In my opinion, the best cover of September on the site is performed by OurStage artist Panache Band‘s lead singer Johan aka Simply Johan.
They open the song with solo piano instead of two guitars like the original, allowing the listener to hear all moving parts in one place. Moreover, the method of recording used for this introduction, and the addition of dissonant notes, makes the piano sounds natural and sophisticated. They alter the brass as well, manipulating the opening horn riff just enough to make it unique from the original, a trend that develops throughout the piece; similar sounding enough to create the same energy and feeling, but imaginative enough to gloat about its own knack.
The most unattainable disparity between this rendition and the 1979 version is the singing. Obviously, Maurice White’s vocal ability is nearly impossible to replicate. Instead of trying to perfect the falsetto, Panache Band singer Johan belts the lyrics out in a lower octave. And though at first this may seem like a cop-out, it adds a raspy strength to the vocal line that’s absent in the original. Besides, the overflowing brass section adequately compensates for any lacking high frequencies.
Lastly, they lay the icing on the funk cake with quietly lurking organ riffs throughout—a perfect wildcard addition to make the song their own.”
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“Just Loving You” translated in 6 languages seeking recording artists solo or in duet. Available for Licensing/Placement and for major artist re-recording with lyrics in several languages: English , French, Italian, Spanish,German and Swedish!
A slow romantic style tune because Nikki Hornsby knows that you can find someone very special that gives you hope for tomorrow by standing beside you. And what is most important than that by Just Loving You. Written, sung, arranged & co produced by Nikki Hornsby, CJP-NHRecords, Inc. release from “Just Wait” CD available for downloads iTunes etc.
French lyrics: “En t’aimant tout simplement”
View the video supports in five languages here online:
“On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!… Featuring Marie-France Lévesque and The Los Angeles Dance Company is a Triumph! “
On Saturday November 2, 2013 the world-premiere of “On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!…” took place at Scherr Forum Theater in Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Presented by The Los Angeles Dance Company featuring former American Ballet Theater ballerina Marie-France Lévesque and her ensemble of outstanding dancers in a multidimensional grand production including over 20 numbers in two acts from a Pot-Pourri Medley to French and Latin Quarters.
On Pointe at 50 and Beyond/ Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey
This very special and moving evening marked Marie-France Lévesque’s triumphal return to the stage upon turning 50 following a devastating car accident that stopped her career 14 years ago! Marie -France is back “on pointe!” and encourages all people of every age to get back “on pointe” in their lives too no matter what! “Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived no matter what great obstacles you face and no matter what people may think!” said Bob Pritchard, Master of Ceremony as he welcomed and introduced “On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!…”
On Pointe at 50 and Beyond/ Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey
This accomplished ballerina gave us a performance to remember! From classic pas- de- deux in White Swan, Tango à Trois, Patrick Frantz‘s Elegie, Craig Williams ‘ Rendez-Vous in Paris, Fractured Dreams by Antonio Lopez and many other wonderful numbers choreographed as well by Gary Franco and by Marie-France Lévesque herself.
On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!…/Photo Credit: Reggie Hailey
We were also treated to some Opera by Elisabeth Howard who performed two arias from Romeo and Juliette and La Traviata while Claire MacKenzie beautifully interpreted some Carmen with Habanera.
Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey
Grammy- nominated Latin piano virtuoso Freddie Ravel enchanted and entertained the audience throughout the evening as he accompanied live the dancers in several dance numbers from A Secret Place pas-de-deux , Fanfare, Pure Love “water” Journey through Ixtlan, Kama Sutra, and delighted us with his original compositions “In the Moment” and Rondo ala Salsa inspired byMozart in an intimate festive atmosphere and happy hands clapping in unison in the theater!
Photo Credit /Reggie Hailey
Then , 7 Grammy artist Al Jarreau casually made his entrance on the stage : “Hi ! My name is AL, just call me AL… and I am going to rap for you this evening!“ to pay tribute to his friend Marie-France Lévesque delivering a libretto co-written with Freddie Ravel “My Kite, the Dancer ( Ode to Ballet) ” which he performed free-style accompanied by Freddie Ravel on piano while dancer Emma Dewing & then Marie-France gracefully twirled around in a nostalgic dance.
Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey
A grand celebration of Life and Dance brought to lIfe!
To get involved and help the LADC continue to inspire through dance to live “On Pointe” at 50 and beyond!… please visit : www.theLADC.com
The Los Angeles Dance Companyfeaturing Marie -France Lévesque former American Ballet Theater dancer presents a world Premiere event “On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!’ on Saturday November 2, 2013 at The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza – Scherr Forum Theater.
With a cast of distinguished Guests Artists including Grammy-nominated and world-renowned Latin piano virtuoso Freddie Ravel , Opera singer and “Ms. Senior California & America 2012” Elisabeth Howard, and Master of Ceremony Bob Pritchard , the LADC is now officially both thrilled and honored to welcome Jazz/Crossover vocal legend : Al Jarreau!
Music aficionados around the world often refer to Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style as one of the world’s most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy® Awards in all 3 categories R&B, POP and JAZZ , scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide.
Guests of the performance will not only be treated to an evening of world-class dance and music but to a very intimate in person performance by Al Jarreau who joins forces with Freddie Ravel to create a new art form bridging dance, poetry and music in a musical libretto inspired by Marie-France Lévesque’s dancing.
Mr. Al Jarreau was so inspired by Marie-France Levesque’s dancing during the pre-show performance that he composed a song on the spot!
“I was thoroughly impressed by The Los Angeles Dance Company, and by Marie-France’s energetic & emotional dancing. Her innovative and passionate choreography inspired me to write a new song on the spot! The LADC is truly worth supporting.” Al Jarreau
On Pointe at 50 and Beyond! is choreographed by former ABT dancer Craig Williams and Marie-France Lévesque, former San Francisco Ballet principal Mark Lopez and former Paris Opera Theater Principal , Patrick Frantz.
This is an event not to be missed! This inspiring and motivational ballet, contemporary dance and music performance is sure to surprise, delight and empower people of all ages .
Marie-France Lévesque former American Ballet Theater Ballerina (under the direction of Lucia Chase and Mikhail Baryshnikov) is the Founder & Artistic Director Choreographer & Dancer of the Los Angeles Dance Company with choreographers Patrick Frantz former principal dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet, Craig Williams from the American Ballet Theater, Mark Lopez former principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet.
The Los Angeles Dance Company is a classicaly trained, culturally diverse professional dance company, blending traditional, neo-classical & contemporary ballet with some latin and ballroom flair!
“On Pointe” at 50 and Beyond! is an inspirational and motivational performance that encourages people of all ages, more specifically people over 50 and over, that they still can pursue their dreams, passions & aspirations and that even living through one of the worst economic times in cour country’s history they still CAN reinvent their careers and life and do something that will fulfil their soul , make them feel sef-realized with purpose & create the magic in their Life.
The audience will be tretaed with internationally acclaimed star guest artists such as Grammy nominated composera nd latin piano virtuoso Freddie Ravel. Opera singer and “Ms. Senior California and America 2012” Elizabeth Howard and others.
This event has a real message for all says Marie-France Lévesque: “Gather the courage to be “On Pointe” with yourself in your Life! It’s a movement and a new attitude for Life! “
“Dance is movement and movement is Life!”
Join us in the celebration today and “Get up and Move!” and come join the movement on November 2, 2013 at the beautiful Scherr Forum Theater in Thousand Oaks, California.
Just Lovin You, love song by Nikki Hornsby ,Recording Artist, GRAMMY Awards Nara Voter and founder of CJP-NHRecords Label is now in almost 5 languages ( with over 10K YouTube views in US) and available for licensing and/or artist re-recording in Europe as a duet!
A slow romantic style tune because Nikki knows that you can find someone very special that gives you hope for tomorrow by standing beside you. And what is most important than that by just loving you. Written, sung, arranged & co produced by Nikki Hornsby, CJP-NHRecords, Inc. release from “Just Wait” CD available for downloads iTunes etc.
Translations of “Just Lovin You” found online YouTube support videos:
And soon in Spanish… “Just Lovin You!” for re-recording for international artist in single or duet!
Below are links that celebrate Black History in commemoration of the efforts, dedication, sacrifice of the men & women who have fought for us to reach milestones in the quest for human rights for all races and because music is a universal language we celebrate Black History through the evolution of African-American Music.
The GRAMMY Museumitself is awesome!!! It is not a “Museum” per se, but more of an exciting interactive forum for music makers & music lovers & families! (located right across from the Staple Center where the 55th Grammy Awards TV Show takes place in Feb. 2013!)
This was a long-awaited day for Nikky Hornsby who donated to the GRAMMY Museum some of her family memorabilia and her grandfather’s Dan Hornsby’s Columbia Records recordings. We were very honored to be her guests and to hear firsthand about the musical greats as we relived through her eyes and lips the great Columbia Records era.
Nikki Horsnby was delighted and very moved to finally see her grandpa’s Dan Hornsby’s music proudly displayed at the GRAMMY Museum’s special interactive exhibit: 360 Sounds: The Columbia Records Story as she graciously and humbly shared her grandfather’s Dan Hornsby’s musical legacy with CJP-NHRECORDS staff and friends.
Many grateful thanks to Bob Santelli, Executive Director at the GRAMMY Museum and the young talented curators at the GRAMMY Museum who made this guided visit even more special. Thank you Nikki Hornsby and the GRAMMY Museum for this musically rich experience and for sharing this very special day down memory lane of the glorious Columbia years with us!
Flashback.. May 4th, 1959 the very First Annual Grammy Awards took place and awarded film composer Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994) the very first Album of the Year Award for The Music From Peter Gunn! A half century later, Mancini’s theme The Pink Panther released in 1963 is still alive and kicking and fresh as ever!
One of my ultimate favorite instrumental tracks, The Pink Panther was released as a single in 1964 by RCA Records reaching Top 10 in the Adult Contemporary Billboard and winning 3 Grammy Awards including an Academy Awards nomination for original Music Score. Mancini went on to receive an accolade record number of Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. Great inspired music is everlasting!
Johan & the Panache Band is “icing on the funk cake!” …
Johan & The Panache Band (Official) is the real old-school R&B/FUNK cover show band featuring lead singer Johan originally from St. Louis. Johan picked up his first guitar at 6 years old and toured with the Gospel Airs and with his band Talk of The Town in Germany & Europe back in the 80’s. The Panache Band has toured the LA gig circuit from Universal Bar & Grill, Pig N’ Whistle, The Palladium, Make Music Pasadena, and other LA venues paying tribute to the greatest: James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Morris Day & The Time, Cameo, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Commodores to name a few. The Panache Band brings the house down! Johan is an all around entertainer often called a “phenomena” on stage by both men & women. The funky old school groove along with Johan’s soulful and sultry vocals will make you groove on the dance floor!
Here’s a snippet of a Review Repost from contributing Writer at OurStage – Under Covers – Volume 4- for one of the people’s favorite cover “September” by Earth Wind & Fire.
Earth, Wind & Fire
A multitude of songs entitled “September” subsist in the land of tunage —both outside and inside the realm of OurStage. For the most part, they deal extensively with the two moods mentioned above; excitement with the dawn of a new season and relaxation with the soothing passage of a scalding summer. Perhaps offering the best sonic documentation this bliss can deliver is “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.
EWF was a funk powerhouse in the 1970s. Bridging funk with gospel, rock, pop, and eventually disco, the band’s sound inevitably transformed into a hodgepodge of lovable genres; genres that proved pleasing in isolation but addicting in marriage. When these styles are crafted together by master arrangers, performed by fantastic musicians, sung with what is perhaps the sunniest falsetto on the face of the planet, the result is music magic. The first single off the band’s ARC label, “September” appeared at the end of the decade. Sung in past tense, it can be viewed as both a remembrance of nostalgic memories and/or motivation to look forward to the future. It is the perfect hybrid of sorts, combining the brass heavy funk groove of the early 70s with the straight ahead disco percussion audible in the latter years of the decade. Luckily, this song’s euphoric energy has not gone unnoticed in the realm of OurStage.
Johan & The Panache Band
In my opinion, the best cover of this song on the site is performed by OurStage artist Panache Band. They open the song with solo piano instead of two guitars like the original, allowing the listener to hear all moving parts in one place. Moreover, the method of recording used for this introduction, and the addition of dissonant notes, makes the piano sounds natural and sophisticated. They alter the brass as well, manipulating the opening horn riff just enough to make it unique from the original, a trend that develops throughout the piece; similar sounding enough to create the same energy and feeling, but imaginative enough to gloat about its own knack. The most unattainable disparity between this rendition and the 1979 version is the singing. Obviously, Maurice White’s vocal ability is nearly impossible to replicate. Instead of trying to perfect the falsetto, Panache Band singer Johan belts the lyrics out in a lower octave. And though at first this may seem like a cop-out, it adds a raspy strength to the vocal line that’s absent in the original. Besides, the overflowing brass section adequately compensates for any lacking high frequencies. Lastly, they lay the icing on the funk cake with quietly lurking organ riffs throughout—a perfect wildcard addition to make the song their own.”