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by Bleu Orleans

New Orleans modern jazz reflecting the influences and inspirations of today
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Smoke and Mirrors
5:36 $0.99
2. Melodrama
5:43 $0.99
3. Maya
9:35 $0.99
4. Standing Pat
6:24 $0.99
5. Transformation
7:53 $0.99
6. Bleu Sketch
5:52 $0.99
7. No Worries
3:40 $0.99
8. Sifting Through the Ruins
9:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
CD Credits-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Edward Anderson - Trumpet
Aaron Fletcher - Alto and Soprano Saxes
Darrell Lavigne - Piano/Keyboards
Leo Jermaine Williams - Drums (on No Worries)
David Pulphus - Acoustic Bass (Tracks 5 and 8)
Terance Higgins - Drums (Tracks 5 and 8)
Bill Summers - Percussion
Al Pagliuso - Percussion

Special Guests from the Al Jarreau Band:
Chris Walker - Electric Bass (Tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7)
Mark Simmons - Drums (Tracks 1,2,3,4,6)

Engineer - Haniel Trisna at Canvas Studios, Houston Texas
Engineer - Lou Rojas at The Music Shed, New Orleans, Louisiana
Mixing Engineer - Paul Mitchell
Assistant Engineer- Damian Harris
Mastering Engineer- Misha Kachkachishvili at Esplanade Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana


What is it like to wake up one morning and your world is forever changed? What is it like to drive through your neighborhood where all the homes though rebuilt are occupied by unfamiliar faces? Friendly … yet unaware of your connection there and unconnected to you through history. Yes, the village that raised us has been forever changed but the memories can never be erased and it is this confidence in who we are and the greatness of where we come from that inspires Transformation.

Transformation is not a reflection of self pity, it instead a celebration of the human spirit as we remain resilient and defiant in our musical creativity. Transformation is reflective of the inner voice that refuses to allow us to give up after being knocked down but instead commands us to get up, dust ourselves off, and work even harder. You see…. we understand that the great legacy of New Orleans culture is multi-faceted and extends far beyond stereotypical images.

With this in mind we want our music to be current,relevant, accessible, and yes enjoyable. We want it to be uniquely Bleu Orleans, honest, reflective of our life experiences, and of the decades that we have put in towards our craft. Most importantly we want our music to move people whether heard live at a club or while driving home from a long day work. We want you to take this journey with us.

Thanks for listening


Edward Anderson -Trumpet

Musician, composer, educator, producer and founder of Fertile Crescent Entertainment, Inc. Edward Anderson’s musical journey has included a wide range of experiences which has helped him mature into one of New Orleans finest musical talents. During his formative years he “cut his musical teeth” performing with such local favorites as the Treme Brass Band, Dr. Michael White’s Liberty Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins. As a student of the University of New Orleans’ Jazz Studies Program Anderson he was fortunate to study under the educational guidance of Ellis Marsalis, Harold Batiste, and Victor Goines. During these formative years he shared the classroom and the stage with outstanding jazz talents such as Brian Blade, Nicholas Payton, and Jeremy Davenport to name a few. Upon graduation he was accepted to Manhattan School of Music graduate program where again he was able to learn and gig with today’s finest jazz talents such as Stefon Harris and Jason Moran. It was in New York where he connected with Wynton Marsalis and landed his first job as an arranger contributing to a series of New Orleans themed concerts for New York’s prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Center. As Intern/Assistant to Executive Vice President and Head of A&R, of Sony/ Columbia Jazz, Anderson learned the music business and recording process working behind the scenes on many projects including the late great Grover Washington, Wynton Marsalis, and a host
of others.

In 2000 Edward along with pianist Darrell Lavigne formed the jazz/world group Bleu Orleans with the intent of creating a New Orleans jazz group reflective of the ever evolving 21st century. In 2005 he was featured as a member of the legendary Ray Charles Septet and Jazz Orchestra in the critically acclaimed motion picture Ray starring Jamie Foxx. Anderson has also produced albums for local jazz favorites, Leah Chase, jazz violinist Michael Ward and legendary songwriter Harold Batiste. Additionally, Anderson is currently Director of the Institute of Jazz Culture ant Dillard University in New Orleans. As a composer arranger his works have been performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic and Louisiana State University Symphonic Orchestras. He also directs the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Don Jamison Music School.

Darrell Lavigne - Piano/Keyboards

Take a close listen to his music and you’ll understand why Darrell Lavigne has been performing on stages all around the world. Actually a late bloomer, Lavigne’s jazz focus did not materialize until his late teens where he studied as a composition major at Xavier University of New Orleans under the tutelage of composer Roger Dickerson. He credits Dickerson and his father a non-musician for introducing him a wide range of musical influences such as Monk, Bud Powell, Ahmad Jamal, Hancock and Corea, Charlie Parker, Trane, Miles, Ellington, Basie and Stan Kenton”.

Darrell’s talents quickly developed and he soon became one of the most sought after pianist in town, performing with such notables as MaxJazz artist Phillip Manuel, Wanda Rouzan, Germaine Bazzle, Samirah Evans, Delfeayo Marsalis, Kent Jordan, with whom he would record two albums, write for one (Night Aire) and produce another (Out Of This World). This led to associations with other Jordan family members such as Sir Edward “Kidd” Jordan and his Improvisational Arts Quintet, and recording artist Marlon Jordan. More recently, he has performed with George Duke, Everette Harp, Dwight Sills, Kevin Mahogany.

Lavigne expanded his associations and contributions leading to performances with Bill Summers of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters group, Hugh Masekela, Kirk Whalum and a gospel video with Oleta Adams. In 2000, along with Edward Anderson, he co-led and wrote for Bleu Orleans, a contemporary jazz/world music group releasing “Bleu Orleans”. Darrell was selected the best contemporary pianist in 2002 and jazz all-star, an award given annually by New Orleans Magazine. Late 2005 saw two important musical releases. “Bleu 2” was released in November of that year marking a new direction and compositional depth for Bleu Orleans. Darrell also performed on piano, wrote and conducted string arrangements on Stephanie and Marlon Jordan’s critically acclaimed release, “You Don’t Know What Love Is”. That same year, Lavigne also recorded on Donald Harrison’s "Now's the Time" release featuring Grammy-award winning trumpeter, Chris Botti and producer Chuck Loeb. Though he is respected as a pianist/multi-keyboardist, he continues to produce and write for a number of artists like Kent Jordan, Michael Ward, Kyle Turner and others. Lavigne is involved with keeping the music alive with kids as well. He has been a faculty member of the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp since 2000 and has performed numerous jazz awareness and Arts in Education Workshops.

Aaron Fletcher

Aaron began his musical journey at the age of 6, starting on the drums and a year later, switching to the saxophone. His first musical experiences were in the church where he developed his musical talent for most of his youth. Playing in church introduced Aaron to music on a very passionate level, which later became the key for developing his signature sound. Aaron’s tutelage came from the older, established musicians who not only mentored and showed him how to play the instrument, but more importantly showed him how to perform. This training would lead to his first paid performance by the age of 10. By the age of 13, Aaron was tested by Dr. Kenneth Klaus and Professor Charlotte Pipes of Nicholls State University for the State of Louisiana’s Talented and Gifted program. Aaron’s talent was further evaluated by the famous jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, who recommended that Aaron attend the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (N.O.C.C.A) which has been known for producing such talented artists including: Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Terence Blanchard. After graduating from N.O.C.C.A., Aaron was offered an opportunity to play in Terence Blanchard’s band. After touring with Blanchard, in 2002 Aaron participated in the Thelonius Monk International Saxophone Competition, where he was one of the four finalist. Later that year Aaron moved to Los Angeles where he performed and toured with artist such as Anita Baker, Teena Marie, Stevie Wonder, The RZA, Wyclef Jean, Chante Moore, Lalah Hathaway, Jeffery Osborne, Ali Woodson, and many more….



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