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Dick Morgan entered Jazz Eternal,
October 20, 2013
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
Shiloh Baptist Church
1500 9th St. NW.
October 22, 2013
Showtime: 8pm to 9:30 pm
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WDCJN Artist of the Week
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A graduate of the Bologna conservatory with a degree in contemporary music, German born Italian pianist Antonio Ciacca has played with jazz legends Steve Grossman, James Carter, Marcus Belgrave, Larry Smith, Roy Brooks, Lee Konitz Art Farmer, Mark Murphy, Johnny Griffin, James Moody, George V Johnson Jr and Dave Liebman.
Antonio was the pianist for Steve Lacy for his seven years before and has toured extensively throughout the world with jazz legend Benny Golson. With performances in venues such as Pizza express and Ronnie Scott's in London, the Blue Note in Milan, Alexander Platz in Rome, London Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz festival, Stockholm Jazz Festival and the Village Vanguard (with Wess Anderson and Wynton Marsalis), Antonio has proven himself on the world stage.
Ciacca's bebop influenced style coupled with his deep rooted love for gospel music has helped to shape his sound and has given birth to a refreshing new voice in jazz.
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JAZZ IZ COOKIN
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Celebrated drummer Winard Harper, a lauded member of the late Billy Taylor's trio, returns to the Kennedy Center with his newest band, the Jeli Posse. "A drummer of huge presence and virtuosity," (The Chicago Tribune), Harper is known for his African-inspired percussion as a balaphone player, as well as his jazz and R&B influences. Jeli (djeli or djéli in French spelling) is another name for griot, a combination of storyteller, historian, poet, and musician. Winard sees this band as an extension of that tradition: "Jazz has always been social commentary and expression. THE JELI POSSE" represents different ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds transcending differences for a common cause."
Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
Two Shows: 7:30 & 9:30 pm
WPFW radio host and jazz historian Rusty Hassan, Winard Harper & George V Johnson Jr., @ Kennedy Center between sets of a stellar performance with his group "JELI POSSE". The Artistry of JazzHorn is one of the most exciting young singers on the jazz scene today... She blew everyone away! Thank you Winard for your insights and beautiful music... Washington DC Loves you madly~~~George V Johnson Jr
THE ARTISTRY OF JAZZ HORN
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"Jazz Preservation and Education: The Kansas City Connection,"
Washington, DC – Rep. John Conyers, Jr., of Michigan, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, will once again serve as the Honorary Host of the 28th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Jazz Issue Forum and Concert. The events will take place during the Foundation’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), September 18-21, 2013, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WEWCC), 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC 20001.
MIDWEST JAZZ LEGENDS
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Bobby Watson (born Lawrence, Kansas, August 23, 1953) is an American post-bop jazz alto saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. Watson now has 26 recordings as a leader. He appears on nearly 100 other recordings as either co-leader or in a supporting role. Watson has recorded more than 100 original compositions and his long-time publisher. Read more..
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Headlining the concert will be alto saxophonist/composer/arranger/bandleader/educator Bobby Watson and his quintet, featuring Freddie Hendrix, trumpet; Richard Johnson, piano; Curtis Lundy, bass; and Eric Kennedy, drums.
Blessed with sizzling and sinewy sound that Jazz: The Rough Guide described as “a highly individual, extraordinarily fluid style imbued with powerful feeling,” Watson was born in Lawrence, Kansas, and grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. He started playing piano at ten, the clarinet one year later, took up the saxophone in the eighth grade, played in various concert and R&B bands in high school. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1975, moved to New York City. Watson joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, serving as his Musical Director from 1977 to 1981. He has recorded over one hundred recordings as a sideman and has worked with an impressive array of artists including Max Roach, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter and Lou Rawls. He was also a co-founder of the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet.
Watson formed the group, Horizon in 1980. Horizon’s six recordings include No Question About It, Midwest Shuffle and Post-Motown Bop. Watson’s nearly thirty CD’s as a leader include Appointment in Milano, Round Trip, The Year of the Rabbit and his Kansas City opus, The Gates BBQ Suite. Watson’s compositions, “In Case You Missed It,” “Love Remains,” and “E.T.A,” are considered modern jazz standards. Prof. Watson taught at William Patterson University in the mid-eighties, and at the Manhattan School of Music from 1986 to 1999. He returned to Kansas City in 2000, where he was selected as the recipient of the first William D. and Mary Grant
Missouri Distinguished Professorship in Jazz Studies, the first endowed chair at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he continues to serve as the Conservatory’s Director of Jazz Studies. Watson received Howard University’s Benny Golson Award earlier this year.
LARRY RIDLEY & PERFORM
AT THE 28th ANNUAL CBCF JAZZ CONCERT ON SEPTEMBER 19,
IN WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
The Jazz Issue Forum, entitled, "Jazz Preservation and Education: The Kansas City Connection,"will be held on Thursday, September 19th, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, in Room 145A of the WEWCC. The panel discussion will focus on contemporary jazz preservation and education initiatives in Kansas City, MO and what implications those might have for the proposed National Jazz Preservation and Education Act, H.R. 2823.
Dr. Ridley’s numerous honors and awards include the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation's Living Legacy Jazz Award (1997), Howard University’s Benny Golson Award (2001) and the Don Redman Society’s Don Redman Heritage Award (2011). He has also been inducted into The International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame (1998); Down Beat Magazine’s Jazz Education Hall of Fame (1999) and received the Rutgers University/Livingston College Legacy Award (2011).
The panelists will include Moderator Cedric Hendricks, ALC Jazz Executive Producer; Ms. Anita Dixon, Vice-President, Mutual Musicians Foundation-Kansas City; Gregg Carroll, Chief Executive Officer, American Jazz Museum – Kansas City; Dr. Larry Ridley, Jazz Education Consultant; Dr. James Hardy Patterson, Professor of Music, Clark Atlanta University; and Bobby Watson, Director of Jazz Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The Issue Forum will also include Josh Kohn, Program Officer for Jazz & Traditional Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), making a special presentation on the MAAF Project “Jazz.NEXT: Using Technology to Build A Healthy Sustainable Jazz Environment.”. Cedric Hendricks will set the framework for the Forum with an update on H.R. 2823. Rep. John Conyers will also deliver remarks.
The Jazz Concert will be held from 8:00 to 10:30 pm, in Ballroom A of the WEWCC. Doors for the concert open at 7:00 pm. Legendary bassist, Dr. Larry Ridley and saxophonist extraordinaire Bobby Watson will be honored and presented in concert. Rep. Conyers will present 2013 CBCF Jazz Legacy Awards to Dr. Ridley and Prof. Watson
Charlie Parker was one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz, and a central figure in the development of bop in the 1940s. A legendary figure in his own lifetime, he was idolized by those who worked with him, and he inspired a generation of jazz performers and composers.
Parker was the only child of Charles and Addle Parker. In 1927, the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, an important center of African-American music in the 1920s and 1930s. Parker had his first music lessons in the local public schools; he began playing alto saxophone in 1933 and worked occasionally in semi-professional groups before leaving school in 1935 to become a full-time musician. From 1935 to 1939, he worked mainly in Kansas City with a wide variety of local blues and jazz groups. Like most jazz musicians of his time, he developed his craft largely through practical experience: listening to older local jazz masters, acquiring a traditional repertory, and learning through the process of trial and error in the competitive Kansas City bands and jam sessions. Read more..
A not to be missed event! Jazzmobile closes out SUMMERFEST 2013 with Roy Hargrove and a
full roster of talented players
All Concerts are weather permitting & subject to change
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*Grant's Tomb concerts are presented in partnership with
THE RIVERSIDE THEATRE providing indoor,
limited seating if it rains!
N.E.A JAZZ MASTER - Cedar Walton, who has died aged 79, was a noted jazz pianist and composer; a leading exponent of the style known as “hard bop”, he came to prominence as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, before going on to a prolific career as a player, bandleader and recording artist. Read more....
DR, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR
During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. Read more...
The 50th Anniversary
MARCH ON WASHINGTON
Guess Who I Saw Today is Nancy Wilson's signature song. The song became an anthem in the 50's and 60's for women across the world. Nancy literally has sung , " Guess Who I Saw Today" every night of her 60+ year career. Click this link and recommend Song Stylist Nancy Wilson for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors!
WEDNESDAY NITE JAZZ @ THE B SPOT
"Great jazz, great food, great conversation"
1123 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
(3 blocks from Eastern Market or Potomac Ave. Metros)
A Member of the Washington DC Jazz Network
Wednesday, August 21 & 28th, 6-9 pm
James King Group featuring James King-bass - Allyn Johnson-piano
"A SONG OF LOVE AND KINDNESS"
GARY BARTZ "COLTRANE WARRIORS
Barney McAll, Greg Bandy, James King and Gary Bartz ©Alan Nahigian
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I am the drum, you are the drum, and we are the drum. Because the whole world revolves in rhythm, and rhythm is the soul of life, for everything that we do in life is in rhythm.....
"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery.
And today? Today is a gift.
That's why we call it the present".
Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist..
Born in the small village of Ajido, Nigeria, about forty miles from Lagos, the capital of the country. This small fishing and trading town amplified the ebb and flow of the seasons through the sounds of drumming that echoed through the nights.
As a child, Olatunji accompanied his great aunt Tanyin to hear the drums - hollowed out from trees and covered with the skin of goats - punctuate the lives of his people. The drummers celebrated every occasion, proclaimed the coming of local politicians, evoked the dreams and aspirations of their people. The drumbeat of his childhood became the life blood of his adult experience as Olatunji grew and traveled throughout the world popularizing the music of his Yoruban heritage.
The Life of world-renowned musician Dr. Babatunde Olatunji is celebrated with his Drums of Passion dance and drum troupe with special guests. Over the course of his life, Dr. Olatunji worked with such luminaries as James Brown, John Coltrane, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Kitaro, Bill Lee, Herbie Mann, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Joan Baez, Zakir Hussain, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, and The Grateful Dead, to name a few.
Babatunde Olatunji was a virtuoso of West African percussion. He earned his bachelor's degree at the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he began performing informally, entertaining fellow students.
In 1959, Columbia Records released Olatunji's first album, "Drums of Passion" that became an unprecedented, across-the-board smash hit. It was the first album of African music to be recorded in stereophonic sound and to bring African music to America.
Babatune Olatunji's record album Drums of Passion proclaimed that the time had come for America to recognize Africa's cultural contributions to the music world. Through his many albums and live performances, the Nigerian drummer popularized West African traditional music and spread his message of racial harmony. In this long-awaited autobiography, Olatunji presents his life story and the philosophy that guided him. Olatunji influenced and inspired musicians for more than forty years--from luminaries to music students and the many ordinary people who participated in his drum circles. He writes about rhythm being "the soul of life," and about the healing power of the drum. Ultimately, The Beat of My Drum shows why at the time of his death in 2003, Olatunji had become, according to The New York Times, "the most visible African musician in the United States."
The Olatunji Center of African Culture in the heart of Harlem
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world~~~Nelson Mandela