Jazz music – Jazz Fin http://jazzfin.com/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:54:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://jazzfin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-14-150x150.png Jazz music – Jazz Fin http://jazzfin.com/ 32 32 Reviews of the best classical and jazz concerts of November 2022 in Britain https://jazzfin.com/reviews-of-the-best-classical-and-jazz-concerts-of-november-2022-in-britain/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 13:23:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/reviews-of-the-best-classical-and-jazz-concerts-of-november-2022-in-britain/ Don’t let the title of Ukraine’s Chernobyldorf – the so-called ‘archaeological opera’ which opened the 45th Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival – mislead you. This extraordinary interdisciplinary spectacle (which combines elements such as opera, folk music, heavy rock, contemporary dance, experimental film, performance art and religious ritual) is not, like its notes program might involve it, […]]]>

Don’t let the title of Ukraine’s Chernobyldorf – the so-called ‘archaeological opera’ which opened the 45th Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival – mislead you. This extraordinary interdisciplinary spectacle (which combines elements such as opera, folk music, heavy rock, contemporary dance, experimental film, performance art and religious ritual) is not, like its notes program might involve it, a conventional storytelling piece about a group of humans trying to save their civilization after a cataclysmic nuclear disaster.

On the contrary, this very original opera – the work of composers and librettists Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko – is part of an avant-garde Eastern European tradition that avoids direct narration. Like the pioneering “laboratory theatre” of the great Polish playwright Jerzy Grotowski in the 1960s and the experimental genius of the Russian companies Derevo and Akhe in the 21st century, this bold and imaginative production is above all concerned with the emotional impact and psychological images and sounds it makes.

The show’s initial imagery—blackened trees and naked humans engaged in meaningful ceremony—points to a post-apocalyptic dystopia. The music — which is uncompromising, like Bartók colliding with heavy metal band Metallica — heightens a sense of humanity at a particularly precarious time.

What we are witnessing here is a human culture violently broken from its moorings. As these people do their archaeological research on the religious, cultural and industrial remains of their ancestors, they mix paganism with Christianity, ancient Greek mythology with the sacred music of Bach.

Grygoriv and Razumeiko are not concerned with the grim realities of material survival in a post-apocalyptic world, but with the quest for survival in spiritual and cultural terms. Therefore, everything the characters do is imbued with remarkable significance.

A singer in a black robe directs the faithful who carry metronomes as if they were religious objects. A group of naked figures sing from the kind of pagan shrine one imagines to have been erected by the Aztecs.

This perfectly crafted piece is constructed entirely from such images. Each scene – whether delivered from the top of a tall scaffold or on a walk – resembles an exquisite and lively Renaissance painting.

The song itself – from the magnificent vocal polyphony in the Ukrainian folk tradition to the great operatic interjections – is beautifully executed throughout.

It might be tempting – given the current conflict – to link this opera to Putin’s outrageous invasion of Ukraine (and, indeed, the performers pull out the flags of Ukraine and the Ukrainian army in tilting). However, Chernobyldorf predates the invasion by over a year.

In truth, its contemplation of human catastrophe is so universal that the play speaks as powerfully about the terrible conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and even the chilling realities of climate change, as it does about the war in Ukraine itself.

The epitome of the Eastern European avant-garde, the show is unlikely to be every British opera-goer’s cup of tea. Nonetheless, its UK premiere was a terrific way to start the Huddersfield Festival. Mark Brown

The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival continues until November 27; tickets: hcmf.co.uk

Zooid by Henry Threadgill and Anthony Braxton, Barbican Center

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Dorothy Releases “Jazz Love Blueprint – A History of Jazz Music” https://jazzfin.com/dorothy-releases-jazz-love-blueprint-a-history-of-jazz-music/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 15:20:34 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/dorothy-releases-jazz-love-blueprint-a-history-of-jazz-music/ A brief history of jazz plotted on the circuit diagram of a 1950s phonograph has just been published by the fab Dorothy. Our NEW Jazz Love Blueprint celebrates over 1000 musicians, artists, songwriters, and producers who have played pivotal roles in the evolution of this ever-changing and constantly creative genre of music. From late 19th […]]]>

A brief history of jazz plotted on the circuit diagram of a 1950s phonograph has just been published by the fab Dorothy.

Our NEW Jazz Love Blueprint celebrates over 1000 musicians, artists, songwriters, and producers who have played pivotal roles in the evolution of this ever-changing and constantly creative genre of music. From late 19th century jazz pioneers like ragtime composer and pianist Scott Joplin and New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden to today’s new wave of musicians like saxophonists Kamasi Washington, Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia leading a revival jazz from both sides of the Atlantic.

The print pays homage to the great innovators who laid the foundations of jazz music, including influential ragtime musicians (Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton), New Orleans pioneers (Buddy Bolden, Kid Ory, King Oliver) , early recorded bands (Original Dixieland Jass Band, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band), original jazz giants (Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald), swing-era musicians and big bands (Count Basie, The Dorsey Brothers, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Ivy Benson) and legendary jazz singer-songwriters (Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan).

The print mixes with musicians inspired by bebop (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie), cool jazz (Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck), hard bop (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Clifford Brown), free jazz (Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, Eric Dolphy), spiritual jazz (John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders), jazz fusion (Chick Corea, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra), even the dynamic current British scene (Ezra Collective, Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Kokoroko, Moses Boyd) and the explosion of the US scene (Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Makaya McCraven).

Celebrating great jazz instrumentalists including saxophonists (Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, Cannonball Adderley, Lester Young, Wayne Shorter), pianists (Art Tatum, Bill Davis, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Nina Simone ), drummers (Max Roach, Art Blakey, Buddy Rich, Chick Webb), guitarists (Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin) and bassists (Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Jaco Pastorius, Christian McBride, Esperanza Spalding).

The print also celebrates legendary clubs that have been focal points for the scenes (Sunset Cafe, Savoy Ballroom, Minton’s Playhouse, Birdland, The 100 Club, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Cub, Total Refreshment Centre), record labels that have shared their love of jazz with the world (Blue Note, Verve, ECM Records, International Anthem, Acid Jazz Records, Brownswood Recordings) and educational and development organizations like Tomorrow’s Warriors.

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10th JazzKara festival: A meeting of the talents of jazz music https://jazzfin.com/10th-jazzkara-festival-a-meeting-of-the-talents-of-jazz-music/ Tue, 11 Oct 2022 02:57:07 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/10th-jazzkara-festival-a-meeting-of-the-talents-of-jazz-music/ The 10th JazzKara Festival was organized by Bacolod musician Michael Tambasen in collaboration with popular jazz artists Henry Katindig, Nancy Brew and Jay Cyrus. (photo added) Nancy Brew sings her jazz masterpiece with the band. (photo added) Michael Tambasen shows his versatility by playing the piano during the 10th JazzKara festival. (photo added) Famous keyboardist […]]]>

The 10th JazzKara Festival was organized by Bacolod musician Michael Tambasen in collaboration with popular jazz artists Henry Katindig, Nancy Brew and Jay Cyrus. (photo added)

Nancy Brew sings her jazz masterpiece with the band.  (photo added)

Nancy Brew sings her jazz masterpiece with the band. (photo added)

Michael Tambasen shows his versatility by playing the piano during the 10th JazzKara festival.  (photo added)

Michael Tambasen shows his versatility by playing the piano during the 10th JazzKara festival. (photo added)

Famous keyboardist Henry Katindig plays his piano intricately during the JazzKara festival.  (photo added)

Famous keyboardist Henry Katindig plays his piano intricately during the JazzKara festival. (photo added)

Jay Cyrus on saxophone during the JazzKara festival.  (photo added)

Jay Cyrus on saxophone during the JazzKara festival. (photo added)

LEGENDARY jazz virtuoso and keyboardist Henry Katindig along with other performers including Negrense talents Michael Tambasen, Nancy Brew and Jay Cyrus captured the passion of jazz music fans in Bacolod City as they staged the 10th JazzKara festival held at L’ Fisher Hotel in Bacolod Ville on October 7th.

Tambasen, a multi-talented Bacolodnon, staged this concert as an annual event of the MassKara festival.

With his Michael Tambasen Music Lab and Productions, the young blood of jazz music showed his versatility and mastery of jazz music also using his solo EDM saxophone and piano.

Throughout his career, he performed at various events here and abroad but remained humble despite his expertise in playing various musical instruments such as his favorite saxophone, piano, drums, flute and guitar, among others.

Meanwhile, Nancy Brew and Jay Cyrus of Dumaguete City’s Jay Cyrus Entertainment glued jazz music fans to their seats while enjoying the fusion of jazz music – a combination of jazz standards and original compositions.

Each performer performed their respective jazz tones and rhythms which blended perfectly, which melted the hearts of the jazz music audience and stimulated their enthusiasm and taste for jazz music.

Most of the performers have their original compositions which have also been picked up on some music platforms such as Spotify for Michael Tambasen, and keyboardist Henry Katindig who has been a known figurehead in the jazz circuit for the past few decades.

Katindig’s music and countless recordings have been performed at various jazz festivals around the country.

Tambasen thanked those who showed their admiration for jazz music, which will serve as motivation for them to perform more and entertain jazz lovers in the city and province.

Among the tracks he performed were popular jazz music like the famous Kenny G, whose music sounded soothing to the ears but very difficult to perform.

They were pushed to perform more with the warm receptions they received from the public and those who supported their show.

They also raffled off an antique gold Weissenberg soprano saxophone worth 150,000 pesos, where one lucky winner happily took home such a valuable prize.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater and Delroy Lindo set to co-host – Billboard https://jazzfin.com/dee-dee-bridgewater-and-delroy-lindo-set-to-co-host-billboard/ Tue, 04 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/dee-dee-bridgewater-and-delroy-lindo-set-to-co-host-billboard/ Tony Dee nominees Dee Bridgewater and Delroy Lindo have been selected as co-hosts for the inaugural Jazz Music Awards, scheduled for Saturday, October 22 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. Bridgewater was nominated for Tony for her star performance in The genius (1975). Lindo was nominated for her star performance in Come […]]]>

Tony Dee nominees Dee Bridgewater and Delroy Lindo have been selected as co-hosts for the inaugural Jazz Music Awards, scheduled for Saturday, October 22 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. Bridgewater was nominated for Tony for her star performance in The genius (1975). Lindo was nominated for her star performance in Come and Gone by Joe Turner (1988).

Bridgewater is also a two-time Grammy winner for separate albums in which she paid tribute to jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

Dianne Reeves, Kenny Garrett, Marcus and Jean Baylor of The Baylor Project, Somi, Lindsey Webster, guitarist Brian Bromberg, harpist Brandee Younger and pianist Orrin Evans have been added as performers, joining previously announced performers Bridgewater, Ledisi, Lizz Wright and Jazzmeia Horn.

The show will open with a performance by The Baylor Project, joined by Reeves and Horn. The show will also include a musical tribute, “Songs of Social Justice”, also featuring Reeves and Horn, as well as Bridgewater, Ledisi and Wright.

Garrett and Evans will pay tribute to McCoy Tyner, who posthumously receives the Jazz Legend Award. Organist Ray Angry, guitarist Mark Whitfield and saxophonist Marcus Strickland will perform in a medley honoring three jazz musicians who died this year – Joey DeFrancesco, Ramsey Lewis and Pharoah Sande

Bassist James Genus, trumpeter Milena Casado, drummer Nikki Glaspie, pianist Orrin Evans and DJ and percussionist Kassa Overall are also part of the group assembled by musical director Terri Lyne Carrington.

The Jazz Music Awards will feature awards in eight competitive categories as well as six special accolades.

The Jazz Music Awards is a non-profit division of Jazz 91.9 WCLK at Clark University in Atlanta, owner of HBCU and licensee of WCLK. For updates, visit jazzmusicawards.com.

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The control and co-option of jazz music in America https://jazzfin.com/the-control-and-co-option-of-jazz-music-in-america/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 01:55:53 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/the-control-and-co-option-of-jazz-music-in-america/ Picture this: You just saw a photo of the most mouth-watering fettuccine pasta, slathered in Alfredo sauce, on someone’s Instagram story. You don’t know the person well, but the food looks delicious; you need to know where they got it from. You reply to the message by asking for the name of the restaurant that […]]]>

Picture this: You just saw a photo of the most mouth-watering fettuccine pasta, slathered in Alfredo sauce, on someone’s Instagram story. You don’t know the person well, but the food looks delicious; you need to know where they got it from. You reply to the message by asking for the name of the restaurant that prepared this appetizing meal.

“This place is kind of a personal thing for me,” comes the response. “What’s really crazy is…you wouldn’t even have wanted this if you hadn’t seen me post it.”

This exchange probably seems unrealistic. It’s actually a joke – a quote from a video that recently circulated on the internet that pokes fun at people who go to great lengths to prevent others from accessing the things they treasure. Most people call this access control.

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Laufey shares the fusion of classical music and jazz on his debut album Everything I Know About Love – The Daily Texan https://jazzfin.com/laufey-shares-the-fusion-of-classical-music-and-jazz-on-his-debut-album-everything-i-know-about-love-the-daily-texan/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/laufey-shares-the-fusion-of-classical-music-and-jazz-on-his-debut-album-everything-i-know-about-love-the-daily-texan/ Angela Lim, Life & Arts EditorSeptember 19, 2022 Entertainer and multi-instrumentalist Laufey wraps his songs with experiences from all areas of his life, bringing timeless genres to life. Having grown up surrounded by musicians, the romantic singer-songwriter embraces the genre of her close-knit Icelandic musical communities and the classical styles of her Chinese background. Ahead […]]]>

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Editor

Entertainer and multi-instrumentalist Laufey wraps his songs with experiences from all areas of his life, bringing timeless genres to life. Having grown up surrounded by musicians, the romantic singer-songwriter embraces the genre of her close-knit Icelandic musical communities and the classical styles of her Chinese background.

Ahead of his sold-out Austin show, The Daily Texan spoke with Laufey about his penchant for classical and jazz music, which shines through in his debut album. all i know about love.

The Texas Daily: all i know about love is dedicated to “old souls” and “romantic companions”. How have you used classical and jazz music to express your vision of the world?

Laufey: Classical music and jazz are the most romantic musical genres. It’s music that often illustrates scenes from romantic movies, and we associate it with a certain reverie because it’s been around for so long. You don’t necessarily associate it with a certain period or decade. It’s more associated with a certain feeling.

DT: What messages were you trying to convey in your album?

L : Musically, my message was that classical (and) jazz music can exist in this decade. …Lyrically, I wanted to illustrate the complex mess of the early stages of adulthood and everything that follows…It’s like a post-college world (where) it’s okay to be confused all the time , and you have the highest highs and the lowest lows .

DT: In a previous interview, you said that people tend to have this “academic approach” to classical music because of its technicality. How do you break down this preconception and make these genres more digestible?

L : A lot of young people are afraid to approach these genres, because it was made to look like something so scary, but if you don’t open it up to new audiences and listeners who don’t have the same background in the industry than me, it’s going to die out fast… The way I try to do it is through social media… (putting) classical and jazz music on TikTok is one of the fastest ways to do ( that music there).

DT: Title-wise, “Above the Chinese Restaurant” stands out and makes listeners feel like they’re flying. What is the story behind this song?

L : I’m half Chinese, and I grew up in a very Chinese family who spoke Chinese and ate a lot of dumplings… I thought “Above the Chinese Restaurant” was a cool title. I was walking through Chinatown and saw an apartment above (a restaurant). It’s the only song on my album that isn’t a direct story of my life, but the message comes a lot from my life. You don’t really know what you’ve got until you’ve got it… I tried to write in a way that every song shows the setting and what’s going on, who’s there, what you’re eating — everything.

DT: Your album ends with “Night Light”, which is your way of expressing this reluctant but inevitable transition into adulthood. What childhood lessons do you still take with you into your twenties?

L : My dad told me an Icelandic (proverb that) basically (says that) everything will go as planned. Everything is understandable, and I always tell myself to remember that.

DT: Is there a particular reason why you put this song last in an album centered on love?

L : Absolutely. This album marks my entry into adulthood. When I was writing all these songs and recording the album, I graduated from college, left my childhood home, and developed this career in life that I never expected. I grew up fast (in) a short time… I thought having the last words, “Keep the night light on,” is a reminder that wherever I go, I will always have that little spark of childhood in me. me.

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Delicious food and drink meet soulful jazz music at Piano Man https://jazzfin.com/delicious-food-and-drink-meet-soulful-jazz-music-at-piano-man/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 12:40:54 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/delicious-food-and-drink-meet-soulful-jazz-music-at-piano-man/ The Piano Man has carved out a niche like no other restaurant in Delhi-NCR. Imagined by Arjun Sagar Gupta, it brought together some of the most famous jazz musicians in the world. The regulars of the restaurant swear by the boosted atmosphere with shows lined up every evening. At The Piano Man, music is taken […]]]>

The Piano Man has carved out a niche like no other restaurant in Delhi-NCR. Imagined by Arjun Sagar Gupta, it brought together some of the most famous jazz musicians in the world. The regulars of the restaurant swear by the boosted atmosphere with shows lined up every evening. At The Piano Man, music is taken with utmost seriousness, which is why it has become a hub for music lovers. But in our opinion, it got high marks even in the food and drink department! We recently visited The Piano Man Delhi for an evening full of delicious food, meticulously crafted drinks and, of course, soulful jazz music.

From Asian to Italian, continental to finger food – The Piano Man brings together the best of multiple cuisines. We started our meal with their Dim Sums – the Dim sum with peanuts and vegetables as good as Shiitake, Shimeji Mushroom and Water Chestnut Dim Sum steamed to perfection. While the latter was smooth and creamy, the former had a slightly spicy edge to it. The Stuffed Mushrooms with Nonya Sauce were also incredibly satisfying and bursting with cheese inside. The dish was topped with microgreens and edible flowers to make an Instagram-worthy presentation. Our appetizers were accompanied by the most incredible Whiskey Sour cocktail as well as ginger fluff cocktail without alcohol. Both drinks were carefully crafted and well balanced.

Dim sum with shiitake mushrooms. Photo credit: Piano Man

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Stuffed mushroom. Photo credit: NDTV Food

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Whiskey Sour and Ginger Fuzz Mocktail. Photo credit: NDTV Food

After much deliberation on the sector, we tried the Tofu bao teriyaki served with lettuce, green apple relish and smoked cheese dip. The Bao was extremely mild and the filling wasn’t too spicy either. The Burmese Khao Suey in the main course section was surprisingly delicious and had a crunch of fried peanuts and onions with a burst of comforting flavors. We also tried the Peri Peri Vegetable Pizza who had a big sassy side. The base had the right amount of chewiness without falling apart, a balance often difficult to achieve.

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Burmese Khao Suey. Photo credit: NDTV Food

Last but not least, we definitely suggest trying the homemade churros to The Man at the Piano. This crispy Spanish dessert came with caramel sauce as well as dark chocolate. Even though the churros were a bit thicker than we liked, they were still delicious!

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Homemade churros at Piano Man. Photo credit: NDTV Food

To conclude, a visit to The Piano Man is a must for those who enjoy live music accompanied by delicious food. The perfect fusion of food, drink and music is a surefire recipe for a successful and memorable evening.

What: The Piano Man Delhi and Gurugram

Where: Boutique B 6, 7/22, opposite Deer Park, Safdarjung, New Delhi,

and 32nd Avenue, Milestone, Part 2, Sector 15, Gurgaon

When: Monday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.

Cost for two: Rs. 1,800 for two (approximately)

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Soothing Tunes Hall Brings Upbeat Jazz Music to the Flint Area https://jazzfin.com/soothing-tunes-hall-brings-upbeat-jazz-music-to-the-flint-area/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/soothing-tunes-hall-brings-upbeat-jazz-music-to-the-flint-area/ BURTON, MI — Sheldon T. Banks is no stranger to running a business. He owns several funeral homes in Genesee County. But Banks started something very different: a jazz music venue called Soothing Tunes Room, located at 1408 W. Hemphill Road in Burton. The new business opened on August 18. Banks bought the Pachyderm Pub, […]]]>

BURTON, MI — Sheldon T. Banks is no stranger to running a business.

He owns several funeral homes in Genesee County.

But Banks started something very different: a jazz music venue called Soothing Tunes Room, located at 1408 W. Hemphill Road in Burton.

The new business opened on August 18.

Banks bought the Pachyderm Pub, a gay bar, and turned it into his dream business.

Related: Funeral home owner wants to turn Flint’s gay bar into a jazz club

“I’ve always had an acquired taste for jazz,” Banks said. “And I said that was something Flint needed. No rhythm and blues, rock or rap. Just jazz music.

Banks has owned Sheldon Banks Funeral Chapel since 2015 and Serenity Funeral Chapel since 2010.

Soothing Tunes Rooms has already seen a boom, with Banks saying he’s had to turn people away because of how busy it is.

Jazz fans traveled from as far away as Monroe to hear live jazz music at the new venue.

Musical artists sent Banks videos of their live performances, hoping to book a night to showcase their skills.

Banks traveled to Kansas City, New Orleans and Chicago to see live jazz clubs and knew the Flint area needed something similar.

His brother, Rathael Banks Jr., is a jazz bassist. He fell in love with jazz at the age of 9.

“I heard a song I liked by Najee and started to like jazz music,” he said.

Going from a funeral home owner by day to a live jazz club owner by night is exactly what Banks needed.

“From the hustle and bustle during the day, I said I needed a way to relax and unwind and play jazz all day,” he said .

Opening hours are from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.

“I also wanted to do something for the elderly,” Banks said. “They really have nowhere to go. I kept my schedule at 10 p.m. because I pay attention to the neighbors since we are in a residential area.”

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Women’s jazz rock music in Margate – South Coast Herald https://jazzfin.com/womens-jazz-rock-music-in-margate-south-coast-herald/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/womens-jazz-rock-music-in-margate-south-coast-herald/ To close Women’s Month, the Umngqungqo Wabantu Project held a women in jazz and poetry concert on Sunday at Senzi’s in Margate. The concert featured Johannesburg trombonist Lebogang ‘Mizzbone’ Pangwa and singers such as Noncedo Disane, Nozibusiso Vezi, Nelz Words Shibe and Onke Qwane. According to Zanele Luhabe, project manager at Umngqungqo Wabantu, the concert […]]]>

To close Women’s Month, the Umngqungqo Wabantu Project held a women in jazz and poetry concert on Sunday at Senzi’s in Margate.

The concert featured Johannesburg trombonist Lebogang ‘Mizzbone’ Pangwa and singers such as Noncedo Disane, Nozibusiso Vezi, Nelz Words Shibe and Onke Qwane.

According to Zanele Luhabe, project manager at Umngqungqo Wabantu, the concert was a success.

She said that the founder of the Umngqungqo Wabantu project, Andile Yenana is a professor of music at Esayidi TVET College, Gamalakhe Campus.

Enjoying the jazz session, Sesethu Mbotho (left) and Oyena Cetwayo. PHOTO: NTANDOYENKOSI DLAMINI

Luhabe said Yenana usually invites a jazz artist from Johannesburg to do workshops at the Gamalakhe campus for her students, and then on Saturdays a live performance takes place before the artist leaves the south coast.

She said it was meant to give students real stage exposure and experience.

“Andile Yenana is a master pianist. He is from King Williams Town. He has been in the music industry for over 20 years. He is internationally renowned. The organization organizes jazz sessions and live music events at the Margate Art Museum every few months. It was at the museum that Yenana formed a relationship with the museum director, Siya Sotsu. Sotsu also helps Yenana find venues for these jazz sessions,” she said.

She added that Yenana mainly brings in legendary people who have been in the industry for a long time, saying that for August, they decided to change their tune and bring in a female.

Luhabe said, “Since it’s Woman’s Month, we wanted a woman who will not only teach the students, but also inspire them to use instruments. We looked around, it was a difficult search as there are only a few women playing instruments. We found Lebogang ‘Mizzbone’ Pangwa. Yenana realized that the south coast is rich in different talents, he wants to nurture this talent and give his students a chance to develop their craft in their space without having to travel to Johannesburg to get exposure. It tries to bring the Johannesburg feel to the south coast.

She said that although people did not come in large numbers, they appreciate those who came, adding that the Women’s Month concert was the start of great things to come.

“We’re hoping next time we’ll have an all-female group and we want to make the All Women’s Concert an annual thing, hopefully it grows,” she said.

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First Jazz Music Awards Announce 2022 Nominees and Winners https://jazzfin.com/first-jazz-music-awards-announce-2022-nominees-and-winners/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/first-jazz-music-awards-announce-2022-nominees-and-winners/ ATLANTA (CelebrityAccess) – The awards show to exclusively celebrate jazz music, The Jazz Music Awards: Celebrating the Spirit of Jazz, and its creator and executive producer, Wendy F. Williams, announce the recipients of six honorary awards and the nominated in eight competition award categories. These special accolades, along with […]]]>






ATLANTA (CelebrityAccess) – The awards show to exclusively celebrate jazz music, The Jazz Music Awards: Celebrating the Spirit of Jazz, and its creator and executive producer, Wendy F. Williams, announce the recipients of six honorary awards and the nominated in eight competition award categories.

These special accolades, along with the thirty-three nominees, recognize individuals who have made and continue to make lasting contributions to jazz music. These well-deserved honors will be presented at the Jazz Music Awards ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to the saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter; the Jazz Legend Award will be presented to the family of the late pianist and composer McCoy Tyner. There are three categories of Distinction Awards: Innovator, Composer and Educator. Modern jazz trumpeter and composer Ambroise Akinmusire will receive the Jazz Innovator Award; avant-garde saxophonist, woodwind player and composer Henry Threadgill will be honored with the Jazz Composer Award; singer and composer Dr Lenora Helm Hammonds will receive the Jazz Educator Award, and veteran musician and educator Dr. James H. Patterson will receive the Jazz Impact Award.

Additionally, the final four nominees were announced in eight competitive categories; a tie in the Best Duo, Group, or Big Band category resulted in five nominees, while submissions in the Best International Artist category did not meet the Jazz Music Awards submission criteria, resulting in the removal of that award of the final ballot this year.

Some of the nominees include:

Jean & Marcus Baylor, four Grammy-nominated artists, also known as The Baylor Project, received three nominations for its release, Generations; in the same way Orrin Evans with two nominations for The magic of the moment and EEE with a well-known television personality Kevin Eubanks; 2023 NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett with two nominations for The sounds of the ancestors; eight-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Christian McBride with two nominations with his group Inside Straight for Live at the Village Vanguard; acclaimed jazz harpist Brandée Young with two nominations for Somewhere different; and contemporary jazz keyboardist Brian Culbertson with two nominations for The Red Trilogy.

“We are honored to recognize and present a wide range of dynamic and innovative artists, including our six winners and our thirty-three nominees. I’m still amazed that in 2022, a global award show dedicated to jazz in North America has never been achieved at this level. I’m thrilled that we can step into this space to honor and recognize musicians and the genre as a whole in this way. We’re writing history and just getting started,” says Wendy F. Williams.

An added attraction during the Jazz Music Awards will be several live performances. These will include appearances from several acclaimed jazz vocal talents: NEA Jazz Master and Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning artists. Dee Dee BridgewaterGrammy Award-winning artist Ledisiprominent jazz/gospel/blues singer Lizz Wrightand four-time Grammy-nominated artist Horn Jazzmeia. All performances will be under the musical direction of NEA Jazz Master and three-time Grammy Award-winning artist and composer Terri Lyne Carringtonwho serves as musical director and co-executive producer for the inaugural ceremony.

“The Jazz Music Award is a necessary and important platform for the jazz community,” said Carrington, founder of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. “It is essential that we highlight and celebrate artists from all jazz hybrids, many of whom have been overlooked or unrecognized throughout their careers.”

For a complete list of nominees and winners, please visit jazzmusicawards.com and wclk.com.

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