Saxophonist ShaShaty set to embark upon a “Dream Ride” leading to a “Brighter Day”

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Saxophonist ShaShaty set to embark upon a “Dream Ride” leading to a “Brighter Day” 

Vibrant radio single precedes the artist’s Steve Oliver-produced album, due March 3.

 

It’s a new dawn for veteran contemporary jazz saxophonist ShaShaty, who will release his sixth album entitled “Brighter Day,” on March 3 on the newly formed A.H.I. Records. His first collection comprised entirely of original songs in more than a decade, the set showcases the artist who had a hand in writing seven of the disc’s eleven songs that were produced by guitarist-vocalist Steve Oliver, writer or co-writer of ten songs for the record. The energizing excursion “Dream Ride” bodes to illuminate radio playlists ahead of the album’s street date when the single is serviced to stations for airplay early next month. The video for the single will premiere at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California where ShaShaty has been a featured performer over the past decade.

Instead of limiting himself to a singular sax voice, ShaShaty’s dynamic multihued approach places him front and center on the melody-rich jazz, pop and R&B outing playing tenor, alto and soprano sax. Fellow sax player Will Donato bolsters the horn section parts on “Dream Ride” and Spyro Gyra drummer Bonny B dispenses deft beats on four cuts. Taiwanese vocalist Usay Chu makes her U.S. recording debut by gracing a pair of tunes – “Song Of Hope” and “A Million Miles” – with her ethereal wordless vocalizations. Making “Brighter Day” a standout session is the chemistry between ShaShaty and Oliver. The hornman’s impassioned and emotive play flourishes in the company of the guitarist who has a masterful command of buoyant harmony. Tracks have a robustly full sound from which potent hooks connect and enveloping melodies leave a lasting impression. The power-packed pop gems that comprise “Brighter Day” also have depth and provide a varied listening experience that audaciously ventures into funky trip hop territory (“Let’s Go!”), explores an off-kilter staccato rhythm (“Late On 91”), mines an Indian motif (“Mumbai”), serves a sublime sax and guitar call-and-response chorus (“August”), romances on amorous overtures (“My Heart Yours” and “I’m Always Near”), takes off on a whimsical flight of fancy (“Brighter Days”) and closes with a blissful meditation (“Float Away”).

I haven’t recorded an original project in quite some time. My previous two projects consisted of classics from the past few decades. Those interpretations were part of a period of growth and self- discovery for me musically, especially when reimagining so many beloved works. I found myself in a new, fresh space and realized it was time to reach deep inside to see what would emerge creatively. Steve Oliver and his amazing production work provided the skilled hand to help me realize ‘Brighter Day.’ I’d love for this instrumental pop project to be the vehicle that opens new horizons for many new listeners – even from other genres and cultures – that may not have necessarily been contemporary jazz followers before, but now call themselves fans,” said ShaShaty, who will perform material from “Brighter Day” on Valentine’s Day at Rideau Vineyard in Solvang, California.

A Miami, Florida native who is a long-time Los Angeles resident, ShaShaty has vast stage experience performing on concert dates and festival bills with the likes of Carlos Santana, The Mavericks, The Bee Gees, Gloria Estefan, Michael McDonald, Peter Cetera, George Benson, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum, Brian Culbertson and Boney James. In addition to garnering radio spins throughout the U.S., ShaShaty has played on national television on “Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda” and on a PBS special alongside GRAMMY® winner Al Jarreau. ShaShaty, who released his self-titled debut album in 1993, serves as host of “Vineyard Jazz,” a wine and music lifestyle program being developed by A.H.I. Records for syndication. Please visit http://shashatymusic.com/ for additional information.

“Brighter Day” contains the following songs:

“Dream Ride”
“Let’s Go!”
“Song Of Hope”
“Late On 91”
“My Heart Yours”
“Mumbai”
“A Million Miles”
“August”
“I’m Always Near”
“Brighter Days”
“Float Away”

THE VENETIAN® LAS VEGAS CELEBRATES GEORGIAS DURING RUN OF ‘GEORGIA ON MY MIND: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF RAY CHARLES’

GEORGIA ON MY MIND

THE VENETIAN® LAS VEGAS CELEBRATES GEORGIAS DURING RUN OF ‘GEORGIA ON MY MIND: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF RAY CHARLES’

Named Georgia? The Venetian has you on their mind!
That’s your ticket to see the newest Vegas show!

 

 It seems that these days – everybody has Georgia on their minds.  In fact, those lucky enough to be named “Georgia” have a treat waiting for them at The Venetian® Las Vegas box office.

 

Throughout the run of GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles, opening today, The Venetian Las Vegas is offering anyone named Georgia one complimentary ticket to see the show.*

 

The name “Georgia” has a Greek origin, and means tiller of the soil, or farmer.  It peaked in popularity in the 1880s, but has seen a revival of late, with several celebrities naming their daughters “Georgia,” including:

  • Harrison Ford (born in 1990)
  • Mick Jagger (born in 1992)
  • Harry Connick Jr (born in 1996)
  • Felicity Huffman and William Macy (born in 2002)
  • Zac Brown (born in 2009)
  • Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart (born in 2011)
  • Kenan Thompson (born in 2014)

 

GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles will feature a host of esteemed stars:

  • Emmy award-winner Clint Holmes
  • 10-time Grammy award-winning vocal group TAKE 6
  • 6-time Grammy nominee and DownBeat Vocalist of the Year Nnenna Freelon
  • Stella Gospel Award and Grammy award-winning saxophone star Kirk Whalum.

 

The show also introduces the Las Vegas Mass Choir, under the direction of James R. Smith and Edie Aikels, and features the Las Vegas All-Star Big Band, under the direction of pianist and conductor, David Loeb.

 

This dynamic ensemble of all-star performers will celebrate the genius of American music, Mr. Ray Charles, through GEORGIA ON MY MIND, in The Venetian Theatre Sept. 18 through Oct. 29, 2014.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling The Venetian Box Office at 702-414-9000 or online at www.venetian.com. For more information on GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles and the musical performers, please visit http://bit.ly/VenetianGOMM.

 

The Venetian Las Vegas® to Feature GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating The Music of Ray Charles

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The Venetian Las Vegas® to Feature
GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating The Music of Ray Charles

 

Starring award-winning artists Clint Holmes, TAKE 6, Nnenna Freelon, Kirk Whalum, with special guests The Las Vegas Mass Choir and Las Vegas All-Star Big Band, September 18 through October 29

 

 

WHAT:  The Venetian Las Vegas and GOMM Productions, LLC have partnered to bring a special engagement – GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles – to The Venetian Theatre. This groundbreaking new show will feature a host of esteemed stars including Emmy award-winner Clint Holmes, 10-time GRAMMY award-winning vocal group TAKE 6, six-time GRAMMY nominee and DownBeat Vocalist of the Year Nnenna Freelon, and Stella Gospel Award and GRAMMY award-winning saxophone star Kirk Whalum. The show also introduces the Las Vegas Mass Choir, under the direction of James R. Smith and Edie Aikels, and features the Las Vegas All-Star Big Band, under the direction of pianist and conductor, David Loeb. This dynamic ensemble of all-star performers will celebrate the genius of American music, Mr. Ray Charles, through GEORGIA ON MY MIND.

 

WHEN:   September 18 through October 29

 

WHERE: The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas

 

TICKETS: Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling The Venetian Box Office at 702-414-9000 or online at www.venetian.com. For more information on GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles and the musical performers, please visit http://bit.ly/VenetianGOMM.

 

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The Venetian Las Vegas to Feature GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating The Music of Ray Charles

GEORGIA ON MY MIND

The Venetian Las Vegas® to Feature
GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating The Music of Ray Charles

Starring award-winning artists Clint Holmes, TAKE 6, Nnenna Freelon, Kirk Whalum, with
special guests The Las Vegas Mass Choir and Las Vegas All-Star Big Band, September 18
through October 29

The Venetian Las Vegas and GOMM Productions, LLC have partnered to bring a special engagement – GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles – to The Venetian Theatre this fall. This groundbreaking new show will feature a host of esteemed stars including Emmy award-winner Clint Holmes, 10-time Grammy award-winning vocal group TAKE 6, six-time Grammy nominee and DownBeat Vocalist of the Year Nnenna Freelon, and Stella Gospel Award and Grammy award-winning saxophone star Kirk Whalum. The show also introduces the Las Vegas Mass Choir, under the direction of James R. Smith and Edie Aikels, and features the Las Vegas All-Star Big Band, under the direction of pianist and conductor, David Loeb. This dynamic ensemble of all-star performers will celebrate the genius of American music, Mr. Ray Charles, through GEORGIA ON MY MINDin the Venetian Theatre September 18 through October 29, 2014.

 

“We are excited to bring this unique show to The Venetian and to fans from around the world who visit Las Vegas,” said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo. “It’s a joy to bring audiences back to the golden age of renowned artists performing great songs with a live big band and choir on a world-class stage. The artists in this performance have a combined 11 Grammys, and Vegas’ own Clint Holmes is making his return to the Las Vegas Strip after eight years. This is a celebration of the genius Ray Charles and an evening with GEORGIA ON MY MIND will be a night to remember.”

 

Ray Charles is an American treasure who transcended racism, cultural upheavals, and spread his gospel, blues, jazz and country sound around the world. Charles won every major award from the Georgia Hall of Fame to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, from the Kennedy Honors to a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. This show celebrates his music.

 

GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating The Music of Ray Charles is produced and directed by award-winning music producer Larry Rosen and is part of his JAZZ ROOTS Concert Series. The current presentation at The Venetian Theatre is presented by producer Larry Rosen and entertainment executive/producer Peter Primont through GOMM Productions, LLC.

 

“Our mission is to honor Ray’s life and his music,” said producer Larry Rosen. “It is extremely important that people understand that this music, which was created in America by a diverse society, is celebrated all over the world. The music is a melding of blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and lots of soul. It will make you clap your hands, move your body, and enjoy being alive.”

 

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling The Venetian Box Office at 702-414-9000 or online at www.venetian.com. For more information on GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles and the musical performers, please visit http://bit.ly/VenetianGOMM.

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The Smith Center Introduces Three Distinct Series Bringing the Best of Jazz, Classical and the New York Stage to Las Vegas

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The Smith Center Introduces Three Distinct Series Bringing the Best of Jazz, Classical and the New York Stage to Las Vegas

Subscriptions to all three series on sale to the public beginning July 15

 

 

From the best of jazz and most celebrated classical musicians to the biggest voices from the New York stages, The Smith Center brings three diverse series to Las Vegas from October 2013 through May 2014. The three series bring patrons on a journey deep into the heart of American music to see the masters perform right before their eyes or visit the New York stage without leaving Las Vegas.

The Smith Center’s popular “Jazz Roots” will be joined by two new series including “Classical & Beyond” featuring Renee Fleming, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin & The Fields with Joshua Bell, among others, and “Best of the New York Stage” bringing the likes of Patti LuPone, Michael Feinstien and Audra McDonald and more to the stage.

As a series subscriber, patrons enjoy exclusive benefits including first access to best available seating, keeping the same seats throughout the duration of the season and saving 20 percent when compared to buying individual show tickets. On sale dates for individual tickets will be announced at a later date.

Subscriptions for all three series go on sale to the public beginning Monday, July 15 and must be purchased by Monday, Sept. 30 at The Smith Center Box Office, located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue, by phone at 702-749-2000 or 808-326-6868 (TTY) and online at www.TheSmithCenter.com. For preferred seating and special rates for groups of 10 or more, contact 702-749-2348. 

Jazz Roots
“Ladies of Jazz” featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Mosaic Project consisting of Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, Gerri Allen and Tia Fuller
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Dee Dee Bridgewater, the world’s most highly acclaimed female jazz vocalist and host of NPR’s award-winning “JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater,” has gathered the finest female jazz musicians alive today to create an unparalleled musical collaboration. For one night, see the 2011 Grammy’s® “Best New Artist” Esperanza Spalding, Grammy-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, first place Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition winner Gretchen Parlato, Grammy-winning pianist, composer and educator Gerri Allen and sax star Tia Fuller.

“The Blues” featuring Keb Mo and Shemekia Copeland
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Without the blues, there would be no jazz, R&B, rock ‘n roll or hip hop. Blues is the link that ties modern music together. It is the sound of the American experience, raw and untamed and something worth celebrating. This November, two generations of blues stars will take the stage. Keb Mo, a living link to the delta blues and a three-time Grammy-winning singer/guitarist, will showcase the blues in all its heartfelt glory alongside acclaimed vocalist Shemekia Copeland, the daughter of guitar legend Johnny Copeland.

“Georgia on my Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles” featuring Take 6, Nnenna Freelon, Clint Holmes, Kirk Whalum, Shelly Berg, Raelettes and the UNLV Singers and Orchestra conducted by David Loeb
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Frank Sinatra called him “the only true genius in show business.” Ray Charles transcended racism, faced cultural upheavals head on and helped bring jazz, blues and soul to the rest of the world. In honor of Black History Month, an all-star cast of performers will celebrate Ray’s life, music and undeniable spirit. You’ll see ten-time Grammy winners Take 6, Clint Holmes, Vocalist of the Year Nnenna Freelon, Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, music director Shelly Berg and the UNLV Singers and Orchestra conducted by David Loeb as they honor the beloved genius from Georgia.

“Satin & Soul” featuring David Sanborn and Jonathan Butler
Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
“Satin & Soul” is a concert as smooth and sexy as satin and as deep and earthy as the roots of American music. This special performance brings together two award-winning stars to create a perfect blend of sounds that will touch the soul. David Sanborn, the six-time Grammy winner and multi-platinum alto sax star, will grace the stage alongside Jonathan Butler, the platinum-selling singer/guitarist and winner of the famed South African Sarie Award – where Africa, America, Jazz and Soul come together.

Classical & Beyond
Kronos Quartet: Kronos at 40
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
A spirit of fearless exploration separates the Kronos Quartet from all others as they don’t simply play music but create atmospheres of rich emotion. They conjure up powerful experiences that never quite fade from memory. The illustrious and Grammy-winning quartet will premiere a special new work from Philip Glass, alongside moving works from Laurie Anderson, Bryce Dessner of The National and composer Clint Mansell.

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at 5 p.m.
“America’s Orchestra” brings a delightful range of the world’s first and most famous Pops orchestra to experience the majesty of Dvorak and Copland, swing with Ellington and Gershwin, get a little crazy with Queen and soar with the film music of John Williams. In addition, audience-favorite Michael Chertock joins the Pops for a performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” It’s music for the ages – and for all ages – that the whole family will treasure.

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Nikolai Alexeev, Conductor & Vilde Frang, Violin
Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Founded in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the world’s greatest orchestras, is Russia’s oldest symphonic ensemble and a beacon of the country’s passion for art and music. It was with this orchestra that Tchaikovsky chose to premiere his Symphony No. 6 (“Pathetique”) and share its cultural spirit with the world. This performance will be rising Norwegian violinist, Vilde Frang’s, first appearance in Las Vegas.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell, Director & Solo Violin
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Master violinist Joshua Bell commands and directs this brilliant chamber orchestra, known worldwide for its polished and refined sound. Formed in 1958, they have come to represent the pinnacle of musicianship. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is purity put to music, perfection played out loud and every performance is a true treat for fellow performers and lovers of music everywhere.

Renée Fleming, Soprano
Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming is known for her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. She has performed across the world, from the Beijing Olympics to Buckingham Palace to the Obama Inaugural Celebration. For her first-ever public performance in Las Vegas, she will sing beloved songs and arias ranging from grand opera favorites to Broadway and The Great American Songbook.

Best of the New York Stage
Audra McDonald in Concert
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Broadway legend Audra McDonald returns to the concert stage after four seasons on the hit ABC television series “Private Practice” and after winning a record-tying fifth Tony Award® for her unforgettable performance in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.” Joined by a jazz ensemble, the two-time Grammy Award winner will perform an intimate evening of favorite show tunes, classic songs from the movies and original pieces written especially for this extraordinary artist who is at the height of her expressive powers. “Ravishing of voice and Olympian of stature, she’s an overwhelming presence,” The New York Times.

Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
This April Feinstein released a new CD, in collaboration with legendary composer-conductor-pianist Andre Previn, with an album celebrating Previn’s repertoire from his catalog of pop songs. Previn’s work is highlighted with four Oscars® and 11 Grammy Awards. Gershwin’s influence provided a solid base upon which Feinstein evolved into a captivating performer, composer and arranger of his own original music. Feinstein has received three honorary doctorates. Through his live performances, recordings, film and television appearances, and his songwriting, Feinstein is an all-star force in American music. 

The Ten Tenors
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Classical comes to life when The Ten Tenors take the stage with their wild blend of rock and classical music that has astounded audiences and powered them into stardom. Now, ever evolving and always entertaining, the tenors have crafted a special, limited-run performance featuring their favorite Broadway hits. Come see ten of Australia’s hottest tenors and enjoy an evening of raw power, soothing beauty and the very best Broadway has to offer.

Patti LuPone in “Far Away Places”
Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
In her new, critically-acclaimed concert “Far Away Places,” two-time Tony Award winner (“Gypsy,” “Evita”) Patti LuPone shares her penchant for wanderlust by taking us on a musical journey with thrilling renditions of songs by an eclectic list of songwriters which includes Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Willie Nelson, Kurt Weill, Edith Piaf, Frederick Hollander and the BeeGees.

For more information on the upcoming series, visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, a 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.