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Santana’s Supernatural Trumpeter, Bill Ortiz, Announces CD Release Party
A Diverse Musical Journey Comes to Yoshi’s Oakland, September 28, 2009

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Bill Ortiz, a legendary name synonymous to San Francisco's music scene, will perform at Yoshi's Oakland, Monday, September 28, 2009.

Bill's sweet full tone, and clear, distinctive and assertive style has made this San Francisco native one of the most in-demand trumpet players on the Bay Area Music Scene, as well as the entire west coast, for the past 25-years.

Bill Ortiz (center) has been a member of Carlos Santana's (left) touring band since 2000, landing the gig after performing on the Santana's 1999 smash single Smooth from the multi-Grammy-winning, 30-million selling smash CD, Supernatural.
Over two and a half decades, Bill Oritz's (left) performing and recording credits include work with such legendary and dynamic artists, as guitar great, John McLaughlin. (right)

September 9, 2009 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Bill Ortiz, a legendary name synonymous to San Francisco’s music scene, who has been receiving nothing but accolades for his debut CD, From Where I Stand since it was released on July 12, 2009 announces his CD release party at Yoshi’s Oakland, on Monday, September 28, 2009.

Bill’s sweet full tone, and clear, distinctive and assertive style has made this San Francisco native one of the most in-demand trumpet players on the Bay Area Music Scene, as well as the entire west coast, for the past 25-years.  From Where I Stand, features 13 original compositions that will appeal to all tastes as the disc is, as Bill states, “a diverse musical journey,” that transcends his unique Neo-Soul and Nu-Jazz styles and Funk influences. 

Charting on as many as 50 radio stations per week, From Where I Stand has been in frequent rotation nationwide since its release.  The most authoritative national music industry magazine, Music Connection, states, “Contemporary jazz trumpet greats have a run for their money now that longtime Santana sideman Ortiz enters the urban jazz scene with this chillin’, artsy yet infectious, easy grooving debut.”

Nate Seltenrich of Oakland’s East Bay Express states, “Despite the Santana connection, there's no Latin to be found among Ortiz's thirteen originals; he dabbles instead in jazz, soul, R&B, and even reggae, mastering each language as he goes.”

Veteran Connecticut-based New Haven Advocate and The Entertainer music critic, Ed Jennings, writes on MusicForOurHeart.com, “Right from the first note of the initial track AyeJaye, you know where you stand with your musical guide, Bill Ortiz. You are swept away on a magic carpet ride of orchestrated funk.”

Bill Ortiz has been a member of Carlos Santana’s touring band since 2000, landing the gig after performing on the Santana's 1999 smash single Smooth from the multi-Grammy-winning, 30-million selling smash CD, Supernatural.  Ortiz also appears on the Grammy-winning single The Game of Love from Santana’s 2002 release, Shaman.  Carlos Santana states, “Bill articulates the beautiful language of jazz without losing the purity and innocence of a child.  It’s a wonderful experience to share music every night with him.”

From the sensual and scintillating jazzy opener, AyeJaye, to the rollicking Reggae infused Judgment Day, to the soulful and searing sexiness of Slip Into This and Ease My Mind, each track is not only a brilliant showcase of Bill’s prodigal trumpet playing, but also a masterwork confirming this San Francisco musician as a compositional genius. 

Music Connection Magazine’s review concludes, “Ortiz crafts a set of dreamy seductions with a blend of old school, retro-soul keyboard vibes, liquid atmospheres, languid guitars, silky backing vocals and a moody lead horn vibe that is a contemporary twist on the Miles Davis Sound.  While R&B is an obvious influence, Ortiz shows deeper artistic promise on the Latin/Jazz/Reggae tinged ‘Judgement Day.’”

Over two and a half decades, Bill Ortiz’s performing and recording credits include work with such diverse and dynamic artists as Destiny's Child, Taj Mahal, Tito Puente, Tony Toni Toné, Wayne Shorter, Michelle Branch, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Don Cherry, Quincy Jones, Beyonce' Knowles, Cachao, John McLaughlin, Todd Rundgren, Arturo Sandoval, and Boz Scaggs, to name just a few.

  • What: The Bill Ortiz From Where I Stand CD Release Party
  • Where: Yoshi’s Oakland, Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607 Phone: 510-238-9200 - www.yoshis.com
  • When: Monday, September 28, 2009, Doors: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $16.00 in advance through www.yoshis.com - $20.00 at the door day of show.

Bill Ortiz will also be performing with Santana at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas September 4 to 15, 2009.  A limited number of tickets have been set-aside for Las Vegas music journalists interested in interviewing Bill Ortiz. 

For those interested in receiving a copy of From Where I Stand, and seeing Bill Ortiz perform with Carlos Santana in Las Vegas or at Yoshi’s Oakland, please contact Christopher Buttner at email: chris@prthatrocks.com or tel: 415-233-7350.

For Radio inquiries please contact Adam Liebovitz at ASL Media at telephone: 949-448-9444 or via e-mail at adam@aslmusicmedia.com or Brian Gerhard at Massive Music America at tel: 303-325-3687 or email: brian@massivemusicamerica.com.  For US distribution enquiries contact Steffen Franz or Ben Lang at Independent Distribution Collective, telephone: 415 292-7007 or via e-mail at sales@independentdistro.com



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