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NEWS ARCHIVE

JEFF SLATE CONTRIBUTES LINER NOTES TO THE BEATLES' SGT. PEPPER REISSUE


The Beatles Celebrate Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with Special Anniversary Edition Releases

Jeff pen's Sgt. Pepper In America for historic reissue

The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition packages on May 26. The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.

A 144-page book includes new introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin, and chapters covering comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, the design of the cover, the album's musical innovations and its historical context by Beatles historian, author and radio producer Kevin Howlett; composer and musicologist Howard Goodall; music producer and writer Joe Boyd; and journalists Ed Vulliamy and Jeff Slate, illustrated with rare photographs, reproductions of handwritten lyrics, Abbey Road Studios documentation, and original Sgt. Pepper print ads.

READ MORE HERE



POST-FEST FOR BEATLES FANS SPECIAL!


OFFICIAL FEST T-SHIRT OR T-SHIRT/CD COMBO CD WITH FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

If you missed Jeff and the guys at The Fest for Beatles Fans last weekend (or were just short on cash!), we've got a deal for you. Get the Official Birds of Paradox John Lennon One To One Concert 45th Anniversary Celebration T-Shirt for only $25. Or you can get the T-Shirt/3 CD (Birds Of Paradox, Imposters & Attractions, Secret Poetry) Combo for only $35. Free shipping! While they last!

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VIDEO PREMIERE
Catch the brand new video for Jeff's "Letter From Paris (Showed Me The Way)" from his Secret Poetry album. The video was directed by Patrick McGuinn and features rock legend Earl Slick on guitar!




THE COMPLETE PACKAGE HOLIDAY SPECIAL!


ORDER JEFF'S NEW ALBUM SECRET POETRY ON CD OR GRAB A CD/T-SHIRT COMBO WITH FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

Give the gift of music for the holidays! Get Jeff's 2016 CD Secret Poetry for $10 or a cool T-Shirt and CD combo pack -- including all three of Jeff's solo CDs -- for only $45, with free shipping anywhere in the world! While supplies last!

Jeff Slate - Secret Poetry Signed! CD

$10 (incl. shipping anywhere in the world)



Jeff Slate - The Complete Package

Signed Secret Poetry CD & T-Shirt + Birds Of Paradox and Imposters & Attractions CDs

SPECIAL!!! $45 (incl. shipping anywhere in the world)


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SECRET POETRY FAN SPECIAL!


ORDER JEFF'S NEW ALBUM SECRET POETRY ON CD OR GRAB A CD/T-SHIRT COMBO WITH FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

If you missed Jeff and the band at Hill Country Live! or The Fest for Beatles Fans recently, or just want to be the first on your block to own Secret Poetry, we've got a deal for you. Get the CD for $10 or a cool T-Shirt and CD combo pack -- including all three of Jeff's solo CDs -- for only $45. Free shipping! Signed by Jeff. While they last!

Jeff Slate - Secret Poetry Signed! CD

$10 (incl. shipping anywhere in the world)



Jeff Slate - The Complete Package

Signed Secret Poetry CD & T-Shirt + Birds Of Paradox and Imposters & Attractions CDs

SPECIAL!!! $45 (incl. shipping anywhere in the world)


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EXAMINER PREMIERES "THE SAME" FROM SECRET POETRY


Jeff's new album is out Friday, April 22nd

Exclusive: New Wings tribute from Fest for Beatles Fans performer Jeff Slate

Jeff Slate, who'll be at this weekend's Fest For Beatles Fans, will release his third solo on April 22, he told Beatles Examiner. Called Secret Poetry, he said the album will feature appearances from several familiar names with Beatles associations. "The core band is me, Earl Slick, Jimmy McElligott, Rick Mullen on bass, Charly Roth on key boards and Steve Holley." Slick played with John Lennon, while Steve Holley drummed with Paul McCartney and Wings. Two songs, "Letter From Paris" and "Streamwork," also feature the Birds Of Paradox lineup that includes with Slick also on "Paris." Gary Van Scyoc and Adam Ippolito of Birds of Paradox were members of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band.

READ MORE AND LISTEN TO "THE SAME" HERE



JEFF SLATE SECRET POETRY COMING SOON...


Jeff's new album is out Friday, April 22nd

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AN ENCORE DAVID BOWIE SHOW


Jeff Slate & Friends: An Encore Celebration of David Bowie's Life and Music

A free encore show celebrating the legend set for Friday, March 25th at Hill Country Live! NYC

Jeff Slate and his all-star band bring their celebration of the life and music the late, great David Bowie back to Hill Country Live! on Friday, March 25th, with two sets of music beginning at 9 PM. There will be a host of special guests, including Mark Plati, who worked with Bowie as a co-producer, songwriter and musician, and Graham Norwood, Joanna Choy and Richard Dev Greene, who wowed the crowd at the February celebration, plus some surprises!

The February show was Standing Room Only, so be sure to make your FREE "club level" reservations at 212-255-4544 early.

Jeff Slate and his band - featuring musicians who have played with some of the greatest rockers of all time - return to Hill Country Live! with an evening of stellar music, including hits and deep cuts from the Thin White Duke, as well as some of the rock and roll legends that Bowie loved, plus new original music from Jeff that was inspired by the late icon.



CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE


Jeff Slate & Friends: A New York City Celebration of David Bowie's Life and Music

Free show celebrating the legend set for Friday, February 26th at Hill Country Live! NYC

Jeff Slate and his all-star band celebrate the life and music the late, great David Bowie at Hill Country Live! on Friday, February 26th, with two sets of music beginning at 9 PM. Some very special guests are expected to join Jeff and the band, so make your FREE "club level" reservations at 212-255-4544 early!

Jeff and his band - featuring musicians who have played with some of the greatest rockers of all time - return to Hill Country Live! with an evening of stellar music, including hits and deep cuts from the Thin White Duke as well as some of America's rock and roll legends, alongside original music from Jeff's career inspired by these legends.



JEFF SLATE ON DAVID BOWIE IN ESQUIRE


David Bowie's Friends and Collaborators React to His Death

How Iggy Pop, Tony Visconti, and others are publicly honoring one of rock n' rolls all-time greats.

David Bowie is dead.

That he died at home in New York City, surrounded by his family, with his much sought-after privacy intact, is some comfort, but the shock of it all seems almost too much to take in.

"David's friendship was the light of my life," his friend, collaborator and fellow musician Iggy Pop said on social media this morning, echoing the sentiment of many. "I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is."

Born David Jones in South London, Bowie began his career during that city's mid-60s swinging era, aping Anthony Newley, then mod, then scoring a hit with the remarkable "Space Oddity", which fell to earth just as a man walked on the moon. READ MORE



FIRST 2016 LIVE SHOWS ANNOUNCED


Jeff and the band return to the stage in January, with more dates to follow!

Performance at Hill Country Live! in NYC to kick off 2016 live shows

Jeff Slate and his all-star band will kick off 2016 at Hill Country Live! in NYC on Saturday, January 9th at 9 PM. Free "club level" reservations from 212-255-4544 are recommended for this very special evening

Jeff Slate & Friends bring their rocking, Wilburys-inspired show to Hill Country Live! on Saturday, January 9th to kick off 2016, with two sets of music beginning at 9 PM. Make your FREE "club level" reservations at 212-255-4544 early as Jeff's recent Hill Country shows have been SRO!

The following weekend, Jeff and the band will appear at Hill Country in Brooklyn, on Friday, January 15th. Showtime is 8 PM.

In April, Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox will appear at the New York Metro Fest For Beatles Fans. Some very special guests are expected to join the band.

Jeff Slate and his all-star band - featuring musicians who have played with some of the greatest roots rockers of all time - return to the stage in 2016 with a show full of stellar music, including hits and deep cuts from Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison, alongside original music from Jeff's career inspired by these Americana legends.

Jeff is currently hard at work on a new album, featuring performances by Earl Slick, Kenney Jones, Laurence Juber, Steve Holley, Carlos Alomar and many, many more!



HOLIDAY SALE & LIVE SHOW


Great holiday shopping package deals available in the www.jeffslate.net store

Performance at Hill Country Live! in NYC to kick off the holiday season

Jeff Slate and his all-star band will kick off the holidays at Hill Country Live! on Saturday, December 5th at 9 PM. Free "club level" reservations from 212-255-4544 are recommended for this very special evening

Jeff Slate & Friends bring their rocking, Wilburys-inspired show to Hill Country Live! on Saturday, December 5th to kick off the holiday celebrations, with two sets of music beginning at 9 PM. Make your FREE "club level" reservations at 212-255-4544 early as Jeff's recent Hill Country shows have been SRO!

Jeff Slate and his all-star band - featuring musicians who have played with some of the greatest roots rockers of all time -return return to Hill Country Live! with an evening of stellar music, including hits and deep cuts from Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison, alongside original music from Jeff's career inspired by these Americana legends.

Some very special guests are expected to join the band.

Jeff is currently hard at work on a new album, featuring performances by Earl Slick, Kenney Jones, Laurence Juber, Steve Holley, Carlos Alomar and many, many more!



LENNONYC75


Jeff Slate and all-star band, special guests to celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday

Performance at Hill Country Live! in NYC expected to be standing room only

Jeff Slate & Friends: John Lennon 75th Birthday Celebration

Jeff Slate and his all-star band will celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday at Hill Country Live! on Friday, October 9th at 9 PM. Free "club level" reservations from 212-255-4544 are recommended for this very special evening, celebrating the life of the former-Beatle.

Jeff Slate and his band -- featuring musicians who have played with some of the greatest roots rockers of all time -- return to Hill Country Live! in New York City with an evening of stellar music, including hits and deep cuts from probably the most famous New Yorker of all, John Lennon.

Some very special guests are expected to join the band.

In 2012 Jeff debuted his solo album Birds of Paradox to sold out crowds around New York City. Since then he has toured, released Imposters & Attractions, a new album of original music inspired Elvis Costello, as well as an all-star version of The Kinks' "Big Sky" on a tribute album to the late Kinks bass player Pete Quaife, and written extensively about some of music's biggest names for Esquire, Rolling Stone and elsewhere. In February 2014 and March 2015 Jeff was a featured performer with his Birds of Paradox band at the Fest For Beatles Fans in New York. In May 2014 he made his Hill Country Live! debut with his Dylan Obscura show, playing a set including songs that Dylan himself has never recorded or even played live, gems he rarely plays in concert and some of his best but least known songs, as well as original music inspired by Dylan, to a packed house. He's returned regularly with stellar, standing room only shows.

Jeff is currently hard at work on a new album, featuring performances by Earl Slick, Kenney Jones, Laurence Juber, Steve Holley, Carlos Alomar and many, many more!



"IMPOSTERS & ATTRACTIONS: MUSIC INSPIRED BY ELVIS COSTELLO" OUT ON CD FOR RECORD STORE DAY!


Jeff's album of 10 originals and 2 Costello classics available on CD for the first time

Available for Record Store Day -- Saturday, April 18, 2015

Jeff Slate's recent album mixing ten Elvis Costello-inspired original compositions with two Costello classics will be available on CD for the first time for Record Store Day 2015. You can purcahse the CD (with FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the world) for only $10 HERE:

The album is already available as a FREE DOWNLOAD to fans who visit www.jeffslate.net, and is available for immediate purchase via iTunes, Amazon and across all other digital platforms.

If you download the album and would like to support Jeff by making a PayPal donation please click the image below


The arresting artwork for Imposters & Attrations once again pairs a painting by artist Rick Hunt of Littleton, New Hampshire with a graphic design dreamed up by Slate and Jared Friedman of Econo Graphics of Brooklyn, New York.

"I grew up in record stores, I worked in record stores as a kid," said Slate. "This is my way of saying thank you to all the people who worked in those stores who indulged me, and continue to do so!"



POST-FEST FOR BEATLES FANS SPECIAL!


T-SHIRT/CD COMBO OR JEFF SLATE "BIRDS OF PARADOX" CD WITH FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

If you missed Jeff and the guys at The Fest for Beatles Fans last weekend (or were just short on cash!), we've got a deal for you. Get a cool Birds of Paradox T-Shirt and CD for only $30. Or you can get just the CD for only $15. Free shipping! Signed by Jeff. While they last!

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'BAD BOY' FROM HILL COUNTRY LIVE! ON FACEBOOK

The Cavern classic done Weekend Wilburys style

Jeff, Jimmy, Rick and Steve rocked another sold out night at Hill Country Live! recently. Here's the proof! Nearly 1,000 views in 2 days and counting.






FIRST 2015 LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED

Jeff and the band will be playing live more than ever in 2015. Here's where to catch them!

Jeff Slate, Jimmy McElligott, Rick Mullen and Steve Holley have become regulars at New York City's Hill Country BBQ. They'll be continuing that tradition with regular shows at the Manhattan restaurant in 2015, beginning on Saturday, February 7th.

Jeff will also be performing acoustic shows, with some very special guests, every other Thursday at the new Hill Country BBQ Market BK in Brooklyn, beginning Thursday, January 15th.

The band will also be performing a special "unplugged" show, with a few all-star guests, at the Ossining Public Library as part of its Words & Music concert series on Sunday, April 26th.

That's seven dates in all, just in the first few months of the year! You can get all of the details in the "LIVE" column to the right of this post.

More exciting dates will be announced soon -- and don't forget that there's a new album on the way -- so keep checking back!






IAN McLAGAN 1945-2014

As a member of the Small Faces and Faces Ian McLagan was a childhood hero of mine.

The first time I met Mac he couldn't be bothered. I was in a band that was making a name for itself and I thought I was a bit of a big deal. I wasn't. And he'd seen it all before. But he was kind and supportive, even if he did put me in my place a bit. Over the years we kept crossing paths until finally I was lucky enough to work with him on the recent Small Faces box set. What a thrill. We were supposed to record some tracks for my next record last summer but our schedules didn't collide. I really regret that. I am honored to say that we became friends and I will miss his playing and our always hilarious phone calls. The world is a smaller, quieter place without him. RIP Mac. -- Jeff Slate

Read more of Jeff's memories of Mac in his remembrance in Rock Cellar Magazine.

Photo courtesy Theresa DiMenno Photography






RECORD STORE DAY

JEFF SLATE -- RECORD STORE DAY -- THE KINKS' "BIG SKY" -- Featuring Earl Slick, Joe McGinty, Cici James and Steve Holley

Jeff's Record Store Day track is his contribution to the forthcoming Legends: Shoulder To Shoulder album. The tribute to the late, great bassist for The Kinks, Pete Quaife, will raise funds for the Pete Quaife Foundation. His version of The Kinks' "Big Sky" features Jeff alongside guitar god Earl Slick, Joe McGinty, Cici James and longtime drummer, the extraordinary Steve Holley. Watch for the release of the 6-CD, 72-track Legends -- also featuring Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher and many others -- soon!






'BEST OF' PLAYLIST ON SOUNDCLOUD

11 SONGS, HANDPICKED BY JEFF... AND YOU!

Jeff has compiled some of his favorite songs, along with the most played and downloaded, for a new, curated Soundcloud playlist.






WEEKEND WILBURYS SPECIAL!

JEFF SLATE SIGNED "BIRDS OF PARADOX" CD + WEEKEND WILBURYS T-SHIRT FOR $25 WITH FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

Signed by Jeff. Get 'em while they last!

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JEFF SLATE & FRIENDS TOM PETTY BIRTHDAY BASH AT BRIAN'S BACKYARD BBQ


JEFF SLATE AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND CELEBRATE PETTY'S 64th BIRTHDAY IN STYLE!

Come on down and celebrate music legend Tom Petty's 64th birthday with Jeff Slate and the Weekend Wilburys, plus some very special guests, on Friday, October 24th.

In celebration of Tom Petty's birthday, Jeff Slate and his all-star band - featuring musicians who have played with some of the greatest roots rockers of all time - make their debut at Brian's Backyard BBQ in Middletown, New York, with an evening of stellar music, including hits and deep cuts by Petty, alongside original music from Jeff's career that was inspired by the American legend.

This is one that is definitely not to be missed!

In 2012 Jeff debuted his solo album Birds of Paradox to sold out crowds around New York City. Since then he has toured, released Imposters & Attractions, a new album of original music inspired Elvis Costello, and written extensively about some of music's biggest names for Esquire, Guitar World and elsewhere. In February Jeff was a featured performer with his Birds of Paradox band at the 40th anniversary Fest For Beatles Fans here in New York City. In May he made his Hill Country Live! debut with his Dylan Obscura show, playing a set full of songs that Dylan himself has never recorded or even played live, gems he rarely plays in concert and some of his best but least known songs, as well as original music inspired by Dylan, to a packed house. He returned in July for another stellar show.

Jeff is currently hard at work on a new album, featuring performances by Earl Slick, Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Steve Holley, Carlos Alomar and many, many more!

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DYLAN OBSCURA SPECIAL!


JEFF SLATE SIGNED "BIRDS OF PARADOX" CD + DYLAN OBSCURA T-SHIRT FOR $20 WITH FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

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JEFF SLATE AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND RETURN FOR A BOB DYLAN BIRTHDAY BASH!

The triumphant return of an evening of Bob Dylan's music like you've never heard before

Deep cuts. Lost gems. Songs from the vaults.

Celebrate Bob Dylan's 73rd birthday at Hill Country Live! on Saturday, May 17th, with Jeff Slate's all-star Dylan Obscura show. (The show is FREE, but you must make a reservation on the Club Level by calling 212.255.4544.)

Whether you're a hardcore fan of Bob Dylan, a classic rock trivia buff or just discovering the greatest songwriter of the past 50 plus years, this show is for you.

In celebration of Dylan's birthday, Jeff Slate and his band the Early Roman Kings will treat you to an evening of stellar rock 'n' roll, including the Dylan composition recorded by George Harrison that Dylan himself has never recorded or even played live, gems he rarely plays in concert and some of his best but least known songs, as well as original music inspired by Dylan.

After sold out shows around New York City, Jeff Slate makes his Hill Country Live debut, with his all-star band featuring musicians who have played with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, David Bowie, Don McLean and even Dylan himself, as well as some very special guests.

In 2012 Slate debuted his solo album Birds of Paradox to sold out crowds around New York City. Since then Slate has toured, released a new album of original music inspired Elvis Costello, and written extensively about some of music's biggest names for Esquire, Guitar World and elsewhere. In February he was a featured performer with his Birds of Paradox band at the 40th anniversary Fest For Beatles Fans here in New York City. He's currently hard at work on a new album, featuring performances by Earl Slick, Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Steve Holley, Carlos Alomar and many, many more!

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JEFF SLATE'S DYLAN OBSCURA AT THE CUTTING ROOM


JEFF SLATE AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND RETURN!

The triumphant return of an evening of Bob Dylan's music like you've never heard before

On Friday, March 21st, the Cutting Room hosts Dylan Obscura, a show for die-hard Bob Dylan enthusiasts, trivia buffs and anyone just discovering Dylan's vast and varied catalog. You'll be treated to the Dylan composition recorded by George Harrison that Dylan himself has never recorded, gems he rarely plays in concert and some of his best but least known songs, as well as original music inspired by Dylan.

Jeff Slate returns to the Cutting Room with the Early Roman Kings, his brand new all-star band, plus some amazing surprise guests. After an act of God -- including arctic conditions, burst pipes and a visit from the FDNY -- forced the cancellation of the debut of Jeff Slate's Dylan Obscura show, this one is surely not to be missed!

In 2012 Slate debuted his solo album Birds of Paradox to sold out crowds around New York City, including shows at the Cutting Room that included a reunion between drummer Steve Holley and his former Wings bandmate Laurence Juber. Since then Slate has toured, released a new album of original music inspired Elvis Costello, and written extensively about some of music's biggest names for Esquire, Guitar World and elsewhere. In February he was a featured performer with his Birds of Paradox band at the 40th anniversary Fest For Beatles Fans here in New York City. He's currently hard at work on a new album, featuring performances by Earl Slick, Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Steve Holley, Carlos Alomar and many, many more!

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POST-FEST FOR BEATLES FANS SPECIAL!


JEFF SLATE "BIRDS OF PARADOX" CD, PERSONALIZED TO YOU FOR $15 WITH FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

Signed by Jeff. Get 'em while they last! (SOLD OUT!!!)



BURST PIPES AT JOE'S PUB FORCES CANCELLATION OF JEFF SLATE'S DYLAN OBSCURA SHOW


JEFF SLATE AND AN ALL-STAR BAND FEATURING EARL SLICK AND STEVE HOLLEY STOPPED MID-SET BY THE FDNY AT JOE'S PUB ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 7th

Slate vows: "We'll be back. Soon!"

The debut show of Dylan Obscura by New York City singer-songwriter Jeff Slate and his all-star band featuring Earl Slick, Steve Holley, Jimmy McElligott and Rick Mullen at Joe's Pub last Tuesday, January 7th, was cancelled in the midst of the third song by the FDNY due to burst pipes in the kitchen of the famed NYC club, according to Slate's Facebook page.

Slate also vowed that the show, featuring a setlist comprised on little-known Dylan songs alongside his own original compositions, would return to Joe's Pub soon. The founder and frontman for beloved indie outfit, The Badge, and the already legendary Birds of Paradox, said that a date for fans sent out into the cold by the FDNY due to the emergency situation, and for fans unable to attend due to the inclement weather conditions, would be announced shortly.



START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT WITH LIVE BOB DYLAN AT JOE'S PUB


JEFF SLATE AND AN ALL STAR BAND FEATURING EARL SLICK AND STEVE HOLLEY BRING DYLAN OBSCURA TO FAMED MANHATTAN NIGHTCLUB JOE'S PUB ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 7th

Dylan biographer Jon Friedman calls Slate's performances "authentic, which is a rare quality -- in any field -- in this digital culture of ours"

Jeff Slate, founder and frontman for beloved indie outfit, The Badge, and the already legendary Birds of Paradox, will play Joe's Pub on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM. The show will celebrate the music of Bob Dylan, featuring a setlist of the legend's least-known but greatest songs.

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Earl Slick, the legendary guitarist who has toured the world with David Bowie and has appeared on many Bowie albums from 1974s David Live! through to 2013s The Next Day, and who played on John Lennon's last recording sessions, will lend his signature licks to Slate's all star band in much the same way the legendary Mick Ronson - whom Slick replaced with Bowie in 1974 - did on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review tour. Slick also appeared on Slate's 2010 single Dreamtime. Steve Holley, who played drums in Wings from 1978-1981, and who appeared on Slate's Birds of Paradox album and is a regular in Slate's live band, will play drums.

Slate's first solo-project LP release Birds of Paradox was released on October 9, 2012, with a sold out album release party at Joe's Pub in New York City. The album has seen strong sales and glowing reviews and has been called "the best Tom Petty album since Wildflowers" in the press. In November Slate released Imposters & Attractions: Music Inspired By Elvis Costello, featuring ten original compositions and two Costello classics, free at www.jeffslate.net and via iTunes, Amazon and other digital retail and streaming services.

Jon Friedman, the author of the recent Bob Dylan biography Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution, recently wrote of Slate:

"If you want to understand what makes Jeff Slate tick, just watch him perform in concert. It's all you really need to know about him as a bandleader, guitarist and singer.

"His love of the life and the work comes across in his music. When I caught Jeff at a late-night gig here in New York City last summer, I was reminded, once again, by the sheer therapeutic power of music to make people feel happy -- that is, when the sound is in the hands of someone who loves what he is doing and wants to make a crowd happy. He wasn't mailing it in. He was playing for keeps. Listen to his music. It comes across on his recordings, too.

"It's called authenticity, which is a rare quality -- in any field -- in this digital culture of ours. When you spot it, you know what it is.

"So many people are content just to get by on flash. So, when you watch Jeff play, you know he means it. You know something? That is reason enough to give him a listen. But it's not the only one, of course. The man's music takes care of the rest."



JEFF SLATE'S "DYLAN OBSCURA" COMING TO JOE'S PUB!


Tickets for Tuesday, January 7th show on sale now

An evening of Bob Dylan like you‚'ôve never heard before

Jeff Slate returns to Joe's Pub with an all-star band, including the legendary Earl Slick, who will bring the signature guitar sounds he's lent to David Bowie and John Lennon's best work, in the same way Mick Ronson did to Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review.

This show is for die-hard Bob Dylan enthusiasts, trivia buffs and anyone just discovering Dylan's vast and varied catalog. You'll be treated to the Dylan composition recorded by George Harrison that Dylan himself has never recorded, gems he rarely plays in concert and some of his best but least known songs, as well as original music inspired by Dylan.

In 2012 Slate debuted his album Birds of Paradox to a sold out Joe's Pub crowd. Since then he has toured, released a new album of original music inspired by Elvis Costello, and written extensively about some of music's biggest names for Esquire, Guitar World and elsewhere. In February he will be a featured performer with his Birds of Paradox band at the 40th anniversary Fest For Beatles Fans here in New York City.

The astonishing Dylan Obscura official artwork once again pairs a painting by artist Rick Hunt of Littleton, New Hampshire with a graphic design dreamed up by Slate and Jared Friedman of Econo Graphics of Brooklyn, New York.



"IMPOSTERS & ATTRACTIONS: MUSIC INSPIRED BY ELVIS COSTELLO" OUT NOW FOR RECORD STORE DAY!


New album of 10 Slate originals and 2 Costello classics available via all digital platforms and free at www.jeffslate.net

Available everywhere for Record Store Day -- Friday, November 29, 2013

Jeff Slate's new album mixing ten original compositions with two Elvis Costello classics is now available free to fans who visit www.jeffslate.net (or the dedicated site www.impostersandattractions.com) and will also be available for purchase on Record Store Day via iTunes, Amazon and across all other digital platforms.

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The arresting artwork once again pairs a painting by artist Rick Hunt of Littleton, New Hampshire with a graphic design dreamed up by Slate and Jared Friedman of Econo Graphics of Brooklyn, New York.

"I grew up in record stores, I worked in record stores as a kid," said Slate. "This is my way of saying thank you to all the people who worked in those stores who indulged me, and continue to do so!"



"IMPOSTERS & ATTRACTIONS: MUSIC INSPIRED BY ELVIS COSTELLO" SET FOR RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE!


New album of 10 Slate originals and 2 Costello classics to be available via all digital platforms and free at www.jeffslate.net

Available everywhere on Record Store Day -- Friday, November 22, 2013

While still hard at work on the follow-up to his wildly successful Birds of Paradox, Jeff Slate has recorded an album mixing ten original compositions with two Elvis Costello classics and will release the results on Record Store Day next month.

The album will be given away free to fans who visit www.jeffslate.net and will also be available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and across all other digital platforms.

The arresting artwork once again pairs a painting by artist Rick Hunt of Littleton, New Hampshire with a graphic design dreamed up by Slate and Jared Friedman of Econo Graphics of Brooklyn, New York.

Record Store Day has become a huge success in recent years, with it being seen as one of the key factors in raising public awareness about the struggle of independent record stores since the digital age hit the record industry.

"I grew up in record stores, I worked in record stores as a kid," said Slate. "This is my way of saying thank you to all the people who worked in those stores who indulged me, and continue to do so!"



JEFF SLATE JOINS JOHN LENNON TRIBUTE AT JOE'S PUB


RETURNS TO JOE'S PUB TO PERFORM AT TWO SHOWS THIS FRIDAY WITH THE LOSER'S LOUNGE

Jeff Slate will return to Joe's Pub, the scene of last year's sold out release party for his solo album Birds of Paradox, to perform at the infamous Loser's Lounge tribute to John Lennon this weekend.

Slate will perform at both the 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM shows celebrating the music of John Lennon at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street in New York City. The shows have long been sold out, but Joe's Pub has just released more tickets. Get them HERE.



JEFF SLATE TO RELEASE FAN CLUB FREEBIE "IMPOSTERS & ATTRACTIONS: MUSIC INSPIRED BY ELVIS COSTELLO"


Free download of ten original compositions and two Costello classics to pay tribute to one of Slate's heroes

While hard at work on the follow-up to his wildly successful Birds of Paradox, Jeff Slate has recorded an album mixing original compositions with two Elvis Costello classics and will give away the results to fans.

"I've been working on writing the follow-up to Birds of Paradox for a few months now and I'm almost done," Slate said. "But making a proper second solo album is going to take a little time and I didn't want everyone to have to wait another six months for new music. I had a few batches of songs that were really just exercises, where I was trying to see if I could write in the style of another writer. One group had an Elvis Costello feel. So we spent a day or two on the drums and guitars, a day on bass, a day on keyboards and a couple of days on vocals and... Voilà! A new album. It was a great way to get the creative juices flowing and I think if you're a fan of Elvis -- or of mine, for that matter -- you'll really enjoy this one."

The six new original compositions -- with titles like "Everybody's Entitled", "Stolen Moments", "Transition Man", "Your Kind Of Girl", "The Other Woman" and "Don't You Ever Get Lonely?" -- will be coupled with the Costello classics "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" and "45", plus alternate versions of Slate originals from both his solo years and tenure with The Badge, including "She Was A Princess", "My Dolly", "Mr. Destiny" and "Unfinished Business".

"The new songs aren't really new, they're songs I'd written over the years but never found a home on any albums because they were a little 'too Elvis' to my ears, but this is the perfect place for them," Slate confessed. "The Elvis tracks are songs I've always loved and have sometimes played live. And the previously released tracks were more homage than anything else. Now they can be heard in new versions and in a new light."

The album features Slate on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Paolo Provenzano and Alex Alexander on drums, Rick Mullen on bass and Joe McGinty on keyboards. The bonus tracks also feature Steve Holley, Laurence Juber, Simon Townshend, Gene Parsons, Adam Ippolito, Gary Van Scyoc and Eric Lichter.

The album will be given away free to fans who visit www.jeffslate.net and will also be available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and across all other digital platforms.

The arresting artwork once again pairs a painting by artist Rick Hunt of Littleton, New Hampshire with a graphic design dreamed up by Slate and Jared Friedman of Econo Graphics of Brooklyn, New York.

Watch this space for more details, coming soon!




JEFF SLATE'S BIRDS OF PARADOX ROCK LONG ISLAND THIS WEEKEND, PLUS NEW MUSIC ON THE WAY


JEFF SLATE'S BIRDS OF PARADOX AT K.J. FARRELL'S BAR & GRILL IN BELLMORE, LONG ISLAND

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16th at 7 PM


Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox - Jeff Slate, Jimmy McElligott, Gary Van Scyoc, Adam Ippolito and Steve Holley - will make its Long Island debut this Saturday, August 16th. Come Together, one of New York's premiere bands paying tribute to the music of The Beatles, will open. Doors are at 7 PM.

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Jeff recently appeared on the radio show Beatles Tonight to talk about upcoming shows and about working with Gary, Adam and Steve. He also recently appeared on Ken Michaels' "Every Little Thing" radio show on WNHU, excerpts of which can be heard on Ken's website.

You can read more about Jeff and the Birds of Paradox band and album in the excellent feature by Rick Koster of The Day.

The Record Store Day single "Lucky Day Sunset" -- remixed by Grammy winner Vance Powel from Jeff's Birds of Paradox album -- is available now on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and all digital outlets.

Jeff has also begun writing and recording music for his follow up to Birds of Paradox and plans to enter the studio with Jimmy, Gary, Adam and Steve, as well as many of his other all star friends, in September. In the meantime Jeff is planning a special fan club release of new and rare tracks.

Watch this space for more details, coming soon!




JEFF SLATE'S BIRDS OF PARADOX ROCK THE CUTTING ROOM!

Birds of Paradox - Jeff Slate, Jimmy McElligott, Gary Van Scyoc, Adam Ippolito and Steve Holley with special guest Laurence Juber at - New York City's Cutting Room on May 29, 2013. The complete show as shot by NY Rocks TV host and producer Phil Fiumano.




CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF PAUL McCARTNEY and WINGS AT THE CUTTING ROOM


JEFF SLATE'S BIRDS OF PARADOX WITH SPECIAL GUEST LAURENCE JUBER

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th at 10 PM


Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox return to the Cutting Room on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10 PM. The show will feature songs from the band's recent album and will also celebrate the music of Paul McCartney and Wings, and the re-release of the classic album Wings Over America and concert film Rockshow.

Steve Holley, who played drums in Wings from 1978-1981, appeared on Slate's recent Birds of Paradox album and will be playing drums with the band. Holley's contemporary in Wings Laurence Juber, who will be playing a solo acoustic show at 8 PM will be joining Slate's band Birds of Paradox at the end of its set.

With a setlist of songs from Birds of Paradox, crowd favorites from Slate's tenure with The Badge, and classics that Van Scyoc and Ippolito performed live with Lennon and that Holley and Juber performed with Wings, as well as hits by Bob Dylan, The Band, The Beatles and other giants of the last 50 years of popular music, this show is bound to bring the house down.

TICKETING INFO AND SHOW DETAILS

Hear Jeff talk about the upcoming show, and about working with Gary, Adam, Steve and Laurence, on DJ Ken Michaels' "Every Little Thing" radio show on WNHU from last month on Ken's website.

You can read more about Jeff and the Birds of Paradox band and album in the excellent feature by Rick Koster in the local Southeastern Connecticut paper The Day.

The Record Store Day single "Lucky Day Sunset" is the single of the week on the Independisc Radio show at Cygnus Radio. The Independisc show will feature the track, remixed for RSD by Vance Powell, Jeff's Birds of Paradox album and his music with The Badge.




CONNECTICUT IN-STORE, BIRDS OF PARADOX RETURN TO RHODE ISLAND THIS WEEKEND


Jeff Slate will be appearing at New London, Connecticut's The Telegraph before joining Birds Of Paradox in Rhode Island this weekend

Jeff Slate will be at New London, Connecticut's The Telegraph, at noon this Friday, signing CDs and playing songs from his latest CD Birds of Paradox as well as his catalog from his years with The Badge.

The Telegraph is located at 19 Golden Street, New London. The phone number is (860) 701-0506.

On Friday evening and Saturday afternoon Jeff will be appearing solo in Westerly, Rhode Island at the Misquamicut Spring Fest at Misquamicut State Beach. The Friday appearance will be at 6:30 PM and the Saturday appearance will take place at noon.

On Saturday evening Jeff will be joined by Birds of Paradox on the Main Stage at Westerly, Rhode Island's Misquamicut Spring Fest at Misquamicut State Beach. The concert takes place at 8 PM.

All the above events are free!

You can read more about Jeff and the Birds of Paradox band and album in the excellent feature by Rick Koster in the local Southeastern Connecticut paper The Day.

The Record Store Day single "Lucky Day Sunset" is the single of the week on the Independisc Radio show at Cygnus Radio. The Independisc show will feature the track, remixed for RSD by Vance Powell, Jeff's Birds of Paradox album and his music with The Badge.




JEFF SLATE SOLO-ACOUSTIC AT BOWERY ELECTRIC'S ENGLISH FOLK REVIVAL


Jeff joins host Ed Rogers and the cream of the crop of New York City singer-songwriters for a (better late than never) May Day celebration and English Folk Revival

Live at Bowery Electric, NYC, Wednesday, May 8th at 8 PM


Jeff Slate will be performing tomorrow night at Ed Rogers's May Day celebration and English Folk Revival at Bowery Electric, NYC (Wednesday, May 8) at 8 PM. It's a great bill, with the best of New York City's singer-songwriters playing some of the finest English folk songs and fantastic orginals. Jeff will be pulling a couple of Ronnie Lane/Faces and Kinks songs out of his hat for the occasion.

Be there!





JEFF SLATE SOLO-ACOUSTIC AT SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND


Jeff joins host Joe Delia, plus Rex Fowler (Aztec Two Step), Gregg Hollister and John Markowski (New Riders) for an evening of great songs

Live at The Turning Point in Piermont, NY this Tuesday, April 22 at 8 PM


Jeff Slate will be performing tomorrow night at Joe Delia's Songwriters In The Round at The Turning Point in Piermont, NY at 8 PM. It's a great bill, with Rex Fowler from Aztec Two Step and John Markowski from the New Riders each playing a couple of their greatest compositions and talking about how they came to be, backed by a hot band. Hope to see you there!





"LUCKY DAY SUNSET" FOR RECORD STORE DAY!


Key Birds of Paradox album track remixed by legendary Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell

Available everywhere on Record Store Day -- Saturday, April 20, 2013


Jeff Slate will release "Lucky Day Sunset" -- the second single from his wildly successful first solo album Birds of Paradox -- on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 20, 2013.

The single was mixed by Grammy-winner Vance Powell, whose remarkable engineering and mixing work for Jack White's Third Man Records has set a very high bar for artists making old school, classic sounding records. "I met Vance after reading about his work in some trade magazines," said Slate. "I loved the sounds he was getting, but more than anything I got a great vibe from the way he talked about the projects he worked on. Honestly, I'm honored he found time to work with me and I hope there's much more for us to do in the future." Record Store Day has become a huge success in recent years, with it being seen as one of the key factos to raising public awareness about the struggle of independent record stores since the digital age hit the record industry. "I grew up in record stores, I worked in record stores as a kid," said Slate. "This is my way of saying thank you to all the people who worked in those stores who indulged me, and continue to do so!"



THE CUTTING ROOM PRESENTS JEFF SLATE'S BIRDS OF PARADOX


Another Rocking Night Hits The Cutting Room, Featuring Jeff Slate's Birds Of Paradox With Special Guest Peppy Castro, March 20th

An Evening Celebrating Jeff's Recently Released Album Featuring Members of Wings, The Byrds, The Who, The Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band and More


Jeff Slate, founder and frontman for beloved indie outfit The Badge has announced that his next New York City show will be at the newly opened Cutting Room on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, with Peppy Castro of the Blues Magoos opening the evening with a special acoustic set.

' first solo-project LP release ‚'" Birds of Paradox ‚'" was released on October 9, 2012, with a sold out album release party at Joe‚'ôs Pub in New York City. The album has seen strong sales and glowing reviews, with Las Vegas DJ Dennis Mitchell calling it ‚'úthe best Tom Petty album since Wildflowers‚'Ě.

Following on the success of Jeff ' 2010 single Dreamtime, which featured longtime David Bowie cohorts Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar and Gail Ann Dorsey, the Birds of Paradox album boasts performances from legends in the NYC scene, spanning decades of legacy. Gary Van Scyoc (bass, vocals) and Adam Ippolito (keyboards, vocals) played with John Lennon‚'ôs Plastic Ono Elephant‚'ôs Memory Band, on Yoko Ono‚'ôs recordings, and have played with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Paul Simon, Keith Moon, Mick Jagger and many more. Steve Holley (drums) was a member of Wings for 3 years and has played with Elton John, Joe Cocker, Chuck Berry, Ian Hunter and many more over his illustrious career. Jimmy ‚'úMack‚'Ě McElligott (guitar, vocals) was a member of 1980s New York New Wavers The Propellers and has performed with countless rock legends, including Rock ‚'ėn‚'ô Roll Hall of Famers Tommy Ramone and Gene Cornish, and Wings' Denny Lane. The title of the LP, Birds of Paradox, was taken from the song written by John Lennon about May Pang, ‚'úSurprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)‚'Ě, owing to the fact that Pang introduced the members of Jeff ' band, leading to their first performance together at her 60th birthday party in 2009.

With a setlist of songs from Birds of Paradox, crowd favorites from ' tenure with The Badge, and classics that Van Scyoc and Ippolito performed live with Lennon, as well as hits by Bob Dylan, The Band, The Beatles and other giants of the last 50 years of popular music, expect the band‚'ôs first visit to The Cutting Room to bring the house down.

Jeff ' Birds of Paradox ‚'" featuring Jeff Slate (vocals, guitar), Jimmy McElligott (guitar, vocals), Gary Van Scyoc (bass, vocals), Adam Ippolito (keyboards, vocals) and Alex Alexander (drums) ‚'" will be joined by special guests, including Peppy Castro of the Blues Magoos, who will also open the evening with a special acoustic set.

The Cutting Room
44 E. 32nd St.
New York, NY 10016




JEFF SLATE ON "RED VELVET MEDIA" AND "BREAKFAST WITH THE BEATLES"

Jeff recently appeared on Holly Stephey's Red Velvet Media radio show. The 90-minute chat covered every facet of Jeff's career, including what to expect in 2013 and Jeff's upcoming appearance at HARRIFEST 2013 this coming weekend in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

The podcast version can be downloaded at iTunes.

Red Velvet Media


Jeff also appeared on the February 4th edition of Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With The Beatles, discussing his upcoming appearance at HARRIFEST 2013, and why parties celebrating the life of the late George Harrison are so much fun.

The podcast version can also be downloaded at iTunes.

Breakfast With The Beatles



JEFF SLATE ON "BREAKFAST WITH THE BEATLES" THIS WEEKEND

Jeff will appear on this week's episode of Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With The Beatles, discussing his upcoming appearance at HARRIFEST 2013 in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and why parties celebrating the life of the late George Harrison are so much fun.



JEFF SLATE IN THE NEWS

The National Beatles Examiner Steve Marinucci recently interviewed Jeff about his upcoming appearance at HARRIFEST 2013.



JEFF SLATE TO APPEAR AT HARRIFEST 2013

70th BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO GEORGE HARRISON, FEBRUARY 16-17th, 2013


Founder of indie band The Badge recently released solo album BIRDS OF PARADOX featuring performances by members of Wings, The Byrds, The Who, the Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band and more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ‚'" Jeff Slate,¬†founder and frontman for beloved indie outfit The Badge has announced he will appear at HARRIFEST 2013, a 70th birthday tribute to the late-George Harrison, set for February 16-17, 2013, at the Seaport Inn and Marina in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in support of that areas Bristol County Visiting Nurses (Hospice) and Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Slate is expected to play a short acoustic set and several electric numbers with some of the other artists that are appearing. Slate will join former Apple Records artist Brute Force (the King of Fuh) and Shaun Weiss, son of the Beatles' lawyer Nat Weiss, along with Octopus's Garden, the Mockers, The Oh Nos, The Cryers, One Sweet Dream, Glass Onion, Rattled (a Traveling Wilburys tribute), Thatcher Harrison, Loose Salute, Sherman and the Waybacks and more. Vendors at HARRIFEST 2013 are set to include custom Beatle art by For You Glue (Kathy Joyce) and Beatle merchandise from the Nevermind Shop, Liverpool Productions and Steve Freedman's Beatle's Collectibles.

HARRIFEST 2013 will mark Slate's third appearance honoring the former Beatle. On August 1, 2009, Slate appeared at For George, a concert tribute and gallery exhibition marking the anniversary of Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh, at St. George's Hall in Liverpool, England. Slate returned to Liverpool on November 29, 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of Harrison's passing, again at St. George's Hall and also at Liverpool's legendary Carven Club. Slate performed an acoustic tribute to Harrison's debut solo album "All Things Must Pass" and brought the house down with electric sets with Oxford's New Rebels and Liverpool's Mersey Beatles.

Slate, who fronted The Badge for nearly 15 years, released his first solo-LP Birds of Paradox on October 9, 2012, and played a sold out show promoting the album at New York City's Joe's Pub on October 10, 2012 following a brief summer tour.

Following on the success of Slate's 2010 single Dreamtime, which featured longtime David Bowie cohorts Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar and Gail Ann Dorsey, the album boasts performances from legends in the NYC scene, spanning decades of legacy. Gary Van Scyoc (bass, vocals) and Adam Ippolito (keyboards, vocals) played with John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, on Yoko Ono's recordings, and have played with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Paul Simon, Keith Moon, Mick Jagger and many more. Steve Holley (drums) was a member of Wings for 3 years and has played with Elton John, Joe Cocker, Chuck Berry, Ian Hunter and many more over the course of his illustrious career. Jimmy "Mack" McElligott (guitar, vocals) was a member of 1980s New York New Wavers The Propellers and has performed with countless rock legends, including Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers Tommy Ramone and The Young Rascals' Gene Cornish, and Denny Laine. The title of the LP, Birds of Paradox, is taken from the song written by John Lennon about May Pang, "Surprise, Surprise; Sweet Birds of Paradox", owing to the fact that Pang introduced the members of Slate's band, leading to their first performance together at her 60th birthday party in 2009.

The album also features Laurence Juber (Wings), Gene Parsons (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), Alex Alexander (David Bowie, Willie Nile), Simon Townshend (The Who, Roger Daltrey) and Susie Collins (ELO, Ace Frehley).

Jeff Slate (vocals, guitar) is a singer/songwriter from New York City.  He co-founded the 1980's mod/punk band the Mindless Thinkers, who were mainstays on the Northeast college circuit.  In the mid-90's he released "The Townshend Tapes", on which The Who's Pete Townshend acted as Executive Producer, and opened for Sheryl Crow on her "Tuesday Night Music Club" tour.  In 1997 he founded the band The Badge, who released four albums and countless singles, EPs and live "bootleg" sets and went on to become darlings of the UK/European "mod" scene in the 2000's.  In 2010 Jeff released the single "Dreamtime", which featured Earl Slick (Lennon, Bowie) and Carlos Alomar (Bowie, Lennon).  "Birds of Paradox" is his first solo album of original material.  Jeff has appeared on television and radio numerous times and his songs have appeared in network television shows and major motion pictures.  Jeff proudly endorses Gibson/Epiphone guitars, Hofner basses and Vox amps.

For more information about HARRIFEST 2013 visit
www.HARRIFEST.com or the Facebook page for the event.



BIRDS OF PARADOX LAUNCH ALBUM AT SOLD OUT JOE'S PUB SHOW

PERFORMANCE INCLUDED TRIBUTE TO JOHN LENNON, FEATURING MEMBERS OF THE PLASTIC ONO ELEPHANT'S MEMORY BAND

October 15th, 2012 (New York, NY)
‚'" Jeff Slate, founder and frontman for beloved indie outfit, The Badge, and his new band Birds of Paradox, launched his new album at a sold out show at New York City's Joe's Pub last week. The album Birds of Paradox is available digitally via iTunes and all major digital services and CD via Amazon and other online and a host of independent record retailers.

   Jeff Slate - Birds of Paradox


Steve Marinucci, the National Beatles Examiner, reported via correspondent Ken Michaels that the show was "superb" and that Michaels was "very impressed with the band, five musicians who jell well and really enjoy the music... Every musician played so well, and front man Jeff Slate was in fine voice for all the songs."

Slate told Shelley Germeaux, the National John Lennon Examiner after the show, "What a night. Birds of Paradox (me, Jimmy McElligott, Gary Van Scyoc and Adam Ippolito) sold out Joe's Pub here, launched our album and celebrated John's 72nd birthday. We played 6 songs from John's One To One concert, which of course included Gary and Adam (of Elephant's Memory). Many people loved our bluesy version of Imagine, but the highlight for me was Cold Turkey! Gary and Adam told some great stories about John and we even celebrated Fred Seaman's 60th birthday. Fred introduced us."

Sales of the Deluxe Edition of Birds of Paradox have been strong on both iTunes and Amazon and the band is set to announce more East Coast shows imminently.

Along with Van Scyoc, Ippolito, McElligott and Alexander, the album also features Steve Holley and Laurence Juber (Wings), Gene Parsons (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), Alex Alexander (Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile), Simon Townshend (The Who, Roger Daltrey) and Susie Collins (ELO, Ace Frehley).



JEFF SLATE POISED FOR DEBUT SOLO RELEASE, BIRDS OF PARADOX, OUT OCTOBER 9th, 2012

INCLUDING PERFORMANCES BY MEMBERS OF WINGS, THE BYRDS, THE WHO, THE PLASTIC ONO ELEPHANT'S MEMORY BAND AND MORE

Album Release Show at Joe's Pub, Wednesday, October 10th


September 19th, 2012 (New York, NY) ‚'" Jeff Slate, founder and frontman for beloved indie outfit, The Badge, has announced that his first solo-project LP release Birds of Paradox will be available on October 9, 2012, with an album release party to follow at Joe's Pub Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

Following on the success of Jeff Slate's 2010 single Dreamtime, which featured longtime David Bowie cohorts Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar and Gail Ann Dorsey, the album boasts performances from legends in the NYC scene, spanning decades of legacy. Gary Van Scyoc (bass, vocals) and Adam Ippolito (keyboards, vocals) played with John Lennon's Plostic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, on Yoko Ono's recordings, and have played with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Paul Simon, Keith Moon, Mick Jagger and many more. Steve Holley (drums) was a member of Wings for 3 years and has played with Elton John, Joe Cocker, Chuck Berry, Ian Hunter and many more over his illustrious career. Jimmy "Mack" McElligott (guitar, vocals) was a member of 1980s New York New Wavers The Propellers and has performed with countless rock legends as well, including Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers Tommy Ramone and Gene Cornish, and Denny Lane. The title of the LP, Birds of Paradox, is taken from the song written by John Lennon about May Pang, "Surprise, Surprise; Sweet Birds of Paradox", owing to the fact that Pang introduced the members of Jeff Slate's band, leading to their first performance together at her 60th birthday party in 2009.

"It began as an act of charity," Jeff Slate says in the liner notes to Birds of Paradox. "I was the musical director for a charity event and Steve Holley, who used to be the drummer in Wings, was one of the guest performers. We hit it off and I asked him to drum on some songs of mine in the studio a few weeks later. When we got in there it was exciting. The songs sounded better than I could have ever dreamed. After 15 years making records and playing live with The Badge a new door had opened and I was excited again about making music."

With a setlist of songs from Birds of Paradox, crowd favorites from Slate's tenure with The Badge, and classics that Van Scyoc and Ippolito performed live with Lennon, as well as hits by Bob Dylan, The Band, The Beatles and other giants of the last 50 years of popular music, upcoming live shows are sure to bring the house down.

"We rehearsed at the old Hit Factory, which is now the New York headquarters of Gibson Guitars, and then started with a few shows out of town in Rhode Island and near Woodstock" said Slate. "It sounds fantastic and the crowd response has been amazing. It's such a thrill to play these songs with these musicians. It's intimidating to think the last time Gary and Adam played 'Come Together' was with John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, but even more than that it's exciting."

Jeff Slate (vocals, guitar) is a singer/songwriter from New York City. He co-founded the 1980's mod/punk band the Mindless Thinkers, who were mainstays on the Northeast college circuit. In the mid-90's he released "The Townshend Tapes", on which The Who's Pete Townshend acted as Executive Producer, and opened for Sheryl Crow on her "Tuesday Night Music Club" tour. In 1997 he founded the band The Badge, who released four albums and countless singles, EPs and live "bootleg" sets and went on to become darlings of the UK/European "mod" scene in the 2000's. In 2010 Jeff released the single "Dreamtime", which featured Earl Slick (Lennon, Bowie) and Carlos Alomar (Bowie, Lennon). "Birds of Paradox" is his first solo album of original material. Jeff has appeared on television and radio numerous times and his songs have appeared in network television shows and major motion pictures. Jeff proudly endorses Gibson/Epiphone guitars, Hofner basses and Vox amps.

Gary Van Scyoc (bass, vocals) and Adam Ippolito (keyboards, vocals) were key members of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band. They appeared on Lennon's 1972 album "Sometime In New York City" as well as at his "One to One" concerts at Madison Square Garden and "Live In New York City" album and video of those shows. In 1973 they appeared with Lennon on Yoko Ono's "Approximately Infinite Universe" double-album. In 2010 they appeared in the documentary film "LENNONNYC." Together and apart they have also appeared on recordings by or in concert with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Jerry Garcia, Neil Sedaka, Keith Moon, Paul Simon and Kool & the Gang.

Steve Holley (drums) was a member of Paul McCartney & Wings from 1978-1981. He played on the mega-hits "Coming Up" and "Goodnight Tonight" as well as the critically acclaimed 1979 UK tour and album "Back To The Egg." Steve had previously worked with Elton John, and since leaving Wings he has provided some of the most solid and creative beats for Joe Cocker, Ian Hunter and a who's who of music, including Julian Lennon, Dar Williams, Chuck Berry, Popa Chubby, Denny Laine, Phoebe Snow, Gary Brooker, Warren Haynes, Tommy Shaw and many others. In 2003 he released his first solo album 'The Reluctant Dog.' Steve proudly endorses Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Rhythm Tech Percussion.

Jimmy "Mack" McElligott (guitar, vocals) has performed and/or recorded with countless music legends, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Gene Cornish (Young Rascals) and Tommy Ramone, Denny Laine (Wings, Moody Blues), Carlos Alomar (Bowie, Lennon), Will Lee (Fab Faux, Letterman), Dennis Diken (Smithereens), Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Arno Hecht (Rolling Stones), Peppy Castro (Blues Magoos), Juma Sultan (Hendrix), Ian Lloyd (Stories/Foreigner), John Ford (The Strawbs), Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan), Marshall Crenshaw and many others. Jimmy was a member of the 1980's New York City band The Propellers and appeared on the television cult classic "Uncle Floyd Show." His songs have aired on major FM stations including WLIR & WNEW-FM in NYC.

The album also features Laurence Juber (Wings), Gene Parsons (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), Alex Alexander (Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile), Simon Townshend (The Who, Roger Daltrey) and Susie Collins (ELO, Ace Frehley).



BIRDS OF PARADOX RETURN TO UPSTATE NEW YORK!

A Birthday Tribute to John Lennon featuring Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox - Saturday, October 6, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ‚'" In honor of what would have been John Lennon's 72nd birthday, singer songwriter Jeff Slate brings his Birds of Paradox to the Bearsville Theater. The band includes Gary Van Scyoc and Adam Ippolito of Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, along with drummer Alex Alexander (Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile) and guitarist Jimmy Mack (Gene Cornish, Denny Laine).

To commemorate this summer's 40th Anniversary of John Lennon's final live concert appearance, at Madison Square Garden (with Gary and Adam), Birds of Paradox will combine music from their new album along with selections from Lennon's Garden show.

Carlo Cantamesa of the Cast of Beatlemania will perform an acoustic set entitled "John Lennon: In My Life" to open the evening.

Local author Martha Frankel will do an original reading in remembrance of Lennon.



BIRDS OF PARADOX ROCK THE COWDOME!

Birds of Paradox - Jeff Slate, Jimmy McElligott, Gary Van Scyoc, Adam Ippolito and Alex Alexander - doing "Lucky Day Sunset" from the new album at the Arkville Cowdome last weekend. Fan shot, but a cool document of a fun gig.




BIRDS OF PARADOX (DIGITAL FAN CLUB ADVANCE VERSION) - OUT NOW!

Early "Fan Club" Digital Edition of Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox Due Monday, August 6th, Appearing at Arkville's Cowdome This Saturday, August 4th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ‚'" Due to intense demand, Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox have announced the release of a digital "fan club" version of its debut album Jeff Slate ‚'" Birds of Paradox across all digital platforms this coming Monday, August 6, 2012.

"Birds of Paradox (Digital Fan Club Advance Version)", a standard 10-track version of Jeff Slate ‚'" Birds of Paradox is available via iTunes, Amazon and all other major digital outlets in advance of its official release via LP, deluxe CD and deluxe digital form this Fall, tentatively scheduled for October 9, 2012.

Birds of Paradox (Digital Fan Club Advance Version) - Jeff Slate

"Birds of Paradox (Digital Fan Club Advance Version)" is also available directly from the band from July 30th - August 3rd, via CDBaby.com.

We released our first single "Baby, Forgive Me" just a few days ago and the response has been tremendous," said bandleader Jeff Slate. "The great thing about digital releases is that they can happen almost instantly, so that's basically what we did."

Birds of Paradox's roster reads like a veritable Who's Who of bands, with its debut album including members of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, Paul McCartney and Wings, The Who, The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, ELO, The Temptations, and Procol Harum.

The band featuring frontman Slate (The Badge, Pete Townshend), guitarist Jimmy McElligott (Gene Cornish, Denny Laine), bassist Gary Van Scyoc (John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, Chuck Berry), keyboardist Adam Ippolito (John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, Kool and the Gang) and drummer Alex Alexander (Prince, Willie Nile), will appear at Arkville's Cowdome this Saturday, August 4th.

Along with tracks from its album, Birds of Paradox will play some of the classic hits from the aforementioned bands with whom the members have performed. "We're really excited to play the Cowdome; it's a great space with fantastic history, and we can't wait to meet our upstate fans after the show," added Slate.

Birds of Paradox will play the Arkville Cowdome, near Woodstock, this coming Saturday, August 4th at 7:30 PM. The Cowdome is located at 43311 State Highway 28 in Arkville (right behind Cha Cha Hut BBQ). Tickets are $20; advance purchases are recommended and can be obtained by calling 845-586-5637 or by emailing caseyjoes@catskill.net.



BABY, FORGIVE ME - OUT NOW!

Debut single by Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox out now across all digital services.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ‚'" Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox have released "Baby, Forgive Me", the debut single from their forthcoming album.

The single is out now on iTunes and Amazon, and will be featured on Spotify later this week.

Baby, Forgive Me - Baby, Forgive Me - Single

"Baby, Forgive Me" is available directly from the band from July 30th - August 3rd, via CDBaby.com.

"I'm excited for people to finally hear what we have been working on for more than a year," Jeff Slate said of the first music from his all-star project Birds of Paradox. "This is just a small taste of what we've been up to. It's an old-fashioned rave-up, complete with horns and big backing vocals. I can't wait to get feedback from everyone who's been waiting patiently to hear from us."

Birds of Paradox's roster reads like a veritable Who's Who of bands, with its debut album including members of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, Paul McCartney and Wings, The Who, The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, ELO, The Temptations, and Procol Harum.

"Baby, Forgive Me" features frontman Slate (The Badge, Pete Townshend), guitarist Jimmy McElligott (Gene Cornish, Denny Laine), bassist Gary Van Scyoc (John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, Chuck Berry), keyboardist Adam Ippolito (John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, Kool and the Gang) and drummer Steve Holley (Paul McCartney and Wings, Ian Hunter), along with Wayne Cobham, John Hahn, Wayne Davis, Dan Cipriano, Paolo Provenzano and Susie Collins.

The band takes its name from a John Lennon song, "Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)", named for his onetime girlfriend May Pang, who introduced the members of the band.

Birds of Paradox will play the Arkville Cowdome, near Woodstock, this coming Saturday, August 4th at 7:30 PM. The Cowdome is located at 43311 State Highway 28 in Arkville (right behind Cha Cha Hut BBQ). Tickets are $20; advance purchases are recommended and can be obtained by calling 845-586-5637 or by emailing caseyjoes@catskill.net.

The Cowdome is on Facebook.



BIRDS OF PARADOX IN WOODSTOCK! (Or at least Arkville.)

One of the Biggest Musical Events of the Summer, Birds of Paradox Bring Its All-Star Line Up to The Cowdome in Arkville (NY)!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ‚'" Jeff ' Birds of Paradox have announced a debut album and a Northeast tour slated for fall, but first, lucky audiences will be treated to a very special summer show on August 4th at the Cowdome in Arkville, NY.

Birds of Paradox‚'ôs roster reads like a veritable Who‚'ôs Who of bands, with its debut album including members of John Lennon‚'ôs Plastic Ono Elephant‚'ôs Memory Band, Paul McCartney and Wings, The Who, The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, ELO, The Temptations, and Procol Harum.

The band features frontman Slate (The Badge, Pete Townshend), guitarist Jimmy McElligott (Gene Cornish, Denny Laine), bassist Gary Van Scyoc (John Lennon‚'ôs Plastic Ono Elephant‚'ôs Memory Band, Chuck Berry), keyboardist Adam Ippolito (John Lennon‚'ôs Plastic Ono Elephant‚'ôs Memory Band, Kool and the Gang) and drummer Alex Alexander (Prince, Willie Nile). The band takes its name from a John Lennon song, ‚'úSurprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)‚'Ě, named for his onetime girlfriend May Pang, who introduced the members of the band.

Along with tracks from its album due this fall, Birds of Paradox will play some of the classic hits from the aforementioned bands with whom the members have performed. ‚'úWe‚'ôre really excited to play the Cowdome; it‚'ôs a great space with fantastic history, and we can‚'ôt wait to meet our upstate fans after the show,‚'Ě added Slate.

Showtime is called for 7:30. The Cowdome is located at 43311 State Highway 28 in Arkville (right behind Cha Cha Hut BBQ). Tickets are $20; advance purchases are recommended and can be obtained by calling 845-586-5637 or by emailing caseyjoes@catskill.net.

The Arkville Cowdome was built in the 1920‚'ôs and served as community center, roller skating rink, dance hall and home to part-time resident Milton Berle‚'ôs ‚'úMonster Ball,‚'Ě an annual fundraiser that featured performers such as Gypsy Rose Lee and Henny Youngman. The Cowdome is on Facebook.

CHECK OUT THE PRESS RELEASE HERE.



BIRDS OF PARADOX DEBUT SHOW

Birds of Paradox rocked Rhode Island this past Monday night (July 23rd). Here's a fan-shot video of the band performing The Beatles' classic Come Together...




BIRDS OF PARADOX IN THE NEWS

For all you fans in New England, The Day in New London, Connecticut had a small feature on Monday's inaugural appearance by Birds of Paradox.



CHECK IT OUT HERE
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NEW SONG PREMIERED

DJ and host of The Beatles-themed radio show "Every Little Thing" Ken Michaels recently debuted "Baby, Forgive Me" from Birds of Paradox.

You can hear "Baby, Forgive Me" as well as Jeff Slate and Gary Van Scyoc talking about the origins of Birds of Paradox on Ken's webpage.



TRIBUTE TO LEVON HELM

A message from Jeff Slate:

As I wrote on
Facebook and in my Examiner column, Levon Helm and The Band have been very significant inspirations to me for as long as I can remember. In tribute to Levon I've decided to rush-release a new song from Birds of Paradox called "San Francisco Days". You may or may not hear echoes of The Band in this track, but their music was in my mind when I wrote it and as we worked on it in the studio. I hope you like it. JS.

Hear "San Francisco Days" on Jeff Slate's Official YouTube page.



OFFICIAL EPK

FIRST SOLO ALBUM FROM THE FOUNDER OF INDIE DARLINGS THE BADGE DUE THIS SUMMER

Album features an all-star cast, including members of Wings, The Byrds, The Who, the Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band and more

"It began with an act of charity," Jeff Slate says in the liner notes to his new album "Birds of Paradox", due this Summer. "I was the musical director at a benefit and Steve Holley was one of the guest performers. We hit it off and I asked him to drum on some songs of mine in the studio a few weeks later. When we got in there it was exciting. The songs sounded better than I could have ever dreamed. After 15 years making records and playing live with The Badge a new door had opened and I was excited again about making music."

Those initial sessions led to an album's worth of songs with an all-star cast of players, including Holley and former Wings bandmate Laurence Juber, Gary Van Scyoc and Adam Ippolito (John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band), Jimmy "Mack" McElligott (Gene Cornish, Denny Laine), Gene Parsons (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Bros.), Simon Townshend (The Who, Roger Daltrey), Josh Phillips (Procol Harum), Susie Collins (ELO, Ace Frehley), Wayne Cobham (Stevie Wonder, The Temptations), Paolo Provenzano (Fonokit, Sir Frankie Crisp), Eric Lichter and Alex Alexander (Prince, Dido).

In support of the release of "Birds of Paradox" -- which derives its name from the fact that May Pang, whom John Lennon wrote the song "Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)" about, introduced the core studio band of Slate, McElligott, Van Scyoc, Ippolito and Holley -- Slate will be playing a release party in New York City in the Fall, as well as dates around the Northeast throughout 2012-2013.

With a setlist of songs from "Birds of Paradox", crowd favorites from Slate's tenure with The Badge, and classics that Van Scyoc, Ippolito and Holley performed live with Lennon and McCartney, as well as hits by Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison and other giants of the last 50 years of popular music, upcoming live shows are sure to bring the house down.

"We've been rehearsing at the old Hit Factory, which is now the New York headquarters of Gibson Guitars," said Slate. "It sounds fantastic. And it's such a thrill to play these songs with these musicians. It's intimidating to think the last time Gary and Adam played 'Come Together' was with John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, but even more than that it's exciting."

See the Birds of Paradox Official EPK on YouTube page.

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