Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
Let's be audacious, my friends!
Artwork courtesy of Jeff Laibson www.jefflaibson.com
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The JJA’s Youtube published video of the 2015 Jazz Awards party in New York City held June 16,
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Chubby Jackson helped popularize the the 5-string C bass, was responsible for bringing be-bop jazz to schools all over the country, and also had the first American jazz band to tour Europe after WWII. He appeared in numerous movies and TV shows featuring the grand masters of Jazz.
Chubby performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Barnet, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gilllespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Red Norvo, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker,Terry Gibbs, Ben Webster, Raymond Scott, Bill Harris, JJ Johnson, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, just to name a few.
Ed Bentley is a fine Pianist/Organist/Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist known principally for his work on Jazz Piano and Hammond Organ despite his early start with the double bass and electric bass at the age of 14 and acoustic and electric guitars at the age of 18. Ed arrived in the UK in 1971. Working musicians rated him as soon as he arrived, since then he has been winning friends all over England, Europe, the USA and most parts of the world with his music.
With four CDs and four Vinyl albums behind him, with record companies such as SB Records, Pleasure records, M Records and Prestige Records. Ed’s Big Band, Quintet, Quartet and Trio has also played places like Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Dean Street, The 100 Club Oxford Street, The Jazz Café Camden Town, The Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Halls to mention just a few of his regular venues in London. Jazz Festivals and Tours in the UK and Europe include top venues like The Fabrik, Uncle Po and Dennis Swing Club in Hamburg. The Quarter Latin, Eierschalle, Joe’s Beer Salon and the Talk Of The Town in Berlin were among his gig list. Top venues in Italy, France and Holland have been regular in his diary.
Ed has also worked with top artists including a World Tour with Deniece Williams, Irene Reed (Count Basie Band), Percy Sledge, Guitar Legend Al Casey, Bobby Watson, Michael Hashim and the late George Williams (Tymes) with whom he had a commercial hit which Ed wrote “Never Again” which stayed in the National Charts Top Twenty for ten weeks, to mention a few artists in the USA . Ed has also worked with top artists in the UK, Europe, Australia, the Far Eastand Africa, including playing Piano for Huge Masekela at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival recently.
From his first in 1979 to his latest 2010 “Magic Night”Ed has released some fine albums. His “Bolla, Keyboard Blues” Album was reviewed by the late Billy Higgins and his “Metropolis” Album was reviewed by Cedar Walton both on Prestige Records. Ed’s admirers have included the late Jimmy Smith who inspired Ed to take up the Hammond Organ, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Sample and Tony Bennet to mention just a few.
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Upcoming event September 21, 2015: In LONDON THE 13TH AFRICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 – THE VORTEX JAZZ CLUB THE ED BENTLEY QUINTET with special guest KOFI AYIVOR: Percussion and DAVE LEWIS: Tenor, ROD YOUNGS: Drums, MARK RIDOUT: Guitar Click here to learn more...
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