I’m honored to’ve been nominated for three awards for two different 2014 music awards ceremonies. And they’re both this weekend!
It’s cliche, but I’m honored just to be nominated. These ceremonies aren’t about individual players; they’re about celebrating the great music in the Lehigh Valley and Philly/Delaware areas. I feel incredibly lucky that there are such vibrant and innovative music scenes in my backyard. And of course, it’s nice to feel the love from time to time too!
Thanks LVMA and Homey Awards – and thanks to all of you for casting your ballots!
For all you lovers out there…stay little Valentine stay…
My Funny Valentine (Rodgers & Hart). From the album Jewels & Tinware. Performed by the Alex Radus Trio. Dan Manchester on upright bass; Charlie Heim on drums; Produced by Brian Herman and Alex Radus; Mixed by Brian Herman
I’m thrilled to be on the ballot in four categories for 93.7 WSTW’s Homey Awards – celebrating the best in local music.
Now I need your votes, friends – please send me to the next round in all four categories. I’m up for:
- Best Album – Jewels & Tinware
- Song of the Year – We Can’t Play Like Django (feat. Dave Cahill)
- Best Male Solo Artist
- Best Songwriter
Tons of great Philadelphia-area acts on the ballot – I’m sure you’ll see others you know. Please vote. Voting ends Feb 4, 2015. Thanks!
Lots going on in the new year!
Fri, January 2: Two live radio performances…
- 8am – WNTI 91.9FM
- 1pm – WDVR 87.7FM
- If you’re not in the central NJ/easter PA area, listen live on www.wnti.org and www.wdvrfm.org
Sat, January 17: Alex Radus Trio live @ Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme
- 1811 State Route 57, Hackettstown, NJ
- Come early and bring your instrument for an open mic at 7pm!
- This concert will be filmed live – multiple cameras, lots of fun!
Sat, January 24: Alex Radus solo opening for Dina Hall Trio @ Godfrey Daniels
Sat, January 31: Alex Radus Trio debuts @ Riegelsville Tavern
- 1274 Easton Road, Riegelsville, PA 18077
- Always love playing in our hometown!
Sat, March 7: Stay tuned for details on a very special show at Puck in Doylestown, PA. The Alex Radus Trio will share the night with the talented Dan DeChellis Trio who blend killer songwriting with some serious jazz chops. Can’t wait!
Jewels & Tinware Nominated!
I’m thrilled to announce that Jewels & Tinware has been nominated for Outstanding Album of 2014 for the Lehigh Valley Music Awards!
Please vote for me!
If you are a Greater Lehigh Valley Resident, please vote for me!
Not from the Lehigh Valley? I’d still really appreciate your help.
If you know anyone who lives in the Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton areas of Pennsylvania, please send them this link and ask them to vote for Alex Radus: Jewels & Tinware. (And then send them this link to say thanks!)
Once you sign in, Outstanding Album is the first category.
Voting closes Saturday, December 13 at 11:59pm.
Thanks to Carter Lansing for the great review and to Kirsten Angel for the great photo!
Check out the review HERE!
The Alex Radus Trio is fresh off two amazing CD release parties and ready for more, more, more music!
We’d love to see you at Easton’s famous Riverside Festival of the Arts on Sunday, Sept. 21st. We’re honored to be performing alongside many of our favorite local acts, including the James Supra Band, Roi and the Secret People, Cheek2Cheek and many more!
Riverside Festival of the Arts
Saturday Sept 20 & Sunday, September 21
10am – 5pm
The Dell at Scott Park, Easton, PA
Alex Radus Trio performs Sunday, Sept 21 at 11am
Visit the website for entire amazing lineup!
On August 29, WNTI was kind enough to host me for a live performance and interview.
Host Mel Thiel and I talked the new CD, influences, and more. I even performed a swing version of Dylan’s Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat, which I recorded on a Philly Dylan tribute compilation to celebrate his 70th birthday! You can purchase that album here.
Check out the interview here:
We can’t wait to see you again Philly!
The Alex Radus Trio will celebrate the release of Jewels & Tinware at Bourbon & Branch in Philly on Sat. Sept 6, 2014.
Featuring performances by William Gruff (NYC) and Mo Lowda and the Humble (Philly).
Pick up advance tix and get a copy of Jewels & Tinware for $5!
I can’t wait for you to hear the first single from Jewels & Tinware!
Please download and share, share, share! It’s available from 95+ digital stores, including CDBaby, iTunes, and pretty much everywhere else. (If you want the money to go to the artist, buy it from CDBaby. If you want it to go to Apple, well, there’s iTunes).
And by the way, Dave Cahill absolutely crushes the guitar solos…
We Can’t Play Like Django has always been a crowd favorite. It’s a retro-swing tribute to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappell’s famous Minor Swing.
Django (as the song is usually called) is a sort of like the backstory that begins all superhero movies. It’s a “creation myth” about how Django got his incredible powers on the guitar.
If you’re not familiar with Django Reinhardt, he’s arguably the best guitar player ever, and defined the quintessential sound of Gypsy Jazz. But one of the most amazing things about him is that his left hand was badly burned, leaving him with far less to work with than most guitar players. Still, he became the best.
Django tells the fictional story of Django’s grandfather, who is a famous Gypsy Jazz guitar player and is the best around. Everyone says he got his abilities from either an angel or a devil. The Grandfather takes his grandson (young Django) under his wing, but he just can’t teach him how to swing and, as the song points out – “that’s the most important thing!” When the Grandfather dies, his guitar is put on the funeral pyre. But the Grandfather had promised the guitar to young Django. So Django runs up to the fire and grabs the guitar, but burns his hand badly doing so.
Then comes the creation myth:
That young boy ran with all his might
Stuck his hand into the fire
Came back with a guitar and a burning sting
And they all said the devil’s sin or the angel’s blessing passed to him
Cause then they saw the most amazing thing
All of a sudden, little Django could swing!
I really hope you enjoy it and PLEASE – share it with everyone you know!