Lenore Raphael with Howard Alden

Lenore Raphael
Website: http://www.lenoreraphael.com/
Having just performed a hard swinging, foot tapping, packed-house performance at Dizzy?s club at Lincoln Center as part of the Diet Coke Women In Jazz Festival, Lenore is fast rising as one of the top mainstream/beboppers today. While creating her own inventive, swinging style she has been compared to her main influences? Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson ,with touches of harmonic influences of Bill Evans. SONY/Columbia jazz writer John Gilbert has called her ?simply one of the best pianists in our art form today?she always swings!? She was a guest on Marian McPartland?s Piano Jazz last year, and has continually been touring across the country with stops at the Jazz & Blues Company in Carmel, the IAJE Jazz Convention where she gave a showcase performance, Colorado Springs Conservatory where she performed and gave a jazz workshop, The East Coast Jazz Festival, and many more. She has received standing ovations at performances at Jazz In The Sangres festival, Jazz At The Carnegie, Blowing Rock Jazz Society gala, 16 th Annual Jazz Showcase in New Bern, North Carolina and many more. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Lenore studied classical piano, but was enamored of the recordings of Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker and of course Bud Powell.
Playing along with these recordings and then later, Oscar Peterson?s she began her performance career in New York City at a little spot called Gregory?s where she also heard greats such as Art Hague, Ellis Larkins, and she performed with Ellingotn alumni Sonny Greer and Russell Procope.
During her career she has performed with such luminaries at Clark Terry and Al Grey aboard the S.S. Norway Floating Jazz Festival, with Wycliffe Gordon and Ken Peplowski as the first woman in the jazz showcase in New Bern, with Harry Allen and Warren Vache in a jazz concert series in New Jersey, and many others.
Lenore is also an advocate of the importance of jazz education and has done many highly acclaimed jazz workshops around the country, teaching young children the history of jazz, and music students the art of having a successful performance career. She is an Outreach Artist for the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). You can preview a little of the new CD “CLASS ACT” at http://www.lenoreraphael.com/ click on “Purchase Music” to listen to some.
Simply one of the best pianists in the jazz mainstream/bebop genre…she always swings”…John Gilbert, Staff writer SONY/COLUMBIA, Ejazznews. JazzReview ?In her newest release, ?Class Act? Lenore Raphael brings energy, spirit, and grace with her interpretation of six well-regarded standards and two original songs. The name of the album encapsulates the essence of Lenore?s persona and performance, However, my greatest pleasure came through hearing Raphael?s compositional touch with the whimsical ?One for the Byrd? and the introspectively conceived ?For Chet?. Fabulous as expected. Two thumbs up, Lenore!?? Intelligent listening, Elegance, and delight?…Dr. Mike Matheney, jazz host, http://www.radioio.com/ “Swing, you want swing?, Lenore Raphael’s new CD “Class Act” – live at Steinway Hall with bassist Hilliard Greene providing the foundation, and drummer Rudy Lawless tap-dancing on the skins demonstrate things ARE what they use to be, what they still are, and then some”. ..Peter Poses, jazz host KRFC Ft. Collins, CO.
Please contact Swingin’ Fox Music, Inc for further information e mail swinginfox@swinginfox.com Tel. 1-866-796-4369 to hear some of it go to Artist Website http://www.lenoreraphael.com/
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Kelly Friesen on bass
Rich Keith there is doing a nice promo piece for the February 20th gig
Howard Alden
“He may be the best of his generation,” writes Owen Cordle in JazzTimes. George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is “the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists.” And Chip Deffaa of the New York Post observes that he is “…one of the very finest young guitarists working today.”
It seems that the only thing regarding Howard Alden on which the critics have debate is whether the remarkable jazz guitarist is one of the best or simply the best.
Born in Newport Beach, California, in 1958, Howard began playing at age ten, inspired by recordings of Armstrong, Basie and Goodman, as well as those by guitarists Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and George Van Eps. Soon he was working professionally around Los Angeles playing in groups ranging from traditional to mainstream to modern jazz. In 1979, Alden went east, for a summer in Atlantic City with Red Norvo, and continued to perform with him frequently for several years.
Upon moving to New York City in 1982, Alden’s skills, both as soloist and accompanist, were quickly recognized and sought-out for appearances and recordings with such artists as Joe Bushkin, Ruby Braff, Joe Williams, Warren Vache` and Woody Herman.
He has continued to win accolades from critics and musicians alike, adding Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski to his list of impressive credits.
Howard Alden has been a Concord Jazz recording artist since the late ’80s where his prolific recorded output as leader, co-leader, and versatile sideman, has captured an artist of consistently astonishing virtuosity and originality.
One of the many highlights in Howard Alden’s fruitful association with Concord Jazz came in 1991 when, at the urging of Concord President, Carl Jefferson, Alden recorded with one of his all-time heroes, seven-string guitar master George Van Eps on the album Thirteen Strings