05.06.16"Another Season" to be released in May 2016
With each season's passing, I seem to gain a slightly different perspective and interpretation of the songs that I love to sing.
So, a few years after I released "You and the night; Night and the music" I went back to the recording studio. The first thing I did was to look into the vault of previously unreleased tracks that I had recorded with the band. These tracks were not included in my prior albums for various reasons, mostly because the tracks did not fit in with the overall vibe. With the help of modern technology, I was able to re-record the vocals. With a tad more mature tone, some of these songs seem more convincing when I sing it at a later stage of my life.
I also couldn’t wait to record new materials with a live band. So, I summoned guitarist Tony Romano (sometimes joined by bassist Haeng Seol) to lay down more tracks, adding songs that would round up the album with a more intimate introspective vibe, reimagining jazz standards from the 20s to 50s in a chill coffee house.
I sincerely hope you enjoy “Another Season".
02.07.11"You and the Night/Night and the Music" is currently on rotation on the following stations:
Thank you for your support, radio MDs! Listeners, please tune to the following stations.
KAFM 1 Grand Junction CO
KAFM 2 Grand Junction CO
KBUT 3 Crested Butte CO
KGNU 4 Niwot CO
KGNU 5 Louisville CO
KKUP 6 San Jose CA
KOTO 7 Telluride CO
KRFC 8 FT. Collins CO
KRFC 9 Ft. Collins CO
KSDS 10 San Diego CA
KVNF 11 Paonia CO
KWCR 12 Ogden UT
radioJAZZ 13 Wilkesboro NC
WHLI + ThePenthouseRadio.com Island Park NY
"Conexão Jazz" 16 96202-410 Bairro Lar Gaúcho Rio Grande RS BRAZIL
Alphen Stad FM & Radio Rijnwoude 17 THE NETHERLANDS
Apple AM 18 Hemyock Devon, ENGLAND, U.K.
CHRY 19 Toronto ON CANADA
CKMN 20 Saint-Anaclet PQ CANADA
Fmurquiza 21 Buenos Aires ARGENTINA
Ponto Radio FM 22 PISA ITALY
Radio Adelaide 101.5 fm 23 Aldinga Beach SA, AUSTRALIA
Radio ARA, Luxembourg 24 SPRINKANGE Grand-Duchy of LUXEMBOURG
Radio Despi 25 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat Barcelona - SPAIN
RADIO HOLSTEBRO 26 Holstebro DENMARK
KBEM 27 Minneapolis MN
KMST 28 Rolla MO
KMUW 29 Wichita KS
WBAA 30 Lafayette IN
WDPS 31 Dayton OH
WEFT 32 Champaign IL
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WGTE 35 Toledo OH
WGVU 36 Grand Rapids MI
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WBZC 42 Pemberton NJ
WCNY 43 Liverpool NY
WERU 44 East Orland ME
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WMNR 48 Clinton CT
WPKN 49 Bridgeport CT
WPRB 50 Princeton NJ
WQLN 51 Erie PA
WRBC 52 Lewiston ME
WRHU 53 Roslyn NY
WRTC 54 Hartford CT
WUNH 55 Durham NH
WWUH 56 West Hartford CT
KAOS 57 Olympia WA
KBOO 58 Portland OR
KCHO 59 Chico CA
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KEUL 61 Girdwood AK
KGLT 62 Bozeman MT
KHNS 63 Haines AK
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KPOV 66 Bend OR
KUER 67 Salt Lake City UT
KEDM 68 Monroe LA
PRINT 69 Charlotte NC
WCLK 70 Atlanta GA
WCLK 71 Atlanta GA
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DMX 76 Austin TX
Festival Gigs 77 New Port Richey FL
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KAMU 86 College Station TX
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KASU 88 State University AR
KAZI 89 Austin TX
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KVLU 91 Beaumont TX
01.03.11Pre-order "You and the Night" and "Night and the Music" - a 2 new CD set on Amazon.com
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10.07.10Homage is still charting on CMJ top 40 Jazz, Jazz Week Top 50 and Root Music Report Top 50 Jazz.
After 5 weeks, "Homage" is stiill charting on CMJ Top 40 Jazz Chart, Jazz Week Top 50 Chart, and Roots Music Report Top 50 Jazz Chart.... Thank YOU radio stations and listeners!
09.06.10Homage debut at #4 on roots music report Top 50 Jazz
08.27.10Read latest review of "Homage" by Rob Lester on Talkin' Broadway
Although Homage is his fourth CD in just a few years, singer Julian Yeo and his band (led by the terrific pianist-arranger Jesse Gelber) are always in homage mode, evoking the early decades of the 20th century. It began with their first CD, which instantly reminded me of old-time crooning stylists like Rudy Vallee and the early-career Bing Crosby. Indeed, they are two of the vocalist heroes and heroines singled out for this set of homages matching one singer to one song. Though ostensibly a set of salutes to singers, curiously, the numbers chosen are not religiously their major trademark songs. For example, for "The Shadow of Your Smile," Karen Carpenter of the brother-sister team Carpenters is not the first person to come to mind. And "You Go to My Head" might not be on the shortest of short lists for Judy Garland signature songs. As stated in the liner notes, the intention is not to channel each one's style, sound or musical arrangement. Julian remains Julian, which, for the uninitiated, means a certain slyness that can be very appealing, tempered with modesty and minimalism, and a dollop of insouciance, rather than any semblance of high drama, big-voiced singing or grandstanding.
For me, this is his best effort since his debut, due to the mix of different tempi and material and the cool arrangements that have more vigor and variety. The five-piece band is in the groove without an overdose of dozing lounge-iness. His prior release was more one color, as suggested by the title Deep Purple Dreams, intentionally mysterious and slo-mo musical takes. This is more engaging and Julian has a knack for making novelty songs like "Tico Tico" tickle the ear, never tacky and tiresome as such fare can be when others lay on the cute coyness or crank out more caffeine upon already percolating rhythms. He just makes them impish, simpler playthings, not over-selling them. As he sings on the track following that, "Give Me the Simple Life." And when a song has tenderness built in, he lets it speak—or sing—for itself, as in the blissful bubble-fragility of the awe in "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."
Australian-raised Julian Yeo shows a knack for international material here on a few selections and some Brazilian bossa nova classics ("So Nice" is exactly that). His own accent, somewhat of a stumbling block for clarity and diction when he began, has become much less of an issue but the charm that comes from it remains. His recordings rarely are commanding drama and visceral or roller coaster rides. That's not his scene and not his style. Nor is radical re-inventing. They remain generally laidback and become room-ambient-friendly, easy-to-take and easygoing and easy to keep company with. That's different from background music that blends in and is just subliminally-present entertainment.
Much here captures the ear and brings the shadow of a smile as we revisit even more timeless tunes that have been around ... how long? Well, as one number title has it so accurately, "It's Been a Long, Long Time" (Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, circa world War II). And with singers like Julian around to keep the musical home fires burning, albeit at a low flame, they'll be around for a long, long time to come.
- Rob Lester
08.26.10Julian Yeo's "Homage" debut on CMJ chart at number 17 (CMJ #1166)
Thank you for all the following stations for making "Homage" top 10 on CMJ ISSUE 1166:
88.9 FM Pemberton, NJ
1. JULIAN YEO Homage
89.3 FM Hartford, CT
2. JULIAN YEO Homage
91.5 FM New Orleans, LA
2. JULIAN YEO Homage
91.9 FM Bozeman, MT
2. JULIAN YEO Homage
88.9 FM Fort Collins, CO
5. JULIAN YEO Homage
88.7 FM Alamosa, CO
4. JULIAN YEO Homage
89.5 FM Dayton, OH
2. JULIAN YEO Homage
91.1 FM Cleveland, OH
2. JULIAN YEO Homage
08.16.10Julian Yeo's "homage" is officially added for radioplay on jazzweek on Aug 16.
06.05.10Check out review of "Deep Purple Dreams" in Polish
Głębokie Purpurowe Sny
Julian Yeo od początku swojej muzycznej przygody nawiązuje do bogatej tradycji muzyki jazzowej, traktując ją z ogromnym szacunkiem, ale też odważnie i nowatorsko uwspółcześniając.
04.20.10GLT Jazz Next
Check out this week's GLT Music Director and Jazz Host Jon Norton podcast. Julian is being featured at the start of the podcast.
03.26.10You can now follow Julian on facebook
Julian's fan page is now up and running on facebook. You will be directed to his facebook fan page by launching the link.
03.25.10"Deep Purple Dreams" is nominated for a 2010 MAC Award for Best Recording.
MAC AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED!
Tony winner Lillias White (The Life, Fela!), sisters and Tony nominees Liz Callaway (Baby) and Ann Hampton Callaway (Swing!), and veteran singer Marilyn Maye will vie for the Celebrity Artist Award at the The 24th Annual MAC Awards, which will be held May 4 at 7:30 PM at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.
KT Sullivan, Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys & Dolls), Doreen Montalvo (In the Heights, "One Life to Live") and MAC president Lennie Watts announced the 2010 MAC (The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Awards nominees March 25 at the Lincoln Square Barnes & Noble.
Tony nominee Sharon McNight (Starmites) will host the annual awards ceremony, which will also feature the presentations of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!) and Board of Directors Awards to Peter Leavy (the creator of Cabaret Scenes magazine) and Playbill.com. Board of Directors Awards are given to "people, organizations or publications that have shown extraordinary support to the cabaret community."
The upcoming MAC Awards, which honor the best in cabaret, jazz, and comedy live performances, recordings and songwriting, will be directed by Lennie Watts with musical direction by Tracy Stark. Julie Miller produces.
The nominees for the 24th Annual MAC Awards follow:
Jenna Esposito, "To Connie . . . Love Jenna: Jenna Esposito Sings Connie Francis"
Elli Fordyce, "Songs Spun of Gold"
"Grace Notes: Hope and Humor in Hard Times," Grace Cosgrove and guest artists
Susan Winter, "Love Rolls On . . . Live!"
Julian Yeo, "Deep Purple Dreams"
Mary Foster Conklin
Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano
Baby Jane Dexter
Eric Michael Gillett
NEW YORK DEBUT - FEMALE
NEW YORK DEBUT - MALE
Ann Hampton Callaway
STAND-UP COMIC - MALE
STAND-UP COMIC - FEMALE
"Closing Notice" Series
The Disney Diaries
Metrostar Talent Challenge
Ricky Ritzel Has Hysterical Blondness
VARIETY PRODUCTION/RECURRING SERIES
Concerts at Tudor City Greens
Wednesday Night at the Iguana
The After Party
Algonquin Salon, Oak Room Salon, Salon
HOST - VARIETY SHOW/SERIES OR OPEN MIC
Jenna Esposito, MetroJam
Mark Janas, Algonquin Salon, Oak Room Salon, Salon
Dana Lorge and Richard Skipper, Wednesday Night at the Iguana
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT/HOTEL LOUNGE INSTRUMENTALIST
Eric Michael Gillett
Steven Ray Watkins
Ann Hampton Callaway, "At Last"
Liz Callaway, "Passage of Time"
Daryl Sherman, "Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute"
"All Together, All Alone," Music and lyrics by Drew Fomarola
"Don't Say Another Word," Music by Joshua Salzman, Lyrics by Ryan Cunningham
"Finding Beauty," Music and lyrics by Ann Hampton Callaway
"Say Hello," Music by Matthew Ward, Lyrics by Peter Napolitano
"Things That Haunt Me," Music and lyrics by Brett Kristofferson
"This Time, Music" by Tracy Stark, Lyrics by Michael David Quinn
"Union Square," Music and lyrics by Gaby Alter
SPECIAL MUSICAL MATERIAL
"An Artificial Tree," Music and lyrics by Nicholas Levin
"Identity Theft," Music and lyrics by Ray Jessel
"The Sacrifice Of Love," Music and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen
"Two Again," Music and lyrics by Richard Eisenberg
"Understudy Blues," Music by Brian Cimmet, Lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill is located in Manhattan at 237 West 42nd Street.
Tickets may be ordered online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/101011. Ticket order form also attached.
For more information visit www.MACNYC.com.
03.09.10Homage now available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster and other major online retail stores.
During the past five years, Julian Yeo has made a strong impression on the New York jazz scene. A very likable singer with a love for 1920s and '30 jazz and popular music, Julian pays tribute to the vintage songs and the classic vocalists who he loves not by copying them or trying to recreate their style, but by singing in his own distinctive voice. He brings back the joy and swing of the period in his own way.
Raised in Australia, Julia Yeo remembers hearing Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra's recordings early in his life. He took piano lessons and appeared in a few singing contests but did not perform music much during that part of his life, instead earning a PhD in accounting. He moved to New York City in July 2004 to accept a professorial position at Columbia University in its business school. “After moving to New York, there were a lot of opportunities to sit in at open mics at piano bars," remembers Julian. “A booking manager liked my singing and encouraged me to put together a show. That is how I got started and soon I had a regular group." With his Retro-Jazz Band, he has performed at various New York clubs including the Iridium (getting the chance to sing with Les Paul). He recorded Old, New, Borrowed, Blue (which brings back aspects of Rudy Vallee's style) and Unusual Passage, which is dedicated to Fred Astaire.
Julian Yeo's third recording, Homage, covers a wider area of music as he pays tribute to 15 of his favorite singers, ranging from Billie Holiday to Karen Carpenter, Edith Piaf to Bing Crosby. When asked what qualities of the 15 singers inspired and influenced him, Julian answered thoughtfully. “Billie Holiday's sense of rhythm is impeccable and she is able to evoke such emotions that one has to pay attention to her. Astrud Gilberto has a soft and wonderful voice that perfectly fits bossa novas. Karen Carpenter may seem an odd choice but who doesn't like Karen Carpenter's beautiful voice?. I feel such joy and inspiration listening to Edith Piaf. Anita O'Day always sounds fresh and there is a spunkiness about her that I like, and the same is true of June Christy. Al Bowlly is an international man of mystery, born in South Africa but most widely known in the U.K. Antonio Carlos Jobim wrote so many beautiful melodies that sound carefree but are much deeper. Carmen Miranda is full of joy. Rudy Vallee is an early matinee idol and had the feel of jazz. Marlene Dietrich always had a memorable attitude and it perfectly fits 'Just A Gigolo.' Nat King Cole had such a velvety sound. Bing Crosby's laidback attitude and his whole gentle musical personality were very appealing as he revolutionized the way that the microphone could be used. Judy Garland taught me in her singing how to communicate with audiences, always giving everything her all. Finally, Peggy Lee always had an understated cool about her that I admire."
Julian Yeo makes no attempts to sound like any of these giants although they certainly would have enjoyed his renditions. He sings simply, improvises with subtlety, and always swings while doing justice to the lyrics. Because he looks for beautiful melodic lines and great lyrics, he only performs songs that he believes in, mixing together love songs such as “How Deep Is The Ocean" and “The Shadow Of Your Smile" with tunes that are pure fun (“Tico Tico" and “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon"), exotic (“Mon Manege a Moi"), full of deeper meanings (“Just A Gigolo") and timeless (all 15 tunes).
Joining Julian throughout the program is his regular group which consists of pianist Jesse Gelber, guitarist Nick Russo, bassist Doug Largent, drummer Kevin Dorn and occasionally violinist Alan Grubner (who is featured on “It's Been A Long Long Time"). It is obvious, listening to the music, that the rhythm section and the singer think alike, blend together very well, show an obvious affection and a deep understanding for the vintage songs, and do justice to the material. There are many concise solos along the way from Gelber and Russo that lead from and into Julian's tasteful and quietly expressive vocals.
Julian Yeo thinks of himself as a retro-jazz vocalist with a “new-old" approach. He sounds like he could have comfortably fit into the 1930s pop/jazz scene, singing with equal skill in a swing or a sweet orchestra, inspired by the relaxed and lightly swinging phrasing of Bing Crosby and the other musical giants while sounding like himself. One can easily imagine him touring Europe and the United States, and it seems only a matter of time before his infectious singing gains a much wider audience. Homage is a major step forward in his career.
Jazz Journalist and author of ten books including The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film, Trumpet Kings and Jazz On Record 1917-76
"Deep Purple Dreams" climbs to number 16 on CMJ TOP 40 Jazz (issue 1136) and number 7 on Root and Music Jazz Chart. Thank you for the Adds and Spins. "Deep Purple Dreams" can be heard on the following stations:
The Penthouse Radio
Live365 Internet Radio - Curt's Cafe Noir
AccuJazz Chicago IL
CILU Thunder Bay ON
DMX Austin TX
KAMU College Station TX
KASU State University AR
KBSU Boise ID
KBUT Crested Butte CO
KCBX San Luis Obispo CA
KEDM Monroe LA
KEMC Billings MT
KEUL Girdwood AK
KFAI Minneapolis MN
KGLT Bozeman MT
KGNU Niwot CO
KMST Rolla MO
KMUW Wichita KS
KMXT Kodiak AK
KRFC Ft. Collins CO
KRTU San Antonio TX
KRZA Alamosa CO
KSDS San Diego CA
KSVR Mt. Vernon WA
KTEP El Paso TX
KTSU Houston TX
KTUH Honolulu HI
KUER Salt Lake City UT
KUNI Cedar Falls IA
KUNM Albuquerque NM
KVLU Beaumont TX
KWCR Ogden UT
KXCI Tucson AZ
KXJZ Sacramento CA
WAER Syracuse NY
WBLZ Birmingham AL
WBZCw Pemberton NJ
WCLV Cleveland OH
WCVF Fredonia NY
WDNA Miami FLA
WERU East Orland ME
WFSS Fayetteville NC
WGLT Normal IL
WGTE Toledo OH
WGVU Grand Rapids MI
WHCJ Savannah GA
WHLI Island Park NY
WHPK Chicago IL
WIUM Macomb IL
WJZA Columbus OH
WKPS University Park PA
WLNZ Lansing MI
WMCE Erie PA
WMET Burke MD
WMHB Waterville ME
WMUA Amherst MA
WNMC Traverse City MI
WOI / KSIU Ames IA
WPRB Princeton NJ
WQLN Erie PA
WRPI Troy NY
WRTC Hartford CT
WRUW Cleveland OH
WSHA Raleigh NC
WTCC Springfield MA
WUMR Memphis TN
WUMR Memphis TN
WUWF Pensacola FL
WWSP Stevens Point WI
01.03.10Review of "Deep Purple Dreams" on Radioindy.
“Deep Purple Dreams," the recently released CD by talented Jazz vocalist Julian Yeo, is a nostalgic throwback to the great era of crooners such as Bing Crosby. Yeo’s voice is articulate and delivers a soft and stunning ambiance with spectacular style and grace. His songs are well crafted and the instruments that accompany his voice are crisp and clean. “Close Your Eyes" is a dreamy song with laid back vocals that compliment the charming lyrics. The syncopated rhythms of “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" and “Too Darn Hot" cascades around the alluring vocal with hypnotic energy. “September Song" displays expressive vocals that swirl around the emotive and thought provoking piano. If you’re into Jazz and like the sound of a voice that is smooth and has sentimental style then “Deep Purple Dreams" is an album you will thoroughly enjoy.
-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
12.17.09Review of "Deep Purple Dreams" on The Penthouse Radio
"Julian Yeo loves a retro-jazz sound and his musicians give these standards a new and perhaps somewhat twisted feel. If someone wants to make a "Indiana Jones" - era prequel to the Twilight saga, I think this could serve as a ready-made soundtrack." Bob Perry, The Penthouse Radio
11.05.09Deep Purple Dreams - Tale of a vampire with a thirst for Jazz - to be released in January 2010
Julian's forthcoming album "Deep Purple Dreams" is set to be released in January 2010.
The idea came from a radio interview that Julian did. The interviewer asked him what character would he play in a movie. Somehow, he instinctively answered “a vampire who lived through all these years singing standards in jazz clubs all around the world."
Andrew Willett who wrote the story which accompanies the CD, pretty much summarizes the collection of songs in the forthcoming CD:
"The singer? He owns the club. And vampires know a thing or two about night life...
Yeo took the job singing in the Bitter Melon, Yelena’s club in Shanghai, in February 1930. But it was almost July before he began to suspect. He discounted the pale skin, because the Russians all looked like something out of a ghost story to him anyway. And the way she never left the club or her apartments upstairs between dawn and dusk held no mystery either, because he knew enough about her business affairs to know that her contacts and her clients all shunned the light of day as well. This was Shanghai, after all, and the dangerous pleasures of sex and money and drink and opium and gambling were easily found by moonlight.
By the time Yeo was sure that something was odd about her – there was the way delivery men sometimes went up and never came down, for one thing – he was too in love with her to particularly care. And she loved him in return, and so she gave him the most precious gift she could offer. (Once he was able to walk about the city again, they went to see the premiere of a moving picture: “The Jazz Singer." You could hear the actors talking and singing. They took it as a sign that the world was getting more exciting all the time, and they looked forward to watching it do so in each other’s company.)
For those with romantic notions about such things: immortality doesn’t mean that love lasts forever. Nothing lasts forever. But they were both grownups, and the end of the affair did not lead to grand acts of mutual destruction. Opera wasn’t their style. They preferred jazz, the new force that was washing over Shanghai and the world: rather than letting the blue notes stop the fun, they improvised, and let life go where it would. When the war made Shanghai a dangerous place for anyone, human or otherwise, the Bitter Melon closed its doors and its owners parted company.
Yeo has run nightspots all over the world by now, in desert cities and mountain cities, on small islands and on broad prairies. (Although he goes by Julian these days.) He stays for a few years, learning to speak the language and cook the cuisine and romance the bright and beautiful. And then he moves on. When he crosses paths with Yelena, there are stories and wine and fine meals – vampires can enjoy food and drink just like you do, darling; they just get their nutrients elsewhere – and promises to stay in touch.
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in his club, ask him to sing. When he tells you to close your eyes and relax, do. If he offers to cook you a meal, by all means accept.
But make sure someone knows where you are."