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April/May 2007

Jazzed Magazine • May 2007NoteWorthy • May 3, 2007

Charles Mingus� 85th
In celebration of Charles Mingus� 85th birthday, a festival was held April 25th, 2007 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, featuring Christian McBride, Boris Kozlov, Lew Soloff, Ryan Kisor, Jack Walrath, Kenny Drew, Jr., Conrad Herwig, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Howard Johnson, Andre Hayward, Joe Locke, Craig Handy, Jack Wilkins, Wayne Escofferey, Johnathan Blake, and many more.

Gunther Schuller conducted �Epitaph� � an epic work in 20 movements composed by Charles Mingus �for his tombstone� and premiered at Alice Tully Hall � with 30 outstanding musicians, featuring Christian McBride on bass, in the first U.S. performance of this unique musical work in almost two decades. It included the world premiere of a newly-discovered movement entitled �Inquisition,� which completes the work.

In the week prior to the Epitaph event at Rose Hall, the three Mingus repertory ensembles, including the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Orchestra, and Mingus Dynasty, performed a week-long engagement from April 17 – 22 at Dizzy�s Club Coca-Cola. Featured musicians included Craig Handy, Jaleel Shaw, Ronnie Cuber, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Conrad Herwig, Boris Koslov, Alex Sipiagin, Kenny Rampton, Johnathan Blake, Orrin Evans, Abraham Burton, Wayne Escoffrey, Donny McCaslin, and many more.

In celebration of Mingus�s 85th birthday anniversary year, other events planned through 2007 include: three other �Epitaph� performances conducted by Gunther Schuller at the Walt Disney Center in Los Angeles (May 16); Symphony Center in Chicago (May 18); and the TRI-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland (April 27); a Mingus program performed by the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble on Monday, April 23 at Dizzy�s Club Coca-Cola; the continuation of the weekly, Tuesday night tenure of the Mingus bands at New York�s Iridium nightclub; six new titles in the new Simply Mingus series of charts for young musicians, to be published by Hal Leonard; in May, the publication of the 500 page Epitaph score, along with the original manuscript, made available to music institutions and libraries � a first for jazz; the release by Blue Note Records of a 1964 concert at Cornell University featuring Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Jaki Byard, Clifford Jordan, Johnny Coles, and Dannie Richmond; and the Mingus bands will perform at outdoor festivals throughout the summer.

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HS Jazz Fest and Bruce Lundvall at Berklee
Over 3,000 young musicians and 221 bands performed and competed for trophies, citation plaques, and tuition scholarships totaling $100,000 at the Berklee College of Music 39th Annual High School Jazz Festival, on Saturday, March 17, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.All events � including the high school band performances, as well as an all-day schedule of concerts and clinics by Berklee faculty and visiting artists � were free and open to the public.

Earlier in the month, Bruce Lundvall, President and CEO of the Blue Note Label Group, spoke at Berklee College of Music�s 14th Annual Zafris Distinguished Lecture for Music Business/Management, the college�s first endowed lecture series. In his presentation, �Reinventing Blue Note, and Other Adventures in the Music Business,� Lundvall provided a retrospective of his career, highlighting the transformation of Blue Note Records from an all-jazz label – home to artists like John Scofield, Joe Lovano, McCoy Tyner, and Jason Moran – to the signing of multi-platinum artist Norah Jones.

He described the signing as a sea change for the venerable jazz label that has led to the release of other pop artists, including Anita Baker, Al Green, Van Morrison, and Amos Lee. Lundvall was accompanied by Michael Cuscuna, founder of Mosaic Records and an advisor and reissue producer for Blue Note, who detailed the history of the label with a photo presentation documenting Blue Note�s early days, when artists like Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, and Thelonius Monk recorded in the living room of famed recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder�s parents� home in Hoboken, N.J.

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Monterey Jazz Festival Celebrates 50 Years
The Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon celebrates its 50th year as artists who have shaped both the Festival and the history of jazz reunite.The Festival takes place September 21-23, 2007 on the Monterey Fairgrounds.

Among the artists who will take the Arena/Lyons Stage are Diana Krall, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, the Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring the legendary guitarist Jim Hall, John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Los Lobos, bluesmen Otis Taylor and James Hunter, Cuban vocalist Issac Delgado and the supergroup of Dave Holland, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chris Potter and Eric Harland. 2007 MJF Artist-In-Residence, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, will appear with the MJF Chamber Orchestra, with his own quintet, with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and also with the MJF 50th Anniversary All-Stars, featuring James Moody, Nnenna Freelon, Benny Green, Kendrick Scott, and Derrick Hodge. MJF/50 Showcase Artist, Jim Hall, will appear with his own quartet, in duo with pianist Geoff Keezer, and with Dave Brubeck�s Quartet. And MJF/50 Commission Artist, Gerald Wilson, will premiere Monterey Moods, his third milestone composition for MJF.

In anticipation of this event, the MJF honored pianist and composer Dave Brubeck at its Golden Gala Celebration on April 7, 2007 at the Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, California. In addition, the Mayor of Monterey, Chuck Della Salla proclaimed the week of April 8, 2007 to be Dave Brubeck week�so citizens of Monterey County were able to �Take Seven.� Proceeds from the Gala went to support the Festival�s Youth Education Programs.

2007 marks Brubeck�s 14th appearance at the Festival, which includes two of his commissioned works, 1962�s The Real Ambassadors (reprised on its 40th anniversary in 2002) and 2006�s Cannery Row Suite.The Golden Gala Celebration at the Tehama Golf Club in Carmel featured the premiere presentation of the MJF Legends Award to Brubeck, with entertainment by the Jamie Davis Group, a longtime Bay Area vocalist who also sings with the Count Basie Orchestra.

In other MJF news, it was announced that Dr. Rob Klevan, the MJF Education director, received the California Music Education Association�s Otter Distributor Jazz Education award, which is presented annually to a jazz educator in California and honors excellence in Jazz Education and Performance.

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Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival
The Bonaire Jazz Foundation, in cooperation with its event sponsors, is pleased to announce that the Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival will take place May 17 � 20, 2007.

A long-weekend created especially for Salsa and Caribbean Jazz lovers, the Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival will feature a welcome, warm-up concert at Wilhelmina Park in Kralendijk on May 17, two main sessions at Plaza Resort (one per day on May 18 and 19), late night jam sessions at Little Havana with artists from the ABC Islands, the Netherlands and the U.S., and a jazz brunch on May 20.

Among the bands already confirmed to participate in the festival are Affettuoso, a Salsa band from Aruba; Gerardo Rosales, a salsa percussionist originally from Venezuela now living in Holland; Yuri Honing, a saxophonist from Holland famous for his jazz renditions of pop songs; Jean-Jacques Rojer, a guitarist from Curacao; The WES Group, a folk jazz and acoustic band from the US; Paoli Mejias, a Salsa and Latin quintet from Puerto Rico; Oswin Chin Behilia Band, world musicians from Curacao; The Latin Quartet, featuring music from vocals, a guitar, a tenor sax and percussion; and Sound en Light, a prominent band from Curacao.

For more information on Bonaire, contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE.

3rd Annual Grammy Camp
The 3rd Annual Grammy Camp, to be held July 14-31, 2007, will offer 100 select students from across the United States, ages 15-19, a 17-day interactive residential summer music experience. This opportunity focuses on all aspects of commercial music, with instruction by industry professionals in a creative environment with cutting-edge technology in a state-of-the-art facility.

The program will explore 15 music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Film Scoring; Music Production; Video Game Music; Music Journalism; and performance tracks in DJ/Remixing; Keyboard; Guitar; Bass; Drums; Percussion; Saxophone; Trumpet; Trombone and Songwriting. All tracks culminate in media projects, CD recordings and showcase performances. Grammy Camp is held at the Citrus College Entertainment Technology Complex and other venues throughout Los Angeles, Calif., with instruction by the college faculty, Grammy Award-winning and nominated professionals and industry specialists associated with The Recording Academy. The curriculum explores the creative process and engages students in the technical aspects of creating, performing and recording, while emphasizing new and emerging music technologies.

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Yamaha Drums Celebrates 40 Years
To commemorate their 40th anniversary, Yamaha Drums is introducing several new products in 2007.

The limited edition 40th Anniversary Washi Drum Set is wrapped with washi paper (a type of Japanese paper used in traditional arts) that depicts scenes from the Genpei War, which threw Japan into tumult from 1180 to 1185.Taking its name from a helmet worn by samurai warriors with traditional Japanese armor, the new Kabuto Snare Drum consists of a steel shell coated with an eye-catching red lacquered finish. The ornate Phoenix Snare Drum, made of brass, is adorned with the Phoenix logo that decorated early Yamaha organs and is applied to the drum with the same engraving work that is found on Yamaha brass instruments.Two other anniversary drum kits, the Golden Temple kit and the Silver Temple kit, are named after two of Japan�s most revered temples.

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Guitar Center Launches �King Of The Blues� Community
Guitar Center, Inc. announced the launch of an interactive community in support of �King of the Blues� 2007 � the world�s largest guitar competition. Geared towards offering informative resources and promoting players with deep passion and commitment to the craft, creates a virtual community that aims to connect and foster music enthusiasts.

Now in its second year, Guitar Center�s �King of the Blues� is a nationwide competition that searches to find the best up-and-coming guitar player in the country. 199 locations will be holding in-store competitions this year. Following the initial in-store competitions, winners advance through store, district and regional elimination rounds before reaching the grand finals, which will take place in June.

The new interactive Web site offers members the virtual tools to upload tracks, edit profiles and share their passion with other members within the online community. A �Top 100 Tracks� section features the best songs as rated by the members of the cyberspace community. Users can also chat with other Blues lovers on the discussion boards dedicated to everything from talking shop to sharing techniques or finding local musicians or that rare �76 Gibson Les Paul.

The new Web site also allows fans to get the most up-to-date news regarding Guitar Center�s nationwide �King Of The Blues� Competition. In addition, the virtual world offers VIP access to exclusive audio and video clips from famous Blues musicians like BB King and Hubert Sumlin.

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