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September 2010

Jazz Educators Take New Orleans!

Join the Jazz Education Network (JEN) on January 6-8, 2011 at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, La. for the organization’s second annual national conference. Enjoy meeting other jazz educators, attend exhilarating school ensemble performances or enlightening clinics, hear exciting headliners, visit industry exhibits, and jam with the best.

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National Jazz Museum Acquires “Savory Collection”

On August 16, the New York Times reported that the National Jazz Museum in Harlem acquired the “Savory Collection.” Recorded from radio broadcasts in the late 1930s by audio engineer William Savory, the collection includes live performances by some of the biggest names in jazz. The National Jazz Museum has begun digitizing the collection of nearly 1,000 12- or 16-inch discs, made of aluminum or acetate. The recordings were at the height of the swing era, featuring performances by Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and many others. The Savory Collection also contains examples of underappreciated musicians playing at peak creative levels not heard anywhere else, putting them in a new light for music fans and scholars.

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RS Berkeley Welcomes Albert Rivera Gregory Tardy As Endorsers

RS Berkeley’s new endorser, Albert Rivera, has enjoyed the opportunity to play and learn alongside some of the greats in jazz performance, like Don Braden, Jimmy Greene, and Claudio Roditi. Rivera currently teaches at the Litchfield Jazz Camp, where he is now on the faculty coaching both young and old players. He also is starting new programs to expose and teach a greater number of children about jazz.

Gregory Tardy has performed and recorded with a large array of prominent artists including: Tom Harrell; Dave Douglas; Wynton Marsalis; Betty Carter; James Moody; Bill Frisell; Andrew Hill; Joe Lovano; Mark Turner; Chris Potter; Dewey Redman; and Ravi Coltrane. Tardy currently teaches at the University of Tennessee and is preparing to tour around the world during the summer and fall. RS Berkeley specializes in student, intermediate and professional woodwind, brass, and string instruments.

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Mel Martin Performance Clinic

Saxophonist, flutist, composer, arranger, and educator Mel Martin is touring the mid-west this month. He will be appearing at the Hot Springs Jazz Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas on September 18 with trombonist Scott Whitfield, drummer Paul Shaw, bassist Rufus Reid, and pianist/artistic director Clyde Pound. In addition, he will be conducting a free one-hour clinic presented by the Hot Springs Jazz Society and The University of Arkansas at Monticello, co-sponsored buy Conn Selmer (Yanagisawa Saxophones) and D’Addario (Rico Reeds) corporations.

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The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad

Jazz at Lincoln Center and The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs are collaborating for a sixth year on The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. JALC is now accepting band applications for the 2010-11 season. American music quartets from throughout the United States specializing in jazz, urban/hip hop, bluegrass, blues, Cajun, country, gospel, and zydeco are invited to apply for the opportunity to tour internationally and share their music with the world. The application deadline is November 1. Auditions will be held in New York City at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center and, for the first time in the history of the program, in New Orleans.

The jazz ensemble group, Nasar Abadey and Supernova, will tour Eastern Africa with The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program. The jazz ensemble from Washington, D.C. was selected from a pool of 132 applicants to travel abroad and promote cross-cultural understanding. International tour activities will include public concerts, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions, collaborations with local musicians, and media outreach. As part of The Rhythm Road, Nasar Abadey and Supernova will also perform in Washington, D.C., on December 2, 2010, at the Grosvenor Auditorium and at Jazz at Lincoln Center on, December 11, 2010, in New York City.

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Westchester Jazz Orchestra To Honor Michael Brecker

The Westchester Jazz Orchestra will begin their 2010-11 season with a special concert honoring one of Westchester’s own: multi-Grammy-winning saxophone giant Michael Brecker, who passed away in January 2007. Michael’s brother Randy Brecker, a musician and multi-Grammy winner himself, will join WJO for this celebration of Michael’s musical legacy.

The concert will take place on September 25 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater, in Irvington, N.Y. Randy Brecker and WJO’s artistic director Mike Holober will discuss Michael’s music and career in a pre-concert talk, free for ticket holders. During his career, Michael Brecker won 15 Grammy awards, numerous accolades, as well as the prestigious Edison Jazz Award after his death.

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Music for All Announces New Leadership

Music for All, Inc. has announced that Eric L. Martin has been named the organization’s president and CEO. Previous president and CEO Scott McCormick has resigned his position with the organization. The executive leadership of the organization will be Mr. Martin and Nancy H. Carlson, vice president and chief financial officer.

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Berklee Launches Program for Blind and Visually Impaired Students

Aimed at leveling the playing field for blind and visually impaired students, Berklee College of Music launched a five-week pilot program this summer to integrate basic Braille music notation and music hardware and software specifically designed for blind students with music theory and ear training. The program is led by blind Berklee alumnus Chi Kim, who helped design the curriculum and supervise the technology purchases. The pilot has been so successful that it will be integrated into the curriculum this fall and be taught by Kim.

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