Introduction “For there 's Basie, Miller, Satchmo and the king of all Sir Duke.” Stevie Wonder. There is no bigger name in the history of American music, especially in Jazz, than Duke Ellington. But many don’t know the man behind many of Sir Duke’s timeless classics, that man is Billy Strayhorn. It is said these two had a symbiotic relationship where neither would have been as good without the other. Strayhorn, the genius composer and arranger, to Ellington the charismatic performer and band leader the world knew and loved.
There are many great country stars today for example, Thomas Luther Bryan or many of you probably recognize him as Luke Bryan. Luke Bryan is an American country singer and songwriter. He began his music career in the mid 2000s. Luke Bryan was discovered when Capitol Records saw him perform at a restaurant and of course soon after signed him. Thanks to Capitol Records, Luke Bryan has sold over seven million albums, twenty seven million tracks worldwide and has twelve number one hits.
David employs a “highly intricate, harmonically advanced hybrid of acoustic bluegrass, folk, and jazz”, otherwise known as “Dawg Music” as noted in the concert (All Music). This style has served to revitalize the genre of bluegrass and add to its history while maintaining tradition but adding elements of folk and jazz to the genre as well. His attributions include 67 albums, five of which were Grammy-nominated, maintaining interest in the genre with these unique styles. Further, Grisman launched AcousticOasis.com in 2010, enabling the public to download acoustic music, furthering the longevity of bluegrass (Kang,
But in his short lifetime Cedrone managed to become very successful with the guitar and shot is band forward. Born in New York, Danny’s career began in 1940’s, and later formed a group called The Esquire Boys. Playing lead guitar on Rock the Joint, he used his jazz side to produce one of the best solos of the recording. Later Cedrone rejoined with Hailey’s group in 1954 to record Rock Around the Clock. Sadly, after his death the hit record would then reach number one which would of flew his career
On Thursday, November 17, an enthusiastic crowd filled the NJPAC’s stunning Prudential Hall to welcome an assortment of artists associated with the performer-centric label GRP Records, founded by the late drummer and sound engineer Larry Rosen, the illustrious honoree of this show, and the pianist and producer Dave Grusin, who at the age of 82, performed with his usual brio. The concert was part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival The American jazz-fusion quartet The Yellowjackets, vindicating 40 years of existence, was summoned to open the show. Besides the pianist/keyboardist Russell Ferrante, a founding member, the band includes Bob Mintzer on saxophone and EWI, Will Kennedy on drums, and the most recent acquisition, the young Australian bass player Dane Alderson.
Born on February 8th, 1932 in Floral Park, New York, John Williams has built a fantastic reputation over the past 60 years in cinematic and musical history. Even at age 83, he still composes and conducts musical concerts and film scores. Since 1952, Williams’s success as a composer and conductor has only increased and now he is one of the most popular and successful American orchestral composers of the modern age having created music for over eighty movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, Seven Years in Tibet, The Lost World, Rosewood, Sleepers, Nixon, Sabrina, Schindler 's List, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, Far and Away, JFK, Hook, Presumed Innocent, Always, Born on the Fourth of July, the Indiana Jones trilogy, The Accidental Tourist,
Wadada Leo Smith, an intellectually gritty and lyrically stunning trumpeter/composer, releases a double CD stuffed with highly-articulated music that envisions to provide historic insight and socio-political conscience about the America’s National Parks. Similar to what had happened in “The Great Lake Suites” (2014), each disc is composed of three movements. However, the band Wadada enlisted for this project was an expansion of his dream-team of veterans known as The Golden Quartet (Anthony Davis on piano, John Lindberg on bass, and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums), with the acquisition of the young cellist Ashley Walters, who adds a chamberesque texture and diversified colors to the organic divagations. “New Orleans” is an incredible 20-minute piece that
On July 25, 2015, The Alternatives, Michigan based rock & roll music group, performed at the Uptown Grille in Commerce, Michigan. The Alternatives consist of 5 individuals: Sheldon Kay, attorney, and Oakland Community College professor, who plays the lead and rhythm guitar, Marcus Allen, the lead singer, also playing rhythm and lead guitar, Pete Zee, singer and a drummer, Chuck, bass guitarist and Derrick, singer and acoustic guitar player. The band performs alternative rock and roll music from 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. As for the biggest influence on their music, Sheldon Kay names The Beatles, The Who, The Blue Moon Boys, and Elvis Presley himself. The Alternatives often play their music on their own radio show The Rock & Roll Lawyer Show that comes on every Friday at 6pm on WCXI 1160 AM or can be streamed online, if preferred.
Of the various American art forms, jazz is probably one of the most unique and distinguishable. Jazz has proven to be an enduring music style, lasting over a century—from ragtime to present day. I had the good fortune of witnessing one of the world’s premier trumpet players—Wayne Bergeron—in action during Brazosport College’s Jazztravaganza. Featuring a multitude of bands, the concert lasted almost three hours. Nevertheless, my time was well spent as I heard the best jazz music my community had to offer.
From trekking through rain, to listening to some of the best country singers live, it was an adventure I will never forget. Each singer told about the importance of the Grand Ole Opry to country music’s past and to its future. It all started as a simple radio program in 1925, and became a national sensation of America and country music. It is responsible for Nashville becoming Music City. It has started innumerable country careers and will continue to as long as it lives on.
The “Muscle Shoals Sound” has been recognizable from the years of W.C. Handy, a Florence man that was among the first to ever popularize the blues sound more than seventy years ago to recent Grammy winner Jason Isbell; as well as everyone in between who adds or has added to the area’s prestigious “sound.” Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area (2016) states that more than a dozen record companies have opened in the Shoals area since Tune Records opened in the 1950’s and became the first record company in Alabama, but the majority of the music attention is due to Rick Hall, founder of FAME studios in Florence in 1959. According to FAME (2016) and the city of Muscle Shoals (2016), the studio moved to Muscle Shoals in 1961 and quickly Muscle Shoals became known as “The hit recording capital of the world.” Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, and Lynyrd Skynryd are among the shortlists that have recorded in the Shoals area. FAME’s website (2016), states that FAME record company has been involved in the recording or publishing for over 350 million copies worldwide over the past 50 years. According to the United States census in 2015, that is more than one copy per person in America.
This album went on to win multiple Grammy Awards. Wynton won nine Grammys in total of his career. He’s won Grammy’s for Classical and Jazz for consecutive years. With this Wynton made history for jazz and classical. In 1987 he founded Jazz at Lincoln Center.
In June 1964, the band rolled into America to perform concerts and to record at Chess Studios in Chicago as well as the Hollywood RCA Studios, where they captured the vibrant, earthy sound they desired due to better acoustics” (Schwartz 14). Once in America, the Stones would start to produce some of their most prolific and famous songs that we know of today. In 1965 the song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, was produced by the band (Schwartz 19). The song was an instant hit and even reached number one in the world. They were mostly adored by many, but also despised by others.
Noah has many concert experiences. In fact, this is not his first time playing a concerto. Last year, Noah played “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” by Camille Saint-Saëns on marimba with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. He also received a gold medal for scoring the highest in the Royal Conservatory of Music Examination in BC. He has played in various concerts including those hosted by his family in Tapestry, a retirement home.
When Steve was 15 years old he met Jon when they had shared the stage at a concert in which they were both performing. Steve started joining Jon at more and more of his concerts. This rapidly grew into a great friendship and a complementary stage chemistry that had audiences in stiches and in tears in two songs or less. Steve was a multi-instrumentalist that had pioneered a new approach to the cello and to song writing. And his ADHD-fueled creative mind contained a queue of song and video ideas waiting to be produced.