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2014-07-15 08:24:54

John Pizzarelli and Bucky Pizzarelli Headline Free Concert on the Jersey City Waterfront Thursday, September 18 JERSEY CITY, N.J., June 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Acclaimed vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli and his father, the legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, will appear with the New Jersey City University Alumni Jazz Big Band conducted by NJCU Professor Richard Lowenthal. Part of the University's celebration of New Jersey's 350(th) birthday, the concert will pay tribute...

2014-04-14 12:27:11

New Editions to Best Selling Jazz Midline Series of All Time Are: SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Savoy Jazz is set to release three new editions in its successful Jazz For midline series of compilations: Jazz for Spring, Jazz at the Movies and Jazz in the Afternoon with Cole--Celebrating the Songs of Cole Porter (celebrating the 50(th) Anniversary of his death in 2014). The pioneering theme-based collections are aimed at the casual consumer as opposed to...

2011-12-21 09:00:00

Grammy winning vocal group's version of 'S'Vivon' (The Dreidel) benefits the Dr. Allyson J. Ocean Research Fund - Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, NY (PRWEB) December 21, 2011 Pioneers For A Cure - Songs To Fight Cancer is pleased to announce the iTunes and Amazon release of the Chanukah classic 'S'Vivon' by the New York Voices, a Grammy winning vocal group. New York Voices has selected the Dr. Allyson J. Ocean Research Fund - Weill Cornell Medical College to receive proceeds from...

2011-05-15 09:00:00

LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-Grammy winning producer, composer and humanitarian Quincy Jones, in association with his Global Gumbo Group and the Maroc Cultures Association, will lead a historic collaboration of Western, Middle Eastern and North African musicians on May 25th during a concert at the annual Mawazine Music Festival in Rabat, Morocco to promote the principles of peace, hope, unity and a better tomorrow for the youth of the region. Commented Jones, "I have...

2009-05-17 12:48:06

Pianist Terence Conley says he is working hard to recover from serious head injuries suffered in a traffic accident in New York. The 51-year-old pianist, who was placed into a coma following his 2008 accident, said he longs for the day he can once again play his instrument of choice on stage, The New York Times reported Sunday. Other than my wife and children, I missed my piano the most, the former Count Basie Orchestra member said. I look forward to the day when I can get back on stage...

2008-12-04 09:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Impresario and multi-Grammy winning producer, composer and arranger Quincy Jones will deliver the keynote address at the 2009 South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference in Austin, TX on March 19th, 2009 it was announced today. A longtime humanitarian who produced and conducted the historic "We Are The World" recording benefitting Ethiopian famine relief, Jones is expected to discuss the power of music to influence and create positive change in...

2008-08-12 18:00:20

Japanese jazz saxophonist Sadao Watanabe is set to release a new, double-disc album and perform on rare select dates in the U.S. "Basie's At Night" will be released on September 2, 2008 and features some of Watanabe's best songs recorded at Basie's in Ichinoseki, Iwati on April 14, 2007. Watanabe learned clarinet and alto in high school, and moved to Tokyo in the '50s, where he joined Toshiko Akiyoshi's bop-oriented group. When the pianist moved to the U.S. in 1956, Watanabe took over the...

2008-08-03 09:00:14

By KEITH MONROE By Keith Monroe Special to The Virginian-Pilot This delightful book is like a collection of snapshots from June 1936 to July 1938. There are glimpses of Franklin and Eleanor, Burns and Allen, and Amelia Earhart, but the center of the book is the rise of Count Basie from regional success to international fame. When we first glimpse the band leader, he's lying in a hammock in Kansas City, where he's making $14 a week. From inside Aunt Lucy's Boarding House comes the...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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