Celebrating William Russo In Words And Music

Jazz Great Dr. Lonnie Smith to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 2/21-22

“And, in fact, not to fuse them, not to blend them, but to have them as much as possible highlight their characters, without dissolving them into each other. “And it certainly wasn’t a symphony backing up a blues band, and it wasn’t a blues band trying to play classical music.” Works such as “Three Pieces” and “Street Music” were classic Russo, joyous juxtapositions of multiple idioms he treasured. The impact of this music echoes in our culture today, nowhere more than in Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, which takes Russo’s cross-genre concept further than any other ensemble in America. “For me, Bill personified Third Stream,” says Davis, using a term that loosely refers to an intertwining of jazz and classical techniques. “As a composer, and as a (performing) musician, he lived jazz, but he also lived classical. It was the foundation of what I do now.” And yet Russo’s genre-shattering methods represent just a fraction of his achievement. Born in Chicago on June 25, 1928, Russo studied with innovative pianist-composer Lennie Tristano in the 1940s, led the noteworthy Experiment in Jazz band in the late ’40s and composed signature scores for the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the 1950s, including “23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West” (a brilliant riff on Afro-Cuban music) and “Frank Speaking” (a jazz-inspired concerto for Kenton trombonist Frank Rosolino).
For more information, visit http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/chi-jazz-william-russo-20131204,0,6889549,full.column

Bakersfield Jazz Music Examiner

Bakersfield Jazz Workshop awards $3,500 in scholarships to local students June 17, 2013 True to its word, the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop awarded a total of $3,500 in scholarships to deserving local jazz students recently. The awards were given between sets of the Blue Cranes clinic and concert on June 5th. The Portland… Blue Cranes return to Bakersfield and the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop June 3, 2013 Bakersfield jazz fans, especially those who appreciate musicians who stretch boundaries and go places that many groups don’t, are in for a real treat this week with the return of Portland’s Blue Cranes to Bakersfield. The… Time running out for BJW scholarship applications May 14, 2013 If you are a jazz music student looking for some financial assistance for your studies, then you had better hurry up and apply for one of the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop’s 2013 scholarships.
For more information, visit http://www.examiner.com/jazz-music-in-bakersfield/frank-maccioli

Howard Reich

Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Jazz Times magazine describes him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise his fan- base is truly worldwide. From an early age he was immersed in gospel, blues and jazz and had a gift for music. In his teens, he sang in several vocal groups including his own – The Supremes – formed long before Motown’s eventual iconic act of the same name. Smith also played trumpet and other instruments at school and was a featured soloist.
For more information, visit http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Jazz-Great-Dr-Lonnie-Smith-to-Make-Segerstrom-Center-Debut-221-22-20131205

‘Hudson Lights’ music combines jazz, pop music

2 2013 12:52 p.m. MST Hudson Lights album announcement and music sampler Photos View 5 photos Summary The recently released self-titled CD Hudson Lights has 11 songs, including two original songs, and they use their fusion of contemporary pop and jazz to put their unique sound on songs from the Beatles, Josh Groban and others. When the four members of the group Hudson Lights were coming up with a name for their group, they had to change their method. We needed to think of the music first and then the name would follow, said Keith Evans. They knew the music they wanted to do was classy and bring that high-brow edge back to contemporary pop music, and they needed to come up with a relaxing, yet exciting, image that evokes that, Evans told thousands of women at Deseret Books recent Time Out for Women event in Salt Lake City. The image we came up with is the smooth, cool waters of the Hudson River and just across, the enchanting lights of the New York City skyline at night, Evans said.
For more information, visit http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865591556/Hudson-Lights-music-combines-jazz-pop-music.html?pg=all

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