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Cape May Jazz Pays Tribute To Maynard Ferguson Nov 7-9

Maynard Ferguson- for the Grateful Web

November 7-9, 2008, will mark the Cape May Jazz Festival's 15th year and 30th celebration presented by Bank of America. Friday night's opener kicks off with a Tribute to Maynard Ferguson featuring a 16-piece big band led by Ed Vezinho and Jim Ward.  This performance will be held in the theatre at Lower Regional High School. Jon Faddis, internationally acclaimed high-register trumpeter, will solo with the band saluting Ferguson's music. Ferguson, jazz legend and internationally famous big band leader, was one of the world's great trumpet and brass instrument players dazzling the world with his high trumpet blasts.  Ferguson, the kid, set the jazz world on its ear with his innovation and the level of musicianship of his "Birdland Dream Band" back in the 50s.

Pieces of a Dream returns by popular demand performing on Saturday night, also in the theater.  To fill out the schedule, well-known jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan will perform in the Grand Hotel Ballroom Friday, and smooth jazz saxtress Pamela Williams will lend her talents on Saturday night.  Ex-Ferguson musician Denis DiBlasio will bring his band to Carney's on Saturday night, featuring Jim McFalls on the trombone. Also included on this bill are Michael Pedicin, Frank Bey, Edgardo Cintron, Antoinette Montague, David Cole, Bob Ferguson, the Little Jazz Giants and many more plus the always-popular high energy jam sessions and complimentary workshops.

The schedule in its entirety can be found on the web at www.capemayjazz.org, the best source for all the latest on the Cape May Jazz Festival, including music bytes from your favorite artists.  For more information or to be put on the mailing list please call 609-884-7277.

For those who wish to discover all venues and performers, the new Preferred All-Event Weekend Pass gives guests an opportunity to attend 20 jazz performances, including RESERVED SEATING at any 2 concerts at the Theatre at Lower for a special $170 (saving $30 off regular ticket pricing).  The general seating All-Event Weekend Pass is also available for $150.  Individual Friday or Saturday Night All-Event Wristbands are available for $55 each.  Saturday Afternoon Jam Wristbands are available for $35 each, and Sunday Afternoon Jam Wristbands are $25 each.  Tickets go on sale September 15th by calling 1.877.CM.JAZZ.  Information including schedules, pictures, biographies, music clips and ticket order form can be found on www.CapeMayJazz.org or by calling 609.884.7277.   Complementary Festival Transportation is available between venues Friday thru Sunday.

The 30th Cape May Jazz Festival is presented by Bank of America and sponsored by Delaware River and Bay Authority, Barefoot Wines, Yamaha Concert Division, Jazz Times, WRTI Temple University Public Radio, WBGO Jazz 88 FM, WCFA 101.5 LP, WTTH the Touch, Cape May Star & Wave, Cape May Gazette, and Verizon Wireless, with generous support from New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and supported in part by the New Jersey Department of State, Economic Growth & Tourism Commission.  Visitnj.org

Maynard Ferguson - This three time Grammy nominee, consistent Downbeat and Playboy Jazz Poll award winner, was a potent force in the world of music education, making time to personally encourage young musicians. An instrument designer, a record producer, composer, arranger, symphonic guest artist, and film soundtrack artist, Maynard Ferguson was a diverse and energetic musician whose talents far surpass trumpet player.

As might be expected, Maynard's innate musical talents were exhibited at an early age. He has been performing since he first soloed as a child prodigy with the Canadian Broadcasting Co. orchestra in 1939 when Maynard was 11 years old. Born in Montreal, Quebec in May 1928, he was encouraged by his mother, a violinist and school principal, and by age four was playing piano and violin. By nine, he had enrolled in the French Conservatory of Music where he received his formal training.

Maynard Ferguson had his own jazz and dance band at 16. All the players were twice his age except his brother, Percy. By 1948, Maynard had made his debut in the U.S. in Boyd Raeburn's band and the first of three major career periods had begun. In the 50's, he played with Charlie Barnett and Jimmy Dorsey dazzling the jazz world with his high trumpet blasts in the Stan Kenton band. After Kenton, for the next three, he was first-call studio trumpeter and recorded film soundtracks for Paramount including The Ten Commandments. Guesting with symphony conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1955, Maynard Ferguson performed the "Titans" by William Russo, with the New York Philharmonic.

"I'm a person of change and I must be honest to my artistry and my creativity. That's part of the word 'jazz'....it's an adventure."  Maynard Ferguson

WHAT:  30th Cape May Jazz Festival

WHEN:  November 7-9, 2008

WHERE: Theatre at Lower Regional High School, Grand Hotel, Carney's, Cabanas, Congress Hall Boiler Room

WHO:   Tribute to Maynard Ferguson:  Jon Faddis soloing with 16 piece orchestra directed by Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward; Pieces of a Dream, Jackie Ryan, Pamela Williams, Michael Pedicin, Chembo Corniel and Grupo Chaworo; Denis DiBlasio with Jim McFalls; Antoinette Montague with Bill Easley; Frank Bey; Edgardo Cintron; David Cole and Main Street Blues; Bob Ferguson.

BoomBox Brings Non-Stop Dance Party on Tour

Russ Randolph - photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

BoomBox is hitting the road for a non-stop dance party consisting of almost 30 national dates through 2008. The tour plans include near sold-out performances at the legendary Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH, the Pour House in Raleigh, NC, and Cervantes Masterpiece Theater in Denver, CO. On the heels of an up-coming studio release, BoomBox is laying down the groundwork to accomplish great things in 2009.

Hailing from the legendary Muscle Shoals, Alabama, BoomBox offers encyclopedic insight into decades of music and popular culture influence in a one hundred percent original musical message. Comprising of two parts sonic interplay, DJ/producer Russ Randolph and singer/songwriter/guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux have built BoomBox on a foundation of danceable rhythms, hypnotic mixes and shimmering guitar phrases. Adding to the distinctiveness of the experience, the duo incorporates a live DJ with guitars and vocals mixed in real time.

BoomBox takes to the stage each night with unmatched energy and an unspoken vibe, winning audiences over on a city-by-city basis. Evolving through the common visualization of a pair of forward thinking artists from diverse musical backgrounds, BoomBox creates a sound that appeals to an extensive audience for fans of all ages and musical influences. As 2008 winds down, BoomBox is just getting started. With a full touring schedule booked until the end of the year, expect gigantic things from the duo. Intent on infecting the masses with the BoomBox vibe, Randolph and Godchaux's ambition is unrivaled. For fans looking forward to the next great chapter in musical history, the future is now. The future is BoomBox.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

10/24 – Cervantes' Masterpeice Ballroom – Denver, CO
10/25 – Fox Theater – Boulder, CO
10/30 – Rick's Cafe Live – Starkville, MS
10/31 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
11/05 – Rocktown Grill – Harrisonburg, VA
11/06 – Rex Theater – Pittsburg, PA
11/07 – Jigsaw Saloon and Stage – Parma, OH
11/08 – Jigsaw Saloon and Stage – Parma, OH
11/12 – The Lyric Theatre – Oxford, MS
11/15 – Copper Mountain – Copper Mountain, CO
11/28 – Crossroads – Huntsville, AL
12/03 – The Pour House – Charleston, SC
12/04 – Loco's Deli and Pub – Savannah, GA
12/05 – French Quarter Cafe – Statesboro, GA
12/06 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
12/19 – Gottrocks – Greenville, SC
12/20 – Shoreline Ballroom – Hilton Head, SC
01/30 – Newby's Restaurant – Memphis, TN
01/31 – George's Majestic – Fayetteville, AR

Rex Foundation: New Grants, Upcoming Events & More

support the Rex Foundation- for the Grateful Web

The Rex Foundation recently distributed $72,500 in grants, including the 2008 Jerry Garcia, Bill Graham and Ralph J. Gleason Awards.  With these, we have now donated over $1 million since December 1, 2001, the launch of the Rex Foundation's renewal in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding.  In this 25th Anniversary year, let's celebrate the $8.4 million grants to over 1,000 grassroots programs, reflecting our collective power to keep furthering what the Grateful Dead started!

With all the current financial tumult, now is the time for Rex's philanthropic community to show its strength.  Please join Rex at their upcoming benefit concerts to connect with kindred spirits and enjoy great music.  Help Rex continue supporting grassroots programs that are doing the vital work toward a healthy environment with thriving communities:

Saturday, November 29th, a Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra at the Nokia in New York City.  Enjoy a pre-concert party, mingling with the musicians, great concert seating and premium balcony access.  Click here for details.  Help us celebrate the month-long DSO Rex Caravan Tour on the East Coast, where $1 of every ticket sold is contributed to the Rex Foundation.

Saturday, December 13th, our 25th Anniversary Black Tie-Dye Ball at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.  Save the date for this very special evening of music.  Details will follow soon.

Read their just-published newsletter Perspectives on The World As It Could Be to gain new insights and inspiration about how we can, individually and collectively, visualize and move toward a global community that promotes hope and justice for all, while being economically and environmentally sustainable for generations to come.  With the imminent November 4th election, we hope the writings encourage voting and support for continuing civic engagement.

Check out the video of this year's original performance called The World As It Could Be - Where There's A Will There's A Way, created by the youth of the Destiny Arts Center Performance Troupe.  Because of the success of this performance and overall creative project, Rex is now working with Balboa High School in San Francisco to create pilot curriculum on using the creative arts to deepen the teaching of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as part of the overall The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Project.  This is all possible because of the support of project sponsors and your generous contributions.

All that Rex is doing is captured by the Rex Community Caravan, their virtual vehicle for traveling together to connect the arts, community and grassroots philanthropy.  Your contributions and participation in their events make all the difference!  Help them celebrate.  Let's show how contributions of $5 or more add up quickly and how we can, together, further what the Grateful Dead started for another 25 years

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival Featuring 'The Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz 'at Birdland

Django Reinhardt- for the Grateful Web

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival carries on the legacy of the virtuoso gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT and his 'hot swing' style of playing that started a musical revolution in France and the world in the 30's and 40's when he teamed with master Jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli in the Hot Club Quintette!

The Festival, produced by Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta, goes into gear with a sizzling cast featuring young players.  Many of "The Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz" come from Europe starting with SAMSON SCHMITT from France, son of legendary gypsy guitarist DORADO SCHMITT – this year Samson comes on his own.
 
ANDREAS OBERG hails from Sweden and is a virtuoso 'rock star' of the gypsy guitar.  We are delighted to present him at the Festival for the first time on the heels of his new CD just out on Resonance Records.  LUDOVIC BEIER, a regular from Paris, is an accordion and accordina master along with being an accomplished Composer… a bright star on the horizon! 
 
Joining the band is TIMBO, French swing violinist and regular of Samson's band in Europe along with 18-year old BRONSON, rhythm player and younger brother of Samson coming to the US for the first time. KRUNO SPISIC, from Philadelphia, a swinging gypsy guitar player, with movie-star appeal, returns to Birdland to wow the audiences.  Add to all this the new American gypsy band, The HOT CLUB of DETROIT made up of 5 young musicians who have deep Jazz Gypsy roots and swing like mad! Their new CD is on Mack Avenue Records.

The veteran of the group is bassist BRIAN TORFF. He plays a mean bass and holds everything together as Musical Director.

Every year, we have a Jazz great from this side of the ocean as a Special Guest each night including JOEL FRAHM who plays the sax as hot hot as it can be.  EDMAR CASTANEDA, virtuoso on the Colombian Jazz Harp, brings an original excitement to the music.  HOWARD LEVY is a Harmonica Master (classical and Jazz) whose rip-roaring technique and personality are a great match for the gypsies. It will be a 'first' with WYCLIFFE GORDON, trombonist, playing the music of Django, with his special magic, as will DAVID LANGLOIS who plays the 'washboards,' an unusual percussion instrument that is great fun!

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival is known for 'hot swinging/romantic' music in the style of Django Reinhardt.  There will be smiles on and offstage, sheer joy, original collaborations, ...and most importantly, gypsy swing on the highest level.

Schedule: Nov. 4,5,6: Samson Schmitt, Andreas Oberg, Ludovic Beier, Kruno Spisic, Bronson, Timbo, Brian Torff + Joel Frahm (4th), Howard Levy (5th), Wycliffe Gordon (6th)
          Nov. 7,8,9: Samson, Ludovic, Kruno, Bronson, Timbo, Brian and The Hot Club of Detroit + Edmar Castaneda (7th), Joel Frahm (8th) David Langlois (9th).

Participating Sponsors:  RD WRIGHT Inc., MACK AVENUE Records, JOHN PEARSE STRINGS, MANOUCHE GUITARS, ROLAND US.
 
BIRDLAND:  315 W. 44th Street,  (good food - validated parking nearby)
Reservations 212 581 3080 or http://www.birdlandjazz.com-/  shows 8:30 & 11 pm

$45 orchestra seating - $35 general admission

RatDog, Phil Lesh & Friends to Welcome 2009 in San Francisco

Bob Weir & RatDog & Phil Lesh & Friends to Co-Headline each night. Jackie Greene to support each night.

Pre-sales through GDTS Too and Musictoday shall start accepting postmarks for GDTS Too and be initialized for internet sales via Musictoday, starting on Thursday, October 16. Musictoday to start at Noon EST. Pre-sales for GDTS and Musictoday shall conclude on Friday, October 31 at 6:00 PM EST.

Happy 61st Birthday, Bob Weir!

Bobby is 61 years young today.  Thank you for keeping it going after all these years. We love you, Mr Weir!

Family Dog's "Chet Helms Tribal Stomp" Release party Nov 7th

Chet Helms Tribal Stomp- for the Grateful Web

At long last after 2 years of editing and mixing 2b1 Multimedia Inc. is proud to announce the release of the "Chet Helms Tribal Stomp". The package consists of four DVD's and two CD's from the October 2005 concert in Golden Gate Park. Many have called it "the event of the century". The collection centers on the life of "Chet Helms" his influence on the 60's and the "Family Dog."

 

What: The Family Dog's "Chet Helms Tribal Stomp" Memorial concert, sneak preview screening party, Pot Luck.

 

When: November 7th, 7pm to 12pm.

 

Where: 2b1 Multimedia Inc. 3075 17th Street, SF (cross street Folsom)

 

Admission: Free (Open to the Public)

 

Box Set Highlights: 4 DVD's and 2 CD's covering 29 bands, 50 interviews (including people who worked at the family dog), Poster &  Photo Gallery (the family dog), history & liner notes, HD 5 camera video, digitally mastered video and audio, outtakes and much more.  Featuring: Paul Kantner and friends, Blue Cheer, Country Joe, Barry "The Fish" Melton, Lydia Pense, Vince Welnick, David LaFlamme, Canned Heat, Members of Steve Miller's band with Squid Vicious, Nick Gravenites, Annie Sampson, Zero, Quicksilver Gold, Narada Michael Walden, Wavy Gravy, The Charlatans, Terry Haggerty, Jerry Miller, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Rowan Brothers, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Roy Rogers, Natural Act, Jeff Blackburn, James Gurley, Faith Petrice, Roy Blumenfeld, Stephen Gaskin, Michael McClure, Wavy Gravy.

Pepper Announce 'Here Comes the Law Tour 2008'

Pepper- for the Grateful Web

PEPPER had an amazing time with Slightly Stoopid and legends Sly & Robbie on this summer's TAILGATE 2008 summer tour, playing massive sold-out shows throughout the land including Red Rocks in Colorado, Pacific Amphitheatre in Orange County, CA, The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA, Bank Of America Pavilion in Boston and Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The musical merriment continues as the Hawaiian-bred, Southern California-based veteran touring band supports the July release of their fifth album Pink Crustaceans And Good Vibrations with the announcement of their own headlining LAW Records "HERE COMES THE LAW TOUR 2008" for this fall plus extended tour dates in the U.K.

The first half of the tour happens October 9–31 and takes Kaleo Wassman (vocals/guitars), Bret Bollinger (bass/vocals) and Yesod Williams (drums) through 18 markets in the south and mid-west.  Next, PEPPER will join Less Than Jake for a tour of the United Kingdom during the month of November.  In January the trio will return to the road to complete the Pacific Northwest portion of the LAW Records tour (dates TBA).

Joining PEPPER on the 'HERE COMES THE LAW TOUR' are LAW Records label mates Passafire from Savannah, Georgia and The Supervillains from West Palm Beach, Florida.  After spending the last two years supporting Grow Yer Own with non-stop touring, the buzz for The Supervillains has been growing for their long awaited follow-up release MASSIVE. Set for release November 25 on Hawaii's own LAW Records, the label owned by longtime tour mates Pepper, MASSIVE aims to be as huge as its title. The record was the result of a six-week stay at Orlando's Fighting Records Studios with producer James Wisner and features guest appearances from Slightly Stoopid's Kyle MacDonald and ex-Inner Circle vocalist Kris Bentley. The most polished and definitive Supervillains' CD to date, it includes re-creations of the most classic Villain anthems, explosive new songs, two dub tracks and a must-hear cover of Billy Joel's "Movin' Out."

Passafire join the tour in support of their 2007 release Submersible which was produced alongside Steve Nall at Long Island Recording Studios in Lexington, Kentucky.   Their first self-titled release routinely receives spins on 99X, WNNX in Atlanta GA, WOCM 98.1FM Irie Radio in Ocean City MD, Sirius Radio Jam On, Roots On Sky.fm and on Reggae Redemption Radio in Wilmington NC. Tracks from their first release were also featured on the 2007 Jeep Hawaii Pro Windsurfing DVD distributed internationally by Sportshows TV Ltd.

In other PEPPER news, sadly their annual Kona Town Music Festival in Hawaii has been cancelled due to the environment as well as increasing fuel costs.   The very active volcano on the Big Island has been spewing out toxic sulfuric acid, causing respiratory problems for residents and more so for tourists who are not accustomed to it. The band apologizes and is working on getting out to the islands for a tour in the spring on their own.

 

About PEPPER:

PEPPER has amassed a large and loyal following through their non-stop touring since arriving in the Southern California after leaving Hawaii's Big Island 11 years ago.  The trio has sold over 400,000 records independently; their music has appeared in many movie, television and video game soundtracks; and they've had a couple of singles appear on the Billboard "Hot Modern Rock Tracks" chart. Their fifth studio album PINK CRUSTACEANS AND GOOD VIBRATIONS—released via their self-run label LAW Records, in association with Controlled Substance Sound Labs/MRI distribution—is filled with the band's trademark rock-funk-reggae hybrid grooves.  It was produced by Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers - who also took to the boards on the band's fourth album No Shame - and engineered by Wyn Davis at Total Access Studio in Redondo Beach.

PEPPER's tour dates are as follows:

DATE                          CITY                                       VENUE

Thu      10/2                 Fresno, CA                         Big Fresno Fair

Sat      10/4                 Las Vegas, NV                      X-Fest

U.S. Tour w/ Passafire and The Supervillains

Wed    10/15                  Corpus Christi, TX                 House of Rock

Thu    10/16                  San Antonio, TX                    White Rabbit 

Fri    10/17                  Dallas, TX                         House of Blues

Sat    10/18                  Austin, TX                         Stubb's

Sun    10/19                  Houston, TX                        House of Blues

Mon    10/20                  St. Petersburg, FL                 Jannus Landing

Wed    10/22                  Orlando, FL                        House of Blues

Thu    10/23                  Myrtle Beach, SC                   House of Blues

Fri    10/24                  Carrboro, NC                       Cat's Cradle

Sat    10/25                  Towson, MD                         Recher Theatre

Sun    10/26                  New York, NY                       Fillmore

Tue    10/28                  Detroit, MI                        St. Andrew's Hall

Wed    10/29                  Columbus, OH                       Newport Music Hall

Thu    10/30                  Covington, KY                      Madison Theater

Fri    10/31                  Chicago, IL                        Metro

United Kingdom Tour w/ Less Than Jake and Beat Union

Sun     11/2                  Norwich                            UEA

Mon     11/3                  Northampton                        Roadmender

Tue     11/4                  Swansea                            Brangwyn Hall

Wed     11/5                  Exeter                             Great Hall

Thu     11/6                  Bristol                            Carling Academy

Sat     11/8                  Nottingham                         Rock City

Sun     11/9                  Birmingham                         Carling Academy

Mon     11/10                 Southampton                        Guildhall

Tue     11/11                 Oxford                             Carling Academy

Wed     11/12                 London                             Astoria

Sat     11/15                 Leeds                              Academy Leeds

Sun     11/16                 Manchester                         Manchester University

Mon     11/17                 Newcastle                          Northumbria University

Tue     11/18                 Aberdeen                           Moshulu

Wed     11/19                 Glasgow                            ABC

Jazz Museum Events: Oct. 14-17, 2008

Jonathan Batiste- for the Grateful Web

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem begins the week on Tuesday with an analysis and listening session on Jazz in Europe and Australia, and ends with a live performance by the exciting young jazz pianist and recent Juilliard Jazz program graduate Jonathan Batiste on Friday. Between those two events, join us on Thursday night, which brings WBGO and Sirius Satellite Radio jazz host Rhonda Hamilton to the Harlem School of the Arts (new series location) for a Harlem Speaks talk. For those in the tri-state New York area, come meet the person behind the voice you've heard all these years.
 
We invite you to attend as many of our events this week as you can, to enhance your grasp of the international influence of this music, join in conversation with a noted jazz host on the current scene, and experience a live trio of young musicians pointing the way toward its future.
                    
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Jazz Around the World: Europe and Australia
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | register online
Instructor: Loren Schoenberg
 
Jazz has been accorded a level of respect and admiration in Europe since the 1930s rivaling the reception to jazz found anywhere, including the U.S. That's why some black American jazz musicians became expatriates to Europe: they so appreciated the social acceptance of the music there as well as being treated with a human dignity all-too-rare because of racism at home. Saxophonists Don Byas, Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin are just three examples of musicians who found life in the Old World more amenable than in the New World.
 
What is it about the European understanding of the role of art in culture and society that led to an even higher appreciation of jazz there than in the native land of the music's origins? What European and Australian musicians have made a mark on jazz in the past? Of course, the beloved British jazz pianist George Shearing readily comes to mind, but who are the others? Even now there are musicians making a mark, such as Perth, Australian saxophonist Troy Roberts, a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.
 
Then there are those attempts to combine elements from the European concert tradition and American jazz, some more successful than others. These and related topics are fodder for exploration, especially if you bring some thoughts, questions and insights of your own.
 
This is Jazz for Curious Listeners, so we welcome your input. See you there.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

HARLEM SPEAKS
6:30pm
Rhonda Hamilton, jazz broadcaster, WBGO
Location:
Harlem School of the Arts
(645 St. Nicholas Avenue, off 141st street)
FREE | Reservations: 212-348-8300
 
Please note our new location this month.

Rhonda Hamilton, a native New Yorker, is the host and producer of a popular jazz program which airs weekdays, 10AM - 2PM, on WBGO/Jazz 88FM in Newark, NJ.
 
In 1976, Ms. Hamilton graduated from Boston University's School of Public Communication, receiving a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film. She also studied acting at the Actor's Studio in Boston. She began her career in radio in 1975 as a jazz announcer/producer at WBUR-FM in Boston. She later became the music director for WBUR. At WBZ-TV in Boston, she worked as a music reviewer and commentator on the public affairs program, "Mzizi Roots."

Returning to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area in March 1979, Ms. Hamilton came to WBGO at the station's inception and has played a key role in making Jazz 88 one of the finest and most listened to jazz stations in the world. In 1979 and 1980, she won the New York Jazz Award for Best Jazz DJ "in appreciation of a major contribution to the cultural life of our region."
 
In 1995 she was recognized "for her achievements in the world of jazz" as the recipient of The Ladies in Jazz Award from Mayor Giuliani of New York and the Harlem Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Hamiton's work has taken her to three continents. In 1984 she was invited to attend the first Senegalese Festival of Jazz and African Music. While in Dakar, Senegal, Ms. Hamilton was interviewed as a featured guest on a national TV news program. In 1985 she was invited to Europe by the Danish Tourist Board to document the Scandinavian jazz scene. After traveling to Brazil, Ms. Hamilton exposed the American public to various aspects of Brazilian culture - music, dance, film, food, religion, etc. - when she hosted a series of 36 programs called "Brazil/New York" which aired on WNYC-TV in 1985 and 1986.

In addition to her work at WBGO, Ms. Hamilton also does commercial and industrial voice-overs and is often called upon to host/narrate film, video and radio productions for such organizations as WNET-TV PBS/Channel 13 in New York, National Public Radio, Columbia Records and Japan Television NHK. She was the host of the nationally syndicated radio series "Big Apple Jazz", "American Women in Jazz" and "The Voices of Jazz," which she also co-produced.

Ms. Hamilton frequently hosts special music and cultural events in such historic places as the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Beacon Theater and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In 1993 she produced and moderated a Symposium on Women in Jazz for the Newark Jazz Festival and in 1996 she was a guest speaker on "Jazz and The Media" at the first annual Mary Lou Williams Women's Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Friday, October 17, 2008

HARLEM IN THE HIMALAYAS
7:00pm
Jonathan Batiste Trio
Location:
Rubin Museum of Art
(150 West 17th Street)
$18 in advance | $20 at door |
Box Office: 212.620.5000 ext. 344
 
Jonathan Batiste, piano
Phil Kuehn, bass
Louis Hayes, drums

Jonathan Batiste was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1986. He was first introduced to music through his family's band, the Batiste Brothers Band, in which he played percussion at the age of 8, switching to the piano at age 11.  

By the age of 16 years old, Jonathan could be seen performing with some of New Orleans' most outstanding and respected musicians, including the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield, Nicholas Payton, Alvin Batiste, Cyril Neville, Donald Harrison, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews at venues such as New Orleans' Snug Harbor, Tipitinas, Funky Butt as well as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival where he debuted his band in 2005. By the age of 17, he released his first CD as a leader entitled "Times in New Orleans." Also that year, Jonathan was selected through a nationwide search to be a member of the 2004 Gibson/Baldwin Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles in which he performed, in trio format, at the Grammy week of events as well as the Grammy pre-telecast and post celebration in Los Angeles.

In 2004, Jonathan graduated from St. Augustine High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) under the tutelage of Alvin Batiste, Michael Pellera, and others. NOCCA is a high-level fine arts conservatory that has produced alumni such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Terrence Blanchard and many more. Jonathan auditioned at The Juilliard School for the 2004-2005 school year and was accepted. He graduated from Juilliard in 2008. Since his arrival to New York he has been performing regularly around the city with his trio. His most recent release entitled "Live In New York: At The Rubin Museum Of Art" features the talents of his trio (Phillip Kuehn and Joe Saylor), as well as his skills as a pianist and composer in a live acoustic setting.

He recently was awarded the "Movado Future Legend" award in jazz and has been playing around the world with his trio from Portugal to New York. He joined his fellow Juilliard piano colleague Aaron Diehl and one of his key influences, Marcus Roberts, on stage at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room for a solo piano recital titled, "Ragtime, Stride and Stomp."

Join us as Jonathan returns to the Rubin for what promises to be another evening of memorable music.

Mahjongg Kick Off European Tour This Week

Mahjongg- for the Grateful Web

Originally formed in the great bounteous Midwest region of the United States "Mahjongg" began as a simple experiment between The Grid and The Sphere.  To attract the brood orientation of the young mind, Mahjongg knew the only way to spread Kontpab's message was by forming a musiK band.  This ever-expanding Sect uses "irratainment" to teach the warnings and Revelations of the almighty god Kontpab. Kontpab basically warns the human race of the mass "funneling" of the populace minds into The Grid.

Once trapped in The Grid themselves, Kontpab instructed Mahjongg to make a pilgrimage to Chicago, IL., where they would form their first  "warning orbs," at local art spaces and bars, and in turn be shown the light that is The Sphere.  It was during this time that the Machinegong EP was recorded, and their first attempt to leave Kontpab's message sublimated in the patricians of the clubs was a success.  Kontpab showed Mahjongg that The Grid's seemingly well-defined rules and laws could in fact be used against The Grid itself.

Many not briefed on the vast Kontpab religion will never fully understand Mahjongg during their "Warning Orbs," so they cut another album to set into stone what Kontpab had clearly shown them: Raydoncong 2005 . Again using The Grid's vast amalgam of mathematical tools against itself, The Sect were able to demonstrate to the brood, for instance with prime numbered polyrhythms, that not only was the path to The Sphere full of spectacle and self awakening, but pharmaceuticals, beer, and dancing as well.  It was here that Mahjongg became not only teacher, but student, and this is where The Chicago Sects association with the Water Babies began.

Born into the great Chicago winter of '06 in the septic rivers of the Magikal Forest, the Water Babies used Kontpabs undivided and all seeing power to unlock The Sphere's greatest secret: improvisation. With these new teachings from the almighty Kontpab, Mahjongg was able to create a new church and recording studio for the Chicago Sect.  Soon the tapestries of aural chaos were tempered and perfected.  Software was upgraded and drums tuned.  With nervous but relevant hair follicles and motley threads, Mahjongg hit the scene.  Many eons of "Warning Orbs" have since commenced, but the human race still chooses to "funnel" into The Grid.  It is because of this that Mahjongg is left with no choice but to invoke the name of our great God almighty itself.  And it is with this name we proudly present to you our new album, Kontpab.  For we are all Kontpab.

European Tour

Oct 8, 2008 - Rome, Italy Init
Oct 9, 2008 - Pisa, Italy Caracol
Oct 10, 2008 - Genova, Italy Burrida
Oct 11, 2008 - Marseille, France Festival Actoral
Oct 12, 2008 - Bordeaux, France Saint-Ex
Oct 14, 2008 - Brest, France Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Brest
Oct 15, 2008 - Brest, France Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Brest
Oct 16, 2008 - Brest, France Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Brest
Oct 17, 2008 - Dublin, Ireland Whelans Cap
Oct 18, 2008 - Glasgow, Scotland Stereo
Oct 22, 2008 - Cardiff, Wales Clwb Ifor Bach
Oct 23, 2008 - Brighton, England Freebutt
Oct 24, 2008 - London, England Upset the Rhythm
Oct 25, 2008 - Rouen, France Emporium Galorium
Oct 26, 2008 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands Studio K
Oct 27, 2008 - Hamburg, Germany Astra Stube
Oct 28, 2008 - Leipzig, Germany Frueh Auf
Oct 29, 2008 - Dresden, Germany Scheune
Oct 30, 2008 - Berlin, Germany Bang Bang Club
Nov 1, 2008 - Boulogne-Billancourt, France Festival BBmix / Carré Bellefeuille
Nov 2, 2008 - Darmstadt, Germany Oetinger Villa
Nov 3, 2008 - Basel, Switzerland Hirscheneck
Nov 4, 2008 - Esslingen, Germany Komma
Nov 5, 2008 - Koln, Germany Tsunami
Nov 6, 2008 - Trier, Germany Ex Haus
Nov 7, 2008 - Metz, France Festival Musiques Volantes / Les Trinitaires
Nov 8, 2008 - Lausanne, Switzerland Festival Métropop / Le Romandie
Nov 13, 2008 - Castellon, Spain Tanned Tin Festival