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LAKEWOOD, NJ: MULTI INSTRUMENTALIST BRIAN CULBERTSON-SEPT 19
Ebony Maze Promotions presents Brian Culbertson for the final concert in their Summer Smooth Jazz Series and Culbertson's only tri-state show until 2015. A multi-instrumentalist by age 12, Culbertson grew up just south of Chicago, loving genre-crossing jazz-pop artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Chick Corea, David Sanborn and Sting. In 1994, at age 20, Brian self-produced his debut album Long Night Out. Since then, Brian has released thirteen more albums, toured around the world, and worked with industry all-stars like Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) , Larry Graham (Sly and the Family Stone, Graham Central Station), Ledisi, Barry Manilow, Herb Alpert, Natalie Cole, and Bootsy Collins to name a few.
Brian's latest album Another Long Night Out spent 5 weeks at the #1 spot on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts. In addition, the first single, "Fullerton Ave." (feat. Chuck Loeb), was also #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Radio Chart for 8 weeks. Culbertson will be joined by his six piece band: Chris Miskel (drums), Eddie Miller (keys/vocals), Marqueal Jordan (sax/vocals), Michael Stever (trumpet/keys), Adam Hawley (guitar), and Rodney Jones, Jr. (bass).
Concert starts at 9pm; doors open at 6pm for pre-show dinner guests.* Ample parking and 14' screens for an enhanced viewing experience, make the Lake Terrace Ballroom in Lakewood, NJ the perfect location for a night out.
For concert info visit ebonymaze.com. Limited tickets are available at tix.com or by calling 1-800-595-4849.
PRESS RELEASE: Brian Culbertson’s “Another Long Night Out” debuts at No. 1
Hitmaker revisits his contemporary jazz roots joined by an all-star cast to reinterpret his debut album 20 years later.
Los Angeles, Calif. (7 March 2014): Twenty years after the release of his debut album, "Long Night Out," award-winning contemporary jazz/R&B multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson completely reimagined the collection as "Another Long Night Out," his 14th album and first on his BCM Entertainment label, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. The set spotlighting a stellar collective comprised of many of the contemporary jazz luminaries that influenced and inspired Culbertson to make the first record is the musician's sixth album to debut at No. 1. Speeding up the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart to No. 2, the first single, "Fullerton Ave." featuring guitarist Chuck Loeb, is on the road to earning Culbertson his 27th No. 1 single as an artist, producer and songwriter.
The day before the February 25 album release, Culbertson took over Sirius XM's Watercolors for 16 hours programming cuts from the new collection as well as from some of the musicians featured on "Another Long Night Out" including Loeb, Lee Ritenour, Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Steve Lukather, Russ Freeman, "Patches" Stewart, Candy Dulfer and Jonathan Butler. Other noteworthy musicians appearing on the remake are Paul Jackson Jr., Jimmy Haslip, Will Kennedy, Nathan East, the late Ricky Lawson, Ray Parker Jr., Jeff Kashiwa, Larry Dunn and Ricky Peterson along with a 33-piece orchestra playing arrangements by David Benoit and Culbertson.
For the first time, Culbertson has made the sheet music used during the "Another Long Night Out" recording sessions available for free on his website. Musicians that want to play along can purchase "Music Minus One" mixes for piano, bass, drums and "band only" (no piano or other lead instruments) on Culbertson's webstore.
Recorded in the bedroom of his crowded college apartment above a Chicago costume shop while he was a 20-year-old music student at DePaul University, the three demos that formed the basis of "Long Night Out" landed Culbertson a 6-album record deal. The notion to rebuild the album from scratch using fresh arrangements and feature performances from contemporary jazz royalty has long-ruminated inside Culbertson's head and began with a wish list cast of musicians.
"The idea behind the remake was to make the album the way I always wanted to do it. Over the years, I'd randomly listen to that album. I liked the songs and arrangements, but always heard things that I would have liked to have done differently, mainly because of the limitations I had at the time. I had a very limited budget and limited technology so I tried to make the instruments sound real even though I had to use synth piano, a drum machine and synth bass. Now I can use real piano and live players along with the experience I've had over the past 20 years as a producer," said Culbertson, who also had another purpose for the new recording in mind. "I wanted to return to my roots and introduce newer fans to another side of me as a musician and an artist. Contemporary jazz fans will dig 'Another Long Night Out.' I hadn't done a full instrumental album in years.
It is jazz fusion-y and I want to be known as a broader artist than just the R&B/funk guy. A lot of people didn't know the (music on the) first album, which is out of print."
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