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.

 

 

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Michael Stipe: The Man Who Sold The World

I was watching the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon when I heard Jimmy mention that Michael Stipe would be performing a tribute to David Bowie. I did everything in my power to stay awake for Michael’s performance. I had been missing his soulful voice. I wasn’t disappointed.

It was a great teaser for the The Music of David Bowie tribute concert which sold out in minutes at Carnegie Hall on Thursday March 31st and Friday April 1st. The Friday night concert will be streamed for a suggested donation of $20. Donations benefit various NY City music education programs. A cause near and dear to the music of our heart 🙂

Here is Michael Stipe’s segment. I love how it is just Micheal invoking Bowie set against a solo pianist. Striking. Welcome back, Michael. It’s wonderful to hear you singing from your heart once more.

21st Annual International Festival of Arts and Ideas

The lineup for Festival 21 International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT is announced. The event takes place from June 10-25th. It’s awesome!

I am especially psyched that the Maria Schneider Orchestra will be performing this year.

Watch the video and feel the excitement for this world recognized event.

American Masters – The Highway Men: Friends Till The End

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From left to right Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, who formed the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Public television continues to be one of the best avenues of American music specials.

Frequently referred to as “the Mount Rushmore of country music,” The HighwaymenWillie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson – were American country music’s first bona fide supergroup, an epic quartet comprised of the outlaw country genre’s pioneering stars. An essential musical and cultural influence, the Grammy-winning group was active from 1985 – 1995: recording three albums, touring the world and acting in the movie Stagecoach (1986). American Masters – The Highwaymen: Friends Till the Endpremiering nationwide Friday, May 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series, explores how these men came together and the fruits of their historic collaboration.

The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws, a new 3 CD/1 DVD or Blu-ray box set of concert performances — including the complete Nassau Coliseum concert film seen in the American Masters documentary — will be available May 20 fromColumbia/Legacy, along with a new single-disc compilation CD, The Very Best of The Highwaymen. The Highwaymen: Live At Nassau Coliseum (a special broadcast edit of the concert film featured on The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws) is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations as part of June Pledge 2016.

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I  enjoy the aesthetics of album art graphics design . I received an email today from designhitz.com.  I was very impressed with their design portfolio. They have a strong chart of accounts that includes, Universal Music, Sun Records and Alligator Records.

Mark Slawinski evidences sharp use of color, offsetting geometrics with compelling images as he portrays various musicians/genres.  Browse his art and see if there is an album design there for your next recording.

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Ticket To Write Update

The documentary, Ticket TWrite:The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism is finally being released. It will run on Alabama Public TV in April/May. Digital downloads and possibly DVDs should be available by summer.

This documentary film explores the Golden Age of rock music journalism, from Crawdaddy magazine to MTV (1966-81). A time I remember fondly as a voracious reader and music collector.

Here is the latest extended trailer.

 

 

Pat Metheny will release two albums on May 6, 2016

I was sensing that Pat Metheny was due for a new album. I had no idea it would be two albums though. That’s a real treat. He is my second most collected artist in my music library. His sound is always evolving with a rich dimensionality.

Both albums are available for pre-sale and will be autographed for you 😉

1. Pat Metheny – The Unity Sessions

The Unity Sessions features Grammy Award-winning Unity Group—Metheny with saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Ben Williams, and multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi. The Unity Sessions is taken from a filmed performance with Pat Metheny Unity Group that was recently released on DVD; the set comprises 13 songs by Metheny, one he co-wrote with Ornette Coleman, and one well known standard by Ray Noble.

Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions

2. CUONG VU TRIO Meets Pat Metheny

Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny joins the guitarist with a trio led by longtime Pat Metheny Group trumpeter Cuong Vu. It comprises five tunes written by Vu plus one by Metheny and one by Andrew D’Angelo.

Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny

Dogfish Head Beer and Record Store Day 2016

Last year, Music of Our Heart reported that Dogfish Head Brewery was the Official Beer for Record Store Day 2015. Well, Off-centered folks Dogfish Head will be honoring a second year as the Official Beer of Record Store Day 2016. They are celebrating this special day with some unique Dogfish Head offerings 😉

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Starting with the natural product, Beer To Drink Music To, which was created as the perfect beer for fans to pair with their favorite songs. Utilizing ingredients inspired by some of our favorite tunes, the four primary ingredients (orange peel, peppercorns, candi sugar, and cardamom) were inspired by the following: Orange Crush by REM, Sgt. Pepper by The Beatles, Sugar On My Tongue by Talking Heads, and Mock Song by Phish. The result is a Belgian-style Tripel and a perfect marriage between beer and music.

Beer To Drink Music To

The companion to Beer To Drink Music To is Music To Drink Beer To, Volume 2 a Record Store Day 2016 vinyl exclusive curated between Dogfish Head and Sony Legacy.

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Track List

Side One

Lou Reed : I Can’t Stand It
Peter Bjorn & John : Amsterdam
Patti Smith Group : Dancing Barefoot
Outkast : Ms. Jackson
Johnny Cash : I Hardly Ever Sing Beer Drinking Songs

Side Two

Lee Dorsey : Give It Up
Mongo Santamaria : We Got Latin Soul
Dennis Wilson : River Song
Shabba Ranks with Chevelle Franklin : Mr. Loverman
Johnny Paycheck : Fifteen Beers
Bessie Smith : Gimme A Pigfoot & A Bottle of Beer

The compilation will be released on Record Store Day at retailers across the country.

But wait there’s more, the music geeks at Dogfish Head have created three more items, two of which are for sale on the Dogfish Head Store and one that you can only get at certain record stores on Record Store Day 2016, April 16th!

  1.  A Record Store Day T-Shirt
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Love the art 😉

2. Special Edition Crosley Turntable

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3. Official Record Store Day 2016 Poster (Supplies limited at participating record stores)

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Raising a glass to your music health and happy hunting, Cheers!