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Day 1. Let the Games Begin! London is center of world attention during 2012 Olympics. More than 3,500 hours of competition will be crammed into just 17 days and here's few apps to keep current. We look at the music of Olympics
with Muse...and take you to New Orleans' Fudge studios where Daking is a hit. We bring you Sizzling Summer deals from Trans Audio Pro Gear and music.
On any given night theaters, universities, clubs, hotels and restaurants offer plenty choices for live music from Venice beach, Santa Monica to downtown.
We get our share of invites...not to mention, there's always a pile of new releases that are waiting to be reviewed. We picked a few for you this month and hope you enjoy!

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Daking EQs, A Hit at Fudge
New Orleans Studio, Home for Better Than Ezra, Ani DeFranco, Jack Miele

Producer/Engineer Jack Miele (Rod Stewart, Zac Brown, Ani DeFranco) is a big fan of Daking Audio. He founded Fudge Recording Studio in '98, the recording studio of New Orleans own platinum selling band Better Than Ezra. In early 2007 Fudge was thoroughly updated including professional acoustic treatment of the main tracking room, a new batch of hi-end pre amps, and a new Pro Tools HD rig were added. Fudge was updated again in '08 with the addition of a second control room complete with console, and 2" tape machine. A new rooftop deck was also added for
a great place to relax while working. Some of the projects recorded at Fudge include Howie Day, Louis XIV, and of course Better Than Ezra.
"I have been a fan of your (Daking) work for quite some time now...I own a pair of Daking 52270B Pre/EQ's and use them quite often. They have become staples in my studio. The amazing sonic clarity in the pre and razor sharp precision EQ are unprecedented and unmatched. I've used your gear to record for such artists as Rod Stewart, Zac Brown, Ani Difranco, Better Than Ezra and Dr John just to name a few. I actually even used the 52270B to record tracks for the Grammy Nominated Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys record last year. Please keep up the great work and wonderful contribution to the forward advancement of
a higher standard in the art of recording," Jack says.

For information on Daking Audio contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com.

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Chameleon Labs , Crane Song, Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA),Lehmann Audio SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech and Sonodyne Nearfield Monitors

Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band Reunion 8.28 at Typhoon

Clare Fischer Voices played at Vitello's (above) to a receptive audience.

Susanna Hoffs

On a chance meeting at a Ron Sexsmith/Caitlin Rose show at Largo, Susanna Hoffs ran into Mitchell Froom who played the signature keyboard riff on the Bangles’ “Manic Monday.”
They hadn’t worked together since those 80s sessions. When Hoffs told him about her new material, Froom said he wanted to hear it. After he heard the songs, Froom asked if he could produce the album. "Susanna is one the few great, pure pop singers working today,” says Froom
of the former art student at UC Berkeley. “These recordings were very much designed to showcase her singing in a way that harkens back to vocal records of the ’60s—Lulu, Dionne Warwick, Petula Clark, etc. A lot of effort and care was put into the writing and harmonization of the songs, designing arrangements, cutting the tracks with great musicians and live singing—all with the intention of complementing Susanna’s voice.” Elvis Costello’s Imposters rhythm section—drummer Pete Thomas and bassist Davey Faragher—played on the initial sessions in June of 2011, with Val McCallum and Brassell playing guitar. A few of the songs were tracked with Michael Urbano on drums and Bob Glaub on bass. Froom played keyboards throughout the recording.

Produced and orchestrated by Froom, the LP released on Vanguard is heartfelt with few stylistic surprises, including the summery groove of “This Is the Place,” the evocative “November Sun” and the lilting “Picture Me”, with its Bacharach-style sophistication, lush retro arrangements. Featured writer is Andrew Brassell, a 27-year-old musician (indie club scene favorite since he was a teenager) from Nashville. “We recorded ten original songs, eight of which I wrote in a flurry over a period of a few months with Andrew. So the project started with me, this talented boy from Nashville, two guitars and a reverb pedal. The first song we wrote was ‘Picture Me,’ though the original version sounded more like a country duet, in the style of Johnny Cash and June Carter. From there, we just wrote.” Hoffs wrote “Raining” with Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers back in 1989. “I rediscovered an old cassette of it in a box, and Brassell and I did a rewrite of it to bring it
up to date,” she says.

Chick Corea & Gary Burton
Hot House
Concord Records

Last November, pianist Chick Corea celebrated his 70th birthday in more than forty performances
at New York's Blue Note, featuring ten star-studded lineups. Now he teams up with vibraphonist Gary Burton for their new album, Hot House on Concord Records. Here you're treated to 40 years
of duets by Burton and Corea - two music masters doing what they do best: Play! It's this fluid give-and-take that makes their musical dialogue truly mysterious and magical.

Their first musical encounter took place at a jazz festival in Germany in 1972. On Hot House (title track composed by Tadd Dameron), you can't help but be captivated by the sheer genius of two musicians performing unique takes on standards by much loved composers of our time: Lennon & McCartney (Eleanor Rigby), Jobim (Chega de Saudade and Once I Loved), Evans (Time Remembered), Brubeck (Strange Meadow Lark), Monk (Light Blue), Gershwin (My Ship) and Corea himself. Mozart Goes Dancing, penned by Chic features the Harlem Street Quartet (only track that's not a duet on the album). This ensemble from New York has been featured on WNBC, CNN, the Today Show, WQXR-FM, and the News Hour with Jim Lehrer and now on Hot House.
Harlem Street Quartet will appear with Burton and Corea tour on select East Coast dates.

2012 US tour to support the new CD begings August 26 in Lenox, MA and ends with some International dates to conclude in Madrid, Spain on Dec 2. So treat yourself to Corea and Burton live Summer through Winter. Next best thing? Get the album and get your party vibing. "The kind of music my partners and I like to play grew up in small environments, in living rooms and clubs," Chick says. "It’s comfortable to return to the club setting and let it all hang out." You're welcome in our living room anytime, Mr Corea. This one certainly will go on my playlist!


With 76 songs, Occupy This Album is produced to benefit the Occupy movement. It was released this spring with over 50 artists including Joan Baez, Crosby and Nash, Yoko Ono, Debbie Harry, Third Eye Blind, Toots & the Maytals, Yo La Tengo, and Devo, among many, many others. The four-disc Occupy This Album is sort of a "soundtrack" to the Occupy Wall Street and 99% social movements, offers songs like "Come On, Come On, Come On," by Jackson Browne; "The Panic is On," by Loudon Wainright III; "A Peaceful Solution," by Willie Nelson; and "Hell No (I'm Not Alright)," by Nanci Griffith. This one should satisfy most of us liberals.There is an MP3 version of this album with the 100 songs (99 plus a "hidden track" on Disc 4) listed at $9.99. Don Was is listed as a producer

The Daking Mic Pre 500. Now on sale for a very limited time at $585

LasVegasProAudio.com LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.

LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,Enhanced Audio (Ireland), PAULY Superscreens (Germany)Sonodore Microphones (Holland) Liverpool-based Studiocare Professional Audio
will distribute Daking Audio and Bock Audio in the United Kingdom.









The Clare Fischer Big Band Latin Jazz reunion concert is set for August 28th at Typhoon in Santa Monica. We're told there will be special musical guests.
Brent Fischer (Usher, Raphael Saadiq, Michael Jackson) who directs and produces the bands is in the studio working on the new Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band album due out this Fall.
Meantime enjoy CF's vast catalogue of over 50 albums










The highly creative and prolific Chick Corea
and vibraphonist Gary Burton celebrate forty
years of great jazz with the September 4, 2012, release of "Hot House," on Concord Jazz.




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2004 Edition of the Recording Industry Sourcebook is out


Summer Deals from Trans Audio Group Pro Gear
Buy an A-Designs Pacifica or Ventura During July and Get $100 Back!
Buy a Chameleon Labs 7602MKII and get $100 back!

Simply register your new unit online during the month of July, enter "$100 Rebate" in the Promo Code box and A-Designs Audio will send you a check for $100! Offer is valid between July 1 and July 31st 2012. Product must be purchased new from an Authorized U.S. Dealer. Rebate is valid for customers located in the US only.
Void where prohibited.

"The Pacifica has the depth of the Neve, the top end of a GML and the punch of the API-all rolled into one great mic pre."
--Tony Shepperd,
Producer, Mixer/ Studio Owner (Back Street Boys, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Melissa Etheridge, Elton John)

The A Designs Audio "PACIFICA" is a single rack space, dual (mono/mono) channel microphone pre amplifier that comes amazingly close in look and sound to the original Quad Eight consoles. The Recording Console in a high end 1970s studio was most likely a Neve®, an API®, or a Quad Eight where popular artists like The Who, The Beatles, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones were recording charting hits. Many engineers to this day firmly believe that the Quad Eight Ventura, Pacifica and Coronado consoles were sonically the very best of their day. Peter of A Designs Audio in West Hills California and pro audio designer Jon Erickson teamed up to recover and restore this lost "sound" to the recording community. Thanks to critical efforts by Tom Reichenbach of Cinemag (whose father designed the original Quad Eight transformers), Jon and Peter developed a prototype dubbed the "Pacifica" as a clear indicator of its Quad Eight inspiration. There are a few valuable improvements to the original design including a front panel active hi-z 1/4 inch input that places the input transformer directly in the signal path. The PACIFICA possesses a uniquely "Made in California" feel with a significant heft from the huge transformers contained within. The original cream colored panel and red knob scheme has been retained. The PACIFICA has become an instant classic and added to the list of many engineer's "must haves" for years to come.

Buy a Chameleon Labs 7602MKII and get $100 back!

When you Register your New 7602MKII at chameleonlabs.com/registration.htm
Enter "$100 Rebate" in the promo code box, and Chameleon Labs will send you a check for $100.00!!!

Offer is valid from 06/21/2012- 08/31/2012 Product must be purchased from an Authorized Dealer. Rebate is only valid for USA customers. Void where prohibited.

The 7602 MKII microphone preamp and EQ possesses a comprehensive feature set, fantastic sound, selectable mic impedance, high-pass filtering, three bands of EQ, direct-in, optional Carnhill input and output transformers, and the usually array of phase reversal, phantom power, etc. The 7720 stereo compressor delivers the sound and performance of classic 1990s buss compressor technology, whereas the TEC-nominated 7802 opto tube compressor blends transformer and tube technologies reminiscent of the most celebrated units of the 1970s. The highly regarded TS-1 small diaphragm tube mic captures input sources with the musicality and truthfulness of microphones several times it's price.

For information on A-Designs and Chameleon Labs or Daking & Co contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com.

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Chameleon Labs ,Crane Song, Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA),Lehmann Audio SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech and Sonodyne Nearfield Monitors


Hand-built in the US, the new A-Designs device features three inputs - microphone, instrument and EQ/insert - which may be used together or independently. The product is also equipped with a highly musical three-band parametric EQ and high/low filters, as well as two independent transformer balanced outputs (microphone and EQ).

The Ventura's preamp is an original design with depth and detail for miles, while the EQ is a full parametric with its own transformer, so you can use it with or without the pre," notes A-Designs' Peter Montessi.






Chameleon Labs, from its start seven years ago, pioneered the idea of "blended technology", using the best parts from the US, UK and Europe but using low cost metal work and assembly from China. This enables a performance level at a price never seen before!

LasVegasProAudio.com LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,Enhanced Audio (Ireland), PAULY Superscreens (Germany)Sonodore Microphones (Holland) Liverpool-based Studiocare Professional Audio will distribute Daking Audio and
Bock Audio
in the United Kingdom.

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Matt Wallace Interviewed At his Delux Studios in LA for Record Production
L-R: Producer Matt Wallace,
studioexpresso's Claris Dodge
Photo: Johnny Jaskot

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Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
Lenise Bent - Village Studios. LA, CA
Niko Bolas - Watersound Studios, Studio City, CA
Pete Byrne - Glenwood Place, CA
Andre Fischer - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA
Chris Fogel
- Fig, Glendale, CA
Brad Gilderman - Little Big Room, Burbank, CA
Greg Ladanyi - Maple Jam Productions, Studio City, CA
Joseph Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Scott Mathews - Tiki Town Studios
Oscar Paul - Roundhouse Studios, London
Greg Penny - Sphere Studios, London
Steve Parr - Hear No Evil Studios
Michael C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Rafa Sardina - Abbey Road, UK
Elliot Scheiner - Presense studios, CT
Al Schmitt Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
Toby Scott -- coming soon!
Robert Shahnazarian Jr.
-- Sony Music Studios, Santa Monica
Tolbert & Sutton - Studio Atlantis, Hollywood, CA
Matt Wallace - Delux Studios, Van Nuys, CA
John Wooler - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA

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Expresso Walk And Talk with...

Tue July 31, 8pm
AES LA Presents

The topic is "The State-of-the-Art in Music Production" presented by Dave Pensado.

Sportsmen's Lodge
12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 (at the corner of Ventura Blvd. and Coldwater Canyon).

The optional pre-meeting dinner is at 7:00 PM.

For dinner reservations, contact the section Treasurer, Richard Wollrich, at staunch@earthlink.net or (805) 371-9342. Please put "AES-LA DINNER RESERVATION" in the email subject line.

Do you love Rock & Roll and photography as much as we do?
Who Shot Rock 'n Roll
Thursday, September 6th, 2012, 6:30-8:00pm
Annenberg has reserved a limited space for studioexrpesso guests (thank you for your RSVPs. We've reached our limit)

Meet Edward Colver up close and personal in Living in Chaos: Capturing the Birth of L.A. Hardcore
Iris Night Lecture Series at the The Annenberg Space for Photography.

book signing after the lecture to follow
Parking and directions will follow.

True to the punk ethos, during the 33 years that Colver has been shooting, he’s never run an ad, he’s never asked for work, he’s never had a published phone number and he uses personalized funeral sympathy cards as business cards
"This photo just in from the Who Shot Rock & Roll Opening. I feel very honored to be in the company of the photographers I admire," says Colver (right and middle far right). Colver’s work has exhibited in the United States & Europe and has appeared in magazines such as Bam, LA Weekly, Mix and Surround Professional. His book Blight at the End of the Funnel is a catalogue of the LA punk history.


Grand Performances Celebrating Arts in LA for 25 Years
A non-profit organization, Grand Performances organizes a series of free, high-quality world music concerts every summer in Downtown Los Angeles. Concerts are supported by grants and donations from the public. A concert schedule is published every spring.
July 27, 2012, 12:00pm
Folk pop trio Lady Danville is best known for their well-crafted harmonies, thoughtful lyrics and refreshing dose of energy, wit and charm.

Lady Danville, The Belle Brigade and Christopher Young, one of the artists who participated in the Symphony of Hope

August 3, 2012, 12noon
Comprised of siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, The Belle Brigade’s irresistibly catchy songs and seamless harmonies take root in the traditions of California’s best rock, pop and folk of the 70’s

August 3, 2012 8:00pm
Symphony of Hope brought together 25 of today’s most accomplished Hollywood composers (Christopher Young, Deborah Lurie, John Debney, Dave Grusin, to name a few) benefiting the victims of 2010’s Haitian earthquake. This unique masterpiece begins with a Haitian melody and culminates in an original opus brilliantly performed by a 70-member orchestra and 40-member choir.

Grammy Camp

136 talented high school students from 116 cities and 32 states were selected as participants in the eighth annual GRAMMY Camp® program. The Foundation's signature music industry camp was held in Nashville from June 17-24 at Black River Entertainment; in Los Angeles from July 14-23 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music; and in New York from Aug. 6-13 at Converse Rubber Tracks. This GRAMMY in the Schools® program is supported in part by Best Buy, Black River Entertainment, Converse, and Guitar Center. GRAMMY Camp Guest Professional Day took place on July 17 at USC. Media and music performance students got up close and personal with professionals in workshops and panels. Paricipants included: Entertainment writer Daniel Kohn, Keyboardist Brian London (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Bruno Mars), Interscope recording artist Haley Reinhart. Master Panel offered insight into Reinhart, the American Idol Season 10 Top 3 Finalist whose single “Free” hit the charts nationwide and album Listen Up! debuted in May with more than 40,000 copies sold. Industry professionals such as Steven Slate (producer, engineer, and CEO of Slate Digital and Slate Pro Audio —a drum software program used in the music industry today) esd on hand as a speaker. How to Monetize Your Music Panel was moderated by Scott Goldman, vice president of the GRAMMY Foundation® / MusiCares®.
Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2013 are currently online at www.grammyintheschools.com and the deadline is March 31, 2013. Financial aid is available and approximately 75 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance.

The eligibility year for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards is Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012. Additionally, "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®" - which officially kicks off GRAMMY season by revealing nominations in several categories while featuring unique performances with past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees - will air live on CBS Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Music's Biggest Night®, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, returns to Los Angeles' STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and will air live on the CBS Television Network from 8 - 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

An eight-time Latin GRAMMY® winner and two-time GRAMMY® winner, Brazil's Caetano Veloso will be celebrated as the 2012 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, it was announced today by Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy® (www.latingrammy.com). Songs from Veloso's catalog will be performed by an impressive array of notable artists and friends of the honoree. A portion of the net proceeds from the gala will benefit Veloso's chosen charity, Fundación Viva Cazuza in Brazil - a not-for-profit HIV prevention and treatment organization for children and young people - as well as The Latin Recording Academy's outreach and education programs. The celebration will precede the XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. Eastern/ 7 p.m.

Real Estate Expresso Candace K protects her clients' best interest and has an innovative approach that will make the home buying or selling process a smooth experience. She is an executive MBA graduate from Loyola Marymount University familiar with properties with studios. "Candace is a rock star when it comes to real estate. She's patient, generous and knows and loves LA. Give her a call when you need to buy or sell," says studioexpresso's Claris Dodge. You may reach Candace directly at Coldwell Banker, Tel: 323.559.0856 or Email

Songs are reviewed only for production purposes at studioexrpesso. This means you provide song titles/content, production schedule and budget before we can recommend someone suitable and available to work with you. studioexpresso is introducing a new service to artists who may not be ready for a production, but want a trusted professional to review your songs, or help strategize a production plan that can meet your long-term needs and goals.
Maybe you need a CO-writer in a session or a trusted person's input during your rehearsal or a mix session.
Select producers can be reached via phone or email with hourly fees via a secure paypal link. Call or email us to schedule a Session2go info @studioexpresso.co

The Boss 2013 MusiCares® Person of the Year Bruce Springsteen will be honored as the 2013 MusiCares® Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation® and The Recording Academy®, and Scott Pascucci, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from the 23rd annual benefit gala dinner and concert - to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY® Week two days prior to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® - will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need. Arranger/composer and nationally renowned music producer Rob Mathes will be the evening's musical director. "Bruce Springsteen is a truly gifted and Renaissance artist of our time, a national treasure, and an exemplary humanitarian," said Portnow. The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with healthcare professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. Despite being a multi-millionaire, Springsteen has stuck to his image as champion of the underdog as well as master of ceremonies at the most exuberant of rock'n' roll parties. He never fails to give value for money - his show in Madrid on June 17 was the longest he has ever played, clocking in at 3 hours and 48 minutes. And he is still winning new fans
Bieber, who brought in an estimated $55 million, was the only male among the top five earners, who included Rihanna at No. 3 with $53 million, followed by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Believe is out now!
"We are seeing a convergence of these talented women who know how to work the system," said Dorothy Pomerantz, the Los Angeles bureau chief for Forbes

Grammy-winning pop star Mariah Carey will join Fox television's "American Idol" singing contest as a judge next season as the highly rated show fights to regain its slumping audiences.
Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting, told television critics on Monday in Los Angeles that popular singer Carey will be one of the replacements for departing judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.
Reilly declined to comment on the status of Randy Jackson - the only original member of the show's judging panel - but said he expected to announce a second new judge within the next two weeks, adding that some of "the biggest names in the business are interested in doing the job." Reilly did not discuss the financial details of the agreement, but Carey previously has been reported to be in negotiations for a payday of around $15 million a year. The show returns with Carey and at least one other new judge for a 12th season in January 2013.

A love Supereme Ravi Coltrane is 46 years old now - six older than his father was when he died of liver cancer in 1967. Ravi lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons of his own. Like his father, he plays tenor and soprano saxophone, and has a new album, called Spirit Fiction."I believe the solitude and the beauty of Long Island gave him something he had not had or experienced before," he says. "Clearly it affected the way he conceived." In 1964, John Coltrane moved from Queens, N.Y., to a brick ranch house on a 31/2 acre wooded lot in the quiet suburb of Dix Hills.

More Miles Unveiling Herbie Hancock (left) and Marcus Miller (right) were among prominent musicians who attended the unveiling of the Miles Davis stamp by Eduardo H. Ruiz Jr. (left), and LA District manager of the USPS along with musicians and members and friends of the Davis family during the US Postal Service dedication of the Miles Davis stamp before a concert at the Hollywood Bowl on June 27.

Marcus Miller, a two-time GRAMMY winner, returns to composing and exploring new music of his own on "Renaissance" with a new band of curious and like-minded young musicians, and a mission to travel the world to take the message of his musical movement straight to the people. Set for release August 7 on Concord Jazz, "Renaissance" includes eight original compositions with inspired interpretations of songs by WAR, Janelle Monáe, The Jackson 5 and Ivan Lins. As a film music pro, Miller rose from writing the go-go party classic "Da Butt" for Spike Lee's "School Daze" to becoming the go-to composer for 20+ films - from the documentary "1 Love" to the animated children's fable "The Trumpet and The Swan" to the Eddie Murphy/Halle Berry classic "Boomerang." As a producer, writer and player, he was the last primary collaborator of jazz legend Miles Davis, contributing the composition and album "Tutu" to the canon of contemporary jazz music.

Edith Piaf meets Tiny Tim with a new twist! She plays the ukulele, whistles like a bell and it's quite clear she's a solid songwriter with a unique style. WB Recording artist LP (born Laura Pergolizzi) has just returned from her first triumphant tour of Europe where critics and fans have fallen in love with her dynamic live show, powerful voice and memorable songs. While she’s continues to tour this summer and complete her WB debut album, due early next year, we wanted to make sure you’ve heard and seen LP - Into The Wild and “Levitator”: LIVE AT EAST WEST STUDIO (DC + DVD).
LP will perform live on The Late Show w/ David Letterman on Wed Oct 3rd. Hands down, she takes the best new artist title for us!

l-r: Brad Lunde of Trans Audio Group with daughters, Brent Fischer, Matt Wong, Jance Lee, studioexpresso's Claris Sayadian-Dodge; Wong at Capitol's "Nat King Cole" piano.

Some kids go to summer camp. Others come to Hollywood to visit a historical studio, play on the same keyboard the legendary Nat King Cole recorded and sit in a rehearsal session with jazz vets, The Clare Fischer Big Band, with MD/arranger Brent Fischer (Usher, Eric Benét, Raphael Saadiq).
Matt Wong is an 8th grader at the Hilldale School. At an early age he developed an appreciation for jazz & blues, and began playing the piano. His musical influences include Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, and Clare Fischer.
Matt who credits his teachers, Art Khu, Susan Muscarella and Rebeca Mauleon, plays and performs with ensembles in and around Berkeley, California. He attended the Oaktown Jazz Workshop with Khalil Shaheed and also performed with vocalist Jacqui Naylor at New York's Blue Note, Seattle's Jazz Alley and The Triple Door, and Yoshi's in Oakland and San Francisco. In addition, Matt performs with his own group, the Matt Wong Trio. He also plays the guitar, though his main instrument is piano/keyboards. Matt was the recipient of the 2010 Dick Conte Piano Scholarship awarded by the Jazzschool in Berkeley.
He's also a big fan of pro audio and was thrilled to meet up with Al Schmitt at Capitol Studios and sit in a Clare Fischer Big Band rehearsal with Vet LA musicians. He asked Brent Fischer to look at his charts! Did we forget? Matt likes to arrange and compose! Mom, Janice managed a prominent Bay Area studio where American Idol's Randy Jackson was a regular. So, naturally when it comes to her son, Janice says "he keeps me very busy. He likes to sit in with vets." That he did!
We wer gald Trans Audio Group's Brad Lunde a.ka. "Q", accompanied by daughters, could also join the tour and hear Mr Schmitt brag about his prized Tube-Techs and a new album in the works (details soon)!

Olympic Music Takes

Olympic Anthem "Bugler's Dream" composed by Leo Arnaud is often considered the most famous Olympic theme.

Olympic Fanfare and Theme - John Williams composed the "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" for the 1984 Olympic Games, which were held in Los Angeles. It was released in its entirety on the albums "The Official Music of the XXIIIrd Olympiad Los Angeles 1984"

The Olympian: Lighting of the Torch and Closing by Phillip Glass was commissioned by the 1984 Olympic Comitte for the Opening of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Mercury and Caballé singing "Barcelona" on October 8th 1988 at huge open air La Nit festival staged in Barcelona, which was held to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Flag from Seoul.

The British rock trio Muse has the official song "Survival," for the 2012 London Games. It will be played during the July 27-Aug. 12 games as athletes enter the venues and before medal ceremonies. Muse frontman Matt Bellamy says the song was written with the Olympics in mind and "expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win."
Last month the trio carried the Olympic torch through their hometown of Teignmouth in southwest England as part of the flame's 8,000-mile (12,900-kilometer) journey to the games.

Four other songs have been specially composed for the games, and recorded by Elton John vs. Pnau, Delphic, Chemical Brothers and Dizzee Rascal. Released between now and Aug. 6.


"I can think of no event to compare with the Olympic games which makes us so conscious of our shared humanity, our common fate. The torch lighting ceremony strikes me as the essential symbol, the summing up, of this, our shared consciousness."
-- Phillip Glass (on composing for 1984 Olympic Games)

"I just wish the world could figure out that the Olympics are really for amateurs, not professionals...Gold means more to Wimbledon champ Serena than gold medals. She has earned $35 million playing tennis — more than $3 million of it this year."
-- Nick Gholson, sports editor

'The Girl From Ipanema,' turns 50!
The classic Brazilian bossa sung by everyone from Sinatra to Warwick, is the second most recorded song in pop music history.
It turns 50 this summer, and the story goes that composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and poet Vinícius de Moraes stalled on a number for a musical called "Blimp,"
five decades ago inspired at the Veloso, a seaside cafe in the Ipanema neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. There they remembered a local teenager, the 5-foot-8-inch, dark-haired, green-eyed Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (the local legend photographed above is 66 today), whom they often saw walking to the beach or entering the bar to buy cigarettes for her mother. US music publisher Lou Levy asked Norman Gimbel to devise an English cover. With Mr. Jobim on piano, Stan Getz on sax, João Gilberto on guitar and Portuguese vocals, and Mr. Gilberto's wife, Astrud, handling English vocals. The US version was cut for the album "Getz/Gilberto" in March 1963. "The Girl From Ipanema" went on to win the Grammy for record of the year in 1965.

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