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Happy Birthday Bobby Hutcherson!
Jazz vibraphone and marimba player, Maestro Born: January 27, 1941 (age 74), Los Angeles, CA ♡
“THE DEAN OF THE JAZZ VIBRAPHONE”
posted by Robert J. Carmack -#blues2jazzguy In an era where the only thing that counts is Butts in the seat and the cling-clang of a CASH REGISTER while musicians struggle to play a solo over the YAMMERIN’ OF PSUEDO-HIPSTERS TALKING ABOUT ANY AND ALL THINGS EXCEPT THE MUSIC?? So what happens is, most musicians just “fax it in” and record mediocre at best dribble, then argue about what not to call it. Then, rarely there are Jazz musicians like Conrad Herwig whose respect for the music and, those that played it, never wavers in his quest to continue the legacy of greatness. One not only feels that in his recording sessions but, also on the bandstand whenever he appears around the world.
“CONRAD HERWIG SLICES THE GROOVE DOWN TO THE BONE” HiPSTER SANCTUARY
New York-based jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits, as well. To date, he has released 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz. He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell, among many others.
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Michael White & Leisei Chen
A Performance Collaboration with Artists in Residence
with Mirza Todorovich photographer/videographer
Saturday January 24th 2015 at 7:30PM
6881 Mount Lassen Ave. Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Tickets available at:
Joshua Tree Health Foods
29 Palms Hwy at Sunset St. Joshua Tree, CA 92252
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Our upcoming Artists-In-Residence at Harrison House in Joshua Tree
from the New Moon Tuesday 1/20 to 1/24
Creating a new piece RAYS OF ONENESS
A performance collaboration on Saturday 1/24 from 7:30pm open to public
The space is very limited, highly recommend purchase tickets in advance!
Hosted by Eva Soltes, Harrison House Music, Art & Ecology
Rays Of Oneness
Inspired by the SUN RAYS
through the kitchen window of Harrison House.
Be ONE with SUN RAYS in the morning, beaming through us
as it’s swirling rainbow colored waves tunnel
through shimmering golden lights.
Be ONE with MOON and STARS RAYS nurturing us
with their silvery glows, showering down on the silence of nights.
Bathing rays of ALL,
through our sounds of LOVE. HEALING. INSPIRATION. HOPE.
We wake up together to our vast infinite possibilities,
return to the ONENESS.
by Leisei & Michael
私達の新作 RAYS OF ONENESS を作曲する予定です
CLIFFORD ADAMS (62) has died from liver cancer. The Trenton, New Jersey-native was perhaps most widely appreciated as a longstanding member of Kool & The Gang Band (playing the now classic solo on their 1983 crossover hit, “Joanna”). Adams was also a seasoned jazz player who began his recording career with organist Charles Earland and later played with giants that include Max Roach, Lou Donaldson, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Roy Haynes and Clark Terry, among others. as we salute and say good bye to him we also offer our prayers to his family
Here is a very interesting article on a guy rarely ever spoken about . he was right there during the Pre & Post-Bop era.
a young teen during WW II..
We haven’t featured a jazz musician for a while and today’s spotlight falls on one of the best, alto saxophonist Sonny Criss. A contemporary of Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker — in fact, he played alongside him in the early years — Criss was an early bloomer musically, but his career reached a sad and abrupt end when he took his own life at just age fifty.
William ‘Sonny’ Criss was a Memphis native who hit the ground running, moving to Los Angeles at age fifteen and working his way into the music business soon after. It was right in the middle of World War II so that might have helped create some openings in bands, but Criss had the talent to make it in any case. He was still in his teens when the war ended and along about then was playing in a band with Parker and other pros, guys…
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The Jazz Journalists Association‘sJazzApril campaign supports both Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day (April 30) We use JazzApril to refer to both and to stress that all of “April is Jazz Month. http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=70
On this site, you’ll find ways that YOU, whoever you are, can participate.
Happy Birthday, Dizzy Reece …Just revisiting a great Unsung trumpeter; You want a passionate player to interpret your favorite standards or just conjure up the tenacity of those fiery jam sessions of the 40s, Check Dizzy Reece! After spending the 1950s playing in Paris, Jamaican bebop trumpeter Dizzy Reece landed in New York City in 1960. He has played with many since including Dexter Gordon, John Gilmore, Victor Feldman, and Tubby Hayes yet the recognition he truly deserves has proven elusive.
Reece was born on the 5th of January 1931 in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of a silent film pianist. He attended the Alpha Boys School (famed in Jamaica for its musical alumni), switching from baritone to trumpet when he was 14 years old. A full-time musician from the age of 16, he moved to London in 1948 and spent the 1950s working in Europe, much of that time in Paris. He played with Don Byas, Kenny Clarke, Frank Foster and Thad Jones, among others.
Winning praise from the likes of Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, he emigrated to New York City in 1959, but found New York in the 1960s a struggle. Reece recorded a series of critically acclaimed records on the Blue Note label, which were reissued on Mosaic in 2004 that gave fans hope of a comeback. Still active as a musician and writer, Reece has recorded over the years with Victor Feldman, Tubby Hayes, Paris Reunion Band, Clifford Jordan’s Big Band, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, fellow trumpeter Ted Curson, pianist Duke Jordan, long-time Sun Ra alumni saxophonist John Gilmore and drummer Philly Joe Jones.Reece wrote the music for the 1958 Ealing Studios film Nowhere to Go. follow #RobertJCarmack @blues2jazzguy on twitter
Posted by Robert J. Carmack Happy New Year 2014!!! Veteran jazz saxophonist Dale Fielder, shown on stage with “Doc,” Trumpeter Dr. Richard Allen Williams. Featuring RAW SUGAR QUINTET for a private New Year’s Eve gig at the Double Tree-Hilton Hotel in Culver City,California. Bassist, Jeff Littleton with Giovanni D. Nickens on drums. Rounding out the quintet , though not show in picture are pianist, Harold Land Jr. and vocalist Rita Edmond. What a great way to kick off 2014! http://www.dalefielder.com Follow robert carmack on twitter@blues2jazzguy
posted by Robert J. Carmack – music historian/blogger
I found this quote while researching Ravi Coltrane, and had no idea, our U.S. president is a John Coltrane fan. Famed photographer Jim Marshall took the 1960 picture of Trane. That picture hangs in the white house with inscription and signature.
President Barack Obama up close and personal with Jim’s shot of John Coltrane. The President’s inscription reads:
‘Ambition sometimes gets a little out ahead of you,’ Ravi Coltrane said. He was sitting in his living room in Brooklyn, next to his son’s tiny drum kit, talking about his new album, “Spirit Fiction.” ‘You start imagining more than you can actually pull off, and you cross that line from possibility into impossibility.’
“On the wall nearby was a framed photo of President Barack Obama standing in the White House gazing at a black-and-white photo of another musician, a saxophonist like Ravi.
‘To Ravi,’ it is inscribed. ‘From a huge fan of your father’s.’ ” Even Ravi did not know until President Obama sent him this photo. (shown above)