emerald

Caro Emerald (real name: Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw, born 26 April 1981 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is a Dutch ...

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{"key":"16296","name":"Caro Emerald","bio":"Caro Emerald (real name: Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw, born 26 April 1981 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is a Dutch singer. She studied as a jazz vocalist at the Amsterdam conservatory of music and earned her degree in 2005.Having gained experience as one of the six singers in close-harmony group Les Elles, and as a vocalist in the Philharmonic Funk Foundation, Emerald first gained public recognition for her debut solo single Back It Up, which was officially released by Grandmono Records on July 6, 2009.Her first album, Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor was released on January 29, 2010. The album features a mix of ballroom jazz, tangos and mambo\u2019s in a contemporary production. Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor has been the best selling album in The Netherlands for over 29 consecutive weeks, beating the previous record of 26 weeks set by Michael Jacksons album Thriller. In December 2009 her second single A Night Like This was released and reached the #1 position in the dutch charts. Her latest (May 2010) release is That Man.After the succes in The Netherlands Back it Up has been released in Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium and many more countries are to follow. www.caroemerald.comIn May 2007 Caro Emerald got a phonecall from Dutch producers Jan van Wieringen and David Schreurs. With another producer, they'd written a song for a Japanese pop act with the acclaimed songwriter Vince Degiorgio (Atomic Kitten, A-Teens, N'Synch, Love Inc. a.o.). But their demo singer couldn't make it. They needed something quickly, and that's how Caro got to record the demo of \"Back It Up\".Caro liked the song so much that she added it to her live repertoire. A year later she got the chance to perform \"Back It Up\" on local TV station AT5 in Amsterdam. It caught on right away: viewers just wouldn't stop calling and e-mailing about that lovely girl with her catchy song. Caro and a friend produced a no budget video which ended up on Youtube, and again, the response was overwhelming. People literally begged her to sell the song on iTunes.But with only one song on the repertoire, Caro and her team decided to focus on a full album first. Inspired by films and music from the 40's and 50's they started working on new songs and ideas. Fall 2008, David flew over to Toronto to write with Degiorgio, and returned with 7 great tracks and a clear direction for the album. A few months later, Vince came to Amsterdam to finish the album. The result: an exciting and hugely accessible record, featuring ballroom jazz, cinematic tangoes, groovin' jazz tracks and infectious mambo's that sound like they were recorded in 1951 in Hollywood's most famous recording studios. But the smoking beats, catchy songs and inventive production tell it's actually 2009 that Caro Emerald is putting her name on the map.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16296_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}

Movits!

Swedish fusion between Jazz and Hip Hop“Django guitar, windy street swing; music for both art directors and your mom...

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{"key":"17212","name":"Movits!","bio":"Swedish fusion between Jazz and Hip Hop\u201cDjango guitar, windy street swing; music for both art directors and your mom\u201d is how MOVITS! describe their sound. Well-known in Sweden but unheard of elsewhere, they fold together elements of 1930s big band swing, roma swing and rhythm & blues, then drop hiphop vocals on top for some serious energetic firepower. -Aurgasm","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17212_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing band from Southern California. Their notable singles include "Go Daddy-O" a...

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{"key":"36299","name":"Big Bad Voodoo Daddy","bio":"Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing band from Southern California. Their notable singles include \"Go Daddy-O\" and \"You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight\". The band went from a regular Wednesday night gig at the Derby in Hollywood, playing for a few hundred people, to playing the Super Bowl XXXIII half-time show in 1999.The band was originally formed in 1989 by leader Scott Morris. He and Kurt Sodergren are the two \"original\" members, with the rest of the band joining later on. The band concentrated on the swing of the 1940s and '50s, playing clubs and lounges in their early years.The band launched two CDs, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Watchu' Want for Christmas? under their own label (Big Bad Records) before getting their big break when their songs \"You & Me & The Bottle Makes Three Tonight (Baby)\" and \"Go Daddy-O\" were featured in the 1996 comedy Swingers.From there they were signed by Capitol Records. With Capitol the band released Americana Deluxe (also known as a second Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) and This Beautiful Life. The band has continued their tours, performances and album releases Save My Soul, Live, and Everything You Want For Christmas, with one high point being their appearance at the 1999 Super Bowl half-time show.Over the last few years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has experienced great success playing on the Pops programs of American Symphony Orchestras and regular US tours.Most recently, BBVD released a tribute album titled How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway. As part of the live concerts promoting this recent album, the band continues to perform new material, including the track \"5-10-15 Times I Love You\" which frontman Scotty Morris says will be recorded as part of a new album in early 2011.Band Members:* Scott Morris \"Scotty\" (vocals and guitar) - core member* Kurt Sodergren (drums and percussion) - core member* Dirk Shumaker (string bass) - core member* Andrew Rowley \"Andy\" (baritone saxophone) - core member* Glen Marehevka \"The Kid\" (trumpet) - core member* Karl Hunter (saxophone and clarinet) - core member* Joshua Levy \"Josh\" (piano) - core member* Tony Bonsera (lead trumpet)* Alex Henderson (trombone) (also part of The Brian Setzer Orchestra)** Ron Blake (former lead trumpet) left Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to go on tour with Green Day.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/36299_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}

Swing Republic

Electro swing projekt with old jazz and a positive vibe. Fito Bolai is the president of Swing Republic. His music is ins...

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{"key":"63573","name":"Swing Republic","bio":"Electro swing projekt with old jazz and a positive vibe. Fito Bolai is the president of Swing Republic. His music is inspired by various cultures. Fito combines the spirituality and emotional expressions from the past with the electronic technology of the future. His music reflects the open-mindedness of hippie culture and hypnotic rhythms of industry. Fito Bolai has a globalized and worldly mindset. \"Emotional Technology\" is one of the leading principles in Fito \u0301s approach to the musical landscapes and cities of Swing Republic. In the city Techville the machines live with beautiful manipulation and physical rhythm. In Emotia the sound and shades from the past live in the shape of legendary jazz artists, old movies and with complexity in emotional communication. Ethnico City is home of percussion and many other instruments. They live in beautiful disharmony and mutual inspiration. Fito throw giant parties where inhabitants from the cities get together and mix with each other in a relaxed - yet intense atmosphere. Fito is the collector of new styles and fusions; like a gardener in a fascinating oasis of music and visuals.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/63573_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Brian Setzer

Brian Setzer (born April 10, 1959 in New York) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.In the 1980s, Setzer fron...

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{"key":"22975","name":"Brian Setzer","bio":"Brian Setzer (born April 10, 1959 in New York) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.In the 1980s, Setzer fronted the popular rockabilly band, Stray Cats. Stray Cats caught America's attention with the 1982 album Built for Speed, which included the two Top Ten hits, Rock This Town (#9) and Stray Cat Strut (#3), as well as with the follow-up 1983 album Rant N Rave, which included the two successful singles (She's) Sexy + 17 (#5), and I Won't Stand In Your Way (#35).In the 1990s, Setzer led a comeback of sorts for swing music and big band music, when he formed Brian Setzer Orchestra. The band has released 5 albums to date and one live DVD. This group had one hit, Jump, Jive, and Wail around the same time songs like the Cherry Poppin' Daddies Zoot Suit Riot had been received favorably in mainstream America.Brian Setzer also recorded some solo albums during Stray Cats' break in the 1980s along with some in the 1990s. In 2001 he released an album titled Ignition with his band '68 Comeback Special. A new solo album titled Rockabilly Riot Vol. 1: A Tribute To Sun Records was released on July 26, 2005, in the United States.Massapequa","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/22975_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer is the name of two incarnations of an American vocal group, with Tim Hauser being the only link b...

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{"key":"38","name":"The Manhattan Transfer","bio":"The Manhattan Transfer is the name of two incarnations of an American vocal group, with Tim Hauser being the only link between the two groups. The group\u2019s name comes from John Dos Passos\u2019 1925 novel Manhattan Transfer and reflects their New York origins.The first group, established in New York City in 1969, disbanded after producing a single album, Jukin\u2019 (1971). This article focuses on the second line-up which was set up in 1972 and is still together. It is famous for mixing jazz, big band, and popular music styles.It's been over thirty-five years since Tim Hauser, a former Madison Avenue marketing executive, paid his bills by driving a New York City cab while aspiring to form a harmony vocal quartet sui generis that could authentically embrace varied musical styles, and still create something wholly unique in the field of American popular song.Hauser had been in doo-wop groups, folk groups, and even in a short-lived quintet named The Manhattan Transfer, but as the sounds of jazz, R&B, pop, rock \u2018n\u2019 roll, salsa and swing poured out of brownstones, Hauser now dreamt of four-part harmonies without limits.On a spring evening in 1972, one of Hauser's taxi fares was an aspiring young singer named Laurel Mass\u00e9, who was familiar with the only album, Jukin', by Hauser\u2019s earlier Manhattan Transfer combo, and had seen them perform once. Realizing they shared the same musical vision, they agreed to meet again. Weeks later, another of Hauser\u2019s fares invited him to a party where he met Brooklyn native Janis Siegel. Although already in a group, Siegel agreed to help out on some demos and before long she became the third member of Hauser's nascent group. As Hauser, Mass\u00e9 and Siegel began rehearsing, Mass\u00e9\u2019s then-boyfriend, who was drumming in a Broadway pit band, introduced Hauser and Siegel to Alan Paul, who was co-starring in the original stage production of Grease, and the groundwork was laid for the rebirth of The Manhattan Transfer on October 1, 1972.In its formative years, the group began performing regularly throughout New York City at Trude Heller's, Mercer Arts Center, Max\u2019s Kansas City, Club 82, and other cutting-edge cabaret venues. By the end of 1974, they were the number one live attraction in New York City, prompting Newsweek to send a writer to their show at Reno Sweeney\u2019s in Greenwich Village to report on this growing phenomenon.In 1975 they cut their self-titled debut album, The Manhattan Transfer, with Atlantic Records, and landed their own highly experimental television show on CBS. They were particularly successful in Europe, where their next two albums, Coming Out and Pastiche, brought them a string of top 10 hits. A live album, The Manhattan Transfer Live, soon followed.Mass\u00e9 left the group in 1978 following a serious auto accident in December of that year. (She eventually went on to launch a successful solo career.) Auditions were held to find her replacement, and a young singer\/actress from Mt. Vernon, Washington responded to the call. The group was completely knocked out by her dazzling performance, and Cheryl Bentyne was immediately invited to join the group.Their next album, Extensions, earned them their first domestic pop hit, \"Twilight Zone\/Twilight Tone\", penned by Alan Paul and Jay Graydon. The album also featured \"Birdland\", the piece that has since become the foursome's signature tune. Jon Hendricks wrote the lyrics to Joe Zawinul's stirring jazz fusion instrumental, and Siegel arranged the vocals. The most played jazz record of 1980, \"Birdland\" won The Transfer their first Grammy award the following year (for Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental), as well as the award for Best Arrangement for Voices, which Siegel took home.In 1982, The Manhattan Transfer made music history by becoming the first group to win Grammy Awards in both pop and jazz categories in the same year. \"Boy from New York City\", which broke into the top 10 on the pop charts, garnered them the award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and \"Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)\" earned them a Grammy for Best Jazz Performance, Duo or Group. Both of these appeared on the group's fifth studio album, Mecca for Moderns.The Best of The Manhattan Transfer was released for the holiday season in 1981 and contained the best of their hits from their early Atlantic Records years, 1975-1981. Naturally, the album went Gold.In 1983, they accepted another Grammy, for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group, for their rendition of the classic ode-to-the-road, \"Route 66\". The song appeared on the soundtrack to the Burt Reynolds film Sharky's Machine, and surfaced three years later on their Bop Doo-Wopp album. In 1984, prior to Bop's release, they repeated their previous year's Grammy win in the same category for the \"Why Not!\" cut from Bodies and Souls.However, it was 1985's Vocalese, produced by Hauser, that became known as the group's tour de force effort. Vocalese is the style of music that sets lyrics to previously recorded jazz instrumental pieces. Jon Hendricks, the recognized master of this art, composed all the lyrics for the album. Vocalese included some highly complex material that ably tested the quartet's capabilities - a challenge which they met magnificently. The album became a critically-acclaimed artistic triumph.Vocalese received 12 Grammy nominations - at the time making it second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller as the most nominated single album ever. The Transfer's opus won in two categories at the 1986 awards ceremony: Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group, and Best Arrangement for Voices for Bentyne and Bobby McFerrin for \"Another Night In Tunisia\".The album also saw the group venturing out into the world of music video. The group made five videos to the album, which were available commercially and also shown on Cinemax. Also, when The Manhattan Transfer visited Japan during the Vocalese tour, a recording was made of the shows and the group's second live album, Live, was released in 1987. An accompanying video of the live show was available commercially as well.Then came Brasil, their 1987 recording, a ground-breaking re-contextualization of Brazilian music that pre-dated efforts by American artists such as David Byrne and Paul Simon. The group worked with some of today's most gifted songwriters, including Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento, Djavan and Atlantic recording artist Gilberto Gil. The pieces were re-arranged, and then re-fitted with English lyrics which made them strikingly relevant, distinctly American, and \"Transfer-esque\" - while still preserving their Brazilian flavor.Brasil became one of the group's greatest achievements to date, and one which they remain particularly proud of. It also became their first entire album to win the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (1989).In 1991, The Manhattan Transfer moved to Columbia Records for a two-album stint. The first, The Offbeat of Avenues, was produced by Hauser and marked the first time the majority of songs where either written or co-written by Transfer members. They walked away with the Best Contemporary Jazz Performance Grammy in 1992 for \"Sassy\", a piece boasting lyrics by Siegel and Bentyne, and music by Siegel and Bill Bodine.In 1992, Rhino Records released a 2-CD set of the group's work over their 20-year career. The Manhattan Transfer Anthology: Down in Birdland is an excellent compilation of the group's work up to that time.In the winter of 1992, the gift that millions of Manhattan Transfer fans had eagerly awaited for finally arrived - The Christmas Album. Destined to be a holiday classic, this album was co-produced by Hauser and Johnny Mandel, who also did all the orchestrations. The group's soulful harmonies on such traditional favorites as \"The Christmas Song\" (with Tony Bennett) and \"Silent Night\", as well as the sweetly touching Lennon & McCartney classic \"Goodnight\", resound with sonic purity.In 1994, Rhino Records released The Very Best of The Manhattan Transfer. Why another \"Best of\"? Well, the Anthology package was a bit expensive for some, and the first Best of album came out thirteen years earlier and thus missed many hits such as \"Ray's Rockhouse\", \"Soul Food To Go\", \"Spice Of Life\", and \"Route 66\". Plus, the newer CD format allowed for a much longer album than Atlantic Records' 1981 collection.Also in 1994 the group released an album that was an enticing departure from anything they had done previously. The Manhattan Transfer Meets Tubby the Tuba, the group's first children's recording, was hailed by USA Today as a \"charming rendition\" of the 1945 Paul Tripp\/George Kleinsinger classic. Accompanied by the Naples Philharmonic, the group humanized instruments (such as Peepo the Piccolo and Captain Bugle) to deliver the story's important message: \"Be yourself, you can't be anybody else.\" Commented the Los Angeles Times of the project, \"One of the world's great jazz quartets turns a children's classic into a rediscovered treasure.\"Their 1995 studio album, Tonin', marked the triumphant return of The Manhattan Transfer - contemporary music's premiere vocal ensemble - to the Atlantic Records' fold. Tonin' finds Hauser, Siegel, Paul, and Bentyne embarking on a project as ambitious as any of their past work, while retaining a distinct sense of fun. \"'Tonin'' is a term associated with the vocal groups of the '50s and early '60s,\" notes Paul. \"It conjures up images of a few guys standing in a tiled bathroom or on a street corner, just belting it out in harmony - they're tonin'. This album consists of songs we grew up on, music that really sparked us as teenagers.\"The list of guest performers sitting in on the Tonin' sessions would spark any music fan, as it includes: Phil Collins, Bette Midler, Ben E. King, Ruth Brown, Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, Frankie Valli, Smokey Robinson, Laura Nyro, Chaka Khan, B.B. King, and James Taylor.The Manhattan Transfer's third live album is called Man-Tora! Live in Tokyo. \"On the 1983 Bodies and Souls tour, the singers performed 22 dates in 11 major Japanese cities, including Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Sapporo, and Hiroshima\u2026 The set contained here (released on Rhino Records in April 1996) was recorded by FM Tokyo radio on November 22 and 23 at Tokyo's Nakano Sun Plaza theater and later broadcast stateside on the Westwood One Startrack radio program. The MT's enthusiasm in their performance is inescapable, and the set list as diverse as their repertoire.\" - from the liner notes by Curt Gathje.The Manhattan Transfer's next studio album was released in 1997. Swing has its emphasis in 1930s era swing music. The thirteen tracks contain some of the most classic songs of the 20th century. \"Sing Moten's Swing\", \"A-Tisket, A-Tasket\", and \"Java Jive\" were recorded with Asleep at the Wheel. \"Sing a Study in Brown\", \"Topsy\", and \"Clouds\" were recorded with The Rosenberg Trio. \"Clouds\" (adapted from \"Nuages\") also features Stephane Grappelli. Ricky Scaggs is featured on \"Skyliner\" and \"It's Good Enough to Keep (Air Mail Special)\". Mark O'Connor is featured on \"I Know Why (And So Do You)\", \"It's Good Enough to Keep\", and \"Choo Choo Ch' Boogie\". About half of the tracks feature lyrics by Jon Hendricks. Swing was produced by Hauser. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and stayed in the top spot for nine weeks, and on the chart for over a year.In October 2000, The Manhattan Transfer released The Spirit of St. Louis, a spirited interpretation of the music of one of the greatest musical figures of the 20th century, Louis Armstrong. Produced by Craig Street, The Spirit of St. Louis captures the vocal group at its best, with strong individual and group performances wrapped around evocative arrangements that are both a nostalgic pastiche from the 1920s to the 1950s, and a completely modern take on Armstrong. This is a loving homage to a unique voice in musical history.In 2003, Couldn't Be Hotter became The Manhattan Transfer's first album on the Telarc label, and their fourth live album. 1930s and '40s swing music with a jazz twist is what The Manhattan Transfer do best, and Couldn't Be Hotter features some of their best hits. The sixteen songs chosen for this special live recording convey the depth of the group's talent and variety of their music. Classic favorites such as \"Sing Moten's Swing\", \"Clouds\", and \"A-Tisket, A-Tasket\" recorded while on tour in Japan, capture the essence of The Manhattan Transfer, and their enthusiasm is evident in these performances. From boogie-woogie to bop to vocalese, Couldn't Be Hotter spotlights The Manhattan Transfer's dynamic, big band harmonies in a live setting.Since the early 1970s, The Manhattan Transfer have been pushing and redefining the boundaries of vocal music in the context of jazz, pop and numerous other styles. Along the way, the collective efforts of Hauser, Siegel, Paul and Bentyne have earned them a healthy collection of Grammy Awards and a loyal fan base that spans the entire globe. The latest chapter in the quartet's exploratory trajectory is Vibrate, their second album on the Telarc label, released on September 28, 2004. Throughout the album's eleven tracks, the group explores both the traditional and progressive sides of jazz, plus various shades of Latin, world and pop music, and showcases its unparalleled vocal tradition.After more than thirty-five years, The Manhattan Transfer have hardly slowed down. They have appeared at special functions such as The Essence Awards, the Goodwill Games, the Society of Singers Ella Awards honoring Tony Bennett, and a special Christmas performance for the Pope. They continue to tour, delighting audiences worldwide with their music. The members have also individually pursued solo and collaborative interests, but their focus invariably comes back to making beautiful music together.Grammy AwardsThe Manhattan Transfer have to date garnered 10 Grammy Awards; eight as a group, and two more individual awards for Siegel and Bentyne:Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental (1981)\"Birdland\" (1980)\tBest Arrangement for Voices (1981)\"Birdland\" (1980) - Janis Siegel, arrangerBest Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (1982)\"Boy from New York City\" (1981)Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group (1982)\"Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)\" (1981)Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group (1983)\"Route 66\" (1982)Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group (1984)\"Why Not!\" (1983)Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group (1986)Vocalese (1985)\tBest Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices (1986)\"Another Night in Tunisia\" (1985) - Bobby McFerrin & Cheryl Bentyne, arrangersBest Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (1989)Brasil (1987)Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (1992)\"Sassy\" (1991)source: www.grammy.comOfficial website: http:\/\/www.manhattantransfer.net","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/38_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Royal Crown Revue

Formed in 1989 in Los Angeles, California.According to their own website, they are the founding fathers and absolute rul...

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{"key":"36322","name":"Royal Crown Revue","bio":"Formed in 1989 in Los Angeles, California.According to their own website, they are the founding fathers and absolute rulers of the neo-swing movement,\u00ad the reigning kings of all that is sartorially and otherwise splendid in classic American music. They hit their big break in the mass-media with Hey Pachuco! used in the 1994 movie \"The Mask\" (it's the music Jim Carrey dances to with Cameron Diaz).Since 1991, they have released four studio albums and three live albums. They are based in Los Angeles, and frequently tour in the L.A. area, around the United States, and around the world.The band line is Eddie Nichols (vocals), Mando Dorame (tenor sax), Jim Jedeikin (bari\/alto sax), Scott Steen (trumpet), Mark Cally (guitar), Dave Miller (bass) and Daniel Glass (drums).","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/36322_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive have been performing for nearly a decade after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservato...

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{"key":"16331","name":"Lake Street Dive","bio":"Lake Street Dive have been performing for nearly a decade after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The band was hand picked by Minneapolis trumpet\/guitar player Mike Olson and named after an actual neighborhood of seedy bars in his hometown. Vocalist Rachael Price came from outside Nashville, Tennessee, stand-up bassist Bridget Kearney was an Iowa native, while drummer Mike Calabrese called Philadelphia home. \u201cI wasn\u2019t only impressed with their musicianship,\u201d says Olson, who acquired the nickname \u201cMcDuck\u201d while at the conservatory for his reclusive ways. \u201cThey were also a lot of fun just to hang out with. The first four years of rehearsals were more like glorified dinner parties.\u201d","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16331_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Kormac

Kormac is a Dublin, Ireland DJ / producer / band-leader who débuted with "Scratch Marchin' Ep" (Mar 2007, Scribble Reco...

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{"key":"101418","name":"Kormac","bio":"Kormac is a Dublin, Ireland DJ \/ producer \/ band-leader who d\u00e9buted with \"Scratch Marchin' Ep\" (Mar 2007, Scribble Records). His latest release is the EP \"Word Play\" (Jun 2010, Scribble Records).Kormac divides his time between his studio in Dublin and a busy touring schedule. He plays regularly throughout Ireland, UK and mainland and Eastern Europe either DJing, performing his audio-visual shows or playing with his own 11-piece ensemble, Kormac's Big Band. Kormac has been releasing as a solo artist since 2007 releasing The Scratch Marchin', Good Lord and Showtime EPs worldwide. He released his debut album, Word Play, on Scribble Records in 2010. It features DJ Yoda, Koaste (Black Grass,) DJ Cheeba (Solid Steel\/Ninja Tunes,) Messiah J & The Expert and MC Little Tree.He has just released a new single, Superhero (featuring author Irvine Welsh) and his second album will be released during 2012 showing a new musical direction.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/101418_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Kings of Nuthin'

Completely out of tune, Eight men strong and broken down not far from your hometown, they call themselves The Kings of N...

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{"key":"23147","name":"The Kings of Nuthin'","bio":"Completely out of tune, Eight men strong and broken down not far from your hometown, they call themselves The Kings of Nuthin. In the summer of 1999 \"The Boston Blackouts\" officially adopted their new name \"The Kings of Nuthin\" and began playing outside of Massachusetts. Their history is as ludicrous as it gets, 8 punks trying to re-create an authentic rock and roll sound, failing to do so, and inventing a very unique new sound.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/23147_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Matt Dusk

Matthew-Aaron Dusk (born 1978 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian jazz musician / vocalist. His major label debut...

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{"key":"39994","name":"Matt Dusk","bio":"Matthew-Aaron Dusk (born 1978 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian jazz musician \/ vocalist. His major label debut album \"Two Shots\" has been certified gold in Canada and he has appeared on Mark Burnett's reality TV show \"The Casino\".From an early age, Matt Dusk wanted to become a performer. At the age of seven, he was accepted into the St. Michael's Choir School, where he remained for eleven years. Originally Dusk performed opera and classical music but after hearing a couple Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughan records at the age of 17 he began to change his musical style and direction. In 1998 he won the top spot in the Canadian National Exhibition Rising Star Competition, beating out 654 contestants. However, Dusk was on a path to take over the family business, and in 1998 went to Toronto's York University to study economics. After spending a year in the economics department, Dusk could not forget his passion for music and in 1999 changed programs to study for a BFA in music, where his emphasis was squarely on jazz and popular music. He studied jazz theory with John Gittins, jazz vocal with Bob Fenton, and attended a masterclass with Oscar Peterson. Dusk was also awarded the university\u2019s Oscar Peterson Scholarship and in 2002 graduated with an honors degree in music.Before Dusk had secured a major record deal, he recorded four independent CDs (The Way It Is being the only one re-released thusfar) and many of his songs became popular on MP3 websites. In March 2003 he signed a major record deal with Decca Records. In 2004 Dusk was invited to the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas to perform as in-house entertainer throughout the filming of the hit reality TV show on FOX, \"The Casino\".His debut album \"Two Shots\" was released on June 5, 2004. The album produced the hit single, \"Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad\" which was written by Bono and The Edge from the Irish rock band U2. Dusk followed up his debut album with a holiday album entitled \"Peace On Earth\" which was released November 30, 2005.In January 2006 Dusk travelled to Los Angeles to record his next album Back In Town at Capitol Records fabled Studio A. Here, Dusk recorded with a 58 piece orchestra. Back In Town features a mix of jazz standards and originals, and was released in June of 2006. As a promotion, Matt included personally signed liner notes with every pre-ordered copy of this album.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/39994_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}

Lyre le temps

Lyre Le Temps, is first the dream of three music lovers: travel through the twentieth century. Although each actor wears...

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{"key":"32858","name":"Lyre le temps","bio":"Lyre Le Temps, is first the dream of three music lovers: travel through the twentieth century. Although each actor wears a different color music, they share the same interest for the major genres that have influenced the twentieth century - especially jazz. And the singer pianist Ry'm, which highlights this aspect by his talent for improvisation: all voice and piano present on different tracks were recorded in one take, and nothing was written in advance. Then a first fusion takes place with Amorphous, DJ, rapper and hip hop instrumentalist, who plunges his collection of old vinyl records to create instrumental hues old. Finally, II contributes to the electronic mail to all, whether in the construction and evolution of different titles, in the effects and mastering general, or in electronic batteries.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/32858_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Lost Fingers

This acoustic trio based in Quebec city plays standards of the gipsy jazz repertoire (à la Django Reinhardt) as well as...

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{"key":"15941","name":"The Lost Fingers","bio":"This acoustic trio based in Quebec city plays standards of the gipsy jazz repertoire (\u00e0 la Django Reinhardt) as well as their arrangements of hits of the 80'. Their young history as a band has already seen them opening for the french guitarist Patrick Saussois and playing in two international music festivals, as well as playing live on several radio stations. They will performe at Montreal Jazz Festival this summer.For the album \"Wonders of the World\", the band sports a new roster of Lost Finger veterans Byron Mikaloff and Alex Morissette with newcomers Fran\u00e7ois Rioux on the jazz guitar and Val\u00e9rie Amyot on vocals.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15941_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

ProleteR

ProleteR is a French Instrumental Hip Hop producer. Making a mix between heavy boom bap hip hop beats and oldschool swin...

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{"key":"15780","name":"ProleteR","bio":"ProleteR is a French Instrumental Hip Hop producer. Making a mix between heavy boom bap hip hop beats and oldschool swing\/jazz samples. He released in november 2011, his first EP called \"Curses from past times\", which track \"April showers\" became very popular on the web, and he recently came up with a new release, \"Feeding the lions\" EP.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15780_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Raphael Gualazzi

Raphael Gualazzi was born on November 11th 1981 in Urbino. Raphael’s music is a blend of early 20th Century Ragtime te...

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{"key":"50749","name":"Raphael Gualazzi","bio":"Raphael Gualazzi was born on November 11th 1981 in Urbino. Raphael\u2019s music is a blend of early 20th Century Ragtime technique with the yearning lyricism of traditional blues, soul and jazz. Inspiration comes to Raphael not only from the pre-jazz and stride piano styles as embodied by Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Art Tatum and Mary Lou Williams\u2019 music, it is also bred in the more typical blues styles of Ray Charles and Roosevelt Sykes. But Raphael\u2019s music goes even further as it combines tradition and classicism to the influence of some of today\u2019s most original and versatile soul artists such as Jamiroquai and Ben Harper.After studying piano at the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, where he was initiated to classical composers, Raphael decided to go further afield and to tread on new musical territories by exploring jazz, blues and fusion. Ever since the early days of his musical career, Raphael has played with accomplished musicians, thus making a name for himself also thanks to his remarkable vocal and instrumental skills.In 2005 Raphael partakes in a series of prestigious festivals among which the Fano Jazz Festival, the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, the Argo Jazz Festival and the International Arts Festival of Ravello. At the beginning of 2008 \u201cPiano Jazz\u201d is released in France, a collection of beautiful tracks by the world\u2019s most famous international artists of the likes of Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Art Tatum, Ray Charles, Jamie Cullum, Michael Petrucciani, Chick Corea, Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck, Nina Simone and Duke Ellington. Among these modern stars, Raphael\u2019s own \u201cGeorgia On My Mind\u201d, taken from his debut album. In the Winter of 2009, Raphael is invited to perform in \u201cThe History and Mystery of Jazz\u201d tour in Vermont and New Hampshire, U.S.A., where he plays with renowned jazz artists of the likes of Michael Ray (Sun Ra Arkestra, Kool & The Gang), Steve Ferraris (Sun Ra Arkestra, Charlie Haden), Jamie McDonald, Nick Cassarino, Bob Gullotti, and John McKenna.In September 2009 Raphael Gualazzi meets Caterina Caselli and it is musical love at first sight! Sugar signs him up instantly.Raphael reaches renown to the larger audience throughout 2010, following his hit cover of \u201cDon\u2019t Stop\u201d, Fleetwood Mac\u2019s \u201870\u2019s smasher, which is chosen by Eni for its Spring\/Summer energy and gas television and radio campaign. In the Summer of 2010 Raphael Gualazzi performs at the Heineken Jammin Festival, at the prestigious Pistoia Blues Festival and at the Giffoni Film Festival. In Fall 2010 he debuts in triumph at Milan\u2019s Blue Note presenting his first digital four track EP and reaching the very top of the iTunes charts. In the meantime, Raphael\u2019s hit single \u201cReality and Fantasy\u201d - Gilles Peterson remix version is included in the worldwide digital chart busters \u201cNova Tunes 2.2.\u201d and \u201cHotel Costes vol. 14\u201d and takes French air play by storm as all major national networks feature it in the heavy rotation of their top hits. On December 1st 2010 Raphael makes his wondrous debut at the prestigious Parisian jazz club SunSide where he performs his greatest songs to the enthralled European media. Raphael is currently partaking in Sanremo Giovani 2011 with \u201cFollia d\u2019amore\u201d, self-written, produced and arranged and included in his new album, out in 2011.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/50749_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Wayne Newton

Carson Wayne Newton (born April 3, 1942 in Roanoke, Virginia) is an American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, ...

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{"key":"19560","name":"Wayne Newton","bio":"Carson Wayne Newton (born April 3, 1942 in Roanoke, Virginia) is an American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He performed over 25,000 concerts in Las Vegas over a period of over 40 years. Newton was born to Evelyn Marie \"Smith\" (n\u00e9e Plasters) and Patrick Newton, who was an auto mechanic. His father was of Irish-Powhatan descent and his mother of German-Cherokee ancestry. While his father was in the U.S. Navy, Newton spent his early childhood in Roanoke. He was active in show business at an early age, learning the piano, guitar, and steel guitar at the age of six. Along with his older brother he appeared with the Grand Ole Opry roadshows, performed for President and auditioned unsuccessfully for Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour.Wayne's severe asthma forced the family to move to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1952. In the spring of 1958, toward the end of Wayne's junior year in high school, a Las Vegas booking agent saw a local TV show on which the two Newton brothers were performing and took them back with him for an audition. Originally signed for two weeks, the two brothers eventually performed for five years, doing six shows a day.Newton achieved nationwide recognition on September 29, 1962, when he and his brother performed on The Jackie Gleason Show. He would perform on Gleason's show 12 times over the following two years.Many other entertainment icons such as Lucille Ball, Bobby Darin, Danny Thomas, George Burns, and Jack Benny lent Newton their support. In particular, Benny hired Newton as an opening act for his show.After his job with Benny ended, Newton was offered a job to open for another comic at the Flamingo Hotel, but Newton asked for, and was given, a headline act.From 1980 to 1982 Newton was part owner of the Aladdin Hotel, in a partnership that led to a number of lawsuits and a failed attempt by Newton to purchase the entire hotel in 1983.In 1994, Newton performed his 25,000th solo show in Las Vegas.In 1999, Newton signed a 10-year deal with the Stardust, calling for him to perform there 40 weeks out of the year for six shows a week in a showroom named after him. In 2005, in preparation for the eventual demolition of the casino, the deal was, from all reports, amicably terminated; Newton began a 30-show stint that summer at the Hilton. His last show at the Stardust was on April 20, 2005. During a break in his on stage performance, he announced to the crowd that night he wanted to spend more time with his wife and new daughter as the main reasonings for cancelling the contract. Newton said the Boyd family made him a very nice offer to stay on past the demolition of the hotel and casino and to play in other Boyd venues, but Newton declined citing \"another deal in the works for Vegas\", but he did not mention the Hilton specifically. News crews were expecting this performance to end on time, to make their 10 pm and 11 pm shows, but the show finally ended around 11:30 pm, thus eliminating the possibility. Mr. Las Vegas went on at 7:30 that night, and sang nearly his entire repertoire and songs of other Vegas mainstays as well.In 2001, Newton succeeded Bob Hope as \u201cChairman of the USO Celebrity Circle.\u201d In January 2005, Newton started a reality television show on E! called The Entertainer. The winner got a spot in his act, plus a headlining act of their own for a year. And recently during player introductions at the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas, Newton sang Elvis Presley's \"Viva Las Vegas.\"Newton is currently performing with a full band at casinos and major venues throughout 2007 across the United States.Newton was the Grand Marshal of the 80th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia, May 1\u20137, 2007. He canceled a sold-out show to join the Festival.Newton was featured on the 2007 fall season of Dancing with the Stars partnered with Two Time Champion Cheryl Burke. He became the third contestant to be eliminated from the contest.In 2008, Newton received a Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a national memorial to President Wilson, commemorates \"the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson.\" The award honors leaders who have given back to their communities.rs, earning him the nickname Mr. Las Vegas.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/19560_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Monkey Safari

We are brothers and that's why we know each other wellHailing from Halle, the two Monkey Safari gents are real Nightlife...

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{"key":"10526","name":"Monkey Safari","bio":"We are brothers and that's why we know each other wellHailing from Halle, the two Monkey Safari gents are real Nightlife addicts and indeed lovers of club culture. As owners of the legendary Charles Bronson club and purveyors of labels like What!What! Records (since 2008) & Mambo (since 2011), they truly are ambassadors of house and techno in their hometown.Happy, silly and fun sounds are the result of their creativity. Their music is tropically flavoured, crossed with an electric spark, ideal for drunken nights out, falling off heels and losing half of your drink to the dance floor. As a DJ team they merrily merge different music genres and styles from all over the globe: sometimes soft and melodic, sometimes deep and conscious, at others down and dirty, but one thing is sure, the mood is always happy. Warning: The wave they're riding is high grade and infectious, this is some serious monkey business!","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/10526_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Nicolas Repac

The phrase swing meets electronics no doubt dredges up sour recollections of Jive Bunny and Lou Begas Mambo ..5. The ide...

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{"key":"17510","name":"Nicolas Repac","bio":"The phrase swing meets electronics no doubt dredges up sour recollections of Jive Bunny and Lou Begas Mambo ..5. The idea can work magnificently, however, and the evidence is Swing-Swing, the sample-based solo outing by Frances Nicolas Repac. Hes known foremost as Arthur Hs ace guitarist, though hes loath to associate himself primarily with that instrument.At 20, Repac dreamed of becoming the worlds greatest jazz guitarist, but soon realized that wouldnt pan out. For a decade, Repac let his six-string gather dust and focused on electronic production, until an offhand remark in the studio by Monsieur H got him noodling on a guitar again, and with renewed vigour. I no longer tried to be a guitarist, says Repac. I was simply playing music. It permitted me to open my spiritI would never be a virtuoso, so I could develop other things, imaginary things.That imagination is in full swing on Swing-Swing. The tunes are at times playful and comic, at others tough, dark and very film noir. Some are little lower-case moments, others big, bold and brassy. And they draw on the many years and permutations that what might be called swing went through. What I like about this work is that I can make pieces cohabitate, a piece from the 20s with another from the 50s, or the 40s or 60s. It takes the machines into a somewhat poetic realm, because it allows meetings between people who would never have met.Theres also a nutty inventiveness that suggests Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott, as musical instruments imitate horses and trains, while voices imitate instruments. Im a bit of a singer, so Im always singing things as onomatopoeias. I have a natural rapport to music, because Im self-taught, so I think that, fundamentally, Ive created myself an imaginary musical language. I really work only with my ears.Put into loops, the samples become something very different from what they originally were. Multiplying those on several tracks, one makes a monster, a bit like Frankensteinits dead matter, it gets plugged in, kneaded and mixed, and all of a sudden, it gets up and walks.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17510_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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