New Jazz CD: Recording Artist Marc Hoffman Releases “Curioso

July 13, 2010 (CHARLOTTE, NC) – Virillion Music recording artist Marc Hoffman has announced the release of Curioso, an all-original jazz CD that features Hoffman on keyboard and vocals, Tim Gordon (Mr. Groove) on sax, Grammy nominee John Sharp on guitar, Terry Peoples and Nathan Scott on bass, and Gray Fallin (The Brubakers), Mike Lanier and Ryan Scott on drums and percussion.

Curioso follows the release of a single track from the CD several weeks ago entitled “Hefti,” Hoffman’s tribute to his former composition professor, the late Neal Hefti.

” ‘Hefti’ makes you smile with its delicate riffs and uplifting swing,” said DJ Jelly Roll Justice of WWOZ-FM in New Orleans.

” ‘Hefti’ is one of those great tunes that is instantly recognizable within two to four notes [of the opening lick] — no easy achievement, and very satisfying, “ said Preston Ryback, composer, arranger, orchestrator, and owner of Shore Club Studios in Vancouver, BC.

Marc Hoffman © Jon Taylor

The Curioso project began as a compilation of various jazz tunes Hoffman had written over two years, representing as many styles of jazz as there are tracks on the CD. He initially entitled the quickly mastered collection “Jazz” and intended to use it to pitch tunes to TV and film projects.

“After circulating what I thought was the finished product for a few months, I was delighted by the response,” Hoffman said. “So, two years after the initial project was completed, I decided to remix and re-master all tracks for wide release and at the same time rename the CD Curioso after my favorite piece in the collection.”

Producer and engineer Jerod Jacobs of Charlotte, NC, co-mixed and co-mastered the CD with Hoffman.

Curioso combines tunes that are inspired by other musicians’ work with tracks that were inspired by events in the artist’s life. Besides, “Hefti,” which channels the light, lyrical work of Neal Hefti, there’s “Pontified,” Hoffman’s take on the late ‘70s music of Jean-Luc Ponty; “Introspective,” smooth jazz reminiscent of David Benoit; and the Vince Guaraldi influence apparent on Curioso.

For “Q,” Hoffman wanted to capture what he observed as the “calm strength” of a former piano student of his who was battling a brain tumor during the three years he worked with her. A friend who died suddenly inspired “Bender.”

“I imagined a desolate night in NYC as a reflection of my sadness over his passing.” Hoffman said.

Other tracks are more lighthearted, such as “Thumbs,” which evolved from a spontaneous rhythm Hoffman started playing on his desk one day, “literally with my thumbs.” “Dog Days,” which features “a soulful sax solo by Tim Gordon,” represents a winding down during the Dog Days of summer. And “G Min” is a modern jazz swing piece that offers up a John Sharp guitar solo.

Hoffman is as well-known for his vocal performances as his instrumentals, but “Curioso” contains only one vocal piece, “Aila Leya.” He explains:

“I was looking for syllables that fit the melody and sang the first thing that came to mind. I then went to a word meaning reference and found that both of these actually mean something! This one is reminiscent of the jazz-rock of the late ‘70s to early ‘80s.”

When Hoffman circulated the initial release of the collection, Gary Dalkin, editor of Film Music on the Web, wrote in a review:  “Hoffman brings a light, fluid grace to his eloquent improvisations, the tone largely optimistic though shot through with an enquiring spirit which adds an intriguing melodic quirk to the disc.”

Tracks from the new CD can be heard on Marc Hoffman’s website www.marchoffman.com and at:

— Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Curioso/dp/B003V2RK34/ref=sr_shvl_album_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1278950891&sr=301-2

— CDbaby.com:

Search “marc hoffman”

— iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/curioso/id381207594?i=381207648&ign-mpt=uo%3D4.

For more information on Marc Hoffman, visit www.marchoffman.com.

For more information on Virillion Music, go to www.marchoffman.com/virillion.htm.

About Marc Hoffman:

Composer/pianist/vocalist Marc Hoffman received his degree in composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts and studied film composition at the University of Southern California. He also attended The Dartington International Summer School of Music in Devon, England. His composition teachers have included David Ott, Leo Arnaud, Neal Hefti, and Sherwood Shaffer. A member of BMI and the American Composer’s Forum, he is also founder and artistic director of the Salisbury School of Music. He lives in Salisbury with is wife, Anne, and their daughter August. For more information on Marc Hoffman and his work, visit www.marchoffman.com. He can also be found on Facebook under Marc Hoffman Music, on MySpace, and on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com).

Salisbury School of Music Announces “Summer Band Jam

Summer session teaches young musicians how to be part of a band. 


May 24, 2010 (SALISBURY, NC) – The Salisbury School of Music has announced its “Summer Band Jam,” an eight-week session designed to help young musicians learn how to start a band, become part of a band, and increase their own musical skills.

Instructed by the school’s artistic director Marc Hoffman (keyboards, vocals) with Patrick Reaves (guitar and bass), Summer Band Jam will be held from June 15 to August 13 with sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays. Student musicians eligible to attend are rising 9th-12th grade drummers, bass players, guitarists, keyboardists and vocalists.

“Summer Band Jam is an excellent opportunity for young musicians not only to increase their skills but also to learn how to start a band or become part of a band,” said Hoffman, a recording artist who frequently performs with his own trio and quartet in and around the Charlotte area. “We’ll work on vocal harmony, stage presence, arranging, volume, tuning, songwriting, cover tunes, and many other topics.”

Marc Hoffman, artistic director, Salisbury School of Music

Participating students will also get the chance to perform live during “Night On The Town” in downtown Salisbury on July 23 and at other performance venues to be scheduled.

The summer program covers a wide variety of music styles, Hoffman noted, and includes field trips as well as a summer pool party.

Summer Band Jam will be held in the Salisbury School of Music located on the second floor of the historic Meroney Theater at 213 South Main Street.

Tuesday sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday sessions will take place from 2-4 p.m. Space is limited so early registration is advised.

The cost for Summer Band Jam is $75 per month for current students at the Salisbury School of Music or $85 non-students.

For more information, call Marc Hoffman at 704-633-8188 or email: marc@marchofflman.com.

For more information on the Salisbury School of Music, visit www.salisburyschoolofmusic.com.

About the Salisbury School of Music:

The Salisbury School of Music offers private and group instruction in vocal and instrumental music for all ages, and classes in a variety of music topics. All classes emphasize music theory along with technique in order to develop the “whole” musician. Our instructors are professional musicians and experienced teachers, most with advanced degrees in music. We also encourage student teachers and usually place them with beginning students. For more information: www.salisburyschoolofmusic.com. The School is also available on Facebook.

Marc Hoffman Channels Neal Hefti for Tribute Single

Marc Hoffman © Jon Taylor

“Hefti” precedes release of new CD

April 14, 2010 (CHARLOTTE, NC) — Ahead of the release of his remixed and remastered CD Curioso, North Carolina jazz composer/performer Marc Hoffman has released a single entitled “Hefti” that’s dedicated to Neal Hefti, the popular composer and arranger most people remember for the “Odd Couple,” “Batman,” and “Barefoot in the Park” theme songs.

Hoffman studied film composition under Neal Hefti at the University of Southern California. And like much of Hefti’s more popular tunes, Hoffman’s “Hefti” is light and effervescent, with a catchy piano motif that listeners will find themselves whistling hours later.

“Neal was one of the best composers/arrangers of the 20th century and one of the nicest guys in the world,” said Hoffman, who originally recorded the single in 2008. “He oversaw a six-week session at USC, and during that time I became more familiar with his music. In later years I began including his tunes in my own performances, and in 2006 I wrote ‘Hefti’ as a tribute. I sent him a copy of the CD before it was even mastered, and I’m so glad I did. He called to thank me a few weeks later. That meant more to me than I can express.” (Neal Hefti died in October 2008).

The single (3:49) features Marc Hoffman on piano, Tim Gordon on sax, Terry Peoples on bass, and Mike Lanier on drums. It can be heard on Hoffman’s website, www.marchoffman.com and at http://www.marchoffman.com/hefti.mp3. A video of a performance of “Hefti” is available on YouTube.

A prolific composer and performer (solo, trio, quartet and orchestra), Marc Hoffman’s previous CDs include “Long Way Home,” a collection of original piano solos; “Christmas Time,” a jazz-flavored CD with new tunes and new arrangements of traditional favorites; and “Dream of God,” a collection of original and traditional songs. Upcoming performances include an April 22 solo appearance at Founder’s Hall in downtown Charlotte, NC, as part of the Acoustic Concert Series, and an April 23 performance of the Marc Hoffman Trio at The Blue Vine in Salisbury, NC. For details, go to www.marchoffman.com/calendar.htm.

About Marc Hoffman:

Composer/pianist/vocalist Marc Hoffman received his degree in composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts and studied film composition at the University of Southern California. He also attended The Dartington International Summer School of Music in Devon, England. His composition teachers have included David Ott, Leo Arnaud, Neal Hefti, and Sherwood Shafffer. A member of BMI and the American Composer’s Forum, he is also founder and artistic director of the Salisbury School of Music. He lives in Salisbury with is wife, Anne, and their daughter August. For more information on Marc Hoffman and his work, visit http://www.marchoffman.com. He is also available on Facebook under Marc Hoffman Music, on MySpace, and on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com).