THIS NEW SHOW IS A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSICIANS AND SINGERS WHO SANG HAROLD ARLEN’S MUSIC. SELECTIONS INCLUDE: ILL WIND, STORMY WEATHER, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, THAT’S A FINE KIND OF FREEDOM, LET’S FALL IN LOVE, OLD BLACK MAGIC AND MORE.
Martha is thrilled to work on this brand new show with Jon Weber, rising star of the NPR’s Piano Jazz, in a program about jazz musicians and singers who performed Harold Arlen’s music.
Martha Lorin was raised to be a singer and has pursued a career in jazz as a singer/lyricist/songwriter ever since. She followed her grandmother and mother, Sarah and Margaret Dalton, into this profession with such passion that her career took off. Martha’s singing debut was at San Francisco’s’ Hungry I. Her career gained speed and she received a reputation for working with the best jazz musicians in the business! Her debut LP “The Best is Yet to Come”, produced by Henry Lewi (Joni Mitchell producer) featured jazz icons – Pee Wee Ellis and Mark Isham, to name a few. This LP sells on the international market for approximately $50.00 now (it is a rare item with only 1000 copies issued). With this project, Martha performed throughout the US, Asia and Europe. In 1980, she met pianist/composer Frank Collette and began collaboration as lyricist that resulted in several Billboard Award nominated songs.
Martha’s singing appearances include: Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Iridium Jazz Club, Hotel Kitano, the South Bend Jazz Festival, Trio’s Jazz Club, Pearl’s, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Judy’s, 88’s, Metropolitan Room, Green Mill, Catch 35, Bailiwick Theater, Milford Theater, The Gardenia. In Europe, Martha worked in clubs from Denmark and Switzerland, in Asia: from Manila to the Philippines. Martha’s recordings include “A Celebration of Ella” produced by Jack Globenfelt, featuring the late great pianist, Paul Smith; “Come Walk With Me” produced by Ralph Lampkin, Jr;, featuring two of the world’s greatest players – saxophonist Von Freeman and violinist Johnny Frigo (who wrote the beautiful poem about Martha in the liner notes), percussionist Leon Joyce, bassist Eddie DeHass and bassist Larry Grey.
“Blues Over Broadway” Produced by Ralph Lampkin, Jr, is her collaboration with the pianist/arranger, Russ Kassoff and featuring bassist Larry Gray, percussionist Leon Joyce and guitarist Curtis Robinson. Highlights include the number one radio hit ” Alone Together”, ” Send in the Clowns” and her 9 1/2 minute version of the Rodgers/Hart classic ” Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”. Martha even has a rare unreleased project (like many other recording artists) featuring songs of the patriotic genre, produced by Charles Osgood of CBS fame. Those recordings feature pianist/arranger Ted Firth, Bucky and John Pizzarelli and saxophonist Joel Frahm.
Martha Lorin, one of the best jazz singers around today, made one of her rare New York City appearances at the Metropolitan Room on Monday, February 11. Despite the predicted snow and Mayor Bloomberg’s warning that everyone stay home, a small but very vocally appreciative audience, including everyone’s favorite, Julie Wilson, showed up…..A beautiful rare ballad, something not often sung in cabaret acts, was Johnny Mandel and Paul H. Williams love theme from the movie Agatha, “Close Enough For Love.” It’s a stunning song and Lorin sang it lovingly – certainly a major highlight in a great set of mostly standards. Check out her classic CDs, some of which have extraordinary musicians like Johnny Frigo and Paul Smith accompanying her. It’s well worth the search to hear this great singer!
Joe Regan, Jr. Times Square Chronicles, NY.
The Best is Yet to Come” (Coleman/Leigh) begins this wonderful 16 song delight. Her resounding rendition sparkles. Her swinging take reminds me of Morgana King. “Close Your Eyes” (Petkere) is performed in a rhythmic beat. It’s an amazingly delightful old fashioned clarinet infused rendition. In a slow blues “Last Night When We Were Young” (Arlen/Harburg) Martha nails it down completely. I loved “You’ve Changed” (Carey/Fischer) for its sparkling purity. Martha grasps the entire familiar lyric and sings it all anew. “Ill Wind” (Koehler/Arlen) is another bluesy yet mellow rendition by her that makes this CD most satisfying. Dan Singer In Tune International Magazine, England.
“You’d be hard pressed to find a jazz singer in any New York City venue with a more seductively beautiful voice than Martha Lorin’s. Lorin plays a little fast and loose with the lyrics – but oh, the towering talent! This is a tour de force of style, arranged by Lorin’s musical director, Russ Kassoff. The show also features the ever-popular bassist, Jay Leonhart. Barbara & Scott Siegel, Living It Up.
… she deserves a rave… She has a wonderfully warm contralto which she wields effortlessly, or so she convinced this listener, and that, of course, is where craft comes in. And her program is the very epitome of craft.”
Alan Bargebuhr, Cadence Magazine.
Link to Video of Bye Bye Blackbird: Martha with legends Bob Dorough and Sheila Jordan, plus Joanie Pallatto, Jeff Newell at Von Freeman Tribute at Iridium: http://youtu.be/s4bU–ZR6…
“Jon Weber is a virtuoso, pure and simple.” It’s a wonderful thing when jazz insiders from all over the world enthusiastically discover an intelligent, creative young talent like Jon Weber. A spectacular solo pianist, his brilliantly crafted spontaneous orchestrations easily place him in the rarefied company of today’s elite jazz musicians. By age 19, Jon’s jazz quintet had been the opening act for jazz icons Pat Metheney, Buddy Rich, Freddie Hubbard, Angela Bofill and Stanley Turrentine. Whenever a stellar player joined me onstage (Stevie Wonder; Wynton Marsalis; Bobby McFerrin), I longed to perform with my own original ensemble again.” In 2002, Jon rediscovered manuscripts I’d written in high school and started calling every great musician I knew. ‘SIMPLE COMPLEX’ took on a life of its own very quickly.” Weber’s quintet, the surprise hit of Melbourne’s January 2003 International Jazz Fest, “The Age” newspaper”; “The tunes are mind-bendingly complex with overlapping time signatures, accent shifts, and rhythmic feels that swerve from Cuban montunos to Indian tabla patterns to straight-ahead jazz at the blink of an eye. Weber spiked his challenging charts with infectious latin grooves while fellow musicians rode the odd-metered passages with unflappable poise.” – THE AGE – Melbourne, AU.
“SIMPLE COMPLEX,” released in January 2004 (2ndCenturyJazz Records), features Jon on piano, drummer Mark Walker, tenor sax master Eric Alexander, trumpeters Diego Urcola and Roy Hargrove, bassists Avishai Cohen, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and Peter Washington, plus vibraphonist Gary Burton. “How lucky can a guy get’!” adds Jon. “World-class players – each giving a 100th percentile performance.”
UK’s Jazz Journal International writes; “Jon Weber is a virtuoso pianist with outstanding technique plus boundless imagination and enthusiasm who is bound to make a big impression on the international jazz scene.”
Jon has been profiled on CNN, CNBC, Black Entertainment TV, Bravo/Arts, National Public Radio, and Voice of America discussing Jon’s unique musical depth and vast knowledge of his craft. The NPR’s 1997 Holiday CD includes 2 excellent tracks by Jon.
After a compelling appearance on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Warner Bros. commissioned Jon (Mr. Perfect Pitch) to transcribe “Portraits” a book containing 23 of Marian’s improvised piano solo compositions. Jon’s live recordings under the name, Flying Keys, are available from prestigious Swiss label Jazz Connoisseur.
JAZZIZ – “Part-way through Simple Complex, you feel like you’ve wandered into some kind of high-octane salon, overhearing eloquently woven strands of musical conversation” JAZZ UK Magazine
“This astonishing US pianist-composer is already my ‘Best New Star of 2005.’ His arrangements and playing are breathtaking. Exceptional.”
A new solo release, “Feather in the Breeze,” is in the works, besides Jon’s numerous European sessions. Highlights through then years.
Jon’s critically acclaimed American studio CD, Jazz Wagon (IMI Records) is available through this website.
Recently, at the request of composers Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, Jon recorded a 2-CD tribute, It’s Never Quite the Same (Mood Records). “I am most flattered by your wonderful CD!”, says Ray Evans. “You play my tunes the best!” adds Jay Livingston.
Violin virtuoso, Dr. L. Subramaniam flew Jon and Corky Siegel to Bangalore, India to appear in a series of concerts and recordings.
He’s even been declared “Man of the Day” by the Icelandic government. Performing a worldwide simulcast of his septet’s Gershwin Centennial Concert in Estonia, Jon’s ensemble won 2nd place in that fest’s international composer/arranger competition.
Weber’s quickly becoming a favorite at New York’s 92nd Street “Y” jazz series, performing piano duos with Dick Hyman, the late Sir Roland Hanna, Cyrus Chestnut and Bill Charlap. Jon Weber, a true original, is rapidly emerging as a youthful, singular personality in jazz.
You can find Jon’s recordings on his website, besides www.CDbaby.com and other digital outlets.