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My Jazz Gems Box Collection May 24, 2013

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As we all know, music is a very important part of our life. We listen to music to reflect on our emotions, we meditate with music to calm our thoughts, we exercise with music to increase our heart beat, we improvise to dig into the creative source of human nature, we perform to showcase our talents and share our soul. Here we continue our introductory series reporting news about jazz life in NYC. We present significant jazz musicians in the past and in the present and share about many ongoing Jazz performances that could light up your weekends and enrich your life.

In the Celebration of Miles Davis’ Birthday, a famous American jazz musician, a trumpeter and composer (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) many Jazz clubs and Music halls will offer concerts, lectures , including the Miles Davis 2013 Jazz Festival at the famous NYC’ “Smoke Jazz and Supper Club”.

Miles’ musical studies began at 13, when his father gave him a trumpet and arranged lessons with local musician Elwood Buchanan. Against the fashion of the time, Buchanan stressed the importance of playing without vibrato; Davis would carry his clear signature tone throughout his career. He once remarked on its importance to him, saying, “I prefer a round sound with no attitude in it, like a round voice with not too much tremolo and not too much bass. Just right in the middle. If I can’t get that sound I can’t play anything.”

“Miles Davis’ fortieth album ‘ Kind of Blue” released in 1959 and this masterpiece not only changed Jazz by using a newly crafted Modal type, it changed music forever, everything about the album was revolutionary and artists today still remark it as a major influence on their music.
The album was placed at number 12 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.”

“Kind of Blue isn’t merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it’s an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue possess such a mystique? Perhaps, because this music never flaunts its genius… It’s the pinnacle of modal jazz — tonality and solos build from the overall key, not chord changes, giving the music a subtly shifting quality.
It may be a stretch to say that if you don’t like Kind of Blue, you don’t like jazz — but it’s hard to imagine it as anything other than a cornerstone of any jazz collection.”
—Stephen T. Erlewine

The Miles Davis’ 2013 Jazz Festival starts on May 24 and it lasts until June 30th. So, ladies and jentlemen, make some time to enjoy listening to these splendid talents, engage in the delightful conversation and taste a cup of your favorite tea or coffee.


Music is Painting in the Air May 3, 2013

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The last week of April in New York was influenced by a plethora of extraordinary music events dedicated to the International Day of Jazz and to the celebration of the Birthdays of Barbra Streisand, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. Many gifted singers and musicians showcased their talents on various stages including Lincoln Center, Blue Note, and other Jazz & Blues halls and clubs.
What an extraordinary occasion to learn about blues & jazz and, if you’re lucky, to jam with some renown jazz musicians who gathered together to pay a tribute to music!!
During one of our ‘after-concert’ coffee hours the question: “Are Gospel music and Blues the same thing?” was asked.
While there is an evident distinction between Gospel Music and the secular solo Blues, Blues is also an important root of jazz music and to this day is considered to be an essential part of a jazz repertoire.

“Blues is many things: a musical form of bars and measures, a whole body of melodies and themes. It is a harmonic system. It is a system of call and response. It is a bunch of moans and groans, and shouts and cries, dissonance and consonance; and it can interface with music all over the world”. Wynton Marsalis in “Jazz, a History of American’s Music”
“The Blues is a feeling and when it hits you, it’s the real news.” – said Huddie Ledbetter (1888-1949) who was called the” King of the twelve –string guitar” and had a repertoire of some 500 songs.
I would also add that Blues is Improvisation – the ability to find a new fresh and radiant melody (motif) and avoid being repetitive, simple, ill-mannered or predictable. Developing the motif and improving voice is not something that is done overnight. Listening, practicing and respecting the standards of notorious Jazz Kings and Jazz Queens is a time-consuming but an awesome and luxurious entity. It is also important for jazz students, teachers or well-known jazzmen and jazzwomen to create new music that is in harmony with our recent time, human values and our hearts.


On NBC News, Barnard’ President Debora Spar discusses whether women can have it all. April 26, 2013

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In a NBC Nightly News segment about work-life balance and the challenge of “having it all,” Barnard President Debora Spar talks about the need for redefining success.

Watch the video clip here.