Happy Birthday Tina Turner

Wishing Tina Turner a Happy Birthday this morning.

We saw Tina Turner with Ike and the Ikettes in Central Park in 1971 in a special filmed for ABC-TV. Watch her and the group move out with “Proud Mary”

My favorite song by Tina Turner is on Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters (Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2008.), “Edith And The Kingpin” her rendition is superb.

International Jazz Day – April 30, 2016

Soon it will time again for the world to celebrate Jazz with the International Jazz Day, April 30th, 2016.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the 5th anniversary International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert at the White House on April 29th and this spectacular event will be broadcast on International Jazz Day as a one-hour primetime ABC television special, “Jazz at the White House,” on Saturday evening, April 30th and streamed on the United Nations, UNESCO, U.S. State Department and White House websites. The concert will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the truly American art form of jazz.

The All-Star Global Concert at the White House will feature stellar performances by Joey Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Kris Bowers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till Brönner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Lionel Loueke,Hugh Masekela, Christian McBride, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, James Morrison, Danilo Pérez, Rebirth Brass Band, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, David Sánchez,Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Sting, Trombone Shorty, Chucho Valdés, Bobby Watson, Ben Williams and others, with further details to be announced shortly. John Beasley will serve as the evening’s Musical Director.

 

 

Kennedy Center Honors Carlos Santana

I take pride as a Santana fan about the relevance of Carlos Santana’s being selected  to receive 2013 Kennedy Center Honors.

“From his legendary performance at Woodstock to his sweep at the 2000 Grammys and beyond, Carlos Santana’s artistry transcends genres while entertaining millions.”

Carlos Santana (Maryanne Bilham)

I find it spiritual karma that close friend of Carlos Santana’s Herbie Hancock was also selected to be honored on the same evening December 8th. The Kennedy Center Honors offers patrons of the arts a rare view of the honoree witnessing the adulation of their music friends  performing the awardees music.

Last year’s broadcast featured Heart, Jason Bonham and a full choir performing for Led Zeppelin a mesmerizing live music tribute of “Stairway To Heaven”.

I wonder what music artists and songs will be performed on December 8th to honor Carlos Santana?

The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on the CBS Television Network for the 36th consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Sunday, December 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

Other honorees joining Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock on this special evening include opera singer Martina Arroyo; pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel; and actress Shirley MacLaine.

Carlos Santana said he was delighted to be part of this party and that, for him, music is “a calling.”

“I guess people understand that Santana is not just a Mexican guitar player – I bring a collective-consciousness awareness agenda with me,” said Santana, who moved to San Francisco from Mexico with his family when he was six. “I grew up with the generation of Woodstock and Bob Marley, ‘One Love,’ and ‘Imagine,’ John Lennon. I am one of them, and we don’t do what we do to be commercial or to be popular or to be cute. It’s not entertainment or show business for us. For us, it’s a calling.”

He said his musical life has been about bridging cultures, drawing on sounds of Africa, Latin America and American Indians, as well as rock, jazz and the blues to create something new.

Last year, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts complained the Kennedy Center had long excluded Latinos from the honors. Of the more than 180 past honorees, only two had been Hispanic — Placido Domingo, the acclaimed Spanish tenor, and Chita Rivera, the actress and singer of Puerto Rican descent — the group said.

The criticism has thankfully led to a revised selection process this year, including the solicitation of nominations from the public, and a new committee of artists and officials to help narrow the potential honorees. Santana has been a contender in recent years for his strong credentials, said show producer George Stevens Jr.

Wayne Shorter – Zero Gravity

I love the spiritual muse contained in the music that Wayne Shorter composes and performs. His visionary role in jazz offers us a unique portal into an ever-expanding collective consciousness.

I made a pledge towards the 2014 documentary film, Wayne Shorter, Zero Gravity. It is a music  journey I have longed to see unfold from the source and his closest musical friends such as Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock.

I then discovered that the Wayne Shorter documentary is now 100%  funded. I am proud to play a minor role in helping this enriching film extend our musical heritage.

Here is the first trailer clip which undoubtedly will ebb and flow by the time the film is released in 2014.

Mr. Wayne Shorter – Composer and Saxophonist

Mr. Wayne Shorter as Carlos Santana lovingly calls him turns 80 years young this year on August 25th. I awoke this morning thinking about his brilliant legacy of jazz compositions and performances.

It’s going to be a rewarding year for us with Mr. Wayne Shorter.  I want to share two recent announcements about his career that I am truly excited about. The common chord struck in these events sounded by The Wayne Shorter Quartet.

1) Newport Jazz Festival 2013

Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration

Wayne Shorter will be honored at the 59th annual Newport Jazz Festival this year on Saturday August 3rd. There will be an 80th birthday celebration for him. Wayne Shorter will appear with his stunning quartet that includes Danilo Perez (pianist), John Pattituci (bassist),  and Brian Blade (drummer). There will also be guest stars and friends playing which includes his close friend Herbie Hancock.

2) The Wayne Shorter Quartet – Without A Net

The Wayne Shorter Quartet recording Without A Net was first brought to my attention by the NPR Jazz blog, A Blog Supreme.  It is highlighted that consensus will prove Without A Net as top of the 15 jazz albums to look out for in 2013. We are getting closer to the actual drop date of that recording, February 5th. I hope you feel the electricity for the eminent release of Without A Net.

On February 1, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Quartet will perform four compositions by Shorter alongside works by Beethoven and Ives at Carnegie Hall.

Without A Net is a 9-track musical thrill ride that consists of live recordings from the Wayne Shorter Quartet’s European tour in late 2011, the one exception being the 23-minute tone poem “Pegasus” which features the quartet with The Imani Winds recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The album features six new Shorter compositions, as well as new versions of his tunes “Orbits” (from Miles DavisMiles Smiles album) and “Plaza Real” (from the Weather Report album Procession). The quartet also reinvents the title song from the 1933 musical film Flying Down To Rio, which film buffs know as the first on-screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Cover of "Mimiles"

Blue Note Releases Six Jazz Classics In High Definition Audio

 

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Blue Note Releases Six Jazz Classics In High Definition Audio 

 

Blue Note/EMI is pleased to announce today’s high definition, master-quality audio release of six classics from the label’s legendary catalog on HDtracks (www.HDtracks.com). John Coltrane’s Blue Train, Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch, Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage, Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil, Horace Silver’s Song for My Father, and Larry Young’s Unity have been digitally remastered for the first time in 96kHz/24bit and 192kHz/24bit from their original analog multi-track masters. All of the albums are accompanied by their original sleeve notes plus additional photos and newly-written package essays.

 

 

Blue Note president Don Was says, “In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!”

 

HDtracks is a high-quality music download service offering a diverse catalog of music from around the world. HDtracks offers both AIFF and FLAC lossless files, and select titles are available in ultra-high resolution 96khz/24bit files, providing audiophiles who demand the highest quality recordings with an online experience not available anywhere else.

 

Pat Metheny’s Unity Band

One thing is certain, Pat Metheny continually reinvents himself through the music he performs either solo, pneumatically assisted with the vast electronics of Orchestrion or with his next jazz ensemble. I love the journey his creativity enables in my psyche. 🙂

Unity Band members

Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Pat Metheny, Ben Williams

Pat Metheny is actively working a new jazz quartet called the Unity Band. The band consists of Chris Potter on saxophone (saw him play live with Herbie Hancock), who exudes an excellent phrasing and presence. The Unity Band features one of my favorite accent drummers, Antonio Sanchez who I have seen live twice with Pat Metheny. Antonio is a phenomenal drummer who draws me further in with his percussive stylings. Ben Williams on bass is the new musician to my ears. I am eager to hear his interplay and contributions with the Unity Band.

They have a new recording Unity Band available on June 12th from Nonesuch Records. The only way that you can hear the Unity Band right now is to pre-order the Unity Band CD. You will receive an instant download of the opening track, “New Year” and an autographed print from the album art which is suitable for framing. 😉

Pat Metheny Unity Band with Chris Potter, Ben Williams, and Antonio Sanchez