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Sep 16 - 21 Kinky Boots National Tour
ASU Gammage Auditorium

Monday, Oct 20 - Arizona Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center
Longmore and I-60, 7pm, $5/$10

Saturday, Oct 25 - Fred Forney Quartet
The Nash $10/$5
110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org
The Nash; jazzinaz.org or 480-947-6119

RECENT YOUTUBE VIDEOS

October 14, 2013 Fred Forney Quintet with Brice Winston
The Nash, Phoenix, AZ









NEWS FROM THE ARIZONA JAZZ MASTERWORKS ORCHESTRA

Hope Morgan

AJMO is committed to presenting historically significant works for jazz orchestra, with scholarly commentary on the composers and stylistic features from contrasting jazz styles. Featured composers include Thad Jones, Bill Holman, Vince Mendoza, Herb Phillips, Maria Schneider and Arizona native, Ezra Weiss. The band will swing and have the pastels of Miles Davis. Deliver the sound of gospel, blues, the groove of soul and the excitement of bop from the 17 piece jazz orchestra.

HOPE MORGAN, voice
Hope is originally from New York City and currently resides in Austin, Texas. Accomplished with violin and piano, Hope brings authentic, straight ahead jazz vocals to The Arizona Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Influences include Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Carmen McRae, and Sarah Vaughn. She has studied with Archie Shepp, Stanley Cowell, Max Roach, Gene Ramey, and Marlon Brown.

Hope will be singing the music of Ella Fitzgerald/Duke Ellington, Diane Schurr/Count Basie, Stanley Turrentine/AJMO, Diane Reeves/Phat Band, and more.

CHASING HORIZONS - Jazz CD - OA2 Records
(www.oa2records.com)
Origin Records - nominated for Label of the Year - 2009, along with Concord, Palmetto, Sunnyside and Heads Up Records at the annual Jazz Week Summit in Rochester, NY.

THE MUSIC
Original compositions, influenced by the history and tradition of jazz:  swing, hard bop, cool, fusion, latin and beautiful ballads.  The soulful, introspective, and interesting compositions by Fred, serve as a vehicle for the three distinctive voices of Forney, Marohnic and Winston.  Each song accompanies a story found in the liner notes, edited by Paul Morris.  Brice Winston - tenor, Chuck Marohnic - piano, Dwight Kilian - bass, Dom Moio - drums.

Chasing Horizons Review, Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
Forney penned seven originals for this session and it is apparent that he is a seasoned player; not only are there no weak songs, but he knows how to pace a program, something young players often overlook when they surround themselves with fellow newbies and inexperienced producers. Nor does Forney hog the spotlight; he has the confidence to let others take the opening solos. It's hard to pick highlights, though his tense "The Mystic" with its eerie muted trumpet and tenor sax in unison, the breezy "Astoria," and his energetic opening "Nearly Human" (dedicated to his very active Labrador, Miles) all leave lasting impressions. With major labels focusing excessively on young unproven talent all too often, jazz fans will be better served by investigating small-label offerings such as Fred Forney's superb Chasing Horizons.

NEW MUSIC
Recently, Fred has been presenting concerts featuring historically significant jazz musicians and the music they created that has had an enormous impact on the evolution of jazz music.  The concerts include stories about the music and little known historical information about the artist and cultural timelines in which the music was created.

The Music Of Miles Davis
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The Compound Grill - $7, Shows at 7:30 & 9:00pm
corner of 68th St. and Mayo Blvd, 7000 E. Mayo Boulevard, Bldg 21, Phoenix, AZ 85054
480-585-5491, www.liveatthecompound.com

featuring The Fred Forney Quintet:  Brice Winston - tenor, Nick Manson - piano, Dwight Killian - bass, Dom Moio - drums

Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th centur
y, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion.  The concert will feature compositions by Miles and tunes associated with his groups, such as Footprints, Round Midnight, All Blues, Flamenco Sketches, So What, The Sorcerer, Miles Ahead and more.

THE MUSIC OF CHARLES MINGUS
December 3, 2009
Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse - $5/$3 
7:30 - 9:30pm Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ
4425 N. Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale AZ
Charles Mingus is considered one of jazz music's most important composers, maintaining
the soulful, hot feel of Hard Bop, incorporating elements of Gospel, Blues, Third Stream and Free Jazz into his writing and playing.  Mingus often credited Duke Ellington as being one of his primary influences.  Mingus fused tradition with unique unexplored areas of jazz.
THE CONCERT features Brice Winston - tenor, Dwight Killian - bass, Russ Schmidt - piano, Rob Moore - drums and Fred performing transcriptions and arrangements of Mingus' music, all keeping "the angry man of jazz" (that Mingus was known for) vibe.

THE MUSIC OF FREDDIE HUBBARD
Fred pays tribute to one of the greatest jazz trumpet players of all time, one week after his passing in 2009, with a night of bold and exciting music including Freddie's compositions and tunes he was known for playing:  Povo, Skydive, Red Clay, Body and Soul, Little Sunflower, Byrdlike, One Finger Snap, Here's That Rainy Day and more...  
Fred Forney - tp, Nick Manson - pno, John Simms - bs, Jesse - Lee Yarbrough - dr
Jazz In The Hills 8:30pm - 10:30pm, Appian Way Restaurant
   
THE SOUL OF JAZZ
Hip jazz arrangements of soul classics by composers Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, John Legend, The Stylistics and more performed by a seven piece ensemble:  trumpet, tenor, guitar, piano, bass, percussion and drums.


FILM NOIR, THE JAZZ IN FILM PROJECT is always under construction and development.  This seems to be a favorite of audiences, with the variety of melodies, textures, moods, rhythms and associating this sound with Hollywood movies and actors of the late 1940s. 

MORE TO COME
Fred is working on two new concert presentations:  The Sinatra Songbook and Two For The Road, The Music of Henry Mancini.

ARMAND BOATMAN BE BOP REVOLUTION, will be performing at Jazz In The Hills and Sacred Grounds.  A Phoenix favorite all star jazz band, led by jazz piano great, Armand Boatman.

 

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