International Jazz Day – April 30, 2012

Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock kicks off International Jazz Day.

International Jazz Day Objectives:

  • Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;
  • Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;
  • Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;
  • Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;
  • Jazz fosters gender equality;
  • Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;
  • Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;
  • Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.

International Jazz Day itself will begin with a sunrise concert from Congo Square in New Orleans and end with a sunset concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York. Both concerts will be streamed live, the sunrise concert at 8am EDT, the sunset at 7:30pm EDT. Herbie Hancock is scheduled to appear at both and once again he will be joined by a galaxy of jazz stars from around the world—names like Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis and Dianne Reeves in New Orleans, Candido, Robert Cray, Tony Bennett and Chaka Khan in New York. Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Quincy Jones are scheduled as co-hosts at the sunset concert.

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A Tale of Two Posters

I became interested in Rock and Roll memorabilia in the 70’s. My passion for rock merchandise has several areas of focus. I love rock poster art. Much of the walls in my home have unique framed art.

My membership in The Rock Poster Society has kept me in direct touch with famous rock poster artists and their monumental work. Yesterday I got to see the Fillmore East Rock Art Poster guru, David Edward Byrd.

The event began with a Rock Art Poster Fair that featured various poster sellers and several of the poster artists themselves. The centerpiece of the Rock Art Poster Fair was to witness the artist proofs of David Edward Byrd before we attended the exhibition and the talk by David Edward Byrd and Arnold Skolnick. I was blown away to see the artist proofs of David’s Jimi Hendrix Fillmore East posters. I intend to buy one of those proofs from his Web site this year.

I can’t decide between these two images below. The final poster feature The Jimi Hendrix Experience and is the final artwork. The first poster was David’s original poster, which I like the colors and lightning bolt effect of he chose for Jimi. Decisions, decisions…

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix Experience - Fillmore East - May 1968

We then went downstairs to see the Byrd/Skolnick, A Tale of Two Posters exhibit. The exhibition did great justice to both art icons. I learned how much more David Edward Byrd has accomplished beyond my understanding of him as the Fillmore East poster artist. He has made a major contribution to Broadway, Television and Film with classic posters and art for Godspell, Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Harry Potter. David Edward Byrd’s work is in a word, magnificent.

Godspell

Arnold Skolnick educated us about his art contributions for nook covers, photography and painting. Yes he is the creator of the Woodstock poster that we all know and love, but he has an amazing dimensional ability with his art that is impressive.

We especially loved his photography book Love Songs.

The next event was a talk that featured both artists. Their discussion was informative, lively, revealing, filling us with laughter and respect. It was a great chance to learn more about them, their art and the stories behind famous posters and famous people like Bill Graham.

We had a lovely time at this event. The exhibition was well curated. The talk was very informative. Thank you Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for a fantastic weekend.

Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell

It’s been way too long since I plugged into the classic recording, Meat LoafBat Out Of Hell.

Words and Songs Written By Jim Steinman. This is third best selling album of all time at 42 million albums.

What’s your favorite track on the album?

Mine is “Paradise By The Dashboard Lights” featuring the famous love duel between Meat Loaf and Ellen Foley. Listen for Todd Rundgren on guitar, Roy Bittan (E. Street Band) and Edgar Winter on saxophone.

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Meat Loaf – Mad, Mad World Summer Tour

Meat LoafMeat Loaf  has announced the first round of dates for his upcoming “MAD, MAD, WORLD” TOUR in connection with his newly released album HELL IN A HANDBASKET (Sony/Legacy). The trek kicks off in the city of Austin, TX on June 22 and runs through August 2, including stops in Los Angeles, Boston and Atlantic City, with more dates expected to be announced shortly.

No Connecticut tour dates yet. I visualize him stopping in to play the MGM Grand Venue at Foxwoods but that’s just my guess…

The new album sounds great, I listened to it last night while I walked the treadmill. I liked the track “Our Love and Our Souls” which features Meat Loaf and Patti Russo together.

That’s Why God Made The Radio – The Beach Boys New Album and Single

We have tickets to see The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour next month at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena on May 12th. The Beach Boys kicked off their tour in Tuscon, Arizona on Tuesday, April 24th. They played a 42 song, 2.5 hour set.

That's Why God Made The Radio

New Album Info: Other album tracks include “Shelter” and “The Private Life of Bill and Sue”, both midtempo songs written by Wilson. He says the album will be all Beach Boys — no covers, no guests.

“Beaches in Mind”, “Spring Vacation” and “Daybreak Over the Ocean”, the last written by Love, are among the 12 to 15 songs being considered for the album, with some possibly ending up on a commemorative package, Love says. “Everybody’s got a lead on at least some of the songs.”

Wilson wrote “a suite that I’m just going to guess must be seven minutes long. There are beautiful strings on it,” Johnston says. “You can mix up your singles with your longer art pieces. We’re the Beach Boys. We can do that.”

The album is “very lush, very PetSound-ing,” Jardine says. It may give a welcome contrast to current trends, he says. “Melodies and harmonies are not so popular today in mainstream American radio. Some kind of void is being filled that maybe people really need now.”

The first single from their forthcoming (June 5) studio album (of the same name) “That’s Why God Made The Radio” is available now on Apple iTunes and Amazon for digital download.

You can sing along with the visual lyrics with this lyric video.

You can learn more about the making of “That’s Why God Made The Radio” by watching the single sizzle reel video.

The Beach Boys

Warren Haynes – Live At The Moody Theater

I have to hand it to Warren Haynes. He is one of the hardest working musicians in show business these days. Examine his schedule and the bands he plays with in a given year.

He is one of the twin guitar leads in The Allman Brothers Band, which has a healthy touring schedule each year that includes a month at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

He also has the Warren Haynes Band that has been touring in support of The Man in Motion album.

Warren also will be performing with the Phil Lesh Quintet (Phil, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, John Molo and Rob Barraco) at Phil’s Club, Terrapin Crossroads 4/26 – 4/29/12 in San Rafael, California.

Warren Haynes then switches back into Gov’t. Mule mode for 2012. Gov’t. Mule has announced various 2012 tour dates, most notably playing their annual Mountain Jam event in Hunter, NY and their annual New Years event at the Beacon Theater in NYC. Gov’t. Mule is co-headlining dates with moe in our market in Hartford

He has been touring this year with the Warren Haynes Band. Its fitting that they record on Stax Volt records because they are reviving the classic 60’s soul sound complete with horns, backup vocalists and a Hammond B3 organ.

Stax Volt Records released yesterday, the Warren Hayes Band, Live At The Moody Theater on 2 CDs and 1 DVD. Its an awesome package

Warren Haynes Band - Live From the Moody Theatre DVD/CD with Bonus Disk

Jack White’s Blunderbuss Thus Far….

I haven’t been this enthusiastic to acquire an artist’s solo recording in years. I downloaded Jack Whites Blunderbuss from Apple iTunes today. I opened this unique bottle of  wine with a wide-eyed rapture . I smelled the cork and poured the first song, “Missing Pieces” into my waiting glass. The tantalizing audio sensations swirled among my taste buds. I was breaking new ground and life would never be the same.

Songs about the aftermath of the heart can take on powerful meanings, the last stanza of “Missing Pieces” epitomizes how the dust hasn’t settled for Jack White and someone he was once with….

Sometimes someone controls everything about you

And when they tell you that they just can’t live without you

They ain’t lyin’, they’ll take pieces of you

And they’ll stand above you and walk away

That’s right and take a part of you with them

© 2012 Third Man Records

Jack White’s music is richly inventive, avidly presenting scenarios for the mind to process and interpret.  The collective body of work, Blunderbuss is edgy, challenging, yet  extremely well stated. You find yourself swept along a current of emotions gladly losing your trepidation in exchange for new-found meanings.

The next song, “Sixteen Saltines” grounds the listener in the sensations Jack White has premiered with his boy band. It rocks right out at ya. The song is comfortable and familiar due to the significant airplay its been receiving. A wine taster would call this “cleansing the palate” for more wine to be senses and tasted next…

“Freedom At 21”  the third track is a cosmic rocker, real upper stratosphere stuff. It keeps the fuse burning strong from the energy created by “Sixteen Saltines”.

The fourth track, “Love Interruption” commences next. This was the first song from Blunderbuss that I witnessed Jack White and his female band première on Saturday Night Live. When I hear it now I am inclined to compare it to the Robert Plant/ Alison Krauss collaboration, Raising Sand.

Realize these are just four of the 13 tracks known as Blunderbuss but one should never rush the delicacy of fine wine, its best to give it time to breathe and savor, so this review will continue after more Blunderbuss wine tasting occurs over the next few days….