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Artist: James Spencer
Genre: Solo Instrumental
Purchase link(s): http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jamesspencer14

BLUE is the exciting first volume in an innovative album series entitled THE COCKTAIL PIANO HOUR, that will celebrate the very best in the cocktail piano genre. The 25 volume series will present your favorite blues, jazz, pop, lounge, Latin, swing, stride, and ragtime standards from the 1910s-1990 with each volume focusing on a specific era and style. BLUE is a late night bluesy cool jazz piano album effortlessly interweaving sensual, romantic, sophisticated and elegant favorites of such composers as Jay Livingston, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Bobby Troup, Hoagy Carmichael, Vernon Duke, Count Basie, Harold Arlen and more mingled with original material composed by James Spencer.

BLUE will transport you back to the West Coast night clubs and piano lounges of the 1930s-1950s, a perfect background track for a night of romance, cocktails, and relaxation. BLUE is a follow up to the internationally successful BLUE GARDENIA (2013) and NIGHTFALL (2014) as heard on such radio broadcasts as THE COCKTAIL NATION (Sydney, Australia), The Drive In Lounge (LA, CA), The Cool Jazz Connection (LA, CA), and The Martini Hour (NYC, NY). James Spencer is a jazz pianist and recording artist recently honored in 2014 for "Best Jazz Lounge Album of 2014 (Cocktail Nation), and "Best New Artist (jazz piano)" as honored by (Martini Hour). 

James Spencer currently residing in Long Beach, California is an internationally recognized music coach and artist developer. He currently coaching students of all ages in: piano, digital keyboards, voice, acting, strings, theory, music composition, music therapy and music research. As a developer he enjoys focusing his love of teaching into developing new talent and aiding high school age students in preparing for careers in the arts. Several of his alumni and current students are on Broadway, tv or recording artists themselves. 

As a classical pianist and recording artists: PIANO CLASSICS FOR REFLECTION (2014) and VALSE ROMANTIQUE (2014) as well as NIGHTFALL (2014) are currently available from CDBABY, ITUNES, and AMAZON. Valse Romantique was honored by Phoenix Classical dist. as "an exceptional new classical album" while Piano Classics employes a new technology IST (infratonic sound therapy) to promote relaxation, emotional balancing and healing and is currently being used by holistic health practitioners, yoga instructors, and massage therapists as an aid to their practices. 

James Spencer is also a musicologist author of the bio; LES BAXTER, LADY LIBERTY: THE DEFINITIVE JULIE LONDON HANDBOOK, and AN HISTORICAL STUDY OF KURT WEILL'S DER SILBERSEE both available from Amazon.com and he is currently working on a bio that will celebrate the musical contributions of Jackie Gleason. 

For information on James Spencer's current music coaching availability, artist development auditions or to explore James' current album, book and video course availability, tour/performance schedule and upcoming events please visit: jamesrspencer.com 

Also look for upcoming albums in THE COCKTAIL PIANO HOUR series due out in 2015-2016.

James Spencer is a Steinway and Yamaha artist