I am thrilled to share this wonderful write-up about my upcoming show this Friday, June 20th at the Open Door Rep in Oak Park, IL. A huge thank you to Grammy Award-winning jazz journalist, Neil Tesser, for helping to promote the event! If you’re in the Chicago area, be sure to come out and join me and my incredible band for a musical night out and then come back on Saturday to hear Lise Gilly and Grupo Cha-Cha. We are performing in the Women In Jazz Series produced by True Muse Productions and Linda Solotaire.
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy and healthy new year!
The past year has flown and has been filled with its share of joy and sadness. The world is a little bit emptier since the transition of three very close ones. James Willis, my son’s father, left us in January, my dear friend and neighbor, Joe McDermott, departed in April, and my lovely cousin, Joan Ruffins, joined the angels at the end of May. Though I am saddened by their loss, I feel their presence and warm smiles in every shining star.
I am grateful for a very creative year where I released a new album of original songs into the world. I was fortunate to be able to celebrate with friends in different parts of the United States at three different events. In September 2012, I serenaded a group of friends in a pre-release party at The Cellar in Waterloo, Iowa. In January 2013, I celebrated with friends at a CD Release Concert at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells, California. Finally, in July 2013, I celebrated with family and friends at my official Chicago CD Release Concert at Katerina’s with some of the musicians who performed on the album.
I had the opportunity to produce another music video, which was filmed on October 12, 2013 in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Featuring the song, Geography, and two amazing dancers, it will be released very soon so stay tuned! Here is a photo of the cast and crew featuring from left to right Anthony Rizzo, Director/Cinematographer/Editor, yours truly, Rebecca Marie Faria, Dancer/Choreographer, Devin DeAndre Buchanan, Dancer/Choreographer, and Wendy Santeliz, Production Assistant and Still Photographer.
Please tune in to WHPK radio tomorrow, Saturday July 6th at 1 pm CDT, where I will be joining Mark Coulter on Marcus Burks’ show “Eavesdropping with Urban Aspirations” to talk about my new album and the Chicago CD Release Event at Katerina’s on Saturday, July 20th.
Listen in on WHPK 88.5FM Chicago, or streaming live at WHPK noon to 2 pm CDT. “There’s no telling what you might overhear!”
Join me to celebrate the release of Geography, my new album of original songs!
Featuring the Linda Tate Geography Quintet
Linda Tate, Vocals
Bobby Schiff, Piano
Larry Gray, Bass and Cello
Ernie Adams, Drums and Percussion
Jerry DiMuzio, Tenor Sax and Flute
Katerina’s – An Eclectic Club with its Soul in the Arts
1920 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60613
Saturday, July 20, 2013
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Buy an album and help a child learn to read!
100% of album sales on July 20, 2013 will be donated to Reading In Motion, a stellar Chicago non-profit organization which uses the arts to teach at-risk primary grade students how to read.
Thank you to Lola Rossi-Meza for featuring me in her column in a recent issue of the Coachella Valley Weekly. Thank you also to Dee Jae Cox for her write up in the Desert Entertainer. Read all about it below and come out to my CD Release Party at Vicky’s of Santa Fe tomorrow night! I’ll be performing with a great local band featuring Bill Saitta on bass, David Ring on piano, Andy Fraga on drums and percussion, and Paul Carman on sax and flute.
I am celebrating the release of Geography, my new album of original songs, at several events throughout the year. I began on September 22nd at the Cellar Wine & Martini Bar in Waterloo, Iowa performing with a great trio of jazz musicians led by pianist, Bob Washut with Joel Conrad on bass and Dennis Johnson on drums. Thanks to everyone who came out to the party!
My California CD Release Party will be at Vicky’s of Santa Fe. I will be accompanied by the Bill Saitta Quartet featuring Bill Saitta on bass, Andy Fraga on drums, David Ring on piano, and Paul Carman on tenor saxophone and flute. Vicky’s is a very fine restaurant and bar with a separate listening room for music. Come on out for a great night of music!
Linda Tate – Geography CD Release Event
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – 7 pm
One show at 7:30 pm
Vicky’s of Santa Fe
45-100 Club Drive
Indian Wells, CA 92210
I am planning some events for Chicago during the summer and I’ll keep you posted!
I was blessed with a good education. When I was a child, I was fortunate to have parents who read to me and encouraged me to read. As a musician, I have been an advocate for using the arts to enrich a student’s educational experience and in particular to teach language arts.
In the process, I have followed and supported the development and growth of a stellar Chicago non-profit organization called Reading In Motion. Founded in 1983 by a couple of Chicago musicians who identified a need, they used their creative energies to focus on finding a more effective way to teach at-risk primary grade level children how to read. Their organization has created an innovative curriculum, which uses the arts to teach reading, that has moved it to the forefront of literacy education.
I am proud to support this organization and $5 from the sale of every digital album download and physical CD, beginning with the recent release of my new album last September, will be donated to Reading In Motion.
We can all make a difference, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Let’s join together and support every child’s need to read!
Spread some love, light, and good cheer for the holidays and keep some for yourself!
When you order a physical CD, you also will receive an immediate digital download of the album.
Click on the link below to order your music!
Click on the link below to learn more about the organization!
I spent most of the summer working on the first music video for the Geography album. It is based on a song I wrote in Spanish – Cuando Tendremos Paz (When Will We Have Peace). You can watch it on YouTube and you can download the song and the album from my BandCamp store. It features murals from around the city of Chicago and a cast of more than 30 friends and family members. Anthony Rizzo was the director/cinematographer/editor, and the project was partially supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
I’ve spent the last few weeks sending out promo copies and Kickstarter reward copies of Geography, and I’ve created a new way for you to listen to and buy all of my albums. As a result of numerous friendly prompts from fans, I have finally joined this rapidly moving digital age. Now, in addition to buying physical CDs, you can actually download digital copies of each album, as well as individual songs. Each album comes with its own pdf e-book containing the album art, credits, liner notes, and for Geography, the e-book also contains the song lyrics.
I am still getting my website up to speed, but in the meantime, you can go directly to my BandCamp store and check out the music!
Next stop, Twitter… Don’t laugh. I have my “handle” – ltjazz, and surprisingly, all of my Facebook Fan Page posts have been showing up there. I’m sure I must have clicked something that linked them somehow, but things happen so quickly that nowadays, if I blink, I end up somewhere else!
I’m in the home stretch with my “Geography” album project. Read all about what’s been going on in this recent Kickstarter Update and you can listen to the studio version of the title song, “Geography.”