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Jazz at Lincoln Center Sends New Orleans Musicians on International Tour

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By Ben Mattison
07 Nov 2005

Jazz at Lincoln Center is producing an international tour featuring musicians whose livelihoods were disrupted by Hurricane Katrina, JALC announced.

The tour, which underwritten by the U.S. State Department, is intended to promote the reconstruction of New Orleans and support the city's musicians. The tour will travel to a number of countries that provided aid after the storm.

Among the musicians scheduled to perform are trumpeter James Andrew and the New Orleans All-Stars, clarinetist and vocalist Doreen Ketchens, trumpeter Marlon Jordan and his quartet, the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Collective, and the 44-year-old Preservation Hall Jazz Band. ... [MORE]



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John Coltrane: 'One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note' and 'Thelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall'

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Jazz at Lincoln Center's Higher Ground Fund Accepting Grant Applications from New Orleans Musicians

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By Ben Mattison
02 Nov 2005

Jazz at Lincoln Center's Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Fund is currently accepting grant applications from individuals and organizations from the New Orleans area.

The fund is making grants of up to $15,000 to individuals, with priority given to professional jazz musicians. Nonprofit organizations, especially music-related groups, may receive up to $100,000. ... [MORE]



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Clark Terry to Speak at Jazz Museum in Harlem

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By Ben Mattison
31 Oct 2005

Clark Terry

Legendary trumpeter and flugelhornist Clark Terry will speak at the Jazz Museum in Harlem on December 1 as part of the museum's Harlem Speaks series.

Terry played in the big bands of two swing giants, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, in the late 1940s and '50s, and in the NBC Orchestra in the '60s. Expert in both swing and bebop, he began leading his own groups in the mid '50s, recording with such leading beboppers as Kenny Clarke and Thelonious Monk. Terry is also a prominent author and jazz educator. He was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2004. ... [MORE]




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Heiress' offer could secure Detroit jazz festival's future

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October 26, 2005

BY MARK STRYKER
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

The woman who saved the Detroit International Jazz Festival with a $250,000 donation last spring is ready to make her earlier gift look like chump change.

Here's the rub: Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, which has produced the jazz festival since 1994, would have to give up control of the event.

Gretchen Valade -- a Carhartt clothing heiress and jazz record label owner -- has pledged $10 million to create a new nonprofit foundation dedicated solely to producing the Detroit International Jazz Festival. In one bold stroke, Valade's foundation could finally secure the financial future of Detroit's annual Labor Day weekend jazz festival, one of the city's signature cultural events but one that has struggled mightily in the last five years to make ends meet.

Valade's plan calls for a new foundation that would oversee artistic programming, operations, marketing and fund-raising. A $10-million endowment means that the festival would begin each year with a $500,000 head start in fund-raising, double the amount Music Hall has traditionally received from a title sponsor. ... [MORE]


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Jazz singer and pianist Shirley Horn dies at 71

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By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Shirley Horn, the jazz pianist and vocalist who got her start opening for Miles Davis and became revered as a master interpreter of American standards, has died at the age of 71, her record label said Friday.

Horn died Thursday night in her native Washington, D.C., after a long illness, according to a statement released by Verve Records.

Horn was often compared to Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae, and considered one of the last great jazz vocalists of her era. She told The Associated Press in a 1991 interview she didn't think "there's a category for me. I like to be referred to as a good singer of good songs in good taste" ... [MORE]



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Maureen and all that jazz

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Denbigh’s Maureen Hopkins is a driving force behind the North Wales Jazz Society which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

THE jazz desert of North Wales no longer exists thanks to the pioneering music work of a Denbigh enthusiast.

For a decade and a half Maureen Hopkins, of Mytton Park, has been one of the driving forces behind the North Wales Jazz Society.

Widely regarded as the umbrella body for jazz in North Wales, the society is this year celebrating its 15th anniversary, with a number of celebratory events scheduled for early in the New Year.

This year the NWJS will host 75 events in a host of venues throughout the region, in the Wrexham, North Wales coast, Anglesey and Gwynedd regions. ... [MORE]


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Jazz benefit concert headed for Blue Note CD

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By Clover Hope Tue Oct 18, 8:27 PM ET

NEW YORK (Billboard) - The November 22 Blue Note release "Higher Ground" will feature highlights from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Hurricane Katrina benefit concert. ...[MORE]



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Lundstrem, Father of Russian Jazz, Dies at 89

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Monday, October 17, 2005. Issue 3275. Page 3.
The Moscow Times


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Lundstrem conducting in 1997.

Oleg Lundstrem, the father of Russian jazz who kept the music form alive despite Stalinist repression, died Thursday night at his country house near Moscow. He was 89.

The cause of death was not disclosed.

"When you talk about jazz, you immediately think of Lundstrem," said jazz musician Igor Butman, who worked with Lundstrem's band.

President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram of condolence to Lundstrem's family. "[He] left an indelible trace in the history of jazz," former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov said in a telegram posted on Lundstrem's web site, www.lundstrem-jazz.ru.

Lundstrem and his orchestra had been a mainstay of Soviet and Russian jazz, giving more than 10,000 concerts over nearly 50 years.

Lundstrem founded the first Russian jazz orchestra in 1934, a year before American jazz great Count Basie founded his big band. ... [MORE]




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Jazz at Lincoln Center to Salute Wynton Marsalis at Fall Gala

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By Ben Mattison

Jazz at Lincoln Center's annual fall gala will feature a salute to trumpeter and JALC artistic director Wynton Marsalis on the 25th anniversary of his emergence on the jazz scene.

The gala, on November 14 at JALC's Rose Hall, will be hosted by television correspondent Ed Bradley. Performers will include Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pianist Hank Jones, the Kronos Quartet, saxophonist Joe Lovano, drummer Herlin Riley, and pianist Marcus Roberts. ... [MORE]


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Played bass with many jazz greats

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(AP) -- Bassist Jack Lesberg, who played with many of the jazz greats of the 1940s and '50s and had a distinguished career in symphonic orchestras, has died. He was 85.

Lesberg died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on Sept. 17, his daughter, Valerie Kaplan, told The New York Times.

A Boston native, Lesberg played violin in area clubs before switching to double bass in the late 1930s. He was a survivor of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, in which 492 people died in 1942. ... [MORE]


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Marsalis and friends take a trip through jazz history

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MUSIC REVIEW
By Bill Beuttler, Globe Correspondent  |  October 10, 2005

Ellis Marsalis
At: Scullers, first set, Friday

Ellis Marsalis is widely known as a great jazz educator. On Friday at Scullers, he showed himself to be a great student of the genre, too, while also demonstrating his underrecognized prowess as a jazz artist.

Sharing the stage with the 71-year-old pianist was a pair of fellow New Orleans ''refugees" and former students, saxophonist Derek Douget and drummer Adonis Rose, with Duke University jazz studies director John Brown on bass. Marsalis opened with a brief piano intro that led into ''Bye Bye Blackbird," the first of several standards making up the set. Douget blew an impressive solo on tenor sax, with Marsalis and Brown following with smart solo turns in that order, Marsalis quoting the telltale phrase of Dizzy Gillespie's ''Salt Peanuts" during his accompaniment of Brown. ... [MORE]




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With the Jazz Funeral's Return, the Spirit of New Orleans Rises

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                                                  Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
The Hot 8 band led revelers through New Orleans on Sunday to honor Austin Leslie, a local chef who died after being evacuated from the storm.

By SHAILA DEWAN

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 9 - It would not be fair to say the music ever totally evacuated this city of jazz, where even in the darkest hours a lone harmonica player or a busker serenaded the empty balconies. But on Sunday, it began its grand re-entrance, with the first jazz funeral procession since Hurricane Katrina. ... [MORE]


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