NEW YORK March 4, 2014 (AP)
By CHARLES J. GANS Associated Press
Herbie Hancock reckons he's performed more often in Japan than in his hometown of Chicago during his professional career. The pianist will be back next month for an all-star concert at Osaka Castle Park highlighting the third annual International Jazz Day.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has chosen Osaka as the host city for International Jazz Day 2014, which will be celebrated around the world on April 30.
Hancock, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, says it's an opportunity to show appreciation for Japanese jazz fans who have been among the world's greatest supporters of the music. He first performed in Japan with Miles Davis' quintet in 1964, and has toured there with his own electric and acoustic groups for decades.
"Japanese audiences are very loyal," said Hancock, interviewed ahead of Tuesday's official announcement of the International Jazz Day program. "In Japan, art is really placed on a high level, and jazz is really honored and accepted as being a fine music — much more in comparison to the States."
Osaka was chosen as the host city because it "played a leading role in the early days of jazz in Japan" in the 1920s and its jazz scene remains lively today, said Tom Carter, president of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, who is partnering with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to present International Jazz Day.
After American and Filipino bands introduced jazz to Japan, Japanese musicians began playing jazz in Osaka's dance halls. They included trumpeter Fumio Nanri, who toured the U.S. and was dubbed the "Satchmo of Japan" by Louis Armstrong.
During World War II, the government unsuccessfully tried to ban jazz, but the music flourished during the American occupation.
"I was introduced to jazz while playing in a dance hall as a teenager during the American occupation by a Japanese jazz fan and record collector. He played Teddy Wilson's 'Sweet Lorraine,' and I was hooked," said pianist-composer Toshiko Akiyoshi, who will be performing with her husband, saxophonist-flutist Lew Tabackin, at the Osaka concert.
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Saturday, March 8, 2014
NEW YORK March 4, 2014 (AP)
|"Jazz Drama Program Vocal Workshop"|
with Eli Yamin and Jeannette LoVetri
Monday, March 17 4:30-6:30pmat The Jazz Drama Program studio at 303 West 42nd Street, Suite 303.Parent/Guardians Register Here
Nora's Ark, the jazz musical by Eli Yamin and Clifford Carlson.This is the first CD produced by The Jazz Drama Program in 2010 featuring select singers from the Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus and professional jazz quintet led by Eli Yamin. Listen Here
Holding the Torch For Liberty by Eli Yamin and Clifford CarlsonThis is the second CD produced by The Jazz Drama Program and features select singers from Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music as well as Jazz Drama Program Alumni and a professional jazz band led by Eli Yamin. Listen Here
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MARCH 3, 2014, 11:59 AM
Jazz – its history, its talents, its sounds – is the subject of a new exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan that will run May 23 through Oct. 19, in partnership with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. “Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street” is an interactive, multimedia exhibition that will make use of jazz artifacts, music education workshops and live performances each day.
The 1,500-square-foot exhibition at the Upper West Side children’s museum features a jazz club, ballroom and theater, all of which mimic the kinds of places found in the Harlem Renaissance era of the 1920s-1940s. In the jazz club, one can hear Ella Fitzgerald and children can sing using a 1930s-style microphone. A video of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the tap dancer, can be seen in the theater. The ballroom — which features the lively sounds of Duke Ellington — has a piano that will be used for live performances by local young jazz pianists.
A timeline connects the featured artists with the history of Harlem’s 125th Street and the influence of jazz. Video kiosks will show original films and objects from the time period. Families will also have opportunities to participate in hands-on art and music-making workshops at child-size, instrument-shaped tables, and will be able to construct Big Band era-style musical instruments and use authentic sheet music from the Harlem Renaissance to create original scores.
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By Dennis V. Gargantiel
March 3, 2014 | 12:10 am
E pluribus jazz.
It seemed oddly fitting that the meet happened just outside the walls of historic Intramuros, where men of disparate cultures met many times before, under less-fortunate circumstances.
Friday, March 7, 2014
The Legend Of Linda Perhacs, 'A Most Unlikely Rock Star'
A California dental hygienist who never quit her day job, Perhacs released one album in 1970 that failed to find an audience — or so she thought.
In Rio, A Universe Of Samba
In Brazil, samba isn't just the music of Carnival. With throngs headed to the country for this summer's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, samba de rota has become an act of cultural resistance.
|TINY DESK CONCERTS|
Lowland Hum: Tiny Desk Concert
It's hard to convey the sound of two people in love, but Lowland Hum does that effortlessly. The married couple's music is mostly unadorned and pure, with considerable attention to detail.
Gazelle Amber Valentine: 'Gender Is Not A Genre'
The righteously outspoken guitarist from doom metal duo Jucifer speaks about women in hard rock, her almost-acoustic side project and her never-ending life on the road.
KCRW Presents: KINS
The members of this cross-continental buzz band relish the idea of crafting a unique sound that defies categories, much like their fellow Brits in Alt-J. Watch the trio perform "Mockasin's" on KCRW.
Posted by Claudio Cavalcanti at Friday, March 07, 2014