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Other Musicians Wanted - St.Petersburg, TampaBay Area FL ... Submitted: 03-09-2014 ... 10:46 EST
Drummer in Mid 60's Retired and looking for musicians who are also Retired and still wanting to play and perform some who are into instrumental style of music. Doing A variety of styles of music. Looking to Jam mostly during the week day early afternoons once or twice a week. No pressure just take our time keep it simple and enjoy playing and have some fun with it And eventully play out from time to time. . Send me an email and how to contact you and we will talk, I am in the St.Pete/ Gulfport/ South pasadena area.I Have a jam / Rehearsal area. ... 2796689 ... Contact: Charlie
Vocalist Wanted - Central Florida, FL ... Submitted: 02-20-2014 ... 12:15 EST
We are looking for a Lead/background singer for anestablished DooWop Group. We are presently working from New Port Richie to The Villages,so some travel is necessary. Weare a serious group with tight Harmony. Please only serious experienced singers need apply. ... 5651634 ... Contact: Call Bill 352 606 3314 or Bob 727 842 9203
Guitarist Wanted - Clearwater, TampaBay Area FL ... Submitted: 01-27-2014 ... 18:34 EST
TOMMY ROXX (& NUTHIN' FANCY) is looking for a new full time second guitar player.TOMMY ROXX is am original/cover band with one CD out and a second one in the pre-production stage.NUTHIN' FANCY is the ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute experience on the verge of National exposure.~ You would get to be in BOTH bands.You must be able to play multiple styles on the guitar. You need to be able to play Southern Rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, & the Allman Brothers, Classic Rock like Bad Co, Stevie Ray & Bob Seger, some harder Rock like ACDC, Nugent, Sabbath, and Dance Funk Soul styles as well. You must be a real team player, no drug or alcohol issues, and a pro attitude and gear etc.....NOTE: If you don't have a day job or other means of survival ~ you will not make a living playing in this band - we do it for the music and the fun.... ... 6257817 ... Contact: Tommy 727-204-0491
Bassist Wanted - New Port Richey, FL ... Submitted: 01-10-2014 ... 11:34 EST
We are striving to be a 5 piece band right now we are looking for our final piece a bassist.We all have experience playing out in the bars/clubs.Even if it is new to you we got your back. We are looking to practice once or twice a week play out 1 or 2 times a month. Covering 90's rock/alternative through today with some choice rock classics sprinkled in. No BS just looking for like minded souls that want to have a good time (and maybe make a couple of bucks along the way). If interested shoot me an e-mail and I will send out songlist. ... 2579015 ... Contact: Chris
Music Items For Sale - Tampa, TampaBay Area FL Submitted: 07-12-2013 ... 10:59 EST
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Music Services - Tampa Bay Area, FL Submitted: 06-11-2013 ... 17:03 EST
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Other Services - Clearwater, TampaBay Area FL Submitted: 04-25-2013 ... 13:21 EST
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On Saturday, March 15, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm., visitors can meet and purchase the works of talented independent artisans, craftsmen, authors and entertainers, stretched over a half-mile up and down scenic Beach Boulevard.
The event features new artists every week and includes several different sculpture and paint mediums, jewelry, photography, fish rubbings, upcycled items, handmade/designed clothing and accessories, body products and more. Most recently, Art Walk has added a new component called Collective Soulz. Collective Soulz brings to Gulfport new and emerging artists, whose talents range from photography to pottery and from drawing to music, giving them the opportunity to see if they can succeed as a working artist at street fairs. Live musicians appear at several venues throughout the waterfront district, including Stephanie, Owen Poteat, and Rob Irie to name a few. The Industrial Art Center of Gulfport offers step-by-step classes and instruction in specialized areas such as glass casting, glass fusing, sculptural welding and forged steel for students age 5-85.
While browsing the art and craft booths, don’t miss Gulfport’s unique shops, boutiques and galleries and enjoy dinner at one of over a dozen fine restaurants within the area.
There is no admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are pet and family friendly. Experience a dining, shopping and cultural experience unlike any other. The event is located near the surrounding area of 3129 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
Vendor information can be found at SIKpromotions.com. For general information, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfportArtWalk, visit us at www.GulfportMA.com or call 727-322-5217
The RBCA has [laced ads in the Tampa Bay Times, the Flyer, on Face Book & Craig’s List, and placed large yard sale signs along 4th Street & 83rd Ave directing traffic into the roads where we know people are on the map. The maps let people know that there are sales from 78th Ave all the way to 98th Ave. If everybody displays & distributes the maps to the shoppers (One per group please) everybody should have a very successful sale. We advertise, print & distribute maps for you to give out, put up signs along major streets, (maybe some smaller ones on inside streets if we have time) but all other signage is up to you. Please remove your signs after your sale & we will pick up ours by Sun evening. Call Donna Hoover 579-3644 for more information.
Trumpeter And Pianist Paul Higgs Combines Jazz, Classical And New Age
Mar 05 2014
Paul Higgs, renowned as one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers, is especially known for his versatility which is fully displayed on his new recording, Pavane, featuring all original compositions. Performing on trumpet and piano, Higgs incorporates the smooth sounds of gentle jazz, the depth and melodic richness of neo-classical, the grandeur of a film score, and the mellow, soothing ambience of new age music.
Higgs served for many years as the Musical Director for the National Theatre of Great Britain and contributed to shows by the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has performed onstage with Peggy Lee, Cleo Laine, Rosemary Clooney, Buddy Greco, Nancy Wilson, Al Martino, Lulu, Tony Hatch, John Williams, Brook Benton, Vic Damone, Johnny Dankworth, Norman Wisdom, Bob Monkhouse, Alan Price, Frankie Vaughan, Shorty Rogers and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Higgs also has contributed to dozens of recordings (CDs, film soundtracks and television scores) as a musician, composer, producer and arranger.
More information about Higgs is available at his website paulhiggs(dot)com. His Pavane CD and digital download tracks from that recording are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others.
What initially strikes the listener about the Pavane album are the pure trumpet tones, fluid style and emotionalism inherent in every note, but slowly the music unfolds to also reveal exquisite melodies, challenging arrangements, and strong instrumental interplay between the musicians. Higgs is joined on the album by several excellent musicians he has worked with previously -- cellist/violist Helen Yousaf, classical guitarist Andy Watson, acoustic bassist Jerome Davies, and drummers/percussionists Graham Cuttill and Russ Morgan.
The album opens with the most upbeat number, “Crystalline,” which Higgs calls “an homage to Bach with a rising elegiac quality and a feeling of yearning, reaching out toward your heart’s desire,” and featuring a rapid piano motif plus trumpet, guitar and cello solos. Most of the album is slow-paced, dramatic and melodious, with a touch of melancholy here and a bit of wistfulness there. For example, the next tune is “The Glow of Evening” reflecting Higgs’ love of “the English countryside towards the end of the day when the light is suffused with gold. I’ve always liked music such as the much-loved ‘Gymnopedie’ by Satie that makes you slow down and contemplate or even meditate.”
“A Simple Truth” captures the romance of undying love; “Parisienne Affair” was influenced by Edith Piaf’s Paris “where lovers meet on the banks of the Seine and take their passion under the bridges into the mist and shadows”; and “Catalonia” which gains its inspiration from “the intensity of the Spanish soul with a background of shimmering heat that brings forth feelings of tension, mystery and seduction.”
Higgs wrote the title tune, “Pavane,” because he had always liked the pavane form (originally 16th Century music for a slow, dignified, sedate dance), especially the classic pavanes by Gabriel Faure and Maurice Ravel from the late 1800s. “I love the fluidity and romantic feeling in their work. The impressionist approach gives them a special creative freedom which I feel a real affinity with.” The tune “Clocks” was devised when Higgs was experimenting on the drums and came up with the sound of a clock by clicking on the rims. “There is something magical, relaxing and inspiring about the ticking of a clock. It also reminds me of the mechanical Bakelite metronome that used to sit on my piano when I was a young student.”
“Vale and Valley” is, once again, Higgs using “the beautiful English countryside” for inspiration. The “last post” is traditionally a trumpet or bugle call used by the British armed forces at funerals and war memorials. It inspired Higgs to write “Salvation” on this album “in remembrance of fallen soldiers.” Higgs composed “Shadows and Desire” with visuals in mind. “The idea I had was an off-beat club or lounge in the David Lynch vein where the lighting casts strong shadows and the clientele have dark desires and shady pasts.” Higgs penned “Song of the Siren” specifically with Homer’s “Odyssey” in mind. “I tried to evoke the feeling of a ship making a journey through ocean waves with sailors lured to their doom because they are powerless to resist a beautiful song they hear sung by bewitching sirens on a rocky island.”
While Pavane is Higgs’ first album where he composed all of the material, he has recorded dozens of other albums -- as a bandleader, as a duo (Higgs & Cuttill, Hiller & Higgs), and as a session musician, producer, arranger or composer. In addition, Higgs has composed and arranged for numerous films including “Are You Ready for Love” (which won an Angel Award for Best Score) and the classic silent-era “Metropolis” (he assisted in producing a new musical score). Higgs also created music for a dozen British television shows. He has worked with conceptual artist Mel Brimfield on several pieces including a commission for the 2012 Olympics (now part of the Government Art Collection currently traveling throughout Europe) titled “4’ 33’’ (Prepared Pianola for Roger Bannister)” in which Higgs composed the music (Bannister was the British runner who was the first to break the four-minute mile, but came in fourth in the 1952 Olympics). Higgs says the music “pays homage to Bach, Stockhausen, Nancarrow, John Cage and boogie-woogie.”
Music has always been an integral part of Paul Higgs’ life. A child prodigy, he played piano melodies before he could talk, became enamored with and learned to play a four-valve plastic trumpet at age five, entered music school when he was six, joined the school’s brass band at eight, taught himself to play classical guitar at nine, began piano lessons at 11, formed his own professional “function band” at 12 while also playing in several big bands, and that same year scored a 17-part big band arrangement of the theme of the TV show “Hawaii 5-0” that was used by those groups for the next 15 years. At 14 Paul joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in which he played a major part until he was 25, serving as their composer and arranger, and playing trumpet, piano, guitar and bass.
At 22 he played his first West End theatre show with Lulu, and this led to Higgs being asked to work with the prestigious National Theatre where he eventually became the Musical Director for more than two-dozen productions. At the same time he also was occasionally hired by the Royal Shakespeare Company. During this productive time Higgs worked with the cream of actors and directors in the British theatre world including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Trevor Nunn, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Zoe Wanamaker CBE and Michael Sheen OBE. This top-level theatre life was extremely hectic and required great ingenuity and resourcefulness. On one occasion, the day before the opening night of a 17th Century play, the composer asked Paul if he played the accordion. When he replied “no,” the composer said, “Wrong answer!” By the following day Paul had obtained an accordion, practiced the part and leapt on stage to play it perfectly while dressed in knickerbockers, tights and a “tricorne” hat.
The combination of theatre work, backing big-name acts on-stage, working actively on recording sessions, and contributing to film and television music has tested Higgs’ musical abilities time and again. But he has developed a stellar reputation for being able to handle virtually any type of project with sensitivity and understanding, and to each challenge he brings his energy, enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge of different genres and periods of music.
“When I first decided to do this new recording,” explains Higgs, “I thought I might include some well-known classical works. But I was doodling around on the piano and a chord sequence emerged that was similar to the classic pavanes I had been playing. Once I composed that piece I was inspired to continue writing material. The music on the album is unashamedly melodic and reflective, and each piece explores and builds that mood. I didn’t want to break the spell with any faster or more energetic tracks. I wanted to capture a special feeling and continue it throughout the album.”
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Laura McMillan Created An Entire Piano Album About Storybook Love
Mar 05 2014
LAURA MCMILLAN Storybook Love
Laura McMillan believes in love, happiness and fairytale-like happy endings, so she named her third album of solo piano music Storybook Love. “It’s a dream we all have, male and female. For those who have love, count your blessings and savor each moment. For everyone else, keep hoping, keep looking, keep the dream alive. Whether you are in love right now or in the middle of the search, I hope this music can serve as a backdrop of joy and excitement.”
In addition, when McMillan’s previous album, Linger Longer, was released, it felt to her like a fairytale come true. The album went Top 5 on the international Zone Music Reporter Top 100 airplay chart. She received album reviews, airplay and notoriety around the world. She was named “Artist of the Year” and the CD was named “Album of the Year” in the annual awards competition voted on by radio listeners and held by One World Music, the top radio channel of new age music based in the United Kingdom. Her music became so popular on the channel that they offered the pianist her own radio show, “Simply Piano,” where she plays piano music by herself and others.
“It’s just another example that dreams can come true,” McMillan says. “It led me to thinking about the dream we all have of finding true love and living happily ever after. So I had the concept of Storybook Love from the beginning and wrote all the compositions based on that theme.”
The title tune from the album, “Storybook Love,” is accompanied by a theatrical video that can be viewed at her website LauraMcMillanPiano(dot)com or youtube/lauramcmillanpiano. The video, directed by Chris Clephane and produced by Mark W. Costa, was shot on location in Seattle, Washington. It features McMillan playing a Steinway Hamburg nine-foot concert grand piano at Hotel 1000 and appearing at a variety of prominent landmarks in the city including Pike Place Market, King Street Station, Kerry Park, Pioneer Square and the Fountain Steps.
The music on McMillan’s albums (Storybook Love, Linger Longer and Without Words) can be purchased in the CD format or as digital downloads at various online sales outlets such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes and other sites.
McMillan, who has been playing classical music all her life, blends both traditional classical piano elements and a strong appreciation of Broadway music with modern new age and neo-classical motifs to create her own sound. She often employs tempo changes within a composition which builds excitement and makes the listener wonder what direction she will head next. At times McMillan balances heavy chording with delicate runs, keeping both hands active, developing a variety of moods and passionate feelings with the music.
“The idea of ‘Storybook Love’ is timeless,” she explains. “Everyone has their own idea about it, their own definition or scenario. A young girl might dream about a knight in shining armor riding up on a white stallion and sweeping her off her feet. A woman usually retains the essence of that dream, but maybe now she is wishing more for a man who knows how to dress well and drives a white Ferrari. The ending is the same. Finding a true love to share your life with.”
The album begins with “The Way It Goes” (“The basic story structure is always the same because they always end up in each other’s arms”). The next two tunes -- “For Our Children” and “Playground Memories” -- are a tribute to childhood where dreams of true love begin. “Hard To Say Goodbye” is a life-lesson we all learn, according to McMillan, who says, “The sub-text of this music might be ‘I will miss you until we meet again’.”
McMillan explains that “Enchanted” is meant to capture “a magical special place or moment when everything comes together and there is the potential for dreams to come true. The lovers have butterflies in their stomach from the excitement and a sparkling in their eyes. The piece ‘Porch Swing’ is about contentedly sitting together outside the house on a summer evening and maybe stealing a kiss or two.”
But love has “Transitions,” and this composition “maps out the roller-coaster ride that can be exciting and fast at the beginning, but may slow down in the middle because all relationships change.” The tune “Promise of Spring” alludes to “how we look forward to Spring as a time of freshness, rebirth, rejuvenation, a chance to start over, but also the perfect time for a wedding.” “What Might Have Been” captures the feelings of disappointment and regret when a love affair does not work out, “but sometimes it is simply a temporary setback.” “The Chase” is “the entire process of searching for, finding and winning over the person you were meant to love.”
McMillan says every color of roses has a different meaning. “I chose ‘Lavender Roses’ because I love that color and it is the symbol for enchantment. Traditionally it also is used to express the feelings of love at first sight. That leads to the music of ‘Happy Ending,’ what we all strive for. ‘Getting There’ is when the two lovers race toward each other to finally be together forever. I end the album with ‘Storybook Love’ which represents the deepest and most powerful kind of love that is no longer childlike but is true and forever.”
McMillan’s greatest musical influence has always been Frederic Chopin, and she practiced his piano pieces for endless hours when she was growing up. Her studies also led her to deeply appreciate Mozart and Beethoven. Her mother often took her to both symphony orchestra concerts and Broadway musicals. At age ten, Laura was captivated by new age pioneer George Winston’s Autumn album and particularly the tune “Colors/Dance” which “I listened to over and over until I learned to play it.” When Laura was a teenager she saw piano virtuoso Van Cliburn in concert “which motivated me and made me realize the piano was an instrument you could work at your entire lifetime.”
When Laura was three-years-old she surprised her mother by climbing up on the piano bench and finding the rights notes to tunes from a Mitch Miller Christmas album the child had been listening to. Laura, who grew up near Portland, Oregon, began formal lessons at age seven. When McMillan was 15, she opened her own piano studio, Perhaps Piano, and began teaching students herself. She was invited to attend the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana where she studied for four years with a leading authority on Beethoven, Dr. Kenneth Drake. At Portland State University she continued her studies and graduated with professional degrees in piano performance, musical composition and pedagogy. After graduation she developed a reputation as one of the Portland-area’s top piano teachers. Eventually she began composing her own music, performing concerts and became a successful recording artist.
Regarding her latest album, McMillan says, “Each track on the album Storybook Love is meant to spotlight one of the many moments of love -- dreaming about it, looking for it, finding it and living happily ever after. There is nothing more euphoric than the sensation of ‘storybook love’.”
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