Feb / March 2007

March 16, 2007

Michael BreckerMemorial for Michael Brecker
A memorial was held for renowned tenor saxophonist and multiple Grammy Award-winner Michael Brecker on February 20th at Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, New York City.

Mr. Brecker was regarded as one of the most influential jazz musicians since the 1960s and his style was among the most studied in music schools throughout the world.He won 11 Grammys, two of which were for his final album, Wide Angles, released in 2004. His discography contained more than 900 albums, as he recorded and played alongside a legendary group of pop and jazz musicians from James Taylor, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, and Elton John, to Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and Papo Vasquez. He achieved greater renown for his own albums, including those with his brother Randy.

Mr. Brecker died of leukemia on Saturday, January 13th at age 57.

Zorn Becomes Head of Longy
The Board of Trustees of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., has officially elected Karen Zorn to be the 10th head of the Longy School. Zorn, the former Associate Provost and Associate Vice President of Berklee College of Music, was nominated by the Presidential Search Committee.

Zorn will succeed Anna Kuwabara, who has served as Interim President of the School since 2006. Kuwabara became interim president when Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim stepped down as Longy’s president to become dean of the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University at Tempe. During her tenure, Ms. Kuwabara has overseen several key projects, most recently the renovation of the historic Rey-Waldstein building, as well as the school’s strategic planning processes.

While at Berklee, Zorn is credited with establishing best practices for academic leadership, creating a dynamic faculty development program, and significantly improving faculty diversity. Previously, she was Acting Executive Director at the MacPhail Center for the Arts, the second largest community music school in the United States. Zorn held faculty positions in piano at both Berklee and MacPhail.

For more information, visit Longy on the Web at: www.longy.edu.

MJF Announces Lineup
The Festival International de Jazz de Montr#233;al has announced the first performers confirmed for its 2007 program, presented by General Motors in collaboration with Alcan. Pre-sale tickets are now available.

This years performers include: Trio Beyondfeaturing Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield and Larry Goldings; the Dave Holland Quintet featuring Robin Eubanks, Steve Nelson, Chris Potter and Nate Smith; Holly Cole; the Wayne Shorter Quartet with the Imani Winds: Terra Incognita; Pink Martini, led by singer China Forbes; an Evening with Joshua Redman; Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette; the Bill Frisell Trio featuring Joey Baron Tony Scherr; an Evening with Branford Marsalis; and George Thorogood The Destroyers / Buddy Guy and his Musicians on a double-bill.

For more information, call the Bell Info-Jazz Line at (514) 871#8209;1881, or toll-free at (888) 515#8209;0515, or visit: www.montrealjazzfest.com.

Big Phat Band Invites Fans to Play
Grammy winning artist Gordon Goodwin and the Big Phat Band are inviting their fans to perform on their next album through a contest called the Big Phat Jam. Launched on February 12, fans can compete with other contestants for eight weeks to see who has the best jazz improvisational skills. The winners will be hand-selected by the Big Phat Band and will be featured with the 18-piece jazz big band on their new album, to be released in late 2007 on immergent.

The Big Phat Jam is an interactive, all ages contest that allows fans to upload their version of select tracks from the Grammy nominated release, The Phat Pack to www.bigphatjam.com. Contestants compete by playing their own solo to a Big Phat band song. There will be five sections within the competition: saxophone, trumpet/trombone, guitar/bass, piano and drums. Web site visitors will then listen to these audio tracks and vote for their favorite submissions on a weekly basis. Every week, a contestant from each category will move on to the finals based on the highest number of votes. The final winners from each category will be chosen by Gordon and the Big Phat Band members and featured on the next Big Phat Band release.

For more information, visit: www.bigphatjam.com.

Blues Foundation Awards Nearly $200,000
The Blues Music Foundation, a non-profit organization launched during 2003’s Year of the Blues celebration, announced today that it has awarded $191,650 in grants to non-profit organizations and museums that celebrate and preserve the blues. Established in 2003, the Foundation set out to dedicate the net proceeds from the “Salute to the Blues” benefit concert to underwrite projects that promote blues education, assist organizations with special blues-related needs, and support other worthy blues causes. The benefit concert was produced by Experience Music Project at Radio City Music hall in New York in February, 2003.

Additionally, the Foundation committed the net proceeds from “Lightning in a Bottle” –the concert film that resulted from “Salute to the Blues” — to help fund the blues grants. The film was produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Antoine Fuqua and had its theatrical and DVD/CD release in 2004.

For more information, visit: www.emplive.org/bmf.

Jazz on the Vine
The “Jazz on the Vine” festival at The Osthoff Resort on the shores of Elkhart Lake in southeast Wisconsin takes place from Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13, 2007.

This year’s line-up features Peter White, Nick Colionne, Ray Parker, Jr., Marion Meadows, Eric Darius, Gregg Karukas and Curtis Stigers. All performances are held (rain or shine) on the grounds of The Osthoff Resort. Early reservations are recommended. Wine samplings are included with the purchase of concert tickets. Tickets are $45 for Friday, May 11, and $65 for Saturday, May 12. A two-day ticket is $105; limited preferred seating is available at $150. A “Jazz Brunch” offered on Sunday, May 13, features live jazz entertainment and is priced at $24.95. Prices are per person and do not include tax or gratuity.

For more information, check the Jazz on the Vine Web site at: jazz.osthoff.com.

JAZZed IAJE iPod Giveaway
Linda Snow, an instructor at SAMS in Skowhegan, Maine was the winner of JAZZed’s drawing at this year’s IAJE show, receiving an iPod Shuffle.

Online Poll Results

Kames Foundation Jazz Festival
The Bob Kames Foundation has announced their second annual High School Jazz Competition and Jazz Festival, which will take place March 24, 2007, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (801 15th Ave., South Milwaukee).14 area high school jazz bands will compete for$1,750 in grant money and soloists will compete for$850 in scholarships.There will also be evening performances by some of Milwaukee’s best jazz musicians.Tickets for the day session cost $5 for adults, $3 for students or $15 per family, and for the evening session, $7 for adults, $5 for students or $20 per family.Tickets for both sessions are $10 for adults, $7 for students or $30 per family.Over $2,900 in scholarships and grants were awarded in last year’s competition.

For more information, contact Bob Kames Jr. at: (414) 321-0874 ext. 20; or online at: www.bobkamesfoundation.org

Sabian “Dream Spot”
Sabian, Ltd., has announced the launch of Sabian Dream Spot, a promotional contest giving one lucky undiscovered band a chance to play 10 dates on the 2007 Vans Warped Tour. The winning band will play on the “Kevin Says” stage, the launching pad for numerous Sabian bands including “My Chemical Romance,” “Fall out Boy,” “Avenged Sevenfold” and “All American Rejects.”

In a ‘battle of the bands’ style format, Sabian, with partner Cafesonique.com, began accepting online submissions on February 1 and will continue through April 14. The winning band will be announced on June 16.

Beginning February 1, participating bands were able to visit www.sabian.com or www.cafesonique.com and submit a video, three original songs in MP3 format and a brief bio about their band. Between April 14 and May 31 a selection committee made up of Sabian’s artist relations personnel, and Vans Warped Tour representatives including Kevin Lyman, founder of the Warped Tour, will select the top 10 entrants.

On June 1, the 10 finalists’ videos and songs will be posted online for consumer voting.

The Sabian Dream Spot winner, the band receiving the most fan votes, will be announced on June 16, and the lucky winner will hit the road with the Vans Warped Tour in August. Along with winning 10 Vans Warped Tour dates, the band will also receive $10,000 in band gear credit at a participating retailer; a one-year Sabian endorsement for the band’s drummer; and a one-year 3D micro-site on cafesonique.com.

For more information, visit: www.sabian.com or www.cafesonique.com.

Leave a Comment