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A Man Called Baba - Fela ( THE HIGH PRIEST OF AFRO JAZZ )

I remember seeing him for the first time just as if it was yesterday. Through the clouds of smoke and altered by the “come hither” glow of red and blue bulbs that ordained the club, he stood with relative ease…. an omnipotent symbol of a bold and angry new Africa.



I was instantly mesmerized and would be for life.





He was bare chested and seemed oblivious to the thin film of sweat that defied the cool wind being dispersed by huge ceiling fans above and that covered his… Continue

Added by SUYA on February 20, 2008 at 10:35am — No Comments

About Linda - a music story

Growing up in Montreal in the 60s, I heard music from artists like Michelle Richard, Ginette Reno and Robert Charlebois. At home, my Dad had the radio dial set firmly to the English speaking station, CJAD, that featured news and easy listening stuff like Percy Faith and Tom Jones.



My first musical awakening came around the age of 10, while watching a local TV variety show called Like Young. One day Wilson Pickett came to town and the show invited him to appear. I remember my brother… Continue

Added by Linda Jones on February 19, 2008 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

When is it no longer Jazz?

Well I seem to be forging right along with my questions of the week, so here we go. I work with a lot of jazz 'purists' on the trad scene. Some of them even insist that 'scatting' takes away from the tunes of the Great American Songbook. I do a lot of blues, but I feel that jazz and blues are holding hands so that's okay to me. However, now that Real2thebone has raised the question of What is Smooth Jazz, I'll take it further and ask, "When does it stop being jazz?". Is there a beat or phrase… Continue

Added by Ava DuPree on February 19, 2008 at 10:27am — 14 Comments

Video - Kara Live in Concert in Berlin

Hold My hand ...



Add to My Profile | More Videos Enjoy,… Continue

Added by Kara Johnstad on February 18, 2008 at 5:11am — No Comments

To ALL fellow MySpace users. Please visit my Tribute Pages. Miles, Wayne, Michael and Tony.

Wayne Shorter - a living Tribute to a living legend and perhaps the greatest living composer of any genre of music.

http://www.myspace.com/unofficialwayneshortertribute

Miles Davis Tribute - The most influential musician in my life.

http://www.myspace.com/milesdavistribute

Michael Brecker - Next to Trane, my favorite tenor saxophonist ever. He left us far too soon.

http://www.myspace.com/michaelbreckertribute

Tony Williams - my favorite drummer ever. I…

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Added by Greg Randolph on February 17, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Jazz

Whenever I do I live show I always have a few messages for the audience.



1-Make sure you find at least one young person that you can turn onto Jazz.As the audience ages we need to know

that the music is being left in good hands to other generations.I recently asked a Jazz afficiando about his favorite

records. He never heard "In a Silent Way" and only heard Kind of Blue a few times.He didn't know much about CTI records nor some of the forgotten greats like Stanley… Continue

Added by Jason Miles on February 17, 2008 at 1:20pm — 1 Comment

Tired of the same ole songs

I know I keep posting the same tunes. Just hang tight. New tunes will be on the way sometime this year! All new and all jazz. No more show tune or pop songs... well maybe some pop songs reharmonized into a jazz format.

keep visiting!

Added by Trish Shandor on February 17, 2008 at 12:08pm — No Comments

The ESSENCE Play list February 18 and 17, 2008

Here is the play list for this weeks show. Many great artist, many of them from our community here at jazz network.. I should be in the chat room at Global Vortex on Sunday. Check the previous mail for the links and times.



love and light,



Kara

Producer and Host

THE ESSENCE RADIO SHOW









Kara Johnstad - Hurried Nights

Peggy Lee - Things are… Continue

Added by Kara Johnstad on February 16, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Jazztimes Article on my Mother, Rebecca Parris and two other Vocalists, Baby Jane Dexter and Rhiannon -HEALING MISSION

My friend Jim Gavin just launched his website, http://www.jamesgavin.com. Jim is an outstanding writer and is currently working on a biography of Lena Horne, to be published by Simon and Schuster. Jim has quite a few of his magazine and newspaper articles posted and I was pleased to see he had this empowering and heart-wrenching article on three great singers and teachers of jazz/cabaret and their efforts to help others heal through singing/performing. Hope you enjoy - I'm providing the link… Continue

Added by Marla on February 15, 2008 at 9:31pm — 1 Comment

The next Step?

Herbie Hancocks CD The River is due to sell over 35,00 CDs this week.It is #1 on Amazon.It shows that there is still an audience out there for quality music.That is what I live for-To make high quality music that resonates with the audience.

Luther Vandross once said to me-"I make The best pizza in town-It's the delivery system that gets it to the customer cold.Luther was very wise and on the money.I learned a lot from him.The music is out there-The delivery system is broken.People will… Continue

Added by Jason Miles on February 14, 2008 at 10:10am — 1 Comment

The ESSENCE RADIO SHOW - Host Kara Johnstad www.globalvortexradio.com + www.bbsradio.com Pass it on to everybody who understands the symbolic beauty of the lotus blossom. February 16 + 1 7, 200…

The ESSENCE RADIO SHOW - Host Kara Johnstad



www.globalvortexradio.com + www.bbsradio.com









Pass it on to everybody who understands the symbolic beauty of the lotus blossom.



February 16 + 1 7, 2008



This weeks artists! Peggy Lee, James Ashar, Deepak Chorpra, Yunchen Lhamo, dechen Shak Dagsay, Vladiswar Nadishana, Amir Baghiri, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Milagro Acustico, Till Brönner, Erika Kawashimo, Wynton Marsalis, David Newman,… Continue

Added by Kara Johnstad on February 14, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Sonny Rollins on Black History Month and Jazz

Check out this iTunes Street Official Real Talk interview with Sonny Rollins. It's a free podcast download.

Added by Bakari on February 13, 2008 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Grammy & Jazz - NY Times 2/12/08

A Victory for Jazz, or Just Grammy Being Grammy?

By BEN RATLIFF

Published: February 12, 2008

When something newsworthy or popular or positive happens to a jazz musician — a big award, say — many in the jazz world feel astonished for about four seconds, then quickly act very smug. You know: We’ve been sitting here patiently, full of our aesthetic virtue, so used to being ignored, and the world has finally come around to our point of view. Are we happy about it? More to the point,… Continue

Added by Bev Getz on February 13, 2008 at 9:28am — No Comments

Never Tell An Indian How To Start A Fire



Never tell an Indian how to start a fire.

Indians have been starting fires for a long time.

They’ve always had to stay warm and watchful.



From the prairies to the Pueblos,

setting fires of protection and protest,

fires of inspiration, revolution, survival.



Fires in their bellies and their spirits.

Funeral pyres and pow-wows,

pipe smoke, and drums with fiery rhythms.



They know how…

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Added by Marissa Dodge on February 12, 2008 at 9:00pm — 21 Comments

Jesus and Jazz

I remember the event as though it were yesterday. August of 1992. I was on a retreat up at beautiful Lake Arrowhead. Birds were singing. Trees so majestic with an occasional breeze to move their leaves and remind them of their Creator. It was an awesome weekend until 'IT' happened. There was an evangelist there who told me that God wasn't pleased with my career choice, and that I needed to stop singing blues and jazz. Why, I asked. She then informed me that it caused drug use, drunkenness and… Continue

Added by Ava DuPree on February 12, 2008 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

Lydia at the Frankfurter Messe with the fabulous David "Fingers" Haynes!

Hi everybody,
I am playing at the Frankfurter Music Messe from 12 till 15th of March in Frankfurt with the awesome David "Fingers" Haynes. I know him via this site...thejazznetwork. Check him: http://thejazznetwork.ning.com/profile/DavidFingersHaynes
Hope to see y'all there :-)
Take care,
L'dia

Added by L'dia on February 11, 2008 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Herbie Hancock wins Album of the Year

I didn't catch the Grammy's tonight, but it's great to hear that Hancock won album of the year for the Joni Mitch Letters album. This is seriously great for Hancock and for Jazz over all. Thanks to Bibi for announcing that Hancock was up for nomination. I wouldn't have known that if not for reading it here.

Added by Bakari on February 11, 2008 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

To Do: Attend a jazz concert

I've been so jazzed by this site (pun intended) that I'm making it a goal this year to attend at least one jazz concert here in Sacramento or the Bay Area. It's been like over ten years since I've attended a jazz concert. I've become so disconnected from this part of the world. I'm going to keep a look out on what jazz concerts are coming up and see about checking out one.



Also started reading Mile's autobiography. It's going to be entertaining as well as informative. The work of… Continue

Added by Bakari on February 10, 2008 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Absolutely wonderful book on Jazz improvisation !!!!

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This will certainly be the definitive source on improvisational jazz. A leader in the field, Berliner (ethnomusicology, Northwestern) covers all aspects of improvisation as art form, science, and way of life. Cutting no corners, he includes a vast range of article topics (from inspiration and arrangements to evaluation and audience interaction), music…
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Added by James Olezene on February 10, 2008 at 1:35am — 3 Comments

Concert artists, you need a personal photographer?

Concert artists, if you need a personal photographer here in the Sacramento or Bay Area, give me a holla. I would love to be a part of your show asa photographer.

Added by Bakari on February 9, 2008 at 11:17pm — No Comments

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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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