Tuesday, April 23, 2013


DUST IN THE RECORDING STUDIO Drummer Mike Clark- Vocal/ Hipspoken' Word Tony Adamo- Engineer Rick Duncan/PHOTO BY Mark Leialoha /Art work Tony Adamo

Thursday, April 18, 2013

“It quickly becomes apparent that in the gray area between jazz, R&B, and soul, Tony Adamo is one of the top voices.”

“It quickly becomes apparent that in the gray area between jazz, R&B, and soul, Tony Adamo is one of the top voices.” Scott Yanow, Author of the Jazz Singers " Tony Adamo is like Lou Rawls fronting Tower of Power..." Stuart Hamilton, Amazon.co.uk Though Tony Adamo was born in San Francisco, he has strong family ties to the Bronx and Brooklyn New York and has spent much time on both coasts. Adamo has done a little bit of it all in the entertainment industry from attending the Actors Studio in New York City, being a Hollywood agent, radio DJ, radio commercial writer, voiceover artist, to a studio utility man who worked on movies and TV shows for MGM Studios, Culver City, California. All of these enriching career experiences helped Adamo realize what his life’s path would be…music. Adamo’s first break in the music industry came as a lead singer when he hooked up with a San Francisco Bay Area rock band. As the lead singer in a rock band, he performed on the Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe music circuits. Needing a day gig to make ends meet, he became an explosive handler at Concord Naval Weapons Station in Concord California. His boss was Bill Pesci, brother of Academy Award winning actor, Joe Pesci. While working at Concord Naval Weapons Station, Adamo recorded his first CD, WHEN LOVE COMES OVER YOU, on UrbanZone Records. When the gulf war (Desert Storm/Desert Shield) began, Adamo volunteered as a bomb-tech/explosive handler civilian to work for the Army, Navy, and Marines. It was during his deployment to the Gulf War that he wrote many of the songs and lyrics that would be on his future CD’s over the next twenty years. Concord Naval Weapons Station was beginning a close down so Adamo was transferred to the Marine Base at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California. His singing career took an expected turn when he connected with former members of Tower of Power, Mic Gillette and Skip Mesquite at a Bay Area recording session. Tony, Mic and Skip became fast friends. Mic and Skip played on three songs on his next CD, DANCE OF LOVE, on UrbanZone Records, which was recorded while working at Camp Pendleton. Mic wrote the horn arrangements for the songs and also brought in the co-founder of Tower of Power, Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka to fill out the horn section. Adamo moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area where in 2007 he recorded his third CD, STRAIGHT UP DEAL on UrbanZone Records. This album marks the evolution of Adamo’s new hip/funk, spoken word style. Again, Mic Gillette, Skip Mesquite and Doc Kupka held up the horn section. The mixing and mastering on STRAIGHT UP DEAL, done by Al Schmitt and Ron McMasters of Capitol Mastering is nothing short of world-class. Between the recording of STRAINGHT UP DEAL and WHAT IS HIP, one of the songs Adamo wrote while at Camp Pendleton Marine Base, “Hey Lou,” was picked up by Herbie Hancock and the Headhunter’s, original base player, Paul Jackson. Jackson featured “Hey Lou” on his FUNK ON A STICK CD on Backdoor Records. In 2009 Adamo’s new hip/funk spoken word style was continuing to evolve on his fourth CD, WHAT IS HIP on UrbanZone Records. The recording of the song “What is Hip” on Adamo's new CD came from a suggestion made by Tower of Power (TOP) co-founder, Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka. Doc suggested several TOP songs, “What is Hip,” and “This Time it’s Real,” that Adamo did cover on WHAT IS HIP CD. Doc brought in Tom E. Poltizer of TOP to fill out the horn section with which consisted of Doc, Mic and Tom. Both STRAIGHT UP DEAL and WHAT IS HIP CDs can be purchased on Doc Kupka’s Strokeland Records under Strokeland Jazz. In the summer of 2011 legendary drummer, Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters) recorded with Adamo on a new cover of Tower of Power’s “Soul Vaccination.” It was at this session a music alliance was formed between the two and Clark became the music producer for Adamo’s new CD, MILES OF BLU. Clark had played on Adamo’s previous CDs. To complete the mix, Clark brought on board Tim Ouimette, the very talented and highly respected musician, trumpet player, big band leader and music arranger. Ouimette worked with Ray Charles for many years. As music industry insiders who have listened to some of the new cuts off MILES OF BLU have commented, this trio has come up with a fresh new sound in vocal/hip-spoken word laced with a funk musical attitude. Tim Ouimette said, “This project is so original and bluesy groovin’ and is sending all the right messages. I am just really happy to be involved.” Late in 2012, Scott Elias, owner or Random Act Records heard Adamo’s new music and signed him as a Random Act Artist. MILES OF BLU will be released by Random Act Record on May/20/ 2013. Artist’s that have recorded on Tony Adamo’s music: Tower of Power Horns: Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Mic Gillette, Skip Mesquite, Tom Politzer The Headhunters: Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, Blackbyrd McKnight, Rob Dixon, Gary Mielke, Bill Summers, Richie Goods, Jazz Greats: Eddie Henderson, Ernie Watts, Steve Gadd, James Gadson, Kenneth Nash, Neil Larsen, Freddie Washington, Delbert Bump, Derrick Gardner, Tim Ouimette, Bill Harris, Michael Wolff

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tony Adamo/Jazz/Hipspoken' Word & Soul

"It quickly becomes apparent that in the gray area between jazz, r&b and soul, Tony Adamo is one of the top voices. What Is Hip? is easily recommended." Scott Yanow, author of The Jazz Singers, Trumpet Kings, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76 http://www.reverbnation.com/tonyadamo/app http://www.randomactrecords.com/

Friday, April 12, 2013


TONY ADAMO JEFF BERLIN MICHAEL WOLFF MIKE CLARK/RANDOM ACT RECORDS COMING SOON: "MILES OF BLU" from HipSpokenWord artist Tony Adamo. Tony has basically invented his own, original genre. This hipster speaks, raps, and sings his compelling stories, with able assistance from Producer Mike Clark and cohorts like Michael Wolff, Delbert Bump, Tim Ouimette, Richie Goods, Bill Summers and even Tower of Power's own physician of the funk, Stephen "Doc" Kupka. This release will turn heads and blow minds: Tales of travails and triumphs, told in the hippest of ways! Legendary Electric Bassist JEFF BERLIN makes his RAR debut with an incredible nod to master Jazz composers. LOW STANDARDS includes tunes penned by Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Benny Golson, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley and Pat Metheny. One of the world's greatest virtuoso musicians, Jeff is joined by Acoustic Bassist//Pianist Richard Drexler and Drummer Mike Clark. With Drexler doubling on piano on most tracks, the Trio presents a sonic foursome. This may be Berlin's penultimate Jazz outing -- Never has a bassist performed at such a high standard -- Only on LOW STANDARDS...! "When two of the best musicians on the planet decide to combine their estimable talents to create a band without boundaries, the result is: WOLFF & CLARK EXPEDITION. Pianist Michael Wolff and Drummer Mike Clark, together with creative Bassist Chip Jackson, present a burning set of tunes ranging from The Beatles to Joe Zawinul. This is a "nouveau" piano trio: They take listeners to new, unexplored sonic realms. This self-titled debut is the first in a series of planned albums from Wolff and Clark. Join the EXPEDITION, and let the odyssey begin...!" Random Act Records is a unique new record label devoted to creating art while making a difference. Not only does Random Act Records record swinging jazz artists, jazz bands, and their smoking sounds, but 10% from all our Jazz CDs goes to benefit charity. FRANK BLACK- A DOUBLE LEFT HOOK PR GIG/NYC

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tony Adamo/ Great come back from Shaunna from Jazzdog promotions on my comment.

Hello Tony (and everyone): some notes on all the data everywhere (for the reality we have today, for whatever folks make of it): A quick JazzWeek note/shout out - Ed Trefzger (who also maintains the JPL) works hard to make sure spin data for all stations is compiled accurately there - and that isn't his only job. JPL posts do not reflect the substance of everything seen on JazzWeek. Anything posted on the JPL is a nice supplement that hundreds and hundreds of JPL subscribers can see. - JazzWeek and CMJ are the most definitive lists of cd's that are being actually being played on Jazz radio. - Everything on the JazzWeek and CMJ charts is being played on stations. That is why those recordings are on the chart. If stations are hardly giving airplay, why are those recordings on the chart? - As to who is reporting to the chart, there is a directory of all reporters in the Station Directory on the JazzWeek website. Anyone can access it. Can't remember if a public directory for CMJ is available... - As to who is actually playing cd's -- the wide majority of JazzWeek/CMJ reporting stations who also post their playlist information to the JPL are few. Posting anything to the JPL is secondary, since they have already done the work submitting data to JazzWeek and CMJ. Again, any JPL posting is secondary, and not done by a wide majority of stations. - Promoters pay money to JazzWeek/CMJ to access all the fine little bits of data, which are many, including who is playing/reporting cd's, and frequency. All promoters also sift through playlists to see who is playing cd's. There is a lot of data management. JazzWeek/CMJ charts are an extremely valuable piece of the airplay puzzle, and the best tangible measure, but there is more outside the charts. It takes a long time to do. - All data reflected on the charts is only from data reported to JazzWeek/CMJ directly by stations. - The majority of stations that report to JazzWeek/CMJ make a really, really good effort to submit reports, and it is work. (Thank you, programmers!) Those programmers reporting to JazzWeek/CMJ have to carve out a chunk of their work time in order to report everything. Sometimes folks run out of time. It happens. It doesn't mean people don't care or the music isn't being played. Note again that posting anything to the JPL is secondary, since they have already done the work once. - MD's/PD's don't/can't always report their spin data to JazzWeek/CMJ, which affects the hard data we all see on the charts -- that doesn't reflect ALL of the airplay actually being received. Nothing is perfect. - The cd you mention is doing very well, and I see some fantastic, important stations and syndicators playing it that never post anything to the JPL, but have done the work to make sure everything is reported to JazzWeek. That is why it is on the chart. Please note for future posts: I do want to point out one line in your message: "Lets Get hip to Wolff & Clark Expedition who are @#13 on the JazzWeek Top 50 Jazz Chart." - The JPL is not a forum to promote new music at all, neither for promoters nor artists/labelmates (as yourself). That should be respected. Random Act puts out some fine, fine work. I don't know who is promoting Random Act cd's right now, but I'm sure they are doing a good job promoting good music. That's the word. We're all in this thing for the love of the music. Keep the jazz going, all! Be well. -Shaunna Jazzzdog Promotions (412) 600-5329 jazzzdog@me.com

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Tony Adamo/The Top 50 Releases of 2012/JazzTimes/February issue 2013

The Top 50 Releases of 2012/JazzTimes/February issue 2013 If you combined all Top 50 jazz releases in terms of hard copy sales. Would it amount to 250,000 units sold, 300,000 sold? And what's wrong with Jazz radio or what's left of it? Billboard Jazz Charts for April 6, 2013 has Madeleine Peyroux "The Blue Room" @#1. Yet on the Jazz Week Charts for April 8, 2013 Peyroux is not even in the Top 50. Man that's how I dig It. Tony Roc Adamo http://www.billboard.com/charts/2013-04-06/jazz-albums http://www.jazzweek.com/charts/ http://jazztimes.com/articles/71837-the-top-50-releases-of-2012

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Vocal/ Hipspoken' Word Artist Tony Adamo is on Scott Elias Random Act Records.

Pittsburgh area native Scott Elias played keyboards in clubs five and six nights a week in high school. But in his mid-20s, he moved into film. His long credits include location manager on The Rainmaker, Nell and My Cousin Vinny and co-producer or associate producer on Hugh Grant’s Music and Lyrics and Sandra Bullock’s Miss Congeniality 2 and Two Weeks Notice. “The film side took over from the music side.” In Orlando since 1998 — his wife, Anna, is from Ormond Beach — he relies on film work for his main source of income, but music is making a comeback. Last year, he and Anna founded Random Act Records to bring jazz musicians such as UCF professor Jeff Rupert to a wider audience. The label name derives from “random acts of kindness” — a 10% “artistic tithe” goes to non-profits. Label artists have made top 10 and top 50 jazz charts. Anna, 45, actor Don Johnson’s assistant on “Miami Vice” before becoming an award-winning short-film maker, created film company Random Acts Entertainment with Scott, 52, in 2008. They hope to shoot Bones of the Master, based on author George Crane’s account of his unlikely journey with a Buddhist monk returning to China. “Now I’m the guy who goes to investors and says, ‘I need $40 million for this.

Random Act Records Presents Tony Adamo's "Miles of Blu"

"Others, like Gil Scott-Heron, Mark Murphy and legions of rappers, have recognized the power of the almighty Word. Some have been hip, some sung, some said, but none have the musical import and impact of Tony Adamo’s artistry." Orlando, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/01/2013 -- Tony Adamo has essentially created a new genre: “HipSpokenWord.” His inventions are certainly hip and relevant; they are mostly spoken, though occasionally sung; and the words are extremely powerful and relevant. With the assistance of Producer Mike Clark, one of the most renowned Jazz/Funk drummers to ever wield sticks, Tony has concocted a topical masterpiece in “Miles of Blu.” Featuring Drummer/Producer Clark on all tracks, this sizzling album includes several other gifted musicians, including Bassist Richie Goods, Trumpeters Tim Ouimette and Derrick Garner, Percussionist Bill Summers, Organist Delbert Bump, Pianist Michael Wolff, and even Tower of Power’s physician of funk, Stephen “Doc” Kupka. Tony’s hipster persona belies his intriguing background. Born in San Francisco, he has performed a myriad of tasks in the entertainment industry: He has been an actor, a DJ, a voice over artist, a rock singer and a Hollywood agent. His stint as an explosives handler at Naval and Marine bases, including a voluntary deployment to the Middle East during the first Gulf War, provided creative fodder for many of his compositions. After connecting with members of the venerated funk machine Tower of Power, Tony developed his unique contribution to culture, the hip-spoken-word style that is all his own. His methods have been featured previously on his own albums, including “When Love Comes Over You,” “Dance of Love,” “Straight-Up Deal,” and “What Is Hip?” While all have been a groove, with players like the TOP Horns, The Headhunters and Jazz greats Eddie Henderson, Steve Gadd, Ernie Watts and Neil Larsen on-board, his new release, “Miles of Blu,” is the culmination of years of musical experimentation and execution. Opening with a tribute to the hardest working man (ever) in show biz, “JB” jump-starts the affair with funkified horns and Tony’s urging to have a “funky good time.” As with all the tracks, this is thoughtful, well-executed music played by incredible players. The burning swinger “Miles of Blu” is up next. Tony sets the evocative mood, as he places the listener smack-dab in the midst of an urban jazz club. Tim Ouimette’s trumpet echoes miles of smiles as Tony calls out his tribute to the dark prince of Jazz. A bass-less tune, based on a ‘round midnight vibe…The Bay Area is our next stop: Adamo’s roll call of B-3 Bombers tells it like it is on “Funkin’ at the Chickn’ Shack” and, somewhere, Jimmy Smith grins. On the topical “America R We Free” Tony tells a potentially patriotic tale of a country divided. The former bomb handler knows of what he speaks – “…on the backs of the middle-class and poor.” All respect; all truth; all the time. Power to the people!!! Stand Up and Get UP! This is a thinking man’s rap, and this revolution might be televised. Next, Tony lays out a barbecue (“BBQ”) as he performs a real backyard rap and introduces the band. All are bumping, but under and behind it all, Mike Clark stokes the beat, allowing the cats to ride on top. You can taste the beer, feel the grease…Richie Goods sets up the low-down vamp of “The Power of Funky Madness”; Danny Draher sings the blues on his six-string; Tony tells it like it is, and will be… Some Tower of Power East Bay grease slides our way next. The leader speaks truth again, urging us to inoculate our souls as his stream-of-consciousness glides across the syncopated snare snaps from Clark’s tubs. “Soul Vaccination” all across the nation! Another TOP hit changes things up, as Adamo and crew shuffle off like stallions through the middle of a stream. Heed his advice: “Don’t Change Horses” unless you dare encounter Steve Homan’s bluesy guitar, Delbert Bump’s slick B-3 riffs and Rob Dixon’s phat tenor tones. The father of Hip/Spoken/Word pays further homage to the Godfather of Soul as he asks the perennial question “Ain't That a Groove?” Word: Yes! It can’t but BE a groove under the tightly controlled flails of drummer/producer Clark, keyboardist/mixer Gary Mielke’s bass lines and Bill Summers’ slashing percussion discussion. Ouimette talks some talk on the bone; Adamo demands an answer – Ain't that? “Jack Kerouac, Jack!” was one of THE original hipsters. Obviously a predecessor of Maestro Adamo, this beat recognizes the contributions of the first Beats. Rob Dixon’s plaintive tenor moans over the proceedings, and, once again, a silenced voice is suddenly New-Jack as the writer is on the road again, now married to the names of Jazz greats also long-gone. After such a road trip, it’s time to blast off with “Sun-Ra Rockets to Mars” – This science fiction is for real. There has never been a hipper trip: Space is the place! Clark tips as Ouimette sizzles on top, Harmon mute firmly in-place. The girls sing us back to Earth, but we’re better for the journey. Herman Poole Blount, nee Le Sony’r Ra, would heavily dig this excursion… After all the ‘que, miles of blu, shuffling horses, et al, there ain't nothin’ left but to ask “What Is Hip?” Tony Adamo knows, and it shows. He adheres to the original sacred text, but in HIS way. Speaking the well-crafted lyrics actually adds a layer to meaning, making us all ponder the age-old query. As Tony knows, sometimes it’s more important to know what’s not hip, too. As on the TOP original, the horns keep shouting and the organ keeps bumpin’ – That’s Delbert Bump. Mike Clark’s musical life story is next: “The Other Side of Time” is “Like a heavyweight boxer throwin’ down.” Clark is one tough-but-sensitive, rough-and-polished player, an acknowledged innovator on his chosen voice, the trap set. Mike’s longtime cohort, Michael Wolff, adds to the mix with his modern pianistic stylings. Tony’s tip of the hat to his producer, friend, drummer and partner in crime is on the one – As is the drummer’s heartfelt tag to his contemporaries. The philosophizing old “Tickn’ Clock” takes us home. Tony’s sing/song speaks of times now and of those to come, as “we step away from our past, and into our future…” Tony’s time is NOW, and with “Miles of Blu” he shows us the path to take. About Random Act Records Random Act Records is a unique new record label devoted to creating art while making a difference. Not only does Random Act Records record swinging jazz artists, jazz bands, and their smoking sounds, but 10% from all our Jazz CDs goes to benefit charity.

Tony Adamo's "What is Hip" @#17 on Lasvegasweekly top 25

Top MP3 downloads for the week ending April 1, 2013 Tony Adamo's "What is Hip" @#17 on Lasvegasweekly top 25 The recording of the song “What is Hip” on Adamo's "What is Hip" CD came from a suggestion made by the legendary horn player and Tower of Power co-founder, STEPHEN 'DOC' KUPKA. During a recording session with Adamo. Doc suggested several TOP songs that Adamo might want to cover. Adamo chose “What is Hip” and “This Time it’s Real.” Kupka, along with jazz great EDDIE HENDERSON hold up the horn section on “Hip.” In the re-grooved “This Time It’s Real,” MIC GILLETTE, funk icon in his own right, wrote the horn arrangement and plays trumpet and trombone along with TOP member TOM E. POLITZER on tenor sax. Politzer plays tenor sax with Doc Kupka on bari sax. http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/mp3/top/2013-04-01/

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wolff & Clark — Expedition( Michael Wolff & Mike Clark) on Random Act Records

Wolff & Clark — Expedition( Michael Wolff & Mike Clark) on Random Act Records.Are holding strong @#16 in Jazz Week's Top 50 national Jazz Charts.Legendary drummer Mike Clark produces Random Act records Vocal/Hipspoken' Word Artist Tony Roc Adamo Frank Black/ A Double Left Hook PR Gig NYC