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ONEONTA – “Magic Beyond Imagination,” featuring Garrett Thomas, Kozmo and Joe Maxwell, premieres Friday, April 15 at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center at 24 Market St. in Oneonta.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance.

According to a press release, the family-friendly event has a suggested age of 8 and up.

VIP tickets are sold out. General admission tickets are $25.

Thomas, described as a magical creator, technician and artist as well as TV consultant to magician David Blaine, recently returned from performing on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” and performing for Madonna at her London home.

Kozmo is a street performer who has entertained audiences from Bourbon Street to the Great Wall of China with his magic. In addition to performing at festivals and on street corners in the United States, Kozmo has appeared on the Tonight Show and toured China.

Maxwell, described as a mental magician, is also a drummer who has toured the world with Grammy-nominated artist Moby.

Visit http://mbishows.com/ for more information and ticket availability.


SUNY ONEONTA – The 2022 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opened last month and will remain on view through May 21.

According to a press release, the featured artwork was submitted by students and selected by art department faculty members.

The winners were chosen by juror Nancy Callahan, a professor emeritus in the art department who exhibits her work nationally and internationally.

The show highlights mediums and themes explored by students during the school year. Prints, 3D models, clay sculptures, digital designs, photographs, drawings and an assortment of mixed media make up this year’s offerings.

Exhibited in the Martin-Muller Art Gallery, hours are 11 a.m. at 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during lessons and by appointment.

Masks must be worn in the gallery at all times.

Visit suny.oneonta.edu/art-galleries for more information.


COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown Art Association is seeking nominations for its 2022 juried art exhibitions.

Essential Art, the 31st annual regional juried art exhibition, is open to all New York artists 18 and older.

Entries must be submitted to the CAA between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on May 13 and 14. No slides will be accepted.

The jurors will be Frank and Helene Manzo from the Margaretville area. There will be $2,400 in prizes awarded.

Essential Art will open with a reception from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 20 and will remain until June 26.

The 87th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition is open to all residents of the United States and to artwork in all art mediums. No commercials, reproductions or crafts will be accepted.

All entries must be submitted online. The deadline for registration is May 15 at midnight. This year’s juror is Sarah McCoubrey, a professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Prizes and awards could total up to $3,000.

The national exhibition will be presented from July 8 to August 12. A preview party will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8, and prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m.

Entry rules, dates, information and full flyers for both shows are all available at www.cooperstownart.com

The CAA is located at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

Call 607-547-9777 for more information.


ONEONTA — The Steve Fabrizio Band will perform jazz and pop standards at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the B Side Ballroom at 1 Clinton Plaza in Oneonta.

Band members include Gerry Falco, Chris Wolf-Gould, Paul Jenkens and Marcel Smith.

A $7 entrance fee will be collected at the door for the group.

B Side currently only serves cocktails.


ONEONTA – The Community Arts Network of Oneonta kicked off its April exhibit on Saturday, April 2 at the Wilber Mansion at 11 Ford Ave. in Oneonta.

According to a press release, artists William Ruller, Sunny Chapman and Marcie Schwartzman are featured in the exhibit, which will run until April 23.

The hours are from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Yosemite Steam Train + Jazz Music https://slychi.com/yosemite-steam-train-jazz-music/ Fri, 01 Apr 2022 16:49:11 +0000 https://slychi.com/yosemite-steam-train-jazz-music/

FISHING CAMP – The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroadlocated four miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park, is back!

This popular attraction railway awakens from its annual winter slumber, once again delighting passengers (young and old).

Starting today, visitors can once again board the open-top steam train “Logger” on an hour-long tour through the Sierra Nevada. The Thornberry Museum, on-site gold panning, and Kids Depot toy store make Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad the perfect destination for any family getaway to South Yosemite.

“Our crew is thrilled to welcome guests back to the railroad again,” exclaimed Scott McGhee, general manager of Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. “Old-timers will love seeing new additions like the working model train in the Kids’ Depot toy store and an impressive historical display of a section of the original Madera Sugar Pine Canal. In addition to our daily steam train tours, we’ll be running special events for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Pioneer Days and Jazz Train concerts.

Trains depart daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Passengers can purchase tickets and view timetables at www.ymsprr.com.

“It’s a great place for families, history buffs and people who like to escape the hustle and bustle to return to a simpler time,” McGhee continued. “We have gold panning, packed lunches, a snack bar for refreshments and picnic tables for your enjoyment.”

As for those special events, mark the calendar for Sunday, May 1, 2022, as famed pianist Keiko Matsui will begin an inspiring series of Jazz Train concerts throughout the summer season.

Jazz Train ticket holders will begin their evening with gourmet appetizers, local libations and an antique steam train ride to a glade. They’ll experience a performance hall surrounded by impossibly tall pine trees, jazz music wafting through the trees, and the awe-inspiring musical notes of 10 dynamic acts on the schedule. Such acts include headlining jazz musicians like David Benoit and Lee Rock of stray cats.

Learn more about music programming and evening programming at www.jazzconcerts.com.

While enjoying steam train whistles, views of the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias and more in this world famous destination, pick up a collectible card for Ricky the Raccoon, part of Visit Yosemite | Madera County Welcoming Committee. Only two Host Committee trading cards along the Fossils to Falls Road Trip route are needed to enter the Yosemite Adventure Contest, where the grand prize is an amazing gift from a dream vacation in Madera County .

The region is looking forward to the return of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad for an exciting 2022 season. Today, travelers will once again ride a historic railroad, relaxing and recreating in the shadow of the ever-alluring Yosemite National Park.

Image by Lucas Alexander.

The first Jazz Music Awards are scheduled for October 2022 in Atlanta https://slychi.com/the-first-jazz-music-awards-are-scheduled-for-october-2022-in-atlanta/ Tue, 29 Mar 2022 19:43:00 +0000 https://slychi.com/the-first-jazz-music-awards-are-scheduled-for-october-2022-in-atlanta/

Atlanta, Georgia – The inaugural Jazz Music Awards: Celebrating the Spirit of Jazz announced their awards ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Metro Atlanta, Georgia. For five decades, the premier venue has hosted Broadway shows, ballets, concerts, operas and more. Presented by Jazz 91.9 WCLK, a public radio station licensed to Clark University in Atlanta and known as “Atlanta’s Jazz Station”, the Jazz Music Awards (JMA) will be a dynamic presentation that recognizes the iconic spirit of jazz by shining the spotlight on mainstream and contemporary jazz musicians who continue to make their mark on music and the industry. Hosts, performers, presenters and special winners will be announced at a later date.

The Jazz Music Awards will recognize a wide range of creators from the world of national and international jazz, from traditional and contemporary musicians, singers and major groups to composers, individual songs and complete albums. The eligibility period for the 2022 Awards Ceremony begins April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. Online submissions will begin February 1, 2022 through Saturday April 30, 2022. The award categories are as follows: Best Mainstream Artist , Best Contemporary Artist, Best Duo, Group or Big Band, Best New Jazz Artist (Contemporary or Mainstream), Best Jazz Singer, Best International Artist (Contemporary or Mainstream), Best Mainstream Album, Best Contemporary Album, Innovator Jazz of the Year, Composer of the Year, Educator of the Year, Jazz Legacy Award and Song of the Year (fan vote).

“In the 47 years that WCLK has been on the air, we’ve played and specialized in all genres of jazz,” says Wendy Williams, WCLK’s General Manager, who has been at the helm for 27 years. We play traditional, contemporary, fusion, direct and modern jazz. We’ve run the gamut. This has been the history of the station and quite

Frankly, the secret of our success. We are still standing. And for more than fifteen years, we’ve supplemented our airtime with the presentation of live jazz concerts, which have helped sustain the operations of our nonprofit NPR member public radio station. We’ve always enjoyed sold-out crowds and the joy listeners feel when they see us at gigs.

Williams and David Linton, the station’s program director and former record label executive, reached out to Rushion McDonald, the founder of 3815 Media, who will lead production on the upcoming star-studded celebration. A two-time Emmy Award-winning executive producer and three-time NAACP Image Award winner, McDonald is the host of the popular “Money Making Conversations” podcast. 3815 Media will produce the Jazz Music Awards and its red carpet event with plans to launch live streaming of the awards worldwide.

McDonald’s is the architect behind producing media platforms for major clients, including Steve Harvey’s Career and the highly successful Hoodie Awards, later renamed the Neighborhood Awards. His extensive work as a writer and producer also includes collaborations with other celebrities such as Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, Tia and Tamara Mowry, Stephen A. Smith, Jamie Foxx and d others from New York. City in Hollywood. He has also created national media campaigns for the State Farm, Ford, JC Penny, General Mills, iHeart Radio, Radio One, NBC, BET and ABC networks, to name a few. For more information about Rushion McDonald, visit rushionmcdonald.com.

Linton said, “This is an exciting time in Jazz 91.9 WCLK’s 47 year history. I worked with this station as a label executive and know how instrumental it was in the careers of so many artists, especially jazz artists, and it remains so today. When Wendy told me about returning to the station as Program Director in 2018, I was thrilled. Now to have the opportunity to help write another chapter in WCLK’s rich history is an honor. The time has come for the Jazz Music Awards and WCLK is well positioned to deliver this long-awaited awards show. It will be a historical and momentous event for all those who love jazz.

The Jazz Music Awards Committee has recruited three-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist and NEA Jazz Master, Terri Lyne Carrington, to lead the musical direction and serve as a consultant for the first-ever awards ceremony. With his technical magic and deep creativity, Carrington has become one of the giants of jazz music today. A multi-talented drummer, composer, producer and educator, Carrington began her professional career at age ten and received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age eleven. His artistry and commitment to education earned him honorary doctorates from the Manhattan School of

Music and Berklee College of Music, where she is currently the founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

To date, she has released eight career albums. She is the first female artist to win the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, which she received for her 2013 project, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue. Since beginning her career, she has worked as a much sought-after musician in New York City and later moved to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late-night television as the house drummer for “The Arsenio Hall Show. ” and Quincy Jones. ‘ “VIBE TV”, hosted by Sinbad. To date, Carrington has performed on over a hundred recordings and has been a role model and advocate for young women and men internationally through her teaching and touring careers. She has worked extensively with jazz giants and legends including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Joe Sample, Esperanza Spalding, and more. For more information on Terri Lyne Carrington, visit terrilynecarrington.com.

“There’s so much excitement and anticipation around the Jazz Music Awards,” says Williams. “I always knew that Terri Lyne was an incredibly talented and very accomplished drummer, songwriter and educator. The more I peel back the layers, the more fascinated I am that she has covered so much territory in her career. She is also a much sought-after musical director for prestigious large-scale jazz and musical productions around the world. And we all know she’s played with and directed some of the best and that’s why she’s perfect for our inaugural awards show.

As a presenter of live jazz shows over the years, selling out some of Atlanta’s biggest concert venues and hosting annual benefit shows, WCLK began presenting artists with its Jazz Legacy Award. In recent years Williams has noticed, looking across the musical landscape, that there has been a dearth of major broadcast award ceremonies honoring the creativity and work of one of the earliest musical art forms. native to America: jazz. Just as Williams, program director Linton and her team started thinking about having a bigger celebration of jazz, COVID-19 put all performances on hold. “These musicians have been sidelined for a year and a half, and the public has been away,” she says. “I felt we should come back strong.”

Additionally, Williams says, the event will include an educational component on the campus of Clark University in Atlanta, as well as a black-tie awards gala on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, the day before the awards show. . Friday’s program will include interactive sessions from world-renowned experts in the field of jazz, and classes will also include breakout workshops led by leading creators from the music and performing arts industries for high school and college students and the public.

“Attendees will be able to learn and glean something happening in the jazz music industry from some of the best,” says Williams. “So we want to make it an empowering and spectacular weekend that elevates and promotes this music. “As soon as COVID lifted you saw the artists on the road again and the jazz festivals were back. Now it’s a collective way to have them all on one stage loved, celebrated the same way we see in other music award shows. We need to.

For more information and updates on the Jazz Music Awards and Jazz 91.9 WCLK, visit: wclk.com.

Jazz music, black community and 50 years of the Montclair DLV Lounge (Our Montclair) https://slychi.com/jazz-music-black-community-and-50-years-of-the-montclair-dlv-lounge-our-montclair/ Mon, 28 Mar 2022 23:51:55 +0000 https://slychi.com/jazz-music-black-community-and-50-years-of-the-montclair-dlv-lounge-our-montclair/
George Marable, 83, has owned and operated DLV since his family, who owned small clubs and bars in Newark, decided to open a club in Montclair. It is named after Marable’s parents – Dutch and Louise – and his daughter, Valerie. (Excerpt from the last episode of Notre Montclair)

This article reflects only part of the conversation in the latest episode of “Our Montclair,” a series of videos and podcasts showcasing art, activism, awareness, and connections among Montclair residents.

Chat with Our Montclair Host and Producer Shane Paul Neil LIVE at the “Our Montclair” video premiere, Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. on Facebook.com/MontclairLocal – or find the video in this article.

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For almost as long as there has been jazz music, there has been jazz in Montclair.

The connection is hard to miss. Last years Montclair Jazz Festival took a stretch of Bloomfield Avenue from Church Street to Lackawanna Plaza, attended by thousands of Montclarians and visitors – a raucous celebration in a year when the coronavirus pandemic has still muted so many gatherings. But jazz is in the air at Montclair all year round, in its clubs, in programs such as Jazz House Kids (the organizer of the festival), in the souls, talents and stories of so many people who make de Montclair their home.

Since the establishment of the DLV Lounge at 300 Bloomfield Avenue in 1972, jazz artists have been a welcome guest – and over the years the bar has become one of the area’s go-to jazz spots. She celebrated her 50th birthday in March.

George Marable, 83, has owned and operated DLV since his family, who owned small clubs and bars in Newark, decided to open a club in Montclair. It is named after Marable’s parents – Dutch and Louise – and his daughter, Valerie.

I spoke to Marable for the latest edition of “Our Montclair”, Montclair Local’s ongoing podcast and video series exploring the arts, activism, culture and life of Montclair. When I asked him why there was no G for George in the name, he laughed.

“I was not consulted,” Marable told me.

But for many regulars, DLV is “George’s Place”.

When I arrived on a recent Saturday night, the place was comfortably full. Most of the seats in the bar were taken, as were the small tables on the opposite wall. Everyone told me the living room was packed the night before.

I found Marable sitting at the barstool closest to the living room entrance. He was sipping brown liquor from a small glass of cordial. I sat next to him and ordered a bourbon. The group still assembled at 9 p.m., despite the sandwich board outside advertising music starting at 8:30 p.m.

“Musicians are never on time,” Marable told me. From there, he started introducing me to the regulars.

DLV is reminiscent of a bar you might find in a Walter Mosley mystery novel. It’s a space where everyone seems to know each other, even if they just met for the first time. It’s easy to imagine DLV as the space those who worked in fancier establishments went to when they rang the clock and wanted to be among their own, where musicians exchanged philosophies with poets and fueled creativity. from each other.

The space is narrow, with a long wooden bar that leads to the back of the living room, where the small stage sits. The walls are adorned with gold records, photographs and movie posters illuminated by lights of different colors. The memorabilia recalls the history of music, the salon and the family that has kept it running for five decades.

Clients tell me stories about their years at the salon. Most of the stories reflect a reverence for Marable – a reverence that seems universal. They get up to make sure Marable has a place to sit. He refuses every time.

The history of jazz in Montclair, shared with me by percussionist and jazz historian Bruce Tyler, is long and storied, dating back to the days of Prohibition. In the 1920s, Montclair speakeasys often played jazz music for their white audiences, he said.

Jacqueline Johnson performs at DLV Lounge’s 50th anniversary celebration in mid-March. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR THE MONTCLAIR LOCAL

Tyler, who grew up in Montclair and still lives in town, told me he saw the remains of one of the underground bars in a building on Claremont and North Fullerton avenues.

“I always heard rumors about it. When I moved into the building, the superintendent took me down, and in fact, some of the glass from one of the raids is still there,” did he declare.

Tyler, who once fronted house band DLV, has spent years archiving jazz history in Montclair. In addition to being a musician, Tyler studied anthropology at Montclair State University and started the Montclair Jazz Project in 2003 with television producer Paul Brown and photographer Glen Friesen. The initial goal of the project was to photograph the many jazz musicians of Montclair together, in the vein of Gordon Parks’ photography.A beautiful day in Harlem.”

It became an archive of memorabilia and written records that now resides at the Montclair Public Library.

“This weird thing just popped into my head,” Tyler told me, sitting next to Marable at the DLV. “There is no history of jazz here. I started thinking about black history in Montclair. Is it well documented? And that led to the music.

DLV opened just five years after the Newark Riots in 1967. It was a time when towns like Montclair relied on issues of race and class. It was a transition that, at times, was not greeted with the warmest of intentions.

“Before my family became owners, very few black people came to (Montclair). In many places in Montclair in the early 70s, when black people came in, they would break the glasses to let you know you were really not welcome,” Marable said.

But musical contributions from black people had long been welcome. Montclair and Tyler went through a list of some of the jazz greats who performed in Montclair: Cal Bassey, Johnny Lytle, Big John Patton, Ed Cherry, David Murray. The list is lengthened increasingly. Even before DLV became known as a jazz lounge, artists would hang out there between shows.

“There were three black-owned places in Montclair – The Sturgeon House, The Willow and DLV,” Marable recalled. “The artists used to play at The Sturgeon, but when they took a break, they came here and at The Willow.”

Black residents and visitors had a trinity of clubs where they would be welcome and safe, he said. But there was a downside, he said – if a crime happened anywhere near the clubs, it would be associated with the clubs themselves, even if there was no connection.

Rich Acciavatti, bassist of house band DLV, enjoys his time between sets during a birthday celebration in mid-March. (SHANE PAUL NEIL/FOR THE MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

“I remember pretty much anything that happened that was negative the papers would refer to as happening in or near DLV,” Marable said.

And so DLV and the other clubs have developed a bad reputation, he said. He declined to provide specific examples. It is clear that DLV’s reputation is dear to Marable; conjuring up the ghosts of past incidents is not worth it.

Talking to Marable and Tyler about jazz reminds me of my own hip-hop roots, growing up in the Bronx — and the parallels between the two genres, how they were received by mainstream audiences. The world found hip-hop music fascinating, but distrusted the closeness to those who created it. Jazz and hip-hop were forces of cultural unification, and that unification scared a lot of people.

When I ask Tyler what he learned from his years of documenting the history of jazz at Montclair and his performances, he replies, “Montclair has always been a jazz community, and from what I have seen, this community is rooted in the Fourth Ward and the South End. I believe that music was a more important factor than sport in terms of integration.

At DLV, Marable maintains a strict code of conduct, he said. Swearing should be kept to a minimum, while raunching and harassment will have you shaking.

“I’m sometimes tough, but sometimes you have to be,” he said. “You have to let people know what you stand for and what you want. Otherwise, they will scare you away.

Montclair’s history of race and class is as nuanced and complicated as the music itself. It’s a city that prides itself on being inclusive in a way that can sometimes accentuate its ideals more than its reality, to the point where the rougher edges of history are polished to a brilliant shine.

We can never forget that the composition of the Fourth Ward, which Tyler credits with bringing jazz to Montclair, is itself a product of redlining and segregation. Montclair’s progressive aspirations are, in part, driven by a desire to correct the mistakes of his past – and that’s OK. More than correct, it’s admirable.

Over the past 50 years, DLV Lounge has woven itself into the fabric of Montclair, mostly with Marable sitting at the stool by the front door. It’s time for us all to stop and soak up the history and the community behind its door.

Just try not to curse while you’re there.

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New Orleans public schools lift age-old ban on jazz music and dance https://slychi.com/new-orleans-public-schools-lift-age-old-ban-on-jazz-music-and-dance/ Fri, 25 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://slychi.com/new-orleans-public-schools-lift-age-old-ban-on-jazz-music-and-dance/

The Orleans Parish School Board voted unanimously Thursday to repeal a ban on jazz music and dancing in public schools. The decision comes exactly 100 years after the date the resolution was originally passed, school officials said.

“I am very pleased that we can rescind this policy,” school board chairman Olin Parker said at a committee meeting this week. “I want to acknowledge that it was rooted in racism. I also want to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of our students and especially our music directors whose legacies continue from 1922 through carnival season.”

According to the Associated Press, New Orleans public schools abolished playing and dancing to jazz music on March 24, 1922. The resolution was sponsored by former school board member Adolph Baumgartner, who said witnessing “a lot of brutal dancing” at school. events.

Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools executive director Dr. Ken Ducote called the old policy “absurd” and said it resulted from a board member’s personal preference. He argued that public schools have played “a huge role” in the development of jazz music and the economy of New Orleans, providing jobs for jazz musicians and church singers as group teachers.

Since the rule came into effect a century ago, some students and teachers have ignored it, according to board member Katherine Baudouin.

“In this case and in this case only, we are glad the policy was ignored,” she said.

Rock Hill, Fort Mill SC will hold a blues and jazz music festival https://slychi.com/rock-hill-fort-mill-sc-will-hold-a-blues-and-jazz-music-festival/ Mon, 21 Mar 2022 20:22:16 +0000 https://slychi.com/rock-hill-fort-mill-sc-will-hold-a-blues-and-jazz-music-festival/


Carolina blues and jazz fans will get a chance to hear a handful of artists perform in York County starting Thursday.

York County Arts Council will host its 17th annual Blues and Jazz Festival at Rock Hill and Fort Mill on March 24-25.

The festival kicks off Thursday night in Fort Mill. Fans can listen to Charlotte-based jazz band Groove Masters in Baxter Village’s Springmaid Park at 980 Market St. from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free.

On Friday, festival-goers can enjoy nine live performances at seven venues in downtown Rock Hill throughout the night. A $10 wristband grants fans access to all seven venues from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday night schedule:

▪ Cotton Blue will perform at Player 1 Up, 140 E. Main St.

▪ Pam Taylor will perform at the Hickory Post, 202 E. Main St.

▪ Judith Porter Jazz will open for Plair at the Tom S. Gettys Center, 201 E. Main St.

▪ Mellogroove will perform at Black and White Alley (behind Jimmy John’s), 153 E. Main St.

▪ The Oneppo Brothers will open weekends at Rock Hill Brewing Company, 121 Caldwell St.

▪ Eric Brown will perform at Flipside Restaurant, 129 Caldwell St.

▪ J’Michael Peeples will perform at The Mercantile’s headquarters at 153 East White St.

How to get there

Those interested in attending the festival can purchase tickets online here, in person at 121 E. Main St. in Rock Hill, or by calling the Arts Council at 803-328-2787.

Festival-goers will be able to exchange pre-purchased tickets for a wristband at any outlet or venue from 6 p.m. on Friday.

Volunteers are needed for the event. Those interested in volunteering can call the Arts Council for more information. Volunteers will receive a festival t-shirt and wristband to enter the festival before or after their shift.

Cailyn Derickson is a city and political reporter for The Herald, covering York, Chester and Lancaster counties. Cailyn graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously worked for The Pilot and The News and Observer.

Braxton Cook wants to keep modernizing jazz music https://slychi.com/braxton-cook-wants-to-keep-modernizing-jazz-music/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 19:21:29 +0000 https://slychi.com/braxton-cook-wants-to-keep-modernizing-jazz-music/

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Braxton Cook shares details about his upcoming album and tells us how he felt returning to New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club.

Cook Braxtonthe world-renowned saxophonist, composer and singer has been releasing his take on jazz music since sharing his debut EP Sketch in 2014. Nearly a week ago, he headlined two shows alongside his band at the New York historic Blue Note Jazz Club, with both sets sold out.

“I’ll be honest, I definitely felt some pressure to come back and play in New York,” Cook said on a Zoom call from his California home.

It was Cook’s first show in New York since 2021 at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere Rooftop. Amid the pressure he felt when he took the stage, he also felt the night felt like a reunion since a few of his band members live on the East Coast. The Emmy-winning musician also shared that the crowd got a taste of a new album he’s been working on (but didn’t reveal when the project will arrive).

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Greenbelt in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Cook has loved music for as long as he can remember. His parents (father, a pastor; mother, a classically trained pianist) took him and his three brothers (Cook is the second oldest) into various pursuits like basketball and theater in hopes to help them “find our passions”. Taking piano lessons as a child played a role in Cook’s growing love for music, but it was when he started playing the saxophone aged 13 that he found his instrument. predilection. His father is the reason Braxton became obsessed with this instrument from the age of five.

The family moved around a lot but eventually they put down roots in Silver Spring, Maryland. While in Montgomery County — which Braxton called “sidity” — he attended Springbrook High School. His stay there was decisive; he studied the saxophone and took advanced lessons. After graduating in 2009, Cook attended Georgetown University to study English. While there, he worked and gigged on U Street, gradually becoming a fixture in the DC jazz community.

Two years later, he transferred to the Juilliard School where he continued his studies and decided to pursue a full-time musical career. This chance he took on himself proved to be worth it, as New York gave him new space to cut his teeth as a musician and artist, leading to a long-standing collaborative relationship. with Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott, as well as tours and performances. with the Christian McBride Big Band and Jon Batiste. He finally launched his solo career in 2014, with a burgeoning fan base and critically acclaimed tours and performances.

Cook’s soulful sound seamlessly blends jazz with funk, soul and gospel, a testament to the passionate and thoughtful work he does as an independent artist. Each of his albums is the product of the years he spent honing his craft and reinventing himself, as he did with the 2020s. fire sign, an album that saw him delve further into an R&B lane. With his next album, he will mix elements he has already explored in the past, while pushing jazz towards modern sounds.

Okayplayer recently caught up with Braxton Cook and talked to him about his life in California as a husband and father, his upcoming album and more.

How does it feel to start the year with a show at the Blue Note?

It feels like a restart button I felt like I wanted – and all of us, including my band members, everyone, we deserve it. This senseless act of God came through like a storm and ravaged our community. And not only the livelihood of artists, but also that of club owners. It’s an ecosystem.

We lost a lot of music clubs. So it’s a blessing that Blue Note was able to weather this storm. On top of that, it was a blessing that the five of us, my party members and myself, and really a lot of the cats I know, were able to weather this storm. But not everyone. So I don’t take that for granted. It’s just an absolute blessing.

How do you think being a husband and father interferes with your work?

Practically, it will definitely affect your time. You have to learn to – or rather – I have to learn to manage my time better. It’s one thing here because now we’re up at 5:00 in the morning, 5:30, 5:45. Trying to work around nap times, feeding times, all those sorts of things. Me and my wife, we have flexible hours. She is a teacher, works two days a week. I create my own schedule and have shows from time to time. It’s very fortunate, but it sets a precedent for filling our time with specific things that really cater to its development. And we’re adamant about that stuff. It definitely helped me manage my time better.

Braxton Cook's Blue Note Jazz Club

Braxton Cook performing at a sold out show at the Blue Note Jazz Club alongside his band Michael King, Andrew Renfroe, Papa Henry and Curtis Nowosad. Photo credit: Jamel Love

Can you share a bit about your upcoming album?

The plan is, tentatively, that I’d like to scrap probably by the end of the year. Like the last trimester, at the beginning of the last trimester. So probably a fall record, I think, with the fall tour. If not, I will definitely at least release some music this summer. I’m excited about this one. For the first time, I put people on this record. I’m excited to open the record, the music and the sound to others in my community and around me.

What can we expect the sound to sound like?

Basically similar to my folder somewhere in between. I kind of want to stick to my core, in the sense that I’m really from both worlds, both languages. I want to merge the two. This has been the mission from the start. I think [with] fire sign, I went further down that R&B path. It was cool. I mean, it was only eight songs. This one, I want it to be like a 12, 13 song project. And I want to have both fully instrumental tracks and just full R&B for people who love both sides of my art. That’s really it. I’m not going to try to create a whole new name for the sound. But it’s literally like modern jazz, where the sound I feel is enhanced with the 808s, and cool sounds to blend in with the R&B stuff.

A local author introduces young people to the roots of jazz music » WDET 101.9 FM https://slychi.com/a-local-author-introduces-young-people-to-the-roots-of-jazz-music-wdet-101-9-fm/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 21:19:26 +0000 https://slychi.com/a-local-author-introduces-young-people-to-the-roots-of-jazz-music-wdet-101-9-fm/

Sasha Rayyn

Robin Wilson says his house growing up was full of music. His mother sang and his father had a recording studio in the basement. It was the Motown era and the house was filled with the music of the Marvelettes, Stevie Wonder and other great Motown names. And, she said, the house was often filled with jazz.

Wilson says she wrote Mama got rhythm and daddy got rhythm expose young people to jazz and its influence.

“In the script, there’s also a lot of research that I did to incorporate historical references,” Wilson says. “So…young readers, they can really understand how jazz relates to the music they listen to today.”

Robin Wilson says she wrote Mama got rhythm and daddy got rhythm expose young people to jazz and its influence.

The book was originally published in 2009 but was reissued last year. It features beautiful illustrations by a now well-known artist: Mario Moore.

Wilson says she recruited him for the project when Moore was a student at the College for Creative Studies.

“He hadn’t become this big name that he is today. Now he’s graduated from Yale and I’m really proud of him,” Wilson says. “And so it’s an honor to be able to say that he did the illustrations for my book because he has also continued to do amazing things since then.”

Wilson teaches French at Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies in Detroit. She says she uses music as an educational tool when she teaches. When her book was published, she saw a chance to introduce students to jazz.

“When I was playing some of the older classics, they were like, ‘We don’t like jazz.’ And I said, ‘Well, you were just jamming to Trombone Shorty, and that’s jazz,’ she said. heard, they were exposed to it.

“And I hope they continue to explore jazz in some way…I think even the younger generation can find something they really enjoy.”

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  • Sascha Raiyn is an education reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is originally from Detroit and grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.

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Abran Lopez redefines jazz music with his talent https://slychi.com/abran-lopez-redefines-jazz-music-with-his-talent/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 02:09:18 +0000 https://slychi.com/abran-lopez-redefines-jazz-music-with-his-talent/

Passion has a different meaning for everyone in the world. Some consider it a hobby and experience it as an escape but never dare to pursue it. However, some still have the courage to pursue their passion since that is all they have ever lived for. Their whole world revolves around this dream. These people are resilient, hardworking and very inspiring.

Abran Lopez is one of those people who had the courage to pursue what was meant for them. His childhood and adolescence were extremely difficult for many reasons. Coming from a low-income family, opportunities for Abran were few. He understood very early that life is unfair and challenges you very often.

Growing up with autism, he struggled to speak and understand instructions. It held him back and took away many of the chances he deserved as a child. However, this is also when his love for music began. From the age of 6, Abran would understand and respond very well to any musical melody or symphony.

His incredible ability to understand music was wonderful. Abran spent a lot of time playing his grandfather’s saxophone and piano. These instruments were not only an escape for him but also gave him the opportunity to express himself better. Eventually, Abran’s speech began to improve as he entered his teens. This gave her the chance to participate in a local group. His bandmates were extremely impressed with his mastery of many instruments.

To make ends meet, Abran would perform at various events and bars. It was a great way to not only generate money, but also practice and hone your skills. The public listened to it with great attention most of the time, which is rare. After years of struggling and living the same life, he decided something had to change if he was ever going to be successful.

With little savings and even fewer contacts, Abran packed his bags and decided to move to Los Angeles. After doing many auditions and coming into contact with many labels, he made the decision to establish himself as an independent artist. He didn’t want to wait for opportunities but wanted to create one for himself. So he rented a studio and created music every day.

After months of non-stop recording and working, Abran releases his first instrumental album on Spotify. With the help of digital media and the contacts he was able to make in Los Angeles, Abran’s album began to receive over a thousand streams every day. It was the start of the brilliant musical career he had always deserved.

Today Abran is an independent jazz musician and has had the opportunity to tour the world. His fans appreciate his music and shower him with unconditional support and love. His journey is a source of inspiration for many emerging artists of our generation. Pursuing your dreams and refusing to give up leads you on the best path.

Dixieland jazz music to listen to in Walton | Entertainment News https://slychi.com/dixieland-jazz-music-to-listen-to-in-walton-entertainment-news/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://slychi.com/dixieland-jazz-music-to-listen-to-in-walton-entertainment-news/

WALTON – Music on the Delaware will open its 2022 concert season with the Realtime Dixieland Band at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at the Walton Theater at 31 Gardiner Place in Walton.

According to a press release, the Realtime Dixieland Band arrived on the central New York music scene in the summer of 2017. Since then, they have gradually added performance venues.

Dixieland, sometimes called hot jazz, is described as a style of jazz based on the music that developed in New Orleans in the early 20th century.

The band’s repertoire includes music written and/or performed by some of the world’s most renowned jazz artists, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Al Hirt and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, to name a few. to name a few.

Band members include Mark Sands on drums, vocals and emcee; Greg Maistros, clarinet and soprano sax; Gary Solomon, trumpet; Becky Sabin, trombone and vocals; Carl Pickett, sousaphone; David Burch, piano and Matthew Downey, banjo.

Tickets can be purchased and more information obtained at www.musiconthedelaware.org for the in-person, live concert. A brief intermission will allow you to win door prizes.