New York Jazz Academy (NYJA) is providing 2014 summer jazz intensives for both teens and adults. Intensives are tailored for all levels of musical capability and emphasize playing experience through classes, clinics and performance. Workshops are held July through August and participants may choose to attend one or more weeks.
NEW YORK CITY, MARCH 4, 2014 - NYJA’s summer intensives are designed to advance the musicality and jazz experience of all aspiring musicians. Intensives immerse students in collaborative music making, music reading and improvising. They also include visits to influential... Read More
Be-bopping with The Girls in the Band
Los Angeles-In honor of Women’s History Month, the Friends of Jazz at UCLA presented the award-winning documentary The Girls in the Band. This movie, concert, Q&A and reception was held on a hot Sunday afternoon, March 16, 2014 at 2PM, inside the air conditioned Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum@ UCLA.
Many members of the jazz community were in attendance for an inspiring, educational and entertaining film and Q&A discussion. The Girls in the Band is an award-winning documentary film that tells the fascinating and incredible stories... Read More
INXS are suddenly big news all over again. There was an excellent TV documentary, that made everyone realise just what a talented band they were. Their greatest hits album has rocketed them to the top for the first time in 24 years. But alas, without front man Michael Hutchence, things were never the same. His death really did "...Tear Us Apart". They brought the remaining members back for a TV interview and it was obvious how conflicted they still felt about his passing.
Why do I feature Michael in this post? His untimely demise happened in his 37th year and not his 36th. What does... Read More
“I Got My Pride”- The Blues Tales of Leadbelly
Los Angeles-The William Grant Still Arts Center presented “I Got My Pride”-The Blues Tales of Leadbelly exhibit with an Opening Reception and Concert on Saturday, March 1st, from 3:00PM-6:00PM. This exhibit is part of the 6th Annual African-American Composers Exhibition and Music Education Series. The exhibit is on display through June 7, 2014.
(Source-Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888-December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician, and multi-instrumentalist, notable for his strong... Read More
He is not just the figurehead of European hip hop and electronic music, but also an icon that especially young people seem to identify with. With socks pulled up to his knees, chequered shorts and a smirky grin on his face, he may remind you of a nerdy school kid, rather than a serious musician or even an artist! His song titles may seem pointless and his dance moves smell a bit like the early 2000s, but it's on stage where it all comes together. The freaky appearance, songs like "Alors on dance" and the robo moves are all it takes to excite thousands of fans all across Europe. However, don't... Read More
It was a weather perfect day as guests filled the A Frame space at the "House that Betty Built" and everyone had warm greetings and attentive ears in as the Nick Mancini Quartet began our remarkable Jazz journey on January 19th, 2014. It's true, that the Jazz Aficionados that attend the monthly concerts are accustomed to undiluted Jazz & Blues. This Sunday afternoon, we experienced a round trip journey that that was an inspiring start into 2014.
Nick Mancini - Vibes and Piano
John Campbell - Piano and Vibes
Greg Swiller - Bass
Jake Reed - Drums
The engine... Read More
The 2014 She Rocks Awards
Anaheim- The 2nd Annual She Rocks Awards was held on Friday, January 24, 2014. This fantastic event was held at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom E, during NAMM 2014.
I was once again fortunate to attend this event. I arrive at the location to find a capacity crowd in attendance with the overflow crowd standing at the side and back of the room. The event consisted of people from the music industry, sponsors, and media and family members of the awards recipients.
Unfortunately, I missed the opening set by The Command Sisters. Laura B. Whitmore,... Read More
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