SOURCE: McMahon Jazz Medicine

March 17, 2006 16:26 ET

McMahon Jazz Medicine Celebrates Release of New Harry Allen CD With an April Jazz Concert

All-Ballad CD "Jazz for the Heart" Available On-Line for Pre-Order; Company Offers Masters Class With Harry Allen, a Hot Concert and a Cool Party

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 17, 2006 -- The music website McMahonJazzMedicine.com has just produced the second CD of a four-set series of recordings of master tenor saxophonist Harry Allen to create "Ja zz for the Heart," the follow-up to the highly successful " Jazz for the Soul."

To celebrate the new CD, the company is presenting a concert and release party on April 8, 2006, at the McMahon Jazz Medicine Music Center in New York City. The day of the show they will also offer a first- ever Masters Class, taught by Harry Allen, for amateur saxophone players from 12:00 P.M to 4:00 P.M, prior to the concert.

Concert Information:  Saturday, April 8, 2006
Set 1: 6:30 P.M       Set 2: 8:00 P.M.
Price: $35.00 each set; $55.00 for both sets
Venue: McMahon Jazz Medicine Conference Center
Address: 545 W. 45th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY  10036
To order tickets or for more information, contact Althea
Maynard at (212) 957-5300, ext. 200, or visit the website at
http://www.mcmahonjazzmedicine.com/page07_concert.html.
Just Wild About Harry

Harry Allen is one of the greatest young tenor saxophone players of the day, preferring the straight-ahead style of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Ben Webster. Harry Allen's quartet, featuring Joe Cohn on guitar, Joel Forbes on bass and Chuck Riggs on drums, received the 2006 award for Outstanding Jazz Combo, presented at the New York City Nightlife Awards. Personnel for the all-ballad "Jazz for the Heart" CD was comprised of the quartet together with famed pianist John Bunch.

A music school graduate of Rutgers, Harry has toured extensively throughout the entire United States, Europe and Asia, most recently with the tenor sax legend Scott Hamilton. Harry has over 30 CDs to his credit, and his first effort for the McMahon Jazz Medicine label, "Jazz for the Soul," sold thousands over the company's innovative website.

Harry has been associated with McMahon Jazz Medicine since its inception a year ago. The site is the brainchild of Ray McMahon, the CEO and founder of a successful medical publishing company based in New York City.

Jazz and Medicine: What's the Connection?

"There is an important connection," according to the website's mission statement, "found at the root of what makes the art form of jazz so compelling and makes the art form of medicine so thrilling to behold. Both jazz and medicine place one's improvisational skills on a pedestal, announcing to the world that this innate talent of thinking on one's feet is a vital element of how one views the art. In jazz, playing the notes on the page, however beautifully, is not the defining feature of the art form -- improvisation is. In medicine, the ability to improvise a procedure, work around an instance of abnormal physiology, or recognize an unusual disease presentation -- to name just a few examples -- all require a willingness to discard any approach resembling cookbook medicine and adopt improvisational thinking."

The website has spearheaded a new independent label for both professional and amateur musicians to take control of their careers by promoting great artists to the 450,000 clinician readers of Ray's medical newspapers. One of the site's unique features is a growing roster of medical professionals with artistic sidelines: surgeon sax players, a pediatrician pianist, and a leading anesthesiologist who plays the blues.

In addition to promoting these artists, McMahon Jazz Medicine is a state-of- the-art site featuring over 40 musicians (4 to 5 new artists are being added weekly), a blog by Ray himself, and handpicked selections of art (sculpture, paintings, books) with a music theme. Added to this are information on jazz cruises, reviews of jazz clubs around the US and the world, and information on their concert series. The site sold over 2,300 CDs in its first year alone, and is receiving over 4,000 unique visitors to the site monthly, making it one of the hottest new music websites.

A Concert and a Masters Class

The April 8 concert featuring Harry's quartet will have special guests at both sets. The legendary 70-year-old tenor saxophone player, Carmen Leggio, from nearby Tarrytown, New York, will be featured at the 6:30 PM set. Carmen has worked with many big names, including Terry Gibbs, Benny Goodman, Maynard Ferguson, and Woody Herman. One of Carmen's greatest CDs is "Sax after Midnight," which is available on the website. This will be Carmen's first major appearance in the New York area this year.

Joining Harry for the second set at 8:00 P.M. will be another legend, John Bunch, who was Tony Bennett's piano player for over 25 years and toured the world with Tony. "Jazz for the Heart" is the second CD on which John has joined the quartet as piano player. John has many CDs, including the classic, "Tony's Tunes."

Another April 8 highlight will be a first-ever Masters Class, taught by Harry Allen, for amateur saxophone players from 12:00 P.M to 4:00 P.M prior to the concert. Joining Harry for the class will be Ray McMahon, an amateur tenor saxophone player who has played for 10 years. Ray will assist Harry with the teaching, as he has attended 3-week-long Jamey Aebersold jazz improvisation classes in Louisville, Ky. In addition to discount tickets to the concert, students will receive a personal 4-hour DVD of the saxophone class that will include a final jam session with Harry that will close out the day. For details or to sign up for the class, visit http://www.mcmahonjazzmedicine.com/page07_jazzclass.html

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