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well there is a lot to me. but if u r interested just ask. im pretty much an open book.
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i belong to a few of the different ning networks. by accident, i discovered soul commune and subsequently discovered the jazz network. although i do listen to a lot of other music, mainstream jazz is my favorite without question. jazz is true.
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Great jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard dies at 70

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 12:56pm 0 Comments

John Rogers

12/30/2008



Freddie Hubbard, the Grammy-winning jazz musician whose blazing virtuosity influenced a generation of trumpet players and who collaborated with such greats as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, died Monday, a month after suffering a heart attack. He was 70.



Hubbard died at Sherman Oaks Hospital, said his manager, fellow trumpeter David Weiss of the New Jazz Composers Octet. He had been hospitalized since suffering the heart attack… Continue

Duke Ellington’s Posthumous Revenge

Posted on December 25, 2008 at 10:33pm 0 Comments

by Nat Hentoff



Long ago, I worked part-time at a Boston radio station that mostly played what its announcers solemnly called “serious music”—Bach, Beethoven, Bartók and other such cats. That reverential term was common around the country on such stations. On the air, I refused to categorize only European-derived classical music as “serious”—as if Armstrong, Ellington, Basie and Billie Holiday were only transient forms of impermanent cult music.



In 1965, the three-man music… Continue

Wynton Marsalis -- Black codes From the Underground

Posted on December 25, 2008 at 10:31pm 0 Comments

black codes fm da underground



SIDEMAN

Charnett Moffett (bass), Ron Carter (bass), Jeff Watts (drums), Branford Marsalis (tenor and soprano saxophone), Kenny Kirkland (piano).



DESCRIPTION

One of the hardest swinging and best-loved of his 1980s recordings wraps listeners in the astonishing group sound that… Continue

Eartha Kitt, sultry 'Santa Baby' singer, dies

Posted on December 25, 2008 at 9:10pm 0 Comments

by Michael Kuchwara

12/25/2008



Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.



Andrew Freedman said Kitt, who was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died Thursday in Connecticut of colon cancer.



Kitt, a self-proclaimed "sex kitten" famous for her catlike purr, was one of America's most… Continue

A Complete Jazzman

Posted on December 25, 2008 at 6:13pm 0 Comments

by Nat Hentoff



I am greatly indebted to Thomas Bellino, whose Planet Arts—a not-for-profit company involved in a network of educational and culturally awakening projects—includes Planet Arts Recordings. His latest release, Turn Up the Heath by the Jimmy Heath Big Band (planetarts.org), made me realize that in all these years writing about this music, I have ignored one of the most deeply satisfying and personal arranger-composers in jazz—especially evident when his instrument is a… Continue

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At 3:02pm on December 19, 2008, Nora McCarthy said…
Thank you MJ for the good wishes, the show was a smash! When I catch my breath, I will contribute to your posts, I like what you are saying...........I think it's called the "truth".

Blessings,

Nora
At 7:41pm on November 30, 2008, Esquizito said…
Yeah man, I dig. Mr. Barker is about to step forward.

"This music is... serious business." - DB

Peace,
E.
At 10:24pm on November 25, 2008, Nora McCarthy said…
Hi MJ, wishing you a fulfilling and contented Thanksgiving...lots of love and good food, family, friends and music.

Blessings,

Nora
At 5:38pm on November 21, 2008, exe*Cute* said…
Hey MJ ...
Welcome to our Family here at TJN ~ Hope You will have a Lot of Fun with us --- as we have Great Talent, and Sounds at this very Special 24/7- J@zzClub !!

You surely will be a Real Asset here !!

Would be a Great Honour to be Your Friend ...
Regards;
xdrd

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Also would be a real Pleasure to Invite You to Join, and share our Luv of J@zz ~ with the Great Sounds at The J@zz Network Listening Room here --->
http://thejazznetwork.ning.com/group/thejzznetworklisteningroom
Happy Listening;
xdrd
....................
And if You wish --- would really be nice, if you could come and see us at our new Chat-Room here --->
http://thejazznetwork.ning.com/group/tjnchatroom
Happy Chatting !!
At 2:48am on November 21, 2008, yolanda ingley II said…
Hi there MJ. So you have been to OZ. I have only been to WA once and that was a long time ago. As you know Australia is a BIG place. Yes travel is great. I think I have the bug. After this I will have to settle back down and work hard to pay off some of my excesses. (You know what I mean). In the meantime while I'm here I'm doig as much singing as I can. London is so big there are countless more opportunities to sit in and gig unlike Melbourne. I am getting as much experience as I can. Talk soon. Take care.
At 11:02am on November 18, 2008, Ju~Ana Monaco said…
Hi m j,

Love your photos, and Obama too.....Great videos!

I too, have a very diverse taste in music, as well.

But, Jazz holds my heart.

Have a nice day,

Ju~ana
At 10:03am on November 18, 2008, yolanda ingley II said…
Hi MJ, thanks for the invite. I've just arrived in London, I'm here to do some singing. I was in the States 2 weeks ago, mostly Memphis. I've been travelling around for the last 3 months and really enjoying new places.

I have very diverse taste in music too..I went to the Stax museum in Memphis and that was a rare treat.
Tell me something, Yolanda
At 9:12pm on November 17, 2008, Nora McCarthy said…
Hi m j, nice meeting you and thank you for your friendship. I too am a fan of Hendrix, truly an amazing innovative voice. And, The Last Poets....I conducted a workshop in Montenegro last Spring which included the poets relevant to the music and those that had a profound impact on the spoken word movement...The Last Poets were among those I referenced and spoke about - also have given their work to many an aspiring poet and those that subscribe to rap and hiphop...gotta know about them.

All great things to you,

Nora
At 8:22pm on November 17, 2008, Terry Saffold said…
Man I love Hendrix. I grew up on Hendrix and Miles Davis. Nice meeting you!!
At 11:51am on November 17, 2008, Ju~Ana Monaco said…
Thank you so much,

So glad I found someone that feels the same way I do.
Thank you for your help, I really need it.

Always,

Ju~ana
 
 
 

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