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To Our Valued Retailers and Distributors:
  • May New Releases from the VIEW Music Series
    In May VIEW is proud to release a pair of gems from our exclusive music collection, one a classic performance from a cabaret legend and the other a hard swinging concert DVD from one of the greatest jazz instrumentalists working today. Karen Akers: On Stage At Wolf Trap captures the singer live at the famous Virginia venue, performing the works of Sondheim, Brel, Lloyd-Webber and more. Dave Holland Quintet: Vortex presents Dave Holland's power packed all-star band in a program of brilliant original compositions, and features Kenny Wheeler, Robin Eubanks, Steve Coleman and Marvin "Smitty" Smith.

    Both titles will be released Tuesday, May 19th, 2009.


Karen Akers:
On Stage At Wolf Trap

As stunning visually as she is vocally, singer/actress Karen Akers is universally considered this generation’s “Cabaret Goddess.” Just as highly regarded in the Theatre (nominated for a Tony in Nine) and in Film (The Purple Rose of Cairo, Heartburn), she’s never been more captivating than in this live full-length concert DVD. “I like to tell stories,” says Akers. She personalizes her memorable repertoire (from masters like Sondheim, Brel, Peter Allen, Andrew Lloyd Webber to newcomers whose names you’ll want to remember) into remarkable minidramas of love and life…universal enough for all of us to relate to, yet individual enough to be hers alone.

V.I.E.W. proudly presents “Karen Akers: On Stage At Wolf Trap,” which another reviewer advised, “…You better grab this one…” Just one dose of the Akers experience and you’ll never hear cabaret the same way again.

"The quintessential cabaret art singer…"-The New York Times


"Her stage presence and voice are addictive… An intimacy that takes your breath away!" -The Washington Times

  • Karen Akers Biography
  • Bonus Video: Mabel Mercer performing "Isn’t He Adorable" from the DVD: Mabel Mercer: A Singer’s Singer
  • Bonus Video: Bobby Short Performing "New York Is My Personal Property" from the DVD: Bobby Short at the Café Carlyle

1 Hour Including Bonus Features
VIEW DVD #2314  SRP:$19.98
UPC: 033909231497    ISBN 0-8030-2314-6

Dave Holland Quintet:

This concert gem stars the Dave Holland Quintet at the peak of their musical maturity: merging passion and logic, spontaneity and group interplay with sparkling clarity. Each musician works as a cog in the delightful engine of swing, relating his phrasing to the supple beat laid down by Holland and Smith. Bassist Dave Holland’s legacy is still being written, but his already distinguished career has earned him a prominent place in Jazz history. His inventive, thoughtful, and original sound has not only earned him numerous accolades and resounding applause around the world, but left an indelible mark in the evolution of music.

A music lover’s greatest reward, this full-length concert DVD will rivet your attention to every phrase that’s played, and transport you to a higher musical world.

"(Holland) has defined the best in jazz over the past three decades." - JazzTimes


"Jazz’s premier modern bassist" -The New Yorker

  • Dave Holland Biography
  • Kenny Wheeler Biography
  • Robin Eubanks Biography
  • Marvin "Smitty" Smith Biography
  • Steve Coleman Biography

1 Hour Plus Bonus Features
VIEW DVD #2345  SRP:$19.98
UPC: 033909234597     ISBN 0-8030-2345-6

  • April New Releases from the Ad-Lib Series
    In case you missed them, in April Arkadia DVD released a pair of new additions to the Ad Lib Series of jazz performance DVDs, this time featuring blues legends Jimmy Witherspoon and Linda Hopkins.
    The Ad Lib Series is a collection of 46 concert TV programs presenting the best jazz, pop and blues artists showcasing their skills with a jazz flair. Seen on TV internationally, Ad Lib (filmed in 1980) was the first musical television series recorded in Stereo.

Jimmy Witherspoon:
Goin' Down Blues

Blues legend and Arkansas native Jimmy 'Spoon' Witherspoon (1920-1997) was one of the premiere Blues musicians of the post-WWII era. He became a member of Jay McShann's band with T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner, during which time they recorded "Ain't Nobody's Business," which became a massive hit and his signature song. He had numerous other hits including "Big Fine Girl," and "Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough," which exemplified his musical style as a "blues shouter." Witherspoon's authentic and honest songs, and emotional vocal styling, propelled him from his humble beginnings into a genuine musical icon.

"Jimmy Witherspoon is a big, burly blues singer with a big, burly voice that matches his stature."
- John S. Wilson, New York Times

  • Jimmy Witherspoon Biography
  • Marshall Royal Biography
  • Ad Lib Highlights Reel (16 min)

1 Hour Plus Bonus Features
ARKADIA DVD #72037  SRP:$19.98
UPC: 602267203790     ISBN 0-8030-7037-3

Linda Hopkins:
Deep In The Night

Linda Hopkins fell in love with Blues music after seeing Bessie Smith perform, later noting that whether you were moved by God or life, the singing came from the soul. Hopkins starred in Broadway musicals such as Jazz Train, celebrating African-American music, Black and Blue, a tribute to Harlem's Cotton Club, and Inner City, for which she won a Tony Award. Her one-woman show, entitled Me and Bessie, was performed in honor of her idol Bessie Smith. With a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hopkins has been recognized as one of the premiere voices of her generation despite never receiving the household name-recognition worthy of one of the world's great talents.

"Linda Hopkins was born to be an entertainer... She comes alive on stage, her smile and spirit infectious as she rouses her audience to join her on this blues journey. She's simply sensational." - Myrna Daniels, LA Jazz Scene

  • Linda Hopkins Biography
  • Paul Smith Biography
  • Eddie Harris Biography
  • Ad Lib Highlights Reel (16 min)

1 Hour Plus Bonus Features
ARKADIA DVD #72038  SRP:$19.98
UPC: 602267203899     ISBN 0-8030-7038-1


OTHER VIEW & ARKADIA JAZZ DVDs AVAILABLE:   Benny Golson: The Whisper Not Tour     Nigel Clark In Concert
Christian Howes: Live in Madrid         Billy Harper in Concert
Herbie Hancock Trio: Hurricane       Europafest: Jazz Highlights
Dueling Guitars 1: Paul Bollenback & John Hart   Bob James Live    
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