Tomy Bennett's Gershwin Prize Cerimony
On Friday, Jan. 12 at 9 pm ET, PBS will air the music special Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Bennett, the first “interpretive singer” to be awarded the prestigious award that has been generally awarded to noted songwriters, was presented with the Gershwin Prize back in November in a ceremony that featured performances by Chris Botti, Michael Bublé, Gloria Estefan, Savion Glover, Josh Groban, Wé McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lukas Nelson, Vanessa Williams and 2008 Gershwin Prize honoree Stevie Wonder, plus a special presentation by Wynton Marsalis. In that event held at DAR Constitution Hall, Bennett also performed with his working band of Tom Ranier (piano), Gray Sargent (guitar), Harold Jones (drums) and Marshall Wood (bass). The house band was led by drummer and producer Gregg Field and included Shelly Berg on piano and Reggie Hamilton on bass. The ceremony and subsequent TV special was hosted by actor and sometime musician Bruce Willis.
Previous recipients of the Gershwin Prize include: Smokey Robinson (2016); Willie Nelson (2015); Billy Joel (2014); Carole King (2012); Burt Bacharach (2011); Hal David (2010); Paul McCartney (2009); Stevie Wonder (2008); and Paul Simon (2007).
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HYBRIDO – From Rio
to Wayne Shorter
For the esteemed Brazilian composer/arranger/pianist Antonio Adolfo,
his life’s work has been to bring to the world the diverse richness of the Brazilian musical traditions – with a particular focus on its parallel developments with the profound legacy of jazz. But of equal importance is making great music, to which
his many highly acclaimed and Latin Grammy-nominated albums clearly testify. On this latest delightful excursion, the incomparable Wayne Shorter provides the essence of his focus withHYBRIDO, subtitled From Rio to Wayne Shorter.
“What if Wayne Shorter had been born in Rio? That’s the question that Antonio Adolfo poses – and answers – in most satisfying fashion on HYBRIDO – From Rio To Wayne Shorter.” (Allen Morrison, DownBeat, July 2017) ****1/2
"Wayne Shorter has received many glowing tributes, but venture that few sparkle gem-like than this priceless one by Antonio Adolfo." (Raul Da Gama, LatinJazzNet.com)
Tributo a Geri Allen
Published 06/27/2017 By Jeff Tamarkin
Geri Allen Dies at 60
Pianist-composer recorded with Ornette, Charles Lloyd and more
Geri Allen, an intrepid pianist-composer and dedicated educator whose discography includes nearly 20 albums as a leader/soloist and a wide variety of collaborations, died June 27 in Philadelphia. The cause was cancer, according to various reports. Allen had turned 60 two weeks ago.
Allen was still active as a performer as recently as this spring, when she toured Europe with fellow pianist McCoy Tyner. Her most recent recording as a leader was 2013’s Grand River Crossings: Motown & Motor City Inspirations (Motéma). Last year, Motéma released Perfection by the Murray, Allen and Carrington Power Trio.
Geri Antoinette Allen was born on June 12, 1957, in Pontiac, Mich., and raised in the Detroit area, where she began playing piano at 7. She took to jazz early and studied under trumpeter and Jazz Development Workshop director Marcus Belgrave. In 1979 she graduated from Washington, D.C.’s Howard University with a bachelor’s in jazz studies. Allen moved to New York in 1982, then relocated again, earning an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh, after which she began her professional career in earnest, touring with Mary Wilson of Motown’s Supremes.
Throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, Allen followed an eclectic career trajectory, recording her own projects and collaborating with various artists. Her debut leader album, The Printmakers, was a trio set with bassist Anthony Cox and drummer Andrew Cyrille, recorded in Germany in 1984; she followed it the year after with a solo piano release, Home Grown. Her output during that period also included three trio releases with bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian, and sidewoman gigs on recordings by Oliver Lake, Dewey Redman, Steve Coleman and Greg Osby—she became involved with the latter two in the M-Base Collective—and others.
Others with whom Allen collaborated during her career included Betty Carter (the singer’s Droppin’ Things and Feed the Fire, both 1993), Ornette Coleman (1996’s Sound Museum: Hidden Man and Sound Museum: Three Women) and Charles Lloyd (2002’s Lift Every Voice and 2004’s Jumping the Creek). In 1994 she cut Twenty-Onewith bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams and, 10 years later, another trio album, The Life of a Song, found Allen in the company of bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette, with whom she’d previously worked in Betty Carter’s band. Another musician with whom Allen recorded on occasion was trumpeter Wallace Roney, her husband. (The marriage ended in divorce.)
Her discography includes albums recorded as a leader for Blue Note, Verve, Telarc, Motéma (beginning with the 2010 solo release Flying Toward the Sound) and other labels.
In recent years, Allen was a participant in Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning The Mosaic Project, released in 2011, and collaborated further in trios featuring the drummer, one with bassist Esperanza Spalding and another with saxophonist David Murray. She also contributed to Dianne Reeves’ Beautiful Life album, released in 2014.
Allen also received numerous commissions, from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Stanford University, the Walt Whitman Arts Center and other institutions.
In addition to her prolific work in the studio and onstage, Allen—who was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 in the field of music composition—devoted many years to serving as an educator: first, for 10 years, at the University of Michigan and then as the Director of Jazz Studies for her alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, in 2013. In 2014, Allen received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. She was also the musical director of the Mary Lou Williams Collective and, in 2016, became the artistic director of Detroit’s Carr Center, described as a home for African-American cultural arts.
She also received numerous honors, among them Spellman College’s African American Classical Music Award and Howard University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The Detroit Metro Jazz Festival honored her with a Geri Allen Day, and Harvard University hosted Geri Allen Week. She received an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2011 and also performed in MLK: A Monumental Life, for the unveiling of a Dr. Martin Luther King monument in Washington, D.C.
Allen is survived by her father, brother and three children.
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BLUE NOTE NEWSLETTER - May 2017
Legendary drummer Louis Hayes makes his Blue Note debut with the May 26 release of Serenade for Horace, a loving tribute to his mentor and friend, the great pianist, composer and bandleader Horace Silver. Hayes was 19 years old when he moved to NYC in 1956 and joined Silver's Quintet, putting his stamp on timeless Blue Note recordings like "Señor Blues," "Sister Sadie," and "Blowin' the Blues Away." The album's lead track "Song for My Father" featuring vocalist Gregory Porter is available now to download or stream.
Terence Blanchard has composed a sublime jazz score for The Comedian, the new movie starring Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke, a jazz-loving comic icon who collects Art Blakey records and does a spot-on impression of legendary Birdland emcee Pee Wee Marquette. The music features the acclaimed trumpeter fronting a top notch sextet with pianist Kenny Baron, tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, alto saxophonist Khari Allen Lee, bassist David Pulphus, and drummer Carl Allen.
On Tony Allen's new EP, A Tribute to Art Blakey, the legendary Nigerian drummer and Afrobeat pioneer best known for his work with Fela Kuti pays tribute to his longstanding idol, the American jazz drummer and Blue Note legend Art Blakey. The 4-track EP features a fiery 7-piece band interpreting Jazz Messengers classics through an Afrobeat prism. The lead track "Moanin'" is available now to stream or download ahead of the EP's May 19 release.
CENTENÁRIO DE ELLA FITZGERALD
Sidão na Parada homenageia ELLA em seu centenário
Fonte: VERVE Records