Beirut Jazz Festival 2010

CHARBEL ROUHANA’S BIG BAND with 20 musicians on stage:

Charbel Rouhana was drawn to the oud because it reflected the oriental ambience of his beloved homeland. The oud {a short-necked, half pear-shaped, plucked, instrument} is a direct ancestor of the European lute and the most popular string instrument in Middle Eastern music. Born in Amchit, Lebanon in 1965, Charbel earned a Diploma in oud performance and a MA in musicology. Au…thor of eight books describing a next style, technique and method of playing the oud, and a teacher at USEK {The Holy-Spirit University} and at Lebanon’s National Conservatory of Music.

Winner of the Murex d’Or for the year 2000 / Musician of the Year. Winner of the First Prize at the 1990 Hirayama, Japan competition for the composition “Hymn of Peace”.
Charbel composed music for the choreographer Abdul Halim Caracalla’s shows: “2000 and 2 Nights” [2002], “Bi Laylat Qamar” [1999], “Andalusia, the Lost Glory” [1997], and “Elissa, Queen of Carthage” [1995]. Performed in “Jadal”, an oud duet composed by Marcel Khalife [1995].
Composed the overture of “Fares Bani Marwan” TV series [2004], the original music of the film “Sayedat Al-Kasr”, a Misr Interational Films / Youssef Chahine & Co. production [2004], and of the film “Living Martyr”, a Signature production [2000].

o Prices: 30.000 (standing), 45.000, 60.000, 75.000 & 100.000 LBP

PATTI AUSTIN:

One would be surprised if singer-composer Patti Austin did not have talent, given her impressive musical pedigree and early exposure to some of the most trend-setting artists of the twentieth century. Born to musician parents Gordon and Edna Austin, Patti Austin made her stage debut at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theatre at the age of three with her famous Godmother Dinah Washington.

As an adolescent she appeared on “The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show” (1966) and performed in the stage versions of “Lost In The Stars” and “Finian’s Rainbow”. Age nine found her travelling to Europe with her Godfather Quincy Jones. With an immaculate voice and natural musicianship she toured at the age of sixteen with Harry Belafonte. In the 1970s upon the generous recommendation of Valerie Simpson (of the husband & wife songwriting team “Ashford and Simpson”), Austin began to receive numerous opportunities to compose and sing TV commercial jingles. Additionally she became one of the most prolific session singers of the decade; recording with Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jazz guitarist and vocalist George Benson, Joe Cocker, and Roberta Flack to name a few. In the 1980s she worked with the groups Steely Dan and the Blues Brothers. Maintaining her long association with Quincy Jones, Austin’s vocals were featured on his album and title song “The Dude” which earned a 1982 Grammy Award. Long since her first R & B hit “Family Tree” (1969), in the 1980s Austin had joined the ranks of a minority of women lauded for their songwriting ability and vocal expertise.

She garnered another hit with “Every Home Should Have One” on Jones’ Qwest Label, and scored a #11 UK hit with “Razzamatazz” in early 1981. Two duets with singer-composer James Ingram brought her even greater exposure as “Baby Come To Me” became the love theme for the popular daytime drama “General Hospital” (1963) (US #1, UK #11 in 1983); and “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” from the feature film Best Friends(1982) was nominated for an Academy Award. She also sang the theme songs for _Two Of A Kind (1983)_ and Shirley Valentine (1989). Her album “The Real Me” featured a collection of standards composed by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter. After a string of successful albums, dozens of compositions recorded by a variety of recording artists, and collaborations with Jazz/Pop/R&B masters Quincy Jones and Dave Grusin, Austin remains one of the most prolific musical talents of our time.

o Prices: 60.000 (standing), 75.000, 100.000, 125.000 & 150.000 LBP

RANDY CRAWFORD PLUS JOE SAMPLE TRIO:

For more than three decades, Randy Crawford has traversed a musical spectrum that ranges from jazz and soul, to R&B and pop. Her warm timbre and inventive, emotional phrasing has won Crawford countless fans around the globe.
Following a brief career break, Crawford experienced a sensational comeback with 1995’s Bluemoon debut, “Naked And True,” which became her third most successful long-player, selling 250,000 copies in America alone, and more than half a million worldwide. The album yielded the multi-format smash, “Give Me The Night,” which went to #1 at Smooth Jazz/NAC radio, as well as landing in the Urban AC Top 10.

Born in Macon, Georgia, Randy Crawford was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she discovered her exceptional talent singing in her church choir. By the age of 15, the young singer was performing on the American and European club circuit, with her father as chaperone.

At the age of 20, Crawford released her first single, “If You Say The Word,” and by the following year, she had already shared stages with the likes of such legendary jazz artists as Cannonball Adderly,George Benson, and Quincy Jones.

Her first album, “Everything Must Change,” was released in 1976, and in 1978, Crawford made her debut on the international charts serving as guest vocalist on the Crusaders’ hit “Street Life” (which is heard on the soundtrack to the Quentin Tarantino film, “Jackie Brown”).

Smooth ballads such as 1980’s “One Day I’ll Fly Away” became Crawford’s trademark, though albums like 1981’s “Secret Combination” and 1983’s “Nightline” saw the singer delving into funkier, more up-tempo terrain. Her 1990 collection, “Rich And Poor,” included a hit cover of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” that also appeared on the soundtrack to the film “Lethal Weapon 2.”

As a performer, Randy Crawford has toured the globe, making appearances at Europe’s most distinguished jazz fests including Montreaux, the North Sea, Istanbul, and Stuttgart, where she joined luminaries like Al Jarreau, Joe Sample and Ray Charles.

In addition, the singer has performed at a number of prestigious concerts, including the United Nations benefit concert in Croatia, a pair of sold-out shows with the London Symphony Orchestra, a UNICEF performance in Den Haag for the late Audrey Hepburn, and 1991’s Vatican Christmas concert before Pope John Paul II. A special benefit show in South Africa saw Crawford performing for and later, dining with Nelson Mandela, while the singer’s 1990 collaboration with Italian superstar Zucchero led to a historic appearance together at the Kremlin.

“Every Kind Of Mood: Randy, Randi, Randee” demonstrates her incredible longevity and ongoing growth as an artist. Randy Crawford is very clearly intent on continuing to do what she does best: giving life to song.

“I always want to associate myself with any piece of music that feels good and sounds good,” says the singer. “And a good song can come from anywhere.”

“I hope I will always sing,” Randy Crawford adds, smiling. “I don’t want to do anything else.”

Hit songs include:

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Wishing On A Star – Wrap-U-Up – I Don’t Feel Much Like Crying
Give Me The Night – Nightline – Who’s Crying Now – Same Old Story (Same Old Song) – Give My The Night – Cigarette In The Rain – One Hello – Can’t Stand The Pain – When I Lose My Way
Cajun Moon – Last Dance at Danceland – Look Who’s Lonely Now – Secret Combination
A Lot That You Can Do – Desire

o Prices: 60.000 (standing), 75.000, 100.000, 125.000 & 150.000 LBP