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Santana and Friends Team to Save Coltrane Home Benefit planned to o...
 By Emily Hutton

The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, N.Y., where the late saxophonist John Coltrane lived from 1964-67, Long Island has long been deemed historic. The Long Island home is not only where Coltrane and his wife, Alice, raised their children, but it is also where Coltrane composed A Love Supreme. Now, according a press release, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Coltrane residence “one of the most endangered historic places in the country,” and Carlos Santana and friends are stepping in to help.

On October 6, Santana and company are holding the Friends of the Coltrane Home nonprofit organization’s first-ever annual fundraising event. The event will feature two speakers, Dr. Cornel West and author Ashley Kahn, as well as music from Coltrane’s son, Ravi Coltrane, and his quartet. Many other famous faces are expected to attend—from Whoopi Goldberg and Jimmy Heath to Wynton Marsalis and Sonia Sanchez. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at En Japanese Brasserie in Manhattan (435 Hudson Street between Morton Street and Leroy Street). Tickets cost $200 and are available to the public for purchase online at Coltrane Home. Further information on the location can also be found online at ENJB.

Read more at JazzTimes.com


B.B. King to be Honored by Americans for the Arts Blues guitarist w...
 By Jeff Tamarkin

Americans for the Arts, an organization dedicated to advancing the arts and arts education in the United States, has announced the recipients of its 2013 National Arts Awards. Among the winners is blues guitar great B.B. King, who will be given the Isabella and Theodor Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award. According to a press release, “The annual awards recognize artists and arts leaders who exhibit exemplary national leadership and whose work demonstrates extraordinary artistic achievement.”

The awards will be presented on October 21 in New York.


Dianne Reeves to Release First Album in 5 Years Next February Terri...
 By Jeff Tamarkin

Singer Dianne Reeves will release her Concord Records debut, Beautiful Life, next February 11. The album’s 12 songs include covers of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” and Ani DiFranco’s “32 Flavors.” Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Beautiful Life features bassists Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bona, vocalists Gregory Porter and Lalah Hathaway, pianists Robert Glasper and Gerald Clayton and Reeves’ cousin and frequent longtime collaborator, the late George Duke.

Complete Track Listing:

1. I Want You (4:57)
2. Feels So Good (Lifted) (4:25)
3. Dreams (5:19)
4. Satiated (Been Waiting) (5:38)
5. Waiting in Vain (6:35)
6. 32 Flavors (5:26)
7. Cold (6:13)
8. Wild Rose (5:50)
9. Stormy Weather (8:02)
10. Tango (6:35)
11. Unconditional Love (For You) (5:42)
12. Long Road Ahead (3:59)


Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana to Receive Kennedy Center Honors Cer...
By Jeff Tamarkin

Keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock is among five American artists named today to receive the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. The other four recipients, also announced today by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, include opera singer Martina Arroyo; guitarist/songwriter Carlos Santana; pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel; and actress Shirley MacLaine.

The recipients will appear Sunday, December 8 in a celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers through performances and tributes.

The annual Honors Gala will be broadcast on CBS television on Dec. 29.


TheUrbanMusicScene.com

New Short Film "Trane and Miles" Celebrates Jazz Music Legends

New Short Film, "Trane & Miles" | DVD is Available NOW

Take a journey to 1959 and walk the miles with two of the most iconic jazz musicians of all time, men whose work became the soundtrack of an era. Writer-director Scott Essman of Visionary Cinema captures the brilliant, untold story of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, starring Ricco Ross as Coltrane and Travis Hinson as Davis. Their impact came at the outset of significant changes in all things America.

Take a journey to 1959 and walk the miles with two of the most iconic jazz musicians of all time, men whose work became the soundtrack of an era. Writer-director Scott Essman of Visionary Cinema captures the brilliant, untold story of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, starring Ricco Ross as Coltrane and Travis Hinson as Davis. Their impact came at the outset of significant changes in all things America.

"Trane and Miles" is the timeless story of two of the most prolific jazz musicians’ magnetic collaboration. In April of 1959, they progressed beyond the traditional approaches to jazz and, in doing so, revolutionized an era. Witness the birth of “cool jazz” with the making of Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz album in history, seeing how it was made and who was behind it. The influential Miles Davis takes the audience through his and Coltrane’s struggle to keep jazz alive through this transformative period, paving the way for new diverse forms of musical expression.


Silver Skies - Airborne -
25th Anniversary CD

This project with 12 new compositions is a testimonial to the wisdom, endurance, determination, spirit, and extraordinary talents of the contemporary jazz group Airborne.

The signature jazz sound of Airborne was nurtured in the communities of Art and Music that flourished in the streets of the multicultural city of New Haven CT USA, where the band was born and raised.

The formation of Airborne was in the early 1980s by Thomas Sansone, Thomas Borino, and Greg Borino and then in 1988 they embarked on their amazing jazz recording career to achieve Award Winning and Chart Topping CDs

25 years later, "Silver Skies" includes unique compositions that take you on a musical journey filled with various jazz styles, along with influences the band has experienced and treasured.

The vibrant arrangements fire the hot music, while the techniques of the musicians awake an addictive "feel-good" theme with hot rhythms smoothly cruising on a cool sea of music and voices.

This Airborne trademark sound of island passion and urban emotion celebrates joyful jazz with a message. Airborne is the musical peacemakers of contemporary jazz.

Even after many years of performing, 15 CDs recorded, soundtracks edited, writing and producing for themselves and other artists there is still Silver Skies shinning the deep love the band has for their life of music with Worldwide Airplay and International Acclaim, Excellent Compositions, Great Musicianship & Wonderful Arrangements.

Jump Onboard the Airborne Experience and Enjoy the Voyage into the Silver Skies.


The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are set to celebrate the music...

 

Later this month the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) will play a concert series in tribute to Wayne Shorter, with special guest Branford Marsalis.

Directed by Tommy Smith, the SNJO will explore saxophonist Shorter’s compositions over the years, including Footprints, Virgo Rising, Yes Or No and Speak No Evil. Saxophonist Branford, brother of Wynton and son of Ellis, will be the special guest at all three of these concerts.

The first concert takes place at Perth Concert Hall on 27 September (box office 01738 621031). Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is the venue for the second concert (28 September, box office 0141 332 4101), with the third concert taking place at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall (29 September, box office 0131 668 2019). All concerts feature a pre-show talk from Marsalis and Tommy Smith at 6.45pm.

For more information, see snjo.co.uk.


 

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