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Grayson Capps: The Lost Cause Minstrels Out Now

Grayson Capps' fifth studio album, The Lost Cause Minstrels, finds the Mobile, Alabama-based singer-songwriter coming of age. That doesn't mean his oft-unholy tales of the Southern Gothic have lost any of their sting. Quite the contrary, Capps' Tao-tinged philosophical musings wrapped inside songs shuddering with spit, stomp and snarl are as potent as ever. Look no further than "Highway 42," "No Definitions" and "Rock N Roll" to hear that Capps cedes no quarter. It's just that this time his bark and bite is more accepting of the unanswered questions mucking up the universe. And yes, occasionally, even a celebratory mood prevails like the horn-fueled romp "Ol' Slac," an ode the rebirth of the Mobile, Alabama Mardi Gras, or "Coconut Moonshine," a character sketch based on Mr. Jim who inhabits the hallowed roadside barbecue joint in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Two rare but classic American roots' numbers are born again here, as well: Taj Mahal's country-blues paen "Annie's Lover" and Richard Rabbit Brown's jaunty "Jane's Alley Blues," (the original recording preserved on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music).

A collection of songs timeless in their pursuit of truth, yet well aware of how hard the truth is to find in these times, The Lost Cause Minstrels is the highly anticipated next chapter from one of the finest Southern troubadours of the day.

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Upcoming Grayson Capps Tour Dates...

June 10 | The Shed | Destin, FL
June 11 | The Shed | Ocean Springs, MS
June 14 | The Shed | Mobile, AL
June 16 | Myers Park | Gulf Shores, AL
June 17 | DBA | New Orleans, LA
June 18 | The Porch | Lake Charles, LA
June 19 | Callaghan's | Mobile, AL
June 24 | The Basement | Nashville, TN
June 25 | Phoenix Hill Tavern | Louisville, KY
July 16 | Chrome Horse | Silver Hill, AL
July 17 | Callaghan's | Mobile, AL
July 20 | The Grey Eagle | Asheville, NC (*solo acoustic)
July 21 | Duck Pond | Brevard, NC (*solo acoustic)
July 22 | Shenanigan's | Dahlonega, AL (*solo acoustic)
August 4 | Woodwalk Gallery & Events Barn | Egg Harbor, WI (*solo acoustic)
August 6 | Lumberjam Festival | Hayward, WI (*solo acoustic)
August 7 | Farmer's Inn | Kirkland, IL (*solo acoustic)
August 13 | Eddie's Attic | Atlanta, GA (*solo acoustic)
August 19 | Fret's Live Music & Eatery | Pascagoula, MS
September 18 | Pirate's Festival | Orange Beach, AL
September 23 | Purple Fiddle | Thomas, WV
September 24 | PJ Kelly's | Clarksburg, WV
September 30 | Nightown | Easton, MD
October 6 | Hungry Tiger | Manchester, CT
October 8 | Nectar's | Burlington, VT
October 9 | Kortwright Arts | East Meredith, NY
October 16 | Callaghan's | Mobile, AL
October 22 | Bennie's Boom Boom Room | Hattiesburg, MS

Suzy Bogguss Revives Folk Favorites with New Release

Suzy Bogguss had a revelation on stage with Garrison Keillor in 2008. Everyone loves to sing along on “Red River Valley” – except the children who somehow don't know the song. Folk songs are the scrapbook of the American experience, but as music education fades from our public schools, she worried; these beautiful melodies are in danger of being overlooked. She resolved to record these timeless songs in an updated but reverent way – so that everyone can sing along on “Red River Valley.”

And who better than the golden throated Suzy? The platinum selling songstress already has a full bookshelf of Grammy and CMA awards and now with the release of American Folk Songbook she can put her own book up there too. The CD and companion Songbook will be released on July 18, 2011 at all Cracker Barrel Country Stores followed by a wide release to other fine retail and digital outlets on August 2, 2011.

As Suzy writes in the introduction to the book: “Music has always been my purest joy even as a child. One of my favorite memories is my grade-school music teacher pounding on the piano and leading the class in rousing renditions of folk songs from all around the world. In the summer of 2008 I toured with the brilliant and engaging Garrison Keillor. The energy that passed between the audience and Garrison was overwhelming at times. Several thousand people standing and singing together—old songs, hymns, the Beatles and the Everly Brothers. People of all ages, sharing music. Ahhh, pure joy."

But Bogguss was not content to present the songs as dusty museum pieces, instead she chose to breath new life into them with contemporary arrangements and a crack squad of Nashville's acoustic A-Listers. Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Pat Bergeson, Charlie Chadwick and Jeff Taylor all join the band for Suzy's self-produced project. Ultimately though it's the voice that lovingly weaves through the guitars and mandolins to find the new in these old songs. As John Lomax III writes in the forward to the book, 'Prepare yourself for enchantment! ...This work is, in a word, delightful!"

Suzy says she modeled the songbook after her "good old 5th grade songbook." The hardcover, 96-page book is filled with illustrations, fascinating historical stories about the songs, easy to read sheet music arrangements for piano, voice and guitar as well as personal insights and anecdotes from Bogguss. Her intent from the beginning was to make the book attractive to music lovers and musicians at every level. Again from her introduction: "that way, younger generations could share these slowly fading gems with their families and tell their stories of how they learned a few chords on the guitar or a couple of favorites to play at family gatherings.”

Cracker Barrel, with its devotion to families and appreciation for authentic Americana was the obvious choice for the initial release.

American Folk Songbook is the natural progression of an artist who has demonstrated skill and passion for all types of music in her career. Songs like “Aces,” “Drive South,” “Someday Soon,” “Outbound Plane” and "Letting Go" took her to the top of the country music charts. Along the way she won raves from critics and peers including winning a GRAMMY in 2005 for Traditional Folk Album, the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award in 1992 and album of the Year Award in 1994.

2007’s Billboard Jazz Chart topping Sweet Danger, the universally praised album, Swing recorded in 2003 with Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel and Simpatico, her beloved collaboration with Chet Atkins showed the world Bogguss was willing to both embrace tradition while continuing to grow and challenge herself as an artist. However, it is an appreciation for tradition that really shines through on American Folk Songbook.  The album is filled with songs that are the very fabric of American musical history and Bogguss reclaims this history and revives it with a fresh and beautiful take on classics like “Shenandoah,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Ol’ Dan Tucker,”  “Beautiful Dreamer” and of course, "Red River Valley." Everybody sing along!

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Upcoming Appearances:
Suzy is currently on tour in the UK with Gretchen Peters and Matraca Berg as part of Wine, Women & Song 2011. When you put these three critically acclaimed, award winning singer-songwriters with years of friendship on stage together you can expect an evening of laughter and exceptional music. For more on the tour visit www.suzyboggus.com. The ladies will be appearing on BBC 1 Breakfast on June 7 and they will make a special appearance on BBC Radio 2 on June 22 when the network turns its schedule upside down for 2DAY – a 12 hour on air celebration of everything the station has to offer.
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US Tour Dates:
07/06/2011 - Boothbay Harbor, ME - Opera House at Boothbay Harbor

07/07/2011 - Ogunquit, ME - Jonathan's

07/08/2011 - White River Junction, VT - Tupelo Music Hall

07/09/2011 - Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall

07/10/2011 - South Hiram, ME - Ossipee Valley Fair

07/19/2011 - Lake City, CO - Sportsman's BBQ Station & Backyark

07/22/2011 - Moses Lake, WA  - Moses Lake Summer Series

07/29/2011 - Toronto, ON - Hugh's Room

07/30/2011 - New York, NY - City Winery

07/31/2011 - Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall

08/13/2011 - Logan, UT - Cache County Fair

08/20/2011 - Dubois, WY - Dubois High Country Cowboy Gathering

08/25/2011 - Kent, OH - The Kent Stage

08/26/2011 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark

09/02/2011 - Highlands, NC - Highlands Performing Arts Center

09/03/2011 - Clinton, AR - World Champion Chuck Wagon Races

09/22/2011 - New Hope, PA - New Hope Winery

09/23/2011 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head Tavern

09/24/2011 - Staunton, VA - Fortune Williams Festival

June = Festivaaaaaaal!!!! | Great American Taxi

Dear Festivarians-

'Tis the season with the reason for getting out in the sun and soaking up some music.  We had a great holiday weekend and are looking forward to what June 2011 holds.  We hope you all can join us somewhere along the way this month from the 1st Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival to the long standing Kate Wolf Music Festival in beautiful Laytonville, CA.  We are really excited to be getting into Summer and hanging out with everybody.  Things start off tomorrow night in Lincoln, NE (yeah, we know what you're alll thinking, "CORN!").  We hope this message finds you all doing well and loving each other.  Peace.

Great American Taxi

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Zoo Bar | Lincoln, NE | Wed Jun 01 11 -- 08:30 PM | Tickets

Iowa City Yacht Club | Iowa City, IA | Thu Jun 02 11 -- 07:30 PM | Tickets

Bell's Eccentric Cafe and Brewery | Kalamazoo, MI | Fri Jun 03 11 -- 08:30 PM | Tickets

Steve Kimock News: SK&F shows, Wavy's B-day in NYC, Jamcruise, Europe

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SK&F plays next weekend in Colorado from June 3rd through June 5th and in California on July 14th& 15th .

Featuring Bobby Vega with Kyle Hollingsworth and Wally Ingram, the three-night run at Quixotes True Blue in Denver also has Ray White's Psychedelic Car Wash featuring Fareed Haque on the bill.


In July, SK&F featuring Bobby Vega returns to the Bay Area with two feature performances at the newly restored Uptown Theatre in Napa (July 14th) and at the Great American Music Hall (July 15th).

Pre-sale fanclub tickets for Uptown Theatre available TODAY (reserved seats, front/middle orchestra)

TICKETS on sale now for Great American Music Hall.

DOWNLOAD SK&F SHOW from 3.12.11 in Sebastopol, CA

Visit kimock.com for more info.

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Steve Kimock was thrilled to be a part of Bob Weir's world premiere HD webcast on Friday, May 13th, live from TRI Studios. Click image below for a recent clip of outakes of backstage and live footage, brought to you by TRI Studios.

Check out an interview with Kimock regarding his awesome experience at TRI and more!

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Wavy Gravy is turning 75 this year, and you're invited to his party!

Wavy Gravy will host a benefit concert for SEVA, tomorrow Friday May 27th at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Kimock had a blast playing Wavy's west coast party with ZERO, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Chris Robinson, and many others (see photos).

The NYC show will feature a legendary lineup of musicians,performing alone and together, including Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Bruce Hornsby, Dr. John, Jorma Kaukonen, Steve Kimock, Buffy Sainte-Marie and surprise guests.

BUY TICKETS

For more information visit www.seva.org/wavygravy

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Join us for the ultimate musical adventure at sea! Cabins on sale now for JamCruise 10. We can't wait to see you on the ship!

JAMCRUISE.COM.

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Adventuring through Europe in June & July, ending with a run of shows in Germany with old friend Billy Goodman. Looking forward to hanging with friends and fans in Bavaria and the Black Forest!

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 BIERMICHEL | Auenheimer Straße 11, 77694 Kehl on the Rhine 20:30 uhr |more info: 07851 3765 www.biermichel.de

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
JAZZHAUS HEIDELBERG | Leyergasse 69117 Heidelberg 20:30 uhr |more info: 06221 5818500 www.jazzhaus-hd.de *Billy Goodman with Steve Kimock, Steff Bollack and Marco Klein

Friday, July 1st, 2011 & Saturday, July 2nd
WEISSES ROSS | 91586 Immeldorf 21 uhr |more info: 09827-223 www.immeldorf.com

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
TURNING POINT | Herrenwies 24, 76596 Forbach 20:30 uhr
more info: 07226 406 www.herrenwies.de/turning%20point.htm

My Morning Jacket Announce New Tour Dates

My Morning Jacket is proud to announce additional US tour dates in celebration of their forthcoming album, Circuital. Joining them on the road will be Neko Case, who will be opening the stage most of August. The band will donate $1 from every ticket sold to local charity.

My Morning Jacket also just released their "Official American Express UNSTAGED Trailer" in celebration of  joining forces with Todd Haynes for their upcoming performance in the American Express’ “Unstaged” music series.  Haynes will film the band’s performance at Louisville’s historic Palace Theater, which airs live on the band’s VEVO page on YouTube at 9:00pm EDT at www.youtube.com/mymorningjacketVEVO on May 31st.

My Morning Jacket will release Circuital, their sixth full-length album, on May 31st via ATO Records.  Head over to their Facebook page to hear “Holdin on to Black Metal” and “Circuital,” two of the new songs that will appear on it.

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My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:
* = $1 from each ticket will be donated to a local charity Go to www.mymorningjacket.com for more details (New dates in bold)

05/20:  Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival
05/31:  Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theater
06/02-06/05:  Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa Festival

06/05:  Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
06/09-06/12:  Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
06/16:  Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
06/17:  Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
06/22:  Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre
06/24: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
06/26:  Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
06/28:  Portland, OR @ Edgefield
06/29:  Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
06/30-07/03:  Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
7/2 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
07/11:  Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
07/12:  Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
07/16: Southwold  @ Latitude Festival
07/17: London  @ Somerset House
8/2 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
8/3 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
08/04:  Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/05-08/13:  Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival
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TOUR DATES W/ NEKO CASE:
8/7 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park
8/8 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
8/10 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
8/12 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/14 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
8/16 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook
8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/21 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater

My Morning Jacket Team Up With Todd Haynes for AmEx' "UNSTAGED"

My Morning Jacket is honored to announce they are joining forces with award-winning filmmaker Todd Haynes for the latest edition of “Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express.” In partnership with YouTube and VEVO, “Unstaged” features some of the music industry’s most breakthrough artists playing at landmark venues across the country, while tapping some of today’s most influential filmmakers to direct the live-streams and using digital and social media to connect the online audience to the live shows in unexpected ways. Interactive digital features are set to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Haynes will film the band’s performance at Louisville’s historic Palace Theater, which will be live-streamed at 9:00pm EST at www.youtube.com/mymorningjacketVEVO on Tuesday May 31st.

Additionally, fans can watch a special video on My Morning Jacket’s upcoming live-stream performance.

This marks the second collaboration between the director and the group, as My Morning Jacket’s Jim James appeared in Haynes’ Academy Award-nominated film I’m Not There.  Previous performers in American Express’ “Unstaged” series  include Arcade Fire directed by Terry Gilliam, John Legend & The Roots directed by Spike Lee, Sugarland directed by Kenny Ortega, and Duran Duran directed by David Lynch.

My Morning Jacket will release Circuital, their sixth full-length album, on May 31st via ATO Records.  Head over to their Facebook page to hear two new songs,  the first single “Holdin on to Black Metal” and the title track “Circuital.

The New York Times spoke to Haynes about “Unstaged” for a story posted this morning.  Click HERE to read the piece for further insight into the collaboration from the director himself.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Celebrates First Gold Digital Certification

Over two decades after its release, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s (NGDB) No. 1 hit single “Fishin’ in the Dark” is still setting records.  The classic song has been certified GOLD by the RIAA for digital sales of over 500,000 copies.  “Fishin’ in the Dark” was a monster hit for NGDB dominating the No. 1 spot on the country charts in both the US and Canada in 1987.  It was first released digitally in 2009.

“’Fishin’ in the Dark’ seems to have a life of its own and has certainly become a signature song for us over the years,” said band member Jeff Hanna. “We love that this song has become a summer anthem and continues to appeal to new audiences year after year.”

Often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, NGDB continues to add to their already legendary status.  With multi-platinum and gold records, a string of top ten hits, multiple Grammy, CMA, ACM and IBMA Awards and nominations, and now a GOLD Digital Certification, the band's accolades continue to accumulate. Showing no signs of slowing down, NGDB is currently on an extensive North American Tour.  The band is celebrating another HUGE milestone this year, over four decades of touring and making music!

NGDB is currently on the road in support of their most recent release, the critically acclaimed album Speed of Life (2009, Sugar Hill Records). For a full list of tour dates, visit www.nittygritty.com.

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Tour Dates:

05/07/2011 - Fort Yates, ND - Prairie Knights Casino & Resort
06/03/2011 - Scottown, OH - Appalachian Uprising Bluegrass

06/04/2011 - Kent, OH - The Kent Stage

06/16/2011 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts

06/17/2011 - Louisville, KY - Kentucky Country Day School Theater
06/18/2011 - Springfield, MO - Show Me Music Festival
06/19/2011 - Littleton, CO - Hudson Gardens and Event Center
06/24/2011 - Manhattan, KS - The Country Stampede Tuttle Creek State Park

06/25/2011 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
06/26/2011 - Laytonville, CA - Kate Wolf Memorial Music

07/03/2011 - Mountain View, AR - Ozark Folk Center

07/08/2011 - Huntley, MT - Huntley Homesteader Days Festival

07/09/2011 - Libby, MT - CARD Summer Concert

07/24/2011 - Twin Lakes, WI - Country Thunder USA

07/27/2011 - Minot, ND - North Dakota State Fair

07/30/2011 - Sweet Home, OR - Oregon Jamboree

Dark Star Orchestra's Grateful Summer

An outdoor concert is the perfect welcome to summer weather, and that's exactly how Dark Star Orchestra's Hearts of Summer Tour begins on June 24th. They'll play at Buffalo Place on the Harbor, then on to Indiana to play Piere's in Fort Wayne, and to the Weesner Amphitheater in the Minnesota Zoo. From the Zoo, we DSO be taking their carnival onto 3 nights at Gratefulfest 12, more on this later.

From there it's Southbound to follow up on their recent sold out show at The National in Richmond! It'll be the second year in a row for DSO at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC, before they head to the mountains for a gig at Pisgah Brewing, and on to The Lincoln Theatre Plaza in Raleigh. They'll put on our shades and flip-flops as they drive up the coast to a night at The Norva and two nights at The Bottle and Cork in Dewey Beach, DE.

The closing week of the tour is a monster. It starts at The All Good Music Festival and ends in Atlantic City at The Hilton. In between, DSO will make their first appearance at the Papermill Island Amphitheater, followed by their grand return to Gathering of the Vibes and the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ.Tickets for many of their shows are on-sale now via DSOtix.

Visit their website for more details. Hope to see you on the road!

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DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Four Winds Tour
04/06 Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
04/07 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/08 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/09 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/10 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/13 Belly-Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/14 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/15 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/16 The Aggie Ft Collins, CO TICKETS
Into The Sun Tour
04/29 Irving Plaza New York, NY
04/30 McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ
05/01 Toad's Place New Haven, CT TICKETS
05/04 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI TICKETS
05/05 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY TICKETS
05/06 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
05/07 Oneonta Theatre Oneonta, NY TICKETS
05/09 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/10 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/12 House of Blues Boston, MA TICKETS
05/13 Colonial Theater Keene, NH TICKETS
05/14 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/15 Flying Monkey Plymouth, NH
05/17 Sherman Theatre Stroudsburg, PA TICKETS
05/18 Whitaker Center Harrisburg, PA
05/20 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
05/21 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
Hearts of Summer Tour
06/03 Wakarusa Ozark, AR TICKETS
06/24 Erie Canal Harbor Buffalo, NY
06/25 Piere's Fort Wayne, IN TICKETS
06/26 Park West Chicago, IL
06/27 Weesner Amphiteater Apple Valley, MN
06/29 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
07/01 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/02 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/03 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/06 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
07/07 Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre Wilmington, NC
07/08 Pisgah Brewing Black Mountain, NC TICKETS
07/09 Lincoln Theatre Plaza Raleigh, NC TICKETS
07/10 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
07/13 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH
07/14 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/15 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/17 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/20 Papermill Island Amphitheater Baldwinsville, NY TICKETS
07/21 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
07/22 Bergen PAC Theatre Englewood, NJ
07/23 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ TICKETS
03/14 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/15 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/16 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS


National Jazz Museum in Harlem Events, April 4 - April 10, 2011

Upcoming events at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for this week include:

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Jazz for Curious Readers

Art Taylor: Notes and Tones, a celebration

7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Notes and Tones is one of the most controversial, honest, and insightful books ever written about jazz. As a black musician himself, Arthur Taylor asked his subjects hard questions about the role of black artists in a majority white society. Free to speak their minds, these musicians offer startling insights into their music, their lives, and the creative process itself. Notes and Tones consists of twenty-nine no-holds-barred conversations which drummer Arthur Taylor held with some of the most influential jazz musicians in jazz—including: Thelonious Monk, Erroll Garner, Elvin Jones, Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dexter Gordon.

Arthur Taylor drummed with Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and dozens of others. He was called ”one of the great drummers to come out of the fertile Harlem bebop scene” (New York Times) and ”one of the best bandleaders living or dead” (Village Voice). His band, Taylor’s Wailers, recorded several albums, and was based in New York City up until Taylor's death in 1995.

We welcome you to join this celebration of a classic of jazz literature.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jazz for Curious Listeners

It Don't Mean a Thing: Great Jazz Rhythm Sections

7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Count Basie's All American 4

The Count Basie Orchestra's All American rhythm section appropriately initiates our focus this month on great rhythm sections. Basie (piano), Walter Page (bass), Jo Jones (drums), and Freddie Green (guitar) together perfected what, after Louis Armstrong's style modeled it, became known as swing. From the mid-30's to early 40's, the Count Basie Orchestra popularized this feeling, contributing to the period of American history called the Swing Era. These four men blended into a "cohesive whole greater than the sum of its parts," as Loren Schoenberg, Executive Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem put it in The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Jazz.

We invite you to swing on through to our Visitor's Center for this free event in which the sounds of Lester Young and the All American rhythm section will reign once again.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Harlem Speaks

James Spaulding, flutist/saxophonist

6:30 – 8:30pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

James Spaulding has established his reputation as a masterful soloist for ensemble performances, and for many years was among the busier sidemen for Blue Note Records. An exceptional saxophonist and flutist, he is one of the many fine artists to come out of the Indianapolis, Indiana area. James is a modernist, with solid roots in classical jazz; his saxophone style is an extension of the Charlie Parker influence, but his overall concept incorporates much of the broad jazz saxophone heritage.

Spaulding's musical training started early, as he came from a musical family in his place of birth Indiana (his father was a professional musician who played the guitar and led his own big band, traveling throughout the country). James began playing a bugle when he was in grade school. He later took up the trumpet and saxophone on his own, and while in high school studied clarinet. He made his professional debut playing around Indianapolis with an R&B group.

From 1954 to 1957, Spaulding was in the army playing in service bands. When he was discharged, he settled in Chicago where he performed in clubs leading his own group, and had a stay with the Sun Ra Orchestra. He also furthered his flute studies there at the Chicago Cosmopolitan School of Music. In 1962, he arrived in New York City, and subsequently was associated with notables such as Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Max Roach and the Ellington Orchestra.

In 1975, he received a bachelor's degree in music from Livingston College in New Jersey where he taught flute as an adjunct professor. James' daughters, Gina and Yvonne Spaulding were on the cover of his very first recording: The Legacy of Duke Ellington, recorded in 1975. Mr. Spaulding's range of performance experiences extends nationally and internationally, from the concert stage to jazz clubs to colleges and street fairs. His original music, a suite entitled "A Song of Courage," was performed by him with full orchestra and choir at the Voorhees Chapel at the Rutgers University campus from funds awarded him by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been recorded on over 100 recordings.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Special Event: Mingus on Film with Loren Schoenberg

Sunday, April 10, 2011 | 2:00pm

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305

FREE|for more information: 650-723-4177

Loren Schoenberg, Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, concludes the Remember Mingus series with an afternoon of rare film footage, live concert clips, and lively discussion about Charles Mingus’ music, life and legacy.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Loren Schoenberg with the Gunn School Jazz Band, Music of Jazz Great Charles Mingus

Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center

230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040

FREE|for more information: 650-917-6800

Stanford Lively Arts performance offering musical excerpts and conversation with Loren Schoenberg.

Kinky Friedman embarks on "Springtime for Kinky Tour 2011"

This spring, starting April 27th in Kansas City, Missouri, Kinky Friedman, author, musician, politician, and self-proclaimed Governor of the Heart of Texas, will be performing dates throughout the Midwest and East Coast as part of his Springtime for Kinky Tour of 2011. Often returning to places he has not visited in two decades, the Kinkster will appear solo (primarily) and promote his most recent books, What Would Kinky Do? and Heroes of a Texas Childhood. There will be a book signing at each venue.

Buoyed by his Go West Young Kinky Tour last spring and his monster appearance on the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October, Kinky will take his show to many of his favorite American cities. Playing the songs for which he is best known, such as “They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and “Sold American,” reading passages from his books, and carrying on his hilarious running commentary on the state of the union, Kinky, the prodigal son of Texas, will, indeed, return to the scenes of his crimes of years gone by.

Though years have passed since the last full-on Texas Jewboys show, Kinky continues to be associated with that infamous band of his early career, partly because of his long friendship with Bob Dylan (Kinky did, of course, travel with the Rolling Thunder Revue), but mostly because of the band’s total outrageousness and those legendary songs. On the projects list for 2011 is a Willie Nelson CD of Kinky's songs, which will be no less than the third tribute album to Kinky and his work. Willie, who has a new Sony record deal, and who has been swapping stories and playing chess with Kinky for decades, will confirm these tunes as American standards.

Meanwhile, Kinky continues to “spit out books like sunflower seeds,” with a brand new deal to co-write one with old pal Billy Bob Thornton. And he is now being immortalized onstage with a play called Becoming Kinky . . . The World According to Kinky Friedman, written by Ted Swindley, who created the long-running hit Always . . . Patsy Cline, and starring up-and-comer Jesse Dayton.

Kinky may be finished with politics, but politics may not be finished with Kinky.  He continues to be a popular guest on cable news channels, appearing with hosts as diverse as John Seigenthaler and Bill O’Reilly, and his regular contributions to Texas Monthly never fail to take proper shots at the insanity of Texas politics.  He also contributes to such national media as The New York Times and Playboy, more often than not skewing deserving politicians wherever they may be.

And that’s not all in 2011: an Australian tour is on the agenda for June. Kinky will be joined by long-time Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks, as the two old friends visit Kinky's second favorite continent. But in the meantime . . .

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Springtime for Kinky Tour 2011

Wed., April 27  KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads
Thurs., April 28  LITTLE ROCK, AR Juanita's
Fri., April 29  ST. LOUIS, MO Off Broadway
Sat., April 30  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK The Blue Door
Sun., May 1  NEWPORT, KY (CINCINNATI, OH) Southgate House
Mon., May 2  NASHVILLE, TN 3rd and Lindsley
Tues., May 3  CLEVELAND, OH Wilbert's
Thurs., May 5  MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall
Sat., May 7  BERWYN (CHICAGO), IL Fitzgerald's
Sun., May 8  PHILADELPHIA, PA World Cafe Live
Mon., May 9  NEW YORK, NY Highline Theater
Tues., May 10  ROCHESTER, NY Water Street
Fri., May 13  ALEXANDRIA, VA (WASHINGTON, DC) Birchmere
Sat., May 14  WOODSTOCK, NY Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble