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Love Songs in the Afternoon, Mount Prospect Public Library, 3/19/13, 1:30pm

I’ll be debuting my new concert series, Love Songs in the Afternoon, tomorrow, March 19, 2013, at Mount Prospect Public Library.

Love Songs in the Afternoon

Register for this event here:
http://mppl.org/calendar/?ID=13287

Date: 3/19/2013
Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM

Description:
Timeless, everlasting, and unforgettable, the love songs of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s have a special quality that gets everyone humming along or reminiscing. Library Life host and vocalist Cathy Cushing and jazz pianist Jose Sandoval present a musical program of love songs and you-done-me-wrong songs, including “You Made Me Love You,” “Moonglow,” “Unforgettable,” “The Man that Got Away,” “The Nearness of You,” “Stormy Weather,” and “It Had to Be You.”

Library: Mount Prospect Public Library
Location: Meeting Room A room 154

Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis at Moline Public Library, Monday, March 11, 2013

The Illinois Humanities Council is sponsoring my solo version of my Miles Davis concert program at the Moline Public Library.

Thank you to the Moline Public Library for the great publicity and display that features an inspired blue cloth, bookmark handouts, and superb picks from their circulating collection that patrons can check out. I’m looking forward to visiting this library, eating at their cafe, and presenting Miles.
Moline Public Library Miles Display

Moline Public Library
http://www.molinelibrary.com/

Moline Public Library – Programs and Events
http://www.molinelibrary.com/wc20130311.html

Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis
sandovaljose.com/kindofblue/

Jose Sandoval, Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speaker
http://www.prairie.org/bios/road-scholars/jose-sandoval/

Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau
http://www.prairie.org/programs/ihc-road-scholars-speakers-bureau

Chicago Tribune article on my program, Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis

Chicago Tribune article on my program, Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis. 

I recently gave an interview on Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis to the Chicago Tribune.  I’ll be presenting my program at the Orland Park Public Library on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 7pm.  You can read the article in the Chicago Tribune in print edition and on their website:

Kind of Blue Chicago Tribune Article

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-02-18/news/ct-tl-0221-miles-davis-tribute-20130218_1_miles-davis-greatest-jazz-life-and-music

‘Kind of Blue’ tribute celebrates seminal Davis album
February 18, 2013|By Jack McCarthy, Special to the Tribune

It’s arguably the greatest jazz recording every conceived with an influence that resonates even after nearly 54 years.

Orland Park Public Library visitors can find out why as Miles Davis’ monumental 1959 album “Kind of Blue’ is featured in a Feb. 28 program.

“There is something magical about this album that makes everyone a jazz lover,” said Jose Sandoval, a Chicago-area artist and creator of “Kind of Blue: A Piano Tribute to Miles Davis.” “I want to show why it is still is so exciting and why it’s still relevant today.”

Sandoval, a 33-year-old Mount Prospect native, will present his solo piano interpretation and talk about Davis’ life and music during a 60-minute free event in Room 104 of the library, 14921 Ravinia Ave. in Orland Park.

The Orland Park session is among several Sandoval will make through the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars program. The Council has sent artists, storytellers, historians and other performers to libraries and other venues around the state for the past dozen years.

Davis, an Illinois native who died in 1991 at age 65, was a pioneering jazz musician, bandleader, composer, trumpeter who led the way in developing varying forms of this uniquely-American musical style.

His seminal recording of “Kind of Blue” has reportedly sold more than four million copies in the United States since its release. The BBC’s Chris Jones‘ revisited the album in 2007 and said it changed the face of music.

“Consistently rated not just as one of the greatest jazz albums but as one of the greatest musical statements of the 20th century, its 46 minutes of improvisation and sophistication remain peerless,” Jones wrote.

Sandoval, who discovered the recording while in high school, said he’ll demonstrate how Davis’ work remains fresh and influential.

He’s performed this year at Chicago’s Union League Club and libraries in Park Ridge and Mount Prospect. Future appearances are scheduled at libraries in Moline, Prospect Heights and Rolling Meadows as well as Palatine’s Harper College.

“I want to keep performing this program forever,” he said.

Sandoval has a degree in physics from Harvard and academic interests in math and computer programming. But his real love is music.

“Music is completely my life now,” said Sandoval, who also dabbles in other musical genres.

His latest project is “The Spirit of Motown, Soul and R&B,” a program that focuses on the influences of the Detroit-based sounds of the 1960s.

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 7pm, I’ll be presenting a solo piano version of my concert and jazz history program, “Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis,” at the Orland Park Library.  Hope to see you there!  This event is sponsored in part by the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

Kind of Blue banner 700x200

Orland Park Library Events
http://www.orlandparklibrary.org/events.htm

Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis
http://sandovaljose.com/kindofblue/

Jose Sandoval, Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speaker
http://www.prairie.org/bios/road-scholars/jose-sandoval/

Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau
http://www.prairie.org/programs/ihc-road-scholars-speakers-bureau

Italian Opera and Napoli Music

I’ll be accompanying opera singer Franco Martorana for a Chicago Lyric Opera Benefit on Sunday afternoon, Feb 24th, 2013.  He’s one of the “Three Other Tenors,” a great Chicago male trio of singers with incredible voices.  We’ll be doing some Italian opera and some fun Napoli folk music!

Check out his masterful performance of one of the songs we will be performing captured on YouTube video
CORE ‘NGRATO Sung by Franco Martorana
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ-s7rxZJ9c

Kind of Blue, Orland Park Public Library, Thursday, February 28, 2013, 7pm, IHC sponsored solo performance

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 7pm, I’ll be presenting a solo piano version of my concert and jazz history program, “Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis,” at the Orland Park Library.  Hope to see you there!  This event is sponsored in part by the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

Kind of Blue banner 700x200

Orland Park Library Events
http://www.orlandparklibrary.org/events.htm

Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis
http://sandovaljose.com/kindofblue/

Jose Sandoval, Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speaker
http://www.prairie.org/bios/road-scholars/jose-sandoval/

Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau
http://www.prairie.org/programs/ihc-road-scholars-speakers-bureau

Spirit of Motown Debut, Monday, February 18, 2013, 7:30pm

I’ll be debuting my new concert program, “The Spirit of Motown,” at the Mount Prospect Public Library, Monday, February 18, 2013, 7:30pm.  Register Here, Sponsored by the MPPL Foundation in recognition of Black History Month.

Spirit of Motown banner 700x200 copy

http://sandovaljose.com/motown/

The Spirit of Motown, Soul, and R&B is a concert program about the music and artists that made the Motown sound great – a blend of storytelling and jazz performance.

This program is the follow-up to “Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis,” the concert presentation where Jose Sandoval was honored with the title of Road Scholar Speaker by the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

In the early 60s, Detroit was Motown U.S.A., the automobile capital of the world. In 1959, Motown records founder, Berry Gordy, gathered the best musicians from Detroit’s thriving jazz and blues scene to form his studio band, the Funk Brothers. Together, they created a sound that would bridge the racial divide and produce more number one hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis, and The Beatles combined.

Jose Sandoval presents a concert and discussion celebrating spirit of Motown and its influence on Soul, R&B, and rock. Featured songs include “My Girl,” “Heard It through the Grapevine,” and “Just My Imagination.”

Click here to register for the event with the Mount Prospect Public Library
http://tinyurl.com/aw56mxw

Thank you to the IHC and Union League Club of Chicago

I had a wonderful time and met some great people when I presented my concert program, “Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis,” at the Union League Club of Chicago on Thursday, Jan 24, 2013.

Here’s the program from that night:

Kind of Blue for IHC at Union League Club of Chicago Program front

Kind of Blue for IHC at Union League Club of Chicago Program front

Kind of Blue for IHC at Union League Club of Chicago Program back

Kind of Blue for IHC at Union League Club of Chicago Program back

 

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at the Union League Club of Chicago, Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis

Tomorrow evening at 6pm, Thursday, January 24, 2013, I’ll be presenting a solo piano version of my concert and jazz history program, “Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis,” for the Union League Club of Chicago and the Illinois Humanities Council.

Kind of Blue banner 700x200

Thanks to the IHC board and staff for this honor; I’m looking forward to meeting you and the Union League Club of Chicago members.

The Union League Club of Chicago

http://www.ulcc.org/

Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis

http://sandovaljose.com/kindofblue/