Michael Lington & Magenta Orchestra feat Jeff Lorber Special Guest Eric Benet, Shakila & Harvey Malaihol

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Genre : Instrumental Jazz
Performances at JIJJF
Saturday March 4, 2006
Dji Sam Soe
Website :
http://www.michaellington.com/flash.html
Song Teaser : (All songs need windows media player)
About This Act :
With his sleek look, hip attitude and intense, passionate performance style that turns the sax into a celebration of life and love, it is no wonder that Michael Lington is becoming one of the hottest stars on today’s contemporary jazz scene.

One of the top genre hits of 2005, his Rendezvous Entertainment CD Stay With Me has already spent 24 weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, and is a true reflection of a mature artist hitting his creative stride. The recording’s soulful first single “Show Me,” produced and co-written by Brian Culbertson, became a hit at smooth jazz radio, rising to #2 on the Radio and Records National airplay chart. His second single, “Two of a Kind,” has had similar success, ranking in the Top 5 of the national airplay chart for an impressive 8 weeks. If that’s not enough, “Pacifica, “ the third single is currently climbing into the top 15 of national airplay chart. In fact, Michael has proven to be no stranger to chart topping hits, with the aforementioned singles following an incredible string of successes over the past few years. “Twice in a Lifetime”, “Sunset” and “Still Thinking Of You” all went Top 5 on R&R’s national airplay chart.

In 2005 Lington has continued his busy performance schedule with a nationwide solo tour hitting over twenty major cites coast to coast, culminating in a date at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. During breaks of his tour, Michael has found time to record tracks for his highly anticipated follow-up to Stay With Me.

Set for release in June of 2006, Lington’s new album takes the singer/songwriter classics of the 70’s and 80’s, and through his delicate, heartfelt re-arrangements, captures their emotional gravity and timelessness in instrumental form. The album epitomizes the collaborative spirit. Arranged by the legendary Randy Waldman, one-time pianist for Frank Sinatra and long time music director for Barbara Streisand, this album features a wonderful cast of studio musicians including Brian Bromberg, Vinny Colaiuta, Dean Parks, and Luis Conte. Furthermore, a full orchestra backs the new record, lending each track an extra layer of beauty and class. Lington will debut many of these “new classics” with orchestral accompaniment at the 2006 Java Jazz Festival.

Though he maintains a hectic schedule of touring and recording, Michael finds time to give back to the musical community. Realizing his success as a musician could be directly attributed to the opportunities afforded him to play music as a child, Michael spends a healthy portion of his free time supporting music-related charities. Recently, Michael worked with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to raise money for music programs for children. Michael, along with friend and fellow saxophonist, Dave Koz, raised over 7 thousand dollars through a public auction of donated prizes, most notably airfare and a pair of tickets to see Michael and Dave perform at the JVC Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

Lington began playing clarinet at age seven and remembers spending time as a young boy with his grandfather, Otto Lington, who was a celebrated jazz player in Europe. Inspired by his grandfather, Lington was trained classically, but switched to the sax at age 15 upon hearing American soul and jazz musicians like Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane and David Sanborn. He operated a recording studio for a time, and also competed in several installments of the famous Eurovision Song Contest while touring throughout Europe.

Moving to the United States, his first touring gigs were with rock legends Little Richard and Gary “U.S” Bonds, but his major breakthrough came with singer Bobby Caldwell, whom Lington played with from 1994 through 1998. Smooth jazz fans know that Caldwell has been a proving ground for saxmen who have gone onto huge solo careers, including Rendezvous Entertainment co-founder Dave Koz, Richard Elliot and Boney James. Caldwell’s performance with Lington on “Tell It Like It Is,” from his self-titled 1997 debut, propelled the single to the Top 10 of the NAC chart and Top 20 on Radio & Records’s Adult Contemporary chart.

“I feel extremely blessed to be working with people I’ve admired for so many years, and it’s always been an incredible feeling to be able to make a living off of my dreams,” he says. “I came to the U.S. when I was 21, and didn’t know very much about the music industry. Now four records later, I can say my life has been an incredible journey. The most fascinating thing for me is watching how a tune evolves, from the moment I’m looking blankly at the keyboards or putting the sax in my mouth, to the finished product,” he says. “I love being part of the process of how a song goes from that initial spark into something people listen to on the radio.”

As sax legend and Rendezvous co-founder Dave Koz says, “The next generation of sax begins now. Michael Lington’s time has come.”

Pending Final Confirmation

  • Krakatau Featuring Richard Elliot
  • Special Percussion Gig featuring Benny Mustapha
  • The Young Generation Big Band conducted By Dwiki Darmawan

Artist still to be considered

  • Balawan
  • Bubi Chen Quartet
  • Gilang Ramadhan Group
  • Indra Aziz
  • Paragita UI Choir
  • Viewpoints – featuring Aryono Huboyo Djati
  • Vina Panduwinata

taken from : javajazzfestival.com/2006/artists

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