Next month, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will play a three-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC from February 5 – 7. When the shows were originally announced, there was word themes and guests would be revealed soon and “soon” is now.
On February 5, KDTU will present Run DMC Remixed featuring Vokab Kompany, Roosevelt Collier and Robert Randolph. Then, on February 6, KDTU will present a celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday featuring Collier and more special guests to be announced. For the February 7 finale, Denson and his mates will be joined by legendary keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Collier and another special guest that will be announced soon. Leavell is the Musical Director for The Rolling Stones, a band which Denson toured with towards the end of 2015, and was also a member of The Allman Brothers Band in the ’70s. [...] Continue Reading…
Several years ago, Citron received an electronic keyboard from his wife for his 40th birthday. Citron had taken piano lessons a few times during his life, but as a lifelong rock ‘n’ roll fan, he had little desire to learn the compositions of Chopin or Liszt — or the contemporary music his teacher offered.
“My teacher sounded like Neil Sedaka, so I quit,” he said.
What Citron really wanted to do is to play like rock keyboardists such as Chuck Leavell, the legendary piano player for the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers Band and Eric Clapton, among others.
He and Leavell met each other at a seminar that Leavell and other musicians were giving for New York City schoolteachers, and the two hit it off.
Leavell said when Citron approached him about the idea of teaching rock and blues-style piano, the concept piqued his interest.
“I spoke with Howard. He was this really intelligent guy who was an entrepreneur,” Leavell said. “I thought at this juncture, it was worth investigating, so we embarked on it.
Sometimes my passions for music and the environment come together in strange and wonderful ways. The recent Stones tour of Australia played in Sydney in November. This happened to be the same day that the sixth World Parks Congress opened, with both events in Olympic Park, home of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The World Parks Congress only happens once a decade, bringing together thousands of park managers with policymakers and politicians, scientists, landowners, indigenous peoples and many others for a bewildering smorgasbord of workshops, demonstrations, multimedia installations, and general craziness, sprawling across multiple buildings and courtyards across from the arena where the Stones played. The Sydney Congress attracted more than 6,000 people from 170 countries. If you’re interested in protected parks and care about sustainably managing the natural heritage of our planet, it’s the place to be.
Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014.
Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake dominated the box office in 2014. Combined, their global tours grossed close to $500 million and sold more than 5 million tickets in a year where a diverse collection of acts — including The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Michael Buble, Luke Bryan and Drake — finished among Billboard Boxscore’s top 25 tours of the year.
Although overall end-of-year results for the touring industry aren’t as overwhelmingly positive as they were in 2013, data reported to Boxscore indicates that it was another record year for live music in North America. Domestic grosses are up 3.4 percent — more than the 1.7 percent increase of 2012 but just a fraction of 2013′s 26 percent increase. Those gains are largely attributable to higher ticket prices, given that North American attendance is down 1.5 percent compared with an increase of 23 percent in 2013. Global Boxscore data paints a less positive picture: Grosses and box office are down 3.8 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively, compared with increases of 30 percent and 26 percent in 2013.
Meet two piano professors from the South with two differing styles. First up, from Macon, GA, Chuck Leavell has played in a few of Rock’s most iconic bands, from the Allman Brothers to the Rolling Stones. And while piano might be his day job, he’s also a keeper of a Georgia forest and an honorary forest ranger! We talk to Chuck about his love of the keys and the trees. Then, it’s a lesson in New Orleans funk a la keyboard with Jon Cleary, who breaks down the elements and reveals the Latin tinge to New Orleans piano favorites.
Bobby Keys was a jewel of a guy….pure Texas Soul with a sound the size of his home state. He made so many great contributions to so many artists on record and in concert. I was privileged to work with Bobby for 32 years in the Stones. He was my Southern Brother and one of my best friends. Thanks for the great playing all those years, and for being such a solid friend, Bobby….Rest easy. The band upstairs just got a Great One.
With love and respect, Chuck
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The legendary Chuck Leavell has spent over 40 years with some of the biggest names on the planet including the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and for the past 32 years as musical director of The Rolling Stones.
Chuck played with Clapton on Unplugged, with Harrison on this on 1991 Japanese tour and his duties with the Stones including putting together the setlist with Mick Jagger.
Chuck is also a teacher, educating music students though the online platform irock.com.au and he is an environmentalist, having the Honorary Forest Ranger Award to his name.
Chuck Leavell joined us at Noise11 during the Stones 2014 Australia tour. This is 3 part interview.
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From solo shows and concerts with the Rolling Stones to recording sessions with John Mayer and helping the United Nations tackle global environmental issues, noted musician and avid tree farmer Chuck Leavell has a busy few months ahead of him.
Before things really get rolling the renowned rock pianist will share some of his favorite tunes, along with a lifetime of stories about playing with some of music’s greats, during an intimate show at Americus’ Rylander Theater Saturday night as part of the theater’s 15th Anniversary Presenter Series.
“It’s just a joy to play these types of theaters,” said Leavell of the gig. “I’ve played there before and just fell in love with the place. They have this impressive Steinway piano, too. It is going to be fun.” [...] Continue Reading…