April has been celebrated as Jazz Appreciation Month by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History since 2003 and by jazz fans year-round since the time of it’s invention. Jazz Music has an wide range of styles and a dynamic range that can switch rapidly from soft and seductive or loud and boisterous.
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Jazz in April, first tune into 977Music’s Jazz Internet Radio Station. Esperanza Spalding, who was the first jazz musician to be named Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammy Awards explains why listening to Jazz Radio is a great way to discover new music you might enjoy.
“The benefit of the radio is, something beyond your realm of knowledge can surprise you, can enter your realm of knowledge,” Spalding explained. “Part of the premise of that stems from my concern about the accessibility of jazz, just how people can access it. If you don’t already know about jazz music, how would you be exposed? How would get an opportunity to find out if it spoke to you? If you get exposed to it enough, you might find a taste for it.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. So tune into our Jazz Music Internet Radio Station, and then check out all the great stuff happening to celebrate Jazz in April.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival [April 27 to May 6th] originally started in 1970 and included artists Mahalia Jackson and Duke Ellington, is a large daytime fair where many talented jazz musicians play on a number of separate stages, which gives visitors the ability to see many different styles of Jazz all at the same place. Over the years the event has grown in both attendance and recognition, and has received positive response from both fans and critics alike
- Wall Street Journal: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival “showcases a wider, deeper lineup of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation…”
- Life magazine: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is “the country’s very best music festival.’’
Boeing has contributed $150,000 towards the creation of an interactive website to comprehensively promote local Music events and venues in Chicago.
Initially focused on Jazz music with a game plan in the works to expand and cover other genres, a new website collaboration project with Boeing and local music locations in Chicago plan to provide visitors a comprehensive website to help visitors find out who’s playing, where and when.
“There’s a need for an aggregator,” says Tracie Hall, Chicago Community Investor at Boeing. “A place that not only shows what’s playing where, but that brings the music community together – owners and operators and audiences, (where people can) look at the information, talk together, build this online community. The city of Austin [Texas] is able to portray itself as Music City, just by saying, ‘We’re the musical capital of the world.’ [However] in Chicago on any night, we have the same or more than Austin.” Continue reading Boeing backed Music Website to Highlight All Local Music Events in Chicago »
Starting on April 17th, jazz keyboardist and composer, Yanni (Yiannis Hrysomallis) will be commencing a fourth month tour titled “An Evening with Yanni” visiting a variety of states and provinces within the United States and Canada.
The tour “An Evening with Yanni” will include Yanni’s music from his most recent album Truth of Touch, released in 2011, which includes top hits “Truth of Touch”, “Guilty Pleasure” and “O Luce Che Brilla Nell’oscurità”. Continue reading “An Evening With Yanni” North America Tour »
Sam Rivers, honored in 2010 by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, has died of Pneumonia at the age of 88.
Sam Rivers was a talented Jazz musician who developed an interest in music at an early age, thanks in part to his family’s deep involvement in music. Sam’s father was a gospel musician, was a former member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and had sung with the Silverstone Quartet. And as luck would have it, his mother, grandmother, and two sisters were also musicians. By his 30′s, Sam Rivers was capable of playing a wide variety of jazz instruments, including: soprano and tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute, harmonica, and piano.
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Lioness: Hidden Treasures
December 6, 2011
December 6th marks the release of Amy Winehouse‘s posthumous album “Lioness: Hidden Treasures”.
Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father stated, “The family view was nothing was going to go out unless it was comparable to ‘Frank’ or ‘Back To Black’. If it wasn’t as good as that then we wouldn’t have allowed it to go out.”
So while it was admittedly hard for the family to listen to the album, they gave their permission for the LP to be put out after deciding it was “comparable” to her previous studio albums, which included 2003′s ‘Frank’ and 2005′s ‘Back To Black’. Continue reading Amy Winehouse’s “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” Released Today »
It is not exactly the kind of craze created by the legendary Beatles, nor is it pop explosion caused by British bands of the mid nineties such as Oasis, Spice Girls etc. So what kind of success are British artists like Adele and Mumford and Sons are having in the US?
Unlike the previous musical attacks mounted by Britons on the US soil, this one is spearheaded by a lady known as Adele, whose second album ‘21’ is currently the most successful album of the year and is widely tipped to pip Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale (current number 1 album) in next week’s ratings and music charts. The present musical British army also includes boy band Mumford and Sons, whose album’s success was so long lasting that it was still at number 2, more than a year after its release in the US. Continue reading The Key to Success in the US for Adele + Mumford and Sons »
International Jazz Day is May 28th!
Calling Jazz Music Fans World-wide. International Jazz Day, which occurs each year on May 28th, is a great opportunity to celebrate an unbelievably dynamic music genre encompassing everything from the Bebop to the Blues, and much more!
What is Jazz?
While Jazz Music has only been around since the begging of the 20th century, it has quickly blossomed from it’s humble beginnings into a wide dynamic range of sub-genres, including Bebop, Dixieland, Fusion and many more. The Jazz genre itself seems unwilling to accept a static label and it may be exactly as Jazz critic Joachim-Ernst Berendt suggests, the “spontaneity and vitality of [Jazz] musical production in which improvisation plays a role”; and “sonority and manner of phrasing which mirror the individuality of the performing jazz musician” ultimately makes it a genre that is very difficult to define.
One might go so far to say that each Jazz musician may in fact be creating a sub-genre unto themselves, as skilled Jazz performers will often interpret tunes based on their mood, experience, interactions with fellow musicians, or even the audience’s response and reaction to the music. So if you’ve been wondering why over just the last century we’ve seen the creation of more than half a dozen new ‘official’ Jazz sub-genres, now you know. Continue reading International Jazz Day »