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  • richardmitnick 2:43 PM on June 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blue Note, , Joe Henderson's "Page One"   

    From Jazz at Lincoln Center and Blue Note: “Joe Henderson’s appropriately-titled “Page One” marked the beginning of a legendary recording career” 

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    Joe Henderson’s appropriately-titled Page One marked the beginning of a legendary recording career.

    Page One was first released 55 years ago today.

    See the full article here.


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    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, owned by Universal Music Group and currently operated in conjunction with Decca Records. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derives its name from the characteristic “blue notes” of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. While the original company did not itself record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.

    JALC Mission Statement

    In the Spirit of Swing.

    The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. We believe jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Because jazz is swinging, it dedicates that freedom to finding and maintaining common ground with others. Because jazz is rooted in the blues, it inspires us to face adversity with persistent optimism.

    History

    From our first downbeat as a summer concert series at Lincoln Center in 1987, to the fully orchestrated achievement of opening the world’s first venue designed specifically for jazz in 2004, we have celebrated this music and these landmarks with an ever-growing audience of jazz fans from around the world.

    Representing the totality of jazz music, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission is carried out through four elements—educational, curatorial, archival, and ceremonial—capturing, in unparalleled scope, the full spectrum of the jazz experience.

    In the mid-1980s, Lincoln Center, Inc. was looking to expand its programming efforts to attract new and younger audiences, and to fill its halls during the summer months when resident companies were performing elsewhere. Long-time jazz enthusiasts on the Lincoln Center campus and on the Lincoln Center Board recognized the need for America’s music to be represented, and lobbied to include jazz in the organization’s offerings. After four summers of successful Classical Jazz concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) became an official department of Lincoln Center in 1991. During its first year, JALC produced concerts throughout New York City, including Brooklyn and Harlem. By the second year, JALC had its own radio series on National Public Radio, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (now known as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) began touring, and recording and selling CDs. By its fourth year, the program reached international audiences with performances in Hong Kong and, the following year, in France, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Norway, Spain, England, Germany and Finland. In July 1996, JALC was inducted as the first new constituent of Lincoln Center since The School of American Ballet joined in 1987, laying the groundwork for the building of a performance facility designed specifically for the sound, function and feeling of jazz.

    “The whole space is dedicated to the feeling of swing, which is a feeling of extreme coordination,” explained Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis of his vision for the new home of jazz, or the “House of Swing.” “Everything is integrated: the relationship between one space and another, the relationship between the audience and the musicians, is one fluid motion, because that’s how our music is.” Under Marsalis’s direction, JALC sought out world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly and a team of acoustic engineers to create Frederick P. Rose Hall, the world’s first performance, education and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, in New York City. As the centerpiece of a $131 million capital campaign drive, the 100,000-square-foot facility opened in fall 2004 and features three concert and performance spaces (Rose Theater, The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola) engineered for the warmth and clarity of the sound of jazz.

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  • richardmitnick 7:53 PM on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Blue Note: “Detroit saxophonist Dave McMurray” 

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    Photo Credit: Paul Moore

    Detroit saxophonist Dave McMurray has played with a vast array of musicians including B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Hallyday, Gladys Knight, Albert King, Nancy Wilson, KEM, Bootsy Collins, Herbie Hancock, & Geri Allen. Now McMurray makes his Blue Note debut with “Music Is Life” out now: https://DaveMcMurray.lnk.to/MusicIsLife

    Dave McMurray’s Blue Note Records debut, Music Is Life, is a reunion of sorts, given the long history the saxophonist shares with the label’s president, and fellow Detroit native, Don Was. McMurray was a member of Was’ genre-defying unit Was (Not Was), first working together on the band’s self-titled 1981 debut. He’s played on all of the band’s albums and many other Was produced projects in the years since.

    When Was signed McMurray to Blue Note, the saxophonist says that he gave him no imperatives as to which artistic paths to take. “It was one of those situations in which he just said, ‘Do it,’” McMurray explains.

    McMurray proceeded by gathering a batch of strong originals and well-chosen rock and R&B staples then recruited musicians – bassist Ibrahim Jones and drummers Ron Otis and Jeff Canady – with whom he’s forged longstanding rapports. With minimum keyboard and string accompaniments on a few tunes, the music boasts an open, rugged sensibility that optimizes the leader’s burly tone and swaggering lyricism.

    McMurray has cemented his reputation for versatility by playing with a vast array of musicians that include B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Hallyday, Gladys Knight, Albert King, Nancy Wilson, KEM, Bootsy Collins, Herbie Hancock, Geri Allen, and Bob James. McMurray sounds as assured and inspired in a rock, R&B, funk, pop or folk setting as he does playing hard bop.

    McMurray consolidates all of those aforementioned idioms on Music Is Life, creating a cohesive program of groove-based modern jazz that bristles with unalloyed soul. “I wanted it to have the spirit of a funk record,” he says, before rejoicing in the freedom afforded by having minimum chordal support. “I can just hold the melody down or go anywhere else in these songs.” Case in point, the joyous title track “Music Is Life (Live It),” which serves as his personal mantra.

    McMurray attributes his saxophone sound and improvisational approach to growing up in Detroit. “Every time I hear an instrumentalist from Detroit play, it feels like they are singing. I don’t care if it’s Yusef Lateef, James Carter or Kenny Garrett. All of those saxophonists incorporated incredible technique too. But they had this singing quality in their playing. I think people hear that and connect with that aspect of it,” McMurray says.

    “Dave absorbed a wide range of musical styles, which I think is something that’s consistent with Detroit musicians,” Was says. “You can trace it back to the boom of the auto industry after World War II. Workers not only from all over the country but from all over the world came to work in the auto plants. And they brought their cultures with them. There were so many different styles of music that you could hear; Detroit has such an eclectic blend of influences that I think what you find in music that comes out of Detroit is this genre-busting type music.”

    For sure, McMurray stands on Detroit’s mighty music legacy that includes the influential Motown sound, P-Funk, numerous rock acts such as Stooges and the MC5, electronica-music pioneers Carl Craig, Moodymann and Theo Parrish; and hip-hop icons – J Dilla, Eminem and Slum Village. And let’s not forget the legion of jazz artists from Detroit that include Elvin Jones, Betty Carter, Milt Jackson, Regina Carter and Geri Allen.

    McMurray’s journey into music began when he started playing clarinet as kid, and inspired by his older brother’s interest in the saxophone he decided he wanted to learn that instrument, too. He counts seeing Cannonball Adderley perform on The Steve Allen Show as a defining moment in his childhood. While in high school, McMurray attended Cranbook Academy of Arts’ noted summer program, Horizons Upward Bound. He eventually got a scholarship to attend the private school. McMurray furthered his education by attending Wayne State University, where he earned degrees in psychology and urban studies.

    While making his way on Detroit’s bustling music scene, McMurray played with the avant-garde jazz ensemble, Griot Galaxy, founded in 1972 by saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey. But McMurray’s catholic taste in music opened the doors for him to explore beyond the realms of jazz. “Any music that I heard – and continue to hear – I can see myself playing it,” McMurray asserts. “It could be rock, jazz, R&B, whatever.” And that’s a good explanation for his multifaceted career.

    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, owned by Universal Music Group and currently operated in conjunction with Decca Records. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derives its name from the characteristic “blue notes” of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. While the original company did not itself record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.

    See the full article here .

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

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    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

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    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 3:28 PM on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Blue Note: “Elvin Jones” 

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    After recording on dozens of Blue Note albums as a sideman, powerhouse drummer Elvin Jones made 10 great albums for the label as a leader between 1968-1973. Explore his best Blue Note moments with our playlist “Elvin Jones: The Finest” on Apple Music & Spotify: https://bluenote.lnk.to/ElvinJonesFinest

    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, owned by Universal Music Group and currently operated in conjunction with Decca Records. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derives its name from the characteristic “blue notes” of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. While the original company did not itself record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.

    See the full article here .

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

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    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 1:44 PM on May 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blue Note, , Monthly Newsletter,   

    From Blue Note: May Newsletter 

    From Blue Note

    R+R=NOW PREVIEWS DEBUT ALBUM WITH NEW SINGLE

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    Dream team band R+R=NOW featuring Robert Glasper on keyboards, Terrace Martin on synth/vocoder, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Taylor McFerrin on synth/beatbox, and Justin Tyson on drums will release their debut album Collagically Speaking on June 15. The album is available for pre-order today on vinyl, CD or download, along with the new single Colors In The Dark which can be streamed or downloaded now. The band will play U.S. album release shows in Atlanta, Washington, and Brooklyn before launching an extensive European summer tour.

    CHARLES LLOYD & THE MARVELS + LUCINDA WILLIAMS
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    On June 29, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams will release Vanished Gardens , a new album that presents the fascinating collaboration between NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Charles Lloyd and acclaimed singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams . Together they weave several threads of American music (Jazz, Blues, Americana, Country & Rock) into an uplifting new musical hybrid. The new gospel-infused song We’ve Come Too Far To Turn Around is available now to stream or download. The Marvels are Bill Frisell on guitar, Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums.

    MARCUS MILLER EVOLVES HIS SOUND ON LAID BLACK
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    Marcus Miller brings the influence of modern urban music to his trademark sound on his new album Laid Black out June 1. Miller says: “Afrodeezia was like a musical voyage through my history. I followed the journey of my ancestors by collaborating with musicians along the African Slave route – musicians from West Africa, North Africa, South America and the Caribbean. With Laid Black, I decided to bring the music right up to the present using elements from what’s happening in urban music today. So you’ll hear hip-hop, trap, soul, funk, R&B and jazz on this album. The music is calm but also powerful and funky, drawing on the black musical experience. Laid Black.” Hear the track “Untamed” now.

    Many many more. Please visit http://www.bluenote.com/ and sign up for the monthly Newsletter.

    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, owned by Universal Music Group and currently operated in conjunction with Decca Records. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derives its name from the characteristic “blue notes” of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. While the original company did not itself record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.

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    https://www.wnyc.org/
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    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 10:58 PM on May 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bill Charlap Trio, Blue Note, , Kenny Barron Quintet, R+R=NOW   

    From Blue Note: “Presenting R+R=NOW, The Kenny Barron Quintet, Bill Charlap Trio” 

    From Blue Note

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    Presenting R+R=NOW, a new all-star collective featuring Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson!

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    Kenny Barron released his Blue Note debut Concentric Circles Friday, May 4, and the esteemed pianist will be celebrating with his Quintet tonight thru Sunday at the Jazz Standard in NYC!
    Hear the NEA Jazz Master pianist make his Blue Note debut with an incredible quintet featuring trumpeter Mike Rodriquez, saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa & drummer Johnathan Blake!

    “Mr. Barron’s talents on the piano as an accompanist, a composer-arranger and a svelte, gear-jumping soloist are fully apparent on his new album, ‘Concentric Circles.’”-New York Times

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    The Kenny Barron Quintet

    Kenny Barron, piano
    Mike Rodriquez, trumpet
    Dayna Stephens, saxophone
    Kiyoshi Kitagawa, bass
    Johnathan Blake, drums

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    Happy May Day! Celebrate springtime with a new edition of The Blue Note Monthly featuring Bill Charlap Trio’s sprightly take on Hoagy Carmichael’s “One Morning In May” from his 2002 album “Stardust”: https://bluenote.lnk.to/BlueNoteMonthly

    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, owned by Universal Music Group and currently operated in conjunction with Decca Records. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derives its name from the characteristic “blue notes” of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. While the original company did not itself record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.

    See the full article here .

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

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    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 10:41 AM on May 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blue Note, , Lee Morgan "Caramba!"   

    From Blue Note: “Lee Morgan” 

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    50 years ago today on May 3, 1968 the great Lee Morgan was in Van Gelder Studio recording his album “Caramba!”

    Lee Morgan – trumpet
    Bennie Maupin – tenor saxophone
    Cedar Walton – piano
    Reggie Workman – bass
    Billy Higgins – drums

    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, owned by Universal Music Group and currently operated in conjunction with Decca Records. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derives its name from the characteristic “blue notes” of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. While the original company did not itself record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.

    See the full article here .

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 5:16 PM on April 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "A Bluish Bag", Blue Note, , Stanley Turrentine   

    From Blue Note: “‘A Bluish Bag’ Stanley Turrentine on Blue Note” 

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    “A Bluish Bag” is a rare Stanley Turrentine album recorded in 1967 with a 10-piece band arranged by Duke Pearson. Hear the grooving tune “Blues for Del” featuring trumpeter Donald Byrd & pianist Kenny Barron on The Blue Note Monthly: https://bluenote.lnk.to/BlueNoteMonthly

    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, owned by Universal Music Group and currently operated in conjunction with Decca Records. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derives its name from the characteristic “blue notes” of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. While the original company did not itself record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.

    See the full article here .

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 5:21 PM on April 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Blue Note: Freddie Hubbard 

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    Freddie Hubbard was a trumpeter of dazzling ability & the 9 albums he made for Blue Note between 1960-1965 are all hard-bop & post-bop classics.

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    Freddie Hubbard

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    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, owned by Universal Music Group and currently operated in conjunction with Decca Records. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derives its name from the characteristic “blue notes” of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. While the original company did not itself record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.

    See the full article here .

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 3:13 PM on April 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: All aboard the Blue Note at Sea jazz cruise, Blue Note, , Jazzwise.com   

    From Jazzwise via Blue Note: “All aboard the Blue Note at Sea jazz cruise “ 

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    Jazzwise Magazine

    Blue Note

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    Jon Newey experiences the unique musical possibilities of the Blue Note at Sea jazz cruise

    It’s early Monday morning on 29 January and the day has dawned surprisingly clear. Overnight the grey, moderately choppy seas of the Windward Passage twixt Cuba and Haiti has calmed considerably to welcome a hazy blue sky, threaded by whispers of high cloud and cushioned by flat, tranquil waters. Time then to drop anchor at the Hispaniola Peninsula on Haiti’s north coast, the very spot where Christopher Columbus ran aground on Christmas Day 1492. Nowadays a palm fringed private tourist beach and coral reef known as Labadee, this was our initial port of call, after a day and a half at sea, for the musicians and passengers on the Blue Note at Sea 2018 cruise to hit dry land and soak up some warm Caribbean rays.

    The night before, Blue Note records’ president and cruise co-host Don Was had introduced two stellar performances by the Chick Corea Trio featuring the remarkable Cuban bassist Carlitos Del Puerto and drummer Marcus Gilmore, the grandson of Roy Haynes. In relaxed but focused form Corea contrasted immaculate taste and bubbling tension on a taut repertoire, ranging from his own ‘500 Miles High’ and ‘Anna’s Tango’, to a homage to his key influences including Bill Evans, Bud Powell and Duke Ellington, pushed by this expansive and empathic rhythm section. The pianist had warmed up the night before guesting with bass giant Marcus Miller and his band, the centerpiece of which was a magnificent Miles Davis melody featuring trumpeter Russell Gunn, which ranged from ‘If I Were A Bell’ to ‘All Blues’ and ‘Jean Pierre’, and closed on a passionate duet of ‘When I Fall in Love’ with Miller on bass clarinet.

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    (Chick Corea: ‘contrasted immaculate taste and bubbling tension on a taut repertoire’)

    But hey, this was just the opening 36 hours of Blue Note at Sea, which had already packed in standout performances from Dee Dee Bridgewater and her soulful Memphis Yes I’m Ready show as well as José James’ imaginative reworkings of Bill Withers’ songs, drummer Kendrick Scott’s impressive Oracle, featuring Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland and Aaron Parks, and intense sets from Ambrose Akinmusire and Russell Gunn as the Celebrity Summit liner sailed for seven days around the Caribbean islands of Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas’ Nassau and Cococay.

    Now in its second year, Blue Note at Sea is run by Entertainment Cruise Productions, who’ve racked up two decades’ experience of producing jazz cruises. It’s a veritable jazz festival at sea where this vast cruise ship is given a jazz makeover, including the main stage and five performance venues, club spaces, bars and quality restaurants, with over 70 musicians, multiple sound crews and three piano tuners on board to entertain, excite and educate 2,000 jazz loving passengers. ECP produce this cruise in association with the Blue Note record label and Blue Note jazz clubs, and executive director Michael Lazaroff, who began the company with his mother, Anita Berry, a jazz cruise agent, is deeply immersed in providing a jazz experience like no other.

    “We’ve done almost 80 full ship charter cruises, most of them jazz, starting with The Jazz Cruise in 2001,” says Lazaroff over coffee in the ship’s Café al Bacio. “This is the same straightahead Jazz Cruise that sails next week for the 19th consecutive year. We have a Smooth Jazz Cruise too, that started in 2004, but I’m a jazz fan and I wanted to do a cruise that is more contemporary. I couldn’t think of a name, then I met Don Was when his band, Was Not Was, played our 1980s-themed cruise. We started talking and Blue Note records encompasses a broader range of music and has wonderful credibility, so we came up with Blue Note at Sea, and Stephen Bensusan of Blue Note jazz clubs also came on board, so we had this kinda tri-partite production going on.”

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    (Ambrose Akinmusire delivered a tense set and also collaborated with Aaron Parks)

    Marcus Miller has had a longtime involvement with the jazz cruises too, both as a performer and host. “Marcus has been the mainstay of our cruises for a long time,” says Lazaroff. “He has been the host of all our Smooth Jazz Cruises and now the Blue Note Cruises. Marcus has a credibility among all the musicians and has all the elements that are important in this particular event. We try to provide people with an immersive jazz experience. If all we did was present jazz concerts at sea then there would be no reason for people to spend the money because they can see these musicians elsewhere. But what they can’t do is see them in the intimate settings and many different collaborations over the cruise week. Our music director, [saxophonist] Eric Marienthal, takes these artists and sidemen and creates an additional programme of duos, trios and other new line-ups that gives us a lot more music.”

    It’s this particular aspect that gives Blue Note at Sea its unique platform and atmosphere, with a genuine sense of community and shared values among both musicians and audience. At regular jazz festivals the musicians arrive, play the concert and split. Here they are on board all week, which gives a fertile opportunity for jams, one-off collaborations, Q&A sessions, workshops and a chance for passengers to chat with the musicians.

    “I love these collaborations, and I heard Aaron Parks and Ambrose Akinmusire play together earlier and they just have to make a record,” Don Was tells me as we sit watching the waves after his captivating Q&A audience session. “There’s something about being on the water, the motion and looking at the water going by that has healing properties that are similar to meditation. Looking at the water is meditation, and it puts you in a conducive state for listening to music.”

    The evening before, Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, featuring Bill Frisell, Reuban Rogers, Eric Harland and pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, played two utterly hypnotic performances on the main stage. Opening up with an ominous interpretation of Dylan’s ‘Masters Of War’, an apt choice given the worldwide rise of bullying, authoritarian ‘strongman’ leaders, Lloyd’s forceful dark probings are given a spacey edge by Leisz’s soaring textures, while Frisell takes Lloyd’s flute-driven ‘Tagore On The Delta’ deep into the mystic. In his 80th year Lloyd is reaching new levels of spiritual beauty and Don Was, who produced the Marvels’ I Long To See You album, was equally blown away. “Charles loves the pedal steel and the Marvels draw on the textures and sounds he grew up with. When they segued from ‘Shenandoah’ into ‘Forest Flower’ it was unbelievable.”

    Other highlights of Blue Note at Sea, and there were indeed many, included an expansive piano trio set from Robert Glasper; the fizzing urgency and imagination of the Blue Note All Stars with Glasper, Loueke, Strickland and Akinmusire; the David Sanborn band hosting the nightly Blue Note Club sessions with Geoff Keezer, Wycliffe Gordon, Billy Kilson and guests: Lalah Hathaway debuting tracks from her upcoming album, and Dr Lonnie Smith’s Trio hitting a sublime Hammond B3 groove where spiritual funk meets psychedelic jazz. But let’s leave the last word to Mr Was, whose feel-good presence, along with co-host Marcus Miller, permeated this unforgettable jazz at sea experience. “I find being here incredibly soothing and you add to that the jazz festival on board and I fucking love it. I don’t want to get off, and if I didn’t have a session in Miami with Lonnie Smith I’d stay on as a passenger for The Jazz Cruise which happens next week.”

    To find out more about next year’s Blue Note at Sea jazz cruise, please visit: http://www.bluenoteatsea.com

    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, owned by Universal Music Group and currently operated in conjunction with Decca Records. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derives its name from the characteristic “blue notes” of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. While the original company did not itself record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.

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    Tags: Blue Note, Conquistador!, , The World of Cecil Taylor   

    From Blue Note: “Cecil Taylor “Conquistador!” 

    Blue Note

    1

    RIP.

    Side 1
    “Conquistador”

    Side 2
    “With (Exit)”

    Cecil Taylor – piano
    Bill Dixon – trumpet
    Jimmy Lyons – alto saxophone
    Henry Grimes – bass
    Alan Silva – bass
    Andrew Cyrille – drums

    Recorded October 6, 1966 at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, owned by Universal Music Group and currently operated in conjunction with Decca Records. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derives its name from the characteristic “blue notes” of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. While the original company did not itself record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.

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    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


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