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February 7: FREEHAM STORE GOES LIVE

The 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.


March 22: CHARMAINE RELEASES NEW WATER-ADVOCACY MUSIC VIDEO

In honor of World Water Day, organized by the United Nations, FreeHam Records jazzipino star Charmaine Clamor has released "Flow: A Simple Drink of Water," the first music video from her album Something Good.


February 15: LINDA "THE KID" HOPKINS FEATURED ON PODCAST

Living legend and FreeHam artist Linda "the Kid" Hopkins grants an extensive interview to KCSM's Pete Fallico in "The Doodlin' Lounge."


January 14: CHARMAINE NAMED DOUBLE WINNER FOR FILIPINO VOCAL ARTS

FreeHam Records star Charmaine Clamor earned double honors from the Filipino American Vocal Arts Music Awards. Charmaine was named Best Jazz/Blues performer for her rendition of "Dahil Sa Yo" and Best World Music performer for "O, Ilaw." Clamor will return to her birth country from February 19-28 at the 6th Annual Philippines International Jazz Festival.


November 19: Something Good Moves into World Music Top-20

The 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 Charts

The 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-50

The 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 BOOKMARK

Western 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 WEEKLY

The 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.


August 20: CHARMAINE GIVES AWAY FREE TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM

FreeHamRecords star Charmaine Clamor is giving away a free song from her upcoming 4th American album, "Something Good." The unprotected MP3 of "Let's Take a Trip" is available for download through her Website.


August 10: CHARMAINE CLAMOR NOMINATED FOR STAR MUSIC AWARD

FreeHam Records artists Charmaine Clamor has earned a nomination for Jazz Artist of the Year in the Philippines Star Awards for Music.


July 31: CHARMAINE SHOOTS MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW ALBUM

Director Ned Vizmanos has completed principal photography of the first music video from Charmaine's upcoming new album, Something Good. The video, set to the song "Flow," dedicated to clean drinking water for all citizens of Earth, features Charmaine singing and dancing in a multitude of beautiful water settings, contrasted with imagery of children and villagers toiling to find a decent drink. The video will be released worldwide prior to the October 1st pre-sale of Charmaine's new album.


July 1: US AMBASSADOR LOVES CLAMOR, JAZZIPINO

In an interview broadcast on the ABS-CBN news show "Headstart," United States Ambassador to the Philippines, Harry Thomas, Jr., revealed that he is a loyal fan of the Queen of Jazzipino. Envoy Thomas said his favorite Charmaine song is "My Funny Brown Pinay," which, he felt, "is a tribute to Filipino women to love and embrace themselves."


May 14: PRODUCTION COMPLETED ON CHARMAINE'S "SOMETHING GOOD"

The newest FreeHam Records project, Charmaine Clamor's "Something Good," is finished. The album, slated for a November debut, features guest appearances from Charmaine's FreeHam Family, including Linda "the Kid" Hopkins.


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.


March 10: DAVID BYRNE, FATBOY SLIM, & CHARMAINE CLAMOR ON APRIL 6

Nonesuch Records has rescheduled the worldwide release date of "Here Lies Love," David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's collaboration with an all-star cast of guest vocalists. The double CD will be available on April 6, 2010. FreeHam's Charmaine Clamor is the only jazz singer (and only Filipina) on the project, about Imelda Marcos. She celebrates the release with a special one-night-only concert at Hollywood's Catalina Bar & Grill.


December 17: JAZZ TIMES PICKS TWO FREEHAM RELEASES AS TOP 10 OF 2009

Critic Christopher Loudon, chief vocal jazz writer of America's leading jazz publication, Jazz Times, has selected Mark Winkler's "Till I Get It RIght" and Mon David's "Coming True" as two of his Top 10 releases of 2009. FreeHam Records is the only label to place two albums in the prestigious list.


December 14: DAVID BYRNE COLLABORATES WITH FREEHAM ARTIST CHARMAINE CLAMOR

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne announced today the release date and lineup for his highly anticipated collaboration with Fatboy Slim and 22 female guest vocalists. "Here Lies Love" will be available worldwide on February 23, 2010 on Nonesuch Records. The album, a two-disc, one-DVD box set, is about the life of Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines. Guest artists inlcude Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Natalie Merchant, Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones, Kate Pierson (of the B-52s) and FreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor, who appears on Track #9, "Walk Like a Woman." Charmaine is the only Filipina -- and the only jazz singer -- on the project.


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 LATEST

In 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 CONCERTS

Jazz 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 WEEK

The 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 AWARD

The 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 AWARD

FreeHam 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.

May 25: CHARMAINE EARNS ASIAN HERITAGE AWARD NOMINATION

FreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor has been nominated for an Asian Heritage Award (in the Performing Arts category). Voting is conducted online, and winners will be announced July 25, at ceremony aboard the USS Midway honoring Major General Antonio Taguba.


April 20: JAZZ TIMES RAVES FOR WINKLER ALBUM

The 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 5: WINKLER'S "TILL I GET IT RIGHT" DEBUTS ON JAZZWEEK CHART

The latest FreeHam Records release, "Till I Get It Right," from singer-songwriter Mark Winkler debuts at #49 on the JazzWeek national jazz radio chart.


April 2: LA WEEKLY RAVES FOR CHARMAINE

Brick 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 30: CHARMAINE IN HOLLYWOOD IS PICK OF THE WEEK

Longtime LA TIMES jazz critic, Don Heckman, writing in his International Review of Music, describes Charmaine Clamor's upcoming one-nighter in Hollywood, at Catalina Bar & Grill Jazz Club, as "not to be missed."


March 27: WINKLER RELEASE IS DOUBLE CRITIC'S PICK

Mark 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 14: FOUR FREEHAM ARTISTS CITED IN JAZZ REFERENCE BOOK

The latest edition of "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide," by noted critic Scott Yanow, includes enthusiastic citations on four FreeHam artists: Linda Hopkins, Zaxariades (Mr. Z), Mark Winkler, and Charmaine Clamor.


March 2: CHARMAINE HONORED WITH SPECIAL FILIPINO 'OSCAR'

The Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) announced today that FreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor has been chosed to receive a special award of merit at the 57th Annual FAMAS Awards, in Manila. In addition to being honored as "Best Philippines Jazz Singer," Charmaine will present the trophy for "Best Movie Theme Song" and perform live with her band during the international broadcast.


March 1: WINKLER IS LA JAZZ SCENE COVER BOY

FreeHam 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-CBN

ABS-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 NOMINATION

FreeHam 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 MAGAZINE

The 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 SET

The 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 IMPROV

The 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 Chart

Charmaine 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 CHARTBOUND

The 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 5: FREEHAM SIGNS TWO NEW ARTISTS; RECORDS COMING IN 2009

Two extraordinary music makers have joined the FreeHam family. Renowned composer. lyricist, and singer MARK WINKLER will release his latest CD, "Till I Get it Right," in early 2009. The disc features many original Winkler compositions and guest appearances by Anthony Wilson (guitar), the Manhattan Transfer's Cheryl Bentyne, and liner notes from Mark Murphy. And speaking of the master bebop vocalist...the "Filipino Mark Murphy," MON DAVID, winner of the 2006 London International Vocal Jazz Competition, will be recording his new CD in 2008 for a mid-2009 release on FreeHam Records.


October 1: NEW CHARMAINE MUSIC VIDEO DEBUTS

FreeHam 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 VIDEO

FreeHam 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.


April 28: NEW CHARMAINE CLAMOR CD IN PRE-PRODUCTION

Acclaimed jazz and world vocalist Charmaine Clamor has been signed for a new world music album featuring traditional serenades of her native Philippines. The CD is scheduled for recording in May and release in late-2008.


January 9: CHARMAINE CLAMOR'S Flippin' Out EARNS RAVE REVIEW IN JAZZ TIMES

The latest FreeHam Records release, Flippin' Out, by Filipino-American singing sensation Charmaine Clamor, received another rave review in the January/February issue of Jazz Times. Critic Christopher Loudon compares Charmaine's beauty and vocal style to Nancy Wilson and Lena Horne, and predicts that her latest recording will make her " a dynamic new compass point in world music."


January 1: "LIVING LEGEND LIVE" NAMED TOPS OF 2007

The 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 JazzFest

Jazz 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 HISTORY

FreeHam 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 Charts

FreeHam 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.


November 2: CHARMAINE CLAMOR TO BE FEATURED ON NPR'S "WEEKEND EDITION"

FreeHam Records artist Charmaine Clamor, the creator of "jazzipino," will be profiled on an upcoming installment of National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition." Host Liane Hansen chats with Charmaine about being an immigrant artist, a musical trailblazer, and "the voice of Sarah Vaughan trapped in the body of a supermodel." Check local listings for air times!


October 19: KKJZ Selects Charmaine for First Ever Breakfast Concert

Southern California's leading jazz radio station, KKJZ, 88.1FM, broadcasting from the campus of Long Beach State, has selected Charmaine Clamor to be their featured performer at the station's first-ever "Breakfast Concert," on December 3, 2007.

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 Week

Charmaine 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.


October 1: Charmaine Named one of America's 100 Most Influential Filipino Women

The Filipino Women's Network today announced that Charmaine Clamor has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the United States. Ms. Clamor's honor is in the category of Innovators & Thought Leaders, which recognizes "women who have broken new ground through vibrant, energetic presentations of critical ideas, transforming the way people think, in the fields of sports, arts and letters, performing arts or through pop culture." Charmaine will accept her Most Influential Filipino Woman award in Washington, DC, on October 25, at the Filipina Women's Network 5th Annual Filipina Summit.


August 26: Flippin' Out #1 Most Added Record on World Radio

JazzWeek announced today that Charmaine Clamor's groundbreaking new CD, Flippin' Out, was the week's #1 Most Added record to world radio playlists. No other recording in America was added to more stations. Charmaine's new musical form of "jazzipino" is now being heard on 155 jazz and world radio stations in the United States and Canada.


August 24: CHARMAINE'S "I NEED A LOT OF LOVE" FEATURED ON ALLABOUTJAZZ

The leading Website of the jazz music industry, AllAbout Jazz.com, announced that "I Need a Lot of Love," from Charmaine Clamor's CD Flippin' Out is their featured "Download of the Day." Readers of AllAboutJazz may download the track at no cost. The song, a spirited Latin groove, includes the composer, Zaxariades, in a playful scat duet with Charmaine.


August 13: AMAZON.COM FLIPS FOR FLIPPIN' OUT

Amazon.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."


July 16: CHARMAINE & MIKEY TO SHARE LA JAZZ SCENE COVER

The leading jazz music publication of Los Angeles, LA JAZZ SCENE, announced today that two FreeHam Records artists, Michael Konik, leader of Michael Konik & His Tasty Band, and Charmaine Clamor, America's leading Filipina jazz singer, would be the subject of the August issue cover story. Konik often performs with Clamor, whose new album, "Flippin' Out," he produced. The paper will be on newstands and in LA-area jazz clubs from July 27-August 31.


June 26: EARLY RAVES FOR CHARMAINE'S "FLIPPIN' OUT"

The newest release from FreeHam Records, "Flippin' Out," by the Filipina singer Charmaine Clamor, is drawing rave reviews. Critics have "flipped" for Clamor's synthesis of Filipino folk music with American jazz and blues. Writing in "Music for America," reviewer John Book says, "The music is a perfect bridge of two cultures, done with a passion that can be heard in a voice that should be heard in every jazz venue across the nation, if not the world. Clamor is an asset to jazz music, and a contributor to the continued traditions of women in jazz." Click on the hyperlink for the complete text.


June 1: LA JAZZ SCENE REVIEWS "TASTY TUESDAYS"

The June issue of Los Angeles's leading jazz periodical, LA Jazz Scene, reviews FreeHam Records artist Michael Konik & His Tasty Band in concert at Catalina Bar & Grill jazz club. Critic Myrna Daniels writes, "Konik's vocal was romantic and affecting. The audience was thrilled with all the musicians and applauded with gusto. What a remarkable evening it was!" Daniels reports, "Tasty Tuesdays are a showcase for some of the best performers in LA."


May 23: KONIK AND TASTY TUESDAYS RETURN TO CATALINA'S

The longest running weekly jazz event in Hollywood, the Tasty Tuesday Night Jazz Party, hosted by FreeHam Records artist Michael Konik & His Tasty Band, has been inked for 12 consecutive weeks in the Fall. The shows will run from September 11 through November 27.


May 17: CHARMAINE CLAMOR HITS MEDIA TRIFECTA

Charmaine Clamor's May 22nd appearance at CATALINA JAZZ CLUB (with Michael Konik & His Tasty Band) was selected by all three of LA's leading jazz publications as their "Pick of the Day." LA TIMES: "Recommended." LA CITY BEAT: "Critic's Choice." Brick Wahl, LA WEEKLY: "She has a terrific voice with a lot of Sarah Vaughan in it and a very honest stage presence."


May 13: RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED FOR NEW CLAMOR DISC

Filipina singing sensation Charmaine Clamor has finished her second album for FreeHam Records. The CD, entitled "Flippin' Out," will be released on August 31, 2007, with an album launch concert on September 1 at Hollywood's Catalina Bar & Grill, followed by dates in NYC and other major markets.


April 19: LOS ANGELES TIMES REVIEWS TASTY TUESDAYS

Music 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.


March 20: CHARMAINE CLAMOR TO RECORD NEW ALBUM FOR FREEHAM

America's leading jazz vocalist of Filipino descent, Charmaine Clamor, will record her second album for FreeHam Records. The disc, tentatively entitled "Flippin' Out," will celebrate Clamor's Filipino roots, synthesizing her native language and rythmns with American jazz and blues. Renowned American musicians such as Christain Jacob, Trey Henry and Ray Brinker (Tierney Sutton Band) will join with Filipino talents such as Abe Lagrimas (Hawaiian ukelele master) and Julius Tolentino (Sharp Nine Records alto sax virtuouso). The record is slated for an August release.


January 8: MICHAEL KONIK & HIS TASTY BAND RETURN TO CATALINA'S

The longest-running weekly jazz event in Hollywood, the Tasty Tuesday night jazz party at Catalina Bar & Grill, will resume in March, the club announced. FreeHam Records artists Michael Konik & His Tasty Band will host the concerts, which feature a different guest star every week. FreeHam Records recording stars Linda Hopkins, Charmaine Clamor, and Zaxariades are scheduled as special guests.


December 18: FREEHAM TO BE REPRESENTED AT IAJE

FreeHam 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 CLAMOR

FreeHam 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.


November 6: LINDA HOPKINS TO BE FEATURED IN DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

Downbeat Magazine, the leaidng publication of jazz and blues, announced today that the historic FreeHam Records recording "Linda Hopkins: Living Legend LIVE!" will be reviewed in the magazine's February issue. Linda's new album will be featured as one of the key blues releases.


September 25: CHARMAINE & MR. Z SELECTED FOR COMPILATION

FreeHam 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 ANNOUNCED

The 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.


July 6: LINDA HOPKINS LIVE ALBUM COMPLETED

The newest member of the FreeHam Records family, Tony award-winner Linda "the Kid" Hopkins, has completed work on her live album. The disc features ten tracks of the 81-year-old living legend of the blues recorded in front of a live audience at Hollywood's Catalina Bar & Grill jazz club. Plans are afoot to release the album on Linda's 82nd birthday, in December of 2006.


June 1: LA JAZZ SCENE RAVES FOR KONIK'S ALBUM

The June issue of LA JAZZ SCENE contains a rave review for "There'll Be Some Changes Made," the FreeHam Records release by Michael Konik & His Tasty Band. Writer Harvey Barkan praises the vocals as "reminsicent of a time past," sung with "emotion, intensity, and excellent articulation that makes every word of the lyrics clear as a bell." The band's supporting accompaniment, Barkan writes, is "outstanding."


May 10: LINDA HOPKINS LIVE CD RECORDING

The 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 CHARTBOUND

Jazzweek, 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.


March 22: "MR. Z" FEATURED ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED "LISTEN HERE!"

The new album by Zaxariades, "Mr. Z," has been selected for review on episode #12 of "Listen Here!" the jazz review radio program hosted by Chicago-based critics, friends and sparring partners Neil Tesser and Mark Ruffin. "Listen Here!" is a one-hour show incorporating conversation, criticism, debate, recorded music, interviews, and occasional live performances from jazz venues around North America. It is heard on more than 75 stations around the country.


March 16: TWO FREEHAM ARTISTS FEATURED ON "JAZZ AFTER HOURS"

The nationally syndicated late-night jazz radio program, "Jazz After Hours," hosted by Jim Wilke and heard on more than 70 stations across America, has selected two current FreeHam recordings for its elite playlist. Charmaine Clamor's "Searching for the Soul" has been added to the prestigious roster, joining Zaxariades's "Mr. Z" which has been featured on "Jazz After Hours" for an unprecedented seven weeks in a row.


March 9: FREEHAM SIGNS BLUES LEGEND LINDA HOPKINS FOR LIVE ALBUM

Living legend of the blues, Linda "the Kid" Hopkins, has agreed to record a live album for FreeHam Records, with a release date tentatively set for December, 2006, on her 82nd birthday. Hopkins, the Tony-winning star of "Bessie and Me" and "Black and Blue" on Broadway, will record two live dates (April 11 and May 9) with Michael Konik & His Tasty Band at Hollywood's Catalina Bar & Grill jazz club.


February 27: LA JAZZ SCENE RAVES FOR CLAMOR AND ZAXARIADES ALBUMS

The 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 MARKETS

The 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" RAVE

In 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."


January 9: ZAXARIADES & CHARMAINE EARN RAVES FROM LA JAZZ SCENE

The January issue of LA JAZZ SCENE features side-by-side rave reviews of live performances by Zaxariades and Charmaine Clamor. Reviewer Bob Comden says of Zaxariades, "He just amazed everyone with his high-energy scat singing. Mr. Z makes it all sound so easy, no matter what direction he follows." Of Ms. Clamor, Comden writes, "She sings in a very dynamic style, with a lot of soul. She poured her heart out..a full house of Clamor's fans came out and loved her performance. They wanted to hear more so she did an encore, the very soft and sultry 'The Nearness of You.' I wish her a lot of success."


December 19: MICHAEL KONIK & HIS TASTY BAND SET TO RETRUN TO CATALINA

Catalina Bar & Grill, the premier jazz club in Los Angeles, announced that Michael Konik & His Tasty Band will return in 2006 to host "Tasty Tuesdays," the longest-running weekly jazz event in Hollywood. Michael and his band are currently slated to appear every Tuesday night from March through June, with an option for September through December.


December 9: ZAXARIADES EARNS RAVE REVIEW FROM LA TIMES

FreeHam 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.


October 26: RELEASE DATES ANNOUNCED FOR TWO FREEHAM RECORDS ARTISTS

FreeHam Records, an independent music label headed by Michael Konik, announced today the release dates for two new artists. Sultry vocalist Charmaine Clamor's "Searching for the Soul" will debut on November 29th. Guitarist-singer-composer Zaxariades' album, "Mr. Z," will launch on December 7th. Both recordings will be available at CDBaby.com and all Borders Books and Music stores.


August 22: FREEHAM RECORDS SIGNS TWO NEW ARTISTS

FreeHam 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."

June 9: MICHAEL KONIK & HIS TASTY BAND RETURN TO CATALINA BAR & GRILL

Catalina Bar & Grill, the west coast's premiere jazz nightclub, announced today that they had signed Michael Konik & His Tasty Band to again host their popular Tuesday Night Jazz Party. Known as "Tasty Tuesdays," the series of concerts features Konik's Tasty Band and a different special guest artist each week. The current contract calls for Konik and his group to perform 11 times between September 20 and December 13. See CALENDAR for full details.


May 17: CHARMAINE CLAMOR HITS MEDIA TRIFECTA

Charmaine Clamor's May 22nd (next Tuesday) appearance at CATALINA JAZZ CLUB (with Mikey K & His Tasty Band) was selected by ALL THREE of LA's major jazz publications as their Pick of the Day. LA TIMES: "Recommended." LA CITY BEAT: "Critic's choice." Brick Wahl, LA WEEKLY: "She has a terrific voice with a lot of Sarah Vaughan in it and a very honest stage presence."