domingo, 13 de noviembre de 2011

Regina Belle

Regina Belle (born July 17, 1963) is a singer-songwriter who first surfaced in the late 1980s. She is notable for her Grammy award winning duet with Peabo Bryson, "A Whole New World".
Regina Belle was born in Englewood, New Jersey. It was at Englewood's Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and then Paterson's Friendship Baptist Church (presided over by Belle's uncle, the Reverend Fred Belle), that Regina Belle began attracting attention with her vocal abilities. She sang her first solo in church at age 8; and by age 17, she was the church's star singer. Belle attended Dwight Morrow High School where she studied trombone, tuba and steel drums. After graduation, she studied opera at the Manhattan School of Music. At Rutgers University, she became the first female vocalist with the school's jazz ensemble. Belle's musical influences include Phyllis Hyman, Billie Holiday, Donny Hathaway, and Nancy Wilson.
She was introduced to the Manhattans by New York radio DJ Vaughn Harper and began working as their opening act. She recorded the duet "Where Did We Go Wrong" with the group which helped to attract the attention of Columbia Records. They eventually signed her to a record deal.
Belle resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is married to ex-NBA basketball player John Battle (basketball). Battle played 10 years in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. He is now a pastor in Atlanta, Georgia. Belle and Battle have five children: Winter, Tiy, Jayln, Sydni, and Nyla. Winter, the eldest daughter, is married and has 2 children, Lea and Joshua, making Belle a grandmother.

In 1987, she released her debut album All By Myself. It includes her first hits "Please Be Mine" and "Show Me the Way." Her follow-up album, Stay with Me, released in 1989.
Belle recorded a duet in 1991 with Johnny Mathis, "Better Together" which appeared on his album Better Together: The Duet Album. Continuing her tradition of duets, Belle teamed up with Peabo Bryson for the song "A Whole New World", which was the featured pop single from the soundtrack to the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and won the Grammy Award in 1993 for "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal as well as a "Best Song" Oscar in the same year
Later in 1993, Belle released her Platinum selling third album, Passion. The album featured the Disney hit "A Whole New World", "Dream In Color" and "If I Could", which reached # 9 on the R&B charts.
Belle released Reachin' Back in 1995 followed by Believe in Me in 1998.
In 2001, Regina Belle's cover of "Just the Two of Us" from the tribute album To Grover, With Love made a surprising return to the billboard charts, within months Belle would sign with the jazz oriented independent label Peak-Concord Jazz. she released the album This Is Regina!, which featured the R&B hit single, "Ooh Boy." also released were, "Don't Wanna Go Home" and "From Now On" with Glenn Jones.
In 2004, she released a jazz standard album, Lazy Afternoon, produced by George Duke. The album included covers of the Isley Brothers' "For the Love of You" and Tony Bennett's "If I Ruled the World". In 2007, she collaborated with smooth jazz saxophonist Paul Taylor, co-writing and singing on his album "Ladies Choice".

Belle released her debut gospel album Love Forever Shines on May 13, 2008 via Pendulum Records. The 14-track collection features guests Melvin Williams (of the Williams Brothers) and Shirley Murdock.
Belle has appeared in concert with many other performers, including Ray Charles, Boney James, Paul Taylor, The Rippingtons, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Maze, Frankie Beverly, Phil Perry, Al Jarreau, and Stephanie Mills.

Regina Belle, cantante de soul y urban nacida en Englewood el 17 de julio de 1963. Surgió en los años 80s y se consolidó como una de las cantantes más prolíficas del panorama musical de su tiempo.
Nació en Nueva Jersey, y a una temprana edad comenzó a cantar gospel, mientras en su juventud su gusto se decantaba por el R&B. Estudió música durante años en clases de trombón, tuba y batería. A los 12 años ganó un concurso escolar cantando el tema de The Emotions "Don't Ask My Neighbors". Desde ese momento cantó en un grupo local de Nueva Jersey, y estudió ópera y jazz. El dj de Nueva York Vaughn Harper, la presentó al grupo The Manhattans, con los que hizo una gira como telonera. Hizo un dúo con ellos, "Where Did We Go Wrong", producido por Bobby Womack en 1986. Un año después comenzó su carrera en solitario fichando por Columbia. Lanzó el single "Please Be Mine" que alcanzó el segundo puesto en las listas de R&B, y su sucesor "So Many Tears" llegó al top20. Se unió a Peabo Bryson en el tema "Without You", dentro de la banda sonora de la película "Leonard, Part 6".

Con su segundo Lp "Saty with me" se consagró definitivamente dentro del panorama musical. A este segundo disco, le siguieron otros durante toda la década de los 90s. Su último álbum data de 2004 "Lazy afternoon".

Kai Winding

Kai Chresten Winding (May 18, 1922 – May 6, 1983) was a popular Danish-born American trombonist and jazz composer. He is well known for a successful collaboration with fellow trombonist J. J. Johnson.
Winding was born in Aarhus, Denmark. In 1934 his family immigrated to the United States. He graduated in 1940 from Stuyvesant High School in New York City. His career as a professional trombonist began in 1940 with Shorty Allen's band. Subsequently, he played with Sonny Dunham and Alvino Rey until he entered the United States Coast Guard during World War II.
After the war, Winding joined Benny Goodman's band, and later moved on to Stan Kenton's orchestra. Winding participated in the first of the Birth of the Cool sessions in 1949, appearing on 4 of the 12 tracks (while Johnson appears on the other eight, having participated on the other two sessions). In 1954, at the urging of producer Ozzie Cadena, he joined forces with Johnson to produce a highly successful series of trombone duet recordings, which were initially on Savoy Records and then on the Columbia Records label. While at Columbia, Winding experimented with different instrumentation in brass ensembles: the 1956 album Jay & Kai + 6 features a trombone octet, as well as Winding and Johnson performing on the trombone-like valved horn called the trombonium. Winding also arranged and/or composed many of the tracks he and Johnson recorded.
During the 1960s, Kai had a long stint at Verve Records and under producer Creed Taylor made some of his most memorable jazz-pop albums. His best-known recording from this period is More, the theme from the movie Mondo Cane.

Arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman, "More" featured what is probably the first appearance of the French electronic music instrument the Ondioline on an American recording. Though Winding himself was credited with playing the Ondioline, guitarist Vinnie Bell, who worked on the session, has said he remembers distinctly that the French electronic-music pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey was the actual player.
While at Verve, Kai further experimented with various ensembles, made solo albums, and even an album of country music with the Anita Kerr Singers. In the late 1960s, Kai followed Creed Taylor to his new recording label at A&M/CTI and made at least two more albums with Johnson.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, Kai recorded for a number of independent record labels. During this time, he continued to give clinics, play jazz concerts and even reunited with Johnson for a live concert in Japan. He was a member of the all-star jazz group Giants of Jazz in 1971-2. He also wrote instructional jazz trombone books that included transcribed solos.
Winding died of a brain tumor in New York City in 1983. He was survived at the time by his wife, the accomplished painter Ezshwan Winding, and his son, the session keyboardist Jai Winding.

Kai Winding fue un trombonista estadounidense de jazz de origen danés.

Nacido en Dinamarca, la familia de Kai Winding emigró a Estados Unidos en 1934, cuando el músico contaba sólo con 12 años. Tras su paso por las orquestas de Alvino Rey y Sonny Dunham, Winding ingresa en una banda militar y permanece allí durante tres años. En 1946 entra en la orquesta de Benny Goodman, pero su salto a la fama tiene lugar poco más tarde, cuando ingresa en la orquesta de Stan Kenton. Allí, su estilo y sonido son imitados por otros músicos de la orquesta, lo que eventualmente daría lugar a un cambio en el sonido de la orquesta misma. A finales de la década de 1940 Winding participa en sesiones con músicos bebop, toca con Tadd Cameron y toma parte en las grabaciones del noneto de Miles Davis que darían lugar al surgimiento del cool jazz. Tras ello, Winding trabaja con Charlie Ventura y Buddy Steart, y finalmente forma un quinteto con el gran trombonista J. J. Johnson que efectuaría diversas grabaciones para vario sellos discográficos de 1954 a 1956, período durante el cual el sonido de ambos trombonistas es indistinguible. La banda pasa a la historia del jazz por la calidad de su propuesta, pero tras 1956 las reuniones de Winding y Johnson tendrían lugar ya sólo esporádicamente.
Desde finales de la década de 1950, Winding lidera intermitentemente un septeto con cuatro trombones, y ya en la década de 1960 se convierte en el director musical de los Playboy Clubs en Nueva York. En la década de 1970 forma parte de Giants of Jazz, una All-Stars Band que contaba con la participación de figuras de la talla de Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Thelonious Monk o Art Blakey; sus trabajos se van haciendo cada vez más esporádicos y el músico establece su segunda residencia en España. Kai Winding pasó los últimos años de su vida en Nueva York, retirado de la actividad musical.