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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

"Hurricane" Cindy

"Hurricane" Cindy
Originally uploaded by mike e.bop.
Few drummers, male or female, can throw down with force and rhythm like Cindy Blackman, caught here by Enid Farber in New York


Originally uploaded by mike e.bop.
From Enid Farber, highlights of the just-concluded Charlie Parker Jazz Fest in Marcus Garvey Park, NYC

Monday, August 29, 2005

S. Africa Feel for Jazz in Gardens

The popular Jazz in the Gardens cabaretseries returns to
the Gazebo Lawn of the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston this
Sunday, Sep. 4.

Among the headliners is South African star Lorraine
Klaasen. No stranger to Jamaica, Klaasen has performed
on the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival as well as on her own bill.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Jazz for the Kids

Sunday, Sep 4 will see the renewal of the Jazz for the Children
charity concert to benenfit the Voluntary Oragnization for the
Upliftment of Children(VOUCH), at the Jamaica Defence Force
Officer's Club, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The event was inaugurated last uear and proved successful,
certainly in artistic terms and most likely in commercial
tersm also.

Among those slated to perform this year are sax-flutist
Nicholas Laraque and veteran reed man Dean Fraser

The Roaring Forties double bass

The Roaring Forties double bass
Originally uploaded by docaoimh.
Unconventional indeed! This member of the swing band The Roaring Forties was captured in Cork, Ireland by our newest jazzhedz member, docaoimh.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

R.I.P. Robert Moog

Robert Moog, the maverick scientist who invented the music
synthesizer that bears his name, died Sunday of a brain tumor.
He was 71.

Introduced in the mid-1960s, the Moog became an integral device
in the careers of jazz giants like Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis,
and Jan Hammer as well as countless rock acts (Yes, the Monkees)
and soul/r&b stars like Stevie Wonder.

Condolences to the Moog family and to all who knew him well.

Top Spins -abridged

An abridged version of Top Spins this week
work has pressed upon us and kept our
listening below the desired level, but
here goes:

- The Kevin Robinson Ensemble, feat. Kim Walker: A Journey in Freedom[The God Factor] - www.kevinrobisnonensemble.com;

Ginetta's Vendetta - La Dolce Vita - www.ginetta'svendetta.com;

Sherman Irby - Faith -Black Warrior(www.blackwarrior.com);

Mat Maneri - Pentagon - Thirsty Ear (www.thirstyear.com)

Battle of the Bands update

The selection of a Jamaican contingent to compete in
the second annual Global Battle of the Bands in London
moves closer with a press launch for the event scheduled
for Wed. Aug. 31 at D' Roof open-air cabaret in New Kingston

National Director, music company CEO and guitarist
Seretse Small will detail the requirments, timetable
and other info associated with the project.

Monday, August 15, 2005

saxman Wayne

saxman Wayne
Originally uploaded by mike e.bop.
Saxman Wayne Escoffrey - who is of Jamaican parentage - in repose with his horn.

Wayne and his band - Toru Dodo on piano;Dwayne Burno on bass; Jason Borwn and drums and wife Carolyn Leonhart on vocals, did a weekend show at NYC's Jazz Gallery

Nicole Henry Hits the Road

Vocalist Nicole Henry begins her tour tonight in San Miguel,
Mexico to perform four concerts between August 11-17.
Returning to the states for four days, Nicole will be a
featured artist on the CD 101.9 FM stage in New York City
at the Harlem Day Concert, Sunday, August 21st, being put
on by the Discover Harlem/Harlem Chamber of Commerce. Next
it's off to Asia for seven concerts, to reinforce why Japan
named her “Best New Jazz Artist of 2004.” There Nicole will
be backed by the Eddie Higgins Trio on two, sold-out concerts
at the COEX Theater in Seoul, Korea August 23rd and 24th f
ollowed by dates in Tokyo (August 26 & 29), Nagoya (August 28).
Nicole Henry will also share the bill with the likes of Nicholas
Payton and Eric Alexander at the Tendo Jazz Festival, Tendo,
Japan on Saturday August 27th performing jazz standards as heard
in her top-selling CDs, The Nearness of You (#2/HMV, Japan) and
Teach Me Tonight(#1/HMV, Japan), a collaboration with the Eddie
Higgins Trio.. For a direct link to Nicole's concert listings
go to: http://www.nicolehenry.com/.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Jazz HIP

The Jazz Heritage Institute of Preservation (Jazz H.I.P.,
don't sweat the acronym) will soon be registered as a
not-for-profit under local (jamaican) jurisdiction.

Jazz HIp will be the umbrella organization for co-ordinating
the outreach activities of Jazzofonik. It will also be supported
by a Resource Centre (publications, CDs, multimedia etc. ) to
be established over the next six-nine months.
Watch this space for more

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Top Spins & book update

TOP SPINS for this week:

Dave Weckl Band - Multiplicity; Stretch/Concord

Garage A Trois - Outre Mer; Telarc

Dave Brubeck Quartet - London Flat, London Sharp; Telarc

Chuk Fowler & Higher Energy - up From ther Roots; Seque

The Iron lions book is till delayed, but not defeated.
Will clear my slate and start over from scratch this


Originally uploaded by mike e.bop.
Right on time for my trumpet fix, comes this montage from [ever-reliable] Enid Farber.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Ravi Coltrane

Ravi Coltrane
Originally uploaded by hansspeekenbrink.
Still have memories of the awesome perfromance sax man Ravi Coltrane and his group (Luis Perdomo -piano; Drew Gress-bass; EJ Strickland -drums) laid down at the St. Lucia Jazz Fest this past May.
Ravi's new album, In Flux is pretty good too. See my review on allaboutjazz.com


Originally uploaded by mike e.bop.
Another brilliantly idiosyncratic photomontage from Enid Farber featuring violinist Regina Carter.

Carter is one of the featured acts on the Bermuda Jazz fest, scheduled for October, as well as Anglo-jamaican sax man Courtney Pine, vocalist extraordinnaire Patti Labelle and others.

No Prologue - yet

The dangers of paper documents.
Just as I intended to transcribe the Prologue of "Iron Lions"
my hand-written notes have gone missing.
Not worry. Will have it up by Monday the latest.
Thanks for your patience

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Top Spins

This delayed for the past week or two due to problems with the computer i'm presently using (hopefully now resolved) the Top 5 discs in order of number of times I've spun them:


-Terence Blanchard: Flow – Blue Note;
A brilliant folow-up to his Blue Note debut, Bounce. This one finds
The leader and his band jelling for a well-realized, accomplished collection, with particularly good work coming from guitarist
Lionel Loueke

-Eric Alexander: Dead Center - High Note;

-Roberto Magris Europlane: Check In – Black Saint

-Caribbean Jazz Project: Here & Now Live(2Disc) -MCGJazz

and a classic Revisited
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Free For All – Blue Note

Quote of the Week (taken from AllAboutJazz.com):
"Its taken all my life to learn what not to play"
-Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter

Long wilderness

Apologies for the long dry spell - computer problems. Regular Posts will resume tomorrow