Jon Regen started work this September on his upcoming debut album for Motéma Music with famed producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Randy Newman) in Los Angeles. He will be joined in the studio by Davey Faragher on bass and Pete Thomas on drums from Elvis Costello and the Impostors. Pictured above (from left to right) are Faragher, Froom, Regen and Thomas.
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"The New Yorker plays an original, sympathetic and encouraging development of jazz. After working as a virtuoso and much acclaimed jazz pianist in America for around eight years, he had produced four albums and played with the likes of Kyle Eastwood, he began in 2004, quite surprisingly, to take the path of a singer and songwriter. The first album was finished after a few weeks and was the start of his international career. There are now three albums, the next occurs in late summer. Regen's solo concert seemed like a nice throwback to his time as a jazz musician. Because the pieces of his last CD "Revolution" include guests like Andy Summers (The Police) and Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), they come across as very well-made pop songs. But in solo concert he builds them into powerful jazz numbers - they can swirl and shimmer. The unifying effect is the charismatic, gently roughened voice of the singer. In the piano part, however, he revealed a flourishing, musical passion - and at the same time a discipline that tames the improvisation in service of the song. It was an exciting musical experience. His topics were "Life, Love and Loss," he says. He sometimes sounds gentle and sensitive, and sometimes rather sarcastic as in the piece "She's Not You (But Tonight She'll Have to Do)," slightly melancholic, then funny - profound in any case. The name, incidentally, "Regen" descended from German, says the pianist at the start of the concert. In his family history, there have been four generations back Hungarian and German roots. So almost, Mr. Rain? But, he laughs, he was not a rain-sad person. "I'm an optimist, you have to be as a musician!"
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On Tuesday 19 August, New York singer, songwriter and pianist Jon Regen appeared with his "Songs and Stories Solo" show for JazzRadio's 2014 Berlin Summer of Jazz. Click to above to listem to his on-air interview with Anotnia Jordi from JazzRadio 106.8 Berlin.
The front page headline reads, "Jon Regen Makes a Big Impression at Juan.” The photo caption goes on to say, "The jazzman gets good ratings last night in the pines.”
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Singer, songwriter and pianist Jon Regen debuted to critical acclaim before a crowd of 3,000 people tonight at the famed Jazz à Juan Festival in Juan-les-Pins, France.