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The "psychedelicious" new single from Pete Gitlin, celebrating the Summer of Love, featuring Ted Belledin on sax and Julian Davis on chromatic harmonica. Produced by John Herrera.

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I am proud and excited to announce the release of my new single, "Epiphany (for the children)", featuring the amazing vocals of Lea Cappelli. The song came to me nearly fully formed in a dream a couple of weeks after the Newtown tragedy. It is a somber and yet ultimately hopeful look at the world we live in, and that we hope it can be.

Words and music, guitars, bass and EBow - Pete Gitlin
Lead vocals - Lea Cappelli
Backup vocals - Jodi Light
Keyboards - Michael Broening
Production, mixing & mastering - John Herrera/Clamsville Studios Chandler, AZ

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Pete Gitlin Presents Dave Ihlenfeld's NuWrld Jazz Project at the August 18th Nash Party - 3-5pm
Admission: 15 general; $12 seniors 60+; $10 JiA Members (Lifetime Members free; donation optional); $5 Students with ID; under age 12 free Guitarist Pete Gitlin, who has performed at well-attended Jazz in AZ parties for the past 4 summers, is changing things up for his first appearance at The Nash Sunday, August 18th. He will be presenting Dave Ihlenfeld‘s NuWrld Jazz Project. The NuWrld Jazz Project plays original fusion jazz that is influenced by both the masters of swing and bebop, and exponents of contemporary jazz. Joining Pete on guitar and Dave on keyboards will be John Willis on bass, Ken Hales on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Andy Ziker on drums. As with Pete's last few performances at Jazz in AZ events, you can expect special guest appearances.

"Pete Gitlin's 'Amplify' gets front and center! The highlights...EVERY track! What a brilliant artist! I dig this album's spidery grooves and laid-back funky rhythm. So what makes this Alt Jazz? There's a progressive and contemporary side to Pete's music. It incorporates cool elements of pop, chill, and Americana, as well as headier jazz and rich melodies. Each track has a unique jazz-tone while keeping true to the original compositions. 'Amplify is hypnotic, reflective and upbeat! I look forward to Pete's next masterpiece!"

Great news to kick off 2013... You can now listen to a Pete Gitlin radio station on Pandora! Check it out by visiting www.pandora.com and entering my name in the search engine, or visit the direct link here. It's a great smooth jazz mix from the top artists of the day, plus lots of music from "Amplify" and "Full Circle and the Great Temptation".

August 19, Sun, 3:00 pm

Kazimierz World Wine Bar
7137 East Stetson Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Click here for map.
3-5 p.m. Sun., Jazz in AZ monthly party, open to public, $15, info 480-994-0807

Once again, Jazz in AZ is presenting guitarist Pete Gitlin for his popular summer cool spin on jazz at the Aug. 19 party from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Kazimierz World Wine Bar. The casual venue at 7137 E. Stetson Drive in Scottsdale is perfect for the occasion!

Admission to the public is $15 (FREE if you join Jazz in AZ at the party); JiA member rates apply.

"Amplifier," Gitlin's second CD, which was released at last year's party, has meet with great success in the smooth jazz arena. The first single from "Amplifier," Lucky in Love, has been ranked in the top 10 on smooth jazz charts around the world, and is currently playing on over 90 radio stations and streaming audio sites.

Gitlin's debut CD, Full Circle and the Great Temptation (2008), was named one of the Top 10 smooth jazz CDs of the year in Canada; the single "Sunshine Days", featuring vocals by Valley singer Jodi Light, was No. 1 on the Ambiance Internet jazz charts for four weeks.

With production by John Herrera from the Phoenix jazz band Turning Point, "Amplify" combines jazz, funk and hints of fusion to create a new and exciting sound. "When I first talked to John Herrera about my goals for this CD, I told him I wanted to create the Sgt. Pepper of contemporary jazz," said Gitlin. "Obviously, that set an almost impossible standard to reach; but my goal was to use 10 original compositions as very basic tracks, then expand on them using our imaginations and today's infinite production possibilities." So on "Amplifier," you'll hear a string quartet and acoustic guitar in one song, an electric sitar in a jazz/country environment in another, and electronic wooshes and swirls in another. "The concept was to create 10 sonic paintings, each very different, but able to hang together in one musical landscape," he explained. Samples from both of Pete's CDs can be heard at www.petegitlin.com.

Gitlin has been playing guitar and bass professionally since the 1960s, and currently leads the Valley's longest-running jazz jam session at Pita Jungle in Chandler, originating in 2000. His band plays corporate functions and weddings, plus he plays bass in a three- piece rock band called The Allnighters. Gitlin also works as a business development manager for a green energy company out of Boston, and in his leisure time plays golf and rides his road bike.

For the Jazz in AZ Party, guitarist Gitlin will be supported by an all-star band anchored by Mario Mendivil-bass and John Herrera- drums. What better escape from "the dog days of summer" than listening to refreshing new sounds in the coolness of Kaz? Be there!

04/17/2012
Amplify

Pete Gitlin and Coming Together Music are proud to announce the release of "Amplify". Check out my Music page, or simply click on the album art below.

Pete Gitlin - Amplify
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Coming Together Records proudly announces "Amplify", the second release from Phoenix-based guitarist and composer Pete Gitlin. Following up on "Full Circle and the Great Temptation", and its #1 hit "Sunshine Days", "Amplify" stakes out new ground in the alternative jazz genre. Early previews of the CD describe it as "the Sgt. Pepper of smooth jazz", in that each of the ten tracks are very different, and yet they hang together as an inspiring and uplifting work. Far from playing it safe, Gitlin and his producer, John Herrera, from the legendary Arizona fusion band Turning Point, have crafted a dizzying array of styles and songs, from the pure smooth jazz of the joyous single "Lucky in Love", to the neo-soul of "Soul Connection", to the raunchy beat of "Reggaetown", to the country/jazz feel of "Cowboys and Indians", to the Philly-soul sound of "Until the Morning Comes". A truly unique work, with production and excitement rare in the smooth jazz genre.

Plus there are fantastic performances from a variety of notable jazz stars, including:

  • Cindy Bradley - trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Jeff Kashiwa (The Rippingtons and Sax Pack) - saxophones, flutes and EWI (electronic wind instrument)
  • Dominic Amato - saxophones, EWI and vocoder
  • Michael Broening - keyboards
  • Mel Brown - bass
  • Dennis Rowland (former Count Basie vocalist) - vocals

"Amplify" is all about amplifying the joy that we feel when we discover exciting new music. Discover the new CD "Amplify", available April 17.

"Lucky in Love", the first single from Pete's upcoming CD "Amplifier" has just been released, and it's already the Feedback Track of the Week on the Smooth Jazz Network. You can vote for starting November 4 at http://www.smoothjazztop20.com/feedbacktrack/

Featuring a great horn section and sax solo from Ted Belledin, along with keyboards from Grammy-winning musician Michael Broening, the new song heightens anticipation for Pete's follow up CD to "Full Circle and the Great Temptation". You can download "Lucky in Love" at CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon... and watch for "Amplifier" in January 2012!

August 21, Sun, 3:00 pm

Kazimierz World Wine Bar
7137 East Stetson Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Click here for map.

3-5 p.m. Gitlin-guitar, Dominic Amato-sax, Dave Ihlenfeld-keyboards, Mario Mendivil-bass, John Herrera-drums), Jazz in AZ monthly party, open to public ($10)

Once again, Jazz in AZ is presenting guitarist Pete Gitlin for his popular summer cool spin on jazz at the Aug. 21 party from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Kazimierz World Wine Bar. The casual venue at 7137 E. Stetson Drive in Scottsdale -- with its grazing menu, extensive wine list and assortment of cool beverages -- is perfect for the occasion! Admission to the public is $10 (FREE if you join Jazz in AZ at the party); JiAmember rates apply.

This will be a CD release party for Gitlin's second issue, "Amplifier," on Coming Together Records. His debut CD, "Full Circle and the Great Temptation" (2008), achieved remarkable success for an independently released CD. It was named one of the Top 10 smooth jazz CDs of the year in Canada; the single "Sunshine Days", featuring vocals by Valley singer Jodi Light, was No. 1 on the Ambiance Internet jazz charts for four weeks.

With production by John Herrera from the Phoenix jazz band Turning Point, "Amplifier" combines jazz, funk and hints of fusion to create a new and exciting sound. "When I first talked to John Herrera about my goals for this CD, I told him I wanted to create the Sgt. Pepper of contemporary jazz," said Gitlin. "Obviously, that set an almost impossible standard to reach; but my goal was to use 10 original compositions as very basic tracks, then expand on them using our imaginations and today's infinite production possibilities." So on "Amplifier," you'll hear a string quartet and acoustic guitar in one song, an electric sitar in a jazz/country environment in another, and electronic wooshes and swirls in another. "The concept was to create 10 sonic paintings, each very different, but able to hang together in one musical landscape," he explained. Samples from both of Pete's CDs can be heard at www.petegitlin.com.

Gitlin has been playing guitar and bass professionally since the 1960s, and currently leads the Valley's longest-running jazz jam session at Pita Jungle in Chandler, originating in 2000. His band plays corporate functions and weddings, plus he plays bass in a three-piece rock band called The Allnighters. Gitlin also works as a business development manager for a green energy company out of Boston, and in his leisure time plays golf and rides his road bike.

By Joel Goldenthal

08/27/2010
Live review

Lory Gardner (Adventures of the Passionate Fan) wrote a great review of my August 15th concert in Scottsdale. Read it here.

Check out the official Jazz in AZ site.

Jazz in AZ :: Pete Gitlin and In The Zone

Coming Together Records is excited to announce the world wide release of the single "Sunshine Days" from Pete Gitlin's CD "Full Circle and the Great Temptation". "Sunshine Days" features Michael Broening (George Benson and Al Jarreau) on keyboards, Mel Brown (Eric Darius, Jennifer Hudson) on bass, John Herrera (Turning Point, Cindy Bradley) on drums and producing, and great vocals by Jodi Light from Phoenix-based band Shining Star. Aaron Phillips, program director at Ambiance Jazz Online, (where 'Sunshine Days" is #12 on the weekly play list and a Hit Pick), says "Love At First Listen!! Everything everyone loves about the approaching summer.. Sunshine Days, Perfect Waves... This song has it all. Beautiful vocal parts by Jodi Light!"

For more information contact Pete Gitlin directly here.

Sunshine Days :: Pete Gitlin - Summer 2010

Original robot artwork by Lynette May.

Full Circle... release party with Jazz in AZ

Pete Gitlin and Coming Together Music are proud to announce the release of "Full Circle and the Great Temptation", a collection of all original alt jazz songs produced by John Herrera from the legendary Phoenix-based jazz band Turning Point. Some of the incredible musicians playing on the CD include Jeff Kashiwa from The Rippingtons on sax, Michael Broening on keyboards, the amazing Mel Brown on bass and John Herrera on drums and percussion. Guest vocalists include Rachel Eckroth and Jodi Light. Check out my Music page, or simply click on the album art below.

Pete Gitlin - Full Circle and the Great Temptation
Buy the CD right here: [ADD TO CART]
For international orders [Contact Pete]
Preview the entire CD here: [LISTEN]
Coming Together Music

Check out this nice article from Joel R. Goldenthal at http://jazzinaz.org

jazzinaz.org article

Check out this great review from Denis Poole at smoothjazztherapy.com

smoothjazztherapy.com

"Full Circle and the Great Temptation" has just been named a CD Baby Editor's Pick". Here's what they said: "Alternative original smooth jazz guitar with beautiful melodies and performances by top session men including Jeff Kashiwa (The Rippingtons), Michael Broening, Mel Brown and Rachel Eckroth."

Buy the album from CD Baby using the link below:
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Exciting news! "Full Circle and the Great Temptation" can now be heard on smoothjazz.com, the leading streaming audio site for jazz on the Internet.