Saturday, June 20, 2009

NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES ANTHOLOGY!

NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES ANTHOLOGY!

Airship 27 Prod., and Cornerstone Book Publishers are very excited to announce the release of their newest title, SHERLOCK HOLMES, CONSUTLING DETECTIVE Vol. One.

Victorian England, a time of historical significance as the world was poised expectantly for the coming wonders and terrors of the new century. Amidst this atmosphere of anticipation and intrigue, one man emerged as a beacon of logic and cold, calculating reason in an unsettling time: Mr. Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective. Now he returns in five brand new mysteries by four of today’s finest writers.

A famous soccer player is found dead in the club house. An unidentified stowaway is murdered aboard a U.S. Navy warship, while another man is found asphyxiated in an empty, locked room. These are several of the twisted puzzles challenging the Baker Street sleuth as he once again takes up the hunt on the fog ridden streets of London accompanied, as always, by his faithful ally, Dr.Watson.

Writers Aaron Smith, Andrew Salmon, Van Allen Plexico and I.A. Watson have set forth exciting new mysteries done in the traditional style of the original Holmes stories by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There are no space aliens here nor howling werewolves, simply good old fashion whodunits. So arm yourself for danger and all manner of villainy as once again, the game is afoot!

This premier volume features a dramatic cover by artist Mark Maddox, with interior illustrations and design by Rob Davis. Edited by Airship 27 Prod. founder, Ron Fortier.
“Sherlock Holmes is clearly the most beloved fictional character ever created,” Fortier offered in discussing the new book. “We’ve assembled a collection of five terrific stories we are sure will entertain Holmes fans around the world.”

Airship 27 Productions produces new pulp novels and anthologies featuring classic pulp heroes. Their publisher is Cornerstone Book Publishers of New Orleans and their titles are available though all major book distributors. Airship 27, pulp fiction for a new generation!

Produced by Airship 27
Published by Cornerstone Book Publishers

Release date: 20 June 2009
Retail Price: $21.95
Now available at
http://stores.lulu.com/airship27
Soon all major book distributors.

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ SHOW 60!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ SHOW 60!

Join the BIG W every Friday evening as he continues to explorer, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!

PLAYLIST:

• This Could Be The Start Of Something Big - Eydie Gorme & Steve Lawrence
• Tico Tico – Perez Prado
• Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off - Louis Prima & Keely Smith
• Holiday For Strings - John Scott Trotter Orchestra
• Don’t Rain On My Parade – Jack Jones
• Theme from "Trials of O'Brien" - Ray Martin
• Suzie Wong Mambo - George Duning
• How About You - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney
• Blue Moon - Paul Weston
• The Tease – Pete Rugolo
• Music To Watch Girls By – Ray Conniff
• The Happy Organ – Eddie Layton
• East Of The Rockies – Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer
• Havana - Les Baxter
• Salt & Pepper - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• On Top Of Old Smokey - Dick Schory
• Big Beautiful Ball – Johnny Williams
• Mountain Greenery - Jackie Cain & Roy Kral
• Rock And Roll Cha Cha Cha - Don Swan
• The Sad Sack - Jerry Lewis
• South Of The Border – Dean Martin
• Theme from “The Fugitive” – Si Zentner

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

JAMES BOND COVER GALLERY!

JAMES BOND COVER GALLERY!

STEVE HOLLAND OVER AT THE BRITISH COMIC AND ILLUSTRATION BLOG BEAR ALLEY, GIVES US A GREAT LOOK AT THE ORIGINAL COLOR COVERS FOR HIS COLLECTIONS OF JAMES BOND COMIC STRIPS.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

JOHN PIZZARELLI NEWSLETTER!

JOHN PIZZARELLI NEWSLETTER!

JOHN PIZZARELLI RECEIVES 2009 ELLA FITZGERALD AWARD


John Pizzarelli is the 11th artist to receive the Ella Fitzgerald Award, established in 1999 by The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and conferred in recognition of the versatility, improvisational originality and quality of repertoire of a jazz singer renowned on the international scene.

A past master in the art of reinventing jazz classics, zinging them with accents of swing or pop, Pizzarelli is often compared to legends Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Mr. Pizzarelli will appear with seven musical confederates, on a mission to swing the big band sound into The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal on Saturday, July 11, 6 p.m., Thetre Maisonneuve, PdA, as part of En voix Rio Tinto Alcan series.

In accepting the 2009 prize, John Pizzarelli will be following previous Ella Fitzgerald prizewinners:

2008 Aretha Franklin
2007 Harry Connick, Jr.
2006 Etta James
2005 Al Jarreau
2004 Tony Bennett
2003 Bobby McFerrin
2002 Dianne Reeves
2001 Diana Krall
2000 Dee Dee Bridgewater
1999 Diane Schuur

PIZZARELLI'S TO BE HONORED AT DETROIT JAZZ FESTIVAL ON LABOR DAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2009

Organizers of the Detroit Jazz Fest announced the festival theme and initial slate of performers for its 30th anniversary Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7, 2009

In celebration of three decades of presenting jazz, the Detroit Jazz Fest will honor KEY JAZZ FAMILIES and Detroit's own significant history of players and composers. Sub-titled "Keepin' Up With the Joneses," it will center on the family dynasty of Thad, Elvin and Hank Jones through performances by brothers and families who not only stay connected to "the tradition," but to each other.

Families represented so far include the Brubeck family, JOHN & BUCKY PIZZARELLI and the Clayton Brothers. T.S. Monk will honor the musical legacy of his father, Thelonious Monk, in Monk on Monk. The venerable Hank Jones, recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Grammy Awards, will appear on behalf of the Jones family.

Read the full news release on the
Detroit Jazz Fest website.

RADIO DELUXE LIVE AT TANGLEWOOD JAZZ FESTIVAL!

SEPTEMBER 5, 2009 Join John and Jessica on September 5, 2009 at the
Tanglewood Jazz Festival for a LIVE taping of Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli.

This prestigious festival is the perfect venue for the first LIVE taping of Radio Deluxe. Make your plans now to participate in this exciting event. Tickets are available now!

We'll keep you informed over the coming months with more details about guest artists.

Friday, June 19, 2009

THE PHANTOM: GHOST WHO WALKS #5!

THE PHANTOM: GHOST WHO WALKS #5!

Coming in September!


Written by Mike Bullock
Pencils and inks by Silvestri Syzilagyi
Colors by Bob Pedroza

Covers by Joe Corroney and Mike Romanoski.

Return of The Eastern Dark, part 1 of 2. When people go missing, The Phantom finds himself drawn into what appears to be a slave trade ring, but turns out to be far more insidious. Can The Ghost Who Walks overcome The Eastern Dark, or will the sun set on our hero once and for all?

Bonus: The serialized Phantom prose back-ups continue this issue.


32 pages
$3.99


MOONSTONE BOOKS

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ JAZZ CATS!

SEX, LIES AND PRIVATE EYES!

SEX, LIES AND PRIVATE EYES!

Now available and arriving in comic shops June 24th!


A Moonstone Crime Wave event! When it comes to sex, lies often follow & in the dark heart of the city, death can be the ultimate payback!

A landmark collection of all-new original noir short stories with the theme of "sex for sale." Written by some of today's top crime writers, Sex, Lies and Private Eyes features a stunning cast of legendary characters from the best mysteries of the past and present: Alo Nudger, Fred Carver, Blackshirt, Candy Matson Domino Lady, Kolchak, Lai Wan, Jack Hagee PI, Johnny Dollar, Mr. Keen, Pat Novak, Sherlock Holmes, The Silencers, The Maze Agency, Toby Peters, Truxton Lewis, and more! With stories by Max Allan Collins, Loren D. Estleman, Stuart M. Kaminksy, Mike W. Barr, Mike Bullock, Barbara Collins, Steven Grant, CJ Henderson, David Tischman, and more, this is one noir ride you won't want to miss!

Softcover
288 pages
B&W
$16.95

MOONSTONE BOOKS

HONEY WEST ~ MOONSTONE BOOKS!

HONEY WEST ~ MOONSTONE BOOKS!

Honey West, created by Gloria and Forest Fickling, is a sexy noir blend of Marilyn Monroe and Mike Hammer!

She is a sassy, curvy, and tough P.I. She was one of the first female private detectives in popular fiction.

She first appeared in the 1957 book This Girl for Hire and would go on to appear in 10 more novels.

MOONSTONE will be producing all new stories, both in comics, as well as prose!

This wickedly cool detective will be tested by writers Elaine Lee, Rafael Nieves, and Trina Robbins!

Honey West was also the star of a short lived TV show, A slinky, glamorous female private eye, was something new to television. In an era when actresses were confined to sedate housewife and girlfriend roles, this series marked a unique and original departure. This was the first dramatic TV series in the U.S. with a female star in an action-adventure role traditionally played by a male actor. It was unprecedented to see a beautiful, curvacious woman in a catsuit beating up male attackers with a high-kick, judo-flip, or well-placed karate chop.

Her untamed feline qualites were reflected by her leopard spot and animal-print wardrobe and decor. She also kept an exotic pet ocelot and raced around in a Cobra convertible sportscar. The risque aspect of the novels was toned down for television, although sultry Anne Francis nevertheless exuded a considerable sex appeal. And she frequently went on undercover missions requiring some revealing outfit or bikini, etc.

MOONSTONE BOOKS: THE SPIDER #2!

MOONSTONE BOOKS: THE SPIDER #2!

COMING IN SEPTEMBER!

Written by Will Murray
Art by Giovanni P. Timpano
Cover by Gary Carbon.

TOMAHAWKS FROM HELL

The Spider: the most violent and ruthless of all crime fighters...A cloaked, fanged, borderline crazy denizen of the dark force-feeding hard justice with a pair of '45's!

A new reign of terror has begun in Manhattan, something not seen in generations. All over town, people in all walks of life are found murdered -- scalped! Red Tomahawk Demands that all citizens of Manhattan evacuate the city.

It’s being taken back by its original owners -- the Mohawks. Nita is kidnapped. Then what appears to be her blonde scalp arrives at police HQ in a box. But the box contains a clue and so a maddened Spider follows that clue to the real Red Tomahawk, to rescue Nita and end the reign of blood.

32 pages
black and white
$3.25.
Moonstone Books

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ TRIPLE PLAY!

BAMBOO LOUNGE!

NEW POSTERS RELEASED FOR SHERLOCK HOLMES MOVIE!

NEW POSTERS RELEASED FOR SHERLOCK HOLMES MOVIE!

Empire Movie News has releasded the first posters for the Guy Ritchie movie Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson.

The first Sherlock Holmes trailer was released about a month ago, which looked pretty cool, but cearly not a faithful adaptation – so very likely to tick off purists. The posters are completely in character with the trailer, so it appears director Ritchie is trying to set up a new franchise for a new generation.

BRIGITTE ZARIE ~ MAKE ROOM FOR ME!

BRIGITTE ZARIE ~ MAKE ROOM FOR ME!

Brigitte Zarie, new CD release, Make Room For Me, is a cool collection of original jazz compositions written by Brigitte & performed by Brigitte's Big Band and Jazz Quintet. Old school with a new twist!

The incredible rhythm section & stellar guest artists include, Randy Brecker & Jeff Golub,Tom Malone, Al Chez & Bruce Kapler from the David Letterman Show, and a host of NY's top session players.

Brigitte's international flavor shines (she speaks 3 languages) on the second version of the title track recorded in French. She’s also had songs from her catalogue, Tutto Se Perme, performed and recorded by UK pop/opera artist Russell Watson in English and Italian, as well as UK singer John Christos.

Other compositions have been featured on TV shows such as the O.C., MTV, The Real World, an in TV Movies like Snow2:BrainFreeze and Future Cars.

Her voice has been featured on spots for The NBA, Southwest Air, Toyota, Scotch Tape, Kay Jewelers, and many Feature Films such as Pokemon, and the upcoming summer releases Food Fight and Lonely Streets.

Make Room For Me is a collection of new jazz compositions destined to be in competition as tomorrows standards. Get a taste and get in the mood!

TO CHECK OUT BRIGITTE’S MUSIC CLICK HERE

Thursday, June 18, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ THE PULP JUNGLE BY FRANK GRUBER!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ THE PULP JUNGLE BY FRANK GRUBER!

THIS IS ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS ABOUT WRITERS AND WRITING. GRUBER WAS A MAN WHO TRULY LED THE LIFE OF A PULP WRITER AND WAS ABLE TO ELOQUENTLY CAPTURE THAT LIFE IN THE PAGES OF THIS MEMOIRE. NO FAN OF THE PULPS SHOULD PASS THIS ONE BY.


Frank Gruber’s first sale as an author came with a short story, The Two Dollar Raise,” which went to a Sunday School newspaper. The payment was #3.50.

The time was 1927, and for Gruber the first sale meant much more that being able to get a job as editor of a farm paper o the basis of being a published author. It meant the beginning of a massive assault on the pulp jungle.

The center of the jungle was in New York, where scores of magazines were published each month. They appeared with the thick, pulpy paper from which the name “pulp magazines, derived, and they had lurid, four-color covers, generally depicting some sort of violence. The pay for stories appearing in these magazines ranged from fractions of a cent per word to a lordly three and four cents per word.

Frank Gruber was determined to appear in these magazines at the top rates. Often forced to subsist on the Automat’s famous “tomato soup,” Gruber learned what it was like to have the “French key” used in his hotel room when he was arrears in rent. Between 1927 and 1934, he developed a grim but nodding acquaintance with the wolf. During it all, he continued to churn out an amazing quantity of material.

Gruber’s persistence paid off and, gradually, he began making sales. Never one to rest on his laurels, Gruber extended his range, doing short stories in one sitting, tackling the longer novelettes and serials and, finally, breaking into the book field.

This is the story of Gruber’s days in the pulp jungle, his memories of the editors who bought this material and the writers who were working then. Earle Stanley Gardner, Carroll John Daly Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and the incredible Max Brand are strong subplots in this document of one of the most exciting times and eras in popular American fiction.

This book is also a profound document for anyone interested in writing or knowing more about some of the fine authors America has produced. It is also a history of Black Mask, the now defunct magazine which ranks next to Edgar Allan Poe in the shaping of American mystery fiction as we know it today.

Above all it is the remarkable story of a man known the world over for his writing, a man who becomes impatient when he is between writing projects.

Frank Gruber has published so extensively in the mystery and western fields that it is difficult to keep track of the number. This is probably his fifty-third book, but the amazing author continu(ed) to produce manuscripts in addition to motion picture originals. He has also created three television series and sold a hundred and fifty scripts. He liv(ed) in West Los Angeles.

TITAN’S JAMES BOND GRAPHIC NOVEL OMNIBUS!

TITAN’S JAMES BOND GRAPHIC NOVEL OMNIBUS!

The daring James Bond is back in a definitive bumper edition collecting Ian Fleming’s earliest literary adventures in comic strip form! For the first time, eleven of Bond’s most thrilling and dangerous missions appear in a single volume: “Casino Royale”, “Live and Let Die”, “Moonraker”, “Diamonds are Forever”, “From Russia With Love”, “Dr. No”, “Goldfinger”, “Risico”, “From a View to a Kill”, “For Your Eyes Only” and “Thunderball”!

With an exclusive introduction by Sir Roger Moore, this huge volume features beautiful women, thrilling action, incredible gadgets and the odd Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred…this ultimate collection of Bond’s best is not to be missed.

PER COMMADERBOND.NET

Due for release this September, this volume brings together numerous (11 of them, in fact) different comic strip adventures that have previously been featured in earlier James Bond collections from Titan.

Limited to original Ian Fleming material, this volume will showcase the work of writers Henry Gammidge, Anthony Hern and Peter O’Donnell and artist John McLusky.

CRIMINAL ~ THE SINNERS!

CRIMINAL ~ THE SINNERS!

FROM THE CREATORS OF INCOGNITO -- THE AWARD-WINNING SERIES RETURNS! “THE BEST CRIME COMIC EVER PUBLISHED…”

COVER BY: Sean Phillips
WRITER: Ed Brubaker
PENCILS: Sean Phillips

THE STORY:

One of the most award-winning and acclaimed comics series of the last several years returns to the shelves this September with a perfect new jumping-on point for new readers – or those who’ve gotten hooked on Brubaker and Phillips hit series INCOGNITO and are craving more!

CRIMINAL’s most popular character, TRACY LAWLESS returns in THE SINNERS.

It’s been a year since Tracy was forced into working for the bad guys, and now made men are turning up dead all over the city, in what appears to be mob-style hits. But since criminals don’t go to the cops for justice… only Tracy can solve this crime.

PRICE: $3.50

IN STORES: September 23, 2009

COOL GUYS DON'T LOOK AT EXPLOSIONS!

COOL GUYS DON'T LOOK AT EXPLOSIONS!

FROM THE RECENT MTV MOVIE AWARDS. PRICELESS...




THANKS TO HEMINGWAY’S LOUNGE

AUCTION ~ CAPES FROM THE PRISONER!

AUCTION ~ CAPES FROM THE PRISONER!

DETAILS FROM BONHAMS AUCTION HOUSE . . .

SALE 16808 - ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA INCLUDING ITEMS FROM THE ANGELS COLLECTION OF TELEVISION & FILM COSTUMES, 16 JUN 2009

KNIGHTSBRIDGE ~ LOT NO: 77†W

THE PRISONER, 1967 ~
A MULTICOLOURED STRIPED CAPE, OF HEAVY COTTON FABRIC, IN RED, BLUE, ORANGE AND BROWN, WITH COLLAR AND ROPE TIE TO NECK, LABELLED INSIDE "M.BERMAN LTD, 18 IRVING ST., LEICESTER SQ., W.C.2"

SOLD FOR £1,860 INCLUSIVE OF BUYER'S PREMIUM

FOOTNOTE:

THE CAPE WAS MADE FOR ONE OF THE PRISONERS HELD IN THE VILLAGE COMPOUND, AND FEATURED THROUGHOUT THE SERIES.

FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE

THANKS, ~ CATHY! BCNU

THURSDAY A CAPPELLA!

THURSDAY A CAPPELLA!

THIS TAKES A LITTLE WHILE TO GET GOING(YOU MIGHT HAVE TO TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS), BUT IT’S MAJOR LEAGUE COOL!

TOTO'S AFRICA BY PERPETUUM JAZZILE, PERFORMED LIVE AT VOKAL XTRAVAGANZZA 2008.


BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

THIS WEEK ON BURN NOTICE:


Arms trader Brennen (from "Sins of Omission") returns and kidnaps Nate, forcing Michael to help him pull off an elaborate heist. Michael must also contend with Detective Paxson's ongoing investigation.
Tune in tonight at 9/8C for the premiere of "End Game"!
Missed the first two episodes of the new season?
Watch them online!

THIS WEEK ON THE BURN NOTICE SITE:

Covert Ops: Tactical Espionage Training - A good spy turns any situation, no matter how bad, into an advantage. The latest Covert Ops game will teach you how to do just that. A brand-new espionage training exercise is available every week! First up: Shoot to Miss.

Bruce Campbell Interview - Bruce Campbell shares his thoughts on Michael, Fiona and Sam in our latest video interview. Plus, he explains the origins of "Chuck Finley", and reveals why there should never be a Sam Axe drinking game!

See it Like a Spy - Michael Westen has a knack for improvising gadgets, but how does your own spy savvy compare? Each week we'll name a different gadget, and you'll have to decide which items will get the job done. This week: building an Emergency Life Vest.

Burn Notice Buzz - The Buzz is your one-stop shop for the latest news articles, photos, and videos relating to Burn Notice and all of its stars! All that, plus a Twitter Tracker that captures the latest tweets from Burn Notice fans!

What Type of Villain Are You? - Can you see yourself starting up a criminal enterprise? It's risky, dangerous and irresponsible, so don't get started without a plan... answer these questions and find out which villainous persona is right for you!

DOMINO LADY #1!

DOMINO LADY #1!

Story: Nancy Holder
Art: Danny Sempere
Colors: Jason Jensen
Cover: Uwe Jarling
32pgs, color, $3.99

THE DEBUT OF MOONSTONE’S HOT NOIR-CRIME THRILLER!

Buffy novelist and four time Bram Stoker Award winner Nancy Holder uncovers the sexy romp secrets of our stunning Blond Bombshell in this new on-going series!

The Domino Lady does whatever it takes, and uses whatever is at her disposal, to outthink and outplay those who prey upon the innocent. Sleeping with the enemy makes no difference with her, as long as she can put away the bad guys. No man can resist her, for she strikes without warning and she holds all the cards.

DOMINO LADY #2!

Story: Nancy Holder
Art: Jan Carlos Maniquis
Colors: Jason Jensen
Covers: Matt Larson, Cortney Skinner
32pgs, color, $3.99

Buffy novelist and four time Bram Stoker Award winner Nancy Holder uncovers the sexy romp secrets of our stunning Blond Bombshell in “The Zeppelin Affair”!

There’s noir revenge and desperation a-plenty in this high flying mystery adventure! The Domino Lady takes no prisoners…unless there’s one she likes, of course.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ TRIPLE PLAY!

SUMMER NIGHT SWING @ CITYWALK!

SUMMER NIGHT SWING @ CITYWALK!

UNIVERSAL CITY WALK
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA

JUNE 30, JULY 7, 14, 21, 28
AUGUST 4, 11, 18, 25

7:30P.M. - 10:00P.M.

ENJOY SWING AND ROCKABILLY FROM THE CITYWALK STAGE AS CITYWALK INTRODUCES SUMMER NIGHT SWING. THE BANDS PROVIDE SWINGIN' GROOVES UNDER THE STARS.

DON'T KNOW HOW TO SWING? PROFESSIONAL DANCE INSTRUCTORS WILL BE ON HAND TWICE A NIGHT AT 7:30PM AND 8:45PM CONDUCTING FREE LESSONS.

SUMMER NIGHT SWING IS HOSTED BY BRAD CHAMBERS OF
WWW.MARTINIINTHEMORNING.COM

SCHEDULE

DATE TIME BAND
JUNE 30
7:30PM
DAVE BASS BAND
WEBSITE

JULY 7
7:30PM
WISEGUYS
WEBSITE

JULY 14
7:30PM
20 FLIGHT ROCK
WEBSITE

JULY 21
7:30PM
KID & NIC SHOW
WEBSITE

JULY 28
7:30PM
DAVE BASS BAND
WEBSITE
AUGUST 4
7:30PM


WISEGUYS
WEBSITE

AUGUST 11
7:30PM
PHAT CAT SWINGER
WEBSITE

AUGUST 18
7:30PM
FLATTOP TOM & HIS JUMP CATS
WEBSITE

AUGUST 25
7:30PM
BARREL HOUSE BOYS
WEBSITE

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

THE PRISONER ~ ON THE TRAIL AGAIN!

THE PRISONER ~ ON THE TRAIL AGAIN!

I'VE ACTUALLY SPENT TIME IN THE WELSH VILLAGE OF PORTMEIRION WHERE THE ORIGINAL THE PRISONER SERIES WAS FILMED AND IT'S WAY COOL, SO THE FOLLOWING WAS GOOD NEWS . . .


Fans of the village of Portmeirion's part in "The Prisoner" will be delighted to hear that "On the Trail of The Prisoner - a walking guide to Portmeirion's Prisoner sites" by Catherine Frumerman, has been reprinted following the sell-out of its first run.

Due to updated software technology and the utilization of a brand new, $250,000, state-of-the-art Canon printing press, the book is brighter with the pictures clearer and deeper. There are some additional photos (new and old) and the cover has been double laminated making it more water-resistant.


The book is available from Portmeirion's Prisoner shop as well as online at Prisoner e-store
PrizBiz.

007 MAGAZINE IS BACK!

007 MAGAZINE IS BACK!

The World’s Number One James Bond Publication Is Set To Return In Print In Its 30th Anniversary Year

After a 3-year ‘sabbatical’ as an online Internet publication only, 007 Magazine is set to return during summer 2009 with not one, but two separate titles. The sister publication will be entitled 007 Magazine Archive Files, and the first issue will feature articles and many never-before-seen images from the making of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, in the film’s 40th anniversary year.

Each issue of 007 Magazine Archive Files will concentrate on aspects of one Bond film in the series’ history, while the original 007 Magazine will contain a varied selection of features relating to all aspects of the James Bond phenomenon. Both 36-page ‘Limited Edition’ issues will retail at £9.99 each (plus £1.50 p&p - $20 surface mail) and will be published at intervals throughout the year on a non-subscription basis.

007 Magazine editor & publisher Graham Rye explained, “I can think of no better way of celebrating 007 Magazine’s 30th anniversary than the publication re-emerging in a printed format. When we ceased publishing 007 Magazine as a paper publication in December 2005 many of our faithful long-time readers were less than enthusiastic about the changeover to the new media. So after being away for a three-year hiatus I’ve decided to return with a printed magazine format and this time to run two titles side-by-side, hopefully to cater for every possible taste in Bond fandom. With so many unseen images in the 007 Magazine Achive this will prove a great opportunity to bring them to a wider audience.”

The 007 Magazine website will continue to feature a large free view area while its 1,000-page feature-packed encrypted pay-to-view archive area will offer a newly reduced 12-month subscription fee of £9.99 ($16). The current �£4.99 ($7.50) monthly subscription to the encrypted pay-to-view area will remain the same.

007 Magazine first appeared in print in April 1979 and premiered on the World Wide Web during 1997, while its more recent web persona evolved during September 2004.

007 Magazine publications and website feature the definitive work on the subject, covering everything relating to the James Bond phenomenon and spanning six decades from 1952 to the present day. During its 30-year history 007 Magazine & Archive has become THE foremost worldwide focal point for countless enquiries relating to Bond, James Bond - and provides the ultimate resource for James Bond enthusiasts worldwide, and a unique commercial picture agency & information centre for the world’s media.

The 007 Magazine Archive is the largest commercial archive of its kind in the world and many of its never-before-seen images will feature regularly throughout the pages of both 007 Magazine publications.

Both 007 Magazine publications will be printed in limited quantities, so if you wish to reserve a copy prior to publication (with no obligation to purchase), please email
editor@007magazine.co.uk.

Customers will be emailed when the publications are available for sale through the 007 Magazine website.


FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

MATT HELM MEETS JAMES BOND!

MATT HELM MEETS JAMES BOND!

HERE’S A NICE PHOTO AND POST FROM THE SWINGING DINO’S LOUNGE . . .


It's great to get a chance to see two older spies, Matt Helm (Dean Martin) and James Bond (Roger Moore) meet up. I don't know much about the details behind this picture. I know it's a Friar's Club event in 1986. Dean Martin was one year away from the tragic death of his son. Roger Moore had done his last Bond movie the year before this. For those who didn't know or had forgotten, both of these men had played in The Cannonball Run back in 1981.

SHIRLEY BASSEY & BOND!

SHIRLEY BASSEY AND BOND!

NOBODY DOES A JAMES BOND THEME SONG BETTER THAN SHIRELY BASSEY. THE BELOW VIDEO SHOWS WHY . . .



A SHRUG OF THE TRENCHCOAT TO MY FELLOW C.O.B.R.A.S. CHRIS MILLS OVER AT THE SPY-FI CHANNEL

LOUIS & KEELY LIVE AT THE SAHARA!

LOUIS & KEELY LIVE AT THE SAHARA!

ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED NEW MUSICALS OF 2008 RETURNS WITH A NEW PRODUCTION DIRECTED BY ACADEMY AWARD WINNER TAYLOR HACKFORD!

Inspired by the birth of Las Vegas and the lounge acts that made the Strip legendary, Louis & Keely is a swingin’ love story based on the hard-won career of real-life 20th Century music icons Louis Prima and Keely Smith.

Winner of the Ovation Award for Best Musical and nominated for 14 Los Angeles theater awards, Louis & Keely is now back on stage with even more verve – a new script, a new director, new characters (including Frank Sinatra) and six new songs. With a “live” jazz band on stage every night, old standards like "That Old Black Magic," "Hey Boy, Hey Girl," "Just a Gigolo," and “I Wish You Love" keep your toes-tapping all night long.

So grab your swingers and head to the Geffen for a vintage night in Vegas -- “live” band, the hippest stars and a love story that could only unfold onstage.


AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE!
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
10886 Le Conte Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tues-Thurs, 8pm
Fridays, 7:30pm
Saturdays, 3:30pm & 8pm
Sundays, 2:30pm & 7:30pm


TUESDAY JAZZ!

TUESDAY JAZZ!

We’re going to Vibrato Jazz Club with friends this Saturday to see to see Barbara Morrison perform. Her style and voice put me in mind of Etta James and I’m looking forward to dinner and the show.

Below is a YouTube video of Morrison performing with one of my favorites, Renee Olstead, in 2004 (when Renee was only fifteen!) at the Montreux Jazz Festival.


Swing On!

LALO SCHIFRIN / JIMMY SMITH ~ THE CAT!

LALO SCHIFRIN / JIMMY SMITH ~ THE CAT!

HERE’S ANOTHER GREAT DOWNLOAD FROM KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNDS . . . KELLY JUST KEEPS ‘EM COMIN’.


Jimmy Smith fans will likely have this album already. If you're not one of these take a listen. The fact that Smith moved the Hammond organ from the dance floor to the jazz scene and upgraded it to become a fully-fledged improvisation instrument is to be found in every good dictionary of music. The results of this transition can be heard here. However when Jimmy shifted from Blue Note to Verve in the early '60s his outings for the new label were not always considered as impressive from a jazz perspective. But he redressed that on this album. Here he uses some full-blown big band arrangements by Argentinian Lalo Schifrin as a backdrop for his mainly blues oriented material. If you dig the interplay between these two, suggest you track down "The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith", his first release for Verve. It's another with big band backing -- this time with arrangements by Oliver Nelson.

TRACKS:

01) Joy House Theme
02) The Cat
03) Basin Street Blues
04) Main Title from The Carpetbagger
05) Chicago Serenade
06) St. Louis Blues
07) Delon's Blues
08) Blues In The Night

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Monday, June 15, 2009

JUST GROOVIN ~ DIANE MARINO!

JUST GROOVIN ~ DIANE MARINO!

Diane's new CD release of great tune's from the 60's..A new "Smooth Jazz" take on such hits as "Groovin', Walking In The Rain, Baby I'm Yours, Yes I'm Ready" 12 great tunes in all. Featuring extraordinary guest artists: Felix Cavaliere, Kirk Whalum, Houston Person, and Wycliffe Gordon.

Singer/pianist Diane Marino was born in Manhattan, NYC. She received her early piano training of classical studies and improvisation from the age of 10. Diane was accepted at NYC’S ‘Famed’ High School for the Performing Arts as a classical piano major. She later attended the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan where she studied piano with world-renowned concert pianist Murray Perahia.

"Diane Marino possesses one of those rare voices that grabs hold of you and gives you nothing but total pleasure from the beginning to the end of her "Just Groovin'" CD. She glides through these tunes with such finesse and a warm persona that I'm so inclined to wonder if there's anyone better.....If there is, we haven't heard them! The production caliber is nothing short of magnificent. This is one superbly talented lady!"

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ DOUBLE PLAY!

THIN ICE!


THIN ICE DVD!

Jesse Stone is back! Paradise (Massachusetts) Police Chief Jesse Stone (played by Tom Selleck) finds himself in trouble with the Town Council when he inadvertently becomes involved in a shoot-out on a Boston street in Jesse Stone: Thin Ice. His friend, State Homicide Commander Healy, is seriously wounded and Jesse comes under investigation by the Boston Police Department's Internal Affairs Division, which causes him to be away from Paradise for extended periods of time in this exciting fifth installment of the popular series.

When Chief Stone fires the Paradise Police Department's most enthusiastic ticket-writer, the city's main source of revenue takes a serious hit. His status with the Town Council already faltering, the chief puts his own job in serious jeopardy by agreeing to help a celebrated out-of-towner search for her missing child.

These made-for-television movies are based on the bestselling books by Robert B. Parker.

A sixth movie, Jesse Stone: No Remorse, wrapped up production last November. No air date has yet been set by CBS.

CRIKEY! #10!

CRIKEY! #10!

For fans of British comic’s, the latest issue of Crikey! (#10, June 2009) is available.


Per Steve Holland at Bear Alley, the new issue is filled with the usual eclectic mixture of articles. Around half the issue is dedicated to some of comicdoms finest females: Jane, Axa, Carrie, Wicked Wanda and the George & Lynne strip, which existed pretty much just to show the latter topless. Interleaved are articles on Marvel UK, Zero-X, Rogue Trooper, Countdown, daredevils of the Evel Knievel variety from the pages of Tiger and Speed, plus an interview with sculptor Terry Curtis who worked on various Gerry Anderson shows.

The big news from Crikey! is the September issue will be a major relaunch with the title going bi-monthly and expanding to 84 full colour pages. And they're being distributed in Borders. And it's all for the same £4.99 price tag. Phew!

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BIG BAND SWING!


THE SWANK PACK!

THE SWANK PACK!

PASADENA JAZZ INSTITUTE PRESENTS

An Evening of Swingin', Singin' and Style
Magician - Dave Cox
Crooner - Douglas Roegiers
and introducing Bonnie Gordon on vocals,
the Roegiers 7 Piece Orchestra
and your host Ash "Ace" Brown

TIES AND JACKETS FOR GENTLEMEN, COCKTAIL ATTIRE FOR LADIES

WE'RE PLANNING ON CHECKING OUT THIS GREAT NEW SHOW ON JULY 2ND WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS -- ANY OTHER LOUNGE LIZARDS ENTHUSIASTICALLY WELCOMED!

Thursday, July 2, 2009
08:30 PM
Pasadena Jazz Institute
Paseo Colorado
260 E Colorado Blvd
Suite 206
Pasadena
CA 91101
$20.00 advance, $30.00 at the door

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