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Jazz Program Lauded as "Gem"

Post by Old Cage » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:49 am

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Post by Juice Stand » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:48 am

I'm a proud graduate of the Jazz and African-American Music Studies program, and I can attest to it's legitimacy. The program was pioneered by jazz legends like Max Roach and Billy Taylor, and some of the faculty in past years includes Yusef Lateef, Archie Shepp, and Avery Sharpe. Jeff Holmes does an amazing job with that program. He is absolutely the standard in jazz education.

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Post by Berkman » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:27 pm

Dave Sporney who has been and still is involved with the sport luncheons was a teacher of trombones, I believe, and now is retired.

They have a pretty good jazz program at Davidson College and I have gone to several of their spring concerts, one featured one of the Marsallis brothers and another Annette Cohen who has been recognized as the premier clarinet players of the last decade. Only about a 20 min drive to get there. Not sure who will be there next spring but I am sure it will be a good musician.

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Re: Jazz Program Lauded as "Gem"

Post by SignMan » Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:43 am

^ Well, this is good news...
Not only is UMass a jazz school; but, my friend/our poster friend Berkman, is a jazz dude, too!

While 60s/70s oldie rock remains our #1 here, along with a variety of blues, jazz has it's place, too.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Marsalis-family
Ellis Marsalis did a gig in Savannah, in 1999, when we/UM was down there for the playoff game @ Georgia Southern, the year after THE CHAMPIONSHIP...

I was lucky enough do go, along with a handful of other UM fans, including Dr. Rozier...
Nice gig for $10 cover charge, @ Hannah's (no longer there).

About six years ago, Mrs SM & SM (me) saw Ellis again...his jazz quartet, with son, Jason on the drums...
@ Shalin Liu, in Rockport (best acoustics anywhere in the northeast) ...

We sat up front, and when the show was over, we stood up to applaud; then, I asked Mrs SM to turn around and tell me what she saw...
Quizzical, she asked me back my Q.

I told her I saw 330 white people (full house) and asked what comes next...
She re-quizzed me, so I said ... watch; they will all leave...none will stay to maybe meet the performers...

I told her to stay where we were, which we did for a few minutes...
Familiar with the three-story building, I told her to come with me, bringing her up one stairway to the third floor.
I told her we were going to find Ellis...
We started down another flight on the other side of the building and heard voices on the second floor, where we found Ellis and Jason.

For the next 20+ minutes, we had a wonderful conversation, during which I told Ellis about seeing him in 1999.
He immediately wanted to know where, and when I told him, he was all excited, telling us he only played Savannah twice.
We had a nice chat about Savannah.

I had brought this pic with me, printed on Ultra Premium Glossy...
https://jimsjazznotes.files.wordpress.c ... -cover.jpg
had it signed and it's framed, on my home office wall, with others.
"Character is simply habit long continued."
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Re: Jazz Program Lauded as "Gem"

Post by Berkman » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:41 am

I was introduced to Jazz when I was in the Navy in San Diego in 1958. There were two guys one from NY City and one from Detroit. The guy from Detroit could put on a pair of glasses and look like Dave Brubeck. We would hang out and listen to jazz a lot. They took me to my first jazz concert by Cal Tjader. They were surprised that I had not been to the Music INN in Lenox MA. There was a Jazz music school there in the 60's & 70's maybe even earlier and I went to many concerts there in the summer for several years.

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Re: Jazz Program Lauded as "Gem"

Post by SignMan » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:47 am

^ I was neither into jazz nor in the Navy in 1958; I was 11...

another lesser known venue:
https://as.tufts.edu/music/events
nice hall, but some echoes...

We had the privilege of seeing McCoy Tyner perform there 6 yrs ago.
Mr & Mrs SM took Bobby, former owner of the Wonder Bar in Woostah...
McCoy, then 74, was somewhat frail and, to our and others disappointment, did not come after to greet.
good performance...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCoy_Tyner

Longer ago than that, a UM Alum I knew from PA invited me to go to NCAA frist rounder with him in Philly...
Flew down when the SW flight were cheap...before the Sunday games, we went to Penn Landing to go to Dave & Buster's but they were not open yet when we got there...
However, there were a lot of well dressed church-goers arriving in the parking lot, so we followed them...to the other place there, Hibachi...
They had a huge buffet spread, including several hibachi cooking tables, lots of breakfast/brunch foods, champagne cocktails and more; all for something like $14.99...all you could eat...

In addition, they had live jazz...
The performer was a flutist named Walter Bell, who was outstanding...
AND, ... among the patrons were musicians who brought their instruments to jam...
Unfortunately, I had not started my getting extensive maracas collection (too extensive, per Mrs SM, after I added a really nice dog toy fabric maraca to the collection)
I bought Walter's three CDs I still listen to...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yabsRd7iMIo
Back in Philly at a later time, with Mrs SM, I took her there, again on a Sunday...same spread, same Walter Bell...

Can't find any recent/current info on him...

However, I do occasionally (more than that) play my maracas at live gigs we go to...
@ Darryl's House in May, there to see our fave performer, again then and thrice since...and she put her mike on our table for me to play my favorite pair for a couple of minutes; recorded there, live, of course...
and, on stage with the Supremes Mary Wilson, @ another gig.

would be really cool to have Berks at a gig so he could maraca it up with us...
"Character is simply habit long continued."
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Re: Jazz Program Lauded as "Gem"

Post by SignMan » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:52 am

^ actually, we have a go-to gig in November that would work, because the jazz dude whose show it is, with several other performers in his band...always has me join in...and I usually bring about 10 pairs of maracas to really get into audience participation.

In fact, that show is not too far from OC...
we could be The Sign Man Trio...
Sign Man, Berks, & OC...
with a Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On...
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