May 2010

May 13, 2010

Pat Patrick’s Collection of a Lifetime

In 2006, shortly after Deval Patrick was inaugurated as Massachusetts’ first black governor, he received a call from the owner of storage warehouse in East Moline, Ill., who was clearing a space out and found the governor’s late father’s photos, notes, playbills, recordings, and record albums he’d acquired during his life as a jazz musician. When the governor’s father, saxophonist Pat Patrick, died of leukemia in 1991, boxes of his things were left unclaimed in a storage unit.

On March 16, Boston’s Berklee College of Music announced that governor Patrick and his family had donated the collection to the college’s Africana studies archive. A portion of the collection was unveiled at a ceremony on March 24 attended by governor Patrick and his sister, Rhonda Patrick Sigh, and their families. During the ceremony, Berklee students and faculty performed music written and recorded by Pat Patrick. The saxophonist was best known for his 40-year association with jazz composer, bandleader, musician and philosopher Sun Ra. He also played with Mongo Santamaria, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk, among others.

To learn more, visit www.berkleemusic.com.

National Youth Development Council Honors Jazz Educator

Bob Sinicrope, founder of the Milton Jazz Academy in Milton, Massachusetts, was selected by the National Youth Development Council to be honored in a musical tribute on March 7, 2010, held at Berklee College of Music. Members of the Milton Jazz Combo performed at the tribute, as well alumni pianist Jason Yeager. Bob Sinicrope was Berklee College’s John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year in 2007.

To find out more, visit www.bobsinicrope.com

Spokane All City Jazz Ensembles

Rob Tapper, Eastern Washington University’s director of jazz activities, has joined Spokane area schools to teach young students to speak the common language of jazz, through the Spokane All City Jazz Ensembles program. In the SAJE program, there are four middle school groups and five high school groups. Students become involved in SAJE through recommendations and approval from their school’s band director. Every year SAJE sends out information to area high school and middle school band directors about the program. The directors decide which students to recommend. The SAJE team groups them by instrument and calls the parents for permission. Students also hear about the program through involvement in the Jazz Dialogue Summer Camps program at EWU, a popular annual event since 2001.

For more information, visit www.spokaneallcityjazz.org.

Monterey Jazz Festival Front Box Auction

The Monterey Jazz Festival is holding an auction, giving fans a chance to sit in the front of the Arena in a Front Box for the 53rd annual Festival. The winning bidder also gets prime parking on the festival grounds, plus four passes to the MJF artist bar. The Front Box Auction bids can be placed online and via phone through May 31, 2010 at 4:00 pm. The starting bid is $3,700. Bids are accepted in increments of $100. A valid credit card is required to participate in the auction. Winner will be notified on June 1, 2010.

During the Festival, the MJF Booth will be offering an array of unique jazz memorabilia, MJF souvenirs signed by the stars, and other special collector’s items for silent auction. All Auction proceeds benefit MJF’s Jazz Education Programs.

To place a bid, visit www.montereyjazzfestival.org or call 925-275-9255.

Berkleemusic Debuts New Pro Tools Course

Berkleemusic.com, the online school of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, has its new course “Pro Tools: Virtual Instruments and Effects” for their spring term. The course is designed to teach students to play the new virtual instruments and effects found in Pro Tools 8 and beyond, and improve their overall musical productions, whether for TV, film, commercials, Web sites, video games, or the productions of artists they may be working with. The course focuses on creating music with all of the new A.I.R. instruments and effects in Pro Tools 8, including the six free instruments, and 20 new effects.

Students will also learn important background information about each instrument and effect, and listen to examples of how they are properly used. The course features a wide array of artist examples, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and many more. By the end of this course, students will be able to utilize automation and MIDI Learn functions, create, edit, and arrange drum beats in Boom, adjust VTOs, Filters, Envelopes, Modulation, and Arpeggiators to create new sounds using Vacuum and much more.

To learn more, visit www.berkleemusic.com.

2010 Festival International de Jazz de Montre;al

The 31st edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montre;al will be held from June 25 to July 6, 2010. The Festival has unveiled it’s first 2010 concerts and tickets are now available. The indoor events program will be unveiled on May 4. The free events program will be made public on May 25.

The Festival features 11 days of entertainment, from noon to midnight, right in the heart of downtown Montreal. Several city blocks are closed to traffic, as right of way is given exclusively to pedestrians, creating a festive and secure spot with cafe;s and bistros, an art gallery, street performers, and a musical park for children. The Festival brings together performers and jazz fans of all ages and origins.

For more information, visit www.montrealjazzfest.com.

Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives Acquires W. Royal Stokes Collection

The Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia has acquired a significant collection of recordings, books, and periodicals from jazz author, historian, radio personality, and critic W. Royal Stokes, a D.C. native and former writer for The Washington Post.

Stokes was a classics professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Tufts University, Brock University, and the University of Colorado, teaching Greek and Latin languages and literature and ancient history. In 1969 he left academia and returned to his hometown, where, from 1972 to 1987, he hosted the programs on radio stations WGTB and WPFW. From 1978 to 1986 he was the jazz writer for The Washington Post and he also wrote for JazzTimes, serving as its editor from 1988 to 1990. After leaving the Post and JazzTimes, Stokes was editor of Jazz Notes, the publication of the Jazz Journalists Association from 1992 to 2001, and he is still active in the organization.

The W. Royal Stokes Collection includes more than 2,000 books and 3,500 compact discs as well as a number of periodicals. It is currently being processed and will be available for research use later this year. A complete inventory list will be available on the jazz archives Web site. The Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives is the University’s jazz research and resource center that houses several major collections including the collection of the late Felix Grant, the internationally renowned jazz authority and radio personality.

For more information, contact the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at (202) 274-5265 or via email at jazzarchives@wrlc.org.

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