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2010 MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taking pianist and innovator of new directions for jazz. His awards include Jazz Artist, Jazz Album & Pianist of the Year in the 59th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll; Rising Star Jazz Artist, Rising Star Pianist, Rising Star Composer in the 2003-04 Downbeat Critics Polls; and the first Playboy Jazz Artist of the Year award.
Mr. Moran is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.
Alicia Hall Moran, mezzo-soprano, brings diverse influences and passions together in a rich artistic brew. Ms. Moran played nightly in the stellar ensemble of The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, Broadway's 2012 Tony-winner for "Best Musical Revival" and is now playing 'Bess' on the national tour of that musical.
Ms. Moran was an artist in the genre-busting 2012 Whitney Biennial along with husband, Jason. For the Biennial, Ms. Moran curated the celebrated 26-performance event, BLEED. This mega-offering juxtaposed new collaborations and inspirational works with a survey of the Morans' past collaborations in the musical and visual arts. Films incorporating music by the Morans' (films by Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, and Simone Leigh/Liz Magic Laser) were also featured.
Together, the Morans are an artistic force to behold.
Local Jazz Pianist Ron Kobayashi will be my guest on the premiere episode of Enrichment Radio.
Ron shares his experience as a jazz musician in Southern California for all those aspiring musicians. We'll discuss:
Managing a 9 to 5 business - 9 PM to 5 AM What it takes to make it as a musical artist Having a family and a band
From the band's website:
The Los Angeles Times says the Trio are "superb jazz stylists."
The Orange County Register wrote: "If you define jazz as spontaneity, emotional expression and communication among musicians, you won't find anything better than "No Preservatives." The CD is currently being played on radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada and made the "Top 10 Playlist" on KAWC in Arizona. In 1996, the trio was voted "Best Jazz Group in Orange County" by readers of the Orange County Weekly.
Check out Ron and the Trio through the following:
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Host Deardra Shuler talks with jazz pianist Cedar Walton about his upcoming show in the Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Saturday, June 22 when he performs with Barry Harris. The show pays tribute to the late Mulgrew Miller. Walton and Harris will play 9 foot Steinways for their 7:30 and 9:30 pm sets. For tickets: call CenterCharge 212-721-6500 or the JALC Box Office, Brdwy & 60th Street, Ground Fl.
Texas born Cedar Walton cites Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell as major influences on him. He began emulating recordings of these artists from an early age. He attended the University of Denver as a composition major originally, but was encouraged to switch to a music education program. This switch later proved extremely useful since Walton learned to play and arrange for various instruments, a talent he would hone with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
Cedar Walton remains active, and many of his compositions are jazz standards, including "Firm Roots", "Bolivia" and "Cedar's Blues". "Bolivia" is perhaps Walton's best known composition, while one of his oldest is "Fantasy in D", recorded under the title "Ugetsu" by Art Blakey in 1963.
Mark Morganelli via Jazz Forum Arts presents this Jazz Summit Program. For additional info call 914-631-1000
Join us on Blogtalkradio on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 6:30am until 7:00am, when I talk with Coniece Washington. She is a Washington area jazz vocalist whose influences are Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae and several gospel artists. During her performances, she aspires to present the American Song Book with integrity. The program Jazz Notes strives to keep jazz alive!
When Alex Snydman first visited "Hybrid Jazz", he was ecstatic about the response that "Fortunate Action" was receiving. And he had every reason to be excited! Even those who don't praise easily were disarmed. Here's this gifted guitarist-turned-drummer who felt the music to his core. Beautifully written songs and a kind of synergy on the album that is only achieved after MANY albums, usually. Critics are still falling in love - and it has been a while since the project dropped. Last year :)
Alex is returned to the show so that we can pump up some very cool East Coast stops. He had spent incredible years in Massachusetts - and played in New York - but he's based in the Los Angeles area now. In order to complete his studies. For him to "come home" is a big deal! For you to see him? Even bigger. What he offers in the way of warmth and artistry in his performances is something that you don't want to miss.
"Fortunate Action", by the way, has meaning. Paraphrasing Alex, the use of the words represent thepositive ripples that multiply when we listen to our inner voice. He'll be happy to explain that more! As his friend and mentor, Eric Harland, says: "Alex embodies the spirit that we call love." And love cannot be anything but positive. Hey, it's gonna be THAT kind of show! Hah! We truly had a great time when we first met - WHILE we were speaking during "Hybrid Jazz" - and we both expect that good vibe to deja vu you this time as well.
You'll hear tracks from the CD, to be sure. One of the beautiful asides of this project is knowing that Alex, besides composing himself, graciously gave all three of his pianists space for their songs, too. You'll FEEL the gratitude!
Please join us on 7/29 - you are promised rejuvenation!
Hey! This is Mike OLi, I wanna fulfill your need to relax, unwind and shake away this busy day. I invite you to "visit for the experience" Smooth Caribbean Jazz, soulful R&B and, music from The Mother Land - Africa . . . how about Lite Rock, as well as a touch of kool modern Jazz. Looking forward too it.
Chocolate 108.1/The Urban Jazz Connection - On WYDL Radio
with your host D Maurice Waddell
Chocolate 108.1/The Urban Jazz Connection (UJC) with will feature Smooth Jazz and R&B music from all over the globe as well as break new artist. The UJC will also showcase favorite and 'overlooked' Jazz and R&B tracks from projects past and present. The Urban Jazz Connection will also feature artist and interviews and give the listeners the story inside the story of Artist and their music. The UJC will also keep listeners up to date of the latest news and projects to look out for as well as where to find great shows and artist across the globe.
Interview with Washington's DMV / Symfonyk Avenue featuring (Jazz R&B, Neo-Soul,) We will discuss the unit's Soundscape foundation for creating new sound in the 21st Century as a Live Band .Recording Experiences , Music Releases along with Obstacles of Live Music , Radio Airplay , and Music Selections......
Join SC host Ron Jackson of The Smooth Jazz Ride and his co-hosts Aira & Mike as they chat it up with The Uptown Band's bandleader Erich Cawalla about the group's career and new release Heart, Soul, Body, & Mind. Listeners can call in with questions or comments for Erich on 858-777-8436. Come jam to the tunes and hear what Erich has to say!
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