Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CD REVIEW: Shalosh - The Bell Garden

Shalosh - The Bell Garden (www.Shalosh.net & Bandcamp. CD review by Mike Collins) Shalosh Gadi Stern Daniel Benhorin Matan Assayang The trio have popped up in UK recently at Lancaster Jazz Festival and the Spice of Life showcasing the result, this thoroughly contemporary trio album, blending all sorts of cultural and rhythmic references without obscuring strong melodies, catchy hooks and arresting grooves. The opener Computer Crash moves from those attention tweaking...
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Mathematician Cracks Mystery Beatles Chord

Photo Credit: Photo by Danny Abriel
Date: October 31, 2008
Source: Dalhousie University
Summary: It's the most famous chord in rock 'n' roll, an instantly recognizable twang rolling through the open strings on George Harrison's 12-string guitar: the opening chord to the Beatles song "A Hard Day's Night." Now, a researcher has used a mathematical calculation known as Fourier transform to solve the Beatles' riddle. The process allowed him to decompose the sound into its original frequencies using computer software and parse out which notes were on the record.
It’s the most famous chord in rock 'n' roll, an instantly recognizable twang rolling through the open strings on George Harrison’s 12-string Rickenbacker. It evokes a Pavlovian response from music fans as they sing along to the refrain that follows:
It’s been a hard day’s night
And I’ve been working like a dog
The opening chord to A Hard Day’s Night is also famous because for 40 years, no one quite knew exactly what chord Harrison was playing. Musicians, scholars and amateur guitar players alike had all come up with their own theories, but it took a Dalhousie mathematician to figure out the exact formula.

“I started playing guitar because I heard a Beatles record—that was it for my piano lessons,” says Jason Brown of Dalhousie’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics with a good laugh.  “I had tried to play the first chord of the song many takes over the years. It sounds outlandish that someone could create a mystery around a chord from a time where artists used such simple recording techniques. It’s quite remarkable.”


Four years ago, inspired by reading news coverage about the song’s 40th anniversary, Dr. Brown decided to try and see if he could apply a mathematical calculation known as Fourier transform to solve the Beatles’ riddle. The process allowed him to decompose the sound into its original frequencies using computer software and parse out which notes were on the record.
read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081030201607.htm

Jumaane Smith - Only Have Eyes For You


Jumaane Smith's new music video, "I Only Have Eyes For You" featuring Naturally 7 from Smith's debut album of the same title.

Available now at http://www.jumaanesmith.com/music-store/ 
On iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/album/i-only... and at Michael Bublé concerts worldwide!

After nearly a decade of touring the world with Michael Bublé trumpeter/ vocalist Jumaane Smith has just released his debut record titled "I Only Have Eyes For You" which features Michael Bublé, Jackie Evancho, and Naturally 7 as special guests.

Learn more about Jumaane Smith at http://www.jumaanesmith.com/bio/

Arts benefactor donates $100K

Photo: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Ron Maas celebrates 87th birthday by giving to local groups

By Amy Fletcher
Posted: October 20, 2014 - 12:07am
Retired businessman and active musician Ron Maas celebrated the double occasion of his 87th birthday and Alaska Day this week by giving Juneau a present: $100,000.

Maas’ donation, announced during a private birthday celebration Saturday, will be shared equally among four local organizations: Juneau Jazz & Classics, Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM), the Juneau Symphony and the Glory Hole.

Maas, a trumpeter and leader of the Thunder Mountain Big Band, said his decision to donate to the Glory Hole in addition to the three music organizations stems from childhood memories that remain vivid in his mind.

“We didn’t have much to eat, ever. It was pretty grim,” he recalled during an interview last week. “I remember that very well. When you go hungry for a week, it makes you think, you know. Those were tough days, tough days. … I learned that we have to help each other. And I’m in the position to be able to do that. That’s what I like to do.”

Juneau Jazz & Classics Artistic Director Linda Rosenthal, who accepted Maas’ $25,000 check on behalf of her organization at Saturday’s event, said Maas’ contributions to the community have taken many forms: an arts patron, a gifted trumpet player and a band leader who has kept Thunder Mountain Big Band alive for the past 20 years.


“Over the years, in so many different ways, he’s supported Jazz and Classics, but beyond that he’s such an inspiration, a shining example of what community spirit and community living is all about,” Rosenthal said. “He’s made life better for all of us in Juneau.”
read more: http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-10-20/arts-benefactor-donates-100k#.VEYHx744R3g

enjoy some jazz with this dynamic duo

An evening of jazz music was staged at Youlgrave Village Hall on October 3
Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer are a saxophone and piano jazz duo, who have been playing together for a number of years playing melodic improvisations on jazz standards and originals compositions.

Based in Edinburgh, the duo has regularly and extensively toured Scotland. They have embarked on many rural tours, often bringing jazz for the first time to remote communities, performing in intimate settings.

The beautiful Scottish scenery that they have seen on their travels has inspired the writing of many pieces of music by Ian.

The exciting new endeavour Jazz in the Village will take them even further up and down the country playing in villages all over Britain.

Dominic said: “We have been very successful at transforming the village halls into an intimate cabaret style jazz club setting with low lighting and candles on the tables. We now have very many fond memories of wonderful evenings in halls around the country where the reception we have received and audience comments have been fantastic.”
read more: http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/what-s-on/gig-guide/enjoy-some-jazz-with-this-dynamic-duo-1-6861274

James Moody Jazz Fest


NJJazzList.com Calendar

10/22 Wed Joclyn Shannon Quintet at The Garage, 99 7th Ave South,NYC,NY 10:30 pm to 1:30 am Style:Mixed, Cover: None, Joclyn Shannon quintet features vocalist Joclyn Shannon, Bassist Greg Zwiebel, drummer Ed Pillion, Keyboardist Mark Cohn and trumpeter/flugelhornist Tom Bender doing songs from the American songbook  Learn more  , (Unknown) 

10/22 Wed Roz Corral Group at 55 Bar 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Style: Straight-ahead, Cover: None, Great, fun, listening room in the heart of Greenwich Village. Mixed group of young jazz fans, Village old-timers, and visitors to our city. No phony baloney here. 2 drink minimum. No cover. Roz Corral, jazz vocals, Paul Meyers, guitar, Ugonna Okegwo, bass, Alvester Garnett, drums.  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (212/ ) 

10/23 Thu BETH HART at The Newton Theatre 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Style: Vocal, Cover: Tickets Available, Grammy-nominated artist Beth Hart is a musician and powerhouse vocalist whose style of sultry blues, jazzy influences, rockin’ tunes and touching ballads, will be wrapped up in a soul-searing performance!  Learn more  , (862/973) 

10/23 Thu Barbara Rose, Pianist & Vocalist at Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None, Celebrate the American Songbook with piano prodigy Barbara Rose. Barbara’s style as a vocalist ranges from Liza Minnelli to Janis Joplin. Her piano style is reminiscent of Thelonius Monk. Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (732/848) 

10/23 Thu Carrie Jackson 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro,Westfield 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None, Carrie Jackson Trio w/ Bob Smith, gtr, Tom Pass, organ, No Music Cover 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (908/ ) 

10/23 Thu Carrie Jackson and Her Jazz All Stars at 16 Prospect Wine Bar and Bistro 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Straight-ahead, Cover: None, Ms. Carrie Jackson, vocalist with Bob Smith on guitar/vocals, Tommy Pass on Hammond Organ, and Lenny Pucciatti on drums. . No cover charge. Learn more  , (908/ ) 

10/23 Thu Diane Marino Quartet at Birdland 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Style: Vocal, Cover: over $10, Diane Marino Quartet @ Birdland - 10/23/2014 6-7:15PM Jazz standards, Brazilian bossa & samba. Diane Marino:vocals/piano; Neal Smith:drums; Greg Twombley: Sax; Frank Marino: Bass Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (212/ ) 

10/23 Thu Hollie Baines at Red Restaurant and Lounge, Red Bank NJ 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Style: Vocal, Cover: None, Free Jazz. Drinks specials. Good food. Doug Clarke on guitar, Steve LaSpina on bass, Mike Heady on Drums.  Learn more  , (732/848) 

10/23 Thu Ralph Peterson Fo'Tet at Makeda - 338 George St - New Brunswick, NJ 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style:Straight-ahead, Cover: $10 or less, New Brunswick Jazz Project presents Drummer Ralph Peterson and the new Fo-Tet  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (732/848) 

10/24 Fri BLUE SOUL at ROD's Steak & Seafood Grille Lounge 9:00 pm to 12:00 am Style: Mixed, Cover:None, BLUE SOUL fuses vintage Blues, R&B, Soul, New Orleans, Jazz, and Rock styles. Featuring Herb Woodson (lead vocals), Bailey Gee (bass/vocals), Mitch Eisenberg (guitar), Glenn McClelland (keyboards), Gary Dates (drums). NO COVER CHARGE !! ROD's is located at One Convent Road (at Madison Ave.), Morristown, NJ 07960 (973) 539-6666. Call for info & reservations. Hang out at the bar and enjoy the music and dance, or try their new casual dining "Red Dog Tavern" for dinner.  Learn more  , (Unknown) 

10/24 Fri Barbara Rose, Pianist & Vocalist at Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Style: Mixed, Cover: None, Celebrate the American Songbook with piano prodigy Barbara Rose. Barbara’s style as a vocalist ranges from Liza Minnelli to Janis Joplin. Her piano style is reminiscent of Thelonius Monk. Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (732/848) 

10/24 Fri Just Jazz 3 at The Bickford Theater at the Morris Museum 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm Style: Straight-ahead, Cover: over $10, Justin Kauflin, contemporary jazz pianist who is blind brings the Justin Kauflin Trio and vocalist Alexis Cole together for NJ Fdn for the Blind. A documentary on Justin and Clark Terry just won Tribeca Heineken Audience Award. Attend or donate to help the blind. Wine & Cheese 6 pm;Concert 7:15 pm.  Learn more  ,  Hear samples , (862/973)