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Coming soon! DEC 5TH!
Celebration at @mezzrowjazzclub ❤️
(physical copies available for sale pre-release and signing at our live performances // $10 😉) Come to Dizzy's next week tues-sat if you can // 11:15pm! 🎈
This is how a family band prepares for a gig. We're hours away from performing, but I'm pumped! 😀 The tv was blasting, the birds were chirping, and kiddos were lounging. I was eating, screwing up lyrics, and being silly. Sounds productive, right? It seems chaotic, but we accomplished a lot. We had to add some jazz into the mix! 🎹🎵 @stvn_weems
Next up in our spotlight on our WIJO Mentors is the incredible @alexiscole! Hailed as “One of the great voices of today” by Jonathan Schwartz, vocalist Alexis Cole has performed at illustrious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center (@jalcnyc) and The Carlyle. She’s released a dozen albums, and is currently working on a self-produced big band recording. She heads the jazz voice program at SUNY Purchase (@purchasecollege). Alexis (aka Staff Sergeant Cole) spent almost 7 years enlisted in the Army, singing for the West Point Band’s big band. She retired in 2015 to perform and teach full-time. For more on her and her career, go to her website at www.alexiscole.com! 🎤 🎶
Really proud to have released @samknightquintet‘s final video from our recent recording session. Many people have put a lot of hard work into this series and I know the work has paid off! It couldn’t have looked or sounded this good without heir efforts! Check out the full video of ‘Rhoda Jean x Time To Sleep’ (@ilesjazz arrangement) in the Quintet bio!
🚨 NEW RELEASE 🚨
The third and final video from our recent recording series! This tune has two major sections - The intro and outro are an arrangement of a beautiful @ilesjazz piece, 'Rhoda Jean' and the samba-style main section is @samknightsax’s original called 'Time to Sleep', inspired by Rhoda Jean. Full link in our bio!
Video by @benpembery
Mixed by @floyer Syndenham
Recorded by @nbrhcp
TONIGHT DancinDan Productions presents - #AnikaLarsen & her husband #FreddieMaxwell will be performing at @54Below - songs from her cd SING YOU TO SLEEP and their careers - classic songs with a jazz twist - Rehearsal was GREAT !
Jazz in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Earl Whaley was one of the big names in Jazz. His seven man group The Red Hot Syncopators had been huge in Seattle and starting in 1934, they were just as big in Shanghai. The expats and locals were hungry for great jazz music. This lasted even after the Pearl Harbor attack, and well into 1943.
In March of 1943, the Japanese were rounding up people and taking them to concentration camps. While all manner of people were in the camps, the jazz musicians were able to help take people’s minds of their situation. Crowds would dance and generally love the jazz concerts. Many a romance started at the concerts with some couples eventually getting married.
Jazz is a musical form that truly will transform any situation into a party, helping you forget your troubles for a short while.
Composer, Pianist. Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 and he helped define the swinging, smoky rhythms of 1950s and `60s club jazz.
The seminal album 'Time Out' featuring 'Take Five', released by the quartet in 1959, was the first ever million-selling jazz LP and is still among the best-selling jazz albums of all time.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s recordings and concert appearances on college campuses in the ‘50s and early ‘60s introduced jazz to thousands of young people.
The Quartet’s audiences were not limited to students, however. The group played in jazz clubs in every major city and toured in package shows with such artists as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzerald, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz.
In 1954, Dave Brubeck was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time Magazine with a story about the jazz renaissance and Brubeck’s phenomenal ascendancy.
Among awards he received throughout his career were:
*Connecticut Arts Award
*National Medal of Arts Award
*National Endowment for the Arts
*Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
*BBC Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award
*Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy.
In 2008 he was inducted into California Hall of Fame and was a Kennedy Centre Honouree in 2009.
Dave Brubeck, designated a “Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, was one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds.
He was the godfather of cool jazz and paved the way for artists like Chet Baker and Miles Davis.
Dave Brubeck said:
"There's a way of playing safe, there's a way of using tricks and there's the way I like to play which is dangerously where you're going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven't created before"
P.S.: Songs: "Castillian Blues" and "Waltz Limp"
Dave Brubeck – piano
Paul Desmond – alto sax
Eugene Wright – bass
Joe Morello – drums
Joe Morello and Eugene Wright's rhythm section is simultaneously deep in the pocket yet very prevalent in the mix, Paul Desmond's sax solo is relaxed but never shy and D.B.'s solo feels both dissonant and confrontational, yet consonant and beautifully harmonic.