Valence Records CD Release Party featuring Gregory James & Emily Palen with Deszon Claiborne & Kai Eckhardt

Valence Records CD Release Party featuring Gregory James & Emily Palen with Deszon Claiborne & Kai Eckhardt

Nikki Borodi

Sun, January 20, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Red Devil Lounge

$10

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Debuting "Cult of Beauty" by Gregory James & "Creation" by Emily Palen http://www.valencerecords.net/

Gregory James
Gregory James
It is often said that art and commerce don’t mix, but that’s just one of the many myths that Contemporary Jazz Guitarist, Gregory James has broken down during his musical odyssey. Gregory has recorded ten albums and been invited to perform alongside such musicians as McCoy Tyner, Sergio Mendes, Ray Charles, Max Roach, Mark Isham, and Steve Smith’s Vital Information. Gregory James’ music celebrates, and sonically connects, the two cities that have most shaped him, and in the words of Downbeat magazine, “Bridges the gap between musical adventure and mass appeal.”

Born in San Francisco, James began studying guitar with David LeRoy Smith at the age of 11, and by 15 he was jamming in some of The City’s finest after-hours joints with the likes of Amandio Cabral, Eddie Duran, and Vince Guaraldi. While studying with the great Brazilian guitarist, Bola Sete, Gregory James was listening to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Charles Lloyd and Kenny Burrell, and beginning to experiment with fusion.

In the 1970s he left San Francisco to dive into the New York jazz scene, and was soon on the bandstand with such players as Bobby Scott and Chico Hamilton. He was signed to New York’s Inner City Records label, and released the debut of the Gregory James Quartet, Alicia, in 1978, featuring bassist Andre St. James, drummer Randy Merritt, saxman Barry Shulman, and percussionist Baba Daru. After two years of touring and playing the New York scene he resettled in San Francisco and joined saxman Shulman in the punk-jazz quartet Video Rouge.

In 1982 James returned to instrumental music, forming the Rogue Records label. He recorded two jazz-rock albums with his electric quartet, Madagascar and ALPHABET TOWN, and a duet album, TIBET, with Shulman. James’ genre-bending creativity won praise on the pages of Guitar Player.

To satisfy his growing interest in world musics, James began studying flamenco guitar with Jason McGuire, and put away his electric axe for an acclaimed duet with bassist Kai Eckhardt, THE SEARCH . The album ANANDA followed, a world jazz mélange that blends nylon-stringed, electric and MIDI guitars with the beautiful brass and woodwind tones of Ron Miles and Paul McCandless (Oregon), backed by a rhythm section of Marc and Paul Van Wageningen and Peter Michael Escovedo. James then brought in Yellowjackets saxophonist Mark Russo to collaborate on the radio-friendly album, TRAVELER.

By 2001’s REINCARNATION album, James was playing some saz, incorporating violinist Jenny Scheinman, turntablist DJ Fly, the spoken word of Craig Easley and Catie Murphy and talking drum of Rasaki Aladokun atop an already rich musical landscape. COME TO ME, produced by Benny Reitveld (Miles Davis, Santana) in 2003, is perhaps the most complete realization of James’ flamenco-jazz stylings with elements from hip-hop, classical, funk, rock and world beat and a guest list including Karl Perrazo and Raul Rekow of Santana, keyboardist Peter Horvath, Rita Thies, Alex Murzyn and Baron Shul on woodwinds, and DJ Fly, among the crew.

Gregory James’ most recent album, SAMSARA, is a momentary return to gentler times. It’s a quartet date featuring bassist Jonathan Herrera, drummer Deszon Claiborne, and longtime saxman Baron Shul, highlighted by a delightful take on The Beatles’ “And I Love Her.”

Besides performing with his San Francisco-based quartet, Gregory James recently began recording with producer Cookie Marenco on The Valence Project, along with a growing cast of musical characters that includes drummer/programmer Brain (Primus, Tom Waits), bassists Jon Herrera and Kai Eckhardt, and vocalists Melissa Reese and Deborah Charles. Fans of Bill Laswell’s Material will be excited by these exotic and emphatic sounds. As always with Gregory James – stay tuned!
Emily Palen
Emily Palen
I have come to understand my music as information, an instrument of transmutation, an architect of new frequencies and structures. I offer these services in the form of Phoenix Sessions (individual sessions using song, energy work and intuition to embrace and create your next level of ascension with beauty, ease and grace) intentional concerts and daily Awaken transmissions at www.dailyawaken.com. Phoenix Sessions can be done in person, over the phone or intuited and sent. Transmissions, healings and blessings are sourced from the timeless realm and thus can be derived and focused towards and away any situation, to effect past present and future. A series of songs can also be created to assist you with deep, swift changes you seek to create. Tones and vibrations carrying soul signatures from your higher realms will help secure new information into your cells. My work is derived completely from the unknown for the highest good of all in service to the collective heart.
Nikki Borodi
Nikki Borodi
Venue Information:
Red Devil Lounge
1695 Polk St
San Francisco, CA, 94109
http://www.reddevillounge.com/