Elin Bemark performing her new single “Unbreakable” at Soliden Skansen, Stockholm. Opening act for the Jill Johnson & Doug Seegers tour. Find out more at: elinbemark.se


Arsenio Hall’s new POSSE

Congratulations to Guitarist Rob Bacon, who will be part of the new THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW when he reintroduces one of the signature elements of the original late-night series, The Posse, with an all new hand-picked group of musicians who have collectively played with legends spanning pop, soul, funk, hip hop, rock and R&B.

The Posse will be led by Music Director Robin DiMaggio (drums), who will be joined by Alex Al (bass guitar); Rob “Fonksta” Bacon (lead guitar and vocals); Sean Holt (sax, keyboard and vocals); and Victoria Theodore (keyboards and vocals).

“These musicians are the go-to talent in the industry and I am ecstatic to share their incredible gifts with my audience,” said Host and Executive Producer Arsenio Hall. “Music has always been and will always be center stage at THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW, and with my new Posse we’re raising the bar.”

Guitarist Rob “Fonksta” Bacon traces his musical roots to his hometown of Detroit, where he immersed himself in the rich sounds of Motown and built a talent sought after by funk and hip-hop icons like George Clinton and D.J. Quik.


Go To Rob’s Page



Souls United – Reloaded

Gianni Vancini – SOULS UNITED RELOADED from Gianni Vancini on Vimeo.

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Introducing Italian saxophonist Gianni Vancini

[spacer size=”10″]We are proud to present to you our new client Italian sax-man Gianni Vancini. In 2011 he released his first album entitled ”SOULS UNITED” co-produced with Thomas Bank and recorded in Amsterdam. Various artists participated in the recording process of the album. Gianni shared his special appreciation to Eric Marienthal, Umberto Tozzi and Andrea Mingard for all their support during our recent conversation.

Gianni just released the title cut single from his forthcoming fall CD “Get Your Groove On”. A funky soul jazz experience that will make your head bop and body groove. “We went back to the roots and cut the track live with a stellar rhythm section featuring Ricky Lawson, Alex Al, Sheldon Reynolds, special guest Kenya Hathaway and producer Greg Manning.”

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While preparing the campaign for Gianni’s new single we thought we would ask him a few questions regarding his musical influences and his vision for the future.

Describe your sound and approach to music
I would describe my sound as a POP/Funk feeling with a little bit of “Old School” in it. Sometimes (depending on the song) there’s a little bit of my classical roots coming out too!!  The Smooth Jazz description or format is the coolness of blending all the other elements together.

When did the light blub shine bright in you to be a touring musician?
GV: When I first saw people having fun while I was playing!! I knew!

Who have been some of your teachers and / or influences?
GV: Maceo Parker, Charlie Parker, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, Bob Franceschini, James Brown, Hank Crawford, David Sanborn, Ray Charles, BB King, Eric Clapton.

Do you recall the first jazz album you bought?
GV: Oh yea! “Kind of Blue” – Miles Davis

What is your philosophy when it comes to teaching students?
I love my students to first enjoy the music they are playing and to try to understand the origins of that particular style. Of course the technical part is also important (notes, scales, etc), but I totally believe in the LESS IS MORE philosophy.. Everyone can play tons of fast notes, but very very few are able to put the right note in the right time and place!![spacer size=”10″]

Do you have a vision of your dream bandOr any artists in particular you would like to work with?
GV: I think I already played with my dream band, It was during the recording of my forthcoming “Get your groove on” album!! Ricky Lawson (drums), Alex Al & Darryl Williams (bass), Sheldon Reynolds & Darryl Crooks (guitars), Greg Manning (keys). Should I ask more?? This project has been magical working with these guys.

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Do you have any favorite performance venues? (Be it that you are traveling all the time)
I have quite a few favorite venues: Olympia in Paris, Casino Rama in Toronto and Spaghettini’s in California. Olympia for what it represents and of course because if you are playing there it means that you are in Paris (love it!!), Casino Rama for the acoustics and the top-level gear I’ve always found. Spaghettini’s!! in Orange County, CA. I’ve had the chance to play there a couple of times. It’s a great jazz club and the audience is always looking for very good music, that’s what makes you play better!!

[spacer size=”10″]Who are you listening to while you travel?
This is just to name a few that are on my A rotation list between my devices
James Taylor – Live at the Beacon Theater – Columbia
Diana Krall – Live in Paris – Verve
EWF – Live in Montreaux – Eagle Rock E.
Maceo Parker – My first name is Maceo – Minor Music
Brecker Brothers – The return of the Brecker Brothers – GRP

Do you have a favorite recording in your discography and why?
GV: Donald Fagen – The Nightfly. I can’t find any gaps, the perfect album under every aspect!!

Do you have a favorite song that stays in your head?
GV: Funny you would ask that because It’s an Italian song from ’69 entitled “Ma cos’hai messo nel caffè”.. I was so used to sing it that we decided to cover it, you will find it on my new album project coming in the fall 2013!!

How would you describe the state of jazz today?
GV: I think jazz today is moving very fast. I’m thinking of the “smooth jazz” format, there might be some changes in the near future, I can feel it!! I believe people are looking for more depth in the music, while enjoying the sounds.

What do you think is required to keep jazz alive and growing?
GV: To be innovative and brave enough to keep trying new stuff!

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[spacer size=”10″] What is in your near future?
I’m now touring with two Italian singers at the same time; Andrea Mingardi and Umberto Tozzi, this is going keep me busy for while!! September 22nd to 29th I will be on the Dave Koz Friends at Sea Cruise, I can’t wait for it!!! I am also working on one of my passions (cooking) to combine with the music I make. It’s part of my “Souls United Reload” movement.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
GV: My own brand and hybrid of global music, being true to myself, my soul and my influences. I’m trying to develop the communication between the guys on the stage with me as much as I can and the special relationship between my audience. If you are having real fun playing It’s automatic that listeners will enjoy the show as well! The idea of “Souls United” speaks for it’s self and we are reloading now to go further with the concept.

Did you know… 
GV: …that I love to cook Italian pasta?? And there’s a rumor that I can do it pretty well…; I am working on something very special to address this passion for food. I think you have the trailer for it.

If I weren’t a jazz and soul musician, what would I be?
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Producer Scott Erickson and Artist Alexander Acha

All through the process of recording Alexander Acha’s latest album “La Vida Es” in Los Angeles with Producer Scott Ericson, Alexander carried around a video camera and recorded EVERYTHING! Alexander edited this together and it’s now up for you all to see what happened during all those months last year.

With stellar musicians Lee Sklar, Tim Pierce, Randy Kerber, Lisa Dondlinger, Jeff Nathanson, Alejandro Carballo, Prague Symphony Orchestra and more.