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Good fresh news : ¬°RITMO! Garners Grammy Nomination (Best Latin Jazz Album)

In jazz on December 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

Dear Friends,

One of our jazz friends is reaching excellence ! Here-under you can find the press release ūüôā

Big big thanks Brent and we wish you a fantastic Grammy Award !


Los Angeles, CA December 17, 2012 – The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards nominations were announced earlier this month and the new Clare Fischer album, ¬°Ritmo!, received a nomination in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album. “We’re honored to be in such good company,” says¬†Brent Fischer¬†who directs the Clare Fischer bands and produced the album featuring the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band, Poncho Sanchez, Alex Acu√Īa and many others. The Recording Academy states that this year’s Grammy Awards process registered more than 17,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period, from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.

¬°Ritmo! is Dr Fischer’s twelfth nomination, including last year’s nom for Best Instrumental Arrangement for In the Beginning* from Continuum, also directed and produced by Brent Fischer. Dr. Fischer won in 1986 for his album, “Free Fall,” and in 1981 for “Salsa Picante plus 2 +2.”

The album is getting good response across the nation from major radio stations like WBGO-New York, XM/Sirius, and KCSM-San Francisco. ¬°Ritmo! has peaked so far at #23 on the jazz charts and features the writing/arranging team Brent Fischer and versatile pianist, composer, and arranger, the late Dr. Clare Fischer.

¬°Ritmo! features¬†Poncho Sanchez¬†and¬†Alex Acu√Īa¬†who appear on¬†San Francisco PM, a mambo arranged by Brent and mixed by 11-time Grammy-winner¬†Rafa Sardina. Other stellar musicians on ¬°Ritmo! include:¬†Luis Conte,¬†Peter Erskine,¬†Steve Khan,¬†Alan Pasqua, Don Shelton (Hi-Lo’s,¬†Singers Unlimited),¬†Carl Saunders,¬†Andy Martin,¬†Ron Stout,¬†Steve Huffsteter,¬†Pete De Siena,¬†Scott Whitfield,¬†Francisco Torres,¬†Bill Reichenbach,¬†Alex Budman,¬†Rob Hardt, and¬†Jeff Driskill.

Clare Fischer’s legacy continues through Brent. “I’m pleased to have the interest of the Library of Congress to archive Dad’s entire catalogue for future generations to enjoy,” says Brent. Like his father, Brent Fischer who is proud of his Latino heritage, writes and arranges for pop artists such as Michael Jackson, Usher, Al Jarreau, and Eric Benet, to name a few. This is the fifth Clare Fischer album Brent has produced for Clavo Records, with more to come. Brent is credited for arranging two tracks on ¬°Ritmo! and penned Rainforest, inspired by nature and Latin rhythms, with both enjoying natinal airplay.

Just in time for the holidays, The Clare Fischer Clarinet Choir plans to perform a special show via on Monday December 17 at 11:45 am Pacific Standard Time.
Visit http://www.Clare for more details.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, and broadcast on CBS from 8 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. PT/ET . Once again, the Grammy Awards will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound.

¡Ritmo! is available NOW on
CD Baby
Watch the making of Clare Fischer’s ¬°Ritmo! EPK here:¬†¬†

Brent & Clare Fischer

Jazz between Xmas and New Year’s Eve

In Few written notes on December 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Dear friends,

If you are a jazz musician, a jazz vocalist, a jazz impresario, a jazz festival programmer, this post is for you !

Post your activity, your concerts, the concerts you want to promote, fabulous End of the Year (and not End of the World) evenings in small, big, great jazz clubs. It’s time to share your best plans between December 24th ¬†and January 1st ! Give the opportunity to jazz fans to make a choice ūüôā !

This page is yours ! Ho ho hoooo


P.S.: For those who don’t have a wordpress account, please send me an E-mail message and I will publish your activity


Take Five minutes to remember… Dave Brubeck

In Few written notes on December 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

Dear Friends,

Dave Brubeck passed away and he is still a legend ! And I’m sad and so happy at the same time. Sad because one of the greatest artists does not live anymore, another one… And happy because I loved, I still love and I will always love his compositions like the 5/4 rhythm in Take Five, a monument for all jazz musicians. His compositions were huge hits due to the exceptional quality of his knowledge in theory as well as in practice.

He invented special rhythms, on 7/4 or 13/4 … because he didn’t want a “clapping” audience on each beat, like many people did at this time :-). Great challenge !

Dave Brubeck has also made THE first jazz CD a friend offered me, 25 years ago, after that my father told me that jazz was not music, it was noise ūüôā :-)!

So my friends, Take Five minutes to remember this fabulous ‘noise’ !