celebrating

Azar Lawrence Sextet @ Tribeca Performing Arts Center

When saxophonist Azar Lawrence first burst on to the jazz scene in the '70s he was hailed by many as the second coming of John Coltrane.  "Azar Lawrence burns like a bright, hot flame at the altar of his muse. Given the ever-present fire danger in the Southland, a fire truck should remain on call when Lawrence blows. " raves  AllAboutJazz.  BMCC Tribeca PAC’s Lost Jazz Shrines series is dedicated to bringing legendary New York City jazz clubs back into the consciousness of the world with a thorough remembrance and celebration.  Our opening night concert will be a tribute to the late Rashied Ali. Saxophonist Azar Lawrence performed there frequently, and Rashied Ali played the drums on his next release.

Azar Lawrence Sextet
Lost Jazz Shrines Series Part 1 Celebrating Ali’s Alley
May 7, 8:30PM, $25

BMCC TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street
(212) 220 -1460 | www.TribecaPAC.org

Prez Fest 2010 March 14, 2010 Celebrating Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

During his life time, the legendary drummer Art Blakey performed at Saint Peter’s Church, ‘The Jazz Church,” many times. He was well known for his Jazz Messengers “school of jazz” which produced many legendary jazz musicians of today, including Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Terrence Blanchard, Billy Harper, Brian Lynch, Donald Harrison, Reggie Workman, Bobby Watson and many others. All told there were 150 musicians who passed through his “school” over several decades.

For this festival, we are partnering with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 104 East 126th Street # 2C, New York City which is offering a series of events celebrating the legacy of Art Blakey including Jazz for Curious Listeners on Tuesdays in March from 7 to 8 PM and on Saturday, March 13 from Noon to 4 PM “An In-Depth Look and Listen to Art Blakey” panel.

Prez Fest 2010 Celebrating Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – March 14, 2010 at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, NY, NY.  Program begins at 3 PM and includes panel discussion, drum technique demonstration, jazz vespers and a concert.  $20 suggested ticket donation and $10 students donation with student ID.  http://www.saintpeters.org/ 212 935 2200. Take the “E” train to Lexington Avenue or the “6” to 51st Street. Press contacts: Ike Sturm, 212 935 2200 or Lynne Mueller 917 207 4953.

The Jazz Committee at Saint Peter’s Church / Midtown Arts Commons presents:

Prez Fest 2010 – March 14, 2010

Celebrating Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

Saint Peter’s Church “The Jazz Church”

619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York City

Tickets Here

Salmon & Friends Celebrating "20 Years of Leftover Salmon" - January 2nd Ogden Theatre Denver, CO

Leftover Salmon will conclude its "20 Years of Salmon" run with a Salmon and Friends event at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on Saturday January 2nd. Many special guests and long time friends of the band will be in attendance to perform. $1 for each ticket sold will go to benefit one of Leftover Salmon's friends, Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward, who's currently suffering from severe liver disease (www.littlefeat.net). This show will admit ages 16 and up.

On December 30th & 31st, Leftover Salmon will celebrate 20 years as a band at the Boulder Theater! On New Year's Eve 1989 the band and its name Leftover Salmon was born with a show at the Eldo in Crested Butte, CO.

Tickets for the Ogden Show on sale now through our fan ticketing this Wednesday September 30th at 10 a.m. MST. We have only a limited amount tickets that will be sold through our ticketing. All tickets purchased through Leftover Salmon ticketing will receive unique commemorative tickets to document this special event.

These shows will go on sale to the general public at the Ogden Theatre box office starting Saturday October 3rd online at 10 a.m. MST and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

PREZ FEST 2009 CELEBRATING BILLY STRAYHORN

Legendary Composer, Arranger, Pianist March 14 and 15, 2009 At Saint Peter’s Church, 54th and Lexington, New York City

Billy Strayhorn… the biggest human being who ever lived, a man with the greatest courage, the most majestic stature, a highly skilled musician whose impeccable taste commanded the respect of all musicians and the admiration of all listeners. —Duke Ellington
 
Saturday, March 14

3:00 PM Two-hour listening session of Billy Strayhorn recordings
Free

Sunday, March 15

 

4:00 PM   David Hajdu, author of Lush Life, presents
                                             “Dancing Without Duke: Strayhorn’s Work Away from Ellington”
Free

5:00 PM Jazz Vespers with Junior Mance / Hide Tanaka Duo
Freewill Offering

7:00 PM CONCERT with Randy Weston, Billy Taylor, Jeb Patton, David Wong, Winard Harper, Valerie Capers, John Robinson, Earl Williams, Aaron Diehl, Gene Bertoncini, Sara Caswell, Alan Ferber, Dan Pratt, Nate Radley, Gary Wang, Jimmy Owens, Mike Howell, Mike Hashim, Ehud Asherie, Darius deHaas, 18-piece Jazz Band Classic directed by Chris Winans, The Ellington Legacy Band (with Edward Ellington, Norman Simmons, Virginia Mayhew, Nancy Reed, Jami Dauber, Paul Wells, Tom DiCarlo, Noah Bless) and Jimmy Owens will be the emcee
$20 Suggested Donation-- tickets at http://www.saintpeters.org/jazz

An exhibit of Billy Strayhorn memorabilia will be an important part of the tribute.

 
Produced by the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s Church and The Duke Ellington Society, TDES, Inc.
More information at http://www.saintpeters.org/jazz or 212 935 2200
 
Take the “E” train to Lexington Avenue or “#6” to 51st Street

Prez Fest 2009 | Celebrating Billy Strayhorn | March 14 & 15

Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn- for the Grateful Web

Saint Peter's Church, known worldwide as the "Jazz Church," will present "Prez Fest 2009 — Celebrating Billy Strayhorn."  The festival begins with a listening session of Billy Strayhorn recordings on Saturday, March 14 at 3:00 PM and continues on Sunday with a lecture on Billy Strayhorn at 4:00 PM, Jazz Vespers at 5:00 PM and a Concert at 7:00 PM.  A variety of groups will perform the music of Billy Strayhorn.  Billy Strayhorn's piano was gifted to the church years ago and its refurbishing will be celebrated.

Billy Strayhorn (1915–1967), composer, arranger and pianist, was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in Hillsborough, N.C. and Pittsburgh, Pa. where he received his musical training.  He first met Duke Ellington in 1938 and worked in close collaboration with him for three decades.  Some of the world's great compositions were written by Billy Strayhorn:  Take the A Train, Lush Life, Chelsea Bridge, Something to Live For, Day Dream, Rain Check, Passion Flower, Midriff, Rain Check and Johnny Come Lately. In collaboration with Duke Ellington, he produced many concert works including: Perfume Suite, Such Sweet Thunder and A Drum is a Woman.

"Billy Strayhorn… the biggest human being who ever lived, a man with the greatest courage, the most majestic stature, a highly skilled musician whose impeccable taste commanded the respect of all musicians and the admiration of all listeners."  —Duke Ellington

David Hajdu, scholar and author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn, will speak about Billy Strayhorn on Sunday at 4:00 PM with recorded music.  Junior Mance and Hide Tanako (piano/bass duo) will lead the music at Jazz Vespers at 5:00 PM.

Musicians who are already confirmed to perform at the Sunday evening concert include Randy Weston, Jimmy Heath, Billy Taylor, Jeb Patton, David Wong, Valerie Capers, John Robinson, Earl Williams, Aaron Diehl, Gene Bertoncini, Sara Caswell, Kenny Davis, Mike Howell, and The Ellington Legacy Band with Edward Ellington, Norman Simmons, Virginia Mayhew, Nancy Reed, Jami Dauber, Paul Wells, Tom DiCarlo, Noah Bless, and the Jazz Band Classic (18-pieces), and others.  Jimmy Owens will be the emcee and will also perform.
 
"Prez Fest" is a jazz festival created to celebrate the talents of jazz legends who are no longer with us and about whom people should learn more.  Last year Billie Holiday was honored.  In the future, the plan is to honor a different jazz legend each year.  The name "Prez Fest" has blossomed out of the "To Prez with Love," a tribute to Lester Young which had been held at Saint Peter's for over 30 years.  By using Prez in the name of the festival we continue to honor Lester Young and his music.

The Jazz Ministry of Saint Peter's Church is "a home for diverse individuals and communities which celebrates the dignity and vitality of Jazz, provides vibrant liturgy and pastoral care, and through intersecting partnerships, offers jazz programs, education and services."  An outreach program of Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in New York City, The Jazz Ministry was founded in 1965 by the late Reverend John Garcia Gensel who created Jazz Vespers, a worship service featuring a wide range of jazz musicians that is held each Sunday at 5:00 PM.  Our pastors include Amandus Derr, Jared Stahler, Bill Eschen and Héctor Ribone.  The Jazz Ministry thrives today with many events and programs such as All Nite Soul, Prez Fest, Jazz on the Plaza, Women in Jazz Festival, Seminars for Musicians, Midtown Jazz at Midday, memorials, tributes, concerts, and others yet to be developed, to serve the jazz community.

The Duke Ellington Society (TDES, Inc.) is an organization dedicated to celebrating the life, music and legacy of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.  TDES, Inc. was incorporated in 1992 as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization in the state of New York.  Founded during Duke's lifetime in 1959, it will observe its 50th anniversary in 2009 and it has grown to over 450 members representing 25 countries.  Members meet once a month, usually on the third Wednesday, at Saint Peter's Church for a variety of listening sessions, concerts, lectures and parties.  Meetings begin at 7:30 PM and all are welcome.

"Prez Fest 2009—Celebrating Billy Strayhorn" takes place on March 14 and 15, 2009 at Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street).
Saturday, March 14: 3:00 PM  Two-hour listening session of well-known and rare Billy Strayhorn recordings. Free  
Sunday, March 15: 4:00 PM  Presentation by David Hajdu, author of Lush Life.  Free
5;00 PM: Jazz Vespers with Junior Mance / Hide Tanako Duo Free Will Offering
7:00 PM: Concert — $20 Suggested Donation — Tickets available at the door.
212 935 2200 ● "E" train to Lexington Avenue or "#6" to 51st Street

Celebrating 11 Years, Black-Tie Dye Ball & Cosmic NYE

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Last Friday at the Pageant in St. Louis, Dark Star Orchestra threw a Halloween Bash to remember. Set to the sounds of an inspired original set list, attendees joined in the holiday spirit with some truly fantastic costumes. Check out some of the best dressed and see if you snuck into a shot or two now posted online. Thanks to everyone for coming out!

Dan Healy Hops Aboard For The Rex Caravan Tour

As if helping out the Grateful Dead-founded Rex Foundation with a $1 per ticket donation wasn't reason enough to come catch Dark Star Orchestra this fall, we will also be joined for the entire tour by Dan Healy, the Grateful Dead's sound man for over three decades. If you haven't already heard us mixed by Dan you really should come check it out. DSO will be making stops throughout the Northeast starting with a two night stand at the 9:30 Club in DC this weekend with special guest Hot Buttered Rum on the first night, as well as our return to the State Theater in Ithaca Tuesday, November 18, our first visit since releasing: Ithaca 30 Years Later: The Video on DVD. Hope to see you there!

The Big Three

The elevens come together at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH, as 11/11/08 marks the band's 11th Anniversary. Join DSO's sonic celebration of playing out the Grateful Dead's music to audiences worldwide since forming in Chicago at Martyr in in 1997. Buy your tickets HERE.

The Black Tie Dye Ball, to benefit the Rex Foundation, returns to the East Coast once again, this year to be held in Times Square on Saturday, November 29, the second of their two-night stay at the Nokia Theatre. Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay will be joining the band on Friday night and a surprise special guest will join DSO on Saturday. Be sure to come and join us for two nights of great music! For fans that have already purchased tickets to the 11/29 Nokia Theatre show, you may upgrade your tickets to include the Rex Foundation reception and meet & greet with the band by visiting The Rex Foundation website.

Tickets are on-sale now for DSO's Cosmic New Year's Eve performance at Ram's Head Live! in Baltimore, MD. Plan to ring in 2009 with DSO and secure your tickets now. Tickets include a Champagne Toast, Finger Foods and Party Favors. DSO will perform three shows leading up to New Year's Eve including 12/28 at The National in Richmond, VA, 12/29 at the NorVa in Norfolk, VA, and 12/30 at an East Coast venue still TBA.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Rex Caravan Tour
Fri 11/07 9:30 Club Washington, DC  
Sat 11/08 9:30 Club Washington, DC  
Sun 11/09 Paramount Center for the Arts Peekskill, NY  
Tues 11/11 Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH TICKETS
Thur 11/13 Calvin Theater Northampton, MA  
Fri 11/14 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA  
Sat 11/15 Palace Theatre Albany, NY  
Sun 11/16 McCarter Theatre Princeton, NJ  
Tues 11/18 State Theatre of Ithaca Ithaca, NY TICKETS
Thur 11/20 Garde Arts Center New London, CT TICKETS
Fri 11/21 Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA  
Sat 11/22 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
Sun 11/23 Klein Auditorium Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
Sun 11/25 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY  
Wed 11/26 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  
Fri 11/28 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Black Tie-Dye Ball
Sat 11/29 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Mon 12/01 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Tues 12/02 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Thur 12/04 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE  
Fri 12/05 Theater @ Lancaster Host Resort Lancaster, PA TICKETS
Sat 12/06 Shea Center For The Performing Arts Wayne, NJ  
Cosmic New Year's Run
Sun 12/28 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
Mon 12/29 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
Tues 12/30 TBA TBA  
Cosmic New Year's Eve
Wed 12/31 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD TICKETS
2009 Tour Dates - Just Announced!
Wed 1/28 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL  
Thu 1/29 Jannus Landing St Petersburg, FL  
Fri 1/30 Florida Theater Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
Sat 1/31 Club Cinema Pompano Beach, FL TICKETS
Tue 2/3 Workplay (Tentative) Birmingham, AL  
Thu 2/5 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS  
Fri 2/6 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sat 2/7 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sun 2/8 House of Blues (Tentative) Myrtle Beach, SC  
Thu 2/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC  
Fri 2/13 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC  
Sat 2/14 Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head, SC TICKETS
Sun 2/15 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC  
Tue 2/17 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA  
Thu 2/19 Madison Theater Covington, KY  
Fri 2/20 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
Sat 2/21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN  
Tue 2/24 Carnegie Music Hall Munhall, PA  
Wed 2/25 House of Blues Cleveland, OH TICKETS
Thu 2/26 The Vic Chicago, IL  
Fri 2/27 The Riverside Milwaukee, WI  
Sat 2/28 The Barrymore Madison, WI  

Celebrating New Harlem Jazz

Marc Cary- for the Grateful Web

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce the first concert of our fall 2008 season. "Celebrating New Harlem Jazz" will feature three ensembles led by the extraordinary Marc Cary, Lenora Zenzalai Helm and Eric Reed. All told, 16 musicians will be performing onstage at Aaron Davis Hall over the course of the evening.  
 
The Center is especially pleased to be launching a collaboration with Harlem Stage and its Harlem Stage Partners Program. Through this collaboration, the two organizations will combine our resources to present a series of concerts at Harlem Stage (both at Aaron Davis Hall and the Gatehouse) which will explore jazz through a variety of artistic and scholarly perspectives.

Marc Cary   -  Lenora Zenzalai Helm   -  Eric Reed in concert

Marc Cary, piano,  Samita Sinha, vocals, Earl Travis, bass, Will Calhoun, drums,  Sameer Gupta, tablas,  Prodigal Son, rapper,  
Marvin Sewell, guitar

Lenora Zenzalai Helm, vocals,  Brandon McCune, piano,  Nasheet Waits, drums,  Miriam Sullivan, bass

Eric Reed, piano, Grant Stewart, saxophone,  Shawn Baltazor, drums,  Ben Williams, bass,  Jeremy Pelt, trumpet

Beginning with a pre-concert interview with Mr. Cary, and Ms. Helm by Quincy Troupe, author of Miles: The Autobiography.

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 7:30 pm

Harlem Stage @ Aaron Davis Hall

West 135th Street and Convent Avenue, New York City

Admission: $30 / $24 for Harlem Stage members and Harlem residents / $15 for students/seniors.
To purchase tickets, call 212.281.9240 or visit their website

Presented by the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project in collaboration with the Harlem Stage Partners program
 
The Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project is made possible by a generous grant from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. For more information on the Center for Jazz Studies events and activities, please visit our website at or call 212-851-1633.

STARS ALIGN IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR DOCUMENTARY FILM DEBUT AND CONCERT CELEBRATING ROOTS AND INFLUENCE OF JUG BAND MUSIC

David Grisman- for the Grateful Web

John Sebastian, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur and More Come Together for the Debut of Chasin' Gus' Ghost on August 25, and "Extravaganza" Concert on August 26.

As part of this year's San Francisco Jug Band Festival, Ezzie Films will debut its documentary on the roots and influence of jug band music.  Chasin' Gus' Ghost, which features performances and commentary by many popular musicians including John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful and the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, will premiere on August 25.  The "Chasin' Gus' Ghost Jug Band Extravaganza" concert will include many of the featured artists and take place on August 26.

What:  Chasin' Gus' Ghost documentary film debut and concert celebrating the history and influence of jug band music.  From 1920s genre innovators Gus Cannon and Cannon's Jug Stompers to the modern Jim Kweskin Jug Band, the film explores every aspect of this influential roots music. The film trailer is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsELhdJohkA

Who: Hosted by filmmaker Todd Kwait, the concert will showcase popular musicians featured in the film, including John Sebastian, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, David Grisman, Fritz Richmond's Barbecue Orchestra and special guests.

When and Where:
Screenings: There will be two screenings of Chasin' Gus' Ghost, at 7:00pm and 9:00pm, on Saturday, August 25 at the Roxie New College Film Center.  Tickets for the screening are $9 each.

The Roxie New College Film Center
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
http://www.roxie.com

Concert: The Chasin' Gus' Ghost Jug Band Extravaganza takes place at 8:00pm on Sunday, August 26 at the Great American Music Hall.  Tickets are $28 and are available in advance.

The Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
http://www.gamh.com/artist_pages/jug_band_extravaganza_082607.htm