He is Storming Through the Barricades and Sending Us into a Euphoric State

Stormin’ Norman Zamcheck is a pianist and singer/songwriter. He has been writing songs since he was old enough to pick out a tune on the keyboard and write down the lyrics on his mother’s linen napkins. During the course of his four-decade career, Norm has penned over five hundred musical compositions.

A New York transplant, Norm hales from the Boston area. He has performed in venues up and down the East and West coasts as well as internationally. In the late 70’s his band, Stormin’ Norman & Suzy, was referred to by the New York Times as the “hottest act in town, ” unleashing a deluge of media attention. Since then, Norman has played Carnegie Hall (twice); recorded for the Polydor/Polygram label; written scores for several movies and off-Broadway shows, appeared on a Dick Clark TV Special and worked as composer and music director for Pilobolous Dance Theater. He also toured with the Andy Statman Klezmer Orchestra, playing to appreciative crowds in Poland, Israel and Brooklyn.

As a composer of songs, Norman Zamcheck has been praised in publications from Rolling Stone Magazine to The New York Times, which called him “exceptionally good and exceptionally original.” Early on, Norm drew writing inspiration from a rich tradition of folk music. Over the passing years he harkened to personal muses such as Mose Allison, Randy Newman and Tom Lehrer. Like them, he brilliantly fuses melody, wit, humor and irony. He sees songs in terms of “novellas” and populates his tunes with amusing characters, memorable stories and rich allusions to nature and humanity (see Music Tree page). Stormin’ Norman’s music rocks with a blues/New Orleans beat; his unique sound as a hard-driving pianist has been described as boogie woogie meets twelve tone. His primary pianistic influences include Fats Waller, Thelonious Monk and Dr. John.

To support his growing family Norm stopped performing regularly in mid-career to become an inner-city teacher and principal . Once he retired from education, he has caught up for lost time and booked himself gigs from the Shenandoah Valley in the South to the piney woods of Maine; from the Berkshires in Massachusetts to Boston; New York to Los Angeles; and across the pond in Paris. His new release, “Euphoria” blends Latin jazz with boogie and rock and roll. 

The sounds of reminiscent past of smokey old piano bars laced with the happiness of yesterday we all wish we could feel again. The song “Queen of Rosebuds” really plays to a modern Broadway jazz sound that has edgy sensual notes. The song “Everything is Turning (On the Wings of Love) is a beautiful lulllaby-esque song filled with hopeful notes to create a beautiful melody. Norm does a fantastic job at creating a moving piece of music that is eclectic and yet still all speaks the same language. On this record, Norm has cultivated a pianistic style rooted in the jazz of New Orleans with shades of Latin influence. Simultaneously nostalgic, Euphoria is a totally unique sound. The album reflects the driving rhythms of the rock ensembles he toured with for years around the Northeast. Real Stormin’ Norman is an ensemble fronted by the thundering vocals of Genevieve Faivre and features a stellar group of sidemen, including rising jazz superstar Jonathan Saraga (trumpet and arrangements), Russian bass master Arthur Sadowsky and drummer Tobias Ralph, who is acclaimed as “one of the best drummers in America” by Drummers World. Real Stormin’ Norman calls New York City home and is currently touring Euphoria around the Big Apple.

Norm states “Euphoria is the perfection I’ve always wanted to do. The songs are beautiful. The singing is powerful. Tight, imaginative arrangements. This album is way more realized than the previous Real Stormin’ Norman records. We were able to perfect music that I had been working on for years.” 

Listen to Euphoria here:

Additionally, Norman found time to score a long-forgotten Nicholas Ray movie that has been locked in a vault for decades called We Can’t Go Home Again. And with the urging of Ray’s widow, Susan, Norm also scored a documentary about the legendary auteur film director. Both films were screened internationally and featured several times on the Turner Cable Classic network.

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Volume.com Restreaming Umphrey’s McGee’s Drummer’s All-Star Jam Benefitting Mental Health Organization Sharing Stop Suffering

Three set show features: Cory Wong, Bill Evans, Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Maggie Rose, Taylor Hicks, Daru Jones, Zoe Nutt, Kevin Scott, and Guthrie Trapp

(Nashville, TN) January 12, 2022 – This Saturday at Volume.com Umphrey’s McGee’s drummer Kris Myers presents a restream of his epic guest-filled concert at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville.

This three-set show is a who’s who of both the jam band and Nashville sideman and sessions scenes. This multi-genre collaboration brought musicians together to create a once-in-a-lifetime convergence.

All the proceeds from the restream will go to Sharing Stops Suffering, a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of people living with mental illness and raising money to help individuals get the help they need.

“It was an amazing experience… The special thing about this show is everyone came in with their A-game and it was a community-based show that I’m very grateful to have been a part of.” – Kris Myers

The first set featured Sierra Hull, Matt Menefee, and Billy Contrares (Dixie Dregs), bringing acoustic and electric together. Maggie Rose added her sounds of soul, followed by Guthrie Trapp and renowned horn players Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Bill Evans, and Emmanuel Echem (Lauren Daigle).

The second set got the crowd dancing starting with Louis Colsong, then getting into some guitar shredding with Chris Siebold. Cory Wong then came in collaboration with the horn players as well as 3 bass changes between Kevin Scott, Chris Clemente (Kayne West), and Jay White (Amos Lee). Finally, Kris Myers played drums with Daru Jones.

The third set wrapped up with Zoë Nutt, Taylor Hicks, Ty Bailie, Kurt Ozan, Peter Janjic, Johnson Jay (Ronnie Wood), Vijay Telisnayak, Marcus White, Elliot Blaufuss, Faydra Lagro, Colin Poulton, and Marshall Carlson. 

Find the full restream here: https://volume.com/krismyers/?show=fAuGaw 

Kris Myers Slay Ride Restream Details

Saturday, January 15, 2022

8 PM EST / 6 PM CST

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Charlie Castell’s New Original Christmas Song is The Joy and Peace We All Need This Christmas

English-born indie pop-rock singer/songwriter, now based in Los Angeles, writes his songs with a deep meaning being it. He fuses the guitar driven styles of artists like Radiohead and Oasis, the acoustics and orchestrations of Damien Rice and Ed Sheeran, with the classical songwriting of Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and Burt Bacharach.

Inspired by love and seeing the world around him, his Christmas song, “We’ll Have a Christmas,” has a “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” meets “Last Christmas” meets “Merry Xmas (The War is Over)” vibe to it. “We’ll Have a Christmas” was born from the pandemic, after Charlie noticed all the injustice, hate, and anger the world began to grow, but specifically the United States.

“Over the last four years, I’ve got more and more involved with work to make the US a more loving and tolerant place; to elect leaders who make policies that help people,” shares Charlie. “For those of us working in this space, it’s been so hard to find peace, when so many public figures are just trying to create anger and hate. Add to that a global pandemic, and we’ve lived through maybe the most difficult years of our lives. I wanted a song that brought back the lovely warm feelings of Christmas, and gave people the freedom to relax and find peace again at the end of another very difficult and tragic year. That no matter what was going on, we could come together and find peace at Christmas.”

Listen here:

Charlies hope to spread peace and love throughout this country and the world by way of his music. The pandemic has made everyone’s lives more difficult already. He encourages others to feel joy during this holiday season. Listen to “We’ll Have a Christmas” now.

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Pharaoh’s Dream Rereleases A Cover of “Children of the Night,” A Remembrance of the Life in the LQBTQ+ Community Of the 1970’s

(London, England) November 25, 2021 – Pharaoh’s Dream, the mystical smooth Jazz entity has recently released the ‘regroove’ rendition of The Stylistics’ “Children of the Night.” This magical and mystical song is about being gay in the 1970’s, which Pharaoh’s Dream lead vocalist, David Nathan, has some experience in. David, who’s 73 years young, dedicates this song to those who still walk the shadows of the night, to those who still feel alone, and those who still feel the pain of the AIDS crisis.

He shares what “Children of the Night” means to him. Watch his testimonial here:

This ‘regroove’ came just in time for World AIDS Day on December 1st, an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic which began in the early 1980’s as well as mourning those who we lost. “The acceptance and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community that is much more present today is a far cry from what we experienced back in the ‘70s and ‘80s and beyond. So many of my dear friends died in the first few years of the AIDS pandemic. It was devastating. I cried so many times over the death of people in my life who were persecuted, disowned by their families and work colleagues and who were my own age. I worked actively in the ‘80s and ‘90s with The Minority AIDS Project in Los Angeles to help break the stigma associated with the virus. I am well aware that AIDS is still a reality in many parts of the world so our work is far from done in bringing compassion, love and support  to those affected by AIDS ” shares David. As an openly Gay man, and one who experienced the persecutions of gay men in the 1970’s and 1980’s, David hopes to send a message of love and acceptance of everyone, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community. 

David’s deep and raspy voice is what carries this smooth jazz/soul version of “Children of the Night.” We get an entrancing flute, courtesy of award-winning musician Najee, and magical chimes that beautifully intertwine with the background vocals from special guest Will Downing. 

Listen to “Children of the Night (The 2021 Late at Night Regroove)” here:

David’s aim is to appeal to the generation that loves the music of Sade, Norah Jones, Mose Allison and of course, the iconic Nina Simone. He has created an exciting and soulful jazz/blues show that includes his own recent recordings as well as a personal musical salute to Nina Simone that includes sharing some of his memories of spending time with her. This show started in London initially when David started the first UK fan club for her as a teenager in 1965 and then through the years until her passing in 2003. 

Currently, David has been hard at work with some important projects. This past week, he released “Say It Like You Mean It”, by Takim Brown, co-written with Preston Glass and others, on the Philly Soul Select, Compilation. Listen here:

On November 23, 2021, he did an interview project as a video on YouTube called, David Nathan (The British Ambassador Of Soul) with Aretha’s Angels, six publicists who worked with Aretha Franklin between 1985-2018, sharing personal reminiscences with David who first connected with ‘The Queen Of Soul’ as a London teenager in 1966 and celebrating the 2021 release of the career-spanning 4CD Rhino box set, ARETHA. Watch here:

His track, “I’m In My Prime,” co-written with Preston Glass, is on his latest album by the legendary soul group, The Spinners. Listen here:

And Finally, he is completing work on his 1st book of soulful poetry, ‘Like…The First Time You Heard Chaka Khan!’ due out February 2022

About Pharaoh’s Dream

Pharaoh’s Dream, mystical, mysterious…. “Created as an expression for evocative music that soothes the soul, calms the spirit,” says David Nathan, who initially began recording under this banner in 2006 with the album Wistful Elegance, which he produced in Los Angeles with award-winning music man Preston Glass, with tracks featuring special guests such as Kenny Lattimore, Will Downing, Lynne Fiddmont and on the now-rare CD release, liner notes by Roberta Flack. In more recent years, Pharaoh’s Dream recordings have included FEELING GOOD – A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO NINA SIMONE reflecting David’s early years as the founder of the music legend’s first UK appreciation society.

The name ‘Pharaoh’s Dream’ is a reflection of David Nathan’s deep interest in the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, with such historical figures as Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Tutankhamen, an interest inspired by a conversation on a 1975 flight with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire fame… Pharaoh’s Dream, ancient yet timeless…

David Nathan’s smokey mocha-flavoured vocal style evokes memories of a bygone era, of intimate dimly-lit ’40s and ’50s jazz clubs and yet has the kind of timeless quality associated with the likes of Nina Simone, his primary personal and musical mentor. Born in London, David has loved music for as long as he can remember, Dionne Warwick, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin as a teenager.

Known initially for his work behind the scenes as a soul music journalist, author and historian, David began recording in 2003 in Los Angeles, his home for 24 years with direct encouragement of such illustrious artists as Roberta Flack and Bonnie Raitt, His 2003 CD debut, “Reinvention” includes a number of pop and jazz classics such as The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” Billie Holiday’s “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and a Brazilian-styled version of “Cry Me A River” (featuring The Sweet Inspirations).

In recent years, David completed sessions in the UK for the album, “I Used To Rule The World” and has worked with Indian violinist/composer/producer Aritra B on original music included on the EP, “A Long Way From Blue” due for re-release in 2022.

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YV Ministry Uses Music as a Spiritual Tool of Love and Connection

C-Aye and Kelley Nicole are the musical duo that makes up YV Ministry, born out of their musical worship work at Covenant Blessing Fellowship (CBF) in Wilmington, CA. While they’re a Christian duo, hoping to spread God’s love and feeling His spirit through music, these two accomplished artists have years of musical experience under their belts. C-Aye has worked for or shared the stage with such acclaimed producers and artists as Aaron Lindsey, Pop/R&B group All-4-One, Poo Bear, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Claude Deuce, Twinkie Clark, India.Arie, Hip-Hop and R&B hit writers Nate Dogg, Devine Evans, David “DQ” Quiñones, and more. As for Kelley Nicole, she was once a lead vocalist for the critically-acclaimed Afro-funk band, Soulfège, and has performed around the world. She’s even shared the stage with renowned artists Bobby McFerrin and El Debarge.

Their new single, “Glory and Honor,” is an R&B gospel and worship song with a message of love and spirituality. It was in a time of prayer that the song came to C-Aye. “I was thinking about the principle of keeping yourself focused on glorifying God, and if the work that you’re trying to do in life is honoring God, it keeps you on the path of that perspective. The perspective that glory & honor belong to God. The more we put effort into other stuff, the easier we split into distraction and the like,” says C-Aye. The overall message: life is simple when you stay focused on giving Glory & Honor to the one and only God.

“Glory and Honor” was a collaboration with the amazing Trey McLaughlin, a vocalist, producer, composer, and educator. He recognizes the beauty and fusing of sounds and genres to everyone a unique experience.

Listen here:

C-Aye’s musical journey began around age 11, when he first got involved with the music ministry in his home town of Augusta, GA. Thrown into the fire as he often says, he was a sought after music ministry leader at a young age, having either played for or led several music ministries “Some kind of way I got fascinated by piano,” says C-Aye. “I was so young it’s tough to remember. There was a lady that came to my elementary school and she had kiddie instruments and I remember being fascinated by it and really enjoying it. I started taking lessons. And pretty much any chance I got to make music I took it. Band, competitions at school, etc.” As he got older he had different experiences with people showing him technology and as he learned more about that he fell in love with production & engineering. When he moved to LA he moved with a bunch of people that had gone to the Berklee School of Music, and he learned that he didn’t know quite as much as he thought he did! That was the beginning of what he calls his “professional awakening.”

Kelley Nicole started playing piano in 1st grade in Teanack, New Jersey, but really fell in love with music and singing around the 4th grade when she surprised even herself by taking on the lead in a school play. She realized how important an outlet singing was for her, a girl who was pretty shy and found it hard to express herself fully to others. Regardless of that love however, academics and athletics were the focus for her in high school and she eventually was admitted to Harvard University. Most folks see Harvard as a place that develops people’s career interests in the law, medicine, or business. For Kelley Nicole, her love for music was rekindled and grew even bigger during her tenure there. It was in her senior year that she decided she needed to make music her career, someway or somehow. She was able to become a lead vocalist of the Afro-funk band, Soulfège. At one point, the group had one of the top 5 music videos in the country of Ghana, joining the likes of Usher and Beyonce at the time. Soulfege had a management opportunity in Los Angeles, which brought Kelley Nicole to LA, where she met C-Aye, at Covenant Blessing, where she had to audition for him.


That meeting sparked a life-long friendship. When Kelley Nicole decided to leave Soulfège, C-Aye helped her kick-start her solo work. Now together, using music as their chosen vessel, Kelley Nicole and C-Aye’s vision is to make YV Ministry a space where anyone can surrender themselves to the presence of God, and feel comforted, confident, and empowered by His everlasting love, covering, and supernatural guidance.

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“Hit and Run” Shares the Message of Growth and Change Within Ourselves

Zack King, the young Minnesota musician, is not afraid to get real in his newest single “Hit and Run.” He isn’t afraid to get personal and vulnerable when it comes to his music, and “Hit and Run” is no different. This song in particular is about growth and the strength and bravery it takes to move forward rather than desperately hold onto the past. Zack shares that “trying to hold on to who you used to be can be toxic, especially when you don’t recognize that person anymore. Looking in the mirror and seeing a new person can be scary, but also rewarding. Why not give the new you a chance and see what good can come from it?” People evolve all the time. Zack asks whether you want to embrace who you become.

Zack just released the music video for “Hit and Run” which is a wonderful visualization of this journey. While this story is based on Zack’s own experience, he uses his knowledge to help others grow. This acoustic style pop meets grunge song is for those who don’t like who they’ve become. Zack, for example, felt lost and alone after graduating college and turned to drugs and alcohol to try and find who he was. On top of that, he treated the people he loves the most poorly. After time, all of these bad habits and behaviors towards himself and others made him realize that he no longer recognized the person staring back at him in the mirror. He became unrecognizable to himself. So, he set out to change for the better.

While he doesn’t like who he was looking back, he accepts it and sees that it wasn’t all bad. It was part of his journey and he was able to learn and grow as a person. “It’s okay to move on from a past life, especially when it will benefit you, and those around you,” Zack shares. “Don’t be afraid to take that leap from who you used to be, to who you want to become.”

Watch “Hit and Run” here:

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