Friday, November 23, 2007

MICHAEL ANDREW SWINGS INTO CHRISTMAS!



Michael Andrew and the Atomic Big BandA Swinging' Christmas 2007 with the Winter Park Dancers!

Look here Kittens and Cats, Michael Andrew and the Atomic Big Band are back for another Swingin' Christmas.
After 7 sellout performances at the historic Plaza Theatre, Michael Andrew's triumphant return to this newly remodeled venue is guaranteed to knock your stockings off and add a holiday twist to your nostalgia martini.
Inspired by the Count Basie Big Band, The Atomic Big Band is a collection of some of the finest musicians on the planet; they create a powerful, dynamic, and exciting sound as only a world class swingin' orchestra can.
The evening will kick off with pre-show entertainment in The Plaza's very own "Swingerhead Lounge", followed by a night of swingin' music and nutty comedy-hijinx for all ages.
You will be sure to experience some of the hippest renditions of all your holiday favorites, as well as internationally successful Michael Andrew originals, like "Mistletoe Mambo".
Event Date:
Friday,
December 21
2pm & 7:30pm
Saturday,
December 22
4pm & 7:30pm
Tickets $43
Buy Tickets Online Now!
Small additional charge for on-line sales
Plaza Box Office Information:
For Tickets Call
Phone: 407.228.1220
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 12pm-5pm
Sun 1pm-4pm

Thursday, November 22, 2007

MARTINI IN THE MORNING NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER!




As we celebrate Thanksgiving here at MartiniInTheMorning.com, we are SOOOOO thankful for YOU! Thank you for making MartiniInTheMorning.com YOUR STATION for The Greatest Songs Ever Written! Have you shared what you're thankful for?

E-Mail Brad@MartiniInTheMorning.com - even if you're reading this after Thanksgiving, we'd love to hear from you - and share your message of Thanksgiving with your fellow Lounge Lizards in Exile.

GOOD NEWS THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER'S NEWSLETTER!

We begin with discounted tickets for the Southern California engagement of The Rat Pack Live at the Sands, running December 4th through 16th at the Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills, CA.

Also, the MartiniInTheMorning.com Holiday Music Poll continues - as we play what YOU say through the holiday season.

Meet another Lounge Lizard in Exile - from our Profiles in Exile. Update your profile and email status...plus

Holiday shopping made Loungey!

Happy Thanksgiving! Please read on!

HOLIDAY MUSIC POLL

At
MartiniInTheMorning.com, we're counting down the 100 Most requested holiday songs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 23, 24 and 25. But you can still vote for your favorite holiday songs! Your input helps us play the most popular songs as we feature REAL Christmas songs now through Christmas Day.

At
MartiniInTheMorning.com, you don't have to sit through The Backstreet Boys or P-Diddy to get to Nat King Cole, Ella, Bing Crosby and all your favorite artists singing REAL Christmas songs.

AND each time you vote for one of your favorites in the
MartiniInTheMorning.com Holiday Music Poll, you're entered in daily drawings for great prizes like Lounge Lizards in Exile tee-shirts and Holiday CDs. So come to the web site to vote early and vote often and help us make the season bright, playing your favorite holiday music!

THE RAT PACK LIVE AT THE SANDS

Dec 4-16 Wilshire Theater, Beverly Hills
LOUNGE LIZARDS Save Up to $20 on Select Tickets

For complete offer details and to purchase tickets, Click
Lizard Life and be sure to use the promo code VEGAS when purchasing tickets.

THE RAT PACK - Live At The Sands is the hottest and coolest party in town. Following four unprecedented years on London's West End, this acclaimed production vividly recreates a legendary evening at the Sands Hotel with the most famous performers of our time: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin.

It's Las Vegas, it's the Sands Hotel, the big band is swingin', and those gorgeous Burelli Sisters are singin', and of course the three wise-cracking hip-cats bring their inimitable magic to the finest music ever recorded: "I've Got You Under My Skin", "That's Amore", "Mr. Bojangles", "The Lady Is A Tramp", and so many more. You won't find anything like it anywhere else. It's THE RAT PACK - Live At The Sands.

Note from Brad - This is an opportunity for all of us. It's OUR MUSIC and OUR KIND OF ENTERTAINMENT. A successful run for this show will encourage Broadway L.A. to bring MORE of OUR KIND OF ENTERTAINMENT to L.A. - and for LLIE members outside of Southern California, success here in L.A. will help us sell this concept across the country and around the world - wherever Lounge Lizards in Exile long for OUR MUSIC and OUR KIND OF ENTERTAINMENT. Bring your family, friends and co-workers and send a message that there is a substantial audience for OUR MUSIC.

PROFILES IN EXILE

It takes a community to restore OUR MUSIC to its rightful place in America's Pop Culture.

Meet Berton Chow of Santa Monica, CA. A longtime Lounge Lizard in Exile. Listening to
MartiniInTheMorning.com/

Berton recently won tickets to an event and had his picture taken with another audience member, none other than legendary singer and actresss Debbie Reynolds. We can't guarantee that you'll meet big stars like Debbie Reynolds. But we CAN guarantee you'll enjoy meeting your fellow Lounge Lizards in Exile and you could win some cool stuff!

Visit our
Profiles in Exile, get to know your fellow Lounge Lizards in Exile, then fill out the questionnaire and submit your picture. Once your profile and picture are posted, you'll be eligible for daily drawings during our Two Martini Lunch (Noon Pacific Time) for great prizes like LLIE t-shirts.

And while you're reading about your fellow LLIEs, you're likely to think of friends, family members, even complete strangers who, although different from you, are likely to enjoy listening to OUR MUSIC. Drop them an email or give them a call to encourage them to listen to
MartiniInTheMorning.com.

YOU are our marketing department!

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS TO OTHER LOUNGE LIZARDS IN EXILE!

Let Lounge Lizards in Exile across the country and around the world know about you and your business. To get information on how to advertise in these newsletters and on our website, visit us online at martiniinthemorning.com/!

THANKSGIVING

This Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for you and your support of MartiniInTheMorning.com! We hope to see you at the Wilshire Theater for The Rat Pack Live at the Sands!

For our Premium and Lush Lounge members, your paid membership allows us to continue providing and promoting the greatest songs ever written! And for ALL Lounge Lizards in Exile, visit our ever expanding
Holiday Gift Guide.

Purchases of music, books and more at Amazon.com pay a premium to
MartiniInTheMorning.com when you start your shopping from a specific CD link or the Amazon search boxes on our website.

Also - a Lush Lounge or Premium Lounge Membership in our Lounge Lizards in Exile makes a GREAT GIFT! We're completely listener supported and every little bit helps!

And finally, a personal note - Bungalow Antiques in Agoura Hills, CA (my wife's store) is holding their Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 1st. Since she's the one bringing home the bacon right now, I encourage you to visit her store as you shop for the ones you love.
Click here for info on her store and other Lounge Lizards in Exile who play MartiniInTheMorning.com for their customers.

Happy Thanksgiving, and again, we are so thankful for YOU!
Cheers!

Brad "Martini" Chambers
MartiniInTheMorning.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

NEWS FROM BLOG PAL, COMIC BOOK WRITER CHRISTOPHER MILLS!

You can check out his blog at: http://atomic-pulp.blogspot.com/

My long-gestating Kolchak miniseries for Moonstone has just been announced by the publisher over on their forums. It's scheduled to debut in March of '08. The art by Tim Hamilton is incredible, and Dave Akins' covers are pretty awesome, too.Here's the solicitation copy:

KOLCHAK TALES: NIGHT STALKER OF THE LIVING DEAD 1 (of 3)32 pages, color, $3.99Written by: Christopher MillsArt by: Tim HamiltonZOMBIES! Everybody hates them. But that appears to be exactly what Carl Kolchak finds to be stalking among the cornstalks in the small heartland town of Georges Corner, Nebraska. The simple task of covering just another festival pageant takes a dark turn... as it so often does in Kolchak's world... when people start disappearing, and the dead start walking! Watch out... they bite!Covers by Twilight Creation's board game "Zombies" artist Dave Akins!

Also scheduled for March is Moonstone's latest pulp fiction anthology, which also includes a new short story by yours truly:

THE AVENGER CHRONICLESWritten by: Ron Goulart, Max McCoy, Robert Randisi, etc.Interior Art: Andy Bennett & Dave AikinsCover Art: Peter Caras, Dave Dorman, Doug KlaubaEdited by: Joe Gentile336pgs, b/w, Squarebound, 6"x9", $17.9510 digit: 1-933076-32-113 digit: 978-1-933076-32-4T

The Avenger…All-New Stories for the Next Generation!

Moonstone Books is proud to present this original anthology featuring eighteen never before seen tales of The Avenger, the first new Justice, Inc. fiction in more than thirty years! The Avenger Chronicles includes incredible, action-packed stories by some of today's best writers in comics and fiction including:Max McCoy, Robert Randisi, Ron Goulart, Tom DeFalco, Joe Gentile, Robert Greenberger, Clay and Susan Griffiths, CJ Henderson, Howard Hopkins, Paul Kupperberg, Christopher Mills, Will Murray, Mel Odom, Gary Phillips, Martin Powell, James Reasoner, Richard Dean Starr, and Dan Wickline.

In addition to this impressive lineup, The Avenger Chronicles includes stunning cover artwork by one of the original Avenger paperback cover artists, Peter Caras (creator of more than 1,700 cover paintings, & a student of Norman Rockwell), and original interior illustrations by Andy Bennett (Vampire: The Masquerade) and Dave Aikins (Zombie, the Board Game).Out of Tragedy, a Hero Is Reborn…

In the roaring heart of the crucible, steel is made. In the raging flame of personal tragedy, men are sometimes forged into something more than human.Wealthy and successful at an early age, Richard Benson was preparing to enjoy a long and happy life with his family when crime took away his wife and young daughter.

Once he was just a man, but now he is a machine of vengeance dedicated to the extermination of all crime. A figure of ice and steel, but more pitiless than both, Benson has become a symbol to crooks and killers--a terrible, almost impersonal force, masking cold genius and a nearly supernatural power behind a face as white and still as a dead man's mask. Only pale eyes, like ice in a polar dawn, hint at what awaits criminals when they invoke the rage of millionaire adventurer Richard Benson -- The Avenger!

Now, for the first time in over 30 years, the fearless/expressionless crime fighter; the man with the moldable face, the man with the shock white hair and the pale grey eyes, is back in action in a stunning collection of stories featuring all the action, adventure, and revenge Avenger fans have come to expect! From noir adventure and two-fisted action, to emotional tales of inner demons, join The Avenger for an E-ticket thrill ride!

*Book Trade version/Cover A: by Peter Caras*Direct Market Version/Cover B: by Dave Dorman*Ltd Ed. Hardcover: (limit of 300) original cover art (not pictured) of the entire Justice Inc crew by Doug Klauba AND ALSO includes an exclusive to this hardcover special Avenger story by Chinese/Indonesian Martial Arts (KunTao Silat) master Joe Judt!1-933076-33-x978-1-933076-33-1$44.00

Keep an eye out for both of these in Previews, and be sure to pre-order them from your local comic shop so you can be certain of getting your copies!

Oh, and I've been told that the Werewolves: Dead Moon Rising anthology, from the same publisher, should be hitting store shelves any day now. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, November 19, 2007

SOPHIE MILMAN ON TOUR!


THE ESSENCE OF LOUNGE!

CREATING THE LOUNGE LIFESTYLE

STEP ONE
Develop an attitude of richness over riches, of swankness, suaveness and strangeness to set yourself apart from the horde of uniformity. This is a paraphrase of the First Manifesto of the Cocktail Nation, as written by the Millionaire of the lounge music group, Combustible Edison.



STEP TWO
Find or create the proper lounge atmosphere. Set up an overall theme, such as Polynesia or outer space, while blocking out the outside world by covering windows and removing inside clocks. Enhance this theme through undulating drapes and sensuous textures, such as silk or velour throw pillows.

STEP THREE
Place yourself and your fellow listeners in close proximity to one another, so you can carry on conversations. You want to schmooze as much as you swing.

STEP FOUR
Eat and drink only what you can carry in your hands. Food items should take the form of canapes and appetizers, while drinks should be some form of cocktail. When you do go for a full meal, make it a steak and Scotch.

STEP FIVE
Dress the part. Men should wear polyester or sharkskin suits and try to copy the style of Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin. Women should wear dresses with tight skirts and try to copy the style of either Jacqueline Kennedy or, at the other extreme, Marilyn Monroe.

LISTENING TO THE MUSIC

STEP ONE
Collect the works of several lounge artists, ranging from classic vocalists such as Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Tony Bennett to bandleaders such as Louis Prima. Include modern groups such as Love Jones, Pink Martini, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

STEP TWO
Set the volume at a comfortable level for easy listening. Lounge music isn't about breaking your eardrums, although groups such as Lounge Against The Machine play music that was originally intended to do so.

STEP THREE
Listen for an exotic sound with white-bread overtones. While lounge music often has African, Indian or Polynesian rhythms, most of it is recorded by professional American musicians, not by tribesmen, rajahs or island natives. This kind of lounge music is often called exotica.

STEP FOUR
Look for an absence of the elements of such genres as country, blues, or rock 'n' roll. Lounge music is intended to be free of the elements of most popular music, other than the swinging elements of big band and be-bop jazz.

LAURA FYGI -- WHAT A FIND!


Some days I am just behind the curve. However, it’s wonderful to come across a writer or singer who is unknown to you, knocks your socks off, and has an extensive cannon of work behind them. The joy of personal discovery is a wonderful thing.

Last night, Sirius Radio was channeling it’s Seriously Sinatra channel through my televison when I heard this female voice, full of smoke and promise, a husky, torchy voice, like Julie London in full seduction mode. I dropped what I was doing to see to whom the voice belonged – Laura Fygi. Who? Never heard of her! Rush to the computer and googlize the name. Found some downloads and listened in pure bliss. This multicultural (Dutch-French), multi-lingual chantuse is amazing!

Her latest CD, Rendez-Vous comes in as a premium import CD with most of the songs both in French and English. What a find!

Fygi - who celebrated her 15th anniversary as a solo singer last year - was born in Amsterdam in 1955 the daughter of a Dutch father and an Egyptian mother, and raised bilingual: her mother spoke French to her and her father Dutch.

Between 1987 and 1991, she was a member of Centerfold, one of the most popular Dutch girl-bands, most likely as much for their voices as for their penchant for dressing in sexy lingerie. They had hits in the Netherlands and all over Europe. In Japan, they were considered famous.
In 1991, the ladies of Centerfold stopped performing and Laura (together with Rowan Moore) started a band called The Backlot. An album was expected from the new group, but instead Mercury Records asked Laura to make a solo album – released as Introducing, produced by Ruud Jacobs. On this album, she was accompanied by famous Belgian musician Jean 'Toots' Thielemans. Most of the songs on the album are jazz.

On Rendez–Vous, her 11th album, she combines her love of the Great American Songbook with the beautiful sounds of her mother tongue. "I just selected my favourite classics and sang them in the most poetic language I know. It's a combination of recognition and emotion."

The collection of songs on Rendez-vous is inspired by the famous Hot Club de France-era, of which Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli are well-known exponents. Hot Club de France was a famous jazz club in Paris in the 1930's, established to protect and promote jazz music. As a result, major international jazz musicians were able to perform in France and many American and European musicians owe their success to the activities of this French organisation. As it was forbidden to sing in English during the war, well-known songs of American composers were translated into French at the time. So, with the exception of 'Caravane', the tracks on Rendez-Vous are all French classics. Fygi asked Philippe Elan, a Frenchman living in the Netherlands, to translate the lyrics of 'Caravane' in French.

The world-famous tracks from Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Glenn Miller and George Gershwin and others were adapted by Laura's own band. "We started in the summer of 2006 by selecting the repertoire, the rhythms and the soloists we would like to invite. My pianist Hans Vroomans laid the foundation for all the new arrangements after which the rest of my band perfected them. Their involvement is significant for this album; it's the reason why this record is so special," says Laura. Rendez-vous is produced by Ruud Jacobs. Similar to Live At Ronnie Scott's, this album has a truly intimate club vibe. Laura: "I just love that intimacy; the idea that the songs are performed just for you, as if you are the one in front of the stage."

The album features guest performances by David Kweksilber on clarinet, Gert Wantenaar on accordion, Tim Kliphuis on violin and Bert Boeren on trombone. Another remarkable guest is French superstar Dave (born in the Netherlands) with whom Laura performs a stunning version of 'Dansez Maintenant'. "He has been living in France for the last 40 years, so he didn't know who I was. But he said that if Michel Legrand thought I was good enough, he certainly couldn't refuse the offer!" Guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg from the famous Rosenberg Trio contributed his gypsy-sounding guitar solos to 'Nuages' and 'Caravane'.

Rendez-Vous is a wonderful CD of jazzy evergreens sung in French. The album will see a worldwide release on 27 April. Laura Fygi will be touring in Asia , where she has been a true superstar for many years. In the spring of 2008, she will embark on a theatre tour in the Netherlands.

LAURA FYGI - RENDEZ-VOUS IN HER OWN WORDS

Le Continental
This song immediately sets the tone. It feels like driving a Deux Chevaux through the waving lavender fields of the French countryside, your arm hanging out of the window, enjoying the sunshine.

Le Temps qui passe
This brings back memories of Casablanca, one of my favourite movies. I wasn't too impressed by Humphrey Bogart, but I just adored Ingrid Bergman. This is pure nostalgia.

Divine Beguine
The characteristic features of this song are its drive and differences in pace. Nearly each verse has a different melody and there's no recurring chorus.

Pour Te Plaire
As far as I'm concerned, this is one of the most wonderful songs on the album. It's a romantic tribute to my husband, almost like wedding vows.

C'est Si Bon
A very famous, originally French song! I have been performing it live as a Q&A with the audience. Everybody knows this song!

Nuages
Originally a French song, just like "C'est Si Bon", but this one has a real gypsy style to it. It's about a departing train and it really feels like you're on that train. It has an amazing guitar solo by Stochelo Rosenberg.

Tout Le Jour, Toute La Nuit
A Cole Porter classic and just a great song!

Volons Vers La Lune
Everybody always records this song in a swing version. I wanted to do it differently, so I recorded a very slow version instead.

Quelqu'un m'aimera
Cheerful, short and uncomplicated, featuring a great solo of my pianist Hans. Very refreshing, especially after "Volant Vers La Lune".

Tu Viens Dans Ma TĂȘte
The French lyrics are about somebody who can?t make up his mind. Should he stay of should he go? The lyrics are completely in sync with the music.

La Complainte de Mackie
Originally a classic song by Kurt Weill, and by many covered in a jazz version. It's a magnificent composition. It starts out very subtly, and with each verse an instrument is added. It's also a fantastic story in itself.

Autour de Minuit
One of the most melancholic songs on the album, and the most poetic French lyrics I have ever heard. It has an enormous depth and is a beautiful translation of the original.

Caravane
A true caravan song, with a solo by Stochelo Rosenberg! Our collaboration was the result of a tour I did with the Rosenberg Trio. I love their gypsy style.

Dansez Maintenant
This is a French version of Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade". Dave's high timbre combines beautifully with my sultry, low voice. It was a thrill to work with him.

DISCOGRAPHY

RENDEZ-VOUS (CD Album)
Release: 27th April 2007

LIVE AT NORTH SEA JAZZ (DVD)
Release: 29th April 2005

THE VERY BEST TIME OF YEAR (CD Album)
Release: 12th November 2004

AT RONNIE SCOTT'S (CD Album)
Release: 03rd September 2004

THE LATIN TOUCH (CD Album)
Release: 01st March 2004

AT RONNIE SCOTT'S (SACD-Hybrid)
Release: 14th May 2003

CHANGE (CD Album)
Release: 2001

LIVE (CD Album)
Release: 29th October 1998

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS (CD Album)
Release: 12th March 1997
TURN OUT THE LAMPLIGHT (CD Album)
Release: 12th November 1995

THE LADY WANTS TO KNOW (CD Album)
Release: 02nd April 1994

BEWITCHED (CD Album)
Release: 11th November 1992

INTRODUCING (CD Album)
Release: 12th November 1991

Sunday, November 18, 2007

SHERRY PETTA @ CATALINA JAZZ CLUB!

CD RELEASE PARTY!

CATALINA JAZZ CLUB

November, 28 2007

6725 W. Sunset Blvd.,

Hollywood, California 90028

Cost : $15.00 (plus 2 drink minimum or dinner per person)

Catch a full 90-minute show the night before the LA Music Awards. One of the finest jazz clubs around, show starts at 8:30, great food, perfect atmosphere. Joining Sherry on stage for this special night are Dave Henning (piano), Pete Gitlin (guitar), Steven VonWald (saxophone), Andy Ziker (drums), and LA's finest, Ryan Roberts.

Sherry is one of our new contemporary favorites. A gorgeous voice in a gorgeous package.

Check out her rendition of Summer Wind at:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=49310785

You can also check out her CD This Is Why on Amazon at:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BUWE7G?tag=myspace08-20&link_code=xm2&camp=2025&dev-t=D2WQY839001DMT

THIS ONE IS THE REAL THING!

HUNTER S. THOMPSON PROFILE IN NEW MEN'S VOGUE


FROM OUR BUDDY AT HEMMINGWAY'S LOUNGE: http://hemingwayslounge.blogspot.com/


While the new book, "GONZO: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson: An Oral Biography," by Corey Seymour, along with media god and Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner was released on Halloween day, an abridged, albeit extended book jacket version can be found in this month's Men's Vogue in a well-documented piece. No self-respecting modern journalist hasn't at least once fancied the notion of chucking the conventional route and just going plain gonzo like the late renegade writer Hunter S. Thompson. Corey Seymour, a senior editor at Men's Vogue magazine, had his first journalism gig at Rolling Stone as the $18,000-a-year handler of Thompson. Seymour recounts his diverse duties included resuscitating the writer from comatose states, buying him inflatable sex dolls, and preventing him from throwing heavy objects out of hotel windows. Ah, the life of a modern would-be handler… A must-read for aspiring gonzo scribes and those interested in modern journalism in relation to the modern journalist celebrity.To read it, click HERE.