Archive for April, 2010

To celebrate the April birthdays of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, the Palladium is bringing in some top notch-talent from the New York City jazz scene.

Amy London, a jazz singer and vocal professor with a Broadway pedigree, will be handling the Ella side. Her husband, guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, will be providing the music along with Ellington alum John Lamb on bass and Stephen Buckholtz on drums.

Amy, who founded the vocal program at New York’s New School, will also be presenting a master class for singers of all skill levels. She’ll be teaching jazz improvisation or “scat singing” in the style of La Fitzgerald!

The class is Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Palladium. The two shows with the band are Thursday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Apirl 23, at 8. For more info visit http://www.mypalladium.org.


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Back in the mid-1970s the critics dubbed Firefall a “Supergroup,” filled with players with impressive musical resumes. Not all of the groups given that moniker lived up to the title, but Firefall was that and more.

And Jim Mason, now a resident of the Tampa Bay area, was a big part of that success. Mason produced Firefall’s first two albums, which spawned most of the hits that are still played today – Just Remember I Love You, You Are The Woman, and lots more.

Mason is now producing concerts with some of his musical buddies from 1970s and 1980s. Working with partner Al Alvarez, he recently brought Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary, to the Palladium. Mason co-wrote one of Peter, Paul and Mary’s hits and produced Stookey’s successful “Wedding Song” album.

That led directly to Firefall. The groups members came from bands like the Byrds, Spirit, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Gram Parson’s band. The band’s sound was in the same ballpark as the hot band of 1975 – The Eagles.

But Firefall was described at the time as reminicent of another group.

“What surprised me most about the success of Firefall was that all of the rock n roll press made comparisons of Firefall to Buffalo Springfield. ”

This acoustic version of Firefall will visit the Palladium on Saturday, April 10. For tickets, visit www.mypalladium.org

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