February 7: FREEHAM STORE GOES LIVEThe new FreeHam Records Store launches, offering every FreeHam CD and every FreeHam single track for the lowest price on the Web. Included in the Store are a trove of previously unreleased Mr. Z recordings spanning his 40+ year career.
February 15: LINDA "THE KID" HOPKINS FEATURED ON PODCASTLiving legend and FreeHam artist Linda "the Kid" Hopkins grants an extensive interview to KCSM's Pete Fallico in "The Doodlin' Lounge."
November 19: Something Good Moves into World Music Top-20The latest FreeHam Records release, Something Good the 4th US release of Filipino-American vocal star Charmaine Clamor, moved today into the top-20 of the JazzWeek World Music radio chart.
November 10: "Something Good" Climbs World ChartsThe latest release from FreeHam Records, Charmaine Clamor's Something Good climbs to #26 on the World Music radio chart.
September 29: "SOMETHING GOOD" IN WORLD MUSIC TOP-50The latest release from FreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor, "Something Good," has entered the JazzWeek World Music radio charts at #43, the third album in a row from Charmaine to accomplish the feat.
September 13: CHARMAINE FEATURED ON INSPIRATIONAL BOOKMARKWestern Union Philippines has issued free collector's edition bookmarks containing words of encouragement from inspirational Filipinos worldwide. Participants include the singers Lea Salonga and FreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor.
August 26: MON, CHARMAINE CONCERTS PICKED BY LA WEEKLYThe free concerts given this weekend by two FreeHam Record stars, vocalists Mon David and Charmaine Clamor, have been selected by LA WEEKLY as their jazz events Picks of the Week.
March 22: ALL FREEHAM RELEASES ON SALE!The price of every album in the FreeHam catalogue has been reduced. During the Spring Clearance Sale, all FreeHam albums are available for $13 or less at Amazon and CDBaby. Downloads are $9 or less.
November 17: JAZZ TIMES CHAMPIONS MON'S "COMING TRUE"Writing in the December issue of America's leading jazz publication, critic Christopher Loudon says, "Every once in a rare while a singer arrives clear out of the blue and knocks you out. Such a revelation is Mon David."
November 15: Jazzwax RAVES FOR CHARMAINE AND MON'S LATESTIn his "New Discoveries" column, critic Marc Myers raves for the two most recent FreeHam releases. Of Mon David's "Coming True" he writes, "Mon David (pronounced MOAN da-VEED), whose vocal approach sounds remarkably like Mark Murphy's, brings a warmth and fluent knowledge of the songs he has chosen." Of Charmaine Clamor's "My Harana" he writes, "Her voice is genuine, and her timbre shimmers with fragrant beauty. I do not speak Filipino, so the lyrics are lost on me. But you sense instantly what Clamor is singing about, and you realize she is a gorgeous singer. She's that good."
October 30: LA WEEKLY TOUTS MON, CHARMAINE AT AAJF CONCERTSJazz columnist Brick Wahl, in his preview of the Asian American Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, writes of Mon’s Coming True (on Free Ham): "[it} is one of those rare straight–jazz vocal releases we find ourselves listening to a lot." Of Charmaine Clamor: "there is definitely something going on in her blend of jazz arrangements and traditional Filipino tunes, even including some stunningly spare and gorgeous native instrumentation, especially the gonglike percussion. Mix in the soul, a hint of funk and attitude, some torch tunes and you have a genre in the making. Her “My Funny Brown Pinay” does for the sisters what Joe Bataan’s “Young, Gifted and Brown” did for the pinoy brothers a generation ago.
September 30: MON DAVID IS DOUBLE CRITIC'S PICK OF THE WEEKThe West Coast CD Release Concert for Mon David's FreeHam Records album "Coming True" has been selected as Pick of the Week by LA's two most respected critics, Don Heckman of IROM and Brick Wahl of LA WEEKLY. The concert is Sunday, October 4 at Catalina Bar & Grill Jazz Club.
September 10: CHARMAINE EARNS Filipinas ACHIEVEMENT AWARDThe 12th Filipinas Magazine Achievement Awards Panel of Jurors unanimously voted to confer on FreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor the award for outstanding achievement in Entertainment, recognizing her accomplishments in promoting Filipino jazz. The awards ceremony, with Filipino leaders from various fields, will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at a dinner reception at the South San Francisco Conference Center.
August 11: EPOCH TIMES RAVES FOR MON'S "COMING TRUE"Describing vocalist Mon David as having "a real gift for scat singing," critic Joe Bendel praises the latest FreeHam Records release in the widely circulated Epoch Times. The album, he says, "is a stylish recording that casual jazz listeners will find quite accessible."
July 26: CHARMAINE WINS ASIAN HERITAGE AWARDFreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor, creator of jazzipino, has won the 6th Annual Asian Heritage Award in the Performing Arts. On July 25, in a black-tie ceremony aboard the USS Midway Battle Carrier, in San Diego Harbor, Charmaine was recognized for her trailblazing accomplishments in bringing Filipino languages, melodies, and instruments to mainstream listeners. Ms. Clamor was joined by the evening's Guest of Honor, Major General (Ret.) Antonio Taguba, the Filipino-American hero who earned international respect for delivering the comprehensive military report on the atrocities at Abu Ghraib.
The Asian Heritage Awards, administered by ASIA Magazine, recognizes Asian and Pacific Islander leaders in various fields, including Medicine, Education, Government, and the Performing Arts. Up to ten nominees in each category are selected through a blue-ribbon committee. Winners are chosen by the public, who complete ballots online and in the magazine.
April 20: JAZZ TIMES RAVES FOR WINKLER ALBUMThe May issue of Jazz Times contains a rave review of Mark Winkler's new FreeHam Records album "Till I Get It Right." On page 104, critic Christopher Loudon draws comparisons between Winkler and legendary artists like Mark Murphy, Kurt Elling, and Dave Frishberg.
April 2: LA WEEKLY RAVES FOR CHARMAINEBrick Wahl, jazz critic of LA WEEKLY, recommends Charmaine Clamor's appearance at Catalina's, in Hollywood: "Also on Friday, the wonderful Filipina-American vocalist Charmaine Clamor is at Catalina, where she’ll be performing a blend of jazz numbers, a little soul, and a lot of her brilliant jazz takes on classic Filipino tunes. The arrangements are spare and ethnic, the emotion real, and the whole thing can be riveting."
March 27: WINKLER RELEASE IS DOUBLE CRITIC'S PICKMark Winkler's West Coast CD Release Concert for his new FreeHam Records disc, "Till I Get IT Right," is Pick of the Week at LA WEEKLY and International Review of Music.
March 1: WINKLER IS LA JAZZ SCENE COVER BOYFreeHam Records artist Mark Winkler is the cover story in the March issue of LA Jazz Scene, Los Angeles's leading jazz publication. Editor Myrna Daniels profiles Winkler and his new album, "Till I Get it Right."
February 1: "BALITANG AMERICA" PROFILES CHARMAINE ON ABS-CBNABS-CBN's top-rated newsmagazine program "Balitang America" ("News from America") broadcast a profile of jazzipino trailblazer Charmaine Clamor. The segment, filmed at Charmaine's recent concert at Yoshi's Jazz Club, in San Francisco, is seen worldwide via satellite on The Filipino Channel.
January 27: WINKLER SNARES BEST MUSICAL NOMINATIONFreeHam Records artist Mark Winkler, whose new album "Till I Get It Right" debuts in March, today earned a Best Musical nomination from GLAAD for his lyrics on the Off-Broadway show "Play it Cool." Two songs from the musical, "Future Street" and "In a Lonely Place," are included on his upcoming CD.
January 17: CHARMAINE ON COVER OF FILIPINAS MAGAZINEThe January issue of Filipinas features a cover story entitled "Seduction, Jazzipino Style." Writer Olivia Quinto profiles America's #1 Filipina jazz and world vocalist, FreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor.
January 15: WINKLER RELEASE DATE SETThe newest member of the FreeHam family, celebrated singer-lyricist Mark Winkler, debuts his new FreeHam Records album "Till I Get it Right" on April 2, 2009. The disc hits American radio on March 16th.
January 1: CHARMAINE ON THE COVER OF JAZZ IMPROVThe January issue of JAZZ IMPROV NY features FreeHam Records recording star Charmaine Clamor on the cover. The creator of jazzipino talks with Editor Eric Nemeyer about her music, her artistic process, and her immigrant success story. The magazine is available for free download on the Web.
November 24: My Harana Goes to #7 On World Music ChartCharmaine Clamor's new collection of Filipino courtship serenades debuted on the JazzWeek World Music radio chart at #7, her second consecutive FreeHam Records recording to make the Top-Ten.
November 12: BBC'S "THE WORLD" FEATURES CHARMAINE'S "MY HARANA"The November 12th edition of BBC's newsmagazine program, "The World," syndicated throughout America by Public Radio International, profiles celebrated Filipino-American vocalist and FreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor. Reporter Rob Schmitz explores Charmaine's creation of "jazzipino" and introduces listeners to her new Filipino-language world music recording, "My Harana: A Filipino Serenade." The segment is archived at TheWorld.org.
October 20: CHARMAINE CLAMOR'S "MY HARANA" IS CHARTBOUNDThe official monitor of World Music airplay, JazzWeek, reported today that Charmaine Clamor's new recording of Filipino courtship serenades, "My Harana," is chartbound. In advance of the FreeHam Records CD's official release date, on November 11, radio stations around America have already begun to add the album to their World Music playlists.
October 1: NEW CHARMAINE MUSIC VIDEO DEBUTSFreeHam Records vocalist Charmaine Clamor's new video premiered today on Myx TV. The song, "Lahat Ng Araw," is from her upcoming world music CD, "My Harana: A Filipino Serenade."
September 1: RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED FOR "MY HARANA"The newest FreeHam Records CD, "My Harana: A Filipino Serenade," by trailblazing Filipina vocalist Charmaine Clamor, will be released on November 11, 2008. The record's official CD Release concert and celebration will be at Hollywood's Catalina Bar & Grill, on November 9th.
August 19: CHARMAINE RELEASES FIRST MUSIC VIDEOFreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor has released her first music video, an intriguing interpretation of her hit song "My Funny Brown Pinay." The video, directed by fellow Filipino Chrstopher Castillo, can be seen on ABS-CBN, the "Myx" music channel and YouTube.
January 1: "LIVING LEGEND LIVE" NAMED TOPS OF 2007The critically acclaimed FreeHam Records live recording of blues legend Linda "the Kid" Hopkins was named one of the Top-3 records of 2007 by Womens' Radio Music Review. "The Living Legend Live" was honored in two categories: Blues, and R&B/Soul/Gospel.
December 10: LA TIMES Raves for Charmaine and Filipino JazzFestJazz critic Don Heckman described the 3rd Annual Filipino-American JazzFest as "a delight, a nonstop string of first-rate performances testifying to the high quality of Philippine musical talent as well as to the global reach of jazz." Of Charmaine he wrote, "singer Charmaine Clamor has begun to get some much-deserved attention as an appealing new arrival." Her "impressive program, offered a pair of numbers celebrating the roots of the evening: an incisive transformation of 'My Funny Valentine,' titled 'My Funny Brown Pinay,' followed by the proudly declamatory 'Ako Ay Pilipino' (I Am a Filipino).
November 15: CHARMAINE CLAMOR MAKES RADIO HISTORYFreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor, the creator of jazzipino, made radio history this week. Her FreeHam Records CD Flippin' Out is simultaneously in the top-5 on two JazzWeek radio charts. She climbed to #2 on the World Chart and #4 on the Jazz chart, the first time a Filipino-American artist has accomplished this rare feat.
November 12: Flippin' Out Tops Amazon Sales ChartsFreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor's jazzipino album, Flippin' Out, peaked today at #2 on Amazon.com's Vocal Jazz Sales Chart. It was also the #27 CD overall.
The event is a premium for KKJZ's Fall Pledge Drive, which runs October 19-28. Donors who pledge $120 for a pair of tickets, or $88 for a single ticket, get to join Charmaine Clamor and KKJZ's popular morning drive-time DJ, Bubba Jackson, for a delicious, rib-stickin’ breakfast at the legendary Roscoes’ Chicken and Waffles, in downtown Long Beach. After breakfast with Bubba and Charmaine, patrons will enjoy an exclusive live concert performance by Ms. Clamor, whose current recording, "Flippin' Out," has appeared on the JazzWeek World Music Chart for nine weeks.
This special event is open to only 130 music (and grits) lovers.
Charmaine Clamor [pronounced clah-MORE] is the first Filipino jazz vocalist to find success on American radio. For her creation of "jazzipino," the blending of American jazz with Filipino melodies and languages, Clamor was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the United States.
"KKJZ and Mr. Bubba Jackson have been wonderfully supportive of my music," Clamor said. "I'm delighted to meet in person the generous listeners of this great station. And I'm looking forward to the waffles!"
The Breakfast Concert promotion begins Friday, October 19, and will continue until the event is sold-out.
October 15: Flippin' Out on JazzWeek Chart for 9th WeekCharmaine Clamor's critically acclaimed "jazzipino" album, Filppin' Out, appears on the JazzWeek World Music radio chart today for a 9th week. Her album, featuring the "Filipino Suite," is the first Tagalog-language recording to achieve nationwide airplay.
August 13: AMAZON.COM FLIPS FOR FLIPPIN' OUTAmazon.com's Top-10 Reviewer, Grady Harp, in his signature review of Flippin' Out, says, "Charmaine Clamor is one of the brightest new stars on the jazz vocalist horizon. She is simply the most gifted, unique performer this listener has encountered in a long time. Not only is her well-trained voice luscious and beautiful in tone and range, but she also knows how to explore the heritages of jazz and her cultural background of the Philippines and marries all this with a sensuous communication that is irresistible."
July 30: LA JAZZ SCENE REVIEWS "FLIPPIN' OUT"Myran Daniels, Editor-in-Chief of LA JAZZ SCENE, wirtes about FreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor's latest release in a front page cover story article and review. Daniels says, "Clamor's debut album, Searching for the Soul, was well received by music critics. Success has made Clamor confident and even more ambitious. Her second CD, Flippin' Out, is a daring and innovative gift to the world. She sings in English and Tagalog, a first for the jazz world. She has always dreamed of combining American jazz and blues with traditional Filipino folk music, creating a new hybrid she calls 'jazzipino.' If anyone can pull off this radical idea, it will be Clamor."
April 19: LOS ANGELES TIMES REVIEWS TASTY TUESDAYSMusic critic Don Heckman, writing in the Los Angeles TIMES Calendar section, reviewed the April 17th edition of Tasty Tuesdays, featuring FreeHam Records founder Michael Konik and guest star Mark Winkler. Said Heckman, "Konik delivered impressive vocal gymnastics, a lighthearted sense of humor, and a brisk sense of swing." Click on the hyperlink for the entire text.
December 18: FREEHAM TO BE REPRESENTED AT IAJEFreeHam Records president Michael Konik and FreeHam artist Charmaine Clamor will represent the company at the 2007 IAJE Conference, in New York City, January 11-13. Ms. Clamor and Mr. Konik will meet and greet at the Jazz Promo Services booth, at the New York Hilton.
December 13: LA JAZZ SCENE RAVES FOR "LIVING LEGEND LIVE!"In a review of the new FreeHam records release, "Linda Hopkins: Living Legend Live!," critic Myrna Daniels says Hopkins is, "a woman who is in full command of her vision. She's simply sensational." The entire CD, Daniels writes, is "rowdy, fun, heartfelt and a wonderful celebration in itself."
December 7: LA TIMES PROFILES CHARMAINE CLAMORFreeHam Records diva Charmaine Clamor was profiled today in the LA TIMES Weekend Calendar section. In a story entitled "Classy Jazz, Via the Philippines," critic Don Heckman deemed Clamor "an impressive new vocal artist" with a "warm, luscious contralto." To read the entire article, click on the hyperlink.
December 6: LINDA LIVE EARNS RAVE FROM "ALL ABOUT JAZZ"FreeHam's latest release, "Linda Hopkins: Living Legend Live!," inspired reviewer Jim Santella to write, "It doesn't get any better than this." To read the full ALL ABOUT JAZZ review, click on the hyperlink.
September 25: CHARMAINE & MR. Z SELECTED FOR COMPILATIONFreeHam Records artists Charmaine Clamor and Zaxariades have been selected to appear on "An Evening With..." a compilation of some of America's finest jazz talents. Atlanta-based Shuteye Records selected Z's recording of "Come on Home" and Clamor's "The Very Thought of You" for the Spring, 2007 release, heard nationwide on jazz radio.
July 20: LINDA HOPKINS RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCEDThe latest recording from FreeHam Records, "Living Legend Live!," a historic concert recording of Tony-winning blues diva Linda Hopkins will be released on her 82nd birthday, December 8, 2006. Ms. Hopkins will give a special performance at Catalina Bar & Grill, in Hollywood, California, where her album was recorded live earlier this year.
May 10: LINDA HOPKINS LIVE CD RECORDINGThe living legend of the blues, 81-year-old Linda Hopkins, finished recording her live CD for FreeHam Records. The disc, tentatively entitled "Linda Hopkins: Living Legend Live," is scheduled for a December, 2006 release, on Linda's 82nd birthday. Ms. Hopkins completed the second of two triumphant live dates at Catalina Bar & Grill, in Hollywood, where she performed to enthusiastic packed houses.
March 31: "MR. Z" IS CHARTBOUNDJazzweek, the trade journal of American jazz radio, announced today that "Mr. Z," the new FreeHam Records release from guitarist and vocalist Zaxariades, is ranked in the top 60 most played jazz records in America. With a slight increase in airplay the record will crack the national jazz chart, which tracks the top-50 releases.
February 27: LA JAZZ SCENE RAVES FOR CLAMOR AND ZAXARIADES ALBUMSThe March issue of LA JAZZ SCENE, the monthly newspaper devoted to jazz in the Southland, contains side-by-side rave reviews of "Mr. Z" and "Searching for the Soul." Reviewer Jim Santella writes of Zaxariades' Freeham debut, "[he] brings back the unforgettable vocalese flavor that few singers can manage as well. Zaxariades promises to remain a vibrant part of the jazz scene for many years to come." Of Charmaine Clamor's maiden release Santella writes, "With her deep, contralto voice you're left with no doubts. She's forthright, convincing, and talented."
February 23: "MR. Z" CRACKS 50 MARKETSThe new album by ZAXARIADES, "Mr. Z," is now being heard at 50 different radio stations around America, from Hawaii to Maine. Disc jockeys are playing the opening track, "Come on Home," at a torrid pace. The Miles Davis classic, "Four," is their second most popular selection.
January 13: CHARMAINE CLAMOR EARNS "ALL ABOUT JAZZ" RAVEIn the January issue of ALL ABOUT JAZZ, reviewer George Harris, writing about Clamor's new album, "Searching for the Soul," said, "Charmaine Clamor could shake the world with originals like these. In a musical world filled with canaries, we beg Clamor for more new material."
December 9: ZAXARIADES EARNS RAVE REVIEW FROM LA TIMESFreeHam Records artist Zaxariades earned a rave review in today's Los Angeles Times. Chief music critic Don Heckman, writing about Z's CD Release Concert in Hollywood, said, "The words that kept coming to mind during his electrifying performance at Catalina Bar & Grill on Wednesday had less to do with labels than with astonishment over the range, diversity and depth of his performing skills...Fans of envelope-stretching vocal music, sung with galvanizing spirit and enthusiasm, would do well to check the club listings for every opportunity to hear this remarkable artist in action."
November 26: "SEARCHING FOR THE SOUL" GARNERS RAVE REVIEW"Searching for the Soul," Charmaine Clamor's debut recording for FreeHam Records earned a rave review from JAZZ NEWS today. Writer Ron Sagye La Rue said, "Jazz singers beware: There's a new singer on the scene. And she's ready! What I really like about Charmaine is that she can be whisper-soft, grippingly forceful, earthy, romantic and soulful. Charmaine's vocalism is amazing. This album should be nominated for a grammy.... and win!" The full text can be viewed by clicking on the headline above.
August 22: FREEHAM RECORDS SIGNS TWO NEW ARTISTSFreeHam records, an independent recording label owned by Michael Konik dedicated to jazz, blues, and torch singing, has signed two new artists. Both singers are regular guest stars at Konik's Tuesday Night Jazz Party at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood, and both singers bring an exciting freshness to the art of music.
CHARMAINE CLAMOR (www.CharmaineClamor.com), a Filipina-American reknowned for her sultry alto voice and gorgeous visage, releases her debut CD on FreeHam Records on November 29th in Hollywood. A West Coast tour and dates in Asia will follow.
ZAXARIADES, or "Mr. Z," is a renowned master of vocalese, bebop, bossa nova, and world music. A colleague of the legendary Jon Hendricks, Zaxariades's recent appearances at Catalina have left listeners exhilirated and awestruck. His new FreeHam Records CD will be released on December 12th in Hollywood.
Of the new FreeHam Records artists, Michael Konik said, "I'm thrilled and honored to be collaborating with musical artists like Charmaine and Z. They're two of my favorite singers and, more important, two of my favorite people. We're delighted to welcome them to the FreeHam family, and we hope many listeners will enjoy their music as much as I do."
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