*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Blue Angels SFO Fleet Week Family Day Music Get Back in the Groove
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America’s pride The Blue Angels here at SFO to perform fearlessly in honor of Fleet Week 2012 with support from United Airlines Team at United Family Day very special annual event, special thanks to all these fine folks it takes to make it happen. From the Firefighters, to the Mechanics, Air Controllers, Crew, Food Preparations even the Imperial Storm Troopers from Star Wars were on hand for this very special family day – with music here from The Jon Hammond Band with special guest Lee Oskar harmonica, recent performance in Frankfurt Germany at the famous Jazzkeller “Tribute to 9/11 – Get Back In The Groove” Tony Lakatos tenor sax, Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond at Sk1 organ, enjoy folks! Sincerely, Jon Hammond
Hamburg Germany — No more bungee jumping off of the Heinrich-Hertz-Turm folks! – Jon Hammond
“After the observation platform and restaurant were closed (due to asbestos decontamination), former stuntman Jochen Schweitzer had a bungee jumping base installed. The restaurant will not open again due to new fire escape regulations, the bungee platform was closed at the end of 2001.”
The Heinrich-Hertz-Turm (named after the German physicist and Hamburg-born Heinrich Hertz) is a radio telecommunication tower and a famous landmark of Hamburg, Germany.
Designed by architect Fritz Trautwein, in co-operation with civil engineers Jörg Schlaich, Rudolf Bergermann and Fritz Leonhardt, it was built 1965–1968 for former Deutsche Bundespost (German Federal Post and Telecommunications Agency, now Deutsche Telekom ‘s subsidiary Deutsche Funkturm GmbH) near Planten un Blomen (a city park). With an overall height of 279,2 m (916 ft) it is Hamburg’s tallest building
R.I.P. Bill Graham – January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991
I took this shot backstage, you can see in the foreground Jack Casady, I think Bill is speaking with Paul Kantner. To Bill’s left is Wavy Gravy with the cowboy hat and American Flag suit. A huge loss to all the music community!
The last time I ran in to Bill, it was about 3.30AM in the morning at The Carnegie Deli in New York City – he was unshaven and looked tired, but he wanted his corned beef sandwich in the middle of the night. I was in Frankfurt Germany when I got the horrible news of his helicopter crash 10/25/1991, rest in peace Bill – Jon Hammond
*anybody recognize any other people in my photo of Bill? It looks to me like it might be Frank Biner to the left of Wavy, just under the Jartran truck sign – JH
Born Wolodia Grajonca
January 8, 1931
Died October 25, 1991 (aged 60)
Vallejo, California, U.S.
Occupation Rock promoter
Years active 1960s–1991; his death
Graham was born Wolodia Grajonca in Berlin, the son of Frieda (née Sass) and Yankel Grajonca, an engineer. He was given the nickname Wolfgang by his family early in his life. He was the youngest son of a lower-middle-class Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia prior to the rise of Nazism. Graham’s father died two days after his son’s birth. Graham’s mother placed her son and his younger sister in an orphanage in Berlin due to the increasing peril to Jews in Germany. The orphanage sent them to France in a pre–Holocaust exchange of Jewish children for Christian orphans. Graham’s older sisters stayed behind with his mother. After the fall of France, Graham was among a group of Jewish orphans spirited out of France, some of whom finally reached America. But a majority of the children—including Graham’s older sister Tolla—did not survive the difficult journey. Graham thus was one of the One Thousand Children, (OTC), those mainly Jewish children who managed to flee Hitler and Europe and then came directly to America, but whose parents were forced to stay behind. Nearly all these OTC parents were murdered “by Hitler”. Graham’s mother was murdered in Auschwitz. Graham had five sisters, Rita, Evelyn, Sonja, Ester and Tolla, only two of whom survived. Ester moved to the United States and was very close to Graham in his later life. His sister Rita escaped, first to Shanghai and then (after the war) to the United States.
Once in the United States, Graham stayed in a foster home in The Bronx in New York City. After being taunted as an immigrant and being called a Nazi because of his German accented English, Graham first worked on his accent, eventually being able to speak in a perfect New York accent, and also changed his name to be more “American.” (He found “Graham” in the phonebook, it was closest to his real surname “Grajonca.” According to Graham, both “Bill” and “Graham” were meaningless to him). Graham graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School and then obtained a business degree from City College. He was later quoted as describing his training as that of an “efficiency expert[disambiguation needed]”.
Graham was drafted into the United States Army in 1951, and served in the Korean War, where he was awarded both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon his return to the States he worked as a waiter/maître d’ in Catskill Mountain resorts in upstate New York during their heyday. He was later quoted as saying his experience as a maître d’ and with the poker games he hosted behind the scenes was good training for his eventual career as a promoter. Tito Puente, who played some of these resorts, went on record once saying that Graham was avid to learn Spanish from him, but only cared about the curse words. It was during the 1950s that Graham became a champion mambo dancer in the mambo clubs of New York City.
Graham in 1974
Graham moved from New York to San Francisco in the early 1960s to be closer to his sister, Rita. He was invited to attend a free concert in Golden Gate Park, where he made contact with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a radical theater group. He gave up a promising business career to manage the troupe in 1965. After Mime Troupe leader Ronnie Davis was arrested on obscenity charges during an outdoor performance, Graham organized a benefit concert to cover the troupe’s legal fees. The concert was a success, and Graham saw a business opportunity.
Graham began promoting more concerts to raise funds for the Mime Troupe and eventually left the troupe to promote concerts full-time. Charles Sullivan was a mid-20th century black entrepreneur and businessman in San Francisco who owned the master lease on the Fillmore Auditorium. Bill approached Charles to put on the Second Mime Troupe appeals concert at the Fillmore Auditorium on December 10, 1965 using Sullivan’s dance hall permit for the show. Graham later secured a contract from Sullivan for the open dates at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1966. Graham credits Sullivan with giving him his break in the music promotion business. Charles Sullivan was found murdered on August 2, 1966, south of Market Street in San Francisco. To this day the murder remains unsolved.
One of the first concerts Graham promoted was in partnership with Chet Helms of the Family Dog organization and featured the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The concert was an overwhelming success and Graham saw an opportunity with the band. Early the next morning, Graham called the band’s manager, Albert Grossman, and obtained exclusive rights to promote them. Shortly thereafter, Chet Helms arrived at Graham’s office, asking how Graham could have cut him out of the deal. Graham pointed out that Helms would not have known about it unless he had tried to do the same thing to Graham and advised him to “get up early” in the future.
A charismatic but often difficult personality, Graham produced shows attracting elements of America’s now legendary counterculture of the time such as Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe and The Fish, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, The Committee, The Fugs, Allen Ginsberg, and, a particular favorite of Graham’s, The Grateful Dead. He was the manager of Jefferson Airplane during 1967 and 1968. His successes and popularity allowed him to become the top concert promoter in rock music. He operated the famous venues the Fillmore West and Winterland (both in San Francisco) and the Fillmore East (in New York City), where the best up-and-coming acts would come to play. Graham also owned a record label, Fillmore Records, which was in operation from 1969 to circa 1976. Some of the artists who signed with Graham were Rod Stewart, Elvin Bishop and Cold Blood, although of these it seems only Bishop actually issued albums on the Fillmore label.
In New York City, he formed a booking agency called The Millard Agency which organized the booking of bands into various venues across the US. Because his music venue was the Fillmore, it seemed obvious to call the booking agency Millard. (Millard Fillmore was the thirteenth president of the United States.) In his music venues, he also opened certain weekday nights for unknown bands, like Santana, to get exposure. Graham promoted the West-Coast leg of the legendary The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972, also known as S.T.P. Tour (for Stones Touring Party), as well as parts of the Rolling Stones 1975 and 1978 tours. He would then promote the entire Rolling Stones American Tour 1981 and Rolling Stones European Tour 1982. When the Stones returned to touring in 1989 with the Steel Wheels tour, Mick Jagger accepted the offer of Michael Cohl’s The BCL Group (Ballard Cohl Labatt). to buy the concert, sponsorship, merchandising, radio, television, and film rights. Steel Wheels became the most financially successful in history. Graham later discovered that Cohl had offered only slightly more money. Graham took Jagger’s repudiation as a personal defeat, writing with eloquence and grace, “Losing the Stones was like watching my favorite lover become a whore.”
In 1971, he closed the Fillmores on both coasts, citing a need to “find [himself]”. The movie Fillmore: The Last Days documents the closing of the Fillmore West. Graham retreated to a Greek island, but found the quietude disconcerting and later admitted being disappointed that no one there knew of him. He returned to promoting, first organizing concerts at smaller venues, like the Berkeley Community Theatre on the campus of Berkeley High School. He then leased out the Winterland Arena in San Francisco and promoted shows at the Cow Palace Auditorium in Daly City. In 1973 he promoted the largest outdoor concert at that time at Watkins Glen, New York with Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band and The Band. Over 600,000 paid were in attendance. He continued promoting stadium sized concerts at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco with Led Zeppelin in 1973 and started a series of stadium concerts at The Oakland Coliseum Stadium he called Day On The Green (DOG)in 1973 until 1992. Some of these concerts featured acts such as Grateful Dead and The Who in October of 1976, and Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan in 1987. His first large-scale outdoor benefit concert was for the San Francisco after-school programs, called the SNACK concert and starred Bob Dylan, with Neil Young, various members of the Grateful Dead and members of The Band.
In the mid-1980s, in conjunction with the city of Mountain View, California, and Apple Inc. cofounder Steve Wozniak, he masterminded the creation of the Shoreline Amphitheatre, which became the premier venue for outdoor concerts in Silicon Valley. Throughout his career, Graham promoted benefit concerts.
*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
THE U.S. ARMY BLUES PERSONNEL ROSTER
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
University of North Texas
Brooklyn, New York
Adrienne Warner Barranco
UNT Health Science Center
Phlebotomist/Reception/Manager at Now working for Immigration Express Chch
University of Portland
Royal Danish Conservatory of Music
Max Alexander Levowitz
James Madison High School
Harold C. Christie
Owner at The UPS Store #682/Buffalo, NY
Sam Houston State University
Musician – Horn Player at “LA SOMBRA DE TONY GUERRERO”
City Councilman at City of Cumberland
Thursday Morning Jazz Host at 91.3 FM WWUH Radio
Washington, District of Columbia
Jose C. Abiles
George Washington University
Works at U.S Army
Musician – Horn Player at “LA SOMBRA DE TONY GUERRERO”
Andrew A. Lazaro
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tim La Marca
Sierra Madre, California
Jennifer Snead Redmon
Melissa Gray Shown
Murray State KY
Wisc Eau Claire
Max Alexander Levowitz
James Madison High School
Adrienne Warner Barranco
UNT Health Science Center
Rob Ambrose I was there. The band killed it! I can’t say enough! Knocked me out, the whole set!
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Andy Badeaux Our army is the melllowest!
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Rob Ambrose The one with the burning alto and piano solo, just before or after that. Can you post that?? Please?
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Francis Carpino I was there, and the band was unbelievable. Great show as always Graham!!
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Tim La Marca Thanks for sharing this great performance with us Graham!
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Aaron Cockson Smokin.
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Jose C. Abiles Missed too many of the Blues performances. They sound great as ever.
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Jon Hammond My favorite music of the whole show Graham, thanks a million for coming to play for us! Beautiful arrangement and playing, and amazing Victor played so great with high fever, keep up the great work and safe travels, best band in the land! Jon
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Graham Breedlove Video courtesy of Jon Hammond. Thanks, Jon!
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Justin J. Smith Sounds great Graham. Great Arrangement.
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Jon Hammond Thanks a million Graham, big honor! I love your arrangement and performance was killin’ – amazing Victor could play like that with high fever – I really dug it on the CD as well, wonderful music, best band in the land! Stay safe & well, many thanks to you and all the cats and Band Master Kippola! Jon
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). 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  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. 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, 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. The Bank of America Plaza is also the tallest building in the United States outside of New York City and Chicago, 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).
The history of skyscrapers in Atlanta began with the completion in 1892 of the Equitable Building. 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. Of the 20 tallest buildings in Georgia, 18 are located in Atlanta; 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
http://www.garycampbelljazz.com/ receiving a visit from his teacher – Dr. David N. Baker http://www.davidbakermusic.org/ 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
Jessica McAuliffe Graham
Attorney at Law at Lewitt Hackman
Musician/Private Woodwinds Instructor at Myself
Kimberly Lotoszinski Turrell
East Lansing, Michigan
Homemaker at None 🙂
Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka, Japan
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
George D. Goodman
Eastern Michigan University
Counsel at McKay Hochman Company, Inc.
Financial Advisor at MassMutual
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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Cranshaw
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.
Works at Dirty old Musician
Works at 3rd satellite from our Sun
King at Self employed
Works at Gap
The Ohio State University
Musician at Freelance
Entertainment at ABC News Radio
The Ohio State University
Educational Rep Southern California at Music & Arts
Sue Neely Hagedorn
Mark J Williamson
Owner/ President at Williamson Music Co.
Curator of American Music at Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History
代表取締役 at 株式会社エス・ディ・アイ
Shari Giddens Helmer
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 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Cranshaw
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.
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