2011 is Now, "Live Jazz" Thrives at APAP since 2007


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By Daniel Kassell

For the fourth consecutive year Jazz Journalist Association members have noted the influx of Jazz presenters showcases highlighted at the Association of Performing Presenters (APAP) in New York's Hilton Hotel and in 2011 concurrently at every conceivable venue in NYC.

APAP's vision is to develop and support professionals who offer “Live" performance such as Talent and Management, Representatives, Artists, Performers and supporting services.

This year expect 1000 independently produced Showcases and educational events.

A sample of this journalist showcases in 2009 typifies the exceptional but few “Live" Jazz on-site Artist Showcases:

SOPHISTICATED LADIES, a duplicate of the NY Broadway musical with an orchestra presented by Larry Carter. Four guys in Top Hats and Tails tapping to muted trumpet interludes of Duke Ellington's most recognizable Cotton club era tune including a well performed “Sophisticated Ladies."

The fastest journeyman musician in New York, on amplified seven string guitar, Frank Vignolia was joined by an exceptional Django style acoustic guitarist and a rhythmic String Bassist. Together they swung through a speedy version of Simon and Garfunkel's “Sounds of Silence" to an enthusiast audience of professional talent buyers.

The notable jazz artist Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion known as “fantastic" and “incredible" were. Raising the bar of live performing World and traditional roots music of Columbia and Venezuela LOS LLANEROS twelve overwhelming rhythmic musicians recreated 500 years of syncopated interactions with maracas, a native drum, a four-stringed cuatroa plus an assortment of brass and reeds that inspired a finale by a sensual native dancer. Discover more at Cadence Arts Network.

In their formative years Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis were schooled on Jazz tunes. In this showcase “'DRIJNKIN' SINGIN' SWINGIN,'" Doug Stacks as Frank, Andy Devine as Dean and Ryan Baker as Sammy recreate the Rat Pack atmosphere of Vegas with aplomb. Then there was a GERSHWIN FANTASY with Janice Martin, a multi talented musician on violin, soprano voice, acoustic guitar with a Grand piano also presented by Steve Love.

“Cooke Book-The Music" to Sam Cooke, was an infectious high-spirited soul tribute with Darrion Ford.

Now many APAP presenters are acknowledging the authenticity of jazz performances to educate and inspire improvisation and creativity in any age audience.

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