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A Beautiful Friendship

by Lenore Raphael

Hard swinging post bop uptempos and unforgettable, haunting ballads make this CD a treasure. Lenore Raphael's tremendous technique has reached new heights of emotion and pure joy.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Beautiful Friendship
5:52 $0.99
2. I Love You
9:15 $0.99
3. Alone Together
8:24 $0.99
4. Like Someone In Love
5:45 $0.99
5. We'll Be Together Again
5:53 $0.99
6. Stella By Starlight
7:44 $0.99
7. Darn That Dream
6:46 $0.99
8. Jordu
6:46 $0.99
9. Let It Go
8:01 $0.99
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NEWS!!!Now you can SEE and HEAR Lenore perform "live" on videotape at the East Coast Jazz Festival. Simply go to her website and click Multimedia. www.lenoreraphael.com

"She is simply among the best jazz pianists in our art form" writes reviewer John Gilbert, jazz staff writer SONY/Columbia, E Jazz News and Jazz Review.

New York jazz artist Lenore Raphael tours continually, giving "Sold out" performances and getting standing ovations. She is also a talented composer. Her original tunes are now available as digital downloads on "Nuthin' But The Truth", a compilation of Raphael originals.

This year, 2006, in September, Lenore performed again at Jazz At Lincoln Center in the Diet Coke Women In Jazz Festival and she will be one of the featured artists on the S.S. Oosterdam Jazz Cruise (www.thejazzcruise.com)
In April she will open, with Dr. David Champouillon on trumpet, for Arturo Sandoval at the Tri-Cities jazz fest in Johnson City, Tenn.and is scheduled to do the first 'Women In Jazz" Concert at Florida Atlantic University, and then perform at Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami, Florida.

"A Beautiful Friendship" has received rave reviews from jazz critics around the globe. It is "a combination of superb standards delivered with delicate melodies, powerful rhythms, challenging harmonies...powerful and prodigious musicianship"...George Carroll, E Jazz News.

Performing all over the world these days,Lenore Raphael's unique style and technical virtuosity have made her "one of the top pianists in the creative jazz mainstream" according to SCOTT YANOW , critic and author. Her style has been compared to such jazz piano greats as BUD POWELL, BILL EVANS, OSCAR PETERSON, GENE HARRIS.
Jazz writer JOHN GILBERT has said in AllAboutJazz that "she has a love affair wtih the piano...and she always swings". A Beautiful Friendship has already garnered rave reviews ."A Beautiful Friendship is rich! Artistically and brilliantly arranged-a real plus for your jazz library - she is undeniably JAZZ ALIVE"...George Fuller, on air host, KRML, Carmel, CA.

Getting top play on radio stations like WGBH (Boston). KUVO (Denver) WDIY (Pennsylvania) KRML (California) XM Satellite Radio's Real Jazz,and many jazz stations around the world, Lenore is getting more and more attention.

She began her career as New York City based jazz pianist.Studying piano with jazz masters BARRY HARRIS and then MIKE LONGO, she performed in New Jersey venues such as the Barron Arts Center, Newark Museum, Plaza Hotel in NYC, Birdland,West End Gate and many other clubs and concert venues all within her home area. Talent,love of jazz and the wider recognition that came with it, have brought her to a place where she is now performing in concert venues for jazz societies such as the Gainesville Friends of Jazz & Blues, The Blowing Rock Jazz Society, and many others. Most of her recent performances have been "sold out" or "standing room only".

She has performed at the Cape May Jazz Festival, the East Coast Jazz Festival, the S.S. Norway Floating Jazz Festival with CLARK TERRY and AL GREY, Steinway Jazz Showcase in Scottsdale, AZ, Jazk Kleinsinger's Highlights in Jazz at the Hewlett Library, the Colorado Springs Conservatory,Dazzles in Denver,Pops for Champagne in Chicago. She held the piano chair at the 15th Annual Jazz Showcase where she performed with WYCLIFFE GORDON, KEN PEPLOWSKI, CARROLL DASHIELL.

Some of Lenore's credits include a guest spot on MARIAN McPARTLAND'S Piano Jazz, finalist in Sony's Search for a Jazz Star, a performance at the Long Beach International Association for Jazz Education. This year (2005) Lenore will tour many parts of the USA in honor of her new CD, "A Beautiful Friendship". To find out if Lenore will be performing in your area, check Tour Schedule at www.lenoreraphael.com

Television appearances include "Women in Jazz" on Suburban Cable, "Jazz and Youth" on WNTI Cable. She has done radio interviews on KUVO (Denver) WDNA (Miami) WUCF (Orlando), WUSF (Tampa), KJZZ (Tempe, AZ) WHRV (Norfolk), KRML (Carmel, CA) and many more.

In addition to three other albums on the Swingin' Fox Label(The Whole Truth, Reflections, Wingin' It) she has been recorded on "Live At the Oasis" Volume V of KUVO's promotional CD's along with artists DIANE REEVES, ERIC GUNNISON and others. She has played back up piano for well known vocalists JOHN PIZZARELLI, MARLENE VER PLANCK, GIACOMO GATES, DAKOTA STATON and many others but Lenore is most at home with her own great trio.
She is also very involved with jazz education and is an outreach artist for the International Association for Jazz Education. She has done numerous jazz workshops with high school and college students. To book a jazz workshop in your school or venue contact swinginfox@swinginfox.com

Lenore with lyricist Marcia Hillman has written a show called "Scat Cat in Jazzland" to teach young children about the origin and development of jazz.

A talented composer and lyricist, she has won ASCAP awards for her original compositions. Among her many acclaimed songs, she wrote the tune JOHNNY JAZZ, which was recorded by vocalist DENISE DONATELLI.

Lenore has written a jazz theory book called Jazz Master Class. It is available from Swingin' Fox Music from Swingin' Fox Music. You can E mail Lenore directly at swinginfox@swinginfox.com



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Earla Porch jazz singer

It's a combination of love, know how and great feeling
and a beautiful friendship it is ! She made friends with the piano and stuck right with it from what I can tell. this Cd is a total gas! From start to finish her heart is in it.She's right up there with the best of the best!

Lawrence Cohen

A great CD... swinging and strong
Lenore Raphael's A Beautiful Friendship CD has some classic standard tunes, but each one is given special treatment. From the inventive introduction on Cole Porter's I Love You to a swinging and intense Stalla By Starlight, this is a great CD from start to finish.