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Big Star's 3rd performed by members of R.E.M., Big Star, etc.

Big Stars third album, Sister Lovers, has long been revered by artists and critics as one of the most influential albums ever produced. Written and recorded when the legendary 70s band was primarily a studio project consisting of Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, the third album has never been performed in public with the original string and wind orchestrations.

That will change December 9 and 10, 2010 when Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC hosts Stroke It, Noel, a special performance of this important piece of music. The all-star band will include Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (the dB’s), and Jeff Crawford and Charles Cleaver (the Tomahawks). North Carolina’s own acclaimed chamber pop group Lost in the Trees, as well as members of Birds and Arrows and the NC Symphony, will comprise the orchestra. Guest vocalists will include members of the Love Language, the Old Ceremony, Megafaun and other special guests. In addition to performing Sister Lovers in its entirety, the band will play a few additional Big Star and Chris Bell selections during the show.

“The original written scores for the record were long missing,” Chris Stamey says. “But John Fry at Ardent Records was able to supply us with elements of the original multitrack tapes. Composer Carl Marsh, who wrote the ground-breaking charts for the original record, used these tapes to precisely retranscribe his arrangements. And I’ve orchestrated anew some other elements of the recordings for the players, in order to recreate live some of the aleatoric studio effects. We’ve also been able to hear and match the inner workings of these glorious compositions in much greater detail this way. It’s been a fascinating process, and a real community adventure as well.”

The concerts will be filmed as a major component of “Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story,” a documentary film by Danielle McCarthy and Drew DeNicola slated for 2011 release.

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 day of show and are available at www.catscradle.com or by calling the Cat’s Cradle box office at (919)967-9053.

Proceeds from the concerts will be donated to two charities focused on improving the lives of musicians--KidZNotes of Durham, NC and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. KidZNotes is focused on classical and orchestral music training in pre-school years as a means to combat poverty and foster positive decision-making in inner cities. The New Orleans Musicians Clinic provides affordable, comprehensive health care to musicians.

J.D. Allen Jazz Clinic And Concert Series

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Saxophonist J.D. Allen and his trio (featuring bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston) will conduct a master class on "Jazz Improvisation" as part of LIU-Brooklyn Campus Jazz Clinic and Concert Series. The clinics are FREE and OPEN to the general public. They take place on various Tuesdays, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, in room H-106 of the Humanities Building on Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus.

Hailed by the New York Times as "a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style," J.D. Allen is one of the most thoughtful jazz saxophonists on the scene today.
 
The Detroit natives apprenticeship has largely been in New York, where he has performed, recorded, and toured with legends Lester Bowie, George Cables, Betty Carter, Louis Hayes, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Foster Big Band, Winard Harper, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, and contemporaries Cindy Blackman, Orrin Evans, Marcus Gilmore, Russell Gunn, and Me'shell N'degeocello, Dave Douglas among others.
 
J.D.'s debut album, In Search Of... (Red Records), won him the "Best New Artist" award in Italy in 1999, and had reviewers praising him for his original compositions and bold playing. That same year J.D. began touring and recording with drummer Cindy Blackman's Quartet, where he remains a member.

His second release, Pharoah's Children (Criss Cross), won him accolades for its thoughtfulness, maturity, and adventurousness. One of Jazziz Magazine's Critics Picks  "Top 10 Albums of the Year," the album was praised in the U.S. and Europe, along with leading musicians, such as Michael Brecker and Jeff "Tain" Watts.

Since making a strong impression in his early years in New York at venues like Smalls, Village Gate, and Visiones, and serving an invaluable tenure with Betty Carter, J.D. has come a long way, now fully possessed of his own sound. J.D. has appeared on NPR's Jazz Perspectives, WNYC's Soundcheck, WKCR's Musician's Show and is a member of the Romare Bearden Homecoming Jazz All-Star Band.

J.D.'s most recent recording as a leader, I AM – I AM (I Am – I Am Records, 2007), featuring bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston, was named TOP 10 ALBUM OF THE YEAR – JAZZWISE Magazine

Jeff 'Tain' Watts @ the Jazz Clinic & Concert Series (9/23)

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Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts will conduct a master class on "Modern Jazz Drumming and Group Improvisation" as part of LIU-Brooklyn Campus Jazz Clinic and Concert Series. The clinics are FREE and OPEN to the general public. They take place on various Tuesdays, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, in room H-106 of the Humanities Building on Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus.

Jeff "Tain" Watts, voted "Best Drummer" in Modern Drummer Magazine (1988 & 1993), has established himself as one of the most original and influential drummers on today's music scene. Moreover, he holds the distinction of being the only musician to appear on every Grammy Award winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis.

Mr. Watts' formal training began at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was classical percussion major, primarily a timpanist. But it at the Berklee College of Music, where he later enrolled, that he began to hone his style which was to change the face of modern jazz drumming - alongside such luminaries as Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Greg Osby, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith.

Mr. Watts left the Berklee College of Music to join the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981, with whom he won three Grammy Awards. After leaving Mr. Marsalis in 1988, he began working with jazz stars such as George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, subsequently, joining the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989.

While a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Mr. Watts had the opportunity to add some high profile television and film credits to his resume, which included a three-year stint performing as a member of the "Tonight Show" band with Jay Leno, and co-starring in the Spike Lee film "Mo Better Blues" as Rhythm Jones - a fictitious drummer who plays in the band of Denzel Washignton.

After leaving the "Tonight Show", Mr. Watts continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Ravi Coltrane.

In addition to his many performance credits as a sideman, Mr. Watts has an equally impressive track record as a bandleader, which includes five critically-acclaimed CDs:

·     "Folk's Songs" (Dark Key Music 2007)

·     "Detained, Live at the Blue Note" (Half Note 2004)

·     "MegaWatts" (Sunnyside 2003)

·     "Bar Talk" (Sony 2002)

·     "Citizen Tain" (Sony 1999)

 

A true jazz innovator and creative force, Mr. Watts has never failed to deliver the percussive magic that has been his trademark since his emergence on the contemporary jazz scene in the 1980s. Entertainment Weekly says, "Short of visionary, Tain still possesses heat, nuance, maturity, and a bounty of ideas."

Colorado Music Association Presents Kai Eckhardt Bass Clinic

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Bassist Extraordinare Kai Eckhardt, along with the Colorado Music Association, will be hosting a unique day long clinic in Denver with the legendary virtuoso. Known primarily for his work with jazz funksters Garaj Mahal and fusion guitarist John McLaughlin, Eckhardt has established himself as one of the premier bassists in the music industry. Creating a style melding worldly flair with scorching fretwork and exotic rhythms, Kai Eckhardt blazes a trail of originality.

For the clinic, Eckhardt's teachings will concentrate on the Konokol method. The Indian method of Konokol teaches the fundamentals of rhythm through the use of spoken syllables and hand motions, without the use of drums or other percussive devices. Also featured will by Kai's Symmetrical Approach to melody and harmony. Using this approach, Eckhardt creates an entirely new piece of music from completely random selections. Incorporating elements of the polyrhythmic matrix, he will demonstrate how this method works for rhythm.

Musicians across the musical spectrum, from drummers to vocalists to horn players, can benefit from Kai's teachings. In addition to musical growth, Eckhardt's clinics also contribute to inner development and inspiration. "It is my desire to teach people how to invent and reinvent themselves by paying close attention to the underlying principles that make us learn. During my clinic, I will be open to any sincere question and I will do my best to help the student unblock, trouble shoot, align and get inspired," says Eckhardt.

In order to facilitate the learning process, Kai Eckhardt will feature a series of graphs and illustrations, along with original compositions accompanied with lyrics and groove loops. The clinic will take place Sunday, May 18th at 10:00AM at the intersection of Colfax and Lafayette in Denver. Cost for the day long seminar is $60.00.

Colorado Music Associations presents:
Kai Eckhardt Clinic
"Rhythm, Melody and Harmony"
When: Sunday May 18th, 2008
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $60.00 at the door
1490 Lafayette (Colfax and Lafayette)
RSVP to stevewerg@aol.com to receive a coupon for $5.00 off the admission.

Kai Eckhardt one hour LIVE performance/interview
KRFC 88.9 FM Live@Lunch
Friday, May 16, 2008
12 noon - 1 pm MST
Kai's fans around the world can listen on-line via www.krfcfm.org or locally via 88.9FM in N. CO.