US Army Blues Pershing’s Own Precious Lord Take My Hand at JEN 2013 Atlanta Jon’s Journal January 8 2013

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: US Army Blues Pershing’s Own Precious Lord Take My Hand at JEN 2013 Atlanta


Atlanta GA — A very special performance by US Army Blues Pershing’s Own Jazz Band at the JEN Jazz Education Network Conference 2013. A wonderful arrangement by SFC Graham Breedlove – Trumpet Chair of this fine ensemble. You can actually see and read down SFC Graham Breedlove’s trumpet part online – for PDF of his music:
Director Conductor: Chief Warrant Officer Four Gordon K. Kippola
video by Jon Hammond at evening concert Jazz Education Network Conference in the ballroom of Hyatt Regency Atlanta GA. Special thanks to these fine musicians and Mary Jo Papich
**Really great solos from SSG Victor Barranco trombone and SFC Graham Breedlove trumpet – JH
CW4 Gordon K. Kippola, Seabeck, WA, DIRECTOR
The U.S. Army Blues

SFC Antonio L. Orta, Guanica, PR
SFC Bill E. Linney, Buies Creek, NC
SFC Joseph D. Henson, Rock Hill, SC
MSG John W. DeSalme, Iowa City, IA *
MSG David T. Brown, Ballston Lake, NY
SFC Mark A. Wood, Gainesville, FL
SFC Kenneth W. McGee, Stafford, VA
SFC Graham E. Breedlove, Lafayette, LA ‡‡
SGM Craig C. Fraedrich, Menomonee Falls, WI ††
MSG Kenneth R. Rittenhouse, Fairmont, WV *
MSG Matthew F. Niess, Levittown, PA
MSG William L. Holmes, Philadelphia, PA *
SSG Victor Barranco, North Pole, AK
SFC Jeffrey J. Cortazzo, Palmerton, PA ‡‡
SGM Anthony W. Nalker, Lewisburg, WV †
SGM James F. Roberts, Washington, DC ‡
SSG Regan Brough, Orem, UT
MSG Steve Fidyk, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Atlanta GA — CNN Center as seen from 60 floors up – Jon Hammond
The CNN Center is the world headquarters of the Cable News Network (CNN). The main newsrooms and studios for several of CNN’s news channels are located in the building. The facility’s commercial office space is occupied entirely by CNN and its parent company, Turner Broadcasting System, a division of Time Warner. The CNN Center is located in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia, adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park.
The CNN Center opened in 1976 as the Omni Hotel, which was a development by Cousins Properties Inc. as that was unsuccessful until CNN moved its headquarters there in 1987 from its Midtown Atlanta site (old home of the Progressive Club on 1050 Techwood Drive and home to Turner Broadcasting System).[1] The facility originally offered office space to various business tenants, as well as consulates over the years. The main floor featured an indoor ice skating rink, as well as a small number of restaurants and a Gold Mine video arcade. More famously, Sid and Marty Krofft built an indoor amusement park called The World of Sid and Marty Krofft, inspired by the creations of the popular children’s television producers. The park was the first indoor theme park and opened in 1976, it closed within six months. The complex also featured a multi-screen movie theater. For years, the theater offered showings of Gone with the Wind, Ted Turner’s favorite movie. The theater was replaced during renovations to put in a new newsroom for CNN’s website operations. The ice skating rink was filled in and a mosaic map of the world replaced it (featuring brass markers indicating the locations of CNN bureaus around the world). When CNN networks moved in in 1987, CNN Headline News (now known as HLN) was the first network to broadcast a show from it at 3.00 ET with its program # 96,115. Their sister channel started live programming at 6.00 ET of that day.

Debris from tornado in front of CNN Center
On March 14, 2008, a EF-2 [2] tornado passed through downtown Atlanta, damaging the CNN Center and leaving water and dust in the upper floors. The ceiling of the atrium was also damaged, causing water to pour in and partially flood the food court. CNN’s library was damaged, although it is unknown at the moment how much of its archives were damaged.[3] Numerous injuries and widespread damage were reported overall. The Omni Hotel, attached to the CNN Center, was evacuated as a precaution, and more than 400 rooms had to be emptied of occupancy for two weeks.

Atlanta GA from 60 floors up – Atlanta is the official capital of Georgia and is a city of Skyscrapers – Jon Hammond from 60 floors above Atlanta

List of tallest buildings in Atlanta:
Atlanta, the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Georgia, is home to 256 completed high-rises,[1] 37 of which stand taller than 400 feet (122 m). The majority of the city’s skyscrapers are clustered around Peachtree Street in the Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead neighborhoods, with the suburban city of Sandy Springs also being the site of several skyscrapers. The tallest building in Atlanta is the 55-story Bank of America Plaza, which rises 1,023 feet (312 m) and was completed in 1992.[2] The Bank of America Plaza is also the tallest building in the United States outside of New York City and Chicago,[3] and the 9th-tallest building in the U.S. overall. The second-tallest building in Atlanta is SunTrust Plaza, which rises 871 feet (265 m).[4]
The history of skyscrapers in Atlanta began with the completion in 1892 of the Equitable Building.[5] The city later went through a major building boom that began in the 1980s and continued until the mid-1990s; the majority of the city’s skyscrapers, including its four tallest, have all been completed since 1985. Overall, Atlanta is the site of 15 completed buildings that are at least 492 feet (150 m) high. As of 2012, the skyline of Atlanta is ranked second in the Southeastern United States (behind Miami), seventh in the United States and 30th in the world with 56 buildings rising at least 330 feet (100 m) in height.[6] Of the 20 tallest buildings in Georgia, 18 are located in Atlanta;[7] the other two, Concourse Corporate Center V & VI are located in the neighboring city of Sandy Springs and stand as the tallest suburban buildings in the country.

NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman burning it up with The University of Miami Frost Concert Jazz Band at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference

– Atlanta GA – Jon Hammond

This is a priceless photo: Gary Campbell great tenor saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator receiving a visit from his teacher – Dr. David N. Baker past president of IAJE, author, world renowned musician educator – at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference Atlanta GA after Gary’s quartet concert which was superb! Jon Hammond — at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Jon Hammond with Javon Jackson Donald Meade Jazz Historian, Joe Chambers, Martin W. Mueller Exec. Director New School Contemporary Jazz Program

– here at the 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Atlanta GA – wonderful stories at this table folks! JH — with Javon Jackson and Martin W. Mueller at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Martin W. Mueller Executive Director of New School Contemporary Jazz Program with one of his outstanding Alums – saxophonist composer bandleader Alex Graham, now living in Nashville – Alex has done well for himself and has a beautiful family – smokin’ quartet performance today here in Atlanta GA at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Alex is a Jupiter endorsee

– Jon Hammond — with Martin W. Mueller and Alex Graham at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Benjamin Toman

Cynthia Cawthorne
Graceland University

Jessica McAuliffe Graham
Boston, Massachusetts

Dixie Thompson
Pensacola, Florida

Bob Hull
Attorney at Law at Lewitt Hackman

Andrew Nichols
Musician/Private Woodwinds Instructor at Myself

Kimberly Lotoszinski Turrell
East Lansing, Michigan

Valerie Porter
Homemaker at None 🙂

Bill Liebold

Monika Ryan

Steve Urick
Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka, Japan

Leron Thomas
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

George D. Goodman
Eastern Michigan University

Steven Oberndorf
Counsel at McKay Hochman Company, Inc.

Paul Jobin
Financial Advisor at MassMutual

Gene Perry
Northern Michigan University

Jon Hammond with the great Wycliffe Gordon playing his famous soprano trombone – incredible and super-soulful musician & vocalist / composer arranger folks! *Feature performer with US Army Blues “Pershing’s Own” Jazz Orchestra at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Atlanta GA , bravo Wycliffe!!

– JH — with Wycliffe Gordon at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Blues Brothers from Different Mothers – Tom Bones Malone and Jon Hammond at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Atlanta GA *video of Tom’s concert to come..
Tom interview with Jon backstage Ed Sullivan Theatre:
Tom Bones Malone of Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra Late Show with David Letterman on HammondCast Show KYOURADIO interview with Jon Hammond and Tom, covering his entire career including 10 years with Saturday Night Live as Musician and Music Director. Long time association with Gil Evans, Doc Severensen, featured in movie “Blues Brothers” and tours. Arranger, multi-instrumentalist speaking with Jon just prior to daily taping of Late Show in the Ed Sullivan Theater dressing rooms.

— with Tom Bones Malone and Tom ‘Bones’ Malone at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Bob Cranshaw Interview with Jon Hammond at JEN 2013


Bob Cranshaw the great Jazz bassist, recording artist, educator and Local 802 Jazz Consultant Executive Board Member here interviewed by Jon Hammond at the 2013 JEN Jazz Education Network Conference in Atlanta GA. Bob tells an incredible story about the recording date with Lee Morgan on the classic album The Sidewinder.
Bob Cranshaw Wiki
special thanks to Mary Jo Papich, Rick Condit – Jazz Education Network

Atlanta GA — Army Blues “Pershing’s Own” with Wycliffe Gordon – incredible smokin’ concert last night at 4th Annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference 2013 – Jon Hammond

— with Wycliffe Gordon at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

2 of my favorite musician Bob’s: Bassist Bob Cranshaw and tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer in Atlanta GA at the 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference

– Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond and Frank Alkyer at the very prestigious DownBeat Magazine Stand

at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Atlanta GA
Frank Alkyer is the publisher of DownBeat, Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines–all produced by Maher Publications, a family-owned company based in Elmhurst, Ill. He joined the company as editorial director in 1989 and he was named associate publisher in 1992 and publisher in 2003.

Alkyer began his career as a newspaper reporter. In the early 1980s, he served as statehouse reporter for the Youngstown Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio. He then served as a general assignment reporter for the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he covered everything from police and city hall to entertainment and business.

He is a founding board member of Jazz Alliance International and the Jazz Education Network as well as an advisory board member of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz and the Litchfield Jazz Festival. He is also a member of American Society of Business Publication Editors.

He has proudly hosted Best In Show at NAMM since its inception in 2005.

Alkyer lives in the Chicago area with his wife and daughter. Every now and again, he still finds time to go into the basement and play a little guitar. He plans to get really good when he retires in about 30 years and has more time.

Teruo Goto
Works at Dirty old Musician

Elizabeth Levy
Works at 3rd satellite from our Sun

Joe Berger
King at Self employed

Gale Nudelman
Works at Gap

Lori Helfand
The Ohio State University

Andrew Hadro
Musician at Freelance

Gary Burton
Entertainment at ABC News Radio

Dalya Azaria

Katherine White
The Ohio State University

Pete Gamber
Educational Rep Southern California at Music & Arts

Sue Neely Hagedorn
Albion College

Mark J Williamson
Owner/ President at Williamson Music Co.

John Hasse
Curator of American Music at Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History

Tom Olsen
Marietta, Georgia

Yoichiro Hamahara
代表取締役 at 株式会社エス・ディ・アイ

Shari Giddens Helmer
Hod HaSharon

Katie Maher
Once upon a time at Maher Publications aka Down Beat

The great Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta thanking the owner of the beautiful seasoned acoustic bass, before playing the hell out of it “Samba Meets Jazz!” at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Atlanta GA
Nilson Matta is a premier Brazilian bassist and composer. He has been based in New York City since 1985. He is also known for his work with Trio Da Paz, Don Pullen African Brazilian Connection, Joe Henderson, Yo Yo Ma and Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage.
Nilson’s latest project, called Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage, is an exciting group playing many of Matta’s original songs mixed with Brazilian standards. For this album, Nilson called Harry Allen, Anne Drummond, Klaus Mueller, Ze Mauricio and Mauricio Zotterelli into the studio. The album, produced by Nilson and Luisa Matta is dedicated to his native country of Brazil. It literally takes the listener on a “Brazilian Voyage” through the many regions of that country.

Jon Hammond, bassist Bob Cranshaw, trumpeter Blake Martin at Local 802 Musicians Union stand at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Bob Cranshaw’s career career spans the heyday of Blue Note Records to his recent involvement with the Musicians Union –

known to many as long-time bassist on Sesame Street TV Show –
Melbourne R. “Bob” Cranshaw (born December 10, 1932, in Evanston, Illinois) is an American jazz bassist. His career spans the heyday of Blue Note Records to his recent involvement with the Musicians Union. He is perhaps best known for his long association with Sonny Rollins. Cranshaw has been in Rollins’s working band on and off for almost five decades, starting with the 1962 album The Bridge.
Some of Cranshaw’s best-known performances include on Lee Morgan’s The Sidewinder and Grant Green’s Idle Moments. Cranshaw also served as the sole session bassist to Sesame Street and The Electric Company songwriter and composer Joe Raposo, and played bass guitar on all songs, tracks, buttons and cues recorded by the Children’s Television Workshop during Raposo’s tenure.
Although he lacks the name recognition of other bassists, Cranshaw has performed and recorded with a wide range of leading jazz artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Dexter Gordon, Grant Green, Coleman Hawkins, Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson, Johnny Hodges, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, J. J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk, James Moody, Lee Morgan, Wes Montgomery, Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, George Shearing, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Shirley Scott, Stanley Turrentine, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, George Benson, and Joe Williams.
Along with Wes Montgomery’s brother Monk, Cranshaw was among the early jazz bassists to trade his upright bass for an electric bass. He was criticized for this by jazz purists, although he was forced to switch by a back injury incurred in a serious auto accident.
Throughout his long and distinguished career he has also performed on hundreds of television shows and film and television scores. He appears on The Blue Note Story, a 90-minute documentary of the famed jazz label.
Cranshaw was also a founding member of the short-lived MJT + 3 (Modern Jazz Two) that included Frank Strozier on alto saxophone, Harold Mabern on piano, Willie Thomas on trumpet, and Walter Perkins on drums. The Chicago-based group produced several albums, a number for Vee-Jay Records. Another vintage Cranshaw jam, 1964’s Blue Flames, featuring Shirley Scott, Stanley Turrentine and Otis Finch, was recorded for Prestige Records. Cranshaw also played live shows for tap dancer Maurice Hines, along with friend and drummer Paul Goldberg.

US Army Blues, Pershing’s Own, Precious Lord, JEN 2013, Jazz Education Network, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Spiritual, Victor Barranco, Graham Breedlove, Gordon K. Kippola, Musicians Union

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