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January, 2010

Jazzed Magazine • March 2010NoteWorthy • March 2, 2010

2010 NEA Jazz Masters
The National Endowment for the Arts honored 2010 NEA Jazz Masters at an awards ceremony and concert produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 11 12.

Meet the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters featured a conversation with the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters, exploring their lives and careers in jazz. On January 12th a concert was held at the Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, featuring performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and guest performances by the 2010 Jazz Masters, in a program dedicated to honorees’ works. The concert will included video biographies of each 2010 NEA Jazz Master.

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The 2010 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival
The Jazz Academy of Music has announced the first annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (MAJF), to take place at The Hilton Washington D.C./Rockville Hotel Executive Meeting Center, on February 19-21, 2010.

Produced by saxophonist and educator Paul Carr, Executive Director of The Jazz Academy of Music, the MAJF will reignite the Festival in the flavor, style, and spirit of the former East Coast Jazz Festival (founded in 1992 by the late vocalist/educator Ronnie Wells).

The MAJF will offer Festival attendees an entire weekend of local, regional, and national artists such as Mulgrew Miller, Bobby Watson, Lewis Nash, Terell Stafford, and Marc Cary, coupled with a host of budding high school ensembles, jazz workshops, master classes, jazz film screenings, and much more.

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Savannah Music Festival Awarded Jazz.Next Grant
Swing Central, the high school jazz band competition and workshop produced by the Savannah Music Festival (SMF), is the subject of a new media project that utilizes technology to enhance the promotion of jazz music and education. SMF is one of only five recipients of first-round funding from the national Jazz.Next initiative, also including NPR, Monterey Jazz Festival, Walker Art Center, and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. The project is funded by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Over the next two years, the Swing Central jazz technology initiative will combine video and audio documentation of SMF’s jazz programs, social and other digital media, and traditional broadcast to promote its efforts to a broader audience, offer supplemental educational content to young jazz musicians, reinforce the creative and academic work of jazz artists, enhance communication between students and teachers, and connect members of the jazz community with each other.

The Center for New American Media from New York City has been selected to handle video documentary work relating to the project, and Heideldesign from Savannah will be SMF’s digital media partner. In addition to its wide use within Swing Central jazz, the video documentation of the 2010 Swing Central program will be used to produce a documentary promoting the importance of mentorship and teamwork within the jazz tradition.

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Classic Blue Note Albums in XRCD Format
Elusive Disc has launched a new series of XRCD24 releases of Blue Note products under the Audio Wave brand. The first four in the series are Hank Mobley’s Soul Station, Horace Parlan’s Speakin’ My Piece, Sonny Clark’s Cool Struttin’ and Tina Brooks’ True Blue. The XRCD stands for “Extended Resolution” CD, with 24-bit technology. Elusive Disc have already scheduled a total of 25 Blue Note albums for release as XRCDs.

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Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue Honored On Capitol Hill
On December 15th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted and passed a resolution to honor Miles Davis’ landmark album Kind of Blue and its contribution to the genre.

Davis collaborated on the record with saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianists Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. The resolution recognizing the album’s 50th anniversary passed on a 409-0 vote.

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Saint Lucia Jazz Festival
Beginning May 1, the 10-day Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will kick off with opening performances featuring Jean-Luc Ponty, Earl Klugh, Monty Maxwell, and Harvey Millar.

This year’s musical line-up also includes Cuban-based Buena Vista Social Club and Haitian/USA-based Carimi, scheduled to perform on Friday, May 2. Other scheduled performers include Steel Pulse; Laura Izibor; Quito The Edge; Maxi Priest; Foreigner; Yellowjackets; Boo; Teddyson and Friends; and Carl Gustave. In addition to the main stage, many island hotspots will feature local acts performing complimentary acoustic, calypso, jazz, soul, and RB music shows daily.

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board is in the process of finalizing contracts with artists, and the headlining acts will be disclosed shortly. This will be the Festival’s 19th consecutive year.

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