Jazz mecca returning to Bay Area?
He proposed Musical Extemporization which includes spontaneous instrumental changes and communication of emotions in the songs whilst playing. Trad Jazz – As the name suggests, the term is an abbreviation of traditional jazz, and pertains to the Dixeland and Ragtime jazz styles in the early twenties, and went on to be a major source of inspiration till the early sixties. Urban Jazz – Succeeding trad jazz, this genre is a fusion of smooth jazz and R&B music, with steady basslines and percussion sets. Vocal Jazz – Instrumental tunes combined with a smooth flow of vocals with unique styles of different artists, and also scat singing the composition which includes meaningless and nonsensical syllables, and random words tuned into the rhythm produced by the instruments. West Coast Gypsy Jazz – Inspired by Django Reinhardt, this genre is a prototype of jazz music with dark musical scales which reflected gypsy elements. It has an element of bluegrass styles and portrays a distinct strumming with racy and uneven beats at irregular intervals, concocted into a rhythm.
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‘Hudson Lights’ music combines jazz, pop music
One of the year’s most memorable jazz events — ask anyone who was there — happened in August at Cafe Stritch when Turre performed with his band for three nights. He paid tribute to an early mentor, the late saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and the music reached Kirk-ian heights: a combination of church, house party and cosmic adventure. Night to night, the crowds grew. Still, not everyone feels the jazz scene is reaching a new critical mass: “I love what SFJazz is trying to do, and I feel like these other places are kind of picking up the slack,” says saxophonist Howard Wiley, who was in Turre’s band. “But I also remember, maybe ten years ago or even less, that just about anybody I wanted to see would come in for a week at Yoshi’s” in Oakland, where jazz bookings have been drastically scaled back. “You had clubs like Jazz at Pearl’s, institutions that aren’t there any longer. You had Bruno’s, the Mission scene.” Musicians are struggling, nationwide: Record deals have vanished; Spotify pays minuscule fees; and many gigs are played for door money.
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Their recently released self-titled CD Hudson Lights ( Shadow Mountain Records, $16.98 ) 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. Its music thats refreshing to listen to and holds its own with a clear sound and smooth, upbeat tones. Each song varies from jazz to pop music, and several are a mixture. Each has a positive, non-religious message. They sing the Beatles Eleanor Rigby, Josh Grobans Brave, George Gershwins Cant Take that Away and Autumn Leaves, which Nat King Cole sang.
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Top jazz musicians to perform in Singapore
The four-day event, dubbed Sing Jazz, promises to be Singapores largest ever jazz and jazz-influenced music festival, and runs from Feb 27 to March 2. Organised by Orbis Festival Productions and held at Marina Bay Sands, Sing Jazz is meant to invigorate the local jazz and music scene, while at the same time helping to nurture and encourage the development of home-grown jazz talent. Said David Lyndon Smith, Artistic Director of Orbis Festival Productions: The community of jazz-lovers here has been growing steadily, evident from the increased following and appreciation of live jazz over recent years. Our aim is for Sing Jazz to further energise this process and establish itself as Singapores definitive platform for the exposition of jazz in all its forms. Sing Jazz will host clinics led by festival artistes, and facilitate an exchange of local talent with its counterpart festival, Java Jazz. It will also pledge S$1 from each commercial ticket sale towards the Foundation of Arts & Social Enterprises on-going training and grooming of our cadre of up-and-coming jazz musicians.
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