interview from the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.
Legendary Keyboard Giants scheduled to appear
The Winter NAMM Expo, which invades Anaheim California every January, is a great place to meet and greet the personalities from every genre of music. The Guitar players get a lot of the press, but the perhaps greatest concentration of essential talent is at the HAMMOND USA booth.
This year at Booth 5100b will certainly deliver those goods. The dean of all Jazz Organists Dr. Lonnie Smith will once again be in residence, along with Jazz titan Ike Stubblefield. Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame members Felix Cavaliere (Rascals) and Gregg Rolie (Santana) will be appearing as will U2/Pink Keyboardist and Programmer Terry Lawless. From the Conan show band, Scott Healy will appear, and from the bands Yes and Asia, Geoff Downes.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Peter Keys always loves to meet his fans, as does Alan Hewitt of the Moody Blues. From The Sons Of Champlin and Chicago comes Bill Champlin and Larry Goldings keyboards for James Taylor. Prog fans will delight in meeting Ryo Okumoto of Spock’s Beard; and the rockers won’t be left out with Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses representing.
Modern Jazz aficionados can catch the critic’s choices Brian Charette, Jim Alfredson, and Wil Blades and see them play “up close”. This is just a partial list of the Artists scheduled to appear over the four days of the NAMM expo.
A number of these Artists will be appearing in concert on Friday evening’s Hammond “Sound Soul Summit” at the Hilton Hotel adjacent to the Anaheim Convention center.
Please visit the HAMMOND USA booth (5100b
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE
SPIRITS…LIVE – LIVE AT THE BUCKHEAD THEATRE, ATLANTA
~BLU-RAY, DVD, CD AND DIGITAL FORMATS OUT AUGUST 19, 2014~
New York, NY (June 23, 2014)—On August 19, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Justin Hayward’s Spirits…Live – Live At the Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta on DVD, Blu-ray, CD, and Digital Formats.
Recorded at The Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta on August 17, 2013, Spirits…Live was captured during Justin Hayward’s tour in support of his recently released solo album Spirits Of The Western Sky – his first since 1996’s The View From The Hill. The legendary Moody Blues guitarist/vocalist, joined by acoustic guitarist Mike Dawes and keyboardists/background vocalists Alan Hewitt and Julie Ragins, presented a set of 15 songs, selected from the new album and some Moodys favorites. New tracks like “One Day, Someday,” “In Your Blue Eyes,” and “The Western Sky,” nestle comfortably between classics such as “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” and “Question,” encapsulating Hayward’s rich career as a songwriter. Justin previously stated about the tour: “This tour will be something completely new for me. I’m bringing my ‘song writing’ guitars from home on the road for the first time. So this tour will have the feel and sound of my music room along with the vibe I was feeling as I wrote the songs.” In addition to the full concert, the DVD and Blu-ray will also feature a Behind-The-Scenes featurette, allowing fans “backstage access” with Justin and his band.
“Sound Soul Summit” featuring several well-known Hammond organists co-sponsored by Keyboard Magazine, will take place at the Anaheim Hilton on Jan. 24 9:00 PM.The event celebrates the 80th anniversary of Hammond Organ, and the charter inductees into the Hammond Hall of Fame. Featured artists will include Brian Auger and Oblivion Express, singer/songwriter Bill Champlin, the Jon Hammond Quartet featuring Bernard Purdie on drums, and Spock’s Beard keyboardist Ryo Okumoto. Jazz organists Jim Alfredson and Ron Oswanski will be joined by gospel artist Rev. Jimmie Smith for a tribute to Hall of Famer and jazz icon Jimmy Smith. A salute to Chicago rock will feature the original singers of the Buckinghams and Cryan Shames: Dennis Tufano and Tom “Toad” Doody, who will be joined by Moody Blues keyboardist Alan Hewitt , harmonica player Brandon Bailey. Former Etta James organist Gary Swan and Bruce Hornsby organist J.T. Thomas will salute Hammond Hall of Famer Billy Preston with members of the latter’s band. The show will close with Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Peter Keys joined by Alex Nester in a rendition of Skynyrd’s hit “Free Bird” sans guitars. There will be special surprise guests as well.
Check it out: http://www.fearnet.com/shorts/category/twisted-tales
2/28/13 A Fall From Freedom documentary film that I scored the music score just won:
Best Education Film at the 3rd Annual Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in Washington DC.
The film has already won Best of NYC International Film Festival as well as the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival .
if you would like to view trailer: http://afallfromfreedom.org/
2/27/13 High Fidelity Review from UK Magazine UBER
2/9/13 High Fidelity
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
2/5/13 Radio Wave Internet airplay chart: DEBUT 29* (“Save Me”)
Save Me @ # 19 GrooveJazz Chart
High Fidelity-new single debut @ #47 Smoothjazz.com
Most Added 2 weeks in a row on Billboard
Alan’s new Cd “High Fidelity” Available Oct 18, 2012
This latest release gets Alan back to his roots of singer/songwriter.
Watch Alan with the Moody Blues on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
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Alan composed the music for provocative documentary film about whales & dolphins entitled “A Fall From Freedom” directed by Stan Mannasian in conjunction with Humane Society.
UPDATE: This film is airing on PBS and has won Best of NYC International Film Fest as well as the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival .
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Creator/Co-Developer: Philip Straub
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Composer: Alan Hewitt
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“All For You” will be released to radio for the new single from Alan’s Retroactive CD.
It had already been receiving lots of play from stations across the country and was chosen by the fans
to be the next single.
Alan will be the keyboardist with the Moody Blues for the 2010 Summer North American and Fall UK tour .
Alan is the music composer for feature films “The Cropsie” starring Rhiana and “Killing Frank” starring James Woods.
These films are directed by Tom Holland who became famous for ” Fright Night and Chucky ” films.
Jimi King Live from London on SKY.fm names Alan Hewitt’s “Shaft” to his Top 10 of 2009!
Platinum Pianist Alan Hewitt Signs with nuGroove and Releases Retroactive
Moorestown, NJ/October 20, 2009
Alan Hewitt, platinum producer to the stars, inks deal with nuGroove/Sony Red and will release a new album entitled Retroactive in early 2010. For those who can’t wait the CD, single selections will be available for online digital download on October 20, 2009 on iTunes and other electronic retail outlets.
Hewitt, who has been a mainstay in the production room for mega artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Warrant, Donny Osmond, movies, television and more, will release his first single to radio, “Shaft.” This arrangement of the Isaac Hayes classic marks a return back to Hewitt’s musical roots.
“I wanted to create something that my fans could immediately connect with and feel good about. The band and I have been playing this one live and the reaction is always fantastic! I wanted to bring back the energy to Retroactive that I used to feel and hear when I would listen to The Jazz Crusaders, Return to Forever, Weather Report and Ramsey Lewis,” said Hewitt.
David Chackler, President/CEO of nuGroove Records, is equally excited. “Alan has the golden touch. This single reminds me of the killer sound that defined the airwaves of the 70s. I think there is a real movement in music to return to the mother groove of R&B. This song definitely hits the mark,” said Chackler.
Retroactive features appearances by Greg Adams (Tower of Power), Paul Jackson, Jr., Steve Madaio (Stevie Wonder) and Steve Oliver.
About Alan Hewitt:
Much like the piano men that have gone before him, Alan Hewitt has made his living painting musical tapestries about the lives of others. With his charismatic stage presence and rugged good looks, Hewitt began his career performing in the club scene but quickly graduated to the production room, where he had the honor of working as a producer alongside Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire (EWF) for over half a decade with the Greatest Hits album going platinum in 2000. However, it was co-writing and piano/B-3 contributions on the platinum record Cherry Pie with Warrant in 2004 that would solidify Hewitt as a monster musical talent capable of crossing genres.
From artists like Donny Osmond to foundations like the JFK Center, Hewitt’s list of record production credits as both a producer and recording artist spans across the various major labels and genres with over 12 million records sold. A first call producer for a long list of major film and television productions, Hewitt’s credits include National Lampoon’s VanWilder, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Survivor, MTV, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and is a favored composer for the Oprah Winfrey Show (including Oprah’s Big Give). The list of accolades from the industry includes “The Golden Planet Award” and the “ESPY Award for Excellence.”
As a solo artist, the uniqueness of the Hewitt signature sound lies in his ability to draw from the diverse worlds of contemporary jazz, pop and rock, while simultaneously bridging the gap between instrumental music and the urban scene with intoxicating stage performances that are a fusion of energy, style and grace. It was his 2004 release, Noche de Pasion, that marked his emergence on the pop instrumental scene, which was followed by his critically acclaimed 2006 release Metropolis. The Baltimore Times hailed, “Metropolis is the album to put in your CD player (then turn up the volume).”
Hewitt’s current release, Retroactive, features performances from Greg Adams (Tower of Power), Paul Jackson, Jr., Steve Madaio (Stevie Wonder) and Steve Oliver. The first single to be released is an intoxicating arrangement of the 70s Isaac Hayes classic, “Shaft.” A national tour is planned to support this CD. Check your local listings for upcoming concerts or logon to: www.alanhewitt.com.
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Utherworlds website with Alan’s original soundtrack launched.
This project has been years in the making for artist Phillip Straub.
The response worldwide has been incredible! Click here to check it out!