Michael Stokes
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  • Staten Island, NY
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Where are you located?
New York
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Producer, Consultant, Publicist, Publisher, Business Manager, Fan
Tell us a little about your background...
See info above.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Many of my musician friends are here as well.
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Hello! Thanks for stopping by. Here's a little information about me:

Today I host a music community in the NY tri-state area & produce a local radio show. I am a former Operations Manager, Engineer, and Adjunct Professor.

My Favorite Music:
Since this is a social network, and the question is usually asked, here goes:
There is only good music & bad music.
I have a very diverse music collection, but favor music with meter and melody. I listen to everything from Monk to Muddy Waters to Metal to Mozart & everything in between.

Wagner College - Staten Island, NY
MBA - Business Administration - 2000

George Washington University - Washington,DC
Master’s Certificate in Project Management - 1999

Polytechnic University - Hawthorne, NY
MS - Telecommunications & Computing Management - 1995

Cuny Bernard M Baruch College - New York, NY
BBA - Human Resource Management / Psychology - 1974

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Michael Stokes's Blog

Jazz pianist George Shearing dies at 91

Posted on February 27, 2011 at 12:41pm 0 Comments

George Shearing, the jovial jazz pianist who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland” died on February 14th 2011. He was blind since birth and passed at 91.


In 2007, Shearing was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to music. When the honor was announced,…


Phoebe Snow: Her First Love

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

If I asked for a short list of the greatest female vocalists, I would probably get a variety of answers depending on the person’s musical preference. A jazz lover would probably say Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, or Anita O'Day. If…


Music Fund-raiser caveat

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 1:14pm 0 Comments

The plethora of fund-raising shows being announced spotlight the heart of musicians. Their efforts go beyond immediate relief. They are shining examples that some good come from tragedy. Aiding others affected by tragedy helps us almost as much as the recipients. Reaching out is one of the best ways to attain happiness. Empathy is its own reward.

I believe in this very strongly, but mustn't allow my heart to completely control my rational thoughts. Whenever the world is gripped by an… Continue

Managing Friend Requests on this Network

Posted on September 12, 2009 at 2:21pm 0 Comments

Outstanding Friend Request Restrictions on the Ning Network

While making friend requests some time ago, I received a message that read, “You have reached the maximum limit of 50 outstanding friend requests.” Initially, that message confused me, since I thought I had only made a few requests. After some…


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At 10:07am on April 12, 2011, ROBBI KUMALO said…
Yeah!  Thank you!
At 1:08pm on March 27, 2011, Joani Taylor said…
I did?? I'm sorry something must have glitched I certainly don't mean to impose my blogs on anyone. I'm sorry but it's cool you were ok with it.
At 11:21am on March 27, 2011, Joani Taylor said…

Hi Michael,   It's a pleasure to meet you here. Thanks so much for the contact. 



At 10:56pm on March 3, 2011, David "Fingers" Haynes said…

Hello Michael, Thanks so much for reaching out to me.


God Bless,



At 3:04pm on April 11, 2010, Jaijai Jackson said…
Hi Mike!

That's crazy that we hadn't connected as friends. Your site is doing great, so proud of your work there! I can't wait to come to NY and meet all your friends and hear some good NYC jazz. Keep me posted on the growth over there so I can support you.

Best of everything,
At 12:04pm on April 10, 2010, Russell A. Worrell said…
Hey Mike, thanx 4 the add!...i believe my dad Bernard Purdie has mentioned ur name once or twice...hope all is well...keep doing great things!
At 11:34am on February 26, 2010, Michael Stokes said…
Hi Wally. You are a member of my music community MakinMusicNY.com, but I haven't seen you post an event there in months. Since my members are largely from our area, posting there is a good thing. I will certainly try to get over to see your show. Is that "Stuff" as in Gordon Edwards, Steve Gadd, Cornell Dupree, et. al? By the way, Cornell is playing with my friend Nikki Armstrong at B.B. Kings on 4/14 if you're interested.
Best wishes,
At 3:40am on February 26, 2010, Wally Gator Watson said…
Thanks for the add Michael. If you have the chance, stop in on Wednesdays to the Club Creole, 3rd Ave @ E. 118 street. I am performing with the Group Stuff.
All the best, Wally G.
At 5:35pm on October 16, 2009, Mordy Ferber said…
Hey Mike

first time I got in to here since I joined. yes, good to see you here too man....
hope all is good in your life and music and hope we do something together in the future.
At 8:40pm on October 7, 2009, Brian Schiefer said…
Hi, Mike. I've got a new band in the works.........if you like I can send you some demo tunes via e-mail. Let me know. Brian

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Jazz pianist George Shearing dies at 91

George Shearing, the jovial jazz pianist who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland” died on February 14th 2011. He was blind since birth and passed at 91. In 2007, Shearing was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to music. When the honor was announced, he said it was "amazing to receive an honor for…See More
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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!

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