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Tollak Ollestad (Ambrosia) new projects: a new CD, some sessions (Al Jarreau, Melissa Manchester...)

Some news from Tollak Ollestad (from the band Ambrosia):
"I'm just finishing the last two tracks for my CD which I hope to have released by late March-April.
I think I'm going to be playing in Norway this July (...)
Also look out for some more of my harmonica solo spots on the new CD's this year by Al Jarreau, Melissa Manchester and a promising new all female rock group called "Antigone Rising".

Jackson Browne on tour

Jackson Browne will be on tour very soon in US and after in Japan.

Fri. 02/27 - Lake Tahoe, NV - Caesars Tahoe  
Sat. 02/28 - Lake Tahoe, NV - Caesars Tahoe  
Tue. 03/02 - Palm Desert, CA - McCallum Theatre  
Wed. 03/03 - Santa Rosa, CA - Luther Burbank Center  
Sat. 03/06 - Los Angeles, CA - Royce Hall UCLA  
Sun. 03/07 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre  
Tue. 03/09 - Escondido, CA - California Center For The Arts  
Thu. 03/11 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Cal Poly St. Univ.  
Tue. 03/16 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre  
Fri. 03/19 - Thousand Oaks, CA - Civic Arts Plaza  
Sat. 03/20 - San Jose, CA - Center For The Perf. Arts  
Tue. 03/23 - San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall  
Thu. 03/25 -Turlock, CA - Community Auditorium  
Fri. 03/26 - Sacramento, CA - Community Center Theatre  

Appearing with "Sings Like Hell" Concert Series
Sun. 03/28 - Santa Barbara, CA - Lobero Theatre  

Japan Tour
Thu. 04/22 - Tokyo, JPN - Orchard Hall  
Fri. 04/23 - Tokyo, JPN - Orchard Hall  
Sun. 04/25 - Hiroshima, JPN - Kuredo Hall  
Tue. 04/27 - Osaka, JPN - Geijutsu Hall  
Wed. 04/28 - Osaka, JPN - Geijutsu Hall  
Fri. 04/30 - Nagoya, JPN - Geijutsu Hall

The Bottom Line rock club in New York City has closed its doors


The legendary New York City rock club The Bottom Line has definitely closed it doors on January 22.

The Bottom Line has had a great reputation to help to launch careers as for example Bruce Springsteen's one in the 70s. With a 400 capacity venue, major Jazz, Rock and Blues artists have played there during three decades.
A lot of radioshows have been broadcasted there as well some live albums have been recorded there too. Remember the great Patti Austin "Live At The Bottom Line" LP (1979 - available on CD on Sony Music).

"After almost thirty years of bringing a wide variety of exciting and innovative artists to the stage at the corner of West 4th and Mercer, The Bottom Line will be closing its doors for the last time today.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our extraordinary friends and supporters who have rallied around us during these difficult last six months: our incredible staff who are like family, the wonderful musicians who have vowed not to let our legacy be forgotten, and the kindness of strangers who created websites, wrote letters, signed petitions, sent gifts, bought T-shirts and came to the club to show their support.
Most of all, we want to thank our families for making a very painful and surreal experience a bit more bearable. We would not have been able to get through this without your love and support.
When we opened The Bottom Line on February 12, 1974, our goal was to create a Music Room not a jazz, rock or folk club but a venue where many different genres could find an audience. The Bottom Line has always been about the music, and we find fulfillment in knowing that we have stayed the course and remained true to our vision.
We hope that The Bottom Line has meant something in your lives, and it has given you as much joy as it has for us in presenting the extraordinary artists that have performed on our stage. We take enormous pleasure in knowing that over the last thirty years we have increased the world's potential for music.
Allan and Stanley
January 22, 2004"

Some of those who have been in concert at The Bottom Line:
Tom Scott, Steve Goodman, John Hall, Randy Meisner, Carl Wilson, Robert Kraft, Carole Bayer Sager, Jackson Browne, Janis Ian, Jim Photoglo, Sadao Watanabe, George Benson, Rita Coolidge, Don McLean, Nicolette Larson, Michael Franks, Poco, Lee Ritenour, Lowell George, Dire Straits, Jack Tempchin, Tower Of Power, Karla Bonoff, J.D. Souther, Hall and Oates, Dr. Hook, Alessi, Richie Furay, Rupert Holmes, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Todd Rundgren, Benny Mardones, Little River Band, Wendy Waldman, Larry Carlton, Bill Champlin, Crawler, Andrew Gold, Tom Petty, Fyling Burrito Brothers, Parker McGee, George Duke, Toby Beau, Eddie Money, Valerie Carter, Artie Traum, Billy Paul, Gino Vannelli, Kenny Rankin, Billy Joel, Eric Carmen, Peter Allen, Peter Frampton, Livingston Taylor, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Bruce Springsteen, Leo Sayer, Melissa Manchester, James Newton Howard, Phoebe Snow, Joni Mitchell, Paul Davis, Danny O'Keefe, Larry Lee, Al Jarreau, Patti Smith, Barry Manilow, Kansas, Richard Torrance, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Average White Band, Orleans.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Art for AIDS III charity concert

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will play a charity concert in Orange County (St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa), Sat., February 7, an annual benefit event for AIDS Services Foundation Orange County and Laguna Art Museum.
Entitled "The Concert For Stephen Cy Costick" (in the memory of late brother of Petty's wife Dana who passed from the disease in 1993), it will feature: Barbara Streisand, Cher, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Barry Manilow...
For more information, go to this webpage.

Chicago on tour

Chicago is on tour in Oceania and very soon back in the States:

New Zealand & Australia Tour
Sat. 01/31/04 - Queenstown, NZ - Millbrook Resort
Fri. 02/06/04 - Tauranga, NZ - Western Bay Finance Stadium appearing with "Melbourne Int'l Blues Festival"
Sun. 02/08/04 - Melbourne, AUS- Melbourne Exhibition Centre

US Tour
Wed. 03/10/04 - Las Vegas, NV - Stardust Resort & Casino
Thu. 03/11/04 - Las Vegas, NV - Stardust Resort & Casino
Fri. 03/12/04 - Las Vegas, NV - Stardust Resort & Casino
Sat. 03/13/04 - Las Vegas, NV - Stardust Resort & Casino
Tue. 03/16/04 - Bakersfield, CA - Fox Theater
Thu. 03/18/04 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Resort & Casino
Fri. 03/19/04 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Resort & Casino
Sun. 03/21/04 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove Of Anaheim
Mon. 03/22/04 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Performing Arts Center

America gives a nice tribute to George Harrison

Via Undercover. During their current tour in Australia, the band America (Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell) pays tribute to George Harrison.
Each evening, they sing their own hit "I Need You" (back in 1972) before before the "I Need you" Beatles song (from "Rubber Soul" LP in 1965 - written by G. Harrison).
"At the concert Gerry Beckley recalled meeting Harrison in the early 70's and owning up to "the theft". Harrison joked "oh that's okay, I stole it from someone as well too"."

Jonatha Brooke new album: the details

The new album "Back in the Circus", produced by Brooke, is the much-anticipated follow up to her well-received 2001 release "Steady Pull".  While Back in the Circus' sonic focus is ideally suited to the emotional intensity of Jonatha Brooke's new compositions, it also provides a framework for her first-ever attempts at tackling outside material.
Bravely applying her interpretive gifts to a pair of larger-than-life pop classics, Brooke emerges with fresh, poignant re-workings of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" and The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows."
The album also includes a seemingly unlikely but unmistakably expressive reading of the Alan Parsons Project hit "Eye in the Sky."
This album is due 02/24/04 on Verve/Blue Thumb.

1. Back In The Circus
2. Better After All
3. It Matters Now
4. Sleeping With The Light On
5. Fire & Rain
6. Everything I Wanted
7. God Only Knows
8. Less Than Love Is Nothing
9. Sally
10. No Net Below
11. Eye In The Sky

Session :
Produced and arranged by Jonatha Brooke
except Tracks 1, 3 and 9 produced by JB & Ryan Freeland.
Track 5 produced by JB & Goffrey Moore.
Tracks 2 and 8 produced by JB & Eric Bazilian.
Recorded and mixed by Ryan Freeland
except track 5 recorded by Goffrey Moore,
tracks 2 and 8 recorded by Eric Bazilian & Don Rodenbach.
Additional recording: Bob Clearmountain (6, 8) & Kevin Harp (6).

The Sons of Champlin "Secret" DVD/CD now on sale !

The Sons of Champlin "Secret" DVD/CD, Live from the Ex'pression Center for New Media is now available at all Tower Record Stores and Border’s Book Stores.
The DV features a 5.1 Surround sound and a behind the scene interviews.
The CD features unreleased tracks as a bonus track.
Also, the band is touring in 2004 in California. Check out the concert schedule page.

Larry Carlton has signed for 2 albums in the States

Three-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist Larry Carlton has signed an exclusive recording contract with BMG's Arista Associated Labels.
Manager. Carlton's debut album with the new label, "Sapphire Blue," has been released on the Bluebird imprint on January 13.
In addition, a new Larry Carlton recording will be released later this year.
"Sapphire Blue" was before only available in Asia and features Michael Rhodes on bass, Billy Kilson on drums, Matt Rollings on Fender Rhodes, Reese Wyman on B-3 organ, Terry McMillan on harmonica, Eric Darken on percussion, Steve Patrick on trumpet, Chriss Dunn on trombone, Marl Douthit on tenor saxophone and solos, and Jim Horn on horn arrangements and baritone saxophone.