New York, NY (PRWEB) January 5, 2009
Eric Addeo announces the launch of AMI (Addeo Music International): a multi-genre, international booking agency located in New York City dedicated to progressive and roots music. Following a twelve-year tenure at jazz booking agency Joel Chriss & Co., Addeo formed AMI to meet the needs of a rapidly changing environment.
As the music industry evolves, AMI is devoted to creating new endeavors and to the advancement of live performance. AMI's unique Jazz Audience Development Program (JADP) targets non-music students at colleges and universities and exposes them to jazz artists and their music through interactive discussion and performance. AMI's corporate division, CorpJazz, creates brand-specific programs to suit the needs of corporate and convention audiences.
AMI will offer artists and clients personalized, boutique service through focused touring initiatives and management of international performances through a network of AMI-affiliated agencies. AMI's exclusive roster includes some of the most culturally significant and forward thinking artists in the world:
Eric Alexander, Mose Allison, Ernestine Anderson, Henry Butler, Gerald Clayton, Lou Donaldson, Paquito D'Rivera, Eldar, Arturo O'Farrill, Aaron Goldberg, Tom Harrell, Maceo Parker, Ken Peplowski, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, David Sanchez, Pharoah Sanders, Tomasz Stanko, Jacky Terrasson, Yosvany Terry, Steve Turre, and Matt Wilson.
Additional AMI-exclusive groups and projects include:
- Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra / Ballet Hispanico: Palladium Nights
- Brazilian Nights: The Music of Jobim featuring Trio da Paz (Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Duduka Da Fonseca), Harry Allen, Joe Locke, and Maucha Adnet
- Ken Peplowski's Benny Goodman Centennial Celebration
- Mingus Dynasty, Big Band, Orchestra and Epitaph: 50th Anniversary of Ah Um, Dynasty and Blues and Roots
- New Orleans All-Stars featuring Cyril Neville, Henry Butler and George Porter Jr.
- Steve Turre's Sanctified Shell Choir
- Still Black, Still Proud: Pee Wee Ellis's African Tribute to James Brown
- Trio Da Paz (Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Duduka Da Fonseca)
Major shifts in the jazz world, including trends toward multi-genre programming, present exciting opportunities for a more grassroots approach in both recording and touring. AMI, along with its artists, is exploring new ways to focus artistic vision, build core audiences through educational and community outreach, and connect to a new generation of fans that listen without boundaries. With this goal in mind, AMI will be announcing plans within the next year for a record label and a New Jersey based music festival.
About Eric Addeo
Eric graduated from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts with a Jazz Performance degree in 1992. From 1993 to 1995, Eric worked at MTV in the News and Special Projects Division and on several Unplugged episodes. Eric joined Joel Chriss and Co. in 1996, and during his twelve-year tenure was responsible for booking its extensive roster internationally. During this time Eric worked with virtually every promoter internationally and has traveled to more than forty countries. "I feel travel is the only way to truly understand different cultures and markets. One on one, face-to-face interaction builds lasting and meaningful collaborations and friendships. We communicate through email faster than we can think and have come to undervalue the importance of sitting down, listening and getting to know one another."
As a drummer, Eric continues to record and perform internationally. In addition to his mainstay, The Fins, Eric has shared the stage with BB King, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, AC Reed, KoKo Taylor, Mitch Woods, Ronnie Earl, Otis Rush, Bobby Rush, Mick Taylor, Wilson Pickett, Rod Piazza, Keb' Mo', Hubert Sumlin and Robert Plant.
About Daniel Israel
Dan graduated Magna Cum Laude with High Honors from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He studied classical saxophone at the Eastman School of Music with Chien-Kwan Lin and was a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. As former Music Director and Business Manager of the all-male a cappella group, the Midnight Ramblers, Dan led the vocal group on tours throughout the United States and is featured on four studio albums. As part of his fifth-year Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year Fellowship, Dan began work on the Jazz Audience Development Program.
Dan worked at Joel Chriss & Co. for two years and was responsible for booking the Northeast US territory. Previously he worked on two musical theater productions with composer Michael John LaChiusa at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre and Lincoln Center Theatre. As a composer, Dan wrote music and lyrics for the musical, Killing Time. He is currently a member of the Advanced BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and is writing his next musical, The Dirty Hippie Jam Band Project.
About David Soson
David Soson graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During his years at the University, Dave was musical director and primary arranger for his a cappella group, the Midnight Ramblers, co-producing three of their studio albums. Dave played jazz saxophone at the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music and studied jazz composition/arranging under the tutelage of Bill Dobbins.
As an arranger, Dave's dozens of cappella arrangements have received international accolade and placement on many prestigious compilation albums. Prior to joining AMI, Dave worked at Pearl Meyer & Partners and at Joel Chriss & Co. Since 2007, Dave has worked with Liquid 5th Productions as a clinician and recording/editing engineer.
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