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JAZZIZ NEWS | Jazz Hero Bruce Lundvall Dies at 79

I got a call one day—back in 1984—out of the blue from the President of Elektra Musician Records while in the kitchen of my one-bedroom apartment. That apartment was the corporate office of my start-up magazine that I called JAZZIZ. The phone number in the magazine was my home phone and the caller was Mr. Bruce Lundvall, already a music industry icon.

On that call, Bruce and I traded compliments; first me saying how much I revered his label and had every album on it and then how much he enjoyed my new magazine and that was going to support it. The conversation then turned to Bruce preparing to leave Elektra to relaunch the venerable Blue Note label. We ended the conversation promising to meet up at an industry convention in Hollywood Florida.

A poor medical student at the time, I drove my jalopy from the University of Florida in Gainesville to the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood. Penniless and clueless, I crashed the convention, initially pinning a handmade business card to my lapel not realizing that it highlighted my lack of convention membership. On my first day there, Bruce and I met on the beach with another gentleman who was also starting up a music company. That man was Bob Pittman. Bob had the wildest idea of launching a channel that played music videos all day. Go figure. After an afternoon on the sand; me picking the brains of these seasoned execs and them asking me about my magazine and medical endeavors, Bruce invited me to join him at an exclusive private dinner at the hotel.

When I arrived at the ballroom dinner (by that time, I did remove the foolish pin) Bruce was already there and invited me to sit with him and a bunch of other record label heads. We were seated next to Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, Vanity and other music icons and I had to great fortune of first meeting Q that evening while we wall enjoyed a private solo performance by Stevie Wonder.

This was just the beginning and an example of how Bruce Lundvall opened doors for me as he has done for so many of us in the music world. A few years later, Bruce came to our JAZZIZ 10th Year Anniversary party, flew in one of his latest signings (Richard Elliot) to perform and gave a beautiful toast about what we had accomplished. To say I was honored is an understatement.

Thank you Bruce for your generosity, selflessly sharing your wisdom and passion and serving as a mentor to so many of us. You are our hero. Your understanding and kindness has indeed changed the world. A world that will miss you.

— Michael Fagien
I got a call one day—back in 1984—out of the blue from the President of Elektra Musician Records while in the kitchen of my one-bedroom apartment. That apartment was the corporate office of my start-up magazine that I called JAZZIZ. The phone number in the magazine was my home phone and the caller was Mr. …
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JAZZ QUOTE | "The cry you hear is from trying to be heard, to get my point across. ... You would think in our country, where we want to talk about American exceptionalism and being the best at everything, we would be the best at race relations - and we're not". (Terence Blanchard)

Read the full article about Mr. Blanchard on Jazziz Digital Edition Magazine for May 2015: http://buff.ly/1K0eIwp
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PASSINGS | BB King, the King of Blues, dies at 89.

Guitarist and singer BB King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians and work with Eric Clapton and U2. Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months. He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.
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JAZZ QUOTES | "Playing 'bop' is like playing scrabble with all the vowels missing." (Duke Ellington)
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THIS DAY IN THE JAZZ HISTORY | 1935: Bassist Gary Peacock born in Burley, ID.

Here's "Workinoot" from the album "Partners" by Paul Bley & Gary Peacock:
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SNEAK PEEK | On The Air - Jamie Cullum (pictured below, photo by McVirn Etienne) finds fresh inspiration as a disc jockey.

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SNEAK PEEK | Beboppin' right along - Charles McPherson sticks to the tried and true.

This is "Karen" from "First Flight Out" (1994) feat. Charles McPherson on alto sax, Michael Weiss Piano, Peter Washington on bass, Victor Lewis on drums
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INTRODUCING Jazziz Digital Edition Magazine for May 2015 featuring American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and film score composer Terence Blanchard.

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JAZZIZ NEWS | Myra Melford’s Big Show in Chicago.

Earlier this year, pianist and composer Myra Melford released Snowy Egret, a CD on the Enja/Yellowbird imprint that features accompanists Ron Miles, Liberty Ellman, Stomu Takeishi and Tyshawn Sorey. Concurrently, Melford celebrated a retrospective of her career at The Stone NYC, reconvening past bands from her prolific career.

In a similar spirit, Melford recently rearranged two of her pieces for a concert she’ll perform at Chicago’s Harris Theater on June 1 with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and four Chicago-based improvisers. The compositions are “The Large Ends the way, originally written for her album The Same River Twice, and “The Whole Tree Gone, originally recorded by her Be Bread Sextet.

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Myra Melford recently rearranged two of her pieces for a concert she’ll perform at Chicago’s Harris Theater on June 1.
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JAZZIZ NEWS | Miles Davis at Newport, The Bootleg Series Continues

Here’s an interesting piece of news: On July 17, Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4. The four-CD box set tracks eight Davis performances spanning 20 years in Newport, Rhode Island, New York, Berlin and Switzerland. The 296-minute program includes nearly four hours of previously unreleased material.

The release of this set serve as the lynchpin for a 60th anniversary commemorative weekend of events at this summer’s annual Newport Jazz Festival (July 31, August 1 & 2). Ahead of the festival, the set will be available everywhere on Friday, July 17—60 years to the day since Davis’ breakthrough performance at Newport in 1955.

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Here’s an interesting piece of news: On July 17, Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4
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JAZZIZ NEWS | CELEBRATING THE AACM AT THE CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced the complete lineup for the 37th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, which will take place in Millennium Park and at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street) from September 3rd until the 6th. Additionally, the festival is partnering once again with Pianoforte Foundation for a three-concert series to kick off Festival Week. The free-admission Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by DCASE and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

One of the most prolific and idiosyncratic institutions in 20th century music has been the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Founded in 1965, by a collective of artists including Muhal Richard Abrams (pictured above), the AACM was an outlet for a variety of musical minds. Fittingly, one of the most notable headliners at this year’s festival is a reunion of AACM’s Experimental Band, one of the first AACM ensembles. The lineup will feature Abrams, Roscoe Smith, Henry Threadgill, Wallace McMillan, Wadada Leo Smith, Amina Claudine Myers, George Lewis, Leonard Jones, Thurman Barker and Reggie Nicholson. Several of these musicians were integral to the founding of the AACM in 1965.

Of course the Experimental Band is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg at this year’s festival.

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The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced the complete lineup for the 37th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.
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JAZZ ART | Pouring Out by Pascal Campion
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