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This is a musical journey from N.Y to Rio, New Orleans, Haiti, Jamaica consisting of originals and covers of jazz, blues and more. Read more

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This is a musical journey from N.Y to Rio, New Orleans, Haiti, Jamaica consisting of originals and covers of jazz, blues and more.

New York, NY Jazz
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This is the first recording under my name, after having spent the last 50 years playing the guitar.I have recorded on the Vanguard, Atlantic, Capitol, and Blackhawk record labels, but never until now, completed my own record. This project consists of original works and other material that comes from my travels to Brasil, Haiti, Jamaica, and having lived and played music in New York, New Orleans and other music cities.

The idea behind "Gottschalk"s Last Dance" is to connect the musical "streams" that flow between the Americas. We decided to name the recording after the New Orleans born American musician Louis Moreau Gottschalk. I became fascinated with Gottschalk after I saw a PBS documentary on his life. After becoming more involved with the recording, I started to realize that there were some parallels between my life and his. For example, I played on Rampart street in New Orleans, where Louis lived as a child. Also, as I mentioned, I lived in, and travelled to some of the same places as a musician that Gottschalk did.He was the first composer to incorporate Latin-American rhythms in a symphony, and to me, he truly represents what the concept of my project is all about. I was lucky to find one backer who believed in my vision and provided the money to begin. I recorded the initial tracks in June 2010 live with the two young musicians who are seen in the video with me and went back in the studio myself one week later and layered some more parts. To date we have recorded, mixed and mastered 9 tunes to be released.

With the help of Kickstarter, I hope to raise additional funds for these necessary remaining steps:

Step One - The Physical CD : Artwork This includes hiring a graphic artist/photographer to create the cover design, with an inserted booklet and liner notes, Cd duplication of 1000 copies and possible remastering for vinyl reproduction as vinyl is coming back!

Step Two - Promotion: This is a changing industry and artists are now responsible for their own promotion costs. For radio and internet play, a fee is involved to hire someone to create a marketing plan.

Step Three - Playing Live: I would like to have the opportunity to present this music live on tour. We'd like to hold a record release party and be able to rent a N.Y.C venue for the event and also cover related costs ( paying the band ) etc. Recovering production costs is also necessary as well,but the bottom line is we want to give everyone a chance to hear us " in person"

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