#wingspan_With saddening news, I was informed by jazz insiders late this week regarding Jazz Pianist #Mulgrew Miller was rushed to an unnamed hospital after suffering a severe Stroke. Close friends and family are asking fans to keep Mulgrew in their prayers. No details were offered at this time. As more information becomes available,we will share that on this blog.
http://www.livestream.com/neajazzmasters/video?clipId=pla_507a95ec-094b-4226-ae62-d1c0e7f5ed2d&utm_source=lslibrary&utm_medium=ui-thumb (click link for the full presentation on NPR stream)
National Endowment for the Arts recognized its 2013 class of Jazz Masters on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. The honor is the highest federally supported award for jazz artistry; those recognized receive a $25,000 grant and a tribute performance.
The class of 2013 included alto saxophonist, Lou Donaldson,Village Vanguard classic Jazz club owner,Lorraine Gordon,Pianist/Songwriter, Mose Allison and Latin Jazz icon Eddie Palmieri. In addition to the grant, NEA awardees are also invited to live performances and educational programs across the country. “Hanging” with the 86-year-old Lou Donaldson, were the 86-year-old Jimmy Heath and electrifying drummer, Roy Haynes(87). On hand as the house-band during the award ceremonies were previous NEA jazz masters recipients, Ron Carter Bass, Jimmy Cobb on drums and Pianist Kenny Barron.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9ghLVbTRgE The return of Funk, Inc., one of the most popular soul jazz combos of the Seventies, is a remarkable story. Formed in 1969 by organist Bobby Watley, the Indiana-based group was signed to Prestige Records two years later by producer Bob Porter. The band’s inspired blend of impassioned jazz improvisation and riveting funk grooves was given a highly enthusiastic reception by disc jockeys and record buyers across the country, as well as by critics. Ace Records in England reissued all five of the Prestige discs—Funk, Inc., Chicken Lickin’, Hangin’ Out, Superfunk, and Priced to Sell—as well as a “Best Of” collection, on both CD and vinyl. They proved to be strong sellers.