“PAZZ” CD Release and Live Concert To Feature
Christine Rosholt & Kevin Hall
Thursday, December 1st @ Dakota Jazz Club
Intimate Evening To Celebrate 20 Top Minnesota Musicians,
Transatlantic UK/Minnesota Collaboration of Pop and Jazz, Or “Pazz”
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn (November 14, 2011) – Acclaimed Minneapolis jazz vocalist Christine Rosholt and British songwriter Kevin Hall will celebrate the release of their transatlantic collaboration, “Pazz,” with a live performance at the Dakota Jazz Club on Thursday, December 1st.
Christine and Kevin will be joined on stage throughout the evening by 18 of the most talented musicians in Minnesota including Hornheads, J.D. Steele, Dave Jensen, Graydon Peterson, Mac Santiago, Vince Hyman, Zacc Harris, Vinnie Rose, Jason Craft, Randy Sabien, Katie Gearty, Rachel Holder, Sophia Shorai, Lucia Newell and Miles Hanson.
Each of these musicians contributed to “Pazz,” – an album of 12 original songs that’s been three years in themaking after a chance encounter at the Dakota. In the spring of 2008, UK based songwriter Kevin Hall was visiting family in the Twin Cities and fortuitously happened upon one of Christine’s shows after seeing an ad for the Dakota in a local paper. He was blown away by her electrifying performance, and knew he had found the perfect vocalist for several original songs he was working on back in the UK. Christine, who has spent much of her career enchanting audiences with smoky renditions of jazz standards, was up for the challenge to try something new. Together, they combined elements of pop and jazz to create the cross cultural sound and album they call “Pazz.”
"Over the last three years Minneapolis has become my creative spiritual home and working with Christine and all the musicians on “Pazz” was a great honour and joy. What originally started as a three track EP has turned into a celebration in the best of Minnesotan musicians. Christine and I are definitely the yin and yang, we come from different musical worlds which has made the whole experience even more rewarding. This concert for me is one way to give something back and celebrate the art of making music together. I have found everybody to be so welcoming, I hope that our songs are a fitting tribute to the city and people of Minneapolis," said Kevin Hall.
The “Pazz” Release Party and Live Concert on December 1st will mark the first time the album is performed in public, in its entirety – back where it all began – Dakota Jazz Club. Tickets are $15, available in advance at: http://dakotacooks.com/. The show will begin at 7:00 pm. Dakota Jazz Club is located at 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403. (612) 332-1010. “Pazz” will be available for purchase at the release party.
Christine Rosholt was described by renowned jazz critic Scott Yanow as having "a subtle but powerful voice, one that sneaks up on the listener and makes a surprisingly strong impression." That impression is enhanced by a background in theater that is reflected in Christine's ability to take the listener by the ear and pull him or her onto the stage to become part of the music, part of the story. Focusing on jazz singing for the past nine years, Christine has performed at many local venues, festivals, fund raisers and corporate events plus many shows all over the Midwest. She has performed regularly at The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis has been the featured vocalist with Beasley's Big Band for 6 years. She has appeared on Twin Cities Public Televisions MN Original and Almanac. She recently presented "Jazz Meets the Bard" at the Jungle Theater. Other theaters include the The Ordway, Orchestra Hall and the Pantages. For more on Christine Rosholt, please visit: http://www.christinerosholt.net/
Kevin Hall is from the UK and resides in the English Country Garden about 50 km north of London. Michael Parkinson described him as 'Rock n Roll in a corporate suit' as he is the bandleader for the leading UK corporate covers band Vice Versa. The band appear internationally from Royal Ascot, Athens, Reykjavik and more recently performances in Moscow and Dubai. His first collection of original songs "Songbook" was released in 2008 and a second collection "Catholic Tales" is due for release in 2012. Adrian Maddox and Kevin affectionately known as 'Bernie and Elton' and never write a song in the same room! Adrian emails the lyric, Kevin puts the music together and emails the song. Recently Kevin fulfilled a teenage dream by performing 'True' backing Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley. For more information on Kevin Hall, please visit http://www.viceversamusic.com/ and http://www.kevinhall.biz/
For press inquiries, please contact Natalie Auger, VimLab Promotions, 612.229.8522, Natalie@vimlab.com.