Tamer Tewfik | Beginning to See the Light

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Beginning to See the Light

by Tamer Tewfik

Swingin' yet seductive, this crooning Baritone voice and piano stylings meet Jazz Sextet.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beginning to See the Light
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2. Autumn Leaves
3:13 $0.99
3. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
4:19 $0.99
4. Honeysuckle Rose
3:12 $0.99
5. Our Love Is Here to Stay
4:16 $0.99
6. God Bless the Child
3:36 $0.99
7. Shall We Dance
2:51 $0.99
8. Moonlight in Vermont
6:10 $0.99
9. Singing in the Rain
3:01 $0.99
10. She Walks With Angels
2:42 $0.99
11. Que Rico!
5:16 $0.99
12. The Nearness of You
4:27 $0.99
13. Bye, Bye, Blackbird
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Tamer earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He pursued additional classical studies in Budapest, Hungary, studying harmony, solfège and conducting. As a vocalist, he has sung with the Choral Arts Society and Philadelphia Orchestra under the batons of conductors Riccardo Muti, Kurt Mazur, and Charles Dutoit.

After teaching music in the Lower Merion School District for five years, Tamer established Swamp Queen Music in 1997. His first CD, released in the fall of 1998, Tamer ~ Unwanted Curtains, features his jazz trio, solo piano performances and original compositions. Beginning To See the Light, released in spring 2002, also features original compositions, as well as Tamer's spins on classic jazz standards. Building on the foundation laid with Unwanted Curtains, arrangements on Beginning to See the Light include piano solo, trio and sextet performances.

Never forgetting his love of children, this skilled educator and musician married his talents to create THE JAZZ ASSEMBLY, a one-of-a-kind participatory experience for elementary through high school students. THE JAZZ ASSEMBLY has been recognized by educators and administrators as the first of its kind to cross more than six core-curriculum subjects, meeting the respective state required standards while at the same time motivating students to learn the valuable history and tenets of jazz improvisation. These Assemblies are presented in conjunction with Young Audiences of New Jersey; Young Audiences of Eastern PA; and Peter Nero and the Philadelphia Pops' "Jazz in the Schools" Series.

Tamer has played with Les Paul; Grover Washington, Jr.; Stanley Clarke; Eddie Gomez; and Trudy Pitts. As a cabaret artist and pianist he has performed at the ASCAP Songwriters Showcase; Brandy's Saloon; Cleopatra's Needle; Don't Tell Mama; The Duplex; the Iridium Jazz Club; Key West Piano Bar; NBC's Rainbow Room; Odette's; Raw Space Theatre; Sam's Cabaret; Tavern Camac; The Townhouse; and the Triad Theater. His theater credits include roles in The Secret Garden; The Sound of Music; Amahl and the Night Visitors; Sunday in the Park with George; Into the Woods; and A Builder of Dreams, for which he performed both on stage and off, as actor/singer and arranger.

He served as musical director for Montauk Theatre Productions' Always, Patsy Cline and The Show of the Century, in which he also performed, and his original compositions have been heard in the Wynner's Circle Theatre Company productions of Genesis; Seascape with Sharks and Dancer; The Quiet Room, or What Happens When a Schizoid Ballerina Is Locked in a Room with a Duck and An Evening with Tamer & Kirsten; a musical mix of theater and cabaret, based upon his work as heard in The Quiet Room... ; in which Tamer was the featured artist.

An artist of international appeal, 2002 found him performing at the VIP Club and Casino in Moscow, Russia. In June 2001 Tamer was honored with the formation of the Official Tamer Tewfik International Fan Club, with chapters currently in the US and Canada.

Currently, Tamer travels throughout New York and New Jersey, as educator or entertainer, with his trio or as a solo artist, sharing his great love of Jazz at every performance.



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Fans of Harry Connick Jr. and the likes of cabaret won't want to miss the versatility and artistry of this crooning, silky baritone backed by a fuel-injected jazz sextet. Tapping into various sub-genres of jazz, with an infectious energy and charm, this beauty will rosy up your collection
with the sureness of your favorite, well-aged wine.

Hallie Wynn

From Jazz to Eternity
Opening with the title track, first the piano invites you along, then the drums roll in like an ocean wave, cymbal crashing it to shore as in the scene in “From Here to Eternity” and the song explodes into the same passion as that incredible kiss.

The seductive power of Honeysuckle Rose leaves little doubt as to the sugar of which Tamer is singing. Que Rico, an original composition with a Latin flair, will have you up and dancing in no time. In Singin’ in the Rain, when he reaches the line, “Come on with the rain / there’s a smile on my face,” you know it’s true.

Not all is such fun. The longing in I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face brings to your eyes the tears heard in his voice, and Tamer’s God Bless the Child will leave you wondering if you’ve been listening to the father or the child.

The only sadness at the end is that it is indeed the end. As Bye Bye Blackbird fades out we can hear him wink and wave and whisper, “Until next time.” Looking forward to it!

Robert W.

Who is this guy? and why is he unknown? Unbelievable!!!!!!!!
His voice, the vibration and joy expresed in his music truly made my heart sang.

Amanda O;Hare

Incredible! I loved it!
I loved it Tamer. I can't wait for your next CD. Everyone who listens to it is amazed!! Love ya!
** Amanda **

Cookie Robbins

Jazz for the Millennium
This guy's got it all - movie star good looks, sexy voice and a connection with the music not seen since Sinatra. The sad songs bring tears, the happy ones smiles, and it goes far beyond the quality of the music, which is incredible. He must be as good an actor as he is a musician because every word he sings rings absolutely true. It's so good that to single out any one song is practically impossible (although God Bless the Child must be experienced).
The only sour note on this otherwise remarkable album is Shall We Dance, done here as a duet. The girl's voice is pretty, but she lacks his depth musically and emotionally. It's painfully obvious she's no jazz artist and her lack of style keeps the song from fitting as it should with the rest of this incredible CD.
One weak track can't take away from what is an otherwise superior work, which this is. Fantastic!

Thomas Walker

Hey Tamer that was great!
What a fabuolous CD! Did I spell fabuolous right? I recommend to anyone and EVERYONE who likes jazz music that this is the greatest CD of the 21st century that you should buy!
With most sincere respectt,

Tom Walker

Katie Parry Mathis

I never knew
It is great to hear someone from our(mine and Tamers) generation get so into this kind of music. I always knew he liked music but not this much. Way to go Tamer, you have my admiration.

Cindy Becker

Tamer, what a wonderous CD. I love your voice, your style, and your musicality. You have done the music industry a favor by sharing your talents. One word SUPERB! Oh I also enjoyed the female vocalist, what a treat!

Nancy S.

Instrumental and vocals blend smoothly...
Really nice CD! Style reminds me of Harry Connick Jr. but Tamer has a much, much better voice. Loved this arrangement of the title track. Every detail of instrumental and vocal on this CD is well thought out and thereby significant. This CD should be the beginning of a stellar career for this artist!!