JON REGEN'S "SONGS & STORIES SOLO" RECEIVES RAVES REVIEWS IN GERMANY

 

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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!"

 

JON REGEN PLAYS JAZZRADIO BERLIN'S SUMMER OF JAZZ 2014

 

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I'm proud to play a special solo concert in Germany this August for JazzRadio Berlin's Summer of Jazz 2014. "On Tuesday 19 August, New York’s Jon Regen appears with ‘Songs and Stories Solo’. After a 36-concert tour of Europe, this talented singer-songwriter is crossing the Atlantic once more at the invitation of JazzRadio!"

 

JON REGEN ON FRONT PAGE OF NICE-MATIN TUESDAY JULY 15, 2014

 

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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.”

 

JON REGEN PERFORMS TO 3,000 PEOPLE AT JAZZ A JUAN IN FRANCE

 

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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.

 

JON REGEN SIGNS TO MOTÉMA MUSIC - NEW ALBUM DUE IN SPRING 2015 PRODUCED BY MITCHELL FROOM

 

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Dear Friends and Fans,

I'm thrilled to announce that I have signed a multi-album deal with Motéma Music. I will head into the studio later this summer with legendary producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Randy Newman) to record my new album, slated for release in late spring of 2015.

Stay-tuned here and at http://motema.com for the latest. There's new music headed your way VERY soon.

Many thanks for your continued support!

JR

 

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