NOW!!! - Jessica Williams, piano; Dave Captein, bass; Mel Brown, drums - A major release on Red and Blue - THIS ALBUM IS AVAILABLE: BUY
2 Bill's Beauty (Jessica Williams) 7.00
3 Slow Burn (Jessica Williams) 7.05
4 Angelica (Duke Ellington) 4.54
5 Nobody's Blues (Jessica Williams) 7.38
6 In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington) 6.03
7 Out and Out Blues (Jessica Williams) 9.30
8 Cheesecake (Dexter Gordon) 5.58
9 Bessie's Blues (John Coltrane) 4.55
Running time 58.10. All Jessica Williams compositions are published by JJWMusic ASCAP
Tue, 11 Jan 2005 - CD reviewed - NOW!! Review: I have been a fan of Jessica's for a long time but this cd swings like nobody's business. It's relaxing yet moving and I'm sure it would appeal to new jazz fans and seasoned fans too. Jessica is a musician's musician like Nat Cole was. I'm buying a few of these cds. - Marlina Teich
Tue, 11 Jan 2005: Jessica, CD's came today. I listened to three of them so far. All great. I laughed out loud at Out and Out Blues. Marvelous. Jean thinks your drummer Mel is top notch (from hearing him at Yoshi's), so do I and I think Dave on bass is as good as anyone I've ever heard, Leroy and Eddie included. Amazing the talent around isn't it? Thanks so much for signing the CD's. Now when I play them for folks they ask 'Oh, do you know her?' and I can casually reply 'Oh, yeah, of course'. It hasn't happened yet but it could. Take care, Mike _____ in Fairfax, CA
Liner notes by Jessica Williams - NOW!!! - Jessica Williams, composer, piano; Dave Captein, bass; Mel Brown, drums
An Oregon icon in jazz, drummer Mel Brown has been labeled the 'Gentleman of Jazz,' with a career spanning over 40 years. In recognition of his contributions to the cultural life of Oregon, Mel received the Governor's Arts Award in 2002.
Mel set out on a quest to become a great drummer in the seventh grade, practicing 19 hours a day, 6 days a week. His professional career began with a stint with Earl Grant. Mel went on to be a staff drummer for the Motown Music Corporation, recording and touring with groups including the Temptations, the Supremes, and Smokey Robinson. He subsequently spent ten years working with Diana Ross, Suzanne Somers, Connie Francis,and others.
The jazz artists Mel has played with reads like a 'Who's Who' of jazz, including Gene Harris, George Benson, Teddy Edwards, Joey DeFrancesco, Bill Watrous, Leroy Vinnegar, and many more. For the past six years, Mel has led bands three nights a week- including the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Quartet on Thursdays at Portland's Jimmy Mak's (listed by Downbeat as'one of the world's top 100 places to hear jazz').
Mel has also been very involved in music education. His passion truly is in working with college and high school students. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland Music Association, and the Mt Hood Festival of Jazz. He also has served as an adjudicator in the U.S. and beyond, and has conducted various jazz workshops.
Mel has received many local awards, and his sextet received first place in the Hennessey Jazz Search in 1989. The City of Portland proclaimed June 22, 1989 Mel Brown Day in recognition of his achievements. When Mel received the Governor's Arts Award, David Hudson of the Regional Arts Culture council wrote: 'Oregon is widely recognized for its rich jazz scene, and the enormous following supporting that genre. Mel Brown is largely responsible for this phenomenon.'
Dave Captein is an accomplished performer on both bass guitar and string bass, having worked as a professional musician for over 20 years in the Pacific Northwest. He has appeared with such diverse artists as Mose Allison, Richie Cole, Tal Farlow, Art Lande, Red Holloway, The Bob Hope Show, Ernestine Anderson, Jack Sheldon, Marlena Shaw, Jeff Clayton, Paul McCandless, Larry Coryell, Andy Narell, Jerry Hahn, Dave Frishberg, Randy Brecker, Steve Million, Ron Miles, Rick Braun, Kenny Drew Jr., Jessica Williams (appearing on 4 of her CDs), and Joey DeFrancesco. A music graduate of Western Washington University and the University of Washington, where he was awarded a composition scholarship, Dave has performed in a broad range of situations; from shows, studio work, nightclubs and concert tours to classical performances.
He has worked with many well-known jazz artists, and is currently with the Tom Grant Band. He freelances in the Portland area, and is an active member of the music community there, frequently appearing in the city's many clubs and concert venues. He is always a popular choice for the region's bandleaders. He is also jazz bass instructor at the University of Oregon.
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