26-05-07

Buddy Childers

Apparently Buddy Childers passed away last night. More details are yet unknown. Update will follow...

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25-05-07

Gilbert Rovere RIP

The May issue of Jazz Magazine lists also the passing of Gilbert Rovere on March 13. Gilbert who? Indeed the French bass player who played with Art Taylor and Sonny Rollins that night of November 1965 in Paris. Born inToulon in 1939 he arrived in Paris in 1956 and was ready to accompany Billie Holiday, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon or Bud Powell. In 1967 he received the Django Reinhardt Prize from the Academie du Jazz. In 1978 he retires from the jazz scene. In 1986 he makes a comeback with ao. Steve Grossman, Bud Shank, Jackie McLean.

Sonny Rollins Paris 1965

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24-05-07

Happy Birthday Archie Shepp!

Yesterday evening, after the Champions League Final, i read the May issue of Jazz Magazine which has a special anniversary issue on Archie Shepp. Mr. Shepp celebrates his 70th Birthday today. About 15 pages ares dedicated to Mr.Shepp containing an interview with the maestro himself as well as brief pieces by french musicians on the importance of Mr. Shepp in Jazz and the role he played in their carreers.

A special mini cd was also delivered with the issue containing 'Attica Blues'; 'Mama Too Tight' and an exclusive version of his forthcoming cd Gemini called 'The reverse'.

Don't forget : Mezzo will broadcast on June 9th a special evening on Mr. Shepp!

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22-05-07

Sonny Rollins receives the Polar Prize

All AP News
Rollins, Reich Receive Polar Music Prize
Mon May 21, 4:08 PM ET

Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins and composer Steve Reich received the prestigious Polar Music Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony Monday at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The Polar Music Prize is Sweden's biggest music award. It was founded by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group ABBA, in 1989 through a donation to The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Each winner receives $147,000.
The award is typically split between pop artists and classical musicians. Past winners include Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Quincy Jones, Isaac Stern, Pierre Boulez and Valery Gergiev.
Helped on and off the stage, Rollins, 76, bowed gently and said he was honored to receive the prize "on behalf of all the great musicians I learned my music from."
Eagle-Eye Cherry son of trumpet player Don Cherry with whom Rollins toured in the 1960s read the academy's citation for Rollins, calling him "one of the most powerful and personal voices in jazz for more than 50 years."
Rollins was honored by a performance by Swedish hip-hop singer Timbuktu and the band Damn! He heard his songs "Alfie's Theme" and "Oleo" played by saxophonist Lennart Aberg, pianist Bobo Stensson and the Jonas Kullhammar Quartet. Swedish jazz singer Viktoria Tolstoy sang "`Round Midnight."

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17-05-07

WKCR's Sam Rivers Festival

WKCR 89.9 FM NY presents the

SAM RIVERS FESTIVAL
5/18/2007 12:00 PM through 5/25/2007 9:00 PM

&
SAM RIVERS IN CONCERT
with Dave Holland (bass) & Barry Altschul (drums)
5/25/07 8:00 PM, Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway @ 116th St.)

WKCR is proud to announce a week-long festival broadcast honoring the
musical genius of Sam Rivers, airing continuously for 175 hours from 12:00 PM Friday May 18th until 9:00 PM Friday May 25th.
The festival will culminate with a live concert by Rivers himself at Columbia University's Miller Theatre, Friday May 25th at 8:00 PM. The concert reunites the historic trio of Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul in a special one-time performance. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the concert. For ticketing information, call 1-800-838-3006 or visit www.wkcr.org
<<http://www.wkcr. org>http://www.wkcr. org> .
In a career which spans over 60 years, multi-instrumentali st Sam Rivers has been an extraordinary force in the world of jazz and creative music. Whether through intricate composition or stunning free improvisation, his music synthesizes a broad spectrum of styles into a unique and forward-looking sound. Equally important to history was his proprietorship of Studio Rivbea, a vibrant performance space in lower Manhattan which nurtured exciting new expressions of jazz in New York's musician-driven renaissance of the 1970s. As a
community-minded mentor and facile performer alike, Sam Rivers represents the highest level of artistic achievement and, remarkably, continues to innovate at the age of 83.
In a unique round-the-clock format, the festival will thoroughly explore Sam Rivers' fascinating musical world. The broadcast will center on a presentation of Rivers' complete recorded discography, supplemented by interviews with his fellow musicians and in-depth features on particular aspects of his music. Additionally, Sam Rivers will join us in studio to reflect on his career and share with listeners his living history.

WKCR-FM is a non-commercial, student-run radio station affiliated with Columbia University. Broadcasting to the New York City region at 89.9 FM and over the internet at wkcr.org <<http://wkcr. org>http://wkcr. org> , the station provides over 60 hours of weekly jazz programming and offers special programming heard no where else on radio.

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14-05-07

The John Coltrane Reference

The John Coltrane Reference
This is announced for October 12th. Autumn promises to be very expensive but all the more interesting ;-)

 

Author(s) - Lewis Porter, Chris DeVito, David Wild, Yasuhiro Fuji Fujioka,
Wolf Schmaler

List Price: $150.00
ISBN: 9780415977555
ISBN-10: 041597755X
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 12/10/2007
Pages: 608

From the Routledge website:
"Few jazz musicians have had the lasting influence - or attracted as much
scholarly study - as John Coltrane. Yet, despite dozens of books, hundreds
of articles, and his own recorded legacy, the 'facts' about Coltrane's life
and work have never been definitely established. In The John Coltrane
Reference, well-known Coltrane biographer and jazz educator Lewis Porter has assembled an international team of scholars to remedy this situation."

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13-05-07

Miles Davis - Isle Of Wight

Saturday 12 May BBC Radio 3 broadcasted a 30-minute documentary on Miles's 1970 Isle of Wight concert. It's part of a series called "Concerts That Changed Jazz" and is presented by the highly respected jazz critic John Fordham. It'll be on Radio 3's website for a week after transmission. Next week it's  Keith Jarret's Koln Concert.
More information here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazzfile/pip/5djuf/

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